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March 23, 2014
There is absolutely sufficient force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transnistria if the decision was made to do that, and that is very worrisome.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove • Discussing the potential threat of more action by the Russian military in an effort to invade Ukraine. The take by Breedlove, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, is shared by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya, who says the situation in the country is “becoming even more explosive than it used to be a week ago.” source
21:48 // 4 months ago
April 27, 2013

NATO servicemembers killed in Afghanistan plane crash

  • 4NATO servicemembers killed in a plane crash in southern Afghanistan today, the cause of which is still unknown (though this does come a day before the start of a Taliban claimed “spring offensive”). A NATO statement confirming the crash suggested they initially didn’t believe there was Taliban activity in the area where the plane went down, and that an investigation is ongoing. The identities of those killed aren’t yet known, either, beyond that they were of international backgrounds. source
18:08 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013
The reasons for my decision are personal. I did not come to it lightly or quickly, but given the considerations behind it, I recognized in the end it was the only choice I could make. While I won’t go into the details, my primary concern is for the health of my wife, who has sacrificed so much for so long.
General John Allen • Announcing his resignation today, in a statement. Allen’s decision comes as, according to him, he wants to spend more time with his wife, who he’s said suffers numerous chronic health issues, among them an autoimmune disorder. Allen served as the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan for 19 months, was caught up in the fringes of the Petraeus sex scandal (but subsequently cleared), and had been the Obama administration’s nomination to serve as NATO supreme allied commander until now. Said President Obama: "Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family." source
17:59 // 1 year ago
December 5, 2012
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September 8, 2012
17:19 // 1 year ago
September 5, 2012
Afghanistan discharges hundreds of suspected insurgents in purge of military
Preventing violence: According to the Afghan Defense Ministry’s head of intelligence, Gen. Abdul Manan Farahi, many of the soldiers were expelled after it was discovered they did not provide adequate documentation at the time of enlistment. Others, the army believes, were not properly vetted to verify their allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. “In some cases we had evidence against them, in others we were simply suspicious,” said Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi, who told members of the press the investigation began about six months ago. Afghan officials hope the purge will help curb a rash of “insider killings” — the term used when a uniformed member of the Afghan military opens fire on U.S. or NATO forces — that have already claimed 45 lives in 2012. (Photo via Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) source

Afghanistan discharges hundreds of suspected insurgents in purge of military

Preventing violence: According to the Afghan Defense Ministry’s head of intelligence, Gen. Abdul Manan Farahi, many of the soldiers were expelled after it was discovered they did not provide adequate documentation at the time of enlistment. Others, the army believes, were not properly vetted to verify their allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. “In some cases we had evidence against them, in others we were simply suspicious,” said Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi, who told members of the press the investigation began about six months ago. Afghan officials hope the purge will help curb a rash of “insider killings” — the term used when a uniformed member of the Afghan military opens fire on U.S. or NATO forces — that have already claimed 45 lives in 2012. (Photo via Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) source

14:18 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012

US making final push in Afghanistan’s “lost province”

  • 2,500 fighters estimated to be in Nuristan province source

» With plans to leave the region in October, United States and NATO forces are making a final push against the Taliban in Afghanistan’s mountainous Nuristan region. After being expelled from the region, then officially abandoning it altogether, U.S. forces are offering a final round of training and aid for Afghan forces in the area. “There are a lot of Taliban around,” said Mohammad Ghazi, an Afghan militia member being treated at the NATO post in Nuristan. “If the (U.S.) supports the Afghan government it will be very good in future. If not, it will be worse.”

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14:11 // 2 years ago
June 2, 2012

NATO rescues four aid workers in northern Afghanistan

  • 4 kidnapped aid workers rescued by NATO raid in Afghanistan source

» The NATO action, according to British PM David Cameron, was “extraordinarily difficult” to decide to go through with. He nonetheless approved the plans after increased concern as to the hostages’ safety, among them 28-year-old Brit Helen Johntson. The kidnapped four (two of whom were Afghans) who were held in Gulati, a town in Afghanistan’s northern region near the Tajikstan border. It’s reported that numerous Taliban members were slain in the operation, but the NATO forces escaped unscathed. “We will never be able to publish their names,” Cameron said, “but the whole country should know we have an extraordinary group of people who work for us who do amazingly brave things.”

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12:46 // 2 years ago
May 19, 2012

Three protesters charged with terror plot to target Obama reelection headquarters

  • 3 anti-NATO protesters charged with terrorism, targeting Obama H.Q. source

» Molotov cocktails, or home brew supplies? That’s at question in the case of three activists arrested on terrorism charges, days prior to the NATO summit in Chicago. They’re charged with constructing explosive devices, which they intended to use against very high-profile targets — the Obama reelection headquarters, and the home address of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The attorney for the three men (identified as Brian Church of Florida, Jared Chase of New Hampshire, and Brent Betterly of Massachusetts) claims the police planted weapons at the scene of the arrest, and supporters have claimed what the police called “molotov cocktails” were actually equipment for personal beer brewing. The National Lawyer’s Guild, which has volunteers representing the men, also asserts the police “broke down doors with guns drawn and searched residences without a warrant or consent.”

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15:17 // 2 years ago
April 30, 2012
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