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Sudan conflict: Senior commander Hemeti vows to stick with deal

Sudan conflict: Senior commander Hemeti vows to stick with deal

World
A key military leader in Sudan has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition.Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo - widely regarded as Sudan's most powerful man - made the pledge in a BBC interview as the two sides prepared to sign the landmark deal later on Saturday.Its aim is to end months of unrest and pave the way for civilian rule.Pro-democracy protests and violent repression gripped Sudan after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted.Hemeti - the warlord who may control Sudan's future What you need to know about the Sudan crisis Is Sudan a new regional battleground? Under the new deal, a sovereign council, consisting of six civilians and five generals, will run the country until elections.The two sides ...
Iran commander: If US makes a move we’ll hit them in the head

Iran commander: If US makes a move we’ll hit them in the head

World
By Sharon Marris, news reporter A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has said his country will hit back if the US makes any moves in the Gulf.Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards' aerospace division, told the Iranian Students' News Agency: "An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past but now... the threats have switched to opportunities." He added: "If [the Americans] make a move we will hit them in the head."His words come after the US sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to address what president Donald Trump described as "clear indications" of threats to its troops in the region. Image: The USS Abraham L...
Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

Business
Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Capt. Zoe "SiS" Kotnik has been named the first female commander of a single-aircraft demonstration team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team. She will lead a team of 17 airmen flying F-16V Vipers, the latest variant of the Fighting Falcon, at 20 airshows this year performing precision aerial maneuvers. That includes overseeing maintenance actions performed on three $ 43 million Lockheed Martin aircraft. Kotnik, 30, has logged more than 1,000 flying hours in her eight years of military service, and was certified last Tuesday by Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. "What I'm looking forward to most is the potential to have an influence on younger generations," Kotnik said in a news release. "I know firsthand how impactful airshows can be...