June 2010 printed back issue
AMERICA AT WAR
OPERATION TYRUNA: A Drug Raid in Afghanistan
While the military gets a lot of the press in Operation Enduring Freedom for fighting the Taliban, they are also dealing with another one of America’s wars: TheWar on Drugs. In this, American and Afghan troops go on a raid against a heroin production facility.
By Stephen Stewart
YOU CAN’T WIN HEARTS, MINDS OF RADICAL ISLAM
While the operation in Marjah was a success, that success may be fleeting because we are not addressing the real issues of the Afghan insurgency: Radical Islam reinforced by Pashtun tribalism.
By Ralph Peters
THE LONG RIFLE: A SNIPER IN IRAQ
Joe LeBleu served as a sniper with the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In this extract from Long Rifle, LeBleu describes some of his experiences in Iraq late in 2003.
By Joe Lebleu
The legend is that in the 1980s, then-Congressman Charlie Wilson of Texas helped ensure that the mujahidin received Stinger missiles, which turned the tide against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. But what was the truth?
By Dr. Martin Brass
SNIPER IN AFGHANISTAN
The War on Terror in Afghanistan has featured some long-range shots. Here, SOF reveals the story of Sgt. Nic Ranstad’s two-kilometer shot while in combat with the Taliban.
By Joseph DeBergalis
TALIBAN BIG SHOT TAKEN OUT
Nearly two kilometers away from a sniper? One Taliban big shot found out that was nowhere near a safe distance.
By Harold Hutchison
THE “SECRET WAR” IN LAOS
During the Vietnam War, the Hmong fought alongside the United States of America. However, since America left Southeast Asia in 1975, the Hmong have been the target of a campaign of persecution and genocide.
By Chuck Palozzo
FINALLY THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER SCORES AN ELK
RKB uses a Kimber Model 8400 .300Win Mag to finally take an elk on Ted Turner's Ranch in New Mexico.
By Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.)
A.R.M.S., STINGERS, AND CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR
The tale of A.R.M.S. is one that begins with something surprisingly simple: A policeman wanted to mount a scope that he inherited, but couldn’t find a usable mount. However, his solution for a problem three decades ago became the start of something big.
By Dr.Martin Brass
PAKISTAN: FRONT LINE OF THE WAR ON TERROR
Pakistan is the world’s largest Muslim country, is next door to Afghanistan, and there are Pashtun tribes there. Oh,
and don’t forget the nuclear arsenal. So, it is going to be a major front in the War on Terror.
By Aaron Bazin
The C-17 has had an interesting history – emerging from a troubled development to become the most capable airlifter in the United States arsenal. Now, there are calls again to end production – just as the C-17 is hitting its stride and handling missions across the globe.
By Harold Hutchison
KEL-TEC has developed innovative firearms in the past, including the P-11 pistol and the SU-16 rifle. However, their
new RFB – a .308 bullpup – may be their most innovative yet.
By Gary Paul Johnston
SHOT SHOW 2010
The 2010 SHOT Show had a wide variety of new products, ranging from firearms, to bags, to ammo, to sights. Check out the exciting new weapons and gear.
By Lt. Col. Scott A. Blaney, USA (Ret.)
Exclusive to the print edition
There’s a valuable group—guardians—who voluntarily put themselves between evildoers and their victims, between the wolves and the sheep. These guardians are, for lack of a better description: ‘Sheepdogs.’ When allowed to be armed these Sheepdogs save lives!
By Ted Deeds
Who Won the Bush War?, Cuidad City?, Readers Support SOF Advertisers, Springfield XD and XDM
He Was Against Xe… Before He Needed to Escape a Coup, Female Navy Commander Relieved, Tribute Bike, Guided Mortar Round Entering Service, Whirlwind – Barrett Tillman’s Latest, Coast Guard Cuts?, Freedom Keeps Busting `Em
Drugs and Money Talk, Contractors Used as Spies, Spanish Judge with Cajones, Oil Tanker Attacks off Singapore, Chavez Demands America Hand Predecessor Over, Lula Against Iran Sanctions, Wacky Qaddafi At It Again!, More Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Religious Violence in Nigeria, Double Agent Nabbed, U.S. Defense Secrets Given to Russia.
Dr. Martin Brass
Terrorism at the Door
By Gary Paul Johnston
The Fight for Opium Central
By Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC, (Ret.)