Search out the word ‘covert’ on SOFREP and you’ll find nearly 200 results. We’ve covered a lot of topics since we came online a little over 2 years ago, but one of the common threads that binds SOFREP is ‘covert operations.’ Whether it’s stealth technology, online, business espionage or Central Intelligence Agency/Special Operations clandestine operations, battles are fought and lives are lost. Today we’re going to take a look at 10 of these articles.

10. Covert Op Gone Bad: Three Ukrainian Special Forces Officers Captured by Pro-Russian Militia

Three officers working for the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) were captured by pro-Russian militia forces while conducting a covert operation in the town of Gorlivka. The officers were in Gorlivka in order to find and most likely capture one of the militia’s leaders believed to be responsible for the death of a Ukrainian politician, Volodymyr Rybak, who was found dead approximately one week prior. Continue reading

9. Russian Covert Operations in Afghanistan

After the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan in the eighties, there were plenty of Russians who stayed behind—and many more actually returned. Seldom do we ever hear of such persons, yet what could be more startling about the Russian leftovers fighting alongside the Islamists in Afghanistan?

In 2010, the United States and Russia conducted a joint operation targeting Afghanistan’s heroin trade in Nangahar Province. The operation was considered a tactical success but strategically, did the Russians come out as the true victors in that operation? Did they learn anything about US Special Operations, our tactics, our intelligence capabilities, technology, etc. — things for years we tried to keep far away from Russia’s intelligence services? Continue reading

8. CIA Covert Action Program in Colombia Targets FARC

In late December of 2013 the Washington Post released a well-written and highly detailed report regarding a very successful CIA covert action program aimed at eliminating over two dozen rebel leaders associated with the world’s most (formerly) well-funded insurgency: Colombia’s FARC. While the report did not receive a lot of coverage from the mainstream media, it still remains an excellent current and ongoing example of the kinds of work the CIA performs today.