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DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan
    #11332342 - 10/27/09 05:38 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

http://www.examiner.com/a-2288251~DEA_agents_among_14_Americans_dead_in_Afghanistan.html
(Bold added to parts concerning DEA and the war on drugs in Afghanistan)
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KABUL (Map, News) -
A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday while returning from the scene of a firefight with suspected Taliban drug traffickers in western Afghanistan, killing 10 Americans including three DEA agents in a not-so-noticed war within a war.

Four more troops were killed when two helicopters collided over southern Afghanistan, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces in this country in more than four years.

U.S. military officials insisted neither crash was believed a result of hostile fire, although the Taliban claimed they shot down a U.S. helicopter in the western province of Badghis. The U.S. did not say where in western Afghanistan its helicopter went down, and no other aircraft were reported missing.

The second crash took place when two U.S. Marine helicopters - a UH-1 and an AH-1 Cobra - collided in flight before sunrise over the southern province of Helmand, killing four American troops and wounding two more, Marine spokesman Maj. Bill Pelletier said.

The casualties marked the Drug Enforcement Administration's first deaths since it began operations here in 2005. Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium - the raw ingredient in heroin - and the illicit drug trade is a major source of funding for insurgent groups.

The U.S. has decided to target production and distribution networks after programs to destroy poppy fields did little except turn farmers against the American-led NATO mission.

NATO said the helicopter containing the DEA agents was returning from a joint operation that targeted a compound used by insurgents involved in "narcotics trafficking in western Afghanistan."

"During the operation, insurgent forces engaged the joint force and more than a dozen enemy fighters were killed in the ensuing firefight," a NATO statement said.

Eleven Americans, including another DEA agent, and 14 Afghan security troops were wounded in the crash, NATO said.


Military spokeswoman Elizabeth Mathias said hostile fire was unlikely because the troops were not receiving fire when the helicopter took off. She said troops had been rushed to the crash site to determine the cause.

The crash came less than a week after a U.N. report found that the drug trade is enabling the Taliban to make more money now than when they ruled Afghanistan before the U.S. invasion in 2001. The DEA sent more agents to Afghanistan this year to take part in military operations against insurgents who use drug smuggling to raise funds for their war against NATO and its Afghan allies.

It was the heaviest single-day loss of life since June 28, 2005, when 19 U.S. troops died, 16 of them aboard a Special Forces MH-47 Chinook helicopter that was shot down by insurgents.

U.S. forces also reported the deaths of two other American service members Sunday: one in a bomb attack in the east, and another who died of wounds sustained in an insurgent attack in the same region. The deaths bring to at least 47 the number of U.S. service members who have been killed in October.

This has been the deadliest year for international and U.S. forces since the 2001 invasion to oust the Taliban. Fighting spiked around the presidential vote in August, when 51 U.S. soldiers died that month - the deadliest for American forces in the eight-year war.

President Barack Obama mourned 14 Americans killed Monday and told a military audience he will not be hurried as he evaluates whether to alter U.S. strategy in the war.

"I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm's way. I won't risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary," Obama said during a visit to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida.

Obama is debating whether to send tens of thousands more troops to the country to curb the burgeoning Taliban-led insurgency. Doubts about bolstering the U.S. force grew after widespread fraud marred the Aug. 20 presidential election, raising doubt whether the U.S. and its NATO allies had a reliable partner in the fight against the militants.

Afghan officials scheduled a runoff election Nov. 7 between President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah after U.N.-backed auditors threw out nearly a third of the incumbent's votes, dropping him below the 50 percent threshold required for a first-round win in the 36-candidate field.

Abdullah complained Monday that there were no assurances that the November vote would be fairer than the first balloting. He called for the head of the government's Karzai-appointed election commission chairman, Azizullah Lodin, to be replaced within five days, saying he has "no credibility."

Lodin has denied allegations of bias in favor of Karzai, and the election commission's spokesman has already said Lodin cannot be replaced by either side.

Another flawed election would cast doubt on the wisdom of sending in more U.S. troops.

With less than two weeks to go until the vote, disagreements have emerged between the U.N. and the Afghans on how to conduct the balloting.

Lodin said the commission hopes to open all 23,960 polling stations from the first round. The U.N. wants to open only 16,000 stations to cut down on the number of "ghost polling stations" that never opened but were used to stuff ballot boxes.

Meanwhile, security forces in Kabul fired automatic rifles into the air for a second day Monday to contain hundreds of stone-throwing university students angered over the alleged desecration of Islam's holy book, the Quran, by U.S. troops during an operation two weeks ago in Wardak province. Fire trucks were also brought in to push back protesters with water cannons. Police said several officers were injured in the mayhem.

U.S. and Afghan authorities have denied any such desecration and insist that the Taliban are spreading the rumor to stir up public anger. The rumor has sparked similar protests in Wardak and Khost provinces.

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Associated Press Writers Rahim Faiez and Todd Pitman contributed to this report from Kabul; Noor Khan reported from Kandahar and Devlin Barrett from Washington.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.




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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: shivas.wisdom]
    #11332385 - 10/27/09 05:44 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

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The casualties marked the Drug Enforcement Administration's first deaths since it began operations here in 2005.




And it's just the beginning...


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: Society]
    #11333592 - 10/27/09 08:21 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

i hate when people die.  especially over a war thats not winnable, in a war thats got no point.  and a war that we shouldnt be involved in.  though i love it when karma sticks it to the man, especially the DEA.  lousy pricks.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: magicgreenbeans]
    #11333607 - 10/27/09 08:23 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

Drugs have already won the war.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: magicgreenbeans]
    #11333655 - 10/27/09 08:30 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

Agreed.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: JackofSpades]
    #11334368 - 10/27/09 10:08 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

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a U.N. report found that the drug trade is enabling the Taliban to make more money now than when they ruled Afghanistan before the U.S. invasion in 2001.




haha thats a sad figure for all sides involved


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: smokintheherb]
    #11334406 - 10/27/09 10:13 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

gee, this is just so unfortunate!:rolleyes:

its amazingly some sort of tradgedy when a dea agent dies... but when big brave dea agents storm into innocent peoples houses, and put 40 bullets in the head of 15yr olds for possessing FUCKING PLANT MATERIAL its somehow justified.

3 IS NOT ENOUGH!


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: Lucas89]
    #11334530 - 10/27/09 10:26 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

My soul says: Hatred and Anger breed themselves.

Be Good Family.



But my ego says: Kill every last one of those motherfuckers:minigun:


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: Lucas89]
    #11334559 - 10/27/09 10:29 PM (8 years, 27 days ago)

I regret the loss of life on the militarys' part.
As for the DEA agents, three down's a good start. I'll temper that by saying that I don't necessarily wish them dead per se, but let's face it, they've killed or wounded far more civilians than have done the same to them.

Absolutely against the use of military resources to help the DEA in their mission. If the DEA can't handle it on their own, that's their own fucking problem. Their budget's big enough that they shouldn't need to use military assets. The military has enough on their plate without having to ferry around a bunch of DEA tards.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: buddhabadger]
    #11335306 - 10/28/09 12:23 AM (8 years, 27 days ago)

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buddhabadger said:
I regret the loss of life on the militarys' part.
As for the DEA agents, three down's a good start.





Oh you must not know those soldiers are occupying a country and murdering people for American national hegemony and corporate profit. The soldiers do that that for minimum wage.

I say more dead American soldiers is good.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: dondoodle]
    #11335390 - 10/28/09 12:35 AM (8 years, 27 days ago)

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buddhabadger said:
I regret the loss of life on the militarys' part.
As for the DEA agents, three down's a good start.





Oh you must not know those soldiers are occupying a country and murdering people for American national hegemony and corporate profit. The soldiers do that that for minimum wage.

I say more dead American soldiers is good.




Please make more assumptions about what I do or don't know.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: buddhabadger]
    #11336197 - 10/28/09 03:49 AM (8 years, 27 days ago)

oh you must not know that its all an inside job nanothermite chemtrails at bohemian grove


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: wowitch17]
    #11338203 - 10/28/09 02:36 PM (8 years, 26 days ago)

Why would the DEA be in Afghanistan?  I dont think they have jurisdiction there. 

I dont feel sorry for them or any troops who die.  All of the troops signed to put themselves into harms way.      I do not support this war, and I personally think all the troops should be in america protecting America.  A lot of good it will do when china and russia invade and most of our troops and hardware are in the middle east.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: downlowfunk]
    #11338224 - 10/28/09 02:39 PM (8 years, 26 days ago)

This article states that these deaths were the first in the DEA's existence.  That is a damn lie; I've killed AT LEAST 20 or so DEA agents.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: dondoodle]
    #11338379 - 10/28/09 03:02 PM (8 years, 26 days ago)

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dondoodle said:
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buddhabadger said:
I regret the loss of life on the militarys' part.
As for the DEA agents, three down's a good start.





Oh you must not know those soldiers are occupying a country and murdering people for American national hegemony and corporate profit. The soldiers do that that for minimum wage.

I say more dead American soldiers is good.




Thats a fucked up statement.  Soldiers don't dictate what country they have to invade, politics do. A soldier is the poor bastard that has to do the dirty work of some backwards pen pushers. If your hate for America and its soldiers is so strong, get the fuck out of this country.

edit: sorry got caught up in the hateful statement, but anyways. the soldiers aren't the ones to blame, direct your distaste else wear.


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Re: DEA agents among 14 Americans dead in Afghanistan [Re: Society]
    #11360288 - 11/01/09 12:29 AM (8 years, 23 days ago)

First deaths in Afghanistan since they began operating there in 05.  Federal agents die every year, dunno how often they are DEA agents though,


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