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News Briefs – February 5, 2016

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Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria A Saudi military spokesman said Feb. 4 the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has taken…

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News Briefs – March 9, 2016

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Iran launches ballistic missiles during military exercise Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has launched several medium-range and short-range ballistic missiles in recent days as part of a military exercise, the official IRNA news agency reported March 8. The missiles had a range of 300 kilometers (185 miles) to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), IRNA quoted Gen. Amir Ali…

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Headlines – April 8, 2016

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News VA bosses in 7 states falsified vets’ wait times for care – Supervisors instructed employees to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities in at least seven states, according to a USA TODAY analysis of more than 70 investigation reports released in recent weeks.     Business Court reverses former Finmeccanica CEO…

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News Briefs – May 11, 2016

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China hopes for progress with new Philippine government China said May 10 that it hopes to work with the Philippines’ new government to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea, but insisted the onus is on Manila to lower tensions. Beijing hopes the Philippines will “meet China halfway, taking concrete measures to properly deal…

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Senate approves defense bill, defies White House veto threat

Posted June 15, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate voted decisively June 14 to approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $602 billion in military spending, bars shuttering the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denies the Pentagon’s bid to start a new round of military base closings. The GOP-led Senate’s version of the National Defense…

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News Briefs – July 15, 2016

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Australia brings new amphibious forces to Hawaii exercises Australian soldiers are expected to lead a battalion in the storming of a Hawaii beach during the world’s largest maritime exercises this month, displaying amphibious military skills they’ve been building in recent years. For the first time, Australia’s navy has brought an amphibious assault ship to the…

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T-45 crashes in Texas, pilot ejects safely

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A U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk crashed southwest of Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, at approximately 9:20 p.m., CDT, Aug. 14, 2016. Both pilots ejected safely and are being evaluated for injuries at a local hospital. The training aircraft, assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 21, crashed during a routine training mission over Brooks County. County first…

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Headlines – September 14, 2016

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News Massive U.S. airstrike hits suspected ISIS chemical weapons factory – Twelve U.S. warplanes, including a B-52 Stratofortress bomber and A-10 Thunderbolts, carried out a massive airstrike Sept. 12 on a suspected chemical weapons production complex in the ISIS-held stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, the commander of U.S. Central Command air forces said Sept. 13.  …

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Headlines – October 19, 2016

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News Retaking Mosul from ISIS may pale to what comes next – If history is a guide, vast parts of Mosul, once Iraq’s No. 2 city with about two million inhabitants, could be left in smoldering ruins by retreating or die-hard Islamic State fighters who may use remaining civilians as shields and booby-trap entire neighborhoods…

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News Briefs – November 30, 2016

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Pilot dead after Canadian fighter jet crashes A pilot is dead after a Canadian CF-18 fighter jet crashed in western Canada during a training mission. Canadian Forces spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier confirmed that the pilot died in the Nov. 28 crash. He said the plane was based out of Alberta’s Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake,…

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