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  • US cargo plane crash in Afghanistan kills 7

    04/30/2013 3:59:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | April 30, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the US-led military coalition said.
  • Bagram Airfield Crash 29 APR 2013 (Dash Cam Video)

    04/30/2013 2:08:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 79 replies
    LiveLeak.com ^ | 4/30/2013
    A civilian cargo plane crash at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul in Afghanistan has killed seven people. Video Here
  • Cargo Plane Crash In Afghanistan Kills 7

    04/29/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | April 29, 2013 5:43 PM | Krishnadev Calamur
    "Officials say the crash killed all seven crew members. And there is no word yet on their nationalities. "Emergency responders are still on the scene of the crash, at the sprawling base north of Kabul. Officials are still trying to determine the reason for the crash but say there's no indication of hostile fire.
  • Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

    01/28/2013 1:58:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin's Twitchy ^ | 1/28/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?..........
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • Ships, Planes Deliver Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan

    08/21/2009 4:23:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 626+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – Military transportation experts used ships and planes to deploy an Army combat unit that arrived in Afghanistan last month, marking a notable milestone for U.S. Transportation Command. The 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Wash., began departing from nearby Tacoma by ship in early May; the unit’s equipment arrived in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province July 25, about five days earlier than requested by U.S. Central Command, Army Lt. Col. John Kaylor, a transportation expert assigned to Transcom’s headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., said yesterday. More than 3,800 troops and 900 pieces...
  • ‘Flying Tigers’ Take Mission to Afghanistan

    07/22/2009 10:38:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 734+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009 – American volunteers flying shark-faced P-40 Tomahawks protected China during World War II, and their legacy has become a fixture in the war in Afghanistan. Air Staff Sgt. James Irvin performs an air-cycle machine inspection on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to ensure the A-10 Thunderbolt functions properly, July 20, 2009. Irvin is deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Felicia Juenke  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In homage to the storied airmen of the past, the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed from...
  • Convoys Roll Through Danger to Deliver Goods

    07/20/2009 4:36:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Elisebet Freeburg
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 20, 2009 – As combat missions increase in Afghanistan, a Maine National Guard battalion here is getting increasingly busy delivering supplies to forward operating bases under dangerous conditions. Army Sgt. 1st Class Byron T. Mills, a 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion transportation platoon sergeant from Temple, Texas, prays with soldiers at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, before leaving on a two-day combat logistics patrol to forward operating bases Lagman and Wolverine, June 25, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Riding in mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, also known as MRAPs or “gun...
  • Iraqi Air Force, Army Deliver Supplies to Local Communities

    07/11/2009 11:45:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    NAJAF — With the recent help of many organizations back in the United States, the Iraqi Provincial Government received three pallets of humanitarian relief supplies June 21 for distribution to the local populace here. “Helping people who are less fortunate is always a good thing whether in your home town or across the world,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Fred Harmon, deputy team leader for provincial reconstruction and project coordinator at Najaf. “Overall, these shipments send a message that bridges the cultural divide. In the more immediate impact, they simply help those who need it.” “It is important because it...
  • Russia to grant U.S. Afghan supply route

    07/04/2009 11:30:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 661+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/4/09 | Oleg Shchedrov and Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will grant President Barack Obama permission next week to ship U.S. weapons supplies across its territory, or through its airspace, en route to Afghanistan, sources on both sides told Reuters on Saturday. The transit deal will open up an important corridor for the United States as it steps up its Afghan war against Taliban insurgents by sending in more troops. Routes via Pakistan have come under attack by militants. It will be one of the main agreements signed during Obama's Moscow summit next week with Kremlin chief Dmitry Medvedev, the sources said. "The agreement will include...
  • Is Taliban getting U.S.-supplied ammo?

    05/19/2009 8:15:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 838+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/19/09 | C.J. CHIVERS, New York Times
    Insurgents in Afghanistan, fighting from some of the world's poorest and most remote regions, have managed to maintain a guerrilla war against materially superior U.S. and Afghan forces. Arms and ordnance collected from dead insurgents hint at one possible reason: Of 30 rifle magazines recently taken from insurgents' corpses, at least 17 contained cartridges identical to ammunition that the United States had provided to Afghan government forces. The presence of this ammunition among the dead in an area of fighting near the Pakistan border suggests that munitions procured by the Pentagon have leaked from Afghan forces for use against U.S....
  • Lightweight Armor Is Slow to Reach Troops

    04/18/2009 5:32:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,708+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2009 | THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — The Army has promised to lighten the soldier’s load, and nowhere more urgently than in eastern Afghanistan, where the unforgiving terrain tests the stamina of troops whose weapons, body armor, rucksacks and survival gear can weigh 130 pounds. But an experiment to shave up to 20 pounds off a soldier’s burden — much of it by reducing the bulletproof plates that protect the chest and back — has stalled, leaving $3 million in new, lightweight equipment sitting in a warehouse in the United States instead of being sent to the war zone where it was to have been...
  • U.S. Airmen Keep Troops, Cargo Moving Through Kuwait

    04/08/2009 4:25:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 346+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – The war may be fought in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, but for most troops and cargo heading into theater, it starts on a small air strip just outside of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Two airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron work to unload cargo from a C-17 Globemaster III at a small air strip in Kuwait, March 17, 2009. The airmen facilitate the most cargo and troops to theater of any air portal in the region. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • US thinks the unthinkable: asking Iran for help with supply routes

    02/25/2009 9:57:05 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 625+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/26/2009 | Catherine Philp
    It has been a grim couple of weeks for the snack lovers of Camp Phoenix. First Doritos, then Snickers, now Coca-Cola: all have disappeared from the usually packed shelves of the camp store. They were among the more expendable supplies lost when the Pakistani Taleban set fire to containers bound for US bases in Afghanistan close to the Khyber Pass. The denuded shelves underline a far more serious problem for the US: how to fuel the military effort in Afghanistan in the face of diminishing regional leverage and growing opposition from neighbours. Weeks of attacks by the Taleban on convoys...
  • Taliban burns 10 trucks on Afghanistan-Pakistan supply route

    02/05/2009 3:07:35 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 8 replies · 385+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | February 5, 2009 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King
    A day after blowing up a crucial land bridge, Taliban militants torched 10 supply trucks returning from Afghanistan to Pakistan on Wednesday, underscoring the insurgents' dominance of the main route used to transport supplies to Afghan-based U.S. and NATO troops. Months of disruptions on the route from the Pakistani port of Karachi through the historic Khyber Pass have forced NATO and American military authorities to look for other transit options. About three-quarters of the supplies for Western forces in Afghanistan -- mainly food and fuel -- are ferried through Pakistan by contractors, usually poorly paid, semiliterate truckers. Many now refuse...
  • Afghan Supply Line Still Viable Despite Breaches, Pentagon Official Says

    12/18/2008 4:34:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 341+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2008 – As the U.S. military works to improve security along a supply line that passes through Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, the pathway continues to be a viable means of logistics, a Pentagon official said today. Taliban militants reportedly have torched about 300 trucks laden with supplies, including military vehicles, in five attacks last week alone. But roughly 150 truckloads of supplies continue to traverse the route each day, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. “While we are still evaluating how to not only improve the security along that line, but [also] other lines that we...
  • U.S. to Widen Supply Routes in Afghan War

    12/31/2008 11:06:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 480+ views
    The New york Times ^ | December 30, 2008 | THOM SHANKER and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    WASHINGTON — The United States and NATO are planning to open and expand supply lines through Central Asia to deliver fuel, food and other goods to a military mission in Afghanistan that is expected to grow by tens of thousands of troops in the months ahead, according to American and alliance diplomats and military officials.The plan to open new paths through Central Asia reflects an American-led effort to seek out a more reliable alternative to the route from Pakistan through the strategic Khyber Pass, which was closed by Pakistani security forces on Tuesday as they began an offensive against militants...
  • Pakistan Shuts Down Supply Line

    12/31/2008 5:33:19 AM PST · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 12/31/2008 | Bill Roggio
    NATO's vital supply link through the Northwest Frontier Province has been shut down as the Pakistani military launched an operation to clear the Taliban from the area. "Supplies to NATO forces have temporarily been suspended," Tariq Hayat Khan, the Khyber agency's political agent, told reporters. The main road between Peshawar and the border town of Torkham has been closed as the military launched attacks using "artillery, tanks and, helicopter gunships," Geo News reported. It is unclear if the operation is being led by the Army or the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
  • Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

    12/30/2008 7:27:47 PM PST · by Flavius · 6 replies · 459+ views
    ap ^ | 12/30/08 | By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press Writer Riaz Khan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. The U.S. military said a temporary closure of the key supply line was not a problem, and praised the campaign in the rugged hills of northwestern Pakistan where al-Qaida leaders — including Osama bin Laden — are believed hiding. The operation came amid tensions between Pakistan and its eastern neighbor, India, triggered by last month's terror attack in Mumbai, which the Indian...
  • American's Imperiled Military Lifeline through Pakistan

    01/03/2009 10:56:51 PM PST · by dr_who · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Cato Institute Website ^ | December 28, 2008 | Malou Innocent and Ted Galen Carpenter
    After months of increased attacks on supply trucks, U.S. and NATO officials are scrambling for alternative routes to sustain its forces in land-locked Afghanistan. Today, three-quarters of NATO provisions bound for Afghanistan must travel through the deteriorating security environment in neighboring Pakistan. If U.S. and NATO leaders intend to establish new routes for the mission, they will have to make concessions to surrounding countries including Iran and Russia. Militants operating in and around the Pakistani tribal region of Khyber Agency have repeatedly hijacked supply vehicles entering Afghanistan. Earlier this month, gunmen torched more than 160 vehicles near the Pakistani border...