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7 American Service Members Killed in Afghanistan
abc ^ | 5-4-13 | PATRICK QUINN /AP

Posted on 05/04/2013 2:41:58 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

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 Afghans were placing on the deal.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; breaking; fallen; ied; oef
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1 posted on 05/04/2013 2:41:58 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni
Posted here

2 posted on 05/04/2013 2:58:25 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: TurboZamboni; All
From April 30:


Our troops fighting the War on Terror need us more than ever! Now that Spring is here and temperatures are warming up in Afghanistan, the traditional "fighting season" is coming back. That means more insurgents, Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters coming out of their caves to carry out bombings and attacks on American targets!

This Spring is already getting off to a rocky start as the Taliban announced a new spring offensive.



APRIL 27, 2013
by Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced that this year's spring offensive would begin on April 28 and would focus on suicide assaults on Coalition installations, as well as "insider attacks" against Western personnel.

The Taliban, under the guise of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, announced the "'Khalid bin Waleed' spring operation" on their website, Voice of Jihad, today. The offensive is named after a companion of the Prophet Mohammed and military general whose victories helped establish the first caliphate.

The Taliban indicated that the attacks would focus primarily on the "foreign invaders," or Coalition forces operating under the command of the International Security Assistance Forces. The Taliban stressed that they would use "special military tactics" and "collective martyrdom operations," a reference to suicide assaults, and "insider attacks," or green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan security forces attack ISAF personnel.

"This year's spring operation, in accordance with its combat nature, will consist of special military tactics quantity and quality wise while successful insider attacks, to eliminate foreign invaders, will be carried out by infiltrating Mujahideen inside enemy bases in a systematic and coordinated manner," the Taliban stated.

"Similarly, collective martyrdom operations on bases of foreign invaders, their diplomatic centers and military airbases will be even further structured while every possible tactic will be utilized in order to detain or inflict heavy casualties on the foreign transgressors," the statement continued.

The Taliban carried out several suicide assaults on major ISAF installations last year, including attacks in Kabul and three other provinces just days after announcing the 2012 spring offensive. The Taliban's most successful suicide assault against an ISAF installation took place at Camp Bastion in Helmand province. A 15-man Taliban team penetrated security at the base, destroyed six Marine Harriers and damaged two others, and killed the squadron commander and a sergeant.

WE CAN'T FORGET OUR TROOPS ON THE FRONT LINES! Now that the cold Winter is behind us and the weather is warming up, our troops will be facing more frequents attacks and more roadside bombs, ambushes, insider attacks and other cowardly tactics by the Taliban.

Please remember that this war is far from over and our tropos are still fighting on the front lines. Even if the media seems to have forgotten them, we can't! Move America Forward will continue to send support to our troops as long as they're in harm's way.

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3 posted on 05/04/2013 3:00:05 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?")
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To: onyx

Tears and prayers for their families and friends.

4 posted on 05/04/2013 3:05:38 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Syncro

Never give up!

Semper Fi!

5 posted on 05/04/2013 3:06:50 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I believe the squirrels are mocking me.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Prayers up, for those who have gone, and for those they left behind...

Godspeed all.

6 posted on 05/04/2013 3:07:11 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: onyx; All


With great sadness we learned today that a cargo aircraft has mysteriously gone down in Afghanistan. It was not a military aircraft, but a civilian contractor jet carrying cargo, not passengers. All seven U.S. civilian crew members - six from Michigan and one from Kentucky - were tragically killed and the aircraft, a Boeing 747, was completely destroyed.

Another civilian contractor caught the crash on a vehicle mounted dash cam. It is a graphic and disturbing video that brings up many questions about what happened.
Was it an accident? Sabotage? Attack? Here's the full story below from CNN.

Cargo Plane Crashes in Afghanistan Killing 7 Americans
CNN News

May 1, 2013
by Holly Yan and David Alsup

(CNN) -- A cargo plane crashed in Afghanistan killing all seven crew members on board Monday.

All seven were U.S. citizens, the cargo carrier National Airlines said.

The crash happened shortly after takeoff from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan....

"This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard," a company statement said. "Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo."


The cause of the crash has not been determined.

But Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said his group shot down the aircraft and that "several foreign soldiers were killed."

That claim could not be immediately verified. But in the past, the Taliban has exaggerated casualty figures.

It's very sad to see things like this happen. Questions remain about the validity of the Taliban claim on responsibility. Are they actually capable of taking out a huge target like a 747? Whether accident or attack, the fact remains that Afghanistan continues to be an extremely dangerous place for American troops and contractors.

7 posted on 05/04/2013 3:11:47 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?")
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Do I have to say it again?

8 posted on 05/04/2013 3:13:23 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: huldah1776


9 posted on 05/04/2013 3:13:30 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Sad. Prayers for the families.

What homosexual now will Obama be praising and will Obama ignore the deaths of these seven heroes as he has done in the past?

Real Heroes Don’t Get Shout Outs at Presidential Press Conferences

By Michelle Zook

When Barack Obama returned to the podium to say one more thing at his press conference on Tuesday, it could have been about anything. Of course, a reporter had asked him about Jason Collins, but the president could have said any number of things.

He could have said,

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10 posted on 05/04/2013 3:14:00 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Syncro

Thanks very much, dearest Syncro

My prayers for all their brave sweet souls add for their grieving families.

11 posted on 05/04/2013 3:15:02 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: TurboZamboni

What happened to the media drumbeat?

12 posted on 05/04/2013 3:16:10 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

have you not heard?

dissent is no longer patriotic.

13 posted on 05/04/2013 3:21:00 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Will these brave men be prohibited form Christian services, head stones or plaques?

Because that’s coming.

14 posted on 05/04/2013 3:43:13 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: TurboZamboni

The Assclown issued a statement of sympathy within MINUTES of an abortionist who was shot and killed.

How long until a note of recognition for the American heroes who died at the hands of terrorists?

15 posted on 05/04/2013 3:46:02 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: onyx

Obama lied; soldiers died.

16 posted on 05/04/2013 4:18:00 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: MuttTheHoople

There’s a graphic that says exactly that!
I wish I could find it.

17 posted on 05/04/2013 4:19:25 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Syncro

Isn’t that what the 20,000+ Manpads that Tyrone Woods etc were working on tracking down in Benghazi are each capable of doing?

The Obama regime has made it possible for us to see 20,000 more attacks like this, wherever the terrorists want to take that equipment. If they bring those weapons to Chicago they could stand outside and shoot down every plane that takes off from O’Hare, just like that.

Somebody tell me if I’m misunderstanding.

Are we all feeling really safe now? What a great regime we’ve got, eh? Do we all now agree that it was such a great thing for the Obama regime to decide, independently of Congress or any other Constitutional process, to get rid of Ghadaffi - Ghadaffi who since before the invasion of Iraq had been one of our biggest helpers in the war on terror and who warned that the people opposing him are tied to Al Qaeda?

It’s no wonder that the Obama regime, which sent Michelle Obama to the hospital to figuratively high-five Hamza, the son of Osama Bin Laden (the “Saudi person of interest” tackled by an observant bystander for suspicious behavior at the finish line in Boston), considers it no big deal - a mere “bump in the road” - that the people trying to locate those 20,000+ Manpads were killed (even though we had assets ready to help immediately) because Obama went to bed instead of authorizing the standard protocols to help our men under attack from the terrorists Obama replaced Ghadaffi with.

Obama is a foreign enemy combatant who is arming and aiding the enemies of America - terrorists (as seen through both Benghazi and the Boston bombing) as well as the drug cartels (as seen in Fast & Furious).

We will strip nuns naked before they can go on a place, but it is no big deal that America’s enemies have been armed BY US to be able to shoot down that whole planeful of carefully-screened nuns with the snap of their fingers - 20,000 times.

If people cannot comprehend how dangerous this foreign enemy combatant in our White House is to EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY, then they are brain-dead.

18 posted on 05/04/2013 5:32:30 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: butterdezillion

20,000 is enough for one 747 to be shot down every day for the next 54 years.

No big deal. “What, at this point, difference does it make?”

19 posted on 05/04/2013 5:45:39 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: onyx
Burn it.
20 posted on 05/04/2013 8:13:08 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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