The last leg of my trip was finally underway as I boarded the Boeing C to Kandahar. The same friendly faces greeted me and my escort as we climbed aboard. After a day’s rest, the aircrew that brought us from Dover Air Force base in Delaware were continuing their cargo-laden trip to southern Afghanistan. This was clearly going to be something of a different journey, though. Whereas I was one of a number of civilians on the flight over to Ramstein from the U. The C ‘s loadmaster, who just a few nights ago chatted with me about how the Air Force has placed aircraft manuals onto Apple iPads, was now discussing the likelihood of donning body armor when disembarking. Also, unlike the first leg of the trip, my request to visit the flight deck was turned down, a crewman explaining to me that “it’s a bit hectic up there at the moment.
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Leader of Haqqani network ‘killed by drone’ 25 Aug Last year in Libya an American drone identified and attacked the convoy Colonel Gaddafi was travelling in. A few hours later, after fleeing, he was caught by rebels and killed. In military terms, their success is not in doubt. They have disrupted al-Qaeda by forcing its commanders to abandon telephones drones can listen in on calls and avoid meetings, communicating only by courier.
Sep 15, · It was supposed to be impregnable – the safest military base in the world. A veritable fortress positioned in the middle of the arid, treeless, empty Helmand desert, isolated but not vulnerable.
Graves of the Berks Cemetery Extension with the sculpted lion for the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing in the foreground. The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing is located in this cemetery. Burials were started here from 8th June after the nearby Bethleem Farm was captured by the 3rd Australian Division during the first day of the Battle of Messines on 7th June. One casualty is a Machine Gunner buried in September of that year.
There is a special memorial to 8 casualties who are unidentified and one casualty who is identified but only known to be buried in the vicinity of the cemetery. It was originally known to the Australians as 3rd Division General Cemetery. After the June battle it was used by 14th Light Division until late September Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Zillebeke It was named by the 1st Leinsters.
It was used as a Dressing Station cemetery from that time.
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Activated on 1 June Moved to Langley Field , Virginia where the group flew long-range convoy escort missions over the Mid-Atlantic, October—November while station in Italy was being constructed. They remained in Tunisia until completion of their airfield at San Giovanni, Italy, about five miles west of Cerignola and 20 miles southeast of Foggia. Engaged in very long range strategic bombing missions to enemy military, industrial and transportation targets in Italy , France, Germany, Austria, Hungary , Romania, and Yugoslavia , bombing railroad marshalling yards, oil refineries, airdrome installations, heavy industry, and other strategic objectives.
LOGCAP, dating to , is the primary contract vehicle for base life-support services—everyday services such as electricity, waste management and dining facility operations—at all enduring and contingency bases in theater.
The following items can be found on the A2Z Military Collectables website , with full descriptions, photographs and prices. This one is made of solid bronze and awarded to native bearers and servants; it has two clasps, the Tirah and the Punjab Frontier This medal is in excellent condition but all the naming has been erased; but both clasps are correctly attached and it comes on its original ribbon.
A very fine medal, a superb gap filler. Original American civil war period black leather ammunition pouch. It has been well used but remains in pretty good condition for its age.
The United States Government’s arrogant official response to this Italian court verdict: On Wednesday 19 September , Italy’s highest court upholds the convictions of 23 Americans in this abduction from a Milan street as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, paving the way to possible extradition requests by Italian authorities. Milan Prosecutor Armando Spataro, one of Italy’s top anti-terrorism magistrates who shaped the prosecution, hailed the top court’s decision, saying it was tantamount to a finding that extraordinary rendition “is incompatible with democracy”.
Amnesty International welcomed the decision.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Victoria Snow, HHG Pave Hawk pilot, assigned to the 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, sits in the cockpit before a training mission with a Guardian Angel team assigned to the th ERQS, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support, March 13,
January 29, The review came after reports in The Washington Post and elsewhere that a global heat map posted online by the fitness-tracking company Strava reveals the outlines of U. In the latest discoveries on Monday, experts and Internet sleuths found further ways of using the publicly available Strava data to identify individual users of the tracking service by name, along with the jogging routes they use in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
On one of the Strava sites, it is possible to click on a frequently used jogging route and see who runs the route and at what times. One Strava user demonstrated how to use the map and Google to identify by name a U. Army major and his running route at a base in Afghanistan. Another outside the big U. Some of the most readily identifiable bases exposed by the Strava data are in remote locations in Syria and Iraq, where U. Strava had originally responded to the allegations by saying that users should check their privacy settings.
A portion of the Strava Labs heat map from Beirut, made by tracking activities. He researches the use of data technology for humanitarian workers around the world and said he has been warning for years of the dangers of the GPS data that is gathered and stored by companies such as Strava. He said he used the map to pinpoint the jogging route he used to take when he served with U. The route is evidently still being used by peacekeepers deployed there.
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Air Force Rotary-Wing Aviator: Air Force Photo by Tech. Gregory Brook Click photo for screen-resolution image ; high-resolution image available. Excitement fills the air as the engines start, but the crew members maintain their focus as they hurriedly finish loading their gear onto the aircraft and run through their preflight checklists.
The battlefields of the Ypres Salient today contain the resting place of many thousands of soldiers of different nationalities who died during the WW1 battles around the town of .
This, plus an overhaul of the way the Canadian Forces keep track of retired or reserve force soldiers who kill themselves, forms the backbone of a new strategy for combatting suicides that was presented this week to Gen. Walter Natynczyk, the chief of defence staff. He took his life on Nov. Michelle Mendes, seen in this handout file photo, was found dead in her room at Afghanistan’s Kandahar Airfield on April 23, DND HANDOUT PHOTO It is the defence department’s attempt to bring mental health problems in the Forces to the forefront and remove the stigma often attached to soldiers who seek help for psychological problems related to the traumas of war or because of underlying mental health issues.
It’s also a way to address more quickly some of the gaps in the way the military deals with members at risk of taking their own lives. Last month, the mother of Pte. The official probe, known as a board of inquiry, is the most thorough accounting the Forces do of a death or major military incident. But it is a slow-moving process that can take years to complete.
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Carter landed in Kabul early Saturday on his inaugural overseas trip as defense secretary to assess the progress of the war in Afghanistan and review possible changes to the timetable for withdrawing all U. High on his agenda: John Campbell, who greeted him upon his arrival in Kabul. Campbell, the commander of U. But they are considering whether to revise their timetable for closing regional training hubs and a major base at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan.
Carter is expected to confer closely throughout his visit with Campbell and Army Gen.
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British troops help fight off Taliban attack on Afghan military base housing Prince Harry 14 Sep A five-foot-high hole has reportedly been found in the outer fence which sits adjacent to the main runway. It is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest. One the fence had been breached, around 19 insurgents, many also wearing suicide vests, streamed forward firing rocket propelled grenades and mortars.
A fuel storage tank and a helicopter maintenance tent were also hit and caught fire. Camp Bastion became operational in April , when the British Army moved into the Helmand badlands on a mission to bring security, assist local construction projects and help the Afghan government extend the rule of law. In the intervening years, the base has grown in size, to cover around 20 square miles and now includes Bastion 1 and Bastion 2, Camp Leatherneck, home to thousands of US Marines and Camp Shorabak, the main Afghan National Army base in the province.
Today it is one of the busiest UK-operated airports and currently handles aircraft a day 18, a month , more traffic than Luton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds-Bradford or Coventry airports. As the years passed the Bastion, unimpeded by the distant possibility of a Taliban attack, grew in size to the garrison it is today. The camp boasts its own bottling plant capable of producing 15, gallons of drinking water a day.
It has a field hospital, equipped with two portable x-ray machines, an operating theatre, radiographic equipment, CAT scanner and an intensive care unit capable of treating up to 20 seriously ill patients. Soldiers routinely jog round the perimeter or work out in one of the many gyms. They can relax in air-conditioned comfort in one of the Naafi bars and can Skype family and friends through the camps various internet sites.
I have visited Camp Bastion on more than a dozen occasions and have watched the base morph from a small tented village into the international, technologically-sophisticated town it is today.
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Afghan external security chief 30 Not including the attacker, nine people were killed and six others were seriously wounded in the attack. Seven of the dead were Americans working for the CIA. One was al-Balawi’s Jordanian case officer and another was the Afghan in charge of external security for the base who had driven al-Balawi to the base from the Pakistan border.
Former Atlanta undercover narcotics officer who had worked with the UN in Kosovo. He was the CIA handler for al-Balawi.
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Another outside the big U. Some of the most readily identifiable bases exposed by the Strava data are in remote locations in Syria and Iraq, where U. Strava had originally responded to the allegations by saying that users should check their privacy settings. A portion of the Strava Labs heat map from Beirut, made by tracking activities.
He researches the use of data technology for humanitarian workers around the world and said he has been warning for years of the dangers of the GPS data that is gathered and stored by companies such as Strava. He said he used the map to pinpoint the jogging route he used to take when he served with U. The route is evidently still being used by peacekeepers deployed there.
Since Sunday, he and his team have used the other Strava sites to identify the names and daily routines of eight foreigners working for aid agencies and the United Nations in the Somali capital Mogadishu, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. At one of the sites of a U. One problem is that there is no clear regulatory or legal framework for companies such as Strava that collect information on individuals using newly available technologies, said Raymond.
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They will be staffing bases for at least four joint civilian-military Provincial Reconstruction Teams PRTs in the south. Still, the two operations have a joint U. He says ISAF is needed for another decade because it will take about 10 years before the fledgling Afghan National Army reaches 70, fully trained troops. The reason of this presence is linked, of course, to the preparation of the dispersion of the capacity of the Afghan [National Army across the country],” Del Vecchio says.
Military exercises are often viewed as geopolitical tools used to boost stability and enhance deterrence. However, they can sometimes have the exact opposite effect: increasing instability and contributing to dangerous levels of escalation.
It is the capital of Kandahar Province, located in the south of the country at about 1, m 3, feet above sea level. The Arghandab River runs along the west of the city. Kandahar is a major trading center for sheep, wool, cotton, silk, felt, food grains, fresh and dried fruit, and tobacco. The region produces fine fruits, especially pomegranates and grapes, and the city has plants for canning, drying, and packing fruit.
Kandahar has an international airport and extensive road links with Farah and Herat to the west, Ghazni and Kabul to the northeast, Tareen Kot to the north, and Quetta in Pakistan to the south. The region around Kandahar is one of the oldest human settlements known so far. Many empires have long fought over the city, due to its strategic location along the trade routes of Southern and Central Asia. In , Mirwais Hotak made the region an independent kingdom and turned Kandahar into the first capital of the Hotaki dynasty.
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However, following public outcry from the pilots’ widows, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched a review and pulled her name from the O-6 selection list in May. The 62nd ERS operates the MQ-1B Predator and Reaper aircraft and provides world-class close air support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in Afghanistan. Air Force photo by Tech. Unheeded Warnings, Navy ignored alarming reports Two Navy pilots were killed in when their helicopter was swept off the destroyer William P.
Early 19th Century French Infantry Hanger. The typical small side arm worn by French infantry in the early part of the 19th century. This example has a solid brass hilt with a curved steel blade. it has been well used and shows some wear.
An aid request to the international community as a whole was approved by NATO foreign ministers last week, but Sajjan said it will be treated in the same manner as other urgent security matters. He served three tours in the war-ravaged nation as a liaison officer who helped compile intelligence on both Taliban insurgents and local officials.
He said it was hard to watch the carnage that took place this week during a nearly hour assault on the airfield near the southern Afghan city, an installation which houses a military wing, a civilian wing and a NATO base. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The airfield served as headquarters and home base for Canadians during the Afghan war.
He quickly noted the Afghans stood their ground and gained control of the situation, a credit to the Canadian troops who mentored them throughout the five-year combat mission and later during a three-year training exercise in Kabul. Canada no longer has a military presence in Afghanistan. The Taliban have stepped up their attacks across the country, including a September battle which saw them capture and hold the northern city of Kunduz for three days.
Afghan forces have struggled to roll back the insurgents since the U.