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Turbulence Ahead? Afghan Air Force Prepares For U.S. Withdrawal

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/turbulence-ahead-afghan-air-force-prepares-for-u-s-withdrawal/31273213.html



US Completes Up to 25% of Afghan Withdrawal

https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-completes-25-afghan-withdrawal



Pentagon Accelerates Withdrawal From Afghanistan

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/us/politics/us-afghanistan-withdrawal.html



Pentagon examining how to evacuate thousands who worked for US from Afghanistan

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/26/politics/pentagon-examining-afghanistan-evacuation/index.html



Japan-based Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Will Make Rare Middle East Patrol to Cover Afghanistan Withdrawal

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/26/japan-based-carrier-uss-ronald-reagan-will-make-rare-patrol-to-middle-east-to-cover-afghanistan-withdrawal



Lawmakers Urge Biden to Keep Guantanamo Bay Prison Open After Afghanistan Pullout

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/25/lawmakers-urge-biden-keep-guantanamo-bay-prison-open-after-afghanistan-pullout.html



Taliban Warns Afghanistan’s Neighbors Against Allowing U.S. Bases

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-warns-afghanistan-neighbors-against-u-s-bases/31274714.html



Pakistan Rules Out Military Bases for US Anti-Terror Afghan Operations

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/pakistan-rules-out-military-bases-us-anti-terror-afghan-operations









A container ship carrying chemicals near Sri Lanka has been burning for 6 days

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-container-ship-carrying-chemicals-near-sri-lanka-has-been-burning-for-6-days/ar-AAKp2p1









Undeleted Hard Disks and Targeting Kitchen Vents: Iran’s Botched Cyberattacks on Israel

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/tech-news/.premium-undeleted-hard-disks-and-targeting-kitchen-vents-iran-s-botched-israel-cyberattacks-1.9846817



Iran temporarily bans cryptocurrency mining after blackouts

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210526-iran-temporarily-bans-cryptocurrency-mining-after-blackouts



Iran Copies' Russian SPP-1M Underwater Pistol

http://www.hisutton.com/Iran-SPP-1M-Underwater-Pistol.html



Iran is enriching uranium at levels 'only countries making bombs are reaching,' UN's nuclear watchdog warns

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-enriching-uranium-levels-only-175205972.html



IRGC unveils short-range SAM

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/irgc-unveils-short-range-sam









Iraq Militia Chief Arrested Over Attacks on Base Hosting U.S. Forces - Security Sources

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-26/iraq-militia-chief-arrested-over-attacks-on-base-hosting-us-forces-security-sources



Turkey bombs Christian villages in Iraq’s Kurdish region - analysis

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/turkey-bombs-christian-villages-in-iraqs-kurdish-region-analysis-669214









Yemen officials demand answers after AP report on air base

https://apnews.com/article/yemen-middle-east-3ca6fd8378d2c14a37bf6f75c8455cfd




Turkey touts assassination of top PKK militant as retribution to US

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/turkey-touts-assassination-top-pkk-militant-retribution-us



Roketsan KaraOK anti-tank missile to be inducted in Turkish army in 2021

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_may_2021_global_security_army_industry/roketsan_karaok_anti-tank_missile_to_be_inducted_in_turkish_army_in_2021.html









Syria's Assad votes in former rebel town, site of chemical attack

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/syrians-go-polls-election-that-assad-is-set-win-2021-05-26/



Syrians vote in election certain to give Assad new mandate

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-syria-elections-health-b60f16632894b735ac596623701091f1



Arab states accept sham Syria elections as Assad returns to fold

https://news.yahoo.com/arab-states-accept-sham-syria-075138817.html



Assad’s guaranteed election victory in Syria shows how badly U.S. policy has failed

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/assad-s-guaranteed-election-victory-in-syria-shows-how-badly-u-s-policy-has-failed/ar-AAKoNTJ



‘Mob boss’ Assad’s dynasty tightens grip over husk of Syria

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/26/bashar-al-assad-tightens-grip-on-power-as-syria-goes-to-polls



Thwarting Syria's nuclear program - "Intelligence Matters: Declassified"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/thwarting-syrias-nuclear-program-intelligence-matters-declassified-podcast/



Factbox: the Cost of Ten Years of Devastating War in Syria

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-26/factbox-the-cost-of-ten-years-of-devastating-war-in-syria



Right On Cue, Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Now Flying From Syria Brandish Anti-Ship Missiles

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40800/right-on-cue-russian-tu-22m3-bombers-now-flying-from-syria-brandish-anti-ship-missiles









Israel’s Bombardment Of Gaza: Methods, Weapons And Impact

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastienroblin/2021/05/26/israels-bombardment-of-gaza-methods-weapons-and-impact/



Israel-Hamas cease-fire could be 'pre-game show' for Iran deal, expert says

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/israel-hamas-cease-fire-could-be-pre-game-show-for-iran-deal-expert-says/vi-AAKolvF



Israel Admits Iron Dome Battery Shot Down One Of Its Own Drones During Gaza Fighting

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40769/israel-admits-iron-dome-battery-shot-down-one-of-its-own-drones-during-gaza-fighting









Egypt needs new trainers as combat fleet undergoes modernization

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/05/egypt-new-trainer-aircraft.html




Nigerian president’s vow to end violence lies in tatters as insurgencies grow

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/24/nigerian-presidents-vow-to-end-violence-lies-in-tatters-as-insurgencies-grow




Covert Shores Guide To Mozambique Navy: New, Fast, and Stuck In The Mud

http://www.hisutton.com/Guide-To-Mozambique-Navy.html




Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers detain hundreds in Tigray

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/eritrean-ethiopian-soldiers-detain-hundreds-tigray-2021-05-25/




Mali interim leaders resign 'before mediator' after ex-coup leader takes power

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210526-mali-interim-leaders-resign-before-mediator-after-ex-coup-leader-takes-power




Congo: The State Of Siege Solution

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/congo/articles/20210526.aspx



A botched ransom attempt? Ambassador's death in Congo may not be what it seemed

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/botched-ransom-attempt-ambassadors-death-congo-may-not-be-what-it-seemed-2021-05-26/









Ukrainian military holds first round of armed ground robots demo

https://defence-blog.com/ukrainian-military-holds-first-round-of-armed-ground-robots-demo/



Former top Ukrainian prosecutor's emails seized in Giuliani raid -filing

https://www.reuters.com/business/legal/former-top-ukrainian-prosecutors-emails-seized-giuliani-raid-filing-2021-05-25/



Russia reveals details of its next 5th generation fighter jet

https://www.aerotime.aero/28010-Russia-reveals-details-of-next-5th-generation-fighter-jet



Russia publishes nuclear arms numbers, accuses U.S. of misleading data

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/05/25/Russia-nuclear-numbers-New-START-treaty/9431621977898/



Hypersonic missile for Su-34 and Tu-22M3 bombers to be tested from 2022

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/may/7341-hypersonic-missile-for-su-34-and-tu-22m3-bombers-to-be-tested-from-2022.html



Russia launches mission to the sunken Komsomolets nuclear submarine

https://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2021-05-russia-launches-mission-to-the-sunken-komsomolets-nuclear-submarine



Russian Military Seeks to Outmuscle U.S. in Arctic

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-military-seeks-to-outmuscle-u-s-in-arctic-11621935002



Russia Announces Plans to Send Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft to Jupiter

https://thedebrief.org/russia-announces-plans-to-send-nuclear-powered-spacecraft-to-jupiter/



Russia's FSB reports 'unprecedented' hacking campaign aimed at government agencies

https://www.reuters.com/article/russia-cyber/russias-fsb-reports-unprecedented-hacking-campaign-aimed-at-government-agencies-idUSL5N2ND40I



Russia, Iran were top two sources of disinfo on Facebook targeting U.S. during Trump admin, says report

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/russia-iran-were-top-two-sources-disinfo-facebook-targeting-u-n1268550



Russian cybercriminal gets 30-month sentence for running site that sold stolen U.S. data

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/25/kirill-victorovich-firsov-russian-cybercriminal-ge/



Russian and Japanese Vessels Collide at Sea, Three People Dead

https://www.newsweek.com/japan-russia-collision-hokko-maru-8-amur-sea-okhotsk-fishermen-dead-1594885





Belarus leader claims plane diversion protected passengers, says country is under ‘hybrid attack’

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/belarus-leader-claims-plane-diversion-protected-passengers-says-country-is-under-hybrid-attack/ar-AAKoIHB



Belarus leader accuses West of "total lie," insists Ryanair jet faced bomb threat as fear mounts for detained dissident

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/belarus-alexander-lukashenko-ryanair-flight-raman-pratasevich-sofia-sopega/



Belarus leader says detained journalist was plotting ‘bloody rebellion’

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/defiant-belarus-leader-accuses-west-waging-hybrid-war-2021-05-26/



Belarusian plane turns back after warning about French airspace

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/belarusian-plane-turns-back-after-warning-about-french-airspace/ar-AAKp4qb




Dutch Judges Visit MH17 Plane Wreckage

https://www.barrons.com/news/dutch-judges-visit-mh17-plane-wreckage-01622033431




Swiss F-5 Tiger jet crashes, pilot ejects

https://defbrief.com/2021/05/26/swiss-f-5-tiger-jet-crashes-pilot-ejects/




U.S. Army AH-64 Apache Helicopter Made Emergency Landing In Romania

https://fighterjetsworld.com/latest-news/aircraft-crash/u-s-army-ah-64-apache-helicopter-made-emergency-landing-in-romania/25940/




Influencers say they were offered money to discredit the Pfizer vaccine. In France, some suspect Russia is behind it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/26/influencers-offered-money-pfizer-discredit-russia/



Tests of Prototype Hull for New French Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Begins

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29656/Tests_of_Prototype_Hull_for_New_French_Nuclear_Powered_Aircraft_Carrier_Begins




Look: more European drone-blasting laser tech!

https://dronedj.com/2021/05/26/look-more-european-drone-blasting-laser-tech/




Russian submarine detected in Irish Sea

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/russian-submarine-detected-in-irish-sea/



UK states economic case for Tempest ahead of FCAS concept phase

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-states-economic-case-for-tempest-ahead-of-fcas-concept-phase



Sea Ceptor missile chosen to arm Type 31 Frigates

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/sea-ceptor-missile-chosen-to-arm-type-31-frigates/









Cuba says it is surprised and irritated by new U.S. terrorism charge

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/cuba-says-it-is-surprised-irritated-by-new-us-terrorism-charge-2021-05-25/









China Media Dismisses Stealth Bomber Reveal as 'Fake News'

https://www.newsweek.com/china-media-dismisses-stealth-bomber-h20-reveal-fake-news-1594964



India Won't Like This: Why China Wants Mortar Weapons for Mountainous Regions

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/india-wont-why-china-wants-mortar-weapons-mountainous-regions-186106



The Secret Behind the Chinese Communist Party’s Perseverance

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/the-secret-behind-the-chinese-communist-partys-perseverance/



Introducing ‘The China Intelligence’

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/05/introducing-china-intelligence/174256/



New artillery, air-defence assets enter service with China's Xinjiang Military Command

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/new-artillery-air-defence-assets-enter-service-with-chinas-xinjiang-military-command



What I Learned From the PLA’s Latest Strategy Textbook

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/05/26/what_i_learned_from_the_plas_latest_strategy_textbook_778804.html



Tesla sets up data center in China amid spying concerns

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/26/business/tesla-china-data-center-intl-hnk/index.html



The War On Fanboys

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20210526.aspx



Assessing 70 Years of China’s PLA Air Force

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/assessing-70-years-of-chinas-pla-air-force/



Keep Tabs on China’s Growing Space Situational Awareness

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/05/keep-tabs-chinas-growing-space-situational-awareness/174309/



China Already Outspends US Military? Discuss

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/china-already-outspends-us-military-discuss/



Biden Team Shut Down Secretive Trump-Era Project Pursuing The Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/05/26/biden-team-shut-down-secretive-trump-era-project-pursuing-the-wuhan-lab-leak-theory/



A lab leak in Wuhan versus a natural hop from bats: The evidence for each theory of the coronavirus' origin

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-lab-leak-in-wuhan-versus-a-natural-hop-from-bats-the-evidence-for-each-theory-of-the-coronavirus-origin/ar-AAKoMwL



China Ships Off Catholic Priests and Students for Reeducation

https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/china-detains-catholic-priests-and-students-for-reeducation-programming/



China Military's Taiwan Invasion Force Conducts Amphibious Beach Assault Drills

https://www.newsweek.com/china-military-taiwan-invasion-force-amphibious-beach-assault-drills-1594974



China Issues a Chilling Warning to Biden Administration Over Taiwan

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/china-issues-chilling-warning-biden-administration-over-taiwan-186094





Why a Taiwan Invasion Would Look Nothing Like D-Day

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/why-a-taiwan-invasion-would-look-nothing-like-d-day/





AP Investigation: Myanmar’s junta using bodies to terrorize

https://apnews.com/article/myanmar-business-b2187c696e428139437778aeab0c43d4





U.S. to hand over decommissioned coast guard ship to Vietnam

https://navalpost.com/us-to-hand-over-coast-guard-ship-to-vietnam/





US lifts missile restrictions on South Korea, ending range and warhead limits

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/05/25/us-lifts-missile-restrictions-on-south-korea-ending-range-and-warhead-limits/





Japan Likely to Eliminate 1% GDP Military Spending Cap

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/05/26/japan-likely-to-eliminate-1-gdp-military-spending-cap/



Japan 'Anxious' About Relentless Intrusions By China Near Disputed Islands

https://www.newsweek.com/japan-anxious-about-relentless-intrusions-china-near-disputed-islands-1594873










Russian Navy Surveillance Ship Quietly Operating Off Hawaii

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/26/russian-navy-surveillance-ship-quietly-operating-off-hawaii



The debate over UFOs is about to get more intense

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/555424-the-debate-over-ufos-is-about-to-get-more-intense



Growth of Extremist Groups Follows Mathematical Pattern: Study

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/05/extremist-group-growth-follows-mathematical-pattern-new-study-shows/174304/



Air Force debuts virtual command and control platform

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/05/25/Air-Force-VR-command/7791621989145/



Pentagon Pushes Testing For Electronic Warfare Vulnerabilities

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/pentagon-pushes-testing-for-electronic-warfare-vulnerabilities/



Russia Company, NtechLab Wins U.S. Face Recognition Tech Competition

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29658/Russia_Company__NtechLab_Wins_U_S__Face_Recognition_Tech_Competition



U.S. a top target for foreign and domestic influence operations, says new Facebook report

https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-top-target-foreign-domestic-influence-operations-says-new-facebook-report-2021-05-26/



Homegrown ISIS in America

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/05/26/homegrown_isis_in_america_778790.html



US Military Paper Offers Insights on Energy-Efficient Robots

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/26/us-army-energy-efficient-robots/



Super-Robot TAMS Navigates a Marine Corps 'Kill House'

https://www.military.com/daily-news/opinions/2021/05/25/super-robot-tams-navigates-marine-corps-kill-house.html



Armenia, Ukraine Lessons Shape New US Cyber/EW Unit

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/armenia-ukraine-lessons-shape-new-us-cyber-ew-unit/



Northern Edge 21 Wraps Up Achieving Important Testing Goals Of New Capabilities For The Joint Forces

https://theaviationist.com/2021/05/25/northern-edge-21/



X-Net data link, designed for small munitions, gets NSA Type-1 certification

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/x-net-data-link-designed-for-small-munitions-gets-nsa-type-1-certification/143907.article



Recon Marine accused of dumping stolen grenades, thousands of rounds of ammo into California ravine

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-sergeant-stolen-grenades-ammo/



CBO: Maintaining U.S. nuclear arsenal may cost $634B over 10 years

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/05/25/Congressional-Budget-Office-nuclear-arsenal-energy-634-billion-modernization/8671621971247/



The U.S. Air Force’s New Tanker Plane Can’t Move Gas, But Maybe It Can Move Data

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/26/the-us-air-forces-new-tanker-plane-cant-move-gas-but-maybe-it-can-move-data/



Merlin To Modify King Airs With Autonomy For Special Missions

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/multi-mission-aircraft/merlin-modify-king-airs-autonomy-special-missions



A Flying Car Could Be the Air Force's Next Medevac Transport

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/26/flying-car-could-be-air-forces-next-medevac-transport.html



Assassin Into Warrior: How U.S. Is Upgrading Reaper Drones For Confrontation With China

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/05/26/assassin-into-warrior-how-us-is-upgrading-reaper-drones-for-confrontation-with-china/



AMRAAM Joint Program Office completes second live firing of new AIM-120D-3

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/amraam-joint-program-office-completes-second-live-firing-of-new-aim-120d-3



Transition to New F-35 Logistics System Hits Headwinds

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/26/transition-to-new-f-35-logistics-system-hits-headwinds



Early F-35As May Get Axed Even Though Overall Readiness Has Improved Significantly

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40783/early-f-35as-may-get-axed-even-though-overall-readiness-has-improved-significantly



Buy Big F-35 Fleet To Lower Program Costs: SecAF Nominee Kendall

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/buy-big-f-35-fleet-to-lower-program-costs-secaf-nominee-kendall/



Northrop Grumman Testing MQ-8C Expeditionary Controls for Marine, Navy Missions

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/25/northrop-grumman-testing-mq-8c-expeditionary-controls-for-marine-navy-missions



DARPA’s newest sub-hunting weapon is… Shrimp

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/darpas-newest-sub-hunting-weapon-is-shrimp/



US Navy Planning Next-Generation Attack Submarine By 2031

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/26/us-navy-planning-next-gen-submarine/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-navy-planning-next-gen-submarine



TRANSCOM Rethinking Sealift in Future Conflict for New Study

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/25/transcom-rethinking-sealift-in-future-conflict-for-new-study



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