06 August 2021 Military News
- Who's Who In The Taliban: The Men Who Run The Extremist Group And How They Operate RFE/RL Gandhara 06 Aug 2021 -- With the Taliban in control of more than half of all districts in Afghanistan, promises made by Taliban political negotiators in Doha appear to be falling by the wayside.
- Taliban capture first provincial capital in Afghanistan Press TV 06 Aug 2021 -- The Taliban have captured the first provincial capital in Afghanistan, since they intensified attacks on the government forces.
- Afghanistan at 'dangerous turning point', UN envoy warns Security Council UN News 06 Aug 2021 -- With the war in Afghanistan now in "a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase", the top UN official in the country appealed on Friday for the Security Council to act to avert a catastrophe.
- Displaced Afghans face 'continued deterioration' in country UN News 06 Aug 2021 -- The situation for people who have been displaced due to an upsurge in fighting in Afghanistan following the resurgence of the Taliban is expected to continue to deteriorate, unless more is done to assist them, according to the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin "Benny" Gantz DoD 06 Aug 2021
- 37th IBCT, Hungarian Defence Forces train together Army News 06 Aug 2021 -- Soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard's 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team partnered with Hungarian Defence Forces during their monthlong training at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
- U.S., Colombian army paratroopers successfully conclude DFE bilateral exercise Army News 06 Aug 2021 -- U.S. and Colombian army paratroopers concluded a bilateral airborne training exercise July 30 with a demonstration of the tactical capabilities of the Colombian Army's elite special forces unit, the Lanceros, at Tolemaida Air Base in Colombia.
- Brown says China's challenge must be met with speed, focus and commitment US Air Force 06 Aug 2021 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. told an influential audience Aug. 6 at the National Press Club that the Air Force and the nation must respond with speed, focus and commitment to China's emergence and other global security threats just as it did 20 years ago following the 9/11 attack.
- A-10s land on Michigan state highway US Air Force 06 Aug 2021 -- Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron and the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing landed on a state highway as part of Northern Strike 21, a large-scale training exercise, in Alpena, Aug. 5.
- Military Sealift Command supports U.S. Navy's Large Scale Exercise 2021 US Navy 06 Aug 2021 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) and dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) will participate in the Pacific portion of the U.S. Navy's Large Scale Exercise 2021.
- US Navy's First TH-73A "Thrasher" Arrives at NAS Whiting Field US Navy 06 Aug 2021 -- The first operational TH-73A "Thrasher" training helicopter landed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Aug. 6.
- Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Nantucket US Navy 06 Aug 2021 -- The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, Aug. 7, in Marinette, Wisconsin.
- US Warns About 'Rapid Growth' in China's Nuclear Arsenal Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed grave concern Friday about what he described as China's growing nuclear arsenal and told an annual regional security conference that the Asian superpower should also cease "provocative behavior" in the South China Sea.
- Air Force capability flying high Australia DOD 06 Aug 2021 -- There were a number of firsts for Air Force during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021, from the transfer of fuel from a United States Air Force aircraft to the deployment of mobile aircraft arrestors.
- Australian ships join US-led exercise Australia DOD 06 Aug 2021 -- HMA Ships Canberra and Ballarat have arrived in the Western Pacific Ocean for the opening phase of the US-led Large Scale Global Exercise 21.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Foreign Minister Lamamra US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers' Meeting US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, August 6, 2021 The White House 06 Aug 2021
- 6 August 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Aug 2021
- The United States Welcomes the Appointment of Hans Grundberg as the New UN Special Envoy for Yemen US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021 -- The United States welcomes the appointment of Hans Grundberg as the new UN Special Envoy for Yemen. Grundberg brings considerable expertise on Yemen and the region, and we look forward to working closely with him to advance a durable resolution to the conflict in Yemen.
- G7 Blames Iran For Attack On Tanker, U.S. Military Reveals 'Evidence' Of Drone Strike RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- The U.S. military and the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries blamed Iran on August 6 for last week's attack on a tanker in international waters off Oman.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on the MV Mercer Street Attack US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
- PRESS RELEASE :DISENGAGEMENT AT PP 17A India PIB 06 Aug 2021 -- As conveyed earlier this week, the twelfth round of talks between the Corps Commanders of India and China were held on 31 July 2021 at Chushul Moldo Meeting Point in Eastern Ladakh.
- Escalating Lebanon-Israel aggressions provoking 'very dangerous situation' UN News 06 Aug 2021 -- The UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said on Friday that escalating hostilities over the past two days involving Lebanese and Israeli forces have created "a very dangerous situation" in the volatile border region.
- Hezbollah retaliates against Israeli bombing with rocket barrage Press TV 06 Aug 2021 -- Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says it has fired a barrage of rockets at Israeli positions in occupied Shebaa Farms in retaliation for Israel's airstrikes on southern Lebanon a day earlier.
- Hizballah Rocket Attacks into Israel US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021 -- The United States condemns in the strongest terms Hizballah's rocket attacks into Israel.
- Militants kill 26 soldiers in Chad despite presence of Western troops Press TV 06 Aug 2021 -- At least 26 Chadian soldiers have been killed by suspected, Daesh-linked Boko Haram terrorists in an armed assault on their patrol convoy in the general area of Lake Chad, an army spokesman says.
- Ceasefire in Tigray more urgent than ever: UN relief chief UN News 06 Aug 2021 -- A ceasefire in Tigray on humanitarian grounds is needed now more than ever if a massive aid operation across frontlines is to succeed, the UN's emergency relief chief said on Friday.
- Mali violence threatens country's survival, warns UN human rights expert UN News 06 Aug 2021 -- Rapidly spreading violence in Mali is threatening the State's very survival, the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country said on Friday.
- Designations of ISIS-Mozambique, JNIM, and al-Shabaab Leaders US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021 -- "I am announcing the designation of five terrorist leaders in Africa. Bonomade Machude Omar, Sidan ag Hitta, Salem ould Breihmatt, Ali Mohamed Rage, and Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir are designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order 13224, as amended."
- The Week In Russia: A Poisonous August RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- For a year now, since a deeply disputed August 2020 election in Belarus and a near-fatal nerve-agent poisoning in Russia less than two weeks later, crackdowns on government opponents, civil society, and independent media outlets have been broadening in both Russia and Belarus.
- Navalny's Brother Gets Suspended Sentence In Latest 'Sanitary' Case RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- The brother of imprisoned Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny was given a one-year suspended prison sentence after a court in Moscow found him guilty on August 6 of publicly calling for the violation of anti-pandemic restrictions.
- Stop dreaming about unsettling Hong Kong: Chinese FM commissioner urges US Global Times 06 Aug 2021 -- Those who want to disturb the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and contain China are doomed to fail and they should drop the illusion before it is too late, a spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR said in a release on Friday.
- China blasts US offer of 'safe havens' for Hong Kong residents Press TV 06 Aug 2021 -- China has strongly criticized the United States' recent offer of a temporary "safe haven" to people from Hong Kong, describing the move as "violently intervening" in the semi-autonomous city's internal affairs.
- China Slams U.S. Visa Offer For Hong Kong, as Canada Warns Over Exit Bans Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- China on Friday hit out at Washington's offer of a visa safe haven for Hong Kong residents seeking to avoid a widening crackdown on peaceful dissent and political opposition under a national security law, as Canada warned its citizens they could be prevented from leaving Hong Kong under new immigration rules.
- US Tech Products Enable Chinese Surveillance in Xinjiang, Researchers Find Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- U.S. technology companies are still supplying China's surveillance state with equipment and software for monitoring populations and censoring information, including in the Xinjiang region, despite damning revelations that have led to genocide accusations against Beijing, according to researchers.
- New China PLA Chief in Xinjiang Follows Repressive CCP Boss Over From Tibet Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- China's new military commander in Xinjiang, confirmed on social media this week, is likely to support repressive mass surveillance and incarceration policies pioneered by the region's hardline Communist Party boss when the two men served in Tibet, exile Tibetan and Uyghur sources said.
- China Stops Issuing New Passports, Slaps Entry, Exit Curbs on Citizens Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- China has stopped issuing new passports to its citizens and has imposed entry and exit controls on its population, citing the recent surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, but commentators say the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the pandemic as a pretext to curb freedom of movement.
- China Imposes Mandarin-Language Teaching on Kindergartens in Ethnic Minority, Rural Areas Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has announced it will extend compulsory Mandarin teaching to preschoolers across the country, ousting minority languages like Mongolian, Tibetan, and Uyghur -- as well as regional Chinese languages like Sichuanese or Cantonese -- as the medium of instruction for children of all ages across the country.
- Zambian president commissions China-funded modern airport People's Daily 06 Aug 2021 -- Zambia on Thursday commissioned a new international airport financed by China, with President Edgar Lungu expressing gratitude to the Chinese side for financing the construction of the airport.
- U.S. Senate approves bill to back Taiwan's WHO bid CNA 06 Aug 2021 -- The United States Senate on Friday passed a bill directing the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status at the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Iran's New President Ebrahim Raisi's Assumption of Duty PRC MofA 06 Aug 2021
- Raisi sworn in as Iran's new president People's Daily 06 Aug 2021 -- Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in on Thursday as the new president of Iran in the parliament.
- Two Men From Myanmar Arrested in Plot to 'Injure or Kill' the Country's UN Envoy, a Junta Foe Radio Free Asia 06 Aug 2021 -- Two Burmese men have been arrested for allegedly plotting to kill or injure Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations near New York, U.S. officials announced Friday.
- Interview: As Crackdown Intensifies, British Historian Says Fate Has Long Been Cruel To Belarus RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- As pro-democracy activists inside and outside of Belarus increasingly find themselves targeted by Alyaksandr Lukashenka's repressive machinery, British historian Norman Davies suggests that, in a way, things could have been worse: The country might not have come into existence as an independent state.
- EU Meeting To Discuss Surge Of Migrants From Belarus To Lithuania RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- European Union home affairs ministers will discuss a surge of illegal border crossings from Belarus to EU member state Lithuania at an extraordinary meeting on August 18, the Slovenian EU Presidency said on August 6.
- Belarusian Opposition Leader Jailed For Three Months RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- Belarusian opposition leader Mikalay Kazlou was sentenced to three months in jail on August 6 on charges that he disclosed information related to an official probe into an anti-regime crisis council that sprang up after Alyaksandr Lukashenka's disputed claim to a sixth presidential term one year ago.
- Under Fire From Brussels, Orban Says He Expects Outside 'Interference' In Hungary's 2022 Election RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he is "prepared" for outside "interference," including from the United States, in an election next year that could chip away at the wide majority his ruling Fidesz party currently enjoys in parliament.
- Moldovan Parliament Backs New 'Integrity Government' RFE/RL 06 Aug 2021 -- Lawmakers in Moldova have confirmed the new government of Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita after her Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) won snap elections earlier this month.
- The United States Restricts Visas of 50 Additional Nicaraguan Individuals Affiliated With Ortega-Murillo Regime US Dept. of State 06 Aug 2021 -- The Department of State has imposed visa restrictions on 50 immediate family members of Nicaraguan National Assembly representatives and Nicaraguan prosecutors and judges. As these actions demonstrate, the United States is committed to promoting broad accountability for anyone responsible for or benefiting from the Ortega-Murillo regime's attacks on democratic institutions.
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