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  • Berlin turns Stasi HQ into a refugee shelter

    11/22/2015 8:08:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Nov 2015 14:17 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said. Nearly 500 people, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been staying in the foreign intelligence wing of the imposing former Ministry of State Security since late Friday, the daily Berliner Zeitung said. Up to 900 people will eventually be housed there temporarily. ...
  • 5 Pakistanis, 1 Afghan detained near Patagonia

    11/20/2015 10:16:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    U.S. Border Patrol agents detained five undocumented border-crossers from Pakistan and another from Afghanistan near Patagonia this week. The individuals were detained Monday along with two smugglers, the Border Patrol said in a statement issued Thursday. Patagonia Marshal Joe Patterson said the arrests occurred in the Rail X Ranch Estates neighborhood just northeast of town, near Milepost 22 on State Route 82. “As a standard procedure, agents processed the six individuals and checked their identities against numerous law enforcement and national security-related databases,” the Border Patrol statement said. “Records checks revealed no derogatory information about the individuals.”
  • Why young American women are joining ISIS

    11/22/2015 11:12:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 85 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 11/22/15 | Danielle Paquette
    Toward the end of the century, Westerners who fled their home countries to fight in Afghanistan or Bosnia shared a common characteristic: They were practically all men. Today’s militant recruits, however, represent a dramatic demographic shift. Most are just entering adulthood. They often meet terrorists online. They’ve asked in covert chats: Do you have hair dryers, or should I bring one? One in seven are women, according to a new report. An estimated 4,500 Westerners have ditched home for the Islamic State or other Sunni jihadist groups in Syria or Iraq. Researchers at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in...
  • BIG LIST: All these terror attacks in U.S. covered up by feds [Psalms 2]

    11/19/2015 1:42:38 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/17/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    As France grapples with the implications of allowing hundreds, possibly thousands of ISIS radicals into its country as immigrants and "refugees" in the wake of last week's massive terror attack on Paris, the Obama administration has continued to cover up the Islamic threads that run through two recent terror attacks on U.S. soil while doubling down on the importation of more Muslim refugees. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has called a hearing for Thursday morning to examine the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on national security. At the same time Speaker Paul Ryan is...
  • Exclusive: CIAs Top Spy Steps Down

    01/23/2015 10:29:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Shane Harris
    The director of the CIAs National Clandestine Service, the storied home of the agencys most secretive intelligence operations, has announced that he plans to retire, The Daily Beast has learned. CIA spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed that the director announced his retirement after a long and distinguished career at CIA. We thank him for this profound and lasting contributions to both CIA and to our nations security. As a practice, the CIA doesnt identify the head of the clandestine service by name. But Frank Archibald was outed in a Twitter post in 2013, and details of his biography were known to...
  • Revealed: Number of people killed by terrorists worldwide soars by 80% in just a year

    11/18/2015 11:46:17 AM PST · by matt1234 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Matt Chorley
    The devastating toll of terror attacks is laid bare today with a shocking study revealing the number of people slaughtered worldwide has risen by 80 per cent in a year. A total of 32,658 people were killed by terrorists around the world in 2014 - an 80 per cent increase on the previous year, according to the Global Terrorism Index. Researchers said that while Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria bore the brunt of deaths last year, the attacks in Paris on Friday mark a 'watershed within Europe'.
  • ISIS in Afghanistan (FRONTLINE)

    It appears ISIS-allied fighters are gaining a foothold in Afghanistan, but just how similar are they to the group’s branches in Iraq and Syria?
  • German Government Launches Poster Campaign In Afghanistan: ‘Don’t Come to Germany!’

    11/17/2015 2:30:12 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Posters branded with the emblem of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kabul, have sprung up around Afghanistan trying to warn locals off choosing the nation as a target for migration. Debunking common myths about life in Germany which the authorities believe serve to make the country seem more appealing to Afghans, the posters are stark with their blank-canvas design with Arabic glyphs spelling out key messages in local languages Dari and Pashto.
  • Germany to Afghans: think twice about coming

    11/16/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Nov 2015 15:03 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany has launched a campaign in Afghanistan to tell its nationals to think carefully before embarking on the tough journey to seek asylum in Europe, the foreign ministry said on Monday. "This is not about deterrence, but about getting people to think it through," said a foreign ministry spokesman. Billboards bearing slogans in Dari and Pashtu including "Leaving Afghanistan? Are you sure?" or "Leaving Afghanistan? Thought it through?" have been put up at prominent sites in the capital Kabul, as well as in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat in the west. ...
  • Calls Key in Terror Case (calls from Albany NY to Syria)

    03/23/2006 7:01:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 18 replies · 1,415+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | March 22, 2006 | BRENDAN LYONS,
    ALBANY -- The spiritual leader of an Albany mosque repeatedly called a phone number in Syria that an FBI report indicates had been used to gather terrorist intelligence for Osama bin Laden, according to classified documents unsealed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The FBI report, which was based on information from a confidential informant, was among several once-secret documents that federal authorities say raise questions about Yassin Aref's connections to terrorist organizations across the Middle East. Aref, 35, a Kurdish refugee who moved to Albany with his family in 1999, is in jail without bond while awaiting trial on...
  • Revealed: India’s Deadly New Missile Fails Flight-Test

    11/05/2015 9:55:56 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    thediplomat.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    A test involving the long-range cruise missile Nirbhay had to be aborted and the missile destroyed midair, according to a statement issued by India’s Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) last Friday.“Long range cruise missile Nirbhay was successfully launched today at 1150 hrs from launch complex, Chandipur, Odisha, meeting the basic mission objectives successfully. After travelling approximately mid-way, deviations were observed from its intended course. Further, flight was terminated to ensure coastal safety,” the press release states.According to a source within India’s defense ministry quoted by the Times of India, “[t]he flight was aborted after its guidance system (manufactured by...
  • Wounded Army Captain Who Was Hospitalized for Three Years Awarded Medal of Honor [truncated]

    11/13/2015 7:10:53 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    People ^ | November 12, 2015 | Tierney McAfee
    President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to a French-born former U.S. Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber and saved other soldiers' lives while serving in Afghanistan. Florent "Flo" Groberg, 32, was given the highest U.S. military honor in a ceremony Thursday morning at the White House, making him the tenth living person to receive the award for actions in Afghanistan. (Seven others have received the medal posthumously.)
  • The Benghazi Brief Ghosts Beyond The Wire

    11/10/2014 9:17:17 AM PST · by kabar · 38 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | November 10, 2014 | Sundance
    Grab a cup of coffee because it’s a long read with over 350 citations and reference source links for confirmational material. We think you’ll get hooked and find 95% of your Benghazi questions answered. And if you can find a factual flaw I’ll buy the coffee.. SD The CIA and Intelligence community had stated earlier the biggest concern anyone held about arming the Libyan Rebels was the possibility those weapons might leave the Libyan conflict and travel to other locations where they would be used against our own soldiers. More and more evidence of this happening was growing. In 2011...
  • Destroying the myth of PTSD

    11/11/2015 4:15:18 PM PST · by pboyington · 24 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 10, 2015 | Elmer Ellsworth
    First, we must express our sincere gratitude and respect for all those Veterans who carried the Flag before us, all those who served on our left and on our right and all those who picked up the Flag and moved forward after us. No matter where, when or in what role, your service is appreciated and recognized. And, Happy Birthday to the USMC – Semper Fidelis! As the first Veterans’ Day to be discussed from the Veterans’ Perspective, we must address one of the most important topics to be share with the civilian community. A Tragic Myth of PTSD –...
  • Winning Afghanistan: Advice From a 21-Year-Old Soldier (Excellent Read)

    11/07/2015 10:30:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2015 | Joy Overbeck
    We were both waiting for our delayed planes in the boarding section of a large airport. I had noticed the young man wearing the sandy-colored desert-camo uniform and after I thanked him for his service, we just naturally started talking. Elated about going home for several months after a year in Afghanistan, he was open and even chatty in the aw-shucks way of a youth raised in a solid middle class family in the heartland. I didn't tell him I am a raving, flaming, right-wing writer because I didn't want his views to be colored by mine. I asked Dane...
  • Four Mi-25 attack helicopters for Afghanistan: India’s bold move

    11/07/2015 3:47:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Indian EXPRESS ^ | November 6, 2015 | Sushant Singh
    During the visit of Afghan National Security Advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar to Delhi later this week, it is expected that India will announce the transfer of four Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. As per agency reports, an Indian security official has confirmed that, “We are going to give them the helicopters, this is a one-off arrangement”. Afghanistan’s military has been in dire need of helicopters. Besides approaching India, Kabul had reportedly asked Russia directly for the same. Even earlier, US had purchased smaller helicopters from Russia for the Afghan air force but that was stopped after Moscow intervened in the...
  • Canada: Maclean’s puts Muslim terrorist who killed American ( Christopher Speer ) on cover of mag

    11/05/2015 2:36:21 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | November 5, 2015 | creeping
    Rinelle Harper was left for dead on a Winnipeg riverbank, beaten and sexually assaulted. Omar Khadr was imprisoned in Guantanamo, captured in 2002 by American forces in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes. Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped by Somali criminals, and held hostage for 460 days. The three Canadians have little in common, beyond the recognition of their names from the news. But they have each suffered immensely more than most of us can understand. ... She became a symbol for racist violence against Aboriginal women - though her alleged attacker was himself Aboriginal. That girl on the right is...
  • Afghan refugees in Iran being sent to fight and die for Assad in Syria

    11/05/2015 3:19:57 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 5, 2015 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, promising a monthly salary and residence permits in exchange for what it claims to be a sacred endeavour to save Shia shrines in Damascus. The Fatemioun military division of Afghan refugees living in Iran and Syria is now the second largest foreign military contingent fighting in support of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, after the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. ***snip*** Iran is also accepting Afghans below the age of 18 provided they have written permission from their parents, the Guardian has learned. At least one 16-year-old Iran-based Afghan refugee was killed in...
  • Across Africa, Obama Expands Secret Wars, Assassinations

    11/03/2015 11:47:14 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | November 2, 2015 | Alex Newman
    While most of the press has focused on Obama's military machinations in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, the administration has also been quietly expanding its secret wars and assassination programs across Africa. From training the militaries of various unsavory regimes and boosting the military capabilities of the so-called African Union, to establishing drone bases to facilitate espionage and extrajudicial killings, the White House is literally treating the continent as a vast battlefield in need of perpetual U.S. "intervention." And the consequences have been deadly.
  • The most governmenty government operation ever: The $43 million Afghan gas station

    11/02/2015 7:29:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 2, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Ridiculously overbudget? Check. Unnecessary? Check. Impossible to support in the long run? Check. Zero accountability? Check and double-check. If a novelist wrote this as a satire of government operations, there wouldn’t be an editor who’d buy it — not for 43 cents, and certainly not for $43 million: Nearly $43 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money was spent on building a gas station in Afghanistan — 140 times more than it should have cost, according to a government watchdog.The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) also said that one of the most “troubling” issues is how the Department of Defense...
  • Indian Slab Lurches Downward Beneath Afghanistan

    11/02/2015 9:45:47 AM PST · by JimSEA · 9 replies
    AGU Blogosphere ^ | 10/25/2015 | Austin Elliot
    As I walked into the department this bright brisk morning, coffee cheerily in hand, the live global seismogram display in the atrium caught my eye with an alarming event that had just happened during my bike ride into work. *gasp* that looks bad *gasp* that looks bad BIG earthquake, somewhere in the vicinity of Central/Southern Asia. Indeed, an earthquake deep (>200 km) beneath the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan had shaken a huge swath of Central and South Asia. The great depth of the earthquake meant less extreme shaking at the epicenter (nobody lives closer than 212 km from the...
  • Afghanistan's (VP) Dostum Turns To Old Ally Russia For Help

    11/02/2015 8:27:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 2 replies
    rferl.org ^ | October 07, 2015 | Frud Bezhan
    Afghanistan's Dostum Turns To Old Ally Russia For Help By Frud Bezhan October 07, 2015 With the Taliban threatening to overrun large parts of Afghanistan, First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is seeking help from an old ally -- Russia. A graduate of the Soviet Military Academy and a general in the Soviet-backed Afghan army, Dostum is hoping his old links to Moscow will help him secure crucial military support for Afghanistan's besieged security forces. A trip to Russia took him to Moscow and Chechnya, where he met with Ramzan Kadyrov on the Kremlin-backed regional strongman's birthday on October 5....
  • We Need to Take a Tougher Line With Putin

    11/01/2015 6:58:46 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 44 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 1, 2015 | William Courtney and Donald Jensen
    In responding to Russian thrusts in Ukraine and Syria, the West has relied on economic sanctions or conceded initiative to Moscow. Experience shows that direct measures-ones that target troublesome behavior-are more likely to be effective. In Ukraine and Syria, the West seems less sure of its aims and less committed to achieving them. In contrast, Russia appears to have clearer goals, cares more about outcomes, lies closer to the contested theater and acts with dispatch. This was also true when the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979. President Jimmy Carter responded by seeking to organize a boycott of the 1980 Summer...
  • Syria conflict: Russia's scars from Afghanistan

    11/01/2015 8:14:46 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | Sun Nov 1, 2015 | Steve Rosenberg
    It is more than 26 years since Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan. But today Russia, once again, is at war outside the former Soviet Union - in Syria. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow met some veterans of that Soviet war to find out what lessons were learnt. Modern Russia often claims it has learnt the lessons of Afghanistan, and that never again will it allow itself to be sucked into a long bloody war, far from its borders.
  • Inside the Tunnel Of Death: The pitch black three-mile underground road linking Tajikistan's [tr]

    10/27/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    With the risk of falling rocks, blind potholes and even carbon monoxide poisoning, it's easy to see where this treacherous road earned its nickname. Dubbed the Tunnel Of Death, the three-mile route is not for the faint-hearted or the intrepid, for that matter. It was built to provide a safer journey for drivers travelling between Tajikistans major cities who previously had to contend with avalanches. But the 2.6billion project, constructed by Iran, appears to have offered an even more hellish alternative instead.
  • Afghanistan Asking Russia for Help?

    10/31/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | October 31, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Obama’s failed leadership has created a vacuum which is being filled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Ashraf Ghani asked Russia for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopters to bolster Afghan Security Forces. Since Obama is hell bent on retreating from the world, Russia will gladly take on the lead role in fighting terrorism and selling weapons to Arab allies. Afghanistan sees that Obama is ready to abandon them both militarily and financially which allows for the growth of its enemies, first the Taliban and now ISIS. The Taliban is the main threat to the fragile Afghan government. The principal...

    10/26/2015 9:36:31 PM PDT · by Cronos · 17 replies
    Ozy ^ | 15 October 2015 | Ozy
    Balochistan.Roughly the size of Germany, it is Pakistans biggest and poorest province. And its also home to a long and bloody civil war that has been going on for decades. On one side theres the central Pakistani government. On the other are Baloch nationalists who have fought for independence since 1948. They are organized in insurgent groups with names like the Balochistan Liberation Army and the Balochistan Liberation United Front. And while the government labels the Baloch as terrorists, the Baloch accuse the army of ethnic cleansing. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies Since the start of this...
  • Balochistan can be freed, if US stop supporting Pakistan:

    10/26/2015 9:27:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Times of India ^ | 24 Oct 2015 | IST
    Balochistan can be freed if US stops supporting Pakistan, feels Baloch activist Ahmer Musti Khan who earlier heckled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speech."I must assure you our Baloch people are so confident of victory that they believe that once US stops supporting Pakistan, we can force them out of Balochistan," Musti Khan said in an exclusive interview with ANI....Musti Khan demanded freedom of Balochistan provinces where Pakistani army has been engaged in torture and killings of Baloch people demanding freedom. The activist also called Sharif a 'friend of al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden.'
  • At least 5 dead as magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes South Asia

    10/26/2015 4:08:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 26, 2015 | Fox News
    At least five people were killed Monday after South Asia was shaken by a magnitude-7.5 earthquake that was centered in a remote corner of Afghanistan and felt across Pakistan and India. A rescue official in northwestern Pakistan confirmed the five deaths to the Associated Press, adding that another 100 people were wounded in home collapses in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. State-run Pakistani TV had earlier reported that at least one person had died when the roof of a home collapsed in the eastern city of Kasur. The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was in the far northern...
  • 7.5-magnitude quake rocks S. Asia, epicentre in Afghanistan: USGS

    10/26/2015 3:00:03 AM PDT · by John W · 10 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | October 26, 2015 | AFP
    A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake struck Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region Monday and was felt throughout much of South Asia. The US Geological Survey put the epicentre near Jarm...
  • In 1983 war scare, Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S.

    10/25/2015 6:26:44 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2015 | David E. Hoffman
    A nuclear weapons command exercise by NATO in November 1983 prompted fear in the leadership of the Soviet Union that the maneuvers were a cover for a nuclear surprise attack by the United States, triggering a series of unparalleled Soviet military responses, according to a top-secret U.S. intelligence review that has just been declassified. In 1983, we may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger, the review concluded.
  • Taliban is capturing Afghanistan's $1 trillion mining wealth

    10/23/2015 4:59:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    India Times ^ | Oct 22, 2015 | N/A
    Taliban fighters aren't just making gains on the battlefield: They're also bleeding away a revenue source that is crucial for Afghanistan to pay for its military without US help. The Afghan government will earn about $30 million in 2015 from its mineral sector for the third straight year, far short of a previous projection of $1.5 billion, according to Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba. That's also a quarter of what smugglers -mostly linked to the Taliban and local warlords -earn annually selling rubies and emeralds, he said.
  • Flo, the Menomonee Falls War Dog, is rehabbing from major surgery like a champ

    10/22/2015 9:09:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Menonomee Falls NOW ^ | 10-20-15 | Ty Schmidt
    Menomonee Falls It's one thing to have a major surgery like an ACL and meniscus repair. It's another thing to work through the physical therapy and exercises required to get it back up to snuff. Especially when you're a four-legged retired war dog like Flo, who survived seven months of combat in Afghanistan before returning home to be cared for and adopted by his handler, Cody Crangle of Menomonee Falls. Under the supervision of Scott Fellenz, Flo had major surgery in August at Family Pet Clinic in Menomonee Falls. People from all over the world rallied when they heard...
  • Annals of Retreat

    10/22/2015 7:40:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" -- 1 Corinthians, 14:8 As it turns out, our president and commander in chief can face reality -- if he absolutely has to, and for the shortest time he can stand. Like a patient in the dentist's chair who just wants out. So even while announcing that he was going to reverse course in Afghanistan (again) and keep American troops there after all, The Hon. Barack Obama let the world (and the enemy) know that our forces would stay in that country only until 2017....
  • Donald Trumps baseless claim that the Bush White House tried to silence his Iraq War opposition

    10/21/2015 10:24:05 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 21 Oct 15 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    This Trump brag line goes like this: He had the vision and foresight to oppose the Iraq War ahead of the invasion in 2003. His opposition was so vocal, and his reach so great, that the White House approached him and asked him to tone it down. Really? We examined the slim evidence. The Facts At The Fact Checker, we place the burden of proof on the speaker. Trump has not responded to repeated requests by us or other media outlets for proof of his early opposition to the invasion. Military action began on March 20, 2003. An extensive review...
  • Is Russia Making Moves On Afghanistan? (Afghan officials seen in Moscow)

    10/21/2015 8:17:01 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    npr.org ^ | October 21, 2015 5:12 AM ET | Phillip Reeves
    Is Russia Making Moves On Afghanistan? October 21, 2015 5:12 AM ET Phillip Reeves Some believe Moscow's seizing on the Islamic State's rise in Afghanistan as an opportunity to expand Russian influence. A flurry of visits to Moscow by Afghan officials added to speculation.......
  • Taliban seize British stronghold in Helmand as security unravels

    10/20/2015 2:17:24 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | October 20, 2015 | Ben Farmer and Danielle Moylan
    A former British stronghold in Helmand has fallen to the Taliban just 12 months after UK combat troops left the province and civilians are fleeing the nearby provincial capital, fearing insurgents will soon move on the town. The heavy fighting north west of Lashkar Gah and unravelling of security in areas UK troops fought bloody battles to secure comes days before the first anniversary of Britains withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan. The assault also comes only three weeks after the Taliban captured the northern city of Kunduz in their greatest military victory since 2001. A Western official said Lashkar...
  • She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

    10/20/2015 11:03:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 71 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/18/2015 | Kevin Maurer
    ...Anne, an Air Force staff sergeant, wasand still isa remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) sensor operator or sensor. At Creech, she is assigned to a reconnaissance squadron flying missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. Few weapons in the American arsenal are more relentless than the RPA fleet, often called drones. For more than a decade, the United States has flown RPAs over Afghanistan and Iraq, providing forces on the ground with an eye in the sky to spot terrorists and insurgents, and in most cases the firepower to destroy them. As she rode to work, Anneor Sparkle as shes known to her...
  • Gadhafi armed al-Qaida with bio-chem weapons

    12/28/2003 4:07:24 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 33 replies · 201+ views
    Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin (by way of WorldNetDaily.com) ^ | December 28, 2003 | Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin
    Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi provided al-Qaida with chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction before changing heart and agreeing to destroy his arms program, Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin has learned. Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kussa told U.S. and UK spy agencies that tens of thousands of weapons had been produced at 10 secret sites in the country. Kussa has named hundreds of what he termed "sleeper" al-Qaida agents in Britain and the U.S. Gadhafi's dramatic turnaround has earned him a future meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush. He was welcomed back on to the world stage...
  • Over A Year Before 9/11, Trump Wrote Of Terror Threat With Remarkable Clarity

    10/19/2015 12:16:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 273 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 10/19/15 | Andrew Kaczynski
    In 2000, 19 months before Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Trump wrote extensively of the terrorism threat the United States was facing. Trump, who at the time was considering a presidential bid on the Reform Party ticket, went so far as to say that an attack on a major U.S. city was not just a probability, but an inevitability. I really am convinced were in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers, wrote Trump in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve. No sensible analyst rejects...
  • The Definition of Insanity Is U.S. AfPak Strategy

    10/18/2015 5:55:13 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | October 16, 2015 | Dhruva Jaishankar
    Donald Trump is right: America's leaders are stupid. They're nothing but a bunch of losers. Well, at least when it comes to Afghanistan and Pakistan. That's the only conclusion to be reached following two big developments this week. The first was President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States will decelerate its military drawdown from Afghanistan. Instead of preserving only a small force of about 1,000 troops, the new plan will station 9,800 in the country until 2016 and 5,500 into 2017. Their mission will be limited to training Afghan forces and supporting counterterrorism operations. This will help promote, in...
  • Vladimir Putin announces Russia-led Central Asian military force

    10/18/2015 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:42PM BST 16 Oct 2015 | Roland Oliphant
    Vladimir Putin has proposed setting up a NATO-style joint task force of post-Soviet states to secure the borders of Central Asia amid fears of Taliban spillover from Afghanistan. A fresh sign of the Russian presidents new military assertiveness, the deployment raises the possibility of Russian and allied troops being deployed along Tajikistans 800-mile border with Afghanistan, and Moscow tightening its influence of governments in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It comes a day after Barack Obama said American troops would stay in Afghanistan for at least two more yearsitself a tacit admission that the Afghan government is unable to tackle the...
  • Cruz: No More Nation Building [VIDEO]

    10/18/2015 8:47:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/2015 | Steve Guest
    Ted Cruz says that in Afghanistan, “I don’t believe we should be engaged in nation building.”Cruz, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, blasted Barack Obama’s Afghanistan decision, insisting, “It’s a recognition that what the President has been saying for years, that Al Qaeda is decimated was never true. That it was political spin.” “The reality is we live in an incredibly dangerous world and sadly the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy have made the dangers greater,” Cruz claimed.Todd later asked Cruz, “If you become President though, you’re gonna keep this policy in place of keeping those troops there...
  • The Definition of Insanity Is U.S. AfPak Strategy

    10/17/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by Mariner · 15 replies
    Foreign Policy via yahoo.com ^ | October 16, 2015 | By Dhruva Jaishankar
    onald Trump is right: Americas leaders are stupid. Theyre nothing but a bunch of losers. Well, at least when it comes to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thats the only conclusion to be reached following two big developments this week. The first was President Barack Obamas announcement that the United States will decelerate its military drawdown from Afghanistan. Instead of preserving only a small force of about 1,000 troops, the new plan will station 9,800 in the country until 2016 and 5,500 into 2017. Their mission will be limited to training Afghan forces and supporting counterterrorism operations. This will help promote, in...
  • Ambassador: (Despite Obamas Requests) Israel Will Not Turn Over Christian Holy Sites to Islam

    10/17/2015 12:28:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Oct 16th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Israeli Ambassador: (Despite Obamas Requests) Israel Will Not Turn Over Christian Holy Sites to Radical Islam [ Full title ]. In May 2011 Barack Obama urged Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorist organizations. ... In December 2013, Barack Obama again urged Israel to hand over ancient Christian and Jewish holy sites to Islamist terrorists. ... On Friday Palestinian terrorists set fire to Josephs Tomb a Jewish holy site. ... Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer ... warned America...
  • Cockpit Crew questioned Legality of Bombing Hospital - DrsWithoutBorders

    10/17/2015 7:12:00 AM PDT · by Altariel · 52 replies
    Cockpit crew questioned legality of bombing hospital.
  • Islamic State is making these Afghans long for the Taliban

    10/17/2015 5:16:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Oct 13, 2015 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    SAR SHAHI, AFGHANISTAN When the Islamic State fighters seized the Mahmand Valley, they poured pepper into the wounds of their enemies, said villagers. Then, they seared their hands in vats of boiling oil. A group of villagers was blindfolded, tortured and blown apart with explosives buried underneath them. They pulled out my brothers teeth before they forced him to sit on the bombs, recalled Malik Namos, a tribal elder who escaped the valley along with thousands of other villagers. They are more vicious than the Taliban, than any group we have seen. At war for more than three decades,...
  • Obama Ignores Generals Advice on Troop Levels for Unprecedented Sixth Time

    10/16/2015 4:09:28 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    In the end, President Obama was forced to listen to his generals not his political instincts on Afghanistan troop levels, and he decided to split the difference. Mr. Obama is keeping 5,500 troops in Afghanistan beyond his presidency, about half the strength recommended by his top general in-country. It marks the sixth time he has rejected the advice of a ground commander on the force size in the long Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Military experts call that streak unprecedented for a commander in chief. Like the current 9,800 U.S. troops there, the drawdown force of 5,500 will maintain...
  • Gates: Obamas Distrust of Military Particularly True In Afghanistan

    10/16/2015 1:21:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Ian Hanchett
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said President Obama distrusted the military, and this was particularly true in Afghanistan in an interview that was taped earlier in the week and broadcast on Thursdays Special Report on the Fox News Channel. Gates after discussing his doubts that President Obama believed in the mission in Afghanistan, and micromanaging of the military by the Obama administration was asked about the presidents suspicion of the military. He stated, I think this was particularly true in Afghanistan, and I think there were people in the White House, and I dont want to name any names, who...
  • US Analysts Knew Afghan Site Was Hospital

    10/16/2015 1:07:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 15, 2015
    Days before the Oct. 3 U.S. air attack on a hospital in Afghanistan, American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on the facility which they knew was a protected medical site because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity, The Associated Press has learned. It's unclear whether commanders who unleashed the AC-130 gunship on the hospital killing at least 22 patients and hospital staff were aware that the site was a hospital or knew about the allegations of possible enemy activity. The Pentagon initially said the attack was to...