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What the War in Afghanistan Looks Like on the Front Line

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/world/asia/afghanistan-helmand-taliban.html



'Very difficult fight': Afghan army, Taliban set for major clash outside Kabul as U.S. troops exit

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/14/very-difficult-fight-afghan-army-taliban-set-major/



Taliban control in Afghanistan expands significantly since 2018

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/05/taliban-control-in-afghanistan-expands-significantly-since-2018.php



US Pulls Out of Major Kandahar Base in Southern Afghanistan: Afghan Army

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/14/us-pulls-out-kandahar-airfield-afghanistan/



America's shadow army is leaving Afghanistan too

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/america-s-shadow-army-is-leaving-afghanistan-too/ar-BB1gHXy4



Spy Agencies Seek New Afghan Allies as U.S. Withdraws

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/world/asia/afghanistan-massoud-cia.html



As US pulls out of Afghanistan, China sees opportunities -- and potential for chaos

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/14/china/china-afghanistan-central-asia-mic-intl-hnk/index.html









Suspected Pakistani spies use catfishing, stealthy hacking tools to target Indian defense sector

https://www.cyberscoop.com/pakistan-india-hacking-cyber-catfishing/



India’s Air Force Steps Forward as Citizens Scramble for Oxygen

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/indias-air-force-steps-forward-as-citizens-scramble-for-oxygen/









Iran To Saudi Arabia: Sell Our Oil And We Will Reduce Houthi Attacks

https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Iran-To-Saudi-Arabia-Sell-Our-Oil-And-We-Will-Reduce-Houthi-Attacks.html



Canada slams ‘unconscionable’ Iran conduct since airliner shootdown

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1858421/middle-east









ISIS used chemical weapons on Iraqi prisoners, U.N. investigators find

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/isis-used-chemical-weapons-on-iraqi-prisoners-u-n-investigators-find/ar-BB1gHYCF









Greek Patriots Head To Saudi Arabia

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htada/articles/20210514.aspx



A Rusting Oil Tanker Off the Coast of Yemen Is an Environmental Catastrophe Waiting to Happen. Can Anyone Prevent It?

https://time.com/6048436/fso-safer-yemen-oil-tanker-disaster/









Russia Turns Back U.S. Military Convoy in Syria Confrontation

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-turns-back-us-military-convoy-syria-confrontation-1591471



Russia Pushes A Dangerous Narrative Ahead of Syria’s Sham Election

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/russia-pushes-a-dangerous-narrative-ahead-of-syrias-sham-election/









Israel Says Rockets Fired From Lebanon Amid Fear of New Front in Gaza Fight

https://www.newsweek.com/israel-says-rockets-fired-lebanon-amid-fear-new-front-gaza-fight-1591351



Palestinian Militants Are Now Launching Suicide Drones At Israel

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40601/palestinian-militants-are-now-launching-suicide-drones-at-israel



Iran says Hamas is targeting Iron Dome sites, airports

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-says-hamas-is-targeting-iron-dome-sites-airports-668194



Here's what it looked like the last time Israeli forces launched a major ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/here-s-what-it-looked-like-the-last-time-israeli-forces-launched-a-major-ground-offensive-against-hamas-in-gaza/ar-BB1gI0yI



New Details of Hamas' Rockets Emerge

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29569/New_Details_of_Hamas__Rockets_Emerge



Taking the call in Gaza before Israel takes out the building

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/taking-call-gaza-before-israel-takes-out-building-2021-05-14/



IDF strikes Hamas cyber cell, tunnel networks in non-stop assault on Gaza

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/israel-keeps-up-pressure-on-hamas-with-non-stop-bombings-of-gaza-668170



Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks

https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Hamas-Targets-Israeli-Oil-And-Nuclear-Facilities-With-Rocket-Attacks.html



Israel Plans Gaza Ground Invasion, Hamas Fires Long-Range Rocket in Major Escalation

https://www.newsweek.com/israel-plans-gaza-invasion-hamas-longer-range-rockets-escalation-1591333



Analysis: Israel, Hamas race to claim victory before truce

https://apnews.com/article/hamas-israel-middle-east-israel-palestinian-conflict-government-and-politics-da11b644792f0222360b277ec8a46b4b









Ukrainian military adopts new Leleka-100 unmanned aerial system

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/ukrainian-military-adopts-new-leleka-100-unmanned-aerial-system.html



Putin says Ukraine is becoming an 'anti-Russia', pledges response

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/putin-says-russia-will-respond-ukraines-cleansing-political-space-2021-05-14/



The U.S. and NATO promised to protect Ukraine. If Ukraine is the aggressor, all bets are off.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-u-s-and-nato-promised-to-protect-ukraine-if-ukraine-is-the-aggressor-all-bets-are-off/ar-BB1gJ3qn



Russian RS-28 Sarmat ICBM can carry several types of warheads

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/russian_rs-28_sarmat_icbm_can_carry_several_types_of_warheads.html



Russia’s Rosoboronexport Delivers Underwater Weapons to Foreign Customer

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29571/Russia___s_Rosoboronexport_Delivers_Underwater_Weapons_to_Foreign_Customer



Russia Faces Four Front War

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20210514.aspx



Russia to send film crew to space, racing with Tom Cruise shoot

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210514-russia-to-send-film-crew-to-space-racing-with-tom-cruise-shoot





Suspected Russia-led cyber campaign targets Germany’s Green party leader

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/13/suspected-russia-led-cyber-campaign-targets-germanys-green-party-leader




Leonardo pitches M-346FA as Polish ‘Fitter' replacement

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/leonardo-pitches-m-346fa-as-polish-fitter-replacement




British Royal Air Force invests in space capabilities

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/05/14/british-royal-air-force-invests-in-space-capabilities/



Images show HMS Queen Elizabeth’s hangar packed

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/images-shown-hms-queen-elizabeths-hangar-packed/









China pitching JF-17 to Argentina again

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/china-pitching-jf-17-to-argentina-again



Britain Could Block Pak-Chinese JF-17 Jet’s Sale to Argentina

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29570/Britain_Could_Block_Pak_Chinese_JF_17_Jet___s_Sale_to_Argentina









China’s Ambitious Plans in Space: The Moon, Mars and Beyond

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-s-ambitious-plans-in-space-the-moon-mars-and-beyond/ar-BB1gIQIT



Did the coronavirus come directly from animals or was it released from a lab? Top American scientists join call for answers.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/05/14/covid-origins-chinese-lab-leak-animals-us-scientists-want-answers/5056422001/





Australian, French, Japanese, and US Troops Begin Joint Exercises To Counter China

https://coffeeordie.com/arc-21-joint-exercise-japan/



Four Countries Are Massing Ships And Troops To Practice Retaking An Island From The Chinese

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/14/four-countries-are-massing-ships-and-troops-to-practice-retaking-an-island-from-the-chinese/





Navy Sending Two Guam-Based MQ-4C Tritons to Japan for Temporary Operations

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/14/navy-sending-two-guam-based-mq-4c-tritons-to-japan-for-temporary-operations





Philippines' Duterte says won't withdraw ships from contested waters

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-duterte-says-wont-withdraw-ships-contested-waters-2021-05-14/










US officials confirm 130 incidents of mysterious Havana syndrome brain injury

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/13/havana-syndrome-brain-injury-130-incidents



The U.S. Government Hides Some Of Its Darkest Secrets At The Department Of Energy

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/35197/the-department-of-energy-may-be-the-best-place-to-keep-a-secret



U.S. Marine officer first active-duty military charged in U.S. Capitol riot

https://www.reuters.com/business/legal/us-marine-officer-first-active-duty-military-charged-us-capitol-riot-2021-05-13/



Retired US generals claim Joe Biden not fit to be President

https://news.yahoo.com/ex-us-military-leaders-disturbing-143832464.html



The Pentagon is tracking US citizens without a warrant, Senator says

https://www.engadget.com/the-pentagon-is-doing-warrantless-us-surveillance-ron-wyden-101201315.html



HASC Lawmakers to Push Pentagon to Designate Top-Level Leaders for Electromagnetic Warfare

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/13/hasc-lawmakers-to-push-pentagon-to-designate-top-level-leaders-for-electromagnetic-warfare



US government plans to disrupt hackers behind Colonial Pipeline ransomware, Biden says

https://www.cyberscoop.com/pipeline-ransomware-hack-russia-biden/



Hacks Drive Growing Calls For Mandatory Cyber Data Sharing

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/calls-for-mandatory-cyber-info-sharing-grow/



New Cloaking Device Can Alter Thermal Appearance of Objects

https://thedebrief.org/new-cloaking-device-can-alter-thermal-appearance-of-objects/



DARPA Developing Interpreting Device That Goes Beyond Words

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/14/darpa-working-on-new-cultural-interpreter



'The Army needs to get a clue': The US military's fight over money isn't really about China

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-army-needs-to-get-a-clue-the-us-military-s-fight-over-money-isn-t-really-about-china/ar-BB1gJz5Q



Robot Dogs on Patrol at Tyndall Air Force Base

https://coffeeordie.com/robot-dogs-air-force/



JASDF, RoKAF to participate in Red Flag Alaska 21-2

http://alert5.com/2021/05/14/jasdf-rokaf-to-participate-in-red-flag-alaska-21-2/



The Army Is Testing Arming Its Light Tactical Vehicles With Drones

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40606/the-army-is-testing-arming-its-light-tactical-vehicles-with-drones



US Army Prototype Laser Weapon Set for Live-Fire Test

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/14/us-army-laser-weapon-live-fire-test/



We tried out the Army’s new high-tech night vision goggles and they’re just as amazing as we’ve heard

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/we-tried-new-army-night-vision-goggles/



The Army Has Finally Revealed The Range Of Its New Hypersonic Weapon

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40584/the-army-has-finally-revealed-the-range-its-new-hypersonic-weapon



Marine Corps Commandant Prioritizing Anti-Ship Missiles

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/13/just-in-marine-corps-commandant-prioritizes-anti-ship-missiles



Marines Sank a Moving Ship When They Fired a Navy Missile from a Drone Truck

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/13/marines-sank-moving-ship-when-they-fired-navy-missile-drone-truck.html



Report to Congress on Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle Program

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/14/report-to-congress-on-marine-corps-advanced-reconnaissance-vehicle-program



USAF retires B-1B “Spectre,” the Lancer that made dramatic emergency landing at Midland airport after the number 4 engine had a fire in mid-air

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/usaf-retires-b-1b-spectre-the-lancer-that-made-dramatic-emergency-landing-at-midland-airport-after-the-number-4-engine-had-a-fire-in-mid-air/



New Force Design: NGAD Needed Soon, F-22 Sunset Begins in 2030

https://www.airforcemag.com/new-force-design-ngad-needed-soon-f-22-sunset-begins-in-2030/



Program Leader Says High Costs Pose ‘Existential Threat’ to F-35

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/13/program-leader-says-high-costs-pose-existential-threat-to-f-35



ALIS Working Better, But F-35 Full-Rate Date Still Unclear

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/alis-working-better-but-f-35-full-rate-date-still-unclear/



Navy Sub-Hunting Reaper Drone Connects Warships to "Over-The-Horizon" Target

https://warriormaven.com/sea/sub-hunting



US Navy completes second live fire test of AIM‑120D-3 missile from F/A-18F fighter

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/may/10136-us-navy-completes-second-live-fire-test-of-aim-120d-3-missile-from-f-a-18f-fighter.html



Rare US Navy vehicle, the Low Visibility Craft (LVC) for Dolphin Delivery

http://www.hisutton.com/US-Navy-VSW-MCM-Dolphin-Boat.html



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