The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Americans and other Afghans at Camp Qargha, a military academy 11 miles west of Kabul. The camp trains hundreds of Afghan forces a month and was recently renamed the Marshal Fahim National Defense University for the country’s deceased vice president.
A U.S. official described the shooting victim as a two star major general, the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war. American generals usually have their own security details. Today’s shooting is the latest in a string of so-called “green-on-blue” attacks in Afghanistan, in which members of the Afghan forces have attacked U.S. and coalition forces. There have been more than 85 green-on-blue attacks during the war, though they have become less frequent this year as fewer U.S. troops have been on the ground in Afghanistan. “The soldiers were visiting the military academy to help with the buildup of Afghan security forces,” Karzai said. He blamed the attack on “enemies who don’t want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions.”
Afghanistan attacks of 2014:
4 Afghan civilians killed in US strike
Tue Aug 5, 2014 9:9AM
Four Afghan civilians, including two children, are killed in a US-led airstrike in western Afghanistan.
The 64 Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
1 . Obama’s term as Board Chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in the mid- 1990s where he and his colleague, unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, misused over $300 million in private donations meant to improve the education of minorities. Instead of spending the money on traditional learning programs, Obama and Ayers directed the funds to local community activists who wasted it on trying to “radicalize” the students. An official review of the program found that it was a complete and utter failure.
2. As an Illinois State Senator, Obama directed tens of millions in state money to slumlords Valerie Jarrett and Tony Rezko meant to provide for housing for low income, minority tenants in return for political donations. Due to shoddy construction and nonexistent maintenance, the majority of the units, after less than 10 years of use, have been rendered uninhabitable.
3. Michelle Obama’s politically connected $316,000 VP of Community Affairs job at University of Chicago Hospitals while her husband was serving as US Senator. She was responsible for the design of an illegal “patient dumping” scheme that prevents local African Americans from using the emergency room at one of the nation’s finest hospitals and instead redirects them to community healthcare centers where they often receive substandard and inadequate treatment. The high paying position was eliminated soon after Mrs. Obama’s departure from the university.
4. Apparent purchase of a diploma from Columbia university. Obama tries to
explain his absence from Columbia by saying “I lived like a hermit.” In truth, there is not
one credible trace of him actually having attended classes there, let alone of him having
lived anywhere near the campus. There is greater weight of evidence that he was actually
in Pakistan, at the behest of Zbigniew Brzezhinski, who is a professor there.
5. Millions in illegal contributions accepted by the Obama campaign during his
presidential run. Credit card filters designed to screen out foreign money and domestic
donors who had maxed out their legally allowable limits, as required by US law, were
intentionally switched off.
6. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ongoing effort to create international small
arms accords that will subvert the Second Amendment rights of US citizens.
7. The Russian-American START treaty signed by Obama in April 2010 that has no
chance of making it through Congress unless passed during the lame duck session. Not
only does the treaty hamstring US missile defense development and make it difficult to
modernize our rapidly aging nuclear weapons arsenal, it represents unilateral
disarmament by the US in return for nothing more than Russian “good will”.
8. Moving control of the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department directly
into the White House where it is managed by Chief of Staff Rham Emmanuel.
9. Providing de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants by Immigrations and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, who has prohibited ICE officers from enforcing
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Israel launched a major operation against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, following heavy Hamas rocket fire over the preceding days. By Tuesday night, Hamas had fired over 140 rockets in 24 hours into Israel, as far north as Hadera; Iron Dome intercepted about 30 of them. Palestinian media put the Gaza death toll at over 20.
The IDF announces that it hit 50 targets in the Gaza strip overnight Monday after launching a major operation aimed at “restoring stability to the South.”
Among the targets hit were concealed “rocket launchers, launching infrastructures, a weapon storage facility, training bases and terror tunnels shafts,” the army says in a statement.
The IDF names the Hamas operatives associated with some of those targets as Ei’ad Sakik, Abdullah Hshash, Samer Abu Daka and Hassan Abdullah, all of whom, it says, have been involved in terrorist activities in the past.
“We are determined to lay a significant blow on Hamas’ terror capabilities and infrastructure, eliminate any threat on Israeli sovereignty emanating from the Gaza Strip and restore stability to the southern region,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says. “Terrorists perpetrating the aggression against Israel have a personal price to pay and will bear the consequences of their actions.” Continue reading
Seemingly operating with impunity, Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 30 people in brazen attacks on two more villages near Chibok school, the place where they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month. The latest attacks were disclosed on the same day when two massive car bombs killed at least 118 people in the city of Jos, with Boko Haram seen as the likeliest suspects.
Twenty people were reported killed by Boko Haram attackers in the village of Alagarno and at least 11 were killed in the village of Shawa. Both are near the site of the kidnapping.
The first attack was in Shawa, less than 30 kilometres from Chibok, near the Sambisa Forest where many Boko Haram members are believed to be hiding.
“Some of my close relatives were killed,” said Pogu Bitrus, national chairman of the Kibaku Area Development Association, a community group in the area.
“Some people from neighbouring villages came to their assistance, but before they could arrive, Boko Haram had done their attack,” he said in an interview in Abuja.
The predominantly Christian village is so remote that cellphones function poorly, but reports were relayed to Mr. Bitrus from residents in the area. In the Jos explosions, at least 118 were killed and dozens wounded in two bomb blasts that caused buildings to collapse in a crowded market area of the Nigerian city of Jos, authorities say. The massive car bombs on Tuesday, just a few minutes apart, were the latest in a deadly wave of bombings across Nigeria over the past few weeks, raising fears that the extremist group Boko Haram has become powerful enough to expand its terrorist operations far outside its traditional strongholds and into new regions of the country.
The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad), known by its Hausa name Boko Haram (pronounced [bōːkòː hàrâm]; figuratively meaning “Western education is sin”), is a terrorist organization based in the northeast of Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger. Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, the organization seeks to establish a “pure” Islamic state ruled by sharia, putting a stop to what it deems Westernization. A study of the International Center for Counter-Terrorism analyzes the drivers of public support to five reasons: emergence and emancipation for northern Nigeria, political interests and elite exploitation, poverty and under-development, the religion as opium for the masses, and transnational drivers like foreign fighters and fire-arms. The group is known for attacking Christians, Muslims and government targets, as well as for bombing churches, mosques, schools and police stations.The group also kidnaps western tourists and has assassinated members of the Islamic establishment who have criticized the group.Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.
The group exerts influence in the northeastern Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe and Kano. In this region, a state of emergency has been declared. The group does not have a clear structure or evident chain of command and has been called “diffuse” with a “cell-like structure” facilitating factions and splits.It is reportedly divided into three factionswith a splinter group known as Ansaru. The group’s main leader is Abubakar Shekau. Its weapons expert, second-in-command and arms manufacturer was Momodu Bama.
Whether it has links to jihadist groups outside Nigeria is disputed. According to one US military commander, Boko Haram is probably linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), but others have found no evidence of international material support, and attacks by the group on international targets have so far been limited. On November 13, 2013 the United States government designated the group a terrorist organization.
Many of the group’s senior radicals were reportedly partially inspired by the late Islamic preacher known as Maitatsine. Others believe that the group is motivated by inter-ethnic disputes as much as by religion, and that its founder Yusuf believed that a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” was being waged by Plateau State governor Jonah Jang against the Hausa and Fulani people. Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian government of human rights abuses after 950 suspected Boko Haram militants died in detention facilities run by Nigeria’s military Joint Task Force in the first half of 2013. The conflicts have left around 90,000 people displaced. Human Rights Watch states that Boko Haram uses child soldiers, including 12-year-olds.
In 1995, the group was said to be operating under the name Shabaab, Muslim Youth Organization with Mallam Lawal as the leader. When Lawal left to continue his education, Mohammed Yusuf took over leadership of the group. Yusuf’s leadership allegedly opened the group to political influence and popularity. The group was originally established at Ibn Taymiyyah mosque, which was named after Boko Haram’s spiritual head.
Yusuf officially founded the group in 2002 in the city of Maiduguri with the aim of establishing a Shari’a government in Borno State under then-Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. He established a religious complex that included a mosque and a school where many poor families from across Nigeria and from neighbouring countries enrolled their children.
The center had ulterior political goals and soon it was also working as a recruiting ground for future jihadis to fight the state. The group includes members who come from neighbouring Chad and Niger and speak only Arabic.
In 2004 the complex was relocated to Yusuf’s home state of Yobe in the village Kanamma near the Niger border.
You Won’t Believe What Was In Her McDonald’s Mayo ‘The Texture Was Familiar’. A Michigan woman was in disgust last week when she ate at a local McDonald’s. Lisa McDowell, 31, was having lunch with her friends when she decided to order a McChicken sandwich. She was halfway through with her sandwich when she noticed an extra clump of mayonnaise on the side of the bun. She licked it off, tasted it and immediately realized things were not right. “I’m not gonna lie,” McDowell said. “On Birthdays and holidays I give my man a little something extra in the bedroom, you know? So when I licked the mayo off of the bun, the texture was familiar.”
McDowell immediately called over the manager who denied the allegations, so she contacted the local health department. They sent the “mayo” remains off for testing and the results were positive for 2 different types of semen. To make matters worse, in the following days, McDowell woke with a giant red rash on the corner of her mouth. The rash spread and developed into severe blisters. The doctor was able to verify that she had contracted the herpes virus, which she claims was a result of her tainted McChicken.