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xx 22 March 2017: Attack In London

March 22, 2017, 12:26:15 by Halifax Tar
U.K. police shoot assailant after gunfire heard near Parliament

House of Commons suspended and locked down, least 4 people lying on ground, some bleeding heavily

A man has been shot by London police after loud bangs similar to gunfire were heard outside Britain's Parliament on Wednesday.

At least four people were lying on the ground, some bleeding heavily and apparently unconscious, on Westminster Bridge near Parliament.

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rcaf MCpl Alfred Barr - SAR Tech dies in training accident in Saskatchewan

March 09, 2017, 00:13:58 by duffman

A Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician has died in a training accident near Yorkton, Sask.  Master Cpl. Alfred Barr died in during training Wednesday, according to the RCAF. He was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Winnipeg.
 “The RCAF’s Directorate of Flight Safety will be investigating the accident and no further information will be released about the incident while that is ongoing,” the military said in a statement.
 The commander of 17 Wing Winnipeg, Col. Andy Cook, expressed his condolences to Barr’s family, friends and fellow service members.
“Master Cpl. Barr was a valuable member of 435 Squadron’s Search and Rescue team, and he will be deeply missed,” he said.
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xx 3 Mar 2017: ISIS claims Cdn suicide bomber attack in IRQ

March 03, 2017, 17:33:16 by
This from Al Masdar News:
A Canadian member of the Islamic State (ISIS) carried out a suicide mission for the terrorist group in the southwestern part of Mosul this week, Al-‘Amaq reported on Friday.

Identified as “Abu Maliha Al-Kanadi” by the Islamic State, this terrorist carried out a suicide bombing inside the Wadi Hajjar neighborhood of Mosul.

This attack killed at least 3 Iraqi Army soldiers in the process.
More from U of Waterloo analyst Amarnath Amarasingam via Twitter:
ISIS announces a Canadian suicide attacker in Mosul: Abu Maliha al-Kanadi


"Brother Abu Maliha blew up his car over Shia militia situated west of Mosul. Killed some soldiers." Nothing else is mentioned about him.


Some images from Wadi Hajar today, which was taken from ISIS by Iraqi forces, and the city in which Abu Maliha blew himself up.


Here is Wadi Hajar, where Canadian Abu Maliha blew himself up. Right on the front lines near Mosul airport.

ISIS released a video on their Amaq channel of what is very likely the attack. But no mention of the Canadian.


BREAKING: ISIS has released a photo of Abu Maliha al-Kanadi.

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xx March 2017: Bomb hoax @ Concordia U.

March 02, 2017, 13:53:41 by
"Concordia University Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested"
Montreal police have arrested a possible suspect in connection with bombing threats at Concordia University.

Three university buildings in the downtown are were evacuated Wednesday after the institution received bomb threats targeting Muslim students.

Classes were disrupted for several hundred students as authorities searched the facilities for explosive devices. None were found and police ended their sweep in the afternoon, but the buildings were kept closed until 6 p.m. ET.

A 47-year-old man was taken into custody early Thursday at an apartment in Montreal's Cote-des-Neiges neighbourhood and is expected to be questioned by detectives in the morning ...
Meanwhile, U.S. white-supremicist group:  not us ...
The Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada (C4), the group that purportedly wrote a threatening letter against Muslim students at Concordia University in Montreal, has no links to an American white supremacist group with a similar name, according to experts.

"That's not us. That type of behaviour is utterly counterproductive," said Paul Fromm, a Canadian spokesperson for the Council of Conservative Citizens.

The group describes itself as wanting to "preserve North America for the European founding settler people," and is "strongly opposed to massive Third World immigration."

"We don't support violence or threats of violence, which is what this sounds to be."

The Council of Conservative Citizens is a well-known group in the United States that was founded in 1988. It's been described in some U.S. media reports as "America's biggest white-nationalist organization."

Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., was apparently inspired by council documents ...
More ...
... The CCC also has a Canadian connection. Paul Fromm, a former Ontario teacher, serves as the international director of the white supremacist group and is the executive director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression; a Mississauga-based group that has fought against anti-hate legislation, immigration policy and laws to protect gay rights.

Fromm was removed from the classroom in 1997 and was stripped of his teaching licence in 2007 over ties to racist organizations and activities ...
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xx 21st Century Forward Air Control: The Roots to Rebuild

March 02, 2017, 09:04:30 by Dimsum
Interesting article on the state of FAC (A) in the US.  A friend shared it and mentioned that the Royal Australian Air Force has Number 4 Squadron, which trains and deploys FAC (A), JTAC and Combat Control Teams.  Their FAC (A) fly in Pilatus PC-9s, not too far removed from our Harvard IIs.  If we had the will to do so, it wouldn't be a big leap to start up our version of 4 SQN.

A downed pilot or dislocated friendly servicemember is sighted and being closed on by an overwhelming enemy force. Suddenly, coordinated airstrikes rain down to avert the enemy and protect the friendly position. This is the result of one of the most misunderstood and under-used military instruments of airpower — the airborne forward air controller. Distinguished from his ground-based brethren by an appended “(A)” for airborne, the FAC(A) is the airborne equivalent of a joint terminal air controller (JTAC). Both the JTAC and FAC(A) can nominate and mark targets, de-conflict airspace, relay critical ground schemes of maneuver, and authorize airstrikes — all for the purpose of synergizing the ground and air attack team. One does it from the ground, while the other performs it from the air.

The Air Force has the equipment, know-how, and no shortage of targets to use this skillset — yet this tool remains in its box gathering rust. With “far more mission than Air Force today” and a growing pilot shortage, some might conclude that this derivative mission should be retired. This is dead wrong.

The brewing idea by the Air Force to rapidly procure 250 to 300 two-seat OA-X aircraft to perform light attack missions could be a welcome springboard to rejuvenate the FAC(A) mission, but it also has the potential to wreak havoc on manning. Beyond the highly publicized pilot shortage crisis, there is an even worse shortage of fighter weapons system officers, those who fly in the backseats of the B-1, F-15E, and F-18D/F. It may be possible to kill three birds with one stone by simultaneously providing an increase in force structure tailored for irregular conflicts, alleviating the shortage of fighter aviators, and restoring FAC(A) capability to the combat air force.
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