Af/Pak & Other News (10/15/2021)

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Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-religion-taliban-kandahar-6023098d035e41c7ba5bf518d93d9f01



Ep. 57 — The Emperor Was Nude All Along

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/10/ep-57-the-emperor-was-nude-all-along.php



IS Fighters Massing in Northern Afghanistan, Says Putin Ahead of Talks

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/15/is-fighters-afghanistan-putin/



Former Afghanistan interpreter reveals what it’s like living under Taliban

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6277223726001#sp=show-clips



The real reason European countries are upset about the US's withdrawal from Afghanistan

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-real-reason-european-countries-are-upset-about-the-us-s-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/ar-AAPx2sb



Afghan Ambassador to U.S. Says Taliban Struggling to Govern a ‘Drastically’ Different Country

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/14/afghan-ambassador-to-u-s-says-taliban-struggling-to-govern-a-drastically-different-country



Violence Undermines China’s Plans in Afghanistan, Risks Luring it Into Quagmire

https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2021-10-14/afghanistan-quagmire-threatens-to-lure-in-china



Pakistan Army Air Defense commissions HQ-9/P air defense missile system into service

http://alert5.com/2021/10/15/pakistan-army-air-defense-commissions-hq-9-p-air-defense-missile-system-into-service/



Pakistan's ISI held confidential meeting with terror outfits to plan attacks in J&K, target Kashmiri Pandits

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pakistan-isi-confidential-meeting-terror-outfits-plan-attacks-in-jk-target-kashmiri-pandits-exclusive-1865022-2021-10-15









Team Biden finally acknowledges it needs a Plan B for Iran

https://nypost.com/2021/10/14/team-biden-finally-acknowledges-it-needs-a-plan-b-for-iran/









Leak highlights family tied to 9/11 hijackers, sheds light on royals immersed in Florida real estate

https://warisboring.com/leak-highlights-family-tied-to-9-11-hijackers-sheds-light-on-royals-immersed-in-florida-real-estate/




Turkey: Questionable Alliances At Home And Abroad

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/turkey/articles/20211015.aspx



Turkey, Philippines Discuss Attack Helicopters, Amphibious Vehicles Delivery

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30605/Turkey__Philippines_Discuss_Attack_Helicopters__Amphibious_Vehicles_Delivery#.YWmWmxxlBaQ









Are Putin and Erdogan doing territorial swaps in Syria again?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/are-putin-and-erdogan-doing-territorial-swaps-in-syria-again/



Russia says Israel used 2 civilian airliners as cover to carry out Syria strike

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-says-israel-used-2-civilian-airliners-as-cover-to-carry-out-syria-strike/




Deadly Beirut clashes fuel fears of security collapse

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/10/14/lebanon-Lebanon-protests-gunfire-security-deaths/2091634241982/









Elbit demos electronic warfare system on Area-I Altius-600 air-launched effect

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/elbit-demos-electronic-warfare-system-on-area-i-altius-600-air-launched-effect/145929.article



EUCOM Loses Israel To CENTCOM

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20211015.aspx









Nigerian state is acquiring Turkish armed drone

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/10/nigerian-state-is-acquiring-turkish-armed-drone




A-NSE tethered aerostats to safeguard Ivory Coast border

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/10/a-nse-tethered-aerostats-to-safeguard-ivory-coast-border




South African ministers 'held hostage' during meeting with veterans

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/south-african-ministers-held-hostage-during-meeting-with-veterans-2021-10-15/










In 1985 an SH 37 Viggen in reconnaissance mission performed aerobatic manoeuvres at low altitude to shake off two Soviet Su-15s. One of the Flagons crashed.

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/in-1985-an-sh-37-viggen-in-reconnaissance-mission-performed-aerobatic-manoeuvres-at-low-altitude-to-shake-off-two-soviet-su-15s-one-of-the-flagons-crashed/




GROM – Poland’s Tier 1 Special Operations Unit

https://sofrep.com/news/polish-grom-special-forces-thunder-a-valuable-ally-during-the-gwot/



Could Half-Carriers Make A Comeback In The Drone Era?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/10/15/moskva-redux-dont-count-on-a-half-carrier-comeback/




U.S. Forces Granted Access to 4 Additional Bases in Greece Under Expanded Deal

https://www.newsweek.com/us-forces-granted-access-4-additional-bases-greece-under-expanded-deal-1639185




Long-endurance Zephyr flights edge type towards operational use

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/long-endurance-zephyr-flights-edge-type-towards-operational-use/145941.article



French partners develop water-launched naval UAV

https://dronedj.com/2021/10/15/french-partners-develop-water-launched-naval-uav/




Royal Navy drone boat launches missile

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/royal-navy-drone-boat-launches-missile/









Mexican Non-Profit Finds Kids As Young As 13 Recruited by Drug Cartels, Some to Kill

https://www.newsweek.com/mexican-non-profit-finds-kids-young-13-recruited-drug-cartels-some-kill-1639196









Chinese media returns fire in info war with video of ‘captured Indians’

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3152495/chinese-media-returns-fire-information-war-video-captured



JF-17 To Become Most Widely Operated Chinese Combat Aircraft In Service By 2023

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/jf-17-become-most-widely-operated-chinese-combat-aircraft-service-2023



China set to send three astronauts to new space station

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/15/china-space-station-launch-tiangong/





Australia’s ageing submarine fleet could still be operating in 2050s while waiting for nuclear boats

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-ageing-submarine-fleet-could-still-be-operating-in-2050s-while-waiting-for-nuclear-boats-20211015-p59093.html





Defects Found in $812 million South Korean Global Hawk UAVs

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30608/Defects_Found_in__812_million_South_Korean_Global_Hawk_UAVs#.YWmWkRxlBaQ





Philippine Air Force Receives US ScanEagle Drones, More Black Hawks

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/15/philippines-scaneagle-drones-black-hawks/










NSA to Pentagon: Lock Down Your Weapons Before Hackers Get to Them

https://newsbinding.com/news/nsa-to-pentagon-lock-down-your-weapons-before-hackers-get-to-them/



Scheller, Marine who criticized Afghanistan withdrawal, sentenced to reprimand, forfeiture of $5K in pay

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/scheller-marine-who-criticized-afghanistan-withdrawal-sentenced-reprimand-pay-forfeiture



Scanned By A Laser Beam From The Sky In California Recently? Here's What Did It

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42754/scanned-by-a-green-beam-of-light-from-the-sky-in-california-recently-heres-what-did-it



Hackers targeted US drinking water and wastewater facilities as recently as August, Homeland Security says

https://news.yahoo.com/hackers-targeted-us-drinking-water-124602457.html



Pentagon orders all civilian employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/10/04/Pentagon-civilian-employees-vaccine-mandate/6491633399732/



Subterranean Showdown: DARPA Pushes Underground Robots to Their Limit

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/15/darpa-pushes-underground-robots-to-their-limit



US Navy says sailors who refuse vaccine will be expelled

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211014-us-navy-says-sailors-who-refuse-vaccine-will-be-expelled



The military has a suicide crisis. Its leaders bear most of the blame

https://taskandpurpose.com/opinion/military-suicide-crisis-blame/



New Tracked Unmanned Vehicle Bristles With A Whopping 50 Switchblade Suicide Drones

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42755/new-tracked-unmanned-vehicle-bristles-with-a-whopping-50-switchblade-suicide-drones



Ex-CIA officer: US could fall behind China in space satellite wars

https://www.jpost.com/international/ex-cia-officer-us-could-fall-behind-china-in-space-satellite-wars-682037



US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/us-army-stage-largest-robot-tank-experiment-ever/186110/



FARA Farce: What The Army Didn’t Learn From The F-35

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/fara-farce-what-the-army-didnt-learn-from-the-f-35/



Numerica Spyglass radar selected to support US Army C-sUAS High Energy Laser prototype program

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/october/7747-numerica-spyglass-radar-selected-to-support-us-army-c-suas-high-energy-laser-prototype-program.html



The future Marine Rifle Squad as explained by a machine gunner

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/the-future-marine-rifle-squad-as-explained-by-a-machine-gunner/



F-16 training area at Holloman AFB expanded by 93%

http://alert5.com/2021/10/15/f-16-training-area-at-holloman-afb-expanded-by-93/



F-35 Engine Rivals Prepare For Another Clash

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/f-35-engine-rivals-prepare-for-another-clash/



Report to Congress on Columbia-class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/15/report-to-congress-on-columbia-class-ballistic-missile-submarine-program-4



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