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‘Emergency’ Caused A Ukrainian Fighter To Crash, Killing A US Pilot
An in-flight emergency caused the crash of a Ukrainian SU-27B in October, killing an American and Ukrainian pilot, the head of the Ukrainian air force said on Thursday.
“While the SU-27 fighter jet was performing its climb, there was an emergency situation that [led] to a catastrophe,” Ukrainian Col.-Gen. Sergii Drozdov said through a translator. “The ministry of defense of Ukraine has assigned the investigation board and the investigation is ongoing.”
U.S. officials are observing the investigation, which is meant to be as transparent as possible, Drozdov told reporters on Thursday after meeting Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. When the investigation into what exactly caused the crash is complete, the Ukrainian government will announce its findings.
Lt. Col. Seth “Jethro” Nehring, of the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing, was taking part in a familiarization flight on Oct. 16 when the Ukrainian fighter went down about 175 miles southwest of Kiev. Ukrainian Col. Ivan Petrenko also died in the crash.
Drozdov and Goldfein briefly spoke to reporters on Thursday after they discussed a five-year plan to expand cooperation between the two countries’ air forces. Losing an airman is never easy, Goldfein said.
“Our heart goes out to the families and we owe it to the families to ensure a full accounting of what happened,” Goldfein said. “In this case, we follow the Ukrainian air force’s lead as they come to the end of their investigation. Again, condolences to the families.”
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.
Editor's note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Monday it would hold a large test of its Strategic Missile Forces that will see it fire ballistic and cruise missiles from the land, sea and air this week.
The exercise, from Oct. 15-17, will involve around 12,000 military personnel, as well as aircraft, including strategic nuclear bombers, surface ships and submarines, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.