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COVER FEATURE
OUTNUMBERED AND OUTGUNNED: COP MARGAH
When 120 Taliban insurgents attacked Combat Outpost Margah, troops from Task Force Currahee took lightening speed action. It would be a bloody firefight with Taliban coming within 20 feet of the Army troops.
By Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

AMERICA AT WAR
WHO IS THE REAL FATHER OF SPECIAL FORCES?
The Green Berets have a long history. However, the question arises as to who is the “father” of these elite troops. Some new information is emerging – and the roots of the Green Berets may lie in World War II.
By Lt. Col. William H. Northacker, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.), SOF Magazine Contributing Editor

SPECIAL FORCES AND NUNGS KICK NVA BUTT!
One Special Forces detachment fought in every engagement in the III Corps Tactical Zone of South Vietnam. Men serving with that unit would earn one Medal of Honor, and three DSCs, along with twelve Silver Stars.
By Major John F. Mullins, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)

BATTERY R ROCKETS THE TALIBAN IN HELMAND
The Marines have firepower that they are using – and this now includes the HIMARS, packing a huge punch against
the Taliban in Helmand Province. This six-shooter can reach out and touch the bad guys!
By Lance Cpl. Daniel Flynn, Regimental Combat Team 3

FEATURES
RKB’S ALASKA
RKB decided to brave the wilds of Alaska to add another bear to his trophy collection. However, Mother Nature
would have different ideas.
By Robert K. Brown

OF MERCENARIES AND FIRING SQUADS, Part III
In the third part of George C’s story of his adventures as a merc for Libya’s Muammar Khadafy, he soon finds out that the job is very different than what he was told. The stakes get higher when two French pilots are assassinated by a firing squad and our hero is led to the same wall.
By “George C.”
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SUREFIRE FLASHLIGHT, TACTICAL LIGHT AND EQUIPMENT GIANT
Surefire products have been among the more innovative in the industry. SOF finally got a chance to get check out the
goods at their factory.
By Dr. Martin Brass
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NEW GOODIES AT THE SMALL ARMS REVIEW SHOW!
The 2010 Small Arms Review show features new products from a number of companies in the firearms industry, including Krebs Custom, Vltor, Lewis Machine and Tool, Choate, Gemtech, and Ohio Ordnance Works!
By Gary Paul Johnston
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THE MEXICAN DRUG WARS: SECURITY PERIL FOR THE U.S.
The drug wars in Mexico have left blood baths behind with thousands of traffickers and innocents being slaughtered, and are spreading lawlessness right next door to America. The result is a threat to America’s security – as the violence spills over the border.
By Jay Mallin, Sr.

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
Informal Shooting Ranges Threatened by Obama
By Steve Schreiner

FLAK
Did Hutchison Get It Wrong?; Tribute to Echanis; Where Do I Get That Patch?; Memories of SOF ’s Old Days; Texas-
Style Readiness; Best Photo; An Old Book; Israeli-Style Security; Best Cover; Thank You!; Keep Up The Good Work!; Shocking Misportrayal of Israeli Raid; RKB is Right On!; Obama Should Read North

BULLETIN BOARD
Rancher Killed, USCBP Agent Killed; XM25 Entering Service; Donkey Docs Help Troops; GI-Issue Smart Phones Coming?; Record Shot By Navy!; Two Tunnels, 50 Tons of Pot Seized

TERRORISM SITREP
FBI Preempts Portland Bombing; Most wanted Assassinated in Indonesia; Special Forces in Guatemala; ChiComs Support Taliban; Royals Attacked!; Zimbabwe Demands End to Sanctions; Russia’s New Front; Shining Path Bigwig Nabbed! The Front on Piracy Expands; One Mexican Savage Down, Dozens to go; Tanks to Sudan; Sweden Joins the Anti Terrorism War; Strongman Hugo Chavez Rules by Decree; Kalashkinovs Made in Venezuela; Nuclear Scientists Targeted in Iran, Who are the Assassins?
By Dr. Martin Brass

ADVENTURE QUARTERMASTER
Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger, Doublestar Flip Sights, Wiley X Talon, Rock River Expands LAR-8 Offerings, 5.11
TDU Pants; EMA Tactical RONI Carbine; Altus Brands ACH Earphones
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COMMON SENSE
Protecting Our Protectors
By Lt. Col Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)