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Obama to send US troops to Lebanon, Iraq (Besides Egypt)

Gen. Martin Dempsey says Pentagon assisting regional partners to ensure they’re prepared to meet Syria spillover

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military commanders have been told to explore ways to increase security assistance to Lebanon and Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs said Wednesday, as the violence in Syria spills across the borders and the Iraqis face growing threats from the local al-Qaeda offshoot.

Gen. Martin Dempsey said the assistance is aimed at improving the two nations’ military capabilities and could include sending in U.S. training teams and accelerating foreign military sales of weapons and equipment to Iraq and Lebanon.

Dempsey made the recommendation to U.S. Central Command in recent weeks, according to Air Force Col. Ed Thomas, a spokesman for the Army general. There have been no U.S. military trainers in Iraq since troops left at the end of 2011, as the war there ended. But the U.S. has provided military training and assistance to Lebanon for a number of years.

“Militarily, what we’re doing is assisting our partners in the region, the neighbors of Syria, to ensure that they’re prepared to account for the potential spillover effects,” Dempsey said during a Pentagon briefing Wednesday. “As you know, we’ve just taken a decision to leave some Patriot missile batteries and some F-16s in Jordan as part of the defense of Jordan. We’re working with our Iraqi counterparts, the Lebanese Armed Forces and Turkey through NATO.”

He said that as he looked at the challenges being faced by Syria’s neighbors, including the re-emergence of al-Qaeda in Iraq, he determined that the U.S. should help them build up their military abilities. He said the assistance would not involve sending U.S. combat troops into Lebanon or Iraq.

The U.S. last week left about a dozen F-16 fighter jets in Jordan, where they will be flying and conducting training operations. The Pentagon also left a Patriot missile battery there, bringing the total number of American forces in Jordan to about 1,000.

U.S. officials said the increased show of military might in Jordan was a signal to Syria that it must confine its civil war within its borders. The officials said it is meant to show that the U.S. was committed to its defense relationship with Jordan and that America intended to maintain a strong presence in the region. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly.

Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to provide any additional information about U.S. plans to provide weapons to Syrian rebels, other than to say that the U.S. military has no role so far in that program.

According to officials, the CIA was coordinating the effort to arm the rebel groups.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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How Obama is undermining our military and weakening national defense

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How the Muslim-in-Chief, the dhimmi Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and a staff of Muslim appeasers are undermining our military and weakening national defense

Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley – a highly decorated combat commander – was fired from his position by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for teaching a course designed to educate our soldiers about how to fight the enemy: Islamic Jihad.

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Washington Times  The Pentagon’s top brass has dealt another blow to a decorated Army officer who was fired last year as a war college instructor because of his teachings about radical Islam, his attorney told The Washington Times.

A four-star general’s rejection of Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley for consideration for command of a combat battalion likely means the end of a promising Army career of an armor officer who was decorated for valor in Iraq and received glowing evaluations.

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Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley

News of Col. Dooley’s setback has emerged as some researchers of radical Islam are criticizing the Obama administration for downplaying the Islamic connection in a string of attempted and successful terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.

Mr. Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center in Michigan, said the blame for Col. Dooley’s treatment ultimately belongs to ArmyGen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Dempsey publicly condemned Col. Dooley’s teachings and set into motion investigations that resulted in his firing.

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“Yet, despite Gen. Dempsey’s personal attacks on LTC Dooley, a command review board consisting of generals and colonels voted to retain LTC Dooley on the list for battalion command. But political correctness once again dominated the Pentagon. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff, directed that LTC Dooley’s name be removed from the Command List. Sadly, a principle of leadership — loyalty to the men who are loyal to you — is once again ignored. And violation of that principle in this case not only results in a miscarriage of justice to a loyal and patriotic officer, but deprives our nation of a proven combat commander.”

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The Times asked Army public affairs for comment but received no response. A spokesman for Gen. Dempsey previously told The Times that Col. Dooley’s training materials were “academically irresponsible.”

Col. Dooley’s downfall began in October 2011 with a letter sent by 57 American Islamic organizations to John O. Brennan, then President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and now CIA director. The groups, which include two tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, which calls for global Islamic law, demanded that the government scrub its teaching on Islam. The White House complied.

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The National Defense University, which oversees the Joint Forces Staff College and approved Col. Dooley’s presentation, did not find fault with his curriculum. But a (Muslim) student later complained directly to the Pentagon, and Gen. Dempsey ordered an investigation that resulted in the colonel’s firing and a mandated poor officer evaluation last year.

One of the complaints was that the colonel advocated total war against IslamMr. Thompson said the charge is untrue. A guest lecturer talked of war as one scenario should radical Islamists obtain nuclear weapons.

The university’s faculty handbook states that students and teachers may express opinions “free of limitations, restraints or coercion by the University or external environment,” and that “no subject or issue is considered taboo.”

Mr. Thompson said Col. Dooley is pursuing an administrative appeal inside the Army. If that fails, his grievance will be decided in federal court.

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Shoebat  This incident epitomizes the serious trouble this country is in unless Obama and his thugs are impeached, tried, convicted, and removed from power. The Benghazi scandal highlights the dangers of our failed and foolish security policies. The administration’s failure to protect Americans there is a model Dempsey appears to have adopted in firing Dooley.

Failure to secure and arm the compound in Benghazi is no different from failing to secure and arm the military itself with the tools necessary to identify and fight the enemy.

 

Afghan attacks kill U.S. diplomat, soldiers, others

 

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan |
Sun Apr 7, 2013 12:16am EDT

 

(Reuters) – A car bomb blast killed
five Americans, including three U.S. soldiers and a young diplomat, on
Saturday, while an American civilian died in a separate attack in the
east.

 

The diplomat and other
Americans were in a convoy of vehicles in Zabul province when the blast
occurred, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

 

The soldiers and the diplomat died in the blast along with a civilian employee of the Defense Department and Afghan civilians, Kerry said. His statement gave no overall death toll.

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Map of Pakistan (Photo credit: Omer Wazir)

 

The
Washington Post identified the diplomat as Anne Smedinghoff, 25, citing
her parents. Smedinghoff was Kerry’s embassy guide and aide when he
visited Afghanistan last month, the paper said.

 

Local
and international officials in the region said earlier that six people
died in the blast: three U.S. soldiers, two U.S. civilians and an Afghan
doctor.

 

Provincial governor Mohammad Ashraf Nasery was in the convoy, but was unharmed, local and NATO officials said.

 

“Our
American officials and their Afghan colleagues were on their way to
donate books to students in a school in Qalat, the province’s capital,
when they were struck by this despicable attack,” Kerry said in his
statement.

 

He said he had met the
diplomat during a trip to Kabul, and spoke to her parents after her
death. Four other U.S. diplomats were wounded, one critically, Kerry
said in his statement.

 

The convoy
was near a hospital and a NATO base at the time of the explosion. Five
Afghans, including a student and two reporters, were wounded, a local
official said.

 

The attack came as
the top U.S. general, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, arrived in the country for a short visit to assess how much
training Afghan troops need before U.S. troops pull out as planned by
the end of 2014.

 

In an attack in
Afghanistan’s east, an American civilian working with the U.S.
government was killed during an insurgent attack, the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

 

Zabul shares borders with Pakistan to the southeast and Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban, to the south.

 

The
Taliban claimed responsibility for the Zabul attack in a text message
from spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi. He said a car bomb killed seven
foreigners and wounded five others, although he later revised the toll
to 13 foreigners killed and nine wounded.

 

The Taliban routinely exaggerates casualty figures.

 

The
killings followed a bloody Taliban assault in the country’s west on
Wednesday that killed 44 people in a courtroom in Farah province. The
United Nations says civilians are being increasingly targeted.

 

In
a statement posted online earlier on Saturday, Ahmadi said the Taliban
would continue to target Afghan judges and prosecutors.

 

“The
Islamic Emirate, from today onwards, will keep a close watch over
courthouses, all its personnel and all those who try to harm Mujahideen
and will deal with them the same as the judges and prosecutors of
Farah.”

 

(Reporting by Ismail
Sameem, additional reporting by Paul Eckert; Writing by Dylan Welch and
Diane Bartz; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Xavier Briand)