Af/Pak & Other News (10/6/2021)

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In the Taliban’s Afghanistan, Signs of a Return to Hard-line Islamic Rule

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/in-the-taliban-s-afghanistan-signs-of-a-return-to-hard-line-islamic-rule/vi-AAPcfKy



Sirajuddin Haqqani’s Ministry of Interior has begun issuing Afghan passports

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/10/sirajuddin-haqqanis-ministry-of-interior-has-begun-issuing-afghan-passports.php



The IS group has grown into Taliban’s ‘greatest challenge’ in Afghanistan

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20211006-the-is-group-has-grown-into-taliban-s-greatest-challenge-in-afghanistan



Gun dealers selling American weapons seized by Taliban from Afghan soldiers: report

https://thehill.com/policy/international/575514-gun-dealers-selling-american-weapons-seized-by-taliban-from-afghan



DISPATCH: Newly Appointed Taliban Official Claims Role in Extortion 17 Shootdown

https://coffeeordie.com/taliban-claim-extortion-17/



U.S. watchdog will look into allegations Afghan's Ghani took money from country

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-watchdog-will-look-into-allegations-afghans-ghani-took-money-country-2021-10-06/



Pakistan army replaces ISI chief in surprise reshuffle

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pakistan-army-transfers-isi-chief-lt-gen-hameed-as-peshawar-corps-commander-in-surprise-reshuffle/articleshow/86809920.cms









Iran’s Armed-Drone Prowess Reshapes Security in Middle East

https://www.wsj.com/articles/irans-armed-drone-prowess-reshapes-security-in-middle-east-11633530266



Iran suspected behind cyberattack on Mideast aerospace, telecom firms

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-suspected-behind-cyberattack-on-mideast-aerospace-telecom-firms/









You've been hacked: How Dubai ruler’s eavesdropping was uncovered

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/youve-been-hacked-how-dubai-rulers-eavesdropping-was-uncovered-2021-10-06/




The American Deconfliction Disadvantage: Ankara’s Drone Campaign in Syria and Iraq

https://warontherocks.com/2021/10/the-american-deconfliction-disadvantage-ankaras-drone-campaign-in-syria-and-iraq/









3rd tanker of Hezbollah-run Iranian oil reaches Syria en route to Lebanon

https://www.timesofisrael.com/3rd-tanker-of-hezbollah-run-iranian-oil-reaches-syria-en-route-to-lebanon/



Interpol faces criticism for allowing Syria to rejoin its network

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/05/interpol-faces-criticism-allowing-syria-rejoin-network




Lebanon receives ‘Little Bird' helos

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/lebanon-receives-little-bird-helos









IDF chief vows Israel will further target Iran, including its nuclear program

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-chief-vows-israel-will-further-target-iran-including-its-nuclear-program/









Algerian Navy Super Lynx helicopters and Kilo submarines allegedly chase away Israeli Dolphin submarine spying near Algeria’s territorial waters

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/algerian-navy-super-lynx-helicopters-and-kilo-submarines-allegedly-chase-away-israeli-dolphin-submarine-spying-near-algerias-territorial-waters/



What we know about the incident with an Israeli submarine

https://www.menadefense.net/algeria/what-we-know-about-the-incident-with-an-israeli-submarine/




Mali: Gold Fever

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali/articles/20211006.aspx




UAE Combat Drones Break Cover In Ethiopia

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/uae-combat-drones-break-cover-in.html



Emirati Small Arms in Ethiopia

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/emirati-small-arms-in-ethiopia.html









Russia Developing Unmanned Flame-Throwing Systems

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/06/russia-flame-throwing-systems/



Russian film crew in orbit to make first movie in space

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-science-business-kazakhstan-anton-shkaplerov-aca1f3fac57a8033473d20fca577d628



Russia tells its space reporters to stop reporting on the space program

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/russia-tells-its-space-reporters-to-stop-reporting-on-the-space-program/



Russia's rising young Communists pose an unexpected new threat to Putin’s grip

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-elections-communists-putin-kremlin/2021/10/05/b1f12acc-1c97-11ec-bea8-308ea134594f_story.html



Russia Furious as U.S. Demands Answers Over Alexei Navalny Poisoning

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-furious-us-demands-answers-alexei-navalny-poisoning-1636055





Nato expels eight members of Russia’s mission for spying

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/06/nato-expels-eight-members-of-russias-mission-for-spying




Turkmenistan’s Parade Analysis: What’s New?

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/turkmenistans-parade-analysis-whats-new.html




Second Polish Air Force F-35 base named

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/swidwin-will-be-the-second-polish-f-35-base




Estonia eyes artillery, missile defense, drones in modernization drive

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/10/05/estonia-eyes-artillery-missile-defense-drones-in-modernization-drive/



Estonia Selects Blue Spear Anti-Ship Missile for Coastal Batteries

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/estonia-selects-blue-spear-anti-ship-missile-for-coastal-batteries/




UK convenes top defense official to fix – or end – the Army’s Ajax vehicle program

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/10/05/uk-convenes-top-defense-official-to-fix-or-end-the-armys-ajax-vehicle-program/



‘The OSINT Bunker’ – Season 2 Episode 3

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/the-osint-bunker-season-2-episode-3/









Chinese still deployed at 3 air bases facing Ladakh, building infra: IAF chief

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/indian-air-force-vr-chaudhari-pakistan-china-lac-7553184/



Is the US sleepwalking towards war with China?

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/is-the-us-sleepwalking-towards-war-with-china/



Tensions flare as Chinese flights near Taiwan intensify

https://apnews.com/article/tensions-flare-chinese-flights-near-taiwan-02b30ed449f663cf53ef0782482e35e9



What people are missing about China's incursions into the Taiwan Strait

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/what-people-are-missing-about-china-s-incursions-into-the-taiwan-strait/ar-AAPbtSr





China could be ready to mount a 'full-scale' invasion of Taiwan by 2025, island's defense minister says

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/asia/taiwan-defense-minister-china-attack-intl-hnk/index.html



Taiwan: US Recent Words Mask Underlying Policies

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/10/taiwan-us-recent-words-mask-underlying.html



Taiwan defense minister says long-range cruise missile still in development

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4307537



French senators arrive in Taiwan amid tensions with China

https://apnews.com/article/business-tsai-ing-wen-china-taiwan-15f6d31b13ea8e50f7ff11b15934e409





South Korea promotes KF-21 “Hawk” indigenous fighter with new video

https://defence-blog.com/south-korea-promotes-kf-21-hawk-indigenous-fighter-with-new-video/





First Japan-UK submarine warfare exercise held with China in its sights

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3151396/first-japan-uk-submarine-warfare-exercise-held-china-its-sights



Honda Launches R&D Programs Geared Toward eVTOL, Smallsat Launchers

https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/emerging-technologies/honda-launches-rd-programs-geared-toward-evtol-smallsat-launchers





These Images Of Aussie C-17s Flying Among Skyscrapers In Brisbane Are The Best We've Ever Seen

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42637/these-images-of-aussie-c-17s-flying-among-skyscrapers-in-brisbane-are-the-best-weve-ever-seen



Australian Army soldiers trial e-bikes for stealthy reconnaissance missions

https://defbrief.com/2021/10/06/australian-army-soldiers-trial-e-bikes-for-stealthy-reconnaissance-missions/










Captured, Killed or Compromised: C.I.A. Losing Dozens of Informants

https://www.realcleardefense.com/2021/10/06/captured_killed_or_compromised_cia_losing_dozens_of_informants_797676.html



Were the Cuban ‘Sonic Attack’ Victims Actually Poisoned?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/were-the-cuban-sonic-attack-victims-actually-poisoned



NSA director expects to be facing ransomware attacks 'every single day' in five years

https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/575386-nsa-director-expects-to-be-facing-ransomware-attacks-every-single-day-in?rl=1



Pentagon Begins ‘Continuous Vetting’ of All Troops for Insider Threats, Extremism; Social Media May Come Next

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/pentagon-begins-continuous-vetting-all-troops-insider-threats-extremism-social-media-may-come-next/185876/



Marine jailed for viral video criticizing Afghanistan withdrawal released from brig

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/10/05/Stuart-Scheller-Marine-jailed-criticizing-Afghanistan-withdrawal-released-brig/8961633479503/



Someone hijacked a Navy warship’s Facebook account so they could livestream ‘Age of Empires’

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/uss-kidd-facebook-account-hacked-age-of-empires/



U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Crashes in Death Valley: Pilot Ejects Safely.

https://theaviationist.com/2021/10/06/usn-f-18f-crash-death-valley/



Electric Vehicles for the Military Still a Pipedream

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/6/electric-vehicles-for-the-military-still-a-pipedream



See Inside DARPA's Incredible Subterranean Finals Course

https://spectrum.ieee.org/darpa-subt-finals-slideshow



State Department discloses number of nukes in US stockpile

https://apnews.com/article/nuclear-weapons-92aba763bfa9c19dcc912af7a1eefe75



Army Investing in Hybrid Power Microgrids

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/5/army-investing-in-hybrid-power-microgrids



Report: US Army could field two new vertical lift aircraft if service lives within its means

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/06/report-us-army-can-field-two-new-vertical-lift-aircraft-if-service-lives-within-its-means/



US Army launches Chinook Block 2 production

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/us-army-launches-chinook-block-2-production



Computerized Rifle Sights To Be Tested By Navy And Marines For Drone Defense

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42636/marines-and-navy-to-test-computerized-sights-on-rifles-to-help-defend-against-drones



F-35A Completes Final Inert Drop Test Of New B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42639/f-35a-completes-final-drop-test-of-new-b61-12-nuclear-bomb



Top Gun Challenge Continues

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20211006.aspx



Navy secretary’s new strategic guidance focuses on deterring China from invading Taiwan

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2021/10/05/navy-secretarys-new-strategic-guidance-focuses-on-deterring-china-from-invading-taiwan/



The Navy's Last Conventionally Powered Aircraft Carriers Have Been Sold For Literal Pennies

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42643/the-navys-last-conventionally-powered-aircraft-carriers-have-been-sold-for-literal-pennies



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