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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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To All,
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This day in Naval History
Aug. 29
1861—During the Civil War, Seaman Benjamin Swearer lands with troops from the steam sloop of war, Pawnee, and takes part in the capture of Fort Clark, at Hatteras Inlet, N.C.  He serves throughout the action and has the honor of being the first man to raise the flag on the captured fort. For his "gallant service" throughout the action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
1862—The gunboat, USS Pittsburgh, supports Army troops landing at Eunice, Ark., during the Civil War.
1915—After pontoons are brought to Hawaii from the west coast, and following extensive additional diving work, the submarine USS F-4 is raised from the bottom and taken into Honolulu Harbor for dry docking. Previously, in March 1915, during a routine dive a few miles off Honolulu, F-4 sinks in 51 fathoms of water, with the loss of her 21 crewmembers.
1916—High waves drives armored cruiser USS Memphis aground at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, killing 33 men. Lt. Claud A. Jones rescues crewmen from the dying ship's steam-filled engineering spaces. Years later, in Aug. 1932, Jones receives the Medal of Honor for his actions.
1944—USS Jack (SS 259) attacks Japanese convoy H3 and sinks minesweeper W28 and army cargo ship, Mexico Maru, northwest of Menado, Celebes.
1998—USS Decatur (DDG 73) is commissioned at Portland, Ore. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is the fifth U.S. Navy ship named for Commodore Stephen Decatur.
 
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Executive Summary:
Top national news includes results from the primaries in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma; and California ending its cash bail system, with an assessment of defendants' risk to public safety being the criteria for release before trial. USNI News reports that the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is back underway following what the Navy described as a 38 day "working port visit." "Since April when we began our deployment, our strike group has demonstrated our inherent maneuverability and flexibility as we took part in maritime security operations and evolutions with several key allies and partners," said Rear Adm. Gene Black. "Now, as we continue our deployment, we remain 100-percent mission-capable and ready to accomplish whatever mission we are assigned, at any time, anywhere." At a ceremony on Tuesday, Vice Adm. Richard Brown welcomed the sixth graduating class of Anti-Submarine and Surface Warfare WTIs to complete the Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center's 16-week course. Additionally, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opened the door for restarting large scale military exercises with South Korea following increased tensions with North Korea, reports the New York Times.
Today in History August 29
70

The Temple of Jerusalem burns after a nine-month Roman siege.
1526

Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.
1533

In Peru, the Inca chief Atahualpa is executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom.
1776

General George Washington retreats during the night from Long Island to New York City.
1793

Slavery is abolished in Santo Domingo.
1862

Union General John Pope's army is defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
1882

Australia defeats England in cricket for the first time. The following day a obituary appears in the Sporting Times addressed to the British team.
1942

The American Red Cross announces that Japan has refused to allow safe conduct for the passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.
1945

U.S. airborne troops are landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.
1949

USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, "First Lightning."
1950

International Olympic Committee votes to allow West Germany and Japan to compete in 1952 games.
1952

In the largest bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air Force bomb Pyongyang, North Korea.
1957

US Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957 after Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24-hour filibuster, the longest in Senate history, against the bill.
1960

US U-2 spy plane spots SAM (surface-to-air) missile launch pads in Cuba.
1964

Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330).
1965

Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission.
1966

The Beatles give their last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco).
1968

Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president at their Chicago convention.
1977

Lou Brock (St Louis Cardinals) breaks Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893.
1986

Morocco's King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, strengthening political and economic ties and creating a mutual defense pact.
1991

USSR's parliament suspends Communist Party activities in the wake of a failed coup.
1992

Thousands of Germans demonstrate against a wave of racist attacks aimed at immigrants.
1995

NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
2003

A terrorist bomb kills Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, and nearly 100 worshipers as they leave a mosque in Najaf where the ayatollah had called for Iraqi unity.
2005

Rains from Hurricane Katrina cause a levee breech at the Industrial Canal in New Orleans, causing severe flooding.
2012

The Egyptian Army's Operation Eagle results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23.
 
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This Week in American Military History:
From the flag's first action to the Japanese surrender by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
 
Aug. 28, 1862:  The Second battle of Bull Run (known to many Southerners as Second Manassas) opens between Union Army forces under the command of Maj.
Gen. John Pope and Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall"
Jackson (Gen. Robert E. Lee in overall command).
Within days, Confederate forces will drive Union forces from the field, not unlike what happened at First Bull Run /Manassas on July 21, 1861.
 
Aug. 28, 1972:  U.S. Air Force Capt. Richard Stephen Richie, flying an F-4 Phantom, shoots down his fifth MiG over North Vietnam, becoming the Air Force's first ace of the war.
But to hear Richie tell it, it was just a ride. "My fifth MiG kill was an exact duplicate of a syllabus mission, so I had not only flown that as a student, but had taught it probably a dozen times prior to actually doing it in combat," he says.
 
Sept. 2, 1901:  Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a speech at the Minnesota State Fair in which he says, "A good many of you are probably acquainted with the old proverb, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick – you will go far.' If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power."In four days, Pres. William McKinley will be mortally wounded by an assassin's
 
Sept. 2, 1945:  A delegation from the defeated Japanese Empire sign the documents of surrender about the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur , a Medal of Honor recipient and Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific, says, "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always. These proceedings are closed."World War II is over.
 
Sept. 3, 1777:  The Battle of Cooch's Bridge (a.k.a. the Battle of IronHill) – the only pitched battle of the American Revolution to be fought in Delaware – opens between Continental Army and militia forces under the command of Brig. Gen. William Maxwell and a combined force of British, Hessian, and Ansbach soldiers under the overall command of British Gen. Sir Charles Cornwallis (and under the immediate tactical command of Hessian Lt. Col. Ludwig von Wurmb).
Though a British victory, which devolved into a savage close-quarters engagement, the Battle of Cooch's Bridge is significant as the first time the Stars-and-Stripes is flown in action.
 
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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 29 AUGUST 1968… THOUGHTS ABOUT SOME GREAT GUYS AND THEIR FAMILIES…
August 29, 2018Bear Taylor
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 29 AUGUST 1968… THOUGHTS ABOUT SOME GREAT GUYS AND THEIR FAMILIES…
RIPPLE SALVO… #908…  IN MY THOUGHTS THIS 29 AUGUST… LTJG MIKE ALLARD; CAPTAIN KEN ROBINSON and 1LT SAMMIE HOFF; CAPTAIN NORM WELLS; MAJOR RON BYRNE; LT HENRY McWHORTER; and LT EDD DAVID TAYLOR…   but first…
GOOD MORNING…Day NINE HUNDRED EIGHT of blogging in my cave–a good excuse for dodging and delaying chores around the homestead…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times of Thursday, 29 August 1968…
Page 1: Banner Headline: "HUMPHREY NOMINATED ON FIRST BALLOT AFTER HIS PLANK ON VIETNAM IS APPROVED–POLICE BATTLE DEMONSTRATORS IN STREETS–Victor Gets 1,761 Votes–Vote Taken Amid Boos For Chicago Police Tactics In Street"… "While a pitched battle between police and thousands of antiwar demonstrators raged in the streets of Chicago, the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for President last night, on a platform reflecting his and President Johnson's views on the war in Vietnam. Mr. Humphrey, after a day of bandwagon shifts to his candidacy, and a night of turmoil in the convention hall, won nomination on the first ballot over challenges by Senator Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota and George S. McGovern of South Dakota. The count at the end of the first ballot was: Humphrey-1,761 3/4; McCarthy-601; McGovern-146 1/2; Phillips-67 1/2; and other-32  3/4… VIOLENCE DRAWS ATTENTION…"There was never a moment 's suspense in the balloting and throughout the turbulent evening the delegates and spectators paid less attention to the proceedings than to television and radio reports of widespread violence in the streets of Chicago and to stringent security measures within the International Amphitheatre."… Page 1: "HUMPHREY AIDES LIST FOUR FOR VEEP SPOT ON TICKET–Say Muskie, Harris, Alioto and Shriver"… Page 1: "DEFEAT OF DOVES REFLECTS DEEP DIVISION IN PARTY"… Page 1: "Senator Gruening Defeated In Alaska Primary"… Page 22: "CHICAGO NEGROES STIRRED BY CLASHES BETWEEN WHITES AND POLICE NOT CONVENTION–Black Community Watches Closely–Political Gathering Ignored But Response Of Guard To Dissidents Is Observed"… Page 25: "PLATFORM DIFFERENCES–NIXON IS GIVEN FREE HAND TO CRITICIZE POLICIES THAT HUMPHREY MUST SUPPORT"…
THE WAR: Page 1: "FIGHTING INTENSE IN SAIGON REGION–G.I.s BATTLE THROUGH NIGHT WITH FOE ON INFILTRATION ROUTES NEAR CAPITAL"…"Sharp fighting flared around Saigon last night and this morning as United States infantrymen battled a sizable enemy force on flatland infiltration routes northwest to the capital. The United States command said this morning that fighting had continued through the night with a company-size enemy unit 32 miles northwest of Saigon and 4 miles north to Trangbang. So far, a total of 86 enemy soldiers have been killed in the fighting… American casualties were light."… VIETCONG ASSASSINATIONS… The National Police reported that 120 south Vietnamese civilians were assassinated last week compared tieh 62 during the previous week. The victims included hamlet chiefs, village officials and South Vietnamese pacification workers. Since January 1, the United States mission said, there have been 3,000 assassinations and 4,850 abductions of South Vietnamese by Vietcong."…
PEACE TALKS in PARIS: Page 11: "HANOI AIDES SPURN A PROTEST BY U.S.–Charge of Political Meddling Termed 'Truly Comic' "… "Hanoi's negotiators at the talks here on the war in Vietnam today rejected an official United Stated protest against their attacks to 'interfere' in the American election campaign….In the 19th session since May 13, Xuan Thuy, chief North Vietnamese negotiator again cited criticism of the war among Americans and ridiculed the elaborate precautions taken in Chicago to protect the Democratic National Convention. 'In the present electoral campaign, in order to cope with the indignation of the people,' Mr. Thuy asserted, 'the U.S. authorities have had to use barbed wire and tens of thousands of their troops and police agents.' …IMPASSE STILL STANDS… "no breakthrough  in the impasse over Hanoi's demand for a halt in American bombing of North Vietnam.'…
29 August 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times (30 Aug reporting 29 Aug ops) Page 10: "American pilots flew 121 missions over North Vietnam striking at military targets below the 19th Parallel."… NYT 29 Aug, Page 10: "JET DOWNED IN ACCIDENT"… "A United States Navy F-4 Phantom fighter-bomber was shot down accidentally on Aug 17 by a air-to-air missile from another Navy F-4 while the two planes were pursuing three enemy MiG interceptors over North Vietnam, it was disclosed. The MiG's escaped across the 19th Parallel, which has become in effect, limit for United States bombing sorties. Both crewmen aboard the downed F-4 were reported missing. the accident was not announced previously because the United States command has a policy of not reporting on a day-to-day basis on planes lost to causes other than enemy fire…The  spokesman said the three MiG's had been observed northwest of Vinh on the North Vietnamese coast about 25 miles south of the 19th Parallel. One pilot fired a missile at one of the MiG's and it homed in on his wingman instead." (Refer RTR for 17 Aug: LTJG MARKHAM LIGON GARTLEY and LTJG WILLIAM JOHN MAYHEW were captured and served out the war in North Vietnamese prisons.)
VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There was one fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 29 August 1968…
(1) An AC-47D Spooky Gunship of the 14th SOW out of Phan Rang was destroyed by a Vietcong rocket attack. Hobson notes: The aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force in November 1944…
SUMMARY OF ROLLING THUNDER LOSSES (KIA/MIA/POW) ON THE FOUR 29 AUGUST DATES OF THE FOUR YEARS OF THE AIR CAMPAIGN OVER NORTH VIETNAM…
1968… NONE…
1967… LT MICHAEL JOHN ALLARD, USNR… (KIA)… Young Mike Allard was flying an A-4E of the VA-153 Blue Tail Flies embarked in the great ship USS CORAL SEA on a strike in the Vinh area when he went down.. It was his second Rolling Thunder mission, and his last. He called rolling in and set up a diving attack that went out of control, inexplicably, and he was still in the Skyhawk when it flew into the ground and exploded. He left a Navy wife and three sons behind at Lemoore Naval Air Station and spent the next 25 years where he fell on 29 August 1967. His remains were recovered in 1993 by the Joint recovery team, positively identified and delivered to his family for burial in 2001. His widow, Denny Allard Higgens (School Principal), and their three sons, Mark (Surgeon), Paul (Engineer) and Bart (Accountant), and friends and family gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, 19 March 2001 to bury Mike Allard in hallowed ground. Humble Host calls attention to the easily accessed folio of information on every warrior buried at Arlington. Mike Allard's family comments, and especially those of his wife Denny, a Navy wife cum Navy Widow with three small boys drummed out of Navy housing to find her way to a new life, is vital reading for understanding "the rest of the story" when a warrior makes the full sacrifice… Read at       http://arlingtoncemetery.net/mjallard.htm
1966… CAPTAIN KENNETH DALE ROBINSON, USAF… (KIA)… and… 1LT SAMMIE D. HOFF, USAF… (KIA)… of the 497th TFS out of Ubon were the lead F-4C aircraft in a night Rolling Thunder 51 mission to a target in North Vietnam. The weather forced the flight to strike an alternative target in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. In the attack on the target they were taken under fire by 37/57-mm AAA, hit and forced to eject. The aircraft was observed impacting the ground and exploding and a radio call from 1LT HOFF supported a conclusion that the crew had ejected and were missing. A search and rescue operation began immediately and continued through the 30th of August. The crash site was found but no sign of either ROBINSON or HOFF. When neither came out with the POWs in 1973 their status remained MIA an both were promoted as the years went by- ROBINSON to Colonel, and HOFF to Major. In 1979 their status was changed to KIA, body not recovered. Their remains were returned by Vietnam in 1988 and were positively identified in April 1989. Colonel Robinson was laid to rest in Arlington. Major Hoff's final resting place has eluded my search…
1966… CAPTAIN NORMAN LOUROSS WELLS, USAF… (POW)… Captain Wells was flying an F-105D of the 354th TFS out of Takhli on hs 75th combat mission when downed in Route Pack I for the second time in August 1966. Rescued from the Gulf of Tonkin on the first one, captured and interned as a POW on the second one. 2,379 days of captivity followed, during which time his wife Barbara and three daughters and two sons, or maybe three remained in limbo awaiting his return. Ken Robinson was one of the bravest of the brave. Among his many combat awards: the AIR FORCE CROSS, two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, and five Distinguished Flying Cross medals.  Colonel Wells wrote of his POW experience: "Faith in god and country and the support and guidance or my fellow POWs saw me through chose long years. As an American I knew that my country would never let me down and that someday I'd go home. America has given us a wonderful welcome (home) and I appreciate it very much but I constantly remind myself of the men who lost their lives so that I might be free. I am forever indebted to them. let us honor those brave men."…   Colonel Wells' AFC citation below…
1965… MAJOR RONALD E BYRNE, JR., USAF… (POW)… Was flying an F-105 Thunderchief of the 67 TFS out of Kadena and deployed to Korat on his 27th mission –to add to his 75 combat missions in Korea– when downed by AAA attacking the enemy armory at Yen Bai, 70 miles northwest of Hanoi. Major Bryne was forced to eject from his burning aircraft and was captured almost immediately. Colonel Byrne served 2,725 days in the North Vietnam prison system, returning to his family in March 1973. Colonel Byrne's first of three awards of the SILVER STAR"Major Ronald E. Byrne, Jr. distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam on 29 August 1965. On that date, Major Bryne volunteered to fly number four position in a flight of F-105 aircraft tasked with employing and evaluating a new type weapon delivery. He knew full well that flying number four would enable him to observe the delivery but would also subject him to the highest level of antiaircraft fire. Refusing to be intimidated even after his aircraft received a disabling hit from withering ground fire. Major Bryne displayed heroism far above that expected of a pilot in his situation and he guided his flaming aircraft over the target calling out the bomb hits and results to his flight members. Only after he had fully satisfied mission requirements did Major Bryne turn his aircraft toward the surrounding hills and eject. By his gallantry and devotion of duty Major Byrne has reflected great credit upon himself and the Unite States."…
1965… LT HENRY STERLING McWHORTER, USN… (KIA)… was flying an RF-8A of the VFP-63 "Eyes of the Tiger" squadron embarked in USS Oriskany on a photo mission northwest of Vinh when hit by intense antiaircraft fire in the cockpit area. The escort wingman had taken evasive action and lost sight of the lead aircraft for a short period. When he regained line of sight with the lead RF-8 he noted that the canopy and ejection seat from the aircraft which wa in a gentle descent headed north.  Lt McWhorter was gone…  He was listed as MIA for many years but his remains were returned to the U.S by the North Vietnamese in 1987 and in due course–positively identified for return to the family for burial…  THE COMBAT ATTRITION RATE OF THE F-8 CRUSADER…  "Between 1964 and 1972 eighty-three Crusaders were either lost or destroyed by enemy fire. Another 109 required major rebuilding. 145 Crusader pilots were recovered, 57 were not. Twenty of these pilots were captured and released at the end of the American participation in the war. Another 43 were missing at the end of the war…In addition there were 16 pilots who went down on photo versions of the Crusader, seven were captured–six returned and one died in captivity.
1965… LT EDD DAVID TAYLOR, USN… (KIA)… NO GREATER LOVE HATH A MAN than to lay down his life for another… following the loss of Air Force CAPTAIN SCHIERMAN at Son La (see RTR for 28 Aug), a major search and rescue operation was executed. Included were Navy A-1H Skyraiders. LT TAYLOR was part of a navy flight that closed on Don La and entered the search pattern. LT Taylor overflew the area from which the emergency beeper signal was heard and began a series of passes looking in the area for the down Air Force pilot. On his third pas intense ground fire inundated his aircraft including the cockpit area. the A-1H was observed to fly into the ridge of mountains and exploded. LT EDD TAYLOR' life was over. Chris Hobson in Vietnam: Air Losses points out that by mid-1965 the North Vietnamese recognized and employed the American pilots emergency beeper/phoe to decoy SAR forces in to look for a downed pilot where there was one a while ago…  The search for the remains of LT TAYLOR are an inspiring bit of history.
In October 1988 a joint/Vietnam team led by the Joint Task force -Full Accounting, investigated this case in Son La Province. The team interviewed a Vietnamese citizen who reported that he saw the crash of Taylor's aircraft as  well as the body of the pilot at the crash site. The team visited the crash site and a nearby village where they found small fragments of wreckage, but no human remains. The serial number of one of the fragments matched that of Taylor. A subsequent visit to the crash site in 1989 yielded no remains, but in 1993 a U.S. archive team in Hanoi discovered a Vietnamese record of a 1965 shoot-down which appeared to document the circumstances of Taylor's loss. Other joint teams resurveyed the crash site in 1996, and scheduled it for excavation. In March 2000, a joint Vietnam team led by army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii. They excavated  the crash site in Son La Province. The team recovered remains and pilot remains. Among the forensic troops used by the Hawaii to confirm positive identification with that of mitochondrial DNA in which a skeletal fragment can be matched to that of a family member of Lt.Taylor…"
RIPPLE SALVO… #908… AMONG THE BRAVE… COLONEL NORMAN WELLS, USAF…the AIR FORCE CROSS…
His Air Force Cross reads:
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to NORMAN LOUCROSS WELLS, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Air Base, SEVENTH Air Force, in action near Phuc Yen, North Vietnam, on 19 July 1966. On that date, Captain WELLS led a flight of F-1o5 Thunderchiefs against a heavily defended petroleum products storage area ten miles northwest of Hanoi. After penetrating a curtain of exploding steel to deliver his deadly ordnance on this vital target. Captain WELLS then shot down one of the two MiGs attacking the second element of the formation. After a much-needed aerial refueling, Captain WELLS provided top cover for a successful rescue by helicopters of a friendly pilot who had ejected over hostile territory. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship and aggressiveness. Captain WELLS reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."….  oohrah…
Lest we forget…     Bear
 
 
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Didn't know we were a member of this exclusive spy-on-America club? We are! We shouldn't be, but we are! 
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Though little known beyond elite circles, the Committee of 100 (C-100) is one of the Chinese Communist Party's most important American "influence" organizations.
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/29/2018 AFGHANISTAN - BEIJING DENIES LATEST REPORTS OF AFGHAN MILITARY BASE (AUG 29/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China has begun construction on a military training facility in northeastern Afghanistan, reports the South China Morning Post.   Once completed, the base in the Wakhan Corridor will host Afghan military personnel and a battalion of Chinese soldiers, a military source told the newspaper on Tuesday.   Beijing was funding the construction of the facility to assist Kabul's counterterrorism efforts.   The Wakhan Corridor, ranging from around 8 miles to 40 miles (13 km to 65 km) wide, links Afghanistan to China's predominately Muslim Xinjiang province.   The corridor's proximity to Xinjiang -- which Beijing claims harbors separatist and extremist elements -- represents a potential contact point between Taliban and East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) militants.   China is also concerned that instability could threaten its economic interests in the region.   A Chinese government spokeswoman dismissed the report as a rumor, reported Reuters.   China is not training Afghan troops in the area nor is there a Chinese military facility, she said.   Reports in January suggested that China was interested in building such a facility in the northeastern Badakhshan province.   China has also denied reports that it has deployed vehicles and troops to Afghanistan
Item Number:4 Date: 08/29/2018 GREECE - BUCKEYE TRAINING JET GOES DOWN, KILLING PILOT (AUG 29/GREEKCTYTI)  GREEK CITY TIMES -- A Greek air force pilot has been killed during a training exercise in southern Greece, reports the Greek City Times (Sydney, Australia).   The T-2 Buckeye training aircraft crashed near the village of Vlahokerasia after taking off from the Kalamata Aviation Training Center on Tuesday morning.   The crew was conducting a "free-fall" exercise when the mishap occurred, reported the Washington Post.   The co-pilot ejected safely. The pilot was unable to escape because the ejection system launches each seat at a slight interval and in different directions for safety.   Each pilot reportedly had around 2,500 flight hours, reported the Greek Reporter.   The cause of the crash is under investigation.  
Item Number:6 Date: 08/29/2018 IRAQ - SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS 11 NEAR BORDER WITH SYRIA (AUG 29/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- At least five security personnel and six civilians have been killed in a suicide car bombing in western Iraq, reports Agence France-Presse.   Casualty counts varied. A security source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that 21 people were killed in the attack, including 15 militiamen.   On Wednesday, a bomber detonated a car laden with explosives at a checkpoint in Al-Qaim, reported Reuters.   The checkpoint was jointly manned by Iraqi military personnel and predominately Shi'ite paramilitary forces.   At least 11 civilians and five security personnel were injured in the attack, said local police.   The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency, reported Middle East Eye.   Al-Qaim was one of the last towns retaken by Iraqi security forces in 2017. The terrorist group has maintained a presence in the area since losing control
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/29/2018 LIBYA - ISIS BOMBMAKER KILLED IN U.S. AIRSTRIKE (AUG 29/LIBOB)  LIBYA OBSERVER -- An airstrike by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has killed a leader of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) in western Libya, reports the Libya Observer.   On Tuesday, U.S. forces destroyed a pickup truck in the city of Bani Walid, killing Walid Bu Hariba, according to AFRICOM and local security sources.   Bu Hariba was a prominent member of ISIS from the central city of Sirte and manufactured explosives for the group, sources told the news website.   The strike was conducted in coordination with internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), said AFRICOM. The GNA is based in Tripoli, about 90 miles (150 km) from Bani Walid.   The U.S. conducted a pair of strikes in Bani Walid in June, killing four ISIS militants and an Al-Qaida fighter, noted Reuters.   AFRICOM has launched five strikes in Libya this year, three of which targeted ISIS and two of which targeted Al-Qaida, an AFRICOM spokesman told the Long War Journal
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/29/2018 UGANDA - SOLDIERS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED BEATINGS OF LAWMAKERS, PROTESTERS (AUG 29/REU)  REUTERS -- The Ugandan army has arrested soldiers who allegedly beat lawmakers and civilians after stones were hurled at President Yoweri Museveni's convoy, reports Reuters.   On Aug. 13, supporters of an opposition candidate threw stones at Museveni's car as it passed.   Dozens of people, including the opposition candidate popularly known as Bobby Wine, were detained and beaten, their lawyers said. At least three legislators were arrested, reported the Observer (Kampala).   The government has dismissed the allegations.   On Tuesday, the army said it had arrested the soldiers who were involved in beating the protesters.   An army spokesman did not say how many soldiers were arrested or indicate their ranks.   The affair has generated rare opposition in Uganda, where Museveni has ruled since 1986. Demonstrators engaged in two days of protest in the capital, Kampala. All 33 people who were arrested have been granted bail
Item Number:12 Date: 08/29/2018 USA - AIR FORCE EYES UPGRADES TO KEEP B-52S OPERATIONAL THROUGH 2050 (AUG 29/WARZONE)  THE WAR ZONE -- The U.S. Air Force is considering additional upgrades for its fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers, reports the War Zone website.   The service is looking at plans for a proposed B-52J variant that would ensure the bombers remain operationally relevant through at least 2050, said officials at an industry briefing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., cited by Aviation Week & Space Technology.   Potential upgrades could include improvements to the avionics, defensive suite, sensors, ejection system and flight data recorder.   The modernization could be added to a planned re-engining program, which is expected to improve the bomber's range and fuel efficiency.   If the two modernization programs were linked, the full fleet of rebuilt bombers could enter service by the mid-2030s.   The initial timeline was based on contracts being awarded in fiscal 2018, which ends on Sept. 30. It appears unlikely that schedule will be met, since an award for the work has not yet been announced
Item Number:13 Date: 08/29/2018 USA - FUTURE DRILLS WITH S. KOREA TO GO AHEAD, MATTIS SAYS (AUG 29/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- Senior U.S. defense officials say there are no plans to suspend future military exercises with-South Korea, reports CBS News.   Whether such drills are conducted depends in part on the progress of U.S.-North Korean negotiations, Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday.   No decisions about major exercises in 2019 had been made, Mattis said, as quoted by Reuters. Smaller exercises that were exempt from the suspension were ongoing, he said.   The announcement appeared to reverse earlier statements made by President Donald Trump.   The president and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un agreed to work towards "the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" after talks in Singapore in June.   Trump also cancelled the planned Freedom Guardian exercises with the South Korean military and indefinitely suspended other exercises, acceding to a longstanding demand from Pyongyang. Two smaller drills were cancelled as a result, noted the Wall Street Journal.   The resumption of exercises reflects growing discontent in Washington with the lack of progress in talks with North Korea.   Multiple reports have suggested that North Korea's missile and nuclear weapon programs continue unabated.   Last week, U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo cancelled a planned trip to North Korea. New sanctions against North Korea were introduced earlier this month.   The U.S. maintains about 28,500 troops in South Korea. Drills like Freedom Guardian have been seen by many as key to credibly deterring the threat of an invasion by North Korea.  
Item Number:15 Date: 08/29/2018 YEMEN - 5 KILLED IN SUSPECTED AL-QAIDA ATTACK IN SOUTH (AUG 29/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- At least five people have been killed and two injured in a suspected Al-Qaida attack in Yemen, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   On Tuesday, militants attacked a checkpoint in the southern Abyan province with grenades and small arms, said a local security official.   The checkpoint was manned by the Al-Hizam Brigade, a militia supported by the United Arab Emirates and linked to the secessionist movement in southern Yemen.   The attackers stole weapons before fleeing the scene.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The security source attributed the attack to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP
Item Number:16 Date: 08/29/2018 YEMEN - HOUTHI LEADER KILLED IN COALITION AIRSTRIKE IN WEST (AUG 29/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- A Houthi leader has been killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in western Yemen, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   On Tuesday, Abdul Karim Amir al-Din al-Houthi was killed in an airstrike launched by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels, said a Yemeni government source.   A relative of Houthi leader Abdelmalek al-Houthi, Abdul Karim Amir al-Din al-Houthi was among 40 prominent members of the Houthis sought by the Saudi-led alliance.   He was considered by some in the movement to favor a more hardline approach to negotiations and the ongoing war.   The Houthis have not confirmed the death.
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