The Stealth Helicopter That Crashed On Bin Laden Raid Was Downed By Air Vortex

  By Tony Capaccio -May 6, 2011 Small Wars Journal A United Technologies Corp. (UTX) Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to Osama Bin Laden’s hideout was downed by an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall surrounding the compound, not mechanical failure or gunfire, according to … Continue reading

Petraeus said to be leaving as commander of forces in Afghanistan. Supposedly he has interest in the Supreme Allied Commander Europe position. I wouldn't be surprised if he politics his way into the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs position. I'm guessing Gingrich will be keeping close tabs on Petraeus' next move. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would be a tempting vote for many in 2012 with our current military posture. My guess is though that he takes the CIA job Panetta will be vacating. With Petraeus still having Generals Mattis(CENTCOM Commander)and Allen(Deputy CENTCOM Commander that is probably going to replace Petraeus in Afghanistan) as the Army's most powerful Generals for the foreseeable future control of the CIA may be too much power for him to pass up. Or too much consolidated power for the Council on Foreign Relations to pass up. Petraeus, Allen(He was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Term Member of the Council), and Mattis assist the Council.

  by Laura Rozen David Petraeus, perhaps the most celebrated American general of his generation, is likely to leave his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan this summer, multiple defense officials say. Petraeus, who stepped into the post last summer after President Barack Obama fired Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal for comments his aides … Continue reading

David Cameron last night gave British backing to calls for air strikes against Colonel Gaddafi. England's Cameron and France's Sarkozy have submitted a joint letter to NATO requesting a no fly zone and bombing campaign.

By Tim Shipman  11th March 2011 Markets plunge after crackdown in Saudi city David Cameron last night gave British backing to calls for air strikes against Colonel Gaddafi. He joined forces with Nicolas Sarkozy after the French president demanded immediate action to tackle the dictator, amid signs the international community is fiddling while Libya burns. … Continue reading

Army's 2011 Posture Statement released March 2.

https://secureweb2.hqda.pentagon.mil/VDAS_ArmyPostureStatement/2011/index.asp

U.S. Army Modernization Enters New Phase

ARES by Paul McLeary   3/2/2011 On Feb. 3, the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board cut several remaining pieces of the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernization project, while moving the two survivors into separate program offices. While the Class 1 unmanned aerial system and tactical ground sensors are no longer part of an Army-wide modernization effort—although … Continue reading

Two Libyan Mirage jets defect to Malta seeking asylum… Refused to bomb unarmed citizens

GEORGE CINI   02/21/11 VALLETTA, Malta — Two Libyan air force jets landed in Malta on Monday and their pilots asked for political asylum amid a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya, a military source said. The two Mirage jets landed at Malta International Airport shortly after two civilian helicopters landed carrying seven people … Continue reading

Is the pause in Pakistani drone strikes linked to the arrest of the CIA's Raymond Davis

  By Missy Ryan ISLAMABAD | Sun Feb 20, 2011 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan‘s western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft … Continue reading

Commentary the developing situation with CIA employee Raymond Davis in Pakistan

  by Robert Haddick   February 21, 2011 According to a just-released article in the Washington Post, U.S. officials have confirmed that Raymond Davis is a contract employee of the CIA, responsible for security at a safe house in Lahore. According to the article, a U.S. official presumed that the Pakistani government has known the nature … Continue reading

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslims to "remove" the US from the Islamic world on Sunday .

02/20/2011 -Sapa-AFP “The main problem in the Muslim world is the presence of the United States. It is the biggest problem. We need to address that,” he told a gathering of Shiite and Sunni scholars in Tehran for an international conference on Islam. “It is necessary to remove the US from the Islamic world,” the … Continue reading

Washington Intensifies Push Into Central Asia

Stop NATO January 29, 2011 Rick Rozoff A recent editorial on the website of Voice of America reflected on last year being one in which the United States solidified relations with the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. One or more of the five nations border Afghanistan, Russia, … Continue reading

27 year CIA Analyst, Army veteran, and patriot Ray McGovern was bloodied and arrested at Clinton speech at George Washington University where she was speaking in condemnation of governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression. God bless you sir.

Partnership for Civil Justice February 17, 2011 As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized … Continue reading

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi also knows by his codename Curveball could face jail for warmongering, says German MP. In his adopted home of Germany, MPs are demanding to know why the German secret service paid Curveball £2,500 a month for at least five years after they knew he had lied.

Agent whose lies about Saddam’s weapons capability led to Iraq war has broken German law, says Green MP Helen Pidd and Martin Chulov guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 February 2011 Curveball, aka Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, would be found guilty under a German law that bans war-mongering, says a German MP. Photograph: David Levene A German politician … Continue reading

Iraqi Defector known by his codename " Curveball " Says He Lied Over WMD Claims ; was one of main sources of wmd evidence in lead up to war. Not that it matters, he just told the Bush administration what they wanted to hear anyway. Refer to Valeria Plame and Dr. David Kelly.

February 16, 2011 An Iraqi defector who allegedly convinced U.S. and German intelligence officials that former leader Saddam Hussein had a secret biological weapons program has admitted that he lied. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, who was codenamed “Curveball” by German and American intelligence, told Britain’s “The Guardian” that he fabricated the stories in an attempt … Continue reading

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli military "is ready for all eventualities" after recent unrest in the Middle East

14 February 2011     AFP – The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed. “An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and … Continue reading

The US is sending warships, including one with 800 troops, and other military assets to Egypt as the revolution in the North African country gains momentum

  USS Kearsarge warship . Officials in Washington have stated that the move is to be prepared in case of an evacuation of Americans from Egypt. Pentagon has dismissed widespread assumptions that military intervention in Cairo is being contemplated, asserting that the objective of the deployment is mainly for the evacuation of US citizens in … Continue reading

The Israeli army chief has urged Tel Aviv to make preparations for an all-out war over the recent developments across the Middle East

Tue Feb 8, 2011 3:1AM   Israel’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi has said that given the recent revolution protests across Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters, Ynetnews quoted him as saying on Monday. The outgoing military chief also said, “The connection between the different players requires us … Continue reading

"Security and the Environment in Pakistan" report from the Congressional Research Service

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41358.pdf

"Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply" report by the Congressional Research Service

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41347.pdf

Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.

WASHINGTON — Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies. Over the past two years, he has fielded operatives in the mountains of Pakistan and the desert badlands of Afghanistan. Since the … Continue reading

Marines of Operation Godfather seeing significant improvement in Helmand province

  By Josh Boak Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, January 18, 2011 GARMSIR, AFGHANISTAN – The Marines strode single-file across dusty farmland that the Taliban had controlled days earlier, facing little resistance beyond a boy who said, “Please, don’t step on the poppies.” Not a single bullet was fired in the first few days of … Continue reading

Discussions on the Complexity of Diverse Sunni Islamic Interpretations: History and Islamic Argumentation al-Qaida Chooses to Neglect. Link to PDF article.

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/652-aboul.pdf

All-Seeing Blimp To Be Afghanistan’s Brain

Noah Shachtman January 18, 2011  |4:00 am Come this fall, there will be a new and extremely powerful supercomputer in Afghanistan. But it won’t be in Dave Petraeus’ headquarters in Kabul or at some three-letter agency’s operations center in Kandahar. It’ll be floating 20,000 feet above the warzone, aboard a giant spy blimp that watches … Continue reading

Pakistan Government Scrambles to Survive Coalition Defections

Ayaz Gul | Islamabad 03 January 2011 Pakistan’s ruling party is struggling to keep its grip on power a day after a key partner quit the governing coalition, denying it the majority in the national parliament. The prime minister is meeting with opposition politicians in a bid to head off a possible no-confidence vote. Last … Continue reading

Pakistani Prime Minister Scrambles To Forge New Ruling Coalition

Last updated (GMT/UTC): 03.01.2011 Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani faces the difficult task of restoring his government’s majority after a key coalition partner went into opposition. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced its decision to leave the government on January 2, leaving Gilani scrambling to forge new alliances amid widespread concerns about the government’s … Continue reading

IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has announced that the Iranian military forces have brought down two foreign spy planes over the Persian Gulf

January 3, 2011 Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN – IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has announced that the Iranian military forces have brought down two foreign spy planes over the Persian Gulf, not mentioning the exact date and location of the events. “They (Westerners) have made limited aggressions against the country and we have … Continue reading

How Petraeus has changed the Afghanistan war

Gen. David Petraeus replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as head of US forces in the Afghanistan war this year. One change he’s made represents something of a gamble to some in the Pentagon. General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, addresses troops at Bagram Air Base in early December. Jim Young/Reuters By Anna … Continue reading

Afghan report 2010- Deluding ourselves from one failure to another by Colonel Douglas Macgregor

      American forces invaded Afghanistan more than nine years ago, and we still don’t know whom we’re fighting. It’s hard to know who did the better job of playing us for fools a few weeks ago – the Afghan who passed himself off as the “moderate” Taliban leader, who was rewarded with American … Continue reading

Army, Air Force Get New Tools in IED Fight

An MC-12W at Bagram in Afghanistan.   by Paul McLeary at 12/29/2010   Much of the Army and Air Force’s intelligence operations in the air over Iraq and Afghanistan revolve around finding and defeating roadside bombs, as programs like Task Force ODIN and Project Liberty have been hunting bombs and bombmakers for years now, and … Continue reading

NATO Trains Afghan Army To Guard Asian Pipeline

by Rick Rozoff Global Research, December 29, 2010 On December 11 the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan and the energy minister of India met in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat to bring to fruition fifteen years of planning by interests in the United States to bring natural gas from the Caspian Sea to the … Continue reading

The Norwegian newspaper Afterposten confirmed today that it has gotten hold of the entire file of more than 250,000 secret US embassy cables first leaked to WikiLeaks.

Norway’s main business newspaper Dagens Naerings reported that Oslo-based Aftenposten became the only media organization in the world to gain direct access to all the documents. It allows them to dodge WikiLeaks’ current strategy of drip-feeding the cables to preferred partners The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and El Pais. WikiLeaks has so … Continue reading

U.S. Army finally getting our troops more Sniper Rifles in Afghanistan. The XM2010 sniper rifle should make the marksman shoot comfortably out to 1200 meters. Though they have the technology to get these results out of a semi auto they chose to make it a bolt action for some reason. Either way these rifles are a long time coming and a much better alternative to the M-14 that many troops were forced to switch to for added range. We need 25,000 of these, not 2,500. Get on it Petraeus.

Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:10AM As the violence against US-led soldiers in Afghanistan peaks, the US Army is shipping a new batch of rifles to the country in an effort to enable snipers to hit targets at long distances. The XM2010 rifle can hit a target at a distance of approximately 1,200 meters, which is … Continue reading

The US-NATO March to War and the 21st Century "Great Game"

Part II   by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya   Part II The Conquest of Eurasia: The Multiple Fronts of the 21st Century “Great Game” The Caucasus, the Balkans, the Middle East, East Africa, Central Asia The following text is PART II of The “Great Game” and the Conquest of Eurasia. The first text gave an overview of the … Continue reading

Julian Assange threatens he'll release the encryption key to an already mass downloaded encrypted file if killed or arrested.

By Ian Drury Last updated at 8:24 AM on 6th December 2010 Threat: WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has warned that if he he is arrested or killed his followers will release more damaging information  The founder of WikiLeaks has warned that his supporters are primed to publish a ‘deluge’ of leaked government documents should his … Continue reading

I'll definitely be tuning in to Restrepo tonight at 8pm on National Geographic

I’ll definitely be tuning in to Restrepo tonight at 8pm. Here’s a description and preview link. RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It … Continue reading

Wikileaks has announced the release of newest state department cables

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which has published hundreds of U.S. war logs, has announced a pending release of the U.S. Department of State’s secret correspondence, a Russian business daily said on Friday. Kommersant daily said that WikiLeaks was preparing to unveil messages between the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies around the world, including in Moscow. … Continue reading

"War Without Borders": NATO Proclaims Itself Global Military Force… America to protect all of Europe with the Missile Defense Agency's worldwide interceptor missile system

  by Rick Rozoff   The recently concluded North Atlantic Treaty Organization Treaty summit in Portugal gave Washington everything it demanded from its 27 NATO allies, at least 20 NATO partners providing troops for the war in Afghanistan, the European Union and Russia. The U.S.-controlled North Atlantic Alliance endorsed without reservations and even without deliberations … Continue reading

Nationalism is dead: EU President Van Rompuy says the belief that countries can stand alone is a 'lie and an illusion' in speech at G20 in Seoul

By Daniel Martin 11th November 2010 The age of the nation state is over and the idea that countries can stand alone is an ‘illusion’ and a ‘lie’, the EU president believes. In one of the most open proclamations of the goal of a European superstate since the heyday of Jacques Delors, Herman Van Rompuy … Continue reading

Latest from Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula

Yemen: New Venue For U.S. Geopolitical Great Game Why Yemen? Is the West choosing a new target?   by Boris Volkhonsky Voice of Russia – 2010-11-01 -[T]he timing for the attacks (or, attempted attacks, or, presumably attempted attacks) was chosen very carefully. The United States face the mid-term elections, and the Democratic administration is heading … Continue reading

Ongoing Iran War Preparations in the Arabian Sea, The Center Of NATO's 21st Century War

The monumental expansion of arms sales and the buildup of naval and air power in the Arabian Sea region are unprecedented. They are also alarming to the highest degree. A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea. The Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the … Continue reading

New War Rumors: U.S. Plans To Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

by Rick Rozoff Two recent news items emanating from the United States have begun to reverberate in Pakistan and give rise to speculation that growing American drone strikes and NATO helicopter attacks in that country may be the harbingers of far broader actions: Nothing less than the expansion of the West’s war in Afghanistan into … Continue reading

U.S. to expand Saudi offensive strike capacity with the largest arms sale package ever approved by the U.S. government

Posted by Robert Haddick on October 21, 2010 5:42 PM | Permalink| Print | The Obama administration has presented to Congress a $60 billion arms sale package for Saudi Arabia’s armed forces. The package, the largest ever approved by the U.S. government, will among other features, greatly expand the offensive strike capacity of the Saudi … Continue reading

Karzai Reverses Ban on Foreign Security Firms days after notorious American security contractor Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater, was awarded a five-year State Department contract worth up to USD 10 billion for operations in Afghanistan

  Karzai reverses ban on foreign firms Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:51PM Blackwater has been struggling with a trail of legal cases and civil lawsuits. The Afghan government has retreated from a plan to disband all foreign security firms amid intense foreign pressure to reconsider the decision. President Hamid Karzai’s office said in a Sunday … Continue reading

Feds Confirm Mumbai Plotter Trained With Terrorists While Working for DEA

by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica, Oct. 16, 2010, 11:04 p.m. Federal officials acknowledged Saturday that David Coleman Headley, the U.S. businessman who confessed to being a terrorist scout in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was working as a DEA informant while he was training with terrorists in Pakistan. Federal officials, who spoke only on background because of … Continue reading

Embedded Journalists Not Permitted To Accompany Troops In Latest Afghan Operation, Said To Be A Major Offensive Involving Special Forces Heavy Bombers and Hundreds of Troops in Southern Kandahar Province

Journalist Embeds Canceled In Afghanistan by Ben Gilbert October 18, 2010 KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A major military operation involving hundreds of American troops, U.S. Special Forces and heavy bombers dropping 2,000-pound bombs on Taliban command and control centers wrapped up last week, concluding a critical phase in the campaign to oust the Taliban from … Continue reading

Afghanistan: Global NATO’s First Ground War In Its Tenth Year

by Rick Rozoff   The military alliance that 61 years ago identified its core mission as to “promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area” is now embroiled in the tenth year of a war in Afghanistan launched by its dominant member, the United States.   South Asia is as far removed from the … Continue reading

Predatory Finance: The New Mode of Global Warfare

Global Research, October 12, 2010 by Michael Hudson “Coming events cast their shadows forward.” – Goethe What is to stop U.S. banks and their customers from creating $1 trillion, $10 trillion or even $50 trillion on their computer keyboards to buy up all the bonds and stocks in the world, along with all the land … Continue reading

Pakistani Army Launches Operation In Northwest

  October 12, 2010 Pakistani security forces have begun a fresh military operation in the northwestern part of the country, RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal reports. The operation was launched on October 11 in the Katlang area outside Mardan, the second-largest town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Army officials say the villages and mountainous areas are being combed … Continue reading

Continued attacks on oil tankers in Pakistan

  Daily Times Pakistan – 2010-10-07   * 22 tankers torched in Quetta, one killed  * 35 tankers burnt in Nowshera attack  * Balochistan IGP says police can’t provide security to supplies with limited means QUETTA/LAHORE: Twenty two oil tankers carrying fuel supplies for ISAF in Afghanistan were attacked and destroyed in a daring raid … Continue reading

NATO oil tankers continue to be attacked in Pakistan. 57 more were torched Wednesday 10/6. Hundreds of NATO vehicles, including tankers and containers are still parked in Northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.

  Pakistani police say at least ten NATO oil tankers have been torched in the incident. Earlier in the day, gunmen attacked another convoy torching at least 25 fuel trucks on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta. Pakistan’s pro-Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack. They say the move is in retaliation … Continue reading

Pakistani troops block key U.S. and NATO supply route in retaliation for U.S. helicopter gunship incursions

Pakistan Blocks NATO Supply Route After Alleged NATO Air Strike 30.09.2010 14:40 By RFE/RL Pakistan has blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, apparently in retaliation for an alleged cross-border NATO helicopter strike that killed three Pakistani troops. Officials in Islamabad say Pakistani authorities at the Torkham border crossing have … Continue reading