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Khalilzad: Ghani's 'Intransigence,' Afghan Elite’s 'Selfishness' Led to Collapse

https://www.voanews.com/a/khalilzad-ghani-intransigence-afghan-elite-selfishness-led-to-collapse/6288276.html



Four U.S. Intelligence Agencies Produced Extensive Reports on Afghanistan, but All Failed to Predict Kabul’s Rapid Collapse

https://www.wsj.com/articles/four-u-s-intelligence-agencies-produced-extensive-reports-on-afghanistan-but-all-failed-to-predict-kabuls-rapid-collapse-11635415201



U.N. Urgently Needs Cash in Afghanistan, but Struggles for Solution

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-10-28/un-urgently-needs-cash-in-afghanistan-but-struggles-for-solution



Afghans Accuse The Taliban Of Misappropriating Foreign Aid

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-taliban-foreign-aid-misappropriation/31532541.html



China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan Move to Create United Front on Afghanistan

https://www.newsweek.com/china-russia-iran-pakistan-united-front-afghanistan-1643219









Iranian MiG-29 Blasts Target Out Of Sky In Bonkers Low-Level Display

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42905/iranian-mig-29-blasts-target-out-of-sky-in-bonkers-low-level-display



Iran has agreed to return to nuclear talks — but don’t expect a deal anytime soon, experts say

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/28/iran-has-agreed-to-return-to-nuclear-talks-but-no-deal-expected-soon.html









Saudi-led coalition says killed 95 Yemen rebels near Marib

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211028-saudi-led-coalition-says-killed-95-yemen-rebels-near-marib









Israeli Navy's Reshef class to carry C-Dome air-defence system

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/israeli-navys-reshef-class-to-carry-c-dome-air-defence-system



Hamas has secret foreign investments worth hundreds of millions - report

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/hamas-has-secret-foreign-investments-worth-hundreds-of-millions-report-683367









New airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray capital; kids among dead

https://apnews.com/article/africa-kenya-ethiopia-d70dec133d9529e69597d3292d8a142e




Sudanese army faces widening opposition to takeover

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/sudanese-army-faces-widening-opposition-takeover-2021-10-28/



'If they reach us, they'll shoot to kill': Anti-coup protesters defiant in Sudan

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20211028-if-they-reach-us-they-ll-shoot-to-kill-anti-coup-protesters-defiant-in-sudan









Ukraine Strikes Russian-Backed Forces Using Turkish-Made TB2 Drones For The First Time

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42894/ukraine-strikes-russian-backed-forces-using-turkish-made-tb2-drones-for-the-first-time



Russia's Ataka-Shorokh acoustic UAV detector completes factory trials

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/russias-ataka-shorokh-acoustic-uav-detector-completes-factory-trials



Russia’s once-tame Communist Party is becoming an opposition force

https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/10/30/russias-once-tame-communist-party-is-becoming-an-opposition-force





Matra R.530F Missile Seized By The Italian Police In 2019 Was Just A “Bizarre” Collector’s Item

https://theaviationist.com/2021/10/27/matra-r-530f-collectors-item/









Venezuela sought to swap Americans for Maduro ally

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-venezuela-miami-arrests-mexico-city-080bf19aa627f731c065a33a410ae2f1




'Narco-submarines' play a growing role in ferrying drugs bound for the United States and elsewhere

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/narco-submarines-play-a-growing-role-in-ferrying-drugs-bound-for-the-united-states-and-elsewhere/ar-AAQ3wl8









China steps up number of missile tests in drive to boost reliability

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3154060/china-steps-number-missile-tests-drive-boost-reliability



China to build outpost for Tajikistan special forces near Afghan border

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/china-build-outpost-tajikistan-special-forces-near-afghan-border-2021-10-28/



Yes, China Could Invade Taiwan

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/yes-china-could-invade-taiwan/



The Fight for Taiwan Could Come Soon

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fight-for-taiwan-could-come-soon-china-navy-defense-11635349097?mod=Searchresults_pos6&page=1





Taiwan's president confirms the US military is training troops on the island as the threat from China grows

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/taiwanese-president-says-china-s-threat-is-increasing-and-confirms-the-us-has-training-troops-on-the-island/ar-AAQ3A0C



Taiwan signs new Patriot air defense deal with US

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_october_2021_global_security_army_industry/taiwan_signs_new_patriot_air_defense_deal_with_us.html



Taiwan unveils its 'Army Iron Man' exoskeleton

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4326846





North Korea has the world's largest special-operations force. A defected spy offers hints about how they'd be used in a war.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/north-korea-has-the-world-s-largest-special-operations-force-a-defected-spy-offers-hints-about-how-they-d-be-used-in-a-war/ar-AAQ1TeR





Philippines: Dragging The Dragon

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/phillip/articles/20211028.aspx





Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

https://apnews.com/article/myanmar-torture-military-prisons-insein-abuse-390fe5b49337be82ce91639e93e0192f





North Korea Issuing Temporary Currency as Nation Lacks Paper, Ink Needed to Print Money

https://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-issuing-temporary-currency-nation-lacks-paper-ink-needed-print-money-1643478





South Korea Plans Even Bigger Missile Submarines, But They’re Not Going Nuclear—Yet

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/south-korea-plans-even-bigger-missile-submarines-they%E2%80%99re-not-going-nuclear%E2%80%94yet





Australia: Defence won't follow Pentagon to launch an investigation into UFO sightings or Unexplained Aerial Phenomena

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-28/defence-wont-follow-pentagon-in-ufo-alien-investigation/100574392










Artificial Intelligence Is Now Part Of U.S. Air Force’s ‘Kill Chain’

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/10/28/ai-now-part-of-us-air-force-kill-chain/



Royal Marines to Take on US in Mojave Desert Exercise

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/28/royal-marines-mojave-desert-exercise/



Marines investigating after missing 155mm artillery rounds turn up at Camp Pendleton

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-artillery-camp-pendleton/



After Almost 2,000 Weapons Go Missing, Congress May Crack Down

https://coffeeordie.com/missing-military-weapons/



US ships and planes conducted 2,000 spying missions aimed at China this year, says military analyst

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/us-ships-planes-conducted-2-125316543.html



The Connecticut Collision Compared

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20211028.aspx



General Atomics developing lasers, missile interceptors to protect its UAVs

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/general-atomics-developing-lasers-missile-interceptors-to-protect-its-uavs/146119.article



This Is A Great Comparison Between General Atomics' Avenger Drone Configurations

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42906/this-is-a-great-comparison-between-general-atomics-avenger-drone-configurations



Hyten Concerned With Pace of Hypersonics, Counter-UAS Tech

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/28/hyten-concerned-with-pace-of-hypersonics-counter-uas-tech



A once-quiet battle to replace the space station suddenly is red hot

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/a-once-quiet-battle-to-replace-the-space-station-suddenly-is-red-hot/



US, China, Russia Test New Space War Tactics: Sats Buzzing, Spoofing, Spying

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/us-china-russia-test-new-space-war-tactics-sats-buzzing-spoofing-spying/



Lockheed Martin showcases new attack aircraft designed to support US special operations forces

https://defence-blog.com/lockheed-martin-showcases-new-light-attack-aircraft-designed-to-support-u-s-special-operations-forces/



Navy Not Sure What USS Connecticut Struck in the South China Sea, Beijing Accuses U.S. of Cover-Up

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/27/navy-not-sure-what-uss-connecticut-struck-in-the-south-china-sea-beijing-accuses-u-s-of-cover-up



Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/28/report-to-congress-on-navy-aegis-ballistic-missile-defense-4



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