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Afghanistan at risk of collapse as Taliban storms the north

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/07/afghanistan-at-risk-of-collapse-as-taliban-storms-the-north.php



US left Afghan airfield at night, didn’t tell new commander

https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623



Vacated by Americans, Kabul's Bagram Air Base bustles again as Afghans move in

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/vacated-by-americans-kabuls-bagram-air-base-bustles-again-afghans-move-2021-07-05/



Washington approves establishment of ‘US Forces Afghanistan Forward' command

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/washington-approves-establishment-of-us-forces-afghanistan-forward-command



Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway

https://www.wsj.com/articles/taliban-find-new-revenues-as-they-seize-afghanistans-u-s-built-border-gateway-11625495521



Afghan forces plan counterattack against Taliban in north: Report

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/5/afghanistan-forces-counterattack-taliban-northern-provinces



American Troops Are Pulling Out Of Afghanistan, Leaving Pokémon Behind

https://kotaku.com/american-troops-are-pulling-out-of-afghanistan-leaving-1847229230



Taliban Threatens Consequences For U.S. Troops Remaining In Afghanistan After 9/11 Deadline Amid Surge In Violence

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/07/05/taliban-threatens-consequences-for-us-troops-remaining-in-afghanistan-after-911-deadline-amid-surge-in-violence/



Taliban aim to present written peace plan at talks as soon as next month -spokesman

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/exclusive-taliban-aim-present-written-peace-plan-talks-soon-next-month-spokesman-2021-07-05/



More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee into Tajikistan as Taliban extends control, Tajik officials say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/05/afghan-soldiers-flee-tajikistan-taliban/



Tajikistan calls up reservists to bolster border as Afghan troops, fleeing Taliban, seek refuge

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/hundreds-afghan-security-personnel-flee-into-tajikistan-taliban-advances-2021-07-05/



Afghanistan Neighbors Raise Alarm With Russia Over Taliban Advance

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-05/afghanistan-neighbors-raise-alarm-with-russia-at-taliban-advance









Rise of Taliban 2.0 will turn India into frontline state against terror

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/07/rise-of-taliban-2-0-will-turn-india-into-frontline-state-against-terror/



Home Economics

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20210705.aspx



A Tale of 2 Navies: Reviewing India and China’s Aircraft Carrier Procurement

https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/a-tale-of-2-navies-reviewing-india-and-chinas-aircraft-carrier-procurement/



New details emerge of drone attack on Indian Air Force Base

https://dronedj.com/2021/07/05/indian-district-bans-drones-following-air-force-base-attack/



IAF now wants to acquire 10 counter-drone systems after Jammu attack

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/iaf-now-wants-to-acquire-10-counter-drone-systems-after-jammu-attack/articleshow/84146253.cms









Iran displays autonomous underwater vehicle

https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/50721









Rockets hit Iraqi base housing US forces, no casualties

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/rockets-hit-iraqi-base-housing-us-forces-no-casualties-672936



Drone shot down near U.S. embassy in Baghdad, no casualties -security sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/drone-shot-down-near-us-embassy-baghdad-no-casualties-security-sources-2021-07-05/









20 years after 9/11, lawsuit against Saudis hits key moment

https://apnews.com/article/sept-11-saudi-arabia-lawsuit-1b5fec1d2507eb27fffdac25bab79bb4



Gov’t forces reclaim swaths of territory in central Yemen

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-yemen-5015ef68d89a3b20524eb5ecdaf54086




Construction of Ada-Class Corvette for Ukraine Begins in Turkey

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29960/Construction_of_Ada_Class_Corvette_for_Ukraine_Begins_in_Turkey#.YONz7ExlBPY









US military denies American troops in Syria were attacked

https://apnews.com/article/iraq-iran-islamic-state-group-syria-middle-east-1a83bc506552d804e511758a1e915609









RMAF C-130 landed in Israel

http://alert5.com/2021/07/05/rmaf-c-130-landed-in-israel/









Captured Ethiopian government soldiers reach Tigray capital – in pictures

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/jul/05/captured-ethiopian-government-soldiers-reach-tigray-capital-in-pictures




Some 150 students missing after gunmen raid Nigerian school – parent, administrator

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/some-150-students-missing-after-attack-nigeria-school-parent-administrator-2021-07-05/




Fracturing states in Africa are redrawing colonial maps

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/561563-fracturing-states-in-africa-are-rewriting-colonial-maps









U.S. aircraft and warships support Ukrainian Navy Day

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-aircraft-and-warships-support-ukrainian-navy-day/



Russian Navy Oscar-II Class Cruise Missile Submarine Seen Entering Baltic

http://www.hisutton.com/Russian-Navy-Submarine-Enters-Baltic.html



Russian firm Almaz-Antey unveils Palma air defense system

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/10240-naval-news-july-2021-navy-forces-maritime-defense-industry/10384-russian-firm-almaz-antey-unveils-palma-air-defense-system.html



SolarWinds: How Russian spies hacked the Justice, State, Treasury, Energy and Commerce Departments

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/solarwinds-hack-russia-cyberattack-60-minutes-2021-07-04/




UK: More details released on role of the ‘National Flagship’

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/more-details-released-on-role-of-the-national-flagship/









Brazilian Navy Fires Exocet AM39 Missile From H225M Helicopter

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/07/brazilian-navy-successfully-fired-an-exocet-am39-missile-from-an-helicopter/




Report: Venezuela security forces continue killings, torture

https://apnews.com/article/caribbean-united-nations-venezuela-c84d79516c08a1121edf25f3b5585b97









Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/05/report-to-congress-on-chinese-naval-modernization-9



China: Soldiers And Smartphones

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20210705.aspx





South Korea's Mysterious Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Tested From Underwater Platform: Report

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41412/south-korea-mysterious-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-tested-from-underwater-platform-reports



S Korean Pontoon SLBM Test: Only Nuclear Armed Makes Sense

http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/07/s-korean-pontoon-slbm-test-only-nuclear.html





Philippine military plane crash highlights country’s ageing, stretched equipment

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3139927/philippine-military-plane-crash-highlights-countrys-ageing



Philippines orders probe after worst military accident in 3 decades

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-military-chief-says-47-killed-plane-crash-49-injured-2021-07-04/





Australia: Submarine seeks less troubled waters

http://www.mpnews.com.au/2021/07/05/submarine-seeks-less-troubled-waters/










The Mystery of the Hypersonic Tic Tac; A national security reporter on the U.S. government’s perplexing UFO report.

https://slate.com/technology/2021/07/shane-harris-interview-uap-ufo-report.html



Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/05/killer-flying-robots-drones-autonomous-ai-artificial-intelligence-facial-recognition-targets-turkey-libya/



Biden administration still weighing CIA drone strike policy amid Afghanistan withdrawal

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/05/politics/cia-drone-strike-afghanistan-suspected-terrorists/index.html



Investigators to search ocean off Hawaii for cargo plane

https://apnews.com/article/hi-state-wire-hawaii-oceans-business-efe4287723d69ea6f5fff753469989bc



US Army Conducts Airdrop Tests of New Infantry Squad Vehicle

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/05/us-army-airdrop-tests-isv/



Marines Say Unit Costs for CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Dropping

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/05/marines-say-unit-costs-for-ch-53k-heavy-lift-helicopter-dropping



The “ADCOM F-14:” the Tomcat that USAF never bought

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-adcom-f-14-the-tomcat-that-usaf-never-bought/



The Air Force wants to make its first new pistol in 35 years even smaller than it already is

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/air-force-m18-pistol-concealed-carry/



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