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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend. An extra bit of reading for your weekend.
Regards,
Skip
This day in Naval History
July 13
1812—The frigate, USS Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, captures the merchant brig, Lamprey, in the Atlantic.
1854—The sloop of war, USS Cyane, bombards San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua, in retaliation for ill-treatment of U.S. citizens. Marines and Sailors also seize weapons and powder in retribution for an attack on U.S. Consular officials for U.S. refusal to pay reparation.
1939—Rear Adm. Richard Byrd is appointed to command the 1939-1941 U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition. Under objectives outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Byrd establishes an east and west base and holds a wide range of scientific observations until international tensions end the expedition in early 1941.
1943—The Japanese are intercepted from landing reinforcements in the Solomon Islands, resulting in the night Battle of Kolombangara. During the battle, the U.S. Navy loses USS Gwin (DD 433).
1943—TBF aircraft (VC 13) based on board USS Core (ACV 13) sinks German submarine U 487, 720 miles south-southwest of Fayal, Azores.
1991—USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) is commissioned at Groton, CT, the third Navy vessel to be named after the Bluegrass state. The "Thoroughbred of the Fleet" is an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine. 
July 14
1813—During the War of 1812, Lt. John M. Gamble becomes the first marine to command a ship in battle, USS Greenwich, when she captures British whaling ship Seringapatam.
1853—Commodore Matthew C. Perry lands and holds the first meeting with the Japanese at Uraga, in which he delivers President Millard Fillmore's request for a treaty to representatives to the Emperor. Allowing time for reflection and discussion, Commodore Perry returns in March 1854 and finalizes the Treaty of Kanagawa.
1945—In the first naval gunfire bombardment of the Japanese home islands, Task Unit 34.8.1 warships bombard ironworks plant at Kamaishi, Japan.
1952—The keel to the Navy's first "supercarrier", USS Forrestal (CVA 59), is laid down.
1955—The first flight of jet-propelled Martin P6M seaplane is completed at Baltimore, MD. 
July 15
1862—While CSS Arkansas makes her way down the Yazoo River, she encounters the Union gunboats USS Carondelet, USS Tyler, and USS Queen of the West. In the ensuing battle, CSS Arkansas damages the first two vessels and makes her way into the Mississippi River, where she boldly fights through the Federal fleet to find refuge at the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, MS.
1942—USS Terror (CM 5), the first minelayer built as such, is commissioned. During World War II she participates in Operation Torch, the Battle for Iwo Jima, and the Okinawa Invasion, where she is struck by a kamikaze on May 1, 1945.
1942—USS Grunion (SS 216) sinks the Japanese submarine chasers (25 and 26) off Kiska, Aleutian Islands.
1943—TBF aircraft from (VC 29) from USS Santee (CVE 29) sinks German submarine (U 509) south of the Azores.
1943—PBY (VP 92) and British destroyer HMS Rochester and frigates HMS Mignonette and HMS Balsam sink German submarine (U 135) west of the Canary Islands. Previously, (U 135) sank 3 and damaged 1 Allied vessel, none from the U.S. 
2017—The guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) is commissioned in a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The ship honors Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the first attack by Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top news dominating national headlines today include reports on FBI official Peter Strzok's first public hearing that became heated as he spoke on his actions in the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations amid sharp attacks over the anti-Trump text messages he sent, and reports that fifty-eight immigrant children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after being separated at the border.  USNI News reports that the U.S. Navy is in talks with Australia, Canada and the U.K. in order to design and field frigates with common combat systems. Deputy assistant secretary of the Navy Jay Stefany told USNI News the talks focus on commonality with the combat system and C4I systems. The Wall Street Journal reports that the trump administration has asked a UN panel to ban oil-product sales to North Korea for the rest of the year, singling out China and Russia for exports that allegedly violate sanctions against Pyongyang. Additionally, Stars and Stripes reports the Pentagon announced a new policy that will go into effect will go into effect July 12, 2019 that narrows the window during which service members may transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member to after their sixth year in uniform and before their 16th year of service.
 
 
Today in History July 13
1099

The Crusaders launch their final assault on Jerusalem.
1534

Ottoman armies capture Tabriz in northwestern Persia.
1558

Led by the Count of Egmont, the Spanish army defeats the French at Gravelines, France.
1585

A group of 108 English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reaches Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
1643

In England, the Roundheads, led by Sir William Waller, are defeated by Royalist troops under Lord Wilmot in the Battle of Roundway Down.
1754

George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to the French, leaving them in control of the Ohio Valley.
1787

Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacts the Northwest Ordinance, establishing rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
1798

English poet William Wordsworth visits the ruins of Tintern Abbey.
1832

Henry Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1862

1863

Opponents of the draft begin three days of rioting in New York City.
1866

The Great Eastern begins a two week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Britain and the United States.
1878

The Congress of Berlin divides the Balkans among European powers.
1939

Frank Sinatra records his first song, "From the Bottom of My Heart," with the Harry James Band.
1941

Britain and the Soviet Union sign a mutual aid pact, providing the means for Britain to send war materiel to the Soviet Union.
1954

In Geneva, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China and France reach an accord on Indochina, dividing Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel.
1971

The Army of Morocco executes 10 leaders accused of leading a revolt.
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
 
It's hard to find a modern car that is "bad," but some manufacturers are better than others when it comes to quality control. iSeeCars.com analyzed some data from the NHTSA and has come up with a list of the cars with the most and the least amount of recalls.
While manufacturer recalls are performed at no cost to the buyer (and vehicle recalls are lower than they've been in years), it still can be frustrating to take time out of your day to bring the car in for issues that arguably should have been caught before it left the factory.
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Here is iSeeCars' data on which cars are recalled the most and which cars have very few issues. Just about everyone on staff expected to see a Fiat Chrysler product at the top spot, but were were wrong.
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The methodology behind this data looks ok:
iSeeCars gathered recall data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA)/Office of Defect Investigation's (ODI) databases as of May 1, 2018. Recall rates were calculated as the number of vehicle recall campaigns for each model in the database from model years 2013-2017 divided by the age of the model and the model's new unit sales. Only models with at least 50,000 sales in each year from 2013-2017 were included in the analysis. Note that some models' data were summed together due to sales figures availability only at an aggregated level, such as the GMC Sierra combining sales figures across the Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500, and Sierra 3500. This resulted in a set of 69 models with an overall average recall rate of 0.79 recalls/year per 100,000 new unit sales. The models' recall rates were ranked and compared with the overall average.
Because recalls are one measure of overall vehicle quality, iSeeCars.comaligned these recall frequencies to the average reliability scores fromConsumer Reports citing the fact that often there is a correlation between the number of recalls issued for a certain model and lower reliability scores from CR. Unsurprisingly, the vehicles that most folks associated with high quality and reliability are the ones that are on the list of cars that are recalled the least.
It also should be noted that not all recalls have the same level of severity. In the case of the Toyota 4Runner that is known for its durability, the recalls were for minor issues like loose roof racks or incorrect labels. By contrast, the Mercedes C-Class that occupies the top spot on the most recalled list had problems with the steering column and a sunroof that was improperly bonded to the frame. Issues like these could pose major safety concerns.
For more detailed analysis and information be sure to read the full report at iSeeCars.com.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/  
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 13 JULY 1968… BOMBING HALTS: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?…
July 13, 2018   Bear Taylor    
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 13 JULY 1968… BOMBING HALTS: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?…

RIPPLE SALVO… #860… PAUSES IN ROLLING THUNDER OPERATIONS– BOMBING HALTS– WERE PART OF A STRATEGY OF "GRADUAL ESCALATION" THAT BECAME "GRADUAL FAILURE"…  The bombing pauses were cease-fires intended to motivate North Vietnam to agree to discuss a negotiated settlement to end the war. Despite the discovery that the bombing halts were a total disaster in the December 1965 pause, they kept coming. From Al Santoli's anthology, LEADING THE WAY: "…the bombing halts became the epitome of what aviators and infantrymen knew to be inconsistent war-fighting policy. Bombing halts allowed the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong to resupply and intensify their attacks against American forces and their allies, and, in effect convinced the North Vietnamese that if they pursued a war of attrition, a political victory was possible as American casualties mounted. The bitter experience of flying over North Vietnamese resupply convoys during bombing halts made a lasting impression on fighter pilots such as RILEY MIXON, who later commanded all U.S. aircraft-carrier forces in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Storm."… The views of Rear Admiral MIXON –one of Naval Aviation's very best warrior leaders– on bombing halts below… but first…
 
 
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I just thought that this was a worth the repeat
 
Thanks to Fred
Interesting from across the sea
VERY INTERESTING........
Though our stars tend to rise and fall in opposition through the years, your reputation for adventure, fearlessness and a legendary hunger for _more _lingers, and for the most part we find that admirable...no, more than that...we find it astonishing.

We may denigrate your American whisky (as well as your tendency to spell it with the Irish 'e') as you joke about our pasty faces and reliance upon dentures but we are cousins—if not always kissing—and share a rich common language, culture, customs and cuisine. We are more alike than different in nearly every respect but these: _One_, we are a constitutional monarchy and _Two_, despite what you may have heard we really, _really envy you your guns.
America has always seemed the dangerous, glamourous older brother. You were the cowboy, the gangster, the astronaut and the comic book hero of our collective imaginations. You were the captain of the debate team, dating the homecoming queen and cruising through life in your '55 Chrysler, one hand on the wheel, elbow on the door, working on that car tan.

The 40's, 50's and 60s were perhaps your finest hours. During World War II you were overpaid, oversexed and over here, breaker of hearts and hymens. The winds of heaven tousled with a loving hand your perfect hair, the sunlight glinted off your straight, white teeth. After the War, you invented rock and roll and corn dogs and forty-seven million things to do with sugar including LSD, and we were dazzled.

While we were washing under our arms from basins of cold water in cold rooms in a bitterly cold country, you were inventing the hot tub. At the cinema, we would bask in shimmering visions of your highways and high fashions, your Endless Summer California culture, your glittering skyscrapers and flawless  pavements, then trudge home and tune in the wireless for a Parliamentary debate on whether or not we could afford to clean centuries of coal smoke from our cracked and blackened buildings

While you were bringing Caesar Salad, Martinis, Bananas Foster, Baked Alaska and the almighty, sacred Hamburger into the world, we anticipated the prospect of instant mashed potatoes finally becoming available down the local shops. We were unimaginably insular; it is within living memory that people in Britain believed spaghetti grew on trees.

Despite pretensions to polite behaviour we relished your films and television programmes like The Godfather_, _The Maltese Falcon_, _The Third Man_ and _White Heat_; more recently _The Sopranos_, _Breaking Bad_and _Deadwood_—the more violent the better. We admired Clint Eastwood's entire __oeuvre_. We devoured books like_Lonesome Dove_ and the works of Steinbeck, Hemingway, Mark Twain and Raymond Chandler. Some of us even like bluegrass but those people are mainly in the looney bin. We treasure pretty much everything about you, but we're British so you don't hear us mention it very often.

Some Britons flinch when one suggests ever needing a gun in Old Blighty but don't believe the lukewarm protestations. As the past, few years have unfolded any remaining hesitation is apt to change, and soon. What we are beginning to remember is that for thousands of years everyone on this island was armed always with daggers—with swords if you could afford them, with throwing axes and longbows for truly special occasions.  Personal defence was not just a choice, it meant accepting full responsibility for individual safety beyond city or castle walls. Defending ourselves with grace and strength and skill was something we once took great pride in.

Our downfall can be charted in three separate events:

Two hundred years ago, give or take a couple of decades, Sir Robert Peel established a full-time, professional and centrally-organised police force with the passing of The Metropolitan Police Act of 1829. It was not well received at the time; the public felt they did very well already with
night watchmen and personal vigilance and besides, who was expected to pay for it? And why hadn't the people been consulted? As things usually go between governments and their subjects, government had its way. We turned our weapons over to legally-sanctioned protectors and began to soften as a people.

In the midst of austerity after The Second World War, universal healthcare for all was rolled out to tremendous fanfare, followed by a steadily increasing system of welfare for mothers and children, later for pensioners, then veterans and civil servants. There was in the early days some shame associated with taking a government handout but practice makes perfect and before long anyone with a doctor's note affirming a sprained wrist or dodgy knee could sign on and be supported for life. No one asked this time who would pay—no one wanted to hear the answer anyway. And we grew softer still.

Simultaneously, the government threw open its doors to the former colonies, or rather the _brown_ colonies. Indians, Pakistanis and Caribbean Islanders answered the call to serve as a labour force and in short order became a demographic who never actually seemed to leave. Politicians had discovered the lucrative stand of virgin timber that was the immigrant class and
promised them anything, even citizenship, in exchange for their vote. And vote they did, until their children grew up, stood for election themselves and were voted in by their own people_ __on the colour of their skin. When native Britons asked why they were never consulted on allowing this flood of immigrants they were called _racialists_. Since Britain had just finished dealing Jerry a bally good hiding, any accusation of holding Nazi sentiments was social poison. Hence, we softened our principles and muffled the warning of our hearts.

This is how we joined the invertebrates.

Now we are facing Islam, though not many know that what is happening today is just another battle in a very old war.

From the 16th to the 18th centuries upwards of two million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves in Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli. These weren't people who were taken at sea but from their beds, in the dark of night in coastal towns and villages in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, up into Wales and along the west coast of Ireland, as well as throughout the Mediterranean.
Why who would do such a thing, you may ask—the Barbary Pirates, of course—_Muslims_.

This carried on for two hundred years with only sporadic and half-hearted interruption. England talked a good game and now and then ransomed a lord or two out of slavery, but what's a few missing Cornish fishermen, their wives and children here and there? It wasn't until American ships began to be attacked and raided for goods and slaves that investors studied the situation and concluded, "You know, this could be bad for business," and went to war.

First though, in the interest of fair play, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams made the perilous journey across the Atlantic to London for a sit-down with Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, the envoy from Tripoli. When asked what right the Barbary pirates had to force Americans into slavery, Jefferson recorded the ambassador's answer in two letters and his personal diary:

"He replied that the right was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise".

So, not a lot's changed then.

In an Anglo-Dutch-American alliance three campaigns of The Barbary Wars were fought and the Muslims were at last subdued and colonised. Client kings and strong men were installed and until the present-day Muslims have remained a benign tumour on civilised society.

It was a stunning victory and Francis Scott Key composed a song to mark the occasion. The original verses included:

And pale beamed the Crescent, its splendor obscured by the light of the star-bangled flag of our nation. Where each flaming star gleamed a meteor of war, And the turban'd head bowed to the terrible glare.

It wasn't a huge hit at the time though after the War of 1812 he dusted it off, rewrote some of the more laboured lines and it eventually became the American National Anthem.

Were you taught all this in school? No? Nor I. Why is it that where our history intersects with Islam it always seems to either vanish like morning mist or become corrupted into making the Christian world into the bad guys and aggressors?

This brings us to the current mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the platitude-puss Pakistani with links to Hamas, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. When he's not scurrying along the baseboards he's raring up on his two hind legs and sporting the most punchable, weapons-grade constipation face this side of the Atlantic. It doesn't take an adept in Texas Hold'em to ascertain that Khan's tell is one of a man who is eternally biting back what he really wants to say.

Within an hour of the latest cultural enrichment, Khan is on hand with fair-minded and reassuring statements like, _Terrorism is part-and-parcel of living in a big city_ or _London is one of the safest cities in the world_. Meanwhile, the poisonous flood of piety and bloodlust threatens to drown us all.

What people in Britain are gradually coming to grips with is that Islam teaches that this life on earth is merely a stepping-stone to Paradise and that Muslims must stop at nothing to attain it. To paraphrase Kyle Reese, they can't be bargained with, they can't be reasoned with, they don't
feel pity, or remorse, or fear and they absolutely will not stop, ever, until all non-Muslims are dead or enslaved.

For politicians, though, hope springs eternal; just fire the old PR firm and hire a new one. Hence, the RUN•HIDE•TELL campaign is off to a rocketing start. Of course, scruffy young tearaways were quick to deface the posters by substituting the last word to read RUN•HIDE•SUBMIT but
the kings of PR, the Americans, have gone us one better with DRAW•AIM•SHOOT as the only viable response. We respect this, of course, because we love your guns.

In other news, on 28 May 2017, police sent a helicopter and combat-ready police to confiscate a karaoke machine from a backyard BBQ because the hosts played a song mocking Osama bin Laden. Bear in mind this was four days after bomb and bloodshed at a concert attended by teenaged girls in Manchester Arena. Several days after the karaoke caper, the horrific massacre on London Bridge took place. Clearly, prioritising threats could do with some work.

Our current PM, Barren Cat Lady, famously stated upon her election, "Brexit means Brexit." We're still waiting. After the London Bridge Massacre, she said, "Enough is Enough." At this rate she'll probably say," Potatoes are Potatoes," next and the media will still stand up and applaud it.

But now I am just lobbing outrage darts at the page so I'll wind this up.
 
Governments which no longer guarantee the security of their citizens are worthless, and those that disallow the right to defend oneself are worse than negligent, they are clearly dangerous to support in any way. People here are beginning to get this, but I still feel it's too late to prevent
the rivers of blood alluded to by the brilliant Enoch Powell, king of 'racialists,' true patriot and martyr.

As I write this it's less than seventy-two hours till we march once more unto the polls to vote in an election that probably won't make a bit of difference except to take our Brexit away for good. And yet it could also upset the entire apple cart as well. Such are the times we live in.

My American friends, you are surely aware that you don't have to own a gun to fight like hell to retain your right to bear arms, as well as the freedom to play anything you damn well please on your karaoke machines Preserve those rights, defend them, they are more precious than you know.

Never sell them. Never soften.

They say a falling knife has no handle and yet our British politicians keep snatching it in mid-air, then expressing astonishment and dismay at the cuts on their hands.

Based upon experience they'll just carry on trying to catch it while the rest of us bleed to death.
 
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Should be mandatory for all Americans.
Thanks to JP -
 
Get rid of the hyphenated crapola.
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In 1915 President Woodrow Wilson, in an address to newly naturalized American citizens stated the following. How have we allowed this country to forget this:
 
 "...and while you bring all countries with you, you come with a purpose of leaving all other countries behind you—bringing what is best of their spirit, but not looking over your shoulders and seeking to perpetuate what you intended to leave behind in them. I certainly would not be one even to suggest that a man cease to love the home of his birth and the nation of his origin—these things are very sacred and ought not to be put out of our hearts—but it is one thing to love the place where you were born and it is another thing to dedicate yourself to the place to which you go. 
 
You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will thorough Americans. 
 
You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. America does not consist of groups. 
 
A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes."
 
 
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Thanks to Micro
200 Years of Immigration
Watch the lower left of the screen for the time lapse.  For the past 200 years, where have all the people been coming from? Notice what happens after 1960.
 
 
http://metrocosm.com/us- immigration-history-map.html
 
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Thanks to Clyde
Thousands line The Mall as ONE HUNDRED aircraft take to the skies above London in historic fly-past to celebrate RAF centenary
 
 
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The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory has taken over the skies above London today  Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the fly-past, which included iconic crafts through the years Up to 100 jets and aeroplanes roared over Buckingham Palace as the Queen watched on from a royal balcony The RAF's new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets also featured, making their first ever public appearance
The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary year.

Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over Buckingham Palace as the Queen and others, including the Fab Four of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate, watched on from the royal balcony.

Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the iconic fly-past, which included some of the most iconic aircrafts to take flight during the Second World War, including the Spitfire and the Lancaster.

The RAF's new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets also featured, making their first ever public appearance, as well as helicopters including the Puma, Chinook, Juno and Jupiter, while the Red Arrows completed the fly-past followed by a stream of red, white and blue.


Aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including the Dakota, Spitfire (top right), Lancaster (left) and Hurricane also flew as part of the line-up,
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/13/2018 AFGHANISTAN - ARMY OPERATIONS KILL 6 CIVILIANS IN NANGARHAR PROVINCE (JUL 13/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Afghan air and ground forces have killed at least six civilians in in eastern Nangarhar province, reports Tolo News (Kabul).   The civilians were killed in fighting between Afghan troops and Taliban militants in the Khogyani district, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Friday.   Those killed were sleeping shopkeepers caught in the crossfire, according to a provincial councilmember cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   An investigation has been launched to determine if and how the civilian casualties occurred, an anonymous Afghan military official told Reuters.   Three suspects have been arrested in the operation so far, the spokesman said.   At least 763 civilians were killed by government forces in the first three months of 2018, according to a U.N. report released in April.   Taliban and ISIS fighters reportedly killed 1,500 during the same time period.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/13/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SECURITY FORCES SUFFER SIGNIFICANT CASUALTIES IN TALIBAN ASSAULT IN KUNDUZ PROVINCE (JUL 13/LWJ)  LONG WAR JOURNAL -- At least 30 Afghan security forces have been killed and 17 injured in series of attacks in northern Afghanistan, reports the U.S.-based Long War Journal.   The Taliban's elite "Red Unit" launched simultaneous attacks on an Afghan military base and 15 security checkpoints in the Dasht-e-Archi district in Kunduz province on Wednesday night.   Two military posts fell to the Taliban, but security forces managed to beat back an attack on the base, an army spokesman told Agence France-Presse.   The Red Unit used night-vision goggles to carry out the pre-dawn attacks, as well as armored Humvees, weapons and other equipment stolen in previous raids.   An air and ground operation against the Taliban was underway, said a defense ministry spokesman.   Kunduz province has been a focus of Taliban operations since the terrorist group first seized Kunduz city in 2015. The Taliban currently controls one of seven districts in the province.   The Red Unit uses advanced weaponry such as night-vision goggles, 82-mm rockets, heavy machine guns and U.S.-made assault rifles, and is often employed for assaults on district centers, military bases and outposts.   Separately, Afghan security forces launched airstrikes against the Taliban in Ghazni province in the southeast. Twenty-four Taliban fighters were killed and 17 injured in the strike, the defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 07/13/2018 ARGENTINA - FOREIGN MINISTRY SEEKS EXTRADITION OF TOP IRANIAN ADVISER FOR ROLE IN 1994 BOMBING (JUL 13/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- The Argentinean Foreign Ministry has requested that Russia arrest and extradite a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader for his alleged role in a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires, reports Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   The request for Ali Akbar Velayati's extradition came as the former foreign minister was traveling in Russia, the ministry said on Thursday.   The Argentinean government said it was waiting for a Russian response to the request, which was made within the bounds of an existing extradition treaty between the two countries.   The authorities submitted a similar request to Beijing before Velayati arrived in China for a scheduled visit on Friday.   The adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is on an international tour to maintain support for Tehran after the U.S. withdrawal of the Iranian nuclear deal, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.   Velayati is wanted in connection for his suspected role in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, which killed 85 people and injured 300.   There has been an international arrest warrant against Velayati and seven other Iranian officials since 2006.   He has been charged with "committing the crime of homicide, classified as doubly aggravated for having been committed with racial or religious hatred and a suitable method to cause widespread danger."   Hezbollah, which is an ally of Iran, is alleged to have carried out the attack. Iran and Velayati have denied involvement in the bombing.  
Item Number:4 Date: 07/13/2018 BRAZIL - 4,000 TROOPS LAUNCH SECURITY OP IN RIO (JUL 13/RIO)  RIO TIMES -- The Brazilian military has deployed nearly 4,000 soldiers to support ongoing security operations in Rio de Janeiro, reports the Rio Times.   Troops were sent to multiple favela communities in the northern and southern zones of the city of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, said state media.   The communities included Complexo do Lins in the north zone and Pavao-Pavaozinho, Cantagalo, Babilonia and Chapeu Mangueir in the south.   About 3,700 military troops, 200 military police and 90 civil police officers, as well as armored vehicles, aircraft and engineering equipment have been deployed.   Security forces are conducting encirclements, patrols, barricade removals and vehicle and personal identification checkpoints as part of a federal government security operation launched in February.   The Grajau-Jacarepagua highway was also closed due to security operations, officials said.   President Michel Temer ordered the military to assume complete control of Rio's police forces in February to combat an unprecedented surge in violence and crime.   Nearly 5,580 troops were sent to the communities of Chapadao and Pedreira in the north zone in late June
Item Number:5 Date: 07/13/2018 EGYPT - POLICE KILL 11 SUSPECTED EXTREMISTS IN RAID IN NORTH SINAI (JUL 13/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egyptian security forces have killed at least 11 suspected extremists in a gun battle in North Sinai province, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   Police killed 11 militants in a shootout in Al-Arish, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.   Security forces conducted a raid on the suspects' hideout, seizing three rifles and neutralizing at least two explosive devices, reported the Kuwait News Agency.   No officers were reported injured during the operation.   Since February, Egyptian police and troops have been in the peninsula as part of Operation Sinai 2018, which aims to clear the area of terrorists, particularly those loyal to the local ISIS affiliate, Sinai Province.   At least 261 militants have been killed in the operation, according to figures cited by Reuters
Item Number:6 Date: 07/13/2018 ETHIOPIA - OLF DECLARES CEASE-FIRE IN BID TO ACCELERATE PEACE TALKS (JUL 13/XIN)  XINHUA -- A major Ethiopian rebel group has declared a unilateral, temporary cease-fire in support of ongoing peace talks, reports Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.   The Eritrea-based Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) announced the truce on Thursday.   The cessation of hostilities is temporary and is intended to accelerate negotiations with the Ethiopian government, the group said in a press release.   Members operating within Ethiopia have been instructed to obey the cease-fire, the group's leaders said.   The OLF has been conducting sporadic attacks against the Ethiopian government in defense of the ethnic Oromo, which make up about a third of the country's population.   The development comes a week after an Ethiopian court removed the OLF from a list of proscribed terrorist organizations, noted Reuters
Item Number:9 Date: 07/13/2018 NIGERIA - 39 DIE IN SERIES OF ATTACKS IN SOKOTO STATE (JUL 13/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- At least 39 people have been killed in recent attacks linked to herdsmen in Nigeria's northwestern Sokoto state, reports the Guardian (Lagos).   At least 10,000 residents of the Rabah area have been forced into internally displaced persons camps because of the attacks, Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said on Friday.   On Wednesday, men on motorcycles attacked villages near the border with Zamfara state, reported Agence France-Presse.   The attackers fired indiscriminately, setting fire to homes and stealing some cows before fleeing, witnesses said.   Three communities in Zamfara and two villages in Rabah were completely razed, said a police spokeswoman.   Police arrested 15 people in connection with the killings, noted AFP.   Security patrols have been stepped up in the affected regions, reported the Premium Times (Abuja).   Northern and central Nigeria, as well as parts of eastern Nigeria, have witnessed a wave of attacks since January. Most are believed to be linked to tensions between farmers and herders competing for scarce land.   The violence has pushed some communities to form militias for self-defense. These groups have been accused of conducting tit-for-tat and revenge killings, potentially exacerbating tensions, said analysts.   State authorities have been working with security agencies to prevent the security situation from escalating, the governor told the Guardian
Item Number:10 Date: 07/13/2018 NORTH KOREA - U.S. DEMANDS HALT TO OIL TRANSFERS IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGED SANCTIONS VIOLATIONS (JUL 13/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The U.S. government is urging a halt to oil transfers to North Korea in response to reports that Pyongyang is using ship-to-ship transfers to bypass sanctions, reports CBS News.   The information was included in a letter sent by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley to the U.N. sanctions committee on Thursday.   The report includes what the U.S. said was a chart of the movements of a North Korean oil tanker that delivered oil shipments to the North Korean government between Jan. 1 and May 20, 2018.   The report also includes photographs of the ships involved in the transfers.   If the ship was 90 percent laden, it could have transferred up to 1.4 million barrels, exceeding the 500,000-barrel maximum allowed by U.N. sanctions.   North Korean-flagged tankers have made at least 89 calls to North Korean ports likely to deliver illegally acquired refined petroleum products, says the report.   The letter called for the information to be shared with all 193 U.N. member states. She also criticized some member states, including China and Russia, who Haley said were involved in the at-sea transfers.   China and Russia "must immediately stop," their oil trade with North Korea, said Haley, as reported by the Washington Examiner.   The committee has until July 19 to consider the request
Item Number:11 Date: 07/13/2018 PAKISTAN - 4 KILLED IN IED BLAST TARGETING NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE (JUL 13/DAWN)  DAWN -- An explosion targeting a political rally in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least four people and injured 32, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   On Friday, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near the convoy of former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Akram Khan Durrani, who was returning from a rally in the city of Bannu.   Durrani is running for a seat in the National Assembly for Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a political alliance consisting of conservative, Islamist, religious, and far-right parties, reported the Economic Times (India).   Durrani said he was safe after the attack.   The home minister for Baluchistan province told Agence France-Presse that at least 20 people had been killed in the blast and 40 injured.   The device was believed to have been triggered remotely, police said. The explosive was affixed to a nearby motorbike, police told the Press Trust of India.   At least three police officers were among those injured in the attack, the state's inspector general said.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility.   The attack in Bannu is the second on a political candidate this week.   On Monday, a suicide bombing in Peshawar killed 20 people, including a candidate.   The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for that attack
  Item Number:13 Date: 07/13/2018 SYRIA - MOSCOW HELPING MOVE IRANIAN FORCES AWAY FROM SYRIAN BORDER IN DEAL WITH ISRAEL (JUL 13/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Russian government has been working to move Iranian forces away from the Syrian border with Israel, according to diplomatic sources cited by Haaretz (Israel).   In exchange, Israel has agreed to not disrupt Syrian President Bashar Assad's operations to regain control of southwest Syria or seek his overthrow, Reuters reported.   Iranian forces have not been completely withdrawn, but Moscow is moving to speed the process, sources said.   On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrapped-up a two-day visit to Moscow, which included a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.   During the meeting, Netanyahu reiterated his desire to see all Iranian forces leave Syria permanently.   Israel has emphasized that it will not allow Iran or its proxies, such as Hezbollah, to establish a permanent present in Syria, noted the Times of Israel
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/13/2018 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - IRANIAN MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME TAKEN DOWN WITH EMIRATI ASSISTANCE, SAYS TOP U.S. OFFICIAL (JUL 13/GULF)  GULF NEWS -- The top U.S. official overseeing counterterrorism financing efforts has thanked the United Arab Emirates for its central role in breaking up an Iranian money laundering scheme earlier this year, reports Gulf News.   On Thursday, U.S. Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker during a visit to Dubai acknowledged the central role of the U.A.E. in disrupting a currency exchange network that funneled cash to the Iranian Quds Force, which is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.   The network was dismantled in May, she said.   The scheme involved transferring cash from Iran to the U.A.E., where it was converted to dollars and used to support Quds Force activities in the region, said Mandelker.   The operation was directed by senior officials at Iran's central bank and used a variety of means to camouflage its dealings, said Mandelker, as reported by Reuters.   The Quds Force is the arm of the IRGC in charge of foreign operations. As one of Iran's most elite intelligence and military units, it is often charged with training militant groups friendly to Iranian interests and supplying them with weaponry.   Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, nations like the U.A.E. are indispensable partners in applying sanctions against Iran, Mandelker said
Item Number:15 Date: 07/13/2018 USA - LOCKHEED TO DOUBLE PAC-3 MISSILE PRODUCTION TO MEET GROWING DEMAND (JUL 13/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Lockheed Martin is planning to double production of its PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles to accommodate increasing international demand, reports Defense News.   "There is a lot of interest in [PAC-3 MSE], so much so we are doubling our capacity," which equates to up to 500 missiles per year, said Bob Delgado, director of international business development for integrated air and missile defense at Lockheed Martin. This will likely mean adding an extra production line, he said.   Demand for the PAC-3 MSE has significantly increased due to proliferating threats in the Middle East and Europe. Poland, Romania and Sweden are new customers for the system.   The three countries intend to purchase a total of 576 PAC-3 MSEs from Lockheed.   The U.S. Army is increasing its orders after approving the PAC-3 MSE for full-rate production in April.   The Army previously planned to purchase 95 missiles per year from 2018 to 2022, but recently modified the order to 240 missiles in 2018 and 2019 and 160 missiles in 2021 and 2022.   The company is expected to reach the higher production capacity in the next few years
Item Number:16 Date: 07/13/2018 USA - MARINES BOLSTER SECURITY AT EMBASSY AMID RIOTS IN HAITI (JUL 13/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Marine Corps has sent additional personnel to Haiti to strengthen security at the U.S. Embassy, reports Military.com.   Thirteen members of the Marine Security Augmentation Unit and an undisclosed number of non-uniformed security personnel were deployed to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, amid growing violence over an increase in fuel prices.   The Marine security unit was dispatched following a specific request from diplomats on the ground, officials said.   Protests broke out after Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced a 51 percent increase in gasoline, diesel and kerosene prices. Three people were killed during protests last week.   The price hike was suspended on July 7, but widespread civil unrest and violent demonstrations continued, reported CNN.   On July 9, the U.S. State Dept. issued a notice warning U.S. citizens not to travel to Haiti and authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families. 
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