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  • Breach: SecDef Mattis survives assassination attempt

    09/27/2017 9:56:30 PM PDT · by Hostage · 31 replies
    Spero News ^ | SEP 27, 2017 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    The Taliban terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for an attack directed at Secretary of Defense James Mattis who was making an unscheduled visit to Afghanistan. No casualties were reported at Kabul International Airport on Wednesday morning in the wake of the attack. Mattis had left before the shooting began. Locals said that two missiles were fired at the airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time. The American embassy in Kabul warned that the attack may have yet to end. "At about 11.36 am two missiles were fired on Kabul International Airport from Deh Sabz district, damaging the air force hangers...
  • US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

    08/31/2017 9:57:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 54 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 30 August 2017 | Thomas Joscelyn
    The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, earlier today. The propaganda message was clearly crafted with a Western audience in mind. Like other statements published by the jihadist group, Akhundzada’s message should be subjected to scrutiny and not taken at face value, especially given that parts of it are directly contradicted by the Taliban’s own words and deeds. Akhundzada explains that “peace” is only possible if the US and its Western allies, referred to as “occupation” forces, retreat from the country. “The main obstacle in the way of peace is the occupation,” Akhundzada’s statement reads. “Peaceful...
  • New York Times Warns Purging of Monuments May ‘Mobilize the Right and Alienate the Center'

    08/27/2017 2:05:03 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    Breietbart ^ | 8/26/2017 | CASEY TOTH
    As the alt-left, supported by members of the Democratic Party, look to tear down more and more monuments across America, the New York Times is warning that the increasing scope of the left’s iconoclasm may be alienating centrists and mobilizing the right. In an article Friday about the movement to rip down monuments and images in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month, the Times says the disputes have proliferated with “dizzying speed” and suggests that the left’s fervor has started to produce questionable results: The article goes on to say that as the campaign moves past...
  • China comes to Pak's defence after Trump's attack

    08/22/2017 8:41:21 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Rediff ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | K J M Varma, PTI
    China on Tuesday jumped to the defence of its all-weather ally Pakistan in the wake of United States President Donald Trump's stern warning to it over providing safe havens to terrorists, saying that Islamabad is at the frontline of combating terrorism. Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to announce his Afghanistan and South Asia policy, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to 'agents of chaos' that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has 'much to lose' by harbouring terrorists. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump's comments on Pakistan, said, "Hope the relevant policy decision by US...
  • Trump warns Pak on terror; seeks India's help in Afghanistan

    08/21/2017 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    Rediff ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | PTI
    The United States on Tuesday ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to provide safe havens to terror groups and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country. Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a 'critical part' of it was to further develop US' strategic partnership with India. He said after a 'comprehensive review', it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically. "A...
  • 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 · 100 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...