Friday, November 24, 2017

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Thin Red Line' (1964)



From Wikipedia: The Thin Red Line is a 1964 Cinemascope film based on James Jones's 1962 novel of the same name. The film follows the life of a number of American soldiers during the battle of Guadalcanal.

The black-and-white film was filmed in Spain. Bernard Gordon's screenplay of Jones's work concentrates on the relationship between the young rule-breaking, "survival-at-any-cost", Private Doll (Keir Dullea) and the older veteran 1st Sgt Welsh (Jack Warden).

Another film adaptation of the novel was released in 1998.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 24, 2017

Iraqi rapid response forces flash victory signs during a fight with Islamic State militants in the district of Cokjaly in southern Mosul. Alaa Al-Marjani | Reuters

Holly Ellyatt, CNBC: The end of ISIS? Experts warn the terror group is still a 'serious global threat'

Islamic State's days of territorial gains and military wins in Iraq and Syria might be over as the last vestiges of territory are won back from the self- proclaimed caliphate, but international experts are warning that any hopes that the group is gone and forgotten are premature and misguided.

The U.K.'s minister of state for the Middle East and North Africa said Thursday that even as ISIS crumbles, its influence remains strong.

"There's no doubt that the threat to us all continues to grow," Alastair Burt said Thursday, speaking at a counterterrorism conference hosted by U.K.-based defense and security think tank, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 23, 2017

What should Canada do about returning jihadists? -- John Geddes, Macleans

America Shouldn’t Take Sides in the 1,400-Year-Old Sunni-Shia Conflict -- Willis L. Krumholz, Defense One

Muslims Are Often the First Victims of Muslim Terrorists -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

Is MBS’s supreme anti-corruption committee torturing Ritz detainees? -- Uwe Parpart, Bloomberg

Russia Is Roaring Back to the Middle East While America Is Asleep -- Ariel Cohen, National Interest

Zimbabwe after Mugabe: What happens next? -- Shingai Nyoka BBC

Analysis After Syria, Saudi and Iranian Eyes Turn to the Next Arena: Iraq -- Zvi Barel, Haaretz

Hariri is back and so is Lebanon's status quo -- AFP

China's North Korea Debate: Redrawing the Red Line -- Anny Boc, The Diplomat

Is Indo-Pacific the 'New' Pivot? -- Zhiqun Zhu, National Interest

How the EU Broke Ukraine -- David Herszenhorn, Politico EU

What Merkel’s political woes mean for the EU -- John Lloyd, Reuters

Five Questions About the Missing Argentine Submarine -- John Kester, Foreign Policy

In Colombia, peace remains elusive one year on -- Cristina Esguerra, DW

When the President stopped the presses -- Sonja West, CNN

World News Briefs -- November 24, 2017 (Evening Edition)



The Guardian: Hundreds of worshippers killed in Egypt mosque attack

Scores more wounded after al-Rawdah mosque in north Sinai targeted in attack marking major escalation in battle with insurgents

At least 235 people have been killed and scores more injured in a bomb and gun assault on a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai, in the deadliest attack in the country in recent memory.

A bomb ripped through the mosque as Friday prayers were finishing, before militants in four off-road vehicles approached and opened fire on worshippers, a military source told the Guardian. Some witnesses said they had seen around 20 attackers.

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey: Trump told Erdogan won't give Syria Kurds more arms.

Syria war has killed more than 340,000: new toll.

'Facing disaster': children starve in siege of Syria's former breadbasket.

IS conflict: Iraq begins final push to clear western desert.

Iraq: Iran-backed militia vows to disarm once IS defeated.

Iraq forces say IS retreating deep into desert.

Iran army chief vows next war will see 'eradication' of Israel.

Saudi Crown Prince says Iran’s Ayatollah is the ‘new Hitler’.

Saudis clear passenger flights to rebel-held Yemen airport: UN.

U.S. backs Saudi 'first step' in addressing Yemen crisis.

HRW lambasts Saudi counterterrorism law.

Gaza's Egypt border to stay shut after Sinai massacre.

ASIA

‘Still in a stalemate,’ top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says.

China-N. Korea bridge to close temporarily.

North Korea fortifies border and sacks guards after soldier's daring defection.

'North Korean' men wash up on Japan coast.

Cambodia's ruling party stands unopposed.

Manus Island: PNG authorities say they have cleared detention centre, all men bused out.

Social media crackdown stifles dissent in Pakistan.

Pakistan courts blast government over protest paralysis.

Beijing criticises Australia over South China Sea policy.

Beijing nursery 'needle abuse' of children shocks China.

AFRICA

Egypt military carries out air strikes in area of Sinai mosque attack: security sources.

Deadly blast strikes mosque in Egypt's Sinai. Egypt attack: More than 230 killed in Sinai mosque.

Egyptian drones kill 15 militants involved in attack in Sinai mosque - Reports.

Ruling party, allies win Algeria local polls.

Fighting between rebel and army kills 27 in South Sudan.

3 peacekeepers, soldier killed in Mali: UN.

Mnangagwa: the ruthless 'Crocodile' now ruling Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizens.

Libya slave auctions: 'Everybody knew'.

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence more than doubled.

EUROPE

Ukraine's promise of EU membership remains elusive.

Ukraine rebel region's security minister says he is new leader.

Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels.

Ten days to crack Brexit deal, EU tells May.

Theresa May pushes for Brexit talks progress as she arrives in Brussels.

Ireland faces possible snap election over police scandal.

Ireland: No-confidence vote could prompt snap elections before critical EU Brexit summit.

German coalition talks: Merkel and Schulz set to meet. Germany’s SPD is ready for talks to end coalition deadlock. Germany coalition: Merkel and SPD to meet in new bid for deal.

Police arrest Kosovo opposition leader for no-show at court.

Mediterranean 'by far world's deadliest border' for migrants: IOM.

Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UK.

Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020.

AMERICAS

Argentina's Macri expects missing sub to be found in coming days.

Cuba marks anniversary of Fidel death as post-Castro era nears.

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions.

Relatives of sailors missing on Argentina submarine heartbroken and angry. ARA San Juan: Grief, anger as Argentina reveals missing submarine may have exploded.

Exclusive: Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known.

Michael Flynn breaks ties with Trump's lawyers over Russia investigation – reports.

US gun control: Jeff Sessions announces review into background checks.

FARC dissidents face full force of Colombia military: president.

Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation.

Canada grants refugee status in about 60% of migrant cases.

Rural California grapples with 'green rush' of pot growers.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Saudi Arabia launches counter-terrorism summit.

Pakistan releases alleged 'mastermind' behind 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Middle East is ‘brimming with extremism’ but Qatar doesn’t support terrorism: Foreign minister.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Tech leads S&P above 2,600; Amazon, other retail stocks gain.

As Black Friday spreads globally, a push against it emerges.

Amazon workers on strike in Italy and Germany.

Black Friday: Hackers exploit shoppers' hunt for hot deals.

Pentagon To Acknowledge That There Are 2,000 U.S. Troops In Syria

Photos of Strykers and up-armored Humvees flying U.S. flags were posted on social media over the weekend after the U.S. regional command confirmed that Special Forces troops in northeastern Syria had moved toward Manbij. Photo via Twitter

Reuters: Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground.

The U.S. military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops in Syria, mostly supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces group of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State in the north of the country.

Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon could, as early as Monday, publicly announce that there are slightly more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. They said there was always a possibility that last minute changes in schedules could delay an announcement.

That is not an increase in troop numbers, just a more accurate count, as the numbers often fluctuate.

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Update #1: Pentagon expected to acknowledge there are 2K US troops in Syria: report (The Hill)
Update #2: As ISIS retreats, US is set to reveal troop numbers in Syria (CNN).

WNU Editor: These Forces may be staying in Syria for a while .... US intends to maintain military presence in Syria after Daesh defeat (Daily Sabah).

When Will North Korea Do Their Next Next Nuclear Test?



Summer Meza, Newsweek: When Will North Korea's Kim Jong Un Launch His Next Nuclear Test?

North Korea may be gearing up to launch more missile tests in February during the 2018 South Korea Olympics, just as soon as the worst of the nation’s winter weather warms up. Experts say that the current hiatus in missile testing is the “calm before the storm,” and that North Korea is sure to amp things back up in the new year.

The last missile launch was back on September 15, when North Korea tested a projectile that flew over Japan and landed in the ocean. The current lull won’t last long, though, according to Harry Kazianis, an Asia security expert at the Center for the National Interest.

“If I was a betting man I would tell anyone who watches North Korea for a living to make sure their calendar is open from February 5th to the 22nd,” Kazianis told Vox, referring the dates of the upcoming winter Olympics. “This is all just the calm before the storm.”

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WNU Editor: The North Koreans have been spotted working at their nuclear testing site .... More activity detected at North Korea’s nuclear test site, watchdog says (Global News). And with the Olympics only 2-3 months away, I am sure there are some who are wondering if that is when a nuclear test .... only a few hundred kilometers away from the Games .... will be done.

Ireland On The Brink Of An Election With Brexit Talks Only Weeks Away

Reuters: Irish government set to fall weeks before Brexit summit

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s minority government looked set to collapse within days on Friday after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, weeks before a summit on Britain’s plans to leave the European Union.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that if the motion was not withdrawn by Tuesday, he would be forced to hold an election before Christmas, a prospect EU officials say would complicate a key EU summit on Dec. 14-15 on Brexit.

“What that would mean is me throwing a good woman under the bus to save myself and my own government, and that would be the wrong thing to do,” Varadkar told national broadcaster RTE, dismissing demands for his deputy Frances Fitzgerald to quit.

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More News On Ireland On The Brink Of An Election With Brexit Talks Only Weeks Away

Irish government on brink of collapse: reports -- POLITICO.eu
Irish government on brink of collapse over policing scandal -- The National
Irish government on verge of collapse in spat over deputy PM -- Yahoo News/Business Insider
Ireland Set for December Election if Crisis Not Averted by Tuesday -PM -- U.S. News & World Report/Reuters
Irish PM Vows to Try to Avoid Election Amid Brexit Crunch -- Bloomberg
Ireland: No-confidence vote could prompt snap elections before critical EU Brexit summit -- DW
EU officials asking 'What is going on in Dublin?' -- RTE.ie
Ireland left on edge of turmoil just when steadiness is needed most -- Lisa O'Carroll, The Guardian

There Are 40 Million Modern Day Slaves In The World Today

Protests against "slavery in Libya" have been held outside the Libyan embassy in the Moroccan capital Rabat, after revelations that migrants were being sold as slaves in the country

AFP: More than 40 million modern-day slaves

The revelation that migrants are being sold as slaves in Libya is not an isolated case: more than 40 million people were estimated to be victims of modern slavery in 2016.

The figure includes some 25 million people who were in forced labour -- made to work under threat or coercion -- and 15 million people in forced marriage, according to a report.

But the number of people in slavery is probably even higher, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and human rights group Walk Free Foundation, who jointly carried out the study.

Here are some of their key findings:

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WNU Editor: The Global Slavery Index has more information. The link is here.

Report: Trump Told Turkish President Erdogan That The U.S. Will Stop Arming The Syrian Kurds

US President Donald Trump meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey during the UN General Assembly in New York, US, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The Hill: Turkey claims Trump agreed to stop arming Syrian Kurds

Turkey's foreign minister said Friday that President Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. would no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

According to The Associated Press, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he was with Erdogan when Trump vowed in a telephone call to stop supplying weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria, known by the initials YPG.

“Mr. Trump clearly stated that he had given clear instructions and that the YPG won’t be given arms, and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” Cavusoglu said in a news conference, according to the AP.

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More News On Reports That President Trump Told Turkish President Erdogan That The U.S. Will Stop Arming The Syrian Kurds

Turkey: US to stop arming Syrian Kurdish fighters -- AP
Turkey Says Trump Promised to Halt U.S. Arming of Syrian Kurds -- Bloomberg
Donald Trump 'to stop arming' Syrian Kurdish fighters -- The Telegraph
Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan he's cutting off Syrian Kurds: Report -- Washington Examiner
Trump speaks with Erdogan about crisis in Syria, AP reports -- Politico

U.S. And South Korea To Conduct Massive Military Drills Next Week

A US F-22 Raptor © Toby Melville / Reuters

Newsweek: U.S. Military To Conduct Drills Nnear North Korea Involving 230 Warplanes And 12,000 Soldiers

The U.S. and South Korean militaries are set to hold a massive drill on the Korean Peninsula in early December amid heightened tensions with Kim Jong Un's regime over its nuclear program — but China has called on the allies to halt such exercises.

The drill, called Vigilant Ace, will occur from December 2 to 4 and involve 230 aircraft and 12,000 U.S. military personnel — including six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters as well as U.S. Marine Corps and Navy troops. The U.S. and South Korea conduct such training exercises every year — "to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations," the U.S. military said — but this year's drill occurs after China pressured the U.S. and South Korea to embrace a freeze-for-freeze initiative.

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More News On The U.S. And South Korea Preparing To Conduct Massive Military Drills Next Week


U.S., South Korea to hold joint air force drill in early December -- Reuters
US to send F-22s to South Korea in show of force for Pyongyang -- Channel News Asia/AFP
South Korea and US to stage epic drill with hundreds of war planes next month -- Yahoo News

US to deploy 6 Raptor stealth fighters to Korea next month -- The Korea Herald
F-22 and F-35 stealth jets will put on a massive show of force right off North Korea's borders to cap off a heated 2017 -- Business Insider
US Sending F-22 Fighter Jets To South Korea For Joint Military Drill -- International Business Times

North Korea Replaces Border Guards And Fortifies Its Border After Recent Defection

North Korean soldiers dig a trench and plant trees in the area where, on November 13, a defector ran across the border at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North Korea and South Korea November 22, 2017. Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector’s rescue.

The North Korean defector was shot and wounded by his fellow soldiers as he dashed into the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) last week.

The South Korean and U.S. soldiers who led a rescue attempt to drag the gravely injured soldier to safety have been awarded medals, according to U.S. Forces Korea.

A group of senior diplomats based in Seoul visited the JSA on Wednesday morning where they saw five North Korean workers digging a deep trench in the area where the soldier had dashed across the line after getting his jeep stuck in a small ditch, a member of the diplomatic delegation told Reuters on Friday.

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More News On North Korea Replacing Its Border Guards And Fortifying Its Border After Recent Defection

North Korea Replaces Border Guards Following Defection -- AP
N. Korea replaces guards, fortifies border after defection -- AFP
North Korea fortifies border and sacks guards after soldier's daring defection -- ABC News Online
North Korea digs trenches where defector crossed DMZ border -- ABC News
North Korea digs DMZ trench after recent defection -- BBC
North Korea Reportedly Fortifies Its Border, Digs Trench After Recent Defection -- Sputnik

Emmerson Mnangagwa Has Been Sworn In As Zimbabwe's New President -- News Roundup





New York Times: Emmerson Mnangagwa Is Sworn In as Zimbabwe’s 2nd Leader Since Independence

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled into a brief exile after losing a power struggle less than three weeks ago, became Zimbabwe’s new president on Friday — succeeding Robert Mugabe, the leader he had backed for decades before helping oust him last week.

“We should never remain hostages of our past,” Mr. Mnangagwa said in his inaugural address. Referring specifically to Mr. Mugabe, he said: “To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade in arms and my leader.”

In a rapid reversal of fortunes that abruptly ended one of the longest reigns in Africa’s post-colonial history, Mr. Mnangagwa (pronounced muh-nahn-GAGH-wah) was sworn in at a ceremony at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, the capital.

Mr. Mnangagwa — who served for half a century as his predecessor’s right-hand man — became only the second leader of Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

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WNU Editor: Opposition leaders and their supporters were barred from this swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa. So much for serving all the citizens.

Emmerson Mnangagwa Has Been Sworn In As Zimbabwe's New President -- News Roundup

Latest From Zimbabwe: Live -- BBC
The Latest: Zimbabwe called ‘at a moment of change -- AP
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa takes power and vows to serve all citizens -- BBC
Mnangagwa: the ruthless 'Crocodile' now ruling Zimbabwe -- AFP
‘We dare not squander the moment:’ Zimbabwe’s new leader -- AP
Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizens -- Reuters
Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as President in front of thousands -- ABC News Online
Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president -- DW
Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe president -- Al Jazeera
Emmerson Mnangagwa promises 'free and fair' elections in Zimbabwe -- The Guardian
Grand inauguration pushes Mugabe era into the past -- AFP
Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plot -- AFP
Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change -- Andrew Meldrum, AP
Sorrow and admiration in Mugabe's home village -- AFP
In pictures: Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in -- BBC
Who is Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile'? -- Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- November 24, 2017



Daily Mail: Terrorists slaughter 235 worshippers at Egyptian mosque - including children in a creche - by penning them in and shooting them after setting off a bomb as Trump condemns 'horrible and cowardly' attack

* More than 200 people killed after gun and bomb attack at Egyptian mosque
* The mosque was packed for Friday prayers when the gunmen began their attack
* At least 125 are also reported to have been injured as medics rush to the scene
* Some reports suggest terrorists shot down survivors who fled the initial bomb

More than 200 people have been killed after a gun and bomb terror attack at a packed mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province today.

Another 125 people are reported to have been injured, making the attack one of the worst in recent memory.

The terrorists reportedly detonated a bomb in the mosque's creche before firing on fleeing worshippers while blocking escape routes with burnt-out cars.

The suspected Islamic State attack took place at the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, near El-Arish, during Friday prayers. The death toll has risen to 235, Egyptian state television reported, quoting the public prosecutor.

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MIDDLE EAST

'Facing disaster': children starve in siege of Syria's former breadbasket.

IS conflict: Iraq begins final push to clear western desert.

Iraq forces say IS retreating deep into desert.

Iran army chief vows next war will see 'eradication' of Israel.

Saudi Crown Prince says Iran’s Ayatollah is the ‘new Hitler’.

Saudis clear passenger flights to rebel-held Yemen airport: UN.

HRW lambasts Saudi counterterrorism law.

ASIA

China-N. Korea bridge to close temporarily.

North Korea fortifies border and sacks guards after soldier's daring defection.

'North Korean' men wash up on Japan coast.

Cambodia's ruling party stands unopposed.

Manus Island: PNG authorities say they have cleared detention centre, all men bused out.

Social media crackdown stifles dissent in Pakistan.

Pakistan courts blast government over protest paralysis.

Beijing criticises Australia over South China Sea policy.

Beijing nursery 'needle abuse' of children shocks China.

AFRICA

Deadly blast strikes mosque in Egypt's Sinai. Egypt attack: More than 230 killed in Sinai mosque.

Egyptian drones kill 15 militants involved in attack in Sinai mosque - Reports.

Fighting between rebel and army kills 27 in South Sudan.

3 peacekeepers, soldier killed in Mali: UN.

Mnangagwa: the ruthless 'Crocodile' now ruling Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizens.

Libya slave auctions: 'Everybody knew'.

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence more than doubled.

EUROPE

German coalition talks: Merkel and Schulz set to meet. Germany’s SPD is ready for talks to end coalition deadlock. Germany coalition: Merkel and SPD to meet in new bid for deal.

Theresa May pushes for Brexit talks progress as she arrives in Brussels.

Ireland faces possible snap election over police scandal.

Ireland: No-confidence vote could prompt snap elections before critical EU Brexit summit.

Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels.

Mediterranean 'by far world's deadliest border' for migrants: IOM.

Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UK.

Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020.

AMERICAS

Relatives of sailors missing on Argentina submarine heartbroken and angry. ARA San Juan: Grief, anger as Argentina reveals missing submarine may have exploded.

Exclusive: Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known.

Michael Flynn breaks ties with Trump's lawyers over Russia investigation – reports.

US gun control: Jeff Sessions announces review into background checks.

FARC dissidents face full force of Colombia military: president.

Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation.

Canada grants refugee status in about 60% of migrant cases.

Rural California grapples with 'green rush' of pot growers.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Saudi Arabia launches counter-terrorism summit.

Pakistan releases alleged 'mastermind' behind 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Middle East is ‘brimming with extremism’ but Qatar doesn’t support terrorism: Foreign minister.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

As Black Friday spreads globally, a push against it emerges.

Amazon workers on strike in Italy and Germany.

Black Friday: Hackers exploit shoppers' hunt for hot deals.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 24, 2017

China's "First Island Chain" - Design by Luke Kelly/Forbes Staff

Ralph Jennings, Forbes: China Is Competing With The U.S. For Military Control Over The Whole Western Pacific

If you follow military rivalries in East Asia, start by learning the term “first island chain.” That term refers to the Kuril Islands of Russia, the Japanese archipelago, Taiwan, the northern Philippines and Borneo. If strung together on a map from north to south they form a chain past which China was informally blocked from push its military influence eastward into the open U.S.-dominated Pacific Ocean.

Now China is out to change that. An intelligence aircraft that it flew Saturday near southern outlying islands of Japan came as a recent example. The mission hackles in nearby Taiwan, which had watched a Chinese aircraft carrier encircle it nearly a year ago. In August, Taiwan sighted Chinese planes three times.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 24, 2017

Chinese air force patrols over South China Sea 'show PLA's capacity to breach Cold War line of containment' -- South China Morning Post

China air force again flies round Taiwan, over South China Sea -- Reuters

Report: China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Won't Deploy on Aircraft Carriers -- National Interest

Chinese State Sponsored Hacking -- Sam Bocetta, Strategy Bridge

Hope fades as search for Argentine submarine enters ninth day -- Reuters

Families of missing Argentine submarine crew reportedly told that all 44 have died -- RT

Who are the crew of missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan? -- BBC

Submarine disasters in recent decades -- Straits Times/Reuters

Russia’s New Navy Plan: More Submarines, Frigates and Cruise Missiles -- National Interest

Russia to cut task force in Syria — General Staff -- TASS

Russian state armaments program to focus on precision weaponry — defense official -- TASS

India’s Propellant Booster to Help BrahMos Achieve Unimaginable Speed -- Sputnik

German company to build 12 offshore patrol vessels for Australian navy -- The Guardian

North Korea Replaces Border Guards Following Defection -- AP

American F-22 & F-35 stealth jets to join massive air drills on Korean peninsula next month -- RT

An Attack from Just One of These U.S. Nuclear Submarines Would Destroy North Korea -- National Interest

Tip of the spear: the global importance of America’s Guam base -- Naval Technology

'We are still in stalemate but we're going to win': Top US Army commander in Afghanistan praises Trump's new strategy which gives him 3,000 more troops -- Daily Mail

Pentagon reports troop surge in Middle East -- Al-Monitor

US Army Expected to Sell Off Thousands of Surplus 1911 Pistols -- Kit Up!

US Marines Get a Tank-Killer Upgrade -- Scout Warrior

Navy calls off search for missing sailors following crash in Pacific -- The Hill

Army report blames 'human factors' for deadly Apache crash in 2015 -- Stars and Stripes

Aircraft carrier enlists an army to pull off Thanksgiving feast -- Kitsap Sun

Trump thanks military for their service: You're 'brave, incredible fighters' -- The Hill

Trump slammed for 'insulting' Thanksgiving comments to military by former general -- The Independent

US Army “space week” to shine light on why soldiers care about satellites -- Space News

From Puppy to Protector: How the Air Force Raises Military Working Dogs -- US Department of Defense

Marine Corps War Memorial finally commemorates Iraq, Afghanistan -- Military Times

The Future of Training and Simulation: Preparing Warfighters for Tomorrow’s Battlefields -- National Defense

It Takes a Nuclear Weapons Lab to Find a Nuclear Weapons Lab -- Defense One

U.S. Navy Calls Off Search For Three Missing Sailors Following Crash In Pacific


USNI News: Search Ends for 3 Sailors Missing After C-2A Crash

The U.S. Navy and Japanese forces have ended the search for three sailors missing after the Wednesday crash of a C-2A Greyhound cargo aircraft in the Philippine Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Friday. The three missing sailors are now presumed dead.

“USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) led the combined search and rescue efforts with units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF),” read a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.
“During the course of two days, eight U.S. Navy and [Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force] ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1000 square nautical miles in the search for the missing sailors.”

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WNU Editor: Our prayers are with the families and loved ones.

More News On The U.S. Navy Calling Off The Search For Three Missing Sailors Following Crash In Pacific

US Navy calls off search for 3 missing sailors 2 days after crash -- ABC News
Navy Suspends Search for Sailors Missing in Plane Crash -- Military.com/FOX News
Navy ends its search for 3 missing sailors in the Philippine Sea -- CNN
Navy calls off search for 3 sailors missing in Pacific Ocean crash -- al.com/Washington Post
Navy calls off search for missing sailors following crash in Pacific -- The Hill
Navy Stops Search For 3 Missing Sailors From C-2A Greyhound Crash -- International Business Times

Saudi Crown Prince Salman Calls Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei The ‘New Hitler’

Combination of images shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. (AFP/REUTERS Photo)

BBC: Iran's supreme leader 'the new Hitler', says Saudi crown prince

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has called Iran's supreme leader "the new Hitler of the Middle East", amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

Alluding to Iran's growing regional power, Mohammed bin Salman said it was important to avoid a repeat "of what happened in Europe in the Middle East".

Saudi Arabia and Iran are rivals and have increasingly accused each other of fuelling instability across the region.

There has been no official Iranian reaction to the latest remarks.

Speaking to the New York Times, Mohammed bin Salman said Iran could not be allowed to spread its influence.

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More News On Saudi Crown Prince Salman Calling Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei The ‘New Hitler’

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader ‘new Hitler’ -- Gulf Times/Reuters
Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran 'the new Hitler of the Middle East' -- Daily Mail
Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'the new Hitler' -- YNet News
Saudi Prince: Iran’s Supreme Leader is ‘Hitler of the Middle East’ -- RUDAW
Saudi heir to the throne: Khamenei is Middle East's 'new Hitler' -- The Times of Israel
Saudi Crown Prince Slams Iranian Supreme Leader as 'New Hitler of Middle East' -- Sputnik International

Egypt's North Sinai Mosque Attack By Islamic Militants Leave 184 Dead, 120 Wounded



Ahram Online: At least 155 worshippers killed in terror attack on mosque in Egypt's North Sinai

At least 155 worshippers have been killed by gunmen who attacked a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai, official sources told state news agency MENA, making the attack one of the deadliest targeting civilians in the country in recent years.

The sources said at least 120 people were injured in the attack that targeted Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, in the west of Arish city.

The president’s office has announced a nationwide three-day mourning following the terrorist attack, state TV has reported.

According to eyewitnesses who spoke to Al-Ahram’s Arabic website, the gunmen fired heavily on worshippers after improvised explosive devices were detonated at the mosque.

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WNU Editor: Al Jazeera is reporting the death toll at 184 .... Deadly blast strikes mosque in Egypt's Sinai (Al Jazeera)

More News On Today's Sinai Mosque Attack By Islamic Militants

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 155: state media -- AFP
Egypt mosque attack: At least 155 killed in Sinai -- BBC
At least 155 people killed in attack on mosque in Egypt's north Sinai: State media -- CNBC/Reuters
'Scores killed' in Egypt mosque attack -- CNN
Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 155 dead, 120 wounded -- FOX News
Death toll in Egyptian mosque attack rises to at least 155, state media report -- Washington Post
Egypt mosque attack leaves more than 150 dead, 120 wounded -- NBC
State media: At least 155 killed in Egypt mosque attack -- USA Today
At Least 155 Killed in Bombing of Mosque in Egypt's Sinai -- Bloomberg
Mosque bombing, gunfire in Egypt's north Sinai leave at least 155 dead -- CBC/AP
Egypt mosque bombing: scores killed in Sinai attack -- DW
Egypt attack: More than 100 dead, dozens injured after militants target mosque, state media reports -- ABC News Online

Heavy Fighting Is Being Reported Between The Ukraine Army And Luhansk Rebels

The Ukrainian army (pictured) faces heavily armed pro-Russian rebels

BBC: Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels

Five Ukrainian troops have been killed by intense rebel shelling in the east of the country, the military says, in a new escalation of fighting.

Four of them died during an eight-hour clash near Krymske, a village 50km (31 miles) north-west of Luhansk. Ukrainian forces say they killed eight rebels.

The pro-Russian rebels used mortars and machine guns, the Ukrainian military headquarters said.

There have been reports of a power struggle in rebel-held Luhansk.

The UN says more than 10,000 people have died since the eastern Ukraine conflict erupted in April 2014, soon after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. The fighting has displaced more than 1.6 million people.

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WNU Editor: The political crisis in Luhansk is what is driving this renewed fighting .... but truth be told .... the conflict in eastern Ukraine has been ongoing nonstop since the start of the war. According to the Ukraine government, just in the past 45 days 22 soldiers have been killed and scores wounded from combat and IED attacks .... Russia’s war against Ukraine has killed at least 2,774 soldiers (Kyiv Post).

More News On Reports Of Heavy Fighting Between The Ukraine Army And Luhansk Rebels

Ukraine Says Five Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded In East -- RFE
More than 20 Killed and Wounded in Fights in Eastern Ukraine -- Novinite
Five Ukrainian servicemen killed in eastern Ukraine - military -- Reuters
5 killed in eastern Ukraine in latest flare-up of violence -- Washington Post

Following Reports Of A Coup, The Leader Of The Separatist Luhansk Region In Ukraine Has 'Fled To Moscow'

FILE PHPOTO: Military personnel of the Lugansk People's Republic in Lugansk. © Sputnik

The Independent: Russia maintains silence on Ukraine 'coup' as leader of separatist Luhansk region 'flees to Moscow'

Luhansk’s strongman director Igor Plotnitsky is officially backed by the Kremlin – but elements of Russia’s security services appear to support his rival

You would always know when you were entering Luhansk People’s Republic, the Russian-backed separatist statelet in east Ukraine. It was the point that the sunflower fields turned into an apocalyptic mass of metal. Rusting factories the size of planets – some working, some not – marked the entry point into a new, strange world. It was the frontier of wild and gruesome lands. Few journalists ever made it past.

Three and a half years into the conflict, Luhansk’s reputation as a wild outpost remains as true as ever. For the last three days, it has been embroiled in one of its most bizarre chapters. The story began on Monday, when the republic’s official leader, strongman Igor Plotnitsky, sacked his interior minister, Igor Kornet. By Tuesday, Mr Kornet had answered by locking down the city centre with little green men, who had barricaded other green men, including his boss, in government buildings. By today, Thursday, it appeared that Mr Kornet had been at least partially successful in his coup attempt.

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WNU Editor: It looks like the current leader has been overthrown. As for Moscow's reaction, Russia is staying away from this squabble (for now) .... Kremlin says it is following situation in Ukraine's Luhansk region (Reuters). More here .... Armed standoff among leaders of Ukraine’s breakaway region as Kremlin keeps close eye (RT).

More News On Reports Of A Coup In The Separatist Luhansk Region Of Ukraine

Tensions down after 'coup' in Ukraine's separatist region -- AFP
Ukrainian separatist chief accuses another of plotting coup -- Washington Post
Kremlin Reportedly Backs Sacked Official in Ukraine's Breakaway Luhansk -- The Moscow Times
What In The World Is Going On In The Russia-Backed Separatist Luhansk 'Republic'? -- Radio Free Europe