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The Battle for Kandahar…….

An American military convoy traveled down a highway Saturday in Kandahar Province.

US Special operators have been picking off leaders of the Tailabn..while convental troops start the slow build-up and offense against the Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan’s second largest city…..

The US does not want a large military occupation force in place…..perfferring a small foot print….

The push goes on with the Taliban fighting back.,….but giving up ground……

Small bands of elite American Special Operations forces have been operating with increased intensity for several weeks in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan’s largest city, picking up or picking off insurgent leaders to weaken the Talibanin advance of major operations, senior administration and military officials say.

The looming battle for the spiritual home of the Taliban is shaping up as the pivotal test of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy, including how much the United States can count on the country’s leaders and military for support, and whether a possible increase in civilian casualties from heavy fighting will compromise a strategy that depends on winning over the Afghan people.

It will follow a first offensive, into the hamlet of Marja, that isshowing mixed results. And it will require the United States and its Afghan partners to navigate a battleground that is not only much bigger than Marja but also militarily, politically and culturally more complex.

Two months after the Marja offensive, Afghan officials acknowledge that the Taliban have in some ways retaken the momentum there, including killing or beating locals allied with the central government and its American backers. “We are still waiting to see the outcome in Marja,” said Shaida Abdali, the deputy Afghan national security adviser. “If you are planning for operations in Kandahar, you must show success in Marja. You have to be able to point to something. Now you don’t have a good example to point to there.”

The battle for Kandahar has become the make-or-break offensive of the eight-and-half-year war. The question is whether military force, softened with appeals to the local populace, can overcome a culture built on distrust of outsiders, including foreign forces and even neighboring tribes.

More than a dozen senior military and civilian officials directly involved in the Kandahar operation agreed to discuss the outlines of the offensive on the condition that they not be identified discussing a pending operation. But in general, the military under Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the senior American and allied commander, has been willing to talk about operations in advance to try to scare off insurgents and convince the local population that their government and its allies are moving to increase security.

Instead of the quick punch that opened the Marja offensive, the operation in Kandahar, a sprawling urban area, is designed to be a slowly rising tide of military action. That is why the opening salvos of the offensive are being carried out in the shadows by Special Operations forces.

“Large numbers of insurgent leadership based in and around Kandahar have been captured or killed,” said one senior American military officer directly involved in planning the Kandahar offensive. But, he acknowledged, “it’s still a contested battle space.”

Senior American and allied commanders say the goal is to have very little visible American presence inside Kandahar city itself, with that effort carried by Afghan Army and police units.

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April 26, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and others deploy to………Haiti……

An 82nd Airborne Div. paratrooper during a medical and security assessment at a Port-au-Prince quake camp.

The United States has deployed part of the 82nd Airborne in addition to Special Operators from the Navy’s Seal’s, and the Army’s Green Berets, Rangers and Air Force Air Commando’s to help stabilize, secure and scout around the countries major city after the rescue operation……

The Pentagon has begun to withdraw combat troops already but will be keeping support troops in the country for a while……

Here’s the piece…

For eight years, America‘s most elite secret warriors have tirelessly worked to kill terrorists.

But they’ve also been quietly saving lives in muddy camps here, where hundreds of thousands of homeless have pitched tarps and tents.

Troops who for years hunted Al Qaeda suddenly made unlikely temporary alliances with Cuban Communists or Doctors Without Borders – even Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn – to coordinate aid to quake-battered Haitians.

“It’s great to be deployed to a place where they don’t hate Americans,” a grizzled Army sergeant said. “It’s probably the most pro-American place I’ve ever been.”

Nearly six weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake killed 217,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless, the desperation has barely abated. There is still little running water, sanitation, electricity or reliable phone service in this city of 2 million.

The stench of death and the piles of bloated corpses are gone, but Port-au-Prince still looks as if God put his thumb on the poorest city on Earth. Entire neighborhoods were felled like sandcastles in the surf. Long lines for food and water remain.

But the U.S. military mission is now winding down. International relief services are stepping in.

“We’re beyond the catastrophe stage – we’re at the stage of improving what we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. James McFadyen, an 82nd Airborne commander.

That’s a sign of success, commanders say, for the masters of chaos sent here after the quake: Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Army Green Berets, Rangers and paratroopers.

These veterans of classified counterterror missions are known for their smarts and cultural sensitivity.

“Things tend not to surprise us,” Army Col. Barrett Lowe, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations in Haiti, told The News.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti/2010/02/21/2010-02-21_helping_not_hunting_wartough_gis_tackle_haitian_crisis.html#ixzz0gDOVk7LK

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Army's 82nd Airborne Division and others deploy to………Haiti……

An 82nd Airborne Div. paratrooper during a medical and security assessment at a Port-au-Prince quake camp.

The United States has deployed part of the 82nd Airborne in addition to Special Operators from the Navy’s Seal’s, and the Army’s Green Berets, Rangers and Air Force Air Commando’s to help stabilize, secure and scout around the countries major city after the rescue operation……

The Pentagon has begun to withdraw combat troops already but will be keeping support troops in the country for a while……

Here’s the piece…

For eight years, America‘s most elite secret warriors have tirelessly worked to kill terrorists.

But they’ve also been quietly saving lives in muddy camps here, where hundreds of thousands of homeless have pitched tarps and tents.

Troops who for years hunted Al Qaeda suddenly made unlikely temporary alliances with Cuban Communists or Doctors Without Borders – even Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn – to coordinate aid to quake-battered Haitians.

“It’s great to be deployed to a place where they don’t hate Americans,” a grizzled Army sergeant said. “It’s probably the most pro-American place I’ve ever been.”

Nearly six weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake killed 217,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless, the desperation has barely abated. There is still little running water, sanitation, electricity or reliable phone service in this city of 2 million.

The stench of death and the piles of bloated corpses are gone, but Port-au-Prince still looks as if God put his thumb on the poorest city on Earth. Entire neighborhoods were felled like sandcastles in the surf. Long lines for food and water remain.

But the U.S. military mission is now winding down. International relief services are stepping in.

“We’re beyond the catastrophe stage – we’re at the stage of improving what we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. James McFadyen, an 82nd Airborne commander.

That’s a sign of success, commanders say, for the masters of chaos sent here after the quake: Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Army Green Berets, Rangers and paratroopers.

These veterans of classified counterterror missions are known for their smarts and cultural sensitivity.

“Things tend not to surprise us,” Army Col. Barrett Lowe, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations in Haiti, told The News.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti/2010/02/21/2010-02-21_helping_not_hunting_wartough_gis_tackle_haitian_crisis.html#ixzz0gDOVk7LK

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments

U.S. Military Special Operators are working in Yemen…….

This one goes in the ……’I’m note surprised’ column….

The Dog….wondered out loud….. a while ago here….. that in all probability…… U.S. Special Operations Units (Green Berets, Delta’s and Navy Seal’s along with  Air force and Marines Special Ops people also) were probably ‘doing their thing’ in Yemen…….

Turns out the Dog wasn’t far off the mark…….

The operations, approved by President Obama and begun six weeks ago, involve several dozen troops from the U.S. military’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), whose main mission is tracking and killing suspected terrorists. The American advisers do not take part in raids in Yemen, but help plan missions, develop tactics and provide weapons and munitions.* Highly sensitive intelligence is being shared with the Yemeni forces, including electronic and video surveillance, as well as three-dimensional terrain maps and detailed analysis of the al-Qaeda network.

As part of the operations, Obama approved a Dec. 24 strike against a compound where a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, was thought to be meeting with other regional al-Qaeda leaders. Although he was not the focus of the strike and was not killed, he has since been added to a shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing or capture by the JSOC, military officials said. The officials, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operations.

If one follow’s the movement of the bad guys around the Middle East……the path will lead to Yemen and Somali….no doubt…..When the Under states set up an African Command a year or so ago…you knew the spot light was turning on the movement of terroists…..from Iraq to Aftghanistan…..to Yemen…to Somali and points South in Africa…..

The President who has been criticized for his response to terrorism has authorized the United States Military to seek terroists…even American born ones wherever they go…..and to capture or neutralize them…..

And so President Obama  continue’s the hunt started after 9/11 by President Bush to persecute those wishing to inflict harm on Americans….here or abroad…..

Will it ever end?

The link for the story…..

* The Dog does not believe this statement for one second…they go…..bet on it!…...

This is from the same people who told us….. American troops were not on the ground...yea…sure!

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel | , , , , , , | 2 Comments