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DEATH BY HELLFIRE: The Pentagon has disclosed that last Sunday U.S. drones unleashed a furious fusillade of Hellfire missiles at two compounds in a remote area of Afghanistan’s Kunar province. The targets were al-Qaida’s two most-senior leaders Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi. “This is the most significant al-Qaida strike in Afghanistan in several years,” a senior Pentagon official tells us. “Al-Qatani was the number one al-Qaida official in Afghanistan, and al-Utabi was number two or three.” The Pentagon has not pronounced them dead yet, but its overhead imagery indicated both compounds were leveled. Al-Qatani, who at the time was known as Nayf Salam Muhammad Ujaym al-Hababi, figures prominently in declassified files recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. The Treasury Department has a dossier on him here. Meanwhile, … Read entire article »

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AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLAPPER: The nation’s top spymaster sat down with Charlie Rose yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, and gave what was probably very close to the intel briefings provided to both of the major presidential candidates. It’s a grave new world out there, according toJames Clapper, the director of National Intelligence. Here’s Clapper’s take: North Korean Nukes: “I think the notion of getting the North Koreans to denuclearize is probably a lost cause. They are not going to do that. That is their ticket to survival. … They are under siege and they are very paranoid. So the notion of giving up their nuclear capability, whatever it is, is a nonstarter with them. The best we could probably hope for is some sort of a cap. But … Read entire article »

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A FIRESTORM OF OUTRAGE: “This has the attention of our leadership,” was the succinct response from Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis Monday to the rapidly mounting outrage over the revelation that some 10,000 California National Guard troops are being forced to repay enlistment bonus that they were given a decade ago. The payments, $15,000 or more, were made to soldiers to go back to war who had no idea they didn’t actually qualify for the bonuses. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s reaction was typical. “Disgraceful and insulting,” he wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. “I find it difficult to believe that either you or your leadership team was aware that such a boneheaded decision was made to demand repayment.” All together, 20 GOP lawmakers have signed a letter … Read entire article »

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For All You Military Aviation Buff Out There

For All You Military Aviation Buff Out There

Even if you are not into this, you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others who are. Aviation Pioneers World War I Aces Hall of Fame of the Air WW2 European Theater ( ETO ) WW2 Pacific Theater (PTO) WW2 US Marine Corps WW2 US Navy Aces WW2 Mediterranean ( MTO ) WW2 German Aces Korean War Aces Russian Aces Vietnam Era Aces Airplanes World War I Planes 1930s Aircraft photos WW2 Fighters WW2 Bombers WW2 German Planes WW2 Airplane Pictures History of Airplanes blog Nose Art Postwar Jets World War Two WW2 Facts and Firsts WW2 … Read entire article »

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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

TRUMP AS PROTECTOR IN CHIEF: Declaring “I am your voice,” and “I will win for you, ” Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination in Cleveland last night casting himself as the protector of ordinary Americans. “My plan will begin with safety at home, which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.” Trump laid out his three-point strategy to “quickly” defeat the Islamic State: 1) Gather “absolutely the best” intelligence. 2) Abandon “the failed policy of nation-building and regime change,” while working “with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism.”  3) Suspend immigration “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.” Trump promised “We’re going to win, we’re going to win … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: VA to Defy State Gun Law, NK No Longer Recognizing Armistice, DOD Review for Medal

Military Headline News. Listen * The world just turned a little more dangerous. North Korea has stopped answering the military hotline. Experts read this a sign the estranged country no longer recognizes the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953. * The medal debate that just won’t die. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has agreed to review the new Distinguished Warfare Medal after fevered complaints about its ranking above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs Chairman, will lead the review. A report should be out in early April. * The troops won’t be cracking the books like they used to. The Air Force has just joined the Marines and the Army in dropping tuition assistance due to federal budget cuts. * What are the gun rights of veterans who endanger themselves and others? Well, the … Read entire article »

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Spiegel Online: Wiesenthal List Induces Hand-Wringing in Germany

Most of the entries on the 2012 list of top anti-Semites published by the Simon Wiesenthal Center just after Christmas are unsurprising. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood makes the list. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is there. European soccer fans, some of them notoriously racist, land at No. 4. A handful of right-wing extremist parties in Europe are also fingered. Number nine on the list (PDF), however, has caused many in Germany to scratch their heads. It is Jakob Augstein, the editor of the weekly paper Der Freitag and a columnist for SPIEGEL ONLINE (whose editorials are occasionally translated for publication in English). His offense? The fact that he has been vociferously critical of Israeli policy.   “Gaza is a place out of the end of times,” Augstein writes in one of the lines quoted by the Wiesenthal Center. … Read entire article »

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Spiegel Online: Mussolini Cult Alive and Well in Italy

Decked out in army fatigues, his hand raised in fascist salute, he emblazons newsstands, lies ready in bookshops and is splashed across countless websites: Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator and founder of fascism known simply as “Il Duce”, enjoys massive popularity in Italy as a calendar pin-up. One month he’s in a steel helmet, his chin jutting sharply forward, the next he’s clutching a Roman short sword, the famous chin still at attention. His valiant, steel-helmeted soldiers also march on annually, in color or black and white, accompanied by fascist symbols like the swastika. Foreign tourists, especially Germans, are shocked when they see these openly flaunted calendars. Yet even in 2013, the former Italian dictator has a loyal fan base at home. And they’re not just buying calendars. The full extent of … Read entire article »

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War Crimes Report Estimates 165 Murders Per Day

Some 165 murders a day. That is the horrifying conclusion reached by an historical commission assigned the task of exploring the full extent of Nazi war crimes committed in Italy in World War II. The identity of many of the murderers has long been known, but to this day little has been done to bring them to justice. Some 165 murders a day. That is the horrifying conclusion reached by an historical commission assigned the task of exploring the full extent of Nazi war crimes committed in Italy in World War II. The identity of many of the murderers has long been known, but to this day little has been done to bring them to justice. On that day, 160 people in our village were muredered, including my five siblings — two … Read entire article »

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Germany Still Locates 40,000 War Casualties a Year

Some 3 million German soldiers died in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in World War II, and the fate of hundreds of thousands of them remains unknown to their relatives and descendants. On Tuesday, May 8, the 67th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s capitulation and the end of the war in Europe, the German War Graves Commission launched a campaign inviting people to consult its online database, which contains information on 4.6 million soldiers killed or missing in action. “People are still looking for missing relatives today. But many have given up hope. Maybe they don’t know that the commission can provide answers,” Martin Dodenhoeft, head of communications at the organization, said in a statement. “That is why we have started a radio campaign to tell a broad audience about this possibility offered … Read entire article »

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