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Daily Defense News Capsules for 10/21/2019

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The U.S. Navy was scheduled to christen its fifth Montford Point-class vessel over the weekend, reports the Dept. of Defense. On Oct. 19, the Miguel Keith (ESB-5) was to be formally named during a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The Miguel ...
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The 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., is preparing for a major division-level exercise across the country at Twentynine Palms, Calif., reports the division. Over 10,000 personnel from the Marine Corps, Navy and British Royal Marines will take part in the exercise ...
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Three soldiers from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division have been killed and three injured in a training accident at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  On Sunday, a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle rolled over into water ...
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The French security services have arrested a suspect who was allegedly planning an attack similar to the terrorist strikes on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, reports the Independent (U.K.). The individual was reportedly in the midst of planning the attack ...
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A new report from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says that the last three months have been particularly deadly for civilians, reports the U.N. News. July was the bloodiest month for civilian casualties since the U.N. began systematically documenting ...
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The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) has withdrawn from peace talks with the government following what it said were military attacks in the Nuba Mountains where the group is based, reports the Voice of America News. The group accused the Sudanese ...
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The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the Middle East for a month-long mission, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. On Oct. 15, the P-8A arrived at the Australian military’s main operating base in the region, Al ...
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Germany has grounded all of its NH90 helicopters that were delivered before 2018 for tail rotor inspections, reports defense-aerospace.com. Helicopters affected by the order will be inspected and aircraft that pass the review will return to flight status, the German army ...
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The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense says it has decided to buy new utility helicopters from the U.S. to replace aging Soviet-era aircraft. Lithuania currently operates three Mi-8s that are approaching the end of their service lives and three AS 365N3+ Dauphin helicopters ...
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U.S. troops have begun redeploying from northeastern Syria to Iraq, reports CNN.  On Monday, more than 100 U.S. military vehicles were observed crossing into Duhok province in Iraqi Kurdistan. Approximately 500 troops were withdrawn from an airfield outside the ...
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A planned test launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a Russian navy exercise last week was halted at the last minute, according to Russian media cited by Reuters.  On Oct. 17, the Delta III-class ballistic missile submarine Ryazan was scheduled ...
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A group of Russian hackers infiltrated an Iranian cyber espionage operation and used its access to spy on multiple countries, reports the BBC News.  The Iranian group, OilRig, was infiltrated by the Russian Turla group, which has been accused of operating for Russia's ...
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At least 10 soldiers and civilians have been killed during a round of cross-border shelling by Indian and Pakistani forces in the disputed Kashmir region, reports the Hindu (Chennai).  On Saturday, India received information that terrorists were attempting to cross ...
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Chinese and South Korean defense officials have held their first strategic-level talks in five years, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).  On Monday, a South Korean delegation led by Vice Defense Minister Park Jae Min met in Beijing with a Chinese delegation ...
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At least four Nigerian soldiers and an allied militia fighter have been killed in fighting with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in northeastern Nigeria, reports Agence France-Presse.  On Saturday, troops engaged an ISWAP convoy near Jakana, about ...
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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has extended a state of emergency following violence that has killed seven people, reports Reuters.  On Sunday, Pinera said that the state of emergency would be extended north and south of Santiago, the capital, including Antofagasta, ...
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