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Afghan Special Forces End 12 Hour Intercontinental Hotel Siege In Kabul | Forces Network

At least 18 people – including 14 foreigners – were killed when the Taliban attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry confirmed. Spokesman Najib Danish said 11 of the 14 foreigners killed were employees of KamAir, a private Afghan airline. The twelve-hour siege of the Intercontinental Hotel began late last night when five gunmen armed with suicide vests entered ... Read More »

Trump’s border wall models thwart U.S. special forces in tests | Pilot Online

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the ... Read More »

US troops help Somali forces rescue 30 children from terror camp | CNN

US troops helped Somalia’s security forces rescue approximately 30 child conscript soldiers Thursday during a raid on an al-Shabaab camp, a US military official tells CNN. The team of US Special Operations Forces was advising local Somali troops during the raid on the militant camp in the Middle Shabelle region of Somalia, the official added. The US military also carried ... Read More »

The Marine Corps Wants to Make Cyber More Like Special Ops | Military.com

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No hands go up, but the offer stands, and the Marines know Neller will be back later that evening for one-on-one conversations. Marine leaders have been vocal about their desire to build more cyber capabilities into the force. An expected 1,000-Marine increase built into the Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is earmarked for the cyber and electronic warfare communities ... Read More »

India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines | Jane’s 360

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the import of the weapons on a “fast-track basis” on 16 January to ... Read More »

DoD, FDA partner to speed up approval of freeze-dried plasma for use on the battlefield | Army Times

The Defense Department has partnered with the Food and Drug Administration to speed up the process of approving medical products that can help save lives on the battlefield. The DoD’s Office of Health Affairs and the FDA announced on Tuesday the joint program that will prioritize the availability of these products, including freeze-dried plasma. Freeze-dried plasma, which doesn’t need to ... Read More »

FINDING YOUR VOICE | The Intercept

AT THE HEIGHT of the Cold War, during the winter of 1980, FBI agents recorded a phone call in which a man arranged a secret meeting with the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C. On the day of his appointment, however, agents were unable to catch sight of the man entering the embassy. At the time, they had no way to put ... Read More »

The Navy base where SEALs train is being protected by Christmas trees | Pilot Online

When the Chesapeake Bay’s wind-blown waves crash into the shore, they can take precious sand back into the water with them. That constant threat of erosion often leads to expensive beach nourishment projects, and in some cases to people abandoning waterfront homes.  But the Navy has found another way to shore up the shoreline at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort ... Read More »

New Zealand accepts Supacat special operations vehicles | Janes 360

UK vehicle manufacturer Supacat has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) ordered by New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016 has been accepted. The company said in a statement on 16 January that the fleet would enter service with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) early this year, adding that the new ... Read More »

Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” … Lieutenant Philip L. “Moki” Martin | Coronado Eagle & Journal

Lieutenant Philip L. “Moki” Martin was born in September 1942 in Paia, Hawaii, where he grew up swimming, free diving and surfing. Those watery pastimes led to his interest in joining the Navy, an interest he pursued in 1960 and for the next 23 years. Martin enlisted right after graduating from Maui High School and went through boot camp in ... Read More »

German rapper-turned-jihadi Denis Cuspert reportedly killed in Syria | DW

Denis Cuspert, a former rapper known in jihadi circles as “the German,” was reportedly killed earlier this week in Syria. The SITE intelligence group, a US-based company that tracks online extremist media, reported that the pro-IS Wafa Media announced the death of the Berlin-born former rapper. Cuspert used to go by the stage name “Deso Dogg.” Cuspert was previously reported killed by a US airstrike ... Read More »

Ex-CIA Officer Arrested for Retaining Notebooks Full of Classified Info | American Security Today

A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer was arrested last night on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, also known as “Zhen Cheng Li,” 53, was arrested after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. Lee, who is a naturalized United States citizen, currently resides in Hong Kong, China. According ... Read More »

Is this the world’s oldest tattoo parlour? | BBC News

On a back alley of Jerusalem, you can find what’s believed to be the world’s oldest tattoo parlour – with a heritage stretching back some 700 years. Wassim Razzouk is a Coptic Christian continuing a family business that’s been passed down through generations. Source: Is this the world’s oldest tattoo parlour? | BBC News Read More »