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  • Watchdog: Afghan poppy cultivation surging, after US spent $7.6B on anti-drug campaign

    10/21/2014 12:53:12 PM PDT · by dware · 23 replies
    Washington Beacon via Fox News ^ | 10.21.2014 | Adam Kredo
    Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all-time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government oversight investigators.
  • Knockoff Guns, War Buses and Other Embarrassing Iranian Weapons

    10/17/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    The last week of September marks the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war that began in 1980. Formal ceremonies for Sacred Defense Week include a nationwide parade, war remembrance gatherings and—of the most interest to War Is Boring—theatrical unveiling events for new weaponry. This year Iranian authorities extended the weapons unveilings into the first week of October—national police week in Iran—and then a few days more. The extensive show of military might came amid the growing threat of Sunni militia groups inside Iran. Tehran is eager to project an image of strength. But that doesn’t mean all of this new weaponry...
  • Smugglers Galore--How Iran arms its allies (Hamas)

    12/27/2012 9:44:56 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 31 - January 7, 2013 | Lee Smith
    An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious “accidents” in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly remarked, that those who “sleep with rockets and amass large stockpiles of weapons are in a very unsafe place.” With the Party of God’s overland supply route through Syria choked off by the 22-month-long uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Israel virtually in total control of the maritime route, Hezbollah’s stockpile is being systematically degraded.Yet the arsenal of Iran’s other regional proxy force, Hamas,...
  • Afghanistan vet does battle with Michigan teachers union

    10/16/2014 6:33:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Adam Neuman left the classroom in Michigan to serve in the army in Afghanistan. Michigan high school social studies teacher Adam Neuman was surprised when he saw the $80 deduction on his paycheck from the Brighton Public School District. Then, he was angry. The U.S. Army veteran, who served one tour in Afghanistan, had opted out of the Brighton Education Association and parent organization, the Michigan Education Association, in August, as was his right under the state's 2012 law. He knew he wasn't subject to dues withholding, yet the itemized stub showed the deduction. “I don’t feel that they should...
  • Merkel ‘wants to extend Afghan mission’

    10/13/2014 11:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Oct 2014 08:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016, fearing Afghan security forces will not be ready to take over by then, according to a report on Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel reported that Merkel told a parliamentary committee that she doubted the Afghan army and police would be ready to take over by the time the final German troops are slated to withdraw. She said the complete withdrawal in 2011 of US troops from Iraq, which is now engulfed in Islamist violence, served as a cautionary tale and wanted to talk to Washington about an extension...
  • Remember the traitor Bowe Bergdahl? Obama’s waiting until after the election to declare him a POW

    10/10/2014 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Here we go. It looks like Barack Obama is getting ready to double cross us again. According to a report on the site militarycorruption.com Obama is waiting until after the mid-term election to declare the traitor Bowe Bergdahl a Prisoner of War. This designation would change him from a traitor who should be executed to a “hero” POW who is eligible for back pay, a promotion and an honorable discharge which will entitle Bergdahl to a variety of benefits that have been designed for genuine heroes. In spite of the mountain of evidence proving he is a deserter, Militarycorruption.com has...
  • Obama Wants Iran to Have Nukes

    10/07/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/07/14 | Alan Caruba
    Obama simply does not get it or refuses to do so. His failure puts us closer to a nuclear cataclysm with every passing day The President’s lack of attention and indifference to years of intelligence reports and analysis is leading to a potential horror in which Iran fulfills its quest to make its own nuclear weapons. It already has the missile capacity to deliver them throughout the Middle East and to Europe. On October 6th Secretary of State John Kerry received a letter signed by 354 members of the House of Representatives that said in part “We are concerned that...
  • U.S. Destroys $500M Planes, Sells for 6 Cent Scrap

    10/10/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT · by mykroar · 30 replies
    WA Free Beacon ^ | Adam Credo
    Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around six cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the ill-fated program. The Department of Defense purchased for the AAF a total of 20 Italian-made G222 military transport planes at a cost of $486 million. However, the fleet was grounded in March 2013 “after sustained, serious performance, maintenance, and spare parts problems” were discovered,...
  • Indeed, How Dare We Leave Andrew Tahmooressi Behind?

    10/03/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Veteran Neglect: A Navy and Marine Corps veteran asks a House panel why an administration that says it leaves no one behind has let a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder sit in a Mexican jail for six months. From the famous "latte salute" to the Marine holding the presidential umbrella, President Obama's respect for our men in uniform has been open to question. Unless, of course, they desert their post in Afghanistan to try to join the Taliban, like Bowe Bergdahl. Then you have the parents to the White House and trade the Taliban general staff to obtain their release....
  • Russian Mi-17 Helicopter ‘Game Changer’ for Afghan Forces: US General

    10/03/2014 9:04:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 03/10/2014
    WASHINGTON, October 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Mi-17 helicopter has been a "game changer" in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents, the United States Army general in charge of American operations and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said. "I think they (Mi-17) have been a force multiplier for the special operating forces and for the conventional forces, the army and the police, they have been mostly moving forces and providing resupply," US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told a gathering of reporters inside the Pentagon briefing room Thursday. "I think that...
  • AWOL Afghan soldiers reportedly sought asylum out of fear of Taliban

    10/01/2014 1:41:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 1, 2014
    Three Afghan soldiers who vanished during training in Massachusetts last month and resurfaced days later at the Canadian border said they want asylum because returning to the homeland they are sworn to defend could mean death at the hands of the Taliban. “They catch us, they kill us,” Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, 48, told the Boston Globe of the Taliban, the terrorist government driven into exile by coalition forces. “They tip those who kill us.” Arash and the others, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar, say the lives of their relatives back home have been threatened. The soldiers...
  • Pesky Questions About Those AWOL Afghans

    10/01/2014 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don't. The Pentagon, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done. (Just like they wanted the White House "fence-jumper" story to be buried. But then we found out he didn't just jump the fence; he also overpowered a Secret Service agent, burst through the halls and invaded the East Room wielding a knife.) Here are my nagging questions about another hushed-up national...
  • AWOL Afghans Exploited Security Breakdown

    09/30/2014 9:31:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 3 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don’t. The Pentagon, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done. (Just like they wanted the White House “fence-jumper” story to be buried. But then we found out he didn’t just jump the fence; he also overpowered a Secret Service agent, burst through the halls and invaded the East Room wielding a knife.)
  • Afghanistan to sign deal allowing American troops to stay after combat mission ends

    09/29/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    Fox News Online ^ | Sept. 29, 2014 | AP
    A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. John Podesta, speaking to a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, said he didn't know if newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would be the official signing the deal for Afghanistan. Podesta said he would sign it on behalf of the U.S. The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31.
  • Can Embraer's Modest Super Tucano Hack It in Afghanistan?

    09/29/2014 6:28:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    AVweb ^ | SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 | Paul Bertorelli
    Last week, when I was being shown around Embraer's new U.S.-assembled A-29 Super Tucano with a group of journalists, the first thing that caught my eye was a big covered something sticking out of each wing. In an age of remote control drones and smart bombs, that couldn't possibly be a machine gun, could it? It sure enough was said our Embraer guide. The A29, in a throwback to the days of mano a mano air combat, has a single .50 caliber gun in each wing, although not the same Browning model used in just about every U.S.-made aircraft that...
  • Obama's Bowe Bergdahl powder keg

    09/27/2014 9:48:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 27, 2014 | Ambassador Richard W. Carlson
    U.S. Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl was described as a hero by President Obama in a White House Rose Garden ceremony this past summer. This was nothing more than a dishonest stage-managed public relations stunt featuring the president and Bergdahl's grateful parents. Against strong objections from some U.S. military advisers, the president released five dangerous senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl. Paul Sperry of the Hoover Institution recently wrote an authoritative article on Bergdahl in the New York Post. This has “become a political powder keg for President Obama,” he said. The headline of his piece —...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    09/27/2014 12:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    An A-10 Thunderbolt II banks after a strafing run on Aug. 21, 2014, during the Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 exercise at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska. Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17...
  • Neighborly ties top India's diplomacy priority: Indian PM

    09/27/2014 11:18:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    .xinhuanet ^ | 2014-09-28 01:33:05
    "India desires a peaceful and stable environment for its development," Modi said, when delivering a speech for the first time as prime minister of India to the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entered its fourth day here in New York. Noting that a country's destiny is linked to its neighborhood, Modi said "That is why my government has placed the highest priority on advancing friendship and cooperation with her neighbors." "This includes Pakistan." Modi said he is prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism,...
  • Cash-poor Afghanistan will delay paying civil servants - finance ministry official

    09/27/2014 11:31:43 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/27/2014 | Kay Johnson
    Afghanistan will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil servants next month because it does not have enough money, a finance ministry official said on Saturday. The acknowledgment that it is now impossible to pay October salaries on time highlights the huge challenges facing new leader Asraf Ghani, who is to be sworn in as president of the violence-torn country on Monday after months of turmoil following a disputed election result.
  • Afghan villagers hang Taliban fighters as battle for district rages

    09/27/2014 8:35:38 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/27/2014 | Reuters
    GHAZNI Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan villagers hanged four captured Taliban militants from a tree on Saturday as security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district of Ghazni province, an official said. The hangings were carried out after Taliban fighters had killed more than 100 people in the area in the past week, including more than a dozen who were beheaded, according to Ghazni deputy governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi.
  • NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Pakistan and Afghanistan Better for Women than America

    09/26/2014 9:21:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Oddly Gillibrand insists on living in the United States instead of in the more progressive Pakistan under the notoriously feminist Sharia law.New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, appointed to her position via Senator Schumer as a favor for a politically connected clan, changed all her political positions and is working hard to pretend that she’s a serious legislator.Mainly by repeating stupid things that other people have said. The most animated speaker was Gillibrand, who condemned opposition to expanding paid family leave across the country.The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program...
  • ISIS-Allied Militants Behead 15 During Afghanistan Offensive

    09/26/2014 7:09:54 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 14 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 06/26/14 | staff
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants aligned with ISIS have launched a brutal offensive in Afghanistan alongside Taliban fighters that has left more than 100 people dead, local officials said Friday. Insurgents carrying the black flag of ISIS captured several villages in Ghazni province, according to Deputy Governor Ali Ahmad Ahmadi and Deputy Police Chief Gen. Asadullah Ensafi. Fifteen family members of local police officers were beheaded and at least 60 homes were set ablaze, Ahmadi said.
  • Taliban kill 100 Afghans, behead 12

    09/26/2014 6:52:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Sky News ^ | 11:23 pm, Friday, 26 September 2014
    A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials say, as violence worsens with the withdrawal of US-led troops. This northern summer's fighting season has seen Taliban forces advance in several provinces, exploiting a political deadlock in Kabul over disputed presidential election results. The latest series of attacks have focused on Ajristan district in the eastern province of Ghazni, after offensives in recent months in Kandahar, Helmand and Logar provinces. 'The militants beheaded 12 civilians in four villages,' Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor...
  • Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan Claiming Allegiance To IS

    09/26/2014 6:37:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan Claiming Allegiance To IS by Charles Recknagel Amid fears the Islamic State (IS) extremist group could expand to Afghanistan, there are already signs that some militants in the region are eager to claim affiliation with the group. One sign came this week in a video sent to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that shows three purported Afghan militants, their faces covered, sitting beneath the black IS battle flag. Speaking in the Ghazni dialect of Pashto, the trio's spokesperson claimed to represent a group called the Islamic Organization of Great Afghanistan and stated his readiness to fight for the IS and...
  • The strange story behind the ‘Khorasan’ group’s name

    09/26/2014 6:06:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2014 | Adam Taylor
    What's in a name? When you're an Islamist extremist group believed to pose an existential threat to the Western world, everything. In the past few months, we've seen the strange and somewhat revealing saga of what to call the group alternatively referred to as ISIS, ISIL, the Islamic State and Daesh. ........................................................ While there have been reports of groups in Pakistan taking on the Khorasan label, analysts cast doubt that the term is being widely used within Syria to refer to any distinct group. “There have been no jihadis in Syria or [Jabhat al-Nusra] to use that name when referring...
  • Afghan presidential rivals seal power-sharing deal

    09/21/2014 1:05:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | September 21, 2014 8:56 am | May Jeong
    Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have finally agreed a power-sharing deal, drawing a line under a contested election that has dragged out for almost six months. The agreement, which bestows substantial power on the losing candidate, was finalised on Saturday and made public in a ceremony on Sunday. Parties met late into the night over the past few days to seal the deal before Sunday, when an announcement of the final result of the UN-run election audit is expected. Negotiations, begun in July and finalised earlier this week, were drawn out because Mr Abdullah, the losing...
  • The Jihadi Logic: Lure the U.S. into the fight that Obama will quit, as in Iraq

    09/19/2014 7:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One is that these terrorists are more depraved and less savvy than we think. They so glory in blood that they could not resist making an international spectacle of their savagery and did not quite fathom how such a brazen, contemptuous slaughter of Americans would radically alter public opinion and risk...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Controversy Overblown (Looks like he was promoted again)

    09/15/2014 2:27:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jillian Moyet
    Staff Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left captivity to be catapulted into an overgrown spotlight of controversy and reckless speculation in May of this year. What should have been a flood of relief to see the American POW return home was replaced with, oddly enough, outrage, mostly from the Right. Angry tweets accused Obama of endangering U.S. soldiers by exchanging five prisoners from Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Twitter filled with frothing accusations against not only the President but the POW himself, as well as his family, who even received death threats. Bergdahl was a Taliban sympathizer, it was decided, and so was his...
  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    09/14/2014 3:36:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog. "Afghanistan is a case study in projects and programs set up without considering" whether they can be continued, said John Sopko, Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Sopko's comments came in a speech Friday to a meeting of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The problem is the sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort, which is bigger than any ever before undertaken by the U.S. "Last year, the...
  • AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

    09/13/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT · by MikeJ · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 13, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.
  • Al Qaeda Leader Captured by US, And Released, Leads Fight Against America in Afghanistan

    09/13/2014 5:53:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thank goodness we didn’t waterboard him or shoot him in the head on capture. Or drone him. That would have been wrong. A senior leader of the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) who was captured by Coalition forces in the spring of 2011 is now leading more than 300 jihadists in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The IMU leader once served as the top commander of the jihadist group’s network in Afghanistan.Qari Bilal, the IMU leader, was freed by the Afghan government at the direction of President Hamid Karzai, Afghan officials in Kunduz have told...
  • Veteran thrown out of Subway restaurant because of service dog

    09/13/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by walford · 102 replies
    ABC 13 Houston ^ | September 09, 2014 | Sarah Wallace
    PATERSON, NJ -- A disabled veteran was thrown out of a fast food restaurant because of his service dog. The incident itself is troubling enough, but you won't believe what happened after the Eyewitness News investigators arrived at the restaurant to demand answers. It's one of the most bizarre exchanges Eyewitness News has ever had on a story. Federal law is very clear: Dogs are recognized as service animals and all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, must allow them in. But a U.S. Army veteran says a Subway restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, blatantly ignored the law, and...
  • The 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi

    09/13/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by cold start · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 13 September 2014 | Jaisal Singh
    A small body of Sikhs defended a vital North-West Frontier post against 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai attackers. Yesterday was the 117th anniversary of their heroic effort Britain’s Parliament interrupted proceedings and rose to give a standing ovation on September 12, 1897 to 21 valorous soldiers — all of them Indians, all of them Sikhs — for what was undoubtedly a tremendous act of collective bravery, and one of the greatest ‘last-stands’ in military history, the Battle of Saragarhi. The North-West Frontier of undivided India, now a part of Pakistan known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is a harsh place. Embroiled even today in...
  • Slapdash Response To Terrorism Appears Politically Driven

    09/13/2014 9:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    resident Obama came into office in 2009 telling the American people he would end the wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Six years later, facing a broader and more lethal terrorist threat, he is now telling us why we need to go to war again. To say Obama can't seem to make up his mind in the war on terror (a designation his administration stopped using the day he entered the Oval Office) is putting it mildly. If anything, his naive plan of withdrawal and retreat, and the way it was carried out in the face of a growing...
  • A Blogger Found Secret U.S. Justice Department Documents in a Dumpster in Austria

    09/09/2014 4:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 9-9-14 | Kaveh Waddell
    A former U.S. ambassador is being investigated for laundering, according to papers found in a garbage container in Vienna. Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, is being investigated for money laundering, and several of his wife's bank accounts have been frozen in connection with the probe. The Justice Department investigation only became public on Sunday, when a blogger found relevant documents in a garbage container used by a state prosecutor's office in Vienna and posted them online. A day later, Austrian magazine Profil reported on the case.
  • Former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan suspected of laundering $1.5million

    09/08/2014 5:42:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    [The Daily] Mail Online ^ | September 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    A former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan was being investigated by U.S. authorities for suspected money laundering through his wife's bank account. The suspicions center on Zalmay Khalilzad's alleged transfer of $1.5 million in May 2013 to an account in Vienna owned by Cheryl Benard.
  • $1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    LIVE SCIENCE/YAHOO NEWS ^ | 05 SEPTEMBER 2014 | CHARLES Q. CHOI
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, according to U.S. scientists. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet geological maps and reports up to...
  • Gov't: 86 Militants Killed, 62 Injured in Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Fars News ^ | Sat Sep 06, 2014
    World Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:55 Gov't: 86 Militants Killed, 62 Injured in Afghanistan Tweet TEHRAN (FNA)- About 86 Taliban militants were killed and 62 others were injured as the Afghan security forces carried out cleanup operations in different provinces within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday morning. "The cleanup operations were conducted by the Afghan police, army and the National Directorate of Security or intelligence agency personnel in Balkh, Helmand, Zabul, Kandahar, Paktika, Herat, Badghis and Kapisa provinces. Six militants were also detained in the above operations. Several Taliban local leaders were among...
  • $1tn in rare minerals found under Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 7:27:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | September 06, 2014 | Charles Choi
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, top science news website Live Science reports quoting US scientists. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The US Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after US-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet...
  • Official: Charter plane carrying Americans takes off from Iran, lands in Dubai

    09/06/2014 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri September 5, 2014 | mon Prokupecz, Elise Labott and Barbara Starr
    A plane carrying Americans was forced to land in Iran by the Iranian Air Force. It was allowed to leave early Saturday. It isn't known if all are still aboard. Link only.(Excerpt) "A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, took off early Saturday from Iran, hours after its pilots were ordered to land because the flight plan was out of date, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said."
  • The Myth Of The Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

    09/04/2014 2:23:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 4,2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Over the weekend, former President Jimmy Carter attended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference in Detroit. There, he assured Muslims that the “principles of Allah” were designed to “bring peace and justice to all.” ISNA’s ties to terror-supporters are quite deep.
  • Kerry Says ISIS Will Be Destroyed Within Three Years

    09/05/2014 3:28:27 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 55 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry predicted that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) would be destroyed within three years. The means: "massive wrongful death lawsuits." "These thugs might think they're cute filming the decapitation of their victims," Kerry said. "But by putting their torts on record they have opened themselves to legal liability that will cost them billions in damages." "No country on Earth has better or more expensive lawyers than we do," the Secretary boasted. "With skills honed from decades of tormenting corporate defendants in the courtroom, the plaintiffs' bar will eviscerate ISIS's defenses and...
  • Plane With Americans on Board Ordered to Land in Iran

    09/05/2014 2:04:58 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Yahoo!-ABC News Network ^ | Sep 5, 2014, 4:17 PM ET | LUIS MARTINEZ, JONATHAN KARL and LEE FERRAN
    The Fly Dubai plane was on its way to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates but apparently took off hours later than scheduled, the officials said. By the time it was over Iran, Iranian authorities said the plane's flight plan was no longer valid and the plane was ordered to land.
  • Khamenei approves cooperation with US forces battling IS

    09/05/2014 9:35:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 5, 2014, 3:15 pm | Lazar Berman
    Iran’s supreme leader authorized cooperation with the United States to combat the Islamic State in Iraq. According to the BBC, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his approval for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Qods Force to work with the US and other countries battling IS.
  • U.S. military charter plane forced to land in Iran (Original Title)

    09/05/2014 12:41:39 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 269 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/5/2014 | Adam Goldman
    <p>A U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan has been forced down in Iran by Iranian fighter jets, according to officials familiar with the incident.</p>
  • ISIS distributes booklets on Pak-Afghan bordering regions

    09/03/2014 4:11:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | September 3, 2014 | Ghanizada
    According to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started distribution of pamphlets in bordering regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a bid to increase it’s influence in South Asian region. The Pakistani media agencies have reported that the booklets titled Fata (victory) have also been distributed in Peshawar city as well as in AFghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city. ISIS calls on the local population for supporting the group’s struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. The distribution of pamphlets comes as a number of hardline groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan...
  • Trapped, then poisoned: Kabul's ruthless dog cull

    09/03/2014 3:57:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Kabul - Cornered against a wall and with a steel hook pushed around his neck, the dog emits a savage howl in a desperate attempt to fight free, but poison will soon be forced into his mouth as Kabul's cull of strays claims another kill. About 17 600 dogs were poisoned last year by municipal workers in the Afghan capital in an effort to protect residents from disease and to control the rocketing population of canines that roam the city's streets and open ground. The method of killing is brutally effective. Teams of dog-catchers wearing orange suits use long steel...
  • Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama's resignation

    09/02/2014 7:09:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 September 2014 | Ashley Collman
    One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American photojournalist executed on camera last month by the Islamic State. Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting ISIS.
  • RedChina: Insurgency in Xinjiang Complicates Chinese-Pakistani Relations

    04/22/2012 12:23:49 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    China typically exercises caution when making public statements about terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. When China blames attacks on Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, such as the possibly defunct East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), it risks adding tensions to the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather” friendship. [1] However, when China blames attacks on local Uyghurs it is tantamount to an admission that its policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have not created a “harmonious society.” Zhou Yongkang (left), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with a local Uygur farmer...
  • Uyghur Unrest in Xinjiang Shakes Sino-Pakistani Relations

    08/26/2011 11:35:34 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Terrrorism Monitor ^ | 8/19/2011 | Raffaello Pantucci
    It has been a difficult summer for Red China’s restive western province Xinjiang. A series of incidents characterized as terrorism have struck two of the province’s cities, causing death, destruction and ethnic tension. This picture was further complicated when the government of the city of Kashgar published a statement online that claimed at least one of the perpetrators had been trained in Pakistan (Xinhua, August 1). The allegation by Communist Chinese officials cast a shadow over Sino-Pakistani relations, a bilateral relationship that had been characterized in Kashgar just the month before by Pakistani Ambassador to China Masood Khan as “higher...