Af/Pak & Other News (6/22/2021)

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Taliban Launches Wave Of Offensives, 'Captures' Afghan Border Crossing With Tajikistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-taliban-wave-offenives-border-crossing-tajikistan/31320783.html



Afghanistan accuses Taliban of worst violence in 2 decades,

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-taliban-united-nations-middle-east-afghanistan-7a0af1ee6c46c914a9a3c3ad90b5a198



UN Afghan envoy Deborah Lyons alarmed at Taliban gains

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57564716



US could slow Afghanistan withdrawal amid Taliban gains

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57564716



Afghans Who Spied for CIA Have a Problem: No Paperwork to Get U.S. Visas

https://www.wsj.com/articles/afghans-who-spied-for-cia-cant-get-u-s-visas-11624363200



Elite Afghan troops were left to die in battle with Taliban because their backup was too scared

https://warisboring.com/elite-afghan-troops-were-left-to-die-in-battle-with-taliban-because-their-backup-was-too-scared/



Attacked and Vulnerable, Some Afghans Are Forming Their Own Armies

https://news.yahoo.com/attacked-vulnerable-afghans-forming-own-120448248.html



Militias in Afghanistan’s north are taking up the fight against the Taliban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghanistan-militias-taliban/2021/06/22/f8fa35c0-d34b-11eb-b39f-05a2d776b1f4_story.html



Pakistani Support Base Bolsters Taliban As U.S. Exits

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghan-taliban-support-base-pakistan/31318820.html









Russia’s Sevmash Modernizes Indian Shipyard for INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier Upgrades

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29861/Russia___s_Sevmash_Modernizes_Indian_Shipyard_for_INS_Vikramaditya_Aircraft_Carrier_Upgrades#.YNI19kxlBaQ









Analysis: Iran vote points to hardline goal of long-term power - analysts

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-vote-points-hardline-goal-long-term-power-analysts-2021-06-21/



Iran Alleges U.S. Seized State-Linked Media Sites Amid Heightened Tensions

https://www.newsweek.com/iran-alleges-us-seized-state-linked-media-sites-amid-heightened-tensions-1603139



Iranians Blame "Technical Fault" For Emergency Shutdown At Country's Only Nuclear Power Plant

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41195/iranians-blame-technical-fault-for-emergency-shutdown-at-countrys-only-nuclear-power-plant









Drone attack said to target US forces in Iraq

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/another-drone-attack-on-us-forces-in-iraq-reported-analysis-671727



The Real Reason Big Oil Is Giving Up On Iraq

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/real-reason-big-oil-giving-230000823.html



Hashed armed alliance rising to dominate Iraq: experts

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210622-hashed-armed-alliance-rising-to-dominate-iraq-experts



HMS Queen Elizabeth Is First British Carrier To Send Jets Into Combat In Over Two Decades

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41213/hms-queen-elizabeth-is-first-british-carrier-to-send-jets-into-combat-in-over-two-decades



Turkish Operation Increases Conflict Among Kurds in Iraq

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/turkish-operation-increases-conflict-among-kurds-iraq









Battle for Yemen's Marib leaves 90 fighters dead in two days: loyalists

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210622-battle-for-yemen-s-marib-leaves-90-fighters-dead-in-two-days-loyalists









Syrian regime troops killed and captured in surprise IS attack

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/syrian-regime-troops-killed-captured-surprise-attack



Syria: Russia Builds To Stay

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlog/articles/20210622.aspx









Israeli Defense Minister Orders Forces Ready For Iran Ops

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/israeli-defense-minister-orders-force-ready-for-iran-ops/



40 years after Iraq reactor raid, IDF reveals Ilan Ramon’s fears, intel sketches

https://www.timesofisrael.com/40-years-after-iraq-reactor-raid-idf-reveals-ilan-ramons-fears-intel-sketches/



Israel Has Shot Down Drones With An Airborne High-Power Laser

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41192/israel-has-shot-down-drones-with-an-airborne-high-power-laser



New Rare Image of Israel's 'Caesaron' Large Underwater Drone

http://www.hisutton.com/Israeli-Underwater-Drone-Submarine-Caesaron.html









Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing

https://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-intelligence-chief-to-face-questioning-over-alleged-involvement-in-khashoggi-killing-221455670.html




Explainer: Untangling the crisis in Libya

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/untangling-crisis-libya-2021-06-22/




Nigeria: The Gathering Storm

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20210622.aspx




Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Heavy fighting reported

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57560543




Zambian military parades new equipment

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/zambian-military-parades-new-equipment









Ukrainian company develops missile-armed drone helicopter

https://defence-blog.com/ukrainian-company-develops-missile-armed-drone-helicopter/



UK giving two Sandown class mine hunters to Ukraine

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-giving-two-sandown-class-mine-hunters-to-ukraine/



Ukraine, U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet prepare for Black Sea exercises

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/21/seabreeze-ukraine-nato/3231624301740/



‘Passportization’ a key tactic in Russia’s push to annex eastern Ukraine, analysts say

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jun/22/russia-east-ukraine-annexation-passportization/



Putin accuses US of organizing 2014 Ukraine coup

https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/559557-putin-accuses-us-of-organizing-2014-ukraine-coup



Russia is Building a New Mini Nuclear Submarine

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29862/Russia_is_Building_a_New_Mini_Nuclear_Submarine#.YNI140xlBaQ



Russia Practices Destroying Enemy Carriers In Pacific Drills Sending U.S. Alarm Bells Ringing

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41197/russia-practices-destroying-enemy-carriers-in-pacific-drills-sending-u-s-alarm-bells-ringing



Russia Practices Firing Missiles into Black Sea as U.S., Allies Enter It for Training

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-practices-firing-missiles-black-sea-us-allies-enter-it-training-1603127





Positions of Two NATO Ships Were Falsified Near Russian Black Sea Naval Base

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/21/positions-of-two-nato-ships-were-falsified-near-russian-black-sea-naval-base




Polish intelligence agencies link cyberattack to Russia

https://apnews.com/article/europe-russia-intelligence-agencies-technology-government-and-politics-261df587ec9f93e781be8203a083eea1



U.S. Starts Deploying Aegis Ashore Battery in Poland

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29868/U_S__Starts_Deploying_Aegis_Ashore_Battery_in_Poland#.YNI1zUxlBaQ




Four French executives charged with spying on opposition Libya, Egypt figures

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210622-french-executives-charged-with-spying-on-opposition-libya-egypt-figures




Don’t Go Over 20 Miles Per Hour: New British Ajax Armored Vehicle Might Be Unsafe

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/dont-go-over-20-miles-per-hour-new-british-ajax-armored-vehicle-might-be-unsafe/



Royal Navy receives final autonomous minehunting boat

https://defence-blog.com/royal-navy-receives-final-autonomous-minehunting-boat/









How China Will Try To Unmask U.S. Submarines In The Western Pacific

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/06/22/how-china-will-try-to-unmask-us-submarines-in-the-western-pacific/



Update: Video footage emerges of new Chinese submarine

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/update-video-footage-emerges-of-new-chinese-submarine



Wuhan lab’s classified work complicates search for pandemic’s origins

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/wuhan-lab-leak-secret-coronavirus/2021/06/22/b9c45940-cf08-11eb-a224-bd59bd22197c_story.html



China stepping up use of secret detention without trial, report warns

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/22/china-stepping-up-use-secret-detention-without-trial-report-warns





Is North Korea Headed Towards Starvation?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/is-north-korea-headed-towards-starvation/



North Korea’s Warplanes Scattered, Granting Analysts A Rare Chance To Count Them

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/06/22/north-koreas-warplanes-scattered-granting-analysts-a-rare-chance-to-count-them/



North Korean hackers breach South Korean submarine builder (again)

https://therecord.media/north-korean-hackers-breach-south-korean-submarine-builder-again/





South Korea to test new counter-UAV system aimed at protecting military facilities

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/south-korea-to-test-new-counter-uav-system-aimed-at-protecting-military-facilities





Myanmar militias vow to take on army after city firefight

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/myanmar-army-clashes-with-anti-junta-militia-mandalay-city-2021-06-22/





Malaysia launches tender for the supply of 18 light combat aircraft

http://alert5.com/2021/06/22/malaysia-launches-tender-for-the-supply-of-18-light-combat-aircraft/










Neglected Russian submarine poses threat to Queen Mary, city says

https://lbpost.com/news/neglected-russian-submarine-poses-threat-to-queen-mary-city-says



US Publishes National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/06/22/us-publishes-national-strategy-for-countering-domestic-terrorism/



‘This May Not Be The Big One’: Army Scientists Warn of Deadlier Pandemics to Come

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/06/may-not-be-big-one-army-scientists-warn-deadlier-pandemics-come/174853/



An Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Just Made A Rare And Very Quick Stop In San Diego

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41203/an-ohio-class-ballistic-missile-submarine-just-made-a-rare-and-very-quick-stop-in-san-diego



Mystery of Top Chinese Spymaster’s Rumored Defection Gets Weirder

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mystery-of-top-chinese-spymaster-dong-jingweis-rumored-defection-gets-weirder



Since 9/11, military suicides dwarf the number of soldiers killed in combat

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/9-11-military-suicides-dwarf-number-soldiers-killed-combat-n1271346



Northrop Grumman Flight Tests Digital Wideband AESA Sensor

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29869/Northrop_Grumman_Flight_Tests_Digital_Wideband_AESA_Sensor#.YNI1ykxlBaQ



Space Force, DoD agencies planning multi-orbit sensor network to track hypersonic missiles

https://spacenews.com/space-force-dod-agencies-planning-multi-orbit-sensor-network-to-track-hypersonic-missiles/



Aerojet Rocketdyne Demos On-demand Thrust Termination of Hypersonic Missile Motor

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29865/Aerojet_Rocketdyne_Demos_On_demand_Thrust_Termination_of_Hypersonic_Missile_Motor#.YNI12UxlBaQ



Why The U.S. Army Is Considering Walking Tanks

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/06/22/why-the-us-army-is-considering-walking-tanks/



US Army’s first mid-range missile battery coming in FY23 with 3 to follow

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/06/21/us-armys-first-mid-range-missile-battery-coming-in-fy23-with-three-to-follow/



Aerojet Rocketdyne completes OpFires Phase 2 full-scale static propulsion test

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/aerojet-rocketdyne-completes-opfires-phase-2-full-scale-static-propulsion-test



Air Force's THOR Microwave Weapon Instantly Ends Enemy Drone Attack in New Video

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/06/21/air-forces-thor-microwave-weapon-instantly-ends-enemy-drone-attack-new-video.html



U.S. Navy Adversary Unit Reveals Super Hornet Masquerading As Russia’s Top Fighter

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41187/u-s-navy-adversary-unit-reveals-super-hornet-masquerading-as-russias-top-fighter



The U.S. Navy Is Giving Up On Getting Bigger—With Just A Few High-Tech Exceptions

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/06/21/the-us-navy-is-giving-up-on-getting-bigger-with-just-a-few-high-tech-exceptions/



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