Af/Pak & Other News (1/9/2021)

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Taliban See Ghani as 'Obstacle' to Afghan Peace

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/taliban-see-ghani-obstacle-afghan-peace



'Psychological Warfare': Taliban Adopts New Strategy In Afghanistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/psychological-warfare-taliban-adopts-new-strategy-in-afghanistan-/31039336.html



What If the Afghan Peace Process Fails?

https://thediplomat.com/2021/01/what-if-the-afghan-peace-process-fails/


2019 Balakot airstrike: Ex-Pak diplomat admits there were 300 casualties, slams Islamabad for ‘weak response’

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/01/2019-balakot-airstrike-ex-pak-diplomat-admits-there-were-300-casualties-slams-islamabad-for-weak-response/









India detains Chinese soldier at flashpoint border

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210109-india-detains-chinese-soldier-at-flashpoint-border









Iran to expel nuclear weapons inspectors if US doesn’t lift sanctions

https://nypost.com/2021/01/09/iran-to-expel-nuke-inspectors-if-us-doesnt-lift-sanctions/



Iran holds naval parade in Persian Gulf

https://apnews.com/article/persian-gulf-tensions-tehran-middle-east-iran-43d968f0b6bc4efb8aa12ff2281d9aec



Iran focused on frozen assets as South Korea seeks tanker's release

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/01/08/Iran-focused-on-frozen-assets-as-South-Korea-seeks-tankers-release/9691610124804/



Location of Tanker seized by Iranian IRGC In Strait Of Hormuz

http://www.hisutton.com/Hankuk-Chemi-Seized-Tanker-In-Iran.html









Five ANG F-16s sustained catastrophic damage in Kuwait 2 years ago

http://alert5.com/2021/01/10/five-ang-f-16s-sustained-catastrophic-damage-in-kuwait-2-years-ago/









Daesh attack kills 7 regime loyalists in east Syria: monitor

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1789861/middle-east









French warplanes fly over Central African Republic amid vote tensions

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210109-french-warplanes-fly-over-central-african-republic-amid-vote-tensions




Report: Hospitals in Ethiopia’s Tigray struck by artillery

https://apnews.com/article/abiy-ahmed-africa-ethiopia-united-nations-kenya-a2894a53c2b85cda6a86cdd2d6c64f11









Russia Developing a New Unmanned Aerial ‘Drone Killer’

https://thedebrief.org/russia-developing-a-new-unmanned-aerial-drone-killer/



Serbia: Making The Old New Again

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htworld/articles/20210109.aspx




Saab to build underwater robots for French-British naval countermine program

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/01/08/saab-to-build-underwater-robots-for-french-british-naval-counter-mine-program/




Irish military concerned UK rescue aircraft could ‘collect intelligence’

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/irish-military-concerned-uk-rescue-aircraft-could-collect-intelligence/









First 'Narco Submarine' Incident of 2021

http://www.hisutton.com/First-Narco-Submarine-of-2021.html









China’s military gives glimpse of updated long-range rocket system

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3117044/chinas-military-gives-glimpse-updated-long-range-rocket-system



Here Are Apparently The First Official Pictures Of JF-17 Thunder Block-III

https://fighterjetsworld.com/air/here-are-apparently-the-first-official-pictures-of-jf-17-thunder-block-iii/24319/



New escape suit for PLA Navy submariners successfully trialled

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/new-escape-suit-for-pla-navy-submariners-successfully-trialled



US-China ‘grey zone’ rivalry in South China Sea may be about to intensify

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3116967/us-china-grey-zone-rivalry-south-china-sea-may-be-about





'Null and void': Pompeo lifts restrictions on US-Taiwan contacts in parting shot at China

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/null-and-void-pompeo-lifts-restrictions-on-us-taiwan-contacts-in-parting-shot-at-china/ar-BB1cCjuT





Kim Jong Un says North Korea is developing tactical nukes, new warheads and a nuclear-powered submarine

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/asia/north-korea-nuclear-development-intl-hnk/index.html





Indonesian Jetliner Crashes Into the Sea After Takeoff, Carrying 62

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/world/asia/indonesia-plane-crash.html










Pelosi Wants To Prevent "Unhinged" Trump From Launching A Nuclear Strike. Here's The Reality

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38623/pelosi-wants-to-prevent-unhinged-trump-from-launching-nuclear-strike-heres-the-reality



Computers with Access to Classified Material Stolen from Capitol

https://sofrep.com/news/breaking-computers-with-access-to-classified-material-stolen-from-capitol/



Military quick-reaction force not deployed during storming of Capitol because of a lack of planning, defense officials say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/01/09/military-quick-reaction-force-not-deployed-during-storming-capitol-because-lack-planning-defense-officials-say/



Congress Launches Investigations into Capitol Police Following Siege

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/01/congress-launches-investigations-capitol-police-following-capitol-siege/171282/



A rioter seen in on the Senate floor in combat gear carrying zip-tie handcuffs has been identified as a decorated Air Force veteran

https://www.businessinsider.com/rioter-pictured-zip-tie-handcuffs-senate-is-air-force-veteran-2021-1



How the Insurgent and MAGA Right are Being Welded Together on the Streets of Washington D.C.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/americas/2021/01/05/how-the-insurgent-and-maga-right-are-being-welded-together-on-the-streets-of-washington-d-c/



Capitol Siege Shines Light On Vast Underground Tunnel Network

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38593/evacuations-during-capitol-siege-shine-light-on-vast-underground-tunnel-network



The Capitol Riot Is Over. But the Search for Booby Traps Could Take Weeks.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-capitol-riot-is-over-but-the-search-for-booby-traps-could-take-weeks?ref=home



Breach of US Capitol Building in Washington D.C. by supporters of outgoing president underlines escalation of violent anti-establishment sentiment among right-wing extremists

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/breach-of-us-capitol-building-in-washington-dc-by-supporters-of-outgoing-president-underlines-escalation-of-violent-anti-establishment-sentiment-among-right-wing-extremists



Microsoft says ‘SolarWinds’ hackers viewed internal code

https://www.defencetalk.com/microsoft-says-solarwinds-hackers-viewed-internal-code-76629/



Ransomware: Attacks could be about to get even more dangerous and disruptive

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-why-these-attacks-could-get-even-more-dangerous-and-disruptive/



BlackSky awarded IARPA contract to develop next generation artificial intelligence platform

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/BlackSky_awarded_IARPA_contract_to_develop_next_generation_artificial_intelligence_platform_999.html



Legendary VH-3 Sea King is one step closer to retire

https://defence-blog.com/news/legendary-vh-3-sea-king-is-one-step-closer-to-retire.html



Next high-flying SpaceX Starship test could blast off as soon as Tuesday

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-next-high-flying-spacex-starship-test-could-blast-off-as-soon-as-tuesday/



Minuteman III missile should be scrapped, STRATCOM chief says

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Minuteman_III_missile_should_be_scrapped_STRATCOM_chief_says_999.html



Military researchers ask industry to develop long-range biometrics and facial recognition algorithms

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14189954/facial-recognition-longrange-biometrics



New Counter-Drone Strategy Calls for ‘Holistic’ Approach Across Services

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/08/new-counter-drone-strategy-calls-for-holistic-approach-across-services



Pentagon’s first demo of small counter-drone tech set for spring

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2021/01/08/pentagons-first-demo-of-tech-to-counter-small-drones-set-for-spring/



U.S. Army discloses ways to protect its aircraft from missiles

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/u-s-army-discloses-ways-to-protect-its-aircraft-from-missiles.html



New in 2021: Marines and loitering munitions ― from LAVs to infantry squads, the Corps wants more in the new year

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2021/01/08/new-in-2021-marines-and-loitering-munitions-from-lavs-to-infantry-squads-the-corps-wants-more/



U.S. Air Force funds adaptation of automotive radar for autonomous "flying cars"

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/home/article/14190010/metawave-usaf-flying-cars-autonomous



AFRL to flight test LASH system for personnel recovery from light aircraft

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/afrl-to-flight-test-lash-system-for-personnel-recovery-from-light-aircraft



USAF purchases CubCrafters XCub aircraft

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/01/usaf-purchases-cubcrafters-xcub-aircraft.html



This Stretched Super FB-111 Was A Low-Cost Challenger To The B-1 Bomber

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38621/this-stretched-super-fb-111-was-a-low-cost-challenger-to-the-b-1-bomber



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