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To
 All,

I hope that you all had a great weekend

Regards,

Skip


This day in Naval History


Sept. 10

1813—During the War of 1812, Commodore Oliver H. Perry leads his fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie, flying his "Don't give up the ship" flag on the brig USS Lawrence, which is destroyed during battle. Rowing in open boat to Niagara with survivors, Perry brings the fleet into action and wins the engagement. Reporting on British squadron defeat, he writes: "We have met the enemy and they are ours...."

1846—John Y. Mason becomes the 18th Secretary of the Navy, serving until March 1849. This term is marked by efforts to sustain the Navy's force in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific coast, to construct new steamers and an effort to obtain warships thorough the subsidization of civilian mail steamships.

1851—The paddle frigate USS Mississippi carries Gov. Louis Kossuth and the other refugees of the overthrown government of the Hungarian Republic from Dardanelles to Gibraltar.

1861—During the Civil War, USS Lexington and USS Conestoga support an armed advance at Lucas Bend, Mo. While supporting the advance, the vessels damage the Confederate gunboat, CSS Jackson, and silence a Confederate battery.

1944—Submarine USS Sunfish (SS 281) torpedoes and sinks Japanese merchant tanker, Chihaya Maru, east of Quelpart Island.

1945—USS Midway (CVB/CVA/CV 41) is commissioned as the lead ship of its class. USS Midway is the largest ship in the world until 1955. USS Midway serves for 47 years during the Vietnam War and as the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm. In 1992, USS Midway is decommissioned and is now a museum ship at the USS Midway Museum, in San Diego, CA.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:
Dominating national news headlines today are reports that Hurricane Florence regained its strength Sunday as weather officials predicted it will turn into a "major" storm for possible landfall on the southeastern U.S. later this week. Bloomberg News reports that the U.S. Navy is conducting military exercises this month to ensure its readiness to guarantee freedom of movement through the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. The exercises, part of the U.S. 5th Fleet Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise, come amid escalating threats from Iran to disrupt shipping in the region. Navy Times reports that U.S. Fleet Forces Command has ordered all ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Bravo as Hurricane Florence nears the Eastern Seaboard. Additionally, USNI News reports that the Navy is exploring how new acquisition authorities may help cut costs.


Today in History

September 10

1419

John the Fearless is murdered at Montereau, France, by supporters of the dauphin.

1547

The Duke of Somerset leads the English to a resounding victory over the Scots at Pinkie Cleugh.

1588

Thomas Cavendish returns to England, becoming the third man to circumnavigate the globe.

1623

Lumber and furs are the first cargo to leave New Plymouth in North America for England.

1813

The nine-ship American flotilla under Oliver Hazard Perry wrests naval supremacy from the British on Lake Erie by capturing or destroying a force of six English vessels.

1846

Elias Howe patents the first practical sewing machine in the United States.

1855

Sevastopol, under siege for nearly a year, capitulates to the Allies during the Crimean War.

1861

Confederates at Carnifex Ferry, Virginia, fall back after being attacked by Union troops. The action is instrumental in helping preserve western Virginia for the Union.

1912

Jules Vedrines becomes the first pilot to break the 100 m.p.h. barrier.

1914
The six-day Battle of the Marne ends, halting the German advance into France.

1923

In response to a dispute with Yugoslavia, Mussolini mobilizes Italian troops on Serb front.

1961

Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile, during which he had been elected president of the Kenya National African Union.

1963

President John F. Kennedy federalizes Alabama's National Guard to prevent Governor George C. Wallace from using guardsmen to stop public-school desegregation.

1967

Gibraltar votes to remain a British dependency instead of becoming part of Spain.

1974

Guinea-Bissau (Portuguese Guinea) gains independence from Portugal.

1981

Pablo Picasso's painting Guernica is returned to Spain and installed in Madrid's Prado Museum. Picasso stated in his will that the painting was not to return to Spain until the Fascists lost power and democracy was restored.
2001

Contestant Charles Ingram cheats on the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, wins 1 million pounds.
2003
Sweden's foreign minister, Anna Lindh, is stabbed while shopping and dies the next day.
2007
Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister of Pakistan, returns after 7 years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
2008

The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator—described as the biggest scientific experiment in history—is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Thanks to a bunch of you starting with Micro. Texas A&M Commencement Address that was in List 4807.

Skip:

Neal Boortz did not give an address at Texas A&M or anywhere else. On his radio show, he was complaining that he never got invited to colleges, so he decided to write what he would like to say.

Micro

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/texas-am-commencement-address/

https://patriotpost.us/alexander/13746-the-commencement-speech-you-never-heard

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Thanks to Otis -

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, United Flight 175 departed this gate. At 0814 the aircraft took off from BOS.......at 0903 it impacted the World Trade Center South Tower.
At Boston Logan, Newark Liberty, and Washington Dulles there is an American Flag over each of the gates where the hijacked aircraft departed from:
BOS Gate 32: American Airlines Flight 11 (World Trade Center North Tower)
BOS Gate C19: United Flight 175 (World Trade Center South Tower)
IAD Gate D26: American Airlines Flight 77 (Pentagon)
EWR Gate A17: United Flight 93 (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Thousands of people see these flags every day, yet so few of them know what they represent.

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Thanks to Carl

Most amazing intersection

No stinking red light cameras here!!

Most Amazing Intersection in the World! This is how this intersection operates with NO white or yellow lines, NO directional arrows, NO traffic lights and no one directing traffic. In this time lapse video we see the intersection at Meskel Square, the nerve centre of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia . Check out the pedestrians as they navigate this chaos. Driving this intersection is not for the timid, patient or slow-thinking driver. Driving this intersection takes guts, split second timing, a brake and gas pedals that work! Note there are no skid marks in the intersection.
Except on their undies!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/U EIn8GJIg0E?rel=0

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May we never forget πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’”πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Tam

Groundbreaking 'Tower of Voices' Flight 93 memorial erected ahead of 9/11 anniversary

Hollie McKay3 hours ago

Artwork courtesy of bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects Via National Park Services

(Artwork courtesy of bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects Via National Park Services)

This week marks 17 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, and in memory of the 40 lives lost aboard United Flight 93 – which crashed into an open field in Shanksville, Pa. – a one-of-its-kind memorial has been erected in Somerset County.

Called the "Tower of Voices" and located at the already-existing Flight 93 Memorial, the $6 million project – financed by the National Park Foundation – stands at around 93 feet tall and is the embodiment of a musical instrument holding 40 wind chimes, honoring the 40 victims.

According to the U.S National Park Service, the "intent is to create a set of 40 tones that can signify through consonance the serenity and nobility of the site while also through dissonance recalling the event that consecrated the site."

"The Tower of Voices serves as both a visual and audible reminder of the heroism of the 40 passengers and crew. There are no other chime structures like this in the world. The shape and orientation of the tower are designed to optimize air flow through the tower walls to reach the interior chime chamber," the Park Service states. "The chime system is designed using music theory to identify a mathematically developed range of frequencies needed to produce a distinct musical note associated with each chime."

9/11 AFTER 15 YEARS: THOSE WHO WERE THERE REMEMBER

Moreover, the "C" shape of the tower enables sound to echo externally from the open side in a fan-shaped arrangement. The chimes are wind activated and have internal strikers attached to sails protruding from the base of each chime.

"It's the first visible memorial feature that you see as you enter, so it's like a welcoming beacon or a landmark that introduces the memorial to the visitors," architect Paul Murdoch told reporters ahead of Sunday's dedication ceremony. "It's not just an emotional memorial for those of us who have lived through it, especially those who lost ones, but something that needs to be here to tell the story of what happened."

(Artwork courtesy of bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects Via National Park Services)

Murdoch's design was selected from more than 1,100 applications and construction began last year. The Tower of Voices is the last sizable addition to the ever-flourishing memorial, and is situated at the entrance as the first visile feature to welcome visitors inside.

"Those 40 heroes that rose up to fight the terrorists that morning, that's a critical part of the story," added Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93. "The choice that they made not to sit back and allow others to dictate the terms on how their lives would end."

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/09/groundbreaking-tower-voices-flight-93-memorial-erected-ahead-911-anniversary.html

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Thanks to Carl

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/09/awful-obama-calls-benghazi-a-wild-conspiracy-benghazi-hero-kris-paranto-responds/


Awful. Obama Calls Benghazi a "Wild Conspiracy" — Benghazi Hero Kris Paranto Responds


Kris Paronto‏

Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama ?! How bout we do this,let's put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies&shoot rpg's&Ak47's at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for US support that you never sent#scum


12:33 PM - 7 Sep 2018

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Thanks to Dutch R.

Record breaking glider

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6146213/Stunning-images-experimental-glider-smashes-altitude-record-flight-reaches-76-000ft.html

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Some Monday Morning Humor from Al

Just back from another year of Tailhook, I had a great time seeing some "old" friends and observing the "younguns" who are now at the "tip of the sword." These weeks humor is dedicated to both groups.

Submitted by Dave Harris:

The military has a strong connection with stars…

The Army and Marines sleep under them,

The Navy navigates by them, and

The Air Force judge hotels by them.

Submitted by Dean Laird:

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0ΒΊ 31' N and LON 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899.

"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line".

Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather and clear night worked in his favor.

At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!

The consequences of this bizarre position were many:

· The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.

· The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.

· The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.

· In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.

This ship was therefore not only in:

· Two different days,

· Two different months,

· Two different years,

· Two different seasons

· But in two different centuries - all at the same time.

Submitted by Don Mills:

Once upon a time, a Naval aviator asked a beautiful princess, "Will you marry me?"

The princess said, "No!"

And the Navla aviator lived happily ever after and flew jets all over the world and drove hot cars and chased beautiful women and hunted and fished and went to bars and dated women half his age and drank Weihenstephaner German beer and Oban whiskey and never heard complaining and never paid child support or alimony and kept his house and guns and ate cold leftover meals, potato chips and beans and passed enormous gas and never got cheated on while he was at work and all his friends and family thought he was cool and he had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up.

The end.

Submitted by John Hudson:

A U.S. Marine Colonel was about to start the morning briefing to his staff. While waiting for the coffee machine to finish its brewing, the colonel decided to pose a question to all assembled.

He explained that his wife had been a bit frisky the night before and he failed to get his usual amount of sound sleep. He posed the question of just how much of love making was "work" and how much of it was "pleasure?"

A Major chimed in with 75-25% in favor of work.

A Captain said it was 50-50%.

A lieutenant responded with 25-75% in favor of pleasure , depending upon his state of inebriation at the time.

There being no consensus, the colonel turned to the PFC who was in charge of making the coffee. What was his opinion?

Without any hesitation, the young PFC responded, "Sir, it has to be 100% pleasure."

The colonel was surprised and asked why.

"Well, sir, if there was any work involved, the officers would have me doing it for them."

The room fell silent.
Submitted by Jerry Norris:

The rain had stopped and there was a big puddle in front of the bar just outside the American Legion Post. A rumpled old Navy Chief was standing near the edge with a fishing line in the puddle.

A curious young Marine fighter pilot came over to him and asked what he was doing.

"Fishing," the old Chief simply said.

"Poor old chief," the Marine officer thought to himself and invited the old Navy Chief into the bar for a drink.

As he felt he should start a conversation while they were sipping their spirits, the young jet pilot winked at another pilot and asked the Chief, "How many have you caught today?"

"You're number 14," the old Chief answered, taking another sip from his double shot of 12-year-old Scotch, "2 Air Force, 3 Navy and 9 Marines."

Submitted by Trish Bourdage and Jamie Hapgood:

An E-2 pilot with poor eyesight had managed to pass his annual physical by memorizing the eye charts beforehand. One year, though, the flight surgeon used a new chart that the pilot had never before seen. The pilot proceeded to recite the old chart and the doctor realized that he'd been hoodwinked.

Well, the pilot proved to be nearly blind as a bat. But the flight surgeon could not contain his curiosity. "How is it that someone with your eyesight can manage to pilot a plane at all? I mean, how for example, do you taxi to the cat?"

"Well," says the pilot, "it's really not very hard. I usually let the co-pilot do that task."

"I can understand that," replies the doctor. "But what about the cat shot?"

"Again, a simple procedure. I just set the trim, go to full throttle, salute the Cat Officer, and off we go!"

"But once you're aloft?"

"Oh, everything's fully automated these days. The flight computer knows our station, and all I have to do is hit the autopilot and the plane pretty much flies itself."

"But I still don't see how you land!"

"Oh, that's the easiest part of all. All I do is use the carrier's equipment to get us on the proper glide path. Then I just throttle down and wait for the co-pilot to yell, 'AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!' pull the nose up, and the plane catches a 3-wire every time!"

Submitted by Mark Logan:

Why Pilots Prefer Airplanes Over Women

· Airplanes usually kill you quickly; a woman takes her time.

· Airplanes can be turned on by a flick of a switch.

· Airplanes don't get mad if you do a "touch and go."

· Airplanes don't object to a pre-flight inspection.

· Airplanes come with a manual to explain their operation.

· Airplanes have strict weight and balance limitations.

· Airplanes don't come with in-laws.

· Airplanes don't care about how many other airplanes you've flown before.

· Airplanes don't mind if you look at other airplanes.

· Airplanes don't mind if you buy airplane magazines.

· Airplanes don't comment on your piloting skills.

· Airplanes don't whine unless something is really wrong.

· However, when airplanes go quiet, just like women, it's usually not good.

Have a great week,

Al


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Item Number:1 Date: 09/10/2018 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN LAUNCHES SERIES OF ATTACKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY (SEP 10/IANS) INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- At least 13 police officers and 10 Taliban have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, reports the Indo-Asian News Service. On Monday, the Taliban attacked checkpoints in the province's Dasht-e-Archi district with small-arms and rocket fire. At least 20 Afghan officers were injured in the fighting. Separately, a provincial council member told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that 17 government soldiers were killed in northern city of Sar-e-Pul. The Taliban took control of several command posts in the city. Officials in the northern Jawzjan province said that the center of the Khamyab district also fell to the Taliban on Monday, as reported by the Tolo News (Afghanistan). Seven soldiers were captured by the Taliban while seven more defected, said a police chief. At least eight police officers were killed and three injured, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). Seven Taliban fighters were reportedly killed and eight wounded, said police officials. Fourteen police officers and pro-government militia were killed in fighting in the Dara Sauf district in the central Samangan province, said a spokesman for the provincial government. Three militants were killed and four wounded in the fighting.


Item Number:3 Date: 09/10/2018 CAMEROON - 2 KILLED IN SEPARATIST ATTACK IN BAMENDA (SEP 10/JDC) JOURNAL DU CAMEROUN -- At least two people have been killed in separatist violence in Cameroon's Anglophone Northwest region, reports Journal du Cameroun. On Sept. 8, Anglophone separatists attacked a construction site in Bamenda, killing two men working at the site. The separatists stole an excavator and dug a trench in a major access road, effectively cutting off the city from the rest of the country. The trench created a backup of buses that were trying to leave the city. About 100 gunmen forced the passenger buses to return, reported the Voice of America news. The excavator was used to destroy at least five passenger buses. Separatists groups claimed responsibility for the attack. No buses will be allowed to enter or exit the English-speaking regions after September 16, the militants said. The move was part of an effort to disrupt Cameroon's planned presidential elections on Oct. 7. The separatists say the voting cannot take place in their territory, since they declared independence for a new state called the Republic of Ambazonia


Item Number:5 Date: 09/10/2018 IRAN - IRANIAN MISSILES KILL 16 IN KURDISH REGION (SEP 10/RUDAW) RUDAW -- At least 16 people have been killed in an attack by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in northern Iraq, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan). On Saturday, the IRGC launched seven Katyusha short-range surface-to-surface missiles on targets in Koya, according to a statement. An Iranian army drone unit also took part in the operation, said the IRGC. The strikes targeted a meeting of officials from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), armed organizations that the Iranian government considers terrorist groups. At least 38 people were reportedly injured in the attack, including PDKI Secretary-General Mustafa Mawludi. The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq condemned the attack and emphasized its opposition to Kurdish groups using its territory for cross-border attacks. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry denounced the attack as a violation of its sovereignty, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar


Item Number:7 Date: 09/10/2018 NORTH KOREA - MILITARY PARADE DROPS ICBMS FROM TRADITIONAL ROLE, EMPHASIZES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (SEP 10/REU) REUTERS -- The military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding did not include the usual long-range missiles, reports Reuters. The parade on Sunday was attended by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Chinese parliament chief Li Zhanshu. This year's event was notable for the absence of long-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, reported Fox News. In a statement, U.S. President Donald Trump touted the development as proof of Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearize. In contrast to previous parades, floats this year touted economic development, infrastructure and unification. Some analysts warned that North Korea has completed all the necessary parts of its nuclear program and feels comfortable keeping it in the shadows. Trump and Kim pledged to denuclearize the Korean peninsula in a June summit. Reports since then have suggested that the continuing development of missiles and nuclear materials


Item Number:9 Date: 09/10/2018 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB SUSPECTED IN LATEST MOGADISHU ATTACK (SEP 10/ALJAZ) AL JAZEERA -- At least six people have been killed and 16 injured in a car bombing in Mogadishu, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Monday, a driver crashed his car into a government office in the city's Hodan district and detonated his explosives, reported Reuters. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Al-Shabaab was suspected of the attack and has carried out similar actions in the past, noted the Garowe Online (Somalia). Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency


Item Number:11 Date: 09/10/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - QUEEN ELIZABETH CARRIER COMPLETES 1ST TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE (SEP 10/RN) ROYAL NAVY PRESS RELEASE -- The U.K.'s new aircraft carrier has arrived in Mayport, Fla., at the end of her first trip across the Atlantic Ocean, reports the Royal Navy. On Sept. 5, the Queen Elizabeth and her escort, the frigate HMS Monmouth, arrived at Naval Station Mayport to refuel and bring on additional supplies, reported the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.). The Queen Elizabeth and Monmouth are scheduled to conduct a series of training exercises with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during their three-month deployment. Later this month, the carrier will begin deck trials with F-35B fighter jets from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The Marine Corps is slated to operate F-35Bs from the Queen Elizabeth alongside joint Royal Navy and Royal Air Force units once the carrier is fully operational in 2021


Item Number:13 Date: 09/10/2018 USA - ROLLS-ROYCE TO SUPPLY ENGINE FOR MQ-25 STINGRAY UNMANNED TANKERS (SEP 10/RR) ROLLS-ROYCE PRESS RELEASE -- British engine maker Rolls-Royce has been selected by Boeing to provide the engine for the U.S. Navy's MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), reports the manufacturer. The Stingray will be powered by a single AE 3007N turbofan engine, which will provide more than 10,000 pounds (22,000 kg) of thrust and additional electrical power to the aircraft. On Aug. 30, the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a US$805 billion contract to provide four UAVs under the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program. The aircraft will provide the Navy with an aerial refueling capability, extending the range of deployed fighter jets.

Item Number:15 Date: 09/10/2018 VENEZUELA - DISSIDENT SOLDIERS SOUGHT U.S. SUPPORT FOR COUP PLAN (SEP 10/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- U.S. officials met last year with some dissident members of the Venezuelan military to discuss the overthrow of President Nicolas Maduro, reports the New York Times. The meetings began in fall 2017 and continued into 2018, according to 11 current and former U.S. officials and a former Venezuelan commander. At least three distinct groups of officers were involved in plots against the Maduro government. One officer established contact through a U.S. embassy in Europe. White House officials authorized a diplomat to attend meetings with the officers on a listening basis. The officers requested encrypted radios to secure communication channels as the plot developed. U.S. officials declined the request. A military operation was not on the table, said the former Venezuelan commander. Dozens of plotters were arrested in a recent crackdown, ending the schemes. One of the officials involved in the meetings was among those on a list of Venezuelans sanctioned by Washington. The official, whose name was not disclosed, faced accusations of torturing critics, attacking civilians and trafficking narcotics. Some Venezuelan officers previously sought U.S. support but were rebuffed by the Obama administration. In August 2017, President Donald Trump said he was considering a military option in Venezuela. Maduro has sought to inoculate himself from criticism of his growing authoritarianism and weakening economy by blaming foreign plots batched by Colombia, the United States and domestic "counter-revolutionaries." News of the U.S. meetings could provide him with more tools to tighten his grip and reduce regional opposition to his regime, analysts said84 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels near the contested Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, reports Agence France-Presse. Fighting resumed on Sept. 8 after U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva broke down. Soon afterwards, jets from the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis launched as many as 60 strikes in and around the city, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). Eleven coalition soldiers and 73 Houthis were reportedly killed in the fighting, according to sources in the province. At least 17 troops and dozens of rebels were injured. By Monday, the Yemeni army claimed it had cut off an important Houthi supply route linking Hodeidah with the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. Fighting to retake the city paused in July as the U.N. brokered negotiations between the two sides. But the talks quickly broke down when Houthi officials refused to attend the talks. Leaders of the rebel movement said their demands -- including evacuation of their wounded to Oman and a guarantee of safe return -- were not met. Aid groups have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if the coalition attempts to take the city by force. Prior to the war, which destroyed much of the country's food and infrastructure, about 70 percent of the country's aid came through Hodeidah.




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