06 November 2020 Military News
- U.S. Africa Command Fourth Quarter Civilian Casualty Assessment Report AFRICOM 06 Nov 2020 -- U.S. Africa Command has completed its fourth quarter civilian casualty assessment as part of the command's commitment to improving transparency and accountability in our assessment and reporting of civilian casualty allegations. This is the third civilian casualty assessment report since U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) began releasing quarterly reports in April 2020.
- Afghan Government Says Taliban Maintaining Ties With Al-Qaida VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- The Afghan government says that the killing of a high-ranking al-Qaida leader in a Taliban safe haven in eastern Afghanistan last month is an indication that the Taliban is not keeping up with its pledge to end ties with al-Qaida.
- Tennessee National Guard suprasses half-million COVID-19 tests Army News 06 Nov 2020 -- The Tennessee National Guard reached a milestone this week in COVID-19 testing. Since the pandemic, Soldiers and Airmen have administered over 500,000 COVID-19 tests to citizens throughout Tennessee.
Defense Policy / Programs
- This Week in Operation Warp Speed - Nov. 6, 2020 DoD 06 Nov 2020 -- Below is a compilation of initiatives, actions and accomplishments across Operation Warp Speed (OWS)'s primary efforts in the past week. To learn more about OWS, visit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website and Department of Defense (DOD) website.
- DOD Works With U.S. Agencies, International Partners to Halt Illicit Drug Flow DoD News 06 Nov 2020 -- The administration's National Drug Control Strategy continues to focus on halting drug trafficking and the use of illicit drugs, said a Defense Department official.
- Department of Defense Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) – December 2019 DoD 06 Nov 2020 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes for the December 2019 reporting period. This information is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) through the first quarter of FY 2020, as updated by the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget submitted to Congress on May 26, 2020.*
- USAF's first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB US Air Force 06 Nov 2020 -- The 23rd Wing and 347th Rescue Group leadership received the Air Force's first two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters at Moody Air Force Base, Nov. 5.
- Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces Participate in Exercise Lisa Azul US Navy 06 Nov 2020 -- Marines and Sailors with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Company, Europe (FASTEUR); Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 CTG 68.2; and Spanish Marines participated in two-week exercise Lisa Azul, Oct 19-28.
- U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Commanders Sign Integrated Maritime Campaign Support Plan US Navy 06 Nov 2020 -- Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO), and Brig. Gen. Phillip Frietze, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (COMMARFORSOUTH), signed the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) Maritime Campaign Support Plan (MCSP) in a ceremony aboard USS Wichita (LCS 13) at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Nov. 4.
- Keen Sword 21 Enhances U.S.-Japan Alliance US Navy 06 Nov 2020 -- Units attached to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and the Japan Self-Defense Force completed exercise Keen Sword 21 (KS21), Nov. 5, on military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa prefecture, and their surrounding waters.
- Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on statements by US officials regarding Russia's activities in outer space Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 06 Nov 2020 -- "We have noted new and groundless accusations by American officials (US Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Chief of US Space Operations John Raymond) against Russia regarding the development and testing of surface- and space-based anti-satellite weapons."
- PLA Navy improves efficiency of emergency support for warships PLA Daily 06 Nov 2020 -- A comprehensive support base attached to the navy under the PLA Northern Theater Command recently debuted a new support model featured with ship reservations in advance. A ship could place its order for replenishment before returning from the drill, so that it would get the supplies in need from the comprehensive support base as soon as it returned to the dock.
- PLA Navy carries out off-shore replenishment drill in South China Sea PLA Daily 06 Nov 2020 -- Recently, a naval auxiliary ship group under the PLA Southern Theater Command conducted an off-shore replenishment drill in waters of the South China Sea and completed the task of replenishing oil and water for island without docking.
- US Speeds Arms Sales for Taiwan as Island Revamps China Strategy VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- U.S. officials are speeding arms sales to Taiwan this year as the Asian island revamps its defense strategy against old, and more powerful, foe China, and experts on both sides say Washington is extra keen to show support.
- IRGC Joins 'War With Soaring Prices' Radio Farda 06 Nov 2020 -- Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami, announced a new "headquarters" on Wednesday to combat soaring prices in Iran.
- Israel to Receive First Stealthy Sa'ar 6-Class Warship Armed With Interceptor Missiles Sputnik 06 Nov 2020 -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will receive the first of its new Sa'ar 6-class corvettes at a ceremony next week from Germany, where the ships are being made. The warship will sport a range of missile interceptors and powerful radar to protect Israel's sprawling offshore gas fields.
- Trump's administration advancing plans to sell armed MQ-9B drones to UAE: Report Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- The US State Department has reportedly notified Congress of plans to sell more than a dozen state-of-the-art armed MQ-9B unmanned aerial vehicles to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), less than two months after the Persian Gulf country signed a US-brokered deal to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel.
- Venezuela Reserves the Right to Buy Iranian Missiles When Deems Necessary, Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 06 Nov 2020 -- Venezuela is not planning to buy Iran's missiles so far, but reserves the right to do so when deems necessary, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said at a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
- Contracts For Nov. 6, 2020
- Former Russian Official Acquires Controlling Stakes In Weapons Maker Kalashnikov RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- A former Russian deputy transport minister has acquired a controlling stake in weapons maker Kalashnikov.
- 6 November 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Nov 2020
- Six humanitarians killed in 'obscene' attacks in one week UN News 06 Nov 2020 -- The UN's top relief official has strongly condemned recent attacks on aid workers in different parts of the world, demanding that those who target humanitarians are brought to justice.
- New Law Would Let China Coast Guard Use Weapons in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- China's legislature has drafted a new law granting the China Coast Guard permission to use weapons within the country's "jurisdictional waters," opening the possibility of coast guard ships using more explicit armed force in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
- Iran won't accept any change in region's geographical status: Commander Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- A senior Iranian military commander says the Islamic Republic will accept no change in the region's geographical and geopolitical status, amid fighting between forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and near the Iranian border.
- Civilians Reportedly Killed In Shelling As Fighting Over Nagorno-Karabakh Continues RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued overnight, with the separatist region's de facto authorities reporting the deaths of at least three civilians following shelling by Azerbaijani forces.
- Palestinian Officials Protest Malawi's Plan to Open Embassy in Jerusalem VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- Palestinian authorities are protesting Malawi's plan to open an embassy in Jerusalem, which, if carried out, would make it the first African country to do so. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent an envoy to Malawi Thursday asking President Lazarus Chakwera to withdraw the plan, calling it a violation of a U.N. resolution on the disputed territory.
- Ethiopian Air Force Launches Airstrikes Against Northern Tigray Region VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- Tensions in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray escalated Friday with reports the Ethiopian Air Force bombed military facilities there.
- Ethiopia: 'Halt the violence', resolve grievances peacefully – UN rights chief UN News 06 Nov 2020 -- The UN human rights chief called on Friday for the de-escalation of violence and military clashes across parts of Ethiopia, urging all those involved to "engage in a genuine, inclusive and credible dialogue to solve any differences through peaceful means".
- Ethiopian Military Deploys Air Power in Opposition-Controlled Tigray Region Sputnik 06 Nov 2020 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali ordered the military to start an operation in the restive, opposition-controlled region on Wednesday after an alleged attack on federal forces.
- Ethiopian Prime Minister Says Defence Forces' Offensive Aims to Restore Order in Tigray Sputnik 06 Nov 2020 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Friday that the military operation conducted by the country's defence forces is justified by the need to restore constitutional order and the rule of law in the northern Tigray region in light of the recent armed escalation.
- Prosecutors Confirm War Crimes Indictment Against Ex-President of Self-Proclaimed Kosovo Sputnik 06 Nov 2020 -- Prosecutors in The Hague have confirmed the war crimes indictment against the ex-president of the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, according to a press release published on Friday.
- Former Kosovo President Thaci To Face Initial Hearing In War Crimes Court On November 9 RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Former Kosovar President Hashim Thaci will make his initial court appearance on November 9 on charges of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent famine in hunger hotspots UN News 06 Nov 2020 -- People in four food insecurity "hotspots" inside Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, need help urgently to avoid sliding into famine, UN humanitarians said on Friday.
- 3 Countries, One Region on Brink of Famine, UN Says VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- United Nations food agencies are warning that COVID-19, conflict and lack of humanitarian aid are increasing levels of acute hunger around the world, with several countries and one region on the brink of famine.
- Portland Resident Indicted for Providing Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 06 Nov 2020 -- The Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in Portland returned a five count indictment against Portland resident Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, charging two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B(a)(1).
- 'He is in Excellent Health': Kremlin Refutes Reports of Putin's Plan to Resign Sputnik 06 Nov 2020 -- Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuted rumours that President Vladimir Putin had health issues and was planning to resign.
- Russia moves to grant former presidents lifetime immunity from prosecution Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- Russian lawmakers have introduced a bill to parliament that would grant former presidents lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution under the country's constitutional reforms.
- Press release on the sequence of events in the Alexey Navalny case Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 06 Nov 2020 -- The sequence of events in the story of the alleged poisoning of blogger Alexey Navalny is quite unusual; it is also symptomatic how it has become the target for never-ending speculations in the West.
- Russian Spy Chief Says Navalny Poisoned By West; Siberian Police Disagrees RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Contradicting statements by Russian officials have suggested either that Western nations could be behind the poisoning in August of opposition politician and outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, or that he was not poisoned at all, and just suffered from "acute pancreatitis."
- The Week In Russia: The Bewitching Spectacle Of Votes Being Counted RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- A fact-check on Russian TV chatter about the collapse of a superpower as the votes are counted in a hotly contested presidential election. The coronavirus surge persists, with daily new cases pushing past 20,000, and a new bill on presidential immunity raises the 2024 question once again -- but answers are elusive, which may be the point.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 6, 2020 PRC MofA 06 Nov 2020
- Central govt deepens trust in Lam Global Times 06 Nov 2020 -- The central government's trust in the Hong Kong government led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam has deepened from maintaining social stability to economic development and long-term prosperity in the past year, Chinese analysts said, after Lam's Beijing visit this week, during which she communicated with several ministries, and also had a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng.
- Eight HK lawmakers charged with contempt, interfering with legislative meeting Global Times 06 Nov 2020 -- Eight current and former members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo), who were arrested for violating the Legislative Council (LegCo) Ordinance by causing riots at the May 8 LegCo meeting, were summoned to court for a hearing on Friday afternoon.
- Lam meets ministers in Beijing, calls for resumption of flow of people between HK and mainland Global Times 06 Nov 2020 -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam met with Ma Xiaowei, head of the National Health Commission, on Thursday, saying she appreciates the commission's support for the city during the COVID-19 epidemic and called for a resumption in the flow of people between Hong Kong and mainland.
- 'We Will do All we Can to Help Hong Kong And Its Protesters' Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- The Canada-based New Hong Kong Cultural Club has been helping Hong Kong residents leave the city amid a crackdown on last year's protest movement and an ongoing clampdown on peaceful dissent under a draconian new national security law. Dozens of applications from Hongkongers for political asylum in Canada are currently in the pipeline. One of the founders of the group, who asked to be identified as Veronica, spoke recently to RFA's Cantonese Service about its work, as Beijing intensifies its control of the once-freewheeling city and asylum requests are increasingly being granted:
- Eight Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Politicians Charged Over Chamber Scuffle Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Police in Hong Kong have charged eight pro-democracy lawmakers and activists with violating privilege laws at a May 8 scuffle in the city's Legislative Council (LegCo), under legislation that was originally intended to protect lawmakers' right to speak freely.
- Chinese Lawyer For Hong Kong 12 Detainee Targeted For Investigation Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan are investigating a prominent rights attorney recently hired to represent one of 12 Hongkongers detained in Shenzhen after trying to flee to democratic Taiwan.
- Former UN Official Calls For Probe of Rights Body Confirming Dissident Testimonies to China Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- The United Nations should allow an independent probe into whether its human rights body is providing China with the names of dissidents, including Uyghurs in exile, who testify about rights violations in the country, putting them and their families at risk of reprisal, according to a former agency official.
- China sends 13 satellites into orbit with single rocket PLA Daily 06 Nov 2020 -- China successfully sent 13 satellites into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province on Friday.
- US Removes Anti-China Militant Group From Terror List VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- The United States has revoked the terror designation of a separatist Chinese group that allegedly operates out of Afghanistan and claims to be fighting for the rights of China's Muslim minority Uighurs.
- China's Carbon Targets Spark Rift with Russia Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- China's pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 appears to have taken Russia by surprise, exposing a rift in their energy partnership and new risks for investment in oil and gas.
- Conflict in Taiwan Strait unlikely despite U.S. uncertainty: experts CNA 06 Nov 2020 -- A military conflict in the Taiwan Strait is unlikely despite a possible period of uncertainty if legal challenges are mounted in the United States presidential election, analysts in Taiwan said Friday.
- North Koreans Reject New Anti-Smoking Law, Criticize Leader Kim Jong Un as Chain Smoker Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Citizens of North Korea are rolling their eyes at a recently passed anti-tobacco law, which punishes the people for smoking in public even though it is well known that the country's leader Kim Jong Un is a heavy smoker, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Korea Shuts Down Border City After Guards Caught Smuggling Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have blocked off the city of Hyesan on the border with China due to coronavirus fears after they discovered that border guards had met with Chinese contacts to engage in smuggling, sources in the country told RFA.
- Iran's Zarif arrives in Havana after extensive talks in Caracas Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in the Cuban capital of Havana in the second leg of a Latin American tour, which earlier took him to Venezuela and is expected to end in Bolivia.
- Iranians In A Frenzy Following Drawn-Out U.S. Presidential Vote Radio Farda 06 Nov 2020 -- Iranians have been watching the U.S. presidential race carefully due to the possible impact the results could have on their lives, particularly the economy being crushed by U.S. sanctions.
- EU Blacklists Lukashenka, Son, 13 Others Over Crackdown In Belarus RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- The European Union has imposed sanctions on Alyaksandr Lukashenka, his son Viktar, and 13 other high-ranking Belarusian officials held responsible for "violence, unjustified arrests, and falsification" of the presidential election nearly three months ago.
- Belarus Extends Pretrial Detention Of Opposition Figure Kalesnikava RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Belarusian authorities have prolonged the pretrial detention of Maryya Kalesnikava, an opposition figure who is facing national-security charges, for two months.
- Kazakh Opposition Group Allowed To Hold Rally Challenging Upcoming Polls RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, have given an unregistered party permission to hold a protest rally ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections as its members continue to stage individual protests calling for the group's official registration.
- War-torn Rakhine State Seen as Trouble Spot in Myanmar Election Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's Rakhine state has emerged as a problem area in the run-up to national elections on Sunday, with voting cancelled in conflict zones, a raging COVID-19 pandemic, disenfranchisement of Muslim Rohingya and a ballot scandal.
- UN chief hopes Myanmar poll would help return of persecuted Rohingya Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the November 8 general elections in Myanmar would open the door for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees "in safety and dignity."
- UN chief calls for 'peaceful, orderly and credible' elections in Myanmar UN News 06 Nov 2020 -- Ahead of elections in Myanmar on 8 November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has stated his hope that the vote would help advance "inclusive sustainable development" across the country.
- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Seen Extending Mandate in Sunday's Vote Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Aung San Suu Kyi's domestic popularity is expected to propel her party to victory in Myanmar's national elections on Sunday despite the damage caused to her global reputation over the expulsion of Rohingya Muslims and her defense of army atrocities in an international genocide trial.
- India's observation satellite will have limited military functions: expert Global Times 06 Nov 2020 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is scheduled to launch an earth observation satellite that has all-weather and day-and-night capabilities on Saturday, with some Indian media outlets reporting that it will help Indian troops "keep a hawk eye" on the China-India border amid the stand-off.
- The United States Designates Corrupt Lebanese Political Leader Gibran Bassil US Dept. of State 06 Nov 2020 -- Today, the United States is designating Gibran Bassil, the leader of the Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement and a former Lebanese cabinet official, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 for his role in corruption. E.O. 13818, which builds on and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, targets corruption and serious human rights abuses around the world.
- Treasury Targets Corruption in Lebanon US Treasury 06 Nov 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Gibran Bassil (Bassil), the President of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) political party and Member of Parliament (MP), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, for his role in corruption in Lebanon. E.O. 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, targets corruption and serious human rights abuse around the world.
- Lebanon's Gebran Bassil downplays US sanctions Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- The leader of Lebanon's largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), Gebran Bassil, says he is not intimidated by the sanctions that the United States has imposed against him.
- Cambodia Delaying Opposition Leader Kem Sokha's Trial in Hope of Party Split: Observers Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Cambodia's Phnom Penh Municipal Court is delaying the treason trial of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Kem Sokha in the hopes that it will cause his party to fracture, however there are no signs of that happening, observers and the party's acting leader said Friday.
- In 'Symbolic Action,' Fence Around Kyrgyz Government Building Torn Down RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Kyrgyz authorities have torn down the iron fence and gates around the main government building in Bishkek that houses the presidential office and parliament in a move the capital's acting mayor, Balbak Tulobaev, called "symbolic."
- Bulgaria Dispute Threatens To Delay North Macedonia's EU Path RFE/RL 06 Nov 2020 -- Bulgaria is threatening to delay North Macedonia's path toward European Union membership over a history and language dispute with its neighbor.
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