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 […]

DoD Quarterly Report OIR August 2019

DoD Quarterly Report on OIR (August 2019)

August 7, 2019 John Friberg 0

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has posted the quarterly report to Congress on OIR. The report covers the period of April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. The report is entitled Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent […]

SF patrol Afghan field

Afghanistan Conflict Update – July 2019

July 31, 2019 SOF News 0

A sampling of curated news, commentary, and analysis about America’s longest war – or the Afghanistan quagmire . Topics include security, governance, Resolute Support, ANDSF, elections, peace negotiations, and more. “If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and […]