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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.

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.

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.

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)

WAR CLOUDS OVER ASIA?

CHINA WATCH: China War Arsenal Buildup Accelerates
By Harold Hutchison

China's war arsenal grows as it builds up its air and naval forces while American naval forces have been declining in number.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, a congressional commission is noting that by the year 2020, China will have almost 100 more missile-firing ships and submarines deployed than the United States. A possible result could be a so-called “security miscalculation” that could lead to conflict.

MALALA SHARES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Drone Operator Who Killed Pakistani Taliban Leader Snubbed
By Harold Hutchison

Malala meets with the President and First Lady.
(White House photo)

Malala Yousefzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the face by members of the Pakistani Taliban for advocating for the education of girls, will share the Nobel Peace Prize with a child advocate from India. However, the UAV operator who took out the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in a November, 2013 strike, remains unrecognized and unidentified.

FIGHTING RESUMES IN UKRAINE

Pro-Russian Rebels Attack Donetsk Airport
By Harold Hutchison

The cease-fire in the Ukraine may be near collapse as pro-Russian separatists launched an attack on the airport near the city of Donetsk, currently held by Ukrainian forces.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the airport came under attack from artillery fire. Five Ukrainian government troops  were killed, and some reports indicated that there were civilian casualties yesterday.

ISIS FIGHTERS CAPTURED ON BORDER!

At Least Ten Caught Trying to Enter Texas
By Harold Hutchison

At least ten members of the Islamic State have been caught trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico. That is what a United States Congressman is claiming.

STANDOFF OFF THE ROCK…

British, Spanish Vessels Face Off Near Gibraltar
By Harold Hutchison

Tensions between the United Kingdom and Spain over Gibraltar have been rising, as there have been at least 600 violations of British territory by the Spanish over the last year.

CHECHENS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE ISLAMIC STATE

Video Catches Russian Conversation During Firefight
By Harold Hutchison

Chechens may be among the jihadists fighting alongside the Islamic State. The assumption comes as the result of a video released by a media arm with ties to the terrorist group.

WHAT IS UP WITH KIM JONG UN?

Where is North Korea’s Dictator?
By Harold Hutchison

The status North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an open question in recent days, as the son of Kim Jong-Il has been absent from public appearances for a month.

According to a VOA report, the 31-year-old Kim Jong Un, who took over after his father’s death in 2011, has been seen limping in videos released from North Korea, and has not been seen since 3 September. Newsmax.com and other outlets reported on rumors of a coup, while the London Telegraph reported that Pyongyang was on “lockdown.”

ARMY ISSUES NEW ISIS TERROR ALERT This Time To The Troops

Islamic State Reportedly Targeting Families

When is enough enough? Now the Fear Mongers are trying to clone our troops into paranoid powerless Americans with warnings to troops that the Islamic State is trying to target their family members.

The Army Threat Integration Center warned troops last week that the Islamic State has urged members to try to locate the family members of American servicemen via social media or even the “yellow pages.” That threat however was an after thought, as the assessment warned that Jihadists websites were the most troublesome. SOF researched the threat assessments and found that the same warnings and threats had been issued in Feb 2014 and in many previous warnings. But when have U.S. troops not knows that in fighting an enemy, they must be on guard at home and abroad?

EBOLA CRISIS GOES ON

1,000 More Troops Sent to West Africa
By Harold Hutchison

The United States is sending another 1,000 troops to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. This brings the total deployment of troops to the region to over 4,000.

According to media reports, the Department of Defense announced the additional deployment Friday. Many of the forces being sent are from the 44th Medical Brigade, 101st Sustainment Brigade and the 16th Military Police Brigade.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE WHITE WIDOW?

The "White Widow"
(Interpol photo)

Notorious Jihadi Terrorist Reportedly In Syria
By SOF

A notorious terrorist linked to the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab has now reportedly joined the Islamic State.

DID THE AIR STRIKES TAKE OUT A BIG FISH?

Al-Qaeda Member’s Tweet Says Leader of Khorasan Group Whacked
By SOF

The Khorasan Group may be looking for a new leader. If true, this could be a huge blow against the shadowy al-Qaeda spinoff that has set up shop in Syria.