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16.09.2020 - 12:42 [ teleSUR ]

The US, Colombia To Carry Out Military Drill in the Caribbean

On August 27, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque authorized the presence of the U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) in his country. Previously, however, the Cundinamarca Administrative Court ordered to suspend the activities of that foreign military unit.

13.09.2020 - 16:26 [ Belgian Air Force / Twitter ]

Arrival of the first troops at the German-led Camp Sonic in Jordan.

10.Sept. 2020 – 60 personnel of the Field Accomodation Unit, Engineering units and @BeAirForce are preparing the deployment of 4 #F16 and 130 airmen and women in the framework of the Global Coalition against Daesh.

11.09.2020 - 15:44 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

11.09.2020 - 15:41 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

11.09.2020 - 11:52 [ US Government Publishing Office ]

Hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, August 16 and 17, 2004

(15./17. August 2004)

The following five exercise hijack events included a suicide crash into a high-value target. Synopses of exercise results are not available. They were discarded in accordance with DOD directives.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 23 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR)/Sectors
Scenario: Weapons of Mass Destruction directed at the United Nations–an individual steals a Federal Express aircraft and plans a suicide attack on the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Conducted an interception, exercised command and control and coordinated with external agencies.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 16 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center/CONR/
Canadian NORAD Region/Sectors
Scenario: Due to recent arrests involving illegal drug trafficking in Maine, an individual steals a Federal Express plane and plans a suicide attack into the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 99-3
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Learjet hijacked maintaining tight formation with Canadair airliner, loaded with explosives. Learjet planned to crash into the White House.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Communist party faction hijacks aircraft bound from western to eastern United States. High explosives on board. Intends to crash into the Statue of Liberty.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists. Federal Aviation Administration requested assistance.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Date: 6 Nov 99
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: China Air from Los Angeles to JFK airport hijacked east of Colorado Springs by five terrorists. If not intercepted, intends to crash into United Nations building.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

04.09.2020 - 02:39 [ Oilprice.com ]

Cyprus Makes A Major Bet On LNG

The assignment has been given to a multinational consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC). The floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) includes onshore pipelines and additional facilities will be built at Vassiliko Port. The FSRU will have 125,000 m3 of storage capacity while being capable of unloading LNG carriers ranging from 120,000 m3 to 217,000 m3. The project’s value is €500 million and is co-financed by a 40 percent grant from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is scheduled for completion in 2021.

01.09.2020 - 00:49 [ Flight Global ]

Taiwan F-16 MRO centre to boost fleet availability

“The inauguration of this F-16 maintenance centre today will help strengthen our air force combat capabilities, and is also an important milestone in developing our national defense industries, spurring the internationalisation of Taiwan’s aerospace industries,” said Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen at a ceremony to mark the centre’s opening.

28.08.2020 - 19:46 [ Stars and Stripes ]

US B-52 bombers with alliance escorts to fly over all 30 NATO nations Friday

At various stages of the event, dubbed “Allied Sky,” the bombers were escorted by about 80 fighter jets from across the alliance, “providing an opportunity to boost Allies’ ability to train and operate alongside each other,” the NATO statement said.

23.08.2020 - 10:39 [ The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ]

Coordinators of RIMPAC and the commemoration of WWII ending scale back events due to the pandemic

The Navy plans a “sinkex” (sink exercise) next week using as a target the former USS Durham, a 575-foot amphibious cargo ship that saw service in the Vietnam War and participated in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.

Canada said its frigates Regina and Winnipeg will fire missiles in the sinkex, with Winnipeg to fire Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles and torpedoes, while Regina will fire a Harpoon missile.

19.08.2020 - 09:55 [ Yonhap ]

U.S. bombers fly simultaneously near Korean Peninsula on eve of joint exercises with S. Korea

Meanwhile, the U.S. navy’s EP-3E spy plane was spotted in the skies over South Korea’s capital areas Wednesday, No Callsign, a civilian aviation tracker, tweeted.

17.08.2020 - 09:07 [ Defence Blog ]

China infuriated after the U.S. formalizes sale of new F-16s to Taiwan

A U.S. Department of Defense announcement on Thursday said Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $62 billion, 10-year contract for the production of F-16s for Foreign Military Sale (FMS), and the initial delivery order is for 90 aircraft.

15.08.2020 - 02:33 [ The Hill ]

Taiwan signs deal to get F-16 jets amid US-China tensions

The sale, which the Pentagon announced Friday, was first floated a year ago and will be completed by late 2026. Ninety jets will potentially be sold as part of Friday’s announcement.

28.07.2020 - 05:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Rafale: First French fighter jets head to India after purchase

They will refuel midair several times on the way, and will also make a stopover in Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates, where France has an airbase.

19.06.2020 - 21:39 [ The Chronicle Herald ]

Cyclone helicopter’s system possibly overriding pilot’s efforts during fatal crash: Air force officials

The Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter from 12 Wing Shearwater, known as Stalker-22, was participating in Allied training exercises with HMCS Fredericton off the west coast of Greece on April 29. It had concluded flight operations and was returning to HMCS Fredericton when, approximately 7 p.m. local time, the chopper crashed at a high speed into the water in view of witnesses at the stern of the ship.

19.06.2020 - 03:37 [ The Hill ]

IG investigating Air National Guard’s use of recon planes to monitor protests

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who flies RC-26s for the Wisconsin Air National Guard, has said that he flew a pair of night missions this month in Minneapolis in support of local law enforcement.

15.06.2020 - 19:48 [ Air Force Times ]

Pilot dead after F-15 crashed in sea near United Kingdom

The F-15, from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, crashed into the North Sea at about 9:40 a.m. local time Monday, the Air Force said. The wing said the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board, but that the cause of the crash remained unknown.

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

20.05.2020 - 16:49 [ The Barents Observer ]

Norwegian and Swedish fighter jets in joint training with US B-1 bombers

This is the first time that American strategic long-range bombers are exercising in Swedish airspace, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Norway’s Defense command says Wednesday’s exercise is “one of the largest of its kind, and several allied and partners trained along with the US B-1.”

15.05.2020 - 01:16 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Air Force space wing commander dies at Peterson Air Force Base

The Air Force has opened an investigation into Falzarano’s death but initial indications show he likely died of natural causes, officials said in a statement. Falzarano, 47, was not believed to have contracted the coronavirus, the officials said.

19.04.2020 - 23:58 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Rolling protest of F-35s coming to Madison ‚amplifies voices‘ around State Capitol

It was the latest protest organized by the Safe Skies Clean Water Coalition, a grassroots organization opposed to bedding down the next-generation fighters at Truax Field at the Dane County Regional Airport. But this was the first since the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday it will send the jets to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing in 2023, which proponents say will create new jobs and benefit the local economy.

19.04.2020 - 17:25 [ Augen geradeaus! ]

Unklarheit über angebliche Zusage zum Kauf von US-Kampfjets (Update)

Nach einer Meldung des Nachrichtenportals vom (heutigen) Sonntag schickte die Ministerin ihrem Kollegen in Washington bereits am vergangenen Donnerstag eine entsprechende Information:

26.03.2020 - 22:29 [ The Hill ]

Space Force launches first mission

The U.S. Space Force conducted its first launch Thursday, sending a military communications satellite into orbit. At 4:18 p.m., a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket blasted the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

01.03.2020 - 17:09 [ SANA.sy ]

Turkish regime’s air force targets two Syrian aircrafts in Idleb

A military source told SANA in a statement that at 13:25 pm on Sunday, Turkish air force intercepted two Syrian aircrafts and downed them over the Syrian territory while the two aircrafts were carrying out a mission against armed terrorist organizations in Idleb area.

The pilots used parachutes and landed safely, the source added.

26.02.2020 - 02:29 [ ECCHR / Twitter ]

1/2 #Germany before the #ECtHR: Tomorrow, the Grand Chamber will hear the case of the #Kunduz #Afghanistan air strike, for which German Army Colonel Klein gave the order. We support Abdul Hanan, who lost two sons (8 and 12).

20.02.2020 - 14:34 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

03.02.2020 - 03:22 [ The Times of Israel ]

Morocco’s military said to receive 3 Israeli reconnaissance drones

Morocco’s military reportedly took possession last week of three Israeli-made reconnaissance drones, sold to the Arab nation via France, despite the lack of any formal relations between the two countries.

The drones, of the “Heron” long-endurance models developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, were bought for some $48 million, according to French website Intelligence Online.

02.02.2020 - 23:53 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Das europäische Militärdreieck

An der langfristigen strategischen Orientierung hat sich durch das Austrittsreferendum auf beiden Seiten nichts geändert. Schon im Oktober 2016 bekräftigte Fallon auf einer Veranstaltung in der deutschen Botschaft in London ausdrücklich, Großbritanniens „Bekenntnis zur europäischen Sicherheit“ behalte seine Gültigkeit ungeachtet des britischen Austritts aus der Union

15.01.2020 - 10:14 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in Mideast

The United States has about 5,000 troops in Iraq leading the fight against ISIS. There are also about 800 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Syria. Meanwhile, about 14,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan helping Afghan forces fight the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as ISIS.

Outside of combat zones, the United States has also deployed about 14,000 more troops throughout the Middle East since the summer in an effort to deter Iran.

11.01.2020 - 13:38 [ HUB ]

Hajizadeh Takes Full Blame For Ukrainian Plane Crash توضیحات حاجی‌زاده درباره هواپیمای اوکراینی

Amirali Hajizadeh, The head of Iranian Aerospace has taken full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash. Amirali Hajizadeh, The head of Iranian Aerospace has taken full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash.
توضیحات مهم سردار حاجی‌زاده درباره هواپیمای اوکراینی
سردار امیرعلی حاجی‌زاده فرمانده نیروی هوافضای سپاه پاسداران در پی مشخص شدن علت سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی سخنرانی کرد.

سردار حاجی‌زاده در صحبت‌های خود گفت: بعد از شنیدن خبر سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی آرزوی مرگ کردم. اکنون هر تصمیمی مسئولان بگیرند مطیع اجرای آن هستیم

09.01.2020 - 18:29 [ Kathimerini Cyprus ]

Cyprus ready to accommodate US army unit in emergency

State-funded broadcaster RIK News aired Thursday morning video footage of a C130 airplane and 5 or 6 Chinook helicopters over Paphos, saying the aircraft landed and were on stand-by at Andreas Papandreou AFB, an active air base adjacent to Paphos International Airport.

07.01.2020 - 17:49 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Defence secretary Ben Wallace makes statement in the Commons on Iran – watch live

Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of providing ‚cover‘ to Trump over assassination of Iran general

Mr Corbyn branded the drone strike on the leader of Iran’s feared Quds Force an “assassination” and told the House of Commons that it was widely regarded as illegal.

And he accused the prime minister of hiding away from scrutiny after Mr Johnson sent defence secretary Ben Wallace to answer MPs’ questions on the 3 January killing in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Die Kulturzerstörer

Die Bundesregierung schweigt dazu. Klar Position bezieht sie hingegen zu Maßnahmen Irans. So erklärte etwa Außenminister Heiko Maas nach der Mitteilung der iranischen Regierung, man werde die Beschränkungen des Atomabkommens erst dann wieder in vollem Umfang akzeptieren, wenn alle anderen Vertragsparteien ihre Verpflichtungen einhielten: „Das, was Iran jetzt angekündigt hat, werden wir nicht einfach so achselzuckend hinnehmen können“. „Achselzuckend nimmt die Bundesregierung freilich nicht nur die Ankündigung des US-Präsidenten hin, im Falle eines iranischen Gegenschlags mit der Zerstörung iranischen Kulturguts mutwillig ein Kriegsverbrechen zu begehen. Schon den völkerrechtswidrigen Mord an Soleimani und an weiteren hochrangigen Militärs hatte Berlin nicht als Verbrechen klassifiziert.

07.01.2020 - 17:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘US entitled to defend itself’ Britain backs Trump over Iran strike that killed Soleimani

(05.12.2019)

In the absence of Mr Johnson, who is on a Caribbean holiday with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, Defence minister Ben Wallace said Washington has a right to respond to earlier attacks from Iran that resulted in an assault on the US embassy in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:36 [ Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party / Twitter ]

I’ve written to Boris Johnson requesting an urgent Privy Council briefing and answers to questions following the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

(03.01.2019)

29.12.2019 - 06:00 [ Greek Reporter ]

Greece Signs Deal with Lockheed Martin to Upgrade F-16 Fleet

The U.S. company will also supply information and continuous technical support for the operational autonomy of Greece’s F-16 fleet and expand its operational capability.

25.12.2019 - 22:02 [ KBS ]

USA schicken vier Aufklärungsflugzeuge gleichzeitig zur koreanischen Halbinsel

Es ist ungewöhnlich, dass vier US-Aufklärer gleichzeitig zum Einsatz kamen. Laut Aircraft Spots, einer Website zur Flugverfolgung, waren die vier Flugzeuge der Typen RC-135W Rivet Joint, E-8C Joint STARS, RQ-4 Global Hawk und RC-135S Cobra Ball gleichzeitig über der koreanischen Halbinsel und dem Ostmeer im Einsatz, um Aktivitäten in Nordkorea zu überwachen.

21.12.2019 - 10:45 [ New York Times ]

Syria Says Possible Drone Attacks Hit 3 Oil, Gas Facilities

Near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria, state TV and the Oil Ministry said Saturday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted the Homs oil refinery — one of only two in the country — as well as two natural gas facilities in different parts of Homs province.

07.12.2019 - 11:29 [ Babak Taghvaee, Author, Historian,Defense Analyst / Twitter ]

Last week exercise „Game of Thrones“ was hold by #IDF for simulation of war against #IRGC proxies. Total 300 commandos of #Israel Defense Force & almost 40 airplanes, helicopters & #UAV of #IsraelAirForce participated in the exercise.

My reports & pictures soon in @PtisiMagazine

01.12.2019 - 14:00 [ Standard.co.uk ]

‚Loud explosion‘ heard across London was sonic boom from two RAF jets scrambled on emergency alert

An RAF spokesperson said: „Two Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Coningsby were scrambled at 0409 this morning, as part of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert procedures, after an aircraft lost communications in UK airspace.

„The aircraft was intercepted and its communications were subsequently re-established.

30.11.2019 - 14:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley visited Israel, met IDF chief Kochavi

(25.11.2019)

The general’s trip comes as part of a series of visits by several high ranking military chiefs including the head of the US Air Force Gen. David Goldfien, USAFE (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa) Commander Gen. Jeffery L. Harrigian and the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

26.11.2019 - 17:00 [ CNN ]

White House was briefly on lockdown after aircraft entered restricted airspace

Two US Capitol Police sources said the situation is being classified as an „aircon,“ which is an as yet unidentified incoming aircraft.

20.11.2019 - 19:38 [ MENAnalyst ‏ / Twitter ]

… So its really interesting to see how Syrian air defense [S-300s protect Damascus AP] was whistlin dixie while IAF F35s were doing slam dunks & the Russians [S-400 range covers this area] were out to lunch ? “ #SYRIA

16.11.2019 - 21:50 [ Manu Gómez ‏/ Twitter ]

Interesting since the start of the #Trump – #Ukraine scandal and the the Impeachment all USAF intelligence flights over the #BlackSea and Ukraine have disappeared. Not a single flight in the last days

01.11.2019 - 13:52 [ Tulsi2020.com ]

Tulsi 2020: Join me in demanding the truth

What was Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attack? Americans deserve an answer to this question. Join me in calling on the Trump Administration to declassify and release all information regarding the 9/11 attack. Add your name to our petition.

01.11.2019 - 13:50 [ apnews.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard: Release documents related to Saudis and 9/11

(29.10.2019)

“Our government should not be invoking secrecy to keep its own mistakes hidden from the American people and should certainly not be used to protect the Saudis from embarrassment or, worse yet, accountability,” said Terry Strada, a Sept. 11 widow and the chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “Until there is an accounting, we will never go away.”

31.10.2019 - 20:59 [ China Daily ]

Japan’s Okinawa protests US military’s parachute training

The latest training drill marks the fourth time this year that such drills have been held in locations outside the stipulations in the 1996 bilateral agreement, with the latest exercise involving 20 US military personnel parachuting down to the Kadena base by 8 pm on Tuesday, according to the prefectural government.

Further inflaming the incident, earlier Tuesday two US paratroopers landed off-target in a village on private land, 600 meters from a private residence in the village of Ie, which now plans to lodge its own complaint.

31.10.2019 - 20:43 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Part falls off US B-52 bomber, lands in British woman’s garden

The part that fell in the woman’s garden, described by Gloucestershire Live as “a huge chunk of yellow metal,” was a wing tip gear door, a spokesman for the Air Force’s U.K.-based 501st Combat Support Wing said.

27.10.2019 - 23:38 [ TASS ]

First joint Russian-Egyptian air defense drills kick off in Egypt

The first Russian-Egyptian air defense drills, the Arrow of Friendship-2019, kicked off at a practice range of the Egyptian air defense troops’ training tactical center on Sunday, the press service of the Southern Military District has said.

25.10.2019 - 01:36 [ UPI ]

Air Force F-15Es arrive in United Arab Emirates

In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the deployment is a „in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability.“

18.10.2019 - 14:07 [ Hurriyet ]

Clash in safe zone out of question, disinformation: Erdoğan

Clash in safe zone between Turkish forces and YPG/PKK terrorists is out of the question, and disinformation, Turkish president said on Oct. 18

18.10.2019 - 14:02 [ Mustafa Bali, The head of SDF Press Office in northern Syria / Twitter ]

Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital in Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn. Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night.

12.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Pentagon ]

DOD Statement on Deployment of Additional U.S. Forces and Equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

12.10.2019 - 10:02 [ theHill.com ]

US to deploy additional troops, aircraft, missile systems to Saudi Arabia

Defense Secretary Mark Esper had authorized the deployment last month at the request of U.S. Central Command and informed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the country’s defense minister of the action earlier Friday.

06.10.2019 - 11:52 [ North Press Agency ‏/ Twitter ]

A U.S. patrol of seven armored vehicles heading from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain, adjacent to the Turkish borders within the proposed areas of security mechanism, accompanied with Coalition fighter-jets and reconnaissance aircraft overflights.

06.10.2019 - 11:51 [ syria.liveuamap.com/en ]

The International Coalition Warplanes are extensively flying over Tal Abyad

(17 hours ago)

03.10.2019 - 01:50 [ defenceWeb ]

Islamist insurgent attack in Somalia repelled

Cameras picked up two white trucks carrying bombs and fighters to Somalia’s most secure military base, home to US Special Forces, foreign trainers and Somali Special Forces they mentor. … The second truck was hit by a US air strike. The explosion captured on video footage was provided to Reuters.

01.10.2019 - 00:46 [ Press TV ]

Amid tensions with Iran, US shifts Middle East command from Qatar to S Carolina

As a result, the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar was left empty on Saturday and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina was put in charge of controlling US operations from 7,000 miles away.

26.09.2019 - 16:15 [ BBC ]

Saudi Arabia says military response to Iran is possible

While Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid war and escalation, Iran would be held accountable for the drone and missile strikes, Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC.

A US assessment claiming Iran was behind the attacks was backed up by the UK, France and Germany this week.

26.09.2019 - 16:12 [ Politico.eu ]

Macron, Merkel and Johnson blame Iran for Saudi oil attack

(25.09.2019)

NEW YORK — The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Monday blamed Iran for an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on oil facilities on Saudi territory on September 14th, 2019 in Abqaiq and Khurais, and we reaffirm in this context our full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its population,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

24.09.2019 - 14:53 [ telesur ]

Germany, UK, France Blame Iran for Saudi Attack, Urge New Nuclear Deal

(23.09.2019)

“The time has come for Iran to accept negotiation on a long-term framework for its nuclear program as well as on issues related to regional security, including its missiles program and other means of delivery,” the three countries added

24.09.2019 - 06:15 [ Vox.com ]

France, Germany, and UK say Iran is responsible for attacks on Saudi Arabia

“It is clear for us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack,” the leaders of the three European powers said. “There is no other explanation.”

19.09.2019 - 11:09 [ KDAL610.com ]

Pompeo says attack was ‚act of war‘ on Saudi Arabia, seeks coalition

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The United States wants to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday as „an act of war“ against the world’s top oil exporter.

13.09.2019 - 13:42 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Israel Tiptoes Toward Conflict With Lebanon’s Hezbollah

From drone strikes to psyops, Israel’s widening campaign to weaken Iranian ally escalates tensions

11.09.2019 - 11:31 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

11.09.2019 - 11:22 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

11.09.2019 - 09:35 [ US Government Publishing Office ]

Hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, August 16 and 17, 2004

(15./17. August 2004)

The following five exercise hijack events included a suicide crash into a high-value target. Synopses of exercise results are not available. They were discarded in accordance with DOD directives.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 23 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR)/Sectors
Scenario: Weapons of Mass Destruction directed at the United Nations–an individual steals a Federal Express aircraft and plans a suicide attack on the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Conducted an interception, exercised command and control and coordinated with external agencies.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 16 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center/CONR/
Canadian NORAD Region/Sectors
Scenario: Due to recent arrests involving illegal drug trafficking in Maine, an individual steals a Federal Express plane and plans a suicide attack into the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 99-3
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Learjet hijacked maintaining tight formation with Canadair airliner, loaded with explosives. Learjet planned to crash into the White House.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Communist party faction hijacks aircraft bound from western to eastern United States. High explosives on board. Intends to crash into the Statue of Liberty.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists. Federal Aviation Administration requested assistance.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Date: 6 Nov 99
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: China Air from Los Angeles to JFK airport hijacked east of Colorado Springs by five terrorists. If not intercepted, intends to crash into United Nations building.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

29.08.2019 - 08:11 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Army fires at Israeli drones as leaders rally support

Lebanese Army soldiers Wednesday evening opened fire multiple times on Israeli drones that crossed into southern Lebanon just days after an Israeli drone attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs raised the specter of war.

26.08.2019 - 17:09 [ Ali / Twitter ]

Nasrallah: Let the Israelis take note from now on, we will target any Israeli drone that enters Lebanese airspace. This is over. We will not wait for anyone in the universe.

(25.08.2019)

26.08.2019 - 17:02 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

More Israeli drones reported over south and east Lebanon

Multiple Israeli drones were reported to have flown over Lebanese airspace Monday, hours after Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned that his party would bring down Israeli unmanned aircraft entering Lebanese skies.

25.08.2019 - 09:50 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Hezbollah: Israeli drone falls, another explodes over Beirut

BEIRUT: An Israeli drone went down over Beirut’s southern suburbs, and another exploded in the air overnight Sunday near Hezbollah’s media offices, a source from the party told The Daily Star.

Throughout the morning, following the incident, Israeli reconnaissance hovered over south Lebanon and the capital’s southern suburbs – a Hezbollah stronghold.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is expected to comment on the issue in a speech scheduled for late afternoon.

03.08.2019 - 16:59 [ theIntercept.com ]

How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia’s Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad

(16.07.2019)

Though Russia has been instrumental in protecting the Assad government, which appeared to be on the brink of collapse four years ago, it has also carefully cultivated a military relationship with Israel over the past decade.

After more than seven years of war, the skies over Syria are saturated with aircraft from multiple militaries and armed groups, each pursuing their own goals, including using the country as a weapons-testing ground.

03.08.2019 - 10:57 [ theDrive.com ]

Cluster Bomb Toting F-15Es Are Patrolling The Persian Gulf To Counter Small Boat Swarms

Beyond the cluster munitions, the released pictures show that Strike Eagles from the 336th have been ready to take on individual moving targets with laser-guided bombs, as well. In one case, a pair of F-15Es each carried at least two 500-pound class GBU-12/B Paveway II bombs and one of them had a 2,000-pound class GBU-24/B Paveyway III on its centerline station. The latter weapon is capable of disabling or destroying any ship in the Iranian Navy.

20.07.2019 - 13:59 [ NBC News ]

U.S. military has begun reestablishing air base inside Saudi Arabia

In June the U.S. military began moving equipment and hundreds of troops back to a military base in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. deserted more than 15 years ago, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the deployment.

Over the coming weeks the deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, intended to counter the threat from Iran, will grow to include fighter jets and Patriot long-range missile defense systems, the officials said.

18.07.2019 - 10:42 [ defensenews.com ]

Turkey officially kicked out of F-35 program, costing US half a billion dollars

In a statement, Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the F-35 program, said, “This is a government-to-government matter, and as always, we are following official U.S. Government guidance as it relates to delivery of the F-35 to Turkey and the export of goods from the Turkish supply chain.”

12.07.2019 - 16:00 [ Reuters ]

Bulgaria to raise its fiscal deficit target over F-16 purchase

Bulgaria plans to raise its 2019 fiscal deficit target to about 2% of economic output from current 0.5% to finance a $1.26 billion deal to buy eight new F-16 aircraft from the United States, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said on Friday.

07.07.2019 - 21:21 [ Gulf Times ]

Chief of Staff visits Typhoon and Hawk aircraft production facility in UK

HE the Chief of Staff of Qatar Armed Forces Lieutenant General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Shaheen al-Ghanim, who is currently visiting the United Kingdom, visited the production lines of the Typhoon and Hawk aircraft, BAE Systems. During the tour, the Chief of Staff was briefed by the manufacturers on the latest technology and equipment owned by the facility. The Chief of Staff was accompanied during the tour by the Executive Director of the company, Christopher B, officers of the Qatar Armed Forces, and the company’s senior officials.

07.07.2019 - 11:18 [ Straits Times ]

US asks Germany to send ground troops into Syria to aid anti-ISIS fight

„We want ground troops from Germany to partly replace our soldiers,“ Mr Jeffrey told dpa and the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. He said he expects an answer before the end of the month.

06.07.2019 - 01:31 [ Moody Air Force Base ]

Moody A-10 dropped object reported

1.7.2019 – During a routine training mission, an A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23d Fighter Group suffered a bird strike which caused an inadvertent release of three BDU-33s, a small non-explosive training munition, today at approximately 1:15 p.m.

04.07.2019 - 12:19 [ Sergio Scandura ‏/ Twitter ]

Today in area Thread 2019-06-25 1324z ⏱️15:24 CEST ✈️ NATO AWACS Boeing E-3A Sentry LX-N90444 callsign #NATO07, orbiting in ISR mission over central mediterranean SE Malta – NE #Tripoli #Libya #Libia

(25.06.2019)

04.07.2019 - 12:12 [ Wikipedia ]

February 2015 Egyptian airstrikes in Libya: French jet deal

The beheadings came a day before Egypt signed a $5.9 billion arms deal to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale warplanes from France, making it the first foreign sale for the French jet. Egypt also bought a FREMM multipurpose frigate as well as missiles. The deal is believed by analysts to be an attempt by Sisi to both upgrade Egypt’s military hardware and to diversify its suppliers. Patricia Adam, president of the French parliament’s defense committee, said that Egypt needed planes quickly. „You just need to take a look at what’s happening at its border. They are especially worried by what’s happening in Libya,“ she said. French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that the Copts‘ execution was one of the reasons why the Egyptian government wanted to boost its security.

04.07.2019 - 11:58 [ Middle East Eye ]

Libyan militia building mercenary air force, rivals claim

(04.05.2017)

From February 2015, the Ukrainian Glissada company, specialising in the supply of spare parts for airplanes and helicopters of various nations, began looking for pilots and technicians with experience on the Mirage F1 for full-time jobs in Africa.

The final client was Libya Dawn, via the Caravana Middle East company based in Jordan and directed by a US-Jordanian, Rami Ghanem Najm, according to MEE’s source. Najm was arrested in December 2015 in Greece on an international arrest warrant and extradited to the US on arms trafficking charges.

The first two foreign mercenaries appeared in Misrata in June 2015. One of them refused to bomb LNA troops and left. The other – an Ecuadorian, reinforced by technicians of the same country – carried out several air strikes against LNA forces, then Islamic State militants in the Sirte region.

02.07.2019 - 17:08 [ Reuters ]

Trump plans tanks and flyovers at Fourth of July celebration in Washington

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he plans to display battle tanks on Washington’s National Mall as part of a pumped-up Fourth of July celebration that will also feature flyovers by fighter jets and other displays of military prowess.

28.06.2019 - 11:30 [ Xinhuanet ]

Turkey hosts international „Anatolian Eagle“ air drills

The training program between June 17 and June 28 is carried out with the participation of Turkey, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar and the United States, while Azerbaijan attends as an observer.

24.06.2019 - 16:42 [ Asahi.com ]

ASDF scrambles jets after Russian bombers enter Japan’s airspace

(21.06.2019)

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets on June 20 after two Russian TU-95 bombers intruded into Japanese airspace on two separate occasions on the Pacific coast, the Defense Ministry said.

The ASDF jets were deployed from several bases to order the Russian bombers to leave Japanese airspace.

Foreign Ministry officials filed a formal protest with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo.

21.06.2019 - 21:24 [ Maleshov ‏/ Twitter ]

USAF SOCOM C146 Wolfhound 11-3016 MAGMA11 over Persian Gulf now flight from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi

21.06.2019 - 21:23 [ Maleshov ‏/ Twitter ]

USAF E3 AWACS 76-1607 SHUCK82 over Persian Gulf today change their callsign from WSLR, may be flight to their US home nest :-)))