Monday, July 14, 2008

Operation Enduring Freedom For a Really Long Time

"The centerpiece for the CENTCOM Master Plan for future access to and operations in Central Asia" was how Adm. William J. Fallon, then commander of U.S. Central Command, described Bagram when he initially sought funding last year.

Congress recently approved construction of a $62M ammunition storage facility and $41M for a 30-megawatt power plant at Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base, capable of generating enough electricity for a town of more than 20,000 homes.
By comparison, residents in Kabul still get only three to four hours of electricity a day.

However I'm sure Steve will explain to CENTCOM that the Canadian people don't want to be part of "the CENTCOM Master Plan" and have a permanent base for "operations in Central Asia" should it come up in conversation between now and 2011.

Survivors of the Afghan double wedding procession bombed last week in a US air raid tell their story :
The first bomb killed the children who had run ahead.
The second bomb killed almost all the women but for three girls and the bride.
The third bomb got them as they ran away.

From WaPo via

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