29 November 2020 Military News
- Dozens Of Security Personnel Killed And Injured In Afghanistan Car Bombing RFE/RL Gandhara 29 Nov 2020 -- At least 30 Afghan security personnel have been killed by a suicide car-bomb attack at an army base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni, officials say.
- At least 30 police killed, over 20 wounded in suicide car bomb explosion in E. Afghanistan People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- At least 30 policemen were killed and over 20 others wounded after a suicide car bomb hit a military camp in Ghazni city, capital of Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province on Sunday, a local official confirmed.
- Bloodshed in Ghazni: Car bomb kills 30 security forces at Afghan army base Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- A car bomb attack has struck an army base in an eastern city in Afghanistan, killing more than two dozen security forces and leaving many others wounded, in the bloodiest attack against the nation's security forces over several months.
- Airstrike kills 13 militants in western Afghanistan People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- At least 13 insurgents were killed in a security forces airstrike on the Taliban militants gathering in the Ab Kamari district of the western Badghis province on Saturday, army spokesman in the province, captain Abdul Latif Sultan said.
- Ghani Calls on Judiciary to Execute Planners of Kabul University Attack, Sources Say Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discussed the deadly Kabul University attack on Sunday at a presidential palace meeting, sources told Sputnik.
- Afghan State Minister Says Deadly Attack in Ghazni Shows Need for Immediate Ceasefire Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- The bombing attack in Afghanistan's eastern city of Ghazni on Sunday, with dozens of casualties, has demonstrated the urgent need for a ceasefire, Afghan State Minister for Peace Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, who is also a government negotiator at peace talks with the Taliban, said.
- Afghan Army Base Bombing Kills Dozens VOA 29 Nov 2020 -- Officials in Afghanistan say a massive vehicle-borne bombing of a military base in eastern Ghazni province Sunday killed at least 30 security force members.
- Australian PM calls for top army officers to share blame for Afghan war crimes Global Times 29 Nov 2020 -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for senior defence force officers to be held accountable for war crimes allegedly committed by soldiers in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Terrorism, climate change top list of challenges facing US military Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The US Defense Department Inspector General's annual list of challenges for the military in the next year has highlighted the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, terrorism as well as the long-term threat to military installations and operations due to climate change.
- Acting US military chief visits Somalia as Trump mulls troop pullout Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has made a rare visit to Somalia amid wide anticipation that the outgoing President Donald Trump intends to order the pullout of most or all of the 700 American troops in the restive North African nation before his term ends on January 20.
- AFAFRICA, African partner nations meet virtually to discuss future interoperability US Air Force 29 Nov 2020 -- U.S. Air Forces Africa hosted the first Executive African Partnership Flight conference virtually from Ramstein Air Base, Nov. 20.
- Saudi, UK, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training US Navy 29 Nov 2020 -- Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 9-12.
- USS Ross Completes Second NATO Air-Defense Exercise in Baltic US Navy 29 Nov 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) completed a series of air defense and fighter control exercises with NATO air forces in the Baltic Sea, Nov. 28, 2020.
- Russia scrambles fighter jet to intercept US spy plane over Black Sea: RIA Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The Russian military says it has scrambled one of its Sukhoi fighter jets to intercept a US spy plane before approaching the country's border over the Black Sea.
- Defense chief's Nepal visit signals resilient friendship Global Times 29 Nov 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe paid a working visit to Nepal, being the highest ranking Chinese official to visit the plateau country after China's top leader visited Kathmandu in October 2019.
- Chinese arms firm ready to deliver indigenous helicopter drones Global Times 29 Nov 2020 -- As a top Chinese arms firm was recently cleared to deliver its made-for-export multipurpose helicopter drone system, which can conduct missions including reconnaissance, communication relay and battle damage assessment at a long endurance, analysts referred to it on Sunday as a good partner for tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery.
- RAF in new confrontation with Russian Air Force over North Sea Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The Royal Air Force (RAF) has tried to engage Russian air force assets over the North Sea with a view to deterring them from approaching British air space.
- China's resort island to resume cruise routes to South China Sea People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- Cruise routes to the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea will resume next month following an 11-month suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the Hainan provincial department of transportation.
- Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Houthi Military Air Base Near Sanaa Int'l Airport, Source Says Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting in Yemen has launched airstrikes against a military base of the Shia rebel Houthi movement located near the international airport in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a source from the airport's administration told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Yemen: Deployment of UK troops to Saudi Arabia won't change situation Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- A member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council has reacted to reports on the secret deployment of British troops to Saudi Arabia, saying the move will not change the situation on the ground.
- Uzbekistan Reportedly Planning To Repatriate Citizens From Syrian Camps RFE/RL 29 Nov 2020 -- An unnamed Uzbek government source has said that Uzbekistan plans to repatriate another group of its citizens from a camp for families of Islamic State fighters in Syria, Reuters reported on November 29.
- Syrian Constitutional Talks Resume With Little Prospect of Breakthrough VOA 29 Nov 2020 -- U.N.-mediated talks on drafting a new constitution for Syria get under way Monday with little prospect of the country's warring parties arriving at an agreement anytime soon.
- Daesh Claims Responsibility For Iraq Oil Refinery Rocket Attack Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- The Siniya refinery was reopened in 2017 after damages caused by Daesh* terrorists had been repaired. It has a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day.
- Hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray Region Running Low on Supplies, Says Aid Group VOA 29 Nov 2020 -- Local hospitals in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region, were running out of medical supplies to treat the injured, aid workers said Sunday, a day after the prime minister declared "victory" in the embattled region and the army announced it had taken control of the area.
- Ethiopian PM says full control of Tigray capital marks completion of military operations People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday that the "full command" of the Tigray regional state capital, Mekelle, marks the completion of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF)'s military operations.
- Ethiopia's PM says Tigray operation 'completed' as army seizes Mekelle Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced victory against heavily armed rebels in the northern Tigray region.
- UN chief urges world to make 'urgent contributions' to cash-strapped UNRWA to help Palestinians Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced concern about the financial situation of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), calling on member states to make "urgent contributions" to enable the agency to provide relief to Palestinians.
- UN condemns 'brutal and callous' attack on civilians in north-east Nigeria UN News 29 Nov 2020 -- The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack, on Saturday, against civilians in Nigeria's restive Borno state, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.
- 110 civilians killed in 'Boko Haram attack' in northeast Nigeria: UN Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The United Nations (UN) says at least 110 people have been killed in a weekend attack in northeast Nigeria by the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group.
- Boko Haram terrorists slaughter 43 farm workers in Nigeria's volatile northeast Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Members of the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group have killed at least 43 Nigerian farm workers and injured several others in the country's volatile northeastern state of Borno.
- Former Trump Campaign Aide Sues Over Surveillance During Probe Of Russian Election Meddling RFE/RL 29 Nov 2020 -- A former associate of President Donald Trump's election campaign who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation has filed a lawsuit saying he was the victim of illegal spying.
- In Defiance Of U.S. Sanctions, Construction On German Section Of Nord Stream 2 To Resume In December RFE/RL 29 Nov 2020 -- Construction on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline running under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany will resume in early December after a one-year pause due to U.S. sanctions.
- Lam's bank woes show risk of US dominance of global finance system Global Times 29 Nov 2020 -- The revelation that the Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam, who was among 11 officials sanctioned in August by the US, can't use a bank account is a reminder that China's national sovereignty and security is at stake with US dominance in global financial transactions, industry watchers said.
- Update: Chang'e-5 probe brakes for 2nd time, enters lower near-circular lunar orbit Global Times 29 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 robotic lunar probe successfully conducted a second braking maneuver on Sunday evening, following a first on Saturday and marking another key stage in the mission. The spacecraft has successfully descended into a lower near-circular lunar orbit, the Global Times learned from the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- China's Chang'e-5 probe enters lunar orbit People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 probe decelerated and entered the lunar orbit on Saturday, completing a vital step on its way to collect and return moon samples, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.
- Zarif: Assassination of Iran's scientist shows perpetrators' warmongering IRNA 29 Nov 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message said that the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh indicates the warmongering nature of its perpetrators.
- Official: Iran's reaction to Fakhrizadeh's assassination to be rigid, decisive IRNA 29 Nov 2020 -- Head of Strategic Council on Foreign Relations of Iran Kamal Kharrazi stressed on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran will respond decisively to the terrorists who took assassinated Iranian defense industry scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
- President Rouhani orders countering measures endangering Iran's security IRNA 29 Nov 2020 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani extended his condolences on the assassination of the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and ordered the necessary follow-up to prevent and counter such terrorist acts.
- Elements behind Natanz incident, Martyr Fakhrizadeh's assassination the same: AEOI spokesman ISNA 29 Nov 2020 -- The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi stressed that elements behind the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and the act of sabotage at the Natanz nuclear facility are the same.
- Iran condemns killing of top scientist, int'l community expresses concern People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- Following the recent killing of its top nuclear scientist, Iran has condemned the violence and vowed punishment, while regional countries and global bodies have expressed concern over rising tensions in the region and urged restraint.
- Iran's top leader calls for "punishment" of perpetrators People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for "punishment" of those who have assassinated top Iranian nuclear scientist, the leader's official website reported. "The Iranian prominent defense and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh was martyred by the criminal mercenaries," Khamenei said in a message. The Iranian leader called on the country's authorities to "seriously ... probe this crime and punish the perpetrators."
- Israel has long history of assassinating scientific elites across world Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The assassination of Iranian prominent physicist and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who played a leading role in the search for "homegrown test kits for COVID-19," carries fingerprints of the Israeli regime, which has long history of murdering scientific elites across parts of the world.
- Serious indications of Israeli role in scientist assassination: Zarif Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the recent assassination of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist bears the clear hallmark of atrocities committed by the Israeli regime, which has already murdered a number of Iran's scientific elites.
- World must abandon double standards, condemn state terror: Iran foreign minister Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Iran's foreign minister has urged the international community to give up its double standards in dealing with terrorism and condemn all forms of state-sponsored acts of terror.
- Iran to give 'calculated', 'firm' response to scientist's assassination: Senior official Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations says the Islamic Republic will give a calculated response to the recent assassination of senior nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
- Iran Parliament passes double-urgency motion to counter US sanctions Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- The majority of Iranian lawmakers have approved double urgency of a strategic motion, which aims to counteract unilateral sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by Western countries, topped by the United States.
- MPs demand Iran restrict IAEA inspections after scientist assassination Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Iranian lawmakers have issued a statement demanding that the country respond to the recent assassination of a senior nuclear scientist near Tehran by restricting the United Nations' regulatory mandate regarding Iran's nuclear program.
- Iran's Quds Force Calls Scientist's Assassination Handiwork 'of Arrogant International Thieves' Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a senior Iranian nuclear scientist, died of injuries sustained in a brazen daylight gun and bomb attack on his vehicle on Friday afternoon in a small town east of Tehran. The assassination caused a surge in regional tensions, with Iranian officials almost immediately blaming Israel for the attack. Tel Aviv remains silent.
- Iran's Lawmakers Pass Bill to Boost Nuclear Activity in Wake of Top Scientist's Murder, Reports Say Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- The Iranian parliament has passed a bill, dubbed "The strategic measure for the removal of sanctions," aimed at revitalizing the country's nuclear activities in the wake of the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.
- Murdered Iranian Scientist Had Been Targeted by Multiple Israeli PMs, Mossad Chiefs, Report Alleges Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a senior Iranian nuclear physicist whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had named as the head of an alleged Iranian programme to build a nuclear bomb, was assassinated by gunmen on Friday in an attack in the town of Absard, about 175 km east of Tehran. Iranian officials have threatened to retaliate for the murder.
- Analysts: Iran Likely to Delay Response to Assassination of Top Nuclear Scientist VOA 29 Nov 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to avenge the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh — a killing he and other Iranian leaders blame on Israel. But some diplomats and analysts say they don't expect Iran to retaliate quickly for the meticulously planned shooting Friday of the 59-year-old scientist, the second senior Iranian military figure to be assassinated this year.
- More Than 300 Reported Detained In Belarus At Anti-Lukashenka Marches RFE/RL 29 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in Belarus have detained more than 300 protesters amid ongoing demonstrations aimed at ousting strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka from the presidency.
- Submarines, F-35's take center stage in fresh anti-Netanyahu rallies Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Foreign arms deals, green-lighted by Benjamin Netanyahu, have taken center stage in fresh massive protests against the scandal-ridden Israeli prime minister.
- Dominic Raab stays neutral on success (or failure) of Brexit trade deal negotiations Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has attempted to sit on the fence as negotiations with the European Union (EU) over a post-Brexit trade deal near the end of their final stage.
- Thai anti-govt demonstrators oppose king's military command Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand have protested their powerful monarch's personal control over certain military units and criticized the role of the army in the Southeast Asian country's politics.
- Thai Protesters March on Elite Military Unit Carrying Inflatable Rubber Ducks VOA 29 Nov 2020 -- Thousands of protesters, carrying yellow inflatable rubber ducks over their heads, descended on an elite military unit in Thailand Sunday as they called for limits to the power of the monarchy.
- Montenegro expels Serbia envoy, Belgrade responds in 'reciprocal manner' Press TV 29 Nov 2020 -- Montenegro and Serbia have expelled each another's ambassadors in tit-for-tat moves that are likely to deteriorate already strained relations between the two Balkan states.
- Montenegrin Prime Minister-Designate Criticizes Expulsion Of Serbian Ambassador RFE/RL 29 Nov 2020 -- Montenegrin Prime Minister-designate Zdravko Krivokapic has criticized the outgoing government's decision to expel the Serbian ambassador just days before the planned inauguration of a new, pro-Serb cabinet.
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