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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Army capt.: Afghan killing suspect has saved lives

    03/17/2012 5:51:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2012
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A former platoon leader for the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians says the allegations are "100 percent out of character" for the man, whom he described as a "very solid" noncommissioned officer who has saved other soldiers' lives. Army Capt. Chris Alexander was Robert Bales' platoon leader during a deployment to Iraq.
  • Many willing to cut Afghan shooting suspect slack

    03/18/2012 4:11:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/18/12 | ALLEN G. BREED
    He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defenseless children. Under normal circumstances, Americans would dismiss such an act as worthy of only one response: swift and merciless punishment. Not so in the case of Robert Bales - at least, not for some Americans. So far, many seem willing to believe that a 10-year U.S. military veteran, worn down by four tours of combat and perhaps suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, simply snapped. That somehow there must be, if not an...
  • 1989: Soviet troops pull out of Afghanistan

    03/18/2012 8:16:48 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies · 2+ views
    BBC News ^ | February 15, 1989
    Soviet troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, nine years after they swept into the country. A convoy of Soviet armoured vehicles travelled the 260-mile (418km) journey to the USSR border while other soldiers left aboard an Ilyushin 76 transport aircraft. Earlier, the Soviet government had announced the departure of the last troops although snow had delayed a five-day airlift from the Afghan capital Kabul. The journey is especially dangerous on the Salang Pass through the Hindu Kush Mountains, where more than 10,000 mujahideen operate. The mujahideen - Afghan Islamic fighters - have been involved in heavy battles to try to force...
  • [From 2010 Blogosphere] The Pork Eating Crusader Patch Is A Huge Hit With Troops In Afghanistan

    03/17/2012 7:36:31 PM PDT · by U-238 · 71 replies · 3+ views
    Bloggers via Business Insider ^ | Since 2010 re-posted 3/16/2012
    With tensions at an all time high in Afghanistan following the Koran burnings, the urination video, and the killing of 16 civilians, attention is now falling on a long line of "Infidel" apparel and gear. Exhausted from how they feel they're being perceived, troops have taken to wearing patches and carrying items that label themselves infidels, and offer translation in local dialect. In the Muslim world an infidel means literally "one without faith" who rejects the central teachings of Islam. tracked down Clayton Montgomery at Mil-Spec Monkey, a large online seller of infidel gear, who says his most popular...
  • 14 Turkish soldiers killed in Afghan helo crash

    03/17/2012 10:09:36 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2012 | Rahim Faiez
    A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, officials said. It was by far the deadliest incident involving Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan, where they have a noncombat role. The helicopter, a Sikorsky, was on a mission for U.S.-led NATO forces when it went down near Kabul, the Turkish military said in a statement. "Twelve of our military personnel on board were martyred," it said. There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash, NATO said. Turkish Prime...
  • Hello Troops, I don’t trust you…

    03/17/2012 8:13:59 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | March 17th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    For the first time in history U.S. Marines, in a war zone, were ordered to surrender their arms while attending a dog and pony show speech by a visiting Secretary of Defense.Before addressing 200 troops gathered at Camp Leatherneck. As Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s plane was landing a suicide driver attempted to ram it, but crashed into a ditch before it could get onto the runway. Mr. Panetta and his entourage were not hurt. Overreaction In a case of overreaction the base commander, Major General Charles Gurganus, ordered the camp Sargent Major to have the attending Marines secure their...
  • Worse Than A Powder Keg (the conservative case for getting out of Afghanistan now)

    03/17/2012 5:22:30 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 43 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 17 March 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We have met the enemy and we are they. That is certainly the message the Obama administration has conveyed to the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan this week. Our troops have been the target of serial sneak attacks by the Afghans with whom they are forced to “partner.” Nevertheless, our Marines were ordered to disarm before being admitted into the presence of Obama’s defense secretary, Leon Panetta. Yes, you read that correctly: Our Marines were stripped of their arms. Panetta was at Camp Leatherneck on a “surprise” visit, hoping to calm the disastrous situation in the combat theater. Turns...
  • Murders in France: soldiers banned from wearing uniforms off base after attacks

    03/16/2012 8:32:49 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 35 replies · 1+ views
    France24 ^ | March 16 2012 | Staff
    France on Friday banned soldiers stationed in the southwest from wearing uniform outside barracks after three paratroopers were shot dead in twin cold-blooded attacks. "Security advice has been given, particularly at the entrances of military bases," an army spokesman told AFP, adding that soldiers "have notably been asked not to wear their uniform outside barracks". The increased security measures apply to a whole swathe of the southwest, including Toulouse, Montauban, Pamiers and Tarbes, towns and cities that are home to most of France's elite airborne units.  The announcement came as police hunted a black-clad gunman who on Thursday calmly shot...
  • Exclusive Video - Waters: Netanyahu Lying, Israel Won't Attack Iran Alone

    03/16/2012 2:29:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies ^ | 3/16/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told a gathering of anti-war activists in Los Angeles on March 12 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was misleading the public about Israel’s willingness to confront Iran alone, and that he had privately assured President Barack Obama that Israel would not go to war without U.S. backing. The week before, Netanyahu had used a visit to Washington to convey the message that Israel was prepared to act alone if necessary. That message was necessary, given the Obama administration's record of wavering on Iran, and its public attempts to dissuade Israel
  • Karzai casts doubt on U.S. account of rampage

    03/16/2012 3:12:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/16/12 | Sara Sidner
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai cast doubt Friday on the account of events given by U.S. authorities as he met with the families of 16 civilians allegedly killed by a U.S. soldier. In his meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul, Karzai suggested the Americans had not been frank about what happened. "We tried to talk to the soldier involved, but there was no cooperation from America," Karzai told the villagers. "Based on what you are saying, the killer was not just one person." The soldier, whose identity has been withheld by U.S. authorities, is accused of...
  • Afghanistan massacre suspect named as Sgt Robert Bales

    03/16/2012 3:53:49 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 255 replies · 7+ views
    BBC ^ | 16MAR12 | N/A
    Senior US officials told the BBC the name of the suspect as he was heading back to the US to face charges. He is being flown to Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, from Kuwait. His lawyer, John Henry Browne, said on Thursday that the suspect was a 38-year-old man who had been injured twice while serving in Iraq. He also said the accused had witnessed his friend's leg blown off the day before the killings. That incident has not been confirmed by the US Army. The Taliban called off peace talks in the wake of Sunday's deadly rampage - in which...
  • Geraldo And Kilmeade Get Into..Argument Over Afghanistan: ‘They Will Never Evolve Into Americans’

    03/16/2012 11:37:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 16, 2012 | Alex Alvarez
    Geraldo Rivera stopped by the set of Fox & Friends early Friday morning, where he weighed in on the future of our war in Afghanistan — and entered into a heated debate with host Brian Kilmeade in the process. ....................................................... “Are we going to create an ‘Afghanistan, California’?” asked Rivera. “What are we going to do there?” “These are people,” he continued, “for whom the Holy Book is their whole lives, and the deaths of children is just a passing event.” “They will never evolve into Americans,” he added after Kilmeade asked what happens when the people we’ve been trying...
  • Afghan Soldier Killed a U.S. Marine Last Month, But Pentagon Didn’t Reveal the Treachery

    03/16/2012 10:50:39 AM PDT · by mykroar · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 16, 2012 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks, Marine officials said. Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province. The exact circumstances have not been disclosed, but the Dycus family has been notified...
  • This Pork Eating Crusader Patch Is A Huge Hit With Troops In Afghanistan

    03/16/2012 10:34:27 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | March 16, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    With tensions at an all time high in Afghanistan following the Koran burnings, the urination video, and the killing of 16 civilians attention is now falling on a long line of "Infidel" apparel and gear. Exhausted from how they feel they're being perceived, troops have taken to wearing patches and carrying items that label themselves infidels and offer translation in local dialect. In the Muslim world an infidel means literally "one without faith" who rejects the central teachings of Islam. tracked down Clayton Montgomery at Mil-Spec Monkey, a large online seller of infidel gear, who says his most popular...
  • Turkish soldiers die in Afghanistan helicopter crash

    03/16/2012 10:11:41 AM PDT · by BlackVeil
    The Guardian ^ | 16 March 2012 | anon
    A helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and two girls on the ground. It was by far the deadliest incident involving Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan – they have a non-combat role in the country – and came amid growing unease among Nato partner countries about the increasingly unpopular and costly war. The helicopter crashed into a house in the Bagrami district of Kabul. The Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said ...
  • The war that can't be won (new book about Afghanistan)

    03/16/2012 6:42:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2012 | Philip Jacobson
    After five years of reporting from the front-line in Afghanistan, experiencing much the same hardship and danger as the troops he accompanies, the acclaimed British documentary maker Ben Anderson has earned the right to pass personal judgment on a conflict he fears is destined to end disastrously. His brilliantly observed but troubling memoir, published shortly before six young British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb, pulls no punches, effectively accusing those in the West responsible for conducting the war of a shocking - some might say almost criminal - degree of self-deceit about what has really been achieved on...
  • APNewsBreak: New case of Afghan killing Marine (Happened last month)

    03/16/2012 5:58:59 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16 | Robert Burns
    Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province
  • Lawyer: Afghan suspect's friend had leg blown off

    03/15/2012 8:48:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 15, 2012 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers last weekend saw his friend's leg blown off the day before the rampage, his lawyer said Thursday. Seattle attorney John Henry Browne told The Associated Press that according to his client's family, the suspect was standing next to another U.S. soldier when that soldier was gravely injured.
  • Afghan Ambivalence (Oliver North)

    03/15/2012 7:34:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 16, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Four years ago, when then-Sen. Barack Obama was campaigning for president, he said of Afghanistan: This is "a war that we have to win." He also claimed, "The Afghan people must know that our commitment to their future is enduring because the security of Afghanistan and the United States is shared." But after three years of Obama's being commander in chief, it ought to be clear that he never really believed his own campaign rhetoric. Now, in the aftermath of recent setbacks, his words are further evidence of presidential ambivalence and uncertainty. None of this bodes well...
  • The Panjwai 16

    03/15/2012 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Daily News ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Yon
    The mass murder in Afghanistan was predictable. Twice in the past three weeks, I published that it was coming. Why was I able to write this with sad confidence? I’ve spent more time with combat troops in these wars than any other writer: about four years in total in country, and three with combat troops. About 200 coalition members have been killed or wounded from insider attacks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is tantamount to being Taliban and has not bothered to apologize. Instead, Karzai whips up anti-U.S. fervor at every opportunity. Twice, Karzai has threatened to leave politics and join...
  • Karzai Calls for U.S. Troop Pullback

    03/15/2012 3:03:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2012 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    KABUL—The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan suffered a double blow on Thursday, as President Hamid Karzai made a surprise demand that the U.S. and its allies pull their troops from villages into bases, and the Taliban said they suspended their negotiations with the U.S. Mr. Karzai's request, issued after a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul, demands a virtual end to the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan more than a year ahead of schedule, derailing U.S. military campaign plans just as the annual fighting season begins. The Afghan president made the move amid widespread outcry over the shooting...
  • Karzai wants US troops to pull back to military bases

    03/15/2012 8:22:08 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2012
    The United States encountered mounting challenges to its presence in Afghanistan Thursday, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the U.S. to pull back to military bases and the Taliban announced they were suspending tentative peace talks. The developments come after two incidents strained relations between the two countries -- the inadvertent burning of Korans on a U.S. base, and most recently a shooting spree that left 16 Afghan civilians dead. Afghan lawmakers expressed outrage after the U.S. soldier suspected in that massacre was flown out of the country to Kuwait.
  • Taliban bomb kills 13 women and children killed in Afghanistan. Where's the outrage!

    03/15/2012 6:50:01 AM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    vanity ^ | 3/15/2012 | Agence France-Presse
    Taliban bomb kills 13 women and children killed in Afghanistan. Where's the outrage! Why isn't this story on the media channels? I'v yet to see CNN, CBS, NBC or ABC report this.
  • Russia to offer air base to US for Afghan transit

    03/15/2012 12:59:29 AM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Newsday ^ | 3/14/2012 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    A new deal allowing the United States and its NATO allies to use a Russian air base for transit of troops and military cargo to Afghanistan would help ensure Russia's own security, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday. Sergey Lavrov said a plan to permit the U.S. and other NATO nations to use the base in the city of Ulyanovsk on the Volga River will soon be considered by the Russian Cabinet. If approved, the deal could help repair Russian ties with the United States, which have become increasingly strained over Washington's missile defense plans in Europe and the Syrian crisis....
  • Another reason Obama will lose in November: He's losing the war in Afghanistan

    03/14/2012 9:25:26 PM PDT · by I miss W · 14 replies
    Washington Post and others ^ | 3/15/2012 | I miss W
    The Post’s View Obama’s troubled handling of Afghanistan
  • 'Car Bomb' As Panetta Lands In Afghanistan

    03/14/2012 9:27:53 AM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 3 replies
    Skynews ^ | 3/14/12
    A suspected car bomb attack has taken place at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, Sky Sources have revealed. The explosion came as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew into Camp Bastion. It is believed that Mr Panetta was still landing or had landed at the time of the alleged attack, but it is not clear if he was a target. Sky's Stuart Ramsay said the explosion was caused when a vehicle drove on to the runway either during or after the landing. Sky Sources have been told the explosion was caused by the driver of the vehicle. An investigation has now...
  • AFGHAN INSANITY: Is Obama About to Offer U.S. Patriots as Sacrificial Lambs to Appease Islam?

    03/14/2012 6:21:59 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/14/2012 |
    An initial investigation into the case of five U.S. soldiers caught burning Qur’ans in Afghanistan found it to be nothing more than a mistake—that the servicemen unwittingly added the books into their routine trash pickup. Nonetheless, in retaliation, Afghan security forces turned on U.S. troops, killing six. And still, Barack Obama issued a diplomatic apology.
  • Lindsey Graham blasts Newt Gingrich on Afghanistan(Rino not happy about wanting out of Afghan)

    03/14/2012 5:11:08 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 23 replies ^ | Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/13/2012 | By Ed O'Keefe
    A clearly miffed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential candidates Tuesday to temper their remarks on U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, warning they run the risk of dividing the GOP and emboldening the Taliban. Graham, a vocal defender of military action in Afghanistan and previous operations in Iraq, said he was “very disappointed” with the former House speaker’s recent comments that the United States no longer has “the willpower or the capacity to do the things you have to do to fundamentally change” Afghanistan.
  • Officials call incident at Afghanistan airport an 'attempted attack' (SecDef)

    03/14/2012 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies ^ | 3/14/2012 | Foxnews
    A military source tells Fox News the strange incident on the tarmac Wednesday at Camp Bastion that occurred moments before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived via C-17 was an attempted attack.
  • Panetta visits Afghanistan: Hundreds of Marines unusually asked to disarm before he speaks

    03/14/2012 3:41:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | March 14, 2012 | Aliyah Shahid
    Hundreds of U.S. Marines were ordered by an American sergeant on Wednesday to disarm before entering a tent where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was set to speak during his trip to Afghanistan. No reason was given and U.S. officials tried to downplay the move. But the highly unusual security measure comes amid rising tension in the country after an American solider allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday. Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall told more than 200 Marines at Camp Leatherneck that they were to leave their weapons outside. Afghan troops had already been told that they, too, were not allowed...