Archiv: special forces


28.04.2021 - 23:37 [ Dave deCamp / Antiwar.com ]

Navy SEALs Shifting Focus Away From Counterterrorism to Face Russia and China

The 2018 National Defense Strategy outlined the US military’s shift away from counterterrorism towards so-called ‚great power competition‘

19.12.2020 - 11:07 [ theIntercept.com ]

The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads

While CIA officers run the operations, most of the ground support during strike force unit missions, including the control of air power, is provided by fighters loaned out by Joint Special Operations Command. Variations on this arrangement have been used by the CIA since the Church Committee clamped down on agency excesses at home and abroad in 1975. Originally dubbed “Omega” in Afghanistan, the program temporarily strips special forces of their regular military designation — a process known as “sheep-dipping”— and places them under CIA command. This enables the CIA to circumvent the restrictions placed on fighters who ordinarily operate under regular wartime Title 10 authority, placing them instead under the agency’s Title 50 authority for covert actions.

30.11.2020 - 22:47 [ Anthony Chimente, @durham_uni / Twitter ]

No, you need to read the NYT article stating Trump wanted to use military force against Iran but the pentagon military/ some@civilian leadership balked. Now he can use SOCOM/JSOC to strike Iran without the consent of Pentagon military leadership.

(18.11.2020)

30.11.2020 - 22:45 [ Lara Seligman, Covering the Pentagon for @POLITICO / Twitter ]

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, himself a former Green Beret, announces that he has directed the Special Operations civilian leadership to report directly to the SecDef. This puts Special Operations command „on par with the military services for the first time.“

(18.11.2020)

29.11.2020 - 20:15 [ justsecurity.org ]

Defense Policy Negotiations Near Completion in Congress, With Human Rights Provisions in Play

(25.11.2020)

One measure in the House version of the NDAA would amend Section 127e of the U.S. Code — Support of Special Operations to Combat Terrorism — to include reporting on the entities with which foreign forces receiving U.S. support are in hostilities, whether those entities are covered under an existing authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), and steps taken to ensure that such support is consistent with U.S. objectives. It would also require a description of the steps taken to ensure that recipients of this support have not engaged in human rights violations or violations of the Geneva Conventions.

29.11.2020 - 17:17 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

As Iran puts executed nuclear chief’s body on display, how he was taken out: Power to the entire region was cut as gun and bomb attack blasted convoy before he was dragged from car and finished off… then the 12 assassins melted away

The gunmen with the hit squad opened fire on the cars, and an intense gunfight ensued, according to Sepah Cybery, a social media channel affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Ahwaze tweeted: ‚According to Iranian leaks, the leader of the assassination team took Fakhrizadeh out of his car and shot him and made sure he was killed.‘

The hit squad then vanished, having sustained no losses to their team, Ahwaze reported.

19.11.2020 - 14:29 [ CNN ]

Elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians amid a culture of ‚blood lust,‘ report alleges

The ADF is recommending that Australia’s Federal Police (AFP) investigate 19 individuals from the Australian Special Forces over 36 alleged war crimes, including murder and cruel treatment of non-combatants in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013.
Campbell said he had accepted all of the inquiry’s 143 recommendations.

19.11.2020 - 01:55 [ news.com.au ]

‘Deeply disturbing’ war crimes report: 39 Afghanis allegedly killed by SAS

Exactly seven days ago, the Mr Morrison warned the nation to prepare for allegations of “serious and possibly criminal conduct” by Australia’s defence force in Afghanistan that could see soldiers prosecuted for unlawful killings.

A special investigator will be appointed to consider allegations of war crimes by Australia’s soldiers in the Middle East following the completion of a long-running defence investigation into the claims.

19.11.2020 - 01:42 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australian special forces soldiers committed up to 39 murders: ADF report

The public summary of the inquiry, released on Thursday morning, based partly on evidence given by eyewitnesses interviewed under oath, also found that Australian soldiers summarily executed non-combatants and prisoners.

Justice Brereton wrote „when what the inquiry has found is taken collectively, the answer to the question, ‚Is there substance to rumours of war crimes by elements of the Special Operations Task group‘ must sadly be, ‚Yes, there is‘.“

19.11.2020 - 01:36 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia apologises to Afghanistan for special forces misconduct

Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell is releasing a public summary of the four-year investigation by senior judge Paul Brereton for the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force.

08.11.2020 - 14:26 [ Xinhuanet ]

Australian Defence Force chief handed „deeply troubling“ Afghanistan war crimes report

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has published eyewitness accounts of the alleged war crimes including mass shootings of Afghan civilians by SOTG troops, reported on Friday that the report recommends criminal prosecutions or military sanctions for 15 to 20 soldiers involved in 10 incidents.

07.11.2020 - 01:38 [ The Guardian ]

Inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan delivers final report

Leaks and whistleblowers have also suggested Afghan civilians were used as “target practice”, that a detainee was shot when there was no room for him on a helicopter, and that special forces troops operated with a sense of impunity, elitism and recklessness, a culture permitted by a weak command structure.

21.10.2020 - 04:04 [ New York Post ]

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée sues Saudi crown prince in US court over his murder

The Saudi court ruled that the killing was not premeditated — though the CIA has previously concluded that the prince personally ordered Khashoggi’s murder.

16.10.2020 - 02:06 [ Voice of America ]

Protesters March on Nigerian Parliament After Army Threatens to Step In

In response to the protests, the head of Nigeria’s police force on Sunday dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit that demonstrators have accused of beatings, killings and extortion.

Demonstrators have called for more meaningful reforms. Protesters say they fear a new unit, whose creation to „fill the gaps“ left by SARS was announced on Tuesday, was just a rebranding of the squad.

19.07.2020 - 18:48 [ Voice of America ]

UN Urges Inquiry into Violence by Anti-Terrorism Force Against Malian Protestors

MINUSMA, the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, has confirmed at least 14 protestors were killed and another 154 injured during a violent clampdown by FORSAT, a special anti-terrorism unit operating in Mali.

02.06.2020 - 22:39 [ Tony Thomas, 11th Commander of US SOCOM / Twitter ]

The “battle space” of America??? Not what America needs to hear…ever, unless we are invaded by an adversary or experience a constitutional failure…ie a Civil War…

05.05.2020 - 12:55 [ The Telegraph / Youtube ]

Venezuela arrests two Americans in ‚attempted coup invasion‘

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that authorities have captured 13 ‚terrorists‘, including two US citizens he described as mercenaries, over allegations that they were involved in a failed plot to invade the country and oust him.

05.05.2020 - 12:42 [ Washington Post ]

Venezuela’s Maduro says two Americans captured in failed invasion attempt

Goudreau, in an interview with The Washington Post, confirmed that two Americans in what he says was a force of about 60 men were captured Monday along with six Venezuelans. He identified the Americans as Airan Berry and Luke Denman. Also captured was one of the operation’s leaders, former Capt. Antonio Sequea.

The Americans, Goudreau said, were fellow former Special Forces members he had known for years who had joined the operation as “supervisors.” He said he has engaged a lawyer in Venezuela and was reaching out to the State Department to try to secure their release.

26.02.2020 - 01:48 [ Al Jazeera ]

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

An annual report by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force said 55 separate incidents were being investigated as part of a years-long probe into allegations Australian soldiers committed war crimes while serving in Afghanistan.

12.02.2020 - 21:43 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan

While official records linking the ATFC to the CIA do not appear widely in available government documents, their collaboration is an open secret. One early report by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, an advocacy organization for the US intelligence community, noted “the cell has about two-dozen members drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Central Command, the Treasury Department and the CIA. The FBI is expected to join soon.”

Global news wire Agency France-Presse characterized ATFC as “a multi-agency organization currently comprising about 30 specialists on loan from the Department of Drug Enforcement, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, Department of Defense’s CENTCOM, the CIA and the FBI.”

25.12.2019 - 22:45 [ Military Times ]

Remains of soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to US

Multiple U.S. officials, including National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Wednesday what the military calls a dignified transfer in which the cases containing the remains are transferred to a vehicle from the aircraft that ferried them to the United States.

14.11.2019 - 17:42 [ ORF ]

Soldat von Hunden angefallen und getötet

Die beiden Belgischen Schäferhunde, die in der Nacht auf Donnerstag einen Jagdkommando-Soldaten in der Flugfeld-Kaserne in Wiener Neustadt getötet haben, waren klassische Zugriffshunde. „Ihre Aufgabe ist es, den Angreifer unschädlich zu machen“, erläuterte Bauer im Gespräch mit der Austria Presse Agentur.

19.10.2019 - 10:25 [ Daily Mail ]

Pentagon DELETES files about Osama bin Laden raid after transferring them to CIA where they can’t be made public

(08.07.2013)

– Military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout have been purged from Pentagon computers
– Associated Press requested information on the raid some 20 times in 2011 but requests were rejected
– A line in an inspector general’s draft report states the files were purged from the defense department to another government department to prevent certain information about the raid being made public
– The sentence was removed from the final report released weeks ago

19.10.2019 - 10:00 [ Radio Utopie ]

Admiral William McRaven: der Letzte der Viererbande

(17.11.2013)

Auf dem U.S.-Luftwaffenstützpunkt McDill Air Force Base in Tampa in Florida residiert noch unangefochten der Herrscher über die grösste geheime internationale Schattenarmee – mächtiger als der U.S.-Präsident als Oberkommandierender der U.S.-Streitkräfte mitsamt seinem Verteidigungsminister – wo er seine Befugnisse unkontrollierbar immer weiter ausbaut.

13.10.2019 - 02:24 [ Irish Examiner ]

Members of Ireland’s special forces deployed to German based EU Battlegroup for first time

Members of the elite Army Ranger Wing (ARW) have joined other special forces in the formation of what is designed to be a rapid reaction force which the EU could send to bring peace to a troubled spot.

The battlegroup is being led by the Germans, but also contains contingents of troops from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Latvia and Sweden. The whole force is comprised of around 1,500 personnel.

29.09.2019 - 20:06 [ The New York Times ]

Iraq’s Removal of Counterterrorism Chief Sparks Controversy

The 56-year-old general, who in recent years led the fight against the Islamic State group working alongside the U.S.-led coalition, said he did not know the reason for the proposed transfer and would prefer to retire rather than be moved to the defense ministry.

28.07.2019 - 12:24 [ The National ]

American and British soldiers killed in Syria died by friendly fire, inquiry finds

A British SAS soldier and a US commando who died in Syria last year were killed by “friendly fire” and not an ISIS roadside bomb, as was previously claimed.

23.07.2019 - 01:49 [ Bloomberg ]

Army Lets Slip That It’s Conducting Secret Operation Around D.C.

Hall said the operation began early in the fiscal year, which started Oct. 1, and “the duration of the mission is undetermined.”

06.07.2019 - 12:11 [ teleSUR ]

UK: Troops Hang Nazi Flag, Call Kenyans ‚African Animals’

Specifically, the two say that while the battalion was stationed in Kenya, white soldiers would call local troops “African animals” and “f***ing n****rs.” The soldiers would often tell local children asking for coins to: “f**k off.” The claimants say that senior officers always left such comments unchallenged.

The pair even say that they saw Nazi flags and photos of Hitler displayed at a military base in Colchester, Essex.

22.06.2019 - 18:56 [ teleSUR ]

Honduras: President Hernandez Welcomes US Southcom Leader

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) welcomed the United States Southern Command (Southcom) leader Craig Faller Friday who was accompanied by a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The group convened in Palmerola, a U.S. military base located in Honduras about 75 km north of the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa.

30.05.2019 - 01:08 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Einflusskampf am Horn von Afrika

Ein Vorauskommando der Bundeswehr hielt sich sogar schon, um die Lage zu erkunden, in der Hafenstadt Berbera auf. Letztendlich lehnte die Bundesregierung aber die Anerkennung der Unabhängigkeit Somalilands, die als Vorbedingung für den Aufbau einer Marinebasis galt, ab und ließ die Bundesmarine stattdessen in Djibouti ankern.[3] Dennoch setzten deutsche Behörden ihre Tätigkeiten in Somaliland fort; Deutschland kann heute darauf aufbauen.

17.05.2019 - 01:50 [ USNI ]

Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident

A U.S. team that includes special operations personnel were part of a group sent to determine the origin of the attacks.

12.05.2019 - 09:01 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Die Integration der Bundeswehr

Das Video dient offenkundig der Rekrutierung Heranwachsender für den Dienst in den auf gezielte Tötungen spezialisierten Sonderkommandos der Bundeswehr – erinnert es doch über weite Strecken an einen martialischen Actionthriller oder ein entsprechendes Computerspiel. Ergänzend werden die „EGB-Kräfte“ in den zugehörigen Manöverberichten als „Elitesoldaten“ bezeichnet

28.04.2019 - 21:57 [ Rudaw ]

Elite US Navy SEAL facing war crimes charges for killings in Iraq

Stabbing a teenage prisoner to death, picking off a young girl and an old man with a sniper rifle and firing a heavy machinegun into a residential area: these are some of the charges facing an elite US Navy SEAL on trial for war crimes while deployed in Iraq.

29.03.2019 - 03:27 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

British Troops Are Active in Combat in Yemen

That position collapsed suddenly over the weekend, when media reports revealed that five British special forces operatives were injured in combat in Yemen, supporting the Saudi invasion. The troops were from Special Boat Service.

09.12.2018 - 21:10 [ Xinhuanet ]

Egypt holds joint anti-terror military exercises with African states

Held at Egypt’s Mohamed Naguib military base, the largest in the Middle East and Africa that is located in Egypt’s Mediterranean province of Matrouh, the joint exercises will last until Dec. 14.

03.04.2018 - 10:11 [ RT ]

‘Not proxy’: Lavrov says US, British, French special forces ‘directly involved’ in Syria war

(19.3.2018) The US coalition is “illegitimate” from the standpoint of international law and the UN Charter, Lavrov said. “But we are realistic and understand that we wouldn’t fight with them. So we coordinate actions at least to prevent unintended clashes. Our military always keeps in touch with the American commanders who lead the operation on Syrian territory.”