Af/Pak & Other News (11/13/2020)

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Afghanistan sees rise in 'Islamic State' terrorism

https://www.dw.com/en/afghanistan-sees-rise-in-islamic-state-terrorism/av-55581021



U.S. election turmoil heightens Afghan uncertainty, but hopefully no more 'fate by Tweet'

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-afghanistan/u-s-election-turmoil-heightens-afghan-uncertainty-but-hopefully-no-more-fate-by-tweet-idUSKBN27T1TA



U.S. Troops Are Still Leaving, but Afghans Hope Biden Will Help

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/12/world/asia/biden-afghanistan-withdrawal.html



Afghanistan Hit By Surge Of Targeted Killings, Assassinations

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-hit-by-surge-of-targeted-killings-assassinations/30949043.html



France to U.S: Don't withdraw from Afghanistan or Iraq

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-usa/france-to-u-s-dont-withdraw-from-afghanistan-or-iraq-idUSKBN27T0SA









In Video, Indian Missiles, Rockets Score Direct Hits On Pak Bunkers

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-video-indian-missiles-rockets-score-direct-hits-on-pakistani-bunkers-2324952



Why India Leases Some of Russia's Best Nuclear Submarines

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-india-leases-some-russias-best-nuclear-submarines-172463



Infamously Inept Becomes Epic

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20201113.aspx



India’s QRSAM Missile System Hits Target

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28321/India___s_QRSAM_Missile_System_Hits_Target



India, China to dismantle structures built after April-May timeframe under disengagement plans

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/11/india-china-to-dismantle-structures-built-after-april-may-timeframe-under-disengagement-plans/









Iran to Block Inspectors at Nuclear Sites

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-to-block-inspectors-at-nuclear-sites/









They served alongside U.S. soldiers. Now they fear that Iran’s allies in Iraq will strike back.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iraq-militias-contractors-translators/2020/11/12/2f2296e0-07d4-11eb-8719-0df159d14794_story.html



The Great Struggle For Iraqi Oil May Be Drawing To A Close

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Great-Struggle-For-Iraqi-Oil-May-Be-Drawing-To-A-Close.html









Saudis say they thwarted attack on oil facility near Yemen

https://apnews.com/article/dubai-iran-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-yemen-997e0382a8cedea7fdcc7285debbb70b



Saudi prince vows 'iron fist' as IS group claims attack on Western diplomats

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20201113-saudi-prince-vows-iron-fist-as-is-group-claims-attack-on-western-diplomats




Turkey Begins Work on Next Gen KORAL Electronic Warfare System

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28317/Turkey_Begins_Work_on_Next_Gen_KORAL_Electronic_Warfare_System



Turkey again calls for joint U.S. study on Russian S-400 systems

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-defence-usa-russia/turkey-again-calls-for-joint-u-s-study-on-russian-s-400-systems-idUSKBN27S186



Greek S-300 Air Defence Systems Provide Cover to Turkish S-400 ADS

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28313/Greek_S_300_Air_Defence_Systems_Provide_Cover_to_Turkish_S_400_ADS









Raqqa Recaptured From ISIS by U.S. Backed Militias

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/raqqa-recaptured-from-isis-by-us-backed-militias/vi-BB1aYDqC



Outgoing Syria Envoy Admits Hiding US Troop Numbers; Praises Trump’s Mideast Record

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2020/11/outgoing-syria-envoy-admits-hiding-us-troop-numbers-praises-trumps-mideast-record/170012/



Revealed: Syrian Prime Minister Was a Double Agent Who Gave Crucial Intel to Zionist Leaders

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-revealed-syrian-prime-minister-was-a-double-agent-who-spied-for-zionist-leaders-1.9305783









Israel Has Taken Delivery Of Its Most Capable Warship Ever

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37604/israel-has-taken-delivery-of-its-most-capable-ever-warship



Why Israel's Spike Anti-Tank Missile Out-Ranks the Javelin

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/why-israels-spike-anti-tank-missile-out-ranks-javelin-172440



Israel Launches Iran Command; Talks With Biden Team Planned

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/israel-launches-iran-command-talks-with-biden-team-planned/









Morocco launches military operation in Western Sahara

https://apnews.com/article/mauritania-morocco-armed-forces-blockades-western-sahara-32f10d1e9724668175eede89033fe7cf




Russia plans naval base in Sudan

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/13/russia-plans-naval-base-in-sudan




UN Warns of War Crimes in Spiralling Ethiopia Conflict

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/13/ethiopia-un-war-crimes/



Factbox: The forces fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict-military-factbox/factbox-the-forces-fighting-in-ethiopias-tigray-conflict-idUSKBN27T14J




French Forces Kill Jihadist Commander Ba Ag Moussa in Mali

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/13/france-kills-ag-moussa-mali/



Analysis: Islamic State official critiques Al Qaeda in the Sahel

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/11/analysis-islamic-state-official-critiques-al-qaeda-in-the-sahel.php









Ukraine says Iran dragging its feet in plane crash investigation

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash-ukraine/ukraine-says-iran-dragging-its-feet-in-plane-crash-investigation-idUSKBN27T1OX



Watch This Huge Russian An-124 Condor Skid Off The Runway After An Engine Failure

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37630/watch-this-huge-russian-an-124-condor-jet-go-skidding-off-the-runway-after-an-engine-failure



Russia's Nasty Giant Nuclear Armed & Propelled Torpedo

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2020/11/russias-nasty-giant-nuclear-armed.html



Russia detains Aeroflot executive on suspicion of passing secrets to Britain - Russian news agencies

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-britain-espionage/russia-detains-aeroflot-executive-on-suspicion-of-passing-secrets-to-britain-russian-news-agencies-idUSKBN27T1A5



Russia’s TOS-2 Tosochka Heavy Flamethrower Undergo Trials

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28316/Russia___s_TOS_2_Tosochka_Heavy_Flamethrower_Undergo_Trials



Russian and North Korean hackers are targeting COVID-19 vaccine researchers

https://www.cnet.com/news/russian-and-north-korean-hackers-are-targeting-covid-19-vaccine-researchers/




NATO receives fifth and final RQ-4D Phoenix RPAS

https://defbrief.com/2020/11/13/nato-receives-fifth-and-final-rq-4d-phoenix-rpas/




U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Drones Stationed In Poland Spotted With New SIGINT Wing-Mounted Pod

https://theaviationist.com/2020/11/12/u-s-mq-9-reaper-drones-stationed-in-poland-spotted-with-new-sigint-wing-mounted-pod/




Romanian frigate gives up NATO mission due to increasing COVID-19 cases

https://navalnews.net/romanian-frigate-gives-up-nato-mission-due-to-increasing-covid-19-cases/




Corpses and burnt-out cars line Karabakh road as Russian troops deploy

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-azerbaijan/corpses-and-burnt-out-cars-line-karabakh-road-as-russian-troops-deploy-idUSKBN27T24A




Panel: France Could be ‘Bridge Partner’ Between U.S., Europe to Counter China, Russia

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/12/panel-france-could-be-bridge-partner-between-u-s-europe-to-counter-china-russia



French Defense supports HELMA-P laser anti-drone system

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/french_defense_supports_helma-p_laser_anti-drone_system.html



French Navy Frigate ‘Bretagne’ Test Fires Naval Cruise Missile

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/11/french-navy-frigate-bretagne-test-fires-naval-cruise-missile/









As China’s military confidence grows, it’s now looking to ‘design’ how war is fought

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3109585/chinas-military-confidence-grows-its-now-looking-design-how-war



China’s ‘secretive, crash’ nuclear buildup revealed

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/nov/12/china-expanding-nuclear-arms-plants-revealed/



China’s military aims to use AI to dominate in cyber and outer space, Japanese think tank warns

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3109803/chinas-military-aims-use-ai-dominate-cyber-and-outer-space





Taiwan Air Force test-fires domestic cruise missile

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4052714





Japan’s F-15JSI Will Be A Super Interceptor. That Sets It Apart From Boeing’s Family Of Advanced Eagles.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2020/11/12/japans-f-15jsi-will-be-a-super--interceptor-that-sets-it-apart-from-boeings-family-of-advanced-eagles/





Collins Class safety upgrade in doubt, concerns quashed

https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/maritime-antisub/7186-collins-class-safety-upgrade-in-doubt-concerns-quashed





New Evidence Suggests North Korea has a Naval Marine Mammal Program

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/12/new-evidence-suggests-north-korea-has-a-naval-marine-mammal-program



North Korean officials appear to have launched Twitter accounts

https://abcnews.go.com/International/north-korean-officials-launched-twitter-accounts/story?id=74188912










Trump's Pentagon purge is reportedly an attempt to get troops out of the Middle East before he leaves office

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-pentagon-purge-reportedly-attempt-194755505.html



The Secret Service Has A New Chevy Suburban Presidential Limousine

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37611/the-secret-service-has-a-new-chevy-suburban-presidential-limousine



‘Are We Getting Invaded?’ U.S. Boats Faced Russian Aggression Near Alaska

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/12/us/russia-military-alaska-arctic-fishing.html



Military AI: In Deep Learning We Trust? The Pentagon has ambitious plans for riding the AI wave – but some of it sounds familiar.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/11/military-ai-in-deep-learning-we-trust/



Space: Good Swarm/Bad Swarm

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htspace/articles/20201113.aspx



The Space Force: A Conversation With United States Secretary Of The Air Force Barbara Barrett

https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2020/11/13/the-space-force-a-conversation-with-united-states-secretary-of-the-air-force-barbara-barrett/



The View Through The Army's New Night Vision Goggles Looks Straight Out Of A Video Game

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37605/the-view-through-the-armys-new-night-vision-goggles-looks-straight-out-of-a-video-game



QinetiQ Delivers Armed Scout Robot To Army: RCV-L

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/qinetiq-delivers-armed-scout-robot-to-army-rcv-l/



Video: New Infrared-Acoustic Sensor Can Stop RPGs & ATGMs

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/land/video-new-infrared-acoustic-sensor-can-stop-rpgs-atgms-Uv9C9BapG0qyWhszuMXFHw



Robotic Co-Pilots Will Help Fly Black Hawks In 2021

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/fvl-robotic-co-pilots-will-help-fly-black-hawks-in-2021/



Company Martin UAV demonstrates shipboard integration with its V-BAT VTOL drone

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/november/9260-company-martin-uav-demonstrates-shipboard-integration-with-its-v-bat-vtol-drone.html



US Navy signs for more TH-73A training helos

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-navy-signs-for-more-th-73a-training-helos



No Margin Left: Overworked Carrier Force Struggles to Maintain Deployments After Decades of Overuse

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/12/no-margin-left-overworked-carrier-force-struggles-to-maintain-deployments-after-decades-of-overuse



Lockheed Martin to provide electronic warfare (EW) systems to enable submarines to locate hostile radar; The AN/BLQ-10 provides automatic detection, classification, localization, and identification of enemy radar and communications signals at sea.

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14187272/submarines-electronic-warfare-ew-radar



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