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Michael Sheehan

Somali Raid: The Long, Quiet Campaign Behind Friday’s SEAL Strike

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Friday’s Navy SEAL raid aimed at capturing the Somali terrorist known as Ikrimah is a glimpse at the future of American warfare, one where a small US combat presence is boosted by widescale support to local forces who bear the brunt of the fighting. The raid itself came like a blitzkrieg from the blue… Keep reading →

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Mac Thornberry: Congress Must Empower Special Operations – EXCLUSIVE

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Tomorrow morning, overshadowed by sequestration, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a rare full-committee hearing on a topic that would normally be high-profile, even explosive: whether to give the Defense Department, and especially its elite special operators, broader legal authority to work with foreign forces worldwide, from Colombia to Mali to the Philippines.… Keep reading →

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ASD Mike Sheehan: Yemen, Somalia Are Models For Mali; Afghans Should Watch

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: French forces have made great strides driving al-Qaeda-linked insurgents out of Mali’s major cities, said the Pentagon’s top counterterrorism official, Michael Sheehan. But any long-term solution requires local forces in the lead — not Westerners. And those recent successes in Yemen and Somalia provide a model for Mali — and for Afghanistan after 2014.… Keep reading →

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Direct Action Mission Likely To Decline for Special Operators

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Over the next few years, Special Operations forces will gradually revert to the role that has been their bread and butter for much of their existence: training and assisting local forces around the globe to strengthen partners militaries. The global Special Operations presence will be large, some 12,000 troops around the world, according to… Keep reading →

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