The talc mines straddle the border with Pakistan, further easing the journey of the future baby-powder ingredient to markets. This allows the source of the illicit powder and any profits to be hidden as it transverses from Pakistan to your baby and/or infantry grunt.
As Nick Donovan, campaign director at Global Witness, noted in the group’s new report: "Unwitting American and European consumers are inadvertently helping fund extremist groups in Afghanistan."
A Marine is covered in colored powder at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 6, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Christian Lopez)Dept. Of
The ISIS faction in Afghanistan has tussled with the Taliban over control of the talc trade… echoing some of the “spice” trade tensions in the sci-fi classic Dune, which was inspired by the Soviet war in Afghanistan. “The fight is over the mines,” one Taliban commander is quoted as saying in the report. (It doesn’t quite have the same ring as “He who controls the spice controls the universe,” but when money is on the line, it gets the sentiment across.)
The Afghan government attempted a ban on talc powder trading in 2015, but like most Afghan government initiatives, it failed miserably. Luckily, after some field research, we at Task & Purpose can report that Gold Bond medicated powder does have a talc free version, which is great news for anyone rucking around Camp Lejeune. Continue to dust your chafing legs in confidence; you’re not supporting terror.
U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannie Leavitt, the outgoing commander of the 4th Fighter Wing, pilots an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft over North Carolina May 29, 2014. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)
WASHINGTON — Former Air Force and Navy fighter pilots are calling on the military to begin cancer screenings for aviators as young as 30 because of an increase in deaths from the disease that they suspect may be tied to radiation emitted in the cockpit.
"We are dropping like flies in our 50s from aggressive cancers," said retired Air Force Col. Eric Nelson, a former F-15E Strike Eagle weapons officer. He cited prostate and esophageal cancers, lymphoma, and glioblastomas that have struck fellow pilots he knew, commanded or flew with.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.