Af/Pak & Other News (7/10/2021)

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Dozens Reported Killed As Heavy Fighting Continues Between Afghan Forces And Taliban In Kandahar

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-kandahar-fighting-taliban/31352027.html



Afghan Warlord Calls U.S.'s Speedy Departure Irresponsible, Worries About Civil War

https://www.newsweek.com/afghan-warlord-calls-uss-speedy-departure-irresponsible-worries-about-civil-war-1608400



Afghanistan: Erdogan confirms Turkey will secure Kabul airport

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/afghanistan-turkey-erdogan-kabul-airport



More in U.S. Congress back help for Afghan interpreters

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/more-us-congress-back-help-afghan-interpreters-2021-07-09/



‘It Will Not Be Just a Civil War’; Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/09/afghanistan-war-withdrawal-taliban-mohammad-hanif-atmar-foreign-minister-interview/



Afghan president urges Taliban to 'learn lessons from Syria, Iraq, Yemen'

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/afghan-president-urges-taliban-to-learn-lessons-from-syria-iraq-yemen/2300454



Graphic Video Reportedly Shows Taliban Executing Afghan Special Forces

https://sofrep.com/news/graphic-video-reportedly-shows-taliban-executing-afghan-special-forces/



Fighting The Taliban Was 'Suicide': Hundreds Of Afghan Soldiers Escape To Tajikistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-soldiers-taliban-tajikistan/31351537.html



Situation in Afghanistan out of our control: Pak NSA Yusuf

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/situation-in-afghanistan-out-of-our-control-pak-nsa-yusuf/articleshow/84295968.cms



What Might Happen To Guantánamo Now That U.S. Troops Are Leaving Afghanistan

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/10/1014772283/what-happens-to-guantanamo-now-that-u-s-troops-are-leaving-afghanistan



‘A tragic and wasted opportunity’: Australia’s inglorious exit from Afghanistan

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/11/a-tragic-and-wasted-opportunity-australias-inglorious-exit-from-afghanistan



Biden is betting big on Afghanistan's air force. But their problems continue to grow.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/10/biden-afghanistan-air-force-499020



Biden put America first in exiting Afghanistan. He just can't say it.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-put-america-first-exiting-afghanistan-he-just-can-t-n1273623



Can Afghanistan Be Part of An Integrated Central Asia?

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/can-afghanistan-be-part-integrated-central-asia-189441



Pakistan to convert Lineage 1000 business jets into Sea Sultan maritime patrol aircraft

http://alert5.com/2021/07/10/pakistan-to-convert-lineage-1000-business-jets-into-sea-sultan-maritime-patrol-aircraft/









US withdrawal from Afghanistan and its implications for India

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/07/us-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-and-its-implications-for-india/



China-made drone used by Pakistan to attack Jammu Air Force Station: The conspiracy by Pakistan and China

https://www.opindia.com/2021/07/china-made-drone-pakistan-attack-jammu-air-force-station-conspiracy-details/



Flying Of Drones Banned Over Naval Assets: Indian Navy

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/07/flying-of-drones-banned-over-naval-assets-indian-navy/



DRDO gives anti-drone tech demo to armed forces after attack on Jammu Air Force base

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/drdo-gives-anti-drone-tech-demo-to-forces-after-attack/articleshow/84300043.cms



Coronavirus, poverty, Pakistan: India is under siege, but not ready for war with China

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3140393/coronavirus-poverty-pakistan-india-under-siege-not-ready-war









Iran cheers U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — but fears what could follow

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/10/iran-taliban-afghanistan-us-troop-withdrawal/



Second cyber attack reported at Iranian Transportation Ministry

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/cyber-attack-reported-on-iranian-government-website-673437



Is Iran Losing Control Over its Proxy Militias?

https://sofrep.com/news/is-iran-losing-control-over-its-proxy-militias/









Keeping up attacks, some Iraq militias challenge patron Iran

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-middle-east-religion-iran-lebanon-17a5d13c97f72e1992bb6254445e32f2



Biden under pressure to respond to escalating attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/10/biden-iraq-syria-response-498976



Biden's airstrikes fail to halt cycle of militia violence in Iraq

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/bidens-airstrikes-fail-halt-cycle-militia-violence-iraq









Top Houthi commander killed in new Yemen battle

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1891881/middle-east



Underage 'martyrs': Recruiting child soldiers in Yemen

https://www.dw.com/en/underage-martyrs-recruiting-child-soldiers-in-yemen/a-58203651




Turkey's HISAR missile systems boost defense capabilities

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/science-technology/turkeys-hisar-missile-systems-boost-defense-capabilities/2300482









Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/09/united-nations-security-council-russia-syria-crossing-bab-al-hawa/



U.S. and Russia Find Life-Saving Common Ground in Syria, But Troop Question Remains

https://www.newsweek.com/us-russia-find-life-saving-common-ground-syria-troop-question-remains-1608493



Mortar fired near US base in eastern Syria

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/explosion-heard-near-us-base-in-eastern-syria-report-673454









In apparent world first, IDF deployed drone swarms in Gaza fighting

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-apparent-world-first-idf-deployed-drone-swarms-in-gaza-fighting/



Israel is seizing cryptocurrency wallets from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has been using them to raise funds from donors worldwide

https://www.businessinsider.com/israel-hamas-crypto-wallet-seizure-order-palestinian-militant-gaza-strip-2021-7









Nigeria getting two presidential AW189 helicopters amongst other acquisitions

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/aerospace-aerospace/nigeria-getting-two-presidential-aw189-helicopters-amongst-other-acquisitions/




Russian Mercenaries in Africa Aren’t Just There for the Money

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/09/russian-mercenaries-africa-putin/




French, U.S. Special Forces Agree to Beef Up Partnership in Africa

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/07/french-us-special-forces-agree-beef-partnership-africa/183657/









Ukraine says Russian-linked hackers attacked its navy's website

https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/562365-ukraine-says-russian-linked-hackers-attacked-its-navys-website



Watch A Russian Tu-95MS Bear Bomber Unleash Its Cold War-Era Tail Guns

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41481/watch-a-russian-tu-95ms-bear-bomber-unleash-its-cold-war-era-tail-guns



Why Russia and China are Cooperating More Than Ever

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-russia-and-china-are-cooperating-more-ever-189435



Russia Threatens Military Response To U.S. Navy Drills In The Black Sea

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-threatens-military-response-u-150000287.html



These Russian Pilots Landed In One Piece Despite A Crippling Control Failure

https://jalopnik.com/russian-pilots-once-landed-a-plane-in-one-piece-despite-1847261398





Boeing Rolls Out Norway’s First Poseidon

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2021-07-09/boeing-rolls-out-norways-first-poseidon




Germany To Arm Warships With Naval Strike Missile

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/missile-defense-weapons/germany-arm-warships-naval-strike-missile




French Defense Minister: France Stepping Up Security Spending, Expanding Operations Abroad

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/09/french-defense-minister-france-stepping-up-security-spending-expanding-operations-abroad




Italy, UK Sign Contract for Mid-Life Upgrade of Aster Missiles

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29998/Italy__UK_Sign_Contract_for_Mid_Life_Upgrade_of_Aster_Missiles




Typhoon jet to get anti-ship cruise missile

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/typhoon-jet-to-get-anti-ship-cruise-missile/



Royal Navy drops buoys to find Putin submarine that stalked Big Lizzie

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/royal-navy-drops-buoys-to-find-putin-submarine-that-stalked-big-lizzie/ar-AALYWJB



Type 26 Frigate to be armed with anti-ship cruise missiles

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/type-26-frigate-to-be-armed-with-cruise-missiles/









Suspects in assassination told police the plan was to arrest, not kill, Haiti’s president

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article252697943.html



In Haiti, rivals claw for power as crisis escalates after assassination

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/haiti-assassination-biden-moise-power/2021/07/10/2abf4670-e186-11eb-a27f-8b294930e95b_story.html



Gang boss wades into Haiti turmoil, sees conspiracy behind president's killing

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/rival-haitian-leaders-battle-power-after-presidents-assassination-2021-07-10/



U.S. officials travel to Haiti in wake of president's assassination

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/07/10/sending-officials-haiti-president-assassination/3311625918661/



U.S rebuffs Haiti troops request after president's assassination

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombian-suspects-haiti-presidents-killing-arrived-via-dominican-republic-2021-07-09/




Mercenaries: the sinister export from Colombia's conflict

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210710-mercenaries-the-sinister-export-from-colombia-s-conflict










Chinese researchers propose deflecting 'Armageddon' asteroids with rockets

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/chinese-researchers-propose-deflecting-armageddon-asteroids-with-rockets-2021-07-07/



China Tested An AI-Controlled Submarine-Hunting Underwater Drone A Decade Ago: Report

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41478/china-tested-an-ai-controlled-submarine-hunting-underwater-drone-a-decade-ago-report



The Chinese Navy Is Building a Robo-Shark

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinese-navy-building-robo-shark-189473



Chinese Foreign Official Says U.S. Dominance in 'Decline' But Will Be Hard to Overtake

https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-foreign-official-says-us-dominance-decline-will-hard-overtake-1608573



Data, not arms, the key driver in emerging US-China cold war

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/10/china-us-cold-war-data-markets-national-security



Why has China’s PLA started sending ‘grandpa fighter jets’ to test Taiwan’s air defences?

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3140627/why-has-chinas-pla-started-sending-grandpa-fighter-jets-test



Why Is China Turning Up the Heat on Taiwan? A Debate

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-china-turning-heat-taiwan-debate-189387





Japan's Mixed Signals On Defending Taiwan: Submarines.

http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/07/japans-mixed-signals-on-defending.html





Leaders of N.Korea, China vow greater cooperation in face of foreign hostility -KCNA

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/leaders-nkorea-china-vow-greater-cooperation-face-foreign-hostility-kcna-2021-07-10/





South Korea’s push to strengthen defences could trigger reaction from North and Japan, say Chinese observers

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3140488/south-koreas-push-strengthen-defences-could-trigger-reaction





Aegis Ashore Too Limited For Guam: Former INDO-PACOM Head

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/aegis-ashore-too-limited-for-guam-former-indo-pacom/










The U.S. Grand Strategy of Liberal Internationalism Is Dead

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/the-u-s-grand-strategy-of-liberal-internationalism-is-dead/



Bellingcat Crowdsources Spycraft, Scales Up Sleuthing

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/security/qa-the-founder-of-bellingcat-on-how-social-media-enables-new-forms-of-investigation



The Political Effects of Social Media Platforms on Different Regime Types

https://tnsr.org/2021/07/the-political-effects-of-social-media-platforms-on-different-regime-types/



NASA's Experimental X-56B Unmanned Aircraft Suffered An "Anomaly" After Takeoff

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41480/nasas-experimental-x-56b-unmanned-aircraft-suffered-an-anomaly-after-takeoff



Sloppy Maintenance, Multiple Errors Caused F-22 to Overheat in Oct 2020: Investigation

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29999/Sloppy_Maintenance__Multiple_Errors_Caused_F_22_to_Overheat_in_Oct_2020__Investigation



Navy Investigating Shipyard ‘Hot Work’ Fire Aboard USS Gettysburg

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/09/navy-investigating-shipyard-hot-work-fire-aboard-uss-gettysburg



Two more mystery Poseidons

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/two-more-mystery-poseidons



War Games In California And Florida Linked To Test Massive "Kill Web"

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41472/war-games-in-california-and-florida-linked-to-test-massive-kill-web-and-autonomous-drone-tech



How two F-16s from the US Air Force’s ‘boneyard’ will find a second life as digital models

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/07/09/how-two-f-16s-from-the-air-forces-boneyard-will-find-a-second-life-as-the-digital-model-for-the-fleet/



Enjoy This Walkaround Tour Of The New HH-60W Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter

https://theaviationist.com/2021/07/10/hh-60w-walkaround/



New Factory, Mystery Projects Hint At Digital Skunk Works Push

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/new-factory-mystery-projects-hint-digital-skunk-works-push



As Richard Branson prepares to beat Jeff Bezos to space, Blue Origin claims the flight won't go high enough to count

https://www.yahoo.com/news/richard-branson-prepares-beat-jeff-203053280.html



The famous Spec. Ops. “Little Bird” might be retired soon

https://warisboring.com/the-famous-spec-ops-little-bird-might-be-retired-soon/



Marines Train With Handheld Swarming Drones That Can Also Be Fired From 40mm Grenade Launchers

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41479/marines-train-with-handheld-swarming-drones-that-can-be-fired-from-40mm-grenade-launchers



U.S. Marines could buy fewer CH-53K helicopters to control cost

https://verticalmag.com/news/us-marines-could-buy-fewer-ch-53k-helicopters/



Robots Prowl The Seas

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsurf/articles/20210710.aspx



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