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  • Boeing Cargo Jet With Iranian Crewmembers Stuck in Argentina

    06/14/2022 12:59:16 PM PDT · by Rio · 25 replies ^ | June 14, 2022 | Almudena Calatrava
    A jumbo jet-sized mystery has landed in the lap of Argentine officials, who are trying to determine what to do with a Venezuelan-owned Boeing 747 cargo plane with a load of automotive parts and an unusually large crew of 17, including at least five Iranians. The plane operated by Venezuela's state-owned Emtrasur cargo line has been stuck since June 6 at Buenos Aires' main international airport, unable to depart because of U.S. sanctions against Iran and suspicions about its crew.
  • Missile attack reported at Damascus military air base

    09/02/2018 12:19:09 AM PDT · by firebrand · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 2, 2018 | TOI Staff
    Large explosions were reported at a Syrian military air base early Sunday in an attack widely attributed to Israeli warplanes. However, Syria denied an attack had taken place. The reported strike occurred just after midnight at Mazzeh air base near Damascus, a key regime facility thought to have been targeted by Israel in the past. The military airport of Mazzeh, in the west suburbs of Damascus, was hit by a “possible Israeli missile, which hit a munitions store setting off successive explosions,” the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahmane told AFP.
  • Turkey Refuses To Grant Germans Access To Incirlik Airbase

    05/30/2017 11:01:39 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    While Angela Merkel is busy sowing the seeds of the next cold war between Germany and the Trump administration (and therefore the US, if only for the next three and a half years), a troubling flashpoint for Germany continues to grow in Turkey where on Tursday, Turkey’s foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees “positive steps” from Berlin. It was not immediately clear just what Turkey’s “demands” or expectations, monetary or otherwise, were from Merkel for it...
  • Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria

    04/06/2017 7:13:33 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 137 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2017 | MICHAEL R. GORDON, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria on Thursday night in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week that killed more than 80 civilians. A senior military official said that 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles had hit Al Shayrat airfield in Syria. The missiles were aimed at Syrian fighter jets and other infrastructure but did not target anything that may have had chemical weapons. He said that no Russian planes were at the airfield and that the cruise missiles did not target any Russian facilities.
  • US launches cruise missiles against Assad after chemical attacks (with video of missiles launching)

    04/06/2017 8:42:56 PM PDT · by Pollard · 79 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6 Apr 2017 | By TARA COPP AND COREY DICKSTEIN
    WASHINGTON — U.S. warships launched dozens of cruise missiles against a Syrian government-controlled air base Thursday in a major retaliatory strike against Syrian president Bashar Assad for chemical attacks against scores of civilians earlier this week. The missiles were launched by the Rota, Spain-based U.S. guided missile destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter from the Mediterranean Sea and were programmed to hit aircraft shelters, ammunition storage sites, radar sites, aircraft and fuel sites at Shayrat Air Base. That base is where Assad regime military aircraft that carried out the chemical strike launched from, President Donald Trump said in an address...
  • Pelosi’s Most Dangerous Ploy

    10/15/2007 6:13:14 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 40 replies · 142+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/15/2007 | Jed Babbin
    Congressional Democrats anxious to force a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq are frustrated by their inability to muster a veto-proof majority for legislation that would establish a firm date for retreat. But what they cannot do directly they are now working hard to do indirectly. According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey is the transshipment point for about 70% of all air cargo (including 33% of the fuel) going to supply US forces in Iraq. Included are about 95% of the new “MRAP” -- mine-resistant, ambush-protected -- vehicles designed to save the lives of...
  • Turkey Restores Power to Incirlik Air Base, Used By U.S. Against ISIS

    07/22/2016 9:53:47 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 20 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | 07/22/2016 | Breaking 911
    <p>The power was restored Friday at a key Turkish base used by U.S. strike aircraft, defense officials said, nearly a week after an attempted overthrow of the Turkish government by a faction of its military spun the country into chaos.</p>
  • BREAKING: Reports Claim ISIS Just Captured al-Asad Air Base Where 300 U.S. Marines Could Be Trapped

    02/12/2015 6:30:58 PM PST · by rey · 203 replies
    Liberty News ^ | 12 Fe 2015 | Eric Odom
    This is a story with various reports flying from multiple directions and it’s hard to get a grasp on exactly what’s happening. What we know at the moment is that ISIS is claiming it has seized control of the al-Asad air base in the Ramadi area of Iraq. According to multiple twitter feeds the Iraqi army has lost contact with its people inside the base. From what we can tell the 300 Marines are on location to train Iraqi military. The Pentagon is pushing back on these initial reports about al-Asad. According to the Pentagon ISIS is initiating attacks against...
  • Shots Fired: Russia Forces Break Through Ukraine Airbase in Belbek, Crimea

    03/22/2014 9:31:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/2014 | Mary Chastain
    Russian forces broke through the gate a Ukrainian airbase in Belbek, Crimea and demand the forces inside to surrender.
  • US airbase threatened in Kyrgyzstan as Russian-backed parties poised to take power

    10/12/2010 5:49:46 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies · 2+ views ^ | October 11, 2010 | Richard Orange in Bishkek
    Political parties backed by Russia and Kazakhstan are poised to take power in Kyrgyzstan, threatening closure for a strategic US airbase for the war in Afghanistan.
  • Breaking: Lakehurst military base on lockdown (Ft Dix/McGuire AFB, NJ)

    06/21/2010 8:42:55 AM PDT · by BP2 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 21, 2010 | MSNBC
    The Lakehurst section of Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst is on lockdown this morning, base officials said. The lockdown went into effect at about 9:15 a.m., Senior Airman David Carbajal said. The lockdown means no one is allowed to leave or enter the military base. Local police have cars and barricades blocking off Route 571 west of of Route 70. The lockdown was briefly applied to the Dix and McGuire sections of the 40,000-acre base, but is now in effect only at Lakehurst, Carbajal said shortly before 11 a.m. The New Jersey State Police has sent resources to assist with...
  • Will US military get the boot from Kyrgyzstan?

    04/24/2010 10:35:28 AM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 279+ views
    rt ^ | 4/24/10 | rt
    US Congress heard testimony on Thursday suggesting that America tolerated a corrupt Kyrgyz government so as not to lose a critical military base that serves coalition troops in nearby Afghanistan.
  • Base breach sparks nuclear worries

    02/06/2010 12:02:18 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 699+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 02/06/2010 | Kevin Dougherty
    A recent security breach of a Belgian air force base widely believed to possess U.S. nuclear warheads is being downplayed by Belgian military officials who maintain the activists never got close to any sensitive areas. Videotaped and later aired on YouTube, the security breach shows six anti-nuclear activists gaining access to Kleine Brogel Air Base last weekend. The activists were arrested by Belgian authorities, but not before they ambled across the snow-covered base for at least 20 minutes. A similar stunt occurred last November, according to Ingrid Baeck, a chief spokeswoman for the Belgian Ministry of Defense, who sought to...
  • Jihadis Discuss Plans to Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

    05/27/2009 12:57:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 26, 2009 | Abdul Hameed Bakier
    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 7 Issue: 14 04:31 PM Age: 11 hrs By: Urged by a senior al-Qaeda ideologue to take over Pakistan, members of jihadi internet forums have begun to examine the possibility of controlling Pakistan’s nuclear weapons (, April 24). At the same time, jihadis continue to collect information on nuclear facilities around the globe, especially Israel’s nuclear projects, waiting for an opportunity to perpetrate successful terrorist attacks against these facilities after massive terrorist attacks using conventional weapons failed to give rise to the global supremacy of Islamic law (, April 22). On March 14, al-Fajr Media Center...
  • US eyes replacement for Kirgiz air base

    02/06/2009 8:53:08 PM PST · by pobeda1945 · 10 replies · 738+ views
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 06.02.2009
    WASHINGTON, February 6 (Itar-Tass) -- The United States regrets that Kyrgyzstan is considering to close the Manas US air base and is looking for a substitution in neighboring Uzbekistan. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Thursday “it's regrettable that this is under consideration by the government of Kyrgyzstan.” But she stressed it would not impede US plans to expand its military presence in Afghanistan. Clinton said the Pentagon was “conducting an examination as to how else we would proceed” in the event the Manas air base is no longer available. The Associated Press quoted unnamed defense officials as...
  • Manas Airmen help provide aid to Kyrgyz in need

    12/01/2008 3:49:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 228+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Maj. Damien Pickart, USAF
    12/1/2008 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- Manas Airmen, in conjunction with U.S. Embassy personnel in Bishkek, hosted a small ceremony Nov. 25 in which 31,680 meals-ready-to-eat and more than 100 cold weather sleeping bags were provided to the Kyrgyz Republic's Ministry of Emergency Situations, or MES, to help local Kyrgyz who may need assistance during the coming winter. Col. Christopher Bence, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Tatiana Gfeoller, the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, presided over the event on behalf of the United States. Mr. Akyl Aitbaev, the MES deputy minister, accepted the aid on behalf...
  • Runway Re-opens, Increases Mission Flexibility of Kirkuk Air Base

    11/19/2008 4:48:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 256+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Master Sgt. Andrew Leonhard, USAF
    KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE — A runway re-opened here after more than three months, with a ceremonial first touch-n-go, Nov. 17. The newly resurfaced runway 14/32 was christened by Iraqi Air Force Lt. Ali Karim, Iraqi flying wing pilot trainee, and Capt. Craig Morash, 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk. Even though it's open for business, the 506th Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron commander said a small number of final details need to be finished. "It's like buying a new house," said Lt. Col. Elisabeth Auld, 506th EOSS commander. "There's still a few more things...
  • Bomb threat at US air base

    09/11/2007 1:24:53 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 1,811+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11 September 2007
    A US air base in western Germany was the target of a bomb threat last night, sparking a large operation by police and American forces to secure the site, police revealed today. Police in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate said the base had received a call from a man who spoke in German with a Russian or Turkish accent and threatened to attack the air base in Spangdahlem with bombs. He had at least four accomplices. "After the telephone threat, the American forces informed the police, who moved swiftly with US security forces to protect the air base," the police...
  • Rocket Attacks On Basra Airbase Increase

    08/19/2007 7:40:38 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 792+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-20-2007 | Thomas Harding
    Rocket attacks on Basra airbase increase By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent Last Updated: 2:41am BST 20/08/2007 Rocket attacks on British troops sheltering at the airbase in Basra have "ramped up considerably" with more than 450 raining down in the last three months, officers said. The 4,000 service personnel and thousands of civilian employees are becoming increasingly anxious at the upsurge in attacks. Riflemen from the Royal Green Jackets in Basrah One officer said that in tented accommodation all people can do is put on their body armour and helmets and "pray" they are not hit. In the last three months...
  • Gates Emphasizes Importance of Krygyz Air Base in Fighting Terror

    06/05/2007 4:34:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 305+ views
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, June 5, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today thanked Kyrgyzstan for its continued support for operations in Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates conducts a news conference with Gen. Lt. Ismail Isakovich Isakov, Krygyzstan’s defense minister, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 5. Photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. During a joint news conference here following a meeting with Gen. Lt. Ismail Isakov, the Kyrgyz defense minister, Gates said he looks forward to expanding the two countries’ bilateral relationship and security cooperation arrangements. Gates said his...