Daily National Security News Briefing
- DOD Digital Modernization Strategy DoD 15 Jul 2019
- Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan - June 2019 Released 12 Jul 2019
- [2018: The Year on Pen] U.S. Military Forces on the Korean Peninsula, 2019 Strategic Digest U.S. Military Forces on the Korean Peninsula Jul 2019
- A/HRC/41/18: Human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela UNOHCHR 05 Jul 2019 [MSWord]
- Management Alert - DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley DHS OIG 02 Jul 2019
- Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2012-2019) NATO 25 Jun 2019
- A/HRC/41/CRP.1: Annex to the Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: Investigation into the unlawful death of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi UN Human Rights Council 19 Jun 2019 [MS Word]
- Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report DoD 01 Jun 2019
- Russian and Chinese Nuclear Modernization Trends DIA 29 May 2019 -- Remarks by Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., Director Defense Intelligence Agency, at the Hudson Institute
- Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III Makes Statement on Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election US DoJ 29 May 2019
22 July 2019
- Killing '10 million people' would win Trump Afghan war 'in a week' Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- US President Donald Trump claims he could "win" the war in Afghanistan "in a week," suggesting it involves claiming the lives of "10 million people."
- Trump: Afghanistan Could Be Wiped Off Face of Earth in Days But "I Don't Want to Kill 10mln People" Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The Trump administration has been trying to achieve a deal with the Taliban on the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- Ahead of Trump Meeting, Khan Says Afghan War 'Has No Military Solution' VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that in his meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday he will stress the need for political resolution to the protracted war in Afghanistan.
- Future USS Tripoli Completes Builder's Trials NNS 22 Jul 2019 -- The Navy's newest America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), successfully completed Builder's Trials June 19. The ship returned to the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)-Ingalls Shipbuilding Division's shipyard following four days underway in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Future USS Oakland Launched NNS 22 Jul 2019 -- The future USS Oakland (LCS 24) launched July 21 at Austal USA's ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. This event marked the first time the ship floated in the water as it is prepared for delivery next year.
- US Army Accidentally Reveals Secret Chopper Ops Over Washington, DC - Report Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The US Department of Defense recently revealed in a budget adjustment request that US Army service members are conducting secret helicopter-flying missions over the nation's capital.
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services The White House 22 Jul 2019
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services The White House 22 Jul 2019
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services The White House 22 Jul 2019
- Cambodia Denies 'Secret' Naval Base Agreement With China VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday denied a report that his country had signed a secret agreement with China to allow the Chinese navy to use a naval base in the Gulf of Thailand.
- Cambodia agrees to give access to armed Chinese forces at its naval base: Report Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- US media have reported a secret agreement between Cambodia and China giving the latter's armed forces access to a Cambodian naval base.
- Cambodia Denies Report on 'Secret Deal' Allowing China to Use Its Naval Base - Report Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Earlier in the day, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cambodia had signed a deal with China to provide Beijing with a naval base. Both Phnom Penh and Beijing have repeatedly denied the existence of an agreement to build a joint cooperative military base.
- China to release white paper on national defense in new era Global Times 22 Jul 2019 -- China is set to release on Wednesday its first white paper on national defense since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which is expected to be an important way for the outside world to get to know if China's national defense policy has changed and what the Chinese military's responsibility and duty are after the military reform.
- Shinzo Abe calls for pacifist charter to be debated despite no 'supermajority' in parliament Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has called for a debate on revising the US-imposed pacifist constitution in a bid to further legitimize the country's military; in a move already called for by the US to boost Japan's capabilities against regional powers Russia and China – with the purchase of American weaponry.
- UK Defence Minister: Royal Navy Not Strong Enough to 'Play Role on International Stage' Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- He spoke following the embarrassing seizure of the British-operated oil tanker, the Stena Impero, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf for "violating international maritime rules". Whitehall is yet to offer a response to the incident, beyond public condemnation.
- UK to Send Nuclear Sub, Commandos to the Gulf After Tanker Seizure by Iran – Report Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The nuclear submarine is expected to conduct surveillance, while the marines could be deployed onto commercial vessels. The move comes after the detention of a UK-registered tanker by Iran marked another escalation of tensions in the volatile region.
- To Track China's Warships Moves, Indian Navy Opens Dedicated Spy Jet Base Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Navy has strengthened its eavesdropping capability with the commissioning of the fifth Dornier Aircraft Squadron Sea Eagles. India says the squadron will allow it to monitor trade routes in the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean.
- Indian Air Force Set to Fortify Pakistani Border With American Apache Attack Choppers Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Air Force will deploy American Apache multi-role helicopters near Pakistan's border, as the first four of 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters are set to arrive on 27 July, defence sources told Sputnik.
- Long-Lost French Submarine Finally Found in Mediterranean Sea Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- On 27 January 1968, during the exercises of the French fleet, the French submarine "La Minerve" disappeared in the Mediterranean with 52 people on board.
- French Submarine Found 50 Years After Disappearance VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- The wreckage of a French submarine that disappeared more than 50 years ago has been found almost 45 kilometers from the vessel's home port of Toulon.
- 'Too Bold a Statement': US Air Force Chief Won't Say F-35s Will Never Fly From Turkish Base Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- In an interview with Defense News Saturday, US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein refused to say for certain that the Pentagon's F-35s will never operate from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Ankara was recently barred from buying the jet out of fears it would be compromised by the Russian S-400 system the country operates.
- Turkey Vows Response to US Sanctions, Including Steps Toward Incirlik Air Base Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The move comes after US State Department said last week that President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "are examining all of the options in the CAATSA [Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] legislation over Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems."
- Turkey to retaliate if US imposes sanctions over S-400 missile systems: FM Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country will take retaliatory measures in case the United States imposes sanctions on Ankara over its acquisition of advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems.
- Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Khan of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 22 Jul 2019
- 22 July 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 22 Jul 2019
- Militant rocket attack kills seven civilians in Syria's Hama Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- At least seven civilians, including two children, have lost their lives in a rocket attack by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants against a residential district in Syria's west-central province of Hama.
- Moscow Denies Russian Warplanes Killed 23 Civilians In Syria Air Strikes RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Russia's Defense Ministry is denying reports that Russian warplanes carried out air strikes that hit a market in the rebel-held Syrian city of Maarat al-Numan, killing at least 23 civilians and wounded dozens more.
- Russia dismisses claims of striking Syrian city in Idlib province Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Russia has strongly denied reports that its warplanes conducted deadly airstrikes that killed around two dozen people in a militant-held city in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.
- Syrian air defenses thwart 'hostile' fire near Hama Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Syrian air defenses have thwarted what the state TV called "hostile" fires in the northwestern city of Masyaf in the Arab country's Hama governorate.
- Turkey Threatens to Start Operation in Syria's North-East If Safety Zone Not Created Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Turkey may start a military operation against Kurdish forces in the north-east of Syria if no safety zone is created there, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said as quoted by TGRT broadcaster.
- Turkey Threatens Attack on Syrian Kurds as US Envoy Holds Talks With Ankara VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Tensions between the United States and Turkey are increasing as Washington's special representative for Syria engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey, visits Ankara in a bid to iron out differences with its NATO ally. Ankara has threatened military action against Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG, unless the two countries agree on steps to distance the YPG from the Turkish border.
- Turkey threatens to launch offensive in Syria if no safe zone established Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Turkey has threatened to launch an offensive in Syria if a US-planned safe zone is not established in the northern parts of the Arab country.
- Fully-Armed Libyan Warplane Lands on Highway in Neighbouring Country Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Libya, which descended into civil war after a NATO-backed insurrection toppled long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has faced intense fighting around the city of Tripoli between the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army in recent months.
- Two Ukrainian Soldiers Killed On First Day Of Brokered Cease-Fire RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Ukraine's military on July 22 said that two soldiers were killed and as many wounded on the previous day when an unknown explosive device was set off by an "enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group."
- Trump Offers to Mediate Kashmir Dispute Between India, Pakistan VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to mediate the decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan over the region of Kashmir.
- India Rejects Trump's Bid To Mediate on Kashmir Conflict During Pakistani Prime Minister's Washington Visit RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- India rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's offer to help resolve the decades-long Kashmir conflict amid Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington on July 22.
- Indian Soldier Killed in Ongoing Heavy Exchange of Fire Between India and Pakistan Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- A heavy exchange of fire is underway between Indian and Pakistani forces on the so-called Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region since early Monday. Earlier on Saturday, one Pakistani soldier was killed, and four civilians were injured in the Indian Army's "unprovoked cross-border fire".
- Trump: US, Pakistan Cooperating to Try to End War in Afghanistan VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- The United States and Pakistan are jointly seeking a way to end the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump said alongside Pakistani Prime Imran Khan in the Oval Office on Monday.
- UK to deploy 250 troops to Mali on peacekeeping operations UK MOD 22 Jul 2019 -- The Defence Secretary has announced that UK Armed Forces will deploy to Mali in 2020 in support of the UN Peacekeeping Operation
- UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops UN News 22 Jul 2019 -- The United Kingdom is to send a contingent of 250 troops to Mali next year, to support the UN's peacekeeping operation in the country, MINUSMA.
- Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes in West Bank, 'not compatible' with international humanitarian law, UN says UN News 22 Jul 2019 -- Following "with sadness" the Israeli authorities' destruction of homes in the Palestinian community of Sur Bahir, three top United Nations officials issued a statement on Monday underscoring that the move was "not compatible" with Israel's "obligations under international humanitarian law".
- Israel Begins Demolition of Palestinian Homes VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Floodlights blinked on and bulldozers moved in early Monday as Israeli forces began leveling 10 Palestinian residential buildings that it says violate a construction ban.
- Cameroon: Separatist Fighters Occupy 50 Schools VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Cameroon says armed separatists are occupying more than 50 schools in its western English-speaking regions, using them for training and to hide from the military. The alleged occupation could complicate government plans to restart education in the regions in September.
- Somalia Car Bombing Kills at Least 17 VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- At least 17 people were killed in a car bombing in Mogadishu on Monday, medical sources tell VOA's Somali service.
- Democrats to Press Republicans on Election Security Ahead of Mueller Testimony VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Congressional Democrats will ask Republicans to pass legislation to improve election security, ahead of special counsel Robert Mueller's planned testimony to Congress Wednesday on Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
- House Democrats and Republicans Hope to Steer Mueller's Testimony VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- As former special counsel Robert Mueller prepares to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday, one thing appears certain: the veteran prosecutor and former FBI director won't reveal anything that's not in his final report to Attorney General William Barr.
- Trump: Mueller's Testimony Will End Badly for Prosecutor VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump predicted Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony this week about whether the U.S. leader tried to obstruct his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will end badly for him and that he shouldn't even be testifying.
- Trump Rejects Iran's Spy Ring Accusations, Says It's Getting Harder To Make Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has vehemently denied claims from Tehran that Iranian security agencies have arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some of them to death after dismantling a CIA spy ring.
- Trump Slams Reports of Iran Capturing CIA Spies as 'Totally False' Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Earlier Monday, Iranian media revealed details on a major cyber-espionage ring run by US intelligence, saying that a total of 17 CIA-trained spies had been identified, and publishing photo and video evidence of alleged US attempts to recruit Iranians to work against their government.
- Iran Stokes Mideast Tensions, Announces Death Sentences for Alleged US Spies VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Iran appears to be further stoking tensions with the West, announcing Monday it has captured 17 U.S. spies and sentenced some of them to death, an allegation the U.S. president denied.
- Iran intelligence says identified 17 CIA spies IRNA 22 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Intelligence Ministry official said on Monday that 17 spies affiliated with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been identified.
- Iran arrests 17 CIA spies ISNA 22 Jul 2019 -- 17 CIA-trained spies have been identified and arrested in Iran, Director General of anti-spy department of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence announced on Monday.
- Iran dismantles CIA "spying network," sentences some to death People's Daily 22 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry on Monday announced that it has dismantled a spying network inside the country serving the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States.
- Mole hunt: Story of busting CIA's 'house of cards' Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- The recent identification and destruction by Iran's Intelligence Ministry of an integrated network of operatives serving the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) inside the country has proven that despite the inflated image that the West, especially the Hollywood, want to project of the CIA, Iran's intelligence operatives have always had the upper hand in covert and overt confrontations with their American counterparts and inflicted humiliating defeats on them.
- Iran dismantles CIA spy network: Ministry Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry says it has identified and destroyed an integrated network of operatives serving the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) inside the country.
- Iran Arrests 17 Suspects In Alleged CIA Spy Ring RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Iranian authorities say they have arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some of them to death after breaking up a CIA spy ring.
- Iranian Media Releases Photos of Alleged CIA Officers as 17 Spies Identified Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Earlier, Iranian authorities announced that a "large US cyber-espionage" network run by the CIA had been busted in the country, with several spies being arrested.
- Report: China's Huawei Helped Develop North Korean Wireless Network VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Huawei Technologies, China's giant tech firm enmeshed in Beijing's trade dispute with the United States, secretly helped North Korea develop a commercial wireless network in recent years, The Washington Post reported Monday.
- Situation in the Gulf: Foreign Secretary statement UK MOD 22 Jul 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt makes a statement to Parliament following the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.
- Trump Says US Bracing for 'Absolute Worst' With Iran VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- The United States and Iran pushed full steam ahead, each country launching a new round of verbal volleys, as military tensions between Tehran and the West rose to new heights Monday.
- Britain Refrains from Sanctions on Iran, Eyes Europe to Help Protect Tankers VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Britain's foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told somber lawmakers Monday in a packed House of Commons that Britain was looking to help shape a European-led naval protection mission in the Strait of Hormuz following Friday's seizing of a British-flagged oil tanker in the gulf.
- Double standards in case of tankers IRNA 22 Jul 2019 -- The British forces in an illegal measure and contrary to the international norms and laws seized Panamanian tanker carrying Iranian oil about two weeks ago in the Strait of Gibraltar; the response of the US and its allies, as well as the Western media empire was silence. An international controversy was formed when Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz in Persian Gulf halted a British ship violating the maritime laws.
- China: All parties must try to fulfill their commitments in JCPOA IRNA 22 Jul 2019 -- While endorsing the attendance at the meeting of the JCPOA Commission to be held in Vienna on July 28, China expressed hope that all parties to the JCPOA will make efforts to uphold the JCPOA and fulfill their obligations under the international agreement.
- Iran may restore Arak's old reactor if JCPOA partners' measures slows down IRNA 22 Jul 2019 -- Spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi underscored that Tehran prioritizes re-designing of Arak reactor, saying that if the actions of the JCPOA partners and re-designing of working group are slowed down, Iran may restore Arak's old reactor.
- Iran warns against 'starting a conflict' amid UK tensions Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issues a stern caution against any attempts at starting a conflict with the country, which is not seeking one, reminding that the Islamic Republic's recent seizure of a British-flagged tanker did not come as an act of "retaliation."
- Defense minister: Iran powerful enough to counter any threat Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic are strong enough and enjoy the determination to head off any threat posed by enemies as proven by the recent seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.
- Abe says will try to reduce Iran-US tensions as Trump seeks coalition against Tehran Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to "make every effort" to reduce tensions between the United States and Iran as the US urged its allies to join a coalition in a purported mission of protecting maritime shipping lanes in the Middle East.
- MT Riah tanker detained by Iran was smuggling oil: Panama maritime authority Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Panama's maritime authority has confirmed that a tanker operating under the country's flag and seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf last week for smuggling fuel, was indeed in violation of international laws.
- Russia says Iran's tanker seizure arguments more convincing than UK's Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Russia says Iran's arguments for its recent seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz were more convincing than those of London.
- A Tanker For A Tanker: What Is Iran's Endgame As It Seizes British Ship? RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- "A Tanker For A Tanker" read the main headline of the ultra-hard-line Iranian daily Kayhan on July 20, a day after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) seized a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, and its 23-member crew in the Persian Gulf.
- UK: Iran to Pay the Price of 'Larger Western Military Presence Off Its Coast' Over Tanker Seizure Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Earlier, after the detention of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Friday, UK media announced that the Royal Navy would be beefing up its military presence in the Persian Gulf with the deployment of marines and a nuclear-powered submarine.
- China Hoarding Iranian Crude Oil in Vast Storage Tanks in Bid to Bypass US Sanctions – Reports Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Earlier, US media reported that the State Department was seriously considering 'allowing' China to continue importing Iranian oil, with the alternative being to let Beijing 'openly defy US sanctions' as the country continues to take in more and more shipments of Iranian oil.
- US Secretary of State Pompeo on Iran's Seizure of Oil Tanker: Up to UK to Take Care of its Ships Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Pompeo was previously tight-lipped on the recent detention of a British tanker by Iran. One of the authors of the US administration's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran, he earlier blamed the Islamic Republic for a string of attacks in the region, despite Iran's denial of any involvement.
- China issues white paper on historical matters concerning Xinjiang People's Daily 22 Jul 2019 -- The State Council Information Office on Sunday issued a white paper on historical matters concerning Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China.
- Spokesperson denounces radical demonstrators blockading liaison office of China's central government in Hong Kong People's Daily 22 Jul 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on Sunday evening condemned the vicious behaviors of some radical demonstrators blockading the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
- Tensions Escalate in Hong Kong as Protesters Blame Police VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Residents of Hong Kong, already tense after weeks of protests against the city's leader and police, were deeply shaken after masked assailants wearing white T-shirts savagely beat people dressed in black, the color of this summer's democracy movement.
- Billionaire Publisher Draws Attention at Center of Battle for Hong Kong VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- As the world watched another mass protest Sunday in Hong Kong, many – including observers in Beijing – noticed that a billionaire publisher was again at the head of the march. At 70 years old, there is no sign that Jimmy Lai is slowing down.
- Hong Kong Anger Grows After Attack on Protesters VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- Anger is growing in Hong Kong over an attack on pro-democracy protesters by suspected gangsters that left dozens of people injured.
- Rioters defy national sovereignty Global Times 22 Jul 2019 -- In separate statements on Sunday night, central government bodies and the Hong Kong government condemned the malicious encirclement and impact on the China central government liaison office by radical protestors and their tarnishing of the national emblem of China that amounted to an open challenge to national sovereignty.
- Outcome of upper house election mandates nation building: Japanese PM People's Daily 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that the outcome of the upper house election on Sunday showed a public mandate on their need for political stability and hope to move ahead with "nation building."
- Abe's Coalition Fails to Gain Majority Needed to Amend Constitution in Upper House Vote Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party won Sunday's elections to the country's upper house, the House of Councilors, but failed to secure two thirds of the seats needed to change the country's constitution, according to the official results of the elections.
- Pro-amendment camp loses 2/3 majority NHK 22 Jul 2019 -- Japan's ruling coalition is set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it fell short of maintaining a key threshold. The coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution will not hold a two-thirds majority of the chamber.
- Pro-amendment camp certain to lose 2/3 majority NHK 22 Jul 2019 -- Japan's ruling coalition appears set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it looks like it fell short of maintaining a key threshold.
- India Erupts in Joy as ISRO's Deep Space Mission Chandrayaan2 Injected into Lunar Orbit Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- It was a historic moment for India's space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, which successfully launched one of its most challenging missions ever on Monday.
- India Successfully Launches its Ambitious Second Moon Mission, Chandrayaan2 Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- India has launched its second Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 into lunar orbit successfully. The spacecraft, initially slated to be launched on 15 July, had to be abandoned 53 minutes before take-off due to a "technical snag" in the engine's cooling system.
- India Launches Historic Bid to Put Spacecraft on Moon VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- India successfully launched an ambitious mission to land a rover on an unexplored area of the moon as a rocket hurtled into space from Sriharikota in eastern India.
- DRC Health Minister Resigns After Being Dismissed as Head of Ebola Response VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister resigned Monday after he was dismissed as head of the team tackling a persistent Ebola outbreak.
- Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations The White House 22 Jul 2019
- Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 22 Jul 2019
- Ukraine's president's party wins majority in snap parliamentary election Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- The political party of Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has gained a record score in SNAP parliamentary elections, according to exit polls, but still needs to form a coalition.
- Servant Of The People Or Master? Big Parliamentary Win Hands Ukraine's New President A More Dominant Role RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- His party is called Servant Of The People, but a historic parliamentary election win could hand Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a far more domineering role – and raise questions about how the comic actor will choose to play it.
- No Experience? No Problem: A Look At Some Of The New Faces In Ukraine's Parliament RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Ukraine's political establishment is on the verge of more groundbreaking change. After electing the comic-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy as president earlier this year, Ukrainians have voted in hundreds of new lawmakers in the country's snap parliamentary election on July 21.
- Best Supporting Actor? After Big Win, Ukrainian Comic-Turned-President Seeks Prime Minister RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Volodymyr Zelenskiy has steered his Servant Of The People party to a decisive parliamentary majority.
- Ukrainian President's Party On Course To Win Majority In Parliamentary Poll RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Servant of the People, the party of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, appears on course to win a parliamentary majority after nearly 89 percent of votes have been counted, according to data from the Central Election Commission.
- UN Nuclear Watchdog Chief Amano Dead At 72 RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on July 22.
- On the Passing of Director General Amano US Dept. of State 22 Jul 2019
- 'Deep sadness' at passing of UN nuclear watchdog agency chief, Yukiya Amano UN News 22 Jul 2019 -- The head of the UN body that oversees nuclear activities across the world has died aged 72, it was announced on Monday. In a statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed the passing of Director General Yukiya Amano, with "deepest sadness".
- Kyrgyz Deputy Interior Minister Visits Atambaev's Compound After He Ignores Subpoenas RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- Kyrgyzstan's deputy interior minister has visited the residential compound of former President Almazbek Atambaev after he refused to obey a subpoena three times in an unspecified criminal investigation.
- Egyptian President Prolongs State of Emergency for 3 Months – Reports Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi signed a decree to prolong the country's state of emergency for three additional months, local media reported. The presidential decision was reportedly supported by the country's parliament and will enter into force beginning on Thursday.
Defense Policy / Programs
21 July 2019
- Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means 'women at the centre' urges UN deputy chief in Kabul UN News 21 Jul 2019 -- The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put "women at the centre" of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women's voices are truly heard.
- World Bank: Peace Deal With Taliban to Help Improve Struggling Afghan Economy VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- The World Bank estimated Sunday that Afghanistan's economy grew by less than two percent (1.8 %) in 2018 primarily due to ongoing war, drought and political uncertainty, likely leading to further increases in poverty.
- America's problem-plagued F-35 jets hit with new issue Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- The US military's fleet of F-35 stealth aircraft will miss the 80-percent readiness goal set by former Defense Secretary James Mattis for 2019, a new report has revealed.
- China's growing power, Russia's nukes main threats to US security: Pentagon official Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- The United States deems China's growing influence and Russia's nuclear weapons strategy as the biggest threats to its national security, says a senior Pentagon official.
- Statement Regarding Venezuelan Fighter Jet's Unsafe Approach Over International Waters NNS 21 Jul 2019 -- On July 19, a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II aircraft, flying a mission in approved international airspace, was approached in an unprofessional manner by a SU-30 Flanker Venezuelan fighter aircraft.
- Pentagon Claims Its Spy Plane Was 'Aggressively Shadowed' by Venezuelan Su-30 Fighter Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- On Friday, the Venezuelan Armed Forces reported scrambling a fighter jet to intercept a US EP-3 reconnaissance plane flying in Venezuelan airspace over the Caribbean Sea, saying that the fighter had established visual contact with the spy plane and escorted it until it left the region.
- US to launch surveillance-intelligence initiative in Persian Gulf: Official Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- The United States is preparing to develop a new surveillance and intelligence initiative with its allies to ensure what it calls "free and open passage" for ships in the Persian Gulf amid increased tensions in the region, according to a top US military official.
- Russian Military Experts Completed Their Mission in Venezuela, But Can Return if Needed - Moscow Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- In January 2019 the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself the country's interim president. He was recognised by the US, the UK and some other countries, while Russia, China and Cuba continue to support Nicolas Maduro as constitutionally-elected president.
- Pompeo calls Turkish FM to express dismay over purchase of Russian S-400 Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed his displeasure over Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense system – despite Washington's objection and threat of sanctions – during a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
- Trump to Meet Senators Amid Calls to Sanction Turkey for Buying Russia's S-400 – Reports Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- US President Donald Trump will meet with senators amid pressure on the White House to impose sanctions on Turkey for buying Russia's S-400 air defence systems, US media reported Sunday, citing people familiar with the discussions.
- 'Unacceptable' Russian-Turkish S-400 Deal Has Caused 'Worst NATO Crisis in Decades' – Trump Adviser Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- Russian planes carrying components for Ankara's recently-purchased S-400 air defence system began touching down in Turkey a week ago, with the White House announcing on Wednesday that the deliveries made the country's continued involvement in the F-35 programme "impossible".
- Two options for China to turn Y-20 strategic cargo plane into aerial tanker: magazine Global Times 21 Jul 2019 -- Chinese military media have offered some suggestions on how to customize the homemade Y-20 cargo plane as the country needs its domestically developed large aerial tanker for a strategic air force.
- 'Bottomless Barrel': Price for German Puma Combat Vehicle's Development Doubles - Report Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- Puma is a German mechanised infantry combat vehicle developed and issued by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall-Landsysteme. The German Federal Armed Forces received the first Puma prototype in 2010 and mass-produced deliveries began in April 2015.
- US Lobbying India to Drop Its 'Problematic' S-400 Deal With Russia, Senior US Commander Says Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- India and Russia signed a $5.43 billion S-400 contract in 2018, with deliveries expected to commence in late 2020. Delhi has moved forward with the defence deal despite US threats to sanction the country, with more than half of all Indian arms purchases signed with Russia.
- Japan Reluctant to Sign on to Trump's Gulf Coalition Idea Amid Tanker Seizure Row Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- Washington has had trouble securing allied support for a beefed up military presence in the waters off Iran, where it has accused Tehran of attacking foreign tankers. Iran has vocally denied the claims, and accused the US of stoking tensions.
- South Korea: Drill with US to go ahead despite North's warning Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- South Korea says a joint military exercise with the US will go ahead as planned next month, despite North Korea's warning that the drill could wreck denuclearization talks.
- U.S. Diplomat To Meet Leaders In North Macedonia On NATO, Other Issues RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- -- A top U.S. diplomat is visiting North Macedonia to meet with government, civil society, and business leaders, the State Department says.
- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele At a Press Availability US Dept. of State 21 Jul 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- US State Dept slams China for alleged hindrance of S China Sea gas, oil activities Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- The US State Department has expressed concern about reports of alleged Chinese obstruction of oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including Vietnam's exploration and production efforts.
- Why China and Vietnam Can't Stop Clashing With Each Other VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- China and Vietnam are continuing to clash over a maritime sovereignty dispute despite diplomacy and calm being displayed by other claimants to the same sea.
- IS Decentralizing Into 'Provinces' in Bid to Return VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- A series of Islamic State (IS) announcements of new provinces it controls in recent weeks has renewed debate over the group's possible resurgence after its self-proclaimed caliphate fell, with some analysts warning an increasingly decentralized IS could recover and spread its tentacles to other parts of the world.
- Rocket attack by Syria militants kills 2 in Damascus Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- At least two people, including a child, have lost their lives and three others have been wounded in a rocket attack by Takfiri militants that targeted a civilian vehicle in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
- Syrian Troops Repel Terrorist Attack on Army Positions in Idlib Province - Reports Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- The Syrian army repelled an attack by the Nusra Front terrorist group on its positions in the Qasabiyeh village in Idlib's southern countryside, recently retaken by the government forces, the SANA news agency has reported.
- UN: Humanitarian Situation in Syria Continues to Deteriorate VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- The United Nations says conditions in Syria continue to deteriorate and humanitarian needs for millions of civilians remain acute across the war-torn country.
- Iraqi forces, Hashd al-Sha'abi fighters purge villages north of Baghdad of Daesh Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Iraqi army troops, supported by allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, have successfully purged more than a dozen villages north of the capital Baghdad of Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
- Haftar forces preparing for new push to capture Tripoli: Report Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Libya's UN-recognized government says forces loyal to strongman General Khalifa Haftar appear to be preparing for a new offensive to capture the capital city Tripoli.
- Eight killed in twin attacks in Pakistan's northwest Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- At least eight people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in twin attacks in northwestern Pakistan, officials say.
- Twin Attacks In Pakistan Kill At Least Eight RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- Police in Pakistan say assailants opened fire on a police station in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on July 21 and then blew up the entrance to a hospital as the wounded were being brought in, killing a total of eight people, including four police officers and wounding 30 more.
- Will Mueller Give 'Substantial Evidence' for Impeaching Trump? VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- A leading House Democrat says special counsel Robert Mueller will give "very substantial evidence" that will make the case for impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump.
- Anger Boils Over In Moscow After Barring Of Opposition Candidates RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- Russian opposition leaders rallied thousands of people in Moscow to demand free and fair elections as a decision by officials to ban some independent candidates in local elections has seemingly sparked new life into the political protest movement.
- Election Finishes in DPRK KCNA 21 Jul 2019 -- The election of deputies to provincial (municipal), city (district) and county people's assemblies of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was successfully held on Sunday.
- Election of Deputies Begins in DPRK KCNA 21 Jul 2019 -- The election of deputies to provincial (municipal), city (district) and county people's assemblies started at all polling stations across the DPRK at 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
- Britain Drafts Plans to Sanction Iran in Tanker-Quarrel VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- British officials are drawing up plans to target Iran with sanctions for its seizing of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait off Hormuz, and it may urge European Union countries to reimpose sanctions that were lifted in 2016 as part of Tehran's agreement to curb its nuclear program.
- Britain Warned Iran Against Tanker Takeover, But Commandos Seized It Anyway VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- A British warship warned an Iranian patrol boat against interfering with the passage of the Stena Impero oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz, according to a new recording released Sunday, but Iran Revolutionary Guard commandos descending from a helicopter seized it shortly thereafter.
- Iran calls UK to avoid escalating tension over tankers IRNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad said on Sunday that "UK government should have control over political forces at home who mind to escalate tension between Iran and the UK over the ships issue."
- Zarif, Hunt hold phone talks ISNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt held a phone call, following the seizure of oil tankers in Gibraltar and Hormuz strait.
- Iranian ambassador warns UK against further provocation Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Iran's ambassador to the United Kingdom has warned London against further provocation, as reports emerge that the British government is considering freezing Iranian assets and may take other measures as well in a standoff between the two countries over the mutual seizure of tankers.
- Iranian lawmakers hail IRGC for seizure of British tanker Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Iranian lawmakers have thrown their weight behind the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for impounding a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
- Iran 'doing casualty investigation' involving seized British-flagged ship Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- A senior Iranian shipping official says Iran has been conducting a maritime casualty investigation into an unsafe maneuver by the British-flagged oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz.
- Iranian TV Says All 23 Crew Of Seized British-Operated Tanker Are Safe RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- Iran has said that all 23 crew members of the seized British-flagged Stena Impero were "safe and in good health," as London condemned the seizure of the tanker, which it said was operating legally in Omani territorial waters.
- Britain Claims Iran in 'Clear' Breach of International Law over Tanker Seizure Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- On Saturday, UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt warned that the seizure of the Stena Impero tanker was a breach of international law. Tehran insists that the vessel was detained due to its collision with a fishing boat.
- Bolton Directs 'Venom' at UK in Hopes of Dragging London 'Into Quagmire' - Iran's Zarif Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- Relations between Tehran and Washington have soured significantly since the US withdrew unilaterally from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018. US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated earlier this month that Iran will remain under pressure until Tehran abandons its nuclear weapons programme and 'violent activities' in the region.
- UK Sends Letter to UN About Its Tanker Seized by Iran, Urges Tehran to Release Vessel Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- The UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations has submitted a letter on Sunday to the UN Secretary-General and Security Council President with a "factual update" on the incident with the UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz and called upon Tehran to release the vessel.
- Strait of Hormuz incident: Foreign Secretary calls with French and German foreign ministers UK FCO 21 Jul 2019 -- The Foreign Secretary discussed the incident with Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas
- Maritime security in the Gulf: UK government response UK FCO 21 Jul 2019 -- This page sets out the government's initial response, during June and July 2019, to growing tensions following the impounding of tankers by Iran in the Gulf.
- Bushehr nuclear plant produces energy equal to 11m barrels of oil IRNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant can produce energy equal to 11 million barrels of oil, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)stressing that the plant can help save energy and exploration activities.
- Zarif: Iran not needing to enrich uranium beyond caps IRNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif told PBS that Iran does not need to enrich uranium beyond the limitations defined by the nuclear deal.
- Saudi Arabia releases Iranian oil tanker from Jeddah Port IRNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said on Sunday the Iranian oil tanker which had been seized by Saudi Arabia after it sought help from the Saudi border guards, was released and is now being towed toward the Persian Gulf.
- Iran confirms: Saudi Arabia releases detained Iranian oil tanker after over two months Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Tehran confirms earlier reports that an Iranian oil tanker, which was detained by Saudi Arabia more than two months ago, has been released, saying the vessel is now returning home.
- Zarif: Drone US claims to have shot down not Iranian IRNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif told the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) News Hour that the drone the United States claims to have shot down does not belong to Iran.
- IRGC commander: Trump lied big on shooting down Iranian drone Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says US President Donald Trump was lying big-time when he claimed that a US Navy ship had shot down an Iranian drone.
- US defeating JCPOA despite global investments: Zarif ISNA 21 Jul 2019 -- Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif said US administration is defeating the Iran nuclear deal, despite the investment the whole world made to bring it about and it has not only breached the relevant United Nations Security Council resolution, but also ironically sanctioned those who try to abide by it.
- 'A Big Lie': IRGC Slams US Claims of 'Downed' Iran Drone in the Strait of Hormuz - Report Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) released footage on Friday made by an Iranian drone flying over the Strait of Hormuz, refuting previous claims made by the US Navy that the United States downed the unmanned vehicle.
- Zarif: Failing to lure Trump into war, Bolton dragging UK into quagmire Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says after failing to lure US President Donald Trump into war with Iran, the B-Team is now trying to drag the UK into a quagmire by stoking confrontation between Tehran and London over a British-flagged tanker seized in the Persian Gulf.
- White paper clarifies historical facts of Xinjiang Global Times 21 Jul 2019 -- The State Council Information Office released a white paper on Sunday to clarify historical issues about the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including that the Northwest China region has never been "East Turkistan" and Uyghurs are not descendants of the Turks, two false ideas promoted and distorted by separatist groups and some Western media.
- Hong Kong protesters attack Chinese government's liaison office Press TV 21 Jul 2019 -- Protesters in Hong Kong have occupied a significant swath of the city center, including the area around the Chinese government's liaison office, for hours.
- Tens of Thousands March Against Extradition Bill in Hong Kong - Reports Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday in what is the third major protest against a controversial bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, local media reported.
- Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters VOA 21 Jul 2019 -- Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets late Sunday to disperse pro-democracy protesters who again filled the streets of the Chinese territory.
- Tsai using HK violence, US visit to win support Global Times 21 Jul 2019 -- With violence over an extradition bill evolving into serious clashes with radical activists and proxy foreign forces confronting those who are determined to safeguard the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, analysts are warning of a coupling of pro-independence forces in Taiwan and separatists in Hong Kong.
- Zelenskiy's Party Set For Big Victory As Voters Approve Reform Agenda RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- The party of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set for a big win in snap parliamentary elections, exit polls show, as voters threw their support behind the former comic's pro-western reform agenda.
- Ukrainian President's Party Leads Parliamentary Vote - Exit Polls Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- The Servant of the People party of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky leads the parliamentary vote with 43.9 per cent of the vote, the national exit poll published Sunday shows.
- Five Key Takeaways From Ukraine's Parliamentary Vote RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- Ukrainian voters have spoken - yet again - and their message is loud and clear: they want change.
- Zelenskiy Says New Parliament Should Scrap Immunity As Snap Polls Under Way In Ukraine RFE/RL 21 Jul 2019 -- Turnout in Ukraine's snap parliamentary elections appeared low as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy seeks a mandate to push through long-awaited reforms.
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