27 December 2020 Military News
- Bomb attack targets US-coalition supply convoy in central Iraq Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- An improvised explosive device has targeted a convoy of trucks belonging to the US-led coalition in Iraq's central province of Babil, but the blast did not cause any casualties or damage.
- Doha to host next round of talks between Afghan government, Taliban: Official Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- A top Afghan official has said the next round of talks between the government and the Taliban will begin in Qatar next month, as President Ashraf Ghani's calls to move the dialogue back home remains unanswered.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Tyndall AFB holds joint Weapons System Evaluation Program US Air Force 27 Dec 2020 -- The 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron hosted Weapon System Evaluation Program East 21.03 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Dec. 7-18.
- Russian 'Okhotnik' Combat Drone to Perform First Weapon Tests Next Year, Source Says Sputnik 27 Dec 2020 -- Russia's stealth heavy combat drone Okhotnik ("Hunter") will carry out flight tests involving the use of weapons next year, a source in the aircraft industry told Sputnik.
- PLA receives world's lightest heavy machine gun Global Times 27 Dec 2020 -- A new type of heavy machine gun, possibly the lightest of its kind in the world, was recently spotted in an amphibious landing exercise held by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), indicating that the weapon with powerful suppressive fire has now entered Chinese military service.
- China amends national defense law, shows country's sense of global justice Global Times 27 Dec 2020 -- After the approval of China's new amendment to the country's national defense law, China is expected to make itself heard more on global justice in addition to its own, and will play a unique role in safeguarding world peace at a time when evil forces are ravaging it, Chinese experts said on Sunday.
- China reaffirms defensive nature of its national defense policy in newly revised law People's Daily 27 Dec 2020 -- China has reaffirmed the defensive nature of its national defense policy as its top legislative body adopted new revisions to the National Defense Law, renewing tasks and goals as well as cementing policies.
- Four Killed In Pakistani Military Helicopter Crash RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Dec 2020 -- Four Pakistani soldiers were killed when their military helicopter crashed on December 27 near the country's border with China.
- Any Israeli attack on Yemen will set Middle East ablaze: Foreign ministry official Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- An official from the Yemeni Foreign Ministry has warned Israel against an act of military aggression against the Arab country, stressing that such a measure will spark off an all-out war in the Middle East and the regime will be the first to suffer.
- US-Backed SDF Targets IS Militants in Eastern Syria VOA 27 Dec 2020 -- U.S.-backed forces are carrying out new raids against militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group in eastern Syria.
- Turkey's military kills 15 Kurdish YPG militants in northeast Syria Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish military has killed at least 15 Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) amid reports that the group was planning to carry out an attack in a territory controlled by Ankara-backed occupying forces in northeastern Syria.
- Haftar forces 'legitimate targets' if Turkish troops attacked: Ankara Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's defense chief has warned that forces loyal to Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar would become "legitimate targets" if they attacked Turkish troops in the North African country.
- Ankara Says Any Attack on Turkish Troops to Make Haftar Forces 'Legitimate Targets' Sputnik 27 Dec 2020 -- Ankara will deem the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) a "legitimate target" should it try to attack Turkish troops deployed in the North African country, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said.
- Bangladesh to send hundreds more Rohingya to remote island Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- Bangladesh is set to send hundreds more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a controversial facility on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, weeks after it started their forced removal from the border with Myanmar.
- Seven Pakistani Troops Killed In Balochistan Militant Attack RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Dec 2020 -- Seven members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps have been killed in an attack by militants in Balochistan Province, the military says.
- Seven Soldiers Dead in Terrorist Attack in Pakistan's Balochistan, Army Reports Sputnik 27 Dec 2020 -- Seven soldiers have been killed in a terrorist attack on a frontier corps post in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, the armed forces spokesman said on Sunday.
- Militant Raid Kills 7 Pakistani Soldiers in Baluchistan VOA 27 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan's army said Sunday that a militant raid in southwestern Baluchistan province had killed at least seven soldiers.
- Sudan says took back border land from Ethiopia Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- The Sudanese government says the country's military forces have taken control of most of the agricultural land allegedly occupied by Ethiopians near the border between the two countries.
- Investigators in Tennessee Blast Looking at Link to Suburban Nashville Home VOA 27 Dec 2020 -- U.S. authorities are continuing to investigate the Christmas Day vehicle explosion in the southern city of Nashville, Tennessee, looking for clues in a home about 18 kilometers from the blast site.
- Central Africans vote in elections marred by violence Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- People in the Central African Republic (CAR) have gone to the polls to cast their ballots in presidential and legislative elections overshadowed by the escalation of fighting between rebels and government forces.
- Navalny Associate Sobol Says Criminal Charges Against Her Are Kremlin's 'Revenge' RFE/RL 27 Dec 2020 -- Lyubov Sobol, a prominent lawyer for outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), has said upon her release from detention that charges filed against her are "revenge" for Navalny's survival of a recent assassination attempt.
- Kremlin decries US sanctions on Russia-German gas pipeline as 'cowboy' attack Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- The Kremlin says US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, are a blatant "cowboy-like" attack on the project jointly developed by Russian and European companies.
- Kremlin: US Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 Blatant 'Cowboy-Like Raid' on Pipeline Sputnik 27 Dec 2020 -- The US Congress previously passed a Defence Authorisation Bill that included sanctions against the joint project by Russia's Gazprom and European energy giants. President Donald Trump, however, refused to sign it, dismissing the bill for lacking pandemic relief efforts and being a "gift" to Russia, China, and Big Tech.
- Kremlin Cancels Putin's Traditional Meeting With Business Leaders RFE/RL 27 Dec 2020 -- The Kremlin has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not participate in the traditional end-of-the-year meeting with business leaders.
- Xi's 'cloud diplomacy' helps world emerge from pandemic with enhanced solidarity PLA Daily 27 Dec 2020 -- In a year shadowed by the onslaught of coronavirus outbreak, the world witnessed glimmers of hope in China's unremitting efforts on rallying global consensus on COVID-19 response and charting the course for future development.
- China's top legislature to convene annual session on March 5 People's Daily 27 Dec 2020 -- The 13th National People's Congress (NPC) will hold its fourth annual session in Beijing on March 5, 2021, according to a decision made by the NPC Standing Committee on Saturday.
- Hong Kong police issues warrants for 30 secessionists who fled overseas Global Times 27 Dec 2020 -- Hong Kong police on Sunday issued warrants for about 30 Hong Kong secessionists who have fled overseas including former opposition lawmakers Ted Hui Chi-fung and disqualified opposition lawmaker Leung Chung-hang.
- Ant to embrace makeover for new starting point Global Times 27 Dec 2020 -- China's top financial regulatory authorities, including the central bank, jointly interviewed Alibaba Group's fintech offshoot Ant Group on Saturday, in a follow-up to the high-profile antitrust probe into the e-commerce giant that aims for a new starting point for the country's platform economy.
- China's top legislative body urges stronger inspection of unfair competition Global Times 27 Dec 2020 -- China's top legislative body has called for a strong inspection of unfair competition in the internet and e-commerce sectors, a signal that China will address unfair competition through a legislative mechanism, following the probe into Alibaba's alleged monopolistic practices.
- Iran determined to export more than 2 million barrels of oil per day: President Rouhani ISNA 27 Dec 2020 -- In the one hundred and ninety-first meeting of the Cabinet's Economic Coordination Board, the board discussed the coordination of the executive bodies to regulate the market of agricultural products and issues related to the review of the 1400 budget bill by the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
- Iran to prosecute 48 individuals for role in assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani: Official Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic has drawn up a list of 48 individuals against whom legal action will be taken in relation to the assassination of the country's top anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
- Minister of Energy Announces Discovery of 4 New Oil and Gas Fields in Different Locations in Saudi Arabia SPA 27 Dec 2020 -- Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy, announced that Saudi Aramco has discovered four new oil and gas fields in the Kingdom.
- Turkey comes down hard on NGOs in 'anti-terror' bid Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's parliament has approved a law drafted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party that enables deeply intrusive oversight of non-governmental organizations in the name of fighting "terrorism."
- Venezuela's opposition assembly extends term despite elections Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- A small group of Venezuelan opposition legislators, led by opposition figure Juan Guaido, has decided to continue meeting, although a newly-elected congress is scheduled to be sworn in early next month.
- German MEP Says Orban's 'National-Populist' Approach Will Not Fix Societal Problems RFE/RL 27 Dec 2020 -- The chairman of the European People's Party (EPP) - the largest group in the European Parliament - has sharply criticized the policies of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in an opinion piece published on December 27 by a German newspaper.
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