Officials: Afghanistan timeline not withdrawal date

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s directive calling for the start of a conditions-based drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 shouldn’t be considered as an exit date, but rather the beginning of the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghans, the […]

C-27A adviser squadron now fully manned

By Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson: U.S. AFCENT Combat Camera KABUL, Afghanistan — A year of success stories continues for airmen of the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, who are advising Afghan National Army Air Corps soldiers on the use of the C-27A Spartan. “We are now fully manned and will be able to continue toward […]

Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul […]

Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul […]

Obama administration should leave Afghanistan to the Afghans

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. President Barack Obama has returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of […]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla […]

Local schools unaffected by GI Bill slowdown

Staff and wire reports Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Recommended holiday mailing dates released for Afghanistan

By Tech. Sgt. John Jung: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — U.S. Postal Service officials announced its recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military servicemembers serving overseas at APO/FPO addresses in Afghanistan. Holiday mail send via first-class mail and priority mail for servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan should be […]

Troops won’t help troubled Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and four straight days of intensive discussions with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry provided the pressure. The result was to convince the current and probably future President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, to agree to a runoff election Nov. […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Cannon wife motivated to aid wounded troops

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Leslie Scott organized the same supply drive when she was stationed in England. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections Suffering an injury while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, a soldier can be happy knowing that medical personnel will rush the injured far out of harm’s way in order to quickly treat […]

First M-ATVs arrive in Afghanistan

By Senior Airman Susan Tracy: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Two mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles arrived at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on Oct. 1, after being offloaded from a C-17 Globemaster III. The M-ATVs arrived less than a day after leaving Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 30. The M-ATV’s are […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Afghanistan no longer bigger threat to U.S.

Freedom New Mexico Most of the chatter in Washington is still about domestic issues and how the Obama administration is doing now that the bloom is starting to fade. Will the Senate approve the cap-and-trade bill? How many Republicans will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor? Will further nationalization of health care be passed at […]

Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

Panjshir PRT unites airmen, soldiers

By Staff Sgt. Zachary Wilson: AFCENT Combat Camera Team FORWARD OPERATING BASE LION, Afghanistan — A team of nearly 80 individuals, including 25 airmen and 12 soldiers, come together to perform a critical mission in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Province. All of the servicemembers come from different walks of life, but now come together to help the […]

Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time […]