A man accused of killing two police officers while acting as the leader of an al Qaeda group in the Iraqi city of Fallujah was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz., federal officials said Jan. 31. Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, is wanted in Iraq on charges of premeditated murder of the Iraqi police officers in 2006, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Arizona. The statement did not provide information on when Al-Nouri entered the United States or how long he had lived in Phoenix.
State-run Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said on Feb. 2 it won a $240 million contract to manufacture wings for U.S. Air Force T-38 training aircraft. IAI said it has been producing the wings for the T-38s since 2011 and that the work will be performed in Israel.
Joint military operations with the U.S.-led coalition to counter the Islamic State group have resumed after a nearly three-week pause, according to an Iraqi military statement.
There has been an increase in Iranian activity in Afghanistan that poses a risk to American and coalition troops there, a senior U.S. commander said, as the threat from Tehran continues to churn across the Middle East.
The Air Force and industry are taking new technical steps to quickly alert commanders in the event that the U.S. comes under nuclear attack, by increasing the time window with which decision-makers have to both defend and potentially retaliate. This includes using emerging software and hardware technologies and new architecture to, among other things, migrate time-sensitive targeting data to the cloud, increase network resiliency and better connect space, air and ground nodes into a fast, seamless integrated threat analysis system.
The commander of U.S. forces in Africa said Jan. 30 that a suspected coronavirus case has turned up in the tiny East African state of Djibouti, where the U.S. and China maintain bases about seven miles apart.
Storms dubbed “atmospheric rivers” have killed dozens of Californians, inflicted billions of dollars in damage, and three years ago forced the evacuation of 200,000 people. Yet forecasters don’t know nearly as much as they’d like about these “horizontal hurricanes.” On Jan. 28, high above the Pacific Ocean, two U.S. Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunter” crews in a pair of WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft were trying to change that, as part of a years-long research project to improve atmospheric river forecasting.
Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, First Lt. Samuel Lombardo, Staff Sgt. Odon S. Cardenas, and Cpl. Sidney Walton will participate in the coin toss at Super Bowl LIV before the Kansas City Chiefs square off against the San Francisco 49ers. “Kansas City, I’m going for the Chiefs,” said McGee, a famed Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 combat missions through three wars. He was recently honorarily promoted to a one-star general. “I hope for a good game, good referees. One of them is going to be declared a winner.”