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  • Prepare to be shocked: One of the ‘Taliban Five’ is probably back on the battlefield

    01/29/2015 2:24:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    This week, multiple news outlets independently reported that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion. It was a charge that almost everyone saw coming and one that comported with what the soldier’s former colleagues had told media outlets. Within hours of this report, the Pentagon insisted that no formal decisions had been made with regards to Bergdahl’s case. It is a relatively safe bet, however, that the Pentagon will not be reiterating National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s claim that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Bergdahl’s release from captivity was controversial. Not because,...
  • Suicide bomb at Afghan funeral for Taliban victims kills 16

    01/29/2015 7:49:59 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2015
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Afghanistan for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 people and wounding 39, an Afghan official said. The attack took place in eastern Laghman province, according to the local governor's spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but the blame is likely to fall on the Taliban who have staged similar attacks in the past.
  • White House Spox Stumbles to Answer Whether Taliban a ‘Terrorist’ Group

    01/28/2015 2:40:38 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    During Wednesday afternoon’s White House press conference, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl cornered Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz over why the administration does not consider the Taliban to be a “terrorist” organization. In light of a possible Jordanian prisoner swap with ISIS forces, Karl asked Schultz how that government’s actions differ from the United States’ 2014 release of Gitmo prisoners to the Taliban in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. When the spokesman suggested the Taliban is just an “armed insurgency,” and not a “terrorist organization” like ISIS, Karl pounced: “You don’t think the Taliban’s a terrorist group?” In the clip...
  • SHOCK: White House: Taliban An "Armed Insurgency," Not A "Terrorist Group" Like ISIL

    01/28/2015 12:42:58 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 40 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    At Wednesday's White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz wouldn't call the Taliban a terrorist group, instead referring to it as "an armed insurgency." Video and transcript at link ...
  • Obama Advisor Takes BIG HITS on Benghazi and Bergdahl on Same Day

    01/27/2015 4:49:46 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes was dealt two major political blows, each on the same day. On one front, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Ret.) appeared on the O’Reilly Factor and broke some shocking news about the case of Bowe Bergdahl. On another front, legal watchdog Judicial Watch has reported that it has obtained documents as a result of its FOIA lawsuit against the State Department. Last April, Rhodes was revealed as the author of the infamous ‘smoking gun’ Benghazi email that instructed then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to claim a demonstration took place in Benghazi before the...
  • Obama WH Hiding Bowe Bergdahl Charges — Treason Too?

    01/27/2015 3:49:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Transparency: The administration is said to be hiding for reasons of damage control a report on the soldier we traded five Taliban leaders for. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers have already been given a charge sheet for desertion. Both Fox News and now NBC News have reported that Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. "I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney has been given what we call a charge sheet," retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a respected military analyst, told Fox's Bill O'Reilly on Monday. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski quoted senior defense officials on Tuesday...
  • Report: Bergdahl to Be Charged with Desertion

    01/26/2015 7:16:16 PM PST · by blueyon · 52 replies
    Breitbrat ^ | 1/26/15 | Jeffrey Poor
    On Monday’s broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer of the London Center for Policy Research revealed to host Bill O’Reilly that sources tell him U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face charges for desertion. Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan from June 2009 until his release in May 2014, which was part of a prisoner exchange for five Taliban members who were being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter; the only hostage is the overdue Army report

    01/23/2015 8:54:18 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/23/15 | Glenn MacDonald
    It’s an old axiom in the world of public affairs to release bad news or information that might result in blowback late on a Friday afternoon. That usually results in minimal “play” by the media and hopefully (in the view of the news managers) it will be marginalized by Monday morning’s news cycle. If the long-awaited Army investigative report on Bowe Bergdahl had been released on time – Friday afternoon, January 16 – it would have tested that strategy to the maximum. Much of the country suspects the liar-in-chief in the White House wants to paint the alleged Taliban “captive”...
  • Great news: Former Taliban leader released from Gitmo now recruiting for ISIS

    01/22/2015 12:44:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    On Tuesday, Barack Obama adamantly defended his policy of emptying the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, demanding that Congress get on board with it as well. As Jim Hoft noted at the time, the military leadership present at the State of the Union address didn’t appear too enthusiastic about it:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Perhaps the New York Times has an explanation for that stone-faced reaction. At the same time that Obama bragged about “turning the page” on war and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, one of the men transferred from Gitmo worked to establish a...
  • Is Obama White House Holding Bergdahl Report Hostage?

    01/21/2015 10:02:07 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 21, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Taliban Swap: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the report on the possible desertion of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be produced "fairly soon." Does it expose his trade for terrorists as another administration disaster? bfrrIt's bad enough that the Obama administration is conducting a clearance sale of al-Qaida detainees at Guantanamo, releasing the worst of the worst like a candy dispenser. But as the Islamic State spawns terror cells in Europe, and al-Qaida, the demise of which was greatly exaggerated, is linked to the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris as revenge for...
  • Is nervous Obama White House holding Bergdahl report hostage?

    01/16/2015 9:08:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (ret.)
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Last Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, indicated that he expected a decision “fairly soon” on whether the Army will court martial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan, or has cleared him, paving the way for separation from the service and back pay in excess of $200,000. Moreover, a decision to clear Bergdahl may well open the door for him to be designated a former prisoner of war, ensuring him substantial monthly pay, medical and educational benefits for the rest of his life. To those who have followed all angles...
  • Say It Like It Is (Holy Cow! the NYSlimes says Radical Islam is a prob)

    01/21/2015 3:39:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | Tom Friedman
    I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this? When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions...
  • Obama accelerates the emptying out of Guantanamo Bay

    12/31/2014 1:29:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Overnight, five more Guantanamo Bay detainees were released from American custody as the process of emptying out the prison facility accelerates. That brings the total of Guantanamo detainees released just this month to nine. “The two men from Tunisia and three from Yemen — who have been at the camp for a dozen years — had been cleared for release from the prison by a government task force but could not be sent to their homelands,” Fox News reported on Wednesday.Of the approximately 800 Guantanamo prisoners who were housed in that facility during the Bush administration, only 127 now remain....
  • Obama Frees a Nuclear Terrorist: Is there any terrorist Obama won’t liberate?

    01/02/2015 6:53:18 AM PST · by bestintxas · 17 replies
    frontpage ^ | 12/31/14 | d greenfield
    Which terrorist will Obama set loose next from Gitmo? A better question might be is there any terrorist he won’t free? Is there an Al Qaeda or Taliban Jihadist who poses too much of a threat to the United States for Obama to free with a lot of airline miles and Michelle Obama’s recipe for arugula fruitcake? If Obama has a red line when it comes to releasing terrorists, we haven’t seen it yet. There appears to be no threat that a terrorist can pose and no crime he has committed too severe to prevent him from getting a plane...
  • What Could Go Wrong? Obama Frees Nuclear Terrorist from Gitmo

    01/01/2015 12:23:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jim Holt
    What could go wrong? Barack Obama released a nuclear terrorist back to Afghanistan this month. Mohammad Zahir was in possession of uranium for use in making an atomic bomb when he was captured. Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Magazine reported: If Obama has a red line when it comes to releasing terrorists, we haven’t seen it yet. There appears to be no threat that a terrorist can pose and no crime he has committed too severe to prevent him from getting a plane trip out of Gitmo at taxpayer expense. The last releases saw terrorists rated as high risk freed by...
  • Freed Gitmo Captive Opens ISIS Base in Afghanistan

    01/15/2015 11:09:41 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 15JAN2015 | Staff Writer
    As President Obama frees droves of terrorists—including five Yemenis this week—from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo news reports confirm that a Gitmo alum who once led a Taliban unit has established the first Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) base in Afghanistan. His name is Mullah Abdul Rauf and international and domestic media reports say he’s operating in Helmand province, actively recruiting fighters for ISIS. Citing local sources, a British newspaper writes that Rauf set up a base and is offering good wages to anyone willing to fight for the Islamic State. Rauf was a corps commander during...
  • 12 DEAD IN PARIS MASSACRE: Islamic gunmen execute French police officer as he pleads for his life

    01/07/2015 6:32:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 119 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7 January 2015 | Simon Tomlinson and Peter Allen and Jay Akbar and Chris Pleasance
    12 DEAD IN PARIS MASSACRE: Islamic gunmen execute French police officer as he pleads for his life after terror attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo at centre of Mohammed cartoon storm Masked gunmen storm Paris headquarters with AK-47s shouting 'Allahu akbar!' and 'the Prophet has been avenged' Stalked building asking for people's names before killing the editor and cartoonist during weekly editorial meeting Horrific footage shows a police officer begging for his life before being shot in the head at point-blank range Killers fled in stolen car across eastern Paris after a 'mass shoot-out' with police officers and remain on...
  • The Fate of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    12/27/2014 7:59:54 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | December 27, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Several of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s former colleagues claimed that he abandoned his unit and his post on June 30th, 2009 leaving behind his weapon and body armor. Several hundred regular and Special forces troops joined the search for the missing private; a search during which at least six Americans were killed. Six soldiers and possibly more known to have been lost looking for an alleged deserter, but the Pentagon is too cowardly to admit it as the search has often been added to non-related missions. The early cover story of Bergdahl’s disappearance suggested he was captured when he fell behind...
  • President declares combat missions in Afghanistan are over

    12/27/2014 5:39:44 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 26, 2014 - 2:48 | Jennifer Griffin
    President declares combat missions in Afghanistan are over. Jennifer Griffin reports on Obama's bold prediction [VIDEO]
  • SHOCK REPORT: US Paid $5 Billion & Released 5 Taliban Prisoners For Deserter Bergdahl (Video)

    12/22/2014 6:49:48 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer, author of The Last Line, and Ret. Col. David Hunt joined Bill O’Reilly to give an update on the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap. Lt. Colonel Shaffer told Bill the Obama administration paid $5 billion and released five top Taliban Gitmo detainees in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Obama celebrated the release of deserter Bowe Bergdahl with a White House press conference in the Rose Garden in May 2014.Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who was part of the negotiations, told Bill O’Reilly the US paid out $5 billion and traded five top Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Bill O’Reilly:...
  • US releases four Gitmo detainees, sends them back to Afghanistan

    12/20/2014 10:04:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | December 20, 2014 | Michael Pizzi & Jenifer Fenton
    Men repatriated at request of President Ashraf Ghani; camp census now 132. The four Afghan detainees whose release from Guantanamo was announced on Saturday. Clockwise from top right: Abdul Ghani, Khi Ali Gul, Shawali Khan, Mohammed Zahir. Four Afghan detainees have been released from Guantanamo Bay and repatriated at the request of President Ashraf Ghani, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Saturday. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were flown to Afghanistan after what the Pentagon called a “comprehensive review” of their case. Lawyers for Khan and Ghani said their clients were already back with their...
  • Afghan civilian casualties hit record high: United Nations

    12/20/2014 6:55:16 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    abc.au ^ | 12-21-2014
    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, a UN report says, highlighting worsening violence as US-led troops leave the country after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban. Casualties jumped 19 per cent by the end of November compared to the year before, with 3,188 civilians killed and 6,429 injured, the United Nation's Mission's for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. Ground fighting between troops and insurgent groups and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remained leading causes of deaths and injuries, while the Taliban was accountable for 75 per cent of all civilian casualties, the report said....
  • The Mother of All Connections (New evidence of collaboration between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda)

    07/09/2005 10:39:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 150 replies · 15,521+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    "In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United States and British embassies with chemical mortars."  U.S. government "Summary of Evidence" for an Iraqi member of al Qaeda detained at Guantanamo Bay, CubaFOR MANY, the debate over the former Iraqi regime's ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ended a year ago with the release of the 9/11 Commission report. Media outlets seized on a carefully worded summary that the commission had found no evidence "indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or...
  • Obama May Be Linked to Massacre in Pakistan [by Gitmo release]

    12/17/2014 1:17:03 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 16 replies
    Front Page, also Viral Buzz. also on Jews News, Pamela Geller, ^ | 16 December 2014 | By Brooke McGowan, Viral Buzz
    Only eight days prior to the horrendous slaughter of children and school staff in Pakistan, Barack Obama released Pakistani Taliban leader, the second in command of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This is the exact group claiming responsibility for today’s massacre in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead. Senior TTP commander Latif Mehsud (pictured above) was handed over to Pakistani authorities according to the source there. This was not the first time Obama has handed over Taliban leaders to Pakistan authorities who then have released them into the main populace. It is not without merit to wonder if today’s attack has any relation to...
  • Limbaugh Commentary Absent?

    12/16/2014 2:54:32 PM PST · by PeaRidge · 16 replies
    Self | 12-16-14 | Pearidge
    Rush Limbaugh commentary absent.
  • Taliban School Slaughter

    12/17/2014 8:05:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    The mind-numbing savagery of radical Islam plumbed new depths in Pakistan yesterday. Taliban terrorists shouting “Allahu akbar” attacked the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, slaughtering 142 people, including 132 children between the ages of six and 16. Another 10 staff members, including the principal, were also murdered. “They didn’t take any hostages initially and started firing in the hall,” said Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a military spokesman.
  • Silence on Bowe Bergdahl, months after Army investigation concludes (Wash. Post)

    12/16/2014 2:39:06 PM PST · by tellw · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dan Lamothe
    Six months after the military began an investigation into the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban, which held him for five years, the results remain under wraps as senior Army officials determine what to do next. Bergdahl was recovered in Afghanistan by U.S. troops in a controversial swap for five Taliban officials on May 31. He had disappeared from his small patrol base on June 30, 2009, under a cloud of suspicion and fear as it became clear he been captured by militants. The Army in June launched a new investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance...
  • BREAKING: Obama May Be Linked to Massacre in Pakistan (Video)

    12/16/2014 1:15:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Daniel Greenfield Frontpage Magazine, Viral Buzz ^ | December 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield Frontpage Magazine, Brook McGowan
    Only eight days prior to the horrendous slaughter of children and school staff in Pakistan, Barack Obama released Pakistani Taliban leader, the second in command of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This is the exact group claiming responsibility for today’s massacre in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead.
  • The word Taliban means...

    12/16/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · by pickrell · 16 replies
    Vanity | '16-Dec-2014 | Ron Pickrell
    For what it's worth, the Taliban kill 126 children, claiming that education is poison. In a related note, the very word Taliban comes from the root word Talib, meaning student. They were created in schools, armed themselves with the certainty that they therefore understood everything, and formed the organization "The students". The only reason I post this is that I haven't seen this remarked upon yet. With such astonishing hipocrisy, it must be that the Taliban are an offshoot of progressivism.
  • Malala "Heartbroken" By Pakistan School Slayings

    12/16/2014 7:35:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Breitbart News
    (AFP) Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing of scores of children by Taliban militants Tuesday in Pakistan.
  • Peshawar school attack: Taliban's 'revenge' for Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize

    12/16/2014 7:04:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    IBTimes ^ | 12-16-2014 | Ludovica Iaccino
    The Taliban has killed dozens of children at a Peshawar school in a revenge mission for Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Ahmed Rashid, an expert on the Islamic militants, told the BBC the insurgents had various reasons to attack the school, one of which was to send a message to the supporters of Malala, who advocates education for women and children. In response to the events at the school in Pakistan, education campaigner Malala has condemned the "atrocious and cowardly" attack. As reported by the Guardian, she said: "I am heartbroken by this...
  • Pakistan School Attack: Taliban Militants Kill 126 in Peshawar, Take Hostages

    12/16/2014 6:23:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Wajahat S. Khan and F. Brinley Bruton
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Uniformed militants attacked a school, killing at least 126 people and taking hostages on Tuesday, an official said - an atrocity condemned by the U.S. as "senseless and inhumane." "The gunmen entered class by class and shot some kids one by one," a student who was in the school at the time told local media. Provincial official Bahramand Khan said at least 126 people were killed and 122 injured. More than 100 of the dead were school children, he added. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, which appeared to be targeting the the children of...
  • Pakistan minister: 84 dead in Taliban attack

    12/16/2014 2:01:54 AM PST · by John W · 57 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Riaz Khan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A top Pakistani official says that 84 students have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Pervez Khattak, the chief minister of the province where the attack is underway, says that roughly the same number of students have been wounded. According to Khattak, the 84 killed in the Tuesday attack were all "children" but hospital officials earlier said at least one of the fatalities was a teacher and one security official were also among the dead. Khattak says the fighting is still unfolding at the school.
  • Muslim go BOOM!

    12/15/2014 11:16:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” – The Quran, Surah 9:5 Islam is anything if not ironic. “A teenaged bomber on Thursday targeted a Kabul auditorium packed with people watching a drama condemning suicide attacks,” reports Reuters. “Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber targeted the event because it was staged ‘to insult Islamic values and spread propaganda about our jihad operations, especially on suicide attacks.’” And so, in defense of “Islamic values” and to dispel “propaganda” about “suicide attacks,” Muhammad Jr....
  • Taliban Demand Investigation of U.S. for ‘Violations of International Humanitarian Laws’

    12/15/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The Taliban has called for an international investigation into the human rights standards of the United States after the Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats released a lengthy report criticizing enhanced interrogation techniques used in the war on terror. Under Taliban rule, Afghans were subject to public floggings or executions for “violations” such as women wearing nail polish or exposing any skin, or both teachers and students trying to learn in underground schools. Women had zero rights and weren’t allowed to leave their homes except with a male relative. Nowadays, the Taliban commits acts of violence against activist or working women, and...
  • A Little Reminder of What Al Qaeda and the Taliban Considered Torture

    12/10/2014 8:24:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The release of the already discredited Senate “torture report” has left liberals in a state of gleeful pearl clutching as they pretended to be shocked by the shocking revelation that enhanced interrogation can mean sleep deprivation and assorted mind games.Meanwhile here’s a little reminder of what real torture looks like as perpetrated by the Taliban. I was one of the Taliban’s torturers: I crucified peopleInstead of just searching for criminals, the night patrols were instructed to seek out people watching videos, playing cards or, bizarrely, keeping caged birds. Men without long enough beards were to be arrested, as was any...
  • 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...
  • Taliban Invent & Deploy Bird Bomb in Northern Afghanistan ...

    11/29/2014 1:51:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | Sat Nov 29 2014, | MIRWAIS JALALZAI
    Police defuse a bird bomb in northern Afghanistan For the first time Afghan police discover and defused a bomb which was planted in a bird’s body in northern Faryab province. Faryab is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, which is located in the north of the country bordering neighboring Turkmenistan. According to local police, the suspicious bird was flying over a police check point on Faryab- Jawzjan high way in Shereen Tagab distract, when police start tracking it. “The bird which also had a GPS on the top of his head was used by unknown sources possibly Taliban against...
  • Grieving Afghan mother takes bloody revenge by killing 25 Taliban militants

    11/26/2014 12:16:08 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 26, 1 2014 | Henry Austin
    Reza Gul looked on as the militants attacked her son's police checkpoint Flanked by her daughter and daughter in law she led the fightback The Taliban remain tight lipped about the attack
  • New York Times: While you were sleeping, Obama re-upped us for another year in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:42:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Or, more accurately, while you were voting. Was Barack Obama conveniently waiting for after the midterm elections to add another year of combat duty to our tour in Afghanistan, or is this just a big coincidence? YMMV, but the New York Times suggests that the decision was made longer than just 17 days ago in this Friday night document dump: President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country...
  • Taliban Charges Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion (Satire)

    11/21/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 6 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | November 21, 2014 | G-Had
    QUETTA, PAKISTAN – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be innocent of desertion as far as the U.S. Army is concerned, but in recent days the ex-prisoner of war now faces the same charges from the most unlikely direction: his former captors. Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced that the insurgent group, following its own internal investigation, would be charging Bergdahl with deserting his post — a crime punishable by death, public flogging, or lengthy imprisonment, although typically not in that order.
  • 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...
  • Herridge: Freed Gitmo Prisoner Is Now Chief ISIS Recruiter (Abdul Rahim Muslimdost)

    11/19/2014 8:27:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 19 2014 7:49 pm
    A known al Qaeda terrorist released from Guantánamo Bay is now a recruiter for ISIS, Catherine Herridge reported this evening. In the Guantánamo review from 2005, the Bush administration found that he (Abdul Rahim Muslimdost) was “too old” to rejoin the fight and that he was in poor health. …
  • U.S. stance let terror network grow

    11/06/2001 4:59:34 PM PST · by tomball · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 11/06/01 | Mary Pat Flaherty, David B. Ottaway and James V. Grimaldi
    - Each year, the U.S. State Department formally rebukes and imposes penalties on governments that protect and promote terrorists. But since 1996, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the nation harboring Osama bin Laden has never made the department's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries. The omission reflects more than a decade of vexing relations between the United States and Afghanistan, a period that found the State Department more focused on U.S. oil interests and women's rights than on the growing terrorist threat, according to experts and current and former officials. It was not until 1998, when two U.S. embassy bombings ...
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • Taliban 'Could Cut Links With Al Qaeda'

    09/11/2012 3:33:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10th September 2012 | Sam Kiley
    The Taliban may be prepared to renounce terrorism and sever links with al Qaeda, accept a power sharing role in a new Afghan government and even tolerate American bases in their country, according to a new report. A panel of four experts from the Royal United Services Institute interviewed four senior figures - each one part of the "pragmatic" or "moderate" part of the Islamist movement - at a secret location in the Arabian Gulf. The four figures, among them two former Taliban ministers, a Mujahideen commander and a well-connected negotiator, surprised the experts by insisting that they had no...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 23 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Barack Obama Just Released Another Terrorist!

    11/07/2014 9:57:20 AM PST · by drypowder · 10 replies
    Conservitive Daily ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Joe Otto
    Fellow Conservative, This is just disgusting. A few days removed from a complete shellacking in the midterm elections, Obama has decided to stick his nose up at the American people and release another dangerous terrorist from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Fawzi al-Odah was one of the longest-held terrorists in GITMO. Instead of keeping him in Guantanamo where we know he can be stopped, the Obama administration released him back to Kuwait. Once home, al-Odah will be forced to spend a year in a Kuwaiti “militant-rehabilitation center,” however after six months he will become eligible for ‘parole,’ specifically more time...
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 164 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehan’s report also listed the measures that the ...