Af/Pak & Other News (10/23/2021)

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Afghanistan hurtling towards collapse, Sweden and Pakistan say

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghanistan-heading-towards-collapse-faster-than-expected-swedish-minister-warns-2021-10-23/



U.S. Launches More Investigations Into Biden Administration’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-launches-more-investigations-into-biden-administrations-afghanistan-withdrawal-11634935833



State Department in Contact With More Than 350 Americans in Afghanistan, Far Exceeding Administration’s Earlier Estimates

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/state-department-in-contact-with-more-than-350-americans-in-afghanistan-far-exceeding-administrations-earlier-estimates/



Taliban Honor Suicide Bombers’ ‘Sacrifices’ in Bid to Rewrite History

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/23/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-suicide-bombers.html



State Dept: Dozens of Afghan pilots close to leaving Tajikistan soon

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/578120-more-than-100-afghan-pilots-close-leave-tajikistan-soon



Afghan Pilots Who Fled To Tajikistan Say Taliban Is Threatening Relatives Back Home

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghan-pilots-taliban-threatening-families/31525885.html



Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-migration-kabul-kosovo-1d9a9998ec36d144a168a0330637580e



US nearing a formal agreement to use Pakistan's airspace to carry out military operations in Afghanistan

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/22/politics/us-pakistan-afghanistan-airspace/index.html



Pakistan using informal intelligence channels to prop up Taliban fight against ISIS

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/23/afghanistan-isis-pakistan-intelligence/



Radical Islamists clash with police en route to Pakistan’s capital

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/23/radical-islamists-clash-with-police-en-route-to-pakistans-capital



Russia-led bloc concludes drills near Afghan border to boost Tajik security

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/russia-led-bloc-concludes-drills-near-afghan-border-boost-tajik-security-2021-10-23/









Defence ministry pact with US to procure MK 54 torpedo, expendables worth Rs 423 crore

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/defence-ministry-pact-with-us-to-procure-mk-54-torpedo-expendables-worth-rs-423-crore/articleshow/87210188.cms









U.N. nuke watchdog chief says monitoring of Iran is no longer 'intact.'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/u-n-nuke-watchdog-chief-says-monitoring-of-iran-is-no-longer-intact/ar-AAPSfyY









Saudi-led coalition destroys 4 rebel boats in Yemen

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/saudi-led-coalition-destroys-4-rebel-boats-in-yemen/2400981




Turkey's president has ordered 10 ambassadors to be declared 'persona non grata' for backing jailed activist

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/23/world/turkey-erdogan-ambassadors-persona-non-grata-osman-kavala/index.html



Turkey takes a big step to beginning production of Altay tank

https://defence-blog.com/turkey-takes-a-big-step-to-beginning-production-of-altay-tank/









U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

https://www.axios.com/al-qaeda-leader-syria-us-airstrike-e3b13c53-2797-4574-8bbe-dfd3ef9b6caf.html









As Indian jets roar over Blue Flag, remembering Israel’s love for Mirage fighters

https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2021/10/21/as-indian-jets-roar-over-blue-flag-remembering-israel-love-for-mirage-fighters.html









575 inmates escape in latest Nigeria jailbreak

https://apnews.com/article/africa-prisons-lagos-nigeria-west-africa-9201f41d0a1e3b6663d53593dc8425ef




Tigray forces parade captured government troops

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/tigray-forces-parade-captured-government-troops/vi-AAPQsqi









Ukrainian forces get new batch of Javelin missiles

https://defence-blog.com/ukrainian-forces-get-new-batch-of-javelin-missiles/



Russia: Lethal Loitering

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htweap/articles/20211023.aspx



Meet the Male State: Russia’s Nastiest Online Hate Group

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2021/10/20/meet-the-male-state-russias-nastiest-online-hate-group/





US in uphill battle to challenge Russia in Black Sea

https://www.defencetalk.com/us-in-uphill-battle-to-challenge-russia-in-black-sea-77462/




Norway intel agency: Kongsberg-type attack will happen again

https://apnews.com/article/europe-norway-40ad2457ff460c77f4ef0cc9a2c5084e




German officer kept radioactive material, secret documents in weapons cache

https://www.dw.com/en/german-officer-kept-radioactive-material-secret-documents-in-weapons-cache/a-59600162




Christopher Steele: Russia 'at war' with UK, says former British spy - who was left wedding rings 'threat'

https://news.sky.com/story/christopher-steele-russia-at-war-with-uk-says-former-british-spy-who-was-left-wedding-rings-threat-12441022



Watch A Royal Navy Wildcat Helicopter Fire Its First Operational Martlet Missile

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42849/watch-a-royal-navy-wildcat-helicopter-fire-its-first-operational-martlet-missile









New migrant caravan breaks through police blockade in Mexico, heads north

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20211023-new-migrant-caravan-breaks-through-police-blockade-in-mexico-heads-north




Narco Submarine Stopped By Ecuadorian Navy Sailing Ship

http://www.hisutton.com/Narco-Submarine-Interdicted-By-Sailing-Ship.html




Chilean Air Force ends investigation into disappearance of C-130

http://alert5.com/2021/10/24/chilean-air-force-ends-investigation-into-disappearance-of-c-130/




A Man Was Caught Trying To Smuggle Coke In A Homemade Sub For The Second Time

https://jalopnik.com/a-man-was-caught-trying-to-smuggle-coke-in-a-homemade-s-1847887967



Colombia's most-wanted drug lord 'Otoniel' captured

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211024-colombia-s-most-wanted-drug-lord-otoniel-captured









China’s largest, most advanced civilian patrol boat could be used to support South China Sea claims

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3153455/chinas-largest-most-advanced-civilian-patrol-boat-could-be-used



Chinese Views of the Changing Nuclear Balance

https://warontherocks.com/2021/10/chinese-views-of-the-changing-nuclear-balance/



Is China leaning towards tiltrotor helicopters for its aircraft carriers?

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3153394/china-leaning-towards-tiltrotor-helicopters-its-aircraft



Video emerges of Chinese J-10 fighter jet crashing into river

https://defence-blog.com/video-emerges-of-chinese-j-10-fighter-jet-crashing-into-river/



China Flaunts Its Offensive Cyber Power

https://warontherocks.com/2021/10/china-flaunts-its-offensive-cyber-power/



The Unusual Carrier Killer Capability Of The Chinese Navy’s Strategic Bomber

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/the-unusual-carrier-killer-capability-of-the-chinese-navys-strategic-bomber/



Why Chinese military flights towards Taiwan prefer southwestern zone

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3153449/why-chinese-military-flights-towards-taiwan-prefer-southwestern



Chinese box office hit stretches truth about Chinese battle with US troops in the Korean War

https://warisboring.com/chinese-box-office-hit-stretches-truth-about-chinese-battle-with-us-troops-in-the-korean-war/



China Calls Biden’s Bluff on Taiwan

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-calls-bidens-bluff-on-taiwan/





North Korea’s “New Type Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile”: More Political Than Military Significance

https://www.38north.org/2021/10/north-koreas-new-type-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-more-political-than-military-significance/





South Korea seeks to develop missile defense against N. Korea’s artillery barrage

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/10/22/south-korea-seeks-to-develop-missile-defense-against-n-koreas-artillery-barrage/



KAI unveils new MUM-T UAV at ADEX 2021

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/kai-unveils-new-mum-t-uav-at-adex-2021/



Supersonic drama: the story of South Korea’s new fighter jet

https://www.aerotime.aero/29257-supersonic-drama-south-korea-kf-x-program





Philippine lawmakers approve budget for 5 C-130Js

http://alert5.com/2021/10/24/philippine-lawmakers-approve-budget-for-5-c-130js/





Human rights catastrophe feared in Myanmar as troops mass in restive regions

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20211023-un-fears-human-rights-catastrophe-in-myanmar-as-troops-mass-in-restive-regions





As ‘metal pirates’ loot seabed treasures, there are fears Australia’s first submarine could be next

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/24/as-metal-pirates-loot-seabed-treasures-there-are-fears-australias-first-submarine-could-be-next










Lue Elizondo Talks ‘Biological Samples’ and ‘Occupancy’

https://medium.com/on-the-trail-of-the-saucers/elizondo-in-the-ufo-echo-chamber-f56a8a3d7477



NASA Administrator Bill Nelson Discusses Asteroids and Pilot Encounters with UAP

https://thedebrief.org/nasa-administrator-bill-nelson-discusses-asteroids-and-pilot-encounters-with-uap/



‘We hope it’s not an adversary here on Earth’: NASA leader suggests UFOs could be aliens

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hope-not-adversary-earth-nasa-213600930.html



Biden delays the release of remaining J.F.K. assassination records, citing the pandemic.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/23/world/americas/jfk-assassination-pandemic.html



Former Air Force Chief Software Officer: I Never Said We Lost The AI War

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/10/22/former-air-force-chief-software-officer-i-never-said-we-lost-the-ai-war/



This Is Our First Look At The USS Connecticut After Its Underwater Collision

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42851/this-is-our-first-look-at-the-uss-connecticut-after-its-underwater-collision



Eyes on the skies: Army vet remembers life at a Nike missile site

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/nike-missile-site-washington/2021/10/23/561d8576-334c-11ec-9241-aad8e48f01ff_story.html



Lawmakers decry ‘alarming’ hunger in US military families

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/10/22/lawmakers-decry-alarming-hunger-in-u-s-military-families/



Voyager, Nanoracks and Lockheed’s ‘Starlab’ is the latest sign that the low Earth orbit economy is coming

https://techcrunch.com/2021/10/22/voyager-nanoracks-and-lockheeds-starlab-is-the-latest-sign-that-the-low-earth-orbit-economy-is-coming/



Green Berets Hone Their Destruction Of Enemy Air Defenses Skills For A Peer Conflict

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42848/green-berets-hone-their-destruction-of-enemy-air-defenses-skills-for-a-peer-conflict



F-15EX first operational test mission at Nellis AFB

http://alert5.com/2021/10/24/f-15ex-first-operational-test-mission-at-nellis-afb/



The Air Force Has A Plan To Make Jet Fuel Out Of Thin Air

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42852/the-air-force-has-a-plan-to-make-jet-fuel-out-of-thin-air



This Is Our First Look Inside A CH-53K King Stallion Fully Loaded With Marines

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42853/this-is-our-first-look-inside-a-ch-53k-king-stallion-fully-loaded-with-marines



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