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  • Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike'

    03/06/2015 2:51:57 AM PST · by csvset · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 March 2015 | BBC
    The military chief of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group has been killed in an air strike, the jihadist group has said on social media. Three other leaders were killed along with Abu Homam al-Shami, it says. Syria's state-run news agency said the army had targeted Nusra leaders as they met in northern Idlib province, the Associated Press reported. Al-Nusra is one of the most powerful groups fighting the army and has long been seen as an affiliate of al-Qaeda. It was involved in a major attack on the Air Force Intelligence headquarters in the embattled city of Aleppo on Wednesday.
  • ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert, Abu Malik, Killed in Iraq Airstrike: U.S. (Saddam's expert)

    01/31/2015 10:53:08 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/31/15
    An ISIS chemical weapons expert was killed in an airstrike on Saturday near Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday. Abu Malik worked in a chemical weapons production facility under Saddam Hussein before joining al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, Central Command said. He then joined ISIS, allowing the terrorist group to make use of his experience in chemical weapons capabilities, according to Central Command. "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's (ISIS') ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people," the statement said. The...
  • ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert Killed in Iraq Airstrike

    01/31/2015 10:53:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    BuzzFeed ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jim Dalrymple II
    An ISIS chemical weapons expert who used to work for Saddam Hussein was killed last weekend during a coalition airstrike. Abu Malik died Jan. 24 near Mosul, according to a statement released by U.S. Central Command Friday. In the past, Malik had worked at one of Hussein’s chemical weapons facilities. He joined al-Qaeda in 2005, then later became a member of ISIS. According to the statement, his background provided ISIS “with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability.” His death should “temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL’s ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against...
  • Israel launches airstrike on Gaza in apparent retaliation for rocket attack

    12/20/2014 12:21:48 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 3 replies
    Liveleak, IDF official ^ | December 20, 2014 7:00 AM | unknown
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories are expected to heighten after Israeli aircraft bombed a site in the Khan Younis area of the southern Gaza Strip on Friday (December 19). The target is believed to have been a Hamas base. According to a spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the attack was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza, which hit an open area in the south of Israel. There are no reports of casualties following either strike. Israel’s attacks are the first since a seven-week war on Gaza ended three months ago. The incident is expected...
  • ISIS Militant Who Sold Yazidi Girls as Sex Slaves Reportedly Killed in US Airstrike

    11/23/2014 7:34:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    A militant of the Islamic State terror group who sold kidnapped Yazidi girls in a slave market in Syria has reportedly been killed along with 34 other ISIS fighters in a U.S.-led airstrike in Mosul in northern Iraq. Mustafa Sulaiman Qarabash, also known as Abu Husam al-Iraqi and who is responsible for selling kidnapped Yazidi girls, is said to have been killed near the al-Faruq mosque in Tal Afar close to the Syrian border, reported Rudaw, a Kurdish media network, attributing it to Kurdish official sources. Husam was among 35 ISIS armed men who were killed, and their base destroyed,...
  • Jihadi John is 'wounded in US airstrike that killed 10 top ISIS commanders'

    11/16/2014 1:48:22 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/14 | Abul Taher for The Mail on Sunday
    Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office. The masked ‘executioner’ with a London accent is believed to have narrowly escaped death when he attended a summit of the group’s leaders in an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border last Saturday. The meeting was targeted by American and Iraqi jets.
  • Bomb or Occupy -- or Neither?

    10/02/2014 4:46:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 2, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Wars usually end only when the defeated aggressor believes it would be futile to resume the conflict. Lasting peace follows if the loser is then forced to change its political system into something other than what it was. Republican Rome learned that bitter lesson through three conflicts with Carthage before ensuring that there was not going to be a fourth Punic War. Germany fought three aggressive wars before it was finally defeated, occupied and reinvented. America defeated Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and Imperial Japan, inflicting such damage that they were all unable to continue their resistance. And then, unlike its...
  • U.S. accidentally bombed “moderate” rebels in Syria because base was right next to Al Qaeda’s

    09/30/2014 11:33:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2014 | AllahPundit
    Given that the “moderates” are our allies, you would think this problem could be avoided by coordinating with them on where to attack and where not to. But there’s a hitch: We … don’t trust them enough to rely on the intelligence they give us.You’d trust a group that’s fighting so closely alongside Al Qaeda (a.k.a. the Nusra Front) that bombing the latter means collateral damage for the former, wouldn’t you? Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been no coordination between the U.S. military and its alleged partners on the ground, according...
  • Mavi Marmara ‘Peace Activist’ Killed in US Airstrike

    09/28/2014 11:06:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 9/28/2014, 2:22 PM | Ari Soffer
    One of the Islamist “activists” who attacked IDF soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010 has reportedly been killed in a US airstrike in Syria, as he was fighting alongside Islamist terrorists. 40-year-old Bulent Alniak was killed in a US airstrike in Idlib, northwestern Syria, on a target identified as belonging to the “Islamic State” terrorist group (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL), according to the Turkish World Bulletin website. According to that report, Alniak was carrying out “aid work” ahead of the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. But other sources have suggested a somewhat less peaceful...
  • Aide to ISIS Leader Among 3 Killed in U.S. Strike: Iraqi Official

    09/04/2014 9:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/04/2014
    Three senior members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) - including an aide to its leader - were killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, a senior Iraqi security official told NBC News Thursday. The strike on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul killed Abu Hajar Al-Sufi, an aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as well as an explosives operative and the military leader of nearby Tel Afar, the source said on condition of anonymity. Al Arabiya cited the Iraqi Defense Ministry saying Baghdadi's aide had been killed.
  • Watch: IDF Calls Off Airstrike After Seeing Children Near Target

    07/11/2014 4:38:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 7/11/2014 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has uploaded a video which shows how the IDF calls off Gaza airstrikes upon realizing that there are innocent civilians in the area. In this video, showing a planned airstrike from Thursday, the airstrike was cancelled when the pilot realized that children were near his target. During the current escalation, Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields, and the IDF has published extensive evidence of the practice. Hamas has been encouraging as many noncombatants as possible to "protect" its positions with their bodies.
  • Iraqi troops air assault into Tikrit

    06/27/2014 11:14:50 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 27, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    Yesterday the Iraqi military launched an air assault into the insurgent-held town of Tikrit. At least three helicopters landed at a stadium in Tikrit University, which is about six miles north of the city. According to Reuters, "the helicopters were shot at as they flew low over the city and landed in a stadium at the city's university." One of the helicopters was said to have been shot down. "One helicopter crash-landed in the stadium. Another left after dropping off troops and a third remained on the ground. Army snipers were positioning themselves on tall buildings in the university complex,"...
  • The United States Doesn't Know With Certainty Who Just Launched Airstrikes in Iraq

    06/25/2014 2:21:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | 25 June 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    United States officials are not entirely confident they know who is behind the airstrikes being reported against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces in western Iraq. From ABC News: According to the U.S. official, the United States has “pretty good information that the Syrians are behind the fighter aircraft bombing in western Al Anbar,” a province in Iraq that includes the Syrian border. The official said the United States is still trying to gather more information that Syria was behind the strikes...A U.S. official also said it was not clear whether the Iraqi government requested or authorized Syrian air...
  • Official: U.S. airstrike in Somalia targets suspected militant leader

    01/26/2014 4:15:13 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 1-26-14 | Barbara Starr
    The U.S. military conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on Sunday against a suspected militant leader, a U.S. military official told CNN. The target was described by the official as a "senior leader" affiliated with al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia. The United States has not yet been able to determine whether the target was killed, the official said.
  • REPORT: Obama Is Considering A Limited Two-Day Strike On Syrian Military Targets

    08/27/2013 7:12:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 196 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/27/2013 | Michael Kelly
    President Obama is considering a strike on Syrian military targets involving sea-launched cruise missiles or possibly long-range bombers that would last no more than two days, according to senior administration officials and reported by Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan of The Washington Post. Reuters reports that the West has told the opposition to expect a strike "within days." The limited strike would seemingly be a response to allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people before dawn on August 21. Hundreds were killed and thousands suffered "neurotoxic symptoms." The design of the potential attack implies sending...
  • 5 Killed in Alleged Israeli Airstrike in Sinai

    08/09/2013 11:26:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/8/13 | Elad Benari
    Several Egyptian terrorists were killed in an air strike in Sinai on Friday, which some claimed Israel had carried out. Security sources and witnesses said the terrorists were struck as they prepared to launch a rocket into Israel, reported AFP. The source of the strike was not immediately clear. Some sources spoke of an Israeli air strike conducted from Israeli air space and others credited the Egyptian military. Witnesses said at least five members of a cell led by local Islamist militants were killed in the raid. Egypt's army said two explosions were heard at around 4:15 p.m. local time...
  • Former IDF intel chief: US coming around to an Israeli strike on Iran

    08/07/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 8/7/2013 | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    US opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear program may be softening, a former head of IDF intelligence said Wednesday. “The American stance on an Israeli strike against Iran has changed dramatically recently,” said Amos Yadlin, who served as chief of the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate from 2006 to 2010. “In 2012 the [Americans'] red light was as red as it can get, the brightest red,” Yadlin said in an interview with Army Radio Wednesday morning. “But the music I’m hearing lately from Washington says, ‘If this is truly an overriding Israeli security interest, and you think you want to...
  • ‘Israeli officials confirm Syria airstrike that hit Hezbollah-bound weapons’

    05/04/2013 7:56:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    timesofisrael ^ | May 4, 2013, 11:35 am | By AP and Times of Israel staff
    Israeli officials on Saturday reportedly confirmed the Israeli Air Force carried out a strike against Syria and say it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles. The officials said the shipment was not of chemical arms, but of “game changing” weapons bound for the terror group Hezbollah. One official said the target was a shipment of advanced, long-range ground-to-ground missiles.
  • Russia Slams Israeli "Attack" on Syria. US Forces in Jordan on Alert

    01/31/2013 7:36:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Syrian announcement of an Israeli air strike on a military site near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, drew strong condemnation from Moscow the next day: "Such action if confirmed would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country," said the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry Thursday. "If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violate the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it." Israel has made no comment on the Damascus statement which described in detail an...
  • Israeli Airstrike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

    11/19/2012 4:42:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/19/12 | Alexander Marquardt, Anthony Castellano*
    An Israeli strike on a Gaza City high-rise today has killed one of the top militant leaders of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group said. The second strike in two days on the downtown Gaza City building that houses the Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, has killed Ramez Harb, who is a leading figure in Al Quds Brigades militant wing, according to a text message Islamic Jihad sent to reporters. Witnesses told the AP that the Israeli airstrike, part of a widening effort to suppress Hamas rocket fire into Israel, struck the building Monday afternoon,
  • Popular Resistance Committees Threatens Israel After Air Strike

    10/14/2012 11:59:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12 | Elad Benari
    The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terror group vowed to retaliate against Israel on Sunday after announcing that two men killed earlier in an IAF air strike were members of the group, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. The group confirmed that Izz Addin Abu Nuseira, 23, and Ahmad Abu Fatayir, 22, were affiliated with its Nasser Saladin Brigades. Both were killed when the IAF struck targets in the terrorist haven of Gaza for the fourth time in 24 hours Sunday afternoon. The IAF said the targets were part of a terror squad that had fired a rocket at Israel a...
  • Obama condolences for Pakistan airstrike deaths

    12/04/2011 2:23:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/4/11 | AFP
    President Barack Obama on Sunday expressed condolences to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari for the deaths last month of 24 Pakistani troops, saying the NATO airstrikes that killed them were not a "deliberate attack." A White House statement said Obama placed a call early Sunday to Zardari expressing his regrets over the "tragic loss" and promising a "full investigation" into the incident, which has plunged the two uneasy allies into a diplomatic crisis. Obama "made clear that this regrettable incident was not a deliberate attack on Pakistan and reiterated the United States' strong commitment to a full investigation," the statement...
  • Nato's number two insurgent target 'killed in air strike' (after 4yr manhunt)

    04/26/2011 4:30:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/26/11 | Jeremy Kelly
    Nato's number two insurgent target 'killed in air strike' A senior al-Qaeda figure and Nato's second-highest priority insurgent in Afghanistan has been killed in an air strike, following a four-year manhunt. By Jeremy Kelly in Kabul 4:38 PM BST 26 Apr 2011 The death of Saudi Arabian national Abdul Ghani, also known as Abu Hafs al-Najdi, from a coalition air strike on April 13 ends a four-year hunt. Nato said Ghani directed al-Qaeda operations in the eastern border province of Kunar, where he was killed, including the recruiting and training of fighters as well as planning attacks against Afghan and...
  • Score! Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Commander, 2 Bodyguards

    04/09/2011 10:30:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Tammy Bruce ^ | 4/9/11 | Tammy Bruce
    The Israeli military said on Saturday a top militant killed in a predawn raid was “directly and physically involved” in the 2006 capture of Gilad Shalit, a soldier Israel believes is still being held in the Gaza Strip. Tayser Abu Snima, who Palestinian medics said was killed in an air strike on a vehicle along the Gaza-Egyptian border, was a key figure in the Hamas Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip. The Israeli statement called Abu Snima a senior Hamas operative in Gaza and said he was “directly and physically involved in the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit,”...
  • Libyan rebels angry after airstrike blamed on NATO

    04/07/2011 1:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/7/11 | Sebastian Abbot
    Ajdabiya, Libya - An apparent NATO airstrike slammed into a rebel combat convoy Thursday, killing at least five fighters and sharply boosting anger among anti-government forces after the second bungled mission in a week blamed on the military alliance. (Snip) In a sign of the hair-trigger tensions along the front, thousands of civilians and fighters raced out of the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya after reports that Moammar Gadhafi's forces gained ground in the chaos after the bombing. Some militiamen shouted insults against NATO as they retreated. "We don't want NATO anymore!" cried fighter Basit bin Nasser. Another
  • Colonel Gaddafi appeals to 'our son' Barack Obama to tell Nato to lay off

    04/06/2011 8:56:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Mirror ^ | 04/07/11
    Colonel Gaddafi appeals to 'our son' Barack Obama to tell Nato to lay off by Reporter, Daily Mirror 7/04/2011 COLONEL Gaddafi yesterday made a direct appeal to Barack Obama to halt “an unjust war” against Libya. He also wished the US President good luck in the next election. In a rambling, three-page letter littered with errors, Gaddafi implored Obama to stop the Nato-led air campaign “against a small people of a developing country”. And he told him: “You are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good.” Gaddafi said democracy could not be built by bombing,...
  • Air Strike On Car In Port Sudan Kills Two

    04/06/2011 3:38:22 AM PDT · by edpc · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6 April 2011 | Avi Issacharoff, Amos Harel, Yossi Melman and Reuters
    Two people were killed in an attack on a car near Port Sudan on Tuesday, which police suggested was a missile fired from the sea, while state media and a regional government official blamed a foreign aircraft. Witnesses at the scene near the airport at Sudan's main port city said the small car was destroyed and the two charred bodies of its passengers could be seen.
  • Initial assessment of French air strikes in Libya (French article)

    04/05/2011 8:51:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Le ^ | 04/04/2011 | Jean Guisnel
    Initial assessment of French air strikes in Libya The expansion of war aims, beyond those recommended by the UN resolution, is becoming acute. Operations against Libya are in their sixteenth day without them showing clearly the French targets. Initially, Saturday, March 19, the war aims were well defined by Nicolas Sarkozy during his speech after the summit at the Elysee, "In the absence of a cease-fire and to withdrawal of armed forces, summit participants agreed to implement all necessary means, including military means, to oppose any aggression. " Thus expressed, the French concept of the implementation of resolution 1973 the...
  • Coalition Forces Conduct Airstrike on Haqqani Network Leader

    03/23/2011 4:38:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Mar. 23, 2011) – Coalition forces conducted a precision airstrike targeting a Haqqani network leader, killing two insurgents and wounding one in Terayzai district, Khost province today. The Haqqani leader is involved in the supply of weapons, ammunition, and vehicles to HQN operatives and participates in direct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Coalition forces called in a precision air strike and the targeted vehicle was destroyed. Just prior to the weapon impact, an unassociated civilian vehicle and two pedestrians walking in a wadi appeared, next to the target vehicle. Immediately following the strike, the civilian vehicle came...
  • Forces Target Armed Taliban Insurgents with Precision Air Strike

    01/25/2011 3:43:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 25, 2011) – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike targeting a group of armed insurgents in Gelan district, Ghazni province, killing two insurgents yesterday. A senior Taliban leader for the district was reportedly in the group of armed insurgents. He is responsible for improvised explosive device and direct fire attacks on coalition forces and the provincial reconstruction team. The Taliban leader is closely associated with other senior leaders in the area. Recent reporting indicates he led a rocket propelled grenade attack on coalition forces. Following intelligence tips, the precision air strike was conducted after ensuring no...
  • Precision Air Strike Conducted Against Shadow District Governor

    01/22/2011 12:38:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 1+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 22, 2011) — Coalition forces targeted the Taliban shadow district governor for Hisarak, Laghman province, killing more than 10 insurgents with two precision air strikes in the province yesterday. The targeted Taliban shadow district leader conducted attacks against Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials and coalition forces. He poses a threat to the security of Afghan officials and coalition forces in Hisarak and Sherzad districts. According to recent reporting he has acquired improvised explosive device material, machine guns and rockets for future attacks. Multiple armed insurgents, including the targeted Taliban leader, were identified in a...
  • Forces Target al-Qaida-Associated Leader with Precision Air Strike

    01/08/2011 2:07:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 8) – Coalition forces targeted an al-Qaida-associated Taliban leader with a precision air strike in Kunar province yesterday, killing several suspected insurgents. The targeted leader is an active attack planner who leads at least 25 fighters. Additionally, he maintains close contact with al-Qaida leaders and facilitators. The targeted leader used Taliban compounds from which to launch attacks on the Pech Valley Road in Kunar and emplaced a heavy machine gun on the eastern ridge line of a nearby village to provide over watch for his sub-leaders. The Taliban leader also used light machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il hides himself underground for fear of US F-22 Raptors

    01/02/2011 1:38:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 01/02/11
    01-02-2011 13:36 Kim Jong-il hides himself underground for fear of US F-22 Raptors North Korean leader hid himself in an underground bunker for nine days during the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercise off the west coast from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 last year for fear of F-22 Raptors of the U.S. Air Force, the Joongang Sunday magazine reported. The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation supermaneuverable fighter aircraft equipped with stealth technology. The U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington participated in the joint exercise. A defense ministry official said on condition of anonymity that Kim hid to protect himself from an...
  • Smartphone Airstrike: Need to call in an airstrike? There’s an app for that...

    04/03/2010 10:48:00 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,107+ views
    Defense Review ^ | March 23, 2010 | David Crane
    One of the reasons why it’s so dangerous to mess with the United States militarily is that, while we Americans value hard work–which makes us formidable, in itself,–we’ve always exhibited and enjoyed a very healthy combination of inherent creativity/inventiveness and laziness, in the sense that if there’s a way to make our lives both easier and more productive at the same time (getting more work done with less effort) by building a better mousetrap, then, by God, we’re gonna’ figure it out and do it. Hell, we pride ourselves on it. Many American inventions now exist for precisely this reason....
  • In Praise of Aerial Bombing

    03/02/2010 12:21:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 402+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/1/2010 | Edward Luttwak
    Ever since the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey cast doubt on the efficacy of aerial bombardment in World War II, and particularly after its failure to bring victory in the Vietnam War, air power has acquired a bad reputation. Nowadays, killing enemies from the skies is widely considered useless, while its polar opposite, counterinsurgency by nation-building, is the U.S. government's official policy. But it's not yet time to junk our planes. Air power still has a lot to offer, even in a world of scattered insurgencies. More... Military aviation started off splendidly in 1911, when the Italians pioneered aerial bombing in...
  • Pakistan air strike kills 30 militants

    02/22/2010 1:11:05 AM PST · by world weary · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Feb 20, 2010 | AFP
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) – At least 30 militants were killed in an air strike by the Pakistani military as two suicide bombers attacked police stations in northwest Pakistan Saturday, officials said. The air strike took place in South Waziristan district where the military in October launched an air and ground offensive to flush out Taliban militants.

    02/01/2010 7:07:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 548+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 2 February 2010, 01:48am IST | Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui, TNN
    "UP cops nab IM terrorist planning aerial strike" Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui, TNN, 2 February 2010, 01:48am IST SNIPPET: "LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: The arrest of Shehzad alias Pappu — one of the key accused in the September 2008 serial blasts in Delhi and the Batla House encounter — by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of UP Police from Azamgarh on Monday evening is being seen as a major breakthrough in exposing a module that was planning to unleash air strikes. Shehzad, intelligence agencies had recently discovered, had undergone a training to fly planes from an institute in Bangalore and had surfaced as a...
  • Top Qaeda militants escape Yemen attack

    12/26/2009 9:10:20 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 3 replies · 471+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 12/26/09 | Ahmad Al-Shemairi
    Sana’a – A US-born radical cleric is alive and well following reports he may have been killed in a Yemeni airstrike against suspected Al-Qaeda hideouts, friends and relatives said Friday. The government said it targeted a meeting of high-level Al-Qaeda operatives in Thursday’s airstrike in the remote Shabwa region. It claimed at least 30 militants were killed, possibly including Anwar Al-Awlaki, a radical cleric who has been linked to the shooter in last month’s attack at the Fort Hood military base in the US. In addition to Al-Awlaki, the top leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (in Saudi Arabia...
  • Nato pledges Afghan Strike Probe (Obama Unneccesarily Killing Civilians)

    09/04/2009 9:58:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 632+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/4/09
    Nato has promised a full investigation into an air strike on two fuel tankers that killed up to 90 people in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province. The alliance said many Taliban insurgents who had hijacked the tankers were killed but it admitted it had reports of many civilian casualties. The Nato-led forces said they regretted "any unnecessary loss of human life". President Hamid Karzai said targeting civilians was "unacceptable" and announced his own investigation panel. A statement from his office said the president expressed "deep sorrow for the loss of our compatriots" and "emphasised that innocent civilians must not be killed...
  • Commander Appoints Board to Investigate Air Strike

    09/08/2009 4:55:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 490+ views
    KABUL, Sept. 8, 2009 – The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force has appointed a two-star general to lead the formal investigation into a Sept. 3 air strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that reportedly killed numerous civilians. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal appointed Canadian Maj. Gen. C.S. Sullivan to lead the joint investigation board’s probe of the incident. Sullivan directs ISAF’s air component and serves as the command’s deputy director of joint operations. The board also will include a U.S. Air Force officer, a German officer and a legal advisor and will coordinate with the Afghan investigation team formed...
  • Afghanistan: German commander 'in possible breach of rules' over air strike

    09/06/2009 3:50:13 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 23 replies · 944+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 6, 2009 | Ben Farmer
    A German commander who ordered an air strike on fuel tankers that killed dozens of Afghans used intelligence from a single observer in a possible breach of tactical rules. An American warplane dropped 500lb bombs on the tankers after they were hijacked by Taliban militants and then became stuck in a river. Reports suggested dozens of civilians could have been burned alive alongside the militants as villagers crowded round the lorries to collect fuel before the bombs struck in northern Kunduz province. The Washington Post reported grainy live video footage seen by the officer from the F15 jet had not...
  • NATO Investigates Air Strike in Afghanistan

    09/04/2009 4:55:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 670+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2009 – NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has launched an investigation into a coalition air strike that reportedly killed civilians yesterday, military officials reported. NATO officials still are working to ascertain the facts in the incident, which occurred in Regional Command North’s area of operations in Kunduz province, according to an ISAF news release. What is known is that ISAF soldiers reported that insurgents had hijacked two fuel trucks in Kunduz yesterday. The troops located the trucks on the banks of the Kunduz River when the vehicles became stuck in the mud. The troops observed...
  • Sarkozy: Israel Strike On Iran Would Be Catastrophe

    07/10/2009 2:58:26 AM PDT · by edpc · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 10 July 2009 | Haaretz & Reuters
    A unilateral attack by Israel against Iran to thwart the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions would be an "absolute catastrophe," AFP quoted French President Nicolas Sarkozy as warning on Thursday. Sarkozy was speaking after a summit of the Group of Eight and other leaders in Italy at which they agreed on the need to pursue a negotiated deal with Tehran to halt its nuclear program.
  • Report Points to Irregularities in Farah Air Strike Incident

    06/08/2009 5:04:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 8, 2009 – The investigation into a May 4 close-air support incident in Afghanistan’s Farah province that caused civilian casualties has pointed to some deviations from established tactics, techniques and procedures, but those involved showed extraordinary care in the incident, the Pentagon’s press secretary said today. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell responds to questions posed by members of the news media during a June 8, 2009, Pentagon press conference. DoD photo by R. D. Ward   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Geoff Morrell said Army Brig. Gen. Raymond Thomas conducted the review and briefed Navy Adm....
  • Some Afghanistan airstrikes were mistakes, investigators say

    06/03/2009 6:41:44 PM PDT · by americanophile · 5 replies · 241+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 3, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
    Reporting from Washington -- Military investigators have concluded that some airstrikes that killed civilians during a battle in western Afghanistan last month were mistakes, but are still trying to determine whether the service members who called in the strikes could have known they were no longer in imminent danger when the bombs were dropped. The investigation questioned the last two airstrikes conducted during the 8 1/2 -hour battle, according to a military official familiar with the probe. The 2,000-pound bombs used in those strikes were dropped by an Air Force B-1 bomber at night, when it was more difficult to...
  • 'Dozens of Israeli jets and drones attacked in Sudan'

    03/31/2009 12:47:16 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 1,137+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 31, 2009 | Haaretz Service
    TIME Magazine on Tuesday cites high-ranking Israeli security officials as saying that dozens of Israeli jets and unmanned drones took part in the January strike on a Gaza-bound weapons convoy in Sudan. According to sources cited in the TIME article, the attacks were carried out by F-16 fighters, which carried out two attack runs on the convoy. F-15 fighter planes were also positioned nearby, a precaution against the possibility of hostile fighters rushing to the area. Once the first bombing run was completed, unmanned drones laden with cameras passed over convoy site to ensure its destruction. After the footage indicated...
  • Israel 'preparing massive strike on Iran'

    04/18/2009 4:08:14 PM PDT · by kellynla · 105 replies · 3,137+ views ^ | April 18, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV, Israel–The Israel Defense Forces is carrying out drills to practice for a possible massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days - or even hours - of being given the go-ahead by its new government, according to a report today in the Times of London. "Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words," one unnamed senior defense official...
  • Member of Gaza Rocket Squad Killed in Israeli AirStrike[U.S. to pledge $900 million for Gaza?]

    03/07/2009 4:58:29 AM PST · by Son House · 8 replies · 480+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | Saturday, March 07, 2009 | FOXNEWS
    The squad was targeted as it fired rockets toward Israel, according to Hassanain and Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Ahmed. The Israeli military said at least five rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel on Saturday, causing no injuries or damage.
  • Airstrike in Afghanistan kills Taliban commander (near Turkmenistan border)

    02/16/2009 11:27:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 538+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/09 | Heidi Vogt and Amir Shah - ap
    KABUL – A coalition airstrike has killed a powerful Taliban commander who broke a promise to renounce violence after village elders persuaded President Hamid Karzai to free him from prison, officials said Monday. The Sunday night attack destroyed a building housing Ghulam Dastagir and eight other militants in the village of Darya-ye-Morghab, near the Turkmenistan border, the U.S. military said in a statement. Dastagir was responsible for a surge in violence in the province in recent months, including a November attack on an Afghan army convoy that killed 13 soldiers, the statement said. "He was like the shadow governor of...
  • Gaza militant killed in Israeli air strike (handled rocket attacks on Israel)

    12/20/2008 2:54:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 631+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12 | Adel Zaanoun
    GAZA CITY (AFP) – One Palestinian gunman was killed and three people were wounded by an Israeli air strike in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday as rocket and mortar fire from the territory hit southern Israel. The raid came amid international calls for calm one day after Hamas ended a six-month truce and with growing internal pressure on the Israeli government to take tough action in Gaza. The raid took place near the northern town of Jabaliya when warplanes fired three missiles at militants preparing to launch rockets. Ali Hijazi, 24, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant...