Af/Pak & Other News (4/9/2021)

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'Security Threat' Prompts Afghans to Turn Back Plane Carrying Pakistan Lawmakers

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/security-threat-prompts-afghans-turn-back-plane-carrying-pakistan-lawmakers



Analysis: Al Qaeda continues to operate throughout Afghanistan

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/04/analysis-al-qaeda-continues-to-operate-throughout-afghanistan.php



Frustrated military officials want Biden to make a decision on Afghanistan

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/frustrated-military-officials-want-biden-make-decision-afghanistan-n1263416



Backlash Grows Against Pakistani Law Criminalizing Criticism Of Military

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/backlash-grows-against-pakistani-law-criminalizing-criticism-of-military/31193760.html









India, China hold 11th round of military talks; focus on further disengagement in eastern Ladakh

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-china-hold-11th-round-of-military-talks-focus-on-further-disengagement-in-eastern-ladakh-7266586/



Kalvari Class Submarine: The Scorpène's New Sting

http://www.hisutton.com/Scorpene-Class-Submarine.html



U.S. Navy Boasts it Conducted Exercise in India’s EEZ without Prior Consent

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29309/U_S__Navy_Boasts_it_Conducted_Exercise_in_India___s_EEZ_without_Prior_Consent









Iran 'Will Definitely Respond' to Attack on Its Ship, Suspects U.S., Israel

https://www.newsweek.com/iran-will-definitely-respond-attack-its-ship-suspects-us-israel-1582188



Iran frees South Korean ship, captain after promise to help with frozen funds

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-iran/iran-frees-south-korean-ship-captain-after-promise-to-help-with-frozen-funds-idUSKBN2BW0C2



US 'Monitoring' as Iran Sends Fuel Tankers to Venezuela in Defiance of Sanctions

https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-monitoring-iran-sends-fuel-tankers-venezuela-defiance-sanctions









Iraqi forces capture, dismantle 24 missiles near Ain Al-Assad base: Sources

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/04/08/Iraqi-forces-capture-dismantle-24-missiles-near-Ain-Al-Assad-base-Sources



British jets launch ten-day air raid in Iraq a few weeks after using Storm Shadow cruise missiles on ISIS targets for the first time

https://warisboring.com/british-jets-launch-ten-day-air-raid-in-iraq-a-few-weeks-after-using-storm-shadow-cruise-missiles-on-isis-targets-for-the-first-time/



Why Is the U.S. Still in Iraq After 18 Years?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/04/why-is-the-u-s-still-in-iraq-after-18-years/









ADASI from UAE develops QX-4 kamikaze drone able to carry precision guided bombs

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_april_2021_global_security_army_industry/adasi_from_uae_develops_qx-4_kamikaze_drone_able_to_carry_precision_guided_bombs.html



HALCON EDGE from UAE has designed Shadow jet-engine powered UAVs loitering munitions

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/halcon_edge_from_uae_has_designed_shadow_jet-engine_powered_uavs_loitering_munitions.html




Yemen's Houthis say they carried out drone attack on Saudi airport, no confirmation

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-yemen-attacks/yemens-houthis-say-they-carried-out-drone-attack-on-saudi-airport-no-confirmation-idUSKBN2BW1ZW




Turkish military jet crashes during training, pilots rescued

https://apnews.com/article/turkey-europe-plane-crashes-aa3825ed7217c7a9dce00025511505f8



Turkey says U.S. warships to deploy in Black Sea until May 4

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-usa-turkey/turkey-says-u-s-warships-to-deploy-in-black-sea-until-may-4-idUSKBN2BW1HV









#Syria: #Russia carried out today new airstrikes bombing area of Basanqul in SW. #Idlib province.

https://twitter.com/QalaatAlMudiq/status/1379493947072974849









Israel resumes airstrikes against Iran’s proxy network in Syria

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/04/israel-resumes-airstrikes-against-irans-proxy-network-in-syria.php









Chad makes arrests over alleged pre-election bomb and murder plot

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chad-election-arrests/chad-makes-arrests-over-alleged-pre-election-bomb-and-murder-plot-idUSKBN2BW1CR




300 Killed In March Outbreak Of Ethiopia Ethnic Violence, Says Official

https://www.barrons.com/news/300-killed-in-march-outbreak-of-ethiopia-ethnic-violence-says-official-01617966605?tesla=y









Analysis: Russian military buildup raises stakes as fighting in Ukraine intensifies

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-politics-analys/analysis-russian-military-buildup-raises-stakes-as-fighting-in-ukraine-intensifies-idUSKBN2BW1SX



Ukraine Might Field A Drone Strike Force—And It Could Knock Out Russian Tanks

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/04/09/ukraine-might-field-a-drone-strike-force-and-it-could-knock-out-russian-tanks/



Ukraine conflict: Moscow could 'defend' Russia-backed rebels

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56678665



Russian Ground Troop Units and Iskander ballistic missiles identified at Ukrainian border by Janes

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/russian-ground-troop-units-and-iskander-ballistic-missiles-identified-at-ukrainian-border-by-janes



US expresses concern as Russia 'sends ballistic missiles' to Ukraine border

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/us-expresses-concern-as-russia-sends-ballistic-missiles-to-ukraine-border/ar-BB1fryAD



Russian Gunboats Head To The Black Sea To Join Military Buildup Near Ukraine

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40103/russian-gunboats-head-to-the-black-sea-to-join-troop-buildup-near-ukraine



Russian force on Ukraine border larger than any time since 2014, U.S. says

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-usa/russian-force-on-ukraine-border-larger-than-any-time-since-2014-u-s-says-idUSKBN2BV2Z3



Kremlin says it fears full-scale fighting in Ukraine’s east

https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-moscow-russia-vladimir-putin-crimea-58d0c23807b859fdc7ab7a79ddfcef17



All-Robot Russian Military Unit to be Established Soon

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29311/All_Robot_Russian_Military_Unit_to_be_Established_Soon



Russian and Chinese Nuclear Threats Pose Problem for U.S. Deterrence, Experts Say

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/08/russian-and-chinese-nuclear-threats-pose-problem-for-u-s-deterrence-experts-say



Russia’s UEC Demos Pulse Detonation Engine

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29312/Russia___s_UEC_Demos_Pulse_Detonation_Engine



New “Putin Force One” successfully performs maiden flight

https://www.aerotime.aero/27641-putin-force-one-maiden-flight



U.S. Intel Report Predicts Russia Will Be A Declining But 'Disruptive Power' Over Next Two Decades

https://www.rferl.org/a/us-intel-russia-declining-disruptive-power-/31194504.html



Listen to This Russian Pilot Trying to Intercept an SR-71 Spy Plane

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/listen-russian-pilot-trying-intercept-sr-71-spy-plane-182285



Nord Stream 2: Russia’s attempt to divide the US and Europe

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/nord-stream-2-russias-attempt-to-divide-the-us-and-europe/




Narco Sub Production Moves To Europe

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20210409.aspx




French Soldiers Train With Robot Dog in Combat Exercise

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/09/french-soldiers-robot-dog/



ASTERX 2021: French Space Forces Reach For Higher ‘Orbit’

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/04/asterx-2021-french-space-forces-reach-for-higher-orbit/




Turkish Defence Minister visits British aircraft carrier

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/turkish-defence-minister-visits-british-aircraft-carrier/









Studies Shed Light on Chinese Directed Energy Efforts

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/4/8/study-sheds-light-on-chinese-directed-energy-program



Now China Has Cruise Missile Carrying Catamarans Chasing Away Ships In The South China Sea

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40107/now-china-has-cruise-missile-carrying-catamarans-chasing-away-ships-in-the-south-china-sea



A war in South America 39 years ago is still teaching China lessons about how to seize Taiwan

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-war-in-south-america-39-years-ago-is-still-teaching-china-lessons-about-how-to-seize-taiwan/ar-BB1ftmkQ





Kim compares North Korea’s economic woes to 1990s famine

https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-south-korea-north-korea-coronavirus-pandemic-famine-629aa27f7e5845659ab9424499d6cba0





Lithium-ion Batteries: South Korean & Chinese Subs

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/04/lithium-ion-batteries-south-korean.html



Meet South Korea's New KF-21 "Hawk" Indigenous Fighter

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40113/meet-south-koreas-new-kf-21-hawk-indigenous-fighter



KF-X Jet Vs. China's J-20: Possible Features of South Korea's First Fighter Plane

https://www.techtimes.com/articles/258913/20210409/kf-x-jet-possibly-faster-chinas-j-20-possible-features-south-korea-fighter-plane.htm





Myanmar junta deploys Chinese drones to monitor protesters and aid military after coup: report

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3128898/myanmar-junta-deploys-chinese-drones-monitor-protesters-and









Power problems surface off Halifax for navy's submarine

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/power-problems-surface-off-halifax-for-navys-submarine-573839/










Images leaked from Pentagon investigation show UFOs swarm above Navy destroyer

https://fox8.com/news/images-leaked-from-pentagon-investigation-show-ufos-swarm-above-navy-destroyer/



Biden is trying to derail China's effort to build the world's fastest supercomputer needed for unstoppable missiles

https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-trying-derail-china-effort-to-build-worlds-fastest-supercomputer-2021-4



US sanctions Chinese computer makers in widening tech fight

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-beijing-21e5618ad4cb844639bdcf3d5a5ac2ed



US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer centres over weapons concerns

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3128842/us-blacklists-seven-chinese-supercomputer-centres



Details of sweeping effort to counter China emerge in U.S. Senate

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-senate/details-of-sweeping-effort-to-counter-china-emerge-in-u-s-senate-idUSKBN2BV1UE



DARPA Initiates Low Temperature Integrated Circuits Project to Get Over Moore's Law Limitations

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29307/DARPA_Initiates_Low_Temperature_Integrated_Circuits_Project_to_Get_Over_Moore_s_Law_Limitations



NSA gathers together the top minds in what it calls the Science of Security

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/technology-main/2021/04/nsa-gathers-together-the-top-minds-in-what-it-calls-the-science-of-security/



The Extremism Question the Military Can't Answer

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2021-04-08/military-may-never-conclude-what-extremism-is-top-general-says



Air Force releases new mission statement focused on airpower

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/04/08/Air-Force-new-mission-statement/4821617910245/



U.S. Air Force pilot spotted with Russian patch

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-pilots-spotted-with-russian-patch.html



The F3 Method: How to Hunt Down and Kill Terrorists

https://sofrep.com/news/find-fix-finish-how-cellular-collection-works/



US spies peer into the future - and it doesn't look good

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56683852



Navy Has Given 35% of Active-Duty Sailors COVID-19 Vaccines

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/08/navy-has-given-35-of-active-duty-sailors-covid-19-vaccines



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: April. 08

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/z/aerospace-defense-roundup-april-08



Space: The Future Arrived Unexpectedly

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htspace/articles/20210409.aspx



USAF launching a satellite in 2024 to test space-based solar power beaming system

http://alert5.com/2021/04/09/usaf-launching-a-satellite-in-2024-to-test-space-based-solar-power-beaming-system/



Army orders small unmanned ground vehicle from FLIR for explosives detection and threat surveillance

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/unmanned/article/14200987/unmanned-explosivesdetection-ground-vehicle



The Army's Plan To Finally Replace The Tank Busting TOW Missile

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40111/the-armys-plan-to-finally-replace-the-tank-busting-tow-missile



Northrop Grumman’s Firebird multi-sensor aircraft demonstrates operational flexibility

https://defence-blog.com/news/northrop-grummans-firebird-multi-sensor-aircraft-demonstrates-operational-flexibility.html



MAG-13 conducted large force exercise with F-22s acting as Red Air

http://alert5.com/2021/04/09/mag-13conducted-large-force-exercise-with-f-22s-acting-as-red-air/



Navy wraps 5 weeks of G/ATOR integrated testing

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/04/08/navy-gator-system-tests/8111617918054/



USS Abraham Lincoln finishes seven months of maintenance, upgrades

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/04/08/USS-Abraham-Lincoln-planned-incremental-availability/4801617904164/



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