Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.

This day in Naval History
July 18
1775 - Continental Congress resolves that each colony provide armed vessels
1779—In the largest prize value of the American Revolution, Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron consisting of Continental frigates Providence, Queen of France and sloop Ranger, captures 11 British prizes off the Newfoundland Banks sailing from Jamaica. The cargoes are worth more than $1 million.
1792—Continental Navy Capt. John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France. A legend during the American Revolution, Jones argues for Congress establishing a United States Navy. When it fails to do so, the unemployed captain found work as a rear admiral in the Russian navy for a couple of years, but eventually returns to France, where he dies. More than a century later, his body is discovered, exhumed, brought back to the United States under huge fanfare and reburied in a magnificent sarcophagus at the United States Naval Academy.
1813—During the War of 1812, the frigate, USS President, commanded by John Rodgers, sinks the British brig, HMS Daphne, off the Irish coast. In the next few weeks, she engages three more vessels. USS President captures the ship, HMS Eliza Swan July 24, burns the brig, HMS Alert, on July 29, and captures the bark Lion on Aug. 2.
1920 - Naval aircraft sink ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice.
1921—U.S. Army and U.S. Navy aircraft sink the ex-German cruiser, Frankfurt, in target practice as part of General Billy Mitchell's aerial bombing demonstration.
1943—German submarine (U 134) shoots down (K 47), the first and only U.S. airship lost during WWII, in the Florida straits. In Aug. 1943, (U 134) is sunk by British aircraft near Vigo, Spain.
1947 - President Harry S. Truman delegates responsibility for the civil administration of former Japanese mandated island to the Secretary of the Navy.
1966—Gemini 10 is launched with Lt. Cmdr. John L. Young as command pilot and Michael Collins is the pilot. The mission entails 43 orbits at an altitude of 412.2 nautical miles and lasts two days, 22 hours, and 46 minutes.
1981—USS Dallas (SSN 700) is commissioned at Groton, CT, her first homeport. The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine is the first to be built with an all-digital fire control and sonar system.
1992—USS Shiloh (CG 67) is commissioned at Bath, ME. The 21st Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser is named after the Civil War Battle of Shiloh. 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news, the Helsinki Summit continues to dominate headlines as outlets provide additional reports and analysis on the meeting between U.S. President Trump and Russian President Putin.  Program Executive Officer for Ships Rear Adm. William Galinis told USNI news that it is important that future classes of surface ships come with advanced training systems that allow maintenance sailors to practice hands-on troubleshooting. Additionally, Stars and Stripes reports that sailors assigned to the Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron rescued a Chinese commercial mariner on Sunday.  According to CNN, thousands of the world's foremost experts on artificial intelligence vowed Wednesday to play no role in the creation of autonomous weapons. In a letter published online, 2,400 researchers in 36 countries argue that such systems pose a grave threat to humanity and have no place in the world.
Today in History July 18

Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.

Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.

Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.

Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.

Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.

The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.

Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.

General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.

The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.

New Zealand and Australia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.

In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.
Thanks to Dutch and I agree with this effort.
ALCON, if you know of the heroism of then-CAPT John Ripley, USMC refresh your memory at and
If you don't know of the Marine and his tremendous heroism under fire in Viet Nam, please read up and
Once you are (re)acquainted, I strongly urge you to sign the petition
16 July 2018 1548
Joe Tranchini alerts us to a movement to petition that Col John Ripley, USNC, Ret. USNA '62 be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam
The petition may be found at:
Thanks to Dr. Rich

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Educating The Mases
A lot said with few words!


Did you know?

2,700,000 kids have a parent in prison.

400,000 kids are in foster care.

And 765,000 kids are separated from their military parents not knowing
if they'll see them again.

But the media focuses on 2,000 kids who are temporarily separated from
ILLEGAL immigrants !!!!

                                                       Get a GRIP !!!!
Thanks to Richard
Begin forwarded message:
Subject:  age group
I   JUST discovered my age group!  I am a Seenager (Senior teenager).  I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 55-60 years later.
 I don't have to go to school or work.
 I get an allowance every month.
 I have my own pad.
 I don't have a curfew.
I don't have acne.
 I have a driver's license and my own car.
 I have an ID that gets me into bars and the wine store.  (I like the wine store best).
 The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren't scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long.
 Life is Good!  Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.
 Brains of  Seenager's are slow because they know so much. Seenager's do not decline mentally with age; it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have so much information in their brains. The longer the recall time the more intelligent  Seenager's are. 
Scientists believe the brain expands according to the amount of information it contains,  this pushes your hair out and makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.
 Also,  Seenager's often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.  It is NOT a memory problem; it is nature's way of making Seenager's do more exercise.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Thanks to TB
well, I thought it was funny     

He said: What can I help you with?
  She said: Take this bag of potatoes,Peel half of them and put them in the pot.
July 17, 2018Bear Taylor


RIPPLE SALVO… #865… ANOTHER WAY TO SAY  "ON THE SKIDS" WOULD BE: "ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE"… And a good case can be made that 1968 really was the "year the dream died" and our beloved nation "HIT THE SKIDS."… Columnist Holmes Alexander wrote a column 50 years ago on 16 July 1968 that supports the conclusion… Read below… but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE of a return to the years of an air war to the north of the bloody battlegrounds of South Vietnam where 58,000 brave American fighting men laid down their lives in good faith in a lost cause….
HEAD LINES from the OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER for Thursday, 18 July 1968…
THE WAR: Page 1: "YANK FORCES COUNTER FRESH RED REGIMENT–34 FOES KILLED IN BATTLE"… "U.S. troops battled for five hours with a fresh North Vietnamese regiment that had marched 125 miles south from the Central Highlands to join other enemy forces believed massing for n attack on Saigon. U.S. headquarters said 34 enemy were killed while American loses were four killed and 23 wounded. A spokesman said captured documents and interviewed prisoners identified the enemy as soldiers of the 32nd regiment, headquartered near the Cambodian border. The fighting occurred 75 miles north of Saigon and six miles south of the Cambodian border, near the key government district capital of Loc Ninh where 1,000 enemy soldiers were killed last November in the first phase of the Tet offensive… It was the first contact in several weeks between American troops and the enemy on infiltration routes near the Cambodian border… Little action was reported from the battle fronts as U.S. Defense Secretary Clark M. Clifford concluded his four-day visit to South Vietnam. He left with the promise that the United States will continue to bomb North Vietnam until the Hanoi government pledges 'important and serious reciprocal acts of restraint.'… …Clifford told an airport news conference at the end of a  four-day visit to Vietnam that a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam's southern panhandle would not endanger the allied troops in South Vietnam if Hanoi also made a serious de-escalation move."…
PEACE TALKS: Page 2: "AIDE TO HANOI SHUNS U.S. RESTRAINT CALL"… "A North Vietnamese spokesman said today it was up to the Viet Cong whether to strike at Saigon, and he  thrust aside suggestions that his side had shown restraint on the battlefield as a means for advancing the Paris peace talks. Nguyen Thanh Le, press spokesman for the North Vietnamese delegation, said: 'How can the United states ask us to show restraint? We owe it to ourselves to exercise the right legitimate self-defense. As long as aggression continues we must fight against it.' Le was asked several times at a news conference whether Xuan Thuy, the chief North Vietnamese negotiator here, had suggested that the recent cessation of bombardments on Saigon was a sign of moderation. The United States has demanded that enemy forces in Vietnam show 'reciprocal restraint' in return for a complete U.S. halt of bombardments on North Vietnam. The spokesman said that Thuy, in an interview made public Wednesday, had said that although Saigon has not been bombarded, the United States continues its attacks on the North."…
Page 1: BANNER HEADLINE PAGE 1: "WALLACE THREAT CASTS DARK SHADOW ON G.O.P., DEMOCRAT PROSPECTS"… "George Wallace's growing muscle in public opinion polls is matched by increasing concern in both major parties over his potential impact on the presidential election. Republicans, regarded at this stage as most likely to suffer from a big Wallace vote, appear to be the most concerned."… Page 1: "STRIFE ERUPTS IN OHIO CITY–GUARDSMEN PATROL AKRON– Council Imposes Curfew"… "The Akron City Council declared a state of emergency today in the wake of sporadic incidents of looting, window breaking and fire bombing in a predominantly Negro section. In addition, the council, including its lone Negro member, unanimously imposed a curfew beginning at 9 P.M. and extending to 6 A.M. Friday. The action came after 700 National Guardsmen moved in to reinforce police after the disturbances of late Wednesday and early Thursday."… Page 1: "CZECHS DEFY FEDS IN FACE OF CRISIS"… Page 1: "Czechoslovakia's liberal Communist leadership promised the support of Yugoslavia, Romania and Western Europe's biggest Communist parties, defied Moscow's orthodox world today. It warned that an attempt to restore the old Stalinist life would face 'the resistance of the overwhelming majority' of the nation. This stance was the Czechoslovak party presidium's reply to tough demands from the Soviet Union and four East bloc governments in its orbit that Prague restore, in effect, to regimented party life and a closed society."… Page 2: "PROPRIETY KEYS FORTAS HEARING–FURTHER QUESTIONING ON TAP ON LBJ SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENT"… "The propriety of contacts between presidents and Supreme Court members has emerged as a key question in hearings on Abe Fortas ' qualifications to be chief justice and even Fortas says, 'it could be a problem.'"…
17-18 JULY 1968…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER … Ogden Standard-Examiner (AP)… (19th reporting 17 & 18 ops) Page 1: "WAR RETURNS TO THE SKIES"…"The spot light shifted back to the air war in Vietnam Thursday as ground fighting relapsed into another lull. With the threatened big Vietcong offensive against Saigon evidently delayed and with President Nguyen Van Thieu in Honolulu for a summit meeting with President Johnson, a watch and wait mood prevailed in South Vietnam. Over the southern panhandle of North Vietnam, American pilots flew 112 missions below the 19th Parallel Thursday in the continuing effort to reduce the flow of supplies to enemy troops in the South. The fliers reported destroying or damaging 28 trucks, 11 supply bases and seven bridges and touching off 171 sustained fires and 81 secondary explosions. Air Force pilots said 57 of the fires were a large military storage area about 36 miles above the demilitarized zone. WATER TRAFFIC… Marine pilots attacked the Dong Hoi airfield, believed to be used now as a supply base rather than an airstrip, while Navy pilots concentrated on highways and water traffic. … Eight-engine B-52 bombers joined in the raids above the demilitarized zone and also struck night times Thursday and today against suspected enemy bases in the central highlands and in the Mekong Delta."….
VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There were three fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 17 and 18 July 1968…
(1) (17th) LCOL S.C. FERGUSON and CAPTAIN R.P. LAPPIN, Nail FACs, were flying an O-2A Duck of the 23rd  TAS and 504th TASG out of Nakhon Phanom on an Igloo White mission in Southern Laos near Ban Dong Hene when small arms fire took out the forward engine. LCOL FERGUSON made a successful emergency landing on a small clearing and the two FACs were rescued by a USAF helicopter to fly and FAC again…
(2) (17th) 1LT ARIEL LINDLEY CROSS, USMC and 1LT LIONEL PARRA, USMC were flying an EF-10B Skynight of VMCJ-1 and MAG-11 out of Danang and were downed while radar jamming near the demilitarized zone and "the loss and fate of the crew remain undetermined," as reported by Chris Hobson. "This was the fifth and final EF-10B loss during the four years that VMCJ-1 operated the type from Danang. The Skynight pioneered electronic-counter-measures during the war despite its age and poor performance in comparison with more modern jets. Using the radio call sign Cottonpicker, VMCJ-1's aircraft flew over 9,000 sorties and provided stand-off electronic jamming in support of thousands of strike both day and night. The EF-10Bs were withdrawn from Danang in October 1969 and transferred to the 3rd MAW at El Toro and retired on 31 May 1970."…   Both 1LT CROSS and 1LT PARRA remain this day where they fell 50 years ago somewhere in Vietnam…. They are gone, LEFT BEHIND, but not forgotten… The search goes on with hope in the heart… LEAVE A REMEMBRANCE at "VVMF Wall of Faces"…
(3) (18th) CAPTAIN A.R. ZIASEKER was flying an O-1G Bird Dog of the 21st TASS and 504th TASG out of Nha Trang en route to an assigned mission and area at low level when hit in the engine by small arms fire. 1LT ZIASEKER crash landed and walked way to be rescued quickly by a USAF helicopter…
"WASHINGTON– Between two summer milestones, July Fourth and Labor Day, the party conventions are supposed to give us a pair of tickets to our choice. But in this, our year of discontent, we can hardly count upon anything. Independence Day was a caution: Hubert Humphrey, booed in Philadelphia…George Wallace almost mobbed in Minneapolis…American deserters from the armed services demonstrating against their country in Stockholm… Poor People marchers performing unprintable obscenities to get themselves arrested in Washington… the President in Texas presenting self-pity to the nation he's sworn to lead…Nixon and Rockefeller laying low… McCarthy talking pacifism on the Glorious Fourth.
"Have we had it? Are we finished? Historically, it is ominous that we now have two one-term Presidents in succession, Kennedy by assassination, Johnson by default. This has happened only twice before. This has happened only twice before. Between 1832-64, from Jackson to Lincoln, no president was reelected–and we had slithered into civil war. Between 1876-1896, from Hayes to McKinley, two presidents were assassinated and none succeeded himself–only Grover Cleveland was a man of parts. None of the 1968 candidates has the mark of enduring qualities. Our political bloodstream runs thin. A Harris survey conducted in mid-June suggests that our best men and women chose other professions than public life. A cross-section of the voters declared that 'leadership' was 'better' than ever in medicine (88 per cent), in science (79 per cent) and in business (64 per cent). But only 13 per cent of the panel thought political leadership was better than in the past, and 36 per cent found it worse.
"By any rejection, we seem to be on the skids as a self-governing people. Do men corrupt politics? Or does politics corrupt men. You can have it either way. Lyndon Johnson, life-long politician, will leave office with a sizable personal fortune but with the Democratic party in shambles. Nelson Rockefeller, three times honored s the people's choice in New York, ducks the primaries and digs into his money-bags, as if he trusts dollars above democracy.
"Where is the corruption? –is it in the professional politician? Or in the political profession? Either way we are losing the capacity of rulership that once was the boast of every July Fourth orator.
"Losing it but grasping at something else. The Harris survey calls it 'the new politics' and says it focuses on 'character leadership qualities and style.' Well, that has to mean something between 'the Kennedys' and George Wallace. Eight years ago we had candidate John Kennedy. He was somewhat synthetically put together by expensive publicity as a man of character and leadership[, but he had his own 'style.' Today, the closest resemblance to JFK is New York Mayor John Lindsay who is stylish, if nothing else. And then there's Wallace. I recently wrote here, as a note of warning, that history would find fascism in Wallace's racist authoritarian appeal. I am learning by my mail that I am telling people anything they didn't already know.
"They know what he stands for! And yet in large numbers, the people want Wallace. This is a measure of how far we have gone toward losing the knack for self-government, and how wildly we clutch for something else."…  End Alexander commentary…
(George Wallace finished 3rd with more than 9-million votes and the 46 Electoral Votes of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia)
RTR quote for 18 July: ALEXANDER the Great: "An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep."…
Lest we forget…           Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 07/18/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 15 TALIBAN MILITANTS DIE IN ISIS ASSAULT (JUL 18/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 15 Taliban militants have been killed in fighting with the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS), reports Reuters.   On Tuesday, two fighters from ISIS-Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP) entered the home of a Taliban commander in the northern Sar-e Pul province and opened fire, said the spokesman for the governor.   Five other Taliban fighters were wounded, he said.   ISIS and Taliban militants have been fighting in the region for more than two months, reported Agence France-Presse. Scores of militants have reportedly been killed in the clashes.   ISIS-KP has spread from its traditional stronghold in eastern Nangarhar province into northern Afghanistan, coming into conflict with Taliban and other militants there.   The difficult geography and changing loyalties among militias makes establishing a clear picture of the area difficult, the news agency noted
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/18/2018 BANGLADESH - AT LEAST 200 DEAD IN DRUG CRACKDOWN (JUL 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Bangladeshi government continues to violently crack down on the drug trade, reports Agence France-Presse.   At least 200 people have been killed since the crackdown began in May, a local rights group said on Tuesday.   As many as 25,000 people have been imprisoned in the aggressive campaign, said Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.   The wide-ranging campaign has drawn comparisons to a similarly bloody effort by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.   The Bangladeshi campaign targets yaba, a cheap and widely-available stimulant.   Calling it a "war," Khan said the effort would continue until the drug trade is brought under control.   All of those killed have had links to drug crimes, the minister said.   Critics say many of those killed have been shot by police in cold blood. The campaign has also been used to provide cover for score-settling, it is alleged.   In June, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he was "gravely concerned" about the growing number of deaths.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 07/18/2018 FRANCE - MAJORITY OF MILITARY HELICOPTER FLEET GROUNDED DUE TO MAINTENANCE CHALLENGES, REPORT SAYS (JUL 18/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Two-thirds of the French helicopter fleet is unable to fly, according to a French senate report cited by Defense News.   Three hundred of the 467 helicopters in military service are "immobilized", according to a July 12 report for the senate's finance committee.   The lack of airworthy aircraft is due to poor service and support, despite an increase in funding of 56 percent between 2009 and 2017, reaching US$755 million (645 million euros) in the final year, the report said.   Spending on helicopter maintenance increased about 5.8 percent annually and made up 1.5 percent of the defense budget, the report noted.   Bureaucratic complexities, overly strict standards, high rates of foreign deployment and the variety of craft that maintainers are charged with overseeing -- 12 types across three generations -- resulted in the grounding of the majority of helicopters in active service.   The report noted previous efforts to address the problem, including a 2014 action plan and modernization campaign, which included a specialized maintenance office.   A multi-year defense budget signed on July 13 did not include adequate funds for helicopter maintenance and acquisition, the report noted. This will effect aging helicopter fleets as well as push back initial delivery of new Airbus H160 helicopters to 2028
Item Number:4 Date: 07/18/2018 FRANCE - SUSPECTED MENTOR OF CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKERS DEPORTED (JUL 18/RFI)  RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE -- France has deported the alleged mentor to the perpetrators of a pair of attacks in 2015, reports Radio France International.   On Monday, French authorities deported Djamel Beghal to his native Algeria after he completed a 10-year prison sentence.   Beghal, 52, was previously stripped of his French citizenship.   Beghal was first imprisoned in 2001 on suspicion of plotting to attack the U.S. Embassy and other cultural centers in France.   He was sentenced to a second prison term in 2010 for planning the escape of an Algerian terrorist who attacked a Paris train in 1995, killing eight people.   While serving his second sentence, Beghal met Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly. Kouachi and his brother, Said, attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. Coulibaly struck a Jewish supermarket four days later, noted Reuters. Seventeen people were killed in the attacks
Item Number:6 Date: 07/18/2018 PAKISTAN - PRESIDENT HOSTS IRANIAN MILITARY CHIEF FOR COOPERATION TALKS (JUL 18/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iran's top military official has been meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad, reports the Tasnim News Agency (Iran).   On Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Baqeri met with Hussain to discuss military education, pilot training, military drills and defense industry cooperation.   Tehran and Islamabad would like to jointly manufacture defense products, said Baqeri.   The general also met with Adm. Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, the Pakistani navy chief, to discuss maritime cooperation and the possibility of additional bilateral naval drills.   This was the first visit by Iran's top military official to Pakistan in 40 years, noted the Tehran Times. Baqeri was invited by his Pakistani counterpart Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Bajwa visited Tehran in November 2017 after 10 Iranian border guards were killed on the border with Pakistan, reported Press TV (Iran).  
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/18/2018 PHILIPPINES - COMMUNIST ATTACK KILLS 4 SOLDIERS FROM 81ST INFANTRY BRIGADE (JUL 18/BEN)  BENAR -- Four Philippine soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a gun battle with communist militants in the norther part of the country, reports the Benar news agency (Philippines).   An army patrol fought rebels from the New People's Army (NPA) on Sunday in the mountainous area between Abra and Mountain provinces, police said on Tuesday. Intermittent fighting continued into Monday.   The casualties came from the 81st Infantry Battalion, said police.   With a 40-strong volunteer escort from a provincial rescue group, local officials reached the dead and wounded and were able to airlift them to an army base in Nueva Ecija province, said the government's disaster relief agency.   The encounter was the deadliest since the government broke off talks last week with NPA's political arm, the Communist Party of the Philippines.   The government accused the NPA of a plot to overthrow the government of President Rodrigo Duterte by year's end. The rebels deny the allegation
Item Number:8 Date: 07/18/2018 RUSSIA - AIRCRAFT, TROOPS BEING WITHDRAWN FROM SYRIA, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (JUL 18/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian military has been reducing its presence in Syria, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Two Mi-8AMTSh helicopters, their crews and related equipment, have returned to their permanent base in the Novosibirsk region in southwestern Siberia, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday.   President Vladimir Putin ordered a reduction in Russia's military presence in Syria in December.   The first stage of the drawdown involved the withdrawal of 23 warplanes, two Ka-52 helicopters and some special operations forces, field hospital troops and demining teams, said Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin, the head of the Russian aerospace forces, as cited by Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.   On Tuesday, the defense ministry reported that 100 Russian military police officers had returned from Syria.   The Russian military operation in Syria began in September 2015 in support of Syrian army operations against terrorist groups.   Under an agreement with the Syrian government, Russia will keep two military bases in Syria including the Hmeimim military airfield and the Tartus naval base
Item Number:9 Date: 07/18/2018 RUSSIA - WESTERN INTELLIGENCE ANTICIPATE INCREASE IN RUSSIAN SPY OPS (JUL 18/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Russian intelligence agencies are planning to increase operations against Western countries with the conclusion of the World Cup soccer tournament and the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland, reports CNN.   Russian officials ordered their operatives to reduce operations during the World Cup, which concluded on Sunday, said U.S., U.K. and other allied intelligence officials. Moscow implemented a similar lull during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.   The officials did not specify what kind of operations might occur next, but said that they will likely focus on exploiting political strife and destabilizing Western governments.   Allied intelligence services stepped up intelligence-gathering after recent poisonings in the U.K., in which Russian involvement is suspected
Item Number:11 Date: 07/18/2018 SOUTH KOREA - MARINE SURION HELICOPTER GOES DOWN DURING TEST FLIGHT, KILLING 5 (JUL 18/YON)  YONHAP -- Five South Korean marines have been killed and one injured in a helicopter crash during a test flight in southeastern South Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The domestically built Surion helicopter, known as the MUH-1 Marineon in marine corps service, crashed on a runway at a marine base in Pohang in South Gyeongsang province on Tuesday.   The helicopter was being test flown after maintenance when it went down from a height of about 33 ft (10 m) and caught fire, said a military official.   The military has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the crash
Item Number:13 Date: 07/18/2018 SYRIA - REBELS PERMIT EVACUATION OF PRO-GOVERNMENT TOWNS IN IDLIB PROVINCE IN RETURN FOR PRISONER RELEASE (JUL 18/REU)  REUTERS -- Buses have begun evacuating two pro-government villages in Syria whose inhabitants have been besieged by rebels for years, reports Reuters.   On Wednesday, at least 88 buses entered the towns of al-Foua and Kefraya, in the northwestern Idlib province, to evacuate the residents, said the state-run SANA news agency.   In exchange for the safe passage of the buses, the government agreed to free up to 1,500 prisoners, Agence France-Presse reported as the deal was struck on Tuesday.   The deal was negotiated by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a coalition dominated by Syria's former Al-Qaida affiliate, and representatives from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.   A previous agreement in April 2017 saw 1,500 residents leave the two villages. Now, the remaining population of 7,000 will leave the towns, reported Hezbollah-run Al Manar (Lebanon).   The surrounding areas of Idlib province are one of the last major rebel-held areas in Syria. The majority Shi'ite towns of al-Foua and Kefraya remained loyal to the government of Bashar Assad and have repeatedly come under rebel siege
Item Number:14 Date: 07/18/2018 TAIWAN - 2ND APACHE ATTACK HELO SQUADRON TAKES UP DUTIES (JUL 18/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Taiwan's second squadron of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters has formally entered service, reports the South China Morning Post.   On Tuesday, the 15-strong squadron was commissioned into service in a ceremony at the Longtan Air Base in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan.   "By stationing the two squadrons in Longtan, the military aims to allow the brigade to intercept an enemy's landing corps that could make inroads into Taiwan from the north coast," a Taiwanese defense official told the newspaper.   The new squadron joins a 14-helicopter squadron commissioned in June 2017.   The two squadrons form the army's 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, noted the Diplomat (Tokyo).   Taiwan bought 30 AH-64Es from the United States for US$1.96 billion in 2008 under the Ma Ying Jeou administration.   Deliveries were completed by June 2014, but a crash during a training flight reduced the fleet to 29, reported the Taiwan News.   The move comes amid increasing tensions between Taiwan and mainland China. China has recently intensified its rhetoric over Taiwan, promising to reunify what it sees as a breakaway province by force if necessary
Item Number:15 Date: 07/18/2018 USA - AIR FORCE SET TO ACTIVATE NEW SPACE HQ AT VANDENBERG AFB (JUL 18/CSG)  COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE -- The U.S. Air Force will stand up a new space command operations center this week at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., reports the Colorado Springs Gazette (Colo.).   The Combined Space Operations Center will officially open during a ceremony on Wednesday.   The center replaces an older unit and adds warfare duties, including the defense of U.S. military satellites in orbit.   The center is "designed to improve coordination between U.S., allies, commercial and civil partners for defensive space efforts and to enhance individual and collective space capabilities, thereby expanding overall multi-domain military effectiveness", said officials at Vandenberg AFB.   The Combined Space Operations Center will direct missile warning; positioning, navigation and timing; navigation warfare; optimization/restoration of military satellite communications; electromagnetic spectrum awareness and resolution; theater battlespace awareness using overhead persistent infrared; environmental monitoring; theater support fires; space intelligence; defensive space situational awareness; and space defense, among others, said an Air Force release issued last week.   The new unit "positions the U.S. and allied space forces to deter a conflict from extending into space, and should deterrence fail, to fight and win," said Gen. Jay Raymond, the head of Air Force Space Command

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