Af/Pak & Other News (3/10/2021)

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The Afghanistan withdrawal ‘agreement’ may not be as firm as it sounds

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/afghanistan-withdrawal-agreement-not-firm/



Tajik Locals On Afghan Border Trained To Defend Against ‘Taliban Attack’

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-afghan-border-hunters-take-up-arms-taliban/31142072.html









Indian Navy commissions third Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarine

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/indian-navy-commissions-third-kalvari-scorpene-class-submarine



Eye on China, India’s plan for 6 nuclear-powered attack submarines back on track

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/03/eye-on-china-indias-plan-for-6-nuclear-powered-attack-submarines-back-on-track/



Soft, political "launch" of Indian DRDO's AIP milestone.

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/03/soft-political-launch-of-indian-drdos.html



Indian Navy Submarines Move Closer To AIP Game Changer

http://www.hisutton.com/Indian-Navy-DRDO-AIP-Submarines.html










Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Iran tried to recruit freed British-Australian academic as spy

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-56339817









Construction Of A Large Runway Suddenly Appears On Highly Strategic Island In The Red Sea

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39686/construction-of-a-large-runway-suddenly-appears-on-highly-strategic-island-in-the-red-sea




A Battle in Central Yemen Further Dims Hopes for Peace

https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/battle-central-yemen-further-dims-hopes-peace



Yemen’s Houthis seek world stage for their threats

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/yemens-houthis-seek-world-stage-for-their-threats-661563




Turkey: The Agonies Of Altay

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20210310.aspx









Young Israeli fighter pilots fly M-346 in simulated combat missions from Six-Day War

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/03/young-israeli-fighter-pilots-fly-m346-simulated-combat-missions.html









Libya lawmakers approve interim govt in key step towards elections

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210310-libya-lawmakers-approve-interim-govt-in-key-step-towards-elections




Bata blast: Satellite images show Equatorial Guinea destruction

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56337856









The Soviet Union’s Railway-Based Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Had An Inflatable Nosecone

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39685/the-soviet-unions-railway-based-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-had-an-inflatable-nosecone



Russia Patents a Rocket-propelled “Net” to Ensnare Drones in Flight

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29120/Russia_Patents_a_Rocket_propelled____Net____to_Ensnare_Drones_in_Flight



Russia says it is slowing down Twitter to protect citizens from illegal content

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/10/russia-slows-down-twitter-to-protect-citizens.html



Russian attempt to throttle Twitter appears to backfire

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/03/russian-attempt-to-throttle-twitter-appears-to-backfire/





American and Turkish warships operate together in Black Sea

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/american-and-turkish-warships-operate-together-in-black-sea/




Montenegro is center stage in Balkan conflict

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/montenegro-is-center-stage-in-balkan-conflict/ar-BB1erF2e




France’s Space Force Conducts First Military Drills Against Space-Based “Threats”

https://thedebrief.org/france-space-force/




Belgium’s Hard-Worked F-16 Fighter Jet Fleet Has Just Been Grounded

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39691/belgiums-hard-worked-f-16-fighter-jet-fleet-has-just-been-grounded









U.S. prosecutors say Honduras has become a 'narco-state'

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-corruption-honduras/u-s-prosecutors-say-honduras-has-become-a-narco-state-idUSKBN2B207W









PLA yet to withdraw from several forward positions: Pentagon Commander on India-China LAC clash

https://zeenews.india.com/india/pla-yet-to-withdraw-from-several-forward-positions-pentagon-commander-on-india-china-lac-clash-2346858.html



Chinese HQ-19 Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor presumably operational

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_march_2021_global_security_army_industry/chinese_hq-19_anti-ballistic_missile_interceptor_presumably_operational.html



Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization

https://news.usni.org/2021/03/10/report-to-congress-on-chinese-naval-modernization-8



ANALYSIS: Communist Party seeking China’s ‘rejuvenation’

https://apnews.com/article/technology-legislature-coronavirus-pandemic-china-asia-pacific-562b40c73740d97f8ddd3099f08fa0a4



A look at the Covid-19 disinformation pushed by China and Russia

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/10/disinformation-coronavirus-pandemic-reality-check-avlon-newday-sot-vpx.cnn



Xi’s Gambit: China Plans for a World Without American Technology

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/business/china-us-tech-rivalry.html



China's 1 Million-Strong 'Disinformation Machine' Is Eroding U.S. Hegemony: Admiral

https://www.newsweek.com/chinas-1-million-strong-disinformation-machine-eroding-us-hegemony-admiral-1575057



First independent report into Xinjiang genocide allegations claims evidence of Beijing's 'intent to destroy' Uyghur people

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/asia/china-uyghurs-xinjiang-genocide-report-intl-hnk/index.html





China’s not the Only Country Fortifying Tiny Islets in a Contested Asian Sea

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/voa-news-china/chinas-not-only-country-fortifying-tiny-islets-contested-asian-sea





World powers ignoring North Korea crimes against humanity amid nuclear program focus: U.N. expert

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-rights/world-powers-ignoring-north-korea-crimes-against-humanity-amid-nuclear-program-focus-u-n-expert-idUSKBN2B21WD





Seoul agrees to pay more for hosting American troops in 2021

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-world-news-seoul-south-korea-asia-640d3811b01c7eae552c7bbf31fea68d





Philippines: Reject American Aid Or Else

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/phillip/articles/20210310.aspx





Protesters adapt tactics after Myanmar police use violence

https://apnews.com/article/asia-pacific-myanmar-d14951348f9ca35db052ca206ee49949










Report calls for permanent National Guard units to protect Capitol

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/03/08/report-capitol-security/5261615233120/



DARPA, CIA-contracted fund partner to stop China from gobbling up America's intellectual property

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/9/darpa-cia-qtel-fund-work-stop-china-buying-america/



Russian sub used in Harrison Ford movie catches fire in Providence scrapyard

https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/providence/crews-extinguish-fire-on-old-submarine-in-providence/



Five Takeaways From Recent Defense Investment Activity

https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/manufacturing-supply-chain/opinion-five-takeaways-recent-defense-investment-activity



Elon Musk reveals why the SN10 Starship exploded

https://www.engadget.com/sn-10-starship-explosion-elon-musk-070217155.html



Missile Defense Agency to consider two sites for Hawaii-based radar

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/03/08/mda-radar-hawaii-space/8341615229953/



The Army’s New Goggles Let Soldiers See Right Through Walls

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a35565940/army-iavs-goggles-see-through-vehicles/



U.S. Marine Corps conduct external lift test of CH-53K’s heavy-lift

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-marine-corps-conduct-external-lift-test-of-ch-53ks-heavy-lift.html



SOCOM’s Armed Overwatch Program looks like a blast from the past

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/special-operations-commands-armed-overwatch-program/



'We're going to lose fast': U.S. Air Force held a war game that started with a Chinese biological attack

https://news.yahoo.com/were-going-to-lose-fast-us-air-force-held-a-war-game-that-started-with-a-chinese-biological-attack-170003936.html



Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper Drone Replacement Requirements Now Include Air-To-Air Combat Capability

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39677/mq-9-reaper-replacement-requirements-now-include-air-to-air-capability-in-contested-airspace



U.S. Air Force to upgrade its T-6A Texan II primary trainers

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-to-upgrade-its-t-6a-texan-ii-primary-trainers.html



US Navy buying up to 120 submarine-launched Blackwing UAS

https://defbrief.com/2021/03/10/us-navy-buying-up-to-120-submarine-launched-blackwing-uas/



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