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Insane Video Appears To Show Russian Helicopter Firing On Crowd During Exercise
A Russian news site published spectacular video Sep. 19 of a Russian attack helicopter apparently letting one of its air-to-ground rockets loose on observers during a major annual training exercise near the country’s western border with several NATO nations, the Associated Press reported this morning.
The video, which has since been reposted to YouTube by several users, clearly shows two helicopter gunships — identified by Russian sources as Ka-52 “Alligators” — approaching the observers fast, when two smoke trails shoot out from the trailing bird. The rockets quickly impact next to the observers, causing an explosion and a shockwave. The video also shows the wreckage at the impact site, including a perfect rocket-sized hole is visible in the window pane of one damaged vehicle.
Russia’s 66.ru site reported on Sept. 19 that two people were hospitalized and two cars were wrecked in the incident, which occurred during the Russia-Belarus joint Zapad 2017 maneuvers. 66.ru said the incident occurred Sunday or Monday on the Luzhsky range, an hour’s drive east of the Russia-Estonia border. The Zapad exercise, which began Sep. 14, involves as many as 100,000 Russian military troops and has raised concerns among NATO members that Moscow seeks a war footing with Europe and the United States. (“Zapad” is Russian for “west.”)
Russian military officials confirmed the incident to the AP, But denied that the footage was from Sept. 18 or that anyone was hurt by the explosion.
Other observers said the incident was not the fault of the helicopter pilot, but his machinery. A military source told 66.ru the pilots were preparing for a live-fire practice run beyond the observers, but that when “there were 500 meters left... something shorted, and the missiles went off by themselves.”
The two injured bystanders, 66.ru's source added, “were most likely journalists.”
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.