Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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To All
I hope you all have a great day today with the return of football and the continuing stories of 911. There have been some amazing stories of survival and heroes on the history channel.
This Day In Naval History - September 12
1804: In the First Barbary War, the frigates USS Constellation and USS President capture two ships while attempting to enter the harbor during the blockade of Barbary ports, while the brig USS Argus, and USS Constellation later capture a third vessel attempting to enter.
1916 - First demonstration of automatic stabilization and direction gear in aircraft
1944 - 5th Fleet carrier aircraft begin 3-day attack on Japanese shipping and facilities in Visayas, Philippines
1952 - USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) took Marshall Josip Tito for a one-day cruise in the Adriatic Sea where he was shown flight operations.
1961 - Navy task force sails to aid the Galveston area after hurricane Carla hits Texas
1966 - Launch of Gemini 11, piloted by CDR Charles Conrad Jr., USN and LCDR Richard F. Gordon Jr., USN. Their mission lasted 2 days and 23 hours and included 44 orbits at an altitude of 1368.9 km.. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guam (LPH-9)
1967- Operation Coronado V began in Mekong Delta
1992 - Joint Task Force Hawaii activated to provide humanitarian aid after Typhoon Iniki struck Hawaiian Islands
Today in History
September 12
490 BC
Athenian and Plataean Hoplites commanded by General Miltiades drive back a Persian invasion force under General Datis at Marathon.
Simon de Montfort defeats Raymond of Toulouse and Peter II of Aragon at Muret, France.
Henry Hudson sails into what is now New York Harbor aboard his sloop Half Moon.
Governor Berkley of Virginia is denied his attempts to repeal the Navigation Acts.
A combined Austrian and Polish army defeats the Turks at Kahlenberg and lifts the siege on Vienna, Austria.
The Treaty of St. Petersburg puts an end to the Russo-Persian War.
Despite his failed efforts to suppress the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis is appointed governor general of India.
Mexican authorities crush the revolt which broke out on August 25.
British troops retake Havincourt, Moeuvres, and Trescault along the Western Front.
Adolf Hitler joins German Worker's Party.
In response to the invasion of Poland, the French Army advances into Germany. On this day they reach their furthest penetration-five miles.
Italian forces begin an offensive into Egypt from Libya.
The Lascaux Caves in France, with their prehistoric wall paintings, are discovered.
American troops fight their way into Germany.
French troops land in Indochina.
President Richard Nixon orders a resumption in bombing North Vietnam.
Steve Biko, a South African activist opposing apartheid, dies while in police custody.
Military coup in Turkey.
East and West Germany, along with the UK, US and USSR—the Allied nations that had occupied post-WWII Germany—sign the final settlement for reunification of Germany.
Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off on NASA's 50th shuttle mission; its crew includes the first African-American woman in space, the first married couple, and the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spacecraft.
UN lifts sanctions against Libya in exchange for that country accepting responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 and paying recompense to victims' families.
Joseph Estrada, former president of the Philippines, is convicted of plunder.
In New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public.
Thanks to Tam -
Patriot Day 🇺🇸🙏🏽🇺🇸
20 Rarely Seen Photos of the Events of Sept. 11, 2001
By Katie Lange
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
Today marks Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance that commemorates the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001, in which terrorists took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on American soil.
The Pentagon was one of those targets. When American Airlines Flight 77 hit the west wall of the building's first floor, it set off a chain of events that killed 125 people inside – most of whom were Army and Navy service members and employees – along with the 64 people onboard the Boeing 757. In New York, 17 Marine reservists were among the firefighters killed as the World Trade Centers collapsed.
That day was 16 years ago, but it's one that changed life for everyone in America, as well as many across the globe. It's what propelled many to join the military, go into civil service or just be inspired to do more for their country.
We've all seen photos of the devastation from that day, but here are a few lesser-seen images. While some aren't as iconic as others you've seen over the years, they're impactful just the same:
Thanks to Carl and Hawk
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 11:39 AM
Subject: The Navy – It's Not a Job, It's a Total Cluster
(It hurts to send this but there is a lot of truth in it!  Tailhook accelerated the USN vs. USAF race to be the first to put women in operational fighter squadrons.  Three years later resulted in Kara Hultgreen's fatal F-14 accident during CARQUALS off San Diego.  The Navy was so bent on proving the accident was not her fault but was caused by an aircraft malfunction that they spent millions of dollars to recover the A/C.  Several of our male friend's bones are resting on the bottom of the Pacific in or near their crashed jet.  They were simply written off as "pilot error"!  But in this case, the JAG investigation cited "a technical malfunction as the root cause of the crash".  However, after recovery of the A/C, the Mishap Investigation Report concluded the accident was caused by pilot error which induced a left engine stall.  It was actually a classic approach turn stall that caused the jet to depart normal flight.  Elaine Donnelly at the Center for Military Readiness was one of the few credible sources on Tailhook and this accident.  I met with her a couple of times to provide background info on the Tomcat and the RAG fleet training squadron.
So Starmann is right about Tailhook lighting the fuse of the PC bomb.  Then Bubba's eight years accelerated the process.  It slowed a bit but was still growing under GWB.  Then it exploded with eight years of Obama/Mabus and a few spineless SECDEFs but especially Ass Carter!  So here we are today with a PC and diverse USN that is more concerned with social engineering than ship's power plant engineering--more concerned about sexual assault reports, diversity quota reports, LGBT policy reports, etc./etc. are more important today than operational readiness reports and combat training certification!!  Enough rant—SAD to witness by those of us that care, and this is NOT just a USN problem either!)    
As James Webb remarked, "When the Tailhook investigation began, and certain political elements used the incident to bring discredit on naval aviation as a whole, and then on the Navy writ large, one is entitled to ask... Who fought this? Who condemned it? When a whole generation of officers is asked to accept ... the destruction of the careers of some of the finest aviators in the Navy based on hearsay, unsubstantiated allegations, in some cases after a full repudiation of anonymous charges that resemble the worst elements of McCarthyism ... what admiral has had the courage to risk his own career by putting his stars on the table, and defending the integrity of the process and of its people?"
The Navy – It's Not a Job, It's a Total Cluster
By Ray Starmann
The US Navy, the mighty and heroic service that beat the tar out of America's enemies for 240 years; the force that won brilliant victories at Midway, Manila Bay, Leyte Gulf, Lake Erie and a thousand other places is no more.
The US Navy that refused to surrender and 'had not begun to fight' under the leadership of John Paul Jones, is now too incompetent to fight anyone; and every American should be seriously concerned.
To paraphrase Oliver Perry, "We have met the enemy and it is cultural Marxism and social engineering."
The latest debacle to engulf the Navy was reported yesterday in a myriad of media outlets, including US Defense Watch.
According to Fox News:
The majority of ships operating in the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, where two destroyers have been involved in fatal collisions since June, weren't certified to conduct basic operations at sea related to war-fighting, according to U.S. Navy records.
As of late June, eight of the 11 cruisers and destroyers in the Seventh Fleet, and their crew members, weren't certified by the U.S. Navy to conduct "mobility seamanship," or basic steering of the ship, according to U.S. Navy records provided to two House Armed Services subcommittees.
The Navy also said that seven of those ships had expired training certification in the areas of cruise missile defense and surface warfare, which test a crew's ability to defend a ship or to conduct attacks.
Don't worry about basic seamanship; who needs that in the Navy? As for basic ship steering, why would anyone need to know how to steer a ship at sea? Don't they just float on their own? There's like currents out there…
Good God…
This latest revelation comes after the Navy's year of collisions at sea. The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged vessel on June 17, killing seven crew members. The USS John McCain collided with a Liberian-flagged vessel Aug. 21, killing 10 sailors. Neither the Fitzgerald nor the McCain were certified for the majority of the mission operation requirements that the Navy periodically evaluates.
At first it was thought that somehow the diabolical Kim Jong-un had somehow found a way to hack into ship navigational systems, thereby causing the collisions.
It's not Kim, it's not China, it's not Putin and it's not Dr. No. It's a lack of training, a lack of focus on what is important and it's a complete abandonment of the Navy's and the military's mission which is to train for war and to win those wars when called upon to do so.
The Navy repeatedly has said that increased demand on the Seventh Fleet has resulted in cutbacks on training and certifications. That pressure has only increased in recent months with each North Korean missile or weapons test, as the fleet conducts more exercises and patrols with the same number of ships.
Wouldn't continual time at sea actually hone skills rather than erode or eradicate them?  Wouldn't continual time at sea be a place to conduct training and ensure that certifications are carried out? After all, you can't practice seamanship sitting in a building in San Diego.
One wonders what the Navy is doing with their training time instead of learning skills sailors have had since the Carthaginians defeated the fleet of Pyrrhus of Epirus in 276 B.C.
I don't buy the excuse that deployments are making shoddy sailors. The Navy is making shoddy sailors by focusing on issues that have nothing to do with war fighting.
The Navy's problems also don't lie with just the 7th Fleet.
In January 2016, two US Navy high speed Riverine boats from the 5th Fleet were apparently underway from Bahrain to Kuwait when they strayed into Iranian waters, while attempting to contact a vessel to refuel. The Pentagon first said that they had engine trouble. Yet, if that was the case, why didn't the other boat tow the boat with mechanical problems to international waters and safety?
Then, the Pentagon said that they had navigational issues. How was this possible in 2016, with each boat having an array of GPS and radar equipment? Even if one boat's systems completely shut down, couldn't they rely on the other boat's GPS or radar?
Lieutenant David Nartker, commanding officer of the two US Navy Riverine boats, surrendered his men and his craft with superior firepower to a half dozen Iranian thugs in bass boats that looked like they belonged on Bill Dance's fishing show. Nartker surrendered without firing so much as a flare. After boarding the Navy boats, Nartker and his men were ordered down on their knees while the Iranians trained machine guns and cameras on them.
Nartker doubled and tripled and quadrupled down on his disgraceful conduct by apologizing to the Iranians for a worldwide TV audience.
"It was a mistake. That was our fault and we apologize for our mistake," Nartker said in the video. "It was a misunderstanding. We did not mean to go into Iranian territorial water. The Iranian behavior was fantastic while we were here. We thank you very much for your hospitality and your assistance."
To add insult to injury, one of his men felt it was an opportune time to start bawling his head off like he was a guest on Oprah, letting the Iranians and everyone on the planet know that US Navy sailors of 2016 were not made from the same mold as the guys who won the Battle of Midway.
Last September, a baby was born on the aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight David Eisenhower, which is part of the 5th Fleet.
According to the Navy, "As the baby was born at sea aboard an operational unit, the main focus for the U.S. Navy, the ship and its crew is the safety and well being of the baby and the mother," Cmdr. Bill Urban, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokesman, told The Virginian-Pilot. Urban continued - "While it would have been preferred to send her to her home port earlier, per policy, we are now focused on caring for the health and welfare of our Sailor and the newest member of our Navy family," Urban said.
Absolutely, Commander Urban, the main priority of a Navy ship of war is post natal care. I mean why not, the Navy can't do anything else right, why not just become a floating maternity ward.
Apparently an incubator, diapers and formula were flown out to the carrier following the baby's birth.
If collisions at sea, babies on board warships, crying sailors and gutless leaders aren't enough, there's the Fat Leonard scandal.
The Washington Post called the Fat Leonard scandal, "perhaps the worst national-security breach of its kind to hit the Navy since the end of the Cold War." At the heart of the scandal was Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a firm run by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian national known as "Fat Leonard" for his 350-pound weight.[2] Francis provided thousands of dollars in cash, travel expenses, luxury items, and prostitutes to a large number of U.S. uniformed officers, who in turn gave him classified material about the movements of U.S. ships and submarines, confidential contracting information, and information about active law enforcement investigations into Glenn Defense Marine Asia. Francis then "exploited the intelligence for illicit profit, brazenly ordering his moles to redirect aircraft carriers to ports he controlled in Southeast Asia so he could more easily bilk the Navy for fuel, tugboats, barges, food, water and sewage removal.
The US Navy is being eaten alive by corruption, by gutless admirals, by politically correct officers, by social engineering and cultural Marxism which have just about deep-sixed it forever.
In actuality, the Navy has been sliding down the drain for 26 years, ever since the feminist slaughter house called the Tailhook Affair, when hundreds of US Navy and Marine Corps officers, including Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Frank Kelso, were keel-hauled by the Navy for drinking, carousing, indecent conduct and drummed up charges of sexual assault. Imagine that, aviators who drink and get laid; can't have that in the military.
Tailhook became a catalyst for the left and for feminists to destroy the military through social engineering. As James Webb remarked, "When the Tailhook investigation began, and certain political elements used the incident to bring discredit on naval aviation as a whole, and then on the Navy writ large, one is entitled to ask... Who fought this? Who condemned it? When a whole generation of officers is asked to accept ... the destruction of the careers of some of the finest aviators in the Navy based on hearsay, unsubstantiated allegations, in some cases after a full repudiation of anonymous charges that resemble the worst elements of McCarthyism ... what admiral has had the courage to risk his own career by putting his stars on the table, and defending the integrity of the process and of its people?"
Since September of 1991, the Navy has slowly castrated itself with a pen knife, transforming the once proud service into the ill-functioning eunuch of today.
We now have a Navy that can't fight, can't navigate, and is largely without basic seamanship skills.
One must ask what the PC revolution has done to help the US Navy fight and win wars?
It's done nothing except to put people's lives in danger and to get people killed.
Expect more incompetence, more babies born on ships, more PC lunacy and more general misconduct. The US Navy is a total cluster.
Item Number:1 Date: 09/12/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER DRIVES INTO ARMORED CONVOY NEAR BAGRAM AIR BASE, WOUNDING 5 AMERICANS (SEP 12/FN)  FOX NEWS -- A bomb attack near Bagram Air Base in northern Afghanistan has wounded five U.S. troops, reports Fox News, citing U.S. officials.   A suicide bomber drove a car bomb into a convoy during a routine patrol on Monday outside the base, said a U.S. defense official.   The attack took place near the village of Qal'eh-ye Musa Bala in Parwan province, said a statement from NATO's Operations Resolute Support.   A Georgian soldier and four Afghan civilians were also wounded.   The injuries were not considered life-threatening, said the statement.   The attack took place on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in the U.S. by Afghanistan-based Al-Qaida terrorists.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/12/2017 BAHRAIN - U.S. STATE DEPT. GIVES NOD TO ARMS PURCHASES WORTH US$3.8 BILLION (SEP 12/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has cleared four potential Foreign Military Sales to Bahrain, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The largest of the proposed deals is for new F-16V fighter jets for US$2.8 billion. The possible sale also includes 19 M61 Vulcan 20-mm gun systems; 22 F-16V F110-GE-129 engines (with three spares); 22 APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars (three spares); 22 modular mission computers (three spares); 22 Embedded Global Navigation Systems/LN260 EGI (three spares); 22 improved programmable display generators (iPDG) (three spares); and 38 LAU-129 launchers, the DSCA said in a release on Sept. 8.   A similar deal last year was held up over human-rights concerns, noted Reuters.   Also included in the potential deal are 19 AN/ALQ-211 AIDEWS electronic warfare systems; 38 LAU-118A launchers; 42 AN/ARC-238 SINCGARS radio or equivalent; 22 AN/APX-126 advanced identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system or equivalent; 22 cryptographic appliques; secure communication equipment; spare and repair parts; and associated technical and logistics support.   Another possible deal, worth up to US$1.1 billion, covers the modernization of 20 F-16 Block 40 fighters to the F-16V configuration. The proposed sale would also include 23 F110-GE-129 engines (including three spares); 23 APG-83 AESA radars (three spare); 23 modular mission computers (three spares); 23 Embedded Global Navigation Systems/LN260 EGI (three spare); 23 improved programmable display generators (iPDGs) (three spares); 40 LAU-129 launchers; and 25 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper pods.   The potential sale also covers two AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles; two AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM); two WGU-43 Guidance Control Units for GBU-24 Paveway III bombs; two BSU-84 airfoil group (AFG)s for GBU-24 Paveway III; five KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tailkits (for GBU-38 JDAM and GBU-54 Laser JDAM); two GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) guided test vehicles (GTV); two AGM-84 Harpoon exercise missiles; three MAU-210 ECCG for the GBU-50 Enhanced Paveway II; three BLU-109 inert bomb bodies; and four MK-82/BLU-111 inert bomb bodies.   The possible deal also features a joint mission planning system; an F-16V simulator; (20) AN/ALQ-211 AIDEWS; an avionics level test station; six DB-110 advanced reconnaissance systems; two LAU-118A launchers; 45 AN/ARC-238 SINCGARS radio or equivalent; 23 advanced identification-friend-or-foe (AIFF) systems or equivalent; 23 cryptographic appliques; two CATM-9L/M Sidewinder captive air training missiles (CATM); two AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM CATM; three MXU-651 AFG for GBU-50 Enhanced Paveway II; four DSU-38 Precision Laser Guidance sets (PLGS) for GBU-54 Laser JDAM; four AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) captive flight vehicles; three MK-84/BLU-117 Inert Bomb Bodies; and associated other equipment, spare and repair parts and support.   A requested US$60.3 million sale covers two 115-foot (35-m) patrol boats, each equipped with a Mk 38 Mod 3 25-mm gun weapon system and a SeaFLIR 380 HD forward-looking infrared system, as well as communications equipment, spare and repair parts and related support. The 35-m boat would be supplied by SwiftShips, Morgan City, La., according to a DSCA release.   Bahrain was also seeking to buy TOW missiles and equipment under a US$27 million sale. This would include 107 BGM-71-4B-RF TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles; 77 BGM-72F TOW 2B Aero, RF Missiles; and 37 BGM-71-F1-RF TOW Bunker Buster, RF Missiles
Item Number:3 Date: 09/12/2017 EGYPT - ISIS KILLS 18, WOUNDS 7 IN ATTACK OF POLICE CONVOY IN NORTHERN SINAI (SEP 12/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- A militant attack on a convoy of Egyptian security forces in the Sinai has killed at least 18 police officers, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   On Monday, terrorists detonated a roadside bomb near the town of El-Arish, destroying three armored vehicles and a fourth vehicle carrying signal-jamming equipment, said Egypt's Interior Ministry.   The militants also attacked the convoy with vehicle-borne explosives and gunfire. The attackers also ambushed reinforcements and medics heading to the scene, said security sources.   In addition to the dead, seven officers were wounded, including a police brigadier general, reported Al Jazeera.   After the attack, the terrorists commandeered a police pickup truck, reported CBS News.   The Islamic State's Sinai Province claimed responsibility for the attack on the terror group's Amaq news agency
Item Number:4 Date: 09/12/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - EUROPEAN DEFENSE MINISTERS CONSIDER "MILITARY SCHENGEN," MORE DEFENSE COOPERATION (SEP 12/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- A group of European Union member states have proposed a project to simplify the transfer of military forces around Europe, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   During an E.U. defense ministers meeting last week in Tallinn, Estonia, officials discussed new initiatives and areas for practical cooperation.   A joint session with the E.U. foreign ministers covered the development of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the creation of a European defense fund.   Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expressed support for closer E.U. defense cooperation, including PESCO.   In addition, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands proposed a "military Schengen" project in the PESCO framework that would make it easier to move military forces in Europe.   The Schengen area refers those European countries that abolished many of their internal borders -- including some that are not members of the E.U.   The "military Schengen" program would include the simplification of procedures for forces crossing borders and investment in infrastructure. The project would be of value to both the E.U. and NATO, Karoblis said.   The Lithuanian Defense Minister also emphasized the need to improve cyber defense cooperation.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/12/2017 NIGERIA - LOCAL GROUPS BLAST ARMY FOR PLANNED MILITARY OPERATION IN SOUTHEAST (SEP 12/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- The Nigerian army has announced a planned offensive in the southeastern part of the country, reports the Vanguard (Lagos).   Emphasizing that the region is not a war zone, the Igbo National Council gave a 21-day deadline to the army to leave the area or face potential action by the International Criminal Court, reported (Lagos).   Operation Python Dance II, the second phase of a mission that was launched a year ago, will take place in the 82 Division area of responsibility in the five southeastern states from Sept. 15 to Oct. 14, Maj. Gen. David Ahmadu, the chief of training and operations announced on Friday, as cited by the News Agency of Nigeria.   The operation will focus on raids, cordon-and-search, anti-kidnapping drills, road blocks, checkpoints, patrols, humanitarian-relief activities and a show of force to deter threats in the region, Ahmadu said.   There has been a growing number of attacks on security personnel, weapon thefts, kidnappings, armed banditry and other activities by secessionist groups in the region, he said.   The head of the Indigenous People of Biafra said an army attack was directed at him, as reported by the Daily Post (Nigeria).   Several other local groups have opposed the move, calling it provocative and intended to intimidate.   The Association of South East Town Unions said the operation was unnecessary and would not effectively combat secessionist sentiment in the region
  Item Number:6 Date: 09/12/2017 OMAN - RELEASE OBTAINED OF INDIAN PRIEST KIDNAPPED BY TERRORISTS LAST YEAR IN YEMEN, SAY OMANI OFFICIALS (SEP 12/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Oman government says it has secured the release of an Indian priest who was abducted last year by the Islamic State, reports Agency France-Presse, citing Omani state-run media.   Thomas Uzhunnalil was kidnapped in March 2016 after terrorists attacked a care home in the southern port city of Aden. Sixteen people were killed, including four nuns. Yemeni authorities blamed the attack on ISIS.   Omani authorities "coordinated with Yemeni parties" to free Uzhunnalil, who appeared healthy, reported Oman's official news agency on Tuesday.   Uzhunnalil last appeared in a video posted online in December 2016. In that video, he urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis to secure his release
Item Number:7 Date: 09/12/2017 PHILIPPINES - AMERICAN GRAY EAGLE UAV AIDS ARMY; MARAWI MILITANTS URGED TO SURRENDER (SEP 12/ASCO)  ASIAN CORRESPONDENT -- The U.S. Army has deployed an MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle to Mindanao in the southern Philippines to support the Philippine army in its fight against militants in the city of Marawi, reports the Asian Correspondent.   The U.S. Embassy in Manila on Monday announced the deployment of the system to provide additional counterterrorism surveillance capabilities.   The Gray Eagle has a longer flight endurance than current systems in the region and will allow larger areas to be monitored, the Embassy said.   Also on Monday, the Philippine military said that some of the Marawi fighters had indicated that they were prepared to surrender after 3.5 months of fighting, reported Reuters.   Domestic forces have been using loudspeakers to urge the militants to give up. The military has been telling the 50 to 60 fighters remaining that they would live if they disarmed, changed out of their black clothes and walked to a specified location.   On Saturday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that rebels would not be permitted to flee in exchange for the release of dozens of hostages.   Two Philippine troops were killed over the weekend, bringing the number of security forces killed in Marawi to 147. Around 655 militants and 45 civilians have been killed in the fighting, according to the army.  
Item Number:8 Date: 09/12/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - SECURITY FORCES THWART ISIS BOMB PLOT ON DEFENSE MINISTRY (SEP 12/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Saudi authorities say they have arrested four suspects linked to the Islamic State who were plotting a suicide bomb attack against the Defense Ministry, reports Deutsche Welle.   Two alleged ISIS members of Yemeni origin were arrested for preparing an attack on two ministry buildings in Riyadh, said officials on Tuesday.   The Yemeni men were detained "before the reached their intended target," reported the state-run SPA. Two Saudis linked to the Yemeni suspects were also picked up, said authorities.   Officials found two explosives belts, homemade grenades and other weapons in a safe house used for terrorist training
Item Number:9 Date: 09/12/2017 SERBIA - BEIJING, BELGRADE FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY, FIGHTING TERRORISM (SEP 12/XIN)  XINHUA -- Senior Chinese and Serbian leaders have agreed to strengthen their cooperation against organized crime and terrorism using modern technology, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Monday, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic hosted Meng Jianzhu, the head of the commission for political and legal affairs for the Communist Party of China Central Committee.   The cooperation "will enable us to exchange information about those that could endanger the security of our two countries, and to decisively oppose potential terrorism, extremism, and those who think that our countries could be easy targets for such activities," said Stefanovic in a joint press conference.   Serbia's Interior Ministry earlier this year began working with Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei on the "Safe City" project, which improves the cameras and software used by Serbian police for crime prevention, noted the minister.   The minister also thanked China for "its principled position not to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo" -- a position that was "reiterated" Monday, as quoted by B92 television (Belgrade).  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/12/2017 SOUTH KOREA - PRESIDENT'S OFFICE INSISTS TACTICAL NUKES NOT UNDER CONSIDERATION (SEP 12/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government is not considering the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on its territory, says an official from the presidential office, as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   "There is no change in the government's policy principle of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and we have never reviewed a re-adoption of the tactical nukes," said a presidential official on Sunday following a media report that Washington was willing to consider it should Seoul seek the weapons.   The redeployment could kill the government's denuclearization policy and lead to further nuclear armament in the region, the official said.   Conservatives in the opposition have pushed for reacquiring a nuclear capability since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 09/12/2017 SYRIA - 'WE HAVE WON THE WAR' IN SYRIA, SAYS NASRALLAH, HEAD OF ALLIED HEZBOLLAH (SEP 12/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Syria's ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah, has declared victory in the Syrian war, reports the Middle East Eye, citing a pro-Hezbollah newspaper.   On Tuesday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described the remaining fighting in Syria as "scattered battles," reported the al-Akhbar newspaper.   "We have won in the war [in Syria]," said Nasrallah, speaking at a religious gathering.   The opponents of Syrian President Assad are seeking negotiations for "some gains," he said.   Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to support Assad. In August, Hezbollah and Syrian government forces ousted the Islamic State and other militants from their enclaves along the border with Lebanon, noted Reuters
Item Number:12 Date: 09/12/2017 SYRIA - GOVERNMENT HAS CONTROL OF ABOUT 85 PERCENT OF TERRORIST-OCCUPIED TERRITORY, SAYS KREMLIN (SEP 12/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Syrian government forces say they have regained control of 85 percent of territory previously held by terrorists, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency, citing a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense.   "At present, 85 percent of the Syrian territory has been liberated from the militants of illegal armed formations," Lt. Gen. Alexander Lapin, chief of staff of the Russian armed forces in Syria, said on Tuesday.   About 15 percent, or around 10,000 square miles. are still under ISIS control, he added.   Operations against ISIS and Nusra Front, Al-Qaida's former affiliate in Syria (now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), will continue until those groups are eliminated, said Lapin.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/12/2017 TURKEY - ANKARA HAS PAID DEPOSIT ON RUSSIAN S-400 AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEMS, SAYS ERDOGAN (SEP 12/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Russia and Turkey have inked a contract for S-400 air defense systems, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   The contract was announced Tuesday by Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.   Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara had already paid a deposit on the deal, which is estimated to be worth US$2.5 billion, reported the BBC.   The S-400 deal is Turkey's largest weapons purchase from a non-NATO supplier, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Concerns have been raised in the West about the S-400's compatibility with NATO radar equipment. Alliance members are urged to purchase compatible weapons systems.   The Turkish armed forces is ranked second in size, after the U.S., in the alliance
Item Number:14 Date: 09/12/2017 TURKEY - ANTI-TERROR OPS IN ISTANBUL NET 25 ISIS MEMBERS, SAY POLICE (SEP 12/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Turkish police say they have arrested 25 Islamic State suspects in multiple anti-terror operations in Istanbul, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   Those detained included three "high-level members" and 22 foreign nationals, said an unnamed Turkish police official on Tuesday.   The three commanders were responsible for planning and directing attacks, the official said.   Documents and digital material linked to ISIS were also seized during raids in two different districts of Istanbul, he said. The timing of the raids and arrests was not given.   Turkish security forces carried out 1,285 counterterror operations between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10, says the Interior Ministry. There were reportedly 601 arrests, including 27 linked to ISIS
Item Number:15 Date: 09/12/2017 UKRAINE - 15 NATIONS, 2,500 TROOPS BEGIN RAPID TRIDENT DRILLS IN LVIV REGION (SEP 12/UKRINF)  UKRINFORM -- Ukraine and the U.S. have kicked off a command-and-staff exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center of the Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Academy of the Land Forces of Ukraine in the western Lviv region, reports Ukrinform.   About 2,500 personnel from 15 countries are taking part in this year's Rapid Trident exercise, said a release from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.   Ukraine has sent about 1,000 personnel to the exercise, as well as an Ukrainian army team from the multinational Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade (LITPOLUKRBRIG). The drills began Monday.   The annual exercise, part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) program, is designed to enhance interoperability amongst partner militaries of Ukraine, other Partnership for Peace nations, the United States and its NATO allies, said a release published by the U.S. the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS).   The drills involve computer simulated exercises, situational training lanes and a field training exercise, which will challenge troops from the platoon level to the brigade level, according to Col. David Jordan, the commander of the U.S. 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.   Other participants include Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey and the U.K.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/12/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - LONDON WANTS SECURITY COOPERATION WITH E.U. AFTER BREXIT; TROOPS OFFERED FOR E.U. OPS (SEP 12/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- The U.K. says it will still contribute troops to support European Union operations after leaving the bloc, reports Bloomberg News.   The British government also said it would put its defense, security and aid assets at the disposal of the E.U. for potential concessions in economic relations, noted the Guardian (U.K.).   Future partnership after Brexit can include both economic and security cooperation, said Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on Tuesday.   London was expected to publish a paper on Tuesday on its position.   Fallon also said the U.K. would work with Europol, the European agency for law enforcement, but not be a part of it.   "It's in our mutual interest to work closely with the E.U. and its member states to challenge terrorism and extremism, illegal migration, cyber-crime and conventional state-based military aggression," said Brexit Secretary David Davis in a statement.   Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that London's "commitment to European security is undiminished" after Brexit.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 09/12/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIER, PRINCE OF WALES, IS OFFICIALLY NAMED (SEP 12/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The British Royal Navy has christened its second of two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   The Prince of Wales was formally named in a ceremony on Sept. 8 in Rosyth, Scotland, including the smashing of 10-year-old whisky from the Laphroaig distillery in Scotland on the hull.   The naming ceremony was carried out by Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, after her husband, Charles, the prince of Wales.   The carrier will be the eighth ship in Royal Navy history to carry the name Prince of Wales.   The warship is scheduled to conduct sea trials in 2019 before entering service, the ministry said.  
Item Number:18 Date: 09/12/2017 UNITED NATIONS - SECURITY COUNCIL PUTS NEW SANCTIONS ON N. KOREA, AFTER WATERING DOWN U.S. PROPOSAL (SEP 12/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The United Nations Security Council has adopted new sanctions against North Korea after its most recent nuclear test, reports CNN.   The sanctions were far short of those sought days before by the U.S. government, noted the New York Times.   The resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday after Russia and China agreed to reduced measures. This was the ninth such sanctions resolution since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, reported Reuters.   The resolution seeks to cap North Korea's oil imports; ban textile exports; end additional overseas labor contracts; combat smuggling efforts; stop joint ventures with other nations; and sanction designated North Korean government entities, said a U.S. official.   The U.S. originally proposed harsher sanctions, including a total ban on oil imports and an asset freeze and travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   Pyongyang said it "categorically rejected" the resolution, adding that the U.S. would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 09/12/2017 USA - AMERICAN ANALYSTS SEEK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ISIS FROM LIBERATED PARTS OF IRAQ, SYRIA (SEP 12/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The U.S. says it has obtained enormous amounts of intelligence information about the Islamic State from recently liberated areas of Iraq and Syria, reports the Los Angeles Times.   Analysts have gained important insight into ISIS planning and personnel from the digital data and other material captured from offices, abandoned laptops and the cellphones of dead militants, say U.S. officials.   Over the last two months, U.S. officials have added thousands of names of known or suspected ISIS militants to an international watch list used at airports and other border crossings.   Indeed, the scope of the intel haul threatens to overwhelm already stretched counterterrorism and law enforcement agencies in Europe. ISIS has claimed responsibility for attacks in London, Paris and Stockholm this year.   The U.S.-led coalition has sent an estimated 30 terabytes of data -- equal to nearly two years of nonstop video footage -- to the National Media Exploitation Center in Bethesda, Md., part of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said unnamed officials.   The material came from Mosul in northern Iraq, which Iraqi forces recaptured on July 9 after an eight-month siege, as well as Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq and Raqqa in Syria   U.S. officials say they have already found planning ideas and the outlines of potential operations rather than ongoing terrorist plots, as well as details into the group's leadership and the hierarchy of fighters under its command
Item Number:20 Date: 09/12/2017 USA - L3 WILL DEVELOP COMPASS CALL AIRCRAFT PROGRAM; GULFSTREAM TO SUPPLY AIRFRAME (SEP 12/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded L3 Technologies a contract for a new host for its Compass Call mission systems, reports Defense News.   The new Compass Call platform is being called EC-X. It will replace the aging EC-130H, noted DoD Buzz.   The program was in limbo for months due to legal disputes. Last month, the Government Accountability Office denied protests from Bombardier and Boeing, allowing the Air Force to award L3 Technologies contracts to move forward with the program.   L3 will transfer mission systems from the EC-130Hs to a Gulfstream G550 business jet, said an Air Force spokeswoman.   The ability of L3 to choose the airframe was controversial, with Boeing and Bombardier arguing that choice should be left to the government.   The Air Force maintained that sole-sourcing a contract to L3 would be the fastest and least expensive way to get the new capability into service.

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