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Giving Military secrets to the Enemy!
August 7, 2010
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This is a good example of what the Taliban will do without having military intelegence reports printed on the internet. They killed 10 people including Doctors giving eye care. What do you think will happen when names and locations, and sensitive information is available to them?

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages in northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the team said Saturday.

Dirk Frans, director of the International Assistance Mission, said one German, one Briton and two Afghans also were part of the team that made the three-week trip to Nuristan province. They drove to the province, left their vehicles and hiked for hours with pack horses over mountainous terrain to reach the Parun valley in the province's northwest.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press that they killed the foreigners because they were "spying for the Americans" and "preaching Christianity."

Frans said the International Assistance Mission, the longest serving nongovernmental organization operating in Afghanistan, is registered as a nonprofit Christian organization but does not proselytize.

"This tragedy negatively impacts our ability to continue serving the Afghan people as IAM has been doing since 1966," the charity said in a statement. "We hope it will not stop our work that benefits over a quarter of a million Afghans each year."

The team, made up of doctors, nurses and logistics personnel, was attacked as it was returning to Kabul after the two-week mission in Nuristan, Frans said. They had decided to travel through Badakhshan province to return to the capital because they thought it would be the safest route, Frans said.

Among the dead was team leader Tom Little, an optometrist from Delmar, New York, who has been working in Afghanistan for more than 30 years, Frans said. Another relief organization, Bridge Afghanistan, said on its website that the group included one of its members, Dr. Karen Woo of London.

Little, who oversaw eye hospitals in Kabul and two other major cities as well as small clinics in three smaller towns, had been expelled by the Taliban government in August 2001 after the arrest of eight Christian aid workers — two Americans and six Germans — for allegedly trying to convert Afghans to Christianity. He returned to live in Afghanistan after the Taliban government was toppled in November 2001 by U.S.-backed forces.

Frans said he lost contact with Little on Wednesday. On Friday, a third Afghan member of the team, who survived the attack, called to report the killings. A fourth Afghan member of the team was not killed because he took a different route home because he had family in Jalalabad, Frans said.

According to Frans, two members of the team worked for IAM, two were former IAM workers and four others were affiliated with other organizations, which he did not disclose. He said five of the Americans were men and one was a woman. The Briton and German also were women.

Gen. Agha Noor Kemtuz, police chief in Badakhshan province, said the victims, who had been shot, were found Friday next to three bullet-riddled four-wheel drive vehicles in Kuran Wa Munjan district. He said villagers had warned the team that the area was dangerous, but the foreigners said they were doctors and weren't afraid. He said local police said about 10 gunmen robbed them and killed them one by one.

He said the two dead Afghans were interpreters from Bamiyan and Panjshir provinces. The third Afghan who survived "told me he was shouting and reciting the holy Quran and saying 'I am Muslim. Don't kill me,'" Kemtuz said.

Frans told The Associated Press that he was skeptical the Taliban were responsible and that the team had studied security conditions carefully before proceeding with the mission. The team trekked from village to village during the two weeks, treating about 400 people for eye disorders and other illnesses.

"We are a humanitarian organization. We had no security people. We had no armed guards. We had no weapons," he said.

In a blog posting last month, Woo said the expedition would include an eye doctor, a dental surgeon "as well as me as the general practioner."

"The trek will not be easy; it will take three weeks and be done on foot and with packhorses — no vehicles can access the mountainous terrain," she wrote. "The expedition will require a lot of physical and mental resolve and will not be without risk but ultimately, I believe that the provision of medical treatment is of fundamental importance and that the effort is worth it in order to assist those that need it most."

Elsewhere, five Afghans were killed and 13 were wounded Saturday when a bomb struck a police vehicle in the Nahri-Saraj district of Helmand province in the south, the Interior Ministry said. Four of the dead were police, but all but one of the wounded were civilians. In Gereshk district, one Afghan policeman and a civilian were killed and 16 other people were wounded Saturday morning when a bomb exploded in a market, said Kamaluddin Khan, local security chief.

The NATO-led coalition also reported the arrests late Friday of two suspected insurgents in Kandahar province and of "several" suspected members of the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction with close ties to al-Qaida, in the eastern province of Khost.

The coalition also said two NATO troops were killed during an explosion Saturday in southern Afghanistan. NATO did not release any details of the incident or the nationalities of the troops.

August 7, 2010
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Another level in which the Taliban will go to, without military intellegence. How many people do you think they would do this to, if they knew their names from military reports?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100807/ap_ ... d1cmVkYWY-

August 8, 2010
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I don't know why some people continue to think of this breach of security as somehow justified greeney. I can understand those from other countries 'piling-on'; they make a target of this country because America is the biggest target, but how any sane American can agree with leaking military secrets to the enemy is incomprehensible.

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August 8, 2010
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"gudskepteacal" wrote: , but how any sane American can agree with leaking military secrets to the enemy is incomprehensible.

I think you just hit the nail on the head gudskepteacal. Those that agree with this are not SANE, or American. They are lunatics through and through.

August 8, 2010
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I am a sane American. I think that the release of this information is a good thing. I hope that the release of this information will expedite the ending of this unecessary war. A war that we started against a nation that did not attack us.

The only justified war is one of self-defense. Therefore, this war is unjust. I don't know why some people continue to think that just because we are the military super-power that we are somehow justified in invading 2 countries that did not attack us and hardly presented any danger to us.

Lead by example. We set a very poor example and should not be surprised at all when other nations follow our example and attack/invade others because of some notion that they may be attacked and may be under some future threat.

Almost 10 years later, lookit the $$$ we've spent. Lookit our dead, their dead. Our wounded.

It ain't worth it. Never was. End the war now.

August 8, 2010
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Your view is well recieved hxxx and that is freedom of speech and expression, but when you jeprodize lives leaking classified stolen documents and support that, you do not have that right.

August 9, 2010
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I do have that right.

Just as you have the right to jeopardize our troops lives by cheering on this war.

August 9, 2010
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"hxxx" wrote: I do have that right.

Just as you have the right to jeopardize our troops lives by cheering on this war.

"Cheering on the war, jeopardizing troops"

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I don't see anyone with pom-poms out, except for the insane non-Americans when they get their hands on the latest bodybag count and see that it has gone up. I'm sure that since the US bodybag count has gone up, so has stock in pom-poms, champagne, balloons, and confetti in the blue states.

And if as you say you are a "sane" "American" then I guess you feel like you have the Constitutional right to pursue your own happiness. That's great. On the surface. But the problem is, when your happiness involves the pursuit of committing treason.

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August 9, 2010
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You don't see the difference between your God given right to an opinion and to express it, and the act of stealing Classified Military Documents, printing them, with no regard for the results?

Something wrong with anyone who rationalizes this act as being a freedom.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage

Read it good, it is a crime, not your right, and that goes for the smucks in Austrailia and Sweden who are part of obtaining and using it.

The US defines espionage towards itself as "The act of obtaining, delivering, transmitting, communicating, or receiving information about the national defense with an intent, or reason to believe, that the information may be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation. Espionage is a violation of United States law, 18 U.S.C. § 792–798 and Article 106 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice".[4]

August 9, 2010
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"greeney2" wrote: You don't see the difference between your God given right to an opinion and to express it, and the act of stealing Classified Military Documents, printing them, with no regard for the results?

Something wrong with anyone who rationalizes this act as being a freedom.

Greeney you mentioned a while back, how the creepy Bush-bashers all disappeared into the darkness when O'bama was elected.

The war on terror is in America's best interest... not just Bush's. So when Bush left, and Obama increased the war effort, you'll notice that you and I never changed out position which ironically on some levels is in support of Obama (i.e. Afghan troop surge)... whereas the creepy Bush-bashers disappeared... proving that they weren't against the war like they pretended to be. Instead they just hated us having a traditional Conservative as a president, so they did everything they could (using bodycounts and false propaganda) to bring him down. Now, it's mission accomplished and they moved on. When Obama gets his ass kicked out of office for incompetency as a leader, they will be back again to bash the next Conservative president.

So hang in there for a couple more years and you'll see them again. Under new names no doubt, but, you'll see 'em.

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