10 September 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Royal Malaysia Air Force trains on radar operations at WADS Army News 10 Sep 2021 -- The Western Air Defense Sector hosted a Radar Operations Orientation Course for 12 members of the Royal Malaysian Air Force's 2nd Air Division, 330th Squadron, Aug. 2-27.
- U.S. Army delivers new water supply system benefiting displaced Georgians Army News 10 Sep 2021 -- Since the 2008 Russian-Georgian War forced them to leave, hundreds of families have called the Prezeti Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp home. Made up of hundreds of simple, identical homes in the foothills of the Northern Caucasus Mountains, the camp only has limited supporting infrastructure, a situation the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has worked to improve.
- QATAR, AFCENT validate tactics during Exercise Sky Shield III CENTCOM 10 Sep 2021 -- Airmen from U.S. Air Forces Central and the Qatar Emiri Air Force participated in Exercise Sky Shield III at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 1-4, 2021.
- General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.'s opening remarks at CJTFOIR Change of Command ceremony, Sept. 9th 2021 CENTCOM 10 Sep 2021 -- Good Morning. Prime Minister Kadhimi, Minister of Defense Juma, Minister of Interior Uthman, Staff General Yarallah, Staff General Shimmari, General Abu Ragheef, Ambassadors Tueller, Richardson, and Ganly—thank you for having me.
- Department Guidance on Procurement and Operation of DOD Unmanned Aircraft Systems DoD 10 Sep 2021 -- On Sept. 8, 2021, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks signed into effect updated guidance for the procurement and operation of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In support of the National Defense Strategy, this updated policy provides expanded department-wide guidance on the use of all UAS, regardless of size, weight, or capability.
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana Opening Remarks at Bilateral Meeting DoD 10 Sep 2021
- Austin Says Philippines Is Vital Ally With Shared Goals DoD News 10 Sep 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosted Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana today at the Pentagon.
- Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Air Wing of the Future operate in South China Sea US Navy 10 Sep 2021 -- Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) and their embarked Air Wing of the Future, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, are operating in the South China Sea in order to uphold the free and open use of Indo-Pacific waters in support of security and stability in the region.
- Russia, Belarus Kick Off Massive Military Exercises Amid Tensions With West RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia and Belarus have launched massive joint military drills near NATO's borders as Moscow and Minsk vowed to deepen their military ties amid persistent tensions with the West.
- Russian-Belarus Zapad Drills Begin Friday as NATO Watches Closely Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- The large-scale Russia-Belarus Zapad-2021 drills, which will involve about 200,000 personnel, over 80 aircraft and up to 760 pieces of military equipment, are starting on 10 September, with NATO and neighboring nations observing closely from the sidelines.
- Russia, Belarus kick off massive joint drills, worrying NATO Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- The army forces of Russia and Belarus have started joint military drills in the Baltic Sea and across the territory of their countries, causing alarm in some European Union states and NATO countries.
- Russian Military Base in Tajikistan to Receive 30 Modern Tanks by Year-End Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- The Russian military base in Tajikistan will be provided with 30 modernised tanks by the end of 2021, Russia's Central Military District said on 10 September.
- China, UK to enhance military cooperation PLA Daily 10 Sep 2021 -- General Li Zuocheng, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of the Joint Staff Department under the CMC, took a video call from General Sir Nick Carter, UK's Chief of the Defence Staff, on September 10.
- Press statement of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh following bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Mr Peter Dutton India PIB 10 Sep 2021
- UK Defence Secretary Reveals When Britain May Use Its New Battle Drones in Afghanistan Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- On 28 August, Britain's last evacuation flight left Kabul, ending almost 20 years of UK military presence in the Central Asian nation.
- MOD awards £3.8-million contract for advanced base protection system UK MOD 10 Sep 2021 -- Programme TALOS, overseen by Strategic Command's innovation hub (jHub), helps to rapidly bring new technology into defence.
- Singapore military training in Australia Australia DOD 10 Sep 2021 -- Commencing this week, around 1,000 Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel will participate in training activities in Queensland and the Northern Territory as part of Singapore's annual military training in Australia.
- ADF plays vital role in humanitarian airlift Australia DOD 10 Sep 2021 -- Over nine sweltering days in August, Australian Defence Force personnel took part in the largest humanitarian airlift operation in recent history.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, September 10, 2021 The White House 10 Sep 2021
- Department Press Briefing – September 10, 2021 US Dept. of State 10 Sep 2021
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Further U.S. Citizen Departures from Afghanistan The White House 10 Sep 2021
- Afghanistan Opposition Forces Insist 'There's Still Hope' VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- Afghan forces opposed to the Taliban are insisting the fight is not over despite claims by Taliban officials that the last stronghold of the resistance is under their control.
- US Suspends Afghan Evacuee Flights Into US Because of Measles VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- The United States says it has temporarily suspended all U.S.-bound flights of Afghan evacuees because of diagnosed cases of measles among Afghans who recently arrived in the United States.
- With NATO Forces Gone, Russia Looks South to Afghanistan, Warily VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia has been treading carefully in its dealings with the Taliban, engaging with them but so far withholding formal recognition of Afghanistan's new rulers.
- China Announces $31 Million Aid Package for Afghanistan VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- China on Wednesday announced a $31 million aid package for Afghanistan, in what appears to be one of the first new foreign aid pledges for the Taliban-ruled country.
- UN Rights Office Condemns Violent Taliban Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- The U.N. human rights office has condemned the Taliban's violent crackdown on peaceful protests in Afghanistan, where women in particular are trying to uphold their rights in the face of the Taliban's restrictions on women's place in society.
- Albanian PM: Afghan Withdrawal Raises Questions, But Saving Lives Comes First VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- In an interview Thursday, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said there are questions about how the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was handled, "but we need to first save the lives [of Afghans]."
- Afghan Media Say Taliban Attacking, Jailing News Crews During Kabul Protests VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban have detained, beaten and threatened several journalists covering protests in Kabul and other districts in Afghanistan, and told some news crews that they need permission to film.
- Additional Departures of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents from Afghanistan US Dept. of State 10 Sep 2021 -- As part of our ongoing commitment, today we facilitated the departure from Afghanistan of 21 U.S. citizens and 11 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).
- Report: 44 Afghans Evacuated To U.S. Flagged As Potential Security Risks RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Sep 2021 -- The Department of Homeland Security has flagged nearly four dozen Afghan evacuees as potential national-security threats as the government vets tens of thousands for resettlement in the United States, according to The Washington Post.
- Dozens of Ethnic Kazakhs Brought To Kazakhstan From Kabul On Late-Night Flight RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Sep 2021 -- Kazakhstan says it has evacuated a group of ethnic-Kazakh Afghan nationals from Kabul to the Central Asian nation as countries continue to try and move people out of the war-torn country following the Taliban's seizure of power.
- UN Envoy Warns Of 'Breakdown' In Afghanistan If Taliban Doesn't Get Funds RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Sep 2021 -- A UN envoy warned that shutting off the flow of money to Afghanistan to keep it out of the Taliban's hands threatens to collapse the country and its economy.
- Afghan Women At Forefront Of Nonviolent Resistance To Taliban RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Sep 2021 -- Hundreds of Afghans with bold placards and loud microphones are spilling into the streets of major cities every day, directly challenging the militant Islamist group, the Taliban, which seized power in Afghanistan last month.
- Last Afghan Jew Leaves Amid Minority Exodus In Fear Of Taliban RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Sep 2021 -- Zablon Simintov, Afghanistan's last Jew, has left the country after the Taliban takeover.
- Taliban Tells China No Sign of Banned Uyghur Outfit in Afghanistan Radio Free Asia 10 Sep 2021 -- A shadowy Uyghur Islamic group that China has used as justification for increasingly harsh rule over the Muslim ethnic minority in its far-western Xinjiang region is not present in Afghanistan and won't be allowed to return, a Taliban spokesman told Chinese state media.
- China hopes Afghan Taliban fulfills counter-terrorism promises on ETIM: FM Global Times 10 Sep 2021 -- China hopes the Afghan Taliban will fulfill its promises, break off from terrorist organizations, including the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and take effective actions to firmly crack down on it, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Friday in response to the Taliban spokesperson's comments that ETIM has no place in Afghanistan in an exclusive interview with the Global Times.
- Taliban response to Afghan protests 'increasingly violent': UN Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has condemned the Taliban's increasingly violent response to peaceful protests in Afghanistan, calling on the group to cease the use of force against the protesters.
- First civilian flight leaves Kabul airport since US pullout Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- An international flight transporting passengers, including American citizens, has left the Afghan capital for Qatar, for the first time since the last of the US forces left Afghanistan ten days ago.
- UN claims 'reprisal killings' by Taliban, says al-Qaeda 'sheltered', Daesh active Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- The United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan says there are "credible allegations" that the Taliban perpetrated reprisal killings despite the group's promises of a general amnesty since their takeover of the war-ravaged county.
- Russia 'Keeps Powder Dry' in Connection With Situation in Afghanistan, Lavrov Says Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia now sees no reason to believe that the situation in Afghanistan will "spill over" to neighboring countries, but "keeps the powder dry," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
- Taliban response to protests increasingly violent, warns OHCHR UN News 10 Sep 2021 -- Peaceful protesters in many parts of Afghanistan have been met with an increasingly violent response by the new Taliban authorities over the past four weeks, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday, including the use of live ammunition, batons and whips.
- Yemen: As conflict drags on, 'no quick wins' – UN envoy UN News 10 Sep 2021 -- The complexities of the years-long war in Yemen "multiply as the conflict drags on", the country's new UN envoy told the Security Council on Friday, adding that he was "under no illusions about the difficulty of the task" at hand.
- Iran's IRGC pounds terrorist positions in Iraqi Kurdistan days after warning Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has pounded the positions of terrorists in northern Iraq days after warning against anti-Iran movements, Tasnim news agency reports.
- Iran Says It Struck Terrorists in Northern Iraq Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- It is unclear whether Baghdad authorised the operation, but the Iranian general responsible for it said that Tehran had warned the local authorities in advance – both about the terrorists' presence and the imminent strike against them.
- Time is running out to agree a basis for elections in Libya UK FCDO 10 Sep 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council Briefing on Libya
- Elections represent an opportunity for stability and unity in Libya UN News 10 Sep 2021 -- With just over 100 days until landmark elections in Libya, political leaders must join forces to ensure the vote is free, fair and inclusive, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Friday.
- Zelenskiy Says A Full-Scale War With Russia A Worst-Case 'Possibility' RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a conference he could not exclude the possibility of a full-scale war with Russia even as he said he continues to seek a peace agreement with the Kremlin to end fighting in two eastern regions.
- Ukrainian President Says Possibility of Full-On War With Russia Exists Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on 10 September that there was a possibility of a war with Russia, but that would be "the biggest mistake" on Russia's part.
- Ongoing Conflict and Human Rights Abuses in Northern Ethiopia US Dept. of State 10 Sep 2021 -- The United States remains gravely concerned by ongoing conflict in multiple regions of Ethiopia. Reports of continued human rights abuses and atrocities by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, the Eritrean Defense Forces, Amhara regional and irregular forces, the TPLF and other armed groups, including the reported attack on civilians in one village in Amhara region this week, are deeply disturbing.
- Human Rights abuses intensifying in eastern DR Congo - UNHCR UN News 10 Sep 2021 -- An alarming number of human rights abuses have been carried out against civilians this year by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.
- Violence Against Civilians in Eastern DRC Reaching New Heights, UN Says VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- The U.N. refugee agency is calling for more effective measures to protect millions of civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo subjected to killings, kidnappings and savage abuse by armed groups.
- Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks US Dept. of Justice 10 Sep 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Ceremony to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks US Dept. of State 10 Sep 2021
- Bulgarian Fugitive Wanted In Several Countries Arrested In Kyiv After Years On The Run RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- A Bulgarian fugitive wanted in several European countries on money-laundering and drug-trafficking charges has been arrested in Kyiv after years on the run.
- Russian Tech Giant Yandex Says It Was Targeted In Biggest Attack Ever RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Russian tech company Yandex said a cyberattack on its servers this summer was the largest known distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in the history of the Internet.
- After More Than a Year, Lebanon Forms New Government VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- Lebanon has its first full government in more than a year, the presidency announced Friday.
- Agreement on the Formation of a New Lebanese Government US Dept. of State 10 Sep 2021 -- "The United States welcomes the announcement that Lebanon's leaders have agreed to form a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, offering hope that urgent action will be taken to address the dire needs and legitimate aspirations of the Lebanese people."
- Lebanon forms government after 13-month impasse Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- Lebanese leaders have agreed a new government after a 13-month deadlock that left the country grappling with a severe economic and financial crisis.
- Lebanon-bound Iranian fuel shipments portray political achievement against US injustice: Hezbollah Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- A senior official of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says the fact that Iranian ships transport fuel for Lebanon is a political, social and moral achievement in the face of the US oppression and its crimes against humanity.
- Putin Says He, Lukashenka Agreed On Unified Gas Market RFE/RL 09 Sep 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he and his Belarusian counterpart, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, have agreed on a new unified gas market, and he praised Belarus, saying the situation there was "stabilized" after months of turmoil.
- Russia summons US ambassador over election interference Press TV 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia has summoned the US ambassador to Moscow over alleged interference by Washington in the country's upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to be held later this month.
- Moscow Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Alleged Election Interference By Tech Firms RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan has been summoned over alleged election interference by U.S. tech giants.
- Russia Summons US Ambassador Over America's Election Meddling Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia plans to hold parliamentary elections on 17-19 September, and invited observers from various countries, while the US State Department claimed that "credible independent observation is impossible".
- State Pollster Predicts Five Parties To Enter Duma, Headed By United Russia RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- State polling agency VTsIOM has published survey results suggesting the ruling United Russia party would receive 35.3 percent of the ballots cast by voters who say they are likely to go to the polls in the September 17-19 State Duma elections.
- Russia's Gazprom Announces Completion Of Controversial Nord Stream 2 Pipeline RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Russia said it has completed the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline after the Biden administration agreed in May to waive congressionally mandated sanctions against the Kremlin-backed project.
- The Week In Russia: The 9/11 Factor RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there were signs that a bright new era could be dawning in the long-troubled relationship between Moscow and Washington a decade after the Soviet collapse. The clouds gathered quickly.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's answers to media questions following a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State, Minsk, September 10, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 10 Sep 2021
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on September 10, 2021 PRC MofA 10 Sep 2021
- US' China policy causes serious difficulties in bilateral ties, Xi says to Biden over phone Global Times 10 Sep 2021 -- The US' China policy has resulted in serious difficulties in bilateral relations and runs counter to the fundamental interests of the peoples in the two countries and the common interests of all countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping said to US President Joe Biden on Friday over the phone, in the first call in seven months since February and days after the Taliban announced an interim government following the US' pull-out from Afghanistan.
- Xi-Biden phone call positive sign amid fraught ties; signals growing US anxiety to seek China's help Global Times 10 Sep 2021 -- US should take actions to respect China's basic interests, discard illusions of suppressing China while asking for cooperation
- US President Biden, Xi Jinping Speak by Phone, With Beijing Saying US 'Needs Cooperation' Radio Free Asia 10 Sep 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and China's President Xi Jinping spoke in a phone conversation Thursday described by the White House as part of an effort to manage competition between the two powers, while Beijing on Friday called the outreach driven by American "anxiety" and need for Chinese cooperation on a range of global issues.
- One HK district councilor removed, seven in question after first oath-taking ceremony since new rules Global Times 10 Sep 2021 -- A district councilor in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was immediately disqualified after failing to attend an oath-taking ceremony on Friday, while seven district councilors' oath-taking remain questionable following the first of four planned ceremonies after the city strengthened oath-taking requirements in May.
- Hong Kong Alliance taken to court, a bail application denied Global Times 10 Sep 2021 -- The case in which the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (Hong Kong Alliance) and its three chairs were charged with incitement to subvert state power was presented before a court in Hong Kong on Friday.
- HKSAR security chief vows to ensure elections smoothly held in Hong Kong People's Daily 10 Sep 2021 -- Chris Tang, secretary for security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said on Thursday that the security bureau and all disciplined services will strive to ensure that the three upcoming major elections in Hong Kong will be conducted in a safe environment of social stability.
- Tiananmen Vigil Organizers Denied Bail As Rights Groups, U.K. Slam Subversion Charges Radio Free Asia 10 Sep 2021 -- A court in Hong Kong on Friday denied bail to one of the organizers of a now-banned candlelight vigil for the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen massacre, amid an international outcry at subversion charges laid against three of its key members.
- Veteran Chinese Democracy Activist Stands Trial For 'Subversion' Over Articles Radio Free Asia 10 Sep 2021 -- A court in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu has tried Guo Quan, a former professor from Nanjing Normal University, for "incitement to subvert state power" after he criticized the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s response to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.
- Beijing Blasts 'Uyghur Tribunal' Investigating Human Rights in Xinjiang VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- China is criticizing a process called the "Uyghur Tribunal," a quasi-judicial effort by opponents of the Chinese government's treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities designed to publicize evidence of alleged human rights abuses.
- China Opens Rail Line, Trade Route to Indian Ocean Through Myanmar VOA 10 Sep 2021 -- China last month inaugurated a new trade route via ship, road and rail running through Myanmar in keeping with Beijing's dogged building spree across the Southeast Asian country to reach the Indian Ocean and points west.
- China Scrambles Its J-16, Su-30 Fighter Jets to Repel US Spy Plane P-8 Near Taiwan - Video Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Taiwan has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. Beijing has urged the US to stop fuelling tensions in the region while interacting with Taiwan. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the Taiwan question is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations.
- Israel Calls for 'Rapid Action' Against Iran, Claiming Tehran Is on Path to Obtain Nukes Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Israel has been raising concerns over the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons and has been consistently criticizing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal) since its implementation in 2015, protesting its possible restoration.
- Fifth Meeting, Five Takeaways: What Did Putin And Lukashenka Achieve in Their Integration Talks? RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- More questions were raised than answered after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka met in Moscow on September 9.
- Ukraine's Crucial Judicial Reform Takes Next Step Forward As Western Backers Submit Expert Lists RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine's closely watched judicial reform inched forward as the nation's Western backers submitted lists of foreign legal experts who will help Kyiv choose and review judges.
- Moroccan King Appoints RNI Leader Aziz Akhannouch New Prime Minister, State Media Report Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI has appointed Aziz Akhannouch, the leader of the liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI), the country's new prime minister, the state-run broadcaster reported on Friday.
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