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  • Obama Reportedly Blocks Israel Missile Shipment

    08/14/2014 12:22:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8-14-2014 | Ari Yashar
    A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama's administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge. The report in the Wall Street Journal, released Wednesday night, cites US officials in Obama's administration, who say they discovered Israel had requested a large number of Hellfire missiles directly through military-to-military channels. An initial batch of the missiles was about to be shipped, according to sources in Israel and the US Congress. At that point, the Pentagon stepped in and put...
  • Obama sells Hellfire: White House hopes to send 4K missiles to Iraq for ISIL fight

    07/02/2014 3:55:30 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/1/2014 | Doug Ernst
    The Obama administration is hoping that 4,000 Hellfire missiles might turn the tide in Iraq as the Middle Eastern nation takes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Officials were told by the State Department last week that the Obama administration is trying to complete the sale with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government. Members of the Senate and House foreign relations committees will conduct a review of the planned sale. The process can take up to 40 days....
  • Christopher Swindell: Gun safety debate is B.S.

    06/02/2013 11:32:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    The Charleston Gazette (WV) ^ | 5-30-2013 | Christopher Swindell
    Watching the celebration at the NRA convention over the defeat of background checks was the most nauseating experience of the day. I am not a New York gun control liberal, either. I support a shotgun for home defense, a handgun for limited conceal/carry, and an assortment of hunting rifles to balance West Virginia's exploding deer population (as evidenced by hourly collisions with cars). So, I am hardly out of the mainstream. But, the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obamar is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all,...
  • Meet the journalism professor who says NRA members are treasonous, should be executed

    06/03/2013 6:23:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-3-2013 | Eric Owens
    In a bizarre op-ed in The Charleston Gazette last week, journalism professor Christopher Swindell argued that the National Rifle Association “advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America.” Stirring words, to be sure, but Swindell was hardly done — not even close. He also said that the NRA is guilty of “treason” “worthy of the firing squad.” “To support the new NRA president’s agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason,” Swindell charged in his wacky essay. After briefly playing the race card and alluding to the Civil War,...
  • Obama to Cut Tomahawk Missiles 10 Years Before Replacement Ready(Including Hellfire Missiles)

    03/25/2014 12:21:16 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 12:22 PM | Melissa Clyne
    President Barack Obama is proposing drastically cutting, and then eliminating, two missile programs pivotal to U.S. security, The Washington Free Beacon reported. The Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles are on the chopping block, according to Obama's budget proposal, which will cut by $128 million the Tactical Tomahawk in 2015 and eliminate it completely after that. ... It's a major turnabout from last year, when the Navy planned to buy 980 Tactical Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile in use throughout the fleet, according to Defense News. In 2015, the Navy would buy just 100 Tomahawks, the last the branch would purchase. The...
  • Egypt claims jihadists fired US Hellfire missile at government office

    08/05/2013 2:33:43 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    <p>Jihadists in Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula are using U.S. weapons to carry out attacks against the temporary government in the wake of the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, according to the embattled nation's Interior Ministry.</p>
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Kills Six Armed Criminals Near Baghdad

    04/11/2008 4:38:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 89+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2008 – A Hellfire missile fired from a coalition unmanned aerial vehicle killed six heavily armed criminals in northeastern Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported. Officials said coalition forces from Multinational Division Baghdad operating the UAV fired on a large group of criminals with rocket-propelled-grenade launchers and a mortar tube. In other operations in Iraq yesterday: -- Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team found a weapons cache in Janabi. It contained a wide variety of ammunition and illumination rounds, propellant, fuses, a hand grenade, TNT and other bomb-making materials. The cache was turned over...
  • MND-B Air Weapons Teams engage criminals (Baghdad)

    04/10/2008 1:46:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 73+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | April 10, 2008 | Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
    BAGHDAD – Two Multi-National Division –Baghdad aerial weapons teams engaged criminal activities in two separate operations in northeast Baghdad April 10.An AWT observed three criminals at a potential rocket site at approximately 8 a.m. When the criminals caught site of the AWT, they fled the scene in a black sedan.An unmanned aerial vehicle observed the criminals returning to the site. At 9:45 a.m., the UAV confirms the presence of rockets. Moments later, the AWT returns and engages the three rockets with a hellfire missile.The criminals fled the scene.The AWT and UAV confirmed two additional rockets at a different site a...
  • U.S. Military Says 3 Airstrikes Kill 12 Armed Militants in Baghdad (NO "CIVILIANS" KILLED)

    04/08/2008 12:13:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies · 72+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/2008 | ap
    BAGHDAD — Three U.S. airstrikes targeted mortar launching sites in northeastern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 12 suspected gunmen, the military said. The deadly strike occurred shortly before 2 p.m. when an unmanned drone spotted a large group of militants with weapons and mortar tubes, according to an e-mailed statement. The drone fired a Hellfire missile, killing some 10 militants who were heavily armed, it said. Iraqi police said 15 people, including women and children, also were wounded in the strike. But military spokesman Lt. Col. Steve Stover said all three strikes were precise and video footage showed no children or...
  • U.S. Air Strike Hits Mosque in Fallujah

    04/07/2004 2:27:47 PM PDT · by tomball · 11 replies · 166+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2004; 4:46 PM | Pamela Constable and William Branigin
    <p>FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 7--U.S. Marines called in an air strike on a mosque compound that was being used as a firing position by Sunni insurgents here Wednesday, as forces of a U.S.-led coalition battled a growing, separate rebellion by Shiite Muslims in Baghdad and southern Iraq.</p>
  • U.S. Hits Mosque Compound; 40 (Militants ) Said Killed

    04/07/2004 11:47:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies · 135+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 07, 2004 at 11:11:02 PDT | BASSEM MROUE and ABDUL-QADER SAADI
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. Marines in the third day of a battle to pacify this Sunni Muslim city fired a rocket and dropped a 500-pound, laser-guided bomb on a mosque compound Wednesday, and witnesses said as many as 40 people were killed. Shiite-inspired violence spread to key cities in Iraq. The fighting in Fallujah and neighboring Ramadi has killed 15 Marines since Monday and was part of an intensified uprising involving both Sunni and Shiites that now stretched from Kirkuk in the north to the far south. Marines waged a six-hour battle around the mosque with the militants holed...
  • 40 dead as US bombs Fallujah mosque (Australian press coverage)

    04/07/2004 8:02:38 AM PDT · by dead · 38 replies · 196+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 8, 2004
    US marines pressing an offensive in this Iraqi town west of Baghdad bombed a central mosque and killed up to 40 insurgents holed up inside, a marine officer said. The bombing came after several hours of small arms and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) fire from insurgents, which left three marines wounded, said Lieutenant Colonel Brennan Byrne. He said there were "as many as 40 rebels" inside the mosque. "We want to kill the people inside," he added. The officer said a Cobra helicopter gunship fired a Hell Fire missile at the mosque and then an aircraft dropped a laser-guided precision bomb....
  • Rumsfeld: US Used new Missile in Iraq

    05/14/2003 10:45:21 AM PDT · by hotpotato · 23 replies · 224+ views
    AP ^ | May 14, 2003 | Matt Kelley
    WASHINGTON - The United States used a new kind of missile for the first time in Iraq that can destroy the contents of the first floor of a building while leaving the rest of the structure intact, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress on Wednesday. Rumsfeld said the new Hellfire missile uses a thermobaric warhead - which detonates an explosive "mist" to create a crushing blast wave. American forces used another new kind of thermobaric bomb for the first time during the war in Afghanistan to clear out caves where Taliban and al-Qaida members were hiding. Putting a thermobaric...
  • In the Skies Over Iraq, Silent Observers Become Futuristic Weapons

    04/17/2003 11:46:09 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 407+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/18/03 | ERIC SCHMITT
    ASHINGTON, April 17 — On the third day of the Iraq war, a mysterious American aircraft loitered high over Baghdad for hours on end, evading a withering barrage of missile and artillery fire.Even as Iraqi television showed gunmen shooting into the Tigris River's banks at a phantom plane, the real aircraft — a stripped-down, remotely piloted RQ-1 Predator drone — was landing in a lake 75 miles away, its secret 33-hour mission accomplished: to flush out Baghdad's vaunted air defenses so they could be pinpointed and attacked by waves of allied fighter-bombers.Remotely piloted aircraft like the Predator have played...
  • U.S. Marines in fierce Nassiriya firefight -CNN

    03/29/2003 9:32:15 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 52 replies · 284+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 29 Mar 2003 16:07:53 GMT | Newsdesk
    WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Marines were in a fierce firefight with Iraqi fighters on Saturday in the southern city of Nassiriya, CNN reported. Marines on one side of the Euphrates River were blasting Hellfire missiles from Cobra helicopters and 25 mm cannons at Iraqis holed up in apartment buildings on the other side, according to a CNN correspondent traveling with a contingent of Marines from the 2nd Division. The network reported machine-gun fire coming from the Iraqi side of the river. The embattled city 235 miles (375 km) southeast of Baghdad has seen heavy fighting during the 10-day-old...
  • Hail of Gunfire and Grenades Forces Apaches to Pull Back

    03/24/2003 10:47:00 AM PST · by Destro · 118 replies · 398+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | March 24, 2003 | JIM DWYER
    Hail of Gunfire and Grenades Forces Apaches to Pull Back By JIM DWYER IN CENTRAL IRAQ, March 24 - With a hail of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, Iraqi forces downed two Apache helicopters today and forced 30 other helicopters in their brigade back to their base. One two-member crew was unaccounted for; the other was rescued. Iraqi state television broadcast images of one downed helicopter, which appeared largely intact, and jubilant men dancing around it. All 32 helicopters sustained some damage, occasionally slight, Army officials said, in what was a significant setback for the allies. Fighting continued today...
  • Predator Drone Hits Iraq Gun Emplacement

    03/23/2003 9:25:23 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Reuters | Monday, March 24, 2003
    Predator Drone Hits Iraq Gun Emplacement .c The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The first strike of the U.S. war with Iraq using a pilotless Predator drone was used to hit an Iraqi anti-aircraft gun, military officials said. The strike Friday used a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone to hit the artillery gun outside the Iraqi town of Amarah, which is on the Tigris River north of Basra. The gun, which is guided by its own radar system, was a ``significant threat'' to coalition aircraft, said Lt. Col. Brian Pierson, chief of reconnaissance operations at the command center...
  • 'Dead bodies are everywhere' ... Saddam's first martyrs lost

    03/21/2003 5:45:25 AM PST · by veronica · 51 replies · 675+ views
    SMH.com ^ | March 22 2003 | Lindsay Murdoch
    Herald Correspondent Lindsay Murdoch, travelling with a Marines artillery unit, reports on one of the war's first battles on the Iraq-Kuwait border. There was little initial resistance as the United States Marines swept into southern Iraq early yesterday. One of the first encounters of the ground war was more like a massacre than a fight. The Iraqi gunners fired first, soon after United States President George Bush announced the attack on Saddam Hussein was under way. It was a fatal mistake. The Iraqi artillery unit, preparing for the American invasion, had tested the range by firing registering shots at a...
  • U.S. Ground Forces In Baghdad To Look To Drones For Protection

    03/20/2003 6:04:44 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 6 replies · 164+ views
    Wall Street Journal | March 20, 2003 | Anne Marie Squeo
    If U.S. forces end up fighting in the streets of Baghdad, top Air Force officials say the best method for protecting ground troops from the sky likely will be the unmanned aircraft that until just a few years ago had been shunned by military officials. During a battle for Baghdad, "the best support for troops on the ground might be the Predator with Hellfire missiles on it," said Gen. John Jumper, Air Force chief of staff, in an interview. Air Force Secretary James Roche agreed, citing how "closely" the Air Force expects to work with the Army "so the left...