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  • Afghan presidential rivals seal power-sharing deal

    09/21/2014 1:05:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | September 21, 2014 8:56 am | May Jeong
    Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have finally agreed a power-sharing deal, drawing a line under a contested election that has dragged out for almost six months. The agreement, which bestows substantial power on the losing candidate, was finalised on Saturday and made public in a ceremony on Sunday. Parties met late into the night over the past few days to seal the deal before Sunday, when an announcement of the final result of the UN-run election audit is expected. Negotiations, begun in July and finalised earlier this week, were drawn out because Mr Abdullah, the losing...
  • The Jihadi Logic: Lure the U.S. into the fight that Obama will quit, as in Iraq

    09/19/2014 7:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One is that these terrorists are more depraved and less savvy than we think. They so glory in blood that they could not resist making an international spectacle of their savagery and did not quite fathom how such a brazen, contemptuous slaughter of Americans would radically alter public opinion and risk...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Controversy Overblown (Looks like he was promoted again)

    09/15/2014 2:27:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jillian Moyet
    Staff Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left captivity to be catapulted into an overgrown spotlight of controversy and reckless speculation in May of this year. What should have been a flood of relief to see the American POW return home was replaced with, oddly enough, outrage, mostly from the Right. Angry tweets accused Obama of endangering U.S. soldiers by exchanging five prisoners from Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Twitter filled with frothing accusations against not only the President but the POW himself, as well as his family, who even received death threats. Bergdahl was a Taliban sympathizer, it was decided, and so was his...
  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    09/14/2014 3:36:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog. "Afghanistan is a case study in projects and programs set up without considering" whether they can be continued, said John Sopko, Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Sopko's comments came in a speech Friday to a meeting of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The problem is the sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort, which is bigger than any ever before undertaken by the U.S. "Last year, the...
  • AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

    09/13/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT · by MikeJ · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 13, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.
  • Al Qaeda Leader Captured by US, And Released, Leads Fight Against America in Afghanistan

    09/13/2014 5:53:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thank goodness we didn’t waterboard him or shoot him in the head on capture. Or drone him. That would have been wrong. A senior leader of the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) who was captured by Coalition forces in the spring of 2011 is now leading more than 300 jihadists in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The IMU leader once served as the top commander of the jihadist group’s network in Afghanistan.Qari Bilal, the IMU leader, was freed by the Afghan government at the direction of President Hamid Karzai, Afghan officials in Kunduz have told...
  • Veteran thrown out of Subway restaurant because of service dog

    09/13/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by walford · 102 replies
    ABC 13 Houston ^ | September 09, 2014 | Sarah Wallace
    PATERSON, NJ -- A disabled veteran was thrown out of a fast food restaurant because of his service dog. The incident itself is troubling enough, but you won't believe what happened after the Eyewitness News investigators arrived at the restaurant to demand answers. It's one of the most bizarre exchanges Eyewitness News has ever had on a story. Federal law is very clear: Dogs are recognized as service animals and all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, must allow them in. But a U.S. Army veteran says a Subway restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, blatantly ignored the law, and...
  • The 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi

    09/13/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by cold start · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 13 September 2014 | Jaisal Singh
    A small body of Sikhs defended a vital North-West Frontier post against 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai attackers. Yesterday was the 117th anniversary of their heroic effort Britain’s Parliament interrupted proceedings and rose to give a standing ovation on September 12, 1897 to 21 valorous soldiers — all of them Indians, all of them Sikhs — for what was undoubtedly a tremendous act of collective bravery, and one of the greatest ‘last-stands’ in military history, the Battle of Saragarhi. The North-West Frontier of undivided India, now a part of Pakistan known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is a harsh place. Embroiled even today in...
  • Slapdash Response To Terrorism Appears Politically Driven

    09/13/2014 9:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    resident Obama came into office in 2009 telling the American people he would end the wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Six years later, facing a broader and more lethal terrorist threat, he is now telling us why we need to go to war again. To say Obama can't seem to make up his mind in the war on terror (a designation his administration stopped using the day he entered the Oval Office) is putting it mildly. If anything, his naive plan of withdrawal and retreat, and the way it was carried out in the face of a growing...
  • A Blogger Found Secret U.S. Justice Department Documents in a Dumpster in Austria

    09/09/2014 4:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 9-9-14 | Kaveh Waddell
    A former U.S. ambassador is being investigated for laundering, according to papers found in a garbage container in Vienna. Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, is being investigated for money laundering, and several of his wife's bank accounts have been frozen in connection with the probe. The Justice Department investigation only became public on Sunday, when a blogger found relevant documents in a garbage container used by a state prosecutor's office in Vienna and posted them online. A day later, Austrian magazine Profil reported on the case.
  • Former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan suspected of laundering $1.5million

    09/08/2014 5:42:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    [The Daily] Mail Online ^ | September 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    A former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan was being investigated by U.S. authorities for suspected money laundering through his wife's bank account. The suspicions center on Zalmay Khalilzad's alleged transfer of $1.5 million in May 2013 to an account in Vienna owned by Cheryl Benard.
  • $1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    LIVE SCIENCE/YAHOO NEWS ^ | 05 SEPTEMBER 2014 | CHARLES Q. CHOI
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, according to U.S. scientists. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet geological maps and reports up to...
  • Gov't: 86 Militants Killed, 62 Injured in Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Fars News ^ | Sat Sep 06, 2014
    World Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:55 Gov't: 86 Militants Killed, 62 Injured in Afghanistan Tweet TEHRAN (FNA)- About 86 Taliban militants were killed and 62 others were injured as the Afghan security forces carried out cleanup operations in different provinces within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday morning. "The cleanup operations were conducted by the Afghan police, army and the National Directorate of Security or intelligence agency personnel in Balkh, Helmand, Zabul, Kandahar, Paktika, Herat, Badghis and Kapisa provinces. Six militants were also detained in the above operations. Several Taliban local leaders were among...
  • $1tn in rare minerals found under Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 7:27:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | September 06, 2014 | Charles Choi
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, top science news website Live Science reports quoting US scientists. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The US Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after US-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet...
  • Official: Charter plane carrying Americans takes off from Iran, lands in Dubai

    09/06/2014 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri September 5, 2014 | mon Prokupecz, Elise Labott and Barbara Starr
    A plane carrying Americans was forced to land in Iran by the Iranian Air Force. It was allowed to leave early Saturday. It isn't known if all are still aboard. Link only.(Excerpt) "A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, took off early Saturday from Iran, hours after its pilots were ordered to land because the flight plan was out of date, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said."
  • The Myth Of The Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

    09/04/2014 2:23:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 4,2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Over the weekend, former President Jimmy Carter attended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference in Detroit. There, he assured Muslims that the “principles of Allah” were designed to “bring peace and justice to all.” ISNA’s ties to terror-supporters are quite deep.
  • Kerry Says ISIS Will Be Destroyed Within Three Years

    09/05/2014 3:28:27 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 55 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry predicted that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) would be destroyed within three years. The means: "massive wrongful death lawsuits." "These thugs might think they're cute filming the decapitation of their victims," Kerry said. "But by putting their torts on record they have opened themselves to legal liability that will cost them billions in damages." "No country on Earth has better or more expensive lawyers than we do," the Secretary boasted. "With skills honed from decades of tormenting corporate defendants in the courtroom, the plaintiffs' bar will eviscerate ISIS's defenses and...
  • Plane With Americans on Board Ordered to Land in Iran

    09/05/2014 2:04:58 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Yahoo!-ABC News Network ^ | Sep 5, 2014, 4:17 PM ET | LUIS MARTINEZ, JONATHAN KARL and LEE FERRAN
    The Fly Dubai plane was on its way to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates but apparently took off hours later than scheduled, the officials said. By the time it was over Iran, Iranian authorities said the plane's flight plan was no longer valid and the plane was ordered to land.
  • Khamenei approves cooperation with US forces battling IS

    09/05/2014 9:35:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 5, 2014, 3:15 pm | Lazar Berman
    Iran’s supreme leader authorized cooperation with the United States to combat the Islamic State in Iraq. According to the BBC, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his approval for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Qods Force to work with the US and other countries battling IS.
  • U.S. military charter plane forced to land in Iran (Original Title)

    09/05/2014 12:41:39 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 269 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/5/2014 | Adam Goldman
    <p>A U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan has been forced down in Iran by Iranian fighter jets, according to officials familiar with the incident.</p>
  • ISIS distributes booklets on Pak-Afghan bordering regions

    09/03/2014 4:11:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | September 3, 2014 | Ghanizada
    According to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started distribution of pamphlets in bordering regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a bid to increase it’s influence in South Asian region. The Pakistani media agencies have reported that the booklets titled Fata (victory) have also been distributed in Peshawar city as well as in AFghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city. ISIS calls on the local population for supporting the group’s struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. The distribution of pamphlets comes as a number of hardline groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan...
  • Trapped, then poisoned: Kabul's ruthless dog cull

    09/03/2014 3:57:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Kabul - Cornered against a wall and with a steel hook pushed around his neck, the dog emits a savage howl in a desperate attempt to fight free, but poison will soon be forced into his mouth as Kabul's cull of strays claims another kill. About 17 600 dogs were poisoned last year by municipal workers in the Afghan capital in an effort to protect residents from disease and to control the rocketing population of canines that roam the city's streets and open ground. The method of killing is brutally effective. Teams of dog-catchers wearing orange suits use long steel...
  • Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama's resignation

    09/02/2014 7:09:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 September 2014 | Ashley Collman
    One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American photojournalist executed on camera last month by the Islamic State. Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting ISIS.
  • RedChina: Insurgency in Xinjiang Complicates Chinese-Pakistani Relations

    04/22/2012 12:23:49 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    China typically exercises caution when making public statements about terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. When China blames attacks on Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, such as the possibly defunct East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), it risks adding tensions to the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather” friendship. [1] However, when China blames attacks on local Uyghurs it is tantamount to an admission that its policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have not created a “harmonious society.” Zhou Yongkang (left), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with a local Uygur farmer...
  • Uyghur Unrest in Xinjiang Shakes Sino-Pakistani Relations

    08/26/2011 11:35:34 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Terrrorism Monitor ^ | 8/19/2011 | Raffaello Pantucci
    It has been a difficult summer for Red China’s restive western province Xinjiang. A series of incidents characterized as terrorism have struck two of the province’s cities, causing death, destruction and ethnic tension. This picture was further complicated when the government of the city of Kashgar published a statement online that claimed at least one of the perpetrators had been trained in Pakistan (Xinhua, August 1). The allegation by Communist Chinese officials cast a shadow over Sino-Pakistani relations, a bilateral relationship that had been characterized in Kashgar just the month before by Pakistani Ambassador to China Masood Khan as “higher...
  • China Points to Pakistan in Xinjiang Attack

    08/01/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 2, 2011 | Jason Dean
    China pointed a finger at Pakistan, one of its closest foreign partners, as it blamed one of two deadly attacks over the weekend in the northwestern Xinjiang region on Muslim extremists trained across the Pakistani border.‬ Police also "executed on the spot" two more suspected attackers in the city of Kashgar, according to a local government statement, while paramilitary police with shotguns and automatic weapons patrolled the streets to prevent further unrest. Local authorities said 20 people were killed in all in the attacks by knife-wielding members of the Uighur ethnic minority on Saturday and Sunday in the second week...
  • China blames extremists for Xinjiang attack(trained in Pakistan?)

    08/01/2011 7:02:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | 08/01/11
    China blames extremists for Xinjiang attack China says a group led by militants trained in Pakistan was behind Sunday's attack in Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region. In a statement on the Internet, the government in Kashgar says a suspect detained after the attack told police that the leaders of their group belong to a separatist organization called the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement." They reportedly learned how to make explosives in Pakistan before carrying out Sunday's attack. On Sunday night, a group of attackers stabbed people on the streets of Kashgar, killing 6 people and injured 15. Five suspects...
  • Chinese 'operatives' face Pakistani wrath(what Chinese are up to and who hates them)

    10/20/2004 6:48:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 683+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 10/19/04 | B Raman
    Chinese 'operatives' face Pakistani wrath By B Raman The kidnapping of two Chinese engineers working on an irrigation project in South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan by a group of pro-Osama bin Laden jihadis last week and the death of one of them on Wednesday, during a rescue operation mounted by the US-trained Special Services Group, the parent army unit of President General Pervez Musharraf, draws attention once again to the growing threat to Chinese lives and interests in Pakistan from jihadi terrorists belonging to the International Islamic Front (IIF) of bin Laden. In an...
  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    08/29/2014 1:26:50 AM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 29th, 2014
    The Kremlin regime continues to misinform the Western audience trying to convince that that Ukrainian war is its internal issue. How successful it will be? It depends when the Western media will decide to finally report the bigger picture of this war.
  • Western Sex Slaves for ISIS: The Twisted Psychology of Jihad Brides

    08/25/2014 6:27:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    <p>The most barbaric bunch of blood-thirsty misogynists this side of Genghis Khan are yearning for western “brides”—and the “brides,” who will be no more than sex and reproductive slaves, are coming, via an internet campaign, to service ISIS’s male Jihadis in the Caliphate in formation in Syria and Iraq. There is a “marriage bureau” in the northern Syrian town of Al Bab for Western women in a marrying state of mind.</p>
  • Pakistan Looks to Buy Weapons from Russia

    08/05/2014 12:06:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Via Meadia ^ | August 5, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    After recently ending its arms embargo against Pakistan, Moscow seems set to go through with a deal to sell MI-35 attack helicopters to the South Asian nation, ostensibly to assist it in its war against Islamist militants. This sale has little precedent; Pakistan and India’s Cold War alliances, with the U.S. and Russia respectively, have largely endured to this day. After 9/11 especially, Pakistan was a major recipient of American aid and military equipment, while India maintained its strategic relationship with Russia by continuing to be its biggest weapons buyer.
  • WH Snubbed US General and Margaret Thatcher’s Funerals, Sending 3 Officials to Michael Brown’s

    08/24/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Obama administration announced this weekend that it will be sending not one, but three, officials to attend the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday. President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the Missouri teenager whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked days of racial unrest. Leading the group for Monday's service will be the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson. My Brother's Keeper is an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities. Johnson is also the secretary for the Cabinet. Also attending will...
  • Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization Policies

    08/23/2014 10:07:26 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 15 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization PoliciesMurad Makhmudov and Lee Jay WalkerModern Tokyo Times In the 1980s the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels of the Siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 1979. Therefore, funding radical Sunni Islamism in Afghanistan came at a very opportunistic time for the rulers based in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan became the central base in training international jihadists and spreading Islamism in Afghanistan. Irrespective of the motives in...
  • The Golf Address

    08/24/2014 1:43:29 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 12 replies
    The New York Times (via Twitchy) ^ | 0823/14 | Maureen Dowd
    FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL. I know reporters didn’t get a chance to ask questions, but I had to bounce. I had a 1 p.m. tee time at Vineyard Golf Club with Alonzo...
  • For Wisconsin National Guard members, worries mount over Iraq

    08/23/2014 8:59:41 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel ^ | August 23, 2014 | Meg Jones
    Camp Marmal, Afghanistan — It is said jokingly, but with an edgy nervousness. Wisconsin National Guard troops in Afghanistan wonder whether they'll get sent to Iraq next. Though President Barack Obama and military leaders say there will be only limited involvement in shoring up the country, soldiers are not so sure. "We talk about that all the time," said Spc. Jasen Pomroy, 44, of Baldwin. "I don't think we want to get into another one if we're trying to finish this one out. Where's it going to end?" Pomroy worked in a route clearance unit in Iraq in 2010-'11. Many...
  • TRADING FOR BERGDAHL MEANS MORE FOLEYS

    08/21/2014 2:48:41 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, ISIS terrorists beheaded American journalist James Foley. President Obama responded by bombing the fourth green during his long vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He also lectured ISIS on the true meaning of Islam: “ISIL speaks for no religion…ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings….One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.” The faculty-lounge insult approach has proved ineffective. ISIS is now threatening to kill journalist Steven Sotloff. They reportedly hold two other Americans as well. And they will undoubtedly seek to kidnap more Americans...
  • Calais' thousands of migrants waiting, hoping to get to Britain

    08/10/2014 3:36:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 8, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    1,200 migrants – mainly from Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan, with groups from Somalia, Pakistan and Chad – are now camped out in Calais' forests, hoping one day to cross the Channel to Britain.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) In his 20 years as a lorry driver, Sean Baker, a former soldier, thought he had seen it all. But nothing, he said, compares to the chaos in Calais at the moment. "Just this morning I was filling up my truck with fuel and two migrants jumped in," he said. "I shouted at them and they hopped out. It's mayhem. It happens every hour. "I had one...
  • Guess who was missing at funeral of highest ranking officer killed in combat since Vietnam War

    08/16/2014 3:22:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 15, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    NBC News reports U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene was buried today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, including a caisson, two escort platoons, casket team, firing party, colors team, and a caparisoned horse. The U.S. Army band, “Pershing’s Own,” played softly as the funeral procession made its way down the long hill past the rows of simple white gravestones to bring General Greene to his final resting place. The graveside service began with a few words, followed by a 13-gun salute. The major general’s widow, Dr. Susan Myers, was seated in the front row. To her right...
  • Soldiers reunited with dogs and cats they rescued in Afghanistan

    08/15/2014 2:36:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    KDVR ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | CNN Wire
    When a litter of puppies was born on the base where Caba served, the animals provided just the relief he needed. But a few months later, the soldiers’ tour was coming to an end. Determined not to leave the dogs behind, they searched for a way to get them to America. That’s when Caba was connected with Nowzad Dogs. Since 2007, the organization has reunited hundreds of soldiers with the stray dogs and cats they rescued while serving on the front lines. The group’s shelter and clinic in Kabul are staffed by 14 Afghan nationals, four of whom are trained...
  • Report: Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama

    08/13/2014 2:01:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher. But sometimes there are higher considerations. While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts… “I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,”...
  • How Can Anyone Continue to Support Obama?

    08/11/2014 2:31:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | August 11, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    The left’s kneejerk propensity for blaming George W. Bush for every disaster, from the Lincoln assassination to a bad hair day, has long served as comedy fodder among conservatives. But the serious psychological disorder known as BDS – Bush Derangement Syndrome – is no joke among President Obama’s faithful, who six years later still cling to the notion that Bush is the reason Obama hasn’t yet shown us the promised land and healed the planet as he promised in his 2008 nomination speech. Last Tuesday, a bipartisan poll found that Obama’s approval rating has hit an all-time (for him) low...
  • Feds: Afghan doctor in Philly tied to anti-Western insurgents

    08/10/2014 2:06:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | David Shortell
    Hayatullah Dawari is a former doctor in Philadelphia who treated American troops in his native Afghanistan while working with the American Red Cross, according to his lawyer. But in the eyes of the United States government, Dawari has been working with an anti-Western insurgent group in Afghanistan with ties to al Qaeda. According to court documents, Dawari has been in touch with HIG associates in Pakistan and in January was the intended recipient of a book sent from Pakistan containing a secret message glued between two pages.
  • A Marine’s Testimony

    08/09/2014 7:29:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 7 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 7/31/14 | Karmann Powell
    At the tender age of seven, Brian Vanderpool experienced a life changing moment when he watched the movie, Saving Private Ryan. It left such a deep impression on him that he decided to become a Marine. He found out later the movie actually depicted Army personnel, but he had his mind made up.Recently, Lance Corporal Vanderpool, now 20, returned home on leave from an 8 month tour of Afghanistan. He was not expecting to be greeted by a cheering crowd at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, which, in his words, “left a big grin on my face.”Early on,...
  • Afghan soldier who killed US general spent three years in army

    08/06/2014 10:25:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    The Afghan soldier who killed US Major General Harold Greene had spent three years in the army before he squeezed off two to three bursts of gunfire from a first-floor window at a senior military delegation in Kabul, officials said on Wednesday. As details emerged about Tuesday’s attack at a military complex in the Afghan capital, a picture was forming of a rogue Afghan soldier who may have been difficult to spot before he killed Greene and wounded 14 coalition troops. Greene was the most senior US military official killed in action overseas since the war in Vietnam. His father described him to Reuters as...
  • Pentagon official begins to question Bergdahl

    08/06/2014 1:33:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/6/2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    A top Pentagon official began interviewing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday morning at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, confirmed to The Hill. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl has been tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his Army base in Afghanistan. Dahl was appointed to the case in mid-June and Fidell told Reuters last week that Dahl is expected to complete the probe within 60 days from his appointment.
  • U.S. general killed in Afghanistan was key figure in training effort

    08/06/2014 10:59:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/6/14 | Washington Post, by Thomas Gibbons-Neff & Patricia Sulli
    The U.S. general who was shot and killed in an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Tuesday had served in the American military for more than three decades and was a key player in the current U.S. effort to stand up Afghan security forces. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene of Falls Church, Va., was the highest-ranking member of the U.S. military to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He was the deputy commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and was making a routine visit to a training facility when he was
  • US General Killed in Workplace Violence

    08/05/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, there's a very upsetting story out of the Afghanistan war today. Headline: "United States Army Major General Killed by an Afghan Soldier -- A United States Army major general was shot and killed at close range on Tuesday by a man dressed as an Afghan soldier at a training academy on the outskirts of Kabul..." By the way, you might hear it pronounced "Kah-BOOL," but it isn't. It's "KAH-bull," K-a-b-u-l. "The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and...
  • American General Killed in Shooting at Afghan Military Academy

    08/05/2014 10:34:17 AM PDT · by Hugin · 19 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 08/05/2014 | MARTHA RADDATZ and COLLEEN CURRY
    An American general was killed today and 15 other soldiers wounded in an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan today. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Americans and other Afghans at Camp Qargha, a military academy 11 miles west of Kabul. The camp trains hundreds of Afghan forces a month and was recently renamed the Marshal Fahim National Defense University for the country's deceased vice president.
  • U.S. General Is Reportedly Killed by an Afghan Soldier

    08/05/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Matthew Rosenberg and Haris Kakar
    A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, an official of the American-led coalition and Afghan media reported Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. Their...
  • Afghanistan a How-To Lesson in Perfect Stupidity: 54,000 Paid Ghosts,

    08/03/2014 1:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Thank president Bush, vice president Dick Cheney, and president Obama for working together to create a how-to map of perfect foreign policy stupidity. The Telegraph has details in Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after Second World War American taxpayers have provided Ł61.5 billion since 2002 and Britain about Ł890 million, for hundreds of development projects. The military operation has cost America a further Ł296 billion and Britain Ł22 billion.Nearly 13 years after the Taliban were overthrown, the US and other donors continue to fund 60 per cent of the Afghan national budget and are pledged to underwrite...