Afghan Conflict – News, Commentary, and Analysis

May 22, 2018 SOF News 0

The Taliban’s spring offensive has been underway for almost one month and they have been extremely busy across all parts of Afghanistan. Kabul continues to experience suicide bombing attacks, district centers have been captured (and usually retaken by Afghan SOF), […]

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) provide security for a Coalition mortar crew providing fires support to SDF against ISIS locations in Operation Round Up taking place in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) in Syria. (photo by SSG Timothy Koster, CJTF-OIR, May 13, 2018).

Special Operations News Update 20180521

May 21, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 2010521 – New leadership in Iraq, containment strategy for Syria, Russian hybrid warfare, Indonesian terrorist group, Baltic air defense, SOCOM’s elusive floating mothership, reducing risk for SF in Africa, converting M4A1 carbines, CANSOF rescue in Afg, hints […]

MKVI Patrol Boat in Pacific Ocean. Chief Petty Officer Nelson Doromal, Jr., May 10, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180518

May 18, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180518 – SOFEX 2018 in Jordan, Russian blunders, video investigation, another SEAL book, congressional intelligence oversight, Denmark’s SF in Iraq, Gov Greitens (ex-SEAL) profile, Russian blunders, ISGS, SOF acquisition, history of the MC-130, more on Gov Greitens […]

USAF pararescueman from 320th STS performs military free fall from a MC-130H Combat Talon II on Feb 16, 2018 in Thailand. Photo by Capt Jessica Tait, 353rd SOG.

Special Operations News Update 20180516

May 16, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180516 – Somalia CIVCAS, South Sudan and security sector stabilization, Iran’s military power, al Shabaab and al Qaeda, U.S and Italian Rangers train together, covert action explored, SOF and kinetic diplomacy, Green Berets fight ISKP, virtual deployment […]

Former Taliban turn in their weapons during an APRP ceremony in Ghor province, Afghanistan on May 28, 2012. Photo by Lt JG Joe Painter, DoD.

Afghan War News Update 20180515

May 15, 2018 SOF News 0

The 17 year-long war (or 40 year-long war, depending on your perspective) continues in Afghanistan. The war has settled into a stalemate. While the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) has improved over time (at least DoD and RS […]

MG James Jarrad

Special Operations News Update 20180514

May 14, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180514 – SOCOM and biotechnology, align CSAR under AFSOC, MoH controversy, al Qaeda – still a threat, Iran’s strategy, hope in Somalia, death of terrorist groups, Marine Raiders ‘getting some’, more troubled news about SEALs, UAE in […]

Photo of a group of Boko Haram fighters line up in this still taken from a propaganda video dated March 31, 2016. Cover photo for a CTC report on Boko Haram dated May 9, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180511

May 11, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180511 – Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs) of Iraq, ARSOF and AI, infantry rifle prototypes, DoS news conf on JCPOA, JSOU research topics, new JSOC commander, Israel hits Iranian targets in Syria, USSOCOM PEO C4, NATO topics, Trump’s […]


Lt Gen Scott Howell Biography

May 10, 2018 SOF News 0

The newest commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is Lieutenant General Scott Howell. He is an Air Force officer and rotary wing pilot with deep experience in the special operations community.¬†Howell is the first Air Force officer to […]

AC-130U Gunship

Special Operations News Update 20180509

May 9, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180509 – Somali army unprepared, SF in Yemen, West Africa tribal conflict, NATO’s ‘trip wire’ in the Baltics, intel support changing, Military Review, gunships and jamming, frogmen and maritime hybrid warfare, more on Niger SF mission (Oct […]

Afghan Commandos Nangarhar Province NSOCC-A, Dec 11, 2017

Recent News Stories on Afghanistan 20180508

May 8, 2018 SOF News 0

Afghanistan is now experiencing the start of yet another Taliban spring offensive – formally announced by the Taliban last month. Attacks in Kabul and in the countryside against district centers continue. Kidnappings and attacks on voter registration locations are mounting. […]

173rd Parachute Jump in Italy on March 12, 2018

Special Operations News Update 20180507

May 7, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180507 – Syria, intelligence, PLDs, SEALs and drugs, Jade Helm, PR in Yemen, life transitions, Morell on intel, Wagner Group, 2nd Fleet re-established, BPC seminar in Australia, Somalia build up by US, how much is an AK-47 […]

MSFV of 6th Cobra Strike Kandak

Afghan War News Update 20180503

May 3, 2018 SOF News 0

Provided below are several recent news stories on the current conflict in Afghanistan as well as some news on economic, political, and development topics. U.S. Soldier KIA in Afghanistan The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who […]

Chinook CH-47 Helicopter

Special Operations News Update 20180502

May 2, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180502 – CJFLCC deactivated, map of African militant groups, Western Balkans, NATO and the High Seas, USMC’s M38 rifle, Lake Chad and ISWA, NATO air power strategy, Niger investigation, Navy SEAL mini-sub, Allied Spirit VIII, Jade Helm, […]