An Attack in Lebanon; Independent Cost Estimate on the F-35; Qatar Condemns Israeli Attack

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PAMAGYURISHTE, (BGM)A militant attacked a security forces patrol in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Monday night, killing two police officers and two army soldiers, Reuters reported.

Two security sources told Reuters the police and army had encircled the gunman in a building after he threw a bomb at security forces in a government building and fired at a patrol.

A key congressional committee is demanding more information from the Pentagon on an array of weapons. The biggest ask: an independent cost estimate on the massive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to compare against official figures from the Joint Program Office, Breaking Defense reported.

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen an independent cost estimate from the services” – the Air Force, Navy, and Marines all use F-35 variants – as well as the Pentagon’s Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation office (CAPE), a House Armed Services Committee staffer told reporters.

Qatar on Sunday condemned the Israeli attacks on worshippers at the east Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, MEMO reported.

The State of Qatar expressed its condemnation in the strongest terms of the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, by hundreds of Israeli settlers in the early hours of the day, and the injury of a number of worshipers caused by the Israeli occupation forces aggression against them.

The foreign ministry added in the statement that the attacks on worshippers and religious sites are “clear provocation to the feelings of Muslims”.

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