Daily National Security News Briefing
- Building Resilient Supply Chains, Revitalizing American Manufacturing, And Fostering Broad-Based Growth The White House 08 Jun 2021
- FACT SHEET: Executive Order Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Certain Companies of the People's Republic of China WH 03 Jun 2021
- Entities Identified as Chinese Military Companies Operating in the United States DOD 03 Jun 2021
- DoD Briefing on the President's FY 2022 Defense Budget for MDADoD 28 May 2021
- DOD Briefing on the President's FY 2022 Defense Budget DoD 28 May 2021
- Deputy SecDef Hicks Remarks on President Biden's FY 2022 Defense Budget Request DoD 28 May
- Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on Domestic Terrorism ODNI - FBI/DHS Released 14 May 2021
- Afghanistan: Women’s Economic, Political, Social Status Driven by Cultural Norms NIC 02 Apr 2021
- SIGAR Report to Congress: April 30, 2021 Quarterly Report 30 Apr 2021
- Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan - Dcember 2020 Released 23 Apr 2021
- Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan WH 14 Apr 2021
- Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community ODNI 09 Apr 2021, Released 13 Apr 2021
- Final Report: Review of Export Permits To Turkey Global Affairs Canada / DND 12 Apr 2021
- 70 Years of the PLA Air Force by Kenneth W. Allen and Cristina L. Garafola AU-CASI 12 Apr 2021
- Global Trends 2040 - A More Contested World NIC Mar 2021, Released 08 Apr 2021
- Interim National Security Strategic Guidance WH Mar 2021
- Annual Freedom of Navigation Report - Fiscal Year 2020 DoD Released 10 Mar 2021
- Assessing the Saudi Government's Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi DNI 11 Feb 2021
13 June 2021
- Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah: US forces must leave, or we take them by surprise Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Iraq's anti-terror group Kata'ib Hezbollah has warned that its forces will take American troops stationed in the Arab country by surprise, if they refuse to leave despite the parliament's decision to expel them from Iraq.
- Top US general confirms climate change's threat military ops Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has confirmed that climate change poses a serious threat to the country, insisting that it has had a significant impact on American military operations.
- Biden to Reassure Allies of US Commitment to NATO Mutual Defense Clause VOA 13 Jun 2021 -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is set to discuss revising its strategic concept when its leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, gather Monday in Brussels.
- Zelensky's Head of Office Hopes NATO to Agree on Ukraine's Accession Soon Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- Ukraine's Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak expressed hopes that NATO will allow Ukraine to join the alliance as soon as possible.
- COVID-19 vaccine rollout starts in Taiwan's armed forces CNA 13 Jun 2021 -- Taiwan's military has started to administer the 45,000 doses of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine it was allocated by the central government, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Sunday.
- Readout of President Biden's Meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa The White House 13 Jun 2021
- Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference The White House 13 Jun 2021
- CARBIS BAY G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUÉ The White House 13 Jun 2021
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan En Route Brussels, Belgium The White House 13 Jun 2021
- Attack on Hospital in Afrin, Syria US Dept. of State 13 Jun 2021 -- "We condemn in the strongest terms yesterday's attacks on the al Shifaa Hospital in Afrin, Syria. This barbaric attack took the lives of children, medical staff, and first responders."
- Azerbaijan swaps 15 Armenian prisoners for map of landmines Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Azerbaijan says it has handed over 15 Armenian prisoners, detained during last year's conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, in exchange for a map detailing the location of landmines in Agdam.
- Pashinyan Says Yerevan Handed Over 'Substantial, But Small' Part of Minefield Maps to Baku Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- Yerevan has provided Baku with a "substantial, but small" portion of maps showing mines planted during the war on the eastern borders of the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Sunday.
- Lugansk Accuses Ukraine of Using Electronic Warfare Against OSCE Drones in Donbass Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- Ukraine's armed forces are waging electronic warfare aimed at hindering the work of OSCE monitoring drones at the contact line in Donbass, a spokesperson for the People's Militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) said on Sunday.
- Cameroon Aids CAR Citizens Displaced by Ongoing Post-Election Violence VOA 13 Jun 2021 -- Cameroon has offered huge consignments of food and mattresses to at least 3,000 displaced persons said to be in dire need on its eastern border with the Central African Republic. Most of the people, displaced by violence following December presidential elections in the CAR, say they lost everything and that ongoing unrest keeps them from returning home.
- 'Highly Offensive' Gag Orders in Media Subpoena Cases, Lawyer Says VOA 13 Jun 2021 -- Gag orders that the U.S. Justice Department imposed on lawyers representing two prominent news outlets fighting subpoena requests have raised concerns about First Amendment protections.
- Putin Says Russia Is Ready To Hand Over Cybercriminals, But Only If U.S. Does The Same RFE/RL 13 Jun 2021 -- President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over suspected cybercriminals to the United States but only if Washington did the same for Moscow and if the two powers reached an agreement on the matter.
- US, Russia Spar on Cyberattacks Ahead of Biden-Putin Summit VOA 13 Jun 2021 -- The United States and Russia sparred Sunday about responsibility for debilitating cyberattacks as U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared for their summit in Geneva on Wednesday.
- G7 Leaders Demand Action From Russia On Cyberattacks, Chemical Weapons Use RFE/RL 13 Jun 2021 -- The Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations has urged Russia take action against those conducting cyberattacks and using ransomware from within its borders, as it wrapped up a three-day summit in southwestern England.
- Putin Says Russia Will Continue Developing World's Most Powerful Icebreaker Fleet Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- Russia has the most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet in the world and will continue to develop it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a Kremlin Russia Day celebration.
- Beijing says small groups can't rule world as G7 adopts anti-China agenda Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- The Group of Seven's adoption of a controversial agenda against China has escalated tensions, drawing a stern rebuke from Beijing about outdated assumptions that small groups of countries could still rule and make decisions for the rest of the world.
- G7 Leaders Unite Against China Rights Abuses In Xinjiang, Hong Kong RFE/RL 13 Jun 2021 -- Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations have agreed to challenge China's "nonmarket economic practices" and call out Beijing for rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
- 'The Underhanded Sale Of Our Sovereignty': How China Became An Election Issue In Hungary RFE/RL 13 Jun 2021 -- A controversial Chinese university project is becoming a contested political issue in Hungary and pushing Prime Minister Viktor Orban's dealings with Beijing into the national spotlight ahead of parliamentary elections in 2022.
- HKSAR chief executive emphasizes CPC's support for Hong Kong's development People's Daily 13 Jun 2021 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has always cared about the interests of Hong Kong compatriots and supported the development of the global financial hub, Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said on Saturday.
- Commissioner's office of Chinese foreign ministry in HKSAR firmly upholds anti-foreign sanctions law PLA Daily 13 Jun 2021 -- The Office of the Commissioner of China's Foreign Affairs Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Saturday said it firmly upholds and supports the anti-foreign sanctions law.
- China making plans for future space exploration: official PLA Daily 13 Jun 2021 -- China is making plans for the future development of its space program, including exploring asteroids and the Jovian system, collecting samples from Mars and exploring the polar region of the moon, said an official from the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Saturday.
- G7 communique underscores importance of cross-strait peace, stability CNA 13 Jun 2021 -- A communique from the Group of Seven summit in the United Kingdom on Sunday underscores the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, among a range of other pressing issues such as ending the COVID-19 pandemic and reinvigorating the economies of G7 countries.
- Biden, Suga discuss Taiwan Strait situation at G7 Summit CNA 13 Jun 2021 -- United States President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday discussed the Taiwan Strait situation, among many global challenges, on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in the United Kingdom.
- Iran top negotiator says Vienna talks to be continued whenever needed IRNA 13 Jun 2021 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator said on Sunday that much legal, technical and political discussion is necessary and that the talks will be continued.
- Vienna talks to continue as long as necessary: Iran deputy FM ISNA 13 Jun 2021 -- Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and the head of Iran's negotiating team in the Vienna talks Abbas Araghchi stressed that the Vienna talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will continue as long as Tehran deem them necessary.
- G7 leaders say fully-implemented JCPOA could pave way to address regional, security concerns Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- The participants in the summit of the Group of Seven industrial nations, known as the G7, have emphasized that the restoration and full implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers would help all parties to address regional and security concerns.
- Iran: Vienna talks on JCPOA revival unlikely to conclude this week Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator has predicted that talks in Vienna between Tehran and other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal on a potential revival of the accord are unlikely to conclude this week.
- Iran, Russia Negotiators Play Down Chances For Quick Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 13 Jun 2021 -- The Iranian and Russian negotiators meeting in Vienna with global powers played down the hopes for a quick settlement in the talks to revive the 2015 landmark deal that curtailed Tehran's nuclear programs.
- Israel Swears In New Government, Ending Netanyahu's Rule VOA 13 Jun 2021 -- Israel swore in a new government on Sunday, ending the 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and making Naftali Bennett, the head of a small, religious ultranationalist party, the new leader of the Jewish state.
- Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Bennett of Israel The White House 13 Jun 2021
- Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel The White House 13 Jun 2021
- Netanyahu shown the door, US pledges allegiance to new Israeli regime Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- An Israeli political coalition narrowly wins a vote to oust Benjamin Netanyahu as the regime's prime minister, with the US rushing to congratulate and pledge to cooperate with the new Israeli coalition.
- Netanyahu vows to lead Likud back to power as no-confidence vote looms Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to lead the Likud Party back to power amid a looming battle to end his 12-year premiership, asserting that he has no plan on giving up the leadership of his party.
- Naftali Bennett Becomes Israel's New Prime Minister, Ending Netanyahu's 12-Year Tenure Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- The Knesset convened earlier today to hold a confidence vote on the new coalition government. Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel's largest opposition party Yesh Atid, was given a mandate to form a coalition last month, after acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed the deadline.
- Israel's PM-Designate Bennett Says His Government to Expand Peace Deals With Arab States Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- The leader of the right-leaning Yamina party was selected to lead the opposition's attempt to remove long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office by forming a broad coalition of 61 Knesset members.
- Israeli Atomic Expert Says Mossad Blew Up Iraqi Nuke Power Station Parts in France in 1979 Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- A new memoir reveals how Israel, with US backing, tried unsuccessfully for years to stop France and other countries from helping Iraq develop its own nuclear power industry — first through diplomacy, then spying and intimidation, then finally sabotage attacks on French soil.
- S-400s, F-35s & Armenian Genocide: Erdogan Urges Biden to Use Upcoming Meeting to Resolve Disputes Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- Relations between Turkey and the US have soured ever since Ankara decided to buy S-400s from Russia, disregarding Washington's objections. Subsequently, however, other issues have emerged as obstacles to improving bilateral ties, such as Turkey's expulsion from the F-35 programme and the US recognition of the Armenian genocide.
- UK and France in acrimonious clash over Northern Ireland constitutional status Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- A bitter row has erupted between the UK and European Union (EU) leaders after the French President, Emmanuel Macron, said at the G7 summit that Northern Ireland is "not part of the UK".
- UK PM threatens EU with emergency clause over N.Ireland trade dispute Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened the European Union with emergency measures if no solution was found in a trade dispute with the bloc.
- Former head of Jordan's royal court faces trial over alleged coup plot Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Former chief of Jordan's royal court faces trial over an alleged coup plot against the Arab country's King Abdullah II, state media reports say.
- Peru's Fujimori repeats fraud claims as Castillo inches closer to victory Press TV 13 Jun 2021 -- Peruvian right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori has insisted that the election was riddled with fraud and irregularities that favored her leftist rival Pedro Castillo, as she led a protest rally in the capital Lima.
- Malawi Expresses Regret Over Expulsion of Its Diplomats From South Africa VOA 13 Jun 2021 -- Malawi's government said Saturday that it had received news of its diplomats' alleged misconduct in South Africa with regret and that it would punish those involved when they returned home.
Defense Policy / Programs
12 June 2021
- Bombings Hit Shi'ite Area Of Afghan Capital As More Districts In Provinces Fall To Taliban RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Jun 2021 -- Officials in the Afghan capital reported dual bomb attacks that killed at least seven people on June 12 as reports from the provinces said two more districts had fallen to Taliban militants.
- Taliban Reject Foreign Military Role in Guarding Kabul Airport After Troop Exit VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban warned Saturday that it would be "unacceptable" to them and a "mistake" on the part of any nation to retain a military presence in Afghanistan to guard airports or other installations after the departure of U.S.-led NATO troops from the warn-torn country.
- Pentagon to redirect $2.2 billion in border wall funds back to military projects Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- The Pentagon says it will restore $2.2 billion to military projects that were cancelled by the Trump administration to pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent immigrants from coming to the United States.
- Iran's sky safest in region: Commander IRNA 12 Jun 2021 -- The commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Joint Air Defense Command said on Saturday that Iran's sky is the safest in the region due to joint endeavor of Iran's military and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps air defense forces.
- South Korea can now build missiles able to reach Beijing, Moscow as US lifts range limits Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- South Korea can now build ballistic missiles capable of striking Beijing, Moscow or anywhere else thanks to the US' lifting of its 40-year restriction on the Asian country's missile program, the Wall Street Journal reports.
- Royal Navy delivers 75 tonnes of aid to Caribbean island UK MOD 12 Jun 2021 -- RFA Wave Knight carried 139 pallets of food, water, toiletries and other essential supplies to St Vincent to help residents who fled the volcanic eruption.
- Pentagon announces $150 million in military aid to Ukraine Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- The US Defense Department has announced a 150-million-dollar military aid package to Ukraine saying it will help the country bolster its borders against Russia, amid rising tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
- Readout: Trilateral Meeting of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, President Joe Biden, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Readout of President Biden's Meeting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on President Biden's Meetings at the G7 Summit The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on President Biden's Meetings at the G7 Summit The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials Previewing the Second Day of the G7 Summit The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung US Dept. of State 12 Jun 2021
- Readout of President Biden's Meeting with Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide of Japan The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Readout of President Biden's Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Remarks by President Biden and President Macron of the French Republic Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 12 Jun 2021
- Laotians Still Affected by Wartime Use of Agent Orange, Study Finds Radio Free Asia 12 Jun 2021 -- The U.S. wartime use of Agent Orange and other defoliants in Laos more than a half-century ago is still causing dioxin-related congenital disabilities, according to a recent survey by an NGO that is urging Washington to help those who have suffered birth defects.
- Azerbaijan Says 15 Armenian Military Prisoners Swapped For Land-Mine Map RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- Azerbaijan said it handed over 15 Armenian prisoners of war in exchange for a map showing the location of land mines in part of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- UN: Thousands of Tigray Children Risk Death from Starvation, Malnutrition VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- United Nations agencies are warning that tens of thousands of children in Ethiopia's northern Tigray province are at risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related illnesses because aid agencies cannot reach the region with humanitarian relief.
- US-Russia relationship 'deteriorated to its lowest point' in years: Putin Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Washington-Moscow relationship has "deteriorated to its lowest point" over the past years.
- The Joe And Vova Show: Biden, Putin To Meet Face-To-Face In Geneva. Few Expect Breakthroughs. RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- The last time Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden met was after Biden made a quick 10-minute drive across central Moscow from the Ritz-Carlton hotel to attend a group meeting at Russia's White House, overlooking a bend in the still icy Moskva River.
- White House: Biden To Go 'Solo' For Post-Putin Press Conference RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- The White House says U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a "solo press conference" after his summit in Geneva next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the latest indicator of the tensions swirling between Moscow and Washington.
- Putin Signs Law To Protect Personal Info Of Russian Security Officials RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law imposing penalties for disclosing the personal data of security officials or their relatives, a move that could further hamstring efforts to expose corruption or hold Russian officials accountable.
- Putin Gives Thoughts On Biden, Evades Questions About Killed Kremlin Opponents RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said relations with the United States have plummeted to their lowest point in years, in a wide-ranging interview in which he also addressed allegations that he is "a killer."
- G-7 Split on Biden's Anti-China Push VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- G-7 leaders appear to be split on U.S. President Joe Biden's call to take more aggressive action against China, including on its forced labor practices, unwillingness to play by international trade rules and problematic global infrastructure financing mechanism.
- US to Offer Alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said it will announce an infrastructure financing mechanism for low- and middle-income countries, designed to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative.
- Chinese diplomat urges US to get ties back on right track PLA Daily 12 Jun 2021 -- China urges the United States to honor its commitment to abide by the one-China principle, properly handle issues related to the Taiwan question and take real actions to uphold the overall development of bilateral ties as well as cross-Straits stability, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday.
- Demonstrations Mark Second Anniversary of Hong Kong Uprising VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- Rallies rang out in dozens of cities across the globe Saturday to commemorate two years since pro-democracy activists surrounded Hong Kong's legislature in a failed effort to thwart passage of a national security law.
- China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi stressed China's stern position on Xinjiang, HK related issues in phone conversation with Blinken Global Times 12 Jun 2021 -- Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, reiterated China's stern position on issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong, urging the US to not interfere with China's domestic affairs under any excuse.
- U.S. Secretary of State urges China to stop pressuring Taiwan CNA 12 Jun 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged China to halt its "pressure campaign" against Taiwan during a telephone meeting on Friday with the Chinese government's top diplomat and Politburo member Yang Jiechi (楊潔篪).
- Top military officer says U.S. capable of defending Taiwan CNA 12 Jun 2021 -- Mark Milley, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed earlier this week during a congressional hearing that the country is capable of defending Taiwan in the event of a People's Liberation Army invasion from China.
- N Korea's Kim calls for boosting military power: Report Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has said the country's military power should be boosted, state media KCNA said on Saturday.
- Putin dismisses as 'fake' Washington Post report on Russia's plan to give Iran advanced satellite system Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as "fake news" a report by the Washington Post that Moscow is preparing to supply Iran with an advanced satellite system that would enable Tehran to track potential military targets across the Middle East and beyond.
- Putting aside maximum pressure policy the main test for US's genuine will: Ravanchi ISNA 12 Jun 2021 -- Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi stressed that putting aside failed maximum pressure policy is the main and real test for US' genuine political will.
- Iranian deputy FM arrives in Vienna for nuclear talks ISNA 12 Jun 2021 -- Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and the head of Iran's negotiating team in the Vienna talks Abbas Araghchi arrives in the Austrian capital to resume the JCPOA negotiations.
- Iran Nuclear Talks Resume; German Foreign Minister Urges 'Flexibility, Pragmatism' RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- Negotiators from Iran and five world powers have resumed talks to try and revive the landmark deal that curtailed Tehran's nuclear programs but was later put in doubt when U.S. President Donald Trump's administration abandoned it.
- Iran restores UN voting rights after paying dues: Envoy Press TV 12 Jun 2021 -- Iran has regained its voting rights in the 193-member United Nations General Assembly after paying off some $16.2 million in arrears it owed to the UN operating body.
- Barred Big-Name Candidate Publicly Challenges Iran's Election Vetters RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- The influential political scion and former speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, has demanded an explanation from the country's vetters as to why he was excluded from running in next week's Iranian presidential election.
- Armed Conflict Spreading Across Myanmar as Violence Escalates VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet says armed conflict is intensifying and spreading across parts of Myanmar in opposition to the military coup in February and could result in the heavy loss of life.
- Myanmar Border Gun Seizures Stoke Fears of Illicit Post-Coup Arms Trade VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- Guns and ammunition bought under Thai police and army discount plans and siphoned into the black market have been seized by Thai customs on the Myanmar border, stoking fears of a new illicit arms trade driven by Myanmar's post-coup collapse into chaos.
- 'Always Nearby': Belarusian Ruler's Right-Hand Man, Rumored To Run Death Squads, Abruptly Resigns RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- Viktar Sheiman, one of Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka's closest allies and a figure believed to have run death squads in the past, has abruptly resigned.
- Algeria Holds First Parliamentary Elections Since Popular Revolt in 2019 VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- Commentators reported low turnout Saturday in parts of Algeria, which was holding its first parliamentary elections since a 2019 popular uprising swept away veteran President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika.
Defense Policy / Programs
11 June 2021
- Taliban Takes Another Key District In Northern Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 11 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban has captured yet another key district in the northern Afghan province of Takhar amid increased violence and stalled peace talks between the militants and the Western-backed government in Kabul that have cast uncertainty over the future of the country once U.S.-led international forces leave by September.
- Turkish troops should leave Afghanistan along with others: Taliban Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban have called for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Afghanistan, effectively rejecting Ankara's proposal to keep forces in Kabul to guard and run the international airport after all foreign forces leave the war-torn county.
- Top US general warns of China's rising military might Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- Head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark Milley has warned of China's expanding military capabilities, insisting on the need to adopt measures to ensure competitive advantage of American armed forces.
- Official Says Input From Allies on Nuclear Posture Review to Be Important DoD News 11 Jun 2021 -- China is rapidly becoming more capable and assertive and concerns regarding its nuclear modernization and expansion are increasing. Russia's comprehensive modernization of its nuclear capabilities, over 80% complete, includes the addition of new dual-capable systems that threaten the United States and its allies and partners, the acting assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities said.
- DOD Leaders Share Their Intelligence Threat Assessments DoD News 11 Jun 2021 -- The fiscal year 2022 Defense Department's $715 billion budget request includes $23.3 billion for the military intelligence program and defense intelligence leaders addressed the capabilities and gaps of military intelligence.
- Missile Defense Review Will Address Growing Threats From Iran, North Korea, Others DoD News 11 Jun 2021 -- With nations such as North Korea, Iran, Russia and China all maturing their missile technology, the Defense Department plans to launch a review of its own missile defense policies, strategies and capabilities over the next few months, said the deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy.
- Georgia National Guard sustains fight at African Lion 21 Army News 11 Jun 2021 -- It takes an army to sustain an army.
- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing DoD 11 Jun 2021
- Border Barrier Money Returns, Ukraine Aid Package Announced DoD News 11 Jun 2021 -- The Biden administration's cancellation of border barriers returns $2.2 billion to the Defense Department, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said today.
- USS Laboon Enters Black Sea in Support of NATO Allies and Partners US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) entered the Black Sea on a routine patrol, June 11, 2021, while conducting multi-domain operations with a U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft from Patrol Squadron VP-40 and NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
- USS Philippine Sea Completes Homeport Shift to Norfolk US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- Continuing the Navy's strategic realignment of ships, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) arrived here today, making Norfolk its new homeport June 10, 2021.
- 18 Nations Conduct Multi-Lateral Combat Training During STRIKFORNATOS BALTOPS 50 Exercise US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- Sixteen NATO Allies and two partner nations are operating together June 6th to 11th to conduct Combat Enhancement Training and Force Integration Training (CET-FIT) as part of the 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise. Participating nations will focus on real world safety and interoperability led by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO).
- Patrol Squadron 40 Completes NATO Exercise Steadfast Defender US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- The "Fighting Marlins" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 operated two P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Naval Air Station Rota, Spain in the NATO-led Steadfast Defender 2021 Maritime Live Exercise from May 20-31, 2021.
- Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Visits Five Destroyers in Rota, Spain US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, visited five Arleigh-Burke guided-missile destroyers assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 65 during a visit to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain, June 8, 2021.
- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet visits USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Samuel Paparo met with Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 Rear Adm. Will Pennington and warfare commanders from CSG-5 aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 9.
- USS Curtis Wilbur Conducts Bilateral Operations with HMAS Ballarat US Navy 11 Jun 2021 -- Forces from the U. S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy concluded a week of bilateral operations in the South China Sea, June 11.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace DoD 11 Jun 2021
- NATO Secretary General: Summit will be pivotal moment NATO 11 Jun 2021 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed the 14 June NATO Summit in an online press conference on Friday (11 June 2021), calling the gathering of 30 world leaders a "pivotal moment for our Alliance and for our collective security".
- UK and Montenegro underline shared commitment to NATO on Carrier Strike Group visit UK MOD 11 Jun 2021 -- Coinciding with the visit of HMS Richmond, sailing from the UK Carrier Strike Group, Lady Goldie held high-level meetings to discuss NATO and regional security.
- NATO Chief: Summit Comes at 'Pivotal Moment' for Alliance VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg, fresh from a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, told reporters Friday he expects next week's summit of NATO leaders in Brussel to be a pivotal moment for the alliance and its collective security.
- Defence Secretary meets with NATO Allies on board HMS Queen Elizabeth as Carrier Strike Group visits Italy UK MOD 11 Jun 2021 -- Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has met with counterparts from Italy and Turkey on board HMS Queen Elizabeth during his first visit to the Carrier Strike Group since its departure from Portsmouth in May.
- Russia kicks off huge naval drills in Pacific amid US plan of largest war games Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- The Russian Pacific Fleet has begun massive naval maneuvers in the central part of the Pacific Ocean shortly after the US military announced plans to hold it largest war games in a generation in the same region this summer.
- China passes law banning defamation of military personnel PLA Daily 11 Jun 2021 -- China has passed a law banning the defamation of military personnel.
- China Passes New Law Banning 'Defamatory' Speech About Military, Police Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has passed a law banning "defamation" or "insults" to military personnel, following the jailing of a blogger for posting about People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers during border clashes with Indian troops.
- Defense Department Announces $150 Million in Assistance for Ukraine DoD 11 Jun 2021 -- The Department of Defense announces a new $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine's forces preserve the country's territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.
- Pentagon Announces $150 Million In Military Aid For Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.S. Defense Department announced on June 11 a new military assistance package for Ukraine.
- US Sending Ukraine Millions in Security Assistance VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The United States is helping Ukraine bolster its defense capabilities, announcing a $150 million security package less than a week before U.S. President Joe Biden is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
- Cambodia Denies U.S. Full Access to Naval Base During Embassy Visit Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.S. embassy in Cambodia said Friday that its defense attaché was denied complete access during an invited visit to the country's largest naval base, but a Cambodian official told RFA that Phnom Penh had never agreed to a full tour.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Bulgarian President Radev US Dept. of State 11 Jun 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Argentina Foreign Minister Solá US Dept. of State 11 Jun 2021
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials Previewing the G7 Summit and Economic Deliverables The White House 11 Jun 2021
- 11 June 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Jun 2021
- Pakistani Tribal Leaders Push Back Against Increased Military Drone Use Along Afghan Border RFE/RL Gandhara 11 Jun 2021 -- Pakistani tribal leaders in a conservative border region are complaining about surveillance drones flown by military and security services, saying they are an unwelcome intrusion and a violation of people's privacy.
- 'In The Convoy With The Buk': An Open-Source Investigator Follows The MH17 Trial RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- On June 7, the trial in absentia of four suspects - three Russians and one Ukrainian - in connection with the downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014 entered the phase during which judges heard the evidence accumulated by prosecutors.
- Food Aid Not Reaching Tigray, People Dying, UN Says VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The World Food Program warns the food situation in northern Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has reached catastrophic proportions and people are beginning to die.
- Ensuring accountability for the most serious of crimes committed in Darfur UK FCDO 11 Jun 2021 -- Statement by Chanaka Wickremasinghe at the Security Council briefing on the ICC - Darfur
- Nearly 30 Junta Troops Killed in Myanmar's Chin State as Rights Czar Calls For End to Violence Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- Nearly 30 junta troops were killed Thursday in Myanmar's Chin state as fighting between militia groups and the military escalated in the country's remote regions, prompting the United Nations rights czar to warn of a "human rights catastrophe."
- Tanzania Told to End Forced Deportations of Mozambican Asylum Seekers VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.N. refugee agency is repeating its call to Tanzanian authorities to stop forcibly deporting asylum seekers back to Mozambique, where their lives are in danger.
- Mozambique: Violence continues in Cabo Delgado, as agencies respond to growing needs UN News 11 Jun 2021 -- Civilians continue to flee armed conflict and insecurity in northern Mozambique, more than two months after militants attacked the coastal city of Palma, located in Cabo Delgado province, UN agencies reported on Friday.
- US Department of Justice Probes Secret Seizure of House Democrats' Data VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General says it is beginning a review of the department's use of subpoenas to obtain communication records of U.S. lawmakers and members of the media.
- DHS Releases Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds DHS 11 Jun 2021 -- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the agency's plan for funds the previous administration was planning to use for construction of a border wall at the Southwest border of the United States. The plan fulfills a requirement of President Biden's Proclamation ending the diversion of funds for border wall, and outlines steps DHS will take to end wall expansion to the extent permitted by law and address life, safety, and environmental concerns.
- DOD Announces Plan to Restore $2.2 Billion in Funding Previously Used for Border Barrier Construction DoD 11 Jun 2021 -- In accordance with President Biden's direction in Presidential Proclamation 10142 issued on January 20, 2021, the Department of Defense has developed a plan for redirecting funds and repurposing contracts as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.
- Daughter of Notorious Mexican Cartel Leader Sentenced for Criminal Violation of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act US Dept. of Justice 11 Jun 2021 -- The daughter of the leader of the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for willfully engaging in financial dealings with Mexican companies that had been identified as specially designated narcotics traffickers by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC).
- The Week In Russia: Summit Signals And Election Extremes RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- Ahead of a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin advanced a narrative of blame for the bad state of the relationship. Ahead of elections at home, he turned the screws tighter still, barring anyone associated with groups branded "extremist" from seeking office.
- Navalny Ally Says Jailed Kremlin Critic's Health Condition 'Significantly' Better RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The director of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), which was labeled as "extremist" and banned in Russia this week, says the Kremlin critic is in "significantly better" condition as he recovers from a hunger strike that raised fears he may die.
- China calls on UK to 'abandon colonial nostalgia' after report accuses Beijing of stifling dissent Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- Chinese officials have called on the UK government to "abandon colonial nostalgia" and cease meddling in Hong Kong's internal affairs following London's allegations over Beijing's alleged use of national security law to stifle dissent and suppress alternative political viewpoints in the city.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 11, 2021 PRC MofA 11 Jun 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Politburo Member Yang US Dept. of State 11 Jun 2021
- China Using Law to Curb Dissent, Political Opposition in Hong Kong: UK Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- Hong Kong and Chinese officials are engaging in sweeping curbs on dissent and political opposition, a U.K. government report said this week, as European Union officials joined a chorus of international criticism over a draconian national security law.
- Hong Kong Censors to Screen Movies For 'National Security' Breaches Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- The Hong Kong government announced on Friday that all films, especially documentaries, will soon be vetted for breaches of a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- China's top legislature adopts multiple laws as standing committee session concludes PLA Daily 11 Jun 2021 -- The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, adopted multiple laws including those on data security, Hainan free trade port and countering foreign sanctions, as it wrapped up a session on Thursday.
- Some Chinese Provinces Suspend College Mergers After Student Protests VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- Education authorities in China's eastern Jiangsu province have suspended a plan to merge independent colleges with vocational institutes after student protests led to a violent confrontation with the police.
- North Korea Preaches Self-Reliance to Struggling Citizens Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- North Korea is forcing citizens to attend ideological education sessions promoting self-reliance as the solution to their economic woes, but the people say the sessions are an unhelpful waste of time, sources in the country told RFA.
- Russia Said Ready To Send Advanced Satellite System To Iran RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The Washington Post has quoted current and former U.S. and Middle Eastern officials as saying that Russia is preparing to supply Iran with an advanced satellite system that could greatly advance Tehran's surveillance in the region and beyond.
- Outgoing Mossad Chief Hints At Israeli Role In Attacks On Iranian Nuclear Targets RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The departing head of Israel's Mossad intelligence service has hinted at possible Israeli involvement in recent attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities and on an Iranian scientist, though he stopped short of directly claiming responsibility.
- US must first lift Iran sanctions to return to JCPOA: China Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the United States should first lift all the sanctions it has imposed on Iran in order to return to the 2015 nuclear deal as negotiations continue in the Austrian capital to revive the agreement, which was abandoned by the US three years after its conclusion.
- UN rights chief warns of 'rights catastrophe' in Myanmar Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over escalating violence in Myanmar, warning of a deepening humanitarian crisis following the February 1 coup in the country.
- Myanmar Dissident Deaths in Custody, Unapproved Autopsies Prompt Calls For Probe Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- Several dissidents who spoke critically of the junta takeover of Myanmar's democratically elected government have died in detention and were given crude autopsies before their bodies were returned to their families, prompting observers to call for a probe into the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
- Myanmar Communities Take Up Arms to Resist Junta VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- Communities across Myanmar are forming armed bands with mostly crude guns and explosives in an increasingly violent resistance to the military junta that toppled the country's democratically elected government more than four months ago, raising fears of a sweeping civil war.
- Spike in Myanmar Violence Could Plunge Country Into 'Human Rights Catastrophe', UN Warns VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The United Nations high commissioner for human rights said Friday that violence in Myanmar is rising, deepening the crisis that began with the February 1 coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
- UN Urges ASEAN to Intensify Diplomacy on Myanmar Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.N. human rights chief urged ASEAN on Friday to intensify efforts to stop violence in post-coup Myanmar, days after officials from the regional bloc met with the Burmese junta chief but failed to extract a promise to end bloodshed.
- UN rights chief urges accountability for escalating 'catastrophe' in Myanmar UN News 11 Jun 2021 -- Escalating violence across Myanmar including attacks on civilians must be halted to prevent even greater loss of life and a deepening humanitarian emergency, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.
- U.K. Foreign Minister Says Belarus Moving Toward 'Pariah Status' RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has warned that Belarus may be slipping "into pariah status" after it recently forced a civilian aircraft to land in Minsk to arrest opposition activist Raman Pratasevich and his girlfriend.
- Belarus Sentences Ex-Presidential Candidate's Staff To Prison For 'Preparing Mass Riots' With Laser Pointers RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- Four members of a Belarusian presidential candidate's team have been sentenced to five years in a maximum-security prison for preparing "mass riots" in the wake of last year's contested election that extended strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka's rule.
- European Parliament Calls For Harsh Economic Sanctions On 'Criminal' Belarusian Regime RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The European Parliament has called for sweeping economic sanctions and a raft of other measures against Belarus in response to growing repression and the forced landing of a plane flying between two EU capitals to arrest opposition activist Raman Pratasevich.
- UN elects five new members to serve on the Security Council UN News 11 Jun 2021 -- Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were elected by the 75th session of the General Assembly on Friday to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the 2022-2023 term.
- UN General Assembly Confirms 5 Countries to Security Council VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.N. General Assembly voted Friday to give two-year terms on the powerful 15-nation Security Council to five countries.
- U.S. Entertainer/Businessman and Malaysian National Charged with Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove Chinese Dissident from U.S. US Dept. of Justice 11 Jun 2021 -- A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a superseding indictment Thursday charging a U.S. entertainer and businessman and a Malaysian national with orchestrating an unregistered, back-channel campaign beginning in or about 2017 to influence the then-administration of the President of the United States and the Department of Justice both to drop the investigation of Jho Low and others in connection with the international strategic and development company known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and to send a Chinese dissident back to China.
- Independent Judiciary Is Sole Guarantor Of Justice, New EU Prosecutor Tells Bulgarians RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The European Union's chief prosecutor told Bulgarians weary of corruption that judges' independence is the most important condition for a functioning justice system.
- The Most Popular Man In Tajikistan Comes To Visit RFE/RL 11 Jun 2021 -- The most popular man in Tajikistan has arrived for a three-day visit to that country.
- Elections in Ethiopia US Dept. of State 11 Jun 2021 -- On June 21, many Ethiopians will be able to cast ballots in elections, an important exercise of their civil and political rights.
- Peru's Castillo on brink of victory: 'People have awakened' Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- Socialist Pedro Castillo is closing in on victory in Peru's presidential election, prompting allegations of fraud by conservative rival Keiko Fujimori and the US.
- Presidential Election in Mongolia US Dept. of State 11 Jun 2021 -- The United States congratulates the people and government of Mongolia for their successful presidential election on June 9, the eighth such election since Mongolia's peaceful democratic revolution in 1990.
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