BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Nov. 26, 2012) – Afghan and coalition forces located a weapons cache and cleared four improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Nov. 25.
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Muqer District.
Afghan Uniformed Police and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Waghaz District. The cache contained grenades, three barrels of silver nitrate and two receivers.
Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Shamal District.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Nov. 25, 2012) – Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents and cleared 13 improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Nov. 24.
Afghan National Army soldiers found and safely cleared seven IEDs in Giro District.
A coalition airstrike killed two insurgents in Ghazni District in response to an imminent threat towards Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces.
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared three IEDs, two in Nurgaram District and one in Alingar District.
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Baraki Barak District.
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Realpolitik is liberating Syria from the Assad autocracy, while the institution-based international system – most notably the United Nations – has largely failed, because it depends on agreement among the permanent members of the Security Council.
Moscow seems implacably committed to supporting the Damascus regime. Such is the Russians’ commitment to their traditional activist role that they are underwriting their Syrian ally at great cost to their own reputation as a constructive institution-based player, rendering impotent the mechanisms so ably used in Libya.
Even if the Russians were acting otherwise, it remains dubious how effective UN and North Atlantic Treaty Organization intervention could be. A no-fly zone would have limited impact, since Syria possesses an impressive array of military hardware. A severe sanctions regime, even banks running out of money, might have less impact than thought. Sanctions would be ignored by Russia, China, Iran and others. NATO boots on the ground would be a disaster, embedding outside players in a complex world where denominational identity trumps international standards of right and wrong. Indeed, the regime continues to draw on significant public support, despite falling morale over the setbacks of recent days.
by Brandon Webb · July 23, 2012 · Special Operations
As I continue to read about the terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, I can’t help but think there’s some lessons from my time as a Navy SEAL that I can pass on to the average citizen. So here goes…
Don’t Make Yourself an Easy Target
When at sporting events, concerts, and the movies, choose seats that give you a tactical advantage always. What do I mean? Choose seats that allow good and east vantage points and a hasty exit point. Always stack the odds in your favor. It’s the reason I still combat park (back in to a space) and sit with my back to the wall when I’m eating.
Take cover and not concealment. Concealment hides, cover hides AND protects. It’s the difference between hiding behind a movie seat or a concrete wall.
Don’t lie there with your eyes closed and get shot. Think and move. A good decision executed quickly is better than a great one never executed. Violence of action, as we call it in the Spec Ops community, will often change the odds in your favor.