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Gunmen kill Nigerian army general Ahmed Hassan

Gunmen kill Nigerian army general Ahmed Hassan

AFRICA, ARMY, ATTACK, Nigeria, West Africa
Former army provost Marshal, General Ahmed Hassan has been shot dead by gunmen along Lokoja -Abuja road. Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu who confirmed it noted that “With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army regret to announce the passing on of Maj Gen Hassan Ahmed, a former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army. “The sad incident occurred when the senior officer’s vehicle was attacked by gunmen while transiting along Lokoja-Abuja road yesterday 15 July 2021. “A delegation from the Army Headquarters led by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army) Maj Gen Anthony Omozoje has visited the widow and other members of the bereaved family. “Members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA...
At Least 210 People Killed in Riots in South Africa as President Says Unrest Was ‘Instigated’

At Least 210 People Killed in Riots in South Africa as President Says Unrest Was ‘Instigated’

AFRICA, ARMY, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
TEHRAN (FNA)- The death toll from riots in the South African provinces KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has increased to 212, Kumbudzo Ntshaveni, the acting minister under the President of South Africa, stated. "We received reports of six more deaths. The total death toll in Gauteng province was 32, and 137 more people were detained. In total, 862 people were detained in Gauteng. ... In the province [of KwaZulu-Natal] 89 more victims are reported, total the death toll is 180. In total, 1,692 detentions were made in the province," Ntshaveni noted at a briefing broadcast by the SABC News TV channel. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the weeklong looting and deadly unrest that have rocked the country were “planned". “It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and l...
Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa unrest was ‘instigated’

Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa unrest was ‘instigated’

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
In his first visit to an area affected by weeklong unrest, the South African president says ‘anarchy and mayhem’ will not be allowed to unfold in the country. Hundreds of businesses were destroyed during the weeklong unrest [Rogan Ward/Reuters] The deadly violence and looting that have rocked South Africa for the past week were planned, President Cyril Ramaphosa has alleged, during his first visit to areas affected by the worst unrest in the country’s post-apartheid era. “It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated, there were people who planned it and coordinated it,” he said on Friday. Ramaphosa made the remarks when he visited Ethikwini Municipality, which includes the port city Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, one of the worst-hit area...
Israeli soldiers make sexual threats to Palestinian women in videos from occupation

Israeli soldiers make sexual threats to Palestinian women in videos from occupation

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, WOMEN
SCREENSHOT OF B’TSELEM VIDEO OF ISRAELI SOLDIER TAUNTING PALESTINIANS WITH HIS MIDDLE FINGERS INOCCUPIED HEBRON, MAY 13, 2021. In January, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem charged Israel with maintaining an “apartheid… regime of “Jewish supremacy” from the river to the sea. Now the organization has released two videos from the occupied territories that document this reality in chilling ways– as they show Israeli occupiers, some in uniform, abusing Palestinians in sexually degrading terms during the recent Gaza war. Published July 12, the videos capture the racist, homophobic, and misogynist abuse of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers. Both videos were shot by Palestinians in occupied Hebron on May 13, during the Muslim holiday of ‘Eid al-Fitr. (And B’Tsel...
Iran’s Drone Revolution Takes Off

Iran’s Drone Revolution Takes Off

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Security
Tehran’s growing use of drones reflects an old Iranian ethos of combining technological progress with self-reliance. Meanwhile, Israel is taking drone warfare one step further Revolutionary Guards chief Hossein Salami, left, and Guards aerospace head Amir Ali Hajizadeh talk whileunveiling the new "Gaza" drone somewhere in Iran in May.Credit: Sepahnews via AP In the long war between Iran and its rivals in the Middle East, most of it occurring beneath the surface, Tehran is increasingly using remotely piloted drones to mount attacks. In May and June the Iranians were behind at least five such attacks against American bases in Syria and Iraq. Earlier, on May 18, while Israel was deep in the air war with Gaza, an Iranian drone was launched from Iraq, passed over Jordan and entered Is...
Supreme court stays ruling on prosecution of civilians in army court

Supreme court stays ruling on prosecution of civilians in army court

AFRICA, ARMY, LAW, POLICE, UGANDA
Chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo The Supreme court has issued an interim order staying the execution of a Constitutional court ruling barring the military court from prosecuting civilians.  The order was issued Thursday by a panel of five justices led by chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo following a petition filed by the attorney general. Owiny-Dollo said that he had listened to the arguments of both sides and found that they had raised serious issues for which his court needed more time to internalize before a detailed ruling is delivered. Two weeks ago, the Constitutional court in a 3-2 majority decision ruled that civilians cannot be subjected to military law and ordered the transfer of their cases to civil courts within 14 days for retrial or be dealt with as court may ...
South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

AFRICA, ARMY, PROTESTS, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Fear of running out of gasoline and food has gripped South Africans on the sixth day of violence that has already left 72 people dead, against a backdrop of endemic unemployment and new anti-Covid restrictions. At dawn, queues stretched out in front of petrol stations and food stores, particularly in Durban, in Kwazulu-Natal (east). The day before, the country's largest refinery closed its plant in the region, which supplies about a third of the fuel consumed in the country. Our correspondent said the military had doubled the number of troops deployed to quell the violence. "The initial forces on the ground, from the military, were 2500 troops. That number has now been increased to 5000," said Mark Roughton in Cape Town. On Wednesday morning, at least 72 deaths had been...
As Riots Continue Unabated In South Africa, Death Toll Rises To 72

As Riots Continue Unabated In South Africa, Death Toll Rises To 72

AFRICA, ARMY, LAW, POLICE, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa
Violence erupted in the country after former President Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 72 from rioting in South Africa on Tuesday, with many people trampled to death during looting at stores, as police and the military fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to try to halt the unrest set off by the imprisonment last week of former President Jacob Zuma. More than 1,200 people have been arrested in the lawlessness that has raged in poor areas of two provinces, where a community radio station was ransacked and forced off the air Tuesday and some COVID-19 vaccination centres were closed, disrupting urgently needed inoculations. Many of the deaths in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces occurred in chaotic sta...
Troops rescue 17 commuters from Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

Troops rescue 17 commuters from Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

AFRICA, ARMY, Nigeria, RESCUE, West Africa
The troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadin Kai, deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, have rescued 17 civilians from being kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the terrorists had attempted to infiltrate Auno village through the Rail Line adjacent to the community, but were quickly intercepted by troops in a fierce gun duel. According to him, further exploitation conducted by troops of 7 Division Garrison and 212 battalion, resulted in the successful rescue of the commuting civilians, who were abducted during the attack at Kontori along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. He said that the rescued civilians have been ad...
Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

ARMY, CUBA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RELATIONS, RUSSIA
Protests over the past 24 hours in Cuba have worried Moscow, and the first fears have surfaced that Russia is likely to lose the strategic island for the future deployment of air defence systems, ships, and aircraft. There are currently protests in Cuba. According to the Russian embassy in Havana, these protests are linked to living standards, the growing Kovid-19 epidemic, and its complications. The emergence of political slogans is already beginning to speak more clearly that the intervention of foreign forces is possible as a reason for these protests. Arrests are being made by both police and Cuban intelligence. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has appealed to the country’s communists, who he says should also take to the streets and oppose “this vandalism,” he said. What is...
South Africa deploys army in two provinces to quell protests

South Africa deploys army in two provinces to quell protests

AFRICA, ARMY, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, South Africa
Deployment of troops comes after six people killed in days of protests in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Police said six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested in protests and looting since last week [Phill Magakoe/AFP] The South African military said it was deploying soldiers in two provinces, including its economic hub of Johannesburg, to help police cope with looting and arson attacks on businesses. The move comes as the country’s top court began hearing a challenge on Monday by former president Jacob Zuma against a 15-month prison term. Police said six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested in related protests and looting since last week. “The South African National Defence Force has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with...
Rockets hit Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base housing US forces, no casualties: US coalition

Rockets hit Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base housing US forces, no casualties: US coalition

ARMY, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ, Security, USA
A picture taken on January 13, 2020 during a press tour organised by the US-led coalition fighting the remnants of the ISIS group, shows US soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Asad military airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. (AFP) At least three rockets landed on Monday on the Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts US and other international forces in western Iraq, but caused no casualties, a coalition spokesman said. US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led international military coalition, tweeted that initial reports suggested the attack took place at 2:45 p.m.. He said the damage was being assessed. The US accuses Iran-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for ...
US forces shoot down armed drone over Baghdad embassy: Iraqi officials

US forces shoot down armed drone over Baghdad embassy: Iraqi officials

ARMY, Asia, INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ, Security, USA
Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces stand guard outside the U.S. Embassy on May 30, 2021 in Baghdad, Iraq. Getty Images via AFP - JOHN MOORE US forces shot down an armed drone above their embassy in Baghdad on Monday night, Iraqi security officials said, hours after a rocket attack on a base housing US soldiers in the west of the country. American defense systems fired rockets into the air in Baghdad, according to AFP reporters, with Iraqi security sources saying the salvos took out a drone that was laden with explosives. Since the start of the year, 47 attacks have targeted US interests in the country, where 2,500 American troops are deployed as part of an international coalition to fight ISIS. Six of them involved these kinds of drones, a tactic that poses a headache for the coal...
Death toll from Philippine military plane crash rises to 50

Death toll from Philippine military plane crash rises to 50

ACCIDENT, ARMY, Asia, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, PHILLIPINES
At least 47 of those killed were military personnel while the other three were civilians, says armed forces spokesman JAKARTA, Indonesia At least 50 people were killed when a Philippine Air Force plane carrying 96 people crashed in the country's south on Sunday, said a military official. In a statement, Philippine Armed Forces Spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo said Monday that 47 of those killed were military personnel while the other three were civilians. Meanwhile, the Department of National Defense said in a statement that 49 military personnel and four civilians were undergoing treatment for injuries. The Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft crashed in Patikul, Sulu province at 11.30 a.m. (0330GMT), according to the Philippine News Agency. The military statem...
US adds new sanctions against Myanmar junta

US adds new sanctions against Myanmar junta

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, USA
Thet Thet Khine, military-appointed minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement, is seen during a media event in Yangon on November 30, 2019 (EPA-EFE)  The US government increased pressure on the coup regime on Friday by adding four companies, seven members of the military council and 15 relatives of previously sanctioned junta officials on its expanded Myanmar sanctions list.  The move is the latest in a series of penalties imposed against the military council and its officials following the February 1 coup that toppled the elected civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. “Today’s measures further demonstrate that we will continue to take additional action against, and impose costs on, the military and its leaders until they reverse course and provide for a return to...
Taliban Reacts to Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Exit by U.S. Troops

Taliban Reacts to Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Exit by U.S. Troops

Afghanistan, ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, RELATIONS, TALIBAN, USA
The Taliban has welcomed the evacuation of U.S. forces from Bagram and says the move will bring Afghanistan "closer to peace and security." The United States have withdrawn all troops from its biggest air base in Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official told AFP on Friday, hinting that the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country was imminent after two decades of war. NATO has also withdrawn all of its forces from the base. In a tweet on Friday, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said: "We consider evacuation of all US forces from #Bagram a positive step & seek withdrawal of foreign forces from all parts of the country. Such is in the interest of both them & Afghans. Afghans can move closer to peace & security with complete withdrawal of ...
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