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Shannon is Becoming a bit like Home for the US Military

At Shannon today (23rd Feb), one United States of America executive Boeing C40C, number 09-0540 and one lame-duck Omni Air US troop carrier N207AX being protected for the past 5 days by a joint Garda and Irish Army patrols while it undergoes some repairs. 

Ireland's Complicity in Deaths of Yemeni Children

Letter by Shannonwatch's Edward Horgan published in Irish Examiner 20 Feb 2019

There is supposed to be ceasefire in Yemen but each day children are still dying, by bombing, gunfire, disease and starvation. According to UN sources at least 85,000 children have died. Like the Syrian conflict there are many internal and external factions involved but the main culprits include Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates supported by armaments supplied by, US, UK, France and Germany. They support the UN recognised Yemeni government that is not supported by the vast majority of Yemeni people.

Troop Carrier N477AX - all alone at Shannon

There was just one aircraft doing normal - or abnormal - flight business at Shannon Airport at 4pm on Sunday January 27th. It was an Omni Air International N477AX on contract to the US military carrying armed US troops from Moody US Air Force Base Fort Wort Texas to Kuwait in the Middle East. It took off from Moody about 14.30pm.

Gardai Protecting Warplanes

As today's peace vigil took place at Shannon there were two US warplanes at the airport. One was a Hercules C130J mid air refueling plane, and the other one a small US army Beechcraft turboprop number 00258.

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CIA and US Military Still Committing War Crimes and Torture With Shannon Airport's Support

A recent New York Times report entitled 'C.I.A.'s Afghan Forces Leave a Trail of Abuse and Anger' indicates that the CIA and US military have not ended their involvement in war crimes and torture in Afghanistan.

Shannon Airport is still being used on a daily basis to facilitate these war crimes, not just in Afghanistan, but also in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Guantanamo and elsewhere.

  

Shannon Workers,Take a Principled Stand: Stop Servicing Warplanes

The US warplanes have not gone away, they're just being more devious in their landings at Shannon, not displaying their flight numbers or call signs. This Omni Air International plane landed at Shannon just after 1pm on the afternoon of Dec 29th. It arrived from Norfolk US Naval Base in the USA and was most likely on its way to the Middle East with yet anther plane load of armed US troops.

The photos below show Shannon airport workers servicing this aircraft and refueling it.