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2001-11-16 10:04:30 AM  
2001-11-16 10:06:58 AM  
Get Eric Cartman in there to do his Bugs Bunny routine on ol' bin Laden. Hilarity will ensue
2001-11-16 10:07:59 AM  
I see there underneath the article that France is sending some troops so they can practice surrendering.
2001-11-16 10:08:45 AM  
"Rumsfeld displayed pictures of what he said were U.S. troops on horseback riding with Afghan fighters..."

"Should we pack the transport boats with Humvees, tanks, or horses, general?"
"What, no ponies?"
2001-11-16 10:09:28 AM  
"U.S. troops on horseback riding with Afghan fighters"

Huh? We spent $300 billion/ year to sent our troops on horseback?
2001-11-16 10:12:35 AM  
Holy farking shiat. Its on now.
2001-11-16 10:14:01 AM  
The French Defense Ministry announced on Friday it is sending a first contingent of troops as part of the international aid effort in Afghanistan.

2001-11-16 10:14:02 AM  
France surrenders

2001-11-16 10:14:05 AM  
We are using horses yet this war still costs 1 billion a day to maintain....

We should have elected Deep farking Blue into the white house.
2001-11-16 10:16:39 AM  
The French Defense Ministry announced on Friday it is sending a first contingent of troops as part of the international aid effort in Afghanistan. Officials said 60 soldiers were to leave the Istres air base in southern France for Uzbekistan on Friday morning.

About farkin time already!! Geez... what is it? Wine season? Truffle season?? This war is almost over and these frogs are finally showin up?

First Afghanastan. Next France.
2001-11-16 10:17:10 AM  
sure, but if we gave the horses a pay cut what would that do for their morale?
2001-11-16 10:17:24 AM  

First, it's $500 million - $1 billion a month, not day. And I'm sure most of that money is spent on bombing, not billion $ horses.
2001-11-16 10:19:02 AM  
Well, I guess this means we can no longer make fun of the Afghanis for riding horses into battle.
2001-11-16 10:19:24 AM  
And the Taliban thought things couldn't get any worse.
2001-11-16 10:22:19 AM  
Update: CNN reports Mohammed Atef, chief al Qaeda aide to O(U)sama, has been killed by airstrikes.
2001-11-16 10:22:30 AM  
It's on? It's almost over! Those pusseees are running scared!
2001-11-16 10:25:15 AM  
I guess they'll be callin' for another jihad against us very soon.
2001-11-16 10:25:58 AM  
"Update: CNN reports Mohammed Atef, chief al Qaeda aide to O(U)sama, has been killed by airstrikes."

Seriously? That's awesome.
2001-11-16 10:26:22 AM  
How is it that fB's had more than 10 articles posted since yesterday? FAVORITISM!
2001-11-16 10:26:29 AM  
Holy Jeebus, we're going to root them out on horseback. Go, broncos (literally).
2001-11-16 10:26:32 AM  
If we can't go around putting ground troops down where ever...then (everyone at once now) the terrorists have already won.
2001-11-16 10:27:21 AM  
For those of you unfamiliar with our good dead friend Atef, he was slated to be Osama's successor should he be killed/captured.
2001-11-16 10:27:23 AM  
Rumsfeld displayed pictures of what he said were U.S. troops on horseback riding with Afghan fighters, The Associated Press reported.

2001-11-16 10:27:42 AM  
Doesnt say they were fighting on horse back, just riding.

Whoo America is competing in a dead-goat-polo match. USA! USA! USA!
2001-11-16 10:30:27 AM  
I'd bet that the troops are on horseback monitoring stuff. It is a bit more reliable in some parts of Afghanistan to be on a horse than in a tank.

Just hope nobody tries shooting the horse.
2001-11-16 10:30:27 AM  
They say that 80% of the population of Canada lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border. Ya know, that's only a 3-day march...
2001-11-16 10:30:45 AM  
I only hope that the first Army Ranger that gets ObL in his sights doesn't have the word "capture" in his vocabulary.
2001-11-16 10:32:19 AM  
BigKahuna: I think I would want bin Laden to know it's coming. Give him at least a few seconds to think about it.
2001-11-16 10:32:44 AM  
Wow, the Frogs are sending 60 whole troops...this is a little bit like the Soviets declaring war on the Japanese after Hiroshima.
2001-11-16 10:32:55 AM  
[image from too old to be available]

"Come on Wilbur, let's kick some Taliban ass! And I don't mean donkeys."
2001-11-16 10:33:35 AM  
About time,now the bombing might stop at least....
2001-11-16 10:34:12 AM many US soldiers would be trained to ride horseback?
This just doesn't compute. at all.
2001-11-16 10:37:33 AM  
Fighting on horseback? Speaking as a guy who rides every weekend if he can, farking cool! Damn. Knew I should have joined the Marines after I shaved my head.

Between my M.A., my mad martial arts skilz, and my horseback riding, maybe I can get an officer's commission...
2001-11-16 10:38:11 AM  
Naa Naa Na Naa Naa Na Hey, Hey, Goodbye!
2001-11-16 10:38:15 AM  
i've been thinking about declaring jihad as my major in college but i worry about job opportunities when i graduate.
2001-11-16 10:38:35 AM  
Ozzie_Pride -

Why would the bombing stop? I sure as hell wouldn't be riding about with the Northern Alliance without having a crap-load of aircraft within shouting distance.
2001-11-16 10:39:34 AM  
Rtrey: id guess quite a bit. Its for the same reason the Marines are trained to kill with a sword. These people fight in all conditions, in any place on earth, however farked up our policies that send them there are. Not all the world relies on computers. Afghanistan only has 2 TV stations, the preferred mode of transport is horse
2001-11-16 10:39:40 AM  
You know what would be cool? If Yanni was there on horseback, hair flowing in the wind, just like when he rides along the beach in his videos. With his music was playing in the background.

I don't care what anyone says, Dare to Dream is a farking great album. Yanni kicks ASS!
2001-11-16 10:39:41 AM  
To things:

1. "Thousands of Taliban soldiers, armed with an estimated 100 artillery pieces and 60 tanks, were fighting the Northern Alliance for control of the city."

Sounds like a job for a few A-10's or a some apaches or something.

2. The whole horse thing - Our troops are making due with what they have. What are we gonna do, airdrop them some tanks and stuff? These are most likely Spec Ops troops, which means that they use stealth and most likely guerilla warfare type tactics. A tank would be rather suspicious.

Also, suppose we did get them some vehicles. We don't have the neccessary supply lines to keep these troops adequately supplied with, among other things, fuel.
2001-11-16 10:39:54 AM  
2001-11-16 10:40:19 AM  
Holy crap, who'da thunk we would ever DE-mechanize the cavalry? (and the first person that talks about the "calvary" will get the full wrath of a semantic nut who sees visions of soldiers reigning in a small hillock covered in crosses. Christ on horseback, yeesh) I think this is great! Abrams tanks have a hard time making other Abrams tanks. Horses do not suffer from this shortcoming. Of course, they also do not have reactive armor or sabot shells, but....

And in other news, it is nice to see the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" are setting out to keep up their skils.
2001-11-16 10:41:02 AM  
(CNN) -- U.S. officials say they have "credible reports" that Mohammed Atef -- one of the highest-ranking members of al Qaeda, has been killed, and the secretary of defense revealed Friday that U.S. Special Forces are fighting in Afghanistan.

Although officials say the intelligence information about Atef appears credible, "You can't say he's definitely dead until we see the body," said one official.

Atef's daughter is married to one of Osama bin Laden's sons and he is frequently spoken of as a possible successor to bin Laden. The officials did not say when the attack happened.

Atef is believed to be responsible for supervising the training of operatives. Prosecutors say he provided military training and assistance in 1993 to Somali tribes who violently opposed the United Nations' intervention in Somalia's civil unrest. In an October 1993 battle, Somali tribesman killed 18 U.S. Army Rangers.

Meanwhile, U.S. Special Forces are taking part in ground combat in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday. He said no Americans have been killed.

In northern Afghanistan thousands of Taliban soldiers, armed with an estimated 100 artillery pieces and 60 tanks, were fighting the Northern Alliance for control of Konduz. (Full story)
2001-11-16 10:41:21 AM  
um....two things, not to things
2001-11-16 10:41:23 AM  
Ding Dong Mohammed Atef is dead
2001-11-16 10:43:37 AM  
(war lurk)
2001-11-16 10:44:21 AM  

"Airdrop tanks".... I have a vision in my head of American special ops troops, standing satisfied in a newly captured hamlet, looking justifiable satisfied, when someone screams and points up, as a sherman tank sans parachute plummets towards them. kinda like the trojan rabbit.

"As god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"
2001-11-16 10:46:46 AM  
Thank you President Bush for having the balls to fight a real war.
2001-11-16 10:48:11 AM  

I think it's great that CNN readers are being given the freedom to decide where Osama Bin Laden is right now. And they say the war on terror is eroding our rights!

(This election on Osama's location will no doubt make it easier for the five Scotland Yard detectives to find him in case he uses a "black ticket".)

2001-11-16 10:49:32 AM  
Nice WKRP reference, Cleve.
2001-11-16 10:50:21 AM  

There should be a 'how the fark am I supposed to know?' button next to yes and no.
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