Af/Pak & Other News (12/15/2021)

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The AP Interview: Karzai ‘invited’ Taliban to stop chaos

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-police-middle-east-taliban-ashraf-ghani-438230aa716f175cc35d3506d727f8b3



What Does the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan Have to Offer? The NRF says it is pushing for a new trajectory in Afghanistan.

https://thediplomat.com/2021/12/what-does-the-national-resistance-front-of-afghanistan-have-to-offer/



Pakistan Navy Conducts Live-Fire Surface-to-Air Missile Test

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/15/pakistan-surface-to-air-missiles/



Pakistan: Flying & Fighting in the Mirage III/V: interview with Mirage pilot

https://hushkit.net/2021/12/14/flying-fighting-in-the-mirage-iii-v-interview-with-mirage-pilot/









Russia offers Sprut-SDM1 lightweight amphibious tank for India light tank tender

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_december_2021_global_security_army_industry/russia_offers_sprut-sdm1_lightweight_amphibious_tank_for_india_light_tank_tender.html



Indian Army Receives Anti-Drone Systems, Military Hardware

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/15/india-anti-drone-military-hardware/









UN watchdog says Iran will allow new cameras at nuclear site

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-iran-iran-nuclear-united-nations-92bb9207ee7343a042512f4107a68f09



Iran: Running Out Of Useful Options

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iran/articles/20211215.aspx









USS Portland Uses Its Experimental Laser To Fry A Floating Target In The Middle East

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43521/uss-portland-uses-its-experimental-laser-to-fry-a-floating-target-in-the-middle-east




UAE F-35 Stealth Fighter Deal Hangs By A Thread Amid Chinese Espionage Worries

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43513/uae-f-35-stealth-fighter-deal-hangs-by-a-thread-amid-chinese-espionage-worries




Arab coalition airstrikes kill 165 Houthis in Marib, west coast as fighting flares

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1987121/middle-east









M60 Patton Tank: Retired from the US Military, Still Waging War in Syria?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/12/m60-patton-tank-retired-from-the-us-military-still-waging-war-in-syria/









Israel's Request To Speed Delivery Of KC-46 Tankers Critical For Striking Iran Denied

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43506/israels-request-to-speed-delivery-of-kc-46-tankers-critical-in-striking-iran-denied



What's behind Iran's map threat against Israel? - Fmr. IDF cyber head

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/whats-behind-irans-map-threat-against-israel-fmr-idf-cyber-head-688813



SPIKE: The Israeli Missile Killing Tanks All Over the Planet

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/12/spike-the-isreali-missile-killing-tanks-all-over-the-planet/









The Mystery MRLs That Fuelled Both Sides Of The Libyan Conflict

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/12/the-mystery-mrls-that-fuelled-both.html




Ethiopia civil war: How PM Abiy led fight-back against rebel advance

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59552888




Algeria: Listing The Polisario’s Inventory of AFVs

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/12/desert-storm-listing-polisarios.html









Ukraine sees no sign of Russia withdrawing troops from border

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-ukraine-sees-no-sign-russia-withdrawing-troops-border-2021-12-15/



Bracing for Russian Air Power, Ukraine Boosts Air Defenses and Readies Bomb Shelters

https://coffeeordie.com/russian-air-power-ukraine/



OCEA Launches First FPB 98 Patrol Boat Built For Ukraine

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/12/15/ocea-launches-first-fpb-98-patrol-boat-built-for-ukraine/



Ukraine’s Tanks Could Be Better Than Russia’s. It Might Not Matter.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/12/15/ukraines-tanks-could-be-better-than-russias-it-might-not-matter/



While Massing Troops Against Ukraine, Putin Threatens the U.S. National Command Authority

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/12/15/while_massing_troops_against_ukraine_putin_threatens_the_us_national_command_authority_807894.html



Russian Deception Ops Raise Risk of Surprise Attack on Ukraine

https://coffeeordie.com/russian-deception-surprise-attack/



Factbox: How rebel-held regions of eastern Ukraine have grown closer to Russia

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/how-rebel-held-regions-eastern-ukraine-have-grown-closer-russia-2021-12-15/



US lawmakers urge pre-emptive sanctions, Ukraine arms to deter Putin

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211214-us-lawmakers-urge-pre-emptive-sanctions-ukraine-arms-to-deter-putin



Russia’s Endgame in Ukraine: Bluff, Bombard or Invasion?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/12/russias-endgame-in-ukraine-bluff-bombard-or-invasion/



Russian Su-57 Jet’s Stealth Capability to Increase with Flat Nozzle Engine

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/31011/Russian_Su_57_Jet___s_Stealth_Capability_to_Increase_with_Flat_Nozzle_Engine#.YboogFmIZPY



Russian Navy Otvet Anti-submarine Missile Successfully Hits Target in Sea of Japan

https://militaryleak.com/2021/12/15/russian-navy-otvet-anti-submarine-missile-successfully-hits-target-in-sea-of-japan/





NATO dismisses Russian accusations surrounding nuclear missile deployment

https://thehill.com/policy/international/585738-nato-dismisses-russian-accusations-surrounding-nuclear-missile





Poland buys further Black Hawks for special forces

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/defence/latest/poland-buys-further-black-hawks-for-special-forces




Germany: Russian Vadim Krasikov convicted of assassinating Chechen Tornike Khangoshvili in Tiergarten

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/15/germany-russia-chechen-murder-berlin/



Germany expels Russian envoys after court says Moscow ordered killing in Berlin

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20211215-germany-expels-russian-envoys-after-court-says-moscow-ordered-killing-in-berlin



Germany: Anti-Vaxxers Planned to Murder Government Official With Crossbows, Police Say

https://www.thedailybeast.com/anti-vaxxers-planned-crossbow-murder-of-german-government-official-michael-kretschmer-police-say




Warnings ignored over Ajax safety issues

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/warnings-ignored-over-ajax-safety-issues/









PLA conducts more live-fire drills in South China Sea as US keeps watch

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3159850/pla-conducts-more-live-fire-drills-south-china-sea-us-keeps





North Korea: Video Critics With A License To Kill

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20211215.aspx



10 years at helm, Kim Jong Un’s nukes are still ‘magic wand’

https://apnews.com/article/business-seoul-south-korea-nuclear-weapons-north-korea-6310abcb799ce3177be2ac229a4ffac2





South Korea’s First Nuclear Submarine Looks Closer

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/12/south-koreas-first-nuclear-submarine-looks-closer/





Philippines releases funding for corvette procurement

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/philippines-releases-funding-for-corvette-procurement










Sailor blamed for devastating US warship fire ‘disgruntled’ after failed SEALs bid

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3159639/sailor-blamed-devastating-us-warship-fire



ATF Investigator: Bonhomme Richard Fire Deliberately Set, No Direct Physical Evidence Points to Accused Sailor

https://news.usni.org/2021/12/14/atf-investigator-bonhomme-richard-fire-deliberately-set-no-direct-physical-evidence-points-to-accused-sailor



Trump felt used on Soleimani strike: "Israel did not do the right thing"

https://www.axios.com/trump-soleimani-strike-netanyahu-israel-8f1abba2-5c05-4909-adee-ef872e9becb4.html



America’s loitering radar-hunting missile is due for a comeback

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/americas-loitering-radar-hunting-missile-is-due-for-a-comeback/



Researchers developing communications networking for unmanned surveillance vehicles for GPS-denied missions

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/unmanned/article/14222308/surveillance-unmanned-communications



DoD signs contract to retrofit Global Hawk drones to be used for hypersonic missile testing

https://warisboring.com/dod-signs-contract-to-retrofit-global-hawk-drones-to-be-used-for-hypersonic-missile-testing/



Army Bring-Your-Own-Device Experiments Test New Security Concepts

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/12/army-bring-your-own-device-experients-test-new-security-concepts/359762/



US THOR Counter-Drone Technology Nearing Completion

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/15/us-thor-counter-drone/



Loading StormBreaker on the F-15E takes more time compared to other munitions

http://alert5.com/2021/12/15/loading-stormbreaker-on-the-f-15e-takes-more-time-compared-to-other-munitions/



What If The Advanced Tactical Trainer The USAF Says It Wants Already Exists As A Fighter?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2021/12/14/what-if-the-advanced-tactical-trainer-the-usaf-says-it-wants-already-exists-as-a-fighter/



Navy to Start Separating Unvaccinated Sailors

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/12/navy-start-separating-unvaccinated-sailors/359767/



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