Af/Pak & Other News (6/5/2021)

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The Future of Afghanistan Hinges on American Dollars, Not Troops

https://warontherocks.com/2021/06/the-future-of-afghanistan-hinges-on-american-dollars-not-troops/



Al-Qaeda Is Still in Afghanistan, and It's Fighting for Victory

https://vitalinterests.thedispatch.com/p/al-qaeda-is-still-in-afghanistan



The Unknowns

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/ep-50-the-unknowns.php



The Taliban Are Getting Stronger In Afghanistan As U.S. And NATO Forces Exit

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/05/1002085012/the-taliban-are-getting-stronger-in-afghanistan-as-u-s-and-nato-forces-exit



The Taliban are megarich – here's where they get the money they use to wage war in Afghanistan

https://www.yahoo.com/news/taliban-megarich-heres-where-money-131228347.html



Afghan army: 20 die in hit on Taliban, including civilians

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/afghan-army-20-die-in-hit-on-taliban-including-civilians-7344983/



China to 'welcome the Taliban back' in bid to extend Belt and Road into Afghanistan

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/china-taliban-welcome-back-belt-road-afghanistan



Pakistan Targets a Resurgent TTP as Uncertainty Looms in Afghanistan

https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/pakistan-targets-a-resurgent-ttp-as-uncertainty-looms-in-afghanistan/









Nuclear Submarine INS Chakra Spotted in Straits of Malacca Escorted by Russian Naval Ships

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29732/Nuclear_Submarine_INS_Chakra_Spotted_in_Straits_of_Malacca_Escorted_by_Russian_Naval_Ships









Turkish drone attack kills three civilians in northern Iraq Kurdish refugee camp

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210605-turkish-drone-attack-kills-three-civilians-in-northern-iraq-kurdish-refugee-camp









Qatar ‘funneled millions of dollars’ to Al-Qaeda-affiliate terrorists in Syria: British media

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1870901/middle-east




UAE: Why The US Fears Its Key Defense Partner Could Leak F-35’s Stealth Technology To China?

https://eurasiantimes.com/will-uae-lose-the-most-precious-us-f-35-deal-due-to-its-growing-ties-with-an-asian-country/




Yemen officials say Houthi rebel missile hits city, kills 17

https://apnews.com/article/yemen-middle-east-85b82e9f1c291af8bee0c0d53d9a02ef









Syria: Senior Quds Force Officer Killed in ISIS Ambush

https://sofrep.com/news/senior-quds-force-officer-killed-in-isis-ambush/









Jordanian security personnel injured after 'armed attacks' - Petra

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/jordanian-security-personnel-injured-after-armed-attacks-petra-2021-06-05/









Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/06/03/israels-iron-dome-wont-last-forever/



How Israel Targeted Hamas Underground (And What It Could Do Next)

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-israel-targeted-hamas-underground-and-what-it-could-do-next-186662









More than 130 killed in deadliest attack in Burkina Faso since 2015

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210605-dozens-of-civilians-killed-in-attack-on-northern-burkina-faso-village




Inauthentic Facebook assets promoted Russian interests in Sudan

https://medium.com/dfrlab/inauthentic-facebook-assets-promoted-russian-interests-in-sudan-2623c58b1f7f









Ukraine refuses Iran’s compensation for downed plane victims

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1870876/middle-east



Crimea’s Nuclear Potential: A Return to Soviet Practices

https://jamestown.org/program/crimeas-nuclear-potential-a-return-to-soviet-practices/



US helps Ukraine fend off Russia in Black Sea after most of fleet was captured with Crimea

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/us-ukraine-fend-off-russia-black-sea-after-fleet-captured-with-crimea



Rostec to Unveil New Munition to Shield Armor from Precision Weapons

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29738/Army_2021__Rostec_to_Unveil_New_Munition_to_Shield_Armor_from_Precision_Weapons



Foreign Astronauts Carried Out Military Experiments at ISS, Russian Space Agency Chief Says

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Foreign_Astronauts_Carried_Out_Military_Experiments_at_ISS_Russian_Space_Agency_Chief_Says_999.html



As Russia Touts Convict Labor To Offset An Exodus Of Migrants, Some Fear 'A Return To The Gulag'

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-prison-labor-gulag/31291711.html



Vladimir Putin Insists Russia Has No Issues With U.S., But U.S. Wants to 'Contain Our Development'

https://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-insists-russia-has-no-issues-us-us-wants-contain-our-development-1597724



Russia is using the power of 'Black PR' to destroy political reputations and spread disinformation in the West

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-is-using-the-power-of-black-pr-to-destroy-political-reputations-and-spread-disinformation-in-the-west/ar-AAKJuuq



Vladimir Putin warns head of MI6: 'Just live your life and don't try to spoil Russian-British relations further'

https://news.sky.com/story/vladimir-putin-warns-head-of-mi6-just-live-your-life-and-dont-try-to-spoil-russian-british-relations-further-12325206





Here Are The Photos Of The First Ever Intercept Of A Russian Aircraft By F-35 Under NATO Command In The Baltics

https://theaviationist.com/2021/06/05/photos-f-35-intercept-bap/




Fire causes explosions in Serbian munition depot

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/04/fire-causes-explosions-in-serbian-munition-depot/




Danish Air Force world’s first to evaluate electric aircraft for operational use

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/04/danish-air-force-worlds-first-to-evaluate-electric-aircraft-for-operational-use/









China Confirms It Has Its Own UFO Task Force; Chinese Military Said to Be Using AI to Track an Increase in “Unidentified Air Conditions.”

https://thedebrief.org/china-confirms-it-has-its-own-ufo-task-force/



US general: China's Xi Jinping wants to rule the world as 'only' superpower, surrounded by 'vassal states'

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/general-chinas-xi-jinping-wants-rule-world-superpower-vassal-states



Why Chinese navy’s latest Pacific drill hints at broader ambitions

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3136184/chinese-navys-latest-pacific-drill-hints-broader-ambitions



Teacher Testifies Uyghurs Treated 'Less Than Dogs' by Guards in Chinese Camps

https://www.newsweek.com/teacher-testifies-uyghurs-treated-less-dogs-guards-chinese-camps-1597735





The Plan for Combatting a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/plan-combatting-chinese-invasion-taiwan-186938



Senators Duckworth, Sullivan, and Coons arriving in Taiwan using C-17 today

http://alert5.com/2021/06/06/senators-duckworth-sullivan-and-coons-arriving-in-taiwan-using-c-17-today/





Japan Now Has its First Woman Submariner

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/06/japan-now-has-its-first-woman-submariner/



Japan to begin development of new missile based on Type 12 next year

http://alert5.com/2021/06/06/japan-to-begin-development-of-new-missile-based-on-type-12-next-year/










‘There is stuff’: Enduring mysteries trail US report on UFOs

https://apnews.com/article/science-government-and-politics-808f797b27f8a0ac8d81ecd0343d1f36



Rubio says national security is more important than UFO 'stigma'

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rubio-national-security-ufo



NASA is launching a further investigation into UFO sightings. The agency's chief says it can't rule out the possibility that sightings are of alien origin.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nasa-launching-further-investigation-ufo-121441046.html



FBI Head Compares Ransomware Threat to 9/11

https://www.wired.com/story/security-news-this-week-fbi-head-compares-ransomware-threat-to-9-11/



Biden Demands China Share Info, Lessons That Could Stop Next 'Catastrophic Biological Threat'

https://www.newsweek.com/biden-demands-china-share-info-lessons-that-could-stop-next-catastrophic-biological-threat-1597709



U.S. Working to Dampen Chinese Missile Advantage in the Pacific

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/05/pacaf-co-u-s-working-to-dampen-chinese-missile-advantage-in-the-pacific



Why the Pentagon isn’t heeding calls to prosecute Michael Flynn under military law

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/flynn-coup-military-qanon/2021/06/04/5dfbf05c-c47f-11eb-8c34-f8095f2dc445_story.html



How the Pentagon Plans To Combat Extremism in the Military

https://coffeeordie.com/pentagon-extremism-military/



Last OC-135B retired

http://alert5.com/2021/06/06/last-oc-135b-retired/



Rubber Tanks Obsolete

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20210605.aspx



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: June 03

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/z/aerospace-defense-roundup-june-03



DoD Outlines Tenets of Responsible Artificial Intelligence

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/06/deputy-defense-secretary-outlines-responsible-ai-tenets-new-memo/174510/



Can Rockets Deliver Supplies to War Zones? Space Force, Air Force Aim to Find Out

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/06/can-rockets-deliver-supplies-war-zones-space-force-air-force-aim-find-out/174513/



U.S. Special Operations advances Bronco II aircraft from prototype to flying phase

https://warisboring.com/u-s-special-operations-advances-bronco-ii-aircraft-from-prototype-to-flying-phase/



Dynetics Unveils ‘Enduring Shield’ Air Defense, Possible Competitor to Israeli ‘Iron Dome’

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29737/Dynetics_Unveils____Enduring_Shield____Air_Defense__Possible_Competitor_to_Israeli____Iron_Dome___



Textron Systems delivers the fourth RIPSAW M5 unmanned tracked ground combat vehicle to US Army

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_june_2021_global_security_army_industry/textron_systems_delivers_the_fourth_ripsaw_m5_unmanned_tracked_ground_vehicle_to_us_army.html



Oshkosh to Equip +500 US Army Strykers with Samson Gun Turrets

https://defense-update.com/20210604_mcws.html



Army Is Quadrupling Attack Range of Apache Helicopters with Israeli Spike Missiles

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/army-quadrupling-attack-range-apache-helicopters-israeli-spike-missiles-186959



U.S. Air Force Acquiring Global 6000s for Battlefield Ops

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2021-06-02/us-air-force-acquiring-global-6000s-battlefield-ops



Rapid Dragon demonstrates BLOS kill chain of palletized JASSM-ER at Northern Edge 21

http://alert5.com/2021/06/06/rapid-dragon-demonstrates-blos-kill-chain-of-palletized-jassm-er-at-northern-edge-21/



Northrop Grumman Validates ‘Freedom’ Targeting Pod during Northern Edge 2021 Exercise

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29730/Northrop_Grumman_Validates____Freedom____Targeting_Pod_during_Northern_Edge_2021_Exercise



World Navy's Rail Gun Projects

http://www.hisutton.com/Covert-Shores-Guide-to-Rail-Guns.html



US, French, British navies sign agreement for increased cooperation

https://www.defencetalk.com/us-french-british-navies-sign-agreement-for-increased-cooperation-76992/



US Navy sets up next-generation destroyer (DDG(X)) program office

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/05/us-navy-sets-up-next-generation-destroyer-ddgx-program-office/



U.S. Pacific Submarine Force takes part in Agile Dagger 21 exercise

https://navalpost.com/u-s-submarine-force-takes-part-in-agile-dagger-21/



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