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  • 40 Facts about Tamerlane - Timur the Lame {the Sword of Islam}

    04/16/2018 2:37:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 28 replies
    Owlcation ^ | 2015 | Thomas Swan
    Who Was Tamerlane? Timur was a 14th Century Turko-Mongol military leader who conquered most of the Muslim world, central Asia, and parts of India. His Timurid Empire rivaled the size and power of the Mongolian domain forged by Genghis Khan a century earlier.Known by his nickname, Tamerlane, it's unclear why many people in the Western world have never heard of this brutal and ingenious warlord. To rectify this neglect, the following is a list of interesting facts about Tamerlane. The list includes notable events in his life; analyzes his acerbic personality, and remarks on current impressions of this fascinating...
  • Why I Left the Anti-War Right

    02/09/2004 2:37:49 AM PST · by kattracks · 50 replies · 1,625+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 2/09/04 | Anthony Gancarski
    <p>If someone had told me a few months ago that I’d be writing a piece for Front Page on this theme, I would’ve dismissed him as a lunatic. After all, then I was supporting the positions expected from those on the so-called antiwar right. I was harshly critical of Israeli defense initiatives, more willing to talk up for Noam Chomsky than the sitting President, and insistent upon baiting “neo-conservative” Michael Ledeen of National Review into admitting that he sought to see the regime in Tehran overthrown by any means necessary, including US Military involvement.</p>
  • The innocent dead in a coward's war

    12/20/2001 9:11:09 AM PST · by afuturegovernor · 55 replies · 216+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday December 20, 2001 | Seumas Milne
    The innocent dead in a coward's war Estimates suggest US bombs have killed at least 3,767 civilians Seumas Milne Thursday December 20, 2001 The Guardian The price in blood that has already been paid for America's war against terror is only now starting to become clear. Not by Britain or the US, nor even so far by the al-Qaida and Taliban leaders held responsible for the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. It has instead been paid by ordinary Afghans, who had nothing whatever to do with the atrocities, didn't elect the Taliban theocrats who ruled over them ...
  • US Airstrike Kills ISIS Commander, Bodyguard In Afghanistan [Video - Start To Run - Boom!]

    04/10/2018 3:15:14 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 April 2018 | Joseph Lafave
    The Department of Defense released details — and video — of an April 5 airstrike that killed top Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) commander Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard in northern Afghanistan.
  • An A-10 pilot In Afghanistan Told Us How The Warthog 'Scares The Enemy Into Submission'

    04/03/2018 10:16:14 AM PDT · by blam · 56 replies
    BI ^ | 4-3-2018 | Daniel Brown
    A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot flies over Afghanistan after completing aerial refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker on March 12, 2018.DVIDS I recently had the chance to speak on the phone with a US Air Force A-10 pilot serving in Afghanistan, and he told me about how the Warthog's "presence alone scares the enemy into submission." "Lot of times [when] we're overhead, they'll just put their guns down and go away because they know the A-10 is overhead," the pilot, who asked to be called "McGraw," said. "We've heard that for years." "Do you mean that literally...
  • Russia 'arming the Afghan Taliban', says US

    03/23/2018 6:20:46 AM PDT · by tlozo · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2018 | Justin Rowlatt
    Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he'd seen "destabilising activity by the Russians." He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but could not say in what quantity. Russia has denied such US allegations in the past, citing a lack of evidence... "We see a narrative that's being used that grossly exaggerates the number of Isis [Islamic State group] fighters here," Gen Nicholson told BBC News. "This narrative then is used as...
  • Sources: Trump Wants Army Veteran Pete Hegseth to Replace VA Secretary Shulkin

    03/14/2018 12:38:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    President Donald Trump is expected to fire VA Secretary David Shulkin and is strongly considering replacing him with U.S. Army Veteran Pete Hegseth, according to three sources who spoke to Townhall under the condition of anonymity. It has been rumored former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also on the list for the job.It has been widely reported President Trump called Hegseth on Monday during a meeting with Shulkin in the Oval Office to go over options for reform. According to Axios, Trump specifically asked Hegseth to analyze new VA legislation while Shulkin listened in on speaker phone. Since Shulkin took over, the...
  • Orbital ATK to provide ISR aircraft to Afghan Air Force

    03/10/2018 2:18:25 AM PST · by BBell · 11 replies
    https://www.upi.com/ ^ | 3/9/18 | James LaPorta
    March 9 (UPI) -- Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force for services in support of aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $86.4 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract. The agreement between the U.S. Air Force and Orbital ATK will provide the Afghan Air Force with an AC-208 Eliminator, an armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with AGM-114 HELLFIRE missile payloads. Work on the contract will occur in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected...
  • Dialogue With Taliban the Only Way Out of Afghanistan [so much for Am Cons]

    03/05/2018 9:45:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 5, 2018 | Adam Weinstein
    It's past time the United States did some soul-searching and accept responsibility for exacerbating an unwinnable war in Afghanistan. This will require a rethink of Washington's current handling of Afghanistan and indeed its entire view of the region. Steve Coll recently made a cogent argument in the New York Times that the U.S. should seriously engage with China and other regional powers. However, this is impossible so long as Washington remains convinced that Pakistan alone is the primary impediment to peace rather than its own mistakes... Both Islamabad and Washington compete to wear the cloak of victimhood. Pakistan remains in...
  • This War of Lies Goes On

    11/19/2001 11:07:18 AM PST · by truth4all · 10 replies · 101+ views
    The Mirror ^ | 11.19.01 | John Pilger
    Another very good article by Pilger. Gavin. Please visit my nonprofit website. Exposing the Cancer Racket. Gavin. Please Click Here JOHN PILGER: THIS WAR OF LIES GOES ON Click Here Legendary foreign correspondent argues the conflict is a sham.. not one terrorist has either been caught or killed There is no victory in Afghanistan's tribal war, only the exchange of one group of killers for another. The difference is that President Bush calls the latest occupiers of Kabul "our friends". However welcome the scenes of people playing music and shaving off their beards, this so-called Northern Alliance are no bringers ...
  • Court determines military burn pits caused lung disease in service members

    02/15/2018 1:24:42 PM PST · by euram · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-15-2018 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The decision marks a victory for the nearly 64,000 active service members and retirees who have put their names on a Burn Pit Registry created by the Veterans Administration, bringing them one step closer to getting adequate medical coverage, something that has never been guaranteed. Private contractors who were also exposed to the burn pit toxins also have been denied coverage.
  • The Disruptive Regional Role of Iran’s Ideology

    02/12/2018 2:06:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Asharq al Awsat ^ | Feb. 12, 20018
    On December 8, 2017, the leader of Iraq’s Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Qais al-Khazali paid a visit to the Lebanese-Israeli border to inspect Lebanese “Hezbollah” resistance positions and to issue a threat to the southern neighbor. In a leaked video, he was shown as saying: “We are here with ‘Hezbollah’ and we announce our complete readiness to stand side by side with the Lebanese people and Palestinian cause against the Israeli occupation.” Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, or Khazali Network, is affiliated with Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). -excerpt- His statement however demonstrated the common interests of pro-Iran regional militias to allow Tehran...
  • Major Boycotting of Pro-regime Rallies Marking the Anniversary 0f 1979 Revolution

    02/12/2018 12:16:36 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Feb 11 is normally a day for rallies all over the country in Iran. It is the anniversary of the Islamic revolution. All over the country, people boycotted the rallies. The regime did their best to scare people in participating, threatening punishment & threatening people's jobs for not participating. School children & their teachers were forced to participate. Many of those who were forced were reluctant to join in, as videos showed only a small group answering to the calls for chants on loudspeakers. As usual, the regime sent buses to transport people to rallies in other cities to try...
  • In budget plan, Trump proposes $336 million aid to Pakistan

    02/12/2018 3:11:35 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 25 replies
    DNA ^ | Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | PTI
    US President Donald Trump today unveiled a US$ 4 trillion annual budget for the fiscal 2019 beginning October 1, proposing US$ 256 million in civilian assistance and US$ 80 million in military aid to Pakistan. The proposal of aid to Pakistan comes weeks after Trump administration suspended nearly US$ 2 billion in security assistance to Islamabad due to its inability to take action against terrorist groups operating from its soil. The White House has said it would consider lifting the freeze if it sees action by Pakistan against terrorist groups. The budgetary proposal says that the military aid depends on...
  • Marines Exonerate Special Forces Wrongfully Accused of War Crimes

    02/11/2018 3:02:42 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 35 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 10, 2018 | Bill McMorris
    Major who led unit calls for more public apology The United States Marine Corps has finally exonerated a group of special forces Marines accused of war crimes in connection to a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. Major General Frederick M. Padilla, speaking on behalf of Commandant General Robert B. Neller, sent a letter to Rep. Walter Jones (R., N.C.) acknowledging that seven members of the Marine Corps' first special forces unit acted appropriately when they returned fire following a suicide bombing and ambush from enemy forces. Padilla quoted from a 2008 Marine Corps Court of Inquiry, saying the Marines "acted appropriately"...
  • Democrat Running in Virginia Discovers New Southern Accent in New Home State

    02/09/2018 6:18:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/9/18 | Brent Scher
    The leading Democratic candidate for a Virginia House seat the party is targeting in 2018 moved to the state just a year-and-a-half ago, but you'd never know it from watching his campaign's first ad.Roger Dean Huffstetler, who is both outraising and outspending his Democratic opponents in Virginia's largely rural fifth district, announced his campaign less than a year after he moved in the summer of 2016 to Charlottesville, a blue city located near the center of a rural red district. His first ad—which, based on a nearly $50,000 expenditure, appears to have been created by a major D.C. advertising firm...
  • US B-52 bomber unleashes record-setting payload

    02/08/2018 2:11:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    Fox ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2018
    US B-52 bomber unleashes record-setting payload FEBRUARY 7, 2018 A US Air Force B-52 bomber launched a record-setting series of strikes this week in northern Afghanistan — dropping 24 precision-guided munitions on Taliban fighting positions during 96 hours of air operations “to destroy insurgent revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks,” according to US Forces Afghanistan. The 24 precision-guided munitions dropped by the B-52 Stratofortress are the most ever dropped by one of the Air Force’s oldest active aircraft, the service said in a press release. Weighing 185,000 pounds, the B-52 first entered service in the 1950s during the height...
  • US Air Force B-52 Shatters Bombing Record While Blowing Taliban Training (T Vid)

    02/06/2018 11:17:51 AM PST · by rktman · 50 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/6/2018 | Ryan Pickrell
    A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, America’s longest-serving bomber, set a new record for the most smart bombs dropped on the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan revealed Tuesday. Shattering the previous record set in November, the American bomber dropped 24 precision-guided munitions during a 96-hour air campaign against Taliban training and narcotics facilities in Afghanistan, Fox News reports. The conventional rotary configuration on board allows the B-52s to easily unleash hell on the terrorists. “The Taliban have nowhere to hide,” Gen. John Nicholson, the unit commander, reportedly said in a statement. “There will be no safe haven for any...
  • After defeat of ISIS, US redeploying forces from Iraq to Afghanistan

    02/05/2018 2:39:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/5/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The U.S. military is pulling its forces from an American-led coalition base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan following the defeat of Islamic State group militants in the country. Western contractors at the base say U.S. troops began the drawdown over the past week, with groups of soldiers leaving the base on daily flights. The exact scale of the redeployment was unclear. According to various estimates, as of 2016, there were more 5,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Iraq, with nearly 4,000 deployed to support and assist local groups fighting ISIS militants. The remaining personnel included special operations forces,...
  • The 21st Century Charge of the Light Brigade: 600 men on horseback galloping into gunfire

    02/03/2018 6:33:45 PM PST · by mairdie · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2018 | Doug Stanton
    Captain Mark Nutsch rode past dead and dying men, the air filled with the iron scent of blood and the acrid stench of gunpowder. Smoke hovered above the field. The horsemen charging alongside him raised their rocket-propelled grenades and fired at the enemy ahead, the resulting explosions rocking them in their saddles. Would the plan work, or was it a death sentence? Either way, this was not how modern warfare was supposed to be fought. A cavalry charge, headlong into enemy gunfire – it was the sort of reckless risk of human life that belonged in the pages of a...