Sometimes it just makes you wonder if the entire planet has gone to war, doesn’t it? Between ISIS trying to create its own state (good luck with that, btw), Syria gassing its own people, Israel and Palestine – well, nothing new there, sadly – Putin subtlety claiming Ukraine, and Libya being Libya, even without Mr. Gaddafi, is there anywhere on the other side of the planet that isn’t at war? It’s pretty crazy, isn’t it? Want to see something even more crazy? Check out the video above, which isn’t for the weakest of stomachs, as a MiG-21 fighter jet just crashed into Tobruk city block in Libya.
I remember back in high school in my very first political science class – I got my undergrad in poli sci as well – having a huge debate about if missile defense systems were worthwhile. At the time the technology wasn’t quite proven – I’m talking about circa 2000/2001, so 13 or 14 years ago – and the entire argument about how the systems would simply lead to an arms race was heavily held as well. Today I think it’s safe to say the technology is quite effective, however the argument regarding the arms race matter is still on the table. The video you are about to see – and I’m not here to take sides on this crazy, eternal conflict – is absolutely insane. The rocket sirens are numbing, and I’ve been to Afghanistan: can you imagine waking up to that daily living in Israel? No thanks. Please do not pass this video up, and be thankful that the country you live in is not in a continual state of domestic war – for those of you over in this mess, stay safe.
Just a few days ago we posted an awesome airstrike video from the Iraq Air Force as they continued their air campaign against advancing ISIS targets, but now after President Obama authorized American airstrikes, we have footage of our own US Navy putting warheads on ISIS foreheads. The bomber of choice: the highly advanced F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, courtesy of America’s finest naval service. Don’t pass on this video folks, and you can be sure there will be more footage like the above to come as ISIS targets continue to get bombarded – that is until they’re all destroyed! More combat footage and ISIS discussion as always after the jump!
If you haven’t heard the news yet, President Obama just authorized US airstrikes to not only protect our forces in embattled Iraq, but to target ISIS positions as well “if necessary”. With ISIS fighters now explicitly targeting Christians – demanding that they “convert or die” – the Iraq situation is now much more than a “situation”; it is actually becoming quite dire. While I don’t ever foresee our military stepping foot in Iraq again like we did in OIF, I do think special forces will be sent in to assist if they haven’t already. After all, someone has to coordinate all those airstrikes! Speaking of airstrikes, the above video is a must see as this footage did not come from American airpower, but rather the Iraqi Air Force. It’s awesome to see how far along they’ve come; while I was only in Afghanistan, having worked with their army I can definitely relate. More discussion after the link!
While we have posted countless Afghanistan combat videos to date, none have been as jaw dropping as the video you will witness above. Thankfully this soldier wasn’t hurt, but this is one of those rare combat videos which I think will help the civilian side understand that going off to war is not glorious, nor is it anything like Call of Duty. Don’t miss this video folks – full story line behind this video after the jump.
You know, I would have to think that when one joins up with a rebel militia or local insurgency, that said recruit will most likely not receive all that much proper military training. Sure, I would wager a substantial amount of the rebel force in Syria already had military experience on their resumes, but I would also bet that the gentlemen in this video – the one with the creative, Frankenstein-rises firing position – came in with zero. Lesson 1: what’s the difference between cover and concealment? Answer, and more face palm analysis from this crazy Syrian War firefight after the jump.
Alright, everyone check your pants. Okay, now check them again. In a combat zone, direct air support – whether it comes from a Huey or an AC-130 Gunship – is almost always a motivational, morale-boosting, and Taliban-smoking experience. I say almost always because sometimes mistakes are made in either the chain of communication when placing the order for a Super Sized, 500 pound bomb, or in the actual delivery by the pilot in the sky. In this instance that was one of those moments in which a mistake was made, but thankfully no friendlies were hurt. Don’t pass on this video – as always more salty commentary after the link!
Last summer Anna Coren and her CNN team embedded with a US Special Forces unit in a district called Nejrab, which is located about 120 miles or so north of Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul. While this likely wasn’t the first firefight she has experienced in her front line reporting travels, it most likely was one of the most intense with rounds impacting what appeared to be just feet around her. This is yet another awesome combat footage video folks, and this time it comes fully wrapped in beautiful HD – do not miss this one! More after the jump!
Now this Helmand combat video is a must-see! As you likely have already read in my previous Marine Corps-tagged posts and videos here at SQ, I’m a former Marine who deployed to Afghanistan – or more specifically Helmand Province – as an embedded advisor with the Afghan National Army, or “ANA”. These videos really bring me back to 2010/2011 when I was there – not for the combat, as I didn’t see much outside of a few IEDs and small-arms fire, but for the Helmand landscape and watching the ANA operate. You have to understand that they are not Marines, or in all honesty anything remotely close to what most Americans would consider professional soldiers; they are the pride of Afghanistan, and I will tell you that these guys can flat out fight. Sure they have their shortcomings, but fighting – at least the unit that I worked with – is not one of them. That being said, the 1:07 minute mark in this video made me just about choke on my coffee from laughter – more details after the jump!
How can you not like a good airstrike video? As a former Marine, I can’t tell you the mental comfort you receive when you’re on a foot patrol in Afghanistan and you’ve got air support in the area. While I have never been up north in the vaunted Korengal Valley (my regiment kicked ass there before the surge brought the Marine Corps to Helmand; I joined the unit just after they got back), I have been to Helmand, which in places is equal parts nasty (just don’t listen to Maxim Magazine on that). The above moto airstrike video comes to you courtesy of the US Army Paratroopers from 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, as well as the A-10 Warthog who just completely levels an enemy stronghold somewhere deep within the Korengal. Awesome video – hit the link below for more!