30 November 2019 Military News
- High-Ranking Taliban Official Killed In Northern Afghanistan RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- A high-ranking Taliban official has been killed in clashes with security forces in Jowzjan Province in Afghanistan's north, a local official said.
- Senior Afghan Military Commander Killed In Helmand Province RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- A senior border commander from the Afghan National Army has been killed in an explosion in southern Helmand Province, Afghan officials said.
- Taliban-Planted Bomb Kills Afghan Army General; Drone Strike Kills at Least 6 Civilians VOA 30 Nov 2019 -- Officials in southern Afghanistan say a bomb explosion Saturday killed a senior military commander and wounded at least three other people, including a local journalist.
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- Erdogan, Macron trade barbs in 'brain death' dispute Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engaged in a war of words with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron after the latter said NATO was dying owing to a lack of coordination between member states to respond to Ankara's Syria offensive.
- No missile system can intercept our Yars ICBM, Russian army brags Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Russia's RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) cannot be intercepted by any existing missile defense system, a Russian military official says.
- Netherlands Set To Join French-Led Effort In Strait Of Hormuz RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- The Netherlands says it will take part in a French-led mission to monitor shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf region starting in January.
- Sorry, No Refund: US Won't Compensate Australia For Defective $85 Million Fighter Jet Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Addressing the country's senators, an air vice-marshal said that if the US Navy had found itself in a similar situation, the contractor – in this case Boeing – would not have compensated it either.
- India Conducts Maiden Night Trial of Nuke-Capable Agni 3 Missile Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- India and Pakistan have conducted a series of missile tests in the past few weeks amid border escalations against the backdrop of tensions over the disputed Kashmir region.
- Iran Navy starts mass production of 'Jask' cruise missile, unveils other military projects Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Iran's Navy has announced the mass production of the indigenously-designed and submarine-launched "Jask" cruise missile along with unveiling a handful of other military projects and technological achievements.
- Brand New Destroyer Dubbed Dena Will Join Iranian Navy in February - Admiral Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- The Islamic Republic is modernising its military despite restrictions imposed on arms sales to the country by the UN and the EU between 2007 and 2010 due to a nuclear programme row. While the UN arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted in October 2020, the European sanctions expire in October 2023.
- US Sending Ships to South China Sea to Teach Beijing, Not Fight It VOA 30 Nov 2019 -- An unusually strong surge of U.S. Navy activity this month in the South China Sea shows that Washington is trying to teach China a set of rules for operating in contested waters, official statements and scholars say.
- Syrian government troops repel terrorist attack in militant-held Idlib Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Syrian government troops have successfully foiled an offensive by members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, Takfiri terrorist group in the country's northwestern province of Idlib, as they continue to seize back more areas in the embattled territory from extremists.
- Syrian Army Repels Attack From Militants in Idlib Province - Reports Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- The Syrian Army has repelled an attack by militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front*) in the east of Idlib Province, Syrian media reported.
- On the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva US Dept. of State 30 Nov 2019 -- The United States continues to support the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, in their efforts to facilitate the work of the Syria Constitutional Committee.
- Russian Military Police Conduct Reconnaissance for Another Route in Northern Syria Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Russian military police have conducted reconnaissance along a new patrol route near the city of Kobane in northern Syria, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.
- Lebanese drone entered Israel's airspace, flew back: Military Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- A drone belonging to Lebanon entered Israel's airspace and later flew back to the Lebanese territory, the Israeli military says.
- Commonwealth, AU, OIF Call for Peace and Unity in Cameroon VOA 30 Nov 2019 -- Three international organizations have ended an official visit to Cameroon with a call for efforts to restore security, justice and the conditions for the resumption of normal life in English-speaking northwest and southwest regions of the country hit by the separatist crisis that has killed over 3,000 people. The Commonwealth, African Union, and International Organization of La Francophonie delegation says it is convinced dialogue remains the preferred path for peace to return, but that the government should start implementing the recommendations of the last major national dialogue it organized. Some, however, have been critical of government efforts.
- Maduro Says US, Colombia Prepare Provocation, Mobilises Venezuelan Army Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had information that Colombia and the United States were planning a provocation on the Bolivarian Republic's western border and called on all staff of the country's armed forces to be prepared for battle.
- Construction Of First Highway Bridge Linking Russia, China Completed RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- Construction of the first road bridge to connect Russia and China has been completed, with the structure expected to officially open in the spring of 2020, Russian officials say.
- Taipei prosecutors hoping for help from Australia in spy probe CNA 30 Nov 2019 -- The Taipei District Prosecutors Office is hoping for help from Australia as it investigates the allegations of Wang William Liqiang (???), a self-proclaimed Chinese spy who is currently seeking asylum in Australia.
- China arrests two for alleged espionage on Hong Kong internal affairs Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- China has arrested two people for alleged espionage for "hostile forces" in the United States and other foreign forces, who interfere in Hong Kong affairs, authorities say.
- North Korea Slams Japanese PM Abe as 'Imbecile and Political Dwarf' Amid Rocket Launch Row Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Abe has described the recent weapons tests performed by Pyongyang as a ballistic missile launch, stating that this threatens Japan and other neighbouring countries.
- US envoy to Germany regrets Europeans joining INSTEX Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has intensified his anti-Iran rhetoric by slamming six European countries for their decision to join a financial mechanism meant to circumvent American sanctions on Tehran.
- IAEA's new head says watchdog to take up fair yet stern stance on Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- The next head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says he will adopt a fair yet stern stance on nuclear development, including that of Iran.
- Iran's deputy FM hopes new members invigorate EU non-dollar trade mechanism Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Reacting to six European countries' announcement that they will join a non-dollar trade mechanism with Iran, the Islamic Republic says it hopes that their participation will breathe new life into the instrument.
- Iran views IAEA inspector's possession of suspicious material as 'industrial sabotage' Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Iran's nuclear chief says Tehran regards an incident involving an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector carrying "suspicious" material during a visit of an Iranian nuclear facility last month as an act of "industrial sabotage."
- Iranian Lawmaker Accuses EU of Taking No Measures to Meet JCPOA Obligations Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- The European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have failed to take practical measures to fulfill their commitments under the agreement, namely to ensure Iran's economic interests, the spokesman for the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said on Saturday.
- E3 statement on Iran and INSTEX UK FCO 30 Nov 2019 -- A statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom on INSTEX and European commitment to the JCPoA.
- Xi Focus: Not one left behind in pursuit of Chinese Dream People's Daily 30 Nov 2019 -- Living and education conditions have remarkably improved in rural China, as governments at all levels are committed to improving people's livelihoods.
- Washington's hegemonic thuggery on Hong Kong only a mockery of human rights People's Daily 30 Nov 2019 -- Washington's signing on Wednesday of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law is a naked hegemonic move that will only discredit itself and bring all Chinese people closer together.
- Hong Kong's Young and Elderly Come Together VOA 30 Nov 2019 -- Retirees and secondary-school children came together Saturday in Hong Kong to protest what they see as China's creeping interference in Hong Kong since the territory was returned to China by Britain in 1997.
- China's first electromagnetic satellite bears fruitful results Global Times 30 Nov 2019 -- China's first seismo-electromagnetic satellite Zhangheng 1 has obtained fruitful electromagnetic data, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
- Iraq to summon, prosecute more top officials over corruption soon: Senior authority Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- A high-ranking Iraqi official says authorities are going to issue arrest warrants for a number of high-ranking officials and refer them to the judiciary for trial over charges of corruption, as part of the government's reforms after a wave of protests over unemployment, corruption and lack of public services hit the country.
- Protests Continue In Iraq Despite PM's Pledge To Quit RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- Anti-government protests have continued in Iraq, a day after Prime Minister Adil Abdel-Mahdi announced his intention to resign under the pressure of nearly two months of unrest and a call from the country's top cleric for parliament to end its support of the government.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Submits Resignation to Parliament - Reports Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi stated earlier that he had paid heed to the message of the Iraqi Shiite religious authority about the severe situation in the country and the incapability of the authorities to deal with the problem over the last two months.
- Iraqi Protests Continue Despite Prime Minister's Resignation Announcement VOA 30 Nov 2019 -- Iraqi protesters burned tires on three bridges Saturday in the southern city of Nasiriyah, despite the prime minister's announcement that he will step down from office.
- Suspect Shot Dead After London Terror Attack Had Ties To Pakistan RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- The man suspected of stabbing two people to death in an attack in London was previously imprisoned on terrorism offenses and had allegedly planned to start a "terrorist military training" center in Pakistan, British authorities say.
- London Attacker Had Been Convicted on Terrorism /Charges VOA 30 Nov 2019 -- British security officials said police are not looking for any more suspects in the stabbing attack in London Friday that killed two people and left three victims in the hospital.
- Mexican President Slams Trump's Cartel Terror Designation Plan as 'Foreign Intervention' Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that Mexico had not been invaded for more than a century and he would not permit another foreign intervention amid US President Donald Trump's recently announced plan to designate drug cartels based in Mexico as terrorist groups.
- Chief of Ukraine's Naftogaz Says Ready to Consider Gazprom's Proposals to Repay $3 Billion Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's Naftogaz is prepared to discuss with Russia's Gazprom how the Russian gas giant plans to repay its nearly $3 billion debt to the Ukrainian gas company, as well as possible compensation Gazprom would pay Naftogaz for Kiev to drop its $12.2 billion claims, Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko said.
- Bolivian nation will prevail against US-, Israeli-backed coup: Morales Press TV 30 Nov 2019 -- Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has said that the Bolivian nation will continue its fight against an American and Israeli backed "coup" in the country and ultimately prevail.
- New Roadblock Alleged For Women Drivers In Turkmenistan RFE/RL 30 Nov 2019 -- An Ashgabat mother who's been driving for two decades has found herself stranded after authorities recently refused to extend her driver's license in what looks like a fresh blow to women drivers in the male-dominated Central Asian country.
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