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  • 2 Members of US Military Die in Afghanistan ISIS Operation

    04/27/2017 9:13:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/27
    Two members of the U.S. military were killed in an operation on an ISIS target in Afghanistan, NBC News reported. Another was wounded. More information on the soldiers, including what service they were in, wasn't immediately available, pending notification of their next of kin, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement Thursday. Trump Tax Plan Slashes Individual and Corporate Rates The operation took place in the Achin area, where the military dropped a massive, non-nuclear bomb called the "mother of all bombs" on an ISIS target in Afghanistan two weeks ago, the weapon's first-ever use in combat. Another...
  • It’s ISIS Vs. Taliban Now: Both groups are fighting against each other in Afghanistan.

    04/26/2017 7:00:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Morning News USA ^ | 04/26/2017 | ByJereco Paloma
    While the world is fighting against the internationally branded terrorist ISIS and the militant group of Taliban, both groups are fighting its own battle against each other, at least in Afghanistan. With TalibanÂ’s internal structure has been put to test following the death of its founder Mullah Omar two years ago, reports show the Taliban has implemented a leadership reshuffling and named its new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. TalibanÂ’s announcement of Mansour as its new leader came amid reports saying ISIS is making its way to Afghanistan, the CNBC News reported. Last December, ISIS called Taliban a deviant in...
  • Top U.S. general in Afghanistan sees Russia sending weapons to Taliban

    04/25/2017 3:07:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 Apr 17 | Idrees Ali
    The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban. General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. For some time, American officials have complained of what Nicholson once called "malign influence" by Russia in Afghanistan, but Monday's comments are among the strongest suggestions yet that Moscow is providing arms to the Taliban. Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help, including weapons, to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan,...
  • Gen. Jack Keane: Obama "Doomed Afghanistan to Protracted War"; Chose Not to Win - Video

    04/25/2017 4:24:08 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 25, 2017 | Brian
    Here is Gen. Jack Keane on Fox News yesterday where he told the honest truth about the situation of the War in Afghanistan. Keane bluntly said that after 16 years of the United States being at war in Afghanistan, “The war is not winnable given current U.S. policies.” Keane called that reality “outrageous.” Keane said Barack Obama was given a strategy to win by his generals, a strategy that needed 40,000 U.S. Troops for victory. Obama rejected their plan and only gave them 15,000 Troops and then pulled those forces out 15 months later. “That doomed Afghanistan to this protracted...
  • When breaking the rules of engagement is right

    04/22/2017 5:07:47 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2017 | Roger T. Hill
    The current military culture values enemy lives above those of U.S. troops ANALYSIS/OPINION: Donald Trump and James Mattis came to office vowing to “win” America’s wars again. But unless they change our politically correct military culture, it is certain America won’t. With Thursday night’s cruise missile strikes in Syria, the United States is facing down the barrel of another war in the Middle East. But as President Trump and congressional leadership weigh the risks on an expanded, messy conflict, possibly including U.S. ground forces, they also ought to examine whether a military plagued by overlawyering has what it takes to...
  • 140 Soldiers Killed in Taliban Attack on Afghan Base, Official Says

    04/22/2017 10:52:50 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2017 | Mujib Mashal
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a lethal Taliban assault on an army base in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday that at least 140 soldiers had been killed, making it the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the course of the long war. “Today, there was even a shortage of coffins,” said the official, Ibrahim Khairandish, a member of the provincial council in Balkh Province, where the attack occurred. Citing information from army officials, Mr. Khairandish said 60 soldiers had also been wounded in the attack. The soldiers, most of them unarmed, were shot...
  • retired Air Force captain says Pentagon covered up real cause of deadly chopper crash

    04/20/2017 12:56:53 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 55 replies
    Circa News ^ | Apr. 18 , 2017 | Sara Carter
    A decorated retired Air Force officer who witnessed one of the most deadly attacks on Navy SEALs in U.S. history is breaking her silence, saying the government covered up evidence detailing that the 2011 downing of a Chinook helicopter gunship that killed 38 fighters in Afghanistan could have been prevented had it not been for restrictions to the military's rules of engagement that were changed under the Obama administration.
  • The 'Mother Of All Bombs' Blast Site Is Still Off-Limits, But Here's Who It May Have Killed

    04/19/2017 11:03:24 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    BI ^ | 4-19-2017 | Christopher Woody
    A week after US forces dropped the 21,600-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapon, or so-called "Mother of All Bombs," on a remote part of Afghanistan, American officials have released little information about the strike or its aftermath, and security forces in the area continue to block access the site. And alongside the dozens of Pakistanis thought to have been killed in the strike, 12 Tajikistanis and 13 Indian nationals who had joined ISIS were killed, according to TOLO news. A security official told Hindustan Times that 13 ISIS commanders were killed in the raid — at least two of...
  • MOAB blast from the POV of the Afghan villagers.

    04/18/2017 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 17 April 2017 | John Bathcelor
    Podcast 17:52 John Batchelor, Bill Roggio, Tom Joscelyn, Thaddeus McCotter discuss Afghanistan, Taliban, ISIS, ISIS connections in Indonesia ... among other things.
  • US says nearly 800 ISIS members on ground when ‘Mother of All Bombs’ dropped

    04/17/2017 9:45:50 PM PDT · by hotdogjones · 58 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/13/2017 | Bob Frederic
    The United States on Thursday dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan — a strike President Trump hailed as “very, very successful.” The US estimates that 600 to 800 ISIS terrorists were on the ground in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, conducting strikes on government and US forces while battling the rival Taliban.
  • Afghanistan: Friend raises $181,000 for family of Green Beret killed

    04/14/2017 11:25:52 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies ^ | 04/14/2017
    Online donations have poured in for the family of a Green Beret killed in action while fighting ISIS extremists in Afghanistan over the weekend, Fox & Friends reported Friday. The GoFundMe page for Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar’s wife and five children raised more than $181,000 by Friday morning, far surpassing the original goal of $15,000.
  • Devastating aftermath of the 'Mother of all Bombs': Children play among the rubble in Afghan town

    04/15/2017 1:17:25 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 44 replies ^ | 4/15/17 | ap/ Karen Ruiz
    Full title.........................Devastating aftermath of the 'Mother of all Bombs': Children play among the rubble in Afghan town where largest non-nuclear weapon ever used by US military killed 94 militants including four ISIS leaders.......................... Ministry of Defense official said the death toll could rise as the bomb site is assessed Nangarhar spokesman Ataullah Khogyani, said there is no report of any civilians being killed in the bombing Former president Hamid Karzai criticized the Afghan and US governments for the attack On Saturday, Karzai said allowing the US to carry out the bombing was 'treason' Current President Ashraf Ghani said the government...
  • Afghan officials: Nearly 100 ISIS jihadis, including four commanders, killed in MOAB strike

    04/15/2017 12:34:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 15, 2017 | Allahpundit
    The estimate yesterday was 36 killed. Today it’s nearly tripled. Why? Probably because Afghan authorities not only have a much larger blast radius than usual to comb for bodies, but because the target was an ISIS tunnel complex. Who knows how many dead jihadis they’re still discovering underground. “Our team is in the area and they are doing clearance, so the figure might change as they find more bodies,” said Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense… Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States, said the colossal MOAB was dropped after fighting had intensified over the...
  • Graphic Fail: USA Today Thought MOAB Was Almost As Destructive as Hiroshima A-Bomb

    04/15/2017 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | April 15, 2017 | Tom Blumer
    On Thursday, the U.S. military dropped a MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs) on an ISIS tunnel complex in Nangahar Province in Afghanistan. Shortly after that, USA Today posted a breathtakingly ignorant graphic purporting to show that the MOAB contained over 70 percent of the destructive force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. This epic fail occurred even though the following comparison was known early on: The MOAB has the force of 11 tons of TNT. For comparison, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 had the force of 15 thousand tons of TNT. The destructive force of the...
  • Number Of ISIS Fighters Killed By ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Rises To 94

    04/15/2017 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 15, 2017
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has risen to 94, an Afghan official said Saturday. Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said the number of Islamic State group dead was up from the 36 reported a day earlier. A Ministry of Defense official had said Friday the number of dead could rise as officials assessed the bomb site in Achin district. “Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” Khogyani said. The U.S. attack on...
  • Death Toll From Massive US Bomb in Afghanistan Passes 90

    04/15/2017 7:42:19 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 61 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 4/15/17 | Ayesha Tanzeem
    ISLAMABAD — Afghan officials say the number of militants known to have been killed by a huge U.S. bomb Thursday has nearly tripled. Officials say at least 92 militants died in the blast - up from 36 reported Friday. The area is still being cleared, so the death toll may increase. There is no indication any civilians or military personnel were among the dead. President Ashraf Ghani said Afghan and U.S. forces closely coordinated on the bombing, however his predecessor has strongly denounced the strike and the United States. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday he is unleashing a...
  • Former Afghan president calls decision to drop massive U.S. bomb 'treason'

    04/15/2017 7:26:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2017 | By Mirwais Harooni
    Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai accused his successor on Saturday of committing treason by allowing the U.S. military to drop the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat during an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. Karzai, who also vowed to "stand against America", retains considerable influence within Afghanistan's majority Pashtun ethnic group, to which President Ashraf Ghani also belongs. His strong words could signal a broader political backlash that may endanger the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. "How could you permit Americans to bomb your country with a device equal to an atom bomb?" Karzai said at a...
  • Afghans ‘Thought The End Of The World Had Come’ After MOAB Strike

    04/14/2017 9:56:23 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 81 replies ^ | 4/14/17 | Saagar Enjeti
    Chaos erupted after the U.S. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on an Islamic State training camp in Afghanistan Thursday, local villagers told The Guardian. The bomb was dropped on Achin district in Nangarhar province, the long-time home of the terrorist group in Afghanistan. ISIS has proven resilient in Afghanistan, often using Nangarhar province to launch attacks on the capital of Kabul. The U.S. said the massive bomb, nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” was requested to destroy ISIS’s extensive tunnel network in the village. “The earth felt like a boat in a storm,” one villager told The...
  • U.S. Commander In Afghanistan: 'This Was The Right Weapon Against The Right Target'

    04/14/2017 3:15:25 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | Apr 14 , 2017 | Gen. John Nicholson
    At a news conference in Afghanistan early Friday morning, Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the U.S. military coordinated yesterday's historic bomb attack on ISIS with the government of Afghanistan. "The enemy uses tunnels and minefields to move around the battlefield and protect themselves from attacks from Afghan and U.S. forces," Nicholson said. "This was the right weapon against the right target."
  • Decision for MOAB bomb was purely a product of the battlefield situation

    04/14/2017 1:07:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/17 | Dan Calabrese
    And the generals made the call without requiring Trump's approval That makes sense, of course. You don’t want any president, but especially one with no military background, micromanaging the tactical decisions on the battlefield. If we’e got ISIS where we want them and we have a weapon at the ready that can take out not only a bunch of them, but a bunch of their infrastructure as well, why not? Drop it. And that’s exactly what prompted the military command to do so, without having to first check with the White House: