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Syria war: Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has crashed amid Syrian anti-aircraft fire after an offensive against Iranian targets in Syria, the Israeli military says. The two pilots parachuted to safety before the crash in northern Israel. It is believed to be the first time Israel has lost a jet in the Syrian conflict. Israel was carrying out strikes after the launch of an Iranian drone into Israel. The drone was intercepted. Syria opened fire after an Israeli act of “aggression”, state media said. Israeli strikes in Syria are not unusual, the…

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Kabul military academy hit by explosions and gunfire

Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The Marshal Fahim National Defense University came under attack early Monday morning, reports said. It comes days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people. Islamic State and the Taliban have recently carried out attacks in the city. Several explosions were heard, as well as small arms fire, as the attack began at about 05:00 local time (00:30 GMT), the BBC’s Mahfouz Zubaide…

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Fitness tracker Strava lights up military base

Military personnel around the world have been publicly sharing their exercise routes online – including those inside or near military bases. Online fitness tracker Strava has published a “heatmap” showing the paths its users log as they run or cycle. It appears to show the structure of foreign military bases in countries like Syria and Afghanistan, as soldiers move around inside. The US military is examining the heatmap, a spokesman said. Air Force Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for US Central Command, told the Washington Post that the US military…

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In Milan, Military Rigor Meets Instagram Excess

Advertisement MILAN — Let a brick be a brick. To paraphrase the great American architect Louis Kahn, professional achievement at a fundamental level requires a practitioner first to consult the materials. “If you think of brick, you say to brick, ‘What do you want, brick?’ ” Mr. Kahn said during a legendary 1971 master class lecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Perhaps brick spoke and said it wanted to be an arch. “And it’s important, you see, that you honor the material that you use,” Mr. Kahn said. “You can…

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Vows: A Military Couple Together, but Mostly Apart for Now

Advertisement The night before Ashley Iorio left her family home in North Stonington, Conn., for her plebe year at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., her high school boyfriend ended their relationship. “This was a pre-emptive strike, it knocked her for a loop,” said her mother, Beth Iorio, a retired special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (N.C.I.S.). The groom, Mr. Sands, prays with members of his wedding party before the ceremony on Veterans Day in Asheville, N.C.CreditJacob Biba for The New York Times Despite being an…

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Senator: It's time for US military families to leave SKorea

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it’s time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the U.S. closer to a military conflict. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will also urge the Pentagon not to send any more dependents to South Korea. “It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour,” the South Carolina Republican said on CBS’ “Face…

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