Monday, August 8, 2016

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To All
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This Day In Naval History - August 8
1813- US Schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario
1863: During the Civil War, the screw steam gunboat, USS Sagamore, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. English, seizes British sloop, HMS Clara Louisa, off Indian River, Fla. Later the same day, Lt. Cmdr. English captures British schooners, HMS Southern Rights and HMS Shot, and Confederate schooner, CSS Ann, off Gilberts Bar.
 
1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95 percent of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions.
System developed by William Thaler, Office of Naval Research physicist.
1972 - Women authorized for sea duty as regular ship's company
 
 
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Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
​Thought for the day-- To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.


     The Olympic torch arrived in Rio, in preparation for Friday's opening ceremony. And the cool thing about Rio is, if the torch runs out of fuel you can just dip it in the ocean and it'll reignite.


     I am not going to belabor the Zika threat at the Rio Olympics, but as I look at the logo, it looks like stylized writing of CDC.


     Obama was originally scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. As usual, he asks for a teleprompter.
     On the practice day of the speech, he takes to the podium and starts, "Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh."
     An aide quickly rushes to his side and whispers, "Mr. President, those are the Olympic rings. Your speech is below that!"


     American swimming champion Michael Phelps is sitting alone in a corner in his locker room, when his friend asked him, "What's up Mike?"
     Phelps says, "There's good news and bad news..."
     "What's the bad news?" asks the friend.
     Phelps replies, "They found a picture of me smoking pot."
     The friend asks, "And the good news?"
     Phelps replies, "I did it half a second faster than the French guy!"


From Conan O'Brien:
At least 105 Russian athletes have been banned from the upcoming Olympics for doping. So now the only recourse these athletes have is to have long, successful careers in Major League Baseball.
"Today Show" host Savannah Guthrie's skipping the Olympics in Rio because she's pregnant and worried about the Zika virus. In a related story, Bob Costas just announced he is pregnant.
It's being reported that 19 out of the 31 apartment buildings in the Rio Olympic Village are not ready yet. Today, Rio organizers asked, "How does everybody feel about a 'Fall Olympics'?"
The Australian Olympic team is refusing to check into the Olympic Village saying it is "uninhabitable." Then after checking into a Day's Inn, the team said, "Never mind."
The game Pokémon Go is actually making people visit remote, potentially dangerous areas. On the bright side, they finally found a way to get people to attend the Rio Olympics.
The mayor of Rio is pleading with Nintendo to release Pokémon Go in Brazil just in time for the Olympics. He's even introduced Rio's own Pokémon character, "Zikachu."
It's been found that one of Saturn's moons has an atmosphere somewhat like Earth's, except you can't breathe the air, drink the water, or survive the surface temperature. Yet, still a better venue for the Summer Olympics than Rio.
Sources say LeBron James might skip the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. You know Rio is in bad shape when you'd rather spend the summer in Cleveland.


From Jimmy Fallon:
The official start of the Rio Summer Olympics, which is when the entire world will come together for one reason: making fun of the outfits athletes wear at the opening ceremonies.
The golf tournament at the Rio Olympics will be played on a course that is apparently infested with 150-pound rodents. The official said, "Don't worry, the giant snakes will eat them. So don't worry about them. Golf away, enjoy yourself."
The Danish government donated a giant Lego model of Rio for the games—and this is very interesting, the Lego buildings are slightly safer than the actual buildings at the Olympics.


From Jimmy Kimmel:
You know, there have been major electrical and plumbing issues in Rio. One athlete from Kenya wrote, "Please fix my toilet" on a bulletin board in the Olympic village. And you know, when someone who lives in Kenya's complaining about your plumbing, I think that's what they refer to as a wake-up call.
Sanitation is a big problem right now. The Olympic village is giving away thousands of condoms for the athletes to wear over their heads for the swimming events.
Surfing and skateboarding will make history for the Olympics in 2020, in that these will be the first sports in which athletes will be tested to make sure they are doping.


From James Corden:
Apparently, the conditions in Rio are so bad that the U.S. basketball team has opted against staying in the Olympic village dorms, and is instead staying on a cruise ship that they've docked in the harbor. Now, I understand not wanting to stay in the Olympic village, but why would you switch to a cruise ship? You basically traded a diarrhea city for a floating diarrhea city.
With the basketball players not being in the Olympic village, it means they're going to miss out on all the sex. Because I don't know if you've heard this but the Olympic committee announced they'll be handing out 350,000 condoms and 175,000 packets of lube. Or as Brazilians call that, "A weekend."
But in the athletes' defense, the accommodations in Rio are so bad, the cleanest place to sleep is on top of another person.


Submitted by Pastor Bollman:

     A  U.S. Olympic wrestling coach found a young child with great wrestling genes and other inborn athleticism, took him on as a project, and from age six developed him into a powerfully good wrestler---the best in his weight class in the country.  At age 22 they headed to the Olympics.  Meanwhile, a Russian coach was doing exactly the same thing with a protege of his own in that weight class.  Only difference is that the Russian kid developed what he called his 'Pretzel Hold' wherein he tied up is opponent in such a knot that the opponent was totally discombobulated, and didn't know what end was up or down.  
     The two wrestlers ended up in different brackets in the Olympics, meaning they both waltzed through the competition--the American on his great skill, and the Russian using that pretzel hold--to meet for the gold medal.
     The day came, and just before the match the U.S. coach took his protege aside, "Listen! Remember that you are wrestling, not only for yourself, but for Mom, apple pie, the flag, Chevrolet and everything American.  So, don't let that Rooskie get you in that 'Pretzel Hold' because if he does, you won't know what end is up, and it'll be all over."
     "Got it!" said the the kid, and headed for the mat.  
     About 30 seconds into the match, suddenly the Russian had the American in that feared 'Pretzel Hold'... had him so tied up in a knot he didn't know what end was up!  The coach, seeing years of work going south, just headed for the exit door in disgust.  But just as he got to the exit door, he heard this horrible loud scream of pain come from the mat.  Turning around, he sees the American picking up the Russian, pinning him to the mat, and winning the gold medal!! 
     Rushing down to the mat and hugging the boy, he asked, "What happened?? Last I saw you were in that 'Pretzel Hold' and you didn't know what end was up!!"
     The young man replied.  "Well coach, I lost concentration only for a second, and suddenly found myself in that dang 'Pretzel Hold'.  I was so discombobulated I didn't know what end was up...and then I started thinking how I let down Mom, apple pie, the flag and even Chevrolet... but then....in my despair..., I looked up, and there, about 4 inches away from my nose, were these two great big pair of testicles. So, I gathered all my strength, stretched as far as I could, and bit those suckers as hard as I could!...And you know what, coach, you'd be surprised what a man can do when he bites his own balls!!"



Olympic trivia:
The United States' haul of 83 gold medals at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 is the highest ever.
The USA's return of 197 medals at the 1904 Games in St Louis (62 gold, 66 silver and 69 bronze) is the highest ever tally at an Olympics.
In the modern era, the Soviet Union's total of 195 in Moscow in 1980 is the highest with 80 gold, 69 silver and 46 bronze.
Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals--18 of them gold.
The youngest known Olympic medalist is Dimitrious Loundrous of Greece, who was 10 years and 218 days old when he competed in the 1896 team parallel bars.
The only Olympian ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Philip Noel-Baker of Great Britain, who won the silver in the 1500 metres in 1920.
At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, silver medals were awarded to the winners and bronze to the second place getters.
Pigeon shooting was one of the sports on the program in Paris in 1900. Fortunately this shooting event was short lived.  It was the only time animals were killed on purpose during an Olympic event.
The Beijing Olympics, 2008, began at exactly 8:08:08 PM on 8/8/08 because the number 8 is considered lucky in China.
The Berlin 1936 Olympiad was the first games to be televised.
There is a study of the 2004 Athens Olympics which shows that athletes who wore red while competing in "combat sports", such as wrestling, scored higher than opponents wearing blue. Very interesting but no scientific evidence can be produced.
It wasn't until 1900 that women were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.
In 1928 Australian rower, Henry Pearce, stopped halfway through his quarter-final race to let a family of ducks pass in front of his boat.  The French competition overtook him, but Pearce managed to get back in front and win the gold.
No boxing was held at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics because the sport was illegal in Sweden.
Tug-o-war made its last appearance as an Olympic sport in 1920.
French athletes bent the rules at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics: despite 'Prohibition', they were allowed wine with their meals.
Ethiopian marathoner, Abebe Bikila, was the first man to successfully defend the marathon title (1960 and 1964).  An interesting observation was that he only wore shoes for the second victory.
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored perfect 10's seven times at the 1976 Montreal games.
Discus thrower, Al Oerter, of the USA is the only athlete to win his event in four consecutive Olympic Games. He won gold medals and set new discus records in the 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968 games. Only nine other athletes have even won their events twice in succession in track and field competition.


Have a great week,
Al

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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 7 AUGUST 1966…. "BLACK SUNDAY"…
August 6, 2016
RIPPLE SALVO… #159…  FIVE THUNDERBIRDS DOWNED IN ONE DAY… but first…
Good Morning: Day ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE of American aviators carrying the Vietnam War to the heartland of the enemy…
7 AUGUST 1966…PAGE ONE OF THE HOME TOWN PAPERS… New York Times… A great Sunday for a cruise around Manhattan Island…
Page 1: "Fresh U.S. Troops Are sent To Zone Of Major Battles"…"A fleet of troop transports lifted troops of the United States Fourth Infantry Division into Pleiku in the Central Highlands today. More than 3,000 members of the division's Second Brigade landed at the Port City of Quinhon just after dawn, debarking from the troop ship General Walker. Their arrival brought the number of American troops in South Vietnam to 285,000. The rest of the members of what is known as the Ivy Division are expected to come here as part of the continuing build-up designed to raise U.S. troop levels to at least 350,000 by 31 December 1966."… Page 1: "Buddhists Appeal To U.N. for Help against Saigon"…"The Unified Buddhist Church called today for foreign intervention to save the people of South Vietnam from what they said was the religious persecution by Cao Ky's military junta…the statement by the militant church which recently led an unsuccessful attempt to oust the military regime, accused the United States of responsibility for South Vietnam's internal troubles as a result of mistaken policy supporting unpopular governments."…
Page 1: "Thousands In Nation March To Protest War and Hiroshima"…"Thousands of demonstrators paraded throughout the nation yesterday to protest the war and to mark the explosion of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima 21 years ago. In New York more than 5,000 persons marched on Times Square from rallying points around the city. They ringed the area from 40th to 47th Street for an hour before moving to a rally at 48th Street and Park avenue. Despite the angry shouts of 100 pickets favoring the war, policemen kept the peace…A small group of pickets demonstrated in Washington."… Page 1: "Lucy Johnson Wed to Patrick Nugent"…"Lucy Baines Johnson was married to Patrick John Nugent today in a ceremony unmatched in size, splendor and ritual by any other Presidential daughter in American history…Mr. Johnson escorted his youngest daughter, who became 19-years old on July 2, down the aisle of the largest Catholic Church in the United States, the domed hilltop Shrine of the Immaculate Conception."... Page 1: "Clay Knocks Out London In Third"…"Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky retained his world heavyweight boxing championship by knocking out Brian London of Blackpool, England in one minute and 40 seconds of the third round in London yesterday. The 24-year old Clay backed the British fighter into a corner with a flurry of punches, then dropped him with a right to the jaw for his 25th straight victory and 5th defense of his title."…
Page 2: "Asian Land War Forseen By Morse"…"Senator Wayne Morse warned here tonight that every sign points to an increasing escalation 'of the Vietnamese war that will start to involve 3 million and more American troops in a land war in Asia. In a speech to the New England-New York Conference of New Politics, the Oregon democrat said: 'The President ought to recognize what his military advisors on occasion have briefed us–and it is public knowledge, that China cannot be defeated by bombing, nuclear or conventional. If we continue to let the little tyrant Ky egg us on into more and more military operations in North Vietnam and the sending of an American Army into North Vietnam, it will not be long before that army will be involved with Chinese soldiers on the other side."… Page 5: "North Vietnamese Are Attacked"…"United States aircraft have directly attacked soldiers in North Vietnam for the first time. The aircraft dropped napalm and strafed about 20 North Vietnamese soldiers who were spotted by United States pilots heading north of the border separating North and South."…
Page 5: "Hanoi Issues Anti-War Plea Attributed To U.S. Fliers"…"Hanoi issued today another statement said to have been made by captured American fliers pleading with the United States airmen to refuse to take part in the Vietnam War. The Hanoi radio said the statements were made by LCDR James Huttons, who flew from the carrier Independence, and Major James Young, stationed at Udorn, Thailand, before his capture. The statement: 'We are among a number of U.S. pilots who have intruded into the airspace over the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and have committed crimes against the Vietnamese people and have been captured. We appeal to you pilots who are still flying and have not yet been captured to help keep us from getting involved in this war, since there is no possibility of an advantage to you, only the good chance of death or capture.'…"… Page 7: The entire page (2000 words) devoted to an interview with Major James Kasler, USAF, who led the Air Force strikes on the Hanoi oil target complex on June 29. Interview was conducted in Saigon on about August 5…
 
7 AUGUST 1966… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (8 August reporting 7 August ops) "SEVEN U.S. PLANES LOST IN NORTH VIETNAM, MOST IN ANY DAY"… "Seven United States warplanes were lost over North Vietnam yesterday, Sunday August 7, a record for American aircraft losses in a single day in the war. The losses brought to a total of 326 the number of American planes that have crashed or been shot down over North Vietnam since that country was first bombed in August 1964. Five Air Force F-105 Thunderchief jet fighter-bombers and one Navy propeller driven A-1E Skyraider were shot down by enemy ground fire. The loss of six was announced yesterday, August 7. This morning a military spokesmen disclosed that another aircraft, an Air Force RF-101 Voodoo photo reconnaissance plane disappeared yesterday on a mission northwest of Hanoi. It was not determined whether the plane had been shot down or had crashed because of a mechanical failure. The previous high record for United States aircraft losses in a single day was six air craft on August 13, 1965. The five Thunderchiefs lost yesterday crashed in the vicinity of Hanoi and Haiphong. The Skyraider went down south of Thanh Hoa in the panhandle region of southern North Vietnam. The pilot and electronics officer of one Thunderchief bailed out and were later rescued from the South China Sea, but the other six airmen were listed as missing in action. No missiles were sighted but AAA was described as 'moderate to intense flak.' Two of the F-105s were fitted with elaborate electronic equipment used for locating surface-to-air missiles. Such airplanes are usually assigned to defend other aircraft during bombing and strafing missions. In the rescue yesterday an Air Force HU-16 Albatross amphibian splashed down in three-foot waves under intense ground fire to rescue the two F-105 airmen…"…. "Vietnam: Air Losses" (Chris Hobson)… EIGHT AIRCRAFT LOST ON 7 August 1966 as follows:
(1) CAPTAIN JOHN HENRY WENDELL was flying an F-105D of the 333rd TFS and 355th TFW out of Takhli on a strike on a POL target 20 miles north of Hanoi and was hit by an SA-2 missile in his dive on the target and ejected immediately as the aircraft disintegrated. He was immediately captured and imprisoned…
(2) MAJOR WILLARD SELLECT GIDEON in the same flight and squadron was hit by intense AAA coming out of his dive delivery. He was forced to to eject 12 miles east of Kep and was captured immediately and joined CAPTAIN WENDELL in prison. Both men were released and returned to America in March 1973.
(3) CAPTAINS EDWARD LARSON and K.A. GILROY were flying an F-105F of the 354th TFS and 355th TFW our of Takhli on their 13th mission when hit and damaged by an SA-2 missile while in an attack on a SAM site 12 miles north of Haiphong. They were able to coax the crippled aircraft to feet-wet and ejected a few miles off-shore. They were rescued by a daring Hu-16 Albatross piloted by MAJOR R.H. ANGSTADT. The rescue was opposed by shore fire but successfully completed, returning the F-105 Wild Weasel crew to continued combat action. CAPTAIN GILROY completed his combat tour with 119 missions… MAJOR ANGSTADT was KIA in October 1966.
(4) CAPTAINS ROBERT JAMES SANDWICK and THOMAS SHAW PYLE of the 354th TFS and 355th TFW were flying an Iron Hand Wild Weasel flight in support of another strike near Kep. The aircraft was hit by 85mm fire and the aircraft became un-flyable in seconds, forcing the two aviators to eject 12 miles southeast of Kep. They were both captured immediately. Both were returned to the States in March 1973. The loss of two Wild Weasel aircraft was a major setback for the wing at Takhli.
(5) LT CHARLES WIGGER FRYER was flying a Navy A-1H of the VA-152 Wild Aces embarked in USS Oriskany on an armed reconnaissance 35 miles north of Vinh and found several trucks on a road. Multiple strafing runs were made before LT FRYER was hit by small arms fire. He turned seward and was forced to ditch the aircraft at sea. The maneuver was unsuccessful and LT FRYER perished and is listed as Killed in Action.
(6) 1LT MICHAEL LEE BRAZELTINE, USAF, was flying an F-105D of the 357th TFS and 355th TFW out of Takhli on a strike on the POL storage site 5 miles north of Thai Nguyen when hit by 100mm AAA that left his flyable F-105 in flames. He was only able to fly five miles away from his target before he was forced to eject. He was quickly taken prisoner and would be imprisoned until released in March 1973. 1LT BRAZELTINE was on his 111th mission when downed.
(7) LCDR RICHARD ALLEN MORAN was flying an A-4B of the VA-15 Valions embarked in USS Intrepid. The aircraft was observed to enter the carrier landing pattern after a tanker mission and fly into the water wings level with no attempt to eject. The cause of the fatal flight remains undetermined. LCDR MORAN is listed as Killed in Action. This was the only fixed wing aircraft loss of the Intrepid 1966 combat tour.
(8) MAJOR DON DYER was flying an RF-101C of the 20th TRS and 460th TRW out of Tan Son Nhut and after completing a photo reconnaissance mission MAJOR DYER landing at TSN in heavy rain and standing water on the runway. He hydroplaned off the runway and struck a drainage ditch that broke the aircraft in half. He survived the accident…. Here endeth the scorecard for a real bad day for aviators…It went into the journals as "Black Sunday."
 
RIPPLE SALVO… #159… BLACK SUNDAY… A day that the Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing and many others, especially the families of CAPTAIN JOHN WENDELL, MAJOR GIDEON, CAPTAIN LARSON, CAPTAIN GILROY, CAPTAIN SANDWICK, CAPTAIN PYLE, and 1LT PYLE from the 355th TFW, and MAJOR DYER, LCDR MORAN, and LT FRYER, will never forget. It was a record setting day, the kind of record you hope will never be tied or broken… Unfortunately, Blue Monday followed Black Sunday… see next post #160…
Lest we forget….    Bear            
 
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Thanks to THE Bear -
 
Dutch... You can run but you cannot hide.... Bear

rollingthunderremembered.com
 

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DS Note: 
 
There's a television series entitled, "Person of Interest," which features a "machine" which does precisely this kind of thing but with much more draconian consequences. This is happening. Next will come facial recognition from the increasing number of cameras being installed by governments all over the western world. You want out? Get off the Internet. Get rid of your cell phone. Let your driver's and other licenses expire. Do business only in cash - no more credit cards. Grow a beard if you're a guy, and start an extensive sustainable farming operation. Oh yes. Do not collect social security and have no taxable income. Doing these basic things will give you a decent shot at becoming less visible. Anyone game for a shot at it? 
 
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Always Watching: Company Builds Profile on Every American Adult
Aug. 5, 2016 2:51pm Jon Street
 
 
It's a company you probably didn't even know existed, but it probably knows more about you than some of your closest friends.
 
IDI, or Interactive Data Intelligence, has only been in business for one year but already, it's built a profile on every American adult: their addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, the kind of car they drive, voter registrations, hunting permits and criminal and civil citation history. It could even have your shopping patterns based on photos of license plates taken at private businesses or purchases on money-saving websites, which it owns, according to Bloomberg.
 
The company, which has about 200 employees and posted roughly $40 million in revenue last quarter, compiles the information into individual profiles, including on younger adults who wouldn't ordinarily appear in other databases.
 
"We have data on that 21-year-old who's living at home with mom and dad," CEO Derek Dubner said.
 
IDI's database can be accessed with a login by going to idiCORE.com. It can be accessed by private investigators looking for anything they can find on potential suspects or persons of interests. Upon entering the system, the private investigator is required to choose a reason for which they are seeking their data, which must comply with U.S. privacy laws.
 
While Dubner claims the database is mostly used for finding people who have gone missing or catching criminals, private investigator Steve Rambam, host of "Nowhere to Hide" on the Investigation Discovery Channel, suggested that the system is being used for more than that.
"You may not know what you do on a regular basis, but I know. I know it's Thursday, you haven't eaten Chinese food in two weeks, and I know you're due," Rambam told Bloomberg.
 
Roger Kay, president of the consulting firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, added, "The cloud [where IDI's information is stored] never forgets, and imperfect pictures of you composed from your data profile are carefully filled in over time."
"We're like bugs in amber, completely trapped in the web of our own data," Kay said. 
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/08/2016 AFGHANISTAN - ALLEGED CAPTURED U.S. EQUIPMENT, U.S. SOLDIER'S ID CARD APPEARS ON ISIS MEDIA (AUG 08/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The Islamic State is circulating images apparently revealing sensitive U.S. military equipment seized by the terrorist group in Afghanistan, reports Fox News.   Posted on Saturday to social media, the photos showed communications gear, a rocket launcher and the ID card of a U.S. soldier. It was unclear when the pictures were taken.   The American soldier on the ID card was not captured by ISIS and is accounted for, said a military spokesman. He had been attached to a unit partnered with Afghan security forces, according to U.S. authorities.   "We are still working to determine if all of the equipment in the pictures was lost during recent operations or at some other time in the past," the spokesman said.   The equipment was not lost due to any kind of hasty withdrawal, he said.   According to the Military Times, the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. monitoring organization, said the images first appeared on an Islamic State news agency site and were supposedly from Nangarhar province -- where the U.S. has forces.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 08/08/2016 AFGHANISTAN - GUNMEN ABDUCT AMERICAN, AUSTRALIAN PROFESSORS NEAR UNIVERSITY IN HEART OF KABUL (AUG 08/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- Two foreign professors, one American, the other Australian -- have been abducted in Afghanistan's capital by armed men, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   They were kidnapped Sunday night by four to five gunmen close to the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where they worked, a security official told AFP.   The gunmen were wearing the uniforms of Afghan security forces, one official told the BBC.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/08/2016 AFGHANISTAN - NEW TALIBAN LEADER COURTS BREAKAWAY FACTIONS (AUG 08/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The new leader of the Taliban is trying to bring a number of disaffected militants back into the fold, say sources close to the group, cited by the Wall Street Journal.   Maulavi Haibatullah Akhundzada, who has had the post for just over two months, has been reaching out to major Taliban figures who were sidelined by his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, according to the sources.   Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir, a former military commander in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, was nominated by Akhundzada to return to an official post. In addition, Mullah Nanai has been nominated as chief justice of the Taliban's highest court.   Mullah Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in May, tried to eliminate opposition to his leadership, after rival factions fought for control of the Taliban.   The new leader has taken a different tack, and is reportedly winning back factions that previously opposed the main group.   Meanwhile, the Taliban has launched a new offensive in its traditional stronghold in Helmand province.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 08/08/2016 AUSTRALIA - MAN LINKED TO ANTI-IMMIGRATION GROUP ARRESTED IN MELBOURNE COUNTERTERROR RAIDS (AUG 08/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- A man arrested in counterterror raids this weekend in Australia has been charged with terrorism offenses, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   Phillip Galea, 31, was detained on Saturday after raids in Melbourne and central Victoria by a joint anti-terrorism team.   He was charged with collecting or making documents likely to facilitate a terrorist attack and with preparing or planning a terrorist act.   Australian media has reported that he was a member of an anti-immigration group called the True Blue Crew.   Authorities denied that the arrest represents a conspiracy against the "patriot movement," as Galea charged.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/08/2016 BELGIUM - ISLAMIC STATE CLAIMS ALGERIAN ASSAILANT AS 'SOLDIER' FOLLOWING MACHETE ATTACK ON 2 POLICEWOMEN (AUG 08/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Saturday's machete attack in Belgium that wounded two police officers, reports Newsweek.   A man wielding a machete attacked two female officers at a police station in Charleroi, about 30 miles south of Brussels, reported CNN.   Reuters reported that the attacker yelled "Allahu Akbar" and was shot by a third officer. He died of his injuries.   The assailant was identified as a 33-year-old Algerian national who had illegally lived in Belgium since 2012. He was previously known to police, but "not for terrorism," according to prosecutors.   The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said on Sunday that the man was one of its "soldiers."  
 Item Number:6 Date: 08/08/2016 CANADA - DEFENSE MINISTER SEEKS OUT POSSIBLE PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN AFRICA (AUG 08/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan has made plans to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as part of his tour to Africa to gather information on a potential peacekeeping mission in the region, reports CBC News.   Sajjan wants to get an idea about what an ongoing U.N. peacekeeping mission looks like, said a ministry spokeswoman last week.   The defense minister is also scheduled to visit Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda during his week-long trip.   The Liberal government, which came to power last year, pledged to return Canada to its emphasis on U.N. peacekeeping. Sajjan and Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada's defense chief, have indicated that this could involve a mission in Africa.   The spokeswoman stressed that no decision has been made on a new Canadian peacekeeping mission.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/08/2016 CHINA - AFGHAN, PAKISTANI, TAJIK NEIGHBORS JOIN PLEDGE FOR COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION (AUG 08/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- Senior military officials from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to strengthen their efforts together directed against terrorism, reports China Military Online.   The leaders met on Aug. 3, in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.   The Chinese government has a history of discord with the Uighur population. Xinjiang borders eight countries, including the three represented at last week's meeting.   The participants agreed that terrorism and extremism posed serious threats to regional stability, according to a joint statement.   The representatives agreed to set up a "quadrilateral mechanism" to coordinate and support each other in areas such as the study and judgment of a counterterrorism situation; confirmation of clues; intelligence-sharing; capacity building; joint anti-terrorism training; and personnel training.   All decisions made under the mechanism will be by consultation-based consensus, the statement said
Item Number:8 Date: 08/08/2016 CHINA - BEIJING HOLDS COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR SECURITY DRILL (AUG 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- China has completed its first nuclear security emergency drill, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency, citing officials in Beijing on Sunday.   Held on Saturday, the Fengbao-2016 drill tested the effectiveness of the nuclear security system and improving the security-response mechanism, said the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).   The drill was observed by representatives from central government agencies, local governments and China National Nuclear Corp., said SASTIND.   In May, SASTIND announced that it was going to create a special rescue unit capable of reacting to nuclear accidents. By 2018, the unit is expected to have 320 personnel, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/08/2016 IRAN - 'POKEMON' WILL NOT GO IN IRAN, AS AUTHORITIES BAN GAME OVER SECURITY CONCERNS (AUG 08/CSM)  CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR -- The Internet censorship board in Iran has banned a popular new cellphone game, citing security risks, reports the Christian Science Monitor.   "Pokemon Go," released last month, directs players to capture creatures in real-world locations. The game utilizes augmented reality technology, combining cellphone cameras and location services.   Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, the head of Iran's High Council of Virtual Space (also known as the Internet Supervisory and Monitoring of Iran Committee), said on Friday that the game had been banned throughout the country.   The move was made over national security concerns and worries that "it might also endanger the security and safety of citizens," he said.   While other nations have restricted the game's use on duty for security and military personnel, Iran is the first to make a nationwide ban, noted the BBC.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/08/2016 IRAN - TEHRAN EXECUTES NUCLEAR SCIENTIST CONVICTED OF SPYING FOR U.S. (AUG 08/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- A nuclear scientist convicted of giving away state secrets to the United States has been executed in Iran, reports the Tasnim news agency (Iran).   Shahram Amiri, an expert on radioactive isotopes, was executed earlier for providing "providing critical information to the enemy." He had links with "Iran's arch enemy, the U.S.," said a judiciary spokesman on Sunday.   In 2009, Amiri disappeared. He claimed he had been abducted by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi agents while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, reported the New York Times.   He surfaced in the U.S. in 2010. American officials said at the time that he had defected from Iran.   Over time, he told several different accounts.   Amiri returned to Iran in 2010 and received a hero's welcome. He was then arrested and was given a long prison sentence, his mother told the BBC Persian serivce.   A spokesman for the Iranian Justice Ministry said that Amari had been sentenced to death when he was first detained, denying that he had initially received a jail sentence.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/08/2016 ISRAEL - NEGOTIATIONS ONGOING TO EQUIP CORVETTES WITH ITALIAN RAPID-FIRE GUNS (AUG 08/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Israeli navy is in contract negotiations with the U.S. Navy for the purchase of Italian 76-mm rapid-fire guns for its corvettes, according to Israeli officials cited by Defense News.   The potential US$100 million Foreign Military Sale financed with U.S. aid would involve guns that would be installed on Israel's fleet of Sa'ar 4.5, Sa'ar 5 and planned Sa'ar 6 corvettes.   Identical Oto Melara guns were previously produced in the U.S. for the Egyptian navy, noted navy officials. "Now it's our turn," said one.   The rapid-fire guns will improve the ability of ships to respond to a variety of threats, such as cruise missiles and swarms of hostile boats, said analysts
Item Number:12 Date: 08/08/2016 LIBYA - EUROPEAN COUNCIL EXTENDS LIBYA MISSION, APPROVES US$19 MILLION BUDGET (AUG 08/CEU)  COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION -- The Council of the European Union has authorized the EUBAM Libya planning mission for another year.   The new mandate runs until Aug. 21, 2017. The council also approved a 17 million euro (US$19 million) budget for that period, according to a council release on Aug. 4.   The E.U. Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya mission is responsible for planning for a potential future European Union mission to provide advice and capacity building to the Libyan government in the areas of criminal justice, migration, border security and counterterrorism.   The release indicated that any future civilian mission would focus on law enforcement aspects of irregular migration, migrant-smuggling and human-trafficking, while also promoting longer term security-sector reform efforts.   The E.U. mission also works closely with the U.N. Support Mission in Libya. It is currently located in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/08/2016 LITHUANIA - JAPANESE TRAINING SQUADRON READY FOR PORT VISIT TO KLAIPEDA (AUG 08/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron expects to visit Klaipeda in Lithuania this week, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   This is the first time that the squadron -- consisting of the ships Kashima, Asagiri and Setoyuki -- has visited Lithuania.   The stop also marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Japanese-Lithuanian diplomatic relations, noted NavalToday.com.   Members of the squadron are scheduled to visit representatives of the Lithuanian Defense Ministry and navy as well as the Lithuanian Maritime Academy.   Such visits are intended to permit Japanese sailors to familiarize themselves with Lithuania's training system, the ministry said.   The squadron is on an around-the-world training deployment, which began on May 20. The unit will visit 13 countries during the deployment.  
Item Number:14 Date: 08/08/2016 NORTH KOREA - OLD NAVAL COMMANDER RESURFACES SITTING AT FORMER POST (AUG 08/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have replaced his navy commander with the man he previously pulled from that post, according to a source cited by the Yonhap News Agency (Seoul).   Kim Myong Sik, a vice chief of the North Korean General Staff, may have replaced Ri Yong Ju. He was recently seen at the seat held by the navy's commander at major military events, the source said.   Kim served as the navy chief until April 2015. He was demoted to his current position, including a loss of rank from colonel general to lieutenant general. There were rumors that he had been purged.   His rank would have been restored if he reassumed the post of navy commander, said the source.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/08/2016 PAKISTAN - MORE THAN 50 DIE IN SUICIDE BOMBING AT QUETTA HOSPITAL; PROVINCIAL LEADER BLAMES INDIA (AUG 08/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- A bomb attack at a hospital in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province has killed at least 53 people and injured scores, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Local officials said a suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday in Quetta, the provincial capital, near a group of lawyers and journalists who had gathered to mourn a colleague killed earlier that day by gunmen, according to Dawn (Pakistan).   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   The attack appeared to be well planned, said a provincial official. The terrorists knew many would gather at the hospital after the initial attack, he said.   The chief minister of the province, Sannaullah Zehri, told local media that India's external intelligence agency -- the Research and Anaysis Wing (RAW) -- was responsible, noted Geo News (Pakistan).  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/08/2016 SOUTH KOREA - ON 2ND THOUGHT, DEFENSE MINISTER RAISES POSSIBILITY OF SHARING THAAD RADAR DATA WITH JAPAN (AUG 08/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The South Korean Defense Ministry has indicated it might share data on North Korean missile launches obtained by the radar of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system with Japan, reports the South China Morning Post.   The U.S. air defense system is to be stationed in the southern part of South Korea under a bilateral agreement reached in July.   Previously, Seoul maintained that it would not share any such information with Tokyo, arguing that it would "not be of any use."   The THAAD system is scheduled to begin operations by the end of 2017.   Japan, South Korea and the U.S. in December 2014 signed an accord on sharing and protecting classified information on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.   Under that agreement, sharing data from the THAAD radar could be possible, said a South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman on Thursday.   Several days ago, Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, publicly recommended to a defense audience in Seoul that there be more effective information-sharing among the members of the trilateral alliance, noted UPI.  
 Item Number:17 Date: 08/08/2016 SYRIA - RUSSIAN BOMBERS BLAST ISIS TARGETS NEAR PALMYRA, SAYS KREMLIN (AUG 08/TASS)  TASS -- The Kremlin says Russian long-range bombers have hit Islamic State targets in Syria, reports the Tass news agency (Russia).   Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers, "which took off from... Russian territory," hit ISIS facilities near the city of Palmyra on Monday, said the Defense Ministry on Monday.   The strikes destroyed a command-and-control post and a large field camp near the town of Es-Suhne, the ministry said.   Command posts, an underground ammunition depot, three infantry fighting vehicles, 12 cross-country vehicles equipped with machine guns and "a large number of the enemy's manpower" were destroyed, said the ministry.  
 Item Number:18 Date: 08/08/2016 USA - EXERCISING ANOTHER OPTION, GOVERNMENT ORDERS MORE ARTILLERY PRECISION-GUIDANCE KITS FROM ORBITAL ATK (AUG 08/OATK)  ORBITAL ATK -- The U.S. military has awarded Orbital ATK a contract for artillery precision-guidance kits (PGKs), reports the Virginia-based defense firm.   The $69 million deal exercises a second contract option for the kits, Orbital noted in a release on Aug. 4.   Projectiles with the kits can be employed more safely, with greater accuracy and a lower risk of collateral damage, said the company.   Orbital ATK already produced 4,779 PGK fuzes under the low-rate production contract and has now completed the transition to full-rate production.   The PGK combines the guidance and fuze function for conventional 155-mm artillery rounds. By replacing the standard fuze with the guidance fuze, projectiles can reliably hit within 100 feet (30 m) or closer of the target, according to company officials.   Standard artillery dispersion can be more than 660 feet (200 m).   The latest contract will maintain PGK production through 2019, the company said.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/08/2016 USA - NAVSEA ORDERS PHALANX CIWS UPGRADES (AUG 08/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Raytheon, Tucson, Calif., a major contract to upgrade Mk 15 close-in weapon systems (CIWS), reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $287.8 million deal covers the modernization of the Mk 15 CIWS as well as system conversions, overhauls and associated hardware, the Pentagon said in its release on Aug. 4.   There are two CIWS variants: the Phalanx, which features a six-barrel Gatling gun; and SeaRAM, which replaces the gun with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile system.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by December 2022.  
Item Number:20 Date: 08/08/2016 YEMEN - PEACE TALKS OVER FOR A MONTH, SAYS U.N. ENVOY; NO END TO FIGHTING (AUG 08/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- U.N.-backed peace talks between rival forces in Yemen have been suspended and fighting is continuing, reports the Voice of America News.   On Saturday, U.N. peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced the suspension of talks in Kuwait for a month, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   The suspension came after Houthi rebels rejected a U.N. peace plan and announced the appointment of a 10-member body to run the country, reported Al Jazeera. The rebels said the U.N. plan did not meet their demand for a unity government.   Forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi launched an offensive on Saturday to recapture Sanaa, the capital, from the Houthis, according to the the Anadolu news agency.   Yemeni government forces said on Sunday that they had captured areas in Nahm district, east of Sanaa. 
 
 

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