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  • Justin Trudeau lookalike found in Afghan talent show

    01/14/2019 10:14:36 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/14/19
    An Afghan talent show contestant’s striking resemblance to Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country. Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village in the remote and impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan, had never even heard of his more famous doppelganger until a judge on the popular television music contest Afghan Star pointed out the uncanny likeness. Slightly built with a long face and dark brown hair and eyes, Maftoon, 29, hopes the flattering comparison to the politician widely rated as one of the sexiest leaders in the world will bring him more...
  • Asylum seeker attacks pregnant woman – Unborn baby dies

    01/13/2019 2:47:38 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 31 replies
    A 25-year old asylum seeker from Afghanistan stabbed a pregnant woman in the German city Bad Kreuznach so badly, her unborn baby died. The incident took place in a hospital in Bad Kreuznach Friday night. The man and the woman, a 25-year old Pole, had a dispute. He stabbed her several times with a knife. The victim was life-threateningly injured, but could be saved during operation. Her unborn child didn’t survive.
  • Jewish cafe owner in San Francisco hounded over his ‘Zionist ideals’

    01/09/2019 5:16:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8 January 2019
    Manny Yekutiel opened his restaurant as a ‘civic social gathering space,’ but weekly protests accuse him of racism for supporting Israel Manny Yekutiel hosts an event in San Francisco. (YouTube screenshot) Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central, accessible and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he told the San Francisco Examiner. Manny’s has earned praise for hosting talks with speakers on issues ranging...
  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 4:28:48 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren't the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate. The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia's elections, Turkey's Islamist AKP Party purged the...
  • POTUS ends DoD practice of publishing of watchdog reports to keep from tipping off enemies

    01/03/2019 4:03:53 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 26 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 1/3/19 | Jon Dougherty
    President Donald Trump has instructed acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to stop releasing Pentagon inspector general reports that detail problems within DoD to the public because they tip off our enemies. It is longstanding practice to permit independent inspectors general to publish public reports detailing all the things that are going wrong, the Washinton Examiner noted. But during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, the president turned to Shanahan and said, “I don’t want it to happen anymore, Mr. Secretary. You understand that?”
  • New acting Defense secretary on first day: I look forward to carrying out Trump's vision at Pentagon

    01/01/2019 6:31:24 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/01/19 | Ellen Mitchell
    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan started his first day on the job Tuesday with a welcome memo that asserted the Pentagon “remains focused on safeguarding our nation” under the direction of President Trump. “As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” Shanahan wrote. “The Department of Defense continues to be one of our nation’s bedrock institutions. Our foundational strength lies in the remarkable...
  • Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

    01/01/2019 3:50:28 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 68 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 1, 2019 | Robert D. Kaplan
    ... [T]he downsizing of the Afghan mission was probably inevitable. Indeed, it may soon be time for the United States to get out of the country altogether. No other country in the world symbolizes the decline of the American empire as much as Afghanistan. There is virtually no possibility of a military victory over the Taliban and little chance of leaving behind a self-sustaining democracy — facts that Washington’s policy community has mostly been unable to accept. While many American troops stay behind steel-reinforced concrete walls to protect themselves from the very population they are supposed to help, it is...
  • Liz Cheney says she strongly opposes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan

    12/23/2018 12:43:25 PM PST · by McGruff · 101 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 23, 2018 | Holly Rosenkrantz
    Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House GOP leadership, called on President Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria. She also urged him to reverse his plans to cut the number of troops in Afghanistan. "I am deeply, deeply concerned, and I oppose strongly the president's decision to apparently withdraw troops from Syria," Cheney said in a "Face the Nation" interview on Sunday. "I think the president has done a lot of very good things," but "these two decisions would be disastrous." Cheney said Mr. Trump's decision was a "very dangerous path to...
  • Defense Dept. says US troop withdrawal from Syria is ‘deliberate, well thought-out’

    12/29/2018 4:55:49 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 DEC 2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    The Department of Defense on Friday tweeted about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, saying that it's carefully planned and organized. The department described the course of action as being “deliberate, well thought-out, mutually supportive, and controlled,” while also guaranteeing “our troops’ safety and protection.”
  • Narrow majority backs Trump on Syria, Afghanistan troop reductions

    12/29/2018 3:18:07 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec 29, 2018
    A narrow majority of U.S. voters support President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and reduce the country's military presence in Afghanistan, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they back the moves in Syria and Afghanistan, which came as a surprise to the president's own national security advisers when it was announced last week. By contrast, 48 percent said they oppose the troop withdrawals and reductions, the poll found. Trump announced he would completely remove the approximately 2,000 troops in Syria battling ISIS, while he said he...
  • The ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is the Future of Conservative Foreign Policy

    12/15/2018 9:00:30 AM PST · by bitt · 7 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 12/14/2018 | John Fonte
    For the past two years we have seen the emergence of a coherent Trump doctrine in both words and deeds. (Weekend Long Read) There is a remarkable consistency throughout all of President Trump’s speeches, formal documents (such as the National Security Strategy) and actions of the administration To understand the Trump doctrine, we must begin with candidate Trump’s first major speech on foreign policy on April 27, 2016 (thus even before the Indiana primary) to the Center for the National Interest at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. All the elements of the Trump doctrine are revealed in this maiden...
  • TRUMP DECLARES ‘WE’RE NO LONGER THE SUCKERS’ DURING UNANNOUNCED VISIT TO IRAQ

    12/26/2018 2:12:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Interlake ^ | 12/26/18 | Chris Sommerfeldt
    **SNIP** President Donald Trump defended his controversial military draw-down in Syria during a surprise trip to Iraq on Wednesday, telling American soldiers stationed in the war-torn country that the U.S. military is no longer the laughingstock of the world. “We’re no longer the suckers, folks,” Trump told troops at the Al Asad Airbase in western Iraq while gushing about the genius of his military pullout in neighboring Syria. “We’re respected again as a nation.” **SNIP** “I made it clear from the beginning that our mission in Syria was to strip ISIS of its military strongholds,” Trump told soldiers dressed in...
  • America's 'war on terror' has cost the US nearly $6 trillion [Trunc]

    12/26/2018 12:21:18 PM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov 14 2018 | John HaltiwangerAmanda Macias
    The US will have spent nearly $6 trillion on the war on terror by the end of fiscal year 2019, according to a startling new report. "If the US continues on its current path, war spending will continue to grow," the Costs of War report states. Between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the United States' post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan - including nearly 7,000 US troops - according to the Costs of War project. America is conducting counterterror operations in 76 countries and US troops are fighting and dying everywhere from Afghanistan to Niger....
  • Trump, first lady in Iraq for surprise

    12/26/2018 1:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 26, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    President Trump and first lady Melania Trump makes surprise visit to US troops and senior military leadership in IraqPresident Trump and the first lady appeared in Iraq on Wednesday for a surprise visit with troops and senior military leadership at Al Asad Air Base, where he said he has "no plans at all" to remove any of the 5,000 U.S. troops from the country. Trump's visit -- his first as president to a combat zone -- comes on the heels of his announcement about pulling troops out of Syria and the rumored removal of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. Trump's...
  • Rand Paul Says He Knows Where We Can Get the Money for the Wall

    12/25/2018 6:13:06 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 90 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | 25 Dec 2018 | S. Noble
    Senator Rand Paul thinks he knows where we could find the funding to build the wall. Instead of rebuilding Afghanistan, we could use that money for the wall and our own national security. Donald Trump Jr. agrees...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Tuesday 12/25/2018 Christmas Newsdump Edition

    12/25/2018 3:28:08 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/25/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump and the First Lady taking phone calls from children as part of the "Santa Tracker" program of NORAD on Christmas Eve as Santa made his way to the USA to deliver presents. Early elections have been called in Israel. April 9th is the date. Elections could have been delayed until November of next year, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the call saying it was difficult to pass laws.... Turbulence on Wall Street in the shortened Christmas Eve session...... A federal judge ruled Monday that North Korea should be paying over 501 million dollars to the family of...
  • Pull Out of Syria and Afghanistan, Use the Money to Build a Wall - Greenfield

    12/21/2018 12:25:05 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 36 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | December 21, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Pull Out of Syria and Afghanistan, Use the Money to Build a Wall Take the $50 billion we spent arming Jihadis, and use it to build a big wall to keep them out of America. December 21, 2018 Daniel Greenfield When President Trump first dispatched the first 2,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, there was a loud outcry. And now that he’s pulling 2,000 troops out of Syria, there’s more outrage. But where do 2,000 soldiers belong more, in Syria or on our own border? When it comes to deploying troops on the border, the media is quick...
  • Trump's frontrunners for Pentagon job likely to share Mattis' views on Syria, Afghanistan

    12/21/2018 4:50:01 AM PST · by familyop · 163 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    ...Gen. Jack Keane and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are considered the frontrunners to replace Mattis...For Trump to nominate Keane, however, he would have to swallow Keane’s hawkish stance...and his recent criticism of the move to pull out of Syria, which the retired general called a “huge strategic mistake." “Clearly, we're repeating the Obama mistake of premature withdrawal, which got us ISIS,” Keane said on Fox News’ “America's Newsroom” on Thursday. “In my judgment, we need to stick to it and finish the job,” Keane added, noting that the withdrawal of American troops will give “a victory of strategic proportions” to...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 12/21/2018 Newsdump Week

    12/21/2018 5:09:04 AM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/21/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Its all played out like a WWE wrestling show produced by President Trump's close friend Vince McMahon, but the drama over border wall funding is moving towards its climax as we approach Christmas.... General Jim Mattis is leaving as Secretary of Defense.... On to Afghanistan where President Trump has decided to pull out half of the US troops in that country.... This week US Afghanistan representative Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban for two days of talks.... The Justice Department is charging two Chinese men with hacking into computer networks of private companies and government agencies..... Israel's "Haaretz" newspaper reported...
  • U.S. to Withdraw About 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Officials Say

    12/20/2018 5:57:31 PM PST · by springwater13 · 55 replies
    The Trump administration is withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, two defense officials said Thursday, around half of what the American military has there now. Mr. Trump made the decision at the same time he decided he was pulling American forces out of Syria, one official said. The move is likely one of the first steps to end the United States’ involvement in the 17-year-old war. The 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan are divided between training and advising Afghan forces and a counterterror mission against groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The reduction,...