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Taliban Video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl exchange reveals several details about U.S. Army planes and choppers involved in the handover

The video of the Taliban handing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl over to the US military in Afghanistan reveals the presence of several assets, including some spooky King Air 300s.

Even if both parties had probably agreed almost every detail of the handover, the video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl being released by the Taliban shows that the U.S. military took some further measures to ensure that the meeting would not turn into an ambush.

Indeed, the footage shows that some minutes before the first U.S. Army MH-60 (probably belonging to the 160th Special Operations Air Regiment “Night Stalkers”) appeared, at least two King Air 300s (or quite similar U.S. Air Force MC-12Ws) were already circling nearby.

Needless to say, they were not there by accident.

MH-60 Taliban video

U.S. Army King Air 300s, known as MARSS, Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, perform ELINT (Electronic Intelligence), COMINT (Communication Intelligence), direction finding as well as Full Motion Video broadcasting to patrols on the ground.

These Army planes are particularly important for counter-IED operations during which they fly overwatch sorties along travel routes ahead of ground convoys to detect any suspect insurgent activity or side bomb sign.

MH-60 Taliban video ground

Their role in the handover scene was similar: they were monitoring the rendez-vous point, scanning the gestures of any Taliban in the valley to see if the meeting was actually an ambush to blow up the helicopter, possibly in front of the camera.

Even the U.S. individual who first meets Bergdahl seems to check his body for a suicide vest or something like that.

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[Photo] Tidal Wave of Sand and Dust approaching Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

An interesting image of Camp Bastion eerily still as a sandstorm approaches one of the main strategic bases in Afghanistan.

As already explained, sandstorms move extremely fast and can completely darken large areas in a very short time.

Airfields in Afghanistan can be particularly affected by such phenomena. Camp Bastion, Helmand, the main strategic base in the southwestern part of the country (that includes U.S. Camp Leatherneck and UK’s Camp Bastion), where several aircraft are deployed, is one of them.

The image in this post, taken by Cpl Daniel Wiepen and published on social media by Imagery Team at the UK Ministry of Defence, shows what a tidal wave of sand and dust approaching the base looks like.

If you want to see what a similar scene looks like from inside a C-130J click here.

On Sept. 14, 2012, a squad of 15 Taliban fighters breached the perimeter fence and launched an assault on the airfield, that took out several US Marine Corps Harriers with the loss of two Marines including the Harrier squadron commander. Since then, base security spending has increased and the size of the mixed Task Force which provide Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion’s security has nearly tripled.

Interestingly, the above image shows also one of the two white “spy blimps” that along with next-generation cameras, ground-based observational surveillance systems, and a tiny drone, support the Task Force.

If you want to see the image of the sandstorm at higher resolution click here.

Image credit: Crown Copyright

 

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(Fake) Video shows triangular shaped aircraft attack Taliban camp in Afghanistan

A mysterious triangular shaped airborne object attacks Taliban camp in a video allegedly filmed by U.S. Marines. Genuine or fake? Fake.

The following footage was allegedly filmed in Afghanistan by U.S. Marines that captured this footage of what looks like an Unidentified Flying Object, hovering over a Taliban camp in Afghanistan before attacking and destroying it.

Although triangle-shaped, hence resembling the mysterious planes spotted over Kansas and Texas, the UFO seems to be smaller than the two aircraft photographed at high altitude over Continental U.S.

Here’s a screenshot showing the aircraft.

Mystery triangle Afghanistan close-up

Is the video genuine?

No.

Here’s an interesting analysis.

The footage was posted on a Youtube channel with tons of videos of spacecrafts and UFOs, some of which are clearly fake, doctored videos.

Even if secret drones and new stealth planes really exist, this video is probably not among the evidences of those Black Projects and the triangular aircraft was added in post-editing on a video of an ammunition pile being detonated.

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Size matters: two A-10s and a C-5 on the ramp at Westover Air Reserve Base

Two Warthogs caught on their parking spots in front of a C-5A Galaxy at Westover ARB, Massachusetts.

Taken on Apr. 1, the photo was taken when as much as 16 A-10Cs (most probably 12 + four spares) from the 303rd Fighter Squadron “KC Hawgs”, 442nd Fighter Wing (AFRC), Whiteman AFB, Missouri, arrived at Westover ARB, homebase of the 439th Airlift Wing and its C-5 Galaxy airlifters, to perform an overnight stopover while enroute to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The A-10s are heading to Afghanistan where they will replace the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron “Tiger Sharks” in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

H/T to Warthog News for the heads-up

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

 

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[Photo] U.S. Army CH-47s flying over ocean of snow in Afghanistan

There can be some snow in Afghanistan in this part of the year as this photo shot from a U.S. Army chopper shows.

Activity in Afghanistan is not affected by freezing temperature recorded during this part of the year.

According to the U.S. Army, the photo was taken by an Apache of the 1st Bn., 227th Avn. Reg, “First Attack”, but the type of blade that can be seen in the upper portion of the frame seems to point towards another CH-47 Chinook, rather than an AH-64D Apache.

Anyway, an attack chopper the Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was most probably escorting the “convoy”, hence the caption.

Image credit: U.S. Army

 

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