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  • Thomas Joscelyn + Bill Roggio, Long War Journal - latest events in Syria Iraq Afghanistan

    10/13/2015 9:59:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 10 October 2015 | John Batchelor
    audio, first 20 minutes or so. Very interesting observations by people who are paying close attention.
  • 5 NATO personnel killed in helicopter crash in Kabul

    10/11/2015 1:16:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Khaama news ^ | 10-12-2015 | Khaama Press
    At least five personnel of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission lost their lives in a helicopter crash in capital Kabul this afternoon. A statement by the alliance said “A coalition helicopter assigned to the Resolute Support Mission crashed due to a non-hostile incident Oct. 11 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at Camp Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan.” The statement further added “The incident resulted in the death of five Resolute Support personnel and the injury of five others.”
  • Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

    10/03/2015 7:29:06 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/03/2015 | Alissa J. Rubin
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States airstrike appeared to have badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least nine hospital staff members and wounding dozens, including patients and staff. The United States military, in a statement, confirmed the 2:15 a.m. airstrike, saying that it had been targeting individuals “who were threatening the force” and that “there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Accounts differed as to whether there had been fighting around the hospital that might have precipitated the strike. Two hospital employees, an...
  • 3 doctors killed in air strike on MSF hospital in N. Afghanistan

    10/02/2015 11:44:07 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 10-3-2015 | xinhua
    Three doctors of a Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) hospital were killed as an air strike targeted the MSF medical facility in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz city on Saturday, the MSF said in a statement. "Three MSF staff are confirmed dead and more than 30 are unaccounted after (MSF) trauma center in Kunduz was hit at 2:10 a. m. local time on Saturday (2140 GMT Friday) several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged," the statement said. The medical team was working around the clock to do everything possible for the safety of patients and hospital staff, the statement said....
  • U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Defense Officials Say

    10/01/2015 3:01:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Courtney Kube
    A U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Friday, two defense officials told NBC News. The crash happened shortly after midnight local time near Jalalabad Airport.
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

    09/21/2015 4:15:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/20/15 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s...
  • Troops overseas get pizza on the Fourth thanks to suburban initiative

    07/05/2015 12:22:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2015 | By Susan Berger
    Pizzas — 5,500 of them — were delivered this Fourth of July to servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Kuwait, thanks to an initiative that was born at a kitchen table in Elk Grove Village. "It's raining pizza in Afghanistan," said Pizza 4 Patriots founder Mark Evans. "We air-drop it." Eight years ago, Evans and his son Kent were eating pizza and watching coverage of the Iraq war on television. Kent asked his dad, a retired Air Force master sergeant, if the troops got to eat pizza. Evans answered that they got MREs — meals ready to eat in a...
  • Adam Gadahn: California rocker turned Al-Qaeda mouthpiece, killed in U.S. operation

    04/23/2015 1:30:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/23/2015 | Dave Clark
    Adam Gadahn, the Al-Qaeda spokesman believed killed in a US operation, was a teenage rock music fan who grew up on a Californian goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam. The White House announced Thursday that US intelligence thinks Gadahn died in January in a "counterterrorism operation" in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. The 36-year-old was apparently not deliberately targeted in the raid, but he has long been one of the most wanted jihadist figures on the US hit list, with a $1 million bounty on his head. As an English speaker and senior Al-Qaeda propagandist, he was one...
  • Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan: report

    01/18/2015 4:57:43 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | January 18, 2015 | Rich Schapiro
    A helicopter pilot and Britney Spears ex-boyfriend — who helped the pop princess quit booze — has been killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. John Sundahl, 44, was shot down during a flight from Kabul, where he’d been working as a private contractor transporting officials across the war-torn nation, according to the Daily Mirror. “She is devastated,” a source close to Spears told the UK paper. “Britney thought he was a lovely man.” A former real estate whiz, Sundahl dated Spears, 33, in 2007 after they met at Alcoholics Anonymous in Los Angeles. He spoke openly about her alcohol abuse.
  • Soldiers from NYC, Arizona killed in Afghanistan [Fort Hood, Lost 2]

    12/14/2014 5:18:06 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    The Department of Defense says an Army sergeant from New York City has been killed in Afghanistan. A soldier from Arizona was also killed. Military officials say Sgt. Ramon Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt Martin, 22, died Dec. 12 in Parwan province. The men died from wounds suffered when their vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
  • Afghan soldier who killed US general spent three years in army

    08/06/2014 10:25:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    The Afghan soldier who killed US Major General Harold Greene had spent three years in the army before he squeezed off two to three bursts of gunfire from a first-floor window at a senior military delegation in Kabul, officials said on Wednesday. As details emerged about Tuesday’s attack at a military complex in the Afghan capital, a picture was forming of a rogue Afghan soldier who may have been difficult to spot before he killed Greene and wounded 14 coalition troops. Greene was the most senior US military official killed in action overseas since the war in Vietnam. His father described him to Reuters as...
  • Last Danish troops leave Camp Bastion

    08/02/2014 7:21:24 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Local (Denmark) ^ | 01 Aug 2014 15:40 GMT+02:00
    Nineteen soldiers and over 50 heavily-loaded planes are on their way back to Denmark a week earlier than planned. The last Danish soldiers have left Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, the Army Operational Command (Hærens Operative Kommando - HOK) said on Friday. The withdrawal is taking place a week earlier than originally scheduled. The last 19 Danish soldiers will be flown back to Denmark on Friday after having left Camp Bastion on July 27th. HOK said a total of 54 heavy-loaded planes carrying 2,348 tonnes of material is being transported back to Denmark by way of Dubai. “That’s the equivalent...
  • Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    07/21/2014 2:39:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan. Pitts, a 28-year-old former Army staff sergeant from Nashua, New Hampshire, is the ninth living veteran of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor. In a...
  • Obama nominates 3 new military commanders

    06/24/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    President Barack Obama has tapped the vice chief of the Army to take over the U.S. command in Afghanistan later this year as America pulls out its combat troops and leaves a force of about 10,000 to train and advise the Afghan military. …
  • Can Iraq's fate befall Afghanistan, too?

    06/22/2014 6:21:25 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    america.aljazeera.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Jamie Tarabay
    As the White House ponders its next moves in Iraq, it also faces the question of how to best prevent the precarious security order it has established in Afghanistan from unraveling once U.S. troops withdraw at the end of 2016. That question was put to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey when the pair appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to discuss the Defense Department’s budget. “First, Afghanistan is not Iraq, internally, historically, ethnically, religiously,” Hagel responded. “Second, there is strong support in Afghanistan today for America’s continued [presence] as well...
  • U.S. quietly moves detainees out of secretive Afghanistan prison

    06/12/2014 5:50:28 PM PDT · by Lacey · 3 replies
    Yahoo News/ Reuters ^ | 6/12/14 | Missy Ryan
    The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States' controversial post-9/11 detainee system. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 non-Afghan prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from around 50 a few months ago. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a Frenchman, a Kuwaiti and 10 Pakistani prisoners were sent back to their respective home countries at the end of May....
  • U.S. Quietly Moves Detainees Out Of Secretive Afghanistan Prison

    06/12/2014 5:52:38 PM PDT · by edpc · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12 June 2014 | Missy Ryan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States' controversial post-9/11 detainee system. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 non-Afghan prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from around 50 a few months ago.
  • Opinion: Bush, Cheney created the Iraq mess; why not make them try to fix it?

    06/12/2014 5:00:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 155 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | by PAUL WHITEFIELD
    Well, gee, $1 trillion or so just doesn’t buy what it used to. Take Iraq, for example. Or, should I say: Take Iraq, please, someone — and fix it. Fend off the nasty Islamic fighters of ISIS and keep that miserable sinkhole for American lives and money from coming back to bite us — again. Do you understand now, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Bolton and all you neocon nutjobs, why the invasion of Iraq in 2003 wasn’t a very good idea? President Obama sure does. Because now he’s neck deep in another crisis in this place, a country...
  • Radio Chatter Indicated Bergdahl Sought Meeting with Taliban (Wanted to Help improve IED Attacks)

    06/03/2014 6:27:37 PM PDT · by equalator · 31 replies
    Breit Bart ^ | 6-3-2014 | John Sexton
    They heard someone saying that an American soldier was looking for an English speaker so he could talk with the Taliban. "Following his disappearance, IEDs started going off directly under the trucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical,"
  • Obama Replenishes the Taliban (good article)

    06/01/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by mgist · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/14 | Andrew Mcarthy
    President Obama finally completed the prisoner swap he has been pleading with the Taliban for years to accept. While the president draws down American forces in Afghanistan and hamstrings our remaining troops with unconscionable combat rules of engagement that make both offensive operations and self-defense extremely difficult, the Taliban get back five of their most experienced, most virulently anti-American commanders. In return, thanks to the president’s negotiations with the terrorists, we receive U.S. Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl — who, according to several of his fellow soldiers, walked off his post in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban. (For more...
  • Did Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl go AWOL in Afghanistan?

    06/01/2014 12:21:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 176 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 06/01/2014 | By Brad Knickerbocker
    After five years as a POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is headed home. But the circumstances of his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan remain unclear, indicating he may have walked away from his base. For now, the story for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is one of physical and mental recovery and reunion with his family. But very soon it will involve debriefings about the nearly five years of his captivity by Taliban fighters, who apparently held him in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, where his infantry unit had been engaged in combat. Military and intelligence experts will want to...
  • US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    05/31/2014 2:01:49 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 50 replies
    washington AP ^ | May 31, 2014 | JULIE PACE and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban
  • Exposure of CIA Station Chief Spotlights Administration’s Immaturity

    05/27/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Anybody can make a mistake, and that certainly appears to be what led to the Obama White House’s exposure of the top CIA official in Afghanistan this weekend. Unfortunately, as Roger Kimball details , this is not an isolated incident. In year six of the Obama administration, it speaks volumes about not just incompetence but immaturity and the skewed priorities that come with it. Exactly because anyone can make a mistake, large organizations — presidential administrations included — build layers of vetting into the disclosure of information to the public. In this instance, because the commander-in-chief made a surprise visit...
  • Obama pledges "responsible end" to Afghanistan war

    05/25/2014 8:37:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 5/25/14 | Julie Pace, The Associated Press
    President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday and made clear that the U.S. will likely maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America’s longest war comes to a close. “America’s commitment to the people of Afghanistan will endure,” he pledged. Speaking to troops gathered in an airplane hangar on this sprawling military base, Obama said the war had reached a pivotal point, with Afghan forces assuming primary responsibility for their country’s security. But while many of the 32,800 U.S. forces now in Afghanistan will leave in the coming months,...
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • Obama pledges to end Afghanistan war at year’s end

    05/25/2014 7:29:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is promising U.S. forces in Afghanistan that America’s longest war will come to a close at the end of the year. The president made a surprise visit Sunday to Bagram Air Field to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend with troops. He says the war is at a pivotal moment, with Afghan forces taking over primary responsibility for the security of their country. …
  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit troops

    05/25/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fox News
    President Obama has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, Fox News has learned.
  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • The Afghan Village That Saved Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell

    01/11/2014 2:28:38 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11.08.13 | Ron Moreau
    Nearly a decade after Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers rescued and protected wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, they remain Taliban targets—but they’ve never regretted their kindness. Nearly eight-and-a-half years after Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers harbored and saved the life of a gravely wounded U.S. Navy SEAL, they say they are still proud of their courageous action and would do it again in spite of the disappointments and troubles that have followed. In the face of point-blank Taliban threats to overrun the small village of Sabray in remote Kunar Province, along the porous and mountainous frontier with Pakistan,...

    11/08/2013 7:16:17 PM PST · by LSUfan · 64 replies
    TMZ ^ | 8 Nov 13 | Unattributed
    Tom Cruise not only thinks he trains harder than Olympic athletes, he believes his job as a professional actor is as grueling as fighting the war in Afghanistan -- this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ. As we reported, Cruise recently sat for a deposition in his $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that claimed he abandoned daughter Suri -- and his quotes are GOLD. First, the Middle East -- Tom says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal....
  • DOCUMENTARY: 5th Marine Operation Enduring Freedom Monument Vision to Reality

    10/29/2013 3:47:04 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    danapoint5thmarines (YouTube) ^ | 10/29/2013 | danapoint5thmarines
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRBwNgfVL58#t=80 This is the amazing story of the OEF enduring tribute for our 89 fallen heroes that traveled from sea to shining sea; Vermont to San Mateo and was finally unveiled in the 5th Marine Memorial Park at the journey's end. The OEF Monument, built by "Rock of Ages Corporation" in Graniteville, Vermont, was made possible by the generous outreach of so many "Friends of the Fifth," Adoptive Cities, and Marine Supporters. Please allow the time to watch this documentary. The 10 day journey of the OEF Monument to San Mateo, home of the 5th Marine Regiment, was delivered by...
  • Why U.S. Troops Want to Stay in Afghanistan

    10/25/2013 9:06:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    U.S. and Afghan politicians are in the middle of a heated debate over whether a small American and NATO force will remain in Afghanistan at the end of next year. But what's a political and strategic question at the negotiating table is an emotional question at bases around Afghanistan, where soldiers watch the discussions with one eye on their sacrifices over the past 12 years and the other on the American withdrawal from Vietnam four decades ago. In short, they don't want to go home without the win. After repeated combat tours, an untold number of divorces and nearly 2,300...
  • How Obama Gets Us to Forget His Failure in Afghanistan

    06/04/2013 6:41:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Mona Charen
    In the course of his rambling monologue on national security policy delivered at the National Defense University, President Obama gave only glancing attention to the most significant military undertaking of his term in office -- the Afghanistan war. The president scarcely ever mentions Afghanistan except to note that Bush's war there was "paid for with borrowed dollars." The word Afghanistan is nearly always mouthed in the context of "winding down" or "ending" our commitment. And, of course, because Obama still cannot help himself, he again chastised his predecessor for supposedly "shifting our focus" and prosecuting a war in Iraq. Perhaps...
  • Four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    05/14/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 14, 2013 10:19am EDT | Sarwar Amini
    (Reuters) - Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, the coalition and officials said, a day after three Georgian soldiers were killed in nearby Helmand. The soldiers were in a vehicle on patrol in Kandahar's Zhari district when they were killed, provincial spokesman Jawid Ahmad Faisal said.
  • Families say Muslim cleric disparaged dead Navy SEALS at their own funeral

    05/10/2013 3:24:53 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | may 9, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Relatives of Navy SEALs who died when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011 spoke at a press conference Thursday to condemn the Obama administration and claim that the U.S. military presented a Muslim cleric at the dead SEALs’ funeral who disparaged “sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire.” FreedomWatch president Larry Klayman, the attorney representing the families, claimed at the press conference, which Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and former Florida Republican Rep. Allen West also attended, that the U.S. military presented an anti-American speaker at the SEALs’ 2011 funeral.
  • Seven US soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb blast

    05/04/2013 1:57:44 PM PDT · by Patriot95 · 30 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 4 May 2013 | Associated Press In Kabul
    Seven US service members were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans in Afghanistan in recent months and the latest of attacks against international troops since the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive. The renewed violence came as Afghan president Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from CIA for more than a decade would continue. Karzai also said that talks on a US-Afghan bilateral security agreement to govern future American military presence in the country had been delayed because of conditions the Afghans were placing on...
  • 7 American Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

    05/04/2013 2:41:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    abc ^ | 5-4-13 | PATRICK QUINN /AP
    even U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO-led coalition were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans and other foreign troops in Afghanistan in recent months, as the Taliban continued attacks as part of their spring offensive. The renewed violence came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from the CIA for more than a decade would continue. Karzai also said that talks on a U.S.-Afghan bilateral security agreement to govern future American military presence in the country had been delayed because of conditions the...
  • VC for Heroic Lance Corporal

    03/20/2013 11:56:52 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 5 replies
    Ministry of Defence ^ | March 18, 2013 | MoD
    The heroic last stand of a young soldier who died trying to defeat an insurgent sniper team has been recognised with the posthumous awarding of the Victoria Cross (VC), the country's highest recognition for valour. Lance Corporal James Ashworth, aged 23 from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was killed by enemy fire when he made a lone advance on an insurgent position that was engaged in a deadly battle with his platoon in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, Afghanistan. His family (pictured top) were invited to a special media event at Lille Barracks, home of 1 Grenadier Guards, today, where Commander 12...
  • Obama: When War in Afghanistan Is Over, We Will Fight a War in Afghanistan

    02/13/2013 10:53:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/12/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night that he will end the war in Afghanistan by the end of next year, and that after that he will keep tens of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan to fight a war in Afghanistan. “And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” said Obama. For the period after 2014, he said, “We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again...
  • US Army distributes guide to troops: "Avoid arrogance" and "respect Islam" in order to avoid

    08/25/2012 8:55:27 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | August 24, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    US Army distributes guide to troops: "Avoid arrogance" and "respect Islam" in order to avoid attacks by Afghan soldiers Denial, dhimmitude, subservience. What do you expect from today's military establishment? In reality, no amount of "respect for Islam" and humility from American troops will prevent these attacks, because the imperative for them is rooted in Islam's doctrines of warfare against unbelievers. But since the U.S. Army prefers to pretend that those doctrines don't exist, we get this. "Pocket Guide Advises US Troops to 'Avoid Arrogance,' 'Respect Islam' in Order to Prevent 'Green on Blue' Attacks," from Truthout, August 24 (thanks...
  • Bitter Harvest (Oliver North)

    08/16/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 17, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — In December 2009, our commander in chief went to West Point and proclaimed that he would withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2014. Since then, he has proudly emphasized that "We are on a course to end this war responsibly." Now U.S. and NATO troops and loyal Afghan soldiers and police officers are reaping the bitter harvest of the seeds that Barack Obama planted with those words. Over the last 10 days, in five separate incidents, seven American military personnel were killed in what used to be called "green on blue attacks" — where Afghan soldiers or...
  • Seven American Soldiers Die in Afghan Chopper Crash (R.I.P.)

    August 16, 2012: Seven American soldiers were killed Thursday when their helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, although the insurgency often exaggerates its victories and is quick to claim responsibility for any incident involving foreign troop deaths. The area where the helicopter went down is an insurgent hotbed and supply route, lying north of Kandahar city near volatile Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. This story is still developing. R.I.P.
  • NATO chopper crash in southern Afghanistan kills 11...(EARLY)

    08/16/2012 5:38:25 AM PDT · by Doogle · 9 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/16/12 | CNN via FOX
    (CNN)– A NATO helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Thursday killed at least 11 people, including three Americans, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force said. The Associated Press is reporting that the Taliban is claiming that insurgents are responsible for the attack. ISAF said three were U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service members. The others include four ISAF service members, but it is not clear what their nationalities are. Three members of the Afghan National Security Forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died. The cause of the crash is under investigation, ISAF said in a news release.
  • Camp Pendleton Captain Killed by Afghan Police (Betrayed Marines Had Just Shared a Meal with Killer)

    08/12/2012 8:20:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | August 11, 2012 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Pendleton captain killed by Afghan police SAN DIEGO - A captain based at Pendleton was one of three Marines killed Friday in Helmand province by an Afghan police officer with whom he had just shared a meal, it was reported Saturday. Matt Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills, was killed after being invited by an Afghan police commander to a meeting in Sangin district, long a Taliban stronghold, to discuss security issues, The U-T San Diego reported. Before the meeting, Manoukian and the other two Marines killed shared a meal with their killer. The attack was the third of its...
  • 3 Italy-based U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    07/30/2012 10:27:14 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | JULY 25, 2012 | SUSY RAYBON
    3 Italy-based U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan VICENZA ITALY JULY 25, 2012 BY: SUSY RAYBON The Pentagon announced today the deaths of three Italy-based soldiers who were killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Pfc. Adam C. Ross, 19, of Lyman, S.C., died July 24, 2012, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered small arms fire. Ross was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy. Of note, the DOD announced last week that the base in Vicenza, Italy, is soon to be closed under the Base Realignment and...
  • Six U.S. Troops Killed in Eastern Afghanistan Blast

    07/08/2012 6:56:06 PM PDT · by kristinn · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2012 | Luis Martinez
    Six American troops were killed in a roadside blast today in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official told ABC News. Details about the deadly incident remain vague. Earlier today, a press release by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said six ISAF servicemembers “died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today.” The nationalities of the victims were not identified because “it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” the statement said. A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that the six killed in today’s attack were Americans, but did not have specific details...
  • Man wearing Afghan National Army uniform kills American soldier, official says

    05/11/2012 6:31:21 AM PDT · by SuzyQue · 21 replies
    MYFOXNY ^ | Posted: May 11, 2012 3:06 AM CDT | Source: NewsCore
    KABUL -- A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire on coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing an American and wounding two others, officials said. "An Afghan Army soldier turned his weapon against US soldiers inside an Afghan-US military base in Kunar Province, killing one US soldier and injuring two others," provincial police chief Ewaz Mohammad Naziri told AFP. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. http://www.myfoxny.com/story/18306795/man-wearing-afghan-army-uniform-shoots-dead-isaf-soldier
  • US Soldier 'Kills 16' Afghans In Their Homes

    03/11/2012 5:35:47 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 207 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12:14pm GMT, UK, Sunday March 11, 2012 | Sky News Staff
    A US soldier has killed 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, after entering their homes in Kandahar. Sky sources said the Afghan victims also included women and elderly men. Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs Asadullah Khalid, who is investigating the incident, said the soldier entered three homes, killing 11 people in the first one. The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) coalition confirmed the incident but did not release the number of killed or injured. Sky defence reporter Mark Stone said: "Details are still sketchy and various death tolls have emerged. "It appears to be an isolated incident and...
  • 'US spy drone crashes in Afghanistan'

    12/27/2011 2:06:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | 12/27/2011
    Afghan officials say an American reconnaissance drone has crashed in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktia, Press TV reports. A Tuesday statement released by NATO confirmed the incident but claimed that the unmanned aircraft made an emergency landing “due to technical malfunction.” According to locals, US-led forces have cordoned off the site of the incident. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also claimed that members of the militant group shot down the drone in the Ahmadabad district of the province. The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months. Activities...
  • Bomb Kills Five U.S. Troops in South Afghanistan

    08/11/2011 4:50:24 PM PDT · by rlferny · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Michelle Nichols
    A roadside bomb killed five American troops in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the U.S. military said, less than a week after American forces suffered their worst single loss of the Afghan war when Taliban insurgents shot down a helicopter.