Af/Pak & Other News (5/7/2021)

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May 7, 2021, 8:30:23 PM5/7/21
Afghan 1st vice president says negotiating with Taliban, still "shoulder-to-shoulder with al Qaeda," was a mistake

Taliban Victory in Afghanistan 'Not a Foregone Conclusion'

Can the Afghan Military Defeat the Taliban? The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Thinks So

Pentagon Chief Says Removal of All Contractors From Afghanistan Under Way

US sends more warplanes to Afghanistan to protect troop pullout

Pentagon Struggles to Wean Afghan Military Off American Air Support

Afghanistan Is Being Overrun by Crystal Meth

Afghanistan’s Wildcard Warlords

‘Hope’ Has Become the U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

As U.S. leaves, fear of civil war leads Afghans to plan "organized resistance against the Taliban"

Indian Air Force Airlifts Oxygen Containers From Bangkok

UK to support India's Tejas MK2 development

Talks ‘intensify’ on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

Iraqi Prank Show Pulled After Stunt With Fake ISIS Ambush on Celebrities

Iraq’s F-16 program stalls after US contractors evacuate Balad Air Base, report says

Facing the Storm: The PKK’s DIY AA Guns

Mean, Green, And Unseen: Saudi Arabia’s BTR-3s

Turkey and China disrupt the multibillion-dollar armed drone market

‘A dirty business’: how one drug is turning Syria into a narco-state

New reports map out Hezbollah’s missile arsenal, expose new military sites

The Countdown to an Israeli War With Iran Has Begun

US-Israel Team To Battle Iran Missiles

Hamas creating new equation in conflict with Israel, and concern over two-front outburst grows

Libyan Coast Guard Shoots At Two Italian Fishing Boats: Italian Frigate And P-72A Surveillance Plane On The Scene

How US Helped French Rafales ‘Outflank’ Russian Su-35 Jets To Win Egyptian Fighter Jet Contract?

Opposition forces leave Somali capital after deadly clashes

German army increases Heron drones use in Mali

Special Operations: Diagnosing Mozambique

Mozambique insurgency: 20,000 still trapped near gas plant six weeks after attack

EU considers new rapid entry force and military training in Mozambique

Biden doesn't like Russia's meddling in Ukraine. But he's not prepared to stop it.

US considers boost to security aid for Ukraine, says Blinken

Jamming Strikes OSCE Drones Tracking Russian Forces

Huey Made In Ukraine

Russia Just Accepted Its New Super-Quiet, Cruise Missile-Packed Submarine Into Service

Russian Navy to receive about 30 Project 12700 minehunters through 2050

Russia’s MiG-35 Fighter Is Almost Ready for Battle

Russian Su-57 fighters cause mysterious sound that frightened Moscow residents

Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment

ROSS, the new Russian space station: when and why?

Sweden signs contract to procure new trainer aircraft for Swedish Air Force

Who Will Win Finland’s Fighter Contest?

Germany: DLR de­vel­ops an un­manned strato­spher­ic air­craft

Leonardo nets ‘major export order’ for M-346 trainer

The U.K. Still Knows How to Punch Above Its Weight

Britain’s New Tempest Stealth Fighter Has a Big Problem: Cost

Britain awards $1 billion contract to upgrade Challenger 2 tanks

British Navy Crowsnest-equipped Merlins deploy on first carrier voyage

Mexico's cartels are experimenting with control of another part of the cocaine trade

China's Chengdu Aircraft to build UAV industry park

China’s Deep-Sea Motivation for Claiming Sovereignty Over the South China Sea

Why China’s New Refueler Y-20U Sends Ominous Signals To India & Others In The Indo-Pacific?

China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

China Makes Third Incursion Into Taiwan ADIZ This Week

China sends ‘warning shot to Australia’ as patience wears thin

Concern at Australian 'submarine gap' amid rising China tensions

Australia faces ‘potential military crisis’ with China over Taiwan within years

Indonesia’s New X18 Combat Boat begins on-water tests

Indonesian Navy's KSM 32 Midget Submarine

Philippines Committed To Fighter Program, Shows Off Up-Armed FA-50

Multi-role jet fighters acquisition program on track: Lorenzana

Soviet-Designed An-2 Biplanes Are South Korea’s Secretive Aggressors

Japan steps up defence capabilities in new domains, with eye on China and Russia

US Navy to Deploy MQ-4C Triton HALE Drone to Japan for the First Time

No replacement for RCAF Snowbirds, the Tutor to be kept until 2030

(Part 2) Ex Pentagon official Luis Elizondo reveals UFO bombshells

Joe Biden Has a Decision to Make about UFOs

The US military dropped off its last batch of artillery shells carrying deadly VX nerve agent to be destroyed

Are Augmented Humans the Future of War?

Document Shows Cops Flew Spy Plane to Monitor Civil Rights News Conference

Operation Ivy Bells: How the US Stole Russian Secrets

That Mysterious Black Target From Kirtland AFB Was Related To A Program Called TDU-X

To Counter China and Russia in the Pacific, US Must Restore Seaplane Capability

Crazy Cool Video Shows In Detail How The A-10 Thunderbolt’s GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling Gun Works

Aerospace & Defense Roundup: May. 06

Air Tractor, L3Harris launch AT-802U Sky Warden light attack aircraft

Silent Arrow 1-Ton Autonomous Cargo Delivery

STRATCOM wants smaller role for nuclear weapons in U.S., Russia, China

B-52 Simulated A Hypersonic Weapon Strike During Massive Alaskan War Games

Shadow Warriors Pursuing Next-Gen Surveillance Tech

US Army awards FLIR Systems contract for Black Hornet 3 palm-sized UAVs

The Marine Corps Just Said Goodbye To Its Last Legacy C-130 Hercules Transport Plane

New F-15EX fighters undergo jamming test in Alaska

B-1Bs Start To Get Back In The Air After Fleet-Wide Grounding

A Cold, Foggy U.S. Air Force Base Waits Just 200 Miles From Russia

Global Hawk Drones To Be Retired In Favor Of Secretive Penetrating Spy Aircraft

The Definitive Answer On Why F-16s Carry AIM-120 AMRAAMs On Their Wingtip Rails

Next-Generation Air Combat Training System Enters Limited Production

The F-35 Stealth Fighter Can Soon Fight In the Dark

US Navy completes another AARGM-ER flight ahead of first live-fire this year

Surplus F-16 Vipers Eyed To Replace Navy Aggressor Squadron’s Legacy F/A-18 Hornets

US Navy Establishes Flight Demonstration for T-44 Replacement Bidders

U.S. Naval Research Lab to Design UUVs with ‘Shark Skin-Like Surfaces’

US carrier John C. Stennis starting 4-year nuclear refueling overhaul

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