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  • Afghan Taliban Begin Destruction of Ancient Buddha Statues (Sound Familiar?)

    08/19/2017 4:07:11 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 19 replies
    Common Dreams ^ | March 01, 2001 | Common Dreams
    An edict announced Monday by the militia's supreme leader, Mulla Mohammad Omar, calling for the destruction of all statues in line with "Islamic" laws, has caused shock around the world. Afghanistan is home to an array of pre-Islamic historic treasures from its days as a key stop on the ancient Silk Road and a strategic battleground for conquerers dating back to Alexander the Great and the Aryans before him. The two massive Bamiyan Buddhas, carved into a sandstone cliff near the provincial capital in central Afghanistan, stand 50 meters (165 feet) and 34.5 meters (114 feet) tall and were built...
  • Anonymous Plans Ops to Take Down Confederate Monuments at 11 Sites Friday

    08/18/2017 1:23:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-16-17 | Bridget Johnson
    The hacktivist collective Anonymous is planning a "Denouncement Day" this Friday to "denounce the Confederacy, to denounce racism, bigotry and hate," saying "it is time to take down these monuments of hate ourselves." Supporters plan to gather at 6 p.m. EST at the statue of Rear Adm. Raphael Semmes in Mobile, Ala., the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Little Rock, the Jackson Guards Memorial in Jacksonport, Ark., the Searcy Confederate Memorial in Searcy, Ark., the Our Confederate Dead monument in Munn Park in Lakeland, Fla., the Confederate Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta (which was defaced with spray paint this week),...
  • Gwinnett judge suspended after posts about Confederate monuments

    08/15/2017 12:50:25 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 57 replies
    A Gwinnett County judge and longtime local politician has been suspended after making controversial Facebook posts about protests over Confederate memorials in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. Judge Jim Hinkle — a magistrate judge who served as mayor of the city of Grayson for more than two decades before retiring in 2013 — took to Facebook on Saturday to label the Charlottesville protesters “snowflakes” with “no concept of history.” On Tuesday morning, he followed that missive with another post, this one comparing “the nut cases tearing down monuments” to the so-called Islamic State. A few hours after that post — which...
  • Taliban Sends Open Letter To Pres. Trump

    08/15/2017 2:21:02 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 19 replies
    One America News Network ^ | August 15 2017 | OAN Newsroom
    The Taliban sends an “open letter” to the president urging the U.S. to leave Afghanistan. A note by the Taliban spokesman was sent to journalists Tuesday morning, saying President Trump recognized the errors of his predecessors by reviewing Afghan policy. The letter recommends the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country, as well as not tasking the military with the strategy. The note additionally stated a withdrawal would put American troops “out of harm’s way,” and bring an end to an inherited war. This comes after the Trump administration proposed an increase of deployed troops to the area. Meanwhile. at...
  • Sanction China For Its Support Of Taliban Terrorists

    08/15/2017 5:42:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | Anders Corr
    China started secret negotiations with Taliban terrorists at least as early as late 2014, and last week diplomatically supported the Taliban, along with allies Pakistan, Iran and Russia. China’s dialogue rewards Taliban violence, increases Taliban influence and sidelines the elected government of Afghanistan. China and its allies should follow the global norm: no negotiation with terrorists. Failing that, the U.S. and Europe should sanction Chinese companies involved in Afghanistan. China’s history with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan stretches back to the 1980s, when it provided weapons to anti-Soviet mujahideen. During Taliban rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, China promised to...
  • Protesters Destroy Confederate Monument in Durham County, NC

    08/14/2017 5:30:30 PM PDT · by davikkm · 99 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Joshua Caplan
    Protesters ripped down a monument of a Confederate soldier Monday evening. The monument has stood in Durham County, NC since 1924. WNCN reports: A crowd of protesters gathered outside the old Durham County courthouse on Main Street Monday evening in opposition to a Confederate monument in front of the government building. Around 7:10 p.m. a woman climbed the statue using a ladder and attached a rope around the statue. Moments later, The crowd pulled on the rope and the statue fell. In 1924, the Confederate statue was dedicated to Durham. Engraved on the front of the monument is “The Confederate...
  • Kabul Suicide Blast: 36 Killed, 42 Hurt; Modi Extends Condolence

    07/24/2017 4:13:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    thequint.com ^ | 25 July, 2017 2:40 AM IST
    Government security forces said a small bus owned by the Ministry of Mines had been destroyed in the blast. Three civilian vehicles and 15 shops were destroyed or damaged in the blast, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The Taliban, which is battling the Western-backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days including the suicide attack that killed prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Ramazan Hussainzada last month. Hussainzada was also a senior leader of Afghanistan's Hazara community.
  • India 3rd largest terror target after Iraq and Afghanistan: US report

    07/22/2017 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Neeraj Chauhan, TNN
    Highlights o India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016 o According to the report, out of 11,072 terror attacks in 2016 worldwide, India bore the brunt of 927 o The US analysis labelled Naxals as the third most deadly terror organisation in the world after IS and Taliban [Caption] The Modi government has decided not to seek a political outreach and concentrate on intensive security operations. NEW DELHI: India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016, with higher fatalities and injuries than its restive neighbour, according to...
  • Four U.S. soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan: official

    06/17/2017 6:31:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/17/17 | reuters
    At least four American soldiers were shot and killed in an apparent insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a military official said. "An Afghan soldier shot and killed four American troops inside the base," said Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan Army's 209th Corps. "We are investigating.
  • Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan attack: U.S. officials

    06/10/2017 1:00:24 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/10/17 | reuters
    Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another wounded during an attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to three U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. A local Afghan official said earlier two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others wounded during the shooting in Achin district, where U.S. special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against Islamic State and Taliban militants.
  • London Mayor's Ties To Extremism Call Commitment To Fighting Terror Into Question

    06/04/2017 11:00:40 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 22 replies
    Disobedient Media ^ | March 27, 2017 | William Craddick co-authored with Kenneth Whittle of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
    In 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron was widely criticized in the UK when he claimed that London mayor Sadiq Khan had ties to the terror group ISIS. An investigation by Disobedient Media has determined that Khan has ties not just to organizations associated with ISIS, but also groups such as Hamas, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. During his time as mayor, London has seen an increase in terror incidents with concerning indications that terror groups wish to stage a major attack on the City of London. Rather than focusing on combatting terror, Khan has used his forum to tell...
  • NOLA Mayor: Civil War Monuments Caused a ‘Great Migration’ Out of the City ("Best and Brightest")

    05/20/2017 9:37:17 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-19-2017 | John Binder
    “The cultural and economic and the spiritual loss to this city for having those statues up that have run people out of the city,” Landrieu claimed. “The great migration that sent some of our best and brightest to places across the country that we don’t have the benefit of has been incredible.”
  • Where empires go to die: Afghanistan

    05/10/2017 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 10 May 2017 | John Batchelor interviews Bill Roggio
    audio 9:18 Trump considering sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The new strategy, which has...
  • Trump Weighs Sending as Many as 5,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

    05/09/2017 7:28:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 9, 2017 | by HALLIE JACKSON and ERIK ORTIZ
    he Trump administration is weighing a drastic change when it comes to Afghanistan: Whether to send as many 5,000 more troops in the fight, a military official told NBC News. Trump, however, is still deciding on a variety of options being presented to him by U.S. military leaders, senior administration officials told NBC News. The Washington Post first reported that the plan could involve an increase of at least 3,000 troops, with the U.S. asking other NATO nations to match. The U.S.'s force in Afghanistan currently totals about 8,400.
  • How terrorists freely enter Afghanistan and move around unhindered

    05/05/2017 5:40:24 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2017 | Hollie McKay
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Earlier this week, some 700 young men here were spotted traveling north in a convoy of buses. They had no identification cards and said they were laborers going to find work, Gen. Jawid Kohistani, a former official at Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) and a leading security analyst, told Fox News. Despite that lack of documentation, they were able to make the more than 300-mile excursion from terrorist-teeming Nangarhar province by the Pakistan border to the provincial capital of Jalalabad. Then, they made their way west to Kabul and, finally, north to Mazar e-Sharif -- with...
  • It’s ISIS Vs. Taliban Now: Both groups are fighting against each other in Afghanistan.

    04/26/2017 7:00:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Morning News USA ^ | 04/26/2017 | ByJereco Paloma
    While the world is fighting against the internationally branded terrorist ISIS and the militant group of Taliban, both groups are fighting its own battle against each other, at least in Afghanistan. With TalibanÂ’s internal structure has been put to test following the death of its founder Mullah Omar two years ago, reports show the Taliban has implemented a leadership reshuffling and named its new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. TalibanÂ’s announcement of Mansour as its new leader came amid reports saying ISIS is making its way to Afghanistan, the CNBC News reported. Last December, ISIS called Taliban a deviant in...
  • Top U.S. general in Afghanistan sees Russia sending weapons to Taliban

    04/25/2017 3:07:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 Apr 17 | Idrees Ali
    The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban. General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. For some time, American officials have complained of what Nicholson once called "malign influence" by Russia in Afghanistan, but Monday's comments are among the strongest suggestions yet that Moscow is providing arms to the Taliban. Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help, including weapons, to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan,...
  • Report says al-Zawahiri hiding in Karachi with ISI aid

    04/22/2017 2:54:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    rediff.com ^ | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Lalit K Jha, PTI
    Egyptian-born Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, is most likely hiding in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan's notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence, a United States media report said. 'Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency has been protecting al-Zawahiri, a trained surgeon, since US forces evicted Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan in late 2001,' Newsweek said in a major investigative story claiming that its information is based on several authoritative sources. 'His most likely location today, they say: Karachi, the teeming port city of 26 million people on the Arabian Sea,' the weekly said. This is for the first...
  • New Ways of Responding to Extremist Islam

    04/10/2017 8:25:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | April 10, 2017 | Guile Meotti
    Ronald Reagan's major achievement in his long war against the Soviet Union: presenting communism as a joke -- exposing the lies of the Soviet regime, exposing the misery under which its people were living, and explaining why Western values were preferable to Communist ones. This is exactly what the West, Hirsi Ali explains, should be doing with radical Islam. Western civilization is a humanist vision in which Christianity integrated Jewish wisdom, Greek philosophy and Roman law, thereby giving Western culture its distinctive character: freedom of speech and of the press, equal justice under law, the primacy of the individual, separation...
  • Taliban Retake Another Key Province in Afghanistan [Sangin]

    03/29/2017 5:01:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 24, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    The Taliban is continuing its offensive in Afghanistan, taking another district center in the southern Helmand province on Thursday while an undercover Taliban spy turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine Afghan policemen, according to the Department of Defense. The district's police chief, Mohammad Rasoul, said the Taliban took Sangin center early Thursday morning. "The seizure of Sangin is a major tactical triumph for the Taliban," Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the U.S.-based Wilson Center, said Thursday. The insurgent group "has taken over a major urban space in one of its major stronghold provinces, amplifying the...