Monday, July 31, 2017

Fw: TheList 4512

The List 4512


To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - July 31
1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812.
1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan.
1874 - Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. warship equipped with torpedoes
1912 - First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis.
1933 - USS Constitution commences tour of principal U.S. seaports.
1964 - All-nuclear task force with USS Long Beach, USS Enterprise, and USS Bainbridge leaves Norfolk, VA to begin voyage, Operation Sea Orbit, to circle the globe without refueling. They returned on 3 October.
 
Today in History July 31
904
Arabs capture Thessalonica.
1703
English novelist Daniel Defoe is made to stand in the pillory as punishment for offending the government and church with his satire The Shortest Way With Dissenters.
1760
Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, drives the French army back to the Rhine River.
1790
The U.S. Patent Office opens.
1882
Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.
1875
Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.
1891
Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within its sphere of influence.
1904
The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia's Pacific coast, is completed.
1917
The third Battle of Ypres commences as the British attack the German lines.
1932
Adolf Hitler's Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.
1944
The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.
1962
Federation of Malaysia formally proposed.
1971
Apollo 15 astronauts take a drive on the moon in their land rover.
1987
An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alberta kills 27 and causes $330 million in damages; the day is remembered as "Black Friday."
1988
Bridge collapse at Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth, Malaysia, kills 32 and injures more than 1,600.
1990
Bosnia-Herzegovina declares independence from Yugoslavia.
1991
The US and the USSR sign a long-range nuclear weapons reduction pact.
1999
NASA purposely crashes its Discovery Program's Lunar Prospector into the moon, ending the agency's mission to detect frozen water on Earth's moon.
2006
Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to his brother Raul Castro.
2007
The British Army's longest continual operation, Operation Banner (1969-2007), ends as British troops withdraw from Northern Ireland.
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Thanks to Dudley and Neal and a couple others for setting this straight. from List 4511. My apologies.
Lots of incorrect info in The List about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guards
 
I'm sure you've heard it from more than just me but one bit of bogus info slipped into this list, the info about the Tomb of the Unknowns.  About half is true and the other half is ridiculous. 
 
Start with the fact that Jeopardy presents Answers, not Questions.  Anybody who thinks there is a barracks under the tomb has never been there.  Not talking for six months?...insanely ridiculous.  No swearing or drinking forever?...they might as well have included that they couldn't have sex forever also.  Anyway, you get the idea.
 
 
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Monday morning humor from Al
 
Submitted by Mike Ryan:       Bob, a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the country club with a breathtakingly beautiful and very hot 25-year-old blonde-haired woman who knocks everyone's socks off with her youthful appeal and charm and who hangs over Bob's arm and listens intently to his every word.      His buddies at the club are all aghast.  At their very first chance, they corner him and ask, "Bob, how'd you get the trophy girlfriend?"        Bob replied, "Girlfriend?  She's my wife!"        They're knocked over, but continue to ask:  "So, how'd you persuade her to marry you?"        "I lied about my age," Bob replied.        "What?  Did you tell her you were only 50?"      Bob smiled and said, "No, I told her I was 90."       Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Switzerland .As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat's milk was used.        She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.  "These," she explained, "are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce."  She then asked, "What do you do in America with your old goats?"      A spry old gentleman answered, "They send us on bus tours!"    Submitted by Jamie Hapgood:  How Old Guys Pick Up Women       I am getting on in years and not the best looking guy anymore.   Some would even say I'm a little frayed around the edges.  But, I have a nice car, a little money, and I spend most of my time casually traveling from place to place and enjoying life.       I met a nice looking girl in a park the other evening. There was an instant spark between us.  All of a sudden, she did this cute little dance, then immediately dropped to her knees and lay on the grass at my feet.       As we lay there together, I thought ..."Wow, these taser guns are really worth the money!!"    Submitted by Mark Logan:       Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see over the dashboard.  As they were cruising along, they came to major crossroad. The stop light was red, but they just went on through.       The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, "I must be losing it.  I could have sworn we just went through a red light."       After a few more minutes, they came to another major junction and the light was red again.  Again, they went right through.  The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it.  She was getting nervous.      At the next junction, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through.  So, she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row?  You could have killed us both!"      Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh! Am I driving?"       Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures.  Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.       One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me...  I know we've been friends for a long time but I just can't think of your name.  I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it.  Please tell me what your name is."      Her friend glared at her.  For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her.  Finally she said, "How soon do you need to know?"    Submitted by David Rackow:  50 Shades of Gray for Seniors      Back and forth.  Back and forth.      In and out.   In and out.      A little to the right.  A little to the left.      She could feel the sweat on her forehead…between her breasts…and trickling down the small of her back.      She was getting near to the end.       He was in ecstasy…with a huge smile on his face as his wife moved forwards then backwards  Forward then backward.  Again and again.      Her heart was pounding now.  Her face was flushed.      She moaned softly at first, then began to groan louder.      Finally totally exhausted she let out a piercing scream…"OK, OK, you smug &@$+@*!, I can't parallel park. You do it!"    Submitted by Skip Leonard:       "$5.37!"  That's what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me.      I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher.  Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the hardest thing anyone has ever said to me.      He said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen discount."      I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me.      "Only $4.68" he said cheerfully.      I stood there stupefied. I am 56, not even 60 yet?  A mere child!  Senior citizen?  I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Elmo.  Was he blind?      As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil.  Old? Me?  I'll show him, I thought.  I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.      Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted!  What am I now?  A toddler?      "Dude! Can't get too far without your car keys, eh?"      I stared with utter disdain at the keys.  I began to rationalize in my mind!  "Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly!  It could happen to anyone!"      I turned and headed back to the truck.  I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn't turn.  What now?  I checked my keys and tried another.  Still nothing.      That's when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.  I had no purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.  Then, a few other objects came into focus:  The car seat in the back seat.  Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard.  A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.      Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.  Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life.      That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger!  My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.      I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time.  There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish.  All I could think was, "What is the world coming to?"  All I could say was, "Did I leave my food and drink in here"?      At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.  Elmo had no clue.      I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention.  He was holding up a drink and a bag.  His mother explained, "I think you left this in my truck by mistake."      I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.  She offered these kind words:  "It's OK. My grandfather does stuff like this all the time."      All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40 mph zone.  Yessss, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius.  And no, I told the officer, I'm not too old to be driving this fast.      As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall.  I handed her a bag of cold food and a $300speeding ticket.  I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey. The good news was that I had successfully found my way home.   Have a great week, Al
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Thanks to Micro
Skip:
The claim that our Secretary of State (Dean Rusk) was telling the North Vietnamese where we were going to strike in advance is apparently false.  It has been mentioned in only one place, a book written by General Pete Piotrowski, who claims to have seen a television report by Peter Arnett interviewing Dean Rusk on CBC.  There is no record of such an interview covering that information.  Clearly, after the viral emails circulating about that quote from the book, there would be many sources coming forward to corroborate the General's recollection; however, there is no evidence of the broadcast, let alone the truth of his allegation.  This has become something that lots of folks want to believe, so they've given it a life of its own without any evidence other than the General's book.  Since he claims to have seen the broadcast on a documentary series that was shown both on CBC and on BBC a year later, one would expect at least one other person in the world to have claimed to have seen the same show.  Additionally, CBC would certainly have a complete record of those shows (the "Ten Thousand-Day War"), yet nothing has surfaced.
I believe the General was either mistaken or trying to sell his book (cynic that I am).
Micro
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More from Micro
I received this link to a great article on manipulation of the news nowadays:  https://medium.com/the-mission/the-enemy-in-our-feeds-e86511488de.  Strongly recommended.
 
In response to receiving it, I sent the following reply:
 
One of those rare articles I wish I'd written.  I've been harping on this subject for many years now.  The way I've most often said it is that we're getting dumber by the minute.  We forward stuff we haven't checked out (usually because we WANT to believe it, regardless of how awful it may be).  It's inaccurate or sensationalized information, but, even if we're told later what the truth is, we remember the juicier version, and that's what we believe months or years later.  We have GOT to change our ways or we will be in the complete control of the lies on the internet.
 
What he doesn't directly address in the article is "click-bait" sites—those that intentionally "publish" the most outlandish information for the sole purpose of getting us to forward the links to all our friends.  On each page of such a site are numerous advertisements.  Often, you have to keep clicking "Next" to view some more of the article or photo album or whatever is there.  Each time you click "Next" the site gets credit for another display of numerous advertisements.
 
About 15 years ago or so a friend in California sent out checks each month to web sites that displayed ads for his clients' businesses.  At that time, they paid a fraction of a cent for each "presentation."  He was paying over $30,000 a month.  Imagine that going on today a million times a month.
 
To make you feel even worse (and as incentive to cause you to be more careful in what you forward and what you believe), there are two additional sites I want to bring to your attention.  One of them is http://channel23news.com/.  It is where you can create a "news" story of your own, then send the link to your friends as a joke; of course, with that domain name, the friend believes it has been published by an actual news site.  The problem is, those links get forwarded (I've gotten them, including from Scott Strassmeier, the U.S. Naval Academy Sports Information Director, who sent it to his entire mailing list), and it becomes a part of the internet that never dies.  So, now you don't even have to post on a forum or have your own blog to be able to contaminate the internet and your friends' inboxes.
 
The other site is called America's Last Line of Defense (http://www.thelastlineofdefense.org).  Here's what it says on their home page:
 
In a cynical world where the news of the day often seems fake, The Last Line of Defense offers today's busy conservative a place to go to read things they'll enjoy and congregate with a bunch of people they agree with. So while everything on this site is a satirical work of fiction, we are proud to present it to those who will have called it real anyway.
 
Now, stick with me….:
Here is what is on their About Us page today: 
We are a group of educated, God-fearing Christian conservative patriots who are tired of Obama's tyrannical reign and ready to see a strong Republican take the White House. We are sovereign citizens who want our government to keep its nose out of our business. We believe in guns, God and the Constitution and will go to any lengths to take OUR country back from the whiny, politically correct liberal masses.
Join us today and help us in our mission to be THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE against anyone who doesn't love The United States of America and fight for the rights afforded to us by our beloved Founding Fathers.
HOWEVER, below that, down the page, it has this Disclaimer:
DISCLAIMER: America's Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that's not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don't actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.
In other words, if you believe this crap you're a real dumbass.
Now, if THAT frosts your ass, note that the statement above about them being conservatives, God-fearing Christians, etc., is also a lie (another word for "satirical" nowadays) because THIS is what used to be on their website as their Disclaimer:
 
DISCLAIMER: America's Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that uses the imagination of liberals to expose the extreme bigotry and hate and subsequent blind gullibility that festers in right-wing nutjobs. We present fiction as fact and our sources don't actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.
 
This is the epitome of a click-bait site, designed exclusively to trick conservatives and to make fun of us.  If you forward their stuff, you're making money for sick liberals.
 
DO NOT FORWARD STUFF IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT'S TRUE!  If you don't know how to figure out whether it's true or not, ask someone that knows how.
 
Micro
Wait !!!! more from Micro. He is writing the List today
Now, this one I believe:
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/31/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ISIS GUNMEN STORM IRAQI EMBASSY IN KABUL (JUL 31/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on Monday against the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   Authorities said a car bomb was detonated near the embassy near the Shar-e-Naw neighborhood. Three gunmen then stormed the building, said security officials.   At the time, fighting was ongoing and the gunmen were holed up inside, said officials.   The ambassador and diplomatic staff have been taken to a safe place, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, as reported by the Stars and Stripes.   The Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/31/2017 AUSTRALIA - ARRESTS, RAIDS MADE AFTER DISCOVERY OF PLOT TO DOWN AIRCRAFT WITH IMPROVISED DEVICE (JUL 31/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- Australian police have disrupted a terrorist plot, the prime minister announced on Sunday, reports Bloomberg.   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that arrests were made on Saturday in connection to the plot to blow up an aircraft.   Four people were arrested Saturday in four suburbs of Sydney. Police raided five more locations on Monday, reported CNN.   "In recent days, law enforcement has been become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an improvised device," said a police official cited by NPR. "We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism," he added.   Extra security measures have been put in place at Australian airports, said officials.   The Australian newspaper reported Monday that the plot was likely planned by Islamic State militants from Syria. The four arrested Saturday, who were part of the same family, were constructing an explosive device that could have emitted a toxic, sulphur-based gas, said authorities.   The plot was described as "elaborate" and involved potential smuggling in kitchen gear on a flight to the Middle East, noted the New York Post.  
Item Number:3 Date: 07/31/2017 AZERBAIJAN - AIR FORCE BUYS 10 TRAINING AIRCRAFT FROM PAKISTAN (JUL 31/NATION)  THE NATION -- The Azerbaijani air force has completed a deal with the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) for 10 Super Mushshak training aircraft, reports the Nation (Pakistan).   The contract was finalized during a ceremony on July 27 in Azerbaijan.   The deal also covers operational training and technical support.   Pakistan operates nearly 300 Super Mushshak basic trainers and has exported it widely. PAC has made recent deals with Nigeria, Qatar and Turkey
Item Number:4 Date: 07/31/2017 CHINA - PLA CELEBRATES 90TH ANNIVERSARY AT MILITARY BASE IN INNER MONGOLIA (JUL 31/XIN)  XINHUA -- China's army has just celebrated its 90th anniversary with a massive parade in Inner Mongolia, reports Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.   More than 12,000 personnel from the army, navy, air force, armed police and the newly established rocket force and strategic support force took part in Sunday's parade at the Zhurihe military training base.   The parade marked the anniversary of the Aug. 1 founding of the People's Liberation Army.   President Xi Jingping said China needs to build strong armed forces more than any other time in history. He oversaw the event.   This is the first time Xi has overseen such a large parade at a military base, noted Xinhua
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/31/2017 CYPRUS - U.N. PEACEKEEPING MISSION GETS ANOTHER 6 MONTHS (JUL 31/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The U.N. Security Council has extended the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, reports the U.N. News Service.   The mandate now runs until Jan. 31, 2018, following the unanimous vote last week.   Efforts to reach a settlement to the long-running conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots collapsed in early July.   The Security Council also asked the secretary-general to conduct a strategic review of the Cyprus peacekeeping mission (UNFICYP) and report back within four months
Item Number:6 Date: 07/31/2017 JAPAN - FOREIGN MINISTER PICKS UP DEFENSE PORTFOLIO FOR TIME BEING FOLLOWING INADA RESIGNATION (JUL 31/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to temporarily take on the defense portfolio after Defense Minister Tomomi Inada announced her resignation on Friday, reports the Japan Times.   Kishida will combine the two positions, noted the BBC.   Inada announced that she would step down over allegations that there was an attempt to hide the politically sensitive activity logs of the Ground Self-Defense Force unit serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.   The resignation was apparently part of an effort by the Abe administration to minimize damage to the Cabinet caused by the scandal. A Cabinet reshuffle is anticipated this week.   Inada continued to deny that she played any role in the hiding of the activity logs.   The onetime rising star had been widely seen as a successor to Abe and seemed on track to be Japan's first female prime minister.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/31/2017 LIBYA - ISLAMIST MILITIA SHOOTS DOWN MIG-21 FROM HAFTAR'S FORCES OVER DERNA (JUL 31/NA)  NEW ARAB -- A fighter jet from the eastern armed faction in Libya has been shot down in Derna, reports the New Arab.   The MiG-21 from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, was hit Saturday by a missile during an LNA air raid over Derna, said an air force spokesman, as reported by Reuters.   The two pilots were detained, said the spokesman.   Derna, a coastal city about 200 miles east of Benghazi, is held by an Islamist militia coalition called the Majlis Shura Mujahideen Derna.   The LNA has been attacking the city for more than three years.  
Item Number:8 Date: 07/31/2017 NIGERIA - FOLLOWING TERROR ATTACKS, ACTING PRESIDENT SENDS MILITARY CHIEFS BACK TO COMMAND CENTER IN MAIDUGURI (JUL 31/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the heads of the Nigerian army and air force to return to Maiduguri, the capital of the northern Borno state, reports the Vanguard (Lagos).   The directive came after Osinbajo held an emergency meeting with the military chiefs in Abuja on July 27.   The acting president said army chief Tukur Buratai and air force chief Sadique Abubakar needed to be at the military command center in Maiduguri. The center is overseeing the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group.   It was also agreed at the meeting that more surveillance equipment should be acquired for the troops on the ground, said Defense Minister Mansur Dan-Ali.   The discussion came after a Boko Haram attack on July 25 killed Nigerian troops, members of the civilian joint task force and oil experts in the Magmueri region of Borno state
Item Number:9 Date: 07/31/2017 NIGERIA - LET'S WORK TOGETHER AGAINST TERRORIST FUNDING, SAYS EGYPT'S AMBASSADOR (JUL 31/DTRUST)  DAILY TRUST -- Cairo's ambassador to Nigeria is pushing for more Egyptian-Nigerian collective efforts against the sources of funding for terrorist groups, reports the Daily Trust (Abuja).   Ambassador Assem Hanafi made his comments at a July 28 reception in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, commemorating Egypt's national day.   "We need a collective effort to fight terrorism. We have to partner in combating the financing, strengthen our laws enforcement agencies with expertise by both countries," the ambassador told journalists.   Both countries face common and significant development and security challenges, he said.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/31/2017 NORTH KOREA - U.S. CONFIRMS ANOTHER N. KOREAN LAUNCH OF ICBM; MISSILE PUTS MAINLAND U.S. IN POTENTIAL RANGE (JUL 31/SMH)  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD -- North Korea said on Saturday that it had successfully test-launched a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proves it can hit the U.S. mainland, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.   The missile was launched Friday from Mupyong-ri, close to the border with China. It flew about 45 minutes, going 2,300 miles high and a distance of 621 miles, said the U.S., South Korean and Japanese militaries, as reported by CNN.   North Korea's state-run KCNA said the missile was a Hwasong-14. An alternative name is KN-20. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the "whole U.S. mainland" was now within reach.   Some experts maintain that using a flatter trajectory might allow the missile to hit major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago, depending on the weight of the payload.   The recent test involved a more advanced missile than the one launched on July 4 based on the range it traveled, said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some experts believe a version of a KN-08 missile was used in the July 4 test.   On Sunday, the U.S. and South Korea conducted a show of force over the Korean Peninsula, reported the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers from Guam and four South Korean F-15K fighter jets conducted a joint air interdiction operation, said South Korea's air force.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 07/31/2017 RUSSIA - CONSTRUCTION BEGINS FOR FINAL SEVERODVINSK-CLASS ATTACK SUB (JUL 31/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk has laid the keel for the seventh and final submarine in the Severodvinsk class for the Russian navy, reports Interfax-AVN.   The Ulyanovsk is the sixth in the upgraded Yasen-M configuration. The class is also known as the Yasen class.   The ceremony marking the beginning of construction took place on Friday, noted a company release.   The first of the modernized boats was launched on March 31. Four others are in various stages of construction.  
 Item Number:12 Date: 07/31/2017 SOMALIA - CAR BOMB EXPLODES NEAR MOGADISHU POLICE STATION; AL-SHABAAB AMBUSHES A.U. PEACEKEEPERS IN LOWER SHABELLE (JUL 31/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A car bombing in Somalia's capital killed at least six people and wounded 13 others over the weekend, says a police official cited by the New York Times.   The bomb was detonated Sunday along Mogadishu's busy Maka al-Mukaram road near a police station. Police suspect the explosion was the work of a suicide bomber.   The death toll was expected to rise. Most of the victims were civilians, said police.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack bore the hallmarks of Al-Shabaab.   Also on Sunday, the Al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility for a deadly ambush on African Union peacekeeping troops near the villages of Danow and Golweyn in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region. Twenty-four A.U. and Somali troops were killed, said a regional official cited by Reuters.   Al-Shabaab claimed to have killed 39 A.U. troops, though officials told the Voice of America News that figure was exaggerated
Item Number:13 Date: 07/31/2017 TURKEY - ANTI-TERROR RAIDS SWEEP UP MORE THAN 1,000 IN WEEK, SAYS INTERIOR MINISTRY (JUL 31/REU)  REUTERS -- More than 1,000 people were arrested last week for their suspected links to militant groups involved in last year's attempted coup say Turkish authorities, as reported by Reuters.   The Interior Ministry announced on Monday that 831 people were detained for suspected ties to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Ankara blames Gulen for the attempted July 2016 coup.   Another 213 were arrested for suspected links to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), according to the statement.   Forty-six were picked up for alleged links to the Islamic State and eight for suspected ties to "leftist terrorist groups," said the ministry
Item Number:14 Date: 07/31/2017 USA - 4 OTHER KEY ISIS TERRORISTS DIED IN JULY 11 STRIKE IN AFGHANISTAN, REVEALS DOD (JUL 31/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. military has confirmed the deaths of four more senior Islamic State leaders killed in a strike in Afghanistan earlier this month, reports the Voice of America News.   The confirmation came Sunday from the headquarters of United States Forces-Afghanistan in Kabul.   The July 11 drone strike hit an ISIS headquarters in the northeaster Kunar province, along the border of Pakistan. The attack killed Abu Sayed, the "emir" of the terror group's Afghanistan branch, ISIS-K, the Pentagon reported at the time.   Four other senior ISIS advisors -- Sheik Ziaullah, Mulawi Hubaib, Haji Shirullah, and Assadullah -- were also killed in that strike, the Pentagon told reporters after the announcement.   Sayed was the third ISIS-K chief killed by the U.S. over the past year. Such airstrikes have killed around 20 ISIS-K leaders since it began activities in Afghanistan, according to the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN).  
Item Number:15 Date: 07/31/2017 USA - COAST GUARD'S OPC PASSES INITIAL CRITICAL DESIGN REVIEW (JUL 31/EASTSHIP)  EASTERN SHIPBUILDING -- Eastern Shipbuilding has announced the successful completion of an initial critical design review for the U.S. Coast Guard's Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program, reports the Panama City, Fla.-based shipyard.   The review, completed on schedule and on budget, verified that the OPC detail design was integrated and consistent with Coast Guard requirements, noted the shipbuilder last week.   The milestone marked the completion of 10 months of detailed design and clears the way to the final critical design review, said a yard release on July 26.   The shipyard will have time to complete any necessary changes before the final design review, reported the News Herald (Panama City, Fla.).   The successful review was also a pre-requisite for a long lead-time material contract, now expected in September. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2018, with delivery in 2021.  
Item Number:16 Date: 07/31/2017 USA - COMMISSIONING CEREMONY HELD FOR RAFAEL PERALTA DESTROYER (JUL 31/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Navy has just commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., reports the Dept. of Defense.   The ceremony was set for Saturday in San Diego.   The destroyer honors Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, in which he is credited with saving the lives of fellow Marines.   USS Rafael Peralta is the 64th in the Arleigh Burke class.   The warship is designed to conduct simultaneous air, sea and undersea operations, including integrated air and missile defense missions, said a Pentagon release
  Item Number:17 Date: 07/31/2017 USA - MDA SUCCESSFULLY TESTS ALASKA THAAD AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM OVER PACIFIC OCEAN (JUL 31/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) over the weekend successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in a test of an advanced air missile defense system, reported CBS News.   A target missile was launched Sunday by an Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean. It was detected, tracked and intercepted by a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, said the MDA, as cited by the Stars and Stripes.   The test involved soldiers from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade out of Fort Bliss, Texas, who used the same procedures that would be involved in a real scenario, said the statement.   The exercise will help the U.S. "to stay ahead of the evolving threat," the agency said without elaborating.   The routine test came after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28 with the potential to hit the U.S. mainland. A similar test took place on July 4
  Item Number:18 Date: 07/31/2017 USA - REPAIRING DESTROYER FITZGERALD COULD COST $500 MILLION, SAY ANALYSTS (JUL 31/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- Naval analysts estimate that it could cost around $500 million to repair USS Fitzgerald, which was badly damaged in a June collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan, reports USNI News.   The price tag to repair the destroyer is expected to be well more than the $250 million it took to repair sister ship USS Cole after a 2000 terrorist attack in Yemen.   The Fitzgerald is dealing with extensive damage to the superstructure, spaces below the waterline and expensive electronics and radar systems.   The collision with the merchant ship ACX Crystal on June 17 caved in the superstructure, crushing a radar face and twisting the metal of the superstructure.   The integrated radio room and starboard forward array of the AN/SPY-1D Aegis air search radar were also badly damaged.   The damage assessment is still continuing and the service has not yet finalized an official cost estimate, said a Navy official.   The Fitzgerald was already in line for $170 million basic hull, mechanical and engineering upgrade in fiscal 2019 to extend her service life another 10 to 15 years, according to Navy documents.   The service is also likely to elect to upgrade the Aegis system to the latest Baseline 9 configuration.   Navy leaders are still debating on how to get the destroyer back to the U.S. for repairs. A heavy-lift ship is said to be the preferred option.  
Item Number:19 Date: 07/31/2017 YEMEN - REGIONAL AQAP COMMANDER SURRENDERS IN LAHIJ (JUL 31/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- A senior regional Al-Qaida leader has turned himself in to Yemeni security forces, reports Al-Arabiya (Dubai).   Khaled Abdelnabi surrendered on Saturday to security forces in the Yafa'a district of Lahij govenorate, according to domestic media.   Abdelnabi has been identified as a leader of Ansar al-Sharia, a local affiliate of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Also known as Abu Basir al-Yazidi, he is wanted by the U.S.   The terrorist was in charge of the southern city of Abyan after AQAP seized it between 2011 and 2012, say officials. Abdelnabi reportedly fought alongside AQ's Osama bin Laden
  Item Number:20 Date: 07/31/2017 ZIMBABWE - MILITARY PLOTTING AGAINST HIM, SAYS MUGABE (JUL 31/NEWZIM)  NEW ZIMBABWE -- President Robert Mugabe publicly charged last week that the Zimbabwean military leadership was planning to overthrow him, reports the New Zimbabwe (London).   The 93-year-old leader made his remarks on July 27 during a Zanu PF Women's League National Assembly meeting at the party headquarters in Harare.   He also criticized the growing disunity within his party and accused unnamed party leaders of sending officials to make disparaging remarks about him through the media.   According to the president, the military has chosen his successor, preferring one of his two deputies: Emmerson Mnangagwa.
 
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