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  • US General Calls 'Carpet Bombing' ISIS Against American Values

    02/01/2016 4:38:52 PM PST · by Innovative · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 1, 2016 | Luis Martinez ·
    Lt. General Sean MacFarland told Pentagon reporters today in a video-conference from Baghdad that the U.S. is bound by the laws of armed conflict and “at the end of the day, you know, it doesn’t only matter whether or not you win, it matters how you win." “We’re the United States of America and we have a set of guiding principles,” MacFarland added. “And those affect the way we as professional soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines conduct ourselves on the battlefield. So, indiscriminate bombing, where we don’t care if we’re killing innocents or combatants, is just inconsistent with our values.”
  • Obama forced again to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan

    01/30/2016 10:47:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 9:36 AM EST | Deb Riechmann and Robert Burns
    Fifteen years into the war that few Americans talk about any more, conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group is angling for a foothold and peace prospects are dim. Afghanistan remains a danger zone. It's hobbled by a weak economy that's sapping public confidence in the new government. Afghan police and soldiers are struggling to hold together the country 13 months after the U.S.-led military coalition culled its numbers by 90 percent....
  • Army rejects appeal from soldier discharged after confronting accused Afghan rapist

    01/30/2016 7:25:44 AM PST · by kindred · 24 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics ^ | 09/22/15 | Judson Berger
    Decorated soldier being kicked out of Army after shoving Afghan police commander accused of raping boy Army axing Green Beret who stood up for Afghan rape victim EXCLUSIVE: Even as the U.S. military denies reports that American troops were told to ignore Afghan child abusers, an 11-year Green Beret who was ordered discharged after he confronted an alleged rapist was informed Tuesday that the Army has denied his appeal. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources...
  • Lawmakers to general: Tell us what you need in Afghanistan

    01/30/2016 5:04:52 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/28/2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The senators' message to the officer tapped to lead the fight in Afghanistan on Thursday was clear: just tell us how many troops you need, and we'll make it happen. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that Lt. Gen. John Nicholson would be nominated to take over as leader of U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan when Gen. John Campbell steps down. Less than a day later, Nicholson appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. *********snip********* Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., described problems the Afghan forces have faced over the past year, including a resurgence of the Taliban and the...
  • 'Planet Earth' Really Hates Donald Trump: “People are in disbelief" "People are kind of scared"

    01/30/2016 12:17:25 AM PST · by drewh · 76 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1.29.16 2:30pm
    LONDON — No doubt Donald Trump will be thrilled that the entire world is mesmerized as he steamrolls over his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination. He probably doesn’t care that most of the international publicity is bad publicity—but even the master of ill-tempered putdowns and Twitter vitriol will struggle to keep up with the sheer number of attacks and jibes pouring in from every corner of the globe. He does have a select band of fans—more on those later—but they are being drowned out by an incredulity that stretches from Europe’s capitals to post-conflict Afghanistan; from the African deltas...
  • U.S. Oversight Report: Afghanistan 'Even More Dangerous Than It Was a Year Ago'

    01/29/2016 12:19:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2016 | 11:23 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Things are going from bad to worse in Afghanistan, according to a report released Friday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the the largest U.S. oversight organization in Afghanistan. "[I]n this reporting period (October through December 2015), Afghanistan proved even more dangerous than it was a year ago, the report says. "The Taliban now controls more territory than at any time since 2001. Vicious and repeated attacks in Kabul this quarter shook confidence in the national-unity government. A year after the Coalition handed responsibility for Afghan security to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), American...
  • NPR illustrative photo wipes Israel off the map [Numbers 23]

    01/25/2016 11:08:00 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/25/2016 | Staff
    In an article published on National Public Radio's (NPR) website Monday, a map of the Middle East failed to include Israel, labeling Palestine in its place. The map was an illustration accompanying the article "What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears." The article referenced travelers' fears of Islamic radicalization and extremism in the region. Immediately following the publication, the website's comment section was flooded with criticism from readers and journalists who questioned the online publication's decision to use an illustration of this nature. As a result of the abundance of complaints, NPR removed the photo and...
  • Army Command Recommends Green Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

    01/28/2016 1:04:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 66 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/16 | Morgan Chalfant
    Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.), who has pushed back against the Army’s decision to punish Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, revealed the development in a letter to Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kansas) Wednesday. “Recently, a decision within Army Human Resources Command recommended that the Army uphold the judgment that Martland be removed from service, although a final decision has yet to be made about his future,” Hunter wrote. While serving in Afghanistan in...
  • Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Bacha Khan University attack

    01/21/2016 11:06:25 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 13 replies
    Dawn ^ | 1/20/2016 | Dawn
    CHARSADDA: A chemistry teacher who tried to protect his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at the Bacha Khan University has been hailed as a "martyr" and a "gentleman". Lecturer Syed Hamid Hussain, an assistant professor of chemistry at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, ordered his students to stay inside as Taliban gunmen stormed the school near the city of Peshawar on Wednesday, leaving at least 21 people dead. Students told of how he opened fire on gunmen as they rampaged across campus, giving the young people time to flee before he was cut...
  • Life before the Taliban: Fascinating photos show short skirts, flash cars and no burkas

    01/18/2016 12:41:41 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 January 2016 | BECKY PEMBERTON
    These fascinating photographs from Afghanistan in the 1960s are a far cry from the war-torn images in the news today. The eye-opening collection was captured by university professor Dr Bill Podlich from Arizona, who swapped life in America to travel to Kabul with his wife, Margaret, and two teenage daughters, Jan and Peg. Using his Kodachrome film, his images show a peaceful Afghanistan making strides towards a more liberal and Westernised lifestyle - a stark contrast to harrowing sights seen during Taliban regime.
  • Life before the Taliban: Fascinating photos show short skirts, flash cars and no burkas before [tr]

    01/18/2016 7:36:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 18, 2016 | Becky Pemberton
    These fascinating photographs from Afghanistan in the 1960s are a far cry from the war-torn images in the news today. The eye-opening collection was captured by university professor Dr Bill Podlich from Arizona, who swapped life in America to travel to Kabul with his wife, Margaret, and two teenage daughters, Jan and Peg. Using his Kodachrome film, his images show a peaceful Afghanistan making strides towards a more liberal and Westernised lifestyle - a stark contrast to harrowing sights seen during Taliban regime.
  • Syrian, Afghan migrants sexually assaulted Austrian schoolgirls for months

    01/16/2016 5:41:49 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    Three female students - ages 14, 15 and 16 - say they were repeatedly assaulted and groped by the boys for months at the Schlossstrasse Middle School in Salzburg ... The victims only came forward after hundreds of women reported being sexually assaulted by migrants on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany.
  • Dershowitz: Doctors Without Borders Really Is ‘Doctors Without Morals’

    11/12/2015 6:48:10 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/11/2015 | Photo of Richard Pollock
    International law experts are blasting Doctors Without Borders for forcibly removing civilian patients from the aid group’s Kunduz, Afghanistan, hospital and replacing them with wounded Taliban fighters when the city fell to the rebel control in late September. Alan Dershowitz, an acclaimed Harvard constitutional lawyer and authority in international law, said that he was not surprised that the group, known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, favored Taliban fighters over civilian patients, telling The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview that he regards Doctors Without Borders as “Doctors Without Morals.” Dershowitz charged the group with having a long history of anti-Western...
  • Woman Disrespects U.S. Soldier In Line At Store… What Happens Next Will Have You Cheering

    01/09/2016 11:53:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Saturday, January 9, 2016 | dm.smalt
    One of our active duty servicemen had a run in with a liberal, and taught her what “privilege” really means. According to a Facebook post shared by Hrtwarming.com: The soldier (name obscured here) posted his story on Facebook so that people would know that there are still people who honor those who don the uniform: "As a military vet who has served two tours in Afghanistan, and I'm still on active duty now (though I'm now stationed locally in the US) I don't expect special treatment from civilians for my service, but I do know that many stores offer discounts...
  • Obama’s Rules of Engagement Are Killing Americans

    01/09/2016 8:11:27 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 9, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Narrative In recent weeks the Taliban have surged within the Helmand Province to retake the region. U.S. and Afghan troops were in the area to counter Taliban’s plans. Harsh Criticism In a Washington Post interview, former Navy SEAL, now Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), Montana accused the Obama administration of deliberately refusing to provide close air support in a timely manner to assist the American Special forces in ground combat against the attacking Taliban fighters. He believes that air support and rescue efforts were delayed in the Helmand Province case due to Rules of Engagement concerns about collateral damage. Upon...
  • The Lamest Duck

    01/08/2016 1:28:35 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8 Jan 2016 | Matthew Continetti
    President Obama spent the week defending his proposals to curb gun violence, culminating in a CNN town hall. Think about that. What else happened during the last few days that might warrant a presidential town hall? Oh, nothing much: Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran after the House of Saud executed a Shiite cleric, escalating sectarian warfare in the Middle East The stock market tumbled on fears of a global economic slowdown A U.S. soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan, where the Taliban controls more ground than at any time since 2001 Iran revealed the existence of...
  • North Korea and Iran: The Nuclear Duo

    01/07/2016 5:32:16 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/07/16 | Joseph A. Klein
    There is no reason to believe that, as a result of the deal Iran is already sidestepping, Iran will suddenly stop all dealings with North Korea with regard to both countries’ nuclear programs North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6th, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb. Despite some skepticism as to North Korea’s claim that it had actually tested a hydrogen bomb, the Obama administration acknowledged that North Korea had indeed tested some sort of nuclear device. The administration condemned North Korea’s latest testing as a violation of a series of past United Nations Security Council...
  • Strike after strike fail to change US outlook on Pakistan

    01/07/2016 9:35:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes ^ | 01/08/2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    Individual expressions of support and commiseration over the terrorist attacks on Indian assets in Pathankot and Mazar-e-Sharif has been tricking in from a raft of US lawmakers, but don't hold your breath for the Obama administration to alter the long standing US policy of coddling Pakistan's terrorism-steeped military establishment that has harmed both US and Indian interests in the region. . . ... many senior US lawmakers tweeted and issued statements with the pro-forma expressions of support for India's sufferance. But Washington, which laid out the red carpet to Pakistan's military strongman Gen. Raheel Sharif last November, is showing no...
  • One American killed, two wounded in battle in Afghanistan

    01/05/2016 3:19:57 PM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2016 | Staff
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  • More Than a Dozen US Troops Trapped Amid Afghanistan Firefight (Update: Some rescued)

    01/05/2016 3:33:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson
    More than a dozen U.S. Army special operations soldiers and a rescue helicopter flight crew are trapped in Marjah, Afghanistan, taking cover in a compound surrounded by enemy fire and hostile Taliban fighters after a U.S. special operations solider was killed earlier in the day, senior U.S. defense officials told Fox News late Tuesday. A U.S. official described the "harrowing" scene to Fox News, saying there were enemy forces surrounding the compound in which the special operations team sought refuge. "On the map there is one green dot representing friendly forces stuck in the compound, and around it is a...
  • Breaking News: A U.S. medevac helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan;....

    01/05/2016 12:09:42 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 5, 2016 10:45 am | Twitchy Staff
    Breaking News: A U.S. medevac helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan; Casualties unknown; Update: 1 dead, 2 wounded; Helicopter possibly hit by mortar fire Breaking news out of Afghanistan where we’re seeing reports of a crash involving a medevac helicopter responding to U.S. Special Forces troops who were killed or wounded in an anti-terror operation near the town of Marjah:
  • For refugees, overcoming radical Islam may be the hardest journey (children brutalized)

    01/03/2016 9:25:37 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 72 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 2, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    He found himself a refugee at 12 years old, crammed onto a boat with no toilets, shoulder-to-shoulder with men who had soiled themselves. There was no room to sleep, no food and very little water. This boy had never seen the ocean before. Yet here he was, three days at sea now, and this ramshackle boat, tossed in heavy winds and high waves, began sinking. Grown men began screaming for help. Passengers locked below deck pounded against the door. ... For a brief, strange moment, I was calm, "So, this is how you will die." In his new memoir "The...
  • SEAL: How a Failed Mission to Rescue Bergdahl Caused Irreparable Loss

    12/28/2015 5:56:10 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 54 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Dianna Cahn
    The juxtaposition of two American military men who could stand in the same courtroom in the coming months couldn't be set in more stark relief. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a general court-martial for walking off of his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl spent five years in Taliban captivity, where he was tormented, before being freed in a controversial prisoner exchange last year. Jimmy Hatch, a Navy SEAL senior chief who led a platoon into a fierce battle to try to rescue Bergdahl, was shot and badly wounded on that mission. Beside him, service dog Remco lay mortally wounded,...
  • The Killing of Farkhunda

    12/26/2015 12:21:33 PM PST · by OddLane · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 26, 2015 | JOHN WOO, ADAM B. ELLICK and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old Muslim woman falsely accused of burning a Quran, was killed by a mob in central Kabul as hundreds watched and filmed. This video contains scenes of graphic violence.
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  • Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

    12/25/2015 8:34:53 AM PST · by redreno · 41 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/24/2015 | JIM SALTER
    ST. LOUIS (AP) No medical or mental health care. No subsidized college or work training. For many who leave the U.S. military with less-than-honorable discharges, including thousands who suffered injuries and anguish in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, standard veterans benefits are off limits. The discharge serves as a scarlet letter of dishonor, and the effects can be severe: Ex-military members with mental health problems or post-traumatic stress disorder can't turn to Veterans Affairs hospitals or clinics; those who want to go to college aren't eligible for the GI Bill; the jobless get no assistance for career training; the homeless are...
  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay (if it quacks like a duck...)

    12/25/2015 8:23:12 AM PST · by akalinin · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and sleeps with men?” he recalled. His young guards were also curious about where US military bases got their prostitutes, alcohol and drugs, and were obsessed with American soft drinks, he added.
  • 6 Americans killed Bagram, Obama golfs with guy busted soliciting prostitutes

    12/22/2015 1:26:32 PM PST · by george76 · 58 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | December 22, 2015
    So far, since Obama flew off to Hawaii he has done nothing but golf. Since he arrived there, we have had the angry black woman run over 35 people in Las Vegas, ending the life of a young mother of three. In Afghanistan, where Obama declared all combat operations over, six Americans were killed. Obama has remained silent on these two incidents, and has instead been busy golfing with Bobby Titcomb. Who is Bobby Titcomb? He is the Obama pal who was arrested in 2011 for 'soliciting prostitute' in Hawaii sting operation. Talk about Obama priorities.
  • Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base

    12/22/2015 1:21:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he walked off a base, was arraigned during a short hearing on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a relatively rare charge that carries the severe punishment. If convicted of...
  • The Islamic State nuclear doomsday

    12/22/2015 11:22:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-22-15 | FARHAD REZAEI
    The emergence of jihadists known to be searching for nuclear and radiological (NR) material has lent a tone of urgency to the debate about ways to prevent nuclear terrorism. At the same time, the supply side of the equation has grown from inchoate attempts at smuggling to a more organized market in NR material. This combination of factors has arguably increased the probability of spectacular attack in the not so distant future. The reason for this assessment is based on a straightforward calculation: a nuclear or radiological device is the ultimate force multiplier and a NR attack is considered "spectacular"...
  • Sangin, Fierce Battlefield for US Marines, on Verge of Falling to Taliban

    12/21/2015 7:21:08 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    The Taliban has for days been fighting to gain control of Sangin, a key district of the Helmand province that U.S. Marines battled to secure during the war in Afghanistan. The Guardian reported that Taliban fighters stormed Afghan police headquarters in the district Monday morning, according to a western official, but were held off from taking control of the security building by an airstrike, likely launched by NATO. On Sunday, deputy governor of Helmand Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, addressing Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, wrote on Facebook that Helmand was close to collapsing amid pressure from the Taliban. "I know that bringing...
  • US troops killed near Bagram, Taliban insurgency intensifies

    12/21/2015 10:45:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 21st, 2015 | By LYNNE O'DONNELL
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday, killing six American troops in the deadliest attack on international forces since August. Two U.S. troops and an Afghan were wounded. The soldiers were targeted as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility. A U.S. official confirmed that six American troops were killed and two wounded. An Afghan was also wounded. The official was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of...
  • Afghan Official: Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Suicide Attack Near Bagram Airfield

    12/21/2015 6:55:19 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 21, 2015 9:36 am | Morgan Chalfant
    A suicide attack near the Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, killed six NATO soldiers Monday, including at least three U.S. soldiers. The Associated Press reported the attack, which NATO has said killed six of its foreign soldiers and wounded three others. The Los Angeles Times, citing an Afghan official, reported that at least three U.S. service members were among those dead in the suicide car bombing. NATO has not yet confirmed the victims’ nationalities. According to Brig. Gen. William Shoffner, head of public affairs at NATO’s Resolute Support base in Kabul, said that the suicide attack...
  • Far above Sweden's Arctic Circle, a ski resort hosts refugees

    12/20/2015 7:28:31 PM PST · by traumer · 16 replies
    Far above Sweden's Arctic Circle, two dozen refugees stepped off a night train onto a desolate, snow-covered platform, their Middle Eastern odyssey abruptly ending at a hotel touted as the world's most northerly ski resort. It was Sweden's latest attempt to house a record influx of asylum seekers. No one was here to greet them. Only a few, swaying lights flickered on the otherwise empty platform as women fruitlessly wrapped hijabs around their faces to protect themselves from the mountain blizzard. "Where are we? Is this the final destination?" said Alakozai Naimatullah, an Afghan who worked as a U.S. military...
  • Daesh expands Afghan footprint with terror campaign

    12/20/2015 9:40:50 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    gulfnews ^ | December 19, 2015 | N/A
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Rahman Wali's younger brother was one of 10 Afghan men forced by Daesh militants to kneel over bombs buried in the soil in a lush green valley in eastern Nangarhar province. The extremists then detonated the bombs, turning the pastoral countryside into a scene of horror. The August killings were recorded on camera and posted on social media like so many Daesh atrocities across the Mideast - reflecting how the Daesh is exporting its particular brand of cruelty as the group seeks to enlarge its footprint in Afghanistan.
  • While US focuses on terrorism, Taliban set to score major victory in Afghanistan

    12/20/2015 7:05:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/20/2015 | Rick Moran
    While the US is focusing on security for the homeland and strategies to defeat ISIS, the Taliban in Afghanistan are now on the verge of a huge victory; the capture of Helmand province. Helmand is one of the largest provinces in Afghanistan and has been considered the Taliban's home territory. British and American soldiers fought for years to keep the Taliban in check in the province. But now, with NATO troops on the sidelnes and out of combat, Afghan security forces are finding it increasingly difficult to hold on. Reuters: Afghanistan's Helmand province could fall to the Taliban after...
  • Bergdahl Court Martial also Indicts Obama

    12/17/2015 6:35:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The decision to refer the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to a general court martial on charges of desertion by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, the head of Army Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C., shows there remains at least one general not cowed by President Obama's purge of command officers deemed insufficiently subservient to his policies of appeasement and unilateral disarmament. As Breitbart reported: Bergdahl, who was kidnapped by the Taliban following his abandonment of a forward operating base in Afghanistan, was charged this year with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If charged with the latter, he could potentially...
  • Secret deal quadruples foreign workers in U.S.

    12/16/2015 10:44:27 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    WND ^ | Dec 16, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Buried in the 2,000-page omnibus spending bill released by the Senate Wednesday morning is a secret provision that many senators hope unemployed blue-collar workers won't find out about. This provision would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for low-skilled foreign "guest workers." House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., reportedly helped negotiate the omnibus deal. The spending bill also includes full funding for President Obama's refugee resettlement program, which will cost $1.6 billion and bring in another 85,000 refugees this year, many of them from jihadist hotbeds like Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. "At a time when the civilian labor force participation...
  • Beyond Strauss-Kahn, to the IMF and Iran

    07/06/2011 12:31:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 5, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    When it comes to selling copy, it’s a good bet that sex trumps multilateral finance. That’s an axiom of human nature. It would be asking too much to expect that the media, or its customers, would be as fascinated by the in-house diplomacy of the International Monetary Fund as all concerned have been by the scandal surrounding the recently handcuffed and dethroned IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Most eyes are now on the prosecutor’s cratering case, the curious past of the maid who alleged the sexual assault, and the media now analyzing its own coverage of these sordid events. But...
  • Pakistan Frees Pro-Taliban Leader

    10/30/2002 2:44:02 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 193+ views
    Pakistan Daily ^ | October 30 2002 | AP
    SIHALA, Pakistan (AP) The leader of a banned Muslim extremist group blamed in the deaths of hundreds of people was released Wednesday by Pakistani authorities, who said they have no evidence to continue holding him. Maulana Azam Tariq, whose pro-Taliban group, Sipah-e-Sahaba, has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States, had been detained for 13 months without being formally charged. A Lahore appeals court ruled Monday that the government would have to release him if it could not produce evidence against him. ``We do not have any case against him and we have set him free as...
  • Pakistan Supported, Trained Terror Groups: Pervez Musharraf

    10/28/2015 1:22:03 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    NDTV ^ | Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    File picture of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. (Agence France-Presse) LAHORE: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted in an interview that Islamabad supported and trained groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir. The former army chief has also said that Lashkar leaders like Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi enjoyed the status of heroes at that time. Speaking to Pakistani news channel Dunya News on Sunday, Mr Musharraf said, "In the 1990s, the freedom struggle began in Kashmir...At that time, Lashkar-e- Taiba and 11 or 12 other organisations were formed. We supported...
  • Washington Could 'Cut a Deal With Daesh in Afghanistan to Counter Russia'[Iran author]

    12/12/2015 5:54:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | December 12, 2015 | N/A
    Should Daesh strengthen its presence in Afghanistan, the United States could find common ground with the terrorist group, also known as ISIL, to counter Moscow, Beijing and Tehran, Iranian political scientist Pir Mohammas Mollazehi told Sputnik. If Daesh loses control over its caliphate in Iraq and Syria, it could well try to expand into what is known as the Greater Khorasan region. "They will use Afghanistan as a launching pad" to take this area under control, the analyst said. Apparently, this process has already started. "Daesh is already present in Afghanistan. Militants have been strengthening their presence in the provinces...
  • Taliban claims car bomb attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

    12/11/2015 7:30:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-11-2015 | Reuters
    The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, and said fighting was still going on at the scene. Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, in a heavily protected area of the capital close to many foreign embassies and government buildings. Officials said police were on the scene. At least three insurgents appeared to be involved in the attack, a police official said. A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted "an invader's guest house". At least seven people were brought to a hospital operated by the aid...
  • 50 killed in attack at Afghanistan's Kandahar airport [Obama Fails AGAIN]

    12/10/2015 7:37:01 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/10/15
    Fifty people have died in an attack at a market bazaar and a school near Kandahar airport that began late Tuesday, Afghan officials said.... .....The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. The assault occurred hours after a "Message to Obama" was posted to a video site, purportedly of Taliban suicide attackers warning that U.S. troops would not be safe in Afghanistan.
  • Bowe Bergdahl: I Deserted My Unit to Save It

    12/10/2015 2:16:05 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 10,2015 | MARY CHASTAIN
    Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl broke his silence about leaving his base in Afghanistan to NPR’s popular “Serial” podcast. In it, he claims he deserted his unit to highlight poor leadership” and rapidly realized he was “in over his head. “Doing what I did is me saying that I am like, I don’t know, Jason Bourne. I had this fantastic idea that I was going to prove to the world that I was the real thing, he stated. You know, that I could be what it is that all those guys out there that go to the movies and watch those...
  • Air Force withholding names, photos of missing Afghans

    12/10/2015 1:21:45 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Moody Air Force Base officials are not releasing the names or photographs of two missing Afghan trainees. Capt. Korey Fratini said Wednesday the decision to not release the names is a U.S. Air Force decision and not one that has been made by the base commander. "It is a matter of policy," Fratini told The Valdosta Daily Times. The Air Force has maintained a policy of not releasing the names or images of any Afghan personnel in the interest of their personal safety and the safety of their families back in Afghanistan, the captain said. Fratini said the fact the...
  • Released Guantanamo Detainee Now al-Qaeda Leader in Yemen; Will Media Cover

    12/10/2015 12:04:53 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Decem ber 9, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    According to a Wednesday night post on the website Long War Journal by Thomas Joscelyn, a former detainee held at Guantanamo Bay named Ibrahim Qosi has rejoined the world of Islamic terrorism and ascended to a leadership post in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) following his release in July 2012. With this shocking story coming as the Obama administration still hopes to close the prison, the question going forward from a media standpoint is this: Will the media show any interest in this threat to national security and failure on the part of the adminstration? According to Joscelyn, Qoosi...
  • If ISIS swallows the Taliban, will Afghanistan become a caliphate?

    12/09/2015 2:38:28 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    Russia Beyond The Headlines ^ | December 9, 2015 | Sergei Strokan, Vladimir Mikheev
    While NATO sees no danger of Islamic State (ISIS) gaining a strong enough foothold in Afghanistan to represent a serious threat to regional security, Russia is concerned that the jihadist organization is growing in strength and may soon supplant the Taliban - and Moscow fears that ISIS has ultimate plans to make Central Asia part of its caliphate. Russia and the West diverge in their assessments of whether Islamic State (ISIS) is expanding geographically and constitutes a disaster waiting to happen in Afghanistan. Lack of understanding and cooperation on the ground might once again, as in Syria, only be a...
  • At least 46 dead in Kandahar airport Taliban assault

    12/09/2015 9:12:05 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    UPI ^ | 9 Dec 2015 | Andrew V. Pestano
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Taliban assault on Afghanistan's Kandahar International Airport has so far left 37 civilians and Afghan security forces dead and another 35 injured. Nine Afghan Taliban militants have died. Several people, including women and children, were taken hostage in Tuesday's attack. Some degree of fighting continued Wednesday, but it is unclear if the Taliban threat has ended. The headquarters for the joint NATO and Afghan military effort is in the airport. The Taliban militants wearing suicide vests breached the front gate of the facility in what a pro-Taliban website referred to as an attack...
  • Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal

    07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | : July 17, 2014 | John Vandiver
    Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged to back off plans to cut funding ($550 million contract for Rosoboronexport, Russian supplier of the Mi-17), claiming it would have a catastrophic effect on Afghanistans ability to conduct operations. By the end this year, U.S. will abandon its position in Afghanistan. Russian forces who will replace US are flight ready with the Mi-17, though many would prefer American class equipment.