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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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Written by orangekite1

December 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (the Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 11/15/14 (49 days to go)

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49 days to go, or close to that, for US troops left in Afghanistan. As the day to leave approaches, retrograde operations continue. Read the story at link #1 for details.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Missouri National Guard troops disassemble US bases in Afghanistan:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-guard-unit-home-after-taking-down-bases-in-afghanistan/article_46b0149e-2377-5425-8658-5e030f627a9d.html

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November 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9/9/4 Tue. (114 days to go)

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114 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan as they complete retrograde operations, packing equipment and closing bases as the troops in the story at link #1.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) US troops home after retrograde mission in Afghanistan:

http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/soldiers-scheduled-to-return/article_1b5e5272-37c7-11e4-be6c-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=jqm

Written by orangekite1

September 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sun. 9/7/14 (116 days to go)

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Pray for American troops in Afghanistan this Sunday as they complete retrograde operations and leave that country by 31 December 2014. In an incident this last week, a plane leaving Afghanistan, carrying out Americans and apparently some Canadians as reported in the press, made a forced landing in Iran. As the story at link #1 indicates, and as reported on major TV news outlets, the plane was allowed to leave Iran with its passengers. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Plane leaving Afghanistan is forced to make landing in Iran. The plane and its passengers was later allowed to leave. Link:

http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29855:chartered-commercial-jet-carrying-americans-makes-unplanned-landing-in-iran&catid=4:iran-general&Itemid=109

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9-5-14 Fri. (118 days to go)

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118 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, or thereabouts. See the link #1 about all the riches Afghanistan has. Time to bring US troops home, and our money with them. The US can no longer afford to fund the Afghan military, we need to fund our own military and our American veterans.

Remember, a good read for this weekend would be the newly released book about Marines in Afghanistan and the restricted rules of engagement they endured, “LEVEL ZERO HEROES”. I just finished this book and give it my highest recommendation.

Time to have a huge investigation or tribunal after end of this war on 31 December 2014, and hold accountable those politicians and military officers responsible for the losing counterinsurgency theory that led to massive US casualties throughout the 13 or so years of war that we have been in Afghanistan since 2001.

Let’s make sure these officers, and the various losing war plans and strategies are NEVER used in war again! We have already had one Vietnam, why did we use the “Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan?”

In future wars, the US military motto should be: “VICTORY THROUGH STRENGTH.”

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Afghan riches. They should use them to pay for their own country and military. Link:

http://news.yahoo.com/1-trillion-trove-rare-minerals-revealed-under-afghanistan-114520215.html

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 8/25/14 Mon.(128 days to go)

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128 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, as they engage in retrograde operations, closing bases and packing equipment so all US troops can leave by the long agreed on date of 31 December 2014.

This story at link #1 describes the duties of US troops engaging in retrograde operations.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Wisconsin troops return to Afghanistan to conduct retrograde operations:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin-troops-return-to-afghanistan-to-close-down-longest-us-war-b99335836z1-272447951.html

Written by orangekite1

August 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 8-19-14 Tue. (134 days to go)

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134 days left for US troops in Afghanistan, as they complete retrograde operations in preparation for all US troops to leave that country by 31 December 2014.

Remember our injured troops, and families of the fallen in your prayers.

Remember in your prayers, the family of Sgt. Rob Richards, Marine Sniper, Purple Heart recipient, who was found dead in his home in North Carolina a week ago tomorrow.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) RIP Marine Sgt., Purple Heart Recipient, Rob Richards:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/robert-richards-dead_n_5680092.html