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Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian ‘Merchant of Death’ Who Was Swapped for Brittney Griner?

In a prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States, convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout was swapped on Thursday in exchange for American basketball player Brittney Griner. Bout was in the news last month again after Moscow announced that talks wee underway for the U.S. to trade him for imprisoned …

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‘The Phantom’ Fouled the Latrine; We Had to Find Him Before Sarge Flushed Us All Down the Toilet

by Heath Hansen It was 0530 hours the morning our first sergeant kicked open the door to our tent, and told us to “get the fuck outside and form it up!” Late the previous night, we returned to base from a 10-day mission in Afghanistan. I could see through a …

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‘Day of Infamy’ Pearl Harbor Commemorations Include Annual Ceremony of the Blackened Canteen

It is an annual toast to peace. American and Japanese representatives extended the offering Dec. 6 at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, gently pouring bourbon whiskey from a World War II-era canteen into the hallowed waters below. Please leave this field emptySubscribe to the Soldier of Fortune Newsletter Enter …

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America’s Forgotten Terrorists: The ‘Galleanist’ Anarchists Who Invented New Ways to Use Violence

by Jeffrey D. Simon Though largely forgotten today, one of the most creative and destructive terrorist groups in the United States was the Galleanists, a fiery band of Italian anarchists active during the early 1900s. Luigi Galleani, a gifted writer and charismatic speaker, tapped into widespread disappointment among Italian immigrants …

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A Self-Made Partisan Rises Up Against Russians in Ukraine: ‘I Never Thought I Would Do This’

by Aleksander Palikot / RFE-RL KHERSON, Ukraine — For Vladyslav Nedostup, the eight-month occupation of his native city has receded swiftly into the past since the last Russian soldier escaped Kherson on a speedboat in early November, and already seems distant and unreal. But that chunk of time has left him …

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The KGB Manual on How to Spot a Foreign Spy: Vodka Martinis, Impeccable Manners, and Eavesdropping

by Nikolay Shevchenko Back in the USSR, the KGB wrote a manual describing what a foreign spy would look like. Some of the characteristics were intriguing… In the midst of the Cold War, security services on both sides of the Iron Curtain had to stay vigilant and look out for …

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‘The Deer Hunter’ Came to Town on a Cold Night in Denver

by Jack Hawkins Released in Los Angeles in 1978, The Deer Hunter was already becoming a legendary film by the time it hit “flyover country” a few months later. I was between girlfriends, a gung-ho “seventies copper” usually “drunk on adrenaline” from the endless barfight calls (or still depressed over …

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This Afghan Soldier Fled the Taliban, Was Arrested While Seeking Asylum in US

By Allison P. Erickson, The Texas Tribune DEL RIO, TEXAS — Two brothers stand across from each other at the Val Verde Correctional Facility in this border city, speaking reverently through the fixed telephones. They are separated by the visiting room’s thick glass partition, too energized to sit. One brother, …

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Will Edward Snowden Have to Fight in Ukraine, Now That He Swore Allegiance to Russia?

by Susan Katz Keating Will former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden soon be dragooned to take up arms against Ukraine, now that he swore allegiance to Russia? An American citizen by birth, Snowden fled the United States in 2013 after he leaked secret government files from the National Security Agency. …

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The Soldier of Fortune Guns & Gear Gift Guide

by Friedrich Seiltgen Looking for the perfect gift for the firearms enthusiast in your life? Let Soldier of Fortune help out! Here are some gifts for the gun owner to fit every budget. MULTITASKER® TOOLS Shane Keng at Multitasker tools is producing must have products for firearms owners. Their line …

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