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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

TWO HAQQANI LEADERS WHACKED!

Operation in Paktiya Kills Insurgent Bigwigs
By Harold Hutchison

An ISAF operation in Paktiya province killed two senior Haqqani network leaders. Qari Azzam and Mukhlis were both involved in attacks on ISAF and Afghan forces. Azzam was also involved in coordinating mine and improvised explosive device emplacement in the local area, providing military equipment to insurgents and organizing kidnappings in order to extort money. Mukhlis interacted with high-level Haqqani leaders to provide guidance to insurgents.

STOPPING THE WAR ON TERROR?

In Speech, Obama Announces More Restrictive Drone Policy, Renewed Push to Close Gitmo
By Harold Hutchison

In a major speech, Barack Obama announced changes to American counter-terrorism policy, including a new effort to close down Guantanamo Bay and more restrictive rules of engagement involving the use of UAVs like the Predator.

QARI ADIL BITES THE DUST

Taliban Leader Whacked by ISAF
By Harold Hutchison

Qari Adil was a senior Taliban leader in Jowzjan province who was responsible for illegal tax collection in Jowzjan and Balkh provinces, intimidating local civilians into paying illegitimate fees in order to fund Taliban operations, assassinating multiple village elders who had resisted his extortion activities, and facilitating the movement of weapons and military equipment for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. No longer – ISAF took him out during operations on 21 May.

HELP HONOR KOREAN WAR VETERANS ON THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMISTICE!

Did you know the average age of a veteran of the Korean War, known as “the Forgotten War,” is 81 years old? These proud men and women and their families who served and sacrificed for our country deserve to be recognized and honored for their service. If not now, when?

TWO INSURGENT LEADERS CAPTURED

RC-East Forces Whack Insurgents
By Harold Hutchison

Forces under the command of ISAF captured two insurgent leaders during operations in Afghanistan over the weekend. The captures come in the wake of a 17 May insurgent attack that killed or wounded dozens of Afghan civilians.

RC-EAST FORCES WHACK 35 INSURGENTS!

Two Days of Ops Rack Up The Body Count
By Harold Hutchison

Forces under the command of ISAF’s Regional Command East killed 35 insurgents over the last two days. Thirteen of the insurgents were killed during a single firefight in Nangarhar province. RC-East forces also captured twelve insurgents, disarmed thirteen improvised explosive devices, and discovered a weapons cache.