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Daily Defense News Capsules for 10/26/2020

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The U.S. Marine Corps has formally redesignated one of its units in Okinawa as its second overseas squadron to operate the F-35 stealth fighter, reports the Stars & Stripes. On Oct. 16, Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242) was redesignated ...
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The National Security Agency has warned the private sector that it has discovered two dozen cybersecurity vulnerabilities that require patching, reports Breaking Defense. On Oct. 20, the NSA warned that at least 25 known vulnerabilities were being actively exploited by ...
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It remains unclear whether the U.S. will cut forces based in Germany, reports the Military Times. In July, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that about 11,900 troops deployed at bases in Germany would be withdrawn, with some to redeploy elsewhere in Europe and others ...
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Hamas has set up a secret facility in Turkey to conduct cyber and counterintelligence operations, according to Western intelligence services, as reported by the Times of London. The headquarters was set up two years ago in Istanbul without the knowledge of the Turkish ...
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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibraham has warned that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wants to invoke emergency powers in order to suspend Parliament and remain in power, reports the South China Morning Post. On Friday, Yassin visited Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad ...
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The Sri Lankan Parliament has passed constitutional amendments strengthening the president's powers, reports the Guardian (U.K.). The new amendments were ratified on Oct. 22 after two days of debate, reported Reuters. The move eliminates Parliament's role in making ...
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The French government has decided to repair a nuclear-powered attack submarine that was badly damaged in a shipyard fire earlier this year, reports Defense News. On Oct. 22, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced that the Perle, which caught fire while ...
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India has completed the final user trial for the indigenous Nag anti-tank guided missile, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense. On Oct. 22, an all-up Nag missile successfully engaged a tank target during the test at the Pokhran range in the northern Rajasthan state. During ...
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The Israeli government says that it will not oppose the sale of F-35 stealth fighters to the United Arab Emirates, reports the Jerusalem Post. On Oct. 23, the offices of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz released a joint statement indicating ...
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A treaty intended to eliminate nuclear weapons has passed a critical threshold, reports the New York Times. On Saturday, Honduras became the 50th U.N. member state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The ...
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Another cease-fire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has crumbled almost immediately after entering effect, reports the Financial Times (U.K.). On Sunday, American officials announced that both sides had agreed to a third truce, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). This ...
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A Taiwanese civilian aircraft chartered by the military has reached a disputed island administered by Taipei, after a previous flight was denied entry by Hong Kong flight controllers, reports the Central News Agency (Taipei). On Monday, a Uni Air ATR 72-600 transport ...
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Afghan intelligence officials say they have killed a senior Al-Qaida official in a raid in the central Ghazni province, reports Agence France-Presse. On Sunday, officials from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced the death of Husam Abd Al Rauf, also known ...
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Cambodia says that it will train 2,000 troops in demining in an effort to eliminate all remaining land mines in the country by 2025, reports the Voice of America News. Phnom Penh originally planned to eliminate the millions of land mines and unexploded ordnance left over ...
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Colombian President Ivan Duque says government troops have killed a mid-level commander of the National Liberation Army (ELN) during operations in the western Choco department, reports Colombia Reports. Uriel, a mid-level commander of the ELN’s Western War Front, was ...
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Voters in Chile have overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for a new constitution, reports the Guardian (U.K.). On Sunday, 78.24 percent of voters approved the measure to scrap the existing constitution instituted during the rule of military dictator Augusto Pinochet ...
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