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GIVING IN TO THE TALIBAN?

Obama Administration Acquiesces to Taliban in Talks
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration has been giving in to Taliban demands – including the group’s refusal to accept the Afghan constitution and renounce suicide attacks – in order to hold talks in Qatar. The preconditions had been announced in 2012 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has cut off security talks with the United States over the talks. The U.S. is currently slated to end operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

DOD SCRAPPING GEAR TO MEET PULLOUT DEADLINE

2,000 MRAPs Among Gear Being Trashed
By Harold Hutchison

Potentially valuable military gear is being scrapped in Afghanistan to meet Obama’s timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of the country. As much as $7 billion worth of gear is stated to be scrapped.

During the withdrawal from Iraq, much of the gear had been at least donated to the Iraqi military. Other gear had been moved to Kuwait. But the Obama Administration is instead planning to scrap almost a quarter of the material shipped into Afghanistan.

STABBING KARZAI IN THE BACK?

Karzai Calls Off Talks After American Meetings With Taliban
By Harold Hutchison

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called off a round of talks to discuss a security deal for after 2014 over American talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.

“In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations, currently underway in Kabul between Afghan and U.S. delegations on the bilateral security agreement,” Karzai said in a statement announcing the suspension.

DEMPSEY SLAMS KERRY

Apparent Split Between State, Pentagon
By Harold Hutchison

John Kerry was slapped down by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he began urging for air strikes against airfields used by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. Kerry’s demands continued until Dempsey spoke up.

AMERICA TO PROVIDE "MILITARY SUPPORT" FOR REBELS

Major Shift Comes as Obama Claims “Red Line” was Crossed
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration has announced it will start providing “military support” for Syrian rebels through the Supreme Military Council. The decision marks a major policy shift by the Obama Administration, which claims that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, crossing the “red line” that would trigger further consequences.

According to some reports, the Obama Administration hasn’t decided whether or not it will create a “no-fly” zone over Syria.

HABIB AND SADIQ BITE THE DUST!

ISAF Also Nabs Taliban IED Specialist
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that a Taliban facilitator and Taliban leader were killed during operations In Afghanistan over the last three days. Habib, a was responsible for distributing weapons, military equipment and ammunition to multiple extremist networks in the Sholgarah and Chimtal districts of Balkh province. He also planned attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and illegally taxed and extorted money from Afghan citizens.

GEORGIAN TROOPS HONORED BY ISAF

Troops Killed in IED Attack
By Harold Hutchison

Marine General Joseph F. Dunford, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, paid tribute to seven Georgian troops who were killed in an IED attack on 6 June.

ISAF KILLS MORE TALIBAN BIGWIGS

RC-East Clears 16 IEDs in Two Days
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that two Taliban leaders were killed and two facilitators were captured during operations in Afghanistan over the last two days. Mohammed Khan was killed during an operation in Kandahar province, where he served as an intelligence advisor who directed improvised explosive devices. Obaidullah Jan was a senior Taliban leader in Wardak province who coordinated ambushes of ISAF and Afghan forces.

THREE INSURGENT LEADERS BITE THE DUST!

ISAF Whacks One Taliban, Two Haqqani Leaders
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that one Taliban senior leader and two Haqqani leaders were killed during operations in Afghanistan over the last three days. The senior Taliban leader, Razaq, was kileld in Kandahar province. The Haqqani leaders, Abdullah and Faizullah, were killed in Logar and Paktiya provinces, respectively.

Forces under the command of ISAF’s Regional Command East reported killing 56 insurgents, capturing 15 more, located two weapons caches, and disarmed 26 IEDs.

JOINT OPERATION LEAVES 17 INSURGENTS DEAD

ISAF Captures More Insurgent Leaders and Facilitators
By Harold Hutchison

A joint ISAF-ANA operation in Paktiya province left 17 insurgents dead. The operation in the province’s Bernal district also resulted in the capture of one other insurgent, who was taken in for questioning. ISAF also reported that during operations over the last three days, two Taliban facilitators, a senior Taliban leader, and a Haqqani Network leader were captured.

MARINES LOSE HOT MEAL?

“Mid-Rats” to Now Be MREs
By Harold Hutchison

Marines in Camp Leatherneck, their major base in Afghanistan are getting one less hot meal as the Obama Administration carries out its timetable-based drawdown from Afghanistan. The “mid-rats” – a meal served at midnight for servicemen – are being replaced by Meals Ready to Eat.

Never mind if a timetable-based drawdown is wise, is it really smart to drop a hot meal for troops at a major base?

PAKISTANI TALIBAN BIGWIG KILLED

U.S. Drone Strike Responsible
By Harold Hutchison

A suspected American UAV strike killed the second-in-command of the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan, a restive part of the world’s largest Muslim country.

Waliur Rehman’s death, if confirmed, would be a major victory in the War on Terror for the United States. Rehman did have a $5 million reward on his head through the “Rewards for Justice” program.

Will this help the Pakistanis make progress against the Taliban?

MCCAIN'S MEMORIAL DAY

Senator John McCain made a secret visit to Syria and met with rebels fighting the regime of Bashir Assad.

McCain’s visit came as Barack Obama ordered the U.S. military to make plans for a no-fly zone over Syria and the European Union lifted its arms embargo against the rebels. McCain has advocated a very hawkish position on intervening in Syria, despite revelations that some of the Syrian rebels have ties to al-Qaeda.

Deja Vu? US support of oppressive Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?

TEN INSURGENT BIGWIGS CAPTURED!

ISAF also whacks 22 Insurgents in single firefight
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF captured ten insurgent leaders or facilitators over the last four days, including Haqqani high-profile attack facilitators in Logar and Paktiya provinces, a senior Taliban leader in Helmand province, and a Taliban improvised-explosive device cell leader in Kandahar province.

ISAF also reported that a combined patrol of ANA Special Forces, Afghan Local Police, and ISAF forces killed 22 insurgents in a firefight near Sujja Ahmand village in Ghazni province.

Memorial Day-Observe it at the Top

As Much as Who Died for our Freedom, Remember Who Lives!

By HARRY CROFT, MD and SYDNEY SAVION, EdD