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.”
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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
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DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.