May 27, 2016
Great Ideas: AC-130 With Blaster
ir Force Special Operations Command is on track to equip an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship with a laser weapon by the end of the decade, officials said May 25.So,er we're going, we're going to admit we already have blasters. (wink wink nod nod)
Working alongside Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren in Virginia, the service has wrapped up the first phase of a two-part study that will give the command greater clarity on the maturity of commercially available systems and potential design concepts, said Lt. Col. John DiSebastian, director of fixed-wing tech insertion at Special Operations Command.
“We have identified our partners that have responded to our [request for] information [and] we are in the process of evaluating that,” he said at Special Operations Forces International Conference, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association. “We have not downselected away from any, or chosen any. We are still, as part of this architecture, looking at what is the best operational capability and determining which vendors can support that.”
Jawa file footage of Blasters in action.
March 25, 2016
Haji Mutazz ISIS Second in Command is Dead
Ned Price confirmed what several U.S. officials told CNN earlier, and added that Mutazz was traveling in a car with a Islamic State media operative named Abu Abdullah when the vehicle was hit.You know what this means!
Price said in a written statement Mutazz was in charge of ISIS operations in Iraq and was a key military planner. The U.S. also believes Mutazz was prominently involved in directing ISIS’ financial operations. …
information about the drone strike this week is being very closely held by the government because of its sensitivity.
Can I Get An Amen!
To defeat terrorism takes the one thing we're not willing to give, a 50 year commitment to defeating terrorists and following up with an extended presence to secure any gains made. By we I mean the world, The US, Europe, Russia and the Arab States.
Counter Jihad: Listening to our leaders’ heated talk about fighting fascists and watching their less-than-heated action in Syria, we’re left with this stickler: either they don’t believe their own rhetoric about Isis being a grave moral threat and thus are quite chilled out about attacking it, or they do believe it but lack the bottle, the moral resolve, to fight Isis for real. I think it’s the latter.
This is the defining feature of the Isis era: the West has the military might to fight Isis, but not the moral conviction. It has the machinery, the men, but it lacks the thing every warrior needs: a deep belief in what he’s fighting for, in this case the idea that our enlightenment values, our free, open societies, are superior to their backward way of life. We in the West agree that we hate Isis, but we don’t agree that the Western way of life is something worth defending, or even something we should be especially favorable about anymore.
February 24, 2016
John Kerry on AQAP Leader Ibrahim al Qosi Release From GITMO
Remember Ibrahim al Qosi wasn't held without charge, he plead guilty to war crimes. Also even if he served his time there is still a state of hostility between al-Qaeda and its affiliates and the United States, therefore he can be held until such a time as hostilities cease.
February 04, 2016
AQAP/ISIS Leader Jalal Baleedi Droned
ADEN (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants overnight in southern Yemen, residents said on Thursday, including a top al Qaeda commander who may have been the new leader of Islamic State in Yemen.
One strike killed six men in a car traveling in al Rawda city in Shabwa province, a remote desert area where al Qaeda militants are believed to be operating. The province has been targeted by drone strikes this year.
January 12, 2016
Its All About the Dinars
In an extremely unusual airstrike, the U.S. dropped bombs Sunday in central Mosul, Iraq, destroying a building containing huge amounts of cash ISIS was using to pay its troops and for ongoing operations, two U.S. defense officials told CNN.Hey at least I didn't say carpet bomb, I mean I'm cool with but I didn't say it.
The officials could not say exactly how much money was there or in what currency, but one described it as "millions."
Two 2,000-pound bombs destroyed the site quickly. But the longstanding impact may be even more significant. The officials said the U.S. plans to strike more financial targets like this one to take away ISIS's ability to function as a state-like entity.
November 21, 2015
Rusty's Plan for ISIS, Europe, and Pretty Much Everything from Now On
What have I learned over the past decade and a half? No matter how hard we try, there's nothing we can do to bring peace and stability to the Middle East. So, we shouldn't try.
So, my plan for ISIS? Nothing. We should do absolutely nothing.
If ISIS is a threat to people in Syria, it's time for them to pick up guns and fight back. Ok, some have fought back, but for young men of military age who are able to fight the option cannot be live in a refugee camp or migrate to Europe. The option has to be live under ISIS or fight. No other choices.
If Europe really wanted to end the conflict, they'd start sending "refugees" back home with rifles. And TOWs.
It's their problem, let them solve it.
Think of it as a sort of "draft" for refugees. Even in our own most righteous war, most of our soldiers didn't volunteer. There's a good chance that your grandfather didn't volunteer, he was drafted. 61% of service members in WWII were drafted.
And if they can't or won't fight and win, then ISIS gets a state. And if this state is such a threat to its neighbors in Iraq or Jordan or Turkey, then let Iraq or Jordan or Turkey fight them.
And if ISIS wins, then let the Europeans fight them.
It's time for the rest of the world to start pulling their own weight. I'm done with helping out countries in the Middle East. Protecting maps that I did not help draw and which need to be redrawn any way.
But Rusty, you might say, what about Israel?!? The same goes with Israel. I support Israel's right to self defense, but as far as I can tell the only people helped by our "support" of Israel since the mid 1970s have been Israel's enemies.
Wars start for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that new conflicts are often a continuation of the unresolved conflict. WWI didn't really end until the Russians left nary a building standing in Berlin in May of 1945.
There are also many reasons Europe has seen it's most peaceful 70 years in its long, bloody history. One of those reasons, though, is the mass ethnic cleansing that took place after WWII. Today there are very few Germans in the Sudetenland, few Poles left in Ukraine, and East Prussia not even a glimmer of a memory in the mind of Leftist protesters.
Part of the price of European peace and prosperity were paid by the millions killed in the war and displaced by the policies of "population exchange".
If the Middle East must go up in flames, then it's a tragedy, but it's not our tragedy. My instincts say that the Kurds and Israelis would come out on top of such a conflict. And these are pretty much the only two groups of people in the region that I give any amount of a damn about.
I say pretty much because such a regional conflict would also involve a lot of Christians in the cross hairs. Such Christians really ought to get together and come up something akin to Zionism. Since they are not safe in any Muslim majority country, it's time to leave and create their own state. If it was me I'd let them have as much of Lebanon as they could take by force, but I'm also not opposed them deciding where to go on their own terms.
Now, I know we don't live in the idealized world in which other peoples and other countries are prepared to solve their own problems. But whether they are capable of solving those problems becomes a moot point when we intervene and solve the problem for them. As long as we keep promising security, these peoples and countries will never take that security into their own hands.
I think the real problem here is that we have fooled ourselves into believing that human nature has changed. We cannot live with the idea of large scale war and suffering. When people suffer we must intervene, because .... suffering!
But war is just human nature writ large. Either fallen man or survival of the fittest, either explanation will do. People kill one another. It's bad, but people are bad. A person may be good, but not people.
People are going to suffer, no matter what we do. But trying to remove the symptoms often only prolong problems generally and in the Middle East specifically.
Not intervening and letting this thing work itself out is not an optimum solution, but when dealing with human affairs there rarely is an optimum solution.
Which is why, if we must intervene -- and I don't believe that we must -- then the next least worst option is -- and by this I mean less worse than the sort of intervening we are doing now which puts us in the forefront of ISIS's crosshairs without actually doing much damage to ISIS -- is ....
It's like Alderaan. It is as brutal as it seems, but there's no arguing that Alderaan was no longer a problem after the Death Star incident.
November 05, 2015
al-Qaeda: The Kinder Gentler Islamic Terrorists?
Long War Journal: Al Risalah’s newest edition includes an interview with a jihadist known as Usama Hamza Australi, who is originally from Queensland, Australia. “I’ve been a member of Al Qaeda for approximately fourteen years – since mid-2001 until today,” Australi says. “I’m currently in Syria as a member of Al Qaeda Central (AQC), working on their behalf with [Al Nusrah Front].”Read the rest..
Al Qaeda is using the Islamic State to reposition itself as a supposedly more “moderate” jihadist organization.
“One of the greatest things about IS [Islamic State] its that before people saw al Qaeda and the Mujahideen (in general) as the extremists, and those that abstain from jihad as the normal ‘moderate’ Muslims (following the middle-way),” Australi explains. “But now the truth has come out — the Mujahideen are in fact upon the correct and ‘moderate’ path, with IS being the extremists.”
Australi concludes: “So I think that IS is a blessing in disguise for the Muslim Ummah [worldwide community of Muslims].”
So if you find yourself being beheaded and the guy slowly sawing your head off is al-Nusra, rest assured that he's really really doing it for Allah, not just like those other guys who are just depraved and hiding behind Allah.
October 31, 2015
ISIS Murders Four Kurdish Soldiers in Revenge Video
So ISIS seems a little pissed off about the raid on the prison. Our hearts go out to the Kurds.
A video purportedly from ISIS surfaced online Friday and shows the terrorists beheading four Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in retaliation for the daring raid by U.S.-led coalition forces last week in northern Iraq.
At the end of the 15-minute video, a masked English-speaking man delivers a warning to U.S. President Barack Obama before he executes one of the prisoners, who is wearing an orange jumpsuit.
The three other prisoners are also seen being beheaded at the end of the video and Arabic text appears onscreen. It translates as "Peshmerga soldiers that Americans came down to rescue."
Earlier in the video, ISIS also claims to show the aftermath of the raid during which 70 hostages were rescued by Kurdish, U.S. and Iraqi forces from an ISIS prison in Hawija, in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk.
Here is the English spoken bu the first killer to Obama. He sounds American to me. But he's not very eloquent, obviously reciting a prepared statement in a halting fashion. Despite his claims of "victory" it seems we made quite the mess for ISIS.
Obama you have learned a new lesson. Six of the soldiers of the Caliphate faced Four Hundred of your children. They killed and injured them by Allah's grace. You are probably surprised by this.This man then beheads the first prisoner as the other three are forced to watch. Its a as gruesome a beheading as I've witnessed.
Oh Crusader, it is the support of Allah.
You did not gain anything, you returned to your bases and with losses and humiliation. Obama you wage war against Allah, he supports us against you. It is the promise of Allah. Allah will never fail in his promise.
Then a warning in Arabic is given to the Kurds and the other three prisoners are beheaded. (screencap and video below the fold)
The video is available here by request.
(I'm not around to approve the requests so if you didn't get it by now, sorry.)
Its not clear if the following strike was before or after the video. But from the damage shown on the ground it may be after.
October 29, 2015
Obama's Iran Deal Yields Fruit on Hostage Situation Iran Detains Another American
Iran has arrested another American holding dual citizenship, bringing to four the number of Iranian Americans imprisoned in Tehran after they came under suspicion by hard-line security forces.Just think how much better a deal the Iranians can get next time if Hillary is elected?!?!
Siamak Namazi, a businessman based in Dubai who is in his early 40s, was arrested earlier this month when he was visiting a friend in Tehran, according to a family friend who did not want to be identified. It is not clear whether any charges have been brought against him or what authorities might allege he did.
Hat Tip: Webradius.
October 14, 2015
Peaceful Palestinians Stabbing Jews Celebrating Murder
You know those peace activists....
...always looking out for the poor downtrodden Palestinians.
So since all those dead babies were such a tragedy, the Palis wouldn't dare risk more young lives by provoking a dead baby producing conflict would they? I mean these kids died because Hamas started a conflict.
Um, yeah... about that.
صورة الشهيد الفلسطيني “مروان هشام” البالغ من العمر 13 عاماً، والذي أُستشهد برصاص جنود الإحتلال الإسرائيلي منذ يومين pic.twitter.com/8lahSTS3U3— Maha Mehanna (@MahaMehanna) October 13, 2015
BTW does the Imam seem obsessed with Zion (Jerusalem) or is it just me?
Sheikh Muhammad Sallah “Abu Rajab,” who brandished the knife, told congregants of the Al-Abrar Mosque in Gaza that the stabbing attacks are just the “first phase” in Palestinians’ terror operations against Israel’s Jews, according to a transcript provided by the Middle East Media Research Center (MEMRI).The usual suspects are counting martyrs, of course those who murdered Jews in cold blood this week are counted.
The cleric made clear that Muslims were engaged in a religious war against Jews.
And with Obama in office Israel stands alone, Clint Eastwood was right, empty chair, and everyone is out to stick to Israel and America while they still can, before the end of his term.
October 04, 2015
BS? The Craigslist Vietnam Vet "I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972" Trope --- UPDATED, BUMPED
Since one of the reasons I started this blog a decade ago is that I wanted an outlet for my inner a**hole, I might as well get this off my chest: That Boston Craigslist "I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972" post every one is talking about? Yeah, that one. The one every one thinks is so touching. So touching and moving that it's gone super viral?
My BS detector is on overdrive on this one.
Because it plays into all the Vietnam Vet Hollywood archetypes. And those archetypes, like so many tropes imagined by a leftist Hollwyood, simply aren't true representations of veterans in general or of Vietnam Vets in particular.
Let's start here: The Suicidal Vet:
When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.Except that it isn't true: Study: No link between combat deployment and suicides
At least for recent vets:
Of the suicides, 3,879 were service members who did not deploy and 1,162 were those who did participate in OEF or OIF....Ok, now why was this "vet" so depressed? Because he had bombed poor innocent Vietnamese:
Those figures translate into a suicide rate of ... 18.86 per 100,000 person years for those who [deployed]
The civilian [suicide] rate is 18.8 per 100,000, according to Army and National Institutes of Mental Health calculations.
One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.Now, I've known a lot of Vietnam Vets over the years. Vets with complaints. Complaints about the VA. Complaints about Tricare. Complaints about the dirty smelly hippies who spat on them when they returned home. Complaints about the dirty smelly politicians who abandoned the mission. Complaints about dirty smelly Hollywood directors depicting them as monsters who are only one step shy of psychosis, suicide, or mass murder.
But the only vet I've ever been introduced to that complains about killing people in Vietnam were on TV or in the movies.
Seriously, it was a stupid archetype back in the 1980s when John Rambo was getting harassed by the man and when Ron Kovic was celebrating his shared birthday with Ho Chi Minh's on the 4th of July. And it continues to be stupid.
Ok, sure, there are some pretty effed up vets. But look around, there are some pretty effed of people everywhere. And their veteran status usually has little to do with said effed up status.
And then there's this mysterious woman who he just happens to meet while both of them are ducking in from a rainstorm:
And then I saw you.Wow. Just, wow.
You'd taken shelter under the balcony of the Old State House. You were wearing a teal ball gown, which appeared to me both regal and ridiculous. Your brown hair was matted to the right side of your face, and a galaxy of freckles dusted your shoulders. I'd never seen anything so beautiful.
When I joined you under the balcony, you looked at me with your big green eyes, and I could tell that you'd been crying. I asked if you were okay. You said you'd been better. I asked if you'd like to have a cup of coffee. You said only if I would join you. Before I could smile, you snatched my hand and led me on a dash through Downtown Crossing and into Neisner's.
Yeah, I think I've seen that commercial before. Let's just hope they were both chewing the right gum. TV tells me it makes all the difference. Did they have Mentos, the freshamker! in 1972?
Then in just a few short hours this (hot and wet, no, seriously -- it's a hot chick who's all wet in the rain) angelic woman gives him hope. The kind of hope that only a sweet, yet kind of hot, and soaking wet woman can give a man reason to live.
It's Full Metal Jacket meets Serendipity.
I hope they cast John Cusak in the movie. He was the bomb in Hot Tub Time Machine.
And you know what. Despondent Vietnam Vet. Alcoholic. With a gun. In the city on New Year's Eve. 1972.
Where have I seen that before?
Oh, yeah, Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump.
(I'll grant that in Forrest Gump it's 1971 turning to 1972, while in the Craigslist trope it's 1972 about to be 1973 -- but, come on, that's still pretty on the nose)
So I'm just not buying it. It plays into too many stereotypes. This reads like some short story written in an MFA workshop, a Learning Annex course, or English 101 down at the local community college taught by a would-be Hollwyood screenwriter who just can't get a meeting with Oliver Stone to pitch him this incredible treatment.
Then again, maybe I'm just a cynical jerk with my own false archetype of the typical veteran who came home, got married, had kids, paid taxes, and who's biggest problem with Vietnam was that the a**holes in Congress cut off funding to the South just before columns of Soviet tanks pushed into Hanoi and when that archetype is challenged my default position is to cry bullsh*t until there's some compelling evidence to the contrary.
But that's just me.
UPDATE 10/04/2015: Apparently, it's not just me. Thanks to all the vets in the comments who agreed that this was BS. Not only BS, but BS written by someone who had never served in the military.
I'm going to post a few of their comments above the fold. I hope they don't mind. I've corrected some of the spelling (I know, ironical) because they didn't know I'd post them. Also, Italics and bold are mine. I've also added a couple of links for clarification:
Dude dropped 48 bombs on four missions?And this one, just .... because:
I was with the 91st SMW, partnered with the 91st SBW in Minot. So I did a little research and viola!
For a B52, Their normal bomb load was 84 bombs internally and 24 bombs under the wings.
48 bombs on four missions?
Just my 2 cents.....
Posted by: BCAz
I think going from Linebacker II, which ended on the 29th, to sitting in an apartment in Boston with suicidal thoughts barely two days later just strikes me as too quick and utterly nonsensical.
Also, what kind of a man recognizes 'teal' as a color? [Ed: I know teal is a color. I know it has something to do with green. But honestly, I couldn't tell you the difference between teal and any other kind of green]
Posted by: STV
The person who wrote this knows little about the US military.
A pilot of a large fixed-wing bomber is ALWAYS a commissioned officer. Officers don't get "discharges". A "discharge" is what enlisted men get.
Furthermore, no pilot who has gone through years of training in the military, is going to act surprised, shocked and somehow horrified that he will actually have to drop bombs from the bomber he has VOLUNTEERED and trained to fly. That's like a heart surgeon, after years of medical school and internship, suddenly becoming sickened by the idea that he might actually have to transplant a heart.
Makes no sense.
Posted by: Wolfenberry
Craigslist is a fine place to post creative writing, especially if it's bad.Bwahahahaaaa!
In this case a mish-mash of plagiarized bits.
People believe what fits their narrative, obviously.
I posted this a few years ago on Halloween:
You: running, screaming, bleeding a bit
Me: hockey mask, heavy breathing, relentless.
Let's do it again at the same campground this year,
bring some friends.
Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder
So, it's pretty close to official: This is a HOAX
Any other thoughts?
UPDATE 10/05/2015: Okay, maybe the last update on this one. Check out a similar post by Thomas Wictor, who has maps and photos and stuff, and who confirms:
The bombing missions that still haunt him were called Operation Linebacker II. Since he says that he’d flown his sorties a week before December 31, 1972, that would mean he flew the Christmas Eve missions....Amen brotha!
Nope. The December 24 sorties hit Thai Nguyen and Kep, not Hanoi. And the December 23 raid also avoided Hanoi....
Finally, the fake bomber pilot said that he was discharged (separated) from the Air Force and back in Boston within a week. The B-52s used in Operation Linebacker II flew out of either U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, or Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Therefore the writer would’ve had to turn in all his gear, fill out the paperwork, wait for it to be approved, and then fly to an Air Force separation center in the continental US. The closest such center to Boston is Seymour Johnson Air Force Base near Goldsboro, North Carolina.
So the pilot mustered out of the air force, flew to North Carolina, was separated, made his way to Boston, and found a studio apartment, all in a week.
This little essay is slander and a form of stolen valor
September 25, 2015
ISIS Committing Largest Religious Genocide Ever
The claim comes from a veteran German journalist who is the only reporter to have been allowed to operate as an ‘embed’ with ISIS and escape alive.So do with them what we did to Hitler, feed them to the Russians for w while, then lower the boom.
Jürgen Todenhöfer, 75, a former MP with Angela Merkel's CDU party, became a reporter in 2000 and has specialized in war reporting.
He spent 10 harrowing days on the ISIS frontline, dodging bullets and death threats, while being chauffeured around by none other than the UK’s own scumbag traitor 'Jihadi John' – real name Mohammed Emwazi.
...He believes the west cannot militarily defeat the self-styled Caliphate rulers and writes: “The terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people.
"The west is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS."
Shockingly, he even compares them to a "nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history."
Critics say Todenhöfer, 75, was only allowed to get so close to ISIS because of his reputation as a vociferous critic of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hell slip Putin a few Bil under the table. Not a problem. Lets see who would make a deal like that? Who? Trump?
Because you ain't going to beat ISIS with any less.
There is no Crying in Jihad
A video released by Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, shows a young suicide bomber’s final moments before detonating himself.Yeah you better say that...... bub.
Jafar is visibly crying and can be heard saying:"I'm just scared I won't succeed."
Anyway Jafar goes off later in the film.... at the link.
September 16, 2015
PaliWood On Tour Hungarian Edition
Remember when I said the currency of the Syrian conflict was dead and suiffering children. I have to say today's performance was superb.
Absolutely NO ONE questioned the wisdom of taking small children into harm's way for some good Hungary sprayed my baby shots.
I hearby dub the fat bleeding dude at the start here, Blue Shirt Guy.
Heh, that was pretty funny, now on with the show.
And for the final act....
Tell Auntie M to let Old Yeller Out.
September 10, 2015
Kayla Mueller Murdered by IS Not Killed in Airstrike
Bahgdadi, we are coming for you.
Haji Mutazz had tried to get Kayla for himself. Amshe said he told her Baghdadi was always going to kill Kayla when he had finished with her.
Haji Mutazz laughed when he saw news reports on television that Kayla had been accidentally hit in a coalition air strike, Amshe said.
"Her stupid government," he said. "We killed her."
According to Amshe, he went on: "We killed her because she is an American. If Obama wanted to he could tell Bashar [al-Assad, the Syrian president] to stop bombing us. Ten of our women and children die every day. This is our revenge. We will kill any American citizen we capture. If any Western government refuses to put pressure on Bashar, we will kill their citizens too."
Amshe is the only source for this story. But she seemed to me a very clever, capable young woman - she led an escape, taking five Yazidi girls to safety - and her story was detailed and consistent throughout.
Zawahiri Would Totally Hang With IS
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a newly released audio message that while he doesn't consider the Islamic State's declaration of a caliphate legitimate, he's not opposed to cooperating with the militants in the fight against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.Oh well when it comes to murdering the Kuffar IS and AQ Central are on the same page.
"We don't recognize the caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," he says in an audiotape released by al Qaeda's official media wing. He also tells Muslims they are not obligated to join it.
"Despite the big mistakes [of Islamic State], if I were in Iraq or Syria I would cooperate with them in killing the crusaders and secularists and Shiites even though I don't recognize the legitimacy of their state, because the matter is bigger than that," he explains.
Anyway Zawahiri seems to be coming as a way of escaping his irrelevance.
Space Alien Nukes Detectable From Earth?
A team of astronomers recently tried to determine whether Trinity’s light might be cosmic in a different sense. The Trinity test involved only one explosion. But if there were many more explosions, involving many more nuclear weapons, it might generate enough heat and light to be seen from nearby stars, or from the deeper reaches of our galaxy—so long as someone out there was looking.Hold me! I'm Skeert!
And so, the thinking goes, maybe we should be looking. If every intelligent species eventually stumbles on nuclear technology, and not all of them manage it well, then it might be possible to spot an apocalypse in the heavens. Or several.
August 09, 2015
US Soldier Killed in Kabul Attack
Just a reminder that the Taliban are still there. And that our people are still in harm's way.
First Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna, of the Army Special Forces, was killed by a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday evening, according to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed's office.We pray the Lord accept him and comfort his family.
McKenna, a Bristol native, was a 1998 graduate of Mt. Hope High School.
Image Credit East Bay RI
“I join all Rhode Islanders in mourning the loss of Andrew McKenna," Reed said in a statement. "I've had the privilege of meeting Andrew and his family. Sgt. McKenna was an extraordinary young man with a big heart and a dedicated, distinguished soldier."
About a month earlier, Reed and state Rep. Raymond Gallison Jr., D-Bristol, honored McKenna by presenting him with an award for "coming the farthest" to the July 4 Bristol Parade.
"This is absolutely devastating to the family and the entire town of Bristol," said Gallison. "Everybody is just devastated."
July 17, 2015
uly 17, 2015
Release # 20150717
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA – On July 16, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using bomber, attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
“The airstrikes conducted in the past 24 hours continue to destroy Daesh’s capability to conduct terrorist attacks in the region,” said Col. Wayne Marotto, CJTF-OIR chief of public affairs. “Coalition airstrikes are degrading Daesh’s ability to maintain territory in the region.”
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
• Near Al Hasakah, nine airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL structure and an ISIL VBIED.
• Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL excavator, three ISIL bridges and an ISIL T-wall.
• Near Tal Abyad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
• Near Bayji, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tank and destroyed an ISIL sniper position and four ISIL buildings.
• Near Habbaniyah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
• Near Haditha, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL boat and an ISIL barge.
• Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL mortar tube, two ISIL buildings and an ISIL bunker.
• Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL up-armored HMMWV.
• Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL rocket position and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL building.
Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community.
The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.
July 10, 2015
Two Glaring Yet Popular Fallacies in ISIS/Anti Terror Strategy
The first is that we can train, that we can enable some mysterious force (Other than the Kurds) to fight al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists.
NPR: This is a job for the Iraqis to solve. But we are going to provide them with every means of support they need to be successful.I could go on forever quoting the number of articles stating we must train the Iraqis, the Afghans, The Yemenis, Libyans to establish progressive orderly democratic regimes.
...I think it's a much more difficult challenge now than it might have been a few years ago, when the notion of training and equipping the then more moderate Syrian opposition was first raised.
And from Daily Beast, Unreliable Syrian Recruits for an Unworkable Obama Army to Fight ISIS
Only a handful of volunteers signed up for the training program, and many of them quit for Ramadan.
Yet time and time again the actual results of our efforts is to train and strengthen the terrorists, the training we gave the Awakening Councils was co-opted and integrated into AQI and later emerged in the fall of Mosul.
The Taliban have infiltrated the Afghan security forces and in turn we ended up training the enemy to fight us, both by fighting the Taliban directly in protracted long term engagements and also by training and support actually making the enemy better fighters.
Would our security be better served long term if we had just defeated the Taliban decisively and then left. If you then want a proxy war against the Taliban later. Teaching either or both sides to be better fighters and more effective just means the day they have recovered enough to threaten you comes sooner rather than later. Let those forces slog it out their way. Keeps them busy while also maintaining your status as the best trained most effective force for the next time you have to sent them back to the stone age.
In the same manner there is Criticism of Donald Trump over saying he would cut off ISIS flow of money by cutting off their supply of oil by military action against oil infrastructure controlled by ISIS.
You're destroying the infrastructure of Iraq, you're not really doing much to hurt ISIS," retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona said. "At some future point those oil fields will have to help regenerate Iraq."That is regenrate the parts of Iraq and Syria destroyed in a conflict that leads to ISIS defeat.
Again mistake, now I might be fore rebuilding in say a situation where the peace has been won and you can trust the other side somewhat, as in the end of WWII.
But in ISIS controlled areas and other areas in the ME like Libya, Yemen or Afghanistan there remains a large amount of hostility against the United States. An array of terrorist actors with which there will be no peace.
So why rebuild your enemy, only bringing closer the day where they can threaten you again. You just purchased the defeat of your enemy by expending much blood and treasure, so the next step is to begin expending more blood and treasure undoing your victory.
Possibly just maybe letting them bear the full cost of these conflicts would do more to deter future hostilities, if not it buys you more time again before the next time you have to remind the enemy that the cost of any conflict with us will be very high.
July 03, 2015
ISIS Top Recruiter of Idiots Droned
Tariq al-Harzi.,....... He's dead Jim!
July 02, 2015
Obama Screws Over Freedom Loving Kurds to Please Iran and ISIS Loving Turkey
Because if you help the Kurds you're going to piss off Iraq, wholly owned subisdiary of the Iranian Mullahs and also Turkey. Who would rather see ISIS win than the Kurds.
So rather than do the right thing by the Kurds Obama chooses to feed them to Islamic State. How pragmatic.
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.Its worth noting that when we were in Iraq NOT ONE SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER WAS HARMED IN KURDISH CONTROLLED AREAS. NONE. NADA. ZILCH.
Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.
They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.
High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.
And this is how we return the favor? No wonder no one trusts US.
Hat Tip: Buck Naked.
April 13, 2015
al-Qaida in South Asia You Droned Me Bro!
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killed two leaders of al-Qaida's South Asia branch earlier this year, a spokesman for the militants said Sunday, confirming a major blow to the affiliate only months after its creation.WTF is wrong with them, droning is a blessing from Allah. I mean Unless AQ really doesn't believe that Martyrs go to Jannah BS. And they don't, if they did how come Zawahiri has never achieved martyrdom?
Pakistan says soldiers kill 15 militants near Afghan border Associated Press
Pakistani army: Tribal region airstrikes kill 30 militants Associated Press
Air strikes kill 30 militants allied with Pakistani Taliban: sources Reuters
Pakistan judge: Charge CIA lawyer, officer for drone strike Associated Press
Pakistan kills 10 militants on Afghan border: officials AFP
In an audio message, spokesman Usama Mahmood said a Jan. 5 drone strike in North Waziristan killed Ubaidullah, who was in charge of the group's Afghan affairs, while a later strike killed deputy chief Raja Suleman. He said both had fought under aliases. His claim corresponds with the dates of previously reported U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border.
April 09, 2015
150 Years of Peace on American Soil
And let it always be so.
For we know as few other nations just what the cost of that peace is.
*Too bad other nations seem to have failed to learn from our mistake.
March 23, 2015
How to Defeat IS Crusade!
The only successes against ISIS have come at the hands of expressly ethno-sectarian troops—not states you could identify on a Google map: the Shiite militias and Iranian advisors that accompany the Iraqi army into battle, the Alawi Syrians and their Hezbollah allies, or the Kurds fighting, with a wink, for the Iraqi state. Even the first time ISIS was defeated, in 2007-2008, it was by expressly sectarian Sunni militias in Anbar, not by the Iraqi army.So that is the West's weakness, we don't believe in ourselves. Let alone the lack of faith in Christianity, the left and the enemies of freedom relentless drumbeat of America as the villain as the Imperialist of the day means that we don't even believe in our secular state anymore.
There is no state army winning in the Middle East; nor, really, against radical Islam elsewhere, which has exploded since 2001. The reason lies in the history of the Knights Templars.
Before Amnesty International, before Greenpeace, the Knights Templars and other crusading orders like the Knights Hospitaller were the original non-governmental organizations. They were created to fill the gaps in state capacity, protecting pilgrims enroute to the Holy Land after the First Crusade recaptured Jerusalem in 1099. The Templars supplied banking, medical care, and a permanently expeditionary military capacity that solidified Christendom’s lines of communication to the Middle East, and they prospered by it.
As the world’s only ideology, the victory of the West has laid bare its own weakness: that it offers no greater cause than more consumption and a softer life. Islamism, like communism and fascism, is the latest incarnation of man’s desire to fill that nothing with something. The victory of no cause may have perversely begged the creation of some cause -- even a cruel and terrible one.
All the Interpol cooperation in the world hasn’t been successful in choking off the supply of recruits pouring into Syria to fight for ISIS, a substate pipeline not too unlike that of the Templars. The shadow networks of hiwala funding, military recruiting, and Islamist ideology crisscross European and European-drawn boundaries.
And who is going to lay down their blood and treasure for no cause.
So there can only be one outcome, the side that believes in its cause will win. Its that simple.
So unless you want to find yourself living under a Fascist Islamic Sharia Cult in the next few generations I suggest you better start effing believing in something.
March 04, 2015
To ISIS From America With Love
Just click it!
The pictures in this post were taken at the end of January at Ahmed al Jaber airbase in Kuwait, where A-10 Thunderbolt attack planes belonging to the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron "Blacksnakes," part of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, based at Fort Wayne, Indiana, are deployed to support Operation Inherent Resolve against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
February 03, 2015
King Abdullah to ISIS
All right, I'm coming out. Any man I see out there, I'm gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only gonna kill him, but I'm gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down!
I shit you not.
After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers http://t.co/2DT308xf99— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 4, 2015
Over Thinking Gitmo
Obama reiterated in his State of the Union address that he is committed to closing Guantanamo:Of course the case really is that every one of the GITMO prisoners are unlawful belligerents and none of them are susbscribers to the Geneva conventions to start with. In fact they hold it in contempt and regularly violate the norms of civilized conflict in their daily conduct. Thus the term terrorists.
Right now, there are 122 detainees at the facility, 54 of whom are cleared for transfer—assuming diplomatic arrangements can be made to resettle them. This number could grow. Periodic Review Boards so far have flipped a large percentage of detainees slated for continued detention to the transfer group. And that could continue. So there are probably north of 60 detainees who, assuming we could find somewhere to take them safely, could be removed. The first step for a president who wants to close the facility is to get as many of these transfers done as possible.
This is not easy. The Obama administration has had a fair bit of success in resettling detainees, more than I expected at the outset of the administration. But the climate is difficult now. The transfer restrictions still require serious certifications for each detainee removed. And the more scared foreign populations and leaders become of events like the ones in Paris and of groups like the Islamic State, the more difficult the climate becomes to convince countries that what’s really lacking from their polities is a few Guantanamo detainees. The administration has gotten some transfers done recently—and thus has some momentum. And there are countries that want to help, generally in exchange for something. So there’s opportunity here, but it’s not clear how much, and it’s not clear that the opportunities will persist. And for reasons I’ll explain, there’s also not a lot of time.
So I propose the solution is very simple and requires but a stiff upper lip, 15 minutes and two boxes of these.
This does not include the cost of dumping the bodies overboard proper burial at sea according to Islamic tradition.
you will get that the usual AQ and ISIS supporting whiners whining there for a a couple news cycles. But all you really need then is a former NFL player to stiff a hooker and boom!
January 21, 2015
Sandcrawler PSA: The Group Who Wants to Retire the A-10 The Mostest
Lets make sure their wish never comes true.
January 20, 2015
Moderate FSA Linked Syrian Electronic Army Attacks Le Monde Twitter Feed
Nice to know where FSA stands on this issue, no?
Another Day Another Islamist CyberAttack
I've been getting messages telling me that a couple Anti-Jihad websites are down.
A group known as Izzah Hackers has been running a DDOS attack against the blog http://www.islam-watch.org/ to which access is sporadic, you can get there, but you may have to refresh a few times.
The second attack is against http://pamelageller.com/
It seems to have been effective in blowing all the site's bandwidth allowance.
Looking at Izzah Hackers they have been around for quite a while. Doing various things mainly against Israeli websites and a Christian church in Ireland. So The Kinder Gentler Islamist Jew Haters, Palestinian activist type.
Their artwork is similar to some of the CyberJihad crowd but they are Anti-ISIS. Anti Islamic Terrorism. But even f you find an Islamic Terrorists they only exist because Juice!
The Juice AKA The Real Terrorist
They are for freedom.....
Thank the Governments for destroying liberties once enjoyed. They are in the process of taking even more freedoms away.— Izzah Hackers (@IzzahHackers) January 16, 2015
And when I say freedom I'm talking theirs, not yours.
All in a delicious Taqiyya bun!
Yes because they had to have a body after the Magical Shape Shifting Jew pretending to be Coulibaly reverted to their original form.
Hat Tip: Magical Shape Shifting Jew #8.
Are we still up?
It's just you. http://mypetjawa.mu.nu is up.
January 13, 2015
Welcome Back Centcom
We're back! CENTCOM temporarily suspended its Twitter account after an act of cybervandalism. Read more: http://t.co/hiwvSp3uWt— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 13, 2015
December 23, 2014
1118 Freshly Dead Jihadists
ISIS and al-Nusra lost 1118 fighters by direct US action, that's not counting the IS killed by the Kurds or Iraq or by the Syrian Regime or in conflicts between Sunni rebel groups. That's a pretty high rate of attrition when you add all those up.
Unfortunately there is a pretty deep bench of retards waiting in line.
Anyway the Syrian Observatory is hardly pro US but lists only 52 casualties who were collateral damage.
That's about a 4.406% collateral damage rate. Pretty good rate considering all the whining IS does about civilians.
December 19, 2014
Islamic State of Losers Lose Again
Is it just me of is ISIS making a habit of getting its ass kicked lately?Schweet!
BAGHDAD — Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of American airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, opening a path from the autonomous Kurdish region to Mount Sinjar in the west, near the Syrian border.Its always nice to start off with a feel good story, don't you think?
The two-day offensive, which involved 8,000 fighters, known as pesh merga, was the largest one to date in the war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, according to Kurdish officials. It was also a successful demonstration of President Obama’s strategy for battling the extremist group: American air power combined with local forces doing the fighting on the ground.
A statement released Thursday night by the office of Masrour Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Security Council, called the operation “the single biggest military offensive against ISIS, and the most successful.”
Hat Tip: Small Wars Journal.
December 01, 2014
Brookings Report on IS
Intense turmoil in Syria and Iraq has created socio-political vacuums in which jihadi groups have been able to thrive. The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) had proven to be the strongest and most dynamic of these groups, seizing large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Shortly after routing Iraqi forces and conquering Mosul in June 2014, ISIS boldly announced the establishment of a caliphate and renamed itself the Islamic State (IS). How did IS become such a powerful force? What are its goals and characteristics? What are the best options for containing and defeating the group?Download the full report.
In a new Brookings Doha Center Analysis Paper, Charles Lister traces IS’s roots from Jordan to Afghanistan, and finally to Iraq and Syria. He describes its evolution from a small terrorist group into a bureaucratic organization that currently controls thousands of square miles and is attempting to govern millions of people. Lister assesses the group’s capabilities, explains its various tactics, and identifies its likely trajectory.
According to Lister, the key to undermining IS’s long-term sustainability is to address the socio-political failures of Syria and Iraq. Accordingly, he warns that effectively countering IS will be a long process that must be led by local actors. Specifically, Lister argues that local actors, regional states, and the international community should work to counter IS’s financial strength, neutralize its military mobility, target its leadership, and restrict its use of social media for recruitment and information operations.
November 06, 2014
Even More Imperial Good News! Khorasan Group Gets Droned
US official tells CNN air strike appears to have killed David Drugeon, French Khorasan bomb-maker: http://t.co/QkKiztNdTJ— Paul Cruickshank (@CruickshankPaul) November 6, 2014
A U.S. airstrike in Syria appears to have killed a key French jihadist who is part of the militant Khorasan Group, a U.S. defense official said Thursday.Double your pleasure!
The strike happened overnight Wednesday near Idlib, according to the official, who has access to the latest information about the strikes.
The U.S. fired at a vehicle it believes carried David Drugeon, a skilled bomb-maker in his 20s who also has ties to core al Qaeda members in Pakistan.
I'm not sure who that doofus is but he's Dead Jim!
The lion abu Nasr(one of aba 'abdillah al hamawi's closest men) has stish'hid in the attacks. May Allaah accept him(1 pic.twitter.com/v0Wnsmukto— ابن عربي (@Abi_Maysarah) November 6, 2014
You knew we scored they they started complaining about "civilians"
Civilians? What civilians?
U.S. military forces conducted airstrikes last night against five Khorasan Group targets in the vicinity of Sarmada, Syria, using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
We are still assessing the outcome of the attack, but have initial indications that it resulted in the intended effects by striking terrorists and destroying or severely damaging several Khorasan Group vehicles and buildings assessed to be meeting and staging areas, IED-making facilities and training facilities. These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets.
The Khorasan Group is a term used to refer to a network of Nusrah Front and al-Qa'ida core extremists who share a history of training operatives, facilitating fighters and money, and planning attacks against U.S. and Western targets. These strikes were not in response to the Nusrah Front's clashes with the Syrian moderate opposition, and they did not target the Nusrah Front as a whole. They were directed at the Khorasan Group whose focus is not on overthrowing the Asad regime or helping the Syrian people. These al-Qa'ida operatives are taking advantage of the Syrian conflict to advance attacks against Western interests.
This network was plotting to attack in Europe or the homeland, and we took decisive action to protect our interests and remove their capability to act. We will continue to take any action necessary to disrupt attack plotting against U.S. interests.
November 03, 2014
Good News! US Anti-ISIS Partners Left in Syria Down to One
Even More Wonderful News! Its al-Qaeda
Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.As you recall last week al-Nusra also had a serious falling out with ISIS.
The US and its allies were relying on Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front to become part of a ground force that would attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
For the last six months the Hazm movement, and the SRF through them, had been receiving heavy weapons from the US-led coalition, including GRAD rockets and TOW anti-tank missiles.
But on Saturday night Harakat Hazm surrendered military bases and weapons supplies to Jabhat al-Nusra, when the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria stormed villages they controlled in northern Idlib province.
The development came a day after Jabhat al-Nusra dealt a final blow to the SRF, storming and capturing Deir Sinbal, home town of the group's leader Jamal Marouf.
October 31, 2014
Red on Red Jabhat al-Nusra vs ISIS Deir el-Zour
he fighting has escalated between Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic Front and their allies on the one hand, and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on the other, as it reached an unprecedented climax in the past few days, both in terms of expansion and violence.ISIS for its part is accusing anyone who fights against them as being FSA or in bed with their enemies.
he battlefields expanded from the countryside of Hassakeh, to the countryside of Deir el-Zour and Maadan, which is between Raqqa and Deir el-Zour. They also covered the town of Jarablos, in the countryside of Aleppo, and the countryside of Latakia. Many killings, assassinations, suicide bombings, executions and mutilations took place during the battles, during which the injured sometimes bled to death without being treated.
One of the probable reasons behind that is that Jabhat al-Nusra has changed its view on the legitimacy of the fighting. While it once considered this fighting a form of “sedition” that must be halted and that it shouldn’t join, after ISIS attacked and gained control of its headquarters and positions in Deir el-Zour last week, Jabhat al-Nusra issued an intense speech that was more a declaration of war. Jabhat al-Nusra was not expected to stand idly by while the fighting reached the city of Deir el-Zour, which the organization considers its capital, particularly after its losses in Raqqa, Hassakeh, and Aleppo. If Deir el-Zour is lost, nothing else would be left for Jabhat al-Nusra.
Jabhat al-Nusra has succeeded in regaining control over all its headquarters and positions which were seized by ISIS last week, most importantly the Koniko oil field. It also took control over the al-Jafra field, and the industrial area. Following the counteroffensive launched by Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic Front and some of the Free Syrian Army’s factions, ISIS was forced to withdraw all of its members from the countryside of Deir el-Zour and regroup in al-Shaddadi city in the countryside of Hassakeh. Local sources said that ISIS no longer has any presence in the countryside of Deir el-Zour, except for the salt mine in al-Tabani town, where its members are under siege.
The hash for Deir el-Zour for becoming very active with reports of fighting and murders.
October 29, 2014
Australian Terror Recruiter Mohammad Ali Baryalei Is So Thunderstruck
AUSTRALIA’S most senior Islamic State fighter, who allegedly instigated a plot to behead a random member of the public in Sydney’s streets last month, has been killed in a coalition airstrike on the Syrian border town of Kobane, his friends have claimed.See that's him right there! The one running for his life.... and losing.
Authorities were working last night to verify reports that Mohammad Ali Baryalei was “martyred’’ three days ago while fighting with Islamic State, the terror group to which he allegedly recruited scores of young Australians. The former drug-abusing Kings Cross bouncer would be the first Australian fighter killed in the US-led bombing campaign that has been striking Islamic State targets inside Syria and Iraq since August.
Two of Baryalei’s Syria-based friends, who were fellow alumni of the Sydney “Street Dawah” group he led, told The Australian the one-time bit-part actor was killed in an airstrike at least three days ago in Kobane.
Mohamed Zuhbi and Abdul Salam Mahmoud, who have been undertaking humanitarian work focused on the Syrian port city of Lattakia, outside Islamic State’s caliphate, said the reports of Baryalei’s demise were true.
“It was an airstrike, not sure by whom,” Mr Zuhbi said in an online interview with The Australian. “I personally received news from a brother who was with him for the most part of his journey so I believe it is true.”
You're welcome Australia, it was nothing.