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Daily Defense News Capsules for 11/24/2020

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The U.S. Army has consolidated its European and Africa commands into a single command under a four-star general, reports U.S. Africa Command. The responsibilities of U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa have been merged into U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREURAF), the ...
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The next block of Virginia-class attack submarines is expected to incorporate a number of new technologies that will serve as a bridge to a new class of follow-on boats, reports USNI News. Improvements in the works for the Block VI subs include enhanced stealth; a new ...
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Suspected Israeli aircraft have attacked Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, reports the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On Saturday, aircraft believed to be from Israel attacked new positions built by Iranian militias in the al-Bukamal countryside ...
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At least 10 people have been killed in an attack by Islamic State militants in Saladin province, reports the New Arab (London). On Saturday, a civilian car struck a roadside bomb approximately 120 miles (200 km) north of Baghdad, local officials said. ISIS militants ...
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A former lawmaker has been appointed as South Korea's new ambassador to Japan, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Monday, President Moon Jae In named Kang Chang Il, a four-term legislator with the ruling Democratic Party and expert on Japan, to the post. Kang's ...
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The Turkish government has protested the search of one of its cargo vessels by the European Union mission enforcing an arms embargo on Libya, reports the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). On Monday, the Turkish-flagged Roselina-A was sailing southwest of the Peloponnese islands ...
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The Philippines is evaluating a potential purchase of Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, reports the Nikkei Asian Review (Tokyo). India and Russia have begun seeking possible export customers for the system, starting with the Philippines, according ...
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Taiwan has formally begun construction on its first indigenously developed submarine, reports the South China Morning Post. On Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen presided over the ceremony at the CSBC Corp. shipyard in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. Construction is scheduled ...
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Russia and Egypt have just concluded a joint naval exercise in the Black Sea region, reports Defence Web (South Africa). The Bridge of Friendship 2020 exercise began on Saturday and was scheduled to conclude on Tuesday. This was the first time the bilateral drills ...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reports the Times of Israel. On Sunday, Netanyahu and intelligence chief Yossi Cohen met with bin Salman for several hours in the recently built ...
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A Houthi missile attack has damaged an oil facility near the Red Sea city of Jeddah, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Monday, a projectile struck a Saudi Aramco distribution plant, resulting in a fire that burned for 40 minutes, reported the state-run Saudi Press Agency. There ...
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India is continuing to work on increasing the range of the BrahMos cruise missile, reports the Print (New Delhi). On Tuesday, India conducted a ground launch live-fire test of the BrahMos at its current maximum range of 180 miles (290 km) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands ...
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At least five people have been killed and 18 abducted in an attack on a mosque in Nigeria's northwestern Zamfara state, reports Xinhua, China's state-run news agency. On Nov. 20, gunmen disguised as congregants opened fire on members at the mosque in Dutsen Gari village ...
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The Russian Defense Ministry says a U.S. Navy ship violated Russian waters in the Sea of Japan, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). On Tuesday, the destroyer USS John S. McCain crossed about 1.5 miles (2 km) into Russian territorial waters in the Peter the Great Gulf, ...
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A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has handed down life sentences to two former Congolese warlords for war crimes, reports Reuters. On Monday, the court sentenced militia commander Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka to life after he was convicted of murder, sexual ...
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