Af/Pak & Other News (5/27/2021)

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Analysis: Predicting the coming Taliban offensive

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/05/analysis-predicting-the-coming-taliban-offensive.php



Afghan forces struggle, demoralized, rife with corruption

https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-lifestyle-b34e8480c8a0d80072fb2b4414914156



A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/world/asia/afghan-surrender-taliban.html



Afghan military targets Al Qaeda’s network in Helmand

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/05/afghan-military-targets-al-qaedas-network-in-helmand.php



US Planning to Evacuate Afghan Interpreters, Top US General Says

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/05/us-planning-evacuate-afghan-interpreters-top-us-general-says/174337/



Withdrawal From Afghanistan May Be Done in July, but Then What?

https://coffeeordie.com/afghan-withdrawal-future/









India: Pakistan Punches Above Its Weight

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20210527.aspx



India to Receive Israeli Heron Drones for China Border Deployment

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/27/india-to-receive-heron-drones/



Fight to douse Sri Lanka ship fire could take 'days': navy chief

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210527-fight-to-douse-sri-lanka-ship-fire-could-take-days-navy-chief









Pompeo Rekindles Debate About US Response to Iran's Hosting of Al-Qaida

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/pompeo-rekindles-debate-about-us-response-irans-hosting-al-qaida



New Iranian Underwater Weapon Hints At Technology Advances

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/05/27/new-iranian-underwater-weapon-hints-at-technology-advances/









Iraqi militia members surround PM’s office after arrest of commander

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210527-iraqi-militia-members-surround-pm-s-office-after-arrest-of-commander



Iraq: Affordable Corruption And Disruption

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iraq/articles/20210527.aspx









Saudi forces deploy military armoured vehicles in vicinity of Al-Ma’ashiq Palace in southern Yemeni's Aden

https://en.abna24.com/news/saudi-forces-deploy-military-armoured-vehicles-in-vicinity-of-al-ma%E2%80%99ashiq-palace-in-southern-yemenis-aden_1144639.html



Saudis: Coalition kit on Yemen island where base being built

https://apnews.com/article/yemen-middle-east-f32db56ac3bbd56b1425647e13c2d392




Watch a Turkish unmanned combat vessel destroy target with laser-guided missile

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/27/watch-a-turkish-unmanned-combat-vessel-destroy-target-with-laser-guided-missile/



Turkey pushed NATO allies into softening outrage over Belarus plane, diplomats say

https://www.reuters.com/world/exclusive-turkey-pushed-nato-allies-into-softening-outrage-over-belarus-plane-2021-05-27/









'Is everything I'm trying to do pointless?': Syrians helpless in face of 'sham' election

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/05/26/syria-elections-jomana-karadsheh-pkg-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn



Syrian mercenaries robbed of their wages: report

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210527-syrian-mercenaries-robbed-of-their-wages-report









IDF Intelligence hails tactical win in Gaza, can’t say how long calm will last

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-intel-hails-tactical-win-over-hamas-but-cant-say-how-long-calm-will-last/



Israel's operation against Hamas was the world's first AI war

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/gaza-news/guardian-of-the-walls-the-first-ai-war-669371



In Conflicts Like Gaza War, 90% of Casualties Are Civilians, Report Says

https://www.newsweek.com/conflicts-like-gaza-war-90-casualties-are-civilians-report-says-1595261









Libya: Drones may have attacked humans fully autonomously for the first time

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2278852-drones-may-have-attacked-humans-fully-autonomously-for-the-first-time/



Was a flying killer robot used in Libya? Quite possibly

https://thebulletin.org/2021/05/was-a-flying-killer-robot-used-in-libya-quite-possibly/




Mali’s ousted civilian leaders are freed from military custody as sanctions loom

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mali-s-ousted-civilian-leaders-are-freed-from-military-custody-as-sanctions-loom/ar-AAKqQ6I




Ethiopia says 22 regional officials killed by Tigray rebels

https://apnews.com/article/africa-ethiopia-8dc1a8075af3109467e2b775308f1286









Ukraine Unhappy With Lack Of Progress In Joining NATO As Kyiv Is Not Invited To Summit

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-nato--summit-kivy-not-invited-kuleba-lack-progress-membership/31275358.html



Russia’s New State-of-the-Art Ballistic Missile Submarine Will Soon Head to Sea

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia%E2%80%99s-new-state-art-ballistic-missile-submarine-will-soon-head-sea-186157



Russia Is Building a Single-Engine, 'Hypersonic' Fighter Jet

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a36546468/russia-new-fighter-jet/



Kalashnikov's Upgraded “Vihr” missile tested from KA-52 Helicopter

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29664/Kalashnikov_s_Upgraded____Vihr____missile_tested_from_KA_52_Helicopter



The Expanding List of Putin’s New Nuclear Superweapons

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/05/27/the_expanding_list_of_putins_new_nuclear_superweapons_778989.html



Is Russia Getting Ready to Buy Combat Drones from Turkey?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-getting-ready-buy-combat-drones-turkey-186202



Graffiti Artists Defaced Soviet-Era Buran Space Shuttle At Russian Space Center

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40811/graffiti-artists-defaced-soviet-era-buran-space-shuttle-at-russian-space-center



Russia, Iran Leading Disinformation Charge on Facebook

https://www.voanews.com/silicon-valley-technology/russia-iran-leading-disinformation-charge-facebook



'A serious foreign policy weapon': Russia and China align against religious liberty advocates

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/russia-and-china-align-against-religious-liberty-advocates



Russian authorities deny entry to European airlines as EU mulls sanctions on Belarus

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/27/europe/belarus-airlines-sanctions-intl/index.html





‘Bomb Threat' That Justified Belarus Hijacking Came 24 Minutes After

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bomb-threat-cited-in-belarus-hijacking-came-24-minutes-after




Armenia says Azerbaijan has detained six servicemen at border

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210527-armenia-says-azerbaijan-has-detained-six-servicemen-at-border




How NATO Would Wage a Fourth Battle of the Atlantic Against Russia

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/how-nato-would-wage-a-fourth-battle-of-the-atlantic-against-russia/




Incredible photos show Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger II crashing after alleged engine failure. The pilot ejected safely.

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/incredible-photos-show-swiss-air-force-f-5-tiger-ii-crashing-after-alleged-engine-failure-the-pilot-ejected-safely/




US Army deploys Artemis demonstrator to Europe, eying high-speed ISR jet capability

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/05/27/looking-at-high-speed-isr-jet-capability-us-army-deploys-demonstrator-to-europe/




French Navy Horizon Air Defense Destroyer Intercepts Supersonic Target

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/05/french-navy-horizon-air-defense-destroyer-intercepts-supersonic-target/



Airbus Delivers The 100th A400M Atlas Tactical Airlifter

https://theaviationist.com/2021/05/27/100th-a400m-atlas/




Royal Navy appoints first female admiral

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/royal-navy-appoints-first-female-admiral/









Secret's Out: Here's the U.S. Military's 1962 Plan To Conquer Cuba

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/secrets-out-heres-us-militarys-1962-plan-conquer-cuba-186174









China-India border dispute: as Himalayan snow thaws, could conflict reignite?

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3135090/china-india-border-dispute-himalayan-snow-thaws-could-conflict



China’s New Xian H-20 Stealth Bomber: Could It Strike Targets in Guam?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/chinas-new-xian-h-20-stealth-bomber-could-it-strike-targets-in-guam/



China supplying North Korea, Iran with dangerous nuclear tech, missiles: Report

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/26/china-continues-proliferation-nuclear-tech-missile/



China tries Chinese Australian writer on espionage charge

https://apnews.com/article/australia-china-trials-703976d0fac72f55ebffe91f2838812d



Uighurs targeted in cyberattacks by 'Chinese-speaking' actors using UN logos

https://www.jpost.com/international/uighurs-targeted-in-cyberattacks-by-chinese-speaking-actors-using-un-logos-669224





Taiwan Navy to deploy new air defense missile system in August

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4211363





South Korea, Philippines discussing future submarine capabilities enhancement

https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/madex-2021/2021/05/south-korea-philippines-discussing-future-submarine-capabilities-enhancement/





Australia considers German submarine option as tensions with French company grow

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-27/australia-considering-german-submarine-option/100168878



Australian Navy Eyes German Type-214 Submarine?

http://www.hisutton.com/Australian=Submarine-Options-Type-214.html





Philippine Navy says AW159 helicopters are ‘mission-capable'

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/philippine-navy-says-aw159-helicopters-are-mission-capable



Philippines to receive two T129Bs in September

http://alert5.com/2021/05/26/philippines-to-receive-two-t129bs-in-september/





Singapore deploys fighters, AEW aircraft to Guam

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/27/singapore-deploys-fighters-aew-aircraft-to-guam/










Ex-official who revealed UFO project accuses Pentagon of 'disinformation' campaign

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/26/ufo-whistleblower-ig-complaint-pentagon-491098



Navy pilot remembers the ‘absurdity’ of her famous UFO sighting

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/navy-pilot-nimitz-ufo-sighting/



How pop culture set the stage for the coming UFO report — for better or worse

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/movies/how-pop-culture-set-stage-coming-ufo-report-better-or-n1268673



A group of US diplomats and employees with 'Havana Syndrome' symptoms say the Biden administration is denying them care and ignoring their evidence

https://www.businessinsider.com/havana-syndrome-us-diplomats-employees-with-symptoms-say-government-abandoned-2021-5



More Actions Expected After 2nd Investigation Into Deadly AAV Sinking

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/05/more-actions-expected-after-2nd-investigation-deadly-aav-sinking/174338/



Joe Biden orders US intelligence to intensify efforts to study Covid’s origins

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/26/joe-biden-us-intelligence-community-covid-19-origins-china



The Covid-19 origin story has massive political consequences

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/27/politics/biden-trump-china-coronavirus-origins/index.html



Shuttered Chinese Houston consulate called 'major hub' for science and tech espionage worldwide

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/26/chinese-consulate-houston-major-hub-science-tech-/



CIA Adds 4 New Stars to Memorial Wall, Each for a Still Secret Name

https://coffeeordie.com/cia-adds-stars/



Biden’s Asia Czar Says Era of Engagement With China Is Over

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-26/biden-s-asia-czar-says-era-of-engagement-with-xi-s-china-is-over



Peace with Russia, China ‘Fraying at the Edge,’ Milley Tells Graduating Cadets

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/05/peace-russia-china-fraying-edge-milley-tells-graduating-cadets/174322/



US Navy confirms Russian spy ship operating off Hawaii, delaying a Missile Defense Agency missile test

https://warisboring.com/us-navy-confirms-russian-spy-ship-operating-off-hawaii-delaying-a-missile-defense-agency-missile-test/



As militaries get busier in the Arctic, the US and Russia are running out of ways to solve problems there

https://www.businessinsider.com/increasing-arctic-military-activity-reduces-us-russia-diplomacy-options-2021-5



5 predictions by the US's top spies about what the world could look like in 20 years

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/5-predictions-by-the-us-s-top-spies-about-what-the-world-could-look-like-in-20-years/ar-AAKrzJ8



Report on Military Applications for Quantum Computing

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/27/report-on-military-applications-for-quantum-computing



Autonomous flight specialist Merlin Labs emerges from stealth with $25M funding

https://dronedj.com/2021/05/27/merlin-labs/



As Space Junk Multiplies, Pentagon Is Stuck Tracking It for Civilians

https://www.defenseone.com/business/2021/05/space-junk-multiplies-pentagon-stuck-tracking-it-civilians/174340/



Super-Jammer Goes To Army Multi Domain Task Force

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/super-jammer-goes-to-army-multi-domain-task-force/



Army tests new techniques with airborne jamming pod

https://www.c4isrnet.com/electronic-warfare/2021/05/26/army-tests-new-techniques-with-airborne-jamming-pod/



Better Seats For Long-Suffering Apache Helicopter Crews Could Come From A NASCAR Team

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2021/05/27/better-seats-for-long-suffering-apache-helicopter-crews-could-come-from-a-nascar-team/



Small Diameter Bombs Collaborate in Golden Horde Test

https://www.airforcemag.com/small-diameter-bombs-golden-horde-test/



USAF should consider supersonic business jets for battlefield management: think tank

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/usaf-should-consider-supersonic-business-jets-for-battlefield-management-think-tank/143922.article



Mission capable rates of USAF fighters rise in 2020, led by F-35A. F-15E’s mission capable rate declined.

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/mission-capable-rates-of-usaf-fighters-rise-in-2020-led-by-f-35a-f-15es-mission-capable-rate-declined/



“Fuck stealth!” An F-15 pilot opines on why the Super Eagle is needed (and the story of the ‘Eagle Eye’ hunter scope)

https://hushkit.net/2021/05/27/fuck-stealth-an-f-15-pilot-opines-on-why-the-super-eagle-is-needed-and-the-story-of-the-eagle-eye-hunter-scope/



Plan To Buy 145 B-21 Raider Bombers Gets Endorsement From Biden Air Force Nominee

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40803/plan-to-buy-145-b-21-raider-bombers-gets-endorsement-from-biden-air-force-nominee



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