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  • Former Fort Monmouth (NJ) Workers Charged With Providing No-Show Jobs

    04/28/2006 4:37:23 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 1,516+ views
    Millennium Radio ^ | Friday, April 28, 2006
    Two former Fort Monmouth workers, and the daughter of one of them, are accused of scheming to have government contractors provide no-show jobs for the daughter. Accused in an indictment made public today are 55-year-old Michael Rzeplinski, a former programs director for the General Services Administration and former Army supervisory engineer; 61-year-old Connie Davidson, a former G-S-A employee who lives with Rzeplinski in Red Bank, and her 33-year-old Kirsten Davidson of Red Bank. All three are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Rzeplinski also faces two counts of mail fraud and three counts of tax evasion. Rzeplinski and...
  • Afghan, Pakistan, U.S. to Hold Exercise

    04/24/2006 12:50:06 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 263+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2006
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. troops will conduct their first joint military exercise along the border between the two Asian nations, the U.S. military said Monday. The operation will be an "air assault exercise" involving a small contingent of Afghan soldiers and an unspecified number of Pakistani troops, U.S. military spokesman Col. Laurent Fox said during a news conference in the Afghan capital, Kabul. "We feel that it is important that the only way we will solve the terrorism and insurency problem is to work closely together with each other," Fox said.
  • Slain al-Qaida aide was Palestinian

    04/23/2006 7:00:04 PM PDT · by Sabramerican · 10 replies · 432+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | Apr. 21, 2006 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Slain al-Qaida aide was Palestinian Khaled Abu Toameh, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 21, 2006 One of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides was a Palestinian from the West Bank who was recently killed in a US military operation in Afghanistan, Palestinian Authority security sources revealed on Thursday. The sources identified the man as Husam Abu Baker, 32. They said his family, which lives in the village of Ya'bad near Jenin, was notified about his death only this week. His father, Abdel Latif, said he last saw his son about 10 years ago. The family was then living in Saudi Arabia...
  • Prince Harry: Send me to war or I quit

    04/23/2006 2:39:38 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 168 replies · 3,402+ views
    The Mail on Sunday ^ | April 23, 2006 | CHRISTOPHER LEAKE
    Prince Harry has threatened to quit the Army if commanders refuse to send him to the front line.He told senior officers before recently passing out of Sandhurst as a Second Lieutenant: ‘If I am not allowed to join my unit in a war zone, I will hand in my uniform.’ Harry, 21, and third in line to the throne, has previously talked of his desire to see action with his comrades and the prospect of him walking out on the Army if he is not allowed on to the front line has turned a theoretical problem into a nightmare for...
  • Close-air support just a phone call away

    04/21/2006 4:19:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 558+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Melissa Koskovich
    4/21/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Imagine being pinned down by enemy forces, with no relief in sight. Now, imagine picking up a phone and calling your friendly local fighter pilot, flying overhead only miles away, for help. With the new Fighter Aircraft Communication Enhancement, or FACE, pod, ground units in combat are now able to do just that. Fielded for the first time in late 2004, the FACE pod is a solution to communication problems often experienced by aircraft in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. Used effectively in several theaters, the FACE pod allows ground units to communicate with...
  • Marine Keeps Promise, Enlists to Fight for Country

    04/21/2006 5:32:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 363+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Joe Lind
    td> U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Trotta enters a Humvee during a combat mission near Camp Blessing in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Trotta, from Orange Park, Fla., is company gunnery sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Courtesy photo U.S. Marine CorpsGunnery Sgt. John Trotta Marine Keeps Promise, Enlists to Fight for Country By Marine Sgt. Joe LindsayTask Force Lava Public Affairs JALALABAD, Afghanistan, April 21, 2006 — “I always told myself that if my country ever went to war, I would join the military and fight for her,” said Gunnery Sgt. John Trotta. He...
  • Army Engineer Unit Ready for Afghan Duty

    04/21/2006 6:15:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 465+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton
    From left, U.S. Army Sgts. Jack Rauschenbach and Scott Buck and Spc. Michelle Frank help build housing for soldiers at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 12, 2006. The soldiers are assigned to the 961st Engineer Detachment, deployed from Milwaukee. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samuel Hays Army Engineer Unit Ready for Afghan Duty The 961st Engineer Detachment looks ahead to "great things" during their Afghan deployment. By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton 345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 21, 2006 — U.S. soldiers assigned to the 1224th Engineer Detachment transferred authority to...
  • Afghan Police Open Tactical Training Facility

    04/21/2006 6:20:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan
    Afghan Police Open Tactical Training Facility The facility allows Afghan National Police cadets to train to respond to domestic violence, apprehension of an insurgent, a hostage situation or when contraband is expected in the home. By Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan ABUL, Afghanistan, April 21, 2006 — The Afghan National Police took a major step toward advance training with the opening of the Brummet Tactical Training House at the Central Training Center April 18. This opening reflects the progress being made by the Afghan National Police.During a ribbon cutting ceremony, Afghan Brig. Gen. Khadadad Aga, Central Training Center commander, inaugurated...
  • Afghans Report IEDs; Afghan Aviators Complete Historic Mission

    04/21/2006 6:32:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 423+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 21, 2006 – Afghans reported improvised explosive devices to local officials in two separate incidents today, and Afghan National Army aviators completed their first combat-support mission April 15, military officials in Afghanistan reported today. Afghan National Army Sgt. Abdul Khaliq, of the ANA's Central Movement Agency, hands a box of food to U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Trejos on an Afghan Air Corps Mi-17 Hip helicopter at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, April 12. Soldiers from ANA's Central Movement Agency trained with their coalition counterparts prior to the ANA Air Corps first aerial resupply mission in partnership with the...
  • TERRORISM: Al-Zawahiri relative killed, family says (body guard of Osama bin Laden)

    04/20/2006 8:39:16 PM PDT · by Wiz · 85 replies · 2,085+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Apr 20
    West Bank, 20 April (AKI) - The Palestinian son-in-law of al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed during an American bombing in Afghanistan several days ago, the French news agency AFP reports. Family members of Houssam Abdellatif Abu Bakr opened a mourning house for condolence visits in his home village near Jenin in the West Bank, shortly after news of his death was received. Abu Bakr, 32, was married to Fatima Al Zahra'a, a daughter of Zawahiri, and was father to four children, his relatives told AFP. According to family, Abu Bakr was also "one of the main bodyguards" of...
  • Sailors Train for Mission in Afghanistan

    04/14/2006 4:28:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 448+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Lt. Karin Burzynski
    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (NNS) -- About 200 active and Reserve Sailors undergoing predeployment training at Camp Shelby, Miss., reached the midway point of 60 days of Army combat survival training April 14. They received orders directing them to the Navy Mobilization Processing Site in Norfolk with follow-on training at Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, Miss. Their mission is to work with joint U.S. forces in small teams called Embedded Training Teams, or ETTs, teaching military doctrine to the Afghanistan National Army (ANA). “Our training here and subsequent mission in Afghanistan is a prime example of how the role of the military...
  • Task Force Tiger Soldiers Aid Afghan School

    04/14/2006 4:14:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 232+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth L. McCooey
    U.S. Army Sgt. Eli Coman hands out candy to a group of students at the Sheragha Shahed Secondary School in the town of Ja Farkhel, Afghanistan. Coman is assigned to the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth McCooey Task Force Tiger Soldiers Aid Afghan School The civil affairs soldiers brought the secondary school children 200 book bags jammed with school supplies, teaching aids, pens, volleyballs and candy. By Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth L. McCooey19th Public Affairs Detachment BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, April 14, 2006 — Children with happy, gleaming eyes and eager hands...
  • Construction Program Improves Afghans' Lives

    04/14/2006 4:36:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 14, 2006 – As coalition leaders continue their efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan and prevent the re-emergence of terrorism, they often turn to the Commander's Emergency Response Program, which lets them quickly improve Afghans' lives with low-cost, high-impact projects. Workers build a new aqueduct system in Afghanistan's Khost province with funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program. The program lets coalition leaders rapidly allocate resources to address local needs. Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Such projects include rehabilitating roads and bridges, building and...
  • Saddam and Osama: The New Revelations

    04/13/2006 11:00:08 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 1,786+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | April 17, 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Thomas Joscelyn, an expert on the international terrorist network. Much of his research has focused on the role that nations such as Saddam's Iraq and the mullah's Iran have played in providing support, training and funding for terrorist entities such as al Qaeda, al Qaeda's affiliates, Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups. He has written extensively about these connections for the Weekly Standard and in several other publications. Currently, he is organizing a research project to review and translate the millions of documents captured from the fallen Iraqi regime and the Taliban. Joscelyn: For the...
  • Renovated Maternity Hospital Delivers Improved Care

    04/13/2006 4:57:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 325+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek, USAF
    KABUL, Afghanistan, April 13, 2006 – The command surgeon of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan presented the renovated Rabia Balkhi Maternity Hospital to Afghanistan 's minister of public health in a ceremony here April 9. Lailuma, a midwife at the Rabia Balkhi Maternity Hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul, prepares to weigh a baby in the hospital's renovated nursery here April 9. The U.S. departments of Defense and Health and Human Services invested a combined $10 million into renovations, then presented the hospital to Afghanistan's minister of public health in a formal ceremony April 9. Photo by Staff Sgt....
  • Wanted Al Qaeda man may be among 7 killed in Pakistan (ABC News reporting confirmed kill)

    04/13/2006 3:56:05 AM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 51 replies · 1,159+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2006 | Reuters
    NAGAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani forces targeted an Egyptian al Qaeda member in an overnight helicopter attack on a hideout near the Afghan border, and officials said on Thursday there was a good chance he was among 7 militants killed.
  • FOX News Alert: U.S. Marines in Afghanistan Open Operation Mountain Lion

    04/12/2006 1:45:28 AM PDT · by the_Watchman · 273 replies · 10,503+ views
    FOX News Cable | April 12, 2006
    The U.S. military has announced that the largest air assualt in 4 years in Afghanistan is underway in Kunar province. It was kicked off 15 hours ago, but a news embargo was imposed. An attempt has been made to keep the Al Queda and Taliban opposition contained so that they will not escape. Several thousand coalition soldiers are involved. The exit passes are being held since it was believed that too many opposition forces escaped during the previous Operation Anaconda.
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Commander, Destroy Headquarters

    04/08/2006 6:58:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 412+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2006 – Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban commander April 6 and destroyed a Taliban district headquarters this morning in a series of ongoing offensive operations in southern Afghanistan, military officials there said. A joint coalition force killed the senior Taliban commander in the Musa Qaleh District in northern Helmand Province. The commander was tied directly to dozens of improvised explosive device attacks that killed and crippled multiple Afghans since 2001. He also was responsible for the deaths of Afghan and Coalition soldiers, officials said. We "effectively disrupted the command and control of Taliban fighters...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Train Together in Jalalabad

    04/08/2006 7:00:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 224+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro, USA
    JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, April 8, 2006 – Afghan and coalition forces participated in platoon-level training missions near here April 5, improving their readiness for joint combat operations. Afghan and coalition forces regularly such operations, to kill and capture insurgents, deny them freedom of movement and hinder their ability to resupply. About 20 soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, joined 30 soldiers from the Afghan National Army's 2nd Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 1st Corps, for the joint training session. The training marks the early stages of an important long-term relationship, said Capt. James M....
  • Governor, Khost Residents Celebrate Madrassa Project Start

    04/07/2006 6:27:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 474+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Amber Robinson-Sonoda
    Gov. Marijadeen Patan of Khost Province (center left) helps hold a ribbon as U.S. Army Lt. Col. David A. Bushey cuts it during March 25, 2006, ceremonies marking the start of a project to rebuild the Matachena Madrassa, the largest religious school in Khost, Afghanistan. Bushey is commander of Task Force Wolfpack, composed primarily of soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, part of the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based in Fort Drum, N.Y. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amber Robinson-Sonoda Governor, Khost Residents Celebrate Madrassa Project Start A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the start...
  • Proceedings Begin for Suspected Afghan Terrorist

    04/04/2006 5:39:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 201+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 4, 2006 – Preliminary hearings began here today for an Afghan man accused of working as a translator and accountant for al Qaeda in Afghanistan and involvement in a grenade attack that injured three journalists in March 2002. Abdul Zahir appeared in court wearing a dress shirt and khaki pants and talked and laughed with his translator and military attorney before proceedings began. An issue arose immediately when the presiding officer found out that written charges had been submitted to Zahir in English, Arabic and Pashtu, but Zahir's native language is Farsi. Marine Col....
  • Military 'Brats' Thrive While Coping With Challenges

    04/04/2006 4:49:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 352+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, April 4, 2006 – Deployed to Afghanistan for a year, Army Lt. Col. Timothy Newcomer will miss his son's prom, high school graduation and, a few months later, his departure to college. Army Sgt. 1st Class Eddie Mitchell shares a few minutes with his 6-year-old son, Desmond, April 4 at Desmond's school. Photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But his son, Matt, is not upset in the least. "He loves to be a soldier, and if it makes him happy, it makes me happy," said Matt, a high school senior. "How...
  • Post-Haste [Link to Pentagon Site Where pre-war Iraq and Afghanistan Documents are]

    03/15/2006 9:02:25 PM PST · by bnelson44 · 116 replies · 1,862+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/15/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has created a website where it will post documents captured in postwar Afghanistan and Iraq. The website is hosted by the Foreign Military Studies Office Joint Reserve Intelligence Center at Fort Leavenworth and will be updated continuously with new documents. The first batch of materials, released late Wednesday, includes nine documents captured in connection with Operation Iraqi Freedom and 28 documents previously released on February 14, 2006, in conjunction with a study of those documents conducted by analysts at West Point. Sources on Capitol Hill and within the intelligence community tell...
  • Harper home after whirlwind Afghan visit

    03/15/2006 8:11:53 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 215+ views
    OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is back home after his visit to Afghanistan. Harper left Ottawa on Saturday and spent two days with Canadian troops in the southwest Asian country. He had a lunch meeting with Afghani President Hamid Karzai in Kabul and also met Pakistani leaders on his way home. It was Harper's first trip outside the country since taking office. During his visit, Harper expressed strong support for the Canadian military and its mission in Afghanistan. He also rejected again suggestions that the mission be debated in the Commons, despite opposition complaints that Canadians don't understand...
  • Our troops bringing hope to hopeless

    03/14/2006 12:19:55 PM PST · by Clive · 12 replies · 208+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 2006-03-14 | Licia Corbella
    Our troops bringing hope to hopeless By Licia Corbella Yesterday in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper left the relative safety of one of Canada's bases there and met with the elected governor of Kandahar. Harper's meeting with Gov. Assadullah Khalid came shortly after he gave a rousing speech to our troops, telling them "how proud" he is in the work they're doing. It was a good speech, but it was surpassed by what Khalid said and it's important that Canadians -- particularly those who are critical of our troops' role there -- need to heed. Despite what some ignorant protesters...
  • High-security Harper flight to Afghanistan no routine shuttle

    03/12/2006 5:00:52 PM PST · by Clive · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2006-03-12 | Alexander Panetta
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - There was no mistaking Stephen Harper's flight into Afghanistan for an Air Canada shuttle, after embarking passengers aboard the Hercules were handed flak jackets and combat helmets. Twenty hours after Harper left Ottawa and began his clandestine journey he had set a new standard for adventure in prime ministerial travel. The trip was shrouded in secrecy. Only a small group of government staff and journalists were given last-minute notice of the visit. Advance word came with a warning that the trip would be cancelled if details leaked out ahead of departure. Passengers were told to pack...
  • U.S. troops improve quality of life for Afghan villagers

    03/07/2006 3:05:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 410+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Staff Sgt. Marti Ribeiro
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – (Army News Service, March 7, 2006) – To an American Soldier, stepping into Mollai is like stepping back in time -- mud huts with no indoor plumbing or electricity, built into the side of a mountain across from their main source of water – a mountain stream. This is everyday life for the people of Mollai, a small village in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Mollai is made up of six small hamlets that are self-sustaining but life is still far from easy. While the villagers have their own water resources, agriculture, religion and educational system,...
  • Spanish detachment helps with troop movement from Manas

    03/07/2006 4:32:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Lara Gale
    3/7/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- The Spanish detachment here safely moved about a dozen U.S. Air Force officers to Kabul, Afghanistan, March 3. Manas is known as the “Gateway to Operation Enduring Freedom” because all troops moving in and out of Afghanistan stop here first to transfer to civilian or military aircraft. The Spanish detachment’s support helped expedite the effort to move an unusually large influx of troops to this base, said Lt. Suzan Whiting, personnel terminal chief here. It also saved the officers the risk and time of riding in a convoy from Bagram to Kabul...
  • Bush: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Serving on 'Frontier of Freedom'

    03/01/2006 4:18:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 150+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 – President Bush today thanked U.S. troops serving on the "frontier of freedom" at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. "I'm proud of our United States military," he said during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, his first trip to the country. "Many of you volunteered for service after Sept. 11, 2001. You saw that our nation was attacked, and when the country called upon you, you said, 'Let me serve.'" Bush told the troops they are accomplishing two important missions in Afghanistan. "One is finding an enemy and bringing them to justice so they don't hurt our fellow...
  • Bush in Kabul: Afghanistan's Democracy Inspirational

    03/01/2006 4:24:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 186+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 – The democratic process taking hold in Afghanistan is an inspiration to the cause of freedom, President Bush said in the country's capital, Kabul, today. "I hope the people of Afghanistan understand that as democracy takes hold, you're inspiring others," Bush said while visiting Afghanistan for the first time. "And that inspiration will cause others to demand their freedom." Bush said he was "enthralled" to see the progress being made in Afghanistan. As evidence of this progress, he pointed to the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit enabling Afghans to realize their dreams, to young girls going...
  • Bush Makes Suprise Visit to Afghanistan

    03/01/2006 1:07:02 AM PST · by Semper Paratus · 217 replies · 8,059+ views
    AP ^ | March 1 2006 | TERENCE HUNT
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) - President Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday, flying here secretly to support its fledging government in the face of rising violence from al-Qaida and Taliban militants. Bush made a detour from a trip to India for a five-hour visit here that was not announced officially until Air Force One landed at this sprawling military base north of Kabul. The White House wanted to conceal Bush's presence to reduce the risk of any attempt on his life. But word of his visit leaked shortly before he landed. From Bagram, Bush was to...
  • Soldier Moves Afghan Mountains

    02/24/2006 3:48:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lum
    Task Force Pacemaker engineer crews cut a path through a mountain pass to connect Tarin Kowt to Kandahar City, Aug. 26, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lum U.S. Army Spc. David Ige Soldier Moves Afghan Mountains By Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lum117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2006 — Spc. David S. Ige, a 298th Engineer Detachment heavy equipment operator, loves hard work. His Army National Guard horizontal engineer section joined active duty and Army Reserve soldiers to complete the 117-kilometer Tarin Kowt Road this past fall. Twelve to 14-hour workdays...
  • New Graduates Ready to Join Afghan Workforce

    02/24/2006 3:53:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 241+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Spc. Jon H. Arguello
    In addition to their graduation certificates, students leave with a starter kit of supplies or tools needed to work in their respective fields. QALAT, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2006 — More than 30 students graduated from a basic computer class at a new vocational school Jan. 18 at the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Zabul Province. "The Qalat [Provincial Reconstruction Team] believes this vocational school is moving the Afghan work force forward. There is a … willingness from the youth of Zabul Province (to take) a substantial interest in the future of themselves as well as Afghanistan." U.S. Army Lt....
  • Commander Meets With Afghan Army, Police Leaders

    02/22/2006 7:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 22, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates
    Afghan National Police Lt. Gen. Mohammed Haroon Asefi (third from left) meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin (fourth from right) during Durbin’s visit to an Afghan National Police border-control point in Torkham, Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2006. Asefi is chief of the Afghan National Police Border Patrol. Durbin is commander of the Office of Security Cooperation–Afghanistan. Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates Commander Meets With Afghan Army, Police Leaders During a visit with Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police leaders, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin emphasized the importance of...
  • Spread of Democracy Will Yield Peace, Bush Says

    02/17/2006 8:09:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 503+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2006 – "The world is changing because freedom is on the march. And we shouldn't be discouraged about ... short-term setbacks," President Bush told an audience in Tampa, Fla., today. That march began with the removal of the Taliban from Afghanistan, Bush said. It continues as democracy emerges in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq. "We have an opportunity to lay the foundation of peace for generations to come," he said. "Democracy can yield the peace we all want." The president had arrived in town earlier in the day to meet with senior leaders at nearby headquarters...
  • Chairman Cites Continued Progress in Afghanistan, Iraq

    02/17/2006 8:00:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 261+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2006 – Noting "incredible" strides for democracy in Afghanistan and pointing out continued progress in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today told a National Press Club audience here that U.S. efforts in those countries are bearing fruit. "The progress in Afghanistan has been incredible," Marine Gen. Peter Pace said. "They now have not only a freely elected president, but a parliament as well. They are going about the business of building their own country in a way that makes you proud." The chairman said he travels to Afghanistan about every six months, and...
  • Afghan Engineers Sharpen Skills at U.S. Army Workshop

    02/13/2006 3:49:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 229+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 13, 2006 | Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2006 — U.S. Army engineers with the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion worked with Afghan military and civilian engineers to sharpen their construction skills this week. "The attendees at this workshop were selected by 15 local contractors who each selected four of their workers based on experience and skill." U.S. Army Col. Mike Flanagan The training, conducted at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost Province, covered a variety of engineering skills, such as vertical construction, carpentry, masonry and basic job-site safety. "The attendees at this workshop were selected by 15 local contractors who each selected four...
  • Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani 'terrorists' seized in Afghanistan

    02/01/2006 9:18:01 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 9 replies · 571+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | February 1, 2006
    Counter-terrorism police have arrested an Iraqi, an Iranian and three Pakistanis allegedly planning attacks in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The men had entered Afghanistan's Nimroz province from neighboring Iran, ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said. "They are all terrorists. They had crossed illegally into Nimroz from Iran and wanted to go to other provinces to carry out terrorist attacks," he said. "They all had documents proving their identities. The investigation is ongoing." Stanizai said that the Iraqi, whose name was not disclosed, was on his way to southern Kandahar province. The province is a hotbed of...
  • FACT VS FICTION : A REPORT FROM THE FRONT (IRAQ CIRCA January 2006)

    01/31/2006 9:19:38 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 41 replies · 2,826+ views
    The American Enterprise Magazine ^ | January 2006 | Karl Zinmeister
    Facts vs. Fiction: A Report from the FrontBy Karl Zinsmeister Your editor has just returned from another month in Iraq—my fourth extended tour in the last two and a half years. During November and December I joined numerous American combat operations, including the largest air assault since the beginning of the war, walked miles of streets and roads, entered scores of homes, listened to hundreds of Iraqis, observed voting at a dozen different polling sites, and endured my third roadside ambush. With this latest firsthand experience, here are answers to some common queries about how the war is faring. Has...
  • Pakistan names 3 al Qaeda believed killed in strike

    01/18/2006 6:01:06 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 45 replies · 1,197+ views
    yahoo news ^ | Jan 18,2006
    Pakistani intelligence sources on Thursday identified three of four al Qaeda members believed to have been killed by a U.S. airstrike last week, though they have yet to recover the bodies. One of the dead was said to be Abdul Rehman Al-Misri al Maghribi, a son-in-law of al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri. Another was Midhat Murfi al Sayid Omer, an expert in explosives and poisons who carried a $5 million U.S. reward on his head. The third man named was Abu Obaidah al Misri, al Qaeda's chief of operations
  • Silver Star recipient feels deep humility

    01/17/2006 9:39:03 AM PST · by radar101 · 12 replies · 592+ views
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin ^ | January 4, 2006 | Gregg K. Kakesako
    An Army Special Forces soldier who lost most of his family to the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia has been awarded the Silver Star for heroism yesterday for saving his men during a firefight in Afghanistan. But despite attempts by his superiors and fellow soldiers to tag him as a hero at a Camp Smith ceremony yesterday, Master Sgt. Suran Sar expressed concerns about receiving the medal for only doing his job, and praised a fellow soldier who was also an immigrant to America and was killed doing his job. "I feel kind of shame to receive this prestigious award. All...
  • Wounded medic rushed to aid fellow soldiers

    01/16/2006 1:05:54 PM PST · by fanfan · 48 replies · 2,358+ views
    The National Post ^ | Monday, January 16, 2006 | Tim Lai, with files from Lora Grindlay
    EDMONTON - With part of his leg blown off, Master Cpl. Paul Franklin wrapped a tourniquet around his thigh, then went to help three other wounded passengers after a suicide bomber destroyed the military vehicle he was driving. "He's a medic, so he had the wherewithal to do that," Audra Franklin said from her home in Edmonton, proudly describing her husband's heroic actions yesterday in Kandahar. From her composure as she sat watching replays of the footage on TV, it was hard to tell her husband had just lost his lower left leg and had his right leg shattered. "I...
  • Guard Soldiers Depart for Afghanistan Tour

    01/12/2006 4:42:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 304+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 12, 2005 | Sgt. Jim Greenhill
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Eduardo Macaraeg (standing, second from leftt) and Meriam Macaraeg (left) share a light moment with Command Sgt. Major John Gipe at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Jan. 7, 2006. Macaraeg left for a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan with a group of soldiers from the National Guard Bureau who are scheduled to train Afghan National Army troops. The Macaraeg children (front, left and right) also attended the deployment gathering. National Guard Bureau photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jim Greenhill Guard Soldiers Depart for Afghanistan Tour Family members bid farewell to deploying soldiers, as...
  • Afghanistan: year in review

    01/03/2006 3:29:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 226+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 3, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Jess Harvey
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Jan. 3, 2006) – One year can change the face of a nation. Afghanistan made significant advancements in 2005 toward autonomy and security. The changes started in the first few days of the new year. January The Ghazni Province held a women’s shura, or council, with the help of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team. The shura proposed to give the women of Ghazni more of a voice in government and was supported by the governor of Ghazni, Asadullah Khalid. February Afghanistan’s 120 cadets took their place in history when they reported for duty at the...
  • Would-be suicide bombers blown up in Afghan blast

    12/29/2005 12:00:18 PM PST · by Cap Huff · 70 replies · 956+ views
    Reuters ^ | 29 December 2005 | Unknown
    SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Two would-be suicide bombers blew themselves up while strapping on explosives in an Afghan town bordering Pakistan on Thursday, police said. No one else was hurt in the blast near the market in Spin Boldak, Afghan border force commander Abdul Raziq told Reuters. "They were hiding explosives under their clothes when they went off," he said, adding that police suspected the bombers had intended to target troops from the U.S.-led force in Aghanistan
  • Bagram A-10s take fight to enemy

    12/28/2005 10:00:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,407+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Marcus McDonald
    12/28/2005 - BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- A-10 Thunderbolt IIs continue taking the fight to the enemy by providing close air support to U.S. and coalition forces participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly after deploying in September to this base at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountains from Davis-Monthan Air Base, Ariz., the 354th Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs” began making history. “Our A-10s have provided non-stop presence and lethal firepower since we arrived,” said the squadron commander Lt. Col. Martha McSally. “From ensuring the success of Afghanistan’s first-ever provincial elections on Sept. 18 to the first seating of an...
  • Knowledge support cell makes preparations for Multinational Experiment 4

    12/28/2005 5:18:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 425+ views
    USJFCOM ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | JOC(SW/AW) Chris Hoffpauir
    (PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Dec. 28, 2005) -- Knowledge support in a coalition environment was among the discussion topics as a multinational team of experts making final preparations for Multinational Experiment 4 (MNE4) met during the event's final planning conference earlier this month. Scheduled for Feb. 20 - March 17, 2006, MNE4 will explore use of the full range of effects based operations (EBO) to influence the behavior of adversaries. While U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) from the United States is the overall lead for MNE4, coalition partners lead the specific concepts and processes being explored. The knowledge support (KS) cell...
  • ‘Hope and Freedom Tour’ boosts morale at Bagram Airfield

    12/23/2005 10:42:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 752+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 22, 2005 | Spc. Tiffany Evans
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – (Army News Service, Dec. 22, 2005) – Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston brought his Sergeant Major of the Army’s Hope and Freedom Tour 2005 to Bagram Airfield Dec. 17. Joining him on this tour was Sergeant Major of the Army Reserves Michele Jones, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John Estrada, Keni Thomas, Mark Wills, Craig Morgan, Al Franken, Traylor Howard, SoulJahz, two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and members of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”. “I just want the service members to know that they aren’t forgotten, and that someone cares about them and...
  • Rumsfeld Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan

    12/21/2005 5:02:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 203+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2005 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to helping Afghanistan continue its road toward security and freedom during a joint news conference today with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, who made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today after touring hurricane-devastated areas of Pakistan, told Karzai the United States will continue to stand by Afghanistan, even while making slight troop cuts there. The visit came two days after the Defense Department announced plans to reduce number of troops serving in Afghanistan, currently at 19,000, by about 2,500 during the next year. That...
  • Ceremony Highlights Kabul Bank Renovation

    12/21/2005 4:13:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 348+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Sgt. Phillip Chang
    Renovation on a new bank was completed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2005. The $69,000-plus project was funded by Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Chang Ceremony Highlights Kabul Bank Renovation The project will help support the Individual Salary Payment program, which provides secure facilities for financial transactions between the government and Afghan citizens. By U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip Chang 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2005 — A dedication ceremony was held Dec. 18 for the completion of a new branch of Da Afghanistan Bank here. This is the third bank to...