27 July 2021 Military News
- U.S. to end combat mission in Iraq by end of year People's Daily 27 Jul 2021 -- President Joe Biden said on Monday that U.S. forces in Iraq will end the combat mission by the end of the year while continuing to train and assist Iraqi forces.
- Update on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan July 26, 2021 CENTCOM 27 Jul 2021 -- U.S. Central Command provides the following update on the orderly and responsible withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, as of 10 a.m. on July 26, 2021.
- US imposes new flight bans over Afghanistan Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- The United States has imposed new flight restrictions over Afghanistan due to the risk "posed by militant activity" across the country.
- Exclusive: Taliban Puts Tajik Militants Partially In Charge Of Afghanistan's Northern Border RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Jul 2021 -- When the Taliban captured a strategically important security checkpoint near Afghanistan's border with Tajikistan last month, it assigned a Tajik militant to raise the Taliban flag on the site.
- NATO Chief Pledges Continued Support For Afghanistan In Call With Ghani RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Jul 2021 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he has reiterated the military alliance's support for Afghanistan in a call with President Ashraf Ghani as Taliban militants solidify territorial gains made during the withdrawal of international troops from the war-torn country.
- NATO chief calls for 'negotiated settlement' in Afghanistan as Taliban advance Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says a "negotiated settlement" is necessary in Afghanistan, as the Taliban militant group advances militarily in the country.
- Afghanistan Government Arrests Four Journalists on Propaganda Charges VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Four journalists have been arrested on propaganda charges in Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Tuesday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by President Biden at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence The White House 27 Jul 2021
- U.S. Africa Command assists Tunisia with COVID-19 response AFRICOM 27 Jul 2021 -- U.S. Africa Command, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, provided 310 oxygen canisters containing over one million liters of oxygen to the Tunisian Ministry of Health on July 26. This donation, which arrived in country on board a Tunisian C-130, demonstrates the strength of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Tunisia and highlights the support that U.S. Africa Command is able to provide to our partners.
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Participates in Fullerton Lecture Series in Singapore DoD 27 Jul 2021
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 27 Jul 2021
- Joint Statement by United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen DoD 27 Jul 2021 -- On 27 July, United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen met at the Ministry of Defence during Secretary Austin's introductory visit to Singapore.
- Austin Discusses Need for Indo-Pacific Partnerships in the Future DoD News 27 Jul 2021 -- While Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke of the need for partnerships to combat COVID-19, he also said these relationships are also necessary to create a stronger, more prosperous Indo-Pacific for the future – one where no one nation calls the shots.
- Austin Emphasizes Partnership in Singapore Speech DoD News 27 Jul 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III today emphasized partnership with the United States during a speech in Singapore, saying America is a reliable friend to countries in Southeast Asia.
- 2ID Soldiers test potential Army command post prototypes at JBLM Army News 27 Jul 2021 -- A potential Army Command Post prototype underwent operational testing during the annual Bayonet Focus Exercise here recently.
- Mount Whitney and Sixth Fleet Underway for LSE US Navy 27 Jul 2021 -- USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and embarked Sixth Fleet staff sailed from Gaeta to prepare for Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021, July 27.
- The Multinational, Maritime Exercise Cutlass Express 21 Begins in Mombasa US Navy 27 Jul 2021 -- Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021 (CE21) with an opening ceremony held at the Bandari Maritime Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, July 26, 2021.
- USS Porter Begins Tenth FDNF-E Patrol US Navy 27 Jul 2021 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, on its tenth Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations, July 26.
- Sioux City and Dominican Republic Conduct Maritime Interdiction Exercise US Navy 27 Jul 2021 -- The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) and the Dominican Republic Navy conducted a bilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Santo Domingo, July 22.
- USS Ross Completes 11th Patrol in U.S. Sixth Fleet, Returns to Rota, Spain US Navy 27 Jul 2021 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, following completion of its 11th Forward-Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations, July 26, 2021.
- Spacecom Leader Discusses the Value of Partnerships in Defending Space DoD News 27 Jul 2021 -- The commander of the U.S. Space Command discussed the command's role and its reliance on a variety of partnerships at the McCrary Institute/Space Policy Institute's "Securing Space" discussion.
- Russia, two other states to hold joint drills near Afghanistan Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- The Russian military has announced that more than 1,500 troops from Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are scheduled to take part in joint drills next month near the border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban militant group has over the past month ramped up offensives against Afghan government forces to seize further territory.
- US Defense Chief: US Seeks Stable Relations With China VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin addressed deterring Chinese aggression in Southeast Asia Tuesday through his "integrated deterrence" approach, declaring the U.S. seeks a stable relationship with China while working to resolve common challenges.
- PLA stages S.China Sea drills, shows high combat readiness amid UK carrier tour Global Times 27 Jul 2021 -- China is holding military drills in two navigation restriction areas in the South China Sea region amid news that a UK aircraft carrier task force arrived in Singapore on Monday and is about to enter the South China Sea with the plan of transiting "international waters claimed by China." Experts said on Tuesday that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will stand ready to deal with any improper acts by the UK warships and see their South China Sea tour as a chance for practice.
- Zelenskiy Fires Military Chief To Curb 'Conflicts' Between Ukrainian Army And Defense Ministry RFE/RL 27 Jul 2021 -- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has replaced the head of Ukraine's armed forces -- a move that comes as Kyiv presses for deeper NATO ties while its seven-year war against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine grinds on.
- EXERCISE INDRA-21 India PIB 27 Jul 2021 -- 12th Edition of Indo-Russia joint military Exercise INDRA 2021 will be held at Volgograd, Russia from 01 to 13 August 2021. The exercise will entail conduct of counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate by a joint force against international terror groups.
- Submarines add extra layer of realism on Talisman Sabre 21 Australia DOD 27 Jul 2021 -- Beneath the impressive amphibious landings and multi-national fleet manoeuvres lurked an unseen menace, keeping sailors on their toes during Ex Talisman Sabre 21 (TS21).
- An alliance in the air and on the ground Australia DOD 27 Jul 2021 -- Exercise Talisman Sabre is Australia's largest and most important bilateral exercise with the United States, and our two nation's P-8A Poseidon crews are making the most of working together at RAAF Base Townsville.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Nepali Prime Minister Deuba US Dept. of State 27 Jul 2021
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Omani Deputy Foreign Minister Al Harthy US Dept. of State 27 Jul 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, July 27, 2021 The White House 27 Jul 2021
- Defence Secretary praises UK-France co-operation as RAF helicopters help Mali recovery mission UK MOD 27 Jul 2021 -- RAF Chinooks supporting the French-led counter-terror operation in Mali assisted recovery operations after a French Mirage 2000 jet crew ejected from the aircraft
- Indian state set to deploy 4,000 commandos after border clashes Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- India's Assam State is planning to deploy 4,000 commandos in order to guard its border with the rival state of Mizoram, following deadly clashes between the neighboring states, which have led to the death of six police officers.
- 3,000 Ethiopians fleeing conflict cross into neighboring Sudan Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- At least 3,000 Ethiopian people fleeing a widening conflict in northern Ethiopia have crossed into neighboring Sudan, the Sudanese government says.
- UN Says Armed Groups Threaten Thousands of Eritrean Refugees in Tigray VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- The UN refugee agency warns about 24,000 Eritrean refugees trapped in two camps in northern Ethiopia's Tigray province are in great danger as fighting among armed groups escalates.
- The United States Announces New Humanitarian Aid for the People of Somalia US Dept. of State 27 Jul 2021 -- The United States is providing nearly $199 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Somalia who have faced decades of chronic food insecurity, violence, and cycles of drought and flooding—the impacts of which have all been compounded by desert locusts and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- UN-African Union Mission in Darfur in final shutdown phase UN News 27 Jul 2021 -- Practically all peacekeepers and staff have now left the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in line with its drawdown plan, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday.
- Consolidating progress on peace and security in Darfur UK FCDO 27 Jul 2021 -- Statement by Sonia Farrey, UK Political Coordinator at the UN, at the Security Council briefing on UNAMID
- Biden Accuses Russia of Already Interfering in 2022 Election VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Russia is already interfering in next year's midterm U.S. elections, President Joe Biden said Tuesday in a speech at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
- Political Divide Widens as January 6 Hearings Begin VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol were first to testify as hearings began Tuesday for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack.
- Leader of a Sophisticated Drug Trafficking Organization and Prolific Ally of the Sinaloa Cartel Sentenced US Dept. of Justice 27 Jul 2021 -- A Mexican national was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to 22 years in prison for her role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy to transport into the United States thousands of kilograms of cocaine and dozens of pounds of methamphetamine.
- DHS to Address Life, Safety, Environmental, and Operational Considerations for Specific Border Barrier Projects DHS 27 Jul 2021 -- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas approved four projects in the Rio Grande Valley, San Diego, and El Centro Sectors to address life, safety, environmental, and operational considerations related to the Department's plan for the use of Border Barrier funds.
- Biden Administration Wants to Require Businesses to Disclose Ransomware Attacks VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- The Biden administration is throwing its support behind congressional legislation that would require companies to report major data breaches by hackers, including the ransomware attacks that are increasingly targeting U.S. critical infrastructure.
- Former Intelligence Analyst Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison for Disclosing Classified Information to Reporter US Dept. of Justice 27 Jul 2021 -- A Tennessee man was sentenced today to 45 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter.
- US whistleblower sentenced to 45 months in prison amid outcry from human rights activists Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- US intelligence analyst Daniel Hale has been sentenced to 45 months in prison over leaking classified information about drone warfare to the press.
- Hungarians Protest Against Alleged Government Surveillance With Pegasus Spyware RFE/RL 27 Jul 2021 -- About 1,000 Hungarians took to the streets of Budapest on July 26 to protest over allegations that the government used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to illegally spy on public figures in Hungary.
- Lithuanian Court Sends Politician To Six Years In Prison For Spying For Russia RFE/RL 27 Jul 2021 -- A Lithuanian court has sentenced politician Algirdas Paleckis to six years in prison after finding him guilty of spying for Russia.
- European Union Urges Resumption of Tunisian Parliament VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- The European Union on Tuesday stressed the need to preserve democracy and stability in Tunisia following Tunisian President Kais Saied's suspension of parliament and firing of the country's prime minister.
- Tunisian Democracy Seen as Vulnerable After President Fires PM and Suspends Parliament VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Tunisia's president, Kais Saied, was accused of staging a coup this week, when he dismissed the prime minister and suspended parliament after violent protests. Clashes between Saied's supporters, protesters, and police have raised fears that Tunisia's fragile democracy is under threat.
- Tunisian President's Suspension of Parliament Gets Mixed Reaction VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Tunisia's Islamist al Nahda Party is calling President Kais Saied's suspension of parliament a "coup" and urging a broad "dialogue," while other political parties and leaders appear divided on his decision.
- Tunisia's biggest political party urges dialogue to resolve political crisis Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- Tunisia's biggest political party, Ennahda, has called for national dialogue to get the country out of the political crisis sparked by the president's dismissals of the government and parliament.
- Tunisian president dismisses more officials amid political crisis Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- Tunisian President Kais Saied has removed the country's defense minister from his position, amid global concerns about his decision to oust the prime minister and freeze parliament.
- FCDO statement on the situation in Tunisia UK FCDO 27 Jul 2021 -- All parties called on to uphold Tunisia's reputation as a tolerant and open society.
- Ex-Leader Of Navalny's St. Petersburg Group Says She's Been Barred From Elections RFE/RL 27 Jul 2021 -- The former leader of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's team in St. Petersburg, Irina Fatyanova, says she has been barred from taking part in upcoming elections because of her ties to the Kremlin critic.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on July 27, 2021 PRC MofA 27 Jul 2021
- China, US enhance mutual understanding through 'deep and thorough talks': Chinese FM Global Times 27 Jul 2021 -- China and the US enhanced mutual understanding through the deep and thorough talks in Tianjin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday, responding to a media question over whether the talks had achieved China's expected results.
- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister lays out China's bottom line at talks with Sherman Global Times 27 Jul 2021 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi ,clarified three bottom lines that China upholds and the US should not challenge to prevent China-US relations from moving out of control during his meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman on Monday.
- HK's first NSL verdict finds Leon Tong guilty for inciting secession and terrorism Global Times 27 Jul 2021 -- Three judges have reached a decision on the first trial under the national security law for Hong Kong - Leon Tong Ying-kit was found guilty of inciting secession and terrorism. Observers noted the landmark verdict will set a precedent for upcoming national security cases including the trial of pro-secessionist media tycoon Jimmy Lai.
- Hong Kong Motorcyclist Found Guilty of Terrorism, Incitment to Secession Under Security Law Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- A court in Hong Kong on Tuesday convicted the first person to be tried under a draconian national security law imposed on the city by Beijing of "terrorism" and "inciting secession" after he flew a banned protest slogan from his motorbike during protests against the law on July 1, 2020.
- Hong Kong's National Security Law Drive Unabated as First Verdict Delivered in Landmark Case VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- An anti-government protester in Hong Kong was found guilty Tuesday of terrorism and secession in a landmark ruling involving the first verdict delivered under the territory's new national security law.
- Olympic Body 'Remains Neutral' Concerning US Commission's Call to Postpone 2022 Beijing Games Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday said it had to "remain neutral" on global political issues in response to a request from the U.S. Congressional commission that asked it to postpone and relocate the 2022 Beijing Winter Games if China does not end its human rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
- Police Stop Mourners Laying Wreaths Near Flood-Hit Zhengzhou Metro Tunnel Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Authorities in the flood-hit Chinese province of Henan are preventing relatives and supporters from laying public wreaths for those who died in the Zhengzhou flood disaster of July 20, RFA has learned.
- Major Chinese Companies Caught in Squeeze Play Between Beijing, US VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Chinese companies with shares traded on American stock exchanges are facing significant challenges from political leaders in both Washington and Beijing.
- Taiwan Navy receives new locally-made stealth corvette CNA 27 Jul 2021 -- Taiwan's Navy took delivery of its second Tuo Chiang-class stealth multi-mission corvette, the Ta Chiang (PGG-619), on Tuesday, as part of an ongoing effort to beef up the capability of Taiwan's military to deter external threats.
- DPP's "Taiwan independence" attempts doomed to fail: spokesperson People's Daily 27 Jul 2021 -- All attempts by Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority to seek "Taiwan independence" are futile and doomed to fail, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Monday.
- DPP's sport-related tricks to seek "Taiwan independence" are futile: mainland spokesperson People's Daily 27 Jul 2021 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Monday warned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority in Taiwan against taking advantage of sports events to seek "Taiwan independence".
- North, South Korea restore severed hotline Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- North and South Korea have announced the restoration of cross-border communications, which had been severed amid rising tensions more than a year ago.
- Iranian Intelligence Ministry strikes Mossad terrorist agents IRNA 27 Jul 2021 -- Forces of Iranian Intelligence Ministry have dealt a heavy blow to Mossad terrorist network, according to a senior intelligence official with the knowledge of the issue.
- Iran thwarts Mossad's terrorist sabotages ISNA 27 Jul 2021 -- Director-General of Counterintelligence of Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced on Tuesday that the plan of Mossad's terrorists to carry out acts of sabotage and to create chaos in Iran was thwarted.
- Iran arrests Mossad agents plotting urban riots, terror; huge cache of weapons seized Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry has arrested a network of agents with the Israeli Mossad spy agency at the Western borders, confiscating a large cache of weapons and ammunition that they were planning to use to provoke riots and terror inside the country.
- IRGC chief warns any military action against Iran will backfire Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned the enemies that any military action against the Islamic Republic would backfire on the perpetrators, stressing that all the conspiracies against the country are doomed to failure.
- Protests Spread In Iran As Anger Rises Over Water And Electricity Shortages, Virus Response RFE/RL 27 Jul 2021 -- Angry protests against water shortages and deteriorating economic conditions in Iran are continuing to expand, a day after demonstrators in Tehran made a rare display of open discontent with the country's Islamic leadership.
- 'Hopeless And Dissatisfied': Growing Anger At Iranian Officials As Protests Spread RFE/RL 27 Jul 2021 -- Analysts say economic desperation and growing frustration in Iranian society have led to angry demonstrations around the country that began with people protesting water shortages the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
- More Than 100 Teenagers Have Been Killed in Myanmar Protest Violence Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar security forces have killed more than 100 teenagers following the Feb. 1 military coup that overthrew the country's democratically elected civilian government, according to figures tallied by a human rights monitor group.
- Myanmar Junta on Path of 'Total Self-Destruction' After Annulment of 2020 Election: Observers Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's junta has chosen a path of "total self-destruction" by disregarding the will of the people in a bid to legitimize its power grab, an official with the deposed National League for Democracy (NLD) said Tuesday, in response to an announcement annulling the country's 2020 election results.
- More Than 80 Ethnic Chin Killed by Myanmar's Military Since February Coup: Watchdog Group Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Troops loyal to Myanmar's junta have killed more than 80 ethnic Chins in the country since the military took power in a Feb. 1 coup, including two infants and a 15-year-old rape victim, a Chin watchdog group said Tuesday.
- Myanmar: Rights expert calls for 'COVID ceasefire', urges UN action UN News 27 Jul 2021 -- The UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Tuesday called for a "COVID ceasefire" for the country, as infections and deaths soar even as the military junta escalates attacks against healthcare workers.
- Mexican president says sending fuel cargo to Cuba is sovereign decision Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has asserted Mexico's independence to send fuel as well as food and medical supplies to Cuba, which has been under a decades-long embargo by the United States and has recently faced shortages of certain commodities.
- PM Imran Khan's Party Wins Elections in Pakistani-Controlled Kashmir VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Prime Minister Imran Khan's PTI party has won the legislative elections in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, held Sunday, with a comfortable majority. The election commission announced the results Monday.
- Turkey's Independent Media Brace for New Crackdown VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Rights groups are voicing alarm over a Turkish official's announcement of new legislation and controls on the foreign funding of social media in Turkey.
- Germany Warns Turkey's Exiled Media of Apparent Hit List VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Celal Baslangic was at his Cologne home on July 16 when two German police officers knocked on his door and warned the veteran Turkish journalist that his name was on an apparent "hit list" of those allegedly to be targeted for violence.
- Lebanon's new PM-designate to consult political parties over govt. formation Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- Lebanese tycoon Najib Mikati, who became the country's new prime minister-designate following the parliamentary vote on Monday, is due to hold consultations with leading political parties with an aim to end the long political impasse over government formation.
- Billionaire Najib Mikati to Form Lebanon's New Government VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Billionaire telecoms tycoon Najib Mikati has been appointed as Lebanon's new designate prime minister tasked with forming a cabinet of specialists to carry out reforms required by the international community to unlock badly needed funds for the crisis-wracked country—something that dogged his predecessor for nearly a year. But analysts say that Mikati may also struggle despite his claims that he has "international and American guarantees that Lebanon will not collapse."
- Haiti police arrest assassinated president's top security official Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- Police in Haiti have arrested the late President Jovenel Moise's security coordinator as a suspect in the case of his assassination earlier this month.
- Activists Condemn Terror Charge Against Tanzania Opposition Leader VOA 27 Jul 2021 -- Tanzania's main opposition party and rights activists are condemning the arrest of CHADEMA party leader Freeman Mbowe, who faces terrorism charges.
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