Thursday, September 16, 2021


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Here begins a series of short and terse blog entries courtesy Freeper.

The Australian submarine saga continues. Replacements for the Collins class submarines an on-going issue for some time and the subject of a number of previous blog entries. First the French, then the Japanese, and now ... .

Original story from ABC news.

"Australia to get nuclear-powered submarines, will scrap $90b program to build French-designed subs"

"Australia's next submarine fleet will be nuclear-powered under an audacious plan that will see a controversial $90 billion program to build up to 12 French-designed submarines scrapped. The ABC understands Australia will use American and British technology to configure its next submarine fleet in a bid to replace its existing Collins class subs with a boat more suitable to the deteriorating strategic environment."


My understanding the Australians and New Zealanders for that matter very GREEN and hesitant to go atomic. Nuclear-power for submarines normally reserved for those navies their mission requiring high speed, long-range, very long underwater endurance.

See previous blog entry [with many additional links] the Australian submarine replacement controversy:



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Germans in Vietnam? Germans? 

That allegation that the French Foreign Legion [FFL] during the First Indo-China war had recruited to service large numbers German nationals of dubious character, many having served in German units during World War Two the activity of which was characterized by war crimes and heinous atrocity.

Bernard B. Fall, writing in the context of the First Indochina War, has called the notion that the Foreign Legion [FFL] was mainly German at that time:

"a canard [a lie with malice] . . . As a rule, and in order to prevent any particular nation from making the Legion into a Praetorian guard [forming, or resembling the Roman imperial bodyguard], any particular national component is kept at about 25 percent of the total. Even supposing (and this was the case, of course) that the French recruiters, in the eagerness for candidates would sign up Germans enlisting as Swiss, Austrian, Scandinavian and other nationalities of related ethnic background, it is unlikely that the number of Germans in the Foreign Legion ever exceeded 35 percent. Thus, without making an allowance for losses, rotation, discharges, etc., the maximum number of Germans fighting in Indochina at any one time reached perhaps 7 000 out of 278 000. As to the ex-Nazis, the early arrivals contained a number of them, none of whom were known to be war criminals. French Intelligence saw to that. Since, in view of the rugged Indochinese climate, older men without previous tropical experience constituted more a liability than an asset, the average age of the Legion enlistees was about 23. At the time of the battle of Dien Bien Phu, any Legionnaire of that age group was at the worst, in his 'Hitler Youth' shorts when the [Third] Reich collapsed."

Consider also: Total numbers [by nationality] French Foreign Legion: [from inception until NOW!]

* Germany - - 210,000

Followed by:

* Italy - - 60,000
* France - - 50,000
* Spain - - 40,000
* Belgium - - 40,000
* Switzerland - - 30,000

Germany has contributed the most Legionnaires by far!! It takes the next five nationalities combined to exceed the German total! This from FFL records too!

Allegations unverified, not substantiated, scurrilous and even libelous? But widely believed?



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From the Internet web site of our good friend Commander Salamander some more analysis the Afghan defeat.

Devoted readers to the  blog will want to:

1. Read in entirety the Commander's blog entry.

2. See the two-hour CNN program as highlighted.

"Preliminary Commander's POSTEX on Afghanistan"

"CNN’s summary of Sunday’s 2-hr documentary on Afghanistan has some interesting quotes from the commanders – and a few errors – I [Salamander] thought we should start the week out with."

Also consider the various graphics as posted by the Commander. 

These two graphics in particular got my attention right away.

Iraq and Afghan the use of IED [Improvised Explosive Device] by the insurrectionists, the number total compared with those IED effective.

IED as used by the opposition to the allied forces in Iraq. Those effective small with regard to the number ineffective. Ineffective either from allied forces disarming or IED exploding but damage nil to slight. Even at a peak period only about 10 % of IED effective!

IED as used by the opposition to the allied forces in Afghan. So many non-effective! Again, that figure effective around 10 % at peak period of IED usage. IED obviously a threat but must not be over-rated?

Click on all images to see an enlarged view. Excellent graphics too!


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

SCUD 9K72.

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More war booty for the Taliban to rejoice over? Some pretty heavy type of ordnance captured but deemed as worthless?

From the Internet web site South Front and thanks to same.


"The Taliban reportedly found elements of the Soviet-made 9K72 Elbrus short-range ballistic missile [SCUD-B] systems, including 8K-14 (R-17) missiles, in the Panjshir Valley."

Missiles including what appears to be a warhead [inert?] just laying around. From the era of the Soviet invasion of Afghan. Missiles probably no longer functional in the open and exposed to the elements for a period of decades! Apparently the Soviet in Afghan did use SCUD to attack fortified military targets using strictly [?] conventional warheads. 

As I recall, the Islamic State also captured intact SCUD with launcher and warheads. Seems to have done them little if any good. But it does make for good Internet video footage.




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Place this one in the category of strange but true?

Thanks to the Internet web site Zero Hedge and the article by Tyler Durden.

"Footage of a war exercise in the busy streets of Latvia's capital, Riga, shows heavily armed soldiers firing assault rifles among frightened residents."

"According to RT News, videos of a field training exercise in Riga were first published online on Saturday morning, have since gone viral. Dozens of heavily armed soldiers conducted what appears to be urban warfare training, firing weapons with blank rounds.

This is MOUT [Military Operations Urban Terrain] exercise with the actual civilians present as it would be in real war. And was UNANNOUNCED? Many of those citizens probably thought it was as real invasion or terrorists at work. Could have caused read panic of no good to anyone.

MOUT you usually need mock-facilities [urban terrain] and a lot of preparation for training the troops in the actual techniques and methodology of urban warfare. Seems to be a rather poor degree of preparation in this instance, Latvian personnel their performance seems to have been in a less than professional manner. 


Tuesday, September 14, 2021


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"I know it when I see it, I just can't define it."

From that previous blog entry an AR-15 with "bump stock" not ruled by a military appeals court as a machine gun.

As extracted from the wiki and thanks to same:

"A machine gun is an auto-firing, rifled long-barrel autoloading firearm designed for sustained direct fire with fully powered cartridges. Other automatic firearms such as assault rifles and automatic rifles are typically designed more for firing short bursts rather than continuous firepower, and not considered machine guns. Squad automatic weapons, which fire the same (usually intermediate-powered) cartridge used by the other riflemen from the same combat unit, are functionally light machine guns though not called so. Submachine guns, which are capable of continuous rapid fire but using handgun cartridges, are also not technically regarded as true machine guns."

Those main criteria as defining a machine gun:

* ONLY auto-fire. * Hi-power military round [i.e. 7.62 X 51 mm NATO]. * Sustained auto fire.

Automatic weapons such as the Soviet-era RPK or RPD firing an intermediate round [7.62 X 39 mm].

Assault rifles such as the Soviet AK or the American M-16  capable of auto fire [with an intermediate round] but not SUSTAINED fire. 

A fully auto weapon such as the Beretta M12 firing a pistol round and appropriately referred to as a sub-machine gun.

Got it? General purpose machine guns [GP MG] too generally a CREW served weapon. 

NOW you know the rest of the story and are so much the better for it too!


Monday, September 13, 2021


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Out go the Americans, in come the Chinese?

My instantaneous thought was Talas, 751 A.D.

Chinese military presence in Central Asia not since the Tang Dynasty now a possible.

1. "China Reportedly Mulls Takeover Of Bagram Air Base After Hasty US Withdrawal"

"The Chinese military is considering a takeover of the former site of the U.S. Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s hasty withdrawal of troops from the country in late August, according to the U.S. News."

2. "Beijing Looking to Occupy Bagram Airfield via Ruling Taliban: Report"

"The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is looking to deploy personnel and set up a supply route in the formerly U.S.-controlled Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan under the blessings of an established Taliban government, according to a new report."

3. "China May Take Over Abandoned US Air Base After 'Humiliating Defeat' of America: Report"

"The communist nation [China] is reportedly looking to occupy Bagram Air Base, which was recently abandoned by the U.S. and taken over by the Taliban."

Chinese and Taliban hand-in-glove as they say? Strange indeed but geopolitical stratagems and considerations obviously in mind.

See further about Talas. High-water mark of the Tang Empire expansion into Central Asia. Chinese military defeat and withdrawal from the region a significant event in world history.



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More legal stuff with the military dimension.

Vaccine for the Covid-19 virus. Those refusing the inoculation NOT going to be dishonorably discharged? As is being proposed.

KWTX for the story and thanks to same.

"Proposal would ban dishonorable discharges for military members who refuse mandatory COVID vaccines"

"FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) - Federal lawmakers are backing legislation prohibiting dishonorable discharges for military service members who refuse to get their COVID-19 vaccine."

"When a soldier leaves the service, they receive one of a number of discharges. The most likely discharges are honorable, general under honorable or other than honorable. The worst is a diss honorable discharge, given to a soldier as a result of a court-martial for things like desertion, murder and other crimes."

As has been mentioned a number of times now,  American military personnel of whatever service BY LAW cannot refuse medical treatment. Medical treatment so broadly defined as to include any sort of prophylactic care. Inoculations of any sort included. Failure to comply with ordered medical treatment grounds for dismissal with less than honorable discharge. BY LAW.

A refusal under the proposed law will not warrant a dishonorable discharge but rather something less severe. Dishonorable discharge in the normal sense understood as being used to punish a serious offense of more violent and criminal nature.



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Some legal stuff with a military dimension.

Troop found innocent. An appeal of a previous guilty conviction successful.

Thanks to Zero Hedge the article by TYLER DURDEN the tip from TMGN.


"On Sept. 9, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that bump stocks are not machine guns in the case U.S. v. Ali Alkazahg. This is a big win for gun owners and reaffirms the fact that items that are not machine guns by legal definition cannot be classified as machine guns simply because the ATF 'feels' like they meet the definition. [ATF = Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms]

Click on image to see an enlarged view. Bump stock the term I was vaguely familiar with. Allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire in what seems to be an automatic manner, as would a conventional machine gun. The accused charged with having a machine gun but on appeal the verdict was over-turned. AR-15 in the military version called the M-16/M4 has the selector switch with the auto fire option. But that only the military weapon and not the civilian variety.

The bump stock however allows the weapon to function in apparently the same manner as a machine gun. I need to check with an acknowledged weapons authority as to what exactly is defined in the ordinary sense as a machine gun.


Saturday, September 11, 2021


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An idea good on paper but never will fly? Literally so!

"Lockheed nuclear Powered Flying Aircraft Carrier – We have the tech now, but… "


"Would cost 11+ bln today [$11 billion USD per plane not including the two dozen or so multi-role combat-aircraft] and now do-able if we wanted. A ridiculous plan in the past… but now?"

Atomic torpedo [Russian]. Atomic cruise missile [Russian]. The flying American aircraft carrier. Nuclear powered? Absurd. The "thing" will be so heavy with all the necessary shielding that the plane will not even be able to take off. Kept aloft for months [or longer?] no respite for the crew, supply a  constant problem [generals think logistics].


Dismiss this idea out of hand. Cost as well prohibitive. Although a state-of-the-art Ford class aircraft carrier as currently sent to sea by the U.S. Navy is comparable in cost.

"out of hand: 2. Without due discussion or consideration."

Perhaps dismissing "out of hand" all for the best!


Friday, September 10, 2021


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"The specialized unit [Badri 313] operating out of the former Kabul nursery school is named in homage to the Battle of Badr some 1,400 years ago, they say, in which the Prophet Muhammad’s 313-person army clocked a military victory against a much larger Quraysh force"

From the New York Post and the article by Hollie McKay and expose of the Taliban Badri 313 special operations units. Wear American uniforms, carry American weapons, from a distance can pass for an American troop.

"Inside the Taliban’s special forces ‘Suicide Squad’"

"The former school [as now occupied and the headquarters of the Badri 313 unit] now serves as the new base of the Taliban’s elite special forces unit known as Badri 313 or the 'Badri Command.' But it is not only home to the hardest of hard fighters, who roam the grounds clad in camouflage and touting an arsenal of American-made weapons, it is also for those training to become suicide – or martyrdom – bombers too."

Badri 313 not only conventional combat fighters but also those who do suicide missions [wearing a body-vest of explosives]. A potent combination more than anything else demoralizing to the foe.


This Hafiz the commander. Has he been to Command & General Staff school yet?


Number # 11.

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As extracted from the South Asia Terrorism Portal and thanks to same the article by Ajit Kumar Singh.

Comments on American disaster in Afghan. Understand also an event of considerable interest to the government and security forces [SF] of India. Security Forces generally defined as the combination of military, paramilitary, and police.

"Ignominious Retreat"

From the # 11 Assessment:

Hardly can it be said the Afghan security forces allied with the American military did not fight and die. Consider the period: 2009 - (data till September 4, 2021).. 

"Further at least 68,713 Security Force (SF) personnel, including 4,813 in 2021 alone, have been killed during this period. The number of terrorists killed during this period stands at 115,909, including 19,776 in 2021 alone. The number of SF personnel killed in 2009 was 900 and that of terrorists at 4,610."

Elements of Al Qaeda in Afghan rather more active than I hardly want to believe.

"Al-Qaida is present in at least 15 Afghan provinces, primarily in the eastern, southern and south-eastern regions. Its weekly Thabat newsletter reports on its operations inside Afghanistan. Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operates under Taliban protection from Kandahar, Helmand and Nimruz Provinces."

Regarding AQIS:

"AQIS, is an Islamist militant organization which aims to fight the governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh"

Listen very closely and you might hear a long and satisfied chuckle from Osama himself? I hate to think so.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

1 Yorks.

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English soldiers behaving badly! Illegal drug use resulting in soldiers being cashiered. Cocaine use mostly. For shame.

Yet more from the Russian Internet media.

"19 Soldiers Face The Boot As ‘Off The Scale’ Drug Bust in UK Army Raises 'Serious Questions'"

"give (one) the boot: 1. To fire one."

"Data for 2019 showed that 660 UK army soldiers and reservists - nearly the equivalent of a battalion – were discharged after testing positive for illicit substances, mostly cocaine, in mandatory tests (CDTs), an increase from 580 in 2017."

"The soldiers – mostly of Private rank with at least one a Lance Corporal – hail from the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment."


See previous blog entries drug use within the British military:



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Too loud? British soldiers in trouble? Back to the drawing board?

From the Russian media outlet Russian Times.

"300 British troops offered hearing loss tests after £5.5bn Ajax tank trials halted over noise complaints"

Ajax not really a tank as that word tank understood. An armored fighting vehicle more properly described.

"More than 300 British soldiers are being offered hearing loss assessments after trials of the £5.5 billion Ajax armoured vehicle programme were halted due to an excessive number of noise complaints, a minister has admitted."

My instantaneous reaction to the Sputnik article is the American Gama Goat military vehicle from the era of the 1960's and 1970's. A never-ending [and never resolved] problem with the Gama Goat the noise level.

"Unit commanders and drivers told us that engine noise, which they say has been measured at about 95 decibels, restricts the vehicle's [Gama Goat] usefulness and that necessary constant on-the-move radio communication is impossible because of the excessive noise of the engine. Drivers have been issued earplugs when operating the vehicle but said that the plugs prevent them from hearing commands and instructions. Excessive noise also contributes to the severity of mechanical breakdowns because mechanical failures are not heard in the early stages. Eighty-three percent of the personnel interviewed by the Army rated the noise level loud to deafening."

Click to see an enlarged image. Gama Goat an all-purpose transport vehicle. Not just a prime mover pulling a trailer. One GI appears to be sleeping and the other rather nonchalant. Dig the old style uniforms. You can see the proximity of the engine to the operating personnel would create a lot of difficulties with hearing. Just too loud. Ear plugs not really providing desired level of protection. On the contrary earplugs rather create a false sense of security can even injurious to the user.. 

Institutional memory by the design team for Ajax missing? Soldiers losing their hearing no good to anyone. Retired with permanent disability. 


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Panjshir II.


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From various Russian Internet media outlets.

Fighting in the Panjshir valley continues? Fighting in the Panjshir valley is all over?

The Pashtun Taliban have defeated once and for all the Tajik?

See my previous blog entry Tajik resistance to full and complete Taliban dominion in Afghan.

1. "Afghan resistance rejects Taliban claims of gaining ‘full control’ of Panjshir province"

2. "‘War has ended’ in Afghanistan, Taliban says, despite resistance’s claims that Panjshir Valley is still not lost"

3. "Afghan Resistance Forces Accuse Pakistan of Providing Air, Ground Support to the Taliban in Panjshir"

Afghan a tribal nation now and has always been so. A strong central government never has worked in Afghan and probably never will. Pashtun heavy-handed rule will only result in civil war and further destruction. Even if the Tajik defeated NOW, don't count on them and other groups  going out quietly.



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For such a powerful and distinguished American Senator to have even suggested such a thing seems ridiculous to me. Preposterous even. But it seems to be so. 

From the Russian Internet media outlet Sputnik:

1. "US Troops 'Will Be Going Back Into Afghanistan': Lindsey Graham"

"Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has been ramping up calls to impeach US President Joe Biden over the hectic troop pullout from Afghanistan, insisting that the 'derelict' commander-in-chief had 'ignored sound advice' in relation to the withdrawal operation."

"Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) believes that American troops will return to Afghanistan despite the chaotic military withdrawal from the country that was completed on 30 August."

Presumably the presence of American military forces in Afghan would to aid and enable the Taliban to defeat remnants of Islamic State Khorasan and Al Qaeda still present in Afghan.

Special operations [USA] combat elements guiding drone air strikes a possible??

Also see from the Internet web site Anti-War.

2. "Taliban Declare Do Not Want American Help in Fighting ISIS — Afghan Civilians Breathe a Sigh of Relief"

"Probably a lot safer for Afghan civilians this way"

Anti-War is referring to those drone strikes with Afghan civilians killed!


Tuesday, September 7, 2021


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Once more from the Internet web blog of G2mil and thanks to same.

Observations the Covid-19 pandemic within the military context.

"Motorcycle Pandemic"

"Those in our military are healthier than the average citizen. The US Navy reports that 12 sailors have died from COVID, yet also reports that 28 sailors died from motorcycle accidents in 2020 and 2021. COVID didn't start killing people until the Spring of 2020, but it's accurate to say motorcycle riding kills twice more sailors than COVID. US Marines are fitter than sailors and none have died from COVID, yet 16 were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2020 and 2021."


* Military recruits screened for pre-existing medical conditions prior to enlistment.

* Military personnel fed and eat a better diet than the average citizen.

* Military personnel subjected to all sorts of prophylactic medical treatments.

* Military personnel much younger than the average adult. Their immune system more robust.

* In finality, if you are under the age of fifty the chances of you dying from the Covid-19 virus very small indeed.

G2mil his reasoning sound. More troops killed by motorcycle accidents than by the virus.

G2mil very often iconoclastic. But his observations cannot be denied.

"iconoclastic: adjective. attacking or ignoring cherished beliefs and long-held traditions,"

See previous entries the virus pandemic and the military dimension:


Pratas ADIZ.

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Here is the type of alarmist [?] headline that G2mil was speaking of.

From the Internet web site "Zero Hedge" and the article by TYLER DURDEN.

"Taiwan Scrambles Jets Against Renewed Large Chinese Aerial Incursion"

"Taiwan's air force has once again scrambled fighter jets to repel a largescale Chinese military aircraft incursion of the island's defense zone."

"Though this has become a near weekly occurrence at this point, Sunday's Chinese incursion was notably large, with 19 aircraft including nuclear capable bombers entering Taiwan's air defense identification zone [ADIZ]."

Click on image to see an enlarged view. Green represents the two Su-30. Red represents the two J-16. That boxed area represents the Taiwanese defined ADIZ. Such an incursion warrants alarmist headlines?

As reported by the Taiwanese Republic of China [ROC] national defense:

"Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C.

4 PLA aircraft (SU-30*2 and J-16*2)  entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ in the morning of September 6, 2021."

See additional previous blog entry the same topic:

The way it sounds in the media Chinese combat warplanes making high-speed passes directly over Taipei. Scaring the willies out of everyone. It is not so.

"willies: noun plural. Feelings of uneasiness. n. A feeling of nervousness or fear."


Monday, September 6, 2021


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Those twenty-seven American combat aviators did not resign their commissions in protest to being ordered to take the Covid-19 vaxx inoculation? Until further clarification it seems this is all a hoax.

As is alleged twelve pilots F-22 pilots and fifteen B-52 bomber pilots gone in the proverbial heart beat. Refusing an order of medical treatment.

NONE of this is so?

1. "Fact Check: NO Evidence That 27 U.S. Air Force Pilots Resigned Over COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate"

2. "FACT CHECK: Pentagon's Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Makes 27 US Air Force Pilots Resign?"

The source [?] for the story being the Internet web site Real Raw News. The disclaimer for the web site states quite clearly:

"Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel."

A story NONETHELESS accepted as fact and repeated.



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HEY, I thought all USA military forces were done gone from vicinity of Afghan and had been so for weeks prior to the Taliban take-over. This is not true?

As we speak American troops in Pakistan. Awaiting [?] transport back to the USA.


"US troops lingering in Pakistan ring alarm bells - - Pakistan denies US troops leaving Afghanistan will be allowed access to its bases but hundreds are now inexplicably in-country"

"PESHAWAR – Although Pakistan officially acknowledged the landing of military planes carrying hundreds of US troops from Afghanistan at Islamabad airport on August 29, it’s still not clear why many are still lingering in the country and not returning to the US or Qatar airbase."

Indeed, inexplicable! Perhaps those "hundreds" have already departed Peshawar homeward-bound hopefully.



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"All of the aircraft were spotted southwest of Taiwan, between the main island and the Taiwanese-held Dongsha Islands"

Dongsha also referred to as Pratas.  This post courtesy Freeper.

Here with an instance of exaggeration as previously elaborated upon?

"Pompeo calls on U.S. to stand with Taiwan after PLA planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ"

"Washington, Sept. 5 (CNA) Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday called on the U.S. to stand with Taiwan after 19 Chinese military aircraft, a majority of them being fighter jets, flew into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) early Sunday."

Dongsha [Pratas] that orange blob. Distance between Kaohsiung City and Dongsha about two-hundred forty miles [384 kilometers]. Distance between Taipei City and Dongsha about four-hundred twenty miles [672 kilometers]. Taiwanese ADIZ extends too far out beyond normal to be credible? Unscheduled flights in the ADIZ failing to identify when hailed labeled as hostile/intruder but not for good reason? 

G2mil correct? Taiwan ADIZ having been designated by American general officers in the aftermath of WW2 no longer valid? That result excessively alarmist headlines that does no one any good?


Sunday, September 5, 2021

1st Fighter.

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Also this very major. And additionally in a disastrous way!

F-22 Raptor fighter wing a mass resignation of pilots!

From the Daily Mail and thanks to same. English tabloids for some strange reason cover material not to be found the USA media. And we are all the worse for it too.

"27 U.S. Air Force Pilots Resign Over Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate"

"Twenty-seven active-duty U.S. Air Force pilots have resigned their commissions over the unconstitutionality of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s mandate requiring all Armed Forces members to at once receive a Covid-19 vaccination"

"The exodus began on August 27, with 12 pilots from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, submitting to their commanding officer letters of resignation only hours after they received a 4:00 a.m. text message instructing them to submit to mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations by 10:00 a.m. that same day. It’s unknown whether the pilots collaborated ahead of resigning, but all 12 resignations were handed in within a 90-minute period."



* As far as I know, such a mass resignation is unprecedented. Career officers of the most profound ability leaving the military service en masse again NEVER heard of.

* Pilots flying the F-22 Raptor top-of-the-line fighter plane hard to replace. And a group of them all at once departing substitutes going to be hard to find if not even available at all!!

* The manner with this edict [order] promulgated very grating too. You receive the text in the early hours of the morning and told you must comply that same morning. I imagine these proud pilots insulted in the extreme. Their resignations totally understood.




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“It basically ceded a huge amount of authority and power and influence in the world from the West to the authoritarian states,” ~Colonel Richard Kemp.

From the Liberty Beacon and the article By John Solomon


"Former British commander in Afghanistan calls Biden’s exit the greatest disaster since World War II"

"The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan eviscerated President Joe Biden for the sloppy U.S. exit, calling it a 'self-inflicted wound' that damages American prestige for decades and is more consequential to global security than the Vietnam war or the Sept. 11 terror attacks."

“'It basically ceded a huge amount of authority and power and influence in the world from the West to the authoritarian states of Iran and North Korea, but particularly China and Russia,' retired Colonel Richard Kemp told Breitbart News on Thursday."

Indeed this is very heavy stuff and I fear accurate in the main. Some persons are even suggesting this is a Valerian moment for the American nation. A traumatic crisis for the psyche that will have ever-lasting  consequences and negative ramifications more or less forever.

Valerian the Roman Emperor captured in battle and dying in captivity. "The unprecedented event and the unknown fate of the captured emperor generated a variety of different reactions [causing shock and instability throughout the Roman Empire]". 



Saturday, September 4, 2021


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"The Air Force did not say how the GBU-31/Bs had been modified to enable them to engage moving targets. Standard JDAMs have a GPS-assisted Inertial Navigation System (INS) guidance system that can only be used to point them at specific coordinates."

"The Air Force Is Developing Smart Bombs With 'Torpedo-Like' Ship Killing Capability"

"A recent test explored the use of modified Joint Direct Attack Munition bombs against static and moving targets at sea."

From the Internet web site "The Drive" and the article BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK 

See my previous blog entry:

Others are asking the same question as I did. HOW has the basic JDAM system been modified so as to be able to hit a MOVING target? JDAM normally only [?] used against a static target the GPS coordinates of which are well established.

A "mix of options" are available to make the JDAM system more robust?

"Some sort of multi-mode guidance system with a mix of options, such as millimeter-wave radar and imagining infrared seekers, in addition to the JDAM's standard GPS/INS combination, could provide this capability. The Air Force already has at least one weapon, the GBU-53/B StormBreaker, in service now with this kind of seeker system."

Think also from the era of WW2 and the German glide bombs Fritz-X and Henschel 293. Effective against naval targets moving. 

This improved version JDAM weapon it is quite clear to me is aimed [quite literally so] at the Chinese navy. Beware China, your naval assets now in much more precarious position. So is the message!



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"Unlike the Pentagon’s enormous, overly bureaucratic, and inflexible security cooperation enterprise, the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all blueprint."

CIA armies better defined as CIA paramilitary?

2506 = Assault brigade Cuban exiles, Bay of Pigs.

From the Foreign Policy Internet web site.

"The CIA Is Better Than the U.S. Military at Creating Foreign Armies"

"The failure of the Afghan army is a reminder that Pentagon-led security cooperation programs are more expensive and less effective than those led by spies."


The American military organizing and equipping foreign armies the results often either disastrous or much less than satisfactory as originally envisioned.

To include:

* Vietnam.

* Iraq.

* Afghan.

* Lebanon.

A major reason for CIA success being that paramilitary rather than conventional army organization and equipment tends to be much more simple and less sophisticated? Paramilitary logistics less a consideration other than combat arms, logistics needs not to be so sophisticated and highly developed?

"The basic weapon of choice for those units that the CIA has historically supported tends to be the cheaper and easier-to-use Kalashnikov rifle, with heavier weapons including machine guns and anti-armor being likewise from Russian-made inventories. Another advantage is that the weapons and their ammunition are equally almost always compatible with those being fielded by their enemies, should rounds or replacements need to be found on the battlefield. Even light artillery and aviation assets (generally, rotary wing) derived from Russian models are likely to be cheaper and easier to maintain."

Recall too the CIA disastrous and high embarrassing effort too overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro using a Cuban exile paramilitary "army". CIA hardly immune from failure.


Friday, September 3, 2021


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Executed! Milice!

From the Internet web site Executed Today and thanks to same.

French collaborators WW2 executed. Members of the odious Vichy paramilitary Milice.

"1944: Six Milice collaborators in France"

"On this date [2 September] in 1944, just days after the Liberation of Paris secured the restoration of the French Republic, six collaborators were publicly shot in the foothills of the French Alps. They were the condemned of the first court-martial to sit in liberated France."

"The French Resistance considered the Milice more dangerous than the Gestapo and SS because they were native Frenchmen who understood local dialects fluently, had extensive knowledge of the towns and countryside, and knew local people and informants. This brutal legacy resulted in the word 'Milice' having a stigma of subservience to Nazism after the war."

Vichy paramilitary Milice head-knockers collaborating with the German occupier during WW2. Despised and their legacy in France obviously a huge negative. Some summarily executed when caught by locals, others their fate determined by court ordered swift-and-sure judgment.

Milice recruits normally from the lower levels of French society, common petty criminals, town bullies, less than savory characters taking advantage of a situation? Hardly dedicated and devoted fascists?

Justice was done!



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Chinese take heed!

United States Air Force [USAF] demonstrating an ability to successfully bomb "moving and static" naval targets.


"F-15E Strike Eagles Tested Modified 2,000-pound GBU-31 JDAMs On Maritime Targets"

Thanks to the Internet web site The Aviationist.

"Three F-15E Strike Eagles from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron supported a test as part of the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on Aug. 26, 2021."

"Tests with the GBU-31 pave the way for the use of Joint Direct Attack Munitions against 'moving and static maritime targets'”.

At least to my knowledge JDAM only effective with Global Positioning System [GPS] coordinates of the target pre-loaded. Hard to use against a moving target such as a large warship. Such a "handicap' has been overcome?

And YES, USAF F-15E flying missions as an important adjunct to naval combat aviation a big plus. F-15E with mid-air refueling capability can range far-and-wide over the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean.


Thursday, September 2, 2021


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Freelance rescue effort Afghan gone awry. Such as is reported.

American Congressman missing! Thanks to Breitbart.

"Report: Oklahoma Congressman Missing After Secret Rescue Attempt in Afghanistan"

"Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has reportedly gone missing after attempting a rogue evacuation mission to rescue five American citizens that President Joe Biden’s administration left behind in Afghanistan."

"According to the Washington Post, U.S. officials are now 'unsure of Mullin’s location' after he requested help from the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan on Monday with his evacuation of a woman and her four children."

Markwayne will be captured by the Taliban and held as a hostage? Appear on world television and the Internet and be forced to make all sorts of false confessions?

See previous blog entry with additional embedded links, the topic freelance rescue missions Afghan:

Leave such rescue and evacuation missions unofficial to the professionals.

P.S.: Markwayne safe and sound. We should all be relieved.



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Extracts with my comments from an article by Bing West. As totally 100 % relevant to the Afghan situation but way beyond that too.


1. Fighting capacity and resolve of the Askari [Afghan National Army] rather decent AS LONG AS a rather minute number [2,500 USA troops] of American military remained in the country.

"The U.S. military presence, albeit tiny, motivated the beleaguered Afghan soldiers. When the Taliban massed to hit the defenses of a city, the askaris defended their positions and the U.S. air pounced on targets." 

"In truth, the Afghan soldiers did fight, suffering 60,000 killed in the war. Their talisman was the American military. No matter how tough the conditions, somehow an American voice crackled over the radio, followed by thunder from the air. Those few Americans were the steel rods in the concrete. When that steel was pulled out, the concrete crumbled. The spirit of the Afghan army was broken."

"The moral is to the physical as three to one." - - Napoleon.

"talisman: 2: something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects"

2. Vital American presence now gone from Afghanistan. An element critical and apparently irreplaceable beyond fighting and holding the line against the Taliban insurgents.

"our [USA] presence provided a massive spy network and electronic listening post in central Asia, able to monitor Russia, China, Pakistan, and Iran. At a cost of no American lives and 5 percent of the defense budget, Afghanistan had reached a stalemate sustainable indefinitely at modest cost."

I reiterate: "a stalemate sustainable indefinitely at modest cost"

3. American youth that small number who enlist their trust and confidence going to be greatly diminished by the defeat in Afghan.

"Our military reputation has been gravely diminished. The 1 percent of American youths who volunteer to serve are heavily influenced by their families. About 70 percent of service members have a relative who served before them."

Military service will not be valued anymore. Your duty is wasted by bad decisions made by weak-kneed and just plain dumb politicians who do not have your back.

That curriculum vitae of Bing West most impressive. When Bing speaks we all need to listen!

And as to the question of who will trust the USA in the future. NO ONE!


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Vaxx Covid.

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And this is not going over well with the troops!

Thanks to World Net Daily and Joseph Farah.

"U.S. troops speak out against COVID-vaccine mandate"

"A Republican congressman who has proposed a bill to block federal funding of the U.S. military vaccine mandate hosted a conference call with troops who warn the mandate could harm military readiness."

"The service members say many of their colleagues feel the same way but are not speaking out because of the possible consequences"

Recall by law that American military personnel cannot refuse medical treatment. Treatment so broadly defined as to include any sort of prophylactics. Such as inoculations for disease.

Failure to comply with an order to receive an inoculation can result in your being cashiered from the military with a less than honorable discharge.

"prophylactics: adj. Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective."

"cashier: verb [ T ] to officially dismiss (= remove from a job) a person from a military organization, especially making them lose their honor at the same time"



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From Bayou Renaissance Man an update, the evacuation from Afghan continues.

"Some boots-on-the-ground information out of Afghanistan"

First paragraph as copied in entirety:

"I [Bayou Renaissance Man] didn't say anything about 'unofficial" operations going on in Afghanistan while our forces were still there, because feedback reaching me was that there was extreme tension between the US military command there and independent groups that were doing what US troops had been forbidden to do.  Basically, our troops on the ground actively supported and encouraged what the unofficial groups were trying to do, while their senior commanders appear to have been under orders to not only discourage it, but actively interfere with it and shut it down wherever possible."

I recommend devoted readers to the blog read the Bayou Renaissance entire article. Official evacuation from Afghan has ended. UNOFFICIAL evacuation has NOT ENDED.

See recent previous pertinent blog entries:

Afghan special operations elite military personnel doomed to death if caught by the Taliban. Their evacuation from Afghan a necessity. Special ops guys too have real guts.



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Some Afghan miscellany that might surprise!

"miscellany: n. A collection of various items, parts, or ingredients, especially one composed of diverse literary works."

First from the Internet web site

1. "That’s $300 million dollars per day". USD $.

"In the 20 years since September 11, 2001, the United States has spent more than $2 trillion on the war in Afghanistan"

In American parlance a thousand billion is a trillion!! "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money".

2. "Afghan commandos could fight for British Army like Gurkhas"

Askari [Afghan soldiers that fought with the British] their special forces commando units, an elite, and as evacuated from Afghan to be incorporated into the British Army?

"Afghan special forces personnel could become a new regiment of the Army akin to the Gurkhas under proposals put forward to ministers"

Elite troops trained and experienced and continuing to be organized and fighting as Askari can be a great asset to the British? Probably so.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021


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"It [Singapore] is next to the Straits of Malacca, the most heavily used shipping channel in the world and vital to the Chinese economy."

RSN = Republic of Singapore Navy. 

South China Sea. Singapore enters the fray! FONOP! From Strategy Page and thanks to same.

"Forces: Singapore Confronts China"

"August 30, 2021: Singapore recently took part in a very visible confrontation with China. In late July there was a major international FONOP (freedom of navigation operations) in the South China Sea to confirm international access and defy Chinese claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea and control over who enters these waters."

"The late July FONOP was carried out by a carrier task force led by the new British carrier Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by seven other ships, including an American destroyer and frigates from the Netherlands, Britain and Singapore. There were also two other Singapore Navy ships; an amphibious assault vessel and an offshore patrol vessel."

Malacca vital to the Chinese economy but also for the economies of Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea. Of most vital importance the shipping of Middle Eastern OIL!

See previous blog entries the topic FONOP South China Sea:


Monday, August 30, 2021


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ADIZ = Air Defense Identification Zone.

Thanks to G2mil, Carlton Meyer.

Exaggeration, USA media? Can it be so? Intruder bandit aircraft?

"I [G2mil] frequently see news stories about China's aggressive behavior. A common story is about Chinese aircraft entering Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone. This suggests Chinese aircraft cross into Taiwanese airspace less than 12 miles from its coastline, but they don't come near Taiwan. This zone is an area designated by Generals where foreign military aircraft are tracked. Taiwan's zone extends into mainland China! News organizations must know this, but some are required to constantly release Pentagon propaganda."

"An air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is airspace over land or water in which the identification, location, and control of civil aircraft is performed in the interest of national security. They may extend beyond a country's territory to give the country more time to respond to possibly hostile aircraft. The concept of an ADIZ is not defined in any international treaty and is not regulated by any international body."

"Aggressive behavior" on the part of mainland Chinese Communist military aviation highly exaggerated. Unscheduled aircraft flying in the Taiwanese ADIZ and failing to identify themselves not really a threat to Taipei. Chinese military aviation on normal routine flights within their own airspace hardly can be considered to be "intruders" and representing a threat to the Taiwanese. Click in image to see an enlarged view.

G2mil his observations often quite acerbic and iconoclastic but often valid and cannot be ignored. Thank you G2mil.



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Confirmed! Thousands?

Courtesy Breitbart.

Islamic State Khorasan [ISKP] active in Afghan and having perpetrated the suicide bombing at Kabul airport the Taliban have released as alleged "thousands" of ISIP prisoners as previously captured.

"Pentagon Confirms ‘Thousands’ of Islamic State Prisoners Released by Taliban"

"Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed Friday that 'thousands' of Islamic State prisoners were freed after the United States handed over bases to the Afghan government."

"The freeing of thousands of Islamic State prisoners is under scrutiny after an Islamic State suicide attacker killed 13 American service members and a number of Afghan and other nations’ civilians at a gate at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday."

Taliban a predominantly Pushtun ethnic movement. ISKP more of an international terrorist organization in contrast. Goals between the two groups differ. The Afghan highly against any foreign presence. Fighting of a very significant nature must have been occurring and for a long time that so many ISKP prisoner in captivity.

See previous blog entry, covert American airstrikes IN SUPPORT OF THE TALIBAN perhaps not such a rare occurrence.


Sunday, August 29, 2021


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Success or die? Failure is not an option?

Military loss or defeat in revolutionary regimes often meaning for the commander the death penalty.

 "1793: Adam Philippe, Comte de Custine"

"The best defense would have been a good offense for French General Adam Philippe, Comte de Custine — guillotined in Paris this date [August 28] in 1793 for inadequacy in command of the French revolutionary armies fighting continental monarchist armies."

"You must be this tall to go on the General Moustache* ride, and poor results in the field at this time could leave you shorter. Losing to the enemy looked an awful lot like conspiring with the enemy, especially when there was a 'Comte' in your name."

Consider also from a much more recent period those Soviet military commanders their "inadequacy" also resulting in the death penalty.

"1941 Red Army Purge"

"Between October 1940 and February 1942, in spite of the ongoing German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Red Army, in particular the Soviet Air Force, as well as Soviet military-related industries were subjected to purges by Stalin"

Purges of the Red Army PRIOR to WW2 I was familiar with. Those most senior military commanders many hundreds of them subjected to mock trials and executed with all due speed as the saying goes.

See previous blog entry, Red Army tank men abandoning their vehicles because of "breakdown" suspected by Stalin of  "wrecking", deliberate sabotage to avoid battle.

Being a revolutionary often can be a bitch! And be prepared for it.



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American commercial aircraft activated for a wartime mission.

It seems I was wrong. CRAF has been used previously. 

From the Webzine of the Coffee or Die Internet website courtesy the article by Matt Fratus.


"For just the third time in history, passenger airliners from several major American airlines have been activated to help carry out an emergency airborne evacuation — this time, to help American citizens, Afghan partner forces, and Afghan refugees escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. "

Previous instances of CRAF activation to include and now additionally Afghan:

* 2001. Iraq War I.

* 2003. Iraq War II.

*  2021. Afghanistan.


Pilots the preponderance either ex-military or reservists/National Guard aviators in some capacity. Very adept airmen, pilots with A LOT of experience.

Nonetheless, as I previously mentioned, the mere activation of CRAF surely is an indication of a desperate situation the amelioration of which cannot be accomplished with using assets on had.


Saturday, August 28, 2021


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Noble and just. That is what I say.

Yet another "Pineapple" mission Afghan. This one deemed digital Dunkirk.

From the Daily Mail English tabloid and thanks to same.

"US Army veterans are using satellite maps to spot Taliban checkpoints and guide Afghan interpreters they used to work with through safe routes to Kabul airport"

* "A group led by veterans is working to help Afghan interpreters who served as U.S. allies during the war evacuate the nation safely amid the Taliban's takeover"

Real-time intelligence as provided to those hoping to flee Afghan and evade the Taliban. Satellite images, commercial, gleaned by "amateurs" but perhaps more than amateurs.

See previous blog entry as germane.

Consider this comment to the Daily Mail article:

"speedking, gloucester, 4 days ago

Well it's a good job the Taliban don't get online to read anything. No wait, maybe they do."




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"It ain't over until it's over."

Just as you thought the dust was finally settling the Afghan situation is again roiled.

From the Internet web site Soldier of Fortune and thanks to same.

As it has been in Afghan in the past so shall it be once more? No one ethnicity in Afghan ever able to completely dominate! Taliban beware. Note even a breather and a new conflict begins?

1. "The Resistance to the Taliban in On, as the 'lion of the Panjshir’s ' son mobilizes resistance"

"The Taliban are dispatching hundreds of fighters to the Panjshir Valley, 150 kilometers [93 miles] north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, to try to stamp out an emerging resistance movement led by the son of a warlord who defied them the last time they ruled Afghanistan 20 years ago."

As goes Masood [father] so goes Masood [son]? Enemies and in opposition to the Taliban. We shall see.

2. "Dostum, the Afghan Warlord Who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime is back?"

Dostum and Masood both Tajik ethnics. Not Pashtun as are the Taliban. Rivals. Another Northern Alliance allied with the USA forming as was in the days of September 2001?

Don't expect American aid and assistance to Masood [the son] and Dostum? Too much water over the dam so to speak for WASH DC? No more Afghan!


Friday, August 27, 2021


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From the Internet web site Bayou Renaissance Man and thanks to same.

The more you know the worse it gets. Afghan.

"This can't just be stupidity - it's too stupid for that. There HAS to be actual malice involved."

 "I [Bayou Renaissance Man] was utterly flabbergasted to read this report yesterday"

"U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a choice that's prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials."

"The move, detailed to POLITICO by three U.S. and congressional officials, was designed to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country."

In conclusion the observation of Bayou Renaissance Man:

"This is so incredible, so absolutely, sickeningly incompetent, that I don't believe it can be incompetence alone.  There HAS to have been actual malice involved"




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From a variety of sources:

1. "Here’s all the US military equipment that likely ended up in Taliban hands"

"A windfall for the Taliban."

"windfall noun: 2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage"

2 "The Taliban is flaunting captured U.S. weapons that may be worth billions. Can it use them?"

3. "As the Taliban swept into power across Afghanistan, it captured many millions, perhaps billions, of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment that had once belonged to Afghan forces."

4. "Taliban Got Huge Amount of Weapons, Including Over 100 MANPADS: Russian Defense Minister"

"MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Taliban* got a huge amount of weapons after taking over Afghanistan, including more than a hundred man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), and this poses a threat, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday."

5. "UPDATE: Biden’s Gift to Taliban Included 110 Helicopters, 20 Light Attack Airplanes, 42,000 Light Attack Vehicles, 25,000 Grenade Launchers"

MANPADS those pea-shooter shoulder-fired, one-man anti-aircraft missiles. Probably of the Stinger variety. Deadly and possibly now in the hands of the highest-bidder terrorist group. If not now soon will be.



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As of today and as seen at the Internet web site

American special operations personnel with experience in Afghan enter the fray and in an UNOFFICIAL capacity.

Rescue Afghan comrades-at-arms in grave danger. Working in tandem with the American military but again UNOFFICIALLY without full 100 % authorization of the U.S. government.

This is the "Pineapple Express" as deemed.

"This Herculean effort couldn’t have been done without the unofficial heroes inside the airfield who defied their orders"

"An all-volunteer group of American veterans launched a mission on Wednesday night — dubbed the 'Pineapple Express' — to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety".

Good-luck everyone and hope for success. What those veterans are doing takes a lot of guts.

See further:

"US special operations vets carry out daring mission to save Afghan allies"