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9/1/2014
RAF help Iraq humanitarian aid drop
RAF transport planes have taken part in an air drop to bring urgently needed humanitarian aid to the besieged Iraqi town of Amirli, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said. The Hercules aircraft formed part of an international effort to resupply the town which has been under siege by Islamic State (IS) militants for nearly two months.
9/1/2014
'Too cautious' Obama urged to get tough on Russia and Isis
Barack Obama was on Sunday urged to take a tougher approach towards Russia and Syria, as Republicans and Democrats returned from their summer vacations in confrontational mood. After a week in which the president was criticised for failing to develop military plans for tackling Islamic State militants inside Syria and taking a relatively cautious approach to Russian incursions in Ukraine, senior figures in Congress took turns to demand greater US intervention.
9/1/2014
Unauthorised aircraft identified as belonging to US military
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has told local media that unauthorised aircraft spotted in Maldivian airspace belong to the United States Air Force. CAA Director Abdulla Rasheed told local paper Haveeru the aircraft had originated from Foalhavahi – also known as the Chagos Islands – home to a US military base. “No one can enter the area, without our knowing. If anyone were to enter, they would have to gain our permission first,” Rasheed told Haveeru.
9/1/2014
EU sets ultimatum for Russia to stop aiding separatists
Accusing Russia of waging a campaign of “military aggression and terror” against his country, President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine told European leaders here Saturday that their own countries’ security depended on stopping Russian troops from stoking a conflict in eastern Ukraine that he said could escalate into a wider war.
9/1/2014
China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacifc Posture
When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug. 19 off the Hainan Island coast, it set off debate in the US about whether the forward-deployed US military can continue to conduct the types of operations that strategic necessity requires.
9/1/2014
Wedgetails return from Red Flag Alaska
Two RAAF E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft have returned to Australia after participating in Exercise Red Flag Alaska last month. The two 2SQN aircraft, supported by 59 personnel from the RAAF’s 49 Wing, took part in a number of ‘large force employment’ air combat exercises involving up to 60 aircraft during Red Flag Alaska 14-3, which ran from August 7 to 22.
9/1/2014
SAS troops to guard RAAF aircraft, crews in Iraq combat zone deliveries
The Greens this morning have tried to suspend Parliament to debate the threat of “mission creep” for Australia’s forces deployed to the region. Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday announced the RAAF’s involvement in the supply of military equipment to anti-Islamic State fighters, with the first mission to take place “in coming days”. But Mr Abbott played down talk that Australian troops could be sent into the country, saying there was no role “envisaged” for boots on the ground.
9/1/2014
Israeli Military Downs Syrian Drone Over Golan Heights
Israeli military have shot down a drone that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Sunday. “The IDF intercepted a UAV that breached Israeli airspace from Syria near Quneitra. The UAV was targeted by a ‘Patriot’ missile,” the IDF statement said.
8/31/2014
Iraqi forces 'reach besieged Amerli'
Iraqi forces have reached the besieged town of Amerli in northern Iraq, where thousands have been trapped by jihadists, military officials say. The apparent breakthrough comes after the US carried out air strikes overnight on Islamic State (IS) positions near the town. The UK, France and Australia joined the US in dropping humanitarian aid.
8/31/2014
Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.
Thirty-two Philippine U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamists who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, U.N. officials said, while militants reinforced their siege of another group of 40.
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