Friday, September 6, 2019

TheList 5089

The List 5089 TGB

To All,

I hope that you all have a great weekend.



Sept. 6

1918—In the first use of major-caliber naval guns in a land offensive, a U.S. naval railway battery of five, 14-inch guns begin long-range bombardment of German forces near Soissons, France.

1930—USS Grebe (AM 43) arrives at Santo Domingo with supplies and medicines for victims of a hurricane three days prior. She is joined by USS Gilmer (DD 223) with a party of Marines for relief and rescue work.

1939—The Navy begins formation of Neutrality Patrol for Atlantic Ocean.

1940—First destroyers transferred to Great Britain at Halifax, Nova Scotia, under "Destroyers-for- Bases agreement.

1944—USS Independence (CVL 22) begins the use of a specially trained air-group for night work. This time was the first in which a fully equipped night carrier operated with a fast carrier task force.

1945 - U.S. troops begin returning to U.S. when Task Force 11 left Tokyo Bay for U.S.

1947—A captured German V 2 rocket from World War II is successfully launched from a ship, fired by USS Midway (CVB 41).

1953—Exchange of prisoners of war from Korean War called Operation Big Switch ends.

1997—USS Hopper (DDG 70) is commissioned at San Francisco, Calif. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is the first ship in the Navy to be named after the pioneering computer scientist Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, often referred to as Grandma COBOL.

1997—USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) is commissioned at its homeport of Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. The boat is the last of the Navy's 18 Ohio-class nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Defense News reported the U.S. Navy deployed ship-killing missiles on littoral combat ships in China's vicinity.

• USNI News stated the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are standing by to aid the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian's destruction.

• Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will create new missiles and warned of new arms race, according to Reuters.

Today in History

September 6


Theodosius becomes sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus.


Sultan Murat II ends a vain siege of Constantinople.


One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's trip around the world makes it back to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.


Imperial troops defeat the Turks and take Belgrade, Serbia.


French General Jean Houchard and his 40,000 men begin a three-day battle against an Anglo-Hanoveraian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium, in the wars of the French Revolution.


Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves back into town, to Concord, Massachusetts.


Union General Ulysses S. Grant's forces capture Paducah, Kentucky from Confederate forces.


The last British troops to serve in Austria are withdrawn.


President William McKinley is shot while attending a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley dies eight days later, the third American president assassinated.


The luxury liner Lusitania leaves London for New York on her maiden voyage.


The German Army begins a general retreat across the Aisne, with British troops in pursuit.


Aviator Beryl Markham flies the first east-to-west solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.


The Soviet Union accuses Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.


Germany announces that all Jews living in the country will have to begin wearing a Star of David.


The United States asks the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese.


The last American and Korean prisoners are exchanged in Operation Big Switch, the last official act of the Korean War.


Indian troops invade Lahore; Pakistan paratroopers raid Punjab.


The world learns an earlier announcement that all Israeli athletes taken hostage at the Munich Olympics had been rescued was erroneous; all had been killed by their captors from the Black September terrorist group; all but 3 terrorists also died in shootout around midnight.


A Soviet pilot lands his MIG-25 in Tokyo and asks for political asylum in the United States.


Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, a Soviet air force pilot defects, flying a MiG-25 jet fighter to Japan and requesting political asylum in US.


Lee Roy Young becomes the first African-American Texas Ranger in the force's 165-year history.


USSR officially recognizes independence for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


Leningrad, second-largest city in the USSR, is changed to Saint Petersburg, which had been the city's name prior to 1924.


Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a 56-year MLB record held by Lou Gehrig; in 2007 fans voted this achievement the most memorable moment in MLB history.


Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales: over 1 million people line London's streets to honor her and 2.5 billion watched the event on TV.


Thanks to Micro in response to yesterday's article from Pat Buchanan on who won/lost WWII


I read Pat Buchanan's diatribe about World War II, and I think he has it backwards. I'm not a historian, but these are my thoughts:

Britain didn't start WWII. Hitler did. It was very clear to all except Chamberlain that Hitler wasn't going to stop until he had conquered the entire world, starting with all of Europe, Britain, Greece, the Middle East, and Africa. Deciding not to fight him and "making peace" would have been suicide.

The West didn't lose the war, and I can't imagine why he would think we did. There is no doubt that we lost the least, but that's because the war wasn't fought here. It always pays to fight a war somewhere else. We lost around 400,000 people; Russia lost 20 million.

Yes, Russia was a bad actor. Even General Patton reportedly wanted to immediately go to war against Russia as soon as WWII ended; however, everyone but him was tired of war. We all closed our eyes for awhile to catch our breath and rebuild Europe. We overlooked or intentionally misinterpreted what Russia was probably going to do because Hitler was far worse and far more immediate. Russia held him at bay to some extent with the second front, and it cost them dearly. From a percentage standpoint, not as dearly as it cost Greece to do the same. But those sacrifices saved a lot of people in a lot of other countries.

I think Buchanan needed something to write a blog about that related to the Vice President in Poland, hoping to say something relevant. In my opinion, he failed.



Thanks to Carl

Last living member of Marine aviation legend Joe Foss' 'Flying Circus' recalls Guadalcanal


This is for all my Bubbas who are worried about their memory problems.

Thanks to Doctor Rich

Who's afraid of Alzheimer's ?

In the following analysis the French Professor Bruno Dubois Director of the Institute of Memory and Alzheimer's Disease (IMMA)

at La Pitié-Salpêtrière - Paris Hospitals / addresses the subject in a rather reassuring way:

"For some time now, I have been stuck and I do not know what we were I talking about ...
Before, I was afraid it was the beginning of Alzheimer's ... but today, after reading this article, I am reassured."

"If anyone is aware of his memory problems, he does not have Alzheimer's."

1. I forget the names of families ...
2. I do not remember where I put some things ...

It often happens in people 60 years and older that they complain that they lack memory.
"The information is always in the brain, it is the "processor" that is lacking. "

This is "Anosognosia" or temporary forgetfulness.

Half of people 60 and older have some symptoms that are due to age rather than disease.

The most common symptoms are:

- forgetting the name of a person,
- going to a room in the house and not remembering why we were going there ...
- a blank memory for a movie title or actor, an actress,
- a waste of time searching where we left our glasses or keys ...

After 60 years most people have such a difficulty, which indicates that it is not a disease but rather a characteristic due to the passage of years ...

Many people are concerned about these oversights hence the importance of the following statement:

"Those who are conscious of being forgetful have no serious problem of memory."

"Those who suffer from a memory illness or Alzheimer's, are not aware of what is happening."

Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of IMMA, reassures the majority of people concerned about their oversights:

"The more we complain about memory loss, the less likely we are to suffer from memory sickness.

- Now for a little neurological test:

Only use your eyes!

1- Find the C in the table below!


2- If you have already found the C,

Then find the 6 in the table below.


3- Now find the N in the table below.
Attention, it's a little more difficult!


If you pass these three tests without problem:
- you can cancel your annual visit to the neurologist.
- your brain is in perfect shape!
- you are far from having any relationship with Alzheimer's.

So, share this with your over-60 friends, it can reassure them...


Thanks to Dutch

The ghosts of World War II

Lessons of the war point to the need for security and stability in a dangerous world

By Victor Davis Hanson

World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers.

Japan and South Korea should logically remain natural allies. Both are booming capitalist constitutional states. Decades ago, both nations emerged from devastating wars. And in pacifist fashion they vowed never to suffer such mass carnage again.

Both nations are staunch allies of the United States. They are likewise similarly suspicious of their neighbor, aggressive Communist China, which threatens their economies and security. Yet, Tokyo and Seoul are now more adversaries than democratic allies, and they are locked in a bitter fight. In their acrimony over trade and past war reparations, neither can forget World War II.

South Koreans continue to press for more reparations to atone for the horrific treatment of the Korean Peninsula by Japanese occupiers and imperialists. Imperial Japan stripped Korea's natural resources and exported thousands of Korean women to war zones to be raped by Japanese troops.

The wealthier that South Korea becomes, the more an ascendant Seoul begins to rival — and worry — Tokyo. And the more distant World War II becomes, the more Japan and South Korea relive their bitter shared wartime past.

The United States has had difficulty forming a Pacific alliance of containment against a bellicose China. Australia, the Philippines and Southeast Asian nations fear Chinese aggression. But they also share bitter memories of merciless Japanese imperialism that killed as many as 15 million Chinese — the vast majority of them civilians.

In their minds, our allies know China is the chief threat. But in their hearts, even now they can't quite forget how their ally Japan once committed genocide throughout the region.

NATO was designed to avoid another European war and the constant threat bullying from Germany and Russia. NATO's creed, first, was that the United States should stay engaged in Europe and never again allow it to commit collective suicide. Second, America was to keep Russia out of Western Europe as it did at the end of World War II. Third, the alliance must keep Germany "down" so it would never start another European war. That third element of the original NATO mission is often laughed at as entirely irrelevant today.

But is it? Germany now dominates the European Union. Its banks squeeze Southern European countries for overdue loan payments. Berlin pressures Eastern Europe — whose leaders grew up with lectures about the nightmares of Nazi Germany — to follow Berlin's disastrous open borders plan. That laxity has resulted in more than a million migrants flocking into the EU from the Middle East and North Africa.

Berlin also tried to hold the United Kingdom hostage to prevent Brexit — the verdict of the British people, a majority of whom voted to leave the EU. Less than half of today's German population has a favorable view of America, the country whose

troops and nuclear umbrella still keep a virtually unarmed Germany secure.

A clairvoyant in 1945 might have warned both Europe and the United States that a "Fourth Reich" financial powerhouse would someday dominate Europe.

In addition, Germany still has an existential fear of Russia. After all, more than 3 million German soldiers perished on the Eastern Front in World War II. Millions of German-speakers were ethnically cleansed from postwar Russia and Eastern Europe by the Russian army.

No wonder that German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks close ties with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's autocratic Russia. As was true during the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, Germany once again has little if any ability to ward off Russian aggression, whether conventional or nuclear, and knows it.

Finally, a recent poll of Americans reveals a veritable abyss between younger and older Americans. Today's millennials, children of the postwar baby boomers, grew up in the affluence of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. They claim that they will be far less likely to marry, to value religion or to feel patriotic.

In contrast, those who were once children during World War II, or who had parents and grandparents who fought in the war, have a far more realistic appraisal of human nature and the need to find security, stability and transcendence in a dangerous world.

One way of keeping sane and safe during and after such a global catastrophe was to marry and raise a family, to believe in God, and to appreciate the unique morality and strength of a victorious United States.

World War II ended in 1945. And then again, it really did not.

Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is the author of "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won" (Basic Books, 2017).


Thanks to Outlaw. I read recently that the initial rewinging of the first batch of A-10s was completed and the next 100 is being funded.

USAF to keep A-10 off the chopping block in next budget request

Is that a resounding cheer we hear in the distance coming from the U.S. Army? Yep. I'll bet the AF types in the Pentagon who tried to argue that the F-35 could do the close air support mission just as well as the 'Hog' are really disappointed. Meanwhile, the Lightning II drivers who'd have to risk low level weapons delivery while dodging all kinds of AAA, shoulder-mounted Strela SAMs, and small arms fire are joining the Army's cheering section.

US Air Force to keep A-10 off the chopping block in next budget request

Outlaw out...


Thanks to Rob

The View of the US Military From the Left

Harold, and a president named Barack.

This pretty much summarizes how Obama/Biden and most liberals view/viewed the US military:

Harold was a bright child. He grew up in America. He went to school and had a bright future ahead of him. Harold was full of life but it was cut short in a violent moment.

While few people had ever heard of Harold before his death, many did afterward And in death, something very shocking happened. What was so shocking, especially when it is compared to the death of someone else recently in the news?

Harold was Harold Greene, Major General, United States Army. On Aug. 5, 2014, Major General Greene was killed by a Taliban terrorist.

He was returned to America with full military honors.

It has long been a tradition that the president attends the funeral of general and flag officers killed in the line of duty.

Richard Nixon attended the funeral of a major general killed in Vietnam and George W. Bush attended the funeral of Lieutenant General Timothy Maude, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks.

While Major General Greene was being buried, Barack Obama was golfing. The vice president wasn't there either. Neither was the secretary of defense. Flags were not even lowered to half-mast.

Four days after Harold Greene gave his life for America, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri.

Brown was at best a young thug. In the minutes before his death, he committed a robbery at a local convenience store. According to other reports, Brown struck Officer Darren Wilson and shattered his orbital bone. Obama sent a three-person delegation to Brown's funeral!

Neither Obama nor Biden would attend the funeral of the highest ranking military officer killed in the line of duty since 9/11, yet he sent a delegation to the funeral of a thug.

When Margaret Thatcher, one of America's staunchest allies and Ronald Reagan's partner in bringing down Soviet communism, died, Obama sent only a small low-level delegation to her funeral. The snub was not missed by the British.

When Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in history was murdered, there was no expression of sympathy from the White House.

But when Whitney Houston died from drug overdose, the Obama/Biden administration ordered all flags be flown at half-mast.

There was no White House delegation at the funeral of an American hero. American heroes die and Obama goes to the golf course.

A thug dies and he gets a White House delegation.

No wonder most "REAL" Americans hold Obama in such contempt, especially members of our Military.

Biden is now running for president and expounding on how great the Obama/Biden administration was.

Like 9/11 — LET'S NEVER FORGET !!!


The Daily News from Military Periscope for 6 September

USA—Talks Underway With Houthis To End War In Yemen, Says State Dept. Official Agence France-Presse | 09/06/2019 A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington is in talks with Houthi rebels to end the war in Yemen, reports Agence France-Presse. The U.S. is having talks "to the extent possible" with the Iran-backed rebels to negotiate an end to the conflict, Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker said on Thursday from Saudi Arabia. A Houthi spokesman declined to confirm the report but said that the announcement was "a great victory" for the rebels. A State Dept. official told the Voice of America News that the U.S. is talking to all Yemenis. The Wall Street Journal first reported last week that U.S. officials were seeking talks with the Houthis and Saudi Arabia to end the war. Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have increased in recent days, including a visit to the region by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who told Arab media that she had new ideas for resolving the strife.

USA—Wasp Amphib Departs Pacific; To Be Replaced By America U.S. Navy | 09/06/2019 As part of a planned rotation, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp has officially left the 7th fleet area of operations, reports the Navy NewsStand. Following its departure on Wednesday, the amphibious warship is headed to Norfolk for maintenance, with a planned arrival of Sept. 20. The Wasp has operated out of Japan since it replaced the USS Bonhomme Richard in January 2018. She was the first warship to deploy with Marine Corps F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) stealth fighters. Under a plan announced by the Navy earlier this year, the Wasp will be replaced by the first-in-class amphibious assault ship USS America, reported the Navy Times. The America will be accompanied by the amphibious landing dock USS New Orleans, which will increase the total number of San Antonio-class vessels in the 7th fleet to two and the number of forward-deployed amphibious warships to five, as noted by USNI News.

USA—Air Force Official Details Pitfalls Of Separate Acquisition Office For Space Programs Space News | 09/06/2019 A proposed reorganization that would create an independent space acquisition office within the Dept. of the Air Force would create significant problems, according to senior service officials cited by Space News. In the Senate version of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) there is a proposal to move the acquisition of space programs from the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition to a new organization reporting to the principal assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for space acquisition and integration. The change would create a situation where staff handling space programs would have to report to the principal assistant and to the assistant secretary, said Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics. Alternatively, an entirely new staff might need to be hired at some cost. The move would also prevent coordination of space and Air Force programs to improve the integration of networked platforms as the service looks to create multidomain programs. Instead, Roper promoted dedicated space budgets that would exist with the creation of a Space Force as a better way to bolster space programs.

USA—Government Fails To Bribe Captain Of Wanted Tanker British Broadcasting Corp. | 09/06/2019 Following the release of the Iranian tanker Adrian Daryia 1, formerly the Grace 1, from Gibraltar in August, the U.S. government offered the captain of the vessel a bribe to sail it to a location where it could be seized, reports the BBC News. The offer was made in an email from Brian Hook, the head of the U.S. State Dept.'s Iran Action Group, offering the captain "several million dollars to take the ship somewhere it could be seized by U.S. authorities," according to the email obtained by the Financial Times (London). The Justice Dept. attempted to block the release of the tanker before issuing a warrant for its seizure in an attempt to prevent the vessel from leaving Gibraltar. The U.S. later blacklisted the tanker on Aug. 30 after it left Gibraltar and no response was received from the captain. Funds from the sale of the tanker's oil would be used to support the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Quds force, the U.S. Treasury Dept. said in a release announcing the blacklisting. While the U.S. continues to pursue the Adrya Daryia 1, crew members from the Stena Imperio, which was seized by Iran in response to the impounding of its tanker, have been released. A foreign ministry spokesperson announced on state TV on Wednesday that Iran would release seven of the 23 crew members on humanitarian grounds.

Poland—Raytheon Offers SkyCeptor Missile For Air Defense requirements Raytheon | 09/06/2019 Raytheon says that it is submitting a variant of its SkyCeptor missile for the Polish military's Narew and Wisla air defense programs. For the Narew short-range air and missile defense program, Raytheon is offering a boosterless version of the SkyCeptor, which is based on the Israeli Stunner interceptor, the company said on Tuesday. A variant with a booster will be offered for Phase II of the Wisla medium-range air and missile defense program. If selected for the Stage II Wisla program, up to 60 percent of the work would be performed in Poland, with the potential for more if the SkyCeptor is selected for the Narew program. The SkyCeptor is designed to defeat short- to medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other aerial threats. It features infrared and active guidance targeting and employs a hit-to-kill intercept concept.

Turkey—Indigenous Cruise Missile With Penetrating Warhead Conclude Testing Daily Sabah | 09/06/2019 Turkey has successfully completed trials for its first domestically-developed bunker-busting cruise missile, reports the Daily Sabah (Istanbul). Science and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank announced the milestone on Thursday. Varank published a video of the final test on social media, which showed the missile penetrating a structure with a concrete roof. The latest firing wrapped up development, ground and flight tests for the SOM-B2 missile, said Ismail Demir, the head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB). The SOM-B2 is the high-explosive, blast-fragmentation warhead variant of the Turkish Stand-Off Missile (SOM), which has a standard range of about 130 nautical miles (250 km). The missile would be employed by the Turkish military against hardened and underground targets, officials said. The weapon was developed by the Defense Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK).

Kosovo—Terrorist Cell Sentenced For Planned Attacks On KFOR, Civilian Targets KoSSev news portal | 09/06/2019 A Kosovan court has sentenced a group of six individuals convicted of planning to carry out terrorist attacks around the country, reports the KoSSev news portal. The group, consisting of five men and a woman, reportedly planned to target members of NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR), a Serbian Orthodox church in North Mitrovica and nightclubs in Gracanica in central Kosovo, reported N1 (Bosnia and Herzegovina). North Mitrovica and Gracanica are primarily inhabited by Kosovo's Serb minority. The mastermind, Bujar Behrami, was accused of trying to form a group called "Assistance to the Islamic State in the Land of Eagles," which would operate in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. While Kosovo's Muslim population is known for being largely secular, the group supported the Islamic State and was in contact with Kosovans who had gone to fight with the group in Iraq and Syria, said a prosecutor quoted by Reuters. The longest sentence handed out was 10 years, while other individuals received sentences of seven years; four years; two years and three months; one year and six months; and one year.

North Korea—Tests Continue To Advance Pyongyang's Ballistic Missile Capabilities, Says U.N. Panel Yonhap | 09/06/2019 Short-range ballistic missile tests by North Korea demonstrate that it continues to master major elements of ballistic missile systems, according to a U.N. expert panel report cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The study, presented to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, covers the period from Feb. 2 to Aug. 2. Recent trials indicate that Pyongyang has acquired vital intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technologies, including solid-rocket fuel production, using different transporter-erector-launchers (TELs) and missile defense penetration capabilities, one of the report's authors told 38 North, a blog focused on North Korean military developments. Pyongyang's current goal appears to be developing a solid-fuel ICBM, said the panel. The experts also noted activities at several sites that could support the development of ICBM-related technology despite the closure of the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. Increased activity has also been detected at key North Korean ICBM bases, such as Hoejung-ri, and facilities used for the mining and enrichment of uranium. A vertical test stand at the rocket launch site in Dongchang-ri, previously dismantled following a meeting between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, has also been restored and may be operational, says the report

China—Video Of Large Formation Of J-20s Suggests Fighter Now In Production, Analysts Say South China Morning Post | 09/06/2019 A People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) publicity video released on Chinese state television showed seven J-20 advanced jet fighters during a training exercise, reports the South China Morning Post. Previously, the largest formation of J-20s publicized by the air force had five aircraft. The video was released on Tuesday on social media, reported the Asia Times. Such a large formation of fighters demonstrates the growing scale at which the PLAAF is operating the J-20, said experts cited by the Global Times. It also suggests that the aircraft has entered full-rate production, after only 20 were built prior to 2018 due to problems with the jet's powerplant. Delays in the development of the WS-15 engine were thought to have postponed series production until 2020. The new powerplant is needed for the J-20 to fully achieve its design capabilities, said experts.

Philippines—Navy Drills With Brunei, Vietnamese Warships On Way To ASEAN Exercise Philippine Daily Inquirer | 09/06/2019 Warships from the Brunei, Philippine and Vietnamese navies exercised together on their way to an Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN) drill with the U.S. Navy, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. On Monday, the Philippine patrol vessel Ramon Alcaraz was joined by the Royal Brunei Navy patrol ship Darulaman near the Spratly Islands and later met up with the Vietnamese corvette HQ-18 off the coast of southern Vietnam. The three vessels conducted a series of drills while sailing to the ASEAN-U.S. maritime exercise area, said a Philippine navy spokesperson. The ships will form one of the exercise's combined task forces, operating under the command of a Philippine officer.

Australia—Air Combat Drills With Japan To Bolster Defense Ties The Australian | 09/06/2019 Australia and Japan are set to hold a new bilateral air exercise in response to China's militarization of the South China Sea, reports the Australian. Exercise Bushido Guardian will run from Sept. 11 to Oct. 8 on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, said Defense Minister Linda Reynolds. Australia is sending 150 airmen, seven F/A-18 Hornets, a KC-30A tanker, a C-17A Globemaster III transport and a C-130J Hercules cargo aircraft for the drills. The exercise would evaluate their interoperability and Australia's long-range deployment and sustainment capacities, said Air Vice Marshal Joe Iervasi, the Air Commander Australia. In August, Australia joined Japan and the U.S. in releasing a statement criticizing China's aggressive activities in the South China Sea.

Malaysia—Soldier Dies After Training Accident Bernama | 09/06/2019 A Malaysian commando has died after being shot during a live-fire demonstration at the Lok Kawi army camp in eastern Malaysia, reports Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency. On Wednesday, Maj. Mejar Mohd Zahir Armaya was shot during a live-fire demonstration during the launch of the 5th Infantry Division and 13th Infantry Brigade at the base. The drill, staged to celebrate the launch of the new units, involved a simulated confrontation between soldiers and militants. Mohd Zahir was playing the role of a criminal who fired on a soldier. The soldier returned fire, but hit Mohd Zahir in a spot unprotected by his bulletproof vest, reported Malaysia's Star newspaper. The commando was scheduled to deploy to Lebanon in the coming weeks as part of a U.N. peacekeeping force. An investigation into the incident has been opened, said Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu.

Afghanistan—Taliban Pushed Back After Assault On Farah City TOLONews | 09/06/2019 The Taliban has been pushed back after launching a complex attack against Farah in western Afghanistan, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan). On Thursday night, militants attacked the city from three sides, said a police spokesman. At least 30 Taliban fighters were killed, he said. Helicopters and U.S. assets bombarded Taliban positions in Farah, helping to push them into the outskirts of the city, the spokesman told Agence France-Presse. The insurgents set fire to an army recruitment center and attempted to take over a prison, reported Reuters. Clashes were reported in the areas of Bagh-e-Pul, Qala-e-Zaman, Chahar Bagh and Regi. Some areas have fallen to the Taliban, said provincial council members. An interior ministry spokesman told the Khaama Press (Afghanistan) that dozens of militants had been killed, including the group's shadow intelligence chief. This is the third Taliban attack on a provincial capital in the last week, following attacks in Kunduz and Baghlan provinces.

Iraq—Army Officers Face Corruption Charges Rudaw | 09/06/2019 The Iraqi Ministry of Defense has summoned several army officers and commanders to face charges of corruption, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan). The defense ministry announced the move on Thursday. Few details were released regarding the nature of the allegations and the identities of the personnel under investigation. The military said the suspects were of high rank, noted Kurdistan 24. Iraq ranked 168th of 180 countries in Transparency International's 2018 corruption index.

Ethiopia—2 Aid Workers Killed Near Refugee Camp Reuters | 09/06/2019 Two aid workers have been killed in an attack in the western Ethiopian region of Gambella, reports Reuters. The workers were returning from the Nguenyyiel refugee camp on Thursday when unknown gunmen ambushed their vehicle, according to a statement from Action Against Hunger. The non-governmental organization scaled back operations in the region following the attack. Gambella shares a porous border with South Sudan. The Nguenyyiel camp hosts about 74,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

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