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  • The Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time

    09/21/2016 8:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 21, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Over the last century of military aviation, several fighters have earned the nickname “flying coffin.” Military aviation inherently pushes up against the limits of technology and human endurance, particularly where fighter and pursuit aviation are concerned. Flying a fighter is remarkably dangerous, even when no one is trying to shoot you down. Engineering a capable fighter plane is also a struggle. Relatively small changes in engine, armament and airframe design can transform a clunker into an elite fighting machine. Many of the best fighters in history were initially viewed askance by their pilots.
  • AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

    08/02/2016 9:30:41 PM PDT · by Enchante · 46 replies
    US Air Force Public Affairs ^ | August 2, 2016 | Air Combat Command Public Affairs
    AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’ By Air Combat Command Public Affairs, / Published August 02, 2016 JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2. Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability: Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic close air support, interdiction and limited suppression/destruction of enemy air defenses in a contested environment with an operational squadron of 12-24 aircraft; the ability to deploy and...
  • Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

    10/17/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by PIF · 43 replies
    real clear defense ^ | October 16, 2015 | Patrick Megahan
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is one of the most experienced and capable air forces in the world, with roughly 400 American-made F-16 and F-15 fighters in its inventory. For the most part, this force resembles a smaller version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) “legacy” fighter fleet – fourth generation aircraft originally developed during the 1970s. Like the USAF, however, many of these aircraft are three decades old and nearing the end of their service life. snip If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft,...
  • Report Argues That The F-35 Is Totally Inferior To Foreign Fighters

    08/12/2015 1:55:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/12/15 | Jonah Bennett
    A new report released by the National Security Network argues that the F-35 is ultimately inferior relative to foreign fighters and even older aircraft models in the U.S. arsenal. As the most expensive weapons program in Pentagon history, at an estimated cost of $1.4 trillion, the F-35 has attracted a significant amount of both praise and negative attention. Gen. Joseph Dunford recently stated that while he’ll consider reviewing the total number of F-35s that the DOD is planning to purchase, the overall program will be left intact, dimming the hopes of some critics who think that the program should be...
  • ISIS Boy In New Video

    07/23/2015 1:22:10 PM PDT · by the_daug · 3 replies
    VOCATV ^ | Jul 23, 2015 at 05:09 AM | Jacob Steinblatt and Amit Weiss
    ISIS’s official media wing in Iraq’s Dijla province released a new video Wednesday that boasts the terror group’s boy fighters and ups the ante of a bellicose propaganda campaign championing child soldiers.
  • The U.S. Air Force Promised the F-4 Would Never Dogfight: Now it’s saying the same thing about [tr]

    07/07/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 6, 2015 | David Axe
    The aerial dogfight was not supposed to happen. On May 20, 1967, eight U.S. Air Force F-4C fighters were patrolling over North Vietnam when they spotted as many as 15 enemy MiG-17 fighters a short distance away. Fog and the MiGs’ low altitude had prevented the F-4s from detecting the North Vietnamese jets from farther away.
  • US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters (in nine months)

    06/03/2015 5:25:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 6/03/15 | BASSEM MROUE
    BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken's figure came after a Paris conference on how to stop the extremists ended without any new strategy to halt their campaign. It also comes months after the Pentagon dismissed such counts as "simply not a relevant figure" in the fight against the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group launched a...
  • Affordable $20 million fighter planes

    05/16/2015 5:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 10, 2015 | Brian Wang
    The Textron Scorpion costs $20 million, still not exactly a bargain by most people's standards, but a fifth of the cost of the F-35. It suggests that not every advanced defence project has to necessarily come in years late and billions over budget – and points to a new twist in not only the future of fighter-jet design, but also in more humanitarian roles that a budget jet could carry out. Textron aren’t the only ones creating the tech to address this issue. The single jet fighter JF-17 is a Chinese design, currently being built in collaboration with its sole...
  • U.S. Estimates 20,000 Foreign Fighters Heading to Syria, Iraq

    02/10/2015 5:32:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 10, 2015
    WASHINGTON—Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join Islamic State or other extremist groups, including at least 3,400 from Western nations among 20,000 from around the world, U.S. intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern. Intelligence agencies now believe that as many as 150 Americans have tried and some have succeeded in reaching in the Syrian war zone, officials told the House Homeland Security Committee in testimony prepared for delivery on Wednesday. Some of those Americans were arrested en route, some died in the area and a small number are...
  • 11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

    01/29/2015 4:51:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | Jan 27, 2015
    The F-16 jet "lost power" as it took off from the base near the southeastern city of Albacete and crashed into an area where other planes were parked, damaging at least five other aircraft, the defence ministry said in a statement. At least 19 other people were injured in the accident... The Spanish ministry said the jet that crashed was taking part in a NATO training exercise called the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) which seeks to improve multi-national cooperation in air operations.
  • Congressman Says 10 ISIS Fighters Have Been Apprehended At US Border [VIDEO]

    10/08/2014 6:02:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    “Tell me what you know,” said Van Susteren. “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas,” said Hunter, who received the information from a confidential border patrol source.
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis (Obama plays thru..)

    08/12/2014 11:14:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/12/14 | DIAA HADID and BASSEM MROUE - ap
    MALIKIYA, Syria (AP) — In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from the air, the Syrian Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them. ... For the past few days, fighters have been rescuing Yazidis from the mountain, transporting them into Syrian territory to give them first aid, food and water, and returning some to Iraq via a...
  • (MN) Woman Guilty of Perjury in Case of Somali Fighters

    08/29/2013 1:12:59 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies ^ | 8/29/13 | Scott Theisen /AP
    A 23-year-old woman admitted Thursday that she lied to a grand jury investigating the long-running case of young men who left Minnesota to join a terrorist group in Somalia. Saynab Hussein pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minnesota to one count of perjury. She admitted that in June 2009 she lied when she told a grand jury she did not know anyone who raised money for the travelers, when she actually helped raise money herself.
  • State Department: Freedom Fighters? Terrorists? Whatevs…

    08/13/2013 2:28:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/13/13 | staff
    The State Department could not say Tuesday whether the Obama administration considers the prisoners it has pressured Israel to release are guilty of any wrongdoing. Israel is set to release 26 Palestinians Tuesday who have been serving jail sentences for murder and terrorism. Asked whether the administration considers the prisoners to be terrorists, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, “I do not have a position on that.” Asked whether the administration objects to the Palestinian Authority officially designating the murderers and terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “political prisoners,” the State Department spokeswoman answered repeatedly, “I don’t have a position on...
  • Hundreds of Libyan fighters demand salary from NTC

    11/05/2011 6:03:47 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    xinhuanet ^ | November 6th 2011 | Staff
    TRIPOLI, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Libyan fighters protested outside a hotel in the capital Tripoli on Saturday evening, asking for salary from the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC). The NTC fighters who haven't been paid since they took up arms in March gathered in front of Radison Blu hotel where NTC oil and finance chief Ali Tarhouni has his office. Sporadic gunfire was heard during their demonstration. "We need money to buy food for our family ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday as food prices increased sharply compared with the same period last year," said Ahmed Hamaza,...
  • Abbas greets newly released Palestinian prisoners: You are freedom fighters

    10/19/2011 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 10/19/11 | Staff
    The Gaza Strip and West Bank gave a jubilant welcome on Tuesday to hundreds of Palestinians freed from Israeli prisons in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held for five years by the enclave's Islamist rulers, Hamas. Fire-crackers, klaxons and cheering carloads of flag-waving young men raised the noise level steadily in Gaza city as thousands converged on a central square for a mass rally with speeches scheduled by Hamas leaders and well-known militants just liberated in the swap mediated by Egypt. (Snip) But violence erupted when the Israelis announced over loud speakers that the prisoners
  • Libyan 'Freedom Fighters' Murderous Jihad Against Non-Arab Blacks

    05/27/2011 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    american thinker ^ | 5/27/11 | Andrew G. Bostom
    An Eritrean priest in Rome, Don Mussje Zerai, who oversees the Habeshia cooperation and development agency, is reporting that murderous atrocities are being committed against non-Arab black Libyans in territories under the control of the US and NATO supported "Libyan freedom fighters." Some 800 Africans were massacred in Misrata alone, as allegedly documented in a number of videos of the Habeshia agency website that depict "cruel episodes and fury on lifeless bodies," which are "manifestation of deep held hate." The clergyman decried the ongoing indifference (memo to the delusional Senator John McCain) to this carnage despite previous reports. Don Zerai...
  • 8th FS ‘Black Sheep’ inactivated

    05/24/2011 3:02:26 PM PDT · by SZonian · 11 replies
    Holloman AFB, 49th Wing Public Affairs ^ | 5/20/2011 | A1C Siuta B. Ika
    Almost two years after its reactivation, the 8th Fighter Squadron held its inactivation ceremony May 13 on the 8th FS trim pad. The 8th FS, which was reactivated in September 2009 after being inactivated April 2008 following the retirement of the F-117 Nighthawk , will once again be placed in inactive status due to the changing of Holloman's flying mission. Since its reactivation, the 8th has done many great things explained Lt. Col. Craig Baker, 8th FS commander. "In less than a year, we boosted, by over 100 percent, the power projection of the 49th Wing's combat capabilities," he said....
  • Top Ten Low-Pass Fighter Flybys of ALL TIME

    05/14/2011 3:24:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 15, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    This'll get yer heart pumpin red stuff this morning...put on the headphones, the sound is wicked:[video] That video + more news/views/humor at Reaganite Republican Enjoy your weekend, FReeper patriots- Biertijd  Techeblog  h/t Robert
  • CNN Confirms French Fighters Now Flying Over Libya

    03/19/2011 7:51:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 132 replies
    cnn | 03-19-11 | TCRLAF
    Just announced on CNN. Sarkozy expected to speak shortly
  • Japanese Air Base hit by Tsunami

    03/14/2011 8:45:11 AM PDT · by STD · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 March 2011 | Gary Parsons
    Video: Japanese Air Base hit by Tsunami Japanese fighter aircraft have been damaged in the tsunami following the earthquake on Friday. Gary Parsons - 13-Mar-2011
  • The Fighters vs. the Fixers : In 2012, the GOP’s presidential crop looks like 2004 Democrats

    03/02/2011 6:45:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/02/2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘Pawlenty’s attacks get more pointed,” announced a headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s betting sharper rhetoric will spring him from GOP pack,” clarified the subhead. Did the former Minnesota Republican governor call the president a Muslim? A socialist? Nope. He said the country’s mounting debt was a “pile of poo.” Clearly, the guy running the bleep button for the GOP-primary debates isn’t worried about Tim Pawlenty. In fairness, some of his other comments have been a bit more pointed, but Pawlenty’s problem remains: He’s boring. He’s so boring he could have replaced James Franco at the Oscars without making...
  • Taliban fighters may be granted amnesty under an Afghan reintegration plan

    10/26/2010 9:43:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Times [UK] ^ | 10/26/10 | Anthony Loyd
    THE killers of coalition soldiers in Afghanistan may be granted amnesty, given benefits and assimilated back into their communities as part of an Afghan reintegration plan funded by Western donors. “There will be judgments made at all stages but if you've been fighting as part of the insurgency then you can step into the program,” said Major-General Phillip Jones, the British officer directing civilian and military experts supporting the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Plan (APRP). He added: “Wars end with tough decisions, tough conversations and some very bold and courageous people able to make some very human decisions, some of
  • Iran training Taliban fighters to use surface-to-air missiles

    10/25/2010 8:25:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/25/10 | Sara A. Carter
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Iranian military advisers have been training Taliban fighters in Afghanistan on the use of surface-to-air missiles, a potential game changer in the war if insurgents can use such weapons effectively, several current and retired military officials told The Washington Examiner. "We know the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] has been training Taliban fighters in the use of surface-to-air missiles," said a military official in Afghanistan with knowledge of the situation. "As of the moment it is uncertain whether the Taliban has access to the weapons systems necessary to utilize this training against the coalition." That is the key question...
  • Threats to 2010 Air Supremacy

    10/07/2010 5:12:16 AM PDT · by Broker · 12 replies
    AirForceAssocHQ's Channel ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | USAF Staff
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  • Lebanese army launches surface-to-air missles at Israeli jets

    05/26/2010 8:31:10 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 182 replies · 5,547+ views
    BEIRUT, May 26 (KUNA) -- The Lebanese army announced on Wednesday that it launched surface-to-air missiles at Israeli fighter jets that had violated the Lebanese airspace. A statement issued by the army directorate said that the two Israeli jets penetrated Lebanese airspace over the town of Kfar Kila in the south, heading to Shaka town.
  • 65 year ann. of Iwo Jima, the rest of the story.(Vanity)

    65 years ago right now the battle for Iwo Jima was raging. We all know the story of the invasion. 6000+ Marines dead. 20,000 Japanese KIA. The flag raising. Ira Hayes. What most aren't aware of is the ongoing ops after Iwo was secured. The main reason for the invasion was to take the airstrip for fighters to be able to escort the bombers to Japan. The only fighter really capable enough to accomplish this mission was the P-51. Limited space for the for the runways and ramps, ops at very high gross weights, 8+ hour missions, volcanic dust, attacking...
  • Taiwan planning upgrades to jet fighters

    10/23/2009 3:20:18 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 453+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | October 23, 2009 | N/A
    Taiwan's air force said Friday it was planning to upgrade the island's U.S.-made and indigenous fighter jets to maintain the balance of air power across the Taiwan Strait. The upgrades are aimed at boosting the fighters' performance and avoid a "gap in Taiwan's war-fighting capabilities," the island's semi- official Central News Agency reported Friday. The upgrades would seek to address "the trend of the tipping of the military balance in the Taiwan Strait," the air force reportedly said, without elaborating. On Thursday Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu told lawmakers that the military was considering mothballing the some 60 French-made Mirage models...
  • Remnants of Iraq Air Force Are Found (19 MIG-21 and MIG-23 jet fighters stored in Serbia)

    08/30/2009 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,996+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/30/09 | ROD NORDLAND
    Remnants of Iraq Air Force Are FoundBy ROD NORDLAND Published: August 30, 2009 BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials have discovered that they may have a real air force, after all. The Defense Ministry revealed Sunday that it had recently learned that Iraq owns 19 MIG-21 and MIG-23 jet fighters, which are in storage in Serbia. Ministry officials are negotiating with the Serbs to restore and return the aircraft. The Serbian government has tentatively promised to make two of the aircraft available “for immediate use,” according to a news release from the ministry. The rest would be restored on a rush basis,...
  • Pakistan pounds Taliban; fighters pour into Swat

    05/06/2009 9:48:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/09 | AP
    MINGORA, Pakistan – Helicopter gunships and mortar teams pounded militant strongholds Wednesday, killing dozens outside emerald mines, the military said, as Taliban reinforcements poured down from their mountain hide-outs and seized homes and government buildings. The army began taking the fight to militants entrenched in both the Swat Valley and in Buner, just 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the capital, as Pakistan's leader prepared to hear demands from President Barack Obama for forceful action from a struggling ally. The latest actions will please Washington, which is urging Pakistan to crack down on militants blamed for rising violence at home and...
  • Afghan: Taliban has 10,000 to 15,000 fighters

    02/27/2009 1:26:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 427+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/09 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON – Afghanistan's interior minister says there may be between 10,000 and 15,000 Taliban fighting inside his country, and the insurgent group is operating across about 17 provinces. Mohammad Hanif Atmar offered a rare estimate of the size of his government's most organized and potent opponent during a visit to Washington. ...
  • Air Force Fighters to Patrol Over Super Bowl

    01/29/2009 4:36:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 676+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Andrew Scott, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 – Some Air Force fighter pilots may miss out on watching Super Bowl XLIII, but for a worthy cause. They will be flying to protect the skies around Raymond James Stadium during the Feb. 1 game in Tampa, Fla. Airmen flying fighter jets may be visible enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary flight restriction over the greater Tampa area during the National Football League's championship game, officials said. "America's [air operations center] will be closely monitoring all air activity while the FAA temporary flight restriction is in place," Air Force Col. David Kriner, commander of the...
  • Joint Forces Target Foreign Fighters in Afghanistan

    01/11/2009 1:39:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 399+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2009 – Afghan and coalition forces detained eight suspected militants, including two wanted men, during operations in Afghanistan’s Khost and Kandahar provinces Jan. 9, U.S. military officials in Afghanistan reported. Afghan National Police and coalition forces detained three militants in the first operation, including a wanted Haqqani militant. In Sabari district, about 140 miles southeast of Kabul City, the combined force targeted the Haqqani foreign fighter network netting a militant known to coordinate and facilitate the movement of Arab fighters into the region. The militant also is believed to be in contact with senior Haqqani leaders, planning...
  • Aviation: Cute little Swedish warbird shows off

    11/07/2008 5:28:41 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 17 replies · 2,318+ views ^ | 05/25/2008 | WesternCulture
    If Russia and Sweden once again will find themselves in a military conflict (last time was 1809, when Sweden lost Finland), a wild stab in the dark of a guess would be that Gripens will play a role in fending off the bear. The SAAB Gripen suffered from some initial problems, but has turned out a very interesting and competent plane. This is, to a large extent, thanks to British BAE Systems. God save the Queen. In order to watch the recent "show off" at Linköping, Sweden, just click the link below.
  • FORTY SECOND BOYD and the big picture

    01/02/2008 1:10:53 AM PST · by Dawnsblood · 24 replies · 430+ views
    Eject! Eject! Eject! ^ | 1/1/08 | Bill Whittle
    This is a story about success and failure. It is a story about Iraq, and of something much bigger than Iraq. It is, perhaps, a small look into what makes victory, and defeat. It is a tale of infantrymen, of brave soldiers in dusty alleys a world away. It is a story of generals and strategies, too. But to understand our newfound success there, to know perhaps a little of how we achieved it and most importantly, how to keep it, we need to move away from that Mesopotamian desert and those boots on the ground, and back to a...
  • Lockheed F-35 Program Plagued with Problems, Remains Grounded

    12/06/2007 5:57:28 PM PST · by rmlew · 55 replies · 2,633+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 12/6/2007 | Brandon Hill
    Lockheed's F-35 program isn't exactly proceeding as planned Earlier this week, DailyTechreported that the Pentagon is trying to sweep some money under the rug to pay for additional Lockheed F-22 fighter planes. Increased concerns over the reliability and structural soundness of the 30-year-old F-15 have lead to the calls for more of the $132 million USD F-22s.It appears that the old F-15 isn't the only aircraft in the U.S. arsenal that is having problems. The F-35 program is facing setbacks of its own. The F-35 program suffered a serious setback on May 3 when a critical electrical system failure occurred...
  • Ambush brought out Navy officer's best (Ambushed by Taliban fighters in Afghan mountain pass)

    11/09/2007 9:35:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 221+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 11/9/07 | Steve Liewer
    Navy Lt. j.g. Bradley Pate thought he was finished. Taliban fighters had ambushed the convoy of his humanitarian-aid team in an Afghan mountain pass, wounding half of the 30-member group Nov. 2, 2006. Pate and the remaining team hunkered down that night, waiting for the next battle. As the sun rose, a mortar shell exploded in the middle of its encampment. Pinned down by rifle and mortar fire, Pate heard the screams of bleeding troops around him. Then he spotted a badly wounded Air Force captain lying in the open. Pate raced out and dragged the captain to relative safety...
  • 'Bin Laden Call' To Iraq Fighters

    10/22/2007 2:23:44 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 179+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-21-2007
    'Bin Laden call' to Iraq fighters Osama Bin Laden's last message was an attack on Pakistan's leader A new audio recording purportedly by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has urged insurgent groups in Iraq to unify their ranks. "The interest of the Islamic nation surpasses that of a group - it is more important than that of a state," says the message broadcast on al-Jazeera TV. The call comes amid moves by some Sunni groups in Iraq to side with the Iraqi government against al-Qaeda. The identity of the voice on the tape could not be independently confirmed. 'Mistakes' And...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue to Pound Enemy Fighters

    09/30/2007 12:58:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 172+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2007 – Coalition and Iraq forces continued taking the fight to the enemy in a variety of recent operations. Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists yesterday and today during operations to disrupt al Qaeda in Iraq networks in the Tigris River Valley. In a village southwest of Samarra, coalition forces conducted several coordinated operations today targeting individuals believed to be close associates of an al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leader. As coalition forces approached, an armed man emerged and maneuvered toward a nearby palm grove. Coalition forces engaged the terrorist, killing him. As the...
  • (Taliban) Fighters 'Seize (300) Pakistan Troops'

    08/30/2007 6:44:49 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 941+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-30-2007
    Fighters 'seize Pakistan troops' Scores of Pakistani soldiers are missing near the Afghanistan border amid claims from pro-Taleban militants that they have captured 300 men. More than 100 army personnel are unaccounted for, according to officials in the South Waziristan region. A Muslim militant group said it had taken the troops because the government was not honouring a recent peace deal. There has been rising violence in the region in recent months, with at least 60 soldiers and 250 militants killed. Several peace deals between the government and rebels have collapsed. US officials have described the tribal areas near the...
  • Afghan, US troops kill 33 Taliban fighters

    07/06/2007 9:54:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 479+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/07 | Rahim Faiez - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops, using artillery and airstrikes, killed 33 Taliban fighters after the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, officials said Friday. The militants attacked two police vehicles with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades. Coalition and Afghan forces responded in what the coalition described as a "sparsely populated area" in Uruzgan province. Gen. Zahir Azimi said 33 Taliban fighters were killed. The coalition reported there were no indications of civilian casualties from the fighting and said no coalition or Afghan forces were killed or wounded. Violence has spiked in Afghanistan in the last several...
  • Taliban fighters seize south Afghan area (Miya Nishin district in Kandahar province)

    06/19/2007 12:01:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 651+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/07 | Noor Khan - ap
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Days of fierce fighting with NATO and Afghan forces left Taliban militants in control of one southern Afghan district and battling to take over another Tuesday, officials said. Taliban fighters seized Miya Nishin district in Kandahar province late Monday, provincial police chief Esmatullah Alizai said. Authorities were planning to retake the remote area. In neighboring Uruzgan province's Chora district — home to more than 100,000 people — fighting continued between NATO and Afghan forces and militants who attacked police posts in the province's main town on Saturday. Some officials reported dozens of civilian casualties. "It has been...
  • Spain arrests 16 over recruiting Islamist fighters

    05/28/2007 1:14:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 378+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/07 | Ben Harding
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain said on Monday it had arrested 16 people suspected of recruiting Islamist fighters for Iraq and North Africa. The 14 Moroccans and two Algerians were alleged to have indoctrinated others with radical Islamic teachings and about "jihad," or holy war, the government said in a statement. "Moreover, (the group) was allegedly linked with the financing and sending of combatants to different terrorist organisations in North Africa and other countries in conflict like Iraq." Thirteen were arrested in Barcelona and nearby towns, two in Aranjuez, 50 km (30 miles) south of Madrid, and one in the resort...
  • Report: Most foreign fighters from Gulf (70% of foreign "insurgents" from Persian Gulf locales)

    05/23/2007 2:55:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 551+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/07 | AP
    KUWAIT CITY - Seventy percent of foreign insurgents arrested in Iraq came from Persian Gulf countries via Syria where they were provided with forged passports, an Iraqi intelligence officer said in a published report Wednesday. "They, according to their own confessions, gather in mosques in the said (Gulf) states to travel to Syria using their passports, taking with them phone numbers of individuals waiting for them there," Brig. Gen. Rashid Fleih, the assistant undersecretary for intelligence of Iraq's Interior Ministry, told Kuwait's Al-Qabas daily in an interview. Fleih did not provide more specific details about the alleged insurgents or which...
  • Taliban Militants Killed, Captured; Afghan Villagers Detain Fighters

    05/13/2007 6:06:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 594+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007 – Afghan and coalition forces killed a militant and detained two others at a compound in Afghanistan’s Helmand province during an operation yesterday, U.S. military officials reported. As the forces advanced on the compound, they took fire from inside. They returned fire, killing one militant. The others surrendered and were not harmed, officials said. A search of the compound revealed a cache of several rocket-propelled grenades, pressure plates and other bomb-making materials. The weapons cache was removed to a safe distance and destroyed in place, officials said. Credible information led the combined force to the...
  • Iraqi Soldiers prove their worth

    05/12/2007 7:22:04 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 535+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Ricardo Branch
    RAMADI — Iraqi Soldiers patrolled the Nazer Canal for weapons caches independent of Coalition support Monday. According to Iraqi Army Maj. Ani, an intelligence officer of 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, the mission to find weapons caches was a demonstration of the Iraqi Army’s capability of hunting down the weapons caches of insurgents attacking Ramadi. While most operations are conducted in a joint effort between Iraqi and Coalition forces, the Iraqi Soldiers operated independently in this mission after months learning from their Coalition counterparts. “We’re here today to sweep the banks for caches,” Ani said. “There have...
  • Iraq fighters film wins Doha award [similar to an Oscar]

    04/27/2007 7:07:22 AM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 280+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 04-27-2007 | staff write [sky-hook]
    A film about the lives of Iraqi and foreign fighters in northern Baghdad has won first prize at the Al Jazeera International Documentary festival in the Qatari capital Doha. -snip-Meeting Resistance focuses on eight fighters based in the northern Baghdad suburb of Adhamiya and details their personal and political reasons for their involvement in attacks on US forces. The fighters come from a range of backgrounds. Most are Iraqi, but one man is a Syrian who says he came to Iraq after an appeal from his local mosque to "join the jihad". The directors were given intimate access to the...
  • B-52, Where Are You?

    04/02/2007 7:06:13 AM PDT · by pabianice · 83 replies · 2,297+ views
    Slate ^ | 4/2/07 | Easterbrook
    Why the Pentagon doesn't want you to know its bombers finally work. Two decades ago in the Washington Monthly, I quipped that U.S. bombers were becoming so few that eventually they would be named after states, like battleships. So, guess what: The Air Force now names its B-2 stealth bombers after states. There's a B-2 christened the Spirit of Georgia, another the Spirit of Alaska, and so on—with no danger of running out of names, because B-2 production stopped at 21. Today, the United States has just 183 bombers in its entire arsenal, versus more than 75,000 at the peak...
  • Saudia Arabia Hails Project To Reform Fighters

    04/01/2007 6:36:54 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 411+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-2-2007 | David Blair
    Saudi Arabia hails project to reform fighters By David Blair in Riyadh Last Updated: 1:59am BST 02/04/2007 As American jets bombed his last stronghold in the mountains of Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden ordered a young supporter from Saudi Arabia to flee to safety. Aged only 27, the young man had already spent seven years as a "holy warrior" in countries as far flung as the Philippines and Afghanistan. Prince Turki al-Faisal praised the rehabilitation project's contribution to reducing terrorist threats He obeyed his leader's command and retreated over the border into Pakistan - where he was swiftly captured. That was...
  • Malaysia's new SU-30s late(refusal to fit Israeli systems)

    02/15/2007 4:25:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies · 2,363+ views
    New Straits Times Online,Malaysia ^ | 15 Feb 2007 | Adrian David
    RMAF's Sukhois to arrive in May — one year late 15 Feb 2007 Adrian David KUALA LUMPUR: After a one-year delay, the first six Sukhoi Su-30MKM jets will be delivered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in May. The RMAF ordered 18 of the Russian jet fighters in 2003 in a US$900 million (RM3.24 billion) deal. After India and Vietnam, Malaysia will become one of the largest operators of the high-tech jet. Indonesia has ordered 12, while Thailand is mulling the purchase. Defence industry sources said the RMAF was ready to take delivery of the jets as the crew of...