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U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Offload $122 Million of Seized Cocaine in San Diego

Roughly four tons of cocaine seized by U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating from U.S. Navy, Canadian navy, and U.S. Coast Guard ships in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean are transferred from the USS Rentz, March 3, 2014. The contraband, seized in nine separate interdictions has an estimated value of $122 million.

Coast Guard offloads more than $12 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, a 210-foot Reliance class cutter home-ported in St. Petersburg, Fla., offload $12 million wholesale worth of cocaine after returning home from a 44-day deployment Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the sector. This interdiction was carried out as part of Operation Martillo, which is one component in the United States government’s whole-of-government approach to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons, and cash.

Ukraine-Russia Doorstep Statement

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, delivers a doorstep Statement on the Ukraine-Russia situation.

ANTI-GITMO MOUTHPIECE BUSTED ON TERROR CHARGES

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Former Gitmo Inmate Supported Jihadis
By Harold Hutchison

A prominent opponent of the United States detention policies surrounding Guantanamo Bay has been arrested on terrorism charges. British police busted Moazzam Begg yesterday on the charges.

COMMENTS ON THE M4 AND WANAT

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Allen West, Barrett Tillman Speak Out!
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of covering the controversy surrounding the performance of the Army’s M4 carbine, SOF has received comments from LTC Allen West, United States Army (Ret.), who also served n the House of Representatives, and author Barrett Tillman.

From LTC Allen West:

Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar: Taliban will resurge after US drawdown

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By LTC Allen West, USA (Ret.)

Last week, the Pentagon issued a report based on an independent study on the future of Afghanistan. As reported in the Washington Free Beacon, the Taliban will resurge in Afghanistan following the drawdown of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan later this year.

That is what I call a Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar (Blinding Flash of the Obvious).

What If We Were Winning But Nobody Noticed?

By Michael Ledeen

It’s all about winning and losing, but the best man doesn’t always win, and outcomes frequently have more to do with luck than with merit. Brilliant strategies fail, and fools stumble into glorious victories. Napoleon preferred a lucky general to a brilliant one.

Which brings us to today. The headlines are grim, the pictures from Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine are blood-chilling, executions and demonstrations are mounting in Iran, and Obama doesn’t know what to do about anything. So he doesn’t do anything; he and his strategists just dither. And yet…

DID FAULTY RIFLES CAUSE CASUALTIES AT WANAT?

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Bloody Engagement Caught Up in M4 Controversy
By Harold Hutchison

The Battle of Wanat was one of the deadliest fights that American troops were involved in during Operation Enduring Freedom. Nine Americans died in the battle, fought on 13 July, 2008, when as many as 500 Taliban attacked an American base defended by 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Nuristan Province.

WERE TROOPS STUCK WITH A BAD RIFLE?

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Did Army Know About M4 Carbine Flaws?
By Harold Hutchison

Could flaws in the M4 carbine have been corrected before American troops went into battle during the War on Terror? One retired general is claiming that the M4 is “virtually useless.”