01 June 2020 Military News
- Spain to Withdraw Troops From Iraqi Military Base in July as Mission Now Complete, Reports Say Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- Spain is planning to withdraw in late July its troops from the Gran Capitan military base in the Iraqi city of Bismayah, which is Madrid's most important base in the Middle Eastern country, as troops have completed their mission to train Iraqi security forces, El Pais newspaper reported on Monday, citing military sources.
- Briefing with Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad On Updates from the Road to Afghan Peace and Reconciliation US Dept. of State 01 Jun 2020
- UN Report Shows Member States Grow Doubtful About Future of US-Taliban Deal VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- Intelligence compiled by the United Nations shows member states have growing doubts about the Taliban's intent to stick to the terms of a landmark agreement with the United States that was supposed to set the stage for an end to the nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by the President The White House 01 Jun 2020
- At least 125 press freedom violations reported over 3 days of U.S. protests CPJ 01 Jun 2020 -- Local and state authorities in the U.S. must stop targeting journalists and media workers covering protests and ensure that the press is exempt from any curfew restrictions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
- Department of Defense Officials Brief Reporters on the Department's Response to Civil Unrest DoD 01 Jun 2020 -- Two Senior Defense Officials
- Trump Announces US Military Will Deploy in States That Don't Use National Guard To Stop Protests Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- US President Donald Trump on Monday said he would deploy US military to states that don't use the National Guard in sufficient numbers to dominate the streets as protests against police brutality rage across America.
- Trump 'Mobilizing' Civilian, Military Resources to Quell Protests VOA 14 Jun 2020 -- Declaring "acts of domestic terror" have been committed by violent demonstrators, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed Monday evening to end "the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country."
- Trump Exhorts Governors to Dominate Amid Violence VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- Governors have received a lecture from U.S. President Donald Trump, the defense secretary and the attorney general, exhorting them to get tough with unruly protesters on the streets of America's cities.
- What Is US Military's Role in Times of Civil Unrest? VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- More than 17,000 members of the U.S. National Guard are supporting state and local law enforcement, as they respond to civil unrest in 23 U.S. States.
- Ellsworth AFB B-1s Integrate with Ukrainian, Turkish assets during BTF mission US Air Force 01 Jun 2020 -- Ellsworth Air Force Base added another "first-ever" to its long list of accomplishments when two of its B-1B Lancers integrated with Ukrainian Su-27 Flankers and MiG-29 Fulcrums, and Turkish KC-135 Stratotankers during a long-range, long-duration Dynamic Force Employment mission throughout Europe and the Black Sea region May 29.
- DOD Supports Partner Nations With COVID-19 Mitigation Assistance DoD News 01 Jun 2020 -- The Defense Department's Cooperative Threat Reduction Program has supported COVID-19 requests for assistance from 13 nations totaling about $2.9 million, said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction David Lasseter, whose office provides strategic guidance for the program to ensure mission alignment with broader National Defense Strategy objectives.
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 01 Jun 2020
- BALTOPS 2020 Press Release NNS 01 Jun 2020 -- The 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 7-16. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the live training events.
- 7th Fleet Commander Visits USS Ronald Reagan NNS 01 Jun 2020 -- Vice Adm. Bill Merz, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), May 30.
- DOD Signed Memorandum of Understanding With Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Board DoD 01 Jun 2020 -- On March 23, 2020, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ms. Ellen Lord, and Mr. Ty Schieber, Chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Board (CMMC-AB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established the roles, responsibilities, and authorities of each organization to help ensure a cyber-safe, cyber-secure and cyber-resilient defense industrial base.
- Russia Records High Level of US Military Activity Near Country's Borders, General Staff Says Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- Russian General Staff Slams NATO for Planning Drills in Baltics
- Why are Russia's Most Advanced Warships Deployed in the Arctic? Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- The Russian Northern Fleet remains the country's main military force in the Arctic, something that Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu stressed helps protect "important industrial facilities and Russia's economic interests in the Arctic area".
- More hospital ships needed for emergencies, adviser says PLA Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- China should build more hospital ships so it can better respond to major medical emergencies, according to a national political adviser from the shipbuilding industry.
- JLSF makes debut training on handling decommissioned and discarded weapons and ammunition PLA Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- The Joint Logistic Support Force (JLSF) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) organized the first intensified training on the allocation, transportation and disposal of decommissioned and discarded weapons and ammunition in late May, with more than 100 military personnel from the fields of ordnance , transportation, storage, and equipment participating.
- Chinese peacekeepers play valuable role PLA Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- "Chinese peacekeepers including civilian, military and police have played a valuable role in several UN operations over the past 30 years, and I commend them for their service under the blue flag," said Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, in a written interview on May 28.
- Taiwan Eyeing US-Made Anti-Ship Missiles for Coastal Defense, Despite Beijing's Disapproval Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- As tensions between Washington and Beijing persist, Taipei is maintaining its autonomy and has expressed interest in securing a deal for new Harpoon anti-ship missiles from US-based defense contractor Boeing.
- Iran to firmly respond to any miscalculation by enemies: Top commander IRNA 01 Jun 2020 -- The Iranian armed forces has never neglected the hostile and sedition of the adversaries against this land and will respond decisively and immediately to any kind of miscalculation, Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Major-General Mohammad Bagheri said on Monday.
- Senior Army General In Iran Lambasts The Revolutionary Guard Radio Farda 01 Jun 2020 -- In unprecedented remarks a senior commander of the Iranian regular Army has implicitly lambasted Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard for meddling in the country's political and economic affairs.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany The White House 01 Jun 2020
- 1 June 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Jun 2020
- Australia Concerned Over 'Maritime Militia' in S China Sea Ahead of Major Defence Pact With India Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison will be holding their first bilateral summit on 4 June. Ahead of the meeting, High Commissioner Barry O'Farrell raised key concerns that are impacting the stability around the Indian Ocean region.
- The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint Coalition Forces Intercept and Destroy Two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Launched by the Terrorist Iran-backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom SPA 01 Jun 2020 -- Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki
- Turkish-backed Takfiri militants burn homes in northeastern Syria: SANA Press TV 01 Jun 2020 -- Turkish-backed Takfiri militants have burned local residents' homes in the northern countryside of Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, as they continue to commit crimes against the local population, including extortion and looting of their property.
- Libyan govt. forces shell positions of pro-Haftar rebel forces south of Tripoli Press TV 01 Jun 2020 -- Forces of Libya's internationally-recognized government have reportedly launched artillery attacks targeting rebel forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar stationed at Tripoli airport.
- Haftar's Army Wrestles Control Over Alasaba From GNA, Spokesman Says Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- The Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has regained control over the country's northwestern town of Alasaba, which has been recently seized by the Government of National Accord's (GNA) troops, LNA spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmad al-Mismari said on Monday.
- Indian Army Destroys Suspected Terror Launch Pads Along Pakistani Border, Kills 10 Militants Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- India has been accusing Pakistan of aiding and abetting infiltration on the Indian side of Kashmir from past several years, however, Islamabad has categorically rejected the allegations. There are at least 15 suspected launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which are full in its capacity as per Indian army sources.
- Diplomatic, military communication channels between China and India on border issue unimpeded: Chinese FM Global Times 01 Jun 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Monday stressed that the situation on the China-India border is stable and controllable, and diplomatic and military channels of communication between the two sides are unimpeded, in response to Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh's comments assuring the country that the government will not allow India's dignity to be hurt under any circumstances.
- Dozens Injured As Fresh Clashes Erupt Along Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- Dozens of people have been injured in the latest clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek citizens in a disputed border region.
- Putin, Trump Discuss G7 Summit, Arms Control In Phone Call RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him about his proposal to convene an expanded Group of Seven (G7) summit later this year that would involve Russia, the Kremlin says.
- Putin Sets July 1 For Controversial Constitutional Vote RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has set July 1 as the date for the national vote on constitutional amendments that among other things would allow him to remain in power until 2036.
- DR Congo Health Minister Reports Fresh Outbreak of Ebola Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- A new outbreak of Ebola has been reported in the city of Mbandaka in the northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said at a press conference.
- WHO Confirms New Ebola Outbreak in Northwest DRC VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- The World Health Organization on Monday confirmed a second outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just as an initial outbreak appeared to be ending.
- WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest UN News 01 Jun 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) will assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it confronts a new Ebola outbreak in the northwest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
- Pakistan, India In Diplomatic Spat Over Spying Allegations RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- Pakistan has protested the expulsion of two of its embassy officials in India, which accused them of spying.
- U.S. Limits the People's Liberation Army's Ability to Use Nonimmigrant Visa Programs to Illicitly Acquire U.S. Technologies and Intellectual Property US Dept. of State 01 Jun 2020 -- "On May 29 President Trump issued a proclamation that limits the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) ability to misuse nonimmigrant student and researcher visa programs. The Trump Administration is committed to achieving a fair and reciprocal relationship with the People's Republic of China (PRC), and also continues to value the important contributions of international students and researchers, including from China. However, the Administration is also committed to protecting our national and economic security."
- Hong Kong Police Reportedly Ban Annual Tiananmen Square Vigil Over COVID-19 Threat Sputnik 01 Jun 2020 -- The Hong Kong police have banned an annual vigil to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown for the first time in 30 years, citing the need to follow social distancing measures and health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Monday.
- Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Officially Banned VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong police on Monday formally banned an annual candlelit vigil to mourn the victims of the crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement that has taken place uninterrupted for 30 years, saying the event would pose a "major threat to public health", said organizers.
- China Threatens to Retaliate Against US Over Hong Kong VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- China has threatened to retaliate against the United States after President Donald Trump's decision to begin the process of eliminating Hong Kong's special status and impose restrictions on Chinese students in U.S. Trump's action was prompted by a new Chinese national security law in Hong Kong.
- China Steps up Propaganda in Support of National Security Law For Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 01 Jun 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party stepped up its international propaganda drive with a celebrity signature campaign in support of draconian sedition laws for Hong Kong, as the city's police banned the annual candlelight vigil for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre for the first time since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule.
- Chinese Police Target Activists Who Supported Hong Kong Protests Radio Free Asia 01 Jun 2020 -- Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have detained a rights activist who expressed online opposition to Beijing's plans for a draconian national security law in Hong Kong.
- National security legislation not to affect HK status as int'l financial center: HKSAR gov't official People's Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- Financial Secretary of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Paul Chan said on Sunday that the national security legislation for Hong Kong will not affect free flow of capital into and out of Hong Kong, operation of the linked exchange rate system, and Hong Kong's status as an international financial center.
- Hong Kong fearless of foreign sanctions, threats: Hong Kong SAR gov't official People's Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- It is against international law and practice for the United States to use unilateral sanctions as a threat to interfere in the policies of other countries and regions, Matthew Cheung, chief secretary for administration of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government wrote Sunday.
- Threatened U.S. sanctions benefit no one: Hong Kong business community People's Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- In response to the U.S. threat to cancel the special treatment for Hong Kong, the Hong Kong business community said it will not do good to anyone, as this will not only damage the mutually beneficial relationship between the two sides, but also harm the interests of U.S. companies and investors in Hong Kong.
- UK set to harden approach towards China in the wake of pandemic Press TV 01 Jun 2020 -- After several months of intense lobbying it appears that the hardline anti-China faction in the ruling Tory party has finally managed to significantly influence British policy on China.
- China says US 'addicted to quitting' over plan to leave WHO Press TV 01 Jun 2020 -- China has criticized the United States for its decision to sever ties with the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing Washington of pursuing a "selfish" and unilateralist policy.
- Xinjiang 'fasting ban' sheer nonsense made up by overseas separatists: senior official Global Times 01 Jun 2020 -- The so-called fasting ban during Ramadan is "sheer nonsense" and rumor, and was made up by "East Turkistan" forces abroad with the purpose of sowing discord among ethnic groups, disrupting ethnic relations and inciting ethnic antagonism, a senior official from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region told a press conference on Monday.
- China sends two satellites into planned orbit People's Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- China sent two satellites into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest of the country at 4:53 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time).
- Designers working on new, more powerful Long March 11 rocket PLA Daily 01 Jun 2020 -- Designers have begun to develop an upgraded version of the Long March 11 carrier rocket called the Long March 11A, which they said will be wider and taller than the current model and have greater thrust.
- Iran Willing To Continue Fuel Shipments To Venezuela If Asked RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi says Tehran will continue to export fuel to Venezuela if the South American country requests more supplies.
- Lukashenka Warns No 'Maidan' Following Mass Rallies Supporting Opposition RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has openly warned that there will be no "Maidan" following mass rallies in Minsk and other towns and cities supporting potential opposition presidential candidates.
- Judge Bars Kyrgyz Ex-President From Attending His Own Trial RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- A judge in Bishkek has barred former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev from being present at his high-profile trial after the ex-leader of the Central Asian nation refused to sit together with other defendants in the courtroom's caged area.
- Dubious Deal? Uzbek Firm With Great Ties, No Experience 'Wins' $550 Million State Contract RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- There was little fanfare in Uzbekistan when a large domestic producer of household appliances like refrigerators and ovens was awarded a massive deal in a secretive process to make millions of gas meters for the most-populous country in Central Asia.
- Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program Offer for Information to Bring Venezuelan National to Justice US Dept. of State 01 Jun 2020 -- Today the U. S. Department of State announces a reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Venezuelan national Joselit de la Trinidad Ramirez Camacho for participating in transnational organized crime.
- New York Protests Threaten City's COVID-19 Progress VOA 01 Jun 2020 -- As New York City approaches the end of its nearly three-month lockdown to contain the coronavirus, large protests over the death of George Floyd threaten health gains, and instances of violence and looting have alarmed officials.
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