Af/Pak & Other News (11/14/2020)

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Defense secretary sent classified memo to White House about Afghanistan before Trump fired him

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-pentagon-afghan-war/2020/11/13/5ac54c7e-25cb-11eb-8599-406466ad1b8e_story.html



Afghan Forces Report Capture Of 'Mastermind' Behind Deadly Attack On Kabul University

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghan-forces-report-capture-of-mastermind-behind-deadly-attack-on-kabul-university/30949819.html



Pakistan to provide 'irrefutable evidence' India sponsors militant groups

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-pakistan-militancy/pakistan-to-provide-irrefutable-evidence-india-sponsors-militant-groups-idUSKBN27U0KU



Acting Defense Secretary Furthers Trump's Plan to End All Wars: 'We Gave It Our All'

https://www.newsweek.com/christopher-miller-trump-forever-wars-1547492



'All wars must end': Top US military official reportedly acknowledges 'it's time to come home' in memo

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-withdrawal-memo-chris-miller-2020-11









India On Verge Of Losing The Holy Kailash Range To China As Demands Grow Not To Abandon It Again?

https://eurasiantimes.com/india-on-verge-of-losing-the-holy-kailash-range-to-china-as-demands-grow-not-to-abandon-it-again/









Iran pounds rebels in northwestern border area - state media

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-security-iraq-turkey/iran-pounds-rebels-in-northwestern-border-area-state-media-idUSKBN27U0NZ



IRGC says Intelligence deputy dies of COVID-19

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/11/irgc-says-intelligence-deputy-dies-of-covid-19.php



Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Accused in U.S. Embassy Attacks, Was Killed in Iran

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/world/middleeast/al-masri-abdullah-qaeda-dead.html



Al Qaeda loses one of its most experienced leaders in mysterious murder in Tehran

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/14/middleeast/al-qaeda-mohammed-al-masri-murder-intl/index.html



Israeli Agents Kill Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Accused in U.S. Embassy Attacks

https://sofrep.com/news/israeli-agents-kill-al-qaedas-no-2-accused-in-u-s-embassy-attacks/



US, Israel worked together to track and kill al-Qaida No. 2

https://apnews.com/article/embassies-israel-iran-dar-es-salaam-tanzania-1df82848c97cb11f0d82f50055faf7b5



TV: Al-Qaeda No. 2 was planning attacks on Israelis, Jews when killed in Tehran

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-al-qaeda-no-2-was-planning-attacks-on-israelis-jews-when-killed-in-tehran/



Iran Denounces Report Al Qaeda's Number 2 Was Killed in Tehran as 'White House Lies'

https://www.newsweek.com/abu-muhammad-al-masri-iran-1547468









Saudi-led coalition in Yemen intercepts explosive-laden drone launched by Houthis: State TV

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/saudi-led-coalition-in-yemen-intercepts-explosive-laden-drone-launched-by-houthis-state-tv/articleshow/79223095.cms









Syria Wants Refugees Back, But Do They Want To Return?

https://sofrep.com/news/syria-wants-refugees-back-but-do-they-want-to-return/



Outgoing US envoy to Syria says he hid true number of troops from Trump team

https://www.timesofisrael.com/outgoing-us-envoy-to-syria-says-he-hid-true-number-of-troops-from-officials/



The 21st Century Champion So Far

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20201114.aspx



Lebanese security chief visited Syria in efforts to free US captive

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/lebanese-security-chief-visited-syria-in-efforts-to-free-us-captive-649086









Egypt, Sudan launch joint military exercises:

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-omar-al-bashir-sudan-cairo-africa-e0263b8cce7ffbf39897a10f608bc8a1



Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/14/sudan-will-decide-outcome-ethiopian-civil-war-abiy-tigray/




Libya officials say constitution must come before elections

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/libya-officials-say-constitution-must-come-before-elections/ar-BB1b0Wif




Morocco Conducts Military Operation in Western Sahara

https://sofrep.com/news/morocco-conducts-military-operation-in-western-sahara/




Senior al Qaeda commander’s killing exposes ‘deep divisions’ between French and Malian authorities

https://www.france24.com/en/france/20201113-senior-al-qaeda-commander-s-killing-exposes-deep-divisions-between-french-and-malian-authorities




Massacre in Ethiopia Sees Dozens 'Hacked To Death'

https://www.newsweek.com/massacre-ethiopia-sees-dozens-hacked-death-1547255



Tigray says two missile strikes on Ethiopian sites targeted military

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict-tigray/tigray-says-two-missile-strikes-on-ethiopian-sites-targeted-military-idUSKBN27U0C4



Ethiopia crisis spreads as Tigray leaders threaten Eritrea, claim airport attacks

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20201114-rockets-fired-at-two-ethiopian-cities-as-tigray-conflict-continues









Russia’s Interest in UAV Strike Capability Gathers Pace

https://jamestown.org/program/russias-interest-in-uav-strike-capability-gathers-pace/





The GRU's MH17 Disinformation Operations Part 1: The Bonanza Media Project

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2020/11/12/the-grus-mh17-disinformation-operations-part-1-the-bonanza-media-project/



Microsoft says three APTs have targeted seven COVID-19 vaccine makers

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-says-three-apts-have-targeted-seven-covid-19-vaccine-makers/




Technology, Tactics, And Turkish Advice Lead Azerbaijan To Victory In Nagorno-Karabakh

https://www.rferl.org/a/technology-tactics-and-turkish-advice-lead-azerbaijan-to-victory-in-nagorno-karabakh/30949158.html



Armenians torch their homes on land ceded to Azerbaijan

https://apnews.com/article/azerbaijan-armenia-de83aa9dae982b8bda76a4c370d8af09



Armenia says prevented assassination attempt on prime minister

https://in.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-security-premier/armenia-says-prevented-assassination-attempt-on-prime-minister-idUSKBN27U0P1



How Did Armenia So Badly Miscalculate Its War with Azerbaijan?

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-did-armenia-so-badly-miscalculate-its-war-azerbaijan-172583




Austrian colonel 'spied on Nato for Russia'

https://news.yahoo.com/austrian-colonel-spied-nato-russia-211914924.html




Leonardo Unveils Next-generation Spartan

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2020-11-12/leonardo-unveils-next-generation-spartan




MBDA to develop new air to surface missile for French Tiger helicopters

https://defbrief.com/2020/11/13/mbda-to-develop-new-air-to-surface-missile-for-french-tiger-helicopters/




Britain: Russia would defeat British Division in 2025, MPs warned

https://www.army-technology.com/features/russia-would-defeat-british-division-in-2025-mps-warned/



“Debilitating” Lack of Funded Plan for Carrier Strike Threatens UK Military Power

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/214289/%E2%80%98debilitating-lack-of-clarity%E2%80%99-threatens-royal-navy-carrier-force.html









China’s ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ missiles successfully hit target ship in South China Sea, PLA insider reveals

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3109809/chinas-aircraft-carrier-killer-missiles-successfully-hit-target



China May Have a New Naval 'Streetfighter': Meet the Trimaran Frigate

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/china-may-have-new-naval-streetfighter-meet-trimaran-frigate-172609



U.S. Doesn't 'Have the Guts' to Face Down China, State Media Says As Beijing Congratulates Biden

https://www.newsweek.com/us-doesnt-have-guts-face-down-china-state-media-beijing-congratulates-biden-1547181





Taiwan to research arming Teng Yun with TC-1 air-to-air missile

http://alert5.com/2020/11/15/taiwan-to-research-arming-teng-yun-with-tc-1-air-to-air-missile/



RoCAF chief lifts grounding of F-5 by flying the first flight himself

http://alert5.com/2020/11/15/rocaf-chief-lifts-grounding-of-f-5-by-flying-the-first-flight-himself/





South China Sea: US military deploys civilian aircraft on covert surveillance ops

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1360062/south-china-sea-us-military-civilian-aircraft-covert-spy-mission





Why Is North Korea So Good at Cybercrime?

https://thediplomat.com/2020/11/why-is-north-korea-so-good-at-cybercrime/





Senkaku Islands fall under Japan-US security pact, defence chiefs confirm

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3109857/senkaku-islands-fall-under-japan-us-security-pact-defence










Military activity is picking up in the quiet waters between the US and Russia

https://www.businessinsider.com/bering-strait-importance-grows-amid-us-russia-tension-arctic-activity-2020-11



Secret intelligence exists that ‘would cast Trump in very negative light’, warns ex-FBI chief

https://www.yahoo.com/news/secret-intelligence-exists-cast-trump-144320428.html



Marines activate U.S. Space Command component

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/11/13/Marines-activate-US-Space-Command-component/7921605291271/



ULA Launches NROL-101 Mission for National Reconnaissance Office

https://defpost.com/ula-launches-nrol-101-mission-for-national-reconnaissance-office/



The Army Tried To Turn Nerf Footballs Into Hand Grenades

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37631/the-army-tried-to-turn-nerf-footballs-into-hand-grenades



Three Ways To Make the m1 Abrams the Tank of the Future

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/11/14/three_ways_to_make_the_m1_abrams_the_tank_of_the_future_649541.html



US Army Aims to Convert Navy Missiles for Remote-Launched Strikes

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2020/11/army-aims-convert-navy-missiles-remote-launched-strikes/170040/



Army Activates Two Israeli Iron Dome Missile Defense Batteries at Fort Bliss

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/13/army-activates-two-israeli-iron-dome-missile-defense-batteries-fort-bliss.html



Army Creates New Units To Use Iron Dome

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/army-creates-new-units-to-use-iron-dome/



Sikorsky Prepares to Test Autonomous Version of Army's Black Hawk Helicopter

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/13/sikorsky-prepares-test-autonomous-version-of-armys-black-hawk-helicopter.html



US Navy orders second batch of TH-73A trainer helicopters from Leonardo

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/us-navy-orders-second-batch-of-th-73a-trainer-helicopters-from-leonardo/141132.article



Insane F-22 hype video shows the Raptor like you’ve never seen before

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/insane-f-22-hype-video-shows-the-raptor-like-youve-never-seen-before/



F-15X to be tested in US at beginning of next year

https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/46431



DARPA awards contracts for teaming manned and autonomous aircraft in aerial dogfighting

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/darpa-awards-contracts-for-teaming-manned-and-autonomous-aircraft-in-aerial-dogfighting/141129.article



Navy Working Through Columbia Submarine ‘Challenges' on Tight Schedule

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/11/12/navy-working-through-columbia-challenges-still-on-schedule



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