No, seriously, we do.
This is a compilation of bad Taliban becoming reformed Taliban via HE ordinance.
Either that or it’s a bunch of IR video of dudes eating too much Taco Bell.
No, seriously, we do.
This is a compilation of bad Taliban becoming reformed Taliban via HE ordinance.
Either that or it’s a bunch of IR video of dudes eating too much Taco Bell.
So this whole Koran-burning thing has really chapped my ass. My need for Gold Bond on my bottom doesn’t spring from the Afghans’ reactions to the burning as those were pretty predictable. I mean, let’s face it: anytime you take a bunch of mostly illiterate, gun-toting cavemen with cell phones who see no problem with molesting little boys, honor killings, throwing acid on little girls, and executing women for having the audacity to get gang-raped by their male relatives and then add the figurative and literal fire of religious fervor and extremism, you can pretty much guarantee that the resulting actions will be laced with a liberal dose of backstabbing violence. No, my problem with the reaction to the debacle is OUR reaction.
The first mistake we made was allowing the trash men to get their hands on these things. Of course, they could have been burning cookbooks that were written in Arabic and most of the local nationals working on Bagram wouldn’t have known the difference between Betty Crocker and the seventh Surrah since, as I said before, most of them are illiterate so they think that anything in Arabic is the Koran. Since it was used to write messages, it should have been kept as evidence or intelligence. Either way it should have been treated as classified material. At the very least, it should have been completely destroyed before being tossed in the burn pile.
The second mistake we made was the immediate pro-extremist, anti-Joe sycophancy from our apologist in chief. Our guards saw contraband Korans that had already been desecrated by extremist messages scrawled by their owners (which, by the way, is desecration anyway), seized those books, and disposed of them. Why the hell should we apologize? I don’t see any of them apologizing for burning the Korans that were destroyed when the World Trade Center went down. What do we do next? Apologize for collecting intelligence or killing bad guys? No. Screw that. We don’t need to apologize for helping secure our personnel. And what is the end result of Obama apologizing? Well, a bunch of US personnel getting fragged by their Afghan counterparts. And our response to that? Pretty much nothing. They just killed our guys and the president’s response is to say that the apology avoided violence. Really? Tell that to the widows and orphans and next of kin. You know what we should have done? What the Pashtun understand: exponential measured response. They kill one of ours, we level a town. War is ugly; if you’re going to do it, make it so ugly that nobody ever wants to bring it to your doorstep again. Presenting a weak response to the Pashtuns is just inviting more violence on our guys, not discouraging it.
The last thing we did wrong was this:
So now, our troops cannot even get their hands on a Koran unless they are Muslim. Can Muslims get a Bible? You bet. Book of Mormon? Why not. But Korans are hands-off because apparently the Army doesn’t mind restricting the first Amendment rights of most soldiers as long as it appeases the enemy. And yes, I do consider radical Islam the enemy and anyone that doesn’t is a fool. You cannot appease an enemy that is fueled by radical religious fervor without surrendering to them; you either defeat them or you are defeated by them. Does this policy say that US service members on Bagram cannot own or purchase a Koran? Nope. But it does border dangerously close on violating the establishment clause in the Constitution by providing protected/preferential treatment to one religion over another. Oh, and it really does nothing to protect our troops or prevent more violence form the religious zealots that pervade the forces with which we are supposedly in cooperation over there. If you want to prevent the bad guys from killing our guys because of a holy book, make the bad guys hole-y men.
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ISAF forces duking out with bad guys in Kabul. Going on in Afghanistan pretty much right now.
Video of ISAF soldiers inside ISAF Headquarters – Kabul, Afghanistan fighting back against an attack on the US Embassy compound and ISAF HQ – 13th September 2011
So far we’ve had at least one VBIED attack, six mortar attacks on one base by noon, and now this. The bad guys sure do love their anniversaries. They might bear in mind that the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan is coming up and we all know how well THAT went for the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — More than two dozen American troops are believed to have died in the deadly helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, a U.S. military official told CNN.
Many, if not all, were special operations forces, the official said. If the numbers are confirmed, the incident would be the most deadly for coalition forces in the Afghan war, according to a CNN count of international troop deaths.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a statement saying as many as 31 U.S. special forces and seven Afghans were killed and offered “deep regret” to U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Taliban claimed militants downed the helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. Mohammad Hazrat Janan, head of the provincial council said Tangi village elders reported that insurgents shot at the craft when it was flying back from an operation.
The incident took place in the eastern province of Wardak, an area rife with insurgent activity. There has been a swell of recent attacks in the country’s southern and eastern provinces.
As some of you may know, Wardak was my company’s AO as well as rotating duties in Ghazni. Wardak is not a nice place. Every time we rolled into a village it felt like we were a bunch of black guys rolling into one of the less civilized towns in the deep south during the 1950′s in order to build their schools, clinics, and water wells and then the mayor would say “well, of course there’s no KKK activity here” with a wry look that made you want to slap the beard of his lying face. The whole province is bad guy central. The worst part of it wasn’t the fighting; it was the waiting for the bullshit to happen because the Taliban and al Qaeda were and still are cowards and they would immediately hide amongst the civilian population right after they hit you. These are the kind of scumbags that we’re dealing with over there. Oh, and did I mention the police out there were dirty, too? They are. They were when I was there and considering that the situation has deteriorated since I left, the police have probably gotten worse.
As we draw down forces in Afghanistan and turn over security duties to the locals, you can expect this kind of nip and run attack profile to become more and more prolific. The Afghans are famous for this kind of thing when they haven’t been sufficiently brought to heel by whatever army happens to be there at the time. It happened with the British, it happened with the Russians, and now I think it will start happening with us because we didn’t give them sufficient motivation not to do so and the Pashtuns which represent a sizable chunk of them can be a petty and vengeful lot when they deem that the Pashtunwali (the Pashtun code of conduct) has been violated. This nipping action didn’t happen with Alexander the Great nor did it happen with Ghengis Khan and it hppened infrequently with the Parthians, Sythians, Selucids, Persians, Greco-Bactrians, Kushans, Sassanids, and White Huns because they showed that they just didn’t give shit and if you screwed with them they would literally decimate populations and that kind of thing really does get peoples’ attention regardless of their ideology. I am not suggesting that we wipe out 90% of the population by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that as we leave we need to demonstrate that we won’t tolerate any of this kind of thing by the most decisive and violent methods and means available to us. I don’t mean unjustifiable violence, but something more akin to an incremental measured response or what Sean Connery would call the “Chicago Way”:
Yeah, just like that.
Until we can shut this kind of bullshit down, we need to stay there because if we leave the country to these kinds of a-holes then we can expect an entirely new wave of Jihadis hell bent on paradise by the cockpit dashboard lights.
An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing a grenade away from his fellow soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor July 12, the White House announced Tuesday.
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry will be the second living Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Petry, like Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who received the nation’s highest award for valor in November, will be honored for actions while serving in Afghanistan.
Petry, 31, will be recognized for his actions during combat operations May 26, 2008, in Paktya, Afghanistan.
Okay gentlemen, here’s what I want you to do: drop trau, look down between your thighs, and note what you call “your balls”. Now realize that your sack is pretty much just a pair of slightly engorged labia compared to this guy’s baby batter bag. Seriously. Most guys in America won’t even dive into a cold swimming pool for fear of shrinkage whereas SFC Petry jumps into an ice bath and still has enough of his pendulous junk hanging down to use as floaties… for a hippo. If Arnold Shwarzenegger had SFC Petry’s testosterone toting teabag he not only would have knocked up the maid, he would have knocked up his secretarial staff, the press pool, and the groundskeepers… and half of those were dudes. And yeah, the dudes would be pregnant too. That’s how manly SFC Petry is. Chuck Norris looks at this guy and thinks “um, no fuckin’ way I’m pissing him off”. That’s the caliber we’re talking about here.
Some guys will give you the shirt off your back. SFC Petry will give you the hand off his arm. Seriously. Read on…
On May 26, 2008, the soldiers were conducting a rare daytime raid to capture a high-value target, according to the Army.
Petry was to place himself with the platoon headquarters in the target building once it was secured and serve as the senior noncommissioned officer at the site for the remainder of the operation, according to the Army.
When he learned that one of the assault squads needed help clearing their assigned building, Petry told the platoon leader that he was moving to that squad to provide additional supervision and guidance. After the squad cleared the residential portion of the building, Petry took Pfc. Lucas Robinson to clear the outer courtyard.
At least three enemy fighters, positioned at opposite ends of the courtyard, were waiting for them.
When Petry and Robinson entered the courtyard and crossed an open area, an enemy fighter opened fire. A bullet went through both of Petry’s legs. Robinson was hit in his side plate by another round.
Petry led Robinson to cover behind a chicken coop while the enemy continued to fire. Petry reported that they had made contact and that he and Robinson were wounded.
Sgt. Daniel Higgins, a team leader at the building, moved to the outer courtyard to help his fellow Rangers.
As Higgins evaluated the two wounded soldiers, an enemy fighter threw a grenade that landed about 10 meters away from the three soldiers. The explosion knocked them to the ground and wounded Higgins and Robinson. Two more Rangers, Staff Sgt. James Roberts and Spc. Christopher Gathercole, entered the courtyard and moved to help.
The enemy threw yet another grenade. This time, it landed just a few feet from Higgins and Robinson.
Petry, despite his own wounds and with complete disregard for his own safety, moved toward the grenade, grabbed it and threw it away from his fellow Rangers, according to the Army.
The grenade detonated as Petry released it to throw it back at the enemy. His right hand was catastrophically amputated.
Petry remained calm and even placed a tourniquet on his own arm and reported his injury over the radio.
The dude not only risked his ass while wounded to save his soldiers, TWICE, but he called in his own injuries, TWICE. Oh, and did you notice that one of those times he did it one handed because that is all he had left because he threw the bad guys’ grenade back at them?!? This dude is so studly that he when they have the Medal of Honor ceremony for him they will require that every woman in the room wear a diaphragm for fear of area impregnation when he walks through the room.
SFC Petry, we at The Sniper salute you. If you run into any of us, we owe you a beer. Oh, and a shot. Oh, and our freedom.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – During the long Afghan winter, Taliban insurgents were apparently busy underground.
The militants say they spent more than five months building a 1,050-foot tunnel to the main prison in southern Afghanistan, bypassing government checkpoints, watch towers and concrete barriers topped with razor wire.
The diggers finally poked through Sunday and spent 4 1/2 hours ferrying away more than 480 inmates without a shot being fired, according to the Taliban and Afghan officials. Most of the prisoners were Taliban militants.
Accounts of the extraordinary prison break, carried out in the dead of night, suggest collusion with prison guards, officials or both.
Suggest? Suggest? They broke through a concrete floor for Pete’s sake! They had copies of the keys and the escapees made their way out a hole in the concrete floor that was THREE FEET WIDE and they use the term “suggest“?!? There’s no “suggesting” about it! Somebody on the inside helped them out. Probably SEVERAL somebodies helped them out because there is no way in hell that somebody didn’t hear the racket that breaking through several inches of concrete a yard in diameter would have caused.
This is the problem with COIN. We really need to be more brutal with these people but we are not being as brutal with them as we should be because of the whole hearts and minds thing. I am a big proponent for total war: make it messy enough and nobody will want to play with us anymore and that is just fine as far as I am concerned. But that’s just me. Well, that’s just me being backed up by thousands of years of history.
Shortly after unrest broke out in eastern Libya in mid-February, reports emerged that an “Islamic Emirate” had been declared in the eastern Libyan town of Darnah and that, furthermore, the alleged head of that Emirate, Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, was a former detainee at the American prison camp in Guantánamo. The reports, which originated from Libyan government sources, were largely ignored or dismissed in the Western media.
Now, however, al-Hasadi has admitted in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore that he fought against American forces in Afghanistan. (Hat-tip: Thomas Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard.) Al-Hasadi says that he is the person responsible for the defense of Darnah — not the town’s “Emir.” In a previous interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail, he claimed to have a force of about 1,000 men and to have commanded rebel units in battles around the town of Bin Jawad.
And this is exactly why I didn’t want us getting involved over there in Libya or any of the other “popular” revolutions in the MIddle East and Africa: we don’t know who’s behind it all. Sure, we keep getting told that these are popular uprisings but how are we supposed to be 100% sure of that? And if aren’t 100% sure of the real source of the unrest, why the hell are we offering aid? I mean, we if Al Qaeda or the Taliban or the Muslim Brotherhood or any branch of Islamic Jihad are behind this (which I seriously believe is the case), aren’t we slitting our own throats by helping them? We’re now helping enforce a no-fly zone to help the people that were dancing in the streets when the World Trade Center fell. We’re taking out ADA sites to enforce a no-fly zone so that Moammar Ghadaffi and his sick regime can be toppled, for what? So a worse regime can take over? Unfortunately I think the only reason we haven’t done anything to take him out previously (except for when Ronnie Reagan put some smart bombs in his kids’ windows) is because it’s better to have the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
Now we’re not only banking on the devil we don’t know; we’re helping him take over Hell.
The hits just keep on rolling…
KABUL, Afghanistan – Insurgents firing rockets, mortars and automatic weapons launched a ground assault Saturday against NATO’s biggest base in southern Afghanistan, wounding several coalition troops and civilian employees in the second such attack on a major military installation this week, officials said.
A Canadian Press news agency report from the Kandahar Air Field said artillery and machine gun fire reverberated through the base, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) southwest of Kabul, several hours after the attack began. Militants unleashed rockets and mortars about 8 p.m. (15:30 GMT) and then tried unsuccessfully to storm the northern perimeter, officials said.
Um, sure is a good thing we didn’t send as many troops as General Petraeus requested otherwise the Taliban might not feel so emboldened as to directly attack the two largest US Military bases in Afghanistan. I think it’s about time to a) give the man the troops he needs to attain stability in the country, b) give the force protection folks on the bases (including the average Joes on the ground) the freedom to defend their bases without fear of repercussions, and c) start taking base security seriously like they did in the earlier years of the war. US military bases in combat zones aren’t just make-work program implementation stations for local nationals, they are the axles upon which the wheels of war roll.
Okay, this is what I’ve gotten from my source on Bagram about the attack the other day and it was confirmed as good poop by another guy I know on Bagram. From the eyes on the ground…
I personally was woken up at around 0345 by the sound of close AK fire. There were around 15 AAF going for ECP 1 with a VBIED and suicide vests… which turned out to be the successful diversion. Apaches were in the air within minutes of all hell breaking loose at ECP 1 but in the interim somewhere between 7-10 AAF with grenades and RPGs made it through the first perimeter fence by Coyote Creek on the North side close to the SF compound. Air cover was already in the air and they were stuck in no man’s land so they went for the final perimeter fence and started tossing grenades over the Hescos trying to hit the living areas (which in my opinion are obviously too close to the fence line). Guys from 173rd and a couple Sr NCOs coming through BAF on R&R put together a team and shot 1 AAF with a stack of RPGs and 3 others with suicide vest that were in the process of breaching the perimeter…At least one had made it through and was killed within moments and the other died stuck in the wire. One of the towers was also breached (although [unconfirmed] rumor has it the AF tower guard, who man the tower with a ANA partner, fled his post…not sure if that is true or just standard AF bashing) All the big stuff was over with by 0630, SAF continued throughout the day. The scary part was how close these guys came to really doing some damage…They were literally within 25 yards of housing areas. Force Protection on BAF is a joke…Simple things like not allowing the vegetation to grow 3 ft high up to the perimeter fence, not having living areas within grenade throwing distance of the weak perimeter and other common sense stuff.
If not for the quick thinking of a few take charge NCOs and a few guys they were able to scoop up, we would have been screwed. Some of those guys wound up badly injured, but they held the (thin) line.
Oh and there were obvious signs that there was a large force forming up for something and probes for the last 6 wks. And they were spot on regarding where the weak points were. Not a warm fuzzy feeling. And it is very curious why this has not gotten more media attention…VERY strange indeed.
Then I asked if the breach and attack were near Camp Cherry-Beasley where I thought it was and this is the response I got…
Yep, the 5 guys the make shift QRF shot were along the stretch behind Cherry Beasley and the North DFAC ending at the UAE compound. Oh and all the dead guys were wearing full ACUs complete with brown t shirt. This was not just some half assed attempt, this was well planned,
coordinated and executed. Each of the dead guys were rigged to blow with HME and grenades.
[There are guys here who] were here back in 2004-2005 and they have mentioned how different the FP is. All the concrete is gone, those of us lucky enough to be in a B-Hut are exposed; we had a contractor killed in my area (Infantry Village) in FEB by a 107 rocket that had his B-hut had something as simple as sand bags, he probably would have made it through…but they have gotten rid of those too… Billeting moves Soldiers into stacked CHUs on the perimeter with NO type of barriers in place… [removed to protect anonymity].
We have kids who like to spend their days throwing rocks across the fence into our work area trying to hit us or our VSAT. The other day one of them had a slingshot and was shooting out the big perimeter lights. BASE OP and FP were called but [the unit] was told they are not responsible for replacing the lights. NO SHIT, think you can maybe send over someone to chase them off? [If any of the soldiers in this unit do anything other verbally reprimand the kids they get UCMJ action no matter how many times they get hit with a rock] There probably was a reason these kids were going after the lights (duh), just like they were likely the ones who supplied the weapons caches they found on the perimeter the last couple days. Oh and we have had Haji come through the fence and right up to the towers at night and walk off with the solar panels…But the guards are at least in full rattle now.
We have tried to go through the right channels, we have jumped up and down and screamed about this stuff, we have gotten IG involved and we get the same BS answers and nothing changes (although IG did get their attention for about a week). Just like this incident will get people spun up for a couple weeks, then it will be back to business as usual. There was no plan for something like this, unless you call random people coming around on a gator telling you to lock and load and sit in the bunker a plan. Makes me long for the days of “stand to”. I guess that we should count ourselves lucky there was no fratricide.
Things don’t look so good out in Bagram. The BDOC at BAF never really did have it all together but now it seems like it’s all falling apart. WTF? Removing the concrete bunkers? Housing within grenade range of the hescoes? That’s JV bullshit. You don’t do that and expect to NOT have all hell break loose.
And for all those that want to throw out the “were you there?” and “did you witness this?” questions, no I wasn’t… but I have two people that way that this is about how it went down so take it for what its worth. I personally tend to believe it.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents armed with rockets, grenades and suicide vests stormed the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field before dawn Wednesday, triggering an eight-hour firefight that killed an American contractor and at least 10 attackers and wounded nine U.S. service members.
As troops and contractors huddled in secure bunkers, the militants fired their weapons over American defenses into the base, according to Maj. Virginia McCabe, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces at Bagram. White smoke could be seen rising from the garrison as U.S. attack helicopters whirred overhead.
It was the second major Taliban assault in the Kabul area in as many days, breaking a nearly three-month lull in insurgent attacks around the Afghan capital. Eighteen people, including five U.S. soldiers and a Canadian colonel, were killed Tuesday in a suicide car bombing in Kabul.
Seriously. Why isn’t this plastered all over the news like it should be? Every time an insurgent farted near the Green Zone in Iraq the press was all over it and touting the failings of the Bush administration and how it was indicative of the futility of fighting that part of the War on Terror. Of course once the Obama administration took over it was more than happy to claim victory in Iraq and take credit for all of the work done there by the previous administration. Don’t get me wrong… I know that this kind of thing is standard practice for all administrations.
My issue is this: we have just seen a full frontal assault on the biggest US Military base in Afghanistan and there is pretty much NOTHING in the main stream media about it. It’s almost like it never happened yet this is HUGE. Attacking Bagram just north of ECP 3 within a few hundred yards of (what used to be when I was there) the Ranger and SF compounds is just brazen. The fear isn’t there anymore. The Taliban wants to lure the US into using methods that will cause civilian casualties and they want to terrorize the FOBBITs so they go home and bitch about how “bad” it is over there. They know what they’re doing and they’re working… and most America is either ignorant that the attack even occurred, don’t understand the significance, or just don’t care. Pathetic.
Success has a thousand fathers, failure is an orphan… but embarrassing strategic shortsightedness is an abortion.
NEW YORK – A U.S. citizen who had recently returned from a five-month trip to his native Pakistan, where he had a wife, was arrested at a New York airport on charges that he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square, federal authorities said.
Faisal Shahzad was on board a Dubai-bound flight at Kennedy Airport when FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives took him into custody late Monday, law enforcement officials said. One official said he claimed to have acted alone.
It’s a good thing they didn’t follow the trail that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D’bag-NY) was trying to lay down…
“If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.”
And if I had to guess, I would say that Bloomberg is an idiot. Now, whose guess do you think is more accurate? Seriously. Your city gets attacked numerous times by Islamist terrorists, a car bomb shows up in Times Square, and the first people you think might be responsible are… homegrown terrorists with a political agenda harboring resentment about health care? Are you f***ing retarded?!? Jesus man! If you catch your neighbor’s dog taking a dump in your front yard over and over again and then you find a pile of dog shit on your lawn are you going to blame your own kids first?!? Mayor Bloomberg, did you spend too much time in the birth canal? Huff one too many cans of spray paint? Take one too many hits off the gravity bong when you were in clown college? The David Carradine method of self-pleasure that you’ve apparently been practicing is taking its toll on your brain cells.
The next time Mr. Bloomberg needs to make a public statement he may want to consider jamming the mike up his crack and farting so he sounds less like an asshole.
MARJAH, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters holding out in Marjah are increasingly using civilians as human shields, firing from compounds where U.S. and Afghan forces can clearly see women and children on rooftops or in windows, Afghan and U.S. troops said Wednesday.
The intermingling of fighters and civilians also has been witnessed by Associated Press journalists. It is part of a Taliban effort to exploit strict NATO rules against endangering innocent lives to impede the allied advance through the town in Helmand province, 610 kilometers (360 miles) southwest of Kabul.
Increasingly? It seems odd to me that they would use this kind of language. I guess the Taliban has gone from almost always using human shields and fighting in heavily civilian areas to keep us from using our most effective weapons to using them almost completely always or in every friggin case. The Taliban LOVES to hide among civilians. If the Taliban can’t hide among civilians, they’ll take weapons off of their dead Tangos and make them civilians so we look bad. Absolutely ludicrous. I guess it’s only considered a reality now that AP journalists have witnessed and reported as fact what the military has been telling them for years.
MARJAH, Afghanistan – Bombs and booby traps slowed the advance of thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers moving Saturday through the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah — NATO’s most ambitious effort yet to break the militants’ grip over their southern heartland.
NATO said it hoped to secure the area in days, set up a local government and rush in development aid in a first test of the new U.S. strategy for turning the tide of the eight-year war. The offensive is the largest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.
The Taliban appeared to have scattered in the face of overwhelming force, possibly waiting to regroup and stage attacks later to foil the alliance’s plan to stabilize the area and expand Afghan government control in the volatile south.
To the Marines, soldiers, coalition members, etc going into Marjah: Happy hunting. To the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and whoever else is over there itching for a fight: You may be disappointed to find out that those virgins mentioned in the Koran are supposed to be girls… rest in pieces, bitches.