Obama: 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan by summer Wednesday, Dec 2 2009 

West Point, New York (CNN) President Obama said Tuesday that the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and stabilize the country’s government.

The new deployment over six months will bring America’s troop strength in the country to more than 100,000, in the fight against Taliban militants.Mr Obama also urged America’s allies in Nato to send more troops.Defending the war, he insisted there were no parallels with Vietnam and that world security was at stake(More News).

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he was dispatching 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, accelerating a risky and expensive war buildup, even as he assured the nation that U.S. forces will begin coming home in July 2011.

We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government and, more importantly, to the Afghan people that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country, Obama said.Obama also leaned heavily on NATO allies and other countries to join in escalating the fight.

We must come together to end this war successfully, the president said. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility. What’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.

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Passports Linked to 9/11 Found in Pakistan Friday, Oct 30 2009 

SHERWANGAI, Pakistan —  Pakistani soldiers battling their way into a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border have seized passports that may be linked to 9/11 suspects, as they confront an enemy skilled in operating in a mountainous terrain with endless ways to wage a guerrilla war.

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Oct. 29: Photos and passports seized during military operations against Taliban militants are displayed on a table in South Waziristan. Oct. 29: Photos and passports seized during military operations against Taliban militants are displayed on a table in South Waziristan.

he military on Thursday took foreign and local journalists for a first look inside the largely lawless territory since it launched a ground offensive here in mid-October. The U.S.-backed operation is focused on a section of the tribal region where the Pakistani Taliban are based and are believed to shelter Al Qaeda.

Soldiers displayed passports seized in the operation, among them a German document belonging to a man named Said Bahaji. That matches the name of a man thought to have been a member of the Hamburg cell that conceived the 9/11 attacks. Bahaji is believed to have fled Germany shortly before the attacks in New York and Washington.

The passport included a tourist visa for Pakistan and a stamp indicating he’d arrived in the southern city of Karachi on Sept. 4, 2001.

Another passport, from Spain, bears the name of Raquel Burgos Garcia. Spanish media have reported that a woman with the same name is married to Amer Azizi, an alleged Al Qaeda member from Morocco suspected in both the 9/11 attacks and the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

Obama Honors Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

President flies by helicopter to Delaware to greet flag-draped caskets of those killed in action

Standing in the pre-dawn darkness, President Barack Obama saw the real cost of the war in Afghanistan: The Americans who return in flag-covered cases while much of the nation sleeps in peace.

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Oct. 29: President Obama salutes as an Army team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind. at Dover Air Force Base

In a midnight dash to this Delaware base, where U.S. forces killed overseas come home, Obama honored the return of 18 fallen Americans Thursday.
All were killed this week in Afghanistan, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.

The dramatic image of Obama on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years. Former President George W. Bush spent lots of time with grieving military families but never went to Dover to greet the remains coming off
the cargo plane.

The lifting of the 18-year ban on media coverage of bodies returning to Dover was done to keep the human cost of war from being shielded from the public.Obama visited the base carrying the weight of knowing he may soon send more troops off to war.

Another blast hits Pak’s Peshawar, 10 feared dead Friday, Oct 16 2009 

TERROR STRIKES AGAIN: Thirty-nine people were killed in coordinated terror attacks in Lahore on Thursday.

TERROR STRIKES AGAIN: Thirty-nine people were killed in coordinated terror attacks in Lahore on Thursday.

Peshawar: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a mosque next to a police station in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday, killing 10 people in the latest bloodshed in an unrelenting wave of terror that has hit the country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion fell on the Taliban, who have been blamed for two weeks of attacks that have killed more than 150 people across the country and appear aimed at forcing the government to abandon a planned offensive into the militants’ stronghold along the Afghan border.

The attacker in Peshawar drove an explosives-laden vehicle into the wall of the mosque and detonated the bomb, badly damaging the mosque as well as the neighboring police station, said police official Bashir Khan.

The target of the attack in the main city in Pakistan’s Taliban-riddled North West Frontier province was not immediately clear. The police station was heavily guarded and surrounded by barricades making it nearly impossible for any attacker to directly hit it.

Television footage showed the upper part of the wall of the brick mosque shorn off. Security forces swarmed the area as ambulances arrived at the scene. A twisted chunk of metal on the ground was in flames, and a small white car’s front section was destroyed. In nearby Lady Reading Hospital, rescue workers rushed wounded victims through the hallways on stretchers.

Adolf Hitler Best Quotes Thursday, Oct 15 2009 

1.All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.

2.All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.

3.Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.

4.Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized.

5.As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.

6.Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.

7.He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.

8.The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.

10 Days 15 Death Saturday, Jul 11 2009 

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THE British Army has now suffered more deaths in Afghanistan than in Iraq.The grim landmark came with the loss of six soldiers yesterday – five slaughtered in one devastating ambush. A total of 184 UK military personnel have fallen fighting the Taliban, passing the 179 who perished battling Saddam Hussein and insurgents.

The ambush happened in the early hours, near the Helmand hotspot of Sangin. Taliban fanatics used a small “come-on” explosion to draw a British unit on a routine night patrol towards a huge bomb.It was detonated as the troops, from 2nd Battalion The Rifles, grouped together, military sources revealed.

The attack was the worst single incident the Army has suffered in Afghanistan since the Taliban were toppled by US-led allied forces in 2001. The sixth soldier to die yesterday was from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. He was blown up by a roadside bomb while travelling on a Viking tracked vehicle.

The much-criticised machines are currently being withdrawn because they cannot withstand blasts from the Taliban’s improvised devices.
The families of all six dead soldiers were being informed last night.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defence announced that two troops were killed on Thursday in the ongoing Operation Panther’s Claw offensive against the Taliban.

Baghdad market bomb kills scores Thursday, Jun 25 2009 

bhagdad Shoes lay scattered around the site of the deadly blast

Nearly 70 people have been killed by a bomb blast in the eastern Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say. Police said the device went off in a market place in the predominantly Shia area of the Iraqi capital. More than 130 people were also reported to have been injured in the blast, one of the worst in Iraq this year.It comes less than a week before US soldiers pull out of all Iraqi cities, a move the US said would not be affected by a recent surge in violence.

Burned Afghan girl learns to smile again Wednesday, Jun 24 2009 

RaziaLt. Michelle Smith, of Boise, Idaho, holds hands with 8-year-old Razia at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 11. Razia was evacuated to the hospital in May after she was severely burned when a white phosphorus round hit her home in the Tagab Valley, killing two of her sisters.

90 killed in air strikes in Pak’s Waziristan Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

Over 90 people, most of them militants, were on Tuesday killed in air strikes by Pakistani jet fighters and two missile attacks by US drones in the restive South Waziristan tribal agency, the stronghold of local Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud. Over 50 people, including foreign fighters, were killed when a US drone targeted a gathering offering funeral prayers for six militants who died earlier in the day in
another attack by an unmanned spy plane.

The drone fired three missiles at the gathering, TV news channels quoted official sources as saying. Several others were injured in the attack. Militants cordoned off the area after the missile strike. Some reports suggested key Taliban commanders, including Baitullah Mehsud and Qari Hussain, an alleged mastermind of suicide bombings, were present at the funeral prayers held at 3 pm. However, this could not be independently confirmed.

Earlier in the day, six militants were killed and seven injured when a US drone targeted a suspected Taliban training centre near Makeen, considered a stronghold of Mehsud. The compound and two vehicles were destroyed in that attack. Reports said Taliban commander Sangeen Khan was among the six militants killed in first strike.