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The latest coverage of the Defense Department, State Department and aerospace industry.

Taiwanese Vice President William Lai waves to the media as he departs for Paraguay at Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwanese opposition figures fail to unite against ruling party

- The Washington Times

A potentially game-changing linkup between two Taiwanese opposition parties to challenge the ruling Democratic Progressive Party has foundered — for now. The alliance could have instantly made the forces favoring improved ties with China the front-runner in the coming vote, significantly impacting Taiwan’s future.

FILE - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 31, 2023. The U.S. launched an airstrike on a facility in eastern Syria linked to Iranian-backed militias, in retaliation for what has been a growing number of attacks on bases housing U.S. troops in the region for the past several weeks, the Pentagon said.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

U.S. conducts airstrikes in Syria against Iran-backed groups

- Associated Press

The U.S. military conducted airstrikes on two locations in eastern Syria involving Iranian-backed groups, hitting a training location and a weapons facility, according to the Pentagon and U.S. officials. It marks the third time in a bit more than two weeks that the U.S. has retaliated against the militants for what has been a growing number of attacks on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.