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HUGE BAG IN WARDAK

ISAF Nabs Taliban Leader, Facilitators
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF captured a Taliban leader and two Taliban facilitators during the same operation in Wardak province.

The Taliban leader was involved in planning and directing a number of high-profile attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and his track record included kidnapping and assassination attempts against government officials, past attempts to destabilize Afghan elections, and recruitment of insider threat agents. The two Taliban facilitators captured during the operation also specialized in high-profile attacks.

HAZRATULLAH BITES THE DUST

Haqqani Leader Whacked
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that Hazratullah, a Haqqani network leader known for procuring weapons, IED components, ammunition and other supplies to insurgents for attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces, was killed during an operation in Khost province.

ISAF also confirmed the capture of a Taliban leader and a Taliban facilitator during operations in Afghanistan. The Taliban facilitator, who was captured in Kandahar, was involved in transactions that provided weapons and ammunition to insurgents for use in attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces.

RUHULLAH WHACKED!

ISAF Nabs Two Taliban Facilitators
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the death of a Taliban leader in Nangarhar province during operations in Afghanistan. The leader, Ruhullah, was identified as a Taliban IED expert involved in multiple attacks on ISAF and Afghan forces.

Two Taliban facilitators were also captured. One, in Balkh province, was in the middle of planning an attack to take place on government officials during the Afghan New Year. The other facilitator, captured in Kandahar, provided IEDs to insurgents after assembling them.

ISAF DEFUSES IEDS!

17 Cleared in Two Days
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF forces operating in eastern Afghanistan have cleared 17 IEDs in the last two days. This comes as the spring fighting season nears.

According to releases from ISAF Regional Command East, ten IEDs were cleared on 17 March, and seven more the next day. ISAF Regional Command East also confirmed the discovery of two weapons caches and detaining one insurgent.

ABDUL SATAR, JANAN, WHACKED!

ISAF Confirms Taliban Leader, Facilitator Killed
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that a Taliban leader and a Taliban facilitator were killed over the weekend during operations in Afghanistan. The deaths come as the spring fighting season is approaching in Afghanistan.

Abdul Satar was a facilitator for the Taliban in Kandahar province. He had been responsible for providing IED materials, as well as weapons and supplies to insurgents, while also taking part in direct-fire and IED attacks. He and one insurgent were killed during a security operation.

COMMENTARY: COMBATANTS AND CITIZENSHIP

Who is a Combatant, and Does American Citizenship Matter?
By Harold Hutchison

The takedown of Anwar al-Awlaki was seen by many as a huge win in the War on Terror. That said, it also generated a great deal of controversy. Why? Because al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico – making him an American citizen under the provisions of the 14th Amendment.

TALIBAN FACILITATOR CAPTURED

Numerous Other Insurgents Also Killed and Nabbed
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported the capture of a Taliban facilitator in Kandahar province during operations in Afghanistan. The facilitator, who was not identified, acquired and distributed lethal aid to fighters in Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces. In the past, he has also provided grenades, ammunition, home-made explosive material and improvised explosive devices for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

DRONES, THE WAR ON TERROR, AND LIMITS

The Debate Rages On
By Harold Hutchison

13 HOURS IGNITE A DEBATE
UAVs had played a major role in the War on Terror, including scoring at least two high-value kills: Anwar al-Awlaki on 30 September, 2011, and Abu Ali al-Harithi, one of the masterminds of the USS Cole bombing, on 3 November, 2002.

A CONTROVERSIAL BRONZE STAR

Chaplain Speaks Out – Did the Media Blow The Story?
By Harold Hutchison

A chaplain who was awarded the Bronze Star has spoken out about the tour – and what appears to have been misleading media coverage. In an interview with TheBlaze.com, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer, USAF, discussed the award and the PowerPoint presentation that has generated controversy.

MARINE AWARDED BRONZE STAR

Heroism in Sangin Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

Major Matthew H. Peterson was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device for heroism during operations near Sangin District, Afghanistan. The award was presented on board USS Green Bay, which is deployed carrying part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

NEW MEDAL UP FOR REVIEW

Distinguished Warfare Medal Drew Fire
By Harold Hutchison

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the Distinguished Warfare Medal as the controversy over the new award has not gone away. The order came less than a month after the medal’s announcement.

TWO TALIBAN LEADERS BITE THE DUST

ISAF Captures a Third!
By Harold Hutchison

Two Taliban leaders were killed during operations in Afghanistan, according to an ISAF release. A third Taliban leader was captured. This followed the capture of a facilitator for the Haqqani Network.

Idris Kaka, killed during an operation in Helmand province, was responsible for directing the carrying out of IED attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces. He also was believed to have been involved in kidnapping Afghans.

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.