Pentagon: Chinese laser use near Horn of Africa base has injured U.S. aircrew

Pentagon: Chinese laser use near Horn of Africa base has injured U.S. aircrew
Chinese amphibious ship 999, Jinggang Shan, in Djibouti. (Image: Screen grab of TomoNews video, YouTube)

[Ed. – A game Obama didn’t know how to play (but instead rolled over, repeatedly, in fear of it). We’ll see if Trump does.]

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots.

Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests to the Chinese government over several recent incidents of laser firings near China’s first overseas military base at Djibouti. …

In one incident, air crew members flying aboard a C-130 transport suffered two minor eye injuries after exposure to what was described as “military-grade laser beams” that appear to have been fired from the Chinese base.

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The laser incidents followed U.S. military exercises last month off the coast of Djibouti called Alligator Dagger. The exercise was canceled April 5 after two separate air mishaps, including the crash of a Marine Corps Harrier jump jet and a CH-53 helicopters, in Djibouti.

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