Iraq Has Received Its Last Batch of F-16; Space Force Could Cost $3B; Chile Replaces T-35 Aircraft; IDF Attack Palestinian Worshippers

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria ( Iraq Ministry posted that the last aircraft was received by Air Force Commander Anwar Hama Amin, who confirmed that this latest batch was the last delivery as part of a contract with the United States.

“These aircraft strengthen our combat capabilities not only in fighting and eliminating terrorist remnants but also in protecting our borders and defending our territory,” Iraqi Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen told Diyaruna. Read full story.

Standing up a Space Force could cost taxpayers about $3 billion up front and add $1.3 billion to the Pentagon’s annual budget, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis.

While CBO did not analyze the Pentagon’s specific Space Force proposal, the organization’s report could influence the lawmakers who are reviewing the Trump administration’s request to create a new branch of the military, something that hasn’t been done since 1947. Read full story.

The Chilean Air Force has received authorisation to start the selection of a new primary and basic training aircraft, Defence Undersecretary Cristian de la Maza confirmed last week. 40 new trainers, fitted with digital instruments and a ‘glass’ cockpit, will be ordered.

The new trainers will start replacing around 30 ENAER T-35 Pillans between 2024 and 2025, military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . Introduced in 1985, the piston-driven T-35s are approaching the end of their service lives and will be retired between 2020 and 2028. Read full story.

Israeli forces attacked worshippers leading the old city through Damascus Gate after performing night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque last night.

No injuries were reported.

Mounib Mahdi Abu Assab was arrested from his home in the Old City, with eyewitnesses saying he was taken in for interrogation.Thousands of Palestinians performed tarawih, night prayers help during the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Read full story.

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Source: Jane`s, UKDJ, Defense One, Middle East Monitor