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AFGHAN COPS SEIZE DRUGS, DEFEAT IED!

AUP, ALP in Action!
By Harold Hutchison

During operations over the weekend, Afghan cops seized over 300 kilos of drugs and thwarted an IED attack.

The drug seizure was carried out by Afghan Uniformed Police in conjunction with Afghan Local Police militia units. The opium, which can go for as much as $30 a gram on American streets, was seized after the Afghan cops received a tip.

PANETTA EXPLAINS BENGHAZI

Claims Time, Distance, Factors in Response
By Harold Hutchison

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed that time and distance considerations had an effect on the response – or lack thereof – to the 11 September, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

TALIBAN LEADERS, HAQQANI FACILITATORS CAPTURED

Bad Guys Nabbed Across Afghanistan
By Harold Hutchison

The International Security Assistance Force reported that two Taliban leaders and two Haqqani facilitators were captured during operations in Afghanistan.

TALIBAN FACILITATOR BUSTED WITH DRUGS!

Joint Force Captures The Bad Guy!
By Harold Hutchison

A Taliban facilitator in Kandahar province was captured by a joint Afghan-coalition force – who found over 700 pounds of drugs in the operation to take him down.

The joint force had sought the facilitator due to his involvement in acquiring and transferring IEDs and IED materials. The facilitator had also provided equipment, weapons, and vehicles to Taliban fighters.

SILVER STAR PRESENTED TO MARINE

Sgt. Miguelange G. Madrigal Honored for Heroism
By Harold Hutchison

The 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) is one of five such units in the Marine Corps. Three are active-duty, two, including the 3rd, are in the Marine Corps Reserves.

One member of the 3rd ANGLICO, Sgt. Miguelange G. Madrigal recently was honored for heroism during a 15 February, 2008 engagement with hostile forces during the War on Terror.

1st Batallion 38th Infantry Regiment Dismounted Patrol

Video by 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division

SIX-DECADE WAIT ENDS

Korean War Heroism Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. Even today, there is still technically a state of war between North Korea and the UN forces that halted the aggression in 1950.

For much of the past six decades, the Korean War has been described as the “Forgotten War.” That is changing to an extent, and one such case is that of William V. Wuorinen.

TALIBAN IED ATTACK COORDINATOR CAPTURED!

Haqqani Leader Also Captured
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF and Afghan forced captured a Taliban IED attack coordinator in Kunduz province. The facilitator had conducted attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, and had targeted Afghan government officials.

ISAF and Afghan forces also seized IED materials while capturing the IED attack coordinator.

In Khost province, ISAF and Afghan forces captured a Haqqani network leader who had been involved in acquiring and transfering homemade explosives. A number of assault rifles were seized in the operation.

MAKING PROGRESS ON A SHOESTRING

DOD Claims Progress in Yemen
By Harold Hutchison

The DOD is making progress in Yemen despite not having a lot of troops on the ground. This is according to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Michael A. Sheehan.

FIREFIGHT IN NANGARHAR!

Busy Day for ISAF
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF and Afghan forces searching for a Taliban facilitator in Nangarhar province wound up in a firefight with insurgents, killing two and capturing nine.

MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HEROISM AT COP KEATING

Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha to Become 4th Living MOH Recipient
By Harold Hutchison

On 3 October, 2009, Soldiers assigned to Company B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division were attacked at Combat Outpost Keating. Fifty Americans and two Latvians were at COP Keating, and 19 more Americans at Observation Post Fritsch were attacked by over 300 insurgents.

NEW DOD UAV BASE?

Niger Believed to be Preferred Location
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of Defense is considering whether or not to set up another base for unmanned aerial vehicles in Africa. The first choice for this new base is reportedly in Niger, right next door to Mali, where a civil war has erupted between Islamist rebels and the government.

HEROIC MARINE RECEIVES BRONZE STAR

Actions During an Ambush Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

On 7 August, 2011, a squad of Marines was ambushed and pinned down by insurgents in the Sangin District. Two of the Marines were killed, and facing fire from multiple positions.

First Sergeant Bradley G. Simmons lead a quick reaction force to rescue the pinned down Marines. Simmons lead the force against the insurgents, cutting off their escape route and allowing close air support assets to take down the insurgents. For his actions during the ambush, he received the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device.

BOOK `EM, ISAF!

Taliban leaders, Haqqani Facilitator, Captured
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF and Afghan forces captured three Taliban leaders and a Haqqani Network facilitator during operations in Afghanistan. According to an operation update by ISAF Joint Command, at least two of the leaders were improvised explosive device experts.

Soldier posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Forces Command, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to the widow of Staff Sgt. Eric B. Shaw, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during a somber ceremony, Jan. 16, at Liberty Chapel, here.