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29 July 2019 Military News

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  • Trump's Pick for Intelligence Chief is Longtime Loyalist VOA 29 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's choice for the next director of national intelligence is an ardent supporter of the president who was harshly critical of former special counsel Robert Mueller during his congressional hearing last week.
  • US spy chief to resign, Trump taps John Ratcliffe Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- The US' National Intelligence director Dan Coats is expected to step down amid chronic differences with Donald Trump over such issues as Iran and Russia, with the president nominating a congressman, who recently defended the commander-in-chief during the highly-publicized Mueller testimony.
  • U.S. Intelligence Chief To Step Down After Tenure Marked By Clashes With Trump RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is replacing the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, whose assessments of security threats from Iran and Russia were often contradicted by the president.
  • Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Departure of Director Coats Office of Senator Burr 29 Jul 2019 -- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the departure of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats:
  • Trump Administration Further Tightens Asylum Eligibility Requirements VOA 29 Jul 2019 -- The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has tightened the eligibly requirements for seeking asylum in the United States, making it more difficult for those persecuted because of family ties to be granted protection.
  • Snipers shoot dead at least 5 protesters in central Sudan rally Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- At least five demonstrators, including four students, have been shot dead during a protest rally in a city in central Sudan, as an ongoing political turmoil worsens in the crisis-hit African country.
  • Troika Statement on the South Sudan Peace Process US Dept. of State 29 Jul 2019 -- "The Troika (the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) reaffirm their commitment to the IGAD-led South Sudan peace process and to the lasting peace the people of South Sudan deserve. The significant drop in political violence and the presence of many opposition politicians in Juba are welcome developments."
  • Analysis: Why The Official Response To The Moscow Protests May Be A Turning Point RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- The images from Moscow's streets were familiar enough. Riot police, clad in helmets, black-and-blue camouflage, and jackboots, bludgeoning cowering protesters, frog-marching others into armored police vans. Demonstrators - many in shorts, T-shirts, sneakers, some in baseball caps, many recording on smartphones - wrestling with crowd barriers, chanting taunts and aspirational slogans.
  • Moscow Courts Begin Sentencing, Fining Demonstrators From Mass Rally Against Municipal Election Irregularities RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- Russian courts have begun sentencing politicians and demonstrators who were detained during a mass rally against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for Moscow city council that was violently dispersed by police on July 27.
  • Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Says He May Have Been 'Poisoned' In Prison RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- Jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny said in a statement on July 29 that he might have been "poisoned" in his prison cell amid a crackdown on anti-Kremlin protesters.
  • Navalny To Appeal Arrest As 3 Moscow Duma Candidates File Complaints With Election Officials RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- The Moscow City Court is scheduled to hear an appeal on July 30 by opposition activist Aleksei Navalny over his 30-day prison sentence, his lawyer Olga MIkhailova said.
  • Texas Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Trade Secrets US Dept. of Justice 29 Jul 2019 -- Following a nine-day trial, Shan Shi, 54, of Houston, Texas, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets. Shi was originally indicted in June 2017 for conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, and a superseding indictment containing one count of conspiracy to commit economic espionage and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering charges issued in April 2018. Shi was acquitted on the other charges.
  • Treasury Designates a Vietnam-Based Representative of a WMD Entity US Treasury 29 Jul 2019 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a North Korean individual operating from Vietnam, Kim Su Il, for his ties to the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). Kim Su Il is also an employee of the Munitions Industry Department (MID); a WPK subordinate that is United Nations (UN)- and U.S.-designated for its involvement in key aspects of North Korea's missile program, which is subject to a range of U.S. sanctions restrictions.
  • Iran's UK envoy: Tanker-for-tanker barter impossible Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- Iran's ambassador to London rules out a suggestion made by some British media outlets for an exchange between the countries featuring an Iranian-operated supertanker and a British-flagged vessel.
  • Zarif's proposal proves US not serious about negotiation: Spox IRNA 29 Jul 2019 -- The proposal by Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif proved that the US officials are not serious when they speak of negotiations, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
  • Iran to reduce commitments more if EU not to take practical action IRNA 29 Jul 2019 -- Spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Mousavi said on Monday that if Europe doesn't take a practical action to remedy its renegade on commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran will implement the third phase of reducing commitments decisively.
  • Russia: JCPOA Arbitral Commission decided to lift sanctions IRNA 29 Jul 2019 -- Russian Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international organizations said that the states parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action taking part in theJCPOA Arbitral Commission held in Vienna on July 28 decided to usher in the process of lifting sanctions on Iran.
  • Iran eyes three-fold increase in propylene output Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- Iranian authorities say the output of propylene, a key hydrocarbon derived from oil and gas refining, would increase by more than three times in the new near future.
  • Zarif: We will not compromise on territorial integrity with anybody Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the foreign ministry will not compromise on the country's territorial integrity with anybody, including with regard to Iran's territorial waters.
  • Iran begins gasoline export with first shipment to Afghanistan Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- Iran has officially kicked off a long-anticipated program for gasoline export with a shipment to neighboring Afghanistan as authorities seek to offset the impacts of US sanctions on the oil industry through the sale of refined products.
  • Iran ready to unleash 3rd nuclear step if EU fails again Press TV 29 Jul 2019 -- Iran has warned the UK, France and Germany -- the three European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal – that it will not hesitate to take the third step in reducing its commitments under the agreement if they once again fail to meet its demands.
  • Iran Calls on China and Other Allies to Buy More Oil Amid Beijing's Condemnation of US Sanctions Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- Chinese imports of Iranian oil dropped nearly 60% in June compared to the previous year after the US reinstated its sanctions against the Islamic Republic in May.
  • Persian Gulf Security Should Be Ensured Exclusively by Regional Countries - Tehran Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- Persian Gulf states are solely responsible for cooperation on regional security, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said Monday, blaming local tensions on the presence of non-regional countries.
  • 'No Quid Pro Quo': Britain Refuses to Agree to Tanker Swap With Iran Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- The relations between the UK and Iran have been under strain after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps detained a UK-flagged oil tanker earlier this month. The seizure comes against the backdrop of the detainment of an Iranian-flagged vessel off Gibraltar.
  • Iran to Continue Reducing JCPOA Commitments If Its Requirements Not Met - Ministry Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- Tehran will continue reducing its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal, if Iran's demands are not met, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said.
  • Iran Protests Arrival of Second British Navy Vessel In Persian Gulf RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- A second British warship arrived in the Persian Gulf as Iran has called Britain's proposal for a European-led maritime mission to escort tankers in the area "provocative."
  • US State Secretary Pompeo Said Iran Did Not Accept His Offer to Visit Tehran Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said that Iran did not accept his offer to visit Tehran and talk directly to Iranian people.
  • KMT denounces violence in Hong Kong CNA 29 Jul 2019 -- Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT), seen by many as a more China-friendly political party compared to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), denounced the recent violence in Hong Kong on Monday.
  • Central government hails Hong Kong police Global Times 29 Jul 2019 -- The central government on Monday saluted the Hong Kong Police Force and stressed that the priority at the moment is to punish the violent criminals and bring peace and stability back to Hong Kong society.
  • Chinese central govt praises HK police, urges society to restore order Global Times 29 Jul 2019 -- Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong, and Western countries have no right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs. And the Hong Kong police have made great efforts to maintain law and order and sacrificed a lot amid recent riots, Yang Guang, a spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said on Monday.
  • HK opposition should not misjudge situation Global Times 29 Jul 2019 -- Officials from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council expressed their firm support to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, Hong Kong police and Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a press conference on Monday. This shows the riots that have lasted over 50 days in Hong Kong failed to waver Beijing's position and shake the "one country, two systems" principle.
  • Traitors seek to separate Hong Kong and fuel street violence Global Times 29 Jul 2019 -- Protest against the Hong Kong extradition bill has been used by the opposition to create a violent movement, evident in a series of violent attacks against the Legislative Council, national emblem and innocent civilians, bringing chaos and disruption to Hong Kong's public order and affecting its economy.
  • Priority is for HK to maintain sound business climate Global Times 29 Jul 2019 -- Social unrest in Hong Kong has had a negative impact on its international image and it is a priority for the global financial hub to maintain a sound business environment to prevent the local finance industry from facing more risks given the complicated global economic climate, a Chinese official said on Monday.
  • Legal professionals of Hong Kong deplore damage of legal system by illegal gatherings, violence People's Daily 29 Jul 2019 -- Violent protesters organized illegal gatherings and even attacked police officers in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the weekend. Members of the Hong Kong legal profession deplored these radical acts, which they say have sabotaged the social peace and challenged the legal system.
  • Two Men Arrested for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 29 Jul 2019 -- John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Michael Bailey, the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Michael McGarrity, Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, and Sean Kaul, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office, announced that on July 26, Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and Abdi Yemani Hussein, were arrested for conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
  • India's Lunar Probe Three Steps Closer to the Moon: ISRO Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- India's lunar probe Chandrayaan 2 has edged closer to the Moon, after a third earth bound orbit raising manoeuvre on Monday.
  • Turkmen Celebs Try To Debunk Rumors Of President's Death RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- As rumors persist of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's demise despite official denials, local celebrities in that tight-lidded nation have taken to Instagram to quell the speculation.
  • Top Romanian Court Nullifies Government's Criminal Code Reversals RFE/RL 29 Jul 2019 -- Romania's Constitutional Court has struck down amendments to the Criminal Code made by the government -- a ruling that comes amid public outrage over the suspected kidnapping, rape, and murder of a teenage girl whose telephone calls to an emergency hotline were mishandled by police.



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