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  • Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds

    10/10/2019 2:04:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 196 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/19 06:11 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY AND REBECCA KHEEL
    President Trump is barreling toward a showdown with Congress over his decision to pull back U.S. troops in northern Syria despite widespread opposition. The announcement, which caught leadership and traditional GOP allies flatfooted, sparked a wave of condemnation, with Republicans calling it a “disaster in the making,” a “catastrophic mistake” and a “terrible decision.” Lawmakers are already weighing how to respond to Trump’s decision, setting the stage for a high-profile clash with Trump as soon as Congress returns from a two-week break on Monday. “Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision,” said Rep. Liz...
  • Trump to award Medal of Honor to Green Beret for heroics in 2008 Afghanistan fight

    10/10/2019 9:05:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 10, 2019 | Corey Dickstein
    Army Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams will receive the Medal of Honor this month for his lifesaving actions in the frozen mountains of eastern Afghanistans Nuristan province during a 2008 mission to kill or capture a high-value target, the White House announced Thursday. President Donald Trump will award the nations highest military honor to the Green Beret in a White House ceremony Oct. 30, the administration said in a statement. The award will be an upgrade of the Silver Star that Williams initially received for his role in the fight that would become known as the Battle of Shok Valley....
  • Malicious and commercially motivated: Ben Roberts-Smith blasts Nine (Victoria Cross recipient)

    10/06/2019 6:50:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies ^ | 7th October 2019
    Australias most decorated soldier has accused Nine of being malicious, saying the company is commercially motivated to tear him down. Ben Roberts-Smith has accused Nine of being commercially motivated and malicious when it alleged the former soldier was engaged in war crimes. Australias most decorated soldier has hit back at claims he handcuffed and kicked an Afghan prisoner named Ali Jan off a cliff during a military operation in Afghanistan in 2012. The prisoner was then allegedly shot dead by another soldier. I want Australians to know that I absolutely deny these hurtful allegations, Mr Roberts-Smith said in a statement...
  • Touching moment Donald Trump hugs wounded Afghanistan hero who sang God Bless America at tribute..

    09/30/2019 2:03:02 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 19 replies
    dm ^ | 9/30/2019 | emily goodin
    In a touching moment on Monday, Donald Trump embraced a wounded and wheel-chair bound veteran from Afghanistan who sang 'God Bless America' at a ceremony to honor the new incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The rare display of affection from the president came after U.S. Army Captain Luis Avila sang the patriotic hymn in a ceremony filled with a 21-gun salute, a fife and drum corp, military bands, and other pomp and circumstance. It was an emotional moment for those present, which included Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version With Latest News Summary At The End

    09/28/2019 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/28/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    "Before the breathin' air is gone...." "Before the sun is just a bright spot in the night-time" The song with those lyrics by Three Dog Night "A Walk In The Country" moving up the Top 40 chart 49 years ago today. I was young back then with fear of nuclear catastrophe being put into me among other things but also the fear of environmental catastrophe.... Fear when I was young expressed into the cassette recorder microphone. It of course reminds me of Greta Thunberg's rage this week: "You stole my childhood" Wow! I was young, I was bullied and sexually...
  • Trump Repeats His Controversial Comments On Afghanistan

    09/21/2019 1:29:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Tolo News ^ | September 21, 2019
    US President Donald Trump says: to win quick, tens of millions of people would be killed. US President Donald Trump repeated his jarring statement about quickly ending the war in Afghanistan, using terms similar to those in a July statement that prompted the Afghan government to ask for clarification. Addressing a news conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, Trump said the United States could rapidly end the nearly 19-year war in Afghanistan but it would involve killing tens of millions of people. Weve been very effective in Afghanistan, and if we wanted to do a certain method...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 9/20/2019 Newsdump Friday

    09/20/2019 10:25:46 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/20/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    "This can't wait until I finish high school" That's what one protest sign said today as students in the United States and around the world skipped classes to protest about climate change.... Britain's Prince Andrew called an "abuser" and a "participant" by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Guiffre... The Battle of Brexit. The Conservative Party closing ranks against Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to cut a deal with the European Union that is seen as a "fake Brexit"...... Meanwhile in Brussels Friday Boris Johnson's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay meeting with European Union Chief Negotiator...
  • Fifteen years of regret: The ex-Taliban commander who now lives in hiding

    09/20/2019 2:08:53 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2019 3 AM | Stefanie Glinski
    Abdullah said most of his orders came from Peshawar, a city in Pakistan where many Afghan Taliban commanders still live and are educated, and a short drive about two hours on well-paved roads from Bati Kot. It was the health facility explosion, in which several workers were injured and a much-needed clinic being built was left in rubble, that made him rethink his role. Before giving orders to destroy it, I went to have a look. I saw the construction workers. They were laboring away in the hot sun, stacking heavy bricks. We desperately needed healthcare at that...
  • Michael Ratner - The Man Behind the Attack on Guantanamo

    12/12/2005 3:00:49 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 19 replies · 666+ views ^ | June 16, 2005 | Rocco DiPippo
    The general leading the force to free the captive enemy from the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, and inflict a humiliating defeat on the United States is so-called civil rights and Constitutional attorney Michael Ratner. It was Ratner who led the way in recruiting elite lawyers to defend the enemy combatants being interrogated at Gitmo. But Ratner is a long-time leader of two pro-Communist and anti-American organizations who have for decades lent aid and comfort to America's enemies in the Cold War and beyond. Michael Ratner began his legal career in the late 1960s at the National Lawyers Guild,...
  • Trump's Either Telling Us We Have Superweapons More Powerful Than Nukes...

    09/16/2019 8:06:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 177 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | September 16, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    Twice in the last month, the President of the United States has claimed that the Pentagon has weapons even more powerful than nuclear weapons, with the ability to easily kill millions. He is either bluffing, confused, or is incapable of understanding the difference between conventional and nuclear weapons. President Donald Trump made the claim during remarks to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. According to The Washington Post, Trump told an audience, emphasis mine: The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before,...
  • Meghan McCain Roasts Trumps Taliban Meeting: If That Ended Up Happening, I Would Create a Coup

    09/15/2019 7:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Decider ^ | September 11, 2019 | Claire Spellberg
    Meghan McCain has some thoughts about President Trumps canceled meeting with leaders of the Taliban. This morning on The View, the conservative co-host absolutely skewered the secret Camp David summit, which Trump revealed (and then promptly canceled) in a series of tweets on Saturday. McCain described the Taliban meeting as the dumbest idea out of all the bad crap things Trump has done, adding, If that ended up happening, I would create a coup. News of the secret Taliban meeting first surfaced on Saturday night, when Trump tweeted, Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President...
  • China May Help Taliban Boost Opium Exports [Video]

    09/12/2019 1:47:01 AM PDT · by familyop · 7 replies
    One America News Network ^ | September 11, 2019 | OAN Newsroom
    Chinese investment in Afghanistan could fuel the production and exports of dangerous drugs to the U.S. One Americas Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.
  • Apparent terrorist attack on 9/11 anniversary at U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

    09/11/2019 10:51:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Apparent terrorist attack on 9/11 anniversary at U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 BY BARENAKEDISLAM Rocket explodes inside US Embassy compound in Afghanistan shortly after midnight on 9/11 anniversary. No injuries reported, thank God. Daily Mail A rocket exploded at the US Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound declared all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries. A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the...
  • A French soldier's view of US soldiers in Afghanistan

    09/11/2019 11:36:51 AM PDT · by Renkluaf · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/9/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    A reader who, in this day of blacklists, must remain anonymous, sends this observation about our soldiers in Afghanistan: It's not unusual for the French to comment on anything American and normally in the negative. What is rare is a Frenchman saying something positive about Americans; in this case heaping praise on our soldiers in Afghanistan. Blogger and veteran Wes O'Donnell has translated an editorial in a French newspaper from a French soldier serving with a prestigious U.S. infantry battalion. I recommend reading the whole thing. Here are some excerpts: US soldiers are in top physical shape compared to the...
  • Al Qaeda growing stronger under Talibans umbrella, UN finds

    09/10/2019 2:29:07 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 11 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 23, 2019 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Al Qaeda and the Taliban remain close allies, according to a report by a United Nations Security Council monitoring team. Indeed, Al Qaeda has grown stronger operating under the Taliban umbrella across Afghanistan and is more active than in recent years. While some are eager to portray the Taliban as a purely nationalist organization, the UN notes that the Taliban is the primary partner for all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, with the exception of the Islamic States Khorasan branch, which seeks to undermine the Talibans legitimacy. Al Qaeda members act as instructors and religious teachers for Taliban personnel...
  • Dont Believe These Tired Myths About Ending The 18-Year War In Afghanistan

    09/09/2019 8:32:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/09/2019 | Daniel DePetris
    Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration’s chief negotiator with the Taliban, has endured a lot of pressure in the last week. Former U.S. ambassadors, Fox News pundits, and think tank analysts alike have denounced his draft agreement in full without knowing what is in the final document.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s advisers have already expressed that the terms of the accord “need serious debate and revision.” Words such as “surrender,” “defeat,” and “abandonment” are being tossed in the air as if the United States has an obligation to serve as the Afghan government’s defenders in perpetuity.Khalilzad and his boss, President Trump,...
  • Afghanistan peace talks scuttled because Taliban overreached, Pompeo says

    09/09/2019 4:20:13 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Sept 8, 2019 4:27 p.m. ET | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban overreached with a car bomb attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier, leading President Donald Trump to call off closely-held Afghanistan peace talks planned for Camp David. Pompeo said the Trump administration has recalled envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been negotiating with Taliban leaders for months in Qatar, and it will be up to the insurgent group whether talks will resume. Pompeo said Trump wanted to look the Taliban leaders in the eye while Khalilzad worked to finalize an agreement that would allow the U.S. to start withdrawing...
  • Greece's immigration situation accelerates as the rest of Europe watches

    09/08/2019 7:15:20 PM PDT · by LucyT · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 8th 2019 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The following is a first-person report of refugees trying to flee to Greece. Its 10 p.m. at night and were boarding a Greek Coast Guard vessel on the island of Lesvos. The captain assures us we will pick up 150 Muslim refugees in the Aegean Sea tonight. Its an every night occurrence and part of an underreported illegal immigration and refugee crisis in Europe. They come from places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. Many Americans heard about Europes huge influx of refugees in 2015 and 2016. But they may not have heard the rest of the story, which Full...
  • Afghan peace deal: Taliban says US has most to lose from cancelled talks

    09/08/2019 3:34:17 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 38 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Sept. 9 , 2019 | BBC World News
    The Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from canceling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. In a statement, the group claimed all was going well until the last moment.
  • Trump Cancels Secret Camp David Meeting with Taliban and Afghan President

    09/07/2019 4:12:22 PM PDT · by be-baw · 60 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 7, 2019 | President Donald J. Trump
    "Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to.. " attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didnt, they.... "....only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire...