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SOF Weekly Newsletter - 27 to 31 August, 2012

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MAXPEDITION GIVEAWAY!
Don't forget to enter SOF's Giveaway for a Maxpedition Pack! There are only six days left to enter!
http://www.sofmag.com/win-maxpedition-jumbo-edc%E2%84%A2-versipack

PIRATED TANKER FOUND
A hijacked oil tankers was located off the Nigerian coast.
http://www.sofmag.com/pirated-tanker-found-nigeria-coast-24-member-crew-...

SILVER STAR
Gunnery Sgt. Joseph F. Lurz received the nation's third-highest medal for his valor in Afghanistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/marine-awarded-silver-star-combat-valor

PORT TOWN SEIZED FROM AL-SHABAB
AU forces seized a port town from al-Shabab.
http://www.sofmag.com/alleged-al-shabab-backer-killed-kenya

AL-SHABAB BACKER KILLED
A cleric who backed al-Shabab was gunned down in Kenya.
http://www.sofmag.com/alleged-al-shabab-backer-killed-kenya

MCRAVEN'S WARNING
Admiral William McRaven warned against disclosing classified information in the wake of a book on the Bin Laden mission.
http://www.sofmag.com/mcraven-warns-special-ops-community-about-disclosi...

RESULTS: NO MALICIOUS INTENT
A general's investigation into the burning of Korans concludes with the conclusion that American troops had no malicious intent.
http://www.sofmag.com/investigation-finds-no-malicious-intent-quran-case

TOUGH ON CHINA
The 2012 GOP platform is tough on the ChiComs.
http://www.sofmag.com/republican-platform-outlines-tough-china-stance

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD RESPONDS TO ISAAC
The Louisiana National Guard began its response to Hurricane Isaac's landfall.
http://www.sofmag.com/louisiana-guard-responds-hurricane-isaac-landfall

CHRISTIAN GIRL'S LIFE IN THE BALANCE
A 14-year-old girl is being held without bail on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, where she could face the death penalty.
http://www.sofmag.com/no-bail-set-pakistani-girl-accused-blasphemy

OFF THE BLACKLIST
The Burmese government removed hundreds of people off the blacklist.
http://www.sofmag.com/thousands-removed-burmese-government-blacklist

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Rescue swimmers train in the Marianas in the Western Pacific.
http://www.sofmag.com/hsc-25-rescue-swimmers-practice-makes-perfect

BRONZE STAR AWARDED TO WOUNDED WARRIOR
A Navy EOD tech was awarded the Bronze Star.
http://www.sofmag.com/navy-wounded-warrior-awarded-bronze-star-medal-act...

AIR FORCE NCO RECEIVES POW MEDAL
James 'O'Neil' Hughes received the POW Medal.
http://www.sofmag.com/days-dark-retired-af-nco-receives-pow-medal

CIVIL WAR IN SOUTH RUSSIA
Fighting in Dagestan continues.
http://www.sofmag.com/civil-war-among-muslims-shakes-russias-south