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  • 16 killed, 90 wounded in W. Afghanistan's explosion: official

    10/22/2020 8:37:59 PM PDT · by xomething · 6 replies
    xinhuanet ^ | 10/18/2020 | editor:huaxia
    At least 16 people were killed and 90 others wounded after a powerful explosion rocked outside a provincial police office in Firoz Koah, capital of Afghanistan's western Ghor province on Sunday, a local official confirmed. "The final number of casualties would be shared with media later in the day. The number of casualties may change as the rescue of victims from under debris is continuing," Abdul Latif Rahimi from the provincial health directorate told Xinhua. Many wounded remained in critical condition, he said. The blast occurred roughly at 11:15 a.m. (local time) when an explosive-laden minibus was detonated along a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: NY Dem Congressional Candidate Running As A Sterling Former Army Officer Was Actually Relieved Of Duty

    10/20/2020 4:13:43 AM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/2020 | Henry Rodgers
    New York Democratic congressional candidate Jackie Gordon’s military records show she was subject to two investigations during her time in the U.S. Army, resulting in two separate recommendations that she be relieved of command, one of which was acted upon in Afghanistan, according to two Department of Defense sources with direct knowledge of the investigations. The Daily Caller obtained an unredacted Department of Defense document from a source with direct knowledge of an investigation into Gordon’s behavior as a lieutenant colonel from December 2011, as well as a redacted Department of Defense document (described as “interim findings”) that shows Gordon...
  • Muslim Migrant ‘Ambassador of Saxony’ Beats Woman to Death

    10/16/2020 5:42:06 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 20 replies
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | Wed Oct 14, 2020 | Robert Spencer
    ***The German-language news outlet TAG24 reported Wednesday that a man identified only as “Edris Z.” had carried out “a coldly planned revenge murder” against his former girlfriend, a “refugee aid worker had previously denounced the Afghan-born man under the Protection Against Violence Act.” This is horrific enough, but it gets even worse: Edris Z. was in the past hailed as a model migrant, and even dubbed an “Ambassador of Saxony.” TAG24 states that Edris emigrated from Afghanistan to Germany in 1995, that is, well before Angela Merkel initiated the mass Muslim migration that has inundated Germany in the last few...
  • Top General Declines to Endorse Trump’s Afghan Withdrawal Timeline

    10/12/2020 5:15:55 PM PDT · by rintintin · 71 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct 12 2020 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON — The nation’s top general declined on Sunday to endorse either of the sudden announcements on Afghan troop withdrawals that came out of the White House last week. In an interview with NPR, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the agreement reached with Afghan and Taliban officials to leave Afghanistan was “conditions based,” adding that the United States would “responsibly” end the war.
  • Rand Paul: Trump told me he wants to END the war in Afghanistan by Christmas!

    10/11/2020 7:18:54 AM PDT · by RandFan · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 11 | Sen. Rand Paul
    @RandPaulJust spoke with @realDonaldTrump. He sounds great and wants libertarians and everyone across the country to know he is ending the war in Afghanistan! @RandPaulIn his term, @realDonaldTrump has already brought home thousands of our brave soldiers. He wants the rest home by Christmas and a stop to our endless wars.
  • The Taliban on Trump: "We hope he will win the election" and withdraw U.S. troops

    10/11/2020 2:54:13 AM PDT · by RandFan · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | Oct 10 | BY SAMI YOUSAFZAI
    President Trump's reelection bid received a vote of support Friday from an entity most in his party would reject: the Taliban. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told CBS News in a phone interview, "We hope he will win the election and wind up U.S. military presence in Afghanistan." The militant group expressed some concern about Mr. Trump's bout with the coronavirus. "When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better," another Taliban senior leader told CBS News. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Saturday that they "reject" the Taliban support....
  • 4th CAB “Iron Eagles” receive highest aviation honor: For heroic actions under fire, 21 others receive citations for valor (tenth anniversary)

    10/03/2020 6:01:08 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 4 replies
    Defense Visual Information Distribution Service ^ | March 22, 2011 | Sgt. Sean Harriman
    SHINDAND AIR BASE, Afghanistan – During the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2010, more than 90 Italian and Afghan National Army soldiers sat huddled together on CH-47 Chinooks, preparing themselves for an air assault mission on an objective that had been identified as a potential “insurgent hot bed,” said the air mission commander, Lt. Col. Ronald G. Lukow, the commanding officer of Task Force Comanche, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. “The aim of the operation was to capture an insurgent leader and insurgent leaders generally operate with their own security,” Lukow said. “We knew that there was...
  • Retired four-star general Stanley McChrystal endorses Biden

    10/01/2020 8:41:46 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 110 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/01/20 | TAL AXELROD
    Retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal has endorsed Joe Biden for the White House, citing his time working with the former vice president under the Obama administration and saying the Democratic nominee is "someone that you can trust." McChrystal, speaking on MSNBC Thursday morning, said Biden “is humble enough to listen to experts, is humble enough to respect people who serve and have served.” “I think that he would surround himself with an effective team of good people, I think he would set a tone in which he would bring out the best of people. Again, not everyone will agree with...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version "Venezuela World" In COVID-19 Tyranny Even Ohio We Are Gitmo Prisoners

    09/26/2020 7:51:19 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Starting off the music some women I was infatuated with in my fantasy world back in my youth and the reality slap to the face of my vanity and ego from the late great Jim Croce a short life with some great music left behind.... I fantasized that I was someone much greater than myself to deal with reality through decades of my life and wanting to be someone big can lead to something awful. A convicted killed said this when he appeared before a parole board last month.... "I assassinated him....because he was very, very, very famous and that's...
  • Pat Buchanan: Are the forever wars really ending?

    09/15/2020 7:07:46 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 32 replies
    Trib Live ^ | Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:00 p.m. | PAT BUCHANAN
    In Trump’s first term, his commitment to extricate America from the forever wars went unrealized, due in part to the resistance of hawks Trump himself appointed to carry out his foreign policy agenda. Clearly, , with the cuts in troops in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the appointments of Ruger and Macgregor, Trump has signaled a new resolve to reconfigure U.S. foreign policy in an “America First” direction, if he wins a second term. Will he follow through? Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has been in an extended argument with itself over America’s role, America’s mission...
  • Pompeo on Afghan Peace Talks: ‘We’re on a Pathway to Achieve’ Zero U.S. Forces in Afghanistan by Spring 2021

    09/14/2020 11:53:31 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 14 2020 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Breitbart News exclusively — after meetings between Afghan government officials and Taliban leaders as part of the beginning of intra-Afghan peace negotiations — that the process is moving along on pace for a full withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the spring of 2021. “I do,” Pompeo said when asked if the process is moving on pace with a Feb. 29 agreement between the United States and Taliban leadership that laid out the framework for the United States to reduce the troop count to zero by April or...
  • State Dept. Spox: ‘There Is No Military Solution to the End of the War in Afghanistan’

    09/13/2020 7:14:19 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 12 2020 | Ian Hanchett
    On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus discussed negotiations for a peace deal in Afghanistan and stated that “there is no military solution to the end of the war in Afghanistan.” Ortagus said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:50] “We have had 19 years of fighting in Afghanistan, 19. … This is the hardest stuff that we do in diplomacy, to get to the end of a war. We know that there is no military end to the — there is no military solution to the end of the war in Afghanistan....
  • Trump Nominates Decorated Veteran, Foreign Quagmire Skeptic For U.S. Ambassador To Afghanistan

    09/11/2020 6:48:17 AM PDT · by euram · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Sept 10 2020 | Jordan Davidson
    President Trump nominated foreign-policy expert William Ruger for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday in a move speculated to help reduce U.S. troops in the area after nearly 20 years of war. The announcement comes just a week before Afghanistan and the Taliban are expected to begin peace talks. Ruger, “a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the United States Navy (Reserve Component),” will replace John Bass, who left the ambassadorship in January.
  • Time for the Longest War in Our Nation’s History to End

    09/10/2020 7:38:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2020 | Brian Darling
    The Trump Administration is floating the idea that the president is planning to pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and drawing down in Afghanistan. This is great news. Another good sign of things to come is that the name William Ruger, an Afghan war skeptic, is being floated as a possible next U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. Ending the Afghanistan war and installing an Ambassador that supports the President’s promise to end the endless wars would complete a promise to the libertairain-ish wing of the Republican Party who voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016 and want to support...
  • Donald Trump pulls two thousand troops out of Iraq and plans drawdown in Afghanistan in days amid bust-up with top commanders he accused of going to war to enrich defense contractors

    09/09/2020 11:59:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/09/2020 | By NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The Trump administration announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 troops will be withdrawn from Iraq and the administration is looking to announce a drawdown in Afghanistan in coming days. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said the reduction will go from about 5,200 troops in Iraq to 3,000 and happen this month, which he said will 'allow us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of ISIS in Iraq,' according to CNN. Reporters first caught wind of the president's plan when a senior administration official discussed it with the press pool on...
  • Taliban IED experts blown up by own bomb in a mosque in North of Afghanistan

    08/20/2020 1:58:10 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | 8/20/20
    A group of Taliban sustained casualties as they were busy manufacturing an improvised explosive device, roadside bomb, in a mosque in North of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the incident took place in a mosque in Chahabar Bolak district of Balkh. The statement further added that a group of 8 Taliban IED experts were busy manufacturing a bomb inside a mosque in Sikandar Khel Village. The premature explosion caused by IED killed four Taliban militants and wounded at least four others, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement. According to Shaheen Corps, the explosion killed...
  • Afghan and Rohingya Muslims start converting to Christianity to get Indian citizenship under CAA

    08/19/2020 1:44:43 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Opindia ^ | 23 July 2020 | Opindia
    Since the Citizenship Amendment Act has come into effect, there has been a sudden spike in the number of Afghan Muslims and Rohingya Muslims, who are illegal immigrants in India, wanting to convert to Christianity so as to become eligible for Indian citizenship. According to a report by The Economic Times, the central agencies, aware of this development, have apprised the government that almost 25 such cases of Afghan Muslims converting to Christianity has come to the fore. Adib Ahmed Maxwell, who heads an Afghan church in south Delhi, told ET: “Post CAA, there has been a spurt in the...
  • The Pentagon's missile full of swords has likely struck again in Syria

    08/17/2020 5:55:03 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 65 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | 17 Aug 2020 | JARED KELLER
    The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria likely used a unique variant of the beloved Hellfire missile to kill a mercenary trainer who recently worked with an al Qaeda-affiliated militant group there, according to photos from the scene of the strike. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported last week that a drone strike likely affiliated with the U.S.-led international military coalition in the country was responsible for killing Abu Yahya al-Uzbeki, an independent "military trainer" recently affiliated with the al Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Din organization, while he was traveling in Syria's Idlib province. Photos of the aftermath of the strike on...
  • Iran Was Paying Bounties On US Troops In Afghanistan. Trump Killed The Man Responsible

    08/17/2020 9:20:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 17, 2020 | Tristan Justice
    U.S. intelligence agencies reported Monday that the Iranian regime paid bounties to a Taliban-backed Haqqani terrorist network to execute at least six attacks on U.S. military installations in Afghanistan, according to CNN. The intelligence community identified the link between Iran and the terrorist group in December after an attack on the Bagram Air Force Base killed two civilians and injured more than 70 others, CNN reported. Two Trump administration officials speaking to CNN said the bounties were the catalyst for the White House decision to take out Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani by drone in January ,who Trump suggested...
  • Afghanistan begins releasing last Taliban prisoners as peace deal forges ahead

    08/14/2020 11:28:30 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2020 | Vandana Rambaran
    The Afghan government released 80 of the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners Thursday, paving the way for long-stalled peace negotiations after nearly two decades of bitter and violent conflict in the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani got the go-ahead from the consultative assembly Loya Jirga, which sanctioned the release of prisoners in an effort to speed up talks in the war-torn nation. Some of the prisoners have been implicated in devastating bombings in the capital Kabul.