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Monday, July 2, 2018

Fw: TheList 4758

The List 4758     TGB


To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
Regards,
Skip
This day in Naval History
July 2
1926—The Distinguished Flying Cross is authorized by Congress. The first Naval Aviator to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross is Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd for his flight to the North Pole on May 9, 1926.
1937—Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific. US Coast Guard cutter Itasca, USS Colorado (BB 45) and USS Lexington (CV 2) and PBY aircraft from Hawaii are dispatched, but the extensive search is unsuccessful.
1944—TBM aircraft from (VC 58) based on board USS Wake Island (CVE 65 sink German submarine U 543, southeast of the Azores.
1945—USS Barb (SS 220) bombards Japanese installations on Kaihyo Island, Japan in the first successful use of rockets against shore positions.
1950—USS Juneau (CLAA 119), with the help of British ships, sinks three enemy torpedo boats near Chumonchin Chan, and supports raiding parties along the coast of North Korea.
1994—USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is commissioned at Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named for father-son admirals John S. McCain Sr. and John S. McCain Jr. 
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines focused on the victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico's presidential elections, as well as increased coverage of trade policy as Canada announced $13 billion in tariffs against U.S. goods. The U.S. began the 25 nation RIMPAC exercises last week shortly after China, which had been disinvited from the world's largest naval war games, had finished smaller naval exercises of its own, reports CNN. According to analysts, RIMPAC demonstrates that the U.S. Navy is better at forging friendships in the region than China. The Wall Street Journal reports that North Korea is expanding its missile manufacturing facilities as it pursues dialogue with the United States. Additionally, STL.News reports that CNO Adm. John Richardson traveled to London to highlight the importance of the partnership between the U.S. and Royal Navy.
 
 
History July 2
1298
An army under Albert of Austria defeats forces led by Adolf of Nassau.
1625
The Spanish army takes Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.
1644
Oliver Cromwell crushes the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor.
1747
Marshall Saxe leads the French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.
1776
The Continental Congress resolves with the Declaration of Independence that the American colonies "are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."
1822
Denmark Vesey is executed in Charleston, South Carolina, for planning a massive slave revolt.
1858
Czar Alexander II frees the serfs working on imperial lands.
1863
The Union left flank holds at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.
1881
Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounds President James A. Garfield in Washington, D.C.
1926
Congress establishes the Army Air Corps.
1937
American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappears in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world.
1961
Novelist Ernest Hemingway commits suicide at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
1964
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law.
1967
The U.S. launches Operation Buffalo in Vietnam.
1976
North and South Vietnam are officially reunified.
1980
President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age.
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Thanks to Lurch and Dutch R.
 
Good read.
 
Who's Responsible for Separating Alien Kids From Their Parents?
Many People, but Not Trump
 
Hans von Spakovsky / June 21, 2018
 
It is not Trump who is responsible for this.
 
 
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Thanks to Carl
Skip,
After reading "The Military Aviator" in TL 4757, I found this important and interesting fact about Joe Crecca teaching Hegdahl mental gymnastics!
Carl
 
"THE INCREDIBLY STUPID ONE"
 
(SN HEGDAHL, USS CANBERRA – PRISONER OF WAR)
 
 By Dick "Beak" Stratton, Captain, USN (Ret.)
 
Doug was shuffled around from pillar to post, since his captors didn't know where he would fit into their propaganda plans. One mistake they made was to put him in for a while with Joe Crecca, an Air Force officer who had developed a method of creating the most organized memory bank we possessed to record the names of pilots shot down and imprisoned in Vietnam Joe took this young Seaman and, recognizing the potential, painstakingly taught Doug not only 256 names, but also, the method of memorizing, cross-referencing and retrieving those names. It was no easy task that Joe set for himself for it was not intuitively obvious to Doug the value of such mental gymnastics. 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to  Dutch R.
Apache helicopter video ...
 
 
 
Makes me almost want to fly whop-whops. Then I think how long they would have survived in Indian Country.
 
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Today on Fighter Sweep
 
Watch: US Navy F-18's Score Two Air to Air Kills Then Go Bomb Targets in Iraq
An interesting story highlighting the F-18 during operations in Iraq. Featured image by US Navy
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/FighterSweep?d=yIl2AUoC8zA
 
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Thanks to Mugs
Been around before, but nothing has changed, so bears repeating.
 
Mugs
 
By Jeff Foxworthy
 
If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots
 
If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is "cute" but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION
 
 
 
LET'S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!
 
 
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET …
 
A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE,
 
SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE,
 
FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS,
 
SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
 
FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE,
 
A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
 
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
 
THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU
 
PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
 
AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
 
 
WE DO LIVE IN SUCH A COUNTRY!! But at this rate, it won't be for long.
 
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/  
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 2 JULY 1968… ON THE HOMEFRONT: THE SUMMER OF DISCONTENT…
July 2, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #849… "DOES THE END JUSTIFY THE MEANS?"… "Life and how you live it is the story of means and ends. The end is what you want, and the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and end arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. To say that corrupt means corrupts the ends is to believe in the immaculate conception of ends and principles. The real arena is corrupt and bloody. Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe's 'conscience is the virtue of observers and not the agents of action'; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one's individual conscience and the good of mankind. The choice must always be for the latter. Action is for mass salvation and not for individual's personal salvation. He who sacrifices the mass good for his personal conscience has a peculiar conception of 'personal salvation'; he doesn't care enough for people to be 'corrupted' for them."… SAUL D. ALINSKY, THE RULES FOR RADICALS Head Line New York Times, 1 July 1968: "Non-Violent Rights Movement Faces Uncertain Future As Doubts Rise It Can Survive the Loss of Dr. King"…   but first…  
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY-NINE of a time of bloody battles in the streets of both Saigon and Chicago… The Summer of 1968…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Tuesday 2 July 1968…
THE WAR: Page 7: "FIGHTING IS SHARP IN THE KHESANH AREA–157 ENEMY SOLDIERS KILLED–MARINES LOSE 2 DEAD"… "United States Marines supported by artillery and fighter planes were said to have killed 157 North Vietnamese soldiers early yesterday in a fight near the Khesanh combat base. The clash started before dawn some three miles southeast of the scarred base from which the marines are gradually withdrawing after defending it for six months… What was originally thought to be an enemy force of 30 men increased when Marine aviators on the way to the scene spotted a larger enemy force nearby. The attacked with bombs, napalm and machine-gun fire. When the enemy broke off two and a half hours later, the marines found 40 bodies and in a later sweep found 117 more bodies…There was scattered fighting around the Saigon area and one clash 41 miles northwest of Saigon resulted in the killing of five enemy soldiers…While ground units tried to stop the enemy in the jungles, B-52 bombers continued to blast surrounding provinces with hundreds of tons of bombs. The heavy air strikes were conducted all around the capital, as they have been for the last two weeks. The big planes also struck at artillery sites, bunkers and storage areas of the demilitarized zone."… Page 7: ENEMY TOLL IS REPORTED"… "South Vietnamese command reported today that allied forces had killed 1,193 North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops last week. South Vietnamese losses were put at 273 killed and 856 wounded. U.S. losses are reported weekly on Thursdays."
PEACE TALKS: Page 5: "HARRIMAN RETURNS TO PARIS FROM U.S."… "W. Averell Harriman said on his return here tonight that the United States was satisfied with the position it had taken at the Vietnam talks and continued to hope North Vietnam would get down to serious negotiations. The chief American negotiator spoke to reporters at the airport upon his return from a visit to the United States during which he reported to President Johnson on the eight-week-old negotiations."… "The French Government has rejected a proposal from Senator Claiborne Pell, Democrat of Rhode Island, suggesting that France help break the deadlock in the Vietnam talks here."…
Page 1: "U.S. AND SOVIETS AGREE TO PARLEYS ON LIMITATION OF MISSILE SYSTEMS–BAN ON ATOM ARMS SPREAD SIGNED–Talks Start Soon–Weapons Of Offensive and Defensive Type to Be Included"… Page 1: "9 POINT DISARMAMENT PLAN IS PROPOSED BY KOSYGIN"… Page 2: "LBJ Statement On Signing Of Treaty On Nuclear Arms"… Page 2: "Kosygin Remarks And Excerpts From Treaty"… Page 3: "U.S. AND SOVIET AGREE TO CONFER ON CURBS ON MISSILES–President Warns Job Will Be Hard–His Statement Accompanies Signing Of Treaty to Limit Spread of Arms"… Page 3: "Chinese Reds Spurn Bid To Atom Parley… Page 4: "West Germany Declines to Sign Atom Pact"… Page 6: "U.S. GROUND RULES KEEP REIN ON WAR REPORTING"… Page 8: "Kosygin Confers With North Vietnamese On Economic And Military Aid"… Page 9: "Easing to Purges Hinted By China–Observers Detect Pullback From Radical Swing"… Page 14: "NAACP SPLIT ON WHITE AMERICA"…
 
2 JULY 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times… Page 7: (Rolling Thunder for 1 July)… "also north of the demilitarized zone, carrier based aircraft carried out 139 missions. One of the targets was a factory that manufactured bricks in an area three miles west of Vinh. Pilots reported having destroyed three buildings and three kilns. Asked why the factory was considered a strategic target a military spokesman said the bricks could be used to build artillery sites and other fortifications… NYT, 3 Jul page 6: (Rolling Thunder for 2 July) "American fighter-bombers flew 131 missions over North Vietnam between the DMZ and the 19th Parallel striking at trucks, supply boats and bridges. the pilots said they started more than 100 sustained fires and reported 26 secondary explosions."…
VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There were two fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 2 July 1968…
(1) 1LT LANCE LAGRANGE was flying an F-100D of the 306th TFS and 31st TFW out of Tuy Hoa on a landing zone preparation mission employing napalm. On his first napalm pass on the prospective landing site 40 miles north of Phu Cat he was hit by ground fire and the aircraft went directly into the ground giving 1LT LAGRANGE no opportunity to eject from the Super Sabre..  1LT LAGRANGE was a graduate of RPI and graduated at the top of his class in flight training. He was on his first squadron assignment and first month of combat flying. He left a wife on this day 50 years ago when he flew his last flight. He remains where he fell on the battlefield…Left Behind… but remembered…
(2) MAJOR HENRY ALBERT TIPPING was flying an A-1H of the 6th ACS and 14th ACW out of Pleiku on the RESCAP that successfully extracted LCOL MODICA (see RTR for 1 July). MAJOR TIPPING's Spad was hit by 37mm AAA as he orbited over the DMZ at 5,000 awaiting a call to provide cover for the helicopter operations. The aircraft became uncontrollable and MAJOR TIPPING was unable to escape the aircraft before it crashed in the DMZ buffer zone…  MAJOR TIPPING remains where he fell 50 years ago this day… Left Behind, but not forgotten…
SUMMARY OF ROLLING THUNDER LOSSES (KIA/MIA/POW) ON 2 JULY FOR THE FOUR YEARS OF THE OPERATION OVER NORTH VIETNAM…
1965… NONE…
1966… NONE…
1967… LTJG FREDERICK MORRISON KASCH, USN… (KIA)…  and …MAJOR RAY DANIEL PENDERGRAFT, USMC…(KIA)… and… CAPTAIN DAVID GLENN SPEARMAN, USMC… (KIA)…
1968… MAJOR HENRY ALBERT TIPPING, USAF… (KIA)…
 
RIPPLE SALVO… #849… The events in America in the summer of 1968 provide a guide to the ongoing developments in 2018. The similarities are notable. We  have been here before. The events of the 60s led Saul Alinsky to publish (1971) Rules for Radicals "as a guide on future community organizing for the new generation of radicals emerging from the 1960's." The guide is at work in every corner of America, and has been for five decades… My Salvo today is a primer for what is to follow in my RTR posts for the summer of 1968 as nonviolence fades into a summer like no other. Except maybe the summer of 2018…
NYT, 1-Jul-68, Page 17: "NONVIOLENT RIGHTS MOVEMENT FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE AS DOUBTS RISE IT CAN SURVIVE THE LOSS OF DR. KING" by Earl Caldwell… "Early one afternoon just before the Government flattened Resurrection City last week, the young Negroes who had taken up residence there (on the Mall in Washington) streamed noisily aboard a battered old bus. 'We're going to see Stokely (Carmichael),' they shouted. 'If you're interested in black power come with us. We're sick of his nonviolent stuff.'
"It had become difficult for leaders of the Poor People's Campaign to involve the youths in their nonviolent protests. But to talk with Stokely Carmichael, the black power advocate, they rushed out of the camp. 'It's no longer relevant,' a Negro writer snapped when questioned about the merits of nonviolence. 'It's only a trick bag that whitey puts me in. He disarms me and then brings in the cops. It's not even worth discussing.' "Most observers agree that the fate of the nonviolent movement rests largely with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a proposition that some are not happy to accept.
"They are also aware that the civil rights group is in the midst of a demanding Poor People's Campaign that most concede is going badly. What the campaign set out to accomplish was looked upon from the start as being all but impossible. The goal to which it was committed seemed to call for a new social order.
"The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s successor, says that the drive is attempting to bring about a redistribution of the nation's wealth. Previously, conference leaders were concerned with human dignity and political equality for Negroes. But to cope with the rise of violence in the country, Dr. King saw the Poor People's Campaign, even with the risks as being unavoidable. A part of the risk was that the nonviolent movement was badly in need of a victory that might re-establish its effectiveness.
"But just when the movement needed encouragement because it was being discredited by the militants, Dr. King felt compelled to present it with its stiffest challenge. As a result, if the Poor People's Campaign fails, it may be widely interpreted as a defeat for nonviolence. 'Nonviolence cannot fail,,' conference leaders argue. 'America can fail but nonviolence has already been proven. 'The conference is generally considered the organization that carries the nonviolent movement, although other groups–the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League–adhere to nonviolent policies on a scale comparative with the Leadership. The Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee have shunned the philosophy of nonviolence, although neither has openly engaged in violent programs.
There is considerable feeling that the Poor People's Campaign may decide the future of the Leadership Conference because this is its first crusade without Dr. King. The Rev. Andrew J. Young, executive vice president of the conference concedes that if the group suffers an embarrassing defeat 'we'd immediately be written off that we can't make it without Martin Luther King.' As Mr. Young p;points out, Dr. King was the movement's most articulate, prominent and powerful spokesman. Just the fact that he had a Nobel Peace Prize meant that 'he had to be taken seriously. People had confidence in him,' the second ranking officer in the Leadership Conference continued.
"Th problem now, Mr. Young said, 'is that people will accept what we say but they will not accept us. They have not demonstrated a willingness to take us seriously,' he said. The lack of acceptance often reduces the white support that has been so vital in the nonviolent movement. "Change doesn't come until  white America is ready to change,' Mr. Young said. 'The definition of social change is moving a significant number of white Americans to accept it.'
"As crucial as the Poor People's crusade is to the movement, though its chances for significant success appear nil. 'it really looks as though we'll have difficulty pulling through \this with anything,' mr. Young said. 'The way it reads now, we got our rumps kicked in Washington.' Still, Mr. Young says, in his opinion the movement is in better shape than that. "Look who we're fighting,' he says. 'Even Russia doesn't have the confidence and power to take on the United States Government and that is exactly what we're trying to do.
"Mr. Young has his own ideas about what the conference has to accomplish in Washington. 'I think that success is to show that we wage a good fight,' he explained. 'We don't have to win this one. We just have to show that we can do battle. He adds that while the Poor People's Campaign may not achieve its goals now, it will 'define the issues for the next Administration.' If the crusade does fail, Young acknowledges, that 'Ralph Abernathy will be castigated' and that 'there will be a whole raft of discussions about leadership struggles.' But he says with confidences that Mr. Abernathy will continue as president and that 'by February or March we'll be back with something else.'
"He discounts reports that Dr. King's widow, Mrs. Coretta King, will attempt to take over the organization. But he believes Mrs. King intends to become involved in the movement, 'perhaps coordinating a movement among women.'
"John Lewis, a former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and now a conference board member, shares Mr. Young's opinion that failure in the Poor People's Campaign will not result in new conference leadership.
'If the campaign is a failure the board will say that we all failed,' Mr. Lewis said. He also believes that the movement must have some victories 'We must give people some hope,' he said. Outside the conference, observers have suggested that much of the blame for shortcomings in the campaign can be laid to an inadequate staff. Sources inside the organization report that from the staff of 150 persons, not many more than 25 can be depended on consistently in the campaign.
"Critics of the staff ague that 'Dr. King was never an organizer' but that he was able to succeed because he could attract white professionals and inspire his own staff.  Mr. Young acknowledges deficiencies in the staff but says that since Dr. King's death the conference personnel has matured."
RTR Quote for 2 July: SAUL D. ALINSKY, Rules for Radicals: "#13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."…
Lest we forget….     Bear
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
 
Poland's Muslim Ban
by Daniel Pipes
July 2, 2018
WARSAW – On being designated prime minister of Poland last December, Mateusz Morawieckimade the extraordinary statement that he and his government want to "transform [the European Union], to re-Christianize it."
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - GHANI ENDS CEASE-FIRE WITH TALIBAN (JUL 02/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced the end of a cease-fire with the Taliban, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Ghani declared an end to the truce during a June 30 conference at the presidential palace in Kabul.   "No one has the right to monopolize the peace process," said Ghani, responding to criticisms that the Taliban had exploited the pause to regroup while continuing to carry out attacks.   "People want peace from the Taliban and the government, and it's time for the Taliban to answer this question positively," he said. The cease-fire demonstrated that most Taliban members wanted peace, said the president.   Ghani rejected rumors that the government had been providing safe areas to the Taliban. The truce "was 98 percent successful," he said.   The government announced a unilateral cease-fire on June 12.   The Taliban responded with a three-day cease-fire during the observance of the Eid holiday, but continued to carry out attacks during the government truce.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE ATTACK TARGETS SIKHS IN JALALABAD (JUL 02/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least 19 people have been killed and 20 injured in a suicide attack targeting members of the Sikh community in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Sunday, a suicide bomber attacked Sikhs traveling to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who was touring the eastern Nangarhar province.   The bomber attacked the group on foot, after the group got out of their vehicles at a security check-point.   Ten of those killed were members Afghanistan's small Sikh community and seven were Hindu, reported Agence France-Presse. Among them was Ottar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate in October's elections.   There are around 1,000 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan, most of whom live in Jalalabad, Ghazni and Kabul.   The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack
Item Number:7 Date: 07/02/2018 MALI - MILITANTS LAUNCH SERIES OF ATTACKS AGAINST FRENCH MALIAN FORCES (JUL 02/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- More than a dozen people have been killed in a series of attacks against Malian troops and their foreign allies, reports Agence France-Presse.   The attacks began on June 29, when a suicide bomber struck the headquarters of the five-nation West African counterterror force in Mali, known as the G5 Sahel, in Servare, central Mali.   A gun battle ensued, killing two soldiers, a civilian and two attackers. The Support Group for Islam and Muslims (JNIM), the Al-Qaida affiliate in Mali, claimed responsibility for the attack.   It was the first time the G5 Force headquarters had been attacked since its founding in 2017.   On June 30, four Malian soldiers were killed in Mopti when their vehicle struck a land mine.   On Sunday, four civilians were killed in an attack targeting a convoy carrying French troops in the northern city of Gao. At least 31 people were injured in the attack, including eight French soldiers, said the Malian Defense Ministry.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the latter two attacks.   The attacks come as Mali prepares for elections later this month, with some observers questioning the government's ability to guarantee security
  Item Number:9 Date: 07/02/2018 NORTH KOREA - NO SIGN OF END TO MISSILE DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS, SAYS REPORT (JUL 02/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North Korea appears to be expanding an important ballistic missile manufacturing site, reports CNN.   According to analysis of satellite imagery by the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, Calif., work appears to be finishing up the Chemical Material Institute in the northeastern city of Hamhung.   The plant was mostly built in May, following the summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In.   Photos from August 2017 show Kim looking at plans of the facility.   The Chemical Material Institute has produced parts for solid-fueled missiles including nozzles, airframes and nosecones, said analysts from Middlebury.   The development adds to doubts first raised by a June 30 Washington Post article. According to leaked intelligence reports, U.S. government intelligence analysts believe that North Korea does not intend to surrender its nuclear stockpiles.   Instead, the analysts believe it likely that North Korea will attempt to hide its facilities and fissile materials.   "Kim has never offered to disarm. Not once," said Jeffery Lewis, the director for the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at MIIS. "He's arming, not disarming
Item Number:10 Date: 07/02/2018 PHILIPPINES - CONTROVERSIAL MAYOR SHOT DEAD IN TANAUAN (JUL 02/SUNS)  SUN STAR -- A controversial Philippine mayor has been assassinated while participating in a flag-raising ceremony, reports the Manila Sun Star.   On Monday, Antonio Halili, the mayor of Tanauan in Batangas province south of Manila, was shot while raising the flag in front of city hall. He was declared dead by a nearby hospital a short time later.   The mayor was probably hit by a sniper using an M14 rifle, said regional police director Edward Carranza. The shot was fired from about 500 feet (150 m) away, said local police.   A task force has been formed to investigate the crime, he said during a radio interview cited by the Philippine Star.   The mayor had received numerous death threats after launching a campaign against drug dealers in the city, said a Tanauan city spokesman.   Halili was known for his controversial approach to dealing with drug dealers, including forcing offenders to walk around the city with a poster announcing their crime.   The late mayor was also accused by some of links to gangs dealing drugs in the city, charges he denied.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 07/02/2018 SYRIA - REBELS IN DERAA GIVE UP, HAND OVER WEAPONS IN DEAL WITH RUSSIA (JUL 02/SOHR)  SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS -- A leading rebel group in the Syrian province of Deraa has made a deal after advances by forces loyal to the government in Damascus, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based watchdog group.   On Sunday, Free Syrian Army rebels in the town of Bosra al-Sham reached an agreement to evacuate the town in southern Deraa, surrendering heavy weaponry and raising the Syrian flag over the town.   The rebels had begun surrendering weapons and were expected to evacuate within 24 hours, after which forces loyal to Damascus were expected to enter the town for the first time since 2015, reported Al Masdar News, which is sympathetic to the government of Bashar Assad.   The agreement, which was proposed by Russia and mediated by Jordan, included four towns near Bosra al-Sham comprising about 60 percent of the province's south, reported Agence France-Presse.   Along with Russia and the U.S., Jordan was instrumental in negotiating a 2017 de-escalation agreement that kept southwestern Syria from the violence that characterized the rest of the country, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Fighting has slowed in most of the province. Over the weekend, at least eight towns in southern Deraa surrendered under similar Russian-proposed deals.   One exception is the area of Tafas in northwest Deraa, where 22 air raids over the weekend killed 10 opposition fighters and seven government troops, according the observatory.   At least 132 civilians have been killed and more than 120,000 have fled since government forces began the latest offensive to reclaim the province on June 19.  
 
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