Friday, September 14, 2018

TheList 4813

The List 4813 TGB

To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend and we will continue to work on getting the list back in battery.
This day in Naval History
Sept. 14
1814—During the War of 1812, the sloop-of-war, Wasp captures and burns the British merchant brig, HMS Bacchus, in the Atlantic. A week later, she captures the brig, Atlanta.
1899—During the Philippine Insurrection Campaign, the gunboat, USS Concord, and the monitor, USS Monterey, capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands.
1944—USS Ludlow (DD 438) fires at an enemy shore battery and also fires direct hits on enemy vessels off Imperia.
1952—USS Lewis (DE 535) and USS Evansville (PF 70) are fired on by enemy shore batteries off Wonsan, Korea. Their counter-batteries silence the enemy guns.
1971—USS Wiltsie (DD 716) spots a crippled A-7 Corsair plunging into the Gulf of Tonkin and rescues the pilot from the water.
1976—While conducting nighttime underway replenishments off Scotland, USS Bordelon (DD 881) loses control and collides with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Though suffering extensive superstructure damage with six men injured, USS Bordelon continues under her own power.
1991—USS Hue City (CG 66) is commissioned at Pascagoula, MS. The 20th of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, Hue City is the first ship named after a battle of the Vietnam War.
Sept. 15
1942—USS Wasp (CV 7) is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine while operating in the Southwestern Pacific in support of forces on Guadalcanal. USS O'Brien (DD 415) and USS North Carolina (BB 55) are also struck by torpedoes from the same submarine.
1943—USS Saufley (DD 465) and a Catalina Patrol Bomber piloted by Lt. W. J. Geritz from Patrol Squadron Twenty-Three (VP 23) sinks the Japanese submarine RO-101 100 miles southeast of San Cristobal, Solomons.
1944—USS Pampanito (SS 383) and USS Sealion (SS 315) rescue 73 British and 54 Australian POWs who survive the loss of Japanese freighter, Rakuyo Maru, after she is sunk by Sealion on Sept. 12, about 300 miles west of Cape Bojeador, Luzon. There had been 1,300 men on board Rakuyo Maru when she is torpedoed.
1950—During the Korean War, after preliminary naval gunfire and air bombardment on Sept. 13, the First and Fifth Marines go ashore for the Inchon Invasion, which includes US Army and Korean forces.
2012—USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) is christened and launched at Mobile, AL. The joint high-speed vessel provides rapid transport of military equipment and personnel in theater.

Sept. 16
1814—Squadron from the schooner USS Carolina attacks and raids the base of the pirate Jean Lafitte, at Barataria, Louisiana, capturing six schooners and other small craft while the pirates flee the attack.
1823—Samuel Southard becomes the seventh Secretary of the Navy, serving until March 3, 1829. During his tenure, he enlarges the Navy, improves administration, purchases land for the first Naval Hospitals, begins construction of the first Navy dry docks, undertakes surveying U.S. coastal waters and promotes exploration in the Pacific Ocean.
1854—Mare Island, CA, becomes the first permanent U.S. naval installation on the west coast, with Cmdr. David G. Farragut as its first base commander.
1922—Cmdr. Halsey Powell in USS Edsall (DD 219) becomes the senior officer directing the evacuation of 250,000 Greek refugees from Turkey after war between Greece and Turkey.
1944—USS Barb (SS 220) sinks the Japanese 11,700-ton tanker, Azusa, and the 20,000-ton escort carrier, Unyo, 200 miles southeast of Hong Kong. Additionally, while off Yokosuka, Japan, USS Sea Devil (SS 400) sinks the Japanese submarine I-364.
1947—The National Security Act becomes effective after the bill signed by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947. The Act realigns and reorganizes the U.S. Armed Forces, foreign policy, and Intelligence Community apparatus in the aftermath of World War II. The Act merges the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment, headed by the Secretary of Defense, Adm. James Forrestal.
1958—USS Grayback (SSG 574) fires the first operational launch of a Regulus II surface-to- surface guided missile, while off the coast of California.
1966—USS Oriskany (CVA 34) helicopters rescue 44 men of British merchant ship, August Moon, as she was breaking up in heavy seas on Pratas Reef 175 miles southeast of Hong Kong.
1994—USS Charlotte (SSN 766) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. The 16th of the Los Angeles-class (improved) attack submarines, the boat is the fourth Navy ship to be named for the North Carolina city.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news headlines today include reports that the eye of Hurricane Florence is to hit land this morning as tropical-storm-force winds extending out almost 200 miles are pounding the Carolina coastline, and reports that in Massachusetts  dozens of houses have exploded into flames in an apparent problem with the gas, killing one and injuring several others.  USS Kearsarge and USS Arlington are positioned off the Carolina coast to offer disaster relief and search and rescue assistance should it be needed reports USNI News. "USS Kearsarge and Arlington, which will literally chase Florence, has Navy and Marine personnel, in addition to life-saving assets, to include 16 helicopters and six MV-22s," said Air Force Gen. Terrance O'Shaughnessy. USNI News also reports that the Congressional Budget Office has found that a common type of attack submarine maintenance availability is less expensive to perform at private shipyards. Additionally, VCNO Adm. Bill Moran and MCPON Russell Smith visited the USS Blue Ridge on Sept. 12.
Today in History September 14


Zangi of the Near East is murdered. The Sultan Nur ad-Din, his son, pursues the conquest of Edessa.

Dante Alighieri dies of malaria just hours after finishing writing Paradiso.

Henry VIII's forces take Boulogne, France.

Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully storm a Turkish fort at Hirsov, Turkey.

Louis XVI swears his allegiance to the French constitution.

Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Russia reaches its climax as his Grande Armee enters Moscow--only to find the enemy capital deserted and burning, set afire by the few Russians who remained.

Francis Scott Key writes the words to the "Star Spangled Banner" as he waits aboard a British launch in the Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott capture Mexico City, virtually bringing the two-year Mexican War to a close.

The Allies land at Eupatoria on the west coast of Crimea.

At the battles of South Mountain and Crampton's Gap, Maryland Union troops smash into the Confederates as they close in on what will become the Antietam battleground.

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was shot eight days earlier.

Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt at the Kiev opera house.

German troops abandon the Salerno front in Italy..

Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.

Operation Attleboro, designed as a training exercise for American troops, becomes a month-long struggle against the Viet Cong.

Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first native-born American saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

Nur Muhammad Taraki, president and former prime minister of Afghanistan, is assassinated in a coup in which prime minister Hafizullah Amin seizes power.

Bachir Gemayel, president-elect of Lebanon, is killed along with 26 others in a bomb blast in Beirut.

Joe Kittinger, a former USAF fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, becomes the first person to pilot a gas balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series.

Northern Rock Bank suffers the UK's first bank run in 150 years.
September 14, 2018Bear Taylor

RIPPLE SALVO… #923… NYT, 14-SEPT-68, BANNER HEADLINE, Page 1: "GEN. WARE KILLED IN VIETNAM–WON MEDAL OF HONOR IN 1944–Commander of First Infantry Division Dies in Crash of Helicopter in Binhlong"… "Major General Keith L. Ware, a World War II Medal of Honor winner and commander of the United States First Division, was killed today as his command helicopter crashed in flames near the Cambodian border. A United States spokesman said eight persons were believed to have been in the aircraft when it went down into the jungle about 60 miles north of Saigon and seven miles south of the Cambodian border. There were no survivors, the spokesman said… It was not immediately determined whether the craft had been hot down by enemy fire… The bodies have been recovered… JOINED THE ARMY AS DRAFTEE…General Ware, 52 years old, who joined the Army as a draftee in World War II, was the fourth general killed in the Vietnam war (and the most senior). He had been in Vietnam about nine months. Before his assignment in Southeast Asia he had been the Army's Chief of Information…He is survived by his wife, the former Joyce m. Johnson, and three children. One is marine PFC Keith l Ware, 2d."… Humble Host honors a great warrior on the 50th anniversary of his passing while leading troops in combat. His life and story are inspirational and must be remembered…   but first…
Good Morning… Day NINE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE of a return to the days and nights of Rolling Thunder and the bombing of North Vietnam, 1965-68…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Saturday, 14 September 1968…
THE WAR: Page 1: "AN ALLIED FORCE ATTACKS IN DMZ–158 OF FOE KILLED IN RAID IN SOUTHERN PART OF BUFFER ZONE, THE FOURTH SINCE 1967″… "A United States task force supported by tanks and navy ships has raided the southern half of the demilitarized zone and killed 158 North Vietnamese soldiers, military spokesmen announced today. The thrust into the eastern part of the zone, which began at dawn yesterday, was the fourth allied assault into the southern half of the zone since May, 1967. South Vietnamese infantry and armored troops, men of the United State's Fifth Mechanized Infantry Division and tanks from the Third marine Division took part in the 12 hours of fighting. Allied casualties were reported as 4 killed and 46 wounded. The operation was aimed at thwarting an expected move by two North Vietnamese divisions into South Vietnam."… FIGHTING BITTER NEAR TAYNINH… "Enemy Troops fought another bitter battle with an allied force near Tayninh today as they continued their retreat from the outskirts of the city. The fighting raged from house to house in a cluster of farm dwellings two miles south of Tayninh and pitted a battalion of North Vietnamese against American helicopters and a battalion of South Vietnamese paratroopers. Large columns of heavy smoke poured from the houses and tracer bullets and rockets glowed in the sky… It was the third consecutive day of fighting around this city 50 miles northwest of Saigon. At least 400 enemy soldiers have been killed in this week's battles, according to allied officers. More than 200 allied troops–most of them South Vietnamese–have been killed or wounded."… SKIRMISHES NEAR DUCLAP… "American troops engaged in several skirmishes with enemy troops near the Special Forces camp of Duclap yesterday, a United States military spokesman reported. Americans had killed 12 of the enemy while five of their men were wounded."…
Page 1: "FORTAS REFUSES TO APPEAR IN SENATE INQUIRY–Gives No Specific Reason–Panel Is Told Justice Got $15,000 In Lecture Fees"… Page 1: "SWING WING PLAN FOLDING FOR SUPERSONIC TRANSPORT"… Page 1: "HUMPHREY SCORES 'THE SAME NIXON'–Sees A Deal With Thurmond On Fortas–Also Chides Opponent On Atom Pact"… Page 1: BROOKE WANTS NIXON TO SPECIFY HOW HE WOULD SPUR INTEGRATION"… Page 1: "CZECH REIMPOSE PRESS CENSORSHIP AS BLOC INSISTED–Assembly Also Backs New Police Measures In Move To Fulfill Moscow Accord– Cernik Solemn In Talk–Premier Warns That Force May Be Used To Assure Peace And Order"… Page 2: "NORTH KOREA AT 20TH YEAR–STILL SEEMS STABLE–Dictatorship Of Kim Il Sung Appears Unchallenged–Nation Remains Aloof"… Page 5: "KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN SAYS 'PRO-ISRAEL' POLICY OF U.S. MAY PREVENT SETTLEMENT–King Criticism Reflection of Statement of Nixon and Humphrey"… Page 24: "ARNOLD PALMER BACKS DISSIDENT PROS–Seeks Active Role In Player's New Group–Golfers Buoyed By Star's Actions–It Follows P.G.A. Rejection Of His Plan For One-Year Joint Operation"…  
14 SEPTEMBER 1968…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (15 Sept reporting 14 Sept ops) Page 21: "American pilots flew 114 strikes in North Vietnam and listed 23 supply boats and five trucks destroyed or damaged."… VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson)… There were two fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 14 September 1968…
(1) CAPTAIN D.M. TRIBBLE was flying n F-105D of the 357th TFS and 355th TFW out of Takhli on an armed recce mission northwest of Dong Hoi when hit by enemy ground fire. He was attacking  a convoy of trucks on a road 8 miles west of Dong Hoi when AAA zeroed in on his tail resulting in an airframe and engine fire. CAPTAIN TRIBBLE turned west and kept the burning Thunderchief airborne into Laos where he was forced to eject. He was rescued by an Air Force helicopter from Nakhon Phanom.
(2) CDR GEORGE T. PAPPAS, Commanding VA-27 embarked in USS Constellation, was flying an A-7A Corsair II and leading a strike on a ferry att Linh Cam on the Ngan Pho River, 10 miles southeast of Vinh when hit by AAA in his starboard wing. He was able to fly the aircraft with difficulty southward with the intent of making an emergency landing at Danang. En route the wing began to burn. Nevertheless, he executed an arrested landing. In the engagement the fire enveloped the aircraft, the arresting gear failed, causing the burning aircraft to depart the runway. COMMANDER PAPPAS ejected and came down a few yards from his burning aircraft. He walked away, got a ride back to the Connie with a bum knee and got back on the flight schedule the next day…He completed his command assignment in February 1969…    oohrah…
1965, 1967, 1968… NONE…
1966… COMMANDER CLARENCE WILLIAM STODDARD, USN… (BB KILLED IN ACTION, Body Not Recovered)… On 14 September 1966 Commander Stoddard, the CO of VA-25, The Fist of the Fleet, embarked in USS CORAL SEA, was flying an A-1H Skyraider when downed by a volley of three SAMs at sea off Cape Mu Roi Ron. One of the three missiles exploded immediately in front of CDR Stoddard's Spad and it was concluded by his flight members that he was killed at that point. He had just led a flight of bombers against a storage facility on the coast. The missiles were fired from a site near Vinh. This was the 30th successful SAM kill of the war… While there was no parachute seen or beeper heard, Commander Stoddard was listed as MIA until 1973 when the POWs came home from Hanoi, at which time his status became BB…   Killed in Action, body not recovered… And today, fifty years after his last flight he rests where he fell on the battlefield in the service of his country…
There are many remembrances of Captain Stoddard on the VVM, The Wall of Faces. Here's one that brings back memories for me… From Steve Dall, CWO, USA (Ret)…"I was in high school with CDR Stoddard's son and we were sitting in the stands before our football game. When Mike handed me the telegram… That was over 41 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. I sat behind the family a couple of rows at the memorial service at the NAS Lemoore chapel and couldn't believe how composed and dignified that Mrs. Stoddard was there after such a loss. Less than 18 months later I left for one of my three tours in Vietnam and every time I saw a "Spad' I thought of a true gentleman and American hero….America the home of the free, Because of the Brave."..
Humble Host was there. In those days At NAS Lemoore we were attending two or three memorial services every week during the months of good bombing weather in North Vietnam. No single stateside home air base lost more aviators than NAS Lemoore. No group of wives and kids in the country were more aware of the cost of freedom and the high price some have to pay. Indelible in memory are the countless days of assemblies of mourners in the chapel at Lemoore, and the singing of the Navy Hymn… "… Lord, guard and guide them, Be with them in the air, in darkening storms and sunlight fair…"…to mark the passing of another brave soul and to console the stout hearted family left behind…
I remember 14 September 1968 and the solemn ceremony for the skipper of "The Fist of the Fleet" a few days later…  
RIPPLE SALVO…#923… On 14 September 1968 GENERAL KEITH LINCOLN WARE was Killed in Action… On this 50th anniversary of his death on the battlefield Humble Host pauses the Rolling Thunder blog to accord one of the nation's bravest a salute of admiration, respect and appreciation… A good place to start is the General's Medal of Honor… The citation:
"The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel Keith Lincoln Ware, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. Commanding the 1st Battalion attacking a strongly held enemy position on a hill near Sigolsheim, France on 26 December 1944, Lieutenant Colonel Ware found that one of his assault companies had been stopped and forced to dig in by a concentration of enemy artillery, mortar and machine gun fire. The company had suffered casualties in attempting to take the hill. Realizing that his men must be inspired to new courage, Lieutenant Colonel Ware went forward 150 yards beyond the most forward element of his command and for two hours reconnoitered the enemy positions, deliberately drawing fire upon himself which caused the enemy to disclose his disposition. Returning to the company, he armed himself with an automatic rifle and boldly advanced upon the enemy, followed by two other officers, nine enlisted men, and a tank. Approaching enemy machinegun, Lieutenant Colonel Ware shot two German riflemen and fired tracers into the emplacement, indicating its position to his tank, which promptly knocked the gun out of action. Lieutenant Colonel Ware turned his attention to a second machinegun, killing two of its supporting riflemen and forcing the others to surrender. The tank destroyed the gun. Having expended the ammunition for the automatic rifle, Lieutenant Colonel Ware took up an M-1 rifle, killed a German rifleman, and fired upon a third machinegun 50 yards away. His tank silenced the gun. Upon his approach to a fourth machinegun, its supporting riflemen surrendered and his tank disposed of the gun. During this action Lieutenant Ware's small assault group was fully engaged in attacking enemy positions that were not receiving his direct and personal attention. Five of the party of 11 were casualties and Lieutenant Ware was wounded but refused medical attention until the important hill position was cleared of the enemy and securely occupied by his command."
From the Audie Murphy Website there is this to tell the rest of the General's MOH story…
"Ask 10 people on Fort Hood who Keith L. Ware was and 90 percent, if not all cannot answer the question unless they are in public affairs (another area of General Ware's extraordinary expertise). Ask the same 10 people who Audie Murphy was and the chances are they all can answer the question. Ware and Murphy served together in World War II and had great respect for each other. They were also friends who few could equal in combat. While one would become a celebrity movie star, the other would go one to a distinguished military career and be immortalized by the Army for three decades of dedicated service to his country. The way they fought and the way they died were similar and today they rest in peace a short distance apart in Arlington National Cemetery.
"Murphy's legend lives on in books, movies and by word of mouth. he even has a worldwide fan club, a foundation and an internet homepage. The Army continues to recognize him, through the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, where only non-commissioned officers that display his leadership qualities are eligible for induction. On the other hand, Ware's name is synonymous with Army journalistic excellence. The annual Keith L. Ware competition recognizes outstanding Army journalists in honor of the former Army Chief of Public Affairs. His name also graces the distinguished visitor quarters at Fort Hood, Keith Ware Hall.
"Ware, the first Officer's Candidate School graduate to reach the rank of general and the highest ranking officer killed during the Vietnam War, was an unassuming hero who went where the action was. This is how he got to know Murphy up close and personal on October 2, 1944.
"Murphy saved Ware's life that day by single-handedly rescuing a 15th Infantry Regiment patrol near the Cleuire Rock Quarry in France–thereby earning his first Silver Star, according to copyrighted information recently received from Terry Murphy, son of the most decorated combat soldier of World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Ware, 1st Battalion executive officer, had joined a small patrol probing German lines where he and others were helplessly pinned down by an enemy machinegun and rifle support. Staff Sergeant Murphy, who was not a part of the patrol recognized the danger and secretly followed behind about 25 yards. 'I figured those gentlemen were going to run into trouble; so I tagged along…to watch the stampede' he told newspaper columnist and friend David McClure years later.
"As the German machine gunner was about to finish off Ware and the patrol, Murphy stepped into the open just eight yard from the enemy. Murphy's famous luck was with him as the enemy gun barrel caught some brush as it swung around. Murphy finished off all eight ambushers with two grenades and his carbine in less than 30 seconds. that earned Murphy his first Silver Star, but a modest Murphy failed to mention this incident in his autobiography, TO HELL AND BACK.
"Just three days later, Murphy would be credited with inflicting 50 enemy casualties in a single engagement and earn a second Silver Star. A day before that action, according to author Harold B. Simpson in "Audie Murphy–American Soldier,' Murphy took Ware along on one of his dangerous sniper hunts. Ware was witness to Murphy out dueling a sniper and capturing a prized high powered rifle and scope that Life magazine photographed and published.
"Ware never forgot the sharpshooting boyish Texan who saved his life. In 1964, as a brigadier general, he said 'Audie Murphy was the finest soldier I have ever known in my entire military career.'… "
The fighting spirit borne in a brave heart that ruled Audie Murphy was matched by the fighting general that led the First Division in Vietnam in September 1968, 24 years after his Medal of Honor combat action in World War II. For his heroism on the two days before and on his fatal flight reconnoitering enemy positions near the Cambodia border General Ware earned the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS… The citation:…
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major General Keith Lincoln Ware, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division Major general Ware distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 12 and 13 September 1968 as the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division during an operation in the vicinity of Loc Ninh. Element of the division became heavily engaged with a reinforced North Vietnamese regiment. Although he knew the enemy was utilizing anti-aircraft weapons in the area, General Ware repeatedly directed his helicopter commander to fly at a minimum altitude so he could more effectively direct and coordinate his infantry unit's fierce fight. On numerous occasions his ship received fire from the communists anti-aircraft emplacements but General Ware continued his low level flights which gave him maximum control of his troops and the best observation of the North Vietnamese deployment. He was killed when the enemy fusillade directed at his craft hit the ship causing it to crash and burn. General Ware's personal courage and leadership inspired his beleaguered men to ultimately gain a total victory over the aggressors. Major General Ware's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army."
RTR Quote for 14 September: GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON, JR… Would say of General Ware, Audie Murphy and Bill Stoddard: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived."…
Lest we forget…      Bear
Landing at Inchon - the beginning of the end.
In June 1950, when North Korean troops poured over the 38th Parallel and swept across South Korea, Harry Truman realized that the United States had to stop the naked aggression "no matter what." If left unchecked, he argued, the Communists would soon challenge Western defenses elsewhere in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Truman turned to General Douglas MacArthur, who just five years earlier had stood on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay to receive the Japanese surrender that ended World War II.
The 70-year-old MacArthur came up with a plan that was audacity itself. He proposed a seaborne invasion behind the Red lines at Inchon, a port on the northwest coast of South Korea just 25 miles from its capital, Seoul. "We drew up every conceivable natural and geographic handicap, and Inchon had them all," said one of MacArthur's military aids. Those hazards included deadly 30-foot tides, dangerous currents, and a harbor surrounded by sea walls. MacArthur's naval chief could muster no better endorsement of the plan than it was "not impossible." MacArthur kept his own counsel, puffing constantly on his trademark corncob pipe.
The general gathered 261 ships, and on September 15, 1950, the Marines stormed ashore at Inchon. For breathtaking boldness, the assault ranked alongside Washington's crossing of the Delaware and Grant's descent on Shiloh. The invasion caught the North Koreans off guard— they had considered Inchon invulnerable to attack. American troops pushed inland and within eleven days entered Seoul. South Korea's aged president, Syngman Rhee, accepted the return of his liberated capital with tearful gratitude: "We love you," he told MacArthur, "as the savior of our race." The war would last nearly three more years, but the daring landing at Inchon ultimately saved millions of Koreans from a totalitarian regime.
From Bill Bennett's "The American Patriot's Daily Almanac"
Thanks to ED
Some great WW II warbird videos
This might be of interest to the group.
Item Number:1 Date: 09/14/2018 AFGHANISTAN - NATIONWIDE MILITARY OPS KILL 67 INSURGENTS (SEP 14/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The Afghan Defense Ministry says military forces have killed at least 67 insurgents and wounded 28 in the last 24 hours, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Security forces conducted 12 operations in the Badghis, Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Logar, Nangarhar and Paktia provinces, the ministry said on Friday.   The air force launched 12 airstrikes Farah, Ghazni, Helmand, Nangarhar and Uruzgan provinces.   Commando forces conducted 114 special tasks, the ministry said, without providing details.   An unknown quantity of weapons and insurgent materiel were destroyed in the strikes, said the ministry. A number of hideouts were also destroyed  
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/14/2018 INDIA - 3 JEM FIGHTERS DIE IN KASHMIR CLASHES (SEP 14/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Three militants have been killed and 12 security forces injured in fighting in Kashmir, reports the Press Trust of India.   On Thursday, fighting broke out during a cordon-and-search operation in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, said local police.   Security forces were searching for three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed militants who opened fire on security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Wednesday.   The militants reportedly crossed into Indian-administered Kashmir from the Kathua district.   Troops launched an operation to track down the militants, who had fled into the Jhajjar-Kotli forest belt. Drones and helicopters were deployed to assist with the operation.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/14/2018 ISRAEL - DEFENSE MINISTRY DENIES SALE OF IRON DOME TO SAUDI ARABIA (SEP 14/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israeli Ministry of Defense has denied recent reports that Saudi Arabia has purchased the Iron Dome missile defense system, reports the Times of Israel.   On Thursday, Emirati news site Al-Khaleej Online, citing unnamed high-level diplomatic sources, reported that the first Iron Dome battery would arrive in Saudi Arabia in December, with plans to station the system near the border with Yemen to defend against Houthi rebel attacks.   The Iron Dome is designed to defeat short-range rockets, artillery and mortar rounds.   "We deny the existence of a deal to sell Iron Dome to Saudi Arabia," said a ministry statement.   Rafael, the system's manufacturer, also denied the report.   The report claimed that Saudi Arabia convinced Israel to sell the system through U.S. mediators during secret meetings in Washington earlier this year.   Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic ties, although stepped up intelligence cooperation has been reported.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/14/2018 ISRAEL - THREAT OF HAMAS TUNNELS REMAINS DESPITE BARRIER (SEP 14/HA)  HAARETZ -- The underground barrier being built along the border with the Gaza Strip will not fully eliminate the threat posed by Hamas tunnels, says an Israeli army officer cited by Haaretz (Israel).   The barrier blocks the group's ability to use the tunnels but challenges and threats will remain, the senior IDF officer told the newspaper on Thursday.   Gaza is crisscrossed by an elaborate network of tunnels which are difficult to eliminate entirely, he said. Many begin and end in civilian areas, like houses and factories.   Their existence would complicate any potential Israeli ground operation within Gaza.   Hamas wants an Israeli ground operation Gaza, where it will have the advantage, the officer said. The group has been focusing less on building tunnels into Israel and more on strengthening its tunnel network in Gaza in preparation for such an operation, he said
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/14/2018 LIBYA - HAFTAR'S SON LOOTED CENTRAL BANK, SAYS U.N. REPORT (SEP 14/LIBOB)  LIBYA OBSERVER -- A U.N. report has accused the son of eastern Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar of stealing money from the Central Bank of Libya, reports the Libyan Observer.   In late 2017, forces led by Saddam Haftar seized a vault in a Benghazi bank containing 630 million dinars (US$451 million), 159 million euros (US$185 million), US$1.9 million dollars and silver reserves, according to the Sept. 5 report.   The governor of the central bank in Al-Bayda said in July that the Benghazi branch was damaged by sewage that leaked into the vaults.   Experts suggested the statement was intended to cover up the robbery, since the vaults are protected from potential sewage damage.   The bank was overseen by an official from the western government in Tripoli until he was detained by Khalifa Haftar's forces in November 2017.   Saddam Haftar leads the Brigade 106 militia. His father leads the forces fighting in eastern Libya, which opposes the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/14/2018 RUSSIA - WARSHIPS TRAIN IN BERING, OKHOTSK SEAS DURING VOSTOK EXERCISES (SEP 14/REU)  REUTERS -- Russian ships are drilling in the Bering Sea, which separates the U.S. and Russia, as part of the major Vostok exercises, reports Reuters.   On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry shared video of the drills, which included the Northern Fleet's Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer and the Alexander Obrakovsky landing ship during a search-and-rescue exercise.   In the nearby Sea of Okhotsk, a strike group conducted simulated anti-submarine operations, reported Russia's Tass news agency.   Headed by the Varyag guided-missile cruiser, the group included 20 ships, among them the Udaloy-class destroyers, Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev.   The strike group practiced anti-submarine operations, establishing communication and exchanging information.   The Vostok drills are scheduled to conclude on Sept. 17
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/14/2018 SOMALIA - U.S. AIRSTRIKE KILLS 2 AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS AFTER ATTACK ON AMERICAN TROOPS (SEP 14/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. military has launched an airstrike against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, reports the Stars and Stripes.   American troops were accompanying Somali forces on a mission about 37 miles (60 km) west of Mogadishu on Tuesday when they came under attack, said a release from the U.S. Africa Command.   The forces called in a U.S. airstrike on a militant fighting position in self-defense, the command said.   Two militants were killed and one injured in the strike, the statement said.   U.S. special operations troops have been deployed in Somalia for several years as front-line advisers alongside Somali and African Union forces.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/14/2018 THAILAND - 2 ARMY RANGERS KILLED IN AMBUSH IN SOUTH (SEP 14/NATION)  THE NATION -- Two army rangers have been killed and four injured in an attack in southern Thailand, reports the Nation (Bangkok).   On Tuesday, the rangers were patrolling on three motorcycles in the Nongchik district in Pattani province when separatist militants opened fire, said a senior police official.   No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the Barisan Revolusi Nasional militant group is suspected, reported the Defense Post.   Thailand's three southern provinces, on the border with Malaysia, have been a center for violence over the past decade as ethnic Malay militants fight for greater autonomy. Local Muslim Malays have accused Bangkok of attacking their culture and refusing to tackle abuses.   Major attacks have become less frequent since Thailand's ruling party seized power in 2014 due to a combination of strengthened security, arrests and intelligence work
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/14/2018 USA - PENTAGON TURNS DOWN STATE DEPT. REQUEST FOR MARINE SECURITY DETACHMENT IN TAIPEI (SEP 14/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Defense Dept. has rejected a request by the State Dept. for a detachment of Marines to guard the U.S. diplomatic building in Taiwan, reports CNN.   Secretary of Defense James Mattis made the decision last month, three unnamed officials told CNN on Thursday.   State first made the request for Marines to guard the de-facto U.S. Embassy in Taipei in June.   The U.S. does not officially recognize the government of Taiwan but maintains about 450 diplomatic staff at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).   The decision was based on resource constraints and not to avoid irritating Beijing, said a defense official.   In addition, State did not tell the Pentagon in advance that the completion of the new AIT facility in Taipei would require a Marine guard detachment, the official said
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/14/2018 UZBEKISTAN - MILITARY ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF RQ-11 DRONE (SEP 14/FORECAST)  FORECAST INTERNATIONAL -- The Uzbek military has accepted delivery of the RQ-11 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), reports Forecast International (Conn.)   The Uzbek Ministry of Defense last week released a photo of a range of military equipment, including the RQ-11, that was displayed during a military event last week.   In August, a video surfaced showing the Uzbek military operating the RQ-11 during a joint exercise with Tajikistan.   Details of the sale have not been made public.   The RQ-11, which consists of three air vehicles, two ground-control stations and other support equipment, has a range of 6 miles (10 km) and a maximum speed of 18 mph (30kmh).

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