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Posts Tagged ‘special forces

US Special Forces in Syria and 119 other countries

January 17, 2012

On January 2, a soldier in San Diego linked to Special Forces posted on his Facebook page that he was deploying to Syria. The soldier’s Facebook page has been scrubbed, as well as almost all references to him. Still, this tantalizing piece of information startled readers, leading many to ask: does our country have troops […]

British SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi in Libya

August 26, 2011

British special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to lead the hunt for Muammar Gaddafi. As a $1.6 million bounty was placed on his head, soldiers from 22 SAS Regiment began guiding rebel soldiers after being ordered in by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. For the first time, defense sources have confirmed […]

US Special Forces warfare Geneva Conventions and UN Charter be damned

May 29, 2011

[Until recently, the approaches to warfare could be summed up as] the Powell Doctrine, the Rumsfeld Doctrine, and the Petraeus Doctrine. The Powell Doctrine is essentially conventional warfare a-la-World War II: massive firepower, lots of soldiers, clear goals. This was the formula for the first Gulf War, which, after a month of bombing, lasted only […]

US Troops operating in Pakistan since 2009: WikiLeaks

May 23, 2011

Contrary to Pakistani military’s persistent assertion that it will not allow foreign troops to operate within the country, US special forces were embedded with Pakistani troops for intelligence gathering and were also deployed on joint operations in their territory, according to secret US diplomatic cables. The cables released by WikiLeaks said that US special operations […]

The legality of killing Osama bin Laden

May 4, 2011

The Guardian reports that the chorus of official applause from international leaders over the death of Osama bin Laden has failed to silence doubts about the killing’s legality. Despite widespread backing for the raid, there is a growing demand for the precise legal basis of the US operation to be explained. Prof Nick Grief, an […]

Increased number of contractors – heirs to the Blackwater mercenaries

December 23, 2010

The Obama administration is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush. Both Afghnaistan and Iraq wars have been fought with the help of private military and intelligence contractors. But despite the troubles of Blackwater in particular – charges of corruption and killing of civilians—and continuing controversy over military outsourcing in general, […]

CIA and American post 9/11 support for radical Islam

October 22, 2010

After the end of the Cold War, Osama bin Laden turned against the West and we no longer had any use for him. His persistent terrorist attacks against us for more than a decade, culminating in 9/11, provoked our own response, in the form of the ‘War on Terror’. This is the official narrative. And […]

US Task Force 373 assassination unit

August 15, 2010

The New York Times, Washington Post, and most U.S. newspapers under-reported WikiLeaks documents that highlighted US Task Force 373 (TF 373) assassination unit. The London Guardian however highlights the WikiLeaks war logs showing TF 373 as a shadowy kill-or-capture squad, some excerpts including: “The NATO coalition in Afghanistan has been using an undisclosed ‘black’ unit […]

US aid helps Afghan warlord build an empire

June 7, 2010

The most powerful man in many parts of Afghanistan is not the provincial governor, nor the police chief, nor even the commander of the Afghan Army. In Oruzgan Province, it is Matiullah Khan, the head of a private army that earns millions of dollars guarding NATO supply convoys and fights Taliban insurgents alongside American Special […]

We’re murdering people in large numbers with high-tech savagery

April 16, 2010

What I thought of, straight off, as I watched that 17-minute WikiLeaks video of Iraqis – including a Reuters photographer and his driver – being strafed on a Baghdad street in 2007 by a U.S. helicopter: For God’s sake, we’re killing people. We’re doing so in large numbers, with high-tech savagery. We aren’t even defending […]