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Daily Defense News Capsules for 09/28/2020

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Facebook says it has shut down a network of fake accounts, including some linked to Russian military intelligence, reports CNN. The accounts primarily targeted the Far East, countries neighboring Russia and Syria, Facebook said on Sept. 24. The fake accounts frequently ...
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The U.S. Air Force has completed a cockpit modernization for its fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers, reports Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The last of 62 bombers to receive the Integrated Battle Station (IBS) completed its upgrading last week, the base said in a release on Sept. ...
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The Navy has commissioned its latest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, reports Naval Surface Force, Atlantic. The Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) was commissioned in a private ceremony on Saturday due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Delbert D. Black is ...
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A Russian corvette has been damaged in a collision with a cargo ship in the Baltic Sea, reports the War Zone website. On Sept. 23, the Kazanets was sailing south of the Oresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark, when it collided with the cargo ship Ice Rose. The ...
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A Royal Australian Air Force aerial tanker squadron has just completed a multiyear deployment to the Middle East, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. On Friday, a KC-30A multirole transport tanker (MRTT) arrived at RAAF Base Amberley carrying the remaining personnel ...
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The Kosovo Specialist Chambers has announced its first arrest. On Sept. 24, Salih Mustafa was arrested by the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s office and transferred to the detention facilities of the Specialist Chambers in the Hague The indictment against Mustafa ...
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The Belgian air force is set to deploy fighter jets to the Middle East in support of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, reports defense-aerospace.com. On Sept. 29, four F-16s are scheduled to depart from Florennes air base in Belgium, the Belgian armed ...
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Palau has taken delivery of a new patrol boat supplied by Australia under its Pacific Maritime Security Program, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. On Sept. 18, the Guardian-class patrol boat was transferred to Palau during a ceremony at the Austal shipyard in Henderson, ...
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The Canadian Dept. of National Defense has restarted a program to replace its World War II-era pistols, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Efforts to replace the 9-mm Browning Hi-Power pistol have been stalled since 2011, when the department canceled plans to purchase 10,000 ...
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At least 26 Ukrainian air force cadets and personnel have been killed in a military transport crash in eastern Ukraine, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN). On Friday, the An-26Sh cargo aircraft went down while on approach to an airfield near ...
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Two people have been injured in a terrorist attack in Paris, reports the Guardian (U.K.). On Friday, an 18-year-old stabbed two people near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The magazine left those offices four years ago. Its new location ...
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Swiss voters have narrowly approved funding for the purchase of new fighter jets, reports the Swiss Information Service. On Sunday, 50.1 percent of voters approved spending up to US$6.5 billion to acquire the jets. The approval enables the government to move forward ...
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Fresh fighting has broken out between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Each side blamed the other for starting fighting. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said that Azerbaijan had launched ...
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The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have agreed to exchange 1,081 prisoners held by the warring parties, reports the Voice of America News. U.N. officials announced the milestone on Sunday following 10 days of talks in the Swiss city of Glion, reported Reuters. Prisoner ...
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The South Korean navy and coast guard are continuing to search for the body of a fisheries official who was killed last week in North Korean waters, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Seoul has deployed 39 ships, including 16 naval vessels, and six aircraft to search ...
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A former Malian army officer appointed by the junta has been sworn into office as interim president, reports Agence France-Presse. On Friday, 70-year-old Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel, officially took office as interim president. The coup leader, Col. Assimi Goita, was ...
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