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Headlines – March 24, 2017

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News Strategic district in southern Afghanistan, Sangin, falls to Taliban – The Taliban captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, the culmination of a years-long offensive that took the lives of more combatants than any other fight for territory in Afghanistan, according to local officials.     Business…

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News Briefs – March 24, 2017

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Seoul says N. Korea’s latest missile test ends in failure South Korea says the latest missile launch test by North Korea has ended in a failure. The reported failure March 22 come as U.S. and South Korean troops were conducting annual military drills that the North calls an invasion rehearsal. Seoul’s Defense Ministry says that…

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Headlines – March 22, 2017

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News Taiwan announces plan to build own submarines – Taiwan will build its own submarines to get around Beijing’s efforts to prevent it from purchasing such craft from overseas and ensure an adequate defense against Chinese threats, President Tsai Ing-wen said March 21.   Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM…

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News Briefs – March 22, 2017

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Israeli drone crashes in Syria, circumstances unclear The Israeli military has confirmed that a drone crashed in Syria earlier this week in unclear circumstances. In a statement, the military said the “Skylark” went down March 19 and that the incident was being investigated. The March 20 statement said there is “no risk of a breach…

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Headlines – March 20, 2017

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News U.S. troops wounded in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan – Three U.S soldiers were wounded March 19 in an apparent insider attack at an Afghan military base in Helmand province.   China to disband over a quarter of its army corps, sources say – China will disband five of the PLA’s 18 army corps,…

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News Briefs – March 20, 2017

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Afghan soldier killed after shooting, wounding 3 U.S. troops An Afghan soldier opened fire March 19 inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead. Navy Cpt. Bill Salvin, a U.S. military spokesman, said coalition forces had killed the soldier “to end the attack,” but Col. Mohammad Rasoul…

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Air Force identifies crew members killed in aircraft crash

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The Air Force on March 16 released the identities of three service members killed the night of March 14 in the crash of a reconnaissance and surveillance plane during a training flight in eastern New Mexico. Cannon Air Force Base officials say the 33-year-old pilot, Capt. Andrew Becker from Novi, Mich., 29-year-old Capt. Kenneth Dalga…

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While Trump talks tough, U.S. quietly cutting nuclear force

Posted March 20, 2017 by Robert Burns

The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower. The reduction to 400…

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News Briefs – March 15, 2017

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Kosovo’s president seeks NATO support for creating army Kosovo’s president has called on NATO to support the transformation of its security force into a regular army with heavy weaponry. President Hashim Thaci sent a draft law to parliament last week seeking approval to form a regular army. The move was immediately denounced by Serbian leaders,…

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Headlines – March 13, 2017

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News Prosecuting Marines over nude photo scandal could be difficult – Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller March 10 promised action against any service member involved in the social media nude photo sharing scandal, but just what punishment these troops could face remains unclear.     Business L3 unveils new sensor system – L3 has…

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