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  • UK Authorities Not Prosecuting Islamic State Returnees to Avoid Creating a ‘Lost Generation’

    10/21/2017 12:26:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/21/17 | Jack Montgomery
    A senior government adviser has told the BBC that the authorities are not prosecuting many Islamic State volunteers, believing they should be reintegrated rather than punished. Max Hill QC, who acts as the government’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, told Radio 4 that “we do have a significant number [of Islamic State volunteers] already back in this country who have previously gone to Iraq and Syria” — currently estimated at something over 400. “That means that the authorities have looked at them, and looked at them hard, and decided that they do not justify prosecution, and really we should be...
  • Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge (Syria)

    07/19/2017 6:41:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | July 19, 2017 11:25 | AFP
    She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. Her hair tucked under a tightly wrapped forest green shawl embroidered with flowers, Heza says battling IS in its Syrian bastion has helped relieve some of her trauma."When I started fighting, I lifted some of the worries from my heart," she says, surrounded by fellow Yazidi militia women in Raqa's eastern Al-Meshleb district."But it will be full of revenge until all the women are freed." She...
  • Firefighters add drones to threats faced in a wildfire

    07/10/2017 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ben Moffat | Cronkite News
    WASHINGTON – It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat. That was before the advent of affordable, readily available aerial drones. Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze, incursions that one official called “extremely unusual” but which he fears is the beginning of a “very disturbing trend.” Drone incursions into airspace that is restricted to helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes, which drop water and fire-retardant chemicals, forces them to be grounded to...
  • 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
    KSTP.com ^ | 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...