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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone; CENTCOM Says It Was In International Airspace

June 20, 20192:33 AM ET

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced Thursday that it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory to send "a clear message" to America, but a U.S. official tells NPR that the targeted unmanned aircraft was operating in international airspace. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Thursday that it downed an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone that had entered Iranian airspace around Kouhmobarak district in country's south, near the Gulf of Oman. "Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false," U.S. Central Command spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Urban said Thursday. "This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace." Gen. Hossein Salami, the IRGC commander, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying Iran does "not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war." Responding to news of the shootdown, President Trump said via Twitter, "Iran made a very big mistake!" U.S. Central Command says Iran used a surface-to-air missile system to shoot down the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance ISR (for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) aircraft. It says the drone was operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it came under fire at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT late Wednesday

According to Urban, the downed drone is an RQ-4A Global Hawk, the Navy's version of the high-altitude, long endurance aircraft that performs intelligence and surveillance missions "over vast ocean and coastal regions."

Iran has shot down a US drone in the southern Hormozgan province, Fars news agency reports … @Khaaasteh

Earlier this week, the Pentagon said Iran had attempted to shoot down a U.S. drone. It also acknowledged the successful shooting down of an MQ-9 Reaper drone on June 6 by Yemen's Houthi forces, which are allied with Iran. The U.S. said Iran helped the Houthis bring down the pilotless aircraft. describes the Global Hawk as an unarmed craft used for intelligence-gathering missions. The vehicle reportedly has a top speed of nearly 355 mph and a range of 10,000 miles.

The area where Iran says the drone went down is near where the U.S. claims Iran attacked two oil tankers last week. Iran has repeatedly denied being involved in that attack. The attack on the drone comes at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with not only the alleged attacks on the tankers, but with Iran threatening to step up its nuclear activities and the U.S. working to exert maximum pressure through economic punishments. Last year, the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Tehran after abruptly withdrawing from a 2015 multinational agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program. Despite Washington's withdrawal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, technically remains in force with the other signatories — besides Iran, the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and the European Union.

However, earlier this week, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy agency warned that Tehran would surpass limits on its uranium stockpile under the deal and said it was prepared to increase its enrichment to a level just one step short of weapons-grade, which also violates the terms of the agreement. Also, Houthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday said they hit a Saudi power station with a cruise missile. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Trump had been "briefed on the reports of a missile strike in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." "We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies," Sanders added.

IRGC-affiliated FarsNews says the IRGC has shot down a US surveillance drone, RQ-4 Goobal Hawk, when it was "flying over Iran southern sealines" In the Persian Gulf.


The black and white surveillance video is exceedingly grainy. It shows what U.S. military officials say is an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp patrol boat bobbing alongside the Kokuka Courageous, one of the two tankers damaged by explosions Thursday in the Gulf of Oman that the Trump administration blamed squarely on Iran. In the 1:39-minute video, released late Thursday by the U.S. Central Command, several crew members aboard the Gashti-class patrol boat appear to be removing an object from the hull of the tanker before the boat then backs up and motors away. The video is far too fuzzy to discern what the object is. But according to the U.S. military officials, the Iranian crew members removed one of their own unexploded limpet mines to hide evidence of their involvement in the explosions. The officials said several Iranian patrol boats had rushed to the Kokuka Courageous to rescue crew members who had abandoned ship in rafts and told the Iranians about the unexploded mine. The video was released a few hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared in a statement: "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today." Pompeo said the assessment was based on "the intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication." But independent intelligence experts say the video provides no proof whatsoever of Iran's alleged responsibility for the attacks, a charge Iran denies. That's not to say Iran did not carry out the attacks, these experts hasten to add, noting that as the Trump administration tightens economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Tehran has ample reason to carry out such hard-to-trace terrorism against tankers, if only to raise the price of the dwindling amount of oil Iran is selling these days. But amid the rising tensions in the Middle East, these experts say, there are numerous other players in the region with compelling motivations to carry out such attacks. "One has to keep asking the question, well, if it isn't Iran, who the hell is it?" Anthony Cordesman, a strategic analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Newsweek. "You come up with the possibility that ISIS carried out the attack as trigger to turn two enemies — the United States and Iran — against each other. Or you're watching Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates create an incident that they can then use to increase the pressure on Iran." Ayham Kamel, the head of Middle East analysis for the Eurasia Group, an international risk analysis consultancy, said recent attacks by Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels on Saudi oil installations are now threatening the kingdom's core security concerns. "The Saudis are alarmed," Kamel told a conference call Friday. "Their response is going to be to try to pressure the U.S. into action."

A picture obtained by AFP from the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency on June 13 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman, less than 100 miles from the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. has officially blamed Iran for the attacks, producing what was purported to be evidence amid Iranian denials. IRANIAN STUDENTS' NEWS AGENCY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Others have pointed to the possibility that Thursday's attacks, as well as the attacks on four tankers in the same waters a month ago, were so-called "false-flag" operations carried out by Israel, another arch foe of Iran, to make Iran appear responsible. And some observers have even suggested the attacks may have been directed by hawkish members of the Trump administration as a pretext to launch military operations against Iran. "The U.S. track record on ginning up evidence for war is not good," William Church, a former military investigator for the United Nations Security Council. "It lied in the run-up to the Vietnam war [by inventing a North Vietnamese attack on a U.S. Navy ship in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964], and it lied about WMD [weapons of mass destruction] before the Iraq war. So when these tanker attacks happen, we have to ask why and what's the motivation in addition to examining the evidence." Church pointed to the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last May, its reimposition of economic sanctions on Tehran and Trump's recent denial of sanctions waivers to eight of Iran's biggest oil customers under the president's policy of "maximum pressure," aimed at forcing to negotiate a new nuclear deal under terms more favorable to the United States. Church also noted that Trump's hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, has openly called for regime change in Iran. With regard to the video, Church said much more needs to be known before any conclusions about Iranian responsibility can be drawn. "The video means nothing," he told Newsweek. "We need to know how it was taken, when was it taken, what was the total sequence. Then you'd have to talk to the people in the video to get their view of what happened. I would check to see if the video was doctored. You would need to do everything that a trained investigator would do." Church, who also served for many years as a U.S. intelligence officer in the Middle East and East Africa, acknowledges that the Iranians have the Gashti-class patrol boats. But he notes that Iranian Navy, not the Revolutionary Guards, have the closest naval base to the site of the attacks, suggesting a possible discrepancy in the U.S. Central Command's description of the Iranian craft's affiliation. He also points out that the video does not make it clear which of the two stricken tankers is depicted. In addition, Church said it's not clear whether limpet mines caused the explosions in either tanker. Limpet mines are usually attached by divers to the hulls of ships at the water line. There have been some reports that crew members aboard one of the tankers saw a flying object, possibly a drone, heading toward the ship before the explosion occurred, raising the possibility that a drone delivered the explosives. "Drones and limpet mines are a dime-a-dozen out there in the Middle East," he said. "Everybody has them. So we need to know a lot more that what the video shows us." Church also says it's not clear why, in the latest attacks, Iran would target tanks belonging to Norway and Japan, two of Iran's best oil customers. "They've been shipping to these countries for decades," he said. "Why would they do that?" Church says an independent investigation of the attacks is needed to determine responsibility. Cordesman, who believes the Iranians are probably behind the attacks, says under Iran's increasingly dire economic circumstances, attacking long-standing customers makes perfect sense. "You push your customers into realizing that their supplies are threatened and then have them react against the United States," he said. "So to get that reaction, you provoke it."

Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers

TOKYO The Japanese government has been requesting the United States for concrete evidence to back its assertion that Iran is to blame for the attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, government sources said Sunday. The request came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a statement hours after the attacks blaming Iran but without offering proof. The Department of Defense later released a video allegedly showing an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the side of the Japanese-operated tanker Kokuka Courageous. But Japanese government officials remain unconvinced, the sources said. "The U.S. explanation has not helped us go beyond speculation," said one senior government official. Japan has been seeking more concrete evidence through various channels, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono who is likely to have made the request during a call with his counterpart on Friday, the sources said. Pompeo said in a press conference Thursday that the United States' assessment was based on their "intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication." A source close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "These are not definite proof that it's Iran." "Even if it's the United States that makes the assertion, we cannot simply say we believe it," he said. If having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct the attack could be a reason to conclude that the attacker was Iran, "That would apply to the United States and Israel as well," said a source at the Foreign Ministry. The attacks occurred around the time Abe was meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran. "The attacks have severely affected the prime minister's reputation as he was trying to be a mediator between the United States and Iran," said the source close to the premier. "It is a serious concern, and making mistakes when determining facts is impermissible." The Japanese government has refrained so far from commenting on who is responsible for the attacks. © KYODO


Gulf of Oman: Unconvinced EU foreign ministers call for independent investigation after US claim Iran is behind tanker attack

Spectre of Iraq War intelligence misuse raised at EU council meeting

EU foreign ministers remained unconvinced by US allegations that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two Gulf tankers, as they arrived at a meeting on Monday. There was strong support among EU countries for an independent UN investigation and calls for more evidence – with the UK relatively isolated in its support the Trump administration’s line.

One foreign minister invoked the spectre of US misuse of intelligence over Iraq as a reason for scepticism, as representatives of the 28 countries arrived at the council meeting.

The ministers will discuss the incident in the Gulf of Oman over lunch, with Sudan, trade policy with Cuba, and the situation in Venezuela also on the main agenda. Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said the EU states “continue to gather information” while Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands was “interested in any clarifications that can be made available”.

“We know the findings of the American and the British intelligence services, which assume that you can be almost certain. We are comparing this with our information. I think you have to proceed very, very carefully on this,” Mr Maas said. Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s foreign minister, said: “I believe that the main task of foreign ministers is to avoid war. We have to do that today.” He added: “I’m convinced, as I was 16 years ago, that you really shouldn’t make the mistake of believing that you can solve a problem in the Middle East with weapons.” His Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto said it was important that EU states have “the full evidence” before reaching any conclusion. “I support very much the line of the UN Secretary General Mr Guterres, that a proper investigation [to put] all the facts on the table and then we can look what really has happened, who is behind this,” he said. “I think it’s a very very concerning event but let’s have all the details first.”

Italy’s foreign minister Enzo Moavero said: “We do think that there is room for finding a way for peace and stability in the world.”

Though no hard proof that Iran is behind the attack has been made public, the US has released a video which is claims shows an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the tankers. But asked whether the UK believed Iran was behind the attack, Harriet Baldwin, the foreign office minister representing the UK at the meeting said: “We do now, we over the weekend have come to the conclusion that we are almost certain that this was Iranian action so we stand ready to ensure that this key international waterway remains open to international shipping.”

Ms Baldwin is attending the meeting in place of Jeremy Hunt, who is attending a Tory leadership hustings in Westminster instead. Mr Hunt on Sunday said the UK was at “great risk” of war with Iran after the incident. The US says it is considering all options, including military action. Hawkish elements within the US administration have long been keen on war with the Middle Eastern state. The EU has stood by the nuclear deal signed with Iran after Donald Trump renegaded on the agreement signed by his predecessor – while Mr Trump has taken a more aggressive line.


Russian air force bombs militant high command meeting in Syria's Idlib

Russian air force bombs militant high command meeting in Syria's Idlib June 15, 2019 - 10:42 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net - The Russian Air Force bombed a militant high command meeting in the Idlib Governorate this week, the Arabic language service of the Sputnik News Agency reported, according to Al-Masdar News. The report said the Russian Air Force, along with their Syrian partners, bombed Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s high commandas they were meeting in the Idlib Governorate town of Taftanaz. In particular, the Russian Air Force bombed the militant commanders inside the Taftanaz Airport, which was captured by the militants in 2013. On Thursday, June 13, a military source in the Hama Governorate said the Russian Air Force was given coordinates of a militant site by their Turkish partners. Sputnik did not specify if this was the bombing; however, it is very likely that Turkey notified the Russian Air Force of the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham meeting. Despite their disagreements about the Idlib operation, Turkey and Russia still share intel on the movements of certain terrorist groups operating in northwestern Syria.

.Nigeria suicide attack: Triple blasts kill at least 30 in Borno

Three suicide bombers detonated explosives at Konduga village, 25km from Maiduguri, emergency services officials say.

Thirty people were killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, emergency services reported, marking the biggest mass killing this year by suicide bombers. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 25 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV. "The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured," Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Monday. An earlier toll from the blasts said 17 were dead and 17 others were wounded. The attack happened around 9:00pm (18:00 GMT), Ali Hassan, the leader of a self-defence group in the town, said. The owner of the hall prevented one of the bombers from entering the packed venue. "There was a heated argument between the operator and the bomber who blew himself up," Hassan said by phone. Two other bombers who had mingled among the crowd at a tea stall nearby also detonated their suicide vests. Hassan said most of the victims were from outside the football viewing centre. "Nine people died on the spot, including the operator, and 48 were injured," Hassan said. Kachala said the high number of fatalities was because emergency responders had been unable to reach the site of the blast quickly. Nor were they equipped to deal with large numbers of wounded. "Lack of an appropriate health facility to handle such huge emergency situation and the delay in obtaining security clearance to enable us deploy from Maiduguri in good time led to the high death toll," he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the imprint of Boko Haram, which has led a decade-long campaign to establish a Muslim state in northeast Nigeria. The last suicide attack was in April this year when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the garrison town of Monguno, killing a soldier and a vigilante and injuring another soldier. Konduga has been repeatedly targeted by suicide bombers from a Boko Haram faction loyal to longtime leader Abubakar Shekau. The faction typically carries out suicide attacks against soft civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations, often using young women and girls as bombers. The fighters are believed to sneak into the town from the group's haven in nearby Sambisa Forest. Eight worshippers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the town last July. Boko Haram's campaign has claimed about 30,000 lives and displaced millions of people from their homes. The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to battle the group. SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES


American superweapon TR-3B Astra

It doesn't exist officially. It uses highly pressured mercury accelerated by nuclear energy to produce a plasma that creates a field of anti-gravity around the ship. Conventional thrusters located at the tips of the craft allow it to perform all manner of rapid high speed maneuvers along all three axes. Interestingly, the plasma generated also reduces radar signature significantly. So it'll be almost invisible on radar & remain undetected. This literally means that it can go to any country it likes without being detected by air traffic control & air defence systems. Read more at


"Divine was again to silently soar above the atlantic, surrounded by sea raging plasma, knowing that you are invisible and inaccessible to anyone. Only the whistle of the nuclear reactor cooling yes the replica exchange crew members broke the heavenly silence and majesty of flight. "Repent, he came up with, inspired by, you know. Last week was marked, in general, ordinary event for us: one of the former commentators already with foam at a mouth proved that all our attempts to create a t-50 just nothing because the americans already have the weapon, before which pales everything. And which is already successfully used in terms of combat application. "A brilliant engineer" (as was written in the profile) was removed but we were interested in is a miracle. Moreover, standing up for the fact that "We are all behind", left his name. So the tr-3b astra. A supersonic, which has no equal and who has already managed to war in Afghanistan and syria. On the internet about this miracle there are a lot of things, from photos and videos to some drawings with detailed explanations "How it works". The whole kitchen is really only for people with a strong mind. So take something to strengthen the mind and plunge into the world supertechnologies of the future. In general, all the sources are divided into two groups: those who are "Not sure", and that "Know everything". Bright representative of the uncertain is, strangely enough, wikipedia. The most appropriate source, where is mentioned about this thing. "Aurora — the alleged strategic reconnaissance of the us is probably capable of suborbital flight at hypersonic speeds and uses stealth technology. Presumably, the aircraft, developed for the aurora project in 1980 — 1990-ies, since then tested and involved in the operations as a replacement for the sr-71 blackbird, decommissioned in 1998, but no evidence of the existence of the plane from reliable sources was received. The government and the ministry of defense deny the existence of they are armed with such aircraft. "Drew attention to the number of "Estimated", "Probably" and so on? however, for the confident "Experts" runet wiki never was an authority (rightly so), so that there, in the depths of fevered desire to collect likes, you can find just a masterpiece of the description of the unit from the future. "The aircraft, code named tr-3b astra is developing a secret tactical intelligence. First flight for intelligence purposes was undertaken in the early 1990s. It really is the aerospace platform length 182 and a width of 98 meters. Most often this device is perceived as a ufo triangular shape due to the fact that the power plant of this aircraft in fact is the generator of a powerful magnetic vortex field, and the light beam is periodically emitted by this generator may perceive as unearthly, inhuman. Them to cutting-edge propulsion system enables you to soar long and completely silent. "Appreciated? imbued? me too. My education is not enough to assess, because turned to a familiar expert in the field of physics. Something so i thought that a powerful magnetic vortex field and a flood of light is too much. Yes, if we talk about phenomena such auroras, everything is fine. That passage of charged particles through the magnetic field of the earth and creates luminous phenomena at the poles of the planet. But how would solar activity, and then flying the damn thing. Specialist, actually, confirmed my doubts, albeit in somewhat unflattering terms. "Devices program "Aurora" there are nine types and have sizes from 36 up to 600 meters. The nsa, nro, cia and U.S. Air force played a game with the modifications of the machine, creating the tr-3a, tr-3b, and the teir 2, 3, and 4, with the prefix "+" or "-". This was done to confuse in order to hide the fact that these names denote totally different aircraft, not just modification. For example, the tr-3b is also similar to the tr-3a as a banana to a grape. Some of these machines piloted by the crew, and the others are drones". "It is believed that it produced 24 of these aircraft, which spent from 10 to 24 billion dollars. Still, despite the fact that aviation publications published not one photo of the tr-3a, on an official level, their very existence is not confirmed. It is possible that this is due to the fact that after the Pentagon gave preference to the use of a small reconnaissance satellites, some of these machines were disposed of, and the taxpayers ' money was buried in the ground. "Oh! and in the Pentagon are not idiots sit, it turns out. Had a drink and in the ground. Well done. Actually, the photos superloto from time to time appear on the pages of "Authoritative" publications. Type this:horror? yeah. Actually it is the f-14, svershilsya in the water with privatecapital a clutch basket from a passenger car. The rest of the pictures are not better. "The cockpit of the tr-3b astra is surrounded by something like a ring particle accelerator, which is ahead of all conceivable technology of our time. The main purpose and feature of this installation is to generate a powerful magnetic vortex field, which is partially (90%) or completely neutralizes the effect of gravity on the mass of the device. The outer coating of the tr-3b responds to electrical influence, with the result that the device can change its color". Immediately came to mind the old soviet cartoon "Mystery of the third planet". "You want, i will knock, and it will be a purple spotted?"I wonder why these "Electrochromic panels", which change color when exposed to electricity? speculated, to be honest. But "A kind of" circular particle accelerator — it's hard! i want to say about the presence of a certain similarity of the mental apparatus on the top of the body of the writing. "Ring accelerator ("Magnetic field interrupter", or "Mfd"), surrounding the crew cabin is filled with plasma, which is capable of creating a magnetic vortex field. This accelerator uses mercury which is exposed to the pressure of 250,000 atmospheres at a temperature of 150 degrees kelvin, (approximately 66 degrees celsius) and speeds up to 50-60 thousand rpm, which makes it possible to obtain superconductive plasma". No, well, amazing! to push some thing to which our accelerator in dubna — "Zaporozhets" before "Belaz", there to spin the plasma, which is a gash of mercury under a pressure of 250,000 atmospheres!russian inspired? penetrate until this thing changing color and invisible to radar, you have over the city showed up. For in this case, you will need to hurry. No, not in the shelter, and the nearest psychiatric hospital. There is only salvation although some we have already seen. All over the country. From the far east to peter. Oh, and what is the dream of dubna physicists is powered?"The main source of energy on the tr-3b is a modified nuclear engine". ! not just the nuclear engine and upgraded! apparently, i missed something, and the country, which now buys from the Eastern partners of the rd-180 for their flights, not only invented his nuclear engine and have got it to upgrade. And here i thought the first and last nuclear engine were made and even tested us. Specifically — in kbkha, in voronezh. But that's another story. Rd-0410 (also known as "Irguit" and "Ir-100") is the first and only soviet nuclear rocket engine. Was developed in the design office "Khimavtomatika", voronezh. In the rd-0410 was applied heterogeneous reactor on thermal neutrons, the moderator served as the zirconium hydride reflector of neutrons from beryllium, nuclear fuel material based on uranium carbides of tungsten, enriched in the isotope 235 to about 80 %. The design consisted of 37 fuel assemblies covered with insulation separating them from the moderator. The project provided that the flow of hydrogen is first passed through the reflector and retarder, maintaining their temperature at the level of the room, and then enters the active zone, where the cooled fuel assemblies heated with up to 3100 k. At the stand of the reflector and the moderator was cooled by a separate stream of hydrogen. The reactor underwent a significant series of tests, but never tested for the full duration of the work. Out-of-pile components were worked out completely. Where are we up to the states, right?in general, continue to understand the pain that uber-fly is not worth it. And so it is clear that all this nonsense is for people with weak mentality. Well, for those who want to earn on fakes on the internet. As, for example, "" the flying triangle in 2014 in Afghanistan. Nothing else is so well concocted fake, name the movie that brought together mulenov hits on youtube, it is impossible to call. Although the uber-flew very professionally shoved in there. But there are nuances. If you look in slow-motion, it is normally seen that when the camera shies to one side, the thing in the sky. Plus the outbreak of "Shots" for some reason not accompanied by any sounds. Apparently, hypersonic titanium crowbars in the case was. Silent and destroying everything in its path. All clear. Don't quite understand the fact that this concoction somehow seriously perceived by our readers. Well, just the readers who've made the author reviews the plus sign. But when man begins to bring this bullshit in an argument in the discussion of our research — here sorry. Yes, in the rules there is no clause which states that the demonstration of abnorMalities on the ban. It's like behind the scenes. The rank of trolling and provocation. Even our great leader has said that on provocation do not give in. So don't fall. Don't get fooled by all that write on the internet. You never know what they'll say. Not everyone can be trusted (with). It's a pity that i'll never get to know these guys from the U.S. Air force, who flew on the plane (sorry, aerospace platform) with a nuclear engine surrounded by a cyclotron with a mercury plasma. I would bow asked for an autograph. What is it about the testicles of titanium or tungsten.

Mortar attack on Iraqi base home to US troops; no casualties

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants in Iraq fired three mortar shells early Saturday into an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said. The military statement said the attack on Balad air base caused small fires in bushes on the base, which were extinguished immediately. An Iraqi army general said the attack occurred shortly after midnight Friday. The senior officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said American trainers are stationed at Balad air base. The attack comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East between the United States and Iran, which ratcheted up on Thursday after suspected attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Iran has denied involvement.

On Friday night, a rocket struck a home in Baghdad’s Jadriyah neighborhood causing material damage, the Iraqi military said. The military did not say if the rocket had fallen short before reaching the Green Zone, which is located on the other side of the Tigris river. Like neighboring Iran, Iraq is a Shiite-majority country, and has been trying to maintain a fine line between allies Tehran and Washington. There have been concerns that Baghdad could once again get caught in the middle, just as it is on the path to recovery. The country hosts more than 5,000 U.S. troops, and is home to powerful Iranian-backed militias, some of whom want those U.S. forces to leave. The current regional crisis is rooted in the U.S. withdrawal last year from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Washington subsequently re-imposed sanctions on Iran, sending its economy into freefall and cutting deeply into its oil exports. American forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011 but returned in 2014 at the invitation of Iraq to help battle the Islamic State group after it seized vast areas in the north and west of the country, including Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. A U.S.-led coalition provided crucial air support as Iraqi forces regrouped and drove IS out in a costly three-year campaign. Iranian-backed militias fought alongside U.S.-backed Iraqi troops against IS, gaining outsized influence and power.


Dubai Airshow to Reflect Continued Defense Spending in Region


Aviation International News 

Heightened geopolitical tensions in the Middle East are creating strong demand for military equipment, which is expected to be one of the key drivers of defense-sector growth in the U.S. and elsewhere in the near term, according to a report issued by U.S.-based Deloitte Consulting. “Though the pace of growth in defense spending by the two key countries in terms of…expenditure in the region—the UAE and Saudi Arabia—has slowed, their defense [outlay] is significant, and the region is expected to see mid-single-digit growth annually over the next decade,” the report said. Deloitte said seven out of the top 10 countries with the highest military expenditure as a percentage of GDP worldwide are in the Middle East: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, and Bahrain. To reflect the focus placed on security by Middle East nations, some 40 percent of exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow (Chalet 48) are expected to represent military companies, the organizers of the event said, as was the case in 2017. Saudi Arabia will be a major presence. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) have announced its intention to attend this year’s show, along with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), which appointed new president Abdulhadi Al Mansouri May 8. Other Saudi companies expected to attend include GDC Middle East, Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC), Saudi Aerospace Company (SAC), and MRO specialists Saudia Aerospace and Engineering Industries (SAEI). “SAMI develops and supports military industries in Saudi Arabia and plays a major role in localizing the military industries in the Kingdom, which is ranked in the top five countries in terms of military expenditures worldwide,” the company said. “This position will provide special tremendous investment opportunities.” A new Saudi Airshow took place in Riyadh in March, giving local aviation a shot in the arm. “Aviation is a key pillar in the diversification and expansion of the Saudi economy within its 2030 Vision”, said Michele van Akelijen, managing director of show organizers Tarsus F&E Middle East. “The Dubai Airshow is the ideal platform for Saudi companies to present themselves to the global aerospace industry.” Another attendee, the UAE’s Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), is a platform providing national defense manufacturing and services from aircraft maintenance to military vehicles. It sees its mandate as attracting UAE nationals into technical careers, after its creation as a national defense industry champion comprised of 16 local defense concerns in 2014. At the Dubai Airshow 2017, the UAE Ministry of Defense spent more than $4 billion on new products, services, and technologies from a range of companies that were exhibiting at the event, according to show organizers. “The great thing about the Dubai Airshow is that people come there prepared to do business,” said Major General Abdullah Al Hashmi of the UAE’s Ministry of Defence. Citing Boeing’s 2018-2037 Current Market Outlook, Deloitte said Middle East passenger traffic is forecast to grow at 5.2 percent, creating demand for 2,990 new aircraft valued at around $660 billion. “In the Middle East, widebody aircraft are likely to comprise more than 40 percent of the total aircraft demand over the next two decades, as the region primarily accounts for high-volume, ultra-long-haul flights,” it said. The Dubai Airshow is expecting around 165 aircraft on the static display and will host 1,200 exhibitors and 87,000 trade visitors from around the world at the Dubai Airshow site, Dubai South, November 17-21.