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(The Statesman)   American airstrike kills five Afghan soldiers after pilot mistook them for Canadians   (thestatesman.net) divider line 41
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2014-03-06 10:47:44 AM  
You want an omelet or not, motherf@cker?
 
2014-03-06 10:47:45 AM  
Kill them first before they kill us.
 
2014-03-06 10:54:30 AM  
Are we supposed to feel sorry for them? Their lack of skill, professionalism, and courage is the reason they need ISAF troops anyway. Ask any ISAF soldier who was unfortunate enough train Afghan soldiers.
 
2014-03-06 10:57:05 AM  
That's what you get for looking like Pat Tillman
 
2014-03-06 10:58:07 AM  
Why are we still dropping bombs over there? Thanks Obama.
 
2014-03-06 10:58:20 AM  
Drone pilot recieved five tickets per kill to be redeemed at a local Chuck E Cheese gift counter.
 
2014-03-06 10:58:43 AM  
When will they stop calling them "Martyrs"? Really, that shiat is getting old now.

/cow martyr'd for my dinner
//pig martyr'd for breakfast
 
2014-03-06 10:59:43 AM  

sandbar67: That's what you get for looking like Pat Tillman



Their necks were bigger than their heads?
 
2014-03-06 11:00:25 AM  
They make a desert and call it [BBBOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM].
 
2014-03-06 11:03:02 AM  
Well how manyy Afghan soldiers killed US troops?

Payback, mother farkers.
 
2014-03-06 11:03:13 AM  

DubtodaIll: Why are we still dropping bombs over there? Thanks Obama.


So we don't have to drop them here?
 
2014-03-06 11:05:56 AM  

flynn80: DubtodaIll: Why are we still dropping bombs over there? Thanks Obama.

So we don't have to drop them here?


We'd be dropping smoking guns here, I think.
 
2014-03-06 11:06:00 AM  

What_do_you_want_now: When will they stop calling them "Martyrs"? Really, that shiat is getting old now.

/cow martyr'd for my dinner
//pig martyr'd for breakfast


He's saying that and expressing his, extreme anger," at the US because he's worried about us leaving and is already busy slurping on the talibans 8=D
 
2014-03-06 11:08:02 AM  

MythDragon: Well how manyy Afghan soldiers killed US troops?

Payback, mother farkers.


We have a long way to go.....

From 2007 to 2012, there have been 71 documented green-on-blue attacks.
 
2014-03-06 11:09:50 AM  
Trollmitter:  Americanairstrike...
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When did it become cool to try to constantly troll on Fark?
 
2014-03-06 11:12:26 AM  
Time to raise this question again...

Can anyone explain why the hell we still have troops over there at all?
Is it because the place is too unstable since we knocked the Taliban out of control?
How friggin long does it take to get a stable gov't in place and walk away?

Too long, evidently.
 
2014-03-06 11:15:26 AM  
Oops, our collective bad.

Sorry
'Meruica
 
2014-03-06 11:17:20 AM  
As a Canadian, I should be infuriated by the headline. But I am not.

// appreciates dark humour
 
2014-03-06 11:17:58 AM  

durbnpoisn: Time to raise this question again...

Can anyone explain why the hell we still have troops over there at all?
Is it because the place is too unstable since we knocked the Taliban out of control?
How friggin long does it take to get a stable gov't in place and walk away?

Too long, evidently.


Huge road block.... islam
 
2014-03-06 11:26:49 AM  

durbnpoisn: Time to raise this question again...

Can anyone explain why the hell we still have troops over there at all?
Is it because the place is too unstable since we knocked the Taliban out of control?
How friggin long does it take to get a stable gov't in place and walk away?

Too long, evidently.


Depends on the country, and the commitment of the temporary occupiers, and their cultural similarities.

We're talking Afghanistan, which doesn't have a great tradition of stability, and where we don't speak the language, or share the religion.

Let's see, carry the one...according to my calculations... never gonna happen.

We should've let Russia keep the place back in the 80's.
 
2014-03-06 11:39:31 AM  

durbnpoisn: Time to raise this question again...

Can anyone explain why the hell we still have troops over there at all?
Is it because the place is too unstable since we knocked the Taliban out of control?
How friggin long does it take to get a stable gov't in place and walk away?

Too long, evidently.


We used to ask that question about Viet Nam.
And the Pigs would beat us.
 
2014-03-06 11:39:44 AM  
RIP Mark Graham
 
2014-03-06 11:43:15 AM  

Captain Carrot Cake: As a Canadian, I should be infuriated by the headline. But I am not.

// appreciates dark humour


Agreed.

Besides, it is not a bad thing to be reminded about past mistakes/tragedies.
 
2014-03-06 11:45:05 AM  

EvilAvatar: Trollmitter:  Americanairstrike...
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When did it become cool to try to constantly troll on Fark?


Out of curiosity, how many NATO countries, aside from the US, are performing drone strikes in Afghanistan?
 
2014-03-06 11:47:28 AM  
Welp, poop occurs
 
2014-03-06 12:01:20 PM  
fta - President Karzai, who is due to stand down after elections on 5 April, in an interview this week expressed his "extreme anger" towards the United States of America as it prepares to end its 13-year war in Afghanistan.

extreme anger? is he shaking his fist? what other levels of anger are there?

also 13 years ?? damn. doesn't seem that long. but seriously  - time to go.
 
2014-03-06 12:11:00 PM  
At least Tardmitter didnt take the obvious route and rag on the French... seing as it was them reporting it ("Agence France-Presse").

Im impressed. There may be hope for you yet, muricca.
 
2014-03-06 12:15:38 PM  
I guess they shouldn't have all those chemical weapons, right????
 
2014-03-06 12:18:04 PM  
durbnpoisn : Time to raise this question again... Can anyone explain why the hell we still have troops over there at all?

Afghanistan is halfway around the world. The supply line to provide material for our troops quartered in outposts there is so long that every branch of the armed forces is involved, and heavily guarded supply dumps must also be arranged. Not only is there a lot of money to be made by the corporations who bribe uh, donate to the American Congress's political campaigns, each of these rear supply dumps and outposts must have a commanding officer, and there must also be high ranking officers in charge of every aspect of this logistics nightmare of a supply line. Not to mention the cozy relationship that these senior officers have with the corporations, who almost exclusively hire recently retired senior officers. So both the people advising the President on what to do in Afghanistan and the people telling Congress what to do in Afghanistan
have personal reasons to stay there.

/five dead and eight maimed, 13. Right unlucky for that "winning their hearts and minds" gig.
//When Karzai, Cheney's hand chosen puppet president, is urging the USA to leave, you know they have been there too damn long.
 
2014-03-06 12:18:32 PM  

Farking Canuck: Out of curiosity, how many NATO countries, aside from the US, are performing drone strikes in Afghanistan?


The Canadians did have a small drone program, and Britain had a large one The US had all the rest. And the drones were operated by the nations who brought them, although they could be considered a pooled NATO air asset.
 
2014-03-06 12:22:57 PM  
Air strikes on civilians either by mistake or "colateral damage" has done more to lose the war in Afghanistan than any thing else.  Repeatedly Karzi asked the US to stop the air strikes yet they continued.  Now Karzi refuses to sign the troop agreement and the US will have to leave.  This has an impact on drone strikes in Pakistan but i am sure the CIA will find other locations to fly from.

As for the Canadian comment, this is what subbie was refering to:

http://en.wikiped ia.org/wiki/Tarnak_Farm_incident

The Tarnak Farm incident refers to the killing of four Canadian soldiers and the injury of eight others from the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group on the night of April 17, 2002, near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
An American F-16 fighter jet piloted by Air National Guard Major Harry Schmidt dropped a laser-guided 500-pound (230 kg) bomb on the Canadians, who were conducting a night firing exercise at Tarnak Farms.

The Board concluded that the American F-16 pilots contravened established procedures and were the cause of the incident.
Here is an excerpt from the letter of reprimand given to Schmidt:
"You acted shamefully on 17 April 2002 over Tarnak Farms, Afghanistan, exhibiting arrogance and a lack of flight discipline. When your flight lead warned you to "make sure it's not friendlies" and the Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft controller directed you to "stand by" and later to "hold fire," you should have marked the location with your targeting pod. Thereafter, if you believed, as you stated, you and your leader were threatened, you should have taken a series of evasive actions and remained at a safe distance to await further instructions from AWACS. Instead, you closed on the target and blatantly disobeyed the direction to "hold fire." Your failure to follow that order is inexcusable. I do not believe you acted in defense of Major Umbach or yourself. Your actions indicate that you used your self-defense declaration as a pretext to strike a target, which you rashly decided was an enemy firing position, and about which you had exhausted your patience in waiting for clearance from the Combined Air Operations Center to engage. You used the inherent right of self-defense as an excuse to wage your own war."
 
2014-03-06 12:23:52 PM  
Get your filthy hands off my desert!
 
2014-03-06 12:38:55 PM  

Snowrise: Farking Canuck: Out of curiosity, how many NATO countries, aside from the US, are performing drone strikes in Afghanistan?

The Canadians did have a small drone program, and Britain had a large one The US had all the rest. And the drones were operated by the nations who brought them, although they could be considered a pooled NATO air asset.


The Canadians were all recon and very few of the British ones were armed if I remember correctly
 
2014-03-06 12:44:04 PM  

EvilAvatar: Trollmitter:  Americanairstrike...
Article: NATOairstrike...


When did it become cool to try to constantly troll on Fark?


TFA says it was a drone strike. NATO doesn't have any armed drones, other than American ones. My bet is that it was a CIA drone, and they didn't bother to check whether those "insurgents" occupying that outpost were in fact Afghan army. Armed drones are one toy that should be taken away from the CIA.
 
2014-03-06 12:48:44 PM  
So, Coulter was right about colonizing the Afghans, eh?
 
2014-03-06 01:12:55 PM  

varmitydog: durbnpoisn : Time to raise this question again... Can anyone explain why the hell we still have troops over there at all?

Afghanistan is halfway around the world. The supply line to provide material for our troops quartered in outposts there is so long that every branch of the armed forces is involved, and heavily guarded supply dumps must also be arranged. Not only is there a lot of money to be made by the corporations who bribe uh, donate to the American Congress's political campaigns, each of these rear supply dumps and outposts must have a commanding officer, and there must also be high ranking officers in charge of every aspect of this logistics nightmare of a supply line. Not to mention the cozy relationship that these senior officers have with the corporations, who almost exclusively hire recently retired senior officers. So both the people advising the President on what to do in Afghanistan and the people telling Congress what to do in Afghanistan
have personal reasons to stay there.

/five dead and eight maimed, 13. Right unlucky for that "winning their hearts and minds" gig.
//When Karzai, Cheney's hand chosen puppet president, is urging the USA to leave, you know they have been there too damn long.


So you are saying that the answer to the question is a matter of keeping our troops in surrounding regions supplie?  I suppose that makes some good sense.  Not to Godwin the thread, but the inability to do that is one thing that cost the Germans dearly during WWII.
 
2014-03-06 01:28:49 PM  
damn, it was just a hockey game, guys.  let it go
 
2014-03-06 01:33:59 PM  
frank249:

"...Your actions indicate that you used your self-defense declaration as an excuse to wage your own war."

He should've waited until he got back.  He could've moved to Florida and killed all the brown people he wanted to.
 
2014-03-06 01:59:56 PM  

Farking Canuck: EvilAvatar: Trollmitter:  Americanairstrike...
Article: NATOairstrike...


When did it become cool to try to constantly troll on Fark?

Out of curiosity, how many NATO countries, aside from the US, are performing drone strikes in Afghanistan?


Click-bait gets greens. Click-bait gets page-views. This has been Fark's MO for years.

Welcome.
 
2014-03-06 03:31:24 PM  
The only reason we hear about it is because it was Afghan military. We'd never here about it if it was a bunch of peasants in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thanks a lot Obama!
 
2014-03-06 06:56:35 PM  

beer4breakfast: The only reason we hear about it is because it was Afghan military. We'd never here about it if it was a bunch of peasants in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thanks a lot Obama!


Ah... Not as such.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/report-u-s-drones-may-killed-civ il ians/
 
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