Casualties in Syria

Four U.S. KIA in Syria

January 17, 2019 SOF News 0

Four Americans died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Manbji, Syria while on an engagement patrol. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest killing two U.S. servicemembers, one DoD civilian, and DoD contractor. Three other U.S. servicemembers were wounded. Approximately […]

SFQC Candidate low crawls with M240B machine gun during in Robin Sage. Photo by Ken Kassens, SWCS, Dec 12, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20190117

January 17, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20190117 – Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and current conflicts. Casualties in Syria Casualties in Syria. A suicide bomber exploded a bomb in a busy section of Manbij, Syria killing and wounding […]

North Korea

North Korea – Is a People’s Rebellion Likely?

January 16, 2019 SOF News 0

The lingering threat of North Korean nuclear weapons has held the attention of the Trump and previous administrations for several years. It appears that – despite attempts by the U.S. and other countries to engage with the North Korean regime […]

Grande Tema rescued by Special Boat Service SBS

Grande Tema – A SBS Success Story

January 15, 2019 SOF News 0

Four stowaways, who threatened the crew of the an Italian cargo ship with armed bars, have been detained after a successful assault was conducted by the British Special Forces in December 2018. The 71,543-ton Ro-Ro Container Carrier “Grande Tema” (top […]

MEDEVAC in Iraq - pilots from Task Force Warhorse fly a UH-60 Black Hawk during a medical evacuation at Camp Taji, Iraq. Photo by Specialist Javion Siders, CJTF-OIR, December 18, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20190114

January 14, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – SOF News has been dormant for a few weeks. The small staff took a break from writing and posting in order to spend time with family, enjoy the holidays, and get some small projects done. As […]

Holiday Break

December 21, 2018 SOF News 0

The staff at SOF News will be taking a holiday break that will last for a few weeks. We will resume writing about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world at some point in January 2019. Enjoy the […]

10th SFGA Soldiers drive snowmobiles to an objective during winter warfare training in Colorado. Photo by SGT Timothy Clegg, March 7, 2016.

Special Operations News Update 20181221

December 21, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181221 – How SOF can step up, saving the PKSOI, Navy SEAL history, abandoning the Syrian Kurds, Erik Prince’s plan for Afghanistan, Morocco and terrorism, new MQ-9 squadron for AFSOC, Michelle Black on losing a husband, British PMCs […]

DoD report on Afghanistan December 2018

DoD Report on Afghanistan – Dec 2018

December 21, 2018 SOF News 0

The Department of Defense has published its latest DoD report to Congress on Afghanistan. The 124-page report is available online (PDF) at Many sections of the report are: Strategy and objectives Threat assessment Overview of the Afghan National Defense […]

Jim Mattis letter of resignation

SEC DEF Mattis Letter of Resignation

December 20, 2018 SOF News 0

Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitted his letter of resignation to President Trump on Thursday, December 20, 2018. In his letter he stated . . . “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are […]

Map Syria Admin Divisions CIA 2007

No Friends But The Mountains

December 20, 2018 SOF News 0

Once again the Kurds are cast aside. This is nothing new. Over the span of the past 100 years they have been used as proxy forces and then kicked to the side of the curb once their usefulness has run […]

Iraqi CTS CQB training in live-fire shoot house. Photo by SSG Sara Zaler, CJTF OIR, Nov 6, 2018

Special Operations News Update 20181219

December 19, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – unrest in Mali continues, catch and release of detainees, MND-NE is ready – says NATO, CTF in Africa, focusing on SOF ‘core values’, more airstrikes in Somalia, Bolduc on Niger mission, Saudi Arabia and militarization, helping […]

Afghanistan Update - Recent news, analysis, and commentary on the Afghan conflict.

Afghanistan Conflict Update – Dec 2018

December 18, 2018 SOF News 0

The month of December 2018 has brought news of significant events in Afghanistan. Significant in the sense that they are developments worth noting in the course of 30 days; but not so noteworthy when considered the conflict has been in […]

10th SFGA troops fastrope from UH-60 near Aalborg, Denmark. Photo by SSG Steven Young, SOCEUR, Sep 2, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181217

December 17, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181217 –  A cult of lethality, review of intel processes at combatant commands, DoS back in Somalia, Mitchell (SO/LIC) on SOF, progress against jihadists in Mali, Bolton on moving AFRICOM, new SEL for USACAPOC, SF officer charged […]

HALO Jump by 1st SFGA from CH-47 on Dec 6, 2018. Photo by SGT Joseph Parrish, U.S. Army.

Special Operations News Update 20181214

December 14, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181214 – CT in Maghreb, India’s SOF, Middle East purgatory, China and Russia in Africa, LAAs for AFSOC (?), USSOCOM and ethics, Somalia piracy, CT in the Maghreb, CRS report on Syria, regional ME arms race, Mali […]