02 February 2020 Military News
- US envoy lobbies for bid to halt Taliban attacks amid surge in bombing Afghans Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- US 'peace envoy' to talks with Afghanistan's Taliban militant group has visited Pakistan in efforts to gather regional backing for reducing Afghan violence ahead of a final deal to end America's longest war, even though official military figures show the US dropped record number of bombs on the country since 2013.
- Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. conduct airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorist AFRICOM 02 Feb 2020 -- In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab terrorist in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, Feb. 2.
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- Def. Min says armed forces' are in full combat, logistics readiness IRNA 02 Feb 2020 -- The Minister of Defense and Logistics Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Sunday that Iranian armed forces are in full combat readiness and their flexibility in rendering timely relief aid services has roots in their tactical power.
- Japanese destroyer departs for Middle East on intel-gathering mission Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Japan has dispatched a destroyer to the Middle East on an intelligence-gathering mission, saying it is aimed at ensuring oil shipments from the region.
- Japanese Warship Heads For Gulf Of Oman To Help Ensure Energy Supplies RFE/RL 02 Feb 2020 -- Japan has dispatched a warship to help safeguard the country's oil supplies through the tense-but-vital waterways in the Middle East.
- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Remarks to Traveling Press US Dept. of State 02 Feb 2020
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi US Dept. of State 02 Feb 2020
- Palestinian president says to cut relations with Israel, U.S. over Trump's peace deal People's Daily 02 Feb 2020 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Saturday that his authority informed the Israeli and U.S. sides that it will "cut all relations" with them over the recently released U.S. peace plan.
- No place for Israel to be established on Palestinian lands: Top Hezbollah official Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- A high-ranking official of Lebanon's resistance movement, Hezbollah, says there is no place for Israel within the recognized borders of Palestinian lands, dismissing US President Donald Trump's so-called deal of the century on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as "void and unsuccessful."
- Trump Mideast 'peace plan' on Israeli-Palestinian conflict violates UN resolutions: Russia Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Russia has expressed serious doubts over the viability of the US-devised Mideast plan, known as the so-called deal of the century, on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it contravenes several UN Security Council's resolutions on the issue.
- Syrian troops liberate more towns, villages in Idlib, Aleppo Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- The Syrian army has retaken control of three more villages in the northwestern Idlib province as part of an operation to liberate the last major terrorist-held territory in the Arab country.
- Turkey dispatches large military convoy to Syria's Idlib province: Observatory Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Turkey has reportedly brought in a new column of military forces and hardware to be deployed in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, only two days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may launch a military operation there if the ongoing offensive by Syrian government forces against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants continues.
- Armed men blow up Israel-Egypt gas pipeline in Northern Sinai Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Armed men have blown up a gas pipeline connecting Israel to Egypt, according to media reports.
- France to deploy 600 more troops in Africa's Sahel Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- France will soon be sending 600 more soldiers to Africa's Sahel region, where it already has thousands of troops stationed as part of a counter-terrorism mission.
- 'Deserter' Case Throws Spotlight On Torture Allegations In Breakaway Moldovan Region RFE/RL 02 Feb 2020 -- No one knows exactly why 25-year-old Alexandru Rjavitin snuck back into the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniester late last year. After all, the self-proclaimed authorities in the territory had earlier filed criminal charges against him for allegedly "deserting" from the region's illegal paramilitary formation -- charges that carried a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
- Hygienic Information Service Brisk in DPRK KCNA 02 Feb 2020 -- The DPRK has briskly conducted the hygienic information service to prevent the novel coronavirus infection.
- Iran's Guardian Council approves 2,000 more nominees for parliamentary elections Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Iran's Guardian Council, the election supervisory body, says following the preliminary disqualification of some nominees for the upcoming parliamentary elections, 2,000 of those previously disqualified have been approved again after more vetting.
- Iran to launch observation satellite in coming days: ISA head Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari says the country is preparing to launch its new domestically-developed scientific observation satellite in the "coming days".
- Sadr calls for putting and end to Iraq's violence IRNA 02 Feb 2020 -- Leader of the Sadr Movement and spiritual supporter of the parliamentary faction of Saeroun, just hours after the appointment of a new prime minister, called for putting an end to street violence in Baghdad, southern and central Iraqi provinces.
- Spox: Iran welcomes appointment of Tawfiq Allawi as new Iraqi PM IRNA 02 Feb 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran hails appointment of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as new Iraqi Prime Minister to support independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity and reinforcing democracy basis in Iraq.
- Iraq's Sadr calls for calm, normalcy after new prime minister appointed Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Iraq's Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr has called for the return to normal life and urged his followers to help security forces clear roads blocked after months of intense protests over corruption, unemployment and elitism.
- Iran welcomes election of Allawi as new prime minister of Iraq Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Iran has welcomed the appointment of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as the new prime minister of Iraq after months of political deadlock in the Arab country.
- U.S. condemns ICAO for blocking supporters of Taiwan CNA 02 Feb 2020 -- The U.S. State Department condemned the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Saturday for blocking Twitter users who criticized the ICAO for excluding Taiwan, calling the action "outrageous" and "unacceptable."
- Taiwan blasts WHO amid Italy's flight ban controversy CNA 02 Feb 2020 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has blasted the World Health Organization (WHO) for treating Taiwan as part of China in the fight against the coronavirus, leading to bans of Taiwan flights, and also accused its officials of living in a "parallel universe."
- Top US diplomat visits Belarus in bid to woe traditional Russian ally Press TV 02 Feb 2020 -- Hawkish US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited Belarus in a bid to "normalize" ties with the traditional Russian ally, seeking to capitalize on persisting tensions between Minsk and Moscow over energy subsidies.
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