Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tag: Special Forces

Congress Votes To Give Jihadists Anti-aircraft Missiles

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that puts every American who travels by plane at risk. It is among the stupidest pieces of legislation ever written and it explains-- to a great extent-- why the US Congress has a public approval rating of 13 percent and is among the...

More Special Operations forces are headed to Syria. Here’s what they’re going to do.

As Syrian fighters push toward the Islamic State’s de-facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Saturday that additional U.S. Special Operations forces will head into the country to help the fledgling offensive. The additional 200 troops will bolster the 300 or so already in...

American And Saudi Weapons Recoverd From ISIS Positions In Mosul

An anonymous Iraqi official recently stated that front line troops “always see US helicopters flying over the ISIL-controlled areas and dropping weapons and urgent aids for them.” Mosul, Iraq — Since the beginning of Operation: Inherent Resolve, the Islamic State has shown itself to be a very shadowy force. Many...

First Cracks Appear in the U.S. Alliance With the Philippines

The Philippines' president has heaped abuse on the United States for weeks, but now Rodrigo Duterte is backing up his words with action. His defense minister said Friday the Philippines has suspended joint naval patrols with the United States in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Manila’s announcement...

Do We Really Want A War With Russia?

Because we're in danger of getting exactly that. I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren't. They're rapidly worsening. There’s so much happening right now, I can only provide a summary of a few of the more interesting and worrying developments. This report builds...

The Dreadful Chronology of Gaddafi’s Murder

Jean-Paul Pougala’s April 14, 2011 piece in Pambazuka News titled “The Lies Behind the West’s War on Libya” describes how Africa first developed its own transcontinental communications system by purchasing a telecommunications satellite on December 26, 2007: the African Development Bank ponied up $50 million toward the nearly $400...

Russia sends S-300 advanced missile system to Syria, U.S. runs out of options

As US struggles to respond to Syrian army advances, reports circulate of Russia deploying advanced S-300 VM Antey-2500 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. Shortly before the US announcement of its decision to suspend talks with Russia on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ agreement reached by US Secretary State Kerry and Russian Foreign...

How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists

The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke. “No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort”, a...

U.S. Commandos Enter, Leave, and Return to Syrian Town, With Some Help From Friendly...

Who says the United States got nothing for the star-crossed, $500 million train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels that fell apart last year? It apparently bought enough goodwill with one rebel group that they escorted U.S. special forces troops back into the northern Syrian town of Rai on Friday, just...

US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in...

President Barack Obama is engaged in Felonious conduct, mis-using the US Military to provide training, equipment and logistical support to ISIS, Al-Qaida and other Terrorists in Syria, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 2339A and 2339B. These are “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” under American law and are...

Documents Show U.S. Military Expands Reach of Special Operations Programs

The United States is spending more money on more missions to send more elite U.S. forces to train alongside more foreign counterparts in more countries around the world, according to documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Joint Combined Exchange Training program, which is...

Pentagon Warns Assad Regime to Avoid Action Near U.S. and Allied Forces

U.S. scrambled fighter jets after Syrian warplanes target area used by American military personnel. The Pentagon warned the Syrian government Friday not to strike U.S. and coalition personnel in Syria, a day after the regime carried out airstrikes in an area near American special operations forces, prompting the U.S. to...

U.S.-backed forces wrest control of Syria’s Manbij from Islamic State

U.S.-backed forces have seized full control of the northern Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border after the last remaining Islamic State fighters, who had been using civilians as human shields, left, a spokesman for the group said Friday. Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) were now sweeping the city after...

US, British Special Ops Troops Spotted Operating In Libya

American and British personnel have been seen operating in Sirte several times. American Special Operations troops have, for the first time, started directly supporting Libyan forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group in their key stronghold of Sirte, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unnamed officers allied with the Libyan...
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ISIS propaganda video claims to show U.S. special ops training Syrian fighters

A U.S.-led coalition has been bombing ISIS targets in the Middle East for two years. On Wednesday, the operation's commander said its bombs have killed 45,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. Lieutenant General Sean McFarland estimated the terror group may be down to 15,000 fighters. U.S. special operations forces are...

Afghan, U.S. Commandos Launch Offensive Against ISIS

Last week’s Islamic State bombing of a protest rally in Kabul that killed 80 people and injured over 200 more came amid a major assault by the Afghan army — and U.S. special operations forces — on the group’s stronghold in eastern Afghanistan. The bombing was by far the Islamic...

Here’s why France is on the frontline of the war with Islamic State

France's persistent targeting by extremists is linked to its secretive war with IS militants being waged across the Mediterranean in the Maghreb. At least 84, perhaps up to 100 people, have been killed in the horrifying attack in Nice, France. In the latest of a series of terrorist attacks in the...

France Deploys Special Forces in Syria as IS Loses Ground

ROME, ITALY - French special forces in northern Syria are assisting Kurdish-led militias in a drive to retake a pocket of territory west of the Euphrates River from the Islamic State terror group, according to French officials. The French news agency, AFP, reports the commandos are not participating in combat...

Cracking Down on Russia’s Caliphate

In Dagestan, authorities are trying to quash an Islamist insurgency that has sent hundreds of young Russians to Syria. They might be making it worse. DAGESTAN, Russia — The totemic Eastern Mosque rises from the outskirts of Khasavyurt, a formless market town located 1,000 miles south of Moscow, in the...

Iran Teams With Taliban to Fight Islamic State in Afghanistan

Tehran and the Taliban have been at each other's throats for decades, but the Islamic State's rise has the two historical enemies teaming up like never before. Iran is working with the Taliban to set up a buffer zone along its border with Afghanistan to keep out the Islamic State,...

U.S. Special Forces take the fight to ISIS in Libya

Misrata, Libya (CNN) - It is a tiny, remote aircraft hangar, carved in the Sicilian rock decades ago, but now home to a new and vital front for the United States against ISIS. U.S. Special Forces and surveillance flights are operating on the ground and over Libya as the West...

American Green Berets in Syria are wearing Kurdish militia insignia on their uniforms

Photos have emerged of American special operations troops in Syria wearing uniform insignia affiliated with a Kurdish rebel group known as the YPG, whose connection to Turkish terrorists could could fuel tension between the U.S. and a key ally in the Islamic State fight. The images were taken in a...

Poof! It’s Forgotten

One of the most popular apps these days is Snapchat. It allows the sender to set a timer for any photo dispatched via the app, so that a few seconds after the recipient opens the message, the photo is automatically deleted. The evidence of what you did at that...

For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War

WASHINGTON — President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than...

U.S. establishes Libyan outposts with eye toward offensive against Islamic State

American Special Operations troops have been stationed at two outposts in eastern and western Libya since late 2015, tasked with lining up local partners in advance of a possible offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said. Two teams totaling fewer than 25 troops are operating from around the cities...

Dunford Just Acknowledged US Troops In Iraq Are Engaged In Combat Operations

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs finally acknowledged troops are fighting in combat operations in Iraq. While the White House maintains that U.S. troops supporting the fight against Islamic State militants are not in a combat role, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff acknowledged Thursday that troops are...

Obama’s troop increase in Syria is part of a troubling trend

We weren’t supposed to have boots on the ground in Syria. There’s no telling where or when this will end. When it comes to Syria, “no boots on the ground” was something of a mantra for Barack Obama. He has repeated it dozens of times, but not anymore. On Monday,...

Russian Military Buildup Near Aleppo, Syria, Threatens Truce, Kerry Warns

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Russia had moved heavy artillery into position outside Aleppo in northern Syria, raising new concerns that a partial cease-fire will come undone. Russia's military buildup, described by Mr. Kerry in a meeting with The New York Times editorial board, came on the...

U.S. and Allies Weigh Military Action Against ISIS in Libya

WASHINGTON — Worried about a growing threat from the Islamic State in Libya, the United States and its allies are increasing reconnaissance flights and intelligence collecting there and preparing for possible airstrikes and commando raids, senior American policy makers, commanders and intelligence officials said this week. While no decision has...

Elite U.S. targeting force has arrived in Iraq to fight the Islamic State

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – An elite U.S. Special Operations targeting force has arrived in Iraq and will carry out operations against the Islamic State, part of a broader effort in 2016 to strike at the militants and that also includes U.S. Special Operations troops in Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton...

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