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  • BREAKING: Reports Claim ISIS Just Captured al-Asad Air Base Where 300 U.S. Marines Could Be Trapped

    02/12/2015 6:30:58 PM PST · by rey · 202 replies
    Liberty News ^ | 12 Fe 2015 | Eric Odom
    This is a story with various reports flying from multiple directions and it’s hard to get a grasp on exactly what’s happening. What we know at the moment is that ISIS is claiming it has seized control of the al-Asad air base in the Ramadi area of Iraq. According to multiple twitter feeds the Iraqi army has lost contact with its people inside the base. From what we can tell the 300 Marines are on location to train Iraqi military. The Pentagon is pushing back on these initial reports about al-Asad. According to the Pentagon ISIS is initiating attacks against...
  • Shots Fired: Russia Forces Break Through Ukraine Airbase in Belbek, Crimea

    03/22/2014 9:31:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/2014 | Mary Chastain
    Russian forces broke through the gate a Ukrainian airbase in Belbek, Crimea and demand the forces inside to surrender.
  • US airbase threatened in Kyrgyzstan as Russian-backed parties poised to take power

    10/12/2010 5:49:46 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | October 11, 2010 | Richard Orange in Bishkek
    Political parties backed by Russia and Kazakhstan are poised to take power in Kyrgyzstan, threatening closure for a strategic US airbase for the war in Afghanistan.
  • Breaking: Lakehurst military base on lockdown (Ft Dix/McGuire AFB, NJ)

    06/21/2010 8:42:55 AM PDT · by BP2 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 21, 2010 | MSNBC
    The Lakehurst section of Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst is on lockdown this morning, base officials said. The lockdown went into effect at about 9:15 a.m., Senior Airman David Carbajal said. The lockdown means no one is allowed to leave or enter the military base. Local police have cars and barricades blocking off Route 571 west of of Route 70. The lockdown was briefly applied to the Dix and McGuire sections of the 40,000-acre base, but is now in effect only at Lakehurst, Carbajal said shortly before 11 a.m. The New Jersey State Police has sent resources to assist with...
  • Will US military get the boot from Kyrgyzstan?

    04/24/2010 10:35:28 AM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 279+ views
    rt ^ | 4/24/10 | rt
    US Congress heard testimony on Thursday suggesting that America tolerated a corrupt Kyrgyz government so as not to lose a critical military base that serves coalition troops in nearby Afghanistan.
  • Base breach sparks nuclear worries

    02/06/2010 12:02:18 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 699+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 02/06/2010 | Kevin Dougherty
    A recent security breach of a Belgian air force base widely believed to possess U.S. nuclear warheads is being downplayed by Belgian military officials who maintain the activists never got close to any sensitive areas. Videotaped and later aired on YouTube, the security breach shows six anti-nuclear activists gaining access to Kleine Brogel Air Base last weekend. The activists were arrested by Belgian authorities, but not before they ambled across the snow-covered base for at least 20 minutes. A similar stunt occurred last November, according to Ingrid Baeck, a chief spokeswoman for the Belgian Ministry of Defense, who sought to...
  • Jihadis Discuss Plans to Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

    05/27/2009 12:57:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 26, 2009 | Abdul Hameed Bakier
    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 7 Issue: 14 04:31 PM Age: 11 hrs By: Urged by a senior al-Qaeda ideologue to take over Pakistan, members of jihadi internet forums have begun to examine the possibility of controlling Pakistan’s nuclear weapons (al-faloja1.com, April 24). At the same time, jihadis continue to collect information on nuclear facilities around the globe, especially Israel’s nuclear projects, waiting for an opportunity to perpetrate successful terrorist attacks against these facilities after massive terrorist attacks using conventional weapons failed to give rise to the global supremacy of Islamic law (al-faloja1.com, April 22). On March 14, al-Fajr Media Center...
  • US eyes replacement for Kirgiz air base

    02/06/2009 8:53:08 PM PST · by pobeda1945 · 10 replies · 738+ views
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 06.02.2009
    WASHINGTON, February 6 (Itar-Tass) -- The United States regrets that Kyrgyzstan is considering to close the Manas US air base and is looking for a substitution in neighboring Uzbekistan. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Thursday “it's regrettable that this is under consideration by the government of Kyrgyzstan.” But she stressed it would not impede US plans to expand its military presence in Afghanistan. Clinton said the Pentagon was “conducting an examination as to how else we would proceed” in the event the Manas air base is no longer available. The Associated Press quoted unnamed defense officials as...
  • Manas Airmen help provide aid to Kyrgyz in need

    12/01/2008 3:49:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 228+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Maj. Damien Pickart, USAF
    12/1/2008 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- Manas Airmen, in conjunction with U.S. Embassy personnel in Bishkek, hosted a small ceremony Nov. 25 in which 31,680 meals-ready-to-eat and more than 100 cold weather sleeping bags were provided to the Kyrgyz Republic's Ministry of Emergency Situations, or MES, to help local Kyrgyz who may need assistance during the coming winter. Col. Christopher Bence, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Tatiana Gfeoller, the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, presided over the event on behalf of the United States. Mr. Akyl Aitbaev, the MES deputy minister, accepted the aid on behalf...
  • Runway Re-opens, Increases Mission Flexibility of Kirkuk Air Base

    11/19/2008 4:48:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 256+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Master Sgt. Andrew Leonhard, USAF
    KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE — A runway re-opened here after more than three months, with a ceremonial first touch-n-go, Nov. 17. The newly resurfaced runway 14/32 was christened by Iraqi Air Force Lt. Ali Karim, Iraqi flying wing pilot trainee, and Capt. Craig Morash, 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk. Even though it's open for business, the 506th Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron commander said a small number of final details need to be finished. "It's like buying a new house," said Lt. Col. Elisabeth Auld, 506th EOSS commander. "There's still a few more things...
  • Bomb threat at US air base

    09/11/2007 1:24:53 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 1,811+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11 September 2007
    A US air base in western Germany was the target of a bomb threat last night, sparking a large operation by police and American forces to secure the site, police revealed today. Police in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate said the base had received a call from a man who spoke in German with a Russian or Turkish accent and threatened to attack the air base in Spangdahlem with bombs. He had at least four accomplices. "After the telephone threat, the American forces informed the police, who moved swiftly with US security forces to protect the air base," the police...
  • Rocket Attacks On Basra Airbase Increase

    08/19/2007 7:40:38 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 792+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-20-2007 | Thomas Harding
    Rocket attacks on Basra airbase increase By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent Last Updated: 2:41am BST 20/08/2007 Rocket attacks on British troops sheltering at the airbase in Basra have "ramped up considerably" with more than 450 raining down in the last three months, officers said. The 4,000 service personnel and thousands of civilian employees are becoming increasingly anxious at the upsurge in attacks. Riflemen from the Royal Green Jackets in Basrah One officer said that in tented accommodation all people can do is put on their body armour and helmets and "pray" they are not hit. In the last three months...
  • Gates Emphasizes Importance of Krygyz Air Base in Fighting Terror

    06/05/2007 4:34:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 305+ views
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, June 5, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today thanked Kyrgyzstan for its continued support for operations in Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates conducts a news conference with Gen. Lt. Ismail Isakovich Isakov, Krygyzstan’s defense minister, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 5. Photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. During a joint news conference here following a meeting with Gen. Lt. Ismail Isakov, the Kyrgyz defense minister, Gates said he looks forward to expanding the two countries’ bilateral relationship and security cooperation arrangements. Gates said his...
  • US airbase in Uzbekistan closed

    11/21/2005 7:35:39 PM PST · by Dyaus Pitar · 20 replies · 1,111+ views
    India Defence ^ | 11/21/2005 | UNI
    Moscow: The US airbase at Khanabad in Uzbekistan was closed after the last US warplane left the airbase, ending four years of the facility. A US embassy official in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, confirmed the airbase's closure, adding that the last US warplane left the base at 1540 hrs local time yesterday. A US colonel presented a certificate of appreciation and a US flag to an Uzbek official, Russian news agencies reported quoting the Uzbek Defence Ministry's press service. The Khanabad airbase was set up in 2001 to support the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. More than 1,500 US soldiers...
  • Left unhappy with growing Indo-US military ties

    11/03/2005 8:59:40 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 421+ views
    Rediff ^ | November 04, 2005 09:50 IST | Rediff
    An unscheduled meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security was held in New Delhi late on Thursday night to discuss the Left parties' decision to protest at Kalaikunda air base in West Bengal where air forces of India and the United States would hold joint military exercises. Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and Army and Air Force chiefs Gen J J Singh and Air Marshal S P Tyagi attended the meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official residence. Cabinet Secretary B K...
  • Security forces Airmen get frozen treat from Midwest

    08/24/2005 10:36:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 442+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. J. LaVoie
    KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Donations of freezer pops from family and friends throughout the Midwest recently helped a noncommissioned officers’ organization here give security forces Airmen a refreshing break during their duty day. The organization, comprising E-5s and E-6s, wanted to do something special for security forces specialists guarding Kirkuk. Originally they considered handing out slushies or popsicles as a gesture of thanks to Kirkuk’s “frontline” troops. They eventually decided freezer pops would best survive the desert heat, but that presented a problem. The frozen treat seemed ideal because it is purchased in a liquid form packaged at...
  • Rumsfeld Lauds Air Force Progress in Adapting to Fight Terrorists

    08/03/2005 6:28:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 3, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    DALLAS, Aug. 3, 2005 – Air Force personnel worldwide have been filling nontraditional roles to contribute to the fight against a multifaceted, adaptive insurgency, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Aug. 2. Addressing a meeting of the Air Force Sergeants Association, Rumsfeld highlighted the different jobs Air Force personnel have been doing in the war on terror. Airmen have been manning gun trucks, guarding supply convoys, and working on Army vehicles, among other things, he said. On a recent trip to Balad Air Base, Iraq, Rumsfeld said, he was impressed by the work of these airmen, especially the Air Force...
  • Aeromedical evacuation process key to saving lives in Iraq

    07/29/2005 7:04:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 657+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 29, 2005 | Master Sgt. Christopher Haug
    In battle, one of the hardest challenges is saving the wounded. Medical professionals encounter injuries not normally seen in peacetime, and many times see multiple life-threatening injures requiring immediate treatment on the battlefield. Another problem is moving patients across hot desert sands on bumpy roads in Iraq, which can be logistically challenging and uncomfortable for the patient. And there is always the danger of roadside bombs. To solve these problems, military aeromedical planners developed what is now an efficient medical evacuation system that moves patients from where they were injured to definitive care quickly and safely. Along the way, patients...
  • Predator operators see whole picture

    07/29/2005 6:33:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 939+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 29, 2005 | Senior Airman Shaun Emery
    BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Each MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle mission flown in the Iraqi sky begins and ends here. Predator operators deployed here put the aircraft in the air and make sure it lands safely. Sitting side by side in the “cockpit,” enlisted Airmen and officers work as a team providing top cover to Soldiers on the ground. Pilots and sensor operators with the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here each play a key role in the successful Predator mission. While technology allows pilots to control the aircraft from the U.S., Predator takeoffs and landings must be controlled...
  • RUMSFELD EXPECTED IN KYRGYZSTAN TO SETTLE BASE ISSUE

    07/21/2005 3:11:39 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 5 replies · 534+ views
    On July 20, Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Defense announced that U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to arrive on July 25. Rumsfeld will discuss the future of the U.S.-led air base Manas with the new Kyrgyz leadership, in the wake of Moscow- and Beijing-inspired demands to set a deadline on the presence of U.S.-led coalition forces in Central Asia. Meanwhile, French Defense Minister Michèle Aliot-Marie is arriving in Tajikistan on July 22 hoping to firm up the arrangements for French use of the Dushanbe and possibly also Kulob airports. For its part, on July 20 Moscow again urged the Central...
  • Turkeys OKs U.S. Request on Air Base Use

    04/25/2005 1:05:29 PM PDT · by TexKat · 78 replies · 2,790+ views
    AP ^ | 4/25/05 | SELCAN HACAOGLU
    ANKARA, Turkey - After months of delay, Turkey's Cabinet on Monday approved a long-standing U.S. request to have increased access to a strategic air base for flying into Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision was another step toward improving relations with Washington that were strained when Turkey refused to allow U.S. troops to stage an invasion of Iraq from Turkish territory in March 2003. A Cabinet decree — allowing the United States to fly in more cargo planes into the southern Incirlik Air Base for one year beginning in June — was sent to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer for approval, the...
  • US scatters bases to control Eurasia(Iran,China should worry)

    03/29/2005 8:23:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1,075+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 03/30/05 | Ramtanu Maitra
    US scatters bases to control Eurasia By Ramtanu Maitra The United States is beefing up its military presence in Afghanistan, at the same time encircling Iran. Washington will set up nine new bases in Afghanistan in the provinces of Helmand, Herat, Nimrouz, Balkh, Khost and Paktia. Reports also make it clear that the decision to set up new US military bases was made during Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's visit to Kabul last December. Subsequently, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accepted the Pentagon diktat. Not that Karzai had a choice: US intelligence is of the view that he will not be...
  • The Price of War ...........and Freedom

    11/22/2004 5:19:25 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 588+ views
    Private Email | NOVEMBER 22, 2004 | ANONYMOUS
    Gentlemen, I just wanted to share with all of you my most recent Air Force Reserve trip. As most of you know, I have decided to go back into the Air Force Reserves as a part time reservist and after 6 months of training, I have recently been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and have been fully mission qualified as an Aircraft Commander of a KC-135R strato tanker aircraft. On Friday of last week, my crew and I were tasked with a mission to provide air refueling support in order to tanker 6 F-16's over to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey....
  • Plot against US airbase in Kyrgyzstan foiled

    11/05/2003 10:11:35 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 231+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 06 2003
    KYRGYZSTAN security forces have thwarted a plot by Islamic extremists to attack an airbase used by US-led troops fighting in Afghanistan, a security official said today. Three citizens of the central Asian ex-Soviet republic were detained when "homemade weapons, grenades, sub-machine gun cartridges, a plan of attack and bomb-making equipment were found in a Bishkek apartment," a national security service official said. The target of the plot was Manas airbase, which is close to the capital and is a launchpad for US-led operations in nearby Afghanistan, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The official described the three as...
  • Ceremony marks U.S. withdrawal from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia

    08/26/2003 4:26:16 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 317+ views
    A discrete ceremony marked Tuesday the departure of the last American quota of the air base of Prince Sultan with Al-Kharj, some 80 km in the south of Ryad, indicated Western military sources. Nearly 100 members of the American personnel, unit of genius, the civil ones but also of the soldiers, left the base of Prince Sultan, who accomodated the majority of the thousands of American soldiers and allied forces present in the kingdom, added these sources. The vice-commander of the US Air Force in the area, the General Robert Elder chaired the ceremony, specified a person in charge...
  • US to expand Abu Dhabi air base

    05/14/2003 5:44:47 PM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 4 replies · 449+ views
    BBC ^ | May 14, 2003
    The US has stepped up plans to expand its military presence in the Gulf outside Saudi Arabia. In a statement posted on a federal business opportunities website, the US army announced plans to spend up to $25m (£15m) expanding its air base in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. It comes a week after the army said it was considering plans for a $100m expansion of its air base in Qatar. Last month the US said it was pulling its troops out of Saudi Arabia and moving its regional air command centre from there to Al Udeid air base in...
  • Kyrgyzstan: Anger at US Bases Mounts

    08/21/2002 2:10:37 PM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 11 replies · 242+ views
    Institute for War and Peace Reporting ^ | Aug 21, 2002 | Sultan Jumagulov
    An influential Muslim politician voices strong opposition to anti-terror troops in the country. By Sultan Jumagulov in Bishkek (RCA No. 139, 20-Aug-02) Tursunbai Bakir uulu, Kyrgyz deputy and leader of the Erk (Free Kyrgyzstan) party, has hit out at the continued presence of United States-led anti-terror coalition forces in the country. His concern represents the highest-level criticism of the western bases to date. "A number of statements by President George W Bush regarding the USA's intention to undertake military campaigns against Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries, are raising protests among my voters," said Bakir uulu. "As a Muslim state,...
  • U.S. base in Qatar seen central to any Iraq attack

    08/11/2002 10:11:39 AM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Alert Net- Reuters ^ | Aug 11, 2002 | Kedar Sharma
    By Kedar Sharma AL-UDEID, Qatar, Aug 11 (Reuters) - If the United States decides to attack Iraq, it is likely to do so from its fast-expanding military base deep within the desert of the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, diplomats and analysts said on Sunday. Faced with refusal from key Gulf Arab ally Saudi Arabia to be a launch pad for strikes on Baghdad, Washington has poured money and labour into expanding its $1.4 billion Al Udeid airbase which officials say will be finished by December. Qatar has publicly opposed any attack on Iraq but Gulf-based diplomats say Doha, widely...
  • Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (Space Image Photos)

    08/07/2002 12:46:39 PM PDT · by advocate10 · 35 replies · 7,423+ views
    DigitalGlobe ^ | DigitalGlobe
    Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar 25°06'57"N 51°18'55"E New imagery from Space Imaging's Ikonos and DigitalGlobe's Quick Bird reveal continued construction at Al Udeid Airbase. Credit: Space Imaging Middle East. Copyright (c) Space Imaging. All RIGHTS RESERVED. Online and news media distribution or publishing requires permission from Space Imaging. Contact Mark Brender for media permission at (703)558-0309 or mbrender@spaceimaging.com Credit: DigitalGlobe. Copyright (c) DigitalGlobe. All RIGHTS RESERVED. Contact Chuck Herring for media permission or purchase at 1-(800)496-1225 or cherring@digitalglobe.com Imagery of Al Udeid Air Base For more Public Eye satellite imagery, see the Picture of the Week Gallery of satellite...
  • Oman denies report on airbase

    04/24/2002 10:40:36 PM PDT · by Vigilant1 · 256+ views
    Gulf News Online ^ | 25 April 2002 | GNO
    Muscat | By A Correspondent | 25-04-2002 The Sultanate of Oman yesterday categorically denied a report by a British newspaper that a U.S. airbase was being constructed in the wilayat of Musannah in the north of the country. Calling the report, published by The Herald last Friday, baseless, an official source at the Ministry of Defence affirmed that the project being implemented there was in fact an airport planned by Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) 10 years ago. The planned project involved the transfer of RAFO airbase from Seeb Airport to a new site in the wilayat of Musannah....