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  • ‘The Gloves Are Off’: Top General Says U.S. Demolished $80 Million in Taliban Heroin Labs

    12/15/2017 3:09:50 AM PST · by smileyface · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Edwin Mora
    WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S.-NATO coalition in Afghanistan has pulverized 25 Taliban labs used to process opium and its deadly heroin derivative, depriving the narco-jihadists of $80 million in illegal drug proceeds in the first three weeks of an unprecedented counternarcotics air campaign. Since November 20, U.S. troops and their Afghan allies have been targeting the Taliban jihadists’ opium business in their Helmand stronghold, the top-poppy producing province in Afghanistan. Watch a M142 HIMARS conduct an artillery strike on a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province Dec. 8, destroying nearly $1 million in direct Taliban revenues. "In the face...
  • Notre Dame Students Want to Rid School of Christopher Columbus Murals

    12/06/2017 6:21:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/5/17 | Chris Perez
    The Fighting Irish have a bone to pick with Christopher Columbus. Notre Dame students are calling for the removal of 12 iconic murals, which honor the famous explorer and have been on campus since 1884. The students have reportedly teamed up with alumni, faculty and staff in an effort to get rid of the 19th Century paintings. “In this era of political divisiveness and a renewed rise of dangerous nationalism, it is time for Notre Dame to remove its own version of a Confederate monument,” the group wrote in an open letter last week that was published in the school...
  • Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan - officials

    12/03/2017 6:30:44 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Dec. 3, 2017 | Staff
    KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban’s “special forces” branch, known asthe “Red Unit,” was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, was killed in an air operation in Helmand. The province is a Taliban stronghold in the heartland of Afghanistan’s lucrative drug trade. [snip]
  • Top US general says Taliban 'living in comfort' in Pakistan

    11/28/2017 9:23:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    While Nicholson acknowledged that the Pakistanis had taken military action against other violent extremist groups, he said that Islamabad needed to act against the Afghan Taliban, which has found sanctuary inside Pakistan since 2001. "The offensive operations against sanctuaries would be in other areas that we've identified with the Pakistani leadership on a number of occasions," he said. The general would not say how much time the US would allow for Pakistan to change its behavior before taking additional actions to compel Islamabad to crack down on Afghan Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan. "As you've heard our president say, as you've...
  • Coalition attacks Taliban command center and drug labs

    11/21/2017 1:34:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | November 20, 2017 | Bill Roggio
    The US military and Afghan Air Force hit a Taliban command and control center and seven “drug labs” in what the Coalition described as “previously untargeted safe havens in south and southwest” Afghanistan. With a shift in strategy, strikes such as these will become the new normal, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.The coordinated airstrikes took place over the last day in three Taliban controlled or contested districts in northern Helmand province: Musa Qala (four strikes), Kajaki (three), and Sangin (one). Musa Qala and Sangin are controlled by the Taliban, while Kajaki is hotly contested, according to ongoing...
  • The U.S. begins bombing Taliban drug labs as Trump’s Afghanistan strategy takes hold

    11/21/2017 10:34:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 20 at 12:36 PM | Dan Lamothe
    U.S. and Afghan forces have launched a series of attacks on narcotics laboratories in southern Afghanistan, marking the start of what could become a long, expanded air war there under President Trump.The initial strikes, which began Sunday and were ongoing Monday, represent the first significant use of new legal authorities granted by the Trump administration in August that enable the Pentagon to target Taliban revenue streams, said Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Previously, the U.S. military conducted strikes only when facing imminent threat or working directly with the Afghans.Speaking to the Pentagon press...
  • Obama Official RIGGED Election Against Marine Who Urinated on Dead Terrorists

    11/13/2017 8:29:15 AM PST · by Kalamata · 29 replies
    Truthfeed ^ | November 13, 2017 | Amy Moreno
    A Staff Sgt. in the Marines has just had his 2012 conviction for urinating on dead terrorists overturned. The shocking reversal comes after the revelation that an Obama official railroaded the soldier. Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin, one of several Marine Corps soldiers convicted in 2012 for having recorded themselves urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, had his conviction overturned this week because an Obama-appointed official had attempted to rig his trial.
  • Court Overturns Conviction of Marine Who Urinated on Taliban Corpses

    11/11/2017 4:16:54 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 33 replies
    Military.com ^ | 11/09/2017 | Hope Hodge Seck
    A military appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Marine Corps scout sniper involved in desecrating the bodies of enemy fighters in Afghanistan in 2011, finding that the actions of the service's top officer at the time tainted the case.The decision, by the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, was handed down Wednesday, five years after the original conviction.In December 2012, Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin was sentenced to 30 days' confinement, docked in pay, and demoted to sergeant for participating in an incident in which multiple Marine snipers attached to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, urinated on enemy corpses...
  • Marine who urinated on Taliban has conviction tossed thanks to general’s meddling

    11/09/2017 11:24:15 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 9, 2017 | Chris Perez
    A former US Marine who was caught urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters got his conviction thrown out this week thanks to the unlawful actions of a retired general — who “severely and systematically” interfered with the case, a report says. Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin had been reduced in rank for the infamous 2011 incident, sentenced to 30 days confinement and ordered to pay a $500 fine after he pleaded guilty to wrongful desecration, failure to properly supervise junior Marines, and posing for photographs with battlefield casualties. What he didn’t know at the time was that the...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence: No Prison Time

    11/03/2017 8:49:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence: No Prison Time November 3, 201711:44 AM ET Merrit Kennedy A military judge sentenced Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, to no prison time at a sentencing hearing Friday in Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Doctor testifying in defense of Bergdahl says he suffers from PTSD, personality disorder

    11/01/2017 8:35:03 PM PDT · by mairdie · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 1, 2017 | Elizabeth McLaughlin and Conor Finnegan
    Former Taliban captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has symptoms similar to schizophrenia and is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a forensic psychiatrist who testified in the soldier's trial on Wednesday. Bergdahl's lawyers called upon forensic psychiatrist and professor Dr. Charles Morgan, who specializes in working with prisoners of war and examined Bergdahl in 2016, in the trial's third day of witness testimony. Bergdahl, 31, faces up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for abandoning his Army post in Afghanistan in June 2009. The closing arguments in the...
  • Pittsburgh Art Commission votes to recommend removal of Stephen Foster statue

    10/26/2017 4:33:28 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    WTAE ^ | October 25, 2017
    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Art Commission voted Wednesday to recommend the Stephen Foster statue in Oakland be removed. The recommendation is that the statue is removed from the public and placed in a place in private and "properly contextualized." The Pittsburgh Art Commission will recommend removal of the statue within six months. Foster, a Pittsburgh native who died in 1864, is famous for classic songs including “Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown Races.” Many of his songs were used in minstrel shows in which actors performed in blackface. The statue depicts Foster sitting above shoeless, banjo-playing “Uncle Ned,” a slave character from...
  • Bowe Bergdahl deal compromised US national security and President Obama should be held accountable

    10/23/2017 6:33:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 23 2017 | Herb London
    The admission is in; the sentence awaits us. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl admitted deserting his Afghan post and endangering fellow troops. By all accounts this is the most serious betrayal of presidential authority in my life time. In 2014 President Obama attempted to cover Bergdahl with the achievement of a war hero, even inviting his Idaho based parents to the Rose Garden to celebrate news of his release. President Obama pointed out at the time that five Taliban leaders were freed from Guantanamo so that Bergdahl could be released from captivity. To gild the lily, National Security Adviser, Susan Rice,...
  • Deserter Bergdahl says Taliban more 'honest' than US Army

    10/22/2017 11:00:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2017
    Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who pleaded guilty Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, says his Taliban captors were more “honest” with him than the Army has been since his release three years ago. “At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’ ” Bergdahl tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine of London headlined "The Homecoming from Hell." Langan, too, is a former Taliban hostage. Bergdahl, 31, from Hailey, Idaho, says he never quite knew where he stood with the...
  • Breach: SecDef Mattis survives assassination attempt

    09/27/2017 9:56:30 PM PDT · by Hostage · 31 replies
    Spero News ^ | SEP 27, 2017 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    The Taliban terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for an attack directed at Secretary of Defense James Mattis who was making an unscheduled visit to Afghanistan. No casualties were reported at Kabul International Airport on Wednesday morning in the wake of the attack. Mattis had left before the shooting began. Locals said that two missiles were fired at the airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time. The American embassy in Kabul warned that the attack may have yet to end. "At about 11.36 am two missiles were fired on Kabul International Airport from Deh Sabz district, damaging the air force hangers...
  • US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

    08/31/2017 9:57:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 54 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 30 August 2017 | Thomas Joscelyn
    The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, earlier today. The propaganda message was clearly crafted with a Western audience in mind. Like other statements published by the jihadist group, Akhundzada’s message should be subjected to scrutiny and not taken at face value, especially given that parts of it are directly contradicted by the Taliban’s own words and deeds. Akhundzada explains that “peace” is only possible if the US and its Western allies, referred to as “occupation” forces, retreat from the country. “The main obstacle in the way of peace is the occupation,” Akhundzada’s statement reads. “Peaceful...
  • New York Times Warns Purging of Monuments May ‘Mobilize the Right and Alienate the Center'

    08/27/2017 2:05:03 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    Breietbart ^ | 8/26/2017 | CASEY TOTH
    As the alt-left, supported by members of the Democratic Party, look to tear down more and more monuments across America, the New York Times is warning that the increasing scope of the left’s iconoclasm may be alienating centrists and mobilizing the right. In an article Friday about the movement to rip down monuments and images in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month, the Times says the disputes have proliferated with “dizzying speed” and suggests that the left’s fervor has started to produce questionable results: The article goes on to say that as the campaign moves past...
  • China comes to Pak's defence after Trump's attack

    08/22/2017 8:41:21 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Rediff ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | K J M Varma, PTI
    China on Tuesday jumped to the defence of its all-weather ally Pakistan in the wake of United States President Donald Trump's stern warning to it over providing safe havens to terrorists, saying that Islamabad is at the frontline of combating terrorism. Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to announce his Afghanistan and South Asia policy, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to 'agents of chaos' that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has 'much to lose' by harbouring terrorists. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump's comments on Pakistan, said, "Hope the relevant policy decision by US...
  • Trump warns Pak on terror; seeks India's help in Afghanistan

    08/21/2017 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    Rediff ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | PTI
    The United States on Tuesday ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to provide safe havens to terror groups and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country. Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a 'critical part' of it was to further develop US' strategic partnership with India. He said after a 'comprehensive review', it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically. "A...
  • Afghan Taliban Begin Destruction of Ancient Buddha Statues (Sound Familiar?)

    08/19/2017 4:07:11 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 19 replies
    Common Dreams ^ | March 01, 2001 | Common Dreams
    An edict announced Monday by the militia's supreme leader, Mulla Mohammad Omar, calling for the destruction of all statues in line with "Islamic" laws, has caused shock around the world. Afghanistan is home to an array of pre-Islamic historic treasures from its days as a key stop on the ancient Silk Road and a strategic battleground for conquerers dating back to Alexander the Great and the Aryans before him. The two massive Bamiyan Buddhas, carved into a sandstone cliff near the provincial capital in central Afghanistan, stand 50 meters (165 feet) and 34.5 meters (114 feet) tall and were built...