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  • The Runaway General (The Articles Up!)

    06/22/2010 9:54:44 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 104 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Jun 22, 2010 10:00 AM EDT | Michael Hastings
    'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Htel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States. Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation...
  • Congressman Demands Answers on Afghan Deserters AWOL From Texas Base

    06/18/2010 6:27:08 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 14 replies · 631+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 6/18/2010 | Unknown
    A Texas congressman is demanding answers from the Air Force on the current status of the 10 AWOL Afghan military deserters, which he called a breach of national security. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, asked Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley for an immediate report on the status of the missing men and an assessment of the potential threat to citizens of Texas. He demanded to know why he was not informed about the missing Afghans over the course of the last two years. "Your department's failure to provide critical information related to this incident is unacceptable," Cornyn wrote. "Finally, it...
  • 17 Afghan military members AWOL from Texas AF base

    06/18/2010 11:08:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 296+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-18-10 | Mataharley
    uh oh seems to be an understatement here... Seems some Afghanistan "pals", training to become pilots, were here in the US to learn English. All, including both officers and enlisted men, have security security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations. The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S. "I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute," said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs,...
  • 17 AWOL Afghan Members Listed

    06/18/2010 9:31:01 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 5 replies · 319+ views
    Zarr Chasm Chronicle [sic] | 6/18/10 | Keli Kilohana
    The following 17 Afghan military members have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas and are being sought in a nationwide alert in the U.S. Citizens are asked to be on the look out for any of the following: Mohammad Mo. Mohammad, born 8/8/1977 (Carries decapitating knife at all times.) Mohammad M. "C-4" Mohammad, born 9/3/1982 (Drives late model Mercedes with burning fuse. Mohammad Muhammad Mohammad, born 12/4/1966 (Has box cutter collection.) M.M. Mohammad, born 8/27/1982 (Has tattoo of woman scantily clad in a head-to-toe burqa on right arm.) Mohammad M. Mohammad, Jr. 5/5/1978 (Had tattoo of "MOM"...
  • Afgan Military Loose In America

    06/18/2010 5:18:07 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 11 replies · 419+ views ^ | 06/18/2010 | Scott Factor
    FOX News is reporting that 17 Afghan military members are AWOL from a training base in Texas. This would be an interesting story, except for one thing: They didnt just go AWOL. Theyve been missing for quite awhile, and we are now JUST getting around to hearing about it. This is further proof that our military, bloated like a bureaucratic pig, is only trying to cover its proverbial rear while it continues to exhibit incompetence. "I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute," said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland...
  • Afghan minerals may be triple original estimate: Mining Minister

    06/18/2010 5:06:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 206+ views
    Kitco ^ | 06/17/10 | Daniela Cambone
    Afghan minerals may be triple original estimate: Mining Minister 17 June 2010, 1:28 p.m. By Daniela Cambone Of Kitco News Montreal -- (Kitco News) --Afghanistan's mining minister, said Thursday that mineral deposits in his country could be worth up to three trillion dollars, triple the US estimate from earlier this week. "A very conservative estimate has been one trillion. Our estimation is more than that... the idea is it could be up to three trillion dollars," mining minister Waheedullah Shahrani told a news conference today in Kabul. Kitco News interviewed Shahrani back in March on the sidelines of the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

    06/17/2010 3:59:12 PM PDT · by TaraP · 113 replies · 3,961+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17th, 2010
    A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, has learned. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches...
  • Five Fort Lewis Soldiers Now Charged in Afghan Deaths

    06/16/2010 1:48:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 574+ views ^ | 6/16/10 | AP
    The Army says four more soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state have been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of three Afghan civilians earlier this year. In all, five soldiers have been charged. All are assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
  • Taliban Executes Boy, 7, Accused Of Spying As Suicide Bomber Kills 40 Children At Wedding

    06/10/2010 5:46:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 624+ views
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | June 10, 2010
    Taliban Executes Boy, 7, Accused Of Spying As Suicide Bomber Kills 40 Children At Wedding 10th June 2010 Boy hanged in Helmand province after being put on trial by militants More than 40 killed and 77 injured after bomb rips through wedding Cameron pledges extra 67m for British troops on first visit to country Taliban militants have executed a seven-year-old boy they accused of being a spy, it emerged today. The child was abducted from his home and taken to a neighbouring village where he was put on trial. His captors found him guilty of working for the government. The...
  • Afghan Parliamentarian calls for execution of Christians

    06/02/2010 8:31:10 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 7 replies · 271+ views ^ | 06/02/2010 | Staff
    On Tuesday, the Associated Free Press reported that Abdul Sattar Khawasi, deputy secretary of the Afghan lower house in parliament, called for the execution of Christian converts from Islam. Speaking in regards to a video broadcasted by Afghan television network Noorin TV showing footage of Christian men being baptized and praying in Farsi, Khawasi said, "Those Afghans that appeared in this video film should be executed in public, the house should order the attorney general and the NDS (intelligence agency) to arrest these Afghans and execute them. The broadcast triggered a protest by hundreds of Kabul University students on Monday,...
  • Afghanistan opium poppies hit by mysterious disease

    05/13/2010 4:13:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 713+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | AFP
    KABUL (AFP) As the pink poppy fields of southern Afghanistan yield their sticky harvest, opium production in the country that supplies the world with heroin is set to fall, farmers and officials say. That's good news for the fight against the multi-billion-dollar drugs trade but it could be bad news for Afghan farmers struggling to feed their families as the war against Taliban insurgents and drugs gangs escalates. "This year we had less poppy cultivation, which I think was because of our public awareness campaign which we launched before cultivation started," said Gul Mohammad, head of the counter-narcotics department...
  • As Afghan Opium Blight Spreads, Farmers' Lives Wilt

    05/19/2010 1:15:42 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 28 replies · 1,009+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 18 2010 | Mohammad Elyas Daee, Abubakar Siddique
    LASHKAR GAH -- Aziz Ahmad is a deeply worried man. With two wives and seven children at home, the 30-year-old farmer depends entirely on his opium-poppy crop to make a living. This year, it's proving to be an increasingly difficult task. First, falling water tables stunted his crop. Then a mysterious blight emerged to destroy most of what remained. In a normal growing season, Ahmad's 4-hectare plot in the Washer district of Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province yields 100 kilograms of opium -- enough to cover his debts and ensure his family's survival over the winter. This year he managed to...
  • Taliban vow new Afghan offensive with Karzai in US

    05/08/2010 1:08:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 249+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/10 | Deb Reichmann - ap
    KABUL In an attempt to steal the spotlight from Afghan President Hamid Karzai's trip to Washington, the Taliban on Saturday threatened to launch a series of attacks across Afghanistan a claim the defense minister quickly dismissed as insurgent propaganda. The Taliban said their spring offensive, targeting Afghan and NATO military and staff plus foreign contractors, would begin on Monday the same day that Karzai begins meetings in Washington. A statement in English posted on the group's website said the offensive dubbed "al-Faath," which means victory, will include "ambushes, detonations of explosive devices, assassinations of government officials, suicide...
  • Afghanistan's Karzai to ask Obama for billions more to fight Taliban

    05/08/2010 11:49:35 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies · 407+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 07 May 2010 | Ben Farmer
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ask for billions more in aid when he travels to Washington next week on a trip aimed at improving relations with Barack Obama. The Afghan president and ten ministers will tell members of the US Congress they need billions of dollars to end the eight-year-old Taliban insurgency. Ministers will ask American politicians to fund an ambitious scheme to use jobs, training, aid and amnesties to coax militants from the battlefield. They will say they need money for their armed forces, farming, education, health and job schemes to win over rural Afghans who still view the...
  • UN scales back in dangerous southern Afghanistan (as joint Afghan-NATO military operation looms)

    04/26/2010 5:55:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 265+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/10 | Noor Khan and Deb Riechmann - ap
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The United Nations scaled back its operations in the troubled southern city of Kandahar on Monday, relocating several foreign employees to Kabul and telling more than 200 Afghan U.N. workers to stay home amid rising violence. The announcement came hours after three bombings one targeting a local police official shook the city. The rash of attacks came ahead of a joint Afghan-NATO operation to try to wrest control of the area from Taliban militants. The strategy is to flood in troops, rout the militants and rush in new governance, development projects and security to win...
  • Obama insists on Afghan progress

    04/15/2010 4:29:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 229+ views ^ | 4/15/10 | afp
    Sydney - President Barack Obama hit back at claims that the US had stalled in Afghanistan and vowed foreign forces would not be needed "in perpetuity", in a rare Australian TV interview aired on Thursday. Obama, speaking to public broadcaster ABC's 07:30 Report in Washington, also backed President Hamid Karzai to lead Afghanistan into the 21st century, dismissing recent controversies.
  • Afghan police: 5 suicide bombers arrested in Kabul

    04/08/2010 1:17:44 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 4 replies · 416+ views
    KABUL - Afghan police arrested five would-be suicide bombers Thursday in Kabul the largest suicide bomb team ever apprehended in the capital, officials said. "If this team had made it through it would have been a disaster as we've seen in past instances," said Abdul Ghafar, deputy commander of the Afghan National Police crisis unit.
  • White House won't say if Karzai is still an ally

    04/06/2010 11:42:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies · 1,187+ views
    White House won't say if Karzai is still an ally By Jordan Fabian - 04/06/10 02:00 PM ET White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would not say Tuesday if the administration considers Afghan President Hamid Karzai an ally. Gibbs continued his criticism of the Afghan president after he took a shot at Western leaders and the United Nations for election fraud in last year's presidential contest. Asked at the daily press briefing if the U.S. considers Karzai an ally, Gibbs said "Karzai is the democratically elected leader of Afghanistan." Pressed on the issue, Gibbs said that "the remarks hes made...
  • Lawmakers: Afghan leader (Karzai) threatens to join Taliban

    04/05/2010 9:44:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 741+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/10 | Amir Shah and Christopher Bodeen - ap
    KABUL Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, several members of parliament said Monday. Karzai made the unusual statement at a closed-door meeting Saturday with selected lawmakers just days after kicking up a diplomatic controversy with remarks alleging foreigners were behind fraud in last year's disputed elections. Lawmakers dismissed the latest comment as hyperbole, but it will add to the impression the president who relies on tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO forces to fight the...
  • Surprise Obama Afghan Visit: To Recover Centrifugal Force for Failing Administration (Japan)

    03/29/2010 7:13:52 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 28 replies · 1,081+ views
    <p>"アフガン電撃訪問、米政権求心力回復狙う "</p> <p>Article goes on for several more paragraphs.</p>