Af/Pak & Other News (7/7/2021)

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The Taliban was reportedly surprised by its sudden surge of success in Afghanistan

https://news.yahoo.com/taliban-reportedly-surprised-sudden-surge-205612023.html



Taliban Launches Assault on Afghan Provincial Capital Qala-e Naw

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-us-withdrawal-taliban-war/31344856.html



A Generation of Afghan Professionals Flees Ahead of Taliban Advance

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-generation-of-afghan-youth-afghanistan-american-troops-pullout-taliban-biden-11625667435



The Onion Predicted America's Middle Of The Night Pullout From Bagram In Afghanistan

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41418/the-onion-predicted-americas-pullout-from-bagram-in-afghanistan-in-the-middle-of-the-night



Pentagon says it ‘coordinated’ with Afghan forces that had no idea US troops left its largest base in Afghanistan

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/pentagon-afghanistan-bagram-withdrawal/



Taliban Try to Polish Their Image as They Push for Victory

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/06/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-women.html



Armed Afghan women take to streets in show of defiance against Taliban

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/07/armed-afghan-women-take-to-streets-in-show-of-defiance-against-taliban



Taliban advances: Why are Afghans so skeptical about Pakistan?

https://www.dw.com/en/afghanistan-pakistan-taliban-ties/a-58191507



Tajikistan asks Russian-led military bloc to help it deal with Afghan fallout- RIA

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/tajikistan-asks-russian-led-military-bloc-help-it-deal-with-afghan-fallout-ria-2021-07-07/









Iran hosts high-level Afghan peace talks as fighting surges

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-middle-east-iran-c92c36feaaf1b0a84d5e08963fa9673b



Iran takes steps to make enriched uranium metal; U.S., Europe powers dismayed

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-informs-iaea-plans-produce-enriched-uranium-2021-07-06/



Nuclear site under construction in Iran: Janes produces ground-breaking data-driven study in partnership with Stanford

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/nuclear-site-under-construction-in-iran-janes-produces-ground-breaking-study-in-partnership-with-stanford









Bomb-laden drones hit airport in city of Erbil in northern Iraq

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210706-bomb-laden-drones-hit-airport-in-city-of-erbil-in-northern-iraq









Qatar to Base Rafale, Mirage 2000 Jets in Turkey for 5 years

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29976/Qatar_to_Base_Rafale__Mirage_2000_Jets_in_Turkey_for_5_years#.YOXD1UxlBaQ




Costly and critical: The battle for a key Yemeni city

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-middle-east-yemen-business-43b7b4be00b33a7c2539d99a4f8a0e89




Four robotic vehicles compete for Turkish military contract

https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2021/07/06/four-robotic-vehicles-compete-for-turkish-military-contract/









Syria Kurds Say Thwarted Drone Attacks Near Coalition Base

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/07/kurds-thwart-drone-attack/



For third straight day, US forces attacked in Syria, Iraq - analysis

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/3rd-day-in-a-row-attacks-on-us-forces-in-syria-iraq-reported-analysis-673117



VOA Exclusive: Inside a US Military Base in Syria

https://www.voanews.com/episode/voa-exclusive-inside-us-military-base-syria-4739291









Israel Might Ditch Its New Air Force One Jet Before It Even Enters Service

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41437/israel-might-ditch-its-new-air-force-one-jet-before-it-even-enters-service



Israel to purchase four Shaldag fast-class patrol boats

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israel-to-purchase-four-shaldag-fast-class-patrol-boats-673101



Leading Palestinian figure Ahmad Jibril dead: faction

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210707-leading-palestinian-figure-ahmad-jibril-dead-faction









US Carrier Strike Group conducts exercise with Egyptian Navy

http://navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/10240-naval-news-july-2021-navy-forces-maritime-defense-industry/10398-us-carrier-strike-group-conducts-exercise-with-egyptian-navy.html




Mali: Hollow Threats From Sincere Outlaws

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali/articles/20210707.aspx









Hackers attack websites of Ukraine's president and security service

https://www.reuters.com/technology/hackers-attack-websites-ukraines-president-security-service-2021-07-07/



Russia’s Tekhnodinamika Testing Parachute System for Dogs

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29967/Russia___s_Tekhnodinamika_Testing_Parachute_System_for_Dogs#.YOXD_kxlBaQ



Russia reportedly delays Armata tank mass production

https://defence-blog.com/russia-reportedly-delays-armata-tank-mass-production/



Russia’s Upgraded Flamethrower Ready for Final Trial

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/07/russia-flamethrower-final-trial/



Russian S-500 Air Defense System Completes Tests, all set to Enter Service

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29969/Russian_S_500_Air_Defense_System_Completes_Tests__all_set_to_Enter_Service#.YOXD9ExlBaQ



Russia expels Estonian diplomat for spying in spat with Tallinn

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-expels-estonian-diplomat-spying-foreign-ministry-2021-07-07/



Ransomware Hackers May Be in Over Their Heads. They May Not Even Get Paid.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/revil-ransomware-hackers-may-be-in-over-their-heads-they-may-not-even-get-paid?ref=home



Russian hackers breached a GOP contractor

https://www.engadget.com/russian-hackers-breached-gop-contractor-114508868.html



Russia says it is tracking Spanish naval ship in Black Sea

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-says-it-is-tracking-spanish-naval-ship-black-sea-2021-07-07/





Turkish Air Force detachment joins NATO in Poland

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/july/7421-turkish-air-force-detachment-joins-nato-in-poland.html



Turkey joins NATO Baltic Air Policing for first time since 2006

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/turkey-joins-nato-baltic-air-policing-for-first-time-since-2006




First Dutch MQ-9 Reaper makes public debut

https://defbrief.com/2021/07/07/first-dutch-mq-9-reaper-makes-public-debut/




Lithuania receives Spike LR missiles for its new fighting vehicles

https://defence-blog.com/lithuania-receives-spike-lr-missiles-for-its-new-fighting-vehicles/




Thales’ New Long-Range Surveillance Drone 'UAS 100' Completes First Flight

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29975/Thales____New_Long_Range_Surveillance_Drone__UAS_100__Completes_First_Flight#.YOXD3UxlBaQ




The Royal Navy Will Add 50 Percent More Surface-To-Air Missiles To Its Existing Destroyers

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41419/the-royal-navy-will-add-50-percent-more-surface-to-air-missiles-to-its-existing-destroyers



James Bond submarine finds new home on the Isle of Wight

https://onthewight.com/james-bond-submarine-finds-new-home-on-the-isle-of-wight/



Royal Navy puts HMS Bristol, its sole Type 82 destroyer, up for sale

https://defbrief.com/2021/07/07/royal-navy-puts-hms-bristol-its-sole-type-82-destroyer-up-for-sale/



British Carrier Strike Group passes through Suez Canal

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-carrier-strike-group-passes-through-suez-canal/



RAF Sentry AEW1 sold to US Navy

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/raf-sentry-aew1-sold-to-us-navy









Haitian President Jovenel Moise assassinated by gunmen, state of emergency declared

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210707-haitian-president-jovenel-moise-assassinated-overnight-in-private-residence-interim-pm-s-office



Dominican Republic Closes Border After Haiti President's Murder As Spain Calls For 'Unity'

https://www.newsweek.com/haiti-president-killed-jovenal-moise-spain-unity-1607473









China indulging in 'unrestricted warfare' against India, says report

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/china-indulging-in-unrestricted-warfare-against-india-says-report-121070700289_1.html



China spells out wartime conscription plans for first time

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3140064/china-spells-out-wartime-conscription-plans-first-time



Land, Sea and Air Combat Robots Displayed at Beijing Expo

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29973/Land__Sea_and_Air_Combat_Robots_Displayed_at_Beijing_Expo#.YOXD5ExlBaQ



China Likely Outed Soon For Exchange Hacks

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/government-to-attribute-exchange-hacks-soon/



China Will 'Destroy' Japan Forces In A Taiwan Conflict, Media Personality Says

https://www.newsweek.com/china-will-destroy-japan-forces-taiwan-conflict-media-personality-says-1607418





North Korea Entering 'Harsh Lean Period' With Food Shortage of 860,000 Tons This Year

https://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-entering-harsh-lean-period-food-shortage-860000-tons-this-year-1607596





Report: Malaysian ‘Troll Army’ Targeted Israelis During Conflict With Hamas

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/report-malaysian-troll-army-targeted-israelis-during-conflict-with-hamas/










Biden faces ‘moment of reckoning’ over sprawling Russian cyberassault

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/06/biden-faces-moment-of-reckoning-over-sprawling-russian-cyberassault-498327



Pentagon kills Microsoft’s $10B JEDI cloud contract, says tech is now outdated

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/dod-cancels-10b-jedi-cloud-contract-with-microsoft-says-tech-already-outdated/



Tucson police chase 100 mph drone across city

https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/valley/tucson-police-chase-100-mph-drone-across-city/75-5ad9f2e1-f683-4310-8e7d-97afc106f2f9



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: July 06

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/z/aerospace-defense-roundup-july-06



Pentagon Warns Of An “Increased Potential” For Nuclear Conflict In Newly Disclosed Manual

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41421/pentagon-warns-of-an-increased-potential-for-nuclear-conflict-in-newly-disclosed-manual



US Army to outfit 64 Stryker vehicles with new network capability

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-army-to-outfit-64-stryker-vehicles-with-new-network-capability



US Special-Operations AH-6/MH-6 Helicopters May Soon Go Out of Service

https://www.businessinsider.com/special-operations-ah6-mh6-helicopters-may-go-out-of-service-2021-7



New B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber Rendering Released By The Air Force

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41425/new-b-21-raider-stealth-bomber-rendering-released-by-the-air-force



Raytheon wins $2B contract for new nuclear cruise missile

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/07/06/raytheon-wins-2b-for-new-nuclear-cruise-missile/



Get Amphibious with Antisubmarine Warfare

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/july/get-amphibious-antisubmarine-warfare



Naval Air: New, Improved, More Expensive

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htnavai/articles/20210707.aspx



The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Isn’t A Fighter. Maybe It Can Work As A Transport.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/07/the-us-navys-littoral-combat-ship-isnt-a-fighter-maybe-it-can-work-as-a-transport/



Report to Congress on Constellation-class Frigate Program (FFG-62)

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/07/report-to-congress-on-constellation-class-frigate-program-ffg-62-3



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