Friday, May 17, 2019

TheList 4999


The List 4999 TGB

To All
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
Regards,
Skip
 
 
This day in Naval History May 17, 2019
 
 
1942 USS Tautog (SS 199) sinks Japanese submarine I-28; USS Triton (SS 201) sinks the Japanese submarine (I 64), and USS Skipjack (SS 184) sinks a Japanese army transport ship.
1943 Destroyers USS Moffett (DD 362) and USS Jouett (DD 396) sink German submarine U 128, which was credited with sinking 12 Allied merchant vessels, including 4 American ships.
1973 Capt. Robin Lindsay Catherine Quigley becomes the first woman to hold a major Navy command when she assumes command of U.S. Navy Service School, San Diego, Calif.
1987 USS Stark (FFG-31) is struck by two Iraqi Exocet Missiles in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 Sailors and wounding 21.
1990 USS Roark (FF-1053) rescues 42 refugees from an unseaworthy craft in the South China Sea.
 
This day in Naval History May 18, 2019
 
1775 Col. Benedict Arnold captures a British sloop at St. Johns in Quebec, Canada and renames her Enterprise, the first of many famous ships with that name.
1898 During the Spanish-American War, boat parties from USS St. Louis and USS Wompatuck, under Capt. Caspar F. Goodrich, cut communication cables at Santiago, Cuba.
1902 Marines and Sailors from the iron-hulled screw steamer, Ranger go ashore at Panama City, Colombia, to protect US citizen lives and property during an insurrection that results in Panamas eventual independence from Colombia on Nov. 3, 1903.
1944 USS Wilkes (DD 441) and USS Roe (DD 418), carrying the 1st Battalion 163rd Infantry, land on Wakde, off Dutch New Guinea, securing the island and setting up airstrip for the Southwest Pacific offensive.
1969 Apollo 10 is launched with Cmdr. John W. Young as command module pilot and Cmdr. Eugene Cernan as the lunar module pilot. The mission is a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing.

 
This day in Naval History May 19, 2019
 
1813 During the War of 1812, the frigate Congress, commanded by John Smith, captures and burns the British merchant brig, Jean, in the Atlantic.
1855 The screw ship Powhatan lands her Marine guard at Shanghai, China, to protect the lives and property of Americans during a period of unrest.
1882
Commodore Robert W. Shufeldt, onboard USS Swatara, arrives in Korea to negotiate the first commerce treaty between Korea and a Western power. The treaty is signed on May 22, opening Korea to United States trade.
1944 USS England (DE 635) sinks Japanese submarine I 16, the first of five submarines the destroyer sinks in a weeks time.
 
 
Thanks to CHINFO
 
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines include an F-16 crash into a warehouse in California and Chelsea Manning is held in contempt and ordered back to jail. Stars and Stripes reports USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) joined the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle in the Bay of Bengal for the La Perouse exercise along with Japan's helicopter carrier JS Izumo and its destroyer JS Murasame, Australia's frigate HMAS Toowoomba and its submarine HMAS Collins. "La Perouse shows that our maritime forces can work together well anywhere in the Indo-Pacific," 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer said in a statement. USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) transited the Strait of Hormuz without incident on Thursday reports USNI News. Additionally, the Virginian-Pilot reported on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) arrival in Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday.
 
 
Today in History May 17
1540

Afghan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.
1630

Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter's surface.
1681

Louis XIV sends an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
1756

1792

Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
1814

Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.
1863

Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.
1875

The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.
1881

Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
1940

Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.
1954

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.
1973

The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.
1987

In the Persian Gulf the American guided missile frigate USS Stark is struck by 2 Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi aircraft; only one detonates, but 37 sailors are killed and 21 are wounded. Whether the launch was deliberate or a mistake is still debated.
 
 
1940  Lancasters return to England after conducting the "Dambusters" Raid on the Ruhr Valley
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Thanks to Mud
 
    This is a particularly good war time documentary of the Memphis Belle.  Go here then scroll down to that video.  The 8th Air Force took unbelievable casualties during WWII.
 
The fact is that there were more 8th Air Force casualties than all the Marines lost in the Pacific
 
 
 
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
Thanks to Richard…….Looks like Pensacola off to port
  Subject: Blue Angel Video
   
 
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Thanks to Dr Rich,
Back in  1962 a Swedish sailing ship entered the Mediterranean Sea for a cruise. On board were a crew using 7mm film technology to record the voyage. They had an extended visit to the US aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La CVA-38. A few years ago that film was restored and digitized. Offering a high – definition view of life almost 60 Years ago. Note the aircraft, Skyhawks, Skyraiders,  Skyrays and Crusaders.
 
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
 
MAY 17
UPDATED ON
FEB 22, 2019
1965
The FBI Laboratory weighs in on the "dirty" lyrics of "Louie Louie"
          
          
          
          
                     Based on outcry from parents who bought into what may have started as an idle rumor, the FBI launched a formal investigation in 1964 into the supposedly pornographic lyrics of the song "Louie, Louie." That investigation finally neared its conclusion on this day in 1965, when the FBI Laboratory declared the lyrics of "Louie Louie" to be officially unintelligible.
                     No one will ever know who started the rumor that "Louie Louie" was dirty. As written by Richard Berry in 1955, the lyrics revolve around a sailor from the Caribbean lamenting to a bartender named Louie about missing his far-away love. As recorded in crummy conditions and in a single take by the Kingsmen in 1963, lyrics like "A fine little girl, she wait for me…" came out sounding like "A phlg mlmrl hlurl, duh vvvr me" Perhaps it was some clever middle-schooler who started the rumor by trying to convince a classmate that those lyrics contained some words that are as unprintable today as they were back in 1963. Whatever the case, the story spread like wildfire, until the United States Department of Justice began receiving letters like the one addressed to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and dated January 30, 1964. "Who do you turn to when your teen age daughter buys and brings home pornographic or obscene materials being sold…in every City, Village and Record shop in this Nation?" that letter began, before going on to make the specific assertion that the lyrics of "Louie Louie" were "so filthy that I can-not enclose them in this letter."
                     Over the course of the next two years, the FBI gathered many versions of the putative lyrics to Louie Louie. They interviewed the man who wrote the song and officials of the record label that released the Kingsmen's smash-hit single. They turned the record over to the audio experts in the FBI laboratory, who played and re-played "Louie Louie" at 78 rpm, 45 rpm, 33 1/3 rpm and even slower speeds in an effort to determine whether it was pornographic and, therefore, whether its sale was a violation of the federal Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material law. "Unintelligible at any speed" was the conclusion the FBI Laboratory relayed to the investigators in charge on this day in 1965, not quite exonerating "Louie Louie," but also not damning the tune that would go on to become one of the most-covered songs in rock-and-roll history.
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
These are always entertaining
 
Thanks to Mike
Do You Read
1.      The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could find the time and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Chicago Tribune is read by people who are in prison, who used to run the state, & would like to do so again, as would their constituents who are currently free on bail.

10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

11. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheists, and those who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

12. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

13. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.
 
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
From the List archives
Thanks to Clyde
the OTHER iron works Mig killer
the OTHER iron works mig killerOV-1 Mohawk Let's not forget the Mohawk is a Mig Killer. Unofficially in Vietnam, 1968 a Mohawk of the 131st aviation company downed a Mig but due to Air Force and Army politics it could not be officially reported or recognized. It seems the Air Force was getting upset that the Army was operating fixed wing aircraft and arming them too. OK my friend had to find an old issue of Flight Journal that I read this in.
February 1968 2 0V-1A Mohawks flying through the Ashau Valley were jumped by a Mig 17. The Mig figuring he had a couple easy unarmed kills made a big mistake as after his first pass were he did score some hits his air speed being quite faster than his targets blew past the one he hit and ended up pulling out of its dive out in front and below the Mohawk. Now Capt Ken Lee of the 131st Aviation Co. piloting this aircraft knew he did not stand a chance in hell dog fighting the Mig especially as the Mohawk was fully loaded for his patrol. But the when the Mig appeared if front and below Capt Lee let loose with 38 2.75" rockets and a hail of .50 caliber MG fire hoping to scare the Mig off at the very least. He figures he saw 4 rockets and a bunch of the .50 cal hit the Mig and he watched as the Mig's right wing dropped and it went into a cloud bank. A few seconds later it came out of the cloud bank with flickers of flame and black smoke. The last Capt Lee saw of the Mig is it turned into another valley that was encased in cloud cover. Capt Lee was familiar with this valley and was positive that at the altitude the Mig went into the valley at there was no way it was coming out. Capt Lee reported the attack and possible victory to his control ship and unit leaders when he landed and looked over his aircraft with a tail full of bullet holes. Every one was very nervous as they thought he might have shoot down an Aussie F-86 as they operated in the area and no one had ever heard of a Mig that far south. Once the bullet holes were examined and it was determined that they were made from a large caliber, possible 30mm they believed his story. The Army then told Capt Lee to shut up and that it never happened as they fear that the Air Force which had been crying already about the Army having and now arming their fixed wing aircraft would now have a case stating that the Army was moving into there turf and that the Air Force should have control of all fixed wing aircraft. A few weeks later Capt Lee delivered some paper work to Ubon Thailand to a Col Robin Olds commander of the 8th TFW stationed there. Col. Olds question Capt Lee about rumours he had heard of a Mohawk shooting down a Mig, and was surprised to find out it was Capt Lee. He went on to tell Capt Lee that the NVAF had just set up an airfield north of the DMZ and that it is now possible for the Mig to be that far south. A few months later Capt Lee made another trip delivering more paper work to Ubon. Upon arrival he was met by Col. Olds and Chappie James and they ordered Capt Lee to accompany them to the officers club. In the O club both Olds and James told Lee that a Mig had indeed been shot down just as he described and ended up buying him drinks. This was to be the only recognition that Capt Lee got for his Kill, brought into the Mig Killers club around a Bar with Robin Olds and the 8Th TFW.
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
Some news from around the world
USA—Navy Kicks Off Latest Southern Partnership Station Exercise Navy Newsstand | 05/17/2019 The U.S. Navy has begun its latest Southern Partnership Station deployments in the Caribbean, Central and South America, reports the Navy NewsStand. The Southern Partnership Station is an annual series of Navy deployments focused on subject matter expert exchanges with regional partner nation security forces. This year's deployment involves adaptive force packages that will work alongside military and police forces, civilian health organizations and other governmental agencies in Barbados, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. The training will focus on medical, dive, engineering and explosive ordnance disposal operations.   
 
USA—Lockheed To Develop New Pods For Guided MLRS Rockets Lockheed Martin | 05/17/2019 Lockheed Martin says it has received an Army contract to develop a new modular pod for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)rockets, reports the defense firm. The $10.5 million deal covers new pods to replace the declining inventory of M26 rocket pods and support increased production of GMLRS rockets. The modular pod is designed to allow individual rocket tubes to be reloaded individually. The M26 pods are discarded after use. The new pod will be able to launch both GMLRS unitary and alternative warhead rockets as well as the still in-development GMLRS extended-range rockets and future rounds. The system will be compatible with both HIMARS and M270 launchers, Lockheed officials said. Initial deliveries of the new pods are scheduled for the fall of 2021.  
 
Hungary—Orban Seeks Air Defense Systems During Talks With Trump Reuters | 05/17/2019 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed purchasing mid-range air defense missiles during a meeting with President Trump on Monday, reports Reuters.  Economic growth has given Hungary ample funds for military acquisitions, Orban told state broadcaster Magyar Radio on Friday.  The process to acquire mid-range air defense systems is moving forward, said the Hungarian leader.  On the sidelines of the Orban's visit, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary David Cornstein and a Hungarian official visited Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, the ambassador told Hungarian website 444.hu.  Orban also told state radio that he had asked Trump for help in developing an alternative to Russian natural gas in Romania.  
 
France—Ex-Political Chief Of ETA Basque Separatist Group Arrested British Broadcasting Corp. | 05/17/2019 In a joint operation, French and Spanish police have arrested the former political leader of the ETA Basque separatist group, reports BBC News. Josu Ternera, an alias for Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea, was arrested in Sallanches in the French Alps, Spanish officials said on Thursday. Ternera is accused of involvement in several killings, including a car bombing outside of a Civil Guard barracks in Zaragoza in northern Spain in 1987 that killed 11 people. He was held in French and Spanish jails from 1989 to 2000 before disappearing in 2002. The former militant leader is expected to be imprisoned in France, where a court last year sentenced him to eight years for leading a terrorist group. Spain is expected to request his extradition over the Zaragoza attack and alleged involvement in other crimes. In May 2018, Ternera announced the dissolution of the ETA in an audio recording, saying that it had "completely dismantled all of its structures."  The group killed around 800 people during its half-century campaign for a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France, reported CNN.    
 
Cyprus—Agreement Reached With France On Naval Base In Mari Kathimerini | 05/17/2019 The defense ministers of Cyprus and France have reached an agreement that would permit the French navy to use a naval base in Mari in southern Cyprus to service its warships, reports the Kathimerini newspaper (Athens). Cypriot Defense Minister Savvas Angelides and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, signed a statement of intent for the new facility on Wednesday, reported the Politis news website (Cyprus). The sides also agreed to work together to strengthen the military capabilities of Cyprus. France will help pay for the construction of a new dock at the Evangelos Florakis naval base in Mari to enable larger warships to dock there. Work is already underway on upgrades, said the website. The move comes amid increased Turkish activity within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, including the deployment of warships to escort research vessels, noted the National Herald (New York).    
 
Russia—New Frigates Begin Builder's Trials Tass | 05/17/2019 Two new frigates for the Russian navy have begun the next phase of their sea trials, reports Russia's Tass news agency. The Admiral Kasatonov and Gremyashchy frigates have sailed into the Baltic Sea, where testing of their powerplants, steering control systems, auxiliary systems and anchor-handling systems is planned, said a release from the Baltic Fleet on Wednesday. Navigation, life support, communication and environmental control systems will also be evaluated, the fleet said. Ship speed, maneuvering and vibration tests are also anticipated.    
 
Japan—SDF Mission In S. Sudan Extended For Another Year Kyodo News Agency | 05/17/2019 Japan will extend the participation of Japanese troops in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, reports the Kyodo news agency (Tokyo).  On Friday, Japan approved extending the mission of Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in UNMISS until May 31, 2020.  SDF engineering units participated in UNMISS from 2011 to 2017. Tokyo continues to send troops to the mission's headquarters. There are four SDF troops currently serving with the mission.  The decision came after the Security Council approved an extension of the mission in March.    
 
Philippines—U.S. Pacific Air Chief Pays Visit To Discuss Cooperation Rappler | 05/17/2019 The head of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces is in the Philippines this week , reports the Rappler (Manila).  On Thursday, Gen. Charles Brown met with Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, the chief of staff of the Philippine armed forces, and air force chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez. On Friday, he is scheduled to visit two air bases north of Manila.  The visit is intended to bolster cooperation between the two forces, Brown told reporters.  Brown cited numerous examples of the strong ties between the two allies, including the Bilateral Air Continent Exchange-Philippines exercise in January. Manila has requested the U.S. bring fighter jets as the Philippines modernizes its air force, said Brown.  The PACAF chief said the U.S. is also committed to continuing the exchange of subject matter experts and assisting Manila in natural disaster response.   
 
Cambodia—Prime Minister's Military Reforms Seen As Consolidating Power Asia Times | 05/17/2019 Prime Minister Hun Sen has been reorganizating the Cambodian military in what has been seen in some quarters as an effort to consolidate his power, reports the Asia Times. Last year, the prime minister's son, Hun Manet, was promoted to army chief and deputy commander of the Cambodian armed forces in an unexpected reshuffling of the top three military posts. The moves took place ahead of general elections in which Hun Sen's Cambodia People's Party (CPP) consolidated its rule after banning the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party. Many senior soldiers ran for office during the election. The CPP has primarily provided civilian rule since coming to power in 1979 after the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge. There are concerns that distinctions between the party and the military may be blurred as part of plans for a dynastic succession from Hun Sen to Hun Manet. The military reforms have been gathering apace this year. In February, Defense Minister Tea Banh stripped 29 military officials of their positions and on April 27, Hun Sen ordered the defense and interior ministries to reduce the number high-ranking officers in the military and police forces. Municipal and provincial police chiefs will see their ranks drop from one or two stars to colonel, while generals will become lieutenant generals. Analysts have described the move as a systematic purge of the security forces to ensure their leadership is loyal to Hun Sen and Hun Manet. Other experts have noted that the military has some 3,000 generals for a force of just 125,000, which has led to confusing chains of command due to the large number of officers of similar high rank.      
 
Philippines—U.S. Pacific Air Chief Pays Visit To Discuss Cooperation Rappler | 05/17/2019 The head of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces is in the Philippines this week , reports the Rappler (Manila).  On Thursday, Gen. Charles Brown met with Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, the chief of staff of the Philippine armed forces, and air force chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez. On Friday, he is scheduled to visit two air bases north of Manila.  The visit is intended to bolster cooperation between the two forces, Brown told reporters.  Brown cited numerous examples of the strong ties between the two allies, including the Bilateral Air Continent Exchange-Philippines exercise in January. Manila has requested the U.S. bring fighter jets as the Philippines modernizes its air force, said Brown.  The PACAF chief said the U.S. is also committed to continuing the exchange of subject matter experts and assisting Manila in natural disaster response.    
 
Cambodia—Prime Minister's Military Reforms Seen As Consolidating Power Asia Times | 05/17/2019 Prime Minister Hun Sen has been reorganizating the Cambodian military in what has been seen in some quarters as an effort to consolidate his power, reports the Asia Times. Last year, the prime minister's son, Hun Manet, was promoted to army chief and deputy commander of the Cambodian armed forces in an unexpected reshuffling of the top three military posts. The moves took place ahead of general elections in which Hun Sen's Cambodia People's Party (CPP) consolidated its rule after banning the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party. Many senior soldiers ran for office during the election. The CPP has primarily provided civilian rule since coming to power in 1979 after the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge. There are concerns that distinctions between the party and the military may be blurred as part of plans for a dynastic succession from Hun Sen to Hun Manet. The military reforms have been gathering apace this year. In February, Defense Minister Tea Banh stripped 29 military officials of their positions and on April 27, Hun Sen ordered the defense and interior ministries to reduce the number high-ranking officers in the military and police forces. Municipal and provincial police chiefs will see their ranks drop from one or two stars to colonel, while generals will become lieutenant generals. Analysts have described the move as a systematic purge of the security forces to ensure their leadership is loyal to Hun Sen and Hun Manet. Other experts have noted that the military has some 3,000 generals for a force of just 125,000, which has led to confusing chains of command due to the large number of officers of similar high rank.      
 
India—Soldier Arrested For Passing Intelligence To Pakistan Hindustan Times | 05/17/2019 An Indian soldier has been arrested for providing information on troop movements and formations to suspected Pakistani agents, reports the Hindustan Times.  Acting on a tip from military intelligence, police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh arrested the non-commissioned officer on Thursday, reported the Times of India.  Officials say the soldier passed information on troop movements and military exercises via social media to a woman claiming to be an international journalist, reported India Today.  The account was based in Pakistan and likely had links to Pakistani intelligence services, a military intelligence official told the Hindustan Times. The information included reports on troop movements following the February attack in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.   Indian intelligence monitored the soldier for about six months prior to the arrest, said officials.      
 
Pakistan—Police Kill 9 ISIS Suspects In Baluchistan Dawn | 05/17/2019 Pakistani security forces have killed nine suspected ISIS militants in the southwest Baluchistan province, reports the Dawn (Karachi).  On Thursday, a joint team including police and counterterrorism specialists launched a raid in the Mastung district.  During the operation, militants opened fire, wounding four security personnel. Police shot back, killing at least nine militants, reported Pakistan Today.  Police said they recovered large quantities of weapons and ammunition at the site.  The operation came after an attack on Monday in the provincial capital, Quetta, that killed five police officers.  Baluchistan has witnessed increasing attacks by Baluch separatists, noted Reuters. Some Islamist groups have also increased their attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.   
 
Afghanistan—8 ISIS Terrorists Killed In Nangarhar Airstrike Xinhua | 05/17/2019 Eight Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been killed in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.  On Thursday, a NATO unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) struck a site in the province's Khogyani district, according to an Afghan military release.  Among those killed in the raid was a local ISIS commander named Abu Zar, who was implicated in attacks on civilians and soldiers in the province, reported the Khaama Press (Afghanistan). There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties.   
 
Afghanistan—8 Police Killed In Possible Friendly Fire Incident TOLONews | 05/17/2019 At least eight policeman have been killed in a potential friendly fire incident in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).
  
On Thursday, police clashed with Taliban fighters in the Nahr-e-Saraj, said an interior ministry spokesman.  During the fighting, coalition aircraft conducted airstrikes at the request of Afghan forces, said the interior ministry.  The interior ministry said that eight police were killed and at least 11 injured in the incident. The head of the Helmand provincial council said that 17 were killed.  Several Taliban were also killed in the strikes. An investigation has been opened to determine if the deaths were caused by the Taliban or the airstrike, said the interior ministry.   
 
Iran—Supreme Leader Shuffles Top IRGC Posts Fars News Agency | 05/17/2019 The supreme leader of Iran has appointed two officials to top posts within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), reports the semi-official Fars news agency (Tehran). On Thursday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Rear Admi. Ali Fadavi as deputy commander of the IRGC. Fadavi had been serving as the deputy commander for coordination and previously led the IRGC naval forces.   Khamenei appointed Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi to succeed Fadavi.  The IRGC veteran has held numerous positions in the service, including the head of the Basiij, a volunteer force within the corps. In that post, he played a role in cracking down on anti-regime protests, reported Radio Farda. The move comes less than a month after Hossein Salami was promoted to head the IRGC, a military branch that is directly loyal to the supreme leader.     
 
Iraq—S-400 Air Defense Systems Sought From Russia Iraqi News | 05/17/2019 The Iraqi government has decided to buy advanced air defense systems from Russia, reports the Iraqi News. On Wednesday, Haidar Mansour Hady, the Iraqi ambassador to Russia, announced that his government would buy S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. Earlier this month, Iraqi officials revealed that negotiations for an S-400 purchase were underway with Moscow. The S-400 is designed to defeat aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges up to 250 miles (400 km), noted Russia's Tass news agency.    
 
Egypt—47 Militants Killed In Latest Sinai Ops, Army Says Ahram Online | 05/17/2019 The Egyptian army says that it has killed 47 militants during recent raids in the Sinai border region, reports the Ahram Online. During operations in central and northern Sinai, the air force destroyed 29 hideouts used by "terrorist elements," said an army statement on Thursday. Five soldiers, including two officers, were killed during the operations and four wounded, the army said. Some 158 criminals and other wanted persons were arrested, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency. Cairo launched a major security operation in the Sinai in February 2018 in an effort to eliminate Islamist militants in the region. 
 


No comments:

Post a Comment