Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - November 7
1861 - Naval forces under Rear Admiral Samuel F. DuPont capture Port Royal Sound, SC.
1881 - The Naval Advisory Board submit their report to Secretary of the Navy William H. Hunt recommends new ships in the U.S. Navy be constructed of steel instead of iron, resulting in the A, B, C, D ships.
1973: The War Powers Resolution becomes law. The law requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.
2016 Today in History November 7
The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.
Rebellious Indians in a conspiracy organized in defiance of the United States government by Tecumseh, Shawnee chief, are defeated during his absence in the Battle of the Wabash (or Tippecanoe) by William Henry Harrison, governor of Indiana Territory.
Andrew Jackson attacks and captures Pensacola, Florida, defeating the Spanish and driving out a British force.
Zachary Taylor, one of the heroes of the Mexican War, is elected president.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches an unsuccessful raid on Belmont, Missouri.
Rutherford B. Hayes is elected 19th president of the United States.
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, two participants in Tombstone, Arizona's, famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, are jailed as the hearings on what happened in the fight grow near.
President Woodrow Wilson is re-elected, but the race is so close that all votes must be counted before an outcome can be determined, so the results are not known until November 11.
Jeannette Rankin (R-Montana) is elected the first congresswoman.
British General Sir Edmond Allenby breaks the Turkish defensive line in the Third Battle of Gaza.
The Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, take power in Russia.
Benito Mussolini declares himself to be leader of the National Fascist Party in Italy.
Tacoma Bridge in Washington State collapses.
British troops launch a limited offensive along the coast of Burma.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected to a fourth term by defeating Thomas Dewey.
UN General Assembly calls for France, Israel and the UK to immediately withdraw their troops from Egypt.
In Cleveland, Ohio, Carl B. Stokes becomes the first African American elected mayor of a major American city.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
President Richard Nixon is re-elected.
Congress overrides Pres. Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution that limited presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.
A uprising in Bangladesh kills Brig. Gen. Khaled Mosharraf and frees Maj. Gen. Ziaur Rahman, future president of the country, from house arrest.
A bomb explodes in the US Capitol's Senate Chambers area, causing $250,000 damages but no one is harmed; a group calling itself the Armed Resistance Unit claimed the bomb was retaliation for US military involvement in Grenada and Lebanon.
Douglas Wilder wins Virginia's gubernatorial election, becoming the first elected African American governor in the US; during Reconstruction Mississippi had an acting governor and Louisiana had an appointed governor who were black.
Mary Robinson becomes the first woman elected President of the Republic of Ireland.
The world's first internet radio broadcast originates from WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hilary Rodham Clinton becomes the first Lady (1993–2001) elected to public office in the US when she wins a US Senate seat.
Election Day in the US ends with the winner between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore still undecided.
Whenever there was a crisis in the world the President would ask where are the carriers?. Well folks here they are and some folks better be nervous.
UPDATED: 7 U.S. Aircraft Carriers Are Now Simultaneously Underway
November 6, 2017 1:49 PMUpdated: November 6, 2017 5:56 PM

Seven U.S. aircraft carriers are underway for the first time simultaneously in several years.
Top: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Center: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Bottom: USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). USNI News Image
This post has been updated with a statement from Commander of U.S. Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Michael Shoemaker.
Seven out of 11 U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers are underway simultaneously for the first time in several years, USNI News has learned.
Three are on operational deployments in the Western Pacific with full air wings and carrier strike groups — USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
Four more are out for short training missions as part of training operations or workups ahead of deployments. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) are operating in the Eastern Pacific. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and the Navy's newest carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are operating in the Atlantic.
A Navy official confirmed the basic details of the carrier moves on Monday, to USNI News.
The Reagan, Nimitz and Roosevelt strike groups are all operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Reagan is operating in the Sea of Japan near the Korean peninsula while Nimitz is returning to its homeport at Naval Station Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash. after a deployment to the Persian Gulf to conduct air strike against ISIS targets. Roosevelt deployed from San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 7 set to replace Nimitz as part of the continued U.S. operation against ISIS.
The carriers in 7th Fleet could converge for the first simultaneous three-strike group training operations in a decade, defense officials have told USNI News.
"These three carriers are not there specifically targeting North Korea," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford said last week.
"This is a routine demonstration of our commitment to the region."
The exercise would likely overlap with President Donald Trump's 12-day Asia trip and be set against a backdrop of smoldering tensions between Washington and North Korea.
Vinson is conducting a planned sustainment exercise and flight tests with the F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter, while Stennis left Kitsap-Bremerton last week for training after coming out of a repair period. A sailor on Vinson was injured Friday after being struck with a plane being towed on the flight deck.
Lincoln is undergoing a series of qualifications following the completion of a mid-life refueling and complex overhaul and return to the fleet in May.
Ford is continuing years of tests and training before the ship will be fully integrated into the U.S. fleet and leave on its first deployment sometime in the early 2020s.
"Naval aviation is supporting the requirements of combatant commanders forward while building our capabilities for future deployments–and qualifying new pilots–with training near our shores," Vice Adm. Michael Shoemaker, commander Naval Air Forces said in a Monday statement provided to USNI News.
"The addition of USS Gerald Ford is exciting, as we test the capabilities for the future. This optempo is not ordinary, but the demand for carriers remains as high as ever."
While the Navy is quick to ascribe coincidence and overlapping training schedules often to a certain number of ships underway, leaders also use the number of ships deployed as a metric of how well the service is doing.
In 2016, six carriers were underway in a combination of training and deployments that Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson at the time called a "milestone event."
In 2004, the service deployed seven carrier strike groups as part of the Summer Pulse 04 exercise to demonstrate the surge capacity of the carrier force.
"The near-simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups provides the Navy and the joint combatant commanders an opportunity to exercise the [fleet response plan] while maintaining the ability to respond to crises around the globe, enhance regional security and relationships, meet combatant commander requirements including forward presence, and demonstrate a commitment to allies and coalition partners," read a statement from June 3, 2004.
Iran, Syria, Lebanon and ongoing strife. The PM quits before he is murdered
Thanks to Hal -
   It isn't a surprise that the Prime Minister of Lebanon is quitting.  His father was killed by HezbAllah some years ago.  Two Thousand pounds of explosives
were planted along his route and killed him, his bodyguards and about sixty other innocent people.
   But you have to look back in history to begin to understand who owns what and who might care. The Turkish Ottoman Empire owned this area for four hundred years until the end of World War I when they chose the wrong side. It was Sykes and Picot, a Brit and a Frenchman who carved up the Near and MIddle East in their favor.  By the way, the terms Near, MIddle and Far East are British terms relating to their distance from England. So, in a way, Lebanon was part of 'Greater Syria' and they have not forgotten it.  Then of course,Iran wants to build its Caliphate, so sometimes they are at odds.
   We have had our share of trouble and grief there as well.  Long ago we built the American University of Beiruit and opened a 500-bed JCAHO accredited hospital there. In fact, my UCLA classmate David Jacobsen was the hospital admiinistrator there and was kidnapped and chained to a radiator for years. CIA agent Buckley was held in the next room and David remembers well how he was tortured until they killed him and dumped his body. Kidnappings of foreigners was a money-making business for years. Perhaps you remember them....
   Remember that in April of 1983 HezbAllah drove a truck with one ton of explosives into the front of the US Embassy and killed more than sixty people.  Of that, almost all of the CIA staff were right above the blast and eight of them died including the Chief of Station, Ken Haas. 
   And then, as if we had learned nothing, six months later a truck bomber blew up the Marine Barracks in Beiruit, killing 241 fine young men.  They also killed some French soldiers who were with the MFO.  And, because the Marines were there on a "Peacekeeping" mission, they could not load their weapons.  By December, the USS New Jersey began shelling selected areas around Beiruit. I was in Saudi Arabia during that time. I used to fly PanAm Airlines from NYC to London and then change to MEA, Middle East Airlines, who had the best food anywhere. Then one day the crazies shelled the airport two hours after I had departed and it was closed for months  Anything on the ground stayed there. And if anyone tried to patch the holes in the runway, snipers shot them.
   A couple of months after the Marine Barracks were blown up, we were in an undeclared war with Syria and one of our A-6s was shot down.  The pilot, Navy Lt Mark Lange was killed by a faulty parachute and his BN, Lt. Robert Goodman was captured and taken to Damascus. This was the year, 1984, that Jesse Jackson was running for president and he announced to the world that he was "going to Damascus to get that boy out".  I flew up that night on a Syrian Air 747 out of Jeddah and checked into the Cham Palace Hotel in downtown Damascus.  To his credit, Mr. Jackson gained his release and brought him home. He remained in the Navy and retired as a Commander.
   We still have interests there, but maintain a low presence.
(This is a perfect example of good deeds done by the Trump administration that gets no press or recognition!!  Thank God for Pruitt!)
EPA Chief Needs 24-Hour Security after Shutting Down Inefficient and Corrupt Programs
EPA's Pruitt Shuts Down Rigged Grants & "Waters of US" Tyrannyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=QlyfUcMB8J0
US: Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the EPA, sued the federal agency fourteen times when he was the Attorney General of Oklahoma.  He is currently being guarded round the clock because of of threats on his life. Since taking over the EPA, he has saved an estimated $30 billion by cutting waste and fraud. For example, he replaced EPA advisory panels with independent experts instead of people who depend  on the EPA for grant money.  Pruitt rescinded the EPA's regulations called 'Waters of the United States' that were merely a scheme for federal zoning and confiscation of private land. 

Item Number:1 Date: 11/07/2017 AFGHANISTAN - DIPLOMAT SHOT, KILLED OUTSIDE HOME (NOV 07/NDTV)  NDTV -- A Pakistani diplomatic official has been shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, reports NDTV (India).   Family sources told Pakistan's Geo News that Nayyar Iqbal Rana, 52, was killed Monday when two assailants on motorbikes opened fire at him outside his residence in Jalalabad.. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.   Rana was the assistant to the consul general in the city, the capital of Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan and has a heavy Taliban presence.   Pakistan condemned the killing and demanded increased security for its missions and staff, reported the Voice of America News. Afghan officials have said they are investigating the attack. Kabul's ambassador to Pakistan condemned the attack and conveyed the president's sympathies.   No group immediately claimed responsibility.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/07/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ISIS CLAIMS FATAL ATTACK ON KABUL TV STATION (NOV 07/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Gunmen have stormed the office of a television station in the Afghan capital of Kabul, reports BBC.   The attackers reportedly lobbed grenades at the Shamshad TV building on Tuesday before storming inside. The assailants were wearing police uniforms, according to an employee who spoke to TOLO News (Afghanistan).   One of the attackers was a suicide bomber, reported AFP. The total number of attackers was not certain.   Casualty counts varied as more information became available. Police said at least two security guards were killed. Around 20 were injured, said Reuters. Special operations personnel blasted through one of the building's protective walls to enter the building, reported BBC.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack
  Item Number:3 Date: 11/07/2017 CHINA - BEIJING'S NEW DREDGING VESSEL CAPABLE OF BUILDING ISLANDS (NOV 07/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China has just launched a powerful dredging ship, a move likely to spark regional concerns that Beijing will resume building islands in the disputed South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post.   The Tian Kun Hao was put into the water on Friday in Qidong in China's eastern Jiangsui province.   The ship, which is 459 feet (140 m) long and 92 feet (28 m) wide, will replace the Tian Jing Hao, which was used extensively to build islands in those waters.   That project was called China's "great wall of sand" by the chief of the U.S. Pacific Command at the time, noted the Japan Times.   The ship is expected to enter service in summer 2018, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The vessel can dredge up to 212,000 cubic feet (6,000 cubic meters) per hour and can dig as deep as 115 feet (35 m) under the sea floor, reported the paper. The Tian Kun Hoa features an advanced GPS navigation system and can operate autonomously without a crew.   The ship can pick up material and pump it through a pipeline up to 9 miles (15 km) away, allowing it to dredge in one area and refill in another without requiring landfill material to be transported from elsewhere, Chinese officials said.   Don't worry, said one Beijing-based military expert. "China will abide by the code of conduct in the South China Sea ... and won't use the dredger to expand its artificial islands," he said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/07/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - FIRED COLONEL, SUPPORTERS SURRENDER AFTER CLASHES WITH TROOPS (NOV 07/DPA)  DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR -- There have been multiple casualties in recent clashes between the Congolese army and the supporters of a renegade colonel in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reports Deutsche Presse-Agentur.   Seven people were killed and nine injured on Sunday when government forces tried to disarm Col. Abbas Kayonga and 17 of his supporters in Bukavu in South Kivu province, said an army spokesman.   Kayonga was fired from an anti-fraud unit overseeing local mines on Nov. 2. The fighting began when police came to disarm the colonel, noted the Voice of America News.   On Nov. 5, Kayonga and several of his followers later turned themselves in to U.N. peacekeepers.   The U.N. handed them over to Congolese judicial authorities, the army spokesman said.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/07/2017 EGYPT - PRESIDENT OFFERS PUBLIC SUPPORT TO 2-TERM LIMIT (NOV 07/CNBC)  CNBC -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi says he will abide by Egypt's constitution and not seek a third term, reports CNBC.   In an interview with CNBC on Monday night, Sisi said that future presidents must obey the will of the people and obey such limits.   The Egyptian constitution limits presidents to two four-year terms, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).   This was the president's first public discussion of the issue, which has been raised by the media and pro-government legislators.   Sisi was elected in 2014, the year after the military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 11/07/2017 FINLAND - VISITING U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY PRAISES NEW HYBRID THREATS CENTER, FINNISH CONTRIBUTIONS (NOV 07/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- During a visit to Finland, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has praised the creation of a warfare center dedicated to countering asymmetric threats emanating from Russia, reports the Washington Post.   Speaking in Helsinki on Monday, Mattis commended the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, which was established earlier this year in the Finnish capital.   Center participants include Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Britain and the United States. E.U. countries and NATO members are eligible to join. Finland is not a NATO member state but it is an active partner.   Speaking alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Mattis praised Finland on several fronts.   "Your tactically skillful and ethically sound troops have brought courage and competence to the battlefield against terrorism in the same manner in which your country has brought compassion to the humanitarian fields," he said.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/07/2017 INDIA - NAVY OPTS FOR COCHIN SHIPYARD TO BUILD 8 ASW SHIPS (NOV 07/NDT)  NEW DELHI TIMES -- The Indian navy has selected Cochin Shipyard to build eight new anti-submarine warfare ships, reports the New Delhi Times.   The shipyard was declared the lowest bidder for the tender, beating out offers from Larsen and Toubro, Reliance Naval and Engineering, Garden Reach Shipbuilder and Engineering, Goa Shipyard and Hindustan Shipyard, the newspaper said on Monday.   The overall project is estimated to be worth US$812 million.   The first ship is supposed to be delivered within 42 months, followed by the delivery of two ships annually thereafter.   According to the tender approved by the Defense Acquisition Council in 2013, the ships will displace 700 tons, with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of around 200 nm.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/07/2017 JORDAN - KING WELCOMES INDONESIA'S TOP ANTI-TERRORISM OFFICER, PLEDGES COOPERATION (NOV 07/ANTARANA)  ANTARA NEWS AGENCY -- King Abdullah II has discussed how to improve Jordan's terrorism cooperation with Indonesia, reports Antara News, Indonesia's national news agency.   The king made his comments on Saturday during a meeting in Amman with Commissioner Gen. Suhardi Alius, the head of Indonesia's National Counterterrorism Agency (BNTP).   Alius also briefed the king on Indonesia's counterterrorism and counter-radicalism efforts.   King Abdullah II also ordered his intelligence chief to set up information exchanges, among other efforts with Indonesia.   During his visit to Jordan, Alius was scheduled to meet with the nation's home affairs minister.   Also on Saturday, Jordan hosted a conference that outlined the nation's strategy in countering terrorism, noted the Jordan Times.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/07/2017 MALI - PAIR OF ATTACKS KILL 5, INJURE 3 (NOV 07/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- The Malian government says five civilians have been killed and three injured in separate attacks in Mali, reports Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   Four were killed when their vehicle hit a land mine in Lellehoye village in the eastern Gao region, according to the Defense Ministry on Monday.   Also on Monday, a convoy carrying equipment for peacekeepers was ambushed in Konna, in the central region of Mopti. A civilian army employee was killed and three soldiers injured, said the ministry. The attackers were mounted on motorbikes.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks
Item Number:10 Date: 11/07/2017 NIGERIA - 4 CHRISTIAN CHARITY WORKERS KIDNAPPED; BRITISH NATIONAL THEN KILLED, 3 FREED (NOV 07/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- A British man kidnapped last month in Nigeria has been killed, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Three others were freed and returned home after Nigerian authorities negotiated their release.   The developments were made public on Monday by the U.K. Foreign Office.   The four Christian charity workers were abducted from their accommodation in Nigeria's southern Delta state on Oct. 13, local officials told CNN.   The Foreign Office statement did not make clear who was responsible for the abducting or the circumstances around the death of Ian Squire.   Squire was an optician from Shepperton in Surrey, who had made several visits to Nigeria since 2013 to provide "comprehensive eyecare programs" for his self-funded charity, Mission for Vision.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/07/2017 NIGERIA - ARMY AMBUSHES FLEEING BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS; 6-YEAR-OLD BOY RESCUED DURING OP (NOV 07/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- The Nigerian army says it "neutralized" dozens of Boko Haram militants in a weekend ambush in the nation's northeastern Borno state, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   Many of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds, the army spokesman said on Saturday.   The troops from the 151 Battalion laid the ambush on fleeing militants along the Banki-Bula Yobe road in the Bama region of Borno, the spokesman said.   A six-year-old boy was rescued, he said. Several items, including eight bicycles, cutlasses and two Boko Haram special operations uniforms, were reportedly recovered
Item Number:12 Date: 11/07/2017 NORWAY - AIR FORCE RECEIVES FIRST 3 PERMANENT F-35S; FIGHTERS FLY FROM TEXAS TO ORLAND AIR BASE (NOV 07/NMOD)  NORWEGIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Norway has officially taken delivery of its first three F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, reports the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.   The jets flew from Fort Worth, Texas and arrived at Orland Air Base on Nov. 3, officials said.   Norway has seven F-35A stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., for training. These three aircraft will be permanently stationed in Norway, the ministry said.   Oslo plans to buy up to 52 F-35A jets to replace its 56 F-16 Fighting Falcons. The air force expects to accept six fighters a year from 2018 to 2024.  
 Item Number:13 Date: 11/07/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - CROWN PRINCE SAYS IRAN'S AID TO HOUTHIS COULD BE 'ACT OF WAR' (NOV 07/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, has accused Iran of "direct military aggression" against the Kingdom by supplying rockets to Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports AFP, citing state media.   The Saudi Press Agnecy on Tuesday quoted part of the crown prince's conversation with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in which he said supplying missiles to the Houthi rebels could be considered "an act of war."   Saudi authorities said on Saturday that they had intercepted a Houthi-launched missile over Riyadh, the capital. Tehran has denied supplying missiles to the Houthis.   On Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN that Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shi'ite militia supported by Syria and Iran, launched the Iranian missile from Houthi territory.   Also on Monday, the Saudi-led coalition said it would close all air, land and sea ports to Yemen to stop the flow of weapons, reported Reuters
Item Number:14 Date: 11/07/2017 SOUTH KOREA - DURING DRILLS NEAR N. KOREAN BORDER, U.S., S. KOREAN MARINES TRAIN ON ISLAND DEFENSE (NOV 07/YON)  YONHAP -- Local military officials say South Korean and U.S. marines are in the midst of a joint border island defense exercise in the Yellow Sea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The two-week joint exercise, which concludes on Nov. 10, is taking place on the islands of Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong, which are just south of the inter-Korean border in the Yellow Sea.   The training is focused on enhancing combined air power in the Korean Marine Exchange Program, according to the South Korean marines.   More than 50 South Korean and 30 U.S. marines are taking part in the drills, the marines said on Monday.   The exercise reportedly included a simulated North Korean attack on the islands.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/07/2017 SYRIA - FIGHTERS FROM TURKISTAN ISLAMIC SEEN PARADING IN SYRIA (NOV 07/LWJ)  LONG WAR JOURNAL -- A newly released video released by the Uighur Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) shows its fighters parading in what is believed to be northwestern Syria, reports Long War Journal, a U.S.-based website that focuses on extremist activity.   The video posted Sunday, includes taunts against the Chinese government and dozens of vehicles loaded with anti-aircraft guns and heavy armor.   Where the video was shot remains unclear. The Al-Qaida-affiliated group has operated within Syria's Idlib, Latakia, and Hama provinces, noted the site.   The largely ethnic Uighur group is also active in Central Asia and China's western Xinjiang province
  Item Number:16 Date: 11/07/2017 TUNISIA - 3 SOLDIERS INJURED IN MINE BLAST IN TERRORIST HOTBED (NOV 07/XIN)  XINHUA -- A hospital source in Tunisia says at least three soldiers have been wounded in two separate mine explosions in Tunisia's restive Chammbi mountain region, reports Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.   The blasts occurred Monday in Tunisia's western Kasserine province, which borders Algeria.   Four mines were reportedly found in the same area the previous week, injuring two.   A number of terrorist groups are active in the remote region, including the Al-Qaida-affiliated Uqba bin Nafi Brigade
Item Number:17 Date: 11/07/2017 TURKMENISTAN - MILITARY ORDERS AJBAN SPECIAL OPS VEHICLES AS EMIRATI FIRM NIMR EXPANDS EXPORT EFFORTS (NOV 07/NIMR)  NIMR AUTOMOTIVE -- The Turkmen military has ordered an unspecified quantity of Ajban special operations vehicles, reports NIMR Automotive, the United Arab Emirates-based manufacturer of the vehicle.   This is the first contract for a NIMR vehicle outside of the Middle East region, the company said in its Sunday release.   The agreement covers an initial batch of Ajban long-range special operations vehicles in a custom configuration, which were delivered in October, said NIMR.   The vehicles are designed for long-range reconnaissance and can be transported by helicopter.   NIMR previously supplied eight Ajban 440A vehicles to Turkmenistan under a government-to-government deal. Those vehicles have been deployed for border security missions, noted the release
  Item Number:18 Date: 11/07/2017 USA - ARMY, NAVY CYBER COMMANDS BEAT DEADLINE, REACH FULL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY (NOV 07/NEXTGOV)  NEXTGOV -- The U.S. Army and Navy have announced that their respective cyber teams have achieved full operational capability well ahead of schedule, reports NextGov.   Together, the components make up about 60 percent of the 6,200 cyber personnel that will form the U.S. Cyber Command when it reaches full operational capability next year.   The remaining 40 percent will come from the Air Force and Marine Corps.   On Nov. 2, the Army and Navy announced the milestone, which was about a year ahead of schedule.   Cyber Command reached initial operational capability in 2016. Its missions include protection Defense Dept. networks and digital components of weapon systems at the strategic level and helping other military units with cyber defense.   Command personnel can also be assigned to help defense U.S. critical infrastructure, such as power plants, water plants and airports
Item Number:19 Date: 11/07/2017 USA - NAVY IN LINE FOR 196 TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILES; RAYTHEON DEAL WORTH $260 MILLION (NOV 07/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz., a contract modification for scores of vertically launched cruise missiles, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $260 million deal, announced on Nov. 3, covers 196 Tomahawk Block IV all-up round vertical launch system missiles and spares.   The modification includes spare parts and support for the British government. The work for the U.K., about 1.4 percent, is under the Foreign Military Sales program.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in August 2019
Item Number:20 Date: 11/07/2017 USA - TRUMP SHOWS MORE CONCILIATORY SIDE TOWARD N. KOREA, CALLS ON PYONGYANG TO 'MAKE A DEAL' (NOV 07/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- President Donald Trump has suggested that he is open to negotiating with North Korea while warning that the U.S. is prepared to counter its aggressive behavior by any means necessary, reports NPR.   On Tuesday, at a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In, Trump praised the united show of strength among the U.S.'s East Asian allies. Washington is committed to resolving the current standoff through dialogue but "the U.S. stands prepared to defend itself and its allies using the full range of our military capabilities if need be."   It makes sense, he said, for North Korea to "make a deal that's good" for its people, as cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   Trump called on all nations, including Russia and China, to continue efforts to prevent the outbreak of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.   Trump struck a more conciliatory tone than in the past, saying that he has seen progress with North Korea, though he did not specify in what way.

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