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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.

ASPEN INSTITUTE TARGETED

Think Tank Hit By ChiCom Cyberattack
By Harold Hutchison

Chinese hackers are believed to be responsible for a cyber attack that compromised e-mail accounts belonging to three high-ranking members of the Aspen Institute. The accounts targeted include that of President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

The hackers sent e-mails with attachments, that when opened, acquired the passwords of the account holders. The incident appears to back up the report issued by Mandiant, a cyber-security firm, which tied a Chinese military unit to nearly 150 cyberattacks.

ONE DEAD, TWO CAPTURED

ISAF Keeps Rolling
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the death of one Taliban leader and announced that two others had been captured. Anwar, who had controlled a number of insurgents in Nangarhar province, was killed with four others in what ISAF reports termed a “precision strike” during an engagement with a security force.

ISAF also captured a Taliban leader responsible for kidnappings for ransom in Logar province. The unidentified leader had also planned and carried out small arms attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces.

TALIBAN LEADERS, FACILITATOR, NABBED

ISAF Captures Bad Guys
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported capturing two Taliban leaders and a facilitator during operations across Afghanistan. The Taliban leaders and facilitator were not identified.

WHILE OBAMA SLASHES OUR MILITARY…

…Our Enemies Build Theirs Up
By Harold Hutchison

AN ALARMING REPORT
Recent news about the effects of the sequester have been damning: One carrier’s deployment has been delayed, and another carrier’s overhaul is on hold. The Army and Air Force are making their own cutbacks, and the term “hollow force” is becoming a topic of conversation again.

NEW POLICY PUTS WOMEN UNDER FIRE

What Will It Mean for the Troops?
By Harold Hutchison

A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT
On 24 January, 2013, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sat down at a press conference to announce a major change in the Department of Defense’s policy on women in combat. Women would now be allowed to serve in direct ground combat units.

AIR FORCE RELEASES MEDAL CRITERIA

Distinguished Warfare Medal Requirements Set Forth
By Harold Hutchison

The Distinguished Warfare Medal, announced on 15 February will be awarded to Airmen for actions not involving valor that still have a significant impact on combat operations, according to Air Force officials who spoke about the criteria being set to earn the new medal.