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News Briefs – October 26, 2016

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USS Wasp to move from Virginia to Japan The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp will be moving from Norfolk, Va., to Sasebo, Japan, next year. The U.S. Navy said in a news release Oct. 24 that the move is part of a rebalancing strategy to increase its presence in the Pacific. It will be part…

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Legendary pilot passes

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The aviation world is mourning the death of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, who inspired millions of aviation enthusiasts with his spectacular acrobatic flying in more air shows than anyone in history. Dubbed the “greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived” by Jimmy Doolittle, and beloved for his straw hat and gentlemanly demeanor, Hoover was 94. A…

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Headlines – October 24, 2016

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News Pentagon identifies Navy sailor killed in northern Iraq bomb blast – Chief Petty Officer (EOD/EXW/SW/PJ/DV) Jason Finan, a 34-year-old from Anaheim, Calif., died “of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast” in northern Iraq, DOD said.   ‘He gave his life for his teammates’: Jason Finan, 34, was killed serving alongside SEALs in…

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News Briefs – October 24, 2016

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Report: California soldiers must repay enlistment bonuses Nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers have been ordered to repay huge enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports the Pentagon demanded the money back after audits revealed overpayments by the California Guard eager to fill ranks…

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Headlines – October 21, 2016

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News American service member and civilian killed in Afghanistan attack – The troops and civilians were “conducting duties as part of the larger NATO mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security services,” the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said.     Business Saab buys Danish defense company – A Danish naval company that designs…

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News Briefs – October 21, 2016

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U.S. general says Apache helicopters on attack in Iraq Islamic State fighters are likely to put up a stiff defense of Mosul but eventually lose their grip and morph into an insurgency, a U.S. Army general said Oct. 19. Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of U.S. and coalition land forces in Iraq, said this transition…

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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 – October 19, 2016

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UN torture expert: No visit to Guantanamo before terms ends The U.N.’s special representative on torture expects he will end his six-year term without visiting the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Juan Mendez said Oct. 18 that he was invited to visit Guantanamo in 2012 but on conditions that he could not accept….

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Headlines – October 17, 2016

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News Kurdish troops advance on ISIS-held villages east of Mosul – About 4,000 Kurdish pesh merga troops are involved in the operation to retake 10 villages, the opening phase of a battle that could take weeks or months and could involve nearly 30,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops, with American warplanes providing air support.    …

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Headlines – October 14, 2016

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News U.S. troops face new threat as ISIS deploys flying IEDs – Drone warfare recently entered a new chapter in which America’s adversaries can successfully deliver explosives via cheap, commercially-available unmanned aircraft, challenging the U.S. military to go on the defensive.   Missile attacks on U.S. ships: A threat to deployed forces and a new…

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