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U.S. Embassy in Uganda tells citizens to seek shelter amid anti-terror operation

The U.S. Embassy told Americans in Uganda to seek safety on Saturday, warning that local authorities had uncovered a “terrorist cell” run by Somali militant group al-Shabab, which they believed was planning an imminent attack. The embassy posted a statement on its Web site that said it was not aware of specific targets but that the authorities had increased security ... Read More »

Al-Shabaab militants arrested in Uganda over suspected bomb plot

Ugandan police said on Sunday that 19 suspected Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks, as the US embassy said the immediate threat had been “countered”.Police raids on Saturday came two weeks after Ugandan troops, fighting in Somalia, reportedly provided intelligence that helped US special forces kill al-Shabaab’s chief in a devastating air ... Read More »

Nigerian jet missing in battle with extremists

The Nigerian Ministry of Defense says an Air Force Alpha jet on a mission against Islamic extremist insurgents in the country’s northeast has gone missing with its two crew members. A statement Sunday from spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade says the German-manufactured jet has been missing since Friday morning when it left its base at Yola, capital of Adamawa state, ... Read More »

Algeria aims to expand defence industry, increase economic output

Algeria is looking to expand its defence industrial workforce and output as foreign investment in the country’s industry approaches USD1 billion, the head of Algeria’s military manufacturing body has told local media. In an interview with Algerian newspaper El Watan on 9 September, Major General Rashid Chouaki said the Algerian government was seeking to raise the country’s defence industrial output ... Read More »

Space control Airmen ensure constant communication

By [email protected] (Staff Sgt. Jarrod R. Chavana) Air Force Space Command’s 16th Space Control Squadron in partnership with the Air Force Reserve Command’s 380th SPCS is responsible for ensuring the Defense Department has uninterrupted global satellite communications. Located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., two squadrons are responsible for operating space control capabilities to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space ... Read More »

AFSPC hosts JIE summit and plans next one

By [email protected] () The Air Force Space Command Communications and Information Directorate recently hosted a Joint Information Environment (JIE) General Officer Summit at Peterson AFB and will host a second summit in mid-September. At the first summit in mid-August, key Air Force leaders from AFSPC, the AF Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and SAF/A6 addressed AF JIE strategy, governance, funding ... Read More »

Airmen deliver GPS to the world

By [email protected] (Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana) Many people around the world use Global Positioning System receivers and applications in their vehicles and cell phones to guide them to their destinations. But few people know much about the GPS signal itself. Air Force Space Command Airmen of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., are the sole ... Read More »

Congress expected to approve Obama’s new ISIL strategy

In between Sept. 11 remembrance speeches, lawmakers on Thursday promised quick action on the latest threat to American security: Islamic militants in the Middle East with familiar anti-Western rhetoric and brutal acts of violence. In a national address Wednesday night, President Obama outlined plans to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist network through ... Read More »

Islamic State Unites Congress, But Lawmakers Diverge on the Way Forward

Many members of Congress gave President Barack Obama their support Wednesday night shortly after a prime-time speech outlining his strategy to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State, in both Iraq and Syria. But their “I told you so”’s came from very different political viewpoints on the role of U.S. military force in the world. Molly O’Toole is the politics reporter ... Read More »

House Intelligence Committee hearing to focus on extremists

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who ran U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base from 2010 to 2013, will be one of three witnesses to appear before a House Intelligence Committee hearing on threats posed by the Islamic State, al-Qaida and other Islamic violent extremists. The open hearing will take place 8 a.m. Sept. 18 in room HVC-210 of ... Read More »

House Delays CR Vote, Bill Still Expected To Pass Next Week

 US House GOP leaders are delaying a vote on a bill to avoid a government shutdown to let members mull a White House-requested provision to combat the Islamic State, but the delay is unlikely to sink the bill. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said Thursday that President Barack Obama called Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, ... Read More »

House Dem: Syria vote in CR lawmakers

 Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said Thursday that a vote to authorize arming Syrian rebels should be separate from a stopgap funding bill. Sherman said that tucking the authorization into the funding bill to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1 would deceive the public about lawmakers’ action on fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “We’re likely to end up ... Read More »

Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

 In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred. Unlike Iraq, the U.S. has no firm allies inside Syria to take over areas if fighters from the Islamic State group are pushed back. Unless the West decisively backs the outgunned moderate rebels, it ... Read More »

Syria rebels free UN peacekeepers

The United Nations has confirmed the release of all 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been held for two weeks by the rebels in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border. A UN statement statement said the soldiers, all in good condition, had been freed on Thursday and would undergo medical assessment. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed their release and, according to a spokesman, demanded ... Read More »