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Afghanistan Today-10-31-08-Fri.-Halloween

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Happy Halloween! I hope our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world have a lot of treats today and no tricks from the enemy. God bless our troops, please say a prayer for their safety. The carnage continues around the world, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Somalia, but at least since 9-11-01 our brave troops have kept the enemy at bay from our shores. Link follow to stories of war from around the world:

A PERFECT STORM: An excellent story by Thomas Sowell, about what happens next Tuesday if Obama is elected, and it is not good. Link below:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell1029b08.php3

Cpl Adrian Robles, USMC-KIA Afghanistan; 2/7 Marine; God bless his family-please pray for them. Their son earned a Purple Heart, their hearts are broken. Link:

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10472851

Marine intelligence officer killed in Afghanistan, RIP. Pray for his family, God bless his soul, another Purple Heart earned, another broken hearted family left behind. A bit from the story and the link below:

First Lt. Trevor J. Yurista, 31, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., died when an improvised explosive device exploded near him while he was on duty in a remote region of Helmand province, his father, Ronald Yurista, said. He was assigned to 5th Marines out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Trevor Yurista, a graduate of Arlington High School, attended Dutchess Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 2005, and had been based in San Diego since then.

Trevor Yurista worked as a ground intelligence officer in Afghanistan and in Iraq, where he served two previous tours. His father said this tour was optional, and that Trevor went to support the intel officers he was training.

“He didn’t have to go with them. He could have said no,” Ronald Yurista said. “That’s who he was.” 

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/marine_afghan_kia_102908w/

President Bush offers dire warnings on Afghanistan to both McCain and Obama camps:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/washington/31policy.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y&oref=slogin

NY Times take on bombing at Afghan ministry building:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/world/asia/31afghan.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

 

Afghan bound units named, will join the 3/8 Marines which are replacing the 3/7 Marines there now. Link below:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/marine_afghanupdate_102808/

Marine Corps Times reports more troops needed for Afghanistan, including support units:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/ap_afghanistan_102908/

A lot of various war links:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/ap_syria_raid_102908/

Afghanistan: Ministry attacked:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan31-2008oct31,0,1080880.story

LA Times story on US needing more Special Forces in Afghanistan:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-fg-usafghan26-2008oct26,0,3175794.story

Petraeus:  U.S. can win in Afghanistan:

http://www.military.com/news/article/in-new-job-petraeus-works-for-afghan-win.html?col=1186032310810

Entire Petraeus interview:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_594399.html

UK and US troops suffering more deafness. Link below:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5042891.ece

Following the examples set by the weak American generals in Afghanistan, and recent tactics of “Victory through Apology” reinforced by Sec. Gates, who ordered commanders on the ground to grovel and  apologize to the enemy, (who claim they are civilians who experienced a loss) and immediately issue compensation, even before an inevstigation, Syria wants the same treatment. Of course Syria wants to join the “Victory Through Apology” parade! Here is the story on how Syria is demanding Americans apologize and offer compensation for recent cross broder raid by American Special Forces to kill terrorists hiding in Syria. Link below:

More special forces needed in Afghanistan War! My notes on the subject:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-afghan-troopsoct30,0,6481606.story

 Amazing they had inept generals throw out 120 highly trained Marine Special Forces in 2007, now in 2008 there is a big debate and talk of needing them after all in Afghanistan. I guess no general will be demoted for the mistake of throwing out the Marines in 2007? I wonder if the Chicago Tribune AND the writer of this story even know this?!  Disgrace the way they were treated. I heard months and months ago, It wont do any good to send more troops if the ones there wont fight. Now the experts are saying the same thing. (Even civilians know, we cant win the way we are doing it!) From the story: “To add more forces on top of existing forces that haven’t been fully engaged makes no sense,” the official said. “If you don’t know how you’re operating the current force, why do you think adding more forces is going to work?”

Female Marine dies in Iraq, non-hostile incident, link follows:

http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/33135254.html

http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=437884&Category=9&subCategoryID=0

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=d793ab44-c46c-4cad-b909-56b798dd9851

http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=437721&Category=11&subCategoryID=0

Still sending admin clerk Marines out on patrols in Iraq. Every Marine a rifleman first after all. Some of the story below and link:

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-infantry-marines-supplement-security-platoon-/2008/10/29/3745274.htm

 The non-infantryMarines are taking their orders seriously, and the infantry Marines have noticed the motivation of all the Marines is running high throughout the platoon. “I selected Cpl. (Levi) Bjorkman, an (administration clerk), as my point man because he has shown a lot of common sense abilities,” said Cpl. Jordan M. Moehnle, 22, a fire team leader with PRP-3 from Sunland, Calif.

Sticky bombs in Iraq: Bombs stuck under cars:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/10/26/iraq.main/index.html

More warring, this time bombs go off in India:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/10/30/india.explosions/index.html

CNN’s take on the blast at the ministry in Afghanistan:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/10/30/afghanistan.ministry.blast/index.html

Angelina Jolie in Afghanistan. Link below:

http://www.hellomagazine.com/film/2008/10/30/angelina-afghanistan/

Written by orangekite1

October 31, 2008 at 4:54 am

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Afghanistan Today 10-30-08-Thurs.

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Unabated fighting by the Taliban, Washington DC head scratching, ineptness and weakness shown by the Pentagon and generals while our troops show courage and bravery on the ground; all that and more going on in Afghanistan today. Now throw into the mix: peace talks with the Taliban. See the first link to NY Times story by Carlotta Gall below: After that, links below to various stories:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/world/asia/30taliban.html?pagewanted=1&tntemail1=y&_r=1&emc=tnt

BEFORE GOING ON ABOUT THE WARS, I DID FIND A WEB SITE WHICH IS INTERESTING, “AMERICAN’S FOR PROSPERITY”. I LIKE A LOT OF THEIR VIEWS. WE DO NEED LOWER TAXES, NOT HIGHER! LINK FOLLOWS:

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/

From the battlefield to the classroom:

http://abcnews.go.com/OnCampus/Story?id=6131085&page=1

Feeling the loss of fallen friends; mentions 2/7 Marines in Afghanistan:

http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/brigade/2008/oct/29/feeling-loss-fallen-friends/

 Back to Iraq: The Iraqi government wants U.S. forces out of Iraq by 2011 and also for U.S. troops and contractors to face trials in Iraqi courts. This is wrong. Every crime could be a “major”  crime and how would a U.S. soldier get a lawyer to represent him or her in Iraqi court? Link below:

http://www.rr.com/view/content/story.cfm?storyId=6111151&view=HOME&newsgroup=9000&sSect=HOM_1

Bronze Star Awarded in Iraq to 21 year old Marine; good news, you rarely read this in the mainstream media. God bless and pray for our Marines. Link below:

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/3851947/

  Afghanistan troop build up could more than double, now more support troops needed:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081029/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_afghanistan_5

Karzai admits failure in securing Afghanistan:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081029/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrestsecuritycrimekarzai_081029130320

Taliban reveals potency:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20081029/wl_csm/odu1028_1

Marine dies in Afghanistan. RIP. Pray for his family:

http://www.myfoxny.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7748806&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Bloodbath in Afghanistan:

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20081029.aspx

In Afghanistan loudest sound is clock ticking:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/arts/television/28fron.html?_r=1&ref=television&oref=slogin

My Miracle Marine: this is the title of a book, story link here:

http://www.postchronicle.com/commentary/article_212182316.shtml

Shortage of special forces: link and a bit from the story:

Because the Special Forces troops are the product of an exacting screening and training process, they are in big demand by intelligence agencies as well. Special Forces operators (as members of the Special Forces are called) who retired or quit in the last decade have been sought out and offered opportunities to get back in the business. If not with one of the five active duty groups, then with training operations, or to work with the intelligence agencies.

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20081029.aspx

Family Security Matters: Standing with McCain-written by CIA operative inserted in Afghsnitan with Army Special Forces:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1607/pub_detail.asp

Generals want more troops in Afghanistan. Part of the story and link below:

Support Sought In Afghan Mission
U.S. Generals Want 20,000 New Troops

Now, U.S. commanders are asking the Pentagon for 5,000 to 10,000 additional support forces to help them tackle the country’s unique geographic and logistical challenges.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102803856.html

U.S. commanders in Afghanistan now believe they need about 20,000 additional troops to battle a growing Taliban insurgency, as demands mount for support forces such as helicopter units, intelligence teams and engineers that are critical to operating in the country’s harsh terrain. The Pentagon has approved the deployment of one additional combat battalion and one Army brigade, or about 4,000 troops, set to arrive in Afghanistan by January. Commanders have already requested three more combat brigades — 10,500 to 12,000 troops — but those reinforcements depend on further reductions from Iraq and are unlikely to arrive until spring or summer, according to senior defense officials. Now, U.S. commanders are asking the Pentagon for 5,000 to 10,000 additional support forces to help them tackle the country’s unique geographic and logistical challenges.

Marine officer dies in Afghanistan:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20081029/NEWS01/81029001/1006

While Americans are dying in Afghanistan, leaders and generals mull talks with the Taliban:

U.S. Mulls Talks With Taliban In Bid To Quell Afghan Unrest
Gen. Petraeus Backs Effort To Win Over Some Elements Of Group

(Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2008, Pg. 1) http://sec.online.wsj.com/article/SB122515124350674269.html
The United States is actively considering talks with elements of the Taliban, in a major policy shift that would have been unthinkable a few months ago. Senior White House and military officials believe that engaging some levels of the Taliban, while excluding its top leaders, could help reverse a downward spiral in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. The idea is supported by Gen. David Petraeus, who will assume military responsibility for the two countries this week.
Letter from soldier serving in Afghanistan:
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1599/pub_detail.asp
Back from the wars, young vets get involved in poiltics:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/us/28soldier.html?th&emc=th
Afghanistan on the edge:
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1571/pub_detail.asp
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Written by orangekite1

October 30, 2008 at 3:32 am

Posted in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Today-10-29-08 Wed.

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The presidential election in the USA is less than a week away. Both candidates want to send more troops to Afghanistan. This is an interesting piece by Joe Klein on B.H. Obama. It says he will stand up to the generals. Link below and also several links concerning Iraq, Afghanistan, and some other related items.

Why Barack is Winning, from TIME Magazine, link below:

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1853025,00.html

From the story:

FROM THE ARTICLE:

General David Petraeus deployed overwhelming force when he briefed Barack Obama and two other Senators in Baghdad last July. He knew Obama favored a 16-month timetable for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq, and he wanted to make the strongest possible case against it. And so, after he had presented an array of maps and charts and PowerPoint slidesdescribing the current situation on the ground in great detail, Petraeus closed with a vigorous plea for “maximum flexibility” going forward.

Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views “under advisement.” Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind. “You know, if I were in your shoes, I would be making the exact same argument,” he began. “Your job is to succeed in Iraq on as favorable terms as we can get. But my job as a potential Commander in Chief is to view your counsel and interests through the prism of our overall national security.” Obama talked about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the financial costs of the occupation of Iraq, the stress it was putting on the military.

A “spirited” conversation ensued, one person who was in the room told me. “It wasn’t a perfunctory recitation of talking points. They were arguing their respective positions, in a respectful way.” The other two Senators — Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed — told Petraeus they agreed with Obama. According to both Obama and Petraeus, the meeting — which lasted twice as long as the usual congressional briefing — ended agreeably. Petraeus said he understood that Obama’s perspective was, necessarily, going to be more strategic. Obama said that the timetable obviously would have to be flexible. But the Senator from Illinois had laid down his marker: if elected President, he would be in charge. Unlike George W. Bush, who had given Petraeus complete authority over the war — an unprecedented abdication of presidential responsibility(and unlike John McCain, whose hero worship of Petraeus bordered on the unseemly) — Obama would insist on a rigorous chain of command.

There are a thousand instinctive, instantaneous decisions that a presidential candidate has to make in the course of a campaign — like whether to speak his mind to a General Petraeus— and this has been a more difficult journey for Obama, since he’s far more comfortable when he’s able to think things through.

US Considers talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444364,00.html

Isolated fight for USA is Eastern Afghanistan:

From the story:

 

Two days after that, the same platoon that had been sent to reinforce the Gowardesh outpost was ambushed along a dirt road near an American base in Naray.

We just got our asses handed to us,” Spc. Kyle Christensen said moments later, his face streaked with blood and a gash cut through the back of his head. A dozen U.S. and Afghan soldiers were wounded, several seriously.

 

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=65504&archive=true

US Mapping new strategy in Afghanistan due to dire warnings:

My thoughts on this story below as a taxpayer and one who wants the USA to win the war:

They had the special ops Marines in Afghanistan last year and threw them out!!!! Amazing in 2007 we could just fool around and play patty cake and throw out all 120 of those specially trained Marines and send then to the first Marine Court of Inquiry in over 50 years for doing their job just where are needed on Pakistan border, yet in 2008 things are DIRE and we NEED troops. Then why arent the generals and all who made the bad decision to not believe the Marine commander on the ground and threw out the Marines,  punished and demoted? Sending more troops under their weak command is suicide and also the ROE and restrictions on air strikes need to be dropped.

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=65497&archive=true

 

 

 

 

 

Written by orangekite1

October 29, 2008 at 7:28 am

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Afghanistan Today-10-28-08-Tues.

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GOOD NEWS: IRAQI JUSTICE SYSTEM UP AND RUNNING. MAYBE THEY COULD TRY SOME OF THE GITMO DETAINEES, THEY MADE A GOOD DECISION IN THIS CASE.  IRAQ IS GOING TO HANG ENEMY WHO KILLED U.S. TROOPS AND MUTILATED THEIR BODIES!  Story link below:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081028/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq_trial;_ylt=Aj8Vg2kTlDHeeZn_1fHC1Jqs0NUE

MORE GOOD NEWS, FEWER INSURGENTS LEFT TO TERRORIZE IRAQ WHEN THE U.S. IS GONE; U.S. SPECIAL FORCES TAKE CARE OF THE ENEMY ON SYRIAN SIDE OF IRAQ BORDER. LINK BELOW:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081028/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq_al_qaida_s_route

General in Afghanistan wants to know why they are receiving so much bad P-R. I would say that if there are battles fought and won, and the war starts on a winning track, the news will be better. We need to lift restricted rules of engagement and focus on winning the War in Afghnsitan. Link below:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/ap_negativepress_102708/

Corpsman enshrined on Special Ops wall. Served with Marines in Afghanistan in 2007:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/ap_corpsmanhonored_102508/

Just another day in Afghanistan! American Helicopter shot down; 2 soldiers killed when a suicide bomber dressed as a policeman enters the police station, and the general in charge does not like the bad press coming out of Afghanistan. Link follows:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/ap_helicopterdown_102708/

WARRING AROUND THE WORLD. VARIOUS LINKS TO WARS, WAR STORIES, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND ONE ON A SMALL BUSINESS WHICH DOESN’T LOOK FORWARD TO THE PROPOSED OBAMA TAX INCREASES. LINKS BELOW:

North Korea’s military warned Tuesday it would attack South Korea and turn it into “debris,” The two countries remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The peninsula is divided by one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444369,00.html

IRAQ STATUS OF FORCES:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444379,00.html

INSURGENT CONVICTED:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444373,00.html

 

SYRIA (APOLOGIES FAR BEHIND?)

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444199,00.html

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/10/27/syria.iraq/index.html

 

UK DOCTOR; CLERICS:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444399,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444405,00.html

 

UN RETREATS:CONGO

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444385,00.html

MARINES GET TASERS:

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/marines-get-tas.html

 

MARINES PULLING BACK TO BASES IN IRAQ (INCREDIBLE CHANGE-2 YRS. AGO MARINE INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS SAID ANBAR LOST:

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/iraq/2008/10/27/us-marines-in-iraqs-sunni-heartland-prepare-to-pull-back-from-once-violent-cities.html

2/7 AFGHANISTAN

http://www.military.com/news/article/marine-corps-news/marines-assist-afghan-community-in-need.html?col=1186032366495

http://www.military.com/news/article/marine-corps-news/marine-amputee-returns-to-combat.html?col=1186032366495

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/10/27/military/z93d3d7292fec1e53882574ea005beaef.txt

http://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/spot/article.aspx?articleID=20081028_275_D6_Asoldi145319

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=58416

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=58415

 

 

PACIFIC

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=58446

 

 

 

 

 

                          

Written by orangekite1

October 28, 2008 at 5:41 am

Posted in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Today-10-27-08-Monday

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NBC News did some reporting from Afghanistan and I just happened to see it online today. See the links below to the video. It shows the Army’s “Viper Company” in Afghanistan and the impossible situation they face on the front lines there. Below is a story I found which described the situation the troops face in Afghanistan too.

From a story about Viper Company: Link below:“Recently NBC covered the story of Bravo Company, 126th Infantry, known by its troops as “Viper Company,” stationed in the Korengal valley in Afghanistan. The Korengal valley also has its own ominous nickname; “Death Valley.” The area is surrounded with many hills and thick foliage, ideal terrain for insurgents to move undetected around Viper Company’s perimeter.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#27374054

Viewing the NBC’s video footage, it requires no military expertise to see there too much real estate for the 150 soldiers of Viper’s company to cover. Per standard military doctrine, Viper Company dutifully sends out patrols in the surrounding area to maintain an aggressive posture and interdict enemy movement. But the territory, as mentioned before, is too large to patrol and secure with the troops available. To make matters worse, the ground around the hills is made up of loose shale and rocks, making it difficult for Viper Company’s patrols to navigate and move about without alerting the enemy of their presence. The enemy, being native to the area, and unburden with body armor and excessive gear, can move about in relative stealth. This gives the enemy forces freedom of maneuver, and hence, the initiative.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/shirtz8.html

Enemy gunfire brings down U.S. chopper, in another incident 2 U.S. soldiers killed:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081027/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan

U.S. Special Forces raid into Syria. The story seems to state at one part that the Army is free-lancing and doing this on their own, without direction from President Bush. Story link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20081027/wl_time/whatsbehindtheusmilitaryraidonsyria

Link to counterinsurgency blog mentioned at story link above:

http://abumuqawama.blogspot.com/

Written by orangekite1

October 27, 2008 at 5:17 am

Posted in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Today-10-26-08: Sunday

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If you enjoyed a nice church service today, reading the Sunday paper, or just sitting back, relaxing, and watching football, please say a prayer for the safety of the Marines of 2/7 and other Marines in Afghanistan this day fighting dangerous terrorists, so we can enjoy our freedoms we take for granted. There were two recent deaths of Marines in Afghanistan, Lcpl Sim and Cpl. Robles: please say a prayer for their families. Take a moment to reflect on their supreme sacrifice to the country we love.

Links to various stories below, with a few stories from Iraq thrown in. Please pray for all of our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting it out with the Taliban who want to destroy us. Write to your representatives and tell them to WIN the war in Afghanistan and to remove the restricted rules of engagement which are getting our troops killed. Also tell them to stop the “Victory Through Apology” campaign because it will not result in a win for the USA. Sec. of Defense Gates recently went to Afghanistan and ordered commanders to give apologies and money to Afghans quicker if they say they were injured or had a relative killed, with no proof, even before our troops are investigated. This is a disservice to our brave Marines fighting the enemy under rules of engagement which will get them killed. Also tell your representatives the recent order for commanders to retreat or withdraw from a battle, rather than call in air strikes, is a recipe for defeat. The air strikes are needed to kill the enemy and for the USA to win the war and bring our troops home alive. God bless the Marines serving in Afghanistan. May our leaders allow them to fight and win and drop the restricted rules of engagement, and continue on with air strikes.

Troop Surge in Afghanistan:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5014730.ece

Afghan Man Arrested in New York: Narco-Terrorism:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/10/24/2008-10-24_afghan_man_arrested_in_new_york_narcoter.html

Family Man, Police Officer: Killed in Afghanistan: NY National Guard Member:

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2008/10/26/2008-10-26_deon_taylor_family_man_police_officer_an.html

British troops welcomed home from Afghanistan:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1080569/More-tears-hugs-kisses-battle-scarred-B-company-returns-Afghanistan-heros-welcome.html

From Beriut to 9/11: By Robert McFarlane: Just something good enough to read again:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/opinion/23mcfarlane.html?th&emc=th

NY Times front page: 10-23-1983-Marine barracks bombed in Beirut: NEVER FORGET!

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/1023.html

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/1023.html#article

U.S. Special Forces go into Syria and kill terrorists:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081026/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_syria_us_raid

Written by orangekite1

October 26, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Posted in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Today-10/25/08-Sat.

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While our politicians travel around the country in the presidential campaign, our brave 2/7 Marines are fighting and dying in Afghanistan, a country where both candidates want to send more troops. God bless our US Marines and may our next leader give them rules of engagement where they can win the war. The focus needs to be on winning the war, keeping our fighting men alive on the front lines, giving the commanders on the ground the backing they need, and bringing them home to victory parades. God bless their families too. God bless and comfort the families of the 2 Marines who died in combat in Afghanistan and whose names were released this week. The 2/7 Marines in Afghanistan put out an urgent call for combat replacements due to casualties, and Marines in great number stepped forward toward the sound of the guns, and volunteered to go to combat in this most dangerous country. Cpl Robles and Lcpl. Sim, RIP. Story below about the Marines who went towards the sound of the guns; plus other links to the stories of these brave Marines. One sad thing is that most Americans don’t even realize these Marines bled and died in Afghanistan for their security and freedom. Two more Purple Hearts will be issued for these Marines, and I use purple for his reason, but the hearts of their loved ones are broken. Lcpl Sim it says in one story had already served 2 tours in Iraq and earned 2 Purple Hearts. Now he has a third, RIP. Pray that their lives will not be in vain and there will be political will to fight on to victory. Story links follow:

This first story, from the official U.S. Marine Corps web site should be read by all Americans, and by doing so, they should be humbled at the great young men serving us today, to keep us the land of the free, as they already voluntarily left the home of the brave to go to the front lines, to provide us with the security we have today.

From the story, and I have to ask: WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE SUCH MEN? WHERE DO WE GET SUCH MEN?

‘…“What you are doing is unprecedented,” added Lt. Col. Hall, referring to his combat replacements as “magnificent young men.”  “You have volunteered for one of the toughest and most critical missions for the defense of our nation.  You are handpicked out of 280 volunteers… you are some of the most combat ready NCOs and ‘warriors’ in 1st Marine Division.”,,’

“Marching To the ‘Sound of the Guns’-More Marines Deploy to Afghanistan”

Complete story and link below: (If  you don’t read anything else today, read this)

Marching to the ‘sound of the guns’ – more Marines deploy to Afghanistan 

CAMP BARBER, Afghanistan – When it was announced that more Marines were needed to support Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Afghanistan, close to 300 Marines raised their hands and volunteered.

Anxious to join the fight, these Marines deployed as combat replacements to fill in for the combat losses suffered by TF 2/7 since it arrived here in early April.     

Of those who “stepped forward,” only 150 were selected.  Surprisingly, many of the volunteers had just returned from serving in Iraq.  Upon hearing these Marines had cut their post-deployment leave short, senior leaders were awestricken to see so many Marines come forward to support their fellow warriors in combat.

“This is what Marines do; they answer the call when needed,” said Sergeant Maj. Matthew B. Brookshire of TF 2/7, now part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan.  “It was humbling to see so many volunteers.  It is truly inspiring, and it speaks tremendously of their character and courage.”

The first group of combat replacements landed here at the Bastion flight line on September 11.  Also referred to as 9/11, this date serves as a constant reminder of the atrocious and horrific attacks that took place on U.S. soil seven years ago.  The events that resulted from these terrorist attacks against the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers led to America’s involvement in the global war on terrorism.

In light of their Iraq deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and now their support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the combat replacements have sacrificed time to spend with family and friends to support TF 2/7 in its mission to conduct counterinsurgency and full spectrum operations with an emphasis on police mentoring of the Afghan National Police.  A reinforced infantry battalion of approximately 1,000 Marines, TF 2/7 is currently operating throughout the Helmand and Farah provinces — an area estimated as large as Vermont. 

Although this display of selflessness and dedication to duty will certainly attest to the character and values of each deploying service member, Sergeant Maj. Brookshire offered thanks to the senior leadership at 1st Marine Division as well.

“Credit for getting the Marines here goes to the 1st MarDiv staff,” Sergeant Maj. Brookshire said.  “Everything we have needed, they have found a way to make it happen.  Their support has been outstanding.”

Assembled from various units within 1st Marine Division, including 1/7, 1/5, 2/1, 2/4, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, and Headquarters Battalion, the combat replacements had only a short time to prepare for this deployment.  The Marines of 2/4 had just returned to California a few months ago.

“We came back from a deployment with the 31st (Marine Expeditionary Unit) in mid-July,” said Sgt. Sean R. Patereau, a machine gunner from 2/4 and Tacoma, Wash., native, “We weren’t scheduled to return from block leave until Aug. 21, but most of us were back by the 18th to deploy to Afghanistan.”

Other Marines, particularly those assigned to 1/7, are scheduled to deploy to Iraq within only a few months after TF 2/7 ends their OEF deployment.

“Marines march to the ‘sound of the guns,’” said Lt. Col. Rick Hall, commander, TF 2/7, noting that he was thoroughly impressed by the caliber of Marines joining his task force.  He said he was absolutely floored by the number of Marines who had volunteered to join his unit.

Many of the Marines said they volunteered because the battalion needed help and Marines go where they are needed to help each other.  One Marine even volunteered because his childhood friend serves with TF 2/7.

“Sgt. Alvin M. Klauson, Jr., and I grew up in the same neighborhood.  We lived five houses apart, and went to the same high school,” said Cpl. James D. Shymanik, an assault man from 2/4 and Gurnee, Ill., native.  “I came out here to help him.”

The majority of the Marines, however, said the reason they volunteered for this deployment was the chance to fight.  

“Nobody joins the Marine Corps for college benefits, or because you make a lot of money.  It doesn’t matter if they’re a rifleman or an aviation tech, people become Marines because they want to go out and fight the war,” said Capt. James D. Searels, the Combat Replacement Detachment OIC and Trion, Ga., native,

“Everyone wants to go to Afghanistan, even the commandant, because this is where the kinetic fight is and that’s what Marines are good at,” Capt. Searels said. “Marines are good at blowing stuff up and killing enemy forces who deserve to be killed.  That’s what’s going on here right now.”

While supplementing a unit with combat replacements is not a new concept, the sergeant major thought it was extraordinary how the planning came to fruition.

 “We are still above our required numbers for deployment, but with the casualties and our short-term deployers who returned to the States, we were just spread too thin throughout our area of operations,” said Sergeant Maj. Brookshire, explaining the reason behind the task force requesting additional forces.  “The short term deployers didn’t count against our total strength, but we soon came to realize that they were a vital asset to the fight.” 

During his introduction, Lt. Col. Hall explained the task force mission and thanked the Marines for raising their hands on short notice to fill in for his unit’s combat losses.

Due to the previous coordination made in selecting the Marines and preparing for their arrival, the Marines had few questions to ask the task force commander.  Although, a few of the questions asked when they arrived here were, “When do we get our Ammo?” and a few asked, “How can we stay to serve with the replacement unit?”

Lt. Col. Hall took an opportunity to brief the Marines on the roles they’re expected to fill and dispel any rumors or exaggerated casualty figures they may have heard.  He also took a few minutes to explain the Afghan culture.

“This is not Iraq, and you need to have a proper perspective on this place,” Lt. Col. Hall said.  “You will appreciate the difference, as the Afghans are more like us.  Your efforts here will be more quickly and greatly appreciated by the people.” 

“What you are doing is unprecedented,” added Lt. Col. Hall, referring to his combat replacements as “magnificent young men.”  “You have volunteered for one of the toughest and most critical missions for the defense of our nation.  You are handpicked out of 280 volunteers… you are some of the most combat ready NCOs and ‘warriors’ in 1st Marine Division.”

http://www.marines.mil/units/marforpac/imef/1stmardiv/7thregiment/2ndbat/Pages/Marchingtothe%E2%80%98soundoftheguns%E2%80%99%E2%80%93moreMarinesdeploytoAfghanistan.aspx

http://forums.military.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/954191642/m/7670001402001

 21-year old Cpl. Robles: 3 Good Conduct medals among other awards, and now a Purple Heart in death. AGAIN: Where do we get such good men? I have a tear in my eye just reading the story. See quote from commander and story link below:

QUOTE FROM: First Lt. Curtis Williamson of the 1st Marine Division public affairs office:

“I have been doing this for quite a while…” Williamson said. “I can’t remember ever seeing a Marine listed as receiving three Good Conduct Medals. At the age of 21, it is clear that he has woked very hard. It looks like he was the model Marine.”

http://www.starherald.com/news/breaking_news/doc4902682419e10796582895.txt

Story links follow on the two Marine deaths just announced from 2/7. God bless the families of both Marines who died. Support the Marines left behind, pray for them, and as civilians, let your poiticians know they need to support these Marines with rules of engagement which will let them win the war in Afghanistan and bring them home safely. There are various stories about the deaths, and other stories related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12312

Family remembers Lcpl. San Sim, Marine killed in Afghanistan:

From the story: “We came to this country to escape war. And now he’s died in war,” Yasmine Sim said. “Our thoughts, prayers and wishes go out to the troops still out there.”
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/sim-seng-marine-2205858-san-afghanistan

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2008/10/gns_29palmsmarines_102508/

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10808415

This story describes the use of U.S. Special Forces inside Pakistan to train their special forces, plus a side bar on 3 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, including 2 Marines, Cpl. Robles and Lcpl. San Sim:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081025/news_1n25pak.html

Actress Angelina Jolie back from Afghanistan:

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2008/10/25/Jolie_back_from_Afghanistan_visit/UPI-36961224959355/

Gitmo detainees refusing to eat, attack American guards. If we did not feed them we would be accused of letting them starve. What if the court rules we have to put a noose in each prison cell so the prisoner can hang himself? This would allow the right to choose or freedom of choice, if they chose to die they would not have to starve themselves, they could use the noose.

http://www.rr.com/view/content/story.cfm?storyId=6073712&view=HOME&newsgroup=9000&sSect=HOM_1

Written by orangekite1

October 25, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Posted in Afghanistan