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Report: U.S. intel can’t keep with info generated by spy drones

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Like their fellow soldiers in Germany, Vietnam or Korea, those deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq have created a language all their own, filled with black humor, cultural references and even the occasional crudity.

Most of us have heard of RADAR — originally a military acronym standing in for the cumbersome term “Radio Detection and Ranging.”

We may even have encountered, or experienced, the occasional SNAFU, for “Situation Normal: All (Fouled) Up.”

But what on Earth is a “death blossom?” Or a “fobbit,” for that matter?

Slang terms referring to features of a base are also common, for example, a sign someone put next to an oil-filled puddle on a base in Afghanistan reading, “Rainbow Lake.” blog it

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Afghanistan is not in imminent danger of falling to the Taliban, President Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday as he downplayed worries that the insurgency could set up a renewed sanctuary for Al Qaeda.
Retired Gen. James Jones made the comments after eight U.S. soldiers were killed near the Pakistan border and as many as seven Afghan forces in one of the fiercest battles of the eight-year war. On Saturday morning, several hundred militant fighters streamed from an Afghan village and a mosque and attacked a pair of remote outposts.
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says  it’s a mistake to set a deadlineto end American military action, as
some liberals have sought, and that a defeat would be disastrous for the U.S.
In a stern warning to critics of a continued troop presence in Afghanistan, Gates said the Islamic extremist Taliban and Al Qaeda would perceive an early pullout as a victory over the United States as similar to the Soviet Union’s humiliating withdrawal in 1989 after a 10-year war.
“The notion of timelines and exit strategies and so on, frankly, I think would all be a strategic mistake. The reality is, failure
in Afghanistan would be a huge setback for the United States,” Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State
of the Union.”
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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq —  Gen. Douglas MacArthur had his signature corncob pipe. Soldiers got cigarettes in their C-rations during World War II. Even today, America’s war on tobacco seems to have largely bypassed the military.
Now a proposal to make the forces smoke-free is drawing strong reactions from troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though the Pentagon itself says any ban is a long way off.
“Your nerves get all rattled and you need something to calm you down,” said Staff Sgt. Jerry Benson of San Bernadino, California, with the 5th Stryker Brigade in southern Afghanistan.

Footage of COP Zerok being attacked with rockets and mortors. Soldiers return fire with indirect and direct fire weapons. Provided by Combined Joint Task Force – 82 PAO.

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Best Ranger Competition 2009 Day 1

Best Ranger Competition 2009 Day 2

Best Ranger Competition 2009 Day 3

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Footage of Soldiers on patrol and meeting with local shop owners in Mosul.

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Video about snipers training with Company C, 5-20 Infantry Regiment at Yakima Training Center in Washington. Provided by 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles sit in a row on the Camp Liberty, Iraq, fielding site, Feb. 20, 2009. The day marked the introduction of the 10,000th vehicle into Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Gaylord

Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles sit in a row on the Camp Liberty, Iraq, fielding site, Feb. 20, 2009. The day marked the introduction of the 10,000th vehicle into Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Gaylord

The U.S. military fielded its 10,000th mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle in Iraq today during a ceremony on Camp Liberty, just 22 months after it was introduced into the theater of operations.
Servicemembers and civilians from across Victory Base Complex gathered among rows of MRAPs at the largest fielding site in Iraq to acknowledge the success the vehicle has had in protecting thousands of troops from blasts caused by roadside bombs.

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