September 15, 2014
if ISIS Isn't Islamic The Pope Isn't Cathlolic
s ISIS slaughters its way though Syria and Iraq, it became inevitable that we’d hear from apologists who claim that ISIS is not in fact “true Islam,” and that its depredations are due to something other than religious motivation. Those motivations, say the apologists, are political (usually Western colonialism that engenders resentment), cultural (societal tradition), or anything other than religion.Like Rusty once said, Islam is what Muslims believe it is, so to the extent that Muslims in ISIS and those who support it believe it represents Islam, it represents Islam. Its that simple.
These apologists, of course, which now include President Obama, are motivated by a desire to avoid criticizing religion at all costs—especially Islam.....
Actually, what people like Obama, Paul, Volsky, and Jenkins consider “true” faith is this: “faith that promotes the kind of behavior that I like.” So, as do all believers, the apologists pick and choose from scripture the dictates that they find congenial, ignoring the bad ones.
September 05, 2014
Bush Was The Kwisatz Haderach
And Megyn Kelly an Imprinter.
She certainly made an impression on me anyway. ;-)
Boston Blogger Becomes ISIS Media Head
Yet another American is suspected of joining ISIS and using skills acquired in this country to advance the goal of a global caliphate. Ahmad Abousamra, a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree related to computer technology, is suspected of being the social media manager of ISIS and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.Ahmad Abousamra is a long time participant in the Cyber Jihad.
Jawa Report first ran his addition to the most wanted list in December of last year.
Thought crimes, as in when two US soldiers were dragged through the streets and burned in Iraq he called it..
nice juicy BBQThere is still an online campaign to free Mehanna.
I want ... more BBQ sauce videos
Here are all the Jawa Report posts that reference Abousamra.
As well as Jawa Report's coverage of the arrest and conviction Tarek Mehanna
Imperial Good News: Terrorist Blogger Tarek Mehanna Found Guilty on All Counts
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna.
Tarek Mehanna's Mouthpiece to Whine Free Speech And Request Dismissal of Material Support of al-Qaeda Charge.
#OccupyBoston Hosts Supporters of Accused Terrorist Supporter and Online Jihadi Tarek Mehanna.
Boston Blogger "Sought Terror Training".
Internet Jihadi Charged With Aiding al Qaeda
Muslim Blogger Arrested in Boston?
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna
Blogger Terek Mehanna Arrested AGAIN!
More About Tarek Mehanna's Online Jihad
Boston Blogger Assisted al Qaeda in Iraq
Boston Area Imam Mentored Two Aspiring Terrorists
Just Another ‘Typical American Kid’ with Terror Aspirations
Witness In Terrorism Case Sentenced To Probation
Are There Any Domestic Terrorists NOT Tied to Islamic Networking website?
The New England Jihadis
NY Muslims: I Love Osama bin Laden & I'm Friends with Terrorists
How Sweet: Indicted Terrorist Writes Known NYC Terror Supporter a Love Letter
Feds Offered Mehanna Chance to Flip Prior to Arrest
Appeals Court Upholds al Qaeda Blogger's Conviction.
Both Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra cut their radical teeth so to speak under the guidance of Sharon Imam Muhammad Masood who was later deported to Pakistan for visa fraud.
Image credit Miss Kelly
With Masood starting in on Ahmad Abousamra as early as age 14.
The charge is yet another indication that internet jihadis are often dangerous and should be taken seriously.The online Jihad is just not speech, its often times advocacy and material support for the most extreme and terrorist organizations on Earth. Terrorists who are at war against all of us. Tolerating it as just thought crimes leads to what we have now in Syria and Iraq. Its just as, if not more dangerous in the long run as the car bomb on the field of combat.
The Jihad must have recruits it must be promoted and that is where people like Daniel Maldanodo, Terek Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra become not just a a bother, but a truly dangerous aspect of the Islamofascist war against all who would stand against an extreme sixth century caliphate like the one ISIS is creating in Iraq and Syria.
September 04, 2014
ISIS Propaganda Machine
The terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is harnessing the power of social media in its violent quest to establish a Muslim caliphate.The the only ones making any effort to counter or shut it down are Jawas.
Experts in counterterrorism say the group’s gruesome videos of beheadings — the most recent of which was posted Tuesday — are having their intended effect by propelling the group into headlines.
Intelligence gathering is not a means to itself, intelligence is gathered to support action. Intelligence without action is a victory to the enemy.
If you disagree, well current reality has a bone to pick with you.
September 03, 2014
These Aren't The Moderate Opposition We're Looking For
As the Obama administration struggles to address the threat from ISIS and plans to go to Congress in coming weeks to up its commitment against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, multiple media reports indicate that the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) is operating openly with ISIS and other designated terrorist groups. And yet financial and military support for the FSA is the keystone to the administration’s policy in Syria.As they say, Read the Rest.
Last week the Washington Post reported on the Syrian ‘rebel’ takeover of the Golan Heights Quneitra border crossing with Israel (where I reported from last year), with the ‘rebels’ capturing the UN peacekeepers stationed at the crossing. The Post noted:The United Nations gave no further details, but an Israeli military spokesman told CNN that the captors are suspected to be members of al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, which has been fighting alongside more-moderate, Western-backed rebels for control of the area.The “more-moderate, Western-backed rebels” fighting alongside with Jabhat al-Nusra the Post was referring to, but didn’t dare name, was none other than the FSA.
This is not the only time the FSA has been caught allied with US-designated terrorist groups. Just a month ago the New York Times quoted a ‘rebel’ field commander saying that the FSA had joined ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in attacking a border post in Lebanon:Reached by phone in Arsal, Abu Osama, a member of Mr. Jomaa’s brigade, said that the sole purpose of Saturday’s attacks was to secure the release of Mr. Jomaa and that they were carried out as a combined operation involving fighters from the Free Syrian Army, the Nusra Front and ISIS.The Times report was quick to note that Abu Osama’s claim could not be confirmed, no doubt because that fact would be devastating to the Obama administration’s ongoing narrative about the “moderate, vetted” FSA. But the facts about the true nature of the FSA are getting harder to conceal.
Hat Tip: Achmed.
September 02, 2014
10 Years Ago Yesterday: Beslan Massacre
We are reminded today that the US and Russia should not be enemies.
Previous Jawa Coverage.
The Jawa Report: The Children Of Beslan.
The Jawa Report: Beslan Massacre 2nd Anniversary.
The Jawa Report: Beslan Donates To Tsunami Relief.
Beslan: 5 Years Later and the Jihad Still Growing in Russia.
The Jawa Report: Beslan Massacre one year later.
The Jawa Report: Surviving Beslan Terrorist Sentenced to Die.
The Jawa Report: Two Arrests Made in Russia over Beslan.
The Jawa Report: Beslan Terrorist's Mother Banished from.
Homeland Security After Beslan .
The Jawa Report: Russia Identifies Beslan Hostage Takers.
Chechen Warlard Claims Responsibility for Beslan Massacre.
The Jawa Report: Arab World Reacts to Beslan Massacre.
The Jawa Report: Putin says what everyone is thinking.
The Jawa Report: Bloody Shootout Ends Russian School.
The Jawa Report: Chechen Terrorist Leader Killed.
The Jawa Report September 2004 archive reminds us that the current situation with ISIS is not "As bad as its ever been" or worse than its ever been.
No we've fought ISIS before, and back then their media wing al-Furqan did not cut the nasty parts out of beheading.
The Press and Obama crowd just have a really really hard time admitting that Bush was right and al-Qaeda, and also that Islamists were always evil.
ISIS is simply the current manifestation of that evil.
It must be destroyed, utterly.
And to destroy them you had best believe in the cause, because the sick butchers of ISIS sure as hell believe in their cause.
August 22, 2014
Imperial Very Good News! Assad Kills ISIS Jihadi Abu Moussa
“ISIS Jihadi Who Threatened To Raise Flag Of Allah In White House Is Dead”So I guess he’ll be needing a proxy to raise that flag now.
And yes, I’m holding back the urge to say, “like, maybe Obama?”
BOW BEFORE ZOD!
He's dead Jim
August 19, 2014
Space Aliens Bomb Libyan Terrorists
Unidentified warplanes on Monday bombed a small arms depot and other locations in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that are controlled by Islamist-aligned militias, suggesting that a foreign state had intervened in the escalating battle for control of the city.Must have been some space alien, probably named Kilroy Tornado?
At least six people were killed, The Associated Press reported. The origin of the planes remained a mystery.
The airstrikes were beyond the capacity of the limited Libyan Air Force, and Libyan authorities said the planes had come from a foreign state. The United States, France, Italy and Egypt all denied responsibility.
“The United States was not involved whatsoever in these events,” said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman.
War Porn: Pardon US ISIS
But that's OUR effing Humvee.
Owned! In more ways that one.
Oh what a feeling! Toyota!
Islamic State of Losers Issue Sternly Worded Letter to Freemasons
And to the Black of Washington which I assume is President Obama, ISIS are racists? Who knew.
I can't speak to the validity of the statement, other than its being passed around by various ISIS cheerleaders. ISIS cheerleaders recently passed around a faked Iranian phsyop Fatwa claiming ISIS called for genital mutilation of adult females. Some ISIS cheerleaders apparently agreed with it tho.
So there you have it folks ISIS didn't really get beaten and they are ready to die. And also, Juice! Crusaders! Romans! Whaaah!
Shut up kid!
Hat Tip: Some Jooo Hater.
Update: ISIS reference to Obama as a Black can also be translated as slave. Because among the other things ISIS is bringing back with its Kalifa is slavery.
August 11, 2014
ISIS Not As Fond of Death As They Advertise
Islamist extremists who have overrun swaths of Iraq made a rare retreat in an area hit by U.S. airstrikes and gave up some territory they had won from Kurdish forces, in an early sign of impact from the three-day-old American campaign.What cowards, they say they seek death and so we're trying very hard to help them reach Jannah, and then they chicken out and retreat?
The Peshmerga said they overtook Islamic State positions in Makhmur District, a region north of the city of Kirkuk, as well as the nearby town of Gwair. The fighters, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had taken over the two towns last week as part of a broader push toward Erbil.
"ISIS is starting to realize there are consequences to using heavy artillery and equipment near Erbil," said one senior U.S. defense official. "It's going to slow them down and give the Pesh time to fortify lines with supplies they're getting from [the Iraqi military] and from the U.S."
Too Freaking Cool to Check! Israel Deploys Death Star Against Hamas
Reports, including photographic evidence reveal that Israel is using an energy weapon to attack targets in Gaza. The destructive beam, thought to be a high energy laser, is emitted from a plane identified as a Boeing KC707 “Re’em,” originally configured for Electronic Warfare.F*ck yeah!
Those observing the attacks cite a beam from a 4 engine jet hitting a target which immediately turns “white hot.” After these attacks, the target area is then hit with either bombs or artillery to destroy evidence of the use of an American designed and built energy weapon
illegallygiven to Israel.
And also Jar Jar is dead.
August 08, 2014
Wipe ISIS Out. All of Them
*I've never been prouder of President Obama than right now. But Mr. President ISIS is no pushover. See Headline.
President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.If you're going to use our powah, Use it very liberally Mr. President.
During a late night statement Thursday from the White House, the president said he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."
Mr. Obama explained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days has "continued to move across Iraq and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces to stop the advance on Erbil.
US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 8, 2014
And you keep saying if necessary Its long past necessary, sir. Failure to crush ISIS will be a mistake we'll pay dearly for.
Update: Right on cue the ISIS supporters whine, but but civilians.
You mad bro?
BREAKING: US official: US launches second round of airstrikes on targets near Irbil, Iraq— The Associated Press (@AP) August 8, 2014
*Didn't take much to reach that level, but if he bombs the living crap out of ISIS he begins filling that very large hole he's been digging.
July 31, 2014
As violence continues unabated in Iraq, the United States has agreed to sell $700 million in military aid, including 5,000 Hellfire missiles.
July 29, 2014
Yesterday a defector from the Assad regime called Caesar released a report on the Assad's regime, its eliminating its opponents on an industrial scale.
At Hospital 601, not far from the presidential palace in Damascus, Syrian guards ran out of space to store the dead and had to use an adjoining warehouse where military vehicles were repaired.The report comes complete with graphic images of the dead and highlighted evidence of torture. And Assad's forces to torture. I've seen videos of them chopping off wounded Jihadi's fingers and general abuse of corpses and the living. I've seen Assad's forces dumping Jihadi bodies by the dozen into ravines and rivers. In general they are pretty brutal..
A forensic photographer working for Syria's military police walked the rows and took pictures of the emaciated and disfigured corpses, most believed to be anti-Assad activists. Numbers written on the bodies and on white cards, the photographer said, told regime bureaucrats the identities of the deceased, when they died and which branch of the Syrian security services had held them.
U.S. investigators who have reviewed many of the photos say they believe at least 10,000 corpses were cataloged this way between 2011 and mid-2013. Investigators believe they weren't victims of regular warfare but of torture, and that the bodies were brought to the hospital from the Assad regime's sprawling network of prisons. They were told some appeared to have died on site.
What a coincidence ISIS is also killing on an industrial scale and yesterday released a new video to prove just how efficient their genocide against the Iraqi Shia can be.
Near the end they are killing people and pushing them into the river. I guess to poison the water down stream. The dock they push the victims from is soaked in blood.
Q: So which side is worse?
Update: More at Gateway Pundit.
ISIS supporters cheered the bloody massacre video.
The comments on YouTube were overwhelmingly positive. One supporter called the massacre a “most beautiful Christmas bonus (present).” Another supporter praised the massacre with, “Allahu Akbar!”
July 25, 2014
Young, Uneducated, Uninformed Democrats
A new Gallup poll indicates that a majority of people who believe Israel is unjustified in attacking Hamas are young, uneducated Democrats:
The survey also shows that those who are the least informed about the conflict tend to support the Palestinian side.
(Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers)
July 24, 2014
High Tech Hamas Land Based Missile Launcher
LOL. Can the Palestinian moon shot be far behind?
July 23, 2014
A Mitigating Factor?
Is it just a coincidence that since Bowe Bergdahlhas been back in the US there has been a sudden rash of dead Haqqani Network, Uzbek and al-Qaeda operatives?
A U.S. drone strike is said to have killed at least a dozen militants in Pakistan’s volatile North Waziristan region, where the Pakistani military is engaged in a counter-terrorism offensive that could include targeting extremists involved in deadly cross-border raids in Afghanistan.I'd like to think so anyway.
Local intelligence officials say the pre-dawn attack took place in the Datta Khail area where a U.S. drone fired several missiles into a sprawling militant compound. Most of the dead were said to be fighters of the outlawed Pakistani Taliban and its Uzbek allies
hree of the six al Qaeda operatives were identified by Sanafi al Nasr, the head of al Qaeda's "Victory Committee." Nasr, a Saudi whose real name is Abdul Mohsin Abdullah Ibrahim Al Sharikh, is a top leader in al Qaeda. As the leader of the Victory Committee, Nasr is responsible for developing and implementing al Qaeda's strategy and policies. [See LWJ report, Head of al Qaeda 'Victory Committee' in Syria.]YOU WILL now forget I ever said this.
Nasr, who is a prolific online jihadist, tweeted on July 14 on the "Martyrdom of six of the dearest comrades of the path in Khorasan, among them my brother and loved one and apple of my eye Taj al Makki and my brother the kind and generous Abu Abdurahman al Kuwaiti yesterday in a bombardment of spies," according to a translation by Oren Adaki. The Khorasan is a geographic area that includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, where al Qaeda's senior leadership is based.
...The US has conducted two other strikes in the Datta Khel area since July 10. In the early morning of July 19, US drones launched eight missiles at a compound in the same village, killing at least 11 jihadists, including two commanders in the Punjabi Taliban. And on July 16, the US reportedly killed 18 jihadists, including 12 "of Central Asian origin," in a strike in the village of Saidgai.
July 14, 2014
Video: IDF Strikes Launching Site After Rocket Fire
July 07, 2014
Boko Haram #Winning
Boko Haram lost 63 female hostages as well as 53 fighters killed vs the Nigerian Government's six, count em, six casualties.
But I'm sure the Jihadis will call it "Victory". I mean no matter how badly they get beaten, how many are killed, or how much history and heritage are destroyed.
Its all Victory to them. So why not help them achieve victory.
July 02, 2014
Ahmed Abu Khatallah Indictment: Video? What Video?
The Obama administration’s just-released criminal complaint against the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi terrorist attacks provides a final contradiction to its own evolving explanations for what happened that day.Obama also helped the so-called Libyan Rebels after the Libyans threw a huge funeral honoring Abu Yahya al-Libi. Not to mention Gaddafi's warning that the rebels were al-Qaeda.
The Justice Department’s indictment spells out a calculated conspiracy by Ahmed Abu Khatallah and associates to attack the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex, which killed four Americans. The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video.
...To retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a member of the ad hoc group Citizens Commission on Benghazi, the information reflects what the White House knew all along.
“The administration knew it was a conspiracy from the start due to all-source intelligence and the warning from al Qaeda to avenge the death of al-Libi in June 2012,” Gen. McInerney said.
He was referring to a CIA drone strike that killed al Qaeda deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri publicly called for revenge against America.
But I'm sure he didn't know.....
I mean The Jawa Report knew the Libyan rebels were al-Qaeda as early as 2009. But the f*cking president didn't? Sweet Jesus, we're so screwed.
Read it for yourself.
June 25, 2014
Sandpeople Throwing Jawas to Sarlacc Literally
ISIS fighters murdering Muslim FSA fighters and throwing their bodies into a large pit in a gorge located near Slouk Syria.
A leaked video showed ISIS fighters publicly executing three men in at a square in the town of Slouk, located on the outskirts of the Syrian province of al-Raqqa.Truth is truly stranger than fiction.
The three executed men, allegedly fighting alongside Syria's free army remain anonymous, but their final burial place was revealed in the video.
Update: You'll have to follow the link to see the video because al-Arabia's embed code sucks.
Update: Another copy thank to Brown Moses.
Warning very graphic
June 20, 2014
The Guardian Still Whining About America as ISIS Takes Iraq
US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.Which upsets this boring little, you know.
Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003
Official Jawa Editorial Position is as follows.
June 13, 2014
While Honorable Veterans Wait For Care, Deserter Assigned Own Personal Psychiatric Team
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
A flight carrying Bergdahl from a military medical facility in Germany will land at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland prior to his arrival at BAMC.
Onboard the flight with Bergdahl is the officer in charge, a physician's assistant, psychiatrist, and a personal recovery specialist.
Even the pilots have been involved in the training for Bergdahl's reintegration.
I'm not suggesting Bergdahl should be denied necessry treatment. I'm suggesting our veterans deserve, at least, the same.
Watch in full screen.
Bonus video - The beach scene from Saving Private Ryan. Probably one of the most memorable depictions in cinema.
June 05, 2014
Boko Haram Burns Churches Kills Babies in the Name of Islam
Hundreds of people were killed in raids by Boko Haram Islamic militants in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, on the border with Cameroon, with some sources putting the death toll at 400 to 500.Religion of something somthing, its coming to me...... give me a minute.
..."The killings are massive. Nobody can say how many people were killed, but the figure runs into some hundreds," said Peter Biye, a lawmaker in Nigeria's lower parliament representing the Gwoza region.
The attackers, who posed as soldiers, told residents they had come to protect them from Boko Haram and asked them to assemble. They singled out men and boys and opened fire on them, Biye said.
A local leader in Attagara village, who fled to nearby Madagali town in neighboring Adamawa state, said the death toll was staggering.
"The death is unimaginable. We have lost between 400 and 500 people in the attacks in which men and male children were not spared," said the local leader, who asked not to be named for security reasons.
"The gunmen pursued on motorcycle people who fled into the bush in a bid to escape and shot them dead.
"Even nursing mothers had their male infants snatched from their backs and shot dead before their eyes," the local leader said.
June 03, 2014
Bob Bergdahl Just Hanging With Specially Designated Terrorists on Youtube
Hey there's Bob hanging out with Anwar. Crispy crispy Anwar.
Here he is hanging out just watching pro Taliban propaganda, including one user suspended for repeated violations of Youtube's policy on violence.
* I don't know why you people can't follow the rules!
Here he is commenting on Anham Jabril's official Youtube channel. Ahmad is the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command.
But if that's so once Bowe was "safe" why not drop the act? At least to some extent. Is he trying to protect others? I dunno. But....
* And one more thing, The Rule is not that Jawas can't blog about the Bergdahl. Its just that if you do, you must post bewbs.
Bergdahl what? Who?
** Another rule....
** Huh? What'd you want?
June 02, 2014
Sandcrawler PSA: Forecast Bowe Bergdahl Sh*itstorm Will... Oh Look! Boobies!
Forecast is for every single pundit to endlessly repeat a story that no matter how you slice it is a win win for the Taliban and a lose lose for US.
HIGH SPEED SHIT STORMS ARE OCCURRING OR ARE FORECASTED TO OCCUR WITHIN 10NM OF TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND ALL ASSOCIATED SOCIAL MEDIA. FORECASTED WINDS ARE FROM 230°V290° AT 12-18 WITH GUSTS TO 23-27KT ISOLD 30KT. THE POTENTIAL FOR VISIBILITY REDUCED TO LESS THAN 5SM BUT GREATER THAN 3SM EXISTS DURING PERIODS OF BLOWING SHIT. TAKE PRECAUTIONS THAT WILL PERMIT ESTABLISHMENT OF AN APPROPRIATE STATE OF READINESS.But seriously there was no way to resolve this in a manner where we saved any face.
Saving that we had executed the five high value prisoners in a timely fashion, they were war criminals and committed crimes against humanity but for some reason our army doesn't shoot people much anymore. Especially ones as deserving as the freed Talibs. Then we could have at least exchanged a low value idiot for some other low value idiots.
If we left him behind, we look bad. We recover him in a trade, we look bad. Save a rescue with a big pile of dead Taliban there was no win win for the US
So I get the criticism, but to me to there is no way to salvage the story other than to let it die. We're just talking up a loss, serving the Taliban's propaganda machine.
So my suggestion, whenever you get the urge to write about Bowe Bergdahl just think of these and repeat "Cool blue ocean. Cool blue ocean."
Because this is the only propaganda victory we're going to get out of this one.
I don't know about you but at least I feel better now. Bowe who?
Jawa Report! Running the distractions America needs most when America needs them.
Obama Lies And Coverups
The furious parents of an officer who they claim was killed while searching for freed Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl today said that they have been lied to as part of a 'cover up just like Benghazi'.
The mother and father of Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews are angry that they have been told different stories about how their son died.
First his commanders said that their son was blown up while hunting a Taliban commander - but only now that Bergdahl has been freed after five years in captivity are they learning the truth.
Lt Andrews' parents told MailOnline that their own son branded Bergdahl a 'deserter' before he was killed.
In an exclusive interview his father Andy Andrews told MailOnline: 'For his family it's good to get him back but we will never be able to get our son back because of the actions of this guy (Bergdahl).
'I think people need to be aware that the guy was not a hero and American lives have been lost trying to save this deserter'.
Lt Andrews was one of six men who died while apparently searching for Bergdahl, who is said to have voluntarily left his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
Many Died Searching For A Deserter
(top row, left to right) Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20; Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34; Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29; (bottom row, left to right) Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25; Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27; and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23.
When Bergdahl walked away from his post in 2009, his actions set off a chain of events that resulted in the deaths of at least
seven eight soldiers. There is no telling how many were wounded.
Though the 2009 Afghan presidential election slowed the search for Bergdahl, it did not stop it. Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period. On August 18, an IED killed Private First Class Morris Walker and Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen during a reconnaissance mission. On August 26, while conducting a search for a Taliban shadow sub-governor supposedly affiliated with Bergdahl's captors, Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss was shot in the face and killed. On September 4, during a patrol to a village near the area in which Bergdahl vanished, an insurgent ambush killed Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews and gravely wounded Private First Class Matthew Martinek, who died of his wounds a week later. On September 5, while conducting a foot movement toward a village also thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey stepped on an improvised land mine. He died the next day.
It is important to name all these names. For the veterans of the units that lost these men, Bergdahl's capture and the subsequent hunt for him will forever tie to their memories, and to a time in their lives that will define them as people. He has finally returned. Those men will never have the opportunity.
Those who lost their lives during search operations for Bergdahl (thanks to Gateway Pundit for list):
- PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Died September 11, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 20, of DeKalb, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Sept. 11 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds sustained in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire.
- Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, Died August 26, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 27, of Murray, Utah; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 26 in Sar Howzeh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot while his unit was supporting Afghan security forces during an enemy attack.
- SSG Clayton Bowen, Died August 18, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 29, of San Antonio; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 18 in Dila, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed was Pfc. Morris L. Walker.
- PFC Morris Walker, Died August 18, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 18 in Dila, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen.
- SSG Michael Murphrey, Died September 6, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 25, of Snyder, Texas; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Sept. 6 in FOB Sharana, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
- 2nd Lt. Darryn D. Andrews, Died September 4, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 34, of Dallas; was assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; was killed Sept. 4 in Yahya Khail District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade.
- Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.
Others died indirectly from Bergdahl's desertion. Private First Class Aaron Fairbairn and Private First Class Justin Casillas were just two of them. Their unit lacked much needed air support that had been redirected to search for Bergdahl.
Had Obama made this swap last week, we would have been reminded of these deaths on Memorial Day. But this Administration shrewdly delayed the exchange.
May 25, 2014
Must-See Memorial Day Movies
If you haven't seen them, rent them, stream them, buy them. You won't regret it.
(In no particular order)
1. Flags of Our Fathers
2. We Were Soldiers
3. The Longest Day
4. My Boy Jack
There are plenty of others out there. List your favorites in comments.
UPDATE by Rusty:
Let me add three to DMartyr's list:
1) Saving Private Ryan
2) Band of Brothers -- Not a "movie" per se, but it's still a must watch. And if you have Amazon Prime you can watch it for free. Which I do and I'm actually watching the whole series over the weekend. I'm up to episode 11.
3) The Pacific -- I haven't seen this series yet but I plan on watching it after I'm done with Band of Brothers. It's also available for free to Amazon Prime members. Given that my maternal grandfather died in the Pacific Theater, this one's a must and I can't believe I haven't taken the time to watch it yet.
May 23, 2014
Top Us General: Al Qaeda Not on the Run
It's almost like our Commander in Chief was lying to get elected. Nah, that's just right wing paranoia. Won't you unpatriotic wingnuts stop criticizing mu President!?!?
Depmsey warned that instability in the Middle East and North Africa had allowed the al Qaeda to take advantage of it with an “arc” running across the region starting from Pakistan.It's tragic to think that people actually believed that killing bin Laden constituted defeating al Qaeda.
“Now you find these groups are spread across an arc that runs roughly from Pakistan across the Arabian Peninsula, across the Middle East and North Africa and all the way down into Nigeria with Boko Haram,” Dempsey said.
“But we also have to realise something has changed close to home – the eastern flank and southern flank – and that requires us to refocus on the threats that are real,” Dempsey said.
May 20, 2014
Will Pending Libyan Civil War Be Bush's Fault?
I mean Barry probably doesn't even know we're staging to evacuate, unless he's read CNN:
he U.S. military is preparing to evacuate American citizens out of harm's way in Libya, as more military might appears to rally behind a renegade local general who is taking the fight to Islamist militias.Barry, you're doing a heckuva job!
Hostilities have spread since Gen. Khalifa Haftar bombed the bases of Islamist groups on Friday, including the one blamed for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
The retired officer, who fought to overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, launched a land and air offensive in Benghazi against Ansar al-Sharia and Islamist militias loyal to the interim national government.
War Porn: Syrian SU-22 Bombs the Muj
Hat Tip: The Aviationist.
May 16, 2014
Body of Missing Combat Medic Found
Nicholas Michael Holbert who is charged with the murder of U.S. Army combat medic, Kelli Bordeaux led police to her body.
As you might recall there was a large search for Kelli when she went missing around April 14, 2012.
If Mr. Holbert is found guilty we pray he faces the stiffest penalty.
And may Ms. Bordeaux finally rest in peace with dignity.
May 07, 2014
Islamic State of Losers Lose Homs Syria: Rebellion Crushed
End result of all that terrorist red on red infighting. Assad takes the birthplace of the rebellion.
Syria Direct:AMMAN: An agreement to allow safe passage to rebels and civilians out of Old Homs has left regime opponents divided, with some saying the battle will move to the provinces and others yearning to move on with their lives after two years of a strangling encirclement of their districts.Pussies! You were so close to achieving martyrdom?
The estimated 2,500 fighters and citizens inside the 13 rebel-controlled districts of Homs agreed in principle on Friday to hand over to the government its territory in Syria’s third-largest city. A UN-supervised departure is scheduled to begin this week, Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP on Monday, adding that the ceasefire is holding.
With a ferocious government military campaign in recent weeks and gnawing hunger from a regime blockade in place since June 2012 that allowed almost no movement in or out, regime opponents said they had little choice but to surrender.
“We must put ourselves in the place of the people who lived in the siege and saw their children die from hunger, they saw their brothers die because of infected wounds due to shelling,” Suhaib Ali, a Homs-based FSA spokesman, told Syria Direct.
Rebels inside had little choice given “the neglect from the political opposition and the international community,” Ali said.
“What would you do?” he asked.
March 25, 2014
This is What you Get for Thinking Outside the Box in Today's Military: A Reprimand
I don't have a lot of time to post as I'm headed out to a family vacation for spring break, but I didn't want to leave without posting about this article on Maj. Jim Gant. If the facts here are true, then the military brass really should be ashamed of themselves for the treatment this hero got.
I'm not going to post a lengthy excerpts, but I'll instead point you to the article which really needs to be read from start to finish.
The one reservation I have about the article is that it is written entirely from the point of view of one of Gant's supporters with a bunch of "declined to comment" coming from the brass that drummed him out. I had enough reservations about it that I emailed a couple of milbloggers to get their take on it. They seem to think that Gant was the real deal, and one of them said it didn't surprise him that the post-Patraeus/McCrystal powers that be treats anyone that doesn't follow the rule book like this.
March 18, 2014
Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi of Hezbollah Like Totally 100% Dead Jim
A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least four people in a Hezbollah-dominated area of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, near the border with Syria.Energize!
Among those killed in the attack, which struck the village of al-Nabi Othman late on Sunday, was Hezbollah's local leader Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi, according to Al Jazeera's Ehab al-Okadi, reporting from Lebanon.
"The blast was carried out by a suicide attacker. Hezbollah members knew he was about to carry out the attack, and tried to stop the vehicle. That was when the attacker detonated the vehicle," a Lebanese security source told AFP.
Hezbollah-dominated areas in eastern Lebanon and south Beirut have suffered a series of deadly attacks, many of them suicide car blasts, since the powerful Shia movement acknowledged sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad's troops as they battle rebels.
The latest attack was claimed by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon, as well as by the little-known Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek, a Sunni Muslim armed group opposed to Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict.
March 17, 2014
How Badass are the SEALs? This Badass
Navy SEALS: is there anything they can't do?
A team of Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker from Libyan rebels, the Pentagon announced early Monday....HT HA's headlines
"No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans,” said Kirby in a statement.
"The boarding operation, approved by President Obama and conducted just after 10 p.m. EDT on March 16 in international waters southeast of Cypress, was executed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs attached to Special Operations Command Europe,” he added.