Nakamura: Japan doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan
Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan, devoted 35 years of his life to healing Afghans and Pakistanis and eventually became an honorary citizen of his adopted home. We realised we needed to go beyond the narrow field of medicine," he told NHK. "As a doctor, nothing is better than healing patients and sending them home," he said.Often seen sporting Pashtun dress, the 73-year-old native of the southern city of Fukuoka headed to Peshawar in northwest Pakistan in 1984 to treat leprosy in Pakistanis and sick Afghan refugees.
'The American people have constantly been lied to,' says head of government agency doing review of US 's longest-running war - Anadolu Agency. The trove of over 2,000 pages includes previously unpublished notes from a federal project examining the failures of the over 18-year Afghan war .
During the war in Afghanistan (2001–present), over 31,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented; 29,900 civilians have been wounded.
When the Defense Department's top-secret history of the Vietnam War, known as the Pentagon Papers, was leaked in 1971 and revealed how the government had long misled the public about the progress the United States had made during the Vietnam war, combat veterans like 22-year-old Marine Guy Mazzeo, were enraged at then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.
On Monday, Mazzeo, now 70, said he understood the anger from veterans of the Afghanistan war over a damningin The Washington Post which details how presidents, politicians and Pentagon officials misled and, in some instances, lied to the U.S. public about the war effort in America's longest-running war.
Afghan bomber hits medical facility near Bagram Air Base
A powerful suicide bombing Wednesday targeted an under-construction medical facility near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the U.S. military said. There were no coalition casualties and the base remains secure, the statement said. Earlier reports suggested a U.S. military convoy might have been the target of the attack.
“ We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three- star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar The reports also omitted the names of more than 90 percent of the people who were interviewed for
combat operations in Afghanistan , making a total of 2,378 United States servicemen killed in the war in Afghanistan . Of the 73, five died due to hostile action; a Marine and a civilian DoD employee killed by terrorist gunmen in Kuwait, two military airmen killed by a lone wolf terrorist in Germany and a
The documents created by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, were obtained by the Post under the Freedom of Information Act, and only after the Post sued SIGAR on two separate occasions in federal court to compel the release the documents. SIGAR argued that the records were privileged and that the public had no right to see them, reported the Post.
Contacted by Newsweek, no reply was returned from American Resolute Support officials in Afghanistan.
The more than 400 interviews spread out over more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished interviews of generals and career diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials show how the United States has been unable to deliver on their foreign policies in the region despite a 18-years of conflict that has cost billions of dollars and left tens of thousands of both American and Afghan families permanently shattered.
The Price Our Government Has Paid for Lying about Afghanistan
It’s not nearly as high as it should be, because the American people have for the most part declined to hold the liars accountable.Late last year, Donald Trump announced that he wanted to completely withdraw troops from Syria. Then, the usual policy experts — the few left serving his administration — talked him down or ignored him and suddenly “the White House” announced it had reversed that decision. Then, this year, Trump moved between 40 and 100 troops out of one spot in Syria, and political and foreign-policy experts lost their minds. Kurdish allies were betrayed by the move, they said. ISIS prisoners were released. American influence was squandered and surrendered.
“ We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three- star Army general and the Afghan war czar to both He previously has said that he was awaiting Horowitz’s report but that Durham’s report may be even more important.
The trove of over 2,000 pages includes previously unpublished notes from a federal project examining the failures of the over 18-year Afghan war . That sum does not include expenditures from the CIA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or other relevant agencies, however, making the real total likely
One of the individuals who saw the Post's reporting on Monday was Jose Leal, the father ofof South Gate, California. Maciel was just months away from his 21st birthday when he was killed by an Afghan ally during an insider threat attack at the Tarin Kowt Airfield in southeast Uruzgan province in July 2018.
"The deaths of our loved ones...they don't care because it's not the family of a Washington bureaucrat," Leal told Newsweek. "They see death as normal because they never had to serve this blessed country. Billions of dollars of waste with our loved ones blood for the gaining of what? Nobody knows."
Andrea Lasher, the widow of Marine Lance Corporal Jeremy S. Lasher, who was killed ten years ago in the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan said, "I might not fully understand or have endless knowledge of what goes on with the government but I know and understand genuine character. I know what it means to carry oneself with honor and have morals. Jeremy will forever carry this with his name, and these government officials that did not stand up for what was morally right, well, they live with that."
U.S. envoy to Afghanistan announces 'pause' in Taliban talks after attack on air base
Negotiations had recently resumed with the militant group in a bid aimed at ending America's longest war."When I met the Talibs today, I expressed outrage about yesterday's attack on Bagram, which recklessly killed two and wounded dozens of civilians," Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, tweeted.
Classified US military documents released by WikiLeaks in October 2010, record Iraqi and Coalition military deaths between January 2004 and Associated Press stated that more than 110,600 Iraqis had been killed since the start of the war to April 2009. This number is per the Health Ministry tally of
If a family member died in service, a gold star replaced the blue. That gold star has become a However they died , all these precious souls left behind a Gold Star mother and what has come to be For most of us Gold Star families (but I’m sure not all), the idea of having two different Gold
She added: "The truth—even if it is ugly—and even if we do not want to look it in the eye; it will always be revealed. It is a hard pill to swallow and can be heartbreaking, but we must swallow it."
Across social media, U.S. military veterans of the war were outraged over what the Post had found and upon publication, a barrage of swift condemnations ensued directed at military commanders of past and present and the administrations of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump.
A text sent to a Newsweek reporter from a former Marine infantryman who served in Afghanistan (and requested anonymity) said: "They lied. For years, they lied. Even as more and more of us died. They lied. And lied. And lied."
Former Army Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, who served as the White House's Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, said, "We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan—we didn't know what we were doing...What are we trying to do here? We didn't have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking," reported the Post.
A U.S. Navy Corpsman who deployed with U.S. Marines during President Barack Obama's troop surge between 2009 and 2011 told Newsweek, "I think disappointing and deflating are the best terms I would say at the moment."
Eagles’ Kamu Grugier-Hill says he lied so he could play with a concussion
Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill says he suffered a concussion on the first play of Philadelphia’s loss to Miami two weeks ago but lied to the team’s medical staff to continue playing. “I just basically lied to them,” Grugier-Hill said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I thought it would just go away. Just didn’t really say [more]“I just basically lied to them,” Grugier-Hill said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I thought it would just go away. Just didn’t really say anything about it. It got to the point where I really couldn’t lie to them anymore.
Gold Star family members who have lost loved ones in U . S . military operations give details on their interactions, if any, with Bush, Obama or Trump. President Trump has created a new controversy over one of the most solemn duties of any president: speaking to families of troops killed in action.
The reports also omitted the names of more than 90 percent of the people who were interviewed for the project. To augment the Lessons Learned interviews, The Post obtained hundreds of pages of previously classified memos about the Afghan war that were dictated by Defense Secretary Donald H
"[I once felt like] we were doing what the Global War on Terrorism was meant to do, take the fight to the Taliban who were protecting al-Qaeda,' said the U.S. Navy Corpsman, granted anonymity by Newsweek due to Pentagon media regulations. "This makes it feel like [the Marines] and the others died for nothing—that we couldn't even give them that bit of dignity."
The Corpsman added: "I later went back to Afghanistan and we just bulldozed over forward operating bases like they were never even there."
A senior National Security Council official quoted by the Post said there was pressure from the White House and Pentagon to produce war figures that paint the troop surge under Obama as a sound strategy that was working, despite evidence to the contrary.
"It was impossible to create good metrics. We tried using troop numbers trained, violence levels, control of territory and none of it painted an accurate picture," reported the Post, quoting the senior NSC official speaking to government interviewers in 2016. "The metrics were always manipulated for the duration of the war."
Earlier this year, before the negotiations fell apart between American and Taliban negotiators over striking a peace deal and reconciliation, two Afghanistan veteransNewsweek they would be glad to see the war come to a close, but wondered what their comrades died for—was it for nothing?
Man died from meth overdose before he was eaten by alligator in Polk County
A Florida man, found eaten by an alligator this summer, died from a meth overdose before his body was ripped apart by the reptile, according to a medical examiner’s findings. Michael Ford, 45, was found face down in a canal in Fort Meade on June 27 and Polk County Sheriff’s investigators theorized he might have drowned before an alligator began eating the man’s remains. Sign up for our Newsletters A hand and a foot belonging to Ford was found in the beast’s stomach.“It is my opinion that Michael Glenn Ford II died as a result of a methamphetamine intoxication,” District Medical Examiner Stephen Nelson wrote in an autopsy report obtained by NBC News on Thursday.
"As the USA gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote. And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us .
Three more soldiers and an American contractor were wounded. The deaths took place when a roadside bomb went off near Ghazni City, in the southeastern province of Here’s what to know about the state of American and Afghan forces in the seemingly intractable conflict, and why Americans are
"I agree with those who feel it's a good move [to withdraw]," former U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Lucas Dyer, a 13-year veteran of the infantry and Afghanistan, told Newsweek back in January. "But the question lingers: What was it all for? I know what my part was for, and I know why my Marines died. To close a chapter on this war or any war is hard."
Former U.S. Marine Sergeant Matthew Moores, a medically retired tank commander and Afghanistan veteran, told Newsweek in the same article that he blames the architects of the war, not the troops. "They were professionals who died doing their jobs... What does piss me off, though, is that those people died trusting that there was a plan better than 'I don't know, muddle around for a few years,' but there wasn't."
"Muddle" refers to comments made last year from retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. He told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that his "best suggestion" was for a small number of American forces to remain in Afghanistan and "muddle along," according to leaked audioby Task & Purpose, an online news website covering the U.S. military and veteran communities.
Gregory Butera, a former U.S. Marine infantry sergeant who deployed to Afghanistan in both 2009 and 2011, told Newsweek on Monday, "It's almost like they could have asked any lance corporal about the progress made in Afghanistan and got the same answers in the Post's article."
In the early summer of 2009, Butera, a former member of Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, fought in Operation Khanjar, or "Strike of the Sword," the largest U.S. military offensive since the Battle of Fallujah in 2004 and the largest helicopter offensive that the Marine Corps had launched since the Vietnam War. Butera's unit would lose 14 Marines by the end of their deployment.
"I can't help but think about the party our unit had at the officer's club after we got back. The officers and senior enlisted were all up there talking about what a victory we won and showing a slideshow of pictures," said Butera. "Everyone was drinking and laughing like it was V-E Day."
"I was pissed and made some remark about not understanding why everyone was so pleased with themselves because everything we did ended up having no real impact," Butera told Newsweek. "Nothing real accomplished."
James LaPorta served as a U.S. Marine infantryman and deployed in 2009 with Gregory Butera. On July 23, 2019, Lance Corporal Jeremy S. Lasher, in the same deployment, was killed, leaving behind his wife, Andrea, and their infant son, who is now 12-years-old.
James LaPorta is a senior correspondent for Newsweek covering national security and the U.S. military. You can follow him on Twitter at @JimLaPorta
Vietnam veteran obituary captures how the war haunted its soldiers long after it ended .
Bill Ebeltoft's life could be divided into three parts: before the Vietnam War, during the war and after the war. That's how Paul, Bill's younger brother by three years, chose to approach his obituary -- which was published in The Dickinson Press, the local paper of Dickinson, North Dakota, where Paul and Bill grew up. Bill died Sunday. He was 73. But, as Paul eloquently begins in the obituary, Bill first lost his life in Vietnam. "Before Vietnam, Bill was a handsome man, who wore clothing well; a man with white, straight teeth that showed in his ready smile," Paul wrote.