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An update on NATO efforts in Afghanistan

Marine Colonel William Maxwell, director of the joint operation center in Kabul, joined the Federal Drive from Afghanistan with an update

Tags: Federal Drive , NATO , Colonel William Maxwell , Vyomika Jairam

Monday - 07/12/2010, 10:07am EDT
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We told you so

Lawmakers are criticizing U.S. military officials for failing to heed warnings about the role they say a Pentagon transportation contract plays in fueling extortion and corruption in Afghanistan. Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney says the companies hired to move food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan are forced to pay warlords millions of dollars to ensure safe passage. The spoils may then be funneled to the Taliban and insurgent forces, potentially making the U.S. an unwitting financier of the enemy.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Massachusetts , John Tierney , Taliban , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:15pm EDT

Neighbors tie a yellow ribbon for soldier

After Robin and Geoffrey Seidel tied a yellow ribbon around their mailbox in Walkersville, neighbors did the same.

Tags: Frederick , Philip Seidel , Devon Farms , yellow ribbons , Walkersville

Monday - 06/28/2010, 07:33am EDT

McChrystal out, Petraeus in in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal loses his job after remarks to freelance reporter that reflected poorly on his civilian superiors.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Stanley McChrystal , David Petraeus , Rolling Stone , DoD , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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Taliban use of tainted needles in IEDs questioned

A U.S. military official in Afghanistan called the claims the Taliban is planting HIV tainted needles along with IEDS, "absolutely" ridiculous. A former British military officer reportedly exposed the tactic to a U.K. news outlet. Questions have arisen about where the Taliban would get the needles and how they would know they're infected with HIV. British military explosive ordinance disposal teams have reportedly have been issued special gloves to handle IEDs.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Taliban , UK , J.J. Green

Thursday - 06/10/2010, 03:32am EDT

School Girls Poisoned

The Taliban denies any involvement, but for the third time in two months, school girls in Afghanistan have fallen ill. Authorities say they were poisoned with some kind of substance. The most up to date reporting from the region suggests the 14 girls in this incident were gassed. The girls were rushed to a medical facility in the Sar e Pol province in Northern Afghanistan. Authorities say they don't have any suspects. Almost 100 girls and teachers have been attacked this way in recent months.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Taliban , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/08/2010, 08:04pm EDT

The CIA honors its fallen

Last year there were 90 - this year there are 102. Stars on the wall at CIA headquarters. 12 Stars were added yesterday to commemorate the agency's fallen heroes. Seven of the 12 died in Khost, Afghanistan last December. The other five of those killed died engaged in clandestine operations. According to CIA Director Leon Panetta, the sensitivity of their work requires that the nature and their names of course remain classified and secret.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , CIA , Leon Panetta , J.J. Green

Monday - 06/07/2010, 08:36pm EDT

Changes come to Manas

U.S. military tanker aircraft have suspended refueling operations at Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan. A new contract is being renegotiated with interim government in that country. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said refueling for KC-135 aerial refueling tankers had been shifted to a new refueling location, which was not disclosed for security reasons. Whitman said the move has not disrupted U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, and the movement of troops and supplies through Manas have not be affected.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , military , Kyrgystan , Bryan Whitman , Manas , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 08:04pm EDT

Karzai Targeted

The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Ahmad Wali Karzai has become a target of NATO --so to speak. British Major General Nick Carter, a top commander in Afghanistan said his plan is to reduce his role in the day-to-day governing of Kandahar. The president's brother has been accused of ties to drug traffickers for many years and represents an impediment to transparency in Afghanistan. Carter's goals is to see to it that the actual governor of the Kandahar province gets to govern.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Hamid Karzai , NATO , Nick Carter , Kandahar , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 12:17am EDT

Pilot error likely in combat crash

Pilot error is likely to blame for the first crash of a CV-22 Osprey in a combat zone, WTOP has learned.

Tags: Jamie McIntyre , Osprey , CV-22 , V-22 , Air Force

Wednesday - 05/19/2010, 09:37am EDT
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