Af/Pak & Other News (6/4/2021)

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Afghan general faces Taliban with 'optimism'

https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2021/06/03/amanpour-afghanistan-sami-sadat.cnn



UN report on Taliban controlled and contested districts tracks with LWJ data

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/un-report-on-taliban-controlled-and-contested-districts-tracks-with-lwj-data.php



UN Report Warns of Impending Taliban Power Play

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/un-report-warns-impending-taliban-power-play



Pakistan seeks Afghan settlement before foreign troop pullout: Khan

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/pakistan-seeks-afghan-settlement-before-foreign-troop-pullout-khan-2021-06-04/



China, Pakistan Partner in Afghanistan Against Foe U.S. Denies Exists

https://www.newsweek.com/china-pakistan-partner-afghanistan-against-foe-us-denies-exists-1597311









Indian Navy’s lone nuclear attack submarine heading back to Russia, next one to take five years

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/indias-lone-nuclear-attack-submarine-heading-back-to-russia-next-one-to-take-five-years/articleshow/83229253.cms



India wants to launch the tender for six new submarines

http://navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/june/10247-india-wants-to-launch-the-tender-for-six-new-submarines.html









Iranian warships appear to begin first Atlantic crossing as U.S. warns against weapons transfers

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/04/iran-warships-atlantic-crossing-weapons-transfers-491898



Loss of Iranian Navy Ship Mutes Tehran’s Global Ambitions, 3rd Warship Lost Since 2018

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/03/loss-of-iranian-navy-ship-mutes-tehrans-global-ambitions-3rd-warship-lost-since-2018









Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/world/middleeast/iran-drones-iraq.html









Houthi Rebels fire anti-tank missile at Saudi Abrams tank

https://defence-blog.com/houthi-rebels-fire-anti-tank-missile-at-saudi-abrams-tank/



UN: Risk of Massive Oil Spill in Red Sea Grows Daily

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/un-risk-massive-oil-spill-red-sea-grows-daily









Interview with UN ambassador as Russia threatens to cut off Syria aid

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/interview-with-un-ambassador-as-russia-threatens-to-cut-off-syria-aid-114300997904



Watchdog: Syria has likely used chemical weapons 17 times

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-syria-europe-business-f82ffb6c25fa46583b16fc2c23614153









French military suspends joint operation with Mali military

https://apnews.com/article/europe-africa-mali-8a2bd531f3074b7f705fba64c70d5d3e




State Department announces reward for information on AQIM leader

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/state-department-announces-reward-for-information-on-aqim-leader.php









Ukraine Denies Russian Claims of Covert NATO Weapons Shipments

https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2021-06-03/ukraine-denies-russian-claims-of-covert-nato-weapons-shipments



Russia stirs ethnic divisions in Ukraine in hopes of triggering civil war, says foreign minister

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/russia-stirs-ethnic-divisions-in-ukraine-in-hopes-of-triggering-civil-war-says-foreign-minister



MH17 plane crash families prepare for critical trial phase

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/mh17-plane-crash-families-prepare-critical-trial-phase-2021-06-04/



The Russia’s Nebo-M Radar Claimed to be Capable of Tracking F-22s & F-35s

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/06/03/the-russias-nebo-m-radar-claimed-to-be-capable-of-tracking-f-22s-f-35s/



Is Russia’s Su-57 the worst stealth fighter on the planet?

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/is-russias-su-57-the-worst-stealth-fighter-on-the-planet/



Russia eyes arms sales to Iraq, but experts say there’s competition ahead for the Kremlin

https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/06/04/russia-eyes-arms-sales-to-iraq-but-experts-say-theres-competition-ahead-for-the-kremlin/



Russia and Norway Exercising Together in the Barents Sea

https://navalpost.com/russia-and-norway-exercising-together-in-the-barents-sea/



Putin inks law to ban 'extremists' from elections amid Navalny crackdown

https://www.reuters.com/world/putin-inks-law-ban-extremists-elections-amid-navalny-crackdown-2021-06-04/





The 'shocking' arrest of a Belarusian dissident sparked international condemnation, but it falls into a 'pattern' of ongoing authoritarianism from Alexander Lukashenko

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-shocking-arrest-of-a-belarusian-dissident-sparked-international-condemnation-but-it-falls-into-a-pattern-of-ongoing-authoritarianism-from-alexander-lukashenko/ar-AAKGPYI




NSA’s European spying scandal shouldn’t come as a surprise

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0604-marsden-nsa-spying-20210603-nihhkrcuajh2hkyds4uuqgjdgy-story.html




Danish armed forces to test Pipistrel electric aircraft as trainer

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/danish-armed-forces-to-test-pipistrel-electric-aircraft-as-trainer/144031.article




Italian Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs train at Aviano Air Base for first time ever

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/italian-air-force-f-35-lightning-iis-train-at-aviano-air-base-for-first-time-ever/




UK: High-Tech Navy Ship Piloted Using a Laptop and a Tablet From Ashore

https://www.newsweek.com/uk-royal-navy-madfox-high-tech-ship-controlled-remotely-first-time-1597205



UK Ajax Tank Trials Halted Over Design Concerns

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/04/uk-halts-ajax-tank-trials/








China Leading Strategic Airlift Fleet Expansion

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/china-leading-strategic-airlift-fleet-expansion



Hong Kong locks down Tiananmen vigil park amid tight security, arrests organiser

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/hong-kong-police-try-stifle-any-commemoration-tiananmen-crackdown-2021-06-03/



The real issue with the COVID-19 lab leak theory? The US isn't spying on China like it used to, experts say

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/world/2021/06/04/wuhan-lab-leak-theory-murky-due-us-lack-human-intel-china/7492291002/





US keeps up spy plane flights over South China Sea, in ‘huge increase’ from 2020

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3135917/us-keeps-spy-plane-flights-over-south-china-sea-huge-increase





The North Korea Threat Is Growing. U.S.-South Korea Military Training Must Press Forward.

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/the-north-korea-threat-is-growing-u-s-south-korea-military-training-must-press-forward/





S.Korean air force chief resigns over death, sexual abuse of sergeant

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/skorean-air-force-chief-offers-quit-over-death-abuse-sergeant-2021-06-04/





US gives green light for Apache sale to Australia

https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/strike-air-combat/8175-us-gives-green-light-for-apache-sale-to-australia



Boeing to Implement Anti-Surface Warfare Capability for Australian, U.S. Navy's F/A-18, EA-18G aircraft

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29727/Boeing_to_Implement_Anti_Surface_Warfare_Capability_for_Australian__U_S__Navy_s_F_A_18__EA_18G_aircraft










U.S. Finds No Evidence of Alien Technology in Flying Objects, but Can't Rule It Out, Either

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-finds-no-evidence-alien-120440172.html



Inspector General Will Have a Critical Role in the ‘UFO Mystery’

https://thedebrief.org/inspector-general-will-have-a-critical-role-in-the-ufo-mystery/



Astrophysicist on UFO sightings: It looks terrestrial, not alien

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/06/04/ufo-sightings-china-hakeem-oluseyi-intv-newday-vpx.cnn



FAA Data Shows Strange Pattern Of Military Encounters With Unidentified Aircraft

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40904/faa-data-shows-strange-pattern-of-military-encounters-with-unidentified-aircraft-in-sensitive-airspace



Judge Permits Information From C.I.A. Torture in Terror Case

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/us/politics/cia-torture-terror-guantanamo-bay.html



Intelligence: What Is Old Is New Again

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20210604.aspx



The Military’s Mobile Nuclear Reactor Prototype Is Set To Begin Taking Shape

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40914/the-militarys-mobile-nuclear-reactor-prototype-is-set-to-begin-taking-shape



White House mulls launching counteroffensive against Russian hackers

https://www.today.com/video/white-house-mulls-launching-counteroffensive-against-russian-hackers-114320453860



The Day Might Come When Chinese Missiles Strike American Warships. The U.S. Navy Isn’t Ready.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/06/04/the-day-might-come-when-chinese-missiles-strike-american-warships-the-us-navy-isnt-ready/



Biden urged to bring missile defense reductions to Putin summit

https://www.defensenews.com/congress/budget/2021/06/03/biden-urged-to-bring-missile-defense-reductions-to-putin-summit/



'Air Force Two' Replacement Dropped With Funds Redirected To Supersonic Transport Research

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40912/air-force-two-replacement-dropped-with-funds-redirected-to-supersonic-transport-research



Defeating Delay Days Debacle

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htcbtsp/articles/20210604.aspx



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: June 03

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



What It Was Like Dogfighting In The F-14 Against America's Secret MiG Squadron

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40907/what-it-was-like-dogfighting-in-the-f-14-against-americas-secret-mig-squadron



Space Force seeks $832 million in classified spending, new missions and more in annual wish list

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/06/04/space-force-seeks-832-million-in-classified-spending-new-missions-and-more-in-annual-wishlist/



Now boarding: Space Force wants to turn launch ranges into rocket ‘airports’

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2021/06/03/now-boarding-space-force-wants-to-turn-launch-ranges-into-rocket-airports/



U.S. Army taps Textron Systems for ‘second set of eyes’

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-army-taps-textron-systems-for-second-set-of-eyes/



US Army chooses Oshkosh to build new Stryker Medium Caliber Weapon System

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/04/us-army-chooses-oshkosh-to-build-new-stryker-medium-caliber-weapon-system/



Dynetics unveils Enduring Shield, its solution for the US Army's future cruise missile defense capability

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/06/04/dynetics-unveils-enduring-shield-its-solution-for-the-us-armys-future-cruise-missile-defense-capability/



U.S. Marine Corps awards contract to Northrop Grumman for XM914E1 chain guns

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-marine-corps-awards-contract-to-northrop-grumman-for-xm914e1-chain-guns/



USMC mounting Tamir launcher on to trailer for cruise missile interceptor

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/usmc-mounting-tamir-launcher-on-to-trailer-for-cruise-missile-interceptor



The Good News About Boeing’s KC-46 Tanker

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/06/04/the-good-news-about-boeings-kc-46-tanker/



AGM-183A to attempt another test flight next month

http://alert5.com/2021/06/04/agm-183a-to-attempt-another-test-flight-next-month/



Textron delivers first serial production LCAC to US Navy

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/04/textron-delivers-first-serial-production-lcac-to-us-navy/



U.S. Deploys One-Third of Pacific Submarine Fleet for Major Naval Exercise

https://www.newsweek.com/us-pacific-submarine-fleet-naval-exercise-pearl-harbor-1597508



MEDUSA Is U.S. Navy’s Secret Minelaying Submarine

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/06/04/medusa-is-us-navys-secret-minelaying-submarine/



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