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Daily Defense News Capsules for 03/21/2019

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The U.S. Air Force has begun store separation tests to evaluate the effects of the integration of a new targeting pod on the B-1B bomber, reports the Air Force News Service. The new pod configuration features enhanced avionics, improving the ability of the crew to locate ...
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The U.S. Navy says it has enacted nearly all of the changes recommended after reviews into two destroyer collisions in 2017, reports the Stars and Stripes. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer ordered two comprehensive reviews following the collisions of the Arleigh Burke-class ...
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The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).  The investigation will examine complaints that Shanahan favored his ...
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Somali security forces say they have captured a high-profile Al-Shabaab militant in an operation in Mogadishu, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu). An unnamed senior Al-Shabaab leader was reportedly detained on Wednesday. The suspect, whose identity was not ...
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Finland was scheduled to sign onto a Lithuania-led initiative to develop European Union cybersecurity capabilities during a visit by Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto to Vilnius, reports the Baltic Times. On Wednesday, Niinisto met with his Lithuanian counterpart, Raimundas ...
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Six paramilitaries have been killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in southwestern Pakistan, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. On Wednesday, militants ambushed a remote security outpost in the Ziarat district of Baluchistan province, said local authorities. Several ...
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Representatives of Afghan political parties and other important figures are scheduled to hold another round of talks with Taliban negotiators in April, reports the Afghanistan Times. Consultations are underway for the next round of talks, which is scheduled to take place ...
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The Ukrainian armed forces have successfully completed flight testing of newly acquired unmanned aerial vehicles, reports Interfax-Ukraine.  The Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UAV completed its trials on Wednesday in the western Khmelnytsky region, said President Petro ...
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The Russian military is planning to equip its modernized Mi-28NM attack helicopters with a new, longer-range guided missile, reports the Tass news agency (Russia). The missile, known only as Article 305, has a range of more than 16 miles (25 km) and is guided by an onboard ...
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The U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has increased the sentence of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes from 40 years to life imprisonment, reports Deutsche Welle.  On Wednesday, the court in in The Hague rejected all but one ...
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The Ethiopian military displayed a Russian air defense system not previously known to be in its inventory during an event in February, reports Defence Web (South Africa).  Earlier this month, ETV (Ethiopia) broadcast images of a Pantsyr-S1 system next to an S-125 ...
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At least six people have been killed and 23 wounded in a series of explosions in Kabul, reports the Khaama Press.  On Thursday, three explosions struck the Karte Sakhi Shi'ite shrine and a neighborhood in the western part of the city, said the Public Health Ministry, ...
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The Russian Defense Ministry says two of its jets intercepted a U.S. bomber after it approached the Russian border, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).  On Thursday, Russian radar detected a B-52 bomber over international waters in the Baltic Sea.  Two ...
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A special court has acquitted four men accused of a 2007 attack that killed 68 people, reports the Hindu (Chennai).  On Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency court acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three co-defendants of bombing the Samjhauta Express train.  The ...
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Four farmers have been killed in a militant attack in northeastern Nigeria, reports Agence France-Presse.  On Tuesday, gunmen opened fire on farmers in a field outside of Lassa village in Borno state. Four people were killed, said a militia member.  The ...
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U.S.-backed fighters in Syria have denied that the battle to retake the last territory held by the ISIS terrorist group is over, reports Reuters.  "Combing continues in the Baghouz camp," a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday, referring ...
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