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Ukrainian Soldiers Vow to Hold Fast Against Russian Advances: ‘We’ll Fight Until We’re Dead’

“We will batter them with drones, we will conduct partisan raids in their rear. We’ll fight until we’re dead.” by Aleksander Palikot NEAR ROBOTYNE, Ukraine — “To put it bluntly, we barely have enough strength to defend what we gained over the summer,” Ihor said. He is a battalion commander …

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British Soldier Who Saved Afghans in Kabul Pullout Is Found Dead at Age 20

“We looked out for each other and our families on operations; so, we must continue to do this at home,” commander said. One of the youngest soldiers to take part in the 2021 evacuation of Kabul has passed away at age 20, British forces announced. Private Kieran Steven Heaney, who …

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

Editor’s note: Longtime CIA covert operations 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 …

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These Are the Weapons the US and UK Used Against Houthi Targets

When U.S. and U.K. hit Houthi militia targets in Yemen on Jan. 11, the two Western militaries used powerful weapons in their respective arsenals. These included launches from air and from sea. Here are the types of munitions that were used. US: Hornets, HARMs, and Tomahawks The US conducted air strikes …

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To Evade War in Ukraine, More Russian Soldiers Are Deserting

by Timofei Rozhanskiy As fighting raged in an around Bakhmut amid Russia’s unrelenting assault earlier this year turning the eastern Ukrainian city to rubble, a Russian conscript began plotting how he would desert shortly after being deployed there. Anton (not his real name) said he was given a two-week leave in …

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Russia Hits Kyiv With Missile Barrage, Killing at Least 5

“Places we thought were safe, are not safe,” one resident told Soldier of Fortune. Russia launched extensive missiles attacks that killed at least five people and wounded dozens more in Kyiv and Kharkiv, officials in Ukraine said on Tuesday. The barrage was unlike previous attacks, and hit areas of Kyiv …

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The Christmas Bombings of 1972: A Deafening Roar Told Me Something Big Was Happening

by David Nelson, The War Horse I woke up early on the morning of Dec. 6, 1972, to pack and say tearful goodbyes to my wife, Martie, and our one-year-old daughter, Amy. We’d decided ahead of time that my father-in-law “Pop” Lowry would drive me from Temple, Texas, to Love …

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Chechen Separatists Fighting Russians in Ukraine: ‘The Bear Has to be Driven Out With a Stick’

by Lidia Mikhalchenko / Caucasus For many of the Chechen opposition members and separatists abroad who have come from across Europe to join a volunteer battalion in Ukraine, battling Russia has become a way of life. Decades — even centuries — of Moscow’s often-armed interference in Chechnya have made the …

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‘You Cannot Unsee the Evil’: A Report on the Graphic Hamas Terror Video, From Combat Veteran John Spencer

I am an American veteran who watched the footage of Hamas’s atrocities on October 7. People should know what it shows. by John Spencer Last week, I watched the roughly 45-minute footage of the atrocities conducted by Hamas on October 7 at a private screening at the Israeli Consulate in …

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Soviet Soldiers Boiled Their Ammunition While Serving in Afghanistan

The recipe was simple: make a fire; boil water in any metal container at hand; put the ammo in the boiling water; and cook for four to five hours. by Nikolay Shevchenko During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Russian soldiers were often seen boiling their ammo for hours in a …

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