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How Afghanistan’s security forces lost the war

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/25/afghanistan-security-forces/



What is the future of Afghanistan under Taliban rule?

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6274104671001#sp=show-clips



Was the Taliban’s Top Political Leader Sidelined After a Gunfight?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/was-taliban%E2%80%99s-top-political-leader-sidelined-after-gunfight-194479



Pentagon Says It Will Not Clear Anti-Terrorist Airstrikes in Afghanistan with Taliban

https://www.newsweek.com/pentagon-says-it-will-not-clear-anti-terrorist-airstrikes-afghanistan-taliban-1632666



Afghanistan: Inside the prison staffed by former inmates released by the Taliban

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-58678605



Taliban form 11 new rules to curb Afghan media content

https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/taliban-form-11-new-rules-to-curb-afghan-media-content-1857175-2021-09-25



Afghan Resistance Mulls Formation of Government in Exile

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/24/afghan-resistance-taliban-takeover-government-exile-tajikistan/



Radical leader of Pakistan’s Red Mosque emboldened by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-red-mosque-taliban/2021/09/24/e6d0c0ec-1b50-11ec-bea8-308ea134594f_story.html



Pakistan Thinks It Has Just Scored a Huge Strategic Victory – The Reality Is Far Different

https://sofrep.com/news/pakistan-thinks-it-has-just-scored-a-huge-strategic-victory-the-reality-is-far-different/



Tajik Authorities Concerned About Taliban Plots To Infiltrate From Afghanistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-concerned-taliban-plots/31477876.html









India inks deal with Airbus for 56 C295 tactical airlifters

https://defence-blog.com/india-inks-deal-with-airbus-for-56-c295-tactical-airlifters/









Under U.S. sanctions, Iran and Venezuela strike oil export deal

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/exclusive-under-us-sanctions-iran-venezuela-strike-oil-export-deal-sources-2021-09-25/









Arab Coalition destroys Houthi missile targeting Najran, two others land in Hajjah

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/09/25/Arab-Coalition-destroys-Houthi-ballistic-rocket-targeting-Najran




Turkey flexes military muscles with drone display at Istanbul’s Teknofest

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210925-turkey-flexes-military-muscles-with-drone-display-at-istanbul-s-teknofest



Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/573949-Erdo%C4%9Fan-says-turkey-intends-to-buy-another-russian-defense-system-in-defiance









Syrian Government Takes Opposition Town After Weeks Of Siege

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/25/1040669061/syrian-government-takes-opposition-town-after-weeks-of-siege



Russian warplanes strike Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria: report

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/26/c_1310209504.htm




Who is out to get the judge in charge of Lebanon port explosion probe?

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210925-who-is-out-to-get-judge-in-charge-of-lebanon-port-explosion-probe









A Guide To Nigeria’s Military Drones

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/09/a-guide-to-nigerias-military-drones.html




Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/22/could-somalia-alshabab-taliban-next-afghanistan/




Mali approaches 'Russian private companies,' slams France at UN

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210925-mali-approaches-russian-private-companies-slams-france-at-un



Top Russian diplomat defends mercenaries’ presence in Mali

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-general-assembly-business-russia-france-africa-3082d31bc7678951a11e3a72c10c79e1




Mobilised For War: Ethiopia’s Russian 2S19 Msta SPGs

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/09/mobilised-for-war-ethiopias-russian.html









Russia to Start Construction of New Project 22350M Frigate in 2024

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/09/russia-to-start-construction-of-new-project-22350m-frigate-in-2024/



Russia’s Military Boosts Electromagnetic Spectrum Capability

https://jamestown.org/program/russias-military-boosts-electromagnetic-spectrum-capability/



Russia’s Putin praises elections as hundreds protest results

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/25/russia-putin-praises-elections-as-hundreds-protest-results



Russia's Communists lead protests over 'colossal' vote fraud

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210925-russia-s-communists-lead-protests-over-colossal-vote-fraud



The Russian election was supposed to shore up Putin’s legitimacy. It achieved the opposite.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/25/russian-election-was-supposed-shore-up-putins-legitimacy-it-achieved-opposite/



What’s Behind the Crimea Pipeline Attack?

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/what%E2%80%99s-behind-crimea-pipeline-attack-194491



Former Spy Assassinated with Radioactive Green Tea in Russian Plot, Court Rules

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/former-spy-assassinated-with-radioactive-green-tea-in-russian-plot-court-rules/ar-AAOMMat





Italian Allure - Turkmenistan’s M-346 Combat Jets

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/09/italian-allure-turkmenistans-m-346.html




Did Joe Biden Just Give a Green Light To An EU Army?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/09/did-joe-biden-just-give-a-green-light-to-an-eu-army/









China's J-16D Electronic Attack Jet Seen Sporting Jamming Pods For The First Time

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42511/chinas-j-16d-electronic-attack-jet-seen-sporting-jamming-pods-for-the-first-time



China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/24/china-great-power-united-states/



China Aims for a Permanent Moon Base in the 2030s

https://spectrum.ieee.org/china-aims-for-a-permanent-moon-base-in-the-2030s



China’s Big New Twin-Jet Long-Endurance Armed Combat Drone Emerges

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42518/chinas-new-twin-jet-long-endurance-armed-unmanned-aircraft-emerges





Vietnam: Israeli Spy Sat Wins A Competition

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htspace/articles/20210925.aspx









Canadians, Chinese executive return home in prisoner swap

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-canada-china-arrests-washington-2b6e0977ae93557ad1265869d57838ed










'A total lack of focus': Lawmaker on a mission to compel Pentagon to take UFOs seriously

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/25/lawmaker-pentagon-ufo-514287



Anti-Gravity Tech? NASA, DARPA, and MIT Debate the Future of Propulsion

https://interestingengineering.com/nasa-darpa-mit-debate-anti-gravity-tech



Area 51 Engineer Reveals The Secrets Behind the Mysterious Base

https://thedebrief.org/area-51-engineer-reveals-the-secrets-behind-the-mysterious-base/



The Last Of 17 B-1B Bombers Slated For Early Retirement Has Arrived At The Boneyard

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42508/the-last-of-the-17-b-1b-bombers-slated-for-early-retirement-has-arrived-at-the-boneyard



FBI Investigating Reported Assault of Female U.S. Service Member By Afghan Evacuees

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/25/1040704546/fort-bliss-assault-female-service-member-afghan-evacuees-fbi



US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-science-technology-business-us-department-of-defense-8e719afd9538b14cb8aa0c4031deb31b



Here are the cheap counter-drone solutions DoD tested in the Arizona desert

https://www.c4isrnet.com/land/2021/09/24/here-are-the-cheap-counter-drone-solutions-dod-tested-in-the-arizona-desert/



Flying & Fighting in the OH-58D: Interview with OH-58D Kiowa combat veteran

https://hushkit.net/2021/09/25/flying-fighting-in-the-oh-58d-interview-with-oh-58d-kiowa-combat-veteran/



How the U.S. Army Is Turning Robots Into Team Players

https://spectrum.ieee.org/ai-army-robots



US Army mints deal with Dynetics to build system to counter drones and cruise missiles

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/09/24/us-army-mints-deal-with-dynetics-to-build-system-to-counter-drones-and-cruise-missiles/



Could solar panels in space power Army operations on Earth?

https://www.c4isrnet.com/digital-show-dailies/air-force-association/2021/09/24/could-solar-panels-in-space-power-army-operations-on-earth/



Rolls Royce Will Provide Long-Awaited New Jet Engines For The B-52 Bomber Fleet

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42517/rolls-royce-will-provide-long-awaited-new-jet-engines-for-the-b-52-bomber-fleet



RC-26 ‘Has Run its Useful Life,’ But Keeping it Around Costs Air National Guard $30 Million Per Year

https://www.airforcemag.com/rc-26-has-run-its-useful-life-but-keeping-it-around-costs-air-national-guard-30-million-per-year/



First Navy F-5 Aggressor Begins Upgrade That Will Make The Entire Fleet Far More Potent

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42507/first-navy-f-5-aggressor-begins-upgrade-that-will-make-the-entire-fleet-far-more-potent



US Navy’s Latest Plan for Its Future May Not Come Until 2023, Says Top Admiral

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/09/us-navys-latest-plan-its-future-may-not-come-until-2023-says-top-admiral/185613/



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