Russia’s Use of Thermobaric Rockets Worsened the 2004 Beslan Siege
On April 13, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights found Russian forces “failed” to protect civilian lives in their handling of the hostage-taking crisis in Beslan in 2004 that ended in a fiery massacre. It might seem strange that a tragedy that occurred more than a decade ago in... Read more
The Golden Eagle Is The Philippines’s New Big Stick Against Insurgents
Around midnight on Jan. 25, 2017, residents near the town of Lanao Del Sur on the Philippine island of Mindanao abruptly heard a series of explosion accompanied by the sound of roaring jet engines. The attack had been led by two of the Philippine Air Force’s newly-acquired FA-50 Golden... Read more
A Soviet Fighter Plane’s Tragic Error Brought Us Google Maps
The April 1978 shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 902 by a Soviet Su-15 fighter plane—which killed two passengers but spared 107 others—distressed the Soviet air force, not because it had shot down a civilian airliner, but rather that it had gotten so far into Soviet airspace before being... Read more
The Su-15 Was the Doom of Airliners and a Cosmonaut
The Sukhoi Su-15, NATO codename “Flagon,” was a high-speed interceptor dedicated to guarding the long borders of the Soviet Union from nuclear bombers, cruise missiles and snooping spy planes. Unlike the famous MiG-21 or Su-27, the Su-15 served exclusively in 29 regiments of the Soviet PVO Air Defense Force... Read more
U.S. Air Force E-3 of 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron over Nevada in 2012. U.S. Air Force photo Testing delayed after problems with computer systems by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN The E-3 Sentry airborne early warning and control aircraft, or AWACS, is a linchpin of the United States’ air power. With its powerful... Read more
A Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet. Kenneth Iwelumo photo via Wikimedia The accidental attack could be part of a dangerous trend by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN Late in the morning of Jan. 17, 2017, aid workers from the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders — also known by its French name Médecins Sans... Read more
Montenegrin police take alleged coup plotters into custody on Oct. 16, 2016. Radio Free Europe Capture. Tiny Balkan country’s accession to NATO remains controversial by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN It was election day in Montenegro on Oct. 16, 2016 when then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic announced police had arrested 20 Serbians and Montenegrins.... Read more
The 14-inch coastal gun ‘Winnie’ west of St. Margaret’s at Cliffe. Public domain photo Massive coastal artillery slugged it out at Hellfire Corner — and civilians mostly paid the price by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN When German Panzers rolled into the French coastal region around Calais in late May 1940, their crews could stare across... Read more
A Gambian soldiers salutes the Senegalese anthem during an meeting in 2012. Pentagon photo ECOWAS moves to oust long-time strongman Yahya Jammeh by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN On Jan. 18, 2017, The Gambia’s parliament extended long-time Pres. Yahya Jammeh’s term as by three months and declared a state of emergency. On Jan. 19,... Read more
Disabled Iraqi MRAP and Humvee in Mosul. CNN capture Urban warfare exacts a terrible toll by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN On Dec. 1, 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq reported that 1,959 Iraqi Security Forces troops had died in combat during the month of November, including army, police on combat operations,... Read more
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