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COMMENTS ON THE M4 AND WANAT

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Allen West, Barrett Tillman Speak Out!
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of covering the controversy surrounding the performance of the Army’s M4 carbine, SOF has received comments from LTC Allen West, United States Army (Ret.), who also served n the House of Representatives, and author Barrett Tillman.

From LTC Allen West:

Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar: Taliban will resurge after US drawdown

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By LTC Allen West, USA (Ret.)

Last week, the Pentagon issued a report based on an independent study on the future of Afghanistan. As reported in the Washington Free Beacon, the Taliban will resurge in Afghanistan following the drawdown of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan later this year.

That is what I call a Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar (Blinding Flash of the Obvious).

SCREWING THE TROOPS?

Obama Ready To Decimate America’s Defenses
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration is ready to gut America’s armed forces with deep cuts that include military pay and benefits, as well as dumping the entire force of A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support planes. The announcement is slated for Monday.

DID FAULTY RIFLES CAUSE CASUALTIES AT WANAT?

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Bloody Engagement Caught Up in M4 Controversy
By Harold Hutchison

The Battle of Wanat was one of the deadliest fights that American troops were involved in during Operation Enduring Freedom. Nine Americans died in the battle, fought on 13 July, 2008, when as many as 500 Taliban attacked an American base defended by 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Nuristan Province.

WERE TROOPS STUCK WITH A BAD RIFLE?

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Did Army Know About M4 Carbine Flaws?
By Harold Hutchison

Could flaws in the M4 carbine have been corrected before American troops went into battle during the War on Terror? One retired general is claiming that the M4 is “virtually useless.”

HAVE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CAUSED CASUALTIES?

SOF Wants to Hear From You!
By Harold Hutchison

Are American troops being placed in harm’s way by rules of engagement adopted by the Obama Administration? According to the parents of a SEAL killed in the downing of Extortion 17, a CH-47, the answer is yes.

PRECISION REFLEX 6.8x43mm SPR CARBINE

From the May, 2008 issue of SOF! Gary Paul Johnston reviews a SPR Carbine in 6.8x43mm!

SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS AS TERRORISTS?

Ohio National Guard Training Stirs Controversy
By Harold Hutchison

Second Amendment activists became the enemy in a training exercise for the Ohio National Guard. In that exercise, these “activists” launched a terrorist attack.

According to multiple media reports, the exercise, which took place in January and involving the 52nd Civil Support Group, simulated an attack using food that was contaminated using ricin and sulfur mustard. The simulated attack’s “perpetrators” in the exercise were described in documents obtained by one media outlet as part of an “anti-government movement.”

AL-QAEDA INSTRUCTOR TRIGGERS THE ND FROM HELL

Al-Qaeda Instructor Scores 22 Own Goals In Negligent Detonation…
By Harold Hutchison

At least 22 people were killed when an instructor training would-be murder-suicide bombers accidentally set off a device. The location was also used to store explosives and materials.

According to multiple media reports, the blast, which occurred north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in the town of Samara, also wounded fifteen would-be members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda affiliate once headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Eight would-be members were captured by Iraqi authorities.

UPDATE ON EARLIER AFGHANISTAN STORY: MILITARY WORKING DOG A POW?

SOF has inquired about Taliban claims to have captured a military working dog, and received the following statement from the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force:

"We can confirm that a military working dog went missing following an ISAF mission in December, 2013. It is ISAF policy to defer identification to the appropriate national authorities."

DRESS REHEARSAL FOR TERRORISM?

Power Station Attack Raises Alarms
By Harold Hutchison

An attack on a San Jose, California power station that disabled several transformers via the use of a sniper rifle is being viewed as a harbinger of more serious attacks. The attack is seen as a new threat to the country’s electric grid.

OBAMA’S KILLING FIELDS

Is Obama to Blame for Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq?
By Lt. Col. Allen West, United States Army (Ret.)
Accuracy in Media

“THOSE WHO FAIL TO LEARN FROM HISTORY”
As President Obama returns from a well deserved and earned two-week vacation in Hawaii – ok, being quite facetious here – I wonder if he did any reflection between rounds of golf. And why is it that the First Lady remained in Hawaii to celebrate her 50th birthday?

NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN: EGYPT: THE 1956 CRISIS

Article by Spencer Vann

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