Is Modi’s Make In India coming in the way of armed forces?

1. Parrikar, during his short but eventful tenure, ensured that the IAF agreed to induct the homemade fighter, and to be fair, Tejas has received the support of the forces, especially the IAF, which has agreed to buy 123 Tejas fighters, though not fighting fit yet.

2. The Modi government is keen to reduce India’s dependence on foreign defence platforms and wants to create a defence manufacturing hub in India.

3. Charged by the Nehruvian vision of industrial and economic self-reliance, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – a defence public sector unit (PSU) that now produces the Tejas – had produced the twin engine HF-24 Marut, India’s first indigenous fighter-bomber in the 1960s.

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ISIS Regains Full Control Of Syria Border Town Albu Kamal

1. Syrian regime forces and allied militia from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran overran Albu Kamal on Thursday but lost the town again just two days later after a string of ISIS counter-attacks and ambushes.

2. “ISIS fully recaptured Albu Kamal, and regime forces and allied militia are now between one to two kilometres from the city limits,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory, said on Saturday.

3. ISIS recaptured Albu Kamal in eastern Syria on Saturday after a fierce fightback to save the last urban bastion of its collapsing “caliphate”.

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Trump, Putin issue joint statement on fighting ISIS in Syria

1. “President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria,” the statement reads, adding later that Trump felt he had a “good meeting with President Putin.

2. Da Nang, Vietnam (CNN) President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin informally met on the sidelines of a regional economic summit in Vietnam Saturday and agreed to an extensive statement on the conflict in Syria.

3. While the statement mostly addresses long-accepted areas of agreement between the United States and Russia, it comes after Trump and Putin spoke casually at least three times at the ocean-side summit in Da Nang on Friday and Saturday.

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Al-Qaeda Has Rebuilt Itself—With Iran’s Help

1. Early on, the Quds force was gambling that other al-Qaeda leaders would follow Mahfouz and seek shelter in Iran, and on that basis Iranian officials proposed potentially offering them to the Americans as their end of the deal.

2. This document dump, which will take years to sort through and analyze, appeared to confirm the relationship—detailing among other things how Hamza, Osama bin Laden’s son, sheltered in Iran and even got married there; and how, according to one 19-page document, negotiations between al-Qaeda and the Revolutionary Guards in Tehran touched on funding and arming the Sunni terror outfit so it could strike at American targets.

3. Hamza’s wife, Asma, had just given birth to a daughter.

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U.S. drone strike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills ‘several’

1. A statement by the U. S. Africa Command says the strike was carried out Friday night in Lower Shabelle region, about 32 km north of the capital, Mogadishu.

2. The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia, killing “several” militants.

3. The statement says the latest U. S. drone strike was carried out in coordination with Somalia’s government.

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Al-Qaeda militants attack Christian town in north Hama, Syrian Army pushes them back

1. DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P. M. ) – Overnight, fierce firefights erupted in the northern countryside of Hama as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) attempted to infiltrate the town of Mahardeh by attacking adjacent checkpoints manned by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defence Forces (NDF) at the nearby Thermal Plant.

2. With clashes lasting until Saturday morning, the SAA and NDF managed to hold their ground and repel repeated HTS attacks on both the Abu Obaidah and Al-Shalweet checkpoints.

3. In response, the Russian Air Force conducted airstrikes over suspected HTS positions in Lataminah as missiles were spotted coming from this rebel stronghold towards Mahardeh.

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United States, South Korea start 4-day naval drills in clear warning to North Korea against the backdrop of Trump’s Asian visit.

1. The United States and South Korea on Saturday started joint naval exercises that will involve three U. S. aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

2. The exercises will also involve 11 U. S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships.

3. The four-day drills that began in the waters off South Korea’s eastern coast come as President Donald Trump continues a visit to Asia that has been dominated by discussions over the North Korean nuclear threat.

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Navy Lacrosse Remembers Captain Owen G. Thorp III

1. “I got out of the military about four years ago and I’m with a business and have a family and kids and everything, and a lot of the lessons he taught me when I was there are very much applicable in my life now,” Tormey said.

2. “Every program has those people, and Navy lacrosse had one of the greats,” said 1984 Navy captain Neil Duffy who has stayed connected to the program as a high school teacher and coach.

3. Monday’s funeral for Navy men’s lacrosse academic representative Captain Owen G. Thorp III brought approximately 1,500 mourners to the United States Naval Academy chapel in Annapolis, Md.

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Isis ousted from last major stronghold in Syria

1. “Forces loyal to the regime … have advanced in the Albu Kamal border city and established complete control after the withdrawal of the remaining [Isis] fighters to areas under their control in the countryside,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said on Thursday.

2. The regime’s victory in Deir Ezzor now leaves it with control over a larger portion of the country than its adversaries, and with momentum after six and a half years of civil war, but also cements its divisions with portions controlled by al-Qaida-affiliated jihadists, Kurdish fighters, and Turkish-backed rebels.

3. The Syrian military, backed by Shia fighters from Iraq, said it had reclaimed the border town of Albu Kamal from Isis, clearing the militants from their last key redoubt on the Iraqi border.

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Boston Jihadi Plot Gets Top ISIS Leader in Syria Killed

1. ” Hussain, according to court records, had corresponded with at least nine Americans who were later killed by law enforcement or arrested, including a North Carolina man named Nojan Sullivan, the son of a U. S. Marine, who planned an attack similar to the ISIS-inspired one in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub in 2016 and videotape it—a promise, federal officials said, he made to Hussain directly.

2. Wright and his cell of bumbling attackers had been recruited by Junaid Hussain, the notorious propagandist for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), who urged them and other young Americans to get off their mom’s couch and join the jihad by launching attacks in the U. S. He was so good at seducing losers like Wright that he climbed to No.

3. The information that informant gathered helped the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts obtain warrants that allowed the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to listen as Wright and Rahim plotted and follow them around, which would eventually help them track down Hussain, who by then was considered one of the world’s most dangerous men.

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