28 June 2021 Military News
- US Strikes Back After Rocket Attack in Syria VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- U.S. troops in Syria have returned fire after a rocket attack targeted American forces there Monday, according to a military spokesman.
- U.S. Defends Strikes Against Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq-Syria Border Area RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- The United States has defended weekend U.S. air strikes against Iran-aligned militias near the Iraqi-Syrian border as both Baghdad and Damascus condemned the unilateral attacks as violations of their sovereignty.
- White House: Biden Ordered Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Militia to 'Limit Escalation' Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- US President Joe Biden ordered US airstrikes against Iran-backed militia forces in Iraq and Syria in order to limit escalation, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
- Iraqi Shia Militia Say No Ammunition Depots Located in Areas Targeted by US Airstrikes Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Iraq's Shiite-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) denied on Monday any presence of arms depots at the positions struck by the US Air Force on the country's border with Syria.
- Iraq Condemns US Airstrike on Border With Syria, Pledges to Investigate, Official Says Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Iraq denounces the latest US airstrike against Shia militia on the Iraqi-Syrian border and will investigate the attack, Yehia Rasool, the spokesman for the Iraqi commander-in-chief, said on Monday.
- Taliban Forces More Afghan Soldiers To Flee Into Tajikistan RFE/RL Gandhara 28 Jun 2021 -- Another group of Afghan government soldiers has fled across the border into Tajikistan as Taliban militants press an offensive across swaths of northern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NSA, Cybercom Leader Says Efforts Have Expanded DoD News 28 Jun 2021 -- Adversaries have heavily invested in cyberspace operations and capabilities. As such, cyber operations, cybersecurity and information operations are increasingly important to the joint force, said the commander of U.S. Cyber Command, who's also the director of the National Security Agency.
- Joint Communiqué by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021 -- The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS following today's meeting.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at D-ISIS Meeting Opening Session US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021
- Global Coalition Fears Islamic State Expansion in Africa VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Western powers are promising recent successes by the Islamic State across Africa will not go unanswered, backing plans for a task force to focus on the terror group's spread from Iraq and Syria to the African continent.
- Anti-Islamic State Coalition: IS Terrorists Remain a Threat VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- A global coalition to fight Islamic State terrorists said Monday that 8 million people have been freed from their control in Iraq and Syria, but the threat from ISIS fighters remains there and in Africa.
- Blinken Urges US Allies to Keep Up Islamic State Fight VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged allies Monday to maintain a focus on defeating the Islamic State group, with a particular focus on countering its affiliates in Africa.
- We must keep up the pressure on Daesh, wherever its poisonous influence spreads UK FCDO 28 Jun 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's speech at the Global Coalition against Daesh ministerial meeting in Rome on 28 June 2021.
- Army prepares to start FY 2022 under continuing resolution Army News 28 Jun 2021 -- The Army expects to start fiscal year 2022 under a continuing resolution, as there is no indication that lawmakers will pass an appropriations bill before Oct. 1, the director for Army Budget said Thursday.
- Canadian Navy Team Wins DOD's Annual Cyber Defense Exercise DoD News 28 Jun 2021 -- A team from the Royal Canadian Navy came out on top in the Defense Department's annual Cyber Flag 21-2 training exercise, besting 430 cyber professionals from across the U.S. military's joint services, other agencies and international partners, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said Friday.
- ACC activates 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing US Air Force 28 Jun 2021 -- Recognizing an operational need to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum, Air Combat Command activated the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing June 25, which is temporarily located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, while the Air Force conducts an environmental review for the permanent location.
- U.S. Navy, Marines, Coast Guard conduct joint operations US Navy 28 Jun 2021 -- U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard units, led by Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), have been conducting integrated operations off the coast of Hawaii for the past two weeks.
- Kuwait and U.S. Naval Forces Complete Exercise Eager Defender 21 CENTCOM 28 Jun 2021 -- The Kuwait Naval Force, Kuwait Coast Guard and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) participated in bilateral maritime exercise Eager Defender 21 in Kuwait and the North Arabian Gulf, June 4-14.
- US Plans to Test Its $60 Billion Replacement for Ageing Minuteman ICBMs in 2023 Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- If the tests show satisfying results, Washington is likely to order 400 such missiles to replace their ageing stockpile. The first new ICBMs are expected to be delivered by 2036.
- US, Indonesia Building Maritime Training Base on Batan Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- The United States and Indonesia are building a U.S. $3.5 million coast guard training center on Batam, an industrial and transport hub at the south end of the South China Sea, to boost Jakarta's capacity to fight domestic and transnational crime, authorities said.
- NATO Secretary General participates in Global Coalition ministerial meeting in Rome NATO 28 Jun 2021 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated in a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Rome on Monday (28 June 2021). Co-chaired by Italy and the United States, the ministerial was the group's first in-person meeting in two years.
- Regular Press Conference of the Ministry of National Defense on June 24 PLA Daily 28 Jun 2021
- PLA Hong Kong Garrison organizes joint land-air-sea patrol drill on June 25 PLA Daily 28 Jun 2021 -- On June 25, the PLA Hong Kong Garrison deployed land, sea and air forces for a joint patrol drill. The drill aimed to comprehensively test the troops' defense capabilities while focusing on joint search and rescue, interception and verification, force projection, etc.
- DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation Agni P Ballistic Missile India PIB 28 Jun 2021 -- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore at 1055 hrs on June 28, 2021.
- India Successfully Test-Fires Next-Generation Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Last year, DRDO had left the world stunned after launching 12 missiles within six weeks in September and October. India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation, this year, plans to induct its longest-range, most potent nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Agni series, into the armed forces.
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in Ladakh; Dedicates to the nation 63 bridges built by BRO in six States & two UTs India PIB 28 Jun 2021 -- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh dedicated to the nation 63 bridges, built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO), in six States and two Union Territories (UTs), at an event held at Kyungam, 88 kms from Leh in the Union Territory of Ladakh on June 28, 2021.
- Myanmar Plans to Expand Military Cooperation With Russia, Commander-in-Chief Says Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar intends to expand its military cooperation with Russia, Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the country's military and the chairman of the State Administration Council, has said in an interview with Sputnik.
- Taiwan Marine Corps stages amphibious landing drill CNA 28 Jun 2021 -- Members of Taiwan's Marine Corps recently conducted an amphibious landing exercise in the south of the country, as part of their routine combat readiness training, the Navy Command said Monday.
- Exercise enhances crisis-scenario training Australia DOD 28 Jun 2021 -- Soldiers from the ADF and Marines from the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) recently completed a training exercise to enhance how both Australia and the United States can swiftly respond together to a crisis scenario in our region.
- Training for future-ready force Australia DOD 28 Jun 2021 -- The Protected Mobility Tactical Trainer (PMTT) is one of the latest innovations embraced by Army and is helping to achieve the aim of being a future-ready force.
- Allies unite for exercise in US Australia DOD 28 Jun 2021 -- Personnel from Brisbane's 7th Combat Brigade and supporting elements from the 6th Brigade are taking part in the multi-national Joint Warfighting Assessment 2021 (JWA 21) at Fort Carson in the United States.
- Czech Republic Demands Compensation From Russia For 2014 Explosion RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- The Czech Republic has demanded that Russia pay compensation for the 2014 explosion at an arms depot that Prague has blamed on Russian intelligence agents.
- Joint Azeri-Turkish Military Drills Start in Baku Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Joint Azerbaijani-Turkish military drills, involving tanks, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) started in Baku, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry announced on Monday.
- China Flyby Prompts Malaysia to Modernize Air Force VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Pressure from China over a festering maritime sovereignty dispute has added momentum to Malaysia's drive for a more modern air force including the purchase of 36 new aircraft, analysts believe.
- Iran Overshadows Biden Meeting with Israel's President VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- The subject of Iran overshadowed an Oval Office meeting Monday between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Israeli counterpart.
- Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel The White House 28 Jun 2021
- Remarks by President Biden and President Rivlin of the State of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 28 Jun 2021
- Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Ivan Duque of Colombia The White House 28 Jun 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, June 28, 2021 The White House 28 Jun 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Italian President Mattarella US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio At a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021
- 28 June 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Jun 2021
- No place for children in conflict, UN chief tells Security Council UN News 28 Jun 2021 -- The disregard for children's rights amid war and upheaval "is shocking and heartbreaking", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday during a high-level open debate in the Security Council, held virtually.
- Possible Presidential Run by Gadhafi's Son Adds Strain to Troubled Peace Process VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the late Libyan autocrat Moammar Gadhafi, hasn't been seen in public since his rebel captors released him from detention in 2017. But he appears now to be mulling a run for the presidency of the war-torn north African country in elections the United Nations and Western powers are pressing for in December.
- India 'Redirects' 50,000 Troops to Chinese Border, Inaugurates New Infrastructure Projects in Ladakh Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused New Delhi's military deployments along the border of being the "root cause" of the current standoff. In response, the Indian Foreign Ministry blamed Beijing for "disturbing" the peace and tranquility at the border by amassing a huge number of troops and trying to "unilaterally" alter the status quo.
- China and India Hold the 22nd Meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs PLA Daily 28 Jun 2021 -- On June 25, 2021, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Hong Liang and Additional Secretary of the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India Naveen Srivastava co-chaired the 22nd Meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs via video link.
- Ethiopia's Government Declares Unilateral Cease-fire in Tigray VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Ethiopia's government has declared a unilateral cease-fire in its Tigray region as its former governing party and troops entered the regional capital, Mekelle, prompting cheers from residents.
- Ethiopia Declares Unconditional Ceasefire in Tigray Province - Reports Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- The Ethiopian government has announced an unconditional ceasefire in the Tigray province following the recapture of a regional capital by rebel forces, the local newspaper Addis Standard reported on Monday, citing a government statement.
- Tigray Rebels Repel Ethiopian Forces, Take Control of Regional Capital - Reports Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Rebels in Ethiopia's northern province of Tigray repelled state forces and took control over a regional administrative center in the city of Mekelle, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing correspondents at the scene.
- Pakistan-Based Lashkar-e-Taiba Involved in Drone Attack on Indian Air Force Base, Says Initial Probe Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Two drones were used to carry out an attack on an Indian Air Force station in Jammu on the morning of 27 June. One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while another bomb exploded in an open area, sources revealed to Sputnik on Sunday. The attack targeted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building and parked Mi-17 helicopters.
- US Supreme Court Declines Appeal from Contractors in Abu Ghraib Prison Torture Case Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Last year, DRDO had left the world stunned after launching 12 missiles within six weeks in September and October. India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation, this year, plans to induct its longest-range, most potent nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Agni series, into the armed forces.
- State Department Terrorist Designation of Ousmane Illiassou Djibo US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021 -- Today, the United States is designating Ousmane Illiassou Djibo – also known as Petit Chapori – as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(a)(ii)(B) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
- Putin, Xi Agree To Extend 20-Year-Old Friendship Treaty RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- Russia and China extended a 20-year-old friendship treaty, the latest in a series of moves that have drawn Moscow and Beijing closer together.
- Putin, Xi Officially Announce Extension of Chinese-Russian Friendship, Cooperation Deal Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- The 2001 Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship consists of 25 articles, encompassing various domains in Russian-Chinese relations. In March, Moscow and Beijing agreed to automatically extend it for another five-year term.
- Article by Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, "The Law, the Rights and the Rules", Moscow, June 28, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 28 Jun 2021
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 28, 2021 PRC MofA 28 Jun 2021
- Hong Kong Police Arrest Former Apple Daily Columnist at Airport Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- Hong Kong police have arrested a journalist with the now-shuttered Apple Daily newspaper at the airport as he tried to leave for the United Kingdom, local media reported.
- Former Apple Daily Staffer Arrested at Hong Kong Airport - Reports VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Local news outlets in Hong Kong say a former columnist at the now-defunct pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper has been arrested while trying to leave the city.
- Xi stresses creating new achievements ahead of CPC centenary People's Daily 28 Jun 2021 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has stressed efforts to make new achievements that will stand the test of time and are worthy of the people, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC.
- Primary School in China's Shandong Calls on Parents to Search Out Foreign Books Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- Authorities in some parts of China are banning primary school students from reading "unauthorized" books in their spare time, according to social media posts and a local resident.
- China starts operating the world's largest hydropower station under construction ahead of CPC's centenary Global Times 28 Jun 2021 -- Three days ahead of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China presents yet another super project with a major breakthrough of Southwest China's Baihetan Hydropower Station added to the national celebration of the CPC's centenary, demonstrating to the world the advantages of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
- World's largest hydropower project under construction goes into operation People's Daily 28 Jun 2021 -- The first batch of generating units at the Baihetan hydropower station in southwest China goes into operation, marking a major shift from "Made in China" to "Created in China" in the country's development of hydropower station projects.
- World's second-largest hydropower station goes into operation in China People's Daily 28 Jun 2021 -- The Baihetan hydropower station, the world's second largest in terms of total installed capacity, was officially put into use in southwest China, with two generating units in operation on Monday.
- US 'Looks Forward' to Trade Talks with Taiwan Amid China's Objection VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- The United States said it looks forward to this week's trade talks with Taiwan as the two economies continue to strengthen bilateral trade ties, despite China's objection.
- North Korea Orders Nationwide School Renovations, Sends Bill to Parents Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- North Korea has ordered universities and schools nationwide to renovate old, crumbling buildings and modernize their classrooms, but the funding, labor, and materials for each school is the responsibility of the students and their families, sources in the country told RFA.
- No decision made on future of agreement with IAEA: Spox IRNA 28 Jun 2021 -- Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that no decision has been made on whether or not to renew the three-month agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or how to continue or discontinue the cooperation.
- No decision made on deleting IAEA camera data: Khatibzadeh ISNA 28 Jun 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that no decision has yet been made on whether to delete the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) camera data.
- Iran Says No Decision Yet On Surveillance Imagery Deal With UN Nuclear Inspectors RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- Tehran has not made a decision yet on prolonging a deal with the UN atomic watchdog over access to surveillance footage at its nuclear sites, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on June 28.
- Iran's elections a serious blow to it's enemies: Supreme Leader ISNA 28 Jun 2021 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the anniversary of the assassinations of Martyr Beheshti, head of the Judiciary at that time and 72 of his companions by MEK terrorists, met and spoke with the head and members of the Judiciary.
- Time for US to make hard decision on JCPOA IRNA 28 Jun 2021 -- Ahead of initiating the seventh round of talks in Austrian capital, Vienna, to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Biden administration's authorities have changed their tone, while they are expected to make difficult decisions on their country's return to the agreement.
- Myanmar's Shadow Government Prepares Evidence for Lawsuit Against Junta in International Court Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's shadow government has compiled more than 400,000 pieces of evidence of atrocities committed by the military regime against civilians since it overthrew the government in February and is preparing to file an international lawsuit against the junta for crimes against humanity, its spokesman said.
- Militia Kills Nine Military Troops in Convoy Ambush in Myanmar's War-Torn Sagaing Region Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- Militiamen killed at least nine junta soldiers in northwest Myanmar's war-torn Sagaing region over the weekend in a two-pronged attack on a convoy heading to Kalay township, while 3,000 villagers fled the area amid intensified raids on civilian homes and in anticipation of a major military offensive, fighters said Monday.
- Criminal Hearings Resume for Myanmar's Deposed Leader VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Three separate hearings on criminal charges brought against deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi took place Monday in the capital, Naypyitaw.
- EU Deplores Minsk Moves To Sever Ties After Economic Sanctions RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- The European Union says it regrets Belarus's decision to cut ties with the bloc, saying it will only further isolate the country and have a negative impact on the Belarusian people.
- Would-Be Belarus Presidential Candidate Tells Minsk Court Charges Fabricated RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- Viktar Babaryka, a former Belarusian banker whose bid to challenge authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka in last year's disputed election was halted by his arrest, has told a court during his trial that the corruption charges against him were fabricated as he reiterated his innocence.
- Leading Belarusian News Site Removes Social Media Archive To Protect Staff, Readers RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- Tut.by, a leading independent news site in Belarus, says it has removed its social media archive for the last 18 months to shield its staff and readers from persecution amid an ongoing crackdown on the country's pro-democracy movement.
- Judicial Commission To Probe Pakistani Opposition Politician's Death RFE/RL Gandhara 28 Jun 2021 -- Pakistani authorities say they have set up a judicial commission to investigate the death of opposition politician Usman Khan Kakar a week ago.
- Turkey and France Ease Tensions, but Africa Rivalries Remain VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Leaders of Turkey and France are pledging to ease tensions after months of trading insults, but tensions between them remain over their competing interests in Africa.
- Armenian Election Body Confirms Pashinian Win, Rejects Opposition Accusations RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- Armenia's Central Election Commission says official results from snap parliamentary elections confirm a landslide victory for acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's Civil Contract party while rejecting opposition demands to annul the results.
- Companies Linked To Uzbek Government Won Major COVID Construction Contracts RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- Construction contracts for two major COVID-19 medical facilities near Tashkent went to companies linked to the Uzbek president's inner circle and the capital city's mayor, according to an RFE/RL investigation.
- Kyrgyz, Turkmen Leaders Agree On Energy, Business, Education Cooperation RFE/RL 28 Jun 2021 -- The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan agreed on new financial and energy deals, as the two met for talks in the Turkmen capital.
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