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The Puzzling Case of the ‘Harmful’ Sandbag Video

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating We thought we were being informative, but maybe we missed something. We wanted to show that soldiers do more than the high profile kinetic stuff, and that sometimes their work is mundane. Such as, when they fill sandbags. We posted this little clip, below, on …

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Mail Drop: Vomiting in the Balkans, Choking on Relish, and More

Mail drop! Here’s the latest peek into our inbox at Soldier of Fortune. Send us a note, and you, too, might appear in a future edition of Mail Drop! Vomiting in the Balkans Susan: Hey I saw what you wrote about working on a story in Dubrovnik and then vomiting …

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Shooting Death Near US Special Operations Army Post: First Reports Are Not Always Accurate

My own inquiry shows so far that this tragedy was incredibly sad, but not nefarious. ANALYSIS by Susan Katz Keating I frequently remind readers that when following current events, be mindful that first reports often are incomplete, misleading, or even wrong. This is one of those times. Alarming news emerged Thursday …

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Murder Attempt on Slovakia’s Prime Minister Fico: First Lessons

A JFK-style hit, where a sniper takes aim from afar, is not the only type of assassination that threatens a political leader’s life. ANALYSIS by Susan Katz Keating Important first lessons emerge from today’s assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. Grainy footage from the attack seems to show that …

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Wagner Group in the Field: Are These Guys for Real?

Wagner Group has been getting increased attention in the wake of a recent article that says they are chasing the depleted warlord Joseph Kony in Africa. I don’t buy that story, and I’m not convinced re this new vid. COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating A video on a Russian secure …

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Havana Syndrome and the ‘Moscow Signal’: A Sobering Red Flag

by Susan Katz Keating Yes or no; Да или нет? Did a Russian assassination team inflict the mysterious Havana Syndrome on American targets, as reputable journalists allege; or has an innocent unit been framed, as Moscow would have us believe? To anyone looking for answers, here is one Red flag …

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Wagner Parody Vid Makes the Rounds, Gets Us Dinged for Posting on Big Social

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Now that all the militias and terrorist groups are getting into the music video game, the parodies aren’t too far behind. One hilarious example shows the joys and pleasures of fighting alongside the Wagner Group. The vid is making the rounds privately, but Big Social won’t …

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Old Hands, Listen Up: The Younger Warriors Need You

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating I recently did a demographic survey on the Soldier of Fortune audience – and the results prompted me to write this Dispatch to certain readers. Old hands, listen up. This is for you. Bear with me for a little context. In the survey, the big finding …

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Did the Execution of Jesus Spark the Beginning of the End of the Roman Empire?

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating On Easter weekend, I tend to think secular thoughts to go with the religious holiday. The purely secular portion is this: Jesus of Nazareth was arrested and executed for treason against Rome on this weekend, around 33 AD, according to the Gospel accounts.  Was this the …

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Wagner Group Drones Go Haywire in Flight, But These Are No Toys

One drone was “snuffed out” in new video from the field, but others kept flying. COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating The Russian state-funded Wagner Group says it is equipped with electronic warfare capabilities, to include the use of drones. The group uses a new video to showcase its drones in …

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