November 29, 2006

Maj. Troy L. Gilbert Identified as Downed Pilot, RIP

UPDATE 09/19/2007: Al Qaeda in Iraq's Islamic State of Iraq front group release second Troy Gilbert video.

UPDATE: 12/4: The military has changed Maj. Gilbert's status to KIA after DNA tests the body at the crash site was that of Troy. Rest in Peace.

A fund has been set up in his honor. For info, see this post.

UPDATE: George found this photo of Maj. Gilbert. I think it only fitting that we put it on top. Above the image of the SOB pictured below and right. If any soldier in Iraq sees this guy, you know what to do. Rest in Peace.

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F-16-downed-iraq2.jpgTo the friends and family of Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, our deepest sympathies and condolences. We pray that those who removed your sons body from the battlefield will find justice at the end of a Marine rifle.


Stars and Stripes
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The Pentagon has identified the Air Force pilot who is listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown after his fighter jet crashed Monday near Karmah, Iraq.

Maj. Troy L. Gilbert of the 309th Fighter Squadron out of Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was piloting the F-16C when it went down about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Department of Defense officials said Wednesday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, though U.S. military spokesmen in Iraq have said enemy fire likely was not a factor in the incident.

What appears to be the body of Maj. Troy L. Gilbert was shown on a video of the downed American F-16 in Iraq. I won't say it, but I think we're all pretty clear on what the jihadis will do with it. Which is why I hope they are found and killed. Before the video gets released.

Incidentally, the Islamic State of Iraq (formerly knows as the Mujahideen Shura Council), an al Qaeda umbrella group, claims one of their member organizations shot down the plane. Then again, in the same statement they claim to have shot down 6 Blackhawk helicopters, so question the reliability. Every time a helicopter goes down, whether by accident or not, they claim responsibility.

For now, we will file this in our hostage archives.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:59 PM | Comments |