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  • Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion, misbehavior

    10/16/2017 11:09:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he's pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. "I understand that leaving was against the law," said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded. "At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations," Bergdahl said, but he added that now he does understand that his decision prompted efforts to find him. Bergdahl, 31, is accused of endangering...
  • Is the ice breaking with Kabul? {editorial from Pakistan}

    10/12/2017 1:09:01 AM PDT · by Cronos
    Dawn ^ | 11 October 2017 | Khurram Hussein
    The meeting between Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Bajwa and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani over a week ago seemed to have gone off well and hopes were raised that perhaps the ice between both countries might be breaking. One indicator of this was a reduction in the exchange of hostile rhetoric, which has held to date. But where do things go from here?At one level, if the two countries are not gnashing their teeth at each other, it is indeed a positive. But at some point the absence of hostile rhetoric must lead to active measures designed to promote contacts and...
  • France's Islamic WWIII: Afghanistan is safer than Paris.

    10/06/2017 9:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/06/2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    Interior Minister Gerard Collomb made it official. France is "in a state of war”. It’s not just rhetoric. Bombs turn up in a posh Parisian suburb. Two young women are butchered at a train station. And it’s just another week of an Islamic World War III being fought in France. From the November attacks in 2015 that killed 130 people and wounded another 400+, to the Bastille Day truck ramming attack last year that killed 86 and wounded 458, the war is real. French casualties in France are worse than in Afghanistan. The French lost 70 people to Islamic terrorist...
  • Las Vegas Shooter Targeted Secret Government Planes In Addition To Victims

    10/05/2017 12:25:58 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 58 replies
    RADAR ^ | October 5, 2017 | Staff
    Las Vegas Shooter Targeted Secret Government Planes In Addition To Victims Stephen Paddock ‘might have held anti-American views,’ expert says. By Radar Staff Posted on Oct 5, 2017 @ 13:27PM Las Vegas Shooter Targeted Secret Government Planes In Addition To Victims thumbnail Las Vegas madman Stephen Paddock not only targeted innocent concertgoers — but also seemingly the hanger for the U.S. government’s super secret JANET airlines. Law enforcement sources exclusively told that just afield of the two massive, circular fuel tanks at which Paddock fired, lies the shadowy terminal for JANET. “JANET is essentially an airline that doesn’t exist,”...
  • Senate won’t confirm Trump’s Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details

    10/05/2017 11:38:55 AM PDT · by Newbomb Turk · 58 replies
    Defense News ^ | 10/02/2017 | Aaron Mehta
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said Tuesday he is refusing to advance U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Pentagon until he is satisfied the administration is communicating its plans for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • US relaxes rules of engagement to help troops in Afghanistan defeat Taliban

    10/04/2017 1:35:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    Fox ^ | Oct. 04, 2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The U.S. military has overturned a requirement for its troops to be in contact with enemy forces in Afghanistan before opening fire in a bid to relax the rules of engagement and defeat the Taliban.
  • At Hearing, Dunford Highlights Plans for Afghan Black Hawk Gunship Variant

    10/03/2017 9:06:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 3, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    After a visit to Afghanistan, which saw a particularly brazen Taliban attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford went to Capitol Hill to talk to Senators about the state of America’s longest war. Among other things, America’s top uniformed military officer discussed efforts to improve the capability of Afghanistan’s military, specifically noting plans to deliver a gunship version of the UH-60 Black Hawk to the country’s air force. On Sept. 18, 2017, two UH-60A+ Black Hawks, the first of nearly...
  • Breach: SecDef Mattis survives assassination attempt

    09/27/2017 9:56:30 PM PDT · by Hostage · 31 replies
    Spero News ^ | SEP 27, 2017 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    The Taliban terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for an attack directed at Secretary of Defense James Mattis who was making an unscheduled visit to Afghanistan. No casualties were reported at Kabul International Airport on Wednesday morning in the wake of the attack. Mattis had left before the shooting began. Locals said that two missiles were fired at the airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time. The American embassy in Kabul warned that the attack may have yet to end. "At about 11.36 am two missiles were fired on Kabul International Airport from Deh Sabz district, damaging the air force hangers...
  • 52 Muslim Migrants Set To Arrive In U.S. From Australian Refugee Camps

    09/27/2017 9:53:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    OAN ^ | September 27, 2017
    The first group of Muslim refugees is set to arrive in the U.S. from resettlement camps in Australia. The first party to arrive in the states includes 52 people who are already in-transit from Australia to Los Angeles. In return, Australia will accept central American refugees from a camp in Costa Rica. Under an Obama-era deal over 1,200 Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, and Sri Lanka will arrive in the U.S. ... the resettlement deal is unfair to the U.S. as central American migrants do not pose a threat of radical Islamic terror to Australia.
  • Shamed, Civil Beat Revises 'Fact' Check Questioning Djou's Afghanistan Combat Record

    05/27/2012 10:49:33 AM PDT · by Lornik · 6 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 05/26/2012 | Andrew Walden
    Even after “updating” a May 17 ‘Fact’ Check which this writer characterized as "taking three sentences from an hour-long May 1 Rick Hamada interview with Afghanistan combat veteran Rep. Charles Djou, twisting Djou's words into a pretzel and fact-checking statements Djou did not make", Civil Beat is still lying about Charles Djou’s Afghanistan combat record and his votes in Congress relating to that war. (See article below.) Shamed into retracting their “false” rating, Civil Beat on Friday shifted to a “half-true”. In spite of the shift, the “half-true” rating remains a lie which hangs on a single sentence of willful...
  • Suicide bomber’s car explodes dozens of feet in the air after U.S. missile strike (GREAT VIDEO)

    This is like something that happens in a CGI action flick or a cartoon, via the BBC’s Feras Kilani reporting near Kirkuk, Afghanistan: It appears to be the quickest way for a suicide car bomber to reach Heaven by exploding in the sky after US missile hit him near Apparently the missile hit one car bomb which caused the second car to fly into the air where it then exploded:
  • Two Afghans Arrested for Raping 16-Year-Old on German City Street

    09/19/2017 6:56:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 19, 2017 | Chris Tomlinson
    Two Afghan asylum seekers were arrested for the brutal rape, and a third for attempted rape, of a 16-year-old girl in the Bavarian town of Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn just south of Munich. The pair of asylum seekers, aged 27 and 17, are said to have met the girl on Friday night along with others who gathered in front of a local asylum shelter. The pair, along with an 18-year-old Afghan male, walked the girl to a nearby train station where the 27-year-old and 17-year-old took turns raping her, Der Spiegel reports. The 18-year-old Afghan asylum seeker also attempted to rape the girl...
  • ‘Fool’s Errand’: A Guide to the New Forgotten War

    09/08/2017 2:58:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    American Conservative, the ^ | 07 August 2017 | Philip Giraldi on book by Scot Horton
    I was one of the first American officials to arrive in Kabul at the end of 2001. The war that seemed to be ending back then is currently in its 16th year with no end in sight, and for those of us who were there at the beginning it now sometimes seems like it was a lifetime ago. President Barack Obama not so long ago referred to Afghanistan as the “necessary war.” But now it might be more appropriate to refer to it as a “forgotten war,” as President Donald Trump has sent a few thousand more soldiers to Kabul—while...
  • Afghanistan Is Getting More Ill-Suited Attack Choppers it May Not Even Be Able to Fly

    09/07/2017 9:50:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army signed a deal to buy as many 150 MD 530F light attack helicopters, as well as a host of related mission equipment, specifically for American allies and partners, over the next five years. The first deliveries will go to Afghanistan, where some officials have previously criticized the tiny gunship’s performance in the country and which simply may not have the manpower to effectively make use of them at all. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Pentagon announced the Army’s contract award to MD Helicopters, worth almost $1.4 billion, in its daily contracting press release. This initial notice suggested...
  • SEALS, Tucano planes and more than 3,300 pounds of weapons

    09/02/2017 5:49:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies ^ | Allison Barrie
    With more than 3,300 pounds of weapons, the fierce Super Tucano can swoop in to unleash hefty firepower from above and save lives of warfighters on the ground. The A-29 “Super Tucano” turboprop aircraft looks like a Latin spin throwback to the World War II era of iconic American fighters- but make no mistake this aircraft is a modern hybrid of low tech and high tech fit to fight current threats. The Super Tucano is currently taking part in the U.S. Air Force's exciting Light Attack Experiment. The A-29 that is part of the Experiment is a partnership between Brazilian...
  • 5 Dead, 8 Injured In Kabul Explosion Near U.S. Embassy

    08/29/2017 9:48:00 AM PDT · by vikingd00d · 12 replies
    One America News Network ^ | August 29, 2017 | OAN Newsroom
    At least five people are dead and eight injured following an explosion near the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul. An explosion was set off at the entrance of a bank near Massoud Square Tuesday, which is an area that houses the U.S. Embassy and several other diplomatic buildings. The attack occurred while many people were trying to withdraw money for the upcoming Muslim holiday. While no one has yet to claim responsibility, unconfirmed reports say the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber.
  • US-Pakistan-Afghanistan: The gloves are now off

    08/28/2017 11:02:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 22 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | Aug 27, 2017 | Qanta Ahmed
    Like millions of Americans, I watched President Donald Trump’s speech from my living room on August 21, 2017. It is the third time an American president has addressed our nation on Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history. To those of us familiar with the region, the speech was business as usual, with a few notable changes. But for those Americans with loved ones in Pakistan, the president’s speech was a plainspoken warning – fall in line Pakistan, or face the consequences. Taking the speech to its furthest extrapolation, without change, Pakistan will soon face US sanctions. Certainly for...
  • It's Time to Get Serious or Get Out of Afghanistan

    08/27/2017 6:24:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | August 27, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    I watched President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on Monday with great interest. What would he propose to do in Afghanistan? Send more troops, pull more out, use private contractors, etc. Now we know. But there are really only two options to consider: actually going to war the way we used to, or simply leaving. We went into Afghanistan for a very specific and justified purpose – to go after the leadership of al Qaeda after the September 11th attacks. Once we removed the Taliban, the ruling cabal that sheltered Osama bin Laden and his evil fellow travelers, we...
  • McMaster Defines ‘Winning’: ‘Allowing Afghanistan to Be Afghanistan’

    08/26/2017 5:45:04 AM PDT · by davikkm · 66 replies
    breitbart ^ | EDWIN MORA
    U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that President Donald Trump’s administration will win in Afghanistan by allowing the country to “be Afghanistan” rather than trying to “create a state in the U.S. image.” “Winning in Afghanistan is really aimed at allowing Afghanistan to be Afghanistan. As the president said, not to nation-build, not to create a state in the U.S. image,” said Gen. McMaster when asked about President Trump’s newly unveiled strategy to end the nearly 16-year-old ear in the country. For years, Afghanistan has been plagued by various persistent problems, including a deadly heroin production and addiction...
  • Michael's Dispatches - Afghanistan: Trump Going in Circles

    08/25/2017 8:13:47 PM PDT · by Oatka · 4 replies
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | Aug 24, 2017 | Michael Yon
    President Trump thinks he can solve the AfPak dilemma. In his speech, Trump talked about winning. There is no winning to be had beyond safeguarding our national interests. This is all a distraction from a gigantic problem: China. On our scale of concern, Afghanistan is microscopic by comparison to China and other challenges, yet on our scale of priorities, the price of nation building in Afghanistan dwarfs the price of securing our borders. Afghanistan is at the periphery of our influence bubble. Pluto. Our footprint is a speck in the Asian beyond. The President called on Pakistan and India to...