Monday, September 18, 2017

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To All
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This day in Naval History September 18
 
1926 - Navy brings relief aid to Miami, FL, after a severe hurricane.
1936 - Squadron 40-T, based in the Mediterranean, established to protect U.S. interests and citizens around Iberian peninsula throughout the Spanish Civil War.
1941 - U.S. Navy ships escort eastbound British trans-Atlantic convoy for first time (Convoy HX-150). Although the U.S. Navy ships joined HX-150, which left port escorted by British ships on 16th, on night of 17 September, the official escort duty began on 18th.
1943: U.S. Navy aircraft perform aerial raids on the Tarawa Makin Islands, where the aerial photography taken proves to be fruitful for the oncoming invasion of the islands.
 
1947 - National Security Act becomes effective
 
This day in Air Force History
Today, (September 18th 1947) America commemorates the  anniversary of the Air Force. Born of the revolutionary ideas of visionaries, America's Air Force was forged in 20th century combat. The occasion allows us to reflect on where we have been in a century of powered flight and five decades of space flight.
America's airmen survey the planet from airborne, space-based and cyber sensors. These airmen can cover the globe, watching, deterring and defeating enemies with speed, precision and lethality. They are equally capable of delivering humanitarian and disaster relief within hours to anyone in the world.
For the 21st century, we are again revolutionizing our Air Force by incorporating the lessons learned in a century of aerial warfare and by modernizing our force.
The nation requires an interdependent team of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who can defeat a broad range of threats. Your Air Force will continue to be a vital and decisive element of that team – flying, fighting and winning.
 
Today in History September 18
1758
James Abercromby is replaced as supreme commander of British forces after his defeat by French commander the Marquis of Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War.
1759
Quebec surrenders to the British after a battle which sees the deaths of both James Wolfe and Louis Montcalm, the British and French commanders.
1793
George Washington lays the foundation stone for the U.S. Capitol.
1830
Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse.
1850
Congress passes the second Fugitive Slave Bill into law (the first was enacted in 1793), requiring the return of escaped slaves to their owners.
1862
After waiting all day for a Union attack which never came at Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee begins a retreat out of Maryland and back to Virginia.
1863
Union cavalry troops clash with a group of Confederates at Chickamauga Creek.
1874
The Nebraska Relief and Aid Society is formed to help farmers whose crops were destroyed by grasshoppers swarming throughout the American West.
1911
Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin dies four days after being shot at the Kiev opera house by socialist lawyer Dimitri Bogroff.
1914
The Irish Home Rule Bill becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.
1929
Charles Lindbergh takes off on a 10,000 mile air tour of South America.
1934
The League of Nations admits the Soviet Union.
1939
A German U-boat sinks the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 people.
1948
Margaret Chase Smith becomes the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator's term when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith is also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress.
1960
Two thousand cheer Fidel Castro's arrival in New York for the United Nations session.
1961
UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold is killed in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the Congo.
1964
U.S. destroyers fire on hostile targets in Vietnam.
1973
East and West Germany and The Bahamas are admitted to United Nations.
1975
Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army); she will later take part in some of the group's militant activities and will be captured by FBI agents.
1977
Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together.
1980
Cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black to be sent on a mission in space.
1998
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for Websites worldwide.
2009
The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio.
 
 
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Thanks to John and Tony….This will get your blood moving.
Subject: Best Stunts of the Year, so Far! –
To:
The folks doing this stuff mush have a death wish  - or a loose screw somewhere upstairs.
 
Most of these are unbelievable feats
 
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Thanks to Wigs
Ultimate fail before success.
 
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Thanks to Ed
1917 - 100 year old footage of the Red Baron during WWI
What an amazing legend............
1917 - 100 year old footage of the Red Baron during WWI..
Notice them squirting oil … on the valve stems I would guess, prior to spinning the prop.
The following is a very rare piece of film. It shows Baron Von Richthofen, doing an external inspection prior to a mission, as well as his putting on a flying suit prior to flight into cold weather. If you look close you will notice Hermann Goering.
The Baron was shot down on 21 April 1918 by Roy Brown of the Royal Navy Air Services, a prelude of the R.A.F.. 
The Aussies also claim that one of their machine gunners on the ground shot the Baron down. UK & Aussie doctors, after the autopsy, stated that the fatal bullet was shot from above. 
The author of this has been very involved as a Director of the Roy Brown Museum in Carleton Place, home town of Roy B.. Many letters have been written over the past 3-4 years and finally Roy Brown was inducted into Canada Aviation Hall of Fame on 4 June 2015…
To think this film is almost 100 years old! If you're interested in history or aviation, you cannot miss this footage. It was just posted online, and I've never seen anything like it. It's from 1917, and it's an up-close and personal look at the most legendary combat pilot who ever lived, the infamous Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen. Watch the extremely rare, extremely old footage and re-live history. ULTRA-RARE footage of the most famous fighter pilot ever...
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Thanks to Richard

 Subject: Fw: The takeover of England
Not good!
 This is an interesting "Farewell to England" list of Islamic accomplishments in that country that I thought might give you a better understanding of the insidiousness of Hijrah; that's the takeover of a nation without going to war.

Don't think for a moment that America is not a target or that there are no American cities where Islamic and Sharia victories and takeovers have already occurred. It's time for border control, or start planning for a very big goodbye America party!

Here's what has already happened to England within a few years of opening their borders without entry control:

How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion:
     Mayor of London ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Birmingham ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Leeds ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Blackburn ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Sheffield ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Oxford ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Luton ... MUSLIM  
     Mayor of Oldham ... MUSLIM
     Mayor of Rochdale ... MUSLIM
All the following achieved by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population:
     Over 3,000 Muslim Mosques
     Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts
     Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils
     Muslims Only No-Go Areas Across The UK
     Muslim Women... 78% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing
     Muslim Men... 63% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing
     Muslim Families... 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!

.... and we (the USA) can't decide on an immigration policy??
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Thanks to Gailard  and Dutch R.
 
A good one if you have daughter/granddaughters AND or sons/grandsons.
The daughter mentions to her Dad, "Dad, there is something that my boyfriend said to me that I didn't understand. He is SOooo in to his cars and said that I have "a beautiful chassis, lovely airbags and a fantastic bumper."
Her Dad replied, "You tell your boyfriend that, if he opens your hood and tries to check your oil with his dipstick, I will tighten his lug nuts so hard that his headlights will pop out and he will start leaking oil out of his exhaust pipe."
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Thanks to Carl
 
 
Marine Who Braved RPG Fire to Save Commander Receives Navy Cross
Eric Smith, a native of Waxahachie, Texas, was presented by Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, head of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, with the The Navy Cross. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Courtney White)
Military.com | 14 Sep 2017 | by Hope Hodge Seck 
Marine veteran who left the service as a staff sergeant had his Silver Star award upgraded to the prestigious Navy Cross in a ceremony Thursday presided over by a two-star general.
Eric Smith, a native of Waxahachie, Texas, was presented by Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, head of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, with the military's second-highest valor award in recognition of his heroic actions while serving in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2004.
The medal was upgraded to the Navy Cross as part of an awards review initiated by the Pentagon in early 2011 to ensure that troops serving in wars after Sept. 11, 2001, were properly recognized for their heroism.
Smith's Navy Cross is the 40th presented to a Marine since the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said.
"I am honored and humbled to receive the upgraded award of the Navy Cross," Smith said in a statement.
"I understand that this places me in a category of Marines that I would have never imagined to be a part of," he said. "I firmly believe that I was an ordinary Marine placed in an extraordinary situation."
In the medal presentation ceremony in Irving, Texas, Kennedy described the incident in which Smith's heroism took place.
It was April 6, 2004, and, after a relatively peaceful time early in the deployment of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, "the streets of Ramadi erupted into flames" as insurgents waged what would be an intense three-day war on the American troops, he said.
As units were pinned down around the city, quick-reaction forces were dispatched to provide reinforcement and a way out.
Smith, who had been supposed to rest ahead of a patrol the next day, was called upon to go out with a makeshift QRF when other assets were exhausted.
He was teamed with a lieutenant and a staff sergeant, who raced into Ramadi to save another squad when they themselves were ambushed.
"The lieutenant was killed, and the staff sergeant was killed, and somebody had to step up to lead those Marines to safety," Kennedy said. "You heard what he did in the citation. He did it out of the love of the people he was fighting for, his comrades."
Twelve Marines were killed that day, and 33 Marines and a Navy corpsman from 2/4 would die over the course of the deployment to Ramadi.
According to the citation for Smith's Silver Star, presented in 2006, the Marine -- then a corporal and a squad leader -- was, as part of the QRF, ordered to reinforce a squad being attacked by the enemy. On the way to the objective, two Marine Humvees were ambushed, and the platoon commander critically wounded in the attack.
"Under heavy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Corporal Smith assumed command of the platoon, and led them 50 meters across open ground to covered positions," Smith's citation reads. "He then ran back across the fire-swept field to evacuate his platoon commander and his weapons."
For Smith, the day was not done. He then used machine guns and his platoon's 7-ton truck to lead a counterattack against the local insurgent forces, accomplishing the original mission of rescuing the isolated squad.
Then, according to the citation, he worked with an Army Bradley fighting vehicle platoon to evacuate casualties and work out a plan for all units involved in the fight to return to safety.
"By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and loyal dedication to duty, Corporal Smith reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service," the citation reads.
Smith is now a paramedic with the Irving, Texas, Fire Department and a member of the Texas Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue team, according to an autobiographical statement provided by Marine Corps officials.
He is also attending Navarro College, where he is pursuing degrees in fire officer and emergency management administration.
In brief remarks at his ceremony, Smith remained humble about what he had done.
"I'm honored and humbled to be singled out against a sea of deserving Marines," he said. "The significance of this award is not lost on me, and I will wear it with pride."
It is fitting that Smith should be the 40th Marine to receive the Navy Cross since the Sept. 11 attacks, as he was a student at the School of Infantry when the towers fell.
"On 9/11, we were checking out gas masks from supply when the towers were struck," he said in his autobiographical statement. "And I knew I would not serve a peacetime enlistment."
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Thanks to Dr. Rich
 
Here is THE Question: DO YOU LIKE GETTING OLDER???
I am forwarding this to those on my Seniors e-mail list because  it is so well written. Please send back. ( I did ) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message.
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon;  before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose  business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a  bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I  choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life  is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet passes? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like  it).
MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 09/18/2017 AFGHANISTAN - EXTENSION ON THE WAY FOR 'GREEN ZONE' SECURITY ZONE IN KABUL (SEP 18/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- The U.S. has decided to expand the Green Zone security district in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as part of a long-term plan, reports the New York Times.   The new zone will reportedly include the Kabul City Compound military base, formerly the headquarters for U.S. special operations forces in the area.   The Green Zone is separated from the rest of the city by a network of police, military and private security checkpoints.   The project aims to bring nearly all Western embassies, major government ministries, and NATO and American military headquarters within the protected area, within a major public works project for the next two years.   The move reflects the difficulty of protecting Kabul's central districts from Taliban bombings.   The paper said this development is aligned with U.S. expectations to stay in Afghanistan for some time. The latest strategy from the Trump administration suggests that there will likely be an American military presence there well into the 2020s
Item Number:2 Date: 09/18/2017 CHINA - AVIC MARKETS UNMANNED COMBAT CHOPPER FOR FOREIGN BUYERS (SEP 18/CD)  CHINA DAILY -- State-owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) recently showed off its unmanned autonomous reconnaissance/combat helicopter, reports the China Daily.   The AV500W system was displayed at the China Helicopter Expo, which kicked off on Sept. 14 in Tianjin.   It is the first such Chinese aircraft for foreign buyers, noted the Press Trust of India.   The helicopter is 23 feet, 7 inches (7.2-m) long, has a maximum takeoff weight of 990 pounds (450 kg), top speed of 105 mph (170 kmh) and a ceiling of 13,100 feet (4,000 m), according to the manufacturer, the AVIC Helicopter Research and Development Institute in Jingdezhen.   The AV500W has a payload of 260 pounds (120 kg). In the reconnaissance configuration, it can fly for up to eight hours, while the combat configuration has an endurance of four hours.   In the armed configuration, the helicopter typically carries four air-to-ground missiles. It can also carry bombs or a machine-gun pod.   The AV500W made its first flight in August, which included firing weapons, according to AVIC officials.   Testing is scheduled to be wrapped up this year, and the system ready for production in 2018, according to the company.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/18/2017 CHINA - ACCUSED JAPANESE SPY IN CUSTODY IN DALIAN, SAY LOCAL MEDIA (SEP 18/REU)  REUTERS -- Chinese authorities have arrested a Japanese citizen suspected of espionage, reports Reuters, citing local Chinese state media.   The arrest was made in Dalian in the northeastern Liaoning province, which borders North Korea, said officials cited Monday by the official Dalian Daily.   Ken Higuchi was reportedly being investigated by the Dalian City National Security Bureau on suspicion of spying against China. Prosecutors approved the arrest, said the newspaper. There was some uncertainty about the exact name of the accused.   It was unclear if this was a new case or whether Higuchi had been detained earlier and only now formally arrested
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/18/2017 CHINA - RUSSIAN, CHINESE NAVIES SET TO DRILL TOGETHER IN SEA OF JAPAN, SEA OF OKHOTSK (SEP 18/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese and Russian navies are about to begin the second phase of a bilateral naval exercise, reports the South China Morning Post.   The first phase was held in July, with Chinese ships sailing to the Baltic Sea.   On Sept. 13, a Chinese destroyer, frigate, supply ship and submarine rescue vessel set sail from Qingdao for the training, which runs from Sept. 18 to Sept. 26 in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk, according to a Chinese navy statement.   The exercise will mark the first time that the Chinese navy has conducting training in the Sea of Okhotsk, off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.   The joint drills are slated to include complex submarine rescues and anti-submarine warfare scenarios that have not previously been part of such bilateral exercises.   The exercise will kick off with a coastal component in Valdivostok from Sept. 18 to Sept. 21, noted Russia's Tass news agency. The at-sea part will follow, according to Russian navy officials
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/18/2017 CHINA - SPACE OFFICIAL NOW HEADS MILITARY EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPT. (SEP 18/REU)  REUTERS -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army has promoted a senior space official and military officer to manage the military's equipment development department, reports Reuters.   Li Shangfu is now the head of the Equipment Development Dept., the Defense Ministry announced on Monday, as part of a reshuffle ahead of next month's Communist Party congress.   No further details were provided.   Li, 59, previously served as the director of one of China's main satellite launch sites in Xichang in the southwest Sichuan province. He has also been part of missions to explore the moon, according to his official biography.   He succeeds Zhang Youxia, who has likely reached retirement age
Item Number:6 Date: 09/18/2017 ISRAEL - ANOTHER PAIR OF F-35I FIGHTER JETS ARRIVES PUSHING CURRENT TOTAL TO 7 (SEP 18/ISRAF)  ISRAELI AIR FORCE -- The Israeli air force has announced receiving two more F-35I Adir stealth fighters built in the U.S.   The aircraft arrived on Sept. 14 at Nevatim Air Force Base in southern Israel. Five such fighters were previously delivered, the air force noted.   The Golden Eagle squadron has been working on integrating the new aircraft over the last nine months. This has included a variety of testing, such as aerial refueling and munition drops, said service officials.   Plans call for the unit to have nine F-35Is by the end of 2017, with an initial operational capability inspection scheduled for December.   The aircraft are delivered to Israel in the F-35A configuration, noted defense-aerospace.com. They will undergo local modifications before being accepted for service.   The aircraft are part of a deal to purchase 50 over the next several years, noted the Middle East Monitor
Item Number:7 Date: 09/18/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS GIVES NOD TO UNITY GOVERNMENT IN GAZA (SEP 18/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The Hamas militant group has indicated that will dissolve its governing body in the Gaza Strip and allow the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority government to replace it there and hold general elections, reports the Jerusalem Post.   Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority, and its chairman Mahmoud Abbas have been pushing for such a plan for the last several months.   Hamas ejected the Palestinian Authority from Gaza in 2007. Since then, a number of reconciliation agreements have been signed, but none has been implemented.   The Hamas announcement on Sunday came after separate talks in Cairo last week -- with PA and Hamas each meeting separately with the Egyptian government.   In its Sunday statement, Hamas invited a unity government led by Abbas to return to Gaza and said it was ready to enter talks with Fatah, noted Al Jazeera.   Fatah officials acknowledged the announcement, though indicating that they would need to see proof of its implementation
Item Number:8 Date: 09/18/2017 JAPAN - 3 DOZEN COAST GUARDS GATHER IN TOKYO FOR GLOBAL SUMMIT (SEP 18/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Representatives of more than 30 coast guards recently met in Tokyo to discuss a wide variety of issues, reports the Japan Times.   The Coast Guard Global Summit, hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation on Sept. 14, was the first event of its kind, according to Japanese officials.   Coast guard leaders from 34 countries and Hong Kong participated. Among the nations represented were Australia, Canada, China, Djibouti, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, and the U.S.   Coast guards worldwide need to cooperate beyond existing bilateral and regional frameworks to address global environmental change, said Adm. Satoshi Nakajima, the commandant of the Japan Coast Guard.   Three sessions at the summit covered maritime security, marine environmental protection and capacity building.   Specific topics included dealing with migration, oil spills at sea and inter-regional cooperation against piracy.   The summit did not address territorial issues in the East or South China Seas, Nakajima told reporters.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/18/2017 NATO - SENIOR ALLIANCE MILITARY JOB GOES TO BRITON FOR 1ST TIME (SEP 18/NATO)  NATO PRESS RELEASE -- The defense chiefs of the NATO member states have elected Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, the British chief of defense staff, to serve as the next chairman of the NATO Military Committee, reports the alliance.   Peach will succeed Czech army Gen. Petr Pavel.   The chairman is the senior military adviser to NATO's secretary-general and North Atlantic Council. He represents the consensus-based views of the various defense chiefs to the alliance's civilian leadership.   The post has a term of three years, which can be extended.   Peach was in command of the British intervention in Libya in 2011. The military chief was appointed CDS, the highest military position in the U.K., in July 2016. This will be the first time a Briton has been chairman of the NATO military committee, noted the London Evening Standard
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/18/2017 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG CLOSE TO 'FINAL STAGE' OF ICBM DEVELOPMENT, SAYS SEOUL (SEP 18/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean Defense Ministry has warned lawmakers that North Korea is nearing the "final stage" of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   This will likely lead to additional provocations intended to advance the North's nuclear and missile programs, the ministry said on Monday.   Defense Minister Song Young Moo also ruled out the deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea. He made his remarks during a Parliamentary session. The comments about tactical nukes was a change from  his previous position suggesting that that the idea should be considered as a deterrent.   The best alternative for the South, Song said, is to continue to build the planned three-axis system, based on the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation plan to incapacitate the North Korean leadership in a major conflict; the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike platform; and the Korea Air and Missile Defense system.   Seoul is also seeking to ensure it can jointly control U.S. extended deterrence assets and plans to discuss the matter with Washington, the minister said.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 09/18/2017 PAKISTAN - PAKISTANI TALIBAN CLAIMS FATAL ROADSIDE BOMBING IN BAJAUR (SEP 18/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A roadside bombing in Pakistan's Bajaur agency, a tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, killed a government administrator and six local police officers over the weekend, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Fawad Khan, the assistant administrator, was travelling with police to attend a meeting when their vehicle was hit Sunday with the bomb in the town of Mamoond, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). The number of casualties was variously reported.   The device was remotely detonated, according to tribal officials. Police said that they believed the attack was aimed at Khan.   Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.  
 Item Number:12 Date: 09/18/2017 PHILIPPINES - MILITARY RESCUES ABDUCTED PRIEST IN MARAWI (SEP 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Philippine military has rescued a Catholic priest who was kidnapped almost four months ago by Islamic State-linked militants when they occupied Marawi in the southern part of the country, reports Agence France-Presse.   Father Teresito Suganob was freed late Saturday when the military reportedly captured the command center of the remaining militants in Marawi.   Suganob was kidnapped in May along with 13 parishioners during the first day of fighting in Marawi.   The priest was forced to serve as a cook for the militants, according to one escaped hostage in July.   A military spokesman said on Monday that 673 militants, 47 civilians and 149 soldiers have been killed in the fighting in the last several months. There are about 40-60 hostages still in militant custody in Marawi, he said
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/18/2017 QATAR - DEFENSE MINISTER AGREES TO BUY 24 TYPHOON FIGHTERS FROM U.K. (SEP 18/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Qatari government has signed a statement of intent with the U.K. for the potential purchase of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   The agreement was finalized on Saturday in Qatar with a signing ceremony between British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah.   This represents the first major defense contract between the two nations, Fallon said.   The deal will strengthen cooperation between the two countries and enhance the security of all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the British defense secretary said.   A contract is expected to be signed within a month. That would extend Typhoon production in the U.K. beyond 2019, reported London's Daily Telegraph.   The purchase of the Typhoons from British defense group BAE Systems could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha, noted Reuters. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar in early June
Item Number:14 Date: 09/18/2017 SYRIA - SENIOR ISIS 'EMIR' DIES DURING OPS IN DEIR EZZOR, SAYS MILITARY (SEP 18/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- The Syrian army says it has killed a top "emir" of the Islamic State during operations in the northwestern part of Deir Ezzor province, reports the Al-Masdar News, an online Middle East publication.   The army's Tiger Forces killed Abu Obeidah Al-Najdi, a Saudi national who led ISIS forces in northwestern Deir Ezzor, said a military source.   At least 30 other militants were killed during the army's advance on Sunday evening, local time, the source said.   The Syrian military also reported capturing the al-Jafra district of Deir Ezzor city with assistance from Russian airstrikes, according to Euronews.  
Item Number:15 Date: 09/18/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - MOD AGENCY ORDERS DEVELOPMENT OF ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR LAND VEHICLES (SEP 18/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.K. Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), an agency of the Ministry of Defense, has signed a 10 million pound (US$13 million) contract with a Leonardo-led team to demonstrate an active protection system electronic architecture, reports Defense News.   The Icarus technology demonstrator program will build the foundation for the potential deployment of the capability across the British army's vehicle fleet, said Leonardo officials.   Under the deal, announced by the DSTL on Sept. 13, the Leonardo team will develop and demonstrate a modular integrated protection system (MIPS) electronic architecture, which will allow the best sensors and countermeasures to be selected, integrated and deployed as required.   The deal runs to mid-2020.   There is no single solution to every threat, noted Leonardo. The goal of Icarus is to provide the ability to rapidly and affordably tailor the combination of active protection system technologies on a vehicle to optimize survivability.   The British team also includes BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin UK, Ultra Electronics, Frazer-Nash, Brighton University, Abstract Solutions, Roke Manor Research and SCISYS.   As part of the program, the team will "demonstrate and evaluate an operational prototype against live-fire weapon engagements," said Leonardo
Item Number:16 Date: 09/18/2017 UNITED NATIONS - MILITARY TIES BETWEEN N. KOREA, 11 AFRICAN NATIONS UNDER INVESTIGATION (SEP 18/DNK)  DAILY NATION (KENYA) -- The United Nations is investigating almost a dozen African countries for allegedly violating international sanctions against North Korea, reports the Daily Nation (Kenya).   A U.N. panel of experts, which issued a report on Sept. 9, said it was assessing information from an unnamed U.N. member state that Tanzania has signed contracts worth US$12.5 million with a North Korean firm for military-related work.   The Haegeumgang Trading Corp. is said to be repairing and upgrading Tanzanian surface-to-air missile systems and air defense radar.   The panel is also looking into North Korean training of Ugandan military and police forces, with a focus on the air force. The activities of a representative of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corp. who travelled to Uganda from Syria are also under investigation.   The role of the military attache office in the North Korean embassy in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, is also being examined.   The U.N. report does not mention an announcement last year by South Korean officials that Uganda had agreed to cut its military and police ties with Pyongyang.   Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Mozambique and Namibia are also under investigation for possible sanctions violations, said the panel.   Angola, Benin, Botswana, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe have reportedly contracted with North Korea's Mansudae Overseas Project Group for services, including provision of statues, says the study.   The report concluded that dozens of U.N. member states have helped North Korea with "evolving evasion techniques" that are undermining the goals of Security Council resolutions.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 09/18/2017 USA - INFLUX OF ILLEGAL DRUGS OVERWHELMING COAST GUARD, SAY LEADERS (SEP 18/BUSINS)  BUSINESS INSIDER -- Top Coast Guard officials have warned that their service is being pushed to keep up with the flows of illegal narcotics coming to the U.S. from Central and South America, reports the Business Insider.   "We have good intelligence on between 80 percent and 90 percent of these movements," Vice Adm. Charles Ray, the Coast Guard deputy commandant for operations told the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Sept. 12, referring to trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.   "So we have good intelligence, [but] we only have the capacity to get after about 30 percent of those" shipments, he said.   The commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, has also pointed to the gap between what the service can see and what it can stop.   "Just last year we had intelligence on nearly 580 possible shipments but couldn't go intercept them because we didn't have the ships or planes to go after them," Zukunft told the New York Times earlier this year.   The amount of export-quality cocaine produced in Colombia grew from 270 metric tons in 2013 to 910 metric tons in 2016, noted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the caucus.   The Coast Guard lacks the assets in the eastern Pacific to target all these drugs, said Ray, noting that smugglers operate in an area the size of the continental U.S. covering the west coast of South America to the Galapagos Islands and the waters off western Mexico and the southwest U.S.   In 2016, the Coast Guard intercepted 45,000 pounds (20,400 kg) of cocaine with an estimated value of $6 billion. The service has made a number of sizeable seizures already this year.  
HIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP (SEP 18/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Navy has christened its second America-class amphibious assault ship, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The ceremony was held on Saturday in Pascagoula, Miss.   The Tripoli (LHA 7) is optimized for aviation operations with an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of aviation maintenance facilities, increased stowage for parts and support equipment and greater aviation fuel capacity.   The ship will be the first to leave the shipyard fully ready to integrate the complete future Marine Corps air combat element, including the F-35B Lightning II, said a Pentagon release.   The Tripoli is named after the U.S. Marines and around 370 soldiers from 11 other nationalities who captured the city of Derna, Libya, in 1805. The battle led to a peace treaty bringing to an end the First Barbary War.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 09/18/2017 USA - NEW MARINE EW SUPPORT TEAMS WILL BACK INFANTRY BATTALION OPERATIONS (SEP 18/C4ISRN)  C4ISR & NETWORKS -- The U.S. Marine Corps has begun to establish electronic warfare support teams able to operate at the lowest level of combat formations, reports C4ISRNet.   The teams will be employ "electronic fires," including information operations, cyber operations, electronic warfare or other activities, Brig. Gen. Dimitri Henry, the director of intelligence for the Corps, said at a conference last month in St. Louis.   Having a robust electronic warfare capability is considered essential for fighting and winning in future conflicts.   The EW team will provide direct support to infantry battalion operations, according to a Marine Corps statement to the publication.   Such teams are expected to begin filling radio battalion tables of organization in fiscal 2018, with concepts of employment now being developed by the Irregular Warfare Integration Division at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.   The service is also working with the Army, which aims to step up its electronic warfare capabilities. The services are seeking to find common ground in training, equipping and exercising forces for both cyber and electronic warfare, said the Corps
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/18/2017 USA - TREASURY IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON SUPPORTERS OF IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS, CYBER ATTACKERS ON U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM (SEP 18/TREASURY)  U.S. TREASURY DEPT. -- The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury has designated 11 entities and individuals for sanctions for providing support to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) or engaging in malicious cyber activity, according to a Treasury release.   The measures, officially announced on Sept. 14, include the Sadid Caran Saba Engineering Co. (SABA) in Iran for proliferation activities related to Iran's ballistic-missile program.   Ukraine-based Khors Aircompany and Dart Airlines are being sanctioned for aiding designated Iranian and Iraqi airlines through the provision of aircraft and services. The firms helped Iran's Caspian Air and Iraq's Al-Naser Airlines procure U.S.-origin aircraft, as well as crew and services, said the Treasury release.   Caspian Air has previously been sanctioned for providing support to the IRGC Quds force, including transporting personnel and illicit material, including weapons, from Iran to Syria.   The OFAC also designated Iranian computer security company ITSec Team for causing a significant disruption to the availability of a computer or network of computers from around December 2011 to December 2012.   The company reportedly planned and executed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against at least nine large U.S. financial institutions, including top U.S. banks and U.S. stock exchanges. During that time period, ITSec Team also worked for the Iranian government, including the IRGC, said the release.   Three Iranians were also sanctioned for their activities while working for or on behalf of ITSec Team.   Four other Iranians were designated for causing a significant disruption to the availability of a computer or network of computers while working for Iranian firm Mersad, a private computer security company affiliated with the IRGC, said the Treasury.   The measures block all property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction belonging to those designated and Americans are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
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