"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "


Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009


""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."


Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Bombing Hearts and Minds - again and gain and again ... the rain of terror

Feb. 6 airpower summary: F-15s hit enemy combatants

Afghanistan

An F-15E Strike Eagle dropped a guided bomb unit-38(1 tonne HE) onto a position where enemy combatants were located. JTAC = successful.

An RAF GR-7 Harrier conducted shows of force in the vicinity of Kajaki Dam (which NATO forces took in February 2007) in order to deter enemy activities in the area. JTAC = successful.

In total, 33 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

In Iraq, F-16 Fighting Falcons used a GBU-12 (500lbs HE) and GBU-38s (1 tonne HE) to successfully destroy a house-borne improvised explosive device, an enemy combatant command and control building and an enemy weapons bunker. The strikes took place in the vicinity of Baqubah.

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet dropped GBU-38s(1 tonne HE) onto a car that had been destroyed and was filled with ordnance. JTAC = successful.

In Basrah, a RAF GR-4 Tornado successfully destroyed enemy mortar rocket rails using cannon rounds. Additionally, the GR-4 Tornado conducted a show of force to deter enemy activities in the area.

In Mosul, F-16s dropped a GBU-12 and GBU-38s onto an enemy building that coalition forces had been taking fire from. JTAC = successful.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 65 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom



Benjamin Lowy, USA, VII Network.
Kabul market, Afghanistan (cropped)
Daily Life Singles prize World Press Awards this week (More award winning pics here)

4 comments:

sam_m said...

"...to successfully destroy a house-borne improvised explosive device"

House-borne?? How the heck does a house carry anything?? Has Air Force Link been sniffing the fumes or is it some Margaret Beckett effect??

Shutter said...

With very little technical knowledge of housing structures in Baqubah and no expertise in the effect of 1 ton and 600lbs of High Explosive I would hazard a modest guess that to refer to houses in the similiar is somewhat generous.

Bomb them to hell and back seems to be the general military directive. otablt the report from Baqubah did not have thr outine JTAC = successful report. p[erhaps this is one of the rare times when it was actually JTAC = unsuccessful, semmingly a rare event.

Shutter said...

PS that was "house in the singular"

This damn problem with memory .. what do they call it ?

Anonymous said...

Tower Hamlets attack spoof.

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