Sadly, 13 American military heroes have been killed in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to NATO accounts, a Taliban terrorist suicide bomber rammed a van into a NATO bus killing 13 American military troops and four Afghans. This was the deadliest single attack against the US led coalition since the Taliban shot down a NATO helicopter on August 6 in an eastern Afghan province, killing 30 U.S. troops. A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility, saying that a suicide bomber named Abdul Rahman Hazarbos
A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a van into an armored NATO bus Saturday in Kabul, killing 13 American troops and four Afghans, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces in more than two months.
The explosion, which occurred as the convoy was passing the American University, sparked a fireball and littered the street with shrapnel. Heavy black smoke poured from burning wreckage at the site.
The armored personnel carrier, known as a Rhino was sandwiched between of a convoy of mine-resistant military vehicles traveling on a four-lane highway frequently used by NATO forces in a southwestern section of the city.
Thirty one American special forces and troops and seven Afghan commandos were killed in Afghanistan after a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.The Taliban has taken credit for the incident. ABC News reports that 25 US Navy Seals were on board. American officials stated that it is the deadliest single incident for American forces in Afghanistan since the decade long war began.
The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene.
NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there “was enemy activity in the area.” But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site. It did not release details or casualty figures.
We say a prayer and thank the brave souls that died for keeping us free and battling terrorism. We also say a prayer and given our condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of those that have died, how difficult a time this must be for them. God bless and rest in peace.
The Jawa Report brings up an very interesting question that needs to be answered; however, we most likely already know who is responsible. The Taliban have taken credit for the downing of this chopper; however, where would the Taliban have obtained surface to air armaments?
Now the question is: who in the world would have an interest in supplying the Taliban with such good surface to air armaments?
If you think about it there is only one answer. Pakistani intelligence who were humiliated by the death of UBL have every motivation to prevent another similar operation.
Of course the Gateway Pundit reminds us that in June the White House confirmed that they were holding peace talks with the Taliban.
UPDATE I: Crash kills members of SEAL Team 6.
Although many of the Seals belonged to the same unit as the Seal team that took out Bin Laden, none of them are blieved to be ones that took part in the raid that took out Bin Laden.
U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that they believe that none of the Navy SEALs who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan had participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, although they were from the same unit that carried out the bin Laden mission.
Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Half-Brother of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, Assassinated By His own Security – Taliban Takes Credit
Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half brother of Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai, has been shot dead by one of his long time bodyguards. The Taliban has taken credit for the assassination. Ahmed Wali Karzai was shot twice by his long time head of security Sardar Mohammed, who was himself killed almost immediately. This should add some further instability to an already unstable situation in Afghanistan.
One of his bodyguards shot him on Tuesday at his house, a heavily-fortified compound in Kandahar city, Zalmay Ayoubi, spokesperson for the governor of Kandahar province said.
“A guard of Ahmed Wali Karzai named Sardar Mohammad opened fire and killed him. The other guards shot and killed Sardar Mohammad,” Mr Ayoubi said. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.
President Karzai held a press conference in Kabul:
President Karzai held a press conference in Kabul with French President Nicolas Sarkozy barely two hours after the shooting and, speaking in a steady voice, confirmed his brother’s death. “This is the life of Afghan people, this sorrow is in every Afghan home, everyone of us has this sorrow,” he said.
Kabul’s Hotel Inter-Continent in Afghanistan was attacked by Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers. I am guessing these were not moderate Taliban? As the Jawa Reports states, the hotel attack was a Mumbai style attack.
Six Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Kabul’s Hotel Inter-Continental in a brazen, carefully orchestrated operation that began Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, ending with their deaths some six hours after it began.
“All six attackers have been killed, and the situation is secure,” Interior Minister Bismullah Khan said Wednesday morning. By then, the hotel was ablaze.
Two police were wounded in the attack; the number of civilian casualties was not clear, he said.
Chief of Criminal Investigation Mohammad Zahir told CNN that at least eight civilians were killed and six were injured.
Finally, a “Royal” who can be royally admired. According to the UK Telegraph, Prince Harry has been granted his wish to return to Afghanistan as an Apache attack helicopter pilot. Although he will not be returning to the front lines as he did in a previous tour, Prince Harry will be flying Apache attack helicopters. A “Royal” that all can truly be proud of.
The Prince, who was hastily withdrawn from a tour of Helmand in 2008 after his position was compromised by foreign media reports, has often expressed the desire to return to the front line.
Now he is set to be granted another tour when his squadron is deployed to Afghanistan next year, by which time he should have completed his Apache pilot training.
Clarence House said the Prince would complete his training next year and would then be available for deployment wherever Apaches were needed – including Afghanistan.
Barack Obama, The Lying King: I Was For Killing Osama Bin Laden Before I was Against It, And Now It’s My #1 Priority
The internet and Google searches are a terrible things, especially when you are a flip-flopping President who just makes stuff up as he goes along. Welcome to Barack Obama: The
Lion Lying King, part 27 … “I really want to kill Bin Laden, its always been my #1 priority.”
Talk about your Obama Flip-flops and continuous change of positions on the killing of Osama Bin Laden. How can anyone take what this guy says seriously? Obama’s opinion or policy changes as the wind blows. Is it possible to have a flip-flop to a flip-flop and then a reverse flip-flop with round off, two and a half flip with a twist?
During the 2008 Presidential election, candidate Obama talked a tough game when it came to the war on terror, killing Osama Bin Laden and ending Al-Qaeda.
Then when Obama became President, he very much changed his mind as to the priority of killing Osdama Bin Laden. Watch the following VIDEO where Obama now says in an interview with Katie Couric on January 14, 2009 that his preference is to kill or capture Bin Laden; however, if we have so tightened the noose that we will meet our goal to protect Americans.
All week long since Osama Bin Laden was killed us US Navy Seals, President Barack Obama told us that killing the mastermind terrorist was his top priority. Obama stated he was always for killing Bin Laden. However, what can only be described as Obama’s best impersonation of John Kerry it would appear that Obama was for the liking of Osama before he was against it. The Gateway Pundit has found a doozy from Obama’s past comments courtesy of the UK Times where Obama in 2009 had quite a different narrative than he is preaching today in his “KILL BIN LADEN” victory tour.
Barack Obama suggested last night that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America’s security goals could be achieved merely by keeping al-Qaeda “on the run”.
“My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him,” he said. “But if we have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America.”
Who really thinks by listening to Barack Obama’s own words that killing Osama Bin Laden was always his top priority? But he certainly has no problem taking a victory lap and telling America what his past words and comments have contradicted. Where is the MSM confronting Obama on his lack of consistency of past statements when it came to the death of Bin Laden?
Afghanistan: 8 NATO Coalition Troops & 1 Civilian Killed By Afghan Pilot at Kabul Airport (UPDATE: All Killed, American Soldiers)
Nine people have been killed at the Kabul, Afghanistan airport by an Afghan pilot. It is being reported that an argument between an Afghan pilot and an international colleague resulted in the Afghan military pilot opened fire on international trainers and a “gunfight” ensued.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said an Afghan military pilot opened fire on international troops, sparking a “gunfight.” The Taliban, however, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it had been working with the shooter for some time — an assertion that NATO denied.
It is being reported at the Seattle PI, that all of the all eight of the military troops and the contractor killed by an Afghan pilot Wednesday in Kabul were Americans. Was this a “rogue” pilot or was this a terror act by an Afghan who was working with the Taliban?
Obama, your defense should not be in keeping the Nobel Peace Prize, you should be explaininghow the hell you ever received it in the first place.
As Obama’s war continues in Libya, Barack Obama told reporters today that he’s keeping his peace prize. Of course he is, it’s not like he is now in more military conflicts than GWB. Oh wait, he is. As reported at The Politico, Obama defended his Nobel Peace Prize stating there is no contradiction because he is saving Libyan’s from being butchered by Qaddafi. So Barack, what’s the difference from what GWB did in saving Iraqis from Saddam Hussein?
President Obama defended his Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday,saying that Americans “don’t see any contradiction” in him ordering an attack on Libya to make sure “people aren’t butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling to power.”
“When I received that award, I specifically said there was an irony because I was already dealing with two wars,” Obama said in an interview with CNN from El Salvador. “So I am accustomed to this contradiction of being both a commander-in-chief but also someone who aspires to peace.”
Isn’t it amazing what Obama now says as President as compared to when he was a Democrat Senator.
Saying he is focused on ensuring that Libyans can “live out their own aspirations,” Obama defended America’s involvement in Libya, saying, “we’re not invading a country, we’re not acting alone – we’re acting under a mandate issued by the United Nations Security Council in an unprecedented fashion and with unprecedented speed.”
As President Barack Obama is providing America with a muddled message as to why the US is at war with Libya, what our mission is and what is the end game … back at home only 31% of Americans give him markets on the economy. Only 26% of those not affiliated with either party rate the president’s handling of the economy as good or excellent. To make matters even worse for Barack Obama, only 22% of likely voters think that the country is heading in the right direction as compared to 72% of voters the country is heading down the wrong track.
The number of voters nationwide who give President Obama good or excellent marks for his handling of economic issues has fallen to a new low.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters show that just 31% rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as good or excellent. Forty-five percent (45%) say the president is doing a poor job handling these issues.
More bad news for Obama and Democrats, voters favor Republicans over Democrats on 9 out of 10 political issues.
The GOP leads Democrats on the following issues: Economy 47% - 39%, Health Care 46% - 42%, Education 42% – 39%, Iraq 48% – 35%, Immigration 48% - 35%, Afghanistan 46% – 36%, Government Ethics 38% – 33%, National Security 53% - 34% and Taxes 48% – 37%.
Oops, President Barack Obama Confuses Iraq & Afghanistan … “Combat Operations in Afghanistan Have Ended”
Barack Obama, oh he’s Reaganesque all right, NOT!
During a recent interview, as reported by the Politico, Obama made a complete muddled mess out of out of his plans for withdrawing troops from the region. The Commander in Chief stated, “Combat Operations in Afghanistan Have Ended.”Really, who knew? I guess we can blame the gaffe on Obama’s teleprompter because we all know that the MSM will never question him on his glaring mistake. Doesn’t it instill confidence in America that their president does not know the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan? This coming from the man who the media calls the smartest president ever.
Who needs VP Joe Biden for gaffes when we have Barack Hussein Obama …
“As I said, we will be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year… Combat operations in Afghanistan have ended.”
Video hat Tip: Gateway Pundit
Can you imagine the hue and cry that would have gone out through out the land by the MSM if GWB or Reagan had made such a gaffe? What about Sarah Palin? But for some reason Barack Obama always gets a free pass on all of his screw ups. What else would one expect from a bias media.
The full interview can be seen HERE.