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, […]

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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 […]

MSG Luis Deleon-Figueroa

MSG Luis Deleon-Figueroa – KIA in Afghanistan

August 22, 2019 John Friberg 0

Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa, 31, died August 21, 2019 during combat operations in Faryab province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Deleon-Figueroa, a native of Chicopee, Massachusetts, had attended […]

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 […]

DOD Report on Afghanistan June 2019

DOD Report on Afghanistan – June 2019

July 23, 2019 SOF News 0

Every six months the Department of Defense provides to Congress a semiannual report entitled Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan. The report covers the events from the previous six months – in this case, from December to May 2019. The […]

SFC Elliott Robbins, 10th Special Forces Group, Afghanistan

SFC Elliott Robbins – 10th SFGA – RIP

July 1, 2019 SOF News 0

Sergeant First Class Elliott Robbins, age 31, died on Sunday, June 30, 2019 from non-combat related injuries in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was from Ogden, Utah and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group based at Fort […]

SGT James Johnston KIA Afghanistan June 25, 2019

SGT James Johnston – KIA in Afghanistan – RIP

June 27, 2019 SOF News 0

EOD Tech SGT James Johnston died as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He was an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician attached to a Special Forces detachment conducting […]

General Scott Miller, commander of the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, meets with Afghan President Ghani in September 2018.

Afghanistan Update June 2019

June 26, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about the Afghan conflict: security, governance, development, Resolute Support, Taliban, and the ANDSF. Found below are a sampling of news articles, reports, publications, and papers about the Afghan conflict from the last few months. Security […]

SIGAR report on Afghanistan Divided Responsibility June 2019

SIGAR Report: “Divided Responsibility”

June 14, 2019 John Friberg 0

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has published a new report on Afghanistan – with a focus on security sector assistance efforts. This 210-page report, published on June 14, 2019, is entitled Divided Responsibility: Lessons From U.S. Security […]