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U.S. conducts new strikes on pro-Syrian government forces threatening U.S. Special Operations base

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U.S.-led aircraft struck a column of pro-Syrian government forces advancing toward a small U.S. outpost in southeastern Syria on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The strike marks a second time in less than a month that U.S. aircraft have targeted troops aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Both times, the Pentagon said, were in self-defense. “Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers posing a threat to Coalition and partner forces based at the At Tanf Garrison,” the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement.…

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US increases its special forces in Syria as SDF begins Raqqa offensive

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  WASHINGTON — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters began pushing into the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, opening a long-anticipated battle that could put American troops closer to the front lines than in any operation in Syria so far, Pentagon officials said. In recent weeks, the United States has increased the size of its special operations advisory force embedded with the Syrian Democratic Forces as the group prepared its invasion of Raqqa, said Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman. Adding more American commandos to the fight will place them in a better position to provide real-time battlefield advice for what…

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US-Led Coalition Destroys Pro-Assad Militia Near Special Forces Base Via @dailycaller

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U.S.-led forces destroyed pro-Syrian government forces that were encroaching on a joint special forces base in the southern portion of the country. The pro-regime forces came too close to the joint U.S.-U.K. base near the town of At Tanf (also known as al-Tanf). They ignored several warnings sent over the “de-confliction line,” forcing Operation Inherent Resolve forces to attack. “Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers posing a threat to Coalition and partner forces based at the At Tanf Garrison,” said Combined Joint…

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Houston father searches for the truth about Green Beret son’s death in Jordan – Houston Chronicle

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  Beret son's death in Jordan By Mike Glenn May 28, 2017 Updated: May 28, 2017 10:32pm When Jimmy Moriarty brought up the idea of enlisting in the Army to become a member of the elite Special Forces, his father was skeptical. "He's the world sweetest kid, but they're just going to eat him for breakfast," Houston attorney James Moriarty recalled thinking to himself about his son and namesake. "In hindsight, I was such an idiot," Moriarty said. Jimmy Moriarty qualified for the Special Forces and made it though several other demanding training programs during his three years as a…

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James Mattis: New era of protracted, small wars with extremists – Washington Times

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  By Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times - Sunday, May 28, 2017 The U.S. and its allies are facing a new “era” in global conflict defined by protracted, small wars with extremist militant groups, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday. With the Islamic State is on the verge of territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria, smaller terror cells can be expected to big up group’s ideological banners and continue the fight in “frequent skirmishes” with the U.S. and Western forces, Mr. Mattis said during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “This is going to be a long fight…

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Special forces’ sacrifice must be remembered

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Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember those who have fallen in defense of our country. This year’s observance should remind us that too many of us pay too little attention to the war that erupted on 9/11 in which Americans are still fighting, and sometimes dying, in many places around the world. Army Gen. Ray Thomas, commander of Special Operations Command (SOCOM) told the Senate Armed Services Committee a few weeks ago that about 8,000 special operations troops — Navy SEALs, Army Rangers and Green Berets, as well as Air Force and Marine Corps special operators —…

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U.S. special operations forces face growing demands and increased risks – LA Times

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Five out of six U.S. casualties on the battlefield this year — and more than half the total last year — were among special operations forces. Touching down before dawn, Somali “Lightning” commandos climbed out of U.S. military helicopters and carefully advanced in the dark toward a ramshackle compound tucked into muddy farmland dotted by banana trees. U.S. surveillance had monitored the site for days after an intelligence tip signaled the location of Moalin Osman Abdi Badil, the suspected leader of a Shabab terrorist cell linked to plots against U.S. forces and their allies in Somalia. A team of Navy…

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The U.S. is waging a massive shadow war in Africa, exclusive documents reveal

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  By Nick Turse on May 18, 2017 Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe. Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. It’s the latest sign of the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the continent, one that represents the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the…

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COALITION: SPECIAL FORCES TRAIN, EQUIP TWO OPPOSITION GROUPS IN SOUTHERN SYRIA

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SULAIMANI – The Coalition forces said special operations forces are involved in the training and equipping of two Vetted Syrian Opposition (VSO) groups to fight Islamic State (ISIS) militants in southern Syria. Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) told NRT English on Monday (May 22) that the Coalition forces “train and equip, advise, assist, accompany and enable” two VSO groups to fight ISIS in the border area of Jordan, Syria and Iraq. The CJTF-OIR refused to disclose more information on the numbers of the forces and locations as well as the movement of forces in or out of Iraq…

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