27 July 2019 Military News
- ISIS Caliphate Is Gone, But Threat Remains, Dunford Says CENTCOM 27 Jul 2019 -- There can be no doubt that the strategy to drive ISIS from its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq has succeeded, but that doesn't mean the struggle against the ideology is over, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Baghdad.
- Taliban vow not to allow future Afghanistan to become terrorists' hotbed: US envoy Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- US special envoy to "peace talks" with Afghan Taliban militants says they have vowed not to let future Afghanistan be turned into terrorists' hotbed, an ostensibly awkward pledge from a group whose terror attacks ceaselessly kill both civilians and government troops across the militant-infested country.
- Afghan Minister Says Kabul Could Meet Taliban Directly Within Two Weeks RFE/RL 27 Jul 2019 -- A senior Afghan official has expressed hope that direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators could begin within two weeks.
- Three Police Killed In Taliban Suicide Attack In Southeast Afghanistan RFE/RL 27 Jul 2019 -- At least three police officers have been killed and 12 wounded in a Taliban suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
- Afghan Women Must Have A Role In Future Talks, Activist Tells UN RFE/RL 27 Jul 2019 -- Jamila Afghani, an Afghan women's rights activist, says women in her country should have a voice in decisions that affect them and that their concerns must be addressed in any peace deal with the Taliban.
- At Least 4 Killed, 20 Injured by Car Explosion in Afghanistan's Ghazni - Reports Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- At least four Afghan security officers were killed and 20 others wounded by a car explosion in the Ghazni Province of eastern Afghanistan, TOLOnews reported on Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Nuclear Sub Docks in South Korea as North Test-Fires 'New Tactical Guided' Missile - Report Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- On Thursday, North Korea test fired two projectiles that fell into the Sea of Japan. Reacting to the launch, President Trump stated that the tests did not bother him, as they only involved short-range missiles.
- New North Korean Projectiles Might Reach Japan Without Being Intercepted - Japanese Military Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- New North Korean projectiles have trajectories that are not typical for conventional ballistic missiles, making it difficult to intercept them, the Japanese Defence Ministry said on Saturday, as quoted by NHK.
- Germany rebuffs US strategy of 'maximum pressure' against Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has reiterated its opposition to the US policy of "maximum pressure" against Iran, highlighting the importance of continuing diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in the region.
- Berlin Brushes Aside US 'Maximum Pressure' Plan for Iran, Demands European Approach to Gulf Op Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- Following incidents involving commercial vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, Washington has invited its allies to take part in a mission in the region to protect freedom of navigation there together. Germany, however, seems more open to a similar plan proposed by the UK.
- Source: Iran to perform missile test if necessary IRNA 27 Jul 2019 -- An informed source in Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces announced that Iran missile test is natural and will be conducted if necessary.
- Iran's missile program defensive not offensive: Military source Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- An informed Iranian military source says the country's missile tests are part of the Islamic Republic's defensive needs, saying Tehran needs "no permission" to enhance its defense capabilities.
- Pentagon Suggests Way to Monitor Pakistani F-16s After Indian Claims of Jets' Misuse Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- In February 2019, India accused Pakistan of scrambling F-16s to shoot down an Indian warplane, something that is forbidden according to the procurement contract that Islamabad inked with Washington. Pakistan has denied using any F-16s in the dogfight.
- US Approves Sale of F-16 Programme Support to Pakistan in Wake of Trump-Khan Talks Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- The US State Department has approved the sale of F-16 fighter jet programme technical support to Pakistan, the Defen?e Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said.
- Russia, Turkey Discuss Joint Production of Helicopters, Jets – Russian Energy Minister Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- Russia and Turkey are discussing prospects for joint production of helicopters as well as Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MC-21 airliners, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.
- UK Navy Lacks Defence Capabilities Due to 'Pathetic' Size of Fleet Amid Gulf Row - Report Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- London has sent one frigate, HMS Montrose, to protect British commercial ships following the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker by the Iranian military. She is expected to be joined by a Royal Navy destroyer but their joint mission is expected to last only a few weeks. Years of budget cuts might have led to this situation, defence experts suggest.
- China, Philippines reach important consensus through diplomatic consultation People's Daily 27 Jul 2019 -- China and the Philippines have reached important consensus on bilateral ties, the South China Sea issue and regional cooperation and development during the 22nd diplomatic consultation between the two countries, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.
- Several Syrian soldiers injured as govt. forces advance in Dara'a Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- Several Syrian army soldiers have sustained injuries when a bomb attack struck a unit of government forces during a counter-terrorism operation in the country's southwestern province of Dara'a.
- Muted International Response to Rising Civilian Deaths in Idlib Roils UN Rights Chief VOA 27 Jul 2019 -- As civilian casualties mount in Syria's north-western province of Idlib, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says she is alarmed that the continued carnage in this war-torn country is no longer on the international radar.
- Turkey cracks down on Syrian refugees, deports them to terrorist-controlled Idlib Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- Turkey has launched a crackdown on Syrian refugees in the country, reportedly forcing them to sign "voluntary return" forms and deporting them the back to Syria.
- Erdogan says Turkey will not keep silent on Israel's new wave of terror Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed a recent wave of terror and bloodshed waged by Israel against the Palestinians, saying Ankara will oppose anyone who supports the Tel Aviv regime.
- 10 Pakistani Soldiers Killed in 2 Attacks VOA 27 Jul 2019 -- At least 10 Pakistani soldiers were killed Saturday in two militant attacks, the military said.
- One Indian Soldier Killed Amid Clashes With Pakistan on Line of Control - Reports Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- The news comes after New Delhi reported an exchange of fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region several days earlier. Islamabad has also accused the Indian Army of breaking the ceasefire in the region.
- US and Guatemala sign asylum deal that critics call cruel, unlawful Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- The United States and Guatemala have signed a controversial asylum agreement that will force any migrants traveling through the Central American country en route to the US to claim asylum there, a move that critics say is cruel and unlawful.
- US Supreme Court Approves Diverting $2.5 Billion from Pentagon Budget to Border Wall Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- The US Supreme Court announced Friday that US President Donald Trump's administration can redirect $2.5 billion in congressionally approved funds for its proposed barrier structure along the US-Mexico border.
- US halts sanctions on Sudan military heads in bid to influence transition efforts Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- The United States has reportedly halted plans to sanction Sudan's military forces for mass killing of protesters, in a purported bid to influence the power-sharing deal between the country's Saudi-backed junta and civilian leaders.
- Venezuela's top court blocks Guaido's bid to rejoin TIAR regional defense treaty Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- Venezuela's top court has rejected a decision by the opposition-controlled legislature to rejoin a regional military treaty, saying the move could provide a legal framework for foreign military intervention in the Latin American country.
- Police Beat, Detain Protesters And Opposition Figures At Moscow Rally RFE/RL 27 Jul 2019 -- Police in Moscow have detained and beaten opposition politicians, along with protesters, in an attempt to disperse a demonstration against the refusal of election officials to register several opposition figures as candidates in municipal elections.
- 1,074 Protesters Arrested in Moscow, Russian Media Say VOA 27 Jul 2019 -- Russian police on Saturday beat some people and arrested more than 1,000 who were protesting in Moscow against the exclusion of opposition candidates from a local election later this year. Police also stormed into a TV station broadcasting the protest.
- US Marshals to Sell Seized North Korean Cargo Ship VOA 27 Jul 2019 -- The U.S. Marshals Service, which has custody of the North Korean-owned ship Wise Honest, is reviewing how to sell the seized vessel as ordered by a federal court that has yet to decide officially if the Otto Warmbier family will receive the sale proceeds.
- Iran says 2nd unit of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant under construction Global Times 27 Jul 2019 -- The second unit of Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is under construction, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Friday.
- Iran to launch Structured Currency Market in early August: CBI Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has announced that a long-anticipated initiative for launching a semi-official market that could positively impact currency exchanges in the country will take shape next month.
- Russia: Iran's nuclear actions can save deal IRNA 27 Jul 2019 -- Iran's moves within the nuclear deal make it possible for the remaining parties to salvage the deal, said a high-level Russian official on Saturday as an extraordinary meeting of the deal's signatories will kick off in Vienna on Sunday.
- Moscow: Chances to Save Iran Nuke Deal Will Increase if INSTEX Opened to Third Countries Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- The INSTEX payment mechanism for trade with Iran and the situation around the heavy water reactor in Arak will be the main topics at the upcoming meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
- Iran to Seek Legal Action as British Court's Ruling Halts UK Payments for Botched Military Contract Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- The two countries relations recently took a turn for the worse after British authorities in Gibraltar detained a tanker, carrying Iranian oil, over suspicions of violating EU sanctions, a move that Tehran has slammed as "illegal".
- Seizure of British tanker totally lawful: Iran's top security official Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- Iran's top security official says his country's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz was totally lawful.
- Ambassadors from 50 nations voice support to China's position on issues related to Xinjiang Global Times 27 Jul 2019 -- Ambassadors from 50 countries to the UN at Geneva (UNOG) have co-signed a letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council (HCR) and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to voice their support for China's position on issues related to its Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
- Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas at Extradition Bill Protesters – Reports Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- Hong Kong police have fired tear gas at protesters, who were rallying against a now-suspended bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, local media reported on Saturday.
- Continued violence worries many in Hong Kong Global Times 27 Jul 2019 -- During the past few weeks, Hong Kong has seen intensified acts of violence, as some radical protestors stormed the Legislative Council (LegCo) building, besieged the building of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and even defaced the national emblem.
- US expands list of Cuban companies under sanctions Press TV 27 Jul 2019 -- The US State Department has expanded the list of Cuban companies under sanctions for their alleged links to Cuban military and security forces.
- Lawmaking 101: Before Parliament Convenes, Ukraine's Incoming Freshman Class Is Getting Schooled RFE/RL 27 Jul 2019 -- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's Servant of the People party won Ukraine's first-ever majority in parliament in elections this month, giving it unprecedented power.
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