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132 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan as they work to complete retrograde operations before they all leave 31 December 2014.
There were stories in the news the last few days, while President Obama is on vacation, which states he supports the current date of withdrawal for US troops from Afghanistan. The 31 December 2014 date is an extension of a previous date for US troops to leave, but President Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, agreed to extend until the end of this year.
Now there is talk of President Obama wanting to extend the date once again, from 31 December 2014, until the end of 2016! The U.S. Congress needs to step in and put an end to this two year extension by defunding it!
God bless our troops as they complete retrograde operations, closing bases, and packing equipment, in this still dangerous country, as evidenced by the murder of a US general there in an insider attack earlier this month.
In the meantime, it seems the GWOT Hotspot has speed from Afghanistan to places around the world with Iraq back in play with US troops being sent back there, with the beheading of a US journalist by ISIS, continuing terrorist presence in Syria, and elsewhere around the world.
Meanwhile, some officers such as Army Major General John Nicholson, Jr. is back in the U.S. with a new wife, as the story at link #1 describes his digs.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Major General John Nicholson, Jr. returns home from years of war, to a new wife and new digs. Link:
Another week at war in progress for US troops in Afghanistan. For past action, medals and awards are being presented, one of the latest, a Silver Star to a Recon Marine for action in Sangin, Afghanistan on 6 June 2011. One day, the full story of this ambush should come out, and the entire action should be investigated. The bravery and courage of this Marine were outstanding. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Marine from 3rd Recon earns Silver Star for actions on 6 June 2011. Link: