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  • 11 suicide vests found at Afghan military HQ

    03/27/2012 6:13:26 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | 27 Mar 2012 | Randall Joyce
    KABUL - A major terrorist plot targeting Afghan soldiers was uncovered Monday at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Kabul, an official at the Ministry has confirmed to CBS News. The official, who asked not to be identified because the Afghan government yet to acknowledge the plot, revealed that 11 suicide vests were found in three rooms in the area surrounding a parking lot at the Ministry. The investigation is still in its early stages but it is known that 11 buses were scheduled to leave the parking lot carrying Afghan army personnel. The working theory among investigators so far...
  • BENADOR: Afghanistan's Taliban Cause Thousands Civilian Casualties - Not American Soldier

    03/27/2012 6:32:45 AM PDT · by Eliana Benador
    Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Batsheva Benador ^ | March 27, 2012 | Eliana Benador
    “In time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell Springtime has finally arrived and it didn’t take long for the dust to settle. So has American public opinion now almost buried in the dust of the desert they lodge in their hearts the one topic that should not only be burning their blood but, above all, their conscience. A highly decorated, twice injured in his services in Iraq, 38-year old veteran of four combat tours, American hero, Sergeant Robert Bales, is now being sullied by the treasonous Obama government -unbelievably, under the watchful eyes of...
  • Afghan arrests after authorities foil 'suicide attack'

    03/27/2012 12:13:32 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 1 replies · 86+ views
    BBC News ^ | 03/27/2012 | BBC News
    Several people have been arrested in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after plans for an apparent mass suicide attack were foiled. Intelligence officials have told the BBC that 11 suicide jackets were seized in the ministry of defence. They say the attacks would have caused significant loss of life if they had gone ahead. Some of those arrested are reported to be soldiers in the Afghan National Army. The jackets were seized on Monday afternoon from three separate rooms around a ministry car park, less than a kilometre from the presidential palace.
  • Two British soldiers killed by Afghan army gunman

    03/26/2012 1:47:45 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies · 16+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 26, 2012 | Tom A. Peter
    Two British soldiers have been killed in the south of Afghanistan after an Afghan soldier opened fire on them. Details are still emerging but the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, confirmed the deaths to the Commons. An Afghan police official said the shooting took place at the gates of a Nato base in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand. An Afghan army truck approached the base and was reportedly refused entry by the guards, saying it was not authorised to bring weapons inside.The official said one of the Afghan soldiers then rushed through the gate and opened fire on those...
  • Afghan Troops Unappreciative of Multicultural Efforts at Nation Building

    03/26/2012 11:06:59 AM PDT · by next media · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Excerpted Blog USBC News Blog ^ | 2012-03-26 | Blogger on The USBC Wire Blog
    During campaign season Democratic politicians, including then Senator Obama, denounced US military efforts during the Bush years, yet now the same democratic politicians who denounced the policy are pressing for its continuation. Furthermore those politicians insist that the multicultural nation building would provide success but in fact the attacks seem to be increasing. Although the war in Afghanistan has gone on for ten years, two thirds of the causalities have occurred during President Obama's three years as Commander in Chief...
  • Afghan Troops Unappreciative of Multicultural Efforts at Nation Building

    03/26/2012 11:06:50 AM PDT · by next media · 8 replies · 11+ views
    Excerpted Blog USBC News Blog ^ | 2012-03-26 | Blogger on The USBC Wire Blog
    During campaign season Democratic politicians, including then Senator Obama, denounced US military efforts during the Bush years, yet now the same democratic politicians who denounced the policy are pressing for its continuation. Furthermore those politicians insist that the multicultural nation building would provide success but in fact the attacks seem to be increasing. Although the war in Afghanistan has gone on for ten years, two thirds of the causalities have occurred during President Obama's three years as Commander in Chief...
  • Should Robert Bales face the death penalty?

    03/25/2012 9:17:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 57 replies · 11+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 23 March 2012
    An attorney for the US soldier accused of 17 counts of murder after a shooting spree in Panjwai, Afghanistan has acknowledged that Robert Bales is likely to face capital charges. Do you think Bales should face the death penalty?
  • Afghan official: US paid $50,000 to families of each victim in shooting spree

    03/25/2012 7:09:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2012
    The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday. The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor's office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. Each wounded person received $11,000, Lalai said. Community elder Jan Agha confirmed the same figures. They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Lalai said. [Snip] The families had previously received smaller compensation payments from Afghan officials -- $2,000 for each death...
  • Exclusive: Matt sits down with the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

    03/24/2012 10:47:59 PM PDT · by Selene · 26 replies · 4+ views
    NBC ^ | 3/24/2012
    In an exclusive interview, Matt Lauer will sit down with Karilyn Bales, the wife of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in two southern Afghanistan villages. This will be Karilyn Bales’ first television interview since her husband was charged with murder. The interview will air Monday, March 26 on TODAY and NBC Nightly News.
  • US officials believe solider suspect split Afghan killing spree

    03/24/2012 3:53:44 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies · 4+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/24/12 | AP
    WASHINGTON – U.S. investigators believe the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians split the slaughter into two episodes, returning to his base after the first attack and later slipping away to kill again, two American officials said Saturday. This scenario seems to support the U.S. government's assertion -- contested by some Afghans -- that the killings were done by one person, since they would have been perpetrated over a longer period of time than assumed when Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was detained March 11 outside his base in southern Afghanistan. But it also raises new questions about...
  • Soldier Saved Lives By Throwing Away Grenade

    03/23/2012 3:36:08 PM PDT · by EnglishCon · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | 03/23/2012 | Sky News
    A British soldier who picked up and threw away a live grenade before it could kill him and his men is among 131 members of the Armed Forces whose heroics are being officially honoured. Serjeant Deacon Cutterham was wading through an irrigation ditch knee-deep in water on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the grenade came flying over a high wall to one side and landed in front of him. He reached down to grab it and "posted" the grenade into a parallel irrigation channel to get it out of his hand as quickly as possible.
  • "Your Next Guinness Is Courtesy of a Fallen Navy Seal"

    03/23/2012 1:21:05 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 4 replies · 1+ views
    blackfive.net ^ | 3/23/12 | Blackfive
    "As promised… I just walked into a local pub (PUB 25, Newtown, CT) and asked to speak with the Owner/Manager. I asked if I could leave a cold one on the bar for Michael all day . I showed him the “Reserved” sign I made and explained I wanted to leave him sufficient funds to buy a random person a Guinness every hour today, and that when the surprised patron asks him “Who is this from?” he should reply: “It’s from LT Michael P. Murphy.” and point to the reserved sign. The Owner/Manager was so in tune with this small...
  • U.S. official: Bales to be charged with 17 counts of murder

    03/22/2012 5:07:43 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 88 replies · 4+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 3/22/12 | Larry Shaughnessy,
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder related to a March 11 shooting spree in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday. The charges are expected to be announced Friday. The official could not explain why the count is now 17, when 16 have been reported killed in the incident. Bales' lawyer, John Henry Browne, told CNN that he did not respond to leaks and that he would not comment before seeing the charges against his client.
  • West to pay Afghan military $4 bn a year: Karzai

    03/22/2012 9:11:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | March 22, 2012 | Sardar Ahmad
    The West will subsidise Afghan security forces by more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday, implicitly accepting a cut in the planned size of his military. Western officials told AFP that no final agreements had been reached on funding or on the size of Afghanistan's security forces after combat troops in NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force withdraw. But Karzai told a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Kabul: "It's set that post 2014, for the next 10 years until 2024, the international community, with the US in the...
  • U.S. sent suspect back to France from Afghanistan: Prosecutor

    03/21/2012 12:04:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Canada.com ^ | 3/21/12 | afp
    <p>TOULOUSE, France - The U.S. army sent a Frenchman currently besieged by police in Toulouse after the killings of seven people, back to France after he was arrested in Afghanistan, a prosecutor said Wednesday.</p> <p>Afghan police detained the man at a road checkpoint and handed him over to the U.S. army "who put him on the first plane headed to France," prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters.</p>
  • Afghan Murder Suspect Bales 'Took My Life Savings,' Says Retiree

    03/20/2012 3:53:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 54 replies
    Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the same time he was trying to avoid answering allegations he defrauded an elderly Ohio couple of their life savings in a stock fraud, according to federal documents reviewed by ABC News. "He robbed me of my life savings," Gary Liebschner of Carroll, Ohio told ABC News. Financial regulators found that Bales "engaged in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments," according to a report on Bales filed in 2003. Bales and his associates were ordered to pay Liebschner $1,274,000...
  • An Ungrateful Karzai Calls American Troops Demons

    03/19/2012 6:02:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 47 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
    Hamid Karzai recently called the brave and selfless members of the United States military ‘demons’ who were guilty of perhaps ‘500’ atrocities against the people of the Afghanistan. One would have thought that the American Commander-in-Chief would swiftly denounce this stunning act of ingratitude by reminding him that nearly 2000 American troops have given their lives for the freedom of the Afghani people. They are angels of mercy, not demons. But in remaining silent President Obama not only missed an opportunity to defend the honor of our brave men and women in uniform, but also missed an opportunity to remind...
  • Wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' (releases) statement

    03/19/2012 4:15:37 PM PDT · by xzins · 358 replies · 3+ views
    KiroTV ^ | 19 Mar 12 | Karilyn Bales
    Karilyn Bales, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of killing Afghan civilians, released this statement on Monday: What happened on the night of March 11 in Kandahar Province was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy. My family including my and Bob’s extended families are all profoundly sad. We extend our condolences to all the people of the Panjawai District, our hearts go out to all of them, especially to the parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the children who perished. I know that all good people around the world, regardless of nationality, religion or political values, join me in...
  • Retired general: Afghan killings fallout could mean troops return within weeks

    03/19/2012 12:17:00 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies · 1+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 3/19/12 | CNN Wire Staff
    If U.S. troops are not allowed to return to the villages and resume their mission, "the United States mission is changed," retired Maj. Gen. James A. "Spider" Marks, a former commander of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, told CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday. "Our commanders on the ground will determine that probably within about another week. Within a couple of weeks, it would not be unusual if there has not been a change in our posture inside those bases, that you can see forces coming back. It's not inconceivable that that could happen." Karzai is pressing for the NATO-led International...
  • Bibles Destroyed in Afghanistan… By U.S. Military (Article from May, 2009)

    03/19/2012 11:34:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    AC News ^ | May 19, 2009 | Huma Khan, Jake Tapper, and Luis Martinez
    On May 4, Al Jazeera English ran a report suggesting that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan may have been violating anti-proselytizing rules by distributing Dari-and Pashto-language New Testament Bibles. Central Command General Order No. 1 specifically forbids “proselytizing of any faith, religion or practice.” The footage came from documentary filmmaker Brian Hughes The report showed a service from approximately a year ago, with the head U.S. military chaplain in Afghanistan, Lt. Colonel Gary Hensley, talking about the need to spread the Gospel. "The special forces guys — they hunt men basically," Hensley said. "We do the same things as Christians, we...