21 July 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan: 14 civilians killed in airstrike following battle involving US aircraft Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Fourteen members of a family, including three children, were killed in an airstrike in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz on Thursday, Afghan officials stated on Friday.
- Afghan government considering yet another Eid ceasefire with Taliban militants: Kabul Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani might offer the Taliban militant group another ceasefire during next month's Eid holiday, a government spokesman says, after the Afghan leader reached a truce with Taliban insurgents last month.
- Afghan Government Considering New Cease-Fire VOA 21 Jul 2018 -- The Afghan government is mulling over whether to announce another cease-fire with the Taliban during next month's Eid holiday, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Policy Chief Urges U.S.-Russian Collaboration on Mutual-Interest Issues AFPS 21 Jul 2018 -- The Pentagon's chief policy maker addressed the Aspen Security Forum last night about the need for the United States and Russia to seek common collaboration on issues of national security concern as such opportunities might arise.
- U.S. Defense Chief Urges Congress To Allow Waivers Of Russian Sanctions RFE/RL 21 Jul 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling on Congress to exempt some countries from being penalized by sanctions the United States is imposing on Russia's military.
- Germany may accept foreigners into army in exchange for citizenship Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- The German army is reportedly mulling accepting foreigners into its ranks by offering them German citizenship.
- German Bundeswehr Mulls Opening Its Ranks to Foreign Nationals – Reports Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- In a bid to overcome a shortage of military personnel at home, the German Armed Forces are reportedly considering recruiting citizens of other European Union countries.
- Fighter jet skids off runway in Tainan; no injuries: Air Force CNA 21 Jul 2018 -- One of Taiwan's Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jets slewed off the runway when its brakes failed during a landing at the Tainan air base on Saturday but no one was injured, according to a statement from the Air Force Command Headquarters.
- UK to send biggest warship to Pacific in 'show of force' Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- The United Kingdom and Australia are discussing plans for Britain's biggest ever warship to be deployed to the Pacific alongside Australians navy.
- UK to Deploy Supercarrier to Pacific to Counter Beijing's Clout in S China Sea Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- The UK and Australia are ramping up their defense cooperation in the Pacific and the South China Sea.
- US rejects Putin's proposal on Ukraine, clears $200 million in military aid Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- The Pentagon has released $200 million in military aid to Ukraine after the White House rejected an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to work with the United States in resolving the conflict.
- Syrian army troops gain more ground in Dara'a, Quneitra Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to make further territorial advances on terrorists' lines in the country's southwestern provinces of Dara'a and Quneitra as they are tightening the noose around foreign-backed terrorist groups in those areas.
- Raqqah residents call for Syrian government's return Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, the former stronghold of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, have called on the government to return to the war-wracked city and provide civil services for the residents.
- Russia, U.S. Eyeing Joint Plan For Return Of Syrian Refugees RFE/RL 21 Jul 2018 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says it has sent a proposal to Washington to jointly organize the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland following agreements reached between the Russian and American presidents at their summit this week.
- France, Russia Jointly Sending Medical Aid To Embattled Damascus Suburb RFE/RL 21 Jul 2018 -- France and Russia will jointly deliver humanitarian aid to the former Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the two countries announced in a joint statement.
- Hmeymim Air Defenses Shoot Down Militant UAV in Syria - Russian MoD Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- According to the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, militants are continuing to deploy drones near the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.
- Syria Launches a Dozen Strikes Against Daesh in Southern Golan Heights Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- The terrorist group Daesh, earlier in the morning, detonated a car bomb in the town of Hayt, The Jerusalem Post said on Saturday.
- Russia, France Cooperate on Aid to Syria's Civilians VOA 21 Jul 2018 -- The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Saturday to discuss joint humanitarian efforts in Syria, a day after France sent 50 tons of medical aid.
- UN says 'many humanitarian achievements', one year after ouster of ISIL from Mosul UN News 21 Jul 2018 -- One year after the liberation of Iraq's Mosul city from a terrorist group, the United Nations on Saturday marked the anniversary with "many humanitarian achievements" and "a multitude of challenges".
- Experts say Myanmar violated UN child rights convention in Rohingya crackdown Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- International legal experts say Myanmar has violated its obligations to the United Nations child rights convention as the unprecedented crackdown mounted by the government of the Southeast Asian nation against the minority Rohingya Muslims has led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from the persecuted community.
- Rohingya Muslims subjected to systematic massacre, rape in Myanmar: Rights group Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- An international group of medical experts says evidence collected from Rohingya Muslims' accounts proves that the highly-persecuted minority is subjected to systematic massacre and rape in Myanmar.
- Physicians Call for Crimes Against Humanity Investigation in Myanmar VOA 21 Jul 2018 -- A physicians group working with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh says medical and scientific evidence indicates the extent of the violence they suffered at the hands of the Myanmar military and civilians.
- Israel targets Hamas position in Gaza Strip only hours after truce Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Israeli artillery units have targeted a position of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement in the Gaza Strip only hours after it was announced that the Tel Aviv regime had reached a truce with Palestinian factions in the besieged coastal enclave.
- UN chief urges Hamas and Israel to 'step back from the brink of another devastating conflict' in Gaza UN News 21 Jul 2018 -- Voicing deep concern over the latest flare-up of violence around Gaza, the United Nations chief on Saturday urged all sides to "step back from the brink of another devastating conflict".
- Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group's transition 'from weapons to politics', says UN UN News 21 Jul 2018 -- Celebrating the holding of the first session of a new Congress in Colombia, the United Nations has said that the inclusion of former rebels in the legislative body marked their transition "from weapons to politics".
- Estonia Spy Chief: Network of Operatives Pushing Russian Agenda in West VOA 21 Jul 2018 -- For the past several months, intelligence and security officials in the U.S. government and private sector have cautiously marveled at the seemingly slow pace of Russian cyberattacks and influence operations using social media.
- Russia's FSB raids space research center over 'spying for West' Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has reportedly raided a top space research facility over the suspected leaking of secrets about the country's new hypersonic weapons to the West.
- US Military Sees Change in N. Korea; Others Skeptical VOA 21 Jul 2018 -- A top U.S. military official called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "a man of his word" while backing up assertions by other key officials that talks with Pyongyang are making progress.
- FM:Iran expects Europe to take practical steps to save JCPOA IRNA 21 Jul 2018 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is necessary for Europeans to fulfill the promises they have made beyond their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action though they have failed to take any good measures so far.
- IAEA access not beyond Iran commitments: Envoy IRNA 21 Jul 2018 -- Cooperation between Tehran and the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is based on Iran's accepted commitments, said Iran's representative to the international organizations in Vienna in a recent interview.
- Khamenei Supports Blocking Region's Oil Exports If Iran's Exports Stopped RFE/RL 21 Jul 2018 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on July 21 backed President Hassan Rohani's suggestion that Iran may block oil exports from the Persian Gulf if its own exports are stopped.
- 'It Holds No Benefit': Ayatollah Says Negotiating With US is a 'Blatant Mistake' Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei revealed on Saturday that holding talks with the US to mend their issues is a "blatant mistake" because Washington fails to stick to its agreements.
- Israel Obtained List of Iranian Targets in Iraq For Potential Strikes - Report Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- A report by the Arabic website Al-Jarida says Israel is willing to expand the conflict with Tehran from Syria to Baghdad.
- Chinese president in Africa to boost economic, military ties Press TV 21 Jul 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Senegal as part of a four-nation African tour to develop stronger economic and military ties with the African nations.
- Congress Drops Bid To Crack Down On ZTE Over Iran Sanctions Violations RFE/RL 21 Jul 2018 -- Congressional aides say legislators are abandoning an effort to crack down on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, deferring to a White House deal to save the company despite accusations that it violated U.S. sanctions and sold sensitive technology to Iran and North Korea.
- Zimbabwe's President Appealing for White Votes VOA 21 Jul 2018 -- Zimbabwe's president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, extended a hand of reconciliation Saturday to whites and ruled out more invasions of their land.
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