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US could slow pullout from Afghanistan: Pentagon

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DefenceTalkThe US military could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by the Taliban insurgents, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. Kirby stressed that President Joe Biden’s deadline of a full withdrawal by September remains in place, but added that the pace could be adjusted based on conditions. “The situation in […]

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Myanmar troops kill four in gun battle with anti-junta militia

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DefenceTalkMyanmar soldiers battled an anti-junta civilian militia with small arms and grenades in the country’s second city on Tuesday, with four protesters killed and several members of the security forces injured, authorities said. Fighting has flared across Myanmar since the February coup as people form “defence forces” to battle a brutal military crackdown on dissent, […]

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Iran’s Raisi calls for effective nuclear talks, rules out Biden meet

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DefenceTalkIran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday he will not allow nuclear negotiations for the sake of negotiations, in his first news conference since winning election last week. Raisi also ruled out meeting US President Joe Biden but said there were “no obstacles” to resuming diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, the Sunni-ruled regional rival of […]

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Israel says used ‘airborne laser’ to down drones

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DefenceTalkIsrael has used an airborne laser to shoot down drones in a series of tests, officials said Monday, calling it a “milestone” to update its already powerful defence systems. During the tests, which took place “over the last week,” a prototype of the high-power laser system carried on a small civilian plane “successfully intercepted several […]

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US-led war games underway in Morocco near disputed W.Sahara

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DefenceTalkUS-led forces are carrying out war games near the disputed region of Western Sahara, in exercises jointly organized with Morocco and touted by US Africa Command as its largest. More than 7,000 personnel from nine countries and NATO are taking part in the exercises codenamed “African Lion”, which kicked off on June 8, according to […]

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Beijing accuses NATO of exaggerating ‘China threat theory’

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DefenceTalkBeijing on Tuesday accused NATO of exaggerating the threat from China and “creating confrontation”, after a vow from the Western allies to work together to counter the challenges posed by its policies. NATO leaders said Monday they would join forces against the “systemic challenges” posed by China’s policies, as US President Joe Biden renewed Washington’s […]

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China says radiation levels normal at Taishan nuclear plant

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DefenceTalkChina said Tuesday radiation levels remained normal at one of its nuclear power plants and there were no safety concerns, after the station’s French operator reported a gas build-up. “There is no abnormality in the radiation levels around the nuclear power plant, and safety is guaranteed,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. CNN reported earlier […]

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India drops all charges against Italian marines: Rome

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DefenceTalkAll legal proceedings have been dropped in India against two Italian marines who shot and killed two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012, Italy’s foreign minister said Tuesday. “All legal proceedings in India against our two marines… have been closed,” tweeted Luigi Di Maio. “It definitively brings this long episode to an end.” […]

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GE and Safran plan next-generation jet engines

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DefenceTalkGeneral Electric and Safran signed Monday a deal extending their cooperation as they set their sights on next-generation jet engines that will help airlines reduce costs and pollution. The US and French engineering giants have been cooperating in the sector for nearly half a century, and the LEAP engines developed by their joint venture CFM […]

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White House backs repeal of 2002 Iraq use of force authorization

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DefenceTalkEfforts to repeal a 2002 US authorization for use of military force against Iraq got a boost Monday when the White House backed the idea, saying ending the AUMF would have “minimal impact” on current operations. The development comes as the House of Representatives prepares to vote this week on bipartisan legislation that would repeal […]

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