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Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea initiated the strike, followed by bombers and fighters, a senior U.S. military official said. The goal with this first move is to have an initial, definitive blow, the official said, describing the pace of the operation as intense. Most of the spots hits were hard targets, like buildings.
A senior defense official tells NBC News there were reports of shots fired at Fort Carson in Colorado on Monday, but there is not believed to be an active shooter at the base. The official did not know where the shots originated. The base is not on full lockdown — people can enter the base, but they cannot leave. Military police are investigating.
Details to follow.
Why hasn’t this piece of Muslim human sewage been executed yet? The convicted mass murderer in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a ‘citizen’ of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group’s reach inside the U.S.
FOX News The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New Hope and most recently lived in San Diego.
In the undated letter, Hasan — who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood in 2009 in what the Defense Department called “workplace violence”– tells ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that he wants to join the caliphate.
“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,”Hasan says in the handwritten document addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” “It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” The two-page letter includes Hasan’s signature and the abbreviation SoA for Soldier of Allah (SoA).
Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said the letter “underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal. And it also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing…how his religious beliefs” motivated his actions during the shooting
In the last year, the Department of Justice has brought at least five prosecutions against Americans — in Florida, California, Virginia and North Carolina – for trying to help terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
Omar Jamal, who is well known in Minneapolis’ Somali community, said at least 10 young men from there have been recruited to travel to Syria for ISIS. “Douglas McCain wasn’t the first one and unfortunately he won’t be the last,”Jamal told KMSP-TV. (Unfortunately?)
The former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee that investigated radicalization in a series of congressional hearings said there is a pattern. “It was clear and convincing evidence then, that there was a pipeline from Minneapolis to Islamic jihad overseas,” said Peter King, R-N.Y. “And that people in the community knew about it and that people in the community were covering it up.”
No wonder he doesn’t have a strategy for fighting ISIS, he doesn’t have much of a military left anymore.
EOTAD (h/t Liz) Obama and his minions have been purging the military of officers that do not agree with their agenda, they have labeled veterans returning from overseas wars as “potential terrorists”, and they have turned our military into a playground for political correctness and social experiments. Not that Obama has been afraid to use the military.
In fact, he has sent troops more places than just about any other president in U.S. history. He is running our brave men and women into the ground at the same time that he is relentlessly reducing the size of the Army, Navy and Air Force. As a result, our armed forces are smaller, weaker, more spread out and less prepared for a major war than at any other time in recent memory. Please share this article with as many people as you can. The American people deserve to know the truth. The following are 18 signs that the Obama administration is openly hostile to the military.
#1 A new VA training guide compares our precious military veterans to Oscar the Grouch.
#2 Military veterans have been repeatedly labeled as “potential terrorists” in official government documents during the Obama years.
#3 According to a new report put out by the office of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, the negligence of the VA while the Obama administration has been in charge may have resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 veterans.
#4 Things have gotten so bad since Obama took over that some veterans have had to wait more than a year just to get an appointment with a doctor at a VA hospital.
#5 At one point during Obama’s reign, it was taking more than half a year for the average claim for veteran benefits to be processed, and the Department of Veterans Affairs had a backlog of more than half a million overdue claims for benefits that were at least 125 days old.
#6 Thanks to budget cuts that the Obama administration gleefully pushed for, a lot of really good career officers are being forced out of the military. For example, earlier this month it was reported that more than 500 Army majors and more than 1,100 Army captains were getting “pink slips” due to these budget cuts.
#7 Since Obama entered the White House, dozens of very high ranking officers such as generals and admirals have been “purged” from the ranks of the military. In a previous article, I included a very long list of the names of some of these officers. A significant number of them were known to disagree with the Obama administration on matters of military policy.
#8 During Obama’s second term, the size of the U.S. Army is being reduced by a total of 60,000 soldiers.
#9 The size of the U.S. Air Force is going to be reduced by 500 planes over the next five years.
#10 According to retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, the U.S. Air Force once had more than twice as many squadrons as it does today…
“Our tanker aircraft are on average 47 years old and our strategic bombers 34 years old, and besides, their numbers are totally insufficient for America’s global missions. For example, our air force shrank from 82 fighter squadrons at the end of the Cold War to 39 today and our Navy is in worse shape.”
#11 Thanks in part of Obama, the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that it has been since World War I.
#12 Barack Obama has repeatedly used the military as a tool to advance the cause of political correctness.
#13 In an incredibly reckless move, the Obama administration left billions of dollars worth of military equipment in Iraq. Now ISIS has captured much of that equipment and is using it to take over vast portions of Iraq and Syria. It has been estimated that the equipment that ISIS has captured up to this point could equip an army of 200,000 soldiers.
#14 During the Obama years, sexual assaults in the U.S. military have soared to an all-time high, and most of the assaults have been male on male.
#15 In some areas of the country the Department of Veterans Affairs has been caught red-handed banning the words “God” and “Jesus” during funeral services for veterans.
#16 All over the United States, “mental illness” is being used as an excuse to take guns away from military veterans.
#17 Under the Obama administration, some military veterans have actually had to pay to have their medals shipped to them. For example, one soldier had to shell out a 21 dollar shipping fee just to get his Purple Heart.
#18 Barack Obama seems to have a particular disdain for the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal. In fact, he seems absolutely determined to do all that he can to gut it. The following is an extended excerpt from one of my previous articles…
Back in 1967, the United States had an arsenal of more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads.Since 1967, the size of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal has been reduced by about 95 percent. The START Treaty that Barack Obama signed back in 2010 limits both the United States and Russia to a maximum of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads.Unfortunately, that was not nearly enough of a reduction for Obama. In June 2013, he announced to the world that he has decided that the United States can reduce the number of our deployed nuclear warheads by another one-third…
After a comprehensive review, I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third. And I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures.
If those cuts are made, that would reduce the size of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal to about 1,000 warheads.And there has even been some talk that the Obama administration ultimately wants to reduce our arsenal down to just 300 warheads.
What do you expect when the Commander-in-Chief is firing and forcing retirement of America’s best officers and military minds and replacing them with unqualified women, Muslims, and like-minded leftists?
Apparently, Obama is going to treat the beheading of James Foley as a law enforcement issue, not a military operation.
Major General Harold Greene, the 2-star general killed in Afghanistan August 5, was laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a beautiful service that was only missing one important attendee: The President of the United States. (He was busy on the golf course) Also missing were the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense.
Just when I think I couldn’t possibly hate Barack Hussein Obama more than I already do, I am proven wrong.
Biz Pac Review Photos of the service, posted on the internet from news services all over the globe, showed a riderless horse, the general’s children touching the casket and the flag presented to his widow by Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno.
Barack Hussein Obama’s purge of the military is being fast tracked. Joining the ever-growing list of ousted high-ranking officers, about 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service as part of Obama’s grand plan to render the U.S. military impotent.
FOX News (h/t Pat Dollard) Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.
“The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.” Campbell said it’s difficult to avoid cutting deployed soldiers because of the timing schedules.
All the soldiers being forced to leave have probably already been given a heads-up that they were at risk of the job cut and will meet with a senior officer, according to the Army. Those who are cut have nine months to leave the Army. And the soldiers who are deployed, including those in Afghanistan, will generally have about a month to move out of that job and go home to begin to transition out of the service. The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.
To make the cuts, the Army looked at about 8,500 majors who joined the service between 1999 and 2003. Some may have about 15 years of service, depending on all factors that go into credit for years of service, and might be able to retire, but many won’t have enough time in the job, Campbell said Guard and reserve leaders are looking for officers, especially captains, so there could be opportunities for the soldiers to continue to serve, he said.
The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but will have to be down to 510,000 by October, shrink to 490,000 by October 2015 and be down to 450,000 by 2019. In addition, if Congress doesn’t act to prevent automatic budget cuts from resuming, the Army may eventually have to get down to 420,000 — a size that that leaders say may not allow them to wage even one major, prolonged military campaign.
The Army tried to avoid some cuts by slowing enlistments and using attrition and some voluntary separations. It also has been combing through files looking for soldiers with disciplinary or other problems in their annual evaluations to weed out lower-performing officers first, officials said.
They were also told to learn more about Islam and the brigade commander provided a link to a website about Islam, and specifically Ramadan. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md. The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel before the start of Ramadan, advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.
FOX News via TROP “This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.” During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.
Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names. “I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”
The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me. “Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness,” the Marine said.
I contacted USU about the email. I wanted to understand the brigade commander’s intent. I gave them 20 days to respond, but no one returned my calls or emails. Another individual who studies at USU was concerned about the wording of the email.
“It could be construed as an order and one that violates the First Amendment freedom of everyone who received it,” my source said. “This is an appalling violation, especially coming on the heels of so many instances where those of conservative Christian faith in the military are vilified.”
Meanwhile, Navy officials have ordered personnel serving in Bahrain to dress more conservatively off base, according to a report in Stars and Stripes. Men were ordered to wear long-sleeved shirts and women were told to wear blouses that cover their elbows and skirts or pants that cover the knees.
Stars and Stripes reported that base cultural advisers had spent several weeks conducting Ramadan briefings to “educate Americans about the holy month.” Personnel were given briefings on Islam, the lunar calendar and Ramadan customs. “It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan,” read a to-do list compiled by NSA Bahrain Public Affairs.
The military’s quest to be culturally sensitive to celebrants of the Islamic faith stands in stark contrast to its recent crackdown on public expressions of the Christian faith.
Last Christmas, soldiers at Camp Shelby in Mississippi were told during a diversity briefing that they could not use the word “Christmas.” A VA hospital in Texas refused to accept holiday cards from boys and girls because the cards mentioned “Christmas” or “God bless you.” And a Nativity scene near a lake on Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina was removed after someone complained.
So you might understand why Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, is a bit surprised by the Pentagon’s recent behavior. “There is a good biblical word for this: hypocrisy,” Crews told me.
“Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending,” Crews said. “There is something wrong with this picture.”
The raghead who killed three Marines and seriously injured a fourth has been tried as a juvenile (he was at least 17 at the time) and sentenced to a paltry seven and a half year prison term.
Western Journalism Nearly two years ago, Ainuddin Khudairaham, who served as an aide to local law enforcement, brought a rifle with him to the gym at a Helmand Province forward operating base and opened fire. He killed Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr., Cpl. Richard Rivera Jr., and Staff Sgt. Soctt Dickinson during the violent encounter.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West weighed in on the light sentence during a recent Fox News interview, explaining that it will have far-reaching effects throughout the U.S. military. “This is absolutely unconscionable,” he said, noting tests indicate that Khudairaham was potentially 18 years old when he committed the crime.
The shooter “should not have been tried as a juvenile,” West noted; “and as a matter of fact, the family of Lance Cpl. Buckley was told that he was not going to be tried as a juvenile.”He called the sentencing “heinous,” suggesting that such a vicious criminal should be put to death.
When he should be hanging by his neck for treason.
NY Post A dad who believes his soldier son died hunting for accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl was furious Monday that the former Taliban POW had returned to active duty.
“I find it unbelievable. I don’t understand what’s wrong with these people. He’s a deserter from the US Army, and he should be treated as such. He should be charged with desertion under the uniform code of military justice,” fumed Andy Andrews, father of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, who was 34 when he was killed in Afghanistan in September 2009.
His platoon mates told Andrews’ father they were searching for Sgt. Bergdahl, now 28, when his son was killed in an ambush. “I think they [the Obama administration] are doing this to justify the release of the five Taliban [who were swapped for Bergdahl],” Andrews told The Post from his home in Cameron, Texas.
Bergdahl returned to active duty — a desk job — at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on Monday, the Army said.
The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab Muslim nation Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion.
Pat Dollard “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.
The agreement was signed at the Pentagon by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah.
It was the biggest U.S. arms sale so far this year, according to media reports.
Hagel visited Qatar in December when he and al-Attiyah signed a 10-year Defense Cooperation Agreement to govern interaction between U.S. and Qatari forces and enable the continued assignment of American troops to installations in the area, including the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base.
“This is a critically important relationship in the region,” said Kirby. “And the secretary is pleased to be able to continue to make it stronger.”
Qatar is holding for a year five Taliban prisoners released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan.
Five years after deserting his Army post to voluntarily join the Taliban and six weeks after being released in a terrorist exchange, Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, said Defense Department officials.
NY Times Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said. He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.
Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.
Now that Barack Hussein Obama is changing the demographics of America by flooding it with illegal aliens, he seeks to wreak more havoc on the military by ordering the Defense Department and Pentagon to recruit more Muslims and promote them to leadership positions….most likely to replace all the high-ranking and mid-level officers he has fired.
World Tribune (h/t Rob E) “Our nation and our entire military family remain stronger because of the service and sacrifice of people of all faiths, including the thousands of patriotic Muslim Americans who have served and still serve in this long period of war,” Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said last week.
The U.S. military currently has 4,500 uniformed Muslims, the Pentagon said on July 3. It was not clear how the Pentagon identified the Muslims. The department has not given statistics on members of other religious faiths.
In 2009, a U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, shouting “God is great,” opened fire and killed 13 of his colleagues. Later, authorities acknowledged that Hasan, a psychiatrist, was linked to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Critics have accused the administration of promoting Islam as the preferential faith in the United States. Over the last year, a senior adviser to the Homeland Security Department, Mohamed Elibiary, issued a statement that said the U.S. Constitution was “Islamically compliant” and that a Muslim caliphate was “inevitable.”
“I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country,” Elibiary said in a Twitter post on June 30.
On July 3, Work attended the annual Pentagon ceremony of Iftar, or the evening dinner after a day-long fast that continues throughout the Muslim month of Ramadan. The Pentagon has been conducting the ceremony since 1998 in commemoration of Islam.
“Tonight is an opportunity for people of different faiths to come together in the spirit of respect and tolerance to share the richness of our beliefs and to enjoy the traditions of hospitality that are such an important part of the Muslim community,” Work said.
The Pentagon, which hired Saudi-sponsored groups to raise awareness, has reported the employment of 1,000 Muslims. Officials said they included civilians and contractors for the Defense Department.
In his address, Work quoted Obama as saying that Ramadan reminded Americans of the principles of peace, justice and equality. The deputy secretary also urged those at the Iftar to remember their responsibility to the defense of the United States.
“Our country’s founders understood in a visceral way [that] the best way to honor the place of faith in the lives of all Americans was to fight for justice and equality as well as liberty and freedom,” Work said. “That is exactly what the men and women both in and out of uniform who serve in the Department of Defense do every single day. They are safeguarding the very ideals deemed so precious by our founding fathers.”
The Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be getting slips telling them their service is no longer needed. Mostly Majors and Captains are being laid off, while Obama is demanding $4 billion for illegal alien garbage.
Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.