12 September 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- 55th Communications Squadron redesignated as cyber squadron US Air Force 12 Sep 2021 -- The 55th Communications Squadron recently met all objectives required by the Air Force to be redesignated as the 55th Cyber Squadron.
- VOA Interview: Defense Secretary Says US Safer Today Than in 2001 VOA 12 Sep 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says the United States is safer now than it was 20 years ago. Speaking in an interview with Voice of America's Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, Austin said U.S. defense capabilities and strike abilities have evolved and "increased by orders of magnitude."
- North Korea 'Successfully' Tests New Long-Range Cruise Missile, State Media Reveals Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- The test-firing occurred on Saturday and Sunday and followed two years of research, according to Yonhap, citing the Korean Central News Agency.
- Afghan Pilots in Uzbekistan to Get Flown to US Base in Doha - Reports Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- A group of Afghan pilots are expected to be transferred to a US military base from Uzbekistan this weekend, under a new agreement between the US and Uzbek governments, The Wall Street Journal reports citing people familiar with the matter.
- Lukashenko: Belarus is in Talks With Russia on S-400 Air Defence Systems Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- Earlier this week, Lukashenko met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks in Moscow. During the negotiations, the sides agreed on twenty-eight programmes for cooperation as part of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
- Israel admits to Iran's drone power, says 'deadly' UAVs can cross 'thousands of kilometers' Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- Israel's minister of military affairs has admitted to Iran's drone power in his latest confession, saying the Islamic Republic is in possession of "accurate" and "destructive" drones that can cross thousands of kilometers.
- 'Mission accomplished': Iran welcomes back flotilla from Atlantic voyage Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Navy chief Rear Admiral Shahram Irani says the 75th naval group has managed to "powerfully" accomplish its mission, stressing that the country's naval forces will uphold their international presence "with more lofty goals."
- £400m investment for the Royal Air Force UK MOD 12 Sep 2021 -- The UK's Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF's C-17 Globemaster fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade.
- Royal Navy outlines future vision UK MOD 12 Sep 2021 -- The future of the Royal Navy and how it could further embrace autonomous technology, including drones, will be unveiled at DSEI this year.
- Boeing, Missile Defense Agency Demonstrate Advanced Missile Defense Capability in Successful Flight Test Boeing 12 Sep 2021 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully demonstrated an advanced interceptor capability for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which defends the U.S. from rogue-state long-range intercontinental ballistic missile threats. The test included launching a Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) into space with a three-stage booster in two-stage mode, allowing the GBI to release the kill vehicle earlier in flight, providing an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat.
- Taliban Sets Out Restrictions For Women To Study At Universities In Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Sep 2021 -- Women in Afghanistan will only be allowed to study in universities in gender-segregated classrooms and Islamic dress will be compulsory, a member of the new Taliban government has said.
- Taliban: Women are allowed at universities, not in mixed classes though Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban's higher education minister has announced that Afghan women would be allowed to study at university as long as they are separated from men, stressing that there would be a ban on mixed classes.
- Czech Republic Refuses to Recognize Taliban - Foreign Minister Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- The Czech Republic will not recognize the Taliban* but will have to maintain contacts with them, Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said on Sunday.
- Taliban Say Women to Study in Segregated Classes VOA 12 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban government in Afghanistan said Sunday women can continue to pursue university and post-graduate studies in public and private institutions as long as classrooms or building structures are gender-segregated.
- Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza in fresh act of aggression Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- Israeli warplanes have carried out new airstrikes against the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian enclave.
- US military contractor claims legal immunity in Iraq's Abu Gharib torture case Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- A US military contractor being sued for its involvement in the brutal torture of Iraqi inmates at the country's Abu Ghraib prison during the US-led invasion of the nation has argued that recent Supreme Court cases make clear it cannot be held liable for misconduct that occurred overseas.
- Elections In A Vacuum: Russians Prepare For Duma Vote With Dearth Of Independent Information RFE/RL 12 Sep 2021 -- Russia's electoral authorities have provided a live-streamed air of transparency during elections for nearly a decade, broadcasting video feeds from polling stations accessible to anyone who cared to tune in.
- Election of Macao's seventh Legislative Assembly kicks off People's Daily 12 Sep 2021 -- The election of the seventh Legislative Assembly of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off Sunday morning.
- Recovery of China-US ties sees 'troublemaking from Taiwan island' Global Times 12 Sep 2021 -- On the same day when the top leaders of China and the US held a phone conversation, which brings some hopes for the recovery of the most important bilateral ties of the world, the Taiwan s separatist authorities sent two "senior officials" for sensitive and secret talks with US officials to push Washington to rename the island's representative office in Washington with the word "Taiwan" - a serious move to provoke the one-China principle and to encourage Taiwan secessionism.
- Iran's envoy: AEOI, IAEA urge spirit of cooperation, mutual trust IRNA 12 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi on Sunday said that AEOI and IAEA recalled and reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust.
- Iran allows IAEA inspectors to service "identified equipment", replace storage media IRNA 12 Sep 2021 -- Based on a Joint statement by Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi, IAEA's inspectors are permitted to service the identified equipment and replace their storage media which will be kept under the joint IAEA and AEOI seals in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Iran, IAEA to continue talks in coming BoG meeting IRNA 12 Sep 2021 -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said that talks with the Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency were aimed at making an opportunity to expand interaction in the framework of the agency's rules.
- IAEA chief meets with top Iranian nuclear official in Tehran IRNA 12 Sep 2021 -- New Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and the visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi held talks here on Sunday.
- Eslami describes IAEA- AEOI talks as "constructive" ISNA 12 Sep 2021 -- The new head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami described his meeting with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi as "constructive", stressing that Grossi is scheduled to travel to Tehran in the near future.
- IAEA's inspectors permitted to service identified equipment ISNA 12 Sep 2021 -- The Vice-President and the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi issued a joint statement, stressing on enhancing technical cooperation between Iran and the Agency in different nuclear areas.
- Statement: Iran permits IAEA to service surveillance equipment at nuclear facilities Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- Iran has agreed to allow the UN nuclear watchdog to service surveillance equipment installed at Iranian nuclear sites following talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran, Iran's permanent ambassador to international organizations in Vienna says.
- Iran's nuclear chief hails 'constructive' technical talks with IAEA's Grossi in Tehran Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- The new head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, has hailed the "constructive" talks he held with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
- Iran To Allow IAEA Monitors To Service Cameras At Sensitive Nuclear Sites RFE/RL 12 Sep 2021 -- Iran has agreed to allow international inspectors to service surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, averting a diplomatic showdown this week.
- Moscow Calls for Timely Resumption of Vienna Talks on Iran Nuclear Deal Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- Iran and the United States carried out several rounds of negotiations on the reactivation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement which Washington unilaterally walked out on in 2018, this past spring and early summer. The last discussions took place in June, before presidential elections in Iran.
- Iran to Allow IAEA Monitors to Service Nuclear Site Cameras as Talks on Reviving Nuclear Deal Stall Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- Iran's newly-appointed nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami and Rafael Grossi, the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog (IAEA), met on Sunday, easing a standoff between Tehran and the West that threatened to scupper further negotiations on reviving the Iran nuclear deal.
- Iran Nuclear Chief to Meet With IAEA Head During Vienna Conference, Joint Statement Reads Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- Mohammad Eslami, the vice president of Iran and the head of the country's nuclear agency, will meet with Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on the sidelines of the upcoming nuclear energy General Conference in Vienna, the IAEA and Iran said Sunday in a joint statement.
- Iraqi PM Visits Tehran For Economic-Cooperation Talks RFE/RL 12 Sep 2021 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has traveled to Tehran to become the first foreign leader to hold talks with newly installed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
- Catalonia's separatists back on streets ahead of Madrid talks Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Catalonia in the first major independence rally this year, as leaders of the wealthy northeastern region are set to hold talks with the Spanish central government in the coming days.
- Tunisian president vows to amend constitution, form new government Press TV 12 Sep 2021 -- Tunisian President Kais Saied has announced his plans to make changes in the constitution and form a new government seven weeks after he dismissed the prime minister and suspended parliament.
- In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women's political participation, and peaceful elections UN News 12 Sep 2021 -- The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women's calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections.
- Country Violators to be Scrutinized by UN Human Rights Council VOA 12 Sep 2021 -- The human rights records of more than 40 countries will come under scrutiny by the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council during its upcoming four-week session.
- New Government for Lebanon but Analysts Wonder About Real Reforms VOA 12 Sep 2021 -- Following yearlong political paralysis that has sunk its economy, Lebanon finally has a new government. Analysts wonder, though, whether Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the country's richest man, will deliver the needed reforms to revive the ailing nation and rescue Lebanon from bankruptcy. His Cabinet reinforces the country's crippling sectarianism and Gulf Arabs will be unlikely to provide financial help as long as Iran-backed Hezbollah maintains a stranglehold on power, the analysts say.
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