POLITICO, New York – In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon scrambled to identify threats to the nation and to U.S. personnel.
It was a crucial role, as some U.A.E. officials told The Associated Press in an interview.
So when Donald Trump tweeted that a group of Islamic terrorists had attacked an American military base, his tweet was a black box that could have put the U.M.
S Houston on notice.
The Pentagon was told to take immediate action, even as Trump continued to tweet about the attack.
The Pentagon had not even been notified that Trump was tweeting about a base in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, according to Uruziksi’s son, Ahmed, a senior member of the Afghanistan’s defense council.
Ahmed was in Afghanistan when the Sept. 12, 2001 attack occurred and was able to see the tweets that day.
That is because he was traveling to Afghanistan at the time.
He has no recollection of the tweets.
Uruziaksi said that he believes Trump was referring to the Uram Bay airbase in Pakistan.
In the Pentagon’s own words, the tweet said the attackers were planning a “major attack” on the base, a reference to a bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul in March 2008.
Uram Bay, which lies in the southern province of Uruzeh, is home to Umm Qayum, one of Afghanistan’s largest opium producing provinces, where opium is produced.
U.N. officials say Afghanistan produces over 80 percent of the world’s opium.
Uruzaq’s airbase was in the region at the same time that a Taliban attack killed at least 20 civilians at a government-run hospital in Kabul.
A Pentagon spokesman said the tweet was sent by a Pentagon official and that no action was taken against the official.
“It was only a matter of time,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby.
“The tweet came from an official and we’re not going to comment on it now.”
The Pentagon was aware of the tweet, said a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media.
The official added that the tweet wasn’t sent by Trump.
“It’s very hard to assess what he meant,” the official said of the Pentagon official.
Trump has been vocal in his support for the military in recent days and has questioned whether the U-2 spy plane that was shot down by Russian aircraft last month was part of the Russian military.
He also criticized former President Barack Obama for failing to respond to the Sept 10, 2012, attack on the U,M.I.S., the Pentagon spokesman, Kirby, said.
U.S.-backed Afghan security forces have been fighting to retake the city since last year, when the Taliban overran the sprawling Uruznagar district and forced the Umm Nabi Air Base to evacuate its personnel.
The U. S.-backed coalition has pushed to retake much of the district since, though the Afghan military continues to fight the Taliban.
Uram Bagh is home for nearly one-third of the Urawa Valley province of more than two million people.
The U.K.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, which is also based in Washington, D.C., said the attacks were part of a larger strategy of U. N.-led attacks on Afghan and Pakistani facilities, including the Taliban-controlled southern city of Lashkar Gah in March.
Urawad, which borders Pakistan, is also a hub for the Taliban and other militants.
The center said the attack on Uram bay could be an attempt to gain momentum in its war against the Taliban, but the Pentagon has not yet identified any specific targets.
“That would suggest that this was more about propaganda than any specific attack,” said Andrew Tabler, a professor at the National Defense University in Washington.
“I can’t say it was a coordinated attack.”
A U.s. military spokesman, Col. Bill Whitaker, said Uram bah was still under the control of the Afghan government, but said the UBJ had received no warning that an attack was imminent.
The spokesman added that he could not confirm the location of the base.
“There are some concerns about the UBU, particularly the size of the area,” Whitaker said.
“We continue to assess the situation and will work with the Afghan authorities to address the specific concerns.”
U.M.-Kashmir’s military officials say they have no knowledge of any threat to Urambay.
A U.U., the Afghan U. Ubujaq, was not immediately available for comment.