Af/Pak & Other News (1/14/2021)

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Peace talks are faltering, violence has surged, and U.S. troops are pulling out. Can the Afghan government withstand the pressure?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghanistan-taliban-peace-talks-ghani/2021/01/13/0ea836d4-54de-11eb-acc5-92d2819a1ccb_story.html



Another Base Attack in Afghanistan Hushed Up to Hurry U.S. Exit; Camp Chapman, once the scene of the CIA’s second-deadliest day, was hit again in December—but never reported.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/01/13/u-s-afghanistan-camp-attack-hit-silence/



Taliban chief tells officials to take only one wife because big weddings and dowries are depleting funds

https://www.yahoo.com/news/taliban-chief-tells-officials-only-114321457.html









India-Pakistan: Fragile States

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/india/articles/20210114.aspx



DRDO Develops India’s first Indigenously-Developed 9mm Machine Pistol

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28757/DRDO_Develops_India___s_first_Indigenously_Developed_9mm_Machine_Pistol



Thales, Bharat Dynamics to Manufacture STARStreak Air Defence Systems in India

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28756/Thales__Bharat_Dynamics_to_Manufacture_STARStreak_Air_Defence_Systems_in_India









U.S. Navy Ohio Class Submarine Filmed By Iranian Navy While Submerged

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/01/u-s-navy-ohio-class-submarine-filmed-by-iranian-navy-while-submerged/



Experts Say Iran-al-Qaida Nexus Real but Not New

https://www.voanews.com/episode/experts-say-iran-al-qaida-nexus-real-not-new-4547031



Families of Slain Iran Nuclear Scientists Sue 'Terrorist' U.S. for $100 Million

https://www.newsweek.com/iran-nuclear-scientists-families-sue-terrorist-us-100-million-1561204



Global watchdog says Iran is flaunting serious steps away from the 2015 nuclear accord

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-nuclear-accord-advancing-program/



State media: Iran fires cruise missiles during naval drill

https://apnews.com/article/iran-iran-nuclear-persian-gulf-tensions-media-gulf-of-oman-6d215434027e21a638c3828caf22c978



Iran spurns South Korea request for release of tanker after meetings

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/01/13/Iran-spurns-South-Korea-request-for-release-of-tanker-after-meetings/2031610550503/



US Targets Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/us-targets-foundations-controlled-irans-supreme-leader









The US targets Iran’s key henchman ‘Abu Fadak’ in Iraq

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/the-us-targets-irans-key-henchman-abu-fadak-in-iraq-655405









Reports say Iran has expanded ‘kamikaze drone’ base in Yemen

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/reports-that-iran-has-expanded-kamikaze-drone-base-in-yemen-655409



Yemen’s interior says ballistic missiles used to attack Aden airport

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1792476/middle-east




Turkey The Warship Exporter

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsurf/articles/20210114.aspx









Iran trying to deepen roots in Syria despite signs it may no longer be welcome

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-trying-to-deepen-roots-in-syria-despite-signs-it-may-no-longer-be-welcome/



Deadliest Israeli airstrikes on Syria in years kill 57, say observers; Raids on arms depots and military positions kill Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan fighters, says Observatory for Human Rights

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/deadliest-israeli-air-strikes-on-syria-in-years-kill-57-say-observers



Why were there massive airstrikes against Syria? - analysis

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/why-was-there-a-massive-airstrike-against-syria-analysis-655307









More than 80 civilians killed in new attacks in western Ethiopia, rights group says

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210113-more-than-80-civilians-killed-in-new-attacks-in-western-ethiopia-rights-group-says




F-35Bs Armed With Gun Pod Continue Supporting Operation Octave Quartz With Armed Aerial Patrols over Somalia

https://theaviationist.com/2021/01/13/f-35bs-armed-with-gun-pod-continue-supporting-operation-octave-quartz-with-armed-aerial-patrols-over-somalia/









The Russian S-70 Okhotnik UCAV Struck Ground Targets With Unguided Bombs During Weapons Testing

https://theaviationist.com/2021/01/14/the-russian-s-70-okhotnik-ucav-struck-ground-targets-with-unguided-bombs-during-weapons-testing/



Russia places construction contract for two Borei-A submarines

https://defbrief.com/2021/01/13/russia-places-construction-contract-for-two-borei-a-submarines/



Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny could face 3.5 years in jail on return to Russia: lawyer

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics-navalny/kremlin-critic-alexei-navalny-could-face-3-5-years-in-jail-on-return-to-russia-lawyer-idUSKBN29J0XB




Romanian government approves Naval Strike Missile buy

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/01/14/romanian-government-approves-naval-strike-missile-buy/




Italian Navy Cavour Aircraft Carrier To Start F-35B STOVL Aircraft Qualifications With The U.S. Marine Corps Next Month

https://theaviationist.com/2021/01/13/italian-navy-cavour-aircraft-carrier-to-start-f-35b-stovl-aircraft-qualifications-with-the-u-s-marine-corps-next-month/



Production begins for Italian Army's Centauro II MGS

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/production-begins-for-italian-armys-centauro-ii-mgs




French Army to receive 300 micro-drones from Parrot

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/french-army-to-receive-300-micro-drones-from-parrot.html









China and India dig in at Himalayan border, with an eye on Washington

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3117796/china-and-india-dig-himalayan-border-eye-washington





Kim Jong Un Throws Down A Nuclear Gauntlet—His Regime Will Build A Solid-Fuel ICBM

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/01/14/kim-jong-un-throws-down-a-nuclear-gauntlet-his-regime-will-build-a-solid-fuel-icbm/



Hermit Kingdom Plans Nuclear Powered Submarine

http://www.hisutton.com/North-Korean-Navy-Nuclear-Submarine.html



North Korea staged nighttime military parade, reports say

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/01/14/North-Korea-staged-nighttime-military-parade-reports-say/3451610632549/





South Korea: A prototype Of World’s 5th Stealth Fifth-generation Fighter Nears Completion

https://fighterjetsworld.com/air/a-prototype-of-worlds-5th-stealth-fifth-generation-fighter-nears-completion/24342/



South Korea developing submarine-launched ballistic missile, says report

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/south-korea-developing-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-says-report



South Korea's SLBM Tests Continue

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/01/south-koreas-slbm-tests-continue.html





Indonesia says spots Chinese research vessel in its waters, tracker off

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-maritime-china/indonesia-says-spots-chinese-research-vessel-in-its-waters-tracker-off-idUSKBN29J1IM











Senior NASA scientist admits giving secrets to China

https://warisboring.com/senior-nasa-scientist-admits-giving-secrets-to-china/



NYPD, US Army, carried out drone detection trials in NYC

https://dronedj.com/2021/01/14/nypd-us-army-carried-out-drone-detection-trials-in-nyc/



Guard troops defending Capitol briefed on IED threats: report

https://www.businessinsider.com/national-guard-troops-defending-capitol-threats-2021-1



National Guard troops sleep in Capitol as security fortified ahead of inauguration

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/01/13/National-Guard-troops-sleep-in-Capitol-as-security-fortified-ahead-of-inauguration/6901610553785/



Everything We Know About The Mysterious Dark Helicopters That Have Been Circling Los Angeles

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38686/everything-we-know-about-the-mysterious-dark-helicopters-that-have-been-circling-los-angeles



House vote makes Trump first US president to be impeached twice

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20210113-live-house-votes-on-trump-impeachment-over-siege-of-us-capitol



Former California Senator now working for a Chinese surveillance firm

https://warisboring.com/former-california-senator-now-working-for-a-chinese-surveillance-firm/



Political extremists are 'greatest domestic terrorism threats': report

https://www.businessinsider.com/political-extremists-are-greatest-domestic-terrorism-threats-report-2021-1



Declassified Document Outlines Trump Administration’s Secret Pacific Strategy

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38701/declassified-document-outlines-trump-administrations-secret-pacific-strategy



AeroVironment acquires USSOCOM UAS supplier Arcturus UAV

https://defbrief.com/2021/01/14/aerovironment-acquires-ussocom-uas-supplier-arcturus-uav/



Meet Capt. Aaron “Brutus” Tindall, first USAF airman to graduate from Navy Airborne Electronic Attack weapons school

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/meet-capt-aaron-brutus-tindall-first-usaf-airman-to-graduate-from-navy-airborne-electronic-attack-weapons-school/



DARPA asks industry to develop night-vision eyeglasses with small size, light weight, and wide field of view

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14195571/nightvision-eyeglasses-electrooptical



DARPA’s OpFires moves to Phase 3b

http://alert5.com/2021/01/14/darpas-opfires-moves-to-phase-3b/



LIVE: Watch Blue Origin Launch Its New Shepard Rocket

https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a35205432/blue-origin-new-shepard-rocket-launch-watch-live/



Boeing to Develop Next-Generation Seeker for U.S. Army PAC-3 Missile System

https://defpost.com/boeing-to-develop-next-generation-seeker-for-u-s-army-pac-3-missile-system/



Boeing Wins $1.6 Billion U.S. Air Force KC-46 Order

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/boeing-wins-16-billion-us-air-force-kc-46-order



Northrop Grumman to add new electronic warfare capabilities to F-35

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/northrop-grumman-to-add-new-electronic-warfare-capabilities-to-f-35/141950.article



Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/13/report-on-navy-laser-railgun-and-gun-launched-guided-projectiles-7



SNA NEWS: Coast Guard Wants Budget ‘Booster Shot’

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/1/13/coast-guard-wants-budget-booster-shot



Schultz: Nuclear Icebreakers Are Not An Option for Coast Guard

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/13/schultz-nuclear-icebreakers-are-not-an-option-for-coast-guard



A Ghost Fleet autonomous ship took part in a US Navy drill on its own

https://defbrief.com/2021/01/14/a-ghost-fleet-autonomous-ship-took-part-in-a-us-navy-drill-on-its-own/



Overview of Future Large Surface Combatant (DDG Next) Program

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/14/overview-of-future-large-surface-combatant-ddg-next-program



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