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GUN MAKER WALKS FROM MARYLAND

Beretta Follows Through on Threat
By Harold Hutchison

Beretta’s announcement last week that it was opening a new research and manufacturing facility in Tennessee in the wake of Maryland’s passage of gun-grabbing legislation and Virginia’s election of Bloomberg stooge Terry McAuliffe is part of a growing trend where gun makers are leaving states that disregard Second Amendment rights.

UPDATE ON EARLIER AFGHANISTAN STORY: MILITARY WORKING DOG A POW?

SOF has inquired about Taliban claims to have captured a military working dog, and received the following statement from the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force:

"We can confirm that a military working dog went missing following an ISAF mission in December, 2013. It is ISAF policy to defer identification to the appropriate national authorities."

AMERICAN WAR DOG A POW?

Taliban Claim Capture of Four-Legged Warrior
By Harold Hutchison

The Taliban is claiming to have another American POW – coming almost five years after Bowe Berghdahl was captured by the insurgent group in June 2009.

According to reports from AFP and Breitbart News, the Taliban have shown a video of what they claim to be an American military working dog (MWD). The Taliban also displayed firearms and other equipment they have captured. The Taliban claim the MWD was captured in Laghman province.

DID OBAMA QUIT THE WAR ON TERROR?

What Exactly Is a War Ended Without Victory?
By Harold Hutchison

Contrary to his claims Barack Obama has not “ended” wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has chosen to quit fighting Islamist terrorist groups, according to an article by talk-show host Dennis Prager. The article was published the day after two car bombs killed 23 people in Iraq.

In the article, Prager wrote, “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not ended. Only America’s involvement has ended (in Iraq) or is about to end (in Afghanistan). And, unlike Sergeant Remsburg, America has quit.”

WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ GAVE AL-QAEDA HAVEN

Consequence of Obama’s Withdrawal Becomes Clear
By Harold Hutchison

The resurgence of al-Qaeda can be directly linked to Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, a number of experts have said.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the withdrawal of troops made it easier for al-Qaeda affiliates to regain ground by creating a vacuum. Most notably has been al-Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate now becoming the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

F-16 Maintainers Remove Engine

Video by American Forces Network Afghanistan

MICHELLE: I WANNA BE LIKE HANOI JANE

First Lady Names Her Role Model
By Harold Hutchison

Of all the role models in the world, who would the First Lady of the United States choose? Well, the answer is now out – and it turns out that Michelle Obama’s choice… isn’t a good example at all.

According to multiple media reports, Michelle Obama’s choice of a role model is none other than Hanoi Jane. Michelle Obama described Hanoi Jane as “a beautiful, engaged, politically savvy, sharp woman.”

Spartan Live-Fire in Afghanistan

Video by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

To Defeat the Taliban, We Must Defeat the Ideology

By Lt. Col. Allen West, USA (Ret.)
Accuracy in Media

ONE TERP MAKES IT

Interpreter Granted Asylum After Taliban Attacks Family
By Harold Hutchison

At least one more interpreter for American forces who have been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan will make it into the United States. Mohammed, aka “Yoda,” was in the news this past October when his father was killed and his three-year-old brother kidnapped by the Taliban.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the grant of asylum by the State Department ends a three-year wait for “Yoda” – but a backlog of over 7,000 applications remains.

CODE PINK TIED TO AL-QAEDA FRONTS!

Anti-war Group Linked to Terrorist Fronts in Yemen and Turkey
By Harold Hutchison

The anti-war group Code Pink, whose leader, Jodie Evans, was a bundler for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, has been linked to at least two al-Qaeda fronts. One of the links was discovered in connection with a raid carried out by police in Turkey.

OBAMA’S KILLING FIELDS

Is Obama to Blame for Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq?
By Lt. Col. Allen West, United States Army (Ret.)
Accuracy in Media

“THOSE WHO FAIL TO LEARN FROM HISTORY”
As President Obama returns from a well deserved and earned two-week vacation in Hawaii – ok, being quite facetious here – I wonder if he did any reflection between rounds of golf. And why is it that the First Lady remained in Hawaii to celebrate her 50th birthday?

OBAMA PLACING BRITISH TROOPS AT RISK?

Withdrawal of HH-60 Pave Hawks Leaves Brits in Lurch
By Harold Hutchison

The withdrawal of HH-60 Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters is now placing British troops at greater risk. The withdrawn choppers are similar to one that crashed in the United Kingdom last week, killing a four-person crew.

According to a report by the London Daily Mail, the withdrawn choppers are equipped with winches that assist in removing casualties from minefields. British forces in Afghanistan turned to Air Force Pave Hawks after a 2006 minefield rescue left a British soldier dead.