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  • Taliban Retake Another Key Province in Afghanistan [Sangin]

    03/29/2017 5:01:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 24, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    The Taliban is continuing its offensive in Afghanistan, taking another district center in the southern Helmand province on Thursday while an undercover Taliban spy turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine Afghan policemen, according to the Department of Defense. The district's police chief, Mohammad Rasoul, said the Taliban took Sangin center early Thursday morning. "The seizure of Sangin is a major tactical triumph for the Taliban," Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the U.S.-based Wilson Center, said Thursday. The insurgent group "has taken over a major urban space in one of its major stronghold provinces, amplifying the...
  • Tom Cotton's Fiery Exchange With Schumer Over Stalled Nominations

    01/24/2017 1:19:16 AM PST · by yoe · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 23, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien Cortney O'Brien
    Tensions were high on the Senate floor Friday afternoon when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appeared to go back on his word and delay the vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as CIA director. Republicans accused him of lying and demanded he stick by his words. (how it went down)[snip] Cotton angrily confronted Schumer about his broken promise. According to witnesses, Schumer told Cotton to lower his voice and asked him move off of the Senate floor to an adjacent hallway for a private discussion. "We need to take this out into the hallway," Schumer said. Cotton walked with Schumer but...
  • Where are answers to the 9/11 commission hoax?

    10/14/2005 9:28:01 PM PDT · by infocats · 14 replies · 808+ views
    TheReporter.com ^ | 10/14/2005 | Sally Chaney, Fairfield
    Americans were told the 9/11 Commission looking into the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was to recommend changes in policy and law to protect us from future terrorist attacks. So why was the commission used as a partisan attack vehicle? And why did they ignore, hide and not print a single word of possibly the most important information released to them by the small, highly classified Pentagon intelligence unit called Able Danger? Did President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney, Jaime Gorelick, really think the U.S. military would allow this information to be ignored again? Was Gorelick too busy yelling insults at...
  • Trump drone strike OBLITERATES Al Qaeda terror tyrant who killed US military personnel

    03/25/2017 10:30:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Sunday Express ^ | March 26, 2017 | Vincent Wood
    The Pentagon has revealed a US air strike in Afghanistan earlier in the week killed al Qaeda militant Qari Yasin, a well known figure in the Pakistani Taliban. Along with plotting an attack which killed two military personnel, Yasin was believed to have been the mastermind behind a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said: “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.” Yasin was believed to have been responsible for a 2008 bombing on a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan,...
  • ‘Russia May Be Supplying the Taliban’ as They Fight US, NATO

    03/24/2017 10:15:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 24 March 2017
    Friday, 24 March 2017 Text size A A A Russia is “perhaps” supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander who also heads the US military’s European Command, told lawmakers he had seen Russian influence expand in multiple regions, including in Afghanistan. “I have seen the influence of Russia of late – an increased influence – in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban,” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee, without elaborating. NATO troops have been fighting in Afghanistan...
  • Trump’s Next Challenge: Russia Returns to Afghanistan

    03/24/2017 2:34:44 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 40 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Patrick Smith
    America’s 16-years in Afghanistan has so far resulted in 2,216 dead soldiers, 20,049 casualties, and an estimated $800 billion in direct war costs -- not including veterans’ health and pension payments that could reach $400 billion before it’s all over. Add another $100 billion of USAID reconstruction costs, which is more than the cost of the Marshall Plan to rebuild western Europe, adjusted for inflation, and you’re well over a trillion dollars. The Pentagon still has 8,400 troops in place, a figure Defense Secretary James Mattis may alter, which is why it’s especially troubling that Russia has decided to flex...
  • Top US general in Europe says Russia might be supplying the Taliban

    03/24/2017 2:11:19 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 118 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 23 Mar 17 | THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    The top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that Russia and the Taliban are growing increasingly close, suggesting that the Kremlin might even be supplying the insurgent group. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, did not elaborate to the Senate Armed Services Committee on what type of equipment the Taliban might have received or when.
  • Muslim Marries 13-Year-Old, Does MORE Than Consummate On Wedding Night

    03/16/2017 5:45:15 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 3/15/2017 | Daily Mail Staff
    Zarina, from Afghanistan, got married to her abusive husband at the age of 13 •He woke up one in the middle of the night recently and started beating his wife •He tied her up in their home in the northern province of Balkh and attacker her •Police say he is now on the run in Afghanistan having mutilated his young wife (Daily Mail) – A former child bride has had her ears hacked off by her husband after he accused her of speaking to other men. Zarina from Afghanistan got married at the age of 13 and her husband is...
  • The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

    03/13/2017 1:14:55 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 March 2017 | Andrew J. Bacevich
    Remember Afghanistan? The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes to wars, we Americans have a selective memory. The Afghan war, dating from October 2001, has earned the distinction of having been forgotten while still underway. President Trump’s Inaugural Address included no mention of Afghanistan. Nor did his remarks last month at a joint session of Congress. For the new commander in chief, the war there qualifies at best as an afterthought — assuming, that is, he has thought about it all. A similar attitude prevails on Capitol Hill. Congressional oversight has become pro forma. Last week Gen....
  • Afghan Ambassador; What He Said About the Differences Between Trump, Obama Is Stunning

    03/13/2017 1:09:53 PM PDT · by Baynative · 19 replies
    ijr ^ | 3-11-17 | Benny Johnson
    The Obama administration announced highly controversial military pull-out dates in the region, which begat a skyrocketing of terrorist attacks in both the Iraq and Afghanistan. Ultimately, Iraq and Syria were plunged into a barbaric war with ISIS forces, which gained control of vast swaths of the region under Obama's watch. Afghanistan experienced a sharp, bloody uptick in terrorist attacks by Taliban forces and an economic upheaval during the later Obama years.
  • I Had Dinner With the Afghan Ambassador.What He Said About the Differences Between Trump, Obama..

    03/12/2017 5:25:31 AM PDT · by mad_as_he$$ · 77 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 3/11/2017 | Benny Johnson
    President Trump is already turning the world upside down in international diplomatic circles by taking a markedly different approach to global politics than his predecessor. It comes as no surprise that with each new American administration, a diplomatic chain reaction is felt the world over. The Bush years were marked by a heavy-handed, and sometimes ham-handed, forceful approach to American diplomacy. From NATO, to pan-Asia relationships, to the Middle East, Bush dealt from a position of cultural strength and a philosophy firmly rooted in Pax Americana. Was this approach successful? Historians certainly disagree.
  • US lawmaker moves Bill to declare Pak sponsor of terror

    03/11/2017 9:36:12 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Saturday, March 11, 2017 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington -- Seeking a "radical reset" of ties with Pakistan for having "aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years", a senior Republican lawmaker has introduced a Bill in the House of Representatives to push for declaring Islamabad a "State sponsor of terrorism". Sponsored by Congressman Ted Poe, the Bill requires the President to issue a report within 90 days on whether Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. And within 30 days after that, the Secretary of State must submit a follow-up report containing "either a determination that Pakistan is a State sponsor of terrorism or a...
  • Weekly Update: Soros Investigation

    03/04/2017 11:06:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 3, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch at CPAC: Scandal Matters to the American People Federal Court Hearing Set for Next Week on Clinton Email Scandal U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Government JW Goes to Court After Army Stonewalls on Opiate Use by Americans in Afghanistan U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Government Even as we pursue the truth about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from a recalcitrant State Department, we are learning of another of the department’s nefarious activities. Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the story . The U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer...
  • Chilling message from menacing migrants who demand ‘open borders or die’ at checkpoint

    12/07/2015 12:18:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Express.co UK ^ | December 7, 2015 | Leda Reynolds
    MIGRANTS attempting to march across Europe have been waving placards saying ‘open or die’ after being stopped by closed borders and barbed wire.A group of men waving the menacing home-made banner grew angry as they were stopped in their tracks at the border between Macedonia and Greece. Macedonia is the latest country to erect a border fence. The tiny, landlocked state has begun building a fence along its border with Greece, blocking a key transit route for migrants travelling from Turkey to northern and western Europe. Macedonia insists it will allow those fleeing war-zones to continue to pass through, meaning...
  • Afghan deportation flight left Germany half empty

    02/25/2017 7:06:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 February 2017 11:30 CET+01:00 | AFP
    The German government admitted Friday it deported fewer than half the Afghans who were due to be repatriated on a charter plane earlier this week, after some went into hiding.Fifty Afghans whose asylum requests had been rejected were to have boarded the aircraft for their home country late Wednesday, but “in fact, only 18 got on the flight,” said interior ministry spokesman Tobias Plate. But he sought to play down the issue, saying that “if one looks at other flights, the numbers are always below that of the planning figure”. …
  • Bin Laden's Iraq Plan (Newsweek)

    12/08/2003 6:10:10 AM PST · by ChipShot · 62 replies · 233+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/08/03 | Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau and Michael Hirsh
    <p>During the muslim holy month of Ramadan, three senior Qaeda representatives allegedly held a secret meeting in Afghanistan with two top Taliban commanders.</p> <p>AT THAT MEETING, according to Taliban sources, Osama bin Laden’s men officially broke some bad news to emissaries from Mullah Mohammed Omar, the elusive leader of Afghanistan’s ousted fundamentalist regime. Their message: Al Qaeda would be diverting a large number of fighters from the anti-U.S. insurgency in Afghanistan to Iraq. Al Qaeda also planned to reduce by half its $3 million monthly contribution to Afghan jihadi outfits.</p>
  • 5 Points About New National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster

    02/21/2017 11:20:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | February 21, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    President Trump has chosen General H.R. McMaster as the national security adviser and there’s plenty to be happy about. Below are five points to consider with his choice.General McMaster is known for winning the most difficult of battles. As explained in this lengthy New Yorker article from 2006, he performed an amazing turnaround in the city of Tal Afar in Iraq. I remember when he arrived in 2005 and shocked observers by needing only about six months to change the situation by building strong relationships with Iraqis on the ground to kick the jihadists out and to quickly build up...
  • Pakistan most dangerous country for world: Former CIA official

    02/20/2017 2:40:31 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | PTI
    A former CIA Station Chief warned that the "failure" of Pakistan would have implications for the world. Pakistan is probably the "most dangerous country" for the world, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official has said, citing the potential dangers emanating from its failing economy, rampant terrorism and one of fastest growing nuclear arsenal. Kevin Hulbert, a former CIA Station Chief in Islamabad, warned that the "failure" of Pakistan would have implications for the world. Pakistan is like the bank that is "too big to fail", or "too big to allow to fail" more appropriately, because allowing the bank to...
  • Pak is Al Qaeda's 'home': US lawmakers

    02/16/2017 11:15:49 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    PTI, Rediff.com ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Lalit K Jha
    Al Qaeda has used America's 'preoccupation' with the Islamic State to regain strength in South Asia and preparing to spread its ideology in India from its 'home' in western Pakistan, top United States lawmakers have warned. "Al Qaeda has never changed, and it still sees itself in what it conceives as an existential struggle against the West and against the United States in particular," Bruce Hoffman, Director Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, told members of the House Armed Services Committee. "I think that it's taken advantage of our preoccupation with ISIS (Islamic State) to rebuild its strength, particularly...
  • Liberal Teacher Takes in Muslim ‘Refugee’, His Friend Finds What’s Left…

    02/11/2017 4:13:20 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 48 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 2/10/2017 | Angry Patriot Movement Staff
    If liberals need more proof about just how important proper vetting is, they need to read this gruesome report about what just happened to a kindhearted teacher in Germany. A German math teacher living in a postcard perfect hamlet wanted to further his desire to aide fleeing migrants. After befriending four refugees while making locations at a migrant center and even opening his home to them, one of them brutally beat him and left him to die in a pool of his own blood. The 55-year-old German-Iranian teacher lived in Celle, a small town near Hanover, Germany. The popular teacher...
  • Chuck Schumer Probably Shouldn’t Have Insulted Tom Cotton About Where He Was Eight Years Ago

    01/23/2017 3:50:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 75 replies
    iheart.com ^ | 1/23/16 | Saagar Enjeti
    Sens. Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer reportedly got into an angry confrontation on the Senate floor Friday over Senate Democrats delaying the confirmation of Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director, The Weekly Standard reports. Cotton was reportedly irate with Schumer’s delay of the confirmation vote and loudly accosted him on the Senate floor. Schumer retorted that the Senate had never confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day, adding that Senate Republicans also did not do so for former President Barack Obama. He continued that Cotton would have known this precedent if he had been in the Senate eight years previously....
  • One lesson from Trump: Focus on own citizens

    01/22/2017 12:13:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta
    There is a cynical expectation, at least among the global punditry, that wise politicians employ any expedient rhetoric to win elections and that, once victorious, do precious little to unsettle a cosy consensus. There was a quiet expectation in some quarters that the 45th President of the United States would do precisely that. Even after he made a joke of the entire polling industry and beat Hilary Clinton on November 8, there was a belief that Donald Trump should be allowed his indulgences -- such as engaging with Taiwan and describing NATO as 'obsolete' -- till his inauguration on January...
  • 'Obama's Favorite General' Stripped Of Security Clearance Amid Leak Investigation

    09/25/2013 10:36:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/24/13 | Paul Szoldra
    Retired Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright has reportedly lost his security clearance as an investigation into his involvement in national security leaks continues, Foreign Policy reports. Cartwright, a retired four-star general who served for 40 years and last served on the Joint Chiefs, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation into an alleged leak of classified information of the "Stuxnet" virus that targeted and temporarily disabled Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010. The general's legal team has called that assertion "preposterous." Gordon Lubold of FP reports that multiple current and former administration sources said Cartwright lost his clearance earlier this...
  • China, Pakistan, Russia to put an end to India’s Afghan policy

    01/15/2017 4:45:14 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | Jan 15, 2017 | Web Desk
    China, Pakistan, and Russia highlighted their concern for the growing influence of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan during a meeting last month hosted by Russia for the representatives from the three countries. The three countries agreed upon “a flexible approach to remove certain [Taliban] figures from [United Nations] sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster a peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban movement.” The three states underscored their concern “about the rising activity in the country [Afghanistan] of extremist groups, including the Afghan branch of IS [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]” and underlined that Taliban...
  • Book: Afghanistan Decoded (Free for a few days)

    01/14/2017 11:47:08 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 1 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | September 5, 2016 | Mahmud Khalili
    A set of articles written on different current issues facing Afghanistan from economic, political, religious, social and even sports. One mans view on what is going on in his country, what is right or wrong, who is doing a good job and if Afghanistan is heading in the right direction. Mahmud Khalili was born in New Jersey, USA to Afghan parents who had fled Afghanistan because of the newly started war against the Soviets.
  • 300 Marines Will Deploy to Helmand This Spring, Corps Confirms

    01/08/2017 8:39:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Military.com ^ | 06 January 2017 | Hope Hodge Seck
    It's official: Marines are headed back to the Taliban hotbed of Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Marine Corps announced Friday. The deployment of 300 Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force will return to the southwestern province that was the site of the Corps' major battles within the country as advisers and trainers for the Afghan National Army and police, officials said in a release. The deployment comes at the request of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Forces Afghanistan in support of the ongoing NATO-led Resolute Support mission, which began after most combat forces pulled out at the end of 2014. The...
  • Family reveals American vanished in Afghanistan two years ago

    01/05/2017 3:17:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | January 5, 2017 | By Peter Bergen
    (CNN)Some time in May 2014, Paul Overby, an American writer in his 70's, disappeared as he was traveling between Khost in Afghanistan and North Waziristan in Pakistan -- a region rife with the Taliban and terror groups such as al Qaeda. He has not been heard from since. On Wednesday, his wife went public for the first time with his disappearance, providing a statement to CNN and other media outlets. . . Overby's wife, who asked not to be identified by name, last heard from her husband on May 16, 2014, as he was preparing to cross the border into...
  • Obama: ‘Almost Every Country on Earth Sees America as Stronger and More Respected…Than 8 Years Ago’

    01/05/2017 8:19:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 5, 2017 | 9:19 AM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a letter to the American people explaining the progress he believes the nation has made under his leadership, President Barack Obama said today that “almost” the entire planet believes this nation has become stronger and more respected during his time in office. […] In making his case for this, Obama cited among other things what he believes to be the nation’s progress in Iraq and Afghanistan and in “breaking the back” of the Islamic State, and also the Iran nuclear deal, the opening of relations with the Communist government in Cuba and a global “climate agreement” that he believes...
  • (2015) U.S. government botched chance to rescue Canadian hostages in Pakistan, American soldier says

    12/21/2016 5:15:32 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 14 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | June 12, 2015 | David Pugliese
    A U.S. special forces officer says his attempts to put a rescue plan together for two Canadian hostages being held in Pakistan were scuttled by U.S. government infighting and a lack of policy on how to deal with hostage situations. Green Beret Lt.-Col. Jason Amerine had originally been assigned by the U.S. Army in 2013 to look into ways to obtain the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by insurgents in 2009 in Afghanistan.
  • Afghan hostage couple decry 'Kafkaesque nightmare'(went a camping trip in Afghanistan)

    12/20/2016 9:49:03 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 70 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    An Afghan insurgent group has released video of a kidnapped North American couple, featuring two children apparently born to them in captivity. The footage from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman with two young boys, who appeared healthy. In the clip Ms Coleman begs for an end to their "Kafkaesque nightmare". The couple were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 during a camping trip, while she was pregnant. The insurgent group is demanding the release of three of its prisoners in Afghanistan.
  • Hopeless Afghan struggle to save boy sex slaves

    12/19/2016 10:45:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 19, 2016 | By Anuj CHOPRA
    Quivering with quiet rage, Shirin holds a photo of his teenage brother-in-law, who now lives as the plaything of policemen, just one victim of a hidden epidemic of kidnappings of young boys for institutionalised sexual slavery in Afghanistan. Shirin is among 13 families AFP traced and interviewed across three Afghan provinces who said their children were taken for the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi", or paedophilic exploitation, in Western-backed security forces. Their testimonies shine a rare spotlight on the anguished, solitary struggles to free sons, nephews and cousins from a tradition of culturally-sanctioned enslavement and rape. Shirin recalled how his...
  • How some Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity [in Germany]

    12/11/2016 7:37:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 December 2016 12:53 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday. “Do you believe from the bottom of your heart that Jesus Christ is your Lord and savior, and will you follow him every day of your life?” Pastor Matthias Linke asked them. “If so, say yes.” All four replied with a frank “Ja”, to the enthusiastic applause of the faithful at the Free Evangelical Church, and were plunged head-to-toe into a baptism basin. […] “In our diocese, there are several groups of refugees who are preparing...
  • John Kelly, Trump’s Homeland Security pick, gave a remarkable speech 4 days after his son

    12/08/2016 7:53:34 PM PST · by Mariner · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Wed, Dec 7 1:25 PM PST | Dylan Stableford
    Full Title: John Kelly, Trump’s Homeland Security pick, gave a remarkable speech 4 days after his son died serving in Afghanistan On Veterans Day in 2010, inside an unremarkable hotel ballroom in St. Louis, Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, delivered what the Washington Post described as “a passionate and at times angry speech about the military’s sacrifices and its troops’ growing sense of isolation from society.” That he was able to speak at all was remarkable. Four days earlier, Kelly’s 29-year-old son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, stepped on a land mine while leading a patrol in southern Afghanistan....
  • Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

    12/06/2016 12:11:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Dec 2016 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Fifteen years, half a trillion dollars and 150,000 lives since going to war, the United States is trying to extricate itself from Afghanistan. Afghans are being left to fight their own fight. A surging Taliban insurgency, meanwhile, is flush with a new inflow of money. With their nation’s future at stake, Afghan leaders have renewed a plea to one power that may hold the key to whether their country can cling to democracy or succumbs to the Taliban. But that power is not the United States. It is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is critical because of its unique position in...
  • AFGHANISTAN WILL BE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S FIRST FOREIGN POLICY CRISIS

    12/05/2016 3:52:12 PM PST · by jcon40 · 36 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | Dec. 5, 16 | Jonathon Schroden
    Many hotspots and geopolitical adversaries are constantly in the news and likely at the forefront of the foreign policy issues President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is focused on. Yet the issue that is most likely to be the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump administration is the one that received no discussion at all during the presidential debates – Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? The longest war in U.S. history? Where the United States, its allies in NATO, and several partner nations still have in excess of 13,000 troops on the ground? Where the United States last year spent approximately...
  • THE HEART OF TERRORISM: Pakistan named and shamed. Will it reform?

    12/05/2016 12:29:19 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Editorial
    THE HEART OF TERRORISM Pakistan named and shamed. Will it reform? At the Heart of Asia (HoA) summit which concluded on Sunday in Amritsar, Pakistan was well and truly cornered for promoting terrorism. Its isolation can be understood from the fact that for the first time, a HoA declaration named the Pakistan-based terror outfits, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, as forces that are working to destabilise the region. This is a severe indictment of Pakistan, since not only do the two organisations operate from Pakistani soil but they also get overt and covert support from the establishment, especially from the Army there....
  • Trump's New Defence Secretary Was Obama's Go-To Man to Keep Pakistani Generals Happy

    12/04/2016 8:26:38 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Wire, thewire.in ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Devirupa Mitra
    <p>In the aftermath of the Raymond Davis and bin Laden affairs, General James Mattis was key in maintaining ties with top Pakistani military leadership.</p> <p>New Delhi: The next US secretary of defence was the Obama administration's main man to keep a line open and bring ties with the top Pakistani military leadership back on an even keel in the dark days following the arrest of a CIA contractor and the killing of Osama bin Laden.</p>
  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    12/03/2016 11:23:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:31 PM EST | Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. …
  • China wants Muslims to know boundaries between legal and illegal religious activities: Official

    11/29/2016 10:01:10 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Monday, November 28, 2016 | Reuters
    Beijing - Religious extremism has begun to spread to inland China from its western Xinjiang region, long considered by the government to be at the forefront of its efforts to battle Islamist separatists, the country's top religious affairs official said. China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants in Xinjiang, which borders central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is home to the largely Muslim Uighur minority group. Hundreds have died there in recent years in violence that Beijing blames on religious extremists, and the government has put in place tight controls on religion in the name of combating...
  • Obama Classified Number of Illegal Alien Muslim Migrants

    11/27/2016 10:27:33 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is big on making up his own laws and rules. He rules by executive order and he's gotten into the truly illegal habit of unilaterally signing treaties with foreign governments. This is a very basic problem. And in the context of his deal to take in Muslim migrants rejected by Australia, he is being warned once again that his actions are grossly illegal and unconstitutional. ... We’re not even being told the total numbers who will shortly be making their way to our shores, but the Journal notes that two of the camps located on Naru and Manus Islands...
  • While Obama gives Hillary-donating celebs medals, actor Gary Sinise spends Thanksgiving in Afgh[tr]

    11/26/2016 2:17:29 PM PST · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | November 26, 2016 | Tom Tillison
    You would be hard-pressed to find an American who does more for the troops than actor Gary Sinise, the tireless advocate who, through the Gary Sinise Foundation, spends much of his time looking out for their interests. Sinise spent his Thanksgiving at Kandahar Air Force Base in Afghanistan, serving Thanksgiving dinner to U.S. forces. …you know, something presidents used to do in America, as one social media user noted. Not that President Barack Obama can be faulted, he had his plate full this week handing out Medal of Freedom awards to top-tier celebrity supporters like Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro,...
  • Iran's House Church Movement Witnessing 'Astounding' Growth; Hundreds Being Baptized

    11/25/2016 6:25:52 PM PST · by freedom44 · 14 replies
    ChristianPost ^ | 11/16/16 | ChristianPost
    The underground church movement in Iran is growing despite the regime's crackdown on Christians. Hundreds are being baptized in large ceremonies and people are praising Jesus for saving them from despair and suicide, according to Christian ministries working in the region. Elam Ministries reported earlier this week that more than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in a large service just outside the Islamic Republic of Iran, with eight different Persian-speaking churches attending. The group said that 20 years ago, estimates put the number of believers in Iran at only 2,000–5,000 people, but new statistics are saying there could be...
  • Bulgaria to send rioting migrants to closed camps, plans extraditions

    11/25/2016 3:55:50 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 25, 2016 | Dimitar Kyosemarliev
    HARMANLI, Bulgaria Bulgaria will move migrants who clashed with police at a refugee camp to closed camps and hopes to start extraditing some of them to their native Afghanistan next month, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Friday. More than 400 asylum seekers, angered at being confined at the camp in the southern town of Harmanli near the border with Turkey over a health scare, were arrested after clashes with riot police late on Thursday. The police used water cannon and rubber bullets to quell the riot, in which the interior ministry said 24 officers were hurt. On Friday morning...
  • Gold Star family booed on flight as they headed to meet their soldier’s remains

    11/20/2016 6:57:48 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | Nov 19, 2016 | Nicholas Filipas
    Gold Star family booed on flight as they headed to meet their soldier’s remains Staff Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, Calif., died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an apparent suicide bomber in Bagram, Afghanistan. Department of Defense Nicholas Filipas The Record (Stockton, Calif.) The father of a soldier who was killed last weekend in Afghanistan was disappointed and hurt after airline passengers booed him and his family as they flew to meet his son’s remains. Stewart Perry, an ex-Marine who lives in Stockton, said the ordeal left him feeling disrespected. “It was really disgusting on the passengers’...
  • After $85 Million in U.S. Loans, Afghanistan Building Projects Abandoned

    11/19/2016 3:11:37 AM PST · by detective · 28 replies
    The New American ^ | 18 November 2016 | Michael Tennant
    A U.S. government agency loaned $85 million to a developer to construct a hotel (shown) and an apartment complex in Afghanistan, and today it has little to show for its investment except “abandoned empty shells,” according to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko. In a November 14 letter to Elizabeth Littlefield, president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Sopko said his investigation “indicates troubling management practices and lax oversight by OPIC,” which took the word of the developer that the projects were proceeding as planned rather than visit the sites regularly to monitor progress....
  • ICC claims US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan

    11/14/2016 7:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.15.2016 | jm/bw (Reuters, dpa)
    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has suggested the US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan. An investigation would expose US forces to ICC scrutiny for the first time. Delivering her annual report to members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Monday, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she would decide “imminently” whether to ask judges for permission to launch a full-blown investigation as to whether US military forces and CIA operatives may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the “cruel or violent” interrogation of detainees. Bensouda said the Taliban, Afghan government forces and US...
  • Explosion at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, Casualties Confirmed

    11/11/2016 9:29:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    abc ^ | 11/11/2016 | David Caplan
    A US official tells ABC News at least 11 have been wounded, by likely a vehicle-borne improved explosive device. An Afghan official tells ABC News that US forces have cordoned off the air base, located in northeastern Afghanistan, about an hour north of Kabul.
  • Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan

    11/10/2016 7:13:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Nov 2016 23:29 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 others, officials said. “The suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the German consulate in the city,” said local police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat. The Taliban called it a “revenge attack” for a US airstrike in the volatile province of Kunduz earlier this month that left up to 32 civilians dead. …
  • Two more Clinton classified emails discovered in FBI documents

    11/04/2016 6:57:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Washington times ^ | 11-4-16 | Steven Dinan
    The State Department this week deemed two more of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails to contain classified information, releasing redacted versions Friday, just days before Election Day. The messages appear to contain U.S. government policy memos toward Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, preparing Mrs. Clinton for phone calls with leaders of those two nations. Information gleaned from foreign governments, as well as U.S. information about other governments, is supposed to be considered classified from the start. In these instances, like nearly every other of the more than 2,500 messages now deemed classified, there were no markings at the time...
  • The First Time I Killed Someone (video only)

    11/02/2016 9:58:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-10-2016 | LunkersTV
    Really not much else to say. It's Afghanistan