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DEADLY DAY IN AFGHANISTAN

Seven Killed in Chopper Crash, Insider Attack
By Harold Hutchison

Seven American troops were killed during operations in Afghanistan. The deaths came in two separate incidents – one of them a “green on blue” attack in Wardak province.

The helicopter crash in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan left five American troops dead. ISAF did not identify the type of helicopter in its announcement of the tragedy.

HAQQANI FACILTIATOR CAPTURED

ISAF Nabs Another Bad Guy!
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the capture of an unidentified Haqqani network facilitator during operations in Paktiya province. The facilitator was believed to have not only provided what the NATO force’s joint command termed “lethal aid” to insurgents, but also to have panned attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces.

During an operation in Helmand province on Saturday, ISAF confirmed that three insurgents were killed. ISAF also reported that nine insurgents were captured during the hunt for a Taliban commander in Kandahar province.

WHEN HACKERS ATTACK, OBAMA DOESN’T RETALIATE

Sanctions, Counter-Attack Among Options Presented
By Harold Hutchison

Two years ago, the Obama Administration turned down a range of retaliatory options to deal with ChiCom cyber attacks. The decision was made as an effort to avoid disrupting relations with a country that holds $1.2 trillion of America’s debt. Among the options rejected were retaliatory cyber-attacks and economic sanctions.

WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, DO WE NEED ENEMIES?

NASA Hire Linked to ChiCom Espionage
By Harold Hutchison

Representative Frank Wolf has alleged that NASA has allowed classified and sensitive information to fall into the hands of the Chinese Communists. The leak came about due to officials allowing the hiring of a ChiCom national who was viewed as a security risk by a contractor.

Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Groundbreaking March 24 and 25, 2013

The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will mark its groundbreaking by paying special honor to the 3,417 Texans who died in the Vietnam War. Read on for a full description of all events.

March 24, 2013
• 08:30 – 5:30 Reading of the Names at the LBJ Presidential Library. Open to the public.

BOTCHING A CAPTURE?

Decision to Try Bin Laden In-Law in NYC Draws Fire
By Harold Hutchison

Two Republican Senators have strongly criticized the decision of the Obama Administration to try Sulaiman Abu Ghayth in New York City. The criticism was joined by the prosecutor of the “blind sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman, Andrew C. McCarthy, who accused the Obama Administration of turning “the clock back to the pre-9/11 days, when al-Qaeda was a law-enforcement problem, not a national-security challenge.”

MCCAIN GETS NASTY

Slams Senators Paul, Cruz Over Brennan Filibuster
By Harold Hutchison

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) continued his feud with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in an interview with the Huffington Post. The Arizona Senator took his criticism of Paul’s filibuster to a new level in the interview.

“It's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone,” McCain said in the article by Jon Ward. “I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They're not.”

INSIDER ATTACK KILLS CONTRACTOR

Multiple Assailants Involved
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF announced that a civilian contractor for the NATO force was killed in what has come to be known as a “green on blue” attack.

“Individuals wearing Afghan National Army uniforms turned their weapons against International Security Assistance Force members in eastern Afghanistan,” an ISAF release stated.

ISAF is currently investigating the incident. The identity of the fatality has not been released, and ISAF’s release stated that “relevant national authorities” would do so later.

WHERE ARE THE LIMITS?

UAV Strikes Raise Serious Questions
By Harold Hutchison

PREDATORS AND REAPERS
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones have played a big role in the Global War on Terror. Since 11 September, 2001, they have become an almost indispensable tool in America’s counter-terrorism arsenal. But there have been major questions surrounding them. Where are the limits?

TALIBAN LEADER, INSURGENT FACILITATORS CAPTURED

ISAF Rounds `em Up
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the capture of a Taliban leader, and two insurgent facilitators, one from the Haqqani Network and one from the Taliban, during operations in Afghanistan.

The Haqqani facilitator was captured after a shootout in Paktiya province, during which one insurgent was wounded. He was accused of housing Haqqani and Taliban militants during operations, and believed to have been responsible for coordinating the movement of weapons and ammunition for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.

BIG-TIME CAPTURE!

Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Nabbed by U.S.
By Harold Hutchison

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law has been captured, and is heading to the United States to face trial. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith served as a spokesman for al-Qaeda, and lost his Kuwaiti citizenship after appearing in videos for the terrorist group.

Abu Ghaith was captured in Jordan after being kicked out of Turkey. The capture is seen as a significant blow to the terrorist organization.

Afghan National Army Heavy Weapons Training

Video by NATO Channel

MUSHTAQ AND BIRAGH KILLED

ISAF Also Captures A Taliban Commander
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the deaths of a Taliban IED expert and a Taliban leader during operations in Afghanistan. ISAF also announced that a Taliban commander had been wounded and captured.

The unidentified Taliban commander’s capture came during an operation in Ghazni province. During the operation, one insurgent was killed. The Taliban commander was believed to have been involved in improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, as well as executing a campaign of fear and intimidation against local citizens.

TWO TALIBAN FACILIATORS NABBED!

ISAF Also Whacks Insurgents
By Harold Hutchison

Two Taliban facilitators were captured during operations by ISAF forces across Afghanistan. In addition, some insurgents were killed.

Both Taliban facilitators, whom ISAF declined to name, were captured in Kandahar province. The first was seized in the city of Kandahar, where he was suspected of directing multiple suicide attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Kandahar province, and of being involved in the death of Afghan civilians

SADIQ BITES THE DUST

ISAF Takes Out Taliban Leader
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF ended the month of February by taking out a Taliban leader responsible for distributing weapons and IEDs to insurgents. Sadiq was killed during an operation in Helmand province.

Sadiq was also known to have been involved in kidnapping Afghan officials and members of Afghan security forces. A second insurgent was wounded during the operation that killed Sadiq.