Thursday, September 14, 2017

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This Day In Naval History - September 14
1814: During the War of 1812, the sloop-of-war Wasp, captures and burns the British merchant brig, HMS Bacchus, in the Atlantic. A week later, she captures the brig, Atlanta.
1899 - Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands
1939 - Atlantic Squadron Neutrality Patrol ships deploy
1952 - USS Lewis (DE 535) and USS Evansville (PF 70) are fired on by enemy shore batteries off Wonsan, Korea. Their counter-batteries silence the enemy guns
Today in History September 14
1146
Zangi of the Near East is murdered. The Sultan Nur ad-Din, his son, pursues the conquest of Edessa.
1321
Dante Alighieri dies of malaria just hours after finishing writing Paradiso.
1544
Henry VIII's forces take Boulogne, France.
1773
Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully storm a Turkish fort at Hirsov, Turkey.
1791
Louis XVI swears his allegiance to the French constitution.
1812
Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Russia reaches its climax as his Grande Armee enters Moscow--only to find the enemy capital deserted and burning, set afire by the few Russians who remained.
1814
Francis Scott Key writes the words to the "Star Spangled Banner" as he waits aboard a British launch in the Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
1847
U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott capture Mexico City, virtually bringing the two-year Mexican War to a close.
1853
The Allies land at Eupatoria on the west coast of Crimea.
1862
At the battles of South Mountain and Crampton's Gap, Maryland Union troops smash into the Confederates as they close in on what will become the Antietam battleground.
1901
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was shot eight days earlier.
1911
Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt at the Kiev opera house.
1943
German troops abandon the Salerno front in Italy..
1960
Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.
1966
Operation Attleboro, designed as a training exercise for American troops, becomes a month-long struggle against the Viet Cong.
1975
Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first native-born American saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
1979
Nur Muhammad Taraki, president and former prime minister of Afghanistan, is assassinated in a coup in which prime minister Hafizullah Amin seizes power.
1982
Bachir Gemayel, president-elect of Lebanon, is killed along with 26 others in a bomb blast in Beirut.
1984
Joe Kittinger, a former USAF fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, becomes the first person to pilot a gas balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1994
Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series.
2007
Northern Rock Bank suffers the UK's first bank run in 150 years.
 
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From September 9 1942 A Japanese floatplane bombs Mount Emily in Oregon. The first of two such raids.
 
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Thanks to  Bruce
 
September 14, 2014 marked the 200th anniversary of America's national anthem,
"The Star-Spangled Banner." The song was created from a poem written by
lawyer Francis Scott Key in 1814. Congress adopted the song as the official
U.S. national anthem in 1931.
 
The War of 1812 was in large part defined by the Battle of Baltimore in
September 1814. This pivotal battle marked a turning point in the United
States' 2? -year war with England, with America repulsing British forces
despite the heavy bombardment of Fort McHenry.  U.S. commander George
Armistead refused to surrender and at the end of the assault, British troops
retreated and American troops raised the American flag.
 
Shortly before the attack began, the United States sent an enterprising
young attorney (and amateur poet) named Francis Scott Key to negotiate the
release of American hostages on British naval ships. The British agreed to
release the hostages, but Key and the others had to wait until after the
bombing of Fort McHenry to return to shore. When the smoke from the bombs
cleared, Key saw the stars and stripes of the garrison flag. Right there, on
Sept. 14, 1814, he wrote the verses of "The Star-Spangled Banner." He soon
put it  to music, choosing the popular American and British melody ?To
Anacreon in Heaven? (sometimes called ?The Anacreontic Song?) by John
Stafford Smith.
 
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is one of the nation's best-known and most
beloved songs, belted out with more frequency and greater gusto than any
other in American history except, maybe, "Happy Birthday." But Key, the
wordsmith behind the anthem's lyrics, was only an amateur bard. He'd never
written a song, and there's a good reason, according to historian Marc
Leepson, who published the first modern biography of Key, "What So Proudly
We Hailed,": Key was probably tone-deaf. "He was an amateur poet, but not
just any poet ? he was a bad amateur poet," Leepson said. "And he never
wrote a song in his life. Why? His family described him as 'unmusical.' But
that probably means tone deaf. There's a good chance the author of our
country's most famous song was tone deaf."
 
Although the phrase "Star-Spangled" was made famous through Key's text,
historian Marc Ferris, author of "Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story
of America's National Anthem" said first references in literature were made
much earlier: William Shakespeare twice used the turn of phrase, once in "A
Midsummer Night's Dream" ("by spangled star-light sheen") and again in "The
Taming of the Shrew" ("what stars do spangle heaven with such beauty").  But
Key did coin one phrase that gave way to a motto so ubiquitous that it
appears today on American currency, Ferris said: "In God We Trust" was
inspired by a line in "The Star-Spangled Banner's" fourth verse: "Then
conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: 'In God
is our trust.'"
 
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Thanks to ED
Some great WW II warbird videos
This might be of interest to the group.
 
Ed
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Today on Fighter Sweep
 
Watch: Drone Footage of Hurricane Irma Damage in the Florida Keys
Yes, as Hurricane Irma proved once again it is not smart to live in a mobile home in hurricane country. The US military played a huge role in support of View More ›
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Thanks to Red …
Incredible time-lapse digital electronic painting of a woman from infancy to old-age … 
Pretty soon they'll be shooting baby photos in the nursery and then showing parents how their offspring will age over time!!
Enjoy!
This is an astonishing time lapse of a constantly-evolving digital painting produced with Corel Painter 11 software by Korean illustrator, SeokJeong Hyeon ("Stonehouse") which depicts the image of a woman, developing from infancy to old age, displaying his mind-boggling skill in this medium.
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Thanks to John
For your future planning
 Subject: Retiring in Florida
 
Several years ago, my wife and I moved into a retirement development on Florida 's southeast coast.  We are living in the  "Delray/ Boca /Boynton Golf, Spa, Bath and Tennis Club on Lake Fake-a-Hachee". 

There are 3,000 lakes in Florida; only three are real.

Our biggest retirement concern was time management. What were we going to do all day? No longer. Let me assure you, passing the time is not a problem.

Our days are eaten up by simple, daily activities. Just getting out of our car takes 15 minutes. Trying to find where we parked takes 20 minutes. It takes a half-hour in the check-out line in Wal-Mart, and 1 hour to return the item the next day.

Let me take you through a typical day: We get up at 5:00 am, have a quick breakfast and join the early morning Walk-and-Fart Club. There are about 30 of us, and rain or shine, we walk around the streets, all talking at once. Every development has some late risers who stay in bed until 6:00 am. After a nimble walk, avoiding irate drivers out to make us road kill, we go back home, shower and change for the next activity.

My wife goes directly to the pool for her underwater  Pilates class, followed by gasping for breath and CPR. I put on my 'Ask me about my Grandchildren' T-shirt, my plaid mid-calf shorts, my white socks and sandals and go to the clubhouse lobby for a nice nap.  Before we know it, it's time for lunch.

We go to Costco to partake of the many tasty samples dispensed by ladies in white hair nets. All free! After a filling lunch, if we don't have any doctor appointments, we might go to the flea market to see if any new white belts have come in or to buy a Rolex watch for $2.00.

We're usually back home by 2:00 pm to get ready for dinner. People start lining up for the early bird about 3:00 pm, but we get there by 3:45 because we're late eaters.

The dinners are very popular because of the large portions they serve. We can take home enough food for the next day's lunch and dinner, including extra bread, crackers,  packets of mustard, relish, ketchup and Splenda, along with mints.

At 5:30 pm we're home, ready to watch the 6 o'clock news. By 6:30 pm we're fast asleep. Then we get up and make five or six trips to the bathroom during the night, and it's time to get up and start a new day all over again.

Doctor-related activities eat up most of our retirement time. I enjoy reading old magazines in sub-zero temperatures in the waiting room, so I don't mind

Calling for test results also helps the days fly by. It takes at least a half-hour just getting through the doctor's phone menu. Then there's the hold time until we're connected to the right party. Sometimes they forget we're holding, and the whole office goes off to lunch

Should we find we still have time on our hands, volunteering provides a rewarding opportunity to help the less fortunate.

Florida has the largest concentration of seniors under five feet and they need our help I myself am a volunteer for 'The Vertically Challenged Over 80.' I coach their basketball team, The Arthritic Avengers. The hoop is only 4-1/2 feet from the floor. You should see the look of confidence on their faces when they make a slam dunk.

Food shopping is a problem for short seniors, or 'bottom feeders' as we call them, because they can't reach the items on the upper shelves. There are many foods they've never tasted. After shopping, most seniors can't remember where they parked their cars and wander the parking lot for hours while their food defrosts.

Lastly, it's important to choose a development with an impressive name. Italian names are very popular in Florida. They convey world travelers, uppity sophistication and wealth. Where would you rather live: Murray 's Condos or the Lakes of Venice ? There's no difference -- they're both owned by Murray, who happens to be a cheap bastard.

I hope this material has been of help to you future retirees. If I can be of any further assistance, please look me up when you're in Florida. I live in the Leaning Condos of Pisa in Boynton Beach.

Of course if you get bored …. You can always start preparing for the Hurricane Season.
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Item Number:1 Date: 09/14/2017 AFGHANISTAN - RECENT USAF BOMB TOTALS AGAINST INSURGENTS SPIKE; AUGUST NUMBERS HIGHEST SINCE 2012 (SEP 14/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Air Force last month delivered more weapons against terrorists in Afghanistan than in any month since 2012, according to newly released statistics cited by Military.com.   About 2,000 bombs have been dropped by various aircraft this year, about double that in all of 2016, said the publication.   More than 500 weapons were released in August. Nevertheless, the number of airstrikes per month remains fairly steady in the hundreds, Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, told the website.   The general did not indicate why there was a spike in August.   Airpower in the region has increased this year, even before President Trump's plans to add around 3,500 additional ground forces to the mission were announced.   In June 2016, then-President Barack Obama approved an expansion of airstrikes against terrorist groups in Afghanistan, noted Military.com.   Since 2015, F-16 fighters have conducted more than half of the airstrikes in Afghanistan, followed by the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle and B-52 bomber, according to the Air Force figures
Item Number:2 Date: 09/14/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 3 OUTSIDE KABUL CRICKET STADIUM (SEP 14/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Afghan police said a suicide bomber has killed at least three people and injured 12 near a cricket stadium in Kabul, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   The blast took place at a security checkpoint Wednesday near the Kabul International Cricket Stadium while a match was under way, said officials.   "The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd [inside the stadium] and creating a catastrophe," said a police spokesman quoted by Sky News (U.K.).   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   Cricket was banned during the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule, but has become very popular in recent years, noted AFP
Item Number:3 Date: 09/14/2017 CANADA - DECISION ON U.N. PEACEKEEPING MISSION STILL UP IN THE AIR, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (SEP 14/TORSTAR)  TORONTO STAR -- Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan says that the Canadian government has not yet decided on a peacekeeping mission to join and will not announce such a decision before a major peacekeeping conference in November in Vancouver, reports the Toronto Star.   Not long after coming to power in November 2015, the Liberal government said it would dispatch around 600 military personnel and 150 police to a U.N. peacekeeping mission, likely in Africa.   Separately, a senior government source said that retired Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire had proposed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada should form a specialized standalone military unit to focus on demobilizing child soldiers.   Such a unit could be mobile and deployed to U.N. peacekeeping missions anywhere as required. The idea is under serious consideration, the source said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/14/2017 FINLAND - ABDUCTED IN MAY IN AFGHANISTAN, FINNISH AID WORKER FREE, 'SAFE,' SAYS FOREIGN MINISTRY (SEP 14/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A Finnish aid worker who was held hostage in Afghanistan for four months has been freed, says Finnish officials, cited by the BBC.   The woman was employed by Operation Mercy, a Swedish relief and development NGO in Kabul. She was abducted in May by unidentified gunmen. At the time of the May attack of a guest house, a German colleague and their Afghan guard were killed. There was no claim of responsibility.   The Foreign Ministry in Helsinki said on Thursday that the aid worker had been freed and was "safe," but gave no other details
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/14/2017 GERMANY - RHEINMETALL SHOWS OFF ITS MODULAR, WHEELED UNMANNED COMBAT VEHICLE (SEP 14/RHEINAG)  RHEINMETALL AG -- German defense firm Rheinmetall has unveiled an unmanned multi-role vehicle concept at this week's DSEI exhibition in London.   The Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MM UGV) features a modular design with three main components: a robotic multipurpose vehicle platform; integrated mission systems; and a command post where missions are planned, controlled, analyzed and evaluated, said a company release on Sept. 12.   The vehicle can be controlled remotely or perform autonomous missions, said Rheinmetall.   The wheeled vehicle weighs around 1,650 pounds (750 kg) and can carry a payload of 1,320 pounds (600 kg) for ground operations or 660 pounds (300 kg) for amphibious missions.   It has a top land speed of about 25 mph (40 kmh) and a water speed of 3 mph (5 kmh).   The vehicle can be operated for eight hours in a battery-powered mode. With a range extender, this can be increased to more than 24 hours, according to Rheinmetall.   Various mission modules allow the system to conduct a range of missions, such as transport; weapon carrier; reconnaissance and surveillance; tactical overwatch; nuclear, biological and chemical detection; medical evacuation; and mobile radio relay.   At DSEI, the MM UGV was shown equipped with the Qimek remotely operated weapon station. A sensor mission module was displayed along with Rheinmetall's Sensor Command-and-Control Planning Suite (SC2PS
Item Number:6 Date: 09/14/2017 IRAQ - ISIS BELIEVED TO HAVE ABOUT 13,000 FIGHTERS LEFT IN IRAQ, SYRIA (SEP 14/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- Recent U.S. intelligence estimates put the number of Islamic State fighters still in Iraq and Syria at about 13,000, reports the Al-Masdar News, an online Middle East publication.   Meanwhile, Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union counterterrorism chief, told Die Welt in Germany that he estimates that there are around 2,500 Europeans among these fighters.   This is about half the previous total, de Kerchove said. About 1,000 have likely been killed, and another 1,500 are believed to have returned to Europe, he said.   Many of those remaining are likely to be killed, while others may move to other conflict areas, such as Somalia or Yemen, the E.U. official said, as cited by the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).  
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/14/2017 NETHERLANDS - JUSTICE MINISTER REVOKES DUTCH CITIZENSHIP OF 4 JIHADISTS WHO JOINED TERROR FIGHT ABROAD (SEP 14/NLT)  NL TIMES -- The justice minister of the Netherlands says he has revoked the Dutch citizenship of four suspected jihadists fighting alongside terror groups in Syria, reports the NL Times (Netherlands).   The four men were declared "undesirable aliens," which bars them from returning to the Netherlands or any other country in the E.U.'s Schengen passport-free zone, said Safety and Justice Minister Stef Blok on Wednesday, reported AFP.   The men were identified by Dutch media as Driss B., Noureddin B., Anis Z. and Hatim R. They were describes as dual Dutch-Moroccan nationals.   All four were convicted and sentenced in absentia. One is believed to have died years ago; the others are thought to be in Syria.   This is the first time the government has revoked citizenship in such a case. Dutch media noted that revocation is available only for dual nationals
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/14/2017 NIGER - SAYING TERRORISM KNOWS NO BORDERS, LEADERS OF NIGER, MALI APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL FUNDING FOR REGIONAL FORCE (SEP 14/REU)  REUTERS -- The leaders of Mali and Niger have called for international funding for their regional force established to counter Islamist militants, reports Reuters.   The G5 (Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) conceived a 5,000-strong regional force in 2015. It was set up in July 2016 and is expected to be operational in the fall.   Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou said on Wednesday that the force is crucial to fighting the threat that goes beyond their borders.   "We bring this combat against terrorism not only to protect our own people and countries but for the whole world," Issoufou said during a press conference in Niamey, Niger's capital.   "It is important that the international community takes note of this and gets together to give us resources to ensure our mission can be accomplished," he said.   The Nigerien president indicated that the force would be divided into three deployments across the Sahel region: an eastern one made up of Chadian and Nigerien forces; a central one with forces from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso; and a Western one with Malian and Mauritanian forces.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/14/2017 RUSSIA - UNDER WORRIED WESTERN EYES, KREMLIN KICKS OFF LARGE-SCALE ZAPAD EXERCISE IN BELARUS (SEP 14/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Russia and Belarus have begun their planned military exercise, whose scale has raised concern among NATO nations, reports the BBC.   The Zapad 2017 exercise, one of Russia's largest since its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, kicked off on Thursday in and around Belarus. It is expected to end on Sept. 20.   The concern of the West is not without good reason. In 2008 and 2014, the Kremlin used exercises as a preliminary for invasions of Georgia and Ukraine's Crimea, noted CNN.   The Defense Ministry in Moscow said about 12,700 troops were taking part. NATO and U.S. military officials have previously worried that Russia could amass up to 100,000 troops along the borders of NATO members in Eastern Europe.   The exercise is held every four years. The goal is to integrate the two nation's military headquarters in a realistic combat scenario, according to Russia's Defense Ministry.   This year's scenario involves an armed uprising in Belarus by "saboteurs" and "terrorists" backed by a fictitious country called "Veishnoria."   Russian and Belarusian officials insist the drills pose no threat to other nations and are exclusively defensive, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/14/2017 SOMALIA - AFRICOM MAKES 3 AIRSTRIKES IN SOUTHERN SOMALIA, KILLING 6 AL-SHABAAB FIGHTERS (SEP 14/AFRICOM)  AFRICA COMMAND -- The U.S. Africa Command says that it has conducted three precision airstrikes against the Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia.   The strikes were made early Wednesday morning, in cooperation with the Somali government. The strikes killed six militants, the command said in a release on Wednesday.   The operation took place in southern Somalia, about 160 miles (260 km) south of Mogadishu, said the statement.   The attacks took place within the authorities granted by President Trump in March 2017, which allow U.S. forces to target Al-Shabaab in certain areas in support of Somalia, said AFRICOM
Item Number:11 Date: 09/14/2017 SOUTH KOREA - INVESTIGATORS SCRUTINIZE FRAUD ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING KF-X FIGHTER PROJECT (SEP 14/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean prosecutors who have been investigating accounting fraud allegations at Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) concerning a helicopter program say they are widening their probe to include the KF-X domestic fighter project, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office has been looking into the actions of the former head of the firm and other officials to determine if they obtained illegal profits by manipulating expenses in the production of Surion helicopters.   The prosecutors also suspect that KAI inflated the value of the proceeds from the sale of FA-50 light attack aircraft to Iraq in a US$2.65 billion deal, according to officials.   Some circumstantial evidence indicate some top officials may have collaborated on accounting fraud for the US$16 billion KF-X program, which aims to domestically design and produce more than 120 fighter jets by 2026, according to the prosecutor's office.   Documents reportedly suggest that former KAI chief Ha Sung Yong was briefed on the situations. Ha stepped down soon after the investigation began in July.   Fraud allegations involving KAI were first raised in 2015. At the time, the state auditor found that the company made some US$21 million in illicit profits by manipulating the development costs for the Surion
Item Number:12 Date: 09/14/2017 SYRIA - AFTER U.S.-LED COALITION STOPS SURVEILLANCE, ISIS CONVOY REACHES DEIR EZZOR (SEP 14/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- Busloads of Islamic State militants and their families who had been stranded in the Syrian desert have finally reached jihadist-held territory in Deir Ezzor province, reports Newsweek.   The Syrian army and its ally Lebanon-based Hezbollah agreed to a deal on Aug. 28 to allow about several hundred ISIS fighters and family members to evacuate their enclave along the border with Lebanon. The agreement called for the return of the bodies of Lebanese soldiers who were captured in 2014.   The 17-bus convoy was stranded for several days after the U.S.-led coalition said it would stop it. Airstrikes cratered roads, destroyed bridges and hit militants trying to meet the convoy, reported the BBC.   The buses reached Deir Ezzor province Wednesday, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The convoy took a route between al-Sukhna and Deir Ezzor, a main road that the Syrian army and allied forces captured in recent days, said a pro-government commander cited by Reuters.   The U.S.-led coalition said it halted the surveillance of the convoy at the request of Moscow to allow Syrian government and Russian forces "advance past" the convoy during their assault on Deir Ezzor and to "ensure safe de-confliction efforts to defeat" ISIS
Item Number:13 Date: 09/14/2017 SYRIA - ISIS DEFECTORS IN SYRIA'S IDLIB PROVINCE AIM TO CROSS INTO TURKEY (SEP 14/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Hundreds of Islamic State defectors have congregated in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, with many hoping to cross the nearby Turkish border, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Several dozen militants have already sneaked across the heavily monitored border in recent weeks, the newspaper said. Four Saudi fighters arrived in a southern Turkish community in early September after paying smugglers US$2,000 each.   By Wednesday, many more had made it into southern Turkey, reported AMN News.   Scores of attempted infiltrators have been shot and killed by Turkish border guards in 2017.   Fighters have been fleeing Iraq and Syria as the terrorist group has lost much of its holdings to Iraqi and Syrian forces and the U.S.-led coalition.   Large numbers of the fighters and their families are trying to leave Iraq and Syria altogether, posing a challenge for intelligence services that view them as a threat.   One Saudi who fled Syria last month told the Guardian that as many as 300 former ISIS militants had set up a village north of the city of Idlib. Most want to leave, he said
Item Number:14 Date: 09/14/2017 SYRIA - LED BY KURDS, SDF SAYS IT HAS LIBERATED 70 PERCENT OF RAQQA (SEP 14/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are continuing to gain ground in Islamic State-held Raqqa, says a monitoring group cited by Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   The SDF, which is led by the largely Kurdish militia YPG, began an operation in June to take Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital.   The SDF, backed by U.S. special operations forces, was fighting ISIS in the al-Thankanah neighborhood on Tuesday, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   SDF forces reportedly gained control of that neighborhood. An SDF commander said their forces now hold 70 percent of the city, reported ANF News, a Kurdish agency.   A "few hundred" militants remain in the city, said the observatory on Thursday.  
 Item Number:15 Date: 09/14/2017 THAILAND - MUSLIM INSURGENTS SUSPECTED IN SERIES OF ROADSIDE BLASTS IN YALA (SEP 14/REU)  REUTERS -- A series of roadside bombs planted by suspected Muslim separatists have killed one soldier and wounded 20 people in southern Thailand, say security forces cited by Reuters.   Thursday's blasts took place in Yala province. Some of the injuries came when soldiers and EOD personnel were trying to reach the first blast. The injured included civilians, rangers and bomb squad members, noted the Bangkok Post.   "It is believed to be the work of violent groups already creating incidents in the area," said a police spokesman.   Insurgents rarely claim responsibility for attacks in the region.   A Muslim insurgency has been ongoing for years in Thailand's deep south, resulting in the deaths of more than 6,500 people since 2004.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/14/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - DRAGONFIRE LASER WEAPON MAKES APPEARANCE AT LONDON ARMS FAIR (SEP 14/MBDA)  MBDA CORP. -- The UK Dragonfire consortium is showing its laser weapon demonstrator for the first time at the DSEI exhibition in London, reports MBDA Systems, the head of the consortium.   Under a contract from the British Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the consortium is developing a laser weapon for the British armed forces.   At the DSEI show, the consortium unveiled the design of the turret that will be used to test the technology. The beam director, supplied by Leonardo UK, features a QinetiQ laser emitter as well as advanced electro-optics for target identification and tracking, said an MBDA release on Sept. 12.   MBDA is the prime contractor and will also supply advanced weapon system command-and-control and image-processing capabilities.   The Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) capability demonstrator program anticipates testing the turret in 2019.   Potential missions include very short-range air defense; close-in protection for naval vessels; counter-unmanned aerial vehicle; and countering artillery and mortar attacks, said the MBDA release
  Item Number:17 Date: 09/14/2017 USA - 15 MARINES INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT AT CAMP PENDLETON; AMPHIB VEHICLE CATCHES FIRE (SEP 14/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Fifteen Marines were injured Wednesday at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in a land-based training accident, reports the Los Angeles Times.   An assault amphibious vehicle caught fire on Wednesday morning, said the Marine Corps.   Six Marines were listed in critical condition and six in serious condition. One was hospitalized in stable condition. Two others were treated for minor injuries.   Several Marines were taken to a burn unit at the University of California San Diego Health, reported Fox News.   The injured were from the 1st Marine Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion.   The accident is being investigated, said officials
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/14/2017 USA - GAO BLASTS CONDITIONS OF NAVY SHIPYARDS; FIXING FACILITIES MAY COST $4.8 BILLION OVER 2 DECADES (SEP 14/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- A government watchdog says the U.S. Navy's four public shipyards are in "poor condition" and have shortcomings that will take decades to overcome, reports the Navy Times.   The naval shipyards in Norfolk, Va., Portsmouth, Maine, and the shipyard and intermediate maintenance facilities at Puget Sound, Wash., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, are vital to maintaining the Navy's nuclear-powered fleet, notes the study released on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).   Some drydocks are more than 100 years old and backlogged maintenance and restoration projects have increased by 41 percent over the last five years, says the report. Several drydocks cannot support existing ship classes, while others can only work when assisted by additional equipment or tides.   Existing drydocks are expected to become even less useful as current ship classes are retired. Fixing them would cost about $4.86 billion and would take nearly 20 years, the GAO says.   Shipyard capital equipment has an average age that now exceeds its expected useful life, according to a Navy analysis cited by the report.   Inadequate facilities and equipment have resulted in maintenance days contributing to more than 1,300 lost operational days for aircraft carriers and 12,500 lost operational days for submarines from fiscal 2000 to fiscal 2016, says the GAO.   Ongoing problems will prevent the service from conducting more than a third of 218 planned maintenance periods over the next 23 fiscal years, the watchdog estimated.   The Navy has developed capital investment plans for shipyards and equipment. However, the service's approach does not fully address the problems because plans are missing key elements, concludes the analysis.   Missing are a full assessment of the shipyards' resource needs, regular management reviews of progress, analytically based goals and reporting on progress to Congress, says the watchdog
  Item Number:19 Date: 09/14/2017 USA - NAVY ACCELERATES WORK ON TOMAHAWK MISSILE ABLE TO HIT MOVING TARGETS (SEP 14/RAYTHEON)  RAYTHEON -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $119 million contract to start integrating a new multi-mode seeker with the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, reports the defense firm.   The upgrade will allow the missile to attack moving maritime targets.   The seeker is being developed as a rapid deployment capability program to meet urgent fleet requirements for defeating emerging maritime threats, said a Raytheon release on Sept. 12.   The new capability is scheduled for delivery by 2022.   Separately, Raytheon is modernizing the radio suite and software of the Tomahawk, with certification of the upgraded missile slated for 2019. These improvements will extend the weapon's service life for 15 years and make it easier to upgrade
Item Number:20 Date: 09/14/2017 YEMEN - GOVERNMENT FORCES PUSH AQAP FROM WADEA DISTRICT; EXTREMISTS FLEE TO NEIGHBORING STRONGHOLD (SEP 14/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Yemeni forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, have ousted fighters from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from a southern district in Abyan province, say security sources cited by Agence France-Presse.   An operation began on Wednesday to secure Wadea district, which has been a no-go zone for pro-government troops for months, sources said on Thursday.   Many militants fled to Wadea last month after a similar military operation in neighboring Shabwa province.   Seven suspected AQAP members were arrested, including an alleged explosives expert, the sources said.   The terrorists did not put up heavy resistance and most reportedly fled to neighboring Muhafid district, said the sources. That district remains an Al-Qaida stronghold. 
 
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