May 31, 2020

Afghanistan 2.0: France Prepares for Ground War in Mali

Via Washington Post: French troops in armored vehicles and machine gun-mounted pickups moved northward Wednesday to bolster Malian army units fighting Islamist guerrillas entrenched in the beleaguered town of Diably. The troop movements, recorded by journalists on the scene, set the stage for what seemed likely to be French troops’ first major engagement on the […]

Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

Via NBC News: It was once President Barack Obama’s “war of necessity.” Now, it’s America’s forgotten war. The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress — even though more than 80,000 American troops are […]

Taliban Bombers Kill 7 as Obama Exits Afghanistan

Via New York Post: Taliban insurgents attacked a compound housing foreigners in the Afghan capital today, killing seven people, hours after President Barack Obama made a surprise visit and signed a pact governing the U.S. presence after combat troops withdraw. The Taliban said the attack was a response to Obama’s visit, which coincided with Wednesday’s […]

Report: French Shooter Released by U.S. After Capture in Afghanistan

Via The Telegraph: [. . .] 15.54 Prosecutor Francois Molins said the US army previously sent the Toulouse gunman back to France after he was arrested in Afghanistan. Afghan police detained Mohammed Merah and then handed him over to the US army “who put him on the first plane headed to France,” Mr Molins said. […]

U.S. Solider Kills 15 Civilians in Afghanistan

Via Washington Post: A U.S. soldier was taken into custody in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, a few hours after he opened fire on Afghan civilians, killing 15, U.S. and Afghan officials said. The shooting took place at approximately 3 a.m. as a lone soldier left a checkpoint in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district and opened fire […]

New Koran-Rage in Afghanistan

Via NYT: KABUL, Afghanistan — Attempting to contain a violent reaction already gathering steam, the NATO commander in Afghanistan issued a fervent apology on Tuesday for foreign troops having “improperly disposed” of Korans and Islamic materials. As protesters swelled in numbers at the gates of Bagram Air Base, where the incident occurred, Gen. John R. Allen released […]

Exposing ‘Truth and Lies’ in Afghanistan

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By Reid Smith on 2.9.12 @ 3:16PM A veteran U.S. army officer has broken ranks, and written a scathing article about the war in Afghanistan. In so doing, he’s publicly confessed what many American servicemen have been hinting at for years, in private: reports of progress from the […]

77 U.S. Troops Wounded by Truck Bomb in Eastern Afghanistan

Via Fox News: Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and two Afghan civilians were killed when a Taliban truck bomb struck an American base in eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the United States, NATO said Sunday. Saturday’s blast shaved the facades from shops outside […]