Category Archives: Special Forces

Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions

I’m about 100-pages into Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield”. I’m a big fan of his investigative journalism, and already the book is proving to be a real-eye opener – lifting the lid on the U.S.’ planet-wide … Continue reading

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Mark Mazzetti (2013) The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth. New York: The Penguin Press. Mazzetti’s book is an unflinching examination of the past and present shadow wars waged … Continue reading

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Bacevich on the “Golden Age of Special Forces”

Andrew Bacevich discusses the global, shadowy, and largely unaccountable spread of Special Forces–which number as much as 66,000 in 120 countries. Headed by William McRaven, USSOCOM now operates according to its own mandate, and is slowly replacing traditional military imperatives. … Continue reading

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U.S. Shadow Power

Juan Cole discusses U.S. covert operations in his broad-ranging article. Some of the key points are as follows: Covert operations, despite being part of American history, have become the cutting edge of American state power: drones, electronic surveillance, JSOC, private … Continue reading

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Offshore Everywhere: How Drones, Special Operations Forces, and the U.S. Navy Plan to End National Sovereignty As We Know It

A new way of preserving the embattled idea of an American planet is coming into focus and one thing is clear: in the name of Washington’s needs, it will offer a direct challenge to national sovereignty. Less troops, less full-frontal … Continue reading

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Night raids in Afghanistan by Special Forces still unpopular

Every night throughout Afghanistan, international forces launch kill/capture raids on Afghan homes. Over the past two years, the use of night raids, particularly by U.S. Special Operations Forces, has skyrocketed-increasing at least five-fold since February 2009, indicating an important tactical shift … Continue reading

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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

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