The Kosovar Albanian who shot two airmen to death in a cold-blooded attack in March at the main airport in Frankfurt, Germany, admitted to the act at the beginning of his court trial this week. Arid Uka, 21, whom German prosecutors called an Islamic “lone wolf,” told the German court Wednesday that he had been radicalized by jihadist propaganda on the Internet, reported UPI. Uka killed SrA. Nicholas J. Alden, 25, of Williamston, S.C., and A1C Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, of Stanardsville, Va. Alden and Cuddeback were among a group of airmen on an Air Force bus on March 2 at the Frankfurt International Airport when Uka struck. Uka also seriously wounded two other airmen. He is charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder—since he took aim at a fifth airman before his gun jammed, reported FoxNews.com.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.