General Dostum and 12 Strong: THE LEGEND OF HEAVY D AND THE BOYS

January 20, 2018

This article on ODA 595, General Dostum, John Walker Lindh and the battle at Qali-i-Jangi was originally published in the March 2002 edition of National Geographic Adventure THE LEGEND OF HEAVY AND THE BOYS  By Robert Young Pelton The Regulators flew in from Uzbekistan at night on a blacked-out Chinook helicopter. They landed near a mud-walled compound in the remote Darra-e Suf valley in northern Afghanistan. As they began unloading their gear, they were met by Afghans in turbans, their faces...

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Finding Bergdahl – The Final Chapter

October 22, 2017

In the fifth and final chapter of this saga we go deep inside the back room negotiations to release Bergdahl and the controversy that would await him after his release. by Robert Young Pelton By late 2013 Bowe Bergdahl had been a prisoner of the Haqqani’s in Pakistan for almost half a decade. According to Bergdahl’s account,  he fought back , he refused to convert, refused to eat cooked food (an insult to Pashtuns) and he refused to bathe. He escaped...

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Blackwater NSW 4 is Operator-Designed Knife

June 30, 2012

The Blackwater NSW 4 is a short-run, commemorative knife designed and manufactured for members of the Naval Special Warfare community. Limited to 500 units in its first production, the NSW 4 was produced exclusively for the personnel who advised its final form. The NSW 4 is our way of catering to our customers’ specific needs. Nearly a year ago, we asked a handful of NSW personnel what they wanted in a knife. We showed them big knives, short knives, fixed-blade...

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