Af/Pak & Other News (2/6/2021)

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Afghanistan Welcomes Report Calling for Deadline Extension of US Troop Withdrawal

https://www.voanews.com/episode/afghanistan-welcomes-report-calling-deadline-extension-us-troop-withdrawal-4569791



Pakistan Fences Off Afghanistan, Impacting Families And Fighters

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/pakistan-fences-durand-line-pashtuns-afghanistan/31087794.html









Air Defense: India Stumbles To Success

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htada/articles/20210206.aspx



U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer Bomber Debuts at Aero India 2021

https://defpost.com/u-s-air-force-b-1b-lancer-bomber-debuts-at-aero-india-2021/



Indian farmers launch nationwide highway blockade

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/6/indian-farmers-plan-nationwide-3-hour-blockade-of-highways



Indian Air Force sends RFP to HAL for 70 HTT-40 basic trainers, previously rejected

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/02/india-air-force-sends-rfp-for-htt40-basic-trainer.html



HAL's loyal wingmen break cover

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/aero-india-2021-hals-loyal-wingmen-break-cover









Iran U.N. inspectors find radioactive traces, raising fresh concerns

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-u-n-inspectors-find-radioactive-traces-raising-fresh-concerns









AQAP leader reportedly captured

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/02/aqap-leader-reportedly-captured.php




Biden Extends Ban on Turkey Buying F-35 Stealth Fighter

https://www.defenseone.com/business/2021/02/biden-extends-ban-turkey-buying-f-35-stealth-fighter/171896/



Five things to know about Biden's Yemen move

https://thehill.com/policy/international/537618-five-things-to-know-about-bidens-yemen-move




Review: Gökdeniz 35mm naval short-range air defense system CIWS for Istanbul-class frigate

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis/naval-technology/9650-review-goekdeniz-35mm-naval-short-range-air-defense-system-ciws-for-istanbul-class-frigate.html










Russia Is Extending One Of The Runways At Its Syrian Airbase

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39113/what-does-russia-have-planned-for-its-lengthened-runway-at-its-air-base-in-syria




Riots, activist's slaying push Lebanon toward 'security chaos'

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/02/05/Riots-activists-slaying-push-Lebanon-toward-security-chaos/2351612552771/



German firm to remove dangerous material from Beirut port

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-beirut-lebanon-0d56e5549c0caff296a1a9637047aa16









Israeli Airstrikes Hit Hezbollah Sites on Golan Heights, Damascus Airport

https://sofrep.com/news/israeli-airstrikes-hit-hezbollah-sites-on-golan-heights-damascus-airport/









Libya power brokers welcome accord but challenges lie ahead

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security/libya-power-brokers-welcome-accord-but-challenges-lie-ahead-idUSKBN2A60HQ




Swedish troops join French-led Takuba task force in Mali

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210205-swedish-troops-join-french-led-takuba-task-force-in-mali









Russia To Conclude Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Tests This Year

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-conclude-tsirkon-hypersonic-missile-tests-year-177761



Russia’s massively powerful nukes are strategic duds

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/russias-massively-powerful-nukes-are-strategic-duds/



Russia’s S-500 Missile Defense to Enter Service in 2021

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia%E2%80%99s-s-500-missile-defense-enter-service-2021-177685



‘We Are Gaining in Strength’: After Navalny’s Imprisonment, Russian Opposition Looks Ahead

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/02/05/navalny-imprisonment-russia-anti-corruption-opposition-putin/



'Putin is turning his main threat into a martyr': Will attack on Navalny, journalists and 5,700 detained Russians backfire?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/02/06/putin-martyring-navalny-what-slams-press-protest-mean-russia/4401519001/




Made in Armenia: Turkmenistan operates the K6-92 SMG

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/02/made-in-armenia-turkmenistan-operates.html




Kazakhstan unveils indigenous Chagall UAV

http://alert5.com/2021/02/06/kazakhstan-unveils-indigenous-chagall-uav/




Germany venturing into development of new Eurodrone UAV

https://defbrief.com/2021/02/05/germany-venturing-into-development-of-new-eurodrone-uav/




British nuclear sub fires torpedo at itself

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-nuclear-sub-fires-torpedo-at-itself/



New Cutaway of Royal Navy's Trafalgar Class Submarine

http://www.hisutton.com/Royal-Navy-Trafalgar-Class-Submarine.html









Biden administration’s first FMS approval is to Chile for SM-2 Block IIIA missiles

http://alert5.com/2021/02/06/biden-administrations-first-fms-approval-is-to-chile-for-sm-2-block-iiia-missiles/









Don’t Underestimate China’s Military-Civil Fusion Efforts

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/02/05/dont-underestimate-chinas-military-civil-fusion-efforts/



Report: China is Stealing DNA of U.S. Citizens

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/report-china-is-stealing-dna-of-american-citizens/



How China is fast catching up with the West in the race for air-to-air missile superiority

https://theprint.in/defence/how-china-is-fast-catching-up-with-the-west-in-the-race-for-air-to-air-missile-superiority/597206/



China Replacing Russian Mi-17 Helicopters with Indigenous Z-20 Choppers

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28915/China_Replacing_Russian_Mi_17_Helicopters_with_Indigenous_Z_20_Choppers



Chinese missile base near Vietnam border?

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/chinese-missile-base-near-vietnam-border/articleshow/80717612.cms



The New Cold War With China Is Now Underway

https://sofrep.com/news/china-is-playing-cold-war-games/





Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Snow Removal Underway

https://www.38north.org/2021/02/sohae-satellite-launching-station-snow-removal-underway/



'It Seemed So Unbelievable': The Case of the Women Tricked Into Publicly Assassinating Kim Jong Un's Brother

https://people.com/crime/documentary-investigates-kim-jong-nam-assassination-and-his-female-killers/





Myanmar’s military built a new capital as a haven for power. Other countries have tried that, too.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/myanmars-military-built-a-new-capital-as-a-haven-for-power-other-countries-have-tried-that-too/ar-BB1dsg2M









Official tasked with briefing Biden reportedly defended CIA’s false intel about torture effectiveness

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/official-briefing-biden-cia-false-intel-torture-effectiveness



Former CIA officer explains why Biden is right not to 'run the risk' of sending Trump intelligence briefings

https://theweek.com/speedreads/965460/former-cia-officer-explains-why-biden-right-not-run-risk-sending-trump-intelligence-briefings



US should seize on China’s big weaknesses to curb its global ambitions, Washington strategy report advises

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3120782/us-should-seize-chinas-big-weaknesses-curb-its-global-ambitions



The Fate of Clean Hydrogen Rests in This Goop

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a35410999/clean-hydrogen-goop-powerpaste/



The race for AI is getting tight, but who is winning it?

https://www.zdnet.com/video/the-race-for-ai-is-getting-tight-but-who-is-winning-it/



USAF plans more tests of drone-fighter plane collaborations

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/02/05/USAF-plans-more-tests-of-drone-fighter-plane-collaborations/5331612551589/



U.S. Air Force to review global base security after intrusion at home of Air Force One

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-maryland-security-andrews/u-s-air-force-to-review-global-base-security-after-intrusion-at-home-of-air-force-one-idUSKBN2A51MS



Images Show U-2 That Flew Intriguing Flight Over California Was Equipped With A Panoramic Camera

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39121/images-show-u-2-that-flew-intriguing-flight-over-california-was-equipped-with-panoramic-camera



Baltimore Has Officially Ended Its Creepy Spy Plane Program

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88ab8b/baltimore-has-officially-ended-its-creepy-spy-plane-program



Sikorsky to build six VH-92A helicopters for Biden administration

https://defence-blog.com/news/sikorsky-to-build-six-vh-92a-helicopters-for-biden-administration.html



What Will the Future of Biological Warfare Look Like?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/what-will-future-biological-warfare-look-177765



SpaceX Will Replace Cargo Planes on Its Path to $1 Trillion per Year in Revenue

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2021/02/spacex-will-replace-cargo-planes-on-its-path-to-1-trillion-per-year-in-revenue.html



New approach to Ground-based Midcourse Defense confronts our other enemy

https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2021/02/05/new-approach-to-ground-based-midcourse-defense-confronts-our-other-enemy/



MDA Unveils GPI In Retooled Counter-Hypersonic Plan

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/missile-defense-weapons/mda-unveils-gpi-retooled-counter-hypersonic-plan



US Army sets first shoot-off for airborne, long-range precision munitions

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/02/05/army-sets-first-shoot-off-for-airborne-long-range-precision-munitions/



U.S. Army engineers to conduct maneuver testing on the RCV-L prototypes

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/u-s-army-engineers-to-conduct-maneuver-testing-on-the-rcv-l-prototypes.html



Major nacelle redesign effort for Air Force Special Operations Command’s CV-22 Ospreys

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/major-nacelle-redesign-effort-for-air-force-special-operations-commands-cv-22-ospreys/



DARPA picks three for its Manta Ray large UUV project

https://defbrief.com/2021/02/05/darpa-picks-three-for-its-manta-ray-large-uuv-project/



Navy Arms Stealthy Zumwalt Destroyer With Hypersonic Weapons

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/sea/navy-arms-stealthy-zumwalt-destroyer-with-hypersonic-weapons-MPiSs-6nekGKjFVWOERxlg



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