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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 Be Sent 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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Oregon’s Restrictive New Firearms Law is Impossible to Enforce, Sheriffs Say

by Greg Walker Sheriff Shane Nelson of Deschutes County, Oregon, pulls no punches when discussing the state’s Measure 114. The measure, narrowly approved last month by voters, is known as the Changes to Firearm Ownership and Purchase Requirements Initiative. The measure is so restrictive that Second Amendment watchdogs have termed it …

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The ‘Liberator’ One-Shot Pistol Secretly Was Given to Resistance Fighters in World War II

by Robert Ramsour The FP-45 was an unknown and surreptitious pistol developed in WWII to help our captured allies regain control of their country, or province. In order to conceal its real function as a firearm, our government represented this pistol as a flare projector. It was officially called the …

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Fighting Mai Mai Militias in the Congo: Meet Badass Conservationist Tina Lain

by Heath Hansen Christine (Tina) Lain works at the Upemba National Park located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These are some of the most dangerous places on earth for conservation; in one area alone, more than 200 Rangers have been killed in attacks going back more than a …

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‘The Best in Hell’: How the Wagner Group Recruits Mercenaries From Siberian Prisons

by Mike Eckel, RFE/RL A man wearing military fatigues, a balaclava, and a special forces insignia showed up at Correctional Colony No. 29 in the Russian coal-mining region of Kemerovo on October 3. During that evening’s inspection, with several hundred inmates lined up in one of the prison’s outdoor yards, …

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Green on Blue in Afghanistan: He Attacked Us for 40 Dollars and a Trip to Paradise

By Heath Hansen We entered the base between the HESCO barriers covered in concertina razor-wire, unprepared for a betrayal from one of our supposed allies. On November 9, 2005, as the convoy snaked its way into the safety of the base walls, I could see Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers …

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