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To All
I hope that your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History – May 3, 2018
May 3
1777—During the American Revolution, the Continental lugger Surprise, led by Capt. Gustavus Conyngham, captures the British mail packet Prince of Orange and the brig Joseph in the North Sea.
1861 - USS Surprise captures Confederate privateer Savannah
1898 - Marines land at Cavite, Philippines, and raise U.S. flag
1942—USS Spearfish (SS 190) evacuates naval and military officers, including nurses, from Corregidor before surrendering island to Japan.
1949—The U.S. Navy executes its first firing of a high altitude Viking rocket at White Sands, NM.
1975—USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. "Only America can make a machine like this," notes President Gerald R. Ford about the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. "There is nothing like her in the world." 
1980—USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is commissioned in Pascagoula, MS. She is the final Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship built and the first to be named in honor of the battles fought in the Palau Islands.
2008—USS North Carolina (SSN 777) is commissioned at Port of Wilmington, NC, before sailing for its homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news headlines, media are reporting that a Puerto Rico Air National Guard plane crashed in Georgia shortly after takeoff on Wednesday - killing nine people aboard aircraft, and that a high-powered U.S. delegation arrived in Beijing today for talks with Chinese officials on defusing tensions to avoid a trade war.  According to USNI News, CNO Adm. John Richardson said that the Navy is studying its recent successful strikes on Syria to prepare for a future higher-end engagement. "There are a lot of elements of that operation that are going to be those things that we want to continue to stress," said Richardson while praising the successful coordination between U.S., British and French forces in the strike. The Washington Post reports on President Trump's nominee for ambassador to South Korea Adm. Harry Harris,  and states  how Harris' selection could influence the upcoming summit with North Korea. Additionally, Defense News  reports that they sat down with Rear Adm. Gregory Fenton, commander of Naval Forces Japan, to discuss a variety of topics and events that have occurred the past year.
Whenever I read about one of the major battles fought by our carriers in WWII I remember a story that my friend Nick Criss told me many years ago. He had met a guy who was an aircraft handler of sorts on one of the big decks and he asked him how they launched strikes since they really did not do cyclic ops like we do. They launched everything. So Nick asked him how they got so many aircraft on board. The guy said they brought the first group on board brought them into the hanger deck and then winched them into the overhead. Then they brought the next group in and filled up the hanger deck again then they filled up the flight deck. So Nick asked him how they got them all launched off and he said they just did the reverse. So Nick thought about that and said well how did you get them all back onboard after the strike. It would take a lot of time to winch all those aircraft back up to make room. The guys answer was we never had the problem…..think about it.
What we owe to those Naval Aviators that came before us and fought in that Pacific war is beyond measure. The battles of the Coral Sea and Midway are coming up.
Today in History May 3
Pope Gelasius asserts that his authority is superior to Emperor Anastasius.
French forces in Florida slaughter hundreds of Spanish.
Macon B. Allen becomes the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
France declares war on Austria.
The Battle of Chancellorsville rages for a second day.
President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train arrives in Springfield, Illinois.
U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua.
The first airplane lands at the geographic North Pole.
After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retake Dai Do complex in Vietnam, only to find the North Vietnamese have evacuated the area.
James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin, is caught in a jail break attempt.
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Great Britain.
A British submarine sinks Argentina's only cruiser during the Falkland Islands War.
From Chancellorsville to Coral Sea
by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
This Week in American Military History:
May. 2, 1863:  During day-two of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Gen.
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Confederates appear out of nowhere, smashing into Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's right flank and literally rolling up the encamped Federal force. But the Confederate victory proves bittersweet, as Jackson will be wounded – his left arm shattered – that night in a friendly fire incident during a leaders-recon mission.
Following the amputation of Jackson's arm, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will lament, "He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm."
Worse for Lee, Jackson will develop pneumonia and die within eight days.
May 4, 1946:  Alcatraz prison guards and U.S. Marines recapture Alcatraz from rioting inmates, who had previously broken into the prison armory, seized weapons and taken hostages. The Alcatraz guards quickly realized they were no match for the inmates. But the inmates stood no chance against "a few good men."
May. 5, 1864:  The bloody albeit inconclusive Battle of the Wilderness
(Virginia) opens between Union Army forces under the command of Lt. Gen.
Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, and Confederate forces under Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Fighting is grim: Casualties will be heavy on both sides. Union and Confederate generals will be killed. Wounded and trapped soldiers will be burned alive by a battle-sparked woods fire. Within two days, Grant will disengage and advance toward Spotsylvania Courthouse.
May. 5, 1961:  U.S. Navy Commander (future rear admiral) Alan B. Shepard Jr. rockets to an altitude of more than 116 miles above the Earth's surface (space begins at 73 miles) becoming the first American in space. Shepard's spacecraft – a recoverable capsule launched by a Redstone rocket – is christened "Freedom 7."
In less than a year, John Glenn – a Marine – will become the first American to orbit the Earth. Shepard will become the fifth man to walk on the moon in 1971.
May 5, 1965: The first large-scale U.S. Army forces – the famous 173rd Airborne Brigade – arrive in South Vietnam.
May 6, 1962:  During "the 1962 atomic tests," the submarine USS Ethan Allen launches the first and only nuclear-tipped Polaris missile fired from a submerged sub. The warhead detonates over the South Pacific.
The submarine (the second of two so-named U.S. Navy vessels) is named in honor of Ethan Allen, the famous patriot leader of the "Green Mountain Boys" during the American Revolution.
May. 7, 1942:  The Battle of the Coral Sea begins in earnest between Allied (primarily U.S.) Naval forces and the Japanese Navy.
The battle – the first fought between opposing ships beyond visual range – is largely a carrier-air fight, and will result in the loss or damage of several American ships, including the loss of USS Lexington (the fifth of six American warships named for the famous battle of April 19, 1775), scores of destroyed planes and hundreds of sailors and Marines killed.
The Japanese will also suffer serious losses.
According to the U.S. Naval Historical Center: "Though the Japanese could rightly claim a tactical victory on 'points,' it was an operational and strategic defeat for them, the first major check on the great offensive they had begun five months earlier at Pearl Harbor."
May. 7, 1945:  Germany surrenders one week after Adolf Hitler and his new bride, Eva Braun, commit suicide in Hitler's Berlin Bunker.
May. 8, 1846:  In the first major battle of the Mexican War, U.S. Army forces under the command of Gen. (and future president) Zachary Taylor decisively defeat Mexican forces under Gen. Mariano Arista in the Battle of Palo Alto (Texas). The Mexicans will retreat to a seemingly more defensible position at Resaca de la Palma the following day, but Taylor will pursue and beat them badly there too.
May. 8, 1864:  Days after the bloody affair in the Wilderness, Grant and Lee again clash in the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Like the Wilderness, the outcome at Spotsylvania Courthouse will be inconclusive and the casualties terribly heavy.  In less than two weeks, Grant will again break contact and continue his advance toward Richmond.
May. 8, 1911:  The U.S. Navy places its first order with the Curtiss aircraft company for two biplanes. Thus, May 8 becomes the official birthday of Naval Aviation.
Tomorrow starts the battle of the Coral Sea a significant battle in WWII that stopped the march of the Japanese in the Pacific.
Battle of the Coral Sea, 7-8 May 1942
Overview and Special Image Selection
The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea, was the first of the Pacific War's six fights between opposing aircraft carrier forces. Though the Japanese could rightly claim a tactical victory on "points", it was an operational and strategic defeat for them, the first major check on the great offensive they had begun five months earlier at Pearl Harbor. The diversion of Japanese resources represented by the Coral Sea battle would also have immense consequences a month later, at the Battle of Midway.
The Coral Sea action resulted from a Japanese amphibious operation intended to capture Port Moresby, located on New Guinea's southeastern coast. A Japanese air base there would threaten northeastern Australia and support plans for further expansion into the South Pacific, possibly helping to drive Australia out of the war and certainly enhancing the strategic defenses of Japan's newly-enlarged oceanic empire.
The Japanese operation included two seaborne invasion forces, a minor one targeting Tulagi, in the Southern Solomons, and the main one aimed at Port Moresby. These would be supported by land-based airpower from bases to the north and by two naval forces containing a small aircraft carrier, several cruisers, seaplane tenders and gunboats. More distant cover would be provided by the big aircraft carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku with their escorting cruisers and destroyers. The U.S. Navy, tipped off to the enemy plans by superior communications intelligence, countered with two of its own carriers, plus cruisers (including two from the Australian Navy), destroyers, submarines, land-based bombers and patrol seaplanes.
Preliminary operations on 3-6 May and two days of active carrier combat on
7-8 May cost the United States one aircraft carrier, a destroyer and one of its very valuable fleet oilers, plus damage to the second carrier. However, the Japanese were forced to cancel their Port Moresby seaborne invasion. In the fighting, they lost a light carrier, a destroyer and some smaller ships. Shokaku received serious bomb damage and Zuikaku's air group was badly depleted. Most importantly, those two carriers were eliminated from the upcoming Midway operation, contributing by their absence to that terrible Japanese defeat.
This page features a historical overview and special image selection on the Battle of the Coral Sea, chosen from the more comprehensive coverage featured in the following pages
•           Preliminary Activities, 1-6 May 1942
•           Events of 7 May 1942
•           Events of 8 May 1942
•           WWII Pacific Battles
From Wikipedia
The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought from 4–8 May 1942, was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia.
The battle was the first ever fleet action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.
In an attempt to strengthen their defensive positioning for their empire in the South Pacific, Imperial Japanese forces decided to invade and occupy Port Moresby in New Guinea and Tulagi in the southeastern Solomon Islands.
The plan to accomplish this, called Operation MO, involved several major units of Japan's Combined Fleet, including two fleet carriers and a light carrier to provide air cover for the invasion fleets, under the overall command of Shigeyoshi Inoue. The U.S. learned of the Japanese plan through signals intelligence and sent two United States Navy carrier task forces and a joint Australian-American cruiser force, under the overall command of American Admiral Frank J. Fletcher, to oppose the Japanese offensive.
On 3–4 May, Japanese forces successfully invaded and occupied Tulagi, although several of their supporting warships were surprised and sunk or damaged by aircraft from the U.S. fleet carrier Yorktown. Now aware of the presence of U.S. carriers in the area, the Japanese fleet carriers entered the Coral Sea with the intention of finding and destroying the Allied naval forces.
Beginning on 7 May, the carrier forces from the two sides exchanged airstrikes over two consecutive days. The first day, the U.S. sank the Japanese light carrier Shōhō, while the Japanese sank a U.S. destroyer and heavily damaged a fleet oiler (which was later scuttled). The next day, the Japanese fleet carrier Shōkaku was heavily damaged, the U.S. fleet carrier Lexington was critically damaged (and was scuttled as a result), and the Yorktown was damaged. With both sides having suffered heavy losses in aircraft and carriers damaged or sunk, the two fleets disengaged and retired from the battle area. Because of the loss of carrier air cover, Inoue recalled the Port Moresby invasion fleet, intending to try again later.
Although a tactical victory for the Japanese in terms of ships sunk, the battle would prove to be a strategic victory for the Allies for several reasons. Japanese expansion, seemingly unstoppable until then, was turned back for the first time. More importantly, the Japanese fleet carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku – one damaged and the other with a depleted aircraft complement – were unable to participate in the Battle of Midway, which took place the following month, ensuring a rough parity in aircraft between the two adversaries and contributing significantly to the U.S. victory in that battle. The severe losses in carriers at Midway prevented the Japanese from reattempting to invade Port Moresby from the ocean. Two months later, the Allies took advantage of Japan's resulting strategic vulnerability in the South Pacific and launched the Guadalcanal Campaign that, along with the New Guinea Campaign, eventually broke Japanese defenses in the South Pacific and was a significant contributing factor to Japan's ultimate defeat in World War II.  Read more at
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May 3, 2018  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #789… ON 3 MAY 1968 THE NEW YORK TIMES USED FOUR FULL PAGES (31-34) TO CARRY THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE TO AMERICA, NORTH VIETNAM AND THE WORLD: "Is the war over? No! We, Presidents of Student Government and Editors of campus newspapers at more than 500 American colleges, believe that we should not be forced to fight in the Vietnam war because the Vietnam war is unjust and immoral."… The names of all five hundred of the young draft age college leaders, and their colleges or universities, were spread over the four pages… The message was made loud and clear on all four pages in big, bold print… "THE VIETNAM WAR IS UNJUST AND IMMORAL"…   And more: the words of a half-dozen of America's most famous… but first…
GOOD MORNING: Day SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-NINE of a remembrance of the years, events and participants of the air war called Rolling Thunder…
3 MAY 1968… HEAD LINES from THE NEW YORK TIMES on Friday, 3 May 1968… a day from fifty years ago…
THE WAR: Page 1: "ENEMY ROUTE CUT BY ALLIED SWEEP IN A SHAU VALLEY–Drive On Supply Base Held Successful So Far–Helicopter Loss Heavy–Casualties Are Increasing In Fight Near DMZ–Terror Blast in Saigon Kills Three"… "The United States Command, breaking  four day silence on the massive sweep in A Shau Valley, said today that the assault had cut off a major infiltration route for the North Vietnamese. 'Right now we are sitting right on their supply lines for everything south of the Khesanh and Dongha areas,' said Lieut. Gen. Robert Cushman of the Marines, the commander of United States forces in the critical northern provinces 'The valley is not a fortress but almost a highway for logistics,' the general said to a news conference in Danang."… "A terrorist bomb exploded in central Saigon Friday afternoon, killing at least three persons and injuring eleven."… FOE GAINS NEAR DONGHA… "Near Dongha, counterattacking North Vietnamese troops forced allied soldiers to give some ground…In Saigon Brig. Gen. Winant Sidle, chief of information for the United States Command said, 'The drive to clear the Ashau has been successful so far. There's an awful lot of stuff in there and we're going to find it.' Although ground action in the lush valley has been sporadic since the assault began on April 19. American casualties have mounted steadily. From April 19 to April 30 there were 63 American killed and 363 wounded. The official estimate of enemy death toll is 377. COPTER LOSSES HIGH… "The number of allied helicopters destroyed or damaged is unusually high . On the first day of the operation 10 helicopters were shot down by antiaircraft fire. Since then a total of 50 are believed to have been destroyed or damaged by North Vietnamese gunners hidden in the valley's ridges."… Page 1: "U.S. NOT SURE HANOI WANTS TO SLOW PACE OF FIGHTING"… "President Johnson and his senior advisors have come through a month of diplomatic dickering with North Vietnam with no clear idea whether Hanoi is interested in their basic proposition that the two sides move toward negotiations by reducing the level of fighting. Such movement toward restraint was the most that they hoped for when the President curtailed the bombing of North Vietnam and invited Hanoi to help save lives while contacts were made. The response so far, officials report, strikes the Administrative as inconclusive."… Page 8: "AIR GUARD GROUP GOING TO VIETNAM–Fighter Squadron Activated in Pueblo Crisis on Way"… "An Air National Guard tactical fighter squadron, called to active duty during the Pueblo crisis, has been sent to South Vietnam… The approximately 25 F-100C Super Sabres of the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron left the squadron's home base at Buckley field near Denver on Monday."…
Thanks to Carl
How Uncle Killed the Viper
Eric Peters  May 1, 2018, 12:05 am
Done in by not having enough airbags.
The Corvette now reigns as America's only supercar. But there used to be two American supercars — the second one being the Dodge Viper.
It was, arguably, more super.
More outrageous, certainly.
An 8.4 liter V10 (and 600 horsepower) rather than a 6.2 liter V8 (and 460 hp) paired only with a manual transmission. Not just anyone could drive a Viper. Almost anyone can drive a Corvette. And not just because it is available with an automatic. The Corvette you can drive to work, in traffic. It puts up with this sort of duty as agreeably as a Camry.
The Viper in traffic is like a Lipizzaner stallion forced to give pony rides to 10-year-olds at a birthday party.
Getting out of a 'Vette, you don't risk burning your calves on hot sidepipes — because the Corvette hasn't offered sidepipes since the '60s. The Viper had them right through to the end — which was the 2017 model year.
The Corvette's V8 is powerful, but idles as unthreateningly as the V8 in the Tahoe your wife drives the kids to school with. It ought to. It's basically the same V8. When the 'Vette is started up, the exhaust note doesn't make babies cry — and old people wince, clutch their chests.
When you start up a Viper, on the other hand…  2017 - 2018 Dodge Viper SRT 10 - Exhaust Note - (1:01)
That sound is threatening — a guttural bark, like a mechanical Rottweiler whose chain isn't quite tight enough to keep him from lunging through the gate and clamping down on your throat. And it's coming at you in stereo— from each side of the car — not in mono, from the rear only as is the case with Corvette. The Viper is as appalling a car to the politically correct set as a blackface routine. Which is exactly why the politically incorrect love it so.
But it's not "safe" — and that proved to be its Achilles' heel.
Well, not safe enough — as far as meeting the very latest federal saaaaaaaaaaafety standards. Specifically, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 226 — yes, there are at least 225 othersaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaferty standards to be complied with.
FMVSS #226 decrees side curtain air bags for every new car. This in addition to the plethora of air bags already stuffed into almost every conceivable surface/corner of every new car — which has at least four of them and usually six. Now, two more — big ones — mounted in the headliner on either side of the roof, to drop down like a curtain in the event of a wreck — ostensibly to prevent the ejection of the passengers through the (broken) side glass and to protect them from impact intrusion through where the door glass was, prior to impact.
That, in brief is the mandate of FMVSS #226.
The problem — for the Viper — is that there's no room to spare for the installation of curtain air bags. Putting them in the already low-slung roof would make the car undriveable except by dwarves, due to the loss of headroom for the sake of air bag room.
And that is why the Viper is no longer with us — 2017 was its final year — political incorrectness notwithstanding.
It would have been necessary to redesign the car to accommodate the curtain air bags — which gets into money and Fiat (which owns Dodge as well as Chrysler and Jeep and Ram trucks) apparently couldn't justify the expense it would have taken to make it so — just for the sake of complying with FMVSS #226.
Keep in mind, buyers didn't demand curtain air bags. If they had demanded them, it would have made sense for Dodge to make them available as buyers would have been willing to pay for them.
But the obvious fact is that buyers do not want to pay for them — else it wouldn't have been necessary to mandate them. This obviousness is lost on the mandate-issuers, who insist that buyers pine for all these saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety "features" which for some inexplicable reason most buyers would never buy, if they had the choice not to.
It's not just the money, either.
Stuffing curtain air bags into the Viper's roof probably would have mucked up the car's lines — and that's no small thing when dealing with supercars, which sell on their looks as much as how fast they go. People forget that it was also federal saaaaaaaaaafety standards which helped ruin the looks of the American muscle car back in the early '70s — when Uncle decreed the first bumper-impact standards.
The gorgeous lines of cars like the 1970 Camaro Rally Sport — with its delicate and almost entirely for looks-only bumperettes off to the left and right of an open grill — were marred by 1974 by ugly (and heavy) "5 MPH" bumpers plastered across the face it and every new car.
Sales plummeted. So badly that GM almost canceled the Camaro (and its sister, the Pontiac Firebird).
People — the mandate-issuers — will say the bumper-festooned cars were saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafer and of course, that's absolutely true.
So what?
The people buying the cars didn't demand the ugly/heavy "federal" bumpers and so there was no natural reason to install them. Mandates countermand natural choice. Your freedom to pick what you prefer is suborned and supplanted by the preferences of people you've never heard of and who are certainly not your guardians at litum.
How did they acquire this authority?
It's extremely odd.
Think about it some — as you ponder the last Viper's tail-lights fading away into the distance.…
Sorry "Dozo"
Item Number:1 Date: 05/03/2018 ARGENTINA - NEW JOINT COMMAND TO FOCUS ON ANTARCTIC OPS (MAY 03/MERCO)  MERCOPRESS -- The Argentinean Ministry of Defense has created a new command to oversee ongoing operations in the Antarctic and other areas of interest, reports Mercopress (Uruguay).   The Antarctic Joint Command, established by President Mauricio Macri and Defense Minister Oscar Raul Aguad earlier this week, will be commanded by leaders from the three services on a rotational basis.   The command's functions and responsibilities will be established by the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff and approved by the defense ministry.   The headquarters will plan, manage and execute the maintenance and day-to-day functions of Argentinean facilities in the region and provide support to land, sea and air operations.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 05/03/2018 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 15 KILLED IN CHURCH ATTACK (MAY 03/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 15 people have been killed in an attack on church in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, reports Reuters.   On Tuesday, unidentified attackers opened fire and lobbed grenades at the Notre Dame de Fatima church on Tuesday, said officials. The New York Times reported that the gunmen were former members of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group.   Parishioners escaped through a hole in the wall, said a priest. Dozens of people were injured in the attack, according to the Doctors Without Borders aid agency.   The attack occurred near the PK 5 neighborhood, where 21 people were killed last month in a joint U.N.-C.A.R. mission to disarm local gangs.   Observers cited by the Times said the church attack may have been launched in response.   The Central African Republic has suffered sectarian violence since the 2013 ouster of President Francois Bozize, a Christian, by predominately Muslim Seleka rebels
Item Number:3 Date: 05/03/2018 CHINA - MISSILE SYSTEMS REPORTEDLY STATIONED ON IN DISPUTED S. CHINA SEA ISLANDS (MAY 03/CNBC)  CNBC -- China has installed anti-ship and anti-air missile systems on three disputed islands in the South China Sea, reports CNBC, citing U.S. intelligence reports.   YJ-12B anti-ship and HQ-9B anti-aircraft missiles were reportedly deployed to Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef -- all in the Spratly Islands -- within the last month, the news agency said on Wednesday.   If confirmed, this would mark the first deployment of missile systems to the Spratly Islands, where at least six countries have competing claims.   The deployment enables Beijing to further project power in the region, said unnamed sources.   The YJ-12B has a range of 295 nm (550 km), while the HQ-9 is effective against aircraft and cruise missiles out to 160 nm (300 km).   Similar deployments have been reported on Woody Island in the Paracel Island chain, also in the South China Sea.   Woody Island is the center of the Chinese deployments in the disputed sea, with troops, jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and missile systems stationed on the island in the past.   The deployment comes shortly after the U.S. accused China of using radar-jamming technology in the area.   China did not immediately comment on the report
Item Number:4 Date: 05/03/2018 CROATIA - SUSPECT ARRESTED IN 2016 KILLING OF HAMAS DRONE EXPERT (MAY 03/I24)  I24NEWS -- The Tunisian Justice Ministry says that one of two suspects in the 2016 killing of a Hamas drone expert has been arrested in Croatia, reports i24 News (Israel).   Two Bosnians have been identified as suspects in the killing of Mohamed Zaouari, prosecutors said on Wednesday.   Zaouari, a Tunisian drone expert, was shot and killed outside of his home in Sfax, Tunisia, in December 2016.   One suspect was arrested in March in Croatia, reported Agence France-Presse.   Croatian authorities have refused extradition requests for the second suspect, acting at the behest of Bosnia, said Tunisian officials.   Hamas has accused Israel of carrying out the killing. Zaouari was working with the militant group as a weapons and drone expert, the terrorist group said.   Tunisian authorities blamed "foreign elements" for the attack, without naming specific individuals or countries
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/03/2018 RUSSIA - SU-30 FIGHTER GOES DOWN AFTER SUSPECTED BIRD STRIKE, KILLING TWO PILOTS (MAY 03/TASS)  TASS -- A Russian Su-30SM has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, killing both pilots, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The Russian fighter jet went down shortly after taking off from Hmeimim airbase in Syria's western Latakia province on Thursday, said the Russian Defense Ministry.   The crash might have been caused by a bird hitting the engines, said the ministry.   The Russian aircraft was not hit by enemy fire, the ministry said
Item Number:10 Date: 05/03/2018 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. RAPTOR STEALTH FIGHTERS JOIN MAX THUNDER DRILLS FOR 1ST TIME (MAY 03/YON)  YONHAP -- A number of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have arrived in South Korea for the upcoming Max Thunder exercise, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Eight aircraft arrived at the Gwangju air base on Tuesday, according to unnamed sources cited by the JoongAng Daily.   This is the first time that the F-22 has been deployed to the annual exercise.   The training is focused on interoperability and establishing air dominance in realistic situations.   The drills are scheduled to begin on May 11 and last two weeks. More than 100 aircraft from the two nations will participate.   Max Thunder has been held annually since 2009, although last year's exercise ran concurrently with the Foal Eagle field exercise. This year's Foal Eagle maneuvers were truncated due to the inter-Korean summit.   Last year's drills involved 1,000 U.S. and 500 South Korean personnel with more than 800 sorties flown
  Item Number:13 Date: 05/03/2018 SYRIA - 23 CIVILIANS KILLED IN SUSPECTED AIRSTRIKE (MAY 03/SOHR)  SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS -- At least 23 civilians have been killed in an airstrike on the last remnants of territory held by the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, reports the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Most of the casualties from Tuesday's strike on al-Qasr came from two families, the watchdog group reported, citing local sources. Several victims were still in critical condition.   It is not known who was behind the strike. The attack coincided with the resumption of active operations against ISIS by the U.S.-led coalition and its allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces.   Iraqi forces could have also been responsible for the strike, the rights group said.   Syrian state media reported that U.S. warplanes were behind the "massacre" of 25 people
Item Number:14 Date: 05/03/2018 USA - 40 PRISONERS REMAIN AT GUANTANAMO AFTER LATEST TRANSFER (MAY 03/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- The U.S. has transferred its first prisoner from the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under President Donald Trump, reports the New York Times.   On Wednesday, a Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed the transfer of Ahmed Muhammed Haza al-Darbi to Saudi Arabia, his country of birth.   Darbi is expected to serve the remaining nine years in his 13-year sentence, said American officials. He pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges in 2014 for his role in a 2002 Al-Qaida attack on a French-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen.   Darbi's extradition brings the number of prisoners at the military facility to 40
  Item Number:16 Date: 05/03/2018 USA - WC-130 RECON AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN GEORGIA, KILLING ALL 9 ABOARD (MAY 03/FN)  FOX NEWS -- A U.S. weather reconnaissance aircraft has crashed in Georgia, killing all nine personnel onboard, reports Fox News.   The WC-130 went down shortly after taking off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, said officials. The aircraft had five crewmembers and four additional military personnel, including maintainers, on board at the time, reported the Military Times.   The plane came down in a busy area, narrowly avoiding traffic, houses and nearby commercial areas, said local police.   The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The aircraft, which was more than 60 years old, was assigned to the 156th Air Wing of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard.   The WC-130 was on its final flight to the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., for long-term storage, said a spokesman for the Puerto Rico Air National Guard.   The military aircraft previously flew stranded U.S. citizens out of the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma and carried supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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