Archive for February, 2009

The Israeli air industries first unveiled its new Harop “loiter drone” for taking out ground-to-air missiles at the annual Aero-India 2009 air show which closed recently at Bangalore.

The Iranian media were first to disclose that this sophisticated Israeli drone is capable of targeting the Russian radar-equipped S-300 anti-air missile before it enters attack mode .

Read more here:DEBKAfile

Airmen of the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing here flew an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft in a combat mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Feb. 18, and the flight surpassed the 500,000 flight-hour mark for the aircraft.

Members of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron flew the milestone mission in support of operations in Iraq.

Read more here:Air Force Link

Turkey and Singapore are the latest nations to join Combined Task Force 151.


Video about a USO event that allows Soldiers to compete against professional athletes in a video game competition. Provided by Air Force News.


Video about snipers training with Company C, 5-20 Infantry Regiment at Yakima Training Center in Washington. Provided by 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.


Stuart Varney just absolutely destroys this ACORN activist who thinks people who don’t pay their mortgage have a right to stay in the homes. Notice I didn’t say “their” homes. It doesn’t become their home until they’ve payed off the mortgage.


Mexico’s civil war ignites in America

The Mexican government and the drug cartels that operate throughout Mexico are locked in a battle over control of the country. With the Mexican army fully deployed and often fighting ex-Mexican army special forces working for the cartels, this is, in scope and casualties, truly a civil war.

To date this year, some 3,500 Mexicans have died in this war. In just the first 15 days of October, there were 387 deaths in Mexico City, 178 in the state of Chihuahua and 90 in Baja California – all attributable to the government versus cartel war.

Were it not for the fact that the cartels are also frequently at war with one another, they might have won the war by now and would be in control of Mexico.

Read more here:worldnetdaily

Drug Violence Spins Mexico Toward ‘Civil War’ | Mexico’s Civil War Ignites in America


Grenade Attack Wounds 5 in Mexican Beach Town

Mexican police say assailants hurled two grenades at a police station in the southwestern beach town of Zihuatanejo, wounding one officer and four civilians.

The Guerrero state Public Safety Department says men in an SUV threw the explosive devices at the station Saturday. Three taxi drivers, a woman and a policeman were hurt.

Read more here:newsmax

Mexican City Police Chief Resigns Amid Threats

Ciudad Juarez’s police chief stepped down Friday after criminal gangs made a chilling demand: Resign or we will kill more local officials.

Public Safety Secretary Roberto Orduna announced he was leaving his post only hours after gunmen killed a police officer and a jail guard and left signs on their bodies saying they had fulfilled a promise made Wednesday to slay at least one officer every 48 hours until Orduna quits.

Read more here:newsmax

Mexican Gunmen Attack Governor’s Convoy, Kill Guard

Gunmen have attacked a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents.

It was not clear if the attackers were targeting Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza, but he canceled a trip Monday to meet with federal officials in Mexico City about security problems in his state, where hundreds have died in drug-related violence in recent months.

Read more here:Fox News

The preliminary phase of Iran’s first reactor, built with Russian help at the southern town of Bushehr, will be marked by a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 25. Our sources report that Iranian nuclear teams will first activate the 1,000-MW reactor’s sections in sequence with the help of advanced Russian computers flown in to monitor their progress. The head of Iran’s nuclear commission, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, and the head of Russia’s state Rosatom Atomic Corporation, Sergey Kiriyenko will be on hand.

Read more here:DEBKAfile

The White House expressed concern Friday, Feb. 20, about a new International Atomic Energy Agency report that said Iran recently understated how much uranium it had enriched. The nuclear watchdog reported Thursday, Feb. 19, that Iran had stocked more than one tonne of low enriched uranium hexafluoride at Natanz alone. If enriched, it could produce more than 20 kilos of fissile material – enough for a bomb. French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner spoke Friday of a new enrichment plant capable of housing thousands of centrifuges the Iranians had built at a secret site, confirming long-held suspicions of sites that the UN inspectors had not heard about.

Read more here:DEBKAfile

The devices, which enable Taliban fighters to detonate roadside bombs by remote control, are either sent to sympathizers in the region, or carried by volunteers who fly to Pakistan and then make their way across the border.

Details of how British electronic components have been found in roadside bombs were given to David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, when he visited British troops at their military compound at Lashkagar, in Helmand province, earlier this week.

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With fellow countrymen like these, who needs enemies?