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Here Is Why the U.S. Navy Created the SEALs

Today’s Navy SEALs (for Sea, Air, and Land special warfare experts) have a history shrouded in secrecy. Commissioned in 1962, they are the most elite shore-area Special Forces in the world, concentrating on very select and often-clandestine intelligence gathering and precision strike missions. For over 50 years it was assumed that the origin of the Navy SEALs was the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs) and Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) of World War II. In reality, the Navy’s special warfare activity started in August 1942 with the Amphibious Scouts and Raiders.

All of the Frightening Ways That Iran Can Strike Back at America

Now that Donald Trump has refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal, the ball is in Congress’s court. If the Legislative branch decides to reimpose sanctions against Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear accord is known, is likely (but not definitely) dead. All indications are that Congress will try and stop short of imposing new sanctions. Nonetheless, this outcome can hardly be ruled out.

Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America?

Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region. Decades of sanctions and embargoes have strangled the navy’s attempts to modernize, leaving a smaller than expected naval force whose most intimidating features are homebrewed frigates, coastal missile batteries and swarms of fast, lightly armed fast-attack craft.

America's Killer M1 Abrams Tank Now Has Its Own Shields

On September 28, 2017 the U.S. Army announced that it would equip the M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams tanks of one of its armored brigades with Israeli-built Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS). Or to put it in plain speech: some of America’s 70-ton main battle tanks will now have radar-guided robotic shotguns that can shoot down incoming missiles.

The Forgotten Reason Why Japan Attacked Pearl Harbor

By the time the attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into World War II, Japan had been preparing for an all-out offensive in the Pacific for months.

Japan relied on imports of raw materials and natural resources to survive. Rubber, tin, iron, and especially oil had to be imported for Japanese industry to function. The same raw materials were also essential for the Japanese war machine.

In 1894-1895, Japan defeated China in a short war and gained control of the island

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