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AP Interview: NATO chief says Afghan forces can cope alone

https://apnews.com/article/asia-pacific-government-and-politics-18e19aeeec7be4f37a6c9e4de7a55166



White House Proposes Slight Boost in Aid for Afghan Forces

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/white-house-proposes-slight-boost-aid-afghan-forces



At Empty Bases, Echoes of War

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/insider/leaving-afghan-bases.html



How a deadly raid shows al Qaeda retains global reach under Taliban 'protection'

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/middleeast/afghanistan-taliban-al-qaeda-ties-intl/index.html



US 'rapidly' planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57277650



Pakistan: Taliban donations, recruitment on the rise

https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-taliban-donations-recruitment-on-the-rise/a-57703423



Pakistan Stops Official Contact with Afghan National Security Chief

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/pakistan-stops-official-contact-afghan-national-security-chief









Misinformation thrives in Iraq's virtual battlegrounds

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210528-misinformation-thrives-in-iraq-s-virtual-battlegrounds



Fear in Iraq's Mosul as IS families return from Syria

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210528-fear-in-iraq-s-mosul-as-is-families-return-from-syria









Saudi-led coalition destroys explosives-laden drone -state TV

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/saudi-led-coalition-intercepts-destroys-explosives-laden-drone-towards-khamis-2021-05-28/



31 Houthi rebels killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in central Yemen: military source

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/29/c_139976373.htm









Syria’s Assad wins 4th term with 95% of vote, in election the West calls fraudulent

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/syrias-president-bashar-al-assad-wins-fourth-term-office-with-951-votes-live-2021-05-27/









Graphics show Hamas' expanded rocket arsenal, which could alter the balance in conflicts with Israel

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/graphics/2021/05/28/israel-palestine-war-zone-hamas-expands-rocket-arsenal/5163458001/



IDF Explores Ground-to-Ground Rockets; US Co-Production?

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/idf-explores-ground-to-ground-rockets-us-co-production/









'Our season': Eritrean troops kill, rape, loot in Tigray

https://apnews.com/article/only-on-ap-eritrea-africa-religion-9fe9140b76da946e4fa65095a1d5b04f




Mali's top court declares coup leader Goita as interim president

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/malis-top-court-declares-coup-leader-goita-interim-president-2021-05-28/




A Rare Species: Cuban David Infantry Mobility Vehicles In Service With Angola

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/05/a-rare-species-cuban-david-infantry.html




How Navy SEALs Saved Journalists From Being Obliterated in Somalia

https://sofrep.com/news/how-navy-seals-saved-journalists-from-being-obliterated-in-somalia/









Russia Bets Big On S-500; But How Is S-500 Missile Defense System Better Than S-400s?

https://eurasiantimes.com/cleared-putin-bets-big-on-s-500-but-whats-so-special-about-this-russian-weapon-system/



Russian mercenaries get the big-screen treatment. The reality behind the film is as murky as the plot

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/africa/wagner-mercenaries-tourist-film-car-cmd-intl/index.html



Russia Is Working On A New Stealth Fighter It Probably Can’t Afford

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/28/russia-is-working-on-a-new-stealth-fighter-it-probably-cant-afford/



The Yasen-M and the Future of Russian Submarine Forces

https://rusi.org/publication/rusi-defence-systems/yasen-m-and-future-russian-submarine-forces



Russia’s Master Plan to Confront the U.S. Navy

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia%E2%80%99s-master-plan-confront-us-navy-186389



Russian hackers attacking organizations through system used by USAID, says Microsoft

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/05/28/Mircosoft-says-Russian-hackers-used-USAID-system-to-hack-organizations-governments/6421622185165/



Russia’s Latest Hack Shows How Useful ‘Criminal Groups’ Are to the Kremlin

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/05/russias-latest-hack-shows-how-useful-criminal-groups-are-kremlin/174401/





As Russia tensions simmer, NATO conducts massive war games

https://apnews.com/article/russia-europe-8447702a78ee532b710d68f419cc565b




Dragons In The Caucasus: Chinese WM-80 MRLs Of Armenia

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/05/dragons-in-caucasus-chinese-wm-80s-in.html




Croatia Is Getting French Rafale Multirole Fighters To Replace Its Veteran MiG-21s

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40834/croatia-is-getting-french-rafale-multirole-fighters-to-replace-its-veteran-mig-21s




Poland’s sole submarine a death trap, sailors say in open letter

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/27/polands-sole-submarine-a-death-trap-sailors-say-in-open-letter/




France resists more joint funding of 'brain dead' NATO

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-france-resists-more-joint-funding-brain-dead-nato-2021-05-28/




Brtish military to become ‘more engaged around the world’

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/brtish-military-to-become-more-engaged-around-the-world/









Cargo Ships Spoofing Location Data to Violate Government Sanctions

https://www.newsweek.com/cargo-ships-spoofing-location-data-violate-government-sanctions-1596032









China amassing weapons systems at Indian border, complicating efforts to resolve border standoff

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/05/china-amassing-weapons-systems-at-indian-border-complicating-efforts-to-resolve-border-standoff/



Revising Chinese History As It Happens

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20210528.aspx



Is China Preparing Troops For An Invasion of Taiwan?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/is-china-preparing-troops-for-an-invasion-of-taiwan/





US should help Taiwan prepare for irregular war, hearing told, but experts fear destabilising region

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3135260/us-should-help-taiwan-prepare-irregular-war-hearing-told



Taiwanese navy completes trials of ‘Sea Sword II' air-defence missile

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/taiwanese-navy-completes-trials-of-sea-sword-ii-air-defence-missile



US special operators could help Taiwan train to fend off a Chinese invasion, Defense Department nominee says

https://www.businessinsider.com/maier-us-special-ops-help-taiwan-resist-chinese-invasion-2021-5





Australian "Interim" subs? Naval Group Best Bet. Aus Missions?

http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/05/australian-interim-subs-naval-group.html





Situation in North Korea 'Dire' as Residents Attempt to Sell Possessions at Border With China to Pay for Food

https://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-trading-food-1595985



North Korea Using Barges to Move Cargos Other Than Sand, Coal

https://www.38north.org/2021/05/north-korea-using-barges-to-move-cargos-other-than-sand-coal/





A Quiet Sentence Gives South Korea Back Its ‘Missile Sovereignty’

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/28/south-korea-missile-sovereignty-biden-moon/



South Korea’s new CVX Aircraft Carrier project: An overview

https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/madex-2021/2021/05/south-koreas-new-cvx-aircraft-carrier-project-an-overview/



Seoul, Manila continue talks on meeting Philippine Navy's future submarine requirements

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/seoul-manila-continue-talks-on-meeting-philippine-navys-future-submarine-requirements



S Korea's DSME Marketing Type 209 Clone to Philippines

http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/05/s-koreas-dsme-marketing-type-209-clone.html









The life extension of the CH-146 Griffon and a plan for what comes next

https://verticalmag.com/news/ch-146-griffon-helicopter-life-extension-what-comes-next/










UFO filmmaker releases 46-second video allegedly showing swarm of objects hovering near Navy ship

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/05/28/ufo-radar-video-shows-objects-swarming-navy-ship/7487390002/



How an Accused Russian Agent Worked With Rudy Giuliani in a Plot Against the 2020 Election

https://time.com/6052302/andriy-derkach-profile/



What we know about the "unprecedented" U.S. Capitol riot arrests

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/capitol-riot-arrests-2021-05-28/



US soldiers 'revealed locations of nuclear weapons in Europe by posting details on online flashcards,' report claims

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-soldiers-revealed-locations-nuclear-171839382.html



US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2021/05/28/us-soldiers-expose-nuclear-weapons-secrets-via-flashcard-apps/



Here Are The Major Airpower Developments In The Pentagon's Latest Budget Proposal

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40836/here-are-the-major-airpower-developments-in-the-pentagons-latest-budget-proposal



Joe Biden Believes China Hiding COVID-19 Origin Info, China Warns 'Political Virus' Spreading

https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-believes-china-hiding-covid-19-origin-info-china-warns-political-virus-spreading-1596078



U.S. Is Said to Have Unexamined Intelligence to Pore Over on Virus Origins

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/us/politics/coronavirus-origins-intelligence.html



Army cuts procurement of airborne jammer in smaller electronic warfare budget

https://www.c4isrnet.com/electronic-warfare/2021/05/28/army-cuts-procurement-of-airborne-jammer-in-smaller-electronic-warfare-budget/



Check Out This Backpack-Mounted Signals Intelligence System Worn By A Marine Special Operator

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40826/this-marine-raider-is-wearing-a-backpack-mounted-signals-intelligence-system



Marine Corps Invests in Drone Truck-Based Ship-Killer Missile as it Ditches Some MRAPs

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/28/marine-corps-invests-drone-truck-based-ship-killer-missile-it-ditches-some-mraps.html



Key Piece Of Hypersonic Missile Propulsion Passes Test

https://www.investors.com/news/hypersonic-missile-engine-test-successful-army-navy/



Mysterious Black Towed Target Was Built To Support Airborne Laser Tests

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40832/case-closed-black-mystery-towed-target-was-built-to-support-airborne-laser-test-work



STEMless In Seattle

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlog/articles/20210528.aspx



Biden’s budget includes $12 billion for submarine manufacturing, the largest since the 1980s

https://www.courant.com/business/hc-biz-biden-submarine-spending-20210528-wpdeuoeigzdhhfzln2ansqzvuu-story.html



Navy Confirms It Wants To Ditch Its Very Young Mk VI Patrol Boats In New Budget Request

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40844/navy-confirms-it-wants-to-ditch-its-very-young-mk-vi-patrol-boats-in-new-budget-request



7th Fleet CO: Deployed LCS USS Gabrielle Giffords ‘Pretty Much Owned’ South China Sea

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/27/7th-fleet-co-deployed-lcs-uss-gabrielle-giffords-pretty-much-owned-south-china-sea



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