Thursday, April 12, 2012
Morooco: Two US marines die and two injured as Osprey crashes
The Marines were participating in joint U.S.-Moroccan military exercises in the southern part of Morocco. A marine spokesperson confirmed the aircraft was a MV-22 Osprey. The craft can take off and land like a helicopter but flies in the manner of an airplane.
The U.S. involves itself in joint exercises throughout the globe as well as countries in Africa including Mali as well as Morocco. As usual there are fancy names for the operation. This one is called African Lion.
The Osprey was launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. The crash is still under investigation. Operation African Lion runs from April 7 to the 18th. About 1,000 U.S. marines are involved plus 200 U.S. soldiers, naval crews, and air force personnel. About 900 Moroccans also are involved. The goal is to train troops from Morocco and the U.S. to work together. The U.S. taxpayer probably is not even aware that they are funding such operations to support the U.S. imperial global reach.
The Osprey is a produce of Boeing and another company. It can carry 24 troops and fly twice as fast as an assault helicopter. However the plane has a history of crashes and mechanical failures. Nevertheless Marine brass say it is effective. For more see this article.