01 December 2020 Military News
- Even If It Achieves Peace, Can Afghanistan Ever Be Financially Independent? RFE/RL Gandhara 01 Dec 2020 -- Ending America's "endless war" has been a top goal of successive U.S. administrations since more than 100,000 troops were deployed to the country a decade ago.
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- Army gets closer to self-adjusting turbine engines Army News 01 Dec 2020 -- A team of U.S. Army and academic researchers developed a novel design to automatically adjust aircraft rotor blade positions while already in-flight, a tactic that could improve turbine engine performance.
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 01 Dec 2020
- New START Treaty Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms US Dept. of State 01 Dec 2020 -- Data in this Fact Sheet comes from the biannual exchange of data required by the Treaty. It contains data declared current as of September 1, 2020.
- DOD Awards $50 Million in University Research Equipment Awards DoD 01 Dec 2020 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced awards to 150 university researchers totaling $50 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These grants will be provided to 85 institutions across 33 states in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.
- Global Power Bomber CTF conducts B-1B external captive carry demonstration US Air Force 01 Dec 2020 -- The B-1B Lancer's expanded carriage capabilities comes one step closer to fruition following an external captive carry flight over the skies of Edwards Air Force Base, Nov. 20.
- 7th Fleet Patrol Aircraft Supports Search and Rescue US Navy 01 Dec 2020 -- A P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 located a disabled sailboat during a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission off the western coast of Saipan, Nov 30.
- Online press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the first day of the meetings of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs NATO 01 Dec 2020
- NATO Addresses Russian 'Military Build-Up,' Situation In Afghanistan RFE/RL 01 Dec 2020 -- NATO foreign ministers concluded a two-day meeting on December 2 that paves the path for reforms within the transatlantic alliance as it faces twin challenges from Russia and China, as well as key decisions about the situation Afghanistan.
- NATO, Ukraine to strengthen security cooperation in Black Sea People's Daily 01 Dec 2020 -- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Black Sea region is of high importance to the Alliance, and they will cooperate with Ukraine to monitor the security situation, Ukrinform news agency reported on Monday.
- NATO Welcomes US-Russia Dialogue on Extension of New START Treaty, Secretary General Says Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- NATO believes it is crucial to have a Russian-US agreement regulating the number of nuclear warheads and thus welcomes the dialogue between Moscow and Washington on extension of the New START treaty, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
- European Union Pushes Member States to Develop Counter-Drone Weaponry Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- Recent conflicts in the Middle East and Caucasus have proven just how potent a threat unmanned aerial vehicles can be on the battlefield, prompting European nations and the United States to rush for technology to defend against them.
- PLA holds intensive fighter jet exercises at strategic military location in NW China Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- A large number of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes recently conducted a series of intensive exercises around a Western Theater Command Air Force base, which is located at an important strategic point in Northwest China. The drills honed and demonstrated the Chinese military's capability to safeguard the country's western air defense border, analysts said on Tuesday.
- CPC leadership reviews regulations on military political work, united front, Party members' rights People's Daily 01 Dec 2020 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee met on Monday to review regulations on the political work in the armed forces, the Party's united front work and safeguarding Party members' rights.
- China urges U.S. to stop arms sales to Taiwan: spokesperson People's Daily 01 Dec 2020 -- China on Monday reiterated its firm opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, urging the United States to handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and properly and avoid "treading further down the wrong and dangerous path."
- Successful Test Firing of BrahMos by Indian Navy India PIB 01 Dec 2020 -- BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile in Anti-Ship mode was successfully test fired today at 0900 hrs against a decommissioned Ship. The test firing was carried out by Indian Navy. The missile performed highly complex manoeuvres and hit Bull's eye of the target.
- India Successfully Test-Fires BrahMos Missile in Bay of Bengal, Reports Say Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- The Indian Navy successfully test-fired the BrahMos cruise missile from destroyer INS Ranvijay in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, which has become the fourth test of the missile the country has jointly developed with Russia in the last eight days, Kalinga TV reported.
- Brazil - MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes DSCA 01 Dec 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Canada - C-17 Sustainment DSCA 01 Dec 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada of C-17 Sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $275 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Republic of Korea - MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 (1B2) System DSCA 01 Dec 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of two (2) MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 (IB2) systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Saudi Arabia - Security Assistance Office (SAO) Support Services, U.S. Training Mission to Saudi Arabia (USMTM) DSCA 01 Dec 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of U.S. Security Assistance Office (SAO) support services to include technical assistance and advisory support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense (MOD) for an additional five years, through the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia (USMTM) located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Lebanon - M1152 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) DSCA 01 Dec 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon of up to three hundred (300) M1152 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Croatia - Bradley Fighting Vehicle Refurbishment/Modernization DSCA 01 Dec 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Croatia of refurbishment/modernization and support for seventy-six (76) M2A2 Operation Desert Storm (ODS) Bradley Fighting vehicles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $757 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- New approach to sustainment of Navy fleet to boost regional defence industry Australia DOD 01 Dec 2020 -- Defence is looking for an Australian industry partner to deliver a new, innovative approach to the sustainment of Navy's fleet, which will boost defence industry in the regions through the establishment of Regional Maintenance Centres.
- Human Rights Watch Calls for Halt to US Arms Sales to United Arab Emirates VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Human Rights Watch said Tuesday the United States should not complete proposed weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates until that country limits illegal airstrikes against Libya and Yemen and stops providing military support to "abusive local forces."
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Bahraini Foreign Minister Al Zayani at the U.S.-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue US Dept. of State 01 Dec 2020
- 1 December 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Dec 2020
- UN Asks for $35 Billion in Life-Saving Humanitarian Aid for 2021 VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- The United Nations appealed Tuesday for a record $35 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian support for 160 million people next year, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has pushed millions into extreme poverty worldwide.
- UN offers staggering death toll of 233,000 from Saudi-led war on Yemen Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- The United Nations (UN) has offered the new staggering death toll of 233,000 from the Saudi-led war on Yemen, stressing the importance of a ceasefire.
- UN humanitarian office puts Yemen war dead at 233,000, mostly from 'indirect causes' UN News 01 Dec 2020 -- Almost a quarter of a million people have died in Yemen's war, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on its website on Tuesday, confirming the huge toll from a conflict that has ravaged Yemen's economy and created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
- Syria Constitution Talks Not Reaching Goal, Observers Say VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Syrian observers say United Nations-sponsored talks in Geneva between the Assad government and the opposition to devise a new constitution will not accomplish that task nor will they help the nearly decade-long war ravaging the country turn a page. They add that Syrian elections slated for next year also are not considered pivotal or having any real bearing on changing the shattered country's future.
- Azerbaijan Reclaims Third District From Armenia Under Nagorno-Karabakh Truce RFE/RL 01 Dec 2020 -- Azerbaijan has completed reclaiming three districts held by ethnic Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century after a peace deal ended six weeks of fierce fighting over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- Azerbaijani forces take over last Nagorno-Karabakh region per truce deal Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- Azerbaijani army units have entered Nagorno-Karabakh's Lachin region, 28 years after its occupation by Armenian forces, under a recent truce deal, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry declared.
- Azerbaijan Backs 'All for All' Principle in Prisoner Exchange, State Commission Says Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- Azerbaijan backs the "all for all" principle in terms of a prisoner of war exchange, the state commission on missing and imprisoned citizens said Tuesday,
- UNHCR Seeks Urgent Access to Eritrean Refugees Trapped in Ethiopia's Tigray Region VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to Ethiopian federal authorities for access to camps housing thousands of Eritrean refugees who have been without humanitarian aid since the start of the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region early last month.
- Sudan's Military Reportedly Arrest Tigray Militia Leader Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- The Sudanese military arrested a senior Ethiopian militia leader fighting alongside the Tigray rebels against Ethiopian government troops, Sudan Tribune reported on Tuesday, citing sources.
- UNHCR asks Ethiopia for urgent access to 96,000 Eritreans cut off without food UN News 01 Dec 2020 -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealed to Ethiopia on Tuesday for urgent access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's Tigray region, saying the month-long conflict in Tigray had left them without vital supplies.
- Deep worry over 'grim realities' endured by Palestinians UN News 01 Dec 2020 -- There is "a deep sense of worry about the grim realities" of life faced by those living in occupied Palestinian Territory, the UN chief said on Tuesday, pointing to the "diminishing prospects of resolving the conflict" with Israel, that has been with the UN since its creation 75 years ago.
- India fumes as OIC urges rescission of 'illegal' Kashmir move Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- India has been angered by a resolution recently passed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that rejects New Delhi's decision to revoke Kashmir's autonomy.
- Clash Kills Somali Soldiers, Civilians and Al-Shabab Militants VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- At least 15 people were killed early Monday morning in the central Somalia town of Ba'adweyene in the most recent attack by al-Shabab militants.
- US Justice Dept. Investigating Possible White House Bribery-for-Pardon Scheme VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a potential crime involving bribery and presidential pardons, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.
- Russian Investigative Committee Denies Probe Into Navalny Interview RFE/RL 01 Dec 2020 -- Russia's Investigative Committee has rejected reports saying a probe has been launched into opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 1, 2020 PRC MofA 01 Dec 2020
- China sanctions four with U.S. links over "vicious" Hong Kong actions People's Daily 01 Dec 2020 -- China has decided to impose sanctions on four people with U.S. institutional links who have acted viciously on issues related to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), a foreign ministry spokesperson said Monday.
- China eyes Biden team for trade talks Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- As US president-elect Joe Biden started to pick his economic team, China is also waiting to see who will take over Washington's years-long trade and technology war with Beijing, with analysts expressing "cautious optimism" after Biden chose economists with no obvious anti-China views, including Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen, to his cabinet.
- China: Australia overreaction meant to deflect attention from Afghan atrocities Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese Embassy in Australia has dismissed as "overreaction" Canberra's rage over a recent tweet by a Chinese official showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child.
- China continues push for Meng's release 2 years on Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- Two years after Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Canada, the Chinese Foreign Ministry once again urged Canada to release her, and condemned the Canadian and US governments' political conspiracy in targeting the Chinese company.
- Hong Kong's i-Cable TV Fires Dozens of Its Best Journalists Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2020 -- Managers at Hong Kong's i-Cable TV network announced they would be firing at least 40 journalists, editors, and production crew at the morning editorial meeting on Tuesday.
- Macao to study legislating national security supporting laws Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- The Macao Special Administrative Region will study the optimization of the national security supporting laws, and consider bringing legislation soon, the Macao Secretary for Security said on Monday.
- China Recruits Mandarin Teachers Amid Ongoing Crackdown in Inner Mongolia Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is mass recruiting secondary school teachers to work in the northern region of Inner Mongolia amid ongoing arrests, protests, and class boycotts at plans to phase out Mongolian-medium teaching in schools.
- Chang'e-5 lands on moon, lays foundation for manned mission Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- The lander-ascender combination of China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe has successfully landed on the Mons Rumker area of the huge volcanic plain Oceanus Procellarum, known as the "Ocean of Storms," on the near side of the moon on Tuesday evening, China's National Space Administration said.
- China Space Agency: Lunar Probe Successfully Lands on Moon VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has announced its Chang'e-5 spacecraft, designed to collect lunar samples and return them to Earth, successfully landed on the near side of the moon.
- PLA warplane enters Taiwan's ADIZ for fourth consecutive day CNA 01 Dec 2020 -- An Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Tuesday morning, marking the fourth straight day of such incursions, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Food Prices Spike After North Korean Authorities Relax Controls Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2020 -- Food prices are skyrocketing in North Korea as authorities have relaxed price controls in local markets amid food shortages and a worsening economy due to COVID-19, sources in the country told RFA.
- New Power Station Built in DPRK KCNA 01 Dec 2020 -- The Kowon Taehung Power Station has been inaugurated with due ceremony.
- Tongraegang Reservoir Completed in DPRK KCNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Tongraegang Reservoir has been successfully built in North Phyongan Province.
- US accuses China of 'flagrant violation' of North Korea sanctions Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- The US administration has accused China of a "flagrant violation" of sanctions against North Korea, which are aimed to prevent Pyongyang from advancing its peaceful nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
- Iran Seeks to Toughen Stance Following Nuclear Scientist's Killing VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Iran's parliament has approved legislation that would suspend United Nations inspections of the country's nuclear facilities if oil and banking sanctions are not lifted.
- More Reported Attacks on Iranian Military, Intelligence Officials as Parliament Reacts VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Members of Iran's parliament Tuesday chanted "death to Israel," and they voted to increase the level of uranium enrichment to 20% and to halt U.N. nuclear inspections in reaction to the killing Friday of the country's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. At the same time, Arab and Iranian media reported the killings of two more high-level Iranian military and intelligence officials within the past 48 hours.
- Govt spox says enemies aim to cause public disenchantment by terrorist attacks IRNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday that the enemies aim to cause public disenchantment by terrorist attacks deploring assassination of prominent scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
- FM spox says he heard nothing about alleged attack on Iran liaison officer in Syria IRNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that he has heard nothing about an alleged attack at Iranian liaison officer in Syria.
- Iran says IAEA should fulfill responsibility to condemn terrorist attack against Fakhrizadeh IRNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Iran's Ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should fulfill responsibility to condemn terrorist attack against Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
- Perpetrators, commanders of assassination of Iranian scientist to be punished ISNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that perpetrators and commanders of assassination of Iranian scientist martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will certainly be punished and all relevant administrators are following up the case.
- Counter-sanctions law gives Iran nuclear industry good chance to improve': Top lawmaker Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- Iran's senior parliamentarian says the country's nuclear industry has been given a "good opportunity" to improve now that the legislative body has moved to enable the government to strengthen its countermeasures against Western violations of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal.
- China urges continuous efforts to uphold Iran nuclear deal Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- China has once again stressed the importance of upholding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, amid attempts by the United States to undermine the agreement.
- Iran nuclear, defense know-how irreversible, impervious to assassination: Government spokesman Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- The Iranian administration says the terrorist attack that killed prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a psychological operation aimed at creating public disenchantment and confusion in Iran's strategy, stressing that the Islamic Republic's nuclear and defense know-how is irreversible and impervious to assassination.
- Iran's Parliament approves outlines of strategic action plan to counter sanctions Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- Lawmakers at Iran's Parliament have overwhelmingly endorsed the outlines of a strategic action plan, which aims to counteract sanctions imposed on the Iranian nation and safeguard its interests.
- Zarif: Iranians won't be deceived by final machinations of intl. terrorists, Zionist warmongers Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has shed light on an anti-Iran psychological operation by the Saudi-Israeli-US axis that led up to the assassination of a senior nuclear scientist, saying Iranians will never by deceived by the final struggles of international terrorists and notorious warmongers.
- Iran parliament chief: Definitive punishment awaits those behind scientist's assassination Press TV 01 Dec 2020 -- Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf says Iran reserves the legitimate right to defense against organized terrorist acts, and thus will pursue a "definitive punishment" of those behind the assassination of its prominent nuclear scientist.
- Top Khamenei's Aide Attacks Rouhani for US Talks Radio Farda 01 Dec 2020 -- In a criticism of President Hassan Rouhani's government, a member of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's office, Rasool Sanaei Rad, said that those seeking "a resumption of negotiations with the United States" had "partisan and electoral goals."
- Iran Parliament Wants Nuclear Stance Hardened After Scientist Killed RFE/RL 01 Dec 2020 -- Iranian lawmakers have approved a bill to suspend United Nations inspections of the country's nuclear facilities and boost its uranium enrichment if the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from sanctions.
- Iranian Parliament Ratifies General Outlines for Nuclear Revival Plan After Top Scientist Killed Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday ratified the general outlines of a national plan to boost nuclear activity in the wake of the recent assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, media reported.
- Killed Iranian Nuke Scientist Was 'Core Source of Authority, Knowledge', Ex-Israeli Intel Chief Says Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- Senior Iranian officials have blamed Friday's assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Israel. Tel Aviv has so far remained silent on the matter.
- Rumors of IRGC Commander's Killing in Drone Strike in Iraq 'Apparently Untrue', Iran's MFA Says Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- Reports claiming that a commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had been killed in western Iraq in a drone strike are most likely untrue, Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Said Khatib Zadeh said on Tuesday.
- After Protests, France Moves to Amend Security Law Text VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- For weeks, NGOs including the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders, have expressed concerns over the draft bill, especially its Article 24, which would make it a criminal offense for anyone to disseminate images that — according to the text — might "harm the physical or mental integrity" of police officers.
- Benazir Bhutto's Daughter Officially Enters Pakistani Politics VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Waving her hands, chanting party slogans and making victory signs Monday in Pakistan's central city of Multan, the youngest daughter of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto reminded people of her firebrand mother.
- UK's Post-Brexit Points-Based Immigration System Comes Into Force Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- The UK government put into force on Tuesday a new points-based immigration system that will privilege "the brightest and the best" people from around the world, bringing to an end the Freedom of Movement Act that allowed European Union citizens to enter the UK regardless of whether or not they had a job there.
- Myanmar's Armed Forces Questions Balloting After Proxy Party's Poor Results Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2020 -- Myanmar's military is reviewing last month's electoral process to determine whether voting by servicemen and their families was conducted legally, following reports of disputes and claims of fraud by its proxy political party.
- Zimbabwean president hails progress on Chinese-funded new parliament building despite COVID-19 Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday expressed satisfaction with progress that has been made in the construction of the new Parliament building in Mt. Hampden on the outskirts of the capital Harare.
- Kyrgyz Supreme Court Cancels Atambaev's Conviction, Sends Case Back For Retrial RFE/RL 01 Dec 2020 -- Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court has canceled the conviction and prison sentence of former President Almazbek Atambaev that was handed to him in June over his involvement in the illegal release of notorious crime boss Aziz Batukaev in 2013.
- Is Uzbekistan Returning To The 'Bad Old Days' Of Reporting Only Good News? RFE/RL 01 Dec 2020 -- There is a very public battle under way in Uzbekistan between several media outlets and the agency tasked with overseeing the press in the country.
- Treasury Sanctions Network for Assisting Colombia's Clan del Golfo Drug Trafficking Organization US Treasury 01 Dec 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Jhon Fredy Zapata Garzon (Zapata Garzon) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for materially assisting the international narcotics trafficking activities of the Clan del Golfo. Three of his family members and associates are also being designated along with four businesses they own or control.
- US Sanctions Garzon Network for Aiding Clan Del Golfo Cocaine Cartel - Treasury Sputnik 01 Dec 2020 -- The US government has sanctioned Colombian national Zapata Garzon and three of his associates for aiding the Clan del Golfo cocaine smuggling cartel, also known as Los Urabenos, the Department of the Treasury announced in a press release issued on Tuesday.
- Designation of Jhon Fredy Zapata Garzon Under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act US Dept. of State 01 Dec 2020 -- The Department of State joins the Department of the Treasury in announcing the designation of Jhon Fredy Zapata Garzon pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for materially assisting the international narcotics trafficking activities of the Clan del Golfo in Colombia.
- Joint Statement of the U.S.-India Counternarcotics Working Group US Dept. of State 01 Dec 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of India.
- Opposition Brass to Return to Cambodia in January to Face Courts, Seek Political Reconciliation Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2020 -- The top brass of Cambodia's banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party will return to the country from self-imposed exile early next year to face legal action and work towards political reconciliation with the ruling party, CNRP deputy president Mu Sochua said Tuesday.
- Somalia Recalls Ambassador to Kenya, Alleging Election Interference VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Somalia has recalled its ambassador to Kenya and ordered Kenya's envoy to leave Mogadishu over alleged interference in Somalia's upcoming elections. Despite the spat, experts say there is a window for the countries to resolve their disagreements.
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