25 July 2020 Military News
- US-led Coalition Hands Control Over Seventh Military Base to Iraqi Forces Sputnik 25 Jul 2020 -- The day before, the Iraqi military stated that the Besmayah military base used by Spanish troops as part of the US-led coalitions' efforts in the fight against Daesh had been attacked by four short-range rockets.
- US-led forces withdraw from Iraqi military base near Baghdad Press TV 25 Jul 2020 -- The US-led military coalition, purportedly formed to fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, has officially handed over a military base south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad to the country's security forces.
- Afghanistan Frees Further 50 Talibs in Push for Peace Talks - Reports Sputnik 25 Jul 2020 -- The Afghan government released another 50 Taliban* inmates on Saturday in the hope of starting long-awaited peace negotiations, media reported.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD Awards $2.75 Million Contract to NPS to Increase Domestic Production of Meltblown Fiber DoD 25 Jul 2020 -- On July 24, the Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), signed a $2.75 million contract award with NPS to increase domestic production of meltblown fiber.
- Hawaii Based Ships to Sortie Ahead of Hurricane Douglas NNS 25 Jul 2020 -- Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, announced that U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have begun plans to sortie as Hurricane Douglas travels toward the Hawaiian Islands. Ships that sortie will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed.
- US Joint Chiefs Visits Israel Amid Tensions With Iran, Hezbollah Radio Farda 25 Jul 2020 -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley paid an unannounced visit to Israel on July 24 and met with senior Israeli military and intelligence officials.
- Trump eases controls on exports of lethal drones to US allies Press TV 25 Jul 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has moved to make it easier to export some types of American-made lethal drones to Washington's allies, saying that the allies need US technology and that other countries outside of a non-proliferation pact were taking over the market.
- PLA starts maritime drills featuring 'powerful ammunition' on doorstep of S. China Sea Global Times 25 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is holding live-fire drills with powerful ammunition near Leizhou Peninsula of South China's Guangdong Province, on the doorstep of the South China Sea, starting Saturday, amid continuous US military provocations in the region.
- Iran's army manufacturing most military equipment domestically ISNA 25 Jul 2020 -- Coordinating Deputy of Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that most of military equipment is manufactured domestically.
- Australia joins US in rejecting Beijing's South China Sea claims Press TV 25 Jul 2020 -- Australia has joined the US in rejecting China's territorial and maritime claims over a disputed group of islands in the South China Sea, ratcheting up already simmering tensions between Beijing and Canberra.
- Beijing Has 'No Legal Basis' for Claims in South China Sea, Australian Government Says Sputnik 25 Jul 2020 -- Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States aims to form a new alliance with other countries to counter China with combined economic and military force.
- Militants Continue Shelling Settlements in Syria's North, Russian Military Says Sputnik 25 Jul 2020 -- The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Latakia, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said at a daily briefing on Friday.
- U.S. Says Russian Military Supplying More Weapons And Vagner Group Fighters To Libya RFE/RL 25 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. military has accused Russia of supplying more offensive weapons and fighters to Libya in an attempt gain a foothold in the North African country.
- India, China agree on 'complete disengagement of troops' from border region Press TV 25 Jul 2020 -- India and China have agreed on a fast withdrawal of troops from across a disputed border area in the western Himalayas that was the scene of a deadly clash last month.
- Hezbollah capable of targeting Israeli offshore gas rigs in Mediterranean: Israeli commander Press TV 25 Jul 2020 -- A senior Israeli military official says the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement now has the capability to attack Israeli offshore natural gas platforms in the Mediterranean Sea in case of a future confrontation.
- Portland Riots Read-out: July 25 DHS 25 Jul 2020
- US Judge Denies Portland Effort to Limit Agents During Protest Arrests VOA 25 Jul 2020 -- A U.S. judge has ruled against the (western U.S.) state of Oregon, which sought to restrain federal officers' actions during daily protests in Portland that have often spiraled into violence.
- Russian Police Conduct 'Terrorism' Raid On Independent Municipal Candidates During Corruption Seminar RFE/RL 25 Jul 2020 -- Russian special forces on July 25 raided the headquarters of the United Democrats movement in the Tatarstan capital Kazan during a seminar on corruption.
- Anti-Putin Protests In Russia's Far East Gather Steam RFE/RL 25 Jul 2020 -- A demonstration against the way Russian President Vladimir Putin has handled a regional political crisis is reportedly the largest seen in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk since protests began there more than two weeks ago.
- Some 6,500 People Join Rally in Support of Arrested Ex-Governor in Khabarovsk, Authorities Say Sputnik 25 Jul 2020 -- Some 6,500 people are taking part in an unauthorised rally in Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday, the 15th day of protests in support of arrested former Governor Sergey Furgal, the city administration said.
- Thousands in Khabarovsk, Russia, Protest Replacement of Popular Regional Governor VOA 25 Jul 2020 -- Huge crowds took to the streets of the Russian city of Khabarovsk on Saturday, angered by the arrest of the region's popular governor, replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who had never lived in the region.
- US entry into Houston consulate violates Vienna Convention: experts Global Times 25 Jul 2020 -- China strongly opposes the US law enforcement's forcible entry into the Chinese consulate in Houston and has lodged solemn representations, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Saturday.
- China firmly opposes U.S. forcibly entering Chinese consulate general in Houston PLA Daily 25 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to U.S. law enforcement officers' forced entry into the Chinese consulate general in Houston.
- U.S. attempt to reverse history doomed to failure: spokesperson People's Daily 25 Jul 2020 -- Any attempt to reverse the historical trend against the Chinese and American people's aspiration for greater exchange and cooperation will never succeed, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.
- EU continues its wavering attitude toward Huawei Global Times 25 Jul 2020 -- As a European Union(EU) executive branch on Friday urged member countries to diversify 5G suppliers, a move set to shrink Huawei's presence in Europe, a British telecoms multinational said that the UK's unwise Huawei ban should not be "extrapolated" to the rest of the Europe, showing a growing rift between European politicians and businesses over the Chinese 5G giant under mounting US pressure.
- China launches new high-resolution mapping satellite PLA Daily 25 Jul 2020 -- China sent a new high-resolution mapping satellite into space on Saturday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi.
- China Successfully Launches 3 Non-Military Satellites in Earth's Orbit - CASC Sputnik 25 Jul 2020 -- China on Saturday successfully launched three non-military satellites into orbit using the Long March 4B launch vehicle, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Saturday.
- More Questions About Mahan Air Flight As Iran's Judiciary Calls For Aggressive Diplomacy Radio Farda 25 Jul 2020 -- Issues relating to the interception of an Iranian airliner by U.S. fighter jets on Thursday June 23 have been playing out in Iran's domestic scene while questions continue to be raised about ambiguities mainly as a result of Iran's secretive behavior.
- Rouhani says pressure cannot make Iranians to kneel IRNA 25 Jul 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the pressures and sanctions against Iran cannot brought the Iranian people to their knees.
- Speaker slams US' fighter jets threatening Iran's passenger plane IRNA 25 Jul 2020 -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said on Friday that the Americans are lying that they flew in the standard routine, while the pilot received two TCAS warnings due to the too much approach of two fighters at the top and bottom of the aircraft.
- Iran condemns US' dangerous move against Iranian plane ISNA 25 Jul 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has strongly condemned the adventurist and dangerous move by US jet fighters against Mahan Air's Beirut-bound passenger plane, saying Tehran will not leave any hostile move unanswered.
- Iran vows to lodge complaint against U.S. fighter jets for "harassment" of passenger plane People's Daily 25 Jul 2020 -- The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran announced on Friday that it will lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over "harassment" of its passenger plane by two U.S. fighter jets over the Syrian airspace on Thursday.
- Iran nation to never kneel before pressure of enemies: President Rouhani ISNA 25 Jul 2020 -- Stressing that creating a dichotomy between "life and bread" and "mourning and health" is wrong and both should be together in compliance with health protocols, Iran's President said that the mourning ceremony of Imam Hussein (AS) must be held throughout the country gloriously with precise observation of health protocols.
- Iran Jails 20 Protesting Downing Of Ukrainian Plane, None Sentenced From Military Radio Farda 25 Jul 2020 -- Iran's Revolutionary Courts have in the past six months sentenced twenty individuals who participated in peaceful protests against the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January to prison terms totaling more than 23 years. However, none of the people responsible for the incident have yet been named or put on trial.
- The Two Holy Mosques and Holy Sites: Development and Care Since King Abdulaziz's Reign SPA 25 Jul 2020 -- Since the reign of late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud until the current prosperous era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has paid great attention and care for the Two Holy Mosques and Holy Sites to accommodate the increasing numbers of pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.
- Azerbaijani Opposition Figure Charged With Trying To Overthrow Government RFE/RL 25 Jul 2020 -- A top opposition figure in Azerbaijan has been arrested on charges of seeking to overthrow the government - allegations that his party says are politically motivated.
- With Eye on China, India Tightens Trade Rules VOA 25 Jul 2020 -- India has toughened trade rules for neighboring countries in a move seen aimed at China, as a dispute along their Himalayan borders plunges ties between the Asian giants to their lowest point in decades.
- Somalia's Parliament Votes Out Prime Minister VOA 25 Jul 2020 -- Somalia's parliament has removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in an unexpected vote of no-confidence, the speaker of parliament said.
- Nobel Author Alexievich Says Lukashenka Faces 'New Generation' In Belarus, Demands Fair Vote RFE/RL 25 Jul 2020 -- Belarusian author and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich has thrown her support behind an upstart female challenger in next month's presidential election, and urged authoritarian incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka to ensure the ballot is free and fair.
- Ethiopia Fuels Regional Tensions with Next Phase of Blue Nile River Mega-Dam VOA 25 Jul 2020 -- After Ethiopia acknowledged this week it has begun to fill the reservoir at its massive dam on the Blue Nile River, observers worry that neighboring countries may feel they are running out of options to respond to a long-planned energy project that could endanger their access to fresh water.
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