Tuesday, January 08, 2008

More progress in Iraq

The US military, with their Iraqi partners, have launched another "major operation" all over the country to root out al-Qaeda. AP reports Operation "Phantom Phoenix" is a mission "hoping to build on a recent reduction of violence and push militants from their strongholds." Our old friend Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno says US and Iraqi forces will "continue to pursue al-Qaida and other extremists wherever they attempt to take sanctuary."

It seems you can chase them out of a stronghold, but you can't stop them from moving to another and anopther and another. Even with the assistance of our new buddies those concerned citizens the "awakening councils."

If fact, the past few days or so, the Awakening Councils have been taking it on the jaw. yesterday alone, there were 10 bombings aimed at them all over the country.


"On Monday, a double suicide bombing in Baghdad's northern Azamiyah district killed 12 people and wounded 28, including former police Col. Riyadh al-Samarrai, a key leader of the local awakening group. That attack came days after Osama bin Laden condemned the new American allies in an audiotape released Dec. 29, and said they would 'suffer in life and in the afterlife.'"

Osama Bin Laden? Wasn't W. going to bring him in "dead or alive" about 7 years ago? What the hell happened?

In "You're safer now" news, the CAP gap:

"The grounding of hundreds of F-15s because of dangerous structural defects is straining the nation's air-defense network, forcing some states to rely on their neighbors' fighter jets for protection, and Alaska to depend on the Canadian military." [AP]

And even better than that . . .

"For three weeks in November, Canadian CF-18s filled in for the F-15s over Alaska. Several times, the Canadian fighters scrambled to "do an identification" of Russian bombers flying exercises outside U.S. airspace near Alaska, said Maj. Mike Lagace, a Canadian military spokesman for NORAD. "

The Knucks are protecintg us from the Russians!

Defensetech reports:

"F-15 models A through D -- a total of 442 planes -- were ordered grounded by Air Combat Command,Langley Air Force Base, Va., late on Nov. 27, ACC spokesman Maj. Thomas Crosson said in an interview. The latest problem is with cracks in the planes' metal support beams, called longerons, that run the length of the aircraft, and make up the sill on which the canopy sits, Crosson told Military.com."

Nice, your tax dollars at work!


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