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  • U.S. Military Holds LGBT Pride Event In Kandahar, Afghanistan (Video)

    07/04/2013 2:23:52 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 108 replies
    KPBS ^ | June 28, 2013 | Beth Ford Roth
    U.S. troops deployed to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan this week held the first Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Pride event to be observed in a deployed environment. The Pentagon also held a LGBT Pride Month ceremony on Tuesday, one day before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a heterosexual couple.
  • Taliban beheads two boys in southern Afghanistan [..a(nother) warning to villagers..)

    06/10/2013 11:18:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/10/13 | Ismail Sameem and Sarwar Amani - Reuters
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban fighters beheaded two boys aged 10 and 16 as a warning to villagers not to cooperate with the Afghan government, local officials said. The boys, named Khan and Hameedullah, had travelled to Afghan army and police checkpoints near their home in the southern province of Kandahar, scrounging for leftover food to bring to their families, the officials said. "The boys were on their way back ... when they were stopped by Taliban insurgents who beheaded them," the chief of Zhari district, Jamal Agha, told Reuters. "Both of them were innocent children and had nothing to...
  • N.J. soldier who lost legs in Afghanistan dies months before wedding

    03/19/2013 4:56:05 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Derek McConnell, a 23-year-old Army sergeant who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was found dead in his bed Monday morning. The cause of death hasn't been been determined, his mother, Siobhan McConnell, told NJ.com in a text message. McConnell enlisted in the military in 2009. He was deployed in 2011, and in July of that year, he lost both his legs, fractured his skull and right arm, and suffered severe blast wounds after getting hit by two improvised explosive devices while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Bin Laden son-in-law seized, held by U.S.

    03/07/2013 10:44:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cnn ^ | 3/7/13 | Barbara Starr
    Osama bin Laden´s son-in-law has been captured and is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, two administration officials said on Thursday. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was captured within the last week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York. The lawmaker had been told of the capture by law enforcement officials. Congress was notified when Ghaith was taken into U.S. custody, the officials said.
  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • Jihadist's Letter to Zawahiri Reveals Anthrax Motive,"

    11/09/2007 4:21:02 AM PST · by ZacandPook · 8 replies · 270+ views
    BloggerNewsNet ^ | November 9, 2007 | Ross Getman
    A former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, Numan Bin Uthman, has written a letter to al-Qaeda second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri telling him that Jihadi groups in Arab countries have failed and that the strategy of using nonconventional WMD to deter an invasion of Afghanistan was a misguided and failed strategy. The letter needs to be understood in the context of the fact that the microbiologist that Ayman Zawahiri and Mohammed Atef used to infiltrate US biodefense, Ali Al-Timimi, had a stern warning not to invade Iraq hand-delivered to every member of Congress on October 6, 2002...
  • Hijacked Airliner lands in Aftganistan..... what if???? (1999 FR thread excerpt)

    09/11/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT · by piasa · 7 replies
    FREEREPUBLIC.COM ^ | 12/24/1999 20:20:12 PST by LYNXcry | LYNXcry
    Please forgive the vanity post, BUT I just had a terrible thought....I just heard that the hijacked airliner has landed in of all places, Aftganistan.... Is that not the home turf of Osama Bin Laden?? Remember the movie a few years back where terrorists hijacked a 747 with the intentions of crashing it into New York city or some other big city??? If Bin Laden wanted to creatate a major catastrophe, that would surely do it. I suppose the military could shoot it out of the sky, but how do they insure where it is going to land, or that...
  • Seven American Soldiers Die in Afghan Chopper Crash (R.I.P.)

    August 16, 2012: Seven American soldiers were killed Thursday when their helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, although the insurgency often exaggerates its victories and is quick to claim responsibility for any incident involving foreign troop deaths. The area where the helicopter went down is an insurgent hotbed and supply route, lying north of Kandahar city near volatile Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. This story is still developing. R.I.P.
  • The Panjwai 16

    03/15/2012 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Daily News ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Yon
    The mass murder in Afghanistan was predictable. Twice in the past three weeks, I published that it was coming. Why was I able to write this with sad confidence? I’ve spent more time with combat troops in these wars than any other writer: about four years in total in country, and three with combat troops. About 200 coalition members have been killed or wounded from insider attacks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is tantamount to being Taliban and has not bothered to apologize. Instead, Karzai whips up anti-U.S. fervor at every opportunity. Twice, Karzai has threatened to leave politics and join...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Captain Katherine Jenerette Gives A Woman’s View From Afghanistan

    11/22/2011 12:55:22 AM PST · by Van Jenerette · 34 replies
    The Kitchen Cabinet ^ | November 18, 2011 | Editor
    EXCLUSIVE: Captain Katherine Jenerette Gives A Woman’s View From AfghanistanAbout Katherine: Katherine Jenerette is Captain in the US Army Reserve and a paratrooper from North Myrtle Beach, SC. She is serving with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division ‘Task Force Arctic Wolves’ in the Horn of Panjwa’i in one of the most volatile districts in Kandahar Province (and Afghanistan). She is a former U.S. Congressional Field Representative for South Carolina’s First District and a North Myrtle Beach Planning Commissioner and was a Candidate for US Congress in 2010. Katherine was recently name as one of THE 45...
  • Kandahar mayor killed in suicide attack

    07/26/2011 11:28:33 PM PDT · by Per-Ling · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 27JUL11 | AFP
    The mayor of Kandahar, the biggest city in southern Afghanistan that was the birthplace of the Taliban, was killed in a suicide bombing on Wednesday, police said. Ghulam Haidar Hameedi died when a suicide bomber set off explosives hidden in his turban when the mayor was addressing citizens in the courtyard of the city hall, police General Abdul Raziq told AFP.
  • Afghanistan: Karzai half-brother 'assassinated'

    07/12/2011 1:29:15 AM PDT · by Palter · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 July 2011 | BBC
    The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed in an assassination attempt, officials say. Ahmad Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of the Afghan president and leader of the Kandahar Provincial Council, was shot dead, presidential spokesmen Waheed Omar told the BBC. Initial reports suggest he was shot by his bodyguard in his house in Kandahar. A controversial politician, some saw him as a defender of Pashtun rights. Critics said he was a warlord mired in corruption who was openly involved in the drugs trade and had a personal militia at his disposal. The president repeatedly defended him, denouncing...
  • Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    05/09/2011 2:51:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 7, 2011 2:06pm EDT | By Ismail Sameem
    SNIPPET: ""If these attacks were aimed at seizing control of Kandahar city, as the Taliban proclaimed, they failed," a senior official from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) told Reuters, on condition of anonymity. Shooting erupted after the first explosion hours earlier and insurgents opened fire from a five-storey shopping mall toward the governor's fortified compound, from where security forces returned fire as black smoke rose over the city."
  • 400 inmates, some Taliban, escape Afghan prison

    04/24/2011 9:52:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/24/11 | Mirwais Khan - Associated Press
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – More than 400 inmates — many of them Taliban insurgents — escaped from the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar overnight through an underground tunnel, an official said Monday. The massive jailbreak in Kandahar, the focus of much of the international military effort to defeat the insurgency, is a reminder that the Afghan government is still weak and easily thwarted in the south, despite an influx of international troops, funding and advisers. The escape comes after years of security upgrades and tightened procedures at the 1,200-inmate Sarposa Prison following a brazen 2008 Taliban attack...
  • Taliban attack Kandahar police station

    02/12/2011 2:13:02 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb 12, 2011
    Taliban attack Kandahar police station Saturday, February 12, 2011 1:33 PM Feb. 12, 2011 (United Press International) -- Taliban fighters and suicide bombers attacked Kandahar police headquarters Saturday and killed 15 officers, Afghan officials said. The attack began around noon with car bombs and the battle raged for hours, the BBC reported. "Fifteen people were killed and 45 others suffered injuries, and some of the wounded are in a critical condition," said provincial Gov. Tooryalai Wesa.
  • At least 21 dead, many hurt in Afghan Taliban raid ( Kandahar Police HQ attacked )

    02/12/2011 10:38:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 12 Feb, 2011, 11.08PM | IST,AFP
    KANDAHAR: Taliban insurgents armed with bombs, automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the Kandahar police headquarters Saturday during a bloody assault on the southern Afghan city that killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens more. The bold afternoon raid showed insurgents are still able to launch deadly strikes on heavily fortified government institutions despite the past year's influx of US troops into Kandahar province, the Taliban's birthplace. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Fifteen of those killed were Afghan police officers, said provincial Governor Toryalai Wesa. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said three Afghan soldiers, two civilians and...
  • Muslim cleric from Russia held at Guantanamo reports Qur'an desecration

    06/28/2005 10:22:34 PM PDT · by familyop · 27 replies · 386+ views
    MOSCOW (AP) - A Muslim cleric formerly held at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba said Tuesday U.S. guards there regularly desecrated the Qur'an by putting it into a toilet, although he added he never witnessed it himself. Airat Vakhitov, who described himself as a former imam of a mosque in Tatarstan, a majority Muslim republic in southern Russia, is one of seven men released from Guantanamo in 2004 and returned to Russia. He and the six others were held in Russia for three months, then released a year ago. Vakhitov said at a news conference organized by the state RIA-Novosti...
  • War Captives at U.S. Base in Cuba

    01/12/2002 2:50:45 AM PST · by Quilla · 16 replies · 63+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 1/12/02 | Tony Winton
    Bound, masked and surrounded by heavily armed U.S. Marines, 20 of the most dangerous al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners arrived for indefinite incarceration at this remote Caribbean naval base. The prisoners' arrival Friday came four months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The prisoners face intense interrogation, especially concerning the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, accused by the United States of orchestrating the attacks. "These are people who would gnaw through hydraulic lines in the back of a C-17 to bring it down," Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, ...
  • Tape of US hijacker aired

    04/15/2002 8:32:38 AM PDT · by CreekerFreeper · 19 replies · 351+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK | BBC News
    Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera has broadcast a tape that appears to show one of the 11 September hijackers reading his last will and testament. The channel also aired a brief clip of wanted Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden, who is shown kneeling beside his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, as al-Zawahri praises the actions of the bombers. The channel identifies the hijacker as Ahmad al-Haznawi al-Ghamdi, a name which closely resembles that of Ahmed al-Ghamdi, who was on Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Al-Jazeera said the footage - which it says it checked...
  • Coalition Forces Routing Taliban in Key Afghan Region

    10/21/2010 11:16:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies · 2+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/20/2010 | Carlotta Gall
    ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — American and Afghan forces have been routing the Taliban in much of Kandahar Province in recent weeks, forcing many hardened fighters, faced with the buildup of American forces, to flee strongholds they have held for years, NATO commanders, local Afghan officials and residents of the region said. A series of civilian and military operations around the strategic southern province, made possible after a force of 12,000 American and NATO troops reached full strength here in the late summer, has persuaded Afghan and Western officials that the Taliban will have a hard time returning to areas they had...
  • Former Terror Detainee Recalls Captivity (on 60 Minutes, of course)

    03/28/2008 11:43:59 AM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 943+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | March 28, 2008 | not specified
    (CBS) A German resident held by the U.S. for almost five years tells 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that Americans tortured him in many ways - including hanging him from the ceiling for five days early in his captivity when he was in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even after determining he was not a terrorist, Murat Kurnaz says the torture continued. Kurnaz tells his story for the first time on American television this Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Kurnaz, an ethnic Turk born and raised in Germany, went to Pakistan in late 2001 at age 19 to study Islam and...
  • Kandahar Roulette With a 9-millimeter

    09/28/2010 2:34:36 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Sep 2010 | RAJIV SRINIVASAN
    My eyes broke through the dried crust between my lashes. I was freezing, curled in the fetal position on my cot with an Army-issue sleeping bag wrapped around my body. I didn’t know where I was. I had never woken up here before. I tried to gain a sense of my surroundings using only my peripheral vision. The room was dark and damp. I looked at the indigo light on my digital watch. 0608. Where was I? … “Gah!” I shuddered like a little girl as a fat drop of arctic water fell on my face from the leaking roof....
  • Special forces relieve pressure in Afghan valley (backed by "Spectre" C-130 gunship/commandos)

    07/27/2010 8:30:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/10 | Rob Taylor
    OUTPOST NOLEN, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Elite U.S. special forces soldiers are relieving insurgent pressure on American outposts in the volatile Arghandab Valley with a series of night attacks on suspected Taliban hideouts. The raids, backed by a "Spectre" C-130 gunship and Afghan commandos, began four days ago in the village of Khosrow Sofla, and followed weeks of near-daily attacks by insurgents on American bases near the town of Jelawar. "We considered it an area of Taliban sanctuary, or at least of tacit or semi-permissive support," said U.S. Army Major Brendan Raymond, of Woodbridge, Virginia. Last month, the U.S. military said...
  • Mullen: Kandahar Vital to Success in Afghanistan

    06/16/2010 9:47:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 117+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban, is the key to success in Afghanistan and the U.S. military is working with Afghan forces to turn the tide against the insurgents, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testified on the fiscal 2011 Defense Budget request. Mullen told the senators that Kandahar, the second-largest city in Afghanistan, is the birthplace of the Taliban. Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar ruled Afghanistan from a palace in Kandahar. Today,...
  • Mullen says Kandahar campaign will take months

    05/30/2010 8:36:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 216+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is predicting that it'll be clear by year's end whether a NATO-led counterinsurgency effort in the Afghan Taliban stronghold of Kandahar is successful. Adm. Mike Mullen says the Kandahar campaign, which is planned to go forward next month, is vital to turning around the war. He says the southern Afghanistan city is as important to the overall war effort as Baghdad was to the U.S. troop increase in Iraq in 2007.
  • Fight in Kandahar: US says it won't look like war

    05/29/2010 7:15:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON – In the make-or-break struggle for Kandahar, birthplace of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency, U.S. commanders will try to pull off the military equivalent of brain surgery: defeating the militants with minimal use of force. The goal of U.S.-led NATO forces will be to avoid inspiring support for the Taliban even as the coalition tries to root them out when the Kandahar operation begins in earnest next month. The ancient silk road city — a dust-covered, impoverished jumble of one- and two-story concrete and mud brick — may not look like much of a prize. But Kandahar, with a population of...
  • Taliban attack Kandahar Airfield ( the third major strike against the Coalition in six days )

    05/22/2010 8:57:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 574+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | May 22, 2010 12:10 PM | Bill Roggio
    The Taliban launched yet another ground attack on a major Coalition military base in Afghanistan. A Taliban force launched a coordinated attack today against Kandahar Airfield, the largest base in southern Afghanistan and a major hub for operations in the south. More than 10,000 Coalition soldiers and contractors are based at the airfield. The attack began at about 8:00 p.m. local time when Taliban fighters moved close to the perimeter and fired mortars and rockets at the sprawling airbase. Three rockets landed inside the base; one struck a helicopter terminal and another a shopping center, Reuters reported. Four people were...
  • New Intel, Surveilance and Recon unit at Kandahar

    05/04/2010 8:33:53 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 196+ views
    451st Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs ^ | 5/4/2010 | Tech. Sgt. Renni Thornton
    5/4/2010 - Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan -- Members of the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron stood proud during a squadron activation ceremony May 1 on Kandahar Airfield. Col. John A. Cherrey, commander, 451st Expeditionary Operations Group, hosted the ceremony and extended his thanks to the more than 80-member unit. "In 2002, the unit was reactivated again, flying other aircraft. But this is not about the aircraft--it's about you, the members. It is about everything you all contribute--from the maintenance people on the ground to the pilots and commanding officers. You couldn't have a better squadron commander with Colonel Halford." said Colonel Cherrey....
  • UN scales back in dangerous southern Afghanistan (as joint Afghan-NATO military operation looms)

    04/26/2010 5:55:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 265+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/10 | Noor Khan and Deb Riechmann - ap
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The United Nations scaled back its operations in the troubled southern city of Kandahar on Monday, relocating several foreign employees to Kabul and telling more than 200 Afghan U.N. workers to stay home amid rising violence. The announcement came hours after three bombings — one targeting a local police official — shook the city. The rash of attacks came ahead of a joint Afghan-NATO operation to try to wrest control of the area from Taliban militants. The strategy is to flood in troops, rout the militants and rush in new governance, development projects and security to win...
  • Kandahar Offensive to Begin in June, Senior Officials Say

    03/29/2010 5:48:31 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies · 239+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3/29/10 | Fox News, AP
    NATO forces will launch a major offensive in the Afghanistan city of Kandahar in June, sources told Fox News, part of a new war strategy that began earlier this year with the offensive in Marjah. The new strategy focuses on clearing Taliban strongholds while protecting the local populations and establishing Afghan control. Part of the objective in Kandahar is to be done with the "clearing phase" of operations by the beginning of August, before Ramadan, two senior U.S. officials told Fox News. The U.S. and its allies already are laying the groundwork for the offensive by removing corrupt politicians from...
  • Taliban: Deadly Kandahar bombings a 'warning' to NATO forces planning new offensive in south

    03/14/2010 7:50:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 312+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/14/10 | NOOR KHAN and KAY JOHNSON/AP
    The Taliban have called their deadly bomb attacks on the southern city of Kandahar a warning to NATO's top general that the insurgents are ready for the war's next major offensive in their heartland. The series of bombings Saturday night demolished buildings and killed dozens — including 10 people at a wedding — and prompted the provincial governor to plead for more security in the area. Fearful residents said they had no confidence that either government or foreign troops can protect them. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said Sunday that the attacks proved the insurgents were still able to operate...
  • Afghan gov wants more troops after Kandahar attack

    03/14/2010 5:14:57 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 8 replies · 502+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 14 2010 | NOOR KHAN
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The governor of Kandahar province demanded more security around Afghanistan's largest southern city Sunday after a series of explosions killed dozens of people in the Taliban heartland — the target of the war's next major offensive by Afghan and international forces. The blasts, which occurred one after another for 25 minutes across Kandahar city Saturday night, indicate that the insurgents remain a potent force in the area where NATO plans an assault later this year, the follow-up to an operation that has driven militants from a key stronghold in neighboring Helmand province. Residents say Taliban militants can...
  • Expect major offensive in Kandahar: U.S official

    02/28/2010 12:24:12 AM PST · by ScottMerge · 9 replies · 402+ views
    Two weeks of bitter fighting in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan is just the prelude to a major offensive this year in neighbouring Kandahar, a senior official in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama said yesterday. U.S. Marines are leading a 15,000-strong force of U.S., Afghan and other NATO forces in an assault on the town of Marjah in what has been billed as the biggest operation since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. "I think the way to look at Marjah, it's the tactical prelude to larger, more comprehensive operations later this year in Kandahar city," said a senior...
  • Dutch to leave Kandahar vulnerable

    02/21/2010 9:43:19 PM PST · by world weary · 9 replies · 391+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 | Doug Saunders
    With the collapse of the Dutch government this weekend, its 1,600 soldiers are set to be withdrawn from the Taliban-ridden Afghan south shortly before Canada's 2,800 troops leave, creating a dangerous military vacuum there, the Prime Minister warned.
  • "Kandahar" - new movie from Russia

    02/05/2010 10:52:03 AM PST · by fishtank · 15 replies · 1,373+ views
    * Even the replacement of the Soviet-backed government and the rise of the Muslim-fundamentalist Taliban didn't quite end the adventures of the Il-76 in Afghanistan. On 3 August 1995, a MiG-19S fighter operated by the Taliban government intercepted an Il-76TD operated by the Russian airline Airstan and forced it to land in Kandahar. Taliban officials were annoyed at Russian backing of anti-Taliban Afghan forces and wanted to use the crew as hostages for the return of Taliban members believed to be held by the Russians. The Russian government negotiated to no effect; a scheme to perform a commando raid to...
  • Report: Taliban, Not Government, Collecting Payments For Electricity Bills From Consumers...

    12/23/2009 1:48:52 AM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 794+ views
    Blog: "Report: Taliban, Not Government, Collecting Payments For Electricity Bills From Consumers In Helmand Province" SNIPPET: "The Taliban militants, not the Afghan government, are collecting payments from consumers of electricity generated from the Kajaki hydroelectric power project in the country’s southern Helmand province, according to an Afghan news website." SNIPPET: "Haji Mullah Sharafuddin, the administrative head of the Kajaki district, the Taliban have been usurping the state’s right to receive income from the huge dam in the form of bills in the Kajaki, Sangin and Zamindar districts." SNIPPET: "The Kajaki dam generates 32 megawatts of electricity, supplied not only to...
  • US Air Force confirms 'Beast of Kandahar' drone (RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft)

    12/08/2009 5:40:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 2,470+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Air Force on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that it is flying a stealth unmanned aircraft known as the "Beast of Kandahar," a drone spotted in photos and shrouded in secrecy. The RQ-170 Sentinel is being developed by Lockheed Martin and is designed "to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces," the air force said in a brief statement. The "RQ" prefix for the aircraft indicates an unarmed drone, unlike the "MQ" designation used for Predator and Reaper aircraft equipped with missiles and precision-guided bombs. Aviation experts dubbed the drone the...
  • USAF Confirms Stealthy UAV Operations

    12/05/2009 2:13:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 979+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/04/2009 | David A. Fulghum
    The U.S. Air Force has confirmed to Aviation Week the existence of the so-called "Beast of Kandahar" UAV, a stealth-like remotely piloted jet seen flying out of Afghanistan in late 2007. The RQ-170 Sentinel, believed to be a tailless flying wing design with sensor pods faired into the upper surface of each wing, was developed by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs (ADP), better known as Skunk Works. An Air Force official revealed Dec. 4 that the service is "developing a stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces." The UAV had been...
  • Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Afghanistan

    09/21/2009 5:59:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 308+ views
    American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2009 – Afghan soldiers and police, working with international troops, in recent days have detained insurgents in southern and eastern Afghanistan and seized large amounts of weapons and explosives, military officials reported. Yesterday, a joint force of Afghan and international troops detained several suspected insurgents after searching a series of buildings in Khost province and compounds in Kandahar province. The buildings in Khost were known to be used by a Haqqani terrorist cell responsible for distributing improvised explosive devices and IED-making material throughout the region. In a compound search north of Kandahar City,...
  • Two Canadian soldiers killed and five injured in an explosive device strike

    09/07/2009 4:29:26 AM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies · 653+ views
    DND/Canadian Forces ^ | 2009-09-07 | (press release)
    Two Canadian soldiers killed and five injured in an explosive device strikeCEFCOM NR–09.023 - September 6, 2009OTTAWA – Two Canadian soldiers were killed and five injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near their armoured vehicle in the vicinity of Dand District, approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City at around 12:00 p.m., Kandahar time, on 6 September 2009. Killed in action was Corporal Jean-François Drouin from 5e Régiment du génie de combat serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Quebec. Killed in action was Major Yannick Pépin also from 5e...
  • Kandahar Airfield: Dusty chaos in perpetual motion

    04/28/2009 9:17:32 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 510+ views
    Kandahar Airfield: Dusty chaos in perpetual motionA Griffon CH-146 tosses up clouds of dust in Kandahar Airfield. LCol Michel Villeneuve describes the dusty, noisy experience of working at the airfield. Tuesday, April 28, 2009Kandahar, Afghanistan – The effect is stunning, a total surprise. It’s like finding yourself, without warning, facing the bleak landscape of another planet. The whole thing can be summed up in two words: dust and noise. It’s chaos in perpetual motion. Trucks toss up clouds of dust so fine that it hangs in the air indefinitely; only nightfall brings it back down. The soil, which looks like...
  • Alleged Al-Qaeda Operative Sufaat Denies Terror Charges

    04/14/2002 3:42:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 518+ views
    Islam Online ^ | April 14 2002 | Kazi Mahmood
    JAKARTA, April 14 (IslamOnline) - Alleged Al-Qaeda operative, Yazid Sufaat, denied terror charges, while he admitted that he met two Arab nationals at his condominium in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, a news report from Malaysiakini.com said on Sunday. However, Sufaat, high on the FBI list of suspects from South East Asia, who might be members or operatives of the Al-Qaeda, stressed the duo could not be involved in the Sept 11 attacks as they were amputees shopping for prosthetic legs in Malaysia. The 37-year-old pathologist and former army captain, who is also a businessmen in Malaysia, told this to...
  • US will grab power from British in Afghanistan

    01/11/2009 4:59:55 AM PST · by Mercia · 12 replies · 497+ views
    The Times ^ | January 11, 2009 | Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter
    THE United States is building a command structure in Kandahar that will sideline the British general who takes command of southern Afghanistan in May. Brigadier-General John Nicholson, a senior American officer who previously served in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, has already arrived in Kandahar to oversee the Afghan “surge”. Although technically he will be subordinate to the British general who takes command in May, he will in reality have control of all US troops, UK defence sources said last week. Nicholson’s bombproof, rocket-proof command centre will dwarf the British general’s headquarters, which ostensibly controls operations across southern Afghanistan....
  • Afghanistan - Kandahar district chief is killed

    09/23/2008 1:26:44 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 99+ views
    BBC News (excerpt) ^ | September 23, 2008
    Excerpt - A roadside bomb has killed an Afghan district chief and a police official in the southern Kandahar province. The attack took place when the district chief of Registan, Amir Mohammad, was driving home with police official Assadullah, police said. ~ snip ~
  • Kandahar, Afghanistan - Two suicide bombings in police headquarters

    09/07/2008 2:29:37 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 102+ views
    Reuters, AFP ^ | September 7, 2008
    Reuters - TWIN SUICIDE BLASTS IN POLICE HQ IN AFGHAN SOUTH, SOME CASUALTIES - POLICE AFP via translation - KANDAHAR (Afghanistan) - Two explosions have hit Sunday the police headquarters in Kandahar, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, which apparently victims, according to an AFP journalist.
  • American battalion to help Canadian forces in Afghanistan

    08/30/2008 6:53:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 200+ views
    Canada.com ^ | August 30, 2008
    American battalion to help Canadian forces in Afghanistan Scott Deveau , Canwest News Service August 30, 2008 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The United States has deployed a much-needed battalion of 800 troops to assist Canadian and Afghan Forces in Kandahar and to try to tame the province's Wild West. While the battalion has been active in Kandahar since early July, it has only just begun its operations in the past few weeks in the Maywand district, which borders on Helmand province to the west, and will serve as its new home. Until now, insurgents have been using Maywand as a corridor...
  • Kandahar tourniquet developed to save lives

    08/19/2008 6:58:18 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 137+ views
    Canadian Forces Army News ^ | 2008-08-18 | Capt Mike McBride
    Kandahar tourniquet developed to save livesMonday, August 18, 2008Project Number:08-0556Kandahar, Afghanistan – Afghan soldiers can now save lives thanks to a medical prototype developed by Coalition forces. The Kandahar tourniquet, created for the Afghan National Army (ANA), will improve the survival rate of soldiers suffering serious injuries and massive hemorrhage. Imagine a dismounted infantry company mentoring team moving through a village in the Zhari District of Afghanistan. The team is weighed down with weapons, ammunition, radios, night vision devices and personal protective equipment. Every soldier is trained to deliver tactical combat casualty care and is equipped with advanced wound dressings,...
  • Six foreign soldiers, scores of rebels slain in Afghanistan

    06/21/2008 12:35:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 125+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/08 | AFP
    KABUL (AFP) - Six foreign troops including a Polish national were slain in bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday, the forces said, making it the deadliest day for international soldiers in the war-torn nation this year. Meanwhile, the Afghan army said five Afghan troopers and dozens of militants were killed in operations across the country in the last 24 hours. Four of the foreign troops serving in the US-led coalition were killed when insurgents attacked them with an improvised bomb and small arms fire just outside the strategic southern city of Kandahar on Saturday, the force said. "Four coalition service members...
  • Afghans count Taliban dead in valley near Kandahar

    06/20/2008 9:50:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 74+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/08 | Ismail Sameem
    MONARAI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - NATO and Afghan forces held mopping up operations, hunting Taliban fighters and burying the dead on Friday, after an air and ground offensive routed hundreds of insurgents from a valley near Kandahar city. The allies mounted the offensive on Wednesday after the Taliban took control of the Arghandab valley, 20 km (12 miles) northwest of Kandahar. Around 600 militants, including some who had escaped a week ago during a mass jail break from a prison in the city, had taken up positions in a cluster of villages, according to a provincial official and a Taliban spokesman....
  • Hundreds of Taliban killed in battle

    06/19/2008 6:04:30 AM PDT · by Clive · 47 replies · 141+ views
    ARGHANDAB DISTRICT, Afghanistan -- Hundreds of Taliban fighters have been killed or wounded after two days of fierce fighting over a strategic area just northwest of Kandahar City that insurgents had taken over at the start of the week. By Thursday, all that remained was the mopping up of small scattered pockets of resistance, jubilant political leaders and Afghan and Canadian military commanders told reporters from a mountainside perch overlooking the entire battlefield in a wide river valley. "This will give them a good lesson," Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid said, referring to Taliban insurgents. Mr. Khalid said residents who had...