In the course of researching the al-Shabaab attack on Puntland Security Forces at Af Urur on 8 June 2017, a couple of interesting little details emerged.
All eight of the South African Air Force 35 Squadron’s C-47TP transport and maritime surveillance aircraft were grounded for much of 2016, leaving a severe gap in the country’s coverage of its oceans. The cause was the discovery of a corrosion problem in the alloy used for the aircraft’s control cables.
Evidence from the crash of two MI-24 helicopters in the DRC in January 2017 points to Georgian pilots flying more that simply training missions in the country. ALBERTO FITTARELLI investigates.
What was the mindset behind the KDF’s blanket denials of the authenticity of the imagery?