Category Archives: Special Forces

Taliban shoot down U.S. Special Forces helicopter

On August 6th 2011, the Taliban shot down a Chinook transport helicopter, killing 30 Americans – of which 22 were Navy Seal Commandos, including members of Seal Team 6, the group responsible for assassinating Bin Laden in May. The helicopter … Continue reading

Posted in Special Forces, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Secret War in 120 Countries: The SOCOM Shadow

Nick Turse, an investigative journalist over at TomDispatch, provides a sobering account of secret U.S. military activity across the globe. Special Operations Command  (SOCOM) was once a small branch of the U.S. military, but has now grown exponentially in size … Continue reading

Posted in Empire, Special Forces | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Secret War Expands

According to senior military and administration officials, the Obama administration has ramped up secret wars against al-Qaeda and other radical groups. Special Operations forces are growing, where they are already deployed in 75 countries – compared to 60 at the … Continue reading

Posted in Empire, Secrecy and Surveillance, Special Forces | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s Secret War

The current zeitgeist of Obama’s post- (but not really post) ‘Global War on Terror’ is undoubtedly one of shadows, secret executions, and night raids. As US troops ‘drawdown’ in Afghanistan, and the failures of ‘nation building’ become evident, what will … Continue reading

Posted in Secrecy and Surveillance, Special Forces, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

United States Special Operations Command

The New York Times has a nice overview of the US Special Forces Command (USSOC). USSOC was established in 1987 and is in charge of small, elite units with about 54,000 active duty personnel across all four branches of the … Continue reading

Posted in Special Forces | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Special Forces Night Raids in Afghanistan

United States Special Operations forces, together with Afghan security, regularly uses night raids to curb and destroy Taliban insurgency networks. But the raids remain controversial, in no small part due to repeated stories of abuse. Such clandestine tactics will persist long … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Special Forces | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Forget ‘Black Sites’ – Introducing ‘Black Seas’

The Guardian today reports on a Somali ‘terror suspect’ who was held and questioned on a US Navy ship for two months, beginning April 19, without legal representation. The detainment of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame has drawn criticism from both Republicans … Continue reading

Posted in Law and Lawfare, Ocean Geopolitics, Special Forces | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Escalation of Shadow Wars and Black Ops under Panetta

At his Thursday confirmation hearing to become secretary of defense, CIA Director Panetta made a broad case for expanding the U.S.’ already extensive shadow wars. Now that bin Laden is dead, “we’ve got to keep the pressure up,” Panetta urged … Continue reading

Posted in Special Forces | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Special Forces Raids in Iraq

Stephen Grey on British and American Special Forces. Instead of a patient approach of developing and then staking out targets, as used by the SAS in Northern Ireland, [Stanley McChrystal] demanded a blistering attack on the enemy. SAS squadrons, when … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Special Forces, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment