30 July 2021 Military News
- Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Attack on United Nations Compound in Herat The White House 30 Jul 2021
- Taliban Battles Afghan Forces On Outskirts Of Herat City, UN Compound Attacked RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Jul 2021 -- Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces was reported July 30 on the outskirts of the western city of Herat, the capital of Herat Province.
- Taliban Attack UN Compound in Afghanistan VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- A United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked Friday with rocket propelled grenades and gunfire, killing an Afghan police guard and wounding other officers, the U.N. said.
- Watchdog Alarmed at 'Mounting Taliban Revenge Killings' VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- A global human rights monitor on Friday accused the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan of detaining and executing suspected government officials as well as security forces, and in some cases their relatives.
- Evacuated Afghan Interpreters in Final Processing at US Army Base VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- A special flight for some 200 Afghans who qualify for Special Immigrant Status (SIV) arrived Friday in the United States as part of an operation to evacuate those who provided help to the U.S. government.
- Statement of President Joe Biden on the Arrival of the First Flight of Operation Allies Refuge The White House 30 Jul 2021
- On-the-Record Press Call by Senior Deputy Advisor Russ Travers and Ambassador Tracey Jacobson on Operation Allies Refuge The White House 30 Jul 2021
- Statement from Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Arrival of First Group of Operation Allies Refuge DoD 30 Jul 2021
- Afghanistan: Attack on UN mission draws global condemnation UN News 30 Jul 2021 -- The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemned an attack in its main compound in the western Afghan province of Herat on Friday that left an Afghan police guard dead and other officers injured.
- One killed in attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- At least one Afghan security guard has been killed as "anti-government elements" attacked the main United Nations compound in western Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl's Teleconference With Minister of Defense Radmila Shekerinska of North Macedonia DoD 30 Jul 2021
- Idaho Army National Guard participates in new smart weapon training Army News 30 Jul 2021 -- The Idaho Army National Guard's 1st Battalion of the 148th Field Artillery Regiment returned from its annual training July 24, after spending more than two weeks at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming, where it participated in its first M1156 Precision Guidance Kit new equipment training.
- Singapore Peace Vanguard trains at Idaho Army Guard facility Army News 30 Jul 2021 -- The Republic of Singapore Air Force's Peace Vanguard detachment completed AH-64 Apache aerial gunnery throughout July at the Idaho Army National Guard's Orchard Combat Training Center.
- Exercise Forager 21 jumps into Airborne Operations Army News 30 Jul 2021 -- Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Special Forces Group, and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducted an early morning airborne operation as part of Forager 21, the primary training exercise in support of Defender Pacific 21, here, July 30, 2021.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Suh Wook DoD 30 Jul 2021
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi DoD 30 Jul 2021
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Holds a Joint Press Conference With Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Manila, Philippines DoD 30 Jul 2021
- Philippine President Restores Visiting Forces Agreement With U.S. DoD News 30 Jul 2021 -- After meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III last night, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte retracted the letter terminating the country's Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States.
- Philippine, US Visiting Troop Pact in 'Full Force Again' Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- The 70-year-old defense alliance between Manila and Washington is back on track after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would fully restore a key bilateral military pact following his meeting with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin in Manila, officials announced Friday.
- Philippines Says US Visiting Forces Agreement to Remain in Effect VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- The Philippines says it has fully restored a major security agreement with the United States, with President Rodrigo Duterte retracting his intention to terminate the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) late Thursday.
- Critical Supply Chain Task Force Releases Recommendations DoD News 30 Jul 2021 -- The Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force has released its final report with findings and recommendations following a months-long review of supply chain threats and vulnerabilities.
- Navy to Christen Submarine Rickover US Navy 30 Jul 2021 -- The Navy will christen one of its newest Virginia-class attack submarines, the future USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795), during a 9 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 31, 2021, at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, in Groton, Connecticut.
- USS Independence (LCS 2) Decommissions After Distinguished Service US Navy 30 Jul 2021 -- The crew of USS Independence (LCS 2), the lead ship of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, recognized more than a decade of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, July 29.
- NATO Baltic Air Policing fighters intercept russian aircraft over the Baltic sea NATO 30 Jul 2021 -- NATO scrambled Spanish Eurofighters and Italian F-35s on Thursday 29 July 2021 to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.
- Israel - CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters with Support DSCA 30 Jul 2021 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Israel of CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.4 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- UK Space Command officially launched UK MOD 30 Jul 2021 -- Space Command will protect UK interests and capabilities in Space
- Chinese coast guard ships depart for North Pacific on law enforcement mission PLA Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- Two coast guard ships dispatched by the China Coast Guard (CCG) departed from Shanghai on Friday for the North Pacific Ocean to enforce fisheries law.
- First echelon of 20th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon set out PLA Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- The first echelon's 205 members of the 20th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon left from Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province for Lebanon on July 28. They will rotate the 19th contingent stationed in southern Lebanon and carry out a one-year peacekeeping mission.
- Thailand - Javelin Missiles DSCA 30 Jul 2021 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Thailand of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $83.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Troops come ashore on quiet beach in final push Australia DOD 30 Jul 2021 -- If you were fishing near Forrest Beach, Queensland, over the past month, you might have seen landing craft from HMA Ships Canberra and Choules ferrying troops to shore.
- HIMARS first for Australian and US Air Force Australia DOD 30 Jul 2021 -- A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III is the first non-US nation to provide rapid air mobility to a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
- Replenishment at sea supplies a first for Brisbane Australia DOD 30 Jul 2021 -- HMAS Brisbane and United States Navy Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock conducted two replenishments at sea (RAS) within a week during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 (TS21).
- Sydney returns home Australia DOD 30 Jul 2021 -- HMAS Sydney today returned to Garden Island, Sydney, following a four-and-a-half month deployment to the United States and Canada in which she qualified for operational duty.
- 36TH EDITION OF INDIA – INDONESIA COORDINATED PATROL India PIB 30 Jul 2021 -- Indian Naval Ship (INS) Saryu, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel is undertaking coordinated patrol (CORPAT) with Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo from 30 to 31 July 2021.
- INS TABAR PARTICIPATES IN EXERCISE 'INDRA NAVY – 21' India PIB 30 Jul 2021 -- The 12th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy was held in the Baltic Sea from 28 to 29 July 2021.
- Harris Will Be First US Vice President to Visit Hanoi VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will next month travel to Singapore and Vietnam, "two critical Indo-Pacific partners," the White House confirmed on Friday.
- Remarks by President Biden Before Marine One Departure The White House 30 Jul 2021
- Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, July 30, 2021 The White House 30 Jul 2021
- 30 July 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 30 Jul 2021
- Conflict, COVID, climate crisis, likely to fuel acute food insecurity in 23 'hunger hotspots' UN News 30 Jul 2021 -- Life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine is being cut off in several countries by fighting and blockades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report issued on Friday.
- Millions in 23 Hunger Hot Spots Face Famine, Death, UN Agencies Say VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- The United Nations warns global hunger is increasing and urgent action is needed to stave off famine and death over coming months in nearly two dozen unstable, violence-prone countries.
- China's military warns UK of 'counter-measures' as British vessels sail in South China Sea Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- China's military has warned that it would take stern reaction against the UK if it does not "remain restrained and obey the rules" as a Royal Navy aircraft carrier sails through the South China Sea.
- Yemeni army troops, allies foil infiltration bids in Hudaydah, kill Saudi mercenaries Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Yemeni army soldiers, supported by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have thwarted two infiltration attempts by Saudi-led coalition forces and their Takfiri mercenaries in Yemen's strategic western province of Hudaydah, leaving scores of them dead.
- Yemeni forces liberate two districts in al-Bayda: Military Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Yemen's Armed Forces have announced the liberation of two districts in al-Bayda Province from the control of Takfiri militants backed by a Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen.
- Bosnian Serb Deputies Approve Laws To Block UN Envoy's Genocide Denial Ban RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- Lawmakers in Republika Srpska, the Serb-controlled region of Bosnia-Herzegovina, have approved two new laws to block a decision last week by the outgoing UN high representative for Bosnia to ban genocide denial.
- 100,000+ children in Ethiopia's Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition: UNICEF Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has voiced concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's conflict-ridden region of Tigray, saying more than 100,000 children could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold jump in average annual levels.
- 100,000 children in Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition: UNICEF UN News 30 Jul 2021 -- More than 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold jump over average annual levels, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.
- Cameroon Says Boko Haram Attacks Military, Seduces Civilians VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- Officials in Cameroon say Boko Haram militants appear to be changing their tactics and attacking only military and government targets in an effort to try to attract more recruits.
- UNICEF: 100,000 Children in Tigray Suffering Life-threatening Malnutrition VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- The U.N. Children's Fund warns an estimated 100,000 children in northern Ethiopia's Tigray province are at risk of life-threatening severe acute malnutrition over the next 12 months. This is a tenfold increase over the annual average caseload in this war-torn region.
- Mozambique's President Welcomes African Troops Sent to Fight Insurgents VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- Mozambique's defense minister says South African troops are expected this week to join operations meant to counter insurgents in northern Cabo Delgado province.
- Chinese Authorities in Tibet Demand Information on Relatives Living Abroad Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- Chinese authorities in Tibet are ordering Tibetan residents to turn over the names and other personal information of relatives living in exile communities outside Tibet, threatening loss of state benefits such as land and housing for noncompliance, Tibetan sources say.
- Trump asked DOJ officials to declare 2020 election corrupt: Documents Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Former US Republican President Donald Trump pressured senior officials in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to declare the 2020 presidential election results corrupt, new documents have revealed.
- Statement on Blue Origin-Dynetics Decision GAO 30 Jul 2021 -- On Friday, July 30, 2021, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied protests filed by Blue Origin Federation, LLC, of South Kent, Washington, and Dynetics, Inc.-A Leidos Company, of Huntsville, Alabama.
- Local Staff At U.S. Embassy, Consulates In Russia Dismissed To Meet Kremlin Deadline RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- The United States says it has laid off nearly 200 local employees from its diplomatic missions in Russia ahead of an August 1 deadline set by the Kremlin to do so -- a move made by Moscow in response to U.S. sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States.
- Russian Government Actions Impacting U.S. Mission Russia US Dept. of State 30 Jul 2021 -- The United States is immensely grateful for the tireless dedication and commitment of our locally employed staff and contractors at U.S. Mission Russia.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on July 30, 2021 PRC MofA 30 Jul 2021
- Statement on Investor Protection Related to Recent Developments in China SEC 30 Jul 2021-- Recently, the government of the People's Republic of China provided new guidance to and placed restrictions on China-based companies raising capital offshore, including through associated offshore shell companies. These developments include government-led cybersecurity reviews of certain companies raising capital through offshore entities.
- Man sentenced to 9 years in jail for inciting secession, terrorism in Hong Kong People's Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- A man was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday in Hong Kong after being found guilty of inciting others to commit secession and engaging in terrorist activities.
- China's police chief stresses security, stability in Hong Kong People's Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi on Thursday stressed efforts by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government to safeguard national security, sovereignty and development interests, and ensure social stability in the region.
- China welcomes EU diplomats' visit to Xinjiang but rejects presumption of guilt Global Times 30 Jul 2021 -- China is actively coordinating the visit of EU diplomats to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region but some of their demands, including visiting Ilham Tohti, a Uygur sentenced to life imprisonment for provoking social unrest, disrespect China's sovereignty, the spokesperson of Xinjiang regional government said at a press conference on Friday, noting that Xinjiang does not welcome those who bear the mentality of "presumption of guilt."
- Chinese health authorities highlight efforts to facilitate three-child policy People's Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- Health authorities in China have proposed measures to facilitate the implementation of the three-child policy.
- EU to Review China Strategy at Forthcoming Council Meeting: Borell Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- The European Union is reconsidering its relationship with China amid growing concerns over human rights and online security, according to the bloc's foreign policy chief.
- Hong Kong Motorcyclist Gets Nine Years For Flying Banned Slogan, Riding Towards Police Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- A court in Hong Kong on Friday handed down a nine-year jail term to motorcyclist Tong Ying-kit for "terrorism" and inciting "secession" after he flew a banned slogan from his bike during a street protest.
- Hong Kong Activist Gets 9 Years in Prison VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- The first person convicted under Hong Kong's national security law has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of terrorism and secession in a watershed ruling that could act as a benchmark for the city's revamped judicial setting.
- Police in China's XUAR Question Uyghurs For Attending Eid Prayers Without Permission Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- Police in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region took in for questioning more than 170 Uyghurs who attended prayer services without permission from authorities during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holy days, a senior police officer said.
- Attacks On Chinese Workers In Pakistan Raise Regional Security Questions For Beijing RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Jul 2021 -- An attack by gunmen on two Chinese workers in Pakistan on July 28 is the latest in a string of incidents that has left Beijing reevaluating how best to protect its citizens and interests in the country, which has become strategically important as the centerpiece of its multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
- Pakistani Foreign Minister Says Chinese Workers Targeted By 'Enemies' RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Jul 2021 -- Pakistan's foreign minister has blamed "enemies of Pakistan" for targeting workers at major Chinese-funded infrastructure projects after two attacks in which Chinese workers were killed or injured.
- Last Taiwanese official in Hong Kong forced home CNA 30 Jul 2021 -- Taiwan's representative office in Hong Kong no longer has any Taiwanese officials as the last of them was forced home Friday afternoon due to the refusal of Hong Kong authorities to extend his visa.
- DPP official slammed for "Taiwan independence" remarks People's Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- A mainland spokesperson on Friday lashed out at separatist forces seeking "Taiwan independence," saying such attempts will lead to a dead end.
- DPP authority's collusion with external forces only brings disgrace: spokesperson People's Daily 30 Jul 2021 -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority's collusion with Japanese and U.S. legislators to seek "Taiwan independence" will be proven futile and will only bring disgrace, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Thursday.
- United States Seizes Oil Tanker Used to Violate Sanctions Against North Korea US Dept. of Justice 30 Jul 2021 -- A New York federal court today entered a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/T Courageous, a 2,734-ton oil-products tanker used to make illicit deliveries of petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers with vessels flagged in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) and direct shipments to the North Korean port of Nampo.
- Iranian National Charged with Illegally Exporting Laboratory Equipment to Iran US Dept. of Justice 30 Jul 2021 -- A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment today charging a Canadian national with the unlawful export of laboratory equipment from the United States to Iran, through Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- FM Zarif to UN Chief documents Western Breach of JCPOA IRNA 30 Jul 2021 -- In a letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, compiled all documents about 6 years of Western noncompliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the nuclear deal signed in 2015.
- Vienna talks aim to restore original JCPOA; nothing more, nothing less: Russia Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Russia's lead negotiator at the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran says the ongoing negotiations aim to restore the agreement in its original form, nothing more and nothing less.
- Zarif censures US, E3 for trying to blackmail Iran into renegotiating nuclear deal Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has censured the United States and E3 or the three European parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal over their "ill-intention" with regard to Iran and trying to blackmail Iran into renegotiating the deal.
- WSJ: US plans sanctions campaign on Iran's drones, guided missiles programs Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- The United States is reportedly planning a sanctions campaign against Iran's defensive drones and guided missiles program, six months after the administration of Joe Biden, who had promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and remove anti-Iran sanctions, assumed office.
- Rights Watchdog Urges Iran To Release Those Detained During Recent Protests, Investigate Abuses RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Iranian authorities to "immediately and unconditionally" release those detained during protests against water shortages and economic hardships in Khuzestan and other provinces and to investigate the abusive use of lethal force.
- Attack Kills 2 on Israeli-managed Oil Tanker in Indian Ocean VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- An attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman killed two crew members Thursday night, according to the ship's management company, Zodiac Maritime.
- Israel Blames Iran For Attack On Tanker That Killed Two Crew RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- Israel on July 30 blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli-managed oil tanker off Oman that killed two crew members.
- Six Months After Myanmar's Coup, Life is Worse in Nearly Every Metric: Analysts Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- Six months after Myanmar's military staged a coup to remove the country's democratically elected government, life in the Southeast Asian nation is worse by nearly every metric, according to analysts, who said the junta's prospect for maintaining power in the long term appears unlikely.
- Six months after coup, Myanmar's political, rights and aid crisis is worsening UN News 30 Jul 2021 -- It's been six months since the military coup in Myanmar where there's grave concern over the widening impact of the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis affecting the country's people.
- Belarus will not hesitate to invite Russian troops if needed: Lukashenko Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he would not hesitate to invite Russian troops to the country in the event of an extraordinary foreign threat.
- EU Urges Support For Lithuania's Migrant Crisis As Baltic States Accuse Belarus Of 'Hybrid Attack' RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- The European Commission's top migration official is urging EU member states to support Lithuania as thousands of irregular migrants cross from Belarus in what Baltic defense ministers are calling a "hybrid attack."
- Sanctioning Cuban Police in Response to Violent Repression of Peaceful Protests US Dept. of State 30 Jul 2021 -- On July 22, the United States imposed sanctions on the leader of Cuba's military and on the Cuban Ministry of the Interior's Special National Brigade in response to Cuban security forces' violent suppression of peaceful protesters.
- Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Cuba The White House 30 Jul 2021
- US Sanctions More Cuban Officials for Suppressing Protests VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- The Biden administration has imposed sanctions on Cuba's police force and two of its leaders following recent protests on the island against the communist government.
- Tunisia president names new interior minister after sacking PM, parliament Press TV 30 Jul 2021 -- Tunisian President Kais Saied has appointed a new interior minister days after seizing control of the government and freezing the parliament, pledging to protect civil rights and respect freedoms.
- Antiestablishment Party's Nikolov Gets Mandate To Form Bulgarian Government RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- President Rumen Radev has asked a newly elected lawmaker from Bulgaria's antiestablishment party, There Is Such a People (ITN), to form the country's next government after the party narrowly won parliamentary elections on July 11.
- Moldovan President Nominates Ex-Finance Minister As Prime Minister RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- Moldovan President Maia Sandu has nominated former Finance Minister Natalia Gavrilita to try to become the country's new prime minister.
- U.S., EU Concerned Over Stability After Georgia's Ruling Party Annuls Political Deal RFE/RL 30 Jul 2021 -- The United States and the European Union voiced deep concern about the future of Georgia's democracy on July 29, a day after the collapse of a political agreement that has put the Caucasus nation on a path to deeper crisis.
- Joint Statement by Secretary Janet L. Yellen and Secretary Antony J. Blinken Welcoming the EU Sanctions Regime on Lebanon US Treasury 30 Jul 2021 -- The United States welcomes the EU's adoption today of a new sanctions regime to promote accountability and reform in Lebanon.
- Arrest of Eswatini Lawmakers Condemned by International Community VOA 30 Jul 2021 -- Rights groups have condemned Eswatini's arrest of two lawmakers this week and the use of force against pro-democracy protesters. The southern African kingdom, Africa's last absolute monarchy, has been rocked by protests since June.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|