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U.S. Forces In Liberia

Tue Jul 08, 2003 6:13 am

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?

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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Tue Jul 08, 2003 9:15 am

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

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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:43 pm

I was about to say that it looks like they are wearing woodland camo! Finally back to green!!!!!!!!
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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Wed Jul 09, 2003 10:01 am









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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Wed Jul 09, 2003 10:24 am

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?

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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Wed Jul 09, 2003 12:36 pm

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.
 
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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Wed Jul 09, 2003 9:44 pm

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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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Thu Jul 10, 2003 12:24 am

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.
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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Thu Jul 10, 2003 4:11 am

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
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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Thu Jul 10, 2003 6:28 am

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.
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RE: U.S. Forces In Liberia

Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:31 am

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

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