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  • Bergdahl Teammates Asked to Stay Quiet About Desertion With Non-Disclosure Agreements

    05/29/2015 1:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 29, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    According to a new report from Fox News' Catherine Herridge, teammates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements years ago after discussing his desertion with the Joint Chiefs Chairman in Afghanistan. According to Herridge's reporting and General Bob Scales, asking soldiers to sign non-disclosure agreements is unprecedented. "I can't remember, ever, have an enlisted soldier sign a non-disclosure agreement for anything. This is completely unprecedented," Scales said. "These non-disclosure agreements have got nothing to do with military justice." Further, new information shows Bergdahl not only deserted, but started planning for his departure by sleeping on the...
  • “I Had Groups of ISIS Fighters in My Sights, but Couldn’t Get Clearance to Engage.”

    05/28/2015 11:07:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/27/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]This isn’t really news. It’s just a reminder that the air strikes on ISIS are being run in the same disastrous fashion as those in Afghanistan. And it didn’t begin with Obama. Lest we forget, on the day before 9/11, Bill Clinton was boasting that he had let Osama bin Laden go to avoid collateral damage.Obama Inc. talks about how the Iraqis don’t want to fight. It neglects to mention that it isn’t letting the military fight [2]. U.S. military pilots carrying out the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are voicing growing discontent over...
  • How many more can Kos take? Holidaymaker misery as thousands (snip) set up migrant camp (snip)

    05/28/2015 10:16:33 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/27/2015 | Hannah Roberts
    <p>Summer break a 'nightmare' for British holidaymakers, who 'won’t be coming back if it's a refugee camp next year'</p> <p>Boat people from Syria and Afghanistan and British holidaymakers have clashed on Kos – as migrants have turned the Greek island, popular with cheap package deals, into a 'disgusting' hellhole. As families – enjoying some summer sun with their kids during the half term break – relax on sun loungers on the beach, just a yards away scores of migrants have set up camp, sleeping on cardboard boxes with rubbish strewn everywhere. Anne Servante, a nurse from Manchester, had come to Kos expecting a relaxing break with her husband Tony, a retired plumber. Instead her summer break has turned into a nightmare as penniless migrants who are in Greece to claim asylum sit outside their restaurant and watch them eat.</p>
  • Taliban fears over young recruits attracted to Isis in Afghanistan

    05/27/2015 8:13:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 7, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    Foreign fighters who claim allegiance to Islamic State are gathering dozens of recruits in eastern Afghanistan, luring would-be jihadis with generous resources and the group’s powerful brand, according to a Taliban fighter who has met several of their commanders. The rapid and dramatic victories clocked up by Isis in Iraq, Syria and Libya have attracted some young men with specific grievances against government or foreign forces, who simply want the strongest possible allies. Others seem drawn by the novelty of an upstart force, the Taliban veteran said, or by the apparently deep pockets of a group that boasts laptops, benevolent...
  • Gov. Jindal: Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander in Chief”

    05/27/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    It didn’t take long for a return salvo to be fired over Rand Paul’s contention this morning that Republican hawks “created” ISIS. Bobby Jindal blasted Paul as “unsuited to be Commander in Chief,” accusing him of “taking the “weakest Democratic position” while Americans are fighting ISIS. Jindal slammed Paul as a superficial, “cocktail party” thinker, and that the real origin of ISIS is the metastasizing cancer of radical Islam: “This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief,” Jindal said in a statement. “We have men and women in the military who are in...
  • Britain 'held hostage' by US policy [Britain's top General]

    10/16/2006 2:29:53 AM PDT · by familyop · 41 replies · 945+ views
    Scotsman (Britain) ^ | 15OCT06 | Brian Brady
    BRITAIN'S top soldier spoke out against the government's handling of the campaign in Iraq because he feared Britain was being "held hostage" by US policy in the region, friends claimed last night. General Sir Richard Dannatt sparked a furious row over Tony Blair's foreign policy last week when he warned that British troops should leave Iraq soon because they were "exacerbating the security problems" there. Allies of Sir Richard last night claimed he had been expressing deep concerns shared by colleagues in the highest ranks of the military - and that the real target of his attack was Washington, not...
  • Never Forgive, Never Forget

    05/25/2015 12:11:14 PM PDT · by Chode · 13 replies
    5/25/2015 | Chode
    Johnny Michael Spann 1969-2001 Never Forgive, Never Forget... RIP
  • Syria's Mercenaries: How Iran Uses Jailed Afghan Refugees To Fight Assad's war

    05/24/2015 7:16:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Rawa ^ | May 19, 2015 | Christoph Reuter for Spiegel Online (May 11, 2015)
    Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war... All he had wanted was an Iranian residence permit, he says... he found himself fighting as a mercenary in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Bashar Assad regime... When a violent explosion caused the house he was in to collapse, he found himself thinking about his daughters, he says. "I screamed and thought I was suffocating. And then, everything around me was quiet." Men arrived and pulled Murad, who was still screaming, out of the...
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • SEAL TEAM SIX - EXTORTION 17 "A COVER UP?" [youtube video of Tom Trento: Enemies of the State]

    05/24/2015 2:56:05 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    YouTube video of Tom Trento Iheart radio ^ | May 22, 2015 | Posted by The United West
    Streamed live on May 20, 2015 WOW, watch author Don Brown blow the lid off of the official government report about the tragic shoot down of SEAL TEAM SIX helicopter, Code Name - Extortion 17. On August 6, 2011—three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden—Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17." The attack killed the Air National Guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six—warrior brothers from the same Team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior....
  • Russia Bans NATO Military Transit To Afghanistan

    05/19/2015 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 5-19-2015 | MINA
    Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory. According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.
  • Sheriffs sound off on Islamic 'terror camps' in U.S.

    01/21/2015 7:57:15 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 36 replies
    WND ^ | January 20, 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    John W. Gaissert, the police chief of Commerce, Georgia, near the MOA camp in Franklin County, is a retired Navy commander who has spent a career in law enforcement, working directly on military and civilian counter-terrorism issues. Gaissert was a security consultant for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and also testified in 2010 to a U.S. House Subcommittee on Intelligence. He believes it would be a mistake to dismiss Jamaat Fuqra and Muslims of America as merely pietistic Muslims trying to live in peace out in the countryside. “Their spiritual mentor is Sheikh Gilani and his concept is to...
  • US Military Cargo Transits Through Russia to Afghanistan Halted

    05/18/2015 5:05:20 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 1 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 12:23 18.05.2015(updated 14:46 18.05.2015 | MOSCOW (Sputnik)
    The Russian government’s instruction on military cargo transits through the country to Afghanistan has expired, according to a document on the government’s website on administrative information published on Monday. Black Hawk Helicopters coming in to land at firebase in Afghanistan © Flickr/ chuck holton/ U.S. Army Photo International Forces in Afghanistan Failed to Unroot Terrorism - Moscow On July 6, 2009, Moscow and Washington signed the Military Transit Agreement on regular transit of US military equipment and personnel to Afghanistan over Russian territory. Under the agreement, US military transport aircraft could make at least 4,500 flights per year to Afghanistan...
  • Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report

    05/17/2015 5:52:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 112 replies
    New York Post ^ | may 17/2015 | bill sanderson
    Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
  • Waterboarding Worked (It Should Have Never Been Stopped)

    05/17/2015 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Dianne Feinstein of California arguably used to be the CIA's best friend on the Democratic side of the Senate. I think it's fair to say that San Francisco voters were not enthusiastic about her pro-intelligence posture during the George W. Bush presidency. One thing DiFi has going for her, though, is that it's hard even for critics to not crack a smile at her famously idiosyncratic stubborn streak. She's old-school. She makes up her mind and digs in deep. And then something else sticks in her craw. As Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman during President Barack Obama's first six...
  • What Pakistan Knew About the Bin Laden Raid

    05/16/2015 8:08:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Husain Haqqani
    What Pakistan Knew About the Bin Laden Raid Husain Haqqani With a litany of unproved claims, veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revived discussion about the circumstances in which al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was discovered and killed in May 2011 in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad. Some of Hersh’s assertions in a 10,000-word London Review of Books article border on fantasy. He claims that bin Laden lived under the protection of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was given up for reward money by one of the agency’s officers, and was eventually eliminated in a U.S. raid covertly backed...
  • Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

    05/17/2015 4:09:32 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Akbar Borisov with Chris Rickleton in Bishkek
    Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan. Around 2,500 personnel from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are taking part in joint exercises due to run to Wednesday in Tajikistan. The move is seen as re-enforcing Moscow's role as the main guarantor of the fragile region's security after US troops leave Afghanistan. The Russian deployment of about 500 troops for the drills started last week, bolstered by soldiers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus....
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • Shocking News About 5 Taliban Commanders Released by Obama… This Is TREASON

    05/12/2015 5:20:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammend Nabi Omari, the five Taliban Commanders traded for Sgt. Bergdahl, will soon be released from their “confinement.” Admiral James T. “Ace” Lyons said there is “little doubt” that the terrorists will return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. These terrorists are set to be released on June 1st, one year to the day after they were traded for Sgt. Bergdahl. As part of the trade, the government of Qatar had promised to “restrict” the terrorists’ movements for one year. Now, they will be free. Free to go right...
  • Obama LIED when he said U.S. pulled off bin Laden raid without help:

    05/11/2015 4:56:11 AM PDT · by Hodapp · 20 replies
    President Obama lied to Americans about the role of Pakistan special forces in the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden so he could take credit for the mission, an expose published on Sunday has claimed. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has accused the the Commander-In-Chief of rushing to receive plaudits just hours after the Navy SEAL operation which killed the head of Al Qaeda and 9/11 mastermind four years ago.
  • SY HERSH’S BIN LADEN STORY FIRST REPORTED IN 2011 — WITH SEEMINGLY DIFFERENT SOURCES

    05/12/2015 12:32:03 PM PDT · by drewh · 6 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 1 hour ago | BY JON SCHWARZ AND RYAN DEVEREAUX
    R.J. Hillhouse, a former professor, Fulbright fellow and novelist whose writing on intelligence and military outsourcing has appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times, made the same main assertions in 2011 about the death of Osama bin Laden as Seymour Hersh’s new story in the London Review of Books — apparently based on different sources than those used by Hersh. Bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs on May 2, 2011. Three months later, on August 7, Hillhouse posted a story on her blog “The Spy Who Billed Me” stating that (1) the U.S. did not learn about...
  • Osama bin Laden was a Prisoner in Pakistan: Hersh's Expose

    05/12/2015 12:03:51 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Much of Seymour Hersh’s extensive London Review of Books exposé of the attack that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 merely reiterates what common sense had argued all along. Pakistani intelligence could not have been unaware that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad. Pakistani intelligence could not have been kept entirely in the dark about the plot to kill Osama bin Laden. Despite all the public breast beating and name calling, US and Pakistan were very much working together. The “treasure trove” of materials recovered from the compound actually yielded little. There were no garbage bags filled with computers...
  • Down South - Republican presidential hopefuls show how low they can go

    05/12/2015 2:44:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | May 11, 2015 | William Saletan
    This weekend, a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls showed up at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. They were there to court primary voters who will winnow the presidential field next February. Judging from the speeches, it’s going to be an ugly race. What the candidates are selling, and primary voters are buying, is vituperation against people who don’t look, talk, or pray like the Republican base.............. [SNIP of stuff that sounds good to me - Santorum was on fire] ...............Mexicans, Muslims, gays, rats, roaches. Christian superiority, military contempt for the president, and gauntlets thrown down to queer-loving CEOs. It’s going to...
  • US Officials 'Fuming' Over Account Of Osama bin Laden Raid (but not giving any specific rebuttals)

    05/11/2015 10:32:02 PM PDT · by drewh · 23 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 5/12/15 12:09 AM EDT | By Bryan Bender and Philip Ewing
    One of America’s most revered investigative journalists has questioned the veracity of one of the Obama administration’s proudest achievements — and the firestorm of criticism has been immediate and unforgiving, from the White House to the Pentagon to the CIA. The publication Sunday of a 10,000-word article questioning the official version of the 2011 raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden might have received scant attention had it it not been penned by Seymour Hersh. The award-winning reporter, 78, who uncovered one of the worst war crimes by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War and disclosed the torture...
  • Bin Laden report 'full of lies,' says former SEAL

    05/11/2015 6:29:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/11/15 04:53 PM EDT | Ben Kamisar
    By Ben Kamisar - The former Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden is slamming a new report that challenges the White House’s account of the mission, calling it “garbage.” “The story that I read, the part from [Seymour] Hersh, was full of lies,” Rob O’Neill said on Fox News's "Shepard Smith Reporting." “It took me a long time to read it because I had to put it down — I couldn’t read the nonsense.” Hersh on Sunday published in story in the London Review of Books that says Pakistani intelligence officers played a significant role in the...
  • Journalist not backing down from claims that White House is lying about the killing of bin Laden

    05/11/2015 7:44:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is vigorously defending a controversial new story that claims the White House lied about crucial details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.Hersh's story, published in the London Review of Books on May 10, alleges that the US government misled the public about many of the details surrounding the 2011 raid on bin Laden's compound in Abottabad, Pakistan.Relying largely on a single anonymous source, described only as a retired senior US intelligence official, Hersh claims that Pakistani intelligence officials were aware of and actively hiding bin Laden.He claims that the intelligence tip that led...
  • Report: Obama lied about bin Laden raid

    05/10/2015 12:44:03 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 10, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    An expose published on Sunday alleges that President Obama deceived Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Author Seymour M. Hersh accuses Obama of rushing to take credit for bin Laden’s death. This decision, Hersh argues in the London Review of Books, forced the military and intelligence communities to scramble and then collaborate the president’s version of events. “High-level lying nonetheless remains the modus operandi of U.S. policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no,” Hersh...
  • Not ONE word of official account of raid that killed Bin Laden is true. Seymour Hersh

    09/28/2013 6:14:02 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 60 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 28 September 2013 | Marie-louise Olson
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist says that raid which killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 is ‘one big lie'. He says the US media is too 'afraid' to pick on Obama. Hersh, 76, says the solution is to shut down news networks like NBC and ABC. He also suggested the firing of 90 per cent of mainstream editors.
  • Hersh slams US media, says ‘not one word’ of White House bin Laden narrative is true

    09/28/2013 2:00:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 27, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    In an interview with The Guardian (U.K.) published Friday, the left-leaning Seymour Hersh, best known for his Pulitzer-winning reporting that exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, unloaded on the American news media for its underwhelming coverage of the Obama White House. Hersh told The Guardian’s Lisa O’Carroll that the ABC and NBC news bureaus ought to be shut down and 90 percent of the editors fired for sake of fixing journalism. “I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90 percent of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” Hersh said....
  • Explosive Report: Seymour Hersh Says Obama Administration Lied About Bin Laden Raid

    05/11/2015 1:50:45 PM PDT · by drewh · 36 replies
    Slate.com ^ | MAY 10 2015 9:44 PM | Seth Maxon
    Citing interviews with “a retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad” and American sources who “had access to corroborating information,” Hersh writes that the American government did not act alone in locating and killing Bin Laden, as it has consistently claimed. On the contrary, Hersh’s sources say that senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI)—Pakistan’s equivalent of the CIA—knew as early as 2006 that Bin Laden was in Abbottabad, and cooperated with the U.S. in the assassination. Specifically, the story says that top Pakistani Army Gen. Ashfaq...
  • Pakistanis Knew Where Bin Laden Was Hiding All Along, Say US Sources

    05/11/2015 3:14:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/11/2015 | MATTHEW COLE, RICHARD ESPOSITO, ROBERT WINDREM AND ANDREA MITCHELL
    Two intelligence sources tell NBC News that the year before the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a "walk in" asset from Pakistani intelligence told the CIA where the most wanted man in the world was hiding - and these two sources plus a third say that the Pakistani government knew where bin Laden was hiding all along. The U.S. government has always characterized the heroic raid by Seal Team Six that killed bin Laden as a unilateral U.S. operation, and has maintained that the CIA found him by tracking couriers to his walled complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The...
  • Three al-Qaeda leaders killed in US attack (the Libi raid)

    02/05/2008 4:44:09 AM PST · by Dog · 50 replies · 133+ views
    www.adnkronos.com ^ | 5 Feb. 2008
    Kuwait City, 5 Feb. (AKI) - The US air raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Abu Layth al-Libi in Pakistan is reported to have also killed three other leaders from the terrorist network. According to the Kuwaiti daily, al-Watan, two Kuwaitis and a Libyan also died in the missile attack conducted by a Predator aircraft on January 25 in Mir Ali, in North Waziristan on the border of Afghanistan. The daily said the attack was aimed at what was believed to have been an al-Qaeda summit meeting. Abu Obeida Tawari al-Obeidi and Abu Adel al-Kuwaiti were reportedly there with al-Libi.Abu Adel...
  • Five Signs Afghanistan Is Becoming An American Success Story

    05/11/2015 11:19:31 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 8, 2015 | Loren Thompson
    Fourteen years into waging a frustrating counter-insurgency campaign in Afghanistan, there is at least one thing that every military expert who has studied the country can agree on: Osama bin Laden really knew what he was doing when he picked Afghanistan as a sanctuary for his murderous band of jihadists. There are few places in the world less hospitable to Western goals and values. Geographically isolated, economically backward, politically divided and culturally insular, Afghanistan has been a hard place to stabilize, and its neighbors haven’t been much help. But despite numerous setbacks, the Bush and Obama administrations have stuck with...
  • The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    05/10/2015 6:44:54 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 21 May 2015 | Seymour Hersh
    It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll:...
  • Did Obama lie about the Osama bin Laden raid?

    05/11/2015 7:23:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The official story of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden reflects American derring-do. US forces snuck deep into Pakistan to conduct a commando raid on the world’s most-wanted terrorist less than two miles away from Pakistan’s premier military academy. The Pakistani government vehemently protested the action afterward, but America finally got the top terrorist of the network that conducted the 9/11 attacks. Barack Obama took credit for making the call on the dangerous incursion, and reminded voters repeatedly during the 2012 election that he was the man who got bin Laden.Four years after the raid, a new version...
  • SFC Christopher Speer Is Dead; Omar Khadr Is Free

    05/10/2015 6:34:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    creators.com ^ | May 10, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    A Canadian judge ruled this week that Omar Khadr poses no public safety threat. Tell that to the children of Sergeant First Class Christopher J. Speer and the surviving American soldiers who valiantly fought Khadr on the battlefield. In 2012, Khadr pleaded guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty and guilty to five charges related to the killing of Speer, a 28-year-old medic with the U.S. Special Forces. This young American hero died in Afghanistan in 2002 during an ambush by al-Qaida operatives. Just days before he gave his life, Speer had fearlessly walked onto a minefield to rescue two wounded Afghan children....
  • In Desperation, Afghan Women Turn To PETA

    05/10/2015 8:08:24 AM PDT · by rey · 9 replies
    Duffleblog ^ | 10 May 2015 | Duffleblog
    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Afghanistan’s leading government organization for women has announced plans to abandon their struggle for women’s equality in Afghanistan and said they merely hope to be treated with the same basic dignity given to animals. Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar, Afghanistan’s Minister of Women’s Affairs since 2006, has announced that her ministry will formally disband next month and turn over all women’s issues in the country to the Afghan chapter of the group the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “In a bow to reality, we have given up all hope of gender equality and merely wish to...
  • 'Free to go': Omar Khadr out on bail

    05/09/2015 6:16:59 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 28 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | May 07, 2015 | By Colin Perkel
    EDMONTON - Omar Khadr arrived at his new home Thursday after almost 13 years behind bars — four of them as a convicted war criminal — and asked Canadians to give him a chance to show he's worthy of their trust.
  • SFC Christopher Speer Is Dead; Omar Khadr Is Free

    05/09/2015 5:10:08 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 8, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    A Canadian judge ruled this week that former Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr poses no public safety threat. Tell that to the children of Sergeant First Class Christopher J. Speer and the surviving American soldiers who valiantly fought Khadr on the battlefield. In 2012, Khadr pleaded guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty and guilty to five charges related to the killing of Speer, a 28-year-old medic with the U.S. Special Forces. This young American hero died in Afghanistan in 2002 during an ambush by al-Qaida operatives. Just days before he gave his life, Speer had fearlessly walked onto a minefield to rescue two...
  • Special Ops Leaders Praise Women's Role in Ranger Raids

    05/09/2015 4:44:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    A new book about a young, female Army officer who routinely accompanied Ranger units on raids in Afghanistan is shining a light on a select group of American women who have made history in modern warfare. "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield" focuses on 1st Lt. Ashley White, an incredibly physically fit soldier who joined the Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team effort in 2010. The pilot program was designed to train women and have them serve with Army Ranger and other special operations direct-action units so they could gather...
  • Reports Surface That White House Knew All Along About Bergdahl’s Desertion

    05/09/2015 6:45:10 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/17/2015 | JONAH BENNETT
    Contrary to some media speculation, top military leadership knew as early as late 2009 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted. During an open-book question and answer session in Afghanistan, members of Bergdahl’s platoon directly asked then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen whether he was aware of Bergdahl’s desertion. Mullen “told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, one of the platoon members, told Fox News, and “that they were developing leads and following leads, trying to do everything they could to get him back.” Evan Buetow and Cody Full,...
  • Central Asia Stuck Between A Sinking Russia And A Dominant China

    12/29/2014 9:46:22 AM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Paul Coyer
    Central Asia, stuck between Russia, the dominant power of yesterday, whose cultural influence in the region remains strong even as its economy implodes and its political clout increasingly plays second fiddle to China, and China, the dominant power of tomorrow, whose targeted economic power is increasingly shaping the choices of Central Asian leaders and reshaping the region as a whole, is seeking other options. A story that is being lost in the attention paid to the new “Great Game” between Russia and China for dominance in Central Asia is how the Central Asian governments themselves don’t wish to be dominated,...
  • New sanctions in works – against U.S. (Defense related) businesses (by our Middle Eastern Allies)

    05/06/2015 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In an extraordinary move that could mean billions lost to the American economy, Gulf monarchs meeting Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, took a closed-door decision to potentially withhold investments from U.S. military firms if the terms of any final agreement with Iran causes significant harm to the Sunni Arab states. The meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council brought together leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. All of those countries, aside from Oman, participated in the Saudi-led strikes targeting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. According to a source who took part...
  • U.S. Airmen to Receive Rare Air Force Cross for Valor

    05/06/2015 7:12:33 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 5/6/2015 | D Lamothe
    On Sept. 27, 2014, a team of U.S. Special Operations troops were dropped into a volatile village in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The U.S. military had withdrawn thousands of troops from the country in the previous year, and the mission called for 14 Americans and about 24 Afghan commando counterparts to clear a bazaar of weapons and insurgents, and then get out. It turned into a fight for their lives, three U.S. Special Operations airmen involved in the battle recalled Tuesday. The insurgents, numbering close to 100, sprung a fierce attack in which they not only launched a barrage of fire...
  • Pakistan Sends Packaged Beef as Disaster Relief to Nepal, a Majority Hindu Country

    05/01/2015 7:27:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/01/2015 | Debra Heine
    Packets of “beef masala” that were sent to Nepal as part of a disaster relief package from Pakistan are causing major heartburn in the Hindu Himalayan country, which treats cows as sacred.According to the Daily Mail, the development could “trigger diplomatic acrimony” between the countries. Indian doctors at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital told Mail Today that packets of ‘beef masala’ were sent by Pakistan on Tuesday as part of relief aid to the temblor survivors. These doctors – drawn from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) — are members of a...
  • Afghanistan’s Iconic Hind Gunships Won’t Fly Much Longer

    04/23/2015 4:39:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 22, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    For several years, the Afghan air force has flown Russian Mi-35 Hind gunships. The iconic, armored helicopters are better known as “flying tanks” for their ability to spew bullets and rockets — while absorbing gunfire. But the Afghans probably won’t fly their Hinds a year from now. The helicopters are getting old and falling apart — and with Washington’s relationship with Moscow at its lowest point in decades, the Pentagon is buying tiny American choppers to replace them. On April 9, the Afghan air force received six American-made MD-530F gunships. In 2013, In 2014, the Pentagon decided to send a total of 12 armed...
  • 2015 - 4th Annual Salute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans - General James Mattis [video]

    04/19/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    YouTube - Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel ^ | April 18, 2015 | Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
    [Video only] Watch the full version of the 4th Annual “Salute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans”, featuring General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.) at the Marines’ Memorial Club on April 16, 2015. The program included a Social Reception that followed General Mattis’ remarks.
  • Bergdahl's platoon mates: Head of Joint Chiefs knew he walked off base in 2009

    04/16/2015 6:39:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan June 30, 2009, and by December of that same year, the president's principal military adviser, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, knew those details, according to three of Bergdahl's platoon mates who spoke to Fox News. "I asked him (Mullen) if he knew about Bergdahl and that he deserted and he (Mullen) told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off," former Sgt. Matt Vierkant told Fox,"(and) that they were developing leads and following leads, trying to do everything they could to get him...
  • Iran Calls For Trilateral Military Operations Inside Afghanistan, Pakistan

    04/16/2015 10:09:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    TOLO News ^ | 14 April 2015 | ariq Majidi
    Iranian Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahimi Fazli on Tuesday proposed launching a trilateral counter-insurgency operation inside Afghanistan and Pakistan territories in order to halt the expansion of Daesh, which has increasingly collaborated with other insurgent groups in the region to wage a campaign of indiscriminate violence that threatens stability in all three nations. The Iranian official's proposal comes just a few days after a terrorist group known as Jaishuladl killed eight Iranian border police in the region between Iran and Pakistan. "Tehran doesn't face a critical security threat right now, and the recent events inside Iranian territory happened because of...
  • Bergdahl’s Biggest Worry Is Rare ‘Misbehavior Before the Enemy’ Charge

    04/16/2015 1:38:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine's The Cable Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kate Brannen
    n addition to desertion, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces an unusual charge: misbehavior before the enemy. Of the two, it is the far more serious charge, carrying with it a maximum punishment of life behind bars, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank, and the loss of the tens of thousands of dollars of pay and benefits Bergdahl earned after joining the military over six years ago. The misbehavior charge is so rare that there aren’t many examples of how the military justice system has handled it in the past. The Army said that it had such a case in...