Af/Pak & Other News (12/15/2020)

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"Sticky bombs" kill 2 Afghan officials amid wave of assassinations

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghanistan-taliban-sticky-bombs-kill-2-kabul-deputy-governor-assassinations/



Taliban Courts Seek To Undermine Afghan Judiciary

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-courts-ghor-justice-afghanistan/31000489.html









Quadcopter Drone Team Flew Weapons, Drugs From Pak, Arrested In Punjab

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/quadcopter-drone-team-flew-weapons-drugs-from-pak-arrested-in-punjab-2338965









Iraq’s Economic Collapse Could Be Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Headache

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/14/iraqs-economic-collapse-could-be-bidens-first-foreign-policy-headache/



Fighting intensifies between Peshmerga and PKK in northern Iraq

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/14/fighting-intensifies-between-peshmerga-and-pkk-in-northern-iraq









Qatar Executes An Incredible “Elephant Walk” Showcasing Its Growing Air Combat Might

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38150/qatar-executes-an-incredible-elephant-walk-showcasing-its-growing-air-combat-might



Joint RAF-QEAF Typhoon Squadron Participate in Exercise Epic Skies IV in Qatar

https://defpost.com/joint-raf-qeaf-typhoon-squadron-participate-in-exercise-epic-skies-iv-in-qatar/




Explosive-Laden Boat Strikes Oil Tanker In Saudi Arabian Port

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38148/explosive-laden-boat-strikes-oil-tanker-in-saudi-arabian-port



As laden tanker decays off Yemen, experts warn oil spill will ravage Red Sea

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-tanker-decays-off-yemen-experts-warn-oil-spill-will-ravage-red-sea/





Turkey, Ukraine seeking broader space cooperation

https://www.defensenews.com/space/2020/12/14/turkey-ukraine-seeking-broader-space-cooperation/



First P-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces Under the MELTEM-3 Project

https://www.defenceturkey.com/en/content/first-p-72-maritime-patrol-aircraft-delivered-to-the-turkish-naval-forces-under-the-meltem-3-project-4300



U.S. Slams Turkey With Sanctions For Purchase Of Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38158/u-s-slams-turkey-with-sanctions-for-purchase-of-russias-s-400-air-defense-system









ISIS sleeper cell attacks in Syria reach record low, data shows

https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-sleeper-cell-attacks-in-syria-reach-record-low-data-shows



Russian aid in Syria: An underestimated instrument of soft power

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/russian-aid-in-syria-an-underestimated-instrument-of-soft-power/




Further US sanctions on Hizbullah allies unlikely to influence military operations abroad

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/further-us-sanctions-on-hizbullah-allies-unlikely-to-influence-military-operations-abroad









Israel’s historic missile test: A message to Iran, Hezbollah, allies

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/israels-historic-missile-test-a-message-to-iran-hezbollah-allies-652192



Ex-Israeli Space Chief’s ‘Galactic Federation’ Based on Alien Conspiracy Theories

https://thedebrief.org/former-israeli-space-chiefs-comments-on-galactic-federation-based-on-alien-conspiracies/



Iron Dome intercepts cruise missiles for first time

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/military-shows-off-davids-sling-iron-dome-arrow-interoperable-652176









Morocco getting four MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2020/12/morocco-getting-four-mq-9b-seaguardian-drones




Ten years on, anger grows in Tunisian town where 'Arab Spring' began

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tunisia-uprising/ten-years-on-anger-grows-in-tunisian-town-where-arab-spring-began-idUSKBN28P11U




Growing confidence of ASWJ militants presages increasingly sophisticated attacks over expanded area of operations in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/growing-confidence-of-aswj-militants-presages-increasingly-sophisticated-attacks-over-expanded-area-of-operations-in-mozambiques-cabo-delgado




Boko Haram leader says group kidnapped 300 boys from Nigeria school

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/15/Boko-Haram-leader-says-group-kidnapped-300-boys-from-Nigeria-school/1451608036132/



KankaraBoys: mysterious ISR aircraft flies over Nigeria in search of missing school boys

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2020/12/kankaraboys-mysterious-isr-aircraft-flies-over-nigeria-in-search-of-missing-school-boys









Suspected Russian hackers breached U.S. Department of Homeland Security - sources

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-cyber-usa-dhs/suspected-russian-hackers-breached-u-s-department-of-homeland-security-sources-idUSKBN28O2LY



The A-Team of Kremlin Hackers Is Back, and That’s Bad News for the Rest of Us

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-a-team-of-kremlin-hackers-is-back-and-thats-bad-news-for-the-rest-of-us



Russian opposition leader Navalny says he is returning to Russia as Kremlin stays silent

https://news.yahoo.com/russian-opposition-leader-navalny-says-132856483.html




Azerbaijani Soldiers Arrested For Desecration, Vandalism During Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijani-soldiers-arrested-desecration-vandalism-nagorno-karabakh-/31000540.html




No ‘human-out-of-the-loop' for autonomous weapons, says new European Parliament report

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/no-human-out-of-the-loop-for-autonomous-weapons-says-new-european-parliament-report




DroneShield deploys counter-drone tech at a Swiss airport

https://dronedj.com/2020/12/15/droneshield-deploys-counter-drone-tech-at-a-swiss-airport/




No armed drones for the German army — for now

https://www.dw.com/en/no-armed-drones-for-the-german-army-for-now/a-55936615




Spain Is Now Officially The Third Nation Of The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Programme

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/15/spain-is-now-officially-the-third-nation-of-the-future-combat-air-system-fcas-programme/




French fishermen are threatening to blockade English ships after the UK threatened them with gunboats after Brexit

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/french-fishermen-are-threatening-to-blockade-english-ships-after-the-uk-threatened-them-with-gunboats-after-brexit/ar-BB1bWojw




British Army's BattleLab to be operational by August 2021

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/british-armys-battlelab-to-be-operational-by-august-2021



Defence Secretary supports using Royal Navy ships to protect Britain’s fishing waters

https://news.yahoo.com/defence-secretary-supports-using-royal-170751192.html



British military looking to move aircraft to sustainable fuel sources

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/12/14/British-military-looking-to-move-aircraft-to-sustainable-fuel-sources/5341607977557/









Brazil launches second Scorpene submarine Humaita

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/15/brazil-launches-second-scorpene-submarine-humaita/









Chinese military using virtual reality to boost their combat readiness

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3113922/chinese-military-using-virtual-reality-boost-their-combat



China Building 1,200-Mile Southern Great Wall Along Myanmar Border: Reports

https://www.newsweek.com/china-building-1200-mile-southern-great-wall-along-myanmar-border-reports-1554793



Chinese Data Leak Shows Thousands of CCP Members Employed by U.S. and European Companies

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinese-data-leak-shows-thousands-of-ccp-members-employed-by-u-s-and-european-companies/



China Will Soon Have More Submarines Than America. That's Alarming.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a34965433/us-vs-china-navy-submarines/



Revealed: China suspected of spying on Americans via Caribbean phone networks

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/15/revealed-china-suspected-of-spying-on-americans-via-caribbean-phone-networks



‘A huge game-changer’: Report says more than 570,000 Uighurs forced to pick cotton

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20201215-a-huge-game-changer-report-says-more-than-570-000-uighurs-forced-to-pick-cotton





Taiwan sees role as arms supplier for West as launches new warship

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-security/taiwan-sees-role-as-arms-supplier-for-west-as-launches-new-warship-idUSKBN28P0F4





Japan’s Mitsubishi To Deploy $48 Billion F-X Stealth Fighters By 2035 With Boost From Lockheed

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastienroblin/2020/12/15/japans-mitsubishi-to-deploy-48-billion-f-x-stealth-fighters-by-2035-with-boost-from-lockheed/










Facebook takes down fake accounts linked to French military and Russia

https://www.engadget.com/facebook-account-takedowns-french-military-ira-162513750.html



Reported Russian hack of US systems has implications for DoD network security plans

https://www.c4isrnet.com/cyber/2020/12/14/reported-russian-hack-of-us-systems-has-implications-for-dod-network-security-plans/



How Bravo Sierra’s Founders Built A Military Testing Ground For Consumer Products – And Caught The Eye Of Both Target And The Army

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2020/12/15/how-bravo-sierras-founders-built-a-military-testing-ground-for-consumer-products--and-caught-the-eye-of-both-target-and-the-army/



Our Bases In US Will Be Attacked: Army

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/our-bases-in-us-will-be-attacked-army/



Marines go up against more ‘realistic enemy’ of robots and terrain at new live-fire range

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-range-g36-realistic/



Travis Air Force Base now has autonomous security drones flying around

https://dronedj.com/2020/12/15/travis-air-force-base-now-has-autonomous-security-drones-flying-around/



AF Taps ‘Flying Car’ Firms For ‘Prime’ Investment; Expands Program

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/af-taps-flying-car-firms-for-prime-investment-expands-program/



Here’s The Photo Of An F/A-18E Super Hornet Launching From A Ski Jump During Indian Navy Demo Earlier This Year

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/15/heres-the-photo-of-an-f-a-18e-super-hornet-launching-from-a-ski-jump-during-indian-navy-demo-earlier-this-year/



Playing The Bad Guy: Inside The Air Force's Elite Aggressor Program With One Of Its Top Pilots

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37991/playing-the-bad-guy-inside-the-air-forces-elite-aggressor-program-with-one-of-its-top-pilots



LCS USS Gabrielle Giffords Nabs Narco Sub in the Pacific

https://news.usni.org/2020/12/14/lcs-uss-gabrielle-giffords-nabs-narco-sub-in-the-pacific



F-35B, F-22, XQ-58A share data for first time in US Air Force gatewayONE test

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/15/f-35b-f-22-xq-58a-share-data-for-first-time-in-us-air-force-gatewayone-test/



U-2 Spy Plane Taps Into Computers On The Ground To Expand Data Processing Ability Mid-Mission

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38162/u-2-spy-plane-taps-into-computers-on-the-ground-to-help-process-sensor-data-mid-mission



AFSOC Wants to Divest Some Missions

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/12/15/afsoc-wants-to-divest-some-missions



Boeing to begin LRIP for F-15 EPAWSS electronic warfare suite

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/boeing-to-begin-lrip-for-f-15-epawss-electronic-warfare-suite



The US Navy has an upgraded Tomahawk: Here’s 5 things you should know

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/12/14/the-us-navy-has-an-upgraded-tomahawk-heres-5-things-you-should-know/



U.S. Navy Submarines Are Expensive—Check Out This Graph

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/12/15/us-navy-submarines-are-expensive-check-out-this-graph/



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