Saturday, January 6, 2018

TheList 4628

To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend. Great Bubba Breakfast this morning then a Crusader ball meeting and then some errands and just got home.
. This Day In Naval History – January 5, 2018
Jan. 5
1776—The first Continental Navy squadron is ordered to sea by Congress to seek the British off coasts of the Carolinas and Rhode Island and in the Chesapeake Bay.
1855 - USS Plymouth crew skirmish with Chinese troops
1875—Cmdr. Edward Lull leaves New York to begin the Panamanian Expedition to locate the best ship canal route across Panama. The route mapped is followed 30 years later.
1943—While bombing airfields and installations during the Guadalcanal campaign, USS Helena (CL 50) becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to use Mk.32 proximity-fused projectiles in combat, downing a Japanese Aichi Type 99 carrier bomber (VAL) with her second salvo.
1944—USS Omaha (CL 4) and USS Jouett (DD 396) were summoned to engage the German blockade runner Burgenland under the guise of SS Rio Grande. Gunfire and scuttling charges, sank the German runner.
1945—Kamikaze attacks continued against the U.S. Navy force bound for the Lingayen Gulf. Eight ships were hit and Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler was among those who were killed.
1967  "Vietnam: Air Losses"(Hobson): One United States fixed wing aircraft was lost in Southeast Asia on 5 January 1967…
(1) LCDR RICHARD ALLEN STRATTON was flying an A-4E of the VA-192 "World Famous Golden Dragons" embarked in USS Ticonderoga on a strike mission to find and destroy a reported ferry at My Trach, 10 miles south of Thanh Hoa…Hobson: "Unable to spot the ferry the Skyhawks attacked four barges, which were moored nearby. LCDR STRATTON fired one Lau-3 pod of rockets and then came around for another attack. As he fired his next pod debris from one of the rockets was sucked through the aircraft's intakes and into the engine. The pieces of rocket destroyed the engine, which exploded, blowing the aircraft tail off. Although he tried to reach the sea, the sequence of events happened too quickly and Dick Stratton ejected over land and parachuted into a tree near a village and was captured. LCDR Stratton was VA-192's maintenance officer and was flying his 27th mission over North Vietnam when he was brought down… He was released on 4 March 1973 and after retirement from the Navy became a social worker specializing in drug abuse counselling. In 1978 Scott Blakely wrote "Prisoner of War: The Survival of Commander Richard A. Stratton," which is probably the most perceptive of all the books on POW experience."…  
1968 - First Male Nurse Corps officer in Regular Navy, LT Clarence W. Cote.
Jan. 6
1813—During the War of 1812, USS Hornet, commanded by J. Lawrence, captured the merchant schooner, Ellen, off the coast of Brazil.
1942—Japanese capture 11 Navy nurses in Manila, Philippines. They served most of their internment at Los Baños before being liberated in February 1945.
1943—PBY-5A (VP 83) sink German submarine U-164 off Brazil. Before being sunk, U-164 sank three Allied merchant vessels, none from the United States.
1945—USS Walke (DD 723) is attacked by four kamikazes while laying mines. After the third plane struck the ship, burning gasoline envelopes the bridge and Cmdr. George F. Davis, the commanding officer, is horribly burned. Remaining on his feet, he conns the ship, directs damage control efforts and sees to the destruction of the fourth plane. Assured of the ship's survival, Davis is taken down below, where he dies a short time later. For his heroic conduct, Davis is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1996—USS Hopper (DDG 70) launches. The guided-missile destroyer is named for Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computing.
Jan. 7
1822—The schooner Porpoise captures six pirate vessels off Cuba and destroys their base, while USS Spark recaptures a Dutch sloop that had been taken as a prize by pirates. A landing party destroys the pirate's base in the West Indies.
1881—Nathan Goff Jr., took office as the 28th Secretary of the Navy, serving until March. A World War II destroyer was named for him.
1945—Destroyers Charles Ausburne (DD 570), Braine (DD 630), Russell (DD 414) and Shaw (DD 373) sink the Japanese destroyer Hinoki, 50 miles west-southwest of Manila Bay.
1945—Submarine Spot (SS 413) sinks the Japanese gunboat No.2 Nichiei Maru in the Inland Sea.
1995—Dock Landing Ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) is commissioned.
Today in History
January 5
Swiss troops defeat the forces under Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the Battle of Nancy.
Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, draw up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.
The merchant vessel Star of the West sets sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.
American Marines arrive in Seoul, Korea, to guard the U.S. legation there.
Henry Ford astounds the world as he announces that he will pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and will share with employees $10 million in the previous year's profits.
Bulgarian and German troops occupy the Port of Braila.
British ships shell the Bolshevik headquarters in Riga.
GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
Wagner's "Die Walkyrie" opens in Paris. This is the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of World War I.
The U.S. Senate debates the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.
Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.
Daggha Bur, Ethiopia, is bombed by the Italians.
U.S. and Filipino troops complete their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the base of the Bataan peninsula.
Great Britain nationalizes its coal mines.
Inchon, South Korea, the site of General Douglas MacArthur's amphibious flanking maneuver, is abandoned by United Nations force to the advancing Chinese Army.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington to confer with President Harry S. Truman.
U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation Niagara I to locate enemy units around the Marine base at Khe Sanh.
President Richard M. Nixon appoints Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
President Richard M. Nixon names Robert Dole as chairman of the Republican National Party.
A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.
The South Ossetia War (1991-92) begins as Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, Georgia.
Eris, largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System is discovered in images taken Oct. 21, 2003, at Palomar Observatory.
Thanks to Bill
Some things that make you go hmmm...🤔
♦ I just read that 4,153,237 people got married in 2017. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?
♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they are flashing behind you.
♦ Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really feel an attraction to someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.
♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll just see about that.
♦ I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, "Here, fill this out?"
♦ I don't understand why women are OK with the fact that JC Penny has an older women's clothing line named, "Sag Harbor".
♦ My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I'm pretty sure she was hitting on me.
♦ The location of your mailbox shows you how far you can walk away from your house in a bath robe before you start looking like a mental patient.
♦ I think it's pretty cool how the Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos. And it's remarkable how many girls are walking around with the Chinese characters for chicken and broccoli inscribed somewhere on their bodies!
♦ The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara, and (of course) Opie were all single.
The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.
New Year's Day Deck Log.

The Navy's tradition of writing the first deck log entry of the year in verse is an American one and is thought to have started in the years after World War I. The deck log is not usually a document where creativity is allowed, but on Jan. 1 during the mid-watch, from midnight to 4 a.m.—and only during this watch—the officer of the deck can create rhyming verses to convey all the required information of the ship. To learn more about this interesting tradition, read a blog by NHHC's Dr. Brian Shottenkirk and Karolina Lewandowska, "The Navy's Tradition of the New Year's Day Deck Log," at The Sextant. Also, read the first New Year's Day log entry of 2018, "USS O'Kane Crosses into 2018."
This World War II Battle Crushed the Myth That Japan's Navy Was Unbeatable
Thanks to Dr.Rich
Item Number:1 Date: 01/05/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBING TARGETS POLICE IN KABUL (JAN 05/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A suicide bombing in Kabul has killed at least 13 people, most of them police officers, reports the Washington Post.   The attack Thursday night came after shopkeepers in the Banayee neighborhood protested police raids that took place Wednesday. Police believed that shop owners were selling illegal substances, said the Interior Ministry.   A civilian was reportedly killed when police opened fire while trying to stop the protest, reported Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Casualty estimates vary. Agence France-Presse reported 13 dead and 18 wounded, while the Post reported that at least 20 were killed, 16 of them police.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Some cited by the Washington Post expressed doubt, pointing to the spontaneous nature of the protests
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/05/2018 EGYPT - SINAI PROVINCE DECLARES WAR ON HAMAS, EXECUTES ACCUSED COLLABORATOR (JAN 05/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Islamic State's Sinai affiliate has declared war on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in an execution video, reports the Times of Israel.   On Wednesday, Sinai Province released a video showing the execution of one its fighters accused of smuggling weapons for Hamas, which exercises significant authority over the neighboring Gaza Strip.   The executors identified the deceased as Musa Abu Zamat, a former member of the Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.   In the video, the Islamic State affiliate accuses Hamas of arresting its fighters and frustrating its attempts to spread in Gaza. It also chastises Hamas for failing to prevent President Trump from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.   The speaker is identified as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, a preacher of Gazan origin. The executor is identified as Muhammad al-Dajani, a former member of the al-Qassam Brigades.   Sinai Province also called on its supporters to attack Hamas.   This is not the first time that ISIS has threatened Hamas. In 2015, the terrorist group challenged Hamas, saying it was insufficiently stringent in its religious enforcement, reported Reuters at the time.   Tensions have been rising between Hamas and other militant groups in the area. In August, an ISIS terrorist killed a Hamas border guard in a suicide bombing. Hamas has continued to arrest members of rival militant and terrorist groups operating in the Gaza Strip
Item Number:3 Date: 01/05/2018 FINLAND - PATRIA SIGNS DEAL TO MODERNIZE HAMINA-CLASS FAST ATTACK CRAFT (JAN 05/PATRIA)  PATRIA INDUSTRIES -- Patria has inked an agreement with the Finnish navy to overhaul and refit the service's Hamina-class fast attack craft, reports the Finnish defense firm.   The 170 million euro (US$205 million) contract is part of Finland's Naval Capability Development Program, said a company release on Jan. 4.   The four modernized Hamina-class vessels will provided needed capabilities in the gap between the decommissioning of the Rauma-class fast attack craft and the commissioning of the Squadron 2020 corvettes in the 2020s.   Patria is the prime contractor, designer and lead system integrator with overall responsibility for the project. The program includes installation of a number of sensor, weapon and communication systems, system upgrades, technical modifications and overhauls.   The project will extend the service life of the craft and improve anti-submarine warfare capabilities.   Saab announced on Jan. 4, that Patria had selected it as one of the major suppliers for the Hamina-class mid-life update.   The Swedish firm will supply the 9LV combat management system; 9LV fire-control system, including the Ceros 200 fire-control director; the Trackfire remote weapon station; and the New Lightweight Torpedo . Saab will supply its TactiCall integrated communication system under a separate contract, said a company release.  
Item Number:4 Date: 01/05/2018 IRAQ - ABADI HATCHING PLAN TO HALVE SIZE OF SHIITE MILITIAS (JAN 05/REU)  REUTERS -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is putting in place a plan to reduce the power of Shi'ite militias largely funded by Iran, reports Reuters.   The plan comes amid increasing pressure from Western allies to cut Baghdad's reliance on the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) that some have credited for winning the war against the Islamic State.   Abadi's strategy involves halving the number of fighters in the PMF and taking back any heavy weaponry in their possession, said two unnamed military sources.   The Iraqi army is already cataloging PMF weaponry, including armored vehicles supplied by Baghdad.   The PMF's fighters number roughly 150,000, noted Reuters.   Some militia leaders who plan to compete with Abadi, also a Shi'ite, in parliamentary elections in May say they will resist attempts to eliminate the militias.   Advisers to Abadi say he has received pressure from both the West and Gulf states to check the growth of the PMF in the wake of ISIS' defeat
Item Number:5 Date: 01/05/2018 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG AGREES TO TALKS WITH SEOUL ON PARTICIPATION IN UPCOMING OLYMPICS (JAN 05/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korea has agreed to hold official talks with the South next week, reports South Korea's Yonhap news agency.   The official meeting, announced on Friday, would be the first in more than two years.   North Korea's possible participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics is expected to be one of the main topics of discussion.   The talks will be held on Tuesday in Panmunjom, a village split along the border between North and South, said the South Korean Ministry of Unification.   The announcement came hours after the U.S. and South Korea announced a suspension of military exercises until after the Games, which are scheduled for February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/05/2018 POLAND - FRENCH, GERMAN, SWEDISH SHIPBUILDERS BATTLE FOR POLISH SUBMARINE DEAL (JAN 05/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Three European shipbuilders have bid on the Polish Defense Ministry's new submarine program, reports Defense News.   French firm Naval Group is offering its Scorpene-class subs armed with the MBDA MdCN naval cruise missile; ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany has proposed its Type 212CD sub; and Swedish company Kockums has put forward its A26 class, the Polish Defense Ministry said in a statement.   "These vessels are to constitute the essential combat and flagship element of the Polish navy, and, at the same time, as they will be fitted with cruise missiles, they will be a key element of the state's and alliance's military deterrence," the ministry said.   The French offer is the only one that includes cruise missiles, which could put Naval Group in the top spot to secure the deal, said local observers.   Deliveries of the new boats are planned for 2024 to 2026. The subs will replace aging Sokol-class subs, which are scheduled for decommissioning in 2018 and 2020, respectively
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/05/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - AIR DEFENSES SHOOT DOWN HOUTHI MISSILE ALONG SOUTHERN BORDER (JAN 05/ARAB)  ARAB NEWS -- Saudi authorities say they have intercepted another missile launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports Arab News.   Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces said Friday they had intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern province of Najran, near the Yemeni border.   The Houthis announced they had launched the Qaher-2M missile via their affiliated al-Masirah television channel, as reported by Al Jazeera.   The rebel group deliberately targeted a densely populated area, said the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the group.   The spokesman accused Iran of complicity in the attack.   The Houthis claimed that the Saudi-led coalition launched retaliatory strikes in nearby Saada province, killing a child in the district of Rezah and destroying several homes, according the Houthi-affiliated arm of the state-run Saba News Agency.   The remains of the missile scattered in the area, causing minimal damage, reported the Saudi Press Agency. No casualties were reported
Item Number:8 Date: 01/05/2018 SOUTH KOREA - MOON, TRUMP AGREE TO POSTPONE JOINT EXERCISES DURING OLYMPICS (JAN 05/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean President Moon Jae In and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, have agreed to delay planned joint military exercises during the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in February, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The leaders made the agreement during a telephone conversation on Thursday, said a spokesman for the South Korean presidential office.   Moon made the request to Trump.   "I believe it would greatly help ensure the success of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games if you could express an intention to delay joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises during the Olympics," the South Korean president was quoted as telling Trump.   The White House confirmed in a press release that the two leaders agreed to "de-conflict the Olympics and our military exercises so that United States and Republic of Korea forces can focus on ensuring the security of the Games."  
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/05/2018 SUDAN - KHARTOUM RECALLS AMBASSADOR TO EGYPT AMID ESCALATING ROW OVER SUAKIN ISLAND (JAN 05/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- Sudan has recalled its ambassador to Egypt for "consultations" amid an escalating row between the two countries, reports Sudan Tribune.   The Sudanese government decided on Thursday to recall its ambassador to Cairo, Ambassador Abdel-Mahmood Abdel Halim, to Khartoum, said the foreign ministry.   The Egyptian embassy in Khartoum said it was informed of the move and would be reviewing appropriate responses, reported AFP.   Ties between the neighboring countries have historically been tense. Last year, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence of supporting opposition figures fighting Sudanese government forces in places like Darfur.   Cairo has accused Khartoum of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Egypt.   Tensions escalated after a recent visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Khartoum, during which Erdogan and al-Bashir signed an agreement to allow for Turkish development of a Sudanese island, Suakin.   Suakin is located near the disputed regions of Halayeb and Shalateen, claimed by both nations but administered by Egypt, noted China's Xinhua news agency.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/05/2018 SYRIA - MOSCOW DENIES REPORTS THAT MILITANTS DESTROYED JETS AT SYRIAN AIRBASE (JAN 05/MOS)  MOSCOW TIMES -- The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a report that a rebel mortar attack on an airbase in Syria destroyed up to seven Russian military aircraft, reports the Moscow Times.   On Wednesday, Russia's Kommersant business daily reported that fighters from an unspecified group shelled the Hmeimim air base in western Syria on Dec. 31.   Two military diplomatic sources told the paper that at least four Su-24 attack aircraft, two Su-35S fighters and an An-72 transport aircraft had been destroyed.   On Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry called the Kommersant report "fake," as cited by the Interfax news agency.   The ministry said that two servicemembers were killed in a rebel mortar attack on the airbase on Dec. 31, but that no aircraft had been destroyed.  
Item Number:11 Date: 01/05/2018 UKRAINE - GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR U.N. PEACEKEEPING MISSION AFTER MEETING IN KIEV (JAN 05/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for the creation of an armed United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Gabriel made his comments on Jan. 3 after a meeting in Kiev with his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin.   Such a force would be "essential" for ensuring the territorial integrity of Ukraine, said the German minister.   "This has to be a strong, armed mission that is present across the entire territory of the conflict zone," Gabriel said. Germany and France will propose such a peacekeeping mission to the U.N. Security Council as part of efforts to bring about a "lasting cease-fire" in eastern Ukraine.   Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported setting up a U.N. mission only along the front line in eastern Ukraine that separates territory controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists from the rest of Ukraine, noted RFE/RL.   Moscow also opposes placing armed U.N. peacekeepers along parts of its border with Ukraine not under Kiev's control
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/05/2018 USA - BAE SYSTEMS AWARDED PAIR OF CONTRACTS TO MODERNIZE ARLEIGH BURKE-CLASS DESTROYERS (JAN 05/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts to BAE Systems to upgrade two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, reports the defense firm.   A $47.8 million deal covers the modernization of USS Howard (DDG 83). The destroyer will undertake 15 months of work at the BAE facility in San Diego. The contract includes options that could increase its total value to $66.5 million.   The work includes hull, mechanical and electrical repairs and upgrades to the combat systems suite. The work is scheduled to begin in February and conclude in May 2019, said a company release on Jan. 3.   Another $41.6 million deal covers upgrades to USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) during a 12-month availability at the BAE shipyard in Norfolk, Va. The award includes options that, if exercised, would bring the total value to $117.1 million.   The work includes upgrades to the Aegis combat system and various repairs to nearly every onboard space, said BAE Systems on Jan. 3. The work is scheduled to begin in February and conclude in February 2019
Item Number:13 Date: 01/05/2018 USA - MARINES ELIMINATE INFANTRY ASSAULTMAN JOB (JAN 05/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to cut its 0351 infantry assaultman military occupational specialty and phase out the assault section of rifle companies, reports   The move is intended to free up additional resources for other communities, such as cyber and electronic warfare, the website said on Jan. 3.   The change is anticipated to enter force in the next three to five years as part of reforms intended to prepare the Corps for future conflicts.   The infantry assaultman job, one of five core infantry positions, is responsible for breaching, demolition and rocket fire against fortified positions. Assaultmen carry the Mk 153 Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW).   Future Marine rifle companies will have an element of combat engineers aligned with it for breaching and demolition duties.   The service also plans to replace the SMAW with the 84-mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle for breaching operations. The move is expected in the next four years, officials said.  
Item Number:14 Date: 01/05/2018 USA - NEW SANCTIONS TARGET IRANIAN BALLISTIC MISSILE BUILDERS (JAN 05/TREASURY)  U.S. TREASURY DEPT. -- The Office of Foreign Assets Control has implemented new sanctions against five Iranian companies accused of involvement in Tehran's ballistic missile program, reports the U.S Treasury Dept.   The sanctions target Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center and Shahid Shustari Industries, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday.   Mnuchin said the companies are all elements of Iran's Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG), a key manufacturer of Iranian solid-propelled ballistic missiles.   U.S. firms will no longer be able to do business with the five companies.   The move comes as Washington seeks means to support ongoing anti-government protests in Iran.   Protests erupted in the eastern city of Mashhad on Dec. 28 and quickly spread to other cities. On Wednesday, authorities announced strict security measures against protesters. Since then, there have been only sporadic protests, reported CBS news
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/05/2018 USA - PROTESTS OF DEFENSE DEALS GENERALLY EFFECTIVE, REPORT SAYS (JAN 05/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- A new congressionally-mandated report says that defense firm protests of Pentagon contract awards are not overwhelming or delaying the acquisition process, as has been charged by critics, reports Bloomberg News.   "Bid protests are exceedingly uncommon for DoD procurements," said the report by the Rand Corp.'s federally funded National Defense Research Institute.   The top 11 companies filed relatively few protests over the years reviewed from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2016, the study said.   The number of protests went from 26 in 2008 to a peak of 40 in 2009, before falling to about 20 annually since then.   More than half of the challenges were made by small businesses. The process was more effective than generally understood at compelling a military service to change its initial contract solicitation terms or its decision after a protest was filed, said researchers.   The report emphasizes that most protests are routine, unlike the few that end up in the media spotlight.   The data-driven assessment is also expected to form the basis for future congressional and Defense Dept. decisions on improving the process that lets bidders file appeals to the Government Accountability Office.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/05/2018 USA - WASHINGTON SUSPENDS AT LEAST $900 MILLION IN MILITARY AID TO PAKISTAN (JAN 05/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. State Dept. has announced it will suspend security assistance to Pakistan until it acts against extremist groups, reports Reuters.   The cuts fall into two main categories. Foreign military financing funds purchases of U.S. military hardware, training and services. Coalition support funds reimburse countries for counterterrorism operations.   Exceptions could made for counterterror operations, said officials.   The U.S. Congress authorized up to US$900 million in coalition support funds for fiscal year 2017, which ended on Sept. 30. None of that money has been disbursed to Pakistan.   The move also affects US$255 million in foreign military financing from fiscal 2016, as well as unspecified amounts unspent in earlier fiscal years.   President Trump accused Pakistan of failing to adequately address the threat posed by the Haqqani Network and Afghan Taliban, which often seek shelter on Pakistani territory.   Administration officials emphasized that the freeze was temporary and could be lifted if Islamabad changed its behavior, reported the New York Times.   Pakistani authorities criticized the move, accusing Washington of hypocrisy and shifting priorities. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told Pakistan's Geo News that he considers the United States "a friend who always betrays."

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