01 May 2021 Military News
- US Formally Begins Afghanistan Troop Pullout VOA 01 May 2021 -- The U.S. and NATO formally began withdrawing their last troops from Afghanistan Saturday, according to White House and military officials, bringing America's longest war closer to an end.
- Taliban Overrun Afghan Base, Capture Troops as US, NATO Forces Exit VOA 01 May 2021 -- Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan attacked and overran a key army base in southeastern Ghazni province Saturday, capturing dozens of soldiers and killing several others.
- Afghanistan Reels From Economic Fallout Of International Troop Withdrawal RFE/RL Gandhara 01 May 2021 -- Amin Agha worked as a manual laborer for eight years at Bagram Airfield, the U.S. military's largest base in Afghanistan.
- U.S., NATO Formally Begin Troop Pullout From Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 01 May 2021 -- The United States and NATO officially began withdrawing their last troops from Afghanistan on May 1, leaving the war-torn country to an uncertain future amid raging violence in the absence of a peace deal.
- Taliban say they will attack US forces after end of withdrawal deadline Press TV 01 May 2021 -- The Taliban forces in Afghanistan have issued a warning of future attacks on US troops occupying the country, while the commander of foreign forces in the country has said they would respond forcefully.
- 27 people killed, dozens wounded in bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 01 May 2021 -- At least 27 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a powerful vehicle-borne bomb went off in Afghanistan's eastern province of Logar, local officials say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Carter Hall Arrives in Lisbon, Portugal US Navy 01 May 2021 -- The Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), operating as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group (IWOARG), arrived in Lisbon, Portugal for a maintenance and logistics stop, April 30, 2021.
- Seven Indian Navy Ships Deployed for Op Samudra Setu II India PIB 01 May 2021 -- In support of the nation's fight against Covid-19 and as part of operation 'Samudra Setu II', seven Indian Naval ships viz. Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries.
- Yemen: Saudi-allied militant cmdr., Daesh ringleader killed in Ma'rib Press TV 01 May 2021 -- A ranking commander of the militants, who fight for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, and a ringleader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group are killed in clashes with Yemen's defense forces in the west-central Yemeni province of Ma'rib.
- Yemen launches airstrike on strategic port of Jeddah in southern Saudi Arabia: Report Press TV 01 May 2021 -- Yemeni forces have reportedly carried out a fresh airstrike against Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Riyadh regime's devastating military campaign and crippling blockade against their crisis-stricken country.
- Group warns over 'expansionist' Turkish plan to build base in Iraq Press TV 01 May 2021 -- An Iraqi parliamentary faction has expressed opposition to a plan by Turkey to build a military base in the northern part of the Arab country, calling the move "provocative" and a "violation of Iraqi sovereignty."
- Myanmar's Karen State Remains Defiant Amid Military Attacks VOA 01 May 2021 -- With Myanmar's military coup now three months old, there are few corners of the Southeast Asian country that haven't been affected by its aftermath.
- Tajik forces fire on Kyrgyz homes, death toll rises: Bishkek Press TV 01 May 2021 -- Kyrgyzstan says Tajik forces have broken the ceasefire by opening fire on people's homes in a village in the southwestern region of Batken.
- Kyrgyz, Tajik Officials Reach Agreement On Troop Pullback, Truce After Deadly Border Clashes RFE/RL 01 May 2021 -- Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to a troop pullback and what they termed a complete cease-fire following some of the worst clashes in decades along a section of disputed border that left more than 40 people dead, including civilians, and dozens wounded.
- Cameroon Anglophone Separatists Stage Attack, Release Disturbing Video VOA 01 May 2021 -- Cameroon is asking civilians to return to towns in Francophone regions of the country after Anglophone separatists entered a French-speaking village in the West region and killed four government soldiers. The military says the separatists took weapons and freed suspects from prison before returning to their hideouts in the English-speaking North-West region.
- U.S. opposes unilateral changes to cross-strait status quo: Sullivan CNA 01 May 2021 -- United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reiterated Friday that the U.S. opposes any unilateral action that would alter the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
- U.S. State Department calls for Taiwan's inclusion in WHA CNA 01 May 2021 -- The U.S. State Department has called for Taiwan to be allowed to participate in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), citing Taiwan's successful efforts against COVID-19 and it assistance to other countries during the pandemic.
- North Korea Slams Biden's New Approach to Diplomacy VOA 01 May 2021 -- North Korea has lashed out at President Joe Biden, warning the U.S. will face a "very grave situation," after the White House announced the broad outlines of its plan for diplomacy with Pyongyang.
- Biden administration takes new approach to N. Korea ARIRANG 01 May 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden has completed a review of North Korea policy, indicating that the administration will use a new approach to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.
- Iran's lead negotiator: Third round of Vienna talks reach 'level of maturity' on different issues Press TV 01 May 2021 -- Iran's lead negotiator says the third round of negotiations in Vienna to fully restore the 2015 nuclear agreement has concluded with some "maturity" and "clarity" while there remains a lengthy and bumpy road ahead.
- In Vienna, Iran, P4+1 agree to continue talks with more speed, seriousness Press TV 01 May 2021 -- Representatives of Iran and the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have agreed to continue the next round of Vienna talks with more speed and seriousness.
- Iran Nuclear Talks Adjourn With Mixed Messages About Progress RFE/RL 01 May 2021 -- Parties to the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran wrapped up a third round of talks on May 1 focused on bringing the United States and Iran back into full compliance with the deal, with negotiators in Vienna giving contrasting accounts of the tasks ahead.
- Myanmar Anti-Junta Protests Continue 3 Months Into Coup VOA 01 May 2021 -- Anti-junta demonstrators in Myanmar took to the streets again Saturday three months after a coup spelled the end of the country's transition to democracy.
- Ukraine's Naftogaz Supervisory Board Resigns After CEO's Controversial Dismissal RFE/RL 01 May 2021 -- The supervisory board of Ukraine's state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz is resigning following the government's decision to replace the firm's CEO – a move that has raised concerns among Kyiv's Western backers.
- Bulgaria Set For Early Elections After Last Attempt To Form Government Fails RFE/RL 01 May 2021 -- Bulgaria is heading for fresh elections after the Socialists became the third party to fail to form a government following parliamentary elections on April 4.
- Welcome Progress Towards Elections in Somalia US Dept. of State 01 May 2021 -- The United States welcomes the actions taken today by President Farmaajo and Parliament's House of the People to return formally to the September 17, 2020, election agreement.
- Somalia Lawmakers Cancel Presidential Term Extension VOA 01 May 2021 -- Somalia's lawmakers have voted to cancel a presidential term extension they had approved last month in an action that might end a political stand-off.
- UN Condemns Deadly Force by Chadian Security Against Protesters VOA 01 May 2021 -- The U.N. human rights office condemns the deadly use of force by Chad's security forces against peaceful protesters demanding a return to civilian rule.
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