24 November 2019 Military News
- UN condemns deadly attack on one of its vehicles in Afghan capital UN News 24 Nov 2019 -- A UN worker was killed and two people were injured when their vehicle was attacked in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday.
- UN Foreign Worker, 8 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Separate Attacks VOA 24 Nov 2019 -- More than three dozen people are reported dead in a series of security-related incidents in Afghanistan, including a fatal attack on a U.N. vehicle in the capital, Kabul. Several of the dead were civilians.
- At Least 9 Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Air Strike in Afghanistan - Reports Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The reports come amid another escalation in Afghanistan almost two months after United States President Donald Trump suspended peace talks with the Taliban movement, noting that the negotiations were "dead".
- Grenade attack on UN vehicle kills foreign national in Kabul Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- A grenade attack targeting a vehicle of the United Nations (UN) in Afghanistan has killed one foreign national and wounded five other people in the capital Kabul, Afghan officials say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by DOD Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman DoD 24 Nov 2019 -- "Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher."
- Readout of U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood Engagements in Egypt DoD 24 Nov 2019
- Milley Begins Fact-Finding Trip to Middle East, Central Asia DoD News 24 Nov 2019 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived at Amman, Jordan today to begin a trip to the Middle East and Central Asia.
- Russia's Marshal Ustinov Missile Cruiser Arrives in Cape Town for Naval Drills - Northern Fleet Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Russia's Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser has arrived in Cape Town to take part in a naval exercise with China and South Africa, Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga, the chief of the Northern Fleet press service, said on Sunday.
- Chinese Marine Corps conducts amphibious landing drills, aims to win wars Global Times 24 Nov 2019 -- The Chinese Marine Corps recently conducted comprehensive amphibious landing drills, in a move which experts said on Sunday aimed at gathering experience and winning wars, and the naval arm is a vanguard in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the South China Sea and the island of Taiwan.
- China develops military-grade fiber with multiple applications Global Times 24 Nov 2019 -- China has developed its own fiber that is strong, light and resistant to heat and corrosion, which can be used to manufacture fire-proof and bullet-proof military equipment.
- Iranian Army self-sufficient in drone technology IRNA 24 Nov 2019 -- Commander of Iranian Army Ground Forces Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said on Sunday that Iranian Army ground forces have become self-sufficient in producing drone technology.
- Iran's Army self-sufficient in drone technology field ISNA 24 Nov 2019 -- Commander of Iranian Army Ground Forces Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari announced on Sunday that the Army has become self-sufficient in drone technology field.
- Netanyahu Says Israel Developing Anti-Drone Technology in Wake of Recent Launch From Gaza Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Israel is working on new technology to fend off the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday in the wake of a reported drone launch from the Gaza Strip.
- S. Korea decides to conditionally suspend expiry of GSOMIA with Japan People's Daily 24 Nov 2019 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House decided on Friday to conditionally suspend the expiry of a military intelligence-sharing accord with Japan, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
- Sturgeon reinforces SNP's fierce opposition to Trident Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, says that the Labour party must demonstrate commitment to scrapping Trident if it wants to secure the backing of the SNP after the general election.
- SNP Ready to Discuss Labour Pact Only if Trident Nukes Removed from Scotland - Sturgeon Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, has previously stated that the party refuses to make investments in the Trident nuclear programme and that its abandonment could be included in the party's post-election "wish-list".
- Govt. forces establish control over Musheirifa village in Syria's Idlib Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- Syrian government forces have managed to wrest full control over a village in the country's northwestern province of Idlib.
- Turkish forces, allied militants launch major assault on key northern Syria town Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- Turkish military forces and allied militants have launched a fierce assault on a key town in Syria's northern province of Raqqah, more than a month after they mounted a cross-border offensive to clear the region of YPG Kurdish militants.
- Pence Seeks To Reassure Kurds, Avoids Meetings With Iraqi Leaders In Baghdad RFE/RL 24 Nov 2019 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has sought to reassure Iraqi Kurdish leaders during a surprise visit to the country, but he will not travel to Baghdad to meet with officials of the American-backed national government, citing security concerns.
- Iraq Boosts Security on Syrian Border to Prevent Daesh Terrorists Infiltration - Reports Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Iraqi border guards along the Iraqi-Syrian frontier have increased security measures to prevent Daesh* terrorists from finding their way into the country, INA reported.
- Ukrainian Forces in Donbass Claim Being Attacked 3 Times During Day Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The Ukrainian Joint Forces operating in Donbass claimed on Sunday that their positions had been shot three times by alleged Russian armed groups.
- Inquiry Into Trump to Continue After Report Ready, No Decision on Impeachment Articles Yet - Schiff Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- House aides are currently working on a report detailing the results of the eight-week probe into Donald Trump that will outline the case for the president's impeachment. Democrats in the House allege that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open a probe into the Bidens by withholding US military aid - a charge Republicans deny.
- Congressman Nunes Won't Say Whether He Met With Ukrainian Ex-Prosecutor VOA 24 Nov 2019 -- Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the congressional committee investigating President Donald Trump, refused to answer questions Sunday as to whether he met with a former Ukrainian official to gather information on the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
- Ukraine's Naftogaz CEO Ready For Closed Door Testimony in US in Giuliani Probe - Report Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The CEO of Ukraine's energy giant Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolyev, is, if asked, reportedly ready to testify in the federal US probe launched by investigators earlier this year against US President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, over alleged financial campaign violations and illegal lobbying.
- Statement from the Director-General of Security, Mike Burgess - response to reporting on foreign interference ASIO 24 Nov 2019 -- "The reporting on Nine's Sixty Minutes contains allegations that ASIO takes seriously. As the Director-General of Security, I am committed to protecting Australia's democracy and sovereignty."
- Self-claimed spy fugitive charged with fraud: Chinese police CNA 24 Nov 2019 -- China's public security authorities have identified a Chinese national who was reported by Australian media to be a defector involved in spying operations in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia, as a fugitive being pursued for fraud.
- Shanghai Police Claim 'Chinese Spy' in Australia is Convicted Fraudster – Report Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- A young man in Australia claiming to be a Chinese spy was reported earlier on Saturday to have applied for political asylum in Australia and gave authorities details about the espionage operations he was allegedly involved in.
- IRGC commander warns Iran neighbors against 'acts of mischief' Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- Certain neighbors of Iran were involved in acts of mischief during recent riots that followed the government's decision to increase gasoline price, says a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), warning those countries against their "mischievous" behavior toward the Islamic Republic.
- U.S. Calls On Social-Media Networks To Block Iranian Leader Accounts RFE/RL 24 Nov 2019 -- The United States has called on social-media giants Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to suspend accounts linked to Iranian government leaders until Internet coverage is restored in that country.
- Pro-Democracy Camp Lifted By Big Turnout For Hong Kong District Polls Radio Free Asia 24 Nov 2019 -- Nearly three million people lined up at polling stations across Hong Kong on Sunday, a record turnout for the city's only fully direct election that looked in the early hours of Monday to be a landslide victory for pro-democracy candidates.
- Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Forces Headed for Landslide Win VOA 24 Nov 2019 -- Hong Kong pro-democracy forces scored a sweeping victory in local elections Sunday that saw a record number of voters deliver a stunning rebuke to Beijing.
- Massive Turnout in Hong Kong Elections Amid Unrest VOA 24 Nov 2019 -- Hong Kongers voted in record numbers Sunday, and avoided anticipated clashes, during a local election that is widely seen as a de facto referendum on months of pro-democracy protests.
- On Edge From Violence, Hong Kong Holds Local Elections VOA 24 Nov 2019 -- Hong Kongers formed long lines outside polling stations across the territory Sunday, as voters participated in what is widely seen as a de facto referendum on recent pro-democracy protests.
- Urgency to end chaos in HK behind high turnout Global Times 24 Nov 2019 -- A record number of Hong Kong residents flocked to polling stations on Sunday to cast their vote in district council elections, as more people were encouraged to vote this year following months of protests that morphed into violent riots.
- Hong Kong markets remain normal after bills passed by U.S. Congress: official People's Daily 24 Nov 2019 -- Financial Secretary of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Paul Chan said Sunday that the financial markets remained normal after the passage of Hong Kong-related bills by the U.S. Congress.
- No force can stop China from growing stronger: Chinese state councilor People's Daily 24 Nov 2019 -- China's development and growth is an irreversible trend of history and no force can stop it, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Saturday.
- Expert Says 1.8 Million Uyghurs, Muslim Minorities Held in Xinjiang's Internment Camps Radio Free Asia 24 Nov 2019 -- Authorities in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in as many as 1,300 to 1,400 internment camps, one of the world's foremost experts on mass incarcerations in the region said in a paper released Sunday.
- Chinese diplomat rejects U.S. allegations against Pakistan project People's Daily 24 Nov 2019 -- Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Friday rejected a U.S. diplomat's allegations against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying the facts illustrating the project's success speak for themselves.
- Three People Killed in Anti-Government Protests in Iraqi Southern City - Reports Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Three people were killed as a result of protests in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriyah, amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations throughout the country, media reported.
- Jeremy Corbyn May Jeopardise UK National Security if 'Handed Keys to No 10', Ex-MI6 Chief Warns Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Given that the head of the government enjoys a full security clearance, a former spy, who served a staggering 38 years in the intelligence service, has suggested it would be somewhat risky to let the Labour have the keys to No. 10.
- Bolivia interim president, protesters reach 'pacification' deal Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Añez has agreed to withdraw the military from protest areas as part of a preliminary "pacification" deal struck with protest leaders.
- Bolivia's Interim President Rejects Evo Morales Amnesty Bill Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Bolivia's interim authority opened a criminal case against former president Evo Morales for allegations of inciting unrest and terrorist activities against the nation's current government. In addition, the Bolivian upper house earlier on Saturday annulled Morales' 20 October presidential win.
- Romanians voting in presidential run-off Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- People in Romania are taking to the polls to cast their ballots in the second round of the presidential election.
- Exit Polls Show Romania's Iohannis Winning Second Presidential Term RFE/RL 24 Nov 2019 -- Romania's pro-Western President Klaus Iohannis appears to have won in a runoff as expected, with exit polls showing him easily beating Viorica Dancila, a leftist candidate who was prime minister until a month ago.
- Vote Counting Begins in Guinea-Bissau Presidential Poll VOA 24 Nov 2019 -- Vote counting has started in Guinea-Bissau's presidential election -- a country that has seen hardly any political stability since independence from Portugal 45 years ago.
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