26 July 2020 Military News
- U.S. Envoy For Afghanistan On Five-Country Tour To Advance Afghan Peace Process RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- The United States has dispatched its special envoy for Afghanistan on a five-nation tour aimed at advancing a fragile Afghan peace process.
- Iran refutes US weird approach to Afghan peace talks in absence of Afghan Government IRNA 26 Jul 2020 -- Iranian diplomatic mission in Kabul in a statement rejected fallacious remarks made by Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Iran's position in Afghan peace talks, saying Iran supports peace talks respecting national sovereignty and Government of Afghanistan.
- Iran rejects US' untrue remarks on Tehran's position in Afghan peace talks ISNA 26 Jul 2020 -- Iran's embassy in Kabul in a statement rejected the untrue and fallacious remarks made by the US's special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Iran's position in Afghan peace talks, stressing Iran supports peace talks based on Afghan ownership and leadership.
- Taliban accuse Afghan govt. of rearresting freed militants; Kabul denies Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- The Taliban have accused the Afghan government of rearresting members of the militant group who had been freed as part of a prisoner swap deal meant to help start long-awaited peace talks.
- UN Says Thousands Of Pakistani Militants In Afghanistan RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- More than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents are hiding in Afghanistan, a fresh UN report says.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Spanish Navy Assists USS Porter with MEDEVAC NNS 26 Jul 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) was assisted by the Spanish Navy in a non-emergent medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) to help a Sailor in need of medical attention for a non-life-threatening injury, July 22, 2020.
- Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit-1, NAVSEA Remove Defunct FORACS Equipment off Nanakuli Beach NNS 26 Jul 2020 -- Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE Companies (CO) 1-3 and 1-5, based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, conducted surface supplied and SCUBA diving operations to remove old conduit, pipe, cable and debris from the reef and waters off Zablan Beach State Park in Nanakuli, Hawaii, July 6-16.
- Virtual DV Day Held for Exercise Sea Breeze 2020 NNS 26 Jul 2020 -- Naval and political leaders from countries participating in exercise Sea Breeze 2020 dialed into a virtual Distinguished Visitor (DV) day on July 24, 2020, to discuss this year's iteration and future exercises.
- Russian Navy to be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons: Putin Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a boost in the county's military equipment, saying the Navy will be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons, underwater nuclear drones as well as 40 new ships and vessels this year.
- Putin Attends Naval Parade, Promises New Ships, Weapons RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- President Vladimir Putin said the Russian Navy will get 40 new ships and vessels this year, as he attended a naval parade in St. Petersburg marking Navy Day in Russia.
- China's home-grown large amphibious aircraft AG600 makes 1st sea-based test flight Global Times 26 Jul 2020 -- China's domestically developed large amphibious aircraft AG600 successfully made its first sea-based test flight on Sunday. The test flight demonstrated the aircraft's ability to operate in challenging maritime conditions and conduct missions, including far sea cargo transport and maritime emergency rescue, the aircraft's developer said.
- China-developed AG600 amphibious aircraft succeeds in maiden flight over sea PLA Daily 26 Jul 2020 -- China's indigenously-developed AG600 large amphibious aircraft succeeded in its maiden flight over sea on Sunday morning in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, its developer announced.
- China, Pakistan Reject Biowarfare Development Collusion VOA 26 Jul 2020 -- Pakistan and China have refuted as "absurd" and "fabricated" media reports that the two close allies are jointly conducting secret research to develop biological weapons in breach of global treaties.
- Netanyahu Says Won't Allow Iran's Military to Establish Itself Along Israeli Border Sputnik 26 Jul 2020 -- Earlier this week, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the country's armed forces were stepping up security measures on the northern border on the heels of an escalation unfolding on the frontier with Lebanon and Syria.
- Serbian President Says Balkan Nation Seeking More Warplanes RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- The president of Serbia says the Balkan nation is seeking to purchase more warplanes.
- Global Conflict Mediation Proves Elusive for Trump VOA 26 Jul 2020 -- Since President Donald Trump announced an America First approach on foreign policy in his inaugural address in January 2017, critics have accused him of abandoning international norms and forsaking U.S. global leadership, while supporters say he has boldly taken on foreign policy challenges that his predecessors have failed, including defeating a global terrorists network and challenging a rising China.
- Saudi Arabia, mercs have looted 48 million barrels of Yemeni oil: Minister Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- The Yemeni minister of oil and minerals says Saudi Arabia and its mercenaries have looted some 48 million barrels of Yemen's crude oil over the past few years.
- Car bomb goes off in Turkish-controlled northern Syrian city, eight dead Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- Eight people, including women and children, have been killed in a car bomb attack in the strategic border city of Ra's al-Ayn in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah which Turkish forces and allied militants captured in an offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in October.
- Militants Continue Shelling Settlements in Syria's North, Russian Military Says Sputnik 26 Jul 2020 -- The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, Alexander Shcherbitsky, said at a daily briefing on Sunday.
- Large explosions rock arms depot of Iraqi forces at military base near Baghdad Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- Large explosions have struck an arms depot belonging to the Iraqi Federal Police forces and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha'abi, at a military compound southwest of the capital Baghdad.
- Explosions Rock Military Compound in Southern Baghdad, Reports Say Sputnik 26 Jul 2020 -- The situation in Iraq has been worsening in recent months, with more attacks taking place every week. One of the last ones occurred on 19 July, when two rockets fell near the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, where diplomatic missions are located.
- Israeli military says its drone crashed in Lebanon Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- The Israeli military says one of its drones has crashed inside the Lebanese territory "during operational activities" along the border.
- Israeli surveillance drones violate Lebanese airspace over two dozen times Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- Lebanon says Israeli reconnaissance drones have entered the country's airspace and flown over the southern parts of the Arab country more than two dozen times in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
- Putin, Zelenskiy Speak By Phone Ahead Of Fresh Truce In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine hours before a fresh cease-fire was due to enter into force.
- Portland Riots Read-out: July 26 DHS 26 Jul 2020
- Police, protesters clash in Seattle amid public outcry over US feds Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- US police have clashed with protesters calling for an end to police brutality and racial injustice in Seattle, Washington, as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a contentious plan to deploy federal agents to major cities to quell nationwide unrest.
- US federal troops fire tear gas on peaceful protesters in Portland Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- US federal troops have used tear gas and flash bang grenades against Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, on the 57th consecutive day of unrest in the city.
- US' Portland Police Declare Overnight Protest a Riot, Say Conducted Arrests - Photo, Video Sputnik 26 Jul 2020 -- Police Department of Portland, a city in the US west coast Oregon state where public unrest has been on for almost two months, said in a press release on Sunday they had declared a fresh wave of protests overnight a riot and conducted arrests, with no specific number provided.
- US Racial Injustice Protests Mount VOA 26 Jul 2020 -- Protesters for racial justice took to the streets in several U.S. streets on Saturday, often clashing with police.
- US Woman Arrested, Accused of Trying to Provide Support to Al-Qaida VOA 26 Jul 2020 -- An American woman accused of attempting to provide material support to the al-Qaida terror group was arrested last week in the U.S. city of Phoenix, in the southwestern state of Arizona.
- More Anti-Kremlin Protests In Russia's Khabarovsk RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Russian Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk on July 26 to demand the release and return of the region's governor.
- Coronavirus Crisis Accelerates China's Grab For Power, Influence In Central Asia RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- As China's enormous economy starts to rev up again with the worst of the pandemic behind it, the desperate countries of Central Asia may find their economic - and political - futures tied to a more assertive Beijing.
- US consulate in China's Chengdu making final preparations for closure Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- The US consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu has been making final preparations for its closure, which was ordered in retaliation for Washington's move last week to shut down the Chinese consulate in Houston.
- Tight Security Presence Outside US Consulate in Chengdu, China VOA 26 Jul 2020 -- There was a tight security presence outside the U.S. consulate in the city of Chengdu, China Sunday, as the American staff prepared to leave the premises.
- China-US ties in 'extreme danger' in next 3 months Global Times 26 Jul 2020 -- While the world is still fighting a tough battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the US is trying to launch a new cold war against China by making a series of provocations, such as forcing China to close its consulate in Houston and making aggressive speeches targeting China, even though such hegemonic and irresponsible moves are criticized by not only China but also international scholars, who say the US' aggressive attitude is threatening world peace.
- China firmly opposes U.S. forcibly entering Chinese consulate general in Houston People's Daily 26 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.
- US consulate in China prepares for closure Global Times 26 Jul 2020 -- Foreign workers and diplomats left in succession from the US Consulate General in Chengdu over the weekend after China ordered its closure within 72 hours, in retaliation for the US ordering the closure of China's Consulate General in Houston.
- US' break-in to Chinese consulate in Houston "no different from burglary": FM spokesperson Global Times 26 Jul 2020 -- The US' break-in to the Chinese consulate in Houston is "no different from burglary," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying tweeted on Sunday as US legal enforcement agents were reported to have broke into the consulate compound on Friday afternoon.
- HKPF not impacted by equipment export sanctions: police chief Global Times 26 Jul 2020 -- The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) has been working with various places around the world in terms of equipment procurement and training, and has not focused on one single country, so the equipment export sanctions will have little impact on the HKPF, and the unilateral move to cut ties or suspend exports would only cost the other countries involved, Chris Tang Ping-keung, Commissioner of Police of the HKPF, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.
- Iran will continue nuclear program based on terms agreed with IAEA: Deputy foreign minister Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- The Islamic Republic will continue its peaceful nuclear program according to the terms of agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since Tehran sees the peaceful use of nuclear energy as an inalienable right of the nation, says a senior Foreign Ministry official.
- President says Govt determined to create balance to thwart pressures IRNA 26 Jul 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the Government is determined to create a balance in terms of satisfactory supply of the fundamental needs of the people and thwart all pressures imposed by the enemies as well.
- Iran determined to create necessary balance to thwart pressures: President Rouhani ISNA 26 Jul 2020 -- Emphasizing on dealing effectively with the unjustifiable increase in the prices of some goods, Iran's President stated, "Along with efforts to boost production and improve the quality of goods, the supply of goods to the end consumer should be considered as equally important".
- Hook: Lifting Arms Embargo On Iran Will Intensify Conflicts In Syria And Elsewhere Radio Farda 26 Jul 2020 -- The United States Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook says conflicts in Syria and elsewhere will escalate if the United Nations arms embargo on Iran is lifted.
- Iran's Exports To Iraq Drop 40 Percent In Second Quarter Radio Farda 26 Jul 2020 -- The Secretary-General of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce announced that the volume of Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq dropped forty percent in the second quarter of 2020.
- Iran Unofficially Accuses Jordan Of 'Role' In Interception Of Iran Airliner Radio Farda 26 Jul 2020 -- A website close to Iran's security council has said "most probably the two American F-15 fighter planes" that intercepted an Iranian airliner on July 23 flew out of al-Azraq airbase in Jordan.
- Tunisia appoints new prime minister Press TV 26 Jul 2020 -- Tunisia's president has appointed Interior Minister Hichem Mechichi as the new prime minister of the country to form a new government and end months of political deadlock.
- Belarusian 'Fighting Girlfriends' Gladly Bear Burden For Their Men In Presidential Election RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya addressed supporters for the first time at a campaign rally on July 25, speaking in Orsha, where she was joined by two other women representing imprisoned candidates.
- Anti-Government Protests In Bulgaria Continue Despite Cabinet Reshuffle RFE/RL 26 Jul 2020 -- Several hundred people protested the government in the Bulgarian capital on July 25 despite a cabinet reshuffle meant to appease them.
- Malawi President Vows to Close in on Corrupt Officials VOA 26 Jul 2020 -- Malawi's new President Lazarus Chakwera says over $1 billion was stolen through corruption during former president Peter Mutharika's administration. In his state of the nation address Saturday night, Chakwera said the plunder is contained in the recent Auditor General's report which looks into how the government managed its finances for the past two years. Chakwera has vowed to apprehend, without mercy, those involved in corruption.
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