12 September 2022 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Virginia Guard Red Dragons Earn Their Spurs in Kenya Army News 12 Sep 2022 -- Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Bravo Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, held a spur ride Aug. 20 in Manda Bay, Kenya.
- Readout of U.S.-Vietnam Defense Policy Dialogue between Assistant Secretary of Defense Ely Ratner and Vietnam Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien DoD 12 Sep 2022
- Modernization of Armed Forces a Collaborative Effort, Official Says DoD News 12 Sep 2022 -- The Defense Department, in collaboration with academia, industry, allies and partners, is developing cutting-edge technology to ensure the warfighter has the upper edge on the battlefield.
- MRF-D Trains in Every Clime and Place USMC News 12 Sep 2022 -- Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22 participated in Australian led courses that will enhance their ability to conduct operations in every clime and place.
- Pitch Black 2022 concludes international interoperability exercise US Air Force 12 Sep 2022 -- Approximately 110 Pacific Air Forces Airmen participated in exercise Pitch Black 2022, the Royal Australian Air Force Chief of Air Force's biennial capstone international engagement activity with forces drawn from a wide range of regional, coalition and allied nations. This year, 17 nations participated in PB22 from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8.
- USS Harry S. Truman Returns Home from 9-Month Deployment US Navy 12 Sep 2022 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG), and the embarked commands and staffs of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 returned home to Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 12, 2022, marking the end of their nine-month deployment after operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in response to Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
- NAVSUP, mission partners sustain USS Kearsarge ARG readiness for Baltic Sea exercises US Navy 12 Sep 2022 -- USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), are operating in the Baltic Sea to strengthen interoperability with key NATO allies and partners since May 2022.
- NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner/Mavi Balina 22 begins in Mediterranean US Navy 12 Sep 2022 -- NATO's Exercise Dynamic Mariner-Mavi Balina 22 kicked off from Aksaz Naval Base Sept. 11.
- Senior Military Official and Senior Defense Official Hold a Background Briefing DoD 12 Sep 2022
- As Ukraine Pushes Forward, U.S. Officials Give Update DoD News 12 Sep 2022 -- Ukrainian government officials are trumpeting the success of their offensive in the Kharkiv region saying they have retaken about 1,200 square miles of territory from Russia, which launched an unprovoked and brutal invasion of its neighbor in February.
- Ukraine Foreshadows Major US Weapons Request for Offensive Against Russia - Reports Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- The Ukrainian government previewed for US lawmakers a weapons package request that Kiev wants in order to press with an offensive campaign against Russia into the next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
- Government committed to create a robust & self-reliant logistics system to deal with security challenges, says Raksha Mantri at 1st Indian Army Logistics seminar in New Delhi India PIB 12 Sep 2022 -- Government is committed to create a robust, secure, speedy and 'Aatmanirbhar' logistics system to effectively deal with future security challenges and take the country to greater heights. This was stated by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh during the keynote address at the first Indian Army Logistics seminar, organised on the theme 'Samanjasya Se Shakti', in New Delhi on September 12, 2022.
- LAUNCH OF YD 12653 (TARAGIRI) India PIB 12 Sep 2022 -- The fifth Stealth Frigate of P17A, being built at MDL was launched today by Smt. Charu Singh, President NWWA (Western Region) who 0named the ship 'Taragiri'. In compliance with the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India declaring a state-mourning on 11 Sep 2022. The event was limited to a Technical Launch as the event is tide dependent, any change in the schedule was not possible. Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command was the Chief Guest, VAdm Kiran Deshmukh Controller Warship Production and Acquisition other senior officers from the Indian Navy and MoD were amongst the dignitaries who witnessed the launch ceremony.
- India Expresses 'Strong Protests' With US Over F-16 Package Sale to Pakistan - Report Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- Last Wednesday, the US State Department approved a possible sale of about $450 million worth of equipment and services to Pakistan for technical maintenance of the country's fleet of F-16 fighter jets. Washington claims the deal does not include new capabilities, weapons, or munitions.
- Tokyo Says Will Resume US Airbase Relocation in Okinawa Despite Local Opposition Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- The Japanese government believes that the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) should remain in the Okinawa prefecture despite calls from the local residents to move it elsewhere, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before the Second Annual High-Level Economic Dialogue US Dept. of State 12 Sep 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Mexican President López Obrador US Dept. of State 12 Sep 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Ebrard US Dept. of State 12 Sep 2022
- Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Mexican Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier, and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard at a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 12 Sep 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Albanian Prime Minister Rama US Dept. of State 12 Sep 2022
- Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure The White House 12 Sep 2022
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre The White House 12 Sep 2022
- 12 September 2022 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Sep 2022
- 'Let us tell the next generation their futures are worth fighting for,' says outgoing Assembly President UN News 12 Sep 2022 -- During the closing ceremony of the UN General Assembly's 76th session on Monday, the UN chief lauded the "skills, vision and dedication" of the Assembly's outgoing President.
- UN Expert: Afghanistan Descending 'Towards Authoritarianism' Under Taliban Rule RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Sep 2022 -- A UN human rights expert says conditions in Afghanistan under Taliban rule indicate a "descent towards authoritarianism" and called for radical changes to stop the trend.
- Afghans Trapped in Human Rights Crisis With No Way Out VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- A U.N. expert warns Afghans are trapped in a human rights crisis the world seems powerless to fix.
- Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce UN News 12 Sep 2022 -- The UN Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to urgently intensify negotiations towards expanding their historic truce, according to a statement issued on Monday.
- Iran hopes Yemen ceasefire will usher in peace: FM Press TV 12 Sep 2022 -- Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran supports an ongoing ceasefire in Yemen, calling it a potential precursor to establishment of sustainable peace in the war-battered country.
- Four Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKK militants in Iraq's Kurdistan Region Press TV 12 Sep 2022 -- At least four Turkish soldiers were killed after they engaged in fierce exchanges of gunfire with members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Armenian Defense Ministry Reports that Azerbaijani Armed Forces are Shelling Armenia's Territory Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- The largest war in the Karabakh region since the 1990s was settled by a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by Russia. The three nations were once part of the Soviet Union, but the fracturing of the socialist state in 1991 left small states competing for resources and space, and flared ancient ethnic tensions long thought to be gone.
- Calling for the Immediate Cessation of Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan US Dept. of State 12 Sep 2022
- India, China Complete New Phase of Troops Disengagement in Ladakh - Reports Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- India and China have completed a new phase of the disengagement of forces on the disputed border in Ladakh in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings and dismantled temporary infrastructure, media reported on Monday.
- TPLF Agrees on African Union-Mediated Peace Talks With Ethiopia Without Conditions Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- Following the sudden resumption of the fighting in late August, up until this point, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) had strenuously objected to Olusegun Obasanjo's position as the AU's Horn of Africa mediator, protesting against his "proximity" to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
- Ethiopia's Tigray Forces Call for Truce, Accept AU-Led Peace Process VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces called for an immediate cease-fire Sunday and said they would join an African Union-led peace process after three weeks of renewed fighting ended a fragile truce.
- Somali Military Says Offensive Retakes 20 Villages from Militants VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- Somalia's military says an offensive in the central Hiran region has captured 20 villages that were occupied by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.
- Trump Lawyers Oppose Letting FBI Use Seized Classified Documents VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- Former President Donald Trump's attorneys asked a U.S. judge on Monday to deny the Justice Department access to the more than 100 classified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as part of an investigation into his handling of government records.
- Mossad Head Claims to Have Prevented Dozens of Iranian Attacks on Israelis Abroad Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- Israel has thwarted dozens of terrorist attacks allegedly planned by Iran on Israeli citizens and Jewish communities around the world, the head of the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service (Mossad), David Barnea. said on Monday.
- New York City Man and Alabama Woman Plead Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 12 Sep 2022 -- Today in the Southern District of New York, Arwa Muthana, 30, of Hoover Alabama, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, aka ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization. On Friday, her husband James Bradley, aka Abdullah, 21, of the Bronx, entered a guilty plea to the same charge.
- OSCE Co-ordinator of Transnational Threats stresses the importance of a victim-centered and human rights-compliant approach to counter terrorism OSCE 12 Sep 2022 -- From 6 to 9 September, Ambassador Alena Kupchyna, the OSCE Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats (TNTD), and Fejzo Numanaj, the Acting Head of the TNTD Action against Terrorism Unit, participated in the United Nations Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism in New York.
- Alarming Rise in Human Rights Violations, Violence Worldwide VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada al-Nashif highlighted the growing desperation of millions of people trapped in a never-ending cycle of human rights violations, violence, and political instability in dozens of countries around the world.
- Human Rights Council Discusses Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar and in Sri Lanka OHCHR 12 Sep 2022
- Human Rights Council Discusses Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan, with a Focus on the Situation of Women and Girls OHCHR 12 Sep 2022
- Ukraine's suffering continues, acting UN rights chief tells Human Rights Council UN News 12 Sep 2022 -- The Human Rights Council opened a four-week session in Geneva on Monday, with multiple emergencies - from Afghanistan to Ukraine - set to take centre stage.
- Putin: West's Blitzkrieg Tactics Failed as Russia Promptly Implemented Protective Measures Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- Western countries slapped harsh sanctions on Russia's businesses, economy, media, sports and even culture shortly after Moscow launched its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24. The sanctions backfired on those who imposed them, sending energy prices and inflation through the roof.
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Federation and the UN Secretariat on assistance in promoting Russian food and fertilisers on global markets Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 12 Sep 2022
- Meeting on economic issues President of Russia 12 Sep 2022 -- Vladimir Putin held a videoconference meeting on economic issues.
- In Rare Rebuke, Municipal Lawmakers In Several Districts Demand Putin's Resignation RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Municipal lawmakers from 18 districts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the town of Kolpino near St. Petersburg have signed a petition demanding the resignation of President Vladimir Putin, saying his actions are "damaging Russia's future and its citizens."
- UN Rights Official Slams 'Intimidation' In Russia Of Those Opposed To Invasion Of Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- The United Nations says Russia is undermining fundamental freedoms by "intimidating" voices opposed to the country's unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
- How One Crusading Lawyer Battles For The Rights Of Russians Sent To Fight In Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several social media groups have sprung up where members of the Russian military can -- anonymously or otherwise - talk about the problems they face due to their participation in the war in Ukraine and ask for help from a lawyer.
- Xi to attend SCO summit in first foreign visit since pandemic, showing 'focus on neighborhood diplomacy' Global Times 12 Sep 2022 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in his first foreign visit since the COVID-19 pandemic, and inject more Chinese wisdom to the SCO which remains cohesive and attractive to potential new members by advocating equity, justice and true multilateralism in a turbulent and divided world.
- Xi Showcases China's Eurasian Vision With Central Asian Tour, Putin Meeting RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will leave China for the first time in more than two years in a trip to Central Asia that aims to boost Chinese leadership in the region and reaffirm Beijing's partnership with Moscow in a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
- Mixed reactions in China over death of Queen Elizabeth II Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a hot topic on Chinese social media since it was announced on Sept. 8, amid complaints that the queen's passing seemed to be getting more public attention than the anniversary of the death of late supreme leader Mao Zedong a day later.
- Property developers asked to resume construction of stalled housing projects Global Times 12 Sep 2022 -- A number of Chinese real estate enterprises including Evergrande, Sunac and Overseas Chinese Town Holdings Company (OCT Group) have been urged to resume housing construction by local governments, which will further ensure housing delivery, protect homebuyers' rights and stabilize the property market, experts noted.
- Top Chinese legislator pays official goodwill visit to Russia Global Times 12 Sep 2022 -- Li Zhanshu, chairman of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, paid an official goodwill visit to Russia from Wednesday to Saturday, at the invitation of Chairman of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.
- Ahead Of Xi's Visit, Pressure Increases On Kazakhs Who Have Protested Relatives' Detention In Xinjiang RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to Kazakhstan later this week, many Kazakhs who have been demanding the release of their relatives from camps in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang have found themselves under pressure from authorities.
- Chinese drones now almost a daily appearance over Taiwan Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- The Chinese military has intensified its drone incursions into the skies above Taiwan with almost daily flights of combat and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
- Taiwan Forces Fire Flares at Drone Near Kinmen Islands Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- Taiwanese forces on Monday fired flares at a drone that approached the Kinmen Islands, the Defense Ministry said.
- Taiwan authorities likely failed to detect PLA helicopters as they announced first ever detection of a KVD-001 reconnaissance UAV Global Times 12 Sep 2022 -- The Taiwan authorities had likely failed to detect helicopters of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Force, observers said, as Taiwan armed forces authority announced on Sunday that they had for the first time detected a KVD-001 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which usually serves as communication relay for helicopters.
- Iran Says Ready to Cooperate With IAEA, But 'Has Rights' VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- Iran expressed a readiness Monday to cooperate with the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, saying that while the country does have obligations, "it also has rights."
- Is E3 serious about a deal with Iran? IRNA 12 Sep 2022 -- The three European participants of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal known as the E3 or the European Troika have shown a behavior since the implementation of the deal until their recent unconstructive joint statement, which begs the question about the seriousness of the E3 on a final deal as independent parties involved in the talks to revive the 2015 deal.
- Incorrect, unmeasured, untimely, Iran says of E3 statement: Spox IRNA 12 Sep 2022 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that the three European countries' joint statement on the situation of the talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal was based on an incorrect, unmeasured stance and was issued at an improper time.
- E3 should act constructively to clear path for deal: Iran ISNA 12 Sep 2022 -- Pointing to the recent statement made by E3 against the Iran's peaceful nuclear program and regarding sanction removal talks, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that this action of Europeans was an incorrect and ill-considered move which was the result of incorrect calculations made by the European side.
- Iran calls European statement on nuclear talks "unconstructive" People's Daily 12 Sep 2022 -- The latest statement by Britain, France and Germany saying they had "serious doubts" about Iran's intentions to revive a 2015 nuclear deal is "unconstructive" and "in breach of goodwill," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Saturday in a release posted on its official website.
- Russia envoy: Iran's response to EU draft no obstacle to final agreement on JCPOA revival Press TV 12 Sep 2022 -- A senior Russian diplomat says Iran's response to the European Union's draft text for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal constitutes no "serious obstacle" to a final agreement between Tehran and the remaining parties to the multilateral accord.
- German Chancellor Presses Iran To Accept European Proposals To Revive Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on September 12 that he does not expect an agreement soon with Iran in negotiations to restore its nuclear deal with world powers unless Tehran accepts the latest proposals put forward by Germany, France, and Britain.
- Israel's Gantz Says Iran Making Steady Process Toward Nuclear Capability Sputnik 12 Sep 2022 -- Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz accused Iran on Monday of making steady progress toward nuclear capability as talks on an atomic deal begin to unravel.
- Relatives Of Prisoners Facing Death Penalty Protest In Front Of Iran's Judiciary RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Several families of prisoners who have been handed death sentences have protested in front of the Islamic Republic Judiciary building, in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
- Leader sets out guidelines for Iran's 7th development plan Press TV 12 Sep 2022 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a series of directives that outline the key principles of a five-year plan for economic, social and cultural development in Iran.
- Myanmar's people, shadow govt mourn UK monarch amid junta silence Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- Citizens of Myanmar reacted to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week at age 96 after 70 years on the British throne, with sadness on Monday, remembering the monarch as a champion of democracy and a source of comfort in the face of national adversity.
- Atomic energy cooperation between Myanmar and Russia raises concern Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- An agreement signed by Myanmar's military regime and Russia's state-owned nuclear energy corporation to jointly assess building a small reactor in the Southeast Asian country underscores the junta's long-term pursuit of nuclear weapons, analysts said.
- Four slain by pro-junta group in Myanmar's Mandalay Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- Four men were found slain in Myanmar's central city of Mandalay on Sunday in what appears to be the latest in a series of killings by a shadowy pro-junta militia group, sources in the country told RFA.
- The Myanmar military's real weak spot: economic ineptitude Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- Sept. 7 marked the first anniversary of the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar's declaration of a defensive war against the military. Few at the time gave them much hope against a well-armed and brutal military that had ruled the country for all but seven of the past 60 years. But 19 months after the coup, Myanmar's military is mired in a multi-front war and losing ground. Yet, the junta's greatest vulnerability is the imploding economy.
- Myanmar: Increasing evidence of crimes against humanity since coup UN News 12 Sep 2022 -- Crimes against humanity and war crimes have intensified in the wake of the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Monday.
- Court Extends Bail For Ex-Pakistani PM Imran Khan In Terrorism Case RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Sep 2022 -- A Pakistani court has extended the pre-arrest bail of former Prime Minister Imran Khan for eight days as he awaits indictment on terrorism charges over comments he made about law enforcement and court officials.
Khan appeared in court on September 12 for the brief hearing, where his bail was extended until September 20.
- Secretary-General's remarks during field visit in Pakistan UN Secretary-General 12 Sep 2022
- UN chief sees 'great heights' of human endurance and heroism amid 'climate carnage' in Pakistan UN News 12 Sep 2022 -- Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday reiterated that the needs in flood-ravaged Pakistan are enormous and called for urgent financial support, as he wrapped up a two-day trip aimed at raising awareness of the climate-driven disaster with flights over some of the hardest hit areas.
- PM Lapid's Remarks at the Joint Statements with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Israel - Prime Minister 12 Sep 2022
- Azerbaijan Says Will Increase Gas Exports To Europe This Year By 30 Percent RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Azerbaijan will increase natural-gas exports to Europe this year by 30 percent as the EU seeks to lessen its dependence on Russian energy amid the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.
- Despite Living Atop A Gas Field, Romanian Villagers Are Still Burning Wood RFE/RL 12 Sep 2022 -- Mirela Dobrescu lives atop natural gas reserves that a Romanian prime minister once called "the most important discovery since the revolution."
- Nigeria Loses Africa's Top Oil Producer Spot to Angola VOA 12 Sep 2022 -- Nigeria has lost its position as Africa's top oil producer to Angola, industry insiders say, and could soon become third after Libya.
- Food crisis in Sri Lanka likely to worsen amid poor agricultural production, price spikes and ongoing economic crisis, FAO and WFP warn WFP 12 Sep 2022 -- An estimated 6.3 million people in Sri Lanka are facing moderate to severe acute food insecurity and their situation is expected to worsen if adequate life-saving assistance and livelihood support is not provided, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today in a new report.
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