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  • Remembering Kruger

    05/25/2017 11:37:38 PM PDT · by pboyington · 6 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 25, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Memorial Day is fast upon us. To most Americans, it’s nothing more than a three day weekend bonanza of barbecues, beer, boating and the beach. Only seven percent of living Americans have ever served in the military and the other 93 percent seem to frolic and swig and eat on Memorial Day with very little regard for those who have given all that mortality can give. As Hack, the late Colonel David Hackworth once told me, ‘they’ll never understand; only we understand and we have the responsibility to remember them…forever.’ On this coming Memorial Day, let us pause and remember...
  • Is Another Surge in Afghanistan a Good Idea?

    05/23/2017 4:23:05 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 27 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 17 May 2017 | Joseph Mussomeli
    In my almost thirty-five years serving our country as a diplomat, I had only one true regret—my year in Afghanistan, 2009-2010. The camaraderie among the Americans, both civilian and military, who worked at the embassy was inspiring, and the dedication and courage of our Afghan colleagues was humbling. But the good work we did there quickly proved quixotic. I particularly regret that I had been such a strong proponent for the military and civilian surges that took place that year, often taking the lead within the embassy in pushing for more and more civilians to serve alongside our military personnel....
  • Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas - KIA Afghanistan - burial

    05/13/2017 2:49:08 PM PDT · by USMCPOP · 10 replies
    Me | - | USMCPOP
    Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas was killed in action on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. He was 23. Today, he was laid to rest at Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia. There were many Special Forces troops, including a 4-star General, as well as family, friends and VFW members in attendance. About 20 of us Patriot Guard Riders were in the flag line. You can search news for more info and pictures. RIP, Sgt. Thomas.
  • Where empires go to die: Afghanistan

    05/10/2017 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 10 May 2017 | John Batchelor interviews Bill Roggio
    audio 9:18 Trump considering sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The new strategy, which has...
  • Saddam's Ambassador to al-Qaeda *(The Smoking Gun)*

    02/23/2004 9:49:50 AM PST · by freebacon · 7 replies · 2,659+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 23, 2004 | Jonathan Schanzer
    Saddam's Ambassador to al-QaedaBy Jonathan SchanzerWeekly Standard | February 23, 2004 A RECENTLY INTERCEPTED MESSAGE from Iraq-based terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi asking the al Qaeda leadership for reinforcements reignited the debate over al-Qaeda ties with Saddam Hussein's fallen Baath regime. William Safire of the New York Times called the message a "smoking gun," while the University of Michigan's Juan Cole says that Safire "offers not even one document to prove" the Saddam/al-Qaeda nexus. What you are about to read bears directly on that debate. It is based on a recent interview with Abdul Rahman al-Shamari, who served in...
  • Leader of ISIS Branch in Afghanistan Killed in Special Forces Raid

    05/07/2017 6:03:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2017 | MUJIB MASHAL
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The leader of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan who orchestrated audacious attacks that further upended the country’s deteriorating security situation was killed in a special forces raid last month, the president of Afghanistan said in a statement on Sunday. The militant leader, Abdul Hasib, had overseen a number of bloody attacks that directly challenged the authority of President Ashraf Ghani, including a massacre at the main Afghan Army hospital in Kabul that killed at least 50 people. Mr. Hasib was killed in an operation on April 27 in eastern Nangarhar Province, along the border with Pakistan,...
  • Pope Francis angered by America's 'mother of all bombs' name

    05/06/2017 6:46:51 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 116 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6th May | BBC News
    Pope Francis has criticised the naming of the US military's largest non-nuclear explosive ever used in combat as "the mother of all bombs". "I was ashamed when I heard the name," the pontiff told an audience of students at the Vatican. "A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is going on?" he asked. Last month the US dropped such a bomb, which weighs 21,600lb (9,800kg), on Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said it was dropped from a US aircraft in Nangarhar province, targeting tunnel complex used by IS....
  • How terrorists freely enter Afghanistan and move around unhindered

    05/05/2017 5:40:24 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2017 | Hollie McKay
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Earlier this week, some 700 young men here were spotted traveling north in a convoy of buses. They had no identification cards and said they were laborers going to find work, Gen. Jawid Kohistani, a former official at Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) and a leading security analyst, told Fox News. Despite that lack of documentation, they were able to make the more than 300-mile excursion from terrorist-teeming Nangarhar province by the Pakistan border to the provincial capital of Jalalabad. Then, they made their way west to Kabul and, finally, north to Mazar e-Sharif -- with...
  • U.S. military to pitch revised Afghan war plan to Trump in next week

    05/04/2017 9:04:53 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 5/4/17 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    The U.S. military said on Thursday it will offer recommendations on the war in Afghanistan to President Donald Trump within the next week, amid expectations of a request for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents. Theresa Whelan, acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations, low-intensity conflict, testified to the Senate that the Pentagon was completing its review of potential adjustments to U.S. war plans. "I expect that these proposals will go to the President within the next week and the intent is to do just that, to move beyond the stalemate," Whelan said.
  • 2 Members of US Military Die in Afghanistan ISIS Operation

    04/27/2017 9:13:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/27
    Two members of the U.S. military were killed in an operation on an ISIS target in Afghanistan, NBC News reported. Another was wounded. More information on the soldiers, including what service they were in, wasn't immediately available, pending notification of their next of kin, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement Thursday. Trump Tax Plan Slashes Individual and Corporate Rates The operation took place in the Achin area, where the military dropped a massive, non-nuclear bomb called the "mother of all bombs" on an ISIS target in Afghanistan two weeks ago, the weapon's first-ever use in combat. Another...
  • It’s ISIS Vs. Taliban Now: Both groups are fighting against each other in Afghanistan.

    04/26/2017 7:00:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Morning News USA ^ | 04/26/2017 | ByJereco Paloma
    While the world is fighting against the internationally branded terrorist ISIS and the militant group of Taliban, both groups are fighting its own battle against each other, at least in Afghanistan. With TalibanÂ’s internal structure has been put to test following the death of its founder Mullah Omar two years ago, reports show the Taliban has implemented a leadership reshuffling and named its new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. TalibanÂ’s announcement of Mansour as its new leader came amid reports saying ISIS is making its way to Afghanistan, the CNBC News reported. Last December, ISIS called Taliban a deviant in...
  • Top U.S. general in Afghanistan sees Russia sending weapons to Taliban

    04/25/2017 3:07:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 Apr 17 | Idrees Ali
    The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban. General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. For some time, American officials have complained of what Nicholson once called "malign influence" by Russia in Afghanistan, but Monday's comments are among the strongest suggestions yet that Moscow is providing arms to the Taliban. Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help, including weapons, to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan,...
  • Gen. Jack Keane: Obama "Doomed Afghanistan to Protracted War"; Chose Not to Win - Video

    04/25/2017 4:24:08 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 25, 2017 | Brian
    Here is Gen. Jack Keane on Fox News yesterday where he told the honest truth about the situation of the War in Afghanistan. Keane bluntly said that after 16 years of the United States being at war in Afghanistan, “The war is not winnable given current U.S. policies.” Keane called that reality “outrageous.” Keane said Barack Obama was given a strategy to win by his generals, a strategy that needed 40,000 U.S. Troops for victory. Obama rejected their plan and only gave them 15,000 Troops and then pulled those forces out 15 months later. “That doomed Afghanistan to this protracted...
  • When breaking the rules of engagement is right

    04/22/2017 5:07:47 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2017 | Roger T. Hill
    The current military culture values enemy lives above those of U.S. troops ANALYSIS/OPINION: Donald Trump and James Mattis came to office vowing to “win” America’s wars again. But unless they change our politically correct military culture, it is certain America won’t. With Thursday night’s cruise missile strikes in Syria, the United States is facing down the barrel of another war in the Middle East. But as President Trump and congressional leadership weigh the risks on an expanded, messy conflict, possibly including U.S. ground forces, they also ought to examine whether a military plagued by overlawyering has what it takes to...
  • 140 Soldiers Killed in Taliban Attack on Afghan Base, Official Says

    04/22/2017 10:52:50 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2017 | Mujib Mashal
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a lethal Taliban assault on an army base in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday that at least 140 soldiers had been killed, making it the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the course of the long war. “Today, there was even a shortage of coffins,” said the official, Ibrahim Khairandish, a member of the provincial council in Balkh Province, where the attack occurred. Citing information from army officials, Mr. Khairandish said 60 soldiers had also been wounded in the attack. The soldiers, most of them unarmed, were shot...
  • retired Air Force captain says Pentagon covered up real cause of deadly chopper crash

    04/20/2017 12:56:53 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 55 replies
    Circa News ^ | Apr. 18 , 2017 | Sara Carter
    A decorated retired Air Force officer who witnessed one of the most deadly attacks on Navy SEALs in U.S. history is breaking her silence, saying the government covered up evidence detailing that the 2011 downing of a Chinook helicopter gunship that killed 38 fighters in Afghanistan could have been prevented had it not been for restrictions to the military's rules of engagement that were changed under the Obama administration.
  • The 'Mother Of All Bombs' Blast Site Is Still Off-Limits, But Here's Who It May Have Killed

    04/19/2017 11:03:24 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    BI ^ | 4-19-2017 | Christopher Woody
    A week after US forces dropped the 21,600-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapon, or so-called "Mother of All Bombs," on a remote part of Afghanistan, American officials have released little information about the strike or its aftermath, and security forces in the area continue to block access the site. And alongside the dozens of Pakistanis thought to have been killed in the strike, 12 Tajikistanis and 13 Indian nationals who had joined ISIS were killed, according to TOLO news. A security official told Hindustan Times that 13 ISIS commanders were killed in the raid — at least two of...
  • MOAB blast from the POV of the Afghan villagers.

    04/18/2017 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 17 April 2017 | John Bathcelor
    Podcast 17:52 John Batchelor, Bill Roggio, Tom Joscelyn, Thaddeus McCotter discuss Afghanistan, Taliban, ISIS, ISIS connections in Indonesia ... among other things.
  • US says nearly 800 ISIS members on ground when ‘Mother of All Bombs’ dropped

    04/17/2017 9:45:50 PM PDT · by hotdogjones · 58 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/13/2017 | Bob Frederic
    The United States on Thursday dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan — a strike President Trump hailed as “very, very successful.” The US estimates that 600 to 800 ISIS terrorists were on the ground in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, conducting strikes on government and US forces while battling the rival Taliban.
  • Afghanistan: Friend raises $181,000 for family of Green Beret killed

    04/14/2017 11:25:52 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies ^ | 04/14/2017
    Online donations have poured in for the family of a Green Beret killed in action while fighting ISIS extremists in Afghanistan over the weekend, Fox & Friends reported Friday. The GoFundMe page for Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar’s wife and five children raised more than $181,000 by Friday morning, far surpassing the original goal of $15,000.