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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>
  • Pakistani army kills 22 Taliban near Afghan border

    03/28/2010 6:39:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 215+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/10 | Hussain Afzal - ap
    PARACHINAR, Pakistan Pakistani troops repulsed a Taliban attack Sunday on an army base and bombed two militant hide-outs close to the Afghan border, killing 22 insurgents in a region where the army is pressing an offensive, a government official said. The fighting occurred in Orakzai tribal region where many militants are believed to have fled from a major operation in their former stronghold of South Waziristan. ... The government says more than 100 suspected militants and five soldiers have been killed in fighting in the region in the last week. Officials have said the militants killed so far include...
  • The Secret Shelters That Protect Afghan Women

    03/11/2010 12:02:06 PM PST · by BCW · 8 replies · 576+ views
    ABC World News ^ | 11 MAR 2010 | MARGARET ARO
    Among the most heartbreaking is the story of Bebe. She is 17, and she says her face was mutilated by her Taliban husband. Bebe says he cut off her nose and ears as punishment for running away to escape his constant pummeling. She was married to the radical Muslim when she was 12 as compensation for a crime committed by her family, Manizha told Sawyer. She was forced to sleep in a stable with the animals, and beatings and pain became part of life for her.
  • Barge Matal Afghanistan

    03/09/2010 8:54:41 PM PST · by Sax · 3 replies · 259+ views
    Our Troops ^ | Aug 09 | SPC Murray
    Just another modern media version of our boys in the trenches, produced by the boys on the ground.
  • Over 120 Taliban militants killed in southern Afghanistan [since offensive was launched on Feb 13]

    03/04/2010 7:17:33 AM PST · by Wiz · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Trend News ^ | 2010 Mar 4
    More than 120 Taliban militants have been killed and 56 others captured since a major offensive against Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province was launched on Feb. 13, Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said Thursday, DPA reported. "The troops have killed over 120 rebels and captured 56 others, " Azimi told a joint press conference.
  • Haqqani son killed in drone attack

    02/21/2010 11:39:50 AM PST · by gandalftb · 3 replies · 386+ views
    Dawn ^ | Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010 | staff
    MIRAMSHAH: A son of veteran Afghan militant commander Jalaluddin Haqqani was killed in Thursdays US drone attack on a village in North Waziristan.Official sources said here on Friday that Mohammad Haqqani, 22, was killed along with three other militants in the missile strike on a house and a vehicle in Derga Mendai, five kilometres west of Miramshah.They said that Mohammad Haqqani was actively taking part in the Taliban fight against US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan and that he was in the area to attend a funeral when the US drone fired two missiles at his vehicle, killing him and his...
  • Pakistan confirms arrest of Afghan Taliban's No. 2

    02/17/2010 11:48:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 190+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/10 | Rohan Sullivan - ap
    ISLAMABAD Pakistan confirmed for the first time Wednesday that it has the Afghan Taliban's No. 2 leader in custody, and officials said he was providing useful intelligence that was being shared with the United States. The confirmation came as the Pakistani government defused a political crisis that threatened to distract from the fight against militancy by backing off on judicial appointments opposed by the Supreme Court. The Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was arrested earlier this month in a joint operation by CIA and Pakistani security forces in the southern port city of Karachi, U.S. and Pakistani...
  • US Marines, Afghan troops attack Taliban-held town (Marjah .. It's On!)

    02/12/2010 2:10:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 3,258+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | AP
    NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines and Afghan troops swooped down on the Taliban-held town of Marjah before dawn Saturday, launching a long-expected attack to re-establish government control and undermine support for the militants in their southern heartland. ... Marine commanders say they expect anywhere between 400 to 1,000 insurgents to be holed up inside this southern Afghan town of 80,000 people in Helmand province, including more than 100 foreign fighters.
  • Australia will fight Afghanistan execution

    01/29/2010 11:59:55 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies · 518+ views
    UPI ^ | 29 Jan 2010 | UPI
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Australian government wants the death sentence an Afghan court has handed a former Australian soldier overturned, a government spokesman said Wednesday. A spokesman for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said his government will do everything it can to see that Robert Langdon, 38, is not executed, The Times of London reports. Langdon, who worked for the U.S. security contractor Four Horsemen, was convicted last October of fatally shooting an Afghan colleague and trying to blame the man's death on the Taliban. The incident occurred last May while Langdon was part of...
  • U.S. forces fight Taliban in Afghan south, 13 rebels dead (Godspeed, Marines!)

    01/12/2010 11:50:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 749+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/10 | Jonathon Burch
    DELARAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) Hundreds of U.S. Marines were engaged in a second day of fighting on Monday with Taliban insurgents as they tried to clear a militant stronghold in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, U.S. officials said. Thirteen insurgents were killed in the early hours of Monday when the Marines called in a Hellfire missile strike from an unmanned Predator drone, U.S. Marine Major Dale Highberger, second in command of the operation, said. Around 10,000 U.S. Marines moved into Helmand in spring last year, more than doubling the numbers of other NATO forces in the province, who had reached what...
  • Afghan Suicide Bomber Killed C.I.A. Operatives

    12/30/2009 9:27:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/09 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and MARK MAZZETTI
    KABUL, Afghanistan A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest killed at least eight American civilians, most of them C.I.A. officers, at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to NATO officials and former American intelligence officials. The attack at the C.I.A. base, Forward Operating Base Chapman, in Khost Province appeared to be the single deadliest episode for the spy agency in the eight years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also dealt a significant blow to the often insular, tight-knit organization, which has lost only 90 officers in the line of duty since its founding in...
  • Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children

    12/30/2009 8:59:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 85 replies · 3,773+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/31/09 | Jerome Starkey In Kabul
    American-led troops were accused yesterday of dragging innocent children from their beds and shooting them during a night raid that left ten people dead. Afghan government investigators said that eight schoolchildren were killed, all but one of them from the same family. Locals said that some victims were handcuffed before being killed. Western military sources said that the dead were all part of an Afghan terrorist cell responsible for manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have claimed the lives of countless soldiers and civilians.
  • United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland Region

    12/21/2009 6:25:02 PM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,235+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASES Sunday, December 20, 2009 United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland Region Twelve detainees have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region. As directed by the Presidents Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of each of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including potential threat, mitigation measures and the likelihood of success in habeas litigation, the detainees were...
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • Mullen: 16,000 troops have orders to Afghan war

    12/10/2009 12:36:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 274+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON The Pentagon's top military officer says 16,000 troops have received their orders for Afghanistan since President Barack Obama announced his new war strategy. Adm. Mike Mullen said at a news conference Thursday that the first to go a battalion of Marines will arrive in southern Afghanistan next week. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said tens of thousands of tons of construction materials, winter gear and other equipment also are in the pipeline. Officials are moving to get the bulk of the 30,000 additional troops into the war zone by summer.
  • Excerpts: Obama would start Afghanistan withdrawals in 2011

    12/01/2009 4:24:13 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies · 2,751+ views
    CNN ^ | December 1, 2009
    Washington (CNN) -- President Obama will announce Tuesday he'll deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan "at the fastest pace possible" with a goal of starting to withdraw forces from the country in July 2011. "The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 ... so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers," Obama will say, according to excerpts from his speech at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Obama will say that the additional U.S. forces "will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility...
  • Official: Afghan buildup involves 30,000 troops

    12/01/2009 9:23:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 850+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/09 | Jennifer Loven and Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan over six months, an accelerated timetable with an endgame built in that would have the first Marines there as early as Christmas, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. With the full complement of new troops expected to be in Afghanistan by next summer, the heightened pace of Obama's military deployment in the 8-year-old war appears to mimic the 2007 troop surge in Iraq, a 20,000-strong force addition under former President George W. Bush. Similar in strategy to that mission, Obama's Afghan surge aims...
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): Bring home Afghan troops

    11/30/2009 6:50:35 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 113 replies · 2,896+ views
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2009 | By DANIEL LIBIT
    Saying its time for Republicans to do more than take pot shots at ACORN, freshman Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will call on President Barack Obama on Monday to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan. Chaffetzs push for a troop withdrawal to be unveiled in a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City runs counter to the position of House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and other leading Republicans in Congress. But it also reflects the divisions within the conference about the question of Afghanistan. Chaffetz told POLITICO the issue has been probably the...
  • How to Pay for the Afghan War

    11/25/2009 4:17:42 PM PST · by goods · 6 replies · 268+ views ^ | 11/25/09 | Yossi Gestetner
    Well, here is how to cover the war: The Democrats claim that health care reform pays for itself by more people having insurance, thus more have access to preventative medicine. In turn, billions of would-be health expenses that the nation has now due to an uninsured population, would vanish in coming years. Using this thinking, Afghanistan pays for itself. How? By crushing the Taliban and the terrorists, the United States will prevent a lot of instability in the region and terror attacks worldwide, thus sparing the Treasury billions in future war costs, in addition to the fact the in times...
  • Afghan Insurgency Tests German Troops

    11/14/2009 6:38:13 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 583+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2009 | By ALAN CULLISON in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG in Berlin
    One night in August, the Taliban stormed a local police station in this once-peaceful province and shot dead the governor's younger brother. Since then, the governor has singled out a culprit: The German military, which he says refused to send a helicopter to rescue his brother as he bled to death. "I called them and they said that wasn't a mission they could do," said Gov. Mohammad Omar. "They don't like to go out at night." German officials said there was no way they could have saved his brother. They offered their condolences, and said the death is just one...
  • Obama orders Miranda rights in Afghanistan

    11/17/2009 10:34:10 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 74 replies · 3,085+ views ^ | June 10, 2009 | David Leach
    Well, now we know why Obama doesn't use the term "war on terror" anymore - he doesn't consider terrorism an act of war. Instead, he has taken us back to the days of Bill Clinton, when terrorist acts were treated like a "crime." In a story reported in The Weekly Standard , Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich) is accusing the Obama administration of ordering the F.B.I. to read Miranda rights to detainees being held at U.S. military facilities in Afghanistan. This is creating a great deal of damage on the battlefield, not to mention how it is affecting the security of...
  • President Obama takes heat on Afghan timing

    11/15/2009 2:01:39 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 69 replies · 2,581+ views ^ | 11/15/09 4:35 PM EST | MIKE ALLEN
    President Obama makes no effort to conceal irritation when the first question he's asked in Asia is about what's taking him so long on Afghanistan. Photo: AP SHANGHAI, China President Barack Obama made no effort to conceal his irritation when his press corps used the first question of his maiden Far East trip to ask what was taking him so long on Afghanistan. Jennifer Loven of The Associated Press had asked: Can you explain to people watching and criticizing your deliberations what piece of information you're still lacking to make that call. With respect to Afghanistan, Jennifer, the...
  • US soldiers express concerns about vulnerability of MRAPs in Afghan theater

    11/05/2009 7:40:20 PM PST · by RaptorY22 · 9 replies · 623+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo News ^ | 05 November 2009 | Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers
    Taliban -led insurgents in Afghanistan have devised ways to cripple and even destroy the expensive armored vehicles that offer U.S. forces the best protection against roadside bombs by using increasingly large explosive charges and rocket-propelled grenades, according to U.S. soldiers and defense officials. At least eight American troops have been killed this year in attacks on so-called Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, and 40 more have been wounded, said a senior U.S. military official who, like others interviewed on the issue, declined to be further identified because of the issue's sensitivity. The insurgents' success in attacking the hulking machines, which...
  • Quake hits Afghan, Pakistan; no casualty reports

    10/29/2009 1:11:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 430+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/09 | AP
    ISLAMABAD A strong earthquake hit Afghanistan's Hindu Kush mountains Thursday, shaking large areas of the country and neighboring Pakistan, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which struck at 10:14 p.m. (1744 GMT) and was centered in a remote part of the Hindu Kush mountains, about 160 miles (250 kilometers) north of Kabul. Given the area's isolation it could take many hours for such reports to emerge. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, though Pakistani officials said it was 6.1. Tremors were felt in Kabul,...
  • Taliban kills UN staff in bloody countdown to Afghan polls (What will O do?)

    10/28/2009 11:30:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 901+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/28/09 | Sardar Ahmad
    KABUL (AFP) Taliban gunmen stormed a UN guesthouse in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least eight people in a suicide attack as the Islamist militia signalled a bloody countdown to new Afghan elections next week. President Hamid Karzai ordered an urgent security upgrade for international organisations after the rampage, which left at least five expatriate UN staff dead in the worst assault on the world body's Afghanistan mission since 2001. The Obama administration and UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack, which the Afghan defence ministry said was the work of Pakistani Taliban dressed as police who struck the UN-approved...
  • Karzai Agrees to New Elections

    10/20/2009 9:12:50 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 187+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 10/20/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The drama surrounding the Afghan elections continues to remain fluid. Afghanistan's election commission Tuesday ordered a Nov. 7 runoff in the disputed presidential poll after a U.N.-led investigation voided thousands of fraudulent ballots, dropping incumbent Hamid Karzai's votes below 50 percent of the total.Karzai accepted the ruling by the commission "legitimate, legal and constitutional," agreeing to a second round vote.
  • Hamid Karzai Refuses To Accept Being Stripped Of Afghanistan Election Win [Now What?]

    10/19/2009 1:06:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 1,174+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 19, 2009
    Hamid Karzai Refuses To Accept Being Stripped Of Afghanistan Election Win Afghanistan has been thrown into crisis after Hamid Karzai refused to accept the results of a fraud inquiry which denied him victory in the presidential election. By Ben Farmer in Kabul 19 Oct 2009 President Barack Obama's aides said it would be 'reckless' for him to commit more troops to Afghanistan until there is a 'true partner' to work with in Kabul, in veiled criticism of Hamid Karzai A two-month investigation into allegations of widespread ballot-stuffing by supporters took his share of the vote from 55 per cent to...
  • NATO mulls Afghan troops, decision hinges on Obama

    10/15/2009 4:11:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 351+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/09 | David Brunnstrom
    KABUL (Reuters) NATO's top defense officials will examine proposals Saturday for a big troop surge to contain Afghanistan's escalating insurgency but any such move hinges on a decision by the U.S. president, NATO military officials said. The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has recommended sending at least 40,000 additional troops and trainers as part of a beefed-up counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, something being considered by the administration of President Barack Obama. Military representatives on NATO's Military Committee, who provide assessments for their political masters, met McChrystal on a three-day visit to Afghanistan that ended...
  • VFW: Afghan war debate endangers U.S. troops: veterans

    10/15/2009 3:51:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 760+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/09 | Phil Stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. veterans criticized President Barack Obama's lengthy review of Afghan war strategy, saying on Thursday the drawn-out debate in Washington was a direct threat to troops and the nation's defense. The head of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a group representing 1.5 million former soldiers, issued a tersely worded statement urging Obama to follow the advice of his military commanders, who want more troops for the eight-year war. "The extremists are sensing weakness and indecision within the U.S. government, which plays into their hands," said Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., a Vietnam veteran and head of VFW. This was...
  • Obama Entering Decision-Making Phase of Afghan Strategy

    10/14/2009 11:45:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 31 replies · 1,477+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 15, 2009 | By Major Garrett
    After five intense meetings on his war-fighting strategy in Afghanistan, President Obama is finished gathering data and is now "in the decision-making phase," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told Fox News. "We have finished at the broad landscape level," Gibbs said. "We are in the decision-making phase now." Gibbs said exhaustive Situation Room briefings on future U.S. troops levels, training of Afghan Army and Police forces, civilian assistance and the political stability and legitimacy of President Hamid Karzai's government are largely complete. "The meetings that go now will flow to the decision-making phase," Gibbs said. "All the discussions so...
  • US military says Afghan force numbers no secret (Pentagon clarifies who approved what when)

    10/13/2009 1:06:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 728+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/13/09 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had made no secret about the expanding US force in Afghanistan, despite a report suggesting troop numbers had been downplayed by the Obama administration. The Defense Department had consistently said the number of US forces would reach 68,000 by the end of the year, a Pentagon spokesman said. "Nothing's missing. Nothing's hidden," Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters. His comments came after the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Obama had approved the deployment of 13,000 troops beyond the 21,000 he announced publicly in March. But at least half of those 13,000...