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 […]

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Son Tay Raid – 21-22 November 1970

November 21, 2016 SOF News 0

In 1970 U.S. Special Forces Soldiers conducted the Son Tay Raid into North Vietnam to rescue American prisoners of war held in a prison camp. The unit that conducted the raid was the Joint Contingency Task Group Ivory Coast commanded […]

Marine special operators training during Exercise Southern Strike in Mississippi (photo MARSOC)

Exercise Southern Strike – SOF Training

November 21, 2016 SOF News 0

Exercise Southern Strike was recently conducted in Mississippi by special operations and conventional forces. The exercise took place at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi in October 2016. This was a “. . . total force, multi-service training […]

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Intelligence Update – News, Events, Pubs, Papers and More

November 19, 2016 SOF News 0

Intelligence Update for November 2016 – News from around the world: events, activities, publications, conferences, new CIA director, National Intelligence University, UK buying Predators, “enhanced interrogation”, papers and more. Background checks in the future, drones, SIGINT and modern intelligence collection, […]

Green Beret Wreath laying ceremony at gravesite of President John Kennedy (photo by SFC Ron Shaw DVIDS Oct 2016)

Green Berets Lay Wreath at JFK Gravesite Ceremony

November 18, 2016 SOF News 0

Every year a group of U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers conduct a Green Beret wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to honor the late President John F. Kennedy. Senior level defense officials and a representative of the […]

U.S. Marines Corps Small Boat Training (photo USMC)

Special Operations News Update – 20161117

November 17, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161117 – Small SOF drones for weather forecasting, Delta vs Green Berets, award for 7th SFGA, SF training in Exercise Balance Piston in the Philippines, 3 items you should always carry, and more. Air Force Buying […]

Terrorism Update

Terrorism Update – News, Pubs, and Commentary

November 16, 2016 SOF News 0

Terrorism Update for 19 November 2016 – recent publications, papers, events, conferences, news reports, and commentary from around the world on the topic of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Topics include a paper by ECFR on military operations against terrorist groups, Global […]

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Some History of the OSS in Albania during WWII

November 14, 2016 SOF News 0

In World War II the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) placed intelligence and operating agents in enemy-controlled Albania. TheĀ OSS in Albania provided a wealth of intelligence via radio transmissions. The operational and intelligence teams of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) […]