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SIGAR WARNINGS IGNORED BY ARMY

Companies with Al-Qaeda, Taliban Ties Got Contracts
By Harold Hutchison

The Army has ignored warnings that as many as 43 companies or individuals with ties to al-Qaeda or the Taliban have received contracts in Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction has flagged them for “providing material support to the insurgency in Afghanistan.”

OBAMA PRAISES HO CHI MINH

Vietnamese Dictator Responsible for Torture of American POWs
By Harold Hutchison

On 25 July, Barack Obama met with the current dictator running Vietnam. During a statement, though, Barack Obama issued praise for Ho Chi Minh, who lead the North Vietnamese against the United States and was responsible for the torturing of American POWs, including the late George Day and Senator John McCain (R-AZ).

CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE CHOPPER DOWNING

Crash Caused Death of SEAL Team Six Members
By Harold Hutchison

Congress will be investigating the downing of Extortion 17, a CH-47 Chinook that was carrying a number of SEALs assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, popularly called SEAL Team Six. Thirty-eight people, including 22 SEALs, died in the crash.

DID A BOTCHED SYSTEM KILL TROOPS?

Two Arrests Made in Investigation
By Harold Hutchison

Anti-bomb systems intended to make it more difficult for insurgents to emplace improvised explosive devices were either improperly installed or never put into place at all. The investigation has lead to two arrests so far.

OPTIONS FOR INTERVENTION

Dempsey Lays Out Plans for Syria
By Harold Hutchison

General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has detailed five options for intervention in Syria in a letter to Congress. This follows up on testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The options, ranging from an “advise, assist, and training” role to operations to seize chemical weapons in the country, are all intended to aid opposition forces and place more pressure on the regime of Bashir al-Assad.

RETIRED GENERAL: I KNEW IT WAS TERROR

Carter Ham Retired After Early Departure from AFRICOM
By Harold Hutchison

Retired Army General Carter Ham, who was in command of United States Africa Command during the 11 September, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, has said it was clear early on that it was not a demonstration gone wrong.

General Ham, who made the comments during the Aspen Security Forum last week, also admitted that while he had the authority to scramble jets, he did not do so, claiming “there was not a clear purpose in doing so.”

PJ AWARDED SILVER STAR

Heroism in Afghanistan Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

An Air Force pararescue jumper was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during the recovery of the crew of an OH-58 Kiowa during Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Zachary Kline received the country’s third-highest award for valor on 14 July. Kline was under fire for six hours on 23 April, 2011, while recovering the two-man crew of an OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter, one of whom had died.

UAV STRIKE TAKES OUT A BIGWIG

#2 Man in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Killed
By Harold Hutchison

An American UAV strike has killed the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula somewhere in Yemen. Saeed al-Shihri had been believed to have been killed twice before, but in both cases the terrorist group had denied his death.

Born in Saudi Arabia, al-Shihri had been held at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in Afghanistan. After his release in 2007, he made his way to Yemen to join the terorr group, which also had Anwar al-Awkali in a leadership role. Al-Awlaki was killed in a 2011 UAV strike.

SYRIA'S SLIPPERY SLOPE

Congressman Raises Questions About Involvement
By Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL)

‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend." We've heard this idiom so many times it might be easy to assume it's always true.

It is not.

This is the situation in which we find ourselves with Syria, where for two years rebels have clashed with government forces run by dictator Bashar Assad. His regime is unquestionably evil, and he has committed atrocities against his own people. He has the support of Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.

Anyone would be better than Assad, right?