Browsing: Afghanistan

Air Force Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are taking significant strides, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army logged more than 1 million flight hours earlier this year, and is growing more comfortable – and capable – with an ever-increasing inventory. The service is flying the MQ-1C Gray Eagle over Iraqi skies from Camp Taji. Only two deployed Army units fly the Gray Eagle, according to this story. The plan is to field up to 132 Gray Eagles in 11 units at the division level. Operators in Iraq are attached to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort…

There are some mistakes so disturbing you have to laugh to avoid crying. I’d say when an unidentified man dupes the U.S. and Afghan governments into believing he is the Taliban’s deputy commander and proceeds to negotiate with diplomats to end a war that has cost thousands of soldiers’ lives, it falls under that category. Cue Late Show host David Letterman and his legendary Top Ten List. Here are the “Top Ten Signs The Taliban Leader You’re Negotiating With Is An Imposter.”

“Enough about you, let’s talk about me for a second.” Fresh off receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2007, Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta made an appearance on the Colbert Report on Thursday. In typical Colbert fashion, the faux news show pulled off an interview that was both poignant and hilarious. The host did his homework before the interview and conducts it in a serious fashion,  sprinkling in his one-of-a-kind buffoonery at the beginning before letting Giunta tell his story. [HTML1]

Two staff sergeants who fought alongside Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta said acclaimed author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger left out two of the three platoons fighting in the Korengal Valley when Junger filmed “Restrepo,” a documentary chronicling the fighting in the “Valley of Death.” Junger spent a year embedded with Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. His book, “War,” covers the brutal fighting as American troops tried to root out Taliban insurgents. The book describes the battle in which Salvatore’s heroic actions earned the Medal of Honor. However, members of…

A dog who saved dozens of soldiers in Afghanistan and even found her way onto the Oprah Show was mistakenly killed this weekend at an Arizona pound. Target and two other dogs befriended by an Army unit at a base on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border alerted soldiers to a suicide bomber who had walked onto the compound. The dogs blocked the bomber from a building holding dozens of soldiers before he detonated the explosive. The blast injured five soldiers but only killed the bomber and one dog. Target survived and was reunited with Army Sgt. Terry Young, an National Guardsman, in…

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