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Report: New Hellfire Missile Variant Aims to Avoid Civilian Casualties

The U.S. government developed a variant of the Hellfire air-to-surface missile designed to target terrorists without explosion and reduce the risk of civilian casualties, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The modified Hellfire missile, also known as R9X, comes with a ring of six blades that can cut through vehicle roofs or buildings to home in on the target. U.S. officials said the Department of Defense used R9X six times in its operations in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. 

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Senate OKs $510M Precision-Guided Munitions Sale to Saudi Arabia

The Senate voted 53-47 Tuesday to clear a potential $510 million deal for the U.S. to sell precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, Defense News reported Tuesday. The deal is part of a $110 billion weapon sales package that President Donald Trump signed with Saudi King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud in May. Senators also voted against …

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Report: US to Call Off Precision-Guided Munitions Sale to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. government has decided to cancel a planned foreign military sales deal with Saudi Arabia for Raytheon-built precision-guided munitions due to concerns over civilian casualties associated with the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes in Yemen, Reuters reported Tuesday. Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel write the U.S. will also update its training for Saudi Arabia’s …

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White House Releases Report on Legal Frameworks for US Military’s Use of Force

The White House has issued a document that describes legal and policy frameworks which guide the U.S. military’s use of force and related national security measures such as detention, transfer and interrogation. National security departments and agencies prepared the report in accordance with a presidential memorandum that also directs the National Security Council to review …

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Ashton Carter, Saudi Counterpart Discuss Security Matters at Pentagon Meeting

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday at the Pentagon to discuss military and security issues, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes the bilateral meeting covered events in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s defense capability modernization effort and the fight against al-Qaeda and Islamic …

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