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September 24, 2012

U.S. Marine Corps announces criminal charges related to 2011 urination video

  • January A video surfaced online that showed U.S. Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters. Though widely condemned, no punishment was ever announced for the men involved in the incident, which took place in July 2011.
  • September The U.S. Marine Corps has announced that two Marines, Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola, will face criminal charges for ”posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties,” while three other Marines faced non-criminal punishment. Investigations of other cases resulting from the video are still ongoing at this time. source 
19:23 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012

British soldier gives birth in Afghanistan having not realized she was pregnant

breakingnews:

BBC News: A British servicewoman has given birth to a baby boy in Afghanistan having not realised she was pregnant.

‘Mother and baby are both in a stable condition,’ said Britain’s Ministry of Defence, following the birth on Tuesday in Camp Bastion, Helmand province.

The woman, a Royal Artillery gunner who has not been named by the MoD, only learned she was about to give birth after complaining of stomach pains.

Today in surprise babies.

11:47 // 1 year ago
September 10, 2012
We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping. We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid • On the manpower and resources the Taliban plan to divert towards accomplishing their new top priority: killing Britain’s Prince Harry. Only two weeks removed from his naked escapades in a Las Vegas hotel, the 27-year-old British royal is now flying helicopters in Afghanistan. For what it’s worth, the head of NATO forces in the region isn’t particularly worried about young Harry’s health. ”We do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan ,” said Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, adding, “Whatever might be their personal background.”
14:32 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

Afghanistan: US hands over Bagram jail
BBC News: The US military has handed control of a controversial prison housing more than 3,000 Taliban and terrorism suspects to the Afghan authorities, Afghan officials say. Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai has hailed the planned handover, disagreements with the US remain.
Photo credit: AFP via bbc.co.uk

breakingnews:

Afghanistan: US hands over Bagram jail

BBC News: The US military has handed control of a controversial prison housing more than 3,000 Taliban and terrorism suspects to the Afghan authorities, Afghan officials say. Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai has hailed the planned handover, disagreements with the US remain.

Photo credit: AFP via bbc.co.uk

8:26 // 1 year ago
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
August 27, 2012

Taliban blamed for mass killing at party in Afghanistan’s Helmand province

  • 17 people killed and beheaded at co-ed party on Sunday source

» Blame Game: The Afghan government was quick to lay blame for the killings on the Taliban, and announced that an investigation is underway. A spokesman for the Taliban has denied the allegation, and claims that local commanders weren’t even aware of the killings until news agencies reported them. Officials from the Helmand province are unsure as to whether or not the victims were shot prior to the beheadings, but the presence of women at the party is widely believed to be a factor in the attack.

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16:44 // 1 year ago
August 16, 2012

Skateistan, an Afghanistan school built around skateboarding: A pleasant reminder that life in Afghanistan is not always as depressing and devoid of hope as the media sometimes makes it seem — via skateboarding. More info here.

21:19 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2012
How could we make this request with elections coming? …[President Obama] calls me Bill.
U.S. Army General William Caldwell, according to testimony before the House Oversight Committee • Voicing, according to the testimony of a military officer, an unwillingness to allow an investigation of conditions at an Afghan hospital due to the pending 2010 midterm elections. The testimony claimed that Caldwell believed he had a close relationship with President Obama, that he “liked” him, and thus the General didn’t want to make waves in an election year. But the matter he was neglecting was ghastly and abhorrent in the extreme — one colonel referred to conditions at the Dawood National Military Hospital as “Auschwitz-like.” Maria Abi-Habib of the Wall Street Journal reported on the conditions last September, citing widspread malnutrition, starvation deaths, and (most graphically) “maggots feeding off patients’ open wounds.” source (viafollow)
23:20 // 1 year ago
June 15, 2012

Drone of the day: The Army’s constantly-crashing Gray Eagle

  • problem The U.S. Army is developing their own Predator-style drone, called the Gray Eagle, but failure to meet “key performance parameters” has kept the drone delayed.
  • solution More funding and more tests, as the Gray Eagle is a crucial part of the Pentagon’s long-term plan to dramatically increase its unmanned air force by 2022. source

» The Eagle has landed … poorly. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in a drone that was still crash landing as recently as March 2011. A squadron of four Gray Eagles is currently active in Afghanistan, but unstable software — what caused the drone to crash last March — still calls for more tests. They better get moving; the Army has an order in for 164 of them within the next decade.

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13:37 // 1 year ago