06 December 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Secretary of Defense Austin Approves More DoD Advisory Committees for Resumption of Operations DoD 06 Dec 2021 -- After careful consideration of the recommendations resulting from the zero-based review of all DoD advisory committees, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has approved the following advisory committees for resumption of operations.
- Readout of Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Mara Karlin's meeting With Estonian Under Secretary for Defense Planning Tiina Uudeberg DoD 06 Dec 2021
- Leaders Discuss DOD's Cyber Strategy to Protect America, Partners DoD News 06 Dec 2021 -- Defense Department leaders discussed the importance of cyberspace to national security, allies and partners and what DOD is doing to provide protection.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Impact of a Full-Year Continuing Resolution DoD 06 Dec 2021 -- The Department of Defense once again faces the threat of a continuing resolution to fund our programs and operations into the new year. While the short-term CR passed by Congress was a necessary measure to keep the government open and provide additional time to reach agreement on full-year appropriations bills, some have even suggested a CR could last an entire year, an unprecedented move that would cause enormous, if not irreparable, damage for a wide range of bipartisan priorities - from defense readiness and modernization, to research and development, to public health.
- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing DoD 06 Dec 2021
- Austin Concerned About U.S. Citizens' Loss of Trust, Confidence in Military DoD News 06 Dec 2021 -- The confidence that Americans have in their military has dropped, according to a recent survey released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
- DOD Must Act Early to Extract Much-Needed Tech From Nation's Industrial Base DoD News 06 Dec 2021 -- America's technology companies make a lot of great products - but most of that is for the commercial market. If the Defense Department wants to get in on that product development cycle - and extract from it the things that are valuable to warfighters - then it must get in early and let technology companies know what it needs.
- The "Black Knights" have returned USMC News 06 Dec 2021 -- Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing returned Friday from conducting their final integrated training cycle with Carrier Strike Group Three aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) making preparations to lead the Marine Corps into the next step in naval aviation as the first USMC squadron to deploy the F-35C on an aircraft carrier.
- US Air Force Developing 2 New Drones to Deploy Against China Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- The Biden administration has revealed the existence of two new secret unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, expected to be deployed against China, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said.
- Dyess AFB Airmen take on Mosaic Tiger exercise US Air Force 06 Dec 2021 -- Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess Air Force Base recently participated in exercise Mosaic Tiger at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Nov. 15-19.
- Russia, Egypt Start Naval Phase of 'Bridge of Friendship-2021' Drills in Mediterranean Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- Russia and Egypt have commenced to the maritime phase of naval drills taking place in the Gulf of Alexandria under the leadership of the joint exercise headquarters, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Monday.
- Space Force General Claims China Moves 'Twice the Rate' of US in Space Race, May Overtake It by 2030 Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- Top American generals have repeatedly expressed fears about the speed of development of the latest generation of military technologies in the main rival countries for the US - China and Russia - noting, to their own regret, the bureaucracy and slowness of the development of the latest weapons by the US.
- WSJ report on China's military base on Africa's Atlantic coast 'not true,' says Chinese military expert Global Times 06 Dec 2021 -- The report on China's plan to establish its first permanent military base in the Atlantic Ocean is not true and is the latest move of the US to hype the China threat, Chinese military experts said in response to a Wall Street Journal report, which cited US officials as saying China intends to set up a military base in the African country of Equatorial Guinea.
- China set to establish first military base in Atlantic Ocean: US intel reports Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- China intends to establish a permanent military presence on the Atlantic Ocean in the tiny Central African country of Equatorial Guinea, according to classified US intelligence reports cited by US officials.
- China May Build Military Base in Equatorial Guinea Amid Beijing's Tensions With Washington Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- China currently has just one overseas military base, located in East Africa's Djibouti near the Gulf of Aden and which has been running since 2017.
- PLA naval escort taskforce completes in-port replenishment in Djibouti PLA Daily 06 Dec 2021 -- On December 1, local time, the comprehensive supply ship Taihu (Hull 889) attached to the 39th escort taskforce of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy completed contact-free loading of the first batch of supplies, which were purchased through domestic channels, while being berthed at the Port of Djibouti. This marks the first in-port replenishment since the taskforce set sail on September 26.
- China's Type 055 destroyer holds anti-submarine drills amid US threats Global Times 06 Dec 2021 -- The Nanchang, the first ship of China's most powerful Type 055 large destroyers, recently held intensive anti-submarine drills and demonstrated its outstanding capabilities in a move that experts said on Monday could keep US submarine threats away from waters near China.
- Paradise patrols strengthen partnership Australia DOD 06 Dec 2021 -- Patrol boats from the Royal Australian Navy and Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) maritime element worked together to conduct maritime surveillance and constabulary operations on Exercise Paradise.
- Russia, India Extend Military Cooperation Deal During Putin-Modi Summit RFE/RL 06 Dec 2021 -- Russia and India extended a program for military and technical cooperation lasting until 2031 and signed a slew of bilateral defense agreements, including a deal for the production of assault rifles, during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi on December 6.
- Putin in Meeting With Modi, Discusses Drug-Trafficking, Terrorism and Situation in Afghanistan Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- Concerns about terrorist groups becoming entrenched and drug trafficking expanding in Afghanistan emerged this summer after the US and NATO decided to withdraw their military presence and to quit the country after completion of a 20-year war.
- Russia, India Sign Military Cooperation Agreement for Next Decade Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- The agreement was signed in the presence of the Russian and Indian defence ministers, Sergei Shoigu and Rajnath Singh.
- India and Russia Sign Number of Military Agreements and Contracts Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- India and Russia have signed a number of agreements, contracts, and protocols regarding small arms and military cooperation, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, following a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi.
- Putin, Modi Reaffirm 'Time-Tested' Ties at New Delhi Summit VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed their ties at a New Delhi summit that aimed to reboot a relationship that has stagnated in recent years as India moves closer to the United States and Russia to China.
- Steps Taken to Increase Indigenous Defence Production India PIB 06 Dec 2021 -- The value of indigenous defence production, which includes the value of production as obtained from DPSUs, erstwhile OFB, other PSUs manufacturing defence products and Private Industries, for the last two years is as follows:
- Defence Industrial Corridors in Tamil Nadu India PIB 06 Dec 2021 -- As per information received from Government of Tamil Nadu, three proposals have been sent to Government of India concerning Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor (TNDIC)
- Pakistani Soldiers Killed In Helicopter Crash Near Disputed Glacier RFE/RL Gandhara 06 Dec 2021 -- Two Pakistani soldiers have died after the helicopter they were piloting crashed in the Pakistan-administered section of the disputed Kashmir region.
- Taiwan upgrades new long-range radar system in Sandiaojiao CNA 06 Dec 2021 -- The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) activated a new long-range radar in New Taipei's Gongliao District on Monday that will be an upgrade of its existing system that has been in service for over 20 years.
- Taiwan to Accelerate Construction of Home Grown Submarine Prototype, Reports Say Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- The Taiwanese authorities have ordered accelerated action on the construction of a domestically built submarine prototype in the wake of growing tensions with mainland China, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing a military source.
- Blinken to make first Southeast Asia visit as US makes region a priority Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week as Southeast Asia becomes a priority for Washington amid rising tensions with an increasingly aggressive China, analysts said Monday.
- Biden's Summit for Democracy Draws Authoritarian Ire VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- More than 70 years ago, Britain's Winston Churchill warned that an iron curtain was descending across Europe splitting the continent between democratic states and those in the thrall of the Soviet Union. In a speech in Fulton, Missouri, the legendary wartime leader urged the free nations "to stand together in unity" otherwise "catastrophe may overwhelm us all."
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with the ASEAN Committee Washington US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021 -- Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with the 10 ambassadors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss the U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership and affirm the United States' commitment to ASEAN centrality.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Malala Yousafzai Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021
- Remarks by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo on Anti-Corruption at the Brookings Institution US Treasury 06 Dec 2021
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the U.S. Government Strategy on Countering Corruption The White House 06 Dec 2021
- Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with European Allies The White House 06 Dec 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, December 6, 2021 The White House 06 Dec 2021
- Department Press Briefing – December 6, 2021 US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021
- 6 December 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Dec 2021
- Yemeni operation targets 'depth' of Saudi soil Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- The Yemeni military launches a daring operation against Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the kingdom and its allies' war on the impoverished country.
- Turkish military forces dispatch new reinforcements to northwestern Syria to prop up allied militants Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- Turkish forces have sent new military reinforcements to Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prop up their allied Takfiri militants as they seek to consolidate their grip on areas under their control.
- Iraqi forces, Peshmerga fighters retake village in Kirkuk from Daesh terrorists Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- Iraqi forces backed by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have recaptured a village in northern Iraq that had fallen under the control of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists the day before.
- Five killed, six injured in Daesh attack in northern Iraq Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- Daesh terrorists have killed at least five people, and wounded six others in an attack in northern Iraq, according to reports citing security sources.
- Diplomacy, Leadership Can Prevent Conflict Between Russia, Ukraine DoD News 06 Dec 2021 -- There is space for diplomacy and leadership with Russia to prevent conflict with Ukraine, DOD officials said today.
- NATO Should Put Troops In Ukraine On Rotational Basis To Deter Russia, Bolton Says RFE/RL 06 Dec 2021 -- The United States and other members of NATO should rotate troops through Ukraine to deter Russia from pursuing military action against its smaller neighbor, former national-security adviser John Bolton said.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021
- Blinken To Call Zelenskiy Before Biden-Putin Video Conference RFE/RL 06 Dec 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy before U.S. President Biden's call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Biden will make a follow-up call to Zelenskiy after he speaks with Putin, a senior White House official said December 6.
- DR Congo: Limitations to 'strictly military approach' to stem violence, mission chief warns UN News 06 Dec 2021 -- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo told the Security Council on Monday that "a lasting solution" to the violence "requires a broader political commitment to address the root causes of conflict."
- Progressing the transition towards a more peaceful and stable DRC UK FCDO 06 Dec 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the Security Council briefing on MONUSCO
- Dozens Killed in Renewed West Darfur Clashes VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- Inter-communal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs left at least 30 people dead and 40 others injured in Sudan's West Darfur state on Sunday, according to eyewitnesses and officials.
- Microsoft Says Disrupted Chinese Hacking Group Targeting Organizations Worldwide Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- Microsoft has disrupted a China-based hacking group that targeted organizations in the US and 28 other countries around the world, Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt said in a blog post.
- Joint Statement on Detentions in Ethiopia US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021 -- The following is the text of a joint statement signed by the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Severe cash crunch threatens WFP operations in Ethiopia UN News 06 Dec 2021 -- Millions of people in Ethiopia could be pushed deeper into hunger as the World Food Programme (WFP) faces a major funding shortfall that threatens its operations there over the coming six months, the UN agency warned on Monday.
- Kremlin describes bilateral ties with US as 'deplorable' ahead of Biden-Putin summit Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- The Kremlin says the state of relations between the United States and Russia is "deplorable" prior to an online meeting during which Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, are set to discuss escalating tensions around Ukraine.
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on President Biden's Upcoming Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation The White House 06 Dec 2021
- Another Navalny Associate Flees Russia, Asks U.S. For Political Asylum RFE/RL 06 Dec 2021 -- Another associate of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has left Russia amid an ongoing crackdown against the defunct organizations associated with the Kremlin critic that were labeled as extremist earlier this year.
- Press release on Russia's response to a new attack by a group of 45 states concerning the incident with Alexey Navalny posted on the official Foreign Ministry website Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 06 Dec 2021
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's opening remarks during a meeting with Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, New Delhi, December 6, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 06 Dec 2021
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's opening remarks during the 2+2 talks between Russian and Indian foreign and defence ministers, New Delhi, December 6, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 06 Dec 2021
- CPC leadership holds meeting on 2022 economic work, anti-corruption, party discipline inspection Global Times 06 Dec 2021 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting on Monday to analyze and study the economic work of 2022, arrange work concerning Party conduct and fighting corruption, and review regulations concerning the CPC's discipline inspection.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on December 6, 2021 PRC MofA 06 Dec 2021
- Biden Administration Announces Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- The Biden administration has announced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
- US declares diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, citing rights abuses Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- The Biden administration on Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, saying U.S. athletes will compete, but no government officials will go to the Chinese capital for the Winter Games in February.
- Official applauds HK's new electoral system for balancing social interests, promoting democracy Global Times 06 Dec 2021 -- Hong Kong's overhauled electoral system balances the interests of the city, and is in accordance with real democracy of Hong Kong, which had been blindly following Western-style democracy for quite a long time, said a top official who oversees Hong Kong affairs in a speech on Monday, ahead of the city's Legislative Council (LegCo) elections on December 19.
- Independent election hopeful taken away by police in China's Chongqing Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- Two would-be independent election candidates in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing have been forced to pull out of a bid to run in elections for their district and county-level People's Congresses.
- Taiwan denies involvement in Solomon Islands' riots CNA 06 Dec 2021 -- Taiwan's government on Monday denied involvement in the recent bloody riots in the Solomon Islands after the leader of the former Pacific island ally accused Taipei of being involved earlier in the day.
- China Says Plots to Thwart Ties With Solomon Islands 'Doomed' as PM Survives No-Confidence Vote Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- The island nation's prime minister had to face the vote in parliament after violent riots rocked the country's capital on 24 November. Protesters accused the government of serving the interests of China two years after the Solomon Islands cut ties with Taipei in favour of Beijing.
- Taiwan to Participate in US Summit for Democracy as China Snubbed VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- Taiwan will take part in a virtual U.S. Summit for Democracy this week after countries like China and Russia failed to make the list of attendees in another sign of American support for the East Asian democracy.
- Slovakia supports Taiwan: visiting Slovak deputy economic minister CNA 06 Dec 2021 -- The Slovak Republic supports Taiwan and is ready to enhance closer bilateral economic and trade relations, visiting deputy economic minister of the Central European country said during the first economic dialogue between the two countries in Taipei on Monday.
- Washington's mixed messages on Taiwan threat to cross-Strait stability People's Daily 06 Dec 2021 -- In his speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin gave inconsistent remarks on Taiwan, saying the United States "remains steadfast to the one-China policy" while supporting "Taiwan's ability to defend itself."
- North Korea installs solar panels along border to boost surveillance Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- North Korea is installing solar panels along the border with China to ensure that security facilities have enough electricity for nighttime surveillance, sources living in the area told RFA.
- Iran insists on its rights under JCPOA IRNA 06 Dec 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Monday that Iran insists on all its rights under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and wants nothing more.
- There no step-by-step agreement in Vienna talks: Khatibzadeh ISNA 06 Dec 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that there is no a step-by-step agreement in Vienna talks.
- Issue of lifting sanctions, neutralizing sanctions to be pursued powerfully: President Raisi ISNA 06 Dec 2021 -- Referring to the outbreak of coronavirus, the economic situation and the treasury at the time of taking the office, Iranian President said, "The most important thing was the damage done to the hope and trust of the people, and one of the duties of the government was to restore this hope and trust".
- European states lacked serious determination, practical ideas in Vienna talks: Iran FM Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- The Iranian foreign minister says European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran lacked serious determination to advance negotiations on the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions in Vienna, and have so far failed to come up with any practical ideas.
- Vienna talks: Iran says no interactive, flexible attitude seen on other side Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- The spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry has said that while Iran entered talks in Vienna on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal with an interactive and flexible attitude, "this was not the case for the other side."
- Berlin Dismisses Tehran's Proposals On Nuclear Talks As Unacceptable RFE/RL 06 Dec 2021 -- Germany's Foreign Ministry has said that it does not consider Iran's proposals regarding its nuclear program acceptable and expects Tehran to return to international negotiations with "realistic" bargaining positions.
- On the Conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021 -- The Burmese military regime's unjust conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi and the repression of other democratically elected officials are yet further affronts to democracy and justice in Burma.
- Aung San Suu Kyi sentencing: Foreign Secretary statement, December 2021 UK FCDO 06 Dec 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss comments on the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar.
- Myanmar: UN deplores conviction and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi UN News 06 Dec 2021 -- The UN's top human rights official on Monday condemned the imprisonment of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi by a military-controlled court, and called for her release. She also faces additional charges of corruption and electoral fraud.
- UN denounces Suu Kyi's jail sentence by Myanmar junta as 'politically-motivated' Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has denounced Myanmar's junta after ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in jail, calling for her release.
- Myanmar military court jails Aung San Suu Kyi Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- A military court sentenced deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison Monday over incitement and breaches of COVID-19 laws, which the junta chief reduced to two years of house arrest, in a ruling condemned by the U.S. that rights groups said was aimed at ending the Nobel laureate's political career.
- Military families increasingly voice dissent over junta leadership Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- Growing resentment over the brutal repression and killing of civilians during crackdowns is causing an increasing number of military family members to speak out against Myanmar's junta, despite the threat of reprisal.
- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Reportedly Sentenced to Four Years in Prison Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- The head of the Myanmar government was put under house arrest after a military takeover in the country in February 2021, with the armed forces accusing her and her party of voter fraud and corruption.
- Gambia's Incumbent Leader Wins Presidential Election - IEC Sputnik 06 Dec 2021 -- Gambia's Incumbent President Adama Barrow has been re-elected for a second term, the country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.
- Germany's Expected Next Chancellor Names Epidemiologist New Health Minister VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- Germany's presumptive new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, Monday named epidemiologist Karl Lauterbach, known for his support of strong COVID-19 precautions, as his nominee to be the next health minister.
- Turkey and Qatar Leaders Meet Amid Growing Isolation VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts a two-day visit to close ally Qatar on Monday. Afghanistan and economic support for Turkey's crisis-ridden economy are expected to be on the agenda of talks between the two countries' leaders.
- Thousands Protest Sudan's October Coup VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators rallied in the capital, Khartoum, and other parts of the country Monday to protest the country's October military coup.
- 'No to military rule,' angry Sudanese protesters chant in Khartoum, other cities Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- Thousands of Sudanese have once again taken to the streets in Khartoum and other cities, protesting against the junta chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and military-dominated administration.
- Venezuela's US-backed opposition movement on verge of collapse Press TV 06 Dec 2021 -- The political opposition movement the US has aided and abetted in Venezuela to challenge the Nicolás Maduro government is facing crisis after a major faction announced its withdrawal.
- Cambodia's Hun Sen softens statements backing succession by son Radio Free Asia 06 Dec 2021 -- Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen on Monday walked back recent statements vowing exclusive support for the candidacy of his son to someday replace him in office, saying the contest is still open, Cambodian sources said.
- Bulgarian Party Leader Expects Coalition Government Soon RFE/RL 06 Dec 2021 -- Bulgaria's largest political party expects to soon form a coalition government and put an end to the political deadlock that has resulted in three parliamentary elections this year.
- Designation of Targets Linked to Corruption by Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of the Congo US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2021 -- The Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, is designating Alain Mukonda for providing support to sanctioned billionaire Dan Gertler as well as 12 entities linked to Mukonda, or companies associated with him, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gibraltar.
- Treasury Targets Corruption Linked to Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo US Treasury 06 Dec 2021 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned one individual, Alain Mukonda (Mukonda), for providing support to sanctioned billionaire Dan Gertler, as well as 12 entities linked to Mukonda or companies associated with him in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gibraltar.
- General Assembly defers decision on Afghanistan and Myanmar seats UN News 06 Dec 2021 -- The UN General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution to delay a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the world body.
- UN Upholds Decision Denying Taliban, Myanmar Junta's Requests for Representation VOA 06 Dec 2021 -- The U.N. General Assembly upheld a decision on Monday to further delay action on allowing the Taliban and Myanmar's junta to represent Afghanistan and Myanmar in the international body.
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