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Af/Pak & Other News (8/6/2019)
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Taliban denounce Afghan election, warn that rallies face attack:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-denounce-afghan-election-warn-that-rallies-face-attack-idUSKCN1UW0MG



Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal:

https://apnews.com/a36d17a860f34e138222cdadcbcd6c41



In Remote Afghan Corner, Besieged Afghan Troops Cry For Help:

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-remote-afghan-corner-besieged-afghan-troops-cry-for-help/30095461.html



Three former Green Berets caught in cash theft scheme in Afghanistan:

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/08/05/three-former-green-berets-caught-in-cash-theft-scheme-in-afghanistan/









Pakistan's PM warns of suicide attacks, war after India ends disputed Kashmir's
special status:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/pakistan-suicide-attacks-warning-india-kashmir



Kashmir on edge, locked down, as India looks to split state:

https://apnews.com/63030673ee3944879ee68abcf04262a9









War with Iran is the mother of all wars: Iran president:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-rouhani/war-with-iran-is-the-mother-of-all-wars-iran-president-idUSKCN1UW0I9



Iran unveils three new precision-guided missiles:

https://www.france24.com/en/20190806-iran-unveils-three-new-precision-guided-missiles



The Forgotten Navy: U.S. minesweeper fleet in disrepair as Iran drops more
explosives in Strait of Hormuz:

https://warisboring.com/the-forgotten-navy-u-s-minesweeper-fleet-in-disrepair-as-iran-drops-more-explosives-in-strait-of-hormuz/



China Curiously Says It May Join U.S. Persian Gulf Maritime Coalition Despite
Trade War:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29299/china-curiously-says-it-may-join-u-s-persian-gulf-maritime-coalition-despite-trade-war



Iran: Desperate Times, Outrageous Solutions:

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iran/articles/20190806.aspx



Iran and Russia: Getting Ready to Hold Joint-Naval Drills in the Strait of
Hormuz?:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/iran-and-russia-getting-ready-hold-joint-naval-drills-strait-hormuz-71661









Turkish jets 'neutralize' 14 PKK terrorists in N Iraq:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-jets-neutralize-7-pkk-terrorists-in-n-iraq-145546









Aden attack exposes splits in Yemen's anti-Houthi alliance:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/aden-attack-exposes-splits-in-yemens-anti-houthi-alliance-idUSKCN1UW1GZ




Turkey readies for action as U.S. talks on Syria safe zone struggle:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkey-readies-for-action-as-u-s-talks-on-syria-safe-zone-struggle-idUSKCN1UW1IB



AP Explains: Turkish military move into Syria is high risk:

https://apnews.com/aba1a346ec194ac0b7c853857b999d13



Esper: US intends to prevent Turkey invasion into Syria:

https://apnews.com/d8444f9764ce4be6bdfa68aa3c9051f7









ISIS Is Using Internet Propaganda to Maintain a 'Virtual Caliphate,' UN Report
Says:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyzx3j/isis-is-using-internet-propaganda-to-maintain-a-virtual-caliphate-un-report-says



UN chief: Islamic State has as much as $300 million to fight:

https://www.apnews.com/615e5a39867e4dadad0c1f9fa4d1250c









Israel’s Carmel future AFV programme unveiled:

https://www.janes.com/article/90287/israel-s-carmel-future-afv-programme-unveiled



Iran said increasing Hamas funding to $30m per month, wants intel on Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-agrees-to-increase-hamas-funding-to-30-million-per-month-report/









Eastern Libya force strikes Misrata air college:

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Eastern-Libya-force-strikes-Misrata-air-college-597801



Libya airliner narrowly avoids airport bombing:

https://news.yahoo.com/libya-airliner-narrowly-avoids-airport-bombing-105353760.html



1,000 Sudanese militiamen arrive in Libya:

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/1-000-sudanese-militiamen-arrive-in-libya





A new strongman in Sudan? Experts aren’t so sure:

https://apnews.com/fd1c3fcd5d2e45468bca29de5010c0ee









Russian Ammo Depot Has Been Burning For Hours After Exploding In Giant
Shockwave:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29288/russian-ammo-depot-has-been-burning-for-hours-after-exploding-in-giant-shockwave



Microsoft: Russian hackers are using IoT devices to infiltrate networks:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/06/microsoft-iot-fancy-bear/




Balkan countries boost their air defense capabilities, albeit for different
reasons:

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2019/08/05/balkan-countries-boost-their-air-defense-capabilities-albeit-for-different-reasons/









Brazil expected to start sea trials for first-of-class Riachuelo submarine:

https://www.janes.com/article/90294/brazil-expected-to-start-sea-trials-for-first-of-class-riachuelo-submarine




In slap at Maduro, US freezes Venezuela’s government assets:

https://apnews.com/6f65790a367d45428f781fb9436e32ca




Colombian Navy test-fired SSM-700K Haeseong anti-ship missile from FS-1500
Almirante:

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2019/august/7356-colombian-navy-has-test-fired-ssm-700k-haeseong-anti-ship-missile-from-fs-1500-almirante-padilla-class-corvette.html









China: MOZI 2 solar-powered UAV successfully made its maiden flight:

http://defensewebtv.com/international-news/video/china-mozi-2-solar-powered-uav-successfully-made-its-maiden-flight



Images confirm Y-8Q MPAs in service with China’s Northern Theatre Command:

https://www.janes.com/article/90310/images-confirm-y-8q-mpas-in-service-with-china-s-northern-theatre-command



Chinese police mass 12,000 anti-riot officers in Shenzhen for drill:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3021597/chinese-police-mass-12000-anti-riot-officers-shenzhen-drill



China’s Paramilitary Police Could Crush Hong Kong:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/06/chinas-paramilitary-police-could-crush-hong-kong/



Another sea trial for China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier ‘suggests
technical problems’:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3021707/another-sea-trial-chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier





UN report: North Korea cyber experts raised up to $2 billion:

https://apnews.com/2895639125bd49da9f215f2feb0b58a3



Analysis: North Korea's missile tests point to end of nuclear talks:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/06/analysis-north-koreas-missile-tests-point-end-nuclear-talks/





What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First? A controversial book
about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in 1945 is published there for the
first time. It also raises questions about how North Korea finally got a bomb.:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home










Holy **** It’s Viper! Tom Skerritt teases the return of Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf in
Top Gun: Maverick:

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/holy-its-viper-tom-skerritt-teases-the-return-of-mike-viper-metcalf-in-top-gun-maverick/



Admiral that oversaw Eddie Gallagher prosecution implicated in ‘Fat Leonard’
probe, Navy documents indicate:

https://taskandpurpose.com/admiral-that-oversaw-eddie-gallagher-prosecution-implicated-in-fat-leonard-probe-navy-documents-indicate



3D images show long-lost World War II-era submarine USS Grunion:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uss-grunion-found-with-new-3d-wreckage-photos-by-the-lost-52-project/



How Fishing Boats Have Become Warships:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/08/05/fishing-boats-have-become-the-new-warships/



Military's Deadly Germ Lab Shut Down Due to Sloppy Work, Leaky Equipment:

https://gizmodo.com/militarys-deadly-germ-lab-shut-down-due-to-sloppy-work-1836999279



You Can Buy Paul Allen's MiG-29 Fulcrum Jet Fighter:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29292/you-can-buy-paul-allens-mig-29-fulcrum-jet-fighter



The small sat solution to hypersonic weapons, explained:

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/2019/08/06/the-small-sat-solution-to-hypersonic-weapons-explained/



Capella First For ‘Holy Grail’ of Real-Time SAR-Sat Images:

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/08/capella-first-for-holy-grail-of-real-time-sar-sat-images/



USAF eyes revolution in small jet turbines:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-usaf-eyes-revolution-in-small-jet-turbines-459858/



3D printing brings scramjet engines closer to reality:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-3d-printing-brings-scramjet-engines-closer-459857/



Northrop Grumman scramjet engine produces record thrust in test:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/northrop-grumman-scramjet-engine-produces-record-thr-460103/



Army wants to put laser weapons on Stryker armored vehicles by 2022:

https://warisboring.com/army-wants-to-put-laser-weapons-on-stryker-armored-vehicles-by-2022/



New Army Laser Could Kill Cruise Missiles:

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/08/newest-army-laser-could-kill-cruise-missiles/



U.S. Army invests in additional Q-53 radars and capabilities:

https://armyrecognition.com/august_2019_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/u.s._army_invests_in_additional_q-53_radars_and_capabilities.html



Congress Demanded The Army Put Its Plans To Gut Its Underappreciated Naval Fleet
On Hold:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29283/congress-demanded-the-army-put-its-plans-to-gut-its-underappreciated-naval-fleet-on-hold



Kratos primes engine pipeline in anticipation of Valkyrie UCAS orders:

https://www.janes.com/article/90272/kratos-primes-engine-pipeline-in-anticipation-of-valkyrie-ucas-orders



B-52H arrive at Tinker Air Force Base after receiving ‘milk-bottle’
replacements:

https://defence-blog.com/news/b-52h-arrive-at-tinker-air-force-base-after-receiving-milk-bottle-replacements.html



With China, Russia in Mind, Pentagon Adding Stealthy Cruise Missiles:

https://www.defenseone.com/business/2019/08/china-russia-mind-pentagon-adding-stealthy-cruise-missiles/158943/?oref=d-topstory



Raytheon delivers prototype mid-band jammer for use on EA-18G fighter:

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/08/05/Raytheon-delivers-prototype-mid-band-jammer-for-use-on-EA-18G-fighter/8041565026918/



F-35's next engine to reach for more range:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-f-35s-next-engine-to-reach-for-more-range-459856/



New Berthing Barges Boost Morale:

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlog/articles/20190806.aspx
Andrew Swallow
2019-08-06 19:03:02 UTC
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The Forgotten Navy: U.S. minesweeper fleet in disrepair as Iran drops more
https://warisboring.com/the-forgotten-navy-u-s-minesweeper-fleet-in-disrepair-as-iran-drops-more-explosives-in-strait-of-hormuz/
Sounds like the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be seeing active duty
soon. Iranians are dropping many mines that need clearing.
George
2019-08-06 20:23:22 UTC
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The Forgotten Navy: U.S. minesweeper fleet in disrepair as Iran
https://warisboring.com/the-forgotten-navy-u-s-minesweeper-fleet-in-disrepair-as-iran-drops-more-explosives-in-strait-of-hormuz/
Sounds like the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be seeing active
duty soon. Iranians are dropping many mines that need clearing.
Pick them up and drop them off around Iranian ports


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d***@hotmail.com
2019-08-06 20:22:19 UTC
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What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First? A controversial book
about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in 1945 is published there for the
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home
Quote:

"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the Japanese military,
just prior to their surrender, had actually developed and successfully test-
fired an atomic device. The project had been housed in or near Konan (the
Japanese name for Hungnam), on the coast in the northern part of the peninsula.

To make matters worse, by the end of 1945 the Soviets—who did not yet have an
atomic bomb—had occupied much of Korea north of the 38th parallel and the plant
where the Japanese atom bomb had been developed was under their control."


Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
George
2019-08-06 21:55:51 UTC
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What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First? A
controversial book about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in
1945 is published there for the first time. It also raises
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home
"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the
Japanese military, just prior to their surrender, had actually
developed and successfully test- fired an atomic device. The project
had been housed in or near Konan (the Japanese name for Hungnam), on
the coast in the northern part of the peninsula.
To make matters worse, by the end of 1945 the Soviets—who did not yet
have an atomic bomb—had occupied much of Korea north of the 38th
parallel and the plant where the Japanese atom bomb had been
developed was under their control."
Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
There never was such a program and the US were the only successful bomb
makers and deliverers


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Dean Markley
2019-08-07 11:41:51 UTC
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What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First? A controversial book
about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in 1945 is published there for the
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home
"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the Japanese military,
just prior to their surrender, had actually developed and successfully test-
fired an atomic device. The project had been housed in or near Konan (the
Japanese name for Hungnam), on the coast in the northern part of the peninsula.
To make matters worse, by the end of 1945 the Soviets—who did not yet have an
atomic bomb—had occupied much of Korea north of the 38th parallel and the plant
where the Japanese atom bomb had been developed was under their control."
Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
I've not read the publication cited. However, this topic pops up frequently and seems to have a lot of holes in it, namely very little genuine evidence.
Byker
2019-08-07 22:20:38 UTC
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What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First? A controversial book
about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in 1945 is published there for the
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home
"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the Japanese military,
just prior to their surrender, had actually developed and successfully test-
fired an atomic device. The project had been housed in or near Konan (the
Japanese name for Hungnam), on the coast in the northern part of the peninsula.
To make matters worse, by the end of 1945 the Soviets—who did not yet have an
atomic bomb—had occupied much of Korea north of the 38th parallel and the plant
where the Japanese atom bomb had been developed was under their control."
Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
From all I've heard, it never got far beyond the drawing board:

https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-japan-bomb-20150805-story.html

https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/new-documents-found-pointing-to-japanese-atomic-bomb-pr-1722338915
SolomonW
2019-08-08 10:55:59 UTC
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Post by d***@hotmail.com
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What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First? A controversial book
about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in 1945 is published there for the
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home
"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the Japanese military,
just prior to their surrender, had actually developed and successfully test-
fired an atomic device. The project had been housed in or near Konan (the
Japanese name for Hungnam), on the coast in the northern part of the peninsula.
To make matters worse, by the end of 1945 the Soviets—who did not yet have an
atomic bomb—had occupied much of Korea north of the 38th parallel and the plant
where the Japanese atom bomb had been developed was under their control."
Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-japan-bomb-20150805-story.html
https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/new-documents-found-pointing-to-japanese-atomic-bomb-pr-1722338915
There is nothing new here.
a425couple
2019-08-08 21:21:11 UTC
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What If, in World War II, Japan Got the Atomic Bomb First?  A
controversial book
about Japan’s race to build an atomic weapon in 1945 is published there for the
first time. It also raises questions about how North Korea finally
got a
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-world-war-ii-what-if-japan-got-the-atomic-bomb-first?ref=home
"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the Japanese military,
just prior to their surrender, had actually developed and successfully test-
fired an atomic device. The project had been housed in or near Konan (the
Japanese name for Hungnam), on the coast in the northern part of the peninsula.
To make matters worse, by the end of 1945 the Soviets—who did not yet
have
an
atomic bomb—had occupied much of Korea north of the 38th parallel and the plant
where the Japanese atom bomb had been developed was under their control."
Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-japan-bomb-20150805-story.html
https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/new-documents-found-pointing-to-japanese-atomic-bomb-pr-1722338915
There is NO evidence of any test firing of a device.
All that is sensationalized distortions.

Japan did have a fairly serious effort, but in terms of
what was needed to succeed, very tiny project.
This wiki seems fair and accurate.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_nuclear_weapon_program
I will cut & past one section,
" Lieutenant-General Takeo Yasuda on a train. Yasuda was at the
time director of the Army Aeronautical Department's Technical
Research Institute. Nishina told Yasuda about the possibility
of building nuclear weapons.[10] However, the Japanese fission
project did not formally begin until April 1941 when Yasuda acted
on Army Minister Hideki Tōjō's order to investigate the possibilities
of nuclear weapons. Yasuda passed the order down the chain of command
to Viscount Masatoshi Ōkōchi, director of the RIKEN Institute, who
in turn passed it to Nishina, whose Nuclear Research Laboratory by
1941 had over 100 researchers.[11]
Meanwhile, the Imperial Japanese Navy's Technology Research
Institute had been pursuing its own separate investigations,
and had engaged professors from the Imperial University, Tokyo,
for advice on nuclear weapons. This resulted in the formation of
the Committee on Research in the Application of Nuclear Physics,
chaired by Nishina, that met ten times between July 1942 and March
1943. It concluded in a report that while an atomic bomb was, in
principle, feasible, "it would probably be difficult even for the
United States to realize the application of atomic power during
the war". This caused the Navy to lose interest and to concentrate
instead on research into radar.[11]"

It was really very far beyond their industrial capacity.
But they, the Army, pushed on with a small project, but
that was destroyed in March 1945 Tokyo firebombing.
But it was because of their own research, they were quick
to understand what had happened at Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
Rich Rostrom
2019-08-08 21:37:18 UTC
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"After the war ended, intelligence officials learned that the Japanese
military, just prior to their surrender, had actually developed and successfully
test-fired an atomic device."
Sounds like BS, anyone out there know more about the Japanese A-Bomb program?
Quite so. The US built the Bomb, but it took enormous industrial
resources which Japan didn't have, plus an array of geniuses in
the field: Fermi, Szilard, von Neumann, many others. We had the
best in the US, plus a large contingent from Britain. _And_ experts
who had defected from Axis countries: notably Fermi, of course,
but also for instance Klaus Fuchs. (Fuchs was a Communist spy, but
it was later noted that "compartmentalization" would not have kept
him from the most important secrets, because he would have been in
the most important "compartment" due to his brilliance.) Japan had
a few bright chaps, but nothing like this.

The article suggests that the Japanese facility was looted by the
Soviets, which is nonsense. If the Soviets captured a plant where
Japan had built a working Bomb, why did it take them three years to
build another Bomb? Why was there _nothing_ in the records of the
Soviet Bomb project, or in the recollections of those who worked
on it, about information gained from Japan? (And a great deal of
information about the Soviet project has been disclosed.)

No, it's just lurid "fake history".
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