SOF News Is Taking a Short Break

September 20, 2019 SOF News 0

The staff at SOF News will be taking a break for a few months. The editor is going to be working a couple of short-term contracts. We will return at some point in December 2019.

Exercise Eager Lion 19

September 19, 2019 SOF News 0

More than 8,000 multinational troops participated in Exercise Eager Lion 19. This is the ninth year of the exercise – an event that provides for multinational interoperability for some 30 nations. The United States contributed about 3,700 troops to the […]


Afghan Conflict Update – September 2019

September 18, 2019 SOF News 0

According to some the peace talks will yield an agreement between the Taliban and the United States that will lead to a peaceful resolution of the Afghan conflict. However President Trump has put a damper on that for the time […]

SFC Jeremy Griffin KIA Afghanistan 2019

SFC Jeremy Griffin – 1st SFGA – RIP

September 17, 2019 John Friberg 0

A Special Forces soldier, SFC Jeremy Griffin, was killed on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Afghanistan. He died of wounds from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations in Wardak province, Afghanistan. He was a member of the 3rd […]

Special Operations News Update for Friday, September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – Curated news, commentary, and analysis about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. Ethics guide for SOCOM, alienating allies, UAV contract for SOF, advising, political warfare, language training, and more. Casualties in Afghanistan Casualties. […]

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USASOC Receives Congressional Medal Awarded to OSS

September 5, 2019 John Friberg 0

The United States Army Special Operations Command has received the Congressional Medal awarded to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The special operations forces and intelligence community organizations that trace their roots to the OSS are receiving an honorary replica. […]

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Special Operations News Update for September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – Curated news, commentary, and analysis about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world for September 3, 2019. Syria’s ‘safe zone’, Italian ‘human torpedoes’ of WWII, Navy SEAL fundraiser, female Airman earns Ranger tab, CIA’s […]

SFC Dustin Ard KIA Afghanistan

Dustin Ard, 1st Special Forces Group, RIP

August 31, 2019 John Friberg 0

Sergeant First Class Dustin Ard, 31, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died August 29, 2019, during combat operations in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was on a joint operation with an Afghan commando unit. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on October 4, […]


Afghanistan Conflict – August 2019 Update

August 29, 2019 SOF News 0

The Afghan conflict continues to rage across Afghanistan. The ANDSF remains on the defensive in static checkpoints throughout the country – with the exception of the Afghan special operations forces. The U.S. seems to be closing the deal with the […]

Jose Gonzalez KIA Afghanistan Special Forces

MSG Jose Gonzalez, 7th SFGA – RIP

August 28, 2019 John Friberg 0

Master Sergeant Jose Gonzalez, a Special Forces NCO, die of wounds sustained during small arms fire on August 21, 2019 during a combat operation in Faryab province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group based at Eglin […]