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Daily Defense News Capsules for 06/21/2021

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The Air Force has discovered two more serious technical problems with its new aerial refueling aircraft, reports Defense News. The first issue involves the drain tubes in the air refueling receptacle on the KC-46 Pegasus, which are used to remove water from the aircraft. The ...
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The U.S. is reducing its military presence in the Middle East, reports the Wall Street Journal. White House officials said that eight Patriot anti-missile batteries from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system from ...
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A former Liberian rebel commander has become the first person to be convicted for war crimes committed during Liberia's civil war, reports BBC News. On Friday, a court in the Swiss city of Bellinzona found Alieu Kosiah guilty on 21 of 25 charges, including ordering the ...
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Kyrgyz security officials have arrested a former deputy prime minister on corruption charges related to the Kumtor gold mine project, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Taiyrbek Sarpashev was detained on June 17, said the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security ...
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Antonio Guterres has been reappointed for a second five-year term as secretary-general of the U.N., reports the U.N. News. Guterres took the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall in New York on June 18. He ran unopposed. It is customary for the secretary-general ...
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The Sudanese Sovereignty Council has ordered the establishment of joint security forces to improve security in the country, reports the Sudan Tribune (Paris). On June 17, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo Hemetti, the vice chairman of the Sovereignty Council and chairman of the National ...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says that work is underway to replenish Israel's inventory of interceptors after last month's conflict with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, reports the Times of Israel. On June 17, Austin said the Pentagon would soon send Congress ...
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The South Korean government says it plans to develop scores of small satellites over the next decade to strengthen domestic space industry, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Friday, the South Korean Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology ...
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The Palestinian Authority has canceled a deal with Israel to swap novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, reports the Times of Israel. The vaccine swap deal was announced on Friday, and Israel began transferring an initial 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the West ...
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Conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as president of Iran in an election that saw his most credible opponents disqualified, reports Radio Farda. On Saturday, Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli announced that Raisi had won 18 million out of 29 million ballots ...
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Dictator Kim Jong Un pledged to overcome the difficulties facing North Korea during last week's ruling party conference, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Throughout the four-day meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Kim discussed how ...
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The German Defense Ministry has submitted a request for funding for the next phase of the multinational Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program, reports Defense News. The budget and defense committees of the Bundestag are scheduled to review the request this week. The ...
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The party of acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won a small majority in snap parliamentary elections, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). Pashinyan secured 53.9 percent of the votes in Sunday's election, the head of the Armenian Central Election Commission said ...
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The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution condemning the military coup in Burma, reports the Washington Post. On Friday, 119 members voted in favor of the measure, including Burmese Amb. Kyaw Moe Tun, who was selected by the civilian government before ...
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Iran's sole nuclear power plant has been shut down due to a "technical fault," reports Agence France-Presse. On Sunday, the Bushehr nuclear plant was temporarily shut down due to an unspecified problem, said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The body said that ...
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Militants have attacked French forces in central Mali with a large car bomb, reports France 24. On Monday, the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated in the Kaigourou area of the town of Gossi, local sources told the television network. Several ...
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