U.S. warplanes take out ISIS sleeper cell in Iraq

 

U.S. and allied warplanes destroyed an Islamic State sleeper cell near the terror group’s former stronghold of Mosul Tuesday, ending with roughly 12 jihadists dead, military officials in Baghdad say.

The strikes targeted a segment of underground bunkers and tunnels used by Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters to defend the northern Iraqi city against Iraqi troops, backed by U.S. and coalition airpower, during last year’s offensive to retake Mosul.

The recent airstrikes come amid questions whether the White House and the Pentagon will maintain its military presence in Iraq to support Baghdad’s efforts to stamp out remaining ISIS cells, or withdraw U.S. troops from the country. The Trump administration has already indicated its desire to scale back American military forces battling the Islamic State in Syria.

Source: U.S. warplanes take out ISIS sleeper cell in Iraq

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation – BBC News

Israel confirms the US-made F-35, from the world’s costliest military programme, was used recently.

  • Developed by Lockheed Martin and first flown in 2006, the main reason for the fighter is its versatility, projected to serve the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy in one design
  • Three variants: conventional takeoff (A); short takeoff and vertical landing (B) and carrier-based catapult (C)
  • Stealth is clearly a key factor, its airframe and design materials allow pilots to penetrate areas without being detected by radar
  • This gives it a small radar cross-section, which is said to allow it to engage enemy aircraft before they see it. A helmet-mounted display system means the jet does not have to be pointing at its target to fire weapons
  • But it’s the sensors, communications and avionics that it trumpets the most – data is shared immediately with operational commanders, and pilots can track the enemy, jam radars and thwart attacks

Source: F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation – BBC News

As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan | Fox News

As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan.

As of early May, ISIS holds only two small pockets of territory in eastern Syria, and none in Iraq.

U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have since returned to eastern Syria following Turkey’s incursion into northwest Syria, drawing Kurdish fighters from the fight against ISIS. The SDF recently announced it is once again fully committed to defeating ISIS.

Air Force A-10 jets and drones were recently called to thwart a battle against the Taliban in western Afghanistan, when the city of Farah was threatened.

Source: As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan | Fox News

 

Local community honors veterans on Armed Forces Day

 

In celebration of Armed Forces Day, a local community honored veterans in a ceremony Saturday.

The Reserve Township Commissioners held the “Dedication of our Military Banners” ceremony at the memorial on Mt. Troy Road at 9 a.m.

“We just felt this was a great way of showing respect to our residents and loved ones that put time in the armed services,” said Ron Neurohr, chairman of the township board, who helped organize the ceremony.

Source: Local community honors veterans on Armed Forces Day

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U.N. Chief: Halt ‘All Hostile Acts’ in the Middle East | Time

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” to avoid “a new conflagration” in the Middle East after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria.

Guterres’ comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel. Israel said the strikes early Thursday were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights and has called on the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general to immediately condemn Iran’s attack.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Israel’s attacks and called it a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

Source: U.N. Chief: Halt ‘All Hostile Acts’ in the Middle East | Time

North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site this month – CNN

(CNN) — North Korea outlined steps Saturday to dismantle its nuclear testing site — and confirmed that international journalists, including from the United States and the United Kingdom, would be invited to watch this month as its tunnels are blown up.

The announcement, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as reported by state news agency KCNA, came a day after Pyongyang pledged no longer to carry out unannounced missile tests or other activities that put flights at risk, according to a United Nations aviation agency

Source: North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site this month – CNN

US Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast | Fox News

A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.

The F-22s monitored the Russian aircraft until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands, heading west. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, said the NORAD spokesman, Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessey.

The Cold War-era Russian bombers, which date to the 1950s, were intercepted by U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets around 10 a.m. EDT.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

Source: US Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast | Fox News

Israel says Iran fired rockets at military in the Golan Heights near Syrian border – CBS News

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military says Iranian forces based in neighboring Syria fired about 20 projectiles at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

Air raid sirens went off shortly after the Syrian state news agency and activists reported rocket fire from Israel into southern Syria just before midnight Wednesday.

The Israeli Defense Forces said it believes the rockets were launched by special forces in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says aircraft flew over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, adjacent to southern Syria. There are no immediate reports of airstrikes.

Source: Israel says Iran fired rockets at military in the Golan Heights near Syrian border – CBS News

Air Force grounds all aircraft for one day following accidents – CNNPolitics

The US Air Force has ordered a one-day standdown for an “operational safety review” following a series of recent accidents and fatalities involving military aircraft — including an incident last week that killed nine crew members of a WC-130 cargo plane — according to a statement by the Air Force on Tuesday.

Source: Air Force grounds all aircraft for one day following accidents – CNNPolitics