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US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.
By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne, CNN

The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said.

The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, according to the military sources.

They said the target was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.

The military is currently assessing the damage. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb, according to the sources.

This is the first time a MOAB has been used in the battlefield, according to the US officials. This munition was developed during the Iraq War.


“Everybody’s been doing this job for a long time, there’s really no reason for me to tell them what to do. It’s fast paced, it’s aggressive, it’s not something you could be timid at.”

anonymous asked:

Hello! Do you know what's the best place to read good eruri fanfiction? I feel like the ao3 Tag has been a bit slow lately. Thank you so much!

Hello Anon, the only place I read Eruri fanfic is either here on tumblr or on AO3 so I’m not sure I can recommend anything you haven’t already seen.  There maybe isn’t quite the same volume of fic being posted as a few years back, but what we lack in quantity we more than make up for in terms of quality.  There are so many amazing chaptered fics being published at the moment that I can’t keep up with them all.  Here’s some of the ones I’m aware of.  I haven’t had a chance to read all of these, but they’re all on my reading list!

Beautiful Man by @birbwin

Erwin’s work day ends at one o’clock, because any semblance of concentration after that is a stubborn work of fiction. Because his mind and heart are arrested by the Beautiful Man, who sits five desks away from him and smells of something clean and musky.

Bite by @hedera-helixwriteseruri

No one forced him to cross the border, not on any of the times he did it. No one forced him to leave his scent everywhere, to alert the alpha to his presence. It was all his choice, but he felt and feels even now like he was driven by something that wasn’t rational or logical, something out of his control. Like he has gone against himself and still done exactly what he’s supposed to. Like he’s gone against his pack and still, like he’s done right by everyone. Because he knows what the bite means. He knows it like he knows the smell of the alpha, like he recognised his voice – like he knows that all of it will be trouble.

Black Cat Bone by @minxiebutt

Erwin Smith has big plans for the advancement of the Organisation, an anti-government terrorist group working to secure the rights of the people, but first he must collect his newest asset, a boy who says he will give his life to Erwin in exchange for learning the truth behind his grandfather’s disappearance.

Final Tour by @ackbang

It’s been twenty years in the army, and Levi is finally home–retired, bored, directionless. The world has moved on without him, including his friend Erwin. He struggles to learn to adjust, to deal with his nightmares, to flourish in a world he’s never understood, only to find that Erwin is dealing with the same thing.

HMS Maria by @lostcauses-noregrets​ 

Chasing smugglers in the English Channel may not have been the gallant naval career Captain Erwin Smith had hoped for, however when he comes across a suspicious brig, he sees an opportunity not just for a prize but to press a man who might make a valuable addition to his crew. An 18th century Eruri Age of Sail AU.

Living Things by @merkase​ and @skeleruris

A U.S. Special Forces company led by Commander Erwin Smith is deployed for a high-priority evacuation in Ontario, Canada. Navigating two countries and their undead citizens is difficult enough, but the hitchhiker they pick up along the way could pose a much more immediate threat.

Mata Ashita by @tsukareta-levi

“Erwin wraps his hand around Levi’s fingers, swallowing them in his palm, and for the first time Levi looks flustered - Erwin burns the image into the back of his mind, what a gift.”

Erwin is a lonely expat in Tokyo, taking a slightly creepy interest in a younger guy who frequents the same convenience store. At first sight they don’t have much in common but their loneliness.

No Groping in Aisle 10 Please by @kaguneko

Levi and Erwin manage to get themselves kicked out of numerous public establishments over the course of a particularly hot summer, leaving behind emotionally scarred families and vaguely aroused old women. Horny Husbands™

Redshift by @seitsensarvi​ and @35grams

A physician, a biologist, and a vampire board a maelstrom-bound ship.

Smack by @valisi-clark

Erwin has found Levi in his next life, and Levi has track marks on the crooks of his arms.

Son of לִילִי by @shippingeruri

Hebrew: לִילִית Transliteration: lı̂ylı̂yth.  Phonetics: lee-leeth. Parts of Speech: Noun Feminine

1) “Lilith”, name of a female goddess known as a night demon who haunts the desolate places of Edom
1a) might be a nocturnal animal that inhabits desolate places

Tempest in a Teapot by @merkase

Erwin’s father dreamed of building facilities where sirens could interact safely with their clients, sheltered from the unscrupulous brothels that sought to profit from the same source of energy that sirens need to survive. Completing the project made Erwin into an international authority on merfolk relations, but this was his father’s dream. Erwin’s is to protect humanity from another class of mer, which feeds on death and kills so voraciously that they’re to be exterminated on site without exception. It’s a cause Erwin knows he believes in, but when a starving siren-reaper hybrid shows up at the Exchange with the two halves of his nature in conflict, Erwin must decide how black and white his beliefs really are. It’s a decision that could risk more than Erwin’s reputation. It could also destroy everything his family has worked for.

The Companion by @everythingshiny

Levi hates Companions – people who sell romance and a night of pleasure to anyone rich enough to pay. These Companions are more than prostitutes; they’re actors, allowing their clients to live out the romantic encounters of their dreams. And Levi finds the very idea of them disgusting.
But Hanji gets him an appointment, anyway. And, somehow, Levi is persuaded to go. And the Companion he finds is very different from what he expected.
Levi knows that it’s all fake. But, in spite of himself, he can’t stay away from Erwin Smith.

Thirst by @zedsdead1001

To see someone every day was fine, didn’t usually end in increased heart rates and ridiculously painful shyness. But when the person you saw on a regular basis was the one you admired and dreamt about…that’s when it became awkward.

How long did they say it was before a crush turned into love? Levi couldn’t remember. All he knew was that he was incapable of stopping thinking about the tall blonde on his delivery route, a man he surely had no chance of dating, a man he was becoming consumed by with every passing minute.

Wild-Type by @merkase

Erwin Smith’s dragon-fighting bust is front-page news. He has several key players in custody and enough evidence to put the owner away for the rest of his unnatural life. All Erwin has to do is convince a violent, ill-tempered drake to give him a statement—preferably without killing anyone, burning Erwin’s house down or falling in love with him. But when the federal government shows up demanding that Erwin turn Levi over for immediate euthanasia, the only way to protect his witness may end up killing them both.

Monday, December 04, 2017 The commander of the Taliban’s  ‘special forces’ branch, known as the ‘Red Unit’ was killed last week in Helmand Province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, was killed in an air operation in …


Raider Legacy Day

Camp Pendleton, August 11, 2017 – The buses rolled off I-5 Northbound onto Camp Pendleton at 0930. Pulling up to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion Headquarters, the guests; veteran US Marine Raiders from the second World War and their families, walked off and were invited to explore the reception area of the new HQ, lined with tributes to MARSOC warfighters fallen since the formation of MARSOC in 2006.

MARSOC (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command) was formed under a directive from the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, in October 2005 to create a Marine component to the US Special Operations Command(USSOCOM) and was activated on February 24, 2006, MARSOC at Camp Lejeune, NC. Tasked to conduct foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and direct action missions, MARSOC has continuously deployed since August 2006, based on USSOCOM priorities.

After a brief announcement, the guests gathered in the auditorium where Colonel Mike Brooks, Marine Raider Regiment Commanding Officer, offered a heartfelt talk on the legacy of the Raider Regiment. Above all else, Colonel Brooks voiced the duty of his Marines to uphold the honor and service of those men that had come before them.

When he concluded, the veterans were then invited to tour the grounds, featuring displays with the latest in weapon systems, vehicles, communications, EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) tech, SCUBA, dog teams, free fall capabilities and drones being employed by MARSOC today. Each booth, was hosted by multiple MARSOC Marines who answered questions and ran demonstrations showcasing the capabilities explaining how they had given them the edge in the field over their opponents.

It was a chance for the veteran Raiders and today’s MARSOC fighters to interact freely and casually, as Marines and as men, trading stories about their experiences, both triumphs and sacrifices, in conflicts separated by almost half a century. With the time on base coming to a close, the veterans departed and began the trip south, back to San Diego.

One night - Steve Mcgarrett

You were in the libary at the Hawaiin University. Studying wasnt your favourite part to do today. But because you always wanted to study this you needed to get your shit together and learn for this exam next week. You had difficulty to understand certain areas. But it was your wish to study so you left Germany behind you to become a history and german teacher in Hawaii, your dream place. At 22 you were still young and everyone who knew you wanted that you take a break to just do something for yourself for once. And you agreed, when this exam would be over you promised them you would go out with them and forget your responsibilities for once. Forget your job, forget University and just have fun. At least for a night, what should go wrong? I mean your friends let go all the time and nothing bad happens. So why shouldnt you do it too?


Well now you know why you shouldnt do that. You drank way to much but your exam just went so well that you wanted to celebrate that. And now you were laying in bed with a stranger that was way to good looking for you and all you could think about is how could you have done that. And how could you get out of his house without him noticing. After all his arm was wrapped around you. But you tried anyway. You did not want to wake him up and be even more embarrased than you are now. You would swear that you havent even moved yet, but somehow Mr. Handsome, as you would call him now, until you would know his name, woke up in a blink. The only think you could to was to just say “Hey”.. “Morning, you are awake early. Havent thought you would be. Not after what you drank last night.” “Ehmm.. well I can never sleep long, when I had a little bit of alcohol. Its a thing since my teenage years.” “Teenage years? So underage drinking was your thing?” You were shocked. You totally forgot that America was the country of 21. You hated it when people thought bad of you, or that you did something illegal. So you were quick with your answer, maybe to quick. You fell into some kind of ramble, which was to easy with his watchfull eyes. He seemed to get every information out of you without even asking. “Nooo of course not. I just drank beer. It is legal in Germany at the age of 16. I would never go against the law. I am way to nervous for that. Once I accidentally stole a hairclip from my piercer. I felt so guilty that I came back to pay for it. They all laughed at me. And…” “Stop stop” He laughed “I believe you.” He smirked “ Before you tell me anymore about you, do you maybe want to have some breakfast? You can contiune your story there.” You did it. You embarrased yourself even more. You were pretty sure you looked like a tomato by now. If he hadnt stop you, you would have told him your lifestory, with all the unasked footnotes. But he didnt seem to be bothered by it. He was calm and not at all annoyed. So you agreed to some breakfast.

And you realised, that Mr. Handsome wasnt just to handsome, he was also a great cook. He made the best pancakes you ever had. It was really unfair. He was good looking, seemed to be smart and well educated, and he could cook. He was the all around package. With that in mind you just could not stop your mouth from moving. “What is your goddam flaw?” He seemed perplex. Like he was surprised by your question. “What do you mean?” “ Well, see ehmm?” He laughed again, even his laugh sounded to good to be true. “Steve. My name is Steve.” “ Well okay Steve. Sorry for forgetting it. But you see. You are handsome, very handsome. You seem to be smart. And you are nice and a great  cook. What is your goddamn flaw. You arent even messy. That is not normal. Everyone has a flaw. Mine is clear. I talk to much and to often and I never know when to shut up, so help me out here and interrup me, or I will never stop talking.” “That is really kind of you but we all have flaws, we just dont see them sometimes. And just for your information, I think your talking is very cute. It suits you.” You blushed. “Thank you.” After that you ate your breakfast in silence. But it was comfortable. With that you had enough time to imagine what his flaw could be. Until his phone started to ring. “McGarrett? Yes Danno I am alive and well. I decided to sleep in today.” You were sure you heard something about super seal and never sleeping in but you were to concentrated with your sirup. It just did not want to come out of the bottle. It was frustrating. “Y/N, I am sorry but I need to go to work. Can I drive you somewhere ?” “Yes that would be really nice of you. I am just going to put my clothes back on.” “Take your time. I am going to make the dishes.” Great now he is even doing the dishes. This man is perfect.


“Well here we are. That is were I live.” “Y/N,  I really liked your company. If you may, you know, ever want to hang out again… just give me a call.” “With that he gave you a card with the inscription: Hawaii5O - Special Task Force: Lt. Commander Steven J. McGarrett. Before you could say anything he was already gone. 

You did not call him for 5 days. You werent sure if it would be a good idea. But at the end you just could not resist and called. “McGarrett.” “Hey.. Steve here is Y/N” “Y/N. One moment.” You heard him moving and saying something like “Shut up Danno” “Hey Y/N I already thought you would not call.” “Well I actually thought about it. But you just stucked in my mind and I could not resist anmore.” “Well then I am happy that I am so memorable.” You laughed “You have no idea how much.” “Enough to go on a date with me?” “Definitly.” “Good I am picking you up at seven. You like steak?” “Will you be angry if I dont?” “I am going to be confused but I am ready to listen to your reasons for not liking steak while I cook something different, okay?” “Deal. See you tonight.” “See you.” 

After a few dates you finally found out what his flaw was. He was reckless. 


Hey readers :) 

My next one is finally up. Spent a wonderfull day in Netherland. The sun was shining it wasnt to hot but you had still summervibes. 

Like always it would be great if I could get a like, reblog or whatever you have in mind, to know if you liked this one. 

Love C.K.

Today, SPEAR remembers MSgt. Thomas A. Saunders who was killed along with seven Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operation Command when their U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter crashed near Eglin, Florida, March 10, on March 10, 2015.

Please help us honor him, that his memory is never forgotten. Rest easy warrior.

Master Sergeant Thomas Saunders served as a team chief for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Master Sergeant Saunders was born in Bonn, Germany. After graduating High School in Virginia, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended basic training in June of 1999. Following basic training, he attended the School of Infantry as was assigned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines aboard Camp Lejeune, NC.

While in 2d Battalion, 6th Marines LCpl Saunders deployed twice with aboard the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in OPERATION DYNAMIC RESPONSE in Kosovo, and the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) participating in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Returning from deployment Sgt Saunders was selected to go to Special Operations Command-Central and then assigned to a special operations task force participating in combat operations in western Iraq for the early portion of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Returning from Iraq, Sgt Saunders returned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines and then deployed to Okinawa, Japan for 10 months. Sgt Saunders then received orders to 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) in Norfolk, Virginia after attending the Basic Security Guard Course in 2004. While in 1st FAST, Sgt Saunders deployed to NAVEUR, and Iraq in support of contingency operations and held Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Chief, and Company Gunnery Sergeant Billets.

In December of 2007, Staff Sergeant Saunders was assigned to 2d Battlion, 1st Marines in Camp Pendleton, Calif. While there he held Platoon Sergeant, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, and Platoon Commander billets, and deployed to Iraq in 2009.

In 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Saunders was assigned to the Marine Special Operations Regiment and was designated a critical skills operator after spending eight months as a liason to US Army Special Operations Command. In February of 2011 he was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Command. In September 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant where he deployed later that month as team chief.

Master Sergeant Saunders decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, (2) Navy Marine Commedation Medal, (5) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, and (5) Good Conduct Medals.


Roche: That’s…
Iorveth: Vernon Roche! Special Forces Commander for the last four years. Servant of the Temerian king. Responsible for the pacification of the Mahakaman foothills. Hunter of elves, murderer of women and children. Twice decorated for valor on the field of battle…
Roche: Iorveth - a regular son of a whore.