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A bit of history and some tidbits.
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This Day In Naval History - November 1
1827: While in the Aegean Sea, the sloop-of-war Warren, commanded by Commodore Lawrence Kearney, burns the pirate town of Mykonos in the Cyclades Islands, recovers equipment and stores from captured merchant ships, and seizes a pirate boat.
 
1841 - "Mosquito Fleet" commanded by LCDR J. T. McLaughlin, USN, carries
750 Sailors and Marines into the Everglades to fight the Seminole Indians.
1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt places Coast Guard under
jurisdiction of Department of the Navy for duration of national emergency.
1952 - During the Korean War, USS Vammen (DE 644) is taken under fire by an estimated 105 mm gun in the vicinity of Sinuong. One man is wounded by a shell fragment, but there is no material damage.
 
From October 31) (1966 - While serving as boat captain and patrol officer on board River Patrol Boat (PBR) 105 in Vietnam, Boatswains Mate 1st Class James E. Williams and his crew are taken under fire, facing a superior number of enemy vessels. Williams leads his men to sink 65 enemy craft and inflict numerous casualties among the enemy. He is awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) is named in his honor.
 
1967 - Operation Coronado IX began in Mekong Delta
1979 - Beginning of retirement of Polaris A-3 program begins with removal
of missiles from USS Abraham Lincoln. Last Polaris missile removed in
February 1982.
 
American Minute for November 1st:
    On NOVEMBER 1, 1800, John Adams became the first U.S. President to move
into the White House. The following day he wrote a letter to his wife,
Abigail, in which he composed a beautiful prayer. A portion of John Adams'
prayer was inscribed on the mantle piece in the State Dining Room by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It reads: "I pray Heaven to bestow the
best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it.
May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof." After the
White House was finished being built, the next building constructed on
Lafayette Square was St. John's Episcopal Church. Because every President
since James Madison worshipped there at some time, Pew 54 has been
designated for the First Family. Other historic Washington, D.C. area
churches include: Christ Church in Alexandria, where President Washington
attended; the National Presbyterian Church, where Truman attended; the New
York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Presidents Lincoln and Eisenhower
attended and where Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall pastored from 1937-1949;
and Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where John F. Kennedy attended.
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Military Milestones from Tippecanoe to Roosevelt's Patrol by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
11/06/2009
 
This Week in American Military History:
 
Nov. 1, 1904:  The new U.S. Army War College opens its doors to three majors and six captains, among them Capt. (future General of the Armies) John J. "Black Jack" Pershing.
 
According to Samuel J. Newland writing for Parameters, during the college's formative years, "the instructional methodology … was reminiscent of the Prussian system of training general staff officers."
 
 
Nov. 2, 1783:  Gen. George Washington delivers his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, N.J., in which he refers to the Continental Army as "one patriotic band of brothers."
 
Of his soldiers, whom he says displayed "invincible fortitude in action,"
Washington offers his "prayers to the God of Armies," adding that "may the choicest of Heaven's favors both here and hereafter attend those, who under the divine auspices have secured innumerable blessings for others."
 
Nov. 5, 1915:  Nearly five years to the day after aviation pioneer Eugene B. Ely makes the first airplane takeoff from a ship, Lt. Commander (future
Capt.) Henry Mustin becomes the first American to make a catapult launch from a ship underway. Mustin is catapulted from USS North Carolina (the second of six so-named American warships, including one submarine and one Confederate ironclad) in a Curtiss AB-2 flying boat.
 
Mustin, considered in some circles to be the "father of Naval aviation," is also the grand patriarch of the Mustin Naval dynasty.
 
Of that dynasty, Capt. Louis Colbus (U.S. Navy, Ret.) former commander of Destroyer Squadron Two and the former chief of staff for Carrier Battle Group Eight, says, "Mustin flag-officers and others have led our Navy for nearly a century from aviation firsts to shipbuilding design and concepts to nuclear testing at the South Pole to battle-group tactics at sea, and at the same time inspiring generations of American sailors."
 
Nov. 5, 1917:  U.S. Army Maj. (future Brig. Gen.) Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
and his younger brother Lt. (future Lt. Col.) Archibald Roosevelt, both sons of former Pres. Theodore Roosevelt (a former U.S. Army cavalry colonel who will receive the Medal of Honor in 2001 for actions during the Spanish-American War), lead the first American patrol into "No Man's Land"
during World War I.
 
No enemy contact is reported.
 
Like his presidential father, Theodore Jr. will receive the Medal of Honor, but the younger Roosevelt's Medal will be for actions during the Normandy invasion, June 6, 1944.
 
Nov. 7, 1811:  The Battle of Tippecanoe is fought between U.S. forces – composed of U.S. Army infantry, Kentucky volunteers, and Indiana militia all under the command of Indiana Gov. William Henry Harrison – and elements of Shawnee chief Tecumseh's American Indian confederation under the command of Tenskwatawa (Tecumseh's brother).
 
The fighting, which takes place near present-day Battle Ground, Indiana, will be a victory for U.S. forces.  And Harrison – destined to become a brig. gen. during the War of 1812 and ultimately president of the United States – will forever be known as "the hero of Tippecanoe."
 
Nov. 7, 1863:  Union forces under the command of Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick decisively defeat Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Jubal Early in the Battle of Rappahannock Station (Va.).
 
Though a "a complete and glorious victory" for the Union Army, Confederate Col. Walter Taylor will refer to the battle as "the saddest chapter in the history of this army … miserable, miserable management."
 
In six months, Sedgwick will be shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during the bloody Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.
 
 
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Today in History November 1
79
The city of Pompeii is buried by eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
1512
Michelangelo's painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is exhibited for the first time.
1582
Maurice of Nassau, the son of William of Orange, becomes the governor of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht.
1755
A great earthquake at Lisbon, Portugal, kills over 50,000 people.
1765
The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies.
1861
Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, 50 year-veteran and leader of the U.S. Army at the onset of the Civil War, retires. General George McClellan is appointed general-in-chief of the Union armies.
1866
Wild woman of the west Myra Maybelle Shirley (Belle Starr) marries James C. Reed in Collins County, Texas.
1869
Louis Riel seizes Fort Garry, Winnipeg, during the Red River Rebellion.
1911
Italian planes perform the first aerial bombing on Tanguira oasis in Libya.
1923
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company buys the rights to manufacture Zeppelin dirigibles.
1924
Legendary Oklahoma marshal Bill Tilghman, 71, is gunned down by a drunk in Cromwell, Oklahoma.
1936
Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini announces the Rome-Berlin axis after Count Ciano's visit to Germany.
1936
The Rodeo Cowboy's Association is founded.
1943
American troops invade Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
1945
John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of Ebony magazine.
1950
Two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement attempt to assassinate President Harry S Truman.
1951
Algerian National Liberation Front begins guerrilla warfare against the French.
1967
The first issue of Rolling Stone hits the streets.
1968
President Lyndon B. Johnson calls a halt to bombing in Vietnam, hoping this will lead to progress at the Paris peace talks.
1968
The Motion Picture Association of America officially introduces its rating system to indicate age-appropriateness of film content.
1973
Leon Jaworski appointed as new Watergate Special Prosecutor.
1981
Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
1982
Honda opens a plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the US.
2000
Serbia joins the United Nations.
 
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Thanks to Bill
A Sea Story - Strange but true.
  Sometimes in life, the guy with the so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas hits one out of the park and saves the day..
This is what happened in 1942 aboard the HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, the last Dutch warship standing after the Battle of the Java Sea.
Originally planning to escape to Australia with three other warships, the then-stranded minesweeper had to make the voyage alone and unprotected..
The slow-moving vessel could only get up to about 15 knots <http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-abraham-crijnssen>  and had very few guns, boasting only a single 3-inch gun and two Oerlikon 20 mm canons <http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-abraham-crijnssen>  making it a sitting duck to Japanese bombers that circled above..
Knowing their only chance of survival was to make it to the Allies Down Under, the Crijnssen's 45 crew members frantically brainstormed ways to make the retreat undetected..
 
The winning idea ?
Turn the ship into an island..
You can almost hear crazy-idea guy anticipating his shipmates' reluctance: Now guys, just hear me out.. 
But lucky for him, the Abraham Crijnessen was strapped for time, resources and alternative means of escape, automatically making the island idea the best idea..
Now it was time to put the plan into action.
HNLMS_Abraham_Crijnssen_Covered_In_Branches
The crew went ashore to nearby islands and cut down as many trees as they could lug back onto the deck..
Then the timber was arranged to look like a jungle canopy <http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-abraham-crijnssen> , covering as much square footage as possible..
Any leftover parts of the ship were painted to look like rocks and cliff faces these guys weren't messing around..
HRMS_Abraham_Crijnssen_disguised_as_a_tropical_island
Now, a camouflaged ship in deep trouble is better than a completely exposed ship..
But there was still the problem of the Japanese noticing a mysterious moving island and wondering what would happen if they shot at it..
Because of this, the crew figured the best means of convincing the Axis powers that they were an island was to truly be an island: by not moving at all during daylight hours..
While the sun was up they would anchor the ship near other islands, then cover as much ocean as they could once night fell praying the Japanese wouldn't notice a disappearing and reappearing island amongst the nearly 18,000 existing islands <http://www.mapsofworld.com/indonesia/facts.html>  in Indonesia.. 
And, as luck would have it, they didn't..
The Crijnssen managed to go undetected by Japanese planes and avoid the destroyer that sank the other Dutch warships, surviving the eight-day journey to Australia and reuniting with Allied forces..
 
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Niger Ambush
Thanks to Eagle -
This appears to be the genuine story on that recent ambush in Niger.
Also note that La-David Johnson, the Black trooper who got killed and has been the basis of so much commotion, was not Special Forces, but just a regular soldier assigned to them for logistical support duties (truck driver?)
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I'm just forwarding this, I don't know anything about it but doubt if we ever get to the bottom of it.
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Niger Ambush
Comes from retired MajGen.
This just in from Special Activities Division (SAD) source in USG. Worth a read.
From my associates in the community, I have gotten the two stories currently floating around.  One is what appears to have happened, and the other is the Pentagon/USG Cover-Your-Ass (CYA) version.
The Pentagon CYA version continually changes, starts/stops, and is a massive blame game.  To them, it is obviously the A-Team's fault and error on a 'routine' training and advisory mission in Niger.  The narrative is that the A-Team, combined with Nigerien forces were out on a routine training advisory mission when (allegedly got sloppy) and ambushed (lucky chance) by a pro-Al Queda (ALQ) force.
My SF associates tell another version, and one I tend to believe.  The American A-Team had two, possibly four non-SF personnel (SGT La David Johnson being one of them).  The non-SF support folks were support weenies (drivers, supply & mechanics).  So, you had an A-Team of approximately 12 – 16 personnel; only 12 being Special Forces.  The A-Team was leading and advising a Nigerien Army force of approximately 30 Nigerien soldiers.  Their mission was not a routine training and advisory, but a joint US-Nigerien mission to seek out High Value Targets (HVTs); I.e., Nigerien ALQ leaders or forces.  The mission was conducted near Tonga-Tonga, along the Mali-Nigerien border; a very hot and active AO.
The story goes that they had conducted their mission and were returning when they stopped at a local village to do a 'meet & greet' - being seen and obtaining local intelligence.  It is alleged that the village headman and others mysteriously (and suspiciously) detained the US/Nigerien force well after the time they wished to depart.  Could the headman and others be in cahoots with the local guerrillas/ALQ using the delay to allow time to prepare an ambush?  Nobody knows, but French/Nigerien force have allegedly arrested and taken the village headman and others away for interrogation.
Leaving this particular village and heading back to their base camp, the joint A-Team/Nigerien Army force was indeed ambushed by a heavily armed ALQ band numbering approximately 50 fighters.  The ALQ band had small arms, machineguns and RPGs, and possibly mortars.  For some reason, approximately half of the US/Nigerien force was allowed to pass through the ambush killzone before the ambush was sprung, trapping the rear half.  Immediately after the ambush was initiated, the first half swung around to engage the ambushers and save the rear half.  It is then alleged that except for those already dead or wounded, all of the Nigerien soldiers bugged out and left the Americans to fight ALQ all by themselves.  Two groups, roughly 6-8 Americans per group fighting for their lives alone against a superior ALQ force.
Airstrikes were requested as the Americans fought on.  Several French Mirage fighters responded, but refused to engage citing poor weather, rough terrain and an inability to differentiate friend from foe.  American SF requested 'danger close' support and attempted to talk the CAS in, but the French Mirages alleged continued to refuse to engage.  Meanwhile, a French Quick Reaction Force (QRF) was contacted and on their way to the fight.
The Americans fought until relieved by the arrival of the French QRF.  The ALQ force broke contact and melted away.  Meanwhile, the French QRF searched the immediate vicinity and conducted MEDEVAC operations.  Three American Special Forces solders were either dead or would later die from wounds, several others wounded and one American support soldier (Johnson) missing.
Johnson's body was found near the ambush 48 hours later.  At present, nobody is sure if Johnson broke and ran like the Nigeriens, or was captured and then executed by the ALQ.  Either way, he wasn't in the two small Special Forces perimeters when the French QRF arrived.
Such things happen.  People get separated, captured or bug-out in panic.  Johnson was a driver, a support weenie and probably not much value in the fight.  For whatever reason, his failure to remain with the other Special Forces soldiers cost him his life.
And that is what I have been told about the action in Niger.  Basically 12-16 American soldiers abandoned, split in half and fighting to join together against a superior and more heavily armed enemy.  And the majority survived.
FYI.
 
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October 31, 2017
The War in Laos: Why Still Secret?
 
Gary Michael Rose received a well-deserved Medal of Honor last week. The videos and reports I have seen and heard indicate that everything was extraordinarily well done. I would, however, like to offer one minor quibble.
The citation which Mike received stated that his actions took place "deep within enemy-controlled territory." While this is factually correct, it is also misleading. Fred Zabitosky received a Medal of Honor with the same notation (DA GO 69-27). After some time and, I believe, court intervention, the awards was reissued with a change reading "within enemy-controlled territory in Laos" (DA GO 91-23). Why is this important?
In 1962, Averell Harriman negotiated an agreement meant to establish the neutralization of Laos. The United States withdrew its 666 military personnel from Laos in accordance with this agreement. The North Vietnamese ceremonially withdrew 25 personnel, leaving well over 10,000 North Vietnamese troops in Laos. The United States failed to respond strongly to this total negation of the agreement and, for many years, pretended to accept the myth of North Vietnamese withdrawal. When it was required to act out of due diligence against those forces, it established elaborate ruses to do so; Project 404 (sheep-dipped military personnel acting as Assistant Military Attachés) and CIA-led Hmong and other elements in Laos, and cross-border operations by MACV-SOG from Vietnam. The consequences of this facade was well-documented in Norman B. Hannah's The Key to Failure: Laos & the Vietnam War (Madison Books, 1987). GI's in Vietnam usually attributed it to an effort by the State Department to preserve Harriman's historical legacy, dubbing the Ho Chi Minh Trail as "The Averell Harriman Memorial Highway." The U.S. denied it had any military forces in Laos, when, in fact, the small numbers of military personnel engaged in Laos were there solely because of a much larger, and also denied, North Vietnamese presence. Thus, in 1969, Fred Zabitosky's Medal Of Honor and other awards to SOG personnel engaged in cross-border operations where written up with the phrase "deep within enemy-controlled territory."
In 1970, when the Government of Cambodia permitted U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to enter its country and engage the North Vietnamese forces that were occupying vast tracts of Cambodia, they also closed the port of Sihanoukville to the transshipment of supplies to those North Vietnamese forces. It became evident that the bulk of Communist material was coming through Cambodia. The North Vietnamese recognized this and determined to expand and secure their supply route through Laos – the Ho Chi Minh Trail. One of the actions they took, in September 1970, was to attack Laotian and CIA forces on the Bolevens Plateau in order to expand their control westward. MACSOG personnel conducted Operation Tailwind at the request of the ambassador in Laos, to distract the North Vietnamese and relieve the pressure on units on the Bolevens. Mike Rose received his award for actions in Tailwind, that received attention because of the totally bogus story aired by CNN in 1998.
By denying an American presence in Laos, the historical record has been misconstrued, beyond the operational aspects that affected the outcome of the war. In the recent Ken Burns documentary, episode 2 (1961-1963) states that "Kennedy sent the Green Berets to the Central Highlands of Vietnam to organize mountain tribes to fight the Viet Cong to undertake covert [emphasis added] missions to sabotage their supply bases in Laos and Cambodia," as though this was an illegitimate action undertaken by the U.S. Burns accepts the presence of Communist sanctuaries in those countries without questioning the self-imposed restraints by the U.S. Later, in discussing the failed ARVN Operation Lam Son 719 in Episode 9 (May 1970-March 1973), he points out that "by the end of 1970, both houses of Congress had barred all U.S. ground personnel, even advisors and special forces, from crossing the border," but he fails to chastise Congress for its one-sided proscription.
In the time frame of the Vietnam War it may have been useful to designate operations as being "deep within enemy-held territory," under a flawed diplomatic policy. But in the context of history written post war, that terminology is not only inappropriate, but it perpetuates misperceptions that color the public understanding of that history. It might be useful to find out who and why this terminology was used in Mike Rose's award citation, but it would be even more useful to correct the record. No one was shy about talking about Laos in the award ceremony, only in the award itself
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Stephen Sherman served with 5th Special Forces Group (Abn) in Vietnam. He is presently the editor of a series of books on the Second Indochina War and a principal contributor to a website devoted to correcting the Burns/PBS documentary of the Vietnam War, which can be found at http://wiki.vvfh.org/
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 11/01/2017 AFGHANISTAN - YOUNG SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS DIPLOMATIC ZONE IN KABUL; ISIS CLAIMS FATAL BLAST (NOV 01/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least seven people have been killed and 21 injured in an explosion in the heavily protected Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic area in Kabul, the Afghan capital, say health officials cited by Tolo News (Afghanistan).   A suicide bomber reportedly detonated his explosives near the Ministry of Defense. The ministry was not the target, officials said.   Islamic State claimed responsibility, noted the Voice of America News.   The blast occurred Tuesday at around 4 p.m. local time, when many government officials and embassy staff leave the area for the day.   The bomber apparently entered the area through a park bordering the diplomatic zone. He was on a motorbike and made it through the first checkpoint. When he was stopped at a second checkpoint, he set off his explosives, according to a Defense Ministry spokesman cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   A spokesman for Kabul police said the bomber was 12 or 13 years old
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/01/2017 AUSTRALIA - S. KOREAN, AUSTRALIAN NAVIES KICK OFF ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE EXERCISE (NOV 01/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- A pair of Australian frigates and a maritime patrol aircraft are in South Korea this week for a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The biennial Haedoli Wallaby exercise runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3.   The Australian contingent includes the frigates Parramatta and Melbourne and an air force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.   South Korea is deploying six ships, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft for the drills.   The exercise will strengthen core sea-based maritime skills, said Capt. Johnathan Earley, the commander of the Australian Joint Task Group. The two sides will also work together on briefings, tabletop exercises and international engagement activities.   The drill with South Korea is part of Australia's ongoing Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavor -- an 11-week deployment designed to strengthen security cooperation with key regional partners
  Item Number:3 Date: 11/01/2017 CANADA - TROOPS GOOD TO GO FOR NIGER TRAINING MISSION (NOV 01/RCI)  RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL -- The Canadian military says Canadian troops will carry on with planned training of Nigerien security forces despite an ambush there early in October that killed four U.S. Green Berets, reports Radio Canada International.   A small contingent from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based in Valcartier, Quebec, is expected to conduct the training as part Canada's Operation Naberius, said a spokesman for the Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters.   Under that operation, Canadian soldiers provide training to the Nigerien army twice a year, in the spring and fall. The event consists of two- or three-month serials that cover individual soldier skills, marksmanship, combat first aid, patrolling and checkpoint operations.   The exact time and location of the training is not publicized for security reasons, the spokesman said.   The training used to be conducted by special operations forces, but that task was transferred to the Canadian army in 2016. About two dozen troops from the French-speaking 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, in Valcartier conducted the training earlier this year
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/01/2017 INDONESIA - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF 2ND MISSILE FRIGATE (NOV 01/DEFAERO)  DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- PT PAL Indonesia has handed over to the Indonesian navy the second of two guided-missile frigates built to the Damen SIGMA 10514 design, reports defenase-aerospace.com.   KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai was delivered to the navy on Oct. 30, according to a shipyard release.   The ship was built in Indonesia with components provided by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in the Netherlands. Damen built one of the six modules for the frigate, with the remainder built domestically, said PT PAL Indonesia.   The warship is 345 feet (105.11 m) long, with a beam of 47 feet (14.2 m) and has a top speed of 28 knots.   Named for a hero of the war for independence from the Dutch, the ship features a stealth design and modern armament and equipment for surface warfare, air defense, anti-submarine warfare and electronic warfare operations, said the shipbuilder
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/01/2017 IRAN - SUPREME LEADER SETS 1,200-MILE MISSILE RANGE; LIMITATION INCLUDES ISRAEL, U.S. BASES (NOV 01/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Iranian officials say the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has restricted the range of the country's ballistic missile arsenal to about 1,240 miles, reports Radio Free Europe.   Two senior officials said in separate interviews on Tuesday that the ayatollah ordered that the nation's ballistic missiles not exceed a range of 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles).   Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, made his comments to journalists in Tehran, saying that the range can cover "most of American interest and forces" in the Middle East. He insisted that the weapons serve a defensive purpose, but said that the range could be increased if necessary.   Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, made similar comments over state media on Tuesday. Tehran is trying to improve the accuracy of its missiles, he said. The general denied that such missiles would carry a nuclear warhead, according to Al Jazeera.   The range encompasses most targets in the Middle East within range, including Israel and other U.S. allies.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 11/01/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS CEDES CONTROL OF BORDER CROSSINGS TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY (NOV 01/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Islamist militant group Hamas has handed over authority to Gaza's border with Israel and Egypt crossings to the Palestinian Authority (PA), reports Agence France-Presse.   The PA's official in charge of administering the crossings, Nazmi Muhanna, and his Hamas counterpart signed the agreement Wednesday.   Hamas installations on the border were seen being dismantled, said an AFP reporter.   Mufeed al-Husayna, the minister of public works, also noted that the crossings were being placed under the authority of the Ramallah-based government.   Under the terms of the agreement reached in October, the PA is to take control of the Gaza Strip by Dec. 1
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/01/2017 JAPAN - U.S., JAPANESE DEFENSE, BUSINESS LEADERS SEE MORE MILITARY TECHNOLOGY COOPERATION (NOV 01/NAR)  NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW -- American and Japanese defense experts say they expect to see growing bilateral cooperation on military technology, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.   Increased cooperation was discussed at the Mount Fuji Dialogue in Tokyo over the weekend. The event brings together important government and business officials from both countries.   "Japan possesses superior materials research," noted Hideaki Watanabe, the former head of Japan's Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency. "By coalescing with the U.S., we will be able to produce groundbreaking hardware."   Japan has advanced research capabilities in quantum computing, which has a role in encryption technology.   The two sides can also work together on artificial intelligence for military equipment, said one former senior official at the Pentagon.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/01/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - NAZARBAYEV RATIFIES U.N. ARMS TRADE TREATY; ADOPTED IN 2014, ATT HAS BEEN RATIFIED BY 92 NATIONS (NOV 01/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed legislation ratifying the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The treaty was adopted by many U.N. member states in April 2013. It is designed to provide general standards to regulate international trade in conventional weapons and to prevent illegal arms trade and transfers.   The treaty has been ratified by 92 states, while 41 others have signed but not ratified it, noted AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan).   The treaty applies to tanks, armored fighting vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, combat helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, small arms and light weapons, according to the Kazakh Parliament.   The document will not affect Kazakhstan's export agreements, said Deputy Defense Minister Talgat Mukhtarov.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/01/2017 LIBYA - RIVALS BLAME HAFTAR'S FORCES FOR DEADLY STRIKES IN DERRA (NOV 01/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Seventeen people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in an airstrike in the eastern Libyan city of Derna, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   A source at the city's hospital said many of the victims of Monday's airstrike were woman and children from one family, reported the Washington, D.C.-based Al-Monitor.   Derna, 560 miles east of Tripoli, is the only city in eastern Libya not controlled by Libyan National Army General Khalifa Haftar. A hotbed of terrorist activity, the city is under the control of the Mujahideen Shura Council.   Haftar's forces have been laying siege to the city for over a year.   A political party linked to the Muslim Brotherhood blamed the strikes on Haftar. The Leader of Libya's Supreme State Council also said Haftar's forces were responsible, reported the Anadolu Agency (Turkey
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/01/2017 POLAND - MULTINATIONAL CORPS NORTHEAST HQ CONCLUDES IRON WOLF DRILLS IN LITHUANIA (NOV 01/MNCNE)  MULTINATIONAL CORPS NORTHEAST -- The Multinational Corps Northeast headquarters participated in the recent Exercise Iron Wolf II in the Pabrade Training Area in Lithuania, reports the corps, which is based in Szczecin, Poland.   Iron Wolf II, which ran from Oct. 18 to Oct. 31, was a field-training exercise involving 13 countries and about 2,300 personnel.   The main goal of the drills was to improve cooperation between the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Lithuania and the Lithuanian army's Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.   This was also the first deployment of the MNCNE headquarters since it was certified as a High-Readiness Forces (Land) HQ in June 2017. The MRC is based on a trilateral effort involving Germany, Poland and Denmark.   The exercise also served as a test for future deployments of the corps' tactical command post, officials said.   For the first time, the headquarters practiced moving troops from Poland and Germany as a single entity
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/01/2017 RUSSIA - PUTIN IN TEHRAN TO TALK NUCLEAR DEAL; TRILATERAL MEETING WITH AZERI LEADER TO FOCUS ON RAILWAY (NOV 01/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for a series of meetings with senior Iranian officials, reports Bloomberg News.   Putin arrived Wednesday for discussions with President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamanei. The agenda is said to focus on regional security issues, including Moscow's support for the Islamic Republic's nuclear program and the latest developments in Syria.   The Russian leader is also scheduled to participate in a trilateral summit that will include Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev. The three presidents will discuss building a railway line between their nations that could carry freight from Asia to Europe. The plan aims to offer an alternative to shipping through the Suez Canal
Item Number:12 Date: 11/01/2017 SOUTH KOREA - N. KOREAN HACKERS STEAL SHIP, SUBMARINE DOCUMENTS; MASSIVE DATA BREACH ALLEGED (NOV 01/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- A key South Korean lawmaker says that North Korean hackers stole blueprints of domestic missile ships and unspecified submarines in a cyber attack last year against Daeweoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, reports Bloomberg News, citing South Korea's Dong-A Ilbo newspaper.   About 60 classified military documents were among the 40,000 stolen from the shipbuilder in April 2016, reported the newspaper. The information reportedly included data on construction technology, blueprints, weapon systems and evaluations of ships and submarines.   The lawmaker, Kyeong Dae Soo, from the hawkish Liberty Korea Party, told the local paper that he had received a briefing on the hack from the South Korean Defense Ministry.   Defense industry sources corroborated the account to the Wall Street Journal.   The Defense Ministry said it has been investigating the cyberattack
Item Number:13 Date: 11/01/2017 SYRIA - PEACE INITIATIVE OVER SYRIA WAR HAS SEVERAL COMPLICATIONS (NOV 01/REU)  REUTERS -- A Russian-sponsored peace initiative over the Syrian war is having difficulty during the latest talks in Kazakhstan.   Both the Syrian opposition and Turkey have raised issues over the initiative to end the Syrian war, reports Reuters.  The announcement of a new round of talks in Sochi on Nov. 18 was one of the few positive developments to come out of the latest round of talks in Astana, the Kazkah capital, that ended Tuesday.   Russia's "Syrian Congress on National Dialogue" was supposed to include 33 different Syrian groups and parties.   Mohammad Alloush, a senior official with the Jaish al-Islam rebel group and member of the opposition's High Negotiations Committee, said his group opposes any efforts to end the conflict outside of the U.N.-led Geneva framework.   Such negotiations are equivalent to a discussion between "the regime and the regime," he said.   The Syrian National Coalition, based in and supported by Turkey, echoed these criticisms, insisting the negotiations move forward under the U.N. framework.   Ankara also took issue with the deicison to invite the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units. The Turkish government considers them the equivalent of banned Kurdish terrorist groups.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/01/2017 TUNISIA - 'ISLAMIST' STABS 2 POLICEMEN IN TUNIS, HAVING DECIDED TO DO 'SOMETHING FOR JIHAD' (NOV 01/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- An Islamist attacker has stabbed two Tunisian police officers outside of the Parliament, say Tunisian officials, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   The suspect was taken into custody after Wednesday's attack in the capital, Tunis. The Interior Ministry stated the suspect was known to authorities for his extremist views, reports Reuters.   One of the officers was taken to the hospital after being stabbed in the neck. The other's injuries were described as "light."   Police said the suspect admitted that he had "decided to do something for jihad." He reportedly called the officers "tyrants," noted AFP.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/01/2017 USA - AMERICAN BEHIND-THE-SCENES NEGOTIATOR WITH N. KOREA SAYS HIS INSTRUCTIONS 'HAVE NOT BEEN LIMITED' (NOV 01/REU)  REUTERS -- A senior U.S. official has acknowledged that he is quietly communicating directly with North Korean diplomat, reports Reuters in an exclusive interview with the State Department official.   John Yun, the U.S. negotiator, said on Tuesday that he has been in contact with North Koreans at the United Nations in New York, using the "New York channel" of communications.   In the early days of the Trump administration, Yun was assigned to negotiate the release of U.S. prisoners held in North Korea. His mandate is now broader.   His instructions "have not been limited at all, both (in) frequency and substance," he said.   Chief among the issues being raised are Pyongyang's nuclear bomb and missile tests.   Yun said his last high-level contact came in June, when he traveled to North Korea to secure the release of American Otto Warmbier, who later died from injuries received while in custody. The Trump administration is demanding the return of three other citizens.  
 Item Number:16 Date: 11/01/2017 USA - ARMY GOES WITH L-3 TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT APACHE MANNED/UNMANNED TEAMS (NOV 01/L3)  L-3 COMMUNICATIONS -- L-3 Technologies, based in New York City, has announced receiving multiple contracts for production work in support of the U.S. Army's Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming-Expanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program.   The MUMT-X program enables communications and data-sharing between manned and unmanned aircraft in capability that is much more robust, lighter and cheaper than the original unmanned aircraft system control system, said an L-3 release on Oct. 30.   The awards, worth a total of $97 million, follows the successful completion of a 2015 MUMT-X communications upgrade contract, which covered advanced high-speed transmission capability for wideband video and data.   Under the latest phase, L-3 will supply tested and certified Apache MUMT-X above rotor unmanned aerial system receive technologies to support MUMT operations and air-to-air-to-ground (AAG) line-of-sight data links
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/01/2017 USA - LOCKHEED TO DESIGN NAVY'S EXTRA-LARGE UUV (NOV 01/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for design work on an extra-large unmanned undersea vehicle (XLUUV), reports the defense firm.   The $43.2 million contract is for the design phase of the two-phase Orca XLUUV program, said a Lockheed release on Oct. 30.   The second phase, a competition for production, is expected to cover the manufacture of up to nine Orca vehicles.   The long-range autonomous vehicle is to be capable of a variety of missions via a reconfigurable payload bay.   The Orca will have an extended range, autonomy and persistence, allowing it to sail to an operational area; loiter, with the ability to periodically establish communications and deploy payloads; and then sail home, noted the release.   Navy personnel will be able to launch, recover, operate and communicate with the vehicle from a home base, said Lockheed
Item Number:18 Date: 11/01/2017 USA - NAVY PROBE BLAMES COLLISION ON MISTAKES IN TRAINING, JUDGEMENT (NOV 01/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- U.S. Navy officials have blamed judgement and training mistakes for two separate ship collisions this summer that killed 17 sailors, reports Military Times, citing senators briefed by the officials.   Lawmakers from the seapower panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee were briefed Tuesday in a classified session by Adm. John Richardson, the chief of Naval Operations, and Adm. Philip. Davidson, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces. The findings of their investigation into the causes of the collisions on June 17 and Aug. 21 are expected to be released publicly later this week.   "We need to provide our sailors, as well as soldiers and airmen, with the resources they need…in general, we're asking too few ships to do too many things. And that needs to be addressed," said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) who chairs the committee.   The lawmakers made reference to a statistic from a Government Accountability Office report in September that stated crew limitations forced some sailors to work more than 100 hours per week.   In June, the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a commercial ship off the coast of Japan, killing seven sailors. A collision in August between the destroyer John S. McCain and a commercial tanker near Singapore killed 10 more
  Item Number:19 Date: 11/01/2017 USA - NEW YORK CITY TERROR ATTACK LEAVES 8 DEAD; SUSPECT SAID TO BE LOYAL TO ISIS (NOV 01/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Eight people have been killed and 11 injured in New York City in what authorities are calling a terrorist attack, reports CNN.   Officials say Sayfullo Saipov, 29, drove a rented pickup truck down a bike and pedestrian path on Tuesday afternoon, hitting at least 19 people. After the vehicle crashed into a school bus, the driver exited with what appeared to be weapons.   The attacker was shot by a police officer on the scene and taken into custody. He underwent surgery at a local hospital.   Six were declared dead at the scene and two more were pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, reports BBC. Five of the dead were Argentine nationals on vacation, according to Argentina's Foreign Affairs Minister.   Law enforcement officials told Fox News that Saipov shouted "Allahu Akbar" when getting out of his vehicle. Handwritten notes pledging loyalty to the Islamic State and an ISIS flag were found in the vehicle, reported the New York Post.   The Uzbek national was not a U.S. citizen. He immigrated to the United States in 2010 and spent several years in Tampa, Fla. He had most recently been workings in New Jersey as a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber
Item Number:20 Date: 11/01/2017 YEMEN - AIRSTRIKE LEVELS HOTEL, MARKET IN HOUTHI STRONGHOLD IN SAADA PROVINCE (NOV 01/AAP)  AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS -- An airstrike that struck a hotel and market in Yemen's northern Saada province of Yemen has killed at least 26 people, say officials as reported by the Australian Associated Press.   Local officials said Wednesday's attack leveled both structures in the Sahar district of Saada that borders Saudi Arabia.   Medics on the scene were seen gathering corpses.   A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthi's after the rebels deposed the internationally-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.   Saada is a stronghold of the Shi'ite Houthis.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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