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Dec 17, 2009 12 Comments ›› Erik Wong

BBC: Two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan sacrificed their lives to stop suicide bombers attacking a packed marketplace, their commanding officer has said. L/Cpl David Kirkness, 24, of West Yorkshire, and Rifleman James Brown, 18, from Hampshire, both of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died on Tuesday. They were killed by an explosion at a vehicle checkpoint near Sangin ...

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Dec 11, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Big Government: The Land of Lincoln may still be licking its wounds–and certain real estate transactions–over Chicago’s losing the Olympics to Rio, but the Obama Administration has delivered up a small consolation prize: the state’s very own federal prison for terrorists. Big Government has received what is claimed to be a leaked DOJ memo that ...

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Dec 11, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

PThe Weekly Standard: The Pakistani government has denied that Mullah Omar and the "Quetta Shura" -- his executive ruling council for Afghanistan -- was based in Pakistan. That is until Pakistan's defense minister said the Quetta Shura is indeed in Pakistan. But rest assured it is not a threat. From Dawn News reports: ...

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Dec 11, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Washington Post: Highly trained personnel employed with the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide sometimes operated side by side with CIA field officers in Iraq and Afghanistan as the agency undertook missions to kill or capture members of insurgent groups in those countries, according to a former government official and a source familiar ...

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Dec 9, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

No water into wine? Well how do you expect him to run a country if he can't turn water into wine? Geez... How foolish of us. Obama's ever-expanding track record for failure has nothing to do with the fact that he is such an incompetent, useless, Marxist child. It's our fault he failed. Shame on ...

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Dec 9, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

IBD Editorials: War On Terror: The anti-war crowd says the small number of enemy fighters inside Afghanistan doesn't justify sending 30,000 fresh troops there. They fail to understand the larger problem. Sen. Barbara Boxer complains al-Qaida is scarcely in Afghanistan. She cites an intelligence report leaked to ABC News that only 100 fighters are actually present inside ...

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Dec 8, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

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Dec 8, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Boston (AP) - -President Obama's Afghanistan surge is proving to be good politics - if you're a Democrat who's against it. In Massachusetts, all of the Democrats running in a special primary to fill Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat oppose the surge, as do the two top Democrats fighting for the nomination for Ohio's U.S. Senate ...

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Dec 8, 2009 11 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: WASHINGTON — The two ranking Americans in Afghanistan, a soldier and a diplomat, publicly put aside their differences and told Congress on Tuesday that they fully supported President Obama’s new strategy to add 30,000 troops there to reverse Taliban gains and prepare Afghans to better control their own country. The officials, Gen. Stanley ...

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Dec 8, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived late Monday in Afghanistan with plans to assure officials and American troops there that the United States is committed to winning the war despite plans to begin pulling forces out in 2011. "We are in this thing to win," Gates told reporters while traveling to Kabul, where he ...

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Dec 7, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 5, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL — U.S. Marines and Afghan troops, conducting the first offensive since the new American war plan was announced, met little resistance from insurgents Saturday as they worked to disrupt Taliban supply and communications lines in a key valley in southern Afghanistan. About 1,000 Marines and 150 Afghan troops are taking part in "Operation ...

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Dec 4, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

BBC: A Taliban detainee in Pakistan claims to have information about Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts in January or February of this year. His claims cannot be verified, but a leading American expert says his account should be investigated. The detainee claims to have met Osama Bin Laden numerous times before 9/11. He claims that in January or February he ...

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Dec 4, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

KABUL (AP) - U.S. Marines swooped down behind Taliban lines in helicopters and Osprey aircraft Friday in the first offensive since President Barack Obama announced an American troop surge. About 1,000 Marines and 150 Afghan troops were taking part in "Operation Cobra's Anger" in a bid to disrupt Taliban supply and communications lines in the Now ...

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Dec 4, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 2, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Roaring Republican: "The United States and Russia do not intend to, and cannot, create the future government of Afghanistan. It is up to the Afghans themselves to determine their future." – Joint US/Russia release on Afghanistan – November 13th 2001 The comedian Sam Kinison had a routinue that described succinctly and almost eloquently, ...

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Dec 2, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CBS: During the Senate Armed Services hearing today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was pressed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. on whether the July 2011 date for beginning to withdrawal troops is "locked in." Gates seemed to suggest there was some flexibility, that "it was a clear statement of his strong intent" and that "the president always has ...

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Dec 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: The Pentagon will "evaluate" next year whether the military can meet its goal of starting to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by July 2011, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday under tough questioning, signaling that the withdrawal date could move back if violence spirals out of control. President Obama said in announcing the timeline Tuesday ...

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Dec 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 2, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Speigel Online: Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught. One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best ...

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Dec 2, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

Gallup: PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are far less approving of President Obama's handling of the situation in Afghanistan than they have been in recent months, with 35% currently approving, down from 49% in September and 56% in July. Tuesday, Obama outlines his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a nationally televised address. The policy has ...

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Dec 2, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: High-ranking administration officials Wednesday warned Congress there would be severe consequences if the Taliban and al Qaeda aren’t defeated in South Asia. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen fired the opening salvos in what is expected to be an ...

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Dec 2, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has publicly criticized President Barack Obama for announcing a target date to begin pulling back from Afghanistan, challenged the president's policy to his face in a private meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon. During Obama's meeting with members of Congress prior to the president's Tuesday speech at West Point, McCain ...

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Dec 2, 2009 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Times: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan | When nearly 60 tribal leaders gathered in a Taliban stronghold here recently to discuss mounting security challenges, U.S. military commanders and staff listened attentively, but there were no representatives from Afghan security forces. "What government do we have?" asked Mohammed Nabi, a malik, or tribal leader, from the Kandahar region who acknowledged ...

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