ARSOF Soldiers fastroping from a CV-22. (Photo credit USASOC 20170511)

Special Operations News 20170623

June 23, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF Update 20170623 – Updated C-130J-SOF, U.S. SOF and Nepal Rangers training exercise, the special relationship between the Kurds and U.S. Special Forces, new HQs building for USACAPOC, AFSOC flight surgeon receives award, Afghan Commando School gets visit, Navy SEALs Sealion, $45 M contract for […]

Tank in CENTCOM AOR. (photo from cover of ARCENT's Desert Voice Winter 2017)

Central Army’s “Desert Voice” – Winter 2017 Issue

January 9, 2017 SOF News 0

USARCENT’s periodical is titled Desert Voice. The Winter 2017 issue has been posted online. Some of the articles are listed below: “Lucky 6: On Point”. The Central Army commander gives his assessment on how the past year has gone. He stresses some of the organizational adaptations that […]

4-319th Artillery in Latvia conducting fire support training in winter of 2016 (photo Department of Defense)

Defense and National Security News

January 6, 2017 SOF News 0

National Security and Defense News – JSTARS, Syria, Iran, Iraq, fixing the Navy, fighting terrorism, counterinsurgency, state-building, foreign policy, and more. JSTARS Over the Middle East. One reporter, Eric Schmitt, recently spent some time with the Air Force visiting a flying unit with the E-8C […]

Map of Syria and Iraq (CJTF-OIR)

Islamic State – Still a Worldwide Threat in 2017

January 6, 2017 SOF News 0

The Islamic State in 2017 – Despite reverses in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan the Islamic State in 2017 still presents a viable and persistent threat to the United States, Europe, Middle East, and other regions of the world. Some recent news articles, publications, reports […]

US artillery unit providing fire support to Iraqi government forces in the offensive to take Mosul from the Islamic State.

Mosul Offensive – Now in Phase II

January 5, 2017 SOF News 0

The Fight Continues – Phase II. After a two-week lull in the action in the waning days of December the Iraqi military and its allies (Kurdish Peshmerga, Iran proxy militias, etc.) have re-started the campaign to re-capture Mosul. Phase II kicked off on December 29th. […]

SOF Operators helicasting onto a rooftop (photo from USSOCOM 2016 Factbook)

Special Operations News 20161227

December 27, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161227 – destruction of ISIS, Global SOF Symposium, Afghan interpreters in the lurch, fake SEAL goes to prison, French reporters embed with Iraqi SOF, top 5 Marine Corps around the world, and more. Global SOF Symposium. February 20-23, 2017 are the dates for […]

Destroyed ISIL oil tankers. (Photo by SSgt Charles Rivezzo, U.S. AFCENT Public Affairs, Dec 8, 2016). Targets were struck based on intel from the Target Fusion Cell.

CENTCOM’s Target Fusion Cell (TFC)

December 22, 2016 SOF News 0

The newly-established Target Fusion Cell (TFC) works within the Combined Force Air Component Command (CFACC) in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). The Target Fusion Cell is “. . . an integrated cell of intelligence analysts, targeting experts and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tactical controllers . […]

Map of Australia

Australia and the Need to Stay Committed to Defeating ISIS

December 22, 2016 SOF News 0

Australia faces a decision point. With the impending defeat of the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq there may be a push to declare “Mission Accomplished” and withdraw Australia’s support and commitment in fighting ISIS in the Middle East. However, some observers say that Australia should […]

John Cena stars in the war movie "The Wall". Image from movie trailer on YouTube.com

Special Operations News 20161221

December 21, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161221 – Review and movie trailer of “The Wall”, review and trailer of “SIX” by History Channel, ISIS use of RBs providing greater safety and capability, Reaper upgrade, book review (yep, its about a SEAL), and SOCAfrica busy on the African continent, […]

SOF Operator - Image from USSOCOM 2016 Factbook

Special Operations News Update 20161218

December 18, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161218 – Iraq’ Golden Division, OSS veterans honored by Congress, Navy SEALs in Serbia, Navy SEAL for Interior secretary, Fox News video on ‘shadow warriors’, Navy SEALs and what Hollywood gets wrong, SOCEUR re-enacts D-Day parachute drops, Russian SOF in Aleppo, […]

SOF News Update

December 13, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161213 – Lithuanian PYSOP Team, preparation tips for snipers, investigation reopened of Green Beret who killed an unarmed Taliban fighter, JTAC training, capture on Saddam Hussein Dec 13, 2003, SOF motorbike, Ukrainian SOF webpage, and more. Operation Red Dawn. On December 13, […]

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) causing deaths, injuries, and material […]

Image from Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). Fight for Mosul

Mosul – The Current Fight and the Aftermath

November 22, 2016 SOF News 0

The long-awaited offensive in the fight for Mosul by the Iraqi government forces (and its current allies – the Shia militias and Peshmerga) has been underway for a number of weeks. The city was taken by the Islamic State in the summer of 2014 and […]

Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR

Special Operations News Update for 20161113

November 13, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161113 – Camping like a Green Beret, breaching tools, watch out for “Jody”, 19th SFGA ODA trek in Korea, SOCEUR’s Exercise Black Swan, AC-130 flying in combat, Australian Army night fighting equipment, 1st SFGA and AWA 17.1 Exercise, combat vets and […]