Daily National Security News Briefing
- Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2019 DoD Released 02 May 2019
- SIGAR Report to Congress: April 30, 2019 Quarterly Report 30 Apr 2019
- U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Strategic Outlook USCG 22 Apr 2019
- AG Barr Remarks on the Release of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election US DoJ 18 Apr 2019
- United States Air Force Acquisition Annual Report - 2018 USAF 02 Apr 2019
- Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2011-2018) NATO 14 Mar 2019
- Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 - Sorted by Country US Dept. of State 13 Mar 2019
- DOT&E FY2018 Annual Report
23 May 2019
- UN Confirms Recent Airstrikes Killed 14 Afghan Civilians VOA 23 May 2019 -- The United Nations warned Thursday the civilian casualty toll from airstrikes by pro-government forces in Afghanistan continues to rise.
- US airstrikes kill at least 14 civilians in Afghanistan Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Two airstrikes carried out by US forces in Afghanistan's southern Helmand and eastern Kunar provinces have killed at least 14 civilians, mostly children and women.
- Pentagon Denies Media Reports Detailing Mideast Troop Increase VOA 23 May 2019 -- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has denied reports that between 5,000 and 10,000 U.S. troops could be sent to the Middle East to defend against a potential threat by Iran.
- Pentagon confirms it is weighing deployment of additional troops to Middle East Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has confirmed that the Pentagon is considering deploying additional American troops to the Middle East region, amid escalating tensions with Iran.
- US may send up to 10k troops to Middle East: Officials Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The Pentagon is unveiling a plan Thursday that could see up to 10,000 more troops in the Middle East, US officials claim.
- Pentagon Pondering Request To Send 5,000 More Troops To Mideast: Reuters RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- The Pentagon is analyzing a U.S. military request to send 5,000 more troops to the Middle East amid growing tensions with Iran, Reuters is reporting, quoting two U.S. officials.
- Pentagon Mulls Sending More Troops to Middle East to 'Enhance Force Protection' Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The United States may consider sending thousands more American troops to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, CNN reported, citing three US officials familiar with the matter.
- Large Bipartisan Majorities Favor Prohibiting President from Using Nuclear Weapons First Without Congressional Approval Program for PUblic Consultation 23 May 2019 -- A new in-depth survey on U.S. nuclear weapons policy finds that 68% of voters (including 59% of Republicans and 74% of Democrats), support Congressional legislation prohibiting the President from using nuclear weapons first without Congressional approval and a declaration of war. An overwhelming 8 in 10, of Republicans as well as Democrats do not support a policy shift in the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review that explicitly declares the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons first and specifies examples of non-nuclear attacks that would prompt such consideration.
- South Korean exercises being revised amid peace talks Army News 23 May 2019 -- As diplomacy efforts work to denuclearize North Korea, military exercises in the south are continuing on a smaller scale to maintain readiness.
- Remarks by Acting Secretary Shanahan at an Enhanced Honor Cordon in Honor of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham DoD 23 May 2019 -- Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan
- Strike Fighter Squadron 101 Deactivates NNS 23 May 2019 -- The last F-35C belonging to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 "Grim Reapers" left its home base at Eglin, AFB in Fla. for Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL) as the squadron deactivated after more than seven years of training F-35C pilots and Sailors and Marines.
- US, allies start naval drills in Western Pacific Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The United States, Japan, South Korea, and Australia have commenced their "first-of-its-kind" combined naval drills in the vicinity of Guam, a US island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific region, amid tensions with China and South Korea.
- US Navy Ships to Deploy Lasers as Anti-Missile Defense in 2021 Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- In an attempt to outflank Russian and Chinese naval tactics, the US Navy is rushing to put a laser defense system on its destroyers - first, for the purpose of improving targeting, but eventually scaling the lasers up to being weapons in themselves.
- US Defence Spending Bill Requires List of Academic Institutions in China, Russia Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The latest version of the US defence spending bill for the fiscal year 2020 requires compiling a list of academic institutions in China and Russia that are engaged in military research in an effort to protect US national security according to a summary of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA).
- Washington Kicks Off Joint Naval Exercise with Allies in Pacific Ocean - US Navy Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The US naval forces together with servicemen from Australia, Japan and South Korea have approached Guam, a US island territory in the western Pacific, to launch the inaugural joint maritime drills, dubbed Pacific Vanguard, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement on Thursday.
- New US Policy in Arctic Aimed at Turning Region Into Battlefield - Moscow Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed earlier this month that the United States would boost its military presence in the Arctic region and create a new senior military post for Arctic affairs to counter "Russia's activities in the Northern Sea".
- US Air Force Mulls Teaming F-35, F-15EX Jets With Drone Wingmen Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Under the so-called Skyborg prototype programme, drones are expected to be connected to manned fighters to assist pilots during missions. When the American fighter pilots get their own Star Wars' R2-D2s, it could "open up the door for an entirely different way to do aerial combat", the US Air Force has revealed.
- Okies support exercise Northern Edge US Air Force 23 May 2019 -- Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing joined approximately 10,000 U.S. military personnel participating in exercise Northern Edge 2019, a joint training exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces on and above the central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska May 13-24.
- U.S. vessels pass through Taiwan Strait for fifth time this year: MND CNA 23 May 2019 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Thursday that two U.S. naval vessels sailed through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday, the fifth of such transits this year.
- 'Two US Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait' Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The US military says it has sent two Navy ships through the strategic Taiwan Strait, in yet another move certain to irritate Beijing, which claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan.
- Two US Military Ships Transit Taiwan Strait on Wednesday - Report Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The US military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, Reuters reported citing a US military spokesman.
- China slams US maritime provocations Global Times 23 May 2019 -- Provocations from the US around China's territorial waters have grown, and Chinese experts warned on Thursday that such actions will only increase the risk of military conflict and do nothing for regional stability and peace.
- Taiwan Holds Live-Fire Drills Off Coast Amid Tensions With China Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Taiwan held one of its largest live-fire maritime drills in several years on Wednesday. The early morning drill off the island's east coast was reportedly divided into five operations, which included air defense, submarine and sea command operations.
- Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Cyber Defence Pledge Conference, London NATO 23 May 2019
- UK to warn NATO allies of Russian cyber attack campaign Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Britain is providing information to 16 allies in the NATO military alliance about Russia's cyber activities in their territories over the last 18 months, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt will announce later on Thursday, a statement that is expected to further muddy the waters between London and Moscow.
- Hunt: Britain Has Helped 16 NATO Allies Tackle Russia Hacking Attempts RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Britain has shared information on Russian cyberactivities with 16 NATO allies, helping them counter malicious threats against their countries over the past year and a half, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce on May 23, AFP and other media outlets reported.
- NATO Cyber Defence Pledge conference: Foreign Secretary's speech UK FCO 23 May 2019 -- Speaking at the National Cyber Security Centre, the Foreign Secretary said NATO must work together to deter Russia's malicious global cyber campaign.
- Russia to Retaliate if US Deploys Radar Facility in Norway's Vardo - FM Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The town of Vardo in the Norwegian Arctic near the Russian border is home to a US surveillance radar station dubbed Globus II.
- China's meter wave anti-stealth radar capable of guiding missiles to destroy stealth aircraft: senior designer Global Times 23 May 2019 -- China's meter wave anti-stealth radar not only detects advanced stealth aircraft, but also guides missiles to destroy them, a senior Chinese radar designer said at a recent interview.
- Iran in full control of Persian Gulf: IRGC deputy commander Press TV 23 May 2019 -- A senior Iranian commander has downplayed Washington's stepped-up belligerent rhetoric against the Islamic Republic, saying US warships deployed to the Persian Gulf get permission for movements there from Iranian forces, who are in full control of the strategic waters.
- 'If US Doesn't Dare' Attack Iran, It's Due 'Spirit of Resistance' - Commander Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Iran's ties with the US have long been strained, especially after Washington intensified its sanctions pressure on the Islamic Republic and its business partners, as well as deployed additional troops and equipment to enhance its positions in the Middle East, with the latter sparking concerns of a possibly looming military confrontation.
- Iran's Army Commander-in-Chief Says US Strategy in Middle East is to Exploit Regional States Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The statement comes amidst rising tensions between the US and Iran, as Washington mulls dispatching an additional 10.000 troops to the region, in addition to the already deployed carrier strike group and bomber task force, and with Tehran vowing to continue the policy of resistance in respect to US activities.
- Pakistan conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II. ISPR 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II.
- Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile IRNA 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan has conducted a successful test launch of the Shaheen-II surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile, according to a military statement.
- Pakistan Test-Launches Nuke Capable Missile Amid Tensions With India Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The test of the nuke capable supersonic missile has been conducted a day after Pakistan's foreign minister held informal interactions with his Indian counterpart, claiming that he proposed a dialogue to resolve all the issues to bring peace to the region.
- Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile VOA 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan says it has successfully conducted a "training launch" of a ballistic missile capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads up to 1,500 kilometers.
- US Gave Turkey No Official Ultimatum to Ditch S-400 Deal - Turkish Deputy FM Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran has refuted media reports claiming that the United States has given Ankara a two-week ultimatum to terminate its contract on the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems or otherwise face penalties.
- 'Very Negative' Consequences For Turkey If S-400 Deal Takes Place - State Dept Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Turkey will face very tangible and damaging consequences if Ankara finalizes the purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems, US Department of State spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
- Canada to Spend $11.7Bln on New Coast Guard Ships - Statement Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Canada plans to overhaul its Coast Guard fleet and build up to 18 new large ships at an estimated cost of $11.7 billion (15.7 billion Canadian dollars), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday.
- Off-Camera, On-The-Record Gaggle US Dept. of State 23 May 2019 -- Special Briefing by Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson
- 23 May 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 May 2019
- 'Great cause of concern' UN chief tells Security Council, surveying 'bleak' state of civilian protection UN News 23 May 2019 -- Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, "compliance has deteriorated".
- Yemeni drone hits Patriot missile system at Saudi airport in Najran: Report Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have reportedly launched an airstrike against an MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system stationed at an airport in Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region of Najran.
- Coalition's Joint Forces Command "Coalition for Support of Legitimacy in Yemen": RSADF Intercept and Destroy Explosive-Laden Drone Launched by Al-Houthi Militia Towards Najran Airport SPA 23 May 2019 -- Official Spokesman for the coalition forces "coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen" Colonel Turki Al-Malki said that at 01:46 o'clock this afternoon, the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) successfully managed to intercept a drone carrying explosives launched by Al-Houthi terrorist militia in an attempt to target Najran Regional Airport, being used daily by thousands of Saudi and expatriates without any regard for international humanitarian law and its customary rules, which gives special protection to civilian objects.
- Saudis Thwart Explosive-Laden Drone Targeting Patriot Missile Battery in Najran Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Yemen's SABA news agency previously reported that the Houthis planned to attack about 300 targets, including military and strategic facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- Russian air defense thwarts missile attack on Syria's Hmeimim airbase Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says its surface-to-air missile systems have managed to foil an attack by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants on its main airbase in Syria's western coastal province of Latakia.
- Syrian army shoots down bomb-laden drone near Hama Airport Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The Syrian army has shot down a drone operated by terrorists and loaded with bombs near Hama's airport, Syrian state TV reported late on Wednesday.
- Militants Fired 4 Rockets Toward Hmeymim Base, All Destroyed - Russian MoD Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces continue to repel attacks by militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra* group on Hmeymim Air Base and in the southern regions of the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.
- Russian MoD: Militants Shell Syrian Settlements in 3 Provinces in Past 24 Hours Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Militants have violated the ceasefire in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia over the past 24 hours, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, said on Wednesday.
- Syrian Army Conducting Fierce Fighting With Militants in Hama Province - Reports Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The Syrian Armed Forces are engaged in heavy fighting against militants near Kafr Nabudah in the country's province of Hama, Syria's state television reported on Wednesday.
- Explosion targeting Hashd al-Sha'abi forces kills 2 in Iraq's Anbar Press TV 23 May 2019 -- At least two people have been killed and two more wounded in a terrorist explosion targeting Iraq's pro-government Popular Mobilization Units in the western province of Anbar.
- UNRWA rejects US call for dismantling UN agency for Palestinian refugees Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for the stalemate in the so-called peace efforts.
- Pakistan's Khan Says Ready To Work With India's Modi For 'Peace, Prosperity' RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan's prime minister has congratulated his Indian counterpart for his landslide general election victory, and said he looked forward to working with him for "peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia."
- Putin out-prepared Trump in their first meeting: Tillerson Press TV 23 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump was put his team at a disadvantage by showing up less prepared to his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Congress.
- Migrant Surge Accelerates at US-Mexico Border VOA 23 May 2019 -- The Trump administration on Thursday said a surge of migrant arrivals at the southern U.S. border continues to accelerate, with more than 300,000 mostly Central American undocumented immigrants apprehended or requesting asylum so far in the current fiscal year, which began last October.
- Venezuela's Maduro Orders Military to Prepare to Repel US Invasion Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The president of Venezuela has also ordered the military to comb its ranks in search of "traitors" over the looming threat of a US military invasion.
- UNHCR: People Fleeing Venezuela Need Protection, Must Not Be Deported VOA 23 May 2019 -- The U.N. refugee agency says the majority of Venezuelans fleeing worsening conditions in their country are in need of international protection and must not be forcibly returned home.
- Blocked Arrest of Ex-Sudanese Official Stirs Concern VOA 23 May 2019 -- Sudan's public prosecutors have called for the dismissal of the director of the National Intelligence and Security Service after agents prevented police from arresting former security chief Salah Abdallah, known as Salah Gosh.
- Sudan military wants to hand over power quickly: General Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Sudan's military says it wants to cede power to a democratically-elected government as soon as possible.
- WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Superseding Indictment US Dept. of Justice 23 May 2019 -- Charges Related to Illegally Obtaining, Receiving and Disclosing Classified Information
- US Charges WikiLeaks Founder With Violating Espionage Act VOA 23 May 2019 -- U.S. prosecutors Thursday announced new criminal charges under the Espionage Act against jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his alleged role in what they termed "one of the largest compromises of classified information" in U.S. history.
- Pakistan calls for full JCPOA implementation IRNA 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan has called upon all states to fully implement Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Iran military chief says watching out US military moves IRNA 23 May 2019 -- Iranian military chief of staff Major-General Mohammad Baqeri said on Thursday the Iranian armed forces are watching out the US military moves in the Persian Gulf.
- Iran to defeat US, Israel, regional reactionaries: President Rouhani Press TV 23 May 2019 -- President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will not surrender and stop defending its independence even if it is bombed and its men are killed, wounded, and captured.
- European countries will continue efforts to preserve JCPOA: German diplomat Press TV 23 May 2019 -- A senior German diplomat says European countries will continue efforts to preserve a 2015 landmark multilateral nuclear accord between Iran and the world powers.
- Iran, US faceoff 'clash of wills': Top commander Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has noted that the current confrontation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the US is an arena for "clash of wills."
- There will be no talks with US as long as it keeps mistreating Iran: Senior official Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Iran's top security body says the Islamic Republic will not hold any talks with the US as long as Washington sticks to its hostile approach in dealing with the Iranian nation.
- US grants sanctions waiver for Iraq to import energy from Iran: Official Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The US envoy to Baghdad says Washington has exempted Baghdad from some of its unilateral anti-Iran sanctions, allowing Iraq to continue importing energy from Iran.
- Rohani: Iran Won't Surrender, Even If It's Bombed RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said that his country will not surrender to U.S. pressure even if it is bombed, amid growing tensions between Tehran and Washington.
- Khamenei Slams Handling of JCPOA Implementation - Statement Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has expressed discontent over the way the implementation of the embattled Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal was handled.
- Iranian FM Visits Pakistan Amid Tehran's Rising Tensions With US VOA 23 May 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in neighboring Pakistan late Thursday for bilateral consultations amid Tehran's escalating tensions with the United States.
- Pompeo Accuses Huawei of Lying About Ties to Chinese Government VOA 23 May 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the head of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies of lying about his company's relationship with the government in Beijing.
- China slams US government for 'bullying' private firm Huawei Press TV 23 May 2019 -- China has denounced the United States for using state power against Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
- US Bill Targets Beijing Firms, Persons Pressing Claims in China Seas - Senators Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Fifteen senators are cosponsoring new legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals involved in the assertion of Beijing's legal claims to the South and East China Seas, US Senator Marco Rubio said in a press release.
- Xi: Another Long March begins Global Times 23 May 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "we are on a new Long March now" during his inspection tour of Jiangxi Province this week and encouraged people to gain strength from the spirit of the Long March to overcome difficulties and obstacles, China's state media outlets reported on Thursday.
- CPC issues detailed regulations for Party members Global Times 23 May 2019 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee recently released "comprehensive and detailed" regulations over the education and management of all Party members, including digital administration, management of Party membership, and management and education of mobile Party members.
- Xi requires new advances in rise of central China People's Daily 23 May 2019 -- President Xi Jinping has required efforts to enhance the comprehensive strength and competitiveness of the country's central region and to make new advances in the rise of the central region.
- BDS-3 new signals achieve ideal accuracy: official Global Times 23 May 2019 -- Monitoring outcomes show that new signals, codenamed B1C, from the China- developed satellite navigation system, BeiDou-3 or BDS-3, has "ideal" accuracy, according to system operating authorities on Thursday.
- BeiDou-powered frontier defense system to cover China border Global Times 23 May 2019 -- China arms industry giant China North Industries Group Corp Ltd (NORINCO) on Thursday said it is building a new frontier and coastline defensive system across the country with the home-developed BeiDou Satellite Navigation System, or BDS, at its core.
- U.S. passes bill to support Taiwan as WHO observer CNA 23 May 2019 -- The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to support Taiwan's efforts to regain observer status in the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Legislature moves to limit activities of former officers in China CNA 23 May 2019 -- An amendment bill to limit the activities of retired high-ranking Taiwanese military officers and other categories of former officials during visits to China cleared the committee stage in the Legislature on Thursday.
- Indian PM Modi wins landslide victory, vows 'inclusive' India Press TV 23 May 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to build a strong and inclusive nation after his ruling Hindu nationalist party headed for a landslide win in the South Asian country's marathon general elections.
- Modi Wins Resounding Victory in India VOA 23 May 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to build a "strong and inclusive" country as the charismatic but polarizing leader swept back to power in the world's largest democracy with an even bigger mandate than he won five years ago.
- Lukashenka Proposes Kazakhstan Ship Oil To Belarus RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has proposed opening talks with Kazakhstan on possible oil shipments to Belarus, the state-run Belta news agency reported on May 23.
- Al-Qaeda Linked Terrorist Zakir Musa Killed in Kashmir Gunfight -Report Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The gunfight broke out when Zakir Musa – a local terrorist popular in the Kashmir valley – opened fire after the security forces approached the house where he was hiding. Since the Pulwama attack, around 90 terrorists have been killed in gun-battles with Indian security forces in Kashmir.
- DR Congo: 'No time to lose' says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator UN News 23 May 2019 -- With the Democratic Republic of the Congo's worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization's newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is "no time to lose".
- May in deep trouble as House of Commons leader resigns over Brexit Press TV 23 May 2019 -- UK House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, a prominent supporter of the country's exit from the European Union (EU), has stepped down over Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit.
- Britain's May Urged to Quit VOA 23 May 2019 -- Even by the highly colorful standards of Britain's great big Brexit mess, what looks like Prime Minister Theresa May's final days in office are turning into a psychodrama without much precedence in modern British political history.
- Zelenskiy's Decree On Disbanding Ukrainian Parliament Enters Into Force RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- A decree issued by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy on disbanding parliament and holding snap elections in July has taken effect.
- Saakashvili Asks Zelenskiy To Reinstate His Ukrainian Citizenship RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who served as governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has asked Ukraine's new president to reinstate his Ukrainian citizenship.
- Of Mosque And State In Central Asia RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Rulers and leading Islamic clerics in Central Asia have lived in complicated symbiosis for more than 1,000 years. Both sides have often sought to increase their influence by using the other.
- Armenian Prosecutors Appeal Ruling Releasing Ex-President Kocharian From Detention RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Armenian prosecutors have lodged appeals against court decisions to suspend the trial of former President Robert Kocharian and release him from pretrial detention.
- Observers Note Problems in Malawi Elections VOA 23 May 2019 -- Foreign observers of Malawi's presidential, parliamentary and local elections issued a preliminary assessment Thursday, saying that although the process was peaceful, it lacked a level playing field.
- Dispute Over Oil Deposits Raises Somalia-Kenya Tension VOA 23 May 2019 -- The Somali government says it's not ready to take any action that could threaten its relationship with its neighbor Kenya. The announcement comes amidst simmering tensions over potential offshore oil deposits and an incident where Somali government officials and diplomats were denied entry to Kenya this week.
- Post-Election Clashes Calm in Indonesia VOA 23 May 2019 -- Calm returned to the streets of Jakarta on Thursday after clashes between police and supporters of the losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election.
Defense Policy / Programs
22 May 2019
- Taliban Explodes Humvee-Born Bomb in Eastern Afghanistan VOA 22 May 2019 -- Taliban insurgents detonated a vehicle-born bomb in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring 15 others.
- Pentagon Mulls Sending More Troops to Gulf, Officials Say VOA 22 May 2019 -- The Pentagon is set to brief the White House on a request for thousands more U.S. troops to be sent to the Middle East, amid rising tensions between Iran and Washington, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
- Readout from Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan's Office Call with Presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia DoD 22 May 2019
- DOD Policy Chief Welcomes Georgia's Defense Minister to Pentagon DoD News 22 May 2019 -- Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood met at the Pentagon with Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and to underscore the importance of the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship.
- USS Ronald Reagan Begins Underway Operations in Indo-Pacific NNS 22 May 2019 -- The forward-deployed aircraft-carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with supporting Commander Task Force 70 units, began underway operations in the Indo-Pacific May 20.
- VP-9 Represents the U.S. Navy in Exercise "Sea Shield" with NATO Allies NNS 22 May 2019 -- Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 participated in exercise Sea Shield 2019 out of Constanta, Romania, during their first week of deployment under commander, Task Force (CTF) 67, April 5-14, 2019.
- US fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes off Alaska Press TV 22 May 2019 -- US fighter jets have intercepted six Russian military aircraft in international airspace off the western coast of Alaska and shadowed them until they exited the area, according to American authorities.
- US to Have Year-Round Presence in Arctic 'Soon' With New Ice Breakers - Bolton Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The United States will soon have a persistent year-round presence in the Arctic region once its new polar ice breakers are in service, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a speech at the US Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony on 22 May.
- Total Force: Reserve Fighting Falcons train with Lakenheath Strike Eagles US Air Force 22 May 2019 -- 93rd Fighter Squadron F-16C Fighting Falcons and 482nd Fighter Wing support personnel from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, participated in Dissimilar Air Combat Training with U.S. Air Forces in Europe units and partners and allies in the region, May 21.
- Land forces key to free, open Indo-Asia Pacific Army News 22 May 2019 -- While the Indo-Asia Pacific region is mostly ocean, land forces are crucial to ensure it remains free and open so nations can prosper, the region's top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday.
- US deploys THAAD anti-missile system in first deployment to Romania Army News 22 May 2019 -- Approximately 100 soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, deployed to Romania in April as the NATO's Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) site undergoes a long-planned upgrade. The soldiers will temporarily emplace a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at the remote site for approximately three months.
- NATO Secretary General has talks with UK Defence Secretary NATO 22 May 2019 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the United Kingdom's Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, in London on Wednesday (22 May 2019). Mr. Stoltenberg congratulated the Defence Secretary on her appointment and said he looked forward to working with her to address the security challenges the Alliance faces.
- Two Russian Strategic Bombers Perform Flight Along Alaskan Coast - Russian MoD Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers performed a scheduled 11-hour flight over the Bering, Chukchi, Okhotsk seas and along the coast of Alaska, accompanied by US air force aircraft, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
- Russia, Pakistan Call for Int'l Efforts to Avoid Military Confrontation in Space Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The two countries signed a joint statement on Wednesday only a month after Pakistan accused India of weaponising space, as Indian defence scientists successfully destroyed a target satellite 186 miles above the Earth's surface on 26 March.
- Xi stresses military personnel education for strong armed forces People's Daily 22 May 2019 -- President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of better education of military personnel for building strong armed forces, when inspecting the Army Infantry College of the People's Liberation Army in east China's Jiangxi Province Tuesday.
- India Test Fires Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The 2.5-ton air-launched version of the BrahMos (BrahMos-A) missile, named after India's Brahmaputra River and Russia's Moskva River, has an operational range of around 300 km. It can be dropped from 500 to 14,000 metres.
- Indian Space Agency Successfully Launches Country's All Weather Spy Satellite Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The satellite holds great importance for the Armed Forces, as an Indian Air Force (IAF) official reportedly claimed that one Mirage 2000 had missed the target during India's air strike in Balakot, Pakistan on the suspected terror camps on 26 February due to bad weather.
- Iran says monitoring foreign forces movements IRNA 22 May 2019 -- Iranian armed forces in a statement released on Wednesday said that it is monitoring the movement of foreign forces in the region.
- Revolutionary Guards Gen: US & Allies 'Do Not Dare' to Attack Iran Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- Tensions between Iran and the US have recently intensified over the latter deploying additional troops and military equipment to the Middle East and US President Donald Trump issuing threats and warnings to Tehran.
- Iran Allegedly Transfers S-300 to Persian Gulf Amid Tensions With US Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The reports come just a few weeks after the United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf in what White House National Security Adviser John Bolton described as a "clear and unmistakable message" to Iran.
- Pakistan Gets First Upgraded Chinese Fighters Amid 'Concerns' Over F-16 Safety Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The development comes just days after an Indian media outlet cited government sources as claiming that Pakistan had redeployed its US-made F-16 fighter jets in a bid to avoid major losses in potential strikes from New Delhi.
- Taiwan holds live-fire drill along east coast CNA 22 May 2019 -- Taiwan's military held its largest maritime live-fire training exercise in five years along the country's east coast Wednesday at a time of heightened activity by China's military in areas around Taiwan.
- Russia denounces US deadline given to Turkey to scrap S-400 deal Press TV 22 May 2019 -- The Kremlin has denounced as "unacceptable" a deadline the United States has reportedly given to Turkey to annul a deal to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems or get penalized.
- Turkey says preparing for bans as reported US deadline on Russian S-400 deal looms Press TV 22 May 2019 -- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says his country is preparing for potential American sanctions as a deadline reportedly set by the US for Ankara to cancel an arms deal with Russia or face penalties draws near.
- Turkey Preparing For U.S. Sanctions Over Russian Missile Deal RFE/RL 22 May 2019 -- Turkey's defense minister said Ankara was preparing for potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, but also spoke of what he called a growing "rapprochement" with Washington over the issue.
- France Wants to Deploy Air Defence System in Turkey Amid S-400 Spat Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- Turkey had long been looking for a supplier of air defence systems and in December 2017, finally set its gaze on Russia's S-400. However, Ankara's decision stirred the ire of one of its NATO allies - the US.
- Turkey Fulfilling Commitments Under F-35 Fighter Jet Program Despite US Threats Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- Turkey complies with all of its commitments under the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet program and expects the United States to do the same, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday.
- Turkish Troops Learning in Russia to Operate S-400 Despite US Threats - Minister Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- A group of Turkish military personnel has arrived in Russia to learn operating Russian S-400 air defence systems, Turkish Defen?e Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday.
- US Requests Turkey Pull Out of S-400 Deal With Russia by June - Reports Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The United States is giving Turkey until the end of the first week of June to pull out of its agreement with Russia to purchase the S-400 air defence system or face severe consequences including sanctions, media reported.
- Off-Camera, On-The-Record Gaggle US Dept. of State 22 May 2019 -- Special Briefing by Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson
- Remarks by Vice President Pence in Press Gaggle The White House 22 May 2019
- 22 May 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 22 May 2019
- US Aside, China Fears Mostly Japan's Influence in Disputed Sea VOA 22 May 2019 -- Japan is shaping up as China's chief rival in the disputed South China Sea because it has a sustained, multi-pronged approach and a unique set of reasons to test Beijing's growing influence, analysts say.
- Yemeni forces launch drone attack on warplane hangars at Najran airport Press TV 22 May 2019 -- Yemeni armed forces have launched another retaliatory drone strike against an airport in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Najran region, this time targeting hangars housing the regime's warplanes.
- US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State VOA 22 May 2019 -- The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group.
- Government troops thwart major terrorist attacks in Syria's Hama Press TV 22 May 2019 -- Syrian army forces have managed to frustrate a series of attacks by militants from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the country's western-central province of Hama as they are engaged in joint counter-terrorism operations with allied fighters from popular defense groups against the extremists.
- U.S. Suspects Chemical Attack In Syria, Denounces Russian 'Disinformation Campaign' RFE/RL 22 May 2019 -- The United States says it suspects that Syrian government forces have carried out a new chemical attack.
- France Stands by OPCW Amid US Claims of Chemical Attacks in Syria - Ministry Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- France has taken into account the US allegations about the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons but has reaffirmed its absolute trust in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry said.
- Russian Air Defences Destroy Rockets Fired at Syria Base From Idlib - MoD Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- On Monday, the Russian Defence Ministry said that al-Nusra Front* terrorists fired six missiles at Russia's Hmeymim base in Syria. The ministry added that no casualties or damages were registered following the attack.
- IS Militants Target Kurdish Farmers in Disputed Iraqi Territories VOA 22 May 2019 -- In a bid to extort revenues from local farmers during the harvest season, Islamic State (IS) militants are threatening to set fire to thousands of acres of wheat fields in territories disputed between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region, according to local officials.
- Libya 'On Verge of Descending' Into Civil War - UN Support Mission Chief Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- Libya is "on the verge of descending" into civil war and, since the situation escalated in early April, there has been death and destruction, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame said.
- Ukrainian Military Says Eight Soldiers Captured In Donetsk Region RFE/RL 22 May 2019 -- Ukrainian authorities say eight military personnel have been captured by Russia-backed fighters in the eastern region of Donetsk.
- Somalia's population, international partners must be energized to sustain country's 'upward trajectory,' says senior UN official UN News 22 May 2019 -- Despite Somalia's persistent security threats, recurrent political crises, capacity constraints and the difficulties in navigating political obstacles to its reform agenda, the Horn of Africa country remains on a "positive trajectory," the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday.
- Ex-minister among six killed in car bomb attack in Somalia's Mogadishu Press TV 22 May 2019 -- At least six people, including a former Somali foreign minister, have been killed as a car bomb exploded near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
- Suicide car bomber kills at least 12 in Mogadishu SPA 22 May 2019 -- At least 12 people were killed when a suicide car bomber detonated explosives at a security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said Wednesday.
- Palestinian nation united in rejecting deal of century: Hamas official Press TV 22 May 2019 -- A high-ranking member of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, says the Palestinian nation vigorously rejects US President Donald Trump's controversial proposal for "peace" between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, dubbed "the deal of the century."
- Palestine refugees' relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June UN News 22 May 2019 -- The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a "truly existential crisis" over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June.
- UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Pleads for Funds VOA 22 May 2019 -- The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees warned Wednesday that it would run out of money in a few weeks if donors did not step up quickly.
- Pakistan Says It Told India It's Ready for Peace Talks VOA 22 May 2019 -- The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India met informally Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of regional countries in Kyrgyzstan, the first contact between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rival nations since they stepped back from the brink of war in February.
- Indian Soldier Killed, 7 Wounded in Explosion Near India-Pakistan Border Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- Earlier this month, two soldiers were injured in a similar explosion in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. In another incident in February, an army officer was killed in an IED blast that occurred in the Lam Jhanger area, near the Line of Control (LoC).
- Venezuela's Maduro urges military to 'capture traitors' Press TV 22 May 2019 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the country's armed forces to "capture traitors" within their ranks.
- Sudanese protest group calls strike as transition talks stall Press TV 22 May 2019 -- A leading Sudanese protest group has called for a strike as the ruling generals in the country refuse to grant a demand for the establishment of a civilian-majority transitional body.
- North Korea Slams Biden as 'Fool of Low IQ' VOA 22 May 2019 -- North Korean state media slammed Joe Biden as an "imbecile" and a "fool of low IQ" Wednesday, Pyongyang's first substantial comments on the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- Russia stresses serious need for talks on JCPOA IRNA 22 May 2019 -- Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia and senior nuclear negotiator says that there is a serious need for negotiations on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Russia calls for JCPOA arbitral commission to convene IRNA 22 May 2019 -- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in a statement called for the arbitral commission on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to convene.
- Iran reacts to France's stance on JCPOA IRNA 22 May 2019 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Iran is ready to implement JCPOA exactly in the same way France and its European allies did it.
- EU under huge pressure from US over Iran: French minister IRNA 22 May 2019 -- European powers are facing huge pressure from the United States to drop its proposed trade channel with Iran, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.
- Iran ready to implement JCPOA just as France did: Foreign Ministry spokesman ISNA 22 May 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi says Iran is prepared to support the nuclear deal exactly in the same way that France and its European allies have supported and implemented the agreement during the past year.
- China says JCPOA implementation sole way to ease tensions, as US blows hot and cold on Iran Press TV 22 May 2019 -- China says ensuring the complete and effective implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers is the only way to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington.
- Iran forex reserves remain ample: Central bank Press TV 22 May 2019 -- Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati says the country's foreign exchange reserves are robust despite tightening US sanctions which seek to stem the Islamic Republic's hard currency stream.
- EU under huge US pressure over Iran trade: France Press TV 22 May 2019 -- French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says France, Germany and Britain are coming under immense pressure from the US to cancel out their proposed trade channel with Iran, which has yet to see the light of day.
- Russia, France, Germany defend JCPOA, support trade with Iran Press TV 22 May 2019 -- The leaders of Russia, France and Germany have underscored the need to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, stressing their commitment to boosting trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the accord.
- US sanctions amount to military conflict with Iran: Official Press TV 22 May 2019 -- Despite the US officials' claim that they are not after a war with Iran, Washington's sanctions on Iranians amount to an all-out military conflict, says a senior Iranian official.
- US Urges Russia to Join Efforts to Counter Iran Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The war of words between the US and Iran intensified earlier in the month after the Pentagon deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force near Iran in response to what Washington called a potential threat from Tehran.
- Iran says ready to support nuclear deal 'just as France did' Press TV 21 May 2019 -- Iran says it is fully prepared to implement the 2015 nuclear deal exactly in the same way that France and its European partners did during the past year.
- More officials take initiative to surrender as anti-graft drive intensifies Global Times 22 May 2019 -- Voluntary confessions from officials suspected of violations prove the deterrent strength of China's anti-corruption system, observers said, after another official from Central China's Hunan Province turned himself in on Monday, a few days after the confession of the former head of China's securities watchdog.
- Rare earths an important strategic resource: Xi Global Times 22 May 2019 -- Rare-earth minerals are important strategic yet non-renewable resources, and efforts are needed to ramp up scientific and technological innovation for there to be increased added value in the sector, Chinese President Xi Jinping said while visiting a major rare-earth company in East China's Jiangxi Province, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.
- Beijing Could Use Rare Earth Metal Exports as Pressure Point in US Trade War Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- After Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a rare earth metal facility earlier this week, fears of a coming clamp-down on exports of the valuable materials have been renewed. China produces the vast majority of the world's rare earths, which are used in electronic devices.
- China to send 6-8 BeiDou-3 navigation satellites by year-end: official Global Times 22 May 2019 -- China will send another six to eight BeiDou-3 (BDS-3) navigation satellites into space before the end of 2019, and complete construction of BDS-3 - the new generation global navigation satellite system - by 2020, a senior official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan needs voice at WHA: U.S. health secretary CNA 22 May 2019 -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shi-chung (陳時中) in Geneva Tuesday, and voiced his backing for Taiwan's participation at the World Health Assembly (WHA), later displaying his support for Taiwan on social media.
- PM statement on new Brexit deal: 22 May 2019 Gov.UK 22 May 2019 -- With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the Government's work to deliver Brexit by putting forward a new deal that members of this House can stand behind.
- UN Urges UK to Leave Overseas Territory Chagos Islands Hosting US Air Base Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- London has retained control over the group of islands in the Indian Ocean, having separated them from Mauritius several years prior to the country receiving independence as part of Britain's decolonisation policy.
- Britain's May Faces Calls to Resign After Revised Brexit Plan Unveiled VOA 22 May 2019 -- British lawmakers are denouncing Prime Minister Theresa May's latest proposal to withdraw from the European Union (EU) amid growing demands from her own Conservative Party for her resignation.
- New Jersey Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hamas, Making False Statements US Dept. of Justice 22 May 2019 -- Also Charged with Making Threats against Pro-Israel Supporters
- Cyber innovation at the forefront of UK's approach to modern warfare UK MOD 22 May 2019 -- Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced £22 million in funding for Army cyber operations centres
- Ukrainian Lawmakers Decline To Address Zelenskiy's Proposals At Emergency Session RFE/RL 22 May 2019 -- Ukraine's parliament has defied new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a day after he issued a decree to disband it and hold snap elections in July, declining to discuss his proposed changes in electoral legislation.
- Clashes in Jakarta in Wake of Election VOA 22 May 2019 -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he will not tolerate anyone disturbing the country's democratic process, after deadly clashes between police and supporters of Prabowo Subianto, the former army general who lost the recent election but is contesting the results.
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