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  • Is Obama whitewashing a traitor?

    09/20/2014 4:04:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    NYP ^ | September 20, 2014 | Paul Sperry
    Three and a half months have come and gone and the Pentagon has offered no clarity on what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the military’s now-delayed investigation is shaping up to be a whitewash. The case has become a political powder keg for President Obama. Since he traded five imprisoned Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, the US Government Accountability Office has declared the swap illegal, and nearly two dozen House Democrats have joined Republicans in officially condemning the move for making “Americans less safe.” ... His platoon mates... “Bergdahl...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Captured by US, And Released, Leads Fight Against America in Afghanistan

    09/13/2014 5:53:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thank goodness we didn’t waterboard him or shoot him in the head on capture. Or drone him. That would have been wrong. A senior leader of the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) who was captured by Coalition forces in the spring of 2011 is now leading more than 300 jihadists in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The IMU leader once served as the top commander of the jihadist group’s network in Afghanistan.Qari Bilal, the IMU leader, was freed by the Afghan government at the direction of President Hamid Karzai, Afghan officials in Kunduz have told...
  • Resurgent Taliban threaten US exit strategy for Afghanistan

    09/09/2014 10:01:16 AM PDT · by sunmars · 21 replies
    Channel 4 UK ^ | Alex Thomson
    In parts of Helmand province, the UK and the US lost more soldiers in the long Afghan war than any other Afghan area. Helmand – where the fighting was long and hard. Helmand – where so many lost limbs or were otherwise terribly mutilated in a long and now lost war by a Nato now thoroughly preoccupied with matters elsewhere. But 6 September the New York Times published an important report with the story Kabuli officials want to cover up and nobody anywhere near Nato would want to tell. They are saying more than 200 police officers and Afghan soldiers...
  • Gov't: 86 Militants Killed, 62 Injured in Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Fars News ^ | Sat Sep 06, 2014
    World Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:55 Gov't: 86 Militants Killed, 62 Injured in Afghanistan Tweet TEHRAN (FNA)- About 86 Taliban militants were killed and 62 others were injured as the Afghan security forces carried out cleanup operations in different provinces within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday morning. "The cleanup operations were conducted by the Afghan police, army and the National Directorate of Security or intelligence agency personnel in Balkh, Helmand, Zabul, Kandahar, Paktika, Herat, Badghis and Kapisa provinces. Six militants were also detained in the above operations. Several Taliban local leaders were among...
  • ISIS distributes booklets on Pak-Afghan bordering regions

    09/03/2014 4:11:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | September 3, 2014 | Ghanizada
    According to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started distribution of pamphlets in bordering regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a bid to increase it’s influence in South Asian region. The Pakistani media agencies have reported that the booklets titled Fata (victory) have also been distributed in Peshawar city as well as in AFghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city. ISIS calls on the local population for supporting the group’s struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. The distribution of pamphlets comes as a number of hardline groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan...
  • Protesters clash with Pakistan police, storm TV

    09/01/2014 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 3:59 AM EDT | Zarrar Khan and Anjum Naveed
    Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off air as they clashed anew with police and pushed further into a sprawling government complex in the capital, Islamabad, in an effort to reach the prime minister’s residence. The violence is the latest in the turmoil roiling Pakistan, where anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan have been leading twin protests since mid-August calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. Over the weekend, three people died and hundreds were injured in what amounted to running street battles between the police and the demonstrators. …
  • Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28

    08/30/2014 7:02:29 AM PDT · by mgist · 51 replies
    NY TImes ^ | 8/15/14 | Na
    Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28 Robert W. Richards, a former sergeant who helped provoke international outrage when he and three other Marines were seen on videotape urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011, died on Wednesday at his home in Jacksonville, N.C., near Camp Lejeune, where he had once been based. He was 28. His lawyer, Guy Womack, confirmed the death, saying there were no signs of foul play or self-inflicted wounds, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Womack said he suspected that a combination of medications that Mr. Richards had been...
  • U.S. Soldiers Eliminate Three Taliban Fighters During Ambush (video)

    08/27/2014 3:36:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-26-2014 | FUNKER530
    The cameraman had this to say to after submitting the footage to FUNKER530: "This patrol was a relief in place and I was on point leading the new guys in for the RIP. We hadn't taken much contact in this area, and it was generally considered a "safe" zone in Logar Province. We patrolled the area frequently, and the locals would regularly thank us for pushing the Taliban away from their village so they could live their daily lives without constant threat. The Taliban that we came across during this patrol were actually setting up to shoot down our new...
  • Where are the 5 Taliban Obama released?

    08/21/2014 2:37:31 PM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | NA | Adam Kregan
    Vanity: Has anyone been able to followup to see where the 5 Taliban terror leaders Obama released, ended up? Are they fighting or even helping to lead ISIS? Were they involved in Foyle's bloody saw action murder? They certainly didn't behave like good little muslim boys and stay home.
  • GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap

    08/21/2014 12:20:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    AP ABC News ^ | 8/21/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.
  • Thousands march on Pakistan’s guarded parliament

    08/19/2014 9:39:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 12:32 PM EDT | Asif Shahzad and Zarar Khan
    Thousands of anti-government protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes marched on Pakistan’s parliament Thursday, planning to remove barriers blocking them from soldiers guarding the seat of the country’s government. Pakistani television channels showed live footage of the troops taking positions in the so-called “Red Zone,” which also holds the president and prime minister’s ceremonial homes and many diplomatic posts. That set up a possible showdown between hundreds of soldiers and some 30,000 protesters backing opposition candidate Imran Khan and anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. Both men have called on by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down over allegations...
  • U.S. General Is Reportedly Killed by an Afghan Soldier

    08/05/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Matthew Rosenberg and Haris Kakar
    A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, an official of the American-led coalition and Afghan media reported Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. Their...
  • U.S. general killed, 14 wounded in Afghan academy attack: officials (Update)

    08/05/2014 9:35:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/5/14 | HAMID SHALIZI AND JESSICA DONATI
    An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. general and wounded 14 coalition troops in a machinegun attack at a military training facility in Kabul, a top Western and senior Afghan official said on Tuesday. -snip- Seven other Americans and five British troops were among the wounded, according to the Afghan official. -snip- The gunman was using a light machinegun according to a U.S. official.
  • Shock U.S. Army admission: Obama freed Taliban ‘psychopath’ in Bergdahl trade

    08/05/2014 8:23:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2014 | Alex Quade, Special to The Washington Times -
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In a pointed assessment, an Army colonel advising the National Security Council says one of the Taliban prisoners released in the Obama administration’s deal to free Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal is a “psychopath” who poses a “danger to fellow Afghans.” Army Col. Mark Mitchell, director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, is a Green Beret who helped capture Mullah Mohammad Fazl in the early days of the war in Afghanistan. In an interview with The Washington Times, Col. Mitchell offered a frank description of Fazl, calling him “a petty tyrant who justified his psychopathic behavior using a veneer of...
  • The Steady Stain of Oama's Incmpetence

    07/28/2014 7:31:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Mona Charen
    Email Print 0Comments An estimated 93,000 people have died in Syria's metastasizing civil war. Hundreds of thousands of that conflict's refugees strain resources and stability in neighboring countries. Iran continues its steady march toward nuclear weapons development. North Korea menaces its neighbors and episodically threatens to launch nuclear missiles at Los Angeles. Turkey, long lauded by Obama as a model for the region, is violently cracking down on peaceful demonstrators. Slow growth and high unemployment hobble the world's most advanced economies as growing bureaucracy and crippling debt take their toll. Islamist movements are making gains in Mali, Indonesia, Pakistan and...
  • MK: 'Obama talked to Netanyahu like he was the leader of the Taliban;' Reporter insists transcript

    07/30/2014 12:51:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/30/14 | Carl in Israel
    MK Danny Danon, whom Prime Minister Netanyahu fired as Deputy Defense Minister two weeks ago, has told Newsmax TV that President Obama talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday 'like he was the leader of the Taliban.' Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers)
  • Taliban plants IED and steps on it by accident! (2012 - video only)

    07/29/2014 6:11:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-27-2012 | killjoysmakesome
    (Language warning) A Taliban fighter caught by U.S troops planting an IED in Afghanistan. Shortly after planting it, he accidentally steps on it.
  • Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

    07/25/2014 9:45:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 25, 2014
    Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road .. marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ... The Taliban, like other Sunni extremist groups, view the country's minority Shiite community as apostates, and have targeted Hazaras
  • The Bowe Bergdahl/Andrew Tahmooressi Fail

    07/23/2014 10:32:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Liberty Voice ^ | 07/23/2014 | Mark Politi
    If conscious thinking Americans have followed the news over the last three months, they would have read, or at least heard about two stories involving two American servicemen who were, in one manner or another, captured and held in foreign countries. However, the similarities of those apprehensions end right there. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a member of the United States Army was either captured by, or surrendered to, the Taliban in Afghanistan in June 2009, while Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was recently honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, was apprehended by Mexican authorities this past March for mistakenly crossing into...
  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Grandstanding Attorney Vilifies Fox News

    07/22/2014 11:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Nolte
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, has apparently been retained to launch a hyper-partisan political campaign against Fox News. The Army has not charged Bergdahl with anything. According to some news reports, the Army hasn't even begun investigating Bergdahl. Nonetheless, one of Fidell's first media appearances was with the Huffington Post where he vilified Fox News for vilifying his client: “It’s very unfortunate that Fox News has an opportunity to use this case in an effort to stir up the base, use this in an effort to vilify my client, who everybody knows has gone through a terrible five-year long...
  • ISIL Spearheads Worldwide War On Christians

    07/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The fanatical Islamist group torches an 1,800-year-old church built before the founding of Islam and forces the Christian residents of Mosul to convert, pay a tax, leave or face execution. This is what the West faces. 'From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity," Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said at the Values Voters Summit last October, an annual conservative gathering. The number and intensity of attacks was so great, he said, that it's "almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages." That was an era when the swords of Islam had conquered much...
  • Family considers killing 10-year-old daughter after mullah rapes her in Afghanistan mosque

    07/21/2014 10:40:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Rod Nordland
    It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honour killing in the case – against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead. This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her...
  • Bowe Bergdahl thanks Obama for 'saving his life'; still won't speak to parents

    07/17/2014 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Syracuse News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Axelson
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finally broken his silence, using his first statement since being released from the Taliban to thank President Barack Obama for his support. "Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life," said Bergdahl's new attorney Eugene Fidell. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Fidell said the former prisoner of war had authorized him to make that statement on his behalf. The exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners in U.S. custody has been controversial in part because several members of the Bergdahl's former unit have called him a deserter. They say he...
  • Pentagon told lawmakers that it plans to move six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

    07/17/2014 7:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/17/2014 | By Ernesto Londońo
    The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner in which the military force-feeds some prisoners, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The men — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — are among the more than 70 detainees who have long been cleared for release from the U.S. detention facility because they are not deemed an ongoing threat. The move would mark a significant step in the Obama administration’s long-stymied quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, where...
  • Bergdahl could get $350G tax-free, if cleared by Army

    07/14/2014 10:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could have a tax-free $350,000 dropped into his bank account if the current investigation into his disappearance from his base in Afghanistan was not desertion, and if he is deemed to have been a prisoner of war for the five years he was held by Islamic militants, Fox News has learned. The 28-year-old soldier, for whom the U.S. traded five senior Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, was set to return to active duty Monday after spending six weeks in medical rehab at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio. “Essentially he’ll be working a desk job,”...
  • Photo of Bowe Bergdahl Smiling with Taliban Commander Uncovered

    07/10/2014 5:39:53 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 10, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    The Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) has uncovered a tweet containing a photo of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl standing and smiling with a Taliban commander. Bergdahl became the center of intense media scrutiny when stories of his desertion and sympathy for the Taliban dominated news that Obama had traded five Gitmo prisoners for his release on May 31. According to Fox News, the photo MEMRI found is "an undated photo" showing "an apparently happy Bergdahl posing with Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani."
  • Journalists gain rare access to North Waziristan ghost town

    07/10/2014 11:00:31 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    BBC World News ^ | July 10 , 2014 | BBC
    Three weeks into its offensive against militants in the tribal region of North Waziristan, Pakistan's military has taken the media to see Miranshah, formerly a hotbed of Taliban activity.
  • Photo Shows Bergdahl Smiling w/Top Taliban/Al Qaeda Commander

    07/10/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    To understand how bad this chummy photo is, you have to understand how bad Badruddin Haqqani is. The Haqqani Network has done the most damage to the US in Afghanistan and Badruddin Haqqani was one of three brothers running it.He was declared a terrorist and targeted by a drone strike. The Haqqani Network is something between Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Its Al Qaeda links have made it much deadlier than the ordinary Taliban and with Al Qaeda hardly present in Afghanistan even toward the end of Bush’s term, the Haqqani Network is the next best thing to it.It...
  • Captors release photo of P.O.W Bowe Bergdahl smiling alongside Taliban (title shortened)

    07/09/2014 9:09:57 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 19 replies
    Dailymail ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Mccormack and Lydia Warren
    A photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, smiling and posing with a former senior Taliban official in Afghanistan has been posted on Twitter. The undated photo, likely taken during Bergdahl’s five years in captivity, was posted on the social media site on Wednesday by @khorasan3, an account associated with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Along with the image were the words ‘#US Solider #Bergdahl with Martyr #Taliban Leader Badar'udin Haqqani(RH) S/O Shaykh Jalaludin Haqqani(HA).’
  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    07/08/2014 6:16:36 AM PDT · by mgist · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/8/2014 | Timmerman
    In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria. The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile. They thought they had a surefire kill. But instead of bursting into flames, the Chinook just disappeared into the darkness as the American...
  • What ever happened to the “US Marines urinating on Taliban” case?

    07/08/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Blue Force Tracker ^ | Shayrl Atkisson
    Many Americans remember the video posted on YouTube in January of 2012 showing U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan. (VIDEO) The images provoked international outrage. Some felt the Marines’ unlawful behavior was mitigated by the context of a long and bloody war against a brutal enemy. Others felt there was no excuse. But few people know what became of the case once it left the public eye: it collapsed under claims of unlawful interference at the highest level of the U.S. Marine Corps. And the key whistleblower leveling allegations is one of the prosecutors: Deputy...
  • CNN sues Blaine County for Bergdahl records

    07/06/2014 4:56:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | July 4, 2014 | By Terry Smith
    Cable News Network has sued Blaine County seeking information from a 1999 police investigation involving the family of Bowe Bergdahl, the Wood River Valley soldier who spent five years in captivity of the Taliban. CNN says the report from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is subject to disclosure under Idaho public records laws. Sheriff Gene Ramsey has twice denied the network's request. The lawsuit was filed June 25 in District Court. A hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. July 21 before District Judge Robert J. Elgee.
  • Bergdahl cleared of misconduct during captivity (Huh?)

    06/30/2014 10:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide ^ | June 30, 2014 | Gregory Foley
    The U.S. Army has reported that it has found no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity of the Taliban. The report stated that there is no evidence Bergdahl helped his captors while he was held after going missing from his Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan five years ago today, June 30, 2009. However, the Army has not concluded its investigation into the Bergdahl case. Officials still plan to invetsigate the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by enemy forces. That investigation is expected to last several weeks or more. Bergdahl reportedly...
  • Report: Bowe Bergdahl’s father was working on raising a $10 million ransom for his son

    06/27/2014 8:36:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6-27-2014 | Allahpundit
    So there was a ransom in the works. Fox News heard whispers about that soon after Bergdahl was released. So did the Free Beacon, from an intel official who speculated that a criminal syndicate like the Haqqani Network would have been much more interested in cash than prisoners. If you believe BuzzFeed, though, it wasn’t the U.S. government that was considering a ransom, it was Bergdahl’s father. And it’s unclear if it was a pipe dream or something he might have actually pulled off. Also, Bergdahl’s parents reportedly had “extraordinary insider access” to the military’s hunt for their son, replete...
  • ‘No reason to believe’ Bergdahl collaborated with Taliban captors, Army officials say

    06/26/2014 11:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today / The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | Stephanie McCrummen
    The Army has “no reason to believe” that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his Taliban captors during his five years as a prisoner, as some have speculated, and he has not said anything that might incriminate him in other misconduct, Army officials said Wednesday. A two-star Army general is currently investigating the exact circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Investigators have not yet interviewed Bergdahl, who was released May 31 as part of a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban. He is now living at a...
  • Taliban battle Afghan forces for control of southern district [SANGIN]

    06/25/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stanekzai, M; Menon, P; Fernandez, C
    LASHKAR GAH Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants have been locked in fighting with Afghan forces this week to wrest control of a southern district, provincial authorities said on Wednesday, in a struggle that has killed or wounded dozens of people. The Taliban launched its summer offensive in the middle of May and has ramped up attacks across the country, a major concern for the government, as most foreign troops leave by the end of the year. As many as 800 Taliban fighters have targeted government offices and police outposts in the Sangin district of Helmand province, said provincial government spokesman...
  • Knowing Bergdahl, Part One: “Bergdahl Was A Weird, Creepy Loner Ready To Blow”

    06/23/2014 6:43:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 23, 2014 | Bill Robinson
    Two platoon mates reveal some of the strange encounters they had with Bowe Bergdahl before he went missing. On Sunday, June 1st, less than 24 hours after the White House’ Rose Garden press conference announcing the trade for and release of Bowe Bergdahl, I was contacted by a man who told me “I work for the Pentagon.” He went on to tell me that “the American people need to know the facts regarding this ‘Traitor Trade’ for Bowe Bergdahl, and I want your help in informing them. They need to know about this whole treasonous mess. I read your...
  • Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

    06/22/2014 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2014 | by Jonathan Kaminsky
    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday. Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland. "It’s a sign of progression, showing he's no longer a patient of a hospital," McClelland said. Bergdahl's next phase of recovery, during which he'll continue to get medical care and undergo psychological...
  • Taliban will burn your palaces in Islamabad, Lahore: spokesman

    06/21/2014 5:49:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nawaz govt responsible for loss of life, property *Militant group warns foreign firms to leave Pakistan. PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The Taliban on Monday warned foreign firms to leave Pakistan and vowed retaliatory strikes against the government after the Pakistan Army launched a long-awaited offensive in a tribal area. The statement came as Pakistan's major cities braced for a backlash by deploying thousands of soldiers and paramilitaries while placing hospitals on high alert for incoming casualties. The offensive on North Waziristan was launched a week after a brazen insurgent attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. “We warn all foreign...
  • Hundreds protest alleged Afghan election fraud

    06/21/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 7:59 AM EDT | Rahim Faiez and Amir Shah
    Hundreds of Afghans protested in the capital on Saturday against alleged fraud in last week’s presidential runoff, forcing a closure of the airport road amid escalating tensions over what Western officials had hoped would be a smooth transfer of power. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, who is running against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former finance minister, has accused electoral officials and others of trying to rig the June 14 vote against him. Abdullah announced this week that he was severing ties with the Independent Election Commission and would refuse to recognize any results it releases. He also suggested that the...
  • Terrorist Group ISIS May Be Coming To America

    06/20/2014 9:10:53 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2014 | IBD Editorials
    War On Terror: As what the feds call "other than Mexicans" and MS-13 gang members stream across our border, just what is keeping the head of ISIS from keeping his promise, "I'll see you in New York"? We already know how ruthless the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is, so much so that media pundits such as Kirsten Powers, who should know better, insist that even al-Qaida is said to be distancing itself from the group. You know: the same al-Qaida that slit throats with box cutters and then turned passenger jets filled with fuel into cruise missiles...
  • Hillary on Taliban Five: They’re not a threat to the U.S. because they’re going to be in Qatar

    06/18/2014 6:41:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Last week, this unequivocal declaration sounded like a micalculation and misread of the situation: “These five guys are not a threat to the United States,” says Clinton. “They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home, whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try...
  • Taliban 5 freed from Gitmo living in luxury with personal masseuse: report

    06/17/2014 6:25:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The five Taliban members who were freed by President Obama from their Guantanamo Bay confines and swapped for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are now living the life of luxury in Doha, relaxing in a mansion and under the care of a private masseuse, one Daily Best journalist discovered.
  • Bergdahl’s Captors Armed and Funded by U.S. Taxpayers

    06/17/2014 6:02:15 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | June 16, 2014 | Alex Newman
    While many questions remain unanswered surrounding the reported kidnapping of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, one crucial fact overlooked by the establishment media is not debatable: The Taliban-aligned Haqqani network that held him is closely linked with the Pakistani government’s intelligence agency, which in turn has been a close ally of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Indeed, the Islamist terror group has at various points been openly supported by the CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since it was founded with U.S. government backing in the mid-1970s — and top American officials know it. Based on news reports, it appears...
  • The White House's long, hot summer

    06/17/2014 5:57:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 3 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 6/17/2014 | Steve Berman
    Summer doldrums is here.  That time between the end of basketball and hockey season, and before football season starts, when lazy baseball games stretch on, the days are long, and everyone takes their vacations.  There’s plenty of reasons the Obama White House would like us to just forget the next two months and take a national vacation. Let’s review the White House’s woe-list: Lois Lerner’s imminent sacrifice has been kicked down the road with the IRS claim that the dog computer ate her homework email.  Conveniently, only the emails from the time period where she was (allegedly) masterminding the...
  • Pakistan seeks Afghanistan’s help for Waziristan offensive

    06/17/2014 5:48:57 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | June 17, 2014 | Ghanizada
    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to seal the common borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to blcok the escape of pro-Taliban forces from military operations. Tasnim Aslam, spokeswoman for Pakistan’s Foreign Office said the request was made during a telephone call by Prime Minister Nawaz with president Karzai on Monday night. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Hamid Karzai last night to request him for the closure of Afghan border to avoid exit of militants to Afghanistan from Pakistan during the military offensive,” Aslam quoted by AFP said. She also added that military...
  • Afghan election: Taliban 'removed voters' fingers'

    06/15/2014 8:23:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 June 2014 | BBC
    Taliban insurgents cut the index fingers off 11 Afghans who participated in this weekend's presidential run-off poll, officials say.
  • Not So Swift: Libs use U.S. military as a pejorative

    06/15/2014 6:42:21 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 6 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 15, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Not So Swift: Libs use U.S. military as a pejorative by Daniel Clark swift boat (n): a small American military vessel used to navigate narrow, interior waterways swift-boat (vb): to expose the disloyalty of a soldier, esp. when done by a large number of that soldier’s far more loyal, honorable and trustworthy peers While explaining how the Obama administration could be surprised by criticisms of its prisoner exchange with the Taliban, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd reported, “a few aides describe it to me as, ‘we didn’t know that they were going to swiftboat [Bowe] Bergdahl.’” The “they” in...
  • Obama Has Painted Himself Into A Foreign Policy Corner

    06/14/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conquered -- without much effort -- Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, along with most of the province of Nineveh. It's also taken Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown. Along the way it has ransacked banks (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars), pillaged weapon stockpiles (including the stuff we left behind for the Iraqi...