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  • Grieving Afghan mother takes bloody revenge by killing 25 Taliban militants

    11/26/2014 12:16:08 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 26, 1 2014 | Henry Austin
    Reza Gul looked on as the militants attacked her son's police checkpoint Flanked by her daughter and daughter in law she led the fightback The Taliban remain tight lipped about the attack
  • U.S. to leave more troops than first planned in Afghanistan: sources

    11/25/2014 3:11:19 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | November 25, 2014 | Tribune wire report
    The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a "bridging solution" until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops...
  • Defense Secretary Hagel Is Out – Too Stupid For Even Obama

    11/24/2014 12:11:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was fired by the Obama administration today. The former senator is even too stupid for Obama. Obama said Hagel had “been in the dirt” of combat like no other defense chief. The New York Times reported: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises. In announcing Mr. Hagel’s resignation from the State Dining Room on Monday, the president, flanked by Mr. Hagel and...
  • Ugly ouster: 'Frustrated' Hagel faces unfair sniping on way out, says McCain

    11/24/2014 11:00:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-24-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Sources told FoxNews.com that Obama's dissatisfaction with Hagel, as well as a desire to shake up the cabinet following the devastating midterm elections, played a role in the president seeking Hagel's ouster. “Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired,” a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News. This same official discounted Pentagon claims it was a mutual decision claiming President Obama has lost confidence in Hagel and that the White House had been planning to announce his exit for weeks. “The president felt he had to fire someone. He fired the only Republican in his...
  • (Smirkin') Joe Biden VP Debate (10/11/12): Out of Afghanistan "in 2014 . Period."

    11/23/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | October 11, 2012
    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Martha, let's keep our eye on the ball. The reason I've been in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq 20 times — I've been up in the Kunar — I've been throughout that whole country, mostly in a helicopter and sometimes in a vehicle. The fact is we went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans, al-Qaida. We've decimated al-Qaida central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose. And in fact, in the meantime, what we said we would do, we would help train the Afghan military. It's their responsibility...
  • Suicide bomber strikes Afghan volleyball tournament, at least 45 dead

    11/23/2014 9:49:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2014 | Hafiz Ahmadi, Shashank Bengali
    A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday amid a crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing 45 people and injuring dozens more in the deadliest attack since a new government took power, officials said. The evening explosion in Paktika province was a chilling reminder of the violence that insurgents continue to inflict on Afghanistan despite the inauguration of a national unity government two months ago and the impending withdrawal of most U.S.-led international troops. Mokhles Afghan, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the bomber was mingling with spectators at a local volleyball tournament when he detonated a vest...
  • New York Times: While you were sleeping, Obama re-upped us for another year in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:42:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Or, more accurately, while you were voting. Was Barack Obama conveniently waiting for after the midterm elections to add another year of combat duty to our tour in Afghanistan, or is this just a big coincidence? YMMV, but the New York Times suggests that the decision was made longer than just 17 days ago in this Friday night document dump: President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country...
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Obama signs secret order expanding U.S. role in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:15:31 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | November 22, 2014 | Amy R. Connolly
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order authorizing a more expansive role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2015, ensuring American troops will be fighting in the country for at least one more year, The New York Times reported. The order allows American troops to take a direct role in missions against militant groups that include the Taliban.
  • In Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat

    11/21/2014 6:50:34 PM PST · by John W · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year. Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision.
  • Airman Becomes 3rd to Earn 2nd Silver Star

    11/21/2014 7:06:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/21/2014 | Chris Carroll
    As bullets cracked around his head, Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Case stayed cool and directed pinpoint airstrikes on Taliban positions less than a stone’s throw away. With two foreign fighters coming at the commander of the Army unit to which Case was assigned as a joint terminal attack controller, he shielded the officer with his body and took them down with his rifle. For his heroism fulfilling both the air and ground aspects of the JTAC’s job during a battle on July 16 and 17, 2009, Case on Thursday became just the third airman to be awarded a...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man(But Obama not to blame)

    11/20/2014 6:04:11 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 11/20/14 | b gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • 4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013

    11/19/2014 10:22:24 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study. Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year. ... Four Sunni groups were responsible for 66 percent of all terror fatalities in 2013. In order of...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • Doubts over legitimacy of Iran replicated RQ-170 drone video

    11/12/2014 11:35:05 AM PST · by Fali_G · 8 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 11/12/2014 | Lisa Daftari
    Iranian state TV has released video footage claiming the country has successfully replicated a highly sophisticated U.S. stealth drone that crashed over Iran in 2011. The video released Wednesday includes both aerial and ground footage, demonstrating a black pilotless aircraft closely resembling a RQ-170 sentinel stealth drone, flying over a mountainous area of Iran before touching down at an unmanned air base. Segments of the video appear to be genuine, David Cenciotti, founder of “The Aviatonist” a military aviation blog said, while some of the frames showing the drone landing appear to be computer generated, showing a smaller prototype model...
  • Biden Misstates Troops Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan By 47,000

    11/12/2014 8:18:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 12,2014 | Daniel Halper
    "Every day for the last six years, I ask my staff early in the morning to contact the Department of Defense to get a detailed report of the number of troops deployed, the number wounded, and the number killed.
  • Afghanistan war veteran fatally shot in California

    11/09/2014 4:19:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 6:48 PM EST
    A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said. Francisco Garcia had left a party at his girlfriend’s house and was on a sidewalk in the San Fernando Valley around 2 a.m. Sunday when two cars pulled up. A man got out of one vehicle, smashed a beer bottle on the ground and yelled at Garcia before going back to the second car to grab a gun, police said. Garcia died at the scene. No one else was injured. …
  • A kingdom united in Remembrance:Queen&Kate defy terror threat to lead the country on 100th anniversa

    11/09/2014 5:32:50 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 30 replies
    Beautiful Photos The Daily Mail ^ | 9 November 2014 | Dan Bloom
    The Queen was applauded today in an unprecedented mark of appreciation as she led millions of Britons in remembering the fallen. The monarch laid a wreath on the Cenotaph at the national Remembrance Day service alongside senior Royals, veterans and the Prime Minister despite heightened police checks, just days after officers thwarted an alleged terror plot. The spontaneous smattering of applause, as she left Whitehall in central London, was a rare sound for a remembrance service usually characterised by respectful silence, and may have been in tribute to her fortitude at turning out to the service despite terror fears. Hundreds...
  • U.S. stance let terror network grow

    11/06/2001 4:59:34 PM PST · by tomball · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 11/06/01 | Mary Pat Flaherty, David B. Ottaway and James V. Grimaldi
    - Each year, the U.S. State Department formally rebukes and imposes penalties on governments that protect and promote terrorists. But since 1996, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the nation harboring Osama bin Laden has never made the department's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries. The omission reflects more than a decade of vexing relations between the United States and Afghanistan, a period that found the State Department more focused on U.S. oil interests and women's rights than on the growing terrorist threat, according to experts and current and former officials. It was not until 1998, when two U.S. embassy bombings ...
  • German City's Answer to Europe's Border Crisis? A Four-Star Hotel

    11/07/2014 5:38:34 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 5th 2014 | CARLO ANGERER
    COLOGNE, Germany — With its wood-paneled piano bar and luxurious spa, the four-star Bonotel assures visitors paying up to $300 per night that it meets the "international standard of a first-class hotel." But starting next year, the hotel's marble-and-mirrored lobby and "quiet, peaceful ambience" will play host not to indulgent travelers but desperate asylum seekers. Germany's fourth-largest city spent almost $7 million to buy the Bonotel this summer. Its doors will soon be shut and its 93 opulent rooms filled with asylum seekers, a move underscoring how Europe's economic powerhouse has been overwhelmed by an influx of people seeking a...
  • Taliban 'Could Cut Links With Al Qaeda'

    09/11/2012 3:33:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10th September 2012 | Sam Kiley
    The Taliban may be prepared to renounce terrorism and sever links with al Qaeda, accept a power sharing role in a new Afghan government and even tolerate American bases in their country, according to a new report. A panel of four experts from the Royal United Services Institute interviewed four senior figures - each one part of the "pragmatic" or "moderate" part of the Islamist movement - at a secret location in the Arabian Gulf. The four figures, among them two former Taliban ministers, a Mujahideen commander and a well-connected negotiator, surprised the experts by insisting that they had no...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 164 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehan’s report also listed the measures that the ...
  • Iran’s Africa Fiasco

    02/26/2011 7:19:14 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 25, 2011 | Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
    It hasn't made much noise worldwide, but Iran's rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent. On February 16, the Nigerian Federal High Court in Lagos began the prosecution of an alleged member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Azim Aghajani, and a Nigerian associate, Usman Abbas Jega. They are accused of arms smuggling. This video link is in Arabic, but is very self-explanatory. It is of the opening day of the court proceedings.The story is a classic, just one of many on the Dark Continent nowadays: In late October 2010, Nigerian intelligence officials...
  • India border troopers put on high alert following Pakistan blast at border check point

    11/02/2014 4:13:25 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    English News.cn ^ | 3 November 2014 | Mu Xuequan
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were put on high alert Sunday evening along the India- Pakistan international border after a massive blast left over 45 people dead and over 70 others injured at Wagah border check point in Pakistan, said local media. The Indo-Asian News Service quoted BSF officials at Attari border next to Wagah in Punjab as saying the blast, triggered by an alleged suicide bomber, was heard at a distance of nearly two km. The blast, according to information obtained by the BSF, occurred close to the place where the retreat...
  • US tells India, drop dead

    03/31/2005 2:37:47 AM PST · by Gengis Khan · 253 replies · 4,375+ views
    Rediff ^ | March 28, 2005 | Kanchan Gupta
    US tells India, drop dead March 28, 2005 A friend, usually upbeat about India-US relations, sent me an angry mail over the weekend after President George Bush called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the evening of March 25 to inform him that the US had decided to supply F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an interview to The Washington Post, "dismissed concerns" about the fallout of the American decision. The mail reads: "lovely easter gift to india from the us. moral: proliferate nukes, threaten us interests everywhere, be terror hub, and get rewarded...
  • Officials Reveal US is Cozying Up to Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas

    10/31/2014 12:42:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-29-14 | Ari Yashar
    The same Tuesday night that a senior official in US President Barack Obama's administration was quoted calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t," yet more officials indicated the US is warming up to cooperation with Iran - the Islamic regime seeking nuclear weapons that has repeatedly declared its desire to destroy Israel. Senior US and Arab officials were cited by the Wall Street Journal saying that in recent months, America and Iran have grown closer through cooperation against their "common enemy", the Islamic State (ISIS), as well as over a shared interest in "stability" in Iraq and Afghanistan. American officials revealed...
  • 92% of Marine Casualties in Afghanistan War Occurred Under Obama

    10/29/2014 6:27:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 102 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/29/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) -- As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com's database on casualties shows that 418 Marines gave their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, occurred since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. “U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27. “We lift off confident in the Afghans’ ability to secure the region,” said Army Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of the...
  • An Unceremonious Afghanistan Pullout

    10/28/2014 8:35:03 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    IBD ^ | Oct. 28,2)014 | IBD EDITORIAL
    Afghanistan: President Obama's abrupt order to withdraw U.S. Marines from Helmand province with zero fanfare was an ill-fitting exit for U.S. forces after 13 years of sacrifice in the war's bloodiest theater. Is this the thanks they get? No public acknowledgment from the White House. No official statements. No praise for extraordinary dedication or heroism. No proclamations of valor. And certainly nothing about victory. Just a surprise order to abandon the two largest and most dangerous outposts of America's longest war, Camp Leatherneck and British-led Camp Bastion, side-by-side bases that at one time housed 40,000. The order came so fast...
  • Obama USING Marxist Experience to PROMOTE Muslim Expansion

    10/28/2014 2:52:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | October 28, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    There are several debates when it comes to Barack Obama. One has to do with whether he is more Marxist or more Muslim. The answer may involve his usage of one to promote the elevation of the other ... Though Brzezinski rightly expressed concerns that the ‘Arab Spring’ could turn into the ‘Arab Winter’, he essentially advocated a repeat of his 1979 Afghanistan strategy in Libya ... After Gadhafi was overthrown, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi and the U.S. abandoned its embassy in Tripoli. Those of us with much less worldly experience knew it was a bad idea. How...
  • Don't Look Now, But the Marines and Brits Just High-Tailed it Out of Taliban Stronghold

    10/27/2014 10:25:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/27/2014 | BY COLUM LYNCH
    President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coalition's combat role in Afghanistan in preparation for ending the long war there next year. American and British combat operations formally came to an end in Helmand Province, one of the bloodiest theaters in the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and a primary focus of Obama's 2010 surge of tens of thousands of American reinforcements charged with beating back the revitalized insurgency. But there were no White House statements issued Sunday to commemorate...
  • Green Berets reveal Afghan National Army soldiers’ incompetence

    10/27/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Elite Army Green Berets are knocking the performance of the Afghan National Army, telling war tales of its soldiers hiding and quitting the fight.The Green Beret criticisms, contained in a U.S. Central Command “friendly fire” investigative file, provide a window into the flaws of a national army more than a decade in the making.The Special Forces soldiers gave poor marks to the institution that is supposed to keep Afghanistan’s democratically elected governments in power. The security force must rebuff an expected Taliban offensive, on its own, once all American troops leave after 2016.The soldiers gave statements to investigators after going...
  • US and UK forces end combat operations in Afghanistan by handing over major bases to local security

    10/26/2014 5:22:31 AM PDT · by John W · 16 replies
    ABC Online ^ | October 26, 2014 | Reuters
    The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan have officially ended their operations by transferring two crucial military bases to the Afghan military. The American and British flags were lowered and folded up for the final time at the regional headquarters of the international military at Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan. US Marines, British and Afghan soldiers formed a guard of honour, saluting as the national anthems of all three countries were played over a loudspeaker, 13 years after foreign troops intervened in the country to topple the Taliban.
  • One Easy Way to Blow $7.6 Billion: Try eradicating Afghanistan’s poppies

    10/24/2014 6:13:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    The U.S. military learned the hard way not to interfere with Afghanistan’s thriving production of poppies, the colorful flowers that are the source of opium and, by extension, heroin. Now we know the cost of that lesson—a cool $7.6 billion. On Oct. 14, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction—a.k.a., SIGAR—alerted the Defense, State and Justice Departments to this latest dollar figure for poppy-elimination efforts. And here’s SIGAR’s kicker. Despite the nearly $8 billion America has spent on eradication efforts, today the Afghan opium trade is booming. At 400,000 acres, the poppy crop in 2013 was the biggest ever.
  • 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 —...