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  • Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan - officials

    12/03/2017 6:30:44 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Dec. 3, 2017 | Staff
    KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban’s “special forces” branch, known asthe “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 Helmand. The province is a Taliban stronghold in the heartland of Afghanistan’s lucrative drug trade. [snip]
  • Senator Hillary! Women better off with Saddam - Transcript (long, know thy enemy)

    02/27/2004 7:30:51 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 79 replies · 2,366+ views
    THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT. P R O C E E D I N G S MR. STEINBERG: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Brookings. I'm Jim Steinberg, the Director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program here. And it's my privilege to welcome and introduce Senator Hillary Clinton from New York as our speaker this morning. It's a cliché when somebody comes up to start an introduction to say, of course our speaker needs no introduction--but in this case it's no cliché. Our speaker, clearly, needs no introduction to this or any other audience. She's had a remarkable...
  • Pregnant girl, 14, allegedly burned to death by her in-laws

    07/18/2016 10:36:36 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 17, 2016 | Kaeim Sharifi, AP
    KABUL - An Afghan father was on a quest for justice Monday after saying that his pregnant 14-year-old daughter was burned to death by her in-laws, the latest reported case of violence against women in the country. Afghanistan faces serious human rights issues, including physical and sexual violence against women and so-called honour killings that often involve immolation. The 45-year-old father, Mohammad Azam, said that he came to the capital, Kabul, to seek justice for his daughter Zarah. He told The Associated Press that she was tortured and set on fire by her husband's family last week. She died in...
  • Groundbreaking lesbian Air Force officer killed in Afghanistan

    12/22/2015 11:10:46 AM PST · by windcliff · 67 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 12-22-15 | Barbara Goldberg
    A female officer in the Air Force who was one of the first openly gay service members to marry was identified on Tuesday as among the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan. Facebook postings on Tuesday by friends and family of Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen mourned her death on Monday and sent condolences to her wife Heather and son Jacob, who live near Washington, D.C. "We do find comfort in knowing that Heather and Jacob are no longer in the shadows and will be extended the rights and protections due any...
  • U.S. Soldiers Eliminate Three Taliban Fighters During Ambush (video)

    08/27/2014 3:36:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-26-2014 | FUNKER530
    The cameraman had this to say to after submitting the footage to FUNKER530: "This patrol was a relief in place and I was on point leading the new guys in for the RIP. We hadn't taken much contact in this area, and it was generally considered a "safe" zone in Logar Province. We patrolled the area frequently, and the locals would regularly thank us for pushing the Taliban away from their village so they could live their daily lives without constant threat. The Taliban that we came across during this patrol were actually setting up to shoot down our new...
  • Morning Update: Two-Stars No Shows (Rush)

    08/19/2014 9:18:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-19-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Almost two weeks ago, the Washington Post ran a story with this headline: “Obama’s Silence on Death of Major General Harold Greene Comes Under Fire.” General Greene, a two-star general, was killed during an ambush in Kabul, Afghanistan that wounded at least 15 others. He was the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a war zone since Vietnam. The Washington Post put it this way: “The shooting has been met with silence from another member of Greene’s chain of command: President Obama. The commander-in-chief has said nothing about the incident, leaving it to the Defense Department and his own press...
  • The Coming Bergdahl Pardon

    06/09/2014 1:15:58 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    crimeandconsequences.com ^ | 6-6-2014 | Bill Otis
    Most reliable reports suggest that five years ago, as the battle against the Taliban was fully underway, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily left his post after becoming disillusioned with what he viewed as the enormous damage the United States had done to Afghanistan. In other words, he deserted. He may have defected; that is unknown for the moment. In recent days, the Administration has justified releasing five top terrorist commanders to return to the battlefield (after a fig-leaf stopover in Qatar) on the grounds that Bergdahl was still an American soldier, and America does not leave its people behind. The President's...
  • Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

    06/02/2014 12:55:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 2, 2014 12:31pm EDT | HAMID SHALIZI AND JESSICA DONATI
    Kabul (Reuters) - The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. The five prisoners were flown to Qatar on Sunday as part of a secret agreement to release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who left Afghanistan for Germany on the same day. :snip: "The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country," said the source close to President Hamid...
  • Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says

    11/26/2013 11:54:14 AM PST · by edcoil · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-25-2013 | Mirwais Harooni and Katharine Houreld
    Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says By Mirwais Harooni and Katharine Houreld KABUL Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:54am EST 4 Comments inShare4 Share this Email Print (Reuters) - Death by stoning for convicted adulterers is being written into Afghan law, a senior official said on Monday, the latest sign that human rights won at great cost since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 are rolling back as foreign troops withdraw. "We are working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning," said Rohullah Qarizada,...
  • Afghan insurgents find new opening for IED attacks

    07/25/2013 10:40:44 AM PDT · by kimtom · 3 replies
    start.toshiba.com ^ | 7/25/2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The shrinking U.S. combat role in Afghanistan has given insurgents an opening to devise and carry out deadlier attacks using bigger improvised bombs against U.S. and coalition military vehicles and bases, American officials say.</p> <p>With fewer U.S. forces patrolling road networks beyond their bases — and with the grounding of eye-in-the-sky surveillance balloons known as aerostats — Taliban fighters are adapting their tactics, according to officials at a Pentagon agency that tracks attacks that use improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.</p>
  • Afghanistan: Obama Surrenders

    06/20/2013 11:41:49 AM PDT · by libstripper · 12 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 20, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    “The Afghan War is coming to an end,” said Barack Obama on May 23, but it is not ending well. NBC News reported Tuesday that “U.S. and Taliban representatives will meet soon for the first time to begin what are expected to be long and complex negotiations for a peaceful settlement to the war in Afghanistan.” The U.S. entered Afghanistan to topple the Taliban from power and end their influence in the country. In light of that, these talks in themselves constitute an admission of failure. But these talks are far from the first of those.
  • FUNKER530 Raw Combat Footage [featured on Fox]

    09/28/2012 11:55:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 3 replies
    FUNKER530 ^ | Sept 26, 2012 | US Military helmet cams
    U.S. Soldier Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire During Firefight
  • Recent Casualties Afganistan (a family friend)

    04/25/2012 2:32:05 AM PDT · by nevergore · 16 replies
    Tulsa World -AP ^ | 4-24-2012 | Tulsa World -AP
    Two soldiers died Sunday in a roadside bombing in Paktia, Afghanistan. They were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh, 28, of Cobb, Ga., and Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf, 22, of Boynton Beach, Fla. Both were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Bags are packed.

    09/30/2011 7:17:10 PM PDT · by Hotmetal · 168 replies
    Hotmetal
    Just finished packing for my deployment to Afganistan. My orders start tomorrow and we will be at home station until the 4th. Going to Ft. Bliss for mobility training, then to the sandbox. I know we have internet access there but has anyone heard if any Freepers posting form there? I sure hope this site is not blocked so I can keep-up with whats going on back here.
  • Fights Break Out in Afghanistan as NATO Moves to Recover Downed Helicopter

    08/07/2011 4:10:37 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published August 07, 2011
    U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, secure the area after existing a Chinoonk helicopter, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, in this Sunday, June 18, 2006 file photo. Insurgents apparently shot down a U.S. military helicopter Saturday Aug. 6, 2011 similar to this one shown during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Usama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said. An Afghan official says there is fighting in the area where a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter was apparently...
  • Copter Downed by Taliban Fire; Elite U.S. Unit Among Dead

    08/06/2011 3:36:59 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6 AUGUST 2011 | RAY RIVERA, ALISSA J. RUBIN and THOM SHANKER
    KABUL, Afghanistan — In the deadliest day for American forces in the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan, insurgents shot down a Chinook transport helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 Americans, including some Navy Seal commandos from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as 8 Afghans, American and Afghan officials said.
  • Obama expresses sorrow for 31 US troops killed in Afghan crash

    08/06/2011 9:27:08 AM PDT · by yoe · 128 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 8, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama praised the sacrifice of 31 U.S. troops who died early Saturday morning in helicopter crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed it shot down the aircraft with a rocket-propelled grenade. Seven Afghan soldiers on board the helicopter also died. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the Americans who were lost earlier today in Afghanistan,” Obama said in a statement. “Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan.” Obama said...
  • U.S. official: Killed forces were on Afghanistan rescue mission

    08/06/2011 2:31:09 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 109 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/6/11 | David Ariosto and Barbara Starr
    Twenty-five U.S. special forces killed early Saturday in Afghanistan were on a mission to rescue another team of military personnel pinned down by insurgents, a U.S. military official told CNN. The helicopter that went down in eastern Afghanistan carried 30 U.S. military members, including 22 Navy SEALs and three other special forces. They were part of a "quick reaction force" sent in to pick up others engaged in a fierce firefight, the official said. In the single deadliest incident since the start of the decade-long Afghan war, the Army Chinook carrying a team of U.S. special forces and U.S. and...
  • Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Reportedly Kills Members of SEAL Team 6

    08/06/2011 9:37:25 AM PDT · by spiderfern · 396 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | 8/6/2011 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/08/06/afghan-president-31-americans-killed-in-helicopter-crash/#ixzz1UGZcWiEh
  • Dozens Killed as NATO Helicopter Shot Down in Afghanistan

    08/06/2011 2:21:16 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 121 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6 August 2011 | By RAY RIVERA and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents shot down a NATO Chinook helicopter during an overnight operation in eastern Afghanistan, killing 37 people on board, a military official said on Saturday.