Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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To All
I hope your week has started well.
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - August 16
1812 - USS Constitution recaptures American merchant brig Adeline
1954 - Beginning of Operation Passage to Freedom, transport of
refugees from Haiphong to Saigon, Vietnam
 
On this day in history (August 16, ):
1977: The King is dead. Elvis Presley died in his Memphis mansion,
Graceland.
1987: Thousands of people prayed and meditated for universal peace
this day, as the much-publicized Harmonic Convergence took place.
Ancient prophecies were supposed to come true -- along with
predictions of alien visits. People gathered in 20 sites around the
world to greet the New Age at the Harmonic Convergence, the alignment
of our Solar System's planets; it was the dawn of the new age. Well sort of.
And today is:National Rum Day
Military History Anniversaries:
Aug 16 1780 - Revolutionary War: American troops are badly defeated
by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
Aug 16 1945 - WWII: Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was
taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on 6 MAY 42 is released
from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.
 
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Thanks to John for telling me about this four motored dogfight
An Interesting Dog Fight by Stan Stokes. (B)

October 23, 1942 was a typical day for American troops at Esprito Santo, but for the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress it would become a most memorable day. Early that morning the Japanese began shelling the field. Lt. Ed Loberg, a former farm boy from Wisconsin, was ordered to take his B-17 up for a reconnaissance mission to determine where the Japanese guns may be located. Not finding anything they returned to the field. The brakes failed on the B-17 upon landing, and they hit several parked Navy aircraft. Fortunately for Lobergs crew a 100 pound bomb dislodged in the crash did not explode. Later that day the crew boarded another B-17 and went hunting out to sea. Around mid-day the crew noticed a PBY being attacked by a Kawanishi H6K Mavis flying boat. Diving the B-17 straight down, the Mavis and the Flying Fortress soon entered a rain squall. The windows were black with clouds and rain, and the plane was buffeted by strong winds. Emerging from the squall at low altitude into blinding sunlight the B-17 emerged only fifty feet from their adversary. Immediately every gun on both aircraft began firing in a broadside exchange reminiscent of age old sailing ship battles. Thousands of bullets criss-crossed the narrow spread of air, and the Fortress shuddered from the impact. Tracer bullets from the B-17 pelted the Mavis like darts with many ricocheting off its armor. The Mavis made a tight turn, and Loberg turned inside him to avoid the mortal sting from the Mavis tail guns. In and out of rain squalls this interesting dogfight continued for 45 minutes. The Mavis kept very close to the wave tops to protect is vulnerable under belly. Several times during the fight the Mavis disappeared for three or four minutes into clouds, but each time as it reemerged Lobergs B-17 resumed the attack. Twice the B-17 passed over the H6K so close that the jagged bullet holes in the Mavis and the round glasses on its two pilots could be seen clearly. Finally, the Mavis began smoking, and the Japanese plane dropped into the sea and exploded in a large ball of flame. In the words of Ira Wolfert, a war correspondent, who was on the flight; During the duel, the Fort that I was on, with a bullet in one of its motors, and two holes as big as Derby hats in its wings, made tight turns with half-rolls and banks past vertical. That is, it frequently stood against the sea on one wing like a ballet dancer balancing on one point, and occasionally it went over even farther than that and started lifting its belly toward the sky in desperate effort to keep the Jap from turning inside it… Throughout the entire forty-four minutes, the plane, one of the oldest being used in the war, ran at top speed, shaking and rippling all over like a skirt in a gale, so many inches of mercury being blown into its motors by the superchargers that the pilot and co-pilot, in addition to their other worries, had to keep an eye on the cowlings to watch for cylinder heads popping up through them. Others on Lobergs crew that day were B. Thurston the co-pilot, R Spitzer the navigator, R. Mitchell the bombadier and E. Gustafson , E. Jung, G. Holbert , E. Smith, and P. Butterbaugh who manned the guns during this unusual dogfight. Both Mitchell and Spitzer were wounded during the battle.
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Some great snippets of history - Dutch
A Short History of the T-34 Tank
The Russian designed T-34 tank of WW II fame is arguably the best and most influential tank of WW II. Based on when it was designed, entered combat, and how long it was in front line service, it still performed well even in the 1950s, earns it that distinction.
 
"The tank evolved from the light Soviet BT (bystrokhodny tank/high-speed tank) of the 1930s, which had been derived from the American M1931 Christie tank. First brought to the Soviet Union as a turret-less example under the designation of "farm tractor", the Christie and subsequent Spanish variants provided a basis for Soviet designer Mikhail Koshkin."
 
"The T-34 reportedly saw action in 2014 too, when pro-Russia fighters in eastern Ukraine removed at least one display example from its pedestal, and after a quick overhaul took it into combat once more."
 
 
10 facts about WW I's Eastern Front
In the West the front remained static for almost 4 years, but the battles in the East were ones of massive land capture and re-taking over the whole 4 years of war.
 
 
442 RCT – Capturing a Sub
The most decorated unit of all time, in total numbers of awards presented to a unit compared to the number of people assigned to it, the Nisei unit participated in 8 campaigns during WW II. A WW II US regiment usually consisted of 3 Battalions of 600 men. The 442 RCT had only 2 battalions but were awarded 9,486 Purple Hearts. 21 Nisei were awarded the Medal of Honor.
 
"Journey of Heroes: the Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team" by Stacey T. Hayashito.
 
 
Under the Doodlebug
How from the WW I Zeppelin raids, the Gotha Bombers, and then Spanish civil war influenced and created the event where a child who survived a V1 (Fi-103) in a backyard London shelter affects people for a long time.
 
 
American WW I Commissioned Artists – May see Light of Day
Over 700 pieces of art were created for the US Government during World War I in France, but most have never been seen by anyone other than the person who put them away in 1929.
 
Myths about Myths of WW I
 
John T. Kuehn dispels some of the myths of WW I often repeated by really bad armchair historians.
 
 
Hooves On The Ground
Q: I have heard the position of a horse's legs in an equestrian statue of a fallen solder tells how he died. Is there any truth to this? — C.G., Bethesda, Maryland
 
A: The quick answer is no. According to the urban legend, if the horse is rearing, the rider died in battle; one leg up means the rider was wounded in battle or died of battle wounds; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside battle. I'm told this was created to be the guide for monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but there are several exceptions to the rule.
 
Riding the B-24J Gallopin Ghost to Regensburg, Germany – One Way
Paul R. Drury was a waist gunner on this B-24 out of Mandurin Italy before he was shot down on February 22, 1944.
 
 
How B-17s Were Purchased and Brought to Israel in 1947
The US was not always an ally of Israel. During their 1947, 1956 wars no US military aid was delivered – and all military aid was actively blocked – by the USA.  1962 was the first year Israel was allowed to buy US military equipment.
 
Three B-17s however, did avoid the military embargo of the US and make it to Israel and bombed Cairo in 1948 escorted by Czech Built BF 109s.
 
 
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Thanks to Mike
 
From: Catherine Fay Dahlstrom <chsfd1@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: My confused reality
 
 
 
It seems that lately my life has been getting more complicated, and I want to thank those of you who are brave enough to still associate with me regardless of what I have become.
The following is a recap of my current identity:
 
I was born white, which makes me a privileged racist.
I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist. 
I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.
I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business.
I am non-Muslem, which makes me an infidel.
I am older than 69 and semi-retired, which makes me a useless old person.
I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much that the main stream media tells me, which makes me a reactionary. 
I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.
I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.
I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individuals merits, which makes me anti-social.
I, and my friends, acquired a good education without student loans and no debt at graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever.
I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland by all citizens, which makes me a militarist.
Please help me come to terms with this, because I'm not sure who I am anymore!
Newest problem – I'm not sure which bathroom I should use
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Thanks to Robert
Subject: PHONE REPAIR
Lawrence, Kansas, December 12, 2008
A Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.
    The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house..
    The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring.
Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:
      1 . The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steel chain and collar.
2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.
3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was called.
4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.
      5. The wet ground would complete the circuit , thus causing the phone to ring.
       Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.
 
Thought you'd like to know
 
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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… #168 FOLLOW-UP #167…
August 15, 2016Bear Taylor0 Comments
RIPPLE SALVO… #168… (1) MAO (2) UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES…but first…
Good Morning: Day ONE HUNDRED SIXY EIGHT of matching the past with the present…August 16, fifty years ago. A cloudy, rainy Tuesday…
Page 1: "Accord Reached In Airline Tie-up; Union Will Vote"…"An agreement to end the airline strike was reached this morning after an all-night bargaining session between the International Association of Machinists and five airlines. The union's 35,400 striking members will vote on the contract at meetings on Friday. Two weeks ago, the membership rejected a proposed contract, but the union's leaders expressed optimism that the new accord would be approved. The terms of the three year contract were withheld to give the union members the details. But it was reported that the agreement would cost around $87-million, or 6% per year in increased wages and benefits. The Johnson Administration remained silent today about the proposed settlement, which could seriously fracture its stabilization program by encouraging other unions to seek contracts exceeding its guide posts calling for wage agreements of 3.2 per cent per year."… Page 1: "Government Seeks Curb On Jet Noise"…"A nationwide program to control jet aircraft noise is quietly underway in the Government.  President Johnson called for a broad attack on the problem in his Transportation message to Congress last March. It was the first action acknowledgement that aircraft noise is too complex a problem for state and local government to handle alone. The far reaching program involves five Federal agencies, state and local government units and the aviation industry."… "Page 1: "The Herald-Tribune Is Discontinued"… "Publisher Blames Strike Against Merged Papers"…"The New York Herald-Tribune was formally closed yesterday bringing to an end a long and distinguished journalistic tradition. The Herald was born in 1924 as the result of a merger of two proud names in journalism. The Herald, founded in 1835 and the Tribune, founded in 1841 by Horace Greely. John Hay Whitney, who had been the publisher of the Herald-Tribune…laid the closing of the morning paper in a labor dispute that has prevented the publication of the newspapers planned by the merged publishing enterprise. "I feel that today is a day of monitoring, rather than recrimination."…
Page 1: "Enemy Plan Found For Seizing Saigon"…"United States military officials said today that they have uncovered enemy plans to take over Saigon by force. The plot might have worked but it stands no chance now because the United States has put so many forces into the area and plans to put in more…The plan was conceived more than a year ago when South Vietnam governments were failing one after another following scheming by Generals and Buddhist leaders…One high official said: "The enemy has built a large force in a logical, well conceived and well paced plan. He has increased his command and control structure and his support elements for the build-up. It was a near thing. The enemy wanted to have in place near large population centers, particularly Saigon, a powerful force ready to exploit the squabbling and disorganization that follows a coup d'etat."
Page 1: "Kennedy Chides Johnson On Cities"…"Senator Robert F. Kennedy implied today that the Johnson Administration was using the war in Vietnam as an excuse for not increasing federal aid to troubled cities. The nation, the New York Democrat said, can afford to finance the war and the broad social programs. Senator Kennedy and others called for sharply increased federal spending in urban areas during the opening of Senate sub-committee hearings into what is called 'the crisis of the cities.' He urged 'creation of a high level Administration study group to report to Congress within a year on steps being taken to deal with a series of converging forces which rip at the fabric of life in an American city.' But within hours after he spoke the Senate demonstrated that it was firmly on the President's side on holding down domestic spending. By a vote of 47 to 34, it rejected an effort to expand the urban areas in solving their transportation program, and  then it continued funding the program at its current levels of funding for two more years."…Page 1: "Syria and Israel Clash In Galilee"…"Syrian and Israeli planes fought an air duel this morning near the Sea of Galilee. It was their second armed conflict in less than a month in that area. Secretary General U Thant was informed of the outbreak by United Nations truce officials, who moved in quickly to arrange a cease fire."…
 
16 AUGUST 1966: OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…NYT (17 August reporting 16 August ops) Page 3: "In the air, United States bombers made fresh strikes at North Vietnam following up on their near record of 133 missions Monday, a total only six short of the record for such strikes of several airplanes each set earlier this month. Four of the jet bombers were attacked by Communist MIG-17s. The Soviet-built fighters fired 37mm cannon at the four Navy Skyhawks as they were attacking a train 70-miles south of Hanoi. The heavily laden Skyhawks took evasive action without firing back and escaped unharmed after having damaged four box cars."…Page 1: "Foes Missile Falls, Hits Haiphong Area"…United States Navy pilots reported that a surface-to-air missile fired at the flight of A-4 Skyhawks yesterday missed its target, reversed itself and exploded in a populated area east of Haiphong…The pilots reported that fires were reported in the area after the missile detonated. The Navy pilots were attacking an oil storage area 15 miles northeast of Haiphong when the missile was fired at them."… "Vietnam: Air Losses" (Hobson)…There were no fixed wing losses in Southeast Asia on 16 August 1966… (two days in a row!!!)
 
RIPPLE SALVO… #168…. MAO and UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES… Two articles in the NYT for 15 August 1966 are cause to open the Bear's zuni range for a couple of salvos: (1)Westmoreland's succinct explanation of a tenet of Mao Tse-tung's doctrine that was in play in South Vietnam in 1966, and (2) a short article that put the focus of the press on the House of Representatives sub-committee whose charter provided the House an opportunity to dig deep into "un-American activities."
(1) Westmoreland and Mao… The General said that the Vietcong in the Mekong Delta were attempting to move into Phase 2 of Mao Tse-tung's
classic military strategy. The General broke the Vietcong strategy into three Phases. In Phase 1: Terrorism and sabotage. Phase 2: The use of small, flexible and highly mobile military units. In Phase 3: The use of larger units. The current handbook in play in America is not Mao's "Little Red Book." The principal source for the ongoing forced change, revolution, is Saul D. Alinsky's "Handbook for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals." This is the "playbook" for American "progressives," including the DNC.
Alinsky: "The Process of Power:" (1) Organize, get people together, (2) Power comes from organization, and (3) Change comes from power. In another section, "Tactics," Alinsky illustrates how the "have-nots" can take power away from the 'haves' by using the points of a human face: (1) The nose–if your organization is too tiny to make any noise, stink up the place. (2) The ears: If your organization is small in numbers then conceal the members in the dark, but raise a din and clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more than it does. (3) The eyes: If you have organized a vast, mass-based people's organization, you can parade it visibly before the enemy and openly show your power.   (Black Lives Matter?)
Alinsky writes that the prerequisite for an organizer in America who is "working in and for a free society" is: "possession of a basic truth." For example, "a Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order or the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage–the political paradise of communism."
(2) The NYT of 15 August 1966 elevates the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) into the daylight. The HUAC was an investigative committee of the House of Representatives created in 1936 (80-years ago) to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizen, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties. In 1969, the House changed the name of the committee to House Committee on Internal Security. When the abolished the committee in 1975, its functions were transferred to the House Judiciary Committee (Wikipedia).
In those days the idea of accommodating communism was un-American…My how times change… I note that Newt Gingrich, who knows a thing or two, suggested in June 2016 that the HUAC should be re-established. Good idea… Hide those Alinsky "Handbooks," all you rascals who are hell bent to end capitalism in America.
Mao: "Little Red Book"…"The people are the sea in which the guerrilla swims."
Alinsky: "Rules for Radicals"… The people are the sea in which his radicals swim (see below)*.
Islamic Jihadists: "The Koran"… The people are the sea in which Islamic Terrorists swim.
Alinsky (page 19)*… "Between the Haves and the Have-Nots are the Have-a-Little, Want Mores–the middle class. Torn between upholding the status quo to protect the little they have, yet wanting change so they can get more, they have split personalities. They could be described as social, economic, and political schizoids. Generally they seek the safe way, where they can profit by change and yet not risk losing the little they have. They insist on a minimum of three aces before playing a hand in a poker game called revolution. Thermopolitically they are tepid and rooted in inertia. Today in Western society and particularly in the United States they comprise the majority of the population."
Lest we forget….        Bear 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/16/2016 AFGHANISTAN - U.S. AIRSTRIKE IN LATE JULY KILLED TOP AFGHAN ISIS LEADER, SAYS PENTAGON (AUG 16/DODNEWS)  DOD NEWS -- The Pentagon says that a U.S. airstrike last month killed the head of the Islamic State terrorist group in Afghanistan, reports the DoD News.   On July 26, U.S. and Afghan special operations forces targeted ISIS militants in Afghanistan southern Nangarhar province, said a DoD spokesman on Aug. 12.   During these operations, U.S. forces hit Hafiz Sayed Khan, "the Islamic State in the Levant-Khorasan emir, in Achin district," said the spokesman.   "Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces," the spokesman said.   As ABC News noted, this group is an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan that has operated mainly in remote areas of eastern Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan.   Nangarhar has been a center for ISIS activity since the summer of 2015. The DoD estimates that there are 1,000-1,500 ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan, nearly half the number estimated earlier this year. Most were previously members of the Pakistani Taliban who rebranded themselves as Islamic State   The group uses the area to train, equip and supply fighters elsewhere in Afghanistan, said the spokesman.  
Item Number:2 Date: 08/16/2016 AUSTRALIA - UPGRADES ON THE WAY FOR ARMY'S AIR DEFENSE, RADAR SYSTEMS (AUG 16/SAAB)  SAAB -- The Swedish defense firm Saab has received a contract to upgrade the Australian army's RBS 70 surface-to-air missile system and Giraffe AMB radar.   The Aus$32.5 million (US$25 million) contract will upgrade the existing identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) capability of both systems to include Mode 5 functionality, according to a company release on Monday.   The Mode 5 waveform uses the latest modulation, coding and cryptographic techniques to provide better performance and security than the Mode 4 system.   Mode 5 systems also provide expanded data-handling capabilities to safely pass GPS position and other extended data.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 08/16/2016 CHINA - 5-DAY ANTI-TERROR EXERCISE CONCLUDES IN XINJIANG (AUG 16/XIN)  XINHUA -- Armed police have just wrapped up a five-day counterterrorism exercise in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in northwest China, reports Xinhua. China's state news agency.   Around 3,000 personnel took part in the drills, which involved a scenario based on the current security situation in the southern part of Xinjiang, said a military statement issued on Monday.   The training focused on force projection; intelligence and reconnaissance; information communication; fire assault; comprehensive support; and nighttime operations, said the statement.   The drill also evaluated the ability of officers to conduct missions in different environments, including cold mountainous regions, deserts and urban areas.   Twenty-one new pieces of equipment, including drones, assault helicopters and all-terrain vehicles were also employed during the exercise, said the military.   China blames Uighur separatists for regional unrest and terrorism. For their part, Uighurs object to what they consider Beijing's attempts to refashion their cultural and religious identity
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/16/2016 INDIA - VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE IN KASHMIR; 5 STONE-THROWING PROTESTERS KILLED IN LATEST INCIDENT (AUG 16/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Violent protests in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday have left five people dead, reports the Press Trust of India.   Four people were killed and five injured in Budgam district when the officers from the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force shot at protesters who had been pelting them with stones, said a police official.   In another incident in Anantnag district, five people were injured when security forces fired to disperse another group of youths, officials said. One later died of his injuries.   Restrictions, a curfew and a strike have disrupted daily activities throughout Kashmir for more than a month. Demonstrators have been protesting against the killings of civilians at main market places.   More than 60 have been killed and thousands injured in the violence that began on July 9.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/16/2016 IRAN - IRANIAN WITH BRITISH CITIZENSHIP FACES SECURITY-RELATED CHARGES (AUG 16/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- Iranian authorities have arrested an Iranian-British citizen said to be linked to British intelligence, reports Newsweek.   The unidentified suspect was working in an "economic sector" related to Iran, said a Tehran prosecutor on Tuesday, as cited by state news agency IRNA.   The arrest took place last week, said the prosecutor.   Iran does not recognize dual nationalities, banning those detained from receiving consular assistance, noted the Daily Mail (U.K.).   At least six other dual nationals have been arrested in Iran over the last year for suspected security violations or spying
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/16/2016 IRAN - SECURITY FORCES BUST ISIS CELL IN KERMANSHAH PROVINCE (AUG 16/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- Iranian security forces have killed four suspected members of the Islamic State in the country's west, says a top provincial official, reports Press TV (Iran).   Security, intelligence and police forces raided two separate groups of suspected militants in Kermanshah province, along the border with Iraq, said Governor-General Asaadollah Razani.   According to the provincial government, one senior alleged ISIS member was killed and six arrested on Monday night in the province. Three others were shot dead in a raid in Kermanshah city on Tuesday morning.   Security forces reportedly seized suicide vests and belts, grenades and automatic weapons.   The 10-member cell had been under surveillance by Iranian intelligence, said the governor
Item Number:7 Date: 08/16/2016 LEBANON - REMOTELY DETONATED ROADSIDE BLAST INJURES TROOPS PATROLLING IN ARSAL (AUG 16/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- A roadside bomb in northeastern Lebanon has injured five soldiers, says the Lebanese military, as reported by the Daily Star (Lebanon).   The blast took place Monday around noon in Ras al-Sarj, close to the entrance of the border town of Arsal, said a military statement, as cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The bomb, which was remotely detonated, contained small pieces of metal to maximize the injuries, said the statement. The troops were on patrol at the time.   Around 50 people were then detained in Arsal, and army vehicles were deployed to its main streets.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/16/2016 LIBYA - DEFEATED MILITANTS COULD REGROUP; OTHERS MAY CROSS MED TO EUROPE, WARNS ITALY (AUG 16/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Islamic State terrorists who have been driven from their stronghold in Sirte, Libya, are now trying to cross into neighboring countries or to regroup in the southern part of the country, say Western and local officials cited by the Wall Street Journal.   The militants have headed to Libya's porous western borders with Algeria and Niger, say officials.   "These borders are so huge and they require a degree of professionalism that these countries do not have in order to monitor them," according to a Western official who is monitoring coalition operations in Sirte.   Recent U.S. airstrikes played an important role in helping local militias to drive out the militants. There are still some ISIS fighters in a few neighborhoods in Sirte, surrounded by local forces, say officials.   Hundreds of ISIS fighters fled in the weeks before Sirte was fully surrounded, note Western officials.   Some may also take refuge in southern Libya among tribes that oppose the internationally recognized government, officials said.   Meanwhile, Italian officials have warned that some routed fighters may try to enter Europe by hiding among migrants crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers' boats, reported the Guardian (U.K
Item Number:9 Date: 08/16/2016 PAKISTAN - NEW MILITARY OPERATION SEEKS TO CHECK MOVEMENT OF MILITANTS ACROSS AFGHAN BORDER (AUG 16/DAWN)  DAWN -- The Pakistani army says it has begun a new operation along the border with Afghanistan, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   The operation was launched Tuesday in the Rajgal valley in the Khyber tribal area to monitor movement across the border, said the official Inter Services Public Relations directorate.   Reinforcements will help target "movement on high mountains and all-weather passes in Khyber Agency" in the northwestern part of the country, said the statement.   "Despite heavy military presence on both sides of the border, cross-border movements of militants (both ways) have been a major area of concern," said the army.   An investigation into a militant attack against a university in January indicated that the perpetrators had employed Afghan territory and its telecommunications network.  
 Item Number:10 Date: 08/16/2016 RUSSIA - KREMLIN SENDS BOMBERS FROM IRANIAN BASE AGAINST MILITANTS IN SYRIA (AUG 16/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The Kremlin says that Russian bombers have been deployed from a base in Iran for the first time against militant targets in Syria, reports NBC News.   Tu-22M3 and Su-34 bombers took off on Tuesday from Iran's Hamadan air base, said the Russian Defense Ministry.   The bombers, escorted by Su-30SM and Su-35 fighter jets, hit targets in Aleppo, Deir el-Zour and Idlib provinces. They destroyed five major ammunition depots, training camps and three command posts, said the ministry.   According to Rossiya 24 (Russia), this deployment will cut flight times by 60 percent and increase bombing payloads.   Reuters noted that the action is thought to be the first time Moscow has used the territory of another Middle Eastern country for its operations in Syria.   The ministry said the targets were Islamic State fighters and militants previously called Nusra Front.  
Item Number:11 Date: 08/16/2016 THAILAND - 5 DIE, INCLUDING DIVISION COMMANDER, IN HELO CRASH ON NATION'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (AUG 16/BANGPOST)  BANGKOK POST -- The deaths of five Thai military officers over the weekend in a helicopter crash have been confirmed, reports the Bangkok Post.   The UH-72 Lakota helicopter crashed on Sunday on Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain, according to military officials the following day.   The wreckage of the aircraft was found about 1 mile (2 km) southwest of the air force's radar station on the mountain. The bodies were also found – to include those of Maj. Gen. Nopporn Ruanchan, the commander of the 4th Infantry Division.   The helicopter was returning to Phitsanulok after completing a flood relief operation in Mae Hong Son when it disappeared, said officials.   Poor visibility may have caused the crash, reported Reuters.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 08/16/2016 TURKEY - PURGE BROADENS, WITH ARRESTS OF BUSINESSMEN, COURT PERSONNEL IN ISLAMABAD (AUG 16/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Turkish police have raided dozens of businesses in Istanbul as part of the investigation into last month's attempted coup, say security sources cited by the Anadolu Agency.   Simultaneous raids were made on Tuesday against 44 businesses, and warrants have been issued for 120 company executives, the sources said.   The suspects have been accused of financing the activities of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, reported AFP. Top officials in Turkey have blamed Gulen for the military coup attempt.   On Monday, police also raided four major courts in Istanbul, arresting 136 judicial personnel said to be linked to the coup attempt.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/16/2016 TURKEY - SUSPICIONS FALL ON PKK FOR DEADLY BOMBING ON POLICE STATION (AUG 16/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- There has been a fatal car bomb attack at a traffic police station in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   According to early reports, at least four police officers and three civilians were killed and 21 people were injured in Monday's attack on the station along the Diyarbakir-Batman highway, said provincial officials. A child was among the dead.   The casualty count was expected to rise.   The blast blew out the windows of the police station and left the building's twisted metal frame exposed through the concrete and its roof partially collapsed, reported Reuters.   The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group was blamed for the attack.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/16/2016 USA - EDUCATION PROGRAMS BEING EXPANDED TO BOTH YOUNGER, SENIOR NCOS (AUG 16/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense is going to give younger non-commissioned officers the opportunity to participate in joint military education programs, reports the Military Times.   The idea driving the change is have more young NCOs serving in the approximately 8,800 joint enlisted jobs across the military.   Two Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) programs are being expanded. These programs are voluntary and offered online.   The SEJMPE I course, which was previously only available to those with ranks at E-7 or above, is now open to E-5s and E-6s. The change took effect in April.   The expansion reflects the growing responsibility that younger NCOs have taken on over the last decade, said Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.   In another change, senior enlisted personnel will have the chance to attend in-residence courses that had traditionally been limited to commissioned officers.   This includes the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, a 10-week, in-residence course at the Joint Forces Staff College. This is now open to senior NCOs at the E-8 and E-9 pay grade.   The same expansion applies to the Joint and Combined Warfighting School-Hybrid, which is the same course in a different format.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/16/2016 USA - KC-46A AERIAL TANKER GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR PRODUCTION (AUG 16/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- Frank Kendall, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics has approved the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker for production, reports the Air Force News Service.   The authorization has launched work to award the first two low-rate production contracts within the next 30 days, said the Aug. 12 release. The US$2.8 billion contracts will cover 19 aircraft and associated spare parts.   Eighteen tankers are expected to be delivered by early 2018.   The approval came after the completion of several aerial refueling demonstrations, including refueling an F-16 fighter; C-17 Globemaster III transport; and A-10 Thunderbolt II off the boom; and an AV-8 Harrier II and F/A-18 Hornet fighter off both hose-and-drogue systems.   The KC-46 also needed to demonstrate its receiver capability by taking fuel from a KC-10 Extender tanker, noted the service.   The first aircraft will be delivered to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas and Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma, reported UPI.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/16/2016 USA - NAVSEA HANDS OUT 2 AEGIS CONTRACTS (AUG 16/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., a pair of contracts for Aegis weapon systems and upgrades, reports the Dept. of Defense.   Both deals were announced on Aug. 12.   One contract, worth $490.6 million, covered the production of Aegis Weapon System Mk 7 ship sets and associated spare parts.   The deal combined purchases for the U.S. Navy (16 percent); Japan (32 percent); and South Korea (52 percent). Work is scheduled to be completed by May 2022.   Another $112.7 million contract modification was for fiscal 2016 Aegis modernization production requirements.   That deal covers the production of multi-mission signal processor equipment sets; ballistic missile defense 4.0.2 equipment; Aegis weapon system upgrade equipment; and associated spares to support the fielding of modernized capabilities to the fleet, according to a Pentagon release.   Work on the latter contract is supposed to be completed by November 2018
  Item Number:17 Date: 08/16/2016 USA - NAVY PROBES CRASH OF TRAINING JET IN TEXAS; PILOTS SAFE (AUG 16/CCCT)  CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES -- An investigation continues into the crash of a U.S. Navy T-45 jet in southern Texas over the weekend.   The training aircraft went down near Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas).   The student and instructor pilot ejected safely on Sunday evening from the T-45C Goshawk trainer about 17 miles (27 km) southwest of the base, according to service officials cited by Navy NewsStand.   The aircraft, assigned to Training Squadron 21 (VT-21), was in the midst of a routine training flight when it crashed, said the Navy.  
Item Number:18 Date: 08/16/2016 USA - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF FUTURE USS DETROIT LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (AUG 16/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- A team led by Lockheed Martin has delivered the seventh littoral combat ship (LCS) to the U.S. Navy, according to a company release on Monday.   The future USS Detroit was delivered on Aug. 12 and will be commissioned on Oct. 22. She is the fourth Freedom-variant LCS to be delivered.   The Lockheed-led team is in full-rate production of the Freedom class, with six ships under construction. Three more are in long-lead material procurement
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/16/2016 USA - OBAMA ORDERS 15 GITMO DETAINEES TO BE RELEASED (AUG 16/USA)  USA TODAY -- The Obama administration has approved the release of 15 detainees who had been held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reports the USA Today.   Twelve Yemeni nationals and three Afghan were transferred to the United Arab Emirates, announced the Pentagon on Monday. They had been held without charge, some for more than 14 years, noted the New York Times.   Sixty-one prisoners are still held at Guantanamo, including 19 that have been cleared for transfer.   This is the largest single transfer under the Obama administration.   The move was condemned by Rep. Edward Royce (R.-Calif), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who charged the administration with "recklessness" and "doubling down on policies that put Americans at risk."   Said Royce, "hardened terrorists" are again being released to foreign countries where they will be a threat. "Too many have already died at the hands of former detainees," he said, as quoted by the Washington Post.   
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/16/2016 YEMEN - COALITION AIRSTRIKE HITS HOSPITAL RUN BY INTERNATIONAL AID GROUP (AUG 16/REU)  REUTERS -- An airstrike made by the Saudi-led coalition has struck a hospital in Yemen operated by an aid group, killing at least 11 people and injuring 19, reports Reuters.   The strike took place Monday against a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Abs district of Hajja province, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   The location of the hospital was well known and shared with all parties to the conflict, the aid group said in a statement. The hospital has been supported by the aid group since June 2015, said MSF.   One staff member was among those killed. This was the fourth attack against an MSF facility in less than 12 months, the statement said.   A coalition spokesman said the attack was directed at a training facility run by Shi'ite Houthi rebels, reported the Voice of America News.
 

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