Category targeted killing

U.S. Officials Warn Special Ops Forces Being Stretched To Possible Breaking Point

Excerpt: Another option, according to both Reed and Ernst, is to expand the number of U.S. special operations forces, which they say may be necessary even with a bulked-up diplomatic corps.   “We have to increase numbers and resources,” Reed said, warning, “We cannot sacrifice quality for quantity.” US Officials Warn Special Ops Forces Being […]

After Niger, Is America’s ‘Light Footprint’ Counterterrorism Strategy Sustainable?

Excerpt: The question is whether the United States can tolerate this dissonance between what the public wants and the costs it is willing to bear to get it. How many shocks like Niger will it take for Congress and the public to become fully disillusioned with the light footprint? Right now, that approach seems to […]

Green Beret Found SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed.

Green Beret Found SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed. http://amp.thedailybeast.com/green-beret-discovered-seals-illicit-cash-then-he-was-killed KEVIN MAURER, SPENCER ACKERMAN 11.12.17 8:00 PM ET   PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY THE DAILY BEAST Logan Melgar hadn’t had a drink on June 4. The Green Beret sergeant’s dry day became a key to unraveling the narrative spun by the elite Navy commandos whom […]

Hamza bin Laden Lionizes His Father And Incites ‘Rebellion’ In New Audio Message

Hamza bin Laden lionizes his father and incites ‘rebellion’ in new audio message By Thomas Joscelyn, www.longwarjournal.org View Original November 7th, 2017 Al Qaeda has released a new audio message from Hamza bin Laden entitled, “Osama…The Fighter Against Invaders And the Inciter of Rebellion Against Tyrants.” The junior bin Laden lionizes his father as a hero of […]

Ryan Owens, Navy SEAL Killed In Yemen, Was Braver Than America Knew

Ryan Owens, Navy SEAL Killed In Yemen, Was Braver Than America Knew By James Laporta, www.thedailybeast.com View Original November 4th, 2017 POMPANO BEACH, Florida—John Owens was in the back of a C-17 transport aircraft surrounded by members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six. John’s younger brother, Ryan, was […]

U.S. Special Forces ‘Fought Niger Ambush Alone After Local Troops Fled’

David Maxwell:  Really?  Excerpt: …retired and serving special forces officers with knowledge of events have said. U.S. Special Forces ‘Fought Niger Ambush Alone After Local Troops Fled’ The Guardian · by Jason Burke · November 4, 2017 Comrades of Sgt La David Johnson cry at his burial service on 21 October in Hollywood, Florida. Johnson and three other US soldiers […]

Iran’s Secret Funding For al-Qaeda In Exchange For Attacks On U.S. Targets Exposed In Bin Laden Files

Tehran provided extensive support for the terror group in an effort to weaken the United States http://www.newsweek.com/irans-secret-funding-al-qaeda-exchange-attacks-us-targets-exposed-bin-laden-699370 Iran’s Secret Funding For al-Qaeda In Exchange For Attacks On U.S. Targets Exposed in Bin Laden Files By Callum Paton On 11/2/17 Iranian offers of secret funding, arms and training to al-Qaeda have been laid bare in a 19-page document declassified by […]

U.S. Soldiers Were Separated From Unit In Niger Ambush, Officials Say

U.S. Soldiers Were Separated From Unit in Niger Ambush, Officials Say By  Thomas Gibbons-neff and Eric Schmitt,  www.nytimes.com View Original October 27th, 2017 Senator John McCain said after Pentagon officials briefed lawmakers on Thursday that he still had “100 questions” about the deadly ambush in Niger this month. Credit Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPhoto by: Mark Wilson/Getty Images […]

Green Berets Ambushed In Niger Were Gathering Info On Terrorist

Green Berets ambushed in Niger were gathering info on terrorist: report By Ellen Mitchell, thehill.com View Original October 24th, 2017 The U.S. soldiers involved in the deadly Niger ambush earlier this month were gathering intelligence on a terrorist leader in the area, CNN reported. Two military officials told CNN that the unit was not on a kill or […]

Survivor Describes Chilling Details Of Deadly Niger Ambush – And, Acts Of Heroism

Survivor describes chilling details of deadly Niger ambush By Adam Ciralsky, abcnews.go.com View Original October 24th, 2017 Nearly three weeks after the deadly ambush on U.S. Special Ops forces in Niger, ABC News has learned chilling new details about the mission gone wrong from a survivor of the attack and a senior U.S. intelligence official. Their accounts, provided […]