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The Taliban says if we give them what they want, they will have peace talks with us.

Well, this came out of left field.

Business Insider reported today that someone from the Taliban says that they are ready to have peace talks with the United States if we meet their demands.

The two conditions the Taliban want is to have us remove the leader of the Taliban from the U.N. blacklist and getting rid of all foreign military from Afghanistan.

The Aberration of War and its Impacts on Planning

Not too sure how we feel about this but this is something we got to watch closely as more gets reported throughout the day.

If you want to read more of what’s happening in the world, check out more from our blog.

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas, Remix


T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the land,
no operations were stirring, not even for Taliban.

The 240’s were load with tracer to bear,
in hopes that those savages would soon be there.

The Operators were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of slaying terrorists danced in their heads.

With First Sergeant and his coffee mug and the CO his cap,
Had just watched the Predator feed, in hopes of an attack.

When down in nearby Wadi came some distinct AK clatter,
The Operators sprang from their beds, to see what was the matter.

Running to the gun trucks, they flew like a flash.
They loaded their rifles and all prepared to smash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave a luster of midday to an attack on the go.

When what to their wandering eyes did appear,
but Al-Baghdadi and 12 more ISIS commanders coming up from the rear.

They climbed towards the FOB, nimble and quick.
The Operators prepared themselves for a joyful tick.

More rapid than camels the savages came,
Al-Baghdadi hooted and hollered and sounded insane.

“Now Hasan, now Jamal, now Osama and Mohammed,
On Jihad, on Abdul, on Aziz and Al Ahmed.

To the top of the FOB, and over this wall!
Now blast away, blast away we will kill them all!”

But the Operators were ready, with 120mm in hand,
upon the enemy’s head those mortars did land.

3-5 seconds their machine guns did flutter,
they ran without the stoppage, talking to one another.

The savs died one by one and began to take off,
a few of them exploded thanks to Ol’ Carl Gustave.

But as the Operators ceased fire and were turning around,
up came Al-Baghdadi with one courageous bound.

He was dressed all in rags, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

Bundles of explosives he had slung on his back,
He looked like a martyr just opening his pack.

His eyes how they twinkled, his turban how scary!
His cheeks were like dried plums, all wrinkled and hairy.

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a hag,
the beard on his chin was scraggly and sad.

The stump of some hashish was held tight in his teeth,
and smoke encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when a coughed like a bowl full of jelly.

He was diseased and sad, an inbred old guy
The operators laughed, he was a sight for sore eyes.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
was all that happened when that bullet knocked him dead.

He spoke not a word but laid there in mud,
He was no longer a threat, all covered in blood.

First Sergeant laid a finger on the side of his nose,
And giving the nod, the American flag rose.

He sprang to his gun truck, to his team gave a command,
they were done for the night, in the land of the sand.

The commanded exclaimed as he disappeared out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

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5 Active Duty and Veteran Discounts That Are Awesome

Want to find something awesome for your Battle Buddy or hint to your significant other that a magazine extender would be a nice compliment to your handgun?

Here are 5 Military and Veteran Discounts that’ll solve your problems

Cabela’s – Ah yes, the great outdoors are calling and Cabela’s has got everything you want. Cabela’s offers a 5% military discount every day to active military, retired military, active reserves and VA-recipient men and women of our Armed Forces at any of their retail stores through their Legendary Salute Military Discount Program. Must show military ID at time of purchase. Click here for details.

List of Active Duty/Veteran Discounts You Might Not Know About

Bass Pro Shop – Every month starting on the 15th, Outdoor World retail shops offer a week-long military discount days promotion that includes a 10 percent discount, according to Military Benefits.

AT&T – They offer a 15% discount on 15 percent off mobile phone services with proof of veteran status at all AT&T stores.

Home Depot – A 10 percent discount is available at all U.S. locations to retired or disabled veterans with a military ID. Many provide the discount to veterans all year round, and all give the discount to veterans on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.

Ford – Active Military Personnel & Reservists Serving on Active Duty, Veterans are eligible for a $500.00 Bonus Cash Offer good toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new recent model year Ford vehicle.

How to Apply for the RE Factor Tactical LE/EMS/Military Discount

6 Stocking Stuffers Perfect For The Tactical Man

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal!

Holidays are right around the corner and yes, most of you are wondering what the hell do I want?

RE Factor Holiday Gift Guide

Well, look no further soldier. Here’s our annual list of gift ideas to give to your lady so you can continue the mission.

  1. Rapid deployment TQ holder/buttstock


A simple solution for adding a tourniquet to your arsenal. In the field of battle, you’ll need to make sure you keep your men alive!

2. Sticker pack


Need something to get you going in the morning? A set of stickers is paired great with a cup of rocket fuel.

3. Patches 

Raider Patch 1

Patches are a must with our Blasting Cap. How else will everyone know who you represent?

4. Armboard


Reach out and touch someone with our Armboard. It’s a great way to pull out those coordinates you need for a massive air strike.

5. Chemlight pocket

Chemlight Pocket Back 1

The Chemlight Pocket is designed to give you quick access to your chem lights by adhering a pocket to your traditional uniform arm pocket.

6. Ranger Panties


Every once in a while, you got to strut your stuff and what’s a better way to show off the tree trunks than a pair of Ranger Panties. If you need a little push, here’s why you should wear them.

Don’t see anything on here that piques your interest? Check out our best sellers.

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Remix

Trump’s Appointment of Mattis is All We Want for Christmas

At a rally in Cincinnati, OH Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump made the announcement that he would like to appoint retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his administration’s Secretary of Defense. Trump went on to liken Mattis to World War II hero, General George S. Patton, saying General Mattis is, “the closest thing we have to General George S. Patton.” Similarities to Patton aside, the appointment of James Mattis as Trump’s Secretary of Defense also places him in rare company with former General and Secretary of Defense under the Truman Administration, George C. Marshall.

7 facts you didn’t know about Mad Dog

The National Security Act of 1947 is the piece of federal legislation that placed Mattis and Marshall in such elite company. For a former service member to hold the private appointment of Secretary of Defense, he or she must have been retired from active duty for at least ten years. Later modified to eight years in 2008, Mattis has not met this requirement, only being retired from active duty since 2013. As George Marshall was subject to in 1950, James Mattis will have to receive approval from Congress to accept President-elect Trump’s appointment. From recent media reports, it sounds like Mattis will have the support of Congress, so Mattis might be able to institute his defense policies, whereas Marshall was primarily responsible for keeping Douglas MacArthur under control during the Korean War.

General Mattis Reading List for Leaders

Regarding defense policy, Mattis has not minced words regarding the United States policy towards the Islamic State. He has gone on record stating that the United States needs to take a “firm, strategic stance,” against the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations, and believes that the current policy in the Middle East has fostered an environment of extremism. However, some Mattis’ policies differ from President-Elect Trump. Namely, Mattis believes that Trump’s attitude toward Russia is misguided, as well as his belief that torture does not work to the extent that some high-ranking officials believe.

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Remix

Regardless of your political leaning, or personal thoughts on James Mattis’ potential appointment as Secretary of Defense, the next few weeks will prove to be a unique time in the history of the United States.

Love you some Mattis? Grab our limited edition Secretary of War shirts