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The Predator B is a larger and more powerful derivative of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.'s (GA-ASI) successful RQ/MQ-1 Predator multi-mission UAV. Development was begun as a private venture in 1998, but was eventually funded by NASA. The first flight of the prototype occurred in February 2001Photo: General Atomics Predator B (YMQ-9A)
The Predator B is essentially a scaled-up derivative of the RQ/MQ-1 Predator, the major difference in layout being the more conventional upward V-tail. GA-ASI has flown Predator B prototypes with two different powerplants, the first one with a Honeywell TPE-331-10T turboprop and the second one with a Williams FJ44-2A turbofan. The basic equipment suite of the Predator B is similar to that of the RQ/MQ-1 Predator, and the primary mission equipment consists of a Raytheon AN/AAS-52(V) MTS (Multi-Spectral Targeting System) EO/IR sensor turret/laser designator and a General Atomics AN/APY-8 Lynx SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar). The Predator B can also be used as an armed multi-mission UAV, launching AGM-114C/K Hellfire missiles and other guided weapons. The Predator B is compatible with the ground-based communications equipment of the MQ-1B Predator system, so that it can supplement and/or replace the latter relatively seamlessly
After the U.S. Air Force had successfully "weaponized" its RQ-1 Predator, it became interested in the more powerful Predator B. In February 2003, the designation MQ-9A was allocated to the turboprop-powered variant of the Predator B (the USAF was not interested in the turbofan version), and later that year two YMQ-9A prototypes were purchased. These aircraft are being evaluated by the Air Force, and at least four additional more airframes have been delivered so far. Current orders cover at least 20 MQ-9 aircraft, and the planned total production is 60 airframes. The YMQ-9A has significantly higher performance than the original Predator. It has a mission endurance of 24 hours at a maximum altitude of 13700 m (45000 ft), and GA-ASI claims a total endurance of up to 30 hours. In 2006, the USAF assigned the official "popular name" Reaper to the MQ-9 UAV.
Photo: General Atomics Predator B (YMQ-9A) Note: Frequently the designation MQ-9B is mentioned for the Predator B (or its projected production version). However, this designation is not yet allocated to any Predator B variant.
Photo: Kaston/Skyshadow YMQ-9A
Photo: Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr., USAF MQ-9A
SpecificationsData for YMQ-9A:
Length 10.97 m (36 ft 0 in) Wingspan 20.12 m (66 ft 0 in) Height 3.56 m (11 ft 8 in) Weight max: 4540 kg (10000 lb); empty: 1380 kg (3050 lb) Speed > 405 km/h (220 knots) Ceiling 15200 m (50000 ft) Endurance > 24 h Propulsion Honeywell TPE-331-10T turboprop; 670 kW (900 sh
Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate! Main Sources via (designation-systems.net)  Tom Kaminski: "The Future is Here", article in Combat Aircraft Vol. 4, No. 6, 2003  Department of Defense Missile Nomenclature Records  "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap, 2005-2030", Office of the Secretary of Defense, August 2005
Forty-five students found held in basement in chains by police raiding Islamic seminary thought to be 'Taliban training centre'Labels: pedophile» Taliban
(dailymail.co.uk) Forty-five students, among them young children, were discovered held in chains in a basement when police raided an Islamic seminary in Pakistan last night. The male students, some said to be as young as 12 but appearing even younger, were found in what amounted to a dungeon at the Madrassa Zakarya in the Sohrab Goth district of Karachi.Led barefoot from their prison, captives told officers they had suffered regular beatings and been hung upside down as a form of punishment.
Freed: Young Pakistani students sit a room after being rescued following a police raid on Madrassa Zakarya in Karachi last night
A young student cries after being rescued. Pakistani police found 45 students found chained in the basement during the raidOthers said they had been visited by Taliban fighters and that 10 of their fellow students had disappeared in recent months.
A young student carries his belongings as he leaves the madrassa after the raid last night
One boy said that visiting Taliban members had told them to 'prepare for battle'. Some Pakistani madrassas have long been suspected of grooming Islamic militants.
Police arrested a cleric and two others at the scene, but the madrassa's administrator managed to escape during the raid, Pakistan's Express Tribune reported.
Local police Superintendent Rao Anwar told the paper: 'Those recovered are aged between 12 and 50 years and are mainly of Pakhtun ethnicity.Men in Glass Houses don't Dress Children in Basement
'A few drug addicts and mentally challenged persons were also among those who were recovered.'
'It seems that the administration was running a sort of religious school-cum-rehabilitation-centre and were receiving considerable sums of money from parents of those kept in for that purpose.'
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle after the police raid
Not all the captives were young children, but all were of ethnic Pakhtun originSanaa TV, a local station, showed footage of the raid and the chained students, who danced and cried as police began to free them.
The students had been kept chained and told of regular beatings and visits from Taliban fighters
'We were kept in chains and hung upside down and beaten with sticks if we didn't comply. We were told that we would be given training to fight in Afghanistan,' one boy said.
Another told how Taliban fighters had visited the seminary, led prayers and told them to prepare for battle.
The raid came after an anonymous tip-off to authorities. Police official Mukhtiar Khaskheli told Agence France-Presse that a full investigation would probe any possible links with militants.
'The madrassa officials claim that they had chained those students because they were drug addicts and they wanted to rehabilitate them and make them better Muslims,' he added.
Policemen continue to search the basement of Madrassa ZakaryaAccording to the Press Trust of India, most of the captive students had been brought to Karachi from remote parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, a hotbed of Taliban activities.
Pakistani policemen examine documents found at the Islamic seminary. One cleric and two others were arrested at the scene
'What we have learnt is that the parents used to pay the seminary for the education of their children who were sent to Karachi to get religious education,' a police official told the agency.
Pakistani government records seen by AFP suggest there are 15,148 seminaries in Pakistan, with more than two million students.
But officials suspect many more unregistered schools exist, providing the children of Pakistan's poverty-stricken majority with the only education they can afford.
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(Israel National News)Worshipers at Joseph Tomb's (Kever Yosef) h/t @TheJewess Israel news photo: Arutz 7) Palestinian Authority police officers shot at a group of Breslov Hassidim as they were trying to enter Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem overnight Monday. PA officials told AFP that the policemen opened fire after shouting warnings at the small group of worshippers.A report on the Israeli website Hakol Hayehudi said one of the worshippers was lightly wounded when a PA officer chased a group of Breslov Hassidim and then opened fire at them. The worshippers fled the scene, according to the report.
Israeli public radio said the group entered the site without the required coordination with the Israeli military.
Currently, Jews are allowed to visit the Tomb, which is in PA-controlled Shechem, only by special permit of the IDF. Groups that attempt to pray there without such permits are often arrested by the army.
According to the Oslo Accords, Israelis are supposed to have free access to the site, but Arab rioters have several times destroyed the Tomb, and the IDF has barred Jews from going there because of fear of Arab violence.
Last April, Palestinian Authority soldiers killed yeshiva student Ben Yosef Livnat as he was returning from prayers at Joseph’s Tomb.
The Shechem Core Group reacted to the wounding of the worshipper overnight Monday and called for a full-time Jewish presence in Shechem. The group said in a statement that Jews should not have to settle for one entrance a month.
The statement concluded with a call for the IDF "to protect [the] Jews from 'Palestinian terrorists.'"
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Last week, US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman said that anti-Semitism is caused by Israeli policies toward the 'Palestinians.' Omri Ceren writes that Gutman may want to check that claim with the State Department.(via israelmatzav.blogspot.com) A twelfth-grade Saudi textbook is teaching hatred of Jews and jihad to liberate Palestine, according to MEMRI…
“Whoever studies the nature of the conflict between the Muslims and the Jews understands an important fact, [namely that] this is a religious conflict, not a dispute about politics or nationality, or a conflict between races or tribes, or a fight over land or country, as some describe it,” states Saudi textbook Studies from the Muslim World. The book says that the conflict will not end unless one side vanquishes the other, because “throughout Islamic history, the Jews have striven to destroy the [Islamic] religion and spread fitna [chaos] among the Muslims.” The book also repeats classic anti-Semitic lies that Jews have taken control of Western media and culture, exploited their home societies, and aligned themselves with Christians to destroy Islam.
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