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This Day In Naval History - November 17
1917 - USS Fanning (DD-37) and USS Nicholson (DD-52) sink first  enemy submarine, U-58, off Milford Haven, Wales.
1924 - USS Langley, first aircraft carrier, reports for duty.
1941 - Congress amends Neutrality Act to allow U.S. merchant ships  to be armed. Navy's Bureau of Navigation directs Navy personnel with Armed  Guard training to be assigned for further training before going to Armed  Guard Centers for assignment to merchant ships.
1955 - Navy sets up Special Projects Office under Rear Admiral  William F.
Raborn, USN, to develop a solid propellant ballistic missile for  use in submarines.
1963 - President John F. Kennedy, on board USS Observation Island (EAG 154), witnesses the launch of Polaris A-2 missile by USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619).
1973: Skylab 4 is launched and recovery is performed by USS New Orleans (LPH 11).
1532             Pizarro traps Incan emperor Atahualpa
This Day in History: Nov. 16
Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 8:30 am PSTWednesday, November 16th 2016, 8:30 am PST
By Mike Cihla, Anchor
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2016. Here's a look at some of the events that took place on this day in history. 
1776: British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.
1907: Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.
1914: The newly created Federal Reserve Banks opened in 12 cities.
1915: Coca-Cola had its prototype for a countoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year. 
1938: LSD is first synthesized by Albert Hofmann
1939: Mob boss Al Capone was released from prison after serving 7 1/2 years for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.
1952: In the "Peanuts" comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown. 
1959: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway, starring Mary Martin as Maria von Trapp.
1966: Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
1969: The U.S. Army announced that several had been charged with massacre and the subsequent cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968. 
1973: Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84-day mission.
1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
1982: An agreement was announced on the 57th day of a strike by National Football League (NFL) players. 
1990: Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.
1999: Chrica Adams, the pregnant girlfriend of Rae Carruth, was shot four times in her car. She died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived. Carruth was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the murder. 
2001: The movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" opened in the U.S. and U.K. 
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Today in History
November 16
British seamen board the U.S. frigate Baltimore and impress a number of crewmen as alleged deserters, a practice that contributed to the War of 1812.
The British announce a blockade of Long Island Sound, leaving only the New England coast open to shipping.
Trader William Becknell reaches Santa Fe, N.M., on the route that will become known as the Santa Fe Trail.
General Zachary Taylor takes Saltillo, Mexico.
Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his "March to the Sea."
King Behanzin of Dahomey (now Benin), leads soldiers against the French.
A cartoon appears in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.
The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state.
Swann's Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust's 7-part novel Remembrance of Things Past, is published.
Metered mail is born in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter.
Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.
President Harry S Truman rejects four-power talks on Berlin until the blockade is removed.
The United States joins in the condemnation of Israel for its raid on Jordan.
The Big Four talks, taking place in Geneva on German reunification, end in failure.
After the integration of two all-white schools, 2,000 whites riot in the streets of New Orleans.
In the last day of the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray, regiments of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division repulse NVA forces in the Ia Drang Valley.
U.S. planes hit Haiphong shipyard in North Vietnam for the first time.
American Airlines is fined $500,000 for improper DC-10 maintenance.
The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.
Salvadoran Army death squad kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
Eric Lawes, while using a metal detector to search for a friend's lost hammer near Hoxne, Suffolk, England, discovers the Hoxne Hoard, the largest hoard of Roman silver and gold ever found in Britain, and the largest collection of 4th and 5th century coins found anywhere within the bounds of the former Roman Empire
Pro-democracy Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng released from prison after 18 years, for health reasons.
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The Battle of Friday the 13th in the waters by Guadalcanal in mid-November 1942
From: Cox, Samuel J SES NHHC, DNS-H
Subject: H-gram 012 Friday the 13th (the Battle)
From: Director of Naval History
To:  Senior Navy Leadership
Subj: H-gram 012, The Battle of Friday the 13th.
This H-gram is on the long side, but in my view the sea battles that took place off Guadalcanal in mid-November 1942 are the most epochal in the history of the United States Navy, replete with examples of extreme valor in the face of overwhelming odds in which few other battles can compare.  The end result, at staggering cost, was a decisive victory for the U.S. Navy.
75th Anniversary of World War Two
Guadalcanal: The Battle of Friday the 13th, 1942
    "It's suicide," was the reaction of Captain Cassin Young, new commanding officer of the flagship heavy cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38) when informed of his mission.   "I know.  But we have to do it," responded Rear Admiral Daniel Callaghan, the commander of a force of five cruisers and eight destroyers (Task Group 67.4) assigned the mission to interdict a Japanese task group and prevent a second devastating battleship bombardment of Henderson Field and U.S. Marine positions on Guadalcanal (see H-Gram 011 "All Hell's Eve.").  Based on Intelligence reporting, both of them knew what they were up against; battleships.  CAPT Young was not the kind to shirk danger; he had been awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions at Pearl Harbor in command of the repair ship USS VESTAL (AR-4) when he was blown off the bridge of his ship by the explosion of USS ARIZONA's (BB-39) magazine alongside, swam through burning oil to get back aboard his sinking ship to get her underway, under fire, and beach her in shallow water.  CAPT Young was also right; neither he nor RADM Callaghan, nor RADM Norman Scott, nor the five Sullivan Brothers, nor a total of 1,439 American Sailors would survive the incredibly vicious, chaotic, no-quarter, close-quarters nighttime melee with two Japanese battleships, a light cruiser and eleven destroyers; an action that naval historian RADM Samuel Eliot Morison would describe as being like "minnows in a bucket" and others would describe as a "bar room brawl after the lights had been shot out."
      By the time the battle was over, of the 13 U.S. ships engaged, two anti-aircraft cruisers (ATLANTA (CL-51) and JUNEAU (CL-52)) and four destroyers (CUSHING (DD-376,) LAFFEY (DD-459,) BARTON (DD-599,) and MONSSEN (DD-436)) would be sunk.   Two heavy cruisers (SAN FRANCISCO and PORTLAND (CA-33)) and two destroyers (STERRET (DD-407) and AARON WARD (DD-483)) were seriously damaged.  Only the light cruiser HELENA (CL-50) and destroyers O'BANNON (DD-450) and FLETCHER (DD-445) survived the deluge of battleship shells and "Long Lance" torpedoes with minimal damage or no casualties.  The Japanese lost only two destroyers, but one of the two battleships (HIEI) was so badly battered that she could not steer or clear the battle area, and was sunk the next day by U.S. Navy and Marine aircraft, flying from Henderson field and USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6.)  Most importantly, Callaghan's force accomplished its mission in preventing a bombardment, and Henderson Field remained operational and played a pivotal role in preventing about 5,000 Japanese reinforcements from reaching the island, and sinking almost all the supplies and ammunition of the 2,000 who did.  In conjunction with yet another brutal battle the night of 14-15 Nov, this battle turned the tide of the campaign for Guadalcanal in favor of the U.S., at great cost.
      The record of valor displayed by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Friday the 13th was astounding.  RADM Callaghan and RADM Scott were both awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor (Scott was actually killed by "friendly" fire.)  Three Medals of Honor were awarded to crew on USS SAN FRANCISCO who fought on after the most senior officers were all killed; Lieutenant Commander  Herbert Schonland, LCDR Bruce McCandless, and (posthumously) Boatswains Mate First Class Reinhardt Keppler.  The SAN FRANCISCO received a Presidential Unit Citation, as did LAFFEY, STERETT, and O'BANNON.  The crew of SAN FRANCISCO alone accounted for 32 Navy Crosses (22 posthumous,) and 21 Silver Stars, and there were more on other ships.  The commanding officers of all 13 ships in the battle were awarded a Navy Cross, four posthumously.  At least 28 U.S. Navy destroyers and destroyer-escorts were named in honor of those brave Sailors who fell in this most epochal battle in U.S. Navy history (one of these, the USS HARMON (DE-678) was the first warship named in honor of an African-American; Mess Attendant First Class Leonard Roy Harmon, killed on SAN FRANCISCO; and the USS THE SULLIVANS (DD-537 and DDG-68) were named after the five Sullivan brothers, all lost aboard JUNEAU.)
    Although RADM Callaghan's courage has never been questioned, the appalling cost of the battle caused many navy leaders at the time, and many historians since then, to question his tactical judgement, in particular his integration (or lack thereof) of newer radar on some of his ships.  Some of these criticisms are probably valid, but none really take into account that CAPT Young's assessment (suicide) was valid.  The two Japanese battleships (8 x 14" guns each) and 95 powerful torpedoes (not counting re-loads) aboard the destroyers, all superbly trained and equipped for night fighting, had vastly superior throw weight.  Callaghan's own ships were never designed or intended to duke it out with battleships, nor could the technology of radar be a panacea for decades of avoidance of realistic night time training (which would be disastrously demonstrated at the Battle of Tassafaronga just two weeks after this battle.) Callaghan's only hope of success was to get as close to the battleships as quickly as possible before opening fire. Whether this was his plan is unknown, because he left no written plan and those who might have known were dead too, but that is what happened.  Opening fire sooner only would have given the Japanese battleships more time to find the range before the much lighter U.S. weapons could inflict any serious damage on the more heavily armored battleships, and crossing the Japanese "T" would only have made better targets for Japanese torpedoes.   Given the force disparity, there is no realistic outcome in which this battle would have turned out any better for the U.S. with or without more effective use of radar.  So, in my assessment, in the face of overwhelming odds, Callaghan chose to attack, and did his duty to the utmost, and in strategic terms, he won.
   The words of Major General Arch Vandegrift, United States Marine Corps, commander of all Marine and Army forces on Guadalcanal, perhaps sums it up the best, ".but our greatest homage goes to Scott, Callaghan and their men who with magnificent courage against seemingly hopeless odds drove back the first hostile stroke and made success possible.  To them the men of Cactus (Guadalcanal) lift their battered helmets in deepest admiration."
    Or perhaps the words of the skipper of USS FLETCHER (DD-445,) CDR William Cole to his XO as FLETCHER (13th ship in line of a group of 13 ships on Friday the 13th, with hull number that added up to 13 and named after Frank Friday Fletcher) entered the battle, "Aren't you glad our wives don't know where we are right now?"
    For more of the Battle of Friday the 13th please see attachment H012.1. This will be in tomorrow's list
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Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon
The FAA, the USAF, and air traffic control recordings all confirm the bizarre event did indeed occur last October.
Amongst all the questions that remain, one thing is certain, an unidentified white aircraft was indeed flying over Oregon on that day in October, and the USAF and the FAA are both willing to admit that the event occurred. In the Air Force's case, the fact that they are even willing to tell us that they couldn't catch or even find the unidentified aircraft with their sensor-packed and fast F-15s is interesting to say the least. On the other hand they may not be sharing the entire story with us. 
Item Number:1 Date: 11/16/2017 CANADA - TROOPS BEING DEPLOYED FACE NEW PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (NOV 16/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Canadian military has adopted new training requirements for all troops deployed abroad, reports CBC News.   The changes better reflect the kind of equipment, environment and combat likely to be seen, said program officials.   According to the military, the new regimen includes a 3-mile (5-km) timed march and a circuit of exercises where participants lift and drag heavy sandbags for short periods to simulate combat situations, where adrenaline-fueled movements are brief and intense with little rest in between.   The previous requirement included an 8-mile (13-km) march.   The changes are in response to the changing nature of warfare, said Maj. Gen. Simon Hetherington, the head of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Center in Kingston, Ontario.   "What we're seeing is more operations in complex terrain," Hetherington said on a CBC television program. "That could be built-up areas, not the wide plains of Western Europe that we looked at in World War II -- that a lot of our training was based on."   The new regimen took effect in October.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/16/2017 CHINA - BEIJING STILL PUSHING 'FREEZE FOR FREEZE' IN KOREA (NOV 16/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- China has reiterated its support of a "freeze-for-freeze" plan to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula, contradicting a suggestyion by U.S. President Donald Trump that Beijing has changed its stance, reports the Washington Post.   On Thursday, Chinese officials inisisted Beijing backs a proposal that would have Pyongyang cease missile and nuclear tests in exchange for a suspension of annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises.   On Wednesday, Trump suggested that China's President Xi had agreed to abandon the idea.   Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Thursday "while diplomacy must be the main effort with North Korea, it has to be diplomacy backed by credible military power," as quoted by Reuters
Item Number:3 Date: 11/16/2017 GERMANY - TROOPS FROM 13 NATIONS TRAIN IN EXERCISE ALLIED SPIRIT IN HOHENFELS (NOV 16/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- About 3,700 soldiers fom 13 NATO allies and partner nations are in the midst of Exercise Allied Spirit in eastern Germany, reports Stars and Stripes.   The exercises in Hohenfels began on Nov. 11 and run through Saturday.   The scenario stresses training Europeans to defend against a determined enemy, which is played by U.S. troops.   Lithuania's "Griffin" Brigade has taken the role of defender, commanding the multinational brigade headquarters, according to the 7th Army Training Command.   Defending troops face sniper fire, aircraft, armored vehicles, drones and a hostile local population.   The exercises increase NATO members' joint effectiveness, said one senior officer for sustainment, observing and coaching at Combat Training Center Hohenfels.   The drills have pushed some soldiers close to the point of collapse, he added.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 11/16/2017 INDIA - KAZAKHS, GORKHA RIFLES WRAP UP PEACEKEEPING EXERCISE WITH MOCK BATTLE DEFENDING U.N. OFFICE (NOV 16/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Indian and Kazakh army personnel have just concluded a two-week-long military exercise at the Bakloh cantonment in the Chamba district of India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, reports the Press Trust of India.   A platoon from the 3rd Battalion, 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian army and a similar-sized Kazakh unit took part in the Robust Friendship drills, which concluded on Tuesday with a simulated defense of a U.N. office against a terrorist attack. (The spelling, often rendered "Ghurka," is officially "Gorkha" from the version used by the Nepalese fighters.)   This was the second edition of the joint exercise. The first took place in Kazakhstan last year.   The drills were designed to familiarize the militaries respective operating procedures in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations under a U.N. mandate, said Indian military officials.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/16/2017 IRAQ - CLEARING OPS NEAR SYRIA NET MULTIPLE ISIS FIGHTERS (NOV 16/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- Senior Iraqi army officials say border security forces recently killed or captured 12 Islamic State militants along the frontier with Syria, northwest of Mosul in northern Iraq, reports Iraqi News.   Seven militants were killed and five arrested in an ambush set by border forces in the Yaaribi area, said a spokesman for the Iraqi army's Nineveh operations on Tuesday, as cited by Baghdad Today.   Domestic troops have been trying to clear ISIS forces from the region since retaking Mosul in July.   On Wednesday, the military said that Iraqi forces north of the Euphrates River near the border with Syria had killed 48 ISIS fighters over the previous three days.   There were sporadic clashes with the terrorists during clearing operations in the rural area north of the river, said Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, the head of the Liberation of West Anbar Operations, as cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Government forces are seeking to expel ISIS from the city of Rawa, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Qaim city, said a military statement
Item Number:6 Date: 11/16/2017 IRAQ - DEATHS OF SENIOR ISIS LEADERS IN IRAQ, SYRIA SEEN DISRUPTING TERROR NETWORK, SAYS COALITION (NOV 16/CJTF-OIR)  COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE-OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE -- The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria says it has killed four senior ISIS leaders in airstrikes over the last three weeks.   Eliminating these leaders disrupts the terrorist group's weapons engineering activities, their ability to recruit and train terrorists and plan and conduct terrorist attacks in the region, according to a release from the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve on Nov. 14.   On Oct. 26, Yusuf Demir, an Islamic State media official with links to Islamic State networks throughout the Middle East and Europe, and Omer Demir, an external operations coordinator linked to ISIS networks in the Middle East and Europe, were killed near Al-Qaim, Iraq, said the release.   In addition, Abu Yazin, a senior ISIS leader and weapons facilitator, was killed on Nov. 3, near Mayadin, Syria. And Abdellah Hajjiaou, an ISIS external operations plotter, was killed on Nov. 5, near Abu Kamal, Syria, the coalition said
Item Number:7 Date: 11/16/2017 ISRAEL - MOSSAD AGENTS USING BOSNIAN PASSPORTS KILLED HAMAS DRONE EXPERT IN DECEMBER, GROUP SAYS (NOV 16/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Hamas militant group has blamed Israel's foreign intelligence agency for assassinating the group's drone expert last year, reports Haaretz (Israel).   The Islamist group said on Thursday that Mossad agents carrying Bosnian passports were responsible for the killing of Mohammed Zawahri (also spelled Mohamed Zouari) in Tunisia in December 2016.   A member of Hamas' political bureau said during a press conference in Beirut that an investigation shows that Zawahri was under close Mossad surveillance for four months prior to his killing.   Zawahiri was shot in the southern Tunisian city of Sfax. He had been outspoken in his support for Hamas and worked with the group's militant wing throughout the 1990s, as was widely reported.  
Item Number:8 Date: 11/16/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - UPDATED MILITARY DOCTRINE COVERS HYBRID WARFARE; GENERAL STAFF BRIEFS SENATE COMMITTEE (NOV 16/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Kazakh General Staff has briefed members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security on the latest military doctrine, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   For the first time, the doctrine provides definitions for "hybrid warfare methods," "non-military means" and "domestic armed conflict," Maj. Gen. Ruslan Shpekbayev, the first deputy chief of the General Staff, told lawmakers, according to a Senate press release on Nov. 15.   The decree adopting the doctrine was signed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Sept. 29, but received little attention domestically, reported the Eurasia Daily Monitor almost a month later.   The document also updates the regulations for deploying armed forces and includes measures to bolster cybersecurity; integrate territorial defense into a general military security system; develop logistics systems; broaden Kazakhstan's participation in peacekeeping operations; and develop a military organization management system, said the Senate release.   The Senate body will also soon complete work to resolve issues with providing the necessary weapons and equipment to the armed forces, said Sen. Dariga Nazarbayeva, the committee chair.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/16/2017 LEBANON - HARIRI ACCEPTS INVITATION TO TRAVEL TO FRANCE (NOV 16/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- A French official says Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron to come to France with his family, reports the Wall Street Journal.   He will travel within days from Saudi Arabia, where he has been since announcing his resignation on Nov. 4 from Riyadh.   Macron extended the offer on Wednesday and it was accepted the next day, said NPR.   Rumors have swirled in Lebanon that Hariri was being held against his will by Saudi authorities, who allegedly forced him to resign.   In a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said that such allegations are false, reported Al Arabiya (Dubai).   Hariri has publicly stated that he is fine and intended to return to Lebanon soon, notes the BBC.   The resignation threw Lebanon into political chaos.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/16/2017 NIGERIA - 14 KILLED IN SERIES OF SUICIDE ATTACKS IN MAIDUGURI (NOV 16/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- Nigerian police say at least 14 people are dead and 29 injured after four suicide bombers made a series of coordinated attacks in Maiduguri, the provincial capital of the northeastern state of Borno, reports the Premium Times (Nigeria).   One bomber detonated his device Wednesday evening in a prayer ground in the northern suburb of Muna Gari, said local officials.   Three more attacks followed in the same neighborhood. Two of the bombers were male and two were female; all were killed, said police.   Police patrol and explosive teams were sent to the scene of the attacks to ensure the safety of the area. The victims were taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials suspect Boko Haram
Item Number:11 Date: 11/16/2017 RUSSIA - MANUFACTURER URALVAGONZAVOD DELIVERING T-90S TANKS TO IRAQ, VIETNAM (NOV 16/TASS)  TASS -- Company officials from Uralvagonzavod, manufacturer of Russia's T-90 battle tanks, say the firm has started deliveries of tanks to Iraq and Vietnam, reports Tass (Russia)..   "The contract is being implemented in accordance with the schedule approved by the parties," the press office of Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said Wednesday.   The manufacturer said in a 2016 report that the company intended to implement two contracts in 2017 for T-90S/SK tanks.  Vietnam ordered 64 tanks, while Iraq is getting 73, noted the news agency
Item Number:12 Date: 11/16/2017 RUSSIA - NAVY READIES LAUNCHING CEREMONY FOR NEW BALLISTIC-MISSILE SUB, KNYAZ VLADIMIR (NOV 16/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian navy is set to launch its fourth Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine, reports Interfax-AVN.   The Knyaz Vladimir, the first boat built to the updated Borei-A design, is scheduled to be put into the water at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk on Nov. 17.   Following launch, the sub will undertake factory and state sea trials, said a navy spokesman.   Borei-class submarines are armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles
Item Number:13 Date: 11/16/2017 SOMALIA - SECURITY COUNCIL GIVES PARTIAL ARMS EMBARGO ANOTHER YEAR (NOV 16/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The U.N. Security Council has renewed its partial relaxation of the arms embargo on Somalia, reports the U.N. News Service.   On Nov. 14, the Security Council approved the extension as well as the authorization for the maritime interdiction of illegal arms imparts and charcoal exports and a humanitarian exemption.   Following the renewal, the measures now expire on Nov. 15, 2018.   In its resolution, the council also asked the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) to continue investigating the export of chemicals to Somalia that can be used as oxidizers in the production of improvised explosive devices.   These include the precursors ammonium nitrate, potassium chlorate, potassium nitrate and sodium chlorate.   The Security Council also extended the mandate of the SEMG until Dec. 15, 2018
Item Number:14 Date: 11/16/2017 SYRIA - SDF GENERAL, AN ETHNIC TURKMAN, DEFECTS TO TURKISH-BACKED REBELS, TRAVELS TO TURKEY (NOV 16/MEC)  MIDDLE EAST CONFIDENTIAL -- A senior commander from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has defected to Turkey, say Syrian rebel officials, as reported by Middle East Eye (London).   Brig. Gen. Talal Silo turned himself in to the Free Syrian Army on Wednesday near Jarablus in northern Syria, and was then escorted to Turkey, which supports the FSA, noted Kurdistan 24.   "Silo was secretly coordinating with commanders from the FSA and when he entered areas under their control he then crossed into Turkish territory," said an FSA spokesman quoted in Reuters.   The SDF is an alliance of Arabs and Kurdish forces dominated by the People's Protection Units (YPG).   A source told the Arabic-language al-Araby al-Jadeed that Silo had joined their ranks because he was upset at the marginalization of Arabs and Turkmen in the SDF.   The general is a Turkman, a group linked linguistically to Turks, noted Middle East Eye.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/16/2017 THAILAND - BEIJING, BANGKOK PLAN JOINT ARMS FACTORY (NOV 16/REU)  REUTERS -- Thailand's defense technology agency has announced plans to build a joint arms factory with China, reports Reuters.   The Defense Technology Institute will set up the commercial joint defense facility in Thailand's northeastern province of Khon Kaen in July 2018, said a Defense Ministry spokesman. It will be the country's first such joint effort.   The center will produce, assemble and maintain Chinese weapons system used by the Thai military.   China North Industries Corp., the weapons' manufacturer, and the Defense Ministry are reportedly still negotiating the details of the arrangement.   Security cooperation between Bangkok and Beijing has been growing in recent years, noted Reuters. At least one purchase for three submarines topped US$1 billion and China has publicly committed to developing of a high-speed rail link as part of its "Belt and Road" initiative
Item Number:16 Date: 11/16/2017 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MILITARY SIGNS DOZENS OF DEALS DURING DUBAI AIR SHOW; TOTAL EXCEEDS US$3.5 BILLION (NOV 16/KHAL)  KHALEEJ TIMES -- The United Arab Emirates military says it has signed dozens of contracts worth US$3.57 billion during this week's Dubai air show, reports the Khaleej Times (Dubai).   The air force announced plans to sign a contract with Dassault and Thales to modernize its Mirage 2000-9 fighters. The project would cover equipment and upgrades over the next decade, said Emirati officials on Tuesday.   The modernization is estimated to be worth US$350 million, reported Defense News.   Raytheon received a US$684.4 million contract to supply GBU-10 and GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb kits, reported Reuters.   A US$42.7 million contract was awarded to CAE Maritime Middle East to set up remote-control systems for training centers. Iomax USA received a US$11.2 million contract for the modernization and maintenance of AT-802 light attack aircraft, officials said.   Rheinmetall Air Defence of Switzerland inked a US$8.9 million deal to supply ammunition for 35-mm air defense systems.   The U.A.E. awarded Turkey's Chemical and Mechanical Industries Corp. a US$20 million deal for Mk 82 and Mk 84 bombs.   Airbus Defence and Space announced on Wednesday that the Emirati air force had placed an order for five C-295 cargo aircraft to replace aging CN-235 platforms. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018. The value of the contract was not disclosed.   Finally, Defense News reported on Tuesday that the U.A.E. was negotiating with Boeing for the purchase of new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and upgrades to existing Apaches
Item Number:17 Date: 11/16/2017 USA - HEAD OF COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER TO RETIRE (NOV 16/HILL)  THE HILL -- The director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the agency that coordinates intelligence sharing on militant plots, will retire at the end of the year, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   Nicholas Rasmussen has been center's director since 2014.   Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence announced the move on Wednesday.   Russ Travers, the center's deputy director, will serve in an interim capacity until President Trump nominates a successor for Rasmussen, said Coats.  .  
  Item Number:18 Date: 11/16/2017 USA - KEEL LAID FOR LENAH H. SUTCLIFFE HIGBEE DESTROYER; RALPH JOHNSON DESTROYER DELIVERED TO NAVY (NOV 16/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI) has laid the keel for a new Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.   The keel-laying ceremony for the future Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) took place on Tuesday at the HII shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.   The destroyer is in the Flight IIA configuration, including the Aegis combat system and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC).   The warship is named after Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, who served as the second superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1911 and received the Navy Cross for distinguished service in World War I. She was the only woman presented the Navy Cross.   On Nov. 15, the Navy accepted delivery of the Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) from Huntington Ingalls Industries, said a NAVSEA release.   The destroyer is the 64th in the class and the third of the Flight IIA restart ships. She is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which provides an integrated air and missile defense capability with the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) 5.0 and Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) systems.   The ship honors Ralph Johnson, a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Rock in Vietnam in 1968. Johnson jumped on a thrown grenade, saving the lives of his comrades at the cost of his own
Item Number:19 Date: 11/16/2017 USA - TESTING COMING FOR SELF-DEFENSE LASERS ON KC-135 AERIAL TANKERS (NOV 16/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The head of the U.S. Air Mobility Command (AMC) says he plans to start evaluating the use of lasers on the command's aircraft to counter missile threats, reports the Air Force Times.   Gen. Carlton Everhart told the newspaper recently that he wanted to begin exploring the capability on a KC-135 aerial tanker in 2018.   The general said it has already taken steps to get a KC-135 to the Air Force Research Laboratory by the summer of 2018 for testing.   Researchers will have six to 12 months to experiment with the aircraft to determine what is possible and what questions remained to be answered, said an AMC spokesman.   "The expectation is to have this capability available to our war fighters within two years," said Everhart. "It's time to move out and show we're serious about this to our airmen."  
  Item Number:20 Date: 11/16/2017 ZIMBABWE - MUGABE UNDER HOUSE ARREST, SAID TO BE RESISTING MEDIATION EFFORTS (NOV 16/REU)  REUTERS -- Zimbabwe's president is resisting the military's efforts to force him to quit his office, reports Reuters, citing an intelligence source.   The source said Thursday that Robert Mugabe has rejected the idea of resigning before elections scheduled for next year.   A Catholic priest has reportedly been attempting to mediate between the president and the military, intelligence and political officials who have turned on him. Mugabe, who is confined to his home, has apparently rejected the overtures.   Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest the action has been planned for more than a year, said the news agency.   There have been no reports of death or injuries connected to the events. The army has denied it is a coup. Some are referring to the actions as a "soft coup."  

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