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  • Coalition general says SDF forces to take Raqqa from ISIS, not Turkey

    02/16/2017 3:59:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Major General Rupert Jones, UK deputy commander of the Coalition forces against ISIS, said that most likely the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will take Raqqa, and not the Turkey-led groups that are currently fighting in al-Bab.“The force that looks most likely capable to conduct the liberation of Raqqa remains the SDF. Are we confident in the SDF? Absolutely we are. We’ve seen their fighting spirit, we’ve seen what they’re capable of doing. They re-took Manbij, a very tough fight, and they prevailed in the face of a tough opposition,” Jones said.“We’ve also always said that we would discuss with our partners...
  • "America Is On Our Side": Al-Nusra Commander Tells German Press US Is Arming Jihadists

    09/26/2016 7:53:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/26/16 | Tyler Durden
    In a striking interview with German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer published today the German press including the prominent newspaper Focus, a militant jihadist commander said that US weapons are being delivered to Jabhat Al-Nusra by governments that Washington supports, adding that American instructors were in Syria to teach how to use the new equipment. “Yes, the US supports the opposition [in Syria], but not directly. They support the countries that support us. But we are not yet satisfied with this support,” Jabhat al-Nusra unit commander Abu Al Ezz said in an interview with Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper from the city of Aleppo....
  • DoD Installation Commander Celebrates LGBT Pride

    06/30/2016 10:50:32 AM PDT · by Federal Bureaucrat · 22 replies
    A DoD military installation ^ | June 2016 | DoD military commander
    The URL listed above is not this post. Instead, this is pulled from internal DoD correspondence to all hands at a military site. From the base commander. Here's a screen shot of the email:
  • USS Cole commander blasts transfer of Al Qaeda Gitmo detainees to Saudi Arabia

    05/03/2016 9:40:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/3/16 | Cristina Corbin
    The man at the helm of the USS Cole when it was attacked by an Al Qaeda cell in 2000 said last month's release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee linked to the bombers denies justice to the 17 people killed aboard the ship. Kirk Lippold, who was commanding officer of the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer when suicide bombers aboard a small fishing boat blew a hole in the side of the ship, told Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri's release was a mistake. "I would have liked to have seen him receive a military commission where he was tried,...
  • Iraqi Commander: US Secretly Evacuated ISIS Leaders from Ramadi

    12/31/2015 5:30:22 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-29-2015 | Jim Hoft
    An Iraqi volunteer forces commander has revealed US plans to evacuate Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders from the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to the Iranian Fars Iranian News Agency. Fars reported: A commander of volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) disclosed the US plots to evacuate ISIL leaders from the city of Ramadi as Iraqi army and popular troops are completing victory over the terrorist group. “The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference,” Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA on Thursday.
  • U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander (Red Link On Drudge)

    09/16/2015 6:34:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 09/16/15
    Tarkhan Batirashvili was a natural military star when he joined Georgia’s military Fought the Russians during 2008 war, but left Georgia for Turkey in 2012 In Syria, he’s known as Abu Omar al Shishani, commander in several major victories "n 2012, everyone was coming to Syria and we had too much work leading all kinds of people across the border,” he explained over lunch in Killis, a Turkish town just a few miles from the rebel-held Syrian city of Azzaz. “A lot were Muslims who had come to support the revolution against Bashar Assad from every country. So many from...
  • Guantanamo commander relieved amid probe into man’s death, officials say

    01/21/2015 8:10:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2015 | (With AP)
    The commanding officer of the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was relieved of duty Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said. Officials reportedly said he’s under investigation in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband. Capt. John R. Nettleton has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, and replaced on an acting basis by Capt. Scott Gray, the chief of staff of that installation, the Navy said in a statement. …
  • Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Says Mission Could Be Extended

    01/20/2015 10:46:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/20/20 | Staff
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he could recommend extending the mission and maintaining U.S. troops in the country, Army Times reports. “I’m taking a look and assessing every day based on the enemy situation, based on how much we’re getting done with the Afghans, how they’re progressing on their lines of effort, how the [Train, Advise and Assist mission] is going, how the government’s coming along, [and] if we can really get after the objectives that we set,” said Gen. John Campbell, commander of the Resolute Support mission, during an interview Jan. 15 with Army Times. There are...
  • Obama Places German Foreign Commander As Chief Of Staff For U.S. Army Europe

    08/01/2014 8:50:15 PM PDT · by Baynative · 47 replies
    nowtheendbegins ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | newsdesk
    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.
  • Gallagher's leadership highlights command change

    04/03/2014 10:40:30 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — With a toss of a football Wednesday morning Brig. Gen. Peter A. Gallagher symbolically handed off the leadership of the Network Enterprise Technology Command to Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. It was a light moment following the formality of the assumption of command ceremony held in the Greely Hall auditorium, which saw senior officers speak about the importance of NETCOM. The Army’s chief information officer Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell praised the command for its work “providing unprecedented communications for over 12 years of war.” It was NETCOM’s leadership, not only at the headquarters but its...
  • West Side police commander paying home visits to warn gangbangers (Chicago's 'heat' list)

    07/21/2013 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/20/13 | Jeremy Gorner
    The commander of a West Side police district plans to knock on the doors of the most dangerous gangbangers to issue warnings to stop the violence. The effort by Austin District Cmdr. Barbara West comes as Chicago police try to quell gang violence with both innovative ideas and more traditional methods such as paying hundreds of officers to work overtime on their days off. West told reporters she and an undisclosed community leader planned on Friday to begin going to the homes of about two dozen people who have been singled out on the department's "heat list" as those most...
  • (Cannibal Islamist "Freedom Fighter") Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video

    05/13/2013 7:02:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    NYT ^ | May 13, 2013 | REUTERS
    Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video BEIRUT (Reuters) - A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The New York-based group said an amateur video posted on the Internet on Sunday shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier. The video has caused outrage among both...
  • Climate Change is Biggest Threat, Says Top Navy Commander in Pacific

    03/12/2013 11:24:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Mar. 12, 2013 3:15 AM PDT | By Julia Whitty
    As I wrote in Full Green Ahead in the current issue of Mother Jones, the US Navy is paying close attention—and giving far more than lip service—to the problems underway from a changing climate. But until now no one's said it quite so loudly as Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the US Pacific Command. Locklear met privately with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities on Friday and said that the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region is climate change, reports the Boston Globe, and that significant upheaval related to the warming planet is: "Probably the most likely thing...
  • Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    01/29/2013 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Kristina Wong
    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unit’s budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington. During an annual National Defense Industrial Association conference for special operators, Navy Adm. William McRaven noted that the Defense Department is operating on a continuing resolution, which limits spending to 2012 levels, even as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration are set to begin March 1. “The continuing resolution … in all honesty puts a greater constraint on us than sequester
  • SEAL Team Four commander in Afghanistan 'commits suicide' as body of married father is found shot

    12/23/2012 7:44:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/12 | the Daily Mail Reporter
    Commander John W Price, 42, oversaw SEAL Team Four, which was training Afghan police in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan Father of a young daughter Jillian, 9, is also survived by his wife Stephanie SEALs have suffered heavy casualties in Afghanistan The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. Commander John W Price, 42, was found dead in his quarters with a gunshot wound on Saturday - just three days before Christmas. Cmdr Price was based in Naval...
  • Former USS Cole Commander on Benghazi: Obama only cares about power and getting reelected

    10/13/2012 9:13:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 10/13/12 | staff
    Lt. General Tom McInerney told Judge Jeanine tonight that the only reason the Obama administration ordered the FBI to investigate the Benghazi attack is to stall it through the election. He says this was an act of war against the United States and if this had been assigned to the military we would have known 2 days later what happened. He adds that we know who they are and where they are and that we should have already attacked those people. Former USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold said that the parallels between this case and the attack on the USS...
  • Iran commander: 'Nothing will remain' of Israel if it takes military action

    09/16/2012 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/12
    Iran commander: 'Nothing will remain' of Israel if it takes military actionPublished September 16, 2012 Associated Press TEHRAN – The top commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Sunday that "nothing will remain" of Israel if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iran's response to any attack will begin near the Israeli border. The Islamic Republic has close ties with militants in Gaza and Lebanon, both of which border Israel. Iran has in the past made reference to the destruction of Israel but his comments at a Tehran news conference...
  • Top US Middle East commander warns against efforts to scale back Navy

    03/06/2012 7:54:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    fox ^ | 3/6/12 | ap
    WASHINGTON – The top U.S. commander in the Middle East will warn Congress on Tuesday against efforts to scale back the Navy's presence in the embattled region, saying threats from Iran and elsewhere will require more ships and maritime missile defense capabilities. Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, also said Syria has a "substantial" chemical and biological weapons capability and thousands of shoulder-launched missiles. Until now, the U.S. military has largely declined to describe the expanse of weapons that President Bashar Assad's regime has at its disposal. Mattis laid out his concerns in testimony prepared for Senate...
  • Republican Military Hero Will Announce Her Run For Congress Today

    02/09/2012 2:29:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/2/12 | Jim Hoft
    Colonel Martha McSally was a pilot in the United States Air Force. She was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat. McSally is also the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. in 2001 Martha McSally successfully challenged the military policy that required US and UK servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country. .....
  • U.S. commander readying request for more troops to advise Afghans

    11/25/2011 12:18:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/11 | David S. Cloud
    Washington— The U.S. commander in Afghanistan has prepared a request for more troops to serve as advisors for Afghan military units, a sign that Washington and its allies are trying to speed up the hand-over of combat operations to the Afghans as they prepare to withdraw, U.S. and NATO officials said. The stronger emphasis on training may keep more U.S. troops on bases next year and help reduce U.S. military casualties before presidential elections next November. President Obama's Afghan policy is already an issue. Marine Gen. John R. Allen, who took command in Afghanistan last summer, wants 1,700
  • Navy fires another commanding officer, the 18th this year

    09/07/2011 7:48:17 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 63 replies · 2+ views
    Stras & Stripes ^ | September 7, 2011 | Matthew M. Burke
    The Navy has fired another commanding officer, the 18th this year, surpassing last year’s mark of 17 with slightly less than four months left to go. Cmdr. Mark Olson of USS The Sullivans was relieved of his command due to a loss of confidence in his abilities following an Admiral’s Mast on Wednesday, according to a Navy news release. Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, made the decision after close examination of an incident that occurred Aug. 17 during a gunnery exercise in the Cherry Point Operating Area range, the release said. Navy officials said inert rounds...
  • Obama takes charge at hurricane command center

    08/28/2011 7:05:34 AM PDT · by rjsclassics · 6 replies
    US President Barack Obama warned the US east coast was in for a "long 72 hours" as he led his government's response to Hurricane Irene at a disaster command center in Washington. Obama on Saturday chaired a meeting at the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) set up at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, which is marshaling federal and local hurricane-relief efforts. "This is going to be a tough slog getting through this thing," Obama said during a video teleconference including senior federal officials and local government agencies in the east coast path of Irene. "It's going...
  • Al Qaeda commander killed in Pakistan by drone

    07/06/2011 10:12:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/6/11 | Staff
    CBS News has learned that a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in June killed senior al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri. Kashmiri was believed to be a key planner of the Mumbai Terror attacks in 2008 and, according to sources, was involved in planning terror strikes in Europe last fall, which led to alerts across the continent. Most recently, Kashmiri was al Qaeda's military operations chief in Pakistan, and was suspected of plotting attacks against U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Kashmiri.
  • New type of commander may avoid Katrina-like chaos

    07/03/2011 1:49:17 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:09 PM EDT | DAN ELLIOTT
    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — The Defense Department is grooming a new type of commander to coordinate the military response to domestic disasters, hoping to save lives by avoiding some of the chaos that plagued the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort. The officers, called dual-status commanders, would be able to lead both active-duty and National Guard troops — a power that requires special training and authority because of legal restrictions on the use of the armed forces on U.S. soil. No one commander had that authority in the aftermath of Katrina, and military and civilian experts say the lack...
  • Israel Navy commander: 'Hate flotilla' to Gaza must be stopped

    06/19/2011 12:06:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    haaretz ^ | 6/19/11 | Anshel Pfeffer
    Adm. Eliezer Marom says only purpose of Gaza flotilla is to clash with IDF soldiers, create media provocation, and delegitimize Israel. Published 21:00 19.06.11 Latest update 21:00 19.06.11 Israel Navy commander: 'Hate flotilla' to Gaza must be stopped Adm. Eliezer Marom says only purpose of Gaza flotilla is to clash with IDF soldiers, create media provocation, and delegitimize Israel. By Anshel Pfeffer Tags: Gaza flotilla Israel Navy commander Adm. Eliezer Marom issued a stark warning on Sunday for the organizers of the Gaza flotilla intended to set sail at the end of the month. "The Navy has prevented and will...
  • Top female navy commander sacked over humiliating initiation ordeals on board ship

    04/25/2011 11:17:22 AM PDT · by rawhide · 60 replies
    Commander Etta Jones, officer in charge of the Norfolk, Virginia-based Ponce, was sacked for not properly investigating sailors involved in the humiliating rituals, the Navy said. Commander Jones also failed to properly handle a 9mm handgun during a security alert, which endangered some of her crew, the Navy said. Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch, the ship's executive officer, was also sacked, after he failed to provide support to the command and commanding officer, according to the Navy. The sackings come as the the amphibious transport dock Ponce - pronounced 'ponsay' - is deployed in the Mediterranean, after recently taking part in...
  • Hamas Commander Killed In Sudan Attack; Israel, take a bow

    04/06/2011 2:46:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/4/11 | Gavriel Queenann and Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu and
  • SAS commander quits Army amid claims defence cuts have hit morale

    11/27/2010 9:58:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11/27/10 | Sean Rayment
    Friends of the colonel, who cannot be named for security reasons, said he had grown increasingly despondent with service life following the cuts imposed on the military by the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). It is understood that two highly respected Brigadiers, one of whom also served with the Special Forces, are considering their positions. Senior officers have warned that many more high calibre officers are expected to resign in the coming months especially if the Continuity of Education Allowance--which pays for a proportion of boarding school fees for service families--is cut.
  • Col. Russell Williams earns place among worst criminals (decorated Canadian military commander)

    10/21/2010 5:08:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/21/10 | Maria Babbage
    Col. Williams earns place among worst criminalsBy Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press 1 hour, 49 minutes ago BELLEVILLE, Ont. - The unprecedented, sadistic crimes of convicted sex killer Col. Russell Williams have earned him a place among the worst criminals Canada has ever seen, court heard Thursday as the final chapter in the shocking case drew to a close. "The depths of the depravity demonstrated by Russell Williams had no equal," Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Scott said as he sentenced the once decorated officer to two concurrent life sentences with no possibility of parole for 25 years. "One suspects...
  • Taliban commander found hiding in oven

    09/16/2010 3:37:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/16/10 | Staff
    For the second time in less than a month, security forces hunting for Taliban commanders found one hiding inside an oven, officials said Thursday. In the latest incident Tuesday, a sub-commander allegedly responsible for attacks in three districts was found hiding in a floor oven of a compound when Afghan and coalition forces raided the location in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan. On August 31, NATO-led troops found another sub-commander hiding in an oven, breathing through a tube,(Snip) The militant had allegedly returned from Pakistan recently where he trained new recruits to make bombs.
  • 750 Soldier Deaths Since Obama

    07/22/2010 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 13 replies ^ | 7/22/2010 | Peter Andrew
    "President Barack Obama passed a sad milestone early this week as the military announced the death of the 750th solider to die since he took over as Commander in Chief. Army First Lt. Robert Bennedsen, 25, of Vashon Island, Wash. became the 750th soldier to die since Obama took office. Bennedsen died July 18th at Qalat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany...." Video and more info at link
  • Whether He Likes It or Not, Obama Must Command (We need a plan for victory in Afghanistan)

    06/24/2010 8:24:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/24/2010 | Michael Barone
    We didn’t need this. By “we,” I mean the large majority of citizens who want America to succeed in Afghanistan. By “this,” I mean the Rolling Stone article that quoted Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides saying uncomplimentary things about Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and other civilian officials. It’s true that most of the negative remarks were attributed to staffers rather than to McChrystal himself. And it’s true that none of them amounts to insubordination or refusal to carry out orders, the offense for which Gens. George McClellan and Douglas MacArthur were appropriately fired. But a commander has the responsibility...
  • Face of Defense: Trainer Becomes Trainee, Commander

    04/01/2010 5:01:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 133+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Capt. Marvin J. Baker , USA
    FORT HOOD, Texas, April 1, 2010 – After four years of preparing thousands of Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers for deployment at the Division West mobilization training center here, Army Capt. Brent Middleton soon will be preparing for his own deployment at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., center. Army Capt. Brent Middleton, left accepts his unit's flag from his battalion commander in a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Mabry, Texas, March 20, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Marvin J. Baker  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Middleton, a member of the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division who...
  • NATO: Taliban commander dies in mosque shootout

    12/26/2009 8:28:40 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 1,038+ views
    KABUL – A heavily armed Taliban commander was killed during an pre-dawn shootout at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said as it reported an American service member died in a separate attack.
  • Forces Detain Taliban Commander, Kill Militants

    12/16/2009 3:38:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 342+ views
    KABUL, Dec. 15, 2009 – A combined Afghan-international security force detained a Taliban commander and other militants in Afghanistan today, and militants caught planting a roadside bomb were killed yesterday, military officials reported. The Taliban commander is linked to a bombing network in Zabul province and is believed to be responsible for several attacks in the area. The combined force searched a compound in the provincial capital of Qalat where intelligence sources reported the commander to be located and detained a few militants, one of whom identified himself as the man targeted in the operation. No shots were fired, and...
  • Face of Defense: Commander Returns to Vietnam

    11/17/2009 3:38:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew R. White, USN
    DA NANG, Vietnam, Nov. 17, 2009 – Nearly 35 years ago, Navy Cmdr. H.B. Le left Vietnam aboard a fishing trawler. He returned at the helm of a U.S. Navy warship when the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen arrived here Nov. 7 for a scheduled port visit. Navy Cmdr. H.B. Le, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen, speaks to reporters in front of the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 7, 2009. It was Le's first visit to Vietnam after leaving the country with his family in 1975. U.S. Navy photo by...

    11/09/2009 3:17:42 AM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 62 replies · 1,533+ views
    New York Times ^ | Joseph Berger
    General George Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.” “I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that,” General Casey said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union. “It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was — it would be a...
  • Obama redefines White House relationship with top field commander

    10/28/2009 9:41:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 1,521+ views
    L..A. Times ^ | 10/28/09 | Julian E. Barnes
    President Obama does not have the one-on-one relationship with Gen. McChrystal that President Bush did with Gen. Petraeus, but rather a more traditional one along the chain of command. Reporting from Washington - President Obama and his predecessor differ significantly in their approach to America's wars. They differ at least as much in their relationship with their top battlefield commander. During the Bush administration, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the then-ground commander in Iraq, assumed the role of a trusted advisor who frequently visited the White House or talked to the president by phone.
  • VIDEO: UK Commander Challenges Goldstone Report- Israel did more to prevent civilian casualties...

    10/22/2009 2:03:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 348+ views
    UNWatch ^ | 10/16/09 | Colonel Richard Kemp
    GENEVA, October 16, 2009 -- Today's emergency UN Human Rights Council debate on the Goldstone Report predictably saw a line-up of the world's worst abusers condemn democratic Israel for human rights violations. In a heated lynch mob atmosphere, Kuwait slammed Israel for “intentional killing, intentional destruction of civilian objects, intentional scorched-earth policy,” saying Israel “embodied the Agatha Christie novel, 'Escaped with Murder'.” Pakistan said the “horrors of Israeli occupation continue to haunt the international community’s conscience.” The Arab League said, “We must condemn Israel and force Israel to accept international legitimacy." Ahmadinejad’s Iran said “the atrocities committed against Palestinians during...
  • US Commander denies Afghanistan rift(Gen. Stanley McChrystal)

    09/24/2009 6:30:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 359+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/24/09 | Jonathan Beale
    The top US military commander in Afghanistan has denied that there is a rift with the White House over sending more troops to Afghanistan. Gen Stanley McChrystal recently submitted a bleak assessment of the war in which he warned of the danger of failure without adequate resources.
  • Afghanistan could be lost within a year: US commander

    09/21/2009 9:50:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 2,086+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned President Barack Obama in a confidential report that the war against the Taliban could be lost within a year without more troops. In a grim assessment of the eight-year conflict leaked to the Washington Post and published Monday, General Stanley McChrystal said a new strategy was needed and warned that "inadequate resources will likely result in failure. "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no...
  • Afghanistan: German commander 'in possible breach of rules' over air strike

    09/06/2009 3:50:13 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 23 replies · 944+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 6, 2009 | Ben Farmer
    A German commander who ordered an air strike on fuel tankers that killed dozens of Afghans used intelligence from a single observer in a possible breach of tactical rules. An American warplane dropped 500lb bombs on the tankers after they were hijacked by Taliban militants and then became stuck in a river. Reports suggested dozens of civilians could have been burned alive alongside the militants as villagers crowded round the lorries to collect fuel before the bombs struck in northern Kunduz province. The Washington Post reported grainy live video footage seen by the officer from the F15 jet had not...
  • Former USS Cole Commander Assails Release of Terrorist Suspected of Trying to Murder U.S. Soldier

    08/25/2009 1:56:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 659+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 8/25/09 | Fred Lucas
    ( - A terror suspect charged with the attempted murder of two U.S. soldiers -- before a judge ruled that his confession was coerced and inadmissible -- returned home to Afghanistan on Monday, the same day news broke of a policy change in interrogations. After many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers called the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation techniques such as playing loud music and waterboarding “torture,” President Barack Obama reassigned interrogation responsibilities from the CIA to the National Security Council – which is run out of the White House, the Washington Post first reported.
  • Face of Defense: Soldier to be First Female Head of Drill Sergeant School

    08/04/2009 5:31:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 1,100+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Crystal Lewis Brown
    FORT JACKSON, S.C., Aug. 4, 2009 – Army Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King of the 369th Adjutant General Battalion has been selected the next commandant of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King will become the first female commandant of the Army’s Drill Sergeant School in September. U.S. Army photo by Crystal Lewis Brown  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When she assumes responsibility in September, the ceremony not only will be commemorating a new school leader, but also the school’s first female commandant. King, who learned of the selection in June, will replace Army...
  • Troops' support of Obama iffy: poll [ Commander-in-"Che" Alert!]

    12/29/2008 5:17:12 AM PST · by melt · 65 replies · 2,312+ views ^ | 12/29/08 | BRENDAN MCGARRY
    When asked how they feel about President-elect Barack Obama as commander in chief, six out of 10 active-duty service members say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times survey. In follow-up interviews, respondents expressed concerns about Obama's lack of military service and experience leading men and women in uniform. ''Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief," said one lance corporal who asked not to be identified. Underlying much of the uncertainty is Obama's stated 16-month timetable...
  • Obama Tries Out His Salute

    12/21/2008 9:42:31 PM PST · by melt · 89 replies · 3,603+ views ^ | 12/21/08 | Jeff Zeleny
    KAILUA, Hawaii – He’s not the commander in chief yet, but was President-elect Barack Obama briefly practicing his salute on Sunday? On the first morning of his vacation here, Mr. Obama arrived at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii for his daily workout. As he walked out of the Semper Fit Center, his gray T-shirt soaked in sweat, he lifted his right hand and gave a quick salute to two Marines in fatigues who were standing in the distance. The brief moment was not captured by cameras. Photographs and video were not permitted to be taken on the military base, according...
  • A Command of the Law (BARF ALERT)

    11/27/2008 3:49:38 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 17 replies · 674+ views
    new york times ^ | today | ROGER COHEN
    That is why I am thankful above all that the next U.S. commander in chief is a constitutional lawyer. Nothing has been more damaging to the United States than the violation of the legal principles at the heart of the American idea.
  • Biden: Come Tuesday, Obama's Critics Will Be Calling Him Commander-In-Chief

    10/31/2008 5:58:21 PM PDT · by melt · 61 replies · 1,425+ views ^ | 10/31/08 | Matthew Jaffe
    ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., blew into the Buckeye State Friday afternoon, four days before Election Day, blasting Republican attacks against Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and declaring that come Tuesday, Obama's critics will be calling him the next commander-in-chief. "Ladies and gentlemen, we need to move past the politics of division and attack," the Democratic vice-presidential nominee told a crowd of 2000 in Kettering. "Over the past week, Republicans have gone way over the top in my view, calling Barack Obama every name in the book, and it probably will get worse in the next three...
  • Navy relieves commander of air recon squadron

    08/13/2008 8:13:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 21 replies · 229+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 12, 2008 | CHELSEA J. CARTER
    <p>SAN DIEGO - The commander of a Navy air reconnaissance squadron that provides the president and the defense secretary the airborne ability to command the nation's nuclear weapons has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Tuesday.</p> <p>Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved of duty Monday by the Navy for loss of confidence in his ability to command, only three months after taking the job.</p>
  • Basra Could Become Another Dubai, Says Region’s Commander

    07/27/2008 4:23:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies · 171+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 15 July 2008 | By Jim Garamone
    Security progress in Basra is “overwhelming” and Iraq’s second-largest city could be “another Dubai in the coming decade,” the commander of Multi-National Division - Southeast said July 14, referring to the bustling international business hub. British Army Maj. Gen. Barney White-Spunner told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Baghdad that Operation Charge of the Knights - ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in March - has “well and truly” turned the tide in the city. Before the operation, militias controlled large parts of the city. Militia leaders, many under control of Iran, intimidated the populace and turned the city into...