Paul Szoldra is a journalist with past bylines at Business Insider and We Are The Mighty, and is the founder of Duffel Blog. He is a former Marine infantryman.

Paul Szoldra


The Pentagon Is Trying To Spin The Truth Of How A Marine Got Shot In Syria

August 14, 2018

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A U.S. Marine sergeant was shot in February by a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria, first reported by Task & Purpose, and the Pentagon has been attempting for days to spin the truth of the first known instance of an insider attack there. Sgt. Cameron Halkovich was shot twice at night while … Read More

Retired Special Ops General: The Current Approach In Afghanistan Isn’t Worth One More Body Bag

August 14, 2018

A retired Army general has offered a stinging critique of the current approach in Afghanistan as not being “worth another body bag or hospital bed” in a new op-ed for the Daily Beast. Gen. Donald Bolduc, the former commander of Special Operations Command-Africa, wrote on Monday that the U.S. had three choices to make in … Read More

CENTCOM: Investigation Into Insider Attack On Marine In Syria Was ‘Inconclusive’

August 10, 2018

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U.S. Central Command released a statement on Friday saying that its investigation into the Feb. 17 shooting of Marine Sgt. Cameron Halkovich by a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, first reported by Task & Purpose, was “unable to conclusively determine” if he was shot intentionally. Halkovich, a combat engineer attached to a Marine infantry … Read More

Air Force Releases Video Of John Chapman’s Final Heroic Moments That Earned Him The Medal Of Honor

August 9, 2018

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The U.S. Air Force has released video highlights from an overhead intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft taken on March 4, 2002 that shows the final heroic moments of Tech Sgt. John Chapman, who will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery later this month. Chapman charged multiple machine-gun nests and engaged in hand-to-hand combat … Read More

Exclusive: The Insider Attack In Syria That The Pentagon Denies Ever Happened

August 8, 2018

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It was a pitch black Saturday evening at a remote outpost in Syria last February when Sgt. Cameron Halkovich and Cpl. Kane Downey began their rounds, checking Marines on perimeter security. As sergeant and corporal of the guard, their job was to set up the watch schedule, man the radios, and most importantly, ensure Marines on … Read More

Here Are All The Military’s Worst Acronyms

August 3, 2018

You begin learning a new language from the moment you step off the bus at basic training. From the renaming of the floor to a “deck” for Marines and sailors, to soldiers being referred to as “FNGs” at their first unit, you need a 400-page dictionary to fill up all the new terms you might … Read More

Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman Will Be Awarded The Medal Of Honor In August

July 27, 2018

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Air Force Technical Sgt. John Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House on Aug. 22, Task & Purpose has learned. President Donald Trump will present the award to Chapman’s wife Valerie Nessel, along with his family. “Sergeant Chapman’s heroic actions, at the cost of his life, … Read More

Does POTUS Think The F-35 Is Literally Invisible? An Investigation

July 26, 2018

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Does President Donald Trump think the F-35 fighter is literally invisible? After researching his various statements on the 5th generation fighter, I don’t really think so. But since he keeps saying exactly that — that the F-35 cannot be seen by enemy pilots — plenty of people are curious about the answer. Don’t worry, folks. I’m here … Read More