Last week The New York Times reported that the CIA has been delivering large sums of cash to the Karzai led government of Afghanistan. The sum of the payments, which have been ongoing for the last ten years, is said to be in the tens of millions of dollars. The U.S. currency is packed in suitcases, plastic bags or backpacks and delivered to members of Karzai's administration on a regular basis.
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Combat Outpost (COP) Keating is located in the wilderness of the Hindu Kush Mountains. More specifically, it can be found in the Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. Built by U.S. Army forces in the summer of 2006, COP Keating began life as a Provisional Reconstruction Team base (PRT).
The 42nd Silver Star Medal earned by Marines fighting in OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) and/or OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) was presented to Sergeant Miguel Madrigal on January 31st 2013, at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Sergeant Madrigal is a Warrior and a Patriot and I thank him for his service to our great Nation.
On Wednesday December 5th, Dilip Joseph (an American working in Afghanistan) and two of his Afghan colleagues, were abducted by gunmen while returning from a rural medical clinic near the capitol city of Kabul. From there, the group was reportedly taken to an area approximately 50 miles from the Pakistan border.
On August 17 2010, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Cole found himself embarking upon another patrol. Although not an unusual event for a Marine, this particular patrol would end up having a profound impact on his life and the lives of his fellow Marines. At the time, LCpl Cole was serving in Marjah, which is located in the Helmand Province area of Afghanistan.
On May 18th, Sergeant Clifford Wooldridge was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The award was presented by Undersecretary of the Navy, Robert Work, during a ceremony held at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms CA.