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  • Chinese J-11BH 'aggressive' with USN P-8A, says DoD

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) and Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) are engaged in a war of words over an incident on 19 August when a People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) Shenyang J-11 fighter harassed a US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House
  • Libyan gateway falls to Islamists

    Libya's main international airport has fallen into the hands of an Islamist militia following weeks of heavy fighting. Fighters from the Libyan Dawn coalition announced the capture of Tripoli International Airport on 23 August. The airport had been shut since 13 July amid clashes between the Libyan

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