19 September 2020 Military News
- US-Led Coalition Deploying Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Northeast Syria - Report Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- The US-led coalition plans to deploy Bradley fighting vehicles to northeast Syria to protect its troops, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a press release on Friday.
- US military deploys more troops, armored vehicles to oil-rich eastern Syria Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- The US military has sent a new convoy of military vehicles and troops to oil-rich eastern Syria amid rising tensions with Russian forces in the region, and as Washington seeks to loot crude resources in the war-torn country.
- Taliban Want 'Islamic System' of Government as Focal Point of Afghan Talks VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- Delegates of Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban continue finalizing “rules of negotiations” for a power-sharing deal a week after the two foes launched their historic U.S.-brokered direct peace dialogue.
- Afghan Air Strikes Target Taliban Militants, But Civilians Also Reported Killed RFE/RL 19 Sep 2020 -- Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry says more than 30 Taliban militants have been killed in air strikes in the country’s north, although provincial officials said civilians were also among the dead.
- Paktia Provincial Councilor Shot Dead In Southeastern Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Sep 2020 -- Afghan officials say the deputy head of the provincial council in the southeastern province of Paktia has been assassinated by unknown gunmen.
Defense Policy / Programs
- AFCEC helps Air Force transition to the next generation KC-46A US Air Force 19 Sep 2020 -- The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is expanding global reach through a multi-phase construction effort to support the new KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker.
- U.S. joint forces sink ex-USS Curts during Valiant Shield live-fire exercise US Navy 19 Sep 2020 -- U.S. joint armed forces conducted a multi-platform live-fire missile exercise, Sept. 19, involving surface, air, and subsurface launched ordinance to sink the decommissioned frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) as part of exercise Valiant Shield 2020.
- Conversation with Gerbert Yefremov President of Russia 19 Sep 2020 -- Vladimir Putin congratulated Professor Gerbert Yefremov, prominent missile and space-rocket designer, Honorary CEO, Honorary Chief Designer, Advisor for Science at the MIC NPO Mashinostroyenia, on Gunsmith Day.
- Russia’s Tu-160 Strategic Missile Carriers Break Own World Record for Non-Stop Flight Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air, the Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told reporters on Saturday.
- U.S. senator introduces bill to protect Taiwan from China's aggression CNA 19 Sep 2020 -- United States Republican Senator Rick Scott has introduced a bill to deter the use of force by China against Taiwan.
- Encouragement to Indigenous Production of Defence Equipment India PIB 19 Sep 2020 -- The Government has taken the following policy initiatives to promote ‘Make in India’ in defence sector: -
- Startups in Defence Sector India PIB 19 Sep 2020 -- Government is making efforts to promote start-ups in the defence sector under ‘Aatmanirbhar Mission’ to localize the production of defence sector products. The details are as under:
- Corporatisation of Ordnance Factories India PIB 19 Sep 2020 -- The Cabinet Committee on Security in its meeting held on 29.07.2020, has approved to convert Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), a subordinate office of Ministry of Defence, into one or more than one 100% Government owned corporate entities, registered under the Companies Act 2013.
- Investment in Defence through FDI Route India PIB 19 Sep 2020 -- In May, 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 26% both subject to licensing. Further
- India to Use Double-Humped Camels for Patrolling at China Border, Report Says Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- The double-humped camel was found to be best-suited for deployment in the high-altitude areas at the India-China border, as they can carry a load of upto 170 kg and go without water for 72 hours.
- Comdr: Iran air force self-sufficient, ready to help friends IRNA 19 Sep 2020 -- Commander of Iran’s Army Aviation Service (Havanirooz) Brigadier-General Yousef Ghorbani said today the Iranian air forces are not only self-sufficient in producing parts, but are ready to help friends as well.
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Colombian President Ivan Duque After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 19 Sep 2020
- Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure The White House 19 Sep 2020
- Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 19 Sep 2020
- WFP Links Record Hunger Levels to Conflict, Climate Change, COVID-19 VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- The World Food Program says many countries affected by conflict, COVID-19 and climate change are experiencing record levels of hunger, threatening the lives of thousands of people.
- UN peacekeeping chief urges member states to pay assessed contributions in full, on time People's Daily 19 Sep 2020 -- The UN peacekeeping chief on Thursday said it is critical for member states to pay their assessed contributions in full and in due time.
- UN warns of 'war crimes' in Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syria Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- The United Nations has urged Turkey to launch an immediate and independent investigation into war crimes and other violations of international law committed in the northern part of Syria, which are under the control of Turkish occupation forces and allied militant groups.
- Attack of Pakistani Forces on Indian Positions India PIB 19 Sep 2020 -- There have been no attacks by Pakistani forces on Indian positions along the Line of Control and International Border with Pakistan. However, Pakistan troops have been resorting to persistent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.
- New Attacks And Village Burnings Swell Refugee Ranks in Myanmar's Rakhine Radio Free Asia 19 Sep 2020 -- Artillery fire from Myanmar military patrol boats and fresh burnings of villages along a river in Rakhine state this month have added at least 17,000 refugees to the ranks of internally displaced civilians, aid workers in the western state said.
- Myanmar’s Heavyweight Ethnic Armies Boost Training as Peace Talks Languish Radio Free Asia 19 Sep 2020 -- Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed groups, which remain outside national leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s slow-moving peace talks, have set up full-blown military service academies in their territories, with some training cadets from other rebel militias to face a common foe, the government military.
- Civilian Casualties Drop in Eastern Ukraine as Cease-fire Holds VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- U.N. officials say a cease-fire that took effect in July in eastern Ukraine appears to be holding and has resulted in a significant drop in civilian casualties.
- Ankara blasts 'Napoleon' Macron for interfering in row with Athens Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has blasted French President Emmanuel Macron over siding with Greece in Ankara’s row with Athens, accusing him of further exacerbating and fueling the dispute by trying to act like Napoleon.
- COVID-19 to Shape This Year's UN General Assembly VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- World leaders will meet virtually at the United Nations starting Monday, as they discuss international cooperation to halt the spread of COVID-19.
- Navalny Describes 'Clear, But Long' Road To Recovery After Poisoning RFE/RL 19 Sep 2020 -- Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has posted a message on social media saying that his path to recovery after being poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent is “clear” but “long.”
- Indian Journalist Arrested for Spying for Chinese Intelligence Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- Police said that senior journalist Rajeev Sharma had been a regular contributor for the Global Times between 2010 and 2014, following which he was invited to Kunming, China, by his alleged handlers.
- China’s first entity list may target foreign entities blocking Chinese firms' supplies: experts Global Times 19 Sep 2020 -- China on Saturday issued provisions for its highly anticipated Unreliable Entity List, further laying the legal and regulatory groundwork for future countermeasures against foreign entities and individuals that harm Chinese interests, as the US government continues to step up its aggressive crackdown campaign against hundreds of Chinese businesses.
- China Unveils Rules on 'Unreliable Entities' After Washington’s TikTok Ban VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- China issued new regulations Saturday on its proposed list of “unreliable entities,” measures that punish foreign companies that Beijing says endanger its national sovereignty and security.
- China issues rules for unreliable entity list amid US crackdowns Global Times 19 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Saturday issued rules for a widely anticipated unreliable entity list mechanism that could severely punish foreign entities and individuals who undermine China’s national interests, in a move that is believed to counter the US’ relentless crackdown campaign against Chinese businesses.
- MOFCOM Order No. 4 of 2020 on Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List MOFCOM 19 Sep 2020 -- These Provisions are formulated in accordance with the Foreign Trade Law of the People’s Republic of China, the National Security Law of the People’s Republic of China and other relevant laws, for the purpose of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, maintaining fair and free international economic and trade order, protecting the legitimate rights and interests of enterprises, other organizations, and individuals of China.
- US Sanctions Chinese Company Developing Resort in Cambodia VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed economic sanctions on a Chinese company that operates in Cambodia, citing its land seizure and displacement of families to make way for a $3.8 billion luxury gambling and lifestyle project.
- Fleet of 19 Chinese warplanes flies near Taiwan in pincer formation CNA 19 Sep 2020 -- A fleet of 19 military aircraft from China flew into Taiwan's airspace in a pincer formation Saturday morning, marking the second consecutive day of such an incursion, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Pentagon official slams incursions by Chinese jets CNA 19 Sep 2020 -- The intrusions by 18 Chinese warplanes into Taiwan's airspace on Friday are another example of how the country is increasingly using its military as a tool of coercion against Taiwan, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense has said.
- PLA Navy conducts more drills as US envoy continues Taiwan visit Global Times 19 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration issued two navigation alerts on Friday for military drilling activities in the country’s northern Bohai Sea, a day after the US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach's arrival in the island of Taiwan, which observers said is a clear warning to the US’ Trump government as it is trying to escalate tensions between the Taiwan Straits.
- Taiwan scrambles warplanes as China holds aerial drills nearby Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Taiwan's air force has scrambled its jet fighters for a second consecutive day as numerous Chinese warplanes crossed the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, with Taipei’s officials urging Beijing to "pull back from the edge."
- The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran US Dept. of State 19 Sep 2020 -- The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people.
- US ‘Snaps Back’ UN Sanctions on Iran VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- The United States is returning virtually all the U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, according to a Saturday night statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
- "There's A Difference Between What You Want And What You Can Afford," Says Arms Expert On Expiring UN Embargo Radio Farda 19 Sep 2020 -- As part of the conditions negotiated in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the United Nations arms embargo on Iran is set to expire on October 18, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on September 19 that the United States will introduce the so-called "snapback" of these sanctions, adding,” “If UN member states fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity.”
- US can do nothing more: Gov’t spokesman IRNA 19 Sep 2020 -- The US government has done whatever effective capacities at its hand to sanction Iran and can gain nothing else from any further action with the United Nations Security Council, Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Saturday.
- Britain, France, Germany say U.N. sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond Sept. 20 ISNA 19 Sep 2020 -- Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond Sept. 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed.
- In outright rejection of US unilateralism, E3 tells UNSC Iran sanctions relief to continue beyond Sep. 20 Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Britain, France and Germany have told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the sanctions relief provided by the world body for Iran – agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal – will continue beyond September 20 in outright rejection of assertions by the United States that the bans will snap back then.
- US Sanctions Unlikely to Hinder Arms Sales to Iran Once UN Embargo Expires – Zarif Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- Earlier this week, members of the Trump administration warned that fresh sanctions may be imposed to deter countries from selling arms to Iran following the expiration of the embargo.
- Zarif: Restrictions on Iran's arms trade to terminate by end of October IRNA 19 Sep 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday reiterated that the limits on arms trade with Iran will be lifted by the end of October, saying that Iran is not under arms embargo; rather it faces restrictions for buying arms.
- Iran's IRGC Chief Threatens To Go After Americans Who Killed Top General RFE/RL 19 Sep 2020 -- The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has threatened retaliation against everyone who had a role in the January killing of a top IRGC general by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq.
- IRGC vows to revenge US assassination of General Soleimani IRNA 19 Sep 2020 -- Commander of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said on Saturday that Iran’s revenge for the US assassination of General Soleimani is certain and serious.
- IRGC chief commander strongly warns Trump ISNA 19 Sep 2020 -- IRGC chief commander says Iran is serious in its promise to avenge the US assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and will hit anyone involved.
- IRGC to enemies: We will crush your teeth if Iran's interests threatened Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has warned the enemies that if they threaten Iran’s national interests, their teeth will be smashed and their bodies will be sent out of the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian coffins.
- IRGC chief: Iran's revenge 'definite', but to target those behind assassination Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran will definitely avenge the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, but it will only target those who are either directly or indirectly involved in the murder.
- AEOI chief: No other inspection request by IAEA from Iran IRNA 19 Sep 2020 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made no other request after it inspected the two designated sites.
- IAEA will make no further demand after inspection of two Iranian sites: Nuclear chief Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Iran’s nuclear chief says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it would not make further demands to inspect more sites inside Iran after visiting the two locations for verification purposes based on an agreement reached between the two sides late last month.
- South Africa: No evidence of alleged Iranian plot to kill US envoy Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- South Africa's State Security Agency says it has found no evidence to support US media claims that Iran was planning to assassinate American Ambassador to Pretoria Lana Marks.
- Iran Proxies Appear Emboldened by US Drawdown Decision VOA 19 Sep 2020 -- Last week’s U.S. announcement that it would withdraw more than 2,000 of its troops from Iraq this month appears to have emboldened Iran-backed Shiite militias, with some groups vowing to keep up their fight against the remaining American troops in the country.
- In Minsk scuffle, Belarus police arrest hundreds of protesters Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Police in the Belarus capital, Minsk, have reportedly arrested hundreds of protesters amid ongoing demonstrations by the supporters of the opposition against the backdrop of last month’s presidential election.
- Moscow Urges EU to Reconsider Policies Hampering Normalization in Belarus Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- Russia calls on the European Union to reconsider its policies towards Minsk and believes that they lead to erosion of the fundamental rules of the international legal order and prevent the normalization of the situation in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.
- Belarus Warns to Consider Tikhanovskaya's Meeting With EU Foreign Ministers Meddling Sputnik 19 Sep 2020 -- The participation of former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in the upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers next week will amount to interference in Belarus' internal affairs, Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said on Saturday.
- The United States Announces Additional Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Crisis US Dept. of State 19 Sep 2020 -- The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian and development assistance around the world, including for Venezuelans in need, because doing our part to respond to global crisis situations is a national security priority.
- Bangkok protesters want coup prime minister out Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha came to power in a coup six years ago. Today, the streets of Bangkok are teeming with people who want him out.
- Turkmenistan Increases Crackdown On Internet Access As Living Standards Continue Downward Spiral RFE/RL 19 Sep 2020 -- Connecting to the Internet has never been easy in Turkmenistan, but authorities in the isolationist Central Asian country are waging a new campaign aimed at preventing unsavory information from entering or exiting the country.
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