U.S. and partner nation aircraft hit several Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria on Monday and Tuesday, according to U.S. Central Command.
In Iraq, two airstrikes near Fallujah destroyed a small IS unit and a tank. Four airstrikes in the vicinity of Mosul Dam destroyed a small IS unit, a fighting position, an IS vehicle, and a logistics base. One airstrike west of Baghdad destroyed an IS-occupied building and a small unit. One airstrike in the vicinity of Sinjar struck an IS fighting emplacement and destroyed six vehicles. One airstrike northwest of Haditha destroyed an IS-occupied building used as a staging area.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four IS fighting positions and a small unit.
Reuters reports that a CIA drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region of South Waziristan killed at least five foreign fighters including a Haqqani Network commander and a senior Arab commander. The striked occurred in the Birmil area, which is a known Taliban stronghold. Abdullah Haqqani sent suicide bombers into Afghanistan. Pakistan’s Dawn news agency says that the strike also destroyed a vehicle loaded with arms and ammunition.
Long War Journal reports that the U.S. has conducted 17 drone strikes in Pakistan this year, and eight this month, making October the busiest month for drone strikes since January 2013.
The UK Guardian reports that Martin Couture Rouleau, a recent convert to Islam was under surveillance by Canadian authorities before killing one Canadian soldier and wounding another in a hit-and-run attack on Oct. 21. Rouleau was shot and killed after a brief vehicle chase with police. Canadian officials state Rouleau was “clearly linked to terrorist ideology” and was one of 90 suspected extremists being monitored for intending to travel abroad for terrorist purposes or having recently returned to the country, and authorities had revoked his passport.
Michael (aka Abdullah) Zehaf-Bibeau, who carried out another deadly attack on a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial was not one of the 90 individuals under surveillance, according to Sky News, but did have his passport application delayed due to concerns of his extremism.
The Islamic State recently asked supporters to carry out attacks against countries that are part of the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria. Canada already has special operations forces serving alongside the Iraqi military and has committed six CF-18 Hornet fighters, two reconnaissance aircraft, and a mid-air refueling tanker to the theater for six months.
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment received it’s first new aircraft since the unit was formed in 1981. The Boeing MH-47G Chinook is built specifically for use in special operations and has numerous state-of-the art improvements over their predecessor, such as increased fuel capacity, tougher airframe, and laser-based countermeasures. Once the aircraft finishes testing, it is scheduled to enter service in September, 2015. The new Chinooks will replace helicopters with airframes that have an average of 46 years of service.
Following an incident that killed five U.S. Special Forces soldiers in June, Green Berets report that the Afghan army hide during battles and shirks responsibilities.
The Pentagon publicly portrays the Afghan military as steadily improving and handling their own security operations since June, 2013. But according to the Washington Times, the a report from the troops charged with training and advising Afghan forces in the field reveal that Afghans remain incapable of fighting and maneuvering at night, cannot perform complex operations like close air support, refuse to take the lead on combat and clearing operations, and simply stop fighting during battles, further endangering U.S. advisors who have to take up the fight. The report is part of an investigation from a battle where a U.S. bomber accidentally killed five Special Forces soldiers in Zabul Province’s Gaza Valley in June, 2014.
U.S. forces are set to depart Afghanistan in 2016.
On Monday, U.S. and partner nation aircraft conducted four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and nine in Iraq.
According to Central Command, four IS fighting positions and a small IS unit were destroyed near Kobani, Syria.
Strikes in the area of the Mosul Dam destroyed a small IS unit and a tank near Fallujah, Iraq. Near the Mosul Dam, planes hit a small IS unit, a fighting position, a vehicle, and a logistics base. An airstrike west of Baghdad destroyed an IS-occupied building and a small unit.
One airstrike in the vicinity of Sinjar struck a fighting emplacement and destroyed six vehicles. Another airstrike northwest of Haditha destroyed an IS-occupied building used for staging.
Last week, French warplanes hit an IS training compound in Hawija.
On Saturday, U.S. and partner nation aircraft conducted 12 strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and five in Syria, according to U.S. Central Command.
In Iraq, aircraft hit several IS vehicles, buildings, and artillery piece, and one large and three small units. and an artillery piece near the Mosul Dam. Strikes southeast of Fallujah hit two large units, one small unit, and a building. The air support helped Kurdish forces retake control of Zumar and several nearby villages. The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias also claim to have forced IS out of Jurf al Sahkar (south of Baghdad).
Strikes in Syria destroyed seven IS vehicles and a building near Kobani. The UK’s Daily Star reports that soldiers from the British Special Air Service called in the airstrikes.
Environmental attorney Tom Mullikin delivered a presentation via teleconference last month to members of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA’s Africa Committee; the subject – “Emerging Natural Gas Development in Africa – Doing Business in Africa.”
As part of the presentation delivered July 31, Mullikin – pres. of the Mullikin Law Firm and Global Eco Adventures – discussed the 24 African countries with proven gas reserves, each within the continent’s five regions, and reviewed for example Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Angola, South Africa, and Tanzania, with a primary focus on Mozambique; the nation positioned to become the third largest natural gas exporter behind Australia and Qatar.
“At 509,406-trillion cubic feet of proven reserves of natural gas, the African continent is one of the richest aggregate reserves – if not the richest reserve – of natural gas in the world,” says Mullikin. “That number is projected to rise as exploration for gas reserves on the continent continues.” Continue reading →
An interview with military and environmental expert Thomas S. Mullikin
By Olen Davidson
Having just returned from the Republic of Fiji (where he was and is leading an international group of 52 attorneys in a review of proposed mineral and seabed mining legislation for that island nation), environmental attorney Thomas S. Mullikin is not your typical attorney. In fact, there’s nothing typical about Tom Mullikin.
A former U.S. Army officer who has been tapped to command the S.C. State Guard later this month, Mullikin – founder and pres. of the Mullikin Law Firm and Global Eco Adventures – is on a quest to become the first human to have climbed the world’s seven great summits and logged dives in the world’s five oceans. He has already climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak), Mt. Elbrus (Europe’s highest peak), Mt. Kosciuscko (Australia’s highest peak), Mt. Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere), and summits across the North American continent. And he has recorded SCUBA dives in every ocean on earth. In each-and-every adventure, the issue that is foremost on his mind is the environment—why and how it is changing, and how best to preserve it.
We recently discussed global climate change and America’s dangerous dependency on foreign sources of energy with Mullikin. Both are vital issues says this environmental expert who points to a way out of this dependency and also argues that neither issue should ever be politicized. Continue reading →
COLUMBIA, SC – Environmental attorney Thomas S. Mullikin briefed the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee, Apr. 29.
Introduced by Maj. Gen. George Goldsmith, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.), Mullikin addressed both the military and national security significance of global climate change and American energy independence.
According to Mullikin, the climate has changed – and oscillated – throughout time, and it is changing now. “Part of the problem is a lot is reported, but it is reported through the optics and the politics of a given journalist,” said Mullikin, who in addition to his law practice is a global expedition leader who has been tapped to command the S.C. State Guard. “The folks on one side [of the climate change issue] will say the sky is falling today and we need to turn the lights out in the country. The people on the other side of the equation will say the climate is not changing. If I’m here to dispel anything, it’s to tell you that both parties are dead wrong. There is a lot of room in between. And there are a lot of reasons why we all need to be concerned about this issue from both a national energy security and economic standpoint.”