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  • 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 · 32 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.
  • US Army Apologizes for Horrific Photos from Afghanistan

    03/21/2011 12:50:21 PM PDT · by libstripper · 58 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | March 21, 2011 | Matthias Gebauer and Hasnain Kazim
    The images are repulsive. A group of rogue US Army soldiers in Afghanistan killed innocent civilians and then posed with their bodies. On Monday, SPIEGEL published some of the photos -- and the US military responded promptly with an apology. Still, NATO fears that reactions in Afghanistan could be violent.
  • Lesbian Army captain sent home from Afghistan for behaving like a 'lovestruck teenager,'(UK)

    03/03/2011 10:07:02 AM PST · by nmh · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/2/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A lesbian Army captain sent home from Afghanistan after she was accused of an 'inappropriate relationship' with a sergeant was behaving like a 'love struck teenager' and undermining operations, a tribunal heard today. Karen Tait, 29, who is claiming sexual discrimination against the Ministry of Defence and her commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Deborah Poneskis, upset the chain of command with her 'sly and underhand' behaviour, the employment tribunal in central London heard. ... The openly gay soldier, who started a sexual relationship with Sgt Caroline Graham before deployment with 4 Royal Military Police's 160 Provost Company, denies having any intimacy...
  • Meet ‘The Punisher’: A Soldier’s New Weapon of Choice

    02/14/2011 8:30:03 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    big peace ^ | Feb 14th 2011
    The XM-25, Counter Defilade Target Engagement System with 25mm rounds, is semi-automatic, and includes fully integrated day/night, full-solution target acquisition/fire control. Soldiers in the field have given it the nickname “The Punisher.” ... In one engagement, an enemy machine gunner was “so badly wounded or so freaking scared that he dropped [his] weapon” and ran, said Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, Program Manager Individual WeaponsThere were no casualties among units carrying the XM25 in those nine engagements, Lehner said. “No longer can the enemy shoot at American forces, then hide behind something,” said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller of Program Executive Office...
  • ISR Needs Put Fighters in Surveillance Role

    02/01/2011 3:26:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 2*/1/2011 | Angus Batey
    The same argument has been used to benefit defense by bringing the RAF imagery analysts from [39 Sqdn., operators of the Reaper, and 5 AC (Army Cooperation) Sqdn., which flies the Sentinel R1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar system] into TIW,” Stewart says. “So we have that umbrella organization that can provide far better output and support to operations and the development of capabilities.” The RAF’s operations go beyond fighters and are part of a service-wide focus on combat intelligence, surveillance, targeting and reconnaissance (Combat IStar). Since his appointment in July 2009, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton has made refocusing the...
  • G8 advocates no US troop withdrawal till 2015

    11/08/2010 9:53:00 AM PST · by Marty62 · 6 replies
    Nation(asianewsnet pulled) ^ | Published: June 30, 2010 | By: Kaswar Klasra |
    ISLAMABAD – At a time when British and American soldiers are dying in Afghanistan at an alarming rate, the US is unlikely to start withdrawal of troops in 2011. Infact, 2015 would be the year set for this process, diplomatic sources told TheNation, Tuesday. A spokesperson of the US Embassy in Islamabad, Richard Snelsire, was not available for comments, whilst a lady official (using the Spokesperson’s cell phone) advised this correspondent to contact the US Defence department in Washington for answers to queries relating to military activities. She was responding to a question when asked by this correspondent if the...
  • Pentagon Says Intel Contractors Went Too Far

    10/29/2010 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Marty62 · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Published October 29, 2010 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- A military contractor says he'll fight Pentagon accusations that his people went too far in gathering intelligence in Afghanistan that ended up being used to target militants. A high-level Defense Department inquiry concluded that defense contractor Michael Furlong, a retired Army officer, ran what amounted to an illegal spying ring of private military contractors. The 15-page classified report into the matter, obtained by The Associated Press, says Furlong's human intelligence collection program, known as "Information Operations Capstone," amounted to a "violation of executive orders" and Defense Department policy.
  • U.S. Army Upgrades To .300 Winchester Magnum

    10/08/2010 10:07:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 50 replies · 2+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle. Last year, the army ordered 38.4 million rounds of .300 Winchester...
  • Shell-Shocked Dog of War Finds a Home With the Family of a Fallen Hero

    10/06/2010 6:40:59 AM PDT · by libstripper · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2010 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    SCIO, N.Y.—Gunner, a bomb-sniffing dog mustered out of the Marines for canine post-traumatic stress disorder, has found a new home with Deb and Dan Dunham, whose Marine son died in Iraq protecting the men beside him.
  • The reluctant commander in chief

    09/24/2010 5:05:08 AM PDT · by libstripper · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2010 | MIchael Gerson
    What is most disturbing about the coverage of Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" is not the juicy bits of conflict and infighting; it is the fact that the White House seems pleased with the image of President Obama that emerges. "I think the president comes across pretty well in the book," says one official, "even if it looks crazy around him." What comes across is a president deeply skeptical about the Afghan war, suspicious of the advice of military leaders and obsessed with finding exits and setting withdrawal deadlines. To a press or political aide in the administration, this must seem...
  • President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    09/09/2010 11:33:36 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 24 replies
    The White House ^ | September 9, 2010 | Office of the Press Secretary
    On October 6, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Miller will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in Afghanistan on January 25, 2008. He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor - eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers. Staff Sergeant Miller’s parents, Phil and Maureen Miller will join the President at the White House to commemorate their son’s selfless service and sacrifice. PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Robert Miller was born on October...
  • U.S. Says No South Afghanistan Security Handover For a 'Few Years'

    08/24/2010 1:14:53 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 2 replies
    DefenseNews.com | August 24, 2010 | DAN DE LUCE
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  • Sniper in Afghan Town Puts Marines on Edge

    08/19/2010 9:28:05 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 36 replies
    WS Journal ^ | AUGUST 19, 2010 | By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    SANGIN, Afghanistan—Somewhere in this dusty town, concealed among the cornfields, irrigation canals and mud-walled compounds, is a man the Marines particularly want to kill. They don't know what he looks like. But they know he is a very good shot with a long rifle, and, every day he remains alive, he is drawing Marine blood. In the seven days since the men of Lima Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment arrived in town, the Sangin sniper has persecuted them with methodical, well-aimed shots, fired one at a time. His toll so far: two men killed—one American and one British—and one...
  • Obama lied again.

    08/17/2010 2:26:06 PM PDT · by bronkburnett · 13 replies
    Atlah Media Network ^ | August 13, 2010 | michael master
    Like on so many things, Obama parses. He lies. And now he is trying to explain away the 50,000 troops that he is leaving in Iraq as advisors. Kiplinger understands this: "the 50,000 troops who will remain after Aug. 31 will be advisors in name only. In practice, they’ll be a strong enough force for combat if called to do so." Obama misled America during the elections. And now he is parsing words the way a lawyer does. He cannot be trusted.
  • Hero-PFC Paul O Cuzzupe II 12/2/86-8/8/10

    08/13/2010 10:18:29 AM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 12 replies
    08/13/2010 | Paul's family
    My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences in this extremely difficult time. Our hearts are broken and we are just trying to cope day to day until Paul can be laid to rest. We know that he gave his life for the freedom that we all enjoy. As some of you may be aware, Paul had worn many hats within Apria as he worked at the Florida Regional Distribution Center at the age of 18 and later the Tampa Billing Center. By the time he turned 21, he worked at the Lakeland, FL branch as...
  • Missing Sailor Found Dead in Afghanistan

    07/28/2010 6:54:26 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 18 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2010
    One of two U.S. Sailors missing in Afghanistan since last week has been confirmed dead and his body recovered, a NATO spokesman said Tuesday. The search continues for the other missing Sailor, said Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a spokesman for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The two Navy personnel went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar, after an armored sport utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area. NATO officials were unable to say what they were doing in such a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban have said previously that they killed one of...
  • Leaking to Avert Disaster

    07/28/2010 1:32:24 PM PDT · by libstripper · 2 replies
    New York Observer ^ | Jujly 27, 2010 | Joe Conason
    The outpouring of tens of thousands of classified military documents by WikiLeaks is not precisely comparable to the publication of the Pentagon Papers-but in at least one crucial respect, it may be more valuable. While the Pentagon Papers revealed the duplicity of American policy makers in the senseless Vietnam War, their release came too late to save many lives or change the course of that conflict. The WikiLeaks disclosures may have arrived in time to influence policy and prevent disaster. * * * The ultimate issue raised by the relationship between Islamabad and the insurgency, as well as the parallel...
  • Afghan air force delivers on first airdrop

    07/08/2010 1:08:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Air Force News ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Dave Quillen, USN
    7/8/2010 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- In the sky over Kalat, Afghanistan, a C-27 Spartan crew member opened the bay door and two men stepped forward. They surveyed the target zone and with a well-practiced motion pushed the cargo out the back of the plane. Two seconds later the chute opened and the cargo descended under control to the ground. The mission was a success. "This will be our first, full on, no playing around airdrop," said Lt. Col. James Piel, the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron commander, prior to the mission. "We've spent awhile working up to this and...
  • The Irreconcilables: The Haqqani Network (Afganistan problem)

    07/03/2010 11:54:59 AM PDT · by givemELL
    Institute for the Study of War ^ | Jume 28, 2010 | Jeffrey Dressler
    "As the Karzai administration continues to press ahead with preliminary outreach to insurgents, Pakistan has quietly stepped in to offer their assistance. The Pakistanis have reportedly offered to help reach out to the murderous Haqqani organization in the hopes of bringing the movement’s leader, Siraj Haqqani, to the negotiating table; however, any proposed deal with the Haqqanis is directly at odds with President Obama’s reaffirmed commitment to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Haqqanis rely on Al Qaeda for mass appeal, funding, resources and training, and in return provide Al Qaeda with shelter, protection and...
  • The Run Away General Didn't Run Away, He Was Fired

    06/23/2010 3:09:45 PM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 22 replies
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | June 23, 2010 | jazzpatriot
    Considering how much criticism Obama has received concerning his leadership in almost every aspect of his Presidency, you knew he would have to fire Gen Stanley McChrystal in hopes of turning that image around. And after serving 26 years in the US Navy I understand the importance of establishing respect amongst military personnel for our country’s elected civilian leadership. I don’t believe, however that McChrystal needed to be fired from his position at this critical time in the War in Afganistan unless there was evidence he did not support the Presidents policy, and aside from some grumbling at the beginning...
  • Obama is No Truman, McChrystal Didn't Pull a MacArthur

    06/22/2010 3:32:14 PM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 10 replies
    Western Hero ^ | 22 June 2010 | Silverfiddle
    General McChrystal voted for Obama? Holy crap! WASHINGTON – The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington to explain derogatory comments about President Barack Obama and his colleagues, administration officials said Tuesday. (Yahoo)Obama gets his Truman-MacArthur moment* I know his advisors think he needs it to increase his stature, but to those who know history, it diminishes him further. Harry Truman was no effete metrosexual unfamiliar with basic military terms.  He was a combat veteran of WW I, serving as an artillary Captain in France. But Obama is the president, as he so often reminds us. McChrystal Earned It He...
  • McChrystal Apologizes for Remarks in Profile, Summoned to White House

    06/22/2010 5:55:52 AM PDT · by libstripper · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2010 | Justin Fishel and The Associated Press
    The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan is being called to the White House for a face-to-face meeting with President Obama after issuing an apology Tuesday for an interview in which he described the president as unprepared for their first meeting. In the article in this week's issue of Rolling Stone, Gen. Stanley McChrystal also said he felt betrayed and blind-sided by his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry. McChrystal's comments are reverberating through Washington and the Pentagon after the magazine depicted him as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration. It characterized him...
  • Afghan War Becoming a Bloody Farce

    06/16/2010 4:27:11 AM PDT · by libstripper · 18 replies · 396+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | JUne 16, 2010 | Tony Blankley
    Since last summer, President Obama has publicly doubted whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai's corruption and incompetence make him a fit partner for our policy goals in Afghanistan. Now, according to Saturday's New York Times: "Mr. Karzai (has) lost faith in the Americans and NATO to prevail in Afghanistan." Regretfully, both presidents are correct. Neither of them has a national partner in whom he can place any reasonable confidence. The two governments cannot agree on a common fighting strategy. Nor can those facts be materially changed in time to make a difference, given President Obama's firm commitment to start withdrawing troops...
  • M4 Vs. AK-47: Is U.S. Army Outgunned in Afghanistan?

    05/26/2010 6:02:51 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 139 replies · 2,281+ views
    FOX News ^ | 5-25-10 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    Despite the ages-old rifles in Taliban hands, reports suggest our soldiers may be outgunned in Afghanistan's hills. To counter, the Army plans a slew of upgrades to curtain weapons -- and several entirely new guns. Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are attacking U.S. Army soldiers with AK-47s, while the army relies upon the M4 Assault rifle. The AK-47 uses a larger bullet, which leads to more kickback upon firing. Some reports indicate that the U.S. Army is looking to upgrade the weapons being used in Afghanistan to larger caliber guns.
  • Afghanistan Goes Gaga

    04/30/2010 9:02:41 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 7 replies · 1,071+ views
    APRIL 30--In what may be the most entertaining music video homage ever shot in a war zone, a group of American soldiers stationed at a military base in southwest Afghanistan star in a lip-synced version of Lady Gaga's hit "Telephone." The video, which yesterday began to spread online, was filmed recently inside what appears to be a garage at the Forward Operating Base in Farah Province. Posted to YouTube a week ago, the 3:45 production--complete with props, signs, and costumes--features an all-male cast from the 82nd Airborne Division. The video, which can be viewed above, was the brainchild of Aaron...
  • US Army Wants 120mm Guided Mortars for the Front Lines

    04/29/2010 10:34:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 617+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 4/29/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    The US Army is pushing to get precision mortars developed and deployed to the field in Afghanistan as soon as possible. Mortars are lighter and can be towed by a HMMWV or MRAP, or carried and fired from inside M113 or Stryker APCs, making them easier to deploy than heavier cannon artillery. When indirect fire support is needed against enemies who are dug in along mountain ridgelines and other high positions, or in an urban area where which building you hit matters a great deal, getting the job done requires precision artillery. That capability has already come to MLRS rockets...
  • Special ops forces face helicopter shortage

    04/29/2010 8:19:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Government Executive ^ | 4/28/2010 | Megan Scully
    Military officials on Tuesday acknowledged a helicopter shortfall plaguing Special Operations Forces, but said the Defense Department has a long-term plan to fill gaps in the in-demand force's aviation inventory. The unpredictable security environment, with heavy deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years, have strained special operators' helicopter assets, Gary Reid, deputy assistant Defense secretary for special operations and combating terrorism, told the House Armed Services Terrorism and Unconventional Threats Subcommittee. The shortfall was exacerbated by early delays in fielding the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, as well as delays in modifying some of the special...
  • US Military base under taliban control

    04/19/2010 6:17:04 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 495+ views
    Al Jazz ^ | 4.19.10 | Al Jazz
    Known to US soldiers as the Valley of Death, it's been the scene of the some of the most intense fighting in the war in Afghanistan. After years of intense fighting, the US has left its remote outpost in the Korengal Valley, in the country's east. Al Jazeera's James Bays has more on the move, which the US calls a re-positioning of forces, but which the Taliban has declared a US defeat.
  • Kyrgyzstan extends U.S. lease of air base

    04/16/2010 4:51:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 263+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/16/2010 | UPI
    Kyrgyzstan's interim government said it will extend the U.S. lease of a key air base by another year. "Kyrgyzstan is extending by one year the validity of the agreement with the United States over the Manas transit center," Omurbek Tekebayev, the deputy leader of the opposition, was quoted as saying by BBC News. Washington is using the air base in Manas to fly troops and equipment in and out of Afghanistan. After the bloody unrest that ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev last week, the U.S. government had been worried that the opposition would throw the Americans out. The move to keep...
  • China, US, Russia eye Bishkek

    04/14/2010 10:40:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 435+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/12/2010 | richard Weitz
    Kyrgyzstan may be a landlocked country with a population of less than 5.5 million, but it still looms large in the regional calculations of China, Russia and the United States. The Kyrgyz Republic is the only country to host both a Russian and a US military base. The Russian base at Kant symbolises Moscow’s preeminent security role in the region, while the US base at Manas plays a vital role in sustaining NATO military operations in Afghanistan. And Kyrgyzstan also borders Xinjiang, prompting concerns among Chinese policymakers over infiltration by terrorists and narcotics smuggling into this sensitive province as well...
  • India wants fleet of Israeli killer UAVs

    04/12/2010 8:48:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 404+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/12/2010 | UPI
    India is seeking to acquire Israeli killer drones for use against insurgents but possibly against terrorist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well. The proposition gained momentum after the November 2008 carnage in Mumbai, India's financial capital, when Pakistani infiltrators killed 166 people in three days of bloodshed. Now New Delhi wants to muster at least 25-30 of the armed unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel, one of its key arms suppliers and a global leader in unmanned aerial vehicle technology. Asia Times Online reported that official sources in New Delhi say that India, which is the midst of a massive...
  • Kazakhstan To Open Its Airspace For US Military Planes

    04/12/2010 4:48:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 522+ views
    RTT News ^ | 4/12/2010 | RTT News
    Kazakhstan has decided to open its airspace to U.S. military aircraft ferrying supplies to American troops serving in Afghanistan, it was decided on Sunday at a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Washington. The permission granted by Kazakstan means that U.S. planes en route to Afghanistan can now use the polar route instead of flying along the indirect route through Europe, which would save precious time and fuel for moving supplies to forward locations in the war-ravaged country. The meeting, the first between the two leaders, took place on the eve of the Nuclear...
  • India and NATO

    04/08/2010 8:45:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 4/7/2010 | Michael Rühle
    Last February, in a speech at the annual Munich Security Conference, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen argued that the Alliance should turn into a consultation forum for global security issues. Such a role, he argued, would require the transatlantic security alliance to develop closer relations with all major global players, including India and China. Only a few years ago, any mentioning of India and China as potential NATO partners would have led to raised eyebrows not only in Delhi and Beijing, but also in many NATO member countries. Not this time. In the days just after the Munich conference,...
  • U-2 Spy Jet Close to Retirement but Still Useful

    04/04/2010 2:14:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 618+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 3/25/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    The Pentagon was on the verge of retiring the U-2 spy plane four years ago, but Congress blocked the mothballing, saying the plane still had plenty of life and utility. The plane, which was designed to detect nuclear missiles during the Cold War, is now playing a greater role in spotting roadside bombs in the war in Afghanistan, according to an article in The New York Times. The plane can fly at twice the height of commercial jets to evade anti-aircraft missiles, but its sensors can detect spots where dirt has been disturbed to plant roadside bombs. This capability, which...
  • Polish F-16 pilots get set for possible Afghanistan mission

    03/30/2010 9:54:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 429+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 3/30/2010 | Warsaw Business Journal
    Poland has 48 F-16 jet fighter planes. Most of them rarely take to the skies outside of routine training. But in two years, the planes could be heading to Afghanistan, reports Rzeczpospolita. The paper cites an unnamed soldier as a source that says the matter is already settled, just has not yet been announced publicly by Polish army authorities. Pilots at a large Polish Air Force base admit they have already started rigorous training and preparation for the 2012 departure to the war-torn middle-eastern nation, but Polish Air Force officials have yet to confirm this.