USAF Special Operations – Somalia

Philip D Chinnery reports on Spectre missions and Special Tactics Squadron heroics in Mogadishu.

ONE OF THE LAST foreign policy decisions mode by President George Bush, before his election defeat by Bill Clinton, was to send American troops to Somalia, under the auspices of the United Nations. Located in the horn of Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, Somalia is a country suffering from famine and disease. Ruled by despotic warlords, the country was in dire need of outside help. The United Nations decided to step in and Operation Provide Relief was launched.

The multi-national security and airlift operation began in

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USAF prepares for AEFs.

ON MARCH 5 the USAF announced the structure and changes to be implemented as the force moves from being a US-based air force to a rapidly deployable one. Since the ending of the Cold War the USAF has seen its assets reduced by around 35%, its overseas bases drastically cut back and its personnel levels slashed. At the same time it has been increasingly called upon to meet international commitments — in particular operations in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq. This has put an increasing strain on both the USAF’s infrastructure and its personnel over the past decade and the

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US women to fly combat missions

US DEFENSE SECRETARY Les Aspin announced on April 28 at the Pentagon that the US military forces were being ordered to allow women to fly aircraft on combat missions. Although there has always been Pentagon opposition to expanding the combat roles of women, this was lessened by the active role played by women in Operation Desert Storm. About 35,000 service women played a part in the Gulf War and five of them were killed during the conflict, including Chinook pilot Major Marie Rossi, while two were taken prisoner by the Iraqis.

Congress repealed the ban on women flying combat missions

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US Navy and marine corps deployments

US Navy

From the moment the massive movement of US defensive forces commenced deployment to the Gulf, it was obvious that all four branches of the Department of Defense would be heavily committed. To ensure security of Saudi territory and other Gulf states, a host of US Air Force squadrons were hurriedly dispatched during early August to bolster local air defences. At the same time several aircraft carrier battle groups moved to waters around the Gulf and in the Red Sea to provide additional air power and help implement the blockade of shipping attempting to deliver supplies to Iraq itself

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US Ejected From Uzbekistan Base

THREE DAYS after the US was given approval to continue using Manas, Kyrgyzstan, for the movement of troops into Afghanistan, it was asked to remove its personnel and aircraft for its Afghan operations from another important hub. On July 29, a notice was received at the US Embassy in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, to say that all US military aircraft and personnel must leave Kharshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan (commonly referred to as K2) within six months. No reason was given, although in recent months the Uzbek Government has been continually tightening restrictions at the base, including a ban on

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Uriah Heep помогли покончить с холодной войной

Мрачная, непонятная Москва в самый разгар холодной войны… Подходящее место для раскрутки подрастерявшей популярность британской рок-группы! Знакомьтесь: сотрудники КГБ, девочки, калаши и водка рекой.

В 1987 году мир находился на грани новых потрясений. Зимой этого года советский президент Михаил Горбачев и его американский коллега Рональд Рейган подписали договор о сокращении ядерных вооружений. Этот договор стал первой ласточкой наступающей оттепели после долгой холодной войны между двумя государствами. В то время как политики скрепляли новый исторический этап рукопожатием, группа седеющих британских рок-ветеранов готовилась к вояжу за Железный Занавес: они должны были отыграть 10 концертов в Москве на стадионе «Олимпийский», вмещающем более 18

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US defence bill approved

THE US HOUSE ARMED Services Committee (HASC) approved the $263.3 billion fiscal year 1995 defence authorisation bill on May 5. Included was $3.7 billion for an additional nuclear- powered aircraft carrier for the US Navy. Another USN allocation was transfer of $60 million previously earmarked for the cancelled Grumman EA-6B Prowler advanced capabilities upgrade programme to studies into a lower-cost alternative such as the Improved Capabilities II (ICAP II) Plus upgrade. The HASC also suggested converting the F- 14D into a dual-role F/A-14D with capabilities similar to the F-15E and wants to abandon the F-14A/B upgrade which would have cost

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Urban transmog rification. Necessity for mutation of spaces.

Over millennia the human race has evolved to an extent that habits have diversified to a great extent associated with factors such as culture, climate, topography, ecology and economy. In the Indian context this diversification can be observed in every few kilometers of travel. However, one thing which unifies us is certainly the enthusiasm of the people, the vibrancy they portray in terms of physical aspects such as art, architecture, attire; or non-physical aspects like events, rituals, gatherings. This reflects in the organically evolved vigorous spaces which one often finds in the old towns and city centers. Although these spaces,

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Urban High


The front door swings open, and your eyes immediately land on the black-and-white wallpaper that runs from the short entryway to the dining area. Its botanical print grabs attention without being overbearing—an ideal choice for the space, declares interior designer Gelo del Mundo, who wanted something brazen to break the long expanse of the wall.

That wallpaper somehow encapsulates Gelo’s design treatment for the three-bedroom corner condominium unit: bold and classic, but with soft angles. “As you would notice, there are a lot of references

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Upsizing the Mac




The brand new My Book Thunderbolt Duo provides super-fast data transfer rates; and dual Thunderbolt ports to daisy chain multiple high-speed Thunderbolt peripherals without impacting performance. The large 4TB/6TB dual-drive storage system can be configured for RAID 0 or RAID 1.


Powered by a WD Caviar Green drive with up to 3TB in capacities and speedy Fire Wire 800 interface, My Book Studio is the only external hard drive any discerning Mac professional needs. It features a premium aluminum enclosure that doesn’t only look great.

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