Af/Pak & Other News (12/16/2020)

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Afghanistan: Dancing With The Devils

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/afghan/articles/20201215.aspx



Afghanistan: 13 police officials killed in attack on checkpoint

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/taliban-kill-13-policemen-in-northern-afghanistan



Sticky and Lethal: Magnetic Bombs Terrorize Kabul

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/16/world/asia/afghanistan-magnetic-bombs.html



Pakistan Says Taliban Seeks End To War Even As Militants Stage Attacks In Afghanistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-delegation-pakistan-afghanistan/31003801.html









India successfully carries out test of two Prithvi-2 ballistic missiles

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/todays-breaking-news-live-updates-16-december-2020/liveblog/79750224.cms



Poonch gunfight: Slain terrorists had plans to carry out major terror attack

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/12/poonch-gunfight-slain-terrorists-had-plans-to-carry-out-major-terror-attack/




Sri Lanka Air Force Nanchang CJ-6 Aircraft Crashed During A Solo Training Flight

https://fighterjetsworld.com/latest-news/aircraft-crash/sri-lanka-air-force-nanchang-cj-6-aircraft-crashed-during-a-solo-training-flight/24113/









Iran Has A Dream

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20201216.aspx



Iranian Hackers Hit 80 Israeli Firms as Massive Cyberattack Continues

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/tech-news/.premium-iranian-hackers-hit-over-80-israeli-firms-as-massive-cyberattack-continues-1.9375486



State Department designates Iranian-backed Bahraini militia

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/12/state-department-designates-iranian-backed-bahraini-militia.php



Iran's probe into downing of airliner has major flaws: Canada report

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash-canada/irans-probe-into-downing-of-airliner-has-major-flaws-canada-report-idUSKBN28P2G5



Iran lured targets out of West to kidnap and likely to execute them

https://www.businessinsider.com/iran-lured-targets-out-of-west-kidnap-likely-execute-them-2020-12



Iran Lifts Nuclear Research Group's Budget by 256 Percent After Scientist Killing

https://www.newsweek.com/iran-lifts-nuclear-research-group-budget-256-percent-scientist-killing-jcpoa-1554796



Khamenei renews revenge vow as Soleimani death anniversary nears

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/khamenei-renews-revenge-vow-before-soleimani-killing-anniversary



Iran could be gearing up for more attacks on US in Iraq

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-could-be-gearing-up-for-more-attacks-on-us-in-iraq-652293









Why is Saudi Arabia recruiting former Navy SEAL contractors?

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/exclusive-why-is-saudi-arabia-recruiting-former-navy-seal-contractors/



Disaster awaits if aging Red Sea oil tanker isn't emptied soon, scientists warn

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/12/15/Disaster-awaits-if-aging-Red-Sea-oil-tanker-isnt-emptied-soon-scientists-warn/1891608056723/




Prototype of Turkey’s AI-Controlled Armored Unmanned Surface Vessel Complete

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28559/Prototype_of_Turkey___s_AI_Controlled_Armored_Unmanned_Surface_Vessel_Complete



Turkey has sold Anka to Tunisia

http://alert5.com/2020/12/16/turkey-has-sold-anka-to-tunisia/



Turkey’s HISAR-A+ Air Defence System Passes Final Acceptance Test

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28556/Turkey___s_HISAR_A___Air_Defence_System_Passes_Final_Acceptance_Test









Israel successfully tests sea-based missile defense system

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/israel-successfully-tests-sea-based-missile-defense-system



Regional implications of Abraham Accords begin to emerge

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/regional-implications-of-abraham-accords-begin-to-emerge



Israeli spy firm suspected of accessing global telecoms via Channel Islands

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/16/israeli-spy-firm-suspected-accessing-global-telecoms-channel-islands









Libya: Mercenaries for Haftar brought from Syria

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/libya-mercenaries-for-haftar-brought-from-syria/2078246




Three dead in Algeria military helicopter crash

https://www.24newshd.tv/16-Dec-2020/three-dead-in-algeria-military-helicopter-crash




Nigerian Kidnappings a Sign of Boko Haram Expansion, Say Experts

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/12/16/nigeria-kidnappings-boko-haram-expansion/



Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya faction's claimed kidnapping of more than 300 schoolboys in Katsina state indicates expansion of Islamist militancy to northwest Nigeria

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/wilayat-gharb-afriqiyya-factions-claimed-kidnapping-of-more-than-300-schoolboys-in-katsina-state-indicates-expansion-of-islamist-militancy-to-northwest-nigeria









Ukraine Orders Corvettes and UCAVs from Turkey for Ukrainian Navy

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/12/ukraine-orders-corvettes-and-ucavs-from-turkey-for-ukrainian-navy/



Russia deploys new Avangard nuclear boost-glide vehicle into ‘combat duty’

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/russia-deploys-new-avangard-nuclear-boost-glide-vehicle-into-combat-duty.html



Russia Just Doubled Its Hypersonic Strike Force

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/12/16/russia-just-doubled-its-hypersonic-strike-force/



The Soviet Union’s Burya Cruise Missile Was A Little-Known Cold War Monster

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38188/the-soviet-unions-burya-cruise-missile-was-a-little-known-cold-war-monster



Why Russia’s Sukhoi Su-27 Fighter Is So Important to Putin

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/12/16/why_russias_sukhoi_su-27_fighter_is_so_important_to_putin_653413.html



Facebook says Russian disinformation campaign targeted Africa and Middle East

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/facebook-says-russian-disinformation-campaign-targeted-africa-and-middle-east/ar-BB1bXuHD




NATO Assessing Damage from SolarWinds Hack, Canada Issues Alert

https://www.newsweek.com/nato-assessing-damage-solarwinds-hack-canada-issues-alert-1554964



NATO Rejects New UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, Defends Deterrent

https://www.newsweek.com/nato-nuclear-weapons-treaty-ban-opposition-npt-1554865




Six Used Rafale Jets to Arrive in Greece Starting June 2021, Twelve New Ones in 2022

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28557/Six_Used_Rafale_Jets_to_Arrive_in_Greece_Starting_June_2021__Twelve_New_Ones_in_2022




US approves G550 special mission equipment for Italy

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-approves-g550-special-mission-equipment-for-italy




Airbus offers 85 Tranche 5 Eurofighters to the Luftwaffe to replace its fleet of Panavia Tornados

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/airbus-offers-85-tranche-5-eurofighters-to-the-luftwaffe-to-replace-its-fleet-of-panavia-tornados/




Cyberattack 'Leaves U.K. Infrastructure Exposed for Month'

https://www.newsweek.com/cybersecurity-crime-nhs-home-office-u-k-police-1554913









Cuba rejects U.S. report on diplomat health incidents

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-usa-diplomats/cuba-rejects-u-s-report-on-diplomat-health-incidents-idUSKBN28P2ZE




Cutaway of Narco VSV interdicted by US Navy LCS

http://www.hisutton.com/Narco-Submarine-Intercepted-By-US-Navy.html









China prepares for return of lunar probe with moon samples

https://apnews.com/article/technology-china-moon-da510a5fd9a97505296ddbdb5749c393



China’s Space Program Suggests Decoupling Won’t Work Like the US Hopes

https://thediplomat.com/2020/12/chinas-space-program-suggests-decoupling-wont-work-like-the-us-hopes/



Chinese Fabricated Facts

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20201215.aspx



Why a Voice from China Admitted That Disputed Artificial Islands Are Hard to Defend

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/why-voice-china-admitted-disputed-artificial-islands-are-hard-defend





Taiwan says US has approved key submarine technology sale

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201216-taiwan-says-us-has-approved-key-submarine-technology-sale



Taiwan to build three more upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/december/9428-taiwan-to-build-three-more-upgraded-version-of-tuo-chiang-class-missile-corvette.html





North Korea building up weapons amid economic shortfall, Seoul says

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/16/North-Korea-building-up-weapons-amid-economic-shortfall-Seoul-says/1421608126952/





MH-60R helicopter selected for South Korean navy's MOH Batch II programme

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/mh-60r-helicopter-selected-for-south-korean-navys-moh-batch-ii-programme





Thailand: Chronic Critics Succeeding

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/thai/articles/20201216.aspx





Japan approves a plan for the deployment of new long-range anti-ship missiles

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/december/9423-japan-approves-a-plan-for-the-deployment-of-new-long-range-anti-ship-missiles.html









Tucker Carlson Talks Underwater UFOs: ‘We’ve Never Imagined Something Like That’ (Video)

https://www.thewrap.com/tucker-carlson-talks-underwater-ufos-weve-never-imagined-something-like-that-video/



Hack may have exposed deep US secrets; damage yet unknown

https://apnews.com/article/technology-hacking-coronavirus-pandemic-russia-350ae2fb2e513772a4dc4b7360b8175c



Hack reveals wider campaign by foreign intelligence service

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/hack-reveals-wider-campaign-by-foreign-intelligence-service



The ‘SolarWinds’ Hacks Show Supply Chain Attacks Are Business as Usual

https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3vz74/the-solarwinds-hacks-show-supply-chain-attacks-are-business-as-usual



The U.S. government spent billions on a system for detecting hacks. The Russians outsmarted it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/ruusian-hackers-outsmarted-us-defenses/2020/12/15/3deed840-3f11-11eb-9453-fc36ba051781_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop



Tackling disinformation is national security issue says former NSA general counsel

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tackling-disinformation-is-national-security-issue-says-former-nsa-general-counsel/



Algorithmic Warfare: ‘Hack the Building’ Spotlights Vulnerabilities

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/12/16/hack-the-building-spotlights-vulnerabilities



DHS Believes Our Reliance on GPS ‘Poses a Risk to National Security’

https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgza3w/dhs-believes-our-reliance-on-gps-poses-a-risk-to-national-security



Trump weighs executive order for ill veterans who served at toxic ‘black goo’ base

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/trump-uzbekistan-burn-pits-executive-order/



Kenyan Man Indicted for Allegedly Plotting Another 9/11-Style Attack

https://www.thedailybeast.com/kenyan-man-indicted-for-allegedly-plotting-another-911-style-attack?ref=home



Skunk Works Reveals Details Of Mid-November U-2S Demo

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/skunk-works-reveals-details-mid-november-u-2s-demo



Stealthy XQ-58 Drone Busts The Networking Logjam Between F-22 And F-35

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38168/stealthy-xq-58-drone-busts-the-networking-logjam-between-f-22-and-f-35



Pentagon: Drones Can Complete Missions in "Cut Off" Network-Denied Warfare

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/sea/pentagon-drones-can-complete-missions-in-cut-off-network-denied-warfare-KbivSJ-fBkir46tSQU56Lw



Artificial Intelligence Takes Control Of A U-2 Spy Plane's Sensors In Historic Flight Test

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38202/artificial-intelligence-takes-control-of-a-u-2-spy-planes-sensors-in-historic-flight-test



U.S. Air Force uses Russian-made air defense systems as simulated foreign targets

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-uses-russian-made-air-defense-systems-as-simulated-foreign-targets.html



US Air Force evaluating three approaches to supersonic executive airlift

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/15/us-air-force-evaluating-three-approaches-to-supersonic-executive-airlift/



Here Is What The Air Force's New Robot Dogs Are Actually Capable Of

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38000/here-is-what-the-air-forces-new-robot-dogs-are-actually-capable-of



Gremlins Program Optimistic About Next Tests After Drones Fail to Dock

https://www.airforcemag.com/gremlins-program-optimistic-about-next-tests-after-drones-fail-to-dock/



DARPA okays Blue Canyon’s satellites for Blackjack program

https://spacenews.com/darpa-okays-blue-canyons-satellites-for-blackjack-program/



Space Command calls out another Russian anti-satellite weapon test

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2020/12/16/space-command-calls-out-another-russian-anti-satellite-weapon-test/



Taking a stripped-down F-16 on a max speed run: ‘At 1.6 Mach, the jet started to shake’

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/this-is-what-its-like-to-take-an-f-16-to-the-absolute-limit/



Pentagon Joint Chiefs Cites 500-Ship Navy Fleet as "Aim Point"

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/global-security/pentagon-joint-chiefs-cites-500-ship-navy-fleet-as-aim-point-wSStTKO2LkiixZdFKUNChw



The USS Bonhomme Richard’s Decommissioning: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/12/16/the_uss_bonhomme_richards_decommissioning_the_good_the_bad_and_the_ugly_653416.html



US Navy investigates potential LCS class-wide design flaw

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/12/15/the-us-navy-is-investigating-a-potential-lcs-class-wide-design-flaw/



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