Armed Forces

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

Major General James B. Linder, Commander, Special Operations Command Africa

James B. Linder was born in South Carolina. He received a regular Army commission in field artillery upon graduation from Clemson University.

He has served a variety of troop and staff assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 5th Ranger Regiment (Airborne) and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He also served in multiple positions with special operations, including as Deputy Commanding Officer of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne).

Upon completion of a Senior Service College Fellowship at the CIA, Linder commanded the Joint Operations Task Force-Philippines, followed by an assignment at the Joint Chief. He has held command positions in Afghanistan and with Africa command.



Leaflets were recently dropped over parts of Parwan province in Afghanistan that shows the Muslim profession of faith printed on the image of a dog, an animal viewed by many Muslims as unclean. The image shows a lion chasing a white dog that is meant to represent the flag of Taliban insurgents, which is white, with the common recitation of faith for Muslims known as the Shahada printed at the center.

“It’s an insult to Islam,” the Parwan governor said. “It’s very sensitive that the Shahada is written on a dog, so it must be investigated.”

Major General James Linder, a U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, acknowledged in a statement that “the design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam. I sincerely apologize. We have the deepest respect for Islam and our Muslim partners worldwide.” Linder said the U.S. military was investigating how the leaflet was produced and would “hold the responsible party accountable.”