US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea

EOUL, South Korea (AP) – The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.

The United States often sends powerful military aircraft in a show of force in times of heightened animosities with North Korea. The North launched its latest missile as it protested against tough new U.N. sanctions over its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.

Monday’s flyovers over the Korean Peninsula involved two B-1Bs and four F-35Bs from the U.S. military and four F-15K fighter jets from South Korea, according to the South Korean and U.S. militaries. The U.S. and South Korean planes practiced attacks by releasing live weapons at a firing range in South Korea, the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korean F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S., South Korea  on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korean F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S., South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

The U.S. warplanes also conducted formation training with Japanese fighter jets over waters near the southern island of Kyushu, according to the Pacific Command.

Since Kim Jong Un took power in North Korea in late 2011, his nation has tested weapons at a torrid pace. The country flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. Its nuclear test in September was its most powerful to date.

Many experts say it’s only a matter of time until Kim achieves his stated objective of possessing reliable nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking anywhere in the mainland U.S.

State media on Saturday quoted Kim as saying that North Korea’s final goal “is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option” for the North.

Alarmed by North Korea’s advancing weapons programs, many conservatives in South Korea have called for the reintroduction of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in the South. But the liberal-leaning government of President Moon Jae-in said it has no intention of requesting that the U.S. bring back such weapons.

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo told lawmakers on Monday that it is “not proper” to reintroduce U.S. nuclear weapons. He previously said the idea should be “deeply considered” by the allies, inflaming already-heated debate on the issue.

Meanwhile, China’s Communist Party newspaper on Monday criticized the United States for demanding that Beijing put more pressure on North Korea to rein in its weapons programs.

“The so-called ‘China’s responsibility theory’ is essentially moral kidnapping,” the People’s Daily said in a commentary. It also noted that sanctions should not harm “legitimate economic and trade exchanges between North Korea and the outside world” and the lives of everyday people.

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea’s trade and sends largely free crude oil shipments to the North. Beijing has been increasingly frustrated with North Korea’s nuclear drive, but it still doesn’t want the North to collapse and cause a wave of refugees to cross the border into China and American troops to move into North Korea.

China’s foreign ministry said Monday that military threats being made by North Korea and the U.S. were counterproductive.

“Some related parties keep sending threatening messages both in words and deeds that include warnings of military actions to each other,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular briefing. “But actually, these kinds of actions didn’t help solving the problem but further complicate the situation, which do no good to the resolution of the peninsular issue.”

Instead, he said, the international community should strictly implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.N. Security Council.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also said in comments reported Monday by the Bild daily that the world should wait for the sanctions to bite, but that “visions and courageous steps” such as direct negotiations with North Korea are also needed.

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force F-35B stealth fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force F-35B stealth fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Monday's flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of U.S.-led international pressure on the country. The North conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 and was subsequently hit with tough, fresh U.N. sanctions.  (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Monday’s flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of U.S.-led international pressure on the country. The North conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 and was subsequently hit with tough, fresh U.N. sanctions. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea  on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea  on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Monday's flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of U.S.-led international pressure on the country. The North conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 and was subsequently hit with tough, fresh U.N. sanctions.(South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Monday’s flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of U.S.-led international pressure on the country. The North conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 and was subsequently hit with tough, fresh U.N. sanctions.(South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

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Rohingya crisis: Why India needs to have a concrete refugee policy and a law

According to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 3 lakh Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since August 25 when the latest phase of violence broke out in the Rakhine province of the country.
Earlier in May this year, the UNHCR stated that about 1,68,000 Rohingyas had fled Myanmar since 2012, when clashes with Buddhists erupted in the trouble-torn Arakan region. Over 40,000 of those Rohingyas, who fled Myanmar, have entered India illegally , according to government’s estimate.
The Narendra Modi government is concerned over Rohingyas’ stay in India for security regions. In its affidavit to the Supreme Court, the government said that some of the Rohingyas with militant background were found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat. They have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the internal and national security of India, the Centre told the Supreme Court.

WHAT GOVERNMENT WANTS TO DO WITH ROHINGYAS?
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has stated it categorically that the government is looking for ways to deport over 40,000 Rohingyas living in the country illegally. The government is worried about the suspected infiltration of terror outfits among the displaced people living in various camps.
The UNHCR and the Amnesty International, however, asked India to reconsider its decision saying that the Rohingyas are the most persecuted ethnic group in the world. India should adopt humanitarian approach in dealing with Rohingya problem, they said.
Refusing to bow under international pressure over Rohingya crisis, India made it clear that it would not compromise with the security concerns of the country. However, the government decided to extend help to Bangladesh in providing all amenities to the fleeing Rohingyas, who are being relocated in camps there. India also asked Myanmar to end persecution of Rohingyas.
ROHINGYAS AS REFUGEES IN INDIA
Though India has the biggest number of refugees in the country in the entire South Asia and dealt with one of the biggest refugee crises in the world during partition of the country seven decades back, New Delhi does not have a refugee specific law.
The Constitution of India only defines who is a citizen of India. The subsequent laws also do not deal with refugees. In legal terms, a person living in India can be either a citizen or a foreigner defined under the Foreigners Act, 1946.
India has also not been a signatory of the 1951 UN Convention or the 1967 Protocol – both relating to the Status of Refugees and included in the UNHCR statute. According to the UNHCR, a refugee is a person living in another country following persecution in his own on the grounds of “race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”
Before the present Rohingya crisis broke out, there were “2,07,861 persons of concern in India, of whom 2,01,281 were refugees and 6,480 asylum seekers” by the end of 2015, according to UNHCR.
There are about 16,000 UNHCR-certified Rohingya refugees in India. The government estimate puts the figure of Rohingya refugees living in India beyond 40,000 with maximum concentration in and around Jammu.
ISSUES WITH ROHINGYAS LIVING IN INDIA
Before the Rohingya crisis acquired international proportion, their population in Myanmar was estimated at around 10 lakh. Under the 1982 citizenship law, Myanmar government recognised only about 40,000 Rohingyas as its citizens. The rest were dubbed as “illegal Bengalis” – immigrants from Bangladesh.
As the Myanmar government does not recognise the Rohingyas as its citizens, in general, it will be difficult for India to deport them. And, in the absence of a well defined refugee policy backed by a law passed by Parliament, India won’t be able to accommodate Rohingyas as their stay in the country will give a spin to political narrative.
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that many Rohingyas have acquired documents meant for Indian citizens only like Aadhaar, PAN and Voter-ID. This raises the concern of naturalisation of illegal migrants by fraudulent means. Given the socio-economic complexities of Indian society and politics, soon there may be a debate around the minority rights of the Rohingyas.
In the absence of a law to deal with refugees, their identification and surveillance will become difficult especially when the intelligence agencies have warned the jihadi terror outfits are looking to exploit the vulnerability of Rohingyas.
REFUGEE POLICY AND A BILL
Till now the successive governments have dealt with refugee question on case by case basis. The Tibetan refugees were given the Registration Certificates and the Identity Certificates.
The Sri Lankan Tamils, who fled their country to escape persecution by the government forces when the island nation was battling with the LTTE insurgency, were classified as “camp refugees” and “non-camp refugees”.
The minority refugees – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan were allowed to stay in India on Long Term Visas.
In 2015, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor introduced a Private Member’s Bill titled the Asylum Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to provide for the establishment of a legal framework to deal with refugee problem. But, the Bill has not yet been taken up for consideration.

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Woman Found Naked After Surviving in Wilderness For a Month

Police in Bullock County, Alabama were working to piece together the last month for a woman who went missing in July but was found naked on a rural road this past weekend after surviving on berries and muddy water, according to NBC News.

Judy Garner discovered Lisa Theris while driving along Highway 82, but first mistook the girl for a deer while she was pulling over to take a closer look.

“I started shaking. I was crying, I was scared, and I didn’t know what to do,” Garner said. “So I went over to her and asked her if she would stay there while I get water out of my van. She stayed, and I called 911 and told them I had found a girl on the road.”

Theris, 25, had been missing since July 18 from her home in Louisville, AL but was found covered in bug bites and scratch marks across her skin while her hair had been deeply matted and dirt was embedded under her nails.

“She said she ate berries and drank muddy water,” Garner said. “I gave her a hug and said, ‘You poor thing. You’ve been through a lot.’”

Theris was lethargic when Garner found her and begged for Garner to not leave her alone.

Chief Anthony Williams of the Bullock County Sheriff’s Department was one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive and expressed how delicate the situation was.

“That’s my first time ever witnessing someone in that condition,” Williams said.

An ambulance eventually transported Theris to a nearby hospital who later released her to her family’s home in Louisville after none of her injuries were deemed severe.

Theris’ brother Will wrote a Facebook post along with a picture of his sister in the hospital that read: “28 days stranded out in the wilderness and Lisa is still standing, strongest person I know.”  In another post, he wrote that having his sister home felt “like a dream.”

Police said they were still investigating how Theris ended up in her condition since two suspects that were arrested on burglary and theft charges were believed to be involved in Theris’ disappearance.

Manley Davis and Randall Oswald were arrested two weeks after her disappearance and told authorities they were planning to rob a hunting camp while driving with Theris in their vehicle.

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A limited strike, full-scale invasion or pressure on China: MARK ALMOND outlines the possible military options the US is considering against North Korea

The war of threats between President Trump and the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un, is setting global nerves on edge.

We’re used to blood curdling propaganda from Pyongyang, but an American president using the same kind of language – ‘fire and fury’ – is a new departure. The threat of nuclear war in East Asia is suddenly alarmingly close.

But before this hysterical rhetoric reaches a climax, Western leaders must consider what history and strategic analysis teaches us about how to avoid calamity – or how best to contain it.

The devastating nature of the first Korean War in 1950-53 is a warning of the huge costs of a second, which could also drag in countries as close as Japan, as remote as Britain or as reluctant as China.

The options Washington is considering, range from the tried-and-trusted – to the once unthinkable.

Option 1: A Limited Strike

In 1994, President Clinton considered using strategic bombers to attack North Korea’s nuclear facilities before an atomic weapon could be produced.

Then, as now, the US had a range of airbases in South Korea, Japan and Guam from which to strike, with B1 bombers and cruise missiles plus its fleet of nuclear aircraft carriers, each with more attack planes than the entire RAF.

Clinton decided against military action because of fears North Korea’s huge ground force would wreak havoc across the South Korean border. A major war would be needed to defeat it.

Today, North Korea is far better prepared to survive even a severe air attack by the US. Its nuclear forces are not sitting ducks. It has repeatedly deployed mobile launchers so it can move and hide missiles.

The newer North Korean solid-fuelled missiles can also be launched much more quickly than the older liquid-fuelled rockets. These developments make neutralising Kim’s atomic warheads by a massive airstrike far from fool-proof.

2: Full-Scale Invasion

The US military routed the North Koreans in the first Korean War, but the US had many more troops and landing craft at its disposal. The US navy facilitated the D-Day style landing on the coast behind the North Korean Army, trapping it in the South.

North Korea has no navy to speak of to protect its coastline, and it’s tempting to imagine US Marines pouring ashore and marching to Pyongyang, just as they did in October 1950. But this time the North Korean army – ill-equipped but vast in size – would be waiting. To win quickly and decisively the US would require the bulk of its military man power to be deployed to Korea.

But Washington has other problems, from Afghanistan to Syria. War in Korea would tie down the army and marines – unless South Korea’s 650,000 troops also took part. However, South Korea is reluctant to engage in a pre-emptive war that would threaten Seoul and other cities with destruction from the North.

Then there is China. It is vehemently hostile to the US THAAD missile defence system that has recently been deployed in South Korea. Beijing’s fear is the real target of any US military action in the region is ultimately China. To act without being sure of Chinese neutrality runs the risk of a wider and far more perilous conflict – World War III in all probability.

Even if China was ready to accept the fall of Kim’s regime, a conventional invasion would not be quick enough to prevent Kim launching some kind of nuclear strike, as well as firing off his stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.

The North has as many as 60 nuclear bombs, according to US intelligence. If only a couple were successfully launched at South Korea, the scale of the casualties would be horrendous.

3: A Decapitation Strike

A successful set of airstrikes on North Korea’s nuclear stockpile will not halt Kim’s ambitions. As long as the regime survives, it will be attempt to rebuild. So knocking out the North Korean leadership in a so-called decapitation strike is being widely touted in Washington.

Smart bombs could surely locate and kill Kim and his key commanders before they could organise a deadly counter-attack?

Unfortunately, a successful strike wouldn’t stop a barrage of a rockets being fired in instant retaliation.

In any case, assassinating foreign leaders is easier said than done. It would be a very lucky strike that took out Kim and his fellow leaders. If it failed, Kim’s revenge would be indiscriminate attacks aimed at South Korea, Japan and any US bases within range.

In practice, a decapitation strike would mean all-out war. And even if that was successful, a US-South Korean occupation of North Korea could face guerrilla resistance using Kim’s poison gas and bacteriological weapons.

Nor would China – faced with the prospect of millions of refugees – be pleased by a speedy collapse of Kim’s regime.

4: A US nuclear strike

Hotheads in Washington talk about using America’s massive nuclear superiority to ‘eliminate’ North Korea as a threat once and for all.

But such an attack would kill millions of Kim’s long-suffering subjects, making a mushroom-cloud sized mockery of America’s moral case against the regime. The fall-out from a US first-strike would shatter alliances and trigger massively increased defence spending by China and Russia.

5: Pressure on China

Trump has both wooed and warned Chinese leaders to use their influence to rein in Kim. It has even been suggested that China’s contacts could be used to promote regime-change from within. But their reach might be limited. North Koreans are wary of being seen to be close to the Chinese. They remember what happened in 2013, soon after Kim came to power, when his uncle Jang was deemed to be in thrall to Beijing. He was allegedly fed to dogs.

China remains the conduit for much of Kim’s most threatening technology. US intelligence fears that even if the Chinese government could be persuaded to stop providing assistance, North Korea will be able to bribe Chinese manufacturers to share their military secrets.

Whatever role it plays in limiting North Korea’s belligerence, China will want a guarantee of North Korea’s survival as a state in return. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, has suggested he could live with that. Now he has to persuade Trump.

6: International action

The UN Security Council has backed sanctions since Pyongyang started its nuclear tests a decade ago, and last week reinforced that strategy. This means Beijing and Moscow agree in principle with what the US and its allies want.

China and Russia are North Korea’s lifeline to the outside world. They could strangle the regime if they acted together to cut trade and transport links. But then Beijing and Moscow might become targets of Kim’s missiles, too. Even if prepared for that risk, presidents Xi and Putin would demand a high price in exchange for their help.

Mark Almond is the director of the Crisis Research Institute, Oxford

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Parents warned as teen dies after drinking three high-caffeine drinks

16-year-old boy who collapsed and died at school in South Carolina last month was killed by a cardiac event brought on by drinking too much caffeine, a coroner has concluded.

In the two hours before he collapsed in class at Spring Hill High School, Davis Allen Cripe had drunk a  caffè latte, a large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink.

It is thought that the high quantity of caffeine, consumed in a short period of time, brought on cardiac arrhythmia, whereby abnormal electric activity which makes the heart beat fast and irregularly, potentially affecting the brain, heart and other organs.

Davis collapsed just before 2.30pm on April 26, and was pronounced dead 70 minutes later. An autopsy found that he had been healthy with  no undiagnosed heart conditions, and had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

At a press conference this week Coroner Gary Watts said: “This was not an overdose. We lost Davis from a totally legal substance.

“Our purpose here today is to let people know, especially our young kids in school, that these drinks can be dangerous, and be very careful with how you use them, and how many you drink on a daily basis.”

Davis had had an abnormal reaction to the caffeine, Watts said: “You can have five people line up and all of them do the exact same thing with him that day, drink more, and it may not have any type of effect on them at all.”

Speaking at the press conference, Davis’s father Sean Cripe said: “Like all parents, we worry about our kids as they grow up. We worry about their safety, their health, especially once they start driving.

“But it wasn’t a car crash that took his life. Instead, it was an energy drink.”

“Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks,” said Watts.

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US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

The US military dropped America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials.

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission. A MOAB is a 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition.
President Donald Trump called it “another successful job” later Thursday.
The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, stationed in Afghanistan and operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told CNN.
Officials said the target was an ISIS cave and tunnel complex and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province, a remote area in the country’s east which borders Pakistan.]
“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later Thursday. The strike “targeted a system of tunnels and cave that ISIS fighters use to move around freely.”
Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US, Hamdullah Mohib, told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that the bomb was dropped after fighting had intensified over the last week between US Special Forces and Afghan troops against ISIS.
The US and Afghan forces were unable to advance because ISIS had mined the area with explosives, so the bomb was dropped to clear the tunnels, Mohib said.
Trump declined to say whether he personally signed off on the strike, but did comment, “Everybody knows exactly what happens. So, what I do is I authorize our military.”
He continued, “We have given them total authorization and that’s what they’re doing.”
Asked about Trump’s “total authorization” comments, a senior administration official declined to specify whether the President indeed ordered the strike in Afghanistan.
But the official said that in general, “We don’t approve every strike,” adding that, “This administration has moved further away” from dictating military strategy from the White House.
The President has granted military commanders broader latitude to act independently on several battlefields where US forces are involved, which Trump touted as making a “tremendous difference” in the fight against ISIS.
During the campaign, Trump vowed to eradicate ISIS, saying he would “bomb the s**t” out of the terror group, also known as ISIL.
Republican hawks were quick to voice their support for the strike Thursday.
“I hope America’s adversaries are watching & now understand there’s a new sheriff in town,” tweeted Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. “Pleased Air Force dropped MOAB against ISIL in Afghanistan. Must be more aggressive against ISIL everywhere – including Afghanistan.”
But California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier voiced concerns about potentially increasing US military involvement in Afghanistan.
“We are escalating in an area I think we should be deescalating in,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Coupled with what happened in Yemen, what happened in Syria, these are efforts that are made to suggest that we will be engaging in wars in three different countries simultaneously.”
Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb, according to the sources. The authority to deploy the weapon was granted to Nicholson by the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, Stump said.
This is the first time a MOAB has been used in the battlefield, according to the US officials. This munition was developed during the Iraq war and is an air blast-type warhead that explodes before hitting the ground in order to project a a massive blast to all sides.
During the final stages of testing in 2003, military officials told CNN that the MOAB was mainly conceived as a weapon employed for “psychological operations.” Military officials said they hoped the MOAB would create such a huge blast that it would rattle Iraqi troops and pressure them into surrendering or not even fighting.
As originally conceived, the MOAB was to be used against large formations of troops and equipment or hardened above-ground bunkers. The target set has also been expanded to include targets buried under softer surfaces, like caves or tunnels.
But while the MOAB bomb detonates with the power of 18,000 pounds of tritonal explosives, the size of its explosion pales in comparison to that of a nuclear bomb.
Former Defense Secretary William Perry described the stark difference in power between a MOAB and nuclear bomb.
“The #MOAB explosive yield is 0.011 kilotons, typical nuclear yield is 10-180 kilotons – the US alone possesses over 7000 nuclear weapons,” he tweeted.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Nicholson said in a statement following the strike.
“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” Nicholson added.
“US forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike. US Forces will continue offensive operations until ISIS-K is destroyed in Afghanistan,” read the statement from US Forces Afghanistan.
The extent of the damage and whether anyone was killed is not yet clear. The military is currently conducting an assessment.
The Pentagon is currently reviewing whether to deploy additional trainers to Afghanistan to help bolster US allies there.
The Achin district is the primary center of ISIS activity in Afghanistan. A US Army Special Forces soldier was killed fighting the terror group there Saturday.
There are about 8,400 US troops in Afghanistan and they regularly perform counterterrorism operations against ISIS in the Nangarhar Province.
The US counterterrorism mission is separate from the NATO-led effort to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police force.
While ISIS is identified primarily with its presence in Iraq and Syria, US and coalition officials have long expressed concern about a growing presence in Afghanistan.
ISIS first emerged in the summer of 2015 in the country’s east, fast gaining ground and support, often among disaffected Taliban or Afghan youth.
US military officials have said the ISIS branch is largely comprised of former members of regional terror groups, including the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
A US official told CNN that the military estimates are that the Afghan affiliate of ISIS has about 600 to 800 fighters, primarily based in two to three districts in southern Nangarhar. There are also a small number of ISIS operatives in Kunar province as well, the official added.
The Afghan offshoot’s link to the organization’s Syria-based leadership has been questioned. Many say in fact the Afghan ISIS fighters came from Pakistan and adopted the group’s branding in order to get financing.

Karnataka in for a dry summer without monsoon: KRS, Kabini dams inch towards dead storage; minister advises water-rationing

Bengalureans are in for a tough summer if the monsoon is delayed as drinking water will be available only up to June 15, said Karnataka water resources minister MB Patil on Monday. He advised that the city starts rationing water consumption.

He also added that Karnataka is in no position to provide water to Tamil Nadu right now referring to the long fight over Cauvery water between the two states.

The Supreme Court had ordered Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day on March 21, 2017. However, the minister said that they have not released extra water to the neighbouring state since October.

After reviewing water levels in the state’s reservoirs, Patil told farmers to stop using irrigation pump-sets as “the state cannot afford water for the second crop.” His department would coordinate with other departments to ensure efficient use of water.

He also appealed to the people to use water judiciously, emphasising on the seriousness of the acute water shortage in the growing city.

“The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB)’s daily requirement will be met. The current estimates suggest we can afford to give 800 cusecs of water every day , and the current storage will last for 60 days. Drinking water will be available till June 15. Water rationing is advisable if the monsoon is delayed,” said Patil.

While the city requires 600 cusecs a day, the water resources department will release 800 cusecs from the Krishna Sagar (KRS) and Kabini dams for BWSSB as there are leakages and water evaporation. Villages along the route also use Cauvery water.

“It’s up to the BWSSB how it does the rationing. Principal secretary (water resources) Rakesh Singh will have a second meeting with BWSSB chairman Tushar Giri Nath to discuss the details,” the minister said.

It is not just the BWSSB but also the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department that could start water-rationing so that the current water can be used for a longer period of time.

This move will affect farmers and others dependent on agriculture.

The government said that it has asked Maharashtra to release 2 tmc ft water from Krishna river for villages in Belagavi district. However, the western state said it can do so only after Karnataka releases 1.2 tmc ft water from Indi Branch Canal to Sholapur in Maharashtra, which they will be able to “release only after May”. Karnataka buys water from Maharashtra for the Belagavi district.

KRS hitting dead storage

The KRS reservoir with a capacity of 124.80 ft was at 75.24 ft at 6 am on Monday, April 10. The previous year on the same day the water level in the reservoir was 81.39 ft.

The current water storage level is close to dead storage i.e. 74 ft.

According to officials, the reservoir would reach dead storage if the outflow is not reduced.

Patil said that they’ll take a call later if the dead storage at KRS and Kabini will be used.

Source :- https://in.yahoo.com/news/karnataka-dry-summer-without-monsoon-064540608.html

Why is the Valentine’s Day Celebration in Patna So Awesome?

Patna, the capital city of Bihar, is well connected by rail, road and airways network from the rest of India. Bihar has always been an integral part of Indian culture and tradition since time immemorial. The great warriors like Guru Govind Singh, Samrat Ashoka, Chandragupta Maurya and others have always stood out for the cause of the people whenever needed.

Bihar’s contribution towards disseminating the message of peace and love across the world cannot be ignored either. Gautama Buddha has spread the message of non-violence, peace and love from the very land of Magadha (Present day Bihar). The father of Jainism, Mahavira also tried preaching for peace and harmony from Bihar.

Bihar is the world within itself. Whoever comes to Bihar or Patna (its capital city), he or she is sure to get mesmerized by the tranquility, peace and scrumptious food available in the city.

Top 5 Flowers Option for Valentine’s Day Celebration

  • Rose: It is the epitome of love and romance. Certainly, sending someone a bouquet of fresh roses on Valentine’s Day makes him or she feel so special. A single rose petal speaks a lot about love and romance. Definitely, it will cast its magic spell when a person receives the same from his or her loved one.
  • Sunflower: This flower represents one’s everlasting love for another. It is a perfect Valentine’s gift to win somebody’s hearts. The flower emits a sweet fragrance, which is enough to win somebody’s mind and heart instantly.
  • Daffodils: Nothing skips a heart more than having a bunch of fresh daffodils emitting sweet aroma. Daffodil is a perfect Valentine’s flower to elevate the level of a romantic relationship to a new height. Sending valentines day flowers to Patna was never easier. However, it can be easily done by visiting an appropriate online flower store.
  • Orchid: If there is one flower that symbolizes romance, beauty and bonding for each other, then it is orchid. Sending a bunch of Orchids on Valentine’s Day is an amazing experience.
  • Tulip: Lovebirds say that the center of a Tulip symbolizes heart. Certainly, Tulip has its own elegance and enigma on Valentine’s Day. There was a time when availing a bunch of Tulip in India was extremely difficult. Thanks to the online gift system, that one can easily send Tulips to their loved ones within a fraction of second now.

The Couple’s Paradise
Married couples or the lovebirds often throng to costly locations to celebrate Valentine’s Day without realizing the fact that celebrating the occasion in Patna could be an enchanting one. Pubs, restaurants and hotels stay open until midnight in the town for the people to celebrate the essence of love. The mystic weather, cool breeze and friendly people make this place a ‘lovers’ paradise’ in reality.

In the recent times, Patna has rightly got the tag ‘romantic gateway of the East’. Located in the east of India, this thickly populated capital city of Bihar is famous for its Litti-Chokha, scenic landscapes, historical monuments and thick foliage of greenery in most parts of the city.

 

Launch of nMigrator – Email Migration Software to Migrate Lotus Notes to Outlook, Office 365, Exchange Server Mailboxes

One of the esteemed software firm, working in the field of data management and conversion, recently disclosed a new addition in the long list of software is hosts- Lotus Notes Migration Tool. The software has been developed keeping in mind the need of users to perform the migration of Lotus Notes Mailboxes. IBM Lotus Notes Migration tool for Windows has simplified the conversion by converting .nsf file format into numerous of file formats such as HTML, EML, PST, PDF, EMLX, MBOX, DOC, RTF, XPS, MHT, and MSG.

Reportedly, the idea of this application development originated from the very necessity of business continuity. The solution is outfitted with the advance features, which makes the conversion of NSF files in a flawless manner. Lotus Notes conversion utility comes up numerous of file saving options to store the converted IBM Lotus Notes database file in MS Outlook (.pst and .msg), Apple Mail (.emlx), Windows Live Mail (.eml), Thunderbird (.mbox), PDF, MS Word (.doc), etc. Offline or detached IBM Notes database conversion to the local storage file format is the rising need of users as for creating the backup of Lotus Notes in case of downtime.

IBM Notes converter software has been outfitted with the advance features, which makes the process efficient and flawless. The most striking features of the product are:

• Transfer of IBM Notes database mailboxes in bulk quantity without losing data.

• Migration of NSF data items: emails, calendar, address book, To-do list, etc.

• IBM Domino file converted to PDF, PST, MSG, MBOX, EML, XPS, EMLX, MHT, etc.

• Offers preview and migration of desired file/folder to desired file format accordingly.

• Supports all Windows and IBM Lotus Notes editions to perform data conversion.

• Live environment of IBM Notes client is required to perform the migration of data

• A freeware demo edition offered for properly testing Lotus Notes Migration Tool.

In context of launch of Lotus Notes Migration Tool, Director of Product Development quoted the following statement: “The variant options to store the converted data files are exhibited by the software have been encompassed by keeping in mind the numerous of difficulties Notes users experience while managing their database. With the help of the variant options, users will have a wide choice of parameters to choose from. We are well acquainted with the challenges that Lotus Notes users face in their everyday tasks. Creating the backup of NSF file is the foremost reason of slow performance of IBM Lotus Notes and thus, we thought of developing such solution that could put an end to all the trouble. We believe that Lotus Notes Migration tool will be well appreciated by IBM Notes users.”

As per reports, other than the features that are highlighted, some user-friendly features are also added in the product to mark it as a complete key for NSF conversion procedure. Out of which, speed of data migration of product is the foremost milestone. Available version of IBM Lotus Notes NSF Converter comes up with an amazing conversion speed, which keeps all its competitors far-off to move Lotus Notes mailbox data.

Reportedly, Lotus Notes to MS Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, Apple Mail, etc. solution offers an immediate preview of data files. Before migration of data, users can examine .nsf files to do some sort of investigation on data by viewing the whole Lotus Notes data. The smart feature of this product is that it makes separate output folder after data migration to store it. It gives a wide range of file naming options and desired store location to save the converted data files.

Management of NSF data files is the biggest challenge that most of the Notes users have to face on daily basis to create its backup in other file format. Keeping all these challenges in mind, we developed the solution, so as to ease the efforts put forth to the users. We are really satisfied with the positive response that we are getting from all our customers,” quoted Senior Product Manager of nMigrator.

The solution is made with the potential of performing batch conversion of NSF data files at once. However, Visit the official website to try the product via freeware trial. In addition, contact the support department for further enquiries on the product purchase formalities or operational functions.

Conclusion:
nMigrator software is based on the whole data conversion from Lotus Notes in numerous of file formats. Solution offers provision to select several of NSF file and move all of them desired file format. User-effort and time will be decreased in performing the procedure thus, creation the nMigrator converter whole resolution for users.

About nMigrator:
Over the years, the company has emerged as one of the top brands of software providers in the industry. It recently contributed to the industry with its latest launch of Lotus Notes Migration Tool.

North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea

North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan.

Three of them fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a “new stage of threat”.

They were fired from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North’s border with China, the South Korean military said.

The type of missile in unclear but the North is banned from any missile or nuclear tests by the UN.

A South Korean military official said a launch had taken place at 07:36 local time Monday (22:36 GMT Sunday) and was being investigated to determine the type of projectile used.

The US military said later it had detected and tracked a launch but had determined that it did not pose a threat to North America.

State Department acting spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement: “The United States strongly condemns the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches tonight, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” using the official name of the country the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

On Friday, Pyongyang threatened to fire missiles in response to the Foal Eagle military exercises under way between South Korea and the US. The North sees the annual drills as preparation for an invasion against it.

Monday’s launches were just the latest in a long series of tests of North Korean missile technology, which experts say is likely to be improving with successive tests.

North Korea has repeatedly said its space programme is peaceful but it is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the US.

However, most believe the North is still some time away from being able to miniaturise nuclear warheads so they could fit on to a missile.

Last month North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a new kind of ballistic missile in a launch supervised by leader Kim Jong-un.

It was the first test-firing since Donald Trump became the US president and was condemned by the UN, the US, South Korea and Japan.

Recent activity in the Tongchang-ri region, home to the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, has been a cause for concern for Japanese officials.

Screens have been set up in key areas at the site, probably to deter satellite surveillance, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

On Sunday, South Korea said it would quadruple the reward it pays defectors from the North who share information that will help enhance security to $860,000 (£700,000).

Source :- https://goo.gl/CxUCVk