The Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh has endured semi-frequent bombardments from Yemeni rebels’ ballistic missiles, launched in retaliation for the Saudis’ aerial intervention in the Yemenis’ ongoing civil war. And the Saudis’ U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) kinetic interceptors recently put on one hell of a light show.
The Saudi military says its air defense neutralized seven incoming ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels on March 25, the New York Times reports, with fragments of the destroyed munitions showering residential neighborhoods surrounding Riyadh — and lighting up the night sky like the Fourth o’ July, based on eyewitness footage captured during the missile attack.
The footage shows an intense escalation, just days after Yemeni rebels took down a Saudi coalition aircraft with an R-27 air-to-air rocket reportedlymodified into a surface-to-air missile. And for those worried about the Saudi PAC-3s’ reported failures during a Yemeni bombardment back November, Sunday’s performance may serve as a major confidence boost.
But maybe the Saudi countermeasures weren’t all that great. Several amateur videos appeared to show a Patriot interceptor completely missing its target, taking a sickly turn, and becoming a ground missile:
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.