Af/Pak & Other News (12/17/2020)

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US Joint Chiefs chairman meets with Taliban on peace talks

https://apnews.com/article/peace-process-qatar-doha-army-afghanistan-5aa10724bbc4df823fd19ad2301837df



Sensitive US military equipment given to local forces goes unaccounted for in Afghanistan, watchdog says

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/sensitive-us-military-equipment-given-to-local-forces-goes-unaccounted-for-in-afghanistan-watchdog-says-1.655610



Balochistan: Pakistan's land of the disappeared

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/balochistan-pakistans-land-of-the-disappeared/ar-BB1bZMG5









India to modify 6 A320s into AEW platforms

http://alert5.com/2020/12/17/india-to-modify-6-a320s-into-aew-platforms/









From the frontlines in Yemen: No end in sight as Saudi general accuses Iran of increased support for rebel fighters

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-war-saudi-iran-houthis-b1774830.html



Royal Saudi Air Force Takes Delivery of Final F-15SA Fighter Aircraft

https://defpost.com/royal-saudi-air-force-takes-delivery-of-final-f-15sa-fighter-aircraft/




Turkey says will not reverse Russian S-400S purchase despite US sanctions

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-sanctions/turkey-says-will-not-reverse-russian-s-400s-purchase-despite-us-sanctions-idUSKBN28R0RB









TEKEVER delivers AR3 UAS to Nigeria for Deep Blue Project

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2020/12/tekever-delivers-ar3-uas-to-nigeria-for-deep-blue-project




Inside a military base in Ethiopia's Tigray: soldiers decry betrayal by former comrades

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict-attack/inside-a-military-base-in-ethiopias-tigray-soldiers-decry-betrayal-by-former-comrades-idUSKBN28R1IE




Mali: Waiting For A Happy Ending

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali/articles/20201217.aspx




THOR: Air Force Tests Counter-Drone Microwave In Africa

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/thor-air-force-tests-counter-drone-microwave-in-africa/




The U.S. withdraws from Somalia

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/12/ep-36-the-u-s-withdraws-from-somalia.php









Ukraine ordered four ADA-class corvettes from Turkey

https://navalnews.net/ukraine-ordered-four-ada-class-corvettes-from-turkey/



Russia to ramp up support for Ukraine's rebel-held east - Putin

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-ukraine/russia-to-ramp-up-support-for-ukraines-rebel-held-east-putin-idUSKBN28R1BZ



Russia's Reborn Il-114 Transport Aircraft Eyed For Specialized Military Roles

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38209/russias-reborn-il-114-transport-aircraft-eyed-for-specialized-military-roles



Russian Su-57 Jet Export Negotiations on, Twin-seat Version Planned

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28564/Russian_Su_57_Jet_Export_Negotiations_on__Twin_seat_Version_Planned



Russia’s Hypersonic Strike Force Is Mostly For Show

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/12/17/russias-hypersonic-strike-force-is-mostly-for-show/



Watch A Russian Navy Submarine Absolutely Soak Onlookers With A Mock Torpedo Launch

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38219/watch-a-russian-navy-submarine-absolutely-soak-onlookers-with-a-mock-torpedo-launch



Investigative journalists turn the tables on the Kremlin

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/12/17/putin-kremlin-russia-us-government-hack/



Putin claims Navalny is in cahoots with US intelligence and denies poisoning him, stating Russia would've 'finished the job'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/putin-claims-navalny-is-in-cahoots-with-us-intelligence-and-denies-poisoning-him-stating-russia-wouldve-finished-the-job/ar-BB1c0OsQ



Outing of FSB hit squad highlights Russia's data security problem

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/16/outing-of-fsb-hit-squad-highlights-russias-data-security-problem




Counter-Terrorism: The Clarity Cure

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20201217.aspx




Nagorno-Karabakh: Dozens of Armenian soldiers 'captured in raid'

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55329493




Dutch Marines Prepare For Arctic Warfare With New Machine Gun-Armed Sleds

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38220/dutch-marines-prepare-for-arctic-warfare-with-new-machine-gun-armed-sleds




Turkish 'intelligence agent' claims he was ordered to assassinate Austrian politician

https://news.yahoo.com/turkey-ordered-assassination-austrian-politician-172955555.html




First C-27J Next Generation Spotted With Brand New Camouflage Color Scheme

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/16/first-c-27j-next-generation-spotted-with-brand-new-camouflage-color-scheme/




French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid-19

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20201217-french-president-emmanuel-macron-has-tested-positive-for-covid-19



French court convicts IS operative in foiled train attack

https://apnews.com/article/paris-trials-europe-8898976e1edd6ffa6113341c501dc536




US set to announce new charges over Lockerbie plane bombing

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/16/us-set-to-announce-new-charges-over-lockerbie-plane-bombing









As Mexico’s security deteriorates, the power of the military grows

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/mexico-losing-control/mexico-military-security-drug-war/









‘A treasure trove’: Chinese lunar capsule returns to Earth with first rock samples in 44 years

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20201217-a-treasure-trove-chinese-lunar-capsule-returns-to-earth-with-first-rock-samples-in-44-years



Moon rocks in hand, China prepares for future moon missions

https://apnews.com/article/technology-beijing-moon-jupiter-planets-3ca45057c9ceaeadee86af3e0518f57b



Chinese, US militaries blame each other for PLA ‘no-show’ at virtual meeting

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3114389/chinese-us-militaries-blame-each-other-pla-no-show-virtual



Watch This Chinese Z-8 Naval Helicopter Fly Just Feet Off The Ground Along A Highway

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38235/watch-this-chinese-z-8-naval-helicopter-fly-just-feet-off-the-ground-along-a-highway



Chinese Official Coy About 'National Reunification Law' to Capture Taiwan

https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-official-coy-about-national-reunification-law-capture-taiwan-1555081



China puts tanks to the test in a mock street battle for Taiwan

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3114228/china-puts-tanks-test-mock-street-battle-taiwan





Four Chinese Warplanes Buzz Taiwan Radars in One Day

https://www.newsweek.com/four-chinese-warplanes-buzz-taiwan-radars-one-day-1555540





Japan Invests $48 Billion in Development of “Metamaterial” F-X Stealth Fighter

https://thedebrief.org/japan-invests-48-billion-in-development-of-metamaterial-f-x-stealth-fighter/



Marines put minimalistic command concept to work during air-assault exercise in Japan

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/marines-put-minimalistic-command-concept-to-work-during-air-assault-exercise-in-japan-1.655482





Boat With $80 million Worth of Cocaine Washes Up in Marshall Islands

https://www.newsweek.com/boat-80-million-worth-cocaine-washes-marshall-islands-1555592









Canada signs deal to send first astronaut on U.S. mission around the moon

https://www.reuters.com/article/space-exploration-usa-canada/canada-signs-deal-to-send-first-astronaut-on-u-s-mission-around-the-moon-idUSKBN28Q2AA










Emails Show Navy's 'UFO' Patents Went Through Significant Internal Review, Resulted In A Demo

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37134/emails-show-navys-ufo-patents-went-through-significant-internal-review-resulted-in-a-demo



US intelligence agencies confirm ‘significant and ongoing’ hack into government networks

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20201217-us-intelligence-agencies-confirm-significant-and-ongoing-hack-into-government-networks



Navy Scientists Explore New Human Capabilities Powered By Microbiology

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/12/17/navy-scientists-explore-new-human-capabilities-powered-by-microbiology/



Researchers Have Achieved Sustained Long-Distance Quantum Teleportation

https://www.vice.com/en/article/93wqep/researchers-have-achieved-sustained-long-distance-quantum-teleportation



US Army partners with Clemson University to develop autonomous vehicles

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/17/us-army-partners-with-clemson-university-to-develop-autonomous-vehicles/



Watch live: SpaceX delays its second spy satellite mission for U.S. government

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/12/17/Watch-live-SpaceX-delays-its-second-spy-satellite-mission-for-US-government/4391608148890/



Space Force official: Russian missile tests expose vulnerability of low-orbiting satellites

https://spacenews.com/space-force-official-russian-missile-tests-expose-vulnerability-of-low-orbiting-satellites/



BAE Systems reveales its design of U.S. Army’s future light tank

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/bae-systems-reveales-its-design-of-u-s-armys-future-light-tank.html



Bell shows V-280 potential as future sensor platform for long-range weapons

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/bell-shows-v-280-potential-as-future-sensor-platform-for-long-range-weapons/141651.article



Bell’s V-280 Valor hits 200 hours of flight time 3 years after first flight

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/12/17/bells-v-280-valor-hits-200-hours-of-flight-time-3-years-after-first-flight/




Marine Corps Looking to Fill Munitions Gaps

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/12/17/marine-corps-looking-to-fill-munitions-gaps



“Wise Guy” is Back! Regenerated After 10 Years At the “Boneyard” B-52H Flies Again After PDM at Tinker AFB

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/17/wise-guy-is-back-regenerated-after-10-years-at-the-boneyard-b-52h-flies-again-after-pdm-at-tinker-afb/



Northrop Grumman’s BACN Gateway System Surpasses 200,000 Combat Flight Hours

https://defpost.com/northrop-grummans-bacn-gateway-system-surpasses-200000-combat-flight-hours/



GE Marine to Provide LM2500+G4 Marine Gas Turbine to Power U.S. Navy Constellation Class Frigate

https://defpost.com/ge-marine-to-provide-lm2500g4-marine-gas-turbine-to-power-u-s-navy-constellation-class-frigate/



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