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  • US Army orders hundreds of soldiers back to southern Afghanistan

    02/10/2016 6:46:59 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 35 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    For the first time since combat operations were declared over at the end of 2014, a battalion of 500 U.S. Army infantrymen is being sent to southern Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province where the Taliban have made a comeback, Fox News has learned. The decision, confirmed by defense officials, is a sign of military escalation in the country even as the Obama administration tries to draw down. The battalion is meant to relieve a company of 150 soldiers, giving the U.S. Army nearly 350 more soldiers to prevent the Taliban from taking over volatile Helmand province. The Army's 2-87 infantry battalion,...
  • Eight ISIS, Taliban recruits joined Galloway convoy to Gaza

    02/10/2016 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brutal ISIS torturer wasn't the only jihadist terrorist who traveled with former British MP George Galloway to Gaza, it has been revealed. According to a recent report, Alexander Kotey left the UK on Galloway's "Viva Palestina" convoy to Gaza in 2009, and from there eventually made his way to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group. [...] As many as eight Muslim extremists who would later be convicted of or involved in terrorist activities joined the convoy, according to The Times. Among them were Amin Addala and Reza Afsharzadegan, both known associates of Emwazi from west London; and...
  • Poll: Majority Thinks U.S. Should Negotiate with Terrorists (YouGov)

    01/10/2016 1:07:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    MRC TV ^ | January 4, 2016 10:11am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    A recent poll shows a slight majority of Americans believe the government should negotiate with terrorists. A YouGov poll conducted from Dec. 10-14 asked 1,000 American adults, "If a U.S. soldier is captured by a terrorist group, do you think the United States should or should not negotiate with that group for the release of the soldier?" In response, 52 percent of Americans responded the government "should" negotiate with terrorists for the release of an American soldier while 24 percent responded the government "should not" negotiate with terrorists. ...
  • For refugees, overcoming radical Islam may be the hardest journey (children brutalized)

    01/03/2016 9:25:37 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 72 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 2, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    He found himself a refugee at 12 years old, crammed onto a boat with no toilets, shoulder-to-shoulder with men who had soiled themselves. There was no room to sleep, no food and very little water. This boy had never seen the ocean before. Yet here he was, three days at sea now, and this ramshackle boat, tossed in heavy winds and high waves, began sinking. Grown men began screaming for help. Passengers locked below deck pounded against the door. ... For a brief, strange moment, I was calm, "So, this is how you will die." In his new memoir "The...
  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay (if it quacks like a duck...)

    12/25/2015 8:23:12 AM PST · by akalinin · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and sleeps with men?” he recalled. His young guards were also curious about where US military bases got their prostitutes, alcohol and drugs, and were obsessed with American soft drinks, he added.
  • Russia is sharing information with the Taliban to fight the Islamic State

    12/23/2015 7:05:27 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 5 replies
    Washington Post via Boston Globe ^ | December 24, 2015 | Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — A Kremlin official said Wednesday that Russia was exchanging information with the Taliban, the Islamist insurgency that the United States has been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, as a bulwark against the spread of the Islamic State militant group in that country. Zamir Kabulov, a Foreign Ministry department head and President Vladimir Putin’s special representative for Afghanistan, told the Interfax news agency that ‘‘the Taliban interest objectively coincides with ours’’ in the fight against the Islamic State, which has captured broad swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. ‘‘I have already said earlier that we and the Taliban...
  • Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base

    12/22/2015 1:21:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he walked off a base, was arraigned during a short hearing on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a relatively rare charge that carries the severe punishment. If convicted of...
  • Sangin, Fierce Battlefield for US Marines, on Verge of Falling to Taliban

    12/21/2015 7:21:08 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    The Taliban has for days been fighting to gain control of Sangin, a key district of the Helmand province that U.S. Marines battled to secure during the war in Afghanistan. The Guardian reported that Taliban fighters stormed Afghan police headquarters in the district Monday morning, according to a western official, but were held off from taking control of the security building by an airstrike, likely launched by NATO. On Sunday, deputy governor of Helmand Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, addressing Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, wrote on Facebook that Helmand was close to collapsing amid pressure from the Taliban. "I know that bringing...
  • US troops killed near Bagram, Taliban insurgency intensifies

    12/21/2015 10:45:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 21st, 2015 | By LYNNE O'DONNELL
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday, killing six American troops in the deadliest attack on international forces since August. Two U.S. troops and an Afghan were wounded. The soldiers were targeted as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility. A U.S. official confirmed that six American troops were killed and two wounded. An Afghan was also wounded. The official was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of...
  • Conservative Talking Points for Week of December 21

    12/21/2015 6:45:47 PM PST · by Randall_S
    USA Transnational Report ^ | December 21, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Last week's GOP debate was instructive on many levels. Some candidates continued to separate themselves from the GOP establishment (especially Donald Trump and Ted Cruz), while others attempted to obscure their records to court conservative voters (e.g., Marco Rubio and immigration). The choice between the RNC's preferred candidates and the true anti-establishment became clear. -In what has become the norm, the media tried to force the other candidates to attack Donald Trump. This time, they tried to make Ted Cruz their tool. Yet both Trump and Cruz declined the bait, and instead complimented each other. Furthermore, their body language told...
  • Afghan Official: Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Suicide Attack Near Bagram Airfield

    12/21/2015 6:55:19 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 21, 2015 9:36 am | Morgan Chalfant
    A suicide attack near the Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, killed six NATO soldiers Monday, including at least three U.S. soldiers. The Associated Press reported the attack, which NATO has said killed six of its foreign soldiers and wounded three others. The Los Angeles Times, citing an Afghan official, reported that at least three U.S. service members were among those dead in the suicide car bombing. NATO has not yet confirmed the victims’ nationalities. According to Brig. Gen. William Shoffner, head of public affairs at NATO’s Resolute Support base in Kabul, said that the suicide attack...
  • While US focuses on terrorism, Taliban set to score major victory in Afghanistan

    12/20/2015 7:05:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/20/2015 | Rick Moran
    While the US is focusing on security for the homeland and strategies to defeat ISIS, the Taliban in Afghanistan are now on the verge of a huge victory; the capture of Helmand province. Helmand is one of the largest provinces in Afghanistan and has been considered the Taliban's home territory. British and American soldiers fought for years to keep the Taliban in check in the province. But now, with NATO troops on the sidelnes and out of combat, Afghan security forces are finding it increasingly difficult to hold on. Reuters: Afghanistan's Helmand province could fall to the Taliban after...
  • New Orleans considers removing Confederate monuments

    12/16/2015 3:22:25 PM PST · by PROCON · 113 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 16, 2015 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans is poised to make a sweeping break with its Confederate past as city leaders decide whether to remove prominent monuments from some of its busiest streets. With support from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a majority on the City Council appears ready to take down four monuments, including a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Their ordinance has sparked passionate responses for and against these symbols, and both sides will get one more say at a special council meeting before Thursday's vote.
  • Bergdahl Court Martial also Indicts Obama

    12/17/2015 6:35:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The decision to refer the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to a general court martial on charges of desertion by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, the head of Army Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C., shows there remains at least one general not cowed by President Obama's purge of command officers deemed insufficiently subservient to his policies of appeasement and unilateral disarmament. As Breitbart reported: Bergdahl, who was kidnapped by the Taliban following his abandonment of a forward operating base in Afghanistan, was charged this year with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If charged with the latter, he could potentially...
  • Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s To Afghanistan As Gov't Mulls "Inviting" Moscow To Fight "Terrorists"

    11/28/2015 8:49:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    <p>Late last month in "Russia's Mid-East Takeover Continues As Afghanistan Requests Military Assistance From Moscow," we noted, with some amusement, that Kabul was set to request a weapons delivery from Russia to aid in the fight against the Taliban. "Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage," WSJ reported, on the way to detailing a request from President Ashraf Ghani who "asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country's struggling military."</p>
  • 50 killed in attack at Afghanistan's Kandahar airport [Obama Fails AGAIN]

    12/10/2015 7:37:01 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/10/15
    Fifty people have died in an attack at a market bazaar and a school near Kandahar airport that began late Tuesday, Afghan officials said.... .....The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. The assault occurred hours after a "Message to Obama" was posted to a video site, purportedly of Taliban suicide attackers warning that U.S. troops would not be safe in Afghanistan.
  • US, Qatar launch talks on fate of Taliban leaders swapped for Bergdahl

    04/30/2015 9:29:55 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | April 30, 2015 | Missy Ryan and Karen DeYoung
    <p>U.S. and Qatari officials began talks Wednesday about extending security assurances for five senior Taliban members who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and whose transfer to Qatar triggered an outcry on Capitol Hill.</p> <p>The talks could lead to an extension of at least some aspects of a one-year arrangement that required Qatar to keep the former prisoners under supervision and ban them from leaving. They could also lead to the former detainees being transferred to another country, according to individuals familiar with the discussions. The agreement expires at the end of May.</p>
  • House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

    04/24/2015 2:24:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department's alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had initially pledged to respond to questions, when lawmakers first demanded to know why the Pentagon had not given Congress the requisite 30-day notice before proceeding with the May 31 prisoner trade. But nearly a year later, the Pentagon has released only a trickle of highly redacted emails from before the swap. Republican lawmakers now plan to attempt the unusual step of...
  • Washington Could 'Cut a Deal With Daesh in Afghanistan to Counter Russia'[Iran author]

    12/12/2015 5:54:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | December 12, 2015 | N/A
    Should Daesh strengthen its presence in Afghanistan, the United States could find common ground with the terrorist group, also known as ISIL, to counter Moscow, Beijing and Tehran, Iranian political scientist Pir Mohammas Mollazehi told Sputnik. If Daesh loses control over its caliphate in Iraq and Syria, it could well try to expand into what is known as the Greater Khorasan region. "They will use Afghanistan as a launching pad" to take this area under control, the analyst said. Apparently, this process has already started. "Daesh is already present in Afghanistan. Militants have been strengthening their presence in the provinces...
  • Taliban claims car bomb attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

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

    12/10/2015 8:10:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    There's been a lot of discussion over the FBI's deployment of divers atSeccombe Lake, which is located in a park near the Inland Regional Center, where Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people. In a news conference held around 3p.m. PST, David Bowdich, Assistant Director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, said that they were following up on a lead that indicated the two shooters came into the area. He also added that he is not discussing what the dive team is looking for at present, though he reiterated his promise that this investigation will be a...
  • At least 46 dead in Kandahar airport Taliban assault

    12/09/2015 9:12:05 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    UPI ^ | 9 Dec 2015 | Andrew V. Pestano
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Taliban assault on Afghanistan's Kandahar International Airport has so far left 37 civilians and Afghan security forces dead and another 35 injured. Nine Afghan Taliban militants have died. Several people, including women and children, were taken hostage in Tuesday's attack. Some degree of fighting continued Wednesday, but it is unclear if the Taliban threat has ended. The headquarters for the joint NATO and Afghan military effort is in the airport. The Taliban militants wearing suicide vests breached the front gate of the facility in what a pro-Taliban website referred to as an attack...
  • "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies

    12/05/2015 4:51:26 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies By evaluating an overwhelming amount of evidence that has been building for 6 ½ years, the obvious conclusion personnel with extensive military experience will come to, is that Obama’s military policies have been degrading the finest US military fighting force in history. Over the last 6 ½ years, the US Armed Forces has been hollowed out by Obama, his Social Experiment On Diversity has severely fractured unit cohesiveness, his “Politically Correct Policies” have negatively affected unit morale, and the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US military is being degraded. Tip of the spear...
  • US Special Forces help free dozens of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan

    12/04/2015 11:53:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 04, 2015 | Fox News
    A joint Afghan-U.S. special forces operation freed at least 40 Afghan prisoners from a Taliban prison in the southern Helmand province, authorities said Friday. The troops carried out a helicopter assault on the prison in Nawzad district Thursday night, according to a statement from U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The operation freed 40 prisoners, who were captured Afghan police, army and border police. No U.S. ground forces were involved in the raid, Fox News confirmed.
  • Afghan Taliban leader Mansour 'wounded in gunfight

    12/02/2015 8:03:32 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/2/2015
    Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been wounded in a gunfight at a meeting of militants in the Pakistani city of Quetta, reports say.
  • 'No forgiveness' as Pakistan hangs men behind school massacre

    12/02/2015 4:31:24 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | 02 December 2015 | AFP
    <p>Pakistan Wednesday hanged four men linked to the Taliban's massacre of more than 130 schoolchildren, with parents of victims saying they deserved "no forgiveness" as the attack anniversary approached.</p> <p>The executions, which officials said were carried out Wednesday morning at a prison in the northwestern city of Kohat, were the first in connection with the December 16 attack on an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The army has put the final toll at 151 killed, 134 of them children.</p>
  • St Maarten - funding terrorism?

    10/06/2007 10:26:53 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 669+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | October 06 2007 | Gijs van den Heuvel
    The Caribbean island of St Maarten - part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - is an important centre for international drug trafficking. The island might also be involved in financing terrorism in the Middle East and Afghanistan. These are two conclusions reached in a confidential report about to be published by the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre (RDC). The report, "Organised crime and law enforcement on St. Maarten", is due to be presented to the Antillean Justice Minister David Dick on Monday, 8 October, but its conclusions are already common knowledge. The RDC itself has declined to comment until...
  • Pakistan Supported, Trained Terror Groups: Pervez Musharraf

    10/28/2015 1:22:03 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    NDTV ^ | Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    File picture of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. (Agence France-Presse) LAHORE: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted in an interview that Islamabad supported and trained groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir. The former army chief has also said that Lashkar leaders like Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi enjoyed the status of heroes at that time. Speaking to Pakistani news channel Dunya News on Sunday, Mr Musharraf said, "In the 1990s, the freedom struggle began in Kashmir...At that time, Lashkar-e- Taiba and 11 or 12 other organisations were formed. We supported...
  • Taliban is capturing Afghanistan's $1 trillion mining wealth

    10/23/2015 4:59:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    India Times ^ | Oct 22, 2015 | N/A
    Taliban fighters aren't just making gains on the battlefield: They're also bleeding away a revenue source that is crucial for Afghanistan to pay for its military without US help. The Afghan government will earn about $30 million in 2015 from its mineral sector for the third straight year, far short of a previous projection of $1.5 billion, according to Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba. That's also a quarter of what smugglers -mostly linked to the Taliban and local warlords -earn annually selling rubies and emeralds, he said.
  • Taliban seize British stronghold in Helmand as security unravels

    10/20/2015 2:17:24 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | October 20, 2015 | Ben Farmer and Danielle Moylan
    A former British stronghold in Helmand has fallen to the Taliban just 12 months after UK combat troops left the province and civilians are fleeing the nearby provincial capital, fearing insurgents will soon move on the town. The heavy fighting north west of Lashkar Gah and unravelling of security in areas UK troops fought bloody battles to secure comes days before the first anniversary of Britains withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan. The assault also comes only three weeks after the Taliban captured the northern city of Kunduz in their greatest military victory since 2001. A Western official said Lashkar...
  • The Definition of Insanity Is U.S. AfPak Strategy

    10/18/2015 5:55:13 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | October 16, 2015 | Dhruva Jaishankar
    Donald Trump is right: America's leaders are stupid. They're nothing but a bunch of losers. Well, at least when it comes to Afghanistan and Pakistan. That's the only conclusion to be reached following two big developments this week. The first was President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States will decelerate its military drawdown from Afghanistan. Instead of preserving only a small force of about 1,000 troops, the new plan will station 9,800 in the country until 2016 and 5,500 into 2017. Their mission will be limited to training Afghan forces and supporting counterterrorism operations. This will help promote, in...
  • Ambassador: (Despite Obamas Requests) Israel Will Not Turn Over Christian Holy Sites to Islam

    10/17/2015 12:28:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Oct 16th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Israeli Ambassador: (Despite Obamas Requests) Israel Will Not Turn Over Christian Holy Sites to Radical Islam [ Full title ]. In May 2011 Barack Obama urged Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorist organizations. ... In December 2013, Barack Obama again urged Israel to hand over ancient Christian and Jewish holy sites to Islamist terrorists. ... On Friday Palestinian terrorists set fire to Josephs Tomb a Jewish holy site. ... Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer ... warned America...
  • Islamic State is making these Afghans long for the Taliban

    10/17/2015 5:16:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Oct 13, 2015 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    SAR SHAHI, AFGHANISTAN When the Islamic State fighters seized the Mahmand Valley, they poured pepper into the wounds of their enemies, said villagers. Then, they seared their hands in vats of boiling oil. A group of villagers was blindfolded, tortured and blown apart with explosives buried underneath them. They pulled out my brothers teeth before they forced him to sit on the bombs, recalled Malik Namos, a tribal elder who escaped the valley along with thousands of other villagers. They are more vicious than the Taliban, than any group we have seen. At war for more than three decades,...
  • Obama to Announce Halt of U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

    10/15/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by EBH · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/15/2015 | Michael Rosenberg
    The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of President Obamas term in 2017, Mr. Obama will announce on Thursday, prolonging the American role in a war that has now stretched on for 14 years. The current American force in Afghanistan of 9,800 troops will remain in place through most of 2016 under the Obama administrations revised plans, before dropping to about 5,500 at the end of next year or in early 2017, senior administration officials said. Some of the troops will continue to train and...
  • Taliban vs ISIS: Afghan ISIS Branch Makes Inroads in Battle Against Taliban

    10/13/2015 1:53:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/13/2015 | By MUJIB MASHAL
    SORKHROAD, Afghanistan At least three times a week, Malaika hikes up the mountain, past mulberry and pine trees, to a clearing where she can get cellphone reception. She calls her family to reassure them that the Islamic State fighters have not come for her yet. Below, her village Bagh, in the Maamand Valley in eastern Afghanistan has been gutted by the Islamic State militants who overran it three months ago. Most of the houses have been looted, burned or simply taken over by the fighters, and the 80 or so families that lived there have been forced...
  • Is the Pentagon Telling the Truth About Afghanistan?

    10/13/2015 8:13:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Editorial
    New data from the United Nations on the military advances by a resurgent Taliban is alarming for what it says about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and what it suggests about the American militarys honesty about what is happening there.The fall of Kunduz two weeks ago was a startling sign of how the Taliban has reasserted itself, wresting a northern city from the control of the NATO-trained Afghan Security Forces, who are not doing a great job of showing they are up to defending their country. The United Nations data, reported by The Times on Monday and backed...
  • Afghan Talibans Reach Is Widest Since 2001, U.N. Says

    10/11/2015 4:00:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2015 | By ROD NORDLAND and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
    KABUL, Afghanistan The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat. In addition, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan over the past two weeks has evacuated four of its 13 provincial offices around the country the most it has ever done for security reasons according to local officials in the affected areas. The data, compiled in early September even before the latest surge in violence in northern Afghanistan ...
  • General took desertion investigation to Lewis-McChord for better look at Bergdahl

    10/11/2015 6:27:43 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 11, 2015 | Adam Ashton
    Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl could have had a desk waiting for him in the Pentagon in the summer of 2014 when the Army asked him to figure out why Bowe Bergdahl deserted his combat outpost in Afghanistan. Dahl passed on the offer. He thought he had a better chance of finding the truth by taking his work back to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he was the deputy commanding general of its I Corps headquarters. That decision was the first step in a two-month investigation at JBLM during which he interviewed 57 people and pulled together a team of 22 soldiers...
  • Suicide Bomber Hits Coalition Convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan

    10/10/2015 11:06:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-11-2015 | Fazul Rahim
    <p>Casualties were reported in the explosion, which rocked central Kabul at around 9:15 a.m. local time, the source said.</p> <p>"A few civilians were injured, but we do not have any reports of any death," Afghan ministry of interior spokesperson Najib Danish said.</p>
  • Bergdahl Whitewash: Deserter to Get Little or No Jail Time

    10/10/2015 6:28:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rick Moran
    <p>The attorney defending Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl says that the officer who presided over his Article 32 hearing last month is going to recommend that he face a lower-level court martial, thus sparing him a long prison sentence.</p> <p>An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday.</p>
  • U.S. colonel: Tapes show Bergdahl joined Taliban

    10/10/2015 1:41:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 22, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    A retired military colonel, now a Fox News analyst, has dropped a bombshell in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant held for five years by the Taliban who is charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. Retired Col. David Hunt says Bergdahl actually joined the Taliban, and recordings prove it. Further, he notes the U.S. government has failed to make use of that evidence in the case against Bergdahl, who was returned to the U.S. in a stunning trade for five top terrorists held at Guantanamo. Appearing on Bill OReillys Fox News show, Hunt said the...
  • NY Times: The Taliban's new leader is a Pakistani ISI agent/asset.

    10/06/2015 9:06:46 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/04/2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    He has also benefited from a powerful alliance with the Pakistani military spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, the original sponsor of the Afghan Taliban insurgency. ...snip... Mullah Mansour, a stout man believed to be just under 50, does not, unlike his famously reclusive predecessor, live in hiding. His circumstances are not those of a jihadist leader living a fugitive existence, fearing drone strikes and avoiding cellphones in case they are tracked in fact, one person who knows him says the Taliban leader owns a cellphone company. Some of the time, he lives in a southern neighborhood of Quetta, Pakistan, known...
  • Death Toll Rises in Doctors Without Borders Hospital Airstrike (Obama's fault)

    10/04/2015 10:46:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    ABC7.com (Chicago) ^ | 10/04/2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    The death toll has climbed to 22 following an airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that struck a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders Saturday. Ten of those killed were patients, including three children, according to Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF). The other 12 were staff members, said MSF. In a statement, the coalition in Afghanistan acknowledged that U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz early Saturday at 2:15 a.m. local time "against insurgents who were directly firing upon U.S. service members advising and assisting Afghan Security Forces in the city of Kunduz. The strike was conducted in the vicinity of...
  • Afghan official: Hospital in airstrike was a Taliban base

    10/04/2015 6:13:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Tim Craig
    KABUL The acting governor of Afghanistans northern Kunduz province said Sunday that Taliban fighters had been routinely firing small and heavy weapons from the grounds of a local hospital before it was apparently hit by a U.S. airstrike over the weekend. In an interview, Hamdullah Danishi said the Doctors Without Borders compound was a Taliban base that was being used to plot and carry out attacks across the provincial capital, Kunduz city. The hospital campus was 100 percent used by the Taliban, Danishi said. The hospital has a vast garden, and the Taliban were there. We tolerated their firing...
  • Doctors Without Borders: 19 dead in Afghan clinic airstrike

    10/03/2015 10:05:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 108 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 3, 2015 | LYNNE O'DONNELL
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation into the incident.Doctors Without Borders said that "all indications" pointed to the international military coalition as responsible for the bombing and called for an independent investigation. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said an inquiry was underway into whether the carnage at the clinic...
  • Taliban says shot down crashed US C-130 plane in Afghanistan

    10/01/2015 9:42:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    MSN ^ | 10-2-2015 | AFP
    The Taliban Friday claimed to have shot down a C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan, with NATO confirming that 11 people including six US soldiers were killed in the crash. NATO did not confirm the cause of the crash but it comes as Afghan forces -- backed by NATO special forces and US air support -- pushed into the centre of the northern city of Kunduz which was captured by the Taliban on Monday. "Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter. "Based on credible information 15 invading forces...
  • Taliban Seizes Kunduz Fortress Despite NATO Intervention

    09/30/2015 4:55:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 11 replies
    Trunews.com ^ | 30 Sep 2015 | Kelly Sloan
    The Taliban have seized the Bala Hisar fortress in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. The fighters achieved the victory, despite NATO airstrikes and government efforts. More than 40 people died and 330 were injured in the fighting, including civilians. Many others have fled from the provincial capital. This is the biggest coup for the Taliban since 2001, led by the groups new leader Mullah Mansour. They have emptied safe deposit boxes at banks, seized weapons and vehicles, and released prisoners. It was also a public relations victory. Kunduz is one of Afghanistans richest cities. It is also a key...
  • Taliban capture key Afghan provincial capital Kunduz

    09/28/2015 12:31:02 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 28 September 2015 | Sune Engel Rasmussen
    The Taliban have captured Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, taking government buildings and the citys central prison in one of the biggest military victories for the movement since 2001. It is the most serious invasion of a provincial capital in 14 years.
  • Obama Admin Had Tapes of Bergdahl Deserting to Taliban - Ignored Them at Trial

    09/24/2015 11:32:31 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 24 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 9/21/15 | jim hoft
    Obama Admin Had Tapes of Bergdahl Deserting to Taliban - Ignored Them at Trial Retired General David Hunt told Bill O'Reilly tonight the Obama administration has tapes that prove Bowe Bergdahl deserted to the Taliban. The Obama administration did not use the tapes in the trial of Bergdahl.
  • The Bergdahl Case Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

    09/20/2015 6:17:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2015 | Jonathan Keller
    The odd case of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl got even weirder during his Article 32 hearing conducted by Army officials Thursday and Friday last week. The Article 32 procedure is the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury, except that the accused has quite a few more rights. Unlike a typical grand jury, the Article 32 is presented before a single hearing officer, not held in secret, allows defense counsel to be present and to cross-examine witnesses, and to call their own. All of this occurred at Bergdahls hearing. Army prosecutors called Bergdahls immediate chain of command to testify. They...