Friday, April 14, 2017

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The List 4430

To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - April 13
1847 - Naval Forces begin 5 day battle to capture several towns in Mexico
1960: The Navy's navigation satellite, Transit 1B, which demonstrates the first engine restart in space, is placed into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by Thor-Able-Star.
1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces
1952: During the Korean War, sorties launch from USS Philippine Sea (CV 47) and Boxer (CV 21) and deliver 200 tons of aircraft ordnance to the North Korean target area.
April 13
The Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots.
Lord North extends the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbids trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.
After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates.
Union forces under Gen. Sherman begin their devastating march through Georgia.
J.C. Penny opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
British forces kill hundreds of Indian nationalists in the Amritsar Massacre.
The first flight over Mount Everest is completed by Lord Clydesdale.
Vienna falls to Soviet troops.
The first navigational satellite is launched into Earth's orbit.
The U.N. General Assembly condemns South Africa because of apartheid.
Sidney Poitier becomes the first black individual to win an Oscar for best actor.
An oxygen tank explodes on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing and jeopardizing the lives of the three-man crew.
The U.S. Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes.
The world's longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours.
Thanks to  Carl……Just so you have an idea of what we are dealing with this guy.
Kim Jong-Loon
By Ray Starmann
Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a madman; a twisted, diabolical, murdering, circus act dwarf who is holding a nation of 25 million hostage, terrorizing a peninsula and threatening war with the world's greatest superpower.
Kim Jong-un is the son of Kim Jong-il and the grandson of Kim Il-Sung, known as the Great Leader, the Founding Father of the police state Hades known as North Korea, who with the assistance of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, paved the way for a nation that has been a blight on the planet for nearly 70 years.
Kim Il-Sung born Kim Sŏng-ju (April 15, 1912 – July 8, 1994) was the supreme leader of North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994.[2] He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994. He was also the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) from 1949 to 1994 (titled as chairman from 1949 to 1966 and as general secretary after 1966). Coming to power after the overthrow of Japanese rule in 1945, he authorized the invasion of South Korea in 1950 triggering a defense of South Korea by the United Nations led by the United States. A cease-fire in the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953.
For seven decades the citizens in North Korea have been living like mushrooms, in a never ending darkness of fear, intimidation, starvation, imprisonment, torture and death; where every day is a continuous episode of The Prisoner, where every year is a journey into hell.
After the death of Kim Il-Sung, his son, Kim Jong-il officially ascended to power in 1997. The so-called Dear Leader was a reported alcoholic who was also addicted to movies, Elvis, porn and his harem of concubines. He reportedly flunked out of the East German Air Force's flight school and was in dozens of car crashes.
While Kim Jong-il may have been artsy and a film connoisseur, he was just as much, if not more of a psychopath than his father. During his reign of terror from 1997-2011, over 200,000 North Koreans were imprisoned in the vast array of camps that have dotted the landscape of the country since its founding.
In an extensive personality evaluation of Kim Jong-il. The report, compiled by Frederick L. Coolidge and Daniel L. Segal (with the assistance of a South Korean psychiatrist considered an expert on Kim Jong-il's behavior), concluded that the "big six" group of personality disorders shared by dictators Adolf HitlerJoseph Stalin, and Saddam Hussein (sadisticparanoidantisocialnarcissisticschizoid and schizotypal) were also shared by Kim Jong-il – coinciding primarily with the profile of Saddam Hussein.[124]
While the average North Korean lived on the edge of starvation, Kim Jong-il had amassed a $4 billion fortune that was conveniently tucked away in a myriad of overseas banks. His greatest contribution seems to be duping the Clinton administration into believing he had shunned his nuclear program, when in actuality, he had secretly pursued it, resulting in a nuclear armed North Korea today.
When he died in 2011, he was dubbed the Eternal Leader and power was slowly transferred to his youngest son.
Enter Kim Jong-un…
Labeled the Brilliant Comrade by his own propaganda establishment, Kim Jong-un is the de facto Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and the supreme leader of North Korea. Educated secretly in Switzerland, Kim has a degree in physics and is obsessed with basketball.
As of 2015, Kim Jong-un had executed over 70 officials whom he deemed to be enemies of the state for various reasons. Some notable executions include the death of Ma Won-Chun, the designer of a new terminal in Pyongyang's airport. Apparently, Kim was upset with the design and Won-Chun was fired, literally.
Among the most brutal executions was that of Hyon Yong-Chol, former military minister, who was sources claimed was shot to death using an anti-aircraft gun after falling asleep in a meeting. Other horrific executions ordered by Kim, include death by flamethrower and mortar rounds at close range.
In 2012, a shocked international press reported that a military officer was sentenced to death for drinking during the official mourning period for Kim's father, Kim Jong Il. The method of execution was reportedly by short-range mortar firing squad. According to a source talking to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, it was ordered that "no trace of him [be left] behind, down to his hair." The impact of the mortar thought to be used in North Korea can kill someone within a 17-yard diameter of its target.
Kim also ordered the death of a terrapin farmer near Pyongyang who was hauled away and shot after Kim took a dislike to his 'defeatist' attitude. According to reports, Kim became enraged after the farmer said he had been unable to breed any lobsters. Under the rule of Kim Jong-un, thousands more North Korean citizens have been executed who were imprisoned in the vast archipelago of re-education camps and political prisons, such as the notorious Hoeryong concentration camp, or Camp 22.
In fact, one of the many prisoners in Kim's camps may very well be American Otto Warmbier, a 22 year old college student from Virginia who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a poster during a church trip to the country.
If the executions above were not hideous enough, in February, Kim arranged for the death of his half- brother, Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia. Kim Jong-Nam was apparently an outcast who had angered the Supreme Leader after attempting to enter Japan with a false passport in order to visit Disneyland. Kim Jong-Nam was murdered with VX persistent nerve gas by two women who wiped it on his face in the airport.
While the executions, torture and human rights violations coming out of North Korea are hideous, the greatest danger lies in the country's nuclear weapons and missile programs.
Since 1994, it is estimated that North Korea has produced at least a dozen nuclear weapons, perhaps more. The following is a list of North Korean missile tests since 2012, which includes its recent medium range ballistic missile tests over the Sea of Japan.
2012 - Successful launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2satellite aboard a three stage rocket (December 12, 2012)
2014 North Korean missile tests(March 2014) including Nodong, success[8]
2015- North Korea claims to launch a missile from a submarine (May 2015)[9]
2016 - Successful launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4satellite (Feb. 7, 2016)
Test of engine designed for an intercontinental ballistic missile (April, 2016)[10]
North Korea claims to launch a missile capable of striking the United States(August 2016)[11]
2017 - North Korea test-fired a Pukguksong-2missile over the Sea of Japan. This was the first launch of the new medium-range ballistic missile (Feb 11, 2017).[12][13]
North Korea launches four ballistic missiles from the Tongchang-rilaunch site in the northwest. Some flew 620 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan. (March 6, 2017)[14]
North Korea test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan (April 4, 2017)[15][16]
In March of 2016, Admiral Bill Gortney, head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told Congress, "It's the prudent decision on my part to assume that [Kim Jong Un] has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon and put it on an ICBM," suggesting a major shift from a few years earlier.
A perfect storm is apparently brewing on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea is ruled by a leader who is just as psychopathic as his father, is certain to be completely out of touch with reality, and, who now, thanks to the Clinton administration's bumbling and the complete cowardice of the Obama administration feels emboldened with new missile technology combined with the capabilities of his nuclear arsenal.
While Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong-il were evil, power hungry, murdering villains; they seemed to have an understanding of how far they could push China, Japan, South Korea, America and the rest of the world. Their provocations were usually cries in the wilderness for shipments of coal, grain and other products. When the cargo shipments pulled into North Korean ports, the harsh rhetoric from Pyongyang magically disappeared…for a while.
Such is not the case with Kim Jong-un. As President Trump dispatches what he refers to as an armada, but is really the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, as China moves 175,000 troops to the Yalu River, as the Japanese Navy steams to a rendezvous with the US Navy, Kim announced today 'A Day of the Sun' and preparations for what is probably another nuclear bomb test. This is in addition to Kim's repeated threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, Japan and the USS Carl Vinson.
Kim Jong-un appears be missing that vital trait his father and grandfather had...the ability to see the reaper and to back off before North Korea was turned into an ashtray.
I'm not sure what the odds are in Vegas for a US led military strike on North Korea, but they have to be getting better as each day passes and Kim Jong-un's delusion and madness grows.
If Kim had any brains he'd be gassing up the Gulfstream 5 to get the hell out of Dodge before the Tomahawks and/or the SEALs arrive in force. But, dictators always think they can survive, even though the evidence proves otherwise; Hitler, Mussolini and Ceaușescu to name a few.
Kim Jong-Loon is going to face a harsh reality. Good always triumphs over evil and the good guys are steaming toward him at 15 knots.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
April 12, 2017   Bear Taylor   
RIPPLE SALVO… #404… "The Incredible Stupid One," by Dick "Beak" Stratton… but first…
Good Morning: Day FOUR HUNDRED FOUR of a return to the skies of North Vietnam and tales from fifty years ago… good one today…
13 APRIL 1967…HEAD LINES and LEADS from The New York Times on a fair and mild Thursday in NYC…
Page 1: "Johnson Pledges Drive to Increase aid to Latin Base"... "President Johnson told the 18 other leaders of Latin America today that he would try to support their new common market (due to be in operation by 1970) with more financial aid, but hedged his promises on other forms of economic help. Proclaiming sympathy for the needs of the Western Hemisphere nations, Mr. Johnson said he would 'undertake consultations' on whether to lift the requirement that United States loans be spent on United States goods."… Page 1: "Soviet Will Help U.N. Meet Deficit"…"The Soviet Union announced today that it was preparing to make a long-awaited voluntary contribution to help cover United Nations deficit that almost crippled the world organization."… Page 1: "U.S. Won't Renew Arms Aid to India and Pakistan"… "The United States in an attempt to slow the arms race on the Indian sub-continent removed itself today as a major arms supplier to Pakistan and India. The State Department announced that the U.S. was terminating the sale or grant of weapons to the two countries. In the future the U.S. will limit itself to the sale of spare parts for weapons already possessed by the two countries."…
Page 2: "General Mark Clark Assails Draft Evaders"… "General Mark E. Clark, retired, called today for stricter action against draft evaders and card burners in urging Congress to extend and improve the Selective Service act. He urges severe and prompt punishment. General Clark opposed the use of any lottery system other than birth dates for induction. He also disagreed with other recommendations of the President's special advisory commission. He also told the Senate Arms Services Committee that an advisory panel he headed had unanimously agreed that a draft law will be required for national security purposes for the indefinite future."… Page 1: "Grechko Appointed Soviet Defense Minister"... "Marshall Andrei Grechko was appointed Soviet Defense Minister in addition to other major elevations of commanders and deputies in the Soviet defense organization due to the advancing age of the nation's military leadership."… Page 1: "French Fighting Tanker Oil on Brittany Coast"... "The French Government mobilized military and civilian forces today on the coast of Brittany to fight incoming tides of oil coming in from the tanker Torrey Canyon."
Page 2:…"Saigon Is Considering Evacuating Quangtri"... "South Vietnamese leaders are considering a plan to remove the country's northernmost province, Quangtri because of the enemy menace the suggestion arose a week ago after enemy troops attacked the capital of Quangtri 20 miles south of the demilitarized zone. Under the plan, most of the 273,000 residents of the area just below the DMZ would be given the option of moving into North Vietnam or being resettled under government supervision farther south. Then anyone caught in the area would be considered an enemy."… Page 5: "Vietnam Bombing Error to Pilots and Device"... "A USAF board of inquiry determined today that the bombing of a village in which 105 people died and 200 were wounded was the result of human and mechanical errors. A pilot and two navigators received official reprimands from the board which also ordered an undisclosed amount of pay. Two F-4C Phantoms involved in the bombing of Langvei a pro-government village near the Laotian border on March 2, 1967. The mechanical error was said to involve the failure of a radio device designed to give pin point accuracy bombing."… Page 5: "3200 Of Foe Held In 4 Camps"...roughly 4-per cent of all the Vietcong captured in the war. Newsmen were allowed to visit the POW camp."…
13 April 1967…The President's Daily Brief…CIA (TS sanitized) SOVIET UNION: Our surmise that Moscow might get a civilian minister of defense turned out to be wrong. Marshal Grechko was named Soviet minister of defense yesterday. He is a 63-year-old professional soldier with a knack for trimming his sails to the prevailing winds from the Kremlin. Grechko was, for instance, a great Khrushchev supporter, even when it meant selling out old army comrades.(Large portion remains classified after 50 years). Grechko will do what he is told and is not likely to make any early changes…
13 APRIL 1967…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times…Devoid of coverage of air operations over North Vietnam…
"Vietnam: Air Losses"(Hobson) One fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 13 April 1967…
(1) A C-141A of the 4th MAS and 62nd MAW out of McChord AFB crashed a few seconds after take-off from Cam Ranh Bay and went down in the bay killing seven of nine of the flight crew. MAJOR HARRY MILTON BRENN, CAPTAIN MORRIS BOWDOIN WITT, SMS ROY EARL SHULTS, MAGT HERMAN EUGENE MILLER, TSGT MARSHAL EDWARD BROWN, and TSGT HAROLD EUGENE MAHY perished in the service of our country fifty years ago this day. They rest in peace and are remembered…
RIPPLE SALVO… #404… Fifty years ago this week Seaman Doug Hegdahl, United States Naval Reserve, found himself in the Gulf of Tonkin in the darkest part of a night tasting salt water and watching his ship, USS Canberra sailing away to leave him alone with the sharks, sea snakes and lots of very deep water. Thus began a tale that is best told by former VA-192 Golden Dragon Dick "Beak" Stratton, who spent a lot of time with Seaman Doug Hegdahl in the Hanoi Hilton. Humble Host was reminded of this timely 50-year old story by Joe Crecca, who had a crucial role in this story of a young man thought to be "The Incredible Stupid One" by our enemies, but was in reality "dumb like a fox," and came home a genuine American hero… Please make time to enjoy Beak's piece titled "The Incredible Stupid One."… on-line at…
Or if that doesn't work for you, Google Douglas Brent Hegdahl and zero in on the POW NETWORK entry…
Lest we forget…     Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 04/13/2017 AFGHANISTAN - 132 TERRORISTS KILLED IN ANTI-ISIS OPERATIONS IN EAST, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (APR 13/KP)  KHAAMA PRESS -- Afghan security forces have killed at least 132 Islamic State terrorist over the past week, says the Afghan Ministry of Defense, as reported by Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   The deaths came during six days of anti-ISIS operations in the eastern part of the country, said ministry officials on Thursday.   The brother of Hafiz Saeed, a former top ISIS leader, was among those killed in Nangarhar province, said a spokesman.   Troops from the army's 201st Silab Corps stepped up their counter-terror operations in Nangarhar more than two months ago.   Separately, ISIS claimed responsibility for Wednesday's suicide bomb near the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul that killed five and wounded 10, reported Al Jazeera
Item Number:2 Date: 04/13/2017 AUSTRALIA - U.S. MARINES BACK IN DARWIN FOR 6 MONTHS OF TRAINING (APR 13/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- Hundreds of U.S. Marines are arriving in Australia for the latest rotation to Darwin in the northern part of the country, reports the Marine Corps Times.   About 1,250 Marines will take part in the six-month training rotation, with about 900 slated to arrive between April 18 and 20, according to a service spokesman.   Most of the Marines are from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.   Eventually, the rotation presence is expected to grow to 2,500.   Thirteen aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, are also taking part: four MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 and five AH-1W Super Cobra and four UH-1Y Venom helicopters from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367.   This is the first time that Ospreys will be part of the rotation's combat aviation element, said the spokesman
Item Number:3 Date: 04/13/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - ARMY GETS CARGO TRUCKS FROM U.S.; MORE VEHICLES, COMMS TO FOLLOW (APR 13/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The United States has been delivering non-lethal military assistance to the army in the Central African Republic, reports the Voice of America News.   U.S. Ambassador to the CAR Jeffrey Hawkins formally handed over four cargo trucks to the army in a ceremony earlier this month.   The trucks are the first batch of US$8 million worth of non-lethal American assistance that includes 16 more trucks and communications gear.   The government in Bangui has been struggling to reassert order since a coup in 2013. The national army is currently being rebuilt from the ground up with the assistance of the European Union
Item Number:4 Date: 04/13/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - U.S. TREASURY SLAPS SANCTIONS ON PAIR OF MILITIA COMMANDERS (APR 13/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- The United States has imposed sanctions on two militia leaders in the Central African Republic, accusing them of playing major roles in the violence in that country, reports the International Business Times.   On Wednesday, the Treasury Dept. froze the assets of Abdoulaye Hissene and Maxime Mokom and prohibited U.S. citizens from doing business with them.   Hissen is a chief in the predominately Muslim Seleka rebel coalition that overthrew then-President Francois Bozize in 2013. Mokom is a leader in opposing Christian anti-balaka militias, noted a release from Treasury.   The two worked together in an attempt to overthrow the CAR's transitional government in September 2015 and tried to derail a constitutional referendum last year, according to U.S. authorities.   The sanctions "underscores our ongoing efforts to target those responsible for fuelling violence and human-rights abuses in the Central African Republic," said a U.S. official.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/13/2017 CHINA - BEIJING INSISTS NO TROOPS BEING DEPLOYED TO N. KOREAN BORDER (APR 13/GT)  GLOBAL TIMES -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied published reports that 150,000 Chinese troops had been sent to the border with North Korea, reports the Global Times (China).   Reprots that originated in Japanese media and were picked up in South Korea claimed that the People's Liberation Army had been placed on alert and 150,000 troops had been sent to North Korean border near the Yalu and Tumen rivers over the weekend.   The alleged troop movement was directed at a potential refugee crisis in the event of a U.S. airstrike. The U.S. military has diverted a carrier strike group toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force.   Chinese officials repeatedly denied the reports, and the Pentagon told the Daily Caller there was no evidence of such movements.   Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday military force could not resolve tensions over North Korea. "Amid challenge there is opportunity. Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks," he said, as quoted by Reuters
Item Number:6 Date: 04/13/2017 FRANCE - NAVY ACCEPTS 4TH FREMM FRIGATE IN TOULON (APR 13/DCNS)  DCNS -- The French navy has taken delivery of its fourth ship built as part of the European multi-mission frigate (FREMM) program, reports DCNS, the French shipbuilder.   The Auvergne was handed over to the service on April 11 in Toulon.   The program calls for six of the frigates to be delivered by the end of 2019. Another two ships in the class will be equipped with enhanced air defense capabilities and delivered by 2022.   Work has already begun on the Alsace, the seventh of the frigates, said a DCNS release
Item Number:7 Date: 04/13/2017 GERMANY - PROSECUTORS SAY DETAINED IRAQI MAN WAS ISIS MEMBER, SEEK TO HOLD HIM (APR 13/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Germany prosecutors are seeking to keep a man in investigative detention who is being held in connection to a bomb attack against a soccer team earlier this week, reports Deutsche Welle.   A bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team was attacked on Tuesday in Dortmund as it was headed to a match against French club Monaco, injuring a player and a police officer.   The explosions are being treated as a terrorist attack. Letters found at the site suggested a possible Islamist motive. On Wednesday, authorities arrested two suspects in connection to the attack; one was released based on lack of evidence.   On Thursday, federal prosecutors said that the remaining suspect -- a 26-year-old Iraqi man -- was a member of the Islamic State in Iraq, but investigators to date had found no evidence linking him to the blast.   According to the prosecutors, he led a unit of 10 commandos involved in kidnappings and executions. A warrant is being sought on charges of being a member of a foreign terrorist group. This would allow him to be held for more than 24 hours, noted Reuters
Item Number:8 Date: 04/13/2017 ITALY - TURIN CEREMONY MARKS DELIVERY OF 500TH OPERATIONAL EUROFIGHTER (APR 13/LEONARDO)  LEONARDO -- The 500th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered to the Italian air force, reports Leonardo, which handed over the jet.   The fighter was delivered during a Tuesday ceremony at Leonardo's facility in Turin.   The release noted that 599 Typhoons have been ordered for eight customers. The international fleet has racked up nearly 400,000 flight hours, said Leonardo.   UPI noted that the 100th plane was delivered to the RAF in the U.K. in 2006, while the 400th was accepted by Germany in 2013
Item Number:9 Date: 04/13/2017 JAPAN - WITH CHINESE ACTIVITY ON THE RISE, JAPANESE FIGHTERS SCRAMBLED 1,168 TIMES IN FISCAL 2016 (APR 13/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- Government statistics in Tokyo indicate the Japanese air force has continued to scramble fighter jets to intercept incoming aircraft at a record pace, reports the Kyodo news agency (Japan).   Japanese warplanes were deployed 1,168 times during fiscal year 2016, which ended on March 31, said the Defense Ministry on Thursday.   That total exceeds the previous annual record of 944 during the Cold War. The overall number of incidents was compared to 873 in fiscal year 2015. Most of the scrambles were in response to Chinese aircraft, according to the ministry.   In one notable incident, the Japanese jets were scrambled after 13 Chinese aircraft were spotted between Japan's southern islands of Okinawa and Miyako.   "Recently we have seen Chinese military aircraft operating further south and that is bringing them closer to the main Okinawa island and other parts of the island chain," said one official cited by Reuters.   The approaching aircraft did not violate Japan's airspace, noted the ministry.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 04/13/2017 LEBANON - PALESTINIAN FORCE HALTS VIOLENCE IN REFUGEE CAMP (APR 13/REU)  REUTERS -- Witnesses say six days of fighting have ended in a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, reports Reuters.   Clashes broke out on April 7 in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp, which is on the outskirts of Sidon. The camp's main factions formed a joint security force to deploy throughout the camp. The force met resistance from Islamist militants led by Bilal Badr.   On Wednesday, the security force deployed into the contested area and apparently ended the fighting.   Casualties from the fighting have been reported variously. About 10 people were killed and 50 wounded, reported Ynet News (Israel).  
  Item Number:11 Date: 04/13/2017 LIBYA - RUSSIAN BASE IN LIBYA NOT BEING DISCUSSED, SAYS HAFTAR (APR 13/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar says there are no discussions on the establishment of a Russian military base in Libya, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   Haftar commands the Libyan National Army, which is allied to a rival government in the eastern city of Tobruk. The U.N.-backed government is based in Tripoli.   Reports in March said that Russian special operations troops had been deployed at an air base near the Libyan border to support Haftar. Moscow denied the claim.   The issue of such a base "has not been discussed at all. I do not think that Russia has the desire or the need to establish a military base in Libya," said Haftar on Thursday.   "In any case, the creation of a military base is a matter shaped by local, regional and international conditions. I do not think that such conditions exist now," he said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/13/2017 NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM USING 'ALARMING' NUMBER OF CHILDREN AS SUICIDE BOMBERS, SAYS UNICEF (APR 13/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- In recent months, the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group has employed more children for violent attacks, reports the U.N. News Service, citing a report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).   During the first quarter of 2017, 27 children have been used to conduct bomb attacks in public places in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Nine such attacks took place during the same period of 2016, says a UNICEF report released on Wednesday. The report calls the number being used in suicide attacks "alarming."   Since 2014, 117 children -- more than 80 percent of them girls -- have been used in suicide attacks in the region.   As a result, children have been viewed with increasing fear at markets and checkpoints, the report says.   UNICEF has urged local security forces to transfer children apprehended at checkpoints to civilian authorities for reintegration and support.   In 2016, there were nearly 1,500 children in administrative custody in the four countries, says the report
Item Number:13 Date: 04/13/2017 SINGAPORE - 6 F-15SG FIGHTERS IN GUAM TO TRAIN WITH U.S. AIR FORCE (APR 13/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- For the first time, the Singapore air force has dispatched some of its F-15SG fighters to Guam for training with the U.S. Air Force, reports Defense News.   Six fighters and about 100 personnel from 142 Squadron have been deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for fighter training with the U.S. Air Force 44th Fighter Squadron, a Singapore Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.   The drills began on April 10 and run through May 11.   The U.S. is taking part with 14 F-15C fighters, said a spokeswoman for Pacific Air Forces. The training is designed to enhance interoperability, she said.  
Item Number:14 Date: 04/13/2017 SYRIA - SDF CONTINUES TO BATTLE NEAR TABQA DAM; NO DATE SET TO ASSAULT RAQQA (APR 13/REU)  REUTERS -- A U.S.-backed rebel alliance in northern Syria says it is kicking off a new phase of their offensive that eventually is directed at the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, reports Reuters.   The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began a multiphase offensive in November to take the city, ISIS's de facto capital. Previous phases saw SDF forces surround Raqqa from the north, east and west.   The SDF is an alliance led by Syrian Kurds with Arab militias.   On Thursday, an SDF statement said the new phase would involve clearing ISIS pockets of resistance from the countryside north of the city. No timeline was given for assaulting Raqqa itself.   The SDF previously said that that push on the city would start in early or mid-April.   Rebel forces have continued to battle ISIS at the nearby Tabqa dam, about 40 miles west of Raqqa. SDF officials said that an assault on Raqqa could begin without seizing the dam, but the fighting around the dam have kept the SDF busy and apparently delayed the final push to Raqqa.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/13/2017 SYRIA - U.S. DENIES SYRIA'S CLAIM ABOUT HITTING ISIS CHEMICAL SUPPLIES (APR 13/TASS)  TASS -- The Syrian government has claimed that a U.S.-led coalition strike on Wednesday hit an Islamic State chemical weapons depot, poisoning hundreds of civilians, reports Tass (Russia), citing state-run news.   The U.S. had denied the claim, saying it made no strike in the area at the time, noted the Independent (U.K.).   Syrian state news agency SANA said the airstrike hit an ISIS stockpile of suspected chemical weapons at 5:30 p.m., local time, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, reported Syrian state news agency SANA.   "However, a yellow smoke rose over the depot after the bombing," killing "hundreds of people, including civilians," said the report.   This proves that "terrorist organizations possess stocks of chemical weapons and have a possibility to get, store and use them thanks to the assistance of well-known regional states," according to Syrian state television.   The U.S. accused the Syrian government of launching a chemical weapons strike attack last week in Idlib province, killing up to 100 people. Russia and Syria have alleged that an airstrike hit a depot that contained chemical weapons.   After the latest Syrian claim, a U.S. spokesman for the coalition charged Damascus with spreading misinformation.  
 Item Number:16 Date: 04/13/2017 TURKEY - HURKUS TRAINER SHOWS OFF CAPABILITY WITH ANTI-TANK MISSILE (APR 13/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Turkey has successfully demonstrated an armed capability for its indigenously developed Hurkus basic trainer aircraft, reports Defense News.   During a ceremony on April 7, Turkish officials tested the Hurkus with the L-UMTAS laser-guided anti-tank missile.   The missile was fired at and hit its target at a range near Konya-Karapinar, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The armed Hurkus features armored components; a self-protection system; data link; laser tracking; electro-optical and infrared sensor pod; external fuel tank; and advanced avionics, according to the maker, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).   The aircraft has seven external hardpoints that can carry a 3,300-pound (1,500-kg) payload.   TAI has plans to begin delivering the armed Hurkus to the Turkish military in 2018. The company also hopes to export the aircraft.  
Item Number:17 Date: 04/13/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - MARINES LOSE 200 POSTS TO ROYAL NAVY (APR 13/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The head of the British Royal Navy says that the Royal Marines will be restructured to better balance the growth of the sea service, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   The move is part of a regular review of the navy's structure to ensure it meets the demands of future conflicts and is balanced with the addition of new warships to the fleet.   The Financial Times noted that the Royal Marines will be cut by 200, with the posts being transferred to the Royal Navy to plug gaps with staffing on new aircraft carriers. The paper pointed out that the navy is shout around 1,000 personnel.   The MoD put it differently, saying that about 200 marine positions were to be repurposed, with about half in support roles, such as drivers and administrative staff. Freeing up these duties to be carried out by reservists and civilians will enable skills to be used more appropriately across the service, said First Sea Lord Adm. Sir Philip Jones.   The other half of the restructuring involves making 42 Commando, part of 3 Commando Brigade, a specialized maritime operations unit. Accordingly, some if its jobs, such as heavy weapons specialists, can be reallocated, said the ministry release.   The changes will not result in personnel reductions, the MoD emphasized.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 04/13/2017 USA - DEFENSE OFFICIALS STRENGTHEN PROTECTION FOR TROOPS IN SYRIA (APR 13/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Following the April 7 cruise missile strikes against Syria's Shayrat air base, the Pentagon has taken steps to strengthen force protection measures for U.S. troops in the region, reports the Military Times.   Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the U.S. commander for the campaign in Iraq and Syria, has been "calling in the resources that he needs" to protect Americans in light of the heightened tensions following the strikes, said a military spokesman.   It was determined that extra precautions were needed to protect operations in Syria, noted Reuters.   Details of the protection measures were not provided.   The Tomahawk cruise missile attacks were made in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed up to 100 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria, including many children
Item Number:19 Date: 04/13/2017 USA - HECKER ASSUMES COMMAND OF COALITION AIR FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN (APR 13/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Hecker is the new commander of coalition air forces in Afghanistan, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Hecker became the top Air Force general in Afghanistan on Tuesday by assuming command of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and the NATO Air Command.   He succeeded Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Taliaferro, who held the post for about a year.   Hecker is now responsible for integrating NATO train-and-advise mission and the separate U.S. counterterrorism mission.   A command pilot with more than 3,300 flight hours, the general most recently led the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, noted the Air Force Times
  Item Number:20 Date: 04/13/2017 YEMEN - PRO-GOVERNMENT PUSH HOUTHIS IN TAIZ PROVINCE (APR 13/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Yemeni government and allied forces are gaining ground against Houthi rebels in the country's southwest, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   Pro-government forces made progress in the strategic Kadha district in Taiz province, an army colonel told the news agency Wednesday.   According to the colonel, this program will allow government forces to take control of the main road between the city of Taiz and Al-Turba, which leads to the southern port city of Aden.

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