Marines with Hotel Company, 2nd Raider Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, carry a Zodiac Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat into the surf at Onslow Beach on base, March 28, 2017. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki, U.S Coast Guard).

Defense News Update 20171021

October 21, 2017 SOF News 0

News Update on Defense 20171021 – France’s strategic security review, expansion of CT fight in Africa, SFABs, FORSCOM’s ‘Frontline’, AWOL Afghan trainees, Raqqa liberated, Iraq and Kurdish forces clash, CTC Sentinel (Oct issue), and more. France and Defense. The geopolitical […]

SF deaths in Niger

SF Deaths in Niger – The Aftermath

October 20, 2017 SOF News 0

A lot of second-guessing is taking place about the SF deaths in Niger where four members of the 3rd Special Forces Group were killed by militants on October 4, 2017. The media has taken an unfortunate event and politicized it. […]

Map of Jordan

Middle East War News Update – 20171019

October 19, 2017 SOF News 0

Middle East Update – ISIS downfall in Iraq and Syria, Iranian influence grows, Kurds lose out, easy victory for Baghdad, Raqqa cleared of ISIS (almost), Iraqi elections coming soon, and more. Hawija Offensive. The last urban stronghold of the Islamic […]

Special Operations High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachutists Over the Middle East (DoD photo 2017)

Special Operations News Update 20171018

October 18, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171018 – Australian SF remembered, CANSOF in Kurdistan, strikes against ISIS in Yemen, upcoming movie about horse soldiers, Air Force Cross awarded to STS member, new digs for 19th SFGA, ISIS presence in Raqqa diminished (a lot), […]

20171016 - USSOCOM personnel brief SECDEF Jim Mattis at USSOCOM hqs on MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Barry Loo, October 12, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171016

October 16, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171016 – NZ SAS mbr dies in training accident, ADF SF and Australian War Memorial, CBS’s SEAL Team, two IAF Garud Commandos killed, SOF support to conflict prevention, Trump visits AFSOC unit, female Marine to try again for […]

Map of Kirkuk, Iraq

Kirkuk – A Contested City in Northern Iraq

October 15, 2017 SOF News 0

Kirkuk is a Contested City and Province. The Iraqi Kurds claim that the city of Kirkuk has traditionally been a part of Kurdistan. The central government of Iraq says otherwise. Kirkuk is important because of its territory as well as […]

Paratroopers descending under canopy. (Photo source Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 6, 2017)

Defense News Update – October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017 SOF News 0

Defense News Update 20171015 – U.S. in Yemen conflict, why Soviets lost in Afghanistan, conflict over Kirkuk, Gen Nicholson interview, American – Canadian family released from captivity, Afghanistan – and the lessons of Vietnam, more advisors for Afghanistan, a Soldier’s rucksack, […]

ARSOF Value to the Nation

AUSA Video – ARSOF Value to the Nation

October 13, 2017 SOF News 0

ARSOF Value to the Nation. The October 11, 2017 panel presentation and discussion entitled Army Special Operations Value to the Nation held during the AUSA annual exposition was extremely informative.  [1] The Association of the United States Army once again provided […]

20171013 Chad Special Forces Soldiers receive marksmanship training on live fire range in Massaguet, Chad as part of the Flintlock 2017 exercise. Flintlock is an annual special operations exercise conducted by U.S. SOF. (Photo by SGT Derek Hamilton, US Africa Command, March 6, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171013

October 13, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171013 – Kurdistan flash point, SF in Syria, Niger attack, Chad travel ban, SOF suicide drones, more advisors for Afghanistan, AFRICOM at 10 years, SFABs and advising, JFK and the Green Beret, and more. Chad Travel Ban […]

A ceremony was held in Kandahar in October 2017 celebrating the transfer of the initial Blackhawk UH-60 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). (CENTCOM photo)

Afghanistan Update – October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Update October – More troops, new Afghan strategy, UH-60 helicopters, ICRC cutting back operations, new political group, some commentary, advisors and MATA, RS HQs mission defined, photos of Afghanistan, and more bombing. Afghanistan is still in the news although […]