Thursday, January 21, 2016

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A bit of history and some tidbits
This Day In Naval History - January 20
1783 - Hostilities cease between Great Britain and the United States
1903 - Theodore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department.
1914: The aviation unit from Annapolis, Md., under Lt. John H. Towers, as Officer in Charge, arrived at Pensacola, Fla., to set up a flying school..
1948 - Establishment of U.S. Persian Gulf Area Command (later changed to Middle East Force in August 1948).
From Sons of Liberty to Devils in Baggy Pants
This Week in American Military History: 

Jan. 17, 1781:  Continental Army forces -- including infantry, cavalry, dragoons (horse-mounted infantry), and militia – under the command of Brig. Gen. Daniel Morgan, clash with a better-equipped, more-experienced force of British Army regulars and Loyalists under the command of Lt. Col. Banastre "Bloody Ban" Tarleton in a sprawling pastureland known as Hannah's Cowpens in the South Carolina upcountry.

Celebrated today as the Battle of Cowpens, the engagement ends in a decisive victory for Morgan – who defeats Tarleton in a classic double-envelopment – and a near-irrevocable loss of men, equipment, and reputation for the infamous Tarleton and his "British Legion."

Tarleton's boss, Gen. Sir Charles Cornwallis, will abandon South Carolina and in less than two months chalk up a pyrrhic victory at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (N.C.). Meanwhile, word of Morgan's victory will spread like wildfire throughout the Carolinas and up into Virginia where – at Yorktown – Cornwallis' entire army (including Tarleton and his feared green-jacketed horsemen) will surrender to the combined American-French forces of Generals George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau on October 19, almost nine months to the day after Cowpens.

Jan. 17, 1991:  Two-hundred-ten years to the day after the Battle of Cowpens; American, British, and French forces – this time all three on the same team – kick off what Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein predicted would be "the Mother of all Battles" with a series of blistering air attacks aimed at destroying the Iraqi Air Force, Iraq's air-defense forces and overall command and control. It is day one of Operation Desert Storm.

Jan. 18, 1911:  Flying over San Francisco Bay in his Curtiss Pusher Model "D" aircraft, pioneer aviator Eugene B. Ely approaches the anchored cruiser USS Pennsylvania and manages to land onto a special platform fitted with a makeshift tailhook system aboard the ship. Upon landing, he purportedly says, "It was easy enough. I think the trick could be successfully turned nine times out of ten."

Ely's landing is the first-ever airplane landing aboard a ship. Ely already had become the first man to take off from a ship in November. In July, he will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the California National Guard. In October, he will be killed in a crash during an aerobatic demonstration in Macon, Georgia.

Jan. 19-20, 1770:  The little-known but historically significant Battle of Golden Hill erupts in New York City between a group of angry Manhattan patriots and a contingent of British soldiers.

The clash begins when members of the patriot organization "Sons of Liberty" snatch a few of the King's men, who are cutting down wooden "liberty poles" (symbols of resistance against British rule) which had been erected by the "Sons." The redcoats also were reportedly posting bills condemning the Sons of Liberty as "the real enemies of society." A struggle ensues. Redcoats from the nearby barracks respond, and a bayonet charge is ordered. Several are wounded on both sides, and one civilian is killed.

Less than seven weeks before the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Golden Hill is considered by some historians as the first armed clash of the American Revolution.

Jan. 20, 1914:  Nearly three years to the day after Eugene Ely lands his airplane on USS Pennsylvania, "the cradle of Naval aviation" is born at Pensacola, Florida.

According to the American Naval Historical Center: "The aviation unit from Annapolis [Maryland], consisting of nine officers, 23 men, seven aircraft, portable hangars, and other gear, under Lieutenant J. H. Towers" arrives at Pensacola aboard the battleship USS Mississippi and the bulk-cargo ship USS Orion "to set up a flying school."

Jan. 21, 1903:  The Militia Act of 1903 – also known as the "Dick Act" (Congressman and Maj. Gen. Charles Dick authored much of the legislation) – is passed, establishing federal standards and greater federal control over state militias, essentially creating the modern National Guard.

Jan. 21, 1954:  First Lady Mamie Eisenhower breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of USS Nautilus in Groton, Connecticut, launching the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. The following year, Nautilus gets underway, begins breaking numerous sea-travel records, and becomes the first "ship" to cross the North Pole.

Nautilus is the U.S. Navy's sixth vessel bearing the name. The first Nautilus, a schooner built in 1799, saw action against the Barbary pirates and in the War of 1812.

Jan. 22, 1944:  Allied forces, including the U.S. VI Corps under the command of Maj. Gen. John P. Lucas (of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark's Fifth Army), begin a series of landings along a stretch of western Italian coastline in the Anzio-Nettuno area. Codenamed Operation Shingle, the Allies achieve complete surprise against – and encounter little initial resistance from – the Germans. But the landings kick off what will become one of the most grueling campaigns of World War II.

It is during the subsequent fighting (which continues for several months) that a dead German officer's diary is found, a portion of which reads:

"American parachutists – devils in baggy pants – are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere."
Thanks to Carl.. this is a very interesting bit of history. Check the link out
Operation PaperClip
Journalist and author Annie Jacobsen writes about war, weapons, US national security and government secrecy. Her bestseller, "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base" is being made into an AMC scripted television series. On Tuesday's show, she discussed her latest research on Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States after WWII ended. The US govt. concluded that it was more important to take advantage of the expertise and knowledge of these scientists during the Cold War than prosecute them for their war crimes. The Nazis had extremely advanced war technology, particularly with rocketry, and chemical and biological weapons, but the reason Hitler didn't pursue atomic bombs was that he characterized it as "Jewish science," she uncovered
Thanks to Carl. I seem to remember that Daryl Grenmeyer (probably misspelled it) put a J-79 in one and brought it to Miramar. The take off was very entertaining.
Lots of fun info on the F-104. Just click on the blue words below.
The F-104 Starfighter Performs A Touch And…Roll?
Touch-roll-touch in a F-104 -  (38 seconds)

[Editor's Note: There are some pretty good horror stories out there about the Lockheed-Martin F-104 Starfighter. Supremely powerful and fast, the jet was more like a missile than a fighter, and was so fast the aircraft even shot itself down from time to time. That said, it was a pretty remarkable aircraft in its own right!]
The Starfighter was a century jet with a big engine and a very thin stubby wing. The jet sacrificed maneuverability for speed and power.  Built by Lockheed, the aircraft was originally built to battle the MiG-15 but its thin wing was notoriously finicky at low speeds,unforgiving at higher speeds and featured high takeoff and landing speeds of at 170+kts.
Flying a touch and roll in any plane is a very difficult and dangerous stunt.  It requires a pilot to perform a roll very close to the ground with landing gear extended all while remaining at a speed low enough to descend and enter a landing flare just seconds later. Belgian fighter pilot Bill Ongena performed a touch and roll maneuver in the F-104 Starfighter.
The maneuver highlighted in this video was made even more impressive by the fact that the maneuver was thought to be so dangerous that not even experienced Lockheed test pilots would attempt such a stunt.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force.
Although the F-104 had its shortcomings, Lockheed still enjoyed successful run of Starfighter production.  The F-104 was built by the Lockheed and licensed partners for over 30 years.  The key to the model's longevity was its incremental approach to improvements and the success of its export in western allied air forces.  The F-104 started out as a very limited daytime supersonic fighter that evolved over time with upgraded engines, radar, armament and techniques.
While the first F-104 was built in 1956, the final F-104 in the Italian Air Force was only retired in 2004.  Nearly fifty years of operational flight for a century series fighter jet is unmatched by an other model of the era.  If you are interested in learning more about the F-104, check out this video that originally appeared on the Discovery Channel back when they actually featured programming about aviation.
The original article can be viewed here on AvGeekery.
Thanks to Wigs

This is worth watching ...
Sometimes, they say, you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you, but every so often, the bear may just have a little sit down with you instead. Drew Hamilton is an employee of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game who was camping at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge. He was watching other bears fish in the river below when a huge Alaskan brown bear walks up to his campsite and sits down right next to him.
Thankfully, Hamilton kept his composure. The bear appears to be pretty calm and, although it is definitely a natural response, acting scared and screaming/running may have agitated the bear into action (and/or one or more of the other bears down in the river below). He managed to capture this incredible footage on a very close encounter, before the bear eventually walks away again.

McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge is the home of the world's highest concentration of wild brown bears thanks to the area's abundant salmon population. According to their website, at least 144 individual bears can be spotted on the river over the course of the summer and up to 74 bears have been spotted in a single encounter. In order to protect humans and the bears, visitors receive permits to access the viewing area via a lottery system.
Thanks to Bill
Subject: An Original (Battle Scars And All) B-17 Found
In February 1942, after America's first heavy bomber offensive raid of World War II, a bullet-riddled U.S. B-17E bomber crash landed in a remote swamp in Papua New Guinea because it was running out of fuel.
Keep up to date with Hawaii's latest breaking news and headlines from Honolulu's daily newspaper - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The crew of nine survived, and over the next six weeks, battled malaria and heat exhaustion to make their way to safety. But the Flying Fortress was left for lost for decades. The plane has a pretty incredible story, and getting it back to Hawaii was no small feat.
After a half-century in the soggy marsh, this once-forgotten piece of history returned to its homeland in April 2013, and is sitting on display at Hawaii's Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
It wasn't until 1972, three decades after its crash, that Australian soldiers spotted the partially submerged aircraft from a helicopter. They landed on one of its wings to investigate and found it "eerily untouched," according to John Darnton's article in Smithsonian magazine.
"The machine guns were in place, fully loaded, and in the cabin there was a thermos with what used to be coffee inside," Darnton wrote. "Some claim there was even an ashtray with cigarette butts." Local press nicknamed the plane "Swamp Ghost."
It took years of negotiations between the salvage team, led by former WWII bomber pilot and famed aircraft collector David C. Tallichet, and the Papua New Guinea government. Kenneth DeHoff, the Pacific Aviation Museum's execut ive director of operations, says it was well worth it, however, calling "Swamp Ghost" a national treasure.
"It's one of those first-time original airplanes, if you will," he told The Huffington Post. "I'm just in awe."
"Swamp Ghost" is arguably the world's only intact and un-retired World War II-era B-17E bomber, a "one-of-a-kind example of an aircraft that played an indispensable role in winning WWII," according to the Pacific Aviation Museum. And it is the only B-17 in the world that still bears its battle scars.
"This airplane was such a fortress," DeHoff said. "We counted 121 bullet holes in it."
As for the aircraft's original crew, they had one week of rest after their ordeal and then were reassigned to another bomber. Theycontinued to fly for the rest of the war.  According to Darnton, the plane's pilot, Capt. Frederick "Fred" C. Eaton, would often fly over the wreck and tell his new crew about how all nine men survived.
Now, visitors can see the plane up-close in its original wreckage state with the Pacific Aviation Museum's special B-17E Swamp Ghost Tour. Consider this a must-do when visiting Hawai
Item Number:1 Date: 01/20/2016 ARGENTINA - NEW PRESIDENT NAMES FRESH MILITARY LEADERSHIP (JAN 20/BAH)  BUENOS AIRES HERALD -- New President Mauricio Macri has appointed new leaders for the military in Argentina, reports the Buenos Aires Herald.   The president was inaugurated on Dec. 10.   The military leadership announcement was made last week, with the changes to become official this week, reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   Brig. Gen. Bari del Valle Sosa was named as the new defense chief. He replaced Cesar Milani as commander-in-chief.   Brig. Gen. Diego Luis Suner will succeed Ricardo Cundom as the army head. Cundom was appointed to the top army post by then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on June 24, 2015.   Vice Adm. Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur will lead the navy, while Brig. Enrique Victor Amrein will head the air force.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/20/2016 ARGENTINA - PRESIDENT TAKES AIM AT DRUG-TRAFFICKING, DECLARES NATIONAL SECURITY EMERGENCY (JAN 20/TELESUR)  TELESUR -- Argentina's government has declared a public security emergency and authorized the use of force against illegal drug flights, reports Telesur, a Latin American network headquartered in Venezuela.   A one-year security emergency was declared on Tuesday as part of an effort to reduce drug-trafficking and crime.   "The objective is to reverse the situation of collective danger created by crime, organized crime and drug-trafficking," said a statement from new President Mauricio Macri.   The measure will overhaul the nation's border security network and authorize the army to "identify, warn, intimidate and use force" against drug flights, reports Reuters.   The action came days after the end of a two-week manhunt for three criminals convicted of drug-related killings. Their prison escape drew attention to corruption in the security forces, noted the news agency.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/20/2016 BURKINA FASO - 3 OUAGADOUGOU HOTEL ATTACKERS REMAIN AT LARGE, SAYS FRENCH PRIME MINISTER (JAN 20/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- Three of the gunmen who carried out the terrorist attack in Burkina Faso on Jan. 15 are still on the run, says French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as reported by France 24.   The other three involved in the assault on a hotel in the capital Ouagadougou were killed, said Valls on Tuesday.   Thirty people were killed in the incident, many of them foreigners. French special operations troops helped end that siege.   On Monday, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility.   The Burkina Faso government had not said how many attackers were involved.  
Item Number:4 Date: 01/20/2016 COLOMBIA - FARC, GOVERNMENT WANT U.N. TO OVERSEE PEACE PROCESS (JAN 20/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Both the Colombian government and the Marxist FARC guerrilla group have asked the United Nations to monitor an expected cease-fire, reports the Voice of America News.   A joint request was made on Tuesday. They are seeking an unarmed observer mission consisting of representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean for one year following the signing of a peace deal.   Such observers would be asked to oversee the 12-month disarmament process and intervene in any disputes.   The U.N. has not yet agreed to the proposal, noted the BBC.   The two sides have been holding peace talks for three years in Havana, Cuba. They have set a deadline of March 2016 for a peace deal.   United Nations "blue helmet" peacekeepers will not be needed, said President Juan Manuel Santos. "This has to do with unarmed observers," he said, as quoted by AFP.  
Item Number:5 Date: 01/20/2016 FRANCE - 7 DEFENSE MINISTERS HOLD STRATEGY MEETING ON ANTI-ISIS EFFORTS (JAN 20/REU)  REUTERS -- The defense ministers from seven nations are in Paris to discuss their efforts against the Islamic State terrorist group, reports Reuters.   U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter planned to meet on Wednesday with his counterparts from France, Australia, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and the Netherlands.   The talks are the first face-to-face meetings by the ministers on the military campaign.   Carter said he wants Arabs and Sunni Arabs to contribute more to the effort.   "We can help that by both defining some of the contributions they can make, and also by discussing with them how they see their interests, including long-term interests in the region, and how to align those interests with the ultimate victory over [ISIS]," said the secretary.   U.K. Defense Minister Michael Fallon said he would urge a significant increase in the level of coalition airstrikes focused on the Islamic State's infrastructure, lines of communications and supply routes, reported the BBC.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/20/2016 GERMANY - AGING MEMBERS OF RED ARMY FACTION SUSPECTED IN FAILED ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (JAN 20/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Onetime members of a disbanded German militant group are being investigated for an attempted armored car robbery last summer, reports Deutsche Welle.   Three masked assailants fired on an armored car in June near the northern city of Bremen in a robbery attempt. They were not able to get into the vehicle.   On Tuesday, German officials said DNA tests had identified Daniela Klette, Ernst-Volker Wilhelm Staub and Burkhard Garweg, former members of the radical Red Army Faction, reported German state broadcaster NDR.   The suspects were linked to attacks in 1993 and 1999. They have reportedly been on the run since the Red Army Faction was formally disbanded in 1998.   Also called the Baader-Mienhof gang, the group targeted U.S. interests in West Germany and espoused a Marxist-Leninist ideology, reported the New York Times. It was founded in 1970 and operated for almost three decades.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/20/2016 IRAQ - SINCE 2014, 3.2 MILLION IRAQIS DISPLACED, 19,000 CIVILIANS KILLED, SAYS REPORT (JAN 20/OHCHR)  OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS -- A new report says that nearly 19,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq since January 2014, reports the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).   The report was compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.   Released on Tuesday, the report says that at least 18,802 civilians were killed and 36,245 wounded in Iraq between Jan. 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2015. Another 3.2 million were internally displaced during that period.   At least 3,855 civilians were killed and 7,056 injured between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2015, the period covered by the report. The actual figures could be much higher, acknowledged the report.   "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering. The so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law. These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide," says the report.   The Islamic State continues "to subject women and children to sexual violence, particularly in the form of sexual slavery," according to the U.N
Item Number:8 Date: 01/20/2016 PAKISTAN - MILITARY MAKES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TEST OF RA'AD CRUISE MISSILE (JAN 20/EXPTRIB)  EXPRESS TRIBUNE -- The Pakistani military says it has successfully flight-tested an indigenously developed air-launched cruise missile, reports the Express Tribune (Pakistan).   The Ra'ad missile, also known as the Hatf VIII, was launched for the trial on Tuesday, according to an official military release.   The weapon has a range of 220 miles (350 km) and an advanced guidance and navigation system, giving Pakistan a strategic standoff capability, said the release.   This was the seventh flight test since 2007, reported Dawn (Pakistan).  
Item Number:9 Date: 01/20/2016 PAKISTAN - TERRORISTS RAID UNIVERSITY IN NORTHWEST, CAUSING DOZENS OF CASUALTIES (JAN 20/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Militants have raided a university in northwest Pakistan, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 50 injured on Wednesday, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   According to provincial authorities, gunmen scaled a wall and cut through barbed wire in the morning assault on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Peshawar, about 140 km (86 mi) from Islamabad.   About 3,000 students are enrolled at the university. Hundreds of visitors were also expected on Wednesday for a poetry event.   All of the assailants were killed six hours after the attack began, said the army.   The death toll could rise to 40, said one security official.   A faction of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), the Dara Adma Khel splinter group, claimed responsibility. However, he chief of the TTP, Mullah Fazlullah, condemned the attack and disavowed any role in the incident, reported CNN.  
Item Number:10 Date: 01/20/2016 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY LEASES AREA IN AVACHA BAY ON KAMCHATKA PENINSULA (JAN 20/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has officially leased an area in the Pacific Ocean to the Defense Ministry for national security purposes, reports Interfax-AVN.   The area in the Avacha Bay near Cape Vkhodkoi on the southeastern coast of the Kamchatka peninsula has been leased for the ministry's use for 20 years, according to the order signed by Medvedev this week.   Under the terms of the lease, legal entities and individuals are prohibited from using the area for other purposes, to include recreation, fishing or aquaculture.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 01/20/2016 SINGAPORE - POLICE WRAP UP ANTI-TERRORIST EXERCISE; LETTER THREATENS BALI CITIES (JAN 20/XIN)  XINHUA -- Singapore security agencies have just concluded a major anti-terrorism exercise, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Singapore police force with support from the Singapore civil defense force and other agencies held the exercise on Monday and Tuesday at locations around the island.   The drill was designed to evaluate the readiness of security forces to respond to multiple armed attacks around the island, said the police force.   Singapore has been strengthening its security following terrorist attacks in Jakarta last week that claimed eight lives, including four civilians.   A threatening letter was sent this week that said that ISIS was preparing to bomb two cities in Bali, noted the Australian Broadcasting Corp.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/20/2016 SOUTH KOREA - WORKSHOP EXAMINES N. KOREA'S NUCLEAR CAPABILITY (JAN 20/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo has been discussing North Korea's nuclear capability with other officials and experts, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The minister led a workshop on Tuesday in Seoul with 11 other defense and military officials and seven North Korea experts.   The event covered a technical assessment of the most recent nuclear test by the North; how to respond diplomatically; and how to denuclearize the country, according to a ministry release.   Pyongyang claimed it conducted a "successful hydrogen bomb test" on Jan. 6. Experts and most of the international community are skeptical about the claim.   The Defense Ministry is going to use the expert analyses to develop defense policies to the North's growing nuclear threats
Item Number:13 Date: 01/20/2016 SPAIN - ARMY STANDS UP 4TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP TO FIGHT TERRORISM (JAN 20/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Spanish army is going to step up its fight on terrorism, reports Defense News.   The service is creating a fourth special operations force (GOE), the army told the paper. Such units have been deployed to multinational training missions in Iraq and Mali over the last three years. They also served in the Central African Republic in 2012.   The new unit, Granada II, was activated on Jan. 15. It joins the Valencia III, Tercio de Ampurdan IV and Legionario Maderal Oleaga XIX. All four groups are estimated to have a total of 600 personnel, according to the army.   Adding Granada II will give the army more capabilities abroad, said a Spanish army source.   The service is also going to create support units to better operate with special operations forces, the source said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/20/2016 SYRIA - 'TECHNICAL PROBLEM' WITH COCKPIT LIGHTING KEEPS GERMAN TORNADO RECON PLANES ON GROUND AT NIGHT (JAN 20/BILD)  BILD (GERMANY) -- German pilots flying over Syria have found themselves grounded at night because their cockpit lights are too bright, reports Bild (Berlin).   Six German Tornado fighter jets have been deployed to Syria to conduct reconnaissance missions as part of the U.S-led coalition effort against the Islamic State, according to Agence France-Presse.   However, the cockpit lights in the aircraft are too bright, blinding the pilots during night.   There is "a small technical problem that has to do with the cockpit lighting," said a Defense Ministry spokesman this week. The ministry is attempting to fix the issue within two weeks, he said.   The spokesman said that there was "currently no need to fly at night in Syria," maintaining that the deployment was operating at "100 percent."  
Item Number:15 Date: 01/20/2016 SYRIA - ISLAMIC STATE MAGAZINE CONFIRMS DEATH OF 'JIHADI JOHN,' PUBLISHES OBITUARY (JAN 20/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The Islamic State terrorist group has confirmed the death of the militant known as Jihadi John, reports Fox News.   The U.S. military said in November that Mohammed Emwazi -- a notorious British-sounding man militant who had appeared masked in several execution videos -- had been killed in an airstrike near Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.   On Tuesday, an obituary was published for Emwazi in Dabiq, the group's English-language magazine, reported the New York Times.   ISIS said that Emwazi, also known as Abu Muharib al-Muhaki, was killed on Nov. 12. This was the first time the group has publicly addressed his death.   An image of 'Jihadi John' was published with his face unmasked, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/20/2016 SYRIA - U.N. CAN'T AGREE ON INVITEES, STALLING SYRIAN PEACE PROCESS (JAN 20/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Diplomats at the United Nations say it is likely that the next round of Syrian peace talks next week will be delayed, reports the Voice of America News.   The world body initially wanted to convene the talks on Jan. 25 in Geneva. However, since there is no agreement on who should participate, this goal is unlikely to be met, according to Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. envoy for Syria.   The talks are supposed to pave the way for a new constitution and elections to end the civil war. The process anticipated a transitional government first.   A group of 17 nations, including Russia and the U.S., supports the talks, but has yet to decide which of the numerous opposition groups should be represented.   "Delay seems likely," one diplomatic source told Reuters.  
 Item Number:17 Date: 01/20/2016 UNITED KINGDOM - POLICE INVESTIGATES WHEN 10-YEAR-OLD BOY SAYS HE LIVES IN 'TERRORIST HOUSE' (JAN 20/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A misspelling at school has prompted a vist by police in England.   A 10-year-old Muslim boy was questioned when he wrote the wrong word during an English lesson, reported the BBC.   The boy, who lives in Lancashire, wrote that he lived in a "terrorist house" instead of a "terraced house."   Teachers felt obligated to reported the boy to police, who interviewed him on Dec. 7 and examined a family laptop.   The 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, enacted in July, requires teachers to notify police of any suspected terrorist behavior, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   The family has demanded that the school and the police apologize.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 01/20/2016 USA - AIR FORCE F-35S READY TO DROP TEST BOMBS ON WAY TO OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY (JAN 20/FI)  FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL -- As part of its development, a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II strike fighter is slated to drop an inert bomb for the first time in February or March, reports Flight International.   The combat-coded F-35A from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, will release the inert laser-guided bomb at the nearby Utah Test and Training Range, according to Air Force officials.   To date, the F-35A has only released weapons in development and operational testing.   The Air Force jets will initially be equipped with the Block 3i software, permitting operations with base laser and GPS-guided weapons as well as the AIM-120 AMRAAM beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.   Advanced targeting, surveillance and jamming equipment will also be fielded, according to the service.   The full weapons complement will come online until the Block 3F software is integrated in late 2017. The initial capability will enable F-35As to perform basic close air support, air interdiction and suppression or destruction of enemy air defenses (S/DEAD) missions.   According to a senior commander, the introduction of weapons to live training is one of several steps the 34th Fighter Squadron must complete before it can attain initial operational capability. That milestone is scheduled for Aug. 1
Item Number:19 Date: 01/20/2016 USA - NAVY ACCEPTS BRUNSWICK, 6TH EXPEDITIONARY FAST TRANSPORT (JAN 20/AUSTAL)  AUSTAL -- Austal USA has announced the delivery of the sixth expeditionary fast transport to the U.S. Navy.   The Brunswick (EPF-6) was handed over on Jan. 14, at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, Ala., according to a company release the next day.   The ship is the sixth of 10 originally ordered by the Navy. Congress has fully funded an 11th and 12th vessel in the 2015 and 2016 defense bills, although contracts have not yet been finalized, said Austal.   The contract for the 10 ships totals $1.6 billion, noted the Maritime Executive.   The seventh EPF, Carson City, is due to be christened and launched this month, while the eighth and ninth are under construction. Work on the 10th is expected to begin later this year.   The Expeditionary Fast Transport program was previously named the Joint High-Speed Vessel program
Item Number:20 Date: 01/20/2016 YEMEN - DRONE HITS AQAP IN EAST; COALITION ORDERS UNREGISTERED VESSEL OUT OF PORT (JAN 20/REU)  REUTERS -- Local Yemenis say two suspected Al-Qaida members have been killed in airstrikes, reports Reuters.   On Tuesday, a drone hit a car on the outskirts of Sayoung, the second largest city in Hadramout province, said residents. The province is largely controlled by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).   Separately, on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition ordered all unregistered ships to leave the local port in the Al-Qaida-held city of Mukalla, said workers and officials.   The port city is the capital of the Hadhramaut region.   The move by the coalition warships appears to be a precursor to a move against the militants who control the harbor, reported Reuters.


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