Special Forces

The Leonard Lopate Show

Special Operations Forces and the Terrorist Threat in Africa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How the United States’ special forces are approaching extremist organizations like Boko Haram in Africa.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Happened in Benghazi

Monday, February 18, 2013

Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, editors of the special operations website, give an account of what happened during the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans on September 12, 2012. Glen Doherty was killed alongside Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, and Ty Woods when the U.S. State Department and CIA headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, were sieged in a terrorist attack. The e-book original, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, is the result of Murphy and Webb's investigation to understand exactly what happened, as well as the role played by the Obama Administration, State Department, and CIA. 

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The Takeaway

Admiral Seeks Greater Authority Over Special Ops Deployment

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In recent years, U.S. special operations forces — a shadowy division of elite soldiers — have emerged as the new heroes behind some of the country’s toughest military operations, like rescuing Jessica Buchanan, an American woman who’d been kidnapped by Somali pirates, and killing Osama Bin Laden. Now Admiral William McCraven, the leader of the special operations command, is seeking new authority to deploy his forces with less Pentagon oversight.

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Libya: How to Train the Rebels?

Friday, April 08, 2011

Britain has been trying to convince Arab countries to start training the rebels in Libya. They want to hire private security companies, made up of former Special Forces troops, to aid them, arguing that the disorganized rebels are in no condition to take the country on their own without military guidance. But can a small group of CIA agents or Navy Seals really whip such a ragtag group into shape without better weapons?