Miscues at U.S. counterterrorism base put aircraft in danger, documents show (WaPo)


“The skies above the U.S. military’s counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show.

Conditions at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the base for U.S. pilots flying sensitive missions over Yemen and Somalia, have become so dire that American warplanes and civilian airliners alike are routinely placed in jeopardy, according to federal aviation experts and documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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After Jordanian pilot’s death, king signals he will escalate fight against Islamic State (WaPo)

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed Wednesday that his military forces would hit Islamic State militants with “relentless” strikes upon “their own homes,” an escalation that could place Jordan in the middle of the Syrian civil war.”

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Jordan pilot: Anger dominates Mideast media response (BBC)

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“Middle Eastern media reaction to the killing of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by Islamic State (IS) has shown both anger and disgust.”

See the full article at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31129326