29 May 2021 Military News
- 10 Taliban militants, including commander, killed in govt. airstrikes in northern Afghanistan: Military Press TV 29 May 2021 -- Airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) have killed at least ten members of the Taliban militant group, including a regional commander, in two provinces in the north, the military says.
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- MDA Test Does Not Intercept Target MDA 29 May 2021 -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, conducted Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 31 Event 1 on May 29, 2021.
- US military fails to intercept test missile target amid struggling air-defense systems Press TV 29 May 2021 -- An American warship has failed to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile test target, according to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), which did not reveal the location of the weapon testing.
- C-5M Super Galaxy visits Eglin AFB for countermeasures testing US Air Force 29 May 2021 -- Engineers, testers and support staff working on the Eglin Air Force Base range enjoyed a fireworks display the last two weeks courtesy of the Air Force's largest aircraft, the C-5M Super Galaxy.
- U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship hosts German Defense Minister US Navy 29 May 2021 -- The crew of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Germany's Defense Minister, who toured the ship while moored at Naval Base Guam, May 28
- Indian Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel Sajag commissioned by National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval India PIB 29 May 2021 -- In line with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of AtmaNirbhar Bharat, National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval commissioned Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Sajag through digital means and dedicated it to the nation for safeguarding the maritime interests on May 29, 2021.
- Russian Diplomat Says Hundreds Of Soldiers Heading To C.A.R. Are Instructors RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- The Russian deputy ambassador to the United Nations has described hundreds of Russian soldiers due to be sent to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) this month as "unarmed instructors."
- Artificial Intelligence used at sea for first time UK MOD 29 May 2021 -- For the first time, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is being used by the Royal Navy at sea as part of Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland.
- WHO Calls for Unhindered Access to Gaza for Medical Supplies, Staff VOA 29 May 2021 -- The World Health Organization is calling for unhindered access to Gaza to provide essential medicine and medical treatment for Palestinians caught up in the 11-day Israel-Hamas conflict.
- White House Says Biden-Putin Summit To 'Move Forward' Despite Cyberattack RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- The White House has suggested that government agencies largely rebuffed the latest cyberassault on U.S. targets by suspected Russian intelligence operatives and downplayed adversarial tensions ahead of a summit next month between the U.S. and Russian presidents.
- Dozens Of Russian Diplomats Leave Czech Republic Amid Strained Relations RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- Dozens of Russian diplomats and their families have left the Czech Republic after Prague ordered their expulsion in April.
- HK chief signs new election bill which comes into effect on Monday Global Times 29 May 2021 -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam signed the Improving Electoral System (Consolidated Amendments) Ordinance 2021 on Sat. The Ordinance will come into immediate effect after it is published in the Gazette on Mon.
- Jimmy Lai gets 14 more months for illegal assembly, a further signal of clear, independent HK judicial system free of foreign interferences Global Times 28 May 2021 -- Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was sentenced 14 months in prison on Friday alongside nine others, including several former district councilors, for taking part in illegal assembly on October 1, 2019, one day after Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) finalized local amendments for election overhaul.
- China launches cargo spacecraft to dock with space station module PLA Daily 29 May 2021 -- China launched the cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-2 on Saturday, which is scheduled to dock with the space station core module Tianhe to deliver supplies, equipment and propellant.
- Jalili 'has plan to render foreign sanctions ineffective for good' Press TV 29 May 2021 -- Iranian presidential candidate Sa'eed Jalili says he has a plan to render sanctions as an instrument against Iran ineffective forever.
- Presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei promises to increase cash handouts 10-fold Press TV 29 May 2021 -- Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei has promised to increase cash handouts to the Iranian people from the current monthly 455,000 Iranian rials (1.9 US dollars) to 4,500,000 — an increase of ten times and another indication that the candidates running in the June 18 election are heavily focused on the economy.
- Mehr-Alizadeh's campaign urges massive turnout to bring '3rd Khatami administration' to office Press TV 29 May 2021 -- Reformist candidate Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh's campaign has called on the Iranian people to exercise their national right and turn out en masse in the June 18 presidential election to help bring "a third Khatami administration" to office.
- Ghazizadeh-Hashemi to pursue 'revolution in structures, management' if elected president Press TV 29 May 2021 -- Presidential candidate Seyyed-Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi says it is time for a "revolution" in management methods and mechanisms of running the country, and that such deep changes need the administration to become one with the people.
- Iranian-flagged oil tanker seized in January by Indonesia released Press TV 29 May 2021 -- Tehran has secured the release of an Iranian-flagged tanker, seized by Indonesian maritime authorities earlier this year over allegations of illegal transfer of crude oil in the Southeast Asian country's waters.
- Indonesia Frees Iranian Tanker Four Months After Seizure RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- Officials from both countries say Indonesian authorities have released an Iranian-flagged tanker seized four months ago over the suspected illegal transfer of oil.
- Quds Force chief: Israel must now think about leaving Palestine Press TV 29 May 2021 -- The head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it is time for the Israelis to think about leaving Palestine and redeem their homes in Europe and the US.
- Myanmar's underground government parades new armed force Press TV 29 May 2021 -- The underground government set up by opponents of Myanmar's military junta says its first group of recruits has completed training for a new defense force, releasing a video footage of them marching in uniform.
- Hundreds of Political Prisoners Held in Notorious Yangon Jail, Those Released Say VOA 29 May 2021 -- Myanmar's military coup that took place nearly four months ago has sparked outrage nationwide, with thousands of pro-democracy protesters taking to the streets and going on strike in resistance.
- Russia Ready To Send $500 Million Loan Tranche To Belarusian Government RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka was in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi for a second day of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- U.S. Reimposes Sanctions On Belarusian State Firms Over Diversion Of Plane, Arrest Of Journalist RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- The United States will impose more sanctions on Belarus after the diversion of a commercial flight to Minsk and the arrest of a journalist on board.
- NATO Chief Says 'Hard To Believe' No Russian Coordination On Ryanair Diversion RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he thinks it is likely that Belarusian authorities organized the diversion last week of an Irish airliner to Minsk with ally Russia.
- European Alliance To Suspend Belarus's State Broadcaster Over 'Exceptional Concerns' RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- The executive board of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has voted to suspend Belarus's national broadcaster over "serious and quite exceptional concerns" that threaten freedom of expression and other "core values."
- Belarusians Protest Across Europe In 'Day Of Solidarity' Against Lukashenka RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- Protests were held in several European capitals on May 29 as part of a global day of solidarity with the Belarus opposition called by exiled opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
- Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich US Dept. of State 29 May 2021 -- The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition condemn in the strongest terms Belarus' forced diversion and landing of a commercial aircraft and subsequent arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich.
- Outgoing Envoy Allows That Bosnia's International Backers Maybe 'Changed Gears Too Quickly' RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- The outgoing European Union high representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina has expressed regret that the international community "changed gears too quickly" in that Balkan state but expressed hope that a new German-led diplomatic offensive could soon help draw attention to Bosnia's plight.
- Belgrade Sees US as Important Pillar Amid Great Power Competition VOA 29 May 2021 -- Two decades after a U.S.-led bombing campaign on the Serbian capital, Belgrade, that helped to end the Kosovo war, a top Serbian official says his country is eager to return to the friendly relations that preceded the war – and improve on them.
- Turkmen Officials Ordered To Shave Heads After Death Of President's Father RFE/RL 29 May 2021 -- Senior male Turkmen officials and managers of major private companies have been ordered to shave their heads and wear a traditional Turkmen skullcap as signs of mourning following the death last month of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's father.
- UN Security Council welcomes Somali agreement on prompt and peaceful elections UN News 29 May 2021 -- The Security Council welcomed the agreement reached on Thursday by the Somali federal government and the federal member states leaders on the implementation of the 17 September Electoral Model.
- UN: Nicaraguan Election Law Undermines Election Fairness VOA 29 May 2021 -- United Nations human rights officials warn a new electoral law passed by Nicaragua's National Assembly early this month undermines prospects that November's presidential and parliamentary elections will be free and fair.
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