Afghanistan

Medevac Teams Under Pressure In Afghanistan

June 13, 2010

(Excerpted) And day after day they had scrambled to evacuate Afghans or Marines struck by bullets or blasted by bombs, including a mission that nearly took them to a landing zone where the Taliban had planted a second bomb, with hopes that an aircraft might land on it. The Marines had found the trap and […]

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The Tragedy Of War

June 12, 2010

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Obama’s Afghan Dilemma

May 27, 2010

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied military commander in Afghanistan, sat gazing at maps of Marjah as a Marine battalion commander asked him for more time to oust Taliban fighters from a longtime stronghold in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. “You’ve got to be patient,” Lt. Col. Brian Christmas told McChrystal. “We’ve only been here […]

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Taliban Strike Again

May 19, 2010

“The Taliban attacked a U.S.-run airfield in the predawn hours Wednesday, wounding seven U.S. servicemen, in the second attack in two days against coalition forces. The skirmish was part of an offensive launched earlier this month that aims to undermine the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan. Starting at 3 a.m., Taliban forces led […]

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US Deaths Pass 1000 In Afghanistan.

May 18, 2010

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a […]

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Taliban Staging Their Own Surge, British Troops Taking 40 Attacks A Day.

May 17, 2010

“A coalition forces soldier shelters after a fierce battle in Helmand province British troops in Afghanistan are coming under the fiercest and most sustained assault since the start of the conflict nine years ago, with coalition forces subjected to more than 40 attacks each day in March: double the rate of a year ago. Attacks […]

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Is There Progress In Afghanistan?

May 14, 2010

  I culled together some recent news items on the Internet regarding the progress or lack of it in the Afghan conflict.  It’s the media’s fault that Americans know more about Tiger Wood’s putter than they do about the war in Central Asia. It’s the Pentagon’s fault for not being more forthcoming. And it’s our […]

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XM-25 To Be Deployed With Special Forces.

May 11, 2010

The wingnuts over at DefenseTech are reporting that the new proximity programmable fuse gun, the XM-25, is headed into Afghanistan with Special Forces. It has one great trick, which is the user can program the explosive 25mm round when to explode. So if a sniper is shooting through a window and hiding behind a wall, […]

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Taliban Growing Stronger, Pentagon Report Says

April 30, 2010
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“A Pentagon report presented a sobering new assessment Wednesday of the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, saying that its abilities are expanding and its operations are increasing in sophistication, despite recent major offensives by U.S. forces in the militants’ heartland. The report, requested by Congress, portrays an insurgency with deep roots and broad reach, able to […]

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No Chatroullet For Afghanis

April 29, 2010

“Afghanistan’s Internet is about to become way less fun. The government is introducing new rules banning users from sites that conflict with the country’s Islamic culture, namely, sites promoting porn, booze, and gambling, the Financial Times reports. The communications ministry is working with Internet service providers to start filtering out such content and will begin […]

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What A Shame And What A Shame That No American Has Seen This

April 21, 2010

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Russ Feingold Introduces Legislation To End Afghanistan War

April 15, 2010

“Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and U.S. RepresentativesJim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) announced they are introducing legislation requiring the president to develop a flexible timetable to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan, in order to enhance our national security and reduce the burden on our armed forces and on […]

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Trouble Over There

April 12, 2010

“KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — International troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians Monday, killing four people, officials said, setting off anti-American protests in a key southern city where coalition forces hope to rally the public for a coming offensive against the Taliban. NATO and Afghan authorities declined to identify the international forces involved by […]

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La Guerre En Afghanistan

April 8, 2010

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Some Good News. Obama’s Drone Attacks Are Working.

April 4, 2010

“PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A stepped-up campaign of American drone strikes over the past three months has battered Al Qaeda and its Pakistani and Afghan brethren in the tribal area of North Waziristan, according to a mid-ranking militant and supporters of the government there. The strikes have cast a pall of fear over an area that […]

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Taliban Retake Marja.

April 4, 2010

I have heavily criticized the Afghan mission because I can’t find anyone who can define it in such a way as to make sense. What I mean by make sense is a description of something that we can actually achieve. You cannot inculcate national pride in a people who have no real sense of nationality. […]

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Ambush In Afghanistan From Helmetcam

April 4, 2010

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82nd Airborne Vs Roadside Bombers

March 21, 2010

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Iran Aids Afghanis In IEDS

March 21, 2010

TALIBAN commanders have revealed that hundreds of insurgents have been trained in Iran to kill Nato forces in Afghanistan. The commanders said they had learnt to mount complex ambushes and lay improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have been responsible for most of the deaths of British troops in Helmand province. The accounts of two commanders, […]

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Special Forces Now Under General Command

March 16, 2010

“Critics, including Afghan officials, human rights workers and some field commanders of conventional American forces, say that Special Operations forces have been responsible for a large number of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan and operate by their own rules. Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi, the chief spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said that General […]

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