Special Operations Command

From Afghanistan to Somalia, Special Ops achieves less with more.
Elite commandos deployed to 149 countries in 2017.
U.S. commandos are a "persistent presence” on Russia’s doorstep.
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com If you want a number, try 194. That’s how many countries there are on planet Earth (give
Globe-trotting U.S. special ops forces already deployed to 137 nations in 2017.
SOCOM's shadow wars against terror groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State may, ironically, be its most visible operations. Shrouded in even more secrecy are its activities outside acknowledged conflict zones across the globe.
Last weekend, in the midst of all the tumult over the debacle that is the federal government shutdown, came word of these two dramatic US special operations forces raids against jihadist leaders in Libya and Somalia.
A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.
The project is a sign of the desperation brought by the drug war in Mexico, which continues to rage unremittingly, taking
More military capability equates to more security for the United States. This precept is so deeply embedded in our minds that no one sees a need to state it. Yet it may be false.
WASHINGTON -- The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda's franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the