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Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (theAfghanistan Scandal?) 12/1/14 Mon. (31 days to go)

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Some count corrections are in order. Today, December 1, 2014 marks the last month US troops are scheduled to be in Afghanistan. All Marines, with the exception of those guarding the US Embassy have left and turned over their mega base, Camp Leatherneck to the Afghans. The British have left nearby Camp Bastion and turned it over to the Afghans. In 31 days, counting today, all US troops are to have left per the drawdown plan determined several years ago. Then, a little over a week ago, while the Ferguson riots were going on, and Sec. of Defense Hagel resigned, President Obama signed a secret order to extend the US military mission there. We will see if the new Congress has a say and funds this extension. With US troops in retrograde mode for months on end, most outposts have closed, and been dismantled and/or turned over to the Afghans, and evenlarger Marine bases like Camp Leatherneck and Camp Swyer, etc.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) More fallout and studies on US military actions in Afghanistan. There is a link within the story to download the entire study, and I did so at no cost, through Kindle and other readers are available. The report is a study on Stryker vehicles in Afghanistan published through Ft. Leavenworth. Link:

Clash of Strykers and Taliban in Afghanistan:

View story at Medium.com

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December 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal ?) 10/27/14 Mon. (68 days to go)

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68 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. As the time winds down, more bases are closed. See link one for details of British Camp Bastion being closed and turned over to the Afghans, and US Marines turning Camp Leatherneck over to the Afghans.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) British, Americans lower their flags, prepare to leave Afghanistan:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/26/us-afghanistan-troopwithdrawal-idUSKBN0IF06I20141026

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October 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 10/6/14 mon. (87 days to go)

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There is supposed to be 87 days left for US troops in Afghanistan, only Pres. Obama on Sept. 30, 2014 signed us up for 10 more years and beyond. Will Congress fund it? Meanwhile, the British are leaving and closing Camp Bastion. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) British closing Camp Bastion:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2782324/Saying-goodbye-Camp-Bastion-Last-days-British-troops-service-Afghanistan-documented-stunning-images.html

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October 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (the Afghanistan Scandal?) 9/13/14 Sat. (110 days to go)

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110 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, new wars are brewing, ISIS in Iraq and Syria,nod other global hotspots.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) It’s been 2 years since the attack on Camp Bastion, read for details. Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/09/12/one-taliban-insurgent-survived-the-attack-on-afghanistans-camp-bastion-will-he-get-the-death-penalty/

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September 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9-21-13-Sat.

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Another scandal the U.S. taxpayer is funding in Afghanistan!

No longer should the cash strapped American taxpayer pay for the Afghan air force, it is neither morally or financially sustainable.

In addition, the story at link #1 cites possible scandals with the planes hauling opium!

If the Afghan air force isn’t trained by now after 12 years, the Americans should leave this mission to the Afghans, funded by the Afghans when the rest of the US troops leave on 31 December 2014.

In addition, Americans could not secure their own Marines and Marine aircraft at Camp Bastion when it was attacked just over a year ago. How can the Afghans secure their aircraft that the American taxpayer is funding if the US Marine Corps can’t?

Writer Michelle Malkin has been a strong advocate for accountability of US Marine officers in this attack.

This includes accountability for a U.S. Marine general in charge at Camp Bastion whose promotion (another star ) has been postponed: put on hold pending an investigation of the greatest loss of US aircraft since Vietnam, and the deaths of two Marines and injuring of many others.

How could such a Marine general even have been put in for a promotion in the first place?

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) The US taxpayer can no longer morally or financially support the Afghan air force. If they want an air force they will have to pay for it themselves. The Afghans have plenty of mineral wealth to pay for their own air force. Link:

http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2013/sep/21/us-general-sees-problems-progress-in-developing-afghan-air-force/

2.) Especially in light of continued “American betrayal” in Afghanistan ongoing now, this is an especially good time to read Diana West’s “American Betrayal” book, on US military, State Dept. and political actions after WWII. Link to Amazon, where it can be purchased in print or e book form:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Betrayal-Assault-Nations-Character/dp/0312630786

3.) ¬†Time for historical review: The British in Afghanistan in the 1800’s! Battle of Maiwand, where the British lost the battle, but later sent in a general with a retribution force:

http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/campafghan1878maiwand7.htm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9-14-13-Sat.

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There are many scandalous events going on in Afghanistan ranging from murders of US troops by Afghan soldiers and police to lax security such as at Camp Bastion which led to the deaths of two Marines and the largest loss of US airpower since Vietnam. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  Widow of Marine killed in Camp Bastion attack just over a year ago wants answers, questions lax security:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2670150516001/remembering-camp-bastion-attack-one-year-later/

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September 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 10/28/14 Tue. (67 days to go)

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Days wind down for US troops in Afghanistan. It was announced this week all US Marines have left Camp Leatherneck. Meanwhile all British troops left nearby Camp Bastion.

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December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm