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 […]

Social Media News and the Islamic State

Social Media and Conflict and Influence

January 8, 2017 SOF News 0

Social Media and Conflict – selected articles, papers, analysis, and commentary on the role of social media in conflict and war. The Importance of Counter Influence Operations. History has shown that the United States is vulnerable to an extent by propaganda and covert influence operations. […]

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 […]

Afghan War Update 20170106

Afghan War Update 20170106

January 6, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan War Update 20170106 – Turkey extends its mission in Afghanistan, Taliban’s diplomatic offensive, Afghan women in a Trump world, meddling of Russia, CSIS report on Afghanistan, Marines back to Helmand, and more. Turkey Extends RS Mission. Turkey has been a key ally in the […]

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. […]

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 forces, and . . . […]

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 […]

Terrorism Update

Terrorism News Update From Around the World

December 21, 2016 SOF News 0

Terrorism news, reports, and publications – ISIS, al Qaeda, interactive map depicting worldwide terrorist attacks, a new strategy to prevent terrorist attacks, Hezbollah, Global Terrorism Index 2016, and more. Report – The Jihadi Threat. The United States Institute of Peace and Wilson Center have published a […]

Social Media News and the Islamic State

Social Media News – Papers, Pubs, and More

December 20, 2016 SOF News 0

Social Media News – papers, publications, commentary, and analysis on how information operations is used to influence the population in support or against governments and their security forces. Islamic State and Social Media, the Kremlin’s IO machine, ‘disinformation’ (dezinformatsiya) is now ‘fake news’, and more. […]