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  • Operation Enduring Freedom

    09/18/2010 8:09:43 AM PDT · by Michael Zak
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | September 18, 2010 | Michael Zak
    A week after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress authorized the Commander-in-Chief to use military force against those who "planned, authorized, committed, or aided" the attacks. The Taliban regime had made Afghanistan a base of operations for al Qaeda, and Republican President George W. Bush ordered attacks against terrorist havens in that country. Airstrikes began on October 7, 2001, followed later by ground troops. The U.S. military, together with forces from Britain and other allies, destroyed terrorist camps and ousted the Taliban, liberating 27 million people from Taliban oppression, including giving girls the opportunity to attend school and...
  • Wikileaks Releases U.S. Afghanistan War Files; Partners With NY Times, UK Guardian, Der Spiegel

    07/25/2010 2:51:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 193 replies · 6+ views
    Sunday, July 25, 2010 | Kristinn
    Read reports on the files at:Der SpiegelThe New York TimesThe GuardianIntro by Der Spiegel:Close to 92,000 US documents have been uncovered that shed new light on the war in Afghanistan. In an unprecedented development, close to 92,000 classified documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan have been leaked. SPIEGEL, the New York Times and the Guardian have analyzed the raft of mostly classified documents. They expose the true scale of the Western military deployment -- and the problems beleaguering Germany's Bundeswehr in the Hindu Kush. A total of 91,731 reports from United States military databanks relating to the war in...
  • Deployed B-1 reaches 10,000 flight-hour milestone

    07/14/2010 8:03:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Air Combat Command ^ | 7/13/2010 | Senior Airman Spencer Gallien
    B-1B Lancer achieved 10,000 flight hours here, June 12. After 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit professionals braved temperatures in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit preparing the aircraft for the flight, the aircrew stepped in and performed the milestone mission, despite an 18-hour duty day. "The tremendous amount of man-hours spent maintaining the B-1 and the sacrifices the maintainers endure away from their families, working extremely long hours in austere locations, has facilitated this historic event," said Master Sgt. Mathias Stewart, 34 AMU Airframe Powerplant General B-1 flight chief. "I am an extremely big fan of all maintainers, especially the crew chiefs...
  • USS Eisenhower, 'critical component' in anti-Taliban fight

    05/31/2010 12:38:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 468+ views
    AFP via Space War ^ | 5/30/2010 | AFP via Space War
    The planes coming in from missions over Afghanistan for a night landing touch down with a thud, the runway so short and narrow that there is no room for error. It's the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a US Navy aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea that provides air support for coalition forces fighting Islamic Taliban militants in Afghanistan. The floating airport, or the "city at sea" as its captain Dee L. Mewbourne likes to call it, provides nearly a third of air missions against the Taliban. "We are providing almost daily support to the Operation Enduring Freedom...
  • Afghan War a Subset of U.S. Efforts to Secure Central Asian Energy Riches

    12/10/2009 12:36:27 PM PST · by staffjam · 11 replies · 597+ views
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01/10/2009 | John CK Daly
    Operation Enduring Freedom, on Oct. 7 will begin its ninth year. At $4 billion per month, a National Priorities Project has determined that the total cost of military operations in Afghanistan by the end of the year will be almost $200 billion. Thoughtful American taxpayers may ask why the Obama administration has not only embraced the Central Asian ground war that it inherited from Bush, but is seeking to expand not only the U.S. military footprint, but subject its NATO allies to contribute more troops and funding as well. Shorn of post 9/11 patriotic and fervor against the perpetrators of...
  • Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort

    11/27/2008 1:26:22 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 42 replies · 1,454+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Nov 2008 | Alex Spillius
    The President-Elect's intention to shift the focus of the fight against terrorism to Afghanistan has been bolstered by Robert Gates agreement to stay on as Defence Secretary. Mr Gates is a strong believer in an Afghan surge, which would not only put thousands more boots on the ground but involve negotiations with malleable branches of the Taliban. It would also aim to boost co-operation with Iran and Pakistan where some elements have supported the anti-Western insurgency. The need for more US troops in addition to the 32,000 already serving, has been accelerated by the Afghan presidential election in September 2009,...
  • A Sober Assessment of Afghanistan (50% spike in attacks in April)

    06/15/2008 6:58:08 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 15 replies · 138+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, June 15, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson
    The outgoing top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said Friday that attacks increased 50 percent in April in the country's eastern region, where U.S. troops primarily operate, as a spreading Taliban insurgency across the border in Pakistan fueled a surge in violence. In a sober assessment, Gen. Dan K. McNeill, who departed June 3 after 16 months commanding NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, said that although record levels of foreign and Afghan troops have constrained repeated Taliban offensives, stabilizing Afghanistan will be impossible without a more robust military campaign against insurgent havens in Pakistan. The Taliban is "resurgent...
  • To bring peace to the Afghans, talk to the Taleban

    04/20/2008 7:59:02 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 23 replies · 216+ views
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | 20 April 08 | Michael Yon
    Planes, Trains, Armored Trucks, and Afghanistan Instead of “planes, trains, and automobiles,” my trip from western Nineveh to Mosul, to Erbil, to Vienna, to Stuttgart, to Atlanta, to El Paso, and then to Florida was much more interesting. It included helicopters, armored pickup trucks, trains, buses, cars and numerous jets. And the “fun” has just begun. After Florida there will be Washington, D.C., and then back to the war. As always, I beg forgiveness for the great difficulty I have responding to emails. In addition to all the travel there is also the endless homework. A big challenge has been...
  • US rejects Italy's call to withdraw from Afghanistan

    07/25/2007 2:34:27 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 418+ views
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday rejected Italy's call to end the US military mission in Afghanistan over what Rome termed "morally unacceptable" civilian casualties. Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema had told a parliamentary committee that lack of coordination between US and NATO-led international forces are to blame for civilian deaths. But US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack blamed the enemy for the civilian casualties. "Taliban forces, Al-Qaeda forces, will very often use innocent civilians, including children, as human shields with the thought that that will prevent an attack," he said. McCormack said the US mission,...
  • SLAY THREAT BY TALIBAN

    06/25/2007 8:06:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies · 404+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2007 | Reuters
    SLAY THREAT BY TALIBAN Reuters June 25, 2007 -- KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban says it will kill 18 Afghan mine-clearing experts if an investigation shows they're working for U.S.-led forces, officials and the insurgents said yesterday. The 18 "deminers" were taken captive at gunpoint, along with four mine-sniffing dogs on Saturday.
  • When mommy goes off to war, it's rough on kids [sickening]

    11/29/2006 8:36:31 AM PST · by XR7 · 301 replies · 4,932+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/28/06 | Donna St. George
    HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — When they called her name, she could not move. Sgt. Leana Nishimura intended to walk up proudly, shake the dignitaries' hands and accept their honors for her service in Iraq — a special coin, a lapel pin, a glass-encased U.S. flag. But her son clung to her leg. He cried and held tight...T.J. was 9, her oldest child, and although eight months had passed since she had returned from the war zone, he was still upset by anything that reminded him of her deployment... The faraway move to live with his grandmother. The months that...
  • Army monitors soldiers' blogs, Web sites

    10/29/2006 6:49:04 PM PST · by World_Events · 27 replies · 894+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/29/06 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. - From the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to here at home, soldiers blogging about military life are under the watchful eye of some of their own. A Virginia-based operation, the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell, monitors official and unofficial blogs and other Web sites for anything that may compromise security. The team scans for official documents, personal contact information and pictures of weapons or entrances to camps. In some cases, that information can be detrimental, said Lt. Col. Stephen Warnock, team leader and battalion commander of a Manassas-based Virginia National Guard unit working on the operation....
  • The West is Running Out of Time in Afghanistan

    10/18/2006 8:34:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies · 1,421+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | October 17, 2006 | Michael Scheuer
    NVM: Modules     Volume 3, Issue 40 (October 17, 2006) | Download PDF Version The West is Running Out of Time in Afghanistan By Michael Scheuer From all observables, the Taliban insurgency is spreading from its deeply rooted base in southern and southeastern Afghanistan to provinces in the west and east. In addition, several Islamist insurgent organizations active during the 1979-89 jihad against the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan—the "old mujahideen"—have allied themselves with the Taliban. Among the more important and militarily powerful of these long-established groups are Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e-Islami and the forces of Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani,...
  • US Army Watching Blogs (new unit watching for Operational Security violations on soldier websites)

    10/18/2006 8:09:54 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 11 replies · 826+ views
    Blackfive ^ | Wendnesday October 18th, 2006 | Matt Currier Burden
    US Army Watching BlogsPosted By Blackfive Note: One reason that I wanted "The Blog of War" published was to preserve several excellent military blogger entries from blogs that were either shut down by the military or the author decided to shut down in order to avoid trouble with the military (The Questing Cat, Armor Geddon, Training For Eternity, This Is Your War, A Day in Iraq, etc.).  This topic is a difficult one for me to navigate.  I hope this post effectively describes what I think about monitoring milblogs. I just spoke to an *ackk!!!* AP reporter who talked with...
  • Rumsfeld Reflects on Successes, Challenges, On Enduring Freedom Anniversary

    10/07/2006 5:20:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 216+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld reflected today, the fifth anniversary of the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, on successes already achieved in Afghanistan and those under way, noting that “the trajectory is a hopeful and promising one.” Writing an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, Rumsfeld recalled five years ago today, when President Bush announced the mission, designed to disrupt and destroy al-Qaeda operations in Afghanistan and the regime that had harbored and supported Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. “It was never going to be an easy mission. Afghanistan was among the world's poorest nations, with little...
  • Nation Marks Fifth Anniversary of Enduring Freedom, Terror War

    10/06/2006 5:04:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 354+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2006 – Five years ago tomorrow, America was still stinging from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as it began striking back in the global war on terror. President Bush appeared on national television to inform the American people he’d unleashed U.S. military might against the enemy. Land-based bombers and Navy strike aircraft from carriers launched Operation Enduring Freedom shortly after 12:30 a.m. Eastern time on Oct. 7, 2001, attacking al Qaeda training camps and Taliban military bases in Afghanistan. In addition, U.S. and British ships and submarines launched about 50 Tomahawk missiles. Bush ordered the air strikes...
  • TO HONOR A YOUNG MAN: YOUNG TEENAGER SENDS OVER 1000 BOXES TO TROOPS IN IRAQ

    09/28/2006 5:25:48 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 32 replies · 1,525+ views
    various | 09/28/06 | RaceBannon
    This is the kid we have been helping send boxes to the troops, http://www.capecodcares4thetroops.com He has surpassed 1000 boxes on his own and has been taking care of our Marines and others,send this far and wide and see if we can get him in the segment.......
  • The Second Big Lie

    09/27/2006 8:24:50 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 21 replies · 1,664+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 27 September 06 | Christopher Holton
    I had to laugh. Watching Clinton scold, and wag that bony finger again on television, brought back fond memories of The Big Lie. Every time he lies, he gets self-righteous, angry, red-faced and in-your-face as he was with Chris Wallace of FoxNews, who merely asked Himself a standard interview question that’s been asked of President Bush, oh, about a thousand times. Wallace asked Clinton why he didn't do more to put bin Laden and al-Qaida out of business when he was president. When Clinton went ballistic on this query, I thought, “So….…what’s this second Big Lie?” and I also thought...
  • Iraq al-Qaida Says Pope, West Are Doomed

    09/18/2006 10:54:20 PM PDT · by XR7 · 74 replies · 3,780+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/19/06 | Anna Johnson
    An al-Qaida-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified. The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross"...
  • Plane Crashes into World Trade Center

    09/11/2001 5:56:49 AM PDT · by hellinahandcart · 950 replies · 91,202+ views
    NewYork1 | 9/11/01
    Just in. I am looking at a picture of the WTC with smoke pouring out of the western tower. Looks like a huge amount of damage. Debris raining down on people in the street.
  • 9/11/2001 Remembrance Thread & Free Republic Archives from 9/11/2001

    09/11/2006 12:34:37 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 84 replies · 7,054+ views
    Free Republic Archives | September 11, 2001 | FReepers
    Here are some links from the FR archives in observance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11/2001 - Threads list of several breaking news items - Latest Articles The first post reporting the attacks by OldEconomyBuyer - World Trade Center Posted on the first anniversary - Associated Press newswire - September 11, 2001 - Chronology of news alerts, bulletins and flashes
  • An E-Mail From Afghanistan

    08/23/2006 9:51:38 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 33 replies · 1,034+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 23, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    Hugh, Our son, Boots Dunlap, is a Capt. in the 1-32 Inf Battalion (nicknamed Chosin Bn.). We just got this letter to soldiers' families from the Battalion Commander. These men and women are doing a great job and spilling their blood for us at home. I hope American appreciate their sacrifice. Charlie Dunlap Dear Chosin Family, As you all make your way back from summer vacations and travels, I thought I would welcome you back with some great information about your loved ones' exploits over here in Operation Enduring Freedom. It has been a long, hot summer here in AOR...
  • The 2006 Freedom Concerts were a big success

    08/10/2006 2:44:30 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 7 replies · 868+ views
    9 11 Families for a Safe & Strong America ^ | August 10, 2006 | webmaster
    The Freedom Alliance is a 501(c)3 educational and charitable organization founded by USMC Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Oliver North. It has raised over 7 million dollars since its inception in 1990. A primary mission of the foundation is to provide scholarships for the children of service members who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty, or currently classified as POW or MIA. The recipients to date include sons and daughters of those killed (or POW/MIA) during the Vietnam War, the 2000 attack upon the USS Cole, the 9/11 attack upon the Pentagon, and during the Greater War on...
  • Hannity bringing 'Freedom'concert back to Six Flags (supporting our military families)

    07/20/2006 3:18:50 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 27 replies · 1,979+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday July 20th, 2006 | David Hinckley
    It's fitting that Sean Hannity's fourth annual Freedom Concert tomorrow will be held once again at Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, N.J. Hannity has had a great adventure of his own the past few years. His afternoon radio show on WABC (770 AM) is syndicated to more than 500 stations, and his 12 million-15 million weekly listeners put him behind only Rush Limbaugh. But numbers are only part of the story. Between the radio and his evening "Hannity and Colmes" on the Fox News Channel, the 44-year-old Hannity has risen above a crowded pack to become one...
  • Proactive Self-Defense (NATO takes over in Afghanistan)

    06/27/2006 3:28:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies · 381+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 07/03/2006 | Max Boot
    IT HASN'T GOTTEN AS MUCH INK as Iraq, but violence in Afghanistan has been up sharply over the past year. U.S. and Afghan forces suffered more casualties in 2005 than in any year since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, and there has been no slackening in the first six months of 2006. Suicide bombings and sophisticated roadside bombs, once limited to Iraq, are appearing in Afghanistan with disturbing regularity. The Taliban are becoming bolder. So are their narco-trafficker allies. The poppy business is booming, accounting for more than a third of the country's gross domestic product. (Afghanistan is...
  • Afghan minister says Osama is in Pak

    05/13/2006 7:28:14 AM PDT · by ketelone · 29 replies · 844+ views
    AP via CNN-IBN ^ | 1 hour ago | None
    Associated Press Posted Saturday , May 13, 2006 at 18:31 Email Print Berlin: Osama bin Laden likely is living in Pakistan, but that country's efforts to catch him have been ''half-hearted'' so far, Afghanistan's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Saturday. ''According to all that we know, he actually is living in Pakistan, close to the Afghan border,'' Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta was quoted as telling Germany's Bild am Sonntag in a preview of an interview being published on Sunday. ''Our neighbor could surely catch him and put him on trial,'' he added, according to the newspaper....
  • The Terrorist Round-up for 5/12/06

    05/12/2006 12:54:43 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 21 replies · 807+ views
    5/12/06
    Allies in Afghanistan Italy Netherlands Italian soldiers from the 9th Alpine Regiment, aboard a 'Puma' armored vehicle, patrol the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Tomas Munita) Helicopters, engineers and armoured infantry are helping make the commander of Dutch troops in southern Afghanistan confident of success in their mission in Uruzgan, where now only an handful of special forces are taking on the Taliban.(AFP/File/Shah Marai) Australia United Kingdom Australian Special Forces task group soldiers take part in live-fire range practice in the Bagram region of Afghanistan. (REUTERS/The Australian Defence Force/Handout) British troops are seen at Camp Bastion, in the southern province...
  • Sgt. Sar's Silver Star

    05/10/2006 3:35:18 AM PDT · by ekwd · 7 replies · 870+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | May 10, 2006 | RALPH KINNEY BENNETT
    The sound of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters echoed off the rugged, snowy ridges, almost 9,000 feet up in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. In the dim first light of dawn, the men of U.S. Army Special Forces detachment Alpha 732 were scanning the fog-bound boulders and trees, searching for Taliban fighters... Ten months later, home from Afghanistan at Hawaii's Camp H.M. Smith, Sgt. Sar stood at attention as he received the Silver Star, the nation's fourth-highest award for valor in combat. He was a reluctant recipient. He felt that what he had done that day in...
  • Afghanistan Debate Now on In House of Commons (Canada)

    04/10/2006 3:45:18 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 235+ views
    CPAC ^ | Monday, April 10, 2006 | me
    YO POLITICAL JUNKIES! Canada's HOC is currently having a parliamentary "debate" regarding Canada's military mission in Afghanistan. You can watch LIVE ONLINE by using the link above - you'll also have a choice of English or French audio.
  • (VIDEO) Kristinn Taylor Of Free Republic Discuss Pro-War Message (MSNBC Hardball, Mon Mar 20th)

    03/20/2006 8:02:22 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 53 replies · 4,688+ views
    Free Republic member 'ianschwartz' site, Expose The Left ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Ian Schwartz
    <p>Kristinn Taylor of Free Republic and Stephen Cleghorn of Military Families Speak Out appeared on Hardball this evening to discuss the pro-War and anti-War message. Free Republic supports the War, while Military Families Speak Out is against the war and wants to pull our troops out of Iraq immediately. Both guests have family members serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.</p>
  • FRIDAY in Southern California: Pro-Troop (AND MISSION) Rally!

    03/01/2006 10:25:39 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 28 replies · 1,391+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 03/01/2006 | Melanie Morgan
    Friends: We are working very hard to put together a wonderful, patriotic, pro-American rally to honor our troops and support their missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please, help us ensure that we have a GIANT pro-troop crowd this Friday, March 3rd in Balboa Park in San Diego from 4:00 - 6:30 PM.We'll be gathering at the corner of Presidents Way and Park Boulevard across from the Veterans Memorial Center Museum. Tell your friends about this. Bring family members with you. We need a strong contingent of people from Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties to make the trip!...
  • Marine Fatally Shot at Miramar Barracks

    01/20/2006 5:42:15 PM PST · by cgk · 100 replies · 4,438+ views
    San Diego UT ^ | 1-19-06
    Marine fatally shot at Miramar barracks SIGNONSANDIEGO NEWS SERVICES 10:37 a.m. January 19, 2006 MIRAMAR – A Marine was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday in his barracks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.Sgt. Francisco D. Aquino, 25, of Hidalgo, N.M., was declared dead in his room at 8:32 a.m. Tuesday, according Sgt. Nathan LaForte.The Naval Criminal Investigative Service was handling the probe, LaForte said.Aquino was an auto mechanic assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, he said.Aquino was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February to March...
  • Military Salute Online Auction to benefit Operation First Response

    12/28/2005 12:48:58 PM PST · by sailordoc · 1 replies · 559+ views
    Online Auction of the 50,000th copy of Military Salute to benefit Operation First Response The Minnesota Platoon, a group of five disabled Vietnam-era Veterans that distributes “Military Salute” at no charge to active-duty Military units, Veterans groups, family support groups, public safety organizations, church groups, school districts, and students working on patriotic projects, is now conducting an online auction of the 50,000th copy of the video to benefit Operation First Response. Operation First Response ... http://www.operationfirstresponse.org ... sends backpacks to Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the...
  • Patriot Guards: Fighting the Hatred (fred phelps continues to disrupt military funerals)

    12/27/2005 1:59:34 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 34 replies · 5,884+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Tuesday December 27, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    PATRIOT GUARDS: FIGHTING THE HATRED By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 27, 2005 01:50 PM The execrable Fred Phelps and his "church" continue to disrupt the funerals of fallen soldiers across the country. Jim Hoft has the latest. The good news is that veteran bikers of all political stripes have united to form the Patriot Guard Riders. Their mission: We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us. We don’t care what you ride, what your political...
  • Thank a Soldier Week (Dec. 19 - Dec. 25): Send your Thanks here!

    12/17/2005 7:44:29 AM PST · by cgk · 182 replies · 3,441+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-17-05 | Drew Bond
    Thank a Soldier Week Nov 24, 2005by Drew Bond In the spirit of Thanksgiving and a some good ol’ American competition, who would you say among the entertainment industry, including fans, are the most thankful for America’s soldiers? Country music celebrities and fans are by far the most thankful for America’s soldiers.  A bold statement?  Hardly. If you are not a country music fan, stay with me.  You’ll get your chance to prove me wrong. Do a Google search for “pop music and soldiers” and you get 5,000,000 results.  Try “Christian music and soldiers” gets 5,900,000 results. Search for...
  • Operation Enduring Freedom

    12/09/2005 2:23:53 PM PST · by LSUfan · 6 replies · 578+ views
    Google Video ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    If this video does not bring tears to your eyes and give you goose bumps, then I got no use for you. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6691959555616278202&q=Operation+Enduring+Freedom
  • Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Pics (Progress the MSM hides from US)

    11/28/2005 8:15:44 AM PST · by STARWISE · 65 replies · 5,142+ views
    Various ^ | 11-27-05
    Time to remember that any reporting of progress and good news in the War on Terror is purposely being kept from US by the media-ocres .. the well-known arrogant and biased typical news sources ... who have such pathetically hateful character that they'd rather deny and color the truth than give any hint of support or praise Pres. Bush or our fabulous military.Especially now that the Dim dark forces and Rinos are converging and conniving to undermine Pres. Bush, while preparing their agendas and stalking points for the 2006 and 2008 elections, it's vital that we get the word out...
  • Operation Digital Camera: Taking the photos of our troops that the Media won't take.

    11/25/2005 5:46:20 PM PST · by Diva Betsy Ross · 105 replies · 2,588+ views
    I have an idea- why not send some digital cameras over to our guys and gals in Iraq and ask them to send back some photos for us. I will compile a list of people with servers, who will post the photos here at FR- perhaps we could use this thread for a meeting place. My hope is that blogs and friendly media can pick up the photos and spread them around a bit. What we need are: 1)People and organizations who are willing to donate cameras and get them to our troops. 2)Names of people who can receive the...
  • House Erupts in War Debate

    11/19/2005 12:55:17 AM PST · by Racehorse · 99 replies · 2,814+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 19 November 2005 | Maura Reynolds
    The resolution grew out of a proposal made Thursday by Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania — a Democrat, a decorated Marine Corps veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and one of the House's most respected military hawks — that the United States start pulling out of Iraq.[. . .]At one point, Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee and other Democrats surged toward the Republican side of the chamber, after Rep. Jean Schmidt, an Ohio Republican, suggested that Murtha — the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee and the recipient of two Purple Hearts...
  • This Ain't About Oil: It's About Our Survival

    11/11/2005 9:57:13 AM PST · by XR7 · 10 replies · 1,029+ views
    Gulf1.com/Army ^ | 11/11/05 | Don Bendell
    In the early-1970’s I was teaching a karate class and was sparring with a fellow black belt who threw a blind back-kick and Crack! You could hear my nose break like a dry stick in a campfire. Not wanting to make him feel bad, and trying very hard not to act like a sissy, I ran in the bathroom, shoved toilet paper up each nostril, returned, and continued sparring. Mere minutes later. . . Crack! Another blind kick went through my guard, and my nose broke in a different spot. I awoke with a bag of ice on my bloody...
  • UN demands co-operation from Syria in Hariri probe

    10/31/2005 10:49:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies · 1,638+ views
    CBC News ^ | Mon, 31 Oct 2005 13:22:45 EST | staff
    The UN Security Council approved a resolution Monday demanding Syria co-operate with a UN investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, threatening further action against Damascus if it continues to stonewall. Syrian border police keep watch. INDEPTH: Syria The resolution was unanimously approved by the 15-member council after the threat of economic sanctions was dropped from a previous resolution, co-sponsored by the U.S., France and Britain. Russia and China had objected to the initial text which called for the threat of economic sanctions unless Syria co-operated with an investigation into the bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 20...
  • Chinook Helicopter Has Crashed in Afghanistan

    09/25/2005 12:18:42 AM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 66 replies · 3,217+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, September 25, 2005
    KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. military says a U.S. military Chinook helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan, killing all on board.
  • 9-11 PHOTO REMEMBRANCE THREAD (slow: many photos)

    09/10/2005 6:11:04 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 244 replies · 22,320+ views
    RememberThe11th.com ^ | 9-10-2005 | TheOtherOne
    Remember that day. Remember our fellow Americans who suffered. Remember our resolve as a nation. Remember who did this to us. Remember to cherish your freedom and those who fought to keep us free.
  • Move America Forward's "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy!" Caravan

    08/18/2005 1:57:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,103 replies · 64,265+ views
    <p>Move America Forward will be conducting the “You Don’t Speak for Me, Cindy” caravan beginning next week. It will feature military family members who have loved ones serving in the war against terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan. The delegation will be led by Deborah Johns of Marine Moms. (Her son has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom).</p>
  • French Take Helm of Combined Task Force 150

    08/25/2005 9:17:11 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 17 replies · 727+ views
    DVIDShub ^ | 08.24.2005 at 12:00am | dmccormick
    MANAMA, Bahrain –British Royal Navy Commodore Tony Rix turned over command of Task Force (CTF) 150, to French Vice Adm. Jacques Mazars Aug. 17 in Bahrain. CTF 150 was established near the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom and is comprised of navies from Germany, France, Pakistan, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States, which is under the direction of U.S. Navy Vice Adm. David C. Nichols, Jr., Combined Maritime Forces Component Commander. CFMCC oversees maritime security operations (MSO) in and around the Arabian Gulf, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, parts of the Indian Ocean and the...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Looks at Lessons Learned from Enduring Freedom(10/2001-3/2002)-July, 11th, 2005

    07/10/2005 9:47:23 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 75 replies · 656+ views
    U.S. Naval Institute, Proceedings ^ | July 2002 | Dr. Milan Vego
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • 'Forgotten war' continues

    05/30/2005 11:02:50 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 532+ views
    The Charleston Post and Courier ^ | 05/30/05 | Editorial
    'Forgotten war' continues The recent visit to the United States of Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's first democratically elected president in a history spanning 5,000 years, did not receive as much attention as it deserved. Overshadowed by the violent drama unfolding in Iraq, Afghanistan's progress has been unappreciated and the war that is still being fought there has been almost forgotten. President Karzai and the Afghan people deserve greater recognition for the transformation that has been achieved with the help of the United States and, to a lesser but still important extent, by America's NATO allies. Upon his return to Kabul Friday,...
  • Have You Thanked a Veteran Today? I did. Why haven't You

    05/09/2005 3:21:07 PM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 73 replies · 1,887+ views
    Personal Experience | 9 May 2005 | CholreaJoe
    This afternoon, I walked into the local convenience store, bar, casino, liquor store, video rental, bait shop and ammo dump, (Hey, I live in Bumfuk, Montana. It's all we've got) and as I walked through the bar, I spotted a grizzled fat guy, with a full gray beard and long gray hair tied back in a ponytail sitting at the end of the bar. He was wearing a 1st Cavalry Division/Vietnam t-shirt. Since there were no Harleys parked outside, I figured it was safe to approach him. (Anyhow, I was packing as I usually do.)I tapped him on the shoulder...
  • Never Forget.

    02/23/2005 8:37:13 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 194 replies · 18,695+ views
    Never Forget ^ | 2-23-05
    Please take the time to watch this video, we must remember those on September 11, 2001. We can never forget, and we can not let those who wish us to forget to let us forget. Please, take 15 minutes from freeping, this is bookmarked on my home page, Thank you FReepers. Indy.Never Forget. If you let it run past the video, there are many good quotes after.
  • GOOD NEWS YOU WON'T HEAR FROM THE LAMESTREAM MEDIA-OCRES- AMERICANS LOVE THEIR TROOPS

    12/11/2004 7:02:34 PM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 739+ views
    USASOC NEWS SERVICE ^ | 12-8-04 | Sgt. Joe Healey
    DATE POSTED: DECEMBER 8, 2004 Women donate quilts to injured special operations Soldiers at Walter Reed By Sgt. Joe Healy U.S. Army Special Operations Command WASHINGTON (USASOC News Service, Dec. 8, 2004) — In Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Ward 57 here, Soldiers receive medical attention from doctors and occupational specialists for injuries suffered during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Now, because of a pair of volunteers' efforts, some of those Soldiers are also getting attention of a different kind. “Can I offer you a hand-made quilt and a hug?” Gloria Kelly asked Dec. 2 to a number...