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  • ‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

    02/15/2017 3:57:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 13 February 2017 | David Axe
    A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army. In late January, a source on the ground in Central African Republic spotted a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter with the registry number N408RC carrying American Special Forces troops. The LRA, a cultish band of thieves and rapists led by warlord Joseph Kony, is most active in the forested region where Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet. In 2010, President...
  • Remembering Entebbe

    07/05/2016 7:53:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | July 4, 2016 | Jonathan Feldstein
    If you've never heard of Entebbe you've probably never heard of what makes Entebbe famous, or why that matters. As America celebrates July 4 as the anniversary of independence, Israel and those who support her celebrate the historic milestone and miracles connected to the rescue of hostages and heroic counter terrorism operation at Uganda’s capital also on July 4, 40 years ago. The celebrated operation was comprised of imagination on steroids, tremendous bravery and numerous miracles. On 27 June 1976, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by Arab and German terrorists, and flown to Entebbe, Uganda’s main...
  • Israeli exhibit revisits famed 1976 Entebbe rescue raid

    07/12/2015 8:29:21 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/12/15 | ARON HELLER
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It was perhaps the most daring Israeli military exploit ever — a rescue raid in Africa that inspired Hollywood films and became etched in Israeli history. Nearly four decades later, a first-of-its-kind exhibit showcases the story behind the July 1976 freeing of hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe, Uganda. The display includes a copy of the original order to launch the operation and the original combat vest worn by the lone casualty among the Israeli troops: Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Answers a Child's Question About His Brother's Death (Video)

    06/13/2015 6:15:55 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    The Jewish Standard on Facebook ^ | The Jewish Standard
    Wow. You have to watch this earnest exchange, in which a young girl who lost her father in last summer's war asks the prime minister, who lost his brother in the Entebbe Operation, how it felt.
  • Netanyahu Shines When Asked By Fatherless Girl: ‘How Did It Feel When Your Brother Passed Away?’

    05/08/2015 7:18:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 5/8/15 | KARA PENDLETON
    The Jewish Standard shared this “earnest exchange” between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a little girl on its Facebook page: he girl asked the Prime Minister about losing his brother Yonatan. Tablet writes that Netanyahu’s older brother “Yoni” was killed commanding 1976’s Operation Entebbe, in which an attempt was made to rescue hijacked hostages. Netanyahu’s response to the girl highlights the softer, sensitive side of the world leader: I felt like someone took an axe and chopped my hand off. Not only the hand. Somebody took an axe and chopped off my leg. Maybe both legs… That’s how I...
  • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu story (movie review)

    03/08/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Follow Me the movie ^ | March 8, 2014 | Unattributed
    JULY 4, 1976 ENTEBBE, UGANDA – Led by Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, crack Israeli commandos race from their airplanes covered by the midnight darkness. Methodically, they approach a non-descript airline terminal, burst inside, killing the stunned terrorists. Helpless and shocked, 103 hostages lift their heads and gratefully weep at the mesmerizing sight of their saviors. As the alarms begin to sound, the Israeli soldiers strike with surgical precision and speed — a lightning bolt of controlled, finely rehearsed fury. It is all over in a few minutes. Terrorists lay dead. The hostages rush out to board the transport planes waiting...
  • Entebbe Celebrated

    07/13/2011 9:48:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 07/11/11 | Daniel Mandel
    Thirty-five years ago last week, Israeli commandos flew into the heart of Africa to the old terminal building at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport. In a lighting operation, they freed 103 hostages. 248 passengers and 12 crewmembers had been hijacked a week earlier aboard Air France Flight 139 en route from Athens to Paris. The hijackers were German and Arab -- this was a collaboration between Baader-Meinhof and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist PLO faction that is now part of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA).
  • 1976: Israelis rescue Entebbe hostages - BBC On This Day (35 yrs ago)

    07/04/2011 6:15:12 AM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | July 4, 2011 | Staff
    Israeli commandos have rescued 100 hostages, mostly Israelis or Jews, held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe airport in Uganda. At about 0100 local time (2200GMT), Ugandan soldiers and the hijackers were taken completely by surprise when three Hercules transport planes landed after a 2,500-mile trip from Israel. About 200 elite troops ran out and stormed the airport building. During a 35-minute battle, 20 Ugandan soldiers and all seven hijackers died along with three hostages. This operation will certainly be inscribed in the annals of military history, in legend and in national tradition. Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister The leader of...
  • Dutch police hold 'terror suspect' at Amsterdam airport

    09/19/2010 9:25:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 sep 2010
    A British man of Somali origin has been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on suspicion of being a terrorist, prosecutors say. He had arrived from Liverpool en route to Entebbe in Uganda, they said. A police spokesman said the man had been arrested before a flight took off from the airport, one of Europe's busiest, on Sunday. Two Yemenis arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of planning a terror attack were released earlier this month. Police were investigating whether the man arrested on Sunday had links to a foreign militant organisation, prosecutors said. The tip-off to arrest the man came from...
  • Remembering the Israeli Raid on Entebbe

    07/04/2010 1:18:17 PM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Diaries ^ | 7/4/10 | Judy Lash Balint
    Today marks the 34th anniversary of Operation Yonatan, Israel's dramatic rescue of 103 hostages that took place on July 4, 1976 at Entebbe, Uganda. As a college student in the US, I vividly remember watching events unfold as most of the rest of the nation was focused on the celebration of America's bi-centennial. Jews around the world held their breath as the terrorist incident ended with a relatively minimal loss of life. Pride and admiration for the daring and courage of Israel's decision-makers and generals was the order of the day. In Israel, the anniversary of the operation was marked...
  • Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu

    05/10/2010 7:54:14 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 21 replies · 442+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | May 10, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,From an American gentile who has always admired, loved and respected the Jewish people and brave Israel, please receive my hopes and prayers that you will do the right thing, despite the human obstacle currently residing in our White House, who is a gross embarrassment to 80% of all Americans and whom we would like to eject much sooner than the 2/1/2 more years through which we must suffer his monstrous policies.Do what you must, Mr. Prime Minister. More citizens of the world are with you than you realize. The Islamic beast is on the march. He...
  • Remembering Entebee : When Leaders Still Fought For Freedom

    07/02/2009 9:21:12 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 412+ views
    JPOST/The Lid ^ | 7/3/09 | The Lid
    On July 4th 1976 shortly after midnight Israeli Planes landed at Entebbe and began their now famous rescue. The entire assault lasted less than 30 minutes and all six of the hijackers were killed. Yonatan Netanyahu (Bibi's older brother) was the only Israeli commando who died during the operation. He was killed near the airport entrance, apparently by a Ugandan sniper who fired at the Israeli commandos from the nearby control tower. At least five other Israeli commandos were wounded. Out of the 103 hostages, three were killed and approximately 10 were wounded. A total of 45 Ugandan soldiers were...
  • Uganda leader tells Netanyahu he will set up museum at Entebbe

    05/14/2008 5:59:15 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 4 replies · 155+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/12/08 | REBECCA ANNA STOIL
    In addition to drawing crowds of international dignitaries, President Shimon Peres's "Facing Tomorrow" presidential conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday brought together Ugandan President Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and members of the Netanyahu family, whose oldest son, Yoni, was killed in the 1976 Operation Thunderbolt. Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, his brother Ido and his father, Prof. Benzion Netanyahu, met with Museveni in the afternoon at the Knesset. As part of the meeting, Museveni announced that the only remaining structure of the old Entebbe airport, the control tower, would be turned into a museum commemorating the operation later renamed "Operation Yoni." Yoni...
  • George Habash, notorious for leading PLO plane-hijacking faction, dies of heart attack

    01/26/2008 12:52:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 178+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | January 26, 2007 | JAMAL HALABY
    Excerpt - AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- George Habash, whose radical PLO faction gained notoriety after the simultaneous hijackings of four Western airliners in 1970 and the seizure of an Air France flight to Entebbe, Uganda, died Saturday in Jordan. He was 81. The former guerrilla leader, a rival of Yasser Arafat, died of a heart attack in Amman, said Leila Khaled, a member of the Palestine National Council and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Habash founded. Born to a Christian Arab family, Habash opposed Arab-Israeli peace talks. His group was the second-largest...
  • Remembering Entebbe: A Message for Today?

    07/04/2007 1:55:05 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies · 362+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2007 | Judy Lash Balint
    Remembering Entebbe: A Message for Today?By JUDY LASH BALINT This week marks the 31st anniversary of Operation Yonatan, Israel's dramaticrescue of 103 hostages that took place on July 4, 1976 at Entebbe, Uganda. As a college student in the US, I vividly remember watching events unfold as most of the rest of the nation was focused on the celebration of America's bi-centennial. Jews around the world held their breath as the terrorist incident ended with a relatively minimal loss of life. Pride and admiration for the daring and courage of Israel's decision-makers and generals was the order of the day....
  • British document: Israel initiated Entebbe hijack [THOSE EEVILLE ZIONISTS!!]

    06/01/2007 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Alouette · 19 replies · 1,199+ views
    YNet ^ | June 1, 2007
    Official government file quotes unnamed source as claiming Shin Bet cooperated with Air France flight's hijackers, PFLP group, in instigating crisis in bid to weaken PLO Ynet Published: 06.01.07, 09:45 / Israel News The state of Israel was behind the hijacking of an Air France plane to Entebbe in 1976, and cooperated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in staging the affair, a UK government file compiled at the time of the occurrences and published by the BBC Friday revealed. According to the file released by the National Archives, an unnamed contact told a British diplomat in...
  • Terror suspects behind Entebbe affair give themselves up

    02/04/2007 5:16:05 PM PST · by abu afak · 36 replies · 1,403+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 4, 07
    After 19 years on the run, German police arrest members of RZ group, which was involved in hijacking Air France plane with dozens of Israelis on board in 1976 Two suspected members of a German left-wing terror group which took part in some of the most notorious hostage dramas of the 1970s have surrendered to authorities after 19 years on the run. Federal state prosecutors in Karlsruhe said on Sunday that the two suspected members of the "Revolutionaere Zellen" (RZ), or Revolutionary Cells, had given themselves up in December. RZ members helped Carlos the Jackal take ministers hostage at an...
  • Entebbe veteran named as new Israeli army chief

    01/24/2007 12:51:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 385+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/07 | Jean-Luc Renaudie
    JERUSALEM (AFP) - Major General Gabi Ashkenazi is awaiting final confirmation as Israel's new army chief of staff after his predecessor quit over the handling of last summer's war in Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office announced the appointment of the 52-year-old Ashkenazi, currently director general of the defence ministry, late on Monday night. "After consultations between the prime minister and Defence Minister Amir Peretz, it was decided that... General Gabi Ashkenazi be named the 19th chief of staff of the Israeli army," the premier's office said in a statement. The nomination must be confirmed by the cabinet and...
  • Veteran Of Entebbe To Lead Forces In Israel

    01/22/2007 6:42:11 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 618+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-23-2007 | Tim Butcher
    Veteran of Entebbe to lead forces in Israel By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem Last Updated: 2:31am GMT 23/01/2007 An army officer with a reputation for plain speaking is to become Israel's next armed forces chief. Maj Gen Gabi Ashkenazi will take control after the unexpected resignation of Lt Gen Dan Halutz last week. Gen Ashkenazi, 53, fought in the 1973 Yom Kippur war and took part in the legendary 1976 Entebbe raid. His promotion suggests a desire among the Israeli military elite to return to the well-established formula of relying on army officers to run the military establishment. Gen Halutz...
  • Idi Amin strikes again in bold drama ('The Last King of Scotland' movie)

    09/08/2006 10:57:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,082+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | September 8, 2006 | Howie Movshovitz
    Excerpt - TELLURIDE, Colo. (Hollywood Reporter) - Director Kevin MacDonald introduced the Telluride screening of "The Last King of Scotland" by saying, "It's my first feature. Please be gentle." But there's little need for gentleness. Much of "The Last King of Scotland" is an extraordinary piece about naivete caught up short in terrible events. Box office looks substantial in sophisticated urban venues in North America. ~ snip ~