Af/Pak & Other News (4/28/2021)

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Apr 28, 2021, 1:47:20 PM4/28/21
Inside Afghanistan as troops prepare to leave after the US’s longest war

US diplomats being pulled out of Kabul as security deteriorates in Afghanistan

The U.S. Built Afghanistan's Military Over 20 Years. Will It Last One More?

Hundreds In Afghan Jails Are Members Of Islamic State, Afghan Security Chief Says

Al-Qaeda 'shadow of former self' decade after Bin Laden death

First Ones In, Last Ones Out: Special Operation Troops to Cover Afghanistan Withdrawal

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admits Afghanistan could be taken over by Taliban or descend into civil war when US withdraws troops by 20th anniversary of 9/11

Blinken says US withdrawal from Afghanistan will concentrate the minds of 'free riders' in the region

Allies will make the difference in exiting Afghanistan, dealing with Iran

Enough is enough — Pakistan not happy with Afghan Taliban

LCA Tejas cleared to carry Python-5 air-to-air missile

India receives first full squadron of Rafale fighter jets

U.S. General: Iran Forces Acting Without Supreme Leader Pose 'Greatest Threats' at Sea

Navy Patrol Craft Fired Warning Shots At Harassing Iranian Boats In the Persian Gulf

U.S. And Israel Concerned Over Growing Drone Threat From Iran

Four-Star General Jack Keane Unsurprised by John Kerry Iran Allegations, Calls it 'Horrific Behavior'

Turkish jets, troops hit PKK targets in new Iraq incursion

Iraqi Kurds Fear Escalation of Iran-Backed Rocket Attacks

Yemen's Houthis say fired drone at southern Saudi air base

The US may still be helping Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war after all

Turkey’s ULAQ Getting Ready For Fire Tests

Russia's path to newfound power has been through Syria

Russian Military Intervenes to Halt Clashes in Syrian City

France seeks foothold in northeast Syria

US military chief warns radicalisation of children in Syrian camps is major threat

How Israel and the US are taking Iran’s drone threat seriously - analysis

These Israeli Weapons Systems Can Go A Long Way On The Modern Battlefield

26 Militants ‘Neutralized’ in French-Malian Army Operation

Nigeria: False Hope In Foreign Aid

Boko Haram fighters have hoisted flag and forcefully acquired wives in Nigerian town, governor says

Ukraine soldiers on alert despite Russia's drawdown

In Ukraine’s East, Fears Grow of New Russian Power Play

Russian FM: US-Russia ties worse than during Cold War

Russia Will Do What Is 'Necessary' to Secure Borders, Despite Troop Pullback: Defense Minister

Russia Is Rapidly Growing Missile Defense Network

Russia Unveils A New Tactic To Deter Dissent: CCTV And A 'Knock On The Door,' Days Later

Russia Calls Baltic Nations, Slovakia 'Openly Hostile' Amid Retaliation, Expulsion of Diplomats

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Enters The Tense Black Sea Highlighting The Service's Overseas Presence

Bulgaria Probes Possible Russian Involvement in Arms Depot Blasts

German spies monitor anti-lockdown activists for suspected sedition

France Carries Out Unusual Ballistic Missile Test As An American Spy Plane Looks On

Royal Navy Is Painting Its Patrol Boats In WWI-Style Dazzle Camouflage

More frigates to be built in Scotland

Spirit AeroSystems shares new rendering of LANCA “loyal wingman” for RAF

China puts Feilong-1 endurance drone through high-altitude paces

China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Has An Engine Problem (Or Not?)

Is a New Version of China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Coming Soon?

China to launch Heavenly Harmony space station core module

It’s Time to Talk About J-15, China’s First Carrierborne Fighter

Why Taiwan's Defense Strategy Calls for a Reassessment of Priorities

Taiwan and Lithuania getting Javelin missiles under $175.9M Pentagon contract

Lockheed Martin to provide Taiwanese Air Force with improved AGM-88 missiles

Taiwan catches PLA plane trying to sneak below radar at only 30 meters

The Need for Taiwan's Forthcoming Submarine Program Is More Than Pressing

North Korea sunk Cheonan warship, Seoul says after suspended reinvestigation

New Japanese Diplomatic Bluebook Shows Significantly More Concern About China than Earlier Editions

Myanmar junta launches fresh air raids in rebel territory

Australia to Upgrade Military Bases With Eye on Pacific Tensions

4 possible explanations for why a mysterious Florida company is managing a huge chunk of Pentagon internet addresses, according to cybersecurity experts

U.S. investigators raid Giuliani apartment in New York

Soldiers are refusing the vaccine out of spite: ‘This is the first time I get to tell the Army no!’

Deepfake satellite images pose serious military and political challenges

DARPA Looking to Infuse Aerial Systems with AI

Robots Hunted A Mock Chinese Ship—Then a U.S. Navy Destroyer Lobbed A $5-Million Missile At It

Report to Congress on Hypersonic Weapons

Next-gen intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor estimated cost? Nearly $18B

The Marines Are Already Ditching Their Young RQ-21 Blackjack Drones

Podcast: Explaining the F-35’s Cost and Programmatic Issues

Switchblade 600 loitering missile to equip US Naval Special Warfare craft

MQ-8B Fire Scout Crashes Into Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston On Deployment

Navy SEALs to shift from counterterrorism to global threats

Task Force Smuggler

The U.S. Navy's Master Plan For Its New Constellation-Class Frigates

Navy Chief Aiming for 355-Ship Fleet Despite Calls for Larger Force

EMALS, AAG complete 8,000 aircraft recoveries, launches on USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier

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