03 September 2021 Military News
- DOD Creates 'Mayor Cells' at Locations Where Afghans Are Housed DoD News 03 Sep 2021 -- Right now about 26,000 Afghan civilians are living on eight different military installations across the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome. The Defense Department has now set up "mayor cells" at each of those locations to better understand the needs and address the concerns of the Afghan civilians living there, Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of U.S. Northern Command, said.
- Secretary Mayorkas Delivers Remarks on Operation Allies Welcome DHS 03 Sep 2021
- Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Engagement with Community Leaders Regarding Operation Allies Welcome DHS 03 Sep 2021 -- In executing the Department of Homeland Security's leadership role in Operation Allies Welcome – the ongoing all-of-government effort to resettle vulnerable Afghans in the United States, including those who worked on behalf of the United States – Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas met yesterday with more than 20 leaders of the Afghan-American community to hear their views and recommendations for how to successfully accomplish this resettlement.
- Defense Department Imagery Information Aids Wildland Firefighters DoD 03 Sep 2021 -- With continuing significant fire activity in the western United States this year, the Department of Defense (DoD) is delivering requested personnel, equipment, and facilities, to assist our Federal, State, and local partners fighting wildland fires.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Disestablishes Chief Management Office DoD 03 Sep 2021 -- Pursuant to section 901(b) of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 (Public Law 116-283), Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks has directed the transfer of each responsibility assigned to, and the personnel, functions, and assets of the former Chief Management Officer (CMO) of the Department of Defense to other DoD officials or organizations, effective Oct. 1, 2021. In summary:
- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby and General Glen D. VanHerck Hold a Press Briefing DoD 03 Sep 2021 -- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby; General Glen D. VanHerck, Commander, United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Italy's Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini DoD 03 Sep 2021
- Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl's Meeting With Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla DoD 03 Sep 2021
- Defense Department Establishes Supply Chain Resiliency Working Group DoD 03 Sep 2021 -- On Aug. 30, Gregory Kausner, performing the duties of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, established a department-wide supply chain resiliency working group to address systemic barriers currently limiting supply chain visibility, conduct resiliency assessments, and develop effective mitigation actions.
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini Opening Remarks at Pentagon Meeting DoD 03 Sep 2021
- U.S., Italian Leaders Discuss Plethora of Issues During Pentagon Meeting DoD News 03 Sep 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. III Austin thanked Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini for his country's help in the evacuation effort from Afghanistan.
- Fleet Readiness Center East Takes On New V-22 Workload US Navy 03 Sep 2021 -- Fleet Readiness Center East has conducted modification and Planned Maintenance Interval (PMI) events for Navy and Marine Corps V-22 aircraft since 2009, when the depot inducted its first Osprey.
- NATO's Deputy Secretary General stresses the importance of NATO-EU cooperation and complementarity NATO 03 Sep 2021 -- In a panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum on Thursday (2 September 2021), NATO's Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that a stronger European Union in defence can make the Alliance stronger, but will not replace it. He stressed the importance of the transatlantic bond in today's unpredictable world and the value of NATO-EU partnership to address current security challenges.
- India, US sign Air-Launched UAV Co-Development Project Agreement US Air Force 03 Sep 2021 -- Air Vice Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari, Indian Air Force, Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans, and Brig. Gen. Brian R. Bruckbauer, Director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation (AFSAC) Directorate for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, signed a landmark agreement recently to co-develop air-launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
- India and US sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle US Air Force 03 Sep 2021 -- The Ministry of Defence of India and U.S. Department of Defense concluded a Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), on Friday, July 30, 2021. The Air-Launched UAV PA falls under the Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Memorandum of Agreement between the Indian Ministry of Defence and the U.S. Department of Defense that was first signed in January 2006, and renewed in January 2015. The agreement is a significant step towards deepening the defense technology collaboration between the two nations, through co-development of defence equipment.
- India & US sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle India PIB 03 Sep 2021 -- Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence signed a Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) on July 30, 2021. The PA for ALUAV falls under the Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Memorandum of Agreement between Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence, which was first signed in January 2006 and renewed in January 2015.
- MISSION SAGAR INS AIRAVAT ARRIVES AT THAILAND WITH COVID RELIEF SUPPLIES India PIB 03 Sep 2021 -- As part of the ongoing Mission SAGAR, INS Airavat arrived at Sattahip, Thailand with COVID Relief Material on 03 Sep 2021. The ship is delivering 300 oxygen concentrators based on the requirement projected by the Government of Thailand in its fight against the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
- RAAF strengthens ties with US in Alaska Australia DOD 03 Sep 2021 -- The Royal Australian Air Force has successfully completed Exercise Red Flag Alaska 21-3, a two-week bilateral training exercise with the United States Air Force.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Soreide Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2021
- Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Daniel Benaim, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Dereck Hogan On the Secretary's Upcoming Travel to Qatar and Germany US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2021
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Shringla US Dept. of State 02 Sep 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with German Foreign Minister Maas US Dept. of State 02 Sep 2021
- 3 September 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 03 Sep 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks on Afghanistan at a Press Availability US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2021
- Taliban Say Proposed New Afghan Government To Seek Better Ties With US VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban are close to announcing their proposed Afghanistan government, which they say will seek friendly diplomatic ties with the United States, and the world at large, based on "mutual respect."
- Taliban Close To Forming Government Amid Fighting Over Opposition Holdout RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban appears to have moved closer to forming a new government in Afghanistan as the hard-line Islamist group continues to battle resistance fighters in a key opposition stronghold north of Kabul.
- Report: Baradar To Lead New Afghan Government RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Sep 2021 -- Taliban co-founder and political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is considered a relative moderate within the hard-line Islamist group, will lead the new government in Afghanistan, Reuters quotes three sources as saying, as the militants continue to battle with resistance fighters holding out in mountains north of Kabul.
- Taliban Return Signals 'End to Press Freedom' Afghan Journalists Say VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- A free and independent media will not be possible in Afghanistan, despite assurances from the Taliban, say some journalists at privately owned news outlets.
- How Taliban's Win Might Influence Radical Muslims in Southeast Asia VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban victory in Afghanistan could inspire radical Muslim groups in Southeast Asia to take up arms once more against their own governments, analysts say, and officials are on alert for potential violence.
- Afghanistan Facing Internal Displacement Crisis as Refugee Exodus Remains Low VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- The U.N. refugee agency warns millions of Afghans displaced by conflict inside their country are teetering on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and need international aid to survive.
- Borrell Says EU Won't Recognize New Afghan Government, But Will Engage It RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Sep 2021 -- The European Union says it has no plans to recognize Afghanistan's new government, once announced, but it will engage with the Taliban-led administration on an "operational" basis.
- EU to 'engage' with Taliban government to secure evacuation of Afghan collaborators Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- The European Union (EU) says it will "engage" with an expected government in Afghanistan to evacuate the Afghans who collaborated with foreign invaders and who now want to leave the country, as the Taliban plan to form a new government.
- China tells US to stop imposing its norms on world after Afghanistan debacle Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- China has called on the US to ponder on the recent advice of Russian President Vladimir Putin to quit imposing American norms on other nations after the Afghanistan fiasco.
- Iran urges Afghans to exercise restraint, avoid violence, fratricide amid clashes in Panjshir Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- The spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry has urged all Afghan sides to exercise restraint and avoid violence and fratricide amid heavy fighting between Taliban members and resistance militia fighters in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, north of the capital Kabul.
- UK to provide £30 million of life-saving supplies for Afghan refugees UK FCDO 03 Sep 2021 -- The UK announces up to £30 million of life-saving aid to Afghanistan's neighbouring countries to help those who choose to leave Afghanistan during the crisis.
- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Pakistan: "Pakistan is a vital UK partner on Afghanistan" UK FCDO 03 Sep 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Pakistan to discuss how the UK and Pakistan can work closely together on the situation in Afghanistan.
- Qatar Says Efforts Underway to Reopen Airport in Kabul VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- Qatar's foreign minister said Thursday that efforts are underway to reopen the airport in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, but cautioned it was unclear when flights would resume.
- 'Major' humanitarian crisis looms in Afghanistan, as UN convenes fundraising conference UN News 03 Sep 2021 -- A major humanitarian crisis is looming in Afghanistan, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned again on Friday, amid ongoing uncertainty about the situation for vulnerable Afghans seeking shelter across the country's borders. To address the crisis, the UN announced a major fundraising conference to take place in Geneva on 13 September.
- Syrian air defense units intercept, destroy Israeli missiles over Damascus Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- Syrian air defenses have thwarted another Israeli act of aggression against the war-ravaged Arab country, and shot down a number of "hostile" missiles in the skies over the capital city of Damascus.
- Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the termination of OSCE Observer Mission's activities at the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the Russia-Ukraine border Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 03 Sep 2021 -- During a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on September 2, the Russian Federation announced its decision not to renew the mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the international automobile checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk on the Russia-Ukraine border after its expiration on September 30, 2021.
- India tightens security in Kashmir after death of independence leader Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- India has tightened restrictions on movement in the part of Kashmir that it administers to contain protests after the burial of a top independence leader.
- Cameroon, Nigeria Investigate Arms Traffickers Accused of Supplying Weapons to Separatists VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- Authorities in Cameroon say weapons traffickers arrested last week in Nigeria have been arming Cameroon's Anglophone separatists.
- Al-Shabab Denies Killing Somali Security Agency Employee VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- Somali terrorist group al-Shabab has strongly denied an accusation by the country's National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) that it killed an agency employee abducted two months ago. Her parents contend the agency was responsible.
- Statement by President Joe Biden on the Executive Order Directing Declassification Review of Documents Related to the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks The White House 03 Sep 2021
- Executive Order on Declassification Review of Certain Documents Concerning the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 The White House 03 Sep 2021
- New Zealand Terror Attack Condemned As 'Hateful,' Senseless VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Auckland was inspired by the Islamic State group. The attacker - a Sri Lankan national who was wielding a knife - has been shot dead by the police. Six people have reportedly been injured.
- New Zealand police gun down 'extremist' who stabbed six in Auckland Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- New Zealand police officers have shot and killed a knife-wielding "extremist" who stabbed and wounded at least six people in a supermarket, the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.
- Crying Foul: Leaked Audio Suggests United Russia Readying Election Fraud RFE/RL 03 Sep 2021 -- At a recent meeting of polling station heads in a Moscow suburb, a woman who has been identified as a local administration official is heard explaining how the upcoming elections for the State Duma should be conducted.
- Russia Blocks Access To Four VPN Providers Ahead Of Elections RFE/RL 03 Sep 2021 -- Russia's media watchdog has blocked six providers of virtual proxy networks (VPNs), which people can use to circumvent government restrictions on the Internet.
- US Visa Extension to Offer 18-Month Work Permit to 'Eligible' Hongkongers Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2021 -- Immigration authorities in the United States say they will publish details of an 18-month work permit to be offered to "eligible" residents of Hong Kong under a visa extension scheme by the end of the month.
- Another radical HK group disbands; more to follow but 'cannot evade legal liabilities' Global Times 03 Sep 2021 -- Another anti-China group in Hong Kong, Civic Passion, disbanded on Friday, after its chairman was removed from the Legislative Council (LegCo) more than a week ago, following the disbandment of HK's largest opposition alliance Civil Human Rights Front and Hong Kong teachers' union last month.
- Ethnic Groups Fear More Repression After Chinese President's Speech on Minorities Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2021 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for ethnic minority groups to put the interests of the nation first has fueled concerns that the government will double down on up its repressive policies against them, analysts said.
- Teachers Fired in China For Offering Paid Tutor Sessions to Own Students Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2021 -- Teachers across China are being reported and punished for offering paid catch-up sessions to students amid an ongoing crackdown on the tutoring industry by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Xi Jinping.
- Third Enlarged Meeting of Political Bureau of 8th C.C., WPK Held KCNA 03 Sep 2021 -- The third Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK ) was held at the office building of the Party Central Committee on September 2 at a time when all the people are out in the advance to attain the first year's goal in the implementation of the decisions made at the Party Congress by making strenuous effort and displaying tremendous fighting power under the leadership of the great Party.
- Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Kidnapping Conspiracy Charges Against An Iranian Intelligence Officer And Members Of An Iranian Intelligence Network DOJ - USAO SDNY 03 Sep 2021 -- Iranian Intelligence Services Allegedly Plotted to Kidnap a U.S. Journalist and Human Rights Activist from New York City for Rendition to Iran
- U.S. Sanctions Four Iran Intelligence Officers Accused Of Attempting To Kidnap U.S. Activist RFE/RL 03 Sep 2021 -- The United States has announced sanctions against four Iranian intelligence operatives who sought to kidnap an American journalist as part of a wider attempt to silence critics of the government in Tehran.
- Sanctioning Iranian Intelligence Affiliates for Targeting Dissidents Abroad US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2021 -- Iran's attempt to kidnap a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil because she used her freedom of speech to criticize the Iranian government is unacceptable and an egregious violation of fundamental international norms.
- Treasury Sanctions Iranian Intelligence Network Targeting Iranian-American Activist in the United States US Treasury 03 Sep 2021 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating four Iranian intelligence operatives who targeted a U.S. citizen in the United States and Iranian dissidents in other countries as part of a wide-ranging campaign to silence critics of the Iranian government.
- In call with Chinese FM, Amir-Abdollahian says Iran categorically opposed to foreign powers' meddling in others' affairs Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic is categorically opposed to certain powers' meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, including China.
- Myanmar Junta Has Killed Five Doctors and Arrested Dozens More Since Feb. 1 Coup Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2021 -- Myanmar's military junta has killed five doctors, arrested dozens of others, and driven hundreds more into hiding since it overthrew the elected government seven months ago, undermining the fight against a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors in the country told RFA.
- Belarusian Human Rights Defender Sudalenka, Two Assistants Go On Trial RFE/RL 03 Sep 2021 -- A well-known Belarusian human rights lawyer and his two assistants have gone on trial after providing legal assistance to activists, journalists, and other people who were persecuted in an ongoing crackdown by authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime.
- Japan's Suga to Resign, Signaling Possible Return to Political Instability VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday he will not run for reelection as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, effectively ending his broadly unpopular premiership just a year after it began.
- Iran ready to sell 'more fuel' to Lebanon if needed: FM Amir-Abdollahian Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran is ready to sell more fuel to the Lebanese government and businessmen if need be, as an Iranian ship transporting fuel for the crisis-hit country has entered Syria's territorial waters.
- Iranian fuel-laden ship to reach Lebanon 'soon': Envoy Press TV 03 Sep 2021 -- Iran's ambassador to Beirut says the vessel that has been loaded with Iranian fuel for Lebanon is to reach its destination shortly.
- Lebanon: Almost three-quarters of the population living in poverty UN News 03 Sep 2021 -- Poverty in Lebanon has drastically increased over the past year and now affects about 74% of the population, warned the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on Friday.
- Catalan Separatists Reportedly Sought Help From Russia RFE/RL 03 Sep 2021 -- Catalan separatists sought help from Russia as it struggled to break with Spain, The New York Times has reported, citing intelligence files.
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