Posts Tagged ‘helicopter’

Syrian rebels survive regime onslaught in Aleppo

July 28th, 2012 Comments off

In this Sunday, 22 July, 2012 photo a Syrian rebel fires his weapon during clashes with Syrian troops in Idlib, Syria. (AP Photo/Fadi Zaidan)BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government launched an offensive Saturday to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the nation's commercial hub of Aleppo, unleashing artillery, tanks and helicopter gunships against poorly armed opposition fighters.

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‘Syriana’: Same funding; Same culprits; Same victims!

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

“… Unidentified fighters have shot down an Iraqi army helicopter in clashes that have killed at least 19 people including 12 policemen, a regional official has said.The fighting around the town of Hadid on Thursday follows a warning last weekend from al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq to push back into areas the group was driven out of by the US military after sectarian fighting peaked in 2007.
Diyala provincial spokesman Salih Ebressim Khalil said fighters opened fire on the helicopter, killing one soldier, wounding another and forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing. The rest of the crew was unharmed….
In a statement posted online last Saturday, local al-Qaeda leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced a new campaign dubbed “Breaking the Walls”.
He said it sought to undermine the nation’s weakened Shia-led government by realigning with Sunni tribes, and returning to areas it was driven from before the American military withdrew from Iraq last December.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq is regarded by Iraqi officials as significantly weaker than at the peak of its strength in 2006 and 2007, but it is still capable of spectacular mass-casualty attacks across the country.…”

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Feared regime forces assault Syrian capital

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

An armed Syrian rebel wearing the jersey of FC Barcelona rests with comrades near the northern city of AleppoFeared forces led by President Bashar al-Assad's brother used helicopter gunships Sunday in a new assault on rebels in Damascus, activists said, as clashes also raged in Syria's second city Aleppo.

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Syria uses helicopters to battle rebels in capital

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed Sunday, July 15, 2012, purports to show Free Syrian Army soldiers clashing with Syrian government forces in Damascus, Syria. Syrian troops and rebels clashed inside Damascus for a second day on Monday, causing plumes of black smoke to drift over the city's skyline in some of the worst violence in the tightly controlled capital since the country's crisis began 16 months ago. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video) TV OUT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT, DATE, LOCATION OR AUTHENTICITY OF THIS MATERIALSyrian government forces backed by helicopter gunships battled rebels in heavy clashes with rebels in Damascus, a clear escalation in the most serious fighting in the capital since the country's conflict began last year, activists said.

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1 dead as shots hit helicopter used for Libya vote: army

July 6th, 2012 Comments off

Libyan men stand near an election campaign poster in SirteGunfire on Friday struck a helicopter transporting electoral material for Libya's vote, killing one person, an army spokesman said.

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Egypt’s ex-leader Mubarak faces verdict in Cairo

June 2nd, 2012 Comments off

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 file photo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attends a meeting with Emirates foreign minister, not pictured, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Guilty or not, Saturday's verdict in the Hosni Mubarak trial may only add to Egypt's polarization. The country is bracing for a heated runoff for president pitting the ousted leader's protege and last prime minister against an Islamist from a group that the old regime repeatedly cracked down.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak was ferried to court by helicopter Saturday to hear the verdict in his trial on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power.

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Syrian forces deploy tanks, helicopters

May 25th, 2012 Comments off

An image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows an anti-regime demonstration in the Daraa provinceTens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday as more than 30 people were reportedly killed across Syria, while security forces deployed tanks and helicopter gunships against rebels.

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Empire by the Numbers

November 26th, 2011 Comments off

Number of Pakistani troops killed at checkpoint Saturday by a US helicopter raid from Afghanistan: 25

Number of NATO supply trucks allowed to cross from Pakistan to Afghanistan Saturday: 0

Number of Afghan children killed near Qandahar Wednesday by a US air strike: 6

Percentage of Pakistanis [pdf] who want US troops out of Afghanistan: 69

Number of US troops now in Iraq: 18,000

Number of US troops in Iraq at height of war: 170,000

Number of bases US built in Iraq: 505

Number to be turned over to Iraq: 505

Percentage of Arab publics expressing favorable view of US in 2011: 26

In 2010: 10

Increase in Pentagon budget today over that in Reagan’s first term (when US faced Soviet threat): 11 %

Number of US troops President Obama deployed to Uganda last month: 100

Likely cut in Pentagon budget as a result of failure of super-committee to reach budget deal: 20%

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Regarding the claim that the US managed to kill those who downed the US helicopter

August 11th, 2011 Comments off
Rob sent me this comment:  “So we are expected to accept their word that they have identified (and executed) not only the planner or leader of that attack, but the particular foot soldier that launched the missile that brought that copter down??   I would laugh, but it’s all so fucking ugly.” 

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US kills those who caused a helicopter to experience "mechanical error"

August 11th, 2011 Comments off
However, Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon that the main Taliban leader in the area remained at large. He did not identify that insurgent commander, the hunt for whom set in motion the events that led to the crash of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter on Saturday.

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