09 March 2021 Military News
- Russia to Host Conference on Afghanistan VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- Russia has sent invitations to leading Afghan politicians, the Taliban, and envoys of the United States, China, and Pakistan to participate in a three day conference starting March 18 on how to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.
- Khalilzad, In Pakistan, Stresses Need To Accelerate Afghan Peace Process RFE/RL Gandhara 09 Mar 2021 -- Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, told military leaders during a stop in Pakistan that Islamabad continues to have an important role in the Afghan peace process as Washington bids to save the struggling effort to end the long war.
- Report: Russian Foreign Ministry Plans Afghan Conference For March 18 RFE/RL Gandhara 09 Mar 2021 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry plans to hold a conference in Moscow on March 18 to discuss Afghanistan, the TASS news agency reported, without providing any details on participants.
- Tajik Locals On Afghan Border Trained To Defend Against 'Taliban Attack' RFE/RL Gandhara 09 Mar 2021 -- Villagers in a southern part of Tajikistan along the border with war-torn Afghanistan have been told they should be prepared "to take up arms" if militants try to enter the region.
- DOD Statement on Continued National Guard Support by Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby DoD 09 Mar 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has approved a request by the U.S. Capitol Police for continued National Guard support through May 23, 2021.
- Guard Presence Helps Fill Gaps in Capitol Police Capabilities DoD News 09 Mar 2021 -- More than 5,000 National Guardsmen are assigned to Washington, D.C., to help provide security to the Capitol, and a request has been made to the Defense Department to extend their stay.
- US security review urges beefed-up forces, surveillance around Capitol amid fears of violence Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- A US security review has called for heightened security in Washington, saying the Capitol's policing and surveillance measures are "woefully inadequate" amid fears of violence by supporters of former president Donald Trump.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 09 Mar 2021
- New Officials Sworn-in at the Department of Defense DoD 09 Mar 2021
- Pentagon Press Secretary Conducts an On-Camera Press Briefing DoD 09 Mar 2021
- DOD Announces $8 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Strengthen the Domestic Microelectronics Industrial Base DoD 09 Mar 2021 -- As part of the nation's effort to ensure the U.S. sustains the microelectronics manufacturing capability necessary for national and economic security, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made an $8 million award to GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF).
- Erosion of U.S. Strength in Indo-Pacific Is Dangerous to All, Commander Says DoD News 09 Mar 2021 -- The greatest danger facing the United States in the Indo-Pacific region is the erosion of conventional deterrence capabilities, Navy Adm. Philip Davidson told the Senate Armed Service Committee this morning.
- DOD Officials Discuss Quantum Science, 5G and Directed Energy DoD News 09 Mar 2021 -- Three of the Defense Department's 11 principal directors of modernization within the Office of Defense Research and Engineering, discussed quantum science, 5G and directed energy.
- Pentagon confirms Biden set new rules on drone strikes in foreign lands Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- The Pentagon has confirmed that US President Joe Biden has set new rules on how the US military and intelligence services can conduct drone strikes and commando raids in foreign lands, restoring the kind of control over the decision-making process that former president Donald Trump scrapped.
- Unusual Design of US Navy's Huge Zumwalt Stealth Destroyer Vindicated in Rough-Seas Trial Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- The debut of angular stealthy designs intended to minimize warships' radar cross-sections has the potential to usher in a revolution in warship design, but some of the unusual shapes defy age-old practices in ship design, contributing to doubts about their abilities.
- AMC delivers multi-capable Airmen during exercise Mosaic Tiger US Air Force 09 Mar 2021 -- Aircrew from the 3rd Airlift Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and the 6th AS, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, participated in exercise Mosaic Tiger led by the 23rd Wing at Moody AFB Feb. 22-26.
- VP-46 Coordinated Operations in the Black Sea US Navy 09 Mar 2021 -- Operating alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) and USS Porter (DDG-78), two Turkish frigates, the TCG Orucreis (F-245) and TCG Turgutreis (F-241), and two Turkish F-16 fighters, the Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 "Grey Knights," participated in their first joint air and maritime training mission in the Black Sea. These operations with Turkish naval forces serve to fortify the importance and unique benefit of the maritime alliance with our NATO partners.
- China Speeding Up Plans to Overtake US on World Stage, Says US Commander VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- The inability of the United States to adequately push back against China's growing military might is spurring Beijing to accelerate its plans to remake the current international order in its image, a top U.S. military commander told lawmakers Tuesday.
- Chinese lawmaker urges more private-sector participation in warplane development Global Times 09 Mar 2021 -- A Chinese lawmaker has proposed at the ongoing two sessions that the country should further open up the industry chains for military aircraft development to private companies. Chinese analysts said on Tuesday that such a move could harness the strengths of the entire Chinese society and accelerate the development of new warplanes, at a time when the US is stirring up an arms race on making sixth-generation fighter jets.
- Is China ramping up military spending? People's Daily 09 Mar 2021 -- A draft budget report submitted to China's top legislature has unveiled the country's planned military spending for this year. In 2021, China's defense budget will be around 1.35 trillion yuan (about 200 billion U.S. dollars), up 6.8 percent from last year.
- NPC deputies and CPPCC members offer proposals on national defense PLA Daily 09 Mar 2021 -- During this year's two sessions, deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF), brought lots of opinions and suggestions based on their practical work and shared their concerns on the national defense and military development.
- Jinping Calls on China's Military to Prepare for 'Unstable' Security Concerns with Other Countries Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- Tensions between the US and China have been high in recent years. Taiwan is considered a part of China's territory, although the US continues to maintain robust unofficial ties with Taiwan. The US also repeatedly challenges China's maritime claims in the South China Sea and has accused China of imposing draconian laws in Hong Kong.
- China top army general wants higher defense budget in face of US tensions Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- A top Chinese army general says Beijing must increase its military spending in order to be prepared for a potential war with the United States, amid continued tensions between the two major powers.
- Paris Underestimated French Polynesia Nuclear Testing Fallout, Report Says Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- In 2019, Paris admitted that its nuclear testing in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996 damaged the health of the local population.
- CONTRACT SIGNING WITH M/s SURYADIPTA PROJECTS PRIVATE LIMITED, THANE FOR ACQUISITION OF ELEVEN AMMUNITION CUM TORPEDO CUM MISSILE BARGE FOR INDIAN NAVY India PIB 09 Mar 2021 -- A contract for construction & delivery of Eleven Ammunition Cum Torpedo Cum Missile (ACTCM) Barges has been concluded with M/s Suryadipta Projects Private Limited, Thane, anMSME on 05 March 2021.
- Kosovo Peacekeepers Sent On First Mission Abroad RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- Kosovo has sent an army platoon to Kuwait to take part in young country's first-ever international peacekeeping mission.
- Department Press Briefing – March 9, 2021 US Dept. of State 09 Mar 2021
- Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway The White House 09 Mar 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Bharat Ramamurti, March 9, 2021 The White House 09 Mar 2021
- 9 March 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Mar 2021
- Invaders partially withdraw from Ma'rib amid Yemeni army advances: Report Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reportedly implemented a partial withdrawal from Ma'rib amid decisive advances by the Arab country's armed forces in the west-central province.
- Hezbollah, Lebanese army target Israeli spy drones violating airspace Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says it has intercepted and targeted two Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles, which crossed into Lebanon's airspace near the border village of Blida in the south of the Arab country.
- Inclusive political process key to Sudan's transition, Security Council hears UN News 09 Mar 2021 -- The political transition in Sudan is moving forward, though formation of the legislative council and other important milestones have yet to be achieved, the head of the new UN mission in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday.
- Progress towards peace, prosperity and democracy in Sudan UK FCDO 09 Mar 2021 -- Remarks by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on UNITAMS
- Hundreds of Nigerians Who Fled Boko Haram Return From Cameroon VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- Hundreds of Nigerians who fled Boko Haram terrorism to Cameroon have voluntarily returned to the country this week after close to a decade of being displaced. Nigerian authorities say they have prepared to resettle 5,000 Nigerians who have agreed to return within the next two months.
- Malaysian Court Allows Challenge to Deportation of 1,200 Myanmar Nationals Radio Free Asia 09 Mar 2021 -- A Malaysian court on Tuesday allowed human rights groups to challenge the deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals to their strife-torn country, Amnesty International said, two weeks after Putrajaya deported a majority of them despite a court order that stayed their expulsion.
- Myanmar Detainees Get Deportation Reprieve from Malaysia VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- A Malaysian court on Tuesday agreed to let rights groups challenge the government's plans to send detained Myanmar nationals home, where the United Nations says at least 50 people have been shot and killed in recent protests against a military coup.
- US's planned cyberattack on Russia will be international crime: Kremlin Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- The Kremlin has described as worrying a US media report indicating that the United States plans to mount cyberattacks against Russia, stressing that such an act would be an international crime.
- Kremlin: Report On Planned U.S. Cyberstrikes On Russia 'Alarming' RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- The Kremlin has voiced "alarm" at a report in The New York Times that said the United States was preparing a series of covert counter cyberstrikes on Russian networks.
- Kremlin: Alleged US Plans to Stage Cyberattacks on Russian Networks Would Amount to Int'l Crime Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- On Monday, The New York Times cited unnamed US government sources as saying that the Biden administration is considering retaliating for the alleged Russian hacking of American government agencies and corporations discovered in late 2020.
- Myanmar Forces Raid Media Outlets After Publication Ban as a Second NLD Figure Dies in Custody Radio Free Asia 09 Mar 2021 -- Myanmar security forces have raided the offices of three independent media outlets in the commercial city Yangon, arresting at least two editors, while a second official from the former ruling National League for Democracy has died in military custody, his wife said Tuesday.
- Second Official with Party of Ousted Myanmar De-Facto Leader Dies in Custody VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- A second official from ousted Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has died in custody as protests in defiance of the country's new military government continue.
- Myanmar Junta Continues Brutal Crackdown on Protesters VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- It has been more than five weeks since Myanmar's military took full control of the Southeast Asia nation, removing the democratically elected government, in a move that has sparked nationwide anti-coup protests.
- Protests continue in Myanmar, junta defies calls to stop violent crackdown Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- People have once again flocked to the streets in several cities across Myanmar to protest the deadly military crackdown on anti-coup protesters and the apprehension of the country's de facto leader.
- Australia Takes Action Against Myanmar Military VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- Australia has acted against Myanmar's military in response to the country's escalating violence following the toppling of the elected government.
- Myanmar Protesters Cornered by Military in Attempt to Quash Dissent VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- A terrifying standoff between anti-coup protesters and security forces in Myanmar's largest city ended early Tuesday morning without further bloodshed.
- EU Report Says Germany Is Leading Target Of Russian Disinformation RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- Russia has targeted Germany more than any other country in the European Union in its disinformation efforts, a new report by the 27-member bloc shows.
- Navalny's Team Looks To Expand Ahead Of September Parliamentary Polls In Russia RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's team has announced plans to open offices in 10 cities where it believes the ruling United Russia party is most vulnerable in elections that must be held by September 19.
- Liberal Russian Lawmaker Calls For Probe Into Suspected Kara-Murza Poisonings RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- A prominent liberal lawmaker has called on Russian authorities to properly investigate the two sudden near-fatal illnesses suffered by opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza while traveling in Russia.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 09 Mar 2021
- China's top legislature holds plenary meeting during annual session PLA Daily 09 Mar 2021 -- The fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, convened its second plenary meeting Monday.
- Xiplomacy: Xi's vision of China's new development paradigm attracts global attention People's Daily 09 Mar 2021 -- China's "dual circulation" development paradigm, a major strategy championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and featuring domestic and overseas markets reinforcing each other with the domestic market as the mainstay, is under the spotlight during the country's ongoing annual "two sessions."
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on March 9, 2021 PRC MofA 09 Mar 2021
- China Quiet on Details of Changes for Hong Kong's Electoral System VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- China's top legislative body has formally announced plans to change Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure that only "patriots" will govern the island.
- NPC has power, responsibility to improve HKSAR's electoral system People's Daily 09 Mar 2021 -- The 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, will deliberate over a draft decision on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) during its ongoing fourth annual session, which runs from March 5 to 11.
- First Independent Probe of Xinjiang 'Genocide' Finds Evidence of 'Intent to Destroy' Uyghurs Radio Free Asia 09 Mar 2021 -- China has demonstrated "intent to destroy" the Uyghur ethnic minority, and therefore bears state responsibility for committing genocide, according to the findings of the first independent report to investigate claims of abuses in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- Chinese Rights Lawyers Incommunicado After Filing Torture Complaint Radio Free Asia 09 Mar 2021 -- Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu, who was honored by the U.S. as an International Woman of Courage (IWOC) on Monday, remained incommunicado on Tuesday after failing to attend an online award ceremony, amid fears that she and her husband Bao Longjun are being held by state security police.
- Interpretation of 'two systems' by former LegCo chief clarifies some longstanding vague understanding in Hong Kong society Global Times 09 Mar 2021 -- The "two systems" in the policy baseline for Hong Kong - that of "one country, two systems" - refer to the economic systems, instead of the political system, the first president of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) after the city returned to the motherland was quoted as saying in a recent media report, which was considered an interpretation, helping clarifying a vague and longstanding understanding about "two systems" in Hong Kong society.
- White House reaffirms support for Taiwan amid China's threat CNA 09 Mar 2021 -- The White House on Monday ignored China's threats on Taiwan, saying that its position on Taiwan remains unchanged and that Washington will continue to support the island by contributing to its self-defense capabilities.
- Two Sessions release clearer signals for promoting reunification with Taiwan Global Times 09 Mar 2021 -- During the ongoing two sessions, China's most important annual political event, the Chinese mainland released a clear signal to actively promote reunification with the island of Taiwan, and experts from both the mainland and Taiwan said that the peaceful reunification needs the efforts from both sides of the Taiwan Straits, but due to Taiwan secessionists and US interference, the mainland would have no choice, and must push the process with non-peaceful efforts, including a military one.
- Beijing Urges US to Cease Support for Pro-Taiwan Independence Forces, Arms Sales to Island Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- China has made strong appeals to the United States to refrain from sending false signals to the pro-Taiwan independence forces and stop selling arms to the island, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday, commenting on the recent statement by Washington on the matter.
- North Korean Loses Last Appeal to Block Extradition to US from Malaysia Radio Free Asia 09 Mar 2021 -- A North Korean businessman in Malaysia on Tuesday lost his third and final attempt in the courts against being extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges, which stem from alleged violations of Washington's sanctions on Pyongyang.
- Zarif: JCPOA implemented only by Iran IRNA 09 Mar 2021 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Iran was the only participant of the JCOPA to fulfil its commitments under the JCPOA.
- Iran calls for US unconditional return to JCPOA IRNA 09 Mar 2021 -- Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei on Tuesday urged the US new administration to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – Iran nuclear deal – unconditionally.
- 2015 nuclear deal implemented only by Iran not other signatories: Zarif Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is the only participant to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to have fulfilled its commitments under the landmark accord and that the rest of the signatories have failed to deliver on their obligations.
- Russia says no need for new topics in JCPOA, proposes synchronized US-Iran steps Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has once again dismissed calls for an "updated" version of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that would include subjects irrelevant to the Islamic Republic's nuclear work.
- Iran ready to exchange prisoners with US IRNA 09 Mar 2021 -- Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday that Iran is ready to exchange prisoners with the United States and that if it has not happened yet was due to the US unpreparedness.
- Iran ready to exchange prisoners with US: government spokesman ISNA 09 Mar 2021 -- Iran's government spokesman, Ali Rabiei stressed that Iran is ready to exchange prisoners with the United States and if it has not happened yet was due to the US unpreparedness.
- U.S. Urges Iran To Provide 'Credible' Information About 'Abducted' Ex-FBI Agent RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- The United States is calling on the Iranian government to provide "credible answers" to what happened to a former FBI agent who was "abducted" while traveling in Iran in 2007.
- White House: US Renews Pledge to Hold Iran Accountable for 'Abduction' of Ex-FBI Agent Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- The United States remains committed to holding Iran accountable for the alleged abduction of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in the country in 2007, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
- US sanctions two Iranians on allegations of 'human rights violations' Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on two Iranians for what it calls "violations of human rights."
- Designation of Iranian Officials Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights US Dept. of State 09 Mar 2021 -- "Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, we made clear our concerns about the abuses the Iranian government continues to perpetrate against its citizens, including the unjust detention of far too many in deplorable conditions."
- IOC Refuses To Recognize Lukashenka's Son As Belarus's Olympic Chairman RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has refused to recognize Viktar Lukashenka, the eldest son of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, as the new chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus.
- New Film Details 'Lukashenka's Luxurious Life' RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- The Polish-based Belarusian opposition news outlet Nexta has published an investigative film about Alyaksandr Lukashenka's "luxurious life."
- Brazilian Supreme Court annuls sentences against ex-president Lula Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- Brazil's Supreme Court has annulled all convictions against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, commonly known as Lula, a decision that could allow the leftist popular politician to run in the country's 2022 presidential election.
- In the Face of Isolation, Erdogan Reaches Out to Egypt VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- Turkey is looking to reset relations with Egypt after years of animosity in a move analysts say is part of a broader strategic shift in the face of its growing isolation.
- Turkey gives life sentences to 5 over 2016 killing of Russian ambassador Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- A Turkish court has handed down life sentences to five individuals in the 2016 assassination of the then-Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara, local media reports say.
- Turkey Jails Five People For Life Over Killing Of Russian Envoy In 2016 RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- A Turkish court has sentenced five people to life in prison over the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara more than four years ago, state media reported on March 9.
- European Parliament strips 3 MEPs of immunity over 'sedition' charges in Catalonia Press TV 09 Mar 2021 -- The European Parliament has lifted the immunity from prosecution of former regional president of Catalonia and two of his government officials over charges of "sedition."
- European Parliament Strips Ex-Catalan Leader Puigdemont of Immunity Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- The European Parliament approved at a plenary session lifting Member of the European Parliament (MEP) immunity from ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and two more Catalan MEPs, Antoni Comin and Clara Ponsati.
- Vietnam Court Upholds Sentences for Six Dong Tam Defendants Radio Free Asia 09 Mar 2021 -- An appellate court in Vietnam Tuesday upheld the sentences of six land-rights activists involved in a deadly clash with police last year at the Dong Tam commune outside the capital Hanoi, local media reported.
- Armenian Opposition Protesters Blockade Parliament To Demand PM's Resignation RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- Thousands of Armenian opposition supporters have blockaded the parliament building in Yerevan to press a demand for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian to resign.
- Kosovo Minister Steps Down After Election Graft Allegations RFE/RL 09 Mar 2021 -- Kosovo's foreign minister has resigned amid allegations that her husband bribed election officials to help her win a parliamentary seat.
- UAE Authorises Launch of Second Reactor at Nuclear Plant, Report Says Sputnik 09 Mar 2021 -- The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation of the United Arab Emirates (FANR) has issued permission for the launching of the second reactor at the first Arab nuclear power plant "Barakah" located in the UAE, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Tuesday.
- UK to send millions of pounds recovered from corrupt officials back to Nigeria UK FCDO 09 Mar 2021 -- Today, the UK and Nigeria agreed the return of £4.2 million to Nigeria – funds recovered from associates of the former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.
- Philippines: UN rights office appalled over simultaneous killings of 'red-tagged' activists UN News 09 Mar 2021 -- The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday that it was "appalled" by what appears to be the simultaneous arbitrary killings of nine activists in the Philippines during police-military operations in provinces surrounding the metropolitan area of the capital, Manila.
- Uganda's Bobi Wine Calls for Protests Against Election Results VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- A police helicopter hovered over the National Unity Platform (NUP) party headquarters in Kampala Tuesday morning. Outside the offices, several police trucks were parked, supported by military police.
- Violence a Concern Ahead of Central African Republic Election VOA 09 Mar 2021 -- The U.N. human rights office is raising the alarm about the risk of renewed violence during the second round of legislative elections in the Central African Republic next Sunday.
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