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US, Afghan’s neighbors scramble to address Taliban surge

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-europe-middle-east-taliban-55fd9fcfdf898adf354c1205b53e9da7



Taliban Proposes Three-Month Cease-Fire In Exchange For Prisoner Release

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-cease-fire-prisoner-release/31360218.html



Officials, Taliban strike ceasefire deal in western Afghanistan, says provincial governor

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-government-says-it-retakes-pakistan-border-crossing-taliban-2021-07-15/



Afghan Cop Single-Handedly Takes On Dozens of Taliban in 18-Hour Firefight

https://www.newsweek.com/afghan-cop-single-handedly-takes-dozens-taliban-18-hour-firefight-1610071



Taliban targeting Afghanistan’s crucial power, IT infrastructure

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/15/taliban-afghanistan-it-electricity-power



U.S. Bets on Old Foe Taliban to Fight New ISIS Threat in Afghanistan

https://www.newsweek.com/us-bets-old-foe-taliban-fight-new-isis-threat-afghanistan-1609873



Few Metrics Support Future Success for Afghan Forces

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/few-metrics-support-future-success-afghan-forces



Afghanistan’s neighbors wary as US seeks nearby staging area

https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-afghanistan-0ec0088765261d41b25125de3f69ae8d



Will Afghanistan Be America’s Second Vietnam—Or Something Worse?

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/07/15/will_afghanistan_be_americas_second_vietnamor_something_worse_785557.html









Iranian kidnapping plot shows that transnational abductions are becoming 'mainstream,' human rights activists say

https://news.yahoo.com/iranian-kidnapping-plot-shows-that-transactional-abductions-are-becoming-mainstream-human-rights-activists-say-221229513.html



Iran Tried to Kidnap a New York Journalist. That's the Tip of the Iceberg

https://www.newsweek.com/iran-tried-kidnap-new-york-journalist-thats-tip-iceberg-opinion-1609995



A War Between Iran and Israel Is a Very Real Possibility

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/a-war-between-iran-and-israel-is-a-very-real-possibility/



Facebook says Iran-based spies targeted defense workers

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210715-facebook-says-iran-based-spies-targeted-defense-workers



Biden needs to prepare for Iran’s escalating projectile threat

https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2021/07/15/biden-needs-to-prepare-for-irans-escalating-projectile-threat/









Iraq Says U.S. Discusses Troop Withdrawal, Biden Administration Denies

https://www.newsweek.com/iraq-says-us-discusses-troop-withdrawal-biden-administration-denies-1610125









Turkey: Desperately Seeking Solutions

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/turkey/articles/20210715.aspx









Opinion: Inside The Battle Of Khasham In Syria

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/budget-policy-operations/opinion-inside-battle-khasham-syria



Syrian government forces hit last rebel enclave, killing 9

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-syria-366122bfd4c2078b12bf7b4ed326aa1d









Iron Dome missile almost knocked out Israeli F-15 during recent Gaza conflict

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/iron-dome-almost-knocked-out-israeli-jet-during-recent-gaza-conflict-reports/



Israel arrests dozens of Hamas-linked students in West Bank

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-israel-arrests-philanthropy-west-bank-c09a40721df449148dff63ce12099118



Israel Shipyards displays Reshef class vessel

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-exhibitions/defea-2021-news-official-show-daily/10433-defea-2021-israel-shipyards-displays-reshef-class-vessel.html



IDF said asking for major budget increase to enable potential strike on Iran

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-said-asking-for-major-budget-increase-to-enable-attack-against-iran/









South Africa plans to deploy 25,000 troops after days of violence

https://warisboring.com/south-africa-plans-to-deploy-25000-troops-after-days-of-violence/









First Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Drone Delivered to the Ukrainian Navy

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30029/First_Turkish_Bayraktar_TB2_Drone_Delivered_to_the_Ukrainian_Navy#.YPBIMkBlBaQ



Why Ukraine Lives Rent-Free in Putin’s Head

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-07-15/why-ukraine-lives-rent-free-in-vladimir-putin-s-head



Russia races to build giant ice-breakers for Arctic dominance

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210715-russia-races-to-build-giant-ice-breakers-for-arctic-dominance



Submarines: Titanium Farewell

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20210715.aspx



New Versions of Russian Su-57 Being Developed: UAC Chief

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30033/New_Versions_of_Russian_Su_57_Being_Developed__UAC_Chief#.YPBIEEBlBaQ



Here’s what we already know about Russia’s new stealth fighter

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/heres-what-we-already-know-about-russias-new-stealth-fighter/



Russia warns Britain: Sail near Crimea again and your sailors will get hurt

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/russia-warns-britain-sail-near-crimea-again-your-sailors-will-get-hurt-2021-07-14/



Russia Sends Fighter Jets to Intercept U.S. Strategic Bombers

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-mig-31-b-52-bering-sea-military-flight-1609890



Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/15/kremlin-papers-appear-to-show-putins-plot-to-put-trump-in-white-house



Leaked Kremlin documents reportedly show Putin wanted to sow chaos in the US by supporting Trump. He succeeded.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/leaked-kremlin-documents-reportedly-show-putin-wanted-to-sow-chaos-in-the-us-by-supporting-trump-he-succeeded/ar-AAMckr2





NATO launches next phase of effort to find AWACS replacement

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/nato-launches-next-phase-of-effort-to-find-awacs-replacement




Finland: Plywood Satellite Cleared for Space Launch

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/07/plywood-satellite-cleared-space-launch/183752/




Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon emerges from paint shop

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/norways-first-p-8a-poseidon-emerges-from-paint-shop/144601.article




Polish Defence Ministry confirms plan to buy M1 Abrams tanks

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/07/14/polish-defence-ministry-confirms-plan-to-buy-m1-abrams-tanks/




Criminal case opened after US helicopter emergency lands in Romania

https://warisboring.com/criminal-case-opened-after-us-helicopter-emergency-lands-in-romania/




Greece: SAS Technology unveils its SARISA SRS-1A armed drone with HYDRA rockets

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defea_2021_news_official_online_show_daily_defense_exhibition/defea_2021_sas_technology_unveils_its_sarisa_srs-1a_armed_drone_with_hydra_rockets.html




British Defense Secretary Vows to Fix Tank that Deafens Troops

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/07/british-defense-secretary-vows-fix-tank-deafens-troops/183768/



Multidomain cloud ready for operational use, drone swarm nearly there, says British air chief

https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2021/07/14/multidomain-cloud-ready-for-operational-use-drone-swarm-nearly-there-says-british-air-chief/



U.K. Welcomes Chance to Put British F-35Bs on American Warships

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/14/u-k-welcomes-chance-to-put-british-f-35bs-on-american-warships









The Laundromat: Hezbollah’s Money-Laundering and Drug-Trafficking Networks in Latin America

https://besacenter.org/hezbollah-money-laundering-drug-trafficking/




Cuba's protests rocked the entire island. Here's why people flooded the streets.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/cuba-s-protests-rocked-the-entire-island-here-s-why-people-flooded-the-streets/ar-AAM7xKm




U.S. military once trained Colombians implicated in Haiti assassination plot, Pentagon says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/07/15/colombia-haiti-us-military/



Suspects in Haitian President’s Killing Met to Plan a Future Without Him

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/15/world/americas/suspects-in-haitian-presidents-killing-met-to-plan-a-future-without-him.html



Guns of Haiti: An Analysis of the Arsenal Used by the Assassins of Haiti’s President

https://sofrep.com/gear/guns-of-haiti-an-analysis-of-the-arsenal-used-by-the-assassins-of-haitis-president/



Head of Haitian presidential guard in custody as hunt for masterminds behind assassination continues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/14/haiti-assassination-president-suspect/









China Criticized the Afghan War. Now It Worries About the Withdrawal.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/15/world/middleeast/china-pakistan-afghanistan.html



China’s New Type-39C ‘Stealth’ Submarine: Designed for Special Forces Operations?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/chinas-new-type-39c-stealth-submarine-designed-for-special-forces-operations/



Chinese army faces problems in weapons innovation, relying on foreign acquisitions, US study finds

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3141151/pla-faces-persistent-problems-innovative-weaponry-relying



The Deep Seabed is China’s Next Target

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/the-deep-seabed-is-chinas-next-target/





In A Warning To China, Japan’s New Strategy Paper Mentions Taiwan For The First Time

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/15/in-a-warning-to-china-japans-new-strategy-paper-mentions-taiwan-for-the-first-time/



2021 Defense of Japan Report

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/15/2021-defense-of-japan-report





Could North Korea Really Build a Hypersonic Missile?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/could-north-korea-really-build-a-hypersonic-missile/





How a war between North and South Korea could quickly become a naval showdown

https://news.yahoo.com/war-between-north-south-korea-122600969.html



North Korea-backed hackers linked to attack on Seoul National University Hospital

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/07/15/nkorea-North-Korean-hackers-Kimsuky-Seoul-hospital/9191626356343/





Chinese Spy Ship Expected to Monitor Australia-US War Games

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/chinese-spy-ship-expected-monitor-australia-us-war-games



38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade will fire Patriot missile in Australia this week

http://alert5.com/2021/07/15/38th-air-defense-artillery-brigade-will-fire-patriot-missile-in-australia-this-week/










Why the military should work with scientists to study the UFO phenomenon

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2021/07/15/why-the-military-should-work-with-scientists-to-study-the-ufo-phenomenon/



Explore Thousands Of FAA Drone And Unidentified Aircraft Incident Reports With Our Interactive Tool

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41526/the-faa-has-collected-thousands-of-drone-incident-reports-our-new-tool-lets-you-explore-them



Air Force sergeant sentenced to prison in drugs, guns case

https://apnews.com/article/4f3fe8e0103aa76bb457bfbc58a2b855



Marine Corps investigates helicopter that dropped shipping container into sea near Okinawa

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/marine-corps-investigating-helicopter-drop-container



'They're not going to f**king succeed': Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election, according to new book

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/14/politics/donald-trump-election-coup-new-book-excerpt/index.html



Top military officials feared Trump was planning a coup and discussed resigning en masse to avoid carrying out illegal orders, book says

https://www.businessinsider.com/generals-feared-trump-plotting-coup-planned-resignations-book-2021-7



Nancy Pelosi Sought Assurances 'Maniac' Trump Couldn't Use Nukes After Election: Book

https://www.newsweek.com/nancy-pelosi-sought-assurances-maniac-trump-nukes-election-book-1609965



The Mach-3 XF-108 Rapier Would Have Packed Its Big Missiles On A Revolver-Like Launcher

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41550/the-mach-3-xf-108-rapier-would-have-packed-its-big-missiles-on-a-revolver-like-launcher



The B-58 and the Forgotten Era of the Atomic Flying Triangles

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a36342378/b-58-history/



Fifteen Percent Of U.S. Air Force F-35s Don’t Have Working Engines

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41538/fifteen-percent-of-u-s-air-force-f-35s-dont-have-working-engines



Pentagon seeks F-35 engine options

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/pentagon-seeks-f-35-engine-options



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: July 13

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/multi-mission-aircraft/aerospace-defense-roundup-july-13



How US special operators use Artificial Intelligence to get an edge over China

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/how-us-special-operators-use-artificial-intelligence-to-get-an-edge-over-china/



US Army takes delivery of seventh EMARSS reconnaissance plane

https://defbrief.com/2021/07/15/us-army-takes-delivery-of-seventh-emarss-reconnaissance-plane/



How Army scientists are developing the next tank that’s not a tank

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2021/07/15/how-army-scientists-are-developing-the-next-tank-thats-not-a-tank/



Tanks are here to stay: What the Army’s future armored fleet will look like

https://www.armytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/07/14/tanks-are-here-to-stay-what-the-armys-future-armored-fleet-will-look-like/



Final assembly under way of four US Army ERCA platforms

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/final-assembly-under-way-of-four-us-army-erca-platforms



First UH-60V Black Hawk variant ready for delivery to US Army

https://defbrief.com/2021/07/15/first-uh-60v-black-hawk-variant-ready-for-delivery-to-us-army/



US Army contracts BAE for next-generation 2CAWS missile warning system

https://www.army-technology.com/news/us-army-bae-2caws-missile-warning-system/



Why The Air Force’s “Bridge Tanker” Will Likely Be A Bridge To Nowhere For Airbus

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/07/15/why-the-air-forces-bridge-tanker-will-likely-be-a-bridge-to-nowhere-for-airbus/



Air Force reaches out to industry for ultra-short-pulse fiber laser technology for future laser weapons

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/power/article/14206874/laser-weapons-ultrashortpulse-fiber



Joint Strike Missile: The air-launched version of NSM

https://navalpost.com/joint-strike-missile/



Navy Lays Out Plan To Close The Strike Fighter Gap Four Years Early

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/navy-lays-out-plan-to-close-the-strike-fighter-gap-four-years-early/



Navy Adjusts F-35C Squadron Size to End Fighter Shortfall by 2025

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/14/navy-adjusts-f-35c-squadron-size-to-end-fighter-shortfall-by-2025



The Biggest Benefit Of The Navy’s Next Generation Jammer May Be Reliability

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2021/07/15/the-biggest-benefit-of-the-navys-next-generation-jammer-may-be-reliability/



The Navy Now Has a TOPGUN for Submariners

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a37026227/navy-aggressor-squadron-topgun-submarines/



The Pentagon Is Adding Two More Large Unmanned Surface Vessels To Its Ghost Fleet Program

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41543/the-pentagon-is-adding-two-more-large-unmanned-surface-vessels-to-its-ghost-fleet-program



Watch: How the Navy Plans to Clear Minefields in a Possible Conflict With China

https://sofrep.com/news/watch-how-the-navy-plans-to-clear-minefields-in-a-possible-conflict-with-china/



U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class Submarines To Get 76% More Firepower

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/07/us-navys-virginia-class-submarines-get-more-tomahawk-missiles/



Check Out These Flag-Bearing Navy SEALs Training With A Submerged Submarine

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41549/check-out-these-flag-bearing-navy-seals-training-with-a-submerged-submarine



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