Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fw: TheList 4500

The List 4500

To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - July 13
1863 - USS Wyoming battled Japanese warlord's forces.
1939 - Appointment of RADM Richard Byrd as commanding officer of 1939-1941 Antarctic Expedition.
1942: USS Lansdowne (DD 486) sinks the German submarine (U 153) off the Panama Canal Zone.
1943 - During Battle of Kolombangara in Solomon Islands, U.S. lost USS Gwin. (DD-433) while Japanese lost light cruiser Jintsu.
Admiral Taylor's Rolling thunder history can be viewed each day at   ... (google it and you are there to read) ...
Today in History July 13
The Crusaders launch their final assault on Jerusalem.
Ottoman armies capture Tabriz in northwestern Persia.
Led by the Count of Egmont, the Spanish army defeats the French at Gravelines, France.
A group of 108 English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reaches Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
In England, the Roundheads, led by Sir William Waller, are defeated by Royalist troops under Lord Wilmot in the Battle of Roundway Down.
George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to the French, leaving them in control of the Ohio Valley.
Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacts the Northwest Ordinance, establishing rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
English poet William Wordsworth visits the ruins of Tintern Abbey.
Henry Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
Opponents of the draft begin three days of rioting in New York City.
The Great Eastern begins a two week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Britain and the United States.
The Congress of Berlin divides the Balkans among European powers.
Frank Sinatra records his first song, "From the Bottom of My Heart," with the Harry James Band.
Britain and the Soviet Union sign a mutual aid pact, providing the means for Britain to send war materiel to the Soviet Union.
In Geneva, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China and France reach an accord on Indochina, dividing Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel.
The Army of Morocco executes 10 leaders accused of leading a revolt.
Thanks to Micro
Your Vietnam statistics are very interesting.  There is a website that has those numbers along with additional information of equal interest, including myths.  Here is an interesting tidbit:
1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of August, 1995 (census figures).
During that same Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served was: 9,492,958.
As of the Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. This is hard to believe, losing nearly 711,000 between '95 and '00. That's 390 per day. During this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13,853,027. [Micro Note: at this rate, we'd all be gone by now, so the rate is inaccurate.]
This means that, even based on old data (the trend is far worse today), if you ran into someone in the year 2000 that claimed to have been a Vietnam vet, there was a 93% chance he was lying.  I find it interesting that the draft dodgers and protestors, as well as those that just hid in the corner, belittled us for serving, while calling us names, spitting on us, and feeling superior, now want to be us.
Thanks to Fred
Interesting from across the sea
Though our stars tend to rise and fall in opposition through the years, your reputation for adventure, fearlessness and a legendary hunger for _more _lingers, and for the most part we find that, more than that...we find it astonishing.

We may denigrate your American whisky (as well as your tendency to spell it with the Irish 'e') as you joke about our pasty faces and reliance upon dentures but we are cousins—if not always kissing—and share a rich common language, culture, customs and cuisine. We are more alike than different in nearly every respect but these: _One_, we are a constitutional monarchy and _Two_, despite what you may have heard we really, _really envy you your guns.
America has always seemed the dangerous, glamourous older brother. You were the cowboy, the gangster, the astronaut and the comic book hero of our collective imaginations. You were the captain of the debate team, dating the homecoming queen and cruising through life in your '55 Chrysler, one hand on the wheel, elbow on the door, working on that car tan.

The 40's, 50's and 60s were perhaps your finest hours. During World War II you were overpaid, oversexed and over here, breaker of hearts and hymens. The winds of heaven tousled with a loving hand your perfect hair, the sunlight glinted off your straight, white teeth. After the War, you invented rock and roll and corn dogs and forty-seven million things to do with sugar including LSD, and we were dazzled.

While we were washing under our arms from basins of cold water in cold rooms in a bitterly cold country, you were inventing the hot tub. At the cinema, we would bask in shimmering visions of your highways and high fashions, your Endless Summer California culture, your glittering skyscrapers and flawless  pavements, then trudge home and tune in the wireless for a Parliamentary debate on whether or not we could afford to clean centuries of coal smoke from our cracked and blackened buildings

While you were bringing Caesar Salad, Martinis, Bananas Foster, Baked Alaska and the almighty, sacred Hamburger into the world, we anticipated the prospect of instant mashed potatoes finally becoming available down the local shops. We were unimaginably insular; it is within living memory that people in Britain believed spaghetti grew on trees.

Despite pretensions to polite behaviour we relished your films and television programmes like The Godfather_, _The Maltese Falcon_, _The Third Man_ and _White Heat_; more recently _The Sopranos_, _Breaking Bad_and _Deadwood_—the more violent the better. We admired Clint Eastwood's entire __oeuvre_. We devoured books like_Lonesome Dove_ and the works of Steinbeck, Hemingway, Mark Twain and Raymond Chandler. Some of us even like bluegrass but those people are mainly in the looney bin. We treasure pretty much everything about you, but we're British so you don't hear us mention it very often.

Some Britons flinch when one suggests ever needing a gun in Old Blighty but don't believe the lukewarm protestations. As the past, few years have unfolded any remaining hesitation is apt to change, and soon. What we are beginning to remember is that for thousands of years everyone on this island was armed always with daggers—with swords if you could afford them, with throwing axes and longbows for truly special occasions.  Personal defence was not just a choice, it meant accepting full responsibility for individual safety beyond city or castle walls. Defending ourselves with grace and strength and skill was something we once took great pride in.

Our downfall can be charted in three separate events:

Two hundred years ago, give or take a couple of decades, Sir Robert Peel established a full-time, professional and centrally-organised police force with the passing of The Metropolitan Police Act of 1829. It was not well received at the time; the public felt they did very well already with
night watchmen and personal vigilance and besides, who was expected to pay for it? And why hadn't the people been consulted? As things usually go between governments and their subjects, government had its way. We turned our weapons over to legally-sanctioned protectors and began to soften as a people.

In the midst of austerity after The Second World War, universal healthcare for all was rolled out to tremendous fanfare, followed by a steadily increasing system of welfare for mothers and children, later for pensioners, then veterans and civil servants. There was in the early days some shame associated with taking a government handout but practice makes perfect and before long anyone with a doctor's note affirming a sprained wrist or dodgy knee could sign on and be supported for life. No one asked this time who would pay—no one wanted to hear the answer anyway. And we grew softer still.

Simultaneously, the government threw open its doors to the former colonies, or rather the _brown_ colonies. Indians, Pakistanis and Caribbean Islanders answered the call to serve as a labour force and in short order became a demographic who never actually seemed to leave. Politicians had discovered the lucrative stand of virgin timber that was the immigrant class and
promised them anything, even citizenship, in exchange for their vote. And vote they did, until their children grew up, stood for election themselves and were voted in by their own people_ __on the colour of their skin. When native Britons asked why they were never consulted on allowing this flood of immigrants they were called _racialists_. Since Britain had just finished dealing Jerry a bally good hiding, any accusation of holding Nazi sentiments was social poison. Hence, we softened our principles and muffled the warning of our hearts.

This is how we joined the invertebrates.

Now we are facing Islam, though not many know that what is happening today is just another battle in a very old war.

From the 16th to the 18th centuries upwards of two million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves in Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli. These weren't people who were taken at sea but from their beds, in the dark of night in coastal towns and villages in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, up into Wales and along the west coast of Ireland, as well as throughout the Mediterranean.
Why who would do such a thing, you may ask—the Barbary Pirates, of course—_Muslims_.

This carried on for two hundred years with only sporadic and half-hearted interruption. England talked a good game and now and then ransomed a lord or two out of slavery, but what's a few missing Cornish fishermen, their wives and children here and there? It wasn't until American ships began to be attacked and raided for goods and slaves that investors studied the situation and concluded, "You know, this could be bad for business," and went to war.

First though, in the interest of fair play, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams made the perilous journey across the Atlantic to London for a sit-down with Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, the envoy from Tripoli. When asked what right the Barbary pirates had to force Americans into slavery, Jefferson recorded the ambassador's answer in two letters and his personal diary:

"He replied that the right was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise".

So, not a lot's changed then.

In an Anglo-Dutch-American alliance three campaigns of The Barbary Wars were fought and the Muslims were at last subdued and colonised. Client kings and strong men were installed and until the present-day Muslims have remained a benign tumour on civilised society.

It was a stunning victory and Francis Scott Key composed a song to mark the occasion. The original verses included:

And pale beamed the Crescent, its splendor obscured by the light of the star-bangled flag of our nation. Where each flaming star gleamed a meteor of war, And the turban'd head bowed to the terrible glare.

It wasn't a huge hit at the time though after the War of 1812 he dusted it off, rewrote some of the more laboured lines and it eventually became the American National Anthem.

Were you taught all this in school? No? Nor I. Why is it that where our history intersects with Islam it always seems to either vanish like morning mist or become corrupted into making the Christian world into the bad guys and aggressors?

This brings us to the current mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the platitude-puss Pakistani with links to Hamas, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. When he's not scurrying along the baseboards he's raring up on his two hind legs and sporting the most punchable, weapons-grade constipation face this side of the Atlantic. It doesn't take an adept in Texas Hold'em to ascertain that Khan's tell is one of a man who is eternally biting back what he really wants to say.

Within an hour of the latest cultural enrichment, Khan is on hand with fair-minded and reassuring statements like, _Terrorism is part-and-parcel of living in a big city_ or _London is one of the safest cities in the world_. Meanwhile, the poisonous flood of piety and bloodlust threatens to drown us all.

What people in Britain are gradually coming to grips with is that Islam teaches that this life on earth is merely a stepping-stone to Paradise and that Muslims must stop at nothing to attain it. To paraphrase Kyle Reese, they can't be bargained with, they can't be reasoned with, they don't
feel pity, or remorse, or fear and they absolutely will not stop, ever, until all non-Muslims are dead or enslaved.

For politicians, though, hope springs eternal; just fire the old PR firm and hire a new one. Hence, the RUN•HIDE•TELL campaign is off to a rocketing start. Of course, scruffy young tearaways were quick to deface the posters by substituting the last word to read RUN•HIDE•SUBMIT but
the kings of PR, the Americans, have gone us one better with DRAW•AIM•SHOOT as the only viable response. We respect this, of course, because we love your guns.

In other news, on 28 May 2017, police sent a helicopter and combat-ready police to confiscate a karaoke machine from a backyard BBQ because the hosts played a song mocking Osama bin Laden. Bear in mind this was four days after bomb and bloodshed at a concert attended by teenaged girls in Manchester Arena. Several days after the karaoke caper, the horrific massacre on London Bridge took place. Clearly, prioritising threats could do with some work.

Our current PM, Barren Cat Lady, famously stated upon her election, "Brexit means Brexit." We're still waiting. After the London Bridge Massacre, she said, "Enough is Enough." At this rate she'll probably say," Potatoes are Potatoes," next and the media will still stand up and applaud it.

But now I am just lobbing outrage darts at the page so I'll wind this up.
Governments which no longer guarantee the security of their citizens are worthless, and those that disallow the right to defend oneself are worse than negligent, they are clearly dangerous to support in any way. People here are beginning to get this, but I still feel it's too late to prevent
the rivers of blood alluded to by the brilliant Enoch Powell, king of 'racialists,' true patriot and martyr.

As I write this it's less than seventy-two hours till we march once more unto the polls to vote in an election that probably won't make a bit of difference except to take our Brexit away for good. And yet it could also upset the entire apple cart as well. Such are the times we live in.

My American friends, you are surely aware that you don't have to own a gun to fight like hell to retain your right to bear arms, as well as the freedom to play anything you damn well please on your karaoke machines Preserve those rights, defend them, they are more precious than you know.

Never sell them. Never soften.

They say a falling knife has no handle and yet our British politicians keep snatching it in mid-air, then expressing astonishment and dismay at the cuts on their hands.

Based upon experience they'll just carry on trying to catch it while the rest of us bleed to death.
Thanks to Dutch R.
Should be mandatory for all Americans.
Thanks to JP -
Get rid of the hyphenated crapola.
In 1915 President Woodrow Wilson, in an address to newly naturalized American citizens stated the following. How have we allowed this country to forget this:
 "...and while you bring all countries with you, you come with a purpose of leaving all other countries behind you—bringing what is best of their spirit, but not looking over your shoulders and seeking to perpetuate what you intended to leave behind in them. I certainly would not be one even to suggest that a man cease to love the home of his birth and the nation of his origin—these things are very sacred and ought not to be put out of our hearts—but it is one thing to love the place where you were born and it is another thing to dedicate yourself to the place to which you go. 
You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will thorough Americans. 
You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. America does not consist of groups. 
A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes."
Thanks to Carl
Chemo Making Cancer Worse Says Yet Another Peer Reviewed Medical Journal 

Thanks to  Robert…GREAT IDEA.I am sure tired of listening to other folks on the phone
After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his
As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to
him pulled
out her cell phone and started talking in a loud voice:
"Hi sweetheart. It's Sue. I'm on the train".
"Yes, I know it's the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long
"No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with
the boss".
"No sweetheart, you're the only one in my life".
"Yes, I'm sure, cross my heart!"
Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.
When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into
the phone,
"Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed."
Sue doesn't use her cell phone in public any longer.
Item Number:1 Date: 07/13/2017 BANGLADESH - RUSSIA TO HELP PROBE CRASH OF AIR FORCE TRAINER IN CHITTAGONG (JUL 13/TASS)  TASS -- Russian officials say specialists are heading to Bangladesh to help investigate the crash of a Russian-made Bangladeshi air force aircraft on Tuesday, reports Tass (Moscow).   A Bangladeshi air force trainer jet crashed in the southeastern Chittagong district on July 11, reports (Bangladesh).   The Yak-130 went down in a remote area of the Lohagara region shortly after taking off from the Zahurul Haque air force base in Chittagong, said local police.   Both crewmembers ejected safely, said air force officials.   A spokesman for Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said on Wednesday that its personnel would provide assistance.  
Item Number:2 Date: 07/13/2017 BULGARIA - SABER GUARDIAN EXERCISE UNDERWAY; 18 DRILLS SET FOR BULGARIA, ROMANIA, HUNGARY (JUL 13/SOFIA)  SOFIA NEWS AGENCY -- The U.S.-led Saber Guardian exercise has started at Camp Novo Selo in southern Bulgaria, reports the Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria).   Eighteen specialized drills are planned under the command of U.S. Army Europe in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania as part of Saber Guardian, officials said.   This year's exercise is intended to enhance the interoperability of the participants and demonstrate their resolve to support the security and stability of the Black Sea region, said the Bulgarian Defense Ministry.   The drills include the Black Swan specialist task exercise; Swift Response air drills; Eagle Sentinel tactical drills; Peace Sentinel air defense exercise; and Shabla aviation exercise.   Bulgaria is deploying some 4,000 personnel for the drills, which began Tuesday and are scheduled to conclude on July 20.   A Ukrainian air force S-300 air defense unit is taking part in the Shabla drills, noted Interfax-AVN (Russia
Item Number:3 Date: 07/13/2017 CAMEROON - BOKO HARAM BLAMED FOR SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN BUSY MARKETPLACE; 14 DEAD, 30 INJURED (JUL 13/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Two suicide bombers in northeastern Cameroon have killed 14 people and injured at least 30 others, say security sources cited by Agence France-Presse.   The attacks took place Wednesday evening in a busy area of Waza, a market town near the Nigerian border, said the sources.   The area hit was filled with "restaurants, telephone cabins and kiosks," said one official.   Authorities blamed the attack on the Boko Haram militant group, reported Naij.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/13/2017 CANADA - CC-130J HERCULES MAKES 1ST TACTICAL AIRLIFT SORTIE WITH ANTI-ISIS COALITION (JUL 13/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- A Canadian transport aircraft is now supporting the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in the Middle East.   A CC-130J Hercules made its first sortie on Wednesday as part of Operation Impact, the designation for Canada's contribution to the coalition, according to the Dept. of National Defense.   The Tactical Airlift Detachment is based in Kuwait. The detachment has one aircraft and about 20 personnel.   The tactical airlift capability was included in a new mandate for the operation announced by Ottawa last month.   Other Canadian assets that have been taking part in the operation include a CC-150 Polaris aerial refueller; a CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft; a CC-130J Hercules and a tactical aviation detachment with up to four CH-146 Griffon helicopters
Item Number:5 Date: 07/13/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - EUROPEAN COMMISSION RULES TRY TO CRACK DOWN ON IMPORTS OF 'CULTURAL GOODS' THAT FUND TERRORISTS (JUL 13/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The executive arm of the European Union has announced that it is cracking down on art-trafficking that might help fund terrorist groups, reports Agence France-Presse.   Terrorist groups including the Islamic State have looted and damaged historic sites in Iraq and Syria. They then sell the artifacts to fund their operations, noted the European Commission in a release on Wednesday.   The European Commission said that it would ban the import of cultural goods "exported illegally from their home countries," into E.U. territory.   "Money is the life blood of war for the terrorists who attack our continent or who fight in Iraq and Syria," E.U. Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.   "For our own security, we must at all costs cut off their sources of funds, starting with the traffic in antiquities stolen in these countries," he said.   The commission is seeking a common definition of "cultural goods" and said it will set up a new licensing system that would require importers to obtain permission from the E.U.   Customs will be authorized to seize and retain goods if it cannot be shown that they have been legally exported, said the bloc.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 07/13/2017 FRANCE - AMERICANS TO HEAD MILITARY PARADE IN PARIS FOR BASTILLE DAY (JUL 13/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- American troops will lead a military parade celebrating Bastille Day in France for the first time, reports   A military parade has been a major part of Bastille Day celebrations since 1880.   About 200 troops from U.S. European Command will have the honor of leading the parade down the Champs-Elysees to mark the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I, said a EUCOM statement on Thursday.   President Trump is a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron for Bastille Day.   The U.S. troops will include soldiers from the Army's 1st Infantry Division, which was the first unit to enter France in 1917, said a U.S. spokesman.   Other units taking part include the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade and 10th Mountain Division; U.S. Army Europe's 7th Army Training Command; sailors from U.S. Naval Forces Europe; airmen from U.S. Air Forces Europe; and Marines from U.S. Marine Forces Europe.   U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and F-16s flown by the Thunderbirds demonstration squadron will also conduct flyovers
Item Number:7 Date: 07/13/2017 ISRAEL - 7 ARRESTED IN SCANDAL OVER PURCHASE OF GERMAN SUBMARINES (JUL 13/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- Israeli police have detained seven people, including former navy chief Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, in an ongoing investigation into corruption in the purchase of three German-made submarines and offshore patrol vessels, reports the Jerusalem Post.   Those arrested are allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, noted Deutsche Welle.   Six were arrested on Monday and Marom was apprehended on Tuesday, police officials said. Marom was navy chief from 2007 to 2011.   Marom is alleged to have received bribes from Miki Ganor, the Israeli representative of German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, reported Israel's Channel 2.   The six initially detained were held on suspicion of bribery, fraud, money laundering and tax offense. At the time of the alleged offenses, some were civil servants while others worked in the private sector, said police.   Netanyahu's personal lawyer, David Shimron, is also suspected of pressing to buy the subs from ThyssenKrupp over the objections of the defense establishment, including then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.   Shimron, the prime minister's second cousin, has denied any wrongdoing
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/13/2017 JAPAN - PAC-3 MISSILE DEFENSE EXERCISE PLANNED FOR YOKOTA; TRAINING TO INCLUDE AMERICANS, SAY LOCAL MEDIA (JUL 13/AS)  ASAHI SHIMBUN -- Japanese forces plan to deploy a missile defense unit to Yokota Air Base for a training exercise, reports the Asahi Shimbun.   A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit from the Air Self-Defense Force will be deployed to the base, the command center for U.S. Forces Japan. The exercise will take place as early as August, said government sources on Thursday.   The U.S. Air Force will participate to confirm the procedures followed in the event of a launch. Yokota was chosen for the exercise to "show strong Japan-U.S. coordination," said the newspaper.   The planned exercise will be part of efforts to counter North Korean missile threats.   When asked, a spokesman for Japan's Defense Ministry declined to confirm that training would take place, reported the Stars and Stripes.   Japanese PAC-3 launchers are already located a few miles from Yokota at Iruma Air Base, the headquarters of Japan's 1st Air Defense Missile Group
  Item Number:9 Date: 07/13/2017 PAKISTAN - GUNMEN KILL POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, 3 OTHER IN QUETTA (JUL 13/REU)  REUTERS -- Islamist gunmen have killed four police officers in an attack in Pakistan's northwestern Baluchistan province, reports Reuters.   The superintendent of police was among the dead.   Four attackers riding motorcycles opened fire on the vehicle of Superintendent Mubarak Shah, killing him and three bodyguards, said police.   A spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), claimed responsibility. Separately, the Islamic State also claimed responsibility on its Amaq news agency. The two groups have jointly claimed attacks in the past.   This was the second attack against senior police officer in the province in a week. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed a district police chief and his guard in the town of Chaman. The Pakistani Taliban claimed that attack
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/13/2017 ROMANIA - U.S. STATE DEPT. APPROVES CLEARS $3.9 BILLION DEAL FOR PATRIOT MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS (JUL 13/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of Patriot air defense systems to Romania, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The proposed US$3.9 billion deal covers seven PAC-3+ modernized fire units consisting of seven AN/MPQ-65 radars; seven AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations; 13 antenna mast groups; 28 M903 launching stations; 56 MIM-104E Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles; 168 PAC-3 missile segment enhancement missiles; and seven electrical power plants.   The potential sale also includes communications equipment, training equipment, spare and repair parts and associated technical and logistics support.   The Patriot systems would enhance Romania's homeland defense and help deter regional threats in support of its own and NATO defense goals, the agency said in a release on Tuesday.   The DSCA notified Congress of the possible sale on July 10.   Russia is bound to be annoyed about the potential deal. Moscow previously complained about Romania's planned hosting of a U.S. missile shield, noted Newsweek
Item Number:11 Date: 07/13/2017 SYRIA - AMERICAN ADVISERS SAID TO BE EXPOSED TO ENEMY IN FIGHT FOR RAQQA (JUL 13/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- American military advisers supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to seize ISIS-held Raqqa are now in that city, says a U.S. military spokesman, as reported by CNN.   The SDF, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighting groups, began an offensive to recapture Raqqa from ISIS in June. SDF forces, backed by the U.S. coalition, broke through Raqqa's Old City wall earlier this month, reported Russia's Sputnik.   The Americans "are much more exposed to enemy contact than those in Iraq," said a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition on Wednesday.   The spokesman said the U.S. and coalition troops that entered Raqqa alongside their local allies "are assisting by calling in strikes against enemy forces within the city."   The U.S. troops are more exposed because they are "putting themselves where they need to be" and advising small SDF formations, said the spokesman. This has been the case since the start of the operation, he added.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/13/2017 SYRIA - AMERICAN, BRITISH VOLUNTEERS DIE WHILE FIGHTING WITH ANTI-ISIS MILITIA (JUL 13/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Two Americans fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State in Syria have been killed, says the Kurdish militia, as reported by the Voice of America News.   Robert Grodt of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Nicholas Alan Warden of Buffalo, N.Y., died on July 5 near Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) announced on Tuesday.   British national Luke Rutter was also killed last week, reported the Guardian (U.K.). The paper reported that he told his family he had joined the French Foreign Legion.   The foreigners volunteered to join the YPG and were not members of U.S. special operations forces embedded with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighting groups that includes the YPG.   The YPG is backed by American bombs and weapons.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 07/13/2017 SYRIA - CAR BOMBING KILLS SCORES IN IDLIB PROVINCE; VICTIMS INCLUDE FORMER AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS (JUL 13/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- A suicide bombing aimed at a gathering of jihadists in northwestern Syria killed at least 12 people and wounded 18 others on Wednesday, reports Al Masdar News.   The bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a textile factory in Idlib that was being used members of Tahrir al-Sham as their quarters, one rebel source told Reuters.   Tahrir al-Sham is an alliance of rebel groups that include former Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front (later renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham).   There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the rival Islamic State was suspected.   In recent weeks, Tahrir al-Sham has been cracking down on ISIS sleeper cells in Idlib province. The alliance claims to have arrested at least 100 people, including senior operatives behind a string of assassinations and bombings.  
Item Number:14 Date: 07/13/2017 SYRIA - SHELLING KILLS RUSSIAN MILITARY ADVISER IN HAMA PROVINCE (JUL 13/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Kremlin has announced that a Russian adviser in Syria has been killed, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Capt. Nikolai Afanasov was assigned to a group of military advisers training the Syrian army in the western Hama province, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.   Rebels launched a surprise mortar attack on a Syrian army camp and Afanasov was mortally wounded, said the ministry.   At least 33 Russian military personnel have been killed since the start of the mission in Syria, noted Russia's Sputnik news agency
Item Number:15 Date: 07/13/2017 THAILAND - GOVERNMENT OKS PURCHASE OF 8 MORE T-50 TRAINERS FROM S. KOREA (JUL 13/KT)  KOREA TIMES -- The Thai government has approved the purchase of eight additional T-50 trainers from South Korea, reports the Korea Times.   The US$258 million contract is expected to be signed on July 29 in Seoul, said an unnamed industry source.   The contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will be executed over a three-year period, said Thai Air Vice Marshal Pongsak Semachai, as cited by Defense News.   Thailand ordered an initial batch of four T-50s in a US$110 million deal in 2015. All of those are to be delivered by March 2018.   The T-50s will replace the air force's aging fleet of L-39 trainers
Item Number:16 Date: 07/13/2017 TURKEY - TRIGGERED BY FIRE NEAR SYRIAN BORDER, AMMO DEPOT EXPLODES; 10 SOLDIERS SUFFER SMOKE INHALATION (JUL 13/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- A huge fire has broken out in a Turkish military zone near Syria, reports the Indo-Asian News Service   The fire has injured 10 Turkish military personnel, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The blaze broke out early Thursday at a military quarters in Kilis province along the Kilis-Gaziantep highway, halting traffic.   The fire caused a small explosion at an ammunition storage area, said Kilis officials.   The 10 soldiers suffered from smoke inhalation and have already been discharged from the hospital, according to local officials.   An investigation has been opened into the cause of the fire, said a military statement
  Item Number:17 Date: 07/13/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - CRACKDOWN HAS PUSHED SMUGGLERS TO USE DANGEROUS BOATS, LEADING TO MORE MIGRANT DEATHS, SAYS REPORT (JUL 13/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- A British parliamentary report says the European Union's Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea, which targets people-smugglers in Europe, has actually led to an increase in deaths, reports the E.U. Observer.   The sinking of smuggling boats by E.U. navies has forced the human-smugglers to send people on less seaworthy vessels, "resulting in more deaths at sea," according to the report by the House of Lords, which was published on Wednesday.   Since late 2015, the E.U. mission has reportedly removed more than 420 boats from the sea and apprehended 109 smugglers and traffickers.   Around 2,206 people have died trying to make the crossing from Libya to Italy since January 2017.   Similar concerns were raised last year, when the E.U. Frontex border agency told the E.U. Observer that rubber boats were becoming more overcrowded following the seizure of larger wooden boats.   While ships assigned to Operation Sophia have saved more than 30,000 people, the mission's core mandate to halt human-smuggling and trafficking networks, has broadly failed, given the number of people still fleeing Libya, concluded the British report.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 07/13/2017 USA - 8TH ARMY OPENS NEW HQ AT CAMP HUMPHREYS, S. KOREA (JUL 13/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. 8th Army recently inaugurated its relocated headquarters at Camp Humphreys near Pyeongtaek in South Korea, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The celebration on Tuesday represented a key part of the long-running efforts to relocate most of U.S. Forces Korea south of Seoul.   Construction continue to make room for more units and civilians at Camp Humphreys, officials said.   The 8th Army was previously based at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul.   The move has run into numerous issues with construction and quality control, noted Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal, the 8th Army chief. The US$10 billion expansion is now expected to be completed in 2020, noted the Army Times.   Several U.S. units, including some rotational brigades from the front lines near North Korea, have already redeployed to Camp Humphreys.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/13/2017 USA - AFSOC C-130 TRANSPORTS IN LINE FOR NEW EW CAPABILITIES (JUL 13/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has awarded BAE Systems a contract to upgrade its AC-130J gunships and MC-130J multi-mission aircraft with a new electronic warfare system, reports the defense firm.   The BAE Systems radio frequency countermeasure system will allow the host aircraft to detect and defeat surface and airborne threats in signal-dense and highly contested environments, says the company.   The system can detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat various threats, according to BAE on Wednesday.   The $67 million contract modification covers system integration and installation of the electronic warfare systems over the next 30 months.   The contract has a potential maximum value, including all options, of more than $300 million
Item Number:20 Date: 07/13/2017 USA - NAVY DEEP-SIXES 7 COLLATERAL DUTIES SO SAILORS CAN FOCUS ON PRIMARY JOBS (JUL 13/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The U.S. Navy has decided to cut seven shipboard collateral duties for sailors, effective immediately, reports the Navy Times.   A working group has also been set up to evaluate other collateral duties for elimination or consolidation, according to the announcement Tuesday by Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations.   The change was driven by a desire to remove the extra tasks so sailors can focus on their primary duties, says the CNO's office.   The seven duties cut are the athletics officer; library officer; health benefits adviser; community relations project officer; knowledge management officer; and voting officer.   In addition, the enlisted safety committee will be merged with the enlisted safety council.   The duties have been largely performed by junior to mid-grade sailors, said a Navy spokesman.

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