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Obama Pentagon Avoids the Word ‘Combat’ After Another U.S. Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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(CNSNews.com) – A U.S. Special Operations service member was killed and two others were injured after coming under enemy fire in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Tuesday, but asked whether this meant U.S. troops were engaged in combat, a Pentagon spokesman said repeatedly that they were there in their mandated mission to “train, advise, assist” Afghan forces.

Defense officials said two HH-60 Pavehawk medevac helicopters were sent in to provide help, but one was “waved off” after coming under fire and returned safely to base. The other landed, but sustained rotor blade damage after apparently striking a wall.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, briefing reporters even as hostilities in Marjah were still reported to be underway, said he could not comment on claims by the Taliban that it had brought down the helicopter, or that it had been hit by a mortar while on the ground.

Cook was asked several times, in different ways, whether U.S. forces were in fact engaged in combat in Afghanistan, but did not answer directly.

“Could you explain the context of what’s going on in Marjah that required U.S. combat presence given that combat mission is over?” Cook was asked.

“Well as you know, we’re conducting ‘train, advise and assist’ in Helmand province,” he replied.

Cook was unable to clarify the mission involving the U.S. special operations troops and their Afghan counterparts.

“I cannot tell you with specificity at this point exactly what they were doing there at this particular time, other than this was an operation that was consistent with that ‘train, advise and assist’ mission.”

He went to on stress that “Afghanistan is a dangerous place” and that the “fight” was still underway in Helmand and other parts of the country.

“The U.S. forces that are there are doing what they can to provide support – training, advice, assistance to the Afghan forces as they take the lead in this fight.”

Asked again what type of mission was underway when the firefight broke out, Cook said he did not want to jump the gun while awaiting more details.

“But these U.S. special operators are, as we’ve discussed before, allowed to engage, and train, advise and assist their special operations counterparts–”

“In active combat?” a reporter interjected.

“–they’ve been in Helmand province, providing this kind of support in the past,” Cook continued.

“Is it safe to say that the combat mission continues in Afghanistan?” a reporter asked.

“It is safe to say that Afghanistan is a dangerous place, and that the U.S. forces that are providing assistance to the Afghans are in harm’s way when they’re there. We’ve seen that, it’s been a painful reminder the last few weeks,” he said.

“But the Afghans are leading this fight,” Cook continued. “They’re doing it with the support of the United States and the support of other international partners.”

“One dead special operator,” the reporter pressed. “How can you not say the combat mission endures in Afghanistan today?”

Cook repeated that U.S. forces in Afghanistan were in harm’s way, and stressed the Pentagon was not dismissing the risk facing both U.S. and Afghan forces there.

“They are there and can defend themselves as they should be able to, but again, this is the Afghans in the lead. That mission has not changed for the U.S. troops on the ground – providing training and assistance to those Afghan forces.”

‘It’s a constant fighting season in Afghanistan now’

Cook said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter was confident in the ability of the Afghan government and forces to move forward, and that the U.S. support was helping improve their capabilities and resiliency.

He disputed a reporter’s assertion that Afghan forces were “losing ground” to the Taliban.

“I would not concede that they’re losing ground across the country. What we’re talking about is a difficult situation. We’ve always said that the fighting season – uh, it’s a constant fighting season in Afghanistan now,” he said.

“And the Afghan security forces have demonstrated their skills, their capabilities, their improvements.”

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BREAKING!! TRUMP PISSED! Gowdy Just Exposed ‘Secret Society’ Plotting Trump Assassination

IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE!!!

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It should come as no great surprise that President Trump has a lot of opponents in Washington. To be fair, they made their positions clear long before he took office, and have been sticking to them ever since. The opposition was made even clearer with the Russia collusion investigation that has been launched and drug out for the past year. Many of us hoped that even though the left was violently opposed to President Trump and many of his policies, they wouldn’t actually resort to violence to silence him. We might have been wrong.

It’s a perfectly legal recourse for a party who doesn’t believe in a candidate or President to check him or her out thoroughly and see if there are any inconsistencies that can be exploited for the purpose of removing them from office. What isn’t perfectly legal is having forces within the Justice Department set about falsifying evidence, or withholding it from a congressional probe, but that is just what’s been happening.

The FBI was supposed to be investigating President Trump’s campaign, but when it became clear that they were compromised, Congress started to investigate some of the members of that special investigation. What they found was proof positive that many laws were broken in an effort to keep President Trump from office. Leading the charge against the injustices in the FBI is former prosecutor and current Representative Trey Gowdy along with Representative John Ratcliffe. According to Real Clear Politics, they informed Fox News that this information could spell the end of some careers on Capitol Hill:

“Reps. Trey Gowdy and John Ratcliffe join FNC’s Martha McCallum to talk about another newly released text message between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. This time, Strzok implies a “secret society” of federal agents worked to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

‘It is possible these text messages that are missing, perhaps they really were lost. Perhaps it is another strange coincidence,’ Ratcliffe said. “It is harder and harder for us to explain one strange coincidence after another.”

‘We know that Strzok and Page had an intense anti-Trump bias,’ he said. ‘And that’s OK, so long as they check it at the door and do their job. We learned today in the thousands of text messages we have reviewed, that perhaps they may not have done that. We know about this ‘insurance policy’ that was referenced trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.’

Ratcliffe continued: ‘We learned today about information that in the immediate aftermath of his election, there may have been a ‘secret society’ of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI, to include Page and Strzok, working against him. I’m not saying that actually happened, but when folks speak in those terms, they need to come forward to explain the context.’

About the ‘secret society,’ Gowdy said: ‘You have this insurance policy in Spring 2016, and then the day after the election, what they really didn’t want to have happen, there is a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these supposed to be fact-centric FBI agents saying, ‘Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society.’ So I’m going to want to know what secret society you are talking about, because you’re supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the electoral college. So yeah — I’m going to want to know.’

The evidence that these two bring paints a scary picture as to what has been happening behind closed doors. We trust those in law enforcement to look out for the best interests of the nation. This is just the opposite; they seem to be looking for their own best interests, and the laws and will of the people are no more than an after thought, or a punishment to be avoided.

According to Your News Wire “The inspector general also discovered that the FBI ‘failed to preserve’ five months worth of Strzok-Page texts for a crucial period in the Russia investigation — from Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. Considering the explosive information revealed by Gowdy and Ratcliffe regarding one of the text messages, it has become clear the FBI is attempting to cover its tracks.

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vowed to investigate the text messages further.

‘I’m going to want to know what secret society are you talking about because you are supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the electoral college. I‘m going to want to know,’ he said on Fox.

In a tweet on Monday, Ratcliffe said that his review of the Strzok-Page texts ‘revealed manifest bias among top FBI officials’ against Trump.”

The DNC pushed for this investigation into Russian collusion, and it was the worst possible move they could have made. From the perspective of the mainstream media or any of the powers that be in Congress, they could have carried on and hinted and pushed the narrative without the investigation, but they didn’t. They were just so sure that he was guilty, so sure that he had to play the same dirty, colluded gamed that they were playing, that they had to have transparency. Well, they got their transparency, and when they did, we all got to see the dirty underbelly of how the liberals fight their political battles.

[H/T: Real Clear Politics]

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BREAKING!! SESSIONS In FULL PANIC!! Trump Just Discovered WHO Deleted FBI Text Messages!!

ENJOY PRISON SCUMBAG!

Frank Lea

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions was just questioned for hours about the Russian nonsense about them meddling with the election. That was a joke, but now Sessions might be in panic mode after what was just discovered about who deleted the FBI text messages. Even though the FBI released about 50,000 text messages that were shared between FBI’s investigator Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page, there was still a gap of messages that went missing. There are a few reasons why Strzok and Page wouldn’t want any of these messages revealed.

Any work related text messages were understood to happen, but the couple was having an affair. Page was Strzok’s mistress. If that information leak weren’t damning enough, then they would be shaking in their boots, even more, when the rest of the critical information is revealed. This information could involve anything from the secret society meeting that allegedly happened around the time of Trump winning the election, to Russian meddling and fake news, to an attempt to take Trump and his family out of the Presidency.

The lack of transparency and potential alienation of the FBI to the United States is overwhelming, and readers are head over heels with a ton of information to filter through. 50,000 text messages is a lot of deciphering. Then to find out there’s a potential five-month span that is missing? Well, that’s going to be a long few nights of reading. It might take a team of analysts to figure out what’s going on in all those text messages between Strzok and Page.

How does anyone get any work done if they’re texting 50,000 times?

Sessions will have to act upon this, which is exactly why he should be extremely nervous. Can you now see why Comey got out while he could? Sessions might also find himself being implicated in something. We won’t know until the five-month period of missing text messages is recovered.

The Gateway Pundit had more:
“This weekend the FBI released 50,000 text messages between top FBI Investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress and top FBI Attorney Lisa Page.But the FBI told Congress thousands of text messages between the two agents were deleted during a five month period from December 2016 to May 2017.

The premier international intelligence agency said they lost them.

The FBI “lost” five months of text messages between Chief FBI Investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress and FBI Attorney Lisa Page.

The two agents were using Galaxy S5 phones preloaded with the Samsung Knox security suite.

Reporter Jack Posobiec says the text messages could not have been deleted, altered or disabled by anyone other than an FBI system expert.”

Jack Posobiec is notorious on Twitter and very much hated by liberals in Philadelphia, my hometown. The liberals who I’ve talked to, or read comments on social media from, dislike Jack because he consistently points out truths that are trying to be covered up. To point out the primary security system of the Galaxy S5 phone is something that most people wouldn’t look up, know, or think about. Once Jack Posobiec points this out, then people’s minds wonder about what’s happening. If the FBI investigator and attorney were using that phone, and it’s a generic security suite which might provide backups or traces of deleted text messages, then people will immediately ask “where are the phones” and “are we investigating the phones yet?”

Once people realize that the Knox security suite may have been held, but then only truly deleted by an FBI systems expert, then that’s where the lack of trust and inability to be transparent comes to play. People will need and want the truth. People will expect someone to discover more information, but it often takes a team of independent people putting their name on the line for the sake of transparency and justice. Jack just did that, and now the doors are opening wider for the purpose of an investigation.

Washington Examiner talks more about recovering lost text messages from the phone:
“A sharp digital forensic expert may still be able to recover them,” said Andrew Ziem, creator of BleachBit, the software that Hillary Clinton subordinates used to clear information from her private server. “In general whenever any software deletes any information, traces are left on the storage device, though they become disorganized like the proverbial needle in the haystack.”

Ziem said that “success requires physical access to at least one of the unlocked devices, and it depends whether the messages were accidentally or intentionally erased, as well as other factors. As the device is used over time, the chances of accidental overwriting become more likely, and because so much time has passed since the critical period in the Strzok-Page case, success is not likely. On the other hand, individual text messages are small, so maybe a few survived.”

Investigators “may be able to recover deleted text messages from the cellphones used by the parties,” agreed Dennis Williams, a ‎partner at ‎Pathway Forensics LLC who worked three decades with the FBI, including as director of the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.”

The key is to find the cell phones and have an independent forensics and technology group study, investigate, and uncover the lost text messages from the specific five-month period.

Sessions must be freaking out. He knows he has to deal with this, but there’s always the possibility that he gets dealt with as a response.

Will Sessions push forward and demand the phones be located and investigated? Or will he turn the other cheek and get out as Comey did?

This is going to be huge. What is your prediction for what happens next?

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BREAKING!!! TRUMP Just Announced It!! IT’S OPENING!!!

HELL YEAH!!!

Frank Lea

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The embassy planned to open in Jerusalem just had a date change. It was reported that the embassy will now open in 2019, ahead of schedule, as was stated by Vice President Mike Pence. It was initially supposed to take several years to open an embassy in Jerusalem, but now they believe it will be open by the end of 2019. What was originally a 3-4 year plan has now been effectively cut in half if all goes as planned. This is a great announcement by Trump and Pence.

President Donald Trump and Mike Pence have faced scrutiny over the decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem. They faced some minor backlash over recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but they also endured a lot of support in the decision that has been called controversial.

During the address to the Israeli parliament, Mike Pence had to defend the decision because it’s reportedly condemned by numerous Palestinians and some of their Arab associates.

NY Daily News reports:
Vice President Mike Pence says the United States will open its embassy in Jerusalem next year, ahead of schedule. In an address to the Israeli parliament on Monday,

Pence defended the controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has been condemned by the Palestinians and their Arab allies.

Pence says the administration will advance its plan in the coming weeks and the embassy will open by the end of 2019. Previous estimates had been the move would take three or four years.

The Palestinians claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital. They say the U.S. cannot be a mediator after the decision and have pre-emptively rejected any peace plan presented by the Trump administration.

Mike Pence faced hecklers from Arab lawmakers of the Israeli parliament at the start of his address. The hecklers were involved in a brief scuffle and then removed from the room so the Vice President could continue speaking uninterrupted. The conflict was caught on camera and posted to YouTube by the Associated Press.

The speech took place at the Knesset. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was present. He stood and gave a round of applause as the protesting lawmakers were forced out of the house.  The troublemaking lawmakers were holding signs stating that Jerusalem was the capital of Palestine.

Haaretz provided further information:

“Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List, Israel’s Arab coalition party, called Pence “a dangerous man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region.”

After Tuesday’s protest, Odeh said the act was “a strong and legitimate protest against the Trump-Netanyahu regime, against an extreme right that glorifies racism and hate and speaks of peace as lip-service but does anything in its power to further push away peace. Our protest today at the Knesset was done in the name of all citizens opposing the occupation and dreaming of peace.”

Mike Pence had called for peace with Israel and the Palestinians. Pence wanted people at the table talking, not disrupting the event and hindering progress.  The Vice President believes that dialogue is the key to creating a peaceful environment, but that discussion cannot happen when angry protesters cause chaos and ruin things like they always do. Pence was explicitly quoted as saying “peace can only come through dialogue.”

The protesting lawmakers had a chance to be in a room with leadership and have their words heard through peaceful conversation. They refused to be calm and communicate with adults. Instead, the pushed their protest forward and rambled on like children speaking gibberish. They moaned, groaned, and were sent out for a “time out.”

Protesters always forget that those watching them don’t ever take them seriously. Protesters are problems. They are immature and destructive. Protesters shout so loud that people often can’t understand what they’re saying. Or, what they’re saying doesn’t make much sense.

Protesters must realize that what they do turns everyone OFF from listening. When you try to force your message upon people, then people naturally don’t want to hear it. If the information is presented as an option for people to explore, then perhaps people will listen. To be violent, forceful, and chaotic by choice means people lose respect for those protesting. It’s no wonder the protesters are always so angry – no one’s listening.

Maybe if they changed their method of delivery to one that is more respectful, adult-like, and coherent, then perhaps people could finally engage in that peaceful dialogue that Pence suggested.

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