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The Everest Avalanche, 18 April 2014, an Eyewitness Film

This week an unpredicted avalanche in the Himalayas, the aftermath of a cyclone in India, killed 32 trekkers and counting. 220 were rescued, and many more are missing.

Avalanches kill hikers, trekkers, motorists and skiers yearly in the Himalayas whose vast exotic majesty draws adventurer seekers from all over the world.

“MY BOOTS WERE ON THAT GROUND”

See Joni Ernst Respond to Lecture on Iraq
By SOF Editor

During a debate between candidates to fill seat in the United States Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) asked Republican Joni Ernst, “Are you saying tonight that you are prepared to commit U.S. forces on the ground in Iraq and in Syria to deal with this threat, and in Syria? Is that what you’re suggesting President Obama should have done?”

ANOTHER FAST AND FURIOUS GUN USED BY BAD GUYS

AK-47-style Semi-Auto Recovered in Phoenix
By SOF Editor

Another gun that was reportedly walked to Mexican drug cartels during an ATF operation known as Fast and Furious was connected to a violent crime. The AK-47-style semi-automatic firearm was recovered in Phoenix.

U.S.MARINE SURVIVES HEAD SHOT IN AFGHANISTAN

CLOSE CALL: YOU GOT SHOT IN THE HEAD In Now Zad District Afghanistan

U.S. Marine gets shot in the head and survives Thanks to his Kevlar helmet during a firefight in Afghanistan last year. The marine, who escaped unharmed, quickly ducks into a building with two others. Veteran Sam Arnold recently uploaded the video showing the harrowing survival to youtube. Arnold says that the video was shot while "conducting a joint helicopter raid in the Now Zad district, Helmand Province in 2013".

GROM POLISH SPECIAL FORCES

The Polish GROM Special forces are said to be some of the best trained forces in the world. In the next issue of Soldier of a Fortune Magazine we have a feature by a Polish GROM member in Iraq and Kuwait after 9-11.

Here is a look at GROM Polish Special Forces, a highly trained counterterrorism and non conventional warfare team

AFGHANS NAB HAQQANI BIGWIGS

Two Senior Leaders of Terrorist Group Captured
By SOF Editor

Afghan forces captured two “senior leaders” of the Haqqani Network, a terrorist group aligned with the Afghan Taliban, during an operation. The captures were made in Khost province, located on the border with Pakistan.

BRAD PITT TALKS GUNS

Fury Trailer Plus Brad on Guns

Not Your Typical Hollywood Attitude
By SOF Editor

Usually in Hollywood, the attitude towards guns is decidedly negative – and many a Hollywood A-lister usually backs the gun-grabbing agendas pushed by the likes of Michael Bloomberg and Barack Obama. However, one A-list star bucks the usual attitudes – and instead expressed that owning a gun helps him feel safe.

F 22 Fighters Intercept Russian Military Planes 55 Miles off Alaska

War Games, U.S. and Russia and U. K. and Russia,
This was 20 Sept, makes some great footage but not much else.

DOOLEY TO TEACH AGAIN

Ousted NDU Instructor Headed to UK

By SOF Editor

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, who was ousted from an instructor post at the Joint Forces Staff College of the National Defense University, will again be teaching – but not in the United States.

MEXICO MAKES VIGILANTES OFFICIAL

“Self-Defense” Units Merged into Rural Defense Corps
By Harold Hutchison

The Mexican government had effectively legalized a number of vigilante groups by merging them into the Rural Defense Corps. The move comes as Mexico also announced the capture of a leading figure in the Knights Templar drug cartel.

An Inside Look at the Brazil Military in Action

video Forwarded from SOF Brazilian Fan Abner Fernandez

RUSSIAN CYBER-SPYING CAMPAIGN REVEALED

Used Software Hole in Windows
By Harold Hutchison

Microsoft and iSight Partners, a security firm, jointly announced that the Russian government worked with hackers known as the “Sandworm Team” to carry out a campaign of cyber-espionage that used a “hole” in the Windows operating system.

Any Soldier Can Operate This New Machine That Improves Ground Based Armored Fighting Vehicle Survivability

A Smaller Crews, A Lower Operator Workload and Minimal Training-Any Soldier Can Operate This New Machine

A New "Toy" Any Soldier Can Operate to Extend Life of Tanks, Humvees, Styker, Bradleys and More?

DARPA announced last week that this GXV-T Crew Augmentation Concept Video Improves Survivability of Ground Based Armored Fighting Vehicles (More after the video)

KIM SHOWS UP

North Korean Dictator Appears For First Time Since September
By Harold Hutchison

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator whose weeks-long disappearance triggered rumors of a coup finally showed up in the capital.

Kim Jong Un holding a grenade launcher and looking stupid.
(Photo from VOANews.com)