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Daily Defense News Capsules for 02/22/2019

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A U.S. Coast Guard officer has been accused of plotting the murders of prominent Democrats and media personalities, reports the Navy Times. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, an acquisitions officer for the service’s National Security Cutter program and self-proclaimed white ...
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The Dept. of Defense has asked the Dept. of Homeland Security to provide more data on the use of potential military funds for President Trump's proposed expansion of the border fence on the southern border, reports the Military Times.  On Feb. 18, the Pentagon requested ...
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The White House has decided to keep about 200 U.S. troops in Syria for an undisclosed period of time, reports the New York Times.  The move was announced after a phone call on Thursday between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said ...
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After decades of development, the domestic Tejas light combat aircraft has finally achieved full combat capability, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense. The Indian Aeronautical Development Agency awarded the Tejas Mk 1 final operational clearance (FOC) certification ...
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Two Ukrainian troops have been killed and two injured in a bombing in eastern Ukraine, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia), citing Russian-backed separatists in the region. The troops struck an explosive device in the Donbass region, a spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Luhansk ...
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At least eight Sinai Province militants who allegedly participated in an attack on an Egyptian military checkpoint last week have been killed in a security operation, reports the Mada Masr (Egypt) online newspaper. The Egyptian armed forces announced on Wednesday that ...
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The Russian Ministry of Defense has decided against serial production of the latest configuration of the Mi-28 attack helicopter after failing to agree on a price with the manufacturer, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia). The ministry and Russian Helicopters had been ...
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The British Royal Navy's newest Tide-class replenishment tanker has entered service. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Tidesurge formally joined the fleet during a ceremony at Greenock Ocean Terminal in Glasgow on Wednesday, said a service release. The Tidesurge is the third ...
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Forces loyal to the unrecognized government in Tobruk in eastern Libya have handed over control of the El Sharara oilfield to an oil security force in a bid to get the National Oil Corp. (NOC), based in Tripoli, to restart production, reports Middle East Online. Production ...
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Airbus says it has completed certification flight-testing for an aerial refueling system for the A400M cargo aircraft. A total of nine flights were completed as part of the certification campaign in cooperation with the Spanish Air Force Test Center. Ninety tons of fuel ...
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Iran has begun an annual naval exercise in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, reports the semi-official Mehr News Agency (Tehran).  The Velayat 97 drills began on Friday and will run for a week, including three days of at-sea operations.  The ...
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Japan says it will not send a warship to a multinational maritime exercise in the waters off South Korea in the spring, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), along with South Korea and other partners, plans to ...
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A French ISIS militant who issued a statement claiming responsibility for the 2015 terror attacks in Paris has been killed, reports Agence France-Presse.  Fabien Clain was killed in an airstrike on Wednesday in Baghouz, the last ISIS-held city in Syria, said a security ...
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The Mexican Senate has approved a proposal to create a new national guard to combat gang violence, reports Reuters.  The measure passed unanimously on Thursday after the party of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador agreed that the force would fall under civilian ...
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Russia has strengthened its defenses at its new facility for the Caspian Flotilla in Dagestan, reports Russia's Tass news agency.  A battalion equipped with Bal coastal defense systems has been deployed to the base, Southern Military District commander Col. ...
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At least one person has been killed and six injured in an attack on oil workers in Mozambique, reports Reuters.  On Thursday, more than a dozen gunmen stopped a convoy operated by U.S. gas firm Anadarko as it traveled between Mocimboa da Praia and Afungi bay, the ...
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