A Blast in Kabul Kills Two; South Korea Naval Unit in Strait of Hormuz; Successful Tests of Israel`s Arrow 3 Missile
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 29 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Afghan VP candidate injured as Kabul blast kills two, wounds 25
A powerful explosion hit central Kabul on Sunday, wounding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate on the first day of official campaigning for a presidential election and killing at least two others, Reuters reported.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came before an expected resumption of peace talks between Taliban insurgents and U.S. diplomats in coming days.
Two civilians were killed and at least 25 more were injured in the blast on a road near the private Ghalib University, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.
Immediately after the blast, gunmen stormed a nearby building belonging to vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh’s Afghan Green Trend Party. Saleh was wounded by shrapnel before being evacuated from the office.
South Korea to send naval unit to Strait of Hormuz – newspaper
South Korea plans to join a U.S.-led maritime force in the Middle East by sending a naval unit, which includes a destroyer, to help guard oil tankers sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reported on Monday.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have increased since Washington pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran in recent months further soured ties, prompting U.S. officials to call for allies to join a planned maritime security mission.
The Maekyung business newspaper, citing an unidentified senior government official, said South Korea had decided to send the anti-piracy Cheonghae unit operating in waters off Somalia, possibly along with helicopters.
Seoul’s defence ministry said the government was exploring measures to protect its ships in the area but no decision had been made.
Israel ‘Successfully Tests’ Arrow 3 Missile Defense System in Alaska
Israel successfully conducted a series of tests of the Arrow 3 missile defense system in Alaska, in cooperation with the American Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Ministry said on Sunday, Haaretz reported.
This is the first time the Arrow 3 system managed to interecpt a real missile, one that simulated a ballistic missile. According to the defense ministry, the launches were done in Alaska “to carry out tests of the system’s capabilities that can’t be done in Israel.”
The tests were led by the Israel Aerospace Industries and the Defense Ministry along with the Israeli Air Force in a test field in Alaska. The Arrow 3 is meant to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere.
The tests successfully demonstrated a “hit-to-kill” capability of three high-altitude targets outside the atmosphere, the defense ministry said. It added that an American AN\TPY2 radar – of the type stationed in Israel – was used in the tests, successfully demonstrating operational link-up between the U.S. detection radar and Israeli missile systems.
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Source: Reuters, Haaretz