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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-7-31-10-Sat.

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Reports in the news say that July 2010 is the most deadly for American troops in Afghanistan, the second most deadly was last month.

Stories of our wounded, and our wounded British allies are coming out in the press, see link #1 and CNN has been advertising a show about our wounded American troops, showing a plane load of the injured being flown out. It should be a show everyone should watch, to see the carnage of this war.

God bless American troops, and may they win this war soon and come home in victory.

Links:

1.) British soldier loses his legs in Afghanistan, dies at Camp Bastion, is brought back, and now fights to run in the 2012 Paralympics. Link:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/31/british-soldier-afghanistan-rehabilitation-paralympics

2.) Wounded Warriors healing at Camp Leatherneck:

http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2010/07/wounded-warrior-facility-injured-marines-back-to-the-fight.html

3.) Two more American soldier deaths, from a Special Forces Group. RIP soldiers:

http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2010/07/rip-cpt-jason-e-holbrook-ssg-kyle-r-warren.html

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July 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hot Spot-7-30-10-Fri.

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The month of July is ending on a bad note for U.S. troops, as the radio news just reported more American deaths in Afghanistan, stating that this is the deadliest month in the nine-year old war, surpassing last month, which had the previous high for U.S. military deaths.

God bless our troops, and may they be led to victory so they can come home soon.

1.)  July 2010 deaths of American troops in Afghanistan reach an all time high:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/07/ap_july_deadliest_afghanistan_073010/

2.) He’s in the Army now! At age 60! God bless this Marine father who joined the Army! He is a medical doctor, a dermatologist whose skills are needed in Afghanistan for American troops! Link:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/army-259941-gilbert-ups.html

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July 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hot Spot 7-29-10-Thurs.

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This first post does not have to do with Afghanistan, but is about another controversial war, that in Vietnam. Some  compare the situation in Afghanistan to Vietnam. In fact, some say that our current strategy in Afghanistan should be called, “The Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan”.

In link #1, a Vietnam War widow sends a letter to Sen. Jim Webb, himself a Vietnam War vet, concerning her husband’s death like a “poisoned rat” from the effects of Agent Orange.

God bless our troops and God bless America.

1.) Vietnam War widow sends letter to Sen. Jim Webb concerning Agent Orange:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/07/28/letter-from-vietnam-war-widow-to-senator-jim-webb/

2.) I have read this before and may have posted it, but good to read again: “One Marine’s Summary of Service in Afghanistan”. It sounds accurate to me. Link:

http://www.marineparents.com/announcements/column-our-marines-2010-07-28.asp

3.) Pray for this missing sailor and his family, Culinary Specialist 3rd class Jerod Newlove:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/07/ap_missing_sailor_dad_072810/

4.) Story about drug use, poor discipline in Afghan Army:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704684604575381092012618892.html

5.) Long journey home for US troops with brain trauma:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-07-29-1Aawakening29_CV_N.htm

6.) Several hours after I posted the above prayer request for the missing Navy culinary specialist, I read this story that his body was found. I still say to pray for the family and friends of this fallen sailor. RIP sailor. Link:

http://rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/15930657/2nd_US_sailors_body_recovered_in_Afghanistan

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July 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot: 7-28-10-Wed.

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While the Wikileaks data still is coming out on Afghanistan, the US Congress voted to fund the war. Or, that might be fund the “wars” (undeclared) in Afghanistan and Iraq I believe.

The American troops on the ground continue to pay the price for our freedom. God bless them and God bless their families. The American Congress I heard now goes on six weeks of vacation. Maybe they could spend their vacation at a military hospital helping our war wounded, at a Wounded Warrior Barracks on a military base, or  out on patrols with the troops in Afghanistan, or helping those left in Iraq pack up and leave. In Afghanistan, the politicians who send them to war can try to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans. Just an idea, but I think these are ideas Congress should follow on their reported six-week vacation. (And I suppose the vacation is paid too?)

The sacrifice of our vets is shown by Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidate in the Republican Primary. This is candidate Daniel Gilyeat who lost his leg in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This U.S. Marine wants a new mission in the U.S. Congress! God bless our Marines!

The sacrifice of our vets is shown by former Marine, Daniel Gilyeat, Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidate in the Republican Primary. Gilyeat lost his leg in combat in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This U.S. Marine wants a new mission in the U.S. Congress! God bless our Marines coming back from the war and being willing to run for elected office!

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) NY Times opinion writer on the “maze” that is Afghanistan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/opinion/28dowd.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

2.) Letterwriters have some very good points concerning the conflict in Afghanistan (I hate to call it a war because the US has not declared war, and our leaders continue to send our troops out with restricted rules of engagement which do not allow for US victory):

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/opinion/l28afghan.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

3.) $59 billion approved to spend on America’s two wars:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/world/28prexy.html

4.)  Another story on the war funding approved by the American Congress. It mentions debate over whether what they now call “Obama’s counterinsurgency strategy” can work:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/world/28prexy.html

5.) Another story on the war funding bill. I would ask: Will these billions of US tax dollars ensure VICTORY? Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072704655.html

6.) Marine Gen. Mattis before Congress, nominated to be Gen. Petraeus boss. I am not sure how he was nominated with his record in the Lt. Col. Chessani case and the undue command influence, I would think that this endangers all Marines who serve under him with the possibility of undue command influence if they ever had a trial. I guess we will find out how he performs as Petraeus’ boss if he is confirmed. I would like to know if he can lead the US warriors to victory? That is what matters, how soon he can lead the US to victory on the battlefield. As Petraeus’ boss, will Mattis immediately drop the restricted rules of engagement which prevent victory in Afghanistan? Maybe he can pull Lt. Col. Chessani out of retirement and put him on the battlefield to help lead the victory over Afghanistan. Link:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-07-28-mattis28_ST_N.htm

7.)  Another story of Marine Gen. Mattis. I just don’t know how he got nominated to be Army Gen. Petraeus’ boss with the undue command influence in the Lt. Col. Chessani case on Mattis’ record? I don’t know. I just hope if any of our troops face a trial in the future, that there will not be undue command influence and they can get a fair trial. But, better than that, I would like to see a VICTORY in Afghanistan and a quick win so US troops can come home. A question about this story: If Al-Qaeda is such a threat, why not DECLARE WAR and fight like it is a WAR and WIN?:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-27/al-qaeda-threatens-all-of-mideast-central-asia-u-s-general-mattis-says.html

8.) Navy culinary specialist kidnapped and missing in Afghanistan, another sailor killed in incident. I am not sure what a culinary specialist was doing traveling with only another sailor on dangerous Afghan roads, but the point remains that one was killed, and there are reports his body has been recovered, and the one sailor remains missing. May God comfort their families, and may the kidnapped sailor be found alive soon. Pray for his safe return. From the story:

“Newlove is a 2003 graduate of Seattle’s Chief Sealth High School. He spent five years on active duty in the Navy and was ranked as a culinary specialist, according to a Navy biography.”

Link:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012459380_missingsailor28m.html

9.) Report: What I saw at Moba Khan:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703977004575393523349648264.html

10.) France DOES declare WAR ON AL QAIDA! Link:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ga4XEojgZWdslYXywXNUjbZmpUTgD9H7JU5O1

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July 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, Tue. 7-27-10

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Afghanistan is in all the news now with the Wilileak story and all. Google Wilileak to get the link and look at the documents.

The NY Times and two other publications are reviewing the documents which were sent to them and writing stories, again, Google their sites and see the links.

Gold Star father, whose son was KIA in Afghanistan last year, gives an interview posted on You Tube on restricted rules of engagement and other information about our engagement in Afghanistan. Link below at #1.

1.) Retired Marine John Bernard gives his take on the Afghanistan war and restricted rules of engagement: turn up your speakers or put on headphones and listen to both part 1 and part 2.

LET THEM FIGHT OR BRING THEM HOME! Semper Fi Marines!

Let them fight or bring them home! U.S. Marine Corps Flag

The U.S. Marine flag flies proudly. I agree with the website of the same name-John Bernard's blog: Let them fight or bring them home!

Links:

Part I:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCMjBiCBUw0&feature=channel

Part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxRjN_SHAq4&feature=channel

2.)  Let them fight or bring them home blogspot:

Camp Lejeune sign upon entering base

Camp Lejeune sign upon entering base-read what it says, especially in light of the Marines being used as a land occupation force in Iraq and Afghanistan and bound by restricted rules of engagement.

http://letthemfight.blogspot.com/

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July 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, 7-26-10 Mon.

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Wikileaks has published thousands of documents related to the Afghanistan war effort. Do a Google search on Wikileaks for the link to their information. The New York Times also received some of the documents as I understand it, from Wikilinks and some foreign newspapers have received the information also. The link to the NY Times reporting on “The War Logs” is at #1.

1.) NY Times “The War Logs” reports on the Wikileaks release of documents relating to the Afghanistan War. Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/war-logs.html

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July 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, 7-25-10-Sun.

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More trouble for Americans in Afghanistan as leading news stations on TV this morning report that two Navy sailors are kidnapped there.

In addition, the Sunday papers such as the Kansas City Star at link #1 list the weekly military deaths in the wars. I will fax this list to my representatives and President Obama and suggest others do this as well so they are aware of the human cost of these wars. I am asking this question:

“Have the enemy fighters who killed these Americans been arrested and held accountable for their actions?”

There is talk of  bringing the Taliban into the Afghan government. If that is the case they should have the murderers of US troops, and those who attempt to kill US troops arrested so they are not part of the government.

This would be kind of like how Nazis were not allowed into the German government after WWII, and they are hunted down to this day.

1.) U.S. Military deaths: I suggest faxing or e-mailing this to your elected officials.

Some gave all, God bless our troops and their families, and may God comfort the families and friends of the fallen.

Raibow above American flag in Overland Park, KS outside American Legion building; American troops are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and the link to the Kansas City Star Sunday paper, 7-25-10 list of American military deaths is listed here

Rainbow above American flag in Overland Park, KS outside American Legion building. American troops are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and the link to the Kansas City Star Sunday paper, 7-25-10 list of American military deaths is listed below. God bless our troops and may those who have fallen Rest in Peace. RIP to our fallen.

Link:

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/07/24/2104654/military-deaths.html

2.)  Admiral Mullen says that he does not have all the details into the kidnapping of two US sailors in Afghanistan. If Admiral Mullen does not have all the details, how can he advise Commander-in-Chief Obama then? Why doesn’t he have all the details? I understand there being secret missions which cannot be discussed, but that is different from Mullen emphasizing to the press that he does not have all the details. I hope he gets all the details SOON so he can advise the Commander-in-Chief. Will the sailors receive Geneva Convention rights if they were out of uniform as reported?

L to R: Marine, U.S., and POW/MIA flag; pray for our 2 MIA/POW Navy sailors in Afghanistan; contact your elected officials to ensure they receive their Geneva Convention rights they are entitled to.

L to R: Marine, U.S., and POW/MIA flag; pray for our 2 MIA/POW Navy sailors in Afghanistan; contact your elected officials to ensure they receive their Geneva Convention rights they are entitled to.

Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/world/asia/26afghan.html

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July 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm