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A cargo ship believed to be carrying Russian-made attack helicopters has been halted on its way to Syria after its insurance coverage was withdrawn. Some analysts say the nature of the cargo was what kept the vessel from reaching its destination. The cargo ship, the MV Alaed, is said to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at War On Terror News
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force in the Nad-e Ali district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province detained one of the senior Taliban leaders for the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported. The leader controlled several insurgent cells throughout southern Afghanistan and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at War On Terror News
DELARAM, Afghanistan — Afghan military leaders are sending more of their soldiers to southwest Afghanistan to bolster their presence in a region known as a hotbed for insurgent activity. Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Wasea, commanding general, 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, welcomed nearly 500 soldiers from 2nd Kandak, 1st... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at War On Terror News
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan (June 18, 2012) -- Medics with the Afghan National Army, Medical Platoon, 1-205th Corps and the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted medical partnership training at Forward... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at War On Terror News
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Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 1:40 pm Syrian rights groups say at least 34 people were killed Tuesday as government forces continued attacks on rebel strongholds and U.N. monitors reported an angry mob prevented them from reaching the embattled western town of al-Haffeh. The Local Coordination Committees, an activist... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at War On Terror News
Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 11:25 am Authorities in northern Afghanistan fear at least 70 people are dead after earthquakes triggered a landslide. The two quakes shook Afghanistan's northeastern Hindu Kush early Monday, trapping dozens of people beneath the rubble of collapsed homes in a remote area of Baghlan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at War On Terror News
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Commentary by Lt. Col. Heidi Osterhout, Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq 6/10/2012 - BAGHDAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- (Editor's Note: Lt. Col. Heidi Osterhout is deployed for six months as the deputy legal advisor supporting the Office of Security Cooperation mission, based in Baghdad, Iraq. This is her second deployment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at War On Terror News
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The rebel Free Syrian Army says it is no longer bound by a United Nations-backed cease-fire agreement as international efforts to end the bloody conflict were set to ramp up with renewed diplomacy later this week. Rebel spokesman Sami al-Kurdi told the Reuters news agency Monday the FSA had "decided... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at War On Terror News
June 05, 2012 U.S. officials say a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region targeted al-Qaida's second in command, but they do not know if the militant leader survived. The officials, speaking to U.S. media on condition of anonymity, said the airstrike Monday in Hesokhel targeted Abu Yahia al-Libi. They said... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at War On Terror News
The Monday morning blast in the Baab al-Muadham neighborhood damaged an office for a Shi'ite religious affairs foundation that manages religious and cultural sites. It was the deadliest single attack in months in the Iraqi capital. Later Monday, a blast struck near the main office for Sunni religious affairs. No... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at War On Terror News
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents during a search for a Haqqani facilitator in the Khost district of Afghanistan’s Khost province today, military officials reported. The facilitator is an explosives expert, officials said, who builds bombs for insurgents to use against Afghan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at War On Terror News
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KABUL, Afghanistan (JUN 4) – An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to detain a Haqqani facilitator in Khost district, Khost province, today. The facilitator is an explosives expert who builds bombs for insurgents to use against Afghan and coalition security forces. He is suspected of being responsible... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at War On Terror News
A British soldier has been killed during an operation to rescue an Afghan police officer in southern Afghanistan. The governor of Helmand province says armed insurgents kidnapped the officer at a police checkpoint in the Nar-e-Seraj district late Sunday. NATO and Afghan officials said Monday that British forces freed the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at War On Terror News
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STATE DEPARTMENT - The United States is expelling Syria's most senior envoy in Washington over what it says is the Syrian government's responsibility for last week's massacre in the village of Houla. U.N. observers confirm the deaths of more than 90 people in Houla, including several families who appear to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at War On Terror News
KABUL, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- The four Afghan air force lieutenants stand at a petite five feet, their uniforms bear the proud patches of military members serving their country. They wear something that is not common in the Afghan air force - a hijab, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at War On Terror News
The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says he expects Iran to sign an agreement "quite soon" to allow inspections of facilities suspected of being used in a covert nuclear-weapons program. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano made the comment Tuesday after returning to Vienna from a brief... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at War On Terror News
KHAN NESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan, May 21, 2012 – Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon M. Barton is on his second tour of duty here, yet earlier in his life he’d never thought he would find himself wearing a Marine Corps uniform. “I thought about joining the Marine Corps right out of... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at War On Terror News
5/20/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , 1st Marine Division CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Staff Sgt. Maribel Valdez, the adjutant with 1st Marine Division (Forward), sits quietly at her desk. She sits straight with dark eyes, her M-9 pistol holstered tight to her uniform, and pictures of her family on the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at War On Terror News
Posted Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 5:50 pm NATO leaders, attending a two-day summit in Chicago, have solidified plans for the “irreversible transition” in Afghanistan. The final summit declaration issued Monday calls for the international community to commit to the long-term sustainment of Afghan security forces, saying funding will be... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at War On Terror News
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Syrian activists say government forces have shot and killed at least 20 people at a funeral procession in central Syria while U.N. military observers were in the area. The activists say the shootings happened Tuesday in Khan Sheikhoun, near the city of Hama. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at War On Terror News
5/15/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD) CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — They spend time away from their families and friends; they wear the same clothes every day; they work seven days a week with no holiday breaks. Whether it is an infantryman operating in a remote... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at War On Terror News
5/13/2012 By By Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD) SOUTHERN HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The Marines and Sailors of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, live minimally - to say the least - at their tiny outpost in southwestern Afghanistan. With only a dirt square... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at War On Terror News
By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 – Afghanistan will top the agenda items at the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago as coalition members consider an agreement on a long-term strategic partnership that promotes security and stability there, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe reported. “What... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at War On Terror News
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 – Actor Gary Sinise’s efforts to help wounded warriors were highlighted by journalist David Martin on last night’s broadcast of the CBS program “60 Minutes.” In the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Sinise portrayed... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at War On Terror News
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 – The top U.S. non-commissioned officer shared the spotlight last night with fellow honorees U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prince Harry and other luminaries as he accepted a prestigious Atlantic Council leadership award on behalf of all enlisted service members. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at War On Terror News