Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - October 31
1941 - German submarine U-552 sinks USS Reuben James (DD- 245), which was escorting Convoy HX 156, with loss of 115 lives. First U.S. ship lost to enemy action in World War II.
1943 - LT Hugh D. O'Neill of VF(N)-75 destroys a Japanese aircraft during night attack off Vella Lavella in first kill by a radar-equipped night fighter of the Pacific Fleet.
1956 - Navy men land in R4D Skytrain on the ice at the South Pole. RADM George Dufek, CAPT Douglas Cordiner, CAPT William Hawkes, LCDR Conrad Shinn, LT John Swadener, AD2 J. P. Strider and AD2 William Cumbie are the first men to stand on the South Pole since Captain Robert F. Scott in 1912.
1956 - USS Burdo (APD-133) and USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) evacuate 166 persons from Haifa, Israel due to the fighting between Egypt and Israel.
1961 - End of Lighter than Air in U.S. Navy with disestablishment of Fleet Airship Wing One and ZP-1 and ZP-3, the last operating units in LTA branch of Naval Aviation, at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Today in History October 31
Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg in Germany. Luther's theories and writings inaugurate Protestantism, shattering the external structure of the medieval church and at the same time reviving the religious consciousness of Europe.
Congress ratifies the purchase of the entire Louisiana area in North America, adding territory to the U.S. which will eventually become 13 more states.
A mob of about 200 attacks a Mormon camp in Missouri, killing 20 men, women and children.
Nevada becomes the 36th state.
After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.
The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
The bombing of North Vietnam is halted by the United States.
Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POW's.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by two Sikh members of her bodyguard.
Iraq announces it will no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into Atlantic Ocean killing all 217 people on board.
Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station.
Former Enron Corp. CEO Andrew Fastow convicted on 78 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and wire fraud; the Enron collapse cost investors millions and led to new oversight legislation.
Thanks to Duce and Hawk. Some articles on the F-35s current and future      abilities/capabilities???.
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 3:58 PM
Subject: RE: 108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-Capable
I believe this was the original article https://www.yahoo.com/news/108-u-f-35s-won-135400418.html
I just found a video that was posted 5 days ago by Defense Updates. Refers to the 108 Air Force F-35s (plus 81 Marine Corps variants) aircraft as "concurrency orphans". It seems to be a very informative video—just not sure of the veracity of the source of all the information
I just found a video that was posted 5 days ago by Defense Updates. Refers to the 108 Air Force F-35s (plus 81 Marine Corps variants) aircraft as "concurrency orphans". It seems to be a very informative video—just not sure of the veracity of the source of all the information
Interesting note from Niseguy
In 1979 on America, George Leuchaur and I were launched to intercept 2 Bear Deltas.  It was 4am, 1500 miles from spain.  Ship was in emcon.
We snuck up on the Bears.  The bears turned north heading home without finding the ship.  I wrote down the lat/long of the intercept point.
There was a major debrief of all participants and when I said the lat/long the admiral jumped up from his chair, threw his notes on the deck and said, "There is a fucking leak."
The lat long was where the PIM of America was supposed to be.  The admiral had altered our course, at his discression.  
First correlation of the leak by Walker!
Published: October 30, 2011
An insight into the creepy festival of ghouls and vampires. DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL
Those sensitive to changing weather will notice that near Halloween (October 31), a perceptible chill enters the air — everything is at once mysterious and nostalgic. This is the time of All Hallow's Eve, a precursor to All Saint's Day on November 1 (Halloween's Christian variant).
In truth, Halloween's roots go deep; the 'day of the dead' stems from Celtic folkloric traditions and boasts a rich history — later transformed by Christian traditions.
A brief history 
According to an article on watchman.org, Rick Branch (in Samhain: History of Halloween) traces All Hallow's Eve to Samhain (pronounced Sa-wain), celebrated by the indigenous Celts and Druids of the British Isles. Today, the festival is still celebrated by small sects of Druids, Wicca-practitioners and Neopagans.
Halloween— as we know it today— borrows its specifically supernatural textures from this pagan festival of the dead: "The observances connected with Halloween are believed to have originated among the ancient Druids, who believed that on the evening, Saman, the lord of the dead, called forth hosts of evil spirits", reports Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia.
It was perhaps the most momentous celebration of the Celtic year, hailed as a day of preternatural potency, when the veils between our world and the 'otherworld' of sinister entities wane and become closely linked.
Confusing malevolent spirits 
Modern Halloween get ups — ghosts, ghouls, monsters, spirits, vampires and so forth — are a derivative of traditional Celtic costuming. More than just dressing up for a rollicking Halloween rager or scaring friends and relatives witless, Halloween costumes actually safeguard us from the spirits of the dead. The ancient Druids and Celts wore animal skins and masks on Samhain to confuse spirits that passed through the physical plane on this charged day.
Trick or treat, spirits be gone! 
Ever wonder why people go trick or treating on Halloween and leave massive bowls of candy outside their homes? They unknowingly protect their homes from evil beings and entities that may want to get inside. The practice also originates from a Samhain custom, in which food was left out for spirits to bar them from getting past the threshold into one's home.
Others trace the 'trick or treat' ritual to Celtic beggars, who would show up at the homes of the rich demanding alms and food, threatening homeowners with 'evil spirits' if they refused.
Paranormal Pumpkins 
"Carving Jack-o-lanterns is also a tradition that came from the Celts — only they used turnips instead of pumpkins", reports historyofhalloween.net. The legend of the Jack-o-lantern begins with Jack, a local prankster and drunk, who succeeded in tricking the devil to climb up a tree and trapped him there. Jack made a deal, making the devil promise to never tempt Jack again. When Jack died, his soul was neither allowed into Heaven (for his evil ways) nor into Hell (for trapping the Devil). His poor, unwanted soul forced its way back to the cold winters with nothing but an ember to light the way. Jack placed the light into a hollowed out turnip to make it last longer. Upon coming to America, the Irish switched to using the pumpkin, finding it more spacious and lasting.
It's too bad that Halloween's rich and interesting etymology remains elusive to so many — the combination of Christian influences and a capitalist agenda have leeched this day of its age-old sacredness. Pumpkins carved into grotesque visages, a litany of supernatural costuming, door-to-door 'trick or treat' visits, specials on television and wild parties define this annual holiday — watered down and appropriated by Hallmark and the efforts of commercialism.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st,  2011.
The Remarkable Houdini Séance
It was the night of October 31, 1936. Halloween night. The men and women sat at the round table with joined hands. They awaited the message -- the message they had hoped for every Halloween night for the past 10 years. But the message did not come.
Finally, one woman rose from the table and announced to the others - and to a listening radio audience - "Houdini did not come through," she said. "My last hope is gone. I do not believe that Houdini can come back to me, or to anyone... The Houdini Shrine has burned for ten years. I now, reverently... turn out the light. It is finished. Good night, Harry!"
The woman was Bess Houdini, wife of the famed magician and escape artist. And this was the last séance she would participate in to try to contact her dead husband. But the séances themselves did not stop. Every October 31, from 1927 up to the present day, a séance has been conducted with hopes of contacting the spirit of Harry Houdini. So far, the great Houdini has not made his presence known.
The Houdini séance has been a Halloween tradition since the first anniversary of his death. The magician died at the age of 52 on October 31, 1926 from peritonitis -- an internal infection -- as the result of a ruptured appendix.
Shortly before his death, Houdini made a pact with Bess that if he could, he would return and make contact with her from the other side. They devised a coded message that only he and Bess knew; this would prove that it really was Houdini breaking through from the afterlife. But after 10 séances in 10 years, Bess had not received her beloved husband's personal message.
Oddly enough, Harry Houdini did not necessarily believe that spirits of the dead could be contacted. Aside from his fame as a stage magician and astonishing escape artist, Houdini was just as well known -- especially in the later part of his career -- as a debunker of spirit mediums and phony séances. He felt, however, that if it were possible for anyone to come back, he would find a way to do it.
In the 1920s, spiritualism was at a new height in the US and Britain. There was a strong, popular belief in the notion that it was possible to communicate with the dead through séances and channeling psychics knows as mediums. The movement had begun in the mid-1800s, grew in popularity over 20 years, then slowly fizzled out toward the turn of the century as more and more mediums were exposed as frauds. But after World War I, there was a resurgence in the spiritualist movement as many families longed to contact those who had perished in battle.
And the mediums were right there to fill the need for a public so willing to believe. The best mediums were masterful tricksters and show people, and their séances were thrilling multimedia performances of spirit channeling, levitating tables, floating instruments that played themselves, written messages from the dead and spontaneous manifestations of ectoplasm. The performances were ingenious and succeeded in fooling many otherwise intelligent people. Houdini, being a magician and a rather ingenious fellow himself, knew that these séances were just clever hoaxes.
Early in his career, however, Houdini wasn't above staging some phony séances of his own. According to Houdini: A Magician Among the Spirits, "Houdini hosted special Sunday night performances for the California Concert Company, a Midwestern medicine show, in 1898. During séances, Houdini floated tables and played musical instruments while tied to a chair. After the company disbanded, he and his wife Bess continued to give séances for local union halls and dime museums until they signed with the Welsh Brothers Circus later that same year. In 1899, Houdini's career skyrocketed and he left the medium business behind."
In the 1920s, Houdini became an active crusader against the spirit mediums he felt were exploiting gullible people who grieved for lost loved ones. As he traveled the country performing his act, he would seek out the local mediums and expose their deceptions. Because he was so well known, Houdini often attended these séances in disguise. In 1922, Scientific American magazine asked him to join a "psychic committee" to help investigate the claims of mediums. The magazine offered a cash prize of $2,500 to any medium who could produce a supernatural manifestation to the satisfaction of the committee. No one ever won the prize.
One of the most famous mediums to take on the challenge was a beautiful young woman named Mina Crandon, who gained renown as "Margery, the Boston Medium." But she too failed under the sharp eye of Houdini, who caught her levitating the table with her head and ringing a bell with her foot. Houdini later offered Crandon $5,000 if she could demonstrate any supernatural phenomena on stage in her home town of Boston. She declined the invitation.
Naturally, Houdini was not popular among mediums around the country, as he was a threat to their livelihood. His crusading also made him an adversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, esteemed author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, who was a staunch believer and advocate of spiritualism, and a defender of Mina Crandon. After Houdini and the Scientific American committee denounced Crandon, Doyle wrote an article for the Boston Herald criticizing the committee. Houdini, in turn, threatened to sue Doyle for his "harsh remarks."
Since the Halloween night when Bess Houdini turned off the light at her husband's portrait, the séances to contact the dead magician have continued in many parts of the country, both officially and unofficially. It may be impossible to tell whether or not Houdini is really being channeled at any of these annual séances because the secret coded message Houdini devised with his wife has since been revealed -- by Bess herself.
"The message was based on both sentimentality and an old vaudeville mind-reading routine," according to Houdini - magictricks.com. "The message was, 'Rosabelle- answer- tell- pray, answer- look- tell- answer, answer- tell.' Bess's wedding band bore the inscription 'Rosabelle,' the name of the song she sang in her act when they first met. The other words correspond to a secret spelling code used to pass information between a magician and his assistant during a mentalism act. Each word or word pair equals a letter. The word 'answer' stood for the letter 'B,' for example. 'Answer, answer' stood for the letter 'V.' Thus, the Houdinis' secret phrase spelled out the word 'believe'."
In 1929, a young medium named Arthur Ford claimed he had successfully received the secret message from Harry Houdini. Upon investigation, however, it was discovered that Ford's claim was a hoax. Bess, it seems, had inadvertently revealed the message to reporters more than a year earlier.
Even though Bess gave up the séances herself, she asked magician Walter B. Gibson to carry on the October 31 tradition. For many years, Gibson, along with several other magicians, held the séances at the Magic Towne House in New York City. Countless other "unofficial" Houdini séances have been held by local psychics across the country throughout the years - all in good fun, but with no definitive proof of so much as a "hello" from Harry Houdini.
Today, the official Houdini Séance is held at The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. And true to the times, they have been conducting séances on the Internet.
Fun stuff
Subject: Fast and faster
Thanks to Allen
Different vehicles accelerating to 300KPH.
Thanks toCarl
Know When To Go - Fighter Jet Ejections You May Not Have Seen | Fighter Sweep
Watch: Know When To Go – Fighter Jet Ejections You May Not Have Seen
Pilots Eject From Fighter Jets at Last Moment - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=227&v=WdmA43T0yag (3:54)
If you fly or have flown an aircraft with an ejection seat you always think about having to actually pull that yellow handle. Will you know when to go or will you wait too long to make that decision?
This video shows actual ejections and brings to realization that the decision of when to go is a split second one.
Featured image by US Navy
I wonder if California has recalled it yet
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Thanks to JP -
Item Number:1 Date: 10/31/2017 BRAZIL - ARMY ORDERS MORE MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (OCT 31/SAAB)  SAAB -- The Brazilian army has ordered additional RBS 70 very short-range air defense (SHORAD) systems from Saab, reports the Swedish defense firm.   The latest deal includes man-portable launchers, training simulators, camouflage systems and associated equipment, the company said in a Monday release.   This was the third order from Brazil in recent years, said Saab.   The value of the contract was not disclosed
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/31/2017 CANADA - OTTAWA TO KEEP ITS COMBAT HOSPITAL OPEN IN KURDISTAN; MANDATE IN IRAQ EXTENDED UNTIL SPRING (OCT 31/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Canadian government has decided to maintain a combat hospital in northern Iraq until the spring of 2018, reports CBC News.   The facility in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, was deployed in the fall of 2016, with its mandate due to conclude this month. The hospital was originally expected to return to Canada with the conclusion of the battle for Mosul.   The mission is being changed along with the extension, said Lt. Col. Dave Coker, the hospital's commander.   The hospital staff will be reduced from 50 to 35 for the rest of the deployment, the commander told CBC in a telephone interview.   On Friday, Ottawa suspended the mission of its special operations contingent advising and assisting Kurdish and Iraqi forces in the region due to fighting between the sides.   The mission will be frozen until it is clear that fighting between the Kurds and government forces is over, Canadian officials said.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/31/2017 FRANCE - EMERGENCY STATE ENDS WITH SIGNING OF CONTROVERSIAL COUNTERTERRORISM LAW (OCT 31/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- French President Emmanuel Macron has signed sweeping anti-terrorism legislation, reports Deutsche Welle.   The measures, signed Monday, put an end to a two-year state of emergency enacted after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed about 130. The measures were passed by Parliament earlier this month.   Under the law, security services can close religious establishments deemed to be fostering extremism, demand identification at all transit points and search the homes of suspected terrorists without seeking a warrant. Security services are also authorized to place suspected terrorists under house arrest.   Critics argue that the measures will target minorities and infringe on basic freedoms. Polls conducted by the Figaro (France) show that 57 percent favor the law, though 62 percent believe the changes restrict basic freedoms.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/31/2017 IRAN - PRESIDENT SAYS IRAN'S MISSILE PRODUCTION DOES NOT VIOLATE ACCORDS AND WILL CONTINUE (OCT 31/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will continue to build missiles for defense, despite a new round of sanctions approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, reports the Los Angeles Times.   In a speech shown nationwide on Sunday, Rouhani insisted that no international agreements prohibit the development of such non-nuclear weapons. Tehran has the right to build them for defensive purposes, he said.   "We will build, produce and store any weapon of any kind we need to defend ourselves, our territorial integrity and our nation, and we will not hesitate about it," the president said.   Rouhani also questioned the reliability of the U.S. government, noted CNN. Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would no longer make regular certifications that the lifting of sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) had been in U.S. interests.   "If a government like the U.S. government states that it is not committed to an important international commitment, and its reason is that the previous administration has been tricked, then what happens with the continuity of the responsibility of the governments?," according to a transcript of Rouhani's speech. "You are explicitly violating your previous agreements and neglecting a U.N. Security Council-approved agreement."  
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/31/2017 IRAQ - ABADI TO END KURDISH SEMI-AUTONOMOUS STATUS (OCT 31/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he will end Baghdad's long policy of granting semi-autonomy to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.   In an interview in the Independent (U.K.) published Monday, Abadi stated: "All border crossings in and out of Iraq must be under the exclusive control of the federal state," including crossings that ship oil. Oil is the lifeblood of the economy in KRG and the entire Iraqi nation.   Praising the recent gains made by the country's security forces against ISIS, the prime minister insisted that Kurdish peshmerga fighters must either integrate into national security forces or limit their role to a small, purely local force.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 10/31/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY BOMBS TUNNEL FROM GAZA STRIP; MULTIPLE DEATHS REPORTED (OCT 31/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Israeli military says it has attacked a tunnel constructed from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, reports Haaretz.   The Israeli air force bombed the tunnel, which was near Kibbutz Kissufim, on Monday afternoon, said officials.   One Palestinian was killed and nine were injured in the attack, according to health officials in Gaza. The men were said to be members of the Hamas terrorist group.   There were conflicting casualty reports. One account said seven were killed and 11 injured. Reuters put the death toll at six. A source from Islamic Jihad said two of its members were killed trying to rescue their comrades in the tunnel.   The tunnel, which was still under construction, reached Israel territory near the Gaza border fence, across from the Palestinian town of Khan Yunis, said the Israeli military.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "breakthrough technology" was used to detect the tunnel, noted the Times of Israel.   Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman emphasized that his government would not tolerate territorial incursions, while saying it was not seeking a conflict with terrorist groups in Gaza.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 10/31/2017 LEBANON - PRESENCE OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION REFUGEES PROVING INTOLERABLE, SAYS PRESIDENT (OCT 31/ALSHARQ)  AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT -- President Michel Aoun says Lebanon must reduce the number of refugees that it is hosting from the war in Syria, reports Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic newspaper headquartered in London.   During a Monday meeting with a delegation from the European Parliament, Aoun called the current situation "simmering," saying his nation could no longer tolerate the huge presence of Syrian refugees.   At least 1 million registered Syrian refugees live in Lebanon according to the U.N. – straining the infrastructure of the country with a population of 6 million.   Aoun stressed the importance of a political solution to the Syrian war, but insisted Lebanon could not bear the burden of refugees until a peace deal is signed.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/31/2017 LIBYA - SEAL-LED TEAM BAGS BENGHAZI SUSPECT IN MISRATA (OCT 31/LIBHER)  LIBYA HERALD -- U.S. forces say they have captured a key suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, reports the Libya Herald.   President Trump confirmed on Monday that Mustafa Al-Imam, 46, had been taken into custody around midnight Sunday during an operation in the eastern Libyan city of Misrata by U.S. special operations forces. The commando team included members of the Navy SEAL team and the FBI hostage rescue team, noted the New York Times.   Officials in Washington said that their counterparts on the Presidential Council in Tripoli had been informed of the operation. Al-Imam's alleged role in the 2012 attack was not immediately clear.   No casualties were reported during the raid. The suspect will be presented to a judge in Washington upon his arrival to face charges relating to terrorism, firearms and murder.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 10/31/2017 MOZAMBIQUE - PRESIDENT SWEARS IN NEW DEFENSE, SECURITY LEADERS (OCT 31/MOZ)  MOZAMBIQUE INFORMATION AGENCY -- President Filipe Nyusi has named a new chief of staff for the Mozambican military, reports the Mozambique Information Agency.   Lazaro Menete, who previously served as army chief, was appointed to the post on Oct. 26.   He succeeded Graca Chongo, who was relieved of duty on Oct. 24. No reason was given for the move, although Chongo is known to be in poor health.   Menete was promoted from rear admiral to general of the army. Before commanding the army, Menete was the navy chief.   Brig. Ezequiel Muianga was promoted to major general and appointed as army chief. He previously served as the chief of staff of the Presidential Guard.   The president also named Bernardino Rafael as the commander of the Mozambican police force and promoted him to the rank of general inspector.   Rafael succeeded Julio dos Santos Jane, who was named as the director of the State Intelligence and Security Service.   The president swore in the new leaders on Monday, as noted by TVM, the nation's public broadcaster
Item Number:10 Date: 10/31/2017 NAMIBIA - NAVY COMMISSIONS PAIR OF PATROL SHIPS DONATED BY CHINA; PRESIDENT POINTS TO VALUE OF 'SUBMARINE CHASERS' (OCT 31/NAMIBIAN)  NAMIBIAN -- The Namibian navy has just commissioned two refurbished warships donated by China, reports the Namibian (Windhoek).   The Brukkaros and Daures officially entered service late last week at Walvis Bay. They entered the nation's waters in August, noted DefenseWorld.net.   President Hage Geingob presided over the Friday ceremony for the two "submarine chasers."   The vessels feature surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.   The president emphasized the importance of the navy in protecting the nation's marine economy.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 10/31/2017 NORTH KOREA - TUNNEL COLLAPSE REPORTED AT NUCLEAR SITE; OCT. 10 TEST MAY HAVE KILLED UP TO 200, SAY ACCOUNTS (OCT 31/USA)  USA TODAY -- As many as 200 people may have been killed earlier this month when a tunnel at a nuclear test site in North Korea collapsed, reports USA Today, citing Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi.   The collapse occurred on Oct. 10 at the Punggye-ri site, south of the Mantapsan mountain and 50 miles from the Chinese border, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.   The Japanese account suggests that around 100 died in the initial collapse and up to 100 more were killed in the ensuing rescue efforts.   During a visit to Beijing in September, North Korean scientists were warned by Chinese researchers that the pace of Pyongyang's nuclear tests were stressing the country's nuclear facilities, according to the South China Morning Post.   The various accounts say the nuclear test of March 3 may have weakened the mountain.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/31/2017 PAKISTAN - SEEKING TO PRESSURE ISLAMABAD, U.S. LISTS DOZENS OF AFGHAN MILITANTS OPERATING FROM PAKISTAN (OCT 31/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. government has supplied a list of 75 Afghan militants to Pakistan as part of efforts to pressure Islamabad to act against terrorist groups operating from that country, reports the Voice of America News.   "The Haqqani Network is on the top of the list," Pakistani Foreign Minister told lawmakers in Islamabad on Oct. 25. He said there were no Pakistanis on the list.   The move is part of Washington's new South Asia strategy, announced by President Trump in August, demanding action of regional nations against militants within their borders.   The list was handed over by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who visited Islamabad on Oct. 24.   Many of those on the list were now operating as "shadow governors" in Afghanistan or had been killed, said the foreign minister.   Both Afghan and U.S. officials have charged that Afghan Taliban members live in safe havens in Pakistan.  
Item Number:13 Date: 10/31/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NO MORE THAADS NEEDED, FOREIGN MINISTER TELLS LAWMAKERS (OCT 31/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government is not seeking additional deployments of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system, say officials as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha told lawmakers Monday that the current installation is necessary for self-defense. Seoul will not seek any additional deployments of the U.S. technology, she said.   Asked if the government should apologize to China, which opposes THAAD deployment, Kang said there is "nothing to apologize for."   THAAD's deployment in the southeastern town of Seongju has raised tensions with Beijing.   On Tuesday, in a statement released simultaneously by the Chinese and South Korean foreign ministries, both countries "agreed to engage in communication on THAAD-related issues," as reported by the Wall Street Journal
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/31/2017 TURKEY - FORCES FROM TURKEY, IRAQ APPEAR PREPARED TO TAKE CONTROL OF CROSSING WITH IRAQI KURDISTAN (OCT 31/DAILYSABAH)  DAILY SABAH -- Turkish and Iraqi forces have reached the Khalil Ibrahim land crossing with Turkey and retaken control of the only frontier between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey, reports Daily Sabah (Turkey).   Turkey's Anadolu Agency noted that the joint force moved to the Turkish side of the border early Tuesday morning. Iraq's border with Turkey is located within Kurdistan.   The move comes as Baghdad makes its bid to reassert control over the Kurdish territory.   Baghdad has said that its forces are preparing to take over the Kurdish region's crossings with Turkey and Syria, noted the BBC.   An Iraqi official told Reuters that Iraqi forces had already taken control of the crossing, but Kurdish officials have denied this assertion.   Iraqi troops have been conducting maneuvers with their Turkish counterparts since Sept. 18.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/31/2017 UKRAINE - 'ANTI-PUTIN PLOTTER,' WIFE AMBUSHED NEAR KIEV; MAN WOUNDED, WOMAN KILLED (OCT 31/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A Chechen man accused of plotting the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been wounded and his wife has been shot dead outside of Kiev, reports the BBC.   Amina Okuyeva and her husband Adam Osmayev were stopped at a railway crossing Monday night when gunmen opened fire, killing Okuyeva and wounding Osmayev, reports Sky News (U.K.).   An Interior Ministry spokesman said an investigation into "premeditated murder" would be opened.   Officials in Ukraine suspect Moscow was involved, noted the BBC.   Osmayev was arrested by Ukrainian authorities in 2012 on charges that included the illegal possession of explosives. Russian authorities later requested his extradition, accusing him of plotting to kill Putin.   The European Court of Human Rights recommended that Ukraine not acquiesce to the extradition, reports Radio Free Europe. Kiev refused to send him to Russia. Osmayev served 2.5 years in a Ukrainian prison.   Released in 2014, Osmayev and Okuyeva led volunteer battalions in eastern Ukraine fighting pro-Russian separatists
Item Number:16 Date: 10/31/2017 USA - LED BY HQ AT OFFUTT AFB, NEB., STRATCOM LAUNCHES ANNUAL GLOBAL TRAINING EXERCISE (OCT 31/OWH)  OMAHA WORLD-HERALD -- The U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., has begun its largest annual training exercise, reports the Omaha World-Herald (Neb.).   The Global Thunder drill, which started Monday, involves the STRATCOM headquarters at Offutt as well as missile and bomber wings around the world.   The training features command-and-control and field training components.   The exercise covers the array of STRATCOM missions, including strategic deterrence, space operations, cyberspace operations, joint electronic warfare, global strike, missile defense and intelligence, according to a command release on Oct. 27.   STRATCOM did not say how long the exercise would last, although previous iterations have run for around 10 days.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 10/31/2017 USA - MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY AWARDS $1.5 BILLION CONTRACT TO RAYTHEON FOR SBX RADAR (OCT 31/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., a contract for supporting various missile defense systems, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The deal has a maximum value of $1.5 billion and features ordering periods from Nov. 1, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2020, with four successive one-year options.   The contract covers operations and sustainment support for AN/TPY-2 radars and the Sea-Based X-band (SBX) radar.   This includes TPY-2 radar logistics support, sustaining engineering, transition and transfer and depot transition as well as SBX logistics support and sustaining engineering, according to the Pentagon release on Oct. 27
Item Number:18 Date: 10/31/2017 USA - NEW WAR LEGISLATION NEEDED, ARGUE DEFENSE SECRETARY, SECRETARY OF STATE (OCT 31/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- Top U.S. national security officials have argued that demands for changes to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the fight against terrorist groups are premature and could signal weakness to enemies of the United States, reports CBS News.   In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers to think carefully about any changes to the current authorization that was put in to effect after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.   Tillerson and Mattis urged Congress not be repeal existing laws governing the effort until new ones are fully in place. A new law is not ready at this time, they said.   "We cannot put a firm timeline on a conflict against an adaptive enemy who would hope that we haven't the will to fight as long as necessary," Mattis told the committee.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 10/31/2017 USA - PENTAGON INVESTIGATING FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN'S LOGAR PROVINCE (OCT 31/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Defense Dept. has released the name of the soldier who died of injuries sustained in a helicopter accident in eastern Afghanistan late last week, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims, 36, was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the Night Stalkers, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Sims was from Juneau, Alaska.   The unspecified helicopter was transporting troops for a night raid in the Kharwar district of Afghanistan's Logar province when it hit a tree on Oct. 27, forcing an emergency landing, said a spokesman for the provincial governor.   Sims was trained to fly the UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook, including the MH-47G special operations variant, according to his official biography.   Six other Americans and one Afghan soldier were injured in the accident.   The joint raid was part of a broader operation to clear the Taliban from parts of Logar, the spokesman said.   When the DoD released the name on Sunday, it said the incident was under investigation, noted CBS News.  
 Item Number:20 Date: 10/31/2017 USA - TILLERSON ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR SAHEL COUNTERTERRORISM FORCE (OCT 31/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. will pledge $60 million to support a regional counterterrorism effort in the Sahel area of Africa, the Group of Five Sahel Joint Task Force (G5), reports Voice of America.   On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson said that the funds for the G5 "will bolster our regional partners in their fight to ensure security and stability in the face of ISIS and affiliated groups and other terrorist networks."   The force was set up earlier this year to address the spread of terrorist groups in the semi-arid region that stretches from northern Ethiopia to southern Mauritania. The G5 members are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.   The United Nations has been debating how to fund the new force, with Secretary-General António Guterres calling on member states to "be ambitious" in envisioning the new force, according to the U.N. News Center.   Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said the U.S. aid will be given on a bilateral basis.

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