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  • Khost suicide bomb: Nato troops among dead in Afghan blast

    10/01/2012 1:03:54 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 Oct 2012 | anon
    A suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost has killed at least 13 people, three of them Nato soldiers, officials say. ...
  • Outrageous!… Obama Administration Blames “Friendly Fire” Attacks in Afghanistan on US Troops

    09/30/2012 5:41:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/30/12 | Jim Hoft
    This is unbelievable. The Obama Administration blamed the “friendly fire” attacks in Afghanistan on US troops. U.S. Army specialist Mabry Anders (L), who was killed in an attack by an Afghan army soldier in Afghanistan on August 27, 2012, is pictured with his mother Genevieve Woydziak (C) and his stepfather Troy Woydziak in this undated handout family photo obtained by Reuters September 26, 2012. The “insider attack” also took the life of another U.S. soldier, Sergeant Christopher Birdwell. (REUTERS/Anders Family) The New York Post reported, via Pat Dollard: Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers...
  • Afghan inside attack kills 2 Americans, 2 Afghans, marking 2,000 US troop deaths

    09/30/2012 5:48:54 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/30/2012 | ap
    An Afghan soldier turned his gun on American troops at a checkpoint in the country's east, killing two Americans and at least two fellow members of Afghanistan's army in a shooting that marked both the continuance of a disturbing trend of insider attacks and the 2,000th U.S. troop death in the long-running war, officials said Sunday. The string of insider attacks is one of the greatest threats to NATO's mission in the country, endangering a partnership key to training up Afghan security forces and withdrawing international troops. Saturday's shooting took place at an Afghan army checkpoint just outside a joint...
  • SFC Speer's Killer Leaves Gitmo ( to Canada )

    09/29/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 29, 2012 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    Omar Khadr has been sent from Guantanamo to Canada, after returning from the jihad in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Khadr is slated to stay in custody for the time being. It is difficult to think of a more mythologized figure in the post-9/11 war on terror. For the worldwide left, Khadr has become a symbol of all that is supposedly wrong with America’s fight against the al Qaeda terror network. He is now, in many minds, a victim. For one Canadian magazine, Omar Khadr is even a Christ-like figure. But let us briefly review the facts about Omar Khadr. Khadr killed...
  • FBI: Actor Ash Durrani threatened to kill flight passengers

    09/29/2012 2:45:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies ^ | September 28, 2012 | by Taylor Rios
    SNIPPET: "The FBI says that an actor threatened to kill flight passengers on a flight from Chicago Tuesday night. The plan was headed to Orange County and Arash "Ash" Durrani, 26, is going to appear in federal court Friday. Sources say that Ash Durrani was being unruly by pacing the aisles, demanding alcohol, harassing female passengers and threatening to kill people. According to the affidavit, the deranged model and actor yelled, "I'm from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you." This San Antonio Celebrity Examiner is just in shock. Did he say Afghanistan? Durrani was born in Alexandria, Virginia."
  • President of the Future: Unfortunately the rest of us have to live in Obama’s present

    09/29/2012 2:24:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 29, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>One of the reasons why Barack Obama is regarded as the greatest orator of our age is that he’s always banging on about some other age yet to come — e.g., the Future! A future of whose contours he is remarkably certain and boundlessly confident: The future will belong to nations that invest in education because the children are our future, but the future will not belong to nations that do not invest in green-energy projects because solar-powered prompters are our future, and most of all the future will belong to people who look back at the Obama era and marvel that there was a courageous far-sighted man willing to take on the tough task of slowing the rise of the oceans because the future will belong to people on viable land masses. This futuristic shtick is a cheap’n’cheesy rhetorical device (I speak as the author of a book called “After America,” whose title is less futuristic than you might think) but it seems to play well with the impressionable Obammysoxers of the press corps.</p>
  • A Bayonet Charge In Afghanistan

    09/28/2012 12:31:29 PM PDT · by sussex · 16 replies
    Shropshire Star ^ | 28/09/12 | Staff Reporter
    An heroic soldier from Shropshire, who led a bayonet charge over 90 yards of open ground in Afghanistan under a hail of enemy fire, was today awarded the Military Cross for his bravery.
  • Soldier honoured for bayonet charge on Taliban

    09/28/2012 8:52:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | Sep 28, 2012
    Soldier honoured for bayonet charge on Taliban Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment has been awarded the Military Cross for leading a bayonet charge under fire. 1:47PM BST 28 Sep 2012 Corporal Sean Jones, 25, of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, "reversed a potentially dire situation" when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year. The soldier, of Tern Hill near Market Drayton in Shropshire, was second-in-command of the patrol which was trying to draw out insurgents laying homemade bombs in Kakaran village, Helmand. As the patrol...
  • Advice From the Hindu Kush (Oliver North on Romney)

    09/27/2012 11:43:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creatots Syndicate ^ | September 28, 2012 | Oliver North
    EN ROUTE TO AFGHANISTAN — Dear Gov. Romney, It seems as if every pundit, campaign consultant and professor of political science has been on the air or in print lately, offering advice on how you can "jump-start," "turn around" or "reset" your presidential campaign. Most of them say that your best chance of "regaining momentum" will be during the upcoming presidential debates. Seeing as I will be in Afghanistan keeping company with our American heroes while you're debating their current commander in chief, this seems like a pretty good time to send you some of what I have heard them...
  • Army General Charged with Forcible Sodomy During Tour in Afghanistan

    09/27/2012 11:22:30 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    ABC OTUS News/Yahoo ^ | 9-26-12 | Luis Martinez
    An Army brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy, inappropriate relationships, and possessing alcohol and pornography while serving as a senior commander in Afghanistan earlier this year. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, a deputy commanding general of the 82 nd Airborne Division, faces a possible court martial over the charges handed down Wednesday. In May, Sinclair was sent home to the United States in the middle of his combat tour in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar as the deputy commander of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne. *snip* A news release by...
  • Fort Bragg Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair Facing Sodomy, Other Charges (Recalled from Afghanistan)

    09/26/2012 11:19:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 102 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Henry Cuningham
    A Fort Bragg brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy and other offenses involving sex, pornography and alcohol, Army officials said this morning. The Fayetteville Observer has been monitoring the case and learned of the charges this morning. Fort Bragg officials will hold a press conference this afternoon. "Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has been charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice," said Col. Kevin V. Arata, the 18th Airborne Corps public affairs officer. Charges include attempted violation of an order, violations of regulations by wrongfully engaging in inappropriate relationships and misusing a government travel...
  • America’s Dumbest War, Ever

    09/26/2012 9:12:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 26 September 2012 | Michael Yon
    Yesterday a concerned father forwarded to me a letter from his son in Afghanistan. I confirmed authenticity, and republish with permission: Dad, I am fed up. I cannot believe the lack of attention the recent changes in this war is receiving by the media or the country. I think I saw one thing on CNN about the following subject, but I had to dig extensively to find it. The purpose of this letter is to let you know of the garbage that our soldiers are going through right now. With this knowledge, I hope that you take action by writing...
  • Dead GI's email "heartbreaking"

    09/26/2012 8:55:50 AM PDT · by BerryDingle · 16 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Sep 26, 2012 | Howard Altman
    TAMPA -- Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton's letter from the combat zone helped turn a congressman against the war in Afghanistan. His letter to his wife from about the same time offers a glimpse into the experiences shaping his views of the war. In the letter, Sitton lashes out at his commanders, saying they were blaming their troops for failing to stop casualties. He wonders in his writing about why troops are even in Afghanistan. And he predicted the conditions his men were subject to would have ripple effects far beyond the battlefield. Complaining about an unnamed company commander, Sitton...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • The Basics of War and How the U.S. Went Wrong

    09/25/2012 3:46:18 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 49 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/24/12 | Col. Thomas Snodgrass (Ret)
    In view of the public frustration with a decade of largely unsuccessful U.S. war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the impending cuts to the U.S. military budget, there is an active debate at present as to what military strategy and force structure should be fashioned for the future. Unfortunately, many taxpayers and most politicians are totally illiterate when it comes to the subject of warfare. (Judging from the dismal results in the last ten years, a similar conclusion might to drawn concerning the U.S. officer corps.) In an attempt to fill this critical knowledge void and perhaps raise the level...
  • Obama striking out with vets

    09/25/2012 2:15:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PowerLine ^ | September 24, 2012 | Paul Mirengof
    One theme of my live-blogging of the Democratic Convention was the bid for the votes of veterans. On all three nights, the Democrats used vets and/or their family members to vouch for President Obama’s efforts on behalf of veterans. As I noted at the time, the Dems seemed to view veterans as another “victim” group to take care of. Fortunately, Team Obama’s pitch to veterans has so far fallen flat. As Politico puts it, “President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they’d prefer a new commander in chief.” Politico bases this conclusion on polling...
  • Economics of Peace

    09/24/2012 6:02:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | September 24, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    How would a free market entrepreneur approach Afghan foreign policy? After all, our politicians seem incompetent on foreign policy given the soaring suicide rate among active duty U.S. military personnel, increasing insider attacks against NATO troops by our Afghan “allies” and numerous civilian casualties. Capitalists have historically opposed war and embraced production as a means to freedom, prosperity and national security. So, it surprises me when self-described fiscal conservatives embrace a foreign policy of military interventionism. Indeed, George W. Bush opposed nation-building when he ran for president in 2001; he maintained that military interventionism neither fosters freedom abroad nor...

    09/23/2012 6:21:12 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 70 replies
    Diana West ^ | September 23, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    Below is an extraordinary, heart-stopping and historic letter. It is a letter SSG Matthew Sitton sent to U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young after his commanders in Afghanistan told him to "quit whining" about orders to lead patrols without objective "through, for lack of a better term, basically a mine field on a daily basis," as Sitton wrote. Twice daily basis, in fact. On August 2, 2012, Sitton and another US soldier were killed in one the IED-riddled field he spoke of. Eighty-one-year-old Rep. Young, who attends the same church in Florida as the Sitton family, this week announced he no...
  • Ancient site needs saving not destroying (Chinese to destroy Buddhist site for copper mine)

    09/23/2012 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 23, 2012 | Brent Huffman
    This site is called Mes Aynak and is nothing short of awe-inspiring: a massive walled-in Buddhist city featuring massive temples, monasteries, and thousands of Buddhist statues that managed to survive looters and the Taliban. Holding a key position on the Silk Road, Mes Aynak was also an international hub for traders and pilgrims from all over Asia. Mes Aynak is set for destruction at the end of December 2012. All of the temples, monasteries, statues as well as the Bronze age material will all be destroyed by a Chinese government-owned company called China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC). Six villages and...
  • Afghan Surge Ends: Not with a Bang but a Whimper

    09/23/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT · by radioone · 2 replies
    American Interest ^ | September 21, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan, which began in 2009, ended this week. As the Times aptly notes, the conclusion of one of Obama’s biggest military endeavors has come and gone with little fanfare. The president is doubtless happy about this, as the mission has been far from an unqualified success: The milestone, which still leaves 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan, went nearly unremarked here, with no statement from President Hamid Karzai or the United States military commander, Gen. John R. Allen, or even from the American ambassador. It was announced on the other side of the planet, by the...
  • Military Documents Detail Life At Guantanamo (More Classified Documents Leaked)

    04/24/2011 7:12:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | Sunday, April 24, 2011 | Dina Temple-Raston, Tom Gjelten and Margot Williams
    Thousands of pages of previously secret military documents about detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison now put a name, a history and a face on hundreds of men in captivity there. The documents include details on 158 men on whom no information has ever been released. The hundreds of classified documents - marked "secret" and "noforn" meaning the information is not to be shared with representatives of other countries - are assessments, interviews and internal memos from the Pentagon's Joint Task Force at Guantanamo. The task force was supposed to determine who the detainees were, how they might be connected...
  • 'Welcome home!' Kid Rock surprises wounded war veteran and his wife with new home

    08/20/2012 8:52:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    A wounded war veteran and his wife received an emotional surprise when entering a model home and discovering not only their friends and family inside, but musician Kid Rock as well. Standing before Sgt Davin Dumar and his wife Dana, the musician greeted the couple as they entered what will be a mirror image of the home he plans to help build for them.
  • CNN Breaking: U.S. official: Afghanistan surge over as last of extra troops leave country

    09/20/2012 7:13:13 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/20/2012
  • Obama Slides Taliban Lawyer Into Top Spot At Justice Department

    09/20/2012 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Sept. 19, 2012
    A lawyer who came to prominence for his full-throated defense of a subsequently convicted terrorist was quietly promoted to the No. 3 slot at the Department of Justice last month, a post that puts him in charge of the administration’s policy regarding Guantanamo Bay detainees. The move has raised red flags on Capitol Hill and elsewhere among national security stalwarts who argue that the promotion could imperil the country’s longstanding war on terrorism.
  • Last US surge troops out of Afghanistan

    09/20/2012 6:49:42 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 20, 2012 | Lolita C. Baldor
    Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. officials said Thursday. The withdrawal, which leaves 68,000 American forces in the warzone, comes as the security transition to Afghan forces is in trouble, threatened by a spike in so-called insider attacks in which Afghan Army and police troops, or insurgents dressed in their uniforms, have been attacking and killing U.S. and NATO forces. And it's called into question the core strategy that relies on NATO troops working...

    09/20/2012 8:49:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 30 replies
    Drudge ^ | September 20, 2012 | Various "reporters"
    IRAN: Hundreds chant 'Death to France,' 'Down with the U.S.'...IRAQ: PM condemns U.S. over YOUTUBE anti-Islam film...INDONESIA: U.S. consulate shut for second day amid protests...AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds chant anti-American slogans...(US EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN UNDER SIEGE)
  • Useful Idiots (Oliver North on Obama, MSM & terrorists)

    09/20/2012 3:25:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 21, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Ever since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, the Obama White House has sought to lay blame for deadly and destructive anti-American attacks in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and more than two dozen other countries on someone else. The O-Team — and the perpetrators — have had a lot of help from the "useful idiots" in the mainstream media. The disinformation campaign being waged by the Obama administration over the cause of this violence would be comedic but for the fact that six Americans have been killed and dozens have been injured. From the perspective...
  • Soldier has baby on the birth after Taliban raid

    09/19/2012 5:29:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-19-12 | Ian Drury, David Williams
    Complete title: Soldier has baby on the frontline: Doctors sent from the UK as Army girl - who didn't even know she was pregnant - gives birth after Taliban raid ### Royal Artillery gunner who was deployed with the 12th Mechanised Brigade gives birth to baby five weeks premature Fijian soldier had passed her pre-deployment training, including an eight-mile march and five-mile run, without realising she was pregnant British Army handbook editor says top brass will need to 'start thinking very, very carefully' about how female soldiers are tested before deployment *snip* The woman had a son in Camp Bastion...
  • US Army's only African-American woman helicopter pilot killed in Afghanistan

    09/19/2012 1:55:46 PM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 12 replies
    Internet ^ | 9-19-12 | Mwakilishi
    A Kenya native enlisted in the United States Army died on Wednesday, September 5th in a helicopter crash while serving in the Afghanistan war. Thalia Ramirez Moll, 28, who is half Kenyan and half Puerto Rican, was an army pilot and was flying a Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter before it crashed in the Pul-e Alam district of Logar Province in Afghanistan.
  • Prince Harry got extra protection after Taliban attack on his base in Afghanistan

    09/18/2012 5:06:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:42 AM
    Prince Harry at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan on September 7. LONDON — Britain's defense secretary says Prince Harry got extra protection when the Taliban attacked his base in Afghanistan last Friday. Philip Hammond says the prince, a helicopter pilot, was moved to a secure position once it was clear that the perimeter of Camp Bastion had been breached. In an interview with the BBC Monday night, Hammond said: "He is serving there as an ordinary officer but clearly there are additional security arrangements in place that recognize that he could be a target himself specifically as a result of who...
  • Afghanistan: When the Moon Sets, Watch Out (Michael Yon)

    09/18/2012 10:50:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 18 September 2012 | Michael Yon
    Last Friday night, the moon phase left Afghanistan in near total darkness. Even with clear skies, the enemy knew that at the brightest moment, the moon would only appear as an irrelevant orange sliver. Such times are called “red illumination,” or “red illum.” Planning calendars in Afghanistan highlight periods of red illum because they hamper aviation. Even though this is the year 2012, and the Curiosity Rover is beaming images from Mars more than four decades after astronauts first trod on the lunar surface, the moon phase remains important when planning operations. The moment that the nighttime attack on Camp...
  • Paul Flynn is thrown out of Commons for calling Philip Hammond a 'liar'

    09/18/2012 8:16:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Rosa Prince
    Paul Flynn is thrown out of Commons for calling Philip Hammond a 'liar' Paul Flynn has been suspended from the House of Commons after accusing defence ministers of 'lying' about events surrounding the deaths of soldiers in Afghanistan. By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor 3:42PM BST 18 Sep 2012 Comments1 Comment The Labour MP was ordered to leave the Chamber and suspended from the Commons for 24 hours after comparing statements given by Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, and his ministerial team to the First World War when "politicians lied and soldiers died". John Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons,...
  • ISAF Provides More Details on Camp Bastion Attack (15 Taliban Infiltrated in U.S. Army Uniforms)

    09/15/2012 7:09:15 PM PDT · by kristinn · 63 replies
    Department of Defense ^ | Saturday, September 15, 2012
    From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2012 – International Security Assistance Force officials are providing additional details about the Sept. 14 attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in which two coalition service members were killed when insurgents attacked the base’s airfield. Because it is still early in the investigation of this attack, information is subject to change as new details become available, officials said. The attack commenced just after 10 p.m., officials said, when approximately 15 insurgents executed a well-coordinated attack against the airfield on Camp Bastion. The insurgents, organized...
  • Suicide bomber in Afghan capital kills at least 9

    09/18/2012 12:49:37 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 18, 2012
    <p>A spokesman for an Afghan militant Islamist group says members carried out a suicide attack near Kabul airport that killed at least nine people in reprisal for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.</p> <p>Haroon Zarghhon claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack near Kabul airport in an email to The Associated Press. He said the attack was carried out by a 22-year-old woman named Fatima.</p>
  • Marine Attack Squadron loses eight Harrier jets

    09/17/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT · by Daus · 58 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 9/16/2012 | David Cenciotti
    Marine Attack Squadron loses eight Harrier jets in worst U.S. air loss in one day since the Vietnam War On Friday Sept. 14, at around 10.15 p.m. local time, a force of Taliban gunmen attacked Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province, the main strategic base in southwestern Afghanistan.About 15 insurgents (19 according to some reports), wearing U.S. Army uniforms, organized into three teams, breached the perimeter fence and launched an assault on the airfield, that includes the U.S. Camp Leatherneck and the UK’s Camp Bastion, where British royal Prince Harry, an AH-64 Apache pilot (initially believed to be the main target...
  • Important From Afghanistan (Report: Ops suspended, ISAF to separate from Afghans)

    09/17/2012 6:42:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012 | Michael Yon
  • Four US Troops Killed in Afghan Inside Attack; 8 Coalition Troops Killed in 3 Days

    09/17/2012 2:10:44 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    Four American service members were killed by an Afghan policeman early today, the third attack on coalition forces in three days, bringing the death toll in the recent violence to eight. The attacks -- two "green on blue" incidents and an assault on a coalition base by 15 Taliban fighters -- come as tensions flared across the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film that was produced in the United States. In the latest attack, an Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan before dawn. Four U.S. soldiers were killed before the...
  • Afghanistan: Two Dead [US Service members] In Camp Bastion Attack

    09/14/2012 3:11:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Militants armed with rockets have attacked the main Allied military base in Afghanistan, leaving at least two people dead and a number of others hurt. The perimeter of Camp Bastion was breached as it was hit by small arms fire and there was major damage to buildings, an aircraft hangar and several military jets. The two soldiers killed are thought to have been US Marines. This facility is often subject to indirect fire, but officials in Afghanistan say the damage that has resulted is far more severe than normal. The attack was launched in the US area of the base.
  • Taliban Attack Kills Two U.S. Marines, Destroys Six Jets

    09/16/2012 6:09:54 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 46 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/16 | nathan hodge
    <p>KABUL—The Taliban's weekend assault on a major coalition base was one of the most determined and effective ever seen in Afghanistan, according to details released Sunday, destroying six U.S. combat jets and damaging two others.</p> <p>In addition to the Taliban strike, which killed two U.S. Marines Friday night, two separate insider attacks by Afghan service members claimed the lives of six coalition troops. A lethal coalition airstrike, meanwhile, threatened to raise additional tensions in the country, amid reports of civilian casualties.</p>
  • Attackers in Afghanistan wore US uniforms

    09/16/2012 3:39:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Coalition military authorities in Afghanistan say the insurgents who attacked a British airfield in southwestern Afghanistan on Friday, killing two U.S. Marines, wore U.S. Army uniforms and destroyed six Harrier fighter jets.
  • Afghan inside attack kills 4 US troops, report says

    09/16/2012 3:19:35 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 16 Sept 2012 | Associated Press
    " At least one Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday, killing four American service members before escaping, according to Afghan and international officials. It was the third attack by Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms against international forces in as many days, killing eight troops in all."
  • Prince Harry Safe in Terror Attack

    09/15/2012 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/9/12 | Uzi Baruch
    Taliban armed with suicide vests, guns and rockets stormed a heavily fortified airfield in Afghanistan where Prince Harry is deployed, killing two U.S. Marines and attacking aircraft in a major security breach. The militia, which is leading a 10-year insurgency against 117,000 NATO troops, said it carried out the assault to avenge a U.S.-made film deemed insulting to Islam that has sparked deadly riots across the Middle East and North Africa. The attack on Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province, one of the toughest battlegrounds of the war, started at 10:15 pm (1745 GMT) on Friday, said U.S. Army Major...
  • Taliban not wild about Harry (The Prince was a specific target)

    09/15/2012 7:19:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    The BBC is reporting that a recent Taliban attack in Afghanistan had a very specific target in mind… Prince Harry. Prince Harry was at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan during an assault by the Taliban which killed two US marines.American officials said small arms, rockets and mortars were used to attack the perimeter of the British base, home to troops from several countries…Nato told Reuters news agency that the prince “was never in any danger”.Prince Harry, who is marking his 28th birthday, is in Afghanistan for four months on his second tour of duty. As a member of the Royal family...
  • Two more soldiers shot, killed in Kabul by man dressed as a cop

    09/15/2012 6:39:22 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    Fox News Live | 9/15/12
  • Iran Eyes Afghanistan: Iranians planning to fill U.S. vacuum after pullout

    09/13/2012 2:58:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2012 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is hoping to increase its presence in Afghanistan after American and foreign troops “pull out” of the battle-weary country, according to Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi. Iran is hoping to extend “aid and assistance” to Afghanistan, including providing help with “the construction of infrastructure projects,” Salehi said this week, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency. The remarks make it clear that Iran is continuing to flex its political muscle in the region as Western forces depart Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. experts have expressed concerns about reports that Iran has clandestinely increased its military presence in Iraq by establishing...
  • Hijacked Airliner lands in Aftganistan..... what if???? (1999 FR thread excerpt)

    09/11/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT · by piasa · 7 replies
    FREEREPUBLIC.COM ^ | 12/24/1999 20:20:12 PST by LYNXcry | LYNXcry
    Please forgive the vanity post, BUT I just had a terrible thought....I just heard that the hijacked airliner has landed in of all places, Aftganistan.... Is that not the home turf of Osama Bin Laden?? Remember the movie a few years back where terrorists hijacked a 747 with the intentions of crashing it into New York city or some other big city??? If Bin Laden wanted to creatate a major catastrophe, that would surely do it. I suppose the military could shoot it out of the sky, but how do they insure where it is going to land, or that...
  • Stephens: Eric Holder's Gritted Teeth (Calls Off Investigation into CIA "Torture")

    09/11/2012 2:46:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/10/2012 | Brett Stephens
    It must be tough on the left, not being able to trash John Durham. Mr. Durham, recall, is the special prosecutor appointed in 2008 by then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate allegations that the CIA had illegally destroyed videotapes of CIA detainee interrogations. The prosecutor's mandate was expanded in 2009 by current Attorney General Eric Holder to look into allegations that CIA officers and contractors had abused and, in some cases, tortured and killed, as many as 101 detainees thought to have been in U.S. custody. [....] What followed was an investigation that led to one exoneration after another. No...
  • Rep. ROHRABACHER (1999) -- How the Clinton Administration brought the Taliban to power

    09/28/2001 7:01:18 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 43 replies · 2,520+ views
    Senate testimony | April 14, 1999 | Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
  • Afghan Taliban threaten to kidnap and kill Prince Harry

    09/10/2012 11:43:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2012 | Staff
    The Afghan Taliban said on Monday they were doing everything in their power to try to kidnap or kill Britain's Prince Harry, who arrived in Afghanistan last week to fly attack helicopters. Queen Elizabeth's grandson is in Afghanistan on a four-month tour, based in Camp Bastion in the volatile Helmand province, where he will be on the front line in the NATO-led war against Taliban insurgents. "We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location.
  • The Lion Prowls in Afghanistan

    10/04/2006 6:10:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 23 replies · 773+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | 10/04/06 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “What I want to say is that he was never an extremist, neither in his private nor political life. He believed that a modern moderate Islam could work in Afghanistan. He said that the extreme left or right failed in Afghanistan, since both had neglected the needs of the people. Therefore, we could not govern Afghanistan like any traditional Muslim country.” -Ahmad Wali Massoud regarding Ahmed Massoud Shah of the Northern Alliance. In 1996, funded financially and backed morally by their allies in Pakistan, the Taliban (”Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement”) emerged as the prominent force in Afghanistan after the...