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Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements in artificial intelligence, holding open …

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Pentagon says it can protect US, allies from N. Korean missile threats

WASHINGTON: The US Defence Department, reacting to North Korea’s statement that it plans to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, said on Tuesday it was confident in its ability to protect US allies and the US homeland from threats from Pyongyang. “We have a ballistic missile defence … umbrella that we’re …

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US-led coalition strike kills Islamic State leader in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The US-led military coalition has killed a leader of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Pentagon said on Saturday. “Coalition warplanes targeted and killed Tunisian Boubaker al-Hakim, in Raqa, Syria” on November 26, Pentagon spokesman Ben Sakrisson said in a statement emailed to AFP. “Al-Hakim was an ISIL …

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Pentagon says air strike killed ‘senior al Qaeda leader’ in Syria

WASHINGTON: An air strike carried out by the United States last week killed Abu Afghan Al-Masri, a “senior al Qaeda leader,” near Sarmada, Syria, on Nov 18, Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said on Tuesday. Cook, speaking during a press briefing, told reporters that Al-Masri, an Egyptian, originally joined al Qaeda …

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