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#41 Simon Tan

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 0100 AM

Now, now....you are hurting the feelings of a large portion of your countrymen.


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#42 EchoFiveMike

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 0116 AM

Good.  They need far more hurt than their feelings.

 

And they're not "my countrymen;" these loathsome fucks are a tapeworm in the bowels of actual America and the Western world in general.

 

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#43 Panzermann

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 1612 PM

Reads like they want to shift responsibility to the Afghans:

US troops didn't have eyes on Afghan hospital before attack
BY KEN DILANIAN AND LYNNE O'DONNELL
NOV. 11, 2015 4:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) Immediately after the U.S. killed at least 30 people in a devastating airstrike on a charity hospital, Afghanistan's national security adviser told a European diplomat his country would take responsibility because "we are without doubt, 100 percent convinced the place was occupied by Taliban," according to notes of the meeting reviewed by The Associated Press.

More than a month later, no evidence has emerged to support that assertion. Eyewitnesses tell the AP they saw no gunmen at the hospital.
Instead, there are mounting indications the U.S. military relied heavily on Afghan allies who resented the internationally run Doctors Without Borders hospital, which treated Afghan security forces and Taliban alike but says it refused to admit armed men.
The new evidence includes details the AP has learned about the location of American troops during the attack. The U.S. special forces unit whose commander called in the strike was under fire in the Kunduz provincial governor's compound a half-mile away from the hospital, according to a former intelligence official who has reviewed documents describing the incident. The commander could not
see the medical facility so couldn't know firsthand whether the Taliban were using it as a base and sought the attack on the recommendation of Afghan forces, the official said.
Members of the unit have told Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, that they were unaware their target was a functioning hospital until the attack was over, said Joe Kasper, Hunter's spokesman.
Looking ahead, the strike raises questions about whether the U.S. military can rely on intelligence from Afghan allies in a war in which small contingents of Americans will increasingly fight with larger units of local forces.
Also at issue is how the target was vetted. American commanders, with sophisticated information
technology at their disposal, allowed the strike to go forward despite reports in their databases that the hospital was functioning. Even if armed Taliban fighters had been hiding inside, the U.S. acknowledges it would not have been justified in destroying a working hospital filled with wounded
patients.
Jailani, a 31-year-old mechanic who uses only one name, says he was at the hospital to see his brother-in-law, Ibrahim, who was admitted two days before the airstrike.
"On the day of the attack I was in the hospital from 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. During that time, the Taliban came in without guns, as patients or accompanying their patients, or sometimes they came
to take their dead out," he said. "They did not have permission to enter the hospital with their guns."
President Barack Obama has apologized for the attack. The Pentagon has said it was a mistake that resulted from both human and technical errors, and it is investigating, along with NATO and the Afghan government.
"No other nation in the history of warfare has gone to the lengths we do to avoid civilian casualties," Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. "And when we make a mistake, we will not only own up to it, we will also scrutinize all of the facts to learn from them so that it never happens again."
The attack by an AC-130 gunship came after days of heavy fighting in the northern Afghanistan city.
About 35 members of the 3rd Special Forces Group had been helping about 100 Afghan special forces soldiers retake Kunduz from the Taliban, the former U.S. intelligence official said. From their position in the governor's compound, they came under heavy assault by Taliban fighters, and sought to use air power to destroy the Taliban's remaining command and control nodes around the city.

The Afghans insisted the hospital was one of those command centers, and urged that it be destroyed, the former official said.

The AP has reported that some American intelligence suggested the Taliban were using the hospital.
Special forces and Army intelligence analysts were sifting through reports of heavy weapons at the compound, and they were tracking a Pakistani intelligence operative they believed was there.
It's unclear how much of that intelligence came from Afghan special forces. They had raided the hospital in July, seeking an al-Qaida member they believed was being treated, despite protests from Doctors Without Borders. After the American air attack, the Afghan soldiers rushed in, looking for Taliban fighters, Doctors Without Borders said.
The U.S. 3rd Special Forces Group knew the hospital was treating patients, according to a daily log by one of its senior officers written Oct. 2.
But 3rd Group also believed the compound was under the control of the Taliban, the daily log says, without explaining why. That belief was so pervasive in the Pentagon that Carter Malkasian, a senior adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emailed Doctors without Borders two days before the attack to ask about it. He was told it wasn't true.

It's not clear exactly what the 3rd Group commander who directed the strike knew about the hospital, and why he made the decision to attack. Nor is it known who in the chain of command reviewed and approved the decision, or what those people knew.
Afghan officials say their forces were also a half mile away, and therefore could not have been under direct fire from the hospital.
Drawing electricity from generators, the hospital was among the only brightly lit buildings in Kunduz at night, Doctors Without Borders has said.

In the hours after the strike, Afghan national security adviser Hanif Atmar, told a European diplomat he had the explicit authority of President Ashraf Ghani to declare the government of Afghanistan would take full responsibility for the airstrike. The AP is not naming the diplomat because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.
"There was no doubt whatsoever that the Taliban were inside the hospital, that they took it over, thus violating its sanctity," notes of the meeting quote Atmar as saying.
Sarwar Hussain, spokesman for the Kunduz chief of police, told the AP, "The Taliban were around the compound and were killed when the compound was hit."
Hamdullah Danishi, the acting governor of Kunduz, said Afghan security forces needed air support that day, "not only for the MSF compound but for every place the Taliban were fighting."
The Taliban, he said, "used residential areas and civilians as shields, including civilian homes, health centers, schools, mosques and public places. This is why we say the Taliban hid during the attack inside the (hospital) compound and in other places."

from: http://bigstory.ap.o...hospital-attack

Edited by Panzermann, 12 November 2015 - 1658 PM.

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#44 Panzermann

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 1625 PM



Embedded in Northern Afghanistan: The Resurgence of the Taliban

Edited by Panzermann, 12 November 2015 - 1626 PM.

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#45 WRW

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 0655 AM

seems I am heading back to Kabul over the Christmas - will freeze, no travel out this time, which is a big pity


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 0714 AM

seems I am heading back to Kabul over the Christmas - will freeze, no travel out this time, which is a big pity


3rd time I think.
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Posted 23 November 2015 - 1323 PM

 

seems I am heading back to Kabul over the Christmas - will freeze, no travel out this time, which is a big pity


3rd time I think.

 

this will be number 4 - 5th contract - probably only a month - at least that is the plan


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#48 JasonJ

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 1400 PM

seems I am heading back to Kabul over the Christmas - will freeze, no travel out this time, which is a big pity


3rd time I think.
this will be number 4 - 5th contract - probably only a month - at least that is the plan

Ah ok, almost like a second home maybe by that point, if more than a month.
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#49 Simon Tan

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 1452 PM

As predicted, Akrotiri offered for French basing. Is good...not far and not Turkey.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 0343 AM

 

 

 

seems I am heading back to Kabul over the Christmas - will freeze, no travel out this time, which is a big pity


3rd time I think.
this will be number 4 - 5th contract - probably only a month - at least that is the plan

Ah ok, almost like a second home maybe by that point, if more than a month.

 

Guest house/Office - thats it - watching traffic carefully - watching people - a month in Kabul is enough - ISAF camp interesting but no longer have connections

Kunduz was not the best - although Piazza was good and work interesting

Mazar was nice for the ISAF camp food - work boring

Herat I preferred - place nice, people nice, work nice


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#51 JasonJ

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 1244 PM

seems I am heading back to Kabul over the Christmas - will freeze, no travel out this time, which is a big pity


3rd time I think.
this will be number 4 - 5th contract - probably only a month - at least that is the plan

Ah ok, almost like a second home maybe by that point, if more than a month.
Guest house/Office - thats it - watching traffic carefully - watching people - a month in Kabul is enough - ISAF camp interesting but no longer have connections
Kunduz was not the best - although Piazza was good and work interesting
Mazar was nice for the ISAF camp food - work boring
Herat I preferred - place nice, people nice, work nice

Looks like you got to see quite a bit of the country. Much different scenery from my visuals.. Osaka, some of Kyoto and Nara, and a little of Hiroshima, Ehime, Kagawa, and Yokohama.
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#52 WRW

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 0740 AM

You have the better scenery by far - guest house compound with hesco barriers if lucky, dusty dirty crowded streets, do not yet know work location but will be high walls, barriers, more hesco and dodgy looking guys with AKs (I like AKs - used have competition with dining companion on identifying all the variations we would see in a day)

The airport is not bad - mainly because it means am going home - overland flight scenery is very nice, would hate to be working on the groud in central and north - did road trip Kunduz to Mazar, posted flicker link sometime back


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Posted 25 November 2015 - 1538 PM

You have the better scenery by far - guest house compound with hesco barriers if lucky, dusty dirty crowded streets, do not yet know work location but will be high walls, barriers, more hesco and dodgy looking guys with AKs (I like AKs - used have competition with dining companion on identifying all the variations we would see in a day)
The airport is not bad - mainly because it means am going home - overland flight scenery is very nice, would hate to be working on the groud in central and north - did road trip Kunduz to Mazar, posted flicker link sometime back


Would figure as such. Thanks for the exchanges. Have a safe trip :)
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#54 BansheeOne

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 1248 PM

Who says that only one side can have blue-on-green incidents?

 

Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Taliban Leader, Injured in Pakistan: Official

 
by WAJAHAT S. KHAN and MUSHTAQ YUSUFZAI
 
The recently-installed leader of the Taliban was injured in a shootout between senior members of the militant group in Pakistan, an official told NBC News.
 
Sultan Faizi, a spokesman for the Afghan first vice president, said Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour had been hurt. Taliban commanders and members who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity had the same account.
 
An official Taliban spokesman, however, denied that the incident took place. "This is totally baseless," Zabihullah Mujahid said.
 
The Taliban typically denies reports that could hurt its standing. It had denied for some two years that reclusive, longtime leader Mullah Omar had died.
 
Mansour, Mullah Omar's longtime second-in-command, was appointed chief of the group in July.
 
The purported shootout between Taliban officials exposes a rift in the group's leadership — despite recent gains on the battlefield.
 
Mansour, a former aviation minister in the Taliban regime reputedly known for his "patience," has been deemed illegitimate by some factions within the Islamist group.

 

http://www.nbcnews.c...fficial-n472891


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#55 JWB

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 1325 PM

 

 

aviation minister in the Taliban regime

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 1101 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan forces have repelled a Taliban attack on the Kandahar airport that lasted more than 24 hours and killed 50 people, mainly civilians, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

 

It said the dead included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan soldiers and two police. It said the 11 "terrorists" who took part in the assault were killed, and that the fighting ended late Wednesday.

 

Afghan forces have struggled to roll back Taliban advances since the U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission at the end of last year.

 

The sprawling airport, known as Kandahar Air Field, has a military and a civilian section, as well as a NATO base. There were no coalition casualties.

 

Also on Thursday, the head of Afghanistan's main intelligence service resigned, citing differences with President Ashraf Ghani, who assumed office a little over a year ago.

 

Gen. Rahmatullah Nabil said he did not agree with the president's policies in recent months, without providing further details. The four-star general had served as head of the National Directorate of Security for five years.

 

Ghani said in a statement that he accepted Nabil's resignation and would replace him with someone from within NDS.

 

 

 

http://www.12newsnow...airport-50-dead


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#57 Panzermann

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 1547 PM

www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35123748

" Why Taliban special forces are fighting Islamic State"
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#58 Simon Tan

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 2248 PM

Blackhawk Down : The Sequel. Marjah, Afghanistan.


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#59 Simon Tan

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 2256 PM

http://sofrep.com/45...ah-afghanistan/
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Posted 06 January 2016 - 2257 PM

Now if the Taliban would just crash a command luncheon.

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