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#161 BansheeOne

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 0618 AM

World | Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:45am EDT

 
France says 3 soldiers died in accident on Libya intelligence mission
 
President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday three French soldiers were killed in a helicopter accident in Libya during an intelligence-gathering mission in the North African state.
 
They are the first confirmed Western military casualties since it became known this year that special forces were operating on the ground in Libya.
 
"At this moment we are carrying out dangerous intelligence operations (in Libya)," Hollande said in a speech. "Three of our soldiers, who were involved in these operations, have been killed in a helicopter accident."
 
Paris took a leading role in the NATO air campaign that helped rebels overthrow autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country later descended into years of chaos.
 
French special forces in conjunction with Britain and the United States have been advising forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, which have been battling Islamists and other opponents in Benghazi for more than two years. French aircraft have been conducting reconnaissance flights since December.
 
Libyan military officials would not comment on a report that the French nationals were in a helicopter that crashed near Benghazi on Sunday. Officials said at the time that four people died in the crash, all of them Libyan.
 
Western powers have been backing Libya's unity government, hoping it will seek foreign support to confront Islamic State militants, deal with migrant flows from Libya to Europe and restore oil production to shore up Libya's economy.

 

http://www.reuters.c...SKCN1000R3?il=0


Edited by BansheeOne, 20 July 2016 - 0618 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 0934 AM

The shootdown happened near Benghazi, so plans to blame Hillary Clinton for it are already underway. :wacko:


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#163 Simon Tan

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 2213 PM

Not Hillary...it is clearly because of Ghostbusters.
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Posted 06 August 2016 - 1645 PM

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Libyan forces launching S-125 Neva/Pechora on ISIS/Daesh militants in Sirte


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#165 Chris Werb

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 1952 PM

I thought Thunderbird 1 had just arrived :)


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#166 Dark_Falcon

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 2146 PM

I thought Thunderbird 1 had just arrived :)

 

No rescue for the Daesh scum holed up in Sirte, just death.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 1804 PM

Is the S-125 an anti-aircraft missile? How is it guided against ground targets?


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 2200 PM

By creating false target or using backup TV guidance. Surface-surface mode is an actual feature.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 0300 AM

Reminded me of the SA-2s fired by Egyptians against Israeli tanks towards the end of the Yom Kippur War.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 1559 PM

Reminded me of the SA-2s fired by Egyptians against Israeli tanks towards the end of the Yom Kippur War.

How did that work out? Any results?


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#171 Simon Tan

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 2139 PM

Scared the crap out of Bren Adan and his command staff.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0100 AM

An SA-2 is a telephone pole sized weapon. It could be carrying kittens or concrete, it would still scare the fuck out of me personally. Perhaps when it comes to surface to surface delivered kittens...I'm a pussy...   :)


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#173 Panzermann

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0550 AM

Was there the option to stick nukes on the SA-2 rockets analogous to the nuclear armed HAWK that has been deployed along the iron curtain?
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0759 AM

Did the Hawk have nuclear warheads? The Nike-Hercules did, but I've never heard of nuclear-tipped Hawks or  SA-2s. SA-5s, yes - but that was much bigger & longer-range.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0849 AM

SA-2 had option but it was different missile, not available for export and not very widespread in SSSR either.


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#176 BansheeOne

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0905 AM

U.S. Special Operations troops aiding Libyan forces in major battle against Islamic State

 
By Missy Ryan and Sudarsan Raghavan August 9 at 4:51 PM
 
U.S. Special Operations forces are providing direct, on-the-ground support for the first time to fighters battling the Islamic State in Libya, U.S. and Libyan officials said, coordinating American airstrikes and providing intelligence information in an effort to oust the group from a militant stronghold.
 
The positioning of a small number of elite U.S. personnel, operating alongside British troops, in the coastal city of Sirte deepens the involvement of Western nations against the Islamic State’s most powerful affiliate.
 
U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a mission that has not been announced publicly, said the American troops were operating out of a joint operations center on the city’s outskirts and that their role was limited to supporting forces loyal to the country’s fragile unity government.
 
Robyn Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Africa Command (Africom), said small numbers of U.S. military personnel would continue to go in and out of Libya to exchange information with local forces, but she declined to provide details.
 
An expanded on-the-ground role for Western nations follows the Obama administration’s decision earlier this month to begin regular airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Sirte, the group’s de facto capital in North Africa. Since the strikes began about a week ago, U.S. planes have struck almost 30 militant targets.
 
The increased U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Libya underscores the stakes in a battle against a group that has vowed to strike the West and that has attracted recruits from across Africa and the Middle East. Since they appeared in Libya in 2014, fighters allied with the Islamic State have displayed tactics similar to their parent group in Syria and Iraq: beheading non-Muslims, attacking local security forces and facilities associated with Westerners, forcing locals to abide by their harsh interpretation of Islam.
 
The new American operation in Sirte is the culmination of an extended, low-visibility mission in Libya by U.S. special operators, who established small outposts in recent months as part of an effort to build ties with friendly forces and increase American understanding of the complexities of political and militia factions. Previously, U.S. troops focused on holding talks with an array of militia factions to identify potential partners and gathering information about the situation on the ground, including the threat from the Islamic State.
 
The limited nature and size of U.S. operations around Sirte reflect the delicate balancing act the Obama administration must manage as it seeks to help allied local forces succeed while not undermining the country’s fragile unity government. Last month, Libyans protested France’s military footprint in eastern Libya after the death of French troops revealed their presence there.
 
Even in recent days, Libyan militia commanders have declared that there were no Western boots on the ground and that this was their fight alone. The pro-government forces in Sirte are mostly militia fighters from the city of Misurata, about 150 miles by road to the northwest.
 
Mattia Toaldo, a Libya expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the U.S. mission in Sirte differed from the French presence in the eastern city of Benghazi, mainly because none of Libya’s feuding political factions would object to attempts to defeat the Islamic State. “As long as they keep this low profile … the risks both for the U.S. and for the Libyan government are quite low,” he said.
 
But even with the aid of U.S. airstrikes, pro-government forces have found it challenging to push into militant territory as they face an array of obstacles, including land mines, snipers and booby-trapped buildings. As U.S. munitions hit extremists’ military vehicles and mobile ammunition depots, the militants have adapted by reducing their visibility and hiding their remaining tanks, armored personnel carriers and rocket launchers.
 
On Monday, U.S. fighter jets could be heard zipping across the skies over Sirte, and there were loud explosions inside militant areas. According to Africom, those strikes hit multiple fighting positions and a truck.
 
At least five pro-government fighters were killed and dozens more were injured in heavy fighting in the al-Dollar neighborhood this week. The wounded included several top front-line commanders, according to Libyan militia sources. U.S. officials said American forces are not taking part in combat or even directly acting as spotters for airstrikes, and no Americans have been wounded so far.
 
Also this week, U.S. and British personnel, carrying radios and wearing black body armor and tan fatigues, were seen in central Sirte, according to officers allied with the Libyan government and Western security personnel in the area. Pentagon officials said they were not part of the U.S. Special Operations force.
 
According to Libyan militia officials, the arrival of Americans and British near the front line signals preparations for a significant push into Islamic State territory.
 
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Posted 11 September 2016 - 1034 AM

Gen. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) moved on two eastern oil ports and the town of Brega and the Petrol Facilities Guard PFG (PFG) collapsed like a sand castle when the tide rolls in:

 

 

Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least two key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government, risking a new conflict over the OPEC nation's resources.

Ahmed al-Masmari, a spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said LNA fighters seized control of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf and Brega, but still faced resistance at the port of Zueitina and around the nearby town of Ajdabiya.

 

The attacks on Libya's major oil ports by Haftar, who opposes the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), pushes the North African state towards a broader battle over its oil resources and disrupts attempts to restart production.

 

Armed conflict, political disputes and militant attacks have reduced Libya's oil production to about 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 1.6 million bpd it was producing before an uprising and fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

 

Haftar, a former army general who has been a divisive figure in Libya since Gaddafi was toppled, has resisted attempts to integrate him into a unified armed forces and overcome divisions between the east and west regions.

 

 

Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least two key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government, risking a new conflict over the OPEC nation's resources.

Ahmed al-Masmari, a spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said LNA fighters seized control of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf and Brega, but still faced resistance at the port of Zueitina and around the nearby town of Ajdabiya.

The attacks on Libya's major oil ports by Haftar, who opposes the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), pushes the North African state towards a broader battle over its oil resources and disrupts attempts to restart production.

Armed conflict, political disputes and militant attacks have reduced Libya's oil production to about 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 1.6 million bpd it was producing before an uprising and fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

 

Haftar, a former army general who has been a divisive figure in Libya since Gaddafi was toppled, has resisted attempts to integrate him into a unified armed forces and overcome divisions between the east and west regions.

 

More details later.


Edited by Dark_Falcon, 11 September 2016 - 1034 AM.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 0843 AM

The Old and the New:

 

 

Nice pic of #LNA Panthera F9 APC and M1938 (M-30) 122 mm howitzer near #Derna #Libya

 

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#179 Adam Peter

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 1413 PM

The Russians have arrived!


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#180 Simon Tan

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 1635 PM

Getting things done.
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