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The Air Force is assigning a new three-star general to oversee it's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Gilmary Hostage III is moving from Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina. The Air Force's top commander told Congress last month a change was needed to increase the service's focus on the air wars and intensifying operations in Afghanistan. The plan is to intensify the use of unmanned drones to aid in the hunt for militants.
In the past year, CACI has been recognized for it's work and success as a company. Paul Cofoni, CEO of CACI, spoke with Francis Rose on In-Depth about what has made his company so successful in the intelligence community.
Army aviators — the soldiers who fly attack missions, ferry troops and supplies and evacuate the wounded — are in ever-increasing demand even as America eyes the exits in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan conflict, which marked its 10th anniversary Friday, is in many ways a helicopter war.
"We are just beginning to get set in Afghanistan ... in doing everything that we can" says Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's chief weapons buyer. He said, because the country is so remote and lacks infrastructure, stopping roadside bombs there is much more difficult that it was in Iraq. Carter and General Jay Paxton Jr. are heading up a new task force to figure out how to deal with improvised explosive devices. A taskforce to do just that is already at work, but appears to have fallen victim to bureaucracy.
Iraqai authorities are blaming Syria for the helping those responsible for the August 19th suicide attacks on government ministries in Baghdad that killed about 100 people. The Iraqi government says an alliance of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein loyalists that are based in Syria for the planned it and carried out the attacks. Iraqi officials are demanding that Damascus hand over the two suspected plotters, raising tensions between the two countries. Syria says it had nothing to do with it.
The use of homemade bombs extends well beyond Afghanistan and Iraq, making the weapons a global problem that requires an international solution, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. The According to the Associated Press, Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz told Congress there have been more than 3,500 incidents around the world involving improvised explosive devices in the past year and the number is growing. "Violent extremists will continue to wage conflict against human targets and the weapon of choice will continue to be the IED," he said at a hearing held by the House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee. The definition of an incident in this case includes IEDs that have exploded, failed to work, or were found and cleared. Metz, who heads the Pentagon office tasked with countering IEDs, also said his organization is working to improve its operations and how it coordinates with the military services to ensure troops in the field have the best technology and training to counter the makeshift bombs.
Two weeks ago, Iraqi officials said they had arrested Umar Al-Baghdadi. There was doubt about it then and there are questions about it today, because no one had ever the Al Qaida operative before. Yesterday an audio message by someone called Abu-Umar Al-Baghdadi popped up on the internet. A 20 minute segment indicated that news of his recent arrest was all lies. The audio was released by the Al-Furqan Media Production Establishment --a radical Islamic organization in Iraq.
Another controversy is brewing. A video called "collateral murder" has been posted at wikeleaks.org. It appears to show a group of unarmed men being fired on by U.S. military forces in Iraq in July of 2007. Reuters is reporting a Senior U.S. miltiary official confirms the video is authentic and came from an Apache helicopter gunsight. Reuters says among those believed to be killed in the attack was Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver. Two children also were wounded.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday asked the State Department and Pentagon to investigate the electrocution of a 25-year-old private security contractor while showering in his dormitory in Baghdad. The Associated Press reports Reid said he wants to know whether Adam Hermanson's death resulted from faulty electrical work. Hermanson, who died Sept. 1, grew up in San Diego and Las Vegas. Reid is a Nevada senator. Electrical wiring has been an ongoing problem in Iraq that the military has been trying to fix with widespread inspections and repairs. At least three troops have been electrocuted while showering since the start of the Iraq war, and others have been electrocuted elsewhere.