Monday, October 10, 2016

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To All
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Happy Birthday to the Marines.
This Day In Naval History - November 10
1775 - Congress votes to raise two battalions of Continental Marines, establishing the Marine Corps.
1941 - U.S. escorted convoy WS 12, carrying 20,000 British troops to Singapore, sails from Halifax
American Minute for November 10th:
    "Doctor Livingstone, I presume," was the greeting NOVEMBER 10, 1871, by New York Herald newspaper reporter Henry Stanley as he met David Livingstone on the banks of Lake Tanganyika. Livingstone, an internationally known missionary in Africa, had not been heard from in years and rumor was he had died. Stanley, a skeptic, set out to find him and write a story. He described Dr. Livingstone as: "A man who is manifestly sustained as well as guided by influences from Heaven...The...enthusiasm...of his life comes, beyond question, from Christ. There must, therefore, be a Christ." Trying to end slavery, and discovering the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, Livingstone was so loved by Africans that when he died in 1873 by Lake Bangweulu, his followers buried his heart in Africa before sending his body, packed in salt, back to England to be buried in Westminster Abbey. In his Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, 1857, Dr. David Livingstone wrote: "The perfect fullness with which the pardon of all our guilt is offered in God's Book, drew forth feelings of affectionate love to Him who bought us with His blood...A sense of deep obligation to Him for His mercy has conduct ever since."
Some things are just worth repeating ……..Skip
Subject: USMC Birthday Toast
On the occasion marking the birthday of the US Marine Corps, 1978, onboard Camp LeJeune, and in the presence of several thousand Marines and their ladies, General Louis H. Wilson, CMC, arose to deliver his long awaited address to the troops. He approached the rostrum, nodded to the CG's (Base, FSSG and Division) and proceeded to explain to the captive masses that he would be short on words that night - then turned to his bride, took a glass and, amid absolutely DEAD SILENCE, offered this toast - and promptly SAT DOWN.
A tribute from a Navy Fighter pilot to the Marines
Gentlemen and Ladies,
On 10 November, our brethren in arms celebrate the birthday of the finest fighting force in the world, the United States Marine Corps.  There are not words sufficient to describe the service this unique cadre of men and women, the Few, the Proud, the Marines, have sacrificially performed for our nation and for the people of nations throughout the world.  Might a Navy pilot who is humbled by the presence of the Marines who have touched his life offer a thought for consideration: I firmly believe that to know one Marine is to know them all, for they are each born with the heart of a patriot, forged from American steel, honed into the sharpest weapon and driven by love of country and the spirit of all those who have preceded them on the field of combat to engage the enemy and to fight until victory is assured.
One such Marine was the youngest American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Private First Class Jack Lucas, United States Marine Corps.
Jack Lucas was a cadet captain in military school when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  The next day, he promised his mother that he would come home after the war and finish his education if she would let him enlist.  Rather than cause his mother to lie for him, though, he forged her signature on the consent form and convinced the Marine recruiters that he was seventeen.  He turned fourteen shortly before leaving for Parris Island.
When his buddies were assigned to move out to Hawaii and further on to combat, he was ordered to remain at Parris Island and drill recruits because of his military school experience.  He actually went AWOL and hopped onto the train with them.  He joined the Marine Corps to fight and he was not going to be left behind.  Upon arrival in Hawaii, he persuaded those in charge that a clerical error had been made causing him to end up on that base.  He was subsequently almost discharged from the Corps when a censor read a letter to his girlfriend that revealed his actual age, fifteen by that time.  His determination to remain a Marine was once again persuasive and he was assigned to drive a truck on base.
A year later, when a large number of troops were being ferried out to ships in Pearl Harbor heading into action, Jack Lucas stowed away on USS DEUEL. 
AWOL once again, he effectively obscured himself from discovery until the ship was well out to sea and then turned himself in to avoid being thought of as a deserter.  The Colonel elected to grant his wish for combat rather than punish him and this young Marine was on his way to destiny.
On 14 February 1945, Jack Lucas celebrated his seventeenth birthday as USS DEUEL approached Iwo Jima, and five days later he hit the beach with forty thousand other Marines.  By midnight on 19 February, that fateful first day of combat, five thousand Marines had become casualties. When morning came, his unit destroyed a pillbox and then took cover in an escape trench where they were surprised by eleven Japanese soldiers.  The Marines engaged the enemy at point-blank range and Jack Lucas killed one soldier before his rifle jammed.  As he urgently worked to repair his weapon, he saw two grenades land near the Marine next to him.  Instinctively, he dove down into the soft volcanic ash and covered the grenades with his own body.  The first failed to go off, but the second exploded, inflicting extreme wounds as would be expected. His torso and face were ripped open by the blast and shrapnel. Internal injuries ejected blood from his nose and mouth.
A Marine from a following unit reached down to retrieve his dog tags for casualty identification and saw his hand move.  Jack Lucas was given morphine, stretchered back to the beach and transferred to a hospital ship.
 Doctors believed that he would not survive, but they continued to work on him, giving this young Marine a chance at life such as he had so sacrificially done for his buddies.
After twenty-two surgeries, he was discharged from the United States Marine Corps in September 1945, having seen the war through from the beginning to the surrender of the Japanese.  On 5 October 1945, President Harry Truman bestowed the Medal of Honor upon Jack Lucas, the youngest recipient since the War Between the States.  He honored his promise to his mother and returned to finish school, a ninth grader bearing the inverted star, suspended from an anchor attached to the blue ribbon with thirteen tiny white stars around his neck, the highest honor his proud nation could bestow.
Jack Lucas, United States Marine, was cited for extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty on that day in the shadow of Mount Suribachi, but he would tell anyone who noted his courage that he was no different from any other Marine, as would the other twenty-five Medal of Honor recipients who fought a fierce and committed enemy in the hell that was Iwo Jima.  But for opportunity and circumstance, I believe that any one of the thousands of Marines who endured the black volcanic ash that ran red with the blood of American fighting men would have qualified for The Medal. 
Such is the nature of the Marine.
As a Navy brother who has faced the enemy in combat in the skies over North Vietnam, I will tell you that my war could never compare to that which our Marines have fought, are fighting today and will fight tomorrow.  They are the very best, each and every one of them.  Their courage is boundless, as is their commitment and dedication to the defense of liberty.  If you know one Marine, you know them all.  God bless the United States Marine Corps and God Bless AMERICA!.
Semper Fi, Marines!
Emory Brown
Commander, United States Navy (ret)
Subject: Marines -- and our sense of humor
Now that you understand the VERY SERiOUS side of Marines and how special November 10th is with us, I thought I would share a story repeated by my wife, Angie, several years ago to her fellow employees and her friends.  
When I received it, I passed it along to my fellow FTC employees.  You need to know, regardless of how serious we Marines are, there is always a humorous side to us, especially when it gives us one up on the enemy --such was the case in the Fall of 1969.
You are now familiar with our history, our devotion to duty and our commitment to our Country.  Many of us will be celebrating our Birthday at official functions of various units of the Corps literally all over the world.  Always present at our celebrations is our Birthday Cake, and it is tradition that we all share.
Most on my email lists will not be so privileged, so please have a donut in celebration of this day and in recognition of our fantastic men and women of the Marine Corps serving us so well today.  They are the finest we have.
Angie's story that I circulated to FTC employees ....... Lots of folks ate donuts this day!!!!!
My beautiful wife, Angie, sent this to her fellow employees over at the Office of Insular Affairs (Dept of Interior) today -- an appropriate message for the day, 10 November.  I thought you would enjoy, and I hope you will all have a donut to celebrate the Marine Corps' 229th Birthday -- the Few, the Proud, the Marines.
Happy Birthday Marines & Glory to the Corps!
Here is what Angie had to say back in 2003 ........
"Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  Today is the Marine Corps' Anniversary.....
As some of you know, my husband was a Prisoner of War in Hanoi for 6 years and 4 months.  Ironically his shoot down date is Veteran's Day, November 11, 1966.  So this is a big week for him.
In September 1969, after he had been there three very hard years (the early years were by far the worst) Ho Chi Minh died.  Orson was at Son Tay with about 55 other men.  One day in October he was called in for an interrogation... which he said was more of an "English lesson" for the interrogator as opposed to one of the beatings they received when Ho chi Minh was calling the shots.  The interrogator began by bragging about his country and its 4,000 year history and belittling the USA... saying, "Your country is very young, it doesn't even have very many heroes or holidays." 
 Knowing that the Marine Corps birthday was coming up on November the 10, Orson began to spin a story.......
He pretended to take umbrage, saying... "No, no, no.... you are quite wrong... we have many holidays in our country, as a matter of fact, one is coming up very soon.  There will be festivals and children will dress up in costumes and its very important to us."  The interrogator became interested so Orson proceeded that it was called, "National Donut Day"...
Before you can really appreciate this you need a bit of background.  Before Ho Chi Minh's death, the prisoners were practically starved to death.  They were eating nothing but rice and swamp grass soup (as they call it) and sometimes pumpkin soup.  Orson says they estimated that he went down to a
little as 120 pounds... and now he weighs at least 225.   At shoot down he
was something like 195 and 6'2".  So this is unbelievably thin.  The men were hungry all the time.  Very hungry.  About twice a year they would get what they considered an incredible treat... it was nothing more than old French bread.. that had become hard and moldy, but the cooks would deep fry it and roll it in sugar and the prisoners called the result "sticky buns"
and to them it was mana from heaven....
So when explaining National Donut Day, Orson told his interrogator that "Donuts are a lot like your sticky buns... they are sweet bread, and on
National Donut Day everyone has one.... or more of them."    Not sure what
the outcome might be, Orson was sent back to his cell, where he immediately started tapping through the wall to all the other POWs saying..."Hey guys, you gotta back me up.  I just invented a new holiday and if they find out I was pulling their leg, there will be hell to pay -- tell all the guards that National Donut Day is on November 10 -- don't let me down!  Pass it
on!"    A few weeks went by, and to everyone's great surprise, on November
10 the prisoners at Son Tay prison --- known for being one of the worst  ---and also for the failed rescue attempt --  were served sticky buns and
-- Orson was the hero of the day!
Orson had forgotten all about this story, and I had never heard it, but in March 2003, a fellow POW, Bob Stirm, an Air Force Col was interviewed in a San Francisco paper (article is attached below) and in it he described the origin of National Donut Day.
So, come down to 4312 right now, and have a donut to help me and Orson celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday!  And Happy Veteran's Day!"
Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
Quote by Ronald Reagan
Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem
"No arsenal, no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."--Ronald Reagan
"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." --John Paul Jones
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.--John Stuart Mill
"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."--George S. Patton "The establishment of... Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field... it now remains to be my earnest wish and prayer, that the Citizens... make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them."—George Washington "A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."--John Adams Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American GI.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Today is Columbus Day.  Christopher Columbus is given the credit for finding the continent of North America.  Actually he may have been the first European to find this continent but there were others here ahead of him.  Leaf Erikson was a Norwegian sailor who came earlier.  The Norwegians believe that Columbus used Erikson's maps.

     Some say, Columbus Day may be the most unPC holiday of the year. That's why many folks intend to celebrate it doing the most unPC thing they can think of...Working for a living.

     The Federal Office of Management and Budget observes the invasion of the Americas by Christophorus Columbus (aka  Christoffa Corombo, Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóvão Colombo, Christovam Colom, and Cristóbal Colón), a Genoese private contractor working for the government of Castille.  Federal employees have today off, even at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
     Of course, senators and congressmen have every Monday off. Every Friday, too.

     They say that Christopher Columbus was the first economist. When he left to discover America, he didn't know where he was going. When he got there he didn't know where he was. And it was all done on a government grant.

Let's celebrate Columbus Day by walking into someone's house and telling them we live there now.

On Columbus Day, if you would like to apologize for our historical mistreatment of Native Americans, I recommend try losing money at a tribal casino.

Many people say that I remind them of Christopher Columbus…in that I discover jokes and simply claim them as my own.

Over 500 years after Columbus, in American government, people who miss their objectives by thousands of miles are still rewarded.

Submitted by David Rackow:

     If Christopher Columbus had a Jewish mother, she probably would have said, "I don't care what you've discovered, you didn't call, you didn't write."

Submitted by Kary Jacobsen:

     Another look at history…Columbus proved how lost he really was by landing in the Bahamas, naming the place San Salvador, and calling the people who live there Indians.

Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

     An old Italian Mafia Don is dying and calls his grandson to his bed.  "Lissin-a me.  I wanna for you to taka my chrome plated 38 revolver so you always remember me."
     "But grandpa, I really don't lika guns. Howzabout you leava me your Rolex watch instead?"
     "Shuddup an'a lissin.  Somma day you gonna runna da business. You gonna have a beautifula wife, lotsa money, a bigga home and maybe a couple a bambinos.  Somma day you gonna comma home and maybe find your wife inna bed with another man. Whadda you gonna do then, pointa to you watch and say, "Times up?""

Submitted by Al Anderson:

What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other?
A speech impediment

Did you know there are more Italians in New York City than in Rome!

Remember—there's nothing more American than complaining all day about not having Columbus Day off.  Have a great week,
Item Number:1 Date: 10/10/2016 AFGHANISTAN - ARMY HELICOPTER COMES DOWN IN BAGHLAN PROVINCE, KILLING ALL ONBOARD; TALIBAN CLAIMS SHOOTDOWN (OCT 10/KP)  KHAAMA PRESS -- An Afghan army helicopter has crashed while delivering supplies to security forces in the northern Baghlan province, say officials, as reported by the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   The Mi-17 helicopter was delivering supplies to besieged soldiers in the Qurghan Tapa area when it experienced a technical issue that caused it to crash on Sunday, said the Defense Ministry.   All eight soldiers onboard were killed, according to multiple accounts.   Five helicopter crewmembers and three troops were killed in the crash, said the ministry.   A technical problem caused the helicopter to catch fire and crash, said a ministry spokesman on Sunday, as cited by the International Business Times.   The Taliban claimed that its fighters shot the aircraft down. Local provincial officials also told Al Jazeera the Taliban shot down the helicopter
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/10/2016 BURMA - 9 POLICE KILLED IN COORDINATED ATTACKS ON 3 BORDER POSTS; AUTHORITIES POINT AT ROHINGYA (OCT 10/REU)  REUTERS -- The Burmese government has tightened security in a Muslim-majority region near the border with Bangladesh following attacks against police posts, reports Reuters.   In what appeared to be a coordinated operation, there were attacks on three border posts in Rakhine state early Sunday, reported Time.   Dozens of weapons and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were seized from border police, said officials.   Nine officers were killed, one was missing and five were injured in the attacks, police said. Eight assailants were reportedly killed and two captured.   As many as 90 attackers were involved, officials said. The attackers were said to have been armed with knives and homemade slingshots.   The Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority was blamed by the head of the national police. The Rohingya are mostly stateless and subject to severe restrictions on their movements. They make up most of the population in the northern part of Rakhine.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/10/2016 GERMANY - POLICE NAB TERROR SUSPECT LINKED TO ISIS; ARRESTED MAN SAID TO BE SYRIAN REFUGEE (OCT 10/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- After a weekend manhunt, police in Leipzig, Germany, have arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning a bomb attack, reports the Washington Post.   The 22-year-old arrested Monday had ties to the Islamic State terrorist group, according to German media.   Authorities said the suspect ran from police on Saturday after they raided a house in the nearby city of Chemnitz. That raid reportedly netted several hundred grams of explosives believed to belong to the suspect, Jaber Albakr.   The explosive material was later detonated safely by the bomb squad.   Saxony police said the suspect was a Syrian refugee who entered Germany in 2015 and had been granted asylum by the German government, reported Al Jazeera
Item Number:5 Date: 10/10/2016 INDONESIA - ADDITION OF SUKHOI FIGHTERS SEEN BOOSTING SECURITY IN EAST (OCT 10/ANTARANA)  ANTARA NEWS AGENCY -- The Indonesian air force will soon station four Su-27 or Su-30 fighters at an air base in the East Nusa Tenggara province to strengthen regional security, says base officials, as reported by Antara News, the national news agency.   A new hangar is being built at the El Tari airbase in Kupang to accommodate the fighters, officials said last week.   The decision to station the jets in the region is based on the province's proximity to East Timor and Australia, the officials said.   The El Tari base may eventually become the main airfield for southern Indonesia, said the colonel in charge of the base.   If that were to happen, it would require constructing a radar facility in the province, said another official
Item Number:6 Date: 10/10/2016 IRAQ - HEAVY CASUALTIES IN 3 ATTACKS IN BAGHDAD; CHECKPOINT IN UDHAIM ALSO BOMBED (OCT 10/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- At least 10 people have been killed and 37 injured in three separate bomb attacks in Baghdad, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the largest of the attacks on Sunday, which killed five and wounded 22 in eastern Baghdad, according to local officials.   In that attack, a suicide bomber targeted Shi'ite pilgrims celebrating the holy month of Muharram, said an ISIS statement.   Government officials said that two other attacks in southern Baghdad killed five and injured 15.   Also on Sunday, at least 10 people were killed, including four police officers, in a suicide attack on a checkpoint in Udhaim in northern Iraq, reported Reuters, citing medical sources and police.   The Sunni town of Udhaim, about 56 miles (90 km) north of Baghdad, was recaptured by government forces last year from ISIS
Item Number:7 Date: 10/10/2016 IRAQ - U.S. STATE DEPT. BACKS BAGHDAD'S REQUEST TO BUY CESSNA SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT (OCT 10/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale of Cessna surveillance/light attack aircraft to Iraq, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The proposed US$65.3 million deal covers two Cessna AC-208 aircraft, including dual rail LAU-131 Hellfire launcher capability on each wing; AN/ALE-47 electronic countermeasure dispenser; AN/AAR-60 missile launch warning system; AN/AAQ-35 electro-optical infrared imaging system; contractor aircraft modification; spare parts; and associated technical and logistics support, the DSCA said in a release on Friday.   Iraq previously purchased three AC-208 and three C-208 aircraft in 2008. These have been used to support operations against the Islamic State. The additional planes will enhance the Iraqi air force's capabilities, the agency said in a Friday release.   The DSCA informed Congress of the potential sale on Oct. 6, noted the agency
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/10/2016 KUWAIT - ISLAMIST IN CUSTODY AFTER FAILED SUICIDE ATTACK ON U.S. TROOPS; SUSPECT LOYAL TO ISIS (OCT 10/KUTIMES)  KUWAIT TIMES -- Kuwaiti police have arrested an Egyptian truck driver who slammed his truck into a vehicle carrying five U.S. soldiers on Saturday, reports the Kuwait Times.   Security officials said Ibrahim Suleiman was driving a cleaning truck during the attack. He suffered multiple injuries. The American troops were unhurt.   An Islamic State banner, a suicide belt and explosives were discovered in the truck, said police.   The explosives failed to detonate, according to Deutsche Welle.   An investigation revealed a hand-written note by the suspect pledging allegiance to ISIS, reported the KUNA state news agency, citing government officials.  
Item Number:9 Date: 10/10/2016 LIBYA - LAST ISIS STRONGHOLD IN SIRTE UNDER PRESSURE (OCT 10/REU)  REUTERS -- Forces loyal to the U.N.-backed government in Libya are pushing into the final area held by the Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, reports Reuters, citing military officials.   At least eight pro-government fighters were reportedly killed over the weekend while advancing into the 600 block in central Sirte. Snipers and booby traps are the main obstacles to the operation, said officials.   ISIS fighters captured Sirte a year ago. Pro-government forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have tried to liberate the city for five months.   Losing Sirte would be seen as a significant blow to the terrorist group. Many of its fighters and commanders apparently escaped the city before it was surrounded. The terror group could continue a guerilla campaign once Sirte falls, officials said.  
Item Number:10 Date: 10/10/2016 MOZAMBIQUE - GUNMEN SHOOT DOWN TOP RENAMO OFFICIAL ON BEACH; POLITICIAN HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN TALKS WITH GOVERNMENT (OCT 10/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Unidentified gunmen have killed a senior official of the opposition party in Mozambique.   The official, who was also a delegate at ongoing political talks with the government, was killed while he was jogging at a beach in Maputo, the capital, reports Bloomberg News.   Jeremiah Pondeca, a former member of Parliament, was shot and killed on Saturday in the upscale Costa del Sol area.   He led the opposition Renamo party's negotiating team discussing the nomination of six governors to head provinces that the party says it won during elections in 2014.   There had been a standoff between Renamo and the government, reported Reuters. Talks were scheduled to resume on Monday after breaking off on Sept. 30.   The parties have been holding sporadic talks in an effort to end a conflict that reignited in 2013
Item Number:11 Date: 10/10/2016 NETHERLANDS - DUTCH PATRIOT AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO GET RAYTHEON UPGRADE (OCT 10/RAYTHEON)  RAYTHEON -- The Royal Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization has awarded Raytheon a contract to modernize its Patriot integrated air and missile defense system, according to a release from the U.S. defense firm.   The missile systems will receive the Modern Man Station (MMS) user interface as part of a program to upgrade the army's entire Patriot inventory to the latest standard, said Raytheon officials.   The Modern Man Station is the latest operator-machine interface upgrade to Patriot command-and-control shelters. It provides an advanced, full-color graphical user interface with liquid-crystal displays, according to Raytheon's release on Oct. 6.   As noted by the company, the MMS also has touch screens and soft keys for enhanced situational awareness, with the latest command-and-control decision support tools. The system is used to identify and display airborne objects; track potential threats; and engage hostile targets, including aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.   The number of stations purchased and the value of the contract was not disclosed.  
Item Number:12 Date: 10/10/2016 NIGERIA - ISIS, AL-QAIDA IN AFRICAN TURF BATTLE; NIGERIAN TERROR DIRECTION UNCERTAIN (OCT 10/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The Islamic State and Al-Qaida are in a power struggle for territory across the African continent, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   The turf fight is happening even as both terror groups are battling an array of international and local counterterrorism forces.   When the dust settles, the battling is likely to have a significant effect on the security of dozens of African countries as well as the future of Islamist militancy, said experts.   The terrorist groups have different strategic visions and employ different tactics. Al-Qaida, for example, generally avoids attacking Muslims and has sought to build domestic support for its aims.   On the other hand, ISIS' actions have often been directed against Muslims with different belief, has made violent attacks on local communities and stresses its strikes at the West.   ISIS has also been suffering a series of setbacks on the ground in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Nevertheless, a new branch, calling itself Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, earlier this month conducted its first attack in Burkina Faso in Western Africa.   The Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria previously declared loyalty to ISIS, but now, under new leadership, could swing back to Al-Qaida, according to analysts
Item Number:16 Date: 10/10/2016 USA - DOJ CHARGES 3, INCLUDING 2 RUSSIANS, WITH EXPORTING BANNED TECHNOLOGY TO RUSSIA (OCT 10/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The U.S. Dept. of Justice has charged two Russians and a U.S. citizen with illegally exporting military technology to Russia, reports the Wall Street Journal.   According to Justice, the three men conspired to obtain advanced microelectronics from U.S. firms and export them to Russia in violation of U.S. prohibitions.   The systems included electronic converters and integrated circuits frequently used in radar and surveillance systems, missile-guidance systems and satellites, said prosecutors.   Alexey Barysheff, a 36-year-old U.S. citizen was taken into custody on Thursday in New York and charged with violating U.S. export controls.   Two Russian nationals, Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko, 33, and Alexey Krutilin, 27, were detained on the same day in Denver. They were charged with conspiring with Barysheff and others to export the microelectronics.   Barysheff allegedly established two technology front companies in Brooklyn in 2015 to buy and export the controlled technologies. The equipment would be sent to Finland and then ship them to Russia to help hide the final destination, said prosecutors.   If convicted of the charges, the defendants face up to 25 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine, noted Reuters
Item Number:17 Date: 10/10/2016 USA - MISSILE-TRACKING SATELLITES DO DOUBLE-DUTY BY WATCHING ISIS ON GROUND (OCT 10/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The U.S. military has been gathering intelligence on the Islamic State with early warning satellites and sensors that were designed to monitor nuclear missile launches, say defense officials cited by Bloomberg News.   The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) detects heat and infrared signatures. Combined with electronic and signals intelligence and video gathered by reconnaissance aircraft, these satellites are helping to develop a picture of ISIS ground positions, said the officials.   The SBIRS capability "enables us to ascertain where kinetic events like explosions are happening because the technology can track heat signatures with great fidelity," commented a coalition spokesman in Iraq.   "Overhead persistent infrared information from" the SBIRS "is used daily as one of multiple streams of intelligence information in theater," he said.  
Item Number:19 Date: 10/10/2016 USA - TUG, LITTORAL SHIP COLLIDE; MISHAP OPENS CRACK IN MONTGOMERY'S HULL (OCT 10/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- A U.S. littoral ship has gotten a bad break. Well, actually, it is just a crack.   USS Montgomery collided with a tug boat as she departed Mayport, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Matthew last week, reports the Navy Times.   The accident on Oct. 4 opened a foot-long crack amidships along a weld seam, about three feet above the waterline, according to an internal Navy report.   About a gallon of water was leaking in every three minutes until the quarter-inch opening was plugged with wedges, said the report, which was obtained by the newspaper.   Dewatering systems were installed in the space. There was no need for the ship to return to port, the Navy indicated.   The mishap occurred in choppy waters with winds gusting up to 30 knots in Mayport harbor.   The service said that five horizontal beams in the hull were also bent.   The mishap occurred less than a month after the Montgomery experienced a pair of engineering problems that forced it into port for repairs
  Item Number:20 Date: 10/10/2016 YEMEN - MISSILES HIT NEAR U.S. DESTROYER; LAUNCHES CAME FROM REBEL-HELD TERRITORY OF YEMEN (OCT 10/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The U.S. Navy says one of its destroyer has come under fire in the Red Sea.   Two missiles were fired at USS Mason (DDG-87) while she was sailing off the coast of Yemen on Sunday, reports CNN.   The missiles came from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, a Pentagon spokesman said.   According to the Navy, the warship deployed onboard defensive measures and was undamaged. The missiles hit the water, well shy of the ship, reported the New York Times. Both weapons were said to have been launched within 60 minutes of each other.   The Houthi rebels on Monday denied that they had targeted the destroyer.   The Mason was in international waters more than 12 nm (22 km) offshore, north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, said the Pentagon spokesman.   The Navy declined to identify the missiles fired, noted the Washington Post.


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