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The next grueling chapter in Afghanistan has just begun

Gloomy Outlook in Afghanistan
By SOF

The American withdrawal from Afghanistan is coming in the context of an incomplete reconstruction effort and Taliban gains. The news comes as foreign policy crises are erupting across the world.

According to a report by National Review Online, John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote in his report, “Despite the drawdown of U.S. and Coalition forces [from Afghanistan], our mission there is far from over. With almost $18 billion appropriated but not yet spent in the pipeline, and probably another $6 to $10 billion promised annually for years to come, Afghanistan reconstruction should still be relevant to every U.S. taxpayer and policy maker.”

THE BOOM ROLL: EOD'S GREATEST HITS!




RAW footage of controlled detonations by Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians assigned to the 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

IS WAR AGAINST ISIS COMING?

U.S. Planning Defeat of Terrorist Group
By SOF

Comments by General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, indicate that the United States is planning to take down the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

A Hero Named Earl and Why is Law to Protect Canine's Stalled?

WHERE IS THE CARE FOR THESE VETS?
Four-Legged Heroes Don’t Get Help
By SOF

This is the story of two war heroes, Rex and Earl in the video. Rex E168 is a real hero. He served three tours in Iraq, and was wounded in action. During his tours, he helped save the lives of dozens of Coalition Forces. However, this is one vet who, despite suffering from PTSD, and suffering from disabilities related to his combat service, is not getting any help from the VA or the Department of Defense in the two-plus years since he retired.

The Meaning of Being Deployed

HOW LONG WILL GENERAL AMOS LAST?

Marine Commandant Calls out Obama, Slams Withdrawal From Iraq
By SOF Editor

How much longer does General James F. Amos (pictured to the left) have as Commandant of the Marine Corps? That could be an open question after the latest statements he has made to the press.

AN AMERICAN SPARTAN SPEAKS OUT ON ROE

In this excerpt from the interview RKB did with Maj. Jim Gant that appeared in the June, 2014 issue of SOF, the trouble that the Rules of Engagement and risk-averse REMFs caused is outlined.

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In Gant's white paper, "One Tribe at a Time," he maintained, "...that to be successful, the military chain of command had to give the Special Forces teams working with the tribal forces unusual trust and latitude. They needed to be able to hit targets quickly, gaining approval if necessary through a single radio call instead of having to abide by the standard, glacial rules of engagement. They had to fight side by side with the tribal forces, not in segregated teams. They had to be free from burdensome reporting requirements and have greater leeway to spend money to benefit the local communities (this will sound familiar to most Vietnam Green Beret vets)."

HOW LION OF FALLUJAH LEGEND REALLY DIED

Douglas Alexander Zembiec Killed in 2007 />

Major Douglas Alexander Zembiec (picutred, left), United States Marine Corps, had already carved himself a legend by the time he died in 2007, being shot in the head by insurgents during an ambush. He was awarded a posthumous Silver Star for saving 25 Iraqi personnel before his death.

Always Faithful!

"'Impossible' is a word found only in the dictionary of fools."

Napoleon Bonaparte

Between December of 1941 and VJ Day (15 Aug 45), the WW I Monument Castle Tower atop Mount Battie, overlooking Penobscot Bay on the Maine Coast, was occupied continuously by volunteer members of the "Home Guard," mostly ageing WWI veterans. They scanned the Bay, day and night, for signs of Nazi submarines.

Most carried personally-owned 1903 Springfield Rifles and Colt 1911 pistols. They were always armed!

REALLY? THE CHOPPING BLOCK GOES LIVE ON THE BATTLEFIELD, with pink slips?

Troops Fighting Taliban Get Laid Off
By Harold Hutchison

Some company commanders on the front lines of Afghanistan are being given pink slips. The “reduction in force” measures are coming due to the “sequestration” cuts that were imposed in 2011.

A-10 PILOT SAVES 90 TROOPS

This video from 2012 relates how an A-10 pilot saved 90 troops in Afghanistan!

What Happened to the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? What fates befell them for daring to put their names to that document?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

ISIS BIGWIGS ON THE LIST

Terrorists Now On “Kill List”
By Harold Hutchison

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues its insurgency in Iraq, some of its leaders could become targets of kill missions, much like those using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or special operations forces. The finding was announced as Iraq continued to struggle with replacing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand Had Not Been Killed

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ANOTHER PREMATURE “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?”

JSTOF-P Set to be Disbanded

Marines and Philippine troops during relief operations in 2013.
(DOD photo)

By Harold Hutchison

The Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P), which has been instrumental in combating terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah, is reportedly on the chopping block. Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines had been going on since 15 January, 2002.