Afghanistan Hub




Prince Harry Talks Nude Pics, Killing Militants, PlayStation in Candid Interview: VIDEO

Int_harry

A candid interview with Prince Harry by the UK's Channel 4 is making waves in Britain. In the interview, Harry talks about killing Taliban militants, comparing operating his helicopter's gunner to playing video games, the NYT reports:

At one stage in the interview, Prince Harry said that he was not troubled by killing militants. “Take a life to save a life,” he said. “If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game.”

In another edit of the footage, posted online by The Guardian, Prince Harry, who is known as Captain Wales in the army, explained that he was glad to have been “pushed forward to the front seat,” the one reserved for the attack helicopter’s gunner. That was, he said, “a joy for me because I’m one of those people that loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful — if you ask the guys I thrash them at FIFA the whole time,” referring to a popular video game series.

The Taliban are not pleased.

He also says that Prince William is jealous of his military career, and comments on the nude photos of him partying in Las Vegas:

"I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down...but at the end of the day, I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect...It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince. It's a simple case of that."

Watch the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Prince Harry Talks Nude Pics, Killing Militants, PlayStation in Candid Interview: VIDEO" »


Did CIA Ask FBI To Investigate Outsider David Petraeus? VIDEO

RichardEngel

You've probably heard by now that CIA director David Petraeus resigned yesterday after an FBI investigation into his biographer, Paula Broadwell, revealed the general had an extramarital affair.

Rachel Maddow of course discussed this last night, bringing on both the reporter who broke the story, Andrea Mitchell, and NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel to discuss the fallout.

One interesting thing Engel passed on is the way one former and one current CIA employee explained the agency's feelings toward outsider Petraeus, the four-star general who commanded our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how those feelings may have impacted this story: they would have had to bring the FBI in to investigate Broadwell and Petraeus.

"[Petraeus] actually wasn't very popular in certain circles inside the CIA," said Engel, before explaining that people really didn't like the general. "The CIA is a bit of an old fashioned club. They like it if you come up the ranks."

"One person at the CIA and one person formerly at the CIA put it to me this way, 'The CIA would have to ask the FBI to look into emails that were suspicious'," he says toward the end of the video AFTER THE JUMP.

So, was the CIA outsourcing its investigation to get Petraeus out, or is this, as some on the right suggest, a huge conspiracy so that Petraeus won't have to testify before Congress about the Benghazi attack that killed American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others?

Watch Maddow and her team discuss Petraeus' resignation AFTER THE JUMP.

Continue reading "Did CIA Ask FBI To Investigate Outsider David Petraeus? VIDEO" »


Taliban in Afghanistan Says It Wants to Kill or Kidnap Prince Harry

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he is not worried about threats from the Afghan Taliban stating that they've launched an aggressive campaign to capture Prince Harry dead or alive, Reuters reports:

Captain_harryQueen Elizabeth's grandson is in Afghanistan on a four-month tour, based out of Camp Bastion in the volatile Helmand province, where he will be on the front line in the NATO-led war against Taliban insurgents.

"We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location.

"We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him," Mujahid added, declining to go into detail on what he called the "Harry operations".

Said Rasmussen: "That's not a matter of concern to me. We do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan whatever might be their personal background."


NEWS: Imperiled Love, A Fiddly Pastor, And The Loveliness Of The Moon From The Thames

JonAndNedo

Towleroad-roadicon Meet Jon and Nedo, a binational married couple whose union is imperiled by an expiring visa:

Since the day we first met, Nedo and I have not been apart with the exception of the seven months while we waited for him to come to the United States on his student visa ... To this day the effects of [the] decision to leave his family are deeply emotional and he can’t allow himself to communicate with them regularly because it is easier to disassociate then deal with the enormity of that decision. Every time he talks to his family he ends up crying for the remainder of the night.  He misses his nieces and nephews terribly and it hurts him not to see them regularly. The fact that he is separated from his mother is something he can’t even fully grasp without his eyes swelling with tears. Due to his current legal status he cannot risk leaving the country for fear his visa will not be renewed, but this means he also must live with the knowledge that he may never see his parents again. They are getting older and the more time that goes by without him being able to visit is another form of torment for us as a gay binational American family. My husband experiences this pain often, and it causes me to resent my government for the pain our families suffer in the name of DOMA.

... Each year we participate in the Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery and this last year was especially bitter for us as we are running out of time on Nedo’s visa. The Green Card Lottery is our final hope ... Because his visa will be up in February of 2013 we are running out of options ...

We can no longer put off conversations about what will happen to us next year ...

Towleroad-roadicon Tasmania likely to become first Australian state to grant marriage equality.

Towleroad-roadicon Conservative news organs complain that the mainstream media ignored Chick-fil-A appreciation day.

Towleroad-roadicon Indiana megachurch pastor Jack Schaap dismissed after allegations of sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl:

“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor,” the church said in a statement.

Towleroad-roadicon There were as many as a hundred Christian families in the Egyptian town of Dahshour. After mob rampage, there are none:

The violence was ultimately rooted in a dispute over a badly ironed shirt that escalated into a fight in which a Christian burned a Muslim to death, in turn sparking the rampage by angry Muslims.

"It was a devil's moment," Wehba said Thursday at the home of her Muslim neighbors, who have taken her in. "Whoever caused this was the devil's son."

Towleroad-roadicon What Afghan girls brave on the way to school.

Towleroad-roadicon Five ridiculous atheists.

Towleroad-roadicon NBC apologizes for airing an ad starring a gymnast monkey immediately after recapping Gabby Douglas's gold-winning performance.

Towleroad-roadicon Michael Phelps concludes a storied career.

Towleroad-roadicon A lucky Olympic picture.

LuckyOlympic


NEWS: Afghanistan, Obituaries, And Strange Alliances

Article-1319804-0B955F01000005DC-985_634x757

Towleroad-roadicon What became of Aesha?

Towleroad-roadicon Farewell, Robin Gibb.

Ramen Towleroad-roadicon The Boston Globe takes a stand on the deportation of same-sex spouses.

Towleroad-roadicon The problem with puppy mills.

Towleroad-roadicon Trans beautuy Jenna Talackova didn't become Miss Universe Canada last night:

The crown went to Sahar Biniaz, an Indian-born, Iranian-raised actress from Vancouver. Biniaz, 26, will represent Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in December, according to the Miss Universe Canada website.

Talackova refused to speak to the media after the competition, but Biniaz said Talackova had congratulated her on her win backstage. Biniaz added that she admired Talackova for having the courage to compete in the pageant.

In a CNN interview hours before showtime, the 6-foot-1 Talackova seemed a bit weary, as the spotlight was still squarely on her gender transformation.

"Like I always say, my family didn't understand, so why would I expect anybody else to understand? And then they got to know me and they loved me," Talackova said.

Towleroad-roadicon More on Dharun Ravi's gay allies.

Towleroad-roadicon Abdel Basset Ali al Megrahi, Lockerbie bomber, is dead.

Towleroad-roadicon Mitt's faith.

Towleroad-roadicon The most fun article ever written about Article IV of the American Constitution -- which, mid-way through, turns out to be about marriage equality. (Seriously: Read it. Its a monstrously fun piece of writing.)

Towleroad-roadicon The Times in-house conservative, Ross Douthat, on the Elizabeth Warren/Cherokee pseudo-scandal:

A diverse faculty and campus can be a laudable goal. But the point is to build academic communities that actually contain a wide variety of experiences and perspectives, not to wax self-congratulatory because you’ve met a set of ethnic quotas. The story of Elizabeth Warren, “woman of color,” represents a reductio ad absurdum of the latter tendency, which has been all too prevalent in elite universities -- giving us affirmative-action programs that benefit West Indian immigrants more than the descendants of slaves, and faculties that include a wider range of skin tones than of political and religious views.

The irony is that Warren herself probably did make Harvard more diverse, since she grew up the daughter of a janitor in Oklahoma -- not a typical background, to put it mildly, for Ivy League students and faculty today. But under the academy’s cramped definitions, it was her grandfather’s Cherokee cheekbones, not her blue-collar roots, that led to her citation as a supposed trailblazer.

CrazyCam Towleroad-roadicon Paul Cameron, chairman of the Family Research Institute, seems to be losing it. He thinks Barack Obama's connections to Hollywood mean he's gay, and that the gay rights movement wants to turn the United States into -- wait for it -- Afghanistan. Watch Cameron explain all of this and more to David Pakman AFTER THE JUMP ...

Continue reading "NEWS: Afghanistan, Obituaries, And Strange Alliances" »


Obama's Speech from Afghanistan: VIDEO

Afghanistan_obama

In case you missed the President's surprise drop-in to Afghanistan last night, where he outlined the U.S. military's role there past 2014 on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Said Obama: "Our goal is to destroy al-Qaida, and we are on a path to do exactly that."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

AP: "In the political realm, he and Vice President Joe Biden have marked the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death by questioning whether Republican challenger Mitt Romney would have ordered the daring raid that penetrated the terrorist leader's Pakistan hide-out. Republicans are accusing the president of politicizing the event, and Romney is insisting that he would indeed have ordered U.S. forces into action."

Continue reading "Obama's Speech from Afghanistan: VIDEO" »


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged