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  • 'Double Dealing': How Pakistan Fueled War in Afghanistan [Blame Bush as BO's Foreign Policy Fails]

    04/14/2014 5:39:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    KABC.com ^ | 4/14/14
    What if the United States has been waging the wrong war against the wrong enemy for the last 13 years in Afghanistan? Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall, who's spent more than a decade covering Afghanistan since 2001, concludes just that in her new book, The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.
  • Comedian Lewis Black Wants Cruz-Palin Ticket

    04/14/2014 3:59:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ed Zuckerman
    Lewis Black injected a bit of his signature brand of humor into the current political discourse on Monday, calling socialism “enforced Christianity” and telling anyone that calls Obama a socialist that “you’ve got to be out of your goddamn mind.” The comedian, playwright and Daily Show fixture, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC, went on to lampoon Republican attacks on the federal government and the role they ascribe to “entrepreneurs” in the American economy. “To say it’s all going to come from the private sector is truly psychotic,” Black said. Asked about his preferred candidates for the...
  • The Reason That Dog Is Receiving Full Military Honors

    04/12/2014 11:21:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn’t move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012. But Hutto then saw what Eddie smelled: a homemade bomb, partially buried in the dirt. It was six inches from Hutto’s foot.
  • The seductive allure of wars we’re not winning

    04/11/2014 2:16:09 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | Andrew J.. Bacevich
    For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more pragmatic considerations figure: a job with salary and benefits, a chance to escape from a humdrum or dispiriting existence. In all likelihood, few volunteers know what they are getting into, particularly in wartime. Fully disclosing what service in a distant war zone might entail is not a high priority for recruiters trying...
  • Voter ID A Proud Symbol Of Freedom For Afghans

    04/08/2014 9:31:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 8, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Democracy: About 7 million Afghans turned out to vote in Saturday's presidential election, many proudly brandishing a photo ID that our Department of Justice claims is a symbol of racism and voter intimidation. In perhaps the most ironic tweet of all time, former Obama adviser David Axelrod noted concerning Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan: "Afghans defied threat of death to vote. Here's hoping that Americans vote in large (numbers) this fall, despite efforts to make voting harder." Axelrod may not have noticed, but millions of Afghans also defied the threat of death when they lined up earlier to obtain the...
  • US Commando's Body Expected in Pak City (MAJOR John Bolton?)

    11/05/2001 6:32:17 PM PST · by GreatOne · 46 replies · 275+ views
    The Times of India ^ | November 6, 2001 | Unknown
    QUETTA: The body of a U.S. commando captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan has been handed over to the Red Cross and is expected in this Pakistani border city, a Taliban official said here. Maulvi Hammad said the body of Major John Bolton, who Taliban sources Sunday claimed died of kidney failure at a hospital in Kandahar, would arrive here in a day or two, SADA reported Monday. He added that more than 20 US commandos, accused of spying, were being held by the Taliban. Bolton, who had apparently been arrested recently, had identified himself as Major Mohammad Ayub but ...
  • Landmark Afghan Election Begins Under Shadow of Violence

    04/04/2014 8:32:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, April 4, 2014 | Hamid Shalizi
    Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. Taliban insurgents launched a spate of attacks that killed dozens in the run-up to the vote, which they brand as a U.S.-backed sham, but there was no word of violence as voting got under way. About 12 million are eligible to vote in the election. There are eight candidates contesting, with former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Almay Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani...
  • Foreign Journalist Is Killed by Afghan Police Officer

    04/04/2014 6:38:42 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Matthew Rosenberg and Farooq Jan Madal
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Associated Press was killed and a reporter from the news agency was wounded by a police officer in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a photographer who had covered numerous conflicts, and Kathy Gannon, 60, the reporter, were shot in Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan, where they had traveled to cover preparations for the country’s presidential election on Saturday. Both had spent many years covering the war in Afghanistan and knew the country well. Ms. Gannon, who was shot twice, was receiving treatment at a hospital in the...
  • West Columbia (SC) paratrooper dies in Afghanistan

    04/02/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The State ^ | April 2, 2014 | JEFF WILKINSON
    COLUMBIA, SC — A U.S. Army paratrooper from West Columbia has died in Afghanistan. The cause of the death of Capt. James Edward “Ed” Chaffin, an artillery officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, is being reported by the Department of Defense as a non-combat related incident. It is under investigation. Chaffin died Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to the military. He is the 48th service member with ties to South Carolina that has died in the Southwest Asian country sincd the war began after Sept. 11, 2001. Another 64 service members with ties to South Carolina have been killed in...
  • British sniper kills SIX Taliban fighters with a SINGLE bullet

    04/02/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 15 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | UPDATED: 05:56 EST, 1 April 2014
    With a Taliban fighter looming in his sights half a mile away, the British sniper knew a clean shot would take down his enemy. What he could not have known was that the single bullet he fired would account for five more insurgents. But, incredibly, his rifle round triggered the explosive vest worn by his target, killing all those around him. The record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman on one of the last missions to be carried out by British troops in Afghanistan. UK forces are preparing to leave their last frontline base in Helmand as part...
  • Taliban Suicide Bomber Turns on His Own Commanders, Kills 15

    04/01/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    TOLOnews.com ^ | 01 April 2014
    At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed on Tuesday in Ghazni province by a suicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday's elections, according to Afghan officials. In addition to the 15 confirmed dead, nine other militants were wounded by the blast, which occurred in the Gelan district of Ghazni, according to the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Among the casualties were said to be Pakistani Taliban leaders. Insurgents have publicly stated their intent to derail the elections, which will mark the country's first democratic transition of presidential power in history. The Taliban...
  • US seeking buyers for old military equipment

    03/31/2014 11:48:52 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 3/31/2014 | KATHY GANNON
    The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine resistant vehicles as it packs up to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war, officials said Monday.
  • GOP Rep. Hunter slams reported proposal to ban tobacco sales on Navy bases, ships

    03/29/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 28, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is speaking out against a reported proposal being considered by the Navy to ban the sale of tobacco products on all its bases and ships, calling it a “political decision.” The Military Times reported Monday that Navy officials are considering removing tobacco from all retail outlets, including exchange-operated sales venues and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program outlets. Navy commissaries do not sell tobacco products. Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, said in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus he strongly opposes the ban, saying it...
  • ‘American Spartan’ by Ann Scott Tyson, about Maj. Jim Gant’s mission in Afghanistan

    03/29/2014 8:37:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28,2014 | Bing West
    ... First, the sheer adventure. Gant is a mountain man, circa 1840. He is Jeremiah Johnson, living in the wrong century. Despite his heavy drinking, volcanic mood swings and numerous wounds, he survived more than 40 months of combat. In 2003 and again in 2011, he and a dozen Special Forces soldiers lived in a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan, adjacent to the Pakistan border. When I visited that village, both the elders and the soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 32nd Infantry told tales about Gant’s exploits. He captured one insurgent after a two-day chase. Another time, he...
  • Attack at Wrong Door Turns Into Fatal Mistake for the Taliban, Reports Say

    03/29/2014 5:03:38 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 28, 2014 | ROD NORDLAND and JAWAD SUKHANYAR
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban assailants apparently thought they were attacking an unprotected Christian-run day care center. But they mistakenly burst into the compound next door, where an American government contractor’s employees were heavily armed and ready, according to accounts that the contractor and the Afghan police gave on Friday of a wild four-hour shootout here.
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for “kowtowing” to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Muslim Sex-Offender Who Tried to Kidnap 4-Year-Old Girl Excused for “Cultural Differences”

    03/26/2014 11:54:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    fpm ^ | March 24, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is a horrifying story not just because of the actions of the Muslim sex offender in Australia, but because of the actions of the authorities who continue to let people like him abuse, assault and walk away. ... Considering how little boys and girls are treated in Afghanistan, there’s no doubt that it wasn’t an issue for Jaffari. The Muslim sex offender, was not deported or locked up after his previous offenses. Now he’s been kept free once again because of “cultural differences.” Why don’t we call the cultural differences excuse what it really is? Muslim Rape Privilege. ......
  • American Commando Brought His Girlfriend to Afghanistan—And Armed Her

    03/26/2014 10:11:31 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 24 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | March 26, 2014 | Dave Axe
    Let me be clear about what I’m writing here. This is not only a story about disgraced U.S. Army Special Forces major James Gant. This is also a story about a story about Jim Gant. On March 24, David Wood at Huffington Post published a glowing profile of Gant that carefully, even elegantly, talks around the shocking reality of Gant’s rise and fall as a commando officer in the Afghanistan war. Gant had invited his girlfriend Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post reporter, to accompany him and his team on secret missions in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan in...
  • Uh oh: Rumsfeld says ‘a trained ape’ could outperform Obama in Afghanistan Dan Calabrese

    03/26/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    canada free press ^ | 3/25/2014 | Dan Calabrese
    You know it wasn’t a racist comment. You also know it doesn’t matter. MSNBC has their see-what-racists-all-Obama-opponents-are talking point for the next few days. More to the point, though, knowing Donald Rumsfeld he doesn’t care about any of that, which is one of the things I love about him. The far more important point here is the point itself - that the U.S. had a good relationship with Karzai in Afghanistan when the Bush Administration was in office. It was only when Obama and crew came in that we suddenly couldn’t work with him.
  • Russia to allocate $4.1 million to Russia-NATO Council Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund

    03/25/2014 11:46:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will allocate $4.1 million to the Russia-NATO Council Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund in 2014. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the relevant decree, according to a statement placed on the government’s website on Wednesday. This measure is targeted “at training ground support personnel for technical maintenance and repair of Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters of Afghanistan’s army and delivery of spare parts to them,” the statement reads. These funds are envisaged by the Russian Finance Ministry in the federal budget for 2014 for international relations and international cooperation.
  • Donald Rumsfeld: A “Trained Ape” Could Manage War Better Than Obama (Video)

    03/25/2014 12:16:27 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 12:48 PM | Jim Hoft
    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Greta Van Susteren on Monday, “A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.” Rumsfeld was talking about Barack Obama’s failed diplomacy in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNS News reported: Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration,” Rumsfeld told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren on Monday. “It has gone down...
  • Rumsfeld: U.S. Ties with Karzai 'Gone Downhill Like a Toboggan' Under Obama

    03/25/2014 8:44:53 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 25, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai."Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration," Rumsfeld told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Monday. "It has gone down hill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in."
  • Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius'

    03/25/2014 8:30:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius' By: Tal Kopan March 25, 2014 06:13 AM EDT Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration’s handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country. “We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” Rumsfeld said Monday night on “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” on Fox News. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status...
  • Afghanistan’s Karzai Splits with US, Sides with Russia

    03/24/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by AU72 · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Last week, Taliban militants stormed into the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing nine including children. The Serena was one of most heavily secured buildings in Kabul. The attack there follows many Taliban attacks on Afghan civilians and US forces, as well as Afghan forces attacks on American troops there. But today, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai insists that “foreign intelligence agencies” are responsible for the Serena attack. The Afghan government held foreign agencies of intelligence responsible for an attack against a luxury hotel in this city that left nine fatalities and various injured. President Hamid Karzai’s management denied that groups...
  • Nebraskans' dilemma: Which conservative to vote for?

    03/24/2014 7:54:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    washingtonexaminier.com ^ | 3/24/14 | David Drucker
    With every big name in national Tea Party politics lined up behind Ben Sasse in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary, a disinterested observer could be forgiven for assuming that Shane Osborn was some GOP Establishment today. Except, that’s not the case. Osborn, a Navy veteran who was once captured and interrogated by the Chinese military for several days, served one term as the elected Nebraska treasurer, stepping down in 2011 rather than run for re-election. He has never lived in Washington aside from a 15-month assignment to the Navy Yard following his final deployment to Afghanistan. Osborn moved home to...
  • Afghanistan Ranks #1 ... in Pedophilia

    03/22/2014 12:00:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    RAWA News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Catholic Online
    • Afghanistan may lead the world in state-sanctioned pedophilia • At least 60 percent of all women are married as children LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be "married" away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families. Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that conservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized...
  • Two Canadians killed in Kabul hotel attack

    03/22/2014 5:55:41 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 21, 2014 | Bill Kaufmann
    CALGARY — The Calgary woman who was killed by Taliban gunmen in a luxury hotel in Kabul Thursday was devoted to peace and wasn't afraid, her grieving brother said Friday. Zeenab Kassam, 57, one of two Canadians killed in the attack, had been teaching English to girls and boys as an aid group volunteer in Afghanistan's capital city for the past year and a half and didn't express fear, Karim-Aly Kassam said. "This is not about the Afghan people, this is about a small, extreme minority of very dangerous people who've found a home in Afghanistan," Kassam said. "She was...
  • What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

    03/20/2014 8:59:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 19,2014 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Soon after the Navy SEAL raid on Bin Laden’s house, a Pakistani official told me that the United States had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad. Colleagues at The Times began questioning officials in Washington about which high-ranking officials in Pakistan might also have been aware of Bin Laden’s whereabouts, but everyone suddenly clammed up. It was as if a decision had been made to contain the damage to the relationship between the two governments. “There’s no smoking gun,” officials in the Obama administration began to say. America’s...
  • State Department: Sexual Abuse of Boys on the Rise in Afghanistan

    03/19/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 19, 2014 - 1:57 PM | Melanie Hunter
    The State Department in its 2013 human rights report on Afghanistan said the sexual abuse of boys, or bacha baazi, is on the rise in the region, with the practice becoming common in Kabul. “The practice of ‘bacha baazi’ (dancing boys)—which involved powerful or wealthy local figures and businessmen sexually abusing young boys who were trained to dance in female clothes—was on the rise,” the State Department said in its human rights report. The report noted an increase in rapes during the year, with most victims being children. In fact, sexual abuse of children reached an all-time high, according to...
  • Russia Just Warned The US That It May Play The 'Iran Card' On Ukraine

    03/19/2014 2:42:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/19/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A senior Russian diplomat signaled a possible shift Wednesday in Russia's position on the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the United States and other Western countries, according to The Associated Press. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by the Russian news organization Interfax as saying the recent sanctions announced by the European Union and U.S. may force Russia to retaliate by altering its stance on the Iran talks. Such a move would dramatically escalate tensions between Russia and the West, which are already high amid Russia's annexation of Crimea on Tuesday. "We wouldn't like to use...
  • China Splits With Russia Over Ukraine

    03/19/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    voanews.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Scott Stearns
    STATE DEPARTMENT — With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. In Syria's civil war, China and Russia have together blocked tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing foreign support for the rebels as a breach of Syrian sovereignty. Now, China has quietly split from Russia over Crimea -- on the same issue of sovereignty. "China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain...
  • Karzai to US: Get out of Afghanistan immediately

    03/16/2014 4:44:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 75 replies
    PressTV ^ | 3/16/2014 | PressTV
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the United States and its Western allies to immediately get out of the country by the 2014 withdrawal deadline. President Karzai told the US in his address to Afghan parliament that local security forces were strong enough to defend Afghanistan without Washington’s assistance. The remarks come as Afghan military already protects 93 percent of the war-ravaged country. The president also warned the US-led NATO countries against continuous meddling in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. "I want to say to all those foreign countries who, maybe out of habit, or because they want to interfere, that...
  • State Department: 60% of Afghan Girls Are Married Before 16

    03/16/2014 8:52:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    CNS ^ | March 14, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    60 percent of girls in Afghanistan are married before their 16th birthday. “Despite a law setting the legal minimum age for marriage at 16 for girls and 18 for boys, international and local observers estimated that 60 percent of girls were married before the age of 16,” the State Department said in its most recent human rights report. ... Some girls as young as six or seven were promised in marriage, with the understanding that the actual marriage would be delayed until the child reached puberty. Reports indicated, however, that this delay was rarely observed and that young girls were...
  • In farewell to parliament, Karzai says Afghanistan doesn't need foreign troops

    03/15/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    .usnews ^ | March 15, 2014 | KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave
  • Supreme Court Allows Detainee Transfer

    08/10/2007 12:52:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 795+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/10/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Friday it would not prevent the U.S. from transferring an Algerian army veteran from Guantanamo Bay to his home country. Ahmed Bel Bacha, who has been held at Guantanamo for five years, has argued he would be tortured if turned over to Algerian officials. One of at least two dozen detainees who have expressed fear of abuse if sent home, Bel Bacha asked the court not to let the U.S. send him back to Algeria. In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court denied his request.
  • U.S. commander in Afghanistan warns that full withdrawal will allow al-Qaeda to regroup

    03/13/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 12 | Ernesto Londoño
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that al-Qaeda’s network in that country is in “survival mode,” but warned that a full American military drawdown after the end of the year would allow the terrorist group to regenerate there. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford’s remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee appeared intended to shape the White House’s deliberation over whether to leave behind a contingent for training and counterterrorism missions beyond 2014 or pull out entirely. The decision has been delayed by the Afghan president’s refusal to sign a security pact with Washington. “A withdrawal, in my mind,...
  • Britain splashes £2million to kick illegal immigrants out of Greece BEFORE they enter UK

    03/11/2014 6:30:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Express ^ | March 10, 2014 | Anil Dawar
    Whitehall officials will not say how they identify those to benefit from payouts but claimed the scheme will target migrants from “high risk” countries such as India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Though the Home Office denied that anyone returned would be given cash to use in their native land, a pilot funded by the department in 2012 saw migrants handed hundreds of pounds each as well as plane tickets home. Britain already contributes to beefing up Greece’s immigration controls through its work with the EU’s border agency Frontex. About 90 per cent of all illegal migrants into the EU come across...
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • Vladimir Danchev: The broadcaster who defied Moscow

    03/07/2014 6:58:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    BBC Monitoring ^ | 7 March 2014 | Stephen Ennis
    Broadcasters at a Russian television station protested this week about the country's actions in Crimea, echoing what a Soviet radio announcer did 30 years ago. Two US-based presenters on Russia's English-language TV station Russia Today (RT) caused a stir recently by denouncing Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine. Abby Martin told viewers of the state-owned channel that what Russia had done was "wrong". And Liz Wahl said she could not work for a broadcaster that "whitewashes the actions" of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wahl resigned live on air. Among seasoned Russia watchers, their exploits recalled the strange and sad story of...
  • On Defense Cuts, Obama Just Comes Right Out And Says He Wants The Terrorists To Win

    03/06/2014 5:57:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    duffelblog.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Juice Box
    WASHINGTON — Confirming suspicions of Americans and Fox News contributors everywhere, Communist-in-Chief Barack Obama announced today that his plans to downsize the Defense Department in size and spending are singularly rooted in a heartfelt desire to allow the terrorists to win. “I’m doing this because I hate America,” Obama told reporters. “Plain and simple.” Indeed, last week, the president unveiled proposals that would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels, slash a number of costly programs, and roll back some benefits to service members and their families. Speaking today from the White House briefing room, the president assured Americans...
  • Waseca Marine killed by suicide bomber

    03/04/2014 8:17:10 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Albert Lea Tribune ^ | 3-3-14 | AP
    WASECA — A Marine from the southern Minnesota city of Waseca was killed in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber attacked his convoy, relatives said. Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson, 20, was the gunner in the last truck of the convoy when it was attacked Friday, his father and sister said Saturday. He was airlifted to a medical facility, where he was pronounced dead. No one else in the convoy suffered life-threatening injuries, they said. Erickson was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School, where he was a starter on the football team. He was also a wrestler. He joined the Marines...
  • Soldier Returns from Afghanistan to Join Son in Cancer

    03/04/2014 4:40:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 | Monte Francis
    For now, the family is trying to focus on the moments of joy and the time they have togetherA U.S. soldier cut his second deployment to Afghanistan short in order to be with his son, who’s battling a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. As with any big fight, this one includes moments of hope and setbacks. One of those setbacks came Monday, when 6-year-old J.J. Orecchia was supposed to have his right leg amputated. The surgery was expected to prolong his life by four to five years, but an infection has now forced the doctors at UCSF’s Children’s...
  • Roadmap to Democracy in Iran and Syria

    03/02/2014 12:00:08 PM PST · by freedom44 · 4 replies
    FSM ^ | 2/23/14 | Slater Bakhtavar
    The recent violence and political upheaval in Syria put the spotlight on the strong alliance the Assad government has with the Islamic Republic of Iran. No sooner than protesters threatened to topple the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, did Iran step up its defense of its Syrian ally both in words and in actions. This left many observers to wonder why Iran reacted so strongly to the possibility of Assad's demise, when it has not done so during the downfall of Gaddafi or Mubarak in Libya and Egypt. To understand why, and to determine the best course of action for the...
  • Ukraine, Syria, Iran -- America isn't leading from behind, it's being left behind

    03/01/2014 3:53:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | K T McFarland
    Russia, flush with new-found wealth from oil exports, expands its military reach and political influence abroad. A war-weary America slashes defense spending and retreats from the world. The president embarks on a massive government-subsidized program to develop alternative energy to replace fossil fuels. Pundits cluck about America in retreat, and point to the rise of an Asian economic superpower. That’s the world circa 1976, but it sounds like quotes ripped from today’s headlines. History has a way of repeating itself, or to quote the great Yogi Bera, it’s déjà vu all over again. The Obama administration is looking a lot...
  • 500 Pound Bomb Dropped on U.S. Soldiers By Mistake - INTERVIEW

    02/28/2014 7:10:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    funker530.com ^ | 2-21-2014 | funker530
    Video from inside outpostPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After spotting Taliban forces on a distant ridge line, U.S. Army mortar teams engage with 60mm mortars. A simultaneous airstrike is called in which accidentally drops a 500 pound bomb on a U.S. Army infantry outpost, mistaking the position for Taliban fighters. Luckily there were no friendly casualties in this incident. It is still unclear what caused the pilot to target the wrong position. INTERVIEW: Q: What events led up to this bomb drop, and what was going through your mind after the bomb hit? A: We had been taking harassing sniper fire...
  • The Good War and the Bad Afghan Leader

    02/27/2014 11:43:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Barack Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai's bluff Tuesday. Obama let it be known that because Karzai is unlikely to sign a bilateral security agreement -- essential to keeping some U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 -- he had asked the Pentagon to work on a plan to withdraw all troops before 2015. Obama has good reason to want to cut Karzai off at the knees. Karzai won't sign the security agreement despite unanimous support from the Loya Jirga, a council of elders with political say in Afghanistan. He released 65 Taliban from the Bagram prison despite U.S. protests...
  • Far Fewer Americans Now Say Iran Is No. 1 U.S. Enemy

    02/26/2014 11:58:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Gallup ^ | February 20, 2014 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Half as many Americans view Iran as the United States’ greatest enemy today as did two years ago. As a result, China now edges out Iran and North Korea atop the list. After the top three countries, 9% of Americans mention Russia, 7% name Iraq, 5% Afghanistan, and 3% Syria. Gallup first asked this open-ended question in 2001, and opinions have shifted over that time. In the 2001 survey—10 years after the Persian Gulf War but before the 2003 Iraq war began—Americans named Iraq as the greatest U.S. enemy by a large margin. …
  • Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg Arrested by Terror Police

    02/26/2014 4:09:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 25 February 2014 Last updated at 12:48 ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is among four people who have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, police have said. Mr Begg, 45, who was held by the US authorities for almost three years, was arrested earlier with two other men and a woman in the West Midlands. He was detained on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas." SNIPPET: "Mr Begg was arrested in Hall Green in Birmingham. The other people arrested - a 36-year-old man from Shirley, a 44-year-old woman and her son, 20, both from Sparkhill - are being...
  • US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells Karzai

    02/26/2014 2:06:43 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    BBC.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | BBC
    President Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the US may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end. Mr Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Mr Karzai, who has refused to sign a security agreement.
  • Pakistan plans military operation in North Waziristan, targeting extremist groups

    02/25/2014 6:31:57 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2014 | By Karen DeYoung
    The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region following a series of brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure of peace talks with the militants, according to a senior Pakistani official. “It could be any day,” said the official, who added that military plans have been shared with top U.S. officials who have long urged an offensive. Planning for the operation comes amid a Pakistan-requested pause in U.S. drone strikes now entering its third month — the longest period without an attack in more than two...