04 January 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Blames Taliban for Plotting Afghan Assassinations VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- The United States has directly accused the Taliban of being behind a recent wave of high-profile assassinations in Afghanistan, urging the insurgent group to stop the violence "for peace to succeed."
- Taliban Threaten Response to US-Supported Airstrikes Breaching Peace Deal Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- US-supported airstrikes against the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan violate the Doha peace deal and will lead to a response, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Monday.
- Intra-Afghan Peace Talks To Resume In Qatar Amid Continued Violence RFE/RL Gandhara 04 Jan 2021 -- Afghan government representatives are set to depart for Doha on January 4 ahead of a new round of peace negotiations with the Taliban following a 20-day hiatus.
- US military blames Taliban for recent assassinations in Afghanistan Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The United States has blamed the Taliban forces in Afghanistan for a recent spate of deadly attacks in the war-torn country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Acting Secretary Miller on Iranian Threats and the USS Nimitz DoD 04 Jan 2021
- US Reverses Decision to Send Aircraft Carrier Home from Middle East VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- The United States has reversed a decision to send home a Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East, citing tensions with Iran.
- US decides to keep aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf 'over Iran threats' Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The United States has reversed a decision to bring an aircraft carrier home from the Persian Gulf days after ordering the vessel out of the Middle East, saying the decision was due to "recent threats" from Iranian officials.
- U.S. Aircraft Carrier To Remain In Gulf Due To 'Threats' By Iran, Pentagon Says RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz will remain in the Persian Gulf due to "recent threats" by Iran, the Pentagon said on January 3.
- Pentagon Says Halted Plans to Move USS Nimitz Out of Middle East Over Iran's Threats Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- The United States has scrapped plans to move one of its aircraft carriers out of the Middle East in light of what the Pentagon describes as threats from Iran, according to acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, on the first anniversary of the assassination of senior Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
- Army distributes COVID-19 vaccine to troops in Korea Army News 04 Jan 2021 -- Teams at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center-Korea, working in collaboration with the Defense Logistics Agency, began receiving, storing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 25.
- EDA to support 'European Patrol Corvette' PESCO project European Defence Agency 04 Jan 2021 -- EDA's Steering Board recently approved the launch of a specific EDA ad hoc project which will contribute to the implementation of a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project aimed at developing a European Patrol Corvette. Italy, which leads a group of four PESCO participating countries involved in EPC (together with France, Spain and Greece), had requested the Agency's support for moving this ambitious project forward.
- China may ask US companies to reveal their military links after NYSE's delisting of telco firms: expert Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- Delisting of major Chinese telecom giants by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will have a limited impact on these firms and other companies listed in the US market, and the Chinese government is expected to return in kind to the US for its crackdown on Chinese companies, with possible reciprocal requirement asking US companies doing business in China to reveal their links to the US military, Chinese analysts said on Monday.
- China's DF-17 hypersonic missile seen to get stealth upgrade, reports show Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- One of China's most advanced weapons, the DF-17 hypersonic missile, was seen in media reports to have received an upgrade that experts said on Monday can improve the weapon's capability to disguise itself from hostile reconnaissance and protect itself from complicated battlefield environments.
- J-10C, J-11B fighter jets shine in just-concluded China-Pakistan air exercises Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- The recently concluded China-Pakistan air exercises benefited both sides, as Chinese pilots could learn from their Pakistani counterparts' maneuvers and experiences, and China's J-10C and J-11B fighter jets could be used to simulate India's Rafale and Su-30 fighter jets in mock battles, Chinese analysts said on Monday.
- Xi signs mobilization order for military training of PLA in 2021 PLA Daily 04 Jan 2021 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), on Monday signed the first order of the CMC for 2021, a mobilization order for the training of the Chinese armed forces in the new year.
- PLA Hong Kong Garrison conducts 22nd routine rotation PLA Daily 04 Jan 2021 -- According to the Law of the People's Republic of China on Garrisoning the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and approved by the Central Military Commission (CMC), the Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted its 22nd officer rotation on December 30, 2020.
- PLA Navy develops new submarine escape immersion equipment PLA Daily 04 Jan 2021 -- The new individual Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment (SEIE) has completed the combat performance test in the waters of a sea area of the East China Sea recently, indicating that the PLA Navy submariners' self-rescue and escape capabilities have reached the advanced international level.
- BEML hands over dividend worth Rs 5.625 crore to Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh India PIB 04 Jan 2021 -- Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) paid dividend worth Rs 5.625 crore to Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today. The cheque was handed over by Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of BEML Dr Deepak Kumar Hota.
- Commander: Iran superpower in defense equipment despite sanctions IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Deputy Commander of the Army Brigadier-General Mohammad-Hossein Dadras on Monday said that Iran today has become a regional and transregional superpower in producing drones.
- Israeli Defence Minister Says Tel Aviv Needs One More F-35 Squadron Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz told Ynet news portal that Tel Aviv needs to buy one more squadron of US stealth F-35 fighter jets.
- Carrier Strike Group hits important milestone UK MOD 04 Jan 2021 -- The UK's Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has achieved a major milestone ahead of its first operational deployment this year.
- Contracts For Jan. 4, 2021
- Saab receives follow-on contract for GlobalEye SAAB 04 Jan 2021 -- Saab has today received a follow on contract with the United Arab Emirates regarding the sale of two GlobalEye systems, Saab's advanced airborne surveillance system. The order value is USD 1.018 billion and the contract period is 2020-2025.
- 4 January 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 04 Jan 2021
- Indonesian Navy Probes 'Sea Glider' Drone Found in National Waters Radio Free Asia 04 Jan 2021 -- The Indonesian Navy said on Monday it was investigating the discovery of an unmarked underwater surveillance drone, which is capable of collecting military data, to determine its country of origin.
- Yemeni forces launched 253 retaliatory missile strikes, 974 ops against Saudi-led coalition in 2020: Army spox Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces says the country's army, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, launched 253 missile strikes as well as 974 offensives against the positions of Saudi-led forces and their mercenaries last year in reprisal for the atrocious bombardment campaign waged by the Riyadh regime and its allies against the impoverished country.
- Syria foreign ministry condemns recent terror attacks on civilians in Hama, Dayr al-Zawr Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- Syria has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in its central province of Hama and eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr that led to the killing of a number of people and wounding of dozens more.
- Daesh attack in Syria kills several soldiers, civilians Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- Terrorists affiliated with Daesh have ambushed several cars and a bus on Syria's Damascus-Raqqa highway in the central Syrian desert, killing nine people and injuring nearly two dozen others, according to several sources.
- Moscow: Gaddafi Supporters Should Be Allowed to Participate in Libyan National Dialogue Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- The intra-Libyan political dialogue must be inclusive of supporters of the country's toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said in an interview.
- Exiled Tibetans Hold First-Round Voting for New Leaders of India-Based Government Radio Free Asia 04 Jan 2021 -- Tens of thousands of Tibetans in exile have voted in the first round of elections for a new political leader of their exile government in Dharamshala, India.
- Tibetan 'government-in-exile' elects 'leader' under rising uncertainty, won't affect China's policy in region Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- The so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile" held an election of its new "political leader" over the weekend, who is expected to face several uncertainties, such as the impact from the 14th Dalai Lama succession issue and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the needs of the US to use Tibet issue as part of its strategy against China.
- UN denounces attacks on villages in western Niger UN News 04 Jan 2021 -- The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned Saturday's attack by unidentified gunmen on two villages in western Niger, which reportedly left about one hundred people dead, while hundreds of survivors fled the scene on foot.
- Lebanese Bristle Over Iran Commander's Comments Regarding Hezbollah Missile Capabilities VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- Lebanese Sunni Muslims, Christians, and others are condemning recent remarks by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who claimed that Lebanon owed its missile capabilities to Iran and that Lebanon was in the front line in Iran's fight against Israel.
- President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Freedom to Devin Nunes The White House 04 Jan 2021
- Russia, Kazakhstan Seek Higher Oil Output As Other OPEC+ Members Remain Cautious RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- Russia and Kazakhstan are seeking another increase in oil output during the January 4 meeting of OPEC+ members as other nations express concern about global energy demand amid the rapid spread of a new strain of the coronavirus.
- How Putin is Preparing for 2021 Challenges VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- This year marks the 30th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The December collapse was jolting in its speed and followed a failed coup by hard-liners against then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
- Britain Refuses to Extradite 'Suicidal' WikiLeaks Founder to US VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- A British judge has ruled that Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, cannot be extradited to the United States because of the risk he could commit suicide in U.S. detention.
- British Judge Rules WikiLeaks Founder Assange Can't Be Extradited To U.S. RFE/RL Gandhara 04 Jan 2021 -- A British judge has rejected a U.S. request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face charges over the publication of secret U.S. military documents because of concerns over his mental health.
- UK court blocks Assange extradition to US, citing 'suicide fears' Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face trial for espionage charges, according to a UK judge.
- UK Court Ruling Against Assange's Extradition Victory for All Journalists, Lawyer Says Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- The decision of a UK court to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition to the United States is a victory for all journalists, the whistleblower's Ecuadorean lawyer, Carlos Poveda, told Sputnik on Monday.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 4, 2021 PRC MofA 04 Jan 2021
- China's Nuclear Madness US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2021 -- Op-Ed by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, Ambassador Marshall S. Billingslea, Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control
- FM kicks off Africa visit in new year for 31 straight years, showcasing the unshakable friendship Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- Following a tradition of China's foreign ministers making Africa their first visit of the new year, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off his official visit to five African countries - Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Botswana and Seychelles - on Monday, showcasing an unshakable China-Africa friendship in the post-COVID era under increasing world turbulence, and marking a new beginning in the next 10 years on the "Promised Land."
- Chinese FM rejects US accusations that China is 'undermining international rule of law' Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- In a tweet posted on Sunday, the US State Department claimed that China was undermining international rule of law, citing an article accusing the Communist Party of China of "threatening global peace and security… to serve its own hegemonic ambitions."
- Lawyers Hired to Defend Hong Kong Speedboat Detainees to Lose Licenses Radio Free Asia 04 Jan 2021 -- Authorities in China are moving to strike off two lawyers who defended 12 Hong Kong protesters jailed last week for "illegally crossing a border" after they tried to flee to Taiwan by speedboat.
- Uyghur Iron Traders 'Taught' Cooking at Xinjiang Internment Camp Radio Free Asia 04 Jan 2021 -- Two Uyghurs in the iron trade who expanded their business to Kazakhstan in recent years have been detained in an internment camp in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) where they are being "taught" culinary skills, according to fellow traders.
- Former aircraft carrier program commander expelled from Party for severe discipline violations Global Times 04 Jan 2021 -- Hu Wenming, the former chairman of China's shipbuilding conglomerate and former chief commander of China's aircraft carrier program, was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for severely violating Party discipline and being suspected of taking bribes and misfeasance, China's top anti-graft agency said on Monday.
- China-Vietnam Border Wall Would Target Smugglers, Chinese Economic Refugees VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- Reports that China is building a wall along the border with Vietnam to keep its own citizens at home spotlights economic hard times on the Chinese side and frustration on both sides with rampant smuggling, analysts believe.
- Four Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Four Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the third consecutive day on which such an incursion has occurred, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Iran Says It Boosted Uranium Enrichment to 20% VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran says it has begun enriching uranium to 20%, its latest step away from a 2015 international agreement that limited its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
- IAEA says Iran has enriched uranium up to 20%: Envoy IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations said on Monday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that the Islamic Republic has started enriching uranium up to 20%.
- 20% uranium enrichment started in Fordow facility: Kamalvandi IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Spokesman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced start of 20 percent enriched uranium in Fordow facility.
- Zarif: Iran resumes 20% enrichment as per parliament's approval IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif wrote in a Twitter message that as the Parliament legislated, Iran resumed 20-percent enrichment of uranium.
- Iran to produce UF6 enriched uranium in few hours: Gov't Spox IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Monday that Iran has started the pre-processing stage of gas injection a couple of hours ago in Fordow nuclear site, noting that the first UF6 enriched uranium will be produced in a few hours.
- Iran officially resumes enriching uranium to 20% in Fordow: government spokesman ISNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran's government spokesman, Ali Rabiei announced on Monday, the country has officially restarted enriching uranium at a rate of up to 20 percent at its Fordow facility.
- Iran resumes 20% enrichment at Fordow nuclear facility: Government spokesman Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran's government spokesman says the country has started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow nuclear facility.
- Iran Says It Has Resumed 20 Percent Uranium Enrichment At Fordow Radio Farda 04 Jan 2021 -- The Iranian government says the country has resumed uranium enrichment to 20 percent at an underground facility, a level far above limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers.
- Israel Warns Iran About Uranium Enrichment Announcement VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- Israeli officials said Monday that they will not allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon. Israel was responding to Iran's announcement that its scientists have resumed enriching uranium to 20 percent purity. The exchange is increasing tensions just two weeks before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office.
- Netanyahu Claims Iran's Move to Boost Uranium Enrichment Shows Intention to Develop Nuclear Weapons Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- Earlier in the day, Tehran said it had started producing 20 percent enriched uranium in Fordow nuclear complex.
- Iran Resumes 20% Uranium Enrichment at Fordow Nuclear Facility, Reports Say Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- While the Iranian nuclear deal only allowed Tehran to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent, the Islamic Republic has gradually suspended its obligations under the agreement since the US left it in 2018 and re-imposed anti-Iran sanctions.
- Parliament speaker: Assassination of Gen. Soleimani poses threat to intl. peace, security Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran's parliament speaker says the assassination of the country's top anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, by American forces last January has posed a major threat to international peace and security while jeopardizing regional security as well.
- Biden adviser insists any talks with Iran should include missiles Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- Jake Sullivan, US President-elect Joe Biden's incoming national security adviser, says Iran's ballistic missile program should be included in any possible negotiations with the country - an issue categorically rejected by Tehran.
- Iran says closely watching 'mischievous' US moves in Persian Gulf Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- Tehran has said it is closely watching the movements of the United States in the Middle East, a day after the Pentagon ordered an American aircraft carrier to remain in the region.
- Iran Admits To Seizing South Korean-Flagged Oil Tanker RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- Iranian state television has acknowledged that Tehran seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
- FM spox elaborates on seizing South Korean oil tanker IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that Iran is serious about violating the environmental protocols by South Korean oil tanker and will react within the framework of the law.
- IRGC confirms seizing South Korean oil tanker IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has seized South Korean Hankuk Chemi vessel in the Persian Gulf on Monday for violating the environmental protocols, said the IRGC public relations office confirmed.
- Iran seizes Korean tanker in Persian Gulf for pollution IRNA 04 Jan 2021 -- An informed source in Hormuzgan Province confirmed that a South Korea-flagged oil tanker has been seized in the Persian Gulf for causing environmental pollution.
- Iran seizes South-Korean-flagged chemical tanker over "chemical pollution" ISNA 04 Jan 2021 -- Iran has seized a South-Korean-flagged chemical tanker in its southern waters over "chemical pollution" of the Persian Gulf, informed sources say.
- Iran says South Korean ship seizure purely technical issue Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement reiterating that a South Korean ship was impounded in the Persian Gulf waters on Monday purely over technical and environmental issues.
- Iran's IRGC impounds South Korean-flagged tanker in Persian Gulf over environmental violations Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The naval force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has impounded a South Korean-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf waters for repetitive violation of maritime environmental law.
- Saudi Arabia to Lift Embargo on Qatar VOA 04 Jan 2021 -- Saudi Arabia will lift a yearslong embargo on Qatar, according to Kuwait's Foreign Ministry.
- 'Biggest Breakthrough': Saudi Arabia, Qatar to Sign US-Brokered Deal to Ease Gulf Dispute Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- Saudi Arabia cut off all diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, and with a group of fellow Middle Eastern countries imposed a trade and travel embargo on the nation over accusations that Qatar supported terrorism.
- Emir of Qatar to Attend Gulf Summit for 1st Time Since 2017 Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend the summit of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, which will mark a breakthrough in the regional crisis, the emir's office said on Monday.
- ISRO in collaboration with private sector will boost "Atmanirbhar Bharat": Dr Jitendra Singh India PIB 04 Jan 2021 -- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh stated here today that ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in collaboration with private sector will boost "Atmanirbhar Bharat".
- Tape Alleges Lukashenka Plot To Murder Opponents In Germany RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- A European online newspaper has published what it says is a 2012 audio recording of a top Belarusian KGB officer discussing alleged plots at the time to kill in Germany three opponents of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
- Pakistani Shi'a Demand Justice After Killing Of Coal Miners RFE/RL Gandhara 04 Jan 2021 -- Hundreds of people have protested in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan for a second straight day following the killing of 11 Shi'ite Hazara coal miners in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
- US, European allies refuse to unfreeze Venezuela funds for vaccine purchase Press TV 04 Jan 2021 -- The United States, Britain and some European Union states have rejected Venezuela's appeal to unfreeze its sanctioned assets in order to purchase the much-needed coronavirus vaccine, the nation's President Nicolas Maduro has unveiled.
- Maduro Says He Asked West to Unfreeze Venezuelan Funds to Purchase Vaccines, Was Refused Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- The EU nations and the United States have reportedly refused Venezuela's request to unfreeze its assets, so that the sanctions-hit country could purchase a coronavirus vaccine, President Nicolas Maduro has claimed.
- The Curious Case Of Bishkek's $1 Million Deal With Ex-Israeli Intelligence Worker RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- Confusion and intrigue have reigned in Kyrgyzstan since compromised parliamentary elections on October 4, 2020, sparked street protests that brought down the government and forced the president of the Central Asian country to resign.
- Claims Of Kyrgyz Voter Intimidation Investigated Ahead Of Presidential Vote RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission (BShK) has launched a probe after an NGO reported that residents in one district said they were threatened with violence if they didn't vote for Sadyr Japarov in the upcoming early presidential poll.
- Jailed Former Kyrgyz President Transferred To Penal Colony For Sick Inmates RFE/RL 04 Jan 2021 -- A lawyer for Kyrgyzstan's former President Almazbek Atambaev says he has been transferred from a detention center in Bishkek to a penal colony where inmates with medical conditions are treated.
- Greek Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet, Keeps Key Ministers Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reshuffled his cabinet on Monday but let his key ministers keep their jobs as the nation braces for "new challenges."
- Ethnic Parties Want to Hear Concrete Plans From Myanmar Leadership Radio Free Asia 04 Jan 2021 -- President Win Myint marked Myanmar's Independence Day on Monday with a call for constitutional reform, but ethnic political parties said they wanted to hear the incoming government's plans for negotiating with armed ethnic groups to end long-running wars.
- Exiled Cambodian Opposition Figures Delay Return, as 10 More CNRP Activists Are Arrested Radio Free Asia 04 Jan 2021 -- A planned return to Cambodia Monday by senior opposition official Mu Sochua and other opposition figures to face legal action in the courts has now been moved to Jan. 15, party sources say.
- Polish Security Service Prevents Anti-Muslim Terrorist Attack, Government Says Sputnik 04 Jan 2021 -- Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained and indicted several people believed to have been plotting a terrorist attack at a Muslim religious facility, the spokesman for Polish Interior Minister and Coordinator of Special Services Mariusz Kaminski said on Monday.
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