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03 July 2019 Military News

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  • W. Va. Guard responds to flooding in Harman Army News 03 Jul 2019 -- Response efforts continued today for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) and the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) in Eastern West Virginia for areas impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding on Sunday, June 30.

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  • DHS Inspector General: Overcrowded Migrant Centers 'A Ticking Time Bomb' VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- A new report by the Homeland Security Inspector General describes appalling conditions and wretched overcrowding at migrant detention centers in Texas with a top manager at one of the facilities saying he fears for the security of his staff, calling the situation a "ticking time bomb."
  • US Homeland Security Chief Orders Probe of Agents' Offensive Facebook Posts VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- The U.S. Homeland Security chief on Wednesday ordered an immediate investigation into a report that current and former U.S. Border Patrol agents are part of a Facebook group that posts racist, sexist and violent comments about migrants and Latin American lawmakers.
  • White House Slams Judge for Imposing 'Open Borders Views' on US, Warns Against 'Illegal Aliens' Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- Washington's frustration comes amid its efforts to tighten the screws on US asylum rules. In late June, President Trump delayed planned immigration raids, giving Congress two weeks to pass restrictions on the asylum laws. On Monday, however, Trump announced that the raids would start shortly after the nation's Fourth of July celebrations.
  • US Federal Judge Blocks AG Barr's Order Permitting Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked US Attorney General William Barr's recent order to jail and deny bail to individuals seeking asylum in the US, which allowed authorities to detain them indefinitely.
  • Customs Agency Cash Seizures at Airports Cost Travelers Millions VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- A little-known U.S. anti-money laundering law is costing international travelers millions of dollars a year, raising concerns of civil liberties' advocates that many innocent people are unwittingly being swept up by a statute designed to catch criminals.
  • US Sanctions Cuban Oil, Metals Company Cubametales for Links to Venezuela - Treasury Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on Cuba's oil and metals company Cubametales for its links to Venezuela, the US Department of the Treasury said in a press release.
  • The United States Curtails Cuban Support for Illegitimate Former Maduro Regime US Dept. of State 03 Jul 2019 -- Today, the United States removed sanctions on oil shipping company PB Tankers in response to actions it has taken to ensure that its vessels no longer were complicit in supporting the former Maduro regime. Additionally, the United States designated Cubametales, the Cuban state-run company and primary facilitator of oil imports from Venezuela, for circumventing U.S. sanctions.
  • Treasury Targets Cuban Support for the Illegitimate Venezuelan Regime US Treasury 03 Jul 2019 -- "Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Cubametales, the Cuban state-run oil import and export company, for its continued importation of oil from Venezuela. Cuba, in exchange for this oil, continues to provide support, including defense, intelligence, and security assistance, to the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro."
  • US Hits Cuba With Sanctions in New Move Against Venezuela's Maduro VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- The U.S. is sanctioning a Cuban business for importing Venezuelan oil as part of America's ongoing effort to force the South American country's president, Nicolas Maduro, from power.
  • Venezuela's Maduro Says Likely to Reach Agreement With Opposition by End of 2019 Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said an agreement between his government and the country's political opposition would likely be reached by the end of the year, adding that his administration is open to dialogue with all opposition groups.
  • Venezuela's Maduro says peace will come by year-end Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is certain a peace agreement with the country's opposition will be reached until the end of the year, despite remarks just earlier by opposition figure Juan Guaido ruling out negotiations with the government.
  • Sudan opposition agrees to direct talks with military council Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- Sudan's main opposition alliance has agreed to hold direct talks with the ruling military council after a call from African Union and Ethiopian mediators to resume the stalled negotiations.
  • Restrictions, unmet promises, unbridled violence in Sudan, a 'recipe for disaster', says Bachelet UN News 03 Jul 2019 -- After nationwide protests across Sudan on Sunday, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called on Sudanese authorities to lift restrictions on the internet and launch independent investigations into all acts of violence against demonstrators, and allegations of excessive force, including attacks on hospitals.
  • DPRK Mission to UN Slams US as 'Hell-Bent on Hostile Acts' Against North Korea - Report Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- The North Korean Mission to the United Nations said Wednesday in a statement that it is "ridiculous" for the United States to be "obsessed with sanctions and a pressure campaign" against Pyongyang, according to Reuters.
  • Trump-Kim Handshake May Be Meaningless Without Bridging Denuclearization Differences VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- President Donald Trump may have jumpstarted a new round of working-level talks with Pyongyang at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but experts say their handshake is meaningless unless negotiators make a headway in bridging the countries' divergent approaches toward denuclearization.
  • US Pushing Contrasting Assessments of Iran Threat VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are exposing potentially contrasting U.S. assessments of the threat Tehran represents to Washington and its allies and interests in the region.
  • Rouhani: Iran Ready to Enrich Uranium 'Any Amount We Want' VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran would begin enriching uranium at higher levels within days unless it sees more help on sanctions relief from the other signatories to a 2015 agreement that placed limits on its nuclear program.
  • Iran "will gain nothing" by breaching nuclear deal: French Foreign Ministry Global Times 03 Jul 2019 -- France on Wednesday told Iran that it was not in Tehran's interest to break with the nuclear accord and boost the enrichment level of its uranium beyond the limits agreed with major world powers in Vienna in 2015, urging Tehran to refrain from any move that may further fuel tensions in the region, the French Foreign Ministry said.
  • Iran urges US to correct mistake, return to JCPOA IRNA 03 Jul 2019 -- The best way for the United States is to return from its mistake, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said while referring to the US unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal – known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – on May 8, 2018.
  • FM spox: No one dying for INSTEX in gov't IRNA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that no one is dying for the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges in Iranian government, adding that INSTEX is not enough and should be a prelude to fulfill 11 commitments by the European Union.
  • IRGC commander highlights Iran's deterrence might IRNA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iran's global power is known to the world as the country enjoys high deterrence capacity and has been able to crash the fabricated might of the US, said Commander of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major-General Hossein Salami on Wednesday.
  • Iran's commitment to JCPOA to be as much as Europe's: Zarif IRNA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday said that Iran will comply with the nuclear deal to the extent that the European signatories fulfill their obligations.
  • INSTEX in first step to be launched IRNA 03 Jul 2019 -- After months of debates over the European financial mechanism to keep the JCPOA going, the INSTEX eventually entered the executive phase to increase hopes for the effectiveness of the nuclear deal; The phase that in which the power of the European Union, along with its political will, is judged and evaluated.
  • Iran to determine level of uranium enrichment: FM Zarif ISNA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday stressed that Iran will raise enrichment level and determine the amount of it in the 2nd phase of reducing its commitments under the nuclear deal.
  • On July 7, Iran's enrichment level to be based on its needs: President Rouhani ISNA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iran's President described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) beneficial for all nations, the region and the world, stressing that the best way for the United States is to fix its mistake, saying, "If the US is so much afraid of the word fire, then it must not start the flames".
  • Iran to comply with JCPOA in same manner as Europe: Zarif ISNA 03 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Iran is committed to the full implementation of the nuclear deal as long as Europe implements its economic commitments.
  • European powers urge Iran to reverse uranium enrichment decision People's Daily 03 Jul 2019 -- Top diplomats from the European Union, France, Germany and the UK said on Tuesday that they are extremely concerned with Iran's exceeding of stockpile limit for low enriched uranium and urged Tehran to reverse course.
  • Arak reactor to resume pre-deal activities if EU fails to meet pledges: Rouhani Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- President Hassan Rouhani says Iran's Arak heavy water nuclear reactor – which was agreed to be redesigned under a 2015 nuclear agreement – will resume its previous activities after July 7 if the other signatories to the deal fail to uphold their end of the bargain.
  • Russia vows to help Iran remain equal energy player Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- Russia says it supports Iran in the face of US sanctions and wants the Middle Eastern powerhouse to remain an equal player in the energy market despite American efforts to blot Tehran out of the market.
  • Iran blocked enemy's path to war: IRGC Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s chief commander hails Iran's significant progress in the defense sector, saying the country has effectively deterred the enemy from waging war on it.
  • Rohani: Iran Prepared To Enrich Uranium At Higher Level Despite International Warnings RFE/RL 03 Jul 2019 -- Iran will boost its uranium enrichment after July 7 to whatever levels it needs beyond the concentration limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal, President Hassan Rohani has said, defying calls by world powers to adhere to the agreement.
  • Iran Abandoning Several JCPOA Commitments to Save Nuclear Deal - Rouhani Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- Tehran is partially discontinuing its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plane of Action (JCPOA) treaty in a bid to salvage the multilateral nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.
  • Iranian President Rouhani Calls on US to Return to JCPOA and Resume Negotiations Sputnik 03 Jul 2019 -- The ever-increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen since the Iranian military downed an American drone, claiming it had crossed the country's border, while the US insisted it had been operating over international waters.
  • EU urges Iran to return to permissible limits of enriched uranium stockpile IRNA 03 Jul 2019 -- EU foreign policy chief and foreign ministers of three European members of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in a statement on Tuesday called on Iran to return to the permissible ceiling of enriched uranium stockpile under the nuclear deal.
  • Britain Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Hong Kong Row VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Britain has summoned the Chinese ambassador after he said that relations between Beijing and London had been "damaged" by Britain's backing of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
  • China protests to UK over 'fantasizing' about Hong Kong Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- China has protested to Britain after London warned Beijing of "serious consequences" if it breached an agreement over the handover of Hong Kong from the British Empire to China.
  • China protests Hunt's HK comments, calls him immersed in 'colonial illusion' Global Times 03 Jul 2019 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday lodged strong discontent and opposition to the UK over Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's remarks about Hong Kong and said he is still immersed in a "colonial illusion."
  • Taiwan separatists warned against helping HK secessionists Global Times 03 Jul 2019 -- Experts warned secessionists from the island of Taiwan to abandon their illusion of colluding with secessionists from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) to justify their separatist actions and attempt to subvert the "one country, two systems" framework for national reunification.
  • Commentary: Violence must be punished to safeguard Hong Kong stability People's Daily 03 Jul 2019 -- While people from all walks of life in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) were immersed in festivities commemorating the return of Hong Kong to the motherland and the establishment of the HKSAR on July 1, in complete contrast, some protesters were storming the region's Legislative Council on the other side of the city.
  • DPP raises alert about technology threats from China CNA 03 Jul 2019 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) warned Wednesday that Taiwan is facing a threat from China regarding technology, including theft of intellectual property and personal data, and security breaches in various sectors from agriculture, technology and commerce.
  • Legislature approves bill to bar ex-officials from China activities CNA 03 Jul 2019 -- The Legislative Yuan passed an amendment bill Wednesday to bar certain retired high-ranking military officers and senior political appointees from engaging in political activities organized by the Chinese authorities.
  • IMF Approves $6 Billion Loan For Pakistan RFE/RL 03 Jul 2019 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given Pakistan a $6 billion, three-year loan requested by Prime Minister Imran Khan's government to help resuscitate the country's ailing economy.
  • Trump-Khan Meeting Raises Hopes for Better US-Pakistan Ties VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump will host Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan later this month at their first meeting. Officials and analysts in Islamabad hope it could mean a change in often-acrimonious bilateral relations.
  • Rahul Gandhi Quits as Head of India's Congress Party VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Rahul Gandhi has quit as head of India's main opposition Congress Party, taking responsibility for its humiliating rout in recent general elections. His resignation leaves the party, which has been led by a member of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty for decades, in crisis.
  • U.S. To 'Strengthen' Ties With New Kazakh Government RFE/RL 03 Jul 2019 -- Following talks with Kazakhstan's foreign minister, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States seeks to "strengthen" its ties with the energy-rich Central Asian state.
  • UN expert urges ban on spy tech sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's murder Press TV 03 Jul 2019 -- A UN expert, who recently concluded a probe into the state-sponsored assassination of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, has called for sanctions on surveillance technology sales to Riyadh, amid reports that the regime has been using such spyware to keep track of the dissidents living abroad.
  • Australia Foils Alleged Islamic State-Inspired Plot in Sydney VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- A court in Sydney has charged two men arrested during counterterrorism raids with involvement in the Islamic State terror group. Australian investigators continue to interview the alleged mastermind of an Islamic State-inspired plot to attack buildings, including churches, courts and embassies. He has also been accused preparing an act of terror.
  • Will Post-Brexit London Remain Global Financial Hub? VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Four centuries ago, the world's first multinational company was established in Amsterdam. The Dutch East India Company was created by a government-directed merger of rival trading companies and went on to dominate the Asian spice trade.
  • UN Commission Warns of New Burundi Political Crisis in 2020 VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- A U.N. commission on Burundi says the country is poised for another political crisis when it holds elections next year. The three-member commission of inquiry says the ruling party is trying to harass and intimidate opponents and creating the conditions for unfair elections.
  • Organizers Of Ongoing Protests In Georgia Say They Are Changing Tactics RFE/RL 03 Jul 2019 -- As mass demonstrations in Georgia near the two-week mark, organizers calling for the resignation of the country's interior minister over police violence during the initial rally against Russian influence are changing their tactics to ensure that their protests do not fade away without results.
  • Pakistan Registers Terror Financing Cases Against Leader of Banned Militant Group VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Pakistani counterterrorism officials have registered 23 cases related to terrorism financing against more than a dozen people, including Hafiz Saeed, a central figure in the Mumbai attacks of 2008 that killed more than 170 people.
  • Kyrgyz Ex-President's Supporters Protest As Possible Arrest Pending RFE/RL 03 Jul 2019 -- Some 1,000 supporters of Almazbek Atambaev have gathered in the Kyrgyz capital, demanding the charges against the former president be dropped.

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