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  • Security Contracting Another Swamp Trump Needs to Drain

    11/14/2017 6:31:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    Change your name, change your past. That’s the theory a bevy of government contractors with questionable pasts are using to get back into the game – and it’s working. President Trump’s term has consisted of cleaning up messes from the previous administration and draining the swamp, but in this case, he’s only halfway there. The State Department is signing contracts to upgrade security at buildings and other facilities around the world – in part in response to the Obama administration’s neglect that led to the death of four Americans at Benghazi. This is good. But of the $10 billion authorized for the increased security,...
  • Rockets hit Kabul airport hours after Mattis arrival

    09/27/2017 7:03:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    wcyb ^ | Sep 27, 2017 07:17 AM EDT | EUAN MCKIRDY AND KEITH ALLEN
    Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had already left the airport at the time of the incident, Danish said. No one was injured. ... Up to 40 rounds of munitions hit the airport, according to a US military official, 29 of which were rocket-propelled grenades. The nature of the other munitions was not immediately known. The official said the munitions were fired toward a guard tower and hit the south side of the airport. An Afghan special forces unit was searching houses close to the airport on the suspicion that the rockets were fired from them, Danish added. Mattis'...
  • 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.
  • Kabul Suicide Blast: 36 Killed, 42 Hurt; Modi Extends Condolence

    07/24/2017 4:13:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    thequint.com ^ | 25 July, 2017 2:40 AM IST
    Government security forces said a small bus owned by the Ministry of Mines had been destroyed in the blast. Three civilian vehicles and 15 shops were destroyed or damaged in the blast, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The Taliban, which is battling the Western-backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days including the suicide attack that killed prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Ramazan Hussainzada last month. Hussainzada was also a senior leader of Afghanistan's Hazara community.
  • Car bomb explodes in western Kabul, 10 killed

    07/23/2017 8:58:32 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 1 replies
    Dawn.com ^ | July 24, 2017
    A car bomb exploded in western Kabul on Monday, a minister said, killing at least 10 people. Police spokesman Najib Danish told AFP there were no details yet about the target.
  • How Do We Encourage Terrorism? Let Us Count The Ways

    06/03/2017 5:50:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2017 | Jeff Jacoby
    AT LEAST 80 victims were murdered in Kabul on Wednesday morning when a suspected car bomb blew up in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital. As many as 400 people were wounded, most of them civilians.In Baghdad late Monday night, 27 people were killed when ISIS detonated two car bombs in busy commercial districts. One of the bombs exploded outside a popular ice cream shop, engulfing the building in a massive fireball and leaving the scene strewn with blood and severed limbs.In Egypt last Friday, a bus filled with Coptic Christians on their way to pray at a nearby monastery was stopped by Islamic State...
  • Gunmen disguised as medics storm Kabul hospital, killing 30

    03/08/2017 5:09:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    pbs ^ | March 8, 2017 at 2:11 PM EST | Erica R. Hendry
    Gunmen disguised as medics stormed a military hospital in Kabul early Wednesday, launching an hours-long attack that left 30 dead in Afghanistans capital. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on Sardar Daud Khan hospital, which injured more than 50, a government official told Reuters. The attack began on the hospital around 9 a.m. local time, when a suicide bomber blew open the hospital gate, the Washington Post reported. Over the next seven hours, gunmen worked through the hospital floor by floor, opening fire on hospital staff as well as patients. Afghan security forces were dropped onto the...
  • Gunmen Storm American University In Afghanistan: Explosions, Gunfire Ongoing

    08/24/2016 8:26:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Gunmen have stormed American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday night as witnesses said they heard gunfire and explosions ringing out. According to media reports, the attackers have infiltrated the educational institution. Teachers and hundreds of students are said to be sheltering inside the building.
  • Two professors kidnapped in Kabul: report

    08/07/2016 2:25:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Two professors, one of them an American citizen, were reportedly abducted at gun point near the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul this weekend, ABC News reported. The other man was Australian, according to ABC. Men wearing National Security forces uniforms reportedly kidnapped the men at about 8:30 p.m. Kabul time, according to the Voice of America. The Kabul police have begun an investigation into the incident. A U.S. State Department official said the department is "aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul." "Due to privacy considerations, we have no information to offer," an official told Voices...
  • Kabul explosion: Huge blast rocks Afghan capital

    07/31/2016 2:16:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    bbcnews.com ^ | 7/31/16 | bbcnews
    Reports on social media indicated that the electricity in parts of Kabul had cut off shortly before the explosion.
  • ISIS claims Afghanistan explosion that kills dozens

    07/23/2016 10:24:02 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat July 23, 2016 | Steve Visser and Masoud Popalzai
    ISIS is claiming responsibility for killing dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. "I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene," said Fatima Faizi, an Afghan freelance journalist.
  • Op-Ed: Israel--not Apartheid; Islam--Nothing but Apartheid

    05/18/2016 4:42:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/16 | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    ation state--and a state involved in "ethnic cleansing." Pure propaganda! This is a brazen Big Lie. The largest practitioner of both gender and religious apartheid in the world is Islam or Islamism. Religious apartheid exists when the dominant state religion allows no other religion to exist and flourish. For example, Muslim countries do not allow churches to be built, Christian insignia to be displayed; Muslim mobs and governments destroy existing churches or convert them into mosques. Today, living Christians are persecuted, tortured and murdered in the name of Islam all across the Muslim world......Afghanistan was once a mainly Buddhist country...
  • Dozens killed Taliban attack on Afghan security agency

    04/19/2016 9:41:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Armed militants in Afghanistan staged a coordinated assault on a government security agency in the capital Tuesday morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack, including a suicide car bombing, appears to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service, providing personal protection for high-ranking government officials.
  • Taliban claims car bomb attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

    12/11/2015 7:30:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-11-2015 | Reuters
    The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, and said fighting was still going on at the scene. Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, in a heavily protected area of the capital close to many foreign embassies and government buildings. Officials said police were on the scene. At least three insurgents appeared to be involved in the attack, a police official said. A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted "an invader's guest house". At least seven people were brought to a hospital operated by the aid...
  • Indian Slab Lurches Downward Beneath Afghanistan

    11/02/2015 9:45:47 AM PST · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    AGU Blogosphere ^ | 10/25/2015 | Austin Elliot
    As I walked into the department this bright brisk morning, coffee cheerily in hand, the live global seismogram display in the atrium caught my eye with an alarming event that had just happened during my bike ride into work. *gasp* that looks bad *gasp* that looks bad BIG earthquake, somewhere in the vicinity of Central/Southern Asia. Indeed, an earthquake deep (>200 km) beneath the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan had shaken a huge swath of Central and South Asia. The great depth of the earthquake meant less extreme shaking at the epicenter (nobody lives closer than 212 km from the...
  • Suicide Bomber Hits Coalition Convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan

    10/10/2015 11:06:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-11-2015 | Fazul Rahim
    <p>Casualties were reported in the explosion, which rocked central Kabul at around 9:15 a.m. local time, the source said.</p> <p>"A few civilians were injured, but we do not have any reports of any death," Afghan ministry of interior spokesperson Najib Danish said.</p>
  • Records identify staffer who invited Jill Kelley to the White House

    12/29/2012 4:03:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/29/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    And the Central Command web site says Gottlieb was detailed from the White House for a time to a joint inter-agency task force focusing on detainee operations in Afghanistan. He was in Kabul from January 2010 through March 2011, according to a biography. Gottlieb, as a White House employee, is allowed to bring guests to dine in the White House mess -- basically an employee cafeteria.
  • US Service Member Among 9 Killed in Attack on Base in Kabul (Dozens killed in Kabul bombings)

    08/08/2015 7:46:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | Saturday, August 8, 2015 | Luis Martinez
    An American service member and eight Afghan civilian contractors were killed in a Taliban attack on Camp Integrity, a coalition base near Kabuls airport, culminating a series of high-profile insurgent attacks in the Afghan capital that killed at least 50 people and injured hundreds more Friday. A suicide bomber at the base's entrance started the attack late Friday. It ended with a gun battle that raged for hours before the four attackers were killed. Several other coalition service members and civilians were also wounded in the attack. Officials haven't identified the U.S. service member killed in the attack. The coalition...
  • Scandalous Images from Kabul: Guards at US Embassy Organized Humiliating Sex Games [2009]

    07/18/2015 10:06:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 54 replies
    Spiegel Online, Der Spiegel ^ | Sep 4, 2009 | Britta Sandberg
    Some of the men involved claim they were forced to participate by their supervisors at the ArmorGroup security firm. The scandal could yet again call into question the role of private contractors in US military missions...They show naked men, employees of the security firm, whose genitals are only barely covered with a kind of black beer mat. The men are drinking, dancing naked around a fire, licking each others nipples and grabbing each others testicles. They perform sex acts, pour vodka down each others' naked backs and drink it from the buttocks. It now appears that some of the men...
  • Taliban attack Afghanistan parliament in Kabul

    06/22/2015 12:29:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6-22-2015 | BBC News
    The Taliban have carried out a co-ordinated attack on the Afghan parliament in the capital, Kabul, where heavy fighting is still going on. Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the building, before racing into parliament itself, reports say. Police are evacuating the premises, while trying to fight off the attackers.