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White House opposes key bill recognizing Iraqi Kurdish, Sunni forces as ‘country’

By Yerevan Saeed RUDAW The Obama administration is opposing a US defense bill that authorizes “direct military assistance” for Kurdish forces and Sunni tribal forces and recognizes them as “country,” the State Department said on Wednesday. The House Armed Services Committee on Monday released the National Defense Authorization …

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Germany ‘spied’ on top French officials for US

DPA: German intelligence services spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of the American spy agency NSA, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency helped the National Security Agency (NSA) carry out “political espionage” by surveilling “top officials at the French …

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Russian aircraft Superjet 100 to receive record-breaking state aid

 Egor Popov, Yelizaveta Kuznetsova, Kommersant Russia’s civil aviation industry, whose main project is the regional aircraft Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100), is to receive record state support, with the government promising anti-crisis funding of more than 127 billion rubles ($2.5 billion). According to observers, the financing will help to support …

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Saab pitches Gripen as Typhoon replacement for Austria

Gareth Jennings, Linköping IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly Saab is touting its Gripen combat aircraft to Austria as a possible replacement for that country’s early model Eurofighter Typhoons, a senior company official disclosed on 27 April. Speaking at the Linköping production facility in Sweden, the head of Saab’s Aeronautics …

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