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News Briefs – February 20, 2019

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U.S. delivers laser-guided rockets to Lebanese military The American Embassy in Lebanon says the United States has delivered laser-guided rockets valued at more than $16 million to the Lebanese army. In a statement, it says the rockets delivered Feb. 13 are a key component for a fleet of A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft previously delivered….

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Virgin Galactic postpones scheduled flight test

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Virgin Galactic has postponed the scheduled Feb. 20 flight test of SpaceShipTwo and VSS Unity because of bad weather at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California. “Our test flight window opened this morning, but the Mojave weather isn’t cooperating,” Virgin Galactic representatives said in a Twitter statement. “We plan to try again…

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Headlines – February 15, 2019

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News Former Air Force tech sergeant who defected to Iran charged with spying – A former Air Force counterintelligence specialist, a technical sergeant, who defected to Iran about five years after leaving the Air Force, has been charged with revealing classified information as well as research about her former colleagues to representatives of the Tehran…

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News Briefs – February 15, 2019

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Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited U.S. military role The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Feb. 12 that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that…

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Headlines – February 13, 2019

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News Despite Kim summits, North Korea still a threat, say US commanders – U.S.-North Korean diplomatic talks have lessened hostilities between the two countries, but Pyongyang hasn’t shown verifiable denuclearization or change in the capability of its military forces, U.S. military officials in the Pacific said Feb. 12 on Capitol Hill.   Military judge airs…

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News Briefs – February 13, 2019

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California governor to draw down guard troops at border California Gov. Gavin Newsom is withdrawing several hundred National Guard troops from the nation’s southern border and changing their mission. The Democrat plans to rescind an earlier authorization for the troops to aid the Trump administration. That agreement was made by former California Gov. Jerry Brown….

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Headlines – February 11, 2019

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News New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases – Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not only stabbed to death a teenage wounded Islamic State prisoner of war during a 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to an officer in his chain of command, but the SEAL also called in “false…

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News Briefs – February 11, 2019

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Air Force pledges cooperation over toxins near former base Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is pledging cooperation with the state of Michigan over toxic chemical pollution near a former military installation, despite a continuing dispute about cleanup responsibilities. Wilson made the promise in a letter to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, who released it Feb. 7….

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Headlines – February 8, 2019

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News Afghan Taliban: no date yet for U.S. troops drawdown – A Taliban official said on Feb. 6 that no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and that negotiations were still underway, contradicting his earlier statements that day.   Pompeo reassures allies of US…

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News Briefs – February 8, 2019

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Taliban: Half of U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1 The U.S. has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, a Taliban official said Feb. 6, but the U.S. military said it has received no orders to begin packing up. Taliban official Abdul Salam Hanafi, speaking on…

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