We finally have a bunch of articles in the queue over on SOFREP, so I can give you a preview of the week ahead, even before it gets to copy editing. This is what I think we will publish this week. Some if it may be held back, and of course there will be more, and maybe some surprises.

What’s Been Camouflaged About Camouflaged Uniforms?

by Will Rodriguez

After four long years of testing the Army is soon to announce the next camo pattern. It’ll likely look like a bigger version of MARPAT but the decision is being kept close hold. Soldier Systems Daily is doing an excellent job keeping up on that news, but after the Army decision is announced I predict a new and vociferous round of “I told you sos”, bashing of the Army abortion known as ACUs and anything related. Before that starts, I’d like to equip SOFREP readers with some often overlooked facts in our “decade of deliriousness’” over camo so as you engage in conversation you can stand heads and tails above non SOFREP readers…

Sympathy for the Devil: From Boston to Beslan

by Laura Walker

A narrative has emerged in media accounts of the two Tsarnaev brothers, and it goes something like this:  Tamerlan Tsarnaev was vain, aggressive, sinister and recently radicalized.  His younger brother Dzhokhar is a friendly, likeable, good-natured kid who must have been brainwashed by his evil brother.  The evidence of Dzhokhar’s sweet and harmless nature is provided by friends, family and fangirls smitten by some of his more flattering photographs (Tiger Beat alert here:)  This is the fodder for defense attorneys.  It has no place in neutral journalism, but frankly, there isn’t much of that going around…

Vilayet Dagestan And The Continuing Intel Muddle About Boston

by Peter Nealen

What Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s affiliations were is still unknown, and being investigated.  While the MSM has trumpeted that the Tsarnaev brothers were Chechens, they were in fact originally from Dagestan, a region immediately to the north and east of Chechnya, and their family had since moved to Kyrgyzstan.  Of course, separating Dagestan and Chechnya in some ways is as artificial as separating Afghanistan and Pakistan; there is considerable ethnic spillover, and Chechen Islamist activity in Dagestan goes back quite a ways…

1,000 Posts Into the SOFREP Story

by Jack Murphy