Les forces aériennes de la coalition internationale ont frappé des objectifs militaires situés à plusieurs kilomètres d'Ajdabyia, à 120 kilomètres de Tripoli. Une énorme boule de feu de plusieurs dizaines de mètres est montée dans le ciel, suivie d'un immense champignon de fumée noire. Le raid a été immédiatement salué par une centaine de rebelles rassemblés à la porte ouest d'Ajdabiya.Alors que les forces loyalistes de Ghaddafi ont repris mercredi le port pétrolier de Ras Lanouf et progressé vers Brega, à environ 80 km à l'ouest d'Ajdabiya, les rebelles ont multiplié les appels à l'aide à la coalition internationale, qui n'avait pas mené de frappes aériennes dans la région depuis plusieurs jours. Selon des sources proches des rebelles, Brega est tombée aux mains de l'armée gouvernementale mercredi après-midi, une information invérifiable directement. Mais à Ajdabiya, située à seulement 80 km à l'est de Brega, un journaliste de l'AFP pouvait entendre en fin d'après-midi le bruit de la canonnade venant de la région de Brega, accréditant la progression rapide des troupes loyalistes peu avant le raid aérien. Merci à AFP et Reuters.
Stanadard war porn for the brain dead from this (Australian) defence magazine. For carnage Aussie-style.
'Throw another villager on the barbie, mate.'
The CH-47D, "Chinook" helicopter is an aircraft with a lift capability of 12,000 kilograms, allowing it to counter aircraft performance issues sometimes encountered in mountainous terrain and landing zones at high elevations.
The Task Group from 5 Aviation Regiment returned to Australia in October 2010 for the Afghan winter to undertake mandatory maintenance and a well earned break after completing over 737 flying hours and having moved in excess of 691,000 kilograms of supplies.
Now back in Kandahar, Australian CH-47Ds are embedded with the United States Army's 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and have conducted trial missions and maintenance to ensure the helicopters and crew are well prepared for the Afghan summer ahead.
William 'Benghazi Bill' Hague called for a ceasefire by Ghaddafi's forces. And Nato bombers??? Even Ghaddafi supporters are human beings strangely enough. How long before Benghazi Bill begins to tell us about how the bombers and Tomahawk missiles are 'precision weapons' which miss out civilians from the slaughter? You know, like in Iraq and Afghanistan (as recently as yesterday). A final question for him before the SAS heroes are deployed, hopefully this time without needing directions from local farmers and then airlifted out a day later. Who are we supposed to be supporting in Libya?
Posted by TONY on 29.3.11
|Tomahawk Missile on it's way to create carnage|
- The NATO bombers have already bombed Ghaddfi’s bunker in an attempt to kill him. This was widely reported when they wanted support for their bombing campaign. What is this but attempted regime change?
- Whereas the air-strikes have certainly slowed down the rate at which Ghaddfi’s armies could kill ‘rebels’ and civilians the NATO bombings themselves have killed civilians in the vicinities of the pro-Ghaddafi fighters they have killed.
- By killing hundreds, (if not thousands - they won’t be counting any more than they did in Iraq ) of Ghaddafi supporters, they are storing up more hatred of the west in Libya and beyond.
- These are western planes bombing Muslims (whoever they support). Just what the west needs for an image makeover in the light of the bloodbaths in Iraq and Afghanistan .
- There is no post-bombing strategy – do they or anybody really know who the ‘rebels’ are and what they represent?
Posted by TONY on 29.3.11
A review by the Centre for Public Integrity and McClatchy Newspapers of government reports and interviews with auditors, investigators and congressional staffers show that the agency - the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation (JIEDDO) - also violated its own accounting rules and has not properly evaluated its initiatives to keep mistakes from being repeated.
Meanwhile, roadside bombs remain the single worst killer of American soldiers as more US forces have been transferred out of Iraq and into Afghanistan.
Known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the bombs killed 368 coalition troops in Afghanistan last year, by far the highest annual total since the war began in 2001, according to icasualties.org, which tracks casualties in the Afghan and Iraq wars.
The questions about how well the agency has spent its billions include:
- Why it failed to collect data on its projects, leading a congressional investigative subcommittee to conclude in 2008: ''The nation does not yet know if JIEDDO is winning the [counter-IED] fight.''
- Why agency officials misreported about $US795 million in costs, the Government Accountability Office said.
- Why its staff comprises six contractors for every government employee, a ratio that its outgoing director acknowledged needs to be reduced.
One US soldier who was based in Baghdad in 2008 said: ''We were out there every day. We studied our destroyed vehicles, and [the enemy's IED tactics] kept changing. So we kept trying new ideas, anything, to stop them. JIEDDO didn't help us.'' The soldier declined to be identified.
Lieutenant-General Michael Oates, who recently stepped down as the agency's director, acknowledged missteps but said they were inevitable because the agency was tasked with producing devices quickly.
''We fund things,'' said General Oates, the agency's third director in five years. ''Sometimes we fund things that don't work. Some call that waste; I call it risk.''
From Tribune Media Services
Posted by TONY on 28.3.11
Obama's soundbites get more inept by the week. He needs new scriptwriters. I wouldn't suggest new ideas because I don't think he had any old ones.
Posted by TONY on 27.3.11
Article on Peter Taylor's documentary 'The Secret War On Terror' by Rachel Cooke
“The banality of evil" is a phrase much overused, but I can't think of a better one in this instance. The Bush administration treated the map of the world as a kind of torture brochure. "If you want good intelligence, send him to Syria; if you want him to disappear, send him to Cairo," said one spook. And Morocco? Oh, Morocco. The treats in store. "You can get what you want in Morocco." Hell, those guys even pull fingernails out. Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld was scribbling in the margins of classified documents. Why shouldn't detainees have to stand for longer than four hours at a time? The Rumsfeldinator can stand for six to eight hours a day! From Here.
This Link courtesy of Al Jazeera via The Trench.
There are still a few filmmakers with a sense of authenticity and a knowledge of history. Are you listening Kathryn Bigelow? With Route Irish, released last week, veteran British director Ken Loach did at least put some credit in the cinema’s Iraq account. Among the many ugly and horrible things the rape of Iraq has shown us, the phenomenon of privatised war, conducted through mercenaries or ‘private security companies,’ was one of them, and Loach confronts it head on. He’s not without sympathy (more than I would give them) for the grunts on the ground – there’s a humiliating lack of ceremony on their return should they die – but Loach’s anger is directed where it belongs – with the architects of the war, and those who parasitically fed off their self-perpetuating occupation. There are no audience-reassuring notes suggesting the profiteers and their buddies in government have faced, or will face justice, and there’s not a hint of dodgy uplift amongst the despair the facts engender. Strength to your camera, Ken.
Posted by TONY on 23.3.11
Yemen’s state-funded thugs
Cinq personnes, dont trois membres d'une même famille, ont été tuées, mardi 8 mars, par l'explosion d'une bombe artisanale au passage de leur véhicule, dans la région de Djelfa (270 km au sud d'Alger), a rapporté mercredi la presse algérienne.
Cet attentat, non revendiqué, est le plus meurtrier en Algérie depuis plus de cinq mois. La dernière action d'envergure attribuée aux groupes islamistes armés en Algérie remonte à octobre 2010, quand cinq soldats avaient été tués pendant une opération de ratissage d'un maquis islamiste en Kabylie. Un chef local d'Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique, Mourad Bouher alias Abou Tourab, a par ailleurs été tué lundi soir par l'armée algérienne à Bordj Menaïel, selon plusieurs journaux.
Les violences impliquant des islamistes armés ont endeuillé l'Algérie pendant deux décennies, mais ont considérablement baissé d'intensité ces cinq dernières années. Toutefois, elles persistent dans les régions de Boumerdès et Tizi Ouzou, en Kabylie, dans l'est du pays, et sont attribuées à des groupes se réclamant d'AQMI. Du Figaro.
Posted by TONY on 20.3.11
From the FT today.
Posted by TONY on 19.3.11