05 April 2020 Military News
- US-led coalition airdrops military equipment to Syria's biggest oil field: Report Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- The so-called US-led military coalition purportedly formed to fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly airdropped military and logistical equipment to oil-rich areas it has occupied in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, as Washington and some of its regional allies vie to seize oil reserves and plunder natural resources in the war-battered country.
- Afghan special forces arrest local Daesh leader Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- Afghan Special Forces have arrested the leader of the Daesh terrorist group's affiliate in Afghanistan.
- Living Scared: In Kabul's Shi'ite Enclave, Hazara Fear A Taliban Return RFE/RL 05 Apr 2020 -- Ahmad Zia was sitting behind his wooden registration table when a suicide bombing ripped through Kabul's Maiwand Wrestling Club, where scores of athletes were in the middle of a training session.
- Eight Civilians Killed, 2 Others Injured in Airstrike in Central Afghanistan Sputnik 05 Apr 2020 -- An airstrike in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan left at least eight civilians killed and two others critically injured in the early hours of Sunday, a source in the regional government said, adding that it was unclear if the attack was carried out by the government forces or the US-led international troops.
- US Links International Aid to Fixing Afghan Political Dispute VOA 05 Apr 2020 -- The United States has linked international aid for Afghanistan to the settlement of a protracted political crisis, which has seen the war-shattered country politically paralyzed and threatens to derail a nascent peace-building deal with the Taliban insurgency.
- US, Somalia Conduct Airstrike Against Al-Shabab Terrorist Group VOA 05 Apr 2020 -- The U.S. Africa Command says it has, in coordination with the Somali government, targeted al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked terrorist group in an airstrike Friday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Number of US sailors infected with Covid-19 on aircraft carrier rises to 155: Navy Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- The number of American sailors tested positive so far for the coronavirus on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier has surged 13 percent to 155 within the past 24 hours, the US Navy has confirmed amid the sacking of the warship's captain for publicizing the debacle.
- 7th Fleet Commander Arrives in Guam during COVID-19 Recovery NNS 05 Apr 2020 -- APRA HARBOR, Guam (NNS) – The Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet visited USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leadership in port at Naval Base Guam while the aircraft carrier undergoes its COVID-19 recovery efforts April 5.
- British army recruits can barely read and write British army recruits can barely read and write Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- The recruitment crisis in the British army has reached another bizarre milestone with the revelation that commanders are enlisting recruits with the reading age of a five to seven-year-old.
- Warring sides accuse each other as blast hits oil pipeline in Yemen Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- An oil pipeline pumping station has been attacked in the central Yemeni province of Ma'rib, with the country's warring sides blaming each other for the incident.
- Yemeni army refutes Saudi allegation of attack on oil pipeline in Ma'rib Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- The Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree has categorically dismissed an allegation by Saudi media outlets that Yemeni troops and allied fighters from the Popular Committees have attacked an oil pumping station in the central province of Ma'rib as "baseless."
- The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Launch of Ballistic Missile by the Terrorist Houthi Militia From (Sana'a) Using Civilian Objects As Launching Location Saturday Morning, Missile Fell in (Sa'dah) SPA 05 Apr 2020 -- In reference to what was announced by Yemeni Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals regarding the terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia's targeting of Safer Oil Pipeline's pumping station in (Sirwah) West of (Ma'rib) governorate, and what that action represents in targeting Yemen's national capacities, critical infrastructures and Yemeni assets and gains. This terrorist act of aggression is a continuation to the terrorist Houthi militia's violations and ongoing acts of vandalism against the brotherly people of Yemen
- Libyan forces shoot down 3 Sukhoi fighter jets operated by rebels: Report Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- Libyan government forces have reportedly shot down three Sukhoi fighter jets operated by rebel forces under the command of renegade general Khalifa Haftar.
- Fierce gun battles leave a dozen dead in Indian-controlled Kashmir Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- At least three Indian troops and nine pro-independence fighters have been killed in two separate incidents in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- Escalating Violence in Burkina Faso Drives Thousands of Malian Refugees to Return Home VOA 05 Apr 2020 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports escalating violence in Burkina Faso is driving thousands of Malian refugees to leave their camps and return to the war-torn homes they fled in search of safety.
- Delivery of Humanitarian Aid in Sudan Designed to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 VOA 05 Apr 2020 -- The United Nations reports the presence of the coronavirus in Sudan is forcing a radical change in the way humanitarian aid and services are being delivered to millions of people in need of assistance. The World Health Organization confirms 10 cases of COVID-19, including two deaths, in Sudan.
- Trump defends firing of 'terrible' top intelligence watchdog Press TV 05 Apr 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to fire the top watchdog of the intelligence community, calling Michael Atkinson a "total disgrace" for the way he handled a whistleblower complaint that led to the president's impeachment.
- Trump Suggests Intelligence Watchdog Was Fired For Sharing Whistle-Blower Complaint RFE/RL 05 Apr 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on April 4 that the inspector-general of the intelligence community he fired the previous day had taken "a fake report and took it to Congress with an emergency," lending weight to accusations that the dismissal was retaliation connected to Trump's congressional impeachment over pressure he put on Ukraine.
- Trump Calls Fired Intelligence Watchdog 'A Disgrace' VOA 05 Apr 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says the intelligence community watchdog that he fired late Friday was "a disgrace."
- Trump decapitating US intelligence leadership in national crisis, says top Democrat Press TV 04 Apr 2020 -- US President Donald Trump is "decapitating" the US intelligence forces amid the coronavirus outbreak that is causing a "national crisis," says a top Democrat.
- Trump Says Fired Intelligence Community IG 'Did a Terrible Job', Calls Him 'Disgrace to IGs' Sputnik 04 Apr 2020 -- Fired IG Michael Atkinson was the one who alerted the US Congress of a whistleblower complaint that ultimately set off the impeachment proceedings against President Trump that lasted from September 2019 to February 2020.
- Trump Says Russia, Saudi Arabia 'Destroying' Themselves; Will Impose Oil Import Tariffs If Necessary RFE/RL 05 Apr 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Russia and Saudi Arabia are "destroying" themselves with an oil price war, adding he will impose tariffs on their imports if necessary to protect the U.S. oil industry.
- Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia is Keen on Maintaining Stability of Global Oil Markets SPA 05 Apr 2020 -- Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.
- Russia Didn't Support Termination of OPEC+ Deal, Putin Eager to Have Constructive Talks - Kremlin Sputnik 05 Apr 2020 -- The day before, it was reported that the main participants in the OPEC+ group supported the idea of meeting on 6 April to discuss cutting oil production.
- China able to ensure food security despite coronavirus impact People's Daily 05 Apr 2020 -- Chinese officials said Saturday that the country can hold firm its "rice bowl" despite the novel coronavirus impact, with ample grain reserves and measures to boost production.
- Lack of trust and political fault-finding impede HK govt's viral fight: analyst Global Times 05 Apr 2020 -- With the rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hong Kong and the difficulty in tracing the majority of infection and transmission paths, the situation has become very worrying and more stringent measures will be adopted, according to Hong Kong's top officials.
- "One country, two systems" best institutional arrangement for HK's prosperity, stability: HKSAR chief executive People's Daily 05 Apr 2020 -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam has stressed that "one country, two systems" is the best institutional arrangement for Hong Kong.
- Family of Murdered US Journalist Calls Pakistani Court Decision 'Travesty of Justice' VOA 04 Apr 2020 -- The family of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, say they will appeal a decision by a Pakistani court this week that acquitted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others convicted of the murder.
- Ukraine Says Fire Extinguished Near Contaminated Site Of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster RFE/RL 05 Apr 2020 -- Emergency authorities in Ukraine say there are no signs of any fire still burning in the uninhabited exclusion zone around the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant after firefighters mobilized to put out a blaze.
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