Friday, January 6, 2017

TheList 4358

The List 4358
To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - January 6
1813: During the War of 1812, USS Hornet, commanded by J. Lawrence, captured the merchant schooner, Ellen, off the coast of Brazil.
1916 - First enlisted flight training class at Pensacola, FL
1942 - Japanese capture 11 Navy Nurses in Manila, Philippines
1967- Operation Deckhouse V begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
1996 - USS Hopper, named for RADM Grace Hopper, commissioned.
This Day In Naval History - January 7
1822: The schooner Porpoise captures six pirate vessels off Cuba and destroys their base, while USS Spark recaptures a Dutch sloop that had been taken as a prize by pirates. A landing party destroys the pirate's base in the West Indies.
1960 - Launch of first fully-guided flight of Polaris missile at Cape Canaveral (flew 900 miles)
1967 - Mobile Riverine Force begins arriving at Vung Tau, Vietnam
This Day In Naval History - January 8
1847 - Battle of San Gabriel (Navy, Marines, Army defeat Mexicans in CA)
Today in History January 6
Harold Godwineson is crowned King Harold II - King of England.
Henry VIII of England marries his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage will last six months.
The Governor of Maryland, Thomas Hicks, announces his opposition to the state's possible secession from the Union.
Japanese railway authorities in Korea refuse to transport Russian troops.
Union leaders ask President William H. Taft to investigate U.S. Steel's practices.
New Mexico becomes the 47th U.S. state of the Union.
Germany acknowledges Finland's independence.
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, dies at the age of 60 in his home at Sagamore Hill, New York.
The U.S. Navy orders the sale of 125 flying boats to encourage commercial aviation.
The United States bans the shipment of arms to war-torn Spain.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to support the Lend-lease Bill to help supply the Allies.
Boeing B-29 bombers in the Pacific strike new blows on Tokyo and Nanking.
Ho Chi Minh wins in the Vietnamese elections.
Moscow announces a reduction in its armed forces by 300,000.
Over 16,000 U.S. and 14,000 Vietnamese troops start their biggest attack on the Iron Triangle, northwest of Saigon.
Astronomers report sighting a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
In one of the closest Presidential elections in U.S. history, George W. Bush was finally declared the winner of the bitterly contested 2000 Presidential elections more than five weeks after the election due to the disputed Florida ballots.
Former Ku Klux Klan organizer Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.
US Senate confirms Janet Yellen as the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve Bank in the central bank's 100-year history.
Thanks to Chuck
Great aviation story
On 1/5/2017 5:40 PM, wrote:
Byrum Teekel, a 90 year old insurance man, who once flew a twin Piper around the WORLD with a co-pilot friend who had been a Navy test pilot in the early days of jets told the funniest aviation story I'd heard in a long time. 
When the Navy first began test flights with jets, they were flying out of Carswell because the Chance-Vought plant was there in Ft Worth.  Gen. LeMay found out about it and had a stroke worrying that if "any of those Navy pukes" crashed a plane at Carswell, they might not be able to get the bombers off to start WWIII – so he kicked them out.  The Navy still wanted a long runway near Ft Worth and the C-V factory, and they settled on Ardmore, OK.  
Teek's buddy and his wingman became famous in the small OK town and couldn't buy a beer at any of the local taverns.  After their test flights every day, they'd do some bonus acrobatics for the locals, who loved seeing and hearing the jets fly.  One day the mayor called the test pilots and asked if they could do a flyover for a local parade. Seems that Gene Autry, a native of Ardmore, had a circus at the time and he always did a parade in his home town and a few shows en route to Madison Square Garden.  The Navy test pilots were asked to do a flyover for the big parade down the main street that preceded the circus performances. 
The Navy dudes went downtown and measured the width of the street, then called the mayor and asked if he wanted afterburners as well.  The mayor said, "hell yes – we want the whole show".  
On the day of the parade, with elephants, horses, giraffes, zebras and all manner of circus animals parading down Main Street, the two Navy jets cranked it up and made a low level, full AB pass down the street at VERY low level.  When they pulled up to come around and make a second pass, they observed complete chaos down below with animals in flight and handlers pursuing them down every street in the downtown.  The jet jocks decided to call off the second pass and RTB.  On landing, a ground crewman came running up to the lead pilot and told him the major was on the phone and it was urgent.  The flight lead didn't want to take the call but figured he had to.  When he got on the line, the mayor shouted, "You SOBs broke every goddam window in downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma with that low-level pass."  The pilot replied that the company would pay for fixing the windows, but what about all the animals – had they been rounded up?  The mayor replied, "well some of them are still running, but don't worry about the windows.  It was worth it to make sure that jerk Gene Autry won't bring that f______ circus to town and make us sit thru that awful parade again.  Nobody likes him anyhow."
Thanks to Barrett for some additional Boyington history
I just noted a shorter list of Jan. 3 historic dates and sent the following:
Also the date Boyington got himself bagged and his wingman KIA. (E Longitude date of course)  Several years ago a Japanese-American colleague did some spadework and theorized that Boyington may have run himself out of fuel, as there was a radio call from an unidentified pilot ditching in the area.
Recently saw a video of the newsreel about his return to the US.  Comments noted that he did not appear thin, let alone emaciated after 20 months in a Jap prison.  That's because due to his seniority (O-5) he got assigned doing chores in Ofuna's kitchen.  He was asked to sneak food to starving POWs but refused.  In the 70s-80s he was confronted by surviving camp mates at one or two airshows and departed hastily. 
As for 28 victories: nonsense.  He claimed 6 kills with the Flying Tigers but was credited with 2.  IIRC he was the only regular officer allowed to join the AVG because the marines were glad to be shed of him.  His discharge specified that he would not repeat not be allowed to return.  But in early 42 after his expulsion from the Tigers, he did re-enter the marines because the paperwork was lost or ignored.  
Bruce Gamble's excellent bio relates how, after Truman hung the MoH on Boyington, he and his former ACIO went to HQ and inserted an "amended" mission report for 3 Jan 44 "confirming" two more kills.  The unauthorized process was "validated" by Boyington as former CO and the other as former ACIO.  (By rights they should not have been credited since they were unwitnessed.)  I was acquainted with the 1946 CO, George Hollowell, when 214 was on the west coast.  He never knew of it.
Meanwhile: I was secretary of the aces assn. when Boyington's CREDITED victories were confirmed at 24 total.  But the marines refuse to correct a 70-year frabup.  After Boyington died, Marion Carl and others tried to get Joe Foss recognized as the top gun because all his 26 were in usmc service.  Head of history & museums division refused, saying "We don't speak ill of the dead." Marion's response that speaking facts does not = speaking ill was ignored.
Joe was far too much a gentleman to press the issue but his treatment remains a permanent blot on the leathernecks...
(Sidebar: Bruce Gamble's companion volume, a history of 214's three WW II iterations, is also a must-pump for Black Sheep fans.)
(Second sidebar: in 2002 or so I moderated a panel with Black Sheep veterans.  Inevitably they were asked about the dreadful 1970s TV series.  The main spokesman, a retired BG, responded, "If we'd had quonset huts instead of flooded tents, plenty of booze, good chow and all those nurses...hell, I'd still be out there!")
Just FWIW!
Thanks to Dr. Rich. This is great…This guy will be lucky to get the dog house to sleep in …
Thanks to Richard …

At the Chicago Bulls Basketball team home games they have a Kiss Cam. 
The idea is that couples images are displayed on the big 
screen over the basketball court and if your image is shown you should kiss your partner.  That's the theory.
        WATCH TILL THE END - Something we've all wanted to do 
to certain cell phone loving people .....

Item Number:1 Date: 01/06/2017 BANGLADESH - PLOTTER INVOLVED IN DHAKA CAFE ATTACK DIES IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE (JAN 06/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Police in Bangladesh say they have killed a man who helped organize last year's terror attack on a cafe in Dhaka, reports Agence Frence-Presse.   Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspect were killed Friday during a raid in Dhaka's Rayer Bazar neighborhood, said a police spokesman.   Marzan, 30, was wanted for his role in an attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in July 2016 that left at least 20 hostages dead, the spokesman said.   The other dead militant, Saddam Hossain, had led others in targeted killings in the country's north, said officials.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack. Bangladeshi officials have blamed the homegrown Jamatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB).   In August, security forces killed a Canadian citizen born in Bangladesh named Tamim Ahmed Chowdury, saying he was the mastermind of the cafe attack, as reported at the time by Reuters
Item Number:2 Date: 01/06/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - MILITANTS AMBUSH, KILL 2 MOROCCAN UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS (JAN 06/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- A attack by militants on a U.N. convoy in southeastern Central African Republic has killed two Moroccan peacekeepers and wounded two others, reports the U.N. News Service.   The ambush occurred on Wednesday about 37 miles (60 km) west of the city of Obo, according to the MINUSCA peacekeeping mission.   The convoy was headed to the city with fuel when unknown insurgents made their attack. They then escaped into the bush, said MINUSCA officials.   "Every effort" will be made to track down those responsible, said Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the special representative of the U.N. Secretary-General in the Central African Republic and head of the MINUSCA mission
Item Number:3 Date: 01/06/2017 CHAD - PRIME MINISTER CLOSES 1,200-MILE SPARSELY POPULATED BORDER WITH LIBYA, CITING TERRORIST THREAT (JAN 06/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Chadian government has stepped up its security and sealed its lengthy border with Libya against the threat of "potential terrorist infiltration," reports Agence France-Presse.   On Thursday, Prime Minister Albert Padacket declared that Chad's Tibesti desert regions along the 1,200-mile border with Libya were military operation zones.   "Some isolated terrorist groups have gathered in the south of Libya, putting the northern frontier of our country potentially exposed to a serious threat of a terrorist infiltration," said the prime minister. He did not specify any groups.   The border regions are sparsely populated and have been used for contraband on both sides, noted the Arab News.   Islamic State militants in Libya were recently ousted from their stronghold in Sirte
Item Number:4 Date: 01/06/2017 FRANCE - MILITARY TO BE EQUIPPED WITH DOZENS OF SPY RANGER MINI-RECON UAVS (JAN 06/THALES)  THALES -- The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has chosen Thales to supply dozens of new mini-surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for the French military, according to the defense firm.   Thales will deliver up to 70 Spy Ranger mini-UAV systems starting in 2018, the company said in a release on Thursday.   The Spy Ranger will offer the ability to monitor areas day or night, for long periods at ranges of up to 19 miles (30 km), said Thales.   Each system has three UAVs and a ground segment.   Thales says the Spy Ranger is optimized to support a combined arms tactical group maneuver; offensive reconnaissance missions; provide cover; support the neutralization of strong points; and monitor artillery fire missions to provide corrective data.   
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/06/2017 IRAQ - COUNTERTERROR TROOPS MAKE RAID INTO MOSUL UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS (JAN 06/REU)  REUTERS -- Iraqi counterterrorism forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul say they have carried out their first nighttime raid, reports Reuters.   Troops from the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) bridged a tributary of the Euphrates River early Friday in eastern Mosul, pushing out ISIS fighters from the Muthanna district, said a spokesman.   "We used special equipment and had the element of surprise. The enemy did not expect us to mount a night offensive because all previous offensives were during the day," the spokesman said.   The U.S.-led coalition reportedly supported the assault with 19 airstrikes, killing dozens of ISIS terrorists
Item Number:6 Date: 01/06/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY, PALESTINIAN BOATS COLLIDE; FISHERMAN MISSING (JAN 06/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Israeli officials say a Palestinian fisherman is missing after his boat collided with an Israeli navy ship off the coast of the Gaza Strip, reports the Times of Israel.   Wednesday night's accident was blamed on the sea conditions, according to the Israel Defense Forces.   Palestinians said the navy vessel intentionally "attacked" the fishing boat.   Both the navy and Palestinian sailors launched searches for the fisherman, who were missing as of Thursday afternoon, local time.   The military vessel was escorting a different fishing boat that had "deviated" from the permitted fishing zone when the navy ship hit the other craft, sinking it, the IDF said.   The boat "was not visible [due] to the conditions out at sea," said an IDF spokesman.   An investigation into the incident has been started.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/06/2017 IVORY COAST - TROOPS MUTINY IN 3 CITIES, DEMANDING HIGHER PAY (JAN 06/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Soldiers in three cities in the Ivory Coast have apparently begun a mutiny, reports Deutsche Welle, citing residents and army officers.   Heavy weapons fire was heard Friday near the nation's largest military camp of Bouake, reported AFP. Former soldiers were said to have taken over police stations, taken weapons and set up positions at the entrances of the city, reported the BBC.   The second-in-command at the main military base had been taken hostage, one army officer told Reuters. Another officer said reinforcements had been sent from Abidjan, the nation's commercial capital.   Hours later, similar clashes were reported near military camps in the coastal town of Daloa and the northern city of Korhogo.   Onetime rebel fighters, later integrated into the army, were demanding a bonus of about US$8,000 each, plus a house, said one soldier cited by AFP.   In 2014, soldiers barricaded roads in several cities and towns. The Ivory Coast government agreed to a financial settlement, and the troops returned to their barracks
Item Number:8 Date: 01/06/2017 LIBYA - UNITY GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS MOSCOW'S ASSISTANCE IN PEACE PROCESS (JAN 06/LIBEX)  LIBYAN EXPRESS -- Russia hopes to play a larger role in resolving the conflict in Libya, say Libyan officials, as cited by the Libyan Express.   Authorities in Libya welcome the Russian initiatives to find grounds for dialogue among the various political parties, said Ahmed Mitig, the deputy head of the Presidential Council of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).   "The Presidential Council welcomes any Russian initiative for national reconciliation in Libya, as the Russian Federation has a balanced position and good relations with all parties," Mitig told Russia's Sputnik news agency.   "We call on Russia to conduct its diplomacy to convince other sides to accept a political agreement, under which their signatures were put, and to engage in the political process," said Mitiq.   Last year, Agilah Saleh, the speaker of the House of Representatives based in Tobruk and Khalifa Hafter, the leader of the eastern forces, visited Moscow to seek the Kremlin's support for their self-proclaimed Libyan National Army.   Moscow has also reportedly expressed a desire to make Haftar Libya's "Bashar Assad," Russia's ally in Syria.   Haftar and Saleh do not recognize the GNA as the legitimate authority in Libya.  
Item Number:9 Date: 01/06/2017 NIGERIA - 800 NIGERIAN PEACEKEEPERS BOUND FOR PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN SUDAN (JAN 06/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- The chief of staff of the Nigeria's army says 800 military personnel will be deployed to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in western Sudan, reports the Vanguard (Lagos).   Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai made his comments Tuesday at the Nigerian army peacekeeping center.   The battalion formally completed pre-deployment training for the mission in Jaji in the northwestern Kaduna state.   Buratai, who oversaw the graduation ceremony, called on the troops to demonstrate professionalism during their mission.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/06/2017 RUSSIA - MILITARY DRAWDOWN BEGINS IN SYRIA; RUSSIAN CARRIER WILL LEAVE IN INITIAL STEP, SAYS TOP GENERAL (JAN 06/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian military says it has begun reducing its forces in Syria, reported Tass (Russia).   The Kremlin is starting the drawdown under orders from President Vladimir Putin, said Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff, on Friday.   The general said the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier naval group will be the first to leave. The group was to begin moving Friday from the Mediterranean to Severomorsk in Russia's northern Murmansk region, he said.   Moscow began supporting the Syrian government with airstrikes in September 2015. In March 2016, The Kremlin announced it was withdrawing forces, but its strikes continued.   A cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Ankara went into effect last week. It is largely seen to be holding
Item Number:11 Date: 01/06/2017 SYRIA - JABLEH, ASSAD STRONGHOLD, HIT BY LARGE BLAST (JAN 06/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A car bombing in a coastal Syrian government stronghold in Latakia province has killed at least 11 people and wounded 35, say authorities, as reported by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The blast took place during rush hour Thursday near the city stadium in Jableh, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. Other sources had a higher casualty toll.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   Close to a Russian airbase, Jableh has been relatively stable since the start of the civil war in 2011.   This was the first large-scale attack since a new cease-fire agreed upon last week by Turkey and Russia. Terrorist groups such as Nusra Front (Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) and the Islamic State are not part of the truce.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/06/2017 SYRIA - ON THE WAY TO RAQQA, SDF TAKES CITADEL FROM ISIS (JAN 06/REU)  REUTERS -- Fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken control of a key ancient fort from the Islamic State, reports Reuters.   On Thursday, the rebel alliance seized the Jabar citadel on the banks of Lake Assad in Syria's Raqqa province, said a militia spokesman.   The fort is located near a strategic dam on the Euphrates River that is one objective in the campaign toward the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa.   The SDF is a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters. Its fighters are now headed for the dam, which is just a few miles away. Advances had been slowed by thick fog and infiltrating ISIS fighters, but the weather had now improved, the militia spokesman said.   The SDF launched a multi-stage operation in November aimed at capturing Raqqa. In the first phase, the SDF captured territory to the north of the city. The current phase aims at Raqqa's west.  
Item Number:13 Date: 01/06/2017 TURKEY - COURT HANDS DOWN 1ST COUP CONVICTIONS, GIVING LIFE SENTENCES TO 2 OFFICERS (JAN 06/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A court in Turkey has sentenced two senior military officers to life in prison for their alleged involvement in last year's failed coup attempt, reports the Voice of America News.   Thursday's conviction by the court in the eastern city of Erzurum was the first related to July's putsch attempt.   Col. Murat Kocak and Maj. Murat Yilmaz were convicted of violating the constitution under orders from Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in exile in the United States, reported the state-run Anadolu news agency.   At the time, the two were part of Erzurum's gendarmerie command; they denied involvement
Item Number:14 Date: 01/06/2017 TURKEY - PKK SUSPECTED IN FATAL CAR BOMBING NEAR COURTHOUSE IN IZMIR (JAN 06/HUR)  HURRIYET -- At least two people have been killed in a car bombing near the courthouse in Izmir, on Turkey's Aegean coast, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   A police officer and a courthouse employee were killed in the blast on Thursday, according to Erol Ayyildiz, the governor of Izmir province.   The officer reportedly intervened after noticing the vehicle was laden with explosives. A gunfight broke out as police attempted to stop and search the car, Ayyildiz said.   There were also armed clashes reported between police and terrorists inside and nearby the courthouse building, noted the Daily Sabah (Turkey).   Two militants were reportedly killed and two assault rifles and eight hand grenades were seized, said the governor.   Initial evidence suggested the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the attack, he said.  
Item Number:15 Date: 01/06/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - BRITISH MILITARY TO BEGIN WORK ON HIGH-ENERGY LASER WEAPONS (JAN 06/MBDA)  MBDA CORP. -- The U.K. Ministry of Defense has awarded a 30 million pound (US$37.5 million) contract for a laser weapon demonstrator to the UK Dragonfire consortium, which is led by MBDA Systems.   The project will assess laser weapon technologies and approaches and demonstrate a system in 2019, said a MoD release on Thursday.   The system's ability to find and track targets at various ranges and different weather conditions and over land and water will be assessed, said the ministry.   The MoD said data gathered will inform decisions on future developments and help the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to establish a road map toward an operational capability.   If the project is successful, an initial laser weapon capability could be available in the mid-2020s, the ministry said.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/06/2017 USA - B-52 BOMBER LOSES ENGINE WHILE FLYING OVER N.D.; NO INJURIES REPORTED (JAN 06/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- No injuries were reported when one of eight medium-thrust engines fell off a U.S. Air Force B-52 heavy bomber from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. on Wednesday.   The engine fell from a B-52 Stratofortress during a training flight, reports   The bomber was conducting a training flight not far from Minot AFB when the engine was lost, according to Air Force officials. The engine broke up and debris landed in an unpopulated area.   The aircraft landed safely after the incident, a service spokesman said, as reported by ABC News.   There were no weapons onboard at the time, reported Defense News.   An investigation has been launched
Item Number:17 Date: 01/06/2017 USA - COLUMBIA-CLASS SUB PROGRAM TAKES BIG STEP (JAN 06/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The outgoing head of acquisition for the Pentagon has given his approval for advanced development for the Navy's planned fleet of 12 nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs), reports Bloomberg News.   The Navy is in contract talks with General Dynamics, which is leading the project to replace the Ohio-class SSBNs. Huntington Ingalls Industries is the top subcontractor.   The service's latest cost estimate puts research and development at $13 billion and procurement at $112.7 billion.   Kendall, who will leave at the end of the Obama administration on Jan. 20, said in an interview about the decision, "I'm hoping to have it done before I leave."   The Navy has budgeted $43.7 billion for the submarine program over the next decade, a $9.3 billion increase from the previous year's estimate, according to a report to lawmakers in late 2016.   Each Columbia-class sub is like to cost about $8 billion to build, Rep. Joe Courtney (D,-Conn.) told USNI News on Wednesday. Courtney's district includes General Dynamics.   The Milestone B approval marks the beginning of engineering and manufacturing development
Item Number:18 Date: 01/06/2017 USA - INTEL CHIEFS HIT RUSSIA FOR ITS ALLEGED MEDDLING IN U.S. ELECTION (JAN 06/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Senior U.S. intelligence officials, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, blamed Kremlin leaders for approving an intelligence operation intended to interfere in the recent U.S. presidential election, reports the Los Angeles Times.   Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Marcel Lettre, undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, spoke and answered questions Thursday about the alleged  Russian theft and leak of thousands of emails prior to the election.   "We assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the recent election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets," the intelligence leaders wrote in joint remarks.   The operations did not involve changing vote tallies, Clapper said. "It was a multifaceted campaign. The hacking was only one part of it, it also entailed classical propaganda, misinformation, fake news" that continues today, he said.   The officials said that Russian cyber attacks pose "a major threat" to the U.S. government, military, financial institutions and electrical and communications infrastructure.   Russia has conducted more and more aggressive cyber operations in recent years, including hacks designed to mask the true actors using false online identities, the intelligence officials said.   The intelligence officials identified China, Iran, North Korea and Russia as the top four cyber threats to the U.S., noted South Korea's Yonhap news agency.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 01/06/2017 USA - STATE DEPT. LABELS OSAMA BIN LADEN'S SON A 'GLOBAL TERRORIST' (JAN 06/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The U.S. State Dept. has added Osama bin Laden's son Hamza to its terrorist blacklist, reports NBC News.   Hamza bin Laden was named as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," according to a State release on Thursday. The sanctions prohibit U.S. citizens from doing business with him and freeze his assets in the U.S.   Hamza is "actively engaged in terrorism," said State.   The younger bin Laden, born in 1989, was named as an official member of Al-Qaida in August 2015 by senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. He has called for terror attacks against the West, said State.   The son has been described as charismatic and popular with Al-Qaida; he was was said to have been the favorite son of the Al-Qaida leader. Hamza was often seen in Al-Qaida propaganda videos as a young boy, reported CNN.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 01/06/2017 VENEZUELA - MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASH SURVIVORS FOUND AFTER 6 DAYS IN AMAZON (JAN 06/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- Survivors have been found from a Venezuelan military helicopter that disappeared last Friday in a remote Amazon region, reports Sky News (U.K.).   The Mi-17 helicopter went down with 13 on board.   The wreckage was discovered Thursday with the five military crew on board found alive, reported Venezuela's El Nacional paper. The crewmen were transferred to Puerto Ayachuho, the capital of Amazonas state.   It was unclear whether any civilian passengers survived.   Members of the Yecuana indigenous tribe found the helicopter on the slopes of Cerro Duida mountain, said the governor of Amazonas state.


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