Af/Pak & Other News (5/4/2021)

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Pentagon offers first progress report on exit from Afghanistan

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/4/pentagon-offers-first-progress-report-exit-afghani/



US military: Afghanistan withdrawal process 2 to 6 percent complete

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/551706-us-military-afghanistan-withdrawal-process-2-to-6-percent-complete



Afghanistan Sees Resurgence Of Warlords, In Familiar Echo Of Civil War

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-warlords-resurgence-echoes-civil-war/31217648.html



Ashraf Ghani Concerned Taliban Are More Interested in Power Than Peace in Afghanistan

https://www.newsweek.com/ghani-taliban-power-1588513



Taliban launches huge Afghan offensive after deadline for U.S. pullout

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-launches-huge-afghan-offensive-after-deadline-us-pullout-2021-05-04/



Taliban attacks threaten provincial capitals in Afghanistan amid U.S. forces withdrawal

https://warisboring.com/taliban-attacks-threaten-provincial-capitals-in-afghanistan-amid-u-s-forces-withdrawal/



The Taliban Is Ready to Be Al Qaeda’s ‘Darling’ Again

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-taliban-is-ready-to-be-al-qaedas-darling-again



David Petraeus: US troop withdrawal 'is not going to end the endless war in Afghanistan'

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/the-interview/20210504-david-petraeus-us-troop-withdrawal-is-not-going-to-end-the-endless-war-in-afghanistan



Afghanistan: The Chinese Ultimatum

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/afghan/articles/20210504.aspx



Bin Laden Raid Pilot Says Unique Marine Air-To-Air Course Likely Saved Him From Pakistani F-16s

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/35507/bin-laden-raid-pilot-says-unique-marine-air-to-air-course-likely-saved-him-from-pakistani-f-16s



Situation Room Meetings to Raid bin Laden Were Named 'Mickey Mouse Meetings' for Secrecy

https://www.wfaa.com/video/syndication/veuer/situation-room-meetings-to-raid-bin-laden-were-named-mickey-mouse-meetings-for-secrecy/602-c2ebd273-7a4a-4056-97d8-ff1d93e0e293










Iran sought nuclear weapons, technology for WMDs last year, reports find

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-nuclear-weapons-technology-weapons-mass-destruction



Iran 'almost certainly' meddling in Scottish election to destabilise the UK

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-almost-certainly-meddling-scottish-121931219.html



A Swiss diplomat in Iran has died after mysteriously falling from a high-rise building, state media says

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-swiss-diplomat-in-iran-has-died-after-mysteriously-falling-from-a-high-rise-building-state-media-says/ar-BB1gldxf









4 rockets hit Iraqi air base housing US contractors, no casualties

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2021/05/03/4-rockets-hit-iraqi-air-base-housing-us-contractors-no-casualties/



Following Deadly Attack, Iraqi Kurds Call for Better Coordination in Countering IS

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/following-deadly-attack-iraqi-kurds-call-better-coordination-countering









Loitering ammunition from UAE Adasi Halcon Edge QX Shadow family drone UAV unmanned aerial vehicle

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news-tv/7278-loitering-ammunition-from-uae-adasi-halcon-edge-qx-shadow-family-drone-uav-unmanned-aerial-vehicle.html




On the ground with Yemeni soldiers battling Iran-allied rebels

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/on-the-ground-with-yemeni-soldiers-battling-iran-allied-rebels




Turkey’s Air Force Is Obsolete, Warns New Study

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpeck/2021/05/04/turkeys-air-force-is-obsolete-warns-new-study/



Forget the F-35: Will Turkey Build Its Own Stealth Fighter?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/forget-the-f-35-will-turkey-build-its-own-stealth-fighter/









Aftermath of explosion at jihadist arms depot in Syria's Idlib

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/aftermath-explosion-jihadist-arms-depot-175056623.html









Israel: Asymmetric Echoes

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20210504.aspx



IDF says it downed two Hezbollah drones in recent weeks

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/05/idf-says-it-downed-two-hezbollah-drones-in-recent-weeks.php



Israel Defense Forces unveil its revolutionary robotic system

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/israel-defense-forces-unveil-its-revolutionary-robotic-system.html









Egypt buying further 30 Rafales from France under $4.5B deal

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/04/egypt-buying-further-30-rafales-from-france-under-4-5b-deal/




Ethiopia ‘at a crossroads’ amid spiraling ethnic conflict

https://apnews.com/article/ethiopia-ethnic-conflicts-coronavirus-africa-health-37b65b752727e265a735c301e59397f0




Around 30 reportedly killed in Burkina Faso village attack

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56975652




DR Congo imposes military rule in regions under 'state of siege'

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210504-dr-congo-imposes-military-rule-in-regions-under-state-of-siege









Kazan: The New Russian Nuclear Submarine Built to Fight Anything

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/kazan-the-new-russian-nuclear-submarine-built-to-fight-anything/



Russia creates Udar combat ground robot – Part 1

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/russia_creates_udar_combat_ground_robot_%E2%80%93_part_1.html



Analysis: Russia's secret services betray their weakness

https://www.dw.com/en/analysis-russias-secret-services-betray-their-weakness/a-57417994



Why did Russia go after the European Parliament?

https://www.politico.eu/article/russias-travel-ban-against-david-sassoli-raises-eyebrows/



Is Russia Using Directed Energy Attacks Against US Personnel?

https://sofrep.com/news/is-russia-using-directed-energy-attacks-against-us-personnel/





Germany prefers Boeing P-8A Poseidon to France’s ATL2 offer

https://www.aerotime.aero/27850-germany-prefers-boeing-p-8a-poseidon-to-france-s-atl2-offer




France Red Brigades Arrests

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20210504-france-red-brigades-arrests




British F-35Bs Will Soon Fly Middle East Combat Missions From HMS Queen Elizabeth

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40426/british-f-35bs-will-soon-fly-middle-east-combat-missions-from-hms-queen-elizabeth









China Sends First 'Homemade' Aircraft Carrier to Contested South China Sea

https://www.newsweek.com/china-sends-first-homemade-aircraft-carrier-contested-south-china-sea-1588441



China sends navy ships to help Indonesia salvage sunken submarine

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2021/05/04/China-sends-navy-ships-to-help-Indonesia-salvage-sunken-submarine



What Does It Take To Stop A Chinese Land Grab? Satellite Coverage, A Lot Of Ships—And America’s Backing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/04/what-does-it-take-to-stop-chinese-land-grabs-satellite-coverage-a-lot-of-ships-and-americas-backing/





Taiwan and Japan Track China Warship Together in Apparent Team-up at Sea

https://www.newsweek.com/taiwan-japan-track-china-warship-together-apparent-team-sea-1588410



Taiwan Military Expert Warns Chinese Capable of Long-Range Raids

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/03/taiwan-military-expert-warns-china-long-range-raids/



Taiwan conducts test-launch of Sky Bow III extended-range version anti-ballistic missile

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_may_2021_global_security_army_industry/taiwan_conducts_test-launch_of_sky_bow_iii_extended-range_version_anti-ballistic_missile.html





Report: U.S. spy planes deployed near North Korea amid possible military activity

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/04/North-Korea-US-spy-planes/2671620132811/



Analysis: Diplomatic dance or standoff? N.Korea and U.S. tread cautious line

https://www.reuters.com/world/diplomatic-dance-or-standoff-nkorea-us-tread-cautious-line-2021-05-04/





Philippines Protests ‘Blocking’ of Its Patrol Ships by China

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/philippines-protests-blocking-of-its-patrol-ships-by-china/





Australia to buy latest Abrams tank version

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/australia-to-buy-latest-abrams-tank-version.html










Inspector General Launching Evaluation into The Pentagon’s Actions With UFOs

https://thedebrief.org/inspector-general-launching-evaluation-of-the-pentagons-actions-with-ufos/



US-China infowar escalates as America deploys task force in battle for power and influence

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3132184/us-china-infowar-escalates-america-deploys-task-force-battle



CIA briefing to lawmakers on suspected energy attacks turned contentious

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/04/politics/lawmaker-anger-cia-energy-attacks/index.html



Honeywell Fined Millions Over Exporting Sensitive Info On F-22, F-35, And More To China

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40436/honeywell-fined-millions-over-exporting-sensitive-info-on-f-22-f-35-and-more-to-china



Genetically modified grass used clean soil pollutants at military test sites

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/05/03/britain-switchgrass-gm-crop-rdx-toxins-cleanup/6331620066422/



Armed intruder stopped, shot by FBI agents after attempting to drive through CIA main entrance

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/intruder-stopped-armed-guards-driving-through-cia-main-entrance-n1266169



Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden sounds off on 'woke' CIA ad

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6252145237001#sp=show-clips



Is the New Air Force One Doomed?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/is-the-new-air-force-one-doomed/



Declassified Docs Offer New Details About A Growing RQ-170 "Wraith" Force

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40427/declassified-docs-offer-new-details-about-a-growing-rq-170-wraith-force



Marine Corps Suspends General Over Deadly AAV Accident, Navy Launches Own Investigation

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/03/marine-corps-suspends-general-over-deadly-aav-accident-lawmaker-wants-answers-on-navys-role-in-incident



Vandenberg Air Force Base to launch unarmed missile this week

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article251136374.html



Northern Edge 2021 gathers 240 aircraft, six warships for huge drill in Alaska

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/04/northern-edge-2021-gathers-240-aircraft-six-warships-for-huge-drill-in-alaska/



X-44 Manta: How Lockheed nailed the NGAD in the 90s

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/x-44-manta-how-lockheed-nailed-the-ngad-in-the-90s/



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: May. 03

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



Textron Unveils New Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle Prototype

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/4/textron-unveils-new-prototype-for-advance-reconnaissance-vehicle-program



US Marines May Have Lost Their ‘Amphibious Edge,’ Leaders Say

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/05/us-marines-may-have-lost-their-amphibious-edge-leaders-say/173770/



F-16s Are Now Getting Washed By Robots

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40435/air-force-f-16s-are-now-getting-washed-by-robots



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