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U.S. Forces In Liberia  
User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Just wanted to see if any of you noticed the photos today. U.S. troops in desert camoflauge disembarking a Mi-8/17 in Monrovia, complete with what looked like an american flaf under the pilot's window (can't say for sure, bad quality photo, and the liberian flag is very similar). I know the U.S. got its hands on a few of these birds for its Afghanistan campaign, although rumored at the time to be leased from a company in Alabama. Are these new 'copters new aquisitions, or procured locally?

T.J.


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

OK not desert camo. Definitely a U.S. flag though. Here's a link to a story with the picture I was talking about.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/07/07/liberia/index.html

T.J.



The last of the famous international playboys
User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

I was about to say that it looks like they are wearing woodland camo! Finally back to green!!!!!!!!


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2143 times:












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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Mi-8 it is then! The question still remains, where does the U.S. get these, and are those U.S. military pilots flying them?

T.J.



The last of the famous international playboys
User currently offlineDahawaiian From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

I assume they are using a Russian helicopter to keep a low profile. Something like a Chinook, Seaknight or Blackhawk would be a dead giveaway as to who the helicopter belonged to.
It probably wouldn't be all that difficult for someone like the CIA to purchase helicopters on the black market in Africa. They had their own Air Force in Air America during the war in Southeast Asia. I wonder if the military keeps a secret fleet of foreign aircraft for ops like this? Does this thing have a registration number? Very interesting.


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Low profile? Secret fleet of foreign aircraft

Those guys - in standard US camo - don't seem camera-shy.
And what's that painted above the Ми-8 badge?

I suspect that there are some more practical reasons, too; the same as for DHL choosing Antonovs to open services into Baghdad / Afghanistan.



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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Mi-8s are easy to obtain and allow the user to keep a low profile ala the CIA in Afghanistan. The American flag is more than likely there to alert potential enemies of exactly who is operating the aircraft and what kind of response they could possible expect if they fire upon it.


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2117 times:

How do you reconcile "keep a low profile" with "alert potential enemies of exactly who is operating the aircraft"? You can't have both.  Big grin


Cunning linguist
User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

BTW i hope we don't get involved over there and i hope we don't send troops or aid, we have enough on our plate already, this is one area were i don't support Bush on if he decides to get us involved we're to busy right now as it is.


"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Well as you can see from the pictures the helos are operated by a company called ICI under contract to the US govt...

Cheers  Smile
Woodreau/KMVL



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