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20 May 2020 Military News

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  • US tells vessels in Persian Gulf to stay 100 meters away from its warships Press TV 20 May 2020 -- The US Navy has warned vessels in the Persian Gulf to stay 100 meters away from American warships or risk "lawful defensive measures," in a move that appears to be aimed squarely at Iran.
  • U.S. Navy Warns Iran Of 'Defensive Measures' If Gunships Get Too Close RFE/RL 20 May 2020 -- The U.S. military has warned Iran that armed vessels approaching within 100 meters of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf region risk being "interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures."
  • Khalilzad In Kabul For Peace Talks Amid New Deadly Attacks RFE/RL 20 May 2020 -- U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Kabul to press the Taliban and Afghan government to start delayed talks amid an uptick in violence -- including two more deadly attacks overnight -- that threatens to unravel a landmark peace deal between Washington and the militants signed earlier this year.
  • Taliban leader urges US 'not to waste' opportunity offered by deal Press TV 20 May 2020 -- The leader of the Taliban militant group says it has been committed to its deal with the United States, despite being accused of carrying out hundreds of attacks in Afghanistan since it was signed in February.
  • UN Calls for Peace Talks as Civilian Casualties by Afghan, Taliban Forces Rise Sputnik 20 May 2020 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is calling for a halt to fighting and the initiation of intra-Afghan peace negotiations in its latest civilian casualty report after preliminary figures revealed a significant increase in Afghan civilian casualties for April, despite the signing of the US-Taliban peace deal.
  • Taliban Chief Urges US to Implement Afghan Peace Deal VOA 20 May 2020 -- The leader of the Taliban said Wednesday that implementation of his group's "historic" agreement with the United States was key to ending the war in Afghanistan and paving the way for U.S. troops to exit the country.

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