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Monday, April 17, 2017

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To All,
I hope you all had great Weekend.
This Day In Naval History - April 17
1778: The sloop-of-war Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, captures British ship, Lord Chatham, in St. Georges Channel, during the American Revolution.
·         April 17
Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.
Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano.
Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
Bayonne Decree by Napoleon Bonaparte of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
Virginia becomes the eighth state to secede from the Union.
General Ulysses Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
The game "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.
Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.
The last French troops leave Syria.
Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.
Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Apollo 13--originally scheduled to land on the moon--lands back safely on Earth after an accident.
Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
In Warsaw, police rout 1,000 Solidarity supporters.
Monday Morning Humor from Al
Submitted by Mark Logan:
  • New slogans for United Airlines
  • We have First Class, Business Class, and No Class.
  • Our prices can't be beaten...but our passengers can.
  • We put the hospital in hospitality.
  • We beat our passengers, not the competition.
  • We have an offer you can't refuse. No, really.
  • Board as a doctor, leave as a patient.
  • Not enough seating? Prepare for a beating.
  • And you thought legroom was an issue.
  • Proudly offering Admiral's Club, Captain's Club, and Fight Club.
  • If our staff need a seat, we'll drag you out by your feet.
  • Good news: We're serving free meals again. Bad news: It's a knuckle sandwich.
  • We treat you like we treat your luggage.
  • Fight or flight.
  • You may have patients, but we don't have patience.
  • We have red-eye and black-eye flights available.
  • We'll even hit a guy with glasses.
  • Now serving free punch.

Southwest Airlines also has a new motto:  We beat our competitors…not you!

Things that will get you kicked off a United Airlines flight:
Wearing leggings
Having an United Airlines ticket

It wasn't bad enough that a man was violently dragged off plane after United Airlines overbooked the flight, even worse he was charged the $50 staff assisted deboarding fee.

In a recent survey, 87% of respondents said that United Airlines now treats the luggage better than their passengers.

United employee who kicked the girls off plane for wearing leggings has to be feeling better - "At least I didn't drag them off."

United Airlines has changed their theme song to "Rhapsody in Black and Blue."

Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal have a remake of one of their films in the works, it will be titled "Don't Throw Passengers from the Plane "

More bad timing as United just updated their app with the following comment:  "Supports new drag and drop feature"

Your carry-on luggage must fit in the overhead bin, but carry-off passengers only have to fit in the aisle, for like a minute.

Look on the bright side, United Airlines. After this incident, you'll never have to worry about a flight being overbooked again.

Flying these days can be such a drag.  Have a good week,
Thanks to Dutch. I grew up on Army and Air force bases and was in many of them and did multiple moves in one year many times. The worst was the 10th  grade where I started in Florida and as dad went from  school to school across the country on  his way to Vandenberg AFB my total was 5. I had a teacher at number 5 in Arroyo Grande in California and she kept it from being 6 that year by allowing me to live with her family for a little over 3 months. Our house was ready at Vandenberg and dad had to move on the base as he was in a key position. I kept in touch with her for many years and she was a great lady. There was a teacher the next year named Robert Wright and he was a different sort to say the least but I learned a lot from him. After I left and went to college and into the Navy I was never able to track him down to thank him.
I Actually Thanked a Teacher
Now 88, she gave me a refresher in the lesson I'd learned in first grade: how to read the word 'look.'
By Bob Greene
April 12, 2017 6:51 p.m. ET
Amid the endless torrent of angry and violent world events, I switched off the television set, shut down the computer, and turned to something I hoped would provide welcome respite: a slender book of photographs illustrating the history of the small Ohio community where I grew up.
I was flipping through the pictures: a long-gone grocery store, a church under construction, an early streetcar. Then I came across one that stopped me. The photo was of three children—two girls and a boy—taking a tap-dancing class in 1934. One of the girls, dark-haired and bright-eyed, was identified as Patti Ruoff.
Could it be? My first-grade teacher was named Patricia Ruoff. When you're 6, you don't think about your teachers having had lives before you encountered them. But it seemed plausible that the tap-dancing girl had grown up to teach school in the town.
I still recall the day she helped me learn the first word I could ever read. She stood with an oversize copy of the Scott, Foresman & Co. book "We Look and See"—the initial volume in the Dick and Jane series, the primers that introduced millions of American boys and girls in the middle of the 20th century to the miracle of reading—and she showed me what the shape of the four letters on the first page meant, and what they sounded like. That one word: "Look."
I went home so thrilled that day. I knew how to read a word. "Look." When the day had begun I hadn't known it, and now I did. Such a magical feeling, accompanied by the sure knowledge that other words would soon follow.
After encountering the tap-dancing picture the other afternoon, it became important to me to find that teacher. It took some doing—it turns out she has been twice widowed, and thus has had two different last names since back then—but I reached a woman on the telephone who I thought might be her.
"I'm sorry if I have the wrong number," I said. "But I'm looking for a Patricia Ruoff, who once was a schoolteacher."
"Yes," the voice said. "You have the right person."
"You taught me to read," I said.
I told her my name.
"Oh, Bobby," she said.
I told her that she could call me that if I could call her Miss Ruoff. She laughed and said, "It's a deal."
She is 88 now, having been retired for decades. She never moved from Franklin County, Ohio. She told me she had married the shop teacher from our school, Douglas Ehrman. After he died she had been alone, but then had reconnected with an old schoolmate from the town, who was himself a widower. They married, and then he died, too. Now she is on her own.
And, yes, she said, she was the girl in the photograph—the dark-haired child taking tap-dance lessons. She hadn't known at the time what she would do with her life, but she said she was glad that it had turned out the way it did.
I tried to explain to her why I was calling. I said that if I've ever written a graceful sentence, if I've ever appreciated a turn of phrase in a good book, if I've ever found comfort in a beautifully told story, it all began with her. I told her that hundreds of other boys and girls who once passed through her classroom likely have reason to be just as grateful.
And I told her I was sure that many other men and women, now grown, must have called to thank her over the years.
There was a slight pause, and then she said: "None."
She said: "No one ever has."
We talked about that. I said that it was probably because, by the time we're men and women, first grade seems so distant that such a magnificent moment—the moment when we learned to read our first word—gets taken for granted. We know thousands upon thousands of words by the time we're adults. The circumstance of learning that first one must kind of get lost in the haze.
I told her I'd come see her the next time I'm in Franklin County. And after we'd hung up, it occurred to me: In this world filled with dreadful news events, there's not much we can do to affect any of that. But all of us can surely think of people who, in seemingly small ways, have made our lives better and more fulfilled, people who may believe we've forgotten them. It's not too late to find them, and to tell them.
All you have to do is . .
Mr. Greene is completing a new novel, "Yesterday Came Suddenly," about an America with no internet.
Well said Tam
Thanks to Tam, who rings lots of bells -
The only way to win this war is to excise the liberal rot out of the public school system, and silence the propaganda that is poisoning generations of American youth.
May we be the warriors who bring the fight to the enemy.
May we seize the courage to stand for justice.
May we bring TRUTH to the present darkness.
Sent from Tamara's iUniverse
> On Apr 16, 2017, at 6:55 AM, Dutch R <> wrote:
> More shaking down that slippery slope -
> "Optional"
> By Todd Starnes
> Students at the University of California Davis proved you don't need a Bic lighter to desecrate Old Glory -- you just need a majority vote.
> The UC Davis Student Senate passed legislation revoking a long-standing rule that required the American flag "stand visibly" at every senate meeting.
> "It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State (sic) of America to be displayed at the ASUCD Senate meetings," the new legislation declares.
> Ironically, the author of the anti-American bill is a student who recently became a naturalized citizen.
> "The concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual," Itmar Waksman told the CBS news affiliate in Sacramento. <>
> Under the new rules, any senator who wants to display Old Glory must file a petition.
> "It will then be at the discretion of the Senate Pro Tempore whether to approve, reject or set the decision to a vote of the Senate," the bill reads.
> Sadly, there are plenty of young people at UC Davis who share Mr. Waksman's sick and twisted ideology. One student explained her rage against the flag in a Facebook post:
> "Why do you feel that advocating for the U.S. flag that represents a history of genocide, slavery, and imperialism is more important than stuff that actually matters like I don't know, the violence against our LGBTQ Brown and Black students, rising tuition, resources for our students without homes," she fumed. "What a waste of time."
> A waste of time?
> Try telling that to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces - who put their lives on the line every day so that perpetually offended snowflakes can spit on America?
> Try telling that to our Wounded Warriors - whose arms and legs were blown off - fighting for our freedom. Without their sacrifice we would not be the  land of the free or the home of the brave.
> But concepts like duty and honor and courage, God and Country, are lost on many of the perpetually offended generation.
> UC Davis student Michael Gofman understands those concepts. His parents fled the Soviet Union so their family could have a better life. Michael was one of the few students to oppose the flag bill.
> He told Fox 40 in Sacramento<> that "every student on this campus owes a lot to this country whether they know it or not, and that creating a bill that takes steps to ban he flag is a slap in the face."
> And there are some patriots around campus who agree with this courageous young man. One supporter responded to those posting hateful messages about our nation.
> "That flag represents the freedom you have to make such a comment," the supporter wrote. "Try going to North Korea and expressing those kinds of opinions about the state. You won't get far. The United States is by no means perfect in anyone's eyes. I think we can all agree on that point. But that flag by far represents the freest nation on Earth. That is a privilege you should honor, not trash."
> We have two courses of action. First, you should contact the UC Davis Alumni Association. <> Encourage them to withhold donations until this unpatriotic bill is reversed.
> Second, revoke federal student loans for every senator who supported the bill. It's hypocritical for the young lawmakers to take taxpayer money from the very nation and government they despise.
> As for Mr. Waksman, we are honored to welcome people from other nations - those willing to come here legally - those yearning to breathe free. But it's incredibly impolite to disrespect the nation that gave you refuge.
> So, Mr. Waksman, if you have a problem with the Red, White & Blue, I would encourage you to go back to wherever you came from.
> <winmail.dat>
Thanks to Carl
Wife missing in Bar Harbor, Maine
A few days after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, a Bar Harbor man answered his door to find two grim-faced Harbor Master officers.
"We're sorry Mr Flynn, but we have some information about your wife,".
"Tell me! Did you find her?!"  Cedric Flynn asked.
One officer said, "We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news"!
Fearing the worst, Mr. Flynn said, "Give me the bad news first."
The officer  said, "I'm sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife's body in the bay."
"Lord sufferin' Jesus!" exclaimed Flynn.  What could possibly be the good news?"
The officer continued, "When we pulled her up, she had 12 of the best looking Atlantic Lobster's that you have ever seen clinging to her.  Haven't seen lobsters like that since the 60's, and we feel you are entitled to a share of the catch."
Stunned, Mr. Flynn demanded, "If that's the good news, then what's the great news?"
The officer replied, "We're gonna pull her up again tomorrow."
A bit of history
This was so bad on so many levels
Mrs. Thatcher is beneath him –
And, boy, his resentment must be to the depths of Hell itself – such consuming emotion is not a basis for rational conduct Dutch
Thanks to Doctor Rich
I suspect this is related to BHO's inner fury about Britain's treatment of Kenya when he was growing up ...
"The White House has decided they are not sending any serving member of the
administration to Margaret Thatcher's funeral tomorrow. It is important to
note that this decision was made prior to the events in Boston yesterday."
"Normally, [such a death] would prompt attendance by a high-level figure in
the US government — if not the President or Vice-President, a high-ranking
Cabinet official. For instance, why not send John Kerry, the Secretary of
State tasked with maintaining good relations with close allies like the UK?
Instead, the US delegation will consist of two men who would be traveling
as private citizens to the funeral already, essentially giving an official
policy of ignoring the event and snubbing the other world leaders attending
"A U.S. embassy spokesman confirmed no one would be attending Thatcher's
funeral, adding, "This is a hugely significant week in terms of US domestic
politics." He said that both the First Lady and the Vice President are "the
President's point people on gun control…This is a week when there is a lot
of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.""
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Obama's snub to Thatcher: President won't send envoy to funeral - and
leaves it to her old allies from the Reagan era
President Obama made decision not to send a member of his administration
before yesterday's bombings in Boston
Instead, Reagan's former Secretary of State George Shultz, a key ally of
Baroness Thatcher, will attend
Leaders from all over the world will be in attendance at the large-scale
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By way of contrast, the Obama Administration did send a delegation down to
Hugo Chavez's funeral.
So evidently, Obama's attitude toward Britain hasn't changed since he sent
back the Jacob Epstein bust of Churchill that was given on July 16, 2001 as
a gift to President George W. Bush without any explanation whatsoever!
Whose side is Barack Hussein Obama on anyway?
by Mike Perry • April 14, 2013
His story in the U.S. Naval magazine, The Sea Tiger, had made his name known at last to the North Vietnamese. For months this Marine sniper had killed dozens of their finest soldiers, as well as their compatriots in the Viet Cong, practically at will. He did this with such effectiveness that they had nicknamed him Long Tra'ng (White Feather), based on the ornament he wore on the side of his boonie hat. This symbolism seemed to taunt his enemies with the fact that, no matter how hard they tried, they would never kill him and he would always be the last man standing in any duel with the best they sent.
This Marine's name was Sergeant Carlos Hathcock II, of the 1st Marine division. A man who plied his trade around his home on Hill 55 in South Vietnam. An area where his mark was such that a bounty lay unclaimed by the many who had sought him out because they had become part of his tally of kills.
He knew he was wanted, but it didn't faze him in the least. He continued his stalks, unaware that hundreds of miles away a certain man with a similar talent had read of his fame and been assigned, like so many others before him, to hunt down the wily American and end his mastery of the battlefield. Unlike them though, his superiors would make sure this hunter was especially good before sending him south along the Ho Chi Minh trail and into Hathcock's killing grounds. Once he arrived, he planned to lure the sniper into a duel on his terms, with one well aimed shot that would signify the victor.
No one has ever found the name of this North Vietnamese sniper, when exactly he departed for South Vietnam, or how many he would/did kill before arriving around Hill 55, but his story is believed to have began with the confirmation of Hathcock's identity in Sea Tiger. Senior officers sought out the best sniper they could find, and gave him the sole purpose of hunting down and killing White Feather.
To ensure success they set about training him in an area that looked like the region he would operate in. Here, he practiced field craft beyond what would be considered acceptable to the point that everything he did, stalking, building hides, escaping, marksmanship and enduring hardship was studied for any weaknesses. Like Hathcock, he seemed to become one with his surroundings, able to cover any trace of his presence, and move like a ghost through the jungle. There was no better sniper either in the North Vietnamese Army or the Viet Cong on the day he was ready to head south.
Back at Hill 55, Hathcock, unaware of just how famous he had become, continued heading into the field almost every day with his spotter to lay in wait for an enemy that he felt was trampling in his back yard. He worked himself to exhaustion wanting to make sure he got the bad guys before they could kill his fellow Marines. All those who watched him knew his formidable reputation was well deserved.
By now, Hathcock already had dozens of kills to his credit, as well as hundreds of probable's. Some of these were notable, like the time he killed a female VietCong sniper called the Apache, who seemed to derive a sexual pleasure from skinning alive captured prisoners. One of these episodes involved a young Marine that she carved on all night near Hill 55, so his screams could be heard by the camp. Hathcock listened to the pitiful wailing until morning when she released him at the forests edge, without most of his skin. He collapsed and died as he reached the hill's concertina wire. A few days later Hathcock sent a bullet first into the Apache's neck, then into her torso after the lifeless body rolled to a stop. "It was the best shot I ever made," he later said with satisfaction about the kill.
He was also loaned out at times, such as to kill a Frenchman who specialized in interrogating prisoners, and later to knock off a general whose location could very well have been over the border in North Vietnam or Laos. Neither were ever verified. He also achieved a shooting record unmatched until 2002 in Afghanistan: a 2,250 meter kill using a .50 caliber machine gun upon which he had mounted his scope.
These accomplishments were among many others, but none ever rivaled the skill of a small man he soon heard was coming to visit him. He was informed this particular sniper lived off the land, slept amid rocks, ate snakes and bugs, and yearned for the moment Hathcock would step into his crosshairs.
He thrilled at the hunt, just like him. It was the one from the North, with his special mission, later to earn the nickname the Cobra sniper. And the duel that he and Hathcock would have, along with its finish, is the stuff of legend.
The Cobra left his calling card one day when he peered through the stubby telescopic site on his Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle at Hill 55, and lined up on one of the Marines outside his tent. Controlled breathing and a gentle squeeze in between breaths sent a .30 caliber 180 grain round tearing into the man's torso, throwing him to the ground behind sandbags, where others tried to stem the bleeding to no avail.
Hathcock watched the man die. He had heard the distant shot, then the cries for help. The hill's return fire hit nothing. No more shots came from the jungle either. In his gut he suspected it was the one who gunned for him, and, at that moment, resolved to eliminate him.
Covered in leafy vegetation, the Cobra hoped White Feather would come after him. He retreated back into the jungle where he had prepared a trap for Hathcock. He deliberately left a trail knowing the American would see it as a ruse and avoid it, likely veering toward a cave near a hill where he would be waiting to ambush. As the rains fell and Hathcock didn't show, he mentally prepared himself for tomorrow's showdown, certain that only one would survive.
Hathcock and his spotter, John Burke, disappeared into the jungle just as sunrise approached and commenced their stalk. The temperature climbed rapidly as they wormed their way on their bellies through the thick greenery, over small hills and draws, through chest high weeds and snaring vines. They soon came upon the Cobra's trail and Hathcock realized it was a trap. They began working their way away from the trail, trying to flank their quarry. The Cobra raised from behind a rotted log and sighted. He briefly saw the white feather and drew on the trigger. A shot rang out and John burke gasped. "I'm hit!" He rolled out of the scope's field of view and lay next to Hathcock, who was already feeling for the entry wound.
He felt liquid. Not blood but water. The shot had slammed into Burke's canteen.
"You ain't hurt. He just killed your canteen," Hathcock said in a low voice. "C'mon."
They began crawling again, working their way up a hill near where the Cobra's original position was. By now, the two sides had been stalking for hours. The Cobra, disappointed his shot killed no one, moved deeper into the grass and found a suitable place where he could watch the breadth of the hill where he suspected the sniper would be. Hathcock and Burke stayed away from its edge as the sun crossed its zenith and began its downward trek. With shadows starting to play around them, Hathcock finally found a spot where he could traverse his scope out over hundreds of meters of the clearing beneath him without being seen. And it was then that he saw the strangest thing.
A glint. It came from the high grass. It disappeared at first then came back as bright as sun shining against a diamond. Hathcock recognized it amid terrain they already covered. He saw nothing else, but that unnatural gleam puzzled him. He decided to go for it. Steadying the crosshairs of his Winchester Model 70 30.06 bolt action he squeezed, absorbing the recoil into his shoulder. An uncertain shot cracked from the hill.
A 173 grain Sierra boat-tail bullet slammed through the Cobra's scope without touching the sides and exploded through his right eye into the brain. Blood spurted over the dark red Mosin-Nagant's stock, making it darker still as more blood trickled over bits of shattered glass.
Hathcock and Burke exercised caution moving in on their kill, careful to avoid any booby traps or mines. When they reached the dead man, the sniper realized he had just made a one in a million shot and something else, more foreboding, dawned on him. As he studied the blown out scope he asked Burke, "What's the only way I could make this shot?"
"What do you mean?"
"Think about it. He had to be looking through his scope right at me for me for this to happen. I was just the quickest on the trigger." Relief turned to respect. "This guy was good. About as hard as they come." They searched his pockets and found a map of Hill 55, took his rifle and ammunition and headed back as the sun dipped toward the horizon. Hathcock later tagged the weapon hoping to keep it as a souvenir. Unfortunately, he never saw it again.
Hathcock and Burke reported to their Captain, E.J. Land, about the encounter, and headed to their tents. After cleaning his rifle, the Marine sniper plopped down on his cot and quickly drifted off to sleep, thoughts of the day's stalk already fading with what might happen tomorrow, and a certainty that he always carried… He knew he was the best.
Item Number:1 Date: 04/17/2017 AFGHANISTAN - DEATH TOLL FROM 'MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS' HITS 94 (APR 17/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The number of militants killed in the largest non-nuclear weapons ever used by the U.S. military has risen to nearly 100, according to a provincial government official in Afghanistan.   The U.S. military dropped a huge conventional bomb last Thursday on tunnels used by the Islamic State in Afghanistan, reports CBS News.   The GBU-43, or Massive Ordnance Airblast Bomb (MOAB), was dropped by a MC-130 aircraft operated by Air Force Special Operations Command stationed in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. It hit an ISIS cave complex in Achin district in Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan.   Nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," a MOAB is a 30-foot, 21,000-lb, GPS-guided munition. This was the first time it had been used in combat.   On Saturday, an official from Nangarhar province said that the death toll had risen to 94, including four ISIS leaders, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.). There were no civilians hurt, said U.S. and Afghan officials cited by CNN
Item Number:2 Date: 04/17/2017 CZECH REPUBLIC - 33 SELF-PROPELLED HOWITZERS FACE MODERNIZATION (APR 17/CTK)  CZECH NEWS AGENCY -- The Czech Defense Ministry has awarded domestic firm Tatra Trucks a contract to modernize more than 30 self-propelled howitzers, reports the Czech News Agency.   The US$59.6 million deal covers the upgrading of 33 Dana howitzers. Deliveries are scheduled from 2018 to 2020, according to Czech daily E15.   The contract was awarded without a tender because Tatra manufactures the chassis for the vehicle, according to the military.   The modernization includes guided firing system and GPS equipment
Item Number:3 Date: 04/17/2017 GUINEA - ARMY COLONEL BEING HELD FOR KEEPING PRIVATE ZOOS, ANIMAL-TRAFFICKING (APR 17/REU)  REUTERS -- Police in Guinea are holding an army colonel suspected of trafficking in animals, reports Reuters.   Col. Ibrahima Bangoura was arrested in the capital Conakry on April 12, said police on Saturday.   Police recovered 33 animals and 12 species from two of the colonel's properties, which were described as private zoos, said a charity that worked on the investigation. All the animals were released into the wild except for four chimpanzees that were taken to a sanctuary.   WARA, a French charity based in Guinea and Senegal, said it began investigating Bangoura in 2013. It suspected he was part of a network that smuggles protected species.   The colonel "was the owner of the animals and planned to sell them. He will be charged with animal-trafficking," said a senior officer.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/17/2017 IRAQ - PRESSED BY GOVERNMENT FORCES IN MOSUL, ISIS REPORTEDLY USES CHEMICAL WEAPONS (APR 17/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Iraqi authorities say Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons against government forces in the battle for Mosul in northern Iraq, reports Agence France-Presse.   Government forces have been fighting door-to-door in western Mosul's Old City, said a military spokesman on Monday, as reported by Reuters.   ISIS tried to block the military's advance by using "shells filled with toxic chemical material" on Saturday, said a statement from Iraq's Joint Operations Command. The attack reportedly took place in the al-Abar neighborhood.   Some security personnel received "limited injuries," but there were no deaths, said the command. The type of chemical involved was not yet known, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   A second chemical attack on Sunday took place in a recently freed area of Mosul where federal police and rapid response forces were located, reported RT (Russia), citing Iraqi officials.   Six soldiers suffered "breathing problems" from the attack, said the command
Item Number:5 Date: 04/17/2017 KENYA - 10 MILITARIES FORM EAST AFRICAN STANDBY FORCE (APR 17/NATION)  THE NATION -- Ten East African countries have just stood up a new joint regional force, reports the Nation (Nairobi, Kenya).   The East African Standby Force (EASF) consists of troops from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.   It is the first of several such regional forces in Africa to become operational, Gen. Samson Mwathethe, the head of the Kenyan military, said on April 12. The others are not yet fully formed, he said.   The participating countries have also established a peace fund worth about US$927,000.   The standby force is commanded on a rotational basis, with Djibouti currently holding the directorship.   The EASF is headquartered in Nairobi, with the logistics headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/17/2017 NORTH KOREA - SENIOR U.S. ADVISER DECLINES TO COMMENT ON POSSIBILITY U.S. HACKERS SABOTAGED N. KOREAN MISSILE TEST (APR 17/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A North Korean missile test failed on Sunday, say U.S. and South Korean defense officials cited by CNN.   The launch was attempted early Sunday from the eastern port city of Sinpo, said a South Korean defense official cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The missile exploded almost immediately after launch, according to military officials in South Korea and the U.S.   The type of the missile was not known immediately; a U.S. official said it might have been a medium-range missile.   Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland declined to comment on Sunday on the speculation that a U.S. cyber attack sabotaged the missile, reported Fox News.   The test coincided with the 105th birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. A large-scale military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday included a new submarine-launched ballistic missile and other systems.   A North Korean special operations unit was also unveiled for the first time, reported Yonhap.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/17/2017 NORTH KOREA - SPECIAL OPS PERSONNEL DROP 'LIKE HAIL' IN TRAINING, DESTROY ENEMY 'MERCILESSLY' (APR 17/YON)  YONHAP -- State media in North Korea say leader Kim Jong Un recently observed a special operations forces contest, which showed off the ability of their commandos to jump from aircraft and hit targets, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Kim "guided" the contest of the special operations forces, involving personnel being dropped from light transport planes, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.   The drill likely supported North Korean military efforts to prepare to infiltrate South Korea by helicopter in the event of a conflict, said experts.   The "crack shots" never missed their targets, said Kim after watching the special operators fire automatic rifles, as reported by the KCNA.   The KCNA described the commandos dropping "like hail," after which they "mercilessly blew up enemy targets," as quoted by AFP.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/17/2017 SOMALIA - NAVAL FORCES FROM CHINESE SHIP RESCUE PANAMANIAN TANKER FROM PIRATES IN GULF OF ADEN (APR 17/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese navy says its forces have rescued a Panamanian ship being attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   China's Henyang frigate responded to a distress call on Satuday sent by the Alheera tanker.   The frigate deployed its shipboard helicopter and "drove away the suspected pirates." The Alheera then continued its passage, according to the report.   Also on Saturday, unidentified international naval forces reportedly killed two Somali pirates attempting to hijack a ship in the Gulf of Aden, reported the Maritime Executive. The pirates were among nine, said an anti-piracy official in the Somalia's Puntland region.   It was unclear whether the reports were related. The ship attacked was not identified.  
Item Number:9 Date: 04/17/2017 SPAIN - INTERNAL DEBATE TO AFFECT FUTURE OF ETA DECISIONS, SAYS BASQUE GROUP (APR 17/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A Basque separatist group has announced that it will consult its members on future disarmament plans, reports Agence France-Presse.   The ETA terror group announced on April 8 that it had unilaterally and completely disarmed. It gave French authorities the locations of about 3.5 metric tons of guns, explosives and other weapons.   On Sunday, the group issued a statement saying it would take "decisions from among all its members for moving forward," reported the Basque daily Gara.   "ETA will examine the path that has been travelled and will take future decisions with responsibility," the statement said.   The ETA has sought independence in the Basque region between Spain and France. The group declared a cease-fire in 2011, but did not disarm. ETA is considered a terrorist group by the E.U., the U.S., France and Spain, among others.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 04/17/2017 SYRIA - 126 DIE IN CAR BOMB DIRECTED AT EVACUEES (APR 17/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- A car bomb in northern Syria over the weekend has killed scores in a bus convoy evacuating residents, reports Deutsche Welle.   The convoy was carrying people leaving the northern government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya to Aleppo when it was hit on Saturday at a transit point in rebel held Rashidin.   Some of those had been besieged by rebels for more than two years, noted the Washington Post.   The evacuations were part of a rebel-regime swap. Rebels and their families were being moved from the rebel-held towns of Zabadani and Madaya to Idlib province.   At least 126 people were killed, including 68 children, said a monitoring group. Most of those killed were evacuees, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility
  Item Number:11 Date: 04/17/2017 SYRIA - SURAN IN HAMA PROVINCE BACK IN GOVERNMENT HANDS (APR 17/REU)  REUTERS -- The Syrian army and its allies have regained control of a key town close to the provincial capital of Hama, say rebels and residents cited by Reuters.   The army, supported by Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, stormed Suran on Sunday after dozens of airstrikes believed to be carried out by Russian aircraft.   "There was hysterical bombing that targeted the town and the whole area and rebels fought fierce battles until they were forced to pull out," said one rebel.   The town is located on the northern entrance to government-held Hama, the capital of the province.   The Syrian army has rolled back rebel gains made in a major offensive last month in the province. The rebels still hold the strategic town of Morek, which lies on a major north-south highway north of Hama city
Item Number:12 Date: 04/17/2017 TURKEY - MASS PRODUCTION OF ALTAY TANK TO KICK OFF WITHIN WEEKS, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (APR 17/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik has announced that full production of the domestically developed Altay main battle tank is about to begin, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The tank successfully completed all testing by the end of February, the minister said last week.   The trials covered mobility and endurance on difficult terrain, operations in different climates, firing and survivability, reported Defense News in March.   The minister said mass production would start "in May, if nothing goes wrong," as quoted by the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).   Isik also announced that the 20th Atak helicopter had been delivered to an army unit in the central Konya province.   Turkey is also producing its own assault rifle, which has successfully passed NATO's 42 tests, he said.  
Item Number:13 Date: 04/17/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - JAITLEY HOSTS BRITISH DEFENSE SECRETARY, AGREES ON BILATERAL PARTNERSHIP (APR 17/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has been holding talks in India aimed at strengthening bilateral defense and security ties, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   As part of his four-day visit, Fallon met on Thursday with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. The agenda covered defense industry, upcoming exercises and global security.   The ministers agreed to enhance defense industrial, military training and other cooperation.   Fallon emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation against terrorism and extremism, noted the Times of India.   The meeting also marked the inaugural annual U.K.-India Strategic Defense Dialogue.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 04/17/2017 USA - AIR FORCE DECIDES TO KEEP FLYING F-16S FOR ANOTHER 4,000 HOURS, 'TO 2048 AND BEYOND' (APR 17/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The U.S. Air Force has authorized the extension of the service life of its F-16 fighters from 8,000 to 12,000 flight hours, reports Lockheed Martin, which builds the jets.   Following structural modifications as part of a service life-extension program (SLEP), the Air Force could safely operate its Block 40-52 fighters "to 2048 and beyond," the company said in a release last week.   The Air Force and Lockheed also reduced projected service life costs for the Block 40-52 fleet, said company officials.   Validation of the extended flight-hour limit supports the SLEP goal of extending the service life of up to 300 F-16C/D fighters.   The second phase of the F-16 SLEP airworthiness process covers the request for military type certificate, which will be submitted to the Air Force's Technical Airworthiness Authority in the near future, noted the release.   This phase aims to validate further extending the operational life of the F-16 based on final service life analysis from extended durability testing, said Lockheed.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/17/2017 USA - F-35AS DEPLOY INTERNATIONALLY FOR 1ST TIME AS PART OF EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE (APR 17/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The U.S. Air Force has sent its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to Europe for the first time, reports CNN.   The stealth fighters flew from Hill Air Force Base in Utah and arrived Saturday at RAF Lakenheath in the U.K.   The F-35s will spend several weeks training with other U.S. aircraft and those from NATO, said the Air Force. They will support the European Reassurance Initiative, a program that began in 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.   "This training deployment signifies an important milestone and natural progression of the F-35 program, allowing the Air Force to further demonstrate the operational capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft," said a Pentagon statement on Friday.   The deployment "also assists in refining requirements for eventually basing the F-35A in Europe, which is scheduled to receive the aircraft in the early 2020s," the statement said.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 04/17/2017 USA - F-35S, F-22S TEAM WITH BRITISH TYPHOONS, FRENCH RAFALES IN ATLANTIC TRIDENT DRILLS (APR 17/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force is currently training in a trilateral exercise with the British and French air forces at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., reports the Air Force Times.   The Atlantic Trident drills, hosted by the 1st Fighter Wing, focus on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios, said a service release.   The April 12-28 exercise, is one of the first to focus on integrating fifth-generation fighter capabilities.   The training includes U.S. Air Force F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters, British Eurofighter Typhoons and French Rafales. U.S. Air Force F-15E and T-38 Talon jets will serve as adversary aircraft.   American E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system and KC-10 Extender aerial tankers will support the training
Item Number:17 Date: 04/17/2017 USA - MARINES CONDUCT FORWARD OBSERVER TRAINING WITH IRAQI OFFICERS (APR 17/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- U.S. Marines have been providing forward observer training to Iraqi officers, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Three Marines from the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) recently deployed from Jordan to Iraq's Al Taqaddum Air Base, where they trained artillery and infantry officers from the 1st, 8th and 10th Iraqi army divisions, which make up the Anbar Operations Command, according to officials from the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.   "The course was progressive and included utilizing the Iraqi call for fire, which is different from the U.S. call for fire," said the task force.   The training included classroom study, observation positions and using digital training aids to practice adjusting fires and utilizing proper communications procedures.   The course concluded with the Iraqi observers calling in live-fire missions, said the task force.   Separately, Marine snipers from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, taught 15 Iraqi students advanced marksmanship, said officials from Task Force Al Taqaddum.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 04/17/2017 USA - NEW NAVY STUDY EYES EXPANDED AIR DEFENSE CAPABILITY, DIFFERENT HULLS FOR FUTURE FRIGATES (APR 17/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy says it is studying the possibility of increasing the air defense capabilities of its future frigates as well as opening up the design competition beyond the current small surface combatants, reports USNI News.   The Navy's ongoing study will balance the original frigate requirements, which called for up-gunning the existing littoral combat ship designs with additional anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities, with the desire for air defense capabilities equivalent to a guided-missile frigate, officials said last week.   To be completed this spring, the study will also evaluate designs beyond the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class and Austal USA Independence-class littoral combat ships.   "The Navy is pursuing an update to the analysis performed by the 2014 Small Surface Combatant Task Force (SSCTF) to reassess frigate requirements and capabilities," said a Navy statement.   The Navy's force structure assessment released in December calls for 355 ships.   This study is a departure from the 2014 concept, which would have simply added over-the-horizon anti-ship missiles and expanded anti-submarine warfare capabilities to each existing LCS hull
Item Number:19 Date: 04/17/2017 USA - SOLDIERS FROM 101ST AIRBORNE TO TRAIN SOMALIS TO FIGHT AL-SHABAAB (APR 17/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The United States has deployed a "few dozen" troops to Somalia to train and equip local forces, say military officials cited by the Voice of America News.   "United States Africa Command will conduct various security cooperation and/or security force assistance events in Somalia in order to assist our allies and partners," said a U.S. Africa Command spokesman on Thursday.   The troops from the 101st Airborne Division will train Somalis against Al-Shabaab terrorists, according to AFRICOM.   The deployment is the first involving American military forces in Somalia since March 1994, when the U.S. pulled out after 18 special operations personnel were killed in a battle with Somali militiamen. A small unit of U.S. counterterrorism advisers has been operating in the country.   The Americans arrived on April 2 at the request of the Somali government. The mission is expected to last through the end of September, said a U.S. official.  
Item Number:20 Date: 04/17/2017 UZBEKISTAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY ASKS KREMLIN TO HELP WITH RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR UZBEK OFFICERS (APR 17/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Uzbek Ministry of Defense has asked the Kremlin to provide Russian-language training for its officers, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Few of the Uzbek army's junior and mid-level officers can speak Russian. This poses a problem for plans to strengthen military cooperation with Moscow, Yevgeny Teryokhin, the deputy director of the third Commonwealth of Independent States Dept. of the Russian Foreign Ministry, told the Duma committee for CIS affairs on Thursday.   "We have received an interesting request from Uzbek partners, from the Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan, asking to provide assistance in teaching Russian to Uzbek army officers," he said.   Such a program is not expected to be expensive, said Teryokhin.   On April 5, the Duma ratified a Russian-Uzbek agreement on developing military-technical cooperation.