Af/Pak & Other News (7/17/2021)

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Afghan, Taliban officials meet in Qatar amid US troop withdrawal

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/563558-afghan-taliban-officials-meet-in-qatar-amid-fighting



Back to Militias, the Chaotic Afghanistan Way of War

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/17/world/asia/afghanistan-militias-taliban.html



In Afghanistan, Deja Vu All Over Again

https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/in-afghanistan-deja-vu-all-over-again/



China Is Worried About a Post-U.S. Afghanistan

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/16/china-us-afghanistan-withdrawal/



America Has Lost a Proxy War against Pakistan

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/america-has-lost-proxy-war-against-pakistan-189674



Daughter of Afghan envoy abducted and ‘severely tortured’ in Pakistan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/daughter-of-afghan-envoy-abducted-and-severely-tortured-in-pakistan



Iran wary but pragmatic as Taliban resurges next door

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210717-iran-wary-but-pragmatic-as-taliban-resurges-next-door



Non-profit No One Left Behind is buying interpreters’ tickets out of Afghanistan. Here’s how you can help.

https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/non-profit-no-one-left-behind-is-buying-interpreters-tickets-out-of-afghanistan-heres-how-you-can-help/



Afghan Vice President: Pakistan Threatened To Shoot Down Afghan Air Force Aircraft

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/07/16/afghan-vice-president-pakistan-threatened-to-shoot-down-afghan-air-force-aircraft/



Is Pakistan Using Its Airforce Inc JF-17 Fighter Jets To Support The Taliban Against Afghan Army?

https://eurasiantimes.com/is-pakistan-using-its-airforce-inc-jf-17-fighter-jets-to-support-the-taliban-against-afghan-army/



Analysis: How Afghan war showed limits of US military power

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-us-withdrawal-biden-military-analysis-e6aea337670314041ce5a8837799bc73









Indian Navy Receives First Two MH-60R Utility Helicopters

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30046/Indian_Navy_Receives_First_Two_MH_60R_Utility_Helicopters#.YPNlgExlBPY



More forces rushed to Ladakh as China builds infra all across LAC

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/07/more-forces-rushed-to-ladakh-as-china-builds-infra-all-across-lac/









Iran says it successfully tests new naval cruise missile

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-missiles-test/iran-says-it-successfully-tests-new-naval-cruise-missile-idUSKBN23P188









Opinion: Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government in Iraq has a long way to go. But at least it’s a start.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/17/mustafa-al-kadhimis-government-iraq-has-long-way-go-least-its-start/



The Iraqi Spies Who Helped Defeat ISIS

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/07/book-review-the-spymaster-of-baghdad-the-iraqi-spies-who-helped-defeat-isis/



Power struggle in Kurdish region of Iraq raises questions - analysis

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/power-struggle-in-kurdish-region-of-iraq-raises-questions-analysis-674152









The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Conducts Anti-Submarine Warfighting Exercises in Gulf of Aden

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/401129/ronald-reagan-carrier-strike-group-conducts-anti-submarine-warfighting-exercises-gulf-aden




Sefine Shipyard teams up with Aselsan on new USV development

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/sefine-shipyard-teams-up-with-aselsan-on-new-usv-development









Syria’s President Assad sworn in for fourth term with 95% of vote

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/syrias-president-assad-sworn-in-for-fourth-term-with-95-of-vote



Syria's Assad starts new term after re-election dismissed by international community

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210717-syria-s-assad-starts-new-term-after-re-election-dismissed-by-international-community









Gantz and Sa'ar to launch official inquiry into Submarine Affair

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/gantz-and-saar-to-initiate-official-enquiry-into-submarine-affair-674104









How Schoolchildren Became Pawns in Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/africa/2021/07/16/how-schoolchildren-became-pawns-in-cameroons-anglophone-crisis/




Jihadis expand control to new Burkina Faso fronts

https://apnews.com/article/africa-religion-government-and-politics-burkina-faso-ab3cc33ca48741adc0d5b33004604b8f









2 killed in helicopter crash in Ukraine

https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-ukraine-8dd2e213d6b9b4a782da7bcbbd115581



Is Putin Ready to Move Against Ukraine?

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/putin-ready-move-against-ukraine-189921



Now We Know Russia’s Mysterious New Fighter Is A Single-Engine Design

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41576/now-we-know-russias-mysterious-new-fighter-is-a-single-engine-design



Russia’s Got A New Stealth Fighter—What’s It For?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/17/russias-got-a-new-stealth-fighter-whats-it-for/



Russian Shipbuilder Unveils Export-Oriented Missile Corvette Project 22160E

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/07/russian-shipbuilder-unveils-export-oriented-missile-corvette-project-22160e/



Ultra-short Take-off and Landing Aircraft to be Presented at MAKS 2021

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30049/Ultra_short_Take_off_and_Landing_Aircraft_to_be_Presented_at_MAKS_2021#.YPNlc0xlBPY



Pilot Describes Emergency Landing in Russia Which Saved All on Board: 'We Had a Job to Do'

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-plane-antonov-emergency-landing-miracle-1610708



Russia Developed ‘Aggressor Squadrons’ to Practice Dog Fighting F-15 Fighters

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/07/russia-developed-aggressor-squadrons-to-practice-dog-fighting-f-15-fighters/



Putin escapes accountability for chemical weapons use

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/563488-putin-escapes-accountability-for-chemical-weapons-use



What Russia’s National Security Strategy Has to Say About Asia

https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/what-russias-national-security-strategy-has-to-say-about-asia/





State probing "Havana syndrome" cases among U.S. diplomats in Vienna

https://www.axios.com/state-havana-syndrome-us-diplomats-vienna-0fcde39d-47a0-41f0-a0d7-de9149fca95c.html




Royal Marines seek 'battlefield advantage' as they train with drone swarms in UK first

https://news.sky.com/story/royal-marines-seek-battlefield-advantage-as-they-train-with-drone-swarms-in-uk-first-12357549









Haitian Ex-Intelligence Officer Gave Order to Kill President, Colombia Says

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/world/americas/haiti-moise-assassination-colombia.html









Is China military trying out new combat tactics with J-16 sorties?

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3141509/china-military-trying-out-new-combat-tactics-j-16-sorties


What Threat Do China’s New Missile Silos Pose to the US?

https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/what-threat-do-chinas-new-missile-silos-pose-to-the-us/



China Says It Conducted A Successful Suborbital Test Of A Reusable Spaceplane

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41581/china-says-it-conducted-a-successful-suborbital-test-of-a-reusable-spaceplane




Development of the Yongbyon Uranium Enrichment Plant Between 2009 and 2021

https://www.38north.org/2021/07/development-of-the-yongbyon-uranium-enrichment-plant-between-2009-and-2021/





South Koreans Now See Nation as Stronger Than North, But More Want to Reunite: Poll

https://www.newsweek.com/south-koreans-now-see-nation-stronger-north-more-want-reunite-poll-1610645





Video: Japan’s Latest And Future Naval Defense Equipment

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/07/video-japans-latest-and-future-naval-defense-equipment/





A Fifth Of The Air Force's Combat-Coded F-22 Stealth Fighters Are Headed For Guam

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41574/a-fifth-of-the-air-forces-combat-coded-f-22-stealth-fighters-are-headed-for-guam



B-52 bomber task force deploys to Guam ahead of Talisman Saber exercise

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/B-52_bomber_task_force_deploys_to_Guam_ahead_of_Talisman_Saber_exercise_999.html










Length Confirmed of Classified UAP Report by Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

https://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/length-confirmed-of-classified-uap-report-by-office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence-odni/



The Battery Revolution Is Just Getting Started

https://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/batteries-storage/the-battery-revolution-is-just-getting-started



Report on U.S.-China Competition in East, South China Sea

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/16/report-on-u-s-china-competition-in-east-south-china-sea-8



'This is really f---ed up down here': GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan called Mark Milley during the Jan. 6 riot and spoke against a tentative plan to evacuate senators, book says

https://www.businessinsider.com/dan-sullivan-called-milley-capitol-riot-panned-evacuation-plan-book-2021-7



Man sentenced in scheme to ship military boats to China

https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-china-48a80d4f43394a7a7e0fa6a88000e58c



Taiwan’s F-16 pilots are in Oregon to have DACT with F-15s

http://alert5.com/2021/07/17/taiwans-f-16-pilots-are-in-oregon-to-have-dact-with-f-15s/



Kitty Hawk’s eVTOL Heaviside Aircraft Gets U.S.A.F.'s Airworthiness Approval

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30048/Kitty_Hawk___s_eVTOL_Heaviside_Aircraft_Gets_U_S_A_F__s_Airworthiness_Approval#.YPNld0xlBPY



Check Out These Detailed Shots Of The Massive XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 Super Bomber’s Cockpit

https://theaviationist.com/2021/07/16/xb-70-close-up-images/



Landing gear mishap unlikely to affect Bronco II’s chances in SOCOM competition

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/aerospace-aerospace/landing-gear-mishap-unlikely-to-affect-bronco-iis-chances-in-socom-competition/



GAO: Marines Need More Training; Clearer SOPs, Oversight Needed to Stem Fatal Vehicle Mishaps

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/16/gao-marines-need-more-training-clearer-sops-oversight-needed-to-stem-fatal-vehicle-mishaps



US Marine Corps picks 2 companies to build prototypes for new recon vehicle

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/07/16/us-marine-corps-picks-2-companies-to-build-prototypes-for-new-recon-vehicle/



USAF to update MQ-9A Reaper fleet in 2022 with auto-land-and-take-off capability

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/usaf-to-update-mq-9a-reaper-fleet-in-2022-with-auto-land-and-take-off-capability/144637.article



F-35 Operates as ‘Elevated Sensor’ to Destroy Cruise Missile

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/f-35-operates-%E2%80%98elevated-sensor%E2%80%99-destroy-cruise-missile-189872



The number of major F-35 flaws is shrinking, but the Pentagon is keeping details of the problems under wraps

https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidden-troubles-f35/2021/07/16/the-number-of-major-f-35-flaws-is-shrinking-but-the-pentagon-is-keeping-details-of-the-problems-under-wraps/



In CRS: Discussing Large Surface Combatants

http://nextnavy.com/in-crs-discussing-large-surface-combatants/



An Earth Shattering Disaster

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htnavai/articles/20210717.aspx



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