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9-11 MASTERMIND NABBED!

THE CAPTURE OF AN AL QAEDA CHIEF

TERRORISM SITREP

SOMALIA ISLAMIC EXTREMIST AL-SHEBAB SAVAGES BEHEAD two wounded sheikhs who had been injured by stray bullets during Al-Shebab rebel clash with Ahlu-sunah Wal-jamea warriors. More than 16,000 civilians

TALIBAN FROM OUTER SPACE

A FUNDAMENTAL reason why our intelligence agencies, military leaders and (above all) Washington pols can’t understand Afghanistan is that they don’t recognize that we’re dealing with alien life-forms.

 

FLAK: WHAT IT REALLY TAKES TO BE A MERC

I wanted to respond to Lee Sharon’s October 2008 article “Private Security Contractors.” I’m a little surprised that someone with Mr. Sharon’s background would make statements that seem to have little factual basis and seem to be poorly researched. Mr. Sharon states that “non-former military need not apply” as PMCs. He further states that he’s never seen one “pure” police officer or SWAT team member work out in Iraq. I find this extremely difficult to believe.

FLAK: A MERC SPEAKS OUT

The article written on private security contractors in the October issue of SOF is quite amusing. I hope that Mr. Sharon is an adjunct writer for your magazine and not on staff full time. The tone of the entire article was that of ‘I’ve been there, done that’ or as what Mr. Sharon calls ‘T-shirt mongers.’ I find it somewhat comical.

RIVRON 1

THE BIG SAILOR: “WE’LL FIGHT TO THE DEATH FIRST!”

TERRORISM SITREP

PAKISTAN LOOSE LIPS FEINSTEIN reveals positioning of CIA Predators that carry out strikes against al Qaeda leadership.

PIRATES NABBED IN THE GULF OF ADEN

The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) apprehended sixteen suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden 11–12 February after responding to distress calls from nearby merchant vessels.

DETERRING PIRACY AT SEA

PIRACY—A CLEAR AND PRESENT THREAT