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Guatemalan military leader dies in crash

The head of the Guatemalan military's Joint Chiefs of Staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico. The Associated Press reports that Interior Secretary Mauricio Lopez said Gen. Rudy Ortiz was killed along with four other military officers when the helicopter went down in a mountainous area of the western province of Huehuetenango. Lopez also said Gen. Braulio Mayen, commander of the Army's 5th Brigade, was among the victims.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Guatemala , Mauricio Lopez , Rudy Ortiz , Braulio Mayen , Huehuetenango

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 09:11am EDT

Military sales under review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked for a review of the program under which surplus military equipment is made available to local police departments. The program has come under scrutiny after scenes of heavy military equipment being used to break up protests in Ferguson were broadcast around the world.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Chuck Hagel , military equipment , Ferguson

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Hagel congratulates MV Cape Ray

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called the crew aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray Monday to congratulate the ship's crew on finishing their unprecedented work of neutralizing the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile at sea. The secretary said that by ridding the world of these materials, they - as part of an ongoing international effort to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal - have helped make an important and enduring contribution to global security.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Chuck Hagel , MV Cape Ray , Syria , chemical weapons

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:14am EDT

The UK is helping out in Iraq

Britain's Royal Air Force has sent Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham to support humanitarian operations in Iraq. In a statement, the government says a small number of planes equipped with Litening III reconnaissance pods are being deployed. Litening III is an infrared targeting, navigation and reconnaissance pod. The system can capture advanced still images as well as video. The planes will be based in Cyprus and will be used notice to provide vital intelligence to assist the delivery of the U.K. aid.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Britain , Royal Air Force , Tornado aircraft , RAF Marham , Litening III , Cyprus

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 11:53am EDT

ISIL down, but not out

The US has been pounding ISIL in Iraq with 500 lb. bombs and drone strikes. "What I expect ISIL to do is look for other things to do, to pick up and move elsewhere," says Lt. Gen. William Mayville, the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. However, he told reporters at the Pentagon that ISIL is still a problem. "I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively contained or are somehow breaking the momentum of ISIL," said Mayville.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , ISIL , 500 lb bomb , William Mayville

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:48am EDT

What is a 500lb bomb?

Navy jets have been dropping 500 lb. bombs in Iraq on ISIL positions in northern Iraq. The 500 lb. bomb is one of the smallest and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world. Although the nominal weight is 500 lbs., its actual weight varies considerably depending on its configuration, from 510 lbs. to 570 lbs. It comes with a streamlined steel casing containing 192 lbs. of Tritonal high explosive. The bombs being used in Iraq are laser-guided for precision.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , 500 lb bomb , ISIL , Iraq

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:22am EDT

Potential consequences of US airstrikes in Iraq

U.S. strikes in Iraq could lead to retaliation from the Islamic State. Their primary weapon could be the Mosul dam, which sits on the Tigris River and is about 30 miles northwest of the city of Mosul. It provides electricity to Mosul and controls the water supply for a large amount of territory. A 2007 report by the U.S. government, which was involved with the construction, is warning that if it should fail, a 65-foot wave of water would be unleashed across large areas of northern Iraq.

Tags: ISIL , Islamic State , Iraq , airstrikes , Mosul dam , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Friday - 08/08/2014, 11:56am EDT

Fallen General returning home

As the body of an American General arrives back in the U.S. after being killed in Afghanistan. Afghan officials say that the soldier who killed General Harold Green came from a part of Afghanistan with a long history of Haqqani network fighters living there. The Haqqani network has strong links to the Taliban and has carried out significant attacks against U.S. forces.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Harold Greene , Afghanistan , Haggani , Taliban

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:34am EDT

Army general officer killed in Afghanistan

The reality of losing an American general in Afghanistan is setting in. "Even our generals are out there, many of whom have served many tours of duty both in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading America's sons and daughters, and that's something we should all think about from time to time," says RET. Army LT. General Harold Swan. Army MAJ. Harold Greene was killed in an insider attack yesterday in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

Tags: Army , attack , Afghanistan , Harold Swan , Harold Greene , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 11:40am EDT

ISIL acquires another tool of terror

Fighters from the Islamic State seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns over the weekend. This puts a major terror tool under their control. Water is essential for life and it being withheld could be used against the residents of the towns that were captured. On the other hand, worse control of the damn could be used to unleash flooding.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Islamic State , Iraq , ISIL

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:58am EDT
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