Af/Pak & Other News (5/20/2021)

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May 20, 2021, 2:10:12 PMMay 20
Taliban has ‘surrounded’ five Afghan provincial capitals

Tribal elders broker local Taliban, Afghan government ceasefire

Taliban overruns district in central Afghanistan

US general to recommend post-withdrawal plan for Afghanistan

India keeps a close watch on China's 'emerging' role in Afghanistan

Iran president gives his most upbeat view yet of nuke talks

Qatar: Al-Udeid Operating New Counter-drone System Amid Growing UAS Threat

Saudi project clears 3,154 mines in Yemen

Syria: Sympathy For The Devil

After backing Assad, Iran and Russia compete for influence and spoils of war

Israel shot down armed Iranian drone near border with Jordan - Netanyahu

Israel Strikes 'Number of Targets' in Lebanon Shortly After Biden Sets De-Escalation Expectation

After lull, Hamas resumes rocket fire, shoots anti-tank missile at empty IDF bus

EXPLAINER: How did Hamas grow its arsenal to strike Israel?

Iron Dome sustains interception rate

Israel agrees to ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza in talks with Egypt - report

Israel's Iron Dome has been put to the test in more ways than one amid intense fighting with Palestinian militants

Fears of "third intifada" as Gaza violence spills over to West Bank

'Roof knocking': Israel warning system under scrutiny in Gaza conflict

Israel Warns Iran Allies Are Learning How to Fight IDF in Widening Conflict

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt: new threats need tighter defense ties

Nigeria Inducts JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets Imported from Pakistan

Boko Haram leader tried to kill himself during clash with rivals, officials claim

Zelenskiy Says Russia's Distribution Of Passports In Ukraine's Volatile East Is Step Toward Annexation

Ukraine’s leader fears US making deal with Russia

Russian Oligarch’s Ex-Wife Hires Ex-Military Team to Seize His Megayacht

Russia will start supplying S-400 missile to India in Q4 -Interfax

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny 'more or less' recovered after hunger strike - prison official

How Russia's new Gulag tries to break convicts like Alexei Navalny

Belarusian government reveals reason behind pilot deaths in jet trainer crash

Landlocked Switzerland renews patrol boat fleet

Croatia picks France’s Rafale fighter as MIG-21 successor, reports

Is Poland on Way to Acquiring Turkish Bayraktar Drones?

UK MoD orders more unmanned ground vehicles from Germany’s Rheinmetall

China, US argue over naval activity in South China Sea

Nuclear energy: China, Russia agree to boost ties in ‘strategic priority’ area

China’s J-15 Carrierborne Fighter: Sizing up the Competition

Mysterious Secluded Facility With Large Hangar Emerges At Chinese Bomber Base

China Keeps Studying One World War II Battle For a Sinister Reason

China Singles Out U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, NZ in New Anti-espionage Regulation

Concerns grow over China nuclear reactors shrouded in mystery

PetroChina ships jet fuel to junta-ruled Myanmar, data shows

Australia Buying M1A2 SEPv3 Tanks, new Drones and Chinooks

Australia wants a space force too

UFOs are about to make their way to the U.S. Senate. Here's what to know.

UFO Encounters Spook Pentagon Brass and Washington Lawmakers

The U.S. military takes UFOs seriously. Why doesn't Silicon Valley or academia?

US, Russia at odds over military activity in the Arctic

Washington Rallies Support Over Arctic Buildup; Moscow Worried Over Deployments In Norway

Energy expert Dan Yergin says the U.S. is looking for a way to ‘peel Russia back’ from China

House Lawmakers Call For Long-Term Strategy For Sealift After Decades of Neglect

No need for National Guard 'quick reaction force,' GOP lawmakers say

US troops are stuck on the Mexico border with no end in sight

Your Social Media Will Be Spied on Says Pentagon Report

SOCOM Leaders Say ‘Digital Spectrum’ Key To Next Fight

The Military Is Creating a ‘Gig Eagle’ App to Uber-ize Its Workforce

Air Force held first information warfare test exercises

Pentagon Looks to Incorporate 'Climate Resilience' into Future Weapon Systems

Aerospace & Defense Roundup: May. 19

A Starcruiser for Space Force: Thinking Through the Imminent Transformation of Spacepower

Virgin Galactic's next rocket-powered test flight confirmed for May 22nd

How Hypersonic Drones Could Defeat Missiles

Body Armor, Ammo Among New Tech for Commandos

Amphibious MC-130J Transport Is On Special Operations Command's Wishlist

U.S. Army shows its ‘sniper tanks’

US Army tackles enduring system to counter both drone and cruise missile threats

Content with flat budget, anti-ship missiles the top priority in 2022, USMC Commandant says

Air Force unveils exoskeleton to aid aerial ports in lifting

Seven Reasons The U.S. Navy Needs To Rethink Its Plan For A Next-Generation Destroyer

How US Navy SEALs aim to use diversity as a secret weapon

This Teeny-Tiny Sub Carries Navy SEALs to Their Next Mission

USN C-47 Returns

Unmanned floating missile launchers linked to sensor network could help U.S. Navy gain firepower advantage

The Littoral Combat Ship Can’t Fight—And The U.S. Navy Is Finally Coming To Terms With It

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