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    Niger, what are they doing in Niger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Niger, what are they doing in Niger?
    Well from the report, getting killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Niger, what are they doing in Niger?
    Fighting ISIS and other islamic militants and this...

    U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa

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    Expanding the empire in your name, with or without a consciousness or care.

    It will come around before long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Expanding the empire in your name, with or without a consciousness or care.

    It will come around before long.
    Fuck off Jeff.

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    Niger is the traditional territory of the French Foreign Legion, now they have US help, this is new and interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Niger, what are they doing in Niger?
    Hope that not to grab the land (like the dangerous Mr. Putin...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Niger is the traditional territory of the French Foreign Legion, now they have US help
    Indeed they do. Those drones will be used to support the French. But $100 million? Really outrageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Fighting ISIS and other islamic militants and this...

    U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa


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    No celebration of 16th year fighting in Afghanistan? (Oct 8, 2001)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Indeed they do. Those drones will be used to support the French. But $100 million? Really outrageous.
    If you think they are spending $100 million on a drone base, you're dumb.

    BILLING $100 million for it, now that's another story...

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    this might have some legs.....and it all started because of his big mouth.

    Family members of fallen military speak out on Trump


    Relatives of nine of the 43 military members who have died during Trump's presidency (21%) tell AP that they haven't heard from him.
    Why it matters: Trump told Fox News Radio's "Brian Kilmeade Show' on Tuesday: "[T]o the best of my knowledge, I think I've called every family of somebody that's died ... I have called, I believe everybody but certainly I'll use the word 'virtually' everybody ... I've called virtually everybody."


    • "Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out personally to all families of the fallen, interviews with families members did not support his claim. Some never heard from him at all, and a few who did came away more upset."

    • AP "reached out to the families of all 43 people who have died in military service since Trump became president and made contact with about half the families. Of those who would address the question, relatives of nine said they had heard from Trump by phone or mail. Relatives of nine others said they haven't."

    • "Chris Baldridge of Zebulon, North Carolina, told The Washington Post that Trump promised him $25,000 of his own money when they spoke in the summer about the loss of his son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, killed in Afghanistan, but the check never came. The White House said [yesterday] that 'the check has been sent.'"

    • "After Army Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter [23] died in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan in August ... Mark Hunter, his father, said a military casualty officer informed the family that Trump would call and the family was let down when he didn't."

    https://www.axios.com/family-members...498457168.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    The White House said [yesterday] that 'the check has been sent.'"
    LOL....

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    ^ that sentence really does encapsulate the charlatan and his administration, doesn't it?

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    I remember under the Bush jnr administration where the media made a big thing about the letters sent out to service families had been signed by a computer printer. Not by a real pen and hand.

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    Sounds suspicious....

    A woman's claim that she was not allowed to see her husband's body after he was killed in combat has raised questions about whether the U.S. military can keep a family member from viewing a loved one's remains.

    Myesha Johnson said on "
    Good Morning America" on Monday that she was not allowed to see the remains of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, before his burial this weekend. "Why couldn't I see my husband? Every time I asked to see my husband, they wouldn't let me," she told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.


    La David Johnson was one of four U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in
    Niger three weeks ago. He was missing for more than a day before his remains were recovered.
    Widow's claim raises questions of whether military can prevent viewing of loved one's remains - ABC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle junior View Post
    whether the U.S. military can keep a family member from viewing a loved one's remains.
    They can and normally do from the time the body arrives at the military mortuary operations untl the body is released to a hometown mortuary. After that the miltary cannot prevent viewing.

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    U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan: U.S. military

    KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military said, without giving details of his identity or the circumstances of his death, which occurred as American forces have stepped up operations against the Taliban.


    A statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan Command in Kabul said the service member had died of wounds sustained during operations in Logar, the eastern province where another service member was killed last week after a helicopter crash.


    “Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism,” Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said in the statement.


    The latest death comes after President Donald Trump ordered a boost in the number of U.S. troops assisting Afghan forces against the Taliban as part of a new strategy to try to break the stalemate with the insurgents.


    Although most U.S. troops are not in combat, the new strategy will give them greater authority to engage the Taliban and will involve some acting as advisers at brigade and battalion level, bringing them much closer to the front line.


    Up to Aug 23, 10 U.S. service members had been killed in Afghanistan this year, according to figures published last week by the Congressional watchdog SIGAR, more than double the number killed in the same periods in 2015 and 2016.


    Separately, the U.S. military said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties caused during a combined operation in the northern city of Kunduz on Friday and was assessing the facts surrounding the incident.

    U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan: U.S. military | Reuters

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    If you think they are spending $100 million on a drone base, you're dumb.

    BILLING $100 million for it, now that's another story...
    There are a number of YouTube videos on the conflict in Niger, but surprisingly there is also a German army presence there.

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    I wasn't sure where to put this.

    The Army lowers the bar for recruits....

    Army lifts ban on waivers for recruits with history of some mental health issues



    TOM VANDEN BROOK | USA TODAY WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.[/COLOR]

    The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year's goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ues/853131001/
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    Well that's a ^lot better than conscription .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions...
    I do not believe that the link is from USAtoday. Rather from RT...
    (Or from NK Today...)

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    Same ol same ol...


    'We're Killing These Kids, We're Breaking the Army' | The American Conservative

    At that point Americans would have some tough decisions to make: ante up some cash and bodies to keep the U.S. military on top, or, just maybe, do less. Let’s hope it never comes to that. In the meantime, count on Congress and the American people to cover their eyes and let the “war on terror’s” third straight president run its cherished heroes into the ground.

    What a way to say “thanks for your service!”

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    3 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Explosion in Afghanistan

    Nov. 27, 2018

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Three American soldiers were killed on Tuesday in an explosion in Afghanistan, the United States military said. It was the worst loss of life in the country for the United States this year. Three other soldiers and an American contractor were wounded.

    The deaths took place near Ghazni City, in the southeastern province of the same name, from the detonation of a roadside bomb, the military said in a statement.

    The events came only three days after another American soldier was killed in the southeastern province of Nimroz during a fight with militants linked to Al Qaeda, the military said in a statement. The military also said that the soldier, Sgt. Leandro A. S. Jasso, a 25-year-old Army Ranger from Washington State, was shot accidentally by a soldier from an Afghan “partner force,” adding, “There were no indications he was shot intentionally.”

    The three soldiers killed on Tuesday were not identified, in line with American policy to wait until 24 hours after their next of kin are notified. The military said the four Americans who were wounded in the explosion were evacuated for medical treatment.

    It was the worst attack on American troops in Afghanistan in a year when a total of 13 have been killed, many of them in insider attacks, blamed on infiltrators or turncoats among allied Afghan military forces.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/w...ghanistan.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    was shot accidentally by a soldier from an Afghan “partner force,”
    Well, he was trained by US soldiers, so friendly fire must be expected.

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