Saturday, February 25, 2017

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The List 4395
To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend
This Day In Naval History - February 24
1813: The sloop of war Hornet, commanded by Capt. James Lawrence, encounters HMS Peacock off British Guyana and easily wins the engagement.
1968 - Task Force Clearwater established in I Corps This Day In Naval History - February 25
1861 - Saratoga, member of U.S. African Squadron, captures slaver sloop Express
1933 - Commissioning of USS Ranger, first true aircraft carrier
1959 - USS Galveston fires first Talos surface-to-air missile This Day In Naval History –
 An early anti-slavery Republican
1840 - Adams begins arguments in the Amistad case
 * Bill Bennett's The American Patriot's Daily Almanac
"I am too old! " protested John Quincy Adams, congressman and former president of the United States, when admirers asked him to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The situation was this. In 1839 the Spanish schooner Amistad left Havana, Cuba, for another Cuban port, carrying fifty-three African slaves. Under the leadership of an African named Cinque, the captives revolted, killed the captain, and seized the ship. They demanded to be taken back to Africa, but the Amistad's navigator tricked them and sailed toward Long Island, New York. A U.S. Navy vessel took the ship into custody and brought it to Connecticut.
Spain demanded that the U.S. return the Amistad and its human cargo as the property of Spain. The administration of President Martin van Buren agreed. But Cinque and his comrades—supported by American abolitionists—insisted that they were not "property" at all, but human beings who had been kidnapped in Africa.
Now the dispute was going to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the abolitionists wanted John Quincy Adams, known as "Old Man Eloquent," to help argue their case. Adams worried he was too rusty. He had not been in a courtroom in decades. But he finally agreed.
On February 24, 1841, a nervous Adams began presenting his argument to the justices. His voice faltered at first, but his cause brought him confidence. He pointed to a framed document on the wall. "The moment you come to the Declaration of Independence, that every man has a right to life and liberty, as an inalienable right, this case is decided. I ask nothing more on behalf of these unfortunate men than this Declaration."
The Court ruled that since the transatlantic slave trade had been banned, the Africans were free men. Old Man Eloquent won his case. For payment, he received a handsomely bound Bible from the Africans—and profound satisfaction at having struck a blow for liberty.
This Day In Naval History - February 25
1861 - Saratoga, member of U.S. African Squadron, captures slaver sloop
1933 - Commissioning of USS Ranger, first true aircraft carrier
1959 - USS Galveston fires first Talos surface-to-air missile
This Day In Naval History - February 26
1811 - Congress authorizes first naval hospital
1913 - Approval of experimental wind tunnel for Navy
1944 - Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy's Nurse Corps is first woman in Navy to receive rank of Captain.
February 24
Pepin the Short of Gaul dies. His dominions are divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
In the first of the Franco-Habsburg Wars, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captures the French king Francis I at the Battle of Pavia, Italy.
Ferdinand of Hapsburg and John Zapolyai, the two kings of Hungary, conclude the peace of Grosswardein.
Chief Justice John Marshall, by refusing to rule on the case of Marbury vs. Madison, asserts the authority of the judicial branch.
Off Guiana, the American sloop Hornet sinks the British sloop Peacock.
Some 3,000 Mexicans launch an assault on the Alamo with its 182 Texan defenders.
The Cuban War of Independence begins.
Japan officially agrees to restrict emigration to the U.S.
Italy bombs Beirut in the first act of war against the Ottoman Empire.
The Jewish organization Hadassah is founded in New York City.
A film version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opens in New York.
Herbert Hoover becomes Secretary of Commerce.
The New Gallery of New York exhibits works of Archibald Motley, its first show to feature a black artist.
Merrill's Marauders, a specially trained group of American soldiers, begin their ground campaign against Japan into Burma.
U.S. forces liberate prisoners of war in the Los Baños Prison in the Philippines.
Franz von Papen is sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes.
Khrushchev rejects the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.
North Vietnamese troops capture the imperial palace in Hue, South Vietnam.
Hanoi negotiators walk out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on North Vietnam.
General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sends in ground forces during the Gulf War.
23 February 1945
Raising that Beautiful Flag
23 February 2015 By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael Jones, Defense Media Activity
The flag was up. Old Glory, small as she seemed, was flapping proudly in the Pacific breeze atop Mt. Suribachi, the ancient volcano on the tiny island of Iwo Jima, claimed after four days of bloody fighting in February 1945.
Wonder how much media coverage this will get?

I am putting this on my calendar. I will do this for sure.

I will be doing this and I hope many of you on my email list will also.
Hope you will also share this email with wide distribution.

This is a great idea.
Make it viral
Easy action step:
On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our support to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his popularity and successes. We will show the media that We Support Our President . And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in post cards, all informing Our President that we support him.
If each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest Best wishes can grace The White House.

Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #wesupportyoumrpresident
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with ##wesupportyoumrpresident. Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let our president know how he’s doing.

Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Not my original post but someone else's great idea.  Pass this on if you think it is a good idea...
"The flag's already up," growled Leatherneck Magazine Photographer Sgt. Lou Lowery as he staggered down the rugged slope past Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal and Marine Photographers Pfc. Bob Campbell and Staff Sgt. Bill Genaust.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Feb. 23, Marines from Easy Co., 2/28 raised the American flag over Mt. Suribachi, signaling the capture of the strategic position.

"The view's nice up there," Lowery added. "You should go check it out."
Shrugging off the missed photo-op, Rosenthal continued the climb with Genaust and Campbell - the view might be worth it.

It was then that Rosenthal noticed a slight-built New Hampshire Marine named Rene Gagnon scurrying up the cliffs with a large flag tucked under his arm. He had been dispatched to the summit with fresh batteries for the radioman, and to help replace the first flag with a much larger one - one that could be seen across the entire island.

Although he missed the first flagraising, Rosenthal instinctively prepared his cumbersome Speed Graphic camera in the off-chance he might get the second. "I saw a small group of Marines assembling a pole on the ground," Rosenthal remembered in a recent documentary. "I said, 'What are you doing, fellas,' and one of them responded, 'We're getting ready to put up this larger flag. The colonel down below wants it up. He also wants to make damn sure he gets that first flag back.'"
It happened to be me. It might have been any photographer, or perhaps it might never have been taken at all. But it was me...

Barely standing over five feet tall, Rosenthal built a small pile of rocks capped with a sandbag to give him a better view. Passing in front, Genaust asked, "Am I in your way, Joe?" "Nah," Rosenthal replied, making final adjustments with the Speed Graphic's viewfinder. "Wait! There it goes!" Swinging the camera to his face, Rosenthal clicked the shutter. He wasn't sure what he got, if anything at all. With the larger flag planted firmly in place, Rosenthal gathered the jubilant Marines for a group photo. He hurried back to his command ship and dutifully wrote out the captions for the images he shot that day.

What he captured in 1/400th of a second proved an enormous sensation to the public back home, and made instant celebrities out of Sgt. Mike Strank, Cpl. Harlon Block, Cpl. Rene Gagnon, Cpl. Ira Hayes, Pfc. Franklin Sousley and Navy Pharmacist's Mate John Bradley.

Of the six flag-raisers, only Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon would return home alive.
Sensing the photo's mass appeal, President Franklin Roosevelt immediately printed millions of posters and plastered cities across the country with the image, kicking off the Seventh War Bond Tour. Led by reluctant celebrities Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon, the drive generated approximately $24 billion - more than any other.

A mere 72 hours after seeing the Rosenthal photo for the first time, an ambitious sculptor named Felix DeWeldon completed a clay replica of the flag raising. Congress was besieged with letters from an adoring public calling for a national monument of the photo they loved. The sheer size of the sculpture reflected the scope of the project itself: it would be the largest bronze statue of any kind - the largest in the world, standing 78 feet tall. Survivors John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes modeled for DeWeldon as he created each 32-foot tall figure. Once cast in bronze, each section was shipped to Washington, D.C. where workers reassembled the massive sculpture atop a large granite base at Arlington, Va.

Inscribed on the base were the locations of major U.S. Marine Corps battles since the Revolutionary War and Adm. Chester W. Nimitz's summary of the Battle of Iwo Jima: "Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially dedicated the United States Marine Corps Memorial Nov. 10, 1954 with Bradley, Gagnon, and Hayes in attendance. It would be the last time the three survivors would be photographed together.

Of all the flag-raisers, only Bradley lived to old age. Hayes, battling severe depression and alcoholism, would die from exposure almost 10 years to the day after he helped raise the flag. Gagnon, struggling hard to capitalize on his celebrity, died of a heart attack in 1979 at the age of 54. Bradley, who spoke only once of the event, died at the age of 70 on Jan. 11, 1994.

The photo, reproduced millions of times since it first appeared, garnered Rosenthal the Pulitzer Prize. Skepticism over the picture's authenticity gnawed at him over the years, as Rosenthal told and retold the story of the second flagraising. Genaust's motion picture footage of the event confirms Rosenthal's account.

"I feel a gratification that the use of the picture, in general, has been very good," he explained. "It happened to be me. It might have been any photographer, or perhaps it might never have been taken at all. But it was me, and I stand for any photographer who would have been in a position to get such a photo."
Rosenthal died Aug. 20, 2006.
Thanks to Hal -
Just got back home last night after a few days in Zurich and I'll share some observations and some things I learned.  First of all, I'm told the Swiss do not like our President Trump. Why, I'm just not sure.  I would think the Swiss with their baking industry would love a businessman who is now president.  I can only guess that maybe they were hoping for Jeb Bush, who probably would be indebted and manageable. You just can't get a straight answer. Also, the only English speaking TV coverage was CNN, a Trump-Hater.  And the only English newspapers in the hotels and restaurants is the New York Times. Another Trump-Hater.  Even in the airports, the news is CNN.  It is everywhere you turn.  So, I guess it is no wonder that much of Europe seems to dislike us.  I was watching Fox News today and I heard the most offensive tidbit of information they were quoting, and it was an MSNBC Anchor talking, "Our job is to control what people think".  If that is not Orwellian and insulting, nothing is. But we have been realizing that for a long time in that the media doesn't just report the news, they manage the news in their efforts to shape public opinion.
I saw the rioting on the news about Sweden.  Do you know that the media there is forbidden to report information about the criminals, such as they were Muslim. Now their political correctness is coming back to bite them.  But it's already too late.  The camel in inside the tent. Most of Europe is being outbred by Muslim women.  It's just a fact and not my opinion.  When a country's birth rate drops below 2.1 children per woman, the native population is not being replaced. Below 1.5 they cannot catch up.  Most are even below that.  You can Google it.  Among Muslim women it is around 8.0.  Do the math.  In three more generations it will become a Caliphate.
France is in the news there.  And the candidate, the right-wing candidate, Marie LaPen is making headway and she is appealing to the people of France in their hour of desperation and the crime that is being caused by the young, fit, immigrants who are Muslim.. Many came from the former French colonies and never had any intention of assimilating into a French culture. They want their own cities and Islamic culture inside a country and a Christian culture. Pretty much the same in Germany and Belgium.  I don't think the Swiss have admitted many.  And neither has Japan, nor Saudi Arabia, nor the UAE.  Wonder what they know that the Germans and the French didn't. All of these countries have No-Go zones where even the police do not enter.
Flying home from Zurich was daylight all the way.  I have never seen so much ice and snow.  SwissAir takes a very northern route. North from Switzerland across Germany and then the UK 's Ayr and Kirkwall. (I was once a cartographer and have always been fascinated by maps, so I watched the flight plan video most of the way home).  Then the names get strange to me.  Follow along; Torshavn, Faroe Island, then Kevlavik, IceLand, Akyreyri, Hvammstangi, Hellissandur, Akranes, Borganares, Kulusuk, Angmagssalik, Ikerasak, Illorsuit, and Kangersuatsiaq and then across the top of Hudson Bay and across Canada.  Nothing but Ice and Snow all the way.  I have never seen so much ice !!   Who named these places? What do these names mean ?  Who were these hardy people ? I'm thinking Norsmen, Vikings, Ice Land, Green Land, New Found Land, and more. It makes me think of the things I do not know. Scientists say that before we came upon the scene, there were at least five Ice Ages. All of those thousands of lakes up around Minnesota were carved out by moving glaciers.  When will it happen again ?
Anyway, there is no place like home.  And the more you travel, the more you realize what we have inherited.  In my case, from ancestors a lot tougher than me.
Thanks to Mike
Burial at Sea
Interesting, but sad, bit of WWII history. We are fortunate that this was recorded.


Here's a rather sad sea burial -  a somber and reflective video of 1 1/2 mins.
 Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger. 
 On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed. The Avenger's pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex.
 Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it. 
 It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried 
in his aircraft after being killed in action.
Item Number:1 Date: 02/24/2017 GERMANY - ARRESTED ISLAMIST ADMITS PLANNING TO ATTACK SECURITY FORCES, SAY POLICE (FEB 24/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- German authorities say police have arrested a 26-year-old Islamist in Lower Saxony who was allegedly planning a terror attack, reports Deutsche Welle.   The German national man was detained Wednesday in the town of Northeim. He was known to be a radical Islamist to authorities, said prosecutors on Thursday.   Bomb-making materials were reportedly found in his apartment.   During interrogation, the suspect admitted he planned to kill police officers or soldiers after luring them into a trap, said police, as reported by AFP.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 02/24/2017 GUATEMALA - PRESIDENT, MILITARY BLOCKS DUTCH BOAT OFFERING ABORTIONS (FEB 24/FN)  FOX NEWS -- Guatemala's army has detained a Dutch vessel owned by a non-profit that offers free abortions, reports Fox News.   Woman on Waves offers its services in countries where abortion is banned after sailing to international waters. Abortion is banned in Guatemala unless the mother's life is in danger.   The military seized the boat on Thursday after it docked in the port of San Jose. Authorities stopped activists from disembarking and women were not allowed to board, reported the BBC.   The army said it was following the orders of President Jimmy Morales and would defend "the preservation of human life and the laws in effect in our country."   The group argued that it had a legal permit to sail in Guatemalan waters and said the vessel was being illegally detained.   The group has been active since 1999 and has often run afoul of pro-life nations, particularly in South America, where ports have been blocked against the boat on occasion, noted LifeNews.
Item Number:3 Date: 02/24/2017 INDIA - TIPPED WARSHIP NOW BACK TO EVEN KEEL, SHOULD BE OPERATIONAL BY NEXT YEAR (FEB 24/INDIAMOD)  INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Indian naval dockyard in Bombay (Mumbai) and Resolve Marine Group, a salvage firm, have righted a frigate that tipped over in a freak accident in December, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense.   The frigate Betwa was being undocked on Dec. 5 as part of a major refit and keeled over to one side. The accident left two sailors dead and 14 injured, noted the Hindustan Times. Many expected that the frigate would be written off.   The ship was initially stabilized on Dec. 29. The complete salvage operation was completed in less than two months, the ministry said.   Much of the ship's onboard equipment had already been removed for servicing or replacement as part of the refit when the accident happened.   The navy now anticipates that the refit will progress as planned and the ship will be battle-ready by April 2018
Item Number:4 Date: 02/24/2017 IRAQ - COUNTERTERRORISM FORCES ENTER INITIAL DISTRICTS OF WESTERN MOSUL (FEB 24/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State for western Mosul say they entered one of the city's neighborhoods for the first time on Friday, reports the BBC.   Federal police forces gained control of a sports facility in the western district of al-Tayyaran, reported Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   Meanwhile, counterterror forces fully seized control of the Ghozlani army base and began pushing toward the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun, said a military spokesman cited by Reuters.   Security forces took Mosul's airport on Thursday. Federal police and elite Interior Ministry troops have been clearing it of roadside bombs and booby traps.   Recent fighting took part in Mosul's desert and farmland. Upcoming action will bring troops into the city's narrow streets and densely populated areas, say officials.   The offensive against western Mosul started earlier this week. East Mosul was secured last month.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 02/24/2017 IRAQ - ISIS ATTACKS BORDER GUARDS NEAR JORDAN, KILLS 15 (FEB 24/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Iraqi officials say Islamic State fighters have attacked an Iraqi border guard position near Jordan, killing at least 15 guards, reports Agence France-Presse.   The attack on Friday was directed at the 2nd Border Guard Regiment located near the village of Trebil in Anbar province, said a guard official.   An ISIS suicide car bomber followed by gunmen stormed the post from several directions, the guard official said.   Iraqi officials say ISIS has lost most of its urban strongholds in Anbar province, but continues to harass government forces. There have been repeated attacks against border guards deployed near Jordan and Syria
  Item Number:6 Date: 02/24/2017 ISRAEL - AIR FORCE SHOOTS DOWN HAMAS UAV OVER MED (FEB 24/YNET)  YNET NEWS -- An Israeli air force fighter jet has downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, reports Ynet News (Israel).   The military said the drone was flying from the Gaza Strip to the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday afternoon when it was shot down. The air vehicle then crashed into the sea, said an IDF spokesman.   The UAV was identified by Israeli surveillance immediately after taking off and monitored until the shootdown, according to the IDF.   The UAV did not cross into Israeli airspace, noted Arutz Sheva (Israel).   IDF policy is to destroy any Hamas UAVs leaving Gazan airspace, either towards Israel or the sea
Item Number:7 Date: 02/24/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY HEAD DOWNPLAYS CHANCES OF NEW CONFLICT WITH HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH IN NEAR FUTURE (FEB 24/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The head of the Israel Defense Forces has told lawmakers that there is unlikely to be a major conflict with Hamas or Hezbollah in the near future, reports the Times of Israel.   Both the Palestinian and Lebanon-based militant groups are uninterested in such a fight, said Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot on Wednesday. Furthermore, Hezbollah in Lebanon has been significantly weakened by its participation in the civil war in Syria, the general told the Knesset's foreign affairs and defense committee.   The general's comments came after a number of aggressive statements over the last week by Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, including a threat that his group would not abide by any "red lines" in a future war with Israel.   Nasrallah also threatened to attack the nuclear facility in Dimona in southern Israel.   As for Hamas, Eisenkot said that he does not believe the group has any "willingness" to escalate fighting at this time
Item Number:8 Date: 02/24/2017 LATVIA - DEAL ABOUT TO BE FINALIZED FOR 47 AUSTRIAN M109 SELF-PROPELLED HOWITZERS (FEB 24/LSM)  LATVIAN PUBLIC MEDIA -- The Latvian government is going to buy dozens of used self-propelled howitzers from Austria as part of its military modernization, reports LSM, Latvia's public broadcaster, citing Defense Ministry sources.   Plans call for procuring 47 M109 155-mm self-propelled guns, as well as driver training vehicles and a mobile tactical control center.   The contract, which is expected to be signed soon, will total about 6 million euros (US$6.3 million), said the Latvian Defense Ministry.   The Austrian howitzers were purchased from the U.K. in 1994 and have been in storage since 2007.   The weapons were upgraded to the M109A5Oe configuration with Austrian hydraulic rams and primer magazines, enabling a doubling of the rate of fire and new barrels that extended the range to about 19 miles (30 km).   The first M109s are expected to be handed over in the fall of 2017, according to the ministry
Item Number:9 Date: 02/24/2017 MALAYSIA - ANALYSIS SHOWS VX NERVE AGENT USED TO KILL KIM JONG NAM (FEB 24/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A chemical analysis made by authorities in Malaysia indicates that Kim Jong Nam, a half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed with a potent chemical weapon that is banned internationally, reports the New York Times, citing police officials.   Kim Jong Nam was attacked at Kuala Lumpur's international airport on Feb. 13 by two women who rubbed a substance on his face, said police. He died en route to the hospital. Officials in South Korea blamed Pyongyang for the murder.   On Friday, Khalid Abu Bakar, the chief of the national police, said that VX nerve agent, a substance listed as a weapon under the Chemical Weapons Conventions of 1997 and 2005, was found on the deceased's skin and eyes.   The preliminary report was made by the Chemical Dept. of Malaysia, noted CNN.   A binary version of VX can be made by mixing two compounds immediately before delivery. It kills by disrupting the transmission of nerve impulses. A dose of about 10 milligrams by skin contact is lethal, say officials.  
 Item Number:10 Date: 02/24/2017 NIGER - SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR TERRORISTS WHO AMBUSHED ARMY PATROL (FEB 24/REU)  REUTERS -- The Defense Ministry in Niger says 15 soldiers were killed and 19 wounded in a terrorist ambush Thursday in the country's west, reports Reuters.   An army patrol came under attack outside the town of Tiloa, near Niger's border with Mali, said the ministry.   "A search operation is underway to neutralize the terrorists," the ministry said.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/24/2017 NIGERIA - AFRICOM HEAD OFFERS MORE INTELLIGENCE-SHARING, TRAINING (FEB 24/DTRUST)  DAILY TRUST -- Nigerian Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the chief of defense staff, hosted the head of the U.S. Africa Command this week in Abuja, reports the Daily Trust (Abuja).   During the visit to the capital, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser pledged to assist the Nigerian military to defeat terrorism in the region.   The U.S. general indicated that Washington would increase assistance to Nigeria in the areas of training, intelligence-sharing, capacity building and equipment, said a statement from the Nigerian Defense Ministry.   Gen. Olonisakin, for his part, expressed appreciation for American assistance, including for training, equipment support, upgrading Nigeria's special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and other areas as required by the Nigerian armed forces.   Such U.S. support has done much to help Nigeria contain various security challenges in the region, he said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 02/24/2017 NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM'S RECRUITING EFFORTS LAST YEAR GARNERED 2,000 CHILD SOLDIERS, SAYS UNICEF (FEB 24/CAJ)  CAJ NEWS -- The Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group has recruited about 2,000 children as fighters over the last year, according to a report from the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), as cited by the CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg, South Africa).   The recruitment mainly took place in Nigeria, with others enlisted in neighboring countries, such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger, said UNICEF on Tuesday.   Recruitment has focused mostly on boys. However, Boko Haram has been kidnapping and recruiting girls for suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria, the report says.   The report also indicates that at least 65,000 children have been released from militaries and armed groups over the last 10 years.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 02/24/2017 NORTH KOREA - SIPRI STUDY REVEALS ONGOING WEAPONS EXPORTING BY PYONGYANG (FEB 24/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korea is still exporting weapons to six or seven countries in spite of United Nations sanctions, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul), citing an international researcher.   Small and traditional weapon technologies continue to be sold by Pyongyang to Iran and Syria, among others, Peter Wezeman, a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) told the Voice of America News.   Hamas and the U.K.-based Palestinian Return Center are believed to have purchased anti-tank missiles from North Korea, said a recent SIPRI study. The missiles may have been smuggled through Sudan or Egypt, noted SIPRI
Item Number:14 Date: 02/24/2017 PAKISTAN - OFFICIALS REVISE EXPLANATION OF LAHORE EXPLOSION, BLAMING GAS LEAK, NOT TERRORISTS (FEB 24/GEOTV)  GEO TV -- Local Pakistani officials now say that a deadly explosion in Lahore on Thursday was likely caused by a gas leak, not a terrorist bomb as initially reported, reports Geo TV (Pakistan).   Terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for a spate of bombings throughout Pakistan in recent weeks that have killed at least 130 people. The Lahore blast was seemingly such an attack.   The explosion in the provincial capital of Punjab killed at least eight people and injured around 30 others. A provincial spokesman said it was caused by a planted bomb.   However, on Friday, Pakistani officials said the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder, and reported that there was no evidence of explosive materials, according to Reuters.   "Confusion was caused because the evidence was buried under the rubble, but it is now clear that this was not a bomb blast," said one official
  Item Number:15 Date: 02/24/2017 SENEGAL - POLICE OPERATION LEADS TO ARRESTS OF JIHADIST SUSPECTS FROM MALI, MAURITANIA (FEB 24/REU)  REUTERS -- Authorities in Senegal say they have arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in Dakar, the nation's capital, reports Reuters.   Ould Sidy Mohamed Dina, a Malian, was arrested Thursday as he was trying to leave his home. He had been in the country for a month, said a police spokesman.   Police said Dina had contact with Ould Nouwayely, the mastermind behind the March 2016 attack on a resort in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and Al Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for that attack, which killed 18 people and wounded 33.   Also arrested was an unnamed jihadist from Mauritania, who was picked up while trying to board a bus to Gambia, said the spokesman on Thursday.   At that point, the suspects not been charged
Item Number:16 Date: 02/24/2017 SYRIA - CAR BOMBING KILLS DOZENS IN REBEL-HELD VILLAGE NEAR AL-BAB; ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY (FEB 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- At least 45 people have been killed and about 70 wounded in a car bombing on Friday near the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The day before, Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels announced that they had seized the center of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab.   A suicide bomber blew up a pick-up truck at a checkpoint manned by the rebels in the village of Sousian, northwest of al-Bab. Civilians had gathered seeking permission to return to al-Bab, according to Turkish media and locals.   ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 02/24/2017 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NEW DEALS WILL PROVIDE 1,750 ARMORED VEHICLES FOR ARMY, STARTING IN 2018 (FEB 24/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Emirati firm NIMR Automotive says that it has been awarded contracts to build hundreds of combat vehicles for the U.A.E. army, reports Defense News.   The orders include 1,500 Jais 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 wheeled infantry fighting vehicles; 150 Hafeet 630A artillery support vehicles in observation and command configurations; and 115 Ajban 440A vehicles, based on the Nimr 4 x 4 chassis, equipped with anti-tank guided missiles.   Deliveries are scheduled for 2018, according to Thursday's statement by the company, a subsidiary of Emirates Defense Industries Co.   NIMR unveiled the Jais 6 x 6 protected vehicle, based on the N35 vehicle, earlier this week at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi. The Jais is available in a number of configurations, including infantry fighting vehicle; armored personnel carrier; ambulance; command; engineering and recovery.   The value of the contracts were not disclosed
Item Number:18 Date: 02/24/2017 USA - AMERICAN CIVIL AFFAIRS TEAMS TRYING TO UNDERCUT BOKO HARAM'S INFLUENCE IN NIGER, CAMEROON (FEB 24/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has deployed civil affairs teams to western and central Africa to work with civilians in an effort to combat Boko Haram influence, reports the Army Times.   Teams from the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga., have been in Cameroon and Niger for several months.   The soldiers are spending time with locals to learn what they need to improve their quality of life and prevent them from coming under the influence of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group, say U.S. officials.   The U.S. has grown more concerned that Boko Haram is working closer with the Islamic State in the general region, Col. Michael Zinno, the civil military operations director for U.S. Army Africa, told the Army Times in an interview earlier this month.   Civil affairs soldiers have been helping vaccinate cattle and improve conditions at schools for students, say U.S. officials
Item Number:19 Date: 02/24/2017 USA - BETTER NAVAL FIRE-CONTROL NETWORK WON'T NEED EXPENSIVE MUNITIONS, SAY OFFICIALS (FEB 24/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- U.S. Navy officials say the service's new fire-control network could lead to the use of more lower-cost "dumb" munitions instead of advanced precision-guided weapons, reports USNI News.   The Navy Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) architecture is constantly evolving as engineers integrate new aircraft, data links and weapons to work with the Aegis combat system, said officials on Wednesday.   At some point, an advanced enough network could allow the Navy to begin changing its weapons procurements, according to the Navy officials at the West 2017 conference in San Diego, Calif.   If the system gains the ability to see over the horizon and rapidly and accurately share information, it is less important if less advanced weapons are employed, said Cmdr. David Snee, the director for integration and interoperability at the Navy's warfare integration directorate (OPNAV N9I).   At the moment, said the commander, the military needs advanced sensors integrated with the weapon, because it's harder to see over the horizon. With the capability to conduct over-the-horizon targeting, such technologies don't need to be integrated, he noted. The operator just needs to be able to provide the data to the weapon at the appropriate time, said Snee.   Such a weapon would need a guidance system and ability to receive targeting data, but not the sensors needed to find a target independently, he said.   The Navy has long acknowledged that it depends on expensive smart weapons to defeat relatively inexpensive threats.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 02/24/2017 YEMEN - CAR BOMBER DETONATES EXPLOSIVES AT ENTRANCE TO ARMY BASE NEAR ZINJIBAR (FEB 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A suicide bomber has killed at least eight soldiers by detonating his explosives-laden vehicle in a military camp in southern Yemen on Friday, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The bomber, who was wearing a military uniform, hit the Najda camp in Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, according to a security official cited by Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   The assailant had been stopped at the gate when he detonated his explosives, reported Reuters. Fighting broke out when other attackers tried to storm the base.   The bomber was believed to be a member of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said a local official.


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