Af/Pak & Other News (8/23/2021)

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I served in Afghanistan as a US Marine, twice. Here’s the truth in two sentences

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article253641358.html



Deadly firefight erupts at Kabul airport as evacuation chaos continues into second week

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/deadly-firefight-erupts-at-kabul-airport-as-evacuation-chaos-continues.html



Amid Kabul evacuation chaos, Biden under pressure to extend deadline

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/amid-kabul-evacuation-chaos-biden-under-pressure-extend-deadline-2021-08-23/



Taliban reject extended evacuation, “the answer is no. Or there would be consequences”

https://warisboring.com/taliban-reject-extended-evacuation-the-answer-is-no-or-there-would-be-consequences/



Taliban May Have Inherited ‘Hundreds’ of Missiles From Ex-Government

https://www.thedailybeast.com/taliban-may-have-inherited-hundreds-of-missiles-from-former-afghan-government



Some Concerned Islamic State Might Target Crowds at Kabul Airport, Fire Missiles at Planes

https://www.newsweek.com/some-concerned-islamic-state-might-target-crowds-kabul-airport-fire-missiles-planes-1622072



US government has withdrawn 'intelligence footprint' from Afghanistan: Hoffman

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6269044002001#sp=show-clips



Afghan staff at U.S. Embassy losing faith in evacuation efforts, diplomatic cable says

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/afghan-staff-u-s-embassy-losing-faith-evacuation-efforts-diplomatic-n1277397



The Taliban issued a death sentence to the brother of an Afghan interpreter who helped the US, despite saying it won't seek revenge

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-taliban-issued-a-death-sentence-to-the-brother-of-an-afghan-interpreter-who-helped-the-us-despite-saying-it-won-t-seek-revenge/ar-AANDJFe



NATO’s European Leaders Also Blamed for Kabul Debacle

https://www.voanews.com/us-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal/natos-european-leaders-also-blamed-kabul-debacle



UK struggles for influence as Afghan crisis strains US ties

https://apnews.com/article/europe-kabul-g-7-summit-a8967ceee9223ccc5915ed43a5527902



Given To Afghanistan, Captured By The Taliban: Equipment The U.S. Army Left Behind

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/31424371.html



Anti-Taliban resistance group says it has thousands of fighters

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58239156



Taliban Says ‘Hundreds’ of Fighters Head For Holdout Valley Panjshir

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/08/23/taliban-head-holdout-panjshir/



Taliban retake three northern districts seized by Afghan militias

https://www.jpost.com/international/taliban-retake-three-northern-districts-seized-by-afghan-militias-677481



Japan dispatching C-2, C-130s to Afghanistan

http://alert5.com/2021/08/23/japan-dispatching-c-2-c-130s-to-afghanistan/



Homegrown app helping Kabul residents steer clear of danger

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/08/homegrown-app-helping-kabul-residents-steer-clear-of-danger/



Embedded With the Last Afghan Special Forces Team in Mazar-i-Sharif

https://coffeeordie.com/afghan-special-forces-mazar/



'Was it worth it?': Pain and anger inside Pentagon after Afghanistan crumbles

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/was-it-worth-it-pain-anger-inside-pentagon-after-afghanistan-crumbles-2021-08-23/



Analysis: China, Pakistan, India jockey for position in Afghanistan's new Great Game

https://www.reuters.com/world/china-pakistan-india-jockey-position-afghanistans-new-great-game-2021-08-23/



Israeli weapons were used extensively in Afghanistan

https://www.jpost.com/international/israeli-weapons-were-used-extensively-in-afghanistan-677485



Pakistan is relocating India-centric terror camps to Afghanistan

https://zeenews.india.com/india/exclusive-pakistan-is-relocating-india-centric-terror-camps-to-afghanistan-2387513.html









India buys 70,000 AK203 assault rifles off the shelf from Russia

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_august_2021_global_security_army_industry/india_buys_70000_ak203_off_the_shelf_from_russia.html



U-UAP presented Ka-226T Climber at the "Army" forum

http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/u-uap-presented-ka-226t-climber-at-the-army-forum-for-the/



New Weapons, Electronics Proposed in Indian Order for New Su-30MKI Jets

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30280/New_Weapons__Electronics_Proposed_in_Indian_Order_for_New_Su_30MKI_Jets#.YSOuoN9lBaQ









Iran resumes fuel exports to Afghanistan after Taliban request, union says

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-resumes-fuel-exports-afghanistan-after-taliban-request-union-says-2021-08-23/



How Iran Helped Houthis Expand Their Reach

https://warontherocks.com/2021/08/how-iran-helped-houthis-expand-their-reach/



Iran is ready to ship more fuel to Lebanon if needed, says Iranian official

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-is-ready-ship-more-fuel-lebanon-if-needed-says-iranian-official-2021-08-23/



Iran to unveil new variant of Bavar-373 missile air defense system to outperform S-400

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_august_2021_global_security_army_industry/iran_to_unveil_new_variant_of_bavar-373_missile_air_defense_system_to_outperform_s-400.html



Russia, Iran and China to hold joint drills in Gulf -RIA

https://www.reuters.com/world/russia-iran-china-hold-joint-drills-gulf-ria-2021-08-23/









Turkish Bombardment Kills Two in Iraq: Local Official

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/08/23/turkish-bombardment-iraq/







Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Hürjet fighter

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/august/7543-idef-2021-turkish-aerospace-industries-displays-hurjet-fighter.html



Turkey, Pakistan sign agreement to jointly produce Anka UAVs

https://defbrief.com/2021/08/22/turkey-pakistan-sign-agreement-to-jointly-produce-anka-uavs/











USAF F-15E Strike Eagle shot down Iranian drone over Syria after flying ‘too close’ to US troops

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/usaf-f-15e-strike-eagle-shot-down-iranian-drone-over-syria-after-flying-too-close-to-us-troops/









Gaza balloons spark at least 9 fires in Israel; another border rally planned

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-august-23-2021/










Following Spain’s refusal, Russian Navy ships anchored off the coast of Algeria

https://navalpost.com/spain-refusal-russian-navy-ships/




In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace; Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/21/in-central-africa-russia-won-the-war-but-its-losing-the-peace/









Russia Unveils New Export Missile For Attack Helos

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/missile-defense-weapons/russia-unveils-new-export-missile-attack-helos



Kalashnikov introduces modular AKV-521 carbine

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/08/army-2021-kalashnikov-introduces-modular-akv-521-carbine



Russia says Turkey could sign new S-400 missile contract soon

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/russia-says-turkey-could-sign-new-s-400-missile-contract-soon-ifax-2021-08-23/



The story of Russian President Vladimir Putin ride in a Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack during a tactical exercise involving the launch of Kh-555 cruise missiles

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-story-of-russian-president-vladimir-putin-ride-in-a-tupolev-tu-160-blackjack-during-a-tactical-exercise-involving-the-launch-of-kh-555-cruise-missiles/



The Mysterious Maritime Mass Spoofer

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20210823.aspx





‘The OSINT Bunker’ – Episode 12 released

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/the-osint-bunker-episode-12-released/









Watch Chinese troops deploy a HQ-12 air defense missile system

http://alert5.com/2021/08/23/watch-chinese-troops-deploy-a-hq-12-air-defense-missile-system/



The YJ-18 ASCM Expands China’s A2AD Strategy

https://navalpost.com/yj-18-ascm/



Where Have All The Soldiers Gone

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htpeace/articles/20210823.aspx



To Invade Taiwan, The Chinese Navy Could Mobilize The World’s Biggest Transport Fleet

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/08/23/to-invade-taiwan-the-chinese-navy-could-mobilize-the-worlds-biggest-transport-fleet/





South Korea wary of US plan to use military bases to process Afghan evacuees as withdrawal ignites debate

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3146009/south-korea-wary-us-plan-use-military-bases-process-afghan





The Extraordinary Power of Japan's Sixth-Gen F-X Fighter Jet

https://interestingengineering.com/the-extraordinary-power-of-japans-sixth-gen-f-x-fighter-jet





Singapore Offers U.S. Some Military Transport Planes to Help With Afghanistan Evacuation

https://www.newsweek.com/singapore-offers-us-some-military-transport-planes-help-afghanistan-evacuation-1622097










Why won't the Pentagon show us UFO videos that 'gob-smacked' Congress?

https://medium.com/on-the-trail-of-the-saucers/why-not-show-all-the-ufo-videos-6267a3b5c113



US Army works to mesh Rainmaker data fabric into ITN systems

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-army-works-to-mesh-rainmaker-data-fabric-into-itn-systems



DARPA’s ‘guided bullets’ are a sniper’s dream

https://asiatimes.com/2021/08/darpas-guided-bullets-are-a-snipers-dream/



The US military may soon declassify a secret space weapon

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/the-us-military-may-soon-declassify-a-secret-space-weapon/



US Army fires first Iron Dome interceptor in test

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/us-army-fires-first-iron-dome-interceptor-in-test-677491



US Army to deploy 4 DE M-SHORAD laser equipped Stryker prototypes in 2022

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_august_2021_global_security_army_industry/us_army_to_deploy_4_de_m-shorad_laser_equipped_stryker_prototypes_in_2022.html



Stingray refuels Advanced Hawkeye in latest aerial trials

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/stingray-refuels-advanced-hawkeye-in-latest-aerial-trials



The Navy is trying to get rid of its cruisers again, but it's heading for another fight over their fate

https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-faces-another-fight-to-get-rid-of-its-cruisers-2021-8



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