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  • ‘Russia May Be Supplying the Taliban’ as They Fight US, NATO

    03/24/2017 10:15:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 24 March 2017
    Friday, 24 March 2017 Text size A A A Russia is “perhaps” supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander who also heads the US military’s European Command, told lawmakers he had seen Russian influence expand in multiple regions, including in Afghanistan. “I have seen the influence of Russia of late – an increased influence – in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban,” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee, without elaborating. NATO troops have been fighting in Afghanistan...
  • Trump’s Next Challenge: Russia Returns to Afghanistan

    03/24/2017 2:34:44 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 40 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Patrick Smith
    America’s 16-years in Afghanistan has so far resulted in 2,216 dead soldiers, 20,049 casualties, and an estimated $800 billion in direct war costs -- not including veterans’ health and pension payments that could reach $400 billion before it’s all over. Add another $100 billion of USAID reconstruction costs, which is more than the cost of the Marshall Plan to rebuild western Europe, adjusted for inflation, and you’re well over a trillion dollars. The Pentagon still has 8,400 troops in place, a figure Defense Secretary James Mattis may alter, which is why it’s especially troubling that Russia has decided to flex...
  • Top US general in Europe says Russia might be supplying the Taliban

    03/24/2017 2:11:19 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 118 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 23 Mar 17 | THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    The top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that Russia and the Taliban are growing increasingly close, suggesting that the Kremlin might even be supplying the insurgent group. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, did not elaborate to the Senate Armed Services Committee on what type of equipment the Taliban might have received or when.
  • Pakistan most dangerous country for world: Former CIA official

    02/20/2017 2:40:31 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | PTI
    A former CIA Station Chief warned that the "failure" of Pakistan would have implications for the world. Pakistan is probably the "most dangerous country" for the world, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official has said, citing the potential dangers emanating from its failing economy, rampant terrorism and one of fastest growing nuclear arsenal. Kevin Hulbert, a former CIA Station Chief in Islamabad, warned that the "failure" of Pakistan would have implications for the world. Pakistan is like the bank that is "too big to fail", or "too big to allow to fail" more appropriately, because allowing the bank to...
  • LIKENING TRUMP TO HITLER, JOURNALISTS UPSET NOT CALLED ON FOR QUESTIONS

    02/15/2017 9:04:57 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Grabein.com ^ | 2/15/2017
    Members of the mainstream media were left fuming this afternoon after President Trump refused to call on any of their organizations for the third straight press conference. Yet many of these same news organizations have likened Trump to the Taliban and Adolf Hitler, floated false rumors about his use of a Russian prostitute, and accused his administration of being pro-slavery. After Trump avoided calling on MSNBC during today's presser with Benjamin Netanyahu, MSNBC’s Peter Alexander complained that the conservative journalists he did call on didn’t ask “real questions” like he would have. “What was striking," Alexander said, was that "President...
  • Taliban’s Leading Bomb Maker Accidentally Blows Himself And Four Sons Up

    01/19/2017 10:40:58 AM PST · by b4its2late · 92 replies
    Geller Report ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Laura Loomer
    Some would call this pure Karma. Kamal Khan, who was described as one of the Taliban’s leading experts on constructing road side bombs and explosives experienced poetic justice when a bomb he was making in Afghanistan detonated too early, killing himself and his four sons. Khan was making explosives in his home, which have been frequently used to attack government security personnel and international troops in Afghanistan.
  • China, Pakistan, Russia to put an end to India’s Afghan policy

    01/15/2017 4:45:14 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | Jan 15, 2017 | Web Desk
    China, Pakistan, and Russia highlighted their concern for the growing influence of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan during a meeting last month hosted by Russia for the representatives from the three countries. The three countries agreed upon “a flexible approach to remove certain [Taliban] figures from [United Nations] sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster a peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban movement.” The three states underscored their concern “about the rising activity in the country [Afghanistan] of extremist groups, including the Afghan branch of IS [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]” and underlined that Taliban...
  • Family reveals American vanished in Afghanistan two years ago

    01/05/2017 3:17:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | January 5, 2017 | By Peter Bergen
    (CNN)Some time in May 2014, Paul Overby, an American writer in his 70's, disappeared as he was traveling between Khost in Afghanistan and North Waziristan in Pakistan -- a region rife with the Taliban and terror groups such as al Qaeda. He has not been heard from since. On Wednesday, his wife went public for the first time with his disappearance, providing a statement to CNN and other media outlets. . . Overby's wife, who asked not to be identified by name, last heard from her husband on May 16, 2014, as he was preparing to cross the border into...
  • Taliban Video Shows Kidnapped U.S.-Canadian Family (White Wife "Defiled in Front of Her Children")

    12/21/2016 2:59:33 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-20-2016 | John Hayward
    A new video from the Taliban features Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped while hiking through Afghanistan in 2012.“My children have seen their mother defiled,” she added ominously, as the children sat in Boyle’s lap. Also ominous: she referred to the boys as her “surviving children.” “They want money, power, friends. You must give them these things before progress can be made,” she said of her captors in the Haqqani Network, a notorious hostage-taking criminal gang allied with the Taliban. Reuters explains that the “friends” she referred to are three senior Haqqani members held...
  • Afghan Senate: Iran and Russia are supporting Taliban

    12/07/2016 7:42:16 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 8 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 December 2016 | Zahid Masood
    Afghan Senate members have certified the existence of documents affirming that Taliban collected endorsements from both Iran and Russia. Indeed, Taliban members are located in the cities of Mashhad, Yazd and Kerman in Iran. They often travel to and fro between the two countries, according to locals at the border of Afghanistan. The Iranian Foreign Ministry denied these reports. A number of deputies of the Council of elders of Afghanistan, advocated that: “Moscow supplied the Taliban with ammunition in order to restrain the widening influence of ISIS and its affiliated groups in Afghanistan and preclude threats against the Central Asian...
  • Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

    12/06/2016 12:11:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Dec 2016 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Fifteen years, half a trillion dollars and 150,000 lives since going to war, the United States is trying to extricate itself from Afghanistan. Afghans are being left to fight their own fight. A surging Taliban insurgency, meanwhile, is flush with a new inflow of money. With their nation’s future at stake, Afghan leaders have renewed a plea to one power that may hold the key to whether their country can cling to democracy or succumbs to the Taliban. But that power is not the United States. It is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is critical because of its unique position in...
  • Trump's New Defence Secretary Was Obama's Go-To Man to Keep Pakistani Generals Happy

    12/04/2016 8:26:38 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Wire, thewire.in ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Devirupa Mitra
    <p>In the aftermath of the Raymond Davis and bin Laden affairs, General James Mattis was key in maintaining ties with top Pakistani military leadership.</p> <p>New Delhi: The next US secretary of defence was the Obama administration's main man to keep a line open and bring ties with the top Pakistani military leadership back on an even keel in the dark days following the arrest of a CIA contractor and the killing of Osama bin Laden.</p>
  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    12/03/2016 11:23:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:31 PM EST | Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. …
  • NAACP Chair: Targeting Tea Party ‘Legitimate’ Because They’re ‘Taliban of American Politics’

    06/07/2013 9:26:45 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    BARF ALERT! Video at link.
  • ICC claims US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan

    11/14/2016 7:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.15.2016 | jm/bw (Reuters, dpa)
    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has suggested the US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan. An investigation would expose US forces to ICC scrutiny for the first time. Delivering her annual report to members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Monday, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she would decide “imminently” whether to ask judges for permission to launch a full-blown investigation as to whether US military forces and CIA operatives may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the “cruel or violent” interrogation of detainees. Bensouda said the Taliban, Afghan government forces and US...
  • Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan

    11/10/2016 7:13:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Nov 2016 23:29 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 others, officials said. “The suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the German consulate in the city,” said local police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat. The Taliban called it a “revenge attack” for a US airstrike in the volatile province of Kunduz earlier this month that left up to 32 civilians dead. …
  • Democratic Party Conducts Outreach through Leader of Terrorist Group

    12/08/2015 8:00:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 7, 2015 | Joe Kaufman
    Democratic Party Conducts Outreach through Leader of Terrorist Group Debbie Wasserman Schultz and company's disturbing embrace of radical Islam. December 7, 2015 Joe Kaufman In a push to do outreach to the local Muslim community, the Florida Democratic Party has officially recognized the American Muslim Democratic Caucus (AMDC), a group based in South Florida with members around the state. While this might look innocuous on its face, AMDC is headed by a woman, Ghazala Salam, who is the leader of a terrorist organization and has deep ties to various radical Islamic institutions. Salam is the Community and Government Relations...
  • The First Time I Killed Someone (video only)

    11/02/2016 9:58:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-10-2016 | LunkersTV
    Really not much else to say. It's Afghanistan
  • Media Blackout: Where are the Taliban 5 now?

    10/30/2016 6:11:23 PM PDT · by demsux · 7 replies
    Self | 10-30-16 | self
    Anyone know what's going on with the Taliban five? Most recent "press" is over a year old.
  • Christian boy, 16, facing death penalty for offending Muslims in Facebook post

    09/30/2016 9:29:40 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 50 replies
    UK Express ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | KATIE MANSFIELD
    A 16-YEAR-OLD Christian boy faces the death penalty after he was accused of insulting Islam in a Facebook post. The boy has been arrested and charged with blasphemy after a photo of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, appeared on his profile. A Muslim man told police the image, which was part of an alleged derogatory post against Islam on the boy’s profile, was insulting and sacrilegious. The black cube-shape is built around an ancient stone at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Locals reportedly claimed the image...
  • The Afghan War Quagmire

    09/18/2016 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 September 2016 | The New York Times
    Eight years ago, President Obama pledged to wind down the war in Iraq and redouble efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. “As president, I will make the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be,” he said during a campaign speech. “This is a war that we have to win.” Lasting peace, Mr. Obama said, would depend on not only defeating the Taliban but helping “Afghans grow their economy from the bottom up.” He added, “We cannot lose Afghanistan to a future of narco-terrorism.” Now, at the twilight of his presidency, these goals...
  • White House refuses to OK rescue of American University professors kidnapped by Taliban

    09/10/2016 8:18:56 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | September 10, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Once again U.S. special operations forces attempted to rescue two American University professors kidnapped in Kabul last month. The Mission was unsuccessful because the White House withheld its approval despite Intelligence reports pinpointing the location at which the hostages were being held. The Two professors – one American, the other Australian were kidnapped during the Taliban attack on the American University. Disguised as police, the attackers killed twelve people and likely kidnaped the educators for ransom. After the release of Bergdahl and the ransom payment to Iran, the Taliban or the Haqqani network seized on the opportunity to grab a...
  • Unfathomable heroics of airman left behind by SEAL Team 6

    08/28/2016 6:08:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 28 August 2016 | By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
    The United States could be on the verge of posthumously awarding its highest military honor to a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan – and the news is stirring controversy. Sgt. John Chapman, an air force technician who was serving as a radioman for the elite SEAL Team 6 during mission in Afghanistan, died in fierce combat against Al Qaeda gunmen on an Afghan mountaintop on March 4, 2002. The Americans led a coalition of nations in the military effort to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Cut-off. Surrounded. Outnumbered. Just 88 British soldiers resigned to defeat after fighting off 500

    08/06/2016 2:59:12 PM PDT · by GilGil · 113 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/6/2016 | Nigel Blundell
    Outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered and besieged in the Afghan desert, a small band of British soldiers chose to save a final bullet for themselves rather than fall into Taliban hands. For nearly two months, the 88 men of Easy Company – a mix of Paratroopers and the Royal Irish – had faced the overwhelming force and firepower of up to 500 Taliban determined to over-run the remote Helmand outpost of Musa Qala.
  • General Allen’s Service to Al Qaeda’s Paymasters - A Badge of Shame

    08/03/2016 11:32:13 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | August 4, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. After two American soldiers were murdered by an Islamic terrorist in Afghanistan while a crowd of protesters shouted “Death to Americans” and “Death to Infidels”, General Allen visited his men. “There will be moments like this when you’re searching for the meaning of this loss. There will be moments like this when your emotions are governed by anger and a desire to strike back,” Allen pleaded. “Now is not the time for revenge, now is not the time for vengeance.”...
  • Exclusive: Orlando Terrorist Signed Over Home To Brother-in-Law Just Before Attacks

    06/17/2016 8:09:00 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 55 replies
    Counter Jihad ^ | June 17, 2016 | Paul Sperry
    Several weeks before he massacred 49 at an Orlando gay nightclub, Muslim terrorist Omar Seddique Mateen transferred over his interest in his Florida home to his older sister and Afghan brother-in-law, property records show — an indication the family possibly had some knowledge of his martyrdom plans. Authorities say the fatally shot Mateen clearly was prepared to die in a gun battle with police during the June 12 attack, the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil since 9/11. On April 5, Mateen “quit-claimed” the deed on his Port St. Lucie, Fla., house, signing it over to his sister, Sabrina...
  • The Emerging Pulse Massacre Cover Up

    06/16/2016 9:38:48 PM PDT · by Williams · 91 replies
    Vanity
    We are living through Benghazi 2, only this time the attack was in America with far more casualties. Obama and Hillary knew they had a major problem with the worst terror massacre since 9/11. Trump predicted this right down to the wife and father's silent complicity. But there are far more chickens coming home to roost at the White House. The killer's father is a radical Taliban-supporting Afghan. He was also a visitor to both the White House and State Department. The Obama administration has been negotiating with the Taliban on a power sharing arrangement in Afghanistan. The Taliban control...
  • The Taliban now holds more of Afghanistan than at any time since 2001

    06/16/2016 2:54:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    The Taliban holds more territory in Afghanistan today than at any time since 2001. Current U.S. Commander Gen. John W. Nicholson has submitted a secret assessment of the situation to the Pentagon: The report — and Nicholson’s deployment to Afghanistan — come at a time of Taliban resurgence, with the group gaining ground in the southern provinces of the Taliban heartland… The Taliban’s warm-weather offensive has shown the insurgents to be bolder and better organized, holding more territory now than at any time since 2001, when their regime was overthrown by the U.S.-led invasion, according to recent U.N. estimates. Part...
  • Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police (bacha bazi)

    06/16/2016 6:47:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 16, 2016 | Anuj Chopra
    The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP. The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it seem as entrenched as in the province of Uruzgan, where "bacha bereesh" -- or boys without beards -- widely become objects of lustful attraction for powerful police commanders. The Taliban over nearly two years have used them to mount a wave of Trojan Horse attacks -- at...
  • Orlando Killer's Father Had Meeting In Obama White House & Hillary's State Department

    06/15/2016 8:32:01 AM PDT · by mericanpatriot · 90 replies
    www.downstreampolitics.com ^ | 06/15/2016 | Chris Buskirk
    Seddique Mateen, father of the Orlando killer and outspoken supporter of the Taliban, has also been a guest at Obama’s White House and Hillary’s State Depar