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This Day In Naval History - June 22
1807 - HMS Leopard attacks USS Chesapeake
1865 - Confederate raider Shenandoah fires last shot of Civil War in Bering Strait
1884 - Navy relief expedition under CDR Winfield S. Schley rescues LT A.W.
Greely, USA, and 6 others from Ellesmere Island, where they were marooned for 3 years on Arctic island.
1898 - ADM Sampson begins amphibious landing near Santiago, Cuba
1943: USS Monaghan (DD 354) attacks the Japanese submarine (I 7) 10 miles south of Cape Hita. (I 7) runs aground, becoming irreparably damaged, 12 miles south-southeast of Kiska, Aleutian Islands.
 
Today in History June 22
1377
Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16.
1558
The French take the French town of Thionville from the English.
1772
Slavery is outlawed in England.
1807
British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.
1864
Confederate General A. P. Hill turns back a Federal flanking movement at the Weldon Railroad near Petersburg, Virginia.
1876
General Alfred Terry sends Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer to the Rosebud and Little Bighorn rivers to search for Indian villages.
1910
German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich announces a definitive cure for syphilis.
1911
King George V of England is crowned.
1915
Austro-German forces occupy Lemberg on the Eastern Front as the Russians retreat.
1925
France and Spain agree to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.
1930
A son is born to Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
1933
Adolf Hitler bans political parties in Germany other than the Nazis.
1938
Joe Louis floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium.
1940
France and Germany sign an armistice at Compiegne, on terms dictated by the Nazis.
1941
Under the code-name Barbarossa, Germany invades the Soviet Union.
1942
A Japanese submarine shells Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
1944
President Franklin Roosevelt signs the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
1956
The battle for Algiers begins as three buildings in The Casbah are blown up.
1970
President Richard Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.
1973
Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.
1980
The Soviet Union announces a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
1981
Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon.
1995
Nigeria's former military ruler Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and his chief deputy are charged with conspiracy to overthrow Gen. Sani Abacha's military government.
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Thanks to Carl
(An excellent history lesson)
 
June 22, 2017
The Forgotten War that Changed American History
 
Sharing his positive perceptions and plans to broker an arrangement with Abdrahaman for safe passage of U.S. merchant ships, Adams invited Jefferson to join him in negotiations.  Much to their mutual surprise, Abdrahaman unreasonably demanded exorbitant sums of gold for himself and informed the statesmen that additional sums would be required to buy peace with Tunis, Morocco, and Algeria. 
Both Adams and Jefferson registered astonishment at the excessive tribute amounts and inquired how the Barbary States could justify "[making] war upon nations who had done them no injury."  The Tripolitan ambassador declared that "all nations which [have] not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave."  Kilmeade and Yaeger describe the two founders as being "horrified by the [envoy's] religious justification for greed and cruelty."  Exhibiting no remorse or regret, the Tripolitan further explained that "every mussulman who was slain in warfare was sure to go to paradise."
 
 
 
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Admiral Taylor's Rolling thunder history can be viewed each day at     http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/   
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Thanks to the Bear's Rolling thunder for this description of true grit.
 
RIPPLE SALVO… #474… Humble Host has in hand another great Rolling Thunder flight by a pair of Navy junior officers… every word documented as follows…
"A BLACK LION AIDS A WOUNDED AARDVARK"…
On 21 May 1967 USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Air Wing Eleven conducted a successful strike on the Van Dien Vehicle Depot Complex–JCS 63.11– five miles south of Hanoi. During the strike one of the strike group F-4 Phantoms in the TARCAP element was seriously damaged by intense anti-aircraft fire in the Hanoi area. The wounded Phantom, LINFIELD 213 of the VF-114 AARDVARKS, was crewed by LT DENNY WISELY (A MIG-17 Killer on 24 April 1967) and ENSIGN JIM LAING. Winged by the AAA, LINFLIELD 213 fell out of the group and was descending on fire and streaming fuel when espied by LT JOHN NASH piloting F-4 BLACKLION 111. LT NASH and his RIO LTJG BOB KERN, having already delivered their bombs on target, immediately took up chase on the faltering VF-111 AARDVARK amid the intense anti-aircraft opposition in the area a few miles south of Hanoi. Above the pair of Phantoms the sky was host to a dozen surface-to-air missiles and the MIG calls were continuous. Extreme danger persisted in every quadrant.
As BLACKLION 111 joined on the wing of the descending AARDVARK, LT NASH began providing advice to the stricken F-4, including a course change toward the mountains to the west vice the longer planned retirement route eastward back to the Gulf of Tonkin. LT NASH was clear and adamant in his requests and was heard to tell AARDVARK, "F-4 south of the target who's been hit, get your nose up. Get some power on there and get some altitude." He saw the F-4 respond and start a gentle climb, but he also saw that AARDVARK was seriously damaged on and about the port wing and stabilizer with flames trailing the port wing. LT NASH immediately advised AARDVARK  to shut down the port engine. The response was, "I'm going to have to get out of it." LT NASH was adamant, "Negative, keep it going, get it over the mountains." Continuing to provide instructions and advice, LT NASH in BLACKLION 111 escorted the wounded AARDVARK, LINFIELD 213 westward to the relative safety of the mountains and jungles of Laos.
After about fifty miles of flight LT WISELY in LINFIEILD 213 announced that he was losing hydraulics and control of the aircraft. LT NASH advised a course correction to put the impending ejection in the least hostile area for a rescue attempt–toward Thailand, advice which LT WISELY followed. About 80 miles southwest of Hanoi LINFIELD 213 lost control and LT WISELY and ENSIGN LAING ejected. LT NASH began an orbit over the parachutes and reported the crash to rescue forces providing the position and situation. With fuel becoming a critical consideration, LT NASH and LTJG KERN in BLACKLION 111 broke off from the scene as soon as a ResCap flight arrived on the scene. Freed from duty they high-tailed it more than 100-miles east to rendezvous with an airborne tanker over the Gulf of Tonkin to refuel. During this short period LT NASH was monitoring the rescue attempt and was aware of difficulty in locating the downed pair from LINFIELD 213. Immediately after topping off, BLACKLION 111 retraced their flight path across and through North Vietnam defenses to return to the crash site on a desolate mountain among many mountains and the downed LINFIELD 213 duo as they awaited rescue.
LT NASH and LTJG KERN then assisted the ResCap aircraft and helicopters in pinpointing the downed pair of aviators. LT KERN used the Phantom radar to locate the en route rescue aircraft and provided steers to the rescue site. Having brought the ResCap to the LINFIELD 213 AARDVARKS, BLACKLION 111 turned eastward, still alone, and overflew another 110-miles of North Vietnamese defenses to return to USS Kitty Hawk and conclude a gallant three-hour adventure.
A successful rescue was accomplished by an Air Force HH-3 and LT WISELY and ENSIGN LAING, a couple of AARDVARKS, were drinking cold beer and eating ants in Thailand by sundown… Thanks to the conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity of LT NASH and the heroism and extraordinary achievement of LTJG KERN, a couple of BLACKLIONS who dared and did.            OOHRAH…  
A well earned SILVER STAR for LT NASH and DFC for LTJG KERN followed… Approved by CinCPacFlt (Admiral Roy Johnson) as submitted by USS KITTY HAWK 240930z May 67…
RTR QUOTE of 22 June 1967: YALE MAGRASS: "The way the Vietnam War is remembered is crucial because it shapes attitudes toward subsequent similar military incursions, especially for the generations which were not born during Vietnam."…. (Humble Host: Of course, if those generations don't study history, how can the Vietnam experience shape their attitudes?)
Lest we forget…           Bear
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Thanks to Bill for these next two…
This would be a good shot in the arm for the fleet
 
House subcommittee mark green-lights Virginia-class 13-boat block buy
By Lee Hudson, Inside Defense, 20 June
URL Unavailable 
 
The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee mark calls for a 13-boat block buy for the Virginia-class submarine, which, if passed, would be the largest shipbuilding contract to date.
 
Ranking Member Joe Courtney (D-CT) told Inside Defense June 20 that the subcommittee's mark sets aside an additional $940 million for advanced procurement and economic order quantity funds for the Virginia-class submarine.
 
General Dynamics Electric Boat can "absolutely" support a three-per-year build rate during the years the Navy is not building the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, Courtney said.
 
If passed, the 13-ship block buy would kick off in FY-19, he said.
 
It's not yet clear whether those boats would include the Virginia Payload Module, according to a House Armed Services Committee aide.
 
The language also grants the Navy procurement authority for 15 destroyers at a rate of three ships per year. The mark requires the service to equip two of three destroyers in the FY-16 and FY-17 budgets with the Air and Missile Defense Radar, according to the aide.
 
This is a controversial measure because there are only two shipbuilders who build the destroyers -- Ingalls Shipbuilding and Bath Iron Works. Ingalls has agreed to outfit its ships with AMDR but the Navy is still in negotiations with Bath Iron Works.
 
The mark also allows the Navy to bypass shock trials for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). If passed, the first full ship shock trials would be conducted on the second ship in the class, the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79).
 
A House Armed Services Committee aide said the Navy did not lobby the committee to delay the shock trials. The aide said all of CVN-78's components have undergone shock trials, but not all at once.
 
The subcommittee proposes a long-term block buy from CVN-74 through CVN-77 for refueling and complex overhauls. The mark also says Congress sees it as necessary to maintain 12 aircraft carriers in the service's inventory.
 
The mark requires the Navy to keep mine countermeasures vessels in its inventory until the Littoral Combat Ship's MCM mission module is ready. The service had previously announced the mission package is delayed until 2021.
 
A committee aide noted the Navy still has not notified Congress of its budget offset to pay for a second LCS in FY-18.
 
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This would be good to have in our magazines
The Allure of Supercavitating Torpedoes
By Dr. Gareth Evans, Naval Technology, 20 June
 
Alongside directed energy weapons and electromagnetic rail guns, supercavitating torpedoes repeatedly feature at the top of the wish list of must-have capabilities for any self-respecting navy of the future – and it is easy to see why. The allure of a rocket propelled super-weapon capable of delivering a nuclear or conventional warhead at speeds in excess of 200 knots is pretty self-evident, unless, of course, you are the one on the receiving end.
 
First developed into a workable design for the Soviet navy during the Cold War, the concept of supercavitating torpedoes has fascinated military engineers ever since, although little practical headway seems to have been achieved subsequently, aside from a number of stalled projects and aborted attempts over the years.
Now that may be about to change with the news that Russian scientists are once again looking at supercavitation and Iran is apparently getting in on the act, too. Back in October 2016, accounts began to appear of a program to develop a new weapon named Khishchnik ('Raptor'), while on 7 May this year, Iranian forces reportedly test fired a Hoot high-speed torpedo – thought to be a reverse-engineered version of the original Soviet design – in the Strait of Hormuz.
 
It seems 230mph super-torpedo technology could be set for something of a revival.
 
What a drag
 
The speed of any torpedo is constrained by two fundamental factors – its method of propulsion and the laws of physics. Conventional versions are driven by propellers or pumpjets and although the fastest of these are undeniably swift, and considerably quicker than most ships, in the world of weapons where even the humble bullet flies supersonic, they are definitely more tortoise than hare.
 
One obvious way around that is to change the method of propulsion; swap electric motors and propellers for a rocket engine, and at a stroke you turn your torpedo into an underwater missile. The only problem is, doing that runs you headlong straight into the laws of physics, and that is a drag – quite literally.
 
Drag is the counter force that acts against any object moving through the water, and the greater the velocity, the greater the drag, which means that the constraints of fluid dynamics impose an effective speed limit of around 50 knots. Now, while as the Starship Enterprise's fictional chief engineer Montgomery Scott was wont to say, "you cannae change the laws of physics", you can sometimes get around them, and in this case, that involves wrapping your torpedo in a giant bubble of gas.
 
Supercavitation
 
The fundamental idea behind supercavitation is surprisingly simple. When water is forced around an object, such as a ship's propeller, at high speeds the pressure drops around the trailing edge, and if it drops below the water's vapor pressure, bubbles are formed in a process known as cavitation. Traditionally, it has been a problem for engineers because when the bubbles strike the propeller itself they then implode, damaging the material and leading to serious cavitation erosion over time.
 
However, in the late 1940s Soviet scientists began to wonder if by deliberately manipulating this effect to create a huge, sustainable mega-bubble, and then encasing a torpedo body within it as it hurtles through the water, hydrodynamic drag could be largely overcome. Two decades and six prototypes later, their work was to see practical supercavitation realized, and the emergence of a new weapon class, capable of remarkable submerged speeds.
 
Soviet Squall
 
For the Shkval ('Squall'), which entered service in 1977, this was achieved by a specially designed flat nose cone, which deflects water outwards and initiates the supercavitaiton bubble. The envelope is then further extended and sustained by gases from the torpedo's engine. Fired from standard 533mm torpedo tubes at a conventional 50 knots, the Shkval's solid fuel rocket booster subsequently ignites and accelerates it to supercavitating speed, before a hydrojet sustainer kicks in to propel it on the final part of its way to the target.
 
Despite the obvious appeal of the technology, supercavitating torpedoes do have some major limitations. The need to keep as much of the torpedo body as possible out of contact with the water means that steering surfaces cannot protrude far out of the cavity, so course corrections are difficult, and any major change of heading would force part of the body out of the bubble, instantly increasing drag, and risking collapsing it altogether. Although with a maximum range of just 15km, the short transit time to target mitigated this potential problem in the Shkval, it could be more challenging for any torpedo intended to be fired from further away.
 
Additionally, rocket and hydrojet propulsion at velocities in excess of 200kts involves a huge amount of vibration and a great deal of noise. While a submarine firing a torpedo capable of that kind of speed probably has little to fear from a counterattack from its target, it will have betrayed its position very loudly to any other enemy vessels in the area and moreover, all that background racket renders the weapon itself as deaf as the proverbial post. Using any type of sonar guidance at supercavitating speed is clearly a complete non-starter.
 
Enduring appeal
 
Nevertheless, the appeal of this submarine super-weapon is proving to be an enduring one for countries on both sides of the old Cold War divide.
 
In 2004, Diehl-BGT Defense announced the start of a supercavitating technology demonstrator program in cooperation with the German Navy. Barracuda was intended to have both submarine and surface launch capabilities, and be able to travel along both straight and curved attack paths, although ultimately the program ended without producing a deployable weapon.
 
Two years later, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) commissioned General Dynamics to look into the technology. It seems that they were exploring the possibility of overcoming the sonar limitations by changing the design of the cavitation disc, altering the location of the transmitters and developing special noise-cancelling filters to cut out interference from the engine. Just how far they got along that particular track remains unknown, except to say that the project folded after a year, and US research into the technology effectively came to a halt five years later, in 2012.
 
Rise of the Raptor
 
Little is officially known about the new Russian Khishchnik, but there has been speculation that it will set out to overcome two of the principal shortfalls in the previous Shkval design – range and guidance.
 
Developing the Shkval's hydrojet – essentially an underwater ram-jet burning a hydro-reactive metal fuel – back in the 1960s was arguably then as difficult a technical challenge as managing the supercavitation itself. While it enabled the weapon to outrun even the fastest conventional torpedoes four or five times over, it left it with less than a third of the range enjoyed by the best American versions. Hailed as the 'killer of aircraft-carriers', in reality Shkval required a launching submarine to penetrate so far into the carrier group's anti-submarine coverage area that its own survival would have been put in question.
 
Roll on fifty years, however, and improved motors and better fuels could give the next generation of supercavitating torpedoes perhaps ten times that range, and possibly ten times the speed. Add to that a guidance system along the lines of what the DARPA/General Dynamics program envisioned and the Khishchnik would be a very potent beast indeed.
 
It remains to be seen whether this latest Russian project ultimately succeeds, or falters like others before it, but if it does, there will be some very big ticks appearing on those wish lists, as the world's navies set out to arm their warships of tomorrow.
 
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Thanks to Robert
 
What an amazing and beautiful planet we live on........God's handiwork at every turn.......Enjoy !!


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Item Number:1 Date: 06/22/2017 AFGHANISTAN - CAR BOMB KILLS MORE THAN 2 DOZEN WAITING OUTSIDE BANK IN HELMAND (JUN 22/TN)  TOLONEWS -- A car bomb explosion outside a bank in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province has killed at least 29 people and wounded dozens, say local officials cited by TOLO News (Afghanistan).   Thursday's blast took place in the parking lot of a branch of the New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah as dozens of people gathered to collect their monthly salaries, reported the Washington Post.   Most of those killed were civilians, and at least 60 people were wounded, said Gov. Hayatullah Hayat. Many soldiers were inside the bank at the time, noted Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Helmand is a Taliban stronghold.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/22/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN RELEASED VIDEO OF AUSTRALIAN, U.S. CAPTIVES, SEEKING PRISONER EXCHANGE (JUN 22/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Afghan Taliban has released a video showing two foreign professors they kidnapped last year in Kabul, reports the Voice of America News.   American Kevin King, 60, and Australian Timothy Weeks, 48, were abducted at gunpoint near the American University of Afghanistan last August.   In the video showed on Wednesday, the hostages plead for mercy and for negotiation. They say the Taliban is demanding that fighters being held at Bagram air base and the Pul-e-Charkhi prison to be freed in exchange for the professors, reported Newsweek.   The video was recorded on June 16, according to King's comments.   The hostages are believed to be in the custody of the Haqqani Network, a Taliban ally.   U.S. special operations forces mounted an unsuccessful mission to rescue the professors, it was widely reported in September 2016
Item Number:3 Date: 06/22/2017 AUSTRALIA - CANBERRA LIFTS ITS SUSPENSION OF MISSIONS AGAINST ISIS OVER SYRIA (JUN 22/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The Australian Royal Air Force (RAAF) has announced it will resume air combat operations over Syria after a temporary suspension, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Russia has threatened to treat any aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates River as a potential target. The warning followed the U.S. downing of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday.   The Australian Dept. of Defense announced on Tuesday it was halting its military air operations. Then on Thursday, Australia said it would resume its airstrikes against the Islamic State.   "This was a precautionary measure to allow the coalition to assess the operational risk," said the Defense Dept.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 06/22/2017 CANADA - DEFENSE BUDGET BOOST SLATED FOR THE FALL, SAYS MINISTER (JUN 22/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Canadian defense officials say an initial increase for the defense budget is planned for this fall, reports CBC News.   The funding, part of the government's newly released policy plan, will be made available through supplementary spending estimates that are considered in Parliament as part of routine fiscal business, Deputy Defense Minister John Forester told a House of Commons committee.   Members of the political opposition questioned Forester, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defense staff, on how the Liberal government plans to pay for the new capabilities laid out in the defense plan. They noted little additional funding was provided in the spring budget.   The defense policy plan, which was released on June 7, anticipates a 70 percent increase in defense spending to about Can$32.7 billion (US$24.7 billion) over the next decade. However, much of the increase is not scheduled for a few years, lawmakers said.   The government was unwilling to release additional funding until the policy review was published, said Forester. Furthermore, the Defense Dept. needs to enhance its administrative capabilities to spend the new funds effectively, he said.   Vance said that he had "sufficient resources to meet the plans and when the [supplementary funding] comes in the fall we will be increasing recruiting. I am actually far more concerned and consumed right now about being able to spend the [current] supply [of money]."  
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/22/2017 CANADA - DURING OPERATION IN IRAQ, CANADIAN SNIPER KILLS TERRORIST 2.14 MILES AWAY (JUN 22/GAM)  GLOBE AND MAIL -- A Canadian special operations sniper in Iraq has broken the record for the longest confirmed kill in military history – more than 2 miles, reports the Globe and Mail (Toronto).   A member of Canada's Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) killed an Islamic State fighter in Iraq with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle sometime in the last month, said sources on Wednesday. The exact location of the operation was not revealed for security reasons.   The shot reportedly traveled 3,450 meters (2.14 miles) and took under 10 seconds to reach the target. "The shot in question actually disrupted a [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces," said one military source.   The kill has been independently confirmed by video and other data, noted the report.   The previous record was held by a British sniper, who shot a Taliban militant in Afghanistan at a distance of 2,475 meters (1.5 miles) in 2009
Item Number:6 Date: 06/22/2017 CONGO REPUBLIC - 600 CONGOLESE TROOPS BEING WITHDRAWN FROM CAR AFTER SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS ON PEACEKEEPING MISSION (JUN 22/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- The United Nations is sending home about 600 Congolese troops from the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic following allegations of sex abuse and other misconduct, say officials cited by France 24.   A review of the Congolese deployment showed "systemic problems" in command-and-control based on the "nature and extent of existing allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse," said a U.N. statement on Wednesday.   "These problems have also been compounded by issues related to the preparedness, overall discipline, maintenance of contingent-owned equipment and logistical capacity of these troops," the U.N. said.   The Republic of Congo had 629 soldiers deployed in Berberati, the third-largest city in the CAR. A smaller contingent of 140 police will remain with the mission.   About 120 troops from the same Congolese contingent were sent home last year after allegations of sexual abuse, noted Agence France-Presse.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 06/22/2017 INDIA - SECURITY OFFICIALS KILL 2 HM MILITANTS IN KASHMIR; ONE TERRORIST SAID TO BE DISTRICT COMMANDER (JUN 22/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Indian security forces say they killed two Hizbul Mujahedin militants in Kashmir, reports the Press Trust of India.   The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Baramulla district in northern Kashmir on Tuesday after receiving intelligence indicating the presence of militants, said a police official.   Search operations were halted overnight. When they resumed in the morning, the trapped militants opened fire, the official said.   The search party fired back. One of the two killed was identified as an HM district commander, reported the Mumbai Mirror.   Police recovered two rifles, five magazines, 124 rounds and a hand grenade
  
  Item Number:8 Date: 06/22/2017 IRAQ - ISIS BLOWS UP HISTORIC MOSQUE IN MOSUL WHERE 'CALIPHATE' WAS DECLARED (JUN 22/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- Iraqi officials say Islamic State fighters holed up in the northern city of Mosul have blown up the ancient Grand al-Nuri Mosque, reports France 24.   On Wednesday, Iraqi forces were about 50 meters from the mosque when ISIS militants detonated explosives inside, said a senior Iraqi military official.   The mosque's iconic leaning al-Habda minaret was also destroyed.   ISIS blamed the destruction on a U.S.-led coalition airstrike. U.S. military officials denied striking the area.   "Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.   The mosque dates to the 12th century. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi spoke at the mosque in June 2014, when he declared the terror group's caliphate
Item Number:9 Date: 06/22/2017 ISRAEL - IDF GENERAL PANS PERFORMANCE OF IRANIAN BALLISTIC MISSILES IN SYRIA (JUN 22/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The head of the Israel Defense Forces says that ballistic missile strikes by Iran earlier this week against Islamic State forces in Syria were less successful than initially reported, reports the Times of Israel.   The remarks by Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot during a speech on Tuesday night appeared to confirm reports by Israeli security sources on Monday that only one or two of the six or seven missiles hit their targets, the newspaper said.   Iran's Fars news agency suggested that the Sunday evening strikes killed at least 360 terrorists.   Not so, said the Israeli general. The missiles' performance actually "made a statement" about Iran's capability to use its ballistic missiles, acknowledged Eisenkot. Tehran had not fired such weapons in anger since 1988.   The attack in Syria was said to be a response to terror attacks in Tehran earlier this month, for which ISIS claimed responsibility
Item Number:10 Date: 06/22/2017 JAPAN - COAST GUARD ORDERS 3 MORE H225 HELICOPTERS (JUN 22/AIRBUSHEL)  AIRBUS HELICOPTERS -- The Japan Coast Guard has awarded Airbus Helicopters a contract for three additional H225 helicopters, reports the manufacturer.   The latest order will bring the coast guard's fleet to nine H225s by February 2020, said an Airbus Helicopters release on Wednesday.   The sixth aircraft, ordered last year, will be delivered in 2018.   The three aircraft will be used for security enforcement, coastal activities and disaster-relief missions.   The value of the contract was not disclosed.  
Item Number:11 Date: 06/22/2017 RUSSIA - NEW KALASHNIKOV AK-12 ASSAULT RIFLE PASSES OPERATIONAL EVALUATION (JUN 22/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian military has completed an operational evaluation of the new AK-12 assault rifle, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow), citing the rifle's manufacturer.   The rifle, designed to integrate with the Ratnik future solder system, successfully completed all phases of the operational testing with Russian soldiers, said officials at Kalashnikov on Tuesday.   The AK-12 is expected to become the basic long-barrel firearm for the Russian army.   The Ratnik system includes advanced protective and communication equipment and weapons for Russian soldiers. It includes about 40 protective and life support elements and allows a soldier to receive continuously updated battlefield information, according to Kalashnikov.   The system also includes a self-contained heater; backpack; individual water filter; gas mask; and medical kit.   The advanced Ratnik-3, still under development, features an integral exoskeleton and visor-mounted target-designation system.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 06/22/2017 SINGAPORE - 2 RADICALIZED AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR TERRORISM-RELATED OFFENSES (JUN 22/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- Officials in Singapore have announced that two domestic auxiliary police officers have been arrested for terrorism-related crimes, reports the Straits Times.   The two men were AETOS officers at Woodlands Checkpoint. They were apprehended last month, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday. Both have been fired, noted Today Online.   Auxiliary police officers are private contractors hired for duties such as security checks at buildings and crowd control. They are empowered to conduct searches and make arrests while on duty. Some are armed with revolvers. AETOS is the second-largest of three such licensed organizations, noted Channel News Asia.   Muhammad Khairul Mohamed, 24, was detained for planning to travel to Syria to join rebels fighting the Syrian government. His colleague, Mohamad Rizal Wahid, 36, was placed under a restriction order for supporting the plan, the ministry said in a statement.   Last week, the ministry said the first Singaporean woman had been detained for radicalism under the city-state's Internal Security Act. The infant care assistant was planning to travel to Syria with her child to become a "martyr's widow," fighting for the Islamic State, said the ministry
Item Number:13 Date: 06/22/2017 SUDAN - MI-17 HELICOPTER CRASHES, KILLING 4; WEATHER BLAMED (JUN 22/SUNA)  SUDAN NEWS AGENCY -- A Sudanese army utility helicopter has crashed in poor weather shortly after taking off from Dongola in northern Sudan, reports the Sudan News Agency.   The Russian-built Mi-17 was headed to Al Daba, also in northern Sudan, when it went down on Tuesday, killing all four personnel onboard, said an army release the following day.   The army said that bad weather led to the crash. Sudan's military fleet of Russian-built aircraft has had several crashes in recent years -- with bad weather and technical problems frequently faulted, noted AFP
  Item Number:14 Date: 06/22/2017 SYRIA - COALITION AIRSTRIKE KILLED CHIEF ISIS CLERIC IN SYRIA, CONFIRMS CENTCOM (JUN 22/USCENT)  U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND -- The U.S. Central Command has confirmed that a coalition airstrike in Syria last month killed Turki al-Bin'ali, the self-proclaimed "Grand Mufti" of the Islamic State.   Chief cleric Al-Bin'ali played a central role in recruiting foreign fighters and provoking terror attacks around the world, said a CENTCOM release.   Rumors about his death were circulating for some time before the confirmation on Tuesday by CENTCOM, noted the Independent (U.K.).   He assumed the top cleric role in 2014. From that position, he provided propaganda to incite murder and other crimes, attempted to legitimize the ISIS caliphate and was a close confidant of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS chief.   The Bahraini cleric, 32, also wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of thousands of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped set up the ISIS branch in Libya, noted Fox News.   Al-Bin'ali was killed in an airstrike on May 31 in Mayadin, Syria, noted CENTCOM.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 06/22/2017 SYRIA - SDF GETS CLOSER TO LAYING SIEGE TO RAQQA (JUN 22/REU)  REUTERS -- U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they have gained ground on the south bank of the Euphrates River as part of a plan to encircle the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, reports Reuters.   The SDF, which includes Arab and Kurdish militias, began an offensive earlier this month to gain control of Raqqa in northern Syria.   On Wednesday, an SDF spokesman said the ISIS terrorists had been expelled from the Kasrat al-Farj suburb as rebels moved in from the west.   The SDF wants to take the southern bank to set up a siege of Raqqa.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 06/22/2017 TURKEY - LETTER FROM U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY REASSURES TURKS THAT KURDS' WEAPONS WILL BE RECLAIMED AFTER ISIS DEFEAT (JUN 22/REU)  REUTERS -- Turkish officials say Washington has agreed to take back weapons supplied by the U.S. to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State, reports Reuters.   Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the banned Kurdish PKK and as a terrorist group. The U.S. sees the as an essential ally in defeating ISIS.   U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote to his Turkish counterpart Fikri Isik that Washington would provide a monthly list of weapons given to the YPG, said Turkish Defense Ministry sources on Thursday.   The weapons would be taken back after ISIS was defeated, Mattis said, according to the sources.   A member from the Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed the letter and context to CBS News on Thursday.   Arab fighters will make up 80 percent of the forces recapturing Raqqa, which would then be held by Arab forces, according to the letter.  
N TAKEOFF IN HOUSTON; PILOT EJECTS, BEING TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES (JUN 22/KFOR)  KFOR -- A U.S. Air Force pilot is being treated for injuries after he ejected from an F-16 fighter that caught fire and crashed during takeoff in Texas, reported KFOR.com (Oklahoma City).   The F-16 caught fire Wednesday at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, just before takeoff, reported Fox News.   The aircraft, which was loaded with ammunition, was part of the Noble Eagle air defense program and belonged to the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 138th Fighter Wing based in Tulsa, Okla., reported the Houston Chronicle.   The injured pilot was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, said officials.   The field was closed and an evacuation order was placed over a 4,000 square-foot radius of the site. There was no threat to nearby residents, said authorities.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 06/22/2017 USA - CANADIAN MAN'S STABBING OF POLICE OFFICER AT MICH. AIRPORT BEING INVESTIGATED AS TERRORISM (JUN 22/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The FBI says it is treating the stabbing of a police officer at a Michigan airport on Wednesday as an act of terrorism, reports Fox News.   Officials said the attacker, a Canadian citizen named Amor Ftouhi, yelled "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing the officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich.   An FBI senior official said the attacker also yelled something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die" as he was being arrested.   The officer was able to stop the attacker with the help of others. He is said to be in stable condition.   The Canadian has been charged with violence at an international airport, said prosecutors. The FBI agent in charge of the case said he was motivated out of his "hated of the United States."  
  Item Number:19 Date: 06/22/2017 USA - LATEST SUPER HERCULES CONFIGURED FOR SPECIAL OPS JOBS (JUN 22/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- Lockheed Martin has revealed its latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft at the Paris Air Show.   Promotional material at the show depicts the aircraft in stealthy black -- targeting tanks, dropping paratroopers and flying low for exfiltration missions, noted DoDBuzz.   The C-130J-SOF, the 10th production variant of the Super Hercules, is designed to meet the unique demands of international special operations forces, said a Lockheed release on Tuesday.   Company officials say the aircraft can perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; psychological; airdrop resupply; personnel recovery; humanitarian relief; and infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations personnel.   Special mission equipment options allow the C-130J-SOF to be configured for armed overwatch, including installation of a 30-mm gun and Hellfire missiles; aerial refueling; and forward area refueling point (FARP) operations, said the release.   Unit cost for the new variant is estimated from mid-$70 million to mid-$80 million, company officials told Defense News
Item Number:20 Date: 06/22/2017 USA - USAF BOMBERS FLY OVER KOREAN PENINSULA, TRAIN WITH JAPANESE, S. KOREAN FIGHTERS (JUN 22/AFGSC)  AIR FORCE GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND -- Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers has been conducting a long-range training mission this week from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, reports the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).   The bombers, assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, flew Tuesday from Guam to the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea and the Korean peninsula.   During the 10-hour mission, the B-1s were joined by Japanese F-15s and South Korean F-15Ks, each performing separate bilateral missions, said the command.   This was a planned bilateral training mission, a U.S. military official told CNN.   The flights with Japan and South Korea are meant to demonstrate their alliance and readiness to defend against "provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater," said the AFGSC.
 
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