Navy Begins Search for Aircraft
The U.S. Navy is sending a team of deep water salvage experts to search for the transport plane that crashed into the western Pacific Ocean in November.
The Navy said is a statement that while "the aircraft's last position on the surface of the water is known, the depth of water in that area exceeds 16,000 feet, beyond the capabilities of salvage assets in theater."
Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash, but three sailors were lost at sea.
The Navy statement said "Every effort will be made to recover the fallen Sailors."
The salvage experts deployed from Washington will be led by the Navy's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. The team will board a salvage vessel in Japan and then proceed to the crash site where the group will search for the aircraft's emergency relocation pinger.
"If the search is successful, additional deep water salvage assets will deploy to survey and recover the aircraft," the Navy said.
Eight U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1000 square nautical miles in November in the search for the missing sailors.
Congressman Says Africa Next ‘Hot Spot’ for Islamic State
The chair of the House Homeland Security Committee says Africa will be the next “hot spot” for Islamic extremism, amid growing concern about Islamic State migration and recruitment after US-led forces in Iraq and Syria reclaimed the group’s so-called caliphate in the Middle East.
“They seek ungoverned territories and safe havens,” Republican Congressman Michael Thomas McCaul, Sr. said Wednesday. “Africa is going to be the spot, it’s going to be the hot spot.”
Speaking at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said keeping track of where Islamic State fighters are fleeing is a “priority” for his department.
He added that part of the African continent, especially northeastern Nigeria and Libya, have appeared to be a “landing place” for IS militants. He stressed, however, that Africa’s extremism problem cannot be solved by “military action alone,” emphasizing that good governance is important to help fulfill the needs of people across the continent.
With young populations and high unemployment, Congressman Adam Kinzinger said Wednesday that African nations have become the “prime recruiting pool for terrorist groups.”