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Old 06-10-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default riendly fire leaves 5 U.S. troops dead in southern Afghanistan

Friendly fire leaves 5 U.S. troops dead in southern Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Five American troops and one of their Afghan counterparts were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14 year war. An U.S. official confirmed to CBS News the aircraft involved in the incident was American.

A statement from the international alliance said all five soldiers died on Monday after they and their Afghan counterparts came under attack and requested air support.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said a battle took place on Monday night between foreign troops and Taliban fighters in Arghandab district in southern Zabul province.

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Old 06-10-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Sucks that these kind of things can still happen with all the technology out there.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:58 PM   #3
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That has got to be the worst way to die in combat, shit happens I guess, RIP.
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Sucks that these kind of things can still happen with all the technology out there.
Sure the guy who dropped the ordnance is ruined.
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I really don't know why there's anyone in Afghanistan anymore. Just leave the shithole already.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:11 PM   #6
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Watching Peckinpah's "Cross of Iron" (1977). That's when I watched it last time, 1977! Had totally forgotten how cool this movie is.

Edit. Ooops! Wrong thread! LOL
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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14 year war... that statement alone is enough to cry at.
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14 year war... that statement alone is enough to cry at.
Nam was 19, could be worse.


The longest war in history is the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years war between the Netherlands and Isles of Scilly- and it is also the most bloodless conflict of all time!

This war started in 1651, following the English civil war which lasted for 10 years. At that time, the Royalists lost from the English Parliament and they were forced to retreat to the Isles of Scilly in the Cornish Coast.

Then, the Netherlands, being allies of the Parliament forces, sent the Dutch Navy to attack the Royalist forces. When the Dutch Navy was beaten, they decided to wage a war against Scilly,

However, on the following year, the Parliamentarians were able to claim the isles of Scilly again and the Dutch forgot all about the war - until a local historian discovered the obscure conflict in 1985! So, in April 1986, a peace treaty was signed between the two countries which ended the bloodless war.


Read more at http://the10mostknown.com/10-longest...0e1mrrUgKsW.99
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The longest war in history is the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years war between the Netherlands and Isles of Scilly- and it is also the most bloodless conflict of all time!

This war started in 1651, following the English civil war which lasted for 10 years. At that time, the Royalists lost from the English Parliament and they were forced to retreat to the Isles of Scilly in the Cornish Coast.

Then, the Netherlands, being allies of the Parliament forces, sent the Dutch Navy to attack the Royalist forces. When the Dutch Navy was beaten, they decided to wage a war against Scilly,

However, on the following year, the Parliamentarians were able to claim the isles of Scilly again and the Dutch forgot all about the war - until a local historian discovered the obscure conflict in 1985! So, in April 1986, a peace treaty was signed between the two countries which ended the bloodless war.


Read more at http://the10mostknown.com/10-longest...0e1mrrUgKsW.99
Old wars make sense. Easy to create a stalemate I would think. In today's world, when you are allowed to use the full extent of your military, you can see goals being achieved.

It seams real war creates new technology to overcome the enemy. WWII was the perfect example. New aircraft, new tanks, new everything. It was a race for all sides to come up with new technology to make a decisive tide changer- and I don't mean the atomic bomb.


Vietnam? Were there any real goals?

We went in Iraq and Afghanistan to take out the leadership, regardless of the reasons. But if that was the goal, then we should have been out of there years ago.

We achieved military goals..... but our government in all their brilliancy, had no other idea what to do afterwards.
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Old wars make sense. Easy to create a stalemate I would think. In today's world, when you are allowed to use the full extent of your military, you can see goals being achieved.

It seams real war creates new technology to overcome the enemy. WWII was the perfect example. New aircraft, new tanks, new everything. It was a race for all sides to come up with new technology to make a decisive tide changer- and I don't mean the atomic bomb.


Vietnam? Were there any real goals?

We went in Iraq and Afghanistan to take out the leadership, regardless of the reasons. But if that was the goal, then we should have been out of there years ago.

We achieved military goals..... but our government in all their brilliancy, had no other idea what to do afterwards.
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
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