In sub-Saharan Africa, trouble keeps expanding in the form of new branches of extremist terror and criminal organizations. The question today is: Who is the Islamic State in the greater Sahara? The easy answer to that question is they are an Islamic State affiliation, which means they fall in line with Al Baghdadi's group in Syria and Iraq. IS has been making moves in Africa … [Read more...] about Islamic State in the Greater Sahara: Who are they?
By now if you have been following the Ukrainian conflict, you will have seen or noticed and organization that calls themselves the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) the guys driving around eastern Ukraine in white Toyota Landcruisers. Below is a mission statement from their website. Who we are The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: The OSCE Monitoring Mission- Ukraine
We all have read the history books about living in trenches and thinking, "My god that must suck so bad!..." well guys I can confirm that the trench life is hardcore. It's not often these days that our soldiers get to experience trench warfare, the battlefields of today are not conventional where one might see the use of a trench, it is all about counterinsurgency warfare. … [Read more...] about SOFREP reports from Ukraine: Regressing to WWI tactics
In the last month or so we have seen a flare-up in the fighting in east Ukraine, there are a number of theories behind this but that's not what this piece is about. For me, it was a place where fighting was a day-to-day business. Nothing had changed, just a bit more coverage than usual. So for me, it was time to head back out there, to my home away from home. I decided that … [Read more...] about SOFREP on the front lines of Ukraine: Trench warfare continues despite ceasefire
The situation here in Ukraine is one that is all too familiar with the promise of a new ceasefire that bears no weight. I think the problem is that when we think of the word ceasefire in the west, we think "no shooting, period." Well, here in Ukraine it's a word that is used very loosely. It's something to use to stall the west or even fool the Ukrainian population. Maybe … [Read more...] about SOFREP in Ukraine, boots on the ground update
Monday, February 20th, the new ceasefire agreement is in full swing across the front line of Ukraine, but is it going to hold up? I was in one of the front-line villages in last few days, and the Russian-backed rebels have dropped everything on them from AGS (Automatic grenade launcher), 82mm mortars, 120mm mortars to Grad rockets. It was 7 am Monday morning as the sun was … [Read more...] about SOFREP reporting from Ukraine: Ceasefire update
So here we are again boys and girls another ceasefire in Ukraine, to be honest, I knew about this yesterday but I didn't really see the point in writing something up on it. My reason for this is in the last 2 year of me being here on and off, I have heard the word "ceasefire" so many times, it just became a joke between us. This new ceasefire agreement means nothing in my eyes … [Read more...] about Reporting from Ukraine: The New Ceasefire
The commander of the "DNR" (Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic) "Somali" Mikhail Tolstoy, known as "Givi" was killed in Donetsk DNR leader Somali, better know as Givi, a 35-year-old commander died in his office in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Reports claim that he was killed by a portable rocket system, this was fired directly into the office were Givi was … [Read more...] about SOFREP reporting from Ukraine: The commander of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic killed
On February 2nd, the war in Ukraine turned up a few notches. It would seem that the once frozen war is escalating back to the old days. With major shelling in Avdiivka and shelling near the port town of Mariupol. The Russian-backed rebels have some fire in their loins, and some people here in Kiev think this is down to the President Trump's relationship with President Putin. … [Read more...] about SOFREP reporting from Ukraine: The war heats up
Sorry for the delay on this article, guys. I was going to walk you through the groups operating in the area. Then I see that my fellow SOFREP writer Derek Gannon did a great job explaining the main groups involved in this article, so I decided it was best to have a rethink and take you down a different route. I have decided to share my thoughts on those who have been taken in … [Read more...] about These five Westerners were kidnapped in Sub-Saharan Africa. Who has them now?
In February, 2015, I arrived in Kiev, Ukraine, for the first time. I was joined by fellow SOFREP author and my good friend Buck Clay. We were there to meet a contact inside the Azov Battalion. A fellow young Brit like myself, he had been here a few months and went by the name “Swampy.” The first meeting was set to take place at Maidan Square at 1700 hrs. OK guys, I am going to … [Read more...] about Life on the Ukrainian front lines as a Western volunteer fighter
Sub-Saharan Africa has long been one of those places on Earth that just invites trouble & conflict, dating as far back as 500 AD by then there was already an extensive network of trans-Saharan trade routes. But peace would not last for long through the discovery of the camel; this enabled tribes to expand the trade routes. This also helped the conquering Muslims penetrate … [Read more...] about Sub-Saharan Africa’s long history of kidnappings