Israeli F-35 revealed itself on radars; Rockets near U.S. embassy; Airstrikes in Somalia

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Israeli F-35 jet accidentally exposes location over nuclear facility

An Israeli Air Force F-35 stealth jet revealed itself on international civil aircraft tracking radars while flying over the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center in the Negev, Ynet reported Monday evening.

According to the source, the aircraft revealed itself at an altitude of 31,000 feet over the nuclear facility when the pilot turned on a non-encrypted transponder, making Israel’s newest fighter jet visible in civil flight radars.

Military aircraft use “Squawk” codes to communicate information when conducting military operations, with the three main codes being 7500, meaning hijacking; 7600 meaning transmission error and 7700, meaning emergency. The exposed aircraft reportedly transmitted code Squawk 7600, meaning transmission error.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit commented on the incident, saying that “during a routine training flight in a training area in the South, a malfunction was discovered in the aircraft’s transponder.

“In order to communicate with the other aircraft that participating in the training, the pilot activated the aircraft’s detection system so that the other aircraft would be able to recognize it without communicating with the pilot,” the unit said.

Three rockets fall inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, no casualties – sources

Three Katyusha rockets fell on Tuesday inside Baghdad’s Green Zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions, Iraqi police sources told Reuters.

The three rockets were launched from Zafaraniyah district outside Baghdad, the sources said, adding that two rockets landed near the U.S. embassy.

Somalia: Army offensive, airstrike kill 12 militants

The Somali military, backed by US airstrikes, killed at least 12 al-Shabaab militants in lower Juba province, officials said.

The joint operation carried out by Elite Danab forces against the al-Qaeda affiliated group took place in the vicinity of Bangeeni in the south of the country.

Somali government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo told Anadolu Agency over the phone that the operation also resulted in the wounding of several other al-Shabaab members.

The US African Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that it conducted airstrikes, saying that they had not resulted in any civilian casualties.

“Following the strike al-Shabaab forces retreated from the area and the Danab commandos were able to continue with their mission,” AFRICOM said in a statement.

A separate military operation in the region killed 12 Al-Shabaab militants.

During that operation, the Somalian military said it had liberated the villages of Malayley, Janale-gay, Rernerow, Bandar Jadiid and Bengani villages from al-Shabaab.

The Somali military gained significant territories from the Somalia-based group al-Shabaab in the country’s southern provinces.

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