Iraqi F-16 Crash In Arizona Is Another Blow To Troubled Training Program

An Iraqi Air Force F-16D went down near the town of Douglas, along the Arizona-New Mexico border late last night. The jet was reportedly the inaugural F-16 delivered with Iraqi colors and the condition of its pilot, reportedly an Iraqi airman training in the U.S., remains unknown. The crash has sparked a large fire… »6/25/15 3:03pm6/25/15 3:03pm

Dutch F-16 Pilots Now Flying Over ISIS Territory With Sub Machine Guns

After a Jordanian F-16 pilot was captured and burned alive in a steel cage, Dutch F-16 crews are being armed with Brugger & Thomet MP9 sub-machine guns. The idea being: if a pilot ejects, they can hold off the enemy long enough for a combat search and rescue unit to arrive. More firepower gives them a fighting chance. »5/21/15 7:20pm5/21/15 7:20pm

An Intelligence Vet Explains ISIS, Yemen, and "the Dick Cheney of Iraq"

Today marks the beginning of what I hope will be many opportunities to introduce true practitioners in the world of spying and killing to Phase Zero readers. Our first guest is Malcolm Nance, a 34-year veteran intelligence officer who has worked the Iraq mission since 1987, fighting in all of our Middle East wars… »4/22/15 12:10pm4/22/15 12:10pm

The Amazing OV-10 Bronco Was Never Allowed To Meet Its Full Potential

The OV-10 Bronco was a flying and fighting do-all sport utility vehicle. It could loiter for hours, direct fire onto the enemy, pack paratroopers and cargo, or attack with its own weapons. Many think it was retired right when it could have become most useful and that it would have been the perfect light air support »4/05/15 5:08pm4/05/15 5:08pm

Why Iraqi Kurds Drive Cars Named After Monica Lewinsky

Here in America, when faced with a difficult-to-pronounce-correctly car name like "Touareg" or "Huaracan," we either spend hours painstakingly learning the correct pronunciation, or we say "screw it," instead, and just keep on saying it wrong. But Iraqi Kurds have found a better way. They just give the cars amazing… »11/11/14 6:00pm11/11/14 6:00pm

Canadian Hornets To Kuwait, Aussie Super Hornets Make Combat Debut

The anti-ISIS air coalition is a tapestry made up of an ever growing number of nations and aircraft types, and now international F/A-18 Hornet operators are entering the fray. Australia has sent half a dozen F/A-18F Super Hornets, a KC-30A, and an E-7 Wedgetail and Canadian Hornets are on the way. »10/08/14 6:51pm10/08/14 6:51pm

American Apache Attack Choppers Quietly Join The Fight Against ISIS

It appears that the world's premier attack helicopter, the Boeing AH-64 Apache, has entered into the fight against a resilient ISIS that continues to hold key cities throughout western and northern Iraq. Apache combat operations marks a significant escalation in both capability and risk by the US when it comes to… »10/06/14 7:12am10/06/14 7:12am

Watch This GBU-12 Laser Guided Bomb Obliterate An ISIS Cannon

ISIS has gotten their hands on many types of artillery pieces as they have seized Syrian and Iraqi weapons caches. Denying them this standoff capability is a top priority for the growing anti-ISIS air power coalition. In this case, a GBU-12 Paveway II 500lb laser guided bomb absolutely obliterates what looks like a »9/28/14 5:00pm9/28/14 5:00pm

Britain, Denmark & Belgium To Join The Air War Against ISIS

British Parliament voted overwhelmingly today to join the coalition of US, France and Arab states that are flying attack missions over Iraq to combat ISIS. In addition, Belgium and Denmark will be sending F-16MLUs to the fight. All are said to be fully aware that the mission to shatter ISIS may take months or even… »9/26/14 3:15pm9/26/14 3:15pm

Iraq's First Mi-28 'Havoc' Attack Chopper Has Taken To The Air

Iraq's first Mi-28 Havoc 'Night Hunter' attack chopper has taken flight in Iraq. These are some of the most heavily armed and capable attack helicopters in the world. Three were delivered alongside four new Mi-35 'Hind' attack helicopters from Russia as part of an expedited order placed to help fight the spread of… »9/13/14 4:58pm9/13/14 4:58pm

Heroic Iraqi Helo Crew Saves Stranded Yazidis From Hell On Mt. Sinjar

In what continues to be a very desperate situation atop a mountain in NW Iraq, where close to 50k Yazidis are under siege by ISIS fighters, Iraq's small fleet of Mi-8 "Hips" has been at work trying to make an impact. A CNN crew flew along to see the crisis for themselves, and that they did, with the chopper saving… »8/12/14 6:18am8/12/14 6:18am

White House Approves Airstrikes And Airdrops For Iraq

The White House's scale has tipped in favor of direct action against ISIS and support for their victims. Yesterday, airdrops of much needed food, water and medical supplies commenced over northern Iraq, where ISIS has ran thousands of Iraq's Yazidi minority into the mountains. Meanwhile, ISIS is threatening the… »8/08/14 9:19am8/08/14 9:19am

US Soldier's Dated Rant To Iraqi Police More Relevant Than Ever?

This video seems to be shot around 2008 and it depicts a US Soldier verbally unloading on an Iraqi Police Force unit. Many of the same issues he brings up have only been magnified since the US military left Iraq. What do you think, is this guy giving the Iraqi Police too hard a time or prophesying the future? »6/26/14 6:37pm6/26/14 6:37pm

Watch Iraqi Mi-35 Hind Attack Choppers Take The Fight To The ISIS

This video depicts Iraqi Mi-35M "Hind-E" advanced helicopter gunships, of which the Iraqi armed forces only have a handful in inventory, taking the fight to the ISIS in Northern Iraq. A much larger analysis on the events currently unfolding in Iraq will be posted soon. In the meantime, check out this amazing footage… »6/15/14 7:35pm6/15/14 7:35pm