Al Qaida: Western Spies Multiply “Like Locusts”
From the point of view of an al Qaida military leader, Western intelligence agents are now ubiquitous in the lands of Islam, and their operations have been extraordinarily effective. The Western spies are unfailingly lethal, leaving a trail of dead Islamist fighters behind them. Worst of all, they have managed to recruit innumerable Muslims to assist their war efforts.
“The spies… were sent to penetrate the ranks of the Muslims generally, and the mujahidin specifically, and [they] spread all over the lands like locusts,” wrote Abu Yahya al-Libi, an al Qaida field commander in Afghanistan, in a new book called “Guidance on the Ruling of the Muslim Spy” (pdf).
About Those Losses....
from In From the Cold by Spook86
Moscow's independent Center for the Analysis of Strategy and Technology (CAST) is offering new details on Russia's air campaign against Georgia last year.
CAST was one of the first analytical organizations to report that Russian air losses over Georgia were significantly higher than the Kremlin claimed. CAST researchers have determined that the Russian Air Force lost at least eight aircraft in fighting with the Georgians--twice the number officially reported.
In its latest assessment, CAST confirms that Russian forces lost eight aircraft to adversary air defenses and fratricide. The four additional aircraft--which the Russian Air Force has acknowledged as combat losses--include the following:
--SU-24MR Fencer E reconnaissance aircraft, shot down on 8 August
--SU-25 Frogfoot CAS aircraft, lost on 9 August
--SU-24M Fencer frontal strike aircraft, downed on 10 or 11 August
--Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship (loss date undetermined)
CAST also reports that Georgian air defenses damaged at least three other SU-25s, which managed to return to base.
Japan Outclassed, Iran Undeterred, U.S. Overstretched
from Ares by David A. Fulghum
The world’s military problems are increasingly overlapping.
Starting with Japan, the nation’s F-15J force, once top of the line, is now “outclassed by the new generation of Chinese fighters” such as the Su-30MKK, U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers (ret.), chairman of the JCS from 2001-5, tells AW&ST.
Moreover, China’s air defenses, which include variants of Russian-made, long-range SA-10s and SA-20 (S-300 family) missiles, can only be penetrated by the fast, high-flying, stealthy Raptor. Similar advanced Russian designs have been sold or are under contract to Syria and Iran.
Japan’s Defense Ministry has studied the problem closely and, at least internally, has produced “a very impressive tactical rationale” for buying the F-22 if the fighter’s sale is approved by the U.S. Congress. Myers predicts that any resistance within the U.S. Air Force to selling Raptor technology to Japan, “an incredibly staunch ally”, will be isolated and not critical.
Another Nuclear Power in the Oceans of the World
from BLACKFIVE by firstname.lastname@example.org (Pundit Review Radio)
United Press International, July 13, 2009
If all goes as planned, India, according to various reports, will soon join the exclusive club of nations with their own domestically built nuclear-powered submarines, marking a giant leap for its naval defense.
More than 20 years in the making and until now known only as the Advanced Technology Vehicle project, the Indian navy's new nuclear-powered submarine named INS Chakra is expected to be launched in the coming weeks to begin its sea trials.
The report said the 7,700-ton INS Chakra will undergo sea trials for several months after entering the waters of the Bay of Bengal from the Vishakhapatnam port in southeastern Andhra Pradesh state. It is designed to carry intermediate-range submarine-launched missiles that have already been tested on the eastern coast, the report said.
'Unknown' no More; Fallen Troop Named
from Military Army News Center
For well over a century he was an unknown Soldier in a solitary grave near a battlefield monument. Today, thanks to the painstaking research of a volunteer and tour guide, "the unknown" Civil War casualty has a name.
Texas Reservist Honored for Afghan Ambush
from Military Army News Center
Army Spec. David Hutchinson spent only a week in Afghanistan. But that was enough to change his life and earn him a place among America's bravest with a Silver Star on his chest. He is credited with holding off an attack and killing at least five insurgents.
67 Air Force Academy cadets have H1N1 flu
Sixty-seven cadets at the Air Force Academy have confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza -- the so-called swine flu -- and another 30 are showing symptoms of the highly contagious virus, the academy said Tuesday.
12 bodies found along Mexican road
Twelve to 15 bodies showing signs of torture were found on the side of a remote highway in the Mexican state of Michoacan, the state attorney general's office told CNN en Español.
2 Somali-Americans Charged With Aiding Terror
from NYT > US by By ANDREA ELLIOTT
Federal officials unsealed an indictment in Minneapolis on Monday charging two young Somali-Americans with providing material support for terrorism.
Study: Deadly 1918 pandemic took years to evolve, through pigs, offering lessons for today
from Avian Influenza News Feed
History's deadliest flu pandemic, in 1918, may not have made a sudden jump from birds to people after all.