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Explosion rocks SpaceX launch site in Florida during test of rocket

Posted September 1, 2016 by

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.–A massive explosion rocked a SpaceX launch pad Sept. 1 during a routine rocket test for a planned weekend launch. There were no injuries, but the rocket and the satellite onboard were destroyed, SpaceX said in a statement. The company was conducting a test firing of its unmanned Falcon rocket when the blast…

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Headlines – August 31, 2016

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News ISIS destruction of Iraqi base could hinder Mosul operation – The air base that Iraqi forces hope to use as a staging area to take Mosul back from the Islamic State group was almost completely destroyed by the retreating militants, raising new doubts over whether the long-awaited operation will begin this year.   U.S….

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News Briefs – August 31, 2016

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Crashed fighter jet located in Swiss Alps; pilot missing Swiss authorities say they’ve located the wreckage of an air force fighter jet that went missing over the Alps but still have no news on the fate of the pilot. The Swiss Defense Department said in a statement that the F/A-18C jet that went missing the…

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Headlines – August 29, 2016

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News Iranian boats escalate confrontations with U.S. Navy – Iranian paramilitaries in the Persian Gulf are ratcheting up their confrontations with U.S. warships in international waters, and the U.S. is taking notice.   Ground Zero in the new Cold War – The fraught frontier between Russia and the NATO-defended Baltics is full of surprises, not…

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News Briefs – August 29, 2016

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Navy gets $2.7 billion attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama A Connecticut company has delivered to the U.S. Navy an attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state. General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois Aug. 27 after more…

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Headlines – August 26, 2016

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News U.S. warship fires three warning shots as Iran escalates confrontations – A day after four Iranian boats harassed a destroyer in the Persian Gulf, a similar squad of vessels came after three more U.S. ships Aug. 24, according to a U.S. Navy spokesman.     Business Global Hawk to undergo significant ground control modernisation…

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Military identifies American soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 26, 2016 by

The U.S. military has identified the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan Aug. 23. The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, issued a statement Wednesday identifying the soldier as Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson. The Defense Department said Thompson was 28 and from Irvine, Calif. Votel extended condolences to the soldier’s family…

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Headlines – August 24, 2016

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News U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province – A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province Aug. 23 after his patrol triggered a roadside bomb. The blast also wounded another American and six Afghan soldiers.   Turkey open to Russian planes at U.S. Incirlik hub – Could U.S. warplanes soon…

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News Briefs – August 24, 2016

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Iran parliament pushes back on military for Russian base use Iran’s parliament has pushed back against the military dismissing its oversight following Russia using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani brought up the topic Aug. 23 as lawmakers gathered in Tehran, a day after Iranian officials announced Russia’s…

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Air Force releases investigation results on F-16C crash

Posted August 24, 2016 by

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials have released the results of the accident investigation into the Aug. 11, 2015, crash of a U.S. F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft near the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. At the conclusion of the accident investigation, the board president, Col. Jill A. Long, 603rd Air Operations Center…

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