Why So Many Western Covert Operations Have Failed Since World War II

Shots in the Dark – Why So Many Western Covert Operations Have Failed Since WW2

 

A Great read both from a historical point of view and practical, Civilian Operator POV on the RELEVANCE of Guerilla Warfare in the 21st Century.

You have to Understand the Lessons of History in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past….this is why every Warrior needs to be a Scholar and Historian FIRST!

Read this article twice and look up the links and read about them…this is a study worthy of your time I promise you.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

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SAS Commando Takes Six Taliban Scalps in Vietcong-style Tunnel Fight

British special forces soldier killed six Taliban in pitch-black, Viet Cong-style tunnel fight

 

I never miss a chance to celebrate the death of jihadist scum.

Let’s not forget there are still folks over in A-stan STILL taking scalps and making the world just a little bit safer for the rest of us.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

Military History: Syrian Lessons On Tank Warfare

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Syrian Lessons on Tank Warfare

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Awesome article on an Infantry and Partisan’s view of anti-tank warfare.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed Stay Dangerous!

Espionage Files: Brit Spies Used URL Shortener to Honeypot Arab Spring Dissidents

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A shadowy unit of the British intelligence agency GCHQ tried to influence online activists during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests and the 2011 democratic uprisings largely known as the Arab Spring, as new evidence gathered from documents leaked by Edward Snowden shows.

The GCHQ’s special unit, known as the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group or JTRIG, was first revealed in 2014, when leaked top secret documents showed it tried to infiltrate and manipulate—using “dirty trick” tactics such as honeypots—online communities including those of Anonymous hacktivists, among others.

The group’s tactics against hacktivists have been previously reported, but its influence campaign in the Middle East has never been reported before. I was able to uncover it because I was myself targeted in the past, and was aware of a key detail, a URL shortening service, that was actually redacted in Snowden documents published in 2014.

THE HONEYPOT

A now-defunct free URL shortening service—lurl.me—was set up by GCHQ that enabled social media signals intelligence. Lurl.me was used on Twitter and other social media platforms for the dissemination of pro-revolution messages in the Middle East.

These messages were intended to attract people who were protesting against their government in order to manipulate them and collect intelligence that would help the agency further its aims around the world. The URL shortener made it easy to track them.

Read the Remainder at Motherboard

Military History: The Attack of the USS Stark by an Iraqi Warplane in 1987

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On May 17, 1987, the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Stark was on a patrol in the central Persian Gulf, about three kilometers outside the Iraq-declared war-zone off the coast of Iran.

Around 22.00hrs local time, Stark came under attack from an Iraqi air force fighter jet. Radars on the U.S. warship tracked the aircraft as it approached, and Capt. Glenn R. Brindel ordered his radioman to issue a warning and request the pilot to identify himself.

The Iraqi did not respond. Instead, he approached to a range of 35 kilometers and fired two Aerospatiale AM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles.

Stark’s radars failed to detect the incoming missiles and thus the crew realized much too late that it was under fire. Underway at an altitude of only three meters and guided by their relatively simple active-radar homing heads, both missiles aimed for the part of the ship with the highest radar cross-section.

The first penetrated the hull directly under the bridge. It failed to explode but its unspent rocket fuel ignited and sparked a raging fire. The second Exocet hit almost the same spot and detonated, tearing a three-meter by 4.6-meter hole in the hull.

Combined, the two missiles inflicted massive damage and ignited a conflagration that burned for almost 24 hours. In order to prevent his ship from sinking, Brindel ordered the flooding of the starboard side of the ship, thus keeping the hole on the port side above water.

Supported by the destroyers USS Waddell and USS Conyngham, the ship barely managed to reach the port of Manama in Bahrain the next day. The destroyer tender USS Acadia affected temporary repairs.

Twenty-nine U.S. Navy personnel died in the initial explosion and fire, two of whom were lost at sea. Eight others died of their injuries, while 21 were injured. The Navy’s incident review board relieved Brindel of command and recommended him for court-martial. Eventually he received non-judicial punishment and retired early.

Read the Remainder at War is Boring

Crusader Corner: The Attack On The ISIS Convoy Is a Tactic As Old As War

Personally, I got a lot of satisfaction watching these ISIS camel turds  get wiped off the face of the planet, I hope you do too.-SF

 

Killing retreating soldiers has a long — and totally legal — history

As the Iraqi army overran the last of Fallujah’s neighborhoods remaining in the Islamic State’s hands this week, more than 500 vehicles left the city and headed toward Syria. Along a desert highway, the convoy came under aerial attack.

What followed now appears to be the destruction of one of the largest single concentrations of Islamic State fighters and equipment seen so far in the war, and may count among the group’s worst defeats.

U.S. and Iraqi officials cited by the Washington Post claim more than 150 vehicles were destroyed in attacks on two separate parts of the convoy.

t’s unclear how many people died, although one estimate from U.S. officials places the number at 250 Islamic State fighters. Some fighters, according to eyewitnesses, stripped off their clothes and fled into the desert.

An Iraqi Mi-28 Havoc gunship, Cessna Caravan ground-attack planes and U.S. warplanes joined in the attack. A video released by the U.S.-led coalition shows bombs hitting one convoy, which strikes in different sections before more bombs and explosive rounds strafe the highway.

Videos and imagery released on Iraqi social media show bodies of men, some wearing camouflage, lying along a road where the second of two convoys was attacked. Abandoned, wrecked civilian vehicles — a few converted into armed “technicals” — littered the road.

Read the Remainder at War is Boring

Crusader Corner: Fast and Furious Part Deux…CIA Weapons For Syrian Rebels End Up On Jordanian Black Market

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A botched weapons program run by the CIA and several Arab intelligence agencies to arm Syrian rebels is being compared to the ATF’s botched gun-running operation Fast and Furious, which ran guns to Mexican drug cartels.

A New York Times and Al Jazeera joint investigation found that weapons shipped into Jordan by the CIA and Saudi Arabia as part of the classified program known as “Timber Sycamore” were systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold on the black market.

According to the Times, this program, which began in 2013, is separate from the one approved by Congress in September of 2014 that the Pentagon set up to train rebels to fight Islamic State fighters.

 That program was shut down after it managed to train only a handful of Syrian rebels.Jordanian and American officials described the weapons theft and subsequent investigation on the condition of anonymity because the Syrian rebel training is classified in the United States and is a government secret in Jordan.

While it’s impossible to know how many innocent civilians have been killed by these weapons, the FBI believes that some of the guns were used in a shooting last November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman.

The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels — the kind of program the CIA and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training program in Jordan under tight control.The Jordanian officers who were part of the scheme reaped a windfall from the weapons sales, using the money to buy expensive SUVs, iPhones, and other luxury items, Jordanian officials said.

The theft and resale of the arms — including Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades — have led to a flood of new weapons available on the arms black market.

Investigators do not know what became of most of the weapons, but a disparate collection of groups, including criminal networks and rural Jordanian tribes, use the arms bazaars to build their arsenals. Smugglers also buy weapons in the arms bazaars to ship outside the country.

ISIS has built a substantial arsenal of U.S. weapons taken from stockpiles captured from the U.S.-allied Iraqi military and Syrian rebels (who are infested with “Muslim Brotherhood types” and al Qaeda fighters.) The terrorists have to buy ammo for their American-made weapons on the black market.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, Christians and Alawites throughout Syria were under siege and slaughtered en masse by well-armed Syrian rebel terrorists. Syrian Christians blamed Obama for the carnage.

A Christian woman from the besieged town of Maaloula who had fled to Damascus, tearfully told a BBC reporter about the Free Syrian Army & Al Qaeda Infestation, and begged Obama to stop sending them weapons “because they are killing us!” When asked what the rebels she saw terrorizing the town looked like, she said said they were wearing “Free Syrian Army” clothes.

That fall, the U.S. House and Senate introduced legislation aimed at stopping Obama from arming the terrorists.

The simple three-page bill, the Protecting Americans from the Proliferation of Weapons to Terrorists Act of 2013, would have prohibited the president from “using any funds on activities that would escalate U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war.”

The fact that the CIA lost track of these weapons should not come as a surprise to anyone. It’s been known for three years that they were falling into the hands of terrorists.

The FBI investigation into the Amman shooting, run by the bureau’s Washington field office, is continuing. But US and Jordanian officials said the investigators think that the weapons a Jordanian police captain, Anwar Abu Zaid, used to gun down two American contractors, two Jordanians, and one South African originally had arrived in Jordan intended for the Syrian rebel-training program.The officials said this finding had come from tracing the serial numbers of the weapons.

Mohammad al-Momani, Jordan’s minister of state for media affairs, said allegations that Jordanian intelligence officers had been involved in any weapons thefts were “absolutely incorrect.”

“Weapons of our security institutions are concretely tracked, with the highest discipline,” he said.

At least they tried to track them.

During the Fast and Furious fiasco, about 2,000 firearms — including AK-47 variants, Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles, .38 caliber revolvers, and FN Five-sevens without any tracking devices — were bought by straw purchasers and allowed to cross the border into Mexico. Most of the guns went to the Sinaloa cartel; others made their way to El Teo and La Familia. Hundreds of Mexican civilians were killed by the guns. In December of 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by illegal immigrants armed with rifles that were traced back to a Phoenix gun store involved in the Fast and Furious operation.

Read the Original Article at PJ Media