The Secret History of a Vietnam War Airstrike Gone Terribly Wrong


After making three dry runs over the battlefield, the Marine Corps A-4 attack jet descended to 1,000 feet above the jungle and released two bombs. It was just past dusk on Nov. 19, 1967.

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After making three dry runs over the battlefield, the Marine Corps A-4 attack jet descended to 1,000 feet above the jungle and released two bombs. It was just past dusk on Nov. 19, 1967. For the American troops below, a vicious weekslong fight that would eventually become known as the Battle of Dak To was about to take a horrible turn.

Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade were dug in on the steep southern slope of Hill 875, fighting beside napalm fires and exposed to the guns of North Vietnamese Army shooting from tunnels nearby. Among them was Specialist Jon Wambi Cook ‘ one of his infantry company’s few surviving radio operators.

Not to change the topic here:

Attacks in Syria and Afghanistan show neither war is close to over

The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility. Then, in a separate statement, said they had met again yesterday with U.S. representatives in Qatar, to discuss ‘ending the invasion of Afghanistan.’

The AP reported, ‘The Taliban, who now hold sway in almost half of Afghanistan, carry out attacks on a daily basis, mainly targeting the country’s beleaguered security forces.’

‘We can confirm a combined U.S. and Syrian partner force convoy was involved in an apparent VBIED attack today in Syria. There were no U.S. casualties,’ said a brief statement from Operation Inherent Resolve, on the coalition’s official Twitter account.

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The Early Edition: January 25, 2019

Before the start of business,’Just Security’provides a curated summary of’up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

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Venezuelan’President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against opposition leader Juan Guaid’ yesterday, with Maduro apparently still commanding the support of the country’s military, a day after after Guaid’ declared himself interim president with support from the U.S. Defense Minister and key Maduro ally Vladimir Padrino Lopez dismissed efforts to install a ‘de-facto parallel government’ as tantamount to a coup, stating in a televised address: ‘it’s not a war between Venezuelans that will solve our problems ‘ it’s dialogue,’ Scott Smith and Christine Armario’report at the’AP.

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Can Israel accept Russia in its backyard?

The Israeli government has declared that both countries have a fundamental interest in continuing good relations. The last thing Netanyahu needs is a confrontation with Russia. Photo: Office of the President of the Russian Federation (CC) http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/persons/40/events/52123/photos

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I agree with the author. Georgia has nobody else but its own nationalists & politicians, to blame for poor relations with Abkhasians & Ossetians, which caused them to fight for independence.

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Maybe one day we’ll have a free Ukraine whose politicians will actually campaign in Ukraine, instead of in the US.

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