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  • Afghan civilian casualties hit record high: United Nations

    12/20/2014 6:55:16 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    abc.au ^ | 12-21-2014
    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, a UN report says, highlighting worsening violence as US-led troops leave the country after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban. Casualties jumped 19 per cent by the end of November compared to the year before, with 3,188 civilians killed and 6,429 injured, the United Nation's Mission's for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. Ground fighting between troops and insurgent groups and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remained leading causes of deaths and injuries, while the Taliban was accountable for 75 per cent of all civilian casualties, the report said....
  • The Mother of All Connections (New evidence of collaboration between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda)

    07/09/2005 10:39:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 150 replies · 15,521+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    "In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United States and British embassies with chemical mortars."  U.S. government "Summary of Evidence" for an Iraqi member of al Qaeda detained at Guantanamo Bay, CubaFOR MANY, the debate over the former Iraqi regime's ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ended a year ago with the release of the 9/11 Commission report. Media outlets seized on a carefully worded summary that the commission had found no evidence "indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or...
  • Obama May Be Linked to Massacre in Pakistan [by Gitmo release]

    12/17/2014 1:17:03 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 16 replies
    Front Page, also Viral Buzz. also on Jews News, Pamela Geller, ^ | 16 December 2014 | By Brooke McGowan, Viral Buzz
    Only eight days prior to the horrendous slaughter of children and school staff in Pakistan, Barack Obama released Pakistani Taliban leader, the second in command of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This is the exact group claiming responsibility for today’s massacre in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead. Senior TTP commander Latif Mehsud (pictured above) was handed over to Pakistani authorities according to the source there. This was not the first time Obama has handed over Taliban leaders to Pakistan authorities who then have released them into the main populace. It is not without merit to wonder if today’s attack has any relation to...
  • Limbaugh Commentary Absent?

    12/16/2014 2:54:32 PM PST · by PeaRidge · 16 replies
    Self | 12-16-14 | Pearidge
    Rush Limbaugh commentary absent.
  • Taliban School Slaughter

    12/17/2014 8:05:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    The mind-numbing savagery of radical Islam plumbed new depths in Pakistan yesterday. Taliban terrorists shouting “Allahu akbar” attacked the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, slaughtering 142 people, including 132 children between the ages of six and 16. Another 10 staff members, including the principal, were also murdered. “They didn’t take any hostages initially and started firing in the hall,” said Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a military spokesman.
  • Silence on Bowe Bergdahl, months after Army investigation concludes (Wash. Post)

    12/16/2014 2:39:06 PM PST · by tellw · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dan Lamothe
    Six months after the military began an investigation into the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban, which held him for five years, the results remain under wraps as senior Army officials determine what to do next. Bergdahl was recovered in Afghanistan by U.S. troops in a controversial swap for five Taliban officials on May 31. He had disappeared from his small patrol base on June 30, 2009, under a cloud of suspicion and fear as it became clear he been captured by militants. The Army in June launched a new investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance...
  • BREAKING: Obama May Be Linked to Massacre in Pakistan (Video)

    12/16/2014 1:15:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Daniel Greenfield Frontpage Magazine, Viral Buzz ^ | December 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield Frontpage Magazine, Brook McGowan
    Only eight days prior to the horrendous slaughter of children and school staff in Pakistan, Barack Obama released Pakistani Taliban leader, the second in command of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This is the exact group claiming responsibility for today’s massacre in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead.
  • The word Taliban means...

    12/16/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · by pickrell · 16 replies
    Vanity | '16-Dec-2014 | Ron Pickrell
    For what it's worth, the Taliban kill 126 children, claiming that education is poison. In a related note, the very word Taliban comes from the root word Talib, meaning student. They were created in schools, armed themselves with the certainty that they therefore understood everything, and formed the organization "The students". The only reason I post this is that I haven't seen this remarked upon yet. With such astonishing hipocrisy, it must be that the Taliban are an offshoot of progressivism.
  • Malala "Heartbroken" By Pakistan School Slayings

    12/16/2014 7:35:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Breitbart News
    (AFP) Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing of scores of children by Taliban militants Tuesday in Pakistan.
  • Peshawar school attack: Taliban's 'revenge' for Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize

    12/16/2014 7:04:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    IBTimes ^ | 12-16-2014 | Ludovica Iaccino
    The Taliban has killed dozens of children at a Peshawar school in a revenge mission for Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Ahmed Rashid, an expert on the Islamic militants, told the BBC the insurgents had various reasons to attack the school, one of which was to send a message to the supporters of Malala, who advocates education for women and children. In response to the events at the school in Pakistan, education campaigner Malala has condemned the "atrocious and cowardly" attack. As reported by the Guardian, she said: "I am heartbroken by this...
  • Pakistan School Attack: Taliban Militants Kill 126 in Peshawar, Take Hostages

    12/16/2014 6:23:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Wajahat S. Khan and F. Brinley Bruton
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Uniformed militants attacked a school, killing at least 126 people and taking hostages on Tuesday, an official said - an atrocity condemned by the U.S. as "senseless and inhumane." "The gunmen entered class by class and shot some kids one by one," a student who was in the school at the time told local media. Provincial official Bahramand Khan said at least 126 people were killed and 122 injured. More than 100 of the dead were school children, he added. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, which appeared to be targeting the the children of...
  • Pakistan minister: 84 dead in Taliban attack

    12/16/2014 2:01:54 AM PST · by John W · 56 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Riaz Khan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A top Pakistani official says that 84 students have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Pervez Khattak, the chief minister of the province where the attack is underway, says that roughly the same number of students have been wounded. According to Khattak, the 84 killed in the Tuesday attack were all "children" but hospital officials earlier said at least one of the fatalities was a teacher and one security official were also among the dead. Khattak says the fighting is still unfolding at the school.
  • Muslim go BOOM!

    12/15/2014 11:16:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” – The Quran, Surah 9:5 Islam is anything if not ironic. “A teenaged bomber on Thursday targeted a Kabul auditorium packed with people watching a drama condemning suicide attacks,” reports Reuters. “Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber targeted the event because it was staged ‘to insult Islamic values and spread propaganda about our jihad operations, especially on suicide attacks.’” And so, in defense of “Islamic values” and to dispel “propaganda” about “suicide attacks,” Muhammad Jr....
  • Taliban Demand Investigation of U.S. for ‘Violations of International Humanitarian Laws’

    12/15/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The Taliban has called for an international investigation into the human rights standards of the United States after the Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats released a lengthy report criticizing enhanced interrogation techniques used in the war on terror. Under Taliban rule, Afghans were subject to public floggings or executions for “violations” such as women wearing nail polish or exposing any skin, or both teachers and students trying to learn in underground schools. Women had zero rights and weren’t allowed to leave their homes except with a male relative. Nowadays, the Taliban commits acts of violence against activist or working women, and...
  • A Little Reminder of What Al Qaeda and the Taliban Considered Torture

    12/10/2014 8:24:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The release of the already discredited Senate “torture report” has left liberals in a state of gleeful pearl clutching as they pretended to be shocked by the shocking revelation that enhanced interrogation can mean sleep deprivation and assorted mind games.Meanwhile here’s a little reminder of what real torture looks like as perpetrated by the Taliban. I was one of the Taliban’s torturers: I crucified peopleInstead of just searching for criminals, the night patrols were instructed to seek out people watching videos, playing cards or, bizarrely, keeping caged birds. Men without long enough beards were to be arrested, as was any...
  • Answers Needed On Bergdahl Ransom Payment

    12/03/2014 9:44:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Oversight: A House Armed Services Committee member asks for a probe into reports that money was paid in a failed attempt to ransom alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl. And where's that Bergdahl investigation report, anyway? Back on Oct. 16 we noted that the Pentagon had completed its investigation into Sgt. Bergdahl's abandonment of his Afghan post. But the report by Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl would not be released, according to an Army spokesman, until the end of a review process that was likely to be conveniently lengthy, lasting at least until after the midterm elections. It has now been over six...
  • Taliban Invent & Deploy Bird Bomb in Northern Afghanistan ...

    11/29/2014 1:51:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | Sat Nov 29 2014, | MIRWAIS JALALZAI
    Police defuse a bird bomb in northern Afghanistan For the first time Afghan police discover and defused a bomb which was planted in a bird’s body in northern Faryab province. Faryab is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, which is located in the north of the country bordering neighboring Turkmenistan. According to local police, the suspicious bird was flying over a police check point on Faryab- Jawzjan high way in Shereen Tagab distract, when police start tracking it. “The bird which also had a GPS on the top of his head was used by unknown sources possibly Taliban against...
  • Grieving Afghan mother takes bloody revenge by killing 25 Taliban militants

    11/26/2014 12:16:08 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 26, 1 2014 | Henry Austin
    Reza Gul looked on as the militants attacked her son's police checkpoint Flanked by her daughter and daughter in law she led the fightback The Taliban remain tight lipped about the attack
  • New York Times: While you were sleeping, Obama re-upped us for another year in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:42:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Or, more accurately, while you were voting. Was Barack Obama conveniently waiting for after the midterm elections to add another year of combat duty to our tour in Afghanistan, or is this just a big coincidence? YMMV, but the New York Times suggests that the decision was made longer than just 17 days ago in this Friday night document dump: President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country...
  • Taliban Charges Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion (Satire)

    11/21/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 6 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | November 21, 2014 | G-Had
    QUETTA, PAKISTAN – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be innocent of desertion as far as the U.S. Army is concerned, but in recent days the ex-prisoner of war now faces the same charges from the most unlikely direction: his former captors. Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced that the insurgent group, following its own internal investigation, would be charging Bergdahl with deserting his post — a crime punishable by death, public flogging, or lengthy imprisonment, although typically not in that order.
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man(But Obama not to blame)

    11/20/2014 6:04:11 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 11/20/14 | b gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Herridge: Freed Gitmo Prisoner Is Now Chief ISIS Recruiter (Abdul Rahim Muslimdost)

    11/19/2014 8:27:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 19 2014 7:49 pm
    A known al Qaeda terrorist released from Guantánamo Bay is now a recruiter for ISIS, Catherine Herridge reported this evening. In the Guantánamo review from 2005, the Bush administration found that he (Abdul Rahim Muslimdost) was “too old” to rejoin the fight and that he was in poor health. …
  • U.S. stance let terror network grow

    11/06/2001 4:59:34 PM PST · by tomball · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 11/06/01 | Mary Pat Flaherty, David B. Ottaway and James V. Grimaldi
    - Each year, the U.S. State Department formally rebukes and imposes penalties on governments that protect and promote terrorists. But since 1996, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the nation harboring Osama bin Laden has never made the department's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries. The omission reflects more than a decade of vexing relations between the United States and Afghanistan, a period that found the State Department more focused on U.S. oil interests and women's rights than on the growing terrorist threat, according to experts and current and former officials. It was not until 1998, when two U.S. embassy bombings ...
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • Taliban 'Could Cut Links With Al Qaeda'

    09/11/2012 3:33:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10th September 2012 | Sam Kiley
    The Taliban may be prepared to renounce terrorism and sever links with al Qaeda, accept a power sharing role in a new Afghan government and even tolerate American bases in their country, according to a new report. A panel of four experts from the Royal United Services Institute interviewed four senior figures - each one part of the "pragmatic" or "moderate" part of the Islamist movement - at a secret location in the Arabian Gulf. The four figures, among them two former Taliban ministers, a Mujahideen commander and a well-connected negotiator, surprised the experts by insisting that they had no...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Barack Obama Just Released Another Terrorist!

    11/07/2014 9:57:20 AM PST · by drypowder · 10 replies
    Conservitive Daily ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Joe Otto
    Fellow Conservative, This is just disgusting. A few days removed from a complete shellacking in the midterm elections, Obama has decided to stick his nose up at the American people and release another dangerous terrorist from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Fawzi al-Odah was one of the longest-held terrorists in GITMO. Instead of keeping him in Guantanamo where we know he can be stopped, the Obama administration released him back to Kuwait. Once home, al-Odah will be forced to spend a year in a Kuwaiti “militant-rehabilitation center,” however after six months he will become eligible for ‘parole,’ specifically more time...
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 164 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehan’s report also listed the measures that the ...
  • Feds say eavesdropping program did not taint Va. jihad conviction

    07/22/2006 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 252+ views
    AP ^ | 7/21/06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 eavesdropping program did not compromise its prosecution of an American Muslim cleric convicted of soliciting treason and convincing some of his followers to join the Taliban, prosecutors said. But defense lawyers are not satisfied with the government's claim, and on Friday a federal judge held a closed-door hearing and allowed attorneys for Ali al-Timimi some latitude to investigate the government's conduct. Al-Timimi, of Fairfax, a U.S.-born Muslim who studied under prominent fundamentalist clerics in Saudi Arabia, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year for soliciting treason and urging some...
  • Hillary, Haqqani, Taliban and Bergdahl

    10/29/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    Founders' Code ^ | October 27, 2014 | Denise Simon
    Beau Bergdahl was a proven risk in Afghanistan going back as far as 2009, when more than once he left his post telling some in his unit he no longer believed in the American mission and wanted to do something else. A full (AR-15-6) investigation began then and remains classified. Bergdahl has a charge sheet and there is indisputable evidence that he willingly and with purpose left his base. It must be noted and remembered that at least 6 fellow soldiers died looking for Bergdahl and an unknown number to date were injured due to IED’s. So, it is important...
  • Don't Look Now, But the Marines and Brits Just High-Tailed it Out of Taliban Stronghold

    10/27/2014 10:25:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/27/2014 | BY COLUM LYNCH
    President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coalition's combat role in Afghanistan in preparation for ending the long war there next year. American and British combat operations formally came to an end in Helmand Province, one of the bloodiest theaters in the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and a primary focus of Obama's 2010 surge of tens of thousands of American reinforcements charged with beating back the revitalized insurgency. But there were no White House statements issued Sunday to commemorate...
  • Dictator H. chavez's personal Arab Hezbollah minister

    10/07/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Milagros · 11 replies
    Venezuela’s Tarek El-Aissami The Americas Report | Oct 03, 2008  By Nicole Ferrand [...] Mr. El - Aissami is a Venezuelan national of Syrian descent who, before becoming Minster of Interior and Justice, occupied the position of Deputy Interior Minister for Public Security. His father, Carlos Aissami, is the head of the Venezuelan branch of the Iraqi Baath political party. Before the invasion of Iraq, he held a press conference in which he described himself as a Taliban and called Osama Bin Laden, "the great Mujahedeen, Sheik Osama bin Laden." Tarek's great-uncle Shibli el-Aissami was a prominent ideologist and...
  • More Details on Islamic State’s Growing Support Among Jihadi Groups in Pakistan

    10/16/2014 6:24:37 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 16 Oct 14 | Unknown
    The Islamic State is gaining acceptance and accumulating followers among Jihadist groups from the Philippines to Nigeria. But there is perhaps no Islamic State alliance more worrisome than its devotees in the Taliban.
  • The growing influence of ISIS now reaches Pakistan as Taliban leaders pledge allegiance

    10/15/2014 9:55:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/15/2014 | John Hall
    Six senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a symbol of the terrorists' expanding influence among Islamist groups. Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban's leader Mohammad Omar, the men - made up of the group's chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and five regional commanders - said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS. The move is likely to have serious consequences for security in Pakistan, particularly near the Afghan border where all six of the men are...
  • Taliban assail award of Nobel Peace Prize to Malala, say she is “agent of [the non-believers]“

    10/13/2014 7:56:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | October 13, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Obama supports the Taliban. He insisted that Karzai share power with the Taliban. He insisted that NATO recognize the Taliban. Obama poses with Malala and supports her executioners. The Taliban aided and abetted Osama Bin Laden in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.
  • Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Venezuela kills 10

    10/03/2014 10:32:38 PM PDT · by wtd · 17 replies
    MercoPress ^ | 10/2/2014 | UTC
    [MercoPress.com] VENEZUELA : Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten "An outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Venezuelan state of Aragua and the country’s capital Caracas has left ten people dead in the last three weeks." Similar to Ebola, this syndrome causes patients to experience high fever, skin rashes and bleeding. It has been described as an aggressive disease that leads to a fatal deterioration of health within 72 hours. Doctors have urged government authorities to declare a state of emergency in Aragua state; however they have received resistance from a surprising source. The...
  • Indeed, How Dare We Leave Andrew Tahmooressi Behind?

    10/03/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Veteran Neglect: A Navy and Marine Corps veteran asks a House panel why an administration that says it leaves no one behind has let a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder sit in a Mexican jail for six months. From the famous "latte salute" to the Marine holding the presidential umbrella, President Obama's respect for our men in uniform has been open to question. Unless, of course, they desert their post in Afghanistan to try to join the Taliban, like Bowe Bergdahl. Then you have the parents to the White House and trade the Taliban general staff to obtain their release....
  • Isn’t that racist, Mr. President?

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

    09/27/2014 9:48:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 27, 2014 | Ambassador Richard W. Carlson
    U.S. Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl was described as a hero by President Obama in a White House Rose Garden ceremony this past summer. This was nothing more than a dishonest stage-managed public relations stunt featuring the president and Bergdahl's grateful parents. Against strong objections from some U.S. military advisers, the president released five dangerous senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl. Paul Sperry of the Hoover Institution recently wrote an authoritative article on Bergdahl in the New York Post. This has “become a political powder keg for President Obama,” he said. The headline of his piece —...
  • Afghan villagers hang Taliban fighters as battle for district rages

    09/27/2014 8:35:38 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/27/2014 | Reuters
    GHAZNI Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan villagers hanged four captured Taliban militants from a tree on Saturday as security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district of Ghazni province, an official said. The hangings were carried out after Taliban fighters had killed more than 100 people in the area in the past week, including more than a dozen who were beheaded, according to Ghazni deputy governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi.
  • ISIS-Allied Militants Behead 15 During Afghanistan Offensive

    09/26/2014 7:09:54 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 14 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 06/26/14 | staff
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants aligned with ISIS have launched a brutal offensive in Afghanistan alongside Taliban fighters that has left more than 100 people dead, local officials said Friday. Insurgents carrying the black flag of ISIS captured several villages in Ghazni province, according to Deputy Governor Ali Ahmad Ahmadi and Deputy Police Chief Gen. Asadullah Ensafi. Fifteen family members of local police officers were beheaded and at least 60 homes were set ablaze, Ahmadi said.
  • Taliban kill 100 Afghans, behead 12

    09/26/2014 6:52:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Sky News ^ | 11:23 pm, Friday, 26 September 2014
    A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials say, as violence worsens with the withdrawal of US-led troops. This northern summer's fighting season has seen Taliban forces advance in several provinces, exploiting a political deadlock in Kabul over disputed presidential election results. The latest series of attacks have focused on Ajristan district in the eastern province of Ghazni, after offensives in recent months in Kandahar, Helmand and Logar provinces. 'The militants beheaded 12 civilians in four villages,' Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor...
  • Is Obama whitewashing a traitor?

    09/20/2014 4:04:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 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...