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  • Unimpressed Trump Sends Pentagon Back To The Drawing Board On Afghanistan

    07/21/2017 1:56:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/20/17 | Edwin Mora
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Donald Trump, unimpressed by the Afghanistan war options presented to him during a White House meeting with his full national security team Wednesday, suggested they may have to go back to the drawing board to craft a strategy that does not mirror the failed ones employed by his predecessors, said an administration official. The meeting came as the Pentagon briefed lawmakers about plans to increase the U.S. military footprint in the country. Contrary to mainstream media claims that the president has taken a completely hands-off approach to the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, Trump presided...
  • Jury awards millions to pilots flying improperly packed airplane with USMC MRAPs

    07/19/2017 3:38:14 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    USMC Life ^ | July 13, 2017
    Jury awards millions to pilots flying improperly packed airplane with USMC MRAPs By USMC Life| July 13th, 2017|Featured, News|11 Comments A Cook County jury has returned a verdict in favor of the families of three of seven crew members who perished in the dramatic crash of a National Airlines 747 cargo airplane in Bagram, Afghanistan on April 29, 2013. The crash itself was captured on a dashcam video that went viral over the internet shortly after the accident occurred.
  • Afghanistan: Muslim soldiers are using boys as sex slaves, and the U.S. is looking the other way

    07/19/2017 11:45:13 AM PDT · by Lera · 37 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 19, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    What are we in Afghanistan for, if not to stand for our own values and the principles of human rights? Instead, U.S. officials are aiding and abetting the destruction of these boys’ lives — and all too often sacrificing the lives of our own troops. This is beyond shameful. “Those are the ones brought near in the Gardens of Pleasure, a company of the former peoples and a few of the later peoples, on thrones woven, reclining on them, facing each other. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal with vessels, pitchers and a cup from a flowing...
  • The ‘Victory Problem’ in Afghanistan

    07/16/2017 7:20:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2017 | Paul Jacob
    In 2068, some 50 years from now, will American soldiers still be dying in Afghanistan? “The problem is,” argues Leon Panetta, the former Defense Secretary and CIA Director under President Obama, “you cannot allow Afghanistan to fail and become a safe haven for al-Qaida and for terrorism more broadly to attack our country.” In addition to sending more American soldiers and more U.S. greenbacks to the Afghan government in “the short term,” Panetta recently suggested to Yahoo News that the U.S. will “probably have a long-term presence similar to our presence in South Korea.” The Korean War began in 1950...
  • Al Qaeda regrouping in Afghanistan: US expert

    07/14/2017 7:04:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Pajhwok Afghan News ^ | July 14, 2017 | Lalit K Jha
    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A top US expert has said Al Qaeda was reconstituting in Afghanistan in concert with the Afghan Taliban that provided sanctuary to the terrorist outfit. Al Qaeda Senior Leadership, such as Ayman al Zawahiri and Hamza bin Laden, operated from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Katherine Zimmerman, research fellow American Enterprise Institute, said during a Congressional hearing organized by the Committee on House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. “Retaining al Qaeda`s sanctuary in Afghanistan is a secondary but important effort for the global organization because the victory against the Soviets in Afghanistan remains al Qaeda`s crown jewel, proving...
  • DANGEROUS REFUGEES: Afghans 79 TIMES More Likely to RAPE

    07/02/2017 12:59:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 33 replies
    10News ^ | 06/30/2017 | na
    New data from Sweden is a dire warning to women against voting for more refugees from Muslim countries. A 10News Update New data from Sweden shows how immigration and refugees from Islamic countries puts especially women in danger. 92 percent of all severe rapes (violent rapes) are committed by migrants and refugees. 100 percent of all attack rapes (where victim and attacker had no previous contact) are committed by that same group. In other words, thousands of Swedish women would not have been raped and thereby traumatized for life, had it not been for the influx from Islamic countries. The...
  • White House Limits Pentagon on Afghan Troop Level

    07/06/2017 9:29:28 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 07/06/2017 | Dion Nissenbaum
    WASHINGTON—A few days after President Donald Trump gave his Pentagon chief the unilateral authority last month to send thousands of American troops to Afghanistan at his own discretion, the White House sent classified guidance that effectively limits the number of forces. The memo, sent to a small group of administration officials from national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster —said that the president would let Defense Secretary Jim Mattis send no more than 3,900 troops to Afghanistan without coming back to confer with the White House, according to people familiar with the document. The conflicting messages reflect divisions that have...
  • 19-Year-Old Soldier From Alaska Dies In Afghanistan

    07/05/2017 5:42:56 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 37 replies
    www.SarahPalin.com ^ | July 5, 2017 | Mary Kate Knorr
    A 19-year-old soldier from Wasilla, Alaska has died while serving overseas in Afghanistan, according to Reuters. The Pentagon said Wednesday that he died from injuries sustained during an attack. Check it out (via Reuters): "Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, died on Monday when he was struck by “indirect fire,” a military term that usually encompasses rockets, mortars, or artillery, the U.S. military command in Kabul said in a statement. Kirkpatrick was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, which is based in Fort Bliss, Texas."
  • Senators Visit Afghanistan, Slam Trump Administration For Lack Of War Strategy (Squaw make war talk)

    07/04/2017 7:05:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 4, 2017 | Alice Ollstein
    A bipartisan delegation of five senators visiting U.S. troops in Afghanistan for the Independence Day holiday issued a stark warning about the Trump administration's lack of strategy for a military conflict that has dragged on for more than a decade. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) noted with concern that Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has yet to visit the country, and the administration has not yet nominated an ambassador in Kabul. "It's more than just dropping bombs that will win in Afghanistan," Graham said. "Secretary Tillerson needs to come to Afghanistan quickly." [Snip] "Nobody on the ground here believes there...
  • Legendary FBI Agent Carlos T. Fernandez Retires

    06/29/2017 12:18:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The legendary FBI agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division, Carlos T. Fernandez, is retiring after 21 years. Fernandez, 50, was posted in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after 9/11 and in Libya after Benghazi. He is joining Viacom as their global head of security at their Times Square headquarters. Insiders say the media giant has hired him to lead all of their security teams on a global basis, protect their offices and digital systems, and ensure the safety of Viacom staff and guests who attend their events.
  • After Obama’s bad deal, American Black Hawks will replace Russian helicopters for Afghan air force

    06/25/2017 4:59:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 25, 2017 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Donald Trump Pentagon, in so many words, is saying that the Obama administration’s decision to waive punitive sanctions and buy combat helicopters from Russia was a bad deal. The Pentagon’s first congressionally required report on Afghanistan under President Trump says the Russian Mi-17 chopper has proved a failure in the long war and will be phased out in favor of American-made UH-60 Black Hawks. The Obama administration came to realize the failure in its last weeks in office and stopped the deal. The report this month on “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan” marks official confirmation that the Russian...
  • Afghanistan: Just walk away

    06/24/2017 6:59:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/24/2017 | David Archibald
    Our involvement in Afghanistan is untenable because the country is untenable. No matter what is done, Afghanistan will fail because of its galloping population growth. When the U.S. became involved in 2001, the country had a population of 20.5 million. Now it is 34.4 million, up nearly 70 percent. In the intervening 16 years, the U.S. spent about one trillion dollars and 2,000 lives in stabilizing Afghanistan. All the stability and free food provided just created a perfect breeding environment for the natives. The population growth rate has settled at 3.0 percent per annum. At that rate, in another 16...
  • Trump's dinner for Modi, a first for a visiting leader

    06/23/2017 10:44:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    PTI, Rediff.com ^ | Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Lalit K. Jha
    Seeking to "roll out a red-carpet welcome" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump would host him for a working dinner at the White House on Monday, the first of its kind under this administration. "The White House is very interested in making this a special visit. We're really seeking to roll out the red carpet. In fact, the two (leaders) will have dinner, a working dinner at the White House. “This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. So, we think that's very significant," a senior administration official...
  • Four U.S. soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan: official

    06/17/2017 6:31:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/17/17 | reuters
    At least four American soldiers were shot and killed in an apparent insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a military official said. "An Afghan soldier shot and killed four American troops inside the base," said Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan Army's 209th Corps. "We are investigating.
  • Pentagon denies reports of additional troops to Afghanistan

    06/16/2017 1:32:26 PM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2017 | Carlo Muñoz
    The Pentagon is pushing back against reports that Defense Secretary James Mattis has recommended sending in thousands more U.S. forces into Afghanistan. “Secretary Mattis has made no decisions on a troop increase for Afghanistan, Pentagon press secretary Dana White said in a statementFriday, adding the yet to be released Afghan war plan would reach the White House in the next few weeks. Her statement came a day after recent reports claimed that Mr. Mattis had recommended President Trump send 4,000 more U.S. forces into the country. Currently 8,400 American troops are in Afghanistan, training and advising local security forces.
  • About 4,000 More US Troops To Go To Afghanistan

    06/16/2017 9:22:25 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    AP News ^ | 6-16-2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency. The decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said. It follows Trump’s move to give Mattis the authority to set troop levels and seeks to address assertions by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan that he doesn’t have...
  • Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Return To US In ‘Very Emotional’ Ceremony

    06/14/2017 4:54:04 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | June 14, 2014 | COREY DICKSTEIN
    They were sons and husbands, fathers and brothers. They were soldiers hailed as “heroes” and “amazing” young men, each a volunteer who chose an Army job that would place them on the front lines. The bodies of Sgt. Eric M. Houck, Sgt. William M. Bays and Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge were returned to the United States late Monday after an Afghan soldier turned his gun on them in an apparent insider attack Saturday in eastern Afghanistan’s restive Nangarhar province, where they were assisting in the battle against Islamic State terrorists. The sacred homecoming ceremony, known as a dignified transfer, in...
  • Clinton Bundler’s Contact With Campaign Chair Skirted Foreign Government Lobbying Laws

    10/26/2016 10:47:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 1 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 25, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Tony Podesta's firm failed to file legally required disclosures after emails with his WH adviser brother A high-dollar lobbyist and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign failed to file legally required disclosures for his advocacy on behalf of a foreign government in discussions with Clinton’s future campaign chairman, according to a political law expert. High-powered Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta emailed his brother John, a top White House adviser who would later chair the Clinton campaign, in January 2015. Tony wondered if John would attend a meeting with the Indian ambassador to the United States. “I’m at Camp David Friday,” John...
  • Afghan soldier fatally shoots three U.S. soldiers; 1 injured

    06/11/2017 5:35:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jun 10, 2017 | Sultan Faizy and W.J. Hennigan
    Three American service members were killed and another wounded Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in the country's eastern Nangarhar province, U.S. officials said. In a statement, the Pentagon said the wounded soldier had been evacuated for treatment and the incident was under investigation. The so-called insider attack — the second of its kind this year — happened in Nangarhar, where Afghan troops and U.S. special operations forces have been locked in combat with an Islamic State-affiliated militant group for months. The shooter was killed immediately.
  • Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan attack: U.S. officials

    06/10/2017 1:00:24 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/10/17 | reuters
    Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another wounded during an attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to three U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. A local Afghan official said earlier two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others wounded during the shooting in Achin district, where U.S. special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against Islamic State and Taliban militants.