April 16, 2014
*Secret* Document Surprises No One: Afghanistan Not Ready to Govern Self
When I read the headline over at the Washington Times regarding a super-secret State Department memo that claims that Afghanistan won't be ready to govern itself by the time US troops pull out I had to laugh out loud (LOLing, to you younger readers).
That is a .... secret?
Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards as “critical” and describing an infrastructure in danger of collapsing if left to its own accord.Earth to Captain Obvious: how can something that every single person in America knows* be a "secret"?
*I use know here as an epistemological certainty
March 18, 2014
Taliban Murder 17 in Afghanistan
Just another normal day in the 'Stan:
A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 17 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to next month's presidential elections....Yup.
The attacker was approaching a checkpoint where cars were being searched on a road leading to the governor's compound in Maymana, the Faryab provincial capital, when he detonated his explosives hidden in the rickshaw, the officials said.
However, most of the victims were vendors peddling fresh bread and other people at the busy roadside market area.
January 27, 2014
Awesome: Afghanistan Begins Releasing Captured Jihadists
Exactly how is our little project of state-building in Afghanistan going? Not good:
The US government has condemned an ordered release of the first wave of 88 prisoners from Bagram prison, saying that more than 40 per cent of the prisoners who are set to go were involved in direct attacks against the US and Afghan forces.Michelle has more.
The Afghan Review Board (ARB), led by Abdul Shakoor Dadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 from Bagram, which the US military categorised them as “dangerous”.
As I've come to realize over the past 10 years of blogging, there's not much we can do to improve the sh*thole that is Afghanistan. The best strategy moving forward is to put them on notice that should they ever allow the Taliban to come back to power that we will not hesitate to wipe the country from the face of the Earth. And yes, I do mean that literally.
January 23, 2014
Democracy! Video Shows Afghan Politician Calling for Jihad Against the US
His name is Abdul Sattar Khawasi and he's a member of Afghanistan's parliament representing a political party with Taliban sympathies. After a US raid, he had this to say about the liberators of his country:
"Jihad is legitimate against the U.S., and silence against the U.S. is an act in violation of religion, I am obligated to tell you," Khawasi says in part of the video....And by firing on "you" he meant the Taliban. See, us = Taliban, you = everyone else.
The footage also shows the MP, a member of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul since joining Parliament in 2004, accusing other government officials of being "collaborators" for working alongside the U.S.
"Now lets focus on the government officials, these corrupt miscreants have no right to fire on you, I promise revenge," Khawasi said.
Meanwhile, the President of Afghanistan blames the US for a Taliban attack that targetted Western civilians in Kabul:
After the Taliban attack on a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul last week that left 21 people dead, including 13 foreign civilians, Karzai insinuated that the U.S. was responsible for the foreign deaths in Kabul because of the Afghan deaths in the Ghorband operation.Because I'm sure the Taliban would pick up their toys and go home if the US left.
And, just to be clear, I think it's high time we got out of Dodge. We did what we came to do. We kicked the Taliban's ass. It's this whole nation-building thing that I don't think we should be involved in. If the Afghans want a state bad enough, let them fight for it. And should the Taliban come back to power we have plenty of nukes that haven't been tested in awhile.
December 17, 2013
6 US Troops Killed in Copter Crash in A-Stan, Taliban Claim they Shot it Down
Six U.S. troops were killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday in southern Afghanistan.And on cue, the Taliban take credit:
Other media reported the troops were NATO members; Fox News confirmed the troops were part of the NATO force but were Americans.
“The cause of the crash is under investigation,” NATO said in a statement reported by Fox News. “However, initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time”
Military officials suspect engine failure is the cause of the crash, CNN reported.
Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate have shot down the helicopter of foreign troops in Shahjoi district today, according to officials reporting from southern Zabul province.Don't put too much faith in the Taliban's claim. They always claim helicopter crashes are the result of the 'mujahideen'.
The attack took place at around 03:00 pm local time today as the helicopter was flying over Ibraheem Khelo area at a low altitude, causing the chopper to violently plummet onto the ground in a ball of fire which killed all 8 invaders and crew onboard.
November 12, 2013
Last Jew in Afghanistan Not so Positive About Americans
At least he's not a Christian. There are none of them left:
In his 50s, Simintov is the last known Afghan Jew to remain in the country. He has become something of a celebrity over the years and his rivalry with the next-to-last Jew, who died in 2005, inspired a play.Right, blame the Americans ... says the guy who's afraid to wear a kippah and is quick to point out that only Muslims touch the food he serves.
Mindful of Afghanistan's extremely conservative Muslim culture, Simintov tries not to advertise his identity to protect the Balkh Bastan or Ancient Balkh kebab cafe he opened four years ago, naming it after a northern Afghan province....
There are no Afghan Christians left, at least none who is open about it, and the only permanent church is inside the Italian diplomatic compound. There is a small Hindu population, but it is shrinking rapidly....
However resolute Simintov remains about practising his faith, he is embittered - even enraged - by misfortune and by the failure of the U.S-led NATO force to create conditions for peace and security without the threat of the Taliban.
"It is better to see a dog than to see an American," he said. "If the situation in the country gets worse, I will escape."
Thanks to @pspoole
October 29, 2013
Report: Afghanistan Supporting Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan Supporting Afghan Taliban
For years I've been trying to start a war between India and Pakistan. The simple logic being that Pakistan ought not to exist, and I'd rather India nuke them than us. The problem with this is that so many Indians would die in the process. I like Indians.
But maybe I had that all wrong. Maybe we should give nukes to Afghanistan? Afghanistan is gone, Pakistan is gone. Win-win:
According to the article, which cites unnamed US and Afghan officials, the government of President Hamid Karzai is courting the Pakistani Taliban, who are close to what's left of Al Qaeda in region, as a way to counterbalance the Pakistani military's support for the Afghan Taliban...Okay, so we don't give them nukes. Worst case scenario: Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are so busy attacking Afghanistan and Pakistan that they lose interest in killing us.
But the Times story says the actual purpose of Mehsud's visit was to promise aid to the Pakistani Taliban in their fight. It's a cheap way for Afghanistan to project force and influcence inside Pakistan and, in theory, make Pakistan more amenable to Afghan positions at future negotiations.
Now, not content to be merely the target of a proxy war, the Afghan government decided to recruit proxies of its own by seeking to aid the Pakistan Taliban in their fight against Pakistan’s security forces, according to Afghan officials. And they were beginning to make progress over the past year, they say, before the American raid exposed them.
Yeah, I know it won't play out exactly like that.
You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one......
October 21, 2013
Meanwhile in The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
I wonder how things are going with the just war?
An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team's guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.That good huh?
Makes me want to stop blogging and go do some actual work.
October 14, 2013
Fourth Insider Attack this Month Kills US Soldier
If I understand the post-2014 "withdraw" plan correctly, we actually aren't leaving. Instead, we'll be there training Afghans and in other support roles. So, we're talking about more contact between US servicemen and women with Afghan troops.
How, exactly, is that supposed to make me feel better when this sh*t keeps happening?
A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least one serviceman on Sunday, local officials and the Nato-led coalition said.H/T: Rantburg
The so-called “insider attack” in Paktika province is the fourth in less than a month and is likely to strain already tense ties between coalition troops and their allies, with most foreign troops scheduled to withdraw by the end of next year.
The bad news is that Sec. of State Kerry seems to have worked out the kinks with Karzai so that we'll be stuck in Afghanistan forever. The analogy with Japan or Germany is a bad one. I know we've been in those countries for well over half a century, the differences are too many to mention but let me address two. First, Germany and Japan were nation states before we occupied them. Afghanistan is a state, but not a nation. Second, Germany and Japan had functioning governments before they were occupied. Afghanistan has never had anything like a government in the modern sense. We weren't engaged in state building in these two countries post WWII, we were engaged in state rebuilding.
The crux being that with or without us Afghanistan will be a mess.
October 03, 2013
Good News: Guy Who Invited bin Laden to Afghanistan to Run for President
If Abdul Rassoul Sayyaf wins, it's time to nuke 'em:
The Philippine insurgent group Abu Sayyaf is named after him and he was mentioned in the 9/11 commission reports as "mentor" to Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the operational mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks.Hooray democracy!
A conservative Islamic scholar, Sayyaf ran paramilitary training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s, and it was there he meet al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
In 1996, Sayyaf helped bin Laden return to Afghanistan after he was ejected from Sudan. Bin Laden stayed in the country under the protection of the Taliban until the American-led invasion of late 2001.
September 13, 2013
US Consulate Attacked in Afghan City on Iranian Border
We tried to rebuild. We tried to civilize these people. We failed. I think there is a lesson here:
U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement that the assault began around 5:30 a.m., when "a truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers -- possibly firing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles -- starting firing at Afghan forces and security guards on the exterior of the gates. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate."I'll just note that Herat is near the Iranian border, so a large percentage of the population is Shia. So, I guess the question is ..... do we know these were Taliban?
Harf confirmed that the attack ended after Afghan security forces took control of the outside of the Consulate and that there were no American casualties. It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility.
August 12, 2013
US Casualties "Mount" in Afghanistan
Remember how every time someone in our military died in Iraq the headline would always include some variation of the word "mount", "mounting", or "climb"? As if each new casualty marked a new high.
Which, of course, it did. That's just the way math works. One plus any number is greater than the original number.
Moreover, recall that every single casualty was always -- always -- used as a jumping point in the article which would then question President Bush in one way or another.
Oh, how far we've come:
Three US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan's eastern borderlands on Sunday, US and NATO officials said, the first NATO combat deaths this month.Not only are these deaths not added to previous deaths -- no reference to "mounting" or "climbing" -- they are the first deaths this month.
But I'm sure the press is going to link these deaths to some Obama Administration policy? Perhaps the so-called Afghanistan surge?
Not even close:
The soldiers, from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed by insurgents in Paktia province, a US official told Reuters.And that's it. That's the entire article. The whole thing.
These people make me sick.
July 31, 2013
US Tax Dollars Funding al Qaeda & Taliban Supporters
This really sucks, but is it really any surprise? Doesn't the law of percentages kind of dictate that if you spread enough money around a sh*thole like Afghanistan, that you are bound to contract with al Qaeda and Taliban sympathizers?
Even if the number of al Qaeda/Taliban type supporters is on what I reckon to be the low end -- say, 20% -- then it follows that a whole lot of bad guys are going to end up on our payroll. It's expected.
The real problem here is that apparently we know about the bad guys receiving US contracts but we continue to pay them anyway. All in the name of "due process rights".
This is what happens when your government and military are run by lawyers:
Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.The real essence of the report is that most of the billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan isn't getting at the "root problem" of that country's instability. Which is accountant speak for there's no amount of money that could be spent by us to to drag these people kicking and screaming into the 19th century.
The U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office has declined to act in 43 such cases, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said today in a letter accompanying a quarterly report to Congress.
No, I meant 19th century. Eh, who am I kidding: the 18th century would be an improvement for most of these people.
Thanks to Lou.
July 24, 2013
Out: Bigfoot and Nessie
In: "The White Taliban"
How long have we been in Afghanistan? Long enough that some US Special Forces have learned to blend in well enough that the locals mistake them for Taliban:
But out in the Arghandab Valley of Kandahar Province, one of the most volatile regions in the country, locals talk about a different breed of American Special Operations forces who settled in around 2005. They are said to drive civilian vehicles, wear local clothes, speak good Pashto – and yes, sport thick beards.Special Forces .... going native ... in a war that becomes less popular as it drags on and on. The narrative is kind of on the nose, eh?
They are so good at blending in that the locals have taken to calling them “Spin Taliban” – Pashto for White Taliban – because of their resemblance to the actual Afghan Taliban, including the trademark black, puffy turbans.
July 10, 2013
Insider Attack in Afghanistan Kills 1, Wounds 6
Early? We've been there for 12 years now. Twelve long years. If twelve years is early, then I'd like to see what a long time means to some of these people.
When we could have and should have applied the lessons of Iraq and quadrupled the number of troops, Obama punted and "settled" for a "surge" which wasn't anything like what was needed. Not. Even. Close.
So, here we are. Twelve years in, and without a stable government in Kabul able to stand on its own two feet.
It's long past time to bail. Let the Afghans work out their own troubles.
We kicked their asses the first time in a matter of weeks. Should they decide to roll over and let the Taliban take control once again, we could do it again in a matter of weeks yet again. And again. And again.
At some point it sinks in: we do not let the Taliban come to power.
Or, it doesn't. And then there's no one left alive in Afghanistan to complain.
Yes, that's where I'm at now.
It's not that I don't value Afghan lives. I do. The innocents affected by the evil doers around them. It breaks my heart.
It's just that I value American lives more.
June 25, 2013
Peace? No Peace
Taliban militants attacked key buildings near Afghanistan's presidential palace and the U.S. CIA headquarters in Kabul, a brazen assault that could derail attempts for peace talks to end 12 years of war.
The Taliban, who have said they are willing to take part in talks with the United States and Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration, said they launched the early morning assault, which triggered a 90-minute firefight.
A U.S. envoy was in Kabul on Tuesday to try to smooth the way forward for the stalled talks in the Gulf state of Qatar ahead of the pullout from Afghanistan of most of the NATO-led troops next year. He had been expected to meet reporters at the U.S. Embassy, but the conference was called off.
Karzai was also due to attend, but his whereabouts were not known. A palace official said he was safe.
May 01, 2013
Deadly Bagram Airfield Crash Caught On Video
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)
From CBC News:
A civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram Airfield, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said.
Incidentally, this video also happens to be another perfect analogy for Obama's budget plan.
March 11, 2013
Finally: Some Good News from Afghanistan
We takes what we can gets:
Six Taliban men were killed when the explosives they possessed for making bombs exploded accidently inside a house in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Monday.The way I figure it we get out of Dodge, drop thousands of do-it-yourself bomb making kits, and just let Darwin take care of Afghanistan for us.
Afghans Kill 2 US Troops
If the Taliban's strategy is to get the US to distrust our Afghan allies then I have to give it to them: it's working:
A police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces at a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, sparking a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shootout, officials said.Our prayers are with the families of those killed.
March 08, 2013
Afghan Soldiers Attack US Base
This thing in Afghanistan would go a whole lot better if there were no Afghanis to deal with:
We can confirm that one ISAF-contracted civilian died when three individuals wearing Afghan National Security Forces uniforms and driving an ANSF vehicle forced their way on base and turned their weapons against International Security Assistance Force service members and civilians today in eastern Afghanistan. All three individuals were killed during the engagement and the area has been secured by ISAF and ANSF. Afghan and coalition officials are looking into the circumstances of this incident.More here.
Afghan Security Forces Attack US Base In Kapisa
This is the second green-on-blue attack this year
[...]The Khaama report stated that one US soldier and one Afghan soldier were killed in the attack, and that no one was injured. According to ISAF, however, it was a civilian US employee, not a US soldier, who died in the incident.Senseless and cowardly act by the ROPMA.
In response to an inquiry by The Long War Journal as to details of the attack, ISAF stated:We can confirm that one ISAF-contracted civilian died when three individuals wearing Afghan National Security Forces uniforms and driving an ANSF vehicle forced their way on base and turned their weapons against International Security Assistance Force service members and civilians today in eastern Afghanistan. All three individuals were killed during the engagement and the area has been secured by ISAF and ANSF. Afghan and coalition officials are looking into the circumstances of this incident.[More..]
February 20, 2013
Attn: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, AKA The Taliban
Yeah, I like noticed you're following me on twitter yesterday. Thanks dude!
Also yesterday the Taliban's website could be found here.
Today? Not so much.
It looks like they ran into some sort of DNS issue, hmmm?
Special Thanks to Zionist Bandwidth Bitch.
February 01, 2013
Obama Foreign Policy! US Says Taliban Can be Part of Afghan Government as Taliban Murder 21 Outside of Mosque
I keep hearing how awesome Hillary Clinton was as Secretary of State and about her "legacy". This will be her legacy:
US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has said the United States is ready to open the door for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, adding that the Afghan Taliban could be part of Afghanistan's future if they met conditions to ensure long-term peace and stability in the war-torn country.Peace? Are you sure he didn't mean piece? You know, a piece of a Shia here, a piece of an infidel there?
An explosion in a market in northwestern Pakistan on Friday killed at least 21 people and wounded 33 in what police described as a suicide bombing...Sure, let's make peace with these people. What could possibly go wrong?
Abu Omar, a Taliban commander in the neighboring tribal region of North Waziristan, said in a telephone interview that the attack was in revenge for the killing on Thursday of a Sunni cleric....
Friday’s explosion occurred just after Friday Prayer as worshipers filed out of a Sunni mosque and a nearby Shiite place of worship, police officials said. “People were coming out of the mosque when the explosion occurred,” said one officer in Hangu, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Another police official in Hangu said a suicide bomber had detonated his explosives. While Shiites were the likely target, the dead included people from both Islamic sects, he said. “There are Sunnis and Shias killed.”
Obama's diplomacy: speak loudly and carry a tiny stick.
January 08, 2013
On-Base Imam Kills British Soldier
A member of the Afghan army who acted as a prayer leader for troops has shot dead a British soldier in the year's first insider attack, according to officials in the region.Apparently, the now-dead
As many as six British troops were also injured in the shooting in Helmand Province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released shortly after details emerged, the BBC reported.[More...]
Prayers for the family of the fallen soldier. May he RIP.
December 02, 2012
Jalalabad Air Base: Taliban Suicide Bombers Attacked FOB Fenty
Last night, on Twitter, I watched the attack unfold in real time thru Combat Journalist Mustafa Kazemi @combatjourno tweets.
Earlier on Mustafa Kazemi tweeted 1 Afghan soldier was killed. Later this a.m. word is, several US troops were wounded.
By Mustafa KazemiFNC is reporting at least 5 Afghans were killed
Kabul (Combat Journalist) – Taliban insurgents attacked a U.S. Military Air Base early Sunday Morning in Eastern Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city.
Several Taliban insurgents equipped with suicide bombing vests and light assault rifles attacked Forward Operation Base Fenty’s main gate in Jalalabad city around 05:50 GMT on Sunday.
U.S. and Afghan Forces stationed at the Air Base’s entrance responded to the attack that was followed by multiple explosions caused by suicide blasts, according to the multinational International Security Assistance Forces’ Joint Command here in Kabul.
Several U.S. Military troops were wounded as a result of the attack, but the exact figure was not disclosed by the Joint Command due to operational security.
The attackers and at least five Afghans were killed, officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault.Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this. Prayers also for the quick recovery of our finest and bravest.
It was the largest attack on the Jalalabad air base since February, when a suicide car bombing at the gate triggered an explosion that killed nine Afghans, six of them civilians[...]
Two Afghan students from a private medical school were caught up in the attack and killed, as were three other Afghans working at the base, Mashreqiwal said. He did not know whether the base workers were private guards, members of the security forces or civilian employees.
Nine attackers took part in the assault in total, he said, three of whom were killed in the suicide blasts and another six gunmen who died in the ensuing fighting that lasted a few hours.
Maj. Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the international military force in Afghanistan, said that helicopters "were deployed and used."[More]
November 30, 2012
Bronco Bama/Dems: Al Qaeda is Decimated
North Waziristan: Video Shows Al Qaeda Training Kids As Young As 5
Panetta was right: Al Qaeda battle in Afghanistan to stretch for years. But, don't tell Obama because he won.
These terrifying pictures show children as young as five being trained to kill with pistols and deadly AK-47 assault rifles.Child abuse, our name is al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, IRAN, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, etc etc etc
They were taken from footage of an al Qaeda terror camp in north Waziristan, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Many of the children are orphans of the terrorist organisation’s ‘martyrs’ following the same deadly route as their fathers.
They are brainwashed into waging Jihad on the West and becoming suicide bombers, the Sunday Mirror reported.
November 28, 2012
Afghan Teen Beheaded For Refusing Marriage Proposal
Afghan police have arrested two men accused of beheading a teenage girl with a knife in northern Kunduz province, officials say.F'n savages should be castrated with a nail file.
Prior to the attack, the girl's father had rejected a marriage proposal for his daughter.
"Our investigation shows those who killed her were people who wanted to marry her," police told the BBC.
h/t Blazing Cat Fur
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November 13, 2012
#Petraeus Scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan
This case just got bigger...
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.There is something bigger going on here....way bigger.
According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” e-mails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011.
FBI Agents Raid Petraeus Mistress, Paula Broadwell, Home
Report: FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny For Sending Shirtless Pictures Of Himself..
Did #Petraeus 'Mistress' Reveal 'Classified Information' on #Benghazi?
'Secret' CIA 'Blacksite' (Interrogation Center) Possible Cause For Attack To Free Prisoners
Breaking David Petraeus Resigns as Head of CIA
October 10, 2012
Lara Logan: Radical Islam is Not in Retreat
I had been reading about this speech for a few days now, but haven't linked to anything yet because I hadn't actually seen the speech -- just reaction to it.
But over at This Aint Hell they found the whole thing up at YouTube. It's worth the 20 minutes of your time and completely destroys
three four Obama narratives: 1) Killing bin Laden ended al Qaeda; 2) The Arab Spring has been a good thing; 3) There are "moderate" Taliban who can be our peace partners; 4) The "radicals" are a tiny minority within the Islamic world.
October 01, 2012
If democracy and freedom are so precious to them, let them shed their own blood.
I know, we aren't there to build democracy. We are there to ensure the Taliban don't ever come back to power enabling al Qaeda to attack us again. Democracy, we are told, is simply the means to our national interest ends.
But you know what is also a means to ensuring the Taliban never return to power? Nuclear bombs.
September 21, 2012
Sandcrawler PSA: Re: Afghanistan
The last of the 33,000 American surge troops sent to Afghanistan two years ago have left the battlefields of Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.
September 18, 2012
Good News: No Joint Patrols
I guess if we're just there to kill a few Taliban now and then we could do that much easier and cheaper from a few bases. Because there is not going to be a lot of training going on.
CBS: The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans are being killed by the men they are training.President SCOAMF is really doing a bang up job in Afghanistan.
August 30, 2012
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Thursday that a U.S. drone strike last week near the Afghan border killed the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network, a major blow to one of the most feared groups fighting American troops in Afghanistan.
You may thank the nearest Predator drone pilot for the page full of dancing boobies, men.
Critical Update Thanks to Legionnaire of the Banned for MOAR BOOBIES
August 25, 2012
Report: Mullah Dadullah Killed In Airstrike
KABUL, Afghanistan – A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed a dozen militants including a senior leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, the international military coalition said Saturday, dealing a blow to armed extremists operating on both sides of the countries' porous border. The strike in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province killed Mullah Dadullah, the self-proclaimed Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajur tribal area that lies across the border, late Friday afternoon, coalition spokesman Maj. Martyn Crighton.
Screw the 48 hour rule, I'm breaking out the Hammertime.
Spider Man dancing hot chick.
Can't have a kill like this without some Vader.
Critical update: Ghey Spider Man replaced with bouncing jubblies.
Critical update too: This is a different Mullah Dadullah. His real name was Jamal Said. He probably called himself Mullah Dadullah because the real Mullah Dadullah was already dead and he wanted to look good to his fellow Pakistani Taliban scumbag buddies.
Who cares, he's a terrorist and he's dead!
August 21, 2012
Gen Martin Dempsey's Plane Damaged From Rocket Attack on Bagram Air Base
Thank goodness General Dempsey wasn't harmed.
An insurgent rocket attack on a US air base in Afghanistan has damaged the plane of America's top military officer while he was on a visit there.What's with the BBC using lower case for NATO, ISAF? Should I now use Bbc instead of BBC for them?
Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was not near the plane at the time but two US maintenance crew were slightly injured.
The attack happened late on Monday night at the US air base in Bagram.
He was in Afghanistan to discuss a growing number of attacks against Nato soldiers by Afghan security personnel.
Gen Dempsey had arrived on Monday in a C-17 transport aircraft which was parked at Bagram.
A statement from Nato's Isaf force said shrapnel from "an indirect fire round" had damaged the plane as well as a Nato helicopter.[More...]
June 13, 2012
Woman Shot for Not Having Children
Gulsika was 13-years-old when she was forced into an arranged marriage. The first 10 days or so, she says, were pleasant -- but then the abuse started.Sad situation. Word has it that the husband's tadpoles don't swim and she's actually okay.
Today, seven years later, she lives in a safe house in Kabul, recovering from gunshot wounds. Her husband is in prison awaiting trial for allegedly shooting her in May at their home in the northern province of Takhar.
In an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Gulsika, a native of Kandahar who is now 20, described the trauma she experienced after her husband shot her, apparently because she could not have children with him.
So, where's the war on women?
May 07, 2012
Afghan Government: Taliban, You Suck at Community Organizing!
And screw your un-Islamic spring offensive:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan government on Monday condemned the recent Taliban announcement of the start of their annual "spring offensive," calling it cowardly and un-Islamic and saying the country's forces would thwart any attacks.Our president, the community organizer...
The Taliban's offensive begins every year as snows melt and the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier. It normally leads to a surge of militant attacks throughout the country as the Taliban attempt to retake lost territory and intimidate the government.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul acknowledged a two-year, rarely used program to release detainees[ahh, most MSM didn't admit this program is Obama's idea..ed] from a military prison run by the American military near the capital, saying it meant to bolster reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
But the Taliban announcement last week was another sign of the difficulty of reconciling with a group that has been fighting the U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces for more than a decade. The Taliban said they would target anyone - from government workers to tribal leaders - who works against them and helps foreigners in their "occupation" of Afghanistan.
April 20, 2012
Hamid Karzai Suddenly Making Loads of Sense
Ever since Obama decided that his "surge" in Afghanistan should be composed of half as many troops needed to actually get the job done, I've been vacillating on whether we should stay or go. On the one hand, loosing a war to the Taliban would be disastrous for our foreign policy for decades to come. On the other hand, if we aren't fighting to win then what's the point?
But now? If our alleged "ally" in Afghanistan wants us out, then it's time we get out:
President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that a speeded-up departure of Western troops from his country is the only way to prevent a recurrence of "painful experiences" such as the sight of American soldiers posing with the body parts of dead insurgents.Yeah, I'd hate for Afghans to have to go through the "pain" of looking at a picture of a dead guy next to an infidel.
What about the pain of those American soldiers wounded fighting for your country? Or the pain of an American soldier's wife or child who won't ever see their father or husband again because he died fighting for your country?
If the Afghans are going to act like children -- who feign outrage every time a photo of a dead guy appears but not over the dead suicide bomber trying to kill people -- or savages -- who feign outrage over a book being burned -- then maybe we should give them their wish and let them take over full responsibility for their own fate.
But, here's the warning. Should you fail to keep the Taliban or other like minded people from taking over, then all bets are off. If that should happen, then it's carpet bombing time.
I'm sick of our guys dying over there for people who are only slightly less bad then the alternative.
And yes, I know we aren't fighting for them. I know we're over there fighting for us. I think fighting for us is always a good idea.
But at some point you have to weigh the costs of re-invading the country against the costs of occupying it indefinitely.
Somewhere around 2009 I think we crossed the magic threshold where it became obvious that this whole nation building exercise was futile and where it just becomes less expensive in terms of both blood and treasure to plan on annihilating the country every 20 years.
April 09, 2012
5 Jihadis Walk Into a Field With a Shovel and an IED ....
Update by DMartyr: Last video has been passed around as Jihadists getting blown up, but when originally released, it was described as friendlies getting blown up. Since we don't want to make light of brave (however, not necessarily smart) friendlies getting hurt or killed, I've replaced the video with another.
Plus, I added bonus videos of IED placers getting owned below the fold. Of course, Rusty's joke no longer makes sense, so I remove it as well. ;)
Related: Yet another leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is martyred, Allahu Akbar!
March 29, 2012
Soldier Throws Himself in Front of Vehicle to Save Afghan Girl
According to the Rhode Island National Guard and the U.S. Army, Weichel was in a convoy a week ago with his unit in Laghman Province, in northeast Afghanistan. Some children were in the road in front of the convoy, and Weichel and other troops got out to move them out of the way.Update by SH: Tissues handy? Video from Dec of last year:
Most of the children moved, but one little girl went back to pick up some brass shell casings in the road. Afghan civilians often recycle the casings, and the girl appeared to aim to do that. But a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was moving toward her, according to Lt. Col. Denis Riel of the Rhode Island National Guard.
MRAPs, as they are known, usually weigh more than 16 tons.
Weichel saw the massive truck bearing down on the girl and grabbed her out of the way. But in the process, the armored truck ran him over, Riel said.
The little girl is fine. Weichel died a short time later of his injuries.
RIP hero, our thoughts and prayers go out to your lovely family...sigh