Susan Katz Keating

Ukrainian Soldier Drums Up Catchy Tune Atop Weapons Used Against Russian Forces

Ukraine has released a video of a soldier improvising a catchy musical composition using military weapons as instruments. The ad hoc “instruments” are various small arms used by the Ukrainian military to defend the country against Russian armed forces. In the video, percussionist Alexander Seleznov uses chains, a Stinger, a …

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The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Old Guard Still Lurks in the Shadows, Hinting of Secrets That Vanished With Time

by Susan Katz Keating This is one of those times when running Soldier of Fortune gets interesting. Make that, really interesting. Folks frequently emerge from the shadows to fill me in on mysteries from years gone by, offering to show me old files, or point me in the “right” direction …

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One US Border Agent Killed, More Wounded in Deadly Shootout With Smugglers

One U.S. border agent was killed and four others wounded in a deadly Nov. 17 shootout with drug smugglers off the coast of Puerto Rico. The Thursday morning incident was first reported by Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner. The shootout occurred around 8 a.m. local time, after agents encountered …

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We Knew They Weren’t Coming Back: Vietnam’s Brutal ‘Nine Days in May’

by Susan Katz KeatingThe soldiers proceeded cautiously through the jungle highlands west of Pleiku, near the Cambodian border, on the morning of May 18, 1967. The men were part of Operation Francis Marion, aimed at stopping the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) from seizing the Ia Drang Valley. The Americans belonged …

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Agilite K19 Plate Carrier: A Perfect Fit for Behind Enemy Lines

by Susan Katz Keating The first thing I want to say about my Agilite K19 plate carrier is this: It fits. Both 5’3 female me, and a 6’0 buffed up male test subject. I was skeptical that Agilite says their carrier is “one size fits all.” For me, that usually …

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Beyond the Gamma Rays: A Nuclear Blast Would Bring Blinding Light, Searing Heat, and Intense Wind

Vladimir Putin last month assured listeners that, for the time being, he sees no reason to launch major strikes on Ukraine. The Russian president’s lightly veiled reference to exercising nuclear restraint was akin to the class bully promising to not beat up the other kids – yet.  Speaking amid international …

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Protests Spread Through Brazil in Wake of Presidential Election

Reports from Brazil increasingly show scenes such as those depicted below, with citizens protesting the results of the presidential election. A large demonstration reportedly is set for Tuesday, outside Army barracks. The dispute is over the razor-thin victory of candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Soldier …

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Russia Blocks Security Camera Footage in Wake of Attack on Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

Closed circuit camera broadcasts from Sevastopol have been blocked in the wake of explosions at the Russian naval base there, a Russian official said. “All broadcasts from CCTV cameras in Sevastopol that were previously available to civilians will be closed,” according to Mikhail Razvozhaev, the governor of Sevastopol. His remarks …

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Moscow Ends Partial Military Conscription, Russian Defense Ministry Says

The partial mobilization has ended in Russia, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Friday. “The deployment of citizens called up for mobilization was completed today. The conscription of citizens has stopped. The target you set – 300,000 people – has been met. No additional assignments are being …

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Hijack and Murder on the High Seas: The Very Strange Case of a Captured Oil Tanker

Everyone thought that the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso ran afoul of pirates in 2011 in the Gulf of Aden. The assumption was that the hijackers attacked the ship and set her ablaze. When David Mockett, a maritime surveyor, inspected the vessel, he was left with more questions than answers. But …

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