Saturday, August 26, 2017

TheList 4532

The List 4532
To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend
This Day In Naval History - August 25
1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship.
1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated .
1943: Depth charges from USS Patterson (DD 392) sink the Japanese submarine RO-35, 170 miles southeast of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands.
1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based fighters.
This Day In Naval History - August 26
1775 - Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies
1839: The brig USS Washington seizes the Spanish slaver Amistad, near Montauk Point, N.Y. The Africans are held on murder charges due to their prior seizure of the ship in July. The case goes to the Supreme Court in Jan. 1841, and former President John Quincy Adams successfully argues the defendants' case.
1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, NC
1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships
1927 - USS Los Angeles (ZR 3) rises to a near-vertical position due to the sudden arrival of a cold air front that lifts the airships tail, causing it to rise before she can swing around the mast parallel to the new wind direction. Los Angeles only suffers minor damage but the affair demonstrates the risks involved with high mooring masts.
On this date in history.....
Thanks to Hal -

1305 William Wallace, c. 33, Scottish patriot, half-hanged, castrated, eviscerated, and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, & then cut into four parts

I don't think Hollywood showed that part in 'Braveheart' with Mel Gibson.

This Day In Naval History - August 27
1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France
1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese.
1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan.
1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile.
Today in History August 25
Julian Caesar defeats the Alamanni at Strasbourg in Gaul.
Edward III of England defeats Philip VI's army at the Battle of Crecy in France.
The Prussian army defeats the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf.
In protest over the stamp tax, American colonists sack and burn the home of Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson.
The "Tom Thumb" steam locomotive runs its famous race with a horse-drawn car. The horse wins because the engine, which had been ahead, breaks down.
Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Waterloo Bridge, Virginia, during the Second Bull Run Campaign.
Confederate General A.P. Hill pushes back Union General Winfield Scott Hancock from Reams Station where his army has spent several days destroying railroad tracks.
"Captain" Matthew Webb becomes the first man to swim across the English Channel.
The National Park Service is established as part of the Department of the Interior.
The United States, which never ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, finally signs a peace treaty with Germany.
A. Phillip Randolph organizes the Sleeping Car Porters' Union.
The first parachute wedding ceremony is performed by Rev. Homer Tomlinson at the New York City World's Fair for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, bride and groom, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were all suspended from parachutes.
British and Soviet forces enter Iran, opening up a route to supply the Soviet Union.
The Allies complete the occupation of New Georgia.
Paris is liberated from German occupation by Free French Forces under General Jacques LeClerc.
The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing.
President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
Zimbabwe joins the United Nations.
Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn.
NASA scientists receive stunning photographs of Neptune and its moons from Voyager 2.
Mayumi Moriyama, formerly head of Japan's Environmental Agency, becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary
The Airbus A340 makes its first flight.
Belarus gains independence from the USSR.
Croatian War of Independence: Battle of Vukovar begins, an 87-day siege of a Croatian city by the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), supported by various Serbian paramilitary forces.
Severe flooding in Myanmar.
Last year my dogs would not talk to me when I got home because I forgot to put his in so today I made sure I remembered
(WATCH the "So God Made a Dog" video!)
9 Easy Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day – Even If You Don't Have One
So God Made a Dog -  (1:50 video)
By Dr. Becker
National Dog Day – also known as International Dog Day, World Dog Day, and National Dog Appreciation Day – was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, an animal behaviorist and author, and is celebrated each year on August 26th. 
The purpose of National Dog Day is to remind people of the number of dogs needing rescue each year, and to acknowledge the role of family dogs and working dogs in our lives.
In the words of Ms. Paige:
"I founded National Dog Day in 2004 to honor dogs… for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work protecting our streets, homes and families as Police K-9's, Military Working Dogs, Guide Dogs, and Therapy Dogs.
I want the world to celebrate dogs for their capacity to love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways.
I want this to be a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – to help abolish puppy mills and end breed specific legislation so we can create a world where all dogs (and every animal) can live a happy, safe and 'abuse-free life.'"1
Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day
The National Dog Day website offers a list of ways to celebrate today, including these:2
Adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue organization.
Alternatives: Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk or play with a dog, clean cages, or anything else they need help with. Donate blankets, food, and toys to animal welfare organizations.
Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.
Alternative: Write your congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of puppy mills and gas chambers in your state.
Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
Spend the day taking photos of your dog.
Alternative: Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot. Have a portrait painted of your dog to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.
Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.
Buy your dog a fun new dog toy… or two… or five. 
Alternative: Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.
Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.
Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.
Alternative: Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.
Teach your dog a new trick.
Considering Adoption? One of These Dogs Would Love to Come Home with You
If you're thinking about adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization as a way to celebrate National Dog Day, I hope you'll keep in mind that certain kinds of pets – through no fault of their own – have a much harder time finding a new home than others. 
By far the pets least likely to find new families to love are older pets, followed by animals with medical problems, dogs suffering from breed prejudice (primarily pit bulls), shy pets, and pets that need to be the only animal in the home.
Large dogs, black dogs, and pets with special needs also tend to languish in shelters much longer, and are euthanized more often, than animals considered more desirable by adoptive families.
10 Reasons to Open Your Heart to a Senior Dog Today
Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans. They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down.
Many are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.
Senior pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.
You don't need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
What you see is what you get. A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
You can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). If your adopted older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, not to worry. Enroll her in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
You can custom order your senior pet. If you're looking for a short-haired cat, for example, or a kitty with no history of dental disease, you can search until you find an older pet with exactly those attributes. If you already have a cat and need your adoptive dog to get along with cats, again, you'll have a much better chance of finding an older adoptive dog who is a perfect companion for your family.
You can adopt a purebred pet if you want. If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there's a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets in need of homes.
Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also "getting up there" in age, doesn't mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
Older pets are relaxing to hang out with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren't full of wild energy to burn. Because you're not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!
[-] Sources and References
Murphy's Other 15 Laws   Thanks to Dr. Rich
Thanks to YP, who opines …  "#3, 6, 7 are keepers".
1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
3. He who laughs last, has found another meaning.
4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
6.Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
8.The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone from California would be stupid enough to try to pass them.
10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
11. The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.
13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.
14. God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.
15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
"In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these." — Paul Harvey
Thanks to Carl
What Google Knows About You
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Nicholas Winton is in for the surprise of his life!!
Item Number:1 Date: 08/25/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SHI'ITE MOSQUE IN KABUL HIT BY SUICIDE BOMB, ISIS GUNMEN (AUG 25/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- The Islamic State has claimed responsible for a deadly attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers, reports the Independent (U.K.).   First, a suicide blast hit the Imam Zaman mosque in the Qala-Najara neighborhood of the capital on Friday. Then, three gunmen entered and began shooting, said an Interior Ministry spokesman.   At least 14 people have been killed and injured. Casualties have been reported variously in the developing story.   Special operations personnel are trying to clear the mosque, reported CNN
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/25/2017 BURMA - MUSLIM INSURGENTS HIT POLICE POSTS, ARMY BASE IN RAKHINE (AUG 25/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A rebel group has attacked Burmese police posts in the restive Rakhine state, leaving at least 71 people dead, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   About 150 rebel fighters launched coordinated attacks after midnight on Friday in the northern Maungdaw township, said the office of Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto head of the government.   The coordinated attacks hit 24 police posts and an army base, said the military, as reported by Reuters.   The fighters seized weapons from police and attempted to break into the army base, said the government. At least 59 Rohingya Muslims and 12 security personnel were reportedly killed.   The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) (previously known as the "Faith Movement") claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it was "taking defensive actions." The group said the town had been blockade for more than two weeks by Burmese forces.   ARSA was created by Rohingya living in Saudi Arabia after serious communal violence in 2012, according to the International Crisis Group.   The Rohingya, who were stripped of citizenship in 1982, are seen by many in Burma as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/25/2017 CAMEROON - CRISIS DEEPENS BETWEEN ENGLISH, FRENCH SPEAKERS; ANGLOPHONE SCHOOLS TORCHED (AUG 25/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- At least half a dozen schools in Cameroon's two English-speaking regions have been burned over the last week, reports the Voice of America News.   Anglophone teachers and lawyers in the two regions went on strike in November 2016, saying English-speaking citizens are being discriminated against in the officially bilingual country.   After a secessionist group joined the movement, the government cracked down.   Tensions have been high in recent years between the Francophone and Anglophone regions -- with schools being closed in the latter two areas (in the northwest and southwest). Eight of the nation's 10 regions largely speak French.   Residents say the schools are being targeted for failing to join the strike until all Anglophone activists are released. There have also been messages calling on business to close on three of five working days.   The arson attacks have led to calls for the creation of self-defense forces.   Government officials h advised schools to form their own protection forces, saying there are not enough law enforcement officers to secure all of the schools.   Police also uncovered a weapons cache and bomb-making factory earlier this month in the northwestern town of Mbengwi. Seven people were arrested, including one who reportedly admitted to being a member of the Ambazonia separatist group.   At least 60 people have been arrested on charges of attempting to destabilize the country.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/25/2017 CANADA - TRUDEAU STANDS PAT, SAYING THERE ARE NO PLANS TO JOIN U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM, SEND TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN (AUG 25/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will not join a continental ballistic missile defense system with the United States or send troops back to Afghanistan, reports the Canadian Press.   There has been speculation that Canada might reverse its 2005 decision not to join the U.S. missile defense program in the face of North Korea's recent missile tests and nuclear developments.   President Donald Trump has also just announced plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, leading to questions about whether Canada might do likewise.   Ottawa withdrew its military contingent from Afghanistan in 2014.   On Wednesday in Montreal, Trudeau addressed both issues, saying "our long-standing positions on those two issues are not going to be changed any time soon."  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/25/2017 CHINA - ARMY HOLDS MAJOR TRAINING DRILLS AT 2 BASES IN NORTH (AUG 25/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army kicked off a pair of large-scale exercises this week at two different training bases in northern China, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The drills, which began on Tuesday and Thursday, focus on delivering troops over long distances and experimenting with new combat models, officials said.   The use of new combat forces and joint operations will also be exercised, said Zhao Yu, the deputy commander of the 80th Army Group, which is taking part in one of the drills.   The PLA has planned nine special large-scale exercises this year
Item Number:6 Date: 08/25/2017 CHINA - COMBAT VETERAN BECOMES JOINT STAFF CHIEF (AUG 25/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- President Xi Jinping has named a new head of the People's Liberation Army Joint Staff Dept., reports Bloomberg News.   Gen. Li Zuocheng, 63, is a veteran of China's brief war with Vietnam in 1979. He previously served as head of ground forces.   He succeeds Gen. Fang Fenghui, who is expected to receive another, as yet unnamed post, said sources.   The appointment is seen as reinforcing the president's desire to strengthen the PLA into a force "able to fight and win wars."   China has not been involved in a major conflict since that border clash with Vietnam.   The Joint Staff Dept. is a key part of Xi's military reform and oversees PLA operations, intelligence and training.   China's state media last year began referring to Xi as "commander in chief," reflecting his consolidation of power over the military, noted AFP at the time.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/25/2017 CHINA - PLA TROOPS ASSIST MACAU FOR 1ST TIME AFTER TYPHOON BLASTS CITY (AUG 25/XIN)  XINHUA -- About 1,000 Chinese troops have been deployed to help support relief efforts after a typhoon in Macau, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Typhoon Hato hit the area on Wednesday. The Category 10 storm is considered the worst to hit Macau since 1968. It destroyed vehicles and buildings and disrupted water supplies, noted Reuters.   At least nine people were killed in the special administrative zone.   Friday's deployment was made at the request of the Macau government. This was the first time a PLA garrison has been deployed on a local mission since the former Portuguese enclave was handed over in 1999. It had been ruled by Portugal for more than 400 years
Item Number:8 Date: 08/25/2017 EQUATORIAL GUINEA - CONTRACT SIGNED IN MOSCOW FOR 2 RUSSIAN PANTSYR-S1 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (AUG 25/TASS)  TASS -- The governments of Equatorial Guinea and Russia have finalized a deal for air defense systems, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).   The contract, signed during this week's Army 2017 exhibition outside of Moscow, covers two Pantsyr-S1 gun and missile systems and associated missiles, a spokeswoman for the Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation said on Thursday.   The short-range air defense system is designed to defend static facilities against a variety of aerial threats in complex electronic environments.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/25/2017 INDIA - AIR FORCE ACTIVATES SUPER HERCULES STATION IN PANAGARH (AUG 25/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian air force has commissioned a new base in Panagarh in West Bengal, reports the Times of India.   Air Force Station Arjan Singh was declared fully operational in late July with a full complement of six C-130J Super Hercules transports. The base dates to World War II and has been upgraded in recent years.   This is the second air force base set up for Indian C-130Js. The first is in Hindan in Ghaziabad.   AFS Arjan Singh also hosts an Il-78 aerial tanker to support Su-30MKI and other fighters assigned to the Eastern Air Command, said service officials.   The facilities at Panagarh and Hindan also support special operations forces, who can be rapidly deployed with the C-130Js.  
Item Number:10 Date: 08/25/2017 IRAQ - MILITARY TOUTS MORE PROGRESS IN OUTSKIRTS OF TAL AFAR (AUG 25/REU)  REUTERS -- Iraqi forces say they are still making gains in their offensive to oust the Islamic State from the northern city of Tal Afar, reports Reuters.   Government forces began the operation on Aug. 20. Tal Afar is one of ISIS' last remaining strongholds in Iraq. Government forces began entering the city on Tuesday.   On Thursday, government troops seized five more villages on the eastern and southern outskirts of the city. They also gained control of three neighborhoods in Tal Afar's east and west, said the military.   The military says about three quarters of Tal Afar is still under militant control, including a citadel in its center.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/25/2017 MALAYSIA - NAVY LAUNCHES INITIAL LITTORAL SHIP; PLANS EVENTUAL TOTAL OF 6 (AUG 25/MALDIG)  MALAYSIAN DIGEST -- The Malaysian navy has just launched the first of six planned littoral combat ships at the Boustean Naval Shipyard in Lumut, reports the Malaysian Digest.   Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein presided over Thursday's christening and launch ceremony for the Maharaja Lela.   The ship is named after a Perak chieftain who died in 1877 and is a symbol of Malay resistance against the British.   The milestone comes more than a year after the keel was laid in March 2016, noted the news service.   The ship is based on the French Gowind design. The six ships in the class -- under a US$2 billion program that began in 2011 -- are expected to be in service by 2023, noted Defense News.  
Item Number:12 Date: 08/25/2017 NEW ZEALAND - 3 ADDITIONAL NON-COMBAT TROOPS BOUND FOR AFGHANISTAN (AUG 25/NZH)  NEW ZEALAND HERALD -- The New Zealand government has announced that it will increase its military commitment to Afghanistan, reports the New Zealand Herald.   Friday's announcement of three more non-combat troops increases New Zealand's numbers to 13.   One of the new soldiers will join the 10 advising Afghan troops at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul. The other two will work in the NATO headquarter in Kabul, said Defense Minister Mark Mitchell.   The change came after NATO requested members to send more troops to Afghanistan earlier this year.   Prime Minister Bill English said no decision would be made on sending combat troops before New Zealand's elections on Sept. 23, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/25/2017 NIGERIA - MAIDUGURI SUFFERS FATAL SUICIDE ATTACK (AUG 25/THIS)  THIS DAY -- At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing in Maiduguri in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, says a medical source, as reported by This Day (Lagos).   The attacker set off his explosives at a garage on Wednesday, killing five other people, according to members of the civilian Joint Task Force. Medical sources also said that six bodies were recovered from the blast site.   The police account was different. A spokesman said that two people were killed when the bomber moved toward an armored personnel carrier belonging to the state armed robbery squad (SARS). The explosives were detonated as officers tried to shoot the bomber, killing him and a civilian, he said.   Seven civilians and four SARS personnel were injured, according to the spokesman.  
 Item Number:14 Date: 08/25/2017 SOUTH KOREA - MILITARY EYES RECON SATELLITE PROJECT (AUG 25/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean military says it will soon launch an indigenous reconnaissance satellite project, reports the Yonhap news agency.   The US$880 million program seeks to place five satellites into operation by 2023 to collect intelligence on the Korean peninsula and nearby regions, said the military on Friday.   The project has been delayed for four years in part due to disagreements among the Defense Ministry, Science Ministry and National Intelligence Service.   A contractor for the "425 Project" is expected to be picked by the end of the year by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).   By October, the military is expected to decide whether or how to lease foreign satellites.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/25/2017 SOUTH KOREA - WITH REFORM IN THE AIR, DEFENSE MINISTRY CHANGES LEADER FOR MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (AUG 25/YON)  YONHAP -- The Defense Ministry in Seoul has named a two-star army general to head the Defense Security Command, South Korea's military intelligence agency, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Maj. Gen. Lee Suk Koo, the head of operational planning at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was selected as acting leader of the DSC, said the Defense Ministry on Friday.   He will officially assume the positon after being promoted and given a third star. He Lee is replacing Lt. Gen. Cho Hyun Chun.   The ministry expects to reshuffle its generals next month after the end of the ongoing Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercise with the U.S.   The DSC, which is charge of military intelligence and investigation, has been accused of meddling in domestic elections. The ministry announced in July that it would overhaul the DSC and cyber command to prevent those bodies from interfering in politics, reported the Korea Herald
Item Number:16 Date: 08/25/2017 SYRIA - ISIS REVERSES GOVERNMENT GAINS, PUSHES BACK IN RAQQA PROVINCE (AUG 25/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Islamic State militants have counterattacked in the eastern part of Syria's Raqqa province, killing at least 34 Syrian troops and allied fighters, says a monitoring group, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   Syrian and allied troops have been trying to advance in Raqqa province to reach neighboring Deir Ezzor, which is almost completely controlled by ISIS. Earlier this month, the pro-government forces reached the outskirts of Madan, the last ISIS-held town before Deir Ezzor.   On Thursday, ISIS counterattacked, taking back large areas of territory along the southern bank of the Euphrates, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   ISIS fighters pushed back government forces 18 miles from the outskirts of Madan, said the observatory
Item Number:17 Date: 08/25/2017 SYRIA - SDF READY FOR PUSH 'WITHIN WEEKS' AGAINST DEIR EZZOR PROVINCE (AUG 25/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) says it is prepared to launch an offensive in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, reports Reuters.   The SDF has been fighting since June to gain control of ISIS-held Raqqa, located north of Deir Ezzor. Government forces have been involved in a separate campaign to reach Deir Ezzor from the west.   An assault on Deir Ezzor province, largely controlled by ISIS, could begin "within several weeks" in parallel to the Raqqa operation, said an SDF official on Friday.   Some SDF units had already entered Deir Ezzor and seized control of several towns, he said.   A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, which has been supporting the SDF with airstrikes, said its focus remained on Raqqa
Item Number:18 Date: 08/25/2017 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS CALLS FOR FIGHTING PAUSE IN ISIS-HELD RAQQA (AUG 25/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The United Nations has asked the U.S.-led coalition force to suspend its assault of the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa for evacuations, reported the BBC.   The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighting groups, launched an operation in June to gain control of Raqqa. The city is the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.   On Thursday, U.N. official called for a humanitarian pause to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilian to escape. More than 270,000 have fled since the offensive began, reported the Washington Post.   "On Raqqa, our urging today from the U.N. side to the members of the humanitarian task force . . . is that they need to do whatever is possible to make it possible for people to escape Raqqa," said Jan Egeland, the senior humanitarian adviser to the U.N. special envoy on Syria.   A U.S. State Dept. spokesman said any operational pause would allow ISIS "more time to build up its defenses and thus put more civilians in harm's way
Item Number:19 Date: 08/25/2017 USA - AIR FORCE TAPS LOCKHEED, RAYTHEON FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW NUCLEAR CRUISE MISSILE (AUG 25/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded separate contracts to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for development and design work for the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) nuclear weapon, reports the Air Force News Service.   The Pentagon announced the contracts on Wednesday, allowing the firms to continue the parallel development and prototyping, reported Reuters.   The LRSO is expected to replace the aging AGM-68B Air-Launched Cruise Missile and upgrade the capabilities of its nuclear bomber fleet.   The new weapon will upgrade the air-based leg of the nuclear triad, said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.   Each company received a deal worth about $900 million, running for about 54 months. Once completed, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will select a single contractor for the engineering and manufacturing development and production phases of the program.   The LRSO is expected to be fielded starting in the late 2020s, noted a service release
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/25/2017 USA - FOLLOWING 80-HOUR EFFORT, NAVY SUSPENDS SEARCH FOR MISSING MCCAIN SAILORS (AUG 25/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy announced on Thursday that it has suspended search-and-rescue efforts for sailors missing after a collision between the destroyer USS John S. McCain and a Liberian-flagged merchant ship on Aug. 21.   Ten sailors were declared missing after the collision. Multinational search efforts continued for more than 80 hours, according to the Navy NewsStand.   Navy and Marine Corps divers will keep up their search-and-recovery work inside flooded compartments in the destroyer, said the service.   The remains of one of the 10 missing sailors have been recovered, the Navy said. On Thursday, the service identified the sailor killed and the nine missing.   The incident continues to be investigated, the Navy said.

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