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Monthly Archives: May 2022

‘To Hell With the Chain of Command’: Uvalde Police Planned to Defy Orders, Breach School, Officers Say

“And then BORTAC arrived…” by Jose Campos Uvalde, Texas – As anger against local police officials continues to mount inside this close-knit community, individual police officers told Soldier of Fortune they began hatching a plan last week to defy their own commander who ordered them to remain outside Robb Elementary …

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‘We Don’t Have Funerals in Combat Zones’: A Soldier Remembers

by Harry Ramsbottom In my three wars I witnessed some sad things, but one of the saddest I have seen was the moral disintegration of a U.S. Army company at Al, Iraq in September 2005. We were the corps security brigade. Our mission was straightforward and massive: patrol and secure …

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Lance Motley: American Merc Trained Phalange Strike Force in Lebanon

Editor’s note: Lance Motley was fearless, restless, and always in search of adventure. A West Point graduate who served in the 75th Rangers and the 82nd Airborne, Motley covered the war for SOF in Nicaragua when he imbedded with the Contras in 1987. He was wounded in 1989 while in …

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George Washington Bacon, the CIA’s Man in Laos Before He Became a Merc in Angola

Editor’s note: Former CIA paramilitary officer James Parker Jr. often talked to me about his days in Southeast Asia, including the secret war in Laos. He told stories of another case officer and former Green Beret, George Washington Bacon III, who became a mercenary in Angola. Here is an excerpt …

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Clearing Battlefields of Ordnance in Ukraine: On the Ground and Embedded in Trees

Former battlefields around Kyiv are littered with unexploded ordnance, and are too unstable to be fully cleared from the ground, according to a British explosives expert who is helping to disarm the bombs. “It’s too dangerous now to just wander around searching,” said Chris Garrett, a British EOD volunteer who …

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Russian Garrisons Near Finnish Border Are Empty; ‘They Don’t Have Anything,’ Intelligence Official Says

Russia could disrupt Finland’s maritime trade, but could not mount a land invasion into the Nordic nation, according to a former top Finish intelligence official.  “The garrisons next to the Finnish border have been emptied,” said Major General Pekka Toveri, the former intelligence chief of the Finnish General Staff. “They …

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Border Patrol Special Operators Placed Selves Between Killer and Children During Uvalde Rampage

by Jose Campos Uvalde, Texas – Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol placed themselves between the killer and his young targets who were trapped during the rampage Tuesday inside Robb Elementary School in this small Texas town. “Risking their own lives, these agents and other officers put themselves between the …

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Explosives Expert Who Staked Out Times Square, Other New York Landmarks, Previously Planted Bomb in Israel

Alexei Saab was convicted in the U.S. of charges stemming from his involvement with Hezbollah A Lebanese man who staked out key New York landmarks and who previously planted a bomb in Israel has been convicted of charges related to his membership in Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist group. Explosives …

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Is Ukraine Using Captured Russian MANPADS in Donbas?

Has Ukraine been using Russian next-generation Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) units that its forces captured from Vladimir Putin’s army? Sources inside Donbas tell Soldier of Fortune that Ukrainian troops have been seen using the relatively new SA-25 VERBA 9K333 systems, which are believed to be the most advanced …

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As US Troops Return to Somalia, Officials Aim to Ramp Up Fight Against Emboldened al-Shabaab

By Soldier of Fortune correspondent Gatimu Juma Government officials in Mogadishu view the return of U.S. forces to Somalia as a boon to local efforts to fight a resurgent al-Shabaab terror group, sources told Soldier of Fortune. “If all they do is give advice, that’s a tremendous help,” one official …

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