Af/Pak & Other News (7/2/2021)

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U.S. Leaves Its Last Afghan Base, Effectively Ending Operations

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/world/asia/afghanistan-bagram-us-withdrawal.html



Looters Moved Into Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield Hours After U.S. Troops Left

https://www.newsweek.com/looters-moved-afghanistans-bagram-airfield-hours-after-us-troops-left-1606385



Taliban Reacts to Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base Exit by U.S. Troops

https://www.newsweek.com/taliban-reacts-afghanistans-bagram-air-base-exit-us-troops-1606318



EXPLAINER: When is the US war in Afghanistan really over?

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-europe-middle-east-afghanistan-government-and-politics-8ad5ac2d3fad1943daec1bce8f5442c6



As the Taliban gain ground, how long can the U.S. Embassy in Kabul stand?

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/02/taliban-us-embassy-kabul-497815



As Afghan Forces Crumble, an Air of Unreality Grips the Capital

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/world/asia/afghanistan-withdrawal-taliban.html



ISIS in Afghanistan Remains a ‘Serious Threat,’ Special Envoy Warns

https://www.airforcemag.com/isis-in-afghanistan-remains-a-serious-threat-special-envoy-warns/



As troops leave, US to keep airstrike option in Afghanistan

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-afghanistan-government-and-politics-54614f59fd9d9e9ea1725bbc7a48b0a5



No decision yet in Turkey’s negotiations for Kabul Airport

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-kabul-middle-east-europe-turkey-9bb91560f42b12de05234522d6f7fb7c









Pakistan quadcopter spotted entering India, flies back after BSF fires at it

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pakistan-quadcopter-spotted-entering-india-flies-back-after-bsf-fires-at-it-101625196669871.html



U.S., Japan and Sri Lanka Wrap Up CARAT Sri Lanka Exercise

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/01/u-s-japan-and-sri-lanka-wrap-up-carat-sri-lanka-exercise









Iran said to restrict UN inspectors’ access to Natanz nuclear site after attack

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-said-to-restrict-un-inspectors-access-to-nuclear-site-after-attack/









Saudi-led coalition says it intercepted Houthi drone from Yemen

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/2/saudi-led-coalition-intercepts-rebel-drone-from-yemen




German submarines are giving Turkey an edge over Greece

https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/07/03/german-submarines-are-giving-turkey-an-edge-over-greece



U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-adds-turkey-list-countries-implicated-use-child-soldiers-2021-07-01/









Iran digs deep in hollowed-out Syria

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/iran-digs-deep-in-hollowed-out-syria-672613




Lebanese judge goes after top officials over port blast

https://apnews.com/article/beirut-middle-east-lebanon-0da6748df2b4ae059e30603b9216449d









US military shifts Army basing from Qatar to Jordan, analysts say move could provide leverage against Iran

https://warisboring.com/us-military-shifts-army-basing-from-qatar-to-jordan-analysts-say-move-could-provide-leverage-against-iran/









Israel bombs Hamas weapons factory in Gaza in response to arson balloons

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-bombs-hamas-weapons-factory-in-gaza-after-wave-of-arson-balloons/



Hamas defends its military summer camps for children and teenagers

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/07/hamas-defends-its-military-summer-camps-for-children-and-teenagers.php









Libyan coastguards ‘fired on and tried to ram migrant boat’ – NGO

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jul/02/libyan-coastguards-fired-on-and-tried-to-ram-migrant-boat-ngo




Analysis: Ethiopia govt withdrawal from Tigray capital opens new chapter in war

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/ethiopia-govt-withdrawal-tigray-capital-opens-new-chapter-war-2021-07-02/




Mozambique Mi-8 transport helicopter lost during fighting

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/07/mozambique-mi-8-transport-helicopter-lost-during-fighting




Russia Bolsters Presence in Central African Republic With 600 More Military Instructors

https://www.voanews.com/africa/russia-bolsters-presence-central-african-republic-600-more-military-instructors




AFRICOM: U.S. Forces ‘Commuting to Work’ to Curb Rising Terror Threat in Somalia After Pullout

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/01/africom-u-s-forces-commuting-to-work-to-curb-rising-terror-threat-in-somalia-after-pullout









Ukraine Deploys Turkish Bayraktar Drone in NATO's Sea Breeze Exercise

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29941/Ukraine_Deploys_Turkish_Bayraktar_Drone_in_NATO_s_Sea_Breeze_Exercise#.YN8_ZExlBaQ



U.S. Marine Corps deploys its tank destroyers to Ukraine

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-marine-corps-deploys-its-tank-destroyers-to-ukraine/



Russia Won't Risk 'Suicidal' NATO War in Black Sea—Ukraine Foreign Minister

https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-russia-wont-risk-suicidal-nato-war-black-sea-ukraine-foreign-minister-dmytro-kuleba-1606269



After Biden Meets Putin, U.S. Exposes Details of Russian Hacking Campaign

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/us/politics/biden-putin-russia-hacking.html



Yasen-M class SSGN ‘Novosibirsk’ Begins Its Sea Trials

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/07/yasen-m-class-ssgn-novosibirsk-begins-its-sea-trials/



Why US commanders are so worried about keeping track of Russia's newest subs

https://www.businessinsider.com/why-us-commanders-worry-about-tracking-russias-newest-subs-2021-7



Angry Russia shadows Italian Navy frigate in Black Sea

https://defence-blog.com/angry-russia-shadows-italian-navy-frigate-in-black-sea/





US allies want to spend more time practicing to hunt Russian and Chinese subs, top Navy admiral says

https://news.yahoo.com/news/us-allies-want-spend-more-152543249.html




Top Serbian security officials convicted at Hague for Bosnia war crimes

https://www.axios.com/serbia-yugoslav-war-crimes-bosnia-hague-a6ff5e21-50cf-43b5-a91d-8ec801300b28.html




Italian Navy aircraft carrier to get first F-35B ‘within a few days’

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/07/01/italian-navy-aircraft-carrier-to-get-first-f-35b-within-a-few-days/




Belgian F-16 Damaged in Ground Incident At Leeuwarden AB. Pilot Successfully Ejected.

https://theaviationist.com/2021/07/01/belgian-f-16-mishap-leeuwarden/





London helicopter ambulance reports near collision with drone

https://dronedj.com/2021/07/02/london-helicopter-ambulance-reports-near-collision-with-drone/



Britain to spend $4.8M developing inter-missile communication system

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/07/01/britain-intermissile-communication-system/4881625157324/



Royal Navy evaluating designs for new Type 83 Destroyer

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/royal-navy-evaluating-designs-for-new-type-83-destroyer/









Is China Reviving America’s Cold War-Era "Shell Game" ICBM Deployment Strategy?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41381/is-china-reviving-americas-cold-war-era-survivable-icbm-concept



China, India Move Tens of Thousands of Troops to the Border in Largest Buildup in Decades

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-india-move-tens-of-thousands-of-troops-to-the-border-in-largest-buildup-in-decades-11625218201



China’s Ambitious Space Programs Raise Red Flags

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/7/2/chinas-ambitious-space-programs-raise-red-flags



New Chinese conventional submarine fitted with towed array sonar

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/new-chinese-conventional-submarine-fitted-with-towed-array-sonar



China Is Expanding Its Mysterious, Area-51 Style Airfield

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/01/1011806020/satellite-photos-show-china-expanding-its-mysterious-desert-airfield



Chinese state magazine outlines Taiwan attack scenario on Party centenary

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/07/02/china-Chinese-magazine-Taiwan-invasion-scenario/4351625231802/



Watch record-breaking 5,200 drones celebrate 100 years of China’s Communist Party

https://dronedj.com/2021/07/02/world-record-5200-drones-light-show/



Chinese regime used U.S. to strengthen neo-totalitarianism, former Communist Party insider says

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/1/cai-xia-china-neo-totalitarian-communist-party-dec/





North Korea: The Price Of Free Has Gone Up

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/korea/articles/20210702.aspx





Korean Air getting four more Falcon 2000S jets for conversion into Baekdu ISR aircraft

http://alert5.com/2021/07/02/korean-air-getting-four-more-falcon-2000s-jets-for-conversion-into-baekdu-isr-aircraft/





It’s Getting More Likely The Japanese Would Fight For Taiwan

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/02/its-getting-more-and-more-likely-japanese-troops-would-fight-for-taiwan/



Japan to hold first joint air force exercises with Philippines in sign of closer defense ties

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/01/asia/japan-philippines-joint-air-exercises-intl-hnk/index.html










Chilean Navy Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine Appears In San Diego

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41387/chilean-navy-diesel-electric-attack-submarine-appears-in-san-diego



Fighter Radars Poised For Gallium Nitride Breakthrough

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/sensors-electronic-warfare/fighter-radars-poised-gallium-nitride-breakthrough



Decades after hellish ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle, 60 special operators will have their awards upgraded

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-special-operators-black-hawk-down-awards/



Investigation: Pilot’s Reliance on ‘Seat of the Pants Feel’ Caused February T-38 Crash

https://www.airforcemag.com/investigation-pilot-seat-of-the-pants-feel-february-t-38-crash/



Virgin Galactic plans to send Richard Branson to space on July 11th

https://www.engadget.com/virgin-galactic-richard-branson-flight-july-11-th-031430683.html



The Space Development Agency now has demo satellites on orbit. Here’s what they’ll do.

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/07/01/the-space-development-agency-now-has-demo-satellites-on-orbit-heres-what-theyll-do/



HawkEye 360 expands satellite-based RF data collection

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/hawkeye-360-expands-satellite-based-rf-data-collection



Space Force Plans To Place New Early Warning Satellites Into Non-Traditional Orbits Closer To Earth

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41383/space-force-plans-to-place-new-early-warning-satellites-into-non-traditional-orbits-closer-to-earth



Special Operations: Inventing A New Future

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20210702.aspx



First Marine Corps F-35C squadron reaches full operational capability

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/07/01/f35c-aircraft-foc/9521625164804/



Raytheon gets $2 bln U.S. Air Force contract for nuclear cruise missile

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/raytheon-gets-2-billion-us-air-force-contract-long-range-weapon-2021-07-01/



USAF launches new ‘spectrum warfare' unit

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/usaf-launches-new-spectrum-warfare-unit



Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/02/report-to-congress-on-navy-aegis-ballistic-missile-defense-2



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