A Wide World of Winless War

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by Nick Turse The tabs on their shoulders read “Special Forces,” “Ranger,” “Airborne.” And soon their guidon — the “colors” of Company B, 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group — would be adorned with the “Bandera… Continue Reading  

Troop Levels Are Too Important to be Left to the Generals

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by Paul R. Pillar The comment of Georges Clemenceau, premier of France during World War I, that war is too important to be left to the generals was a sage observation even amid the total war in which his nation… Continue Reading  

Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Special Ops “Successes”

Naval Special Warfare Command will establish Seal Team 10 with a ceremony this Friday at 11 a.m. aboard Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek.

by Nick Turse They’re some of the best soldiers in the world: highly trained, well equipped, and experts in weapons, intelligence gathering, and battlefield medicine.  They study foreign cultures and learn local languages.  They’re smart, skillful, wear some very iconic… Continue Reading  

U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Rising Tide of Terror

040222-N-3953L-349 Remote Training Facility (February 22, 2004) -- Members of a SEAL Team practice desert training exercises in preparation for real world scenarios.   Navy SEALs are maritime special operations forces who strike from the SEa, Air and Land.  They operate in small numbers, infiltrating their objective areas by fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, navy surface ships, combatant craft and submarines.  SEALs have the ability to conduct a variety of high-risk missions- unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, diversionary attacks and precision strikes- all in a clandestine fashion.
Official U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon, Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs Office. (RELEASED)

by Nick Turse “Africa is a challenging place today and one that, if left unattended, is likely to be the birthplace of many more challenges in the future,” Army Secretary John McHugh said recently. Since 9/11, in fact, the continent… Continue Reading