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CLOSE CALL IN THE GULF

Coast Guard Has Hostile Encounter With Iranian Boat
By SOF

A Coast Guard vessel had a hostile encounter with an Iranian patrol boat earlier this week in the Persian Gulf. Tensions had escalated to the point the Coast Guard vessel fired a warning shot.

According to a report by the Washington Times, an Iranian-flagged dhow had been in touch with the Coast Guard cutter Monomoy, an Island-class patrol boat, when communications suddenly ceased.

WAS ISIL YEARS IN THE MAKING?

West Point Report Reveals Real History of Terror Group
By SOF

The Islamic State – formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – was not a recent phenomenon, but was years in the making.

According to a report by FoxNews.com, the Counter-Terrorism Center at West Point has released a report outlining that the Islamic State had been building the blocks for its rise as early as 2010, when Abu Bakr al Baghdadi took over the group, which was formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

AMERICANS WITH ISIS

As Many as 300 Fight With Terrorist Group
By SOF

Islamic State's Flag. Just how many Americans are fighting under it?

Just how many Americans are fighting alongside the Islamic State? The number could be as high as 300, and that is worrying many in the intelligence community.

TARGETING THE ISLAMIC STATE

Special Forces and SAS Teaming Up?
By SOF

American and British special operations forces are forming an undercover task force to hunt down the bigwigs of the Islamic State, a terrorist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

I'm Hit!! I'm Hit!! I'm Hit!! I'm Hit!!

" I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. the rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn't start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety."

A Hill Too Far

by Kelly Bell

In the early summer of 1966, U.S. Marines had been established for about a year at a fire support base outside the Vietnamese hamlet of Chu Lai. The leathernecks' main mission there was to keep a close watch on the twisting valleys and rugged hill country 20 miles to the west, where Communist forces staged, trained and planned for their depredations against the coastal communities the Americans were trying to secure and protect. Remaining dispersed until just before their attacks, the Communists presented few targets of opportunity for the American or Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces to mount a counterattack. The frustrated Marines at the Chu Lai garrison waited eagerly for their foes to make a mistake that would leave them vulnerable.

At the beginning of June, U.S. intelligence sources indicated the massive buildup of a mixed force of Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars in the highlands, but the enemy were not yet sufficiently concentrated to warrant a mass attack. Infiltrating through dense foliage in platoon­-size and smaller units, the Communist troops had little trouble evading any large forces sent after them. In an attempt to flush out the enemy, Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt began dispatching patrols of from 8–20 men. Should these smaller units make contact with any substantial force, they were to radio for heliborne reinforcements, and then guide them to the objective. In the more likely case of the reconnaissance elements locating only small groups of enemy soldiers, they were to call down artillery and air strikes. Walt dubbed the project Operation Kansas.

The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast, Final Resting Place of 688 Navy Personnel Identified

Heavy Cruiser Sunk During World War II
By SOF

The Heavy Cruiser USS Houston Wreckage Confirmed
The United States Navy, working with Indonesian Navy divers, has confirmed the final resting place of the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), which was sunk early in World War II.

MOSUL DAM IN IRAQI HANDS

Islamic State Thugs Forced Away
By SOF

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have driven terrorists from the Islamic State away from the Mosul Dam, the largest such structure in Iraq. The capture came after continued American airstrikes, including at least 15 on Monday.

YAZIDI MASSACRED BY ISLAMIC STATE

At Least 90 Slaughtered by Terrorist Group
By SOF

The Islamic State – a terrorist group previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – is reportedly responsible for a massacre of at least 90 Yazidi in northern Iraq. The revelation comes a day after the Obama Administration took a rescue mission off the table.

ISLAMIC STATE THUGS NOW HIDE AMONG CIVILIANS

Terror Group Adapting to American Air Strikes
By SOF

After at least fifteen air strikes from F/A-18, F-15E. and F-16 fighters and MQ-1 Predator drones, American forces have not been able to weaken the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Worse, the terrorist group may be adapting to the pin-prick strikes that the United States has launched.

ALABAMA FALCONS AT BAGRAM AIR BASE

IMPORTANT VETERANS CRISIS LINE INFO

This Information Could Save A Vet's Life!
By SOF

There is a crisis hotline for veterans or their friends and family run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hotline is at (800) 273-8255, select option 1. This hotline is not only for veterans, but for friends and family who are concerned about a veteran. These resources could help save the life of someone who risked all for this country, and avoid a tragedy like that involving Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams.