Six months ago, Germany’s military withdrew from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Since then, regional security has eroded and many of those left behind feel abandoned. Even development work seems to have come to a halt.
Captain Faridoon Hakimi is sitting next to an enormous barbecue once used by the Germans to grill sausage, munching on an almond and squinting. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and the midday sun is blazing down onto the former German military camp in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Next to him stands a solitary sign in the German language indicating the location of a certain Herr Baumlade’s office.
It has been six months since Hakimi’s friends and allies from Germany left the camp. All of the parking slots for helicopters and armored vehicles are empty. The white blimp, which once held cameras aloft in order to monitor the camp’s immediate surroundings, no longer floats in the sky above.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afghanistan’s next president may eventually sign a stalled security agreement that could prevent the U.S. from having to take that step.
Obama spoke Tuesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the first direct conversation between the two leaders since last June. The White House has become increasingly frustrated with Karzai, who has refused to sign a security pact that the White House says is crucial to keeping a U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the war formally concludes at the end of this year.
Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Deb Riechmann in Washington, Lolita C. Baldor at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, and Cassandra Vinograd in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.
Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, left, removed Lt. Gen. Thomas Walhauser, right, as the consolidated disposition authority for prosecuting the cases against Marines involved in videotaping themselves urinating on dead Taliban fighters. (Sgt. Michael Walters / Marine Corps)
The Marine Corps’ top general has ended his silence on accusations he abused his authority to ensure Marines were punished for an inappropriate war-zone video, vehemently denying in an interview with NPR that he told a subordinate general he wanted those embroiled in the scandal “crushed” and kicked out of the service.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos spoke to Renee Montagne of NPR’s Morning Edition during his visit to Los Angeles last week. During the interview, which aired Monday, Amos was asked about his involvement in the legal proceedings stemming from a YouTube video that shows four Marine scout snipers urinating on enemy corpses in Afghanistan.
‘I DIDN’T JOIN TO BE SACRIFICED’: U.S. TROOPS FED UP WITH RISKY AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY
Billy & Karen Vaughn 2-11-14 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States.
Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable.
Once again, proving that he is a better ally to the Taliban than to America ; Mohammed has refused every request to hold these enemy combatants. Now free to re-join the fight and kill more U.S. troops . I have an idea ;