Af/Pak & Other News (12/18/2021)

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Russian military planes evacuate 200 people from Afghanistan

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-russia-moscow-kabul-taliban-a0e313083c49832c16bd35298e6ee902



Afghan Air Force pilots trapped in Afghanistan plead for evacuation

https://abcnews.go.com/International/afghan-air-force-pilots-trapped-afghanistan-plead-evacuation/story?id=81793796



Taliban recruits flood into Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan as the group works to consolidate control

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/18/taliban-recruits-pakistan-afghanistan/



Report: Taliban Fires Provincial Officials as it Consolidates Control

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/report-taliban-fires-provincial-officials-it-consolidates-control-198020









India tests N-capable Agni-Prime missile

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-tests-n-capable-agni-prime-missile/articleshow/88365746.cms









Iran nuclear talks go back to the future

https://www.politico.eu/article/iran-nuclear-deal-talks-go-back-to-the-future/









Two Rockets Fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone: Army

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/18/rockets-fired-baghdad-green-zone/









From Turkey With Love: Tracking Turkish Military Donations

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/12/from-turkey-with-love-tracking-turkish.html









Alleged Israeli Airstrike Cratered The Runway At Syria's Damascus International Airport

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43576/alleged-israeli-airstrike-cratered-the-runway-at-damascus-international-airport-in-syria



Pentagon documents reveal 'deeply flawed' US air war: report

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211218-pentagon-documents-reveal-deeply-flawed-us-air-war-report









IS Plot in Morocco Foiled With US Help: Officials

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/17/is-plot-morocco-foiled/




Over Ethiopia’s objections, UN rights body backs war monitor

https://apnews.com/article/europe-africa-geneva-united-nations-ethiopia-2d97103c994fdcbfac210ebeb3a28a1a




Wagner Group: Why the EU is alarmed by Russian mercenaries in Central Africa

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59699350









Ukraine Once Had The World’s Largest Tu-160 Blackjack Bomber Fleet

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43560/ukraine-once-had-the-worlds-largest-tu-160-blackjack-bomber-fleet



Why Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption Scares Russia

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/12/17/ukraine-russia-corruption-putin-democracy-oligarchs/



Ukraine facing 'tonnes' of pro-Russian disinformation ahead of possible invasion, says government minister in Kiev

https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-facing-tonnes-of-pro-russian-disinformation-ahead-of-possible-invasion-says-government-minister-in-kiev-12498781



Biden Administration Considers Sending Ukraine Military Equipment Once Bound for Afghanistan

https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-considers-sending-ukraine-military-equipment-once-bound-for-afghanistan-11639757332



Pro-Russian forces 'let troops get captured in Ukraine so they can pinpoint enemy positions'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10323565/Defence-Secretary-Ben-Wallace-says-British-forces-WONT-come-Ukraines-rescue-Russia-invades.html



Russia envoy: Moscow may up the ante if West ignores demands

https://apnews.com/article/russia-nato-us-security-ukraine-troops-11cad0e3bbafc9fde28b80c6636741c1



U.S. Senator: Russia Trying To Create 'Pretext For War' By Making Impossible-To-Accept Demands From U.S., NATO

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-russia-us-risch-troop-buildup/31616014.html



This Russian Remote-Controlled Rock Is Here To Learn Your Military Secrets

https://jalopnik.com/this-russian-remote-controlled-rock-is-here-to-learn-yo-1848226689



Kremlin Crony Threatens to Unleash Axe Killers on U.S. Congressman

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-politician-aleksei-zhuravlyov-threatens-to-unleash-axe-killers-on-us-congressman-ruben-gallego



Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on patrol over Belarus

https://apnews.com/article/europe-russia-ukraine-moscow-belarus-d5a87da9e35af0929f62fdb0a2624118





Hungary to buy IRIS-T missiles as part of its Gripen MS20 Block II upgrade program

http://alert5.com/2021/12/18/hungary-to-buy-iris-t-missiles-as-part-of-its-gripen-ms20-block-ii-upgrade-program/




D-Fend tech zaps rogue drone invading the Pope’s airspace

https://dronedj.com/2021/12/15/d-fend-tech-zaps-rogue-drone-invading-the-popes-airspace/




Flying & Fighting in the Nimrod: Interview with RAF Nimrod pilot

https://hushkit.net/2021/12/18/40107/




Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them is Growing.

https://news.yahoo.com/killer-robots-arent-science-fiction-153546704.html









Brazilian Air Force receives new batch of Meteor missiles

https://www.aviacionline.com/2021/12/brazilian-air-force-receives-new-batch-of-meteor-missiles/









Defence scrambles to train nuclear scientists for 'exciting roles' on AUKUS program

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-19/defence-staff-studying-nuclear-science-aukus-program/100710264



Australia approves the purchase of 75 US M1A2 SEP V3 Main Battle Tanks

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_december_2021_global_security_army_industry/australia_approves_the_purchase_of_75_us_m1a2_sep_v3_main_battle_tanks.html





Guam, America’s Forgotten Territory, Is New Front Line Against China

https://www.wsj.com/articles/guam-americas-forgotten-territory-is-new-front-line-against-china-11639737005










A UFO video investigator explains the footage released by the Pentagon, along with other mysterious sightings

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/peopleandplaces/a-ufo-video-investigator-explains-the-footage-released-by-the-pentagon-along-with-other-mysterious-sightings/vi-AARWnyq



Harassment Of Navy Destroyers By Mysterious Drone Swarms Off California Went On For Weeks

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43561/mysterious-drone-swarms-over-navy-destroyers-off-california-went-on-for-weeks



OFFSET Swarms Take Flight in Final Field Experiment

https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/offset-swarms-take-flight-final-field-experiment/



Vandenberg SFB Envisioned as ‘National Spaceport’

https://www.airforcemag.com/vandenberg-sfb-envisioned-as-national-spaceport/



SpaceX Rocket Will Make a Highly Unusual Flight Along California’s Coast Overnight

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43571/spacex-rocket-will-make-a-highly-unusual-flight-along-californias-coast-overnight



The Race for the Next-Gen Space Station; NASA hopes private companies will replace the ISS by 2030—but which one(s)?

https://spectrum.ieee.org/private-space-stations



Third Test Of The Air Force's Hypersonic Weapon Has Failed Like The Ones Before It

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43575/third-test-of-the-air-forces-hypersonic-weapon-has-failed-like-the-ones-before-it



Drone Swarms are Changing How the U.S. Army Thinks and Fights

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/drone-swarms-are-changing-how-us-army-thinks-and-fights-198168



US Air Force’s AgilePod prototype takes on new challenges

https://defbrief.com/2021/12/18/us-air-forces-agilepod-prototype-takes-on-new-challenges/



Even the U.S. Air Force Argued Against Building New F-22 Raptors

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/even-us-air-force-argued-against-building-new-f-22-raptors-198023



US Navy orders 36 more TH-73A helicopter trainers under $159.4M contract

https://defbrief.com/2021/12/18/us-navy-orders-36-more-th-73a-helicopter-trainers-under-159-4m-contract/



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