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Susan Katz Keating

Attacks Are on the Rise Against Pro-Russian Officials in Ukraine

Targeted attacks against pro-Russian officials in Kherson and other occupied areas have gone up in recent weeks, according to sources inside Ukraine.  “This will come into play in occupied Kherson, where collaborators are well known,” said Max, a taxi driver who uses only his given name. “They should beware.” The …

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Russian Pilot Says ‘F*cked Up’ Air Force Should Ground Itself From War in Ukraine

by Susan Katz Keating Leo can’t stop watching the video. The former Russian fighter pilot takes an indoor break from the Reno Air Races – “the smoke is too much; the wildfires” – and offers Soldier of Fortune his theories on why the Russian Air Force is largely missing from …

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This Credit Card Company Rejects New System That Paves the Way to a Back-Door Gun Registry

While critics warn that a new credit card merchant code could serve as a back-door way to form a national gun registry, at least one credit card company, Visa, has vowed to reject the system. “Visa is firmly against this,” the company wrote in a statement.  The Geneva-based International Organization …

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Former Green Beret and NFL Player Nate Boyer Talks to Soldier of Fortune About Directing His New Movie

by Susan Katz Keating Nate Boyer served six tours of duty as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later became a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks. But one of the hardest things he has done is making sure he does right by the people who are portrayed …

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‘They Have a List’: Taliban Search House-to-House For Resistance Fighters in Panjshir

by Susan Katz Keating Taliban forces in the past few days searched house-to-house in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, hunting for opposition fighters, men inside the area said. The targeted fighters belong to the National Resistance Front (NRF), which regards the Taliban as a tyrannical “criminal group” that is “fundamentally alien” to Islamic …

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Remembering September 11, 2001

On the anniversary of that day when the world turned upside down… We here at Soldier of Fortune remember what it was like to be secure – and to have that peace disrupted. We are proud of how America rallied to fight back against evil. So many of you here …

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MiG Pilot Viktor Belenko: ‘I Am the Luckiest Man Alive’

by Susan Katz Keating In retrospect, it seems fitting that I met Viktor Belenko in Reno. He was a gambler hanging out in a gambling town, surrounded by pilots in their fast moving aircraft, barreling wildly around pylons. I went there many years back, looking for stories to be found …

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Anti-Taliban Resistance Forces Vow to Keep Fighting in Afghanistan

by Susan Katz Keating Anti-Taliban fronts are spreading beyond Panjshir and into other areas of Afghanistan, even as the Taliban pledged to shut down the resistance entirely by early September, opposition fighters said. “The front is expanding,” one resistance fighter told Soldier of Fortune from inside Afghanistan. “We will not …

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Iran Foiled Again While Trying to Steal More US Navy Sea Drones

The United States Navy again thwarted Iran from stealing military sail drones at sea, officials said.  The incident in the Red Sea, after an earlier one in the Gulf, was the latest reminder of U.S.-Iran military tensions. They follow exchanges of fire last week between U.S. troops and Iran-backed groups …

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‘The Taliban Are Behind My Door’: The Whispered Message From a Friend in Afghanistan

by Susan Katz Keating “The Taliban are behind my door.” The whispered words came through the phone in the pitch of night, hours after Kabul fell on August 15, 2021. My friend “Hakim,” a man I had been trying from afar to help leave Afghanistan, called me from inside his …

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