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Op-Ed: U.S. sends commandos to Libya but has to send them home

Tobruk - The complications arising from the signing of a UN-sponsored agreement to form a third government in Libya are already beginning as the Libyan Air Force blows the cover on U.S. commando operations in Libya.

Op-Ed: U.S. special forces have expanded numbers and operations

Washington - The US special forces are some of the best trained, best equipped soldiers in the world. Many are experts in weapons, intelligence gathering and even medicine on the battlefield.

U.S. special forces to hold exercises in 7 states and 17 cities

Washington D.c. - As part of realistic training exercises for 1,200 US special forces members, operations will be launched in seven southwestern states and 17 cities. In some operations, the forces will be ordered to operate "undetected" among the civilian population.

Op-Ed: Last U.S. Special Forces evacuated from Yemen

Sanaa - Houthi fighters along with troops loyal to former president Saleh have taken control of the airport at the southern city of Taiz and also parts of the city, setting up checkpoints at entrance points. Taiz is the third largest city in Yemen.

American photojournalist Luke Somers dies in botched Yemen raid

Sanaa - A senior official in the presidential office in Yemen said that Luke Somers died after reportedly being shot by his Al-Qaeda captors during a rescue attempt.

Op-Ed: More than 1,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq

Baghdad - Although the US insists that there will be no boots on the ground in Iraq, it already has over one thousand troops there. The operation of these special forces is usually kept well hidden.

Op-Ed: US contemplating extension of attacks on IS into Syria

Washington D.c. - The US is not only escalating its bombing activities to help the Kurds and central government in Iraq, it is now beginning to talk of the necessity of attacking IS in Syria as well.

Op-Ed: As Green Berets enter northern Iraq U.S. more deeply involved

Baghdad - Increases in the number of U.S. troops has always been accompanied by claims that they are advisers or defenders of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and U.S. interests in the area. However, now troops have been sent north to Iraqi Kurdistan.

U.S special forces in Jordan to train Iraqi and Jordanian forces

More United States special forces are in Jordan to train Jordanian and Iraqi security forces tactics in counter-terrorism operations.

United States sends military advisers back to Somalia

Mogadishu - The U.S. has sent a few military advisers to Somalia to bolster the African Union force. The deployment is the first of U.S troops to Somalia since 1993 when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S troops killed in the capital Mogadishu.

Op-Ed: Special Forces investigated for killing civilians in Afghanistan

Kabul - The US Army's Criminal Investigation Command(CID) has started a criminal probe into allegations that US troops were involved in killing civilians in Wardak province in Afghanistan during the period from November 2012 to February 2013.

US weapons and armored vehicles stolen in Libyan raids

Tripoli - US military equipment, that had been used by US Special Forces stationed in Libya was stolen over the summer in raids in late July and early August.

Afghan protesters demand justice for torture and killings

Kabul - Afghans are protesting in Wardak Province. The protesters carried the exhumed bodies of three victims the protesters claim were tortured and killed by special forces.

Op-Ed: US is involved militarily directly or advising in 74 countries

Washington - While combat troops have been withdrawn from Iraq, and the Afghan war now involves less US troops all the time, the US is still involved in either fighting or helping some struggle thought to be useful in the "war on terror" in numerous countries.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan success is an illusion - Soviet similarities

Kabul - As the war winds down in Afghanistan, there are similarities with the Soviet withdrawal in 1979. While politicians and military brass emphasize the defeat of the Taliban and the ability of Afghan Security Forces. This defies the reality of Afghanistan.

Op-Ed: Afghan deal on withdrawal from Wardak shows that the US is boss

Kabul - Karzai had ordered all US special forces out of Wardak province within two weeks on February 24th. Now more than three weeks later, an agreement has been reached but only to withdraw from one district of the province.

Wardak protesters demand US special forces leave province

Kabul - Hundreds of residents from Wardak province came to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to protest in front of the parliament, demanding that Karzai enforce his order that US Special Forces pull out of the province.

Op-Ed: US admits rosy picture of Afghan situation wrong

Kabul - NATO claims of progress in Afghanistan were buttressed with false figures showing that Taliban attacks were decreasing. Pentagon officials blamed the Afghan military for what they call a "clerical error".

Op-Ed: ISAF claims no evidence for troop misconduct in Afghan province

Kabul - More information about the alleged abuses by US special forces in Wardak province of Afghanistan is now coming to light.

Karzai bans US Special Forces from Eastern Afghan Province

Kabul - Accusing US Special Ops of furthering insecurity and instability, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered that these forces leave Maidan Wardak within two weeks. Karzai has often complained of the number of civilian casualties attributed Allied forces.

Op-Ed: Karzai orders American special forces leave Wardak province

Kabul - The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has ordered US Special Forces to leave Wardak province following allegations of mistreatment of civilians both by US troops and linked Afghans.

Op-Ed: Afghan president Karzai orders US troops out of Wardak province

Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered US troops to withdraw from Wardak Province within two weeks. He accused US Special Forces in the province of producing "instability and insecurity".

Op-Ed: U.S. Special Operations Forces to grow even with budget cuts

Washington - Speaking at Duke University on November 29, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that even as military spending is cut that Special Operations Forces spending will grow.

Op-Ed: U.S. Special Forces may be overused or misused

Aspen - Eric Olson former chief of the U.S. Special Operations Forces worries that the highly trained forces may be overused or misused. The forces have been used successfully in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as killing Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.

Video: U.S. special forces search for LRA leader Joseph Kony

U.S. special forces, in collaboration with Central African Republic troops and Ugandan soldiers, have intensified search for LRA leader Joseph Kony, believed to be hiding somewhere deep in the forest of the Central African Republic, north of Obo.

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File photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with American soldiers at the US Embassy in Kabul
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