Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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The List 4423

To All,
I hope your week has started well. Some humor today since we all need some.
This Day In Naval History - April 4
1776: Continental Navy Frigate Columbus captures the British schooner HMS Hawk, making the first American capture of a British armed vessel. Columbus later captures the British brig Bolton.
1854 - Sailors and Marines from sailing sloop, Plymouth, protect U.S.
citizens at Shanghai
1898 - Appointment of first Civil Engineering Corps officer, Mordecai Endicott, as Chief, Bureau of Yards and Docks
1949 - Establishment of NATO
Son of Quote of the Day
On this day in history (April 4):
1841: President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia, from speaking excessively long outdoors in the freezing rain at his inauguration.
1964: The Beatles became the first act in history to hold all top five places in the U.S. singles chart with "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist And Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and "Please Please Me". A top five grand slam that none has come close to ever since.
1969: Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
And today is:
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
April 4
In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor.
Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world.
The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state and will become known as Louisiana.
The United States flag is declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.
President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in.
The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union gen. George B. McClellan closes in on Richmond, Va.
The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.
The Battle of the Somme ends.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel captures the British held town of Benghazi in North Africa.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the president of Pakistan is executed.
A coup in Sudan ousts President Nimeiry and replaces him with General Dahab.
Thanks to Carl
Jack Barsky: The KGB spy who lived the American dream - BBC News
Jack Barsky: The KGB spy who lived the American dream
By Brian WheelerBBC News, Washington DC
23 February 2017
From the section Magazine
It's no secret that the Russians have long tried to plant "sleeper agents" in the US - men and women indistinguishable from normal Americans, who live - on the surface - completely normal lives. But what happens when one of them doesn't want to go home?
Today on Fighter Sweep
Honors for Lt Col Craig Andrle F-16 Pilot Logs 1000 Combat Flight Hours
There are many heroes out there that you have never heard of. Lt Col Craig Andrle, Air Force F-16 fighter pilot is one of those heroes. Lt Col Andrle just joined View More ›
Thanks to Bill
This one still cracks me up every time I read it
            Possibly the funniest story in a long while.  This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers' Compensation board.
            This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd have received a Darwin Award for sure....
            Dear Sir,
            I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form I submitted.
            I put 'poor planning' as the cause of my accident.   You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.
            I am a bricklayer by trade.  On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story building.  When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs.  
            Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor.  Securing the rope at ground I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it.  Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks.  
            You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135 lbs.  
            Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope.  Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building.  
            In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel, which was now proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form. 
            Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. 
            Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience pain. 
            At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel.  
            Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs.  I refer you again to my weight.
            As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building.
            In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up.  This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body.  Here my luck began to change slightly. 
            The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked.
            I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. 
            This explains the two broken legs. 
            I hope this explanation answers your request. Thank You.
Thanks to Mike
The oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve.
Surprise!, Surprise!  It was an Apple.
But with extremely limited memory.
Just 1 byte.
Then everything crashed
Oldie but goodie
Subject: Chicken Gun
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.
French engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains . Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the French engineers.
NASA's response was a one-line memo:
Tyrone applied for a fork lift operator job at a famous firm based in Detroit .

A white man applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test and led to a quiet room with no interruptions, by the Manager.

When the results were in, both men had scored 19 out of 20.

The manager went to Tyrone and said, "Thank you for coming to the interview, But we've decided to give the white guy the job."

Tyrone: "What 'cho mean, why you be doin' that, you be racist? We both got 19 questions right
This is Detroit and I be black, I should get the job."

Manager: "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you got wrong."

Tyrone said, "Tell me how would one wrong answer be better than another?"

Manager, "Simple, on question number 7 the white guy wrote down, 'I don't know.'

You put down, 'Neither do I.'
Item Number:1 Date: 04/04/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN TAKES AIM AT PROVINCIAL CAPITALS IN UPCOMING SPRING OFFENSIVE (APR 04/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The Taliban has made public some of the details for its upcoming spring offensive in Afghanistan, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The Taliban will focus on capturing provincial capitals from Afghan government forces, a group spokesman told the German DPA news agency in an interview on Monday.   Specifically, they will press their current advantage in the southern provinces of Helmand and Oruzgan, Farah and Faryab in the west and Sar-e Pul and Kunduz in the north, the spokesman said. The Taliban already have a heavy presence there.   Rather than having units operating across several provinces, the Taliban will form provincial command as part of its new strategy, he said.   The Afghan central government controls less than 60 percent of the country, according to U.S. military officials.   An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman cited by DPA said that government forces will stress ousting the Taliban from its strongholds. Part of the effort includes the projected doubling the size of the army's special operations force by 2020
  Item Number:2 Date: 04/04/2017 BAHRAIN - AMENDMENT AUTHORIZES MILITARY TRIALS FOR TERRORIST SUSPECTS; KING APPROVES MOVE (APR 04/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The king of Bahrain has backed a constitutional amendment passed by the Parliament authorizing military courts to try civilians, reports the BBC.   Under the amendment approved Monday by King Hamad, the courts can try any civilians accused of threatening the security of the state. Both houses of Parliament pass the action several weeks ago.   The military courts in the past could only try civilians under a state of emergency. The last emergency state was declared in 2011 for three months following protests.   The amendment will only affect those accused of terrorism, said officials, who maintain that it is needed to counter Iran-backed anti-government cells.   Amnesty International, a rights group, criticized the amendment, saying the law was vaguely worded and could be abused, noted the Jurist
Item Number:3 Date: 04/04/2017 CAMBODIA - U.S. NAVY 'SEABEES' UNIT GETS SHOWN DOOR AFTER $5 MILLION OF CONSTRUCTION AID (APR 04/CAMDAILY)  CAMBODIA DAILY -- A U.S. Navy humanitarian aid unit has been asked to leave Cambodia, says the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Pehn, as reported by the Cambodia Daily.   The Cambodian government last week notified the embassy that it was postponing indefinitely the activities of the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion, widely known as the Seabees, said the embassy on Monday.   This will mean the cancellation of 20 planned construction projects, including schools and hospitals, according to the embassy on its Facebook page.   A farewell ceremony was held Monday for the unit, which had been involved in community projects in Cambodia since 2008. The Seabees completed projects worth more than US$5 million in 11 provinces, said an embassy spokesman.   Cambodia's relations have been shifting toward China. In January, the Cambodian government suspended joint military exercises with the U.S. that were scheduled for June, noted Reuters
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/04/2017 CHINA - CORVETTE LIUPANSHUI ENTERS SERVICE ON HAINAN, TO JOIN SOUTH SEA FLEET (APR 04/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- The Chinese navy has commissioned another Type 056 corvette, reports China Military Online.   The Liupanshui was christened and commissioned in a March 31 ceremony in Sanya on Hainan Island.   The class, equipped with the latest indigenous weaponry, is optimized for air defense, anti-submarine and surface warfare.   The corvette has been assigned to the South Sea Fleet.   The Liupanshui is the 10th ship in the class to be built at the Huangpu shipyard and the 10th in the anti-submarine warfare configuration, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 04/04/2017 ISRAEL - DAVID'S SLING MISSILE DEFENSE NOW IN SERVICE (APR 04/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israel Defense Forces have activated its first two David's Sling missile defense batteries, reports the Times of Israel.   Sunday's launching ceremony took place at the Hatzor Air Base, not far from the Gaza Strip.   The David's Sling forms the medium-range component of Israel's multi-layer missile defense system.   It supplements the Iron Dome, which targets short-range rockets, and the Arrow system for long-range ballistic missiles, noted the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.   David's Sling is designed to shoot down missiles with a range of 25-190 miles (40-300 km). The system is primarily intended to defend against missiles employed by Hezbollah in Lebanon or Syria, such as the Iranian Fateh 110 or its Syrian equivalent, the M600
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/04/2017 KENYA - MARITIME SECURITY, BILATERAL COOPERATION ON AGENDA WITH SEYCHELLES PRESIDENT (APR 04/STDN)  THE STANDARD (NAIROBI) -- A Seychellois delegation is in Kenya this week for talks on bilateral cooperation, reports the Standard (Kenya).   Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met with his Seychellois counterpart, Danny Faure, on Monday in Nairobi.   Faure was honored with a 21-gun salute, noted the Star (Kenya).   The leaders held one-on-one talks before leading their respective delegations in bilateral meetings.   The discussions were expected to focus on maritime security and other areas of interest.   Cooperation could be enhanced through intelligence-sharing and capacity building measures, officials said.   Seychelles could help Kenya to improve its fisheries sector and coast guard, Faure said, as cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency
Item Number:7 Date: 04/04/2017 NIGERIA - WE'RE NOT STARVING, INSISTS BOKO HARAM FACTION IN NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO (APR 04/REU)  REUTERS -- A Boko Haram faction hiding in Sambisa forest in Nigeria's northeast has released a video that insists its fighters are not dying of starvation, reports Reuters.   Boko Haram split onto two factions last year. One faction is led by Abubakr Shekau from Sambisa forest. The other is based in the Lake Chad region and commanded by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.   The Nigerian military last week said it had been "ransacking" territory it had taken back from Boko Haram in its search for Shekau.   In a five-minute video released by the terrorists on social media Tuesday, an apparent Boko Haram fighter says: "There is no food that we lack in this forest of Sambisa. It is not true that we have run out of food supply and that we are being killed by hunger."   "We urge all members to be one hundred percent loyal to him [Shekau]. It is not true that you killed Shekau," he said, referring to the apparent split and claims by the Nigerian government that Shekau had been fatally wounded.   Shekau did not appear in the video, noted Reuters
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/04/2017 RUSSIA - KREMLIN LAUNCHES MODERNIZATION OF TARTUS NAVAL BASE IN SYRIA (APR 04/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The upgrading of the Russian navy's logistics base in Tartus, Syria, is going as planned, according to an unnamed source cited by Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The modernization of the Tartus base is proceeding with all necessary equipment and materials being delivered on time, without delays, said the source.   Plans call for Russian personnel to broaden and deepen the navigation channel in the port, install two new piers for ships displacing more than 10,000 metric tons and construct new residential and administrative buildings.   The project will allow the facility to repair ships from minesweepers and cruisers to diesel-powered submarines, the source said.   The Kremlin has been looking to rebuild its presence in Tartus since at least 2010, noted GeopolMonitor
  Item Number:9 Date: 04/04/2017 RUSSIA - ST. PETERSBURG SUBWAY BOMBER IDENTIFIED AS KYRGYZ MAN FROM OSH (APR 04/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Russian authorities are blaming Monday's attack on the St. Petersburg subway on a suicide bomber, reports NBC News.   The explosion hit a train between two subway stations, killing 14 people and injuring at least 49. A second explosive device was found at another station and defused. President Vladimir Putin was visiting St. Petersburg at the time.   Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the blast a "terrorist act."   The nation's state investigative committee said on Tuesday that the bomb was possibly caused by a man whose body parts were found on the train.   The investigative unit identified the suspect, but declined to name him "in the interests of the investigation," reported the BBC.   The Kyrgyz government identified the suspect as a native of Kyrgyzstan who had Russian citizenship, noted the New York Times. He was said to be Akbarzhon Dzhalilov – who was reportedly born in 1995 and a native of Osh, according to "preliminary data." Kyrgyz officials said they were cooperating with the Russian security services.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 04/04/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB TAKES ELBUR WITHOUT FIGHT AFTER ETHIOPIANS, SOMALIS LEAVE (APR 04/GAROWE)  GAROWE ONLINE -- Al-Shabaab terrorists are in control of a key town in central Somalia after African Union troops withdrew, reports Garowe Online (Somalia).   Ethiopians with the A.U. Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) pulled out of Elbur, in the Galgaduud region, early Monday morning, said a local official.   The AMISOM forces were said to be heading to Dhusamareb, the regional capital.   District Commissioner Nur Hassan Gutale told reporters that the Ethiopian troops under AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) withdrew from their bases. The "withdrawal was made by AMISOM first, and then government forces as they could not stay there alone because they were not prepared," he said, as cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters then moved in without a fight, reported the Voice of America News.   "The militants traveling in more than six pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns moved into town this morning. They took up the strategic positions, raised their black flags on the top of some buildings," said one resident.   Elbur was the commercial hub and main stronghold of Al-Shabaab before AMISOM regained control in 2013
  Item Number:11 Date: 04/04/2017 SOMALIA - NEGOTIATIONS SAID TO BE ONGOING TO RELEASE HIJACKED INDIAN DHOW (APR 04/REU)  REUTERS -- An Indian cargo vessel hijacked by Somali pirates over the weekend has been taken to the town of El Hur, close to the Somali port of Hobyo, says a pirate leader cited by Reuters.   Pirates took control of the Al Kaushar, with 11 Indian crewmembers aboard, on Saturday as the dhow was headed to the Yemeni port city of Mukalla from Dubai.   The pirates have been in contact with businessmen in the Somali port city of Kismayo over releasing Al Kausar, said pirate leader Aw Kombe on Tuesday. "The traders want the dhow be released without ransom, but my friends say they may not release without at least some cash," he said Discussions were underway, he said.   The identity of the pirates has been reported variously. Officials from the semi-autonomous state of Galmudug blamed pirates from rival Puntland.   Kombe, who heads a gang in Puntland that seized an oil tanker last month, said the cargo dhow was in El Hur and was being held by "our friends from Galmudug state."   There were four groups of pirates from Puntland looking for ships to hijack, he added.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/04/2017 SOUTH KOREA - WITH EYE ON THREAT FROM N. KOREA, JAPAN, U.S. JOIN ASW EXERCISE (APR 04/YON)  YONHAP -- The navies of Japan, South Korea and the United States have begun a combined anti-submarine warfare exercise in the waters near Jeju Island, between South Korea and Japan, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The three-day exercise, which began on Monday, is focused in enhancing joint responses to the threat of North Korean submarines and submarine-launched ballistic missiles in particular, said a release from the South Korean Ministry of Defense.   During the drill, warships and helicopters from the three navies will search for "detect and track a mock submarine and exchange relevant information," the ministry said.   South Korea is sending its destroyer Kang Gam Chan and a Lynx helicopter; the U.S., the destroyer McCampbell, an MH-60 anti-submarine warfare helicopter and P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft; and Japan, the destroyer Sawagiri.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/04/2017 SYRIA - DOZENS DIE IN 'GAS ATTACK' IN REBEL-HELD IDLIB PROVINCE (APR 04/DAILYMAIL)  DAILY MAIL -- An apparent gas attack has killed dozens in northwestern Syria, says a monitoring group, as reported by the Daily Mail (U.K.).   Airstrikes hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun in central Idlib early Tuesday morning, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Casualties were reported variously. The monitoring group said at least 58 people were killed and dozens injured.   The Syrian Coalition, an opposition group also based outside the country, said planes from the Syrian military made the airstrikes, reported Sky News (U.K.).   Many of the victims were choking, suffocating, vomiting and foaming at the moth after the bombing, said the observatory.   The observatory was unable to confirm the substance used. Some domestic reports cited local doctors suggesting that it could have been sarin nerve gas.   The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 04/04/2017 TAIWAN - PURCHASE OF F-35, THAAD UNDER CONSIDERATION, SAY SOURCES (APR 04/YOM)  YOMIURI SHIMBUN -- The U.S. government has begun discussing possible weapon sales with Taiwan, apparently as a bargaining chip in planned talks with China on trade and foreign exchange, say sources cited by Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun.   Washington is reportedly considering selling the advanced F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter and Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air and missile defense system to Taiwan, among other equipment.   Also under consideration is transferring technology in support of Taiwan's domestic submarine program.   Budgetary restraints would likely prevent Taipei from buying all of the equipment offered, but what is bought would meet Taiwan's needs.   Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of China and has responded strongly in the past when the U.S. has sold military gear to Taipei
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/04/2017 THAILAND - CABINET OKS PROCUREMENT OF 10 MORE VT-4 TANKS FROM CHINA (APR 04/BANGPOST)  BANGKOK POST -- The Thai Cabinet has cleared the second of three planned purchases of tanks from China, reports the Bangkok Post.   On Tuesday, the Cabinet approved the purchase of 10 more Chinese VT-4 tanks worth US$58 million, said Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, as reported by Reuters.   The Thai army has plans for a full battalion of 49 tanks; 28 were ordered last year. Another deal for the remaining 11 vehicles is expected to follow, he said.   These tanks will replace U.S.-made M41 tanks that have been used since World War II, said the minister
  Item Number:16 Date: 04/04/2017 UKRAINE - AN-132D TURBOPROP MAKES 1ST FLIGHT (APR 04/UKROB)  UKROBORONPROM -- The upgraded Ukrainian An-132D cargo plane has made its first flight, reports Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian defense holding company.   The flight on March 31 lasted one hour and 45 minutes, noted Al Arabiya (Dubai).   The much improved version of the An-32 was produced with no Russian components, said Ukroboronprom.   The An-132D turboprop is intended as the baseline for a family of different mission aircraft. It will have a top cruising speed of 340 mph (550 kmh) and a range of 795 miles (1,279 km) with a maximum load of 20,280 pounds (9,200 kg), said the aircraft maker.   Saudi Arabia has already ordered the type.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 04/04/2017 UKRAINE - TOP GEORGIAN MILITARY OFFICER AGREES ON NEED FOR INCREASING CAPABILITIES (APR 04/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The top military officials of Ukraine and Georgia have been meeting to discuss more cooperation, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   On Friday in Kiev, Gen. Viktor Muzhenko, the Ukrainian chief of General Staff, hosted his Georgian counterpart, Vladimer Chachibaia.   They discussed the situation today, with cooperation aimed at bolstering operational capabilities, said officials.   Muzhenko in particular expressed interest in sending Ukrainian troops to a mountain warfare training center in the republic of Georgia as well as multilateral exercises, sharing experience in crisis-resolution operations and operational planning and cybersecurity
Item Number:18 Date: 04/04/2017 USA - AS USAF'S FLEET AGES, READINESS SUFFERS (APR 04/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The mission-capable rates of U.S. Air Force aircraft have been declining over the last few years, reports the Air Force Times.   Those rates measure how much of the service's fleet can fight or fly other missions at any given time.   In fiscal 2014, the rate for all aircraft and helicopters was just under 74 percent. This dropped to 73 percent in fiscal 2015 and 72 percent in fiscal 2016, according to Air Force figures.   The decline is linked in part to the growing age of the Air Force fleet. The average aircraft age has increased from about 24 years in fiscal 2010 to 27 years in 2016.   Aircraft readiness issues have also contributed to morale problems, prompting many good personnel to leave, said Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 04/04/2017 USA - USAF CONTEMPLATES INTEGRATING CYBER, ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM OPS (APR 04/C4ISRN)  C4ISR & NETWORKS -- The U.S. Air Force is aligning its cyber and electromagnetic spectrum activities more closely, reports C4ISRNET.   With that in mind, the service is considering merging the 24th and 25th Air Force, Col. Robert "Chipper" Cole, the director of Air Force Cyber Forward, said last week at a conference outside of Washington, D.C.   The 24th Air Force houses Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER) and is under Air Force Space Command. The 25th Air Force is responsible for global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and has electronic assets, noted Cole.   AFCYBER consists of components from both Air Forces, with a 60/40 split of cyber personnel from the 24th and intelligence personnel from the 25th.   The service has also deployed a cyberspace multi-domain innovation team in an attempt to eliminate stove pipes within organizations that hinder communications, Cole said.   Eventually, electronic warfare could come under Cyber Command, according to one senior official.  
 Item Number:20 Date: 04/04/2017 YEMEN - U.S. AIRSTRIKES AIMED AT DISRUPTING AQAP, SAYS PENTAGON (APR 04/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense says it has made about 20 airstrikes in Yemen against Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) targets in recent days, reports Agence France-Presse.   The strikes occurred over the weekend, said a Pentagon spokesman on Monday, without other details.   "We continue to target AQAP (Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) in Yemen and this is done in the interests of disrupting this terror organization that presents a very significant threat to the United States," the spokesman said.   This brings the total number of U.S. strikes in Yemen to at least 70 since Feb. 28.   There is still a small contingent of U.S. troops in Yemen. They have not been involved in combat, said the spokesman.

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