When we talk about intelligence and military strategy, a few concepts, like covert operations, carry a disproportionate weight of mystery and intrigue. Defined by their secrecy, these hidden maneuvers have been pivotal in shaping geopolitical landscapes, toppling regimes, and safeguarding national interests. Since its inception over a decade ago, SOFREP has delved deep into the intricate realm of covert operations, uncovering stories that shed light on the often-shadowy world of clandestine activities. Among the vast array of topics covered by SOFREP, the theme of covert operations emerges as a thread that weaves through its narrative, binding together tales of valor, deception, and sacrifice. In this exploration, we’ll journey through ten gripping articles from SOFREP’s archives, each offering a unique glimpse into the covert domain.

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Delta Force operators about to take on whatever gets in their way. SOFREP original illustration.

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

Amid the turmoil in Ukraine in 2014, a chilling account emerges of a covert operation gone awry. Three Ukrainian Special Forces officers find themselves in the clutches of pro-Russian militia forces in the town of Gorlivka. Tasked with tracking down a notorious militia leader, their mission turns into a desperate struggle for survival. This piece underscores the high stakes and unpredictable nature of covert endeavors. [Read here]

9. Russian Covert Operations in Afghanistan

The echoes of history reverberate in this exploration of Russians who chose to remain in Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal. With a focus on a joint operation targeting the heroin trade, questions arise about the strategic outcomes of covert actions. Did the Russians gain insights into US Special Operations, tipping the scales of intelligence capabilities? The blurred lines of cooperation and competition come to the forefront of this narrative. [Learn more]

8. CIA Covert Action Program in Colombia Targets FARC

Colombia’s FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) insurgency set the stage for a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) covert action program in 2013 aimed at eliminating rebel leaders. The shadows lift to reveal a web of eavesdropping, intrigue, and multibillion-dollar budgets. The report underscores the complexity and significance of covert endeavors in contemporary global conflicts. [Read here]