Friday, November 17, 2017

My publication in November 2017


Ce mois-ci, je contribue au n°132 du magazine "Défense & Sécurité International" avec une analyse sur le bilan et les effets de la campagne aérienne de la coalition arabe au Yémen. Il fait suite à un premier article publié dans le n° 119 de Novembre 2015 qui présentait un état des lieux des opérations après six mois de campagne.

This month, I have contributed to Issue No. 132 of "Défense & Sécurité International" magazine with an analysis of the results and effects of the aérial campaign of the Arab coalition in Yemen. It follows a first article published in Issue No. 119 of November 2015 which presented an inventory of the coalition operations after six months of campaign.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New massacre in Libya raises tension between Libyan factions


On Nov. 10, 2017, 28 people were found shot dead southwest of the Libyan capital in Wershafana area. Among the victims were soldiers from the Libyan National Army, one of the main regimes competing for power in the country.

The National Human Rights Commission in Libya called on the Libyan authorities to investigate the massacre. The commission claimed the killings occurred after troops from the Government of National Accord — the LNA’s rival — stormed the Wershafana area.

Some of the bodies reportedly showed signs of torture.

Rival Libyan Regimes Are Busy Slaughtering Each Other - More evidence of mass-killings


Chinese made laser guided artillery shell used in Libya


On Nov. 5, 2017, the website Libya Times published on social media photos of the remnants of an unexploded guided artillery projectile, but misidentified it as a U.S.-made Excalibur.

War Is Boring identified the munition as a Chinese GP1 guided 155-millimeter artillery munition — a licensed copy of the Russian 30F39 Krasnopol guided shell.

Libya Times reported that the shell was fired on Nov. 1 near Wearshafana, on the outskirts of Tripoli, by forces loyal to Osama Al Juwaili as they attacked the Fourth Brigade led by Brig. Bashir Najih.

Somebody’s Popping Off Laser-Guided Shells in Libya


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Iraqi 9th Fighter Squadron has now 21 F-16C/Ds in its fleet


On November 2nd, 2017, Iraqi Air Force's 9th Fighter Squadron took delivery of a new batch of three F-16Cs increasing to twenty one the total of Vipers in service on Iraqi territory. The first four F-16C/Ds arrived in Iraq on July 13th, 2015. Four days before, two single-seater (serial numbers 1607 and 1610), and two two-seaters (serial numbers 1601 and 1604) took off from Tucson and landed at Lajes in the Azores the same day. They landed at Balad AB on July 13th where they joined the new 9th Fighter Squadron. Two months later, they carried out their first combat missions against Islamic State militants. Twenty one aircraft is now enough to sustain intensive operations against ISIS.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Non, monsieur Arfi, l'opération Harmattan n'a pas été déclenchée sur un mensonge

Dans leur livre « Avec les compliments du Guide » paru aux Edition Fayard, Fabrice Arfi et Karl Laske – journalistes de Médiapart – tentent d’exposer les relations ambiguës entre Nicolas Sarkozy et la Libye de Mouammar Kadhafi. Je ne commenterai pas le dossier financement de campagne pour lequel je n’ai pas d’éléments pour contredire ou confirmer leurs déclarations. Je vais par contre évoquer la campagne militaire en Libye de 2011 et le prétendu postulat du « mensonge » sur les motifs de cette guerre.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Iranian made Mohajer-2 UAV in Libyan warlord hands


On Oct. 5, 2017, Maghreb Confidentiel — a professional journal covering Africa’s intelligence services — revealed that the Libyan National Army has obtained Iranian-made Mohajer-2 drones.

War Is Boring’s own sources in Libya confirmed the claim. A photo provided by LNA militants shows one of the Iranian UAVs at an unspecified air base.

The Libyan engineer in the picture – his face obscured for security reasons – works with the LNA. But the provenance of the drone is unclear.

There are two sources plausible sources. Iran and Sudan.

Someone Gave Iranian-Made Drones to Libya’s Tobruk Regime


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My publication for October 2017



In October issue (No. 355) of Air Force Monthly magazines, I published my fourth contribution to the "Flashpoint" series of short reports : "Tough times for Chadian Air Force", the reborn of Chadian Air Force and its involvement in the war against Boko Haram until a storm damaged most of CAF fleet last July.

Iraq got F-16s in summer 2015 and immediately started bombing ISIS


On Sept. 5, 2017,  Iraqi air force major Noor Faleh Al Khuzai died in the crash of his F-16 fighter during a training flight in Arizona. This is the second F-16IQ the Iraqi air force has lost in Arizona. On June 25, 2015, F-16C serial number 1609 crashed, killing its pilot Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammad Hassan.

In January 2011, Iraq signed a contract worth $3 billion for 18 F-16C/D Block 52 fighters — 12 single-seat F-16Cs and six two-seat F-16Ds — for delivery between 2014 and 2015.

In March 2012, the first Iraqi F-16 pilot graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in the United States. In October that year, Iraq ordered 18 more F-16s.

On May 2, 2014, the first Iraqi F-16IQ — F-16D serial number 1601 — made its maiden flight at Forth Worth, Texas, followed by official delivery to Iraq on June 5. The first two aircraft, 1601 and 1602, went to Tucson International Airport, home of the U.S. Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, which trains Iraqi pilots.

Iraq Got F-16s in Summer 2015 and Immediately Started Bombing ISIS - The 9th Fighter Squadron wasted no time


Monday, September 18, 2017

My publication in September 2017


En septembre, je contribue au n°131 du magazine "Défense & Sécurité International" avec un article sur les "Opérations aériennes/contre-aériennes françaises contre la Libye dans les années 80" au Tchad et en Méditerranée.

In September, I have contributed to Issue No. 131 of "Défense & Sécurité International" magazine with an article about the "French aerial operations against Libya in the 1980s" in Chad and the Mediterranean sea.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Islamic State Surges in Libya

But Islamist attacks probably won't compell Libyan rivals to work together



On Aug. 23, 2017, nine soldiers from the Libyan National Army’s 131st Brigade — including its commander Ali Al Ghadbane — were killed at a checkpoint near Al Fugha between Sabha and Zillah in southwestern Libya. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The last attack by the terrorist group took place in May 2017, targeting a convoy of the Misrata militia’s 3rd Force. Since the end of August 2017, ISIS has stepped up its activity in the Sirte region.

Monday, August 21, 2017

My publication for summer 2017


This summer, two of my stories are published in issue 20 of The Aviation Historian magazine and september issue of Air Forces Monthly. First one is the story of the Libyan Tu-22s "Blinder" engaged in Chad against Chadian and French written in collaboration with my colleague Tom Cooper. Two of them were lost during the air raids against N'Djamena in 1986 and 1987. The second article (Flaspoint) establishes an assessment of the air war in Yemen since March 2015.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Libyan National Army Air Force MiG shot down over Derna

The Libyan National Army Air Force has lost a new aircraft over Derna today, shot down by Derna Mujahidine Shura Council (DMSC) militants. The pilot, Adel Al-Jihani, and the co-pilot, Wael Al-Wakwak, ejected but Al-Jihani died from his wounds shortly after it was detained by DMSC. According to LNA spokesman, the aircraft was a MiG-21, but other LNA sources claimed it was a MiG-23. The fact that the crew took off from Tobruk airbase would confirm that it would indeed be one of the three remained MiG-21UMs of the fleet (serial number 073, 076 or 117).


Edit 30 July 2017 : It seems that the pilot, Adel Al-Jihani was a MiG-23 pilot and has been executed in retaliation of previous airstrike performed by him ... The lost aircraft is therfore MiG-23UB '8008'


Video of the supposed crash site

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My publication in July 2017


En juillet, je contribue au n°130 du magazine "Défense & Sécurité International" avec un article sur la "guerre aérienne face à l'Etat Islamique en Irak et en Syrie" depuis 2014.

In July, I have contributed to Issue No. 130 of "Défense & Sécurité International" magazine with an article about the "Air War against Islamic Sates in Iraq and Syria" since 2014.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rapport du Groupe d'Experts du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations-Unies sur la Libye

Mon travail sur la crise libyenne depuis un an confirmé par les Experts du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations-Unies sur la Libye

Version en français de l'article publié sur War Is Boring le 14 juin 2017

Le 9 juin 2017, le Groupe d’Experts des Nations Unies créé à la suite de la résolution 1973 sur la Libye a publié son rapport final sur son travail pour le Conseil de Sécurité. Ce document, long de près de 300 pages, inclus notamment des détails sur l’évolution politique et la sécuritaire du pays, la violation des droits de l’homme, la violation de l’embargo sur les armes, la prévention des exportations illicites de pétrole brut, le détournement de fonds publics et le financement des groupes armés.


Une grande partie du chapitre concernant la violation de l’embargo sur les armes, soit une trentaine de pages, a mentionné, réutilisé et/ou confirmé mes recherches et analyses publiées depuis un an sur plusieurs médias spécialisés (War Is Boring, Middle East Eye et le magazine DSI).