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Rwandan, Mozambican forces retake port from insurgents | Source: Washington Post

A joint force of Mozambican and Rwandan troops has regained control of a strategic port from Islamic extremists who held the town in northern Mozambique for a year, the countries’ defense ministries have announced. Rwanda’s troops have rapidly helped Mozambique’s armed forces achieve victories against the insurgents, who have created a humanitarian emergency in northern Cabo Delgado province and surrounding areas.

Source: Washington Post


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Terrorism most important affairs according to the media, first fortnight July 2021

| SOUTH ASIA:

AFGHANISTAN

  • The U.S. military left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield, the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Source: Global News

  • Islamic State militants are building up their forces in northern Afghanistan as US and NATO troops leave the country.

Source: Jerusalem Post

  • The Taliban has captured more territory in Afghanistan from fleeing Afghan forces. The Taliban now control roughly a third of all 421 districts in Afghanistan.

Source: Euronews

  • The Taliban warned that if Turkey extends its military presence in Afghanistan the Islamist group will view Turkish troops as “occupiers” and wage “jihad” against them.

Source: VOA NEWS

  • Pakistani President Arif Alvi has accused India of using Afghan soil to cause terrorism in his country by providing training and funding to militants.

Source: Sputnik

PAKISTAN

  • At least 9 Chinese nationals killed in bus blast near dam project.

Source: The Week

  • Pakistan agreed with Turkey to further enhance military-to-military ties, particularly in counter-terrorism domains.

Source: Pak Tribune


| CENTRAL ASIA:

TAJIKISTAN

  • Russia will provide any necessary assistance to Tajikistan under its commitments in the CSTO in the event of mounting terrorist threats from Afghanistan.

Source: Tass


| EUROPE:

RUSSIA

  • Russia’s federal security service FSB has prevented terrorist attacks that were being plotted by members of the Islamic State.

Source: TASS

TURKEY

  • Turkey will be increasing pressure on international partners over the YPG/PKK terrorist group (which continues its logistical and financial cooperation with Daesh in Syria).

Source: Daily Sabah


| MIDDLE EAST:

SYRIA

  • Iran, Russia, and Turkey announced that they will continue their cooperation until the complete eradication of the ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

Source: IRNA

SYRIA/IRAQ

  • The Islamic State is trying to take advantage of deteriorating economic conditions in Iraq and Syria to reconstitute presence in areas hardest hit by the economic downturn.

Source: Shafaq.com


| AFRICA:

SAHEL

  • France announced that Sahel military Force will end in early 2022.

Source: The Defense Post

MOZAMBIQUE

  • The EU will open a training mission in Mozambique to train local forces in counter-terrorism operation.

Source: Anadolu Agency

SOMALIA

  • Al -Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in Mogadishu at a packed restaurant near Somalia’s National Intelligence Agency.

Source: Long War Journal

  • Biden administration pauses airstrikes against Al-Shabaab militants as it weighs national-security priorities and grapples with Trump’s withdrawal.

Source: Wall Street Journal

EGYPT

  • Egypt’s parliament approved legal amendments expanding the government’s ability to sack civil servants with suspected links to terrorist groups without prior disciplinary action.

Source: The New Arab


| ASIA PACIFIC:

HONG KONG

  • Hong Kong police have arrested nine people on suspicion of terrorist activities, the latest to be targeted under a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed.

Source: TRT


| LATIN AMERICA:

COLOMBIA

  • FARC dissidents and the ELN continue with the intention of financing violent actions.

Source: Colombia reports


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EU agrees military training mission for Mozambique | Source: Business Recorder

EU ambassadors gave the green light to setting up a military mission in Mozambique to help train its armed forces battling jihadists in the north of the country. A deadly insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State group has ravaged the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since late 2017, claiming some 3,000 lives and displacing 800,000 people.

Source: Business Recorder


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EU Considers Training Mission To Quell Mozambique Crisis | SOURCE: VON GOV

The European Union will consider sending a civilian training mission to Mozambique to help the government withstand a growing insurgency. Mozambique’s government has been facing an Islamist insurgency since 2017, putting at risk natural gas projects. 

SOURCE: VON GOV


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U.S. Humanitarian Aid and Supplies Help Respond to Insecurity in Mozambique | SOURCE: US DEPARTMENT STATE

The United States is working to increase humanitarian assistance in Mozambique in response to the devastating violence by ISIS-Mozambique in Cabo Delgado province. The United States is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Mozambique. 

SOURCE: US DEPARTMENT STATE


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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN GEOPOLITICS? (APRIL 2021)

ASIA PACIFIC:

  • The Chinese air force sent a fleet of aircraft close to Taiwan in the latest sign of military intimidation against the separately ruled island.

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

  • South Korea and the United States signed a deal marking what some say is a return to a stronger U.S.-ROK alliance.

SOURCE: NK NEWS

  • Vietnam and China agreed to strengthen military cooperation.

SOURCE: CHINA ORG

  • China cautioned Australia to abide by its ‘One China’ policy after a senior Australian warned of a potential conflict over Taiwanese independence.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

  • Australia will upgrade four military bases in its north and expand war games with the United States.

SOURCE: NEWS 18

  • Japan will hold a joint military drill with US and French troops in the country’s southwest. It comes as Tokyo seeks to deepen defense cooperation beyond its key US ally to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China seas.

SOURCE: THE DEFENSE POST

  • Hong Kong’s electoral reform bill has been introduced in the city’s legislature, setting in motion changes that will give Beijing greater control over the process while reducing the number of directly elected representatives.

SOURCE: IRISH EXAMINER

  • The European Union is preparing to impose new collective sanctions on the Myanmar military targeting its business interests.

SOURCE: STRAIT TIMES

  • Russia and China are blocking efforts at the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo to Myanmar.

SOURCE: HUNDUSTAN TIMES

  • Russia is increasing arms sales to Myanmar’s military and steadfastly standing by Myanmar’s coup leader, General Min Aung Hlaing.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

  • The leaders of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Brunei met in Jakarta to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT


EURASIA:

  • Japan held consultations with the European Union on security following joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Aden and in the Arabian Sea, as well as a joint port call on Djibouti. They aim to extend their cooperation to other partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

SOURCE: EEAS

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that he was against the idea of establishing NATO alliances in the Middle East and Asia, commenting on recent calls for establishing similar bodies in both regions.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR


SOUTH ASIA:

  • President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001.

SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST

  • India is concerned about a vacuum developing in Afghanistan following the proposed withdrawal of United States from the country. India’s big worry is that instability could spill over into its Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • Afghan and Pakistani troops opened fire at each other at a crossing point in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province in the south.

SOURCE: AFGHANISTAN TIMES

  • A car bomb blast ripped through a luxury hotel’s parking area in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, where China’s ambassador to Pakistan was staying. Chinese nationals and their interests in the region have been attacked before by Taliban militants.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • Russia – which is helping to construct a gas pipeline between Pakistan’s port city of Karachi and eastern Lahore- will provide unspecified military equipment to Pakistan to fight terrorism.

SOURCE: RFE/RL ORG

  • India held a new round of talks with China to iron out differences over the next phase of disengagement in Eastern Ladakh.

SOURCE: THE DAILY STAR

  • India protested to the United States for a navy vessel conducting a transit through its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, in a rare row between the friendly navies of the two countries.

SOURCE: REUTERS


MIDDLE EAST:

  • Iran’s foreign ministry has said the country is open to direct talks with Saudi Arabia. The two countries have not had formal diplomatic ties since January 2016.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

  • Iran began enriching uranium to its highest level ever to pressure talks in Vienna aimed at restoring its nuclear deal with world powers.

SOURCE: AP NEWS

  • Iran has blamed regional arch-foe Israel for a sabotage incident at its key Natanz nuclear site and threatened to exact revenge, in what appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit will ‘reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership.

SOURCE: HAARETZ

  • The US and Iraq reiterated their mutual intention to continue bilateral security cooperation.

SOURCE: ASHARK AL-AWSAT


EUROPE:

  • Russia ordered a total of seven diplomats from three Baltic nations and Slovakia to leave in a quid pro quo response to the countries’ expulsion of Russian Embassy workers.

SOURCE: AP NEWS

  • Russian troops began pulling back to their permanent bases after a massive buildup that caused Ukrainian and Western concerns.

SOURCE: AP NEWS

  • The United States imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia to punish it for bullying Ukraine (and interfering in last year’s U.S. election, cyber hacking, and other alleged malign actions).

SOURCES: REUTERS – YENISAFAK

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has threatened Turkey a gainst any more purchases of Russian weapons.

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

  • Greek and Turkish Cypriots have not found enough common ground in order to restart peace negotiations on a formal level after a three-day summit.

SOURCE: RT


AFRICA:

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pressed for an easing of tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia as fears grow of a spillover from the bloody Tigray conflict.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY


LATIN AMERICA:

  • Venezuela announced that it is to deploy more troops to the border with Colombia, which has seen heavy clashes between the army and Colombian irregular armed groups.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS


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MOZAMBIQUE:

  • French energy company Total halted operations on its $20 billion investment in a liquefied natural gas project in northern Mozambique after ISIS attacks and repeated rebel insurgency. The US sent 12 special forces officers to help train Mozambique’s military, and the EU is considering sending a military training mission.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS


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AFGHANISTAN:

  • President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, U.S. officials said, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that drew the United States into its longest war. The decision will keep thousands of U.S. forces in the country beyond the May 1 exit deadline that the Trump administration negotiated last year with the Taliban.

SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST


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AFRICA:

  • The Islamic State has found a new lifeline in Africa. It has forged ties with many of these local insurgencies as a marriage of convenience: For the militants, the Islamic State brand brings recognition from local governments that the homegrown guerrilla movements have long craved. The Islamic State, in turn, has been able to broadcast the local militants’ attacks as proof that their global jihad is alive and well.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES


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MOZAMBIQUE:

  • ISIS attack on Mozambique last weekend raises prospect of greater US involvement in the African country. The US is in discussions with other countries in the area worried that the extremist threat could spill over, especially following ISIS incursions from Mozambique into Tanzania last year.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS


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