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Daily Defense News Capsules for 04/14/2021

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A C-17 cargo aircraft has been damaged in a fire that started after it landed at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., reports Air Force magazine. The aircraft caught fire after it landed following an overseas mission. Seven crewmembers and a passenger were onboard and escaped ...
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The Biden administration has announced a new slate of nominations for top national security posts, reports Politico (Washington, D.C.). On Monday, the White House announced that it would nominate Christine Wormuth as Army secretary. If confirmed, she would be the first ...
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President Joe Biden plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, reports the New York Times. An official announcement is anticipated on Wednesday. Biden appears to have decided that a "conditions-based approach" would result in U.S. troops remaining ...
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The Defense Dept. has decided to boost the number of U.S. troops stationed in Germany, reports DoD News. On Tuesday, the department said that an additional 500 servicemembers would arrive in Germany by the fall. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the decision ...
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The Biden administration says it will not halt a major arms sale to the United Arab Emirates, reports the Huffington Post. On Tuesday, a State Dept. spokesperson said that the administration was advancing the $23 billion sale, which was approved by the Trump administration ...
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The Iranian government says that it has launched work to produce uranium enriched to 60 percent purity, reports the Mehr New Agency (Tehran). On Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araghchi announced the plans to step up enrichment work ...
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The German and Japanese governments have agreed to work together to establish a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific during a ministerial-level summit, reports the Kyodo news agency (Tokyo). The 2 + 2 security dialogue on Tuesday between Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo ...
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Three Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the northeastern Badakhshan province, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan). On Tuesday morning, Taliban forces reportedly captured the soldiers in the Zibak district before shooting them. The troops were ...
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A trial has begun in Germany for a dozen alleged members of a far-right group accused of planning attacks intended to spark a civil war, reports BBC News. The trial of alleged members of Gruppe S began on Tuesday at the Stammheim Prison in Stuttgart, reported Agence France-Presse. ...
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Boeing says it has begun assembling the first P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft ordered by Norway. On Monday, the fuselage arrived at the Boeing facility in Renton, Wash., after being built at the Spirit AeroSystems site in Wichita, Kan., the company said in a release. The ...
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Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to build naval helicopters for South Korea, reports the Dept. of Defense. The US$447.2 million contract covers the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, said a Pentagon release on Monday. Work ...
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Another Israeli commercial vessel has been attacked in waters off the Arabian peninsula, reports the Jerusalem Post. On Tuesday, the Bahamian-flagged Hyperion Ray was struck off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, reported Lebanese media. Israeli media ...
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Italian vehicle manufacturer Iveco has opened a new assembly facility in Romania. The facility in Petresti in Dambovita county was officially inaugurated on April 9, said an Iveco release. The final assembly plant was built as part of a December 2019 deal with the ...
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A Burkinabe court has indicted former President Blaise Compaore for the murder of his predecessor in a coup in 1987, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Tuesday, a military court indicted Compaore for complicity in the assassination of Thomas Sankara, undermining state security ...
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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a law extending his mandate by another two years, reports Agence France-Presse. The president, also known as Farmajo, signed the measure on Tuesday after it was unanimously passed by the lower house of Parliament, ...
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Two Pakistani police officers have been killed in clashes with violent protesters in Lahore, reports Reuters. Protests and sit-ins were called by the hardline Islamist Tehrik-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) group after its leader, Saad Rizvi, was arrested on Lahore on Monday. He ...
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