Sunday, 26 April 2015

Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.’s Drone Missions

Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.’s Drone Missions - NYTimes.com

When Will Obama Apologise To Pakistan For Drone Strikes?


Afghan province sees second police chief killed in six weeks

Afghan province sees second police chief killed in six weeks | GulfNews.com:
The death of the second police chief for Uruzgan province to be killed in six weeks appeared to be an insider attack, but it was unclear what motivated the junior police officer to open fire.
“The acting police chief, Gulab Khan, was in a meeting with a friend late last night when his colleague opened fire and killed both of them,” provincial governor Amanullah Timori told Reuters.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

US Drone Strike Kills Top American in AQ In Afghanistan

U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan kills top American in al Qaeda - Washington Times
The 37-year-old Gadahn, the first American to be charged with treason in more than 50 years, was killed by an American drone strike, President Obama confirmed Thursday, in a January CIA attack that was not even targeting the long-wanted terrorist. At the time of his death, he was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, and the State Department was offering a $1 million reward for his capture.

ISIS Behind Nangarhar Suicide Attack


At least 33 people killed in Nangarhar suicide... by domelipk

Operation Azm - Taliban Spring Offensive

Taliban launch failed rocket attack on US base as spring offensive starts | Daily Mail Online

The Taliban announced the launch of Operation Azm, meaning 'determination', on Wednesday, revealing fresh plans to target government buildings and Afghan security forces in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade.

With NATO forces pulling back from the frontlines, concerns remain whether trained Afghan forces will be able to consistently repel the expected barrage of Taliban attacks.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Military contractors belie myth of U.S. leaving Afghanistan and Iraq

Military contractors belie myth of U.S. leaving Afghanistan and Iraq: Robert Weiner and Daniel Wallace (Opinion) | cleveland.com
When President Barack Obama confirmed the coming 2016 end to American troops' involvement in Afghanistan at the White House last month in a joint news conference with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, he thanked soldiers and their families for their courage and sacrifice in the nation's longest war. He did not mention the other half of the U.S. fighting force: the private contractors who work for the Department of Defense, the CIA, and the State Department. They are carrying out similar missions by different names and with less oversight. It's even in our pop fiction: On TV's hit show, "Madam Secretary," the secretary of state's husband secretly works for the CIA and conducts "special ops" missions connected to her work.

European Armies Do Their Damage In Afghanistan


European armies in Afghanistan by StacySlater1

30% Of Afghan security forces involved in drug trade

30% of Afghan security forces involved in drug trade – Russian narcotics watchdog — RT News
“A concentration of foreign forces and fighting in a drug-producing state has ensured a climate of rampant desertion from the local armed forces and police,” the director of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) said at the Second Anti-narcotics Ministerial Conference in Moscow.
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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Warren Weinstein - Aid Worker In Afghanistan


White House: Drone strike killed two hostages, 1 US, 1 Italian

White House: U.S. operation killed two innocent al Qaeda hostages - CBS News
"Analysis of all available information has led the Intelligence Community to judge with high confidence that the operation accidentally killed both hostages. The operation targeted an al-Qa'ida-associated compound, where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy," Earnest said.
In the statement, he also said that the U.S. believes two other Americans who had joined al Qaeda were also killed. Ahmed Farouq, who the White House said was an al Qaeda leader, was killed in the same operation that killed Weinstein and Lo Porto. Additionally, he said, Adam Gadahn, who the White House said became a prominent member of al Qaeda, was killed "likely in a separate U.S. government counterterrorism operation."

Daily Average of 70 People Killed in Afghanistan in 2014