Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This Day in Naval History September 25 2012

From: Skip Leonard
Subject: The List 3204
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10:42 AM

To All,
I hope your week is starting well.

This Day in Naval History September 25
1941 - In first successful U.S. Navy escort of convoys during World War II,
Navy escort turn over HX-150 to British escorts at the Mid-Ocean Meeting
Point. All ships reach port safely.
1957 - In project Stratoscope, Office of Naval Research obtains sharp
photographs of sun's corona from first balloon-borne telescope camera.


Slain Marine commander's actions in Afghanistan called heroic

By Ernesto LondoƱo, Published: September 22
Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible was heading home to video-chat with his wife after dinner when the first blasts rang out. The pops in the distance on Sept. 14 at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan were harbingers of the most audacious Taliban attack on a major NATO base in the decade-long war.
Like most folks in the sprawling remote desert camp, Raible, 40, a Marine fighter pilot, faced two choices: seek cover or run toward the sound of gunfire.
"The difference between me and some people is that when they hear gunfire, they run. When I hear gunfire, I run to it," the squadron commander had often told his Marines, half in jest, recalled Maj. Greer Chambless, who was with Raible on the night of the attack.
That evening, Raible did just that. Armed only with a handgun, he embarked on a course that cost him his life and probably averted even more devastating losses, witnesses and comrades said.
At least 15 heavily armed insurgents dressed in U.S. Army uniforms snuck inside the British-run airfield and incinerated six U.S. fighter jets, each worth about $25 million. The attack offered a sobering glimpse of the capabilities of the Taliban in Helmand province, one of the key targets of the American troop surge that ended this past week. It resulted in a staggering loss of military materiel and served as a reminder of the challenges of winding down the war by the end of 2014.
By daybreak the next morning, as smoke stopped billowing from the airfield and weary commanders gave the all-clear to U.S. Marines and British Special Forces troops who spent the night defending the camp, it wasn't the threats raised by the infiltration on the minds of many people on the base. Rather, they were primarily struck by the actions of a tough and widely admired commander who returned home in a coffin.
This account of the attack on Camp Bastion and the response is drawn from interviews with four witnesses and a summary of the preliminary investigation by the Marine Corps.
The assailants, assembled into three teams of five fighters, cut a hole in the fence on the eastern end of the airfield at approximately 10:15 p.m. Wearing suicide vests and armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, they moved toward hangars where AV-8B Harrier jets were parked and began to open fire.
"We saw a rocket shoot into the sky," said Lance Cpl. Danielle Ritter, 21, a combat logistics Marine who was unloading cargo from a truck when the assault began. "At first I thought it was a flare. Then we heard small-arms fire."
In the distance, she saw the silhouettes of the gunmen.
"I didn't realize who they were until another rocket lit up the sky," she said, speaking on the phone from Afghanistan. "We just saw the sky light up and rockets go across the sky."
The insurgents destroyed six Harriers, the type of aircraft Raible flew to provide backup for Marines on the ground, and significantly damaged two others. Three fueling stations were also lit up.
About a mile away, Raible had just finished dinner with Chambless, one of his deputies. It had been a long but unremarkable day for the squadron commander. Hours earlier, Raible had flown with one of his officers, Capt. Kevin Smalley, 29. After landing, he went into the office to discuss the mission and take care of paperwork. Shortly after 10 p.m., as he did most nights, Raible headed to his living quarters to call his wife and three children in Yuma, Ariz.
"He spent a lot of time on the phone, as much as he could spare calling his wife and kids," Smalley said. "One of his favorite parts of the day was being able to talk to them and see their faces."
When it became clear Bastion was under attack, Raible threw on body armor and jumped in a vehicle with Chambless. Because his rifle was not nearby, the commander charged into the combat zone armed only with a handgun. The two men exchanged nary a word during the short drive as they scanned the landscape for insurgents. When they got to the flight line, Raible dashed into a maintenance room and began barking out orders to the Marines who would soon push the assailants back.
Backed by a handful of men, he ran toward another building to check whether the troops there were safe. Along the way, Raible and his men were attacked. He and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind., died of wounds from an explosion, said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a military spokesman. Chambless was devastated but not particularly surprised.
"It was very fitting that he was killed leading his men from the front," the major said.
The men Raible led out of the maintenance building fought back, pushing one team of five assailants into a remote area of the airfield, where they were killed in an airstrike.
A Taliban statement said the intended purpose of the raid was to catch the foreign troops by surprise and attack them in bed.
Upton said Raible and his men helped prevent what could have been catastrophic losses. Nine of the remaining assailants were killed in the following hours, and one was wounded.
"The feeling is that because of the aggressive counter we were able to contain them," Upton said.
The week since the attack has been rough for the squadron's Marines at Bastion as they have come to terms with the loss of their leader and most of the aircraft in the fleet.
"It's been a busy week picking up the pieces," said Smalley, the captain. "We're focusing back on the mission at hand, getting Marines refocused on the fight. We have already resumed combat operations. We're going to show the Taliban their little attack is not going to stop us."


America is addicted

By Dr. Keith Ablow
Published September 21, 2012
| FoxNews.com
A new study, called "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012" predicts that at least half of Americans in 39 states will be obese—about 30 pounds overweight—by 2030. This will fuel millions more cases of diabetes, heart disease and stroke and could bring our already overburdened health care system to its knees. Estimates are that caring for the medical consequences of obesity will run between $147 billion and $210 billion a year.
But our problem is not just that fast food tastes good or that sodas come in big cups. Our problem is that Americans are addicted to many, many drugs—and food is one of the most available drugs around. It's a big way (pun intended) that people avoid confronting emotional pain they need to confront. Rolls of fat bury the realities of life—literally. Lipid molecules, after all, can actually exert an antidepressant effect on synaptic transmission in the central nervous system, not unlike Prozac.
F may be for Fat, but our real trouble is D, for Denial. Americans are flocking to anything that will help them deny the fact that we face enemies around the world, intent on our destruction, that our economy is at the edge of a cliff and that our own president has contempt for our true national character (which puts us in quite a bit of peril).
Some of the drugs we are using, in addition to fatty foods and sodas and candy, are called "entitlements"—ways of the government feeding people money and telling them they need not work, in order to make them feel better about the fact that the government has actually let them down by throttling free enterprise, for which we can substitute free will and autonomy (those pesky things that make people really anxious and depressed when left to wither from disuse).
People eat to bury their feelings when they are being made to feel powerless—like pudgy babies.
And people don't just eat, they also smoke dope (and pop the opiate pain killers oxycodone and Oxycontin, in quantities never known before), which seems to be another menu item the government is all too ready to serve up to folks, by decriminalizing marijuana.
It might be that marijuana isn't the scourge of the earth, and that jailing people for using it is rather foolish, but it does seem interesting that at a time when independence and self-reliance is not prized by many of our elected officials that more and more young people are getting obliterated on pot every single day and states like California have more than 1,000 dispensaries for marijuana.
It's also no accident that at a time when Americans are really, really big into Denial with a capital "D" that they have flocked to Facebook, creating versions of themselves in cyberspace that often bear almost no resemblance to their real trials and tribulations and which encourage them to call people their "friends" whom they barely know, if at all. And it's no accident that the IPO of Facebook was a big hot air balloon pumped full of fiction, kinda like a big fat joint and a nice, long gulp of fizzy soda. And it's no accident that the Federal Reserve has rolled out QE3—play money printed up like a publisher would print up paperbacks of a pulp fiction novel, to distract housewives whose lives have gone to hell. And it's no accident that killing third trimester infants is candy-coated as folks having a "choice."
Yup, our nation's getting high, not just obese. Food is just one handy drug, among many. And all the while the Iranians, who generally seem pretty slim and aren't known for drinking much, and don't care a whole lot about Kim Kardashian or Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan, are building a nuclear bomb. And all the while the Egyptians, who don't seem to have much interest in defending American interests, are coalescing around the Muslim Brotherhood.
Reality, in the end, will not be denied. God is funny that way. He keeps a good ledger. Ask anyone who has ever detoxed what it is like to pay back pain that has been buried and has accrued interest. Ask mothers who aborted their third-trimester infants whether they are haunted. Ask people who took 99 weeks of unemployment how easy it is to get back on their feet and get moving, again. And, yup, ask anyone trying to lose 30 pounds whether the weight comes off easy.
Interesting summary of the current Mid East situation
With the Middle East now more hostile to U.S. interests than ever, the "Arab Spring" has become a major political liability for the president. Try as he may, he can't distance himself from it.
Betraying his frustration with Cairo's Muslim Brotherhood, which egged on U.S. embassy rioters, President Obama said, "I don't think we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy."
But in a May 2011 speech at the State Department, Obama essentially took credit for Islamists' rise to power as part of his broader Mideast strategy to help free them from the "repression" of despots, while ending their "suspicion" and "mistrust" of America from the war on terror.
"That's why, two years ago in Cairo," the president expounded, "I began our engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect."
The main beneficiary of his "engagement" was the radical Muslim Brotherhood, which has called for jihad against America and the destruction of Israel. The main loser was steady U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.
The following timeline reveals how Obama sided, tragically, with the enemy from day one:
2009: Obama travels to Cairo to deliver apologetic speech to Muslims, and infuriates the Mubarak regime by inviting banned Brotherhood leaders to attend. Obama deliberately snubs Mubarak, who was neither present nor mentioned.
He also snubs Israel during the Mideast trip (and still hasn't stepped foot inside the borders of America's closest Mideast ally).
2009: In the speech, Obama blames Mideast hostility toward Israel and the West on "colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims." He also vows to withdraw U.S. troops from Muslim lands and push for creation of a Palestinian state, proclaiming:
"The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. ... It is time for the settlements to stop." Music to the ears of the anti-Semitic Brothers, who applaud wildly.
2009: Obama appoints a Brotherhood-tied Islamist — Rashad Hussain — as U.S. envoy to the Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, which works closely with the Brotherhood.
2010: Hussain immediately travels to Egypt to meet with the Brotherhood's grand mufti, and is followed by Obama, who makes another trip to Egypt.
2010: Secretary of State Clinton lifts visa ban on Egyptian-born grandson of Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. Tariq Ramadan, a suspected terrorist on the U.S. watchlist, is warmly received in Washington.
(Clinton's closest adviser, Huma Mahmood Abedin, happens to have extensive Brotherhood ties in the region.)
2011: The White House fails to back Mubarak in a coup organized by the Brotherhood.
2011: The White House sends intelligence czar James Clapper to Capitol Hill to whitewash the Brotherhood's extremism. Clapper testifies the group is a moderate, "largely secular" organization.
2011: Clinton sends her special coordinator for Middle East transitions, William Taylor, to Cairo to give Brotherhood leaders special training to prepare for the post-Mubarak elections.
2011: In a shocking first, the State Department formalizes ties with Egypt's once-outlawed, terror-tied Brotherhood, letting diplomats deal directly with Brotherhood party officials in Cairo.
April 2012: The administration quietly releases $1.5 billion in military aid to the new Egyptian regime and vows to secure additional billions from the IMF and World Bank. It also taps the Overseas Private Investment Corp., a U.S. agency, to underwrite $2 billion in private investment in Egypt and other Arab Spring states. More, it forgives up to $1 billion in Egyptian debt.
June 2012: Clinton grants visa to banned Egyptian terrorist who joins a delegation of Brotherhood officials from Egypt to meet with Obama's deputy national security adviser to demand the release of the Egyptian Blind Sheik terrorist imprisoned for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
July 2012: Pledging "a new partnership," Obama invites Egyptian President and Brotherhood hardliner Mohammed Morsi to visit the White House in September. Morsi is expected to demand Obama free the Blind Sheik, who happens to be a key Brotherhood leader, as well as the hero to the lead 9/11 hijacker and the current al-Qaida kingpin, both Egyptians themselves.
Shockingly, the administration has issued nondenial denials when asked if it has negotiated the release of a convicted terrorist rivaling Osama bin Laden in importance and reverence among al-Qaida followers.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., is investigating what could be the biggest scandal of Obama's presidency. He says federal agents recently approached his staff to complain that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are actually considering Morsi's request to free the Blind Sheik, as Omar Abdel Rahman is known, from a maximum security federal prison in North Carolina.
King says he has no doubt a deal is in the works. Former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy, who actually prosecuted the sheik nearly two decades ago in New York City, believes Obama has secretly signed off on the deal to appease the Brotherhood, and is waiting until after the election to announce it.
"I think the plan has been to agree to the Blind Sheik's release, but not to announce it or have it become public until after the election," said McCarthy, author of the new book, "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy." "That is consistent with Obama's pattern of trying to mollify Islamists."
The Brotherhood's sudden rise to power in Egypt and Tunisia — and soon, in a possible domino effect, Yemen and even Syria and Jordan — didn't happen organically. It was orchestrated by a U.S. president sympathetic to its interests over those of Israel and his own country.


Item Number:1 Date: 09/25/2012 AFGHANISTAN - CHINESE SECURITY OFFICIAL VISITS KABUL, PROMISES ASSISTANCE (SEP 25/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- China's top security official has promised assistance to Afghanistan after an unannounced visit to the capital, reports Bloomberg News.   Zhou Yongkang, one of the nine members in the Standing Committee of the Politburo, met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday in Kabul.   Zhou, who heads China's police and judicial systems, said Beijing "will actively participate in Afghanistan's reconstruction," Xinhua reported.   The visit wasn't made public in advance because of security concerns, said officials.   Zhou signed an agreement promising to "train, fund and equip Afghan police," reported Reuters.   This was the first official trip to Afghanistan by a Chinese official since 1966, when then-President Liu Shaoqi visited.
Item Number:2 Date: 09/25/2012 CANADA - U.K. TO SHARE SOME EMBASSIES ABROAD WITH CANADA (SEP 25/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Canada and the United Kingdom have decided to share diplomatic missions in certain countries to cut costs, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the move on Monday in Ottawa.   The governments will co-locate embassies and share consular services in countries where one or both lack official representation, they said.   Specific nations were not named, although Britain's Foreign Office is currently expanding in India, China, Brazil, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and elsewhere.   The U.K. might eventually adopt the same arrangement with Australia and New Zealand, although those particular discussions are at an "early stage," said Hague.   Critics in Canada over have expressed concerns that its national independence might be compromised.
Item Number:3 Date: 09/25/2012 CHINA - CARRIER COMMISSIONED, NAMED LIAONING (SEP 25/XIN)  XINHUA -- China's navy has commissioned its first aircraft carrier, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The former Soviet carrier Varyag was named "Liaoning" and given hull number 16 during a Tuesday ceremony at the port of Dalian overseen by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, said officials.   The ship was just formally delivered to the navy.   Most of the carrier's crew were selected from other surface vessels through tough competition, said officials.   The Liaoning will continue its scientific research and military training missions, said officials.   No details were given on the types of aircraft to be deployed on the carrier.
Item Number:4 Date: 09/25/2012 GEORGIA - EXERCISE WITH NATO WORKS ON ORGANIZING DISASTER ASSISTANCE (SEP 25/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Georgia and NATO are in the midst off training drills at the Yalgudzha training range near the capital of Tbilisi, reports Interfax-AVN.  The Georgia-2012 exercises, which began on Sunday, are being held under the auspices of the NATO Partnership for Peace program, said the Interior Ministry.   About 1,000 servicemen and civilians from NATO and 34 NATO partners, are practicing potential reactions to natural disasters, said officials.   The drills run through Thursday.   The exercise has been previously condemned by Russia as a provocation.
Item Number:5 Date: 09/25/2012 INDONESIA - 8 APACHE LONGBOWS ORDERED FROM U.S. FOR COUNTERTERRORISM (SEP 25/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The government of Indonesia has ordered eight AH-64D Apache Block III Longbow attack helicopters from the U.S. for the estimated cost of US$1.42 billion, reports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).   The DSCA notified lawmakers of the potential sale on Sept. 19. The order will proceed unless Congress blocks it within 30 days.   The potential purchase includes 140 Hellfire AGM-114R3 missiles, plus associated parts, equipment and support.   The helicopters will be used for border patrol, counterterrorism and counter-piracy operations, the agency told lawmakers
Item Number:6 Date: 09/25/2012 IRAN - ANTI-AIR SYSTEM TEST CALLED A SUCCESS (SEP 25/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Officials from Iran's Revolutionary Guards have announced the completion of a test of a domestic medium-range surface-to-air missile system, reports Agence France-Presse.   Monday's test of the Raad (Thunder) system was a success, said a statement on the Guards Sepahnews site.   The Raad's Taer-2 missiles, with a range of 50 km (31 miles), are "more advanced" than the Russian-made Buk family of anti-air missiles, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.   There are several variants of the Raad.
Item Number:7 Date: 09/25/2012 ISRAEL - BARAK FLOATS WITHDRAWAL PROPOSAL FOR W. BANK (SEP 25/ANSAMED)  ANSAMED -- The defense minister of Israel has called for a unilateral withdrawal from outlying West Bank settlements and the dismantling of dozens of Jewish communities, reports ANSAmed (Italy).   The object is to maintain control of continuous Jewish settlement areas, the Jordan River valley and the heights overlooking Ben Gurion airport, said Defense Minister Ehud Barak.   The remainder of the West Bank should become part of a Palestinian state, he told the Ha-Yom daily.   The remarks were made public Monday from an interview to be published on Tuesday.   Jewish settlers should be given a choice between staying in Palestinian territory or relocating to either Israel or three settlements not to be dismantled -- Ariel, Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion, he said.   There would still be an Israeli military presence on the national border with Jordan, reported the BBC.
Item Number:8 Date: 09/25/2012 ISRAEL - SYRIAN MORTAR SHELLS HIT GOLAN HEIGHTS (SEP 25/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The Israeli military has made an official complaint after several mortar rounds landed near its northern border.   There were no injuries or damage reported when the Syrian shells hit the Golan Heights, which are controlled by Israel, reports the Jerusalem Post.   Israel filed a complaint with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) after the shelling incident Tuesday.   The shells were aimed at Syrian villages as part of that country's ongoing civil war, said Israeli military officials.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:9 Date: 09/25/2012 JAPAN - COAST GUARD CHASES AWAY TAIWANESE BOATS NEAR DISPUTED ISLANDS (SEP 25/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- About 50 Taiwanese vessels approaching disputed islands in the East China Sea have been turned away by the Japanese coast guard, reports the Japan Times.   Around 50 fishing boats and 12 Taiwanese patrol ships approached the Senkaku islands on Tuesday morning, said Japanese officials.   After coast guard vessels fired water cannons, a Taiwanese vessel shot water back, reported Reuters.   The Taiwanese boats then left the area, said officials.  The uninhabited islands are known as the Tiaoyutai in Taiwan. Beijing calls them the Diaoyu islands.   Taiwan's territorial claim has been overshadowed by the more dramatic dispute between Beijing and Tokyo over the islets.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:10 Date: 09/25/2012 KENYA - WATER SENT TO FRONT LINES AL-SHABAAB POISONS WELLS (SEP 25/STAR)  THE STAR -- The Kenyan military says it was forced to airlift water and supplies to troops fighting in Somalia after Al-Shabaab fighters poisoned wells in the area, reports the Star (Nairobi).   African Union forces are advancing on the port city of Kismayo, the last bastion of Al-Shabaab in Somalia.   The wells were poisoned over the weekend in a bid to slow the advance, said military officials.   Military helicopters and vehicles were dispatched to the Jana Cabdalla area to supply troops in three areas, said officials.   AMISOM forces say they have captured the villages of Miido, Biibi, Harbole, Sooyac and Jana Cabdalla, but intense fighting continues near Kismayo.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:11 Date: 09/25/2012 NIGERIA - JOINT TASK FORCE HITS BOKO HARAM IN DAMATURU (SEP 25/LEADERSHIP)  LEADERSHIP -- The Nigerian military's Joint Task Force (JTF) says it has killed at least 35 Boko Haram fighters in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state in the northeastern part of the country, reports the Leadership (Abuja).   There was a crackdown in three neighborhoods on Sunday and Monday, a JTF spokesman said. Sixty other Islamists were reportedly arrested.   Two soldiers were injured, reported AFP.   A citywide curfew that was imposed on Saturday was lifted Monday.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:12 Date: 09/25/2012 PAKISTAN - DEATHS REPORTED IN DRONE STRIKE AGAINST MILITANTS IN N. WAZIRISTAN (SEP 25/PAKNAT)  NATION (PAKISTAN) -- At least three suspected militants have been killed in a U.S. drone attack against a vehicle in northwest Pakistan, reports the Nation (Pakistan).   The attack took place on Saturday in the village of Mohammed Khel in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, said Pakistani officials.   Other reports said there were four killed.   The militants were believed to be members of Gul Bahadur's faction of the Pakistani Taliban, said officials.   Paid Military Periscope subscribers can get more information on the Pakistani Taliban at:  https://apps.militaryperiscope.com/Terrorism/ShowGroup.aspx?group=511   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:13 Date: 09/25/2012 PAKISTAN - FILMMAKER BOUNTY REJECTED BY GOVERNMENT (SEP 25/NIP)  NEWS INTERNATIONAL (PAKISTAN) -- In a move that has been widely condemned, Pakistan's railway minister placed a US$100,000 bounty on the head of the producer of an anti-Muslim film that has been used to incite worldwide anti-American protests, reports Pakistan's News International.   Speaking at a press conference Saturday at the Peshawar Press Club, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said those responsible for blasphemy should be put to death. Anyone who kills the "blasphemer" responsible for the film should be "showered with dollars," he said.   Bilour also called for a global anti-blasphemy law.   The U.S. government condemned the proposed bounty. The minister's party has disowned the bounty and the government in Islamabad also rejected it, reported AFP.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:14 Date: 09/25/2012 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY DECIDES TO BASE MIG-31 INTERCEPTORS IN ARCTIC (SEP 25/RIAN)  RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- Russia plans to base a squadron of MiG-31BM long-range interceptors at the Rogachyovo Arctic base by the end of the year, RIA Novosti reports, citing military sources.   The base involved is located on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which separates the Barents Sea from the Kara Sea.   The airfield has a good runway and a full range of facilities, making such a deployment easier, said an air force official.   The MiG-31s will form a main part of Russia's anti-missile defense system; the jets can intercept strike aircraft and nuclear cruise missiles, said a Defense Ministry source.   The two-seat jet can intercept targets up to 200 km (124 miles) away. Russia has based Sukhoi Su-27 fighters from the 63 Fighter Squadron at Rogachyovo since 1993.   Paid Military Periscope subscribers can get more information on the MiG-31BM at:  http://www.militaryperiscope.com/weapons/aircraft/fighter/w0004109.html   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:15 Date: 09/25/2012 RUSSIA - THIS YEAR'S ORDER FOR MULTIPLE ROCKET LAUNCHERS IS COMPLETE, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (SEP 25/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for 36 Tornado-G multiple rocket launchers, Interfax-AVN reports.   The order with the Motovilikhinskiye Plants was signed earlier this year, said Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Friday.   No other Tornado-G orders are expected in 2012, he added.   The Tornado is also known as the Smerch.   Paid Military Periscope subscribers can get more information on the Smerch at:  http://www.militaryperiscope.com/weapons/missrock/mrl/w0004056.html   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:16 Date: 09/25/2012 SOMALIA - KENYAN SOLDIER IS CHARGED WITH KILLING CIVILIANS, PROBE BEGINS (SEP 25/VOA) VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A Kenyan soldier has been accused of killing six Somali civilians, reports the Voice of America News.   The soldier was with the African Union's AMISOM mission, reported the BBC.   The incident occurred on Sunday in Jana Abdalla, northwest of the Al-Shabaab bastion of Kismayo, said a Kenyan military spokesman.   Al-Shabaab militants attacked troops and civilians at a water distribution point in the village, prompting the soldiers to withdraw to defensive positions, said the spokesman.   After several civilians approached, one soldier opened fire and killed six, he said.   The soldier in question has been disarmed and an investigation has been launched, said the Kenyan army.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:17 Date: 09/25/2012 SOMALIA - SECURITY FORCES CARRY OUT OFFENSIVE SWEEPS IN MOGADISHU (SEP 25/SHABELLE)  SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK -- After a series of bombings and killings blamed on insurgents, Somali security forces are conducting operations throughout Mogadishu, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   Troops are focusing on the Wadajir district, where insurgent activity has been reported, said witnesses and officials.   The security forces have detained several suspected insurgents, government officials said on Tuesday.   At least 30 people were killed in various attacks in Mogadishu over the last several days.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:18 Date: 09/25/2012 SYRIA - REBEL HQ NOW IN SYRIAN TERRITORY (SEP 25/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The rebel Free Syrian Army has decided to shift its headquarters from southern Turkey to an unidentified location in northern Syria, reports the Los Angeles Times.   The move to "liberated areas" in Syria is meant to bolster its standing among fighters and supporters, group leader Col. Riad Assad said on Saturday.   The rebels expect to launch an offensive soon to "liberate" Damascus, Assad said.   The rebels have nominal control of that border area, reported the Washington Post.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:19 Date: 09/25/2012 SYRIA - SCHOOL BOMBED IN DAMASCUS (SEP 25/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Syrian rebels say they have bombed a school building in Damascus that was being used as a base by government forces, reports the BBC.   The government disputes that description, reports CBS News, which noted that neither version could be confirmed.   Multiple deaths were reported in the Tuesday morning blast, including several officers. Pro-government militiamen and regime security troops were present, said rebels.   Two groups -- Ansar al-Islam and the Grandsons of the Prophet Brigade -- said they detonated several bombs inside the building, completely destroying it.   State television insisted that the school is used for the children of military families and said the damage was minor.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:20 Date: 09/25/2012 TURKEY - CROSS-BORDER BOMBARDMENT LEADS TO TURKISH DEPLOYMENT OF ARTILLERY (SEP 25/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Turkish army has deployed artillery and anti-aircraft missiles near a Syrian border crossing that has experienced heavy fighting between rebel fighters and Syrian government troops, reports Agence France-Presse.   A score of howitzer batteries and missiles were sent near the Tall al-Abyad border post over the weekend as a precautionary measure, officials said.   Shelling injured two Turkish citizens last week and stray bullets wounded three other civilians, said Turkish media.   The Syrian artillery fire Saturday panicked local residents, reported CNN Turk.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:21 Date: 09/25/2012 USA - AL-QAIDA VIDEO SUPPORTS UPRISINGS (SEP 25/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- Al-Qaida has released a new video featuring a U.S.-born spokesman supporting uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reports UPI.   The video, "Advice and Support to Our Rebel Brothers Against Injustice," was released last week and apparently produced in April.   This is the second appearance of spokesman Adam Gadahn this month in Al-Qaida videos. His last video appearances took place before the death of Osama bin Laden.   Gadahn first appeared in an Al-Qaida propaganda video in 2004 under the name Azzam al-Amriki. Last year, he called on Muslims in America to purchase weapons and carry out random attacks, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.) at the time.   Gadahn was born in California, moved to Pakistan in 1998 to join Al-Qaida and is on the FBI's most-wanted list.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:22 Date: 09/25/2012 USA - ARMY INVESTIGATES ACQUISITION OF INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM (SEP 25/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Army has started a probe to find how the 3rd Infantry Division obtained free intelligence software from a California company, Defense News reports.   The unit installed servers from Palo Alto-based Palantir company at Fort Stewart, Ga., for training ahead of its 2012-2013 deployment to Afghanistan.   A number of published accounts have reported that many troops prefer the off-the-shelf product over the Army's choice.   The Palantir software is designed to coordinate vast amounts of information stored in various government databases to help deployed units track and pinpoint insurgent leaders, IED strikes, and IED-planting networks.   In a May 2012 memo, the division called the analytical software "the primary analytical tool/server being utilized" by coalition forces in southern Afghanistan, but said it could not afford to buy it.   Once the Army's Contracting Command heard Palantir provided the software for free, it ordered the servers shut down and removed by the end of September, said an unnamed source.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:23 Date: 09/25/2012 USA - BAE WINS 4 AWARDS FOR MARINE CORPS VEHICLES (SEP 25/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems four separate contracts for amphibious vehicles, the U.K.-based defense firm reports.   One deal covers an upgrade trade study for the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV), said a company release.   Under a different deal, BAE and partner IVECO will build and demonstrate a prototype Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) to showcase its optimized 8 x 8 wheeled vehicle.   Two other contracts focus on design work for the proposed Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). They will deliver a blast test demonstrator based on the ACV requirements.   One of these contracts is related to a new, ACV-specific design concept, while the other calls for a design that is based off the existing AAV.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:24 Date: 09/25/2012 USA - NAVY SEEKS ADDITIONAL POSEIDON AIRCRAFT (SEP 25/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Defense and aerospace company Boeing has been awarded a US$1.9 billion order to produce 11 P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft for the Navy, the Pentagon reports.   Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md., is responsible for the contract.   This brings the Navy's total Poseidon order to 24, following two previous deals, noted the Wall Street Journal.   Boeing said that since March it has delivered three production-standard P-8A jets to the Navy. The Navy expects to eventually order up to 117 P-8As to replace its fleet of aging P-3 Orion propeller planes.

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