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  • US cargo plane crash in Afghanistan kills 7

    04/30/2013 3:59:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | April 30, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the US-led military coalition said.
  • Bagram Airfield Crash 29 APR 2013 (Dash Cam Video)

    04/30/2013 2:08:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 79 replies ^ | 4/30/2013
    A civilian cargo plane crash at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul in Afghanistan has killed seven people. Video Here
  • Cargo Plane Crash In Afghanistan Kills 7

    04/29/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | April 29, 2013 5:43 PM | Krishnadev Calamur
    "Officials say the crash killed all seven crew members. And there is no word yet on their nationalities. "Emergency responders are still on the scene of the crash, at the sprawling base north of Kabul. Officials are still trying to determine the reason for the crash but say there's no indication of hostile fire.
  • Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

    01/28/2013 1:58:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin's Twitchy ^ | 1/28/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?..........
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • Ships, Planes Deliver Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan

    08/21/2009 4:23:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 626+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – Military transportation experts used ships and planes to deploy an Army combat unit that arrived in Afghanistan last month, marking a notable milestone for U.S. Transportation Command. The 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Wash., began departing from nearby Tacoma by ship in early May; the unit’s equipment arrived in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province July 25, about five days earlier than requested by U.S. Central Command, Army Lt. Col. John Kaylor, a transportation expert assigned to Transcom’s headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., said yesterday. More than 3,800 troops and 900 pieces...
  • ‘Flying Tigers’ Take Mission to Afghanistan

    07/22/2009 10:38:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 734+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009 – American volunteers flying shark-faced P-40 Tomahawks protected China during World War II, and their legacy has become a fixture in the war in Afghanistan. Air Staff Sgt. James Irvin performs an air-cycle machine inspection on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to ensure the A-10 Thunderbolt functions properly, July 20, 2009. Irvin is deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Felicia Juenke  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In homage to the storied airmen of the past, the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed from...
  • Convoys Roll Through Danger to Deliver Goods

    07/20/2009 4:36:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Elisebet Freeburg
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 20, 2009 – As combat missions increase in Afghanistan, a Maine National Guard battalion here is getting increasingly busy delivering supplies to forward operating bases under dangerous conditions. Army Sgt. 1st Class Byron T. Mills, a 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion transportation platoon sergeant from Temple, Texas, prays with soldiers at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, before leaving on a two-day combat logistics patrol to forward operating bases Lagman and Wolverine, June 25, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Riding in mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, also known as MRAPs or “gun...
  • Iraqi Air Force, Army Deliver Supplies to Local Communities

    07/11/2009 11:45:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    NAJAF — With the recent help of many organizations back in the United States, the Iraqi Provincial Government received three pallets of humanitarian relief supplies June 21 for distribution to the local populace here. “Helping people who are less fortunate is always a good thing whether in your home town or across the world,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Fred Harmon, deputy team leader for provincial reconstruction and project coordinator at Najaf. “Overall, these shipments send a message that bridges the cultural divide. In the more immediate impact, they simply help those who need it.” “It is important because it...
  • Russia to grant U.S. Afghan supply route

    07/04/2009 11:30:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 661+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/4/09 | Oleg Shchedrov and Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will grant President Barack Obama permission next week to ship U.S. weapons supplies across its territory, or through its airspace, en route to Afghanistan, sources on both sides told Reuters on Saturday. The transit deal will open up an important corridor for the United States as it steps up its Afghan war against Taliban insurgents by sending in more troops. Routes via Pakistan have come under attack by militants. It will be one of the main agreements signed during Obama's Moscow summit next week with Kremlin chief Dmitry Medvedev, the sources said. "The agreement will include...
  • Is Taliban getting U.S.-supplied ammo?

    05/19/2009 8:15:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 838+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/19/09 | C.J. CHIVERS, New York Times
    Insurgents in Afghanistan, fighting from some of the world's poorest and most remote regions, have managed to maintain a guerrilla war against materially superior U.S. and Afghan forces. Arms and ordnance collected from dead insurgents hint at one possible reason: Of 30 rifle magazines recently taken from insurgents' corpses, at least 17 contained cartridges identical to ammunition that the United States had provided to Afghan government forces. The presence of this ammunition among the dead in an area of fighting near the Pakistan border suggests that munitions procured by the Pentagon have leaked from Afghan forces for use against U.S....
  • Lightweight Armor Is Slow to Reach Troops

    04/18/2009 5:32:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,708+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2009 | THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — The Army has promised to lighten the soldier’s load, and nowhere more urgently than in eastern Afghanistan, where the unforgiving terrain tests the stamina of troops whose weapons, body armor, rucksacks and survival gear can weigh 130 pounds. But an experiment to shave up to 20 pounds off a soldier’s burden — much of it by reducing the bulletproof plates that protect the chest and back — has stalled, leaving $3 million in new, lightweight equipment sitting in a warehouse in the United States instead of being sent to the war zone where it was to have been...
  • U.S. Airmen Keep Troops, Cargo Moving Through Kuwait

    04/08/2009 4:25:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 346+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – The war may be fought in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, but for most troops and cargo heading into theater, it starts on a small air strip just outside of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Two airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron work to unload cargo from a C-17 Globemaster III at a small air strip in Kuwait, March 17, 2009. The airmen facilitate the most cargo and troops to theater of any air portal in the region. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • US thinks the unthinkable: asking Iran for help with supply routes

    02/25/2009 9:57:05 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 625+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/26/2009 | Catherine Philp
    It has been a grim couple of weeks for the snack lovers of Camp Phoenix. First Doritos, then Snickers, now Coca-Cola: all have disappeared from the usually packed shelves of the camp store. They were among the more expendable supplies lost when the Pakistani Taleban set fire to containers bound for US bases in Afghanistan close to the Khyber Pass. The denuded shelves underline a far more serious problem for the US: how to fuel the military effort in Afghanistan in the face of diminishing regional leverage and growing opposition from neighbours. Weeks of attacks by the Taleban on convoys...
  • Taliban burns 10 trucks on Afghanistan-Pakistan supply route

    02/05/2009 3:07:35 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 8 replies · 385+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | February 5, 2009 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King
    A day after blowing up a crucial land bridge, Taliban militants torched 10 supply trucks returning from Afghanistan to Pakistan on Wednesday, underscoring the insurgents' dominance of the main route used to transport supplies to Afghan-based U.S. and NATO troops. Months of disruptions on the route from the Pakistani port of Karachi through the historic Khyber Pass have forced NATO and American military authorities to look for other transit options. About three-quarters of the supplies for Western forces in Afghanistan -- mainly food and fuel -- are ferried through Pakistan by contractors, usually poorly paid, semiliterate truckers. Many now refuse...
  • Afghan Supply Line Still Viable Despite Breaches, Pentagon Official Says

    12/18/2008 4:34:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 341+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2008 – As the U.S. military works to improve security along a supply line that passes through Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, the pathway continues to be a viable means of logistics, a Pentagon official said today. Taliban militants reportedly have torched about 300 trucks laden with supplies, including military vehicles, in five attacks last week alone. But roughly 150 truckloads of supplies continue to traverse the route each day, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. “While we are still evaluating how to not only improve the security along that line, but [also] other lines that we...
  • U.S. to Widen Supply Routes in Afghan War

    12/31/2008 11:06:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 480+ views
    The New york Times ^ | December 30, 2008 | THOM SHANKER and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    WASHINGTON — The United States and NATO are planning to open and expand supply lines through Central Asia to deliver fuel, food and other goods to a military mission in Afghanistan that is expected to grow by tens of thousands of troops in the months ahead, according to American and alliance diplomats and military officials.The plan to open new paths through Central Asia reflects an American-led effort to seek out a more reliable alternative to the route from Pakistan through the strategic Khyber Pass, which was closed by Pakistani security forces on Tuesday as they began an offensive against militants...
  • Pakistan Shuts Down Supply Line

    12/31/2008 5:33:19 AM PST · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 12/31/2008 | Bill Roggio
    NATO's vital supply link through the Northwest Frontier Province has been shut down as the Pakistani military launched an operation to clear the Taliban from the area. "Supplies to NATO forces have temporarily been suspended," Tariq Hayat Khan, the Khyber agency's political agent, told reporters. The main road between Peshawar and the border town of Torkham has been closed as the military launched attacks using "artillery, tanks and, helicopter gunships," Geo News reported. It is unclear if the operation is being led by the Army or the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
  • Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

    12/30/2008 7:27:47 PM PST · by Flavius · 6 replies · 459+ views
    ap ^ | 12/30/08 | By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press Writer Riaz Khan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. The U.S. military said a temporary closure of the key supply line was not a problem, and praised the campaign in the rugged hills of northwestern Pakistan where al-Qaida leaders — including Osama bin Laden — are believed hiding. The operation came amid tensions between Pakistan and its eastern neighbor, India, triggered by last month's terror attack in Mumbai, which the Indian...
  • American's Imperiled Military Lifeline through Pakistan

    01/03/2009 10:56:51 PM PST · by dr_who · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Cato Institute Website ^ | December 28, 2008 | Malou Innocent and Ted Galen Carpenter
    After months of increased attacks on supply trucks, U.S. and NATO officials are scrambling for alternative routes to sustain its forces in land-locked Afghanistan. Today, three-quarters of NATO provisions bound for Afghanistan must travel through the deteriorating security environment in neighboring Pakistan. If U.S. and NATO leaders intend to establish new routes for the mission, they will have to make concessions to surrounding countries including Iran and Russia. Militants operating in and around the Pakistani tribal region of Khyber Agency have repeatedly hijacked supply vehicles entering Afghanistan. Earlier this month, gunmen torched more than 160 vehicles near the Pakistani border...
  • Transportation Network Makes History

    12/26/2008 10:13:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 240+ views
    CAMP TAJI — In a step forward for Iraqi civil capacity, the Iraqi Transportation Network (ITN) made history as it delivered 14 up-armored Humvees to Camp Taji, Dec. 20. ITN is an all-Iraqi consortium of tribally owned trucking companies that moves cargo across Iraq. ITN completed more than 3,700 missions since May 2, 2008 without incident or loss of cargo. This delivery of M1114 Humvees allowed the ITN to prove it is ready to start handling other types of cargo essential to the sustainment of Iraq and Coalition forces. One of the planners for the event, Capt. Carey W. Menifee,...
  • Amid Taliban Rule, a NATO Supply Line Is Choked

    12/25/2008 4:59:01 AM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 1,265+ views
    ny times ^ | 12/24/08 | By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — This frontier city boasts a major air base and Pakistani Army and paramilitary garrisons. But the 200 Taliban guerrillas were in no rush as they methodically ransacked depots with NATO supplies here two weeks ago. Skip to next paragraph The New York Times An important NATO supply line goes over Khyber Pass. Pakistani employees two weeks ago inspected trucks burned by Taliban guerrillas at a depot with NATO supplies in Peshawar. The militants began by blocking off a long stretch of the main road, giving them plenty of time to burn everything inside, said one guard, Haroon...
  • Taliban blow up lorry carrying Christmas turkeys for British troops

    12/19/2008 6:55:36 AM PST · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 793+ views ^ | 19th December 2008 | staff writer
    Taliban blow up lorry carrying Christmas turkeys for British troops Army chiefs have flown out a special consignment of Christmas turkeys to replace the ones destroyed when Taliban insurgents attacked a lorry packed with the birds bound for British troops.... The frozen birds were completely destroyed....en route from Pakistan to Camp Bastion. The consignment of turkey roll breasts weighing 325kg was intended for soldiers stationed at Britain's main base in Helmand Province,...where...3,000 personnel will spend the festive season. Dinner will be served: Replacement turkeys have been flown in... Regimental Catering Warrant Officer Nick Townley, who is in charge of organising...
  • NATO’s Supply Line Through Peshawar Under Siege

    12/09/2008 1:46:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 527+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 8, 2008 05:20 PM | Bill Roggio
    The U.S. military and NATO received a rude awakening this weekend after Taliban military units raided three separate terminals in Peshawar. More than 200 Humvees and trucks carrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan were destroyed in the attacks, which took place over the course of two days. In the largest attack, a Taliban force of abut 200 to 300 men – a company in military terms – rampaged in one shipping terminal for 40 minutes before the security forces responded. The Pakistani military has promised to protect the supply columns, but no forces were in sight during the attacks.
  • Taliban hits US supply convoy

    12/07/2008 9:57:56 PM PST · by cavador · 25 replies · 1,576+ views
    Source: ABC ^ | December 8, 2008 | Sally Sara
    Pakistani employees inspect burnt out trucks at a NATO terminal outside the north-western Pakistan city of Peshawar. Taliban militants have destroyed more than 90 trucks loaded with supplies destined for United States-led troops fighting in Afghanistan. More than 200 Taliban gunmen stormed the supply depot in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in the early hours of the morning. One security guard was killed, several others were disarmed. The militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and then doused the trucks in fuel before setting them alight. Several US military Humvee vehicles were also destroyed. By first light, the depot was still smouldering....
  • Dozens of NATO supply trucks torched in Pakistan... Developing...

    12/07/2008 10:30:44 AM PST · by jhpigott · 21 replies · 969+ views
    By Faris Ali PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani militants attacked a parked convoy of trucks carrying military vehicles for Western forces in Afghanistan near Peshawar early on Sunday, destroying 96 trucks, police said. Security guards said they were overpowered by more than 200 militants who attacked two terminals on the ring road round the northwestern city of Peshawar, where the trucks carrying Humvees and other military vehicles were parked. "It happened at around 2.30 a.m. They fired rockets, hurled hand grenades and then set ablaze 96 trucks," senior police officer Azeem Khan told Reuters. Most of the fuel and other...
  • Pakistani militants torch Humvees for western forces

    12/07/2008 4:17:07 AM PST · by aj7360 · 35 replies · 1,274+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/07/2008 | Faris Ali, Reuters
    Pakistani militants torch Humvees for western forces By Faris Ali PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Hordes of Pakistani militants set on fire 96 trucks carrying Humvees and military vehicles for Western forces in Afghanistan in a raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said. Security guards said they were overpowered by more than 200 militants who attacked two terminals on Peshawar's ring road, where trucks carrying Humvees and other military vehicles were parked. "It happened at around 2.30 a.m.. They fired rockets, hurled hand grenades and then set ablaze 96 trucks," senior police officer, Azeem Khan, told Reuters.
  • More than 160 US, NATO vehicles burned in Pakistan

    12/07/2008 4:43:24 AM PST · by maquiladora · 54 replies · 2,247+ views
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants blasted their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan on Sunday and torched more than 160 vehicles destined for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital military supply line, officials said.
  • DOD won’t re-route ships

    11/20/2008 4:22:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 51 replies · 1,708+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 21, 2008 | Jeff Schogol
    ARLINGTON, Va. — To hell with pirates: The Defense Department isn’t going to re-route ships to avoid the Gulf of Aden. "We’re not going around the Cape of Good Hope," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Wednesday. Several shipping companies this week announced they would do just that, in an effort to avoid pirates lurking in the waters off Somalia. But the U.S. government is not considering such an option for its ships. "Ultimately that’s not the solution to this," Morrell said. "And that, to me — in scenarios like that, the pirates win. And they should not be allowed...
  • U.S. Firm Ambushed Again In Southern Afghanistan

    09/12/2008 8:36:13 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 108+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | September 12, 2008 | Staff
    KABUL (Reuters) -- At least 23 people were killed when Taliban insurgents ambushed a U.S. security firm convoy in southwestern Afghanistan on September 12, provincial officials said, in the second attack on the firm in as many days. Farah provincial police chief Khalilullah Rahmani said 15 of the dead were Taliban militants killed in the fighting that broke out following the ambush. Rahmani said U.S. Protection and Investigations, a firm involved in escorting supplies for coalition forces, also suffered casualties, but he had no details. "The Taliban militants attacked the convoy with heavy machine guns; four vehicles were set on...
  • Russian threat to Nato supply route in Afghanistan

    08/26/2008 7:49:24 PM PDT · by F-117A · 37 replies · 190+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | August, 26, 2008 | Jeremy Page (in Kabul)
    Russia played a trump card in its strategic poker game with the West yesterday by threatening to suspend an agreement allowing Nato (sic) to take supplies and equipment to Afghanistan through Russia and Central Asia. The agreement was struck at a Nato (sic) summit in April to provide an alternative supply route to the road between the Afghan capital and the Pakistani border, which has come under attack from militants on both sides of the frontier this year. ... Mr Kabulov also suggested that the stand-off over Georgia could lead Russia to review agreements allowing Nato (sic) members to use...
  • 'Flying Humvee' robot ships supplies to military troops

    06/19/2008 7:06:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 124+ views
    Computer World ^ | 6/17/08 | Sharon Gaudin
    <p>June 17, 2008 (Computerworld) An aerospace company has built a prototype of a driverless aircraft designed to shuttle hundreds of pounds of supplies to soldiers in war zones.</p> <p>Dubbed a flying Humvee by Ryan Wood, CEO of Broomfield Colo.-based Frontline Aerospace, Inc., the robotic vehicle can fly 600 to 1,000 miles carrying a full cargo of 400 pounds. Code named V-STAR, the autonomous aircraft, which can execute vertical take-offs and landings, is about the size of a large SUV, weighing in at 2,400 pounds and measuring 21 feet long and up to 26 feet wide.</p>
  • Salvadoran Battalion Delivers Medical Supplies in Kut

    04/06/2008 2:12:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 121+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles, USA
    The Salvadoran Cuscatlán Battalion delivered $4 million in medical supplies to the al Kut Director General of Health Warehouse April 1. The supplies, donated by the International Red Cross, are for Iraqis affected by the recent upsurge in violence by criminals. The donated supplies will replenish what was used during the civil unrest in the city and will increase supplies on hand. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles. FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA — The Salvadoran Cuscatlán Battalion delivered $4 million in medical supplies to the al Kut Director General of Health Warehouse April 1.“It is very important...
  • Coalition Forces Provide Assistance to Iraqi Security Forces in Kut

    04/01/2008 4:23:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 84+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Carlos J. Lazo, USA
    Cpl. Eric S. Lewis, a team leader with the 511th Military Police Company, loads a box of Halal meals on an Iraqi Police vehicle at Forward Operating Base Delta March 28. The IPs received a total of 2,400 meals and 1,440 bottles of water from the 214th Fires Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos J. Lazo. AL KUT — Coalition forces provided more than 2,000 meals and 1,000 bottles of water to al Kut Iraqi policemen March 28-29.Because of the security situation and an imposed curfew, grocery stores and other food outlets were closed, said Sgt. 1st Class...
  • Officials Express Regret Over Death in Suez Canal Incident

    03/26/2008 10:28:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 459+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2008 – U.S. 5th Fleet officials today expressed regret for the death of an Egyptian citizen who died the night of March 24, an apparent result of warning shots fired at a small boat approaching a ship chartered by the U.S. Navy. “We express our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased,” Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, 5th Fleet commander. “We are greatly saddened by events that apparently resulted in this accidental death. This situation is tragic, and we will do our utmost to help take care of the family of the deceased.” The U.S. Navy’s...
  • Army Phalanx Gun Arrives in Iraq

    03/25/2008 9:16:00 AM PDT · by klpt · 87 replies · 4,168+ views ^ | Mar 25, 2008 |
    FOB BASE KALSU, Iraq: A Phalanx Gatling gun, most often used by naval ships to defend against incoming missiles and rockets, has been installed at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iraq to add a little extra punch to the base's defense system. The gun, modified to be land-based, was installed in late February. It looks like an R2 unit from Star Wars, but unlike the little astromech droid, this gun packs a punch. Although very complex -- having the ability to destroy incoming artillery, rocket and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their targets on the ground --...
  • NATO oil tankers destroyed in Pakistan

    03/23/2008 12:27:18 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 29 replies · 1,005+ views
    Dozens of tankers carrying oil for NATO forces have been destroyed in a bomb blast targeting a Pakistani border crossing where they awaited clearance to enter Afghanistan, officials say. "The explosion took place this evening when the oil tankers were parked in the parking lot of Torkham border in the tribal town of Landi Kotal. More than 60 tankers caught fire and 35 of these were completely destroyed," government official Bismillah Khan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. At least two people were killed and more than 50 injured in the attack, and the government officials deployed at the border crossing vacated the...
  • US Marines order more MRAPs

    03/22/2008 2:30:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies · 652+ views
    The Engineer Online ^ | 20 March 2008
    The US Marine Corps has placed two follow-on delivery orders worth a total of $715m with BAE Systems for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Under the new contracts, BAE Systems will build and deliver 1,024 Caiman-based Category I vehicles and 447 RG33 Category I and II vehicles (bringing the total to 3,150 Category 1 and 1,927 Category II vehicles respectively). BAE Systems anticipates that the Caiman award, worth $481.8m, will include spares and increased contractor logistic support. The RG33 order, worth $234m, involves the production of three special forces command vehicles, 51 ambulance variants and 393 RG33 Category II...
  • Redefining a MEU field mess (24th MEU)

    03/21/2008 3:22:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 586+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Alex C. Guerra, USMC
    Messman with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit tested their Field Food Service System with a chicken lunch here. 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Marines set up their portable food preparation system here Mar. 21. The system is powered by tactical vehicles and can provide food for up to 500 Marines at one time, regardless of location. A BLT 1/6 Marine enjoys his freshly prepared lunch while sitting on a makeshift stool. Cpl. Oates shows off his enticing meal courtsey of the Field Food Service System. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 1/6), 24th Marine...
  • U.S. to search for missing WW2 airmen in India (B-24 wreck "Hot as Hell" found, flew "the Hump")

    03/17/2008 9:47:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 3,578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Simon Denyer
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In honour of the crouching, naked blonde painted on its nose, its pilot had named his bomber the "Hot as Hell". But it was a freezing and stormy day as the American B-24 Liberator made its way across the Himalayas on Jan 25, 1944, flying what was known as "the Hump", perhaps the most dangerous route in air transport history. It was one of nine American planes that went down that day as they tried to resupply China's besieged army in the city of Kunming, desperately trying to hold out against the invading Japanese during World...
  • Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick (KBR blamed)

    03/10/2008 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies · 783+ views
    AP Google ^ | 03.09.08 | By LARRY MARGASAK
    Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq. The Defense Department's inspector general's report, which could be released as early as Monday, found water quality problems between March 2004 and February 2006 at three sites...
  • Obama on Afghanistan (claims the Taliban arms the US military!)

    02/22/2008 7:45:44 AM PST · by jdm · 59 replies · 289+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Feb. 22, 2008 | Staff
    OBAMA: You know, I’ve heard from an Army captain who was the head of a rifle platoon — supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. Ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to Iraq. And as a consequence, they didn’t have enough ammunition, they didn’t have enough Humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief. First of all, and correct me if I’m wrong on this...
  • Obama gets nutty

    02/21/2008 9:17:08 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 30 replies · 134+ views
    "They were actually capturing Taliban weapons because it was easier getting Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current Commander in Chief."
  • Face of Defense: Airman Drives 120 Convoys in Afghanistan

    02/12/2008 3:17:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 229+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Master Sgt. Demetrius A. Lester, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2008 – Regardless of what job Air Force members have, being an airman comes first. And in today’s Air Force, being an airman sometimes means doing a job normally performed by soldiers. Air Force Senior Airman Vanessa Velez, a convoy driver with the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, poses for a photo in front of her Humvee before a mission, Feb. 10, 2008. Velez, a vehicle maintenance controller with 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., has driven more than 120 convoys during her deployment. Photo by Master Sgt....
  • Army runs out of machine guns

    02/06/2008 2:55:04 PM PST · by Leisler · 60 replies · 108+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | February 6, 2008 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
    THE Army has run out of machine guns, The Sun can reveal. The crisis is unlikely to be solved before JUNE, a leaked report reveals. British troops “desperately” need 400 of the jumbo 0.5in calibre heavy machine guns – the weapon most acutely missed. The Army has also run out of the 7.62mm GPMG and Minimis. Supply has collapsed partly because of a dispute with the manufacturers, Manroy – which also provides weapons to Saudi Arabia. The leaked report – prepared for the Army’s command centre in Wilton, Wilts – reveals that generals have urged the Ministry of Defence “to...
  • Mail Handlers in Overdrive to Get Christmas Packages to Soldiers

    12/21/2007 3:15:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 185+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2007 – While most soldiers are tucked in their beds for the night, a mail handler with 461st Human Resource Battalion, out of Decatur, Ga., is waiting for the mail to arrive. Army Pfc. Cassie Durkin, from Whitewater, Wis., a human resource specialist for 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sorts packages at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2007. Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “We started getting a spike in mail at the end of October,” explained Army Spc. Tony Rogers,...
  • Canadian cargo pilots encounter different kind of enemy during Afghan mission

    11/24/2007 10:05:55 PM PST · by Clive · 16 replies · 183+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media | 2007-11-24 | Bill Graveland
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Maj. Paul Anderson has probably seen more of Afghanistan than most people in the country, although he usually sees it from 6,400 metres above the ground. "That is the main and only highway between Kandahar and Kabul," he says, pointing at the tiny line of cars and trucks barely visible from the cockpit of his Hercules C-130 transport plane. The view out the window closely resembles a giant, coloured three-dimensional map. There is little to break up the monotony of sand and mountains except patches of green in some of the deeper valleys, the occasional silver thread...
  • Face of Defense: Three Iraq Deployments Mold Supply Soldier

    11/19/2007 3:21:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 66+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Rick Emert, USA
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2007 – Army Sgt. Janeice Capers, said the Army changed practically overnight while she was in advanced individual training. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred two days before she graduated. Army Sgt. Janeice Capers, a Property Book Office clerk for 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, is serving her third tour at Camp Taji, Iraq. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rick Emert, USA   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I was in the (post exchange) getting my uniform done for graduation when I heard the news,” said Capers, a clerk in the 1st...
  • Broken Supply Channel Sent Weapons for Iraq Astray

    11/11/2007 1:45:32 PM PST · by Dubya · 6 replies · 69+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2007 | ERIC SCHMITT and GINGER THOMPSON
    This article was reported by Eric Schmitt, Ginger Thompson, Margot Williams and James Glanz, and was written by Mr. Schmitt and Ms. Thompson. WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 — As the insurgency in Iraq escalated in the spring of 2004, American officials entrusted an Iraqi businessman with issuing weapons to Iraqi police cadets training to help quell the violence. By all accounts, the businessman, Kassim al-Saffar, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, did well at distributing the Pentagon-supplied weapons from the Baghdad Police Academy armory he managed for a military contractor. But, co-workers say, he also turned the armory into his own...
  • Junior Marines keep MNF-W supplied

    10/12/2007 5:16:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 125+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Ryan M. Blaich
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Oct. 12, 2007) -- Minutes away from the armed gates that lead into the villages and cities of Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, Marines work long hours, supplying units with everyday essentials and gear needed for combat. Without their hard work and tireless dedication, war efforts would slow, transition would start to backslide and progress would halt. Without them, units would struggle to get by, and though this job does not come with many purple hearts or combat action ribbons, those who work here know they are the bloodline to the mission in Iraq. The Marines of Multi...