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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:02 PM

Panetta cites turning point in Afghan war

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan believe the U.S. and its allies have “turned the tide” after 11 years of war.

In a speech at the National Press Club, Panetta said the international military coalition has managed to reverse a five-year trend of growing violence. And he said Afghan forces are on track to take the lead for securing the entire country next year.

Panetta spent two days in Afghanistan last week, consulting with top American commanders and with Afghan government officials. He announced during his visit that President Hamid Karzai will come to Washington next month to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the way ahead.

By all accounts, Panetta is in the final weeks of his tenure as Pentagon chief.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/18/panetta_cites_turning_point_in_afghan_war/

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DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
DavidDvorkin Dec 2012 #1
femrap Dec 2012 #2
watrwefitinfor Dec 2012 #3
Adsos Letter Dec 2012 #5
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #4
rug Dec 2012 #6
John2 Dec 2012 #7
ieoeja Dec 2012 #8

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:16 PM

1. It's the light at the end of the tunnel?

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:35 PM

2. Probably getting

 

ready for a new war somewhere.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:39 PM

3. Nah. More like what should have been done years ago -

Declare a victory and get the fuck out.

Wat

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:46 PM

5. My first thought too.

Vietnam. Not just a chapter in the history books for some of us.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:42 PM

4. He has to say that. Meanwhile,...

http://icasualties.org/OEF/index.aspx

Only 396 US and NATO soldiers killed this year, down from 566 last year. Yeah, victory is in sight.

And the beat goes on:


12/17/12 DoD: Navy Casualty Identified
Lt. Leonard Robinson, 29, of Spring Lake, N.C., died Dec. 15, of non-combat related injuries while home on leave in Fayetteville, N.C. Robinson was assigned to the Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy detachment located at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Bahrain.
12/17/12 AFP: Taliban bomb hits US firm, mine kills 10 Afghan girls
A Taliban car bomb targeted a US company in Kabul on Monday, killing one person and wounding at least 15 shortly after a landmine killed 10 young girls in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. It was the most brazen assault targeting Westerners in the fortified Afghan capital since a suicide car bomber killed 12 people, including eight South Africans, on September 18.
12/17/12 CBS: Explosion rocks U.S. contractor's compound in Kabul
A car bomb exploded outside a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital Monday, blowing apart an exterior wall, killing two and wounding at least 15 people, company representatives and police and government representatives said. In another part of the country, a suspected landmine killed 10 young girls, police said.
12/16/12 DoD: Army Casualty Identified
Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, N.Y., died Dec. 14 in Logar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to HHC 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany. This incident is under investigation.
12/16/12 KP: Wounded Afghan spy chief admitted to US hospital
Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid was admitted to a US hospital for further treatment on Saturday. Deputy Afghan president spokesman Ahmad Zia Seyamak said Asadullah Khalid was taken to United States on Friday.
12/16/12 WNA: 11 militants killed in Kandaha
At least 11 government armed oppositions were killed during a one-hour counterinsurgent battle in southern province of Kandahar, provincial press office said in a statement Sunday. The operation had been launched against the insurgents when a group of 20 militants had been reported to stage a get-together in Baghak area of Khakriz district, where the government forces attacked them killing at least 11 insurgents late on yesterday, governor spokesman, Jawed Faisal said in a statement.
12/16/12 Tolonews: Four Killed in Suicide Attack on Pakistan Airport
A suicide and rocket attack targeting jet fighters and gunship helicopters at an international airport in northwestern Pakistan killed four civilians and wounded dozens more. The assault late Saturday, claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, sparked prolonged gunfire and forced authorities to close the airport, a commercial hub and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Peshawar, on the edge of the tribal belt.
12/16/12 AP: U.S. officials upbeat over Afghan progress
U.S. commanders are offering glowing reviews of their 2012 war campaign, upbeat assessments that could be interpreted as leeway for President Barack Obama to order another round of troop withdrawals next summer. Obama faces a tension between calls by Democrats and even some Republicans to wind down the war more quickly and the military’s desire to avoid a too-fast pullout that might squander hard-won sacrifices.
12/16/12 KP: Taliban leader behind Afghan-US base attack arrested
A Taliban group member who was involved behind attack on Jalalabad airfield was arrested following a joint military operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in eastern Nangahar province of Afghanistan on Sunday.
12/16/12 Trend: Turkish Agency fulfills over 800 projects in Afghanistan
Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency has fulfilled more than 800 projects in Afghanistan since 2004. TIKA officials told Anadoly Agency that the agency had been undertaking projects in order to develop education, health, capacity improvement and economic infrastructure in Afghanistan.
12/16/12 Tolonews: Kunar Security Improves After Transition
Following the transition of security responsibility from Isaf to Afghan forces, security in most parts of the eastern province of Kunar has improved, the provincial governor said Sunday. "Some parts of Kunar province have seen better security conditions. For instance, Pich Valley, which the Americans considered the valley of death, was one of the most insecure parts of the province. But now we call it the valley of life; security in the valley has improved," said Sayed Fazlullah Wahedi, Kunar governor.
12/16/12 DoD: Marine Casualty Identified
Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of Pearl River, La., died Dec. 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
12/16/12 DoD: Army Casualty Identified
Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, of Austin, Texas, died Dec. 13 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Fort Worth, Texas.
12/16/12 DoD: Army Casualty Identified
Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, of Rochester, N.Y., died Dec. 13 in Landstuhl, Germany from wounds suffered on Dec. 9, in Sperwan Village, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:55 PM

6. This is the lamest declaration of victory I've ever heard.

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Response to rug (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:04 PM

7. Did you

 

really think they were going to win in Afghanistan? When was the last time somebody won, Ghengis Khan or Alexander the Great?

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Response to John2 (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:34 PM

8. Afghanistan almost always loses.


Persia (Persian)
Alexander and the Seleucids (Greek)
Greco-Bactrian Kingdom (Greek)
Yuezhi (Afghan!)
Maurya Empire (Indian)
Saka (Scythian)
Parthian Empire (Persian)
Kushan Empire (Afghan!)
Sassanid Empire (Persian)
Kidarite & White Hun (Persian/Afghan!)
Hindu Shahi (Turk)
Palas (Indian)
Islamic Empire (Arab)
Janjau Rajput Empire (Indian)
Ghaznavids (Turk)
Ghurid (Persian)
Mongols
Britain
Afghans

Afghanistan has been under Afghan control since 1919. This has been the longest period of self-rule during the last 2500 years. The United States has been under self-rule longer than that. Even Germany has been a unified country under self-rule longer than that.

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