20 September 2021 Military News
- U.S. forces conducted a kinetic counterterrorism strike near Idlib, Syria, Sept. 20th, 2021 CENTCOM 20 Sep 2021 -- The CPS mission in Lebanon is designed to build partner capacity through subject-matter-expert exchanges, enhancing interoperability and the military-to-military relationship between the U.S. Navy and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).
- US Strike Targets al-Qaida in Syria VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- Just days after the United States admitted killing civilians instead of terrorists in a drone strike in Afghanistan, the U.S. military launched a strike to kill a top terror official in Syria.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 20 Sep 2021 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- US Launches Air Strike on 'Senior al-Qaeda Leader' in Idlib, Syria Sputnik 20 Sep 2021 -- The Pentagon announced on Monday it had carried out an airstrike against a senior leader of Al-Qaeda* located in Idlib Governorate, the northern Syrian province occupied by Turkish troops and radical Muslim rebel militias.
- Investigation of Aug. 29 Airstrike in Kabul to Get Its Own Review DoD News 20 Sep 2021 -- The investigation performed by U.S. Central Command to look into the Aug. 29 airstrike in Kabul will itself undergo further review, the Defense Department announced today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing DoD 20 Sep 2021
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks' Meeting With U.K. National Security Advisor Sir Stephen Lovegrove DoD 20 Sep 2021
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Indian Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh DoD 20 Sep 2021
- DDG 121 Completes Acceptance Trials US Navy 20 Sep 2021 -- The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) completed Acceptance trials, Sept. 16, after spending two days at sea.
- Burlington Builds Bonds in Trinidad and Tobago US Navy 20 Sep 2021 -- The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10) and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard conducted a maritime interdiction exercise, Sept. 15, following a three-day port visit to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
- Paris cancels French, UK defense ministers' meeting amid submarine row Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- France has canceled an official meeting scheduled for this week between its Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and UK Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace amid simmering tensions over a submarine row, a source in the French foreign office has said.
- How a Western Military Pact for Nuclear Subs Affects China VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- The United States, United Kingdom and Australia on Thursday announced what the Royal Australian Navy describes on its website as an "enhanced trilateral security partnership" known as AUKUS (Australia, U.K. and U.S.). It says Australia will get at least eight nuclear-powered submarines, to be built domestically using American technology.
- North Korea slams US' nuclear-powered submarine deal with Australia Global Times 20 Sep 2021 -- The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Monday slammed the US and UK's move to provide Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines, and said it will definitely take corresponding measures if the deal has a slightest adverse impact on North Korea's national security, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
- DPRK slams U.S. decision to transfer nuke-powered submarine tech to Australia People's Daily 20 Sep 2021 -- The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday criticized the United States for transferring the technology of building nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
- North Korea slams US for risking 'nuclear arms race' in submarine deal with Australia Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Pyongyang has condemned the United States over a controversial submarine deal with Australia that risks a "nuclear arms race," warning of countermeasures if it affects the security of North Korea.
- Australian Navy Ships Touring SE Asia Make Port Call in Vietnam Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- Three Australian naval ships arrived in Cam Ranh port in central Vietnam on Monday as part of Canberra's push to engage with partners in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese state media reported.
- Japan Wants Quad Navies to Hold Malabar Naval Drills in South China Sea Sputnik 20 Sep 2021 -- The 'Quadrilateral Security Dialogue', comprising Australia, India, Japan and the US, has been described as an 'Asian NATO' by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, with Beijing viewing the bloc as a Washington-led effort to contain China. Last year, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) participated in the 'Malabar' exercise for the first time since 2007.
- INDIAN NAVY AND INDONESIAN NAVY PARTICIPATE IN EXERCISE 'SAMUDRA SHAKTI' India PIB 20 Sep 2021 -- Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt arrived at Jakarta, Indonesia on 18 Sep 21 to participate in the 3rd edition of Bilateral Exercise 'Samudra Shakti' with the Indonesian Navy scheduled off the approaches to Sunda Strait from 20 Sep to 22 Sep 21.
- Telecall between Raksha Mantri and US Secretary of Defence India PIB 20 Sep 2021 -- US Secretary of Defence Mr Lloyd Austin made a telephone call to Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today evening.
- 6TH EDITION OF SCO EXERCISE "PEACEFUL MISSION - 2021" COMMENCES AT ORENBURG, RUSSIA India PIB 20 Sep 2021 -- The 6th Edition of SCO Exercise Peaceful Mission : 2021 hosted by Russia started at Orenburg Region of South West Russia today.
- INDO-NEPAL JOINT MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE SURYA KIRAN BEGINS AT PITHORAGARH (UK) India PIB 20 Sep 2021 -- The 15th India-Nepal combined battalion level military training exercise 'SURYA KIRAN' commenced at Pithoragarh (UK) today and will continue till 03 October 2021.
- Defense minister vows crushing response to any unwise act IRNA 20 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Qaraei Ashtiani warned enemies against any unwise measure, saying that they will receive a crushing response.
- Iran's defense minister vows 'crushing response' after Israeli threats Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani has reacted strongly to recent statements by Israeli leaders, and vowed a crushing response to any imprudent move.
- Clumsy SLBM Launch of S. Korea KCNA 20 Sep 2021 -- President of the Academy of National Defence Jang Chang Ha released the following article "Clumsy SLBM Launch of South Korea" on Sept. 20.
- North Korea dismisses South missile launch as 'rudimentary' Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- North Korea has downplayed its Southern neighbor's test-firing of its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, warning however that such provocations could trigger fresh military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Syrian defense minister makes rare visit to Jordan to talk border security, Dara'a situation Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Syrian Defense Minister General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub has made a rare trip to neighboring Jordan to discuss stability on their mutual border as well as the situation in Syria's southwestern city of Dara'a.
- Ukraine holds joint war games with US, NATO amid tensions with Russia Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine has begun joint military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries amid increased activity of the Western military alliance near Russia's borders.
- Transmission of the President's Report to Congress on the Proposed Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2022 US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021 -- "Today, the State Department is reaffirming our commitment to refugee resettlement in line with our long tradition of providing a safe haven and opportunity to individuals fleeing persecution."
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Mexican Foreign Secretary Ebrard US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Haitian Prime Minister Henry US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021
- Remarks by President Biden and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 20 Sep 2021
- Readout of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s Meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations The White House 20 Sep 2021
- Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official Previewing the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly The White House 20 Sep 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, September 20, 2021 The White House 20 Sep 2021
- Biden to Use UN Summit to Advance Multilateral, Globalist Worldview VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- In his first appearance as head of state at the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Joe Biden will promote his multilateralist, diplomacy-focused worldview, administration officials said Monday.
- Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Meeting with Angolan President João Lourenço The White House 20 Sep 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021
- Briefing with Bureau of International Organization Affairs Senior Official Erica Barks-Ruggles On U.S. Participation at the 76th UN General Assembly US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Truss US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021
- Regional Extremists 'Energized' by Taliban's Takeover Could Pose Threat to Pakistan, China Interests, Expert Says VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- China and Pakistan expect the Taliban to fulfill pledges to crack down on foreign extremist groups in Afghanistan, but experts say these groups have already been "energized" by the Taliban's takeover, posing new challenges for Pakistani and Chinese interests.
- Departure of Qatar Airways Flight from Kabul US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021 -- "We can confirm that a Qatar Airways flight departed from Kabul on Sunday, September 19th with 21 U.S. citizens and 48 lawful permanent residents on board."
- UN's Guterres Says Intra-Taliban 'Fight For Power' Hindering International Efforts On Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Sep 2021 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says an ongoing "fight for power" among rival Taliban groups has complicated the situation in Afghanistan since the departure of U.S.-led international forces late last month and publicly pressed the hard-line militants now ruling the country to respect rights and avoid the country becoming a "safe haven" for terrorists.
- Daesh claims bloody attacks against Taliban in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Takfiri terrorist group Daesh has claimed responsibility for a spate of bomb attacks targeting Taliban forces in eastern Afghanistan in recent days.
- Taliban Appoint New Leaders of Two Provinces in Eastern Afghanistan After Deadly Attacks Sputnik 20 Sep 2021 -- The Talibaт* appointed new governors of the Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces in eastern Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the group, said citing the Afghan interior ministry.
- Yemen calls UN chief's remarks over execution of assassins 'politically motivated' Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- A senior official of Yemen's Supreme Political Council has dismissed remarks made by the UN secretary-general in response to the execution of nine men accused of killing a senior Yemeni leader in 2018.
- Houthi: US was in charge of Yemen's domestic affairs before September 21 Revolution Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- The leader of Yemen's Ansarullah resistance movement says the United States was in charge of administering his country's internal affairs prior to the popular revolution against former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, better known as the September 21 Revolution.
- Syria condemns Turkish military aggression, stresses right to respond Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has strongly condemned the Turkish military's ongoing operations in the northern part of the country, stressing that the offensives are in blatant violation of the Arab nation's sovereignty and independence.
- Iran's IRGC destroys 4 bases of counterrevolutionary groups in northern Iraq Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says the IRGC forces have attacked and smashed four bases belonging to counterrevolutionary groups in northern Iraq.
- Cameroon Repatriates Nigerian Ex-Fighters, Family Members VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- More than 850 former Boko Haram fighters and their family members who escaped from the jihadist group to Cameroon have left northern Cameroon for Nigeria. Nigerian authorities say they are taking the former militants to Nigerian disarmament centers after complaints that such centers in Cameroon were overwhelmed by the number of former jihadists defecting since the terrorist group's leader was declared killed in May.
- UN Chief: Climate Targets Not on Track VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Monday that the world is not on track to meet several urgent targets in the fight against climate change.
- The Russian Federation's Duma Elections US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021 -- The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings.
- US, EU Denounce Parliamentary Elections in Russia VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- The United States said Monday that laws against "extremism" in Russia prevented opposition parties from a fair shot in parliamentary elections.
- Putin's United Russia Claims Victory amid Allegations of Vote-Rigging VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- Russia's Sunday election results came as no surprise to opponents of President Vladimir Putin — it was a foregone conclusion, they have been warning for months.
- Putin extends countersanctions against Western countries until end of 2022 Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree extending countersanctions against a number of Western countries that had imposed embargoes against Moscow over a conflict in Ukraine and in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
- Kremlin hails 'open, honest' vote as United Russia wins majority in parliamentary polls Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Russia's ruling United Russia party has won about 50 percent of the ballots in the State Duma elections, retaining its parliamentary majority, after more than 80 percent of the results were processed, the Central Election Commission (CEC) data shows.
- 'A Dress Rehearsal': Russia's Marred Duma Elections Could Point The Way For 2024 Presidential Ballot RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- Late on September 19, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin headlined an election victory rally for the ruling United Russia party, which was poised to maintain its two-thirds constitutional majority in the State Duma following elections marred by unprecedented repressions and stunning accusations of fraud.
- Fake About Fakes: Russian Election Commission Airs Apparently Falsified Video Sullying Its Critics RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- The video appears to show a major police operation to expose a troll farm churning out fake reports of violations in Russia's three-day legislative elections, which concluded on September 19 with a resounding victory for ruling party United Russia amid mounting claims of fraud.
- Russian Candidate Targeted By Doppelganger Contenders Defeated In Local Duma Election RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- A candidate running in a local election in St. Petersburg who faced two challengers with the same name in what was an apparent attempt to confuse voters and siphon off support has lost as have the other two.
- Kremlin-Backed Governor Of Khabarovsk Wins Election After Protests Against His Appointment RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- The Kremlin-appointed governor of Khabarovsk won the election to head the Far Eastern region, more than a year after the arrest of his popular predecessor triggered protests.
- Guterres urges China, US to fix 'completely dysfunctional' relationship ahead of UN summit Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has voiced concern over another potential Cold War between the United States and China, urging the world's two major economic powers to fix their "completely dysfunctional" relationship as soon as possible.
- Results of first Election Committee elections in HKSAR after improvements to electoral system unveiled People's Daily 20 Sep 2021 -- The results of the 2021 Election Committee's subsector ordinary elections in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) were unveiled on Monday morning as 364 of 412 candidates were elected as members in 13 subsectors of the Election Committee.
- HK Election Committee elections show new atmosphere, indicating transition from chaos to governance: authorities People's Daily 20 Sep 2021 -- According to polling results early Monday morning, 364 people were elected in the 2021 Election Committee's subsector ordinary election in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the first election since the Hong Kong's electoral reform was implemented in March.
- Balloting to select HKSAR Election Committee completed, to bring fresh governance to the city People's Daily 20 Sep 2021 -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR)'s first election since major electoral reform was introduced concluded balloting on Sunday, with local voters selecting the 1,500-member Election Committee (EC), which will be empowered to elect the SAR's legislative council and chief executive later.
- Only 'Patriots' Voted Onto Hong Kong's New Election Committee Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- A powerful election committee that will choose Hong Kong's next leader and 40 lawmakers now contains only 'patriots' following a weekend vote, according to the Hong Kong government.
- Hong Kong Police Arrest Three Student Activists For 'Inciting Subversion' Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- Hong Kong police on Monday arrested three members of the Student Politicism group on subversion charges under a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), accusing its members of trying to bring down the regime.
- Hong Kong's Alliance Began With A Million-Strong March of Solidarity Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- Thirty-two years after it was set up to mourn the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre and campaign for democracy in China, the organizers of a now-banned candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park deleted all of their online posts, obeying a directive from the city's national security police.
- Uyghur Exile Group Leader Turned Back Trying to Enter Turkey Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based (WUC) exile group, has been turned away at the airport in the Turkish capital Ankara and flown back to Germany Monday, two weeks after he learned that a travel ban against him had been lifted, he and his lawyer said.
- Tianzhou-3 completes rendezvous, docking with China's space station Global Times 20 Sep 2021 -- Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft, the second "delivery man" to bring cargo to China's space station and a prelude to the next group of Chinese taikonauts who are about to embark their six-months journey to space on the Shenzhou-13 mission, has conducted an ultra-fast yet smooth rendezvous and docking with the Tianhe core cabin on Monday evening, merely 6.5 hours after launch.
- China successfully launches Tianzhou-3 for second space station supply mission; to support upcoming six-month Shenzhou-13 manned mission People's Daily 20 Sep 2021 -- Carrying the Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft, the Long March-7 Y4 rocket lifted off from Wenchang Space Launch Center located in South China's Hainan Province on Monday afternoon, one day ahead of this year's Mid-Autumn Festival - one of the happiest family reunion holidays for the Chinese people.
- China launches cargo craft for space station supplies People's Daily 20 Sep 2021 -- China launched cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3 on Monday to deliver supplies for its under-construction space station.
- French senators to visit Taiwan despite Beijing's opposition: report CNA 20 Sep 2021 -- A delegation of French senators will visit Taiwan in early October, even though the announcement of such a trip drew the ire of Beijing earlier this year, the online French media outlet La Lettre A reported Monday.
- Answer of Chief of Foreign News Section of Department of Press and Information of DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 20 Sep 2021 -- The chief of the Foreign News Section of the Department of Press and Information of the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on Sept. 20 as regards the fact that the U.S. decided to transfer the technology of building a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia:
- Iran's Nuclear Chief Urges IAEA to Avoid Politicization Sputnik 20 Sep 2021 -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to avoid politicization and to maintain independence and impartiality in his speech at a session of the agency's general conference on Monday.
- IAEA avoids politicization, maintains its impartiality: AEOI chief ISNA 20 Sep 2021 -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami stressed that Iran has always cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the same time, it is necessary that the IAEA avoids politicization and maintains its independence, impartiality and professionalism.
- IAEA needs to maintain independence, impartiality, avoid political moves: Iran nuclear chief Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Iran's nuclear chief has reiterated the country's full and constant cooperation with the IAEA, urging the UN nuclear agency to remain independent and impartial and avoid politically-motivated decisions.
- Iran's oil minister appoints special envoy on Iraq Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Iran's Oil Minister Javad Owji has for a first time appointed a special representative for petroleum issues involving the neighboring Iraq.
- Iran's focus on neighborly ties facilitated vaccine imports, SCO membership: President Raeisi Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- President Ebrahim Raeisi says Iran's focus on ties with neighboring and regional countries facilitated the import of coronavirus vaccines and the country's permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to meet Iranian Foreign Minister to discuss detained British nationals and nuclear deal UK FCDO 20 Sep 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will meet the Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian at the UN General Assembly in New York today (20 September 2021).
- Former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Will Not Oppose Armed Rebellion in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- Detained ex-State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will not stand in the way of an armed rebellion against Myanmar's junta, her legal team said Monday, as her trial on nearly a dozen charges resumed in the capital Naypyidaw.
- Poland Claims Mounting Evidence Minsk, Moscow Orchestrating Migrant Flow Across Border RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- Poland says it has mounting evidence that Belarus, backed by Russia, is orchestrating the wave of illegal immigrants pouring across its borders and into the European Union.
- After Merkel: What Role for Germany on Global Stage? VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- As Germany prepares to elect a new leader in elections scheduled for September 26, Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor will face a series of immediate geopolitical challenges. Among the most pressing is the rise of China.
- Decision to import Iranian fuel aims to preserve dignity of Lebanese people: Hezbollah official Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- A senior Hezbollah official has praised the arrival of the first Iranian fuel cargo in Lebanon, saying the resistance movement made the decision to import fuel from the Islamic Republic in order to preserve the dignity of the Lebanese nation and end their humiliation amid a dire financial crisis.
- Lebanon Sees No Relief after Arrival of Iranian Oil Shipments VOA 20 Sep 2021 -- Lebanon's critical fuel shortages are showing no signs of ending despite the arrival of Iranian oil smuggled into the country through neighboring Syria. Hezbollah has been arranging the informal oil imports and prominent political and religious leaders are urging the new government to crack down on the smuggling — but Prime Minister Najib Mikati denies the government is involved.
- Tempers Flare At Serbia-Kosovo Border As Pristina Presses 'Reciprocal' Move Over License Plates RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- Frictions rose at Kosovo's border with Serbia on September 20 as Kosovar authorities deployed special police units to enforce a policy of removing Serbian license plates from vehicles entering Kosovo.
- Orban Sets Hungarian Election Tone With Billions In Promises RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hoped to woo Hungarian voters ahead of next year's planned elections as the EU-skeptical populist pledged billions in support for families and wage hikes in an address to parliament's opening session on September 20.
- US Sanctions 7 Central American Officials Over Alleged Corruption Sputnik 20 Sep 2021 -- The United States has sanctioned seven Central American officials, including Guatemala's Attorney General, over alleged corruption, US State Secretary Antony Blinken announced on Monday.
- United States Announces Actions Against Seven Central American Officials for Undermining Democracy and Obstructing Investigations into Acts of Corruption US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021 -- The United States is committed to supporting the people of northern Central America by fortifying democracy, rule of law, and accountability, which are the keys to a brighter future. To advance this priority, today we are adding seven perpetrators to the United States' Undemocratic and Corrupt Actors list, under section 353 of the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, which generally makes the perpetrators ineligible for visas and admission to the United States.
- Cambodia PM Hun Sen Walks Back Death Threat on Exiled Scholar Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2021 -- An academic living in Thailand who was told last week by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen "you will be shot" over a political analysis he posted on Facebook received a reprieve on Monday, when the strongman called the work "reasonable and acceptable" and cancelled an arrest warrant for the scholar.
- Call for Somalia's President and Prime Minister to Resolve Dispute and Complete Elections US Dept. of State 20 Sep 2021 --"Cooperation among Somalia's leaders – particularly President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble – is essential to ensure that the country quickly completes its ongoing electoral process. The dispute between President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble risks complicating this process and needs to be resolved immediately and peacefully."
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