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US troops in Syria call in strikes after 'unprovoked' attack by regime forces

US troops in Syria call in strikes after 'unprovoked' attack by regime forces

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U.S. military advisers in Syria had to call in American airstrikes and artillery support to repel an attack late Wednesday night by pro-Assad regime forces on a headquarters belonging to U.S.-backed rebels fighting ISIS. An estimated 100 pro-regime forces were killed by the strikes, said a U.S. official. A U.S. official said there were no U.S. casualties in the attack, which the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition called "unprovoked" and an "act of aggression" by "Syrian pro-regime forces." A coalition statement said the attack occurred on a "well-known" headquarters belonging to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) about eight kilometers east of the deconfliction line along the Euphrates River that is used to separate the U.S. area of operations from that of Russia and the Assad reg...
Yemen's government forces 'winning civil war'

Yemen's government forces 'winning civil war'

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A senior Yemeni commander has told Sky News the government is winning the civil war.Speaking from recently captured ground on top of Mount Nmeh, General Nasser al Dhaybani said his troops are moving closer to the capital Sana'a "every day" and will retake it "as soon as the conditions are right".He described controversial Saudi airstrikes as "excellent" and "helpful" but said he did not want to destroy the city because "there are two million civilians there and they are also Yemenis"."Instead we are taking the mountains around it," he said.:: Analysis: Global security depends on end of Yemen warImage:Yemeni government forces are said to be moving closer to capital Sana'aThe officer's optimism is at odds with a conflict that has reached a grim stalemate in many areas and will enter its four...
Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The first delivery of a combat-functional helicopter retrofit for France was announced this week by Airbus Helicopters.The aviation company said the first conversion of a Tiger helicopter from its original HAP version, with combat support capability, to HAD, or multirole combat use, has been delivered to the French military.The French Ministry of Defense has ordered 36 retrofits of its helicopters from HAP to HAD."We are pleased to have achieved this first delivery in accordance with the specifications of our customer," Alexandra Cros, head of governmental affairs France at Airbus Helicopters, said in a press release.The conversion involves more than 100 airframe modifications, and the installation of over 1,500 new parts and 250 electrical cables, the company said.The res...
Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

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Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the AEGIS weapon system by the U.S. Navy for new construction in support of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force.The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $ 135.8 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.The contract calls for new construction and integration of a DDG AEGIS, which is a centralized, automated, command-and-control weapon system used to rapidly detect and track more than 100 targets at once.Work on the contract will occur in several U.S. states, as well locations in Japan, and is expected to be completed in December 2018.The terms of the deal provide cost reimbursement from the U.S. government that would aid Lockheed Martin on potential c...
Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

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The FTSE-100 mining group Rio Tinto has abandoned plans to appoint the Conservative Party's boss as the company's next chairman in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt.Sky News has learnt that Sir Mick Davis is "no longer in the running" to replace Jan du Plessis less than a fortnight after it emerged that he was the frontrunner for the post.A group of leading shareholders, representing roughly 20% of Rio's stock, wrote to the miner's board earlier this week to say that Sir Mick's appointment would be unacceptable.City sources told Sky News this weekend that several institutions were drawing up plans to oppose the re-election of Rio's nominations committee members next year if they had proceeded with recruiting the former Xstrata chief.The existence of the letter, sent by the Investor ...