Af/Pak & Other News (2/14/2021)

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Devastation as 500 tanker blast destroys Afghanistan-Iran customs post

https://news.yahoo.com/devastation-500-tanker-blast-destroys-164209660.html



Firefighters battle Afghan-Iran border blaze for a 2nd day

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-iran-middle-east-kabul-fires-eda9259047db3d40d802cc38af3c3cee



Germany wants troops to stay on in Afghanistan

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Germany_wants_troops_to_stay_on_in_Afghanistan_999.html



Biden has no good options on Afghanistan with deadline for troop withdrawal looming

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/politics/biden-afghanistan-deadline-looming/index.html



Biden Administration Aims To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/12/967480526/biden-administration-aims-to-close-guantanamo-bay-prison



Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada killed in Pakistan ‘months ago’: Reports

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/taliban-chief-haibatullah-akhundzada-killed-in-pakistan-months-ago-reports-101613312039343.html









Final Production Batch of LRSAM for Indian Naval Ships Flagged Off

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28962/Final_Production_Batch_of_LRSAM_for_Indian_Naval_Ships_Flagged_Off



Persistent Pilot Shortage Solution

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20210214.aspx









Iran tests ‘smart’ missile with 300-kilometer range

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-tests-smart-missile-with-300-kilometer-range/









Turkey says militants executed 13, including soldiers, police, in Iraq

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-iraq-security/turkey-says-militants-executed-13-including-soldiers-police-in-iraq-idUSKBN2AE050









Dozens killed as Houthi rebels target last government stronghold in Yemen

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210214-dozens-killed-as-houthi-rebels-target-last-government-stronghold-in-yemen




Watch Turkey’s first unmanned combat surface vessel start sea trials

https://defbrief.com/2021/02/14/watch-turkeys-first-unmanned-combat-surface-vessel-start-sea-trials/



Sailors kidnapped off Nigeria return to Turkey, describe death threats and forest captivity

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-ship-kidnapping-idUSKBN2AE077









IS Winning Battle in Syria’s Displaced-Persons Camps

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/winning-battle-syrias-displaced-persons-camps



Trump wanted to assassinate Syrian president, former adviser claims

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-assassinate-syria-bashar-assad-b1802208.html









Suicide bomber detonates near Somalia’s presidential palace

https://apnews.com/article/mohamed-abdullahi-mohamed-national-elections-elections-bombings-somalia-1c59110747d266ca3e69ab7559837429




Sudan says Ethiopian forces crossed border, raising tensions

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-ethiopia/sudan-says-ethiopian-forces-crossed-border-raising-tensions-idUSKBN2AE0NN









Ukraine says five of its soldiers killed in east despite truce

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/ukraine-says-five-of-its-soldiers-killed-in-east-despite-truce-658945



Russian heavy maritime patrol plane makes emergency landing

https://defence-blog.com/news/russian-heavy-maritime-patrol-plane-makes-emergency-landing.html



Russians stage Valentine's Day flashmobs to support Navalny

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210214-russians-stage-valentine-s-day-flashmobs-to-support-navalny



Air Drop: Russian Paratroopers are Dropping Artillery Guns From the Sky

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/air-drop-russian-paratroopers-are-dropping-artillery-guns-sky-178094




Eurofighter Shows Typhoon In “Beast Mode” With 14 Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-To-Air Missiles

https://theaviationist.com/2021/02/14/eurofighter-shows-typhoon-in-beast-mode-with-14-meteor-beyond-visual-range-air-to-air-missiles/









Myanmar military ratchets up pressure: tanks deployed, soldiers fire at protesters

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210214-myanmar-military-ratchets-up-pressure-tanks-deployed-soldiers-fire-at-protesters



Burmese Expert: China Helping Military Establish Cyber Firewall

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/burmese-expert-china-helping-military-establish-cyber-firewall





The U.S. and Its Allies Must Ensure Taiwan Doesn’t Fall to Beijing

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/02/13/the_us_and_its_allies_must_ensure_taiwan_doesnt_fall_to_beijing_660241.html





Philippine President Duterte inspects C-130, Super Tucanos, Black Hawks, Hermes 450 and 900

http://alert5.com/2021/02/14/philippine-president-duterte-inspects-c-130-super-tucanos-black-hawks-hermes-450-and-900/










Italian Navy aircraft carrier ITS Cavour arrives at Naval Station Norfolk

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/02/italian-navy-cavour-aircraft-carrier-arrives-norfolk.html



Oath Keeper militants planned out their attack at the Capitol, even holding trainings in the weeks before, and looked to Trump for direction

https://news.yahoo.com/oath-keeper-militants-planned-attack-213333002.html



“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection

https://www.propublica.org/article/i-dont-trust-the-people-above-me-riot-squad-cops-open-up-about-disastrous-response-to-capitol-insurrection



U.S. Army releases new ‘market survey’ in anticipation of light tank production

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/u-s-army-releases-new-market-survey-in-anticipation-of-light-tank-production.html



These soldiers defeated tanks by hacking them

https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-trending/these-soldiers-defeated-a-column-of-tanks-by-hacking-them/



Check Out the New Upgrades for the Army’s EMARSS Spy Plane

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/check-out-new-upgrades-army%E2%80%99s-emarss-spy-plane-178230



IM-SHORAD testing at White Sands Missile Range

http://alert5.com/2021/02/14/im-shorad-testing-at-white-sands-missile-range/



U.S. Army is set to buy more anti-personnel mines

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/u-s-army-is-set-to-buy-more-anti-personnel-mines.html



The Marine Corps’s new battlewagon is a better tank-killer than the service’s tanks, general says

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/marine-corps-jltv-tank-killer/



What Might DARPA’s Longshot Fighter Drone Be Armed With?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/what-might-darpa%E2%80%99s-longshot-fighter-drone-be-armed-178113



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