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  • Western Journalist Killed in Afghanistan

    04/04/2014 3:47:54 AM PDT · by firebrand · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/4/14 | AP
    A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car. . . . yelled Allahu Akbar
  • Insurgent Attack Injures Afghan Civilians in Paktiya

    07/08/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    PAKTIYA, Afghanistan (July 8, 2011)– An insurgent mortar attack landed in a civilian populated area injuring eight Afghan civilians in Dand Patan district, July 3. At least 3 mortar rounds fired by insurgents resulted in severe injuries requiring medical evacuation. Coalition Special Forces operating near the incident provided first aid and called for a medical evacuation. Four young male children, a female child under the age of 2, one female adult, and two male adults were medically evacuated from the scene by coalition forces to a U.S. military hospital for treatment. The injured had severe shrapnel wounds to the head,...
  • Henry Kissinger: How to exit Afghanistan without creating wider conflict

    06/08/2011 11:46:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/8/2011 | Henry Kissinger
    The American role in Afghanistan is drawing to a close in a manner paralleling the pattern of three other inconclusive wars since the Allied victory in World War II: a wide consensus in entering them, and growing disillusionment as the war drags on, shading into an intense national search for an exit strategy with the emphasis on exit rather than strategy. We entered Afghanistan to punish the Taliban for harboring al-Qaeda, which, under Osama bin Laden’s leadership, had carried out the Sept. 11 attacks. After a rapid victory, U.S. forces remained to assist the construction of a post-Taliban state. But...
  • Karzai says US should reduce operations' intensity

    11/14/2010 7:01:28 AM PST · by John W · 24 replies
    AP ^ | November 14, 2010 | Deb Riechmann
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, especially night raids that fuel anti-American sentiment and could embolden Taliban insurgents. Karzai's remarks in an interview Saturday with The Washington Post come as the international military coalition has stepped up pressure on insurgents at the same time that the president has set up a peace council in hopes of reconciling with the top echelon of the Taliban. "The time has come to reduce military operations," Karzai said in the interview. "The time has come to reduce the...
  • India: A U.S. Promise on Afghanistan

    01/19/2010 9:15:44 PM PST · by cold start · 263+ views
    The Neyw York Times ^ | January 19, 2010
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India on Tuesday that the United States would not precipitously leave Afghanistan. A senior American defense official, quoting Mr. Gates, said that the defense secretary told Mr. Singh that “we intend to be in the region for a very long time.” President Obama has promised to begin troop withdrawals by July 2011. Mr. Gates and Mr. Singh talked about expanded cooperation between the two countries on military technology and cybersecurity. They also discussed China, whose growing influence in the region has increasingly concerned India’s leaders. Mr. Gates is in...
  • Afghan District Governor Hails Rebuilding Projects

    12/28/2009 4:03:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 181+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Joe Reney, USMC
    NOW ZAD, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2009 – Afghanistan’s Now Zad district governor, Sayed Murad Agha, greeted more than 100 local citizens of the once-abandoned market here Dec. 20. The rebuilding process for the Now Zad district has started, but there will be challenges, officials said. Agha surveyed the area, asked questions and addressed local Afghans’ concerns. He visited the medical facility where Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, provided care for local Afghans and spoke with local shopkeepers as he made his way through the district’s recently cleared streets. Although locals conveyed many concerns, Agha had some...
  • Rules of engagement killing U.S. soldiers

    12/13/2009 6:49:35 PM PST · by USALiberty · 79 replies · 2,468+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 13, 2009 | F. Michael Maloof
    New military rules of engagement ostensibly to protect Afghan civilians are putting the lives of U.S. forces in jeopardy, claim Army and Marine sources, as the Taliban learns to game plan based the rules' imposed limits. The rules of engagement, or ROEs, apply to all coalition forces of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Their enactment is in response to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's complaints over mounting civilian deaths apparently occurring in firefights. Despite the fact that the newly arrived U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, imposed the more restrictive ROEs to minimize the killing of...
  • Team Uses Afghan Airwaves to Counter Flu Misinformation

    12/01/2009 5:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 231+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne, USAF
    NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2009 – Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team servicemembers recently took to the airwaves to combat misinformation about the spread of the H1N1 flu virus here. Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, a senior medical officer for the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team, records a radio message on Radio Kalagush, a U.S.-funded Afghan radio station that broadcasts from Forward Operating Base Kalagush in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, educating locals about the H1N1 flu virus, Nov. 19, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, team senior medical officer...
  • Will Congresswoman Matsui Change Her War Tune?

    11/30/2009 3:32:41 PM PST · by hoguenews · 1 replies · 435+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 30, 2009 | Paul Smith
    If this is what she thought was a stupid idea when Bush was the president, I wonder what she will say about Obama tomorrow night when he explains why he is sending 35,000 of out men and women into Afghanistan? Will she come out now and embrace the same strategy that Bush used to win the war in Iraq or will she condemn it like she did on this video? Will she stand up for her own beliefs or tow the party line and go with the President? Will she flip flop now because her party holds the executive office,...
  • U.S., Canadian Defense Chiefs Answer Afghanistan Questions

    11/20/2009 3:25:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 20, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay met here today to discuss bilateral, hemispheric issues, but reporters’ questions afterward were all about Afghanistan. In their meeting, MacKay and Gates discussed building a maritime surveillance capability, defense issues in the Arctic and security cooperation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. But Afghanistan was in the background of all discussions. In his second-term inaugural address yesterday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that he wants to assume security control in his country by 2014, and Gates was asked if...
  • 15 reportedly killed in US-led Pakistan attack(US troops on Pakistani soil)

    09/03/2008 5:47:53 AM PDT · by milestogo · 6 replies · 166+ views
    15 reportedly killed in US-led Pakistan attack By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD The Associated Press Wednesday, September 3, 2008; 6:41 AM DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Women and children were among 15 people killed in an attack Wednesday involving U.S.-led forces in a Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan, officials and a resident said. 1st Lt. Nathan Perry, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, said it had "no information to give" about the alleged operation, while a spokesman for NATO troops there denied any involvement. The United States and Pakistan, allies in the war on terror, have had tensions...
  • The women of Kabul would tell us why British troops really are heroes

    08/23/2008 10:17:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 113+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th August 2008 | Liz Jones
    When I went to Kabul in the mid-Nineties, the Taliban was at the height of its powers. Young girls, if they went to school, did so in secret, in basements, big eyes full of fear. Young boys, even tiny ones, openly ridiculed women in the streets. Women were not allowed to be treated by male doctors; they were not allowed to venture out unless accompanied by a male family member. My first thought when those two planes flew into the Twin Towers was that perhaps now a dozing giant would be roused and something might be done about a part...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...06-08-08

    06/08/2008 1:48:42 PM PDT · by daisyscarlett · 38 replies · 90+ views
    Yahoo News Photos; Whitehouse.gov | Daisyscarlett
    President Bush returned to the White House today (presumably from Camp David). He was accompanied by Secretary of State Rice. First Lady Laura Bush made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday with an appeal to the international community not to abandon the war-torn country in the face of resurgent Taliban violence. President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Death of Jim McKay Laura and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Jim McKay. For a generation of Americans, Jim was more than the much-honored host of Wide World of Sports and ABC's Olympic coverage. He was a...
  • Two Polish soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

    02/27/2008 2:36:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 140+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | Februari 28 2008 | PAP news agency
    Text of report in English by Polish national independent news agency PAP Warsaw, 27 February: Two Polish soldiers died and one was injured on Tuesday [26 February] when their Humvee vehicle hit a roadside bomb near their base in Afghanistan, the Polish Defence Ministry has said. The explosive device blew up the vehicle some 3 kilometres from the Polish base in Sharana in the Paktika province, the ministry said. According to the report the wounded soldier's life is not in danger. The soldiers were returning to the base after a humanitarian mission when one of vehicles in a column drove...
  • All MEDEVAC Crews - AKA - DUSTOFF

    01/14/2008 7:32:06 PM PST · by maine-iac7 · 13 replies · 333+ views
    CJTF - 82 ^ | 14 January 2008 | CJTF-82 Operations
    In a scene all too familiar to US Servicemen past and present, a UH-60 MEDEVAC Helicopter, always call signed Dust-off, evacuates US Army Paratroopers and Afghan Army soldiers who were ambushed near Forward Operating Base Bella in November. The team of soldiers, comprised of Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, soldiers from the Afghan National Army, and two Afghan interpreters, had traveled less than 2 miles on foot to a nearby town of Aranas in the mountainous Nuristan Province. They set out early in the morning for what was supposed to be a positive and productive day of Shuras with...
  • Go big, go bold, and get it done

    11/23/2006 2:29:31 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 6 replies · 853+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canada) ^ | November 22, 2006 | Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie
    Tip-toeing won't work. We need another 30,000 NATO troops to protect Afghans while they get their country on its feet. In 1999, I was an outspoken critic of NATO's ill-conceived bombing campaign against Serbia/Kosovo. For anyone playing close attention to the events leading up to the campaign, it was pretty obvious that the independence- seeking Kosovo Liberation Army - which, according to the CIA, was a terrorist organization - and its retained U.S.-based, public-relations support had played the West like a Stradivarius. This culminated with NATO volunteering to be the KLA's air force. A few months after the negotiated end...
  • Indian soap opera transfixes Afghanistan(Some postpone their prayers.)

    05/25/2006 6:04:12 PM PDT · by samsonite · 7 replies · 465+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Wed 17 May 2006 | Sayed Salahuddin
    KABUL (Reuters) - Don't telephone an Afghan at 8.30 in the evening. Chances are, he or she will be settled down in front of the television for a daily fix of an Indian soap opera. And they won't want to be disturbed. The series "The mother-in-law was a daughter-in-law once too", or "Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" in its original Hindi, has transfixed the country. Men, women, young and old -- anyone, it seems, with access to a television -- is enthralled by the family drama. It centres on Tulsi, a young bride from a poor family who married because...
  • The Rise of Talibanistan

    03/06/2006 11:06:06 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 36 replies · 595+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | March 6 2006 | Bill Roggio
    The Taliban and al-Qaeda provided an embarrassing scene for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as President George Bush visited the country last week. Eager to demonstrate Pakistan’s commitment to fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas on the border with Afghanistan, the Pakistani military launched an offensive against a terrorist camp in Danda Saidgai, North Waziristan. The Islamists responded by murdering a U.S. diplomat in a suicide strike outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, as well as launching a counteroffensive against the seat of government in Miranshah, North Waziristan. The attack on the camp in Danda Saidgai...
  • Afghan clerics threaten Muslim holy war over Koran

    05/15/2005 2:08:19 PM PDT · by jb6 · 55 replies · 1,064+ views
    India Daily ^ | May 15, 2005
    A group of Afghan Muslim clerics threatened on Sunday to call for a holy war against the United States in three days unless it hands over military interrogators reported to have desecrated the Koran. The warning came after 16 Afghans were killed and more than 100 hurt last week in the worst anti-U.S. protests across the country since U.S. forces invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban for sheltering Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network. The clerics in the northeastern province of Badakhshan said they wanted U.S. President George W. Bush to handle the matter honestly "and hand...
  • Helicopter crashes, deaths reported (Afghanistan)

    04/06/2005 5:17:42 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 76 replies · 3,741+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 4/6/05
    A US military CH-47 Chinook helicopter has crashed in south-eastern Afghanistan, with officials saying the bodies of at least two Americans have been recovered from the wreckage. The US military had no official confirmation of the number of casualties from the accident in Ghazni province, US military spokeswoman Lieutenant Cindy Moore said. But provincial governor Asadullah Khalid said a number of people had died in the crash in Dah Khudaidad district, 2.5km south-west of the provincial capital, Ghazni city. "I went to the crash site," Mr Khalid said. "We took two bodies out of the helicopter. There were more than...
  • Forecasting the weather was sorcery to Taliban

    02/20/2004 6:44:50 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 43 replies · 667+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | February 20, 2004 | CP Staff
    KABUL -- Afghanistan's weather office is still strewn with rubble from the day in 1996 when Taliban supporters sacked it and put an end to weather forecasting, a science they considered sorcery. The main floor of the Afghanistan Meteorological Authority is filled with smashed equipment and charred sheets of paper, the remains of 100 years of weather records. Abdul Qadeer, head of the country's weather forecasting agency, explains that he is still reeling from the Taliban decree that he could deliver today's weather, but not the forecast for tomorrow. "They were allergic to the word 'prediction,' " Qadeer said of...
  • The Basics of the New Iraqi Constitution

    04/27/2003 7:57:47 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 55 replies · 3,152+ views
    United Press International ^ | 28 April 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Basics of The New Iraqi ConstitutionWhat are the essentials for the Iraqis to write a new constitution – one that has a chance of taking root in that beleaguered nation? First, we look at geopolitical realities. Some critics of nation-building in Iraq claim that it is "an artificial nation" with borders that were drawn "arbitrarily by colonial powers." Therefore, they conclude that it is unlikely to survive as a single nation. The critics ignore the fact that every nation in the world except Australia, New Zealand and Japan has at least one artificial international border, drawn as a result of...
  • The Greatest Generation?

    09/05/2002 5:32:43 AM PDT · by lycurgus21 · 3 replies · 169+ views
    lycurgius | Thursday, September 5th, 2002 | lycurgius
    Even if America's military had just as quickly lost in Afghanistan as it has now just won, the loss would be a righteous one in light of the brutal assault on The World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. If America makes mistakes along the way in eradicating terrorism, the American public and the international community should not forget it was because America was attacked.
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-War for End.Freedom 8/12/02 Kabul,Malakay,Belt El,Baghdad,Munich,Bandipore,Srinagar

    08/12/2002 3:20:49 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 22 replies · 484+ views
    Yahoo, Reuters, AP, many brave photographers | 8/12/02 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 8/12/02 Aghanistan, Kabul,Kandahar,Bagram,Malakay;Israel, Belt El, Bethlehem, Baart'a;Baghdad, Iraq; Munich Olympic Village; Cyprus;India, Bandipore, Malangam, Srinagar ==Bagram, Afghanistan == In Bagram, a family of heroes. Spc. Michael Thompson, and his daughter, Spc. Janieko Nance of Baton Rouge, La. == Kabul == In Kabul, at the airport, an Airbus-300B4 from the Indian government to Ariana Afghan Airlines. In Kabul, with memories of Northern Alliance hero Ahmad Shah Masood, the Ministry of Information and Culture demands the resignation of Afghan Information Minister Sayed Makhadom Rahen. == Kandahar == Near Kandahar, Air Force C-17 and Apache...