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This Day In Naval History
1862—Navy ship Ethan Allen, commanded by acting-Lt. William B. Eaton, captures the schooner Olive Branch at sea off the Florida coast.
1943—Submarines Pollack (SS 180) and Gato (SS 212) attack and cause the sinking of two Japanese ships.
1945—TF 38 aircraft attacks Japanese shipping and airfields on Formosa and in the Pescadores, sinking approximately 15 vessels.
1954—The world's first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN 571), is christened and launched at Groton, CT.
1961—USS George Washington (SSBN 598) completes the first operational voyage as a fleet ballistic missile submarine, staying submerged 66 days.
This day in History
2016 January 21
In Maryland, the first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, is denied a vote in the Maryland Assembly.
Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians sign the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person's head as painlessly as possible.
The French King Louis XVI is guillotined for treason.
Japan rejects the American proposal to neutralize ownership of the Manchurian Railway.
The German Krupp plant begins producing guns under the U.S. armistice terms.
J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe's destitute.
An international arms control meeting opens in London.
The League of Nations rejects Japanese terms for settlement with China.
The United States lifts the ban on selling arms to the Soviet Union.
In North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a drive to push the British eastward. While the British benefited from radio-intercept-derived Ultra information, the Germans enjoyed an even speedier intelligence source.
A Nazi daylight air raid kills 34 in a London school. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat.
Communist troops force the UN army out of Inchon, Korea after a 12-hour attack.
The Soviet Union calls for a ban on nuclear arms in Baghdad Pact countries.
Carl T. Rowan is named the director of the United States Information Agency (USIA).
The U.S. Supreme Court decides that pregnant teachers can no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.
Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT).
President Carter urges 65 degrees as the maximum heat in homes to ease the energy crisis.
Congressman Mike Espy of Mississippi is confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
The "Gunny" Was laid to rest in Arlington last week
Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (8th and I) rendered funeral honors for "The Gunny" at Arlington last week.
Born in Kansas in 1944, during the tail end of World War II, Ronald Lee Ermey joined the Marines at age 17 and, after service that included 14 months in Vietnam, was medically retired as a staff sergeant in 1972.
Becoming a near-iconic figure for his portrayal of drill instructor GySgt. Hartman in the 1987 film "Full Metal Jacket," Ermey went on to host the History Channel's "Mail Call" and "Lock n' Load" shows from 2007 to 2009, delving into military arms, customs, and equipment, before moving to host the similar "GunnyTime" on the Outdoor Channel.
Additionally, he was featured in a long-running series of public appearances and spots for Glock and was elected to the board of directors for the National Rifle Association, serving as one of its most popular, and recognizable, members.
Ermey died last April at age 74. His wife, Marianila Ermey, received the U.S. flag from the Marines at his service.
He is buried in Section 82 of Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.
Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
Submitted by Al Vanderpool:
To all the kids who survived the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with brightly colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren't overweight. Why? Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were okay.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve that problem.
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. We had friends and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and those worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, .22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and - although we were told it would happen - we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of our parents bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Our generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever. The past 50 To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?
Submitted by Skip Leonard:
Eating in the fifties:
Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
Taco? Never saw one till I was 15.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking .
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible!
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal and stewed.
Surprisingly Muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin; We had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.
There were three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties ...Elbows, hats and cell phones!
...and there was always two choices for each meal..."Take it" or "Leave it"
Submitted by David Rackow:
Things You Should Have Learned from Your Parents
TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE—"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside... I just finished cleaning."
RELIGION—"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
TIME TRAVEL—"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
LOGIC—"Because I said so, that's why."
MORE LOGIC—"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
FORESIGHT—"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
IRONY—"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
OSMOSIS—"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
CONTORTION-ISM—"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
STAMINA—"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
WEATHER—"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
HYPOCRISY—"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
CIRCLE OF LIFE—"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION—"If all the other kids jumped off a cliff, would you?!"
ENVY—"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
ANTICIPATION—"Just wait until your father gets home."
RECEIVING—"You are going to get it when you get home!"
MEDICAL SCIENCE—"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
ESP—"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
HUMOR—"Wipe that smirk off your face or I'll show you what's funny!"
HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT—"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
GENETICS—"You're gonna grow up just like your crazy uncle!"
ROOTS—"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
WISDOM—"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
JUSTICE—"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !"
CHOICE—"Do you want me to stop this car?"
Submitted by Mark Logan:
But now my thoughts have changed…
I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
There is a great need for sarcasm font.
How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
Was learning cursive really necessary?
Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.
MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
Bad decisions make good stories.
You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything productive for the rest of the day.
Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.
I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
"Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this--ever.
I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...
As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.
I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time.
I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.
Have a great week,
Thanks to Chuck
From the net…courtesy of a reliable source, but not verified…
Forwarded by a Special Ops friend
The current Ops we 'heard' about…but never read a post-battle report:
On February 7, 2018, approximately 500 to 600 pro-Syrian forces composed of Syrian Army infantry and a few hundred Russian mercenaries attacked a US JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) outpost using artillery, tanks, and APCs in the assault. The 'mercenaries' were believed to have been composed of members of a Russian private military organization known as 'The Wagner Group'. The Wagner Group has been used in the past by the Russian government to conduct special operations they don't want Moscow associated-with directly However they are known to train at Russian bases, are composed mainly of former Spetsnaz, and are believed to be 'advised' by active duty Spetsnaz to an unknown degree. It would not be unfair to call them a Special Operations Force.
Prior to the battle the forces developing against the US camp were overheard on radios communicating routinely in Russian, and were known after the battle to have left Syria and reported directly to Moscow. They also used EW (electronic warfare) assets before and during the battle that are known to be sole proprietary assets of the Russian military. It did not go well for them.
Though the attacking troops and their artillery and armor were seen massing in a nearby town days before the assault, there was no indication that an attack on the American outpost in particular would take place. Normally great care is taken to keep Russian and US forces from clashing directly in Syria.
A team of about 30 Delta Force soldiers, Rangers from the Joint Special Operations Command were working alongside Kurdish and Arab forces at a small dusty outpost next to a Conoco gas plant, near the city of Deir al-Zour.
Roughly 20 miles away, at a base known as a mission support site, a team of Green Berets and a platoon of infantry Marines watched drone feeds and passed information to the Americans at the gas plant about the gathering fighters.
About 1500 hrs., the Syrian force began moving toward the Conoco plant. By early evening, more than 500 troops and 27 vehicles (made up of tanks and APCs) had amassed.
In the American air operations center at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, and at the Pentagon, military officers and intelligence analysts watched the scene unfold. Commanders briefed American pilots and ground crews in support of the US forces in Syria, and air assets were placed on alert.
Back at the mission support site, the Green Berets and Marines were preparing a small reaction force, consisting of roughly 16 troops in four mine-resistant vehicles, to support the Conoco plant if they were needed.
About 2030 hrs., three Russian-made T-72 tanks moved within a mile of the Conoco plant. Bracing for an attack, the Green Berets prepared to launch the reaction force.
At the Conoco plant, American SOF troops watched a column of tanks and other armored vehicles turn and drive toward them around 2000 hrs. From a neighborhood of houses where they had tried to gather undetected.
About 2030 hrs., the Russian mercenaries and Syrian forces struck.
The Conoco outpost was hit with a mixture of tank fire, large artillery and mortar rounds. The air was filled with dust and shrapnel. The American SOF operators took cover, then ran behind dirt berms to fire anti-tank missiles and machine guns at the advancing column of armored vehicles.
For the first 15 minutes, American military officials called their Russian counterparts and urged them to stop the attack. When that failed, American troops fired warning shots at a group of vehicles and a howitzer.
The attackers were not deterred.
Soon American Close Air Support aircraft began arriving in waves, including Reaper drones, F-22 stealth fighter jets, F-15E Strike Fighters, B-52 bombers, AC-130 gunships and AH-64 Apache helicopters. For the next three hours, dozens of American air assets pummeled enemy troops, tanks and other vehicles. Marine rocket artillery was fired from the ground.
The reaction team sped toward the fight. It was dark, and the roads were littered with felled power lines and shell craters. The 20-mile drive was made all the more difficult since the trucks did not turn on their headlights, relying solely on thermal-imaging cameras to navigate.
As the Green Berets and Marines neared the Conoco plant around 11:30 p.m., they were forced to stop. The barrage of artillery was too dangerous to drive through until airstrikes silenced the enemy's howitzers and tanks.
At the plant, the commandos were pinned down by enemy artillery and running low on ammunition. Flashes from tank muzzles, antiaircraft weapons and machine guns lit up the air.
About 0100 hrs. with the Syrian artillery fire finally dwindling from the constant US air assault, the team of Marines and Green Berets pulled up to the Conoco outpost and began firing. At that point in the battle most of the air assets had returned to their bases to refuel and re-arm.
The United States JSOC troops, allied Syrian troops, and Marines…roughly 50 in all…. prepared for direct fire engagement as the Russian mercenaries left their vehicles and headed toward the JSOC outpost on foot in full-on frontal assault.
A handful of Marines ran ammunition to machine guns and Javelin missile launchers scattered along the berms and wedged among the trucks. Some of the Green Berets and Marines took aim from exposed hatches of their vehicles. Others remained in their trucks, using a combination of thermal screens and joysticks to control and fire the heavy machine guns affixed on their roofs.
A few of the US troops, including Air Force combat controllers, worked the radios to direct the next fleet of bombers flying toward the battlefield. At least one Marine exposed himself to incoming fire as he used a missile guidance computer to find targets' locations in the dark and pass them on to the troops calling in follow-on airstrikes.
The Russian mercenaries were effectively massacred in the battle.
An hour later, they started to retreat and the American troops stopped firing. From their outpost, the Special Operators and Marines watched the mercenaries and Syrian fighters return to collect their dead. The small team of American troops suffered no harm in the battle. One allied Syrian fighter was wounded.
What the Russians leading the attack had failed to appreciate was the US forces' combat experience and expertise at battlefield management. They also turned out to be totally inept at countering US air assets. They thought it would be a cake walk given their armor, artillery, and outnumbering the US Special operators more than ten to one.
It was a lesson the survivors will not soon forget.
Explanation: This is what NASA's Insight lander looks like on Mars. With its solar panels, InSight is about the size of a small bus. Insight successfully landed on Mars in November with a main objective to detect seismic activity. The featured selfie is a compilation of several images taken of different parts of the InSight lander, by the lander's arm, at different times. SEIS, the orange-domed seismometer seen near the image center last month, has now been placed on the Martian surface. With this selfie, Mars InSight continues a long tradition of robotic spacecraft on Mars taking and returning images of themselves, including Viking, Sojourner, Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix, and Curiosity. Data taken by Mars Insight is expected to give humanity unprecedented data involving the interior of Mars, a region thought to harbor formation clues not only about Mars, but Earth.
Israel—Air Force Hits Iranian Targets In Syria After Missile Attack On Golan Heights Jerusalem Post | 01/21/2019 Israeli jets have struck Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria following a missile attack against the Israeli-administered Golan Heights, reports the Jerusalem Post. On Monday, Israeli jets carried out three waves of strikes against weapons depots, intelligence sites and training camps belonging to the Iranian Quds Force, a military spokesman said. The attacks also targeted Syrian air defense batteries that fired on Israeli jets, said the IDF spokesman. At least four Syrian troops were killed in the strikes, reported Russia's Interfax news service. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 people were killed in the attack, only two of whom were Syrian, reported Haaretz (Israel). Syrian state media claimed that air defenses intercepted most of the Israeli missiles. The strike was in response to a surface-to-surface missile launched by Iranian forces on Sunday near the Golan Heights, said the IDF. The launch had been prepared months in advance. It was fired from an area near Damascus that Israel had been told would not be used by Iranians, the spokesman said. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
Mali—Al-Qaida Affiliate Claims Deadly Attack On Peacekeepers Cable News Network | 01/21/2019 At least 10 peacekeepers have been killed and 25 people injured in an attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali, reports CNN. On Sunday, gunmen fired on the U.N. camp in the village of Aguelhok, said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The peacekeepers were Chadian nationals, said a U.N. statement cited by Reuters. U.N. personnel responded "robustly," killing several assailants, said Guterres. The Al-Qaida-affiliated Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the attack. JNIM said it launched the assault in response to a recent visit to Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Separately, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday that the G5 Sahel anti-terrorism force would resume its operations. The force suspended its activities last year after a deadly attack on its headquarters.
USA—Army Eyes Israeli Iron Dome System For Interim Cruise Missile Defense Times of Israel | 01/21/2019 The U.S. Army has decided to acquire two Rafael Iron Dome batteries by 2020 in the first phase of a program designed to provide an interim cruise missile defense system, reports the Times of Israel. The decision follows an internal review last year to determine if the Iron Dome, the Norwegian NASAMs or a future U.S. system could best fill a gap in defenses against cruise missile threats. The results of the review were supplied to Congress on Oct. 31. The evaluation focused on the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept program, which aims to perform many of the missions the Iron Dome has already demonstrated the ability to do, including defeating remotely piloted aircraft, mortars, rockets and artillery. The report calls for fielding two interim Iron Dome batteries, while developing an interoperable launcher and interceptor that are compatible with the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) by fiscal 2023. The Army plans to spend $373 million on two Iron Dome batteries, including 12 launchers, two radars, two battle management centers and 240 interceptors. The Army has requested US$290 million for fiscal 2019 and US$84 million for fiscal 2020 for the project, according to congressional documents obtained by Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot. The second phase, covering the integration of the Iron Dome launcher and missiles with the Sentinel radar and IBCS, is estimated to cost US$1.6 billion through 2024. Under the plan, the Iron Dome would be fully produced in the United States by Raytheon, Rafael's American partner.
Central African Republic—U.N. Plans Temporary Base In Bakouma After Rebels Withdraw Defense Post | 01/21/2019 The U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is establishing a temporary base in Bakouma after security forces regained control of the town, reports the Defense Post. The temporary base will protect civilians and ensure the safe return of those who fled from the area due to recent violence, a U.N. spokesperson said on Jan. 17. Government troops and U.N. peacekeepers regained control over Bakouma on Jan. 16 after members of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC), an ex-Seleka militia, departed after having held the town for two weeks, sources told Agence France-Presse. The Seleka coalition of mainly Muslim rebel groups overthrew the government in 2013. It disbanded soon after, but many fighters refused to disarm, becoming known as ex-Seleka. On Dec. 30-31, the FPRC and the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), attacked Bakouma, killing at least 10 people. More than 12,000 people fled the town after the attack, taking refuge in forests near Bakouma, the U.N. said earlier this month. African Union-backed peace talks between the government and armed groups have been scheduled for Jan. 24 in Khartoum, Sudan, CAR President Faustin Arching Touadera announced earlier this month.
USA—Lockheed To Develop Advanced Undersea Warfare System For Navy U.S. Department Of Defense | 01/21/2019 The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems a contract for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare System (UWS), reports the Dept. of Defense. The $78 million deal covers the development, integration and production of future advanced capability build and technical insertion baselines for the SQQ-89A(V)15 systems, said a Pentagon release on Jan. 17. The combat system is capable of searching, detecting, classifying, localizing and tracking undersea targets. It can also engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats, the release said. Work is expected to be completed by May 2021. To date, 46 destroyers and cruisers have been retrofitted with the latest AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 systems, the Navy said in December, as quoted by United Press International. The system has been deployed on now-retired Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers. The service plans to integrate the system on its future guided-missile frigates.
United Kingdom—5 Arrested After Car Bombing In Londonderry Belfast Telegraph | 01/21/2019 Dissident republicans are suspected in a car bombing in Londonderry in Northern Ireland, reports the Belfast Telegraph. On Saturday, a car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the city center. The attackers hijacked the vehicle from a pizza delivery driver and loaded it with explosives before abandoning it outside the courthouse, officials said. There were no injuries, said police. A tip was phoned-in to police about 15 minutes before the attack. Five people have been arrested in connection with the attack, reported the Irish News on Monday. The attack was blamed on dissident members of the Provisional Irish Republic Army (PIRA or simply IRA) who rejected the 1996 Dayton Accords and disarmament. The group is sometimes called the New IRA. Separately, three masked men hijacked a van in Derry on Monday, reported Sky News (U.K.). The attackers threw a device in the backseat before fleeing, said police.
Japan—Defense Ministry Releases Latest Evidence In Radar Dispute With S. Korea, Calls Off Further Talks Japan Times | 01/21/2019 The Japanese Defense Ministry says it is ending talks with Seoul over a dispute involving a South Korean destroyer and a Japanese patrol plane, reports the Japan Times. On Monday, the ministry released a new audio file that it says shows continuous, intense radar waves directed at a Japanese P-1 maritime patrol aircraft. The audio file, converted from radar waves, is inconsistent with surface search radar waves, as Seoul has maintained, the ministry said. Continued South Korean denial that its destroyer locked its fire-control radar on the P-1 is "baseless," the ministry said. There is no further reason to hold talks on the issue, it said. The South Korean Defense Ministry disputed Japan's analysis and said it regretted the decision. The ministry's spokeswoman said the sounds cited by Japan were mechanical and of indeterminate origin. On Dec. 20, a Japanese P-1 flew near the South Korean Gwanggaeto destroyer, which was involved in a search-and-rescue mission at the time. Tokyo maintains that the Korean vessel locked its fire-control radar on the aircraft during the incident. Seoul says the Japanese vessel made several aggressive passes while the destroyer was involved in the humanitarian mission.
Germany—Berlin Revokes Landing Rights For Iranian Arline As E.U. Cracks Down Reuters | 01/21/2019 The German government has revoked the landing rights for an Iranian private airline accused of providing support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, reports Reuters. Berlin has stopped allowing Mahan Air to use German airspace, a government source told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Monday. The source emphasized that this did not mean the imposition of general sanctions, a longstanding request by Washington. The move is the latest in a series of sanctions adopted by the European Union and its member states over murders and planned attacks against Iranian dissidents in Europe, reported Agence France-Presse. The U.S. listed the airline as a sanctions target in 2011. It has been pressuring countries and companies to stop offering the airline landing rights and other services. Washington has long held that Mahan Air uses its aircraft to bring weapons, advisers and other military materiel into Syria, as well as providing other support to the IRGC's Quds Force.
Afghanistan—Logar Governor, Intel Chief Escape Deadly Suicide Bombing Khaama Press | 01/21/2019 At least eight Afghan security personnel have been killed and 10 injured in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan). On Sunday, the suicide blast hit a convoy in the Mohammad Agha district as it traveled on the highway to Kabul The provincial governor and provincial head of the National Directorate of Security were in the convoy but escaped unharmed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, reported the Tolo News (Afghanistan). Kabul has been increasing raids on Taliban positions in the province, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).
USA—Another Summit Planned With Kim In February Bloomberg News | 01/21/2019 U.S. officials are making plans for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, reports Bloomberg News. White House officials announced the planned summit on Friday, which would likely be hosted by Vietnam. Diplomatic sources said on Sunday that Hanoi was the likely frontrunner to host the summit but Danang and Ho Chi Minh City were also under consideration. The announcement followed a meeting between Trump and top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol on Friday over Pyongyang's nuclear missile program. No details were provided about what the summit might achieve. There has been little progress on North Korean denuclearization since last year's summit in Singapore. Some analysts say that Pyongyang wants another summit because it believes it can obtain greater concessions by meeting directly with Trump, reported CNN. On Friday, a White House spokeswoman said sanctions will remain in place until sufficient progress is made on the nuclear file, reported Reuters.
Israel—Air Force Set To Train In U.K. For 1st Time Jewish Chronicle | 01/21/2019 The Israeli air force is set to take part in a joint exercise with the British Royal Air Force in the U.K. for the first time, reports the Jewish Chronicle (London). The Cobra Warrior exercise is scheduled to begin in September at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the newspaper reported on Jan. 15. The drill will mark the first time that Israeli jets have flown in British airspace. The exercise is the culmination of the advanced qualified weapons instructors course and typically includes crews and aircraft from other allied air forces. British pilots are also expected to participate in Israel's large-scale Blue Flag multinational exercise in 2020. Bilateral ties between the two countries have increased in recent years. In 2017, the British and Israeli air forces conducted a joint three-day training exercise with Eurofighter Typhoon crews at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. The two forces are also exchanging knowledge about operating F-35 stealth fighters.