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To All
I hope you week has started well.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History – January 30, 2018
Jan. 30
1862—The first U.S. Navy ironclad warship, USS Monitor, is launched. Commissioned a month later, she soon engages in battle against CSS Virginia, the first battle between ironclad warships.
1863—While Landsman Richard Stout is a member of the crew of USS Isaac Smith, which is operating on the Stono River, SC, Confederate forces ambush and capture the ship. For his brave conduct during this action, in which he is badly wounded, Landsman Stout is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1944—U.S. Navy ships, including battleship North Carolina, and aircraft, sink nine Japanese vessels.
1944—PB2Y aircraft (VP 13 and VP 102) from Midway Island carry out nocturnal bombing raids on Wake Island to neutralize Japanese airfield installations. The strike marks the first time Coronados are used as bombers.
1960—The guided-missile destroyer John King (DDG 3) is launched at Bath, ME.
1968 - Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam
 
January 30
1649
Charles I of England is beheaded at Whitehall by the executioner Richard Brandon.
1844
Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
1862
The USS Monitor is launched at Greenpoint, Long Island.
1901
Women Prohibitionists smash 12 saloons in Kansas.
1912
The British House of Lords opposes the House of Commons by rejecting home rule for Ireland.
1931
The United States awards civil government to the Virgin Islands.
1933
Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor by President Paul Hindenburg.
1936
Governor Harold Hoffman orders a new inquiry into the Lindbergh kidnapping.
1943
Field Marshal Friedrich von Paulus surrenders himself and his staff to Red Army troops in Stalingrad.
1945
The Allies launch a drive on the Siegfried line in Germany.
1949
In India, 100,000 people pray at the site of Gandhi's assassination on the first anniversary of his death.
1953
President Dwight Eisenhower announces that he will pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.
1964
The Ranger spacecraft, equipped with six TV cameras, is launched to the moon from Cape Canaveral.
1972
British troops shoot dead 14 Irish civilians in Derry, Ireland. The day is forever remembered in Ireland as 'Bloody Sunday.'
1976
The U.S. Supreme Court bans spending limits in campaigns, equating funds with freedom of speech.
1980
The first-ever Chinese Olympic team arrives in New York for the Winter Games at Lake Placid.
 
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From the Archives
Hey Skip,
By the way, this week is the beginning of the forty-sixth anniversary of the 1968 Tet offensive during the Vietnam War which was, as you know, a strategic victory for the United States - a fact, unfortunately, which is commonly incorrectly reported in text books and by our media even today.
If anyone is interested, Mark Woodruff goes into some excellent history about Tet '68 in his book "Unheralded Victory".  It's worth reading.
Even so, and as our past Secretary of State might say, "What difference does it make?"
Well, were I asked to answer that question I'm afraid they would have to "bleep" my response.
Steve
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Thanks to Hal
 
This is a quick summary.   For more go to Google.com and type in    Tet
Offensive
 
Hal
 
1968 - Tet Offensive
By Jennifer Rosenberg, About.com Guide
Tet Offensive (1968): U.S. troops had been in Vietnam for three years before the Tet Offensive, and most of the fighting they had encountered were small skirmishes involving guerilla tactics. Although the U.S. had more aircraft, better weapons, and hundreds of thousands of trained soldiers, they were stuck in a stalemate against the Communist forces in North Vietnam and the guerilla forces in South Vietnam (known as the Viet Cong). The United States was discovering that traditional warfare tactics did not necessarily work well in the jungle against the guerilla warfare tactics they were facing.
In early 1968, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the man in charge of North Vietnam's army, believed it was time for the North Vietnamese to make a major surprise attack on South Vietnam. After coordinating with the Viet Cong and moving troops and supplies into position, the Communists made a diversionary attack against the American base at Khe Sanh on January 21, 1968.
On January 30, 1968, the real Tet Offensive began. Early in the morning, North Vietnamese troops and Viet Cong forces attacked both towns and cities in South Vietnam, breaking the ceasefire that had been called for the Vietnamese holiday of Tet (the lunar new year).
The Communists attacked around 100 major cities and towns in South Vietnam.
The size and ferocity of the attack surprised both the Americans and the South Vietnamese, but they fought back. The Communists, who had hoped for an uprising from the populous in support of their actions, met heavy resistance instead.
In some towns and cities, the Communists were repelled quickly, within hours. In others, it took weeks of fighting. In Saigon, the Communists succeeded in occupying the U.S. embassy, once thought impregnable, for eight hours before they were overtaken by U.S. soldiers. It took about two weeks for U.S. troops and South Vietnamese forces to regain control of Saigon; it took them nearly a month to retake the city of Hue.
In military terms, the United States was the victor of the Tet Offensive for the Communists did not succeed in maintaining control over any part of South Vietnam. The Communist forces also suffered very heavy losses (an estimated 45,000 killed). However, the Tet Offensive showed another side of the war to Americans, one which they did not like. The coordination, strength, and surprise instigated by the Communists led the U.S. to realize that their foe was much stronger than they had expected.
Faced with an unhappy American public and depressing news from his military leaders, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided to end the escalation of U.S.
involvement in Vietnam.
See full article: Vietnam War
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THE YEAR IS 1914
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
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The year is 1914 --- Over One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1914:
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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower .
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year ...
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home ..
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars...
The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!" ( Shocking? )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ....
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
Scary !!
 
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Thanks to Mike
Cool 1963 Weapons Testing
Some really cool Air to Air and Air To Ground Testing from 1963. This is a 20 minute video, and showcases the then current technology - some of which sure did not work out too well later in Viet Nam! (like weapons delivery at 800 feet) Mostly Century Series Fighters, a little B-26, C-123 and C-130 stuff...
 
Has one test where the "Flat Nose Time Delay" Bomb delivery system didn't delay on one bomb and BOTH F-105s were shot down...
 
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 30 JANUARY 1968… KHESANH ANOTHER DIEN BIEN PHU?…
January 30, 2018  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #696… "SPECTERS OF DIEN BIEN PHU HAD DANCED BEFORE THE EYES OF THE AMERICANS. From intelligence analysts to Westmoreland to the President of the United States, memories of General Navarre and France's Vietnamese Waterloo preoccupied U.S. thoughts. President Johnson requested the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to outline for him just how Westmoreland would hold Khesanh." Humble host posted State Department historical documents over the weekend that included conversations between the President, the JCS and General Wheeler that emphasized the point, the President told the Chairman in no uncertain words, "I don't want any damn Dien Bien Phu."… Not to worry, Mr. President, "Operation Niagara" is your insurance policy…  but first…
Good Morning: Day SIX HUNDRED NINETY-SIX immersed in and remembering the events and heroic human performances of the air war with North Vietnam called Rolling Thunder that was fought fifty years ago…
 
 
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Thanks to Shadow
Gents…

The Bear mentioned Dien Bien Phu in this mornings "Rolling Thunder". Thought you guys might like to hear about an individuals first hand account.

If you were not a Marine Aviator… you probably never heard of John Verdi. I and many others were proud to know him and call him friend. He was beyond a doubt the most brilliant mind I've ever known… the most dogmatic man I've ever known... and probably the most dedicated "Warrior" I have ever known as well (and I've known some great ones).

During Korea, John was an F9F pilot with VMF-311… flew over a hundred missions. Flew with the likes of John Glenn and Ted Williams, plus many other notables. After Korea… John took a leave of absence from the Marine Corps to fly for CAT in Indo-China in support of the French. But instead of flying a Corsair or Bearcat; John ended up flying the C-119, "Flying Boxcar". Here he flew with other notables and Soldiers of Fortune like "Earthquake" McGoon. CAT of course was the CIA Airline of record, at the time. In fact, John was on Earthquake's wing when he was shot down.

The primary mission at that time was to fly into Dien Bien Phu... to resupply the surrounded French Garrison located there. They continued to do this until the Viet Minh were literally right outside the wire and then they resorted to air drops (That's how Earthquake was shot down). Anyway… just before the Viet Minh got too close… Verdi was one of the last guys to land there.

As the French were unloading his cargo, he was sought after by the Garrison Commander. Besides getting hammered everyday and night… they had accumulated a bunch of Viet Minh prisoners. He wanted to get rid of them, fearing an insurrection within his own perimeter. He wanted to know if John could fly them out to Haiphong to relieve him of the burden of guarding and feeding the prisoners? John asked ' "How Many"? the Colonel said about 75. John thought about it for a couple of minutes, didn't think weight would be a problem (they were little gomers) and then turned to the Colonel and said the following; "I can do it with the following conditions… 1.) We need to take the clamshell doors off the back of the fuselage… we can pick them back up on the next run. 2.) I want three pallets and you will either handcuff or chain, 25 prisoners to each pallet. 3.) I want two guards with automatic weapons in case any of the prisoners get loose in flight.

The Colonel quickly agreed to John's conditions…. and then as an afterthought… he asked John… "Why the pallets, why not just chain them to the bulkheads inside the plane"? John's answer was a shock to Colonel. "Well… the reason is very simple. We're taking fire on every takeoff and landing. If I take a hit and lose an engine… there's no way I'll be able to climb out and clear those hills and mountains between here and Haiphong. My crew's lives are more important than all the Viet Minh in Indo-China… very simple dear Colonel… I plan to jettison one or all three if necessary to get light enough to clear those mountains". The Colonel thought he was joking and said so. John was adamant that he was dead serious! The Colonel then said… "That's inhumane"! John said… "You want them out, those are my conditions".

As John would tell this story… he would let out a big guffaw and say… "Not even the bloody Frogs would go along with that one"! He took off empty.  

And that my friends is just "One" Verdi story… as "Black" can attest.

Shadow

P.S.

John returned to active duty after a while and TransPac'ed his own F-4 Squadron from El Toro to DaNang… with various stops along the way. You wouldn't believe what he did after a Navy "Spad" was shot down by the ChiComs based on Hainan Island… but that's another story…    
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 01/30/2018 CAMBODIA - CHINA TO DONATE TANKS, APCS AHEAD OF JOINT EXERCISE (JAN 30/KHMERTIMES)  KHMER TIMES -- Cambodia says its army will receive donated tanks and armored personnel carriers from China, reports the Khmer Times.   The vehicles will arrive in March, during the second joint Golden Dragon military exercise, Defense Minister Tea Banh said on Monday.   The donation includes about 100 tanks and APCs for the army's Brigade 70, said BTV television.   Banh would not confirm the exact number of vehicles involved.   The donation is a demonstration of China's commitment to Cambodia's defense and positive relations between the two states, he said.   The Golden Dragon exercises are scheduled to be held in the Kampong Speu province. About 280 Cambodian and 190 Chinese troops will participate. The drills will focus on terrorism and humanitarian affairs, said Gen. Ith Sarath, the deputy chief of the Cambodian armed forces.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/30/2018 CANADA - HORNET FIGHTERS TO SOLDIER ON TO 2032 (JAN 30/OC)  OTTAWA CITIZEN -- The Canadian government says it will continue to operate its aging CF-18 Hornet fighters until 2032, reports the Ottawa Citizen.   There had been plans to retire the jets, which entered service in 1982, around 2025.   Representatives from companies who participated in the Canadian government's industry day on Jan. 22 said that Ottawa now planned to keep the fighters operating until 2032.   Aerospace industry sources noted that the date could be pushed back if there are further delays in the procurement of replacement jets.   The first replacement aircraft is anticipated in 2025, with all 88 planned fighters to be handed over by 2030, according to government documents.   The Hornets have been upgraded multiple times to extend their service lives. Another upgrade program is in the works, with the goal of keeping the jets flying until 2025, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.   It is not clear if another modernization would be needed to keep them in the air until 2032
Item Number:3 Date: 01/30/2018 CHINA - AGREEMENT REACHED WITH JAPAN ON RECIPROCAL LEADER VISITS (JAN 30/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- Representatives of China and Japan have agreed to resume reciprocal visits by their leaders, reports the Kyodo news agency (Japan).   Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday in Beijing. Kono invited Li to visit Japan for a trilateral summit including South Korea.   Such a summit would bring Li to Japan for the first time since he took office in 2013.   Kono also met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat. Kono and Wang confirmed the importance of mutual visits as part of an effort to improve bilateral relations, said a Japanese government official.   The sides were not able to move forward on sensitive issues, including the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan. China and Taiwan also claim sovereignty over the islands in the East China Sea.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have yet to make official visits to the other country in part due to the dispute
  Item Number:4 Date: 01/30/2018 COLOMBIA - BARRANQUILLA HIT WITH MULTIPLE FATAL BOMB ATTACKS (JAN 30/CR)  COLOMBIA REPORTS -- There have been a series of bombings in Colombia's Caribbean Sea port city of Barranquilla, reports Colombia Reports.   On Saturday, a pair of bombs in the San Jose neighborhood killed at least five police officers and injured more than 40 people.   A second attack took place early Sunday morning in the Soledad 2000 neighborhood, about 4 miles (6 km) south of San Jose, according to the local El Heraldo newspaper. That bomb targeted a police post.   A third attack on a police station was reported on Sunday in Santa Rosa, southwest of Barranquilla. That bombing killed two police officers. The National Liberation Army (ELN) militant group and AGC paramilitary group are known to be active in the region.   The Barranquilla police chief blamed the ELN for both attacks in his city.  
Item Number:5 Date: 01/30/2018 COLOMBIA - PEACE TALKS WITH ELN SUSPENDED AFTER DEADLY ATTACK (JAN 30/MH)  MIAMI HERALD -- The Colombian government has broken off peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) militant group after an ELN attack that killed five police officers, reports the Miami Herald.   President Juan Manuel Santos, who has made a peace deal part of his platform, said Monday that the decision was painful.   "I've taken the decision of suspending the fifth round of talks รข€¦ until we see coherence between the ELN's words and actions," he said.   Negotiations have been ongoing in Quito, Ecuador, since February 2017. The parties are hoping to reach a deal similar to the one between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that was agreed to in 2017 after 50 years of conflict.   Attacks on oil facilities and the armed forces resumed on Jan. 10 after a cease-fire expired, noted Reuters.   On Jan. 27, a bomb exploded at police barracks in Barranquilla as officers gathered for roll call. Five were killed and at least 40 injured.   The ELN took responsibility for the Barranquilla attack. The group said attacks would continue until there is a bilateral cease-fire agreement that would allow peace talks to continue, reported Colombia Reports.   The ELN denied it was behind two other bombings in Colombia over the weekend.  
Item Number:6 Date: 01/30/2018 FRANCE - FOREIGN SPACECRAFT INSPECTING SATELLITES IN ORBIT, SAYS SPACE CHIEF (JAN 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The head of France's joint space command says French satellites in orbit have been approached by satellite-inspection systems, reports Defense News.   Several French satellites have been approached by such craft, air force Gen. Jean-Pascal Breton told the defense and armed forces committee of the French National Assembly on Dec. 20. The official minutes for the hearing were only recently released.   The general did not identify specific countries, saying only that they were conducted by "sovereign nations" with such space capabilities.   "Strategies of contestation and denial of access is taking on new forms," said Breton.   The ability to detect and identify the perpetrator of an unfriendly or aggressive act is an "essential condition for our protection," he said. Accordingly, the military will gradually strengthen its ability to identify and classify objects in orbits of interest to France.   France is preparing to replace its eight-strong fleet of satellites with the same number of spacecraft in the coming years, the general noted
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/30/2018 INDIA - CHARGES FILED AGAINST ARMY MAJOR IN KASHMIR KILLINGS (JAN 30/NEWS18)  NEWS 18 -- Police in India-administered Kashmir have filed charges against an army major for the deaths of two civilians in southern Kashmir, reports News 18 (India).   Maj. Aditya of the Garhwal Rifles was charged with murder, attempted murder and endangering life in connection with the events on Jan. 27 in Shopian district, reported GreaterKashmir.com.   Eight civilians were injured and two students killed when the army opened fire on pro-separatist protesters.   Local officials have ordered an investigation and set a deadline of 20 days.   An army convoy was attacked by a group of at least 100 stone-throwing protesters, which grew to 200-250 people, the army said.   The soldiers fired in self-defense after being pelted with stones, said an army statement. If they had not, protesters would have killed the soldiers, the service claimed.   Seven soldiers were injured and 11 vehicles were badly damaged in the incident, the army said.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 01/30/2018 IRAQ - GENERAL DYNAMICS SUSPENDS TANK MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (JAN 30/K24)  KURDISTAN 24 -- A U.S. defense firm has halted its maintenance program for Iraqi army M1 Abrams tanks, reports Kurdistan 24, citing local media.   General Dynamics, the maker of the tank, suspended the maintenance program after Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were found to be in possession of one of the vehicles, reported al-Ghad Press (Iraq).   The company withdrew from its facility at the Al-Muthanna airport in Baghdad after learning that Iraq violated the contract terms. The deal authorized only the Iraqi army to employ the Abrams tanks.   General Dynamics reportedly warned the Iraqi government about the potential provision of the tanks to armed groups.   Baghdad says it has retrieved the tank from the PMF and pledged to return it to the company's maintenance site by the beginning of February.   Officials from General Dynamics reportedly threatened to permanently withdraw from Iraq if it was proven that Iran, which provides support to the PMF, reproduced the tank
Item Number:9 Date: 01/30/2018 JORDAN - ARMY TAKES DELIVERY OF LAST OF 12 BLACK HAWK HELOS ORDERED FROM U.S. (JAN 30/JOTIMES)  JORDAN TIMES -- The Jordanian army has received the final batch from an order of 12 Black Hawk helicopters from the United States, reports the Jordan Times.   The handover ceremony took place on Sunday and was presided over by Prince Feisal, as well as Henry Wooster, the charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy, and Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the U.S. Central Command.   Deliveries of the 12 Black Hawks began in March 2017. The aircraft are intended for Jordan's rapid deployment force to strengthen border security and for cross-border operations against Islamist militants, noted Reuters.  
Item Number:10 Date: 01/30/2018 NORTH KOREA - FEWER WINTER EXERCISES HELD THIS YEAR, ANALYSTS SAY (JAN 30/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- North Korea has reduced winter military exercises compared to previous years, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Growing international pressure has forced Pyongyang to scale down the frequency and intensity of winter drills, said American officials.   In January 2017, Kim Jong Un was observed at winter maneuvers, an artillery exercise and an air-combat competition. This year, observers have seen little activity.   Winter maneuvers in North Korea usually run from December through March.   Restrictions on imports of fuel may have forced the army to conserve resources by cutting maneuvers, the Journal reported.   Other analysts cautioned against premature conclusions, saying that North Korean missile and nuclear tests seem to be continuing despite pressure. Food scarcity could also play a role, said Joseph Bermudez Jr., a military analyst for the 38 North website, which monitors North Korean military developments.   Pyongyang is likely on its best behavior ahead of the Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, said Harry Kazianis, the director of defense studies for the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C., as cited by CNBC.   Winter drilling has historically constituted a core element of the country's defenses, noted the Journal. For years, U.S. military analysts considered spring to be the most dangerous season due to increased North Korean readiness
Item Number:11 Date: 01/30/2018 RUSSIA - RUSSIAN FIGHTER CLOSES TO WITHIN 5 FEET OF U.S. PATROL AIRCRAFT, SAYS PENTAGON (JAN 30/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The Russian air force is facing American criticism after a close interception of a U.S. patrol aircraft over the Black Sea, reports CBS News.   A Russian Su-27 jet intercepted a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II electronic intelligence aircraft on Monday.   At one point, the Russian jet came within 5 feet of the American plane and flew directly through its flight path, forcing the EP-3 to fly through turbulence, said a Pentagon spokeswoman.   The encounter lasted two hours and 40 minutes, according to a statement from the Navy's 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, reported Fox News.   The EP-3E returned to base before completing its scheduled mission, the Navy said, as cited by USNI News.   The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with international law, said the Pentagon.   The incident constituted a breach of the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA), the Defense Dept. said.   Russia claimed that its pilots were operating within international law and that the U.S. plane that had violated international norms, forcing a response.   When the U.S. plane changed course away from Russian airspace, the Su-27 returned to its base, said the Russian Defense Ministry, as cited by Russia's RIA news agency.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/30/2018 SYRIA - FEMALE KURDISH SOLDIER KILLS TWO TURKISH SOLDIERS IN POSSIBLE SUICIDE ATTACK (JAN 30/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A female Kurdish fighter has carried out an apparent suicide attack against Turkish troops in northern Syria, reports the New York Times.   On Jan. 27, Zuluh Hemo threw a grenade down the turret of a tank in the village of Hemmam in Afrin, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group.   Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the attack and the tank was destroyed.   The attack did not appear to be a deliberate suicide bombing, said the monitoring group.   Hemo, 20, fought under the nom de guerre Avesta Habur with the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), a part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).   The YPJ celebrated Hemo's attack but did not call the attack a suicide operation.   The YPJ is the female unit of the People's Protection Units (YPG). These and other Kurdish forces form the bulk of the SDF, a U.S.-backed militia fighting the Islamic State in Syria.   Turkey does not differentiate between the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and Washington.   The PKK has carried out suicide bombings in Turkey, historically targeting troops but increasingly targeting civilians. It is unclear if the YPG and YPJ have launched suicide attacks in the past.   Ankara launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear a 30-km (19-mile) buffer zone along the Turkish border of "terrorists" and occupy the area with friendly Syrian rebels.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/30/2018 USA - LOCKHEED WINS $459 MILLION DEAL FOR THAAD MISSILE INTERCEPTORS (JAN 30/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract modification to produce additional anti-missile interceptors for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, reports the defense firm.   The $459 million modification brings the total contract value to $1.28 billion and includes 2017 and 2018 funding.   The new interceptors will support U.S. Army THAAD units and expanding operational requirements, said a Lockheed release.   The Army activated its seventh THAAD battery in December 2016, the company noted
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/30/2018 USA - TREASURY DEPT. ANNOUNCES MORE SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS, FIRMS LINKED TO UKRAINE CONFLICT (JAN 30/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The U.S. Treasury Dept. has sanctioned 21 people and nine companies associated with Russian-backed forces fighting the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The measures, announced on Jan. 26, targeted 11 people identified as top separatist officials.   "This action underscores the U.S. government's opposition to Russia's occupation of Crimea and firm refusal to recognize its attempted annexation of the peninsula," said a Treasury statement.   Several Russian officials, including Andrei Cherezon, a deputy energy minister, have been sanctioned.   A number of subsidiaries of Russian oil firm Surgutneftegaz and Power Machines, a heavy industrial equipment manufacturer, were also sanctioned
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/30/2018 YEMEN - AQAP SUSPECTED IN DEADLY SUICIDE BOMBING IN SHABWA PROVINCE (JAN 30/XIN)  XINHUA -- Fifteen Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing at a military checkpoint in the southeastern Shabwa province, reports China's Xinhua News Agency.   The attacker detonated his car bomb at the checkpoint in the Nokhan region of Shabwa province, said local officials.   Other gunmen then opened fire with a machine gun and a mortar, reported the Arab News.   The soldiers were part of a special unit backed by the United Arab Emirates.   No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials blamed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is active in the area and has been targeted by Emirati forces in the past.   Yemeni government and Emirati forces launched a new counterterrorism offensive in southern Yemen in recent months. Al-Qaida militants have been driven from several villages in Abyan provinces and Shabwa provinces, officials said
Item Number:16 Date: 01/30/2018 YEMEN - SEPARATISTS SEIZE CONTROL OF ADEN (JAN 30/REU)  REUTERS -- Separatist forces have seized most of Aden, Yemen's temporary capital, after two days of fighting with government forces, reports Reuters.   The victory for the separatists forced the government of internationally-recognized president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi to retreat to the presidential palace on Tuesday. Hadi lives in Saudi Arabia, noted the news service.   The separatist forces, called the Southern Resistance Forces (SRF), received help when a United Arab Emirates air force jet bombed a military base in Aden's northern Dar Saad district, allowing the SRF to overrun it and other key military posts, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The Southern Transitional Council (STC), the political arm for the secessionists, previously called on Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher to resign.   Sources in the city said bin Dagher and other government leaders are currently negotiating to exit the city safely.   The loyalist office of the national Saba news agency said 16 people were killed and 41 injured in two days of fighting. An official at the International Committee of the Red Cross said at least 36 were killed and 185 wounded.   The Saudi-led coalition has called for an immediate cease-fire in Aden, reported the National (U.A.E.).   The Emirati leaders, who previously supported the STC, have been calling on the group to accept a cease-fire, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   The fighting between secessionist forces, generally backed by the U.A.E., and the government, supported by Saudi Arabia, has threatened to derail efforts to fight the Houthi rebels in the north and restore Hadi's control of the country.
 
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