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US Airstrikes Pound Taliban, Casting Doubts Over May 1 Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline

https://coffeeordie.com/us-airstrikes-taliban/



Afghan government, Taliban agree to accelerate peace talks after Moscow summit

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-peaceplan-russia-tali/afghan-government-taliban-agree-to-accelerate-peace-talks-after-moscow-summit-idUSKBN2BB0QQ



Taliban expect US withdrawal, vow to restore Islamic rule

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-peace-process-afghanistan-moscow-taliban-11b6c90cdb3bb4f28334d1a9da74fddd



20 years into the War in Afghanistan, the US is in the same position as the Soviets when they lost

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/afghanistan-united-states-soviet-withdrawal/



Biden considers delaying U.S. troop exit from Afghanistan to later this year

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/biden-considers-delaying-us-troop-exit-from-afghanistan-to-later-this-year/ar-BB1eJqxj









Major boost to Indian Army's firepowerI Army to get 4,960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles; deal signed

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/major-boost-to-indian-armys-firepoweri-army-to-get-4960-milan-2t-anti-tank-guided-missiles-deal-signed/734475









Iran has not yet recovered from Natanz explosion hit - exclusive

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-has-not-yet-recovered-from-nanatz-explosion-hit-exclusive-662493



Persistent Poor Losers

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20210319.aspx









Bomb attack targets US-led coalition convoy in Iraq

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210318-bomb-attack-targets-us-led-coalition-convoy-in-iraq/



What the 18th anniversary of the Iraq War teaches us about the costs of war

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2021/03/19/what-the-18th-anniversary-of-the-iraq-war-teaches-us-about-the-costs-of-war/









Fire at Saudi Arabia oil facility after drone attack

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/19/fire-at-saudi-arabia-oil-facility-after-drone-attack



Houthis Advance on Yemen’s Marib After Taking Mountain: Govt Source

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/03/19/houthis-advance-on-marib/



'How to end a war you didn't win': Yemen's Houthis seek Saudi concessions

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-usa/how-to-end-a-war-you-didnt-win-yemens-houthis-seek-saudi-concessions-idUSKBN2BB1NF




Turkey: 20 detained in raids targeting PKK militants

https://apnews.com/article/turkey-europe-istanbul-voting-rights-ankara-76c8bf2b210b8643062c30ff71d0006b



After big wins, interest in Turkish combat drones soars

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210319-after-big-wins-interest-in-turkish-combat-drones-soars



Rockets from Syria land in Turkey's Kilis province

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/03/18/Turkey-Syrian-rockets-fall-Turkey-Kilis/5351616109794/









'Caliphate' or not, Islamic State expands its reach

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210319-caliphate-or-not-islamic-state-expands-its-reach




Lebanon’s political class ‘squabbling over a field of ruins’ as economic crisis rages

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210318-lebanon-s-political-class-squabbling-over-a-field-of-ruins-as-economic-crisis-rages









'Israel has attacked Iranian ships dozens of times in recent years'

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israel-has-attacked-iranian-ships-dozens-of-times-in-recent-years-662545



Israel starts research center for GPS-free navigation

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/2021/03/18/israel-starts-research-center-for-gps-free-navigation/









Libya still plagued by conflict, 10 years after NATO intervention

https://www.dw.com/en/libya-still-plagued-by-conflict-10-years-after-nato-intervention/a-56921306



UN Libya report: Key takeaways, from mercenaries and Erik Prince to murders

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/libya-un-report-mercenaries-erik-prince-takeaways



UN says Libya arms embargo 'totally ineffective'

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/03/libya-arms-embargo-un-report-turkey-russia-wagner-prince.html



New revelations show how close Libya came to peaceful transition

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1827781/middle-east




Norinco under fire for supplying inferior armoured vehicles to Nigeria

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/03/norinco-under-fire-for-supplying-inferior-armoured-vehicles-to-nigeria




A border war looms between Sudan and Ethiopia as Tigray conflict sends ripples through region

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/19/sudan-ethiopia-border-conflict/









Ukraine Is Hardening Its Coastline Against Russian Attack

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/03/19/ukraine-is-hardening-its-coastline-against-russian-attack/



Vladimir Putin does not want peace with Ukraine

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/vladimir-putin-does-not-want-peace-with-ukraine/



With Moscow Leaving Open Skies Treaty, Russia’s Tu-214ON Flies New Domestic Observation Mission Around Crimea

https://theaviationist.com/2021/03/19/with-moscow-leaving-open-skies-treaty-russias-tu-214on-flies-new-domestic-observation-mission-around-crimea/



Russia deploys all Black Sea submarines during NATO drills

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2021/march/9858-russia-deploys-all-black-sea-submarines-during-nato-drills.html



Russia to Test Attack Drone Prototype With Guided Munitions

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/03/19/russia-test-guided-munitions-drone/



Russia Merging MiG and Sukhoi Fighter Jet Manufacturing Companies

https://fighterjetsworld.com/air/russia-merging-mig-and-sukhoi-fighter-jet-manufacturing-companies/24820/



In Russia, a Virus Lockdown Targets the Opposition

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/world/europe/russia-covid-opposition.html



US-Russia ties nosedive after Biden-Putin tit-for-tat

https://apnews.com/article/putin-cites-us-ills-response-to-biden-remark-bf49dbdd1dd47dc90aba36a67b344727



Russia Threatens Vax Sabotage, Blackmail & Spy Boost After Biden Calls Putin a ‘Killer’

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-threatens-vaccine-sabotage-blackmail-and-spy-boost-after-biden-calls-putin-a-killer




Study: NATO Needs Its Own Bank

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/3/19/study-nato-needs-its-own-bank




Top NATO Scientist With Security Clearance Busted Spying for China

https://www.thedailybeast.com/top-nato-scientist-with-security-clearance-busted-spying-for-china




Canadian drone tech used in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - report

https://www.jpost.com/international/canadian-drone-tech-used-in-nagorno-karabakh-conflict-662553




Bulgaria Charges Six Officials Over Alleged Spying for Russia

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/bulgaria-charges-six-officials-over-alleged-spying-for-russia/ar-BB1eKQNm




Germany’s Unwanted Euro Hawk Drone Has Finally Become A Very Costly Museum Exhibit

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39852/germanys-unwanted-euro-hawk-drone-has-finally-become-a-very-costly-museum-exhibit




British Future Commando Force

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20210319.aspx









Gunmen ambush police convoy near Mexico City, killing 13

https://apnews.com/article/latin-america-mexico-city-mexico-26d28d26b20a25c33a0136fe3fbe336f









The Strategic Implications of the China-Russia Lunar Base Cooperation Agreement

https://thediplomat.com/2021/03/the-strategic-implications-of-the-china-russia-lunar-base-cooperation-agreement/



Soldiers in China’s rocket force are using virtual reality to launch missiles

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3126025/soldiers-chinas-rocket-force-are-using-virtual-reality-launch



What Do We Know About China’s Newest Missiles?

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/03/what-do-we-know-about-chinas-newest-missiles/172782/



Chinese military restricts use of Teslas over security concerns

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2021/03/chinese-military-restricts-use-of-teslas-over-security-concerns/



Massive New Chinese Military Heliport Taking Shape Right Across From Taiwan

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39837/massive-new-chinese-military-heliport-taking-shape-right-across-from-taiwan



Biden's top diplomats clash with China over human rights and cyberattacks at start of Alaska talks

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/18/us-china-meeting-alaska-uyghurs-trade-retaliation-table/4718787001/



China controls Uighur minority through family separations, reports say

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/03/19/China-Uighur-family-separation-Amnesty-China/7941616160641/



Michael Spavor: Canadian spy trial in China ends without verdict

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56452981





Taiwan says China bolstering ability to attack, blockade island

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-defence/taiwan-says-china-bolstering-ability-to-attack-blockade-island-idUSKBN2BB16V



Taiwan’s Upgraded F-16V Fighter Jets Poised To Start Standing Alert Along The Taiwan Strait

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39843/taiwans-upgraded-f-16v-fighter-jets-poised-to-start-standing-alert-along-the-taiwan-strait





Philippines is getting closer to Gripen deal

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/03/philippines-is-getting-closer-to-gripen.html



Philippine Navy commissions second and final José Rizal-class guided-missile frigate

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/philippine-navy-commissions-second-and-final-jose-rizal-class-guided-missile-frigate










NSA, Homeland Security Push Service to Mitigate Cyber-Attacks

https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/nsa-homeland-security-push-service-to-mitigate-cyber-attacks



Testing Aboard Cavour Aircraft Carrier Continues With U.S. F-35B In “Beast Mode”

https://theaviationist.com/2021/03/18/testing-aboard-cavour-aircraft-carrier-continues-with-u-s-f-35b-in-beast-mode/



Report to Congress on Joint All-Domain Command and Control

https://news.usni.org/2021/03/19/report-to-congress-on-joint-all-domain-command-and-control-2



Lower Tier Air And Missile Defense System: The Army’s Future Super Radar

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39832/lower-tier-air-and-missile-defense-system-the-armys-future-super-radar



Drones Vs. Drones: Lockheed MORFIUS Uses Microwaves To Kill Swarms

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/03/drones-vs-drones-lockheed-morfius-uses-microwaves-to-kill-swarms/



Former SpaceX engineers propose two-stage eVTOL for regional, military use

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/former-spacex-engineers-propose-two-stage-evtol-for-regional-military-use/142967.article



U.S. Space Force Juggles Changes To Missile Warning Portfolio

https://aviationweek.com/forum/aerospace-defense/us-space-force-juggles-changes-missile-warning-portfolio



Textron to Upgrade Shadow Unmanned Aircraft for U.S. Army

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29178/Textron_to_Upgrade_Shadow_Unmanned_Aircraft_for_U_S__Army



Army Rushes To Deploy Anti-Jam GPS Alternative For Armored Force

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/03/army-rushes-to-deploy-anti-jam-gps-alternative-for-armored-force/



Army Delivers First Canisters To Its New Hypersonic Missile Battery But Won't Say Where It's Based

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39851/army-delivers-first-canisters-to-its-new-hypersonic-missile-battery-but-wont-say-where-its-based



U.S. Air Force: “We Need North of 220 Bombers”

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-air-force-%E2%80%9Cwe-need-north-220-bombers%E2%80%9D-180571



GAO report finds spiraling costs in F-35 modernization program

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/03/18/F35-modernization-cost-growth/9071616111670/



Pentagon won't declare F-35 ready for full-rate production for months

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/03/18/Pentagon-F35-production-readiness-delay/2691616089446/



NAWCAD using rebuilt C-47 as range support aircraft

http://alert5.com/2021/03/19/nawcad-using-rebuilt-c-47-as-range-support-aircraft/



US Navy’s new unmanned plan has ‘buzzwords and platitudes’ but few answers

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2021/03/18/us-navys-new-unmanned-plan-leaves-some-unconvinced-the-service-can-stop-screwing-up-tech/



The Navy Experimented With Turning Its Attack Jets Into Submarine Hunters 50 Years Ago

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39809/the-navy-experimented-with-turning-its-attack-jets-into-submarine-hunters-50-years-ago



Northrop Grumman to test E-2D Manned/Unmanned Teaming concept in lab

http://alert5.com/2021/03/19/northrop-grumman-to-test-e-2d-manned-unmanned-teaming-concept-in-lab/



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