Af/Pak & Other News (6/3/2021)

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Will Afghanistan Collapse When the US Withdraws?

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/will-afghanistan-collapse-when-the-us-withdraws/



Fate of US Training Mission Uncertain as Afghan Withdrawal Nears End 

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/fate-us-training-mission-uncertain-afghan-withdrawal-nears-end



Bombers aim for buses in new tactic to spread death and fear in Afghanistan

https://www.reuters.com/world/bombers-aim-buses-new-tactic-spread-death-fear-afghanistan-2021-06-03/



UN sounds alarm over threat posed by emboldened Taliban, still closely tied to al Qaeda

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/middleeast/un-report-taliban-afghanistan-al-qaeda-intl/index.html



‘Find Him and Kill Him’: An Afghan Pilot’s Desperate Escape

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/world/asia/afghanistan-pilot-escape-us.html



Afghanistan: The Northern Veto

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/afghan/articles/20210603.aspx



Austin Asks Top General For ‘Options’ to Evacuate Afghans

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/06/austin-asks-top-general-options-evacuate-afghans/174457/









Billions of Plastic Pellets Released Into Ocean as Ship Sinks off Sri Lanka Coast

https://www.newsweek.com/billions-plastic-pellets-released-ocean-ship-sinks-off-sri-lanka-coast-1597159









Arguably The Iranian Navy's Most Critical Vessel Has Sunk In The Gulf Of Oman

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40889/arguably-the-iranian-navys-most-critical-vessel-has-sunk-in-the-gulf-of-oman



Satellite photos show hulk of what was biggest Iran warship

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-iran-middle-east-945d3d138487c0f5d873cd677356fd03









Yemen Fuel Tanker Could 'Explode At Any Moment': Greenpeace

https://www.barrons.com/news/yemen-fuel-tanker-could-explode-at-any-moment-greenpeace-01622723414?refsec=afp-news




Armed Low-Cost Drones, Made by Turkey, Reshape Battlefields and Geopolitics

https://www.wsj.com/articles/armed-low-cost-drones-made-by-turkey-reshape-battlefields-and-geopolitics-11622727370









In Syria camp, forgotten children are molded by IS ideology

https://apnews.com/article/islamic-state-group-united-nations-syria-middle-east-ef4113e4ec925db452ea82d368e6e4f4









Palestinian militant group Hamas has seen a spike in crypto donations to fund its operations since its renewed armed conflict with Israel, report says

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/palestinian-militant-group-hamas-has-seen-a-spike-in-crypto-donations-to-fund-its-operations-since-its-renewed-armed-conflict-with-israel-report-says/ar-AAKDuqx









Libya’s UAV Strike Should Galvanize Efforts to Do Something About Autonomous Weapons

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/06/libyas-uav-strike-should-galvanize-efforts-autonomous-weapons/174449/



LNA claims Libyans flying its Russian-supplied Su-24s

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/lna-claims-libyans-flying-its-russian-supplied-su-24s




French special ops commander on adapting to terror threat in the Sahel

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/the-interview/20210603-exclusive-french-special-ops-commander-on-adapting-to-terror-threat-in-the-sahel



Counter-terrorism in the Sahel: A training session with French special forces

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210603-counter-terrorism-in-the-sahel-a-training-session-with-french-special-forces




The weird story of the South African missile very similar to the ramjet-powered version of the Russian R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-weird-story-of-the-south-african-missile-very-similar-to-the-ramjet-powered-version-of-the-russian-r-77-medium-range-air-to-air-missile/









Ukrainian president says Russian troops remain near Ukraine

https://apnews.com/article/russia-europe-ukraine-government-and-politics-829a845eae06d6f968b4198e604794c3



Russia is Building Another Stealth Fighter. But There Is One Giant Problem

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/russia-is-building-another-stealth-fighter-but-there-is-one-giant-problem/



Russia Claims Turkey did not Expel S-400 Experts, But Returned After Training Turkish Personnel

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29716/Russia_Claims_Turkey_did_not_Expel_S_400_Experts__But_Returned_After_Training_Turkish_Personnel



Russian government is either behind recent cyberattacks or are ‘looking the other way’: Former NSC chief of staff

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6257099076001#sp=show-clips





Jailed Belarus journalist: Mass protests have fizzled

https://apnews.com/article/europe-belarus-journalists-government-and-politics-114a2d3eeb28a67c302d0e7decbb775e



Flying Over Belarus is Risky, But There Are Even More Dangerous Skies, Monitor Finds

https://www.newsweek.com/flying-over-belarus-risky-there-are-even-more-dangerous-skies-monitor-finds-1597031




The US military apologized after soldiers accidentally stormed an olive-oil factory in Bulgaria

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-us-military-apologized-after-soldiers-accidentally-stormed-an-olive-oil-factory-in-bulgaria/ar-AAKDK4X




French Airbus A400M Atlas reaches initial operational capability

https://www.aerotime.aero/28074-french-airbus-a400m-reaches-initial-operational-capability




Not Even The Monarchy Wants This New Royal Yacht

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40877/not-even-the-monarchy-wants-this-new-royal-yacht









China’s ‘splinternet’ will create a state-controlled alternative cyberspace

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jun/03/chinas-splinternet-blockchain-state-control-of-cyberspace



Chinese army trains engaging targets at sea using MRLs, ATGMs

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/chinese-army-trains-engaging-targets-at-sea-using-mrls-atgms



Tortoise, Hare and Publicist

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20210603.aspx



China State Media Says Frequent Warship Activity Near Japan a Warning

https://www.newsweek.com/china-state-media-says-frequent-warship-activity-near-japan-warning-1596856



Demographic Issues Effecting Chinese Military

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/06/03/demographic-issues-effecting-chinese-military/



China's gigantic multi-modal AI is no one-trick pony

https://www.engadget.com/chinas-gigantic-multi-modal-ai-is-no-one-trick-pony-211414388.html



China's silencing of Tiananmen tributes extends to Hong Kong

https://apnews.com/article/hong-kong-china-health-lifestyle-travel-dcf612fc75dabe1f0ba12417cd81ea3d



‘Tracked for life’: China relentless in erasing Tiananmen

https://apnews.com/article/china-government-and-politics-921c300e9057ea339d356c867bb9899f



A scientist adventurer and China’s ‘Bat Woman’ are under scrutiny as coronavirus lab-leak theory gets another look

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/coronavirus-bats-china-wuhan/2021/06/02/772ef984-beb2-11eb-922a-c40c9774bc48_story.html



Former Head of British Intelligence Says China Likely Destroyed Any Evidence of COVID Lab Leak Theory

https://www.newsweek.com/former-head-british-intelligence-says-china-likely-destroyed-any-evidence-covid-lab-leak-theory-1597177



Uyghur exiles describe forced abortions, torture in Xinjiang

https://apnews.com/article/only-on-ap-middle-east-europe-government-and-politics-76acafd6547fb7cc9ef03c0dd0156eab





Taiwan vows to defend itself against Beijing, but would Japan join in?

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3135958/taiwan-vows-defend-itself-against-beijing-would-japan-join





Australia readies for multinational Exercise Talisman Sabre

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/02/australia-talismansabre-f35/9081622656090/










Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/us/ufos-report.html



The narrative around UAPs may be intentionally complicated

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/the-narrative-around-uaps-may-be-intentionally-complicated/



GAO: Navy Not Ready to Repair Battle Damaged Ships

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/02/gao-navy-not-ready-to-repair-battle-damaged-ships



Some Chinese-Made Drones Cleared By Pentagon For U.S. Government Use

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40893/pentagon-clears-some-chinese-made-drones-for-u-s-government-use



Bonhomme Richard Hull Completes Final Voyage to Texas Shipbreaker

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/02/bonhomme-richard-hull-completes-final-voyage-to-texas-shipbreaker



CIA victim of 'Havana Syndrome' blames Kremlin: 'Russians are very aggressive' against U.S. gov't

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jun/3/cia-victim-of-havana-syndrome-blames-kremlin-russi/



This Is What Pilots Actually See Inside Red 6's Augmented Reality Dogfighting Goggles

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40879/this-is-what-pilots-actually-see-inside-red-6s-augmented-reality-dogfighting-goggles



General Atomics to Demo Space-to-air Optical communication for U.S. Space Development Agency

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29715/General_Atomics_to_Demo_Space_to_air_Optical_communication_for_U_S__Space_Development_Agency



The U.S. Military Could Have a Working Hypersonic Missile in Record Time

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/the-u-s-military-could-have-a-working-hypersonic-missile-in-record-time/



The US Army is building the world’s largest metal 3D printer

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/03/the-us-army-is-building-the-worlds-largest-metal-3d-printer/



Army's 1,000 Mile Range Supergun Set To See Its Budget Slashed

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40898/armys-1000-mile-range-supergun-set-to-see-its-budget-slashed



US SOCOM requests USD170 Mn for 6 AT-802U Sky Warden armed ISR aircraft

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/june-2021/7358-us-socom-requests-usd170-mn-for-6-at-802u-sky-warden-armed-isr-aircraft.html



U.S. Special Forces get powerful cryptographic device

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-special-forces-get-powerful-cryptographic-device/



Anti-Ship Missiles Top Marines $2.95B Fiscal Year 2022 Wishlist

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/02/anti-ship-missiles-top-marines-2-95b-fiscal-year-2022-wishlist



USMC wishes to buy 48 Tomahawk Blk Va anti-ship cruise missiles

http://alert5.com/2021/06/03/usmc-wishes-to-buy-48-tomahawk-blk-va-anti-ship-cruise-missiles/



USAF buys more BACN

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/usaf-buys-more-bacn



The US Navy Plans to “Unman the Frontlines” With Its New Drone Programs

https://thedebrief.org/the-us-navy-plans-to-unman-the-frontlines-with-its-new-drone-programs/



Cruise Missile Variant Of Navy's JSOW Glide Bomb Is On The Chopping Block

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40886/cruise-missile-variant-of-jsow-glide-bomb-on-the-chopping-block-in-new-navy-budget-request



LRASM will be the Backbone of the “Distributed Lethality” Doctrine

https://navalpost.com/lrasm-will-be-the-backbone-of-the-us-doctrine/



Navy Picks Pacific Homeport For Future Frigates: Hello, China

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/navy-picks-pacific-homeport-for-future-frigates-hello-china/



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