US artillery unit providing fire support to Iraqi government forces in the offensive to take Mosul from the Islamic State.

Mosul Offensive – Now in Phase II

January 5, 2017 SOF News 0

The Fight Continues – Phase II. After a two-week lull in the action in the waning days of December the Iraqi military and its allies (Kurdish Peshmerga, Iran proxy militias, etc.) have re-started the campaign to re-capture Mosul. Phase II […]

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Mosul Reconstruction? What Role for USAID?

August 15, 2016 John Friberg 0

With the re-capture of Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq it was discovered that there was a lot of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction required. Whether this aid is being delivered effectively is still in doubt. The re-capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest […]

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Mosul Endgame?

August 10, 2016 John Friberg 0

So ¬†. . . the Iraqi forces (might as well say the ‘Golden Division’) will soon capture Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city now controlled by ISIS. So what happens after the capture? We know that the Iraqi forces (spearheaded […]

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Video – History of Task Force Viking (2003)

October 29, 2022 SOF News 0

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Mark Grdovic shared stories about his time in Iraq with Task Force Viking while assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2003. While conventional and special operations forces were pushing northward from the south and […]

NSW2 in Norway in IBS

Special Operations News Update – October 24, 2022

October 24, 2022 SOF News 0

Curated news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. Photo / Image: U.S., Norwegian, and Swedish Special Operations Forces drive a combat rubber raiding craft during SUBSOF 2022 in Norway, Aug. 14, 2022. (U.S. […]

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Special Operations News Update – Monday, March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021 SOF News 0

Curated news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. US SOF are everywhere, GB in prison, JORSOF, book reviews, podcasts, commentary, great power competition, upcoming SOF events, and more. SOF News Ruben Gallego. A […]

The CIA war in Kurdistan

Book Review – The CIA War in Kurdistan

January 26, 2021 John Friberg 0

A recent book, The CIA War in Kurdistan, details the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in northern Iraq before and during the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in early 2003. The main ground effort of OIF would […]

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) provide security for a Coalition mortar crew providing fires support to SDF against ISIS locations in Operation Round Up taking place in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) in Syria. (photo by SSG Timothy Koster, CJTF-OIR, May 13, 2018).

One Year Later – Physical Defeat of Daesh

March 23, 2020 SOF News 0

On March 23, 2019 the Pentagon announced the physical defeat of the Daesh caliphate in Syria. Over 110,000 square miles were liberated and 7.7 million people freed from Daesh oppression. The Syrian Democratic Front was assisted by U.S. airpower, ISR, […]

USSF attached to SOTF-A sets fire to field of marijuana in Afghan drug lab. Sep 12, 2016. (photo by Sgt Connor Mendez, NSOCC-A).

Special Operations News Update 20190710

July 10, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20190710 – Current news, analysis, and commentary on special operations, national security, and conflicts from around the world. GBs training NATO in W.V., Iran’s terror networks, Navy SEAL trial, Mark VI boat, SOFIC, Gray Zone, Russia, urban […]