The Syrian Army Recaptured the Hilltop of Tal Malah; Japan Wants to Be F-35 Partner

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Syrian troops regain control of strategic heights in Hama province — media

The Syrian army backed by National Defense Forces militias have recaptured the hilltop of Tal Malah in northwestern Hama from terrorists, TASS reported on Monday.

According to Al-Masdar News, during their offensive operation, Syrian troops also regained control of the inhabited community of Jibeen.

Since the beginning of June, Syrian troops have recaptured the area from terrorists twice. However, a few days later, they had to retreat under the onslaught of superior enemy forces to prevent heavy losses.

The army and militias are confronted in the area with militants from Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) and Jaysh al-Izza extremist groups.

In the neighboring Latakia Governorate, the Syrian army’s elite units and armored vehicles attacked the militant outpost in the city of Kabani. According to the news website, troops have launched an offensive on the southern sector of the front seeking to capture the areas controlled by the Turkistan Islamic Party, an extremist organization consisting of Uighur mercenaries.

Japan wants to be an official F-35 partner. The Pentagon plans to say no.

Japan has formally expressed interest in joining the F-35 program as a full partner, but the Pentagon plans to shoot down that request, Defense News has learned.

Sources say Japan’s request to join the partnership creates major political headaches for the Pentagon, with fears it would cause new tensions among the international production base for the joint strike fighter and open the door for other customer nations to demand a greater role in future capability development.

In a June 18 letter from Japan’s Ministry of Defense to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord, obtained by Defense News, Atsuo Suzuki, director general for the Bureau of Defense Buildup Planning, formally requests information on how Japan could move from being a customer of the F-35 to a full-fledged member of the industrial base consortium.

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Source: TASS, Defense News