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  • How the Baker Rifle shaped the way we Fight with our Rifles

    01/03/2017 12:27:14 PM PST · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/3/2017 | J Hines
    It all started with the Baker Rifle and the British 95th Rifle Regiment The defining moment for rifles in the western world was when Rifleman Thomas Plunkett serving with the British 95th Rifle regiment took a shot with his Baker rifle towards the end of the Battle of Cacabelos in 1809. Rifleman Plunket laid flat on his back in the snow took a shot at the French General Auguste-Marie-François Colbert. While he lay on the ground, Plunket inserted his foot into the sling of his Baker .705-caliber rifle to stabilize the weapon, the butt of his rifle flushed into his...
  • Dallas police shooting: 'Black Power group' claims responsibility

    07/08/2016 6:52:37 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 85 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 7/8/16 | Richard Wheatstone
    "More Will Be Assassinated In The Coming Days! Do You Like The Work Of Our Assassins? Get Your Own Sniper" read a post on the Black Power Political Organisation Facebook account A self-proclaimed black power group appears to have claimed responsibility for the assassinations of five police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Five officers were gunned down by at least two shooters who picked out officers from an 'elevated position' - believed to be a multi-storey car park. It came in the week of public outrage over the deaths of two black men shot by police....
  • Hillary Received Memo From David Brock About How to Impeach Clarence Thomas

    09/01/2015 9:46:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | September 1, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    David Brock is a longtime Clinton ally, self-described liar and the paranoid founder of Media Matters. Some background on him:David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs. Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe. The threat he faced...
  • Serial Snipers in 6 states... AZ, CO, IL, MI, NC, and OH (coincidence?)

    09/02/2015 8:08:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Please see the the following links below. Just a coincidence or what?
  • Police Snipers Spotted at Two Texas Harley Dealerships in Wake of Twin Peaks Shooting

    06/01/2015 9:01:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 248 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | May 29, 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Photos on the Facebook page of a group called Free All The Waco Bikers appears to show police snipers on an apartment building rooftop, across the street from a Harley-Davidson dealership that was a hosting a memorial service for one of the bikers shot and killed outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17. This is the second time in less than a week that snipers have been posted outside a Texas Harley Davidson dealership after the Waco incident. The most recent sniper sighting occurred at the “fundraiser and celebration of life” for Jesse Rodriquez, a decorated Vietnam...
  • A Sniper Speaks - Caylen Wojcik

    04/16/2015 10:31:00 AM PDT · by w1n1
    AShooting Journal ^ | 4/16/2015 | Frank Jardim
    Caylen Wojcik was a U.S. Marine Corps scout sniper for eight years as a trainer and warrior. He served as the chief sniper in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, conducting 100 sniper missions until he was seriously wounded during Operation Phantom Fury. He returned to training duties during his recovery and now works in the private sector for Magpul Industries as its director of training of Precision Rifle Operations. He is a man who knows what it’s like to be behind a sniper rifle in battle. Read the sniper interview here.
  • History of the Sniper

    02/27/2015 8:33:27 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/27/2015 | Frank Jardim
    The sniper is an incredibly efficient fighter, compared to the typical infantryman. Consider that in World War II, American infantry units fired 25,000 rounds to kill just one enemy soldier. By the Korean War, that figure jumped to 50,000 rounds, and the select-fire M14 and M16 infantry rifles of the Vietnam War only seem to have produced more misses, requiring the expenditure of 200,000 rounds to kill one enemy combatant. It is ironic that a country built on a tradition of rifle marksmanship took nearly 200 years to formally embrace the sniper, the man that represents the military apex of...
  • ISIS close to overrunning strategic Anbar town: sources

    02/15/2015 4:26:11 AM PST · by piasa · 33 replies
    Asharq al-Awsat ^ | Saturday February 14, 2015 | Manaf Al-Obaidi
    Anbar, Asharq Al-Awsat—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have now taken control of large parts of the strategic Anbar town of Al-Baghdadi—55 miles west of the provincial capital Ramadi—amid fears that the jihadist group is seeking to overrun the nearby Ain Al-Assad airbase where US troops are training local forces. Fierce fighting between local tribal forces and ISIS broke out in the western Iraqi town over the past 48 hours, with ISIS quickly overrunning a number of Al-Baghdadi districts. ISIS simultaneously attacked the nearby Ain Al-Assad airbase. Around 25 ISIS militants carried out the attack, led by several...
  • Snipers on their Job

    02/10/2015 8:18:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/10/2015 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession As the movie American Sniper headed for wide release in mid-January, we checked in with three former Marine Corps snipers for their thoughts on the profession, how it changed them, America’s deadliest marksman Chris Kyle, and advice for aspiring snipers. Caylen Wojcik Former 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School instructor; deployed as a chief sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; over 100 combat missions; severely wounded by enemy rocket fire during Operation Phantom Fury; founded Central Cascade Precision; now with Magpul Dynamics. Jason Mann Twenty years in the USMC,...
  • ‘American Sniper’ Being Put Down Before It Even Hits Theaters

    12/25/2014 7:48:21 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 12/24/2014 | Katie A
    Chris Kyle’s story is one I believe absolutely should be told, and although I have my concerns regarding how accurately the movie will relay the events of his service as a SEAL, I wouldn’t miss it. Unfortunately it’s looking as though the naysayers are working overtime on this one, though, because the movie has yet to come out and the mud slinging has already begun.
  • War on golf: Obama is escorted by SWAT team and two snipers..(shortened)

    08/10/2014 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 59 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10 August 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    As conflict continued in Iraq, President Barack Obama waged a different kind of war during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard - on the golf course. Obama was escorted to the Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, by a huge motorcade, which included a SWAT team and two snipers who peered out of an open trunk. Sporting a United States Secret Service baseball cap, Obama seemed reasonably relaxed despite the hefty protection, laughing and chatting with his golfing buddies in between holes. Obama fled Washington for his family's familiar vacation spot yesterday for a two-week summer break.
  • ISIS Fails To Seize Iraq’s Largest Oil Refinery

    06/18/2014 3:57:56 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 26 replies
    CBS ^ | 6-18-2014 | Unknown
    BAGHDAD (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — Islamic militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery late Tuesday, but were repelled by Iraqi security forces after an overnight battle, Iraqi officials said Wednesday. The al Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began their attack late Tuesday night, but fighting continued into Wednesday morning. There were unconfirmed reports that the militants had managed to gain control of much of the refinery compound, but in messages posted on their Facebook page, the Iraqi Special Operations force vehemently denied the claims. Iraqi special forces, backed up by air support, destroyed an...
  • Sheriff Mack: federal snipers at Bundy ranch are mercenaries, hit men

    04/18/2014 6:26:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 92 replies
    DC clothesline ^ | Apr 18, 2014
    Sheriff Mack: federal snipers at Bundy ranch are mercenaries, hit men Posted on April 18, 2014 by Dr. Eowyn BLM-snipers-outside-of-Bundy-Ranch In an interview with TPN’s Dylan Scott Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Richard Mack, former Arizona county sheriff and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), said: “One of our CSPOA members who was there earlier and got there before I did was phoning me and telling me that they were going to be killed. The federal snipers, several of them — I don’t know if you know this — but they were paid mercenaries. They’re contractors. They’re...
  • False flag ops in Ukraine and Syria

    03/15/2014 11:05:45 AM PDT · by varmintman · 28 replies
    Several videos dealing with the leaked phone conversation between Estonian foreign minister Paet and Catherine Ashton have been going viral on youtube over the past three or four days, e.g. at about location 8:20 of this item: A few other takes: One question which nobody is asking is this: To what extent is the sniping episode and the presumed legitimacy of blaming it on Yanukovich and/or Russians serving as a pretext for American attempts at involvement at this point? SHOULD the US government be going forward with ANYTHING here before the question is...
  • Estonia confirms authenticity of Paet-Ashton conversation on Kiev snipers (Hired by pro-EU leaders)

    03/05/2014 10:24:39 AM PST · by kronos77 · 43 replies
    "It is extremely unfortunate that this wiretapping was conducted. It’s not an accident that this conversation was posted (on the Internet) today," Paet said. Earlier, he said that the conversation with Ashton took place last week, immediately after the head of the MFA’s return from Ukraine to Estonia. "My conversation with Ashton took place last week directly after my visit to Ukraine. At that time, I was in Estonia already," he said. The diplomat refrained from more detailed comments until he "sees the recording". Paet says he used the ministry’s mobile phone for talks and has no idea how information...
  • "Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition", A Stunning New Leak Reveals

    03/05/2014 7:08:50 AM PST · by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity · 42 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 5, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine "revolution" were none other than the "developed" world superpowers, lead by the US.</p>
  • Unarmed citizens in Ukraine taking sniper fire from their own government (Video)

    02/22/2014 6:29:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Unarmed citizens in Ukraine taking sniper fire from their own government. Sadly, they aren't allowed to own guns like we are. And people here wonder why we value our Second Amendment? (Taken from Guns Across America on facebook)
  • A Group Of Snipers Shot Up A Silicon Valley Power Station Before Slipping Into The Night

    02/06/2014 5:40:21 AM PST · by ClaytonP · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Smith reports that a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is acknowledging for the first time that a group of snipers shot up a Silicon Valley substation for 19 minutes last year, knocking out 17 transformers before slipping away into the night. The attack was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in the U.S., Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, told Smith.
  • Super Bowl Snipers

    01/31/2014 1:06:00 PM PST · by Altariel · 41 replies
    My 9 New Jersey ^ | Updated: Jan 29, 2014 10:45 AM CST | My 9 New Jersey
    East Rutherford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Along with excited and eager fans, SWAT teams and Snipers will be attending Super Bowl XLVIII. The reason for such high precautions is because the Super Bowl is a level one national security event. Former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam explains how snipers work in coordination with SWAT teams to give the fans and players ultimate safety. “If you have an active shooter or you have anyone who may have a bomb. Snipers have a better angle then anyone who is on the ground to actually hit that target. It’s an entire team that communicates....
  • Retired Army officer warns DHS stockpiling for war against American citizens

    03/24/2013 7:19:55 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 121 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 24, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A retired Army officer wrote to a U.S. senator Saturday about his concern that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to arm itself against the people of the United States. Retired Capt. Terry Michael Hestilow posted his letter to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on his Facebook page, noting that Homeland Security has made a number of large ammunition, weapon and light-armored vehicle purchases recently and has refused to answer questions about them. Hestilow begins by noting the large ammunition, weapon and light armored vehicle purchases recently made by DHS, as well as that agency’s refusal to answer any questions...
  • Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers

    03/03/2013 2:47:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 51 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi:
    Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers Tehran, the capital of Iran, is battling an invasion of "genetically mutated" giant rats. Iran has sent in sniper teams to clear Tehran's streets from the massive rodents weighting up to five kilos plaguing 26 district of the Iranian capital, the city's environmental agency said. "They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them," Ismail Kahram, Teheran city council environment adviser and university professor Ismail Kahram told "They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that...
  • Marines, civilian police officers conduct urban training exercise(What Posse Comitatus?)

    08/28/2012 5:22:01 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 208 replies
    WNCT Channel 9, North Carolina ^ | August 23, 2012 | Tony Rawlings
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Training at Camp Lejeune Thursday looked and felt real -- and that was the point. Law officers and marines from across the country ended their training with a bang. Thursday was the final day of exercises for law enforcement and marines who have gone through special reaction team training at Camp Lejeune for the past three weeks. In the final exercise, teams were presented with a series of real life scenarios as well as hands on instruction to handle them correctly. Brian Dye, Operations Chief of I&I in Lexington, Kentucky says training civilians as a blended...
  • What goes on in the mind of a sniper?

    01/25/2012 9:36:58 AM PST · by the scotsman · 48 replies · 2+ views
    BBC News ^ | 25th January 2012 | Stephanie Hegarty
    'A young cowboy from Texas who joined the elite US Navy Seals became the most deadly sniper in American history. In a book published this month he provides an unusual insight into the psychology of a soldier who waits, watches and kills. As US forces surged into Iraq in 2003, Chris Kyle was handed a sniper rifle and told to watch as his marine battalion entered an Iraqi town. A crowd had come out to greet them. Through the scope he saw a woman, with a child close by, approaching his troops. She had a grenade ready to detonate in...
  • Here's Why Russia Wants To Train A Thousand Snipers (Urban Warfare?)

    10/20/2011 10:35:33 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1+ views
    TBI ^ | 10-20-2011 | Adam Taylor
    Here's Why Russia Wants To Train A Thousand Snipers Adam Taylor Oct. 20, 2011, 12:40 PM Reports in Russian media suggest that the Russian army is hoping to train 1,000 snipers in the next few months. The move is a major reorganization of the Russia's army. Earlier this month Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Sergey Vlasov told reporters “We are establishing a phased, multi-tiered system for selecting and training candidates, to teach them how to work as part of a unit and independently. All snipers will have special training once every three or four years.” The announcement has been met...
  • Syria using Iranian snipers as violent crackdown continues

    08/15/2011 9:52:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 8/15/11 | Rob Crilly
    Yayladagi, Turkey - Iranian snipers are being used in Syria to put down the growing tide of demonstrations against president Bashar al-Assad, claims a member of the regime's secret police who has fled to Turkey. The 25-year-old officer offered a detailed account of increasingly brutal tactics used by security forces to end the five-month uprising, including parading women naked through the streets and shoot-to-kill orders against unarmed protesters.
  • Hillary WASN'T LYING! Bosnia gunfire footage discovered...

    08/14/2011 5:41:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies ^ | 3-28-11 | barelypolitical
    Would I lie to you? ;)
  • American Snipers Love Their New Rifles

    04/26/2011 6:53:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 26, 2011 | Lance M. Bacon
    The XM2010 sniper rifle is making a name for itself in Afghanistan. Officials won’t say how many are there or where they are. But at the time of the Sept. 20 contract, officials said the first 250 rifles would be ready by early December and sent directly to Afghanistan.
  • Dead Men Risen: The snipers' story (WOW! AMAZING SHOOTING - EVEN A QUIGLEY!

    03/13/2011 4:46:25 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 86 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 13, 2011 | Toby Harnden
    Operating from a remote patrol base in Helmand, two British snipers were responsible for killing 75 Taliban fighters in just 40 days. In one remarkable feat of marksmanship, two insurgents were dispatched with a single bullet. The arrival at the newly-established Patrol Base Shamal Storrai (Pashto for “North Star”) in late August 2009 of Serjeant Tom Potter and Rifleman Mark Osmond marked the start of an astonishing episode in the history of British Army sniping. Within 40 days, the two marksmen from 4 Rifles, part of the Welsh Guards Battle group, had achieved 75 confirmed kills with 31 attributed to...
  • U.S. Army Upgrades To .300 Winchester Magnum

    10/07/2010 9:55:41 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 61 replies ^ | October 07, 2010
    October 7, 2010: The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle. Last year, the army ordered 38.4 million rounds of...
  • Mexican Drug Gang Hires Pretty Hitwomen

    08/17/2010 2:56:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 2+ views
    KDFW ^ | Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010
    A Mexican drug gang is hiring pretty young women to carry out killings to surprise its enemies, a suspected member of the vicious La Linea gang said in a video released Tuesday. Around 30 women aged 18 to 30 have been trained by hitmen to carry out killings in recent months, and most of those have killed people, said Rogelio Amaya in a public security ministry video released by media. "They're pretty, good-looking, to help mislead opponents," said the suspected member of a gang of enforcers for the Juarez cartel in the country's most violent city, Ciudad Juarez. The women...
  • Top 10 Snipers in History

    05/18/2010 9:41:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    joetravolta ^ | 11/13/2009 | joetravolta
    It was night and low visibility, but I saw a guy with an AK-47 lit up by the porch light in a doorway about 400 meters away. I watched him through the sights. He looked like just another Iraqi. I hit him low in the stomach and dropped him.’ – Specialist James Wilks, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas. Concealment is key to becoming a great sniper. Highly trained marksmen who can shoot accurately from incredible distances with specialized training in high-precision rifles. In addition, they are trained in camouflage, field craft, infiltration, reconnaissance and observation, making them perhaps the most...
  • Taliban Sniper Teams Attack U.S., Afghan Troops

    02/15/2010 7:22:53 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 1,536+ views
    MARJAH, Afghanistan — Sniper teams attacked U.S. Marines and Afghan troops across the Taliban haven of Marjah, as several gun battles erupted Monday on the third day of a major offensive to seize the extremists' southern heartland. Multiple firefights in different locations taxed the ability of coalition forces to provide enough air support as NATO forces forged deeper into the town, moving through suspected insurgent neighborhoods, the U.S. Marines said. In northern Marjah, an armored column came under fire from at least three separate sniper teams, slowing its progress. One of the teams came within 155 feet and started firing....
  • Michigan weapons company Trijicon takes flak for rifle scopes with Bible verse

    01/19/2010 5:25:10 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 2,769+ views
    nydailynews ^ | January 19th 2010, | Stephanie Gaskell
    A Michigan weapons company is under fire for branding thousands of rifle scopes used by U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan with passages from the Bible. U.S. military rules prohibit any service member from proselytizing while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, which are primarily Muslim nations. Trijicon, a sighting manufacturer based in Wixom, Mich., has several multimillion-dollar contracts with the Pentagon to make sights. Along with the sight's stock number, there are coded Bible passages from the New Testament engraved on the sights. One reads JN8:12, an apparent reference to John 8:12, which says, "Whoever follows me will...
  • Top 10 Snipers in History

    103 Confirmed Kills Was an avid hunter as a kid and joined the Marines in 1967. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and holds the record for number of confirmed kills for Marine snipers, exceeding that of legendary Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock. In just 16 months he killed 103 enemies and another 216 kills were listed as probable’s by the military, only because it was too risky at the time to search the bodies for documents. When he left the Marines he told no-one of his of his role during the conflict and only a few fellow...
  • Lieutenant Paddy Rice 'luckiest soldier in Afghanistan' after Taliban sniper shooting

    11/22/2009 8:15:02 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 814+ views
    telegraph ^ | 22 Nov 2009 | By Sean Rayment
    British Army officer, Lieutenant Paddy Rice, has been described as "the luckiest soldier in Afghanistan" after surviving being shot by a Taliban sniper. video at link
  • Iraqi Soldiers Trained by U.S. Snipers

    08/02/2009 1:15:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Philip Schratwieser, USA
    More than two dozen Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 6th IA Division participate in a marksmanship course at Forward Operating Base Constitution, July 31. Photo by Sgt. Philip Schratwieser, 1st Infantry Division. BAGHDAD — U.S. snipers and squad-designated marksmen helped Iraqi Soldiers improve their combat marksmanship skills here at Forward Operating Base Constitution, July 25 - 31. During the week-long course, the Iraqi Soldiers split their time between the classroom and live-fire training on the shooting range."Trying to communicate what we expect of them is the biggest problem," said Staff Sgt. Matthew Lynch, lead sniper with the 2nd Battalion, 112th...
  • Alleged East Bay Freeway Snipers Charged With 85 Counts

    05/23/2009 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 570+ views ^ | Posted: 10:11 pm PDT May 21, 2009,Updated: 10:11 am PDT May 23, 2009 | n/a
    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- Two men have been charged with 85 counts of assault with a deadly weapon or vandalism in connection with a series of highway shootings in Fremont over the last month, according to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Danielle London. London said Shawn Phillip Wagner of Mariposa and Rojelio Samuel Gomez of Fremont, both, 21, are scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court in Fremont. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said authorities believe that Wagner and Gomez used a pellet gun in numerous shootings on Interstate Highway 680 between Mission Boulevard...
  • Dressed to kill: Iranian snipers

    04/19/2009 9:54:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 1,234+ views
    Note: Photo included. April 19, 2009 Iranian snipers wearing their full camouflage kit marched in the Army Day parade outside Tehran yesterday. They were addressed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who praised them for preserving the region’s stability and security.
  • Ten High-Tech Weapons to Repel Pirates

    04/15/2009 9:16:52 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 59 replies · 3,424+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2009 | Paul Wagenseil
    How does a small gang of lightly armed Somali pirates hijack a modern cargo ship? Speed and weaponry, mainly. Modern pirates, whether off the coast of Somalia or in the crowded shipping lanes of southeast Asia, typically use fast speedboats to zoom up to the sterns of slow-moving cargo ships. They then toss grappling hooks up to the rails and climb up ropes to clamber on deck. Pirates are generally armed with assault rifles and, increasingly, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Modern ships' crews are usually unarmed for a number of reasons, among them laws that prevent armed vessels from docking in...
  • How SEALs Carried Out Their Mission

    04/13/2009 8:55:29 AM PDT · by Delacon · 148 replies · 7,317+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 13, 2009 | Ann Scott Tyson
    The operation to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips involved dozens of Navy SEALs, who parachuted from an aircraft into the scene near dark Saturday, landing in the ocean. The SEALs were part of a group of Special Operations forces involved in the effort, according to military officials. The SEALs set up operations on the USS Bainbridge, which had been communicating with the four pirates via radio and had used smaller boats to make deliveries of food and water to their lifeboat. Yet the pirates were growing increasingly agitated, the officials said. At one point Saturday, the pirates opened fire on one...
  • Obama Did Not Order the Kill That Freed Capt. Phillips

    04/12/2009 8:19:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 125 replies · 5,131+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/12/09 | Gateway Pundit
    Sorry libs. Obama did not give the direct order to kill the Somali pirates. You'll have to wait another day for the cut-and-runner to earn his hero badge. Blackfive has the real story: I just finished listening to the press conference w/ ADM Gortney about the rescue of Captain Phillips. At the time it happened the USS Bainbridge was towing the lifeboat to calmer waters as the sea state was deteriorating. One of the pirates was on board the Bainbridge as the talks about obtaining Phillip's release continued. The lifeboat was approx. 25 m behind the Bainbridge when snipers on...
  • How the rescue happened

    04/12/2009 5:12:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 2,216+ views ^ | April 12, 2009 | Uncle Jimbo
    I just finished listening to the press conference w/ ADM Gortney about the rescue of Captain Phillips. At the time it happened the USS Bainbridge was towing the lifeboat to calmer waters as the sea state was deteriorating. One of the pirates was on board the Bainbridge as the talks about obtaining Phillip's release continued. The lifeboat was approx. 25 m behind the Bainbridge when snipers on the fantail observed one of the pirates in the pilot house of the lifeboat pointing an AK-47 at the back of a tied up Phillips and the other two pirates on board were...
  • Captain Richard Phillips freed as US snipers kill three Somali pirates

    04/12/2009 5:31:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 43 replies · 5,333+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | April 13, 2009 | James Bone in New York and Rob Crilly in Nairobi
    US Navy snipers killed three Somali pirates who had been holding an American merchant skipper on a lifeboat last night, rescuing the hostage unharmed. The US Navy Seals opened fire from about 25 metres away under standing orders from President Obama when they saw one of the pirates pointing an AK47 at Captain Richard Phillips’s back, putting his life in imminent danger. All three pirates were killed. A fourth, who had come aboard a nearby US warship to negotiate, was taken into custody. He was reported to be as young as 16. Captain Phillips, a former Boston taxi driver who...
  • Army Buys Wearable Sniper Detectors

    02/21/2009 6:56:52 AM PST · by Flavius · 51 replies · 1,666+ views
    tfot ^ | 2/2/09 | tfot
    The Rapid Equipping Force (REF) of the United States Army has purchased wearable sniper detector systems from QinetiQ Systems for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deployment of the SWATS Soldier-Wearable Acoustic Targeting Systems will begin immediately and should be complete later in 2009. QinetiQ will also provide training and field support for these new systems.
  • Iraq: 'Al-Qaeda video' recruits snipers to avenge Gaza

    01/29/2009 10:12:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 407+ views ^ | 1-29-09 | staff
    Baghdad, 28 Jan. (AKI) - (By Hamza Boccolini) - A new video purportedly from Al-Qaeda in Iraq urges Muslims to become snipers in order to avenge the Palestinian deaths caused by Israel's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip. The 30 minute documentary, entitled "From the Islamic State: Dedicated to Gaza, the courageous," underlines the military and religious aspect of a sniper in Islam. It begins by showing images of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, while images of Arab heads of state are seen cheering after a raid. The aim of the video - produced by production house al-Furqan - is...
  • ISF captures suspected sniper team in northeast Baghdad

    01/20/2009 7:58:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 470+ views ^ | Jan. 18, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20090118-07 Jan. 18, 2009 ISF captures suspected sniper team in northeast Baghdad Multi-National Division – Baghdad UR, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces thwarted an attack on a U.S. military patrol in northeast Baghdad Jan. 17. Elements of the 1st National Police Division, and 42nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, worked together to detain a suspected sniper team that was targeting an American forces on patrol in the Haay Ur neighborhood of northeast Baghdad. “The actions of our ISF partners saved at least one, and probably several, U.S. Soldiers...
  • The 'cat's eyes' laser that can help British troops pinpoint a sniper before he pulls the trigger

    01/13/2009 6:52:44 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 128 replies · 1,917+ views ^ | January 12, 2009 | Mail Foreign Service
    Snipers or assassins could be spotted in their nests before even firing a shot thanks to laser surveillance technology to be unveiled in Britain. European and U.S. companies are accelerating research into anti-sniper defences in response to threats in Afghanistan and Iraq and at home. But most systems use acoustic or thermal sensors that depend on waiting for the first shot. An alternative developed by the European aerospace group EADS aims to warn of attack and pinpoint the sniper before he pulls the trigger by bouncing light off his telescopic sight. 'It is the same principle as 'cat's eyes' in...
  • New Yorker of the Year: Hillary Clinton proved a woman of resolve and class [Barf Alert!]

    01/01/2009 9:48:35 AM PST · by melt · 24 replies · 614+ views ^ | 12/31/08 |
    The most powerful woman in the world. So Hillary Clinton will become with the dawn of a new White House. Madam Secretary of State. A strong hand in a velvet glove, extended to the globe on behalf of the most anticipated presidency in generations. Short of Barack Obama, no American today­ has a greater opportunity to shape international history than does New York’s departing ­junior U.S. senator. And, short of Barack Obama, no American played a greater role last year in influencing the choice of the 44th President of the United States. Clinton galvanized 18 million voters and made her...
  • Pardon Sgt. Evan Vela, Mr. President

    12/19/2008 2:35:54 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 40 replies · 1,139+ views ^ | Dec. 18, 2008 | Diana West
    We're now entering the final phase of an outgoing administration. And during this phase, George W. Bush, mere mortal but still president, has the practically supernatural ability to grant pardons. This endows him with the power of life over death, of clemency over conviction. For one month more, President Bush will be able to right wrongs, show mercy and restore faith. For one month more, he will have the opportunity to pardon Sgt. Evan Vela, now serving 10 years in a military prison for what a court martial called "murder" but what I, along with many, many Americans, call war.
  • When is a Ceasefire NOT a Ceasefire

    12/19/2008 11:08:51 AM PST · by Karliner · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Kislev 22,5769/ 19-12-2008 | Hani levi Julian 'Ceasefire' Over, Gaza Terrorists Add Sniper Fire to Arsenal by Hana Levi Julian ( The firing at farmers in the field is the final piece of evidence on the end of the 'calm' Gaza terrorists began the first official day after the end of the so-called "temporary ceasefire" early Friday morning with the usual barrage of Kassam rockets aimed at the western Negev. The attacks began at the usual hour, approximately 7:30 a.m., when Jewish children are walking to school and their parents and other adults are on their way to work, thus maximizing the chances of the missiles...