Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
This Day In Naval History – January 16, 2018
Jan. 17
            1832- USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials
1863—Union iron-clad gunboat Baron de Kalb, with "tinclad" gunboats Forest Rose and Romeo, along with an Army transport, clear out Confederate strongholds up White River to Des Arc, AR.
1899—Gunboat Bennington, commanded by Cmdr. E. D. Taussig, claims Wake Island for the United States, giving the U.S. a cable route between Honolulu and Manila, a factor that influences territorial demands in the Pacific.
1943—Submarine Whale (SS 239) sinks the Japanese transport Heiyo Maru.
1943—Light aircraft carrier Cowpens (CV 25) is launched. Redesignated CVL 25 six months later, she serves in the Pacific during World War II.
1944—Dauntless SBD scout planes and Avenger TBF torpedo bombers bomb Japanese shipping at Rabaul and sink three ships, damaging a third. 
1955 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, casts off lines at 1100 and sends message "underway on nuclear power"
January 17
The Treaty of Lyons ends a short war between France and Savoy.
Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeats the government forces at the battle of Falkirk in Scotland.
Captain James Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.
Simon Bolivar the "liberator" proclaims Columbia a republic.
Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.
At the Sand River Convention, the British recognize the independence of the Transvaal Board.
Robert Scott reaches the South Pole only a month after Roald Amundsen.
The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.
The Red army occupies Warsaw.
Soviet leader Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.
A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.
From Sons of Liberty to Devils in Baggy Pants by W. Thomas Smith Jr.
This Week in American Military History:
Jan. 17, 1781:  Continental Army forces -- including infantry, cavalry, dragoons (horse-mounted infantry), and militia – under the command of Brig.
Gen. Daniel Morgan, clash with a better-equipped, more-experienced force of British Army regulars and Loyalists under the command of Lt. Col. Banastre "Bloody Ban" Tarleton in a sprawling pastureland known as Hannah's Cowpens in the South Carolina upcountry.
Celebrated today as the Battle of Cowpens, the engagement ends in a decisive victory for Morgan – who defeats Tarleton in a classic double-envelopment – and a near-irrevocable loss of men, equipment, and reputation for the infamous Tarleton and his "British Legion."
Tarleton's boss, Gen. Sir Charles Cornwallis, will abandon South Carolina and in less than two months chalk up a pyrrhic victory at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (N.C.). Meanwhile, word of Morgan's victory will spread like wildfire throughout the Carolinas and up into Virginia where – at Yorktown – Cornwallis' entire army (including Tarleton and his feared green-jacketed horsemen) will surrender to the combined American-French forces of Generals George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau on October 19, almost nine months to the day after Cowpens.
Jan. 17, 1991:  Two-hundred-ten years to the day after the Battle of Cowpens; American, British, and French forces – this time all three on the same team – kick off what Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein predicted would be "the Mother of all Battles" with a series of blistering air attacks aimed at destroying the Iraqi Air Force, Iraq's air-defense forces and overall command and control. It is day one of Operation Desert Storm.
Jan. 18, 1911:  Flying over San Francisco Bay in his Curtiss Pusher Model "D" aircraft, pioneer aviator Eugene B. Ely approaches the anchored cruiser USS Pennsylvania and manages to land onto a special platform fitted with a makeshift tailhook system aboard the ship. Upon landing, he purportedly says, "It was easy enough. I think the trick could be successfully turned nine times out of ten."
Ely's landing is the first-ever airplane landing aboard a ship. Ely already had become the first man to take off from a ship in November. In July, he will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the California National Guard.
In October, he will be killed in a crash during an aerobatic demonstration in Macon, Georgia.
Jan. 19-20, 1770:  The little-known but historically significant Battle of Golden Hill erupts in New York City between a group of angry Manhattan patriots and a contingent of British soldiers.
The clash begins when members of the patriot organization "Sons of Liberty"
snatch a few of the King's men, who are cutting down wooden "liberty poles"
(symbols of resistance against British rule) which had been erected by the "Sons." The redcoats also were reportedly posting bills condemning the Sons of Liberty as "the real enemies of society." A struggle ensues. Redcoats from the nearby barracks respond, and a bayonet charge is ordered. Several are wounded on both sides, and one civilian is killed.
Less than seven weeks before the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Golden Hill is considered by some historians as the first armed clash of the American Revolution.
Jan. 20, 1914:  Nearly three years to the day after Eugene Ely lands his airplane on USS Pennsylvania, "the cradle of Naval aviation" is born at Pensacola, Florida.
According to the American Naval Historical Center: "The aviation unit from Annapolis [Maryland], consisting of nine officers, 23 men, seven aircraft, portable hangars, and other gear, under Lieutenant J. H. Towers" arrives at Pensacola aboard the battleship USS Mississippi and the bulk-cargo ship USS Orion "to set up a flying school."
Jan. 21, 1903:  The Militia Act of 1903 – also known as the "Dick Act"
(Congressman and Maj. Gen. Charles Dick authored much of the legislation) – is passed, establishing federal standards and greater federal control over state militias, essentially creating the modern National Guard.
Jan. 21, 1954:  First Lady Mamie Eisenhower breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of USS Nautilus in Groton, Connecticut, launching the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. The following year, Nautilus gets underway, begins breaking numerous sea-travel records, and becomes the first "ship" to cross the North Pole.
Nautilus is the U.S. Navy's sixth vessel bearing the name. The first Nautilus, a schooner built in 1799, saw action against the Barbary pirates and in the War of 1812.
Jan. 22, 1944:  Allied forces, including the U.S. VI Corps under the command of Maj. Gen. John P. Lucas (of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark's Fifth Army), begin a series of landings along a stretch of western Italian coastline in the Anzio-Nettuno area. Codenamed Operation Shingle, the Allies achieve complete surprise against – and encounter little initial resistance from – the Germans. But the landings kick off what will become one of the most grueling campaigns of World War II.
It is during the subsequent fighting (which continues for several months) that a dead German officer's diary is found, a portion of which reads:
"American parachutists – devils in baggy pants – are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere."
Thanks to Dutch R.
Hollywood's Attempt to Stop Eastwood's New Movie
Thanks to Bud
 As Hollywood Tries to Stop New Patriotic Movie, Clint Eastwood Gives Them Brutal Surprise
   Clint Eastwood's new movie, "The 15:17 to Paris," is based on true events, where three American heroes stopped a terrorist on a Paris train in 2015, and it is causing the Hollywood crowd to go nuts. They just tried to put the kibosh on certain scenes that didn't fit their liberal agenda, and boy, that made Eastwood mad. So, the famous actor and director who voted for President Donald Trump just slapped the leftists hard with a brutal surprise. You're going to love it.

Clint Eastwood is an American icon and is probably the most famous conservative actor and director in Hollywood. Eastwood's legendary work affords him the ability to pick and chose what type of movies he'll make, and he loves making patriotic American movies.
   His current film, "The 15:17 to Paris," is in the final edits, but the Hollywood crowd hates it, and they tried to stop certain people from seeing it. The reason is the pro-American message it sends, described in this synopsis on Google: "In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe."
The summary adds, "Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board. The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film."
   The movie stirs real patriotic emotion and honors the three American heroes who have military backgrounds. It shows an Islamic terrorist, who gains entry into France as a migrant, attempting to slaughter 500 people, with three Americans stopping him. This just isn't the type of movie the Hollywood crowd makes, and they tried to screw Eastwood by giving it an "R" rating.
   The reason they gave for the "R" rating was it showed "violence," and this pissed off Clint Eastwood, who is making this film so teens could also see a movie with real American values. It was a cheap shot by the liberal Hollywood idiots, and Eastwood decided that wasn't going to happen. The legendary star shocked the Hollywood crowd by taking on the rating board himself, something that never happens. And, not only did he take them on, he blew them away.
   "Clint Eastwood has won an appeal to overturn the R rating originally assigned to his upcoming film, The 15:17 to Paris. Instead, it will be rated PG-13. According to a source, the R rating was given for the train attack scene at the center of the film, which the Classification and Rating Administration described as 'a sequence of violence and bloody images,'" reported Hollywood Reporter.
   They added, "The Classification and Rating Appeals Board says it reviews 800 to 900 films each year, with fewer than 12 ratings a year appealed.  Eastwood represented his own film on behalf of Warner Bros., which opens the film in theaters on Feb. 9."
Clint doesn't just play a "tough guy" in his movies, he showed those Hollywood snakes that he really is a tough guy who won't be pushed around. He'll make any darn movie he wants to make, and they won't stop him from making sure as many Americans as possible can see it. 
   Here's the highly awaited trailer for "The 15:17 to Paris" that just came out:
   In case you're wondering how much the Hollywood crowd detests this movie for its pro-American military theme along with its anti-Islam, anti-migrant message, here's how one Hollywood critic describes it:
"But in the hands of someone like Eastwood, this [movie] reads like a recruitment ad for the military. Nothing diminishes the heroism of these three men, but in Eastwood's hands, it looks like he's coasting on their achievements to tell a story that will make some people think that they too can be heroes if they just head down to their local recruitment office." [Source: Collider]
   Well, let the haters hate. They loathe patriotism and they despise middle-class working Americans who love this country. They can't stand Clint Eastwood who said that former President Barack Obama is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." 

   Lastly, what in the hell is wrong with sending the message to teens that they too can be heroes? What is wrong with giving some kids the idea that joining the military is a heroic thing to do? This is exactly the kind of movie our young people need to see in today's world that is filled with idiot celebrities pushing anti-American messages. If this movie inspires just one young American to join the military and make their life worthwhile, then Clint Eastwood's film will be a resounding success.
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Top national headlines include the arrest of a former CIA officer suspected of helping China dismantle U.S. spying operations and identifying informants, and the continued coverage of the 13 siblings held captive by their parents in California. The U.S. Navy announced Tuesday that the former commanding officers of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain will face criminal charges that include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide report various media outlets. "The announcement of an Article 32 hearing and referral to a court-martial is not intended to and does not reflect a determination of guilt or innocence related to any offenses," said Capt. Gregory Hicks. Defense News reports that the Navy's top surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Tom Rowden is expected to step down this week due to pressure stemming from recent naval accidents. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, sources told Defense News that Rowden's relief is tied to recommendations made by Adm. James Caldwell who has authority over disciplinary actions related to the accidents. Additionally, Defense News reports that the Navy will unveil changes to the "mission modules" on the Freedom and Independence class littoral combat ships during the fiscal 2019 budget release. 
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Arnold Palmer, The King of Golf - Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Health, Fitness and Nutrition
Arnold Palmer, The King of Golf

Arnold Palmer was called "The King" because he was considered to be among the world's greatest and most popular golfers.  From 1955 to 1973, he won 62 Professional Golfers Association Tour titles.  He was born in 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a working-class steel mill town, and was taught in his early years to play golf by his father who was a greenskeeper at the Latrobe Country Club. He won a golf scholarship to attend Wake Forest College. After graduation, he played golf but had to sell paint to support himself.  In 1954, at age 25, he won the U.S. Amateur in Detroit and decided to make golf his full-time job.  While returning to the club house during a tournament, he noticed a good-looking woman named Winifred Walzer and asked her to go out with him.  Three days later, he asked her to marry him. She accepted, they married and remained married for 45 years until she died from ovarian cancer at age 65 in 1999.  
At age 26, he won his first professional tournament, the Canadian Open, and instantly became a national hero, appearing regularly on televised golf tournaments.  At age 29, he won the 1958 Masters Golf Tournament and from 1960 to 1963, he won 29 PGA tournaments. He used his tournament money to invest in golf-related businesses and bought several golf clubs, was one of the founders of Golf Channel on television, owned a business that designed more than 300 golf courses, and had numerous contracts to endorse popular products.   At the time of his death from heart failure at age 87, he was worth more than $875 million.

The legacy of Arnold Palmer - (5:15)

Health Issues: Prostate Cancer
Palmer was diagnosed as having prostate cancer in 1997 at age 67.  From age 30 onward, he had seen the same physician every year for his annual physical exam and each time had a PSA blood test that is used to screen for prostate cancer. At age 64, the PSA test started to rise and for the next three years he received prostate biopsies that all came back negative for cancer.  On the fourth year, his biopsy did show prostate cancer and he had his prostate with its cancer removed surgically.  As far as I know, his prostate cancer never returned.   More than 95 percent of prostate cancers will not kill, but a small number can progress rapidly to kill a man.  The problem is that doctors do not have a definitive test to tell which prostate cancers are likely to spread rapidly, although they do have statistical signs such as how the cancer cells look under a microscope and whether they have spread.  Today, most men over age 60 with prostate cancer should be treated with "watchful waiting" as the treatments cause a very high degree of pain, discomfort, impotence and incontinence. 
Irregular Heartbeats, High Blood Pressure, Falling and Bone Fractures
In August, 2014, at age 85, Palmer had a pacemaker implanted to control irregular heartbeats that made him dizzy.  For many years before that, he had been on medications to treat high blood pressure, a condition that increase a person's chances of developing heart muscle damage and irregular heartbeats.  He had also gained a lot of weight in his belly which convinced me that his liver was also full of fat, the major cause of high blood sugar levels, diabetes and heart damage.  He was also showing signs of unsteadiness on his feet, another consequence of irregular heartbeats.
In December 2014, Palmer dislocated his shoulder and fractured his collar bone when he tripped over his Labrador retriever, Mulligan, at his condominium in Orlando.  He was obviously debilitated by his heart disease as each complete blockage or blood flow to the heart muscle results in scarring that replaces the damaged part of the heart muscle to eventually cause heart failure. 

Arnold Palmer Dies At 87 | Last Word: Obituaries | The New York Times (2:28)

Tooth Infection, a Deep Clot in His Leg and Massive Intestinal Bleeding
In 2015, he had a severe tooth infection that could have been a warning that his immunity was not working properly.  That same year, he developed a deep clot in a leg vein.  Clots in the veins in the legs can spread through the bloodstream to go to the brain and lungs to cause a stroke or lung damage and severe shortness of breath, so he was treated with an anti-clotting drug called Xarelto.  At this time he was terribly unsteady on his feet and people had to help him walk. 
In August, 2016, he had an operation on his colon to stop a massive hemorrhage.   Most likely the bleeding was caused by the anti-clotting medication he was taking to prevent further clotting anywhere in his body.  At that time, Palmer was seen regularly on television wearing a pink sweater and saying, "Treatment with Xarelto was the right move for us."
He Died Too Young at Age 87
On Sept 22, 2016, Palmer was hospitalized for impending heart surgery. I could not find out what surgery was scheduled, but most likely it was for bypass surgery to increase blood flow to his heart.  Before he could get the surgery, he died of heart failure on Sept 25, 2016.
Heart disease is the major killer of North American men today.  Palmer was one of the world's greatest and most famous athletes, yet he died of heart failure, a disease that is caused largely by an unhealthy lifestyle. There may have been a genetic component as his father died at the age of 71 of a massive heart attack after playing 27 holes of golf. 
• Cigarettes. He smoked one to two packs of cigarettes per day for about 15 years at the height of his professional career.  He even made several television commercials endorsing cigarettes.  However, in 1964, the Surgeon General's report encouraged him to start on the long fight to give up cigarettes and he urged the public to give up smoking because "Cigarette smoking has a negative effect on every organ in the body".
• Alcohol. He was a modest drinker of alcohol and he believed that it was safe to take one or two drinks a day.  However, the recent literature shows that alcohol does not prevent heart attacks and there is no safe amount of alcohol.  Even small amounts can increase risk for heart attacks and cancers
• Excess Weight. If you look at his pictures over the years, you will see a very fit and slim athlete turn into a heavy person with a protruding belly.   He talked about having a healthful diet with vegetables, fruits and nuts and avoiding fast foods, red meat and fried foods, but his excess weight indicates that he did not always follow his own advice.  Having a big belly and small hips almost always means that a person has excess fat in his liver which can cause diabetes and, in turn, heart damage.  A high rise in blood sugar after meals can damage every cell in your body.  To prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high after meals, your pancreas releases insulin which lowers high blood sugar by driving sugar from your bloodstream into your liver.  However, a liver full of fat does not accept the sugar and blood sugar levels remain high to cause plaques to form in arteries.

Arnold Palmer Dies at 87 | Remembering The King of Golf - (2:28)

September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016
Happy Birthday, Carl Brashear!
On Jan. 19, 1931, Carl Maxie Brashear was born in Tonieville, KY, to McDonald and Gonzella Brashear. Brashear enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb. 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had been desegregated by President Harry S. Truman. In 1954, Brashear completed U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage training, becoming the first African-American to attend and graduate from the school and the first African-American U.S. Navy diver. In 1966 during a bomb recovery operation, Brashear was seriously injured when a line used for towing broke loose and caused a pipe to strike Brashear's left leg, nearly shearing it off. Due to infection, doctors had to amputate the leg below the knee. After extensive rehabilitation and recovery, Brashear was assigned to Harbor Clearance Unit Two to prepare to return to active duty and diving. After a long struggle, Brashear was recertified as a U.S. Navy diver in 1970, making him the first amputee diver. Brashear would retire from the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1979, as a master chief petty officer and master diver, serving more than 31 years. To learn more about this Navy icon, check out the new Carl M. Brashear page at NHHC's website and read the blog by his son Phillip Brashear at The Sextant.
Item Number:1 Date: 01/17/2018 AFGHANISTAN - ELITE TALIBAN FIGHTERS KILL 5 IN ATTACK ON ARMY CHECKPOINT NEAR KUNDUZ (JAN 17/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Members of the Taliban's 'Red Unit' have begun using sophisticated equipment to conduct attacks, say U.S. and Afghan officials cited by the New York Times.   Advanced night-vision and laser-targeting equipment helped the insurgents overrun an Afghan checkpoint near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, killing eight security personnel and wounding five, the officials said.   The militants attacked the post in the village of Gholam Sakhi, three miles from Kunduz, at around 2:30 a.m. Fighting continued for about two hours.   Six soldiers and two police officers were killed in the encounter.   The attackers breached the base, destroying a Humvee and taking mortars and other weapons before fleeing.   A Taliban spokesman confirmed that the Red Unit was responsible for the attack. The elite force has been active in several parts of Afghanistan recently, noted analysts.   "The unit is equipped with American weapons and night vision," said a spokesman for the police in Kunduz.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/17/2018 AFGHANISTAN - INTELLIGENCE AGENCY APPREHENDS SUSPECTED IRANIAN SPY (JAN 17/RFAFGHAN)  RADIO FREE AFGHANISTAN -- The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, has arrested an Afghan government employee in the western Herat province on suspicion of spying for Iran, reports Radio Free Afghanistan.   Assadollah Reza'i was detained more than 10 days ago by NDS agents and taken to Kabul for questioning, said a spokesman for the governor of Herat.   Reza'i had worked in the province as an expert on municipal affairs for nearly two years, the spokesman said. Herat province borders Iran.   The government employee had been under surveillance for several months and was accused of transferring classified government documents to Iranian intelligence services, said a senior provincial official.   Reza'i held senior posts in the western Farah province before taking the job in Herat.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/17/2018 GERMANY - FEDERAL POLICE EXPAND ANTI-TERRORISM UNIT (JAN 17/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The German federal police are increasing the size of their anti-terrorism unit and stationing a special unit in Berlin in response to terror threats there, reports Deutsche Welle.   The elite GSG 9 counterterrorism unit will grow significantly and establish a second base in Berlin, police officials said on Monday.   The decision is a response to the ongoing terrorist threat in Germany and Berlin, which saw its first major attack in December 2016.   "If you look at comparable terrorist situations across Europe, then it was often capital cities that were affected," Jerome Fuchs, the GSG 9 commander told Berlin public broadcaster RBB . "It is essential that we are better prepared in the capital. Our aim is clear: GSG 9 needs to be capable of quicker reactions in the capital."   The GSG 9 is looking for more than 100 new officers in Berlin, said analysts.   The federal police have been increasing anti-terrorist measures recently, including setting up on-call reserve units around the country to provide first-response to attacks.   The elite unit is likely to have trouble rapidly increasing its ranks, the analysts said. In addition to challenging physical requirements, applicants must be trained police officers, ideally with applicable experience
Item Number:4 Date: 01/17/2018 INDIA - NAVY EYES ADDITIONAL P-8I MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (JAN 17/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- The Indian navy is looking at expanding its fleet of U.S.-built P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   India has an operational fleet of eight P-8I aircraft and ordered four more in 2016.   The air surveillance capability is vital for naval operations, Adm. Sunil Lanba, the Indian navy chief told the India Strategic magazine. He did not provide a figure for the number of aircraft needed.   Previous navy leaders have identified a requirement for 30 long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft
Item Number:5 Date: 01/17/2018 ISRAEL - FUNDING SLASHED FOR U.N. AID GROUP SUPPORTING PALESTINIAN REFUGEES (JAN 17/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The U.S. is withholding more than half of a US$125 million payment to the U.N. relief agency responsible for providing aid to Palestinians, reports BBC News.   Washington will provide US$60 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as expected. The remaining $65 million will be held until the relief agency makes unspecified reforms, a State Dept. spokeswoman said Tuesday, as cited by Reuters.   The UNRWA provides aid, education, social services and medical care to Palestinian refugees in the West bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, noted CNN.   U.S. President Donald Trump previously said he would reduce U.S. payments to the U.N. and Palestinian bodies who did not cooperate with Washington's negotiations with Israel.   "This is not aimed at punishing," said the spokeswoman.   The U.S. funds almost 30 percent of UNRWA's work and gave US$370 million to the agency last year, noted BBC.   The U.N. could be forced to cut health care, education and social services, said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.   Jan Egeland, a former U.N. humanitarian chief, and the Palestine Liberation Organization criticized the move, saying it would negatively impact the lives of everyday Palestinians.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/17/2018 LIBYA - 6 LNA SOLDIERS KILLED BY SUDANESE MILITANTS IN EAST (JAN 17/LIBHER)  LIBYA HERALD -- Sudanese militants have been blamed for the deaths of six members of the Libyan National Army in near the city of Jaghboub, not far from the Egyptian border, reports the Libya Herald.   At least one soldier was believed to have been captured in the attack by the Sudan-based Justice and Equality Movement, which took place Monday, about 177 miles (286 km) south of Tobruk, the capital of Libya's eastern government.   The soldiers were members of the LNA's 106 and 501 desert patrol brigades, charged with observing and securing the border.   Their bodies were found in the desert. The exact circumstances of the attack are not known.   Thirteen members of JEM were killed near Jaghboub in October 2016 during clashes with militia loyal to the LNA, noted the Observer.   Six Libyans were also kidnapped by the group in September 2016 while touring the country's south.   JEM is one of many foreign groups fighting in Libya, often serving as mercenaries
Item Number:7 Date: 01/17/2018 NATO - NEW COMMANDERS TAKE LEAD FOR NATO NAVAL UNITS (JAN 17/NATO)  NATO PRESS RELEASE -- Two NATO naval groups have new commanders, reports the alliance.   Danish Commodore Soren Thinggard Larsen is the new commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1). Norway provided the commander for the group in 2017.   The handover was marked in a Monday ceremony in Bergen, Norway.   On the same day, Cmdr. Peter Ramboer of the Belgian navy assumed command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) from his Latvian predecessor.   The alliance maintains four standing maritime groups, each with ships from several nations, which are permanently available to perform a range of missions, from exercises to operations.   The naval groups are also available to provide maritime forces to NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, the alliance said.   The new commanders will lead their respective groups through 2018.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 01/17/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - HOUTHI MISSILE TARGETS JAZAN PORT; SHOT DOWN BY AIR DEFENSES (JAN 17/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Saudi air defense forces have intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   The missile intercepted early Tuesday targeted the port city of Jazan, in southwest Saudi Arabia, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition.   No injuries or deaths were reported.   The spokesman said the missile was aimed at a heavily-populated civilian area and called for the international community to take a stronger stance against those who supply weapons to the rebels.   Saudi Arabia has long-accused Iran of supplying missiles to the Houthi rebels, who are fighting the Saudi-led coalition and their ally, the internationally-backed government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.   The coalition conducted airstrikes Tuesday night that destroyed Houthi missile bases along the Saudi border with Yemen, the news channel said
Item Number:9 Date: 01/17/2018 TURKEY - ASELSAN INKS DEAL FOR LONG-RANGE DEFENSE SYSTEM (JAN 17/HUR)  HURRIYET -- Turkish defense electronics company Aselsan says it has finalized a contract with Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) for a national long-range defense system, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   Turkish missile firm Roketsan and the TUBITAK SAGE defense research institute were also part of the deal, according to an Aselsan release on Tuesday.   Aselsan's share of the agreement is worth about US$227 million, with deliveries to be completed in 2021.   Earlier in January, the Turkish government awarded Eurosam, Aselsan and Roketsan a contract for the definition study for a future long-range air and missile defense system.   The 18-month definition study will prepare the way for a development and production contract for the future system.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:10 Date: 01/17/2018 TURKEY - ERDOGAN SAYS SYRIAN REBELS WILL JOIN TURKISH OPS AGAINST KURDS IN AFRIN (JAN 17/REU)  REUTERS -- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says members of the Syrian rebel opposition will support Turkish operations to clear Kurdish militia members from its southern border, reports Reuters.   Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Erdogan said that non-Kurdish rebels – many of whom Ankara has backed during the Syrian war – would be involved in the operations.   "This struggle is being conducted for them. Not for us," the president said.   Turkish shelling continued on Wednesday in Afrin canton, one of three areas in northern Syria controlled by Kurds. Turkish convoys of armored vehicles and soldiers were seen moving from Cizre, Turkey, into Afrin, Aleppo province, reported Al Masdar News.   The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) issued a statement on Wednesday asking for the U.N. Security Council to take immediate action to resolve the crisis.   "The Turkish regime รข€¦ has become a threat to any solution to the Syrian crisis," said the PYD.   The U.S. appeared to back away from the Kurds on Tuesday.   "We don't consider them as part of our 'Defeat ISIS' operations, which is what we are doing there and we do not support them. We are not involved with them at all," a Pentagon spokesman told Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   "We are not operating in Afrin," said another.   Turkey has threatened to stop a proposed U.S.-backed border force for the Syrian-Turkish border. The force would be composed mainly of Kurdish fighters who cooperated with U.S. efforts to oust the Islamic State from Syria. Ankara accuses the groups of having links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Kurdish group considered terrorists by the U.S. and Turkey
Item Number:11 Date: 01/17/2018 USA - B-52S ROTATE TO GUAM TO REPLACE B-1B BOMBERS (JAN 17/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52H Stratofortress bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of the U.S. Pacific Command's (PACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission, reports the Air Force News Service.   The B-52 was last deployed to the region in July 2016. The bombers will take over the Continuous Bomber Presence mission in late January from B-1Bs from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.   The B-52H will provide PACOM with a credible, strategic power projection platform and demonstrates the ongoing U.S. commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, the Air Force said.  
Item Number:12 Date: 01/17/2018 USA - COMMANDERS CHARGED IN LAST YEAR'S DESTROYER COLLISIONS (JAN 17/NAVY)  U.S. NAVY -- The Navy has announced charges against the commanders and other officers of two ships involved in deadly collisions last year, the service said in a news release.   Officers of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain will face a court martial, Adm. Frank Caldwell announced on Tuesday. Caldwell, the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, was appointed to review accountability actions taken with regard to the collisions, the Navy said.   Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez commanded the McCain, and Cmdr. Bryce Benson, the Fitzgerald, noted CNN.   The charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide.   In addition to Cmdr. Benson, two lieutenants, and one lieutenant junior grade from the USS Fitzgerald will be charged.   The Navy is also moving forward with administrative discipline for four sailors on the two destroyers, reported the Washington Post.   On June 17, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a commercial vessel 56 nautical miles off the coast of Japan. Seven sailors were killed.   On Aug. 21, 2017, the USS John S. McCain hit a merchant vessel east of the Strait of Malacca. Ten sailors were killed in that collision.   Several investigations have been conducted since the incidents. Findings pointed to improper training and inadequate sleep, driven by insufficient manpower, as the primary culprits
Item Number:13 Date: 01/17/2018 USA - FORMER CIA OFFICER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY HOLDING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION (JAN 17/DOJ)  DEPT. OF JUSTICE -- A former CIA officer has been arrested on charges that he illegally retained classified information regarding agency assets, reports the Justice Dept.   Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested on Monday night after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, said a Justice release on Tuesday.   A former CIA case officer, Lee has been living in Hong Kong with his family since 2012. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen, the release said.   During a trip to visit Virginia in 2012, FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of his luggage and found notebooks containing the names of CIA employees, notes from meetings with CIA assets and meeting and facility locations.   Information in the books matched that contained in classified cables written by Lee while he was at the agency, reported the New York Times.   The arrest is believed to be related to the CIA's most significant intelligence failure in years, noted the New York Times. Beginning in 2010, the agency began to lose its informants in China. More than a dozen were imprisoned or killed, officials said.   There were various theories behind the losses, including a mole, Chinese hacking of CIA communications, sloppy trade craft or a combination.   Lee is charged with unlawful retention of national defense information and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/17/2018 USA - MARINES SEEK NEW RIFLE-MOUNTED SURVEILLANCE TECH (JAN 17/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps wants rifle-mounted surveillance technology that can provide real-time streaming video directly to the user or another display, reports the Marine Corps Times.   The move is part of a service push for the latest technology to upgrade infantry squads.   In the fall of 2017, the Corps selected a new laser rangefinder, designated the Integrated-Compact Ultralight Gun-mounted Rangefinder (I-CUGR), to help Marines range targets accurately and call in air and artillery strikes.   The Marine Corps Rapid Capability Office is looking for technologies that increase individual and small-unit situational awareness through multimedia sensors to pass video, picture and/or text to other personnel and units within close range.   The devices should be attachable to existing Marine individual weapon systems or integrated with scoped optic devices, according to the request for information from the Marine Corps Systems Command
Item Number:15 Date: 01/17/2018 USA - TROOP ROTATIONS TO EUROPE NEED TO BE IMPROVED, SAYS DUNFORD (JAN 17/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. needs to continue rotating forces to Europe to deter potential threats from Russia, reports the Stars and Stripes.   At the same time, the alliance needs to implement reforms to maximize maneuverability in a crisis, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told DoD News ahead of a two-day meeting of NATO defense chiefs in Brussels on Tuesday.   Those talks will focus on plans for a new alliance command structure and its missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.   Dunford said he backs a U.S. military posture that employs rotational forces. The Pentagon is evaluating alternative basing strategies for its reassurance mission in eastern Europe.   The U.S. military in Europe has been using a range of rotational units as its mission has expanded following Russia's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine in 2014.   Army leaders say the use of rotational forces have provided a higher level of combat readiness
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/17/2018 YEMEN - RIYADH PROPS UP RIAL WITH US$2 BILLION DEPOSIT (JAN 17/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Saudi Arabia has pledged US$2 billion to shore up Yemen's currency and banking system, reports Bloomberg News.   King Salman issued the order on Tuesday after a request by Ahmed bin Daghr, the prime minister of Yemen's internationally-recognized government.   The move is intended to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and improve economic conditions in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.   It has also been seen as an effort to establish a "functioning and legitimate" Yemeni government, reported CNBC.   The transfer is a deposit, not a loan, and is not intended to be repaid, a source close to the government told Reuters.   Yemen bears the scars of nearly three years of war that has killed more than 10,000 people. Hunger is widespread and the Yemeni rial has fallen from 250 to the dollar in March 2015 to 380 to the dollar today, noted Bloomberg.   On the black market, where dollars are more available than in Yemen's faltering banking system, 500 rial buys one U.S. dollar.

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