Af/Pak & Other News (10/7/2021)

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Hundreds of billions were spent by the US in Afghanistan. Here are 10 of the starkest examples of 'waste, fraud and abuse'

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/07/asia/us-afghanistan-spending-waste-intl-cmd/index.html



Cash Airlifts Planned to Bypass Taliban and Help Afghans - Sources

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-10-07/exclusive-cash-airlifts-planned-to-bypass-taliban-and-help-afghans-sources



Now in power, Taliban set sights on Afghan drug underworld

https://apnews.com/article/business-only-on-ap-taliban-kabul-afghanistan-312374ad26aa5741394b2308bfd99487



ISIS suicide bomber who killed 13 US troops in Afghanistan was reportedly released from prison at Bagram Air Base days before the attack

https://news.yahoo.com/isis-suicide-bomber-killed-13-185646097.html



The Taliban are helping remaining US citizens evacuate from Kabul because 'they don't want Americans in their country anyway,' activist says

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-taliban-are-helping-remaining-us-citizens-evacuate-from-kabul-because-they-don-t-want-americans-in-their-country-anyway-activist-says/ar-AAPemWk



A Secret CIA Gate at Kabul Airport Became an Escape Path for Afghans

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-secret-cia-gate-at-kabul-airport-became-an-escape-path-for-afghans-11633545417



Ex-Guantánamo detainee praises Taliban’s victory, threatens America in new AQAP video

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/10/ex-guantanamo-detainee-praises-talibans-victory-threatens-america-in-new-aqap-video.php



Afghan Pilots Tell Of Daring Escape From The Taliban, And Of Life In Limbo In Tajikistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghan-air-force-pilots-tajikistan/31498097.html



The true story of how Army paratroopers traded dip for a Toyota gun truck used to secure the Kabul airport

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-paratroopers-toyota-technical-kabul-airport/



How Much Did Pakistan Help The Taliban Conquer Afghanistan?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/how-much-did-pakistan-help-the-taliban-conquer-afghanistan/









State TV says Iranian speedboats intercepted US Navy vessel

https://apnews.com/article/us-navy-bahrain-middle-east-iran-tehran-f6e27fcc2fc0cfc530501ec67085b886



Drones Main Pillar of Iran’s Quds Forces Overseas Ops: Opposition

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/07/drones-irans-quds/









In Iraqi Elections, Guns and Money Still Dominate Politics

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/world/middleeast/iraq-elections.html









Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone attack on Abha airport -state TV

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/saudi-led-coalition-intercepts-drone-attempting-attack-abha-intl-airport-state-2021-10-06/



Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Foiled Boat Attacks in Yemen

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-10-06/saudi-led-coalition-foils-attack-by-destroying-explosives-packed-boats-in-yemen-al-arabiya-tv



UN ends Yemen war crimes probe in historic defeat at rights body

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/un-ends-yemen-war-crimes-probe-historic-defeat-rights-body-2021-10-07/




Turkish Firms Develop Drone that Kills Enemy Drones

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30566/Turkish_Firms_Develop_Drone_that_Kills_Enemy_Drones#.YV8N8H1lBaQ









No Israeli Submarine Caught By Algeria

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/10/no-israeli-submarine-caught-by-algeria.html




Military helicopter crashes in Tunisia, killing 3 soldiers

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/military-helicopter-crashes-tunisia-killing-3-soldiers-state-radio-2021-10-05/




Somalia: Thirty Years War Burnout

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20211007.aspx









Russia Wants to Create Arctic Fleet Amid Mounting Tensions in Region With U.S. and China

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-create-arctic-fleet-mounting-tensions-region-1636463



The Submarine Which Came In From The Cold: Belgorod Under Cover

http://www.hisutton.com/Belgorod-Submarine-Returns-To-Builder.html



Russian Military Vehicles to Receive ‘Chameleon’ Camouflage

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/07/russia-vehicles-chameleon-camouflage/



Microsoft: Russia behind 58% of detected state-backed hacks

https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-china-europe-united-states-e13548edf082992a735a0af1da39b6c8





HENSOLDT Develops Multifunctional Jammer Combining AI, AESA and 3D Printing Tech

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30564/HENSOLDT_Develops_Multifunctional_Jammer_Combining_AI__AESA_and_3D_Printing_Tech#.YV8N-31lBaQ




Greece to arm its AH-64Ds with Spike NLOS

http://alert5.com/2021/10/07/greece-to-arm-its-ah-64ds-with-spike-nlos/




France: Classified tank specs leaked on War Thunder game forums – again

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/classified-tank-specs-leaked-on-war-thunder-game-forums-again/









Chinese missile maker clones Ukrainian supersonic cruise missile

https://defence-blog.com/chinese-missile-maker-clones-ukrainian-supersonic-cruise-missile/



ZHZ showcases TD220 VTOL UAS at Airshow China 2021

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/october/7721-zhz-showcases-td220-vtol-uas-at-airshow-china-2021.html



Is China’s “Age of Ambition” Over?

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/10/07/is_chinas_age_of_ambition_over_797868.html



China’s new J-16D fighter jet has been deployed to an eastern airbase near Taiwan

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3151390/chinas-new-j-16d-fighter-jet-has-been-deployed-eastern-airbase



Is A Chinese Military Attack on Taiwan Inevitable?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/is-a-chinese-military-attack-on-taiwan-inevitable/





Taiwan considers stationing Sky Bow III missiles on small island near China

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4308449



Taiwan Reinvents To Survive

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htada/articles/20211007.aspx



US troops secretly training Taiwanese soldiers since last year, report says

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3151573/us-troops-secretly-training-taiwanese-soldiers-last-year





‘Two pedals’: North Korea sends conflicting messages with missile tests and hints of outreach

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-korea-missiles-kim/2021/10/06/1494d7b2-21e5-11ec-a8d9-0827a2a4b915_story.html





Japan’s C-2 Cargo Jet Absolutely Dwarfs The C-1 It Was Developed From In This Viral Video

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42641/japans-c-2-cargo-jet-absolutely-dwarfs-the-c-1-it-developed-from-in-this-viral-video





Australian Army Trials Electric Bikes for Reconnaissance

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/07/australia-electric-bikes-reconnaissance/



More Than Just Subs: AUKUS Will Change Pacific Air Ops as Well

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/10/more-just-subs-aukus-will-change-pacific-air-ops-well/185865/





Iron Dome missile defense system temporarily deployed to Guam. Why?

https://www.pncguam.com/iron-dome-missile-defense-system-temporarily-deployed-to-guam-why/










Former USAF Officers to present evidence of UFOs Tampering with Nuclear Weapons

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/former-usaf-officers-to-present-evidence-of-ufos-tampering-with-nuclear-weapons-301395385.html



CIA admits China, Pakistan intelligence services are hunting down their informants

https://warisboring.com/cia-admits-china-pakistan-intelligence-services-are-hunting-down-their-informants/



America’s First Exascale Supercomputer Is ‘On Track’ for 2021 Deployment

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/americas-first-exascale-supercomputer-track-2021-deployment/185863/



CIA creating mission centers to focus on 'adversarial' China and technologies

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/10/07/cia-china-climate-mission-centers/4161633609239/



Holograms get real: Startup creates objects out of light and thin air

https://www.cnet.com/tech/holograms-get-real-startup-creates-objects-out-of-light-and-thin-air/



Active-Duty Suicide Rate Hit Record High in 2020

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/10/active-duty-suicide-rate-hits-record-high/185882/



The story of when the US tried to buy three Tu-160 strategic bombers for use as launch platforms for Pegasus Space Launch Vehicle

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-story-of-when-the-us-tried-to-buy-three-tu-160-strategic-bombers-for-use-as-launch-platforms-for-pegasus-space-launch-vehicle/



Debate on ‘no first use’ of nukes mushrooms in Washington

https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/10/06/debate-on-no-first-use-of-nukes-mushrooms-in-washington/



Lockheed Meets MDA’s System Requirements for New Missile Interceptor

https://blog.executivebiz.com/2021/10/lockheed-meets-mdas-system-requirements-for-new-missile-interceptor/



The Next DC Tanker Battle Could Determine Who Wins the Next War

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/10/07/the_next_dc_tanker_battle_could_determine_who_wins_the_next_war_797911.html



NSA Renews Focus On Securing Military Weapons Systems Against ‘Capable’ Rivals

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/nsa-ups-focus-on-securing-weapons-systems-amid-capable-multipolar-rvials/



How Well Can AI Pick Targets From Satellite Photos? Army Test Aims to Find Out

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/how-well-can-ai-pick-targets-satellite-photos-army-test-aims-find-out/185916/



General Dynamics to unveil new class of robotic combat vehicles at AUSA

https://defence-blog.com/general-dynamics-to-unveil-new-class-of-robotic-combat-vehicles-at-ausa/



The Army Just Got Its Hands On Its First "Dark Eagle" Hypersonic Missile Launchers

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42652/the-army-just-got-its-hands-on-its-first-dark-eagle-hypersonic-missile-launchers



US Army unveils newest variant of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

https://defence-blog.com/us-army-unveils-newest-variant-of-uh-60-black-hawk-helicopter/



AV-8B Harriers Also Use "The Meatball" When Landing On Amphibious Assault Ships

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42664/av-8b-harriers-also-use-the-meatball-when-landing-on-amphibious-assault-ships



USMC F-35Bs made emergency landings at Hagi-Iwami Airport

http://alert5.com/2021/10/07/usmc-f-35bs-made-emergency-landings-at-hagi-iwami-airport/



F-117 Stealth Fighter? The truth about air-to-air combat in the Nighthawk

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/the-stealth-fighter-that-wasnt-why-we-keep-getting-the-f-117-wrong/



U.S. Air Force Arms Ghostrider Gunship With Laser Weapon For Covert Strikes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/10/07/usaf-gets-laser-armed-ghostrider-gunship-for-covert-strikes/



B-52 heavy bombers to undergo radar and electronic protection upgrade

https://www.aerotime.aero/29123-b-52-heavy-bomber-radar-electronic-warfare-upgrade



New Compass Call Electronic Warfare Plane Takes To The Skies

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/new-compass-call-electronic-warfare-plane-takes-to-the-skies/



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