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U.S., Afghanistan reach deal on strategic pact

Posted April 24, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt

The United States and Afghanistan reached a deal April 22 on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw. The pact is key to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan…

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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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News Briefs June 12, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,875 As of June 12, 2012, at least 1,875 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,561 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Arkia Israel Airlines signs for four A321neo aircraft

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Arkia Israeli Airlines, the second biggest Israeli airline, signed a purchase agreement July 9 for four A321neos at the Farnborough International Airshow. This order makes the airline a new Airbus customer and the first airline in Israel to order the A320 neo Family. Engine selection will be announced at a later date The aircraft will…

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Misawa F-16s resume flying

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — The 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, resumed flying operations July 26, 2012, following a five-day review of the wing’s F-16s. Col. Al Wimmer, 35th Fighter Wing and Misawa Air Base installation vice commander, ordered a temporary suspension to flying operations after a Misawa-based F-16 developed a problem…

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NATO extends Rasmussen’s term as secretary general

Posted October 5, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

The North Atlantic Council has extended Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s four-year term as NATO secretary general for another year, until July 31, 2014, the council announced Oct. 3. Allies will support Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his dedicated work to carry forward NATO’s tasks, missions and objectives, based on consensual allied decisions, a written statement…

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Patriots, F-16s may remain in Jordan after Eager Lion exercise

Posted June 5, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The United States could leave Patriot anti-missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan following the end of Exercise Eager Lion, a Pentagon spokesman said June 5. Jordan has requested the batteries, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not yet reviewed it, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Hagel is returning from NATO meetings in…

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News Briefs April 17, 2012

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Officials investigate shooting at Arizona military base Authorities are investigating a late-night shooting at Luke Air Force Base on the western edge of metropolitan Phoenix, Ariz. A person involved in the shooting attempted to flee from the scene by ramming one of the base’s gates. Base spokesman Lt. Ryan DeCamp says the shooting occurred around…

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Experts to make missile defense case at Moscow meeting

Posted May 3, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

At Russia’s international missile defense conference held in Moscow May 3 4, U.S. experts will make their case for the European missile defense plan “in a broader forum,” one of the delegation leaders said today. Ellen Tauscher, special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense at the State Department, said the United States welcomes the…

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News Briefs – June 19, 2012

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U.S. officials worry over Egypt’s military’s moves U.S. Defense Department officials say they will continue to urge Egypt’s military council to transfer power to the new, democratically elected government, and are hopeful it will happen. Pentagon press secretary George Little says the department is deeply concerned about the move by Egypt’s military to issue an…

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