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  • Pentagon Stops $300 Million Payment to Pakistan, Citing Terrorist Fight

    07/21/2017 7:45:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    The Pentagon is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars meant to reimburse Pakistan for its fight against terrorist groups, citing Islamabad’s failure to take “sufficient action” against the Haqqani Network, an offshoot of the Taliban based in Pakistan. The announcement on Friday comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis and the White House debate a long-delayed strategy for the war in Afghanistan that could adopt a tougher line toward over Pakistan’s role in the conflict. Defense officials and congressional aides have for months said that the new strategy won’t focus solely on Afghanistan, but take a more regional approach. This includes...
  • Family reveals American vanished in Afghanistan two years ago

    01/05/2017 3:17:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | January 5, 2017 | By Peter Bergen
    (CNN)Some time in May 2014, Paul Overby, an American writer in his 70's, disappeared as he was traveling between Khost in Afghanistan and North Waziristan in Pakistan -- a region rife with the Taliban and terror groups such as al Qaeda. He has not been heard from since. On Wednesday, his wife went public for the first time with his disappearance, providing a statement to CNN and other media outlets. . . Overby's wife, who asked not to be identified by name, last heard from her husband on May 16, 2014, as he was preparing to cross the border into...
  • Pakistan Supported, Trained Terror Groups: Pervez Musharraf

    10/28/2015 1:22:03 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    NDTV ^ | Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    File picture of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. (Agence France-Presse) LAHORE: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted in an interview that Islamabad supported and trained groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir. The former army chief has also said that Lashkar leaders like Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi enjoyed the status of heroes at that time. Speaking to Pakistani news channel Dunya News on Sunday, Mr Musharraf said, "In the 1990s, the freedom struggle began in Kashmir...At that time, Lashkar-e- Taiba and 11 or 12 other organisations were formed. We supported...
  • Answers Needed On Bergdahl Ransom Payment

    12/03/2014 9:44:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Oversight: A House Armed Services Committee member asks for a probe into reports that money was paid in a failed attempt to ransom alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl. And where's that Bergdahl investigation report, anyway? Back on Oct. 16 we noted that the Pentagon had completed its investigation into Sgt. Bergdahl's abandonment of his Afghan post. But the report by Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl would not be released, according to an Army spokesman, until the end of a review process that was likely to be conveniently lengthy, lasting at least until after the midterm elections. It has now been over six...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man(But Obama not to blame)

    11/20/2014 6:04:11 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 11/20/14 | b gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Hillary, Haqqani, Taliban and Bergdahl

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

    06/08/2014 12:46:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 85 replies
    RT ^ | 6-8-2014 | RT
    At least 5 people have reportedly been killed and an airport emergency declared after heavily armed militants stormed the airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. Twelve militants are thought to be inside and fire is seen rising from the scene. The militants launched grenades and opened fire as they entered the building. Two of the terrorists have reportedly been killed. At least three blasts were heard, and an airport emergency has been declared, with flight operations suspended, reported the local Karachi Post. The five people killed are Airport Security Force (ASF) staff, according to Pakistani news channel Geo.tv
  • Successive drone strikes leave at least 16 dead in N Waziristan (1st in 6 Months)

    06/12/2014 3:23:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 11 June 2014 | Zahir Shah Sherazi
    MIRAMSHAH: After a nearly six month halt in the drone campaign, separate US aerial drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in pre-dawn strikes on Thursday just days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on Karachi airport that killed 37 people. Two successive US drone strikes killed at least 16 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal area where pressure was building on Islamabad to react after the brazen attack. The first attack took place late on Thursday night when the unmanned US plane fired six missiles that hit a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan,...
  • Does The Obama Administration Know the Difference Between The Taliban and Haqqani Networks?

    06/08/2014 8:48:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jun 2014 | Debra Heine
    The MSM are not the only ones missing the distinction between the Taliban and Haqqani networks. There's Jay Carney, in the clip John Hayward posted, claiming Bergdahl was being held by the Taliban. And National Security Advisor Susan Rice - who like Hagel and Carney, also refused to admit that the Obama administration negotiated with terrorists in her interview with Candy Crowley on Face the Nation, Sunday. Rice repeatedly asserted that Bergdahl had been held captive by the Taliban (who have not been designated a terrorist organization even though they routinely engage in terror-like activities.) ... most people were skeptical...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in 2010, secret documents show

    06/05/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT · by abb · 137 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/5/14 | James Rosen
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News. The reports indicate that Bergdahl's relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, "he became much more of an accepted fellow" than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry...
  • Top intelligence official claims: Obama admin. funded terror network ‘for the next ten years’

    06/08/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    <p>Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story ... The Haqqani Network, a terrorist group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan ... the details of that exchange do not add up.</p>
  • Official: Bergdahl Details Don’t Add Up (Cash to the Haqqani network?)

    06/08/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/6/2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon that the details of that exchange do not add up. The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner. The Obama administration reportedly considered offering cash for his release as late as December 2013. The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment. The ransom...
  • Senior intel official suspects U.S. paid cash ransom for Bergdahl too

    06/06/2014 10:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Can’t be true. Ransoms are paid for hostages, and Jay Carney assured me Bergdahl was a prisoner, not a hostage. This isn’t out-of-left-field speculation. Fox News reported two days ago that a ransom for Bergdahl was on the table inside U.S. intelligence circles as recently as December. The key point to grasp here, writes Lachlan Markay, is that the Haqqani Network, which was holding Bergdahl, and the Taliban are two different outfits. The Taliban are true jihadis, bent on reconquering Afghanistan. The Haqqanis are more of an Afghan mafia, bent on enriching themselves. Both have killed lots of American soldiers...
  • President Obama Was Right

    06/07/2014 5:38:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | David Brooks
    It doesn’t matter if Bergdahl had deserted his post or not. It doesn’t matter if he is a confused young man who said insulting and shameful things about his country and his Army. It doesn’t matter either that the United States government ended up dealing with terrorists. In the first place, the Taliban is not a terrorist organization the way Al Qaeda is. America has always tried to reach a negotiated arrangement with the Taliban, and this agreement may be a piece of that.
  • Obama Destroys America’s Credibility for Political Gain

    06/07/2014 7:55:45 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | &#62211;June 7, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Era of Obama’s Unintended Consequences Fox News James Rosen reported that while Bowe Bergdahl was in captivity he converted to Islam and declared himself a mujahid. Mujahid means one who struggles for the sake of Allah. Not surprisingly, in recent years it was closely associated with Islamic extremists. Fox News obtained Secret situation reports or SITREPS that detail Bergdahl’s life in the hands Haqqani captors. His life over the last five years, according to the SITREPS, consisted of a progression from mistreatment to acceptance to eventually trusting Bergdahl with a loaded AK-47. In 2010 Bergdahl attempted to escape and...
  • Decoding Bergdahl (Obama was springing the gitmo prisoners -- not releasing bergdahl)

    06/05/2014 5:55:46 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    Belmont Club Books Archives Bio by Richard Fernandez Decoding Bergdahl June 5th, 2014 - 3:25 pm     inShare President Obama explained that he traded the Taliban 5 for Bowe Bergdahl because it’s what great men do. “This is what happens at the end of wars,” Obama said, speaking in Poland. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR.”  He forgot to add “then it is true for me”. Much is plain to those who walk in the footsteps of giants. Except it’s little hard to remember when exactly Washington, Lincoln or...
  • Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.

    06/06/2014 7:43:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy — worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda — has operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years. ... The Haqqani network maintains a safe haven in North Waziristan, Pakistan, across Afghanistan’s southeastern border. The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North...
  • Guest Blogger, Raven-Wolf: Bergdahl, How pride and arrogance kept us from getting him back

    06/04/2014 6:35:19 AM PDT · by wtd · 4 replies
    Bouhammer.com ^ | June 1, 2013 | Bouhammer, Raven-Wolf
    It was June 2009. I was working off the grid in and around South-Eastern Afghanistan. I had built a very effective Afghan network: local elders, merchants, NDS commanders, Afghan Army CI, etc. Word came down that a soldier from the 501st INF had gone AWOL. The name of the soldier was quickly known: Bowe Bergdahl. Within hours of the reported “DUSTWUN” (Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown) the RC-East Commander initiated a total gag order, preventing any Army unit or Embedded Training Team (ETT) / Police Mentor Team (PMT) team from sharing intelligence with the Afghans. His order was based on his...
  • 'Block-Buster' Truck Bomb One of the Biggest Ever

    11/14/2013 11:46:11 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | JAMES GORDON MEEK and ALEEM AGHA
    Afghan national security forces near the border with Pakistan recently intercepted one of the largest truck bombs ever built, a massive "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device," or VBIED, packed with some 61,500 pounds of explosives. ***snip*** An ABC News investigation, which aired on "World News with Diane Sawyer" this week, showed that lawmakers have tried to stop the U.S. Army from giving logistics contracts to companies linked to Afghan insurgents including the deadly network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Siraj