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This day in Naval History
Aug. 6

1862—During the Civil War, CSS Arkansas is destroyed by Confederate Cmdr. Isaac N. Brown to prevent her capture when her engines fail during an encounter with USS Essex.

1917—During World War I, the tank steamer S.S. Campana is captured and sunk by the German submarine U-61 in the Bay of Biscay. Four out of the five Naval Armed Guard ships are captured, along with the ship's captain, and become the first American sailors to be taken prisoner since war is declared on Germany. Chief Gunner's Mate James Delaney receives the Navy Cross for commanding the Armed Guard on this occasion.

1943—Just before midnight, Task Force 31.2 waits at Vella Gulf as four Japanese destroyers carrying soldiers and supplies steam into radar range. Not giving away the position until firing their torpedoes, all four Japanese destroyers were subsequently hit. Bursting into flames, the destroyers, Hagikaze, Arashi, and Kawakaze were sunk. The last one, Shigure, is hit by a dud and escapes into the night.

1944—PV-1 (VB 130), PBMs (VP 204 and 205), along with USAAF B-18 aircraft sink German submarine (U 615) off Venezuela.

1945—The atomic bomb "Little Boy" is detonated over Hiroshima, Japan by the (B 29) bomber, Enola Gay, piloted by U.S. Army Air Force Col. Paul Tibbets, Jr.

1988—USS San Juan (SSN 751) is commissioned at New London, CT. The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine is the third to be named after San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

Top national news includes a 7.0 rated earthquake hitting Indonesia's Island leaving a large number dead and continued coverage on the wildfires in California. Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, met with waterfront Sailors in Sasebo, Japan to discuss his command philosophy and vision for the Surface Force. "Good stewardship is not only taking care of our ships for ourselves – it's about standards," said Brown. USNI News reports that the NDAA, which currently awaits President Donald Trump's signature, includes long sought changes to the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act. The changes will allow the Navy to commission new officers with vital skills at higher ranks, allow officers who do not promote to continue service and make it easier for officers to take breaks from service. Additionally, USNI News also reports that Ingalls Shipbuilding has received the first payment for the LPD Flight II program.

Today in History August 6


1497

John Cabot returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.

1863

The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope.

1888

Martha Turner is murdered by an unknown assailant, believed to be Jack the Ripper, in London, England.

1890

William Kemmler becomes the first man to be executed by the electric chair.

1904

The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria.

1914

Ellen Louise Wilson, the first wife of the twenty-eighth president, Woodrow Wilson, dies of Bright's disease.

1927

A Massachusetts high court hears the final plea from Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italians convicted of murder.

1942

The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army.

1945

Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender.



1962

Jamaica becomes independent, after 300 years of British rule.



1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South.

1972

Atlanta Braves' right fielder Hank Aaron hits his 660th and 661st home runs, setting the Major League record for most home runs by a player for a single franchise.

1973

Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is in an automobile accident and goes into a four-day coma.

1979

Twelve-year-old Marcus Hooper becomes the youngest person to swim the English Channel.



1981

Argentina's ex-president Isabel Peron is freed from house arrest.



1988

A melee that became known as the Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City leads to NYPD reforms.

1991

Tim Berners-Lee publishes the first-ever website, Info.cern.ch.

1993

Pope John Paul II publishes "Veritatis splendor encyclical," regarding fundamentals of the Catholic Church's role in moral teachings.

1997

Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in troubled rival Apple Computer, Inc.

2012

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro erupts for the first time since 1897.

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Thanks to Admiral Cox from NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND

120th Anniversary of Spanish-American War

The Last Battle: Santiago de Cuba, 3 July 1898

As U.S. Army troops closed in on Santiago de Cuba, including Theodore Roosevelt's famous charge of the "Rough Riders" up San Juan Hill, Spanish Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete had a choice. He could keep his force of four cruisers and two destroyers in port, where they were likely soon to be destroyed by American ground artillery, or he could sortie from the harbor and attempt to run the blockade of five U.S. Navy battleships and numerous other ships right outside the harbor. Admiral Cervera's cruisers were designed to be fast, but poor maintenance, lack of training, and lack of resources had taken their toll. Nevertheless, on 3 July 1898, Cervera decided to go out in a blaze of glory, although it was mostly a blaze of American gunfire—the great majority of which missed—although enough hits were taken to do the job. USS Oregon (Battleship No. 3), steamed all the way around Cape Horn from the U.S. West Coast in anticipation of the outbreak of war. She proved herself to be the fastest ship in the U.S. force and ran down the one Spanish cruiser that had a chance of getting away.

When the Battle of Santiago was over, the entire Spanish force was destroyed, with 343 dead, 151 wounded and 1,889 captured (many of whom were saved by extraordinarily brave and chivalrous actions by U.S. Navy Sailors). The U.S. Navy suffered one dead and one wounded. The decisive defeat of the Spanish squadron ensured the U.S. victory over Spanish forces in Cuba, resulting in Cuban independence (sort of) from Spain and an end to the Spanish-American War with an armistice on 12 August 1898. The victory was marred by the appalling lack of accuracy of U.S. naval gunfire, and the unseemly public dispute between Rear Admiral William T. Sampson and Rear Admiral Winfield Schley over who should get the credit for the victory. As a result, neither achieved the degree of fame and adulation given Admiral George Dewey at the earlier Battle of Manila Bay, even though the Spanish squadron at Santiago put up a much better and more courageous fight. For more on the Battle of Santiago, please see attachments H-020-5 and H-020-6.

Note: I write these H-grams under a significant time crunch, so I generally rely on secondary sources (that I have good reason to believe are accurate and credible), which is why I don't claim H-grams to be "scholarly." Nevertheless, many of these secondary sources would not exist were it not for the work of the NHHC Histories Branch's Documentary Histories Section in compiling primary source material in a manner easily accessible to scholars and other authors of popular history. For example, our website includes a documentary history of the Navy in the Spanish-American War, which makes available a plethora of transcribed primary sources along with short introductory essays and annotation. Included are sections on recent topics, such as the Battle of Manila Bay, and forthcoming topics, such as the Naval War Board. So, if you are interested in a "deeper dive" on U.S. Naval History, try this link.

Published:Mon Jul 30 14:46:23 EDT 2018

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Youtube by Ian Rutherford Plimer link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljUg2D-vBak

A different (and more realistic?) point of view on this debate that has become more political than scientific.

The other side of the Global Warming Debate.

Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies.

He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology. Sounds pretty learned/credible, don't you think?

Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?
Professor Ian Plimer's book in a brief summary:
PLIMER : "Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland. Since its first spewing of volcanic ash, it has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.

Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.

I know....it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad,nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs.....well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days !

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes, FOUR DAYS - by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time - EVERY DAY.

I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.

Yes, folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over One year - think about it.

Of course, I shouldn't spoil this 'touchy-feely tree-hugging' moment and mention the effect of natural solar and cosmic activity , and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the wild fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the BOGUS 'human-caused' climate-change scenario.

Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention 'Global Warming' anymore, but just 'Climate Change .

It's because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming advocates got caught with their pants down.
And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme - that whopping new tax - imposed on you by your government, that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.
It won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's for sure.
But, hey, go give the world a hug and have a nice day
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https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/trump-slams-the-brakes-on-obamas-cafe-mandate/

Trump Slams the Brakes on Obama's CAFE Mandate

August 5, 2018 by Dan Mitchell

I don't like the tribal nature of American politics, in part because I get criticized for not playing the game.

The pro-Trump crowd goes after me when I condemn the President's protectionism and wasteful spending.

And the anti-Trump crowd goes after me when I applaud the President's tax cut and regulatory reform.

I tell both groups that I care about public policy rather than personal or partisan loyalty. Not that this explanation makes either group happy.

Today, I'm going to give a "thumbs up" to the President for what he's doing about car mileage regulations. Which means the first group will be happy and the second group will be irritated.

To be more specific, the Trump Administration is proposing to ease up on the CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) rules. The Obama Administration, working with California environmentalists, proposed to make these regulations far more costly. Trump's people basically want to freeze the car mileage mandate at the current 37-miles-per-gallon level.

Sam Kazman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute explained earlier this year why these regulation impose high costs. And deadly costs.

The federal government's auto fuel economy standards have for decades posed a simple problem: They kill people. Worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has covered this up. …To call it a coverup isn't hyperbole. CAFE kills people by causing cars to be made smaller and lighter. While these downsized cars are more fuel-efficient, they are also less crashworthy. …A 1989 Harvard-Brookings study estimated the death toll at between 2,200 and 3,900 a year. Similarly, a 2002 National Academy of Sciences study estimated that CAFE had contributed to up to 2,600 fatalities in 1993. …The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which closely monitors crashworthiness, still provides the same advice it has been giving for years: "Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer."

The Trump Administration apparently was listening to Sam, and has decided to block future increases in the CAFE mandate.

Environmentalists are predictably upset, but the Wall Street Journalopined on this topic a couple of days ago and explained why it is good news.

The Trump Administration's deregulation is improving consumer choice and reducing costs… Its proposed revisions Thursday to fuel economy rules continue this trend to the benefit of car buyers… Obama bureaucrats were acutely blind—perhaps willfully so—to economic and technological trends in 2012 when they set a fleetwide average benchmark of 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025. …Americans prefer bigger cars, which makes it harder for automakers to meet the escalating Cafe targets. …As prices rise to meet the new standards, consumers would also wait longer to replace their cars. The average age of a car is approaching 12 years, up from about 8.5 in 1995. Newer cars are more efficient and safer, so longer vehicle turnover could result in more traffic fatalities… Thursday's Trump Administration proposal to freeze—not roll back—fuel economy standards at the current 2020 target of 37 miles a gallon. …Automakers also want to duck a prolonged legal tussle with California, which received a waiver from the Obama Administration under the Clean Air Act in 2013 to establish its own emissions standards and electric-car mandate. The proposed Trump standards would apply nationally.

Holman Jenkins of the WSJ also weighed in on the issue, pointing out that undoing Obama's expansion of CAFE mandates will have no impact on the earth's climate.

…the effect on climate change would be zero. The Obama White House at the time exaggerated by a factor of two the Environmental Protection Agency's estimate of the effect on total emissions over the lifetime of the cars involved. It doesn't matter. Two times nothing is stillnothing. …Let's remember the truth of Mr. Obama's fuel-economy rules. He did not wander the balconies of the White House gazing far into the future when he drafted the 2021-25 fuel economy target of 54.5 miles a gallon. His flunkies, as documented in a House investigation, simply were looking for a impressive-sounding number to serve the administration's political interests at the time. …in undoing Mr. Obama's policies, Mr. Trump is doing nothing to hurt the climate.

Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute also wrote on the topic and noted that Trump's policy will save about 1,000 lives each year.

…the administration has struck a blow for consumer choice that will be good news for drivers planning or hoping to buy a new car in the next decade. That's because the mileage mandate is one of the main causes of rapidly rising vehicle prices. …Meeting ever more stringent fuel economy standards is driving up new vehicle prices. Sticker shock is thereby causing a lot of people to hang on to their current cars. The average age of all cars on the road is now at an all-time high of over 11-1/2 years. …Freezing CAFE standards will make new cars more affordable for millions of Americans and also allow many of them to buy bigger and hence even safer new models. How much safer will be hotly debated. The Transportation Department concludes that the proposed changes will prevent about 1,000 traffic fatalities a year. …For many people, fuel economy will still be the most important factor in choosing a new car. The good news for them is that the Trump administration's action will in no way prevent them from buying a model that gets great gas mileage. The good news for everyone else is that the choice of models will be much wider than if the CAFE standard remained 54.5 mpg.

By the way, this isn't simply a matter of saving lives.

After all, we theoretically could save thousands of lives by simply banning automobiles. In the world of sensible public policy, we make trade-offs, deciding if achieving a certain goal is worthwhile when looking at all the costs and all the benefits.

So it's theoretically possible that a policy that leads to more premature deaths might be acceptable.

But CAFE fails even on that basis. As Marlo Lewis explained a few years ago, the policy both kills people and imposes net financial costs.

The bottom line is that Donald Trump just improved his grade on regulation.

Back in April, I gave him a B+ on regulation. But then he did something foolish in June that (if I recalculated) would have dropped him to a B. Now he's probably back at a B+ because of the change to the CAFE rules.

Given what he's doing on trade, he needs to boost his other grades as much as possible!

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Thanks to Dr. Rich

The Wall

By Wayne Allyn Root Review-Journal

April 21, 2018 - 9:00 pm

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-columns/wayne-allyn-root/commentary-on-democrats-walls-and-voter-id/

Please ignore the advertising slogan "What happens here, stays here." It's not true. Las Vegas is the crossroads of America. What happens here is happening everywhere. And I've uncovered the biggest liberal scam in America going on right here in Las Vegas.

It revolves around my home community in Henderson. I live in Anthem Country Club. There are about 1,500 beautiful homes behind the gates of Anthem.

What's the appeal of Anthem Country Club? It's got a big, beautiful wall around it. And thick iron gates in front, protected by armed guards. There is virtually no crime inside walled, gated, armed Anthem.

I've lived here for almost 17 years. My kids grew up here. They played outside every day from morning till night, and I never worried for one moment. Because of the wall, the gates and the armed guards, my kids were as safe as if they lived in "Mayberry R.F.D." Life is good behind the gates of Anthem.

In the rest of Las Vegas … not so much. In the rest of Vegas … lots of crime and fear. This proves walls, gates and armed guards are good if you want your family to be safe.

But wait. Anthem recently added a new feature to keep our residents safe. Drivers entering our gates must show a government-issued photo ID. Anyone entering our community — guests, gardeners, maids, nannies, pool cleaners, handymen, plumbers, electricians, delivery persons — must provide state or federal government-issued photo ID or they will be denied entry. Every single one of them.

There are many lessons we can learn from studying Anthem.

■ If you want your family and children to be safe, build a wall. Preferably a wall that is also surrounded by armed guards. The Vatican understands this lesson. Mexico understands — it has a wall on its southern border. Many rich liberals in America who live in gated communities — or gated private estates or buildings with doormen — understand this lesson, too. They just don't want you to have a wall. They clearly think their children are more important than yours. They clearly think you're stupid, as they argue walls and guns are unnecessary.

■ Liberal Democrats are hypocrites. Guess who lives inside the protected walls of Anthem Country Club? Harry Reid. You know, your former U.S. senator. The former chief water carrier for President Barack Obama, who spent his entire Senate career fighting viciously against a wall. Harry argued walls were terrible and unnecessary.

Harry could have retired anywhere in Vegas — or anywhere in America, for that matter. But he chose to live behind the walls … and gates … and armed guards of Anthem Country Club. Harry is my neighbor. Welcome to the neighborhood.

But, Harry, don't liberals hate walls and gates and armed guards and photo ID? Don't liberals call those things "racist"? Yet here sits Harry Reid and the entire Reid clan. Interesting.

■ The argument against Voter ID is a total scam.

How do all those gardeners and maids and pool cleaners and handymen drive through the gates of Anthem every day? The answer: They all already have government-issued photo IDs. So I guess it's a lie when liberal politicians claim minorities don't have photo IDs, or they're too difficult for them to get or it's "racist" to ask them for it.

I guess we just proved the liberal argument is a scam. Voter ID is an issue because liberals want election fraud. They can't win without it. They want illegals to be able to vote by the millions for Democrats.

Folks, we're being scammed. Anthem Country Club is the proof. What happens here is happening everywhere.

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Item Number:1 Date: 08/06/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 3 CZECH SOLDIERS KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK (AUG 06/TN) TOLONEWS -- Three Czech soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan). The soldiers were killed on Sunday while on foot patrol in Parwan province, according to a Resolute Support statement. Two Afghan soldiers and a U.S. service member were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it a response to a nighttime raid by U.S. and Afghan forces, reported the Long War Journal, a website that monitors extremist activity. The Czech government recently approved a plan to increase the number of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan from the 230 to 390, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar

Item Number:2 Date: 08/06/2018 CHINA - NEW J-16 FIGHTER JET MAY ENTER SERVICE SOON (AUG 06/SCMP) SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese air force says its newe fighter jet will soon enter service, reports the South China Morning Post. A squadron of Chinese J-16 fighter jets recently conducted exercises alongside J-10, J-11B and Su-30 aircraft, according to a service statement from Aug. 2. The drills were "a solid step towards comprehensive combat capability," according to the statement. The location of the drills was not given. Based on the Russian Su-30 Flanker jet, the J-16 made its first flight in 2011 and formally debuted during a ceremony last year. The jet is likely to replace the Su-30s currently in service with the 3rd fighter division, part of the Eastern Theater Command. Headquartered in Fujian province, the theater covers operations in Taiwan and the East China Sea J-16 fighter jet's configuration -- including an expanded electronic warfare capability and ground attack munitions -- is believed to be designed specifically for a potential conflict in Taiwan. China considers the self-ruled island of Taiwan to be a breakaway province and has vowed to reunify the island by force, if necessary. Tensions have been increasing as of late. In July, Taiwan debuted a second AH-64 Apache attack helicopter squadron. Days later, China launched live-fire exercises in the East China Sea that simulated conflict with Taiwan, reported the state-run Global Times. China has also sent the H-6K strategic bomber on numerous patrols of the island, often circling the island's coast before returning home

Item Number:3 Date: 08/06/2018 EGYPT - 52 KILLED MILITANTS KILLED IN SINAI SINCE LAST UPDATE, SAYS ARMY (AUG 06/ALJAZ) AL JAZEERA -- The Egyptian military says it has killed 52 militants over the past few days as part of its ongoing operation to clear militants from the Sinai Peninsula, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). Security forces also destroyed 32 vehicles trying to smuggle weapons and ammunition into Egypt, a military spokesman said on Sunday. Forty-nine suspected fighters were arrested in the raids, he said. The military has announced the deaths of at least 300 suspected militants since Comprehensive Operation - Sinai 2018 began in February. The operation aims to clear the Sinai Peninsula of militants, primarily the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province. Authorities have championed the efforts as a success. Critics have pointed out that Egyptian law forbids spreading contradictory information in terror cases. Human rights watchdogs have also questioned the military's assertion that only a handful of civilians have been killed since the operation began, all at the hands of militants, according to official accounts

Item Number:7 Date: 08/06/2018 INDIA - 5 MILITANTS, 1 CIVILIAN KILLED IN WEEKEND OF VIOLENCE IN KASHMIR (AUG 06/PTI) PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- At least five militants and one civilian are dead following weekend clashes in India-administered Kashmir, reports the Press Trust of India. On Aug. 3, Indian army and police forces launched an operation against suspected militants hiding in the village of Kiloora, part of Kashmir's Shopian district, officials said. Five suspects were killed in the operation, they said. The suspects belonged to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Al-Badar and Hizbul Mujahideen militant groups, reported NDTV. Police recovered four AK-47 rifles, one pistol and a large cache of ammunition from the scene, the army said. Following the operation, protests erupted across the district on Saturday, with some demonstrators pelting members of the security forces with stones. Troops fired tear gas, pellets and bullets to disperse the protesters, reported Reuters. At least one protestor was killed and two dozen more injured in the exchange, said medical sources. The incident was the deadliest since the federal government in New Delhi assumed direct control of the state in June, citing a deteriorating security situation

Item Number:10 Date: 08/06/2018 PHILIPPINES - CLASHES WITH COMMUNIST REBELS KILL 3 SOLDIERS (AUG 06/MANILA) MANILA TIMES -- Three Philippine soldiers have been killed in clashes with communist rebels, reports the Manila Times. On Aug. 3, suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) attacked army soldiers near the isolated village of Cawayan, Masbate province, said police. The soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Battalion were on patrol when they were ambushed, said a Philippine National Police spokeswoman. Soldiers were able to fight off the attack, wounding an unknown number of the attackers, she said. Security forces set up checkpoints in the area to intercept rebels evacuating their wounded comrades, the spokeswoman added. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP

Item Number:12 Date: 08/06/2018 SOMALIA - 6 KILLED IN PAIR OF SUICIDE BOMBINGS (AUG 06/VOA) VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- At least six people have been killed and 13 wounded in two car bombings in the Somali capital, reports the Voice of America News. On Sunday night, four people were killed when a car bomb detonated near a busy cafe in Mogadishu, medical sources told the news agency's Somali-language service. There were no claims of responsibility for this attack. Earlier on Sunday, two Somali soldiers were killed and four wounded by a car bomb that exploded next to a military vehicle in Afgoye, 15 miles (25 km) northwest of the capital. The driver of the explosive-laden car chased the pickup truck carrying the soldiers and detonated his device when he was unable to catch up to them, officials said. The second attack was claimed by the Al-Qaida-affiliated Al-Shabaab militant group. Both attacks appeared to use vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) driven by suicide bombers, said officials

Item Number:13 Date: 08/06/2018 SYRIA - SCIENTIST WORKING AT SUSPECTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS FACTORY KILLED (AUG 06/I24) I24NEWS -- A Syrian scientist suspected of overseeing a chemical weapons facility has been killed, reports i24News (Israel), citing the pro-government Syrian newspaper Al Watan. Aziz Azbar and his driver were killed on Saturday when their car exploded in Hama province, north of the capital, Damascus, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The explosion was caused by a device attached to the car, reported the Syrian newspaper. Azbar was the head of the Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, Hama province. He reportedly specialized in developing rocket and missile systems. Western intelligence agencies have suspected the facility, also known by its French acronym, CERS, of involvement in Syria's chemical weapons program, reported the BBC. Airstrikes targeted the facility in September 2017 and July 2018, both blamed on Israel. According to previous reports, Iranians were among the victims in those strikes. The Trump administration placed sanctions on hundreds of CERS employees in April 2017, following a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun. The Abu Amara Brigades, a rebel group, claimed responsibility for the attack. The pro-Damascus Al Watan blamed Israeli forces for the attack, calling it an assassination. As a policy, Israeli does not usually comment on such attacks


Item Number:16 Date: 08/06/2018 VENEZUELA - 7 GUARDSMEN INJURED IN DRONE ATTACK TARGETING MADURO (AUG 06/CNN) CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Six people have been arrested after an alleged assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, reports CNN. On Saturday, Maduro was speaking at a military parade when several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) approached. At least two explosions followed, sending attendees and soldiers running. Seven members of the Venezuela's national guard were injured in the attacks. Authorities said they were able to intercept one drone, forcing it to detonate outside of the target area. Another drone crashed into an apartment building and then exploded, they said. The attackers attached 2 pounds (1 kg) of C-4 explosive to the drones, said Interior Minister Nestor Reverol. Maduro blamed the attack on right-wing extremists and outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Caracas has long accused of right-wing extremists and opponents in Colombia of fomenting unrest inside Venezuela. The six arrested in connection with the attack are accused of "terrorism and assassination," said the interior minister. One of the suspects had an outstanding warrant for an August 2017 attack on a military base in Valencia, reported CNN.




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