Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category
Worst day for U.S. Casualties in Either Iraq or Afghanistan Wars.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos. It was the deadliest single incident for American forces in the decade-long war.
The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene. A senior U.S. administration official in Washington said the craft was apparently shot down by insurgents. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.
NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there “was enemy activity in the area.” But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site. It did not release details or casualty figures.
McChrystal’s reputation restored after investigation reveals Rolling Stone story that got him sacked was false
BEN SAYS: The questions now are: When will Obama apologize to General McChrystal for believing Rolling Stone’s false article without first conducting an investigation, or even a review of the allegations? When will Rolling Stone issue an apology to McChrystal. When will the reporter and editor responsible for this garbage be fired? When will McChrystal file his lawsuit against Rolling Stone, and for how much?
NEW YORK POST: Nearly a year after being fired by President Obama as the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Pentagon, as has his staff.
It’s about time.
McChrystal had served his country with distinction for decades, a special-forces officer known for a Spartan personal ethic, intense loyalty to the troops he led and single-minded dedication carrying out the orders at hand.
But he was abruptly relieved of command last June after Rolling Stone quoted some of his top military and civilian aides making disparaging remarks about administration figures, including Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones.
WALL STREET JOURNAL: A soldier being court-martialed on a U.S. Army base near Seattle for the murder of three Afghan civilians has agreed to plead guilty Wednesday in hopes of earning a reduced sentence, according to one of the attorneys handling his case.
“My client is admitting on the record to three counts of murder, plus one count of conspiracy to commit assault and battery and one count of illegal drug use,” said Geoffrey Nathan, a lawyer for Army Spc. Jeremy Morlock.
Mainstream Media Ignores Story: Where’s the Outrage?
HOT AIR: When the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2003, the mainstream media and liberal blogosphere couldn’t find enough column inches to express adequately their shock and revulsion. The New York Times alone published 56 stories on the hideous revelation that members of the U.S. Army Reserve had tortured prisoners of war and posed for “trophy pictures”—inexcusable acts that the Times placed squarely at the feet of then-president George W. Bush.
Obama Ghraib: U.S. “Kill Team” soldiers allegedly grinning and posing for ‘trophy’ photos over dead Afghan civilians
Everything is deteriorating under Obama. This is supposed to be us helping Afghanistan. If true, this is much worse than anything that happened under Bush . . . and Obama’s only been President for two years.
Just imagine what military discipline will be like after another two years under our Vacationer-in-Chief.
Courts Martial for Jeremy Morlock and Andrew Holmes
U.K. DAILY MAIL:
- U.S. army forced to issue an apology over ‘trophy’ photos of soldiers grinning over bloodied Afghan corpses.
- Commanders in Afghanistan bracing themselves for public fury and possible riots
- German newspaper Der Spiegel, who obtained the photographs, said there are thousands more showing other victims
The U.S. Army has been forced to apologise over what they have deemed as ‘repugnant’ photographs of grinning American soldiers standing over bloodied and partially-naked Afghan bodies they had allegedly killed.
The pictures were published by German news organisation Der Spiegel and were among 4,000 they have obtained.
Meanwhile, commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for a public backlash and possible riots over the ‘trophy’ photographs, especially since it has been alleged that the Afghan civilians were unarmed and innocent.
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to send an additional 1,400 Marine combat forces to Afghanistan, officials said, in a surprise move ahead of the spring fighting season to try to cement tentative security gains before White House-mandated troop reductions begin in July.
The Marine battalion could start arriving on the ground as early as mid-January. The forces would mostly be deployed in the south, around Kandahar, where the U.S. has concentrated troops over the past several months.
Commanders in Afghanistan and advocates of the strategy in Washington say temporarily adding front-line forces could help counter an anticipated spring offensive by Taliban militants returning from havens in neighboring Pakistan.