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Daily Defense News Capsules for 07/02/2020

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The U.S. Army has stopped a survival course at Fort Bragg, N.C., after most of the participants tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), reports Military.com. A total of 110 students and instructors were participating at the survival, evasion, resistance ...
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An Alaska-based airborne unit has just completed a long-range exercise culminating in a jump over Guam, reports the Guam Daily Post. On Tuesday, more than 350 soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, flew directly from Joint ...
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The U.S. Space Force has revealed its organizational structure, taking another step away from the Air Force, reports Air Force magazine. Space Force will have a three-tier structure, with squadrons at the bottom, deltas in the middle and field commands at the top, the ...
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The Israel Defense Forces are reducing the mandatory military service requirement for men under a law passed in 2016, reports the Times of Israel. The service requirement for men is being shortened from 32 months to 30 months. The change is set to go into effect immediately. ...
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Russia appears to be engaged in a low-key campaign to encroach on territory occupied by American military units as part of an effort to push the U.S. out of Syria, reports Politico (Washington, D.C.). Moscow has been deploying its forces closer and closer to U.S. troops ...
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Italian police have confiscated a large shipment of amphetamines said to have been produced by the Islamic State in Syria, reports CNN. The 14-metric-ton shipment, containing 84 million amphetamine pills, was discovered in three suspect shipping containers in Italy’s ...
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NATO's Multinational Multirole Tanker-Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) has received its first of eight aircraft, reports the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. On Monday, Airbus delivered the first A330 MRTT to NATO at its facility in Getafe, Spain, the company said in ...
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Turkish suppliers will continue to produce components for the multinational F-35 fighter jet program for another year or so, reports the Daily Sabah (Istanbul). Ankara was suspended from the program after going forward with a purchase of S-400 air defense systems from ...
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Military commanders from China and India have agreed to withdraw front line troops along the disputed border between India-administered Kashmir and Tibet, reports the South China Morning Post. On Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Liu Lin, the commander of China's South Xinjiang military ...
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Houthi rebels in Yemen say that at least two civilians have been killed in renewed Saudi operations in the northern Saadah province, reports the militant-run Al Masirah television channel (Sanaa). On Thursday, a woman and child were killed, and several others injured ...
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The leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey have held an online summit to discuss the situation in Syria, reports the semi-official Mehr news agency (Tehran). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued ...
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The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says that a preliminary investigation indicates that this week's deadly explosions at a market in the southern Helmand province were the result of Afghan army mortar fire. On Monday, blasts at a livestock market in the ...
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Voters in Russia have overwhelmingly approved a series of constitutional changes in a poll that the opposition has called rigged, reports NPR News. On Wednesday, the Central Elections Commission announced that 77.92 percent of voters supported the amendments, with a turnout ...
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An Indian paramilitary and a civilian have been killed and two security personnel wounded in a militant attack in India-administered Kashmir, reports the Press Trust of India. On Wednesday, militants opened fire on a patrol of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paramilitaries ...
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At least 24 people have been murdered in a suspected gang attack on a drug rehabilitation center in Mexico's central Guanajuato state, reports Agence France-Presse. On Wednesday, gunmen entered the center in Irapuato, forced victims onto the ground and opened fire from ...
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Ethiopian troops have been deployed to quell unrest sparked by the killing of a popular anti-government singer, reports Reuters. On Monday, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead while sitting in his car outside of his apartment in Addis Ababa, the capital. On Wednesday, ...
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