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  • Dozens of Afghan troops missing from military training in US

    10/06/2016 5:42:36 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | Oct 6, 2016 | N/A
    Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said. Although the number of disappearances is relatively small — some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 — the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs. They are also potentially embarrassing for US President Barack Obama’s administration, which has spent billions of dollars training Afghan troops as Washington seeks to extricate itself from the costly, 15-year-old war. The...
  • Missing Afghans Raise Terrorism Fears - Seven military students fled training in U.S. this month

    09/27/2016 7:49:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/27/16 | Bill Gertz
    Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials. “During the month of September, seven Afghan students were considered absent without leave (AWOL) during international military student programs,” Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans said. Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks...
  • 7 military trainees from Afghanistan missing from U.S. bases

    10/01/2016 10:12:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    wsbtv.com ^ | Oct. 1, 2016 | Aaron Diamant
    More than half a dozen military trainees from Afghanistan have disappeared over the course of about two weeks. They were training at U.S. bases, including Fort Gordon in Augusta and Fort Benning near Columbus. “It’s concerning and legitimately so,” Georgia State University security and counterterrorism expert Robert Friedmann said. Seven trainees went AWOL from bases so far this month. Friedmann says he doesn’t think the timing is a coincidence. “It's fairly likely that it was coordinated, because that's too much of a coincidence,” he said.
  • Afghan military students go AWOL from Fort Benning, other U.S. posts

    09/29/2016 2:59:48 PM PDT · by lyby · 28 replies
    WTVM ^ | September 28, 2016 | Jason Dennis, Anchor
    Seven Afghan students in U.S. military programs went absent without leave or AWOL this month, including two from Fort Benning. Patrick Evans, the Commander of the U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations confirms that four went AWOL over the Labor Day weekend - the two from Fort Benning, one from Fort Lee, VA and one from Little Rock, AR.
  • Trump campaign manager: Sad that Clinton allies have turned to name-calling

    08/31/2016 11:04:48 AM PDT · by GilGil · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/30/2016 | Nick Gass
    They don’t have the issue set that favors them" and thus they resort to name-calling, Conway said. "And I have to say, look, politics is not a tea party. It’s rough and tumble. We all get that, Brian. But to go out there and do guilt by association and to accuse people of having malice in their heart towards other people with no evidence, and then to do exactly what the American Psychological Association has asked people not to do, which is to, which is to certify somebody as mentally unfit or a psychopath. It’s just beyond the pale, and...
  • Chris Matthews Suggests Trump ‘In the Bunker’ Like ‘Third Reich’

    08/23/2016 10:24:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In recent days, Donald Trump has made a concerted effort to moderate the tone, and some would say the substance, of his campaign. So how does a notable member of the MSM reward him? By analogizing him in explicit terms to a Nazi. On Monday evening’s Hardball, Matthews asked if Trump is “in the bunker?” Making the Nazi analogy clear, Matthews said that “somebody compared him to Downfall, the movie about the end of the Third Reich.” Matthews admitted: “it’s never fair to do that,” but that of course didn’t stop him, as he suggested that “he’s in the bunker...
  • Bergdahl: My desertion an act of 'self-sacrirfice'

    03/17/2016 8:30:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/17/2016 | Rick Moran
    Bergdahl told a general who investigated the case that he hoped to cause an alarm by leaving his post, then walk to a larger base in Afghanistan so he could have an audience with a top commander. "So, the idea was to -- it was -- literally, it was a sacrificial -- it was a self-sacrifice thing," Bergdahl said, according to the transcript of a 2014 interview with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl.
  • Erika Lopez, first Tenn. woman to enlist for combat role, goes AWOL from Army (now deserter)

    02/04/2016 10:11:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    The first woman in Tennessee and the fourth in the nation to enlist as a combat engineer in the Army went AWOL last month and is now considered a deserter, according to a military spokesperson. Erika Lopez made headlines in July when she enlisted for a role that could put her on the front lines of battle, just after the U.S. Army lifted its ban on women in combat roles. Ms. Lopez was in basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, by September but was placed on convalescent leave by the end of the year, according to a local CBS...
  • Authorities search for Marine missing from NJ base for nearly a week

    12/26/2015 4:11:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/2015
    <p>Officials from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, near Pemberton, are looking for 28-year-old Marine Sgt. Tristan Clinger.</p> <p>Clinger’s wife told the station the man took off on foot around 4 p.m. ET on December 20 and has not been seen since then.</p>
  • Missing Afghan men who were training at Georgia Air Force base reportedly identified

    12/11/2015 10:35:54 AM PST · by mojito · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2015 | Unattributed
    The two Afghan nationals who were training at a Georgia Air Force and were reported missing earlier this week have reportedly been identified Thursday. Several federal law enforcement agencies are searching for Mirwais Kohistani and Shirzad Rohullah, unnamed Air Force officials told Channel 2 Action News. The officials said the two men were a part of a 23-man group learning to fly and maintain an A-29 fighter plane at Moody Air Force Base outside Valdosta. The Homeland Security and State Department have taken the lead, the Moody Air Force officials said in a statement Thursday and reiterated that they didn’t...
  • Democrat Who Wants To Disband Benghazi Committee Has Attended Just One Of 45 Interviews

    09/04/2015 2:03:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/4/15 | Chuck Ross
    A Democratic member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi is calling for an end to the investigative body, but Republicans are hitting back hard, pointing out that the lawmaker, Adam Schiff, has largely served “in absentia,” attending only one of 45 interviews the committee has conducted. Schiff, from California, issued the call to disband the committee in a New York Times op-ed published on Friday. He claimed that the panel has lost sight of it purpose of investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and is now focused only on taking down former Secretary...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Lawyer: Donald Trump Should Be Sued for Defamation

    08/20/2015 4:10:25 PM PDT · by maggief · 73 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 20, 2015 | DANIELLA SILVA
    An attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Thursday recent comments made by Donald Trump threaten his client's right to a fair trial, after the presidential candidate called Bergdahl a "dirty, rotten traitor." At a town hall in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Trump referred to Bergdahl as a "dirty, rotten traitor" and appeared to pantomime his execution while criticizing the soldier's release as part of a prisoner exchange with the Taliban. Attorney Eugene R. Fidell said in a statement that his client was unable to speak out in his own defense because he is facing a preliminary hearing in the...
  • Bowe Bergdahl found during California pot raid, released by officials

    07/23/2015 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Domandred · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/24/15 | FoxNews
    Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was released in a prisoner exchange in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees, wound up in the middle of a pot raid earlier this week in northern California. Captian Greg Van Patten with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Thursday that the county’s marijuana eradication team encountered Bergdahl on Tuesday while serving a search warrant on a home in Redwood City, Calif.
  • Bergdahl Findings May Never Be Released to the Public

    12/18/2014 4:08:33 AM PST · by tellw · 14 replies
    KIVI-TV ^ | 12/17/14 | Tammy Scardino
    It's been six months since a prisoner swap led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Army's investigation into the circumstances under which the Hailey native left his Afghanistan base wrapped up in October, yet no new information has been released. Bergdahl's fellow soldiers say he deserted the base, which is a crime under military law. A military defense councilman speculated Wednesday that the delay could mean no charges will be filed. The question remains a mystery. What events led up to the disappearance of Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban in 2009? He was held captive for...
  • Rohrabacher: Obama was ‘AWOL’ in efforts to free Tahmooressi

    11/01/2014 11:16:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    ‘The president didn’t care about it enough to make a simple phone call’ A group of politicians’ efforts to secure the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican jail paid off Friday night. California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says President Obama was “AWOL” throughout the process. The Republican Congressman told The Washington Times on Saturday that he and California RepublicanRep. Ed Royce, former New MexicoGov. Bill Richardson, and Arizona RepublicanRep. Matt Salmon took it upon themselves to fight for Mr. Tahmooressi when President Obama did not. “The president, who is also the commander in chief, didn’t do his job,”...
  • Doctor Tom Coburn, what are you doing today? (Vanity)

    10/16/2014 6:24:52 AM PDT · by OKSooner · 3 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10-16-2014 | Vanity
    Yo, Dr Coburn. Whatcha doing today?Anything important going on that your constituents might want to hear about? What do you think?
  • 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...
  • Isn’t that racist, Mr. President?

    10/02/2014 7:41:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/02/14 | Judi McLeod
    Afghan soldiers brought to Cape Cod to be sent back to Afghanistan?: The three Afghan military officers who so infamously went AWOL from a military training exercise in Cape Cod ending up in Niagara Falls, Canada, crossed over the wrong border. If they had taken a different route to freedom over the porous U.S. southern border, they would have made it to the same kind of freedom millions of others of aliens have—and could even have one day sent back home for their wives and relatives to boot. Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Noorullah Aminyar and Capt. Mohammed Nasir Askarzada...
  • Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture

    08/07/2014 4:56:24 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 7 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 8/7/14 | AP
    Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture HOUSTON — The U.S. Army has begun questioning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl was questioned at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he has been staying since returning to the U.S., said his attorney, Eugene R. Fidell. “Sgt. Bergdahl answered all questions put to him. The interview is proceeding. It has been a productive expenditure of time,” Fidell said in a telephone interview during a break in the questioning. Fidell declined...
  • 'This is what we call A-W-O-L': John McCain blasts Obama for going to fundraiser rather….

    07/18/2014 11:51:47 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 18, 2014 | FRANCESCA CHAMBERS and DAVID MARTOSKO
    'This is what we call A-W-O-L': John McCain blasts Obama for going to fundraiser rather than showing leadership over MH17 tragedy GOP Senator said only places in the world that are more tranquil because of Obama are those that have fundraisers Came after President was criticised for giving just 40-seconds of 16-minute transportation speech to the crash By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS and DAVID MARTOSKO 18 July 2014 U.S. Senator John McCain has blasted President Barack Obama for going 'A-W-O-L' and utterly failing to show leadership in the wake of the attack on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in which 298 were killed...