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In an unabashed move that proves Pakistan’s insecurity in dealing with dissent, a newspaper critique of the Pakistan Army in the local edition of the reputed New York Times was brutally censored and replaced with a blank space.

In an unabashed move that proves Pakistan’s insecurity in dealing with dissent, a newspaper critique of the Pakistan Army in the local edition of the reputed New York Times was brutally censored and replaced with a blank space.

The move by Express Tribune, the local publisher of the NYT in Pakistan, displays the fear in the Pakistani community in speaking out against the military establishment.

The censored article titled ‘Pakistan’s triangle of hate’ was penned by a high-profile satirist and novelist, named Mohammad Hanif, who regularly write features about Pakistani society in the NYT.

 

 

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Tank soldiers at a training area in Grafenwöhr, Germany. Starting in July, all applicants seeking to join the military will have to undergo a security check aimed at weeding out potential extremists.

BERLIN — It started with an investigation into a suspected terrorist plot by an army soldier aimed at top government officials. But it quickly uncovered a larger problem.

Military police searching through barracks turned up Nazi-era military memorabilia that revealed a much broader presence of far-right extremists in the German Army’s ranks, something commanders are now accused of having long ignored.

They are currently investigating 275 cases involving accusations of racism or far-right extremism stretching back six years, according to the Defense Ministry. The number represents a small minority in a force of nearly 180,000. But nearly 70 percent of cases have emerged in the last year and a half, pointing to an accelerating problem that German military authorities are only now scrambling to address.

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 The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, is now immersed in the development of design concepts for various super high-tech tank platforms. Extensive conceptual work, simulation and design modeling will be needed before there is any opportunity to “bend metal” and produce a new tank.

The Army is now performing concept modeling and early design work for a new mobile, lethal, high-tech future lightweight tank platform able to detect and destroy a wider range of targets from farther distances, cross bridges, incinerate drones with lasers and destroy incoming enemy artillery fire –  all for the 2030s and beyond.

The new vehicle, now emerging purely in the concept phase, is based upon the reality that the current M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank can only be upgraded to a certain limited extent, senior Army officials explained.

The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, is now immersed in the development of design concepts for various super high-tech tank platforms, Maj. Gen. David Bassett, Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems, told Scout Warrior in an exclusive interview.

Bassett emphasized the extensive conceptual work, simulation and design modeling will be needed before there is any opportunity to “bend metal” and produce a new tank.

 

 

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:05 A.M.) – Iraqi Army troops liberated another district in the western sector of Mosul, yesterday, forcing the remaining Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists to withdraw to the small pocket they control in the city.

Led by their Special Forces, the Iraqi Army, alongside the Federal Police, liberated the Al-Islah Al-Zara’i District in western Mosul, killing and wounding a large number of Islamic State terrorists in the process of this advance on Friday.

According to local activists, the Iraqi Army and their allies killed more than 40 Islamic State terrorists during Friday’s operations in the Al-Islah Al-Zara’i District.

 

 

 

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:45 P.M.) – Syrian Armed Forces alongside with allied paramilitary groups continue their military operations in northeastern Homs countryside capturing a new site from the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, or also ISIL/ISIS).

On Friday afternoon, units of the 5th Army Corps backed by National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah seized Maqla’ Al-Mushairifah Al-Janoubi area effectively imposing fire control over the road that links Jubab Hamad, Rasm Hamida and Habrah Al-Gharbiyah villages together.

Earlier today, government forces liberated the quarries east of nearby Al-Shumariyah Mountains.

 

 

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Army researchers are testing half a dozen ammunition variants for a new prototype assault rifle that fires a larger round in order to introduce a possible M16/M4 replacement by 2020, according to Army Times.

The goal is to create a new light machine gun and inform the next-generation individual assault rifle/round combo, the report says. The weapon designs that are being tested will be “unconventional,” officials said.

Intermediate calibers being tested include the .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .264 USA as well as other noncommercial intermediate calibers, including cased telescoped ammo, Army officials said.

 

 

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered the Philippine Air Force to use its recently acquired assets to crush terrorists in Mindanao. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News file

 

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he has ordered the Philippine Air Force to use its recently acquired assets to crush terrorists in Mindanao, as the threat of Islamic State influence reaching the country’s shores continues to grow.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Hong Kong, Duterte said he has ordered the Air Force to destroy IS sympathizers in Mindanao, such as the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf.

 

 

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One photograph of a United States Air Force rescuer saving a little girl and receiving a big hug during the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has been seen all over the world and has even won a few awards.

It’s uncommon for military rescuers to reconnect with the people they’ve saved, but luckily for Master Sergeant Mike Maroney, he could reunite with the little girl he saved over ten years ago, LaShay Brown. The little girl gave him a big hug when he saved her and he never forgot that heartwarming moment.

Master Sergeant Maroney was battling PTSD and carried the photograph with him to his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a reminder of that very special moment and what he was fighting for.

When he got back home to the United States, he launched a social media campaign, #FindKatrinaGirl, to try and reconnect with her. Although he first thought that he saved the little girl’s life, it was actually more the other way around.

Luckily, Mark and LaShay found each other on the set of the television program The Real back in 2015.

 

 

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ALYSSA Valdez overcame an ankle injury and valiantly played through pain in the last two sets to lead Creamline out of its two-game losing skid with a 25-21, 28-26, 23-25, 12-25, 15-12 win over Philippine Air Force in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday.

Valdez poured in 25 points, built on 23 kills, for the Cool Smashers, while Pau Soriano added 13, Francesca Racraquin added 11 and Ivy Remulla chipped in 10.

The former Ateneo star was down after an awkward landing with Air Force leading the fourth set, 22-9, but Valdez was quick to get back up as she shrugged off the pain.

“Eh talagang mahirap kapag walang katulong si Alyssa. Mabuti nag-step up ‘yung iba kahit konti,” said Creamline assistant coach Sherwin Meneses.

Tied, 9-all, Creamline cruised to the match point, 14-11, before Joy Cases saved the match point, 12-14.

Valdez scored on a perfectly timed set as she bailed out the Cool Smashers, who improved to 2-3 after escaping an error-plagued match (46 errors) that took two hours and 21 minutes to finish.

 

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BUFFALO, NY – Some very special accommodations were made Saturday morning so a Buff State senior, who is abroad serving in the military, could graduate on time.

U.S. Air Force Sergeant Adam Winters, who’s from Rochester, was deployed to Southwest Asia three months ago, as he began his final semester at Buff State. Winters is an aerial port specialist, loading cargo and passengers onto military aircraft. The deployment meant Winters would have to take online courses abroad, so he could graduate on time.
2 On Your Side spoke to Winters earlier this week by Skype.
“I was pretty upset at first hearing that I was going to be gone, knowing that I was graduating in May while I was gone,” he said, “but mission comes first.”
He had to balance his studies in three courses, with his duties in uniform. At Buff State’s 145th commencement sat Katie Peterson with her parents and sister. Katie and Adam are engaged, and have plans to get married next summer. After nearly 900 of Adam’s peers walked the stage, this happened:

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