Nangarhar Province Afghanistan

Update: Islamic State in Afghanistan

January 4, 2017 SOF News 0

The growth of the Islamic State in Afghanistan had a surprising beginning and then the size of the group quickly diminished. ISIS had a lot of opponents – including the United States (SOF, air attacks, and drones), the Afghan security […]

Mad Max Vehicle - VBIED with armor plating used by ISIS

Mad Max Vehicle of Islamic State in Iraq

December 3, 2016 SOF News 0

The number of Mad Max vehicles employed by the Islamic State in Iraq is astounding. Every day suicide bombers are driving into Iraqi Security Force (ISF) and Peshmerga positions or convoys and exploding their Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) […]

Social Media News and the Islamic State

Islamic State’s Use of Social Media

November 23, 2016 SOF News 0

The Islamic State has expertly used social media to advance its cause. Through the use of information operations it has recruited foreign fighters to Iraq, Syria, Libya, and other areas of the world. It has developed support groups and mechanisms […]

Erik Prince

Former SEAL Erik Prince – Destroying Islamic State

August 4, 2016 SOF News 0

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Erik Prince has made known his three-point plan for destroying the Islamic State. Prince was the controversial founder of Blackwater (a private military corporation) that participated in many large DoD and State Department contracts in Iraq […]

Map of Somalia (CIA map)

Somalia – A Short History of a Failed State

December 3, 2017 SOF News 0

Somalia – A short history. The country of Somalia located in the ‘Horn of Africa’ has been a troubled nation for decades. It has been caught up in the events of the Cold War, suffered through famines, experienced anarchy, dealt […]

SDF mortar team fires 120mm at ISIS target near Deir ez-Zor in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria. Photo by SGT Matthew Crane, CJTF-OIR, November 16, 2018.

Trump Said Turkey Will Finish Off ISIS. Maybe Not.

January 29, 2019 SOF News 0

In December 19, 2018 President Trump surprised just about everyone when he announced that the U.S. would begin immediately withdrawing its 2,200 military personnel from northeastern Syria. This decision was apparently the result of a phone call with the Turkish […]

BUD/S Rock - gift from class 250 at NSWC. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Monroe, Jan 17, 2019, NSWC.

Special Operations News Update 20190128

January 28, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary on special operations, national security, and current conflicts. SOF News BUD/S Rock. A gift, in the form of a large boulder, from the students of Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 250 sits in […]

Syria bombing casualties January 2019

Syria Bombing Victims Identified

January 18, 2019 SOF News 0

The Department of Defense has identified three of the four Americans who died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Manbji, Syria in a suicide bombing. The patrol was on an engagement patrol when the attack occurred. A suicide bomber detonated […]

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 […]