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  • Munitions go missing from recruit school (Aarau, Switzerland)

    09/12/2016 7:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 12 Sep 2016 16:17 GMT+02:00
    A military investigation is underway after several kilos of munitions were found to be missing from the infantry recruit school in Aarau. The Swiss defense ministry said a check on ammunition supplies last week had led to the discovery, according to newspaper reports. It said the investigation had begun last Friday and had so far produced no results. Army spokesman Daniel Reist could not say what type of explosives were affected. …
  • U.S. Military Drops Munitions to Syrian Rebels: Officials

    10/13/2015 7:32:45 AM PDT · by gtx960 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 13, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    <p>The U.S. military airdropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS on Sunday — the latest maneuver in the United States' attempt to help turn the tide of a chaotic civil war.</p> <p>The airdrop, consisting of AK-47 rounds, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, targeted rebels in ISIS-held territory in northern Syria, senior defense and military officials told NBC News.</p>
  • ISIS attacks Ramadi: It’s way worse than we’re being told

    04/17/2015 7:52:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies ^ | April 17, 2015 | Allen West
    One of the best lessons I learned in my years of service in the military is a quote often share with y’all: “the enemy has a vote.” You can try and sell the American people — and others — a politicized line such as “al-Qaida has been decimated and destroyed” or “we have reached the framework of a deal with Iran” or “ISIS is not Islamic,” but the bad guys are not affected by empty rhetoric. And here we go again with the Obama administration and the conflagration against Islamic terrorism. We’ve been told that ISIS has stalled. Their recruiting...
  • Taiwan develops ‘smart’ munitions against China

    09/22/2013 10:27:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies ^ | 9/21/13 | staff
    Taiwan’s air force will be armed with “smart” munitions before the year’s end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbours on the mainland, media reported Saturday. The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed “Wan Chien” (Ten Thousands Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwan’s fighter jets. The island nation began developing its own smart weapons after the United States - Taiwan’s main arms supplier - refused to sell them guided bombs. Taiwan’s air force plans to upgrade 60 fighters before the year’s end, with the last six being refitted and...
  • Palin: Washington buying bullets for us ('We're going to default eventually and that's why feds....)

    02/27/2013 10:30:35 PM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Garth Kant
    Imagine the worst-case scenario if the sequester goes through. The market nosedives. The economy implodes. Empty shelves. Riots. The feds hit the streets in force to restore order in a “national emergency.” Sounds like something in a Third World country or Greece. It could never happen here, right? Think again, says Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee believes the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.” Palin says the feds are afraid of what might happen if the sequester goes into effect. She writes on her Facebook page: “If we are going to...
  • Sudan: Israel is 'Legitimate Target' Now

    10/27/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Sudan's Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, has warned that his country would take "resolute steps" against Israeli interests following the bombing of an ammunitions factory in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Osman told the BBC that his country now sees Israeli interests as legitimate targets for attack. He said that Sudan possesses proof that Israel is behind the attack on the Yarmouk weapons factory, and said that experts who combed the location of the blast sound evidence that Israeli arms were used to destroy it. Australia's ABC News quoted the minister as saying: "We have to reply because this is too much....
  • India not sold on closer military ties with U.S.

    06/06/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. | David S. Cloud and Mark Magnier
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urged India on Wednesday to build a closer military relationship with the United States, but Indian leaders appeared more interested in buying U.S. weapons than in aligning strategically with Washington. Senior Indian officials made it clear in two days of talks that they will continue to set their own course on U.S. national security priorities, including isolating Iran and building up Afghanistan's military forces, sometimes in tandem with Washington and sometimes not. Panetta is visiting Asia this week to bolster military ties as the Obama administration, wary ofChina's growing clout in the region, seeks to...
  • Poland Requests F-16 Support and Additional Weapons Munitions

    02/07/2012 9:55:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 2/7/2012 | US Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 2 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of F-16 support and munitions, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $447 million. The Government of Poland has requested a possible sale of 93 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II Tactical Missiles, 4 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 65 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 42 GBU-49 Enhanced PAVEWAY II 500 lb Bombs, 200 GBU-54 (2000 lb) Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Bombs, 642 BLU-111 (500 lb) General Purpose Bombs, 127 MK-82 (500 lb) General...
  • Huge blast kills 27 at Iran military base near Tehran

    11/12/2011 2:18:50 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 27 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 12, 2011 | Reuters
    TEHRAN: A massive explosion at a military arms depot near the Iranian capital Tehran killed 27 elite Revolutionary Guards on Saturday and wounded 16 others, state broadcaster IRIB said. Officials said it was an accident which happened as troops were moving ammunition at a base in Bidganeh, near the town of Shahriar, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Tehran. While there was no indication of any attack, the explosion shook homes and rattled windows for miles around at a time of mounting tensions with Israel over Iran's nuclear programme. "So far, 27 personnel of Revolutionary Guards have been martyred...
  • Royal Navy finds 61 bombs in two day sweep at nudist beach

    10/15/2011 9:40:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Oct 2011 | unattributed
    Experts were called in after 26 bombs - including two submarine depth charges and at least six 10lb mortar bombs - were washed up on Leysdown Beach last month. And last week, during a two day search of the beach, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent - the Navy found another 61 bombs, taking the total to 87. The team found mortars, submarine depth charges, a string of 10lb bombs, bullets and a string of other ordnance, some dating back to the late 19th century, during the sweep. The east side of the beach - often called Shellness -...
  • SDBs Aimed At Lebanon

    11/15/2010 12:12:51 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/8/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Israel has received the first of the thousand new U.S. 250 pound (actually 285/129 kg) Small Diameter Bomb (SDB, or GBU-39) it ordered earlier this year. Apparently these weapons arrived quickly, and it's believed that some SDBs have already been used during Israeli air raids on Gaza. Earlier, the Israeli had received a few SDBs for evaluation, and some of these were apparently dropped as well. The SDB is not cheap, Israel paid about $77,000 for each one. It was believed that Israel wanted this weapon not just for its precision, and low explosive (17 kg/38 pounds) power, but also...
  • Multipurpose Bomb Rack program reaches Milestone B

    04/11/2010 9:24:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 541+ views
    U.S. Navy Press ^ | 4/10/2010 | U.S. Navy Press
    he U.S. Navy’s first bomb rack design effort in four decades recently met a new milestone. The BRU-69/A multipurpose bomb rack (MPBR) received a Milestone B approval, which authorizes the program to move into the System Development and Demonstration phase. The Navy awarded the Engineering Manufacturing Development contract to Raytheon March 29. The 210-pound rack will replace the current inventory of BRU-33, BRU-41, BRU-42 and BRU-55 racks. “By replacing four racks with one, the MPBR will significantly reduce the Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) logistical footprint, aircraft turnaround time and life-cycle cost,” said Capt. Carl Chebi, NAVAIR’s Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201)...
  • U.S Navy to deploy APKWS

    04/10/2010 7:30:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 784+ views ^ | 4/10/2010 |
    U.S. Marine Corps will initially deploy Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) from AH-1W Cobra helicopters, developed by BAE Systems in partnership with the U.S. government. APKWS provides aviators with a highly precise weapon that is effective against soft and lightly armored targets while minimizing collateral damage. It is mainly important in urban areas and other situations in which non-combatants or friendly forces are near hostile targets. “The weapon system, which transforms standard 2.75-inch unguided rockets to smart, highly precise laser-guided missiles, "is a game-changer for our nation's war fighters," said Mike Lewis, vice president and general manager of soldier...
  • U.S. Navy Goes LJDAM

    03/07/2010 10:34:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 97+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 03/06/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Navy has ordered 23 of the new U.S. LJDAM (Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions) for evaluation. This is the GPS JDAM system, with the more accurate laser guidance in addition to GPS. It's economical because the only difference between JDAM and LJDAM is the additional laser seeker. The navy expects the LJDAM to pass all its tests, and plans to order 11,000 of them, starting next year. The only problem with LJDAM is that laser light can be blocked by rain or sand storms. However, laser guidance is more accurate (hitting within a meter or two of the...
  • Iran making new smart bombs

    03/03/2010 8:28:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 426+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/3/2010 | UPI vis Space Daily
    With defense and acrimony building in the Persian Gulf, Iran announced plans to test a new laser-guided bomb. Iran's Fars News Agency reported that a prototype of the 2,000-pound smart bomb would be tested "in the near future," the country's air force commander Brig. Gen Hassan Shahsafi said. He said the smart bomb, dubbed Qassed-2, had a longer range and better vision than its earlier version, the Qassed-1. That weapon made its debut four years ago and has since then been in mass production. Qassed is interpreted as "messenger." It was not immediately clear how advanced the prototype is and...
  • US to boost up Pakistan's defence capability: Report

    03/03/2010 8:02:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 361+ views ^ | 3/3/2010 |
    US will supply sophisticated laser-guided-bomb kits, 12 American-made surveillance drones and 18 late-model F-16 fighters to boost Pakistani forces capability to strike in remote tribal areas, a development which could spark unease in New Delhi. The new arms supply, Wall Street Journal said was part of efforts by Pentagon to boost Pakistani forces capability to take on Taliban and Al Qaeda militants. Islamabad is also to receive equipment capable of converting 1,000 traditional munitions into "smart bombs" that can strike targets with precisions, the paper reported. With this new arms aid, US counterinsurgency assistance fund for Pakistan is slated to...
  • The Emergence of Smart Bombs

    03/02/2010 12:36:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 908+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 3/1/2010 | John T. Correll
    The Dragon’s Jaw bridge at Thanh Hoa was the toughest target in North Vietnam. It was 540 feet long and crossed the Song Ma, a river 70 miles south of Hanoi. A railroad track ran down the middle, with a highway lane on either side. The bridge rested on a massive center pillar of reinforced concrete, 16 feet in diameter. The abutments were solidly anchored in the hills on both sides of the river. This bridge was a replacement for the original one built by the French before World War II. Viet Minh insurgents managed to destroy the first bridge...
  • Aerial bombardment,The calibration of destruction.

    01/30/2010 6:06:26 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 24 replies · 1,504+ views
    The Economist ^ | jan 28 2010 | The Economist
    On April 2nd 2003, during the second Gulf war, a hundred or so Iraqi armoured vehicles approached a far smaller American reconnaissance unit south of Baghdad. Responding to a call for help, a B-52 bomber attacked the first 30 or so vehicles in the column with a single, historic pass. It dropped two new CBU-105 bombs, and the result shocked the soldiers of both sides—and, soon enough, military observers everywhere. While falling, the CBU-105 bombs popped open, each releasing ten submunitions which were slowed by parachutes. Each of these used mini rockets to spin and eject outward four discs the...
  • Boeing's Laser JDAM Draws International Interest

    10/13/2009 12:49:58 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 455+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/13/2009 | Staff Writers
    Boeing has signed Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts with the U.S. government to provide Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) to two international customers. The FMS contracts are part of a $98 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for Laser JDAM production and integration that Boeing received in August. The weapons are scheduled for delivery in 2010. "There is strong international interest in Laser JDAM because it engages both stationary and moving targets with tremendous precision," said Dan Jaspering, Boeing director of Direct Attack Programs. "There are more than 20 countries that have JDAM, and we expect many of them...
  • Incoming: Pentagon's Battle Between 'Green Munitions' and Protectionism

    02/20/2009 4:35:15 PM PST · by kc8ukw · 9 replies · 490+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 20, 2009 | Keith Johnson
    What do Army firing ranges have to do with the debate over protectionism and clean tech? Quite a lot, actually—the Pentagon’s efforts to get greener are colliding with the Pentagon’s requirement to support American businesses. First, though—what do firing ranges have to do with the environment? A lot more than you may think. The U.S. military goes through about 16 million rounds of training ammunition every year, 2 million of which are live ammo. Between 3% and 8% of the most ubiquitous rounds—40mm training cartridges used for grenade launchers and the like—are duds, so they just burrow into undergrowth without...
  • On the Ground: Coalition, Afghan Troops Give Fuel, Food, Collect Munitions

    02/04/2009 4:22:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 385+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2009 – Coalition troops in Afghanistan recently teamed up with Afghan soldiers to provide food, clothing and fuel to Afghan villagers and to collect munitions in a rewards program, military officials said. An Afghan soldier distributes humanitarian assistance to a villager in the Deh Rawood district of Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province, Jan. 30, 2009. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Coalition special operations and Afghan national security forces distributed humanitarian assistance to more than 400 villagers in the Deh Rawood district of Oruzgan province Jan. 30. The combined forces distributed 200 bags of coal,...
  • IA Soldiers Seize Munitions Cache in Sadr City District of Baghdad

    01/06/2009 3:38:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 276+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Army Soldiers seized a weapons cache in the Sadr City district of Baghdad Dec. 29. Acting on a tip, Iraqi Army Soldiers with 5th Battalion, 44th Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, discovered the cache. The cache consisted of two 81 mm mortars, one block of C4 explosives, four 82 mm mortars, one 127 mm rocket, one 107 mm high-explosive rocket, one 85 mm rocket, one 70 mm rocket, one 68 mm rocket, three 107mm rocket motors, six grenades, 23 mortar fuses, one rocket fuse, and five pounds of high explosives. “Iraqi Security Forces continue to deny criminals...
  • Army Destroys Last Landmine Containing VX Nerve-Agent Munitions

    12/30/2008 3:44:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 820+ views
    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Dec. 30, 2008 – The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency destroyed the last landmine in its stockpiles containing VX nerve-agent munitions Dec. 24 at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Anniston, Ala. "We have reached a truly remarkable milestone following more than five years of deliberate, but careful, operations,” Timothy K. Garrett, ANCDF site project manager, said. “All nerve-agent munitions -- those containing GB and those containing VX -- have been safely processed." CMA personnel and contractors have destroyed the VX munitions at six disposal sites: Anniston, Ala.; Umatilla, Ore.; Newport, Ind.; Pine Bluff,...
  • Small Rewards Program Reduces Munitions in Afghanistan

    08/20/2008 4:26:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 51+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jessica R. Dahlberg, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2008 – Coalition troops often hand out colorful flyers to the people of Afghanistan, providing tips on staying hydrated, warnings to avoid touching landmines, and instructions on what to do if they find munitions that could be used against coalition forces. Several 107 mm rockets fill the back of a truck at Forward Operating Base Methar Lam, Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2008. The 527th Military Police Company escorted the truck into the base. The rockets are part of a weapons cache that a member of the Law Enforcement Professionals surveillance team is turning in as...
  • US cluster bombs to be banned from UK

    05/28/2008 11:08:12 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 17 replies · 210+ views ^ | 5/29/08 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The US will no longer be able to stockpile cluster bombs at its military bases in Britain under government proposals for an international ban on the controversial weapons, it emerged last night. As diplomats from more than 100 states unanimously passed a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs around the world, it emerged that British ministers are prepared to go further. The government has agreed to scrap the two types of cluster weapon in the armoury of British forces, but it will also ask the US to get rid of its cluster bombs based here, and it will no...
  • Iraqi Police Find Hundreds of Munitions in Weapons Cache

    02/28/2008 4:03:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 88+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 4th Brigade Combat Team
    FOB KALSU — Iraqi Police (IP) manning a checkpoint near Jurf as Sakhr discovered a large weapons cache containing more than 500 munitions, Feb. 22. The cache contained (240) 60 mm mortars, (189) 100 mm mortars, 107 fuses, three 82 mm rockets and two 88 mm mortars. The IP spotted three masked individuals digging approximately 250 meters from the checkpoint. The policemen yelled at the men and moved toward the location. By the time they arrived at the site, the individuals had fled. Further investigation yielded the discovery of three cache sites. Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company A, and an...
  • Troops in Afghanistan Find Munitions Hidden in School

    01/11/2008 3:18:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 52+ views
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2008 – Afghan police and coalition forces found a munitions cache hidden in a boys school in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province yesterday following a day-long battle. The joint patrol, which had received a report of insurgent activity in the area, was attacked in the province’s Deh Rawood district with small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire from insurgents in reinforced fighting positions on a hillside. The Afghan police and coalition soldiers immediately maneuvered to pinpoint the location of the insurgent attack. Coalition aircraft dropped precision-guided munitions on the fighting positions, eliminating the threat; however, reinforcements from a nearby...
  • Locals Turn in Munitions (Small rewards program results in big explosion)

    09/07/2007 4:03:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Julie Weckerlein
    9/7/2007 - MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- A small rewards program led to a big explosion as explosive ordnance disposal Airmen detonated more than 900 pounds of munitions turned in by local Afghans Sept. 1 near Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam. The detonation destroyed mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, rockets, bullets and other bomb-making materials, all which were turned in by Afghans who discovered the items in their fields, homes or in village weapon caches. "The locals are pretty tolerant about these detonations," said Tech. Sgt. Alan Powell, the EOD superintendent at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, home to the Laghman Provincial...
  • Senators introduce bill to restrict use of cluster munitions (sponsored by DiChiFi and Leaky Leahy)

    02/14/2007 7:21:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 788+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/07 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democratic senators introduced legislation that would bar US use of cluster bombs in or near civilian areas or that have a "dud rate" of one percent or greater. Human rights groups urged speedy action on the bill sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) of California and Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record) of Vermont. Dropped from aircraft or fired by artillery, cluster munitions open above ground and disperse dozens to hundreds of tiny bomblets over a wide area. Although designed to stop armored assaults, bomblets have fallen on civilian areas and littered fields long...
  • Coalition Forces Detain 26 in Three Incidents, Find Munitions

    09/24/2006 1:20:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 321+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2006 – Coalition forces detained 21 suspected terrorists in Iraq yesterday, while another five suspects were detained and a weapons cache discovered based on an Iraqi citizen’s tip. Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained 21 suspected terrorists in several incidents around Baghdad. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stopped eight vehicles attempting to speed through a checkpoint south of Baghdad. While searching the vehicles, the soldiers seized illegal weapons and took 13 suspected terrorists into custody. About three hours later, terrorists attacked soldiers from 2nd Battalion,...
  • Senators Feinstein and Leahy Call for New Policy on Use of Cluster Bombs

    09/09/2006 10:32:29 AM PDT · by radar101 · 33 replies · 776+ views
    California Chronicle ^ | 5 SEPT 2006 | California Political Desk
    Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today introduced an amendment to the FY 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations bill aimed at preventing hundreds of unnecessary civilian deaths and injuries caused every year by unexploded cluster bombs. The Cluster Munitions Amendment would prevent funds from being spent to purchase, use, or transfer cluster bombs until the Department of Defense has adopted rules of engagement to ensure that cluster bomb are not used in or near any concentration of civilians.“Instead of targeting troop formations and enemy armor, unexploded bomblets target innocent civilians, seriously maiming or killing...
  • Munitions, Weapons Airmen Keep Bombs in Flight

    08/01/2006 6:36:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 368+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jason Smith
      Munitions, Weapons Airmen Keep Bombs in Flight The two shops work together to make, maintain, load bombs in B-1s. By Tech. Sgt. Jason Smith 40th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs Each day, B-1B Lancers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (working from the 40th Air Expeditionary Group) conduct long hours of in-theater air coverage in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In a recent one-week period, B-1s provided close air support to Coalition forces in contact with enemy forces more than 21 times. During the same period, B-1s also destroyed various Taliban extremists’ compounds with precision weapons. The current...
  • Bombed trucks were 'carrying food' [Barf Alert]

    07/18/2006 11:45:37 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 63 replies · 1,231+ views
    News.Com.AU ^ | 19-07-06 | staff writer
    Bombed trucks were 'carrying food' 19-07-2006 From: Agence France-Presse   FOUR lorries destroyed by Israeli air raids near the Christian town of Zahle in Lebanon's Bekaa valley yesterday were carrying nothing but medicines and food provisions, awitness says.An Israeli military spokesman said the lorries had been carrying arms, munitions and explosives from Syria bound for Hezbollah fighters operating in the Bekaa valley. An AFP journalist saw that one of the lorries was transporting medicine from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Another had been carrying vegetable oil, which spilled over the road, a third had a cargo of provisions and...
  • Munitions Found in Iraq Meet WMD Criteria, Official Says

    06/29/2006 7:48:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 58 replies · 2,527+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 – The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center's commander said here today. "These are chemical weapons as defined under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and yes ... they do constitute weapons of mass destruction," Army Col. John Chu told the House Armed Services Committee. The Chemical Weapons Convention is an arms control agreement which outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. It was signed in 1993 and entered into force in 1997. The munitions found...
  • IRAQ: Radioactivity poses risk to population, warns UN nuclear agency (From Sadam Nuke Prog.)

    04/25/2006 9:06:30 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 29 replies · 1,273+ views
    Reuters/IRIN | April 25 06
    BAGHDAD, 25 April (IRIN) - The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Monday that some 1,000 people living near the former Tuwaitha nuclear site faced serious health risks from lingering radiation. Tuwaitha, situated some 20 km south of the capital, Baghdad, "is one of a number of sites in the country identified as needing decommissioning or remediation, where radioactive material was used or waste buried," according to an IAEA statement. Residents of the nearby Ishtar village, for example, are exposed to levels of radiation higher than normal, the agency noted, which – in the case of prolonged exposure...
  • Flying Nightmares target terrorism with new munitions system

    04/10/2006 6:24:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies · 1,198+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Apr 9, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Brian J. Holloran
    AL ASAD, Iraq (April 9, 2006) -- Sweat slowly drips off of the Marines as they carefully raise the 500- and 1000-pound munitions to the weapons carriage on the AV-8B Harrier - the Flying Nightmares are readying for action. Marine Attack Squadron 513, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, is the first Harrier squadron to employ the Joint Direct Attack Munitions in a combat zone. "With this new feature on our jets, we will be able to hit targets more accurately, therefore making us a more effective squadron," said Lt. Col. Willis E. Price, commanding officer, VMA-513. The...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Secure IEDs, Munitions Cache

    04/05/2006 5:43:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 203+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 5, 2006 – Afghan and coalition forces identified an improvised explosive device attached to a bridge, recovered an IED, and discovered a munitions cache in several operations throughout Afghanistan today, just a day after combined forces detained 10 insurgents. The local police chief reported several artillery rounds wired beneath a bridge in the Dand district, of Kandahar province, to nearby coalition forces. A coalition explosive ordnance team identified the rounds as a remote-controlled IED and Afghan National Police officers cordoned off the area to protect the safety of citizens. "The emplacement of improvised explosive devices is a heinous...
  • B-52 Munitions Airmen Support Enduring Freedom Ops

    03/31/2006 4:24:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 348+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Scott King
    B-52 Munitions Airmen Support Enduring Freedom Ops The airmen's goal is to provide 100 percent on-time deliveries using 100 percent reliable weapons, culminating in 100 percent bombs on target. By U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott King 40th Air Expeditionaly Group Public Affairs OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, March 31, 2006 — A group of U.S. Air Force airmen supporting Operation Enduring Freedom attribute their unit's tight-knit camaraderie to their demanding work environment. These airmen build bombs for the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft providing close air support over Afghanistan. "I feel the mission here is vital. Our 'Buffs' flying above enemy territory...
  • Darkhorse Marines find, destroy stacks of buried munitions

    02/28/2006 3:07:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 519+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 25, 2006 | Cpl. Mark Sixbey
    CAMP MERCURY, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2006) -- Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Edward looked at the stacks of unearthed munitions and shook his head in disbelief. “We’re going to need more C-4,” Edward said. The 29-year-old explosive ordnance disposal technician with Mobile Unit 3, Detachment 9, 8th Engineer Support Battalion was witness to the largest weapons cache discovery made by Marines from L Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, since they arrived in Iraq nearly a month ago. The weapons are commonly used against Marines and Iraqi Security Forces in improvised explosive devices. The company made the find during...
  • Munitions Airmen get back to basics

    02/10/2006 5:23:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 196+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Kristina Barrett
    2/10/2006 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Deep in the heart of Iraqi bunkers are the weapons that helped defeat Saddam Hussein. Surely the dictator would have never thought just five Airmen would track and maintain the same weapons that freed the Iraqi people from his oppression. The mission of the 506th Air Expeditionary Group Munitions Flight is just that. The flight is responsible for Kirkuk’s base defense assets and are accountable for more than 445 line items valued at more than $1 million. “Ammo’s mission here is basically like any other base,” said Master Sgt. Anthony Newton, flight...
  • Weapons protesters get a break they don't want.

    01/17/2006 3:06:26 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 17 replies · 1,335+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 1/17/06 | Kevin Giles - Staff Reporter
    The four dozen regulars who show up weekly to protest at Edina's Alliant Techsystems come from all walks of life. Among them: nuns, college students, a surgeon and a retired chief executive officer of a major computer company. All share a commitment to civil disobedience. In nine years, there's been 176 arrests for nonviolent trespasses to protest Alliant's production of munitions. Lately, they've found something new and surprising to protest.
  • A round of applause

    01/23/2006 7:18:34 AM PST · by pickrell · 3 replies · 444+ views
    New Freeperville Gazette | 22-January-2006 | Ron Pickrell
    The military had recently proscribed the use of a very accurate, long range rifle bullet known as the open-round. The ruling apparently was reversed some time soon thereafter, with the explanation that the ban was originated by someone who didn’t realize the difference between a “dum-dum” round, and an open round. The problem was complicated when Al Gore, the inventor of the open round, and the sniperscope, complained that he hadn't received any royalties because of some silly technicality about proving the patent. Freerepublic critics were vocal and unsparing; "..Again, the buck has to stop somewhere. Who was ultimately responsible...
  • The trusty old dog who fetched a live grenade

    11/25/2005 6:56:22 AM PST · by Allosaurs_r_us · 43 replies · 1,476+ views ^ | 24/11/2005 | David Sapsted
    A retired gun dog proved that his retrieving instinct, if not his judgment, was still sound when he proudly presented his owner with an unexpected find - a live hand grenade. Jake the 15-year-old labrador, who is blind in one eye, is rather deaf and walks unsteadily, emerged from a bush, his tail wagging, to present Stefan Bojanowski with his find. His owner initially thought his old companion had dug up a harmless lump of metal. It was only when he retrieved it that he realised it was a rusty, Second World War grenade. Jake made his unwelcome find as...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Catch Suspects With Munitions

    11/17/2005 10:05:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 300+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2005 – Iraqi and coalition forces working a joint operation detained three suspected insurgents with a number of munitions Nov. 16, military officials reported. The men had a 60 mm mortar tube, two 81 mm mortar rounds, a 115 mm round and a fire extinguisher packed with explosives. The men are being detained pending further questioning. Elsewhere in Iraq, Iraqi soldiers detained two men Nov. 16 during a search for suspects in a roadside bomb attack that knocked over a power line tower about 10 kilometers south of Samarra. Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 5th...
  • U.S. Contractors Work to Destroy, Recycle Munitions in Iraq

    11/10/2005 4:17:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 377+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Elaine Eliah
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 10, 2005 – "Fire in the Hole, Fire in the Hole, Fire in the Hole." Within seconds of that radio announcement, a fiery blast shoots skyward. Second, third and fourth blasts follow in rapid succession. Only then does the concussion hit spectators a mile and a half away -- not as sound but as a shock wave. In less time than it takes to regain equilibrium, smoke plumes coalesce into a thick cloud rising hundreds of feet over the desert. Twelve separate detonations have destroyed roughly 100 tons of munitions that will no longer pose a threat to...
  • IED makers, munitions rounded up

    11/07/2005 4:31:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 410+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 7, 2005
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Nov. 7, 2005) –Iraqi forces join coalition forces during offensive operations this past week to net dozens of terrorists and weapons cashes. IED hotbed seized by 101st Airborne Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, discovered a large weapons cache during combat operations south of Baghdad International Airport Nov. 4. Members of D Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment discovered the cache around 8 p.m. The search revealed more weapons and munitions in a total of 18 different caches before concluding at 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Three terror suspects were detained for further questioning....
  • Days-Long Dig Yields Thousands of Munitions

    10/17/2005 5:44:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 715+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Army Sgt. Matthew Wester
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Owen Williams, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 70th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, carries two artillery shells out of a weapons cache site northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 4, 2005. Williams is from West Plains, Mo. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Wester Days-Long Dig Yields Thousands of Munitions During a traffic stop, two men were questioned about the fuses in their truck;the information they provided led U.S. soldiers to thousands of buried munitions. By U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Wester 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2005 — A...
  • Vehicle Rollover Kills Two Soldiers; Iraqi Officers Find Munitions

    08/22/2005 7:57:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 437+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 22, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2005 – Two 1st Corps Support Command soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled over during a combat logistics patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq, about 11 p.m. Aug. 21, military officials reported. The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. In other developments, Iraqi police officers on patrol discovered 32 mortar rounds and 20 rockets in two separate incidents in Baghdad Aug. 21, according to a Multinational Force report. The officers noticed a fresh mound of dirt between two houses in the Zohour district. Upon further investigation, they found 32 mortar...
  • Large munitions dump discovered in southern Afghanistan

    08/06/2005 8:52:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 643+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | August 06, 2005
    Text of report by Afghan independent Pajhwok news agency website Ghazni, 6 August: Security forces discovered a large munitions dump in the Khogiano area of [southern] Ghazni Province on 5 August. Ghazni Security Commander Abdorrahman Sarjang said some 40-truck-load of ammunition was discovered in the Turkan area of Khogiano. The cache included Sakr-20 and BM-12 missiles, mortar, artillery and RPG shells. He said Turkan is a remote mountainous area and once was a major base of the former mojahedin. Due to the remoteness of the area, moving the cache is a difficult task, the security commander told Pajhwok News Agency....
  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Help Victims of Terrorist Attacks

    07/26/2005 4:11:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Defend America | July 26, 2005 | Army Spc. Tracy J. Smith
    Iraqi and U.S. troops respond to two separate attacks; ordnance disposal teams detonated unexploded ordnance discovered at the scene. MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq, July 26, 2005 — Iraqi Army and U.S. soldiers assigned to Task Force Baghdad helped treat victims of two separate terrorist attacks in Mahmudiyah and Al-Dora, July 21. Prior to the explosions, U.S. troops assigned to 3rd Platoon, E Troop, 108th Cavalry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and the Iraqi Army’s 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Division operations and intelligence leaders met to plan future combined missions near Siad Abdullah and the surrounding areas which are known...