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Satellite Imagery Contradicts Reports Of Foreign Aircraft At Bagram Air Base In Afghanistan

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42610/satellite-imagery-contradicts-reports-of-foreign-aircraft-at-bagram-air-base



Taliban Said To Have Rearmed Tajik Militants And Moved Uyghur Fighters From Chinese Border

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-tajik-china-uyghur/31492147.html



Kabul faces blackouts because the Taliban stopped paying foreign companies that generate most of Afghanistan's electricity

https://www.yahoo.com/news/kabul-faces-blackouts-because-taliban-131417743.html



Taliban Say Islamic State Cell Destroyed After Mosque Attack

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/04/taliban-islamic-state-attack/



Taliban-style security welcomed by some, feared by others

https://apnews.com/article/religion-police-afghanistan-kabul-taliban-87a4b0f9037763a4b237143a614439cf



What’s Keeping Afghanistan’s Mineral Wealth Underground?

https://www.voanews.com/a/what-s-keeping-afghanistan-s-mineral-wealth-underground-/6256489.html



Across Kabul, evidence of Afghanistan’s fast-unraveling economy under the Taliban is everywhere

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghanistan-economy-taliban/2021/10/02/be142044-214b-11ec-a8d9-0827a2a4b915_story.html









Indian DRDO performs successful maiden flight test of Akash Prime missile

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_october_2021_global_security_army_industry/indian_drdo_performs_successful_maiden_flight_test_of_akash_prime_missile.html









Azerbaijan denies Iran’s claim it is hosting Israeli military troops

https://www.timesofisrael.com/azerbaijan-denies-irans-claim-it-is-hosting-israeli-military-troops/









In Iraq, big neighbour Iran faces growing backlash

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211004-in-iraq-big-neighbour-iran-faces-growing-backlash









Beyond S-400, Turkey Seeks Russian Fighter Jet, Submarines

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30541/Beyond_S_400__Turkey_Seeks_Russian_Fighter_Jet__Submarines#.YVsX7H1lBaQ



‘Drone Alliance’ Between Turkey and Ukraine Moves Ahead

https://coffeeordie.com/ukraine-turkish-bayraktar-drone/









Gaza drone crosses into Israeli territory - report

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/gaza-drone-crosses-into-israeli-territory-report-680988



Plan to assassinate Israeli businesspeople in Cyprus thwarted

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-plan-to-assassinate-israeli-billionaire-teddy-sagi-thwarted-1001386019#utm_source=RSS









Libya's warring sides, including Russian mercenaries, may be guilty of crimes - UN

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/libyas-warring-sides-including-russian-mercenaries-may-be-guilty-crimes-un-2021-10-04/




Embedded with Rwandan troops fighting jihadists in Mozambique

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/focus/20211004-embedded-with-rwandan-troops-fighting-jihadists-in-mozambique









Russia’s Armed Forces Enhance UAV Strike Capability

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/10/04/russias_armed_forces_enhance_uav_strike_capability_797238.html



Video: Russian Submarine Launches First Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/video-russian-submarine-launches-first-tsirkon-hypersonic-missile/



Russia to Deploy Laser Weapons in Space by 2025

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/04/russia-laser-weapons-space/



Russian state news outlets covered the Pandora Papers, but made no mention of the involvement of Putin's inner circle

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-state-news-outlets-covered-the-pandora-papers-but-made-no-mention-of-the-involvement-of-putin-s-inner-circle/ar-AAP7gOa



Russia film crew set to blast off to make 1st movie in space

https://apnews.com/article/science-entertainment-business-kazakhstan-movies-9eb220dc3f6121b32665b877ad16cf7d





NATO’s Big Concern from Russia’s Zapad Exercise: Putin’s Forces Lingering in Belarus

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/biggest-takeaway-from-russias-zapad-exercise-putins-forces-linger-in-belarus/




Sweden maps out Gripen E entry into service

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/defence/latest/sweden-maps-out-gripen-e-entry-into-service




Thoughts and Observations from Defence 24: Shaping a Way Ahead for Polish Defense

https://defense.info/featured-story/2021/10/thoughts-and-observations-from-defence-24-shaping-a-way-ahead-for-polish-defense/




The UK is getting two new anti-drone lasers

https://www.popsci.com/technology/uk-invests-in-laser-weapons/




Pandora papers: biggest ever leak of offshore data exposes financial secrets of rich and powerful

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/03/pandora-papers-biggest-ever-leak-of-offshore-data-exposes-financial-secrets-of-rich-and-powerful



World leaders try to limit fallout from Pandora Papers revelations

https://www.france24.com/en/business/20211004-world-leaders-try-to-limit-fallout-from-pandora-papers-revelations









CASIC showcases production-ready WJ-700 Falcon UAV and Unmanned Combat System concept

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/airshow-china-2021-casic-showcases-production-ready-wj-700-falcon-uav-and-unmanned-combat-system-concept



Hicks: Chinese Military Expansion Poses Threats to Guam, Hawaii

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/04/hicks-chinese-military-expansion-poses-threats-to-guam-hawaii



Tengden debuts three-engine Twin Tailed Scorpion A armed reconnaissance UAV

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/airshow-china-2021-tengden-debuts-three-engine-twin-tailed-scorpion-a-armed-reconnaissance-uav




J-16 is China’s go-to fighter in Taiwan aerial incursions

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/j-16-is-chinas-go-to-fighter-in-taiwan-aerial-incursions/145755.article





China flies record 56 warplanes toward self-ruled Taiwan

https://apnews.com/article/china-taiwan-43c581adbe22c82a2af51c7b009717cd



Coming War With China? Taiwan Seeks Australia's Help

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/10/coming-war-with-china-taiwan-seeks.html





Koreas talk on hotline restored after North’s missile tests

https://apnews.com/article/seoul-south-korea-north-korea-7ee05e6c8defa9e60575e6372bb02513





Six Dead as Thai Military Battles Rebels in Restive South

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/04/thai-military-rebels-south/





U.S., U.K. Aircraft Carriers Drill with Japanese Big Deck Warship in the Western Pacific

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/04/u-s-u-k-aircraft-carriers-drill-with-japanese-big-deck-warship-in-the-western-pacific










House Intelligence Committee Approves Bill to Mandate Intelligence Sharing in “Pursuit of Unexplained Aerial Phenomena”

https://thedebrief.org/house-intelligence-committee-approves-bill-to-mandate-intelligence-sharing-in-pursuit-of-unexplained-aerial-phenomena/



Havana Syndrome continues to baffle U.S. officials

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/oct/1/havana-syndrome-continues-baffle-us-officials/



U.S. Navy Hit by Another International Bribery Scandal

https://www.realcleardefense.com/2021/10/04/us_navy_hit_by_another_international_bribery_scandal_797267.html



The Chicken War Revived

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20211004.aspx



Satellite Images Show Massive Armada Of Idle Cargo Ships Waiting To Dock In Long Beach

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42612/satellite-images-show-massive-armada-of-idle-cargo-ships-waiting-to-dock-in-long-beach



DARPA asks industry to develop G-band RF and microwave enabling technologies for communications and sensing

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/rf-analog/article/14211440/rf-and-microwave-gband-communications-and-sensing



Blue Origin confirms Star Trek's William Shatner will fly to space

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211004-blue-origin-confirms-star-trek-s-william-shatner-will-fly-to-space



The U.S. Army Could Soon Have A New Light Tank

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/the-u-s-army-could-soon-have-a-new-light-tank/



U.S. Marine Corps Order SMASH 2000 Fire Control Systems

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30542/U_S__Marine_Corps_Order_SMASH_2000_Fire_Control_Systems#.YVsX431lBaQ



B-52 Gets New Engines And Much More

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20211004.aspx



AOEW programme transitions to low-rate initial production

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/aoew-programme-transitions-to-low-rate-initial-production



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