Af/Pak & Other News (1/22/2013)

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Jan 22, 2013, 12:23:44 PM1/22/13
Taliban responds to Prince Harry: ‘It’s not a game—it’s very, very

Kashmir Police Publish Nuclear War Survival Tips:

Developing Remote-Controlled Robots to Clear Roadside Bombs:

Baluchistan Is Burning:

Iranian Ammunition Surfaces In African Conflicts:

Iran says it will unveil new fighter during Fajr anniversary

US kills 3 more AQAP fighters in drone strike in Marib:

Officials say car bombs in Iraq kill 17, wound dozens:

Syria builds paramilitary force aided by Iran: NGO:

Syria tanks, warplanes pound Damascus region: NGO:,-warplanes-pound-Damascus-region-NGO.aspx

Russians cross into Lebanon as Moscow evacuates 1st group of nationals
from Syria:

UN: Spike in Number of Syrians Fleeing to Jordan:

As Elections Near, Protesters in Jordan Increasingly Turn Anger Toward
the King:

Algeria: 5 missing foreigners may be in the desert:

Algeria: They Shall Not Pass Or Get Paid:

UN UAVs headed for DRC:

US begins transporting French troops, equipment to Mali:

Eritrea mutineers vanish as calm returns to capital:

Russia's T-50 fighter stretches its legs:

Italian Combat Vehicle in New Fight With Russian Tigr:

Three Chinese ships in disputed island waters: Japan:

Philippines 'to take South China Sea row to court':

Spy Bases: 9 Secretive HQs of the World’s Intelligence Agencies:

Gray Matter for Gray Hulls: The Intellectual Software Powering the
U.S. Navy’s Asia-Pacific Rebalance:

Data Masters See The Future:

U.S. Complacency in Space?:

F-35 JSF Testers Report Progress, Problems:

Andrew Swallow

Jan 22, 2013, 2:24:05 PM1/22/13
On 22/01/2013 17:23, wrote:
> Taliban responds to Prince Harry: ‘It’s not a game—it’s very, very
> real’:

Bad news for the Taliban, to the West the fighting in Afghanistan *was*
basically a game. If the West had taken the war seriously it would have
been far worse for the Afghanis. There was no call up of conscripts or
destruction of civilian areas - Western strategy when fighting powerful

The hunt for Osama bin Laden was real. So was the destruction of his
organisation. The rest of the fighting in Afghanistan we were just
adults playing naughty children.

As for winning or losing - bin Laden is dead. He and his men fled. The
USA can send its men and drones to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and
Libya. Where as Muslims wishing to visit the USA have to ask a
Christian for permission.

Andrew Swallow


Jan 22, 2013, 3:21:07 PM1/22/13
Having spent a little time in the Air to Ground War, unless you
are being fired on, it's a game. Especially on mission debrief
where we had chips, dip and beer watching the films. Even ground
support crews were invited to those films back then. On every
fire ball hit, the cheers in the hangar would make the same
sounds as a touchdown in the Superbowl today. It's not like
being a ground troop where it's up close and personal. And the
math is much higher. Take it from me (and this confuses my VA
Shrink), never do the math. The way to deal with it all is to
keep it like a game that turns real every once in awhile.

I understand what he is talking about. It's his way of dealing
with it now that it's over for him. Sanity and all that rot.


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Jan 22, 2013, 3:44:54 PM1/22/13
On 1/22/2013 10:23 AM, wrote:

> Italian Combat Vehicle in New Fight With Russian Tigr:

Reminds me of the Armored Vehicles based on Dodge 4X4 chassis of
the early 80s we used for escorting the Nuke Payloads and
Missiles to the silos.

What is interesting is, the "Peacemaker" is still out there and
being used by Law Enforcement. Many have had different chassis
put under them keeping the same body with some modification.

Jan 22, 2013, 10:26:00 PM1/22/13
On Jan 22, 1:50 pm, "David E. Powell" <>
> The Indian nuclear war advisory writers sound like they watched "Independence Day" to get some ideas.
> <>
> "The notice said that during a nuclear attack, motorists should dive out of their cars toward the blast to save themselves from being crushed by their soon-to-be tumbling vehicles."
> Is that for real?
> Kind of diusturbing to see stuff like that though, reminds me a lot of the Cold War. Maybe Pakistan and India will have a similar period of nuclear standoff, which might preclude conventional warfare.

Unless Pakistan keeps launching terrorist attacks like the Mumbai
massacre, or the attack on the Indian parliament.

Then they might end up provoking a conventional conflict, with all
the attendant dangers of nuclear escalation.
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