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  • In Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat

    11/21/2014 6:50:34 PM PST · by John W · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year. Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision.
  • Biden Misstates Troops Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan By 47,000

    11/12/2014 8:18:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 12,2014 | Daniel Halper
    "Every day for the last six years, I ask my staff early in the morning to contact the Department of Defense to get a detailed report of the number of troops deployed, the number wounded, and the number killed.
  • Afghan officials walk away from Colorado training

    11/03/2014 8:20:59 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Fox 17 / AP ^ | 11-3-2014
    <p>AP material must be excerpted to 50% at all times.</p>
  • The Benghazi Brief – Ghosts Beyond The Wire

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

    11/07/2014 11:24:50 AM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    AFP/yahoo.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | Chantal Valery
    Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba) (AFP) - The United States is preparing to release more than a dozen Guantanamo detainees as President Barack Obama works towards his long-promised goal of closing the controversial military prison, an US defense official said Wednesday. The news comes the same day the Defense Department sent home one of two remaining detained Kuwaitis, bringing the total population at the jail on a US naval base in Cuba to 148. Fawzi al-Odah, 37 -- who spent nearly 13 years in US detention -- took off in a Kuwaiti government plane at 5:30 am (1030 GMT), Lieutenant...
  • Barack Obama Just Released Another Terrorist!

    11/07/2014 9:57:20 AM PST · by drypowder · 10 replies
    Conservitive Daily ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Joe Otto
    Fellow Conservative, This is just disgusting. A few days removed from a complete shellacking in the midterm elections, Obama has decided to stick his nose up at the American people and release another dangerous terrorist from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Fawzi al-Odah was one of the longest-held terrorists in GITMO. Instead of keeping him in Guantanamo where we know he can be stopped, the Obama administration released him back to Kuwait. Once home, al-Odah will be forced to spend a year in a Kuwaiti “militant-rehabilitation center,” however after six months he will become eligible for ‘parole,’ specifically more time...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • Hillary, Haqqani, Taliban and Bergdahl

    10/29/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    Founders' Code ^ | October 27, 2014 | Denise Simon
    Beau Bergdahl was a proven risk in Afghanistan going back as far as 2009, when more than once he left his post telling some in his unit he no longer believed in the American mission and wanted to do something else. A full (AR-15-6) investigation began then and remains classified. Bergdahl has a charge sheet and there is indisputable evidence that he willingly and with purpose left his base. It must be noted and remembered that at least 6 fellow soldiers died looking for Bergdahl and an unknown number to date were injured due to IED’s. So, it is important...
  • 92% of Marine Casualties in Afghanistan War Occurred Under Obama

    10/29/2014 6:27:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 102 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/29/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) -- As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com's database on casualties shows that 418 Marines gave their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, occurred since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. “U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27. “We lift off confident in the Afghans’ ability to secure the region,” said Army Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of the...
  • Don't Look Now, But the Marines and Brits Just High-Tailed it Out of Taliban Stronghold

    10/27/2014 10:25:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/27/2014 | BY COLUM LYNCH
    President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coalition's combat role in Afghanistan in preparation for ending the long war there next year. American and British combat operations formally came to an end in Helmand Province, one of the bloodiest theaters in the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and a primary focus of Obama's 2010 surge of tens of thousands of American reinforcements charged with beating back the revitalized insurgency. But there were no White House statements issued Sunday to commemorate...
  • Afghanistan to sign deal allowing American troops to stay after combat mission ends

    09/29/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    Fox News Online ^ | Sept. 29, 2014 | AP
    A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. John Podesta, speaking to a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, said he didn't know if newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would be the official signing the deal for Afghanistan. Podesta said he would sign it on behalf of the U.S. The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31.
  • Taliban kill 100 Afghans, behead 12

    09/26/2014 6:52:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Sky News ^ | 11:23 pm, Friday, 26 September 2014
    A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials say, as violence worsens with the withdrawal of US-led troops. This northern summer's fighting season has seen Taliban forces advance in several provinces, exploiting a political deadlock in Kabul over disputed presidential election results. The latest series of attacks have focused on Ajristan district in the eastern province of Ghazni, after offensives in recent months in Kandahar, Helmand and Logar provinces. 'The militants beheaded 12 civilians in four villages,' Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor...
  • Resurgent Taliban threaten US exit strategy for Afghanistan

    09/09/2014 10:01:16 AM PDT · by sunmars · 21 replies
    Channel 4 UK ^ | Alex Thomson
    In parts of Helmand province, the UK and the US lost more soldiers in the long Afghan war than any other Afghan area. Helmand – where the fighting was long and hard. Helmand – where so many lost limbs or were otherwise terribly mutilated in a long and now lost war by a Nato now thoroughly preoccupied with matters elsewhere. But 6 September the New York Times published an important report with the story Kabuli officials want to cover up and nobody anywhere near Nato would want to tell. They are saying more than 200 police officers and Afghan soldiers...
  • For Wisconsin National Guard members, worries mount over Iraq

    08/23/2014 8:59:41 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel ^ | August 23, 2014 | Meg Jones
    Camp Marmal, Afghanistan — It is said jokingly, but with an edgy nervousness. Wisconsin National Guard troops in Afghanistan wonder whether they'll get sent to Iraq next. Though President Barack Obama and military leaders say there will be only limited involvement in shoring up the country, soldiers are not so sure. "We talk about that all the time," said Spc. Jasen Pomroy, 44, of Baldwin. "I don't think we want to get into another one if we're trying to finish this one out. Where's it going to end?" Pomroy worked in a route clearance unit in Iraq in 2010-'11. Many...
  • U.S. general killed, 14 wounded in Afghan academy attack: officials (Update)

    08/05/2014 9:35:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/5/14 | HAMID SHALIZI AND JESSICA DONATI
    An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. general and wounded 14 coalition troops in a machinegun attack at a military training facility in Kabul, a top Western and senior Afghan official said on Tuesday. -snip- Seven other Americans and five British troops were among the wounded, according to the Afghan official. -snip- The gunman was using a light machinegun according to a U.S. official.
  • U.S. General Is Reportedly Killed by an Afghan Soldier

    08/05/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Matthew Rosenberg and Haris Kakar
    A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, an official of the American-led coalition and Afghan media reported Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. Their...
  • The Steady Stain of Oama's Incmpetence

    07/28/2014 7:31:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Mona Charen
    Email Print 0Comments An estimated 93,000 people have died in Syria's metastasizing civil war. Hundreds of thousands of that conflict's refugees strain resources and stability in neighboring countries. Iran continues its steady march toward nuclear weapons development. North Korea menaces its neighbors and episodically threatens to launch nuclear missiles at Los Angeles. Turkey, long lauded by Obama as a model for the region, is violently cracking down on peaceful demonstrators. Slow growth and high unemployment hobble the world's most advanced economies as growing bureaucracy and crippling debt take their toll. Islamist movements are making gains in Mali, Indonesia, Pakistan and...
  • Report says Pentagon has lost track of thousands of firearms given to Afghan forces [203,888]

    07/28/2014 6:42:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 28, 2014
    The Pentagon has been unable to locate more than 40 percent of the firearms it has provided to Afghan security forces at a cost of $626 million, according to a report by a government oversight agency made public Monday. The report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) states that the Defense Department's two information systems that track weapons sent to Afghanistan are full of errors. That has sparked fears that at least some of the weapons may be available on the black market, with militants among the potential purchasers. According to the report and an article in...
  • The Interpreters who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan, abandoned to die by US Govt.

    07/07/2014 9:58:40 PM PDT · by free_life · 33 replies
    ViceNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | Ben Anderson
    The interpreters who worked for American and NATO forces during the recent Afghanistan war are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role educating foreign troops about the local culture they so badly needed to understand, and sourcing intelligence. As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, the tens of thousands of Afghans who put their own and their families’ lives at risk, because they believed US promises would be fulfilled, should now be offered safe haven. Instead, a majority of the interpreters are being denied transit to the US, or left in limbo for years on end....
  • Bergdahl Wasn't Only Soldier to 'Walk Off' Afghan Outposts

    "At least a dozen guys just walked off their posts" in Afghanistan since 2009 for a variety of reasons, said an experienced soldier, one of four Afghan war veterans familiar with the incidents who spoke to ABC News. The other sources estimated the number could be more than a dozen.
  • U.S. vacates base in Central Asia as Russia's clout rises

    06/04/2014 10:02:20 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | June 3, 2014 | Olga Dzyubenko
    MANAS TRANSIT CENTER Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia's close ally Kyrgyzstan, as President Barack Obama winds down U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Moscow makes a comeback in its old imperial backyard. In a move aimed at pleasing its former overlord Russia, parliament in Kyrgyzstan voted a year ago to give Washington until July 11 to vacate the Manas Transit Center, which has served U.S. operations in Afghanistan since 2001. The base, at the main civilian airport in the former Soviet republic, moved more than 5.3...
  • Obama’s Ad Hoc Foreign Policy

    05/30/2014 8:43:42 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/29/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    His West Point speech and his policy of retreat are characterized by smallness. It is fitting that the day before President Obama gives his grand West Point address defending the wisdom and prudence of his foreign policy, his government should be urging Americans to evacuate Libya. Libya, of course, was once the model Obama intervention — the exquisitely calibrated military engagement wrapped in the rhetorical extravagance of a nationally televised address proclaiming his newest foreign-policy doctrine (they change to fit the latest ad hoc decision): the responsibility to protect, or R2P. (snip) For the same reason, perhaps, that the Afghan...
  • How Low Can the President Stoop?

    05/28/2014 8:16:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5-27-14 | Gary Schmitt
    Today in the Rose Garden, President Obama announced that he’s going to keep a little under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2014, half that number by the end of 2015, and will have all those forces out by the end of 2016. Putting aside the fact that this is the lowest number military advisors estimated was necessary to maintain training and some counterterrorism capability in country over not just one year but several, the decision to halve and then zero out those forces by 2016 is a reminder not only of how seriously unserious this president on strategic matters can...
  • Obama to Announce Plans to Seek to Leave 9,800 US Troops in Afghanistan (Live 2:45 p.m. EDT)

    05/27/2014 8:34:16 AM PDT · by kristinn · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Steve Holland
    U.S. President Barack Obama will announce plans on Tuesday to seek to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the end of this year, a senior administration official said.
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • White House Makes Big Mistake Involving Secret Identity of CIA Chief in Afghanistan

    05/26/2014 3:00:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 26, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    The White House made a big mistake over the weekend, accidentally revealing the name of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul in a prepared list of U.S. officials who were taking part in a briefing related to President Barack Obama‘s surprise visit to Afghanistan. After the White House caught the error, which named the individual as the “Chief of Station” — a label given to the CIA’s top spy in any given country — the agent was removed from the email and a revised list was distributed, the Washington Post reported. But before making the change, the official’s identity was...
  • Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Visit with U.S. Troops

    05/25/2014 9:42:37 AM PDT · by kristinn · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Steve Holland
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday for a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to meet with U.S. troops who are preparing to withdraw after nearly 13 years of war. Spirited out of Washington aboard Air Force One, Obama flew for more than 13 hours for the brief visit to Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in the country. The trip comes as Obama is buffeted by criticism at home that his handling of U.S. foreign policy has been too passive in dealing with crises from Syria to Ukraine...
  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit troops

    05/25/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fox News
    President Obama has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, Fox News has learned.
  • Obama is in AFGHANISTAN

    05/25/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 72 replies
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  • The Real Winner of the Afghan War Is This Shady Military Contractor

    04/27/2014 7:37:36 PM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/24/14 | jacob Seigel
    by Jacob SiegelApr 24, 2014 6:13 am EDT The State Department paid out $4 billion to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past. The State Department paid out $4 billion to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past. For over a decade, the State Department gave 69% of its funding for Afghanistan to a single company—a company with a particularly checkered history. Recruits of the Afghan National Army practice to fight, near Kabul, Afghanistan. (Ulrich Ladurner/laif/Redux) DynCorp, one of the...
  • Afghan security guard shoots dead 3 American doctors at hospital

    04/24/2014 4:08:27 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/2014 | AP
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the city this year. Two others, including an American nurse, were wounded, according to Afghanistan's Health Ministry. "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack at CURE Hospital," said a statement posted on the Embassy's Twitter page. "No other information will be released at this time." Afghanistan Minister...
  • Rumsfeld: U.S. Ties with Karzai 'Gone Downhill Like a Toboggan' Under Obama

    03/25/2014 8:44:53 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 25, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai."Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration," Rumsfeld told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Monday. "It has gone down hill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in."
  • Afghanistan’s Karzai Splits with US, Sides with Russia

    03/24/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by AU72 · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Last week, Taliban militants stormed into the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing nine including children. The Serena was one of most heavily secured buildings in Kabul. The attack there follows many Taliban attacks on Afghan civilians and US forces, as well as Afghan forces attacks on American troops there. But today, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai insists that “foreign intelligence agencies” are responsible for the Serena attack. The Afghan government held foreign agencies of intelligence responsible for an attack against a luxury hotel in this city that left nine fatalities and various injured. President Hamid Karzai’s management denied that groups...
  • In farewell to parliament, Karzai says Afghanistan doesn't need foreign troops

    03/15/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    .usnews ^ | March 15, 2014 | KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave
  • Sowell: Another Galling Betrayal

    02/17/2014 5:10:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Afghanistan government's recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists — as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair. If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan, it should be that we should put an end forever to the self-indulgence of thinking that we can engage in "nation-building" and creating "democracy" in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed. It...
  • 'I Didn't Join to Be Sacrificed': U.S. Troops Fed Up with Risky Afghanistan Strategy

    02/12/2014 2:10:53 PM PST · by drypowder · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11 Feb 2014 | Billy & Karen Vaughn
    U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States. Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable. Our best and brightest come home in body bags as politicians and...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Seize Taliban Ally’s Cash

    02/08/2014 2:08:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | february 7, 2014 | eli lake
    In the last 17 months since the U.S. government financially blacklisted the Haqqani Network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not a single dollar associated with the group has been blocked or frozen, according to U.S. officials and one of the Congressman who oversees the Treasury Department’s financial war on terrorism. But it’s not just the Haqqanis—an ally today in the Taliban’s fight against U.S. troops and the Afghan government—who seem to have been spared from America’s economic attacks. According to a Treasury Department letter written in late November, not a single dollar been seized from...
  • U.S. Aid to Afghans Flows On Despite Warnings of Misuse

    01/30/2014 1:12:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    New York TImes ^ | JAN. 30, 2014 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG and AZAM AHMED
    With billions of dollars in American aid increasingly flowing straight into Afghan government coffers, the United States hired two global auditing firms three years ago to determine whether Afghanistan could be trusted to safeguard the money. The findings were so dire that American officials fought to keep them private. But the money has continued to flow, despite warnings from the auditors that none of the 16 Afghan ministries could be counted on to keep the funds from being stolen or wasted. The problems unearthed by the auditors are detailed in a report to be published Thursday by the Special Inspector...
  • Afghanistan-US deal 'hinges on Taliban peace talks'

    01/25/2014 10:38:37 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 25 January 2014 | BBC
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reiterated his refusal to sign a key US security pact until a peace process is under way with the Taliban. "Afghanistan will absolutely not accept or sign anything under pressure," he said at a news conference on Saturday. [snip] "If the US is not willing to accept our conditions, they can leave anytime and we will continue our lives," he told reporters in the Afghan capital, Kabul.[snip] He called on the US to be a friend not a rival, but then compared them directly with colonial Britain in the 19th Century - imposing deals on...
  • Resurgent Afghanistan drug trade threatening US goals, Pentagon warns

    01/20/2014 6:34:59 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Jan. 20 , 2014 | Anna Mulrine
    In the sharpest warnings they have ever issued on the topic, Pentagon officials told Congress the growing opium trade is threatening the costly US war effort to build a stable Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan hints at spy link to Kabul attac

    01/20/2014 9:33:17 PM PST · by robowombat
    Al Jeezera ^ | 19 Jan 2014 20:52
    Afghanistan hints at spy link to Kabul attack Afghanistan's National Security Council suggests Pakistani intelligence services were behind restaurant bombing. Last updated: 19 Jan 2014 20:52 Afghanistan's National Security Council, which is chaired by President Hamid Karzai, has accused "foreign intelligence services" of being behind the deadly attack on a Kabul restaurant, in a veiled reference to Pakistan. Pakistan was the main supporter of the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and Afghan officials have long voiced suspicions about connections between the hardline movement and Islamabad's powerful intelligence services. "The NSC said such sophisticated and complex attacks are not the work...
  • Afghan president again demands US airstrikes end

    01/19/2014 10:27:02 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    Lexington Herald- Leader ^ | Jan. 19 , 2012 | AP
    Afghanistan's president says the U.S. can no longer carry out military operations or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban before his country signs a security deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
  • Deadly Attack at Kabul Restaurant Hints at Changing Climate for Foreigners

    01/18/2014 4:09:18 PM PST · by robowombat · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 18, 2014 | By AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    KABUL, Afghanistan — As country director for the International Monetary Fund, Wabel Abdallah spent years navigating the shoals of scandal in Afghanistan’s financial sector. Vadim Nazarov, a top political officer at the United Nations, dedicated himself over the past nine years to looking for a peaceful solution to the Afghan war. Dhamender Singh Phangurha, a British candidate in the coming elections for the European Parliament, was here on a consulting contract. All three happened to be dining Friday at a popular Lebanese restaurant in downtown Kabul, where they were among 21 people killed in an attack for which the Taliban...
  • Kabul restaurant attack: three UN staff and local IMF head among 21 dead

    01/18/2014 4:05:25 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Saturday 18 January 2014 11.03 EST | Conal Urquhart, Emma Graham-Harrison
    Link to video: Kabul restaurant attack: UN reaction to Taliban strike Two Britons and two Americans were among at least 21 people killed when a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked one of Kabul's most popular restaurants. The head of the International Monetary Fund's Afghanistan office and three UN staff of the were also killed in the attack on Friday evening, along with the Lebanese restaurant owner, several Afghans, and two Canadians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the well protected district in Kabul where most foreign workers live and work. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the...
  • Deadly Taliban raid targets Kabul restaurant

    01/18/2014 4:01:59 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Al Jeezera ^ | Last updated: 18 Jan 2014 21:52
    At least 21 people, including foreigners, killed in suicide assault in heavily fortified district of Afghan capital. At least 21 people - 13 foreigners and eight Afghans - were killed in an apparent Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in a heavily fortified area of Kabul. The assailants targeted Taverna du Liban, a Lebanese restaurant popular with expatriates and diplomats, in a neighbourhood of Kabul where many embassy buildings and offices of non-governmental organisations are located. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, strongly condemned Friday's attack through his spokesman, who said: "Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely...
  • IMF, UN officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    01/18/2014 3:58:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    (Reuters) ^ | Jan 18, 2014 | Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni
    Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack Reuters IMF representative killed in Kabul, Fund says Reuters 'No possible justification' for Kabul restaurant attack: US AFP [$$] Kabul Bombing Targets Foreigners The Wall Street Journal UN staff, US academic among 21 dead in Kabul attac - A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the International Monetary Fund's top representative in Afghanistan. Gunmen burst into the Lebanese restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself...
  • IG for Afghanistan paints grim picture of possible narco-criminal state

    01/15/2014 6:40:51 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Jan. 15 , 2014 | Chris Carroll
    U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan are in a “perilous state” despite billions of dollars spent to combat the spread of drug production there, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko told Congress on Wednesday. [snip] Poppy cultivation hit a record level in 2013, with 209,000 hectares, or about 516,000 acres, devoted to growing the picturesque red flowers that provide the base ingredient for opiate drugs, including heroin, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. That’s a 36 percent increase over 2012.
  • In blow to US relations, Karzai orders release of 72 detainees

    01/10/2014 12:52:10 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 9, 2014 | Kevin Sieff
    The Afghan government said Thursday it will release 72 high-profile detainees, a decision that defies pleas by U.S. officials and deals a massive blow to U.S.-Afghan relations just as the two countries attempt to complete a long-term security agreement. U.S. officials say the prisoners pose a threat to both Afghan security and American servicemembers based here, claiming their exoneration proves not only the dysfunction of the Afghan judiciary, but also the government’s inability to cooperate on even the gravest matters.
  • Afghanistan aircraft crash kills six US soldiers - Isaf

    12/17/2013 8:49:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/16/13 | Staff
    Six American soldiers have died in a crash involving an aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) says. The cause of the crash in Zabul is unknown and an investigation is under way, Isaf said. Initial reports indicated there was "no enemy activity in the area" at the time of the incident, a short statement said. US defence department officials confirmed the victims´ nationalities. The deputy governor of Zabul province told the Associated Press news agency that a Nato helicopter had crashed in the remote district of Shajau. It was not clear if he was referring to...
  • Obama’s Afghanistan Experts Stumped on U.S. Death Toll, War Costs During Hearing

    12/13/2013 7:57:09 AM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, December 12, 2103 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama’s brain trust on Afghanistan does not know much the U.S. spends on the war each year or the American cost in lost lives on the battlefield. This embarrassing lack of basic knowledge from State Department and Pentagon experts on Afghanistan at a House hearing Wednesday prompted even a Democrat to say he was stunned. The setting was the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Issue: Afghanistan and the transition to fewer U.S. troops post-2014. The witnesses: James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides...