Thursday, October 3, 2019



The List 5110 TGB
To All,

A bit of history and some tidbits

Regards,

Skip

Today in Naval History

October 2

1799 The Washington Navy Yard is established under the direction of Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert and supervision of Commodore Thomas Tingey.

1863 USS Bermuda seizes the blockade-running English schooner Florie near Matagorda, Texas, with a cargo of medicine, wine and saddles much needed by the Confederate cavalry.

1918 A squadron of 11 American submarine chasers screen British-French-Italian naval forces during the Second Battle of Durazzo, destroying mines and driving off an Austrian submarine trying to reach the fleet.

1939 The Act of Panama is approved by the ministers of the American Republics at Panama City, Panama. The act establishes a neutral zone 300 miles to seaward from the continental coastline that is patrolled by the U.S. Navy.

1943 A mine laid by USS Silversides (SS 236) four months earlier damages Imperial Japanese Navy minesweeper W 28 off Kavieng Bay, New Ireland, Bismarck.

1944 USS Pomfret (SS 391) attacks a Japanese convoy in Luzon Strait, sinking an army transport about 75 miles southeast of the southern tip of Formosa.

1952 USS Marsh (DE 699) and HMCS Iroquois (DDE 217) undergo fire by shore batteries in the vicinity of Songin, South Korea. Marsh escapes without damage but Iroquois receives one direct hit and one airburst, killing three men and wounding 10. Both ships replied with counter-battery fire, silencing the enemy shore batteries.



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Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Multiple outlets report that a Hong Kong protester was shot by police as demonstrations devolved into violence on the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule of China.

• The New York Times reports that North Korea launched a ballistic missile near Japan hours after announcing the resumption of talks with the United States.

• U.S. Naval Forces Europe commander Adm. James Foggo told USNI News that he needs more ships in Europe to counter growing Russian threats.

• Stars and Stripes reports first LCS launch of a naval strike missile in Indo-Pacific.



Today in History



October 2


1263


At Largs, King Alexander III of Scotland repels an amphibious invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.


1535


Having landed in Quebec a month ago, Jacques Cartier reaches a town, which he names Montreal.


1862


An Army under Union General Joseph Hooker arrives in Bridgeport, Alabama to support the Union forces at Chattanooga. Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain provides a dramatic setting for the Civil War's battle above the clouds.


1870


The papal states vote in favor of union with Italy. The capital is moved from Florence to Rome.


1871


Morman leader Brigham Young, 70, is arrested for polygamy. He was later convicted, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction.


1879


A dual alliance is formed between Austria and Germany, in which the two countries agree to come to the other's aid in the event of aggression.


1909


Orville Wright sets an altitude record, flying at 1,600 feet. This exceeded Hubert Latham's previous record of 508 feet.


1931


Aerial circus star Clyde Pangborn and playboy Hugh Herndon, Jr. set off to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Misawa City, Japan.


1941


The German army launches Operation Typhoon, the drive towards Moscow.


1950


The comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schultz, makes its first appearance in newspapers.


1959


The groundbreaking TV series The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, premiers on CBS.


1964


Scientists announce findings that smoking can cause cancer.


1967


Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, is sworn in. Marshall had previously been the solicitor general, the head of the legal staff of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and a leading American civil rights lawyer.


1970


A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, staff, and supporters crashes in Colorado; 31 of the 40 people aboard die.


1980


Congressional Representative Mike Myers is expelled from the US House for taking a bribe in the Abscam scandal, the first member to be expelled since 1861.


1990


Flight 8301 of China's Xiamen Airlines is hijacked and crashed into Baiyun International Airport, hitting two other aircraft and killing 128 people.


2001


NATO backs US military strikes in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.




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This Week in American Military History:



Oct. 7, 1777: Continental forces under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates decisively defeat British forces under Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny"

Burgoyne in the Second Battle of Saratoga (also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights).

According to the National Parks Service, “This crucial American victory renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world.” But the war is far from over.



Oct. 7, 1780: Three years to the day after Second Saratoga, patriot militia forces armed with rifles, knives, and tomahawks decisively defeat musket-armed Loyalist militia under the command of British Army Maj. Patrick Ferguson (who will be killed in the fighting) in the bloody Battle of King’s Mountain on the N.C.-S.C. border. Among the patriots is John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett.

Oct. 7, 1918: Nearly two weeks into the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I, the U.S. Army’s 82nd Division (destined to become the famed 82nd Airborne Division) battles its way toward -- and successfully relieves -- the now famous “Lost Battalion” (combined elements of three battalions of the 77th Infantry Division, which had been surrounded during a German counterattack). For days without blankets and overcoats, always running short of ammunition and medical supplies (the wounded often patched up with bloody bandages removed from the dead), and with little food and nearly no water; the “Lost Battalion” -- under the command of Maj. (future lieutenant colonel) Charles S. Whittlesey -- had refused to surrender. Responding to a German surrender-demand, Whittlesey allegedly replied, “Go to hell!” Some reports suggest he said, “Come and get us.” Whittlesey and two of his officers -- Captains George McMurtry and Nelson Holderman -- will receive the Medal of Honor.



Oct. 7, 2001: Post 9/11 America goes on the offensive against terrorists when U.S. and allied forces launch a massive retaliatory air and naval strike against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network in Afghanistan.

Oct. 8, 1918: The day following the relief of the “Lost Battalion,”

Private First Class (future U.S. Army sergeant and future colonel in the Tennessee State Guard) Alvin C. York captures “the whole damned German Army.” In the action for which he will receive both the Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre, York leads a seven-man team of doughboys against a strong enemy position. The team kills at least 25 Germans and captures four officers, 128 soldiers, and over 30 machineguns. York, an expert rifleman from the Tennessee backcountry (yes, the home of John and son, Davy, Crockett), will later describe the action as something akin to a Tennessee turkey shoot: “Every time one of them raised his head, I just teched him off,” he said. French Marshall Ferdinand Foch will tell York, “What you did was the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all the armies of Europe.”



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Thanks to Mugs

Impeachment Process

Most on this list know in general about the impeachment process, but this is a good executive summary. Also a good thing to forward to those who don't have a clue.

Mugs



For those that don’t know how the impeachment process works, see link below. The current attempt is just show boating for the Dems, as nothing is going to become of it. Hopefully the Repubs will take advantage of this to publicize how the past administration did some of the same if not worse.



https://www.heritage.org/political-process/commentary/how-the-impeachment-process-works?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0dVMFpHSXhaRFptWVRCbCIsInQiOiJJSVNaWEd4N2pGT2NjeDVRdUoxWTVxV2I0T2lodnpyS2xvNEh0ckxIa2N0eFppMlZTZE1HRE1HeE1pejFZN3VVRG1ZK2VRUUJpaTliNVhBaTFrbTFhXC9yYUF1Vm5nQjBhWCtjRDVFSWpNR09jK1U5Wks5eEdkUEJReHUxUlA2RTEifQ%3D%3D



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From the List archives



With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/



Misty Vietnam Fast FACs – Unofficial History

October 3, 2017 Mighty Thunder

Misty Vietnam – Unofficial History



Historians have a hard time defining the exact dates of the war in Vietnam. When the Vietnamese defeated the French at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, Americans began to fill the western power vacuum in an effort to keep Southeast Asia from falling to the Communists. When President Kennedy was elected, he sent advisors; then, sent more advisors, and the U.S. became officially “involved”. 1964 saw the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident, when, according to President Lyndon Johnson, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked an American ship. Congress passed the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,” and the President committed U.S. troops.

“Misty” was the radio callsign used by the F-100F Fast Forward Air Controllers (Fast FACs) during the Vietnam War. There were 157 pilots officially assigned to fly missions over North Vietnam from 15 June 1967 – 19 May 1970. 21 other attached pilots flew occasional missions. There were also Intelligence Officers, Flight Surgeons, and Maintenance Officers assigned. It was a small, tight-knit group of special people given a difficult task in a terrible war. Of the 157 Mistys, 34 were shot down (22%). Eight others were shot down when not flying with Misty (total 28%). Two Mistys were shot down twice. There were seven KIA, four POWs, and [as of Jan ’10] 42 are now deceased. There was also one Medal of Honor winner, two Air Force Chiefs of Staff, six general officers, a winner of the Collier Trophy, the Louis Bleriot Medal, the Presidential Citizen’s Medal of Honor, and the first man to fly non-stop, un-refueled around the world. By any measure this was an unusual group of men

Mighty Thunder is proud to provide RTR readers with the link below for the full story on the Misty Fast Forward Air Controllers and their dangerous mission in North Vietnam, 1967 to 1970.

Misty Vietnam – Unofficial History - http://mistyvietnam.com/

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Bug Roach

Today is the 28th anniversary of loss of great fighter pilot and superb LSO. Hear his voice below and read his words. I heard that voice many times and it was always a comfort to know that “Bug” was on the platform with the pickle in his hand.

Subject:: A-6 Barrier landing (left main gear up.)

Here is a great video. A terrific job by the Landing Signal Officer. Watch/listen to the video first then read "the rest of the story". A great Naval Aviator that most carrier jocks knew in the ‘70’s-‘80’s.

NOTICE THE LIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE FRAMES MOVING UP/DOWN. IT IS THE ONSTATION PLANE GUARD (DESTROYER) IN THE WAKE OF THE CARRIER, the movement reflecting HOW MUCH THE FLIGHT DECK WAS MOVING .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRURB7FdsII&feature=player_embedded#!



The Landing Signal Officer referred to and handling this recovery was "Bug" Roach.

CDR Roach was born in Monterey, Calif. and received his Naval Aviator wings in 1966. He served as an F-8 Crusader pilot and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) during the Vietnam War, making combat cruises with three different air wings on three different 27C class carriers. In 1990 the Navy League sponsored an award to recognize professional LSO performance, on the LSO platform. Based on his unsurpassed expertise on the LSO platform, the Navy League felt very strongly that they wanted to name the award the "CDR John "Bug" Roach Paddles Award", while CDR Roach was still on active duty. At the 1990 Tailhook Convention, where the first award was presented, the following facts were supplied about CDR Roach's LSO career:
He made four separate CAG LSO tours. In addition he was recalled on two other occasions as a ready alert CAG LSO due to his expertise. During his tenure as a CAG LSO he waved without mishap:

ten barricade arrestments

twenty single engine approaches

five aircraft missing main landing gear

two A-4 aircraft with major battle damage

the first ever S-3 with an unlocked wing

a night, hand-held radio (PRC-90), talkdown of six aircraft with no meatball and with the flight deck illuminated by the headlights of flight deck tractors, following a total engineering casualty on the ship.

Subsequent to these accomplishments, when events began heating up in the Middle East in 1990, CDR Roach volunteered his services as CAG LSO yet again and deployed with CVW-2 to the war zone. It was on this cruise that he made his 1,000th arrested landing. In more than 25 years of Naval service, CDR Roach never had a non-flying tour. On 2 October 1991 while on an adversary flight in an A-4E off the coast of Southern California, CDR Roach was killed when his aircraft lost power and he was unable to successfully eject from the stricken aircraft. Note Bug's prayer below.

Prayer written by
CDR John "Bug" Roach
1944-1991

Lord, we are the nation! We celebrate our birthday on July 4th, 1776, with the Declaration of Independence as our birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in our veins because we offer freedom and liberty to all whom are oppressed. We are many things and many people. We are the nation.
We sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific, to Alaska and Hawaii. three million square miles throbbing with industry and with life. We are the forest, field, mountain and desert. We are the wheat fields of Kansas, the granite hills of Vermont, and the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. We are the Brooklyn Bridge, we are the grain elevators in the farm belt, we are the Golden Gate. We are the nation.
We are 213 million living souls, and yet we are the ghosts of millions who have lived and died for us. We are Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. We are Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry. We are Lee, Grant, Abe Lincoln and George Bush. We are the famous and the unknown. We are presidents, we are paupers. We are the nation.
We stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. We remember the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, Inchon and the Persian Gulf. When freedom calls, we answer. We left our heroic dead at Belleau Wood, on the rock of Corregidor, on the bleak slopes of Korea, in the steaming jungles of Vietnam and under the rubble of Beirut. We are the nation.
We are schools and colleges, churches and synagogues. We are a ballot dropped in a box, the harmonious voice of a choir in a cathedral, the crack of a bat and the roar of a crowd in a stadium. We are craftsmen, teachers, businessmen, and judges. We are laborers and nurses. We are parents and we are children. We are soldiers, sailors and airmen. We are peaceful villages, small towns and cities that never sleep. Yes, we are the nation, and these are the things that we are.
We were conceived in freedom, and dear God, if you are willing, in freedom we will spend the rest of our days. May we always be thankful for the blessings you have bestowed upon us. May we be humble to the less fortunate and assist those in need. May we never forget the continuing cost of freedom. May we always remember that if we are to remain the land of the free, we must continue always to be the home of the brave. May our wishbone never be found where our backbone should be. May we possess always, the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep ourselves unshackled, to remain always a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.
We are the nation.....this is our wish...this is our hope and this is our prayer...Amen
Commander
John "Bug" Roach
United States Navy
1944-1991



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Thanks to NHHC Read about the Aircraft carriers in the great Lakes During WWII
Compiled by Brent Hunt, Naval History and Heritage Command’s Communication and Outreach Division
Welcome to Navy History Matters—our weekly compilation of articles, commentaries, and blogs related to history and heritage. Every week we’ll gather the top-interest items from a variety of media and social media sources and then link you to related content at NHHC’s website (history.navy.mil), your authoritative source for Navy history.





Legacy in the Lake
 

Between 1942 and 1945, 128 Navy airplanes were lost in Lake Michigan during training exercises. Read a a blog post about the amazing recovery of these historic aircraft.


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Daily News from Military Periscope for 2 October





USA—Pentagon Awards $2.2 Billion Contract For F-35 Engines Dept. Of Defense | 10/02/2019 The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., a contract modification for F-35 engines, reports the Dept. of Defense. The $2.2 billion modification covers 112 F-135-PW-100 engines for the Air Force; 25 F-135-PW-100 engines for the Navy; and 46 F-135-PW-600 engines for the Marine Corps. The modification also definitized a contract for long lead components for 129 F135-PW-100 and 19 F135-PW-600 engines for unspecified non-U.S. Dept. of Defense and Foreign Military Sales customers. The foreign customers were not named. The F135-PW-100 engine is used by the F-35A conventional and F-35C carrier variants, while the F135-PW-600 powers the F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) version. The modification combined purchases for the Air Force ($878 million, 40 percent); Marine Corps ($619 million, 28 percent); Navy ($179 million, 8 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($420 million, 19 percent); and FMS customers ($99 million, 5 percent). Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in February 2023.



USA—George Washington Carrier Back In Water As Refit Continues Huntington Ingalls Industries | 10/02/2019 The aircraft carrier George Washington has been floated out after completing the dry dock portion of her refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industry’s Newport News, Va., shipyard, reports the shipbuilder. The Nimitz-class carrier was recently refloated and moved to an outfitting berth, the company said on Monday. Sixty percent of the RCOH work has now been completed. Work has shifted to final outfitting and testing, including installation and testing of the ship’s major components and electronics and work on living areas. The dry dock work included the defueling and refueling of the carrier’s nuclear powerplant; preservation and replacement of tanks, valves, pumps and piping components; major upgrades to the island, mast and antenna tower; modernization of aircraft launch and recovery equipment; upgrading of propeller shafts; and installation of refurbished propellers. The RCOH is on track to be completed by late 2021.



Norway—Kongsberg Unveils Vanguard Affordable Warship Design Kongsberg Gruppen | 10/02/2019 Kongsberg has formally revealed a new multirole naval warship design that makes use of civilian technology to reduce costs. The company unveiled the Vanguard concept during a ceremony in Oslo on Sept. 26. The design is intended to be highly adaptable, using interchangeable mission modules, an open architecture and uncrewed vehicles to quickly change roles. Design work was led by Norwegian maritime consultancy Salt Ship Design, noted Defense News. Salt Ship officials said that conceptual work was basically finished and initial design work had begun. Possible missions include search-and-rescue; harbor and assets protection; subsea survey; exercising authority and sovereignty; anti-access/area-denial; anti-submarine warfare; and mine clearance, detection and disposal. The design makes use of civilian and commercial ship design to significantly reduce costs compared to dedicated military designs. In addition to being inexpensive to build, the Vanguard requires crews as small as 16-20 and has fuel-efficient engines for further cost savings.



Ukraine—Purchase Of 150 Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles Approved By U.S. Reuters | 10/02/2019 The U.S. government has approved the sale of 150 additional Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, reports Reuters. Congressional leaders authorized the US$39 million sale within the last week, after the State Dept. gave its approval, reported Bloomberg News. The acquisition is funded by the Ukrainian government and separate from the US$250 million of military aid that the Trump administration attempted to block in July. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv first announced the possible sale on July 7. In March 2018, the U.S. sold Ukraine 210 Javelin missiles and 37 launchers for US$47 million.



Russia—1st Novorossiysk-Class Sub For Pacific Fleet Begins State Testing Tass | 10/02/2019 The latest Novorossiysk-class submarine for the Russian navy has entered state trials, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). On Wednesday, the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky sailed to the Gulf of Finland for the first stage of testing, a defense industry source said. The Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg previously indicated that it planned to deliver the boat by the end of the year. The sub is the first of six in its class that will be assigned to the Pacific Fleet. Six previous boats were constructed from 2010 to 2016 for the Black Sea Fleet. The keel for the boat was laid in July 2017. It was launched in March. The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky displaces 4,000 metric tons fully submerged and has a top speed of 20 knots and an endurance of 45 days.



China—Protester Shot Amid Escalating Violence In Hong Kong South China Morning Post | 10/02/2019 Hong Kong police shot a teenage protester during one of the most violent days in the city since demonstrations began earlier in the summer, reports the South China Morning Post. The incident on Tuesday was the first case of police using live ammunition against a protester. Previously, only warning shots with live rounds or rubber bullets had been used, noted BBC News. A video posted by protesters appeared to show a group throwing objects at riot police, one of whom drew his gun and fired, hitting a protester, reported USA Today. An 18-year old man was shot in the left side of his chest, narrowly missing his heart and lung, reported the Los Angeles Times. The officer felt his “life was under serious threat” when he fired, police officials said. The student remained in the hospital in critical condition on Tuesday night. On Tuesday, tens of thousands of protesters defied a police ban on the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Violent demonstrators attacked police in several parts of the city with bricks, Molotov cocktails, acid bombs and sticks. Sixty-six people were injured and 180 arrested in the clashes.



North Korea—SLBM test-Fired From Sea Of Japan Yonhap | 10/02/2019 North Korea has test-launched a suspected submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the Sea of Japan, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Wednesday, the missile, believed to be of the Pukguksong type, was fired from North Korea's east coast near Wonsan, said the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The weapon flew about 280 miles (450 km) at a maximum altitude of 565 miles (910 km), indicating that it was launched at a high angle, the JCS said. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the missile split into pieces after launch, within one reaching Tokyo's exclusive economic zone off Shimane prefecture, reported CNN. No damage was reported. Early analysis suggested that the missile was a medium-range version of the Pukguksong SLBM. The test appeared to indicate that the weapon is in the final stages of development, said a local analyst. The U.S. assessed that the missile was launched from an underwater platform rather than a submarine. If confirmed, this would Pyongyang's first test-firing of a submarine-launched weapon in three years, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar). This is also the first time in 2019 that North Korea has launched a longer-range missile. Ten previous tests involved short-range weapons. The move came a day after Pyongyang announced the resumption of nuclear talks with the U.S. and South Korea's formal introduction of advanced F-35A stealth fighters into service.



Japan—Relocation Plans For U.S. Base On Okinawa Hits Another Snag Asahi Shimbun | 10/02/2019 Plans to move the U.S. military base in Okinawa have been pushed back after part of the area to be reclaimed for the new facility was found to be too soft, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo). Japan is reclaiming land in Oura Bay, off the Henoko district, but an assessment have found that some 160 acres (65 hectares) of seabed in the reclamation area is extremely soft. The seabed is soft to depths of up to 295 feet (90 m). Contractors previously reinforced ground at depths of only 230 ft (70 m). Tokyo needs approval of the local government to amend the existing construction plans, which will likely delay the process, reported the South China Morning Post. The local government, which opposes the plans, has estimated that the cost of the project could rise from 350 billion yen (US$3.2 billion) to 2.55 trillion yen (US$23.61 billion). Work to reinforce the soft seabed could take up to three years and eight months to complete, according to an analysis by a private firm hired by Tokyo. The entire project could take up to 11 years and eight months to finish. Officials from Tokyo are expected to present a new schedule in November and updated cost projection by the end of December, both of which are expected to be more optimistic than local predictions.



Australia—F-35, Sub Programs Boost Australia To 2nd Largest Global Defense Equipment Importer Australian Broadcasting Corporation | 10/02/2019 Australia rose to become the second largest importer of weapons globally last year, according to the latest accounting by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), as cited by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Only Saudi Arabia imports a greater amount of military equipment. Australia moved from fourth on the list in 2017 to second in 2018 primarily on the back of purchases of the F-35 stealth fighter and the project with France to build new submarines. At the same time, Australia’s arms exports declined in relative terms, falling from 18th to 25th in terms of the world’s military exporters. The relative fall in exports comes despite an effort by Canberra to make Australia one of the top 10 global arms exporters. The plan included a new loan scheme to support the sale of military equipment overseas.



India—Integrated Battle Groups In Arunachal Pradesh State Test Mountain Warfare Capabilities Times Of India | 10/02/2019 The Indian military has kicked off a large-scale mountain warfare exercise in the northeast Arunachal Pradesh state, reports the Times of India (Bombay). The month-long Him Vijay drills began on Tuesday, said military sources. Three integrated battle groups, each with about 5,000 troops supported by tanks, light artillery, air defense, signals and other units, are taking part in the training. The air force is providing C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Super Hercules and An-32 transports and helicopters for the maneuvers. The training is designed to mold the 17th Corps into a lean force capable of rapid attacks in dynamic operational scenarios and creating vulnerabilities for hostile forces in the mountainous terrain. This is the first large-scale exercise since India began forming the integrated battle groups (IBG) in August.



Pakistan—Taliban Delegation In Islamabad To Discuss Peace Process Reuters | 10/02/2019 A delegation of Taliban members is visiting officials in Islamabad amid stalled talks with the U.S., reports Reuters. A Taliban spokesman said the group, led by Taliban founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, would arrive in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday to discuss "important issues." The talks would focus on the factors that led to the last-minute collapse of a deal with the U.S. last month, said a Taliban source. Pakistani officials did not confirm the meeting. The talks follow similar visits to China, Iran and Russia. U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in the city on Tuesday to discuss Afghan peace talks with Pakistani officials. Diplomatic sources suggested that Islamabad was seeking to arrange a face-to-face meeting between Mullah Baradar and Khalilzad in Doha, Qatar, where the two sides have previously met. U.S. and Taliban officials said they were close to a deal last month when the U.S. unilaterally withdrew following a Taliban attack that killed a U.S. servicemember.



Iran—Khamenei Threatens To Further Reduce Adherence To Nuclear Deal Times of Israel | 10/02/2019 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has threatened to further violate the 2015 nuclear deal if Iran does not obtain economic relief from sanctions, reports the Times of Israel. Tehran will continue to abandon portions of the accord until it achieves the "desired results," Khamenei said in a statement on social media on Wednesday. Iran has selectively reduced its commitment to certain obligations under the agreement since May, including increasing its stockpiles of enriched uranium and installing advanced centrifuges. The move began a year after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal. Tehran says the moves are in protest of a lack of economic relief from the European signatories to the accord. Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran supports a European plan for broad talks aimed at reviving the deal and reducing tensions with the U.S. President Trump and Rouhani had agreed to a French plan to hold talks on the plan during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly last in New York, reported Politico. Rouhani backed out of the plans at the last minute, citing distrust of the U.S.



Libya—Hafter's Forces Again Hit Mitiga Airport Libyan Express | 10/02/2019 Another round of airstrikes from forces supporting Khalifa Haftar have targeted the Mitiga airport in Tripoli, reports the Libyan Express. On Tuesday, warplanes struck the facility, said the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), which is opposed by Haftar, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency. The attack set fire to the remnants of the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority inside the airport, said unnamed sources. The GNA could not identify to what country the aircraft belonged. The United Arab Emirates, which backs Haftar, was suspected. The strikes caused material damage to the airport and to a neighboring factory. There were no reports of casualties. Flights are usually redirected to Misrata International Airport when Mitiga, the only functioning airport in the capital, is closed. Mitiga has been frequently shut down due to attacks. About 1,000 people have been killed since Haftar launched his bid to oust the GNA from the capital in April.



Chad—More U.S.-Supplied Equipment Arrives To Boost Fight Against Islamist Militants Defence Web | 10/02/2019 Chad has accepted another batch of military vehicles and other equipment donated by the U.S., reports Defence Web (South Africa). The U.S. handed over 80 Toyota Land Cruisers, communications gear and other related support material valued at US$15 million on Sept. 30, reported the U.S. Embassy in Chad. The U.S. has been providing gear to the Chadian military to support its contingent with the regional G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist militants. In July, Washington delivered 16 trucks, 900 medical kits and a newly built warehouse. In November 2018, the U.S. donated six boats, six pickup trucks and other gear to improve security on Lake Chad.



Kenya—Police Kill 3 Terror Suspects In Mombasa Op Capital FM (Nairobi) | 10/02/2019 Kenyan anti-terrorism police have killed three terror suspects in the Likoni division of Mombasa, reports Capital FM (Nairobi). The suspects were shot and killed at dawn on Tuesday, police officials said. They were reportedly planning attacks and had begun mapping potential targets, reported the Kenya Broadcasting Corp. Seven others were arrested. Officers also recovered AK-47 ammunition, several loaded pistol magazines, police and military uniforms, knives, a grenade and religious books. Members of the public had provided information that led to the raid, police officials said. In a separate raid in the Majengo division of Mombasa, Fawaz Ahmed Hamdun, an Al-Shabaab operative, was arrested by Kenyan security agencies, reported the Daily Nation (Kenya). Hamdun is believed to have facilitated the entry of the suicide bomber from Somalia who conducted the DusitD2 attack in Nairobi in January. 
 
 
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