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This day in Naval History
Aug. 10
1812—The frigate USS Constitution captures and burns the brig, HMS Lady Warren, off Cape Race, off Labrador, Canada.
1831—The U.S. flag gains the nickname of "Old Glory" from William Driver, master of the brig USS Charles Daggert.
1916—The first naval aircraft production contract begins when the Bureau of Construction and Repair contacts Glenn H. Curtiss via telegram asking him to supply 30 school hydro aeroplanes. The N-9s become the Navy's most popular training aircraft during World War I.
1921—The Bureau of Aeronautics was established by General Order. Medal of Honor recipient, Rear Adm. William Moffett is the first Bureau Chief.
1942—Off Kavieng, New Ireland, USS S-44 (SS 155) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese cruiser, Kako, as she retires from the Battle of Savo Island.
Aug. 11
1861—USS Penguin, commanded by Cmdr. John L. Livingston, engages blockade-runner Louisa during the Civil War. The blockade-runner hits a sandbar near Cape Fear, NC, and sinks.
1887—Prof. Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Observatory discovers the first of two satellites of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, using the largest refractor of the time, a USNO 26-inch (66-cm) telescope.
1898—During the Spanish-American War, USS Cushing (TB 1), USS Gwin (TB 16), and USS McKee (TB 18) captured and burned the Spanish schooner Jover Genard at Carendas, Cuba.
1943—Aircraft from Composite Squadron One (VC 1) based onboard USS Card (CVE 11) sinks German submarine, (U 525), about 376 miles west-southwest of Corvo Island, Azores.
1960—USNS Haiti Victory (T-AK 238), using Navy helicopters and frogmen, recover Discoverer 13 satellite capsule in the Pacific Ocean, the first recovery of a U.S. satellite from orbit.
2001—USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306) is christened and launched at New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bob Hope-class large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship is part of Military Sealift Command's prepositioning program that serves as dry cargo surge sealift carriers.
Aug. 12
1898—USS Mohican and USS Philadelphia (C 4) crew members take part in official ceremonies marking the assumption of sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States.
1918—The Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approves the acceptance of women in the Marine Corps. The following day, Aug. 13, Opha M. Johnson becomes the first woman Marine.
1942—USS Cleveland (CL 55) demonstrates the effectiveness of radio-proximity fuze (VT-fuze) against aircraft by successfully destroying three drones with proximity bursts fired by her five inch guns.  
1944—USS Pompon (SS 267) and USS Puffer (SS 268) attack Japanese convoys and damage and sink Japanese destroyers.
1957—The first test of the Automatic Carrier Landing System is completed by Lt. Cmdr. Don Walker when he lands a F3D Skynight on board USS Antietam (CV 36).
1988—USS Lake Champlain (CG  57) is commissioned at New York City. The cruiser is the third ship named after naval battle in a New York lake where Commodore Thomas McDonough defeated a larger and more heavily armed British squadron Sept. 11, 1814.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national and international headlines include a federal judge threatening to hold Attorney General Sessions in contempt over deported asylum seekers, an arrest made regarding the California wildfires, and Russia's reaction to possible new U.S. sanctions.  The Virginian-Pilot reported on the Navy's "summer cruise" at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story where Midshipmen from the Naval Academy and NROTC students get a hands-on opportunity to explore different career paths within the Navy. Navy Times reports that the Navy will waive "up or out" limits for senior enlisted sailors willing to volunteer for unpopular sea duty billets. Additionally, Military.com reports that the Navy announced the creation of a new Selective Early Retirement Board set to convene this fall.
 
 
August 10
955

Otto organizes his nobles and defeats the invading Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld in Germany.
1539

King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin.
1557

French troops are defeated by Emmanuel Philibert's Spanish army at St. Quentin, France.
1582

Russia ends its 25-year war with Poland.
1628

The Swedish warship Vasa capsizes and sinks in Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage.
1779

Louis XVI of France frees the last remaining serfs on royal land.
1831

William Driver of Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to use the term "Old Glory" in connection with the American flag, when he gives that name to a large flag aboard his ship, the Charles Daggett.
1846

The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson.
1864

Confederate Commander John Bell Hood sends his cavalry north of Atlanta to cut off Union General William Sherman's supply lines.
1911

The House of Lords in Great Britain gives up its veto power, making the House of Commons the more powerful House.
1913

The Treaty of Bucharest ends the Second Balkan War.
1941

Great Britain and the Soviet Union promise aid to Turkey if it is attacked by the Axis Powers.
1949

The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense.
1950

President Harry S. Truman calls the National Guard to active duty to fight in the Korean War.
1954

English jockey Sir Gordon Richards retires with a world-record total of 4,870 victories, later broken by Johnny Longden of the United States. Richards was the first jockey ever to be knighted.
1954

The groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held at Massena, New York.
1960

NASA launches Discoverer 13, a satellite; it would become the first object ever recovered from orbit.
1970

Rocker Jim Morrison is tried in Miami on "lewd & lascivious behavior charges." Although convicted and sentenced to jail, he was free on bond while his case was being appealed when he died in Paris, July 3, 1971.
1975

David Frost purchases the exclusive rights to interview Richard Nixon.
1977

The US and Panama sign the Panama Canal Zone accord, guaranteeing Panama would have control of the canal after 1999.
1997

The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.
2003

For the first time ever, temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit when thermometers hit 101.3 F (38.5 Celsius)  at Kent.
2006

All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified.
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America's first 'top secret' Medal of Honor went to a Japanese-American fighting in Korea
James Elphick, We Are The Mighty
Hiroshi Miyamura Wikimedia Commons
Hiroshi Miyamura was born to Japanese immigrants in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1925. This made him Nisei — Japanese for "second-generation."
At the outbreak of World War II, Miyamura witnessed many of his fellow Nisei being shipped off to internment camps. Gallup, however, was not located within the relocation zone, and even if it was, the townspeople were ready to stand up for their Japanese neighbors.
Safe from the internment camps, Miyamura enlisted in the US Army volunteering to serve with the famed Nisei 100th Battalion, 442ndRegimental Combat Team. Unfortunately for Miyamura, by the time he reached Europe to join the unit, Germany had surrendered.
He returned home, stayed in the Army Reserve, and married a fellow Nisei woman who had been interned in Arizona.
Miyamura looked like he might pass his time in obscurity until North Korea charged across the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950.
Recalled to active service, Miyamura joined the 3rd Infantry Division's 7th Infantry Regiment in Japan as it prepared to join the combat on the Korean peninsula.
Landing on Korea's east coast, Miyamura and the rest of the 3rd Infantry Division stormed into North Korea before being driven back by the Chinese intervention.
The 7th Infantry Regiment helped cover the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir and was the last unit to leave Hungnam on December 24, 1950.
Miyamura and his comrades were then placed on the defensive line around the 38th Parallel where they actively repelled numerous Chinese Offensives.
The war then became a bloody stalemate with each side battling across hilltops trying to gain an advantage.
One such hilltop, located at Taejon-ni along a defensive position known as the Kansas Line, was occupied by Miyamura and the rest of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. 2
 
A map of China's offensives in the Korean Peninsula. Wikimedia Commons
After dark on April 24, 951, Miyamura quietly awakened his men – a trip flare had gone off in the valley below their position. In the faint light of the flare, the Americans could make out large masses of Communist troops advancing on their position.
The Chinese 29th Division smashed into the entire 7th Infantry Regiment. The hardest hit was the 2nd Battalion holding the right flank. By 2:30 the next morning, they were surrounded by the Chinese.
Miyamura, leading a machine-gun squad, ordered his men to open fire. As the American guns roared to life, the Chinese fell in droves. But still they kept coming.
After two hours of relentless fighting, Miyamura's machine-guns were down to less than 200 rounds of ammunition. He gave the order to fix bayonets and prepared to repulse the next wave of Chinese attackers.
When that attack came, Miyamura jumped from his position and savagely attacked the enemy. He blasted off eight rounds from his M-1 Garand before dispatching more Chinese with his bayonet.
He then returned to his position to give first aid to the wounded. When he realized they could no longer hold, he ordered his squad to retreat while he gave covering fire.
He shot off the last of the machine-gun ammunition and rendered the gun inoperable before pouring another eight rounds into the advancing Communist.
Machine-gunners. Wikimedia Commons
According to Miyamura's Medal of Honor citation, he then "bayoneted his way through infiltrated enemy soldiers" until he reached a second position and once again took up the defense. During his withdrawal, Miyamura was wounded by a grenade thrown by a dying Chinese soldier.
The attacks grew fiercer against the second position. Elsewhere along the line, the rest of the battalion had been ordered to begin a withdrawal south to a more tenable position. Miyamura, realizing their position was in danger of being overrun, ordered the remaining men to fall back as well while he covered their retreat. 3
 
Miyamura was last seen by friendly forces fighting ferociously against overwhelming odds. It is estimated he killed a further 50 Chinese before he ran out of ammunition and his position was overrun.
Exhausted and depleted from blood loss, Miyamura and numerous other men from the 7th Infantry Regiment were captured by the Communists.
Despite his heroic efforts, Miyamura's ordeal was far from over.
After being captured, the men were marched North for internment camps. Miyamura set out carrying his friend and fellow squad leader, Joe Annello, who had been more severely wounded.
Others who fell out of the march were shot or bayoneted. At gun point, the Chinese forced Miyamura to drop his friend. Miyamura initially refused but Annello convinced him. They said goodbye and Miyamura marched on.
He would spend over two years as a prisoner of war at Camp 1 in Changson.
Men of the 1st Marine Division capture Chinese Communists during fighting on the central Korean front, Hoengsong. Wikimedia Commons
While he was there, the decision was made to award him the Medal of Honor for his actions on the night of April 24 and 25.
However, due to his staunch defense and the large numbers of enemy he killed, it was decided to keep his award classified he could be repatriated for fear of retaliation by his captors.
Finally, on August 20, 1953 Miyamura was released from captivity as part of Operation Big Switch. When he arrived at Allied lines, he was taken aside and informed that he had been promoted to Sergeant and also that he had received the Medal of Honor.
Miyamura returned to Gallup after the war and settled down.
Then, in 1954, over a year after the war ended, a man walked into Miyamura's work – it was his
old friend Joe Annello. Both had been sure that the other had died in captivity until Annello read Miyamura's story and traveled all the way to New Mexico to see if it was true.
Miyamura is still in Gallup, in the same house he bought all the way back in 1954.
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Watch: Air Force Releases Video Showing Medal of Honor Winner's Heroic Last Stand in Afghanistan
 
The U.S. Air Force released video highlights Thursday of a firefight in which Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman made a final stand to save the lives of fellow troops on a mountaintop in Afghanistan, an act of bravery that will earn him a posthumous Medal of Honor later in August.
 
Taken from an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flying overhead, the video shows Chapman's relentless counterattack on al-Qaeda fighters in the battle of Takur Ghar mountain.
 
The battle was part of Operation Anaconda, a series of engagements led by CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. special operations troops that sought to root out and destroy al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kot Valley.
 
Chapman, an Air Force combat controller, and six members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 had landed on the 10,000-foot peak to rescue another SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts, who had been stranded there in an aborted mission just hours before.
 
The team almost immediately came under withering fire from three directions. Alongside SEAL Chief Britt Slabinski, Chapman charged ahead, engaging multiple enemy positions and killing two al-Qaeda fighters who were firing from a fortified position.
 
As the battle raged on, Chapman moved ahead to cover the SEAL team's advance and began taking fire from another enemy bunker.
 
He managed to take out the fighters in their fortified position, but was struck by a burst of gunfire that left him critically wounded and incapacitated, according to the Air Force.
 
Under fire and believing that Chapman had been killed, the SEAL team retreated from the peak in order to let an Air Force gunship finish off the remaining al-Qaeda fighters.
 
But Chapman soon regained consciousness and began to fight again. Despite grievous wounds, he engaged multiple enemy fighters for more than an hour, some in hand-to-hand combat.
 
In his final act, Chapman provided covering fire for an incoming quick reaction force, until he was shot in the chest and killed.
 
 
President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Honor to Chapman's wife, Valerie Nessel, and his family in a ceremony at the White House on Aug. 22.
 
It will be the first Medal of Honor awarded to a member of the Air Force since the Vietnam War.
 
Slabinski, the SEAL chief who led the rescue mission, was awarded the Medal of Honor on May 24 for his actions at Takur Ghar.
 
He is the second living SEAL to receive the nation's highest award for valor in the Afghanistan war.
 
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The U.S. Air Force released video highlights Thursday of a firefight in which Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman made a final stand to save the lives of fellow troops on a mountaintop in Afghanistan, an act of bravery that will earn him a posthumous Medal of Honor later in August.

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side note: LCOL Corson was one of my instructors at USNA - a firebrand full of knowledge and the manner with which to impart it .  Our class made him an honorary member - Dutch
 
With thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 10 AUGUST 1968… "THE BETRAYAL" by LCOL WILLIAM R. CORSON, USMC (1926-2000)…
August 10, 2018Bear Taylor0 Comments
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 10 AUGUST 1968… "THE BETRAYAL" by LCOL WILLIAM R. CORSON, USMC (1926-2000)…
RIPPLE SALVO… #888… 9 JULY 1968: MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence; SUBJECT: New Book: THE BETRAYAL by LCOL WILLIAM R. CORSON, USMC (ret.)"…  The memo, available from the CIA Reading Room, sums up the Colonel's book this way: "The Betrayal is a bitter, cynical and smart alecky book highly critical of the Army, the State Department, the South Vietnamese hierarchy and ARVN. Only the Marine Corps comes out unscathed; the author's hero–

General Krulak. The jacket blurb states that Col. Corson has lived, worked and traveled throughout Southeast Asia and participated in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His final months on duty were spent in Washington as a Systems Analyst in  the area of pacification and insurgency in the Southeast Asia Programs Division."… Marquis Childs of the St. Louis Post Dispatch said of the book back in 1968: "an angry book by an angry man, THE BETRAYAL is noteworthy, not for the supercharged emotion barely controlled, but because the author maps a reasonable way out of the war."… Humble Host will load the rocket pod with a full load of LIEUTENANT COLONEL CORSON's 5″ Zunis for Single Fire in several posts over the next week. LCOL CORSON was threatened with Court Martial if he persisted in publishing this book that attacked the entire Johnson Administration in the middle of an election campaign… He published… more below… but first…
GOOD MORNING…Day EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHTY-EIGHT of a review of the history surrounding the employment of the nation's air forces against the North Vietnamese in Operation Rolling Thunder during the years 1965 to 1 November 1968…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Saturday, 10 August 1968…
THE WAR: Page 1: "U.S. TROOPS RETURNING FIRE KILL 15 CIVILIANS IN DELTA"…"American force in the Mekong Delta killed 15 civilians yesterday while defending themselves against Vietcong ambushes, the United States military command said tonight. More than 100 were wounded. the  ambushes took place a Army and Navy flotillas were escorting artillery barrages on the muddy, monsoon-swollen Cantho River, 80 miles south of Saigon. The Americans fired back with rifles and .50-caliber machine guns. a military spokesman said the fire hit civilians in Cairang, a river town of about 5,800. 'Unfortunately, the ambushes came at a bend in the river near the town,' an American officer who visited Cairang said today. 'The bullets just sailed across the bend and into the town.'… Thirty-five miles northwest of Saigon troops of the 101st Air Cavalry Division clashed with an enemy force armed with rocket grenades and automatic weapons. Eleven of the enemy and two Americans were killed in the action… Allied forces sealed off a coastal village five miles northeast of Hue and killed 42 members of an enemy force menacing the ancient capital while suffering no casualties."… Page 5: "VIETCONG CLAIM BIG GAINS IN '68–COMMUNIQUE IN HANOI SAYS PERIOD IS BEST OF WAR"… "The commander of the People's Liberation Armed forces, or Vietcong, in a review distributed today covering the first half of 1968, said achievements had far surpassed those of any previous half-year….'a total of 380,000 enemy, including 133,000 American troops were killed, wounded or captured,' the communique said. It claimed the downing or destruction on the ground of more than 4,400 aircraft and the destruction of 8,730 vehicles, including 4,500 tanks and armored troop carriers and more than 700 big guns."…
PEACE TALKS: Page 1."NORTH VIETNAMESE DAMPEN SPECULATION ON 'SIGNAL'–Officials In Paris Draw Bsck From Hint That Lull In War Has Political Significance"…(Also: see the link to Historical Document 327 next para)…
Page 1: "JOHNSON TO BRIEF NIXON AND AGNEW ON TALKS IN PARIS–Republican Nominees To Fly To Ranch Today–Will See Rusk, Vance and Helms"… (Outline of briefing at: https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v06/d327)… Page 12: "HUMPHREY VISITS JOHNSON IN TEXAS–Meeting Is Devoted to Foreign Affairs"… Page 1: "SENATOR McCARTHY READY TO RUN AGAINST HUMPHREY–He will Open Drive Today As Peace Candidate With Some Kennedy Support"… Page 13: "RACIAL TICKET OF G.O.P. SCORED BY NEGROES–N.A.A.C.P. OFFICIAL CRITICAL OF REPUBLICAN CHOICES"… Page 1: MOSCOW STRESSES PARTY SUPREMACY–Warns Against Any Move Toward Liberalization"… Page 1: "TITO AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA LEADERS CONFER AS PRAGUE EXULTS"…
10 AUGUST 1968…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times (11 Aug reporting 10 Aug ops)… Page 6: "In the air war, an Air Force F-105 participating in the 130 strike missions (multi-plane–Humble Host opines that the average "mission" was a division of four aircraft= four sorties) over North Vietnam, was shot down just north of the demilitarized zone, which straddles the border between North and South Vietnam. The pilot was listed as missing."… VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There were no fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 10 August 1968. The loss reported in the brief note in the New York Times refers to the F-105D downed on 9 August piloted by COLONEL David WINN, who Humble Host saluted WITH HIGHEST RESPECT in Ripple Salvo #887…
SUMMARY OF ROLLING THUNDER LOSSES (KIA/MIA/POW) FOR THE FOUR 10 AUGUST DATES OF THE FOUR YEARS OF THE OPERATIONS OVER NORTH VIETNAM…  
1965… LTJG LAWRENCE SCOTT MAILHES, USN… (KIA)…
1966… LCDR JOSEPH STEPHEN HENRIQUEZ, USN… (KIA)…
1967… NONE…
1968… NONE…
RIPPLE SALVO… #888… THE BETRAYAL was a controversial book published in July 1968 concurrent with the voluntary retirement of LCOL WILLIAM CORSON. Corson's blunt criticism of the way the war was being fought and lost is concluded by a chapter titled "To Stay or Not to Stay?"…Therein he presented OpPlans for both options. At the time–July-68– he boldly stepped forward to say what many were thinking, but lacked the courage to say, 26,000 American troops had fallen. Before the war came to its disastrous ending nearly five years later, 32,000 additional American troops would give up their lives pursuing a lost cause. LCOL CORSON is gone. His legacy is THE BETRAYAL. The book and the experience and ideas of LCOL CORSON have lasting pertinence for current and future relations and engagements in our foreign military operations. Humble Host will focus on THE BETRAYAL and "eat this elephant one bite at a time" over the next week…
LCOL CORSON was responding to a call to duty spoken by President John F. Kennedy a month before he was assassinated… RTR Quote for 10 August: "JOHN F. KENNEDY, Amherst College, October 1963: "The higher duty of the writer…is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may…. In serving his vision of the truth the artist best serves his nation."…
Lest we forget…       Bear
 
 
 
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The 'Steely-Eyed Killer' Who Became a Star on Fox News – Then Lost It All - POLITICO Magazine
Folks,
An amazing story about a terrific guy.
All the best,
    CAP
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/10/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SECURITY FORCES FIGHT OFF MAJOR ASSAULT ON GHAZNI (AUG 10/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Afghan soldiers have fought off a Taliban attack on the strategic city of Ghanzi, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Early Friday morning, Taliban fighters launched attacks on multiple sides of the city, which is located 92 miles (148 km) southeast of Kabul, the insurgent group said in a statement.   U.S. officials confirmed the Taliban attack. Fighting ended after about six hours, with Afghan forces maintaining control of all government facilities in the city and surrounding area, the officials said.   The Afghan Defense Ministry said that attackers were still present in a residential part of the city, reported Reuters.   U.S. attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) supported the Afghan forces with strikes, said a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.   Casualty counts varied. The U.S. spokesman said that Afghan forces suffered minimal losses. At least seven security personnel sustained injuries, according to a provincial government spokesman cited by Khaama Press (Afghanistan). About 150 Taliban fighters were killed in the attack, according to defense ministry officials.   A Taliban spokesman claimed that dozens Afghan troops police had been killed and large quantities of weapons and equipment captured. Fourteen police officers were killed, according to officials cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   Unrest has increased in Ghazni province recently, leading to a decision by the election commission to postpone planned parliamentary elections.  
Item Number:7 Date: 08/10/2018 KENYA - ROADSIDE BOMBING LEADS TO CONFLICTING CASUALTY REPORTS (AUG 10/DNATION)  DAILY NATION -- At least six soldiers have been injured in a roadside bombing in Lamu County on Kenya's northern coast, reports the Daily Nation (Kenya).   The soldiers were in a truck that hit an improvised explosive device while traveling between Majengo and Bodhei on Wednesday.   Casualty reports differed. A local official said six soldiers were injured and six killed in the attack. A spokesman for the Kenyan military denied that there were any fatalities. Two of the six injured had been airlifted to Nairobi due to their extensive wounds, he said.   The Somalia-based terrorist group Al-Shaabab claimed responsibility for the attack.   The group uses the Boni forest on the Kenya-Somalia border as a hideout and base for attacks.   The Kenyan military launched an operation in the region last year to flush out militants, reported the Anadolu Agency (Turkey
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/10/2018 NORTH KOREA - SYRIAN ARMS DEALER KEY TO N. KOREAN WEAPONS SALES IN MIDDLE EAST (AUG 10/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- A Syrian arms trafficker played a crucial role in supplying North Korean weapons to states and actors across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a U.N. sanctions committee report cited by Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   Hussein al-Ali functioned as an intermediary for arms flowing to Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, according to the report, excerpts of which were obtained by the newspaper.   According to 2015 correspondence cited in the report, former head of the Higher Libyan State Council Khalifa al-Ghweil contacted North Korean officials to purchase weaponry.   North Korean officials referred Ghweil to the Consulting Bureau for Marketing, a company owned by Ali.   When a Libyan team was invited to North Korea later that year, Ali negotiated with the Libyans on behalf of North Korea, according to Libyan Defense Ministry documents.   Ali also negotiated with the Houthi rebels from Yemen in July 2016 on behalf of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corp. -- North Korea's primary arms dealer.   The Houthis were reportedly interested in acquiring AT-4 Spigot anti-tank missiles, Kalashnikov rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other weaponry, according to letters cited in the report.   Despite travel bans and sanctions, North Koreans travel freely to and from Syria. Many of them work in Syria for defense companies and work with brokers to sell North Korean weaponry across the Middle East.   Such trips have continued, with flights from North Korea to Syria documented in February 2011, August 2016, November 2016 and March 2017.   U.N. officials also suspect Ali of facilitating the transfer of AT-4 Spigot anti-tank missiles and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) to Sudan
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/10/2018 UNITED NATIONS - CHINA, RUSSIA SINK U.S. BID TO IMPOSE U.N. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN, N. KOREAN FIRMS (AUG 10/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China and Russia have blocked an attempt by the U.S. to add a Russian bank, a North Korean banker and two companies tied to North Korea to a U.N. sanctions list, reports the South China Morning Post.   Last week, the U.S. asked a U.N. sanctions committee to freeze the assets of Moscow-based Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank; China-based Dandong Zhongsheng Industry & Trade Co.; the Korea Ungum Corp.; and Ri Jong Won, who represents North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank in Moscow.   The Foreign Trade Bank was sanctioned by the U.N. in August 2017.   On Thursday, China and Russia joined to block the measure.   The 15-member U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee requires a consensus to impose sanctions, noted Reuters.   The proposed sanctions would have mirrored similar measures announced by the U.S. Treasury Dept. last week.   Following a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June, Russia and China have proposed easing sanctions put in place in late 2017.  
 
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