Af/Pak & Other News (12/7/2020)

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The U.S. is rushing to the exit in Afghanistan. The Taliban is filling the gaps

https://news.yahoo.com/u-rushes-exits-two-decades-110034078.html



The Afghan inquiry and the question of responsibility

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/afghan-inquiry-and-question-responsibility









Body Of MiG-29K Pilot Found 11 Days After Indian Navy Jet Went Down

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/body-of-navy-mig-29k-pilot-found-in-arabian-sea-11-days-after-fighter-jet-went-down-sources-2335395



Indian company filing appeal with Supreme Court to save INS Viraat

http://alert5.com/2020/12/07/indian-company-filing-appeal-with-supreme-court-to-save-ins-viraat/









Iran nuclear centrifuge plan 'deeply worrying', say European powers

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20201207-iran-nuclear-centrifuge-plan-deeply-worrying-say-european-powers



‘Israel has tape of slain Iran nuke chief talking about building five warheads’

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-has-tape-of-slain-iran-nuke-chief-talking-about-building-five-warheads/



Iran says 'smart satellite-controlled machine gun' killed top nuclear scientist

https://www.reuters.com/article/iran-nuclear-scientist/iran-says-smart-satellite-controlled-machine-gun-killed-top-nuclear-scientist-idUSKBN28H13F



.50+ Calibre Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist: Diagram.

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2020/12/50-calibre-assassination-of-iranian.html



As Iran mulls retaliation for nuclear scientist's death, a riddle remains. What exactly was he working on?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/07/middleeast/iran-nuclear-scientist-retaliation-questions-npw-intl/index.html









Saudi-led coalition says destroyed explosive drone from Yemen Houthis

https://www.reuters.com/article/saudi-security-yemen/saudi-led-coalition-says-destroyed-drone-from-yemen-houthis-launched-toward-saudi-ekhbariya-tv-idUKKBN28H1U3









How China Is Learning From Russia's War In Syria

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/how-china-learning-russias-war-syria-173934









Former Israeli space security chief says aliens exist, humanity not ready

https://www.jpost.com/omg/former-israeli-space-security-chief-says-aliens-exist-humanity-not-ready-651405









Libya threatens to withdraw from ceasefire over Haftar

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/libya-threatens-to-withdraw-from-ceasefire-over-haftar/2068265



Deal or Déjà Vu? Libya’s Post-Conflict Political and Security Governance Dilemma

https://warontherocks.com/2020/12/deal-or-deja-vu-libyas-post-conflict-political-and-security-governance-dilemma/









Russia jails ex-Ukrainian soccer player for 12 years in spying case - court

https://www.reuters.com/article/russia-ukraine-espionage/russia-jails-ex-ukrainian-soccer-player-for-12-years-in-spying-case-court-idUSKBN28H1O0



Russian Firm Begins Developing New-Gen Submarines

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28478/Russian_Firm_Begins_Developing_New_Gen_Submarines



The Russian Navy’s Only Flattop Is A Bad-Luck Wreck—But Moscow Is Fixing It Up, Anyway

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/12/07/the-russian-navys-only-flattop-is-a-bad-luck-wreck-but-moscow-is-fixing-it-up-anyway/



Russia’s Rostec Developing Single-engine Manned-Unmanned 5-Gen Fighter Jet

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28480/Russia___s_Rostec_Developing_Single_engine_Manned_Unmanned_5_Gen_Fighter_Jet



Russia adds firepower to Kaliningrad exclave citing NATO threat

https://www.reuters.com/article/russia-military-kaliningrad/russia-adds-firepower-to-kaliningrad-exclave-citing-nato-threat-idUSKBN28H1B8



Russia Set to Receive First Serially-Produced Su-57

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28482/Russia_Set_to_Receive_First_Serially_Produced_Su_57



Russia’s Su-57 Jet is ‘More Stealthy’ with New Air Intake Grille

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28483/Russia___s_Su_57_Jet_is____More_Stealthy____with_New_Air_Intake_Grille





Nagorno Karabakh:

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/12/07/drone-effectiveness-air-defense/



During the I Karabakh War of 1992-1994 both Armenia and Azerbaijan claimed lots of 'MiG-25' shot downs. But most of jets were either L-39s or Su-25s

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/during-the-i-karabakh-war-of-1992-1994-both-armenia-and-azerbaijan-claimed-lots-of-mig-25-shot-downs-but-most-of-jets-were-either-l-39s-or-su-25s/




German fighter jets intercept Russian IL-20 surveillance plane

https://defence-blog.com/news/german-fighter-jets-intercept-russian-il-20-surveillance-plane.html




Blue Aerospace snaps up six Spanish Air Force Hercules aircraft

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/06/blue-aerospace-snaps-up-six-spanish-air-force-hercules-aircraft/




Macron says France will sell arms to Egypt irrespective of human rights

https://www.reuters.com/article/france-egypt-macron-arms/macron-says-france-will-sell-arms-to-egypt-irrespective-of-human-rights-idUSKBN28H1G1




Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Prince of Wales Stranded in Portsmouth for Six Months After Second Flooding

https://defpost.com/royal-navy-aircraft-carrier-hms-prince-of-wales-stranded-in-portsmouth-for-six-months-after-second-flooding/



UK gears up for huge vaccination plan watched by the world

https://apnews.com/article/immunizations-health-coronavirus-pandemic-germany-england-057828fe5237a32e1df744a8b00e0165









Colombia Considers the Ultimate Strike Against Cartels: Legalizing Cocaine

https://www.yahoo.com/news/colombia-considers-ultimate-strike-against-095536521.html









Chinese probe orbiting moon with Earth-bound samples

https://apnews.com/article/technology-asia-pacific-china-moon-c5d1ff81a2e0ed48e9faa23658aa58b3



4 Of India's Most-Wanted Insurgent Leaders In China In October: Report

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-says-china-helping-rebel-groups-on-myanmar-border-report-2335175



Is China Reinforcing its Position in Himalayas Along Disputed Borders?

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/voa-news-china/china-reinforcing-its-position-himalayas-along-disputed-borders



China building villages near disputed India border, report says

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/07/China-building-villages-near-disputed-India-border-report-says/7081607351989/



China's manmade islands in the South China Sea are vulnerable to attack and may not be worth much in a war

https://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-manmade-south-china-sea-islands-vulnerable-in-a-war-2020-12



New PLAN hospital ship deploys to the South China Sea

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/new-plan-hospital-ship-deploys-to-the-south-china-sea



Chinese Navy Demos Air-Dropped Anti-Submarine Guided Depth Charge

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28479/Chinese_Navy_Demos_Air_Dropped_Anti_Submarine_Guided_Depth_Charge



China prepares large-scale rollout of coronavirus vaccines

https://apnews.com/article/international-news-taiwan-china-coronavirus-pandemic-5f14c76f18ddab4cc9bc5e826d820445





Taiwan reportedly buying 300 more Patriot missiles from US

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4071599



Taiwan aiming to complete upgrade of 22 F-16A/B fighters by end of 2020

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/taiwan-aiming-to-complete-upgrade-of-22-f-16ab-fighters-by-end-of-2020





Myanmar: The Price Of Peace

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/myanmar/articles/20201207.aspx





Japan to put new Aegis radars on warships after cancelling ground stations: Asahi

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-aegis/japan-to-put-new-aegis-radars-on-warships-after-cancelling-ground-stations-asahi-idUSKBN28H041





North Korea claims Japan rearming to realize 'old ambitions'

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/07/North-Korea-claims-Japan-rearming-to-realize-old-ambitions/8831607348052/





Guam: Camp Blaz is the first new USMC base in nearly 70 years

https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-trending/camp-blaz/










Pentagon responds to release of photograph taken by Navy pilot showing an unidentified object

https://www.wwlp.com/news/pentagon-responds-to-release-of-photograph-taken-by-navy-pilot-showing-an-unidentified-object/



NSA Warns of Russian Hackers, Urges Patching of Defense Systems

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-07/nsa-warns-of-russian-hackers-urges-patching-of-defense-systems



Secrets of the CIA: from fake town where spooks learn to survive torture to secret museum & mind control experiments

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13380931/secrets-cia-fake-town-the-farm-spies-torture/



CIA officer suffered crippling symptoms in Moscow. Was it 'Havana Syndrome'?

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/cia-officer-suffered-crippling-symptoms-moscow-was-it-havana-syndrome-n1250177



79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack honored in virtual ceremony

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/12/07/79th-anniversary-of-Pearl-Harbor-attack-honored-in-virtual-ceremony/7061607293621/



Space Force Should Hire Commercial Tracking Services ASAP: 2021 NDAA

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/space-force-should-hire-commercial-tracking-services-asap-2021-ndaa/



A Failure To Communicate

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20201207.aspx



US Army orders 36 Block III Shadow UAS from Textron

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/07/us-army-orders-36-block-iii-shadow-uas-from-textron/



U.S. Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicles to receive new self-sealing fuel tanks

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-marine-corps-light-armored-vehicles-to-receive-new-self-sealing-fuel-tanks.html



Navy Asks Shipbuilders: Can You Build Us a Warship for Just $100 Million?

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/12/06/navy-asks-shipbuilders-can-you-build-us-a-warship/



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