Enforcing the Law
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
By Sgt. Michael Pryor
Each time the paratroopers leave the wire, the mission is different.
One afternoon 1st Lt. Rusty Bodine, of Fairfax, Va., was out trying to get residents to fill out an employment survey.
Praise the LORD and pass the AMMO.
Australian held in 52C cell, 'living on camel meat'
By Rhys Haynes
May 29, 2007 02:00am
AN Australian is living on fermented camel meat in stifling conditions in a United Arab Emirates prison.
Jupiter Mines director Jeremy Snaith, 37, and another Australian, yet to be identified, are in the Al Wathba Prison outside Abu Dhabi, according to spokesman Sean Mulcahy.
They are on drug charges facing up to 15 years in prison and lashings, after an incident on a flight from Sydney.
Another Australian, Jupiter Mines director David Evans is also in Abu Dhabi after being bailed.
Mr Mulcahy said the three were arrested on landing on April 27.
They were charged with intoxication, indecent exposure and sexual harassment on the international flight.
They denied all charges and were released three days later. Snaith and the unnamed man were then re-arrested on May 10 after blood tests returned positive for drugs.
Fear 'keeping Muslims silent' on terrorism
By Richard Kerbaj
May 28, 2007 02:00am
MUSLIMS are refusing to give national security authorities counter-terrorism tip-offs, fearing they may implicate themselves or be labelled traitors by fellow community members.
Muslim leaders yesterday warned the Howard Government's hard line on Islamic extremists was largely to blame for the failure of agencies, such as ASIO and the Australian Federal Police, to attract Arabic and Islamic recruits.
Community sources have told The Australian that the AFP and ASIO were desperately reaching out to senior Islamic leaders to help find recruits.
Intelligence sources also said negative attitudes held by Muslims towards national security agencies were hampering attempts to attract recruits.
Sydney-based Muslim leader Fadi Rahman said there was a lack of trust in national security agencies, stopping people from offering sensitive information and considering counter-terrorism careers.
"At the moment they (ASIO) are marketed as an organisation that if (any Muslim) was to go near it you're basically going to get arrested," the Independent Centre for Research Australia president said.
A founding member of the Muslim Doctors Against Violence, Jamal Rifi, said police and spy agencies were often perceived to be anti-Islam. He said Muslims who dealt with the authorities were considered "traitors" and "non-believers".
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A U.S. Army soldier from 1st Cavalry Division fills his Bradley Fighting Vehicle with oil on Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, March 29, 2007, before heading out on patrol. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall.
Scanning for Weapons
"One in four" of U.S. Muslims under 30 "say suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances
"Tiny Minority of Extremists Alert. "Some US Muslims justify suicide attacks," by Alan Fram for the Associated Press: WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances,...
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Fitzgerald: What is to be done
The Administration, and the generals who remain true believers in its policy appear to be suggesting to us two entirely opposite things. (There are generals, and many many officers below that level, who have slowly or quickly come to dislike...
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Meet the U.S. Senior Advisor for Muslim Engagement
See? America ain't so bad Farah Pandith's job is evidently to convince Muslims that America is really their friend. The assumption here is that we can win hearts and minds with enough gestures of goodwill. Evidence to the contrary...
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AIRPOWER SUMMARY FOR MAY 19
SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower supported Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations May 19, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
In Afghanistan, U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornets dropped Guided Bomb Unit-38s on insurgent targets in Shurakian. The Joint Terminal Attack Controller confirmed the bombs impacted their targets.
JTACs are highly trained U.S. Air Force and Coalition personnel who advise ground commanders on appropriate air power support, relay the ground commander’s intent to air power assets overhead and communicate with aircrews for precision engagement.
Other F-18s dropped GBU-38s on insurgents in Oruzgan. The JTAC reported the drops as successful.
Over Ghazni, F-18s dropped multiple GBU-12s and a GBU-38 on insurgent buildings after Coalition forces received small arms fire. The JTAC reported no more gunfire after the bombs impacted the buildings.
An MQ-1B Predator supporting the F-18s in Ghazni, fired an AGM-114 Hellfire missile at insurgents fleeing the area previously fired upon by other Coalition aircraft. The missile impacted its intended target.
F-18s dropped a GBU-38 and performed successful shows of force with flares in support of Coalition ground forces in Gereshk.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer performed multiple shows of presence over Coalition routes near Gorestani Nawer. No incidents were reported while the bomber was in the area.
A Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier monitored ground forces raiding a building near Gereshk. The pilots also watched for possible improvised explosive device placement in the area.
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles monitored suspected enemy personnel near Ghazni and Garmsir.
In total, 64 close air support missions were flown in support of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.
Ten U.S. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two U.S. Navy aircraft provided tactical reconnaissance.
In Iraq, a B-1 dropped GBU-38s on a building used to manufacture IEDs in Baghdad. A JTAC observing the attack reported the drop as successful. After the strike, the bomber continued to show force over the area for Coalition forces hit by an IED.
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided armed overwatch for ground forces after a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle was hit by an IED near Baghdad. Afterward, the jet followed a suspicious vehicle and passed on the information to the JTAC in the area.
An F-16 released a GBU-12 on a truck leaving a weapons cache near Fallujah. The JTAC confirmed the bomb hit its target.
In Al Musayyib, other F-16s searched for insurgents suspected of attacking Coalition forces. The pilots monitored personnel near the attack site and other IED locations and passed the information to the JTAC.
Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornados provided shows of force to assist a medical evacuation in Muqdadiyah. The Tornados also searched for snipers and provided overwatch for coalition forces.
In total, Coalition aircraft flew 47 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions supported Coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.
Fifteen U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, two RAF fighter aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
U.S. Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
Approximately 156 airlift sorties were flown; more than 435 tons of cargo were delivered, and approximately 2,745 passengers were transported. This included approximately 21,010 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.
Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and Korea flew in support of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.
On May 18, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, French Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 48 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.9 million pounds of fuel to 234 receiving aircraft.
For more information or for high-resolution photos, contact U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs at commercial 011-974-458-9555 then connect to DSN 436-4381/4014/4379 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oil Initiatives, Funding Paying Off in Iraq, U.S. Engineer Official Says.aspx
Posted: 22 May 2007 07:28 AM CDT
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 – The $1.725 billion appropriation committed to improving Iraq’s oil sector has had a major impact in building or restoring the country’s crude oil, natural gas and cooking fuel capacity, a senior official in Baghdad reported.
Bush, Scheffer Discuss NATO Issues in Texas Meeting.aspx
Posted: 22 May 2007 07:27 AM CDT
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 – NATO operations in Afghanistan, transformation of the alliance and missile defense in Europe topped the agenda as President Bush met with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Crawford, Texas, today.
Improving Fallujah’s Quality of Life.aspx
Posted: 22 May 2007 06:49 AM CDT
FALLUJAH, Iraq – Maj. Angel Ortiz says he and his staff have the job of rebuilding Fallujah, despite the ongoing threats. He’s working in one of the most challenging areas in Iraq.
Engineering Department Keeps Shreveport Running.aspx
Posted: 22 May 2007 06:39 AM CDT
USS SHREVEPORT, At Sea – In the main machinery rooms of USS Shreveport (LPD 12), an Austin-class amphibious docking ship, earplugs are mandatory. The spaces are loud and hot, and without the continued attention of the crew, the ship simply would not go anywhere.
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