Af/Pak & Other News (7/21/2021)

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Covered almost 85% of Afghanistan, will cover rest soon: Taliban

https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/afghanistan-taliban-conflict-moulana-yousaf-ahmadi-1830742-2021-07-21



Taliban in 'defence status' during Afghan Eid holiday

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210721-taliban-in-defence-status-during-afghan-eid-holiday



Russia sees security upside in Taliban's north Afghanistan gains

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/russia-sees-security-upside-talibans-north-afghanistan-gains-ifax-2021-07-20/



U.S. transfers Guantánamo detainee who allegedly led forces at Tora Bora

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/07/u-s-transfers-guantanamo-detainee-who-allegedly-led-forces-at-tora-bora.php



Pakistani Taliban may be behind bus attack that killed 9 Chinese, analysts say

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3141819/pakistani-taliban-may-be-behind-bus-attack-killed-9-chinese









DRDO successfully tests 'fire & forget' anti-tank missile

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/drdo-successfully-tests-fire-forget-anti-tank-missile/articleshow/84613719.cms



Russia Sends Commercial Offer for the Sale of MiG-29 Jets to India

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30072/Russia_Sends_Commercial_Offer_for_the_Sale_of_MiG_29_Jets_to_India#.YPgzyEBlBaQ



India, Russia Plan Extended-Range Brahmos Missile: Source

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/21/india-russia-brahmos-missile/



India Has Plans to Become a Nuclear Submarine Superpower

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/india-has-plans-to-become-a-nuclear-submarine-superpower/









Iraqi president on list for potential Pegasus surveillance

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iraqi-president-list-potential-pegasus-surveillance-washington-post-2021-07-20/



On the list: Ten prime ministers, three presidents and a king

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/20/heads-of-state-pegasus-spyware/



How British special operators defied their bosses to rescue 2 comrades captured on a secretive mission in Iraq

https://www.businessinsider.com/british-sas-troops-defied-orders-to-save-comrades-basra-iraq-2021-7









Turkey’s future unmanned aircraft MIUS to operate on LHD Anadolu

https://navalpost.com/turkeys-mius-to-operate-on-lhd-anadolu/



HISAR-A+ air defense missile system has been delivered to Turkish army

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_july_2021_global_security_army_industry/hisar-a_air_defense_missile_system_has_been_delivered_to_turkish_army.html









Syrian economy lies in ruins and China sniffs opportunity

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/21/syrian-economy-ruins-china-sniffs-opportunity-assad









Israel Threatens Lebanon Over Rocket Attacks, Syria Warns Israel Against Airstrikes

https://www.newsweek.com/israel-threatens-lebanon-over-rocket-attacks-syria-warns-israel-against-airstrikes-1611665



Months after it was downed, Iran UAV still swimming with fishes in kibbutz pond

https://www.timesofisrael.com/months-after-it-was-downed-iran-uav-still-swimming-with-fishes-in-kibbutz-pond/



Israel’s Combat-Proven Drone Swarm Is More Than Just A Drone Swarm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/07/21/israels-combat-proven-drone-swarm-is-more-than-just-a-drone-swarm/



Israeli Loitering Munitions To Get US Test In October

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/israeli-loitering-munitions-to-get-us-test-in-october/









Jordanian-made Al-Wahsh and Al-Mared armored vehicles in service with Libyan army

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_july_2021_global_security_army_industry/jordanian-made_al-wahsh_and_al-mared_armored_vehicles_in_service_with_libyan_army.html




Tunisian Anti-terrorism Battalion (BAT) operating Throwboy 2 UGV

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/07/tunisian-anti-terrorism-battalion-bat-operating-throwboy-2-ugv




US Conducts First Airstrike in Somalia Under Biden Administration

https://www.airforcemag.com/us-conducts-first-somalia-airstrike-biden-administration/




Congo: Cobalt Cartel Conspiracy

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/congo/articles/20210721.aspx









Russia’s Checkmate Light Tactical Fighter Is Officially Unveiled

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41618/russias-checkmate-light-tactical-fighter-is-officially-unveiled



Here Are The Most Interesting Details We Have Noticed In The Official Unveiling Of Russia’s ‘Checkmate’ Fighter Jet

https://theaviationist.com/2021/07/20/checkmate-unveiling/



Russia targets low cost, high performance with Su-75 Checkmate fighter

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/russia-targets-low-cost-high-performance-with-su-75-checkmate-fighter/144693.article



Russia’s New Stealth Fighter Might Be A High-Flier

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/21/russias-new-stealth-fighter-might-be-a-high-flier/



Russian ‘Checkmate’ Stealth Fighter has Launch Customer, to Cost $30 Million Apiece

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30067/Russian____Checkmate____Stealth_Fighter_has_Launch_Customer__to_Cost__30_Million_Apiece#.YPgz6kBlBaQ



Russia ‘Weaponizing’ AI: Pentagon Intelligence Report

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/21/russia-weaponizing-ai/



The story of the crazy wing-to-wing in-flight refueling procedure of the Soviet Tu-16 Badger medium bomber

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-story-of-the-crazy-wing-to-wing-in-flight-refueling-procedure-of-the-soviet-tu-16-badger-medium-bomber/



This Is Our First View Of Russia’s New S-500 Air Defense System In Action

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41627/this-is-our-first-view-of-russias-new-s-500-air-defense-system-in-action



Russia’s answer to the M4: Breaking down the new AK-12

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/russias-answer-to-the-m4-breaking-down-the-new-ak-12/



Ka-226T ‘Alpinist’ High Altitude Helicopter Displayed at MAKS 2021

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30070/Ka_226T____Alpinist____High_Altitude_Helicopter_Displayed_at_MAKS_2021#.YPgz2UBlBaQ





Leonardo’s AW101 makes debut for the Polish Navy

https://navalpost.com/leonardos-aw101-for-the-polish-navy/




First Dassault Rafale Aircraft Has Been Officially Delivered To Greece

https://theaviationist.com/2021/07/21/first-dassault-rafale-haf/




Currently ‘too early’ to determine role of Type 32 Frigate

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/currently-too-early-to-determine-role-of-type-32-frigate/









Arrests Tied to Jovenel Moise's Assassination Grows to 26, Now Includes 3 Haitian Cops

https://www.newsweek.com/arrests-tied-jovenel-moises-assassination-grows-26-now-includes-3-haitian-cops-1611612



Roiled by Presidential Assassination, Haiti Swears in New PM

https://www.voanews.com/americas/roiled-presidential-assassination-haiti-swears-new-pm









How China’s flying submarine drone could change the way sea battles are fought

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3141856/how-chinas-flying-submarine-drone-could-change-way-sea-battles



How Did China Develop the J-35 Stealth Fighter So Fast?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-did-china-develop-j-35-stealth-fighter-so-fast-190080



Typhoon Thwarts China's Patrols Around Disputed Senkaku Islands

https://www.newsweek.com/typhoon-thwarts-chinas-patrols-around-disputed-senkaku-islands-1611747



'Criminal contract hackers': China, Iran, Russia enlist more high-tech gangsters for cyberattacks

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/21/criminal-contract-hackers-china-iran-russia-enlist/



China Breached Dozens of Pipeline Companies in Past Decade, U.S. Says

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/20/us/politics/china-hacking-pipelines.html



Chinese State-Backed Hacking: Time To Level the Playing Field and Breach the Great Firewall

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/07/21/chinese_state-backed_hacking_time_to_level_the_playing_field_and_breach_the_great_firewall_786471.html



Changes in China's military flights around Taiwan may mean Chinese pilots are learning new tactics

https://www.businessinsider.com/changes-in-chinese-military-flights-near-taiwan-indicate-new-tactics-2021-7





Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine to launch in 2023

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4254213



Senators Propose Enhancing Taiwan Defense in Face of China Threat

https://www.newsweek.com/senators-propose-enhancing-taiwan-defense-face-china-threat-1611781





Two USMC F-35B Lightning II struck by lightning over Japan

http://alert5.com/2021/07/21/exclusive-two-usmc-f-35b-lightning-ii-struck-by-lightning-over-japan/



How Japan chose where to base its F-35s

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/07/20/how-japan-chose-where-to-base-its-f-35s/









Canada: Doing Much With Little

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsurf/articles/20210721.aspx










Senators Introduce Bill Requiring Notification Of Cyber Incidents Within 24 Hours

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/senators-introduce-bill-requiring-notification-of-cyber-incidents-within-24-hours/



FBI warns of hackers potentially interfering with Olympics

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/20/fbi-warns-of-hackers-potentially-interfering-with-/



US intelligence community convenes new panel to probe 'Havana syndrome' causes amid new cases in Austria

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-intelligence-community-convenes-panel-probe-havana-syndrome/story?id=78931427



National Reconnaissance Office Embracing Commercial Tech

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/7/20/national-reconnaissance-office-embracing-commercial-tech



Security Surrounding Nuclear Football Being Officially Reviewed In Aftermath Of Capitol Siege

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41626/security-surrounding-nuclear-football-being-officially-reviewed-in-aftermath-of-capitol-siege



The growing problem of jamming and spoofing of GPS satellite navigation signals just keeps getting worse

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/satcom/article/14207216/the-growing-problem-of-jamming-and-spoofing-of-gps-satellite-navigation-signals-just-keeps-getting-worse



Biden’s First Budget Tries ‘Too Much With Too Little,’ New Wargame Finds

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/bidens-first-budget-tries-too-much-with-too-little-new-wargame-finds/



First AC-130J Ghostrider gunship delivered to Cannon Air Force Base

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/first-ac-130j-ghostrider-gunship-delivered-to-cannon-air-force-base/



This Spherical Manned Airship Was Tested By The Navy As An Eye In The Sky

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41608/this-spherical-manned-airship-was-tested-by-the-navy-as-an-eye-in-the-sky



USAF approves KC-46A centerline drogue system to refuel US Navy, US Marine Corps aircraft

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/usaf-approves-kc-46a-centerline-drogue-system-to-refuel-us-navy-us-marine-corps-aircraft



An Update on the Coming of the CMV-22B to the Fleet: July 2021

https://sldinfo.com/2021/07/an-update-on-the-coming-of-the-cmv-22b-to-the-fleet-july-2021/



Why We Know F-35 Support Costs Will Fall In The Future

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/07/20/why-we-know-f-35-support-costs-will-fall-in-the-future/



U.S. Navy Needs a Corvette: The Badr-Class Would Do

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/july/us-navy-needs-corvette-badr-class-would-do



CNO: Too much new tech on Ford was a mistake

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/cno-too-much-new-tech-on-ford-was-a-mistake/



Navy’s top admiral defends ship cuts in proposed 2022 budget, explains strategy

https://warisboring.com/navys-top-admiral-defends-ship-cuts-in-proposed-2022-budget-explains-strategy/



Report to Congress on Navy Light Amphibious Warship

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/21/report-to-congress-on-navy-light-amphibious-warship-6



The Navy Is Looking At Fitting Its Future Attack Submarines With Inflatable Sails

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41614/the-navys-future-attack-submarines-may-be-fitted-with-inflatable-sails



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