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CLOSE CALL IN THE GULF

Coast Guard Has Hostile Encounter With Iranian Boat
By SOF

A Coast Guard vessel had a hostile encounter with an Iranian patrol boat earlier this week in the Persian Gulf. Tensions had escalated to the point the Coast Guard vessel fired a warning shot.

According to a report by the Washington Times, an Iranian-flagged dhow had been in touch with the Coast Guard cutter Monomoy, an Island-class patrol boat, when communications suddenly ceased.

WAS ISIL YEARS IN THE MAKING?

West Point Report Reveals Real History of Terror Group
By SOF

The Islamic State – formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – was not a recent phenomenon, but was years in the making.

According to a report by FoxNews.com, the Counter-Terrorism Center at West Point has released a report outlining that the Islamic State had been building the blocks for its rise as early as 2010, when Abu Bakr al Baghdadi took over the group, which was formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

TWO RUSSIAN COLUMNS INVADE UKRAINE

Tanks Move In as Grad Rockets Fire at Ukrainians
By SOF

Two armored columns have crossed into the Ukraine from Russia in an apparent incursion. The reports come as the Ukrainian government appeared to be getting the upper hand over pro-Russian separatists despite Russian support.

AMERICANS WITH ISIS

As Many as 300 Fight With Terrorist Group
By SOF

Islamic State's Flag. Just how many Americans are fighting under it?

Just how many Americans are fighting alongside the Islamic State? The number could be as high as 300, and that is worrying many in the intelligence community.

TARGETING THE ISLAMIC STATE

Special Forces and SAS Teaming Up?
By SOF

American and British special operations forces are forming an undercover task force to hunt down the bigwigs of the Islamic State, a terrorist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

ISIS BRUTES BEHEAD AMERICAN JOURNALIST

Freelance Journalist James Wright Foley Was Taken in 2012
By SOF

A freelance journalist taken captive by the Islamic State terrorist group has reportedly been executed by the group. James Wright Foley was kidnapped in 2012.

MOSUL DAM IN IRAQI HANDS

Islamic State Thugs Forced Away
By SOF

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have driven terrorists from the Islamic State away from the Mosul Dam, the largest such structure in Iraq. The capture came after continued American airstrikes, including at least 15 on Monday.

YAZIDI MASSACRED BY ISLAMIC STATE

At Least 90 Slaughtered by Terrorist Group
By SOF

The Islamic State – a terrorist group previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – is reportedly responsible for a massacre of at least 90 Yazidi in northern Iraq. The revelation comes a day after the Obama Administration took a rescue mission off the table.

UKRAINIAN FORCES DESTROY RUSSIAN ARMORED VEHICLES

Vehicles Crossed Near “Relief Convoy”
By SOF

Ukrainian forces destroyed around 20 Russian armored vehicles that had crossed into the country’s territory. The incident comes as tensions between Russia and the Ukraine increased and a Russian “aid convoy” was waiting near the border.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Petro Poroshenko, the new President of the Ukraine, informed British Prime Minister David Cameron that artillery had destroyed the Russian vehicles. Previously, the London Telegraph and the London Guardian had both reported that Russian armored vehicles were entering the Ukraine.

ROCKETS FIRED FROM GAZA - UPDATE:

Did Cease-Fire Fail?
By SOF

Several rockets were fired from Gaza, hours before a 72-hour ceasefire was to end. At least two separate alerts were issued since 2:47 PM Eastern Time.

According to media reports, two rockets fired hit near Ashkelon, a city on the Mediteranean Sea. A third rocket landed near the Gaza perimeter. The rockets fired by Hamas, a terrorist group whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, did not cause any casualties.

ISLAMIC STATE THUGS NOW HIDE AMONG CIVILIANS

Terror Group Adapting to American Air Strikes
By SOF

After at least fifteen air strikes from F/A-18, F-15E. and F-16 fighters and MQ-1 Predator drones, American forces have not been able to weaken the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Worse, the terrorist group may be adapting to the pin-prick strikes that the United States has launched.

AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

Hornets Strike Terror Group’s Artillery
By SOF

The United States military launched its first airstrikes against the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) at 6:45 AM this morning. The strikes came hours after Barack Obama authorized the military to carry out such strikes.

AIRDROPS TO IRAQI CHRISTIANS?

Airstrikes Also Being Considered
By SOF

Airdrops are under consideration to aid Yazidi Christians who fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now trapped in a mountain region, are facing death. This comes as ISIS has seized the Mosul Dam.

VIETNAM UPS ANTE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

Arms Fishing Vessels After Violent Oil Rig Standoff
By SOF

Vietnamese fishing vessels in the South China Sea will be equipped with machine guns in the wake of a violent standoff over an oil rig in the Paracel Islands. The armed boats will start sailing on 15 September.

IS ERDOGAN SUPPORTING ISIS?

Jihadist with Terrorist Group Claims Support From Turkey
By SOF

Is the government of Turkey supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? That is the claim being made by at least one jihadist.