Af/Pak & Other News (11/30/2020)

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Car bomb kills at least 40 Afghan soldiers

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/29/middleeast/car-bomb-afghanistan-intl/index.html



Afghan Forces Kill Taliban Suspected Mastermind Of Deadly Army Base Attack

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghan-forces-kill-taliban-suspected-of-being-behind-dealy-army-base-attack/30976160.html



Afghan Leader Digs In on Peace Talks Despite Progress, Officials Say

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-peace-talks.html



PAF Fighter Jets Have Crossed Line of Control In Poonch district: Indian Media

https://fighterjetsworld.com/air/paf-fighter-jets-have-crossed-line-of-control-in-poonch-district-indian-media/24007/









Indian Navy Conducts Basin Trials of First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant

https://defpost.com/indian-navy-conducts-basin-trials-of-first-indigenous-aircraft-carrier-ins-vikrant/



MiG-29K pilot still missing, 9 warships, 14 planes conducting search: Navy

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/11/mig-29k-pilot-still-missing-9-warships-14-planes-conducting-search-navy/



India sets up Indian Ocean coastal & island radars.

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2020/11/india-sets-up-indian-ocean-coastal.html









Everything We Know So Far About The Assassination Of 'The Father Of Iran's Nuclear Bomb'

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37851/everything-we-know-so-far-about-the-assassination-of-the-father-of-irans-nuclear-bomb



Iran’s assassinated nuclear scientist awarded martyr status at lavish state funeral

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-assassinated-scientist-awarded-martyr-112415631.html



Nuke chief killed with Israeli weapons controlled by satellite – Iranian report

https://www.timesofisrael.com/nuke-chief-killed-with-israeli-weapons-controlled-by-satellite-iranian-report/



Why A Remote-Controlled Machine Gun Was The Perfect Weapon For Assassinating Iranian Nuclear Scientist

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/11/30/why-a-remote-controlled-machinegun-was-the-perfect-weapon-for-iranian-assassination/



Iran opposition suspected alongside Israel in scientist's killing, Shamkani says

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-scientist-israel/iran-opposition-suspected-alongside-israel-in-scientists-killing-shamkani-says-idUSKBN28A0RY



Iran scientist's assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/27/iran-nuclear-scientist-assassinated-mohsen-fakhrizadeh



Analysts: Iran Likely to Delay Response to Assassination of Top Nuclear Scientist

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-news-iran/analysts-iran-likely-delay-response-assassination-top-nuclear-scientist



Iran will 'have to retaliate' for assassination of top nuclear scientist, former US special operations commander McRaven says

https://www.businessinsider.com/mcraven-iranians-have-to-retaliate-for-nuclear-scientist-killing-2020-11



Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist

https://apnews.com/article/tehran-newspapers-iran-israel-fbc89e454c5f4dd9e47853b4d0bcfc1a



New OSINT: Iran Launches Another Forward Base Ship, I.R.I.N.S Makran

http://www.hisutton.com/Iranian-Forward-Base-Ships.html









Iraq: Rocket attack causes fire at major oil refinery

https://www.dw.com/en/iraq-rocket-attack-causes-fire-at-major-oil-refinery/a-55766933









Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Yemen Houthi Rebel Sites After Aramco Attack

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/27/saudi-coalition-bombs-houthi-sites/



UK Forces to Protect Saudi Oilfields

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28421/UK_Forces_to_Protect_Saudi_Oilfields




Turkey’s military campaign beyond its borders is powered by homemade armed drones

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/turkey-drones-libya-nagorno-karabakh/2020/11/29/d8c98b96-29de-11eb-9c21-3cc501d0981f_story.html









How Syria’s civil war drew Uygur fighters and shaped the separatist group TIP in China’s crosshairs

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3111698/how-syrias-civil-war-drew-uygur-fighters-and-shaped-separatist



Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander eliminated in Syria

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/11/30/report-iranian-revolutionary-guard-commander-eliminated-in-syria/



Former Syrian spy chief 'who is wanted for war crimes was able to flee to Austria with the help of Mossad after being refused asylum in France'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8999867/Former-Syrian-spy-chief-able-flee-Austria-help-Mossad.html










Analysis: Israeli military targets Hezbollah activity in Syria

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/11/analysis-israeli-military-targets-hezbollah-activity-in-syria.php



Israeli missions urged to beef up security amid fears of blowback after Iran hit

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-missions-urged-to-beef-up-security-amid-fears-of-blowback-after-iran-hit/









At Least 110 People Feared Dead in Attack on Farmers in Nigeria

https://www.voanews.com/africa/least-110-people-feared-dead-attack-farmers-nigeria



Nigeria: 78% of frontline F-7 aircraft fleet in China for maintenance

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2020/11/nigeria-78-of-frontline-f-7-aircraft-fleet-in-china-for-maintenance




Niger Wants to Double Size of Army to Fight Jihadists: Minister

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/30/niger-wants-to-double-army/




Sudan: Nile River Politics

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/sudan/articles/20201130.aspx




Islamists attack three French military bases in Mali

https://www.reuters.com/article/mali-security/islamists-attack-three-french-military-bases-in-mali-idUSKBN28A1SN




France to deliver more Socata TB-30 Epsilon training aircraft to Senegal, Togo revives fleet

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2020/11/france-to-deliver-more-socata-tb-30-epsilon-training-aircraft-to-senegal-togos-revives-fleet




Rockets target Eritrea capital after Ethiopia declares victory in Tigray

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20201129-rockets-target-eritrea-capital-after-ethiopia-declares-victory-in-tigray



Tigray Rebels Down Jet, Capture Pilot, One Day After Ethiopian Prime Minister Declares Victory

https://www.overtdefense.com/2020/11/30/tigray-rebels-down-jet-capture-pilot-one-day-after-ethiopian-prime-minister-declares-victory/




CIA Officer Killed in Somalia: US Media

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/27/cia-officer-killed-somalia/




Notorious mercenary group is back in business after 20 years

https://warisboring.com/notorious-mercenary-group-is-back-in-business-after-20-years/




How Russian Disinformation Protects Violent Wagner Group Mercenaries in Africa

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-russian-disinformation-protects-violent-wagner-group-mercenaries-in-africa?ref=home









Ukraine: Evolve Faster Or Die

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htart/articles/20201129.aspx



Russia's Security Council gains power

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/russias-security-council-gains-power



Analysis 2/5: Review Pantsir-M Russian-made medium-range naval air defense missile system

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis/naval-technology/9336-analysis-2-5-review-pantsir-m-russian-made-medium-range-naval-air-defense-missile-system.html



Russian Bomber Engine Blues

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20201127.aspx



Rosoboronexport Offers Prima Mobile Radar for Export

https://defpost.com/rosoboronexport-offers-prima-mobile-radar-for-export/



Russian Electronic Warfare may develop into independent service - Part 1

https://www.armyrecognition.com/analysis_focus_army_defence_military_industry_army/russian_electronic_warfare_may_develop_into_independent_service_-_part_1.html



Report to Congress on Russian Military Intelligence

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/27/report-to-congress-on-russian-military-intelligence



These Are Not Happy Times In Russia

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20201128.aspx



Russian Secret Service officer dies by suicide inside the Kremlin

https://meduza.io/en/news/2020/11/30/russian-secret-service-officer-dies-by-suicide-inside-the-kremlin



Russia under renewed pressure to explain Navalny poisoning

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-chemical-weapons-germany-poisoning-europe-ef08bc35cdc3aeb9e55257f86577f480




NATO must focus more on challenge of rising China, report to say

https://www.reuters.com/article/nato-diplomacy-future/nato-must-focus-more-on-challenge-of-rising-china-report-to-say-idUSKBN28A1T0




The Dutch Army Eliminated All Its Tanks—Then Realized It Had Made A Huge Mistake

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/11/30/the-dutch-army-eliminated-all-its-tanks-then-realized-it-had-made-a-huge-mistake/




Aircraft makers sweeten their offers in high-stakes Swiss warplane race

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/11/29/aircraft-makers-sweeten-their-offers-in-high-stakes-swiss-warplane-race/




Italy confirms order for additional 8 early warning aircraft from Israel

https://defbrief.com/2020/11/29/italy-confirms-order-for-additional-8-early-warning-aircraft-from-israel/




Romanian F-16s To Obtain Mid-Life Update Modernization

https://www.overtdefense.com/2020/11/30/romanian-f-16s-to-obtain-mid-life-update-modernization/




Sea Venom/ANL completes final qualification firing

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/sea-venomanl-completes-final-qualification-firing



German special forces to receive Polaris MRZR-D4 Light Utility Vehicles

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_november_2020_global_security_army_industry/german_special_forces_to_receive_polaris_mrzr-d4_light_utility_vehicles.html



Germany joins nascent European push to shoot down hypersonic missiles

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/11/30/germany-joins-nascent-european-push-to-shoot-down-hypersonic-missiles/




French to Test Strategic Vision in Joint Exercise with U.S., U.K.

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/25/french-to-test-strategic-vision-in-joint-exercise-with-u-s-u-k



US Secretly Aided French Nuclear Program: Cutout to Israel

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2020/11/us-secret-assistance-to-french-nuclear.html




First AH-64E Apaches Arrive In UK, Will Serve As New Carriers’ Other Strike Capability

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37852/first-ah-64e-apaches-arrive-in-uk-will-serve-as-new-carriers-other-strike-capability



Here’s A Creative Way The British Army Could Pack A Punch—Without Tanks

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/11/29/what-happens-next-if-the-british-army-loses-its-tanks/









Brazilian Navy NAM Atlântico A140 is now a multipurpose aircraft carrier

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/november/9344-brazilian-navy-nam-atlantico-a140-is-now-a-multipurpose-aircraft-carrier.html



Brazil Receives First Modernized Embraer E-99 AEW&C Aircraft

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28414/Brazil_Receives_First_Modernized_Embraer_E_99_AEW_C_Aircraft









China's new stealth bomber will allow it to make 'truly intercontinental' strikes, report says

https://www.businessinsider.com/chinas-h-20-stealth-bomber-gives-it-intercontinental-strike-ability-2020-11



China’s Fendouzhe Manned Submersible Completes Deep Sea Trials

https://defpost.com/chinas-fendouzhe-manned-submersible-completes-10000-meter-depth-sea-trial/



China military: ‘leaders’ lack of combat experience’ a drag on modernisation drive

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3111922/china-military-leaders-lack-combat-experience-drag



Moon Mission Lays Groundwork For Chinese Manned Landing

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/space/moon-mission-lays-groundwork-chinese-manned-landing



NORINCO ready to deliver C500 Golden Eagle helicopter drones

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_november_2020_global_security_army_industry/norinco_ready_to_deliver_c500_golden_eagle_helicopter_drones.html



China: Submit Or Suffer

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/china/articles/20201126.aspx



4 Submarines Which Are So Secret, We Do Not Know Their Name

http://www.hisutton.com/Submarines-We-Do-Not-Know-The-Name-Of.html





Hyundai Rotem readies Multipurpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle for delivery

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/hyundai-rotem-readies-multipurpose-unmanned-ground-vehicle-for-delivery



South Korean Air Force receives first Cheongung-II missile defense systems

https://defence-blog.com/news/south-korean-air-force-receives-first-cheongung-ii-missile-defense-systems.html



LIG Nex1 unveils Sea Sword 3 USV

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/lig-nex1-unveils-sea-sword-3-usv





Australia Develops ‘Revolutionary’ Electric Air Ambulance

https://www.voanews.com/science-health/australia-develops-revolutionary-electric-air-ambulance



Australia upgrading Edinburgh air base for Peregrine EW aircraft operations

https://defbrief.com/2020/11/30/australia-upgrading-edinburgh-air-base-for-peregrine-ew-aircraft-operations/









Canadian company Top Aces to buy Israeli F-16s

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2020/november/6715-canadian-company-top-aces-to-buy-israeli-f-16s.html










An Assessment of the National Security Implications of First Contact

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/11/30/an_assessment_of_the_national_security_implications_of_first_contact_651347.html



US Targets China’s Quest for ‘Military-Civil Fusion’

https://thediplomat.com/2020/11/us-targets-chinas-quest-for-military-civil-fusion/



How Two US Military Bases Are Exploring 5G’s Potential

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2020/11/how-two-us-military-bases-are-exploring-5gs-potential/170317/



U.S. Army looks to use silent technology for next-generation aircraft

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/u-s-army-looks-to-use-silent-technology-for-next-generation-aircraft.html



New M240 Machine Gun Suppressor Gets Rave Reviews from Army Maneuver in Test

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/28/new-m240-machine-gun-suppressor-gets-rave-reviews-army-maneuver-test.html



The US Army is adjusting its pre-positioned stock for more than just war

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/11/30/the-us-army-is-adjusting-its-pre-positioned-stock-for-more-than-just-war/



Building A Better Box

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20201130.aspx



Army Future Combat Systems - A "Friendly Ghost" That Lives On

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/land/army-future-combat-systems-a-friendly-ghost-that-lives-on-XezzjfvFm0SHDggk9rVTpQ



U.S. Soldiers Hail Army’s Futuristic Goggles: ‘Something Almost Out Of A Video Game’

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/11/27/us-soldiers-hail-armys-futuristic-goggles-something-almost-out-of-a-video-game/



The Army Wants To Launch Drone Swarms Behind Enemy Lines From High-Altitude Balloons

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37868/the-army-wants-to-launch-drone-swarms-behind-enemy-lines-from-high-altitude-balloons



Northrop Grumman completes testing on solid fuel ramjet concept for the US Army

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/northrop_grumman_completes_testing_on_solid_fuel_ramjet_concept_for_the_us_army.html



The Marine Corps is on the hunt for a kamikaze drone swarm to back up grunts on the battlefield

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/marine-corps-drone-swarms/



General Atomics to Develop Smart Sensor Technology for MQ9 Reaper Drone

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/27/sensor-technology-mq9-reaper-drone/



Let’s Talk About All The B-70 Valkyrie Variants Envisioned For The Mach 3 Superbomber Prior To Cancellation

https://theaviationist.com/2020/11/29/lets-talk-about-all-the-b-70-valkyrie-variants-envisioned-for-the-mach-3-superbomber-prior-to-cancellation/



U.S. Navy prepares to test railgun weapon in December

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-navy-prepares-to-test-railgun-weapon-in-december.html



Submarine Force Changing Training, Acquisition to Focus on Warfare Against Sophisticated Adversary

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/25/submarine-force-changing-training-acquisition-to-focus-on-warfare-against-sophisticated-adversary



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