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69 Hostages Rescued by Delta Force and Kurdish forces in Iraq

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Dramatic footage released by the Kurdish government today shows Kurdish special forces, with help from US commandos.

More than 70 hostages were rescued in the operation in Hawija in Norther Iraq. Unfortunately one American soldier was wounded and later died from his injuries. Master Sgt Joshua Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma is the first American military death in the fight against IS.

Master Sgt Joshua Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma

The video shows dozens of scared Iraqi and possibly Syrian hostages being ushered out of the building and searched by Kurdish soldiers. An American voice can be heard giving instructions as the rescued men are taken out.

The Pentagon later announced that the plan was to have the Kurdish and Iraqi special forces units flown in by helicopter, with the American Delta Force members hanging back and only intervening if there was heavy fighting or in an emergency. The Delta Force unit was drawn into fighting when the ISIS fighters fought back with heavy weapons and fire.

The Pentagon announced that satellite  imagery had shown mass graves were being dug in preparation for the mass execution of the hostages, so the operation was signed off before the terrorists could kill any hostages. The hostages were reportedly a mix if local men who had been accused of spying by ISIS, around 20 captured Iraqi soldiers and a handful of former ISIS members who had tried to escape and leave ISIS. No doubt they will be keeping a close eye on those guys…

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Captain Stripped of Command Because of ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ With Junior Officer

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Military chiefs had been dispatched to a nuclear ­submarine to deal with claims there was an “inappropriate relationship“ between a captain and a junior officer.

The captain of the vessel has been relieved until the problem is resolved.

An MoD spokeswoman would not confirm the relationship between a male and female officer but said: “An ­investigation is under way. It would be inappropriate to say anything further.”

When he was asked about the relationship he said: “I’ve not got anything to say at the moment.”

It is well known that intimate relationships with a fellow officer on a warship or a submarine is against the rules.

The captain, along with his second in command, are the only officers on board the sub with access to a grey safe which contains a “letter of last resort” from the PM containing guidance and orders to be followed should the UK be attacked with nuclear weapons.

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In 2014, Sarah West the Navy’s first female warship captain was released from her command of frigate HMS ­Portland over an affair with a married officer.

Other incidents have happened before, such as assault, drink, drug and sex offences. Females were banned from serving on submarines until the rules changed in 2011.

It is said that other crew members were asked to delete their social media accounts in order to avoid any kind of leak.

 

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Green Beret Who “Body Slammed” Child Rapist – Is Cleared of Wrongdoing

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The US Army has reversed a controversial decision to kick a decorated Green Beret out of the army, after he beat up a local Afghan commander who had raped a young boy.

The Afghan commander had been sexually abusing the boy for an extended period of time.

When confronted by Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland about the abuse of the child, the Afghan police commander laughed. Infuriated by the response, Martland pushed him to the ground and “bodyslammed” him, before throwing him and repeatedly bodyslamming him “for 50 meters”.

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The abused child had been tied to a post for a week before being raped and sexually assaulted by the police commander. When the boy’s mother looked for justice she was beaten and attacked.

According to Martland, this is how the confrontation went down when he and his colleague confronted Abdul Rahman, the commander who had abused the boy.

Martland said:

“Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him, I [went on to] body slam him multiple times.”

“I kicked him once in his ribcage after one of the body slams. I put my foot on his neck and yelled at him after one body slam, but did not kick or punch him in the face. I continued to body slam him and throw him for 50 meters until he was outside the camp.”

Martland’s colleague, Quinn, said:

“I physically threw him through our front gate and off our camp.”

Martland continued:

“He was never knocked out, and he ran away from our camp. It did not last longer than 5 minutes. The child rapist’s allegations against us are ridiculous,”

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After being pursued by the Army and kicked out of the theater, Martland was on the verge of being kicked out of the Army.

But in a reversal, the Army has overturned the decision and has taken the position that Martland shall be allowed to continue to serve in the Army.

This was after a campaign by his supportive congressman and The American Center for Law and Justice.

A spokesperson for the ACLJ said:

“The decision by the Army to retain this hero is long overdue and represents a significant victory for SFC Martland,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ.  “Justice has been served. The U.S. military has a moral obligation to stop child sexual abuse and exonerate SFC Martland for defending a child from rape. The Army finally took the corrective action needed and this is not only a victory for SFC Martland, but for the American people as well.”

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Petition to Free Special Forces Soldier Jailed for Keeping Trophy Handgun

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More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to free the jailed British special forces soldier put in prison for keeping a handgun from the Falklands war as a trophy.

Newspapers, family, friends and former soldiers and members of the military have joined the call to free Albert Patterson (pictured above in his SAS days) who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for possessing a handgun. Handguns are illegal in the UK.

The former paratrooper and SAS man had taken the pistol from an Argentinian officer in the 1982 Falklands war between the UK and Argentina. He said that it was a reminder of the 22 SAS members who died during the conflict.

The 9mm weapon was unloaded and found with four other Enfield handguns and ammunition in 2014, apparently after the police were

After leaving the SAS Patterson (or “Pat” as he is known) served as a security consultant for private companies. Most recently working in Afghanistan to provide security for contractors building electricity and water supply systems.

Albert Pattinson is a former special forces (SAS) soldier who has been jailed for the possession of an unloaded handgun he kept as a memento.

Albert Pattinson is a former special forces (SAS) soldier who has been jailed for the possession of an unloaded handgun he kept as a memento.

The weapons were never loaded or used in the UK and were kept purely as a memento. The judge (Judge Christopher Plunkett) commended the former soldier for his work in the SAS but had no choice but to jail him.

However others have been spared prison and sent free for similar crimes.

Dale Robinson and David Parsons were both released without prison time for the same offence.

Dale Robinson and David Parsons were both released without prison time for the same offence.

Dale Robinson (28, above left) received a suspended sentence after admitting possessing a firearm at Northampton crown court.

He was accused by police of supplying weapons to drug dealers, but claimed that he was only a collector.

David Parsons (65, above right) was spared a jail sentence too after several guns were found at their home in Bournemouth. Parson’s son was a heroin addict and it is believed that the gun may allegedly have been his.

Military Chiefs and former soldiers condemn sentence

Former Chief of Defence and member of the SAS in the UK Field Marshal Sir Charles Guthrie said the sentence was “totally inappropriate”.

Lord West, former head of the British Royal Navy said:

“It does seem a harsh sentence for someone who is clearly not collecting weapons for use.

For someone who is not a present threat to society maybe a suspended sentence is better.”

Gulf war veteran John Nicol said:

“You see thugs, burglars and wife beaters getting away with almost no sentence. There needs to be flexibility and understanding.”

Colonel Richard kemp, former commander of UK forces in Afghanistan demanded his immediate release by saying:

“This is another example of our troops being persecuted by a government and courts obsessed with political correctness.

An SAS hero who risked his life to defend our country shouldn’t be treated like a south London drug dealer.

He should be freed immediately. The country should be grateful for what he did.”

The petition has now reached over 100,000, you can sign it here.

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