Afghanistan

Dutch And US Troops In A Tough Firefight

March 1, 2010

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The Battle For Marja.

February 14, 2010

“WASHINGTON – Although the major offensive under way in Marjah is the largest yet undertaken by allies in Afghanistan, it will look a lot like previous so-called clearing operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan – a sudden, violent invasion followed by months of painstaking patrols to win over the local population.

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Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Who Helped Arm The Mujahadeen Has Died At 76.

February 10, 2010

Charlie, Wilson, who helped to arm the Mujahadeen who drove the Soviet Union out of Afganistan has died at 76. His story was immortalized in the Book Charlie Wilson’s War. He didn’t know that the Mujahadeen would later mutate into today’s Taliban. Source: AP Related Posts:The Worst Job In The World.Great Old Soviet Private Collection […]

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Afghans Whistle, Use Smoke Signals, Even White Doves To Warn Of US Troops.

February 2, 2010

“KARARDAR, Afghanistan — The Marine infantry company, accompanied by a squad of Afghan soldiers, set out long before dawn. It walked silently through the dark fields with plans of arriving at a group of mud-walled compounds in Helmand Province at sunrise. The company had received intelligence reports that 40 to 50 Taliban fighters had moved […]

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Pashtun Tribe Vows To Fight Taliban – If We Pay Them For It.

January 28, 2010

“JALALABAD, Afghanistan — The leaders of one of the largest Pashtun tribes in a Taliban stronghold said Wednesday that they had agreed to support the American-backed government, battle insurgents and burn down the home of any Afghan who harbored Taliban guerrillas. Elders from the Shinwari tribe, which represents about 400,000 people in eastern Afghanistan, also […]

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Small Miracle.

January 24, 2010

“In what appears to be a small miracle, an entire group of Marines in Afghanistan narrowly avoided a major explosion when Lance Cpl. Ryan T. Mathison stepped on an improvised explosive device that failed to detonate properly. Mathison, who one of his fellow Marines called a “lucky son of a bitch,” was on foot patrol when he stepped on a hidden IED connected to 25 pounds of explosives that would have likely killed or injured the entire group. “If that IED had worked like it was supposed to? Bye-bye, sweetheart,” said the staff sergeant later called into dismantle the device. As the conflict in Afghanistan continues, these types of explosives are growing larger and more sophisticated, but in this case the botched explosion did little more than send a few small rocks flying through the air. “We’re all lucky, man,” said Mathison. “That would have hurt us all.”

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One Marine Killed, Four Wounded, Afghan Soldier Killed, And British Journalist Killed In An IED Attack In Afghanistan.

January 10, 2010

“KABUL — An embedded British journalist and an American Marine accompanying him were killed in Ghazni province when the vehicle they were traveling in struck a roadside bomb, the British Ministry of Defense announced Sunday. The journalist killed Saturday was Rupert Hamer, a defense correspondent from the British newspaper the Sunday Mirror who was accompanying […]

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“The Afghan Insurgency Can Sustain Itself Indefinitely,” Major General Michael Flynn

January 8, 2010

“The Taliban not only has the “momentum” after the most successful year in its campaign against the United States and the Kabul government. “The Afghan insurgency can sustain itself indefinitely,” according to a briefing from Major General Michael Flynn, the top U.S. intelligence officer in the country. “The Taliban retains [the] required partnerships to sustain […]

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First US Troop Fatalities In Afghanistan Of The Year

January 4, 2010

“KABUL, Afghanistan — Military officials today reported the year’s first U.S. combat casualties in Afghanistan — four troops killed a day earlier in the country’s violent south. In addition to the Americans killed in Sunday’s blast, a British soldier died in a separate explosion, also in the south. Roadside bombs are the No. 1 killer […]

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Warrant Officer 2 Dylan Ferguson, Bravo Co 1-82nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Southern Afghanistan

December 21, 2009

I was put in touch with this young Apache pilot and asked him for his permission to write an article about him. He had to apply for permission and received it. In case you’ve had a buttload of Tiger Woods news and want to see what life is like for the men and women who […]

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Obama’s Epic Failure To Enact Real Change In Regards To Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo. And For That Matter, In Health Care And Financial Reform.

December 13, 2009

When Barack Obama’s marketing team came up with Hope as its mission statement, its tagline, its campaign slogan, I was hoping and voting for just that. Didn’t happen. In fact, what little Honeymoon Obama had has all been squandered and once again, an electorate that was for a moment on the same page is now […]

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The Pashtunistanians.

December 12, 2009

“That land is not on any map, but it’s where leaders of Al Qaeda and the Taliban both hide. It straddles 1,000 miles of the 1,600-mile Afghan-Pakistani border. It is inhabited by the ethnic Pashtuns, a fiercely independent people that number 12 million on the Afghan side and 27 million on the Pakistani side. They […]

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Great 60 Minutes Feature On Navy Seals In Afghanistan

December 11, 2009

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West Point Grad Lambasts Chris Matthews

December 3, 2009

“Ben Salvito, a member of the class of 2010, wrote a response on The New Ledger Web site Wednesday saying that the cadets’ lack of excitement had nothing to do with their opinions: To applaud or to boo at the announcements made last night would have both been equally inappropriate for the Corps of Cadets. […]

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Malalai Joya, 19 Year Old Afghan Legislator Speaks

December 2, 2009

Malalai Joya, 19 Year Old Afghan Legislator Speaks

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“Afghanistan is not lost, but … it has moved backwards”

December 2, 2009

“Afghanistan is not lost, but … it has moved backwards”

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Harsh Words For Obama’s Afghan Policy

December 1, 2009

“Like Bush, Obama wants to wage an escalating war without worrying about how to pay for it—though no doubt, on Tuesday, we will be subjected to the same ludicrous vows not to increase the deficit. And it is almost uncanny to hear, this time from the liberal Obama, the same bloodcurdling rhetoric about nation-building and […]

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The War We Can’t Win

November 27, 2009

by Andrew J. Bacevich. History deals rudely with the pretensions of those who presume to determine its course. In an American context, this describes the fate of those falling prey to the Wilsonian Conceit. Yet the damage done by that conceit outlives its perpetrators. From time to time, in some moment of peril or anxiety, […]

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McClatchy Reports On Troop Increase: 34,000 More.

November 24, 2009

“As it now stands, the administration’s plan calls for sending three Army brigades from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. and a Marine brigade, for a total of as many as 23,000 additional combat and support troops. Another 7,000 troops would man and support […]

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$1 Million Per Soldier Per Year

November 14, 2009

“The latest internal government estimates place the cost of adding 40,000 American troops and sharply expanding the Afghan security forces, as favored by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American and allied commander in Afghanistan, at $40 billion to $54 billion a year, the officials said. Even if fewer troops are sent, or their mission […]

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