U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup

American military officials have denounced the ouster of a president in West Africa, and said they had no warning of what their students were planning.

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First Woman Completes Training for Elite U.S. Navy Program

The Navy said the woman was the first graduate of a special warfare training pipeline that feeds the Navy SEALs and other elite commando forces.

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American Soldiers Help Mozambique Battle an Expanding ISIS Affiliate

With a small military training program, the United States military has joined efforts to fight a brutal insurgency that has devastated northern Mozambique.

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A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021

Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.

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Green Beret Charged in Rockford Bowling Alley Shooting Was Visiting Family, Prosecutor Says

A lawyer for Duke Webb said there was indication that the Green Beret, accused of killing three people at a Rockford, Ill., bowling alley, had P.T.S.D.

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Army Investigates Deaths of Green Beret and Veteran at Fort Bragg

Officials have not said how the men died. They were identified as Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44.

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Somalia Worries That a U.S. Withdrawal Will Be Disastrous

An elite commando unit supported by U.S. forces could fall apart, officials say, leaving the country more vulnerable to the Shabab and other terrorist groups.

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Ex-Green Beret Charged With Spying for Russia in Elaborate Scheme

Prosecutors said he provided classified information to Russian intelligence operatives for years, betraying the United States.

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2 Ex-Green Berets Sentenced to 20 Years for Venezuela Attack

Venezuelan prosecutors said the former Green Berets admitted to taking part in a failed attack aimed at overthrowing the country’s president.

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First Woman Joins Green Berets After Graduating Special Forces Training

The soldier’s graduation is a landmark moment for the Army, as the Special Forces were one of the last Army assignments without any women.

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Army Withdraws Nomination for Officer Involved in Deadly Niger Ambush

The decision comes amid criticism that the American military is harsher in dispensing punishment to African-American officers than to their white counterparts.

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An Incursion Into Venezuela, Straight Out of Hollywood

The operation to overthrow the president failed miserably, and eight rebels were killed. But a former Green Beret who was not on the mission has emerged as the central character.

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Venezuela Claims 2 Americans Were Captured in Failed Invasion

President Nicolás Maduro said the Americans were among 13 “terrorists” involved in an armed incursion on Sunday.

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U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa

As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.

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The True Story of the First Woman to Finish Special Forces Training

Forty years ago, Capt. Kate Wilder passed the Army Special Forces Officer Course, but her superiors wouldn’t let her graduate with her peers.

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