Posts tagged with ‘war on terror

Check out the first trailer for ‘Camp X-Ray’

A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.

If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

Vice video of the day: ‘The American Jihadist: Eric Harroun In His Own Words’

Story of an American who ends up joining a Syrian militant group, back when the camel shit was hitting the fan there.

So what’s the huge security threat? Al-Qaeda can now turn clothes into undetectable bombs by dipping them in liquid, no biggie

The past several days, the US intelligence community has issued dire terror attack alerts, prompting the temporary closure of American embassies across the the Middle East and North Africa? What’s the big deal? Apparently, we’ve discovered that Al-Qaeda has developed a high tech new method of creating undetectable bombs by dipping normal clothing fabric into explosive liquid. Uh oh. We’re about to have to fly nekkid on airplanes.

The technique was supposedly invented by AQAP, or Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, aka the rich mad scientists, aka Osama Bin Laden’s homies.

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Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy, guilty of everything else

This morning, a military judge ruled that Bradley Manning was not guilty of aiding the enemy, but did find him guilty on five counts of espionage. The aiding the enemy charge was the big one, with the government accusing him of indirectly aiding the enemy as opposed to directly sending information to bad guys. However, the five espionage charges are still enough that Manning will never be a free man again.

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The NSA has been collecting phone records from Verizon… and everyone else for years.

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It recently came to light that as part of the War on Terror, the NSA, under the direction of President Obama, has been collecting phone records of US citizens for years, mainly from Verizon, under a secret court order. For about seven years. 

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How to avoid American death drones, by Al-Qaeda

When French and Malian troops took back the city of Timbuktu, the Al-Qaeda Islamist rebels that had been holding big chunks of northern Mali left in a big hurry, leaving behind a bunch of secret Al-Qaeda documents, including a manual on how to avoid American drones.

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Check out the third and final trailer for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Somehow I missed the previous two trailers for Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden snuff film, but here’s the third. Zero Dark Thirty hits theaters December 19.

Daily Discussion: Creative uses for Osama bin Laden’s skull

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. And to mark the date, let’s think of all the fun and creative projects we could do with the skull of Osama bin Laden. Get out your markers, glitter, glue and dried macaroni!

Vice goes to Pakistan to hang out with the Taliban

In a recent trip to Pakistan to report on the recent spike in the region’s violence and bloodshed, Suroosh Alvi heard over and over the same sentiment from people on the ground: America’s war on terror is falling flat on its face. The military conflict in neighboring Afghanistan, repeatedly cited by locals, sends a constant flood of guns, refugees, militants, and heroin flowing into Pakistan. Heroin is now actually cheaper than hashish in cities like Lahore, and the Kalashnikov culture, the foundation of which was laid 30 years ago when the CIA financed the mujahideen, is all-consuming. According to the Pakistanis he spoke to, it’s all taken a devastating toll on the country and is creating the next generation of militants.

US Marines to launch investigation into video of soldiers pissing on corpses

From the “Fuck you, we really should be better than this” department, the US Marines has launched an investigation into a video that hit the web recently of a group of American soldiers pissing on the corpses of dead Taliban. 

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Obama wants to pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan in 15 months

Yesterday, president Barack Obama announced that he will be withdrawing 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan in 15 months, ahead of the pre-determined schedule for drawing down. In a nationally televised address from the East Room of the White House, Obama said 10,000 of the “surge” forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would leave Afghanistan by September 2012.

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BREAKING NEWS: CNN is reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead

There’s no link on CNN yet other than the headline… thanks to Tinypenguininja for pointing this out in chat, at least I think it was TPN. Anyway, CNN is reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead, no further details right now. Obama will be making a statement shortly.

Update: A better link from ABC News confirms that he was killed by US forces and he didn’t just choke on a falafal sandwich or something. Also, better header picture.

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Better Know A Gitmo Detainee

A few years ago, there was this charismatic young Presidential candidate who promised to close Guantanamo Bay. Well, it’s still open, and Wikileaks has decided to introduce us to the men there who are waiting for their day in court.

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McCarthyism is cool again as Rep. Peter King (R-NY) starts his “radicalized Muslim” hearings in Washington

Emotions ran high today on Capitol Hill as Rep. Peter King of New York started his “examination” of radicalization among Muslim Americans. They’re among us. You might be one of them. Your GRANDFATHER that fought in Korea might be one of them. You just never know. And Peter King should know all about terrorists, since he was a fervent supporter of the IRA in Northern Ireland.

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