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Posted: 11/12/2001 6:11:28 PM EDT
US to put military aircraft in Tajikistan-official By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has decided to move U.S. military aircraft into the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan north of Afghanistan in a step that could intensify bombing strikes against the Taliban, a defense official said Monday. The official, who asked not to be identified, said aircraft could be moved into at least one airfield after recent agreement by Tajikistan to offer up to three bases for possible use by U.S. warplanes against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban. The official refused to be specific, but the decision could result in quick movement of Air Force attack jets into Tajikistan, where a U.S. military team has been looking at three bases: Kulyab, Khojand and Turgan-Tiube. It was not clear which base or bases might be used or whether improvements would have to be made at the airports for either air strikes into Afghanistan or increased delivery of humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced refugees inside Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld earlier this month visited Central Asia and met with Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov. RELIEF FOR U.S. NAVY WARPLANES? Rumsfeld refused to be specific about any offers of airfields, but told reporters last week that basing aircraft on the ground closer to Afghanistan would provide the advantage of shorter attack missions. U.S. Navy aircraft, using mid-air refueling for long flights, have flown most of the hundreds of strikes against military targets of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban and al Qaeda guerrilla network in a 37-day air campaign sparked by Sept. 11 attacks on America. Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem, a senior official on the U.S. military Joint Staff, said last week that U.S. military survey teams had been dispatched to several countries in the region that had offered assistance. He declined to be specific, but other officials said the teams were looking at bases in both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The U.S. military already is using one airfield in Uzbekistan, where at least 1,000 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division are based. It also has used some military facilities in Pakistan. Anti-Taliban Northern Alliance forces, with the help of heavy U.S. bombing, have made made major gains against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan since last week. Those gains included capture of the key northern crossroads city of Mazar-i-Sharif. But Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said Monday that the situation in the capital city of Kabul was not clear despite opposition claims that Taliban forces were apparently fleeing the city in large numbers.
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Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:29:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2001 6:23:31 PM EDT by 95thFoot]
Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl: US to put military aircraft in Tajikistan-official By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has decided to move U.S. military aircraft into the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan north of Afghanistan in a step that could intensify bombing strikes against the Taliban, a defense official said Monday.
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In other words, now that we are winning, everybody wants to jump on our bandwagon. Let's hope things keep on going well. I'm amazed that the Taliban and all the other itchy bums have caved in so far so soon. May the rest of the war go this smoothly.
But Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said Monday that the situation in the capital city of Kabul was not clear despite opposition claims that Taliban forces were apparently fleeing the city in large numbers.
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A-10 time! And this time, unlike with the convoys of Iraqis heading back to Kuwait in 1991, let's not get cold feet, and hold back our pilots, to avoid looking vengeful- this time is hammer time! The Taliban or al-Qaeda follower you kill today is one less terrorist to worry about tomorrow. "Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." - --ROBERT HEINLEIN
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:34:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:34:27 PM EDT
[url]http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2001390012-2001393998,00.html[/url] Looks like according to this reporter, the NA has taken Kabul without a whole lot of opposition. Didn't the Taliban say just yesterday that they decided to defend Kabul? And they said the real war would start when the ground war does. Seems like they were doing better when all they had to do was sit in a cave.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:43:13 PM EDT
Well they say that its to "releve the Naval Aviators" Releave them to do what I wonder??? Who is next on our shit list. Only thing is, while I guess these places in Tajikistan would have better runways for F15E's and F16's and C5's, we now have Mazur e Sharif for A10's C130's and Harriers. C17's can also land there. MSNBC showed film from inside a Land Rover driving down the runway at Sharifs old Soviet Airfield. There was a LOT of grass growing between the concrete slabs. Fast movers dont like that when they land. But A10's C130's and C17's have landing gear designed to land on even worse surfaces without breaking gear or ingesting pieces of concrete. There is more than enough surface left though to permit all- weather operation by planes who can handle the bumps. Not only Warthog time, but hopefully, finally, Apache and Kiowa time. Screaming Eagle time baby!
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:45:04 PM EDT
Just heard the US has captured Osama Bin Ladin. The US planes sprayed Afghanistan with Viagra and the little prick sprang up. [;D]
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 7:57:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Royal_Lancer: Just heard the US has captured Osama Bin Ladin. The US planes sprayed Afghanistan with Viagra and the little prick sprang up. [;D]
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LOL good one.
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