A steady influx of American special operations soldiers have been passing through the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. Boarding Dornier 328 aircraft without any military markings, they lift off and begin heading south. The aircraft, registered to the Sierra Nevada Corporation, likely belong to some combination of SOCOM, JSOC, and the CIA’s Air Branch. Most of these flights are destined for Tunisia, America’s current hub for counterterrorism operations in northern Africa.

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One U.S. Special Forces team was recently caught with their pants down on one such flight when the entire team had their pictures taken, which were then published on social media. It is a telling commentary on the times we live in; you can almost forget about sending white guys with M4 rifles on anything that is supposed to be a low-visibility operation, not in the world where everyone has a camera phone in their pocket.

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