Af/Pak & Other News (2/11/2021)

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Afghan warlords and militias fill the security vacuum left by a weak central government

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/afghan-warlords-and-militias-fill-the-security-vacuum-left-by-a-weak-central-government



U.N. convoy in Afghanistan attacked by gunmen, five Afghan security force members killed

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-united-nations/u-n-convoy-in-afghanistan-attacked-by-gunmen-five-afghan-security-force-members-killed-idUSKBN2AB25P



Afghanistan: Over 50 Taliban terrorists killed in operations by Afghan forces

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/afghanistan-over-50-taliban-terrorists-killed-in-operations-by-afghan-forces/articleshow/80846363.cms



Pakistan successfully test fires surface-to-surface missile

https://apnews.com/article/pakistan-kashmir-india-e269868e692dea6d5a6bdcabf65efefb









Indian Cyber-Espionage Effort Targets Election, Energy Officials

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-11/indian-cyber-espionage-effort-targets-election-energy-officials









Standoff Eases After India, China Withdraw Troops From Himalayan Border

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/standoff-eases-after-india-china-withdraw-troops-himalayan-border



Indian Navy and Coast Guard receive new Advanced Light Helicopter Mk III

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/february/6932-indian-navy-and-coast-guard-receive-new-advanced-light-helicopter-mk-iii.html









Iranian nuclear scientist killed by one-ton automated gun in Israeli hit: Jewish Chronicle

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-scientist/iranian-nuclear-scientist-killed-by-one-ton-automated-gun-in-israeli-hit-jewish-chronicle-idUSKBN2AA2RC



Ex-IAEA official: Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear plants won't stop threat

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/former-iaea-official-israeli-strike-on-iran-nuclear-wont-solve-problems-658611



Iran producing uranium metal in violation of 2015 nuclear deal, U.N. inspectors say

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-producing-uranium-metal-violation-2015-nuclear-deal-u-n-n1257340



Iran’s Satellite Program is All About Missiles

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/02/irans-satellite-program-is-all-about-missiles/



Iran to Unveil Homegrown Kaman-22 Armed Drone This Month

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/02/11/iran-to-unveil-kaman22-drone/



US said weeks, IDF said years - How long will it really take Iran to get a bomb?

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/weeks-or-years-why-estimates-about-irans-nuclear-program-seem-confusing-658597



Secret recording: Iran’s Foreign Minister says downing of Ukraine flight could have been intentional

https://warisboring.com/secret-recording-irans-foreign-minister-says-downing-of-ukraine-flight-could-have-been-intentional/









Iraqi F-16s still not carrying out coalition strikes

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/iraqi-f-16s-still-not-carrying-out-coalition-strikes



Three Turkish Soldiers Killed in Northern Iraq

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/02/11/turkish-soldiers-killed-northern-iraq/



Drone strike reported on pro-Iran militia arms shipment on Iraq-Syria border

https://www.timesofisrael.com/drone-strike-reported-on-pro-iran-militia-arms-shipment-on-iraq-syria-border/









UAE: Goldeneye Gets A Bigger Ride

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20210211.aspx




Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Strike Airliner In New Drone Attack On Saudi Airport

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39186/yemens-houthi-rebels-strike-airliner-in-new-drone-attack-on-saudi-airport



Saudi Arabia says Yemen Houthi drone intercepted after Abha hit

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/11/saudi-arabia-says-yemen-houthi-drone-intercepted-after-abha-hit



Rockets over Yemen: Inside the Houthis’ Botched Attack on Aden Airport

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2021/02/09/rockets-over-yemen-inside-the-houthis-botched-attack-on-aden-airport/



Saudi-led coalition says destroyed ballistic missile launched by Houthis

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/saudi-led-coalition-says-destroyed-ballistic-missile-launched-by-houthis-658673



AQAP leader cites U.S. Capitol riot as evidence of America’s supposed decline

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/02/aqap-leader-cites-u-s-capitol-riot-as-evidence-of-americas-supposed-decline.php









An Unintended Syria Air Clash Could Pull Biden Into Conflict Involving Russia, Israel

https://www.newsweek.com/unintended-syria-air-clash-pull-biden-conflict-russia-israel-1568436



The Status of ISIS and Al Qaeda

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/02/ep-43-the-status-of-isis-and-al-qaeda.php









20 suspected of testing illegal missiles in central Israel, selling to Asia

https://www.timesofisrael.com/20-israelis-suspected-of-illegally-making-selling-missiles-to-asian-nation/



Thieves break into IDF base after using drones to gather intel, cause blackout

https://www.timesofisrael.com/thieves-break-into-idf-base-after-using-drones-to-gather-intel-cause-blackout/










Russia seeks to outplay the US in Libya

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/02/russia-us-libya-strategy-lpdf-menfi-elections-hifter-moscow.html




France struggling in Sahel 'information war'

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210211-france-struggling-in-sahel-information-war




Senegalese army seizes cannabis fields and rebel forest bases

https://www.yahoo.com/news/senegalese-army-seizes-cannabis-fields-134427967.html









Russia Increasing Focus on AI to Create Advanced Weapons for Troops

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/02/11/russia-focus-ai-army/



Russian Udar UGV to learn to interact with drones

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_february_2021_global_security_army_industry/russian_udar_ugv_to_learn_to_interact_with_drones.html



Russian Submarines: Still a Relevant Threat?

https://thediplomat.com/2021/02/russian-submarines-still-a-relevant-threat/



Russian BTR-80 armored vehicle crushes car on public road

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/russian-btr-80-armored-vehicle-crushes-car-on-public-road.html



Russia to develop naval version of TOR-M2 air defense missile system for Russian Navy

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2021/february/9681-russia-to-develop-naval-version-of-tor-m2-air-defense-missile-system-for-russian-navy.html



The Same Putin Poison Squad Hit a Washington Post Columnist Before Navalny

https://www.thedailybeast.com/putins-poison-squad-hit-washington-post-columnist-vladimir-kara-murza-before-navalny



Vladimir Kara-Murza Tailed by Members of FSB Squad Prior to Suspected Poisonings

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2021/02/11/vladimir-kara-murza-tailed-by-members-of-fsb-squad-prior-to-suspected-poisonings/



Infighting erupts in Russia's anti-Kremlin opposition over Alexei Navalny

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics-navalny-opposition/infighting-erupts-in-russias-anti-kremlin-opposition-over-alexei-navalny-idUSKBN2AA2EK



"Face control": Russian police go digital against protesters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics-navalny-tech/face-control-russian-police-go-digital-against-protesters-idUSKBN2AB1U2





European Main Battle Tank Could Get a Massive ‘Gun’

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/02/european-main-battle-tank-could-get-a-massive-gun/




Changing World: Changing Submarine Market: Parts 1 & 2

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/02/changing-world-changing-submarine.html




In Athens, Turkey foes plan regional alliance

https://apnews.com/article/bahrain-turkey-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-15cb8ebbe8a1d55b45dd466499e5dd4a



Analysis: Hellenic Air Force's future international flight school will be truly international

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/02/international-flight-training-school-kalamata-greece.html




First German Tornado to pass through life-extension programme makes maiden flight

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/first-german-tornado-to-pass-through-life-extension-programme-makes-maiden-flight




New Belgian frigates to have only 4 Mk41 missile launchers instead of 8

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2021/february/9682-new-belgian-frigates-to-have-only-4-mk41-missile-launchers-instead-of-8.html




French ministry for armed forces selects Airbus Survey Copter Aliaca fixed-wing drone systems to equip its ships

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2021/february/9686-french-ministry-for-armed-forces-selects-airbus-survey-copter-aliaca-fixed-wing-drone-systems-to-equip-its-ships.html









Paraguayan Air Force Cessna 402B Aircraft Crashes Near Silvio Pettirossi International Airport Killing 7 People On Board

https://fighterjetsworld.com/latest-news/aircraft-crash/paraguayan-air-force-cessna-402b-aircraft-crashes-near-silvio-pettirossi-international-airport-killing-7-people-on-board/24474/









China lost 45 soldiers during clashes with Indian troops at LAC, claims Russian news agency

https://zeenews.india.com/india/china-lost-45-soldiers-during-clashes-with-indian-troops-at-lac-claims-russian-news-agency-2341079.html



China: We Have Concerns

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/china/articles/20210211.aspx



China Swears It Isn't Building a Time Machine; Bizarre leaked documents started the rumors.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a35470439/is-china-building-a-time-machine/





North Koreans in U.S., Britain express hope after leaving 'repressive state'

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/02/11/North-Koreans-in-US-Britain-express-hope-after-leaving-repressive-state/6041613009722/



Hwasong-12: North Korea’s Powerful IRBM, Explained

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/02/hwasong-12-north-koreas-powerful-irbm-explained/





Philippines military keen to keep U.S. troop deal - minister

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-defence/philippines-military-keen-to-keep-u-s-troop-deal-minister-idUSKBN2AB0GS?il=0





Biden announces US will sanction Myanmar's military leaders following coup

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/politics/biden-myanmar-coup-sanctions/index.html



Digital siege: Internet cuts become favored tool of regimes

https://apnews.com/article/world-news-uganda-myanmar-army-media-2395b6db25272a95bdc6d1b2238e5e9e










Live updates: Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

https://news.yahoo.com/live-trump-impeachment-trial-day-3-capitol-riots-150045294.html



Water-Supply Hack Should Be a Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/02/water-supply-hack-should-be-wake-call-experts-say/171972/



Biden announces creation of Pentagon task force on China

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/biden-announces-creation-of-pentagon-task-force-on-china



A Rare Glimpse Of The Lone UH-60N That Belongs To The Squadron That Flies Marine One

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39191/a-rare-glimpse-of-the-lone-uh-60n-that-belongs-to-the-squadron-that-flies-marine-one



Calls Grow to Find Back Up Systems for GPS

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/2/11/calls-grow-to-find-back-up-systems-for-gps



Navy Finally Confirms Its Trident Missile Test Was What People Saw Off Florida This Week

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39215/navy-confirms-its-trident-missile-test-was-what-everyone-saw-off-the-florida-coast-this-week



Costs Of Cruise Missile Defense May Top Benefits, Suggests CBO

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/costs-of-cruise-missile-defense-may-top-benefits-suggests-cbo/



US Army plans to demo high-energy laser system against small drones in 2022

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-army-plans-to-demo-high-energy-laser-system-against-small-drones-in-2022



Early Experiments are Proving Out Tank-Free Marine Corps Concept

https://news.usni.org/2021/02/10/early-experiments-are-proving-out-tank-free-marine-corps-concept



Northrop Grumman Reveals Its "LongShot" Air-Launched Missile-Toting Drone Concept

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39199/northrop-grumman-reveals-its-longshot-air-launched-missile-toting-drone-concept



Airpower Demands Drive Air-Launched Cruise Missile Evolution

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/missile-defense-weapons/airpower-demands-drive-air-launched-cruise-missile-evolution



US Air Force considering new “Prime” programmes

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-air-force-considering-new-prime-programmes



F-35 Demo Team Forced To Cut Airshow Appearances Due To Fleet-Wide Engine Issues

https://theaviationist.com/2021/02/10/f-35-demo-team-forced-to-cut-airshow-appearances-due-to-fleet-wide-engine-issues/



The Oddly Shaped USS Grayback Was A Cold War Submarine Like No Other

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39009/the-oddly-shaped-uss-grayback-was-a-cold-war-submarine-like-no-other



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