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ISIS, Iranian-Pakistani Tensions, Aircraft Sensors

Dated: 24 Oct 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Categoiry: International, Security, Technology

ISIS: Iraqi officials said that ISIS used chlorine gas in its advances north of Baghdad last month, after about forty Iraqi security forces showed symptoms of chlorine gas poisoning. Similar reports have emerged from Kobani in recent weeks. The United States is conducting an investigation to confirm the latest reports.

Iranian-Pakistani Tensions: Iranian and Pakistani forces have exchanged cross-border fire, as increased tensions prompted the two states to hold a meeting in Tehran on increasing intelligence cooperation.  This comes after last week when Pakistan said a soldier died and three were hurt by Iranian guards. The reports that Pakistani forces have returned mortar fire are highly unusual and represent an increase in tensions that have marred this region for years.

Aircraft Sensors: Nine commercial aircraft are carrying sensors that monitor their structural health as part of an FAA test to prove their use for routine aircraft maintenance. About 100 sensors are being installed on Delta Air Lines planes to show that the sensors can sustain the operating environment, while providing the proper signals for flaw detection. Structural health monitoring could help airlines save money by basing maintenance on the actual condition of the aircraft, rather than fixed schedules and inspection routines that might not be necessary.

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