Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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I hope your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - August 9
1815 - CAPT Stephen Decatur concludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli
1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade.
1865 - Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after 4 years at Newport, RI
1919 - Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized
1941 - Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
1942 - Battle of Savo Island begins; First of many sea battles near Guadalcanal.  A Japanese force runs through the Allied forces guarding Savo Sound, sinking three American heavy cruisers, USS Quincy (CA 39), USS Vincennes (CA 44), and USS Astoria (CA 34), along with other damaged Allied vessels. As a result of the loss, the sound gains the nickname, Iron Bottom Sound.
1942: A Japanese force runs through the Allied forces guarding Savo Sound, sinking three American heavy cruisers, USS Quincy (CA 39), USS Vincennes (CA 44), and USS Astoria (CA 34), along with other damaged Allied vessels. As a result of the loss, the sound gains the nickname, Iron Bottom Sound.
1945 - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Navy weaponeer arms the atomic bomb.
1949 - First use of pilot-ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by LT Jack I. Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, SC
What Walker did should have resulted in a trip to Tower of London  to be hung, burned and then drawn and quartered. They had it down to a science back in the day.
More on the Battle of Savo Island
The Battle of Savo Island, also known as the First Battle of Savo Island and, in Japanese sources, as the First Battle of the Solomon Sea (第一次ソロモン海戦
Thanks to Barrett
It is a long but interesting talk about the York action.
Gun stuff--the army has followed up some longtime civilian investigators at the site of York's MoH action and found all sorts of artifacts.
Thanks to Mugs
Update on the Religion of Peace
If there's anyone on Earth who still believes this Religion of Peace BS, they're not smart enough to be my friends.


This is the website where this statistical information is gathered.
List of Islamic Terror:
Last 30 Days

This is part of the list of Islamic terror attacks maintained by TheReligionofPeace.com.

During this time period, there were 156 Islamic attacks in 23 countries, in which 1064 people were killed and 1494 injured.
(TROP does not catch all attacks. Not all attacks are immediately posted).
Some interesting stuff from Al's archives to get you through the day
Monday morning Humor from Al
Submitted by Holly Vanderpool:
Did you know…
·        If you're one in a million in China, there are 1300 people just like you.
·        China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.
·        The 25% of India's population with the highest IQs is greater than the total population of the United States.
·        Researchers predict that 65% of today's grade schoolers will hold jobs that don't exist yet.
·        We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist using technologies that haven't been invented in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.
·        The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.
·        1 in 5 workers has been with his/her current employer for less than a year.
·        1 in 2 workers has been there less than 5 years.
·        There are more than 1.3 billion active users on Facebook.
·        If Facebook were a country, it would be the 2nd largest in the world (between China and India).
·        We are living in exponential times:  There are 5.9 billion searches on Google every day.  This is 100 times more than in 2000.  To whom were these questions addressed before Google?
·        The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992.  Today, the number of text messages sent every day is double the population of the planet.
·        The time it took to reach a market audience of 50 million…for radio 38 years, for television 13 years, for the internet 4 years, for the iPhone 3 years, for Instagram 2 years, and for Angry Birds Space app 35 days.
·        The number of internet devices in 1984 was 1000, in 1992 was 1,000,000, in 2008 was 1,000,000,000, in 2014 was 10,000,000,000.
·        There are approximately 540,000 words in the English language.  That is about 5 times as many during Shakespeare's time.
·        It is estimated that a week's worth of the New York Times contains more information that a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
·        90% of the world's data has been generated in the past two years.
·        The amount of new technical information is doubling every two years.  For students starting a 4-year technical degree, this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
·        The fastest growing app in 2013 was Vine…which allows users to share videos no longer than 6 seconds.
·        BuzzFeed is a website known for publishing illustrated lists.  It is now one of the top 10 news sites in the U.S.
·        By 2019, wearable electronics will be an $18 billion industry.  That is the same amount the entire global airlines industry will make this year.
·        In 1900, human knowledge doubled every 100 years; in 1945, every 25 years; and in 2014 every 13 months.  By 2020, human knowledge will double every 12 hours.
·        By 2017, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain.  Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species.
·        During the time you spent reading this:  360 hours of new video were uploaded to YouTube; 2855 new websites were created; 1,390,000 tweets were posted; and 694,000 songs were downloaded illegally.
Submitted by Al Anderson and Colleen Grosso:
Stuff you didn't know you didn't know!
·        Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
·        Coca-Cola was originally green.
·        It is impossible to lick your elbow.
·        The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska
·        The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
·        The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
·        The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven is $ 16,400
·        The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour is 61,000
·        Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair..
·        The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.
·        The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
·        Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne , Clubs -Alexander, the Great, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar
·        111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
·        If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.  If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle.  If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes
·        Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson.  Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
·        Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
·        Most boat owners name their boats.  Obsession is the most popular boat name requested.
·        What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?  All were invented by women.
·        Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.
·        At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
Submitted by Norm Rech:
·        Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
·        Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
·        Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
·        If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
·        Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
·        Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
·        The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every  English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
·        Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.
·        Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.
·        The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
·        Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
·        The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
·        Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
·        The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
·        The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
·        In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
·        Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
·        A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
·        The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
·        Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
·        The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
·        If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
·        When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
·        In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
·        Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
·        Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
·        The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
·        The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
·        Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000  meters.
·        Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
·        Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
·        Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
·        For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
·        The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
Submitted by Mark Logan:
Things You May Not Know About In-N-Out
·        In-N-Out was California's first drive-through hamburger stand.  The first In-N-Out opened in 1948 and featured a two-way speaker system for customers to order their food.
·        As part of In-N-Out's not-so-secret menu, you can order any combination of meat plus cheese up to a 4x4.  So, in other words, if you want to order four patties with four slices of cheese, you'd ask for
·        a 4×4.  Or three patties with four slices of cheese would be a 3×4. It's all in your lucky hands!
·        A customer in Las Vegas once ordered a 100x100, which is when the 4x4 max rule came into effect.  That's 100 patties, and 100 slices of cheese, folks.
·        There's a LEGIT secret menu that is super off-off-menu.  Some of the items you can order include:  side of pre-packaged yellow chili, root beer float, ground beef and bacon fries, bun doughnuts, a "Monkey Style" burger, and you can add peppercinis to your burger.
·        In-N-Out's religious verses on cups and hamburger wrappers didn't start until the 1980s.  In addition to the printed verses, Rich Snyder, the then president of the company, commissioned Christmas radio jingles asking listeners to let Jesus into their hearts alongside In-N-Out commercials.  Snyder was a Born-Again Christian, and the verses (along with occasional radio ads) still exist today.
·        There's an In-N-Out University… A UNIVERSITY.  In 1984, the chain opened a university so they could train their new managers before they rose up the ranks of the company. Included in that training is how to make quick decisions, demonstrate initiative, and please hungry customers.
·        Much like football athletes, In-N-Out trainees' skills are videotaped and analyzed for their performance on the job.  When Rich Snyder was president of the restaurant, he figured that in order to make his team better, he'd have to see exactly what strengths and weaknesses they had. So he videotaped trainees on
·        the job, analyzed their techniques, and then produced training videos for new employees based off
·        of that analysis.
·        You can buy In-N-Out Uggs…and a tracksuit…and pajama pants.  They have an online store, ya know, if burgers aren't your thing.
·        The first "animal style" burger was introduced in 1961.  It was obviously a hit.
·        A manager at In-N-Out makes at least $100,000 a year.  Regular employees make $10.50 an hour to start.
·        In-N-Out has one of the lowest turnover rates in the fast food industry.  The average In-N-Out manager stays 14 years, while the average part-time associate stays for two years.  Compared to other fast food restaurants, where only half of all employees stay longer than a year, that's a lot.
·        You can order a burger to be cooked medium rare.  It's a top secret menu option, and even if
·        you already knew that… COME ON. THAT IS AWESOME.
·        Julia Child was a rabid In-N-Out fan. She carried a list of store locations on her at all times.
·        The iconic arrow logo stands for, "The arrow points to pride," and, "We all work under the same arrow."  It originated in 1954.
·        The original In-N-Out founder, Harry Snyder, owned 50% of a drag racing strip in 1965.  He invested in the Irwindale Raceway so he could serve up In-N-Out burgers at the concessions stand.  His two sons also worked the stands as well during that time.
·        At 32 years old, Lynsi Torres is one of the youngest female multimillionaires.  She's the heiress to the In-N-Out fortune and is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.  She's also very into drag racing.
·        None of In-N-Out's food is frozen or pre-packaged.  They make their own patties in their own facilities (one in Baldwin Park, Calif., and Dallas, Texas), and none of their products ever travel more than 500 miles to get to a store.
·        There are seven different ways to order your fries, including fries light, fries well done.  Fries light means less time in the fryer, and fries well done means more. There's also Fries light well, which fall somewhere in the middle between light and well, and Fries no salt, which means without salt.  There's also the favorite, animal style…which means your fries get a dose of special sauce, cheese, and grilled onions.
·        Cheese fries…you guessed it: cheese on your fries.  And the old faithful: regular fries.
·        If you're vegetarian, you can order a grilled cheese or a veggie burger!
·        And you can also score a Neapolitan Shake to top things off.  Strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and amazingness.
·        Most In-N-Out's have a pair of crossed palm trees out front, because the founder got the idea from the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.  In the film, the characters race to find treasure buried under palm trees in the shape of a W, and Harry Snyder, the founder of In-N-Out, wanted to mark each restaurant as his own treasure.
Now your mind is full of everything you really didn't need to know.
Have a great week,
Item Number:1 Date: 08/09/2016 CHINA - AIR FORCE JETS MAKE 'COMBAT PATROLS' NEAR S. CHINA SEA ISLANDS (AUG 09/XIN)  XINHUA -- Chinese air force fighter jets and bombers have carried out "combat patrols" near disputed islands in the South China Sea, says a military official cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Several H-6 bombers and Su-30 fighter jets were deployed to the airspace around the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal on a "combat patrol," said Senior Col. Shen Jinke.   The patrols also included surveillance and refueling aircraft, he said.   The training missions included early warning maneuvers, air combat and island patrolling "in a complicated electromagnetic environment," Jinke said.   The maneuvers are aimed at improving responses to security threats, the colonel said
Item Number:2 Date: 08/09/2016 CHINA - PUBLIC SECURITY PERSONNEL BEGIN TRAINING 17 FOREIGN PEACEKEEPERS FROM AFRICA (AUG 09/XIN)  XINHUA -- Chinese security officials have begun training United Nations peacekeeping police officers, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   This is the first such training between the U.N. and China's Ministry of Public Security.   The training course for senior foreign police officers began Monday in Beijing. The students include 17 officers from Angola, Djibouti, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Four Chinese police representatives also are attending.   The course is aimed at passing on the practical experience that China has gained.   President Xi Jinping announced last year that there would be new measures to support U.N. peacekeeping missions. China is expected to train 2,000 foreign peacekeepers in the next five years.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/09/2016 CHINA - USS BENFOLD VISITS NORTHERN PORT OF QINGDAO (AUG 09/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- A U.S. guided-missile destroyer has made a port call in China, the first such visit since an international tribunal ruled that Chinese claims in the South China had no legal basis, reports USNI News.   USS Benfold arrived on Monday in Qingdao after conducting signal exercises with the People's Liberation Army navy.   Adm. Scott Swift, the U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander was expected to join the vessel for shore visits and a reception.   Last month, an international court at The Hague ruled against China in a case brought by the Philippines over Manila's claims in the South China Sea. China rejected the ruling and refused to take part in the arbitration.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/09/2016 COLOMBIA - FARC, GOVERNMENT WORK OUT DETAILS OF EVENTUAL DISARMAMENT PLAN (AUG 09/VICE)  VICE NEWS -- The Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group have finally agreed on a disarmament plan, reports Vice News.   President Juan Manuel Santos and the rebel leaders reached a bilateral cease-fire in June. Peace talks began in Cuba in late 2012.   Negotiators announced a U.N.-supervised disarmament plan on Aug. 5. It will cover the group's estimated 7,000 combatants.   Under the agreement, FARC rebels will gather at 26 locations and hand over their arms within six months of a final peace agreement.   Around 50 FARC members will be allowed to move around the country to monitor the process. Another 10 monitors will stay in each of the 26 locations under the plan, according to Reuters. The U.N. will have a final say in disputes.   The agreement also set a timeline of 90 days after a final deal for guerrillas to turn in 30 percent of their arms. Another 30 percent must be surrendered within 120 days; the remaining 40 percent are to be handed over in 150 days, reported EFE (Spain).  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/09/2016 ETHIOPIA - GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON PROTESTERS, KILLING DOZENS; LIVE AMMO FIRED, SAYS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (AUG 09/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- Dozens of people have been killed in recent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Ethiopia, reported Newsweek.   Opposition leaders and a human-rights group said government security forces killed more than 90 protesters, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   There was a new wave of anti-government protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions over the weekend.   Police were said to have fired tear gas and blocked roads to several towns. Internet services were shut throughout the country.   Government media called those "illegal protests" organized by "anti-peace forces."   Amnesty International said that 97 people were killed on Saturday and Sunday, accusing the Ethiopian government forces of using "excessive force." According to AI, the security forces "fired live bullets at peaceful protesters" in Oromia.   Tensions have been high in Oromia over plans earlier this year to allocate farmland in the capital region for development. The plan was scrapped in January, reported Reuters.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/09/2016 FRANCE - 'RADICALIZED' GIRL, 16, CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING ISLAMIC STATE ONLINE (AUG 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A French judge has charged a 16-year-old French girl with supporting the Islamic State and planning a terrorist attack, reports Agence France-Presse.   She was arrested last Thursday during a counterterror raid in the Paris suburb of Melun.   On Monday, the unnamed girl was charged "criminal conspiracy with terrorists" and "provocation to committing terrorist acts using online communication," said a judicial source.   The prosecutor's office in Paris said the "highly radicalized" girl was an ISIS administrator on an encrypted messaging app. She allegedly spread propaganda and indicated a willingness to make an attack, reported the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).  
Item Number:7 Date: 08/09/2016 GERMANY - BINATIONAL TASK FORCE WITH NETHERLANDS TO TEST PATRIOT DEFENSE, SAYS TOP GERMAN OFFICER (AUG 09/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Germany and the Netherlands have plans to test a joint air and missile defense task force, reports Russia's RT news channel, citing a top German general.   Equipped with Patriot anti-missile systems, the unit could be deployed somewhere in Poland or the Baltic states to offer reassurance and send a political signal, the German air force commander told Reuters on Tuesday.   A test is scheduled to be held in October to validate the new joint concept of operations, according to Brig. Gen. Michael Gschossmann, the head of the German air force's ground-based units.   More than 40 interceptors are expected to be fired at a NATO site in Crete. The exercise will involve 300 German, 10 Dutch and 10 American soldiers, as well as a U.S. Aegis destroyer, said German and U.S. officials.   After the test, Germany and the Netherlands plan to declare the task force ready for combat and offer it to NATO.  
Item Number:8 Date: 08/09/2016 IRAQ - DEFENSE MINISTER COMES UNDER MORTAR FIRE WHILE TRAVELING NEAR ISIS-HELD MOSUL (AUG 09/WB)  WORLD BULLETIN -- Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi has survived an attack on his convoy in southern Mosul, according to an announcement from his office, as reported by the World Bulletin (Turkey).   Al-Obeidi's convoy was hit by a mortar attack late Monday near the Imam Gharbi village between Qayara airbase and the Najla area south of Mosul, an ISIS stronghold, said the Defense Ministry.   The defense minister had been traveling to a command post in Makhmour military base, said a statement from his office.   The minister's guards retaliated with gunfire at the ISIS position where the shells originated, said the ministry, as reported by Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   No casualties were reported.  
Item Number:9 Date: 08/09/2016 ISRAEL - MILITARY INVESTIGATION FINDS UAV FROM SYRIA BELONGED TO RUSSIA (AUG 09/HA)  HAARETZ -- An investigation by the Israeli air force has concluded that Russia was responsible for a small drone that entered Israeli airspace last month, reports Haaretz.   The unmanned aircraft entered Israeli airspace from Syria in the central Golan Heights on July 17. Israeli F-16s and a Patriot air defense missile attempted to shoot down the drone, but missed.   Hezbollah in Lebanon initially said the UAV intrusion was its responsibility, noted the International Business Times.   According to the investigation, there were seven conversations on a hotline between the IDF and Russian forces in Syria. The Israelis kept insisting that the UAV was Russian and demanded that it be called back.   The Russians reportedly said none of their drones had entered Israeli territory. The IDF concluded that Russian operators input incorrect coordinates and then failed to identify the error.   Russian officials finally admitted the intrusion was a result of human error, said an Israeli official on Sunday
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/09/2016 ISRAEL - SHIN BET ARREST U.N. AID EMPLOYEE FOR USING GROUP RESOURCES TO HELP HAMAS (AUG 09/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- In yet another potential international scandal, Israeli prosecutors have charged a United Nations aid employee with helping the Hamas militant group, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Waheed Borsh, a Palestinian engineer for the U.N. Development Program, was charged on Tuesday with diverting UNDP funds to support Hamas military operations in the Gaza Strip.   Borsh was arrested on July 16 by Israeli police and the Shin Bet internal security agency.   The announcement of the arrest was cleared for publication on Tuesday, noted Ynet News (Israel).   The U.N. worker was instructed by "a senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization to redirect his work for UNDP to serve Hamas's military interests," charged Shin Bet.   Last week, the director of international charity World Vision's Gaza operations was charged with funneling up to US$7.2 million a year for more than five years to Hamas.  
Item Number:11 Date: 08/09/2016 JAPAN - CHINESE PRESENCE NEAR DISPUTED ISLANDS SPARKS PROTESTS BY TOKYO (AUG 09/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- The Japanese Foreign Ministry has filed two official protests with Beijing over Chinese actions in the East China Sea, reports the Japan Times.   Protests were lodged last Friday and Saturday, reported Al Jazeera, citing Japanese statements.   In one incident, according to Tokyo, about 230 fishing boats and six coast guard vessels came close to the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Saturday, said the ministry. The islands are known as Diaoyu to the Chinese.   The number of fishing boats was unusually large, the ministry said. "This is a unilateral act that raises tensions... and it is unacceptable to us," said a Foreign Ministry official. Some of the Chinese coast guard vessels were reportedly armed.   The other protest was filed over ocean-radar and surveillance cameras that were discovered on a Chinese gas-drilling platform in international waters in the East China Sea, reported the Wall Street Journal. The equipment was discovered in June.   The Japanese Foreign Ministry called "for the immediate removal of the equipment."  
  Item Number:12 Date: 08/09/2016 KUWAIT - ORDER PLACED FOR 30 CARACAL TRANSPORT HELOS (AUG 09/REU)  REUTERS -- As part of the two nations' strategic partnership, Kuwait has agreed to buy 30 Airbus Caracal military helicopters from France, reports Reuters.   The 1 billion euro (US$1.1 billion) contract signed on Tuesday is part of a larger package of a defense contracts announced last year.   The H225M tactical transport helicopters will be delivered to Kuwait's army and national guard beginning in early 2019, said the French Defense Ministry.  
Item Number:13 Date: 08/09/2016 LEBANON - WASHINGTON HANDS MORE MILITARY AID TO ARMY; LATEST PACKAGE BRINGS THIS YEAR'S TOTAL TO US$220 MILLION (AUG 09/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- The United States has just made a new delivery of military aid to the Lebanese army, reports the Daily Star (Lebanon).   The package delivered Tuesday, worth an estimated US$50 million, includes 50 armored vehicles, 40 artillery pieces and 50 grenade launchers, reported Reuters. This year's aid total has reached about US$220 million, said U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard during the delivery.   The assistance is aimed at bolstering Lebanon against the militant groups operating in neighboring Syria.   The Islamic State and other militant groups have clashed along Lebanon's northern border and the fighting has occasionally spilled over the frontier
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/09/2016 LIBYA - PRO-GNA FIGHTERS CLAIM PROGRESS IN ASSAULT AGAINST ISIS STRONGHOLD IN SIRTE (AUG 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Fighters backing the internationally supported unity government in Libya say they have gained ground in the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte, reports Agence France-Presse.   The pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) forces began an operation to retake the coastal city in mid-May, noted Al Jazeera.   On Monday, they reported taking a sector of guest houses near the Ougadougou conference center, where ISIS militants have their headquarters.   The pro-GNA forces renewed their assault against the headquarters last week. On Sunday, they announced the beginning of their final push to gain control of Sirte.   Four GNA fighters were killed and 32 injured in the recent fighting, according to a GNA field hospital
Item Number:15 Date: 08/09/2016 SYRIA - REBELS BREAK SIEGE IN ALEPPO; GOVERNMENT FORCES HIT BACK (AUG 09/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Syrian government is sending reinforcements to Aleppo after rebels broke through a lengthy siege over the weekend, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Last month, pro-government forces cut off the last supply line into rebel-held areas of the Aleppo city. Early this month, rebels launched an offensive to reopen supply routes.   On Sunday, a rebel coalition called the Army of Conquest seized the key southwestern district of Ramouseh, opening a corridor and effectively ending the siege, according to various accounts.   Government forces have fought back with heavy airstrikes, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday, as cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   More than 3,000 government troops and fighters from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group have been mobilized in an attempt to reverse the rebel gains, the observatory said.   Meanwhile, hundreds of opposition fighters are also arriving from neighboring Idlib province to take part in the fighting.   The rebel coalition includes Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. The group was previously called Nusra Front before it cut ties with Al-Qaida and rebranded itself.  
Item Number:16 Date: 08/09/2016 THAILAND - MILITARY GETS ITS WAY, WITH VOTERS APPROVING NEW CONSTITUTION (AUG 09/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Voters in Thailand have approved, by a wide margin, a new constitution backed by the military junta, reports the New York Times.   The draft constitution was supported in Sunday's referendum, 61.4 to 38.6 percent. A measure authorizing a military-appointed Senate to help choose the prime minister was also endorsed, by 58.1 to 41.9 percent.   A final count is expected on Wednesday.   The new constitution, the nation's 20th, effectively authorizes the military to remove any elected government, noted the Wall Street Journal.   The document creates a 250-seat Senate chosen by the military government, likely giving that upper house the final say over an elected lower house.   The military junta took power in 2014 in a coup, scraping the old constitution. This draft is aimed at reducing the possibility of future coups, the junta said
  Item Number:17 Date: 08/09/2016 USA - LATEST TESTS OF PRECISION-GUIDED MUNITIONS DEEMED SUCCESSFUL (AUG 09/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- Lockheed Martin has announced more successful flight tests of its laser-guided bomb kit.   The Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb was tested recently at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif., said the company on Monday.   The bombs, loaded with Mk-82 (500-lb) inert warheads and equipped with the guidance kit, were dropped from an F/A-18 Super Hornet.   The tests demonstrated the system's new linear optics, GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) guidance and the control actuation system, said the company release.   The system integrates easily with aircraft using Paveway II bombs and other direct attack weapons, according to Lockheed officials.  
 Item Number:18 Date: 08/09/2016 USA - MDA ORDERS MORE MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILE TARGET ROCKETS (AUG 09/OATK)  ORBITAL ATK -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded a contract to Orbital ATK for medium-range target rockets, according to a company press release on Monday.   The $182 million contract covers the development and production under the Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Type 3 Configuration 2 (MRBM T3c2) target program over a four-year period, said a release.   A contract option for follow-on vehicle production and other activities through 2024, if executed, could bring the total value up to $400 million.   The rockets will support the testing of missile defense systems. Work will take place at the company's facility in Chandler, Ariz
Item Number:19 Date: 08/09/2016 USA - USAF CHOOSES SITE FOR 4-STAR HOTEL IN UTAH CATERING TO MILITARY (AUG 09/SLT)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE -- The U.S. Air Force has chosen a spot in Utah for its proposed new hotel aimed primarily at military members, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.   A four-star hotel is planned on six acres near Park City in Wasatch County, southeast of Salt Lake City, according to public records cited by the Tribune on Saturday.   The hotel will be open to the public, but rooms with reduced rates will be set aside for current military members and veterans. The Air Force plans to have a graduated scale where lower ranking service members will pay less, said one official.   The Air Force began looking for a location for the hotel in 2002, and about 50 sites had been considered, the official said.   Such hotels are considered good for morale, say military leaders. The Army already runs similar hotels in Orlando, Fla., and Honolulu.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/09/2016 YEMEN - COALITION AIRSTRIKES RESUME IN SANAA; AQAP LOSES GROUND IN AZZAN (AUG 09/REU)  REUTERS -- The Saudi-led coalition restarted its airstrikes against the Houthi rebel-held Yemeni capital of Sanaa for the first time in five months, reports Reuters.   Peace talks in Kuwait between the Houthis and the Yemeni government were suspended over the weekend.   Tuesday's strikes hit a presidential compound and military base, as well as a Republican Guard base in the Arhab area close to Sanaa's airport, said residents.   The coalition suspended flights into Sanaa International Airport for 72 hours beginning late Monday, said airport officials.   Separately, coalition airstrikes on Tuesday in the southern Shabwa province reportedly forced Al-Qaida militants to dismantle checkpoints and withdraw from the city of Azzan, reported Al Jazeera.


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