Hormuz: Israel assisting with intel

August 6 2019: Foreign Minister Israel Katzat at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Israel was assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields, Israel was not expected to send ships.

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In June, then-U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the U.K. would join with European allies to form a “maritime protection mission” in the strait.

Hunt has since lost his job, and that effort appears to have foundered. Britain said August 5 2019 that it would join a U.S.-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz

[July 31 2019 combat air patrol since June ]
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The F-15E is a dual-role fighter currently conducting Surface Combat Air Patrol (SuCAP) operations to ensure free and open maritime commerce in the region. Their role is to conduct combat air patrol missions over the Arabian Gulf and provide aerial escorts of naval vessels as they traverse the Strait of Hormuz.
The 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is assigned to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, and arrived in country the second week of June, joining ADAB’s inventory of other fighters to include F-15C Eagles and F-35A Lightning IIs.

[July 22 2019 Al Udeid Air Base ISR missions ]

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The centerpiece of the CAOC is a bunker-like building with rows of desks, computer stations and screens on one wall that plot the position of coalition aircraft taking off from the nearby runway for around-the-clock surveillance and bombing missions.

Al Udeid Air Base hosts Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance ISR missions with The 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron and the 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

The 763rd ERS employs the U.S. Air Force RC-135 and the 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron, employs the U.S. Air Force E-8, jets with different intelligence capabilities    On any given day, ISR units fly missions from one end of Air Force Central Command Area of Responsibility to another. “It may take multiple intelligence capabilities to satisfy the commander’s requirements and not all of those may reside on one jet.”

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[July 11 2019   al-Udeid gets F-22s: Pence sits   ]

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Cheri Bustos, D—East Moline, on a Fourth of July visit to Illinois active service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar

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BLU-114/B “Soft-Bomb” graphite bomb

The graphite bomb was first used against Iraq in the Gulf War (1990–1991), knocking out 85% of the electrical supply. Similarly, the BLU-114/B “Soft-Bomb” graphite bomb was used by NATO against Serbia in May 1999, disabling 70% of that country’s power grid. The weapon is sometimes referred to as blackout bomb or as soft bomb because its direct effects are largely confined to the targeted electrical power facility, with minimal risk of immediate collateral damage.
[November 20, 2017]In a statement, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the F-22 was used “for a variety of reasons, but primarily to mitigate collateral damage and civilian casualties by employing small diameter bombs carried by the aircraft.”

The number of F-22 Raptors remains unclear but photographers spotted at least a dozen of the radar-evading jets at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar

WH: “[n]othing related to national security.” The Vice President is reportedly in the White House now.[12:47 pm] He has no public events July 3 2019[ibid]
[July 5 2019]”I can’t tell you about it. But it had nothing to do with the White House,” Trump said.

“We regret this decision by Iran, which calls into question an essential instrument of nuclear non-proliferation,” the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain said in a joint statement with the EU’s High Representative on Iran. “We urge Iran to reverse this step and to refrain from further measures that undermine the nuclear deal,” they said.

[June 27 2019]

[November 10 2018 U.S. stops Yemen inflight refueling for Saudis ]

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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker maintainer, assigned to the 340th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, inspects the aircraft’s boom before a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, June 7, 2017.

“We support the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after consultations with the U.S. government, to use the coalition’s own military capabilities to conduct inflight refueling in support of its operations in Yemen,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement. “The U.S. will also continue working with the coalition and Yemen to minimize civilian casualties and expand urgent humanitarian efforts throughout the country.” U.S. comments, appeared aimed at suggesting the kingdom was behind the decision. 80 percent of aerial refueling in the region is from Udeid,” Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said.

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