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Daily Defense News Capsules for 09/24/2020

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The Marine Corps plans to experiment with a new unit optimized for littoral and island operations in the Pacific before finalizing its configuration, reports the Marine Corps Times. The 3rd Marine Regiment, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, is expected to become the experimental 3rd ...
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The Army wants to invest billions of dollars in government-owned munitions factories after a spate of accidents due to hazardous working conditions, reports Breaking Defense. On Tuesday, service officials told lawmakers that they were seeking $16 billion over 15 years ...
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A Russian air force fighter aircraft may have been shot down by friendly fire during training near Moscow, reports Russia's Tass news agency. On Tuesday, the Su-30 jet was on a routine training mission in the Tver region northwest of Moscow when it crashed, reported the ...
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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has dismissed a soldier for disclosing military secrets over his smartphone, reports the South China Morning Post. The soldier, last name Chen, bought a second-hand smartphone without authorization and allegedly used it to discuss ...
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A helicopter has crashed in central Libya killing four Russian mercenaries, according to the Libyan army, as cited by the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). The helicopter was carrying ammunition when it went down near the city of Al Jufrah, a military spokesman told the news agency ...
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The leaders of rival tribes in eastern Sudan have agreed to extend a cease-fire for another two months, reports Radio Dabanga (Sudan). The leaders of the Beni Amer and Habab tribes on one side and the Nuba tribe on the other have extended their cessation of hostilities ...
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The French Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) has made its second order for wheeled armored vehicles as part of the Scorpion army modernization program, reports defense-aerospace.com. On Sept. 15, the DGA awarded contracts to Nexter, Arquus and Thales for the production ...
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Israel and Italy have signed the final phase of a defense exchange deal initially reached last year, reports the Times of Israel. Under the agreement signed on Tuesday, Israel will sell Spike anti-tank missiles, launchers and simulators produced by Elbit Systems to Italy, ...
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A South Korean fisheries official who disappeared near the maritime border with North Korea was killed by North Korean troops, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry, as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Monday, the official was on duty aboard a 499-ton ...
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Bulgaria has ordered two Russian diplomats found to be involved in espionage operations to leave the country, reports the Sofia Globe. On Sept. 23, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry declared the diplomats personae non gratae and ordered them to leave the country within 72 ...
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At least eight people have been killed in an attempted prison break by militants in Cairo, reports the Egypt Independent. On Wednesday, four Islamist militants who had been sentenced to death attempted to escape the Tora prison, reported Reuters. The escapees and four ...
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Prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested for taking part in a 2019 protest in Hong Kong, reports the South China Morning Post. On Thursday, Wong was arrested on charges of participating in an illegal assembly on Oct. 5, 2019. Social activist Koo Zse-yiu ...
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The Chinese government has built or expanded dozens of high-security detention centers in Xinjiang province over the past year as part of its crack down on its Uighur Muslim minority, reports the Washington Post. At least 60 detention facilities appear to have been newly ...
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The Libyan National Army (LNA), loyal to eastern militia leader Khalifa Haftar, says that it killed a top Islamic State leader during a raid in southern Libya earlier this month, reports Reuters. The operation targeted ISIS members in the southern desert city of Sebha, ...
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The Ivory Coast government says it will release several allies of opposition leader Guillaume Soro in an effort to calm tensions ahead of the upcoming presidential election, reports Reuters. Several detainees, including five lawmakers, are set to be released, a government ...
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Over a dozen American and British F-35B stealth fighters have deployed aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as she works up to her first operational deployment next year, reports the War Zone website. On Tuesday, 10 F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Squadron 211 (VMFA-211), ...
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