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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Operation Enduring Freedom ~ The Canteen's 15th Anniversary ~ 06 October 2016

    10/05/2016 6:01:00 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 134 replies
    Serving The Bestest Troops and Veterans In the World !! | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen presents.... October 7th, 2001 Operation Enduring Freedom After the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the United States military entered into a "War against global terrorism." The President began the US response in the War on Terrorism with the stroke of his pen to seize terrorists' financial assets and disrupt their fundraising network. Unlike most previous conflicts, this war was being fought on both domestic and foreign soil. Deployment of American troops to southwest Asia and countries surrounding Afghanistan came in the days following the attacks. The military response to...
  • Airman Becomes 3rd to Earn 2nd Silver Star

    11/21/2014 7:06:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/21/2014 | Chris Carroll
    As bullets cracked around his head, Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Case stayed cool and directed pinpoint airstrikes on Taliban positions less than a stone’s throw away. With two foreign fighters coming at the commander of the Army unit to which Case was assigned as a joint terminal attack controller, he shielded the officer with his body and took them down with his rifle. For his heroism fulfilling both the air and ground aspects of the JTAC’s job during a battle on July 16 and 17, 2009, Case on Thursday became just the third airman to be awarded a...
  • 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 ^ | 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,...

    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...

    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, 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...