Special Operations

12 December 2021 – Civilian Deaths Mounted as Secret Unit Pounded ISIS

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/12/us/civilian-deaths-war-isis.html?referringSource=articleShare A single top secret American strike cell launched tens of thousands of bombs and missiles against the Islamic State in Syria, but in the process of hammering a vicious enemy, the shadowy force sidestepped safeguards and repeatedly killed civilians, according to multiple current and former military and intelligence officials.

Book Review / Commentary on The Road Not Taken – Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy – 15 January 2018

Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy By Rudy Barnes, Jr.             Max Boot has published a new book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. MG Lansdale, who miscast by Graham Greene as The Quiet American, was an inspiration to me…

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New York Times – A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea -17 December 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/tillerson-north-korea-china.html This is a breathtaking public acknowledgement by a senior US Government official, notwithstanding OCT 2017 reportage that: North Korean hackers were reportedly able to obtain a copy of the U.S. military’s OPLAN 5015. This is a detailed outline for what has been described as a “decapitation strike,” that would,…

This Day In History – Assisting the Iraqi Kurds in Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, 1991

http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/humanitarian_intervention/CMH_70-78.pdf “The telephone woke General Potter at two o’clock in the morning on Saturday, 6 April 1991. He was at a guesthouse in Bad Tolz, Germany, where the preceding day he had visited the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. Potter and the battalion had just returned from Turkey. The…