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  • ‘We Should Just Leave:’ Trump Takes A Look At Pulling Troops Out Of Afghanistan

    07/31/2017 7:18:52 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 80 replies ^ | 07/31/2017
    The Trump administration is considering the ramifications of paring back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing strategy review in America’s longest war, The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s national security cabinet is bitterly divided on the future U.S. role in Afghanistan. Senior national security officials like Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster are reportedly pushing Trump to allow a surge of approximately 4,000 troops into Afghanistan, while White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has lobbied against the effort. “It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if...
  • Four U.S. soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan: official

    06/17/2017 6:31:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 6/17/17 | reuters
    At least four American soldiers were shot and killed in an apparent insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a military official said. "An Afghan soldier shot and killed four American troops inside the base," said Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan Army's 209th Corps. "We are investigating.
  • Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan attack: U.S. officials

    06/10/2017 1:00:24 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies ^ | 6/10/17 | reuters
    Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another wounded during an attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to three U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. A local Afghan official said earlier two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others wounded during the shooting in Achin district, where U.S. special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against Islamic State and Taliban militants.
  • Afghan soldier fatally shoots three U.S. soldiers; 1 injured

    06/11/2017 5:35:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jun 10, 2017 | Sultan Faizy and W.J. Hennigan
    Three American service members were killed and another wounded Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in the country's eastern Nangarhar province, U.S. officials said. In a statement, the Pentagon said the wounded soldier had been evacuated for treatment and the incident was under investigation. The so-called insider attack — the second of its kind this year — happened in Nangarhar, where Afghan troops and U.S. special operations forces have been locked in combat with an Islamic State-affiliated militant group for months. The shooter was killed immediately.
  • Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas - KIA Afghanistan - burial

    05/13/2017 2:49:08 PM PDT · by USMCPOP · 10 replies
    Me | - | USMCPOP
    Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas was killed in action on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. He was 23. Today, he was laid to rest at Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia. There were many Special Forces troops, including a 4-star General, as well as family, friends and VFW members in attendance. About 20 of us Patriot Guard Riders were in the flag line. You can search news for more info and pictures. RIP, Sgt. Thomas.
  • Number Of ISIS Fighters Killed By ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Rises To 94

    04/15/2017 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 15, 2017
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has risen to 94, an Afghan official said Saturday. Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said the number of Islamic State group dead was up from the 36 reported a day earlier. A Ministry of Defense official had said Friday the number of dead could rise as officials assessed the bomb site in Achin district. “Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” Khogyani said. The U.S. attack on...
  • Death Toll From Massive US Bomb in Afghanistan Passes 90

    04/15/2017 7:42:19 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 61 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 4/15/17 | Ayesha Tanzeem
    ISLAMABAD — Afghan officials say the number of militants known to have been killed by a huge U.S. bomb Thursday has nearly tripled. Officials say at least 92 militants died in the blast - up from 36 reported Friday. The area is still being cleared, so the death toll may increase. There is no indication any civilians or military personnel were among the dead. President Ashraf Ghani said Afghan and U.S. forces closely coordinated on the bombing, however his predecessor has strongly denounced the strike and the United States. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday he is unleashing a...
  • U.S. Commander In Afghanistan: 'This Was The Right Weapon Against The Right Target'

    04/14/2017 3:15:25 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | Apr 14 , 2017 | Gen. John Nicholson
    At a news conference in Afghanistan early Friday morning, Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the U.S. military coordinated yesterday's historic bomb attack on ISIS with the government of Afghanistan. "The enemy uses tunnels and minefields to move around the battlefield and protect themselves from attacks from Afghan and U.S. forces," Nicholson said. "This was the right weapon against the right target."
  • MOAB U.S military Air Strike (Achin,Afghanistan) (4-13-2017) Video of the Blast.

    04/14/2017 6:00:00 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 121 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/14/17 | GAURAV NARWAL
    Drone Video of the detonation.
  • At Least 36 ISIS Terrorists Killed After US Bombed Afghanistan

    04/13/2017 11:13:04 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 65 replies ^ | Apr 14 2017
    ... After USA dropped the GBU-43 bomb on Afghanistan, it’s been reported that at least 36 terrorists from ISIS have been killed. ... The GBU-43 is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb developed by the United States and having a kill radius of 1.6 km. It weighs a massive 21,600-pound, and is GPS-guided. The bomb is designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules. The first testing of the GBU-43 was carried out on 11 March 2003 at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. It was again tested on 21 November 2003. ...
  • Trump won't say if he greenlit use of 'mother of all bombs'

    04/13/2017 6:34:18 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 53 replies
    cnn ^ | April 13, 2017 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)The United States on Thursday dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its military arsenal for the first time in history.But President Donald Trump declined to say whether he personally signed off on the use of the GBU-43/B MOAB, also known as the "mother of all bombs," in a strike on ISIS militants in Afghanistan. "Everybody knows exactly what happens. So, what I do is I authorize our military," Trump said when asked whether he authorized the strike. "We have given them total authorization and that's what they're doing."
  • 'Mother of All Bombs': US Forces Drop Massive Non-Nuclear Bomb in Afghanistan

    04/13/2017 10:00:50 AM PDT · by johnk · 365 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 4/13/17 | FOX News
    U.S. forces have dropped what is known as the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan. The device is the largest non-nuclear device in the Air Force arsenal, Fox News' Jennifer Griffin reported. It was dropped in Nangarhar Province, an eastern area near the Pakistan border. It's the first time the 21,000-pound ordnance has been used in combat, said Griffin. The device, developed in 2003 by the U.S. Air Force, is called the M.O.A.B, short for Massive Ordnance Air Blast. It's often referred to as the "mother of all bombs." Watch the report above.
  • US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

    04/13/2017 9:45:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2017 | Barbara Starr
    The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission. A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" (MOAB) — was dropped in at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, sources said.
  • The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

    03/13/2017 1:14:55 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 March 2017 | Andrew J. Bacevich
    Remember Afghanistan? The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes to wars, we Americans have a selective memory. The Afghan war, dating from October 2001, has earned the distinction of having been forgotten while still underway. President Trump’s Inaugural Address included no mention of Afghanistan. Nor did his remarks last month at a joint session of Congress. For the new commander in chief, the war there qualifies at best as an afterthought — assuming, that is, he has thought about it all. A similar attitude prevails on Capitol Hill. Congressional oversight has become pro forma. Last week Gen....
  • U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan..BREAKING

    03/02/2002 9:24:40 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 256 replies · 200+ views
    MSNBC | 03-02-02 | my favorite headache
    Saying soldiers killed in assault in Afghanistan....
  • Cut-off. Surrounded. Outnumbered. Just 88 British soldiers resigned to defeat after fighting off 500

    08/06/2016 2:59:12 PM PDT · by GilGil · 113 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/6/2016 | Nigel Blundell
    Outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered and besieged in the Afghan desert, a small band of British soldiers chose to save a final bullet for themselves rather than fall into Taliban hands. For nearly two months, the 88 men of Easy Company – a mix of Paratroopers and the Royal Irish – had faced the overwhelming force and firepower of up to 500 Taliban determined to over-run the remote Helmand outpost of Musa Qala.
  • August 6 2011 ~ 5th Anniversary of Extortion 17 Mission

    08/06/2016 2:11:21 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 42 replies
    Brian Bill Foundation ^ | 8/6/16 | Owen Kellogg
    In remembrance ... today marks the 5th anniversary of the shoot down of Extortion 17. On August 6, 2011, the U.S. Navy SEALs and the Special Ops community suffered a huge loss when their CH-47 Chinook was shot down in Afghanistan. The 30 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001. The Fallen: •SGT Alexander J. Bennett •SPC Spencer Duncan •CWO Bryan J. Nichols •CWO David R. Carter •SSG Patrick D. Hamburger •TSgt John W. Brown •SSgt Andrew W. Harvell •TSgt Daniel L. Zerbe...
  • Remains of Americans killed in Afghanistan attack returning to the US

    12/23/2015 11:55:40 AM PST · by NCDragon · 33 replies ^ | December 23rd, 2015 |
    The remains of the six Americans killed by a Taliban attacker in Afghanistan Monday were due to arrive back in the U.S. on Wednesday after an emotional ceremony at Bagram Air Field. Some U.S. servicemembers kneeled in front of the victims' photos, guns and helmets. Others saluted. Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen Dec. 23, 2015. The six Airmen lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram Dec. 21, 2015. (DVIDS) The six soldiers, one woman and five men, died...
  • 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.”