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Headlines – October 25, 2017

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News North Korea has tested new solid-fuel missile engine – North Korean ballistic missile scientists carried out a static test of a new type of solid-fuel engine early last week, a U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s ballistic missile programs told The Diplomat. According to the source, the test took place at North…

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News Briefs – October 25, 2017

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Qatar opens new military office in D.C., showing U.S. close ties The government of Qatar is opening a new military office in Washington, D.C., as it works to show close security ties to the United States. Qatar’s defense ministry inaugurated the military attaché office Oc.t 23 in the Georgetown neighborhood, a few blocks from Qatar’s…

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Headlines – October 23, 2017

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News U.S. preparing to put nuclear bombers back on 24-hour alert – The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.   Conflicting accounts in Niger ambush are subject of Pentagon investigation – The Pentagon is trying to…

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News Briefs – October 23, 2017

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Air Force: No plans to recall retired pilots to fix shortage The Air Force says it doesn’t plan on using new flexibility under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump to address a pilot shortage by recalling retired pilots. Ann Stefanek, the chief of Air Force media operations, said Oct. 22 the added power…

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Headlines – October 20, 2017

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News Jim Mattis says Senate bill hamstrings U.S. cyber action – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has fired off letters to lawmakers listing his objections to the two versions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, including his fear that language in the bill limits the ability of the U.S. to take decisive action against cyber…

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News Briefs – October 20, 2017

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Pakistan says fence on Afghan border will reduce attacks Pakistan’s military says new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan will help prevent militant attacks, but the stepped-up fortifications have angered Kabul, which does not recognize the frontier as an international border. Maj. Gen. Nauman Zakaria, the Pakistan commander for the South Waziristan…

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Headlines – October 18, 2017

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News Raqqa win pulls U.S. deeper into Syria conflict – As U.S.-backed forces take victory laps in the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, the Pentagon is considering extending its presence deeper into Syria, a move that could bring U.S. troops into contact with pro-regime forces.   McCain says he is on the rocks with…

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News Briefs – October 18, 2017

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U.S. military plane lands in Somalia with aid after bombing A United States military plane has landed in Somalia’s capital with medical and humanitarian aid supplies after Saturday’s massive truck bombing killed more than 300 people. A spokesman for the U.S. African Command tells The Associated Press that the charge d’affaires with the U.S. Mission…

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Headlines – October 16, 2017

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News Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk – Iraqi state television said early Oct. 16 that Iraqi forces had begun an operation to seize the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its surrounding oil fields, despite weeks of urgent efforts by the United States to keep tensions between its allies from boiling over…

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News Briefs – October 16, 2017

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F-35 fighter jet undergoes equipment testing at Alaska base An F-35 fighter jet landed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to undergo testing on the aircraft’s ability to operate in cold conditions, according to a statement released by the U.S. Airforce. The F-35A Lightning II that arrived Oct. 12 was the first to land at…

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