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This Day In Naval History - February 16
1804 - Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decatur's raid succeeds without American losses. England's Lord Nelson calls this "the most daring act of the age."
1815 - USS Constitution captures British Susannah
1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta
On this day in history (February 16):
1923 - Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. The next day he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.
1948 - NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre", which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels
1968 - In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.
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Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
US Navy lieutenant Steven Decatur leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, captured earlier by Barbary pirates.
Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant's Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes.
Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops.
Bessie Smith makes her first recording "Down Hearted Blues."
Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs.
The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
Tojo outlines Japan's war aims to the Diet, referring to "new order of coexistence" in East Asia.
American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.
Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.
The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.
Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.
The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.
China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.
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American Minute:  The REAL Reason JEFFERSON owned a QUR'AN - Muslim Barbary Pirates WarsFrom another post, with thanks -
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American Minute:  The REAL Reason JEFFERSON owned a QUR'AN - Muslim Barbary Pirates Wars
"The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco," stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.  (Ed: What Obama didn't say was "why!" )
Morocco began recognizing American colonists in 1625.
Governor William Bradford described the incident in the History of the Plymouth Settlement.

In 1625, the Pilgrims sent two ships back to England carrying dried fish and 800 lbs of beaver skins to trade for much needed supplies. What happened next?
Bradford related the fate of one ship:

"They ... were well within the England channel, almost in sight of Plymouth. But ... there she was unhapply taken by a Turkish man-of-war and carried off to Morocco where the captain and crew were made slaves ...

Now by the ship taken by the Turks ... all trade was dead."
Muslim pirates of Morocco raided European coasts and carried away over a million to the North African slave markets.
An estimated 180 millions Africans were captured and sold into Muslim slavery.
In 1627, Algerian Muslim pirates, led by Murat Reis the Younger, raided Iceland, and carried 400 into slavery.

One captured girl, who had been made a slave concubine in Algeria, was rescued back by King Christian IV of Denmark.
On June 20, 1631, the entire village of Baltimore, Ireland, "The Stolen Village," was captured by Muslim pirates. Only two ever escaped to return.

Thomas Osborne Davis wrote in his poem, "The Sack of Baltimore" (1895):

"The yell of 'Allah!' breaks above the shriek and roar;
O'blessed God! the Algerine is lord of Baltimore."
Des Ekin wrote in The Stolen Village: Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates (2008):

"Here was not a single Christian who was not weeping and who was not full of sadness at the sight of so many honest maidens and so many good women abandoned to the brutality of these barbarians."
Kidnapped Englishman Francis Knight wrote:

"I arrived in Algiers, that city fatal to all Christians and the butchery of mankind."
Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail had 500 wives, mostly captured from Europe, and forced 25,000 white slaves to build his enormous palace at Meknes. He killed an African slave just to try out a new hatchet.
The Catholic Order "Trinitarians" or "Mathurins," collected alms to ransom slaves.
When America became independent, it was no longer covered by the British extortion tribute payment to the Muslim pirates.

Morocco "recognized" the United States in 1785 by capturing two American ships and holding the sailors for ransom
Thomas Jefferson worked to free them, writing to John Jay, 1787:

"There is an order of priests called the Mathurins, the object of whose institution is to beg alms for the redemption of captives.

They keep members always in Barbary, searching out the captives of their country, and redeem, I believe, on better terms than any other body, public or private.

It occurred to me, that their agency might be obtained for the redemption of our prisoners at Algiers."
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson wrote to William Carmichael regarding Tripoli's demand for extortion tribute payment, 1786:

"Mr. Adams and I had conferences with a Tripoline ambassador, named Abdrahaman. He asked us thirty thousand guineas for a peace with his court."
When Jefferson asked the Muslim Ambassador what the new country of America had done to offend them, he reported to John Jay, March 28, 1786:

"The ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of the prophet, it was written in their Qur'an,

that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman (Muslim) who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.

He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once."
Jefferson read the Qur'an, not out of admiration but to understand why Muslims were attacking Americans unprovoked.

The word Islam means submission to Allah, and a Muslim is one who has submitted to Allah.
Islam is a religion of peace, it is just the Islamic definition of "peace" is different.

To someone raised in Western Civilization, "peace" is achieved when different groups get along. In Islam, "peace" is when everyone is submitted to Allah.

Essentially, to a fundamental Muslim, "world peace" means "world Islam."
This is similar to what Lincoln stated at the Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland, April 18, 1864:

"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing."
A moderate Muslim believes the world will submit to Allah later, maybe in the distant future or at the end of the world, and since it is so far off, they are not preoccupied with it and are non-violent.
A fundamentalist or "Islamist" Muslim believes the world is supposed to submit to Allah now, and they are excited to help make it happen.

This is referred to as becoming radicalized.
The dilemma for Western Civilization is, the more it shows itself tolerant, the more a percentage of moderate Muslims begin to rethink that maybe the world is actually submitting to Allah now rather than later.

They gradually gravitate from the future non-violent mindset into the radicalized now mindset.
In other words, they more the West shows itself tolerant, the more violence increases.

This reflects an Islamist attitude, that when your enemy shows weakness, that is Allah giving them to you.

In Islam, it is wrong to kill the innocent, but the definition of innocent is a follower of the way of Allah.
Those who reject Islam are guilty:

"Allah loveth not those who reject Faith" (Sura 3:32);
"Be ruthless to the infidels" (Sura 48:29);
"Make war on the infidels (Sura 9:123; 66:9);
"Fight those who believe not in Allah" (Sura 9:29);
"Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them" (Sura 2:191).
Saying it is wrong to kill the innocent is code for saying it is wrong to kill faithful Muslims. Fundamental Muslims accuse non-violent moderate Muslims of being unfaithful -- as having left the way of Allah -- and therefore feel justified killing them along with non-Muslims
In his autobiography, An American Life (Simon & Schuster, 1990, p. 409), Ronald Reagan wrote:

"Radical fundamentalist sects ... have institutionalized murder and terrorism in the name of God, promising followers instant entry into paradise if they die for their faith or kill an enemy who challenges it.
... Twice in recent years, America has lost loyal allies in the Middle East, the shah of Iran and Anwar Sadat, at the hands of these fanatics.

I don't think you can overstate the importance that the rise of Islamic fundamentalism will have to the rest of the world in the century ahead -- especially if, as seems possible, its most fanatical elements get their hands on nuclear and chemical weapons and the means to deliver them against their enemies."
In 1793, Muslim Barbary pirates captured and plundered the U.S. cargo ship Polly, imprisoning the crew. The Muslim captain justified their brutal treatment:

"... for your history and superstition in believing in a man who was crucified by the Jews and disregarding the true doctrine of God's last and greatest prophet, Mohammed."
In 1795, Muslim Barbary Pirates of Algiers captured 115 American sailors. The United States was forced to pay nearly a million dollars in ransom.

At one point, nearly 20 percent of the U.S. Federal budget was used to make extortion tribute payments to the Muslim pirates.
A Treaty of Tripoli in 1798 failed.

Christopher Hitchens wrote in his article "Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates":

"Of course, those secularists like myself who like to cite this treaty must concede that its conciliatory language was part of America's attempt to come to terms with Barbary demands."
Immediately after Jefferson became President in 1801, Muslim Barbary Pirates demanded $225,000, plus an annual tribute of $25,000.

When Jefferson refused, the  Pasha (Lord) of Tripoli declared war -- the first war the U.S. was in after becoming a nation.

Jefferson sent U.S. frigates to the Mediterranean to protect American shipping.
In his First Annual Message, December 8, 1801, Thomas Jefferson stated:

"Tripoli, the least considerable of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to (declare) war on our failure to comply before a given day.

The style of the demand admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean, with assurances to that power of our sincere desire to remain in peace, but with orders to protect our commerce against the threatened attack ...

The Bey (lord) had already declared war. His cruisers were out. Two had arrived at Gibraltar. Our commerce in the Mediterranean was blockaded and that of the Atlantic in peril ..."
Jefferson continued:

"The arrival of our squadron dispelled the danger.

One of the Tripolitan cruisers having fallen in with and engaged the small schooner Enterprise, commanded by Lieutenant Sterret, which had gone as a tender to our larger vessels, was captured, after a heavy slaughter of her men, without the loss of a single one on our part.

The bravery exhibited by our citizens on that element will, I trust, be a testimony to the world."
On December 29, 1803, the new 36-gun USS Philadelphia ran aground on Morocco's shallow coast. Muslims surrounded and captured Captain William Bainbridge and his 307 man crew for 18 months.
To prevent this ship from being used by Muslim pirates, Lieut. Stephen Decatur, in what was described as the "most bold and daring act of the age," sailed his ship, Intrepid, on FEBRUARY 16, 1804, into the Muslim pirate harbor and set the captured USS Philadelphia ablaze.
Jefferson sent the Navy and Marines to capture Tripoli, led by Commodores Edward Preble, John Rogers and Captain William Eaton.

The Pasha was force to make peace on U.S. terms.
Frederick Leiner wrote in The End of the Barbary Terror-America's 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa (Oxford University Press):

"Commodore Stephen Decatur and diplomat William Shaler withdrew to consult in private ... The Algerians were believed to be masters of duplicity, willing to make agreements and break them as they found convenient."
The annotated John Quincy Adams-A Bibliography, compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993, p. 41, entry #194), contains "Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War and on Greece," published in The American Annual Register for 1827-28-29 (NY: 1830):

"Our gallant Commodore Stephen Decatur had chastised the pirate of Algiers ... The Dey (Omar Bashaw) ... disdained to conceal his intentions;

'My power,' said he, 'has been wrested from my hands; draw ye the treaty at your pleasure, and I will sign it; but beware of the moment, when I shall recover my power, for with that moment, your treaty shall be waste paper.'"
The First Barbary War, 1801-1805, was America's first war after the Revolution.

The Second Barbary War, 1815, gave rise to the Marine Anthem:

"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli."
The curved Marine sword is from the confiscated Muslim scimitars, called "mamluke" swords.
Marines were called "leathernecks" for the wide leather straps worn around their necks to prevent being beheaded, as Sura 47:4, states: "When you meet the infidel in the battlefield, strike off their heads."
Francis Scott Key, nine years before he wrote the Star-Spangled Banner, wrote a song to the same tune to commemorate the victory over the Muslim Barbary Pirates, titled "When the Warrior Returns from the Battle Afar," published in Boston's Independent Chronicle, Dec. 30, 1805:

In conflict resistless each toil they endur'd
Till their foes shrunk dismay'd from the war's desolation:
And pale beamed the Crescent, its splendor obscur'd
By the light of the Star-Spangled Flag of our nation.
Where each flaming star gleamed a meteor of war,
And the turban'd head bowed to the terrible glare.
Then mixt with the olive the laurel shall wave
And form a bright wreath for the brow of the brave.

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Item Number:1 Date: 02/16/2017 AUSTRIA - ALLEGING DECEPTION, FRAUD, GOVERNMENT SUES AIRBUS OVER EUROFIGHTER ORDER (FEB 16/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Austrian government is suing European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for alleged corruption and bribery linked to a 2003 order of Eurofighter jets, reports Agence France-Presse.   According to the Defense Ministry, a government investigation determined that Airbus had falsely inflated the purchase price for a 2003 deal for 15 fighter jets. The cost of the jets was around US$2.1 billion.   The suit was filed on Thursday, reported Reuters.   Austria was overcharged for expenses such as lobbying and alleged bribes, according to a Defense Ministry report. About US$194 million went to a "network of consultants and interested parties," said the investigators.   Austria would have ordered fighter jets from Saab if it had known about the fraud, said investigators. Those aircraft would have been cheaper and easier to maintain.   The cost difference is being used as part of damages being sought from Airbus. The amount could be as much as US$1.16 billion, reported Bloomberg.   The Eurofighter is made by a consortium including Airbus, the U.K.'s BAE Systems and Italy's Leonardo. Airbus has not yet commented, reported Deutsche Welle.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/16/2017 BURMA - GOVERNMENT HALTS MILITARY OPERATION IN TROUBLED RAKHINE STATE (FEB 16/MYT)  MYANMAR TIMES -- The Burmese government has called an end to its four-month operation in Rakhine state, reports the Myanmar Times.   The operation began in October after nine Burmese policemen were killed near the border with Bangladesh.   Around 66,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority have entered Burma from Bangladesh and about 22,000 are displaced there, noted UPI.   "The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilized. The clearance operations undertaken by the military have ceased, the curfew has been eased and there remains only a police presence to maintain the peace," said a statement released Wednesday.   A presidential spokesman told the New York Times that stopping the military operations does not mean that security forces won't be there.   Two senior officials from the president's office told Reuters that the military was staying in the region to maintain "peace and security."   The military has been accused of rape, torture and other abuses against the minority residents.   The people involved in the attacks in Rakhine have been arrested, said Maj. Gen. Aung Soe, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Home Affairs.   Border police have been deployed throughout the state and local police stations reinforced. Navy frigates, corvettes and smaller boats are also deployed in the area, he said.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 02/16/2017 BURUNDI - GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ATTEND PEACE TALKS IN TANZANIA (FEB 16/REU)  REUTERS -- The government in Burundi has indicated that it will not attend planned peace talks aimed at ending months of violence in that country, reports Reuters.   Violence began in April 2015 when Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a controversial third term. He was re-elected in July 2015.   Opponents said the third term was a violation of the constitution, eventually setting off a civil war.   A spokesman said the government would not attend the talks that were supposed to resume on Thursday in Tanzania.   There were "some irregularities in the organization of this present session," the spokesman said. Bujumbura objected to the presence of senior U.N. adviser Benomar Jamal, he said. No specific reason was given.   The government has previously accused the U.N. of being biased.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 02/16/2017 CHINA - NEW CHINESE MARITIME LAW WOULD REQUIRE FOREIGN SUBMERSIBLES TO TRAVEL ON SURFACE (FEB 16/GT)  GLOBAL TIMES -- The Chinese government may update its maritime traffic safety law to allow authorities to forbid some foreign ships from passing through Chinese territorial waters, reports the Global Times (China), which emphasizes communist policies.   The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council announced on Tuesday it was seeking public opinions on the potential revisions.   The draft bill would empower maritime authorities to prevent foreign ships from entering Chinese waters if it was determined that those vessels might harm traffic safety and order.   The measure would allow authorities to designate specific areas where foreign ships are temporarily forbidden to pass. The revisions are based on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, the office said.   The draft document also says that foreign submersibles should travel on the surface, display national flags and report to Chinese maritime authorities when the pass through Chinese waters. Such vessels should also obtain approval from the relevant administrations to enter China's internal waters and ports, says the draft.   The revisions are scheduled to enter force in 2020.   The draft makes no specific mention of the South China Sea, where China has a number of territorial disputes, noted Reuters. A Chinese naval vessel confiscated a U.S. underwater drone in that region in December 2016. It was later returned.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/16/2017 INDIA - 7 DIE IN KASHMIR GUNFIGHTS (FEB 16/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- At least seven people were killed in separate clashes on Tuesday between Indian security forces and militants in the Kupwara district in the northern part of India-administered Kashmir, say officials, as reported by the Times of India.   In one incident, three soldiers and a militant were killed in an encounter in the village of Hajin, the Indian army said.   Later that evening, three militants died in a gunfight with security forces.   In the second event, Kashmiri police and the army's 30 Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles cordoned an area and were reportedly fired on by militants. Maj. Satish Dhaiya, who was leading the operation, was wounded, said an army spokesman.   Three AK-47 assault rifles and some ammunition were recovered during the operation.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 02/16/2017 INDIA - DEFENSE MINISTER SHOWS OFF MOCK-UP OF NEW MULTI-ROLE HELICOPTER (FEB 16/HAL)  HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED -- Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has unveiled the mock-up of a new medium multi-role helicopter developed by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).   The full-scale mock-up of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) was formally revealed on Wednesday at the Aero India exhibition in Bangalore, HAL said in a release.   The IMRH is in the 12-ton class and will have a ceiling of about 20,000 feet (6,100 m), carry a 7,700-pound (3,500-kg) payload and accommodate up to 24 personnel.   The helicopter is intended primarily for tactical troop transport; casualty evacuation; cargo transport; combat search-and-rescue; ant-surface; offshore; VIP transport; and air ambulance missions, noted HAL.   An army/air force version will feature significant hovering and payload capability, even at high altitudes, the company said.   According to HAL, the twin-engine helicopter will also have an automatic flight-control system; advanced mission systems; and advanced cockpit display and avionics. A naval variant is also planned.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/16/2017 IRAQ - DEADLY SUICIDE CAR BOMB ROCKS SHI'ITE NEIGHBORHOOD OF BAGHDAD; ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY (FEB 16/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A suicide bomber detonated a car with explosives on Wendesday in a predominately Shi'ite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, reports the BBC.   The blast killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens, say officials.   The explosion rocked a street full of garages and used-car dealers in the Habibiya area, near Sadr City, a suburb of Baghdad.   At least 42 people were wounded. Casualties have been reported variously.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.   Other deadly explosions were also reported in at least three parts of the capital on Wednesday, reported Iraqi News.  
Item Number:8 Date: 02/16/2017 LITHUANIA - NEW ACCORD SEEN EASING ALLIED MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN BALTICS (FEB 16/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The defense ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have signed a joint communique intended to facilitate the movement of NATO forces in their countries, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   The ministers are in Brussels for this week's NATO defense ministers' meeting.   The communique signed on Feb. 15 also covers simplifying bureaucratic procedures for NATO troops deploying to the Baltic states and Poland. Warsaw was expected to endorse a corresponding agreement on Thursday, the ministry said.   The goal is to achieve the ability by June to accept NATO rapid-response forces within 24 hours and preliminary deployment units within 48 hours, Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna told Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Allied borders and bureaucracy must not represent a hindrance for the rapid movement of NATO forces, said Tsahkna on Wednesday.   The alliance is deploying multinational battalions in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as part of reassurance efforts in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.   The battle groups will train with domestic forces and fight alongside them in the case of a crisis, said the Lithuanian ministry.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 02/16/2017 MALAYSIA - POLICE ARREST 3RD SUSPECT IN DEATH OF KIM JONG NAM (FEB 16/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Malaysian police, as of Thursday, had at least three people in custody in connection to the murder of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reports the Washington Post.   Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was killed earlier this week in Kuala Lumpur's international airport.   The half-brothers were estranged and Kim Jong Nam was absent from the father's state funeral in 2011, noted the New York Times.   A woman with a Vietnamese passport was arrested on Wednesday while attempting to leave the country, reported South Korea's Yonhap news agency.   Another woman holding an Indonesian passport was picked up on Thursday, according to Malaysian police. A Malaysian friend of hers was also detained later in the day.   The Vietnamese woman told police she was tricked into attacking Kim, saying she thought she was playing a prank on the man, reported the Star newspaper. She said the other suspects left her and she decided to fly to Vietnam.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 02/16/2017 NATO - ALLIANCE DEFENSE MINISTERS REVIEW PROJECTS; U.S. EMPHASIZES BETTER BURDEN-SHARING (FEB 16/NATO)  NATO PRESS RELEASE -- NATO defense ministers are meeting this week in Brussels to discuss how ensure the alliance's strength and flexibility against a variety of challenges.   On Wednesday, the agenda included reviewing the deployment of deterrent forces in Poland and the Baltic states and assessing the alliance's role in fighting terrorism, according to a NATO release.   The ministers were also expected to agree on a new regional hub based at NATO's Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, said the alliance. The facility will help allies to coordinate intelligence on crisis countries and address other issues in the Middle East and North Africa.   Thursday will focus on modernizing NATO's command structure and countering the growing threat of cyber attacks.   The failure of the majority of the alliance's 28 members to meet defense spending goals will also be a major topic, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, as cited by the Stars and Stripes.   U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned that Washington could alter its relationship with the alliance if its members do not meet their defense spending goals, reports the Washington Post.   "America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense," said Mattis
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/16/2017 PAKISTAN - POLICE KILL 6 TTP-LINKED TERRORISTS IN RAID IN PUNJAB PROVINCE (FEB 16/DAWN)  DAWN -- Pakistani counterterror police have killed six members of a militant group in Punjab province, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   On Wednesday, security forces surrounded a hideout of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants in Multan, said a police spokesman.   A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for two attacks this week, including one outside the provincial assembly in Lahore that killed 14 people and wounded more than 80.   During the raids, the militants opened fire and threw explosives when ordered to surrender, the police spokesman said.   Six were killed while three or four reportedly escaped. Police said they recovered two hand grenades, two automatic rifles and two pistols
Item Number:12 Date: 02/16/2017 RUSSIA - KREMLIN FINALIZES MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH RWANDA (FEB 16/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The governments of Russia and Rwanda have just formalized an accord on military-technological cooperation, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The document was officially published on Wednesday.   The agreement covers cooperation in the supply of weapons, military hardware and other military products.   The document also covers the delivery of spare parts and provision of services for the development and production of military products.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 02/16/2017 SPAIN - MADRID TO DEPLOY LEOPARD 2 TANKS TO LATVIA IN NATO MISSION (FEB 16/BNS)  BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The Spanish government has decided to dispatch a half-dozen tanks to Latvia as part of a Canadian-led contingent designed to deter Russian aggression in the region, reports the Baltic News Service.   Spain anticipates sending about 350 personnel and six Leopard 2e tanks for the NATO mission. Another 14 to 16 armored vehicles may also be deployed, according to the Spanish Embassy in Latvia.   Canada, Italy and Poland also intend to send heavy weapons to Latvia, although no final decisions have been reported, Maj. Gen. Leonids Kalnins, the Latvian military chief, said earlier this year.   The Canadian-led battalion with more than 1,000 troops is scheduled to be fully deployed by June. The unit will be based at the Adazi military base, but participate in training across the country, Kalnins said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 02/16/2017 SYRIA - RIVAL JIHADIST GROUP'S STILL BATTLING IN IDLIB PROVINCE (FEB 16/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- Heavy fighting between jihadist groups in Syria's Idlib province is continuing, reports Al-Masdar News (United Arab Emirates).   Clashes began earlier this week between the rival Tahrir al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa groups. Around 100 have been killed in recent weeks.   Tahrir al-Sham was formed in January from Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front (now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) and other Islamist groups. Jund al-Aqsa is a Nusra Front splinter group that has an ideology considered similar to the Islamic State.   Tahrir al-Sham said Jund al-Aqsa was considering accepting a deal that would see them leave key towns in northern Hama province to join ISIS in its de facto capital of Raqqa.   By Wednesday afternoon, Jund al-Aqsa fighters were said to have retreated to the towns of Khan Sheikhun and Morek after losing control of Heish in southern Idlib. They are reportedly surrounded by Nusra Front factions.   The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence monitoring group, citing a pro-Al-Qaida social media outlet, reported on Wednesday that an offshoot of Jund al-Aqsa had executed more than 150 members of opposing rebel factions in Khan Sheikun.   Those killed reportedly included members of Tahrir al-Sham as well as the Free Syrian Army rebel group, which is not involved in the clashes, reported Reuters.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 02/16/2017 THAILAND - MASSIVE SEARCH IN BUDDHIST TEMPLE COMPOUND FAILS TO TURN UP WANTED MONK (FEB 16/BANGPOST)  BANGKOK POST -- Thai security forces are searching a Buddhist temple compound in Pathum Thani province in a bid to arrest a monk wanted for embezzlement, reports the Bangkok Post. The province is part of Bangkok's metropolitan area.   Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued an emergency order overnight placing the Wat Dhammakaya temple under military control.   More than 3,000 soldiers and police surrounded the 1,000-acre temple, blocking off roads and preventing anyone from entering or leaving. The raid began Thursday.   He was not found then and police intended to return on Friday, noted the BBC.   The 72-year-old abbot, Phra Dhammajayo, is accused of embezzling funds from the temple. Officers attempted to search the site in June and December, but were blocked by his supporters, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.).   Dhammajayo has denied the allegations, calling them politically motivated. The abbot has said he is too ill to be questioned by authorities, according to the BBC.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 02/16/2017 USA - DEPLOYMENT OF AMERICAN GROUND TROOPS TO SYRIA SAID TO BE POSSIBILITY (FEB 16/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Pentagon may call for U.S. ground troops to be deployed to Syria, a U.S. official has told CNN.   Depending on subsequent decisions, conventional forces could be sent to northern Syria to help the fight against the Islamic State, the official said on Wednesday.   The ultimate decision will be made by President Donald Trump, the official said. The president last month ordered Defense Secretary James Mattis to come up with a proposal to speed up the fight against ISIS.   To date, just small U.S. teams of special operations forces have been deployed to Syria, providing assistance and training to Syrian rebel groups.   U.S. officials have said such a deployment is a point of discussion rather than a proposal.   Both the DoD and the White House have declined to comment, noted the Hill (Washington, D.C
Item Number:17 Date: 02/16/2017 USA - LOCKHEED TO BUILD MORE TRIDENT II D5 MISSILES (FEB 16/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., has just received a contract modification for work on the Trident II D5 nuclear missile program, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $540.8 million deal covers Trident II D5 missile production and deployed system support, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.   Work will take place primarily in Magna, Utah, (29.5 percent) and Sunnyvale, Calif., (25.4 percent) as well as a number of locations around the United States.   The contract is scheduled to be concluded by Sept. 30, 2021.  
 Item Number:18 Date: 02/16/2017 USA - NAVSEA AWARDS $126 MILLION CONTRACT FOR SUBMARINE MATERIALS (FEB 16/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn., a contract for long lead-time materials for the production of two Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines in fiscal 2019, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $126.5 million deal covers long lead-time equipment for steam and electric plants, main propulsion unit and ship service turbine generator as well as various hull, mechanical and electrical systems, said the Feb. 14 release.   The equipment is for the yet-to-be-named boats SSN-802 and SSN-803.   Work will be performed primarily in Sunnyvale, Calif., and is expected to be completed by January 2018, the Pentagon said
  Item Number:19 Date: 02/16/2017 USA - USAF REFUELED SAUDI AIRCRAFT FOR YEMEN OPS MORE THAN 1,000 TIMES OVER LAST YEAR (FEB 16/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Air Force has increased its aerial refueling support for Saudi aircraft engaged in operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen over the last year, reports   Since April 2015, the service has conducted 1,778 tanker sorties for the Saudi-led operation, a spokeswoman for Air Forces Central Command said on Tuesday.   This total included 1,069 over the past year, a 50 percent increase from the 709 over the previous period.   KC-135 and KC-10 tankers participated in 7,564 refueling events with coalition aircraft, offloading about 54 million pounds of fuel in support of Saudi operations, the spokeswoman said.   The U.S. Central Command has emphasized that it provides only refueling support and not intelligence for Saudi coalition strikes
  Item Number:20 Date: 02/16/2017 YEMEN - HOUTHIS BLAME SAUDI-LED COALITION FOR AIRSTRIKES AGAINST FUNERAL PARTY (FEB 16/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Houthi rebels say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 10 civilians and wounded 10 others at a funeral near Yemen's capital, reports the Middle East Eye.   A funeral in Arhab district, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Sanaa, was hit by a "double-tap" airstrike overnight, said a Houthi spokesman on Thursday.   Medics said nine women and a child were killed. Casualties have been reported variously in the confusion on the aftermath of the attacks.   Some published accounts said there was a second strike directed at aid responders.   The Houthis fired a rocket toward Saudi territory in retaliation. It was reportedly intercepted without causing any damage.


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