Af/Pak & Other News (5/1/2021)

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Taliban Overrun Afghan Base, Capture Troops as US, NATO Forces Exit

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/taliban-overrun-afghan-base-capture-troops-us-nato-forces-exit



Taliban attacks airfield as U.S. troops begin withdrawal from Afghanistan

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/taliban-attacks-airfield-as-us-troops-begin-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/



U.S. launches airstrike in response to failed Taliban rocket attack on day formal withdrawal begins

https://theweek.com/speedreads/980574/launches-airstrike-response-failed-taliban-rocket-attack-day-formal-withdrawal-begins



The U.S. is pulling out of Afghanistan. Don’t expect an al-Qaeda reboot.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-u-s-is-pulling-out-of-afghanistan-don-t-expect-an-al-qaeda-reboot/ar-BB1gfvcQ



U.S. troops are leaving Afghanistan, but Al Qaeda remains

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-04-30/us-troops-are-leaving-afghanistan-but-al-qaeda-remains



Osama Bin Laden’s Death: Emotionally Satisfying, But Strategically Empty?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/04/osama-bin-ladens-death-emotionally-satisfying-but-strategically-empty/



Afghanistan Reels From Economic Fallout Of International Troop Withdrawal

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-us-nato-withdrawal-economic-fallout/31232098.html



‘It’s all Taliban country now’: New militant checkpoints on key roadways choke off parts of Afghanistan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/30/afghanistan-taliban-checkpoints/



America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Opens Door to Pakistan Terror Designation

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/america%E2%80%99s-afghanistan-withdrawal-opens-door-pakistan-terror-designation-184158



Trump’s Secret Rules for Drone Strikes Outside War Zones Are Disclosed

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/01/us/politics/trump-drone-strike-rules.html









India approved to buy six more P-8I maritime patrol aircraft for $2.42bn

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/india-approved-to-buy-six-more-p-8i-maritime-patrol-aircraft-for-242bn/143562.article



Secret Service Agent On How A Presidential Limo Almost Got Overrun In The Slums Of Mumbai

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40410/secret-service-agent-on-how-a-presidential-limo-almost-got-overrun-in-the-slums-of-mumbai









Iran, U.S. Inch Toward Nuclear Deal With Sanctions Consensus

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-01/iran-deal-talks-resume-next-week-after-indisputable-progress



Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/01/world/middleeast/Saudi-Iran-talks.html



Biden to green-light intifada if Israel opposes Iran deal

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/biden-threatens-to-green-light-intifada-if-israel-opposes-future-iran-deal-666910









Iraq: 17 military personnel killed in multiple night-time raids

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-islamic-state-military-personnel-killed-multiple-raid



Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt: Turkey Engages PKK In Iraq

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/04/claw-lightning-and-claw-thunderbolt.html



Turkey to establish new military base in Iraqi Kurdistan

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/turkey-establish-new-military-base-iraqi-kurdistan









Turkey forces detect tunnel dug from Syria

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210501-turkey-forces-detect-tunnel-dug-from-syria/









Rafael outlines future infantry concept

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/rafael-outlines-future-infantry-concept









Hundreds of Rebels Killed in Chad as Political Turmoil Grips the Country

https://sofrep.com/news/hundreds-of-rebels-killed-in-chad-as-political-turmoil-grips-the-country/



Chadian army says it repelled rebels in battle near northern town

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/chadian-army-says-it-repelled-rebels-battle-near-northern-town-2021-04-30/




Why America’s Trillion-Dollar War on Terrorism Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/01/chibok-girls-boko-haram-nigeria-africa-terrorism/










Russia-West ties hit low with diplomat expulsions

https://www.dw.com/en/russia-west-ties-hit-low-with-diplomat-expulsions/a-57396860



Okhotnik deliveries to start as early as 2024

http://alert5.com/2021/05/02/okhotnik-deliveries-to-start-as-early-as-2024/



Panel: Russian Navy Expanding Presence in the Mediterranean Sea, Africa

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/30/panel-russian-navy-expanding-presence-in-the-mediterranean-sea-africa



Russia’s Soft Takeover Of Belarus Completes Anti-NATO Military Buffer

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/05/01/russias_soft_takeover_of_belarus_completes_anti-nato_military_buffer_775274.html



Strike Me Please: Armenia’s SAM Decoys

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/04/strike-me-please-armenias-sam-decoys.html




Finland's HX Fighter Program, the winner is...

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/05/finland-hx-fighter-program-winner.html




Italy: Bringing Back The 80s

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20210501.aspx



Drass SDVs and submarines

http://www.hisutton.com/DRASS.html



Drass DG-900 Compact Submarine

http://www.hisutton.com/Drass-DG-900-Submarine.html




Germany, France, Spain aim for fighter jet agreement next week

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/germany-france-spain-aim-for-fighter-jet-agreement-next-week/ar-BB1gfpGa




Aeralis gears up development of modular jet aircraft

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/aeralis-gears-up-development-of-modular-jet-aircraft









U.S. oil executives released from prison to house arrest in Venezuela

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/01/Venezuela-Citgo-6-released-house-arrest/2561619910731/




Argentina Air Force Inducts Boeing 737, its First New Transport Plane in 15 Years

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29484/Argentina_Air_Force_Inducts_Boeing_737__its_First_New_Transport_Plane_in_15_Years









China’s military commanders come under attack for outdated training

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3131870/chinas-military-commanders-come-under-attack-outdated-training



Former deputy commander of Liaoning sacked from China’s congress

http://alert5.com/2021/05/02/former-deputy-commander-of-liaoning-sacked-from-chinas-congress/



Is China Done With Salami Slicing? Beijing appears to have given up its incremental strategy in favor of more sizable power grabs.

https://thediplomat.com/2021/04/is-china-done-with-salami-slicing/



China’s new nuclear submarine missiles expand range in US: analysts

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3131873/chinas-new-nuclear-submarine-missiles-expand-range-us-analysts



Xi Likes Big Boats (Coming Soon to a Reef Near You)

https://warontherocks.com/2021/04/xi-likes-big-boats-coming-soon-to-a-reef-near-you/



China sends rescue ships to help recover lost Indonesian submarine

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3131897/china-sends-rescue-ships-help-recover-lost-indonesian-submarine





Five Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ

https://focustaiwan.tw/cross-strait/202104300015



Wreckage of RoCAF F-5E #5261 recovered

http://alert5.com/2021/05/01/wreckage-of-rocaf-f-5e-5261-recovered/



Arms deals to fortify Taiwan's defense capacity

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/arms-deals-to-fortify-taiwans-defense-capacity/2226619





Estimating North Korea’s Nuclear Stockpiles: An Interview With Siegfried Hecker

https://www.38north.org/2021/04/estimating-north-koreas-nuclear-stockpiles-an-interview-with-siegfried-hecker/





Japan’s MoD New Aegis-Equipped Missile Defense Ships May Be Multihulls

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/05/japans-mod-new-aegis-equipped-missile-defense-ships-may-be-multihulls/





Myanmar enters fourth month under junta with bomb blasts, flash mobs

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210501-myanmar-enters-fourth-month-under-junta-with-bomb-blasts-flash-mobs





Sinking of submarine KRI Nanggala exposes Indonesia’s ageing, underfunded navy

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3131842/sinking-submarine-kri-nanggala-exposes-indonesias-ageing










How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/05/10/how-the-pentagon-started-taking-ufos-seriously



Former Sen. Harry Reid thinks Lockheed Martin may have UFO fragments

https://www.foxnews.com/science/harry-reid-lockheed-martin-ufo-fragments



'There must be a reckoning' if US bureaucrats ignored evidence of UFOs, ex-UK official tells 'Tucker'

https://www.foxnews.com/science/possible-us-intelligence-failure-ufo-report-pentagon



Investigators seek evidence linking Rudy Giuliani to efforts to oust U.S. envoy to Ukraine

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/investigators-seek-evidence-linking-rudy-giuliani-efforts-oust-ukrainian-diplomat-n1266054



Ransomware is now a national security risk. This group thinks it knows how to defeat it

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-is-now-a-national-security-risk-this-group-thinks-it-knows-how-to-defeat-it/



A stunning 21 Army leaders will be disciplined over Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance and death

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-fort-hood-21-leaders-guillen/



Pentagon cancels Trump-era border wall construction paid for by military funds

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pentagon-trump-era-border-wall-construction-military-funds



Navy SEALs tell CBS News "lawless" members plague teams with criminality, drug abuse and profiteering

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/navy-seals-tell-cbs-news-alleged-criminality-drug-use-exploitation/



Directed Energy Attacks May Have Occurred Near White House, Officials Say

https://thedebrief.org/directed-energy-attacks-may-have-occurred-near-white-house-officials-say/



How a brutal assault led a woman to one of the CIA's most valuable Russian spies

https://news.yahoo.com/how-a-brutal-assault-led-a-woman-to-one-of-the-ci-as-most-valuable-russian-spies-090022725.html



Ten Years After Bin Laden, We Still Need Better Intelligence Sharing

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/05/ten-years-after-bin-laden-we-still-need-better-intelligence-sharing/173748/



GAO report: Navy overpays for littoral combat ship maintenance

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/04/30/LCS-Navy-GAO/7711619797757/



Analysts Question Uniqueness of Hypersonic Weapons Capabilities

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/3/analysts-question-uniqueness-of-hypersonic-weapons-capabilities



The story of NASA F-8 Crusader Oblique Wing Test Aircraft that never was

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-story-of-nasa-f-8-crusader-oblique-wing-test-aircraft-that-never-was/



Army approves rapid development of Tactical Space Layer

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/05/01/army-approves-rapid-development-of-tactical-space-layer/



The Army's New Night-Vision Goggles Look Like Technology Stolen From Aliens

https://gizmodo.com/the-armys-new-night-vision-goggles-look-like-technology-1846799718



Request for Proposals for Black Hawk Replacement Slated for Summer

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/4/30/request-for-proposals-for-black-hawk-replacement-program-dropping-soon



Former USMC V-22 test pilot says Army should select Defiant-X

http://alert5.com/2021/05/01/former-usmc-v-22-test-pilot-says-army-should-select-defiant-x/



Networked Air Force Bombs Share-Data Together in Flight, Adjust Course

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/air/networked-air-force-bombs-share-data-together-in-flight-adjust-course-43jJZ-pvrU6RcX7gTVuTuA



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