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Jan 15, 2010 Comments Off Erik Wong

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Jan 14, 2010 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama ends his first year in office with his to-do list still long and his unfulfilled campaign promises stacked high. From winding down the war in Iraq to limiting lobbyists, Obama has made some progress. But the president has faced political reality and accepted - sometimes grudgingly - compromises that leave ...

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Jan 14, 2010 20 Comments ›› Erik Wong

MEMRI: Following the failed attempt by Nigerian student and Al-Qaeda member 'Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab to blow himself up aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009, Syrian liberal Adib Taleb wrote an article in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal in which he pointed an accusatory finger at U.S. President Barack Obama, saying that his softness on ...

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Jan 12, 2010 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNS News: Update: As of Monday morning, January 11, the petition has garnered more than 60,000 signatures, including those of conservative author Ann Coulter and former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), the petition's organizers said. (CNSNews.com) – More than 60,000 people (new number), including members of Congress and three former presidential candidates, have signed a petition ...

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Jan 11, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) — Six Western troops, including three Americans, were killed Monday in Afghanistan, underscoring warnings that casualties will increase as more foreign troops stream into the country and step up efforts against the Taliban. Despite the rise in violence, support among Afghans for the presence of foreign forces has increased. A poll released Monday ...

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Jan 7, 2010 12 Comments ›› Erik Wong

NBC: The yellow ribbon controversy in Litchfield is far from over. Even though the ribbons were banned from the town green several months ago, people keep putting them up. “I’m wondering if anyone really dares to remove them at this point. I’m glad to see they are still there, but I’m confused why there ...

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Jan 5, 2010 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Wall Street Journal: When does a civilization become incompetent? I've been mulling the question in a number of contexts over the last year, including our inability to put a stop to Somali piracy, detain a terrorist who can neither be charged nor released, think rationally about climate change, or rebuild Ground Zero in an acceptable ...

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Jan 5, 2010 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

When will people see that Guantanamo Bay is not a correction center like an American prison is? These terrorists aren't sent there to learn to behave, they aren't sent there as punishment for breaking a law. They are sent there because they are too dangerous to have running free, be it in Afghanistan, Yemen, or ...

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Jan 5, 2010 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

NY Daily News: Security for the federal trial of self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four accused cohorts will run $200 million a year, sources told the Daily News. The NYPD's newly revised projection is almost triple the estimate of $75 million in November, after Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would move the prisoners from ...

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Jan 4, 2010 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jan 2, 2010 18 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jan 1, 2010 16 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Wall Street Journal: WASHINGTON—Wednesday's attack on a U.S. compound in Afghanistan devastated what has been a hub of counterterrorism and intelligence operations for the spy agency. Seven Central Intelligence Agency officers and contractors were killed and six more wounded in the suicide bomb attack at Forward Operating Base Chapman, CIA Director Leon Panetta said Thursday, the second-largest ...

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Dec 31, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees and wounded six more at a remote outpost in southeastern Afghanistan had been invited onto the base and had not been searched, two former U.S. officials have told The Associated Press. A former senior intelligence official says the man was being courted as an informant ...

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Dec 31, 2009 17 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Bill Roggio in The Weekly Standard: The British are all smiles over the release of Peter Moore, a British citizen who was held hostage by an Iranian-backed Shia terror group in Iraq. But there is little talk about the price paid to secure Moore's release. The US military has freed Qais Qazali, the leader of the ...

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Dec 31, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - The Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for infiltrating a CIA post with a suicide bomber who set off an explosion that killed seven American intelligence staffers and wounded six others in an attack believed one of the worst in the agency's history. In Washington, CIA director Leon Panetta said the seven killed in Wednesday's ...

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Dec 31, 2009 12 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 31, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan doubled in 2009 compared with a year ago as 30,000 additional troops began pouring in for a stepped-up offensive and the Taliban fought back with powerful improvised bombs. A tally by The Associated Press shows 304 American service members had died as of Dec. 30, up from 151 ...

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Dec 30, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional official says CIA employees are believed to be among the dead in Wednesday's suicide bombing inside a base in eastern Afghanistan. A former senior CIA officer who was stationed at the base said a combination of agency officers and contractors operated out of the remote outpost with the military and other ...

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Dec 30, 2009 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Dec 30, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

KABUL (AP) - A U.S. official says eight Americans have been killed in eastern Afghanistan. The official, who spoke Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because details about the incident had not been confirmed, would not disclose any other information. A senior U.S. official in Washington said the Americans were killed in Khost province by an attacker ...

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Dec 29, 2009 79 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

UPDATE: Hear behind-the-scenes info and Ramadi vets's takes on the episodes below, here on "Pat Dollard's Killer Christmas Show" on Blog Talk Radio. UPDATE, Christmas Day, 01:09 - There are now a large and small high-quality version. The smaller one is best played on iTunes, and plays stunningly on in iPhone. Here, both play with ...

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Dec 28, 2009 16 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Showing sensitivity to the people who want you dead is a good way to help them succeed. IBD Editorials: Homeland Security: Al-Qaida's botched Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253 raises a series of concerns about U.S. vulnerability. Chief among them: a Homeland Security chief in denial that we are at war. The nearly 300 trans-Atlantic passengers targeted ...

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Dec 25, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - The Taliban released a video Friday purporting to show a U.S. soldier who was captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan. A caption in the video identifies the man as "War prisoner: Bowe Robert Bergdahl." Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known captured American serviceman. The U.S. airborne infantryman was taken ...

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Dec 21, 2009 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The Air Force as soon as Christmas Day will deliver to Afghanistan the first of 24 new Hawker Beechcraft Corp. planes modified by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. to support ground troops with video, still images and eavesdropping. The four-man, twin-propeller plane “should arrive on or shortly after Dec. 25th,” about one month ...

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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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