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BOSTON UPDATE

Suspects Planned Times Square Attack
By Harold Hutchison

The surviving suspect in the twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon admitted that he and his brother planned to set off similar bombs in Times Square in New Cork City. This came as controversy continued over the decision to Mirandize Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

SABOTAGED

Is a Decorated Combat Vet’s Career Being Sacrificed on the Altar of Political Correctness?
From the May 2013 issue of SOF
By Harold Hutchison

A CAREER IS HALTED

ISAF KILLS MULLAH ABDUL ZAHIR

Taliban Leader Taken Out!
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that forces under its command killed a Taliban leader during operations in Helmand province. Mullah Abdul Zahir was responsible for arranging large shipments of weapons and IED components into Helmand province for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and assassinations against Afghan National Security Force members while also providing intelligence to senior Taliban leaders.

TWO INSURGENT LEADERS WHACKED

Taliban, IMU, Lose Bigwigs
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that a Taliban leader and a leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan were killed during operations over the last two days. Feda Mohammad and Mullah Hayatullah were killed during operations in Balkh and Kandahar provinces, respectively.

TWO MORE BIGWIGS NABBED

ISAF Captures Taliban Leader, Haqqani Facilitator
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported capturing two more insurgent bigwigs during operations in Afghanistan. The captures bring the total of killed or captured insurgent leaders and facilitators to six in the last four days.

The Taliban leader was captured in Helmand province. He controlled a cell of fighters responsible for a number of attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, and also oversaw weapons facilitation in the area, trained suicide bombers, and served as an improvised explosive device expert.

KHALIQ MIR WHACKED!

ISAF Takes The Fight to Insurgents
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that Khaliq Mir, a facilitator for the Haqqani Network, was killed during operations in Afghanistan over the last three days. ISAF also confirmed the capture of two Taliban leaders and a Haqqani Network leader in that same timeframe.

TERROR IN BOSTON

Bombs Halt Marathon
By Harold Hutchison

WEEKEND HAT TRICK FOR ISAF

Three Taliban Leaders Whacked!
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported the deaths of three Taliban leaders were confirmed over the last three days. In addition, ISAF also reported the capture of two other insurgent leaders.

According to an ISAF release, Tawab was killed in Kandahar province during an ISAF operation. Tawab, a senior Taliban leader, was involved in most of the insurgent activity and attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the western and central portions of the province’s Panjwa’I district.

AFGHAN FORCES STEPPING UP

Disarming IEDs, Training New Afghan Troops
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF has not only been fighting insurgents, but they have also been helping establish a means for Afghans to fight the Taliban themselves. One area where this has shown has been in disarming IEDs.

On 11 April, Afghan units disarmed three IEDs in ISAF’s Regional Command East. One IED was disarmed in Wardak province, another in Logar province, and the third in Ghazni province. This took the total of IEDs cleared in RC-East to 28 over the course of the last week.

Kapaun Medal of Honor Ceremony

Video by Army Multimedia and Visual Information Directorate

ISAF NABS TWO TALIBAN LEADERS!

Taliban Flunkies Killed And Captured
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported the capture of two Taliban leaders during operations in Afghanistan. The captures raise the total of high-level insurgents killed or captured since Friday to seven.

STILL ON ALERT

U.S., South Korea, Ready for Attack
By Harold Hutchison

The United States and South Korea are keeping a close eye on North Korea as tensions remain high during the latest standoff. Japan has also moved anti-missile batteries to various locations as well.

TANGO MIKE MIKE - HONORING ROY BENAVIDEZ

ANOTHER TALIBAN LEADER TAKEN OUT

Naqibullah Killed in Jowzjan Province
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that Naqibullah was killed during an operation in Jowzjan province, making him the third Taliban leader or facilitator to be killed or captured in since Thursday in that province. This is in addition to four other high-level insurgents being killed or captured over the weekend.

Naqibullah was involved in multiple direct fire and improvised explosive device attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces. He also took part in Taliban “tax collections” in the province.

3/9 Marines Fire 81 mm Mortars

Video by Regional Command Southwest