Af/Pak & Other News (12/18/2020)

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UN strikes agreement with Taliban leaders to set up thousands of schools in insurgent areas

https://www.yahoo.com/news/un-strikes-agreement-taliban-leaders-134448573.html



The Taliban is using magnetic ‘sticky bombs’ to assassinate Afghan officials; Magnetic bombs have killed at least 10 Afghan government officials in the last several weeks.

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/taliban-sticky-bombs-afghanistan/



High-Tech American Military Equipment Lost in Afghanistan

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/high-tech-american-military-equipment-lost-in-afghanistan/



Pakistan warns India planning ‘surgical strike’ against it

https://apnews.com/article/india-pakistan-islamabad-united-arab-emirates-kashmir-17d6bf33895ab6c94bf72aca746c0b86









Images Show Design For Indian Navy Indigenous Coastal Submarine

http://www.hisutton.com/Indian-Navy-Coastal-Submarine.html









Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-technology-dubai-iran-iran-nuclear-d9809b8a61f71f87dff31da6ff784687









U.S. Stops Sharing Intel With Qatar Due to Alignment With Iran, British MP Says

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-stops-sharing-intel-with-qatar-due-to-alignment-with-iran-british-mp-says/




US Air Force seeks radar solutions for Saudi air defence

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-air-force-seeks-radar-solutions-for-saudi-air-defence









Turkey has evacuated seven Syrian military posts - source

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkey-has-evacuated-seven-syrian-military-posts-source-idUSKBN28S14F









Israeli Air Force F-15D Launched A Blue Sparrow Ballistic Test Target During Latest “David’s Sling” Interception Test

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/17/israeli-air-force-f-15d-launched-a-blue-sparrow-ballistic-test-target-during-latest-davids-sling-interception-test/



Israel’s top-secret Mossad looks to recruit via Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-mossad-spies-netflix/2020/12/18/a48745d4-3f88-11eb-b58b-1623f6267960_story.html









Nigerian military rescues 344 kidnapped schoolboys

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/17/Nigerian-military-rescues-344-kidnapped-schoolboys/8731608249794/




Ethiopia offers reward for information on fugitive Tigrayan leaders

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20201218-ethiopia-offers-reward-for-information-on-fugitive-tigrayan-leaders









Russian Sprut-SDM1 light tank completes trials in Black Sea

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_december_2020_global_security_army_industry/russian_sprut-sdm1_light_tank_completes_trials_in_black_sea.html



Su-34 To The Rescue

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20201218.aspx



Russia is developing a helicopter drone to destroy other drones

https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2020/12/17/russia-is-developing-a-helicopter-drone-to-destroy-other-drones/



Cozy Bear — Russia’s Cyberspies Suspected In Latest Government Hacks

https://thedebrief.org/cozy-bear-russias-cyberspies-suspected-in-latest-government-hacks/



The Poison Trail That Led Straight to Putin

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-novichok-poisoning-of-alexei-navalny-leads-straight-to-putin



Spies, drug cocktails and computer fraud - the making of a doping scandal

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201217-spies-drug-cocktails-and-computer-fraud-the-making-of-a-doping-scandal




Russia 'Used Bulgarian Airspace' To Deliver Military Equipment To Serbia

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-planes-bulgarian-airspace-military-equipment-serbia/31006388.html



Bulgaria Expels Another Russian Diplomat For Spying On U.S. Troops

https://www.rferl.org/a/bulgaria-expels-another-russian-diplomat-for-spying/31007938.html




Man really did hack Trump’s Twitter account by guessing password, ‘maga2020!,’ Dutch prosecutors say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/12/17/dutch-trump-twitter-password-hack/




Germany May Receive Israeli Heron-TP UAVs without Weapons

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28575/Germany_May_Receive_Israeli_Heron_TP_UAVs_without_Weapons




Italy’s two new G550 AISREW will be equipped with Osprey 50 AESA Radars

http://alert5.com/2020/12/18/italys-two-new-g550-aisrew-will-be-equipped-with-osprey-50-aesa-radars/




Britain, EU split on territorial waters with just 'hours' left for post-Brexit deal

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/18/Britain-EU-split-on-territorial-waters-with-just-hours-left-for-post-Brexit-deal/7971608292296/



UK to base Wedgetails at RAF Lossiemouth

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-to-base-wedgetails-at-raf-lossiemouth



U.K. Citizen Sentenced For Attempting To Smuggle Industrial Equipment To Iran

https://www.rferl.org/a/smuggling-iran-british-citizen-sentenced-florida/31007000.html









Watch This Chinese Z-8 Naval Helicopter Fly Just Feet Off The Ground Along A Highway

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38235/watch-this-chinese-z-8-naval-helicopter-fly-just-feet-off-the-ground-along-a-highway



Beijing Upgrading Naval Bases To Strengthen Grip On South China Sea

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/12/beijing-upgrading-naval-bases-to-strengthen-grip-on-south-china-sea/



Chinese airpower reaches for the big leagues in 2021

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/chinese-airpower-reaches-for-the-big-leagues-in-2021/141314.article



China’s Military Actions Against Taiwan in 2021: What to Expect

https://thediplomat.com/2020/12/chinas-military-actions-against-taiwan-in-2021-what-to-expect/





Taiwan Says China Wants to Spy on Nations, Steal Data Through Undersea Cable Networks

https://www.newsweek.com/taiwan-china-spy-nations-steal-data-undersea-cable-networks-kiribati-connectivity-project-1555849



RoCAF to cancel New Year flypast due to increase activities by China aircraft

http://alert5.com/2020/12/18/rocaf-to-cancel-new-year-flypast-due-to-increase-activities-by-china-aircraft/





North Korean Kh-35 Clone

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htart/articles/20201218.aspx





Australia’s Hunter-class frigate program enters prototyping phase

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/12/australias-hunter-class-frigate-program-enters-prototyping-phase/










Former CIA Director Says We Should be Open-Minded About UFOs

https://thedebrief.org/former-cia-director-says-we-should-be-open-minded-about-ufos/



‘Worst hacking in US history’: Agencies said to fear nuclear networks accessed

https://www.timesofisrael.com/worst-hacking-in-us-history-agencies-said-to-fear-nuclear-networks-accessed/



Nuclear weapons agency breached amid massive cyber onslaught

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/17/nuclear-agency-hacked-officials-inform-congress-447855



No. 2 Senate Democrat decries alleged Russian hack as ‘virtual invasion’

https://www.c4isrnet.com/congress/2020/12/17/no-2-senate-democrat-russia-hack-a-virtual-invasion/



Widespread Russian Cyberattack Reveals America’s Soft Underbelly

https://www.forbes.com/sites/guysnodgrass/2020/12/18/widespread-russian-cyberattack-reveals-americas-soft-underbelly/




‘It’s going to take a lot of digging’: The Pentagon’s long search to see if anyone’s hiding in its networks

https://www.c4isrnet.com/cyber/2020/12/17/its-going-to-take-a-lot-of-digging-the-pentagons-long-search-to-see-if-anyones-hiding-in-its-networks/



Defense Logistics Agency ready to ship COVID-19 vaccine overseas

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/12/17/Defense-Logistics-Agency-ready-to-ship-COVID-19-vaccine-overseas/5871608250940/



What’s Up For Aerospace & Defense In 2021? Five ‘Deep Thoughts’

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2020/12/18/whats-up-for-aerospace--defense-in-2021-five-deep-thoughts/



ULA’s new rocket Vulcan projected to launch in late 2021

https://spacenews.com/ulas-new-rocket-vulcan-projected-to-launch-in-late-2021/



Elbit Systems’ ATMOS Iron Sabre Mobile Howitzer Selected for U.S. Army Shoot-Off Evaluation

https://defpost.com/elbit-systems-atmos-iron-sabre-mobile-howitzer-selected-for-u-s-army-shoot-off-evaluation/



Air Supremacy Lost: An Imminent Danger for Ground Troops

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2020/december/air-supremacy-lost-imminent-danger-ground-troops



Bell V-280 Valor Tests New Mission Equipment Integration and External Cargo Loads

https://defpost.com/bell-v-280-valor-tests-new-mission-equipment-integration-and-external-cargo-loads/



The Air Force’s new drone-in-a-box is like ‘scramble the fighters’ for base security forces

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/air-force-base-security-drones/



Pentagon: Drones Can Complete Missions in "Cut Off" Network-Denied Warfare

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/sea/pentagon-drones-can-complete-missions-in-cut-off-network-denied-warfare-KbivSJ-fBkir46tSQU56Lw



Report to Congress on Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles

https://news.usni.org/2020/12/18/report-to-congress-on-conventional-prompt-global-strike-and-long-range-ballistic-missiles-3



China’s Maritime Militia Is A Problem—The U.S. Coast Guard Could Be The Solution

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/12/18/americas-sea-chiefs-just-made-a-compelling-argument-for-a-bigger-more-powerful-us-coast-guard/



This Is Not Your Father’s Tomahawk Cruise Missile

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a34979788/new-block-v-tomahawk-cruise-missile/



New Strategy Says U.S. Naval Forces Will Respond More Assertively To Chinese, Russian Aggression

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38240/new-strategy-says-u-s-naval-forces-will-respond-more-assertively-to-chinese-russian-aggression



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