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The ISIS ‘Senior Commander’ Who Grew Up on the Jersey Shore | NBC 10

He graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2010. His Albanian immigrant family owned a pizza shop in Margate, New Jersey. He attended a mosque where “he hated people,” according his mother. Then Zulfi Hoxha went to Syria and became Abu Hamza al-Amriki, an ISIS soldier, according to his mother and court documents in another recent terrorism case involving an ... Read More »

Heroic Army working dog awarded posthumous medal | Army Times

A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain’s highest honor for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the U.S. soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier by ... Read More »

Terrorists Stalk Dark Web for Deadlier Weaponry | The Cipher Brief

Bottom line: Terrorists are turning to the dark web’s crypto-bazaars, social media channels and e-commerce sites to buy more coveted military equipment than the usual rocket launchers and AK-47s in the traditional black market. These digital black markets are also allowing terrorist organizations from Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as self-radicalized individuals in the West, to access a larger assortment ... Read More »

What we’re learning about France’s air special forces as they publicly recruit | Defense News

The French Air Force is for the first time promoting its special forces unit in a bid to recruit civilians as an addition to the existing 750 personnel assigned to the Special Operations Command. The service previously recruited solely from the military but is now looking to diversify the talent pool with a mix of experienced and young unskilled recruits ... Read More »

CZECH REPUBLIC CONSIDERS SENDING ITS SPECIAL FORCES TO IRAQ | ESJ News

As part of the plan to strengthen its participation in military foreign missions in 2018, the Czech Republic is considering sending up to 200 members of the 601st Special Forces Group to Iraq. However, their deployment will have to be initiated by the Iraqi government and the Czech Parliament will need to give its approval. Iraqi special forces, the core strike units in fighting ... Read More »

Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’ poses new threat to Afghan security | Asia Times

In December, US forces in Afghanistan released footage of an operation they conducted in the Taliban-dominated district of Musa Qala, in Helmand province. The grainy, black and white video showed them targeting a compound and blowing it to smithereens, with everyone inside. An accompanying press statement declared that the “Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’ commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka ... Read More »

Look to Norway? Yes. | Defense One

President Donald Trump says the United States should admit more immigrants from countries like Norway. We should look to Norway, but not for immigrants. We should look to Norway for lessons in how to resist Russian efforts to subvert our democracy. Norway is fighting Russia far better than Trump. When Trump’s remarks were reported last week, I was in Oslo representing the OSS Society at ... Read More »

Navy veteran’s mother denied visa to attend son’s funeral | Navy Times

A U.S. Navy veteran’s mother was denied two visa requests to attend her son’s funeral in Arkansas this past December, according to WREG-TV. Ngoc Truong, 22, left the Navy in October after serving for four years. He planned to study graphic design in Florida, but was diagnosed shortly after his discharge with leukemia. He died on Dec. 17, 2017. Truong’s father, ... Read More »

Somalia: Special Forces break though militant base in Leego

The Somali government army claimed fresh military success against extremists in the south of the country, saying its troops destroyed a key base during an operation. General Ahmed Abdullahi, the commander-in-chief of the U.S.-trained Special Forces Unit, known as Danab unit told army radio that 10 Al-Shabab militants were killed after the commandos targeted and wiped out their base in ... Read More »

Special Forces nourishes legacy, remembers SSG Gumbs | DVIDS News

Staff Sgt. Wallace Gumbs, a Green Beret, was killed Jan. 6 1968, during a demolitions training accident while training rural Thai Provincial Police units during the U.S. Special Forces led in counter-insurgency operations course in Camp Chaw Haw, Korat, Thailand. Gumbs’ memorial was erected shortly after his untimely death by the Camp Chaw Haw Commander, Police Maj. Gen. Chookiat Partipasaen ... Read More »

DoD reports spike in contractors in Iraq | Military Times

The number of civilian contractors supporting U.S. and coalition operations in Iraq against the Islamic State is on the rise, even as major military operations there have ceased, according to new figures released by U.S. Central Command, From January 2017 to January 2018 the number of Defense Department contractors in Iraq rose 37 percent, from 3,592 to 4,927, according to ... Read More »

Navy filing homicide charges for McCain, Fitzgerald commanders | Navy Times

The commanders of two warships that collided with commercial vessels in the west Pacific last summer, killing 17 sailors, will face negligent homicide and other criminal charges, Navy officials said Tuesday. Four destroyer Fitzgerald officers, including skipper Cmdr. Bryce Benson, will face charges of negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and hazarding a vessel for the June 17 incident that killed seven sailors off ... Read More »