14 July 2019 Military News
- Trump's nominee for top military post warns against early Afghanistan pullout Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Trump Administration's nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned against early pullout of US forces in Afghanistan while insisting that China will remain the "primary challenge" to the American military for up to 100 years.
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- NATO Secretary General joins French President, European leaders at Bastille Day parade NATO 14 Jul 2019 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders in celebrating France's national day at the Bastille Day parade in Paris on Sunday (14 July 2019).
- Russia to definitely give region more advanced armaments: Russian lawmaker Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- A Russian lawmaker says Moscow will "definitely" present regional countries with armaments that are more advanced than the S-400, a sophisticated air defense system that Russia has already given to Turkey.
- Macron announces creation of French space force command Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- French President Emmanuel Macron has approved the creation of a military space force command to boost the country's military capabilities amid a precarious state of ties with the US.
- PLA's Alleged S. China Sea Missile Tests Sent US Message That 'It's Too Late to Catch Up' - Report Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- In early July, the Pentagon accused China of conducting multiple anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the South China Sea in late June. The Chinese military confirmed that it had issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning in several areas, but insisted that it was conducting live fire drills, not testing missiles.
- Upcoming PLA drill a routine exercise: MND CNA 14 Jul 2019 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) downplayed on Sunday an upcoming Chinese military exercise near Taiwan amid speculation it is meant to send a message after the United States recently agreed to sell weapons to Taiwan.
- China can effectively sanction US companies who sell weapons to Taiwan: experts Global Times 14 Jul 2019 -- The US is deploying a double standard by calling China's proposed sanctions on US companies for arms sales to Taiwan a "foolish action," Chinese mainland analysts said on Sunday, pointing out that the sanctions could not only cut base material supply to these companies including rare earths but also block their non-military products from entering Chinese markets.
- China holds drills as US plans to sell arms to Taiwan Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- China says it has carried out air and naval drills along its southeast coast after warning the US against its plan to sell weapons worth 2.22 billion dollars to Taiwan.
- Iran to give devastating response to any attack: Army cmdr IRNA 14 Jul 2019 -- Army commander says Iran has never been after war, but the country will give devastating response to any attack.
- Iran's power will be 'destructive' for all aggressors: Army chief Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- The chief commander of Iran's Army says the Islamic Republic has the power to defend itself and mount "destructive" counterattacks if it ever comes under any aggression, in what seems to be an allusion to threats of military action against the country by the United States.
- Trump admin to impose sanctions on Turkey for buying Russian S-400 air defense systems Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to slap sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.
- For Third Day, Russia Delivers Missile System Parts To Turkey RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- Russia has sent new components of its S-400 air-defense system to a military air base near the Turkish capital, Ankara.
- Erdogan: S-400 Deal With Russia Among 'Most Important Agreements' in Modern Turkish History Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- The first batch of S-400 missile system components arrived in Turkey on Friday, with at least five plane-loads of equipment making its way into the country by Sunday morning, and two more expected later in the day.
- Russian Defence Ministry Confirms More S-400 Components Delivered to Turkey on Sunday Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed on Sunday that Russia had delivered several more batches of S-400 air defence system components to Turkey.
- Fifth Batch of Russian S-400 Air Defenсe System Parts Arrives in Turkey - Ankara Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- The fifth plane carrying components of Russian S-400 air defence system arrived in Turkey on Sunday morning, and two more batches are expected to be delivered later in the day, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
- Chinese company in bid to buy Ukrainian aeroengine giant Global Times 14 Jul 2019 -- A Beijing-based aviation industry investment company reportedly renewed its attempt to acquire stakes in a Ukrainian aircraft engine manufacturer and the application is being reviewed by the Ukrainian antitrust authority.
- Yemeni missiles, rockets hit targets inside Saudi Arabia Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Yemeni forces have fired several missiles and artillery shells at Saudi Arabia's southern Najran region in retaliation for the years-long Saudi-led war on their country.
- Hezbollah Leader: We Have Reduced Our Military Presence in Syria VOA 14 Jul 2019 -- The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has said that the number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria has decreased.
- Terrorists blow up gas pipeline in central Syria in sabotage attack: State news agency Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists have blown up a gas pipeline running in the eastern countryside of Syria's central province of Homs, putting it out of service.
- Turkish forces 'neutralize' 64 Kurdish PKK terrorists in northern Iraq: Defense Ministry Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Turkish military forces have killed nearly 60 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group during a string of counter-terrorism operations in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Netanyahu Threatens Hezbollah With 'Crushing Military Blow' Amid War of Words With Nasrallah Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- Earlier, Hezbollah's secretary general warned that Israel was in range of the Lebanese militant group's missiles, as the Israeli prime minister told the group's allies in Tehran that Iranian territory was well within range of Israeli warplanes.
- Moscow Protesters Demand Opposition Candidates Be Included On City-Council Ballots RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- Around 1,000 people have gathered in central Moscow to demand that opposition candidates be included on ballots for the September 8 Moscow City Duma elections.
- E3 statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: 14 July 2019 UK FCO 14 Jul 2019 -- The governments of France, Germany, and the UK have reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPoA.
- Europe not ready yet to 'invest in saving JCPOA': Zarif Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Europeans do not seem ready yet to put investment into saving the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, despite their claim to be willing to retain it.
- European parties to Iran deal urge dialog, end to tensions Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- France, Britain, and Germany have called for the resumption of dialog and an end to the escalation over Iran's nuclear deal, amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.
- EU Signals No Iran Nuclear Dispute 'For The Time Being' RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- The remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal don't consider Tehran's breaches "significant noncompliance" and haven't signaled any intention to trigger the accord's dispute mechanism "for the time being," the European Union's foreign policy chief said on July 15.
- U.K. Ex-Ambassador: Trump Dropped Iran Deal Because Obama Agreed To It RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- Britain's now-former ambassador to Washington has said he believes U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal because it was associated with predecessor Barack Obama, leaked documents show.
- Ambassador: Trump's Withdrawal from Iran Deal Was 'Diplomatic Vandalism' VOA 14 Jul 2019 -- The former British ambassador to the U.S. believed President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal was an act of "diplomatic vandalism" against his predecessor Barack Obama, according to newly leaked diplomatic cables.
- Trump Ditched Iran Deal to Irk Obama in 'Act of Diplomatic Vandalism' Claims UK Envoy in Leaked Memo Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- On 12 July UK Metropolitan Police opened a probe into the leak of excerpts from confidential cables that UK Ambassador Kim Darroch had sent to London in which he described the White House as "uniquely dysfunctional" and described US President Donald Trump as "inept, insecure and incompetent."
- FM spox: Iran holds no talks with US IRNA 14 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected speculation spread by media about Iran-US negotiations, saying the Islamic Republic of Iran holds no talks at any level with the US.
- Foreign Ministry: No negotiations between Iran, US at any level Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- The spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry says there are no ongoing talks between the Islamic Republic and the United States at any level, denying certain media reports in this regard.
- Tehran Denies Reports About Possibility of Russia-Mediated Talks With US - Reports Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi refuted on Sunday media reports claiming that Tehran might engage in negotiations with the United States with Russia's help amid increased tensions between the two countries, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
- US has failed on every path taken against Iran: Rouhani Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States has failed on every path it has taken against Iran.
- Rouhani says Iran overcomes US unilateral sanctions IRNA 14 Jul 2019 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday Iran has overcome the difficulties caused by the US unilateral sanctions over the past 14 months.
- Iranian FM Heads To New York For UN Conference Before Visit To Venezu RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is traveling to New York to attend a conference at the United Nations amid growing tensions between Tehran and the West.
- EU's Top Diplomat Welcomes Iraqi Efforts To Ease U.S.-Iran Tensions RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc fully supports Iraq's efforts to ease tensions and "avoid any miscalculation" between the United States and Iran.
- Berlin, London, Paris Voice Concern About Risk of JCPOA's Collapse Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- Berlin, Paris, London worry that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) may come apart due to the US sanctions against Tehran and Iran's decision to partially discontinue its commitments under the deal, a joint statement by the governments and head of states of Germany, France and the United Kingdom says.
- Britain Offers To Help Release Tanker If Given Guarantees By Iran RFE/RL 14 Jul 2019 -- Britain has offered Iran a way out of the crisis over its seized oil tanker in Gibraltar, saying it will "facilitate release" of the Grace 1 if Tehran provides guarantees the vessel will not travel on to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
- Iran to Continue Oil Exports Under Any Circumstances – Foreign Minister Sputnik 14 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a phone conversation with his UK counterpart Jeremy Hunt on Saturday stressed that Iran would continue oil exports under any circumstances and urged London to immediately release the Grace 1 oil tanker, detained by the Gibraltar law enforcement agencies.
- Protesters block roads, clash with police in Hong Kong Press TV 14 Jul 2019 -- Police and protesters have clashed in a suburb of Hong Kong, as rallies continue in the city over an extradition bill that the government has said is dead.
- India to Launch Mission to Land on Moon VOA 14 Jul 2019 -- In the early hours of Monday, India is set to launch a mission to an uncharted area of the moon, marking a significant milestone in its steadily expanding ambitions in space.
- Brexiters Blamed For Embarrassing Diplomatic Cables VOA 14 Jul 2019 -- Brexiters are being blamed for the leaking of cables written by Britain's former ambassador to the U.S. in which the envoy branded President Donald Trump "clumsy and inept." It emerged Sunday, as a second set of diplomatically embarrassing cables were published in London by a tabloid newspaper, that the journalist behind the stories is in a relationship with the chairman of Britain's newly-formed Brexit party.
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