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AFGHANISTAN: FIGHTING RIGHT: WHAT WENT RIGHT? WHAT WENT WRONG?

Fighting Right: What is working and what is not in Afghanistan
By Greger Stellan

Afghanistan is also far more complex than Iraq in terms of the kaleidoscope of ethno-linguistic groups, tribal dynamics, and difficult terrain. It’s a guerrilla war where the enemy is now using primarily terrorist tactics to fight us. This requires a long-term approach that could take decades to get to the point where we are not needed there.

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A BRITISH MERC, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, AND A FIREFIGHT

Robert Brown (RKB), Soldier of Fortune magazine publisher, and I have been writing his long awaited memoirs. Well actually, I have been writing them, since he has the attention span of three minutes max when it comes to grunt work. He is constantly finding scores of exciting distractions and places for us to seek more adventure.

KILL OR CAPTURE: THE HUNT FOR A CRAZED JIHADIST

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Article by Matthew Alexander

One Dead Monster, Another Rears His Ugly Head

JUSTICE IN ABBOTTABAD

DARING MAY DAY RAID
On 1 May, 2011, four helicopters carried members of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), formerly known as SEAL Team Six, on perhaps the biggest mission of the War on Terror. Their target: Usama bin Laden, the founder and leader of al-Qaeda, the man responsible for the attacks on the United States of 11 September, 2001. Backing them up were three aircraft carriers and other forces, ready to act if Pakistan tried to interfere with the operation.

USS ENTERPRISE

A GROUND-BREAKING SHIP
The supercarrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is a futuristic-looking vessel. Although she has turned 50 years old, she is still a front-line combat vessel fighting the Global War on Terror.

Today, she carries four squadrons of multi-role fighters, along with specialist electronic-warfare and airborne early warning fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters. USS Enterprise is one of 11 nuclear-powered carriers in service with the United States Navy, and is capable of rapid response to a crisis.

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Soldier of Fortune Turns 35

I always thought that if I wrote what went on behind the scenes of Soldier of Fortune magazine, it would, without a doubt, be a best seller. It would provide any adventurer, scam artist, drama queen, scandal addict and mad man the read of their lives, and I could retire in comfort. But, not now. Not yet.

For now, I will just relate what was no doubt the most tempestuous and threatening battle that Soldier of Fortune and its notorious publisher faced for decades and how I was dragged unwittingly into that bizarre world.

No Need for Immigration Reform

One thing that everyone could agree on during the health care debate was that some type of reform was necessary. However, that is not the case when it comes to immigration reform. I wonder if the Congress of the United States remembers that in 1986, they passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), also known as the Simpson–Mazzoli Act, and that President Ronald Reagan signed it into law that same year.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SNEAKTHROUGH THE NORTH AND SOUTH

In the second part of a series on America’s borders, retired Border Patrol Chief J.William Carter outlines how America’s northern border is probably more vulnerable than the border with Mexico.

NO NEED FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

Some argue that the immigration system is “broken” and needs to be reformed. Former Border Patrol Chief William Carter responds, outlining just how the federal government has failed to enforce the laws it passed in the first place.

Piracy Surge? The Jolly Roger is Active Again

RETURN OF THE SOMALI BUCCANEERS
After the Easter, 2009 takedown of Somali pirates who held Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama hostage, one would have thought that the pirates of the Somali region would have avoided attracting the attention of the United States Navy. After all, three dead pirates and one facing federal trial in New York would tend to be behavior modification.

Yet, in the spring of 2010, what is happening? Violent encounters with pirates have gone down – not just between American ships and the pirates, but also from other countries.

The Humble Knight: Colonel Robert L. Howard

1939–2009
By: Maj. John L. Plaster, USA (Ret)

RECON COMPANY AT COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRAL

The Army Needs To Get A Grip On The New Generation

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ARE MISSING