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15th Anniversary: Johnny “Mike” Spann, first American killed in Afghanistan

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 25, 2016 at 9:00am 11/25/2016 at 9:00am
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The first time we wrote about Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann was in early May 2011, in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden:

Hearing the news of Osama bin Laden’s death brought forward many emotions and memories.

One of those memories for me was the story of Johnny “Mike” Spann, from Winfield,...

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Four Americans in Afghanistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:59am 11/13/2016 at 10:59am
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A Taliban suicide bomber managed to find his way into a U.S. military base in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he detonated a bomb and killed four Americans. The blast left 16 wounded:

The suicide bomber at Bagram Air Field had been dressed as a day laborer and detonated the explosives in the vicinity...

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Obama Legacy Unfolds: Taliban Enter Major Afghan City

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10:00am 10/4/2016 at 10:00am
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Before the Obamas could even move out of the White House at the end of the term, the president’s legacy is unveiling itself across the Muslim World. From Mediterranean Sea to Persian Gulf, the forces of Radical Islam continue to score one triumph after another. Once reduced to hunted fugitives by President...

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“My husband, like many fallen service members, would want to see you live”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:00am 5/30/2016 at 11:00am
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On Sept. 9, 2011, my husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in action in Paktia, Afghanistan.

My world shattered. As I struggled to look through the kaleidoscope lens that made up my life, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t eat, and I could barely breathe. I didn’t understand why God would take away...

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I am proud to be the widow of Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, USMC

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8:00pm 5/29/2016 at 8:00pm
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Memorial Day. What does it mean to me?

It means a time to reflect on my husband’s service and sacrifice. A time to reflect on the sacrifices of thousands of families like my own.

I met Jonny Porto in 2008 shortly after I graduated college. He was stationed on the Army post on...

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Taliban Leader Killed by U.S. Drone in Pakistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4:30pm 5/22/2016 at 4:30pm
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The Afghanistan government confirmed a U.S. drone killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor in Pakistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense said the government targeted the leader “while travelling in convoy ne...

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Army Retains Green Beret Who Confronted an Afghan Child Rapist

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:30pm 4/30/2016 at 2:30pm
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In August of last year, the United States Army was moving to kick out a decorated Green Beret for defending a young boy who had been repeatedly raped by an Afghan police commander.  This Afghan reportedly also beat the young boy’s mother when she complained about the repeated vile sexual attacks...

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Johnny “Mike” Spann, killed in the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi (11-25-2001)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 6:00pm 11/25/2015 at 6:00pm
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The first time we wrote about Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann was in early May 2011, in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden:

Hearing the news of Osama bin Laden’s death brought forward many emotions and memories.

One of those memories for me was the story of Johnny “Mike” Spann, from Winfield,...

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Rasmussen: War on Terror Concerns at 11 Year High

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 12, 2015 at 1:00pm 10/12/2015 at 1:00pm
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According to a Rasmussen poll released Monday morning, more voters than ever believe terrorists have an advantage over the United States and her allies.

Conducted from October 4-5, the poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters, asking two questions:

1) Who is winning the War on Terrorism—the United States and its allies or the terrorists?

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Civilian Casualties: Does U.S. Hold Itself to Same High Standards It Holds Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1:00pm 10/6/2015 at 1:00pm
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The hypocrisy of this administration with respect to Israel can, at times, be stunning. One of those times was in August of 2014, in the middle of the Israeli military operation known as Operation Protective Edge, which was designed to stop rocket-fire emanating from Gaza.

A school run by UNRWA, the UN agency that...

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R.I.P. Sgt. Andrew McKenna

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 8:36pm 8/9/2015 at 8:36pm
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There I was, minding my own business on Twitter, when Kurt Schlichter retweeted this tweet and it hit me in the gut:

What jumped out at me was not just...

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Reports: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead (again) [UPDATED]

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:35am 7/29/2015 at 11:35am
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Today the Afghan government announced that it is investigating new reports of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Intelligence sources, as well as the Afghan government, previously reported that Omar had probably died “two or three” years ago, but are working alongside other officials in the region to confirm the...

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Amb. Power’s Bizarre Analogy: Columbia Mattress Girl and Afghan women

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 6:44pm 5/17/2015 at 6:44pm
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We have covered the case of Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who vowed to carry her mattress around campus in protest of her alleged rapist who remained on campus. That alleged rapist was cleared by the University, and now is suing to clear his name.

I don’t know if Sulkowicz was...

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Obama: We will maintain Afghanistan troop levels

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:48pm 3/24/2015 at 4:48pm
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And down goes another campaign pledge!

Today President Obama held a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to announce that the United States will maintain its 9800 troop count in Afghanistan through the end of the year. The President had previously promised to reduce that troop count to...

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The War in Afghanistan is Over?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:00am 12/29/2014 at 7:00am
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Yesterday, the International Security Assistance Force was folded away into history as the combat mission in Afghanistan officially came to an end. After more than 13 years, the day-to-day combat operations have now been handed over to Afghan security forces.

The new international mission, dubbed “Resolute Support,” will provide training and...

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Remembering the first American killed in Afghanistan, November 25, 2001

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:03pm 11/25/2014 at 1:03pm
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On November 25, 2001, the first American was killed in the Afghan war, during a prisoner uprising in northern Afghanistan.

He was a CIA special operations officer.  His name was Johnny “Mike” Spann.  His story is not told often enough.

We have written of Mike Spann several times before, each one documenting a different aspect...

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Obama quietly extends combat role in Afghanistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 9:00am 11/23/2014 at 9:00am
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While we were sleeping, President Obama decided U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan.

In May, Obama said, “this year, we will bring America’s longest war to a responsible end,” as he discussed his plan to withdraw troops.

Here was his announcement of troop withdrawal given in the Rose Garden in May:

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