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Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in decades

Posted December 17, 2012 by Adam Schreck

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad Dec. 15, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbors. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR…

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Three U.S. military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted December 24, 2013 by Jason Straziuso

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that Dec. 21 became a battle ground between the country’s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day…

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News Briefs April 13, 2012

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U.S. drone crashes on Seychelles runway A U.S. Embassy statement from Nairobi, Kenya, says an American military drone used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles. A U.S. statement said the unmanned, unarmed Air Force drone crashed April 4 near the Seychelles International…

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News Briefs May 10, 2012

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Air Force whistle-blowers to get protection Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent “60 Minutes” television interview. Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee…

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Reopened supply routes mean cost savings, spokesman says

Posted July 9, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said July 5. Navy Capt. John Kirby said officials estimate that use of the reopened routes will save $70 million…

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International F-35 fleet begins build up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted July 23, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Harvey

ZM135, a British F-35B and the first international Lockheed Martin Lightning II, takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 9:03 a.m., CDT, en route for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Black Hawk crash kills seven Americans, four Afghans

Posted August 20, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt

A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan Aug. 16, killing seven Americans and four Afghans in one of the deadliest air disasters of a war now into its second decade. The Taliban claimed they gunned down the Black Hawk. American service personnel in Afghanistan are…

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U.K. F-35s will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk

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The United Kingdom’s Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced March 26. “This is the next step in the restructuring of the Armed Forces, providing them with the world’s most capable combat aircraft,” said Hammond. “Basing the new Lightning II at RAF Marham makes…

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Australian troops to exit earlier from Afghanistan

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Kristen Gelineau

Australia expects to pull most of its troops out of Afghanistan nearly a year earlier than planned, the prime minister announced April 17, saying Australian soldiers have nearly completed their mission to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in the decade-long war. Prime Minister Julia Gillard cited security improvements and the death of Osama bin…

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France sets conditions for Afghan aid post-NATO

Posted May 23, 2012 by by Jamey Keaten

French President Francois Hollande said May 21 that France won’t necessarily contribute money for Afghanistan’s military, again marking a break with key NATO partners as the alliance moves to hand over security control in the country starting in 2015. In a final news conference at a summit of the Atlantic alliance, the new French leader…

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