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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 2-26-14-Wed. (308 days to go)

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With 308 days to go in Afghanistan for US troops, do the majority of American people know what the mission is until they are all gone from that country on 31 December 2014? The story at link #1 says Gen. Dempsey went to Afghanistan and told the troops to focus on their mission. But, it would be nice to tell the American people too, what the mission is as the troops complete retrograde operations to pack up equipment and close bases before 31 December 2014. The general might have explained the retrograde mission, just so the American people reading this could understand what is going on, and how dangerous it still is in that country, with Americans still taking casualties. Just today, I read that MARSOC Marine Master Sgt. Aaron Torian is being laid to rest at Arlington, after his death in Afghanistan earlier this month. RIP Master Sgt. Prayers should go out for his family. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Gen. Dempsey tells American troops to stay on mission. From what I have read in other stories, they are on mission, a retrograde operation mission to pack up and close bases by 31 Decemer 2014, in this still dangerous country, with Americans still taking casualties. Link:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/world/Joint+Chiefs+chairman+urges+tight+focus+mission+Afghanistan/9552700/story.html

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Tu. 2/18/14 (316 days to go)

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316 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan as they complete retrograde operations. While packing equipment and closing bases, it remains a dangerous country for US troops to be in. On 15 February 2014, a MARSOC Marine, Master Sgt. Aaron Torian was killed in action by what is reported to have been a pressure plate IED. It was reported he lost his legs, and died in surgery after being evacuated from the battlefield. Pray for his family and fellow Marines. RIP Master Sgt. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  US MARSOC Marine Master Sgt. killed in Afghanistan. RIP Master Sgt. Aaron Torian:

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Purple-Heart-Recipient-Stationed-At-Camp-Lejeune-Dies-In-Afghanistan-245911981.html

2.) RIP MARSOC Marine Master Sgt. Aaron Torian:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140217/NEWS/302170032/MARSOC-Marine-killed-in-Afghanistan-IED-blast

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 2-17-14-Mon. (317 days to go)

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317 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, and they still face casualties while completing retrograde operations by 31 December 2014. On 15 February 2014, a MARSOC Marine was killed when reposts say he hit a pressure plate IED and lost his legs, then died in Afghanistan during surgery. Master Sgt. Aaron Torian: RIP. Pray for his family, and the American troops still in dangerous Afghanistan. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) RIP MARSOC Marine Master Sgt. Aaron Torian:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/lejeune-marine-killed-in-afghanistan-1.278845

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 1-15-14-Wed. (351 days to go)

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351 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan.

As the days wind down for American troops in Afghanistan they complete retrograde operations closing down US bases and packing up equipment so they can all be out of there by 31 December 2014. It is a still dangerous mission, keep them in your prayers.

Meanwhile, two fallen MARSOC Marines are to be awarded the Navy Cross for their actions in Afghanistan when attacked by a member of the Afghan military in a command center. Read the story at link #1 for complete details.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Two MARSOC Marines killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan to receive the Navy Cross:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140115/NEWS/301150007/MARSOC-Marines-killed-insider-attack-receive-Navy-Cross

 

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) (355 days to go) Sat. 1-11-14

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Anybody remember March 4, 2007 when US Marines, the first Special Operation Marine deployment of MARSOC was attacked in Bati Kot, Afghanistan?

They were falsely accused of killing Afghan civilians when they fought back from a suicide bomber attack who drove a mini van full of explosives into their convoy? Anybody remember how apologies were given to the Afghans in error? Anybody remember that the MARSOC Marines, all 120 of them were thrown out of Afghanistan by a general with the US Army?

Does anybody remember that the Marines were exonerated at a Marine Court of Inquiry in 2008, and found, as I knew from the start, to have acted appropriately in a complex ambush? Does anybody remember how through the years since this 2007 attack in Bati Kot that this terrorist haven has yet to be pacified, with many US casualties in this village, as well as multiple Afghans killed there?

Where is the apology and overdue medal ceremony for this first ever company of MARSOC Marines deployed:  MARSOC-Fox?

Through the years Bati Kot has continued to be in the news and now is reported in this 10 January 2014 story, to have been, “used by insurgents to smuggle weapons, ammunition, and to launch attacks along the province’s Highway 7.”

Go tell that to the MARSOC-FOX Marines who bravely deployed and acted appropriately in a complex ambush on 4 March 2007. Along with an apology and overdue medal ceremony. Along with some accountability for those who acted wrongly and falsely accused Marines: for those there needs to be public demotion ceremony. Bati Kot, as this 10 January 2014 story states, was a known terrorist haven.

Read the story for yourself at link #1. Google “Incident at Bati Kot” for one of the best stories written about this 4 March 2007 attack, by a Marine Mom whose son was there and falsely accused.

1.) Another incident at Bati Kot:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118998/weapons-cache-found-bati-kot-afghan-commandos-pressure-insurgents#.UtElFRbihS8

Written by orangekite1

January 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 11-7-13-Th.

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The US troops in Afghanistan are in retrograde operations now, but are still in danger. Keep them in your prayers as they pack up to be gone from that country by 31 Dec. 2014.

In the meantime, stories about US actions in Afghanistan during combat operations are coming out. Are they true? I don’t know because there have been false accusations against MARSOC Marines in Bati Kot, in 2007, and other false accusations. But, there have been US troops convicted of crimes such as Sgt. Bales, in Afghanistan. These cases will have to be investigated, and we will see what the outcome is. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Disturbing stories about US Army actions in Afghanistan are coming out. As stated above, we will have to wait and see what the investigations reveal. Link:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/07/disturbing-video-detainee-abuses-in-afghanistan/

Written by orangekite1

November 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 8-10-13-Sat.

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Another weekend at war for US troops in Afghanistan as they wind down operations and pack up to exit the country by 31 December 2014. It is my hope and prayer that they can finish the packing well before this time and come home in advance of this date. Meanwhile, let’s look at the icasualty,com site, which keeps a list of US dead and wounded. Today, let’s look at the US list of troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom, which covers other countries besides Afghanistan, although the majority of US troops in OEF have been killed and wounded in Afghanistan. LInks from around the GWOT:

1.) The icasualties.com site list of US troops killed in OEF, the majority having been killed in Afghanistan. Link:

http://icasualties.org/OEF/Nationality.aspx?hndQry=US