20 June 2021 Military News
- Rocket targets Iraqi base hosting occupying US troops: Security source Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- A rocket attack has reportedly hit an air base hosting the occupying US troops in Iraq's western province of Anbar, the latest in a series of assaults that have targeted American occupation forces in the Arab country over the past few months.
- Biden to Host Afghan Leaders Amid US Troop Pullout VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his chief peacemaker, Abdullah Abdullah, will travel to the United States for a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday.
- Chief Taliban Negotiator Renews Commitment to Afghan Peace, Women's Rights VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban attempted Sunday to convince the global community a "genuine Islamic system" that the hardline insurgent group is seeking in a post-conflict Afghanistan would allow women to work and seek education "with confidence."
- Taliban say committed to intra-Afghan talks as president orders security shakeup Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban say they are committed to the intra-Afghan peace talks, while calling for the implementation of a "genuine Islamic system" in the country, once foreign military presence is over.
- Afghan Leaders To Visit White House As Taliban Pushes To Seize More Districts RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Jun 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, at the White House on June 25, the White House has announced.
- 11 including district police chief killed in N. Afghanistan battle People's Daily 20 Jun 2021 -- Four Afghan policemen and seven Taliban militants were killed in a battle in the northern province of Takhar during Saturday night, a local government spokesman confirmed on Sunday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force announces availability of final environmental study on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM recapitalization Test Program US Air Force 20 Jun 2021 -- The Department of the Air Force announces the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Test Program and the program's Finding of No Significant Impact. The analysis can be found at gbsdtesteaoea.govsupport.us.
- African Lion: National Guard supports continent's largest military exercise Army News 20 Jun 2021 -- F-16 Falcon fighter jets streaked by low and fast, while plumes of black smoke from steady artillery fire and dust thrown up by advancing M1A1 Abrams tanks drifted across the desert below as Africa's largest military exercise reached its peak Friday.
- Biden Says 'America Is Back,' But US Allies Aren't So Sure VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- In his meetings with G-7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies in Europe last week, President Joe Biden missed no opportunity to repeat his assertion that "America is back" on the world stage and ready to take the lead in addressing big problems like climate change, rising authoritarianism, cybersecurity and the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to low- and moderate-income nations.
- Japan Mulls Dumping F-15 Re-Equipment With American Missiles Due to Skyrocketing Prices Sputnik 20 Jun 2021 -- According to previous reports, the rising expenses prompted the Japanese Defence Ministry to order a complete remake of the Japanese F-15 modernisation programme back in April.
- Statement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on the Visit of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation The White House 20 Jun 2021
- UNHCR Touts Higher Refugee Resettlements, Eventually VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says he looks forward to boosting global refugee resettlements after sharp declines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and drastic cuts to resettlements in the United States under the former Trump administration.
- UN Agency Says Cameroon Home to Half a Million Refugees VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Marking World Refugee Day, June 20, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, is calling on host communities to show more sympathy and love for those fleeing crises in their home country and who are now threatened by COVID-19. The UNHCR says Cameroon is home to close to half a million refugees, mostly from Nigeria and the Central African Republic.
- UNHCR Applauds Somalia's Open-door Refugee Policy VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Three decades of violence have left 2.9 million of Somalia's citizens internally displaced, but the country is also home to 25,000 refugees, including 6,800 Yemenis and over 700 Syrians.
- Army spokesman says Yemen's air defenses shoot down Saudi US-made spy aircraft Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- The Yemeni army says it has shot down a US-made spy aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition over the skies of the northern province of Ma'rib.
- Yemen's Ansarullah slams UN accusations of violating children's rights as 'disgraceful' Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Yemen's Ansarullah has slammed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's decision to add the resistance movement to its annual blacklist of parties violating children's rights, describing the measure as 'disgraceful'.
- Myanmar crisis: UN resolution seeks halt to arms flow, fails to address Rohingya plight Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Months after Myanmar's military took power and plunged the Asian country into chaos and as the nation is facing an increasing risk of sliding into a civil war, the United Nations General Assembly has finally adopted a resolution, urging its member states to halt the flow of arms into Myanmar, a watered down version of an initial draft which called for a global arms embargo.
- Tigray Families Displaced by War, Economic and Social Crisis VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Hundreds of displaced families trampled down the stairs carrying stained mattresses, logs and kindling for cooking and sacks of clothing and food.
- Armenia Holding Early Parliamentary Elections After War with Azerbaijan VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Armenians are casting their ballots in early parliamentary elections on Sunday, after the country's defeat in a war with Azerbaijan last year over the secessionist Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
- Armenians Vote In Snap Elections Triggered By War With Azerbaijan RFE/RL 20 Jun 2021 -- Polls have closed in snap parliamentary elections in Armenia, where tensions are running high following a political crisis fueled by the defeat of Armenian forces by Azerbaijan in a six-week war over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Tight race as Pashinyan, Kocharyan compete in Armenia snap election Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Armenia has launched early parliamentary elections in an effort to resolve the political dispute triggered by the country's defeat in last year's war against neighboring Azerbaijan.
- Acting Prime Minister Pashinyan Says 'Steel' Revolution Carried Out in Armenia Sputnik 20 Jun 2021 -- Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, whose Civil Contract Party is ahead in the parliamentary elections, says that the Armenian people have carried out a "steel revolution" over the past three years.
- U.S. Preparing New Sanctions Against Russia Over Navalny Poisoning RFE/RL 20 Jun 2021 -- The United States is preparing new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, U.S. national-security adviser Jake Sullivan has said.
- Australia to Refer China to WTO Over Controversial Wine Export Taxes VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Australia is asking the World Trade Organization to intervene in its dispute with China over the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Australian wine exports.
- Calls to shut down Apple Daily mount as observers see it as'legitimate, necessary' Global Times 20 Jun 2021 -- While Apple Daily has been struggling to continue operations amid low funds after the arrests of its senior executives, and the police search of its offices and the freezing of its assets, lawyers and experts in Hong Kong consider the suspension of the paper's operation and a complete shutdown as a legitimate and necessary move given its misdeeds on suspicion of violating the national security law amid rising calls for a clampdown on this "poisoned Apple."
- HK's role as financial hub gets stronger, seeks more mainland connectivity: Lam Global Times 20 Jun 2021 -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Sunday brushed off foreign criticism and smearing of the city's financial industry, saying its role as a global financial hub has only become stronger.
- Beijing to implement radio control on CPC anniversary celebration day, airport security checks strengthened Global Times 20 Jun 2021 -- Beijing authorities announced Sunday that radio control would be implemented in some parts of the city on the celebration day for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1. The city has also strengthened security checks for passengers at the capital's airports.
- US: Iran Nuclear Decisions Will Rest With Khamenei, Despite Leadership Change VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday downplayed the importance of the election of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as the new Iranian president, saying that whether the United States ultimately rejoins the international pact to restrain Tehran's nuclear program will depend on decisions made by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
- Araghchi: JCPOA remaining issues need to be decided in capitals IRNA 20 Jun 2021 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Sunday that the remaining important issues of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) require serious decisions in capitals, especially in negotiating states.
- Araghchi: JCPOA agreement document prepared IRNA 20 Jun 2021 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Sunday that all Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement documents are almost ready but it requires decisions that mainly have to be made by the negotiating sides in Vienna.
- JCPOA parties to return to capitals for decision-making: Iran deputy FM Araghchi ISNA 20 Jun 2021 -- Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi announced that all participating delegations in Vienna talks will return to the capitals not only for further consultations but also for decision-making.
- US National Security Advisor: Still a 'fair distance to travel' in key issues in Iran deal Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has said there remains "a fair distance to travel on some of the key issues" regarding the Iran nuclear agreement.
- Iran's negotiator: Outstanding issues in JCPOA talks need serious decisions in respective capitals Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Iran's top negotiator in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and major powers says outstanding issues pertaining to the deal's revitalization require still remain, whose resolution calls for "serious" decisions to be made in the respective capitals of participating countries.
- Iran's top negotiator: It's time for other parties to decide on revival of nuclear deal Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Iran's top negotiator in Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), says all documents are now almost ready for a final deal and it is time for other parties to the accord to make up their minds.
- Parliamentary report: US hampering removal of sanctions on Iran Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- A detailed report by the Iranian parliament's Research Center (IPRC) says the US is placing obstacles in the way of removing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
- Russia says JCPOA restoration within reach as Iran reminds US of onus to fix it Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Russia's permanent representative to the international organizations in Vienna says a consensus on the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "within reach" as the parties to the agreement prepare to meet in the framework of the Joint Commission.
- Negotiators Adjourn Iran Nuclear Talks, Leave For Consultations RFE/RL 20 Jun 2021 -- Negotiators have adjourned talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal for consultations in their capitals, saying that further progress was made to restore the agreement but it's now up to the governments involved to make political decisions.
- Emergency Shutdown Reported at Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant Sputnik 20 Jun 2021 -- The only nuclear power plant in Iran was temporarily shut down for technical reasons on Saturday. It is expected to resume full operation in a few days.
- Peru race for presidency: Rival camps hold rallies in anticipation of official vote results Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Tensions continue to escalate in Peru's contested election, with rival groups supporting leftist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo and right-wing Keiko Fujimori rallying in the streets ahead of the announcement of the official result of the June 6 vote.
- Maduro: Venezuela has broken free of 'irrational, extremist, cruel' US oppression Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says his country has once and for all gotten rid of the US oppression, warning that any effort to meddle in the country's affairs would not be tolerated by Venezuelans.
- Violators to Come Under Scrutiny at UN Human Rights Council VOA 20 Jun 2021 -- Countries accused of abusing their peoples' human rights will come under the lens of the U.N. Human Rights Council over the next three weeks. Dozens of thematic issues and country reports on topics including the COVID-19 pandemic will be addressed during the session, which begins Monday.
- W. Africa suffered 700 terrorist attacks, 2,000 deaths since 2020: official People's Daily 20 Jun 2021 -- West Africa has suffered a total of 700 terrorist attacks resulting in 2,000 civilian and military deaths from 2020 to now, said an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) official on Saturday.
- Uzbek Religious Students Recalled From Egypt, Turkey In New Crackdown RFE/RL 20 Jun 2021 -- Uzbekistan is once again worrying about where some of its citizens are studying Islam and officials in the country and its embassies in Egypt and Turkey are taking measures to ease these concerns.
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