03 April 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet US Navy 03 Apr 2021 -- The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), along with guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), completed a southbound Suez Canal transit into the Red Sea, April 2.
- Russian Military Satellite Breaks Up Over Pacific, US Air Force Reports Sputnik 03 Apr 2021 -- Russian military satellite Kosmos 2525, which was launched in 2018, has descended from orbit and broken up over the Pacific Ocean, according to US Air Force data, published at space-track.org.
- German Defence Minister Cites 'Russia's Behaviour' to Justify Boosting Military Spending Sputnik 03 Apr 2021 -- Germany should invest in its own security to effectively confront challenges, including those coming from Russia, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the RND media group.
- Iranian, Pakistani Armies cooperate to support maritime security IRNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Iranian and Pakistani Navy forces cooperate to support maritime security, an Iranian official has announced on Saturday.
- Commander: Iran Air Defense monitors enemies' movements beyond borders IRNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Commander of Iran Army Air Defense Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard hailed Iran's air defense capability, saying that Iranian Air Defense system monitors enemies movements beyond borders.
- Pakistan Navy's flotilla docks at Bandar Abbas ISNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani Navy's flotilla docked at Iranian Navy's first region in the port city of Bandar Abbas on Saturday.
- Europe helping Taiwan build submarines amid China tensions Press TV 03 Apr 2021 -- Taiwan says European countries, alongside the United States, are providing help for the self-ruled island's submarine project, as Taipei works to boost its military capabilities amid tensions with Beijing.
- U.S. Lifts Sanctions Imposed On ICC Prosecutor Over Afghan War Crimes Investigation RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Apr 2021 -- The United States has lifted sanctions on senior members of the International Criminal Court (ICC), including a prosecutor who had launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.
- U.S. lifts Trump-imposed sanctions against ICC People's Daily 03 Apr 2021 -- The United States on Friday lifted sanctions against senior officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump.
- Secretary-General welcomes US decision to lift sanctions against ICC officials UN News 03 Apr 2021 -- UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by the United States to lift sanctions and visa restrictions against officials with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- Year of Unusually High US Activity Noted in South China Sea VOA 03 Apr 2021 -- A flagship Chinese research organization recently said U.S. military forces had an unusually intense presence in the South China Sea last year as Washington sought to check Beijing's maritime expansion.
- Saudi aggressors looking for escape from Yemen quagmire: Minister Press TV 03 Apr 2021 -- Yemeni Defense Minister in the National Salvation Government, Major General Muhammad Nasser al-Atifi, says Saudi Arabia and its allies involved in the ongoing war on country are searching for ways to get out of the Yemen quagmire.
- Weeklong Operation Loosens Islamic State Grip on Syria's al-Hol Camp VOA 03 Apr 2021 -- U.S.-backed forces in northeastern Syria are hailing significant gains following a nearly weeklong effort to clear Islamic State terror group operatives from the region's largest displaced persons camp, though they warn the danger is far from over.
- Somali Army Repels Attack by Al-Shabaab Terrorists, Reports Say Sputnik 03 Apr 2021 -- The Somali armed forces have repelled an attack by the Al-Shabaab group (a part of the al-Qaeda* terrorist organisation) in the country's south, the news website Garowe Online reported on Saturday, citing the nation's army.
- Al-Shabab Attacks Military Bases in Southern Somalia VOA 03 Apr 2021 -- The militant group al-Shabab has launched attacks on Somali military forces in Lower Shabelle region, Somali regional officials said.
- Jordan arrests several high-profile figures over alleged plot against King Abdullah II Press TV 03 Apr 2021 -- The government of Jordan has arrested a number of high-profile figures for an alleged plot against King Abdullah II.
- Jordanian Royal, Palace Officials Arrested Over Alleged Plot to Overthrow King Abdullah II - Reports Sputnik 03 Apr 2021 -- State media reported citing Jordan's armed forces on Saturday that former Jordanian crown prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, also a half-brother of King Abdullah II, was told to halt actions undermining national security.
- U.S. Adds Russian To FBI Most-Wanted List For Alleged Theft Of Industrial Secrets RFE/RL 03 Apr 2021 -- A Russian defense industry executive and alleged intelligence officer has been added to the FBI's most-wanted list for his alleged involvement in the theft of trade secrets from a U.S. aviation company.
- Russia Extends Space Cooperation With U.S. Until 2030 RFE/RL 03 Apr 2021 -- Russia's government has extended a space cooperation agreement with the United States until 2030, one of the few remaining partnerships between Moscow and Washington amid spiraling relations.
- Tung Chee-hwa calls for concerted efforts to regain order, prosperity in Hong Kong People's Daily 03 Apr 2021 -- Improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) would bring the legislature operation and the government administration in the HKSAR back on the right track, while implementing the "patriots administering Hong Kong" principle would open up a new perspective in tapping human resources, the first HKSAR Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has said.
- Chinese anti-submarine plane intrudes into Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 03 Apr 2021 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, but left the area after Taiwan scrambled fighter jets in response to the intrusion, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
- Iran, France discuss JCPOA Joint Commission meeting on phone IRNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the continuation of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) over a phone on Saturday.
- AEOI Chief: Nuclear deal stand-still getting resolved IRNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said here on Friday that the emerged stand-still in Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is being resolved.
- China calls for removal of sanctions against Iran IRNA 03 Apr 2021 -- China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman called on Friday for removal of US sanctions against Iran, saying that lifting sanctions is necessary for returning of the US to the JCPOA.
- US won't be part of any meeting attended by Iran: Araghchi ISNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi denied media reports about the US' participation in the upcoming meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna.
- Lifting sanctions on Iran to be discussed in Vienna next week, U.S. to take part People's Daily 03 Apr 2021 -- The parties to the Iran nuclear deal will convene in Vienna, Austria next week to discuss the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran as well as the country's responsibility for further implementing the agreement, said the European Union (EU) on Friday.
- Iran Rejects 'Step-By-Step' Lifting Of Sanctions Ahead Of Vienna Talks RFE/RL 03 Apr 2021 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry rejects any "step-by-step" lifting of sanctions imposed against it, the state-funded Press TV quoted the ministry's spokesman as saying on April 3.
- Myanmar's junta kills 5 more protesters, death toll passes 550 Press TV 03 Apr 2021 -- Myanmar's security forces have shot and killed five more protesters, pushing the death toll past the 550 mark.
- Myanmar Internet Shutdown Chokes News Flow, Raises Citizens Fears Radio Free Asia 03 Apr 2021 -- Myanmar's embattled citizens struggled with a drastic cut-off of internet and wireless data services Friday following a military junta order aimed at staunching the flow of videos and photos of atrocities to a global audience, activists and web users said.
- Turkmen Currency Slides Sharply To New Lows RFE/RL 03 Apr 2021 -- Turkmenistan's already battered currency slid sharply as black market rates reached 40 manats to the U.S. dollar, down nearly 50 percent since January.
- Kosovo Opposition Accuses PM Of Stoking Instability RFE/RL 03 Apr 2021 -- The opposition in Kosovo has accused Prime Minister Albin Kurti of trying to stoke instability and provoke snap elections by submitting a surprise bill ahead of a presidential vote.
- A Bulgarian Showman Could Be The Country's Election Kingmaker RFE/RL 03 Apr 2021 -- A popular late-night talk show host and folk-pop singer could be a spoiler for Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's hopes to form the next government after parliamentary elections on April 4.
- Cameroon Police Crack Down on Opposition VOA 03 Apr 2021 -- For the second consecutive time, heavily armed police dispersed an opposition leaders' meeting held to propose reforms they say are needed to democratically change the more than four-decade-long rule of 88-year-old Cameroonian President Paul Biya. Opposition leaders, including three former presidential candidates, say the crackdown is the latest setback in their attempt to pave the way for peaceful transition of power from Africa's second-longest-ruling president.
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