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A Russian Fighter Jet Sent A US Recon Plane Through 'Violent Turbulence' With Its Afterburners
A Russian fighter jet reportedly made unsafe maneuvers near a U.S. aircraft flying over the Black Sea, CNN reported on Nov. 17.
The Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet reportedly crossed in front of the U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft on Nov. 25, flying as close as 50 feet, and turned on its afterburners, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told CNN.
The maneuver left "violent turbulence" in its wake, forcing the P-8A to deal with a 15-degree roll, according to Baldanza. The incident reportedly lasted 24 minutes.
A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea is intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker on June 19, 2017. A Russian Su-30 fighter flew within 50 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft traveling over the Black Sea on Nov. 26, 2017.Photo via U.S. European Command
"The U.S. aircraft was operating in international airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior," Baldanza said in the report. "Unsafe actions have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved."
In June, an armed Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, coming as close as five feet. The two aircraft were operating in international airspace; however, a US Air Force spokesperson said at the time that "there are international standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents."
The latest incident comes amid Russia's accusations, made earlier this month, in which they called the U.S.-led coalition force combating Islamic State militants in Syria "occupying forces."
Russia, a key ally to Syria's embattled leader, President Bashar al-Assad, has been at odds with U.S. forces and their allies during the Syrian civil war.
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The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
Fifteen years after the U.S. military toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Army's massive two-volume study of the Iraq War closed with a sobering assessment of the campaign's outcome: With nearly 3,500 U.S. service members killed in action and trillions of dollars spent, "an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor.
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Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.