Iran threatens to close the Straits of Hormuz: For the second time since May, a top Iranian military official has warned Tehran is prepared to close the Straits of Hormuz to maritime traffic should the “enemies” threaten the Islamic Republic.
Although the United States was not specifically mentioned, Brigadier General Ali Shadmani, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Iranian army threatened closure of the vital waterway if foreign nations hostile to Iran committed acts of provocations.
France to establish a National Guard: Following Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer’s call for use of the Germany military to provide internal security against Islamist terror acts, French President Francois Hollande announced the creation of a National Guard to enhance defense measures against terrorism.
The National Guard formation is expected to be raised sometime by September when French parliament takes up Hollande’s suggestion.
France has suffered over two hundred killed and hundreds more injured in a series of terror attacks on French soil since January 2015.
Corsican separatist group warns ISIS: Militant group “October 22”, an offshoot of the National Liberation Front of Corsica, has advised the Islamic State against carrying out attacks on the island of Corsica.
Warning against ISIS attacks, the group has encouraged Muslims on the island to reject Salafist policies and inform on possible terror attacks.
The group pledged a swift response to any ISIS-related attack on Corsica.
Merkel rejects change to migrant policy: Although her country has been rocked by a string of terror attacks perpetrated by individuals of Syrian, Iraqi or Afghan descent in the past seven days, German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains steadfast in allowing migrants into Germany.
Rejecting calls for tightening restrictions on migrants, Merkel argued refusing sanctuary to those fleeing oppression is a betrayal of German principles.
Merkel pledged to accept 1 million migrants last year.
China, Russia to hold naval maneuvers in South China Sea: The Chinese Ministry of Defense announced Thursday the Chinese navy and the navy of the Russian Federation will hold customary naval exercises in the South China Sea in September.
The MOD added the drills are not political in nature and are being held to strengthen ties between the Kremlin and Beijing.
China has repeatedly claimed territorial rights over several island groups in the area. Earlier this month, an international court in The Hague ruled Beijing had no historic rights to its territorial claims over the Spratly Islands where China has build artificial islands.
Russia replies to Trump over DNC email hack: Responding to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call to release any further emails damaging to the presidential bid of Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Kremlin said it is the responsibility of the United States to determine the source of the leak and solve the matter on its own.
Moscow has dismissed allegations it was involved in the July 22 Wikileaks release of DNC emails, a claim the Russian government says is ridiculous.
[RT News] [The Times of Israel] [Reuters] [BBC]