Updated factsheet on the U.S. military use of Shannon

Shannonwatch records and documents flights by the US military and its contractors in and out of Shannon Airport. Here's a summary of the main facts and figures covering the last decade of U.S. military use of the airport.

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The Significance of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary for Ireland

The Afghan War Diary released by Wikileaks earlier this week provides startling insights into the war in Afghanistan. Thanks to their release, we now know that coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians, that the CIA’s paramilitary operations are expanding in Afghanistan, and that the Taliban has been able to use the same portable missiles that helped defeat the Soviet occupation in the 1980s against U.S./NATO aircraft.

We also know that neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are probably fuelling the war. Western commanders suspect that Pakistan's military spy service guides the Afghan insurgency that fights U.S./NATO troops, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion in aid from the U.S.

Shannonwatch Supports Demonstrations against Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla

Shannonwatch condemns the brutal attack by the Israeli Defence Forces on the six humanitarian aid ships in the 'Freedom Flotilla' to Gaza, and the murder of between 9 and 20 civilians on board one of the ships. This was a gross violation of international law, and it should be investigated fully and independently with those responsible held accountable.

Government Misses Opportunity to Review Irish Involvement in War

The return of Omni Air International flights to Shannon over the weekend indicates that its back to the business of war as usual for the airport and its staff. Over the weekend (Friday to Sunday), 12 of their U.S. troop carrier aircraft landed at the airport.

Irish Neutrality Temporarily Restored Thanks to Volcanic Ash

U.S. military traffic through Shannon was down significantly in April due to the spread of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. The ongoing presence of this ash in and around Irish airspace has now resulted in the re-routing of all troop and military cargo flights through different bases worldwide. Since early May there have been no U.S. Air Force cargo or troop carriers at Shannon. Clearly the U.S.

The Unsustainability of War as a Business Model for Shannon Airport is Now Exposed

Following on from a decision by the U.S. military and their main troop carrier to re-route their traffic through different military bases and airports, it has been reported that Shannon Airport-based companies are temporarily laying-off staff.