25 September 2021 Military News
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- 1st Quad summit tacitly targets China but US 'can't coordinate members' differences, doomed to fail' Global Times 25 Sep 2021 -- The leaders of the US, Japan, India and Australia — known as the Quad — finished their face-to-face meeting in Washington on Friday in an attempt to cement ties while containing China, but experts said that an interlude during the meeting involving US President Joe Biden complaining about his translation device malfunction is an omen of the emerging anti-China clique's future — that it cannot function at all due to US' declining capability and changes of the global situation.
- Taiwan's F-16 aircraft experiences landing gear mishap CNA 25 Sep 2021 -- The landing gear of an F-16 fighter jet accidentally retracted during a routine pre-flight inspection on Thursday, causing slight damage to the aircraft but no injuries to personnel, Taiwan's Air Force Command Headquarters said Saturday.
- Erdogan says Turkey to proceed with acquiring Russia's S-400 defense system Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will proceed with purchasing the Russian S-400 missile defense systems, despite implacable opposition by Washington to Ankara's acquisition of the advanced air defense units.
- 'Humanity remains unacceptably close to nuclear annihilation, says UN chief on International Day UN News 26 Sep 2021 -- "Now is the time to eliminate nuclear weapons from our world , and usher in a new era of dialogue, trust and peace", declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday, marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
- The United States Stands with France in the Fight Against Terrorism US Dept. of State 25 Sep 2021
- World Recognition of Taliban 'Not on Table,' Russia Says at UN VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- International recognition of the Taliban "at the present juncture is not on the table," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday at the United Nations.
- India's Modi Tells UNGA Afghanistan Cannot Be Used to Spread Terrorism VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- At the United Nations General Assembly annual meeting Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was crucial that Afghanistan not be used to spread terrorism globally, and he called on world leaders to help minorities in the country, including women and children.
- Bomb Blasts Hits Taliban Convoy In Eastern Afghanistan Killing At Least One RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Sep 2021 -- At least one person was killed and seven others wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar that hit a Taliban convoy on September 25, local officials said.
- Tajik Authorities Concerned About Taliban Plots To Infiltrate From Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Sep 2021 -- Officials in Dushanbe say they've received reports that Tajik militants who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan are now making plans to cross the border into Tajikistan.
- Head Of India's Deoband Islamic Seminary Urges Taliban To Be Pragmatic RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Sep 2021 -- The austere form of Sunni Islam that Afghanistan's Taliban rulers follow is rooted in an Islamic seminary in Deoband, a town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
- Taliban Hangs Dead Bodies in Afghan City's Squares RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban hung several dead bodies from cranes in Herat city in western Afghanistan, local media and witnesses reported, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the militant group's methods of the past.
- Head of Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan killed, Taliban say Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- The Taliban have announced that Abu Omar Khorasani, leader of the Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan, has been killed.
- Second batch of Iran's humanitarian aid arrives in Kabul Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- An Iranian plane carrying 21 tons of humanitarian food aid has landed in the Kabul airport, in the second flight from the Islamic Republic to the Afghan capital since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
- Taliban's acting defense minister orders forces to respect general amnesty in Afghanistan Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- Taliban-appointed Acting Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob has ordered their forces to respect the general amnesty the group announced in Afghanistan following the takeover of Kabul.
- UN: At Least 350,000 Civilians Killed in Syria's Civil War VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- A United Nations analysis of documented killings in Syria's decade-long war finds that roughly 350,000 civilians have been killed between March 2011, when the conflict erupted, and March 2021. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights commissioned the analysis and has submitted the results to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
- 6 terrorists killed in military operation in SW Pakistan People's Daily 25 Sep 2021 -- Six terrorists including two commanders were killed when the Pakistani military conducted an operation in the country's southwest Balochistan province, a military statement said on Friday.
- Lavrov Says Mali Asked Private Russian Military Firm For Help RFE/RL 25 Sep 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the military junta in Mali has turned to "private Russian companies" for help in its fight against Islamist insurgents in the Western African country.
- Car Bomb Kills 8 Near Somalia's Presidential Residence, Police Say VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- At least eight people were killed Saturday and nine others injured when a car bomb exploded on a street corner near the president's residence in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
- 'Overwhelmed by old challenges', Caribbean leaders say COVID-19 has forced a new battle for the survival of their nations UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- Caribbean island nations are under assault from the coronavirus pandemic even as they try to protect their communities from rising seas and raging storms, regional leaders said Saturday at the UN, where they called for bold action to tackle climate change and shore up public health systems.
- As crises 'pile up' in the Sahel, Malian leader says it's time to consider more robust mandate for UN Mission UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- The interim Prime Minister of Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maïga, said on Saturday that "rarely, has a country or region been as severely affected by the piling up of crises than Mali and the states of the Sahel."
- Pacific nations appeal for solidarity to combat COVID-19 and climate change UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- Pacific Island leaders speaking in the UN General Assembly on Saturday underlined the need for global solidarity, commitment and action to tackle COVID-19 and climate change, two crises which threaten sustainable development.
- Sudan striving for 'common goal' of peace, prosperity, freedom and justice UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- Sudan continues the path to democracy, two years after the revolution that "carried the aspirations of our people for freedom, peace and justice", Prime Minister Abdalla Adam Hamdok told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
- St. Vincent's Prime Minister urges world to 'rise collectively' and combat today's challenges UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- In addition to the global challenges surrounding climate, security and the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday drew the attention of the 76th UN General Assembly to devastating volcanic eruptions and the on-rushing Atlantic Hurricane season confronting his small-island developing State (SID).
- Haitian Prime Minister: As long as there is inequality, migration will continue UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, said on Saturday that "human beings, fathers and mothers who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict."
- Israel's Pegasus spyware found on five French cabinet ministers' mobile phones Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- Traces of Israeli-made Pegasus spyware were found on the mobile phones of at least five current French cabinet ministers and a diplomatic advisor to President Emmanuel Macron, a report shows.
- Russian Communists Protest Online Vote Results As Putin Declares State Duma Elections 'Free And Fair' RFE/RL 25 Sep 2021 -- More than 1,000 Russian demonstrators, angered by the official tally from online voting during last week's parliamentary elections, defied warnings from authorities on September 25 to protest in central Moscow.
- View From The Ground: Russia's Ulyanovsk Region Highlights Limits Of China-Russia Ties RFE/RL 25 Sep 2021 -- From big gas projects to closer military cooperation and improved bilateral trade that reached a record of more than $110 billion in 2019, the China-Russia relationship has reached new heights.
- Russia calls for 'concerted efforts' to follow purposes and principles of UN Charter UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- The Russian Foreign Minister addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday, calling for a new consensus to uphold the "purposes and principles" of the UN's founding document, the UN Charter, and a rejection of the Western-backed "Rules Based Order" concept.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali Abdoulaye Diop's answers to media questions following their talks, New York, September 24, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali Abdoulaye Diop Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's meeting with President of the Libyan Presidential Council Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's address at the General Debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly, New York, September 25, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Sep 2021
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Meng Wanzhou's Return to China PRC MofA 25 Sep 2021 -- "Through unremitting efforts of the Chinese government, Ms. Meng Wanzhou has already left Canada, on 24 September local time, on a charter flight organized by the Chinese government."
- China says fraud charges against Huawei chief 'totally fabricated' Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- Accusations against Huawei's chief Meng Wanzhou was "totally fabricated," Beijing says, as Meng returned to China after three years of "arbitrary detention" in Canada.
- End of 3-year ordeal: Canada releases Huawei heir apparent after US deal Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- The Canadian government has released a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei held in the country on allegations of US fraud charges, a move that prompted the release of two Canadians detained in China for spying.
- Huawei's Meng, Canada's 'Two Michaels' Freed, Board Planes For Home Radio Free Asia 25 Sep 2021 -- Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou headed home to China on Saturday as Chinese authorities released Canadian nationals Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, despite having claimed their sentences were unrelated to Meng's detention in Vancouver at the request of the United States.
- China Frees 2 Canadians After Canada Releases Huawei Executive VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- Three individuals in a global hostage diplomacy case returned to their home countries of Canada and China Saturday after being freed late Friday.
- HK Alliance disbands; members to face legal punishment for inciting 'color revolution' Global Times 25 Sep 2021 -- The so-called Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, an anti-China organization generally known as the Hong Kong Alliance that has been engaged in trouble-making activities in Hong Kong for more than 30 years, announced it will disband according to the vote result of a meeting held on Saturday.
- China's HK, Macao affairs office supports release of fact sheet detailing U.S. interference People's Daily 25 Sep 2021 -- The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China's State Council firmly supports the foreign ministry in releasing the fact sheet on U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs and support for anti-China, destabilizing forces, a spokesperson with the office said Friday.
- HKSAR gov't supports Chinese foreign ministry's issuance of fact sheet on U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs People's Daily 25 Sep 2021 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday voiced full support for the Chinese Foreign Ministry's issuance of "Fact Sheet: U.S. Interference in Hong Kong Affairs and Support for Anti-China, Destabilizing Forces."
- Hong Kong affairs allow no US intervention People's Daily 25 Sep 2021 -- Hong Kong citizens want a stable country, good governance, and long-term prosperity. The US should respect China's internal affairs and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs. It should never underestimate the firm determination of the Chinese people to safeguard national dignity and their legitimate interests.
- Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre Vigil Organizers Disband in Face of CCP Pressure Radio Free Asia 25 Sep 2021 -- The organizers in Hong Kong of a now-banned candlelight vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen massacre voted to disband Saturday, following heavy pressure and a string of arrests of its leaders under a harsh national security law imposed on the city by the Chinese Communist Party.
- 'Huge Blow': Hong Kong Civil Society Group Disbands VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- One of Hong Kong's biggest civil society groups, responsible for the annual Tiananmen Square vigil, has passed a resolution to disband after months of intensified political pressure.
- Hong Kong Journalists Association Stands Firm Amid Criticism VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- For over 50 years the Hong Kong Journalists Association has promoted and protected media rights, but now the organization says it is under a "thunderstorm" of pressure.
- Three allies urge Taiwan's inclusion in U.N. system CNA 25 Sep 2021 -- Paraguay, Belize, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, three of the 15 countries which have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, voiced their support at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday for Taiwan's inclusion in the United Nations (U.N.) system.
- DPRK says ready to improve relations if Seoul ends hostility People's Daily 25 Sep 2021 -- Pyongyang is willing to hold discussions on improving bilateral ties if South Korea ends its policy of hostility, a senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Friday.
- FM Amirabdollahian: Iran ready for outcome-oriented talks IRNA 25 Sep 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Saturday that despite the US misdeeds as well as European inaction, Iran is committed to diplomacy and ready for outcome-oriented talks that will protect the interests and rights of the Iranians.
- Iran judges US by its practical behavior, not contradictory signals: FM Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran judges the United States based on the actual actions it takes not the contradictory signals that it relays through various channels.
- Russia FM slams unilateral sanctions on Iran, urges 'more active' US role to revive JCPOA Press TV 25 Sep 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the unilateral sanctions imposed against Iran after the United States' withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear agreement, urging Washington to take a "more active" approach to help resume stalled talks aimed at reviving the deal.
- Goodbye, Merkel: Germany's 'Crisis Chancellor' to Step Down After 16 Years VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- Germany is preparing to bid farewell to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is stepping down after elections scheduled for Sunday. She has led Europe's biggest economy for the past 16 years and has played a major role in Europe and on the global stage.
- Prime Minister Modi spotlights India's role as a 'reliable, democratic global partner' UN News 25 Sep 2021 -- In his address to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Narendra Modi reaffirmed India's commitment to democracy, highlighted its great strides in developing and manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines, and warned against "countries with regressive thinking."
- English translation of the Prime Minister's address at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly India PIB 25 Sep 2021
- English translation of the Prime Minister's opening remarks at QUAD India PIB 25 Sep 2021
- Romanian PM Wins Party Leadership Amid Political Stalemate RFE/RL 25 Sep 2021 -- Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu has won the leadership election of his ruling Liberal Party - a vote seen as further reducing the chances of reuniting the fractured centrist coalition government that collapsed earlier in September.
- Scores of Officials Quit Tunisia's Main Islamist Party in Protest VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- More than 100 officials of Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda announced their resignations Saturday to protest the choices of the movement's leadership in confronting the North African country's political crisis.
- Report Calls Venezuela's Justice System Tool of Government Repression VOA 25 Sep 2021 -- A United Nations investigation has found the Venezuelan justice system complicit in propping up President Nicolas Maduro's repressive rule. The allegation comes in a report by the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Venezuela that has been submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
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