Af/Pak & Other News (5/6/2021)

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Taliban Steps Up Divide And Conquer Strategy In Afghanistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-steps-up-divide-and-conquer-strategy-in-afghanistan/31239606.html



Taliban takes control of two districts in Afghan north

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/05/taliban-takes-control-of-two-districts-in-afghan-north.php



Taliban Captures Key Afghan Dam, Army Bases As Fighting Rages

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-captures-dahla-dam-afghanistan/31241007.html



A Decade After Bin Laden’s Killing, Terrorism Still Haunts Pakistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/a-decade-after-bin-laden-s-killing-terrorism-still-haunts-pakistan/31240598.html









Revealed: Iran's seven mountainside missile silos discovered in new satellite imagery

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/asia/revealed-iran-s-seven-mountainside-missile-silos-discovered-in-new-satellite-imagery-1.1217347









Militants Attack Oil Wells in Iraq's North, Production Unaffected, Sources Say

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/militants-attack-oil-wells-iraqs-north-production-unaffected-sources-say



Militants threaten Iraqi F-16 program, Inspector General report says

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/05/05/iraq-IGreport-F16/8991620237627/



Iraqi Su-25s, UAVs grounded because of lack of spares

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/iraqi-su-25s-uavs-grounded-because-of-lack-of-spares









Coalition airstrikes kill Hezbollah military experts in Yemen

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1761736/middle-east









Russia Tells U.S. Only Their Troops Are Welcome in Syria

https://www.newsweek.com/syria-russia-assad-pentagon-1589111



Licensed to Kill: How Russia Uses Israeli Drones to Bomb Civilians in Syria

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-licensed-to-kill-how-russia-uses-israeli-drones-to-bomb-civilians-in-syria-1.9768100



Israel said to carry out airstrikes in Syria for second straight night

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-to-carry-out-airstrikes-in-syria-for-second-straight-night/









U.S. General Worried About China's Efforts to Establish Military Base on Africa's West Coast

https://www.newsweek.com/us-general-worried-about-chinas-efforts-establish-military-base-africas-west-coast-1589189




Russian Navy ships continue to visit Sudan

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/russian-navy-ships-continue-to-visit-sudan









U.S. may strengthen Ukraine security aid: Blinken

https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/idOVEBTWYNF



Russian Troops Mass Near Ukraine, So The U.S. Military Lands An Army Brigade In Albania

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/06/russian-troops-mass-near-ukraine-so-the-us-military-lands-an-army-brigade-in-albania/



Russian army receives several types of all-terrain vehicles – Part 1

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_may_2021_global_security_army_industry/russian_army_receives_several_types_of_all-terrain_vehicles_%E2%80%93_part_1.html



Russia: Blinking, Bombing, Blockading And Burma

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/russia/articles/20210506.aspx



Russian UAV Technology and Loitering Munitions

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/05/06/russian_uav_technology_and_loitering_munitions_775980.html



How Good is Russia’s New Missile Interceptor?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-good-russia%E2%80%99s-new-missile-interceptor-184437



Russian MiG-31 Fighter Jet Intercepts U.S. Aircraft as Moscow Eyes NATO Drills

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-military-mig-31-jet-intercept-fighter-jet-nato-1589089



Defiant but cornered: Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny's movement is on the ropes

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics-navalny-insight/defiant-but-cornered-jailed-kremlin-critic-navalnys-movement-is-on-the-ropes-idUSKBN2CN1MU





Swedish Air Force picks successor for its 60-year-old trainers

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/05/swedish-air-force-picks-successor-for-its-60-year-old-trainers/




France and Britain deploy navy patrol boats to Jersey in dispute over fishing rights

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/06/france-and-britain-deploy-navy-patrol-boats-to-jersey-in-dispute-over-fishing-rights.html



French Boat Rams British Vessel Over 'Intense' U.K.-France Fishing Feud

https://www.newsweek.com/jersey-fishing-france-spat-brexit-intense-1589249




UK's Dstl kicks off next-generation anti-armour developments

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uks-dstl-kicks-off-next-generation-anti-armour-developments



John Cockerill Defense and Thales present new system combining cannon and rockets integrated into Cockerill 3030 turret

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/john_cockerill_defense_and_thales_present_new_system_combining_cannon_and_rockets_integrated_into_cockerill_3030_turret.html



UK Royal Marines say jetpack suit not yet ready for military use

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/05/uk-royal-marines-say-jetpack-suit-not-yet-ready-for-military-use/









China Wants To Revive A Strategically Located Airfield Deep In The Pacific: Report

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40471/china-wants-to-revive-a-strategically-located-military-airfield-deep-in-pacific-report



Chinese ships join salvage efforts for doomed Indonesian submarine Nanggala-402

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3132534/chinese-ships-join-salvage-efforts-doomed-indonesian



White House: US-China war over Taiwan 'would broaden quickly'

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/white-house-us-china-war-taiwan-broaden-quickly





Taiwan’s Special Operations Forces: A Game-Changer Against China?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/taiwans-special-operations-forces-a-game-changer-against-china/



IDF landing accident at Penghu airport

http://alert5.com/2021/05/06/idf-landing-accident-at-penghu-airport/





Soldiers leaving Myanmar's air force by the dozens, report says

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/05/myanmar-Myanmar-soldiers-air-force-desertion/5571620236996/





Indonesia: Profit And Loss

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20210506.aspx





'Depressed' MH370 pilot made ‘series of deliberate turns and speed changes’ to avoid radar detection

https://www.yahoo.com/news/depressed-mh370-pilot-made-series-175919026.html





Philippine Marines’ New Operating Concept Highlights Their Growing National Security Role

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/philippine-marines-new-operating-concept-highlights-their-growing-national-security-role/





U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster deployed for first time in South Korea

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/06/skorea-South-Korea-US-Air-Force-C17-Globemaster/8091620309975/





Why Australia-China War Talk is Rising Between the Two Nations

https://www.newsweek.com/why-australia-china-war-talk-rising-between-two-nations-1589138









Canadian Military to Acquire Armed Drones Worth Up to $5 Billion

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/06/canada-to-acquire-armed-drones/










Report to Congress on National Security Implications of 5G Technology

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/05/report-to-congress-on-national-security-implications-of-5g-technology



Tough Conditions and Contested Communication Are Forcing the US Military To Reinvent AI

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/05/how-tough-conditions-and-contested-communication-are-forcing-us-military-reinvent-ai/173833/



U.S. conducting intelligence review of "Havana Syndrome" incidents, as suspected CIA cases rise

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/energy-attack-intelligence-review-cia/



Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test Aborted Due To Undisclosed Issue

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40467/minuteman-iii-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-test-aborted-due-to-undisclosed-issue



This Chinese guy got busted for making a fake US Army unit

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/this-chinese-guy-got-busted-for-making-a-fake-us-army-unit/



Bonhomme Richard Wreck Reaches Panama; Texas Shipbreaker Buys Hull for $3.66M

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/05/bonhomme-richard-wreck-reaches-panama-texas-shipbreaker-buys-hull-for-3-66m



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: May. 05

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/z/aerospace-defense-roundup-may-05



US Air Force unveils heritage Thunderbolt paint scheme for A-10

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/06/us-air-force-unveils-heritage-thunderbolt-paint-scheme-for-a-10/



With No Ejection Seats, Skyknight Fighter Crews Slid Down A Tunnel To Salvation

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40452/with-no-ejection-seats-skyknight-fighter-crews-slid-down-a-tunnel-to-salvation



Blue Origin opens up bidding for first 'spectacular' space tourism trip in July

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/commercial/article/14202785/blue-origin-opens-up-bidding-for-first-spectacular-space-tourism-trip-in-july



SpaceX successfully landed a Starship prototype

https://www.engadget.com/tma-sn15-starship-111520326.html



Industry Supports Special Ops With Lethality Enhancements

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/6/industry-supports-special-ops-with-lethality-enhancements



Army Leaders Endorse Upgrades Of Chinook Helicopter, Cite Industrial Base Concerns

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/05/06/army-leaders-endorse-upgrades-of-chinook-helicopter-cite-industrial-base-concerns/



The U.S. Army Clears Full-Rate Production Of Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM (Common Infrared Countermeasures)

https://theaviationist.com/2021/05/06/northrop-grumman-circm/



First Test Flight Of Skyborg's "Computer Brain" Flown On UTAP-22 Loyal Wingman Drone

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40465/air-force-conducts-first-test-flight-of-skyborg-computer-brain-on-loyal-wingman-drone



US Air Force signs research contract for ‘Bell’s High Speed VTOL’

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/us-air-force-signs-research-contract-for-bells-high-speed-vtol/143611.article



Bipartisan U.S. senators pen support for funding of F-35 jet

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-senate-f35/bipartisan-us-senators-pen-support-for-funding-of-f-35-jet-idUSL1N2MT0ZT



Collins Aerospace upgrades U.S. Navy C-130 fleet with long-lasting wheels and carbon brakes

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/military/article/14202779/collins-aerospace-upgrades-us-navy-c130-fleet-with-longlasting-wheels-and-carbon-brakes



US Navy Issues Details on New Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment 2

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/05/us-navy-issues-details-on-new-offensive-anti-surface-warfare-oasuw-increment-2/



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