U.S. special forces

  • Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, speaks to during news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool - RTS9ETA
    March 9, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. special forces captured the Islamic State group’s chemical weapons chief in a raid in northern Iraq last month, while recent follow-up airstrikes destroyed IS chemical facilities. Also, U.S. and Somali forces are reported to have killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in a joint overnight raid west of Mogadishu. Continue reading

  • Civilians walk past damaged buildings in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria on Oct. 29. Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
    October 30, 2015   BY  

    The White House has approved deploying up to 50 special forces to northern Syria to help fighters combat the Islamic State group, a spokesman said Friday. Continue reading

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    February 24, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that they found insufficient evidence to charge George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin in a civil rights case. Also, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald apologized for falsely claiming he had served in the special forces. Continue reading

    December 7, 2014  

    U.S. special forces tried to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers from al-Qaida militants on Saturday, but the kidnappers shot Somers and another hostage, South African teacher Pierre Korkie, before the soldiers could get to them. Both hostages died. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the failed mission. Continue reading

  • The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group in this file photo taken September 11, 2012. Photo by Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters
    June 17, 2014  

    U.S. special forces, with the help of the FBI, apprehended Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ring leaders of the 2012 embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya. Khattala is the first accused perpetrator of the attacks to be taken into U.S. custody. Jeffrey Brown discusses the details of the capture with The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung, who first broke the story. Continue reading