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    Default Weekend photos 18th and 19 February 2012


    Libyans wave Kingdom of Libya flags as they celebrate the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, along a street in Benghazi February 17, 2012.

    An anti-government protestor holds a Muslim prayer bracelet as he gestures on his knees to the riot police during clashes in Dakar, Senegal, February 17, 2012.

    British activist Elaine Martha is arrested by women riot police during her participation in a march to Al Farook Junction, formerly known as Pearl Square, in Budaiya, west of Manama February 17, 2012.

    Illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq leave a police office in Bantul district in Indonesia's central Java province February 17, 2012.

    Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping speaks as United States Vice President Joe Biden (R) looks on during a visit to a classroom where students are learning Mandarin at the International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles, California February 17, 2012.

    A boy sits on a fence during a rally to show support to the upcoming presidential elections in Sanaa February 17, 2012.

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    Boeing RC-135 trains above Lincoln, Nebraska. Friday, February 17th, 2012.



    Belgian Army, shooting competition.





    Belgian Chief of Defence General Charles-Henri Delcour visiting Rwanda and DR Congo. Photos : Malek Azoug

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    Estonia.













    Danish soldiers in Afghanistan.

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    Lithuanians in Afghanistan.

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    A French soldier from 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment taking part in Exercise Boars Head at Otterburn Training Area
    [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

    Private Colin Cadman, 5 SCOTS, leads French troops from 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment during Exercise Boars Head at Otterburn Training Area
    [Picture: Mark Owens, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

    British and French troops taking part in Exercise Boars Head at Otterburn Training Area
    [Picture: Mark Owens, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

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    Default 18th Aggressor Squadron takes to the sky


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    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam- A maintainer from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, completes pre-flight on an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aggressor, Feb. 14.The 18 AS is here in support of Cope North 2012, flying as the opposing force to the other aircraft participating in the Exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

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    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam- A maintainer from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, completes pre-flight on an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aggressor, Feb. 14.The 18 AS is here in support of Cope North 2012, flying as the opposing force to the other aircraft participating in the Exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

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    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam- A maintainer from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aggressor forward to do final checks for pre-flight, Feb. 14. The 18 AS is here supporting Cope North 2012 playing as the opposing force against the other services participating. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam-An F-16 Fighting Falcon Aggressor taxis on the flight line during Cope North 2012, Feb. 14. More than 1,000 military members from units spanning the Pacific are scheduled to begin arriving this week for exercise Cope North. The trilateral exercise, which began Feb. 11 and will run through Feb. 24, is a multinational exercise designed to enhance air operations between the U.S. Air Force, the Japan Air Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

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    [LEFT][*******#000000]An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, moves into position to receive fuel from a 151st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 during a training mission, Feb. 9, near Wendover, Utah. The 151st ARW routinely supports air operations across the western United States.[/COLOR][/LEFT]
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    [*******#000000]An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force base, Utah, receives fuel from a 151st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 during a training mission Feb. 9 near Wendover, Utah. The 151st ARW routinely supports air operations across the western United States.[/COLOR]
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    [LEFT][*******#000000]An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force base, Utah, departs after receiving fuel from a 151st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 during a training mission Feb. 9 near Wendover, Utah. The 151st ARW routinely supports air operations across the western United States.[/COLOR][/LEFT]
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    [LEFT][*******#000000]An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, departs after receiving fuel from a 151st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 during a training mission, Feb. 9, near Wendover, Utah. The 151st ARW routinely supports air operations across the western United States.[/COLOR][/LEFT]
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    2/17/2012 - A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber lands on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 16. The B-2 is classified as a heavy bomber and is capable of delivering 40,000 pounds of conventional and nuclear munitions to its target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)(RELEASED)

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    [LEFT][*******#000000]An F-22 Raptor awaits release from its hangar, Feb. 16, to taxi out for a flight. Eight F-22s were launched as Holloman's premiere aircraft took to the sky to continue training to maintain combat mission readiness.[/COLOR][/LEFT]

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    [LEFT][*******#000000]Lt. Col. Robert Buchanan, 301st Fighter Squadron commander, makes his final launch preparations, Feb. 16, before taxiing out for a flight. Eight F-22 Raptors were launched as Holloman's premiere aircraft took to the sky to continue training to maintain combat mission readiness.[/COLOR][/LEFT]

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    [LEFT][*******#000000]Four F-22 Raptors await release from the end of the runway Feb. 16, to taxi out for a flight. Eight F-22s were launched as Holloman's premiere aircraft took to the sky to continue training to maintain combat mission readiness.[/COLOR][/LEFT]

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    [LEFT][*******#000000]Two F-22 Raptors taxi to the runway Feb. 16, after successfully getting through the end of runway final checks. Eight F-22s were launched as Holloman's premiere aircraft took to the sky to continue training to maintain combat mission readiness.[/COLOR][/LEFT]

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    Default F-22 Raptors take offs


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    [LEFT][*******#000000]Two F-22 Raptors taxi onto the runway before a training mission Feb. 16. Holloman is home to the 7th Fighter Squadron and its fleet of F-22s. The F-22 has a combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, and when coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities.[/COLOR][/LEFT]

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    [LEFT][*******#000000]An F-22 Raptor flies during a training mission Feb. 16. Holloman is home to the 7th Fighter Squadron and its fleet of F-22s. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.[/COLOR][/LEFT]

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    ^^^^ Very-very nice pictures.


    Hellenic Army Artillery AA twin auto-cannons Rheinmetall Rh202 20X139mm in a live fire military exercise, shooting at ~2000m, illumination mortar rounds in full auto and semi auto.

    Rheinmetall Zwillingsflak twin-gun anti-aircraft system began development in 1968 to meet the requirements of the low-level air defense units of the German Air Force, i.e. "to engage low and very low approaching enemy aircraft with all appropriate means in time to prevent them from firing their weapons or delivering their ordnance, or at least to prevent them from carrying out an accurate attack on an Air Force installation." The Budget Committee of the Bundestag approved the Zwillingsflak system in December 1969, and serial production began in 1972; the first production systems reached units of the Bundeswehr on October 12 of that year.
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    Default Walking point, avoiding IEDs in Sangin



    Lance Cpl. Ryan W. Scoville, team leader with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, a 22-year-old Peoria, Ariz., native, receives instruction from his squad leader during a security patrol here, recently. He carried a THOR jamming system to disrupt remote-detonated improvised explosive devices.


    Cpl. Adam McKinley, squad leader with 2nd platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, instructs his squad members during a security patrol here recently. McKinley, a 24-year-old native of Sacramento, Calif., strictly followed the route of the pointman, who scanned the area for improvised explosive devices and enemies.


    Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Rodriguez, point man with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, sweeps for improvised explosive devices and clears a route during a foot patrol, Feb. 6. Rodriguez, a 19-year-old native of San Jose, Calif., led more than 120 patrols without an IED strike, and he detected three IEDs. His squad interacted with local villagers and searched the area for insurgent activity during the patrol.

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    Loving those Raptor pics!

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    Default Another snow day at Forward Operating Base Bullard



    A thick blanket of snow covers the ground on Forward Operating Base Bullard after several days of heavy snowfall.


    A Romanian soldier with the 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion shovels after another night of heavy snowfall at Forward Operating Base Bullard, Shah Joy, Afghanistan.


    The chaplain for the Romanian 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion conducts a prayer service prior to every mission.


    Romanian soldiers with the 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion participate in a prayer service prior to departing on patrol in the Shah Joy area.


    Romanian soldiers with the 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion participate in a prayer service prior to departing on patrol in the Shah Joy area.


    Soldiers from the Romanian 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion prepare to go out on patrol despite the deep snow in Shah Joy area, Afghanistan.


    The snow is piled high after several days of steady snowfall on Forward Operating Base Bullard, Shah Joy, Afghanistan.


    A Romanian soldier from the 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion shovels after another night of heavy snow at Forward Operating Base Bullard, Shah Joy, Afghanistan.


    A Zabul Agribusiness Development Team Mine Resistant Protected All Terrain Vehicle with mine roller is blanketed after another night of heavy snow at Forward Operating Base Bullard, Shah Joy, Afghanistan.


    A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle is covered with another blanket of snow received overnight on Forward Operating Base Bullard, Shah Joy, Afghanistan

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    Default Exercise Boar's Head

    Exercise Boars Head is a company level live firing exercise which is taking place at Otterburn Training Area involving a British Army infantry company from 5 SCOTS, a unit of 16 Air Assault Brigade; and a company from 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment a unit of the French 11th Parachute Brigade. The exercise is part of the continuing relationship between French and British Army units following the signing of the Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty by Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2010.


    A British sniper from 5 SCOTS (centre) and French snipers of the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment train together at Exercise Boars Head, Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland.MOD/Crown Copyright 2012. Photo Mark Owens/Army HQ2Div


    French troops from the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment fire live mortar rounds at the joint UK / French training Exercise Boars Head, Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland.MOD/Crown Copyright 2012. Photo Mark Owens/Army HQ2Div


    British troops from 5 SCOTS and French soldiers of the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment train together at Exercise Boars Head, Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland.MOD/Crown Copyright 2012. Photo Mark Owens/Army HQ2Div


    Bulls Eye! A French sniper from the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiement celebrates the top 'hit score' at Exercise Boars Head the Anglo / French joint training exercise at Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland.MOD/Crown Copyright 2012. Photo Mark Owens/Army HQ2Div

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