Af/Pak & Other News (12/6/2020)

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Afghan forces kill 28 Taliban terrorists in Uruzgan, Kandahar provinces

https://www.timesnownews.com/international/article/afghan-forces-kill-28-taliban-terrorists-in-uruzgan-kandahar-provinces/691196



Airman receiving Air Force Cross for heroic actions during enemy ambush in Afghanistan

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/airman-receiving-air-force-cross-for-heroic-actions-during-enemy-ambush-in-afghanistan/









India, US gear up to share maritime military intel

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-us-gear-up-to-share-maritime-military-intel/articleshow/79599263.cms









Top nuclear scientist was assassinated with help of 'satellite device,' Iranian media reports

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/06/middleeast/iran-nuclear-scientist-mohsen-fakhrizadeh-satellite-intl/index.html



Iran, Biden and the Bomb: Why Tehran Is Now Speeding Up Its Nuclear Program

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-iran-biden-and-the-bomb-why-tehran-is-now-speeding-up-its-nuclear-program-1.9351313



Parsing Iranian Responses to the Killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/12/parsing-iranian-responses-to-the-killing-of-mohsen-fakhrizadeh-mahabadi.php



Iran: Concern over mole in intelligence services following assassination of nuclear scientist

https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/46924



US Navy official says ‘uneasy deterrence’ reached with Iran

https://apnews.com/article/bahrain-dubai-iran-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-27e71b153a012c8a864bcff38550f5f8









Airstrike kills 6 Daesh terrorists in Kirkuk, Iraq

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/airstrike-kills-6-daesh-terrorists-in-kirkuk-iraq/2067332



Italian Tornado IDS Aircraft Are Flying Anti-Daesh ISR Missions With Enhanced Countermeasures Pod

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/06/italian-tornado-ids-aircraft-are-flying-anti-daesh-isr-missions-with-enhanced-countermeasures-pod/









UAE, Saudi Interested To Acquire BhahMos Missiles As India Deepens Ties With The Arab World – Reports

https://eurasiantimes.com/uae-saudi-interested-to-acquire-bhahmos-missiles-as-india-deepens-ties-with-the-arab-world-reports/



UAE target of cyber attacks after Israel deal, official says

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-tech-israel/uae-target-of-cyber-attacks-after-israel-deal-official-says-idUSKBN28G0BW




Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused of passing classified information

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20201206-jailed-saudi-activist-loujain-al-hathloul-accused-of-passing-classified-information









Turkish-Backed Rebels Intensify Attacks on Syrian Town

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/turkish-backed-rebels-intensify-attacks-syrian-town









Ukrainian government orders An-178

http://alert5.com/2020/12/07/ukrainian-government-orders-an-178/




Armenia's Military Equipment Loss in Recent Karabakh War Stands at $4 Billion, Exceeding State Budget

https://caspiannews.com/news-detail/armenias-military-equipment-loss-in-recent-karabakh-war-stands-at-4-billion-exceeding-state-budget-2020-12-6-0/




Latvia: New US Special Operations Site Activated In Heart of the Baltics

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/214663/us-special-forces-open-base-in-latvia.html




Marines training for harsh winter warfare in Norway also have to deal with 'different military terms'

https://www.businessinsider.com/marines-in-norway-face-language-differences-as-they-train-2020-12



Another Mysterious Monolith Appears, This Time in The Netherlands

https://www.newsweek.com/another-mysterious-monolith-appears-netherlands-1552672




Italy says two arrested for defence data theft

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Italy_says_two_arrested_for_defence_data_theft_999.html




German experts defuse WWII-era bomb found in Frankfurt

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/german-experts-defuse-wwii-era-bomb-found-frankfurt-74570390




British aircraft conducts surveillance of Russian territory

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-aircraft-conducts-surveillance-of-russian-territory/



UK aircraft carrier set for Japan visit during maiden 2021 deployment

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/06/uk-aircraft-carrier-set-for-japan-visit-during-maiden-2021-deployment/



British jets buzz Russian warship off UK coast

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-jets-buzz-russian-warship-off-uk-coast/









Argentina Will Take Another Look at the JF-17 Thunder

https://quwa.org/2020/12/06/argentina-will-take-another-look-at-the-jf-17-thunder-2/




Iranian missiles 'will be dealt with' if they get to Venezuela, Trump's envoy for Iran and Venezuela says

https://www.businessinsider.com/elliott-abrams-iranian-missiles-in-venezuela-will-be-dealt-with-2020-12









Near the China-Bhutan-India border, a new village is drawing attention to old disputes

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3112712/near-china-bhutan-india-border-new-village-drawing-attention



Don’t Do It: Why Countries Face Buyer’s Regret Over Chinese-Made Drones

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/don%E2%80%99t-do-it-why-countries-face-buyer%E2%80%99s-regret-over-chinese-made-drones-173820



China Trips Over Tried And True

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20201206.aspx



China's Low-Tech Exoskeleton Suits Could Be Surprisingly Useful

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/chinas-low-tech-exoskeleton-suits-could-be-surprisingly-useful-173763



China Peddles Falsehoods to Obscure Origin of Covid Pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/06/world/asia/china-covid-origin-falsehoods.html





Taiwan, US count on giant radar system for early warning if PLA attacks

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3112692/taiwan-us-count-giant-radar-system-early-warning-if-pla-attacks





Thousands dying in secret North Korean COVID camps: Report

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/dec/6/thousands-die-secret-north-korea-covid-camps-repor/





Newest ADF leaders told they need to rebuild public trust following Afghanistan war crimes

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-06/newest-adf-leaders-told-to-rebuild-public-trust-war-crime-report/12955486










Leaked reports from Pentagon UFO task force discuss 'non-human technology,' mysterious objects

https://www.foxnews.com/science/leaked-pentagon-ufo-task-force-reports-non-human-technology-silver-cube



Cyber attacks on COVID-19 vaccine production are not quite a war crime

https://www.zdnet.com/article/cyber-attacks-on-covid-19-vaccine-production-are-not-quite-a-war-crime/



Experts Say Lethal Drones Won’t Transform Warfare But They Will Transform Terrorism

https://www.thedebrief.org/experts-say-lethal-drones-wont-transform-warfare-but-they-will-transform-terrorism/



Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down Cold War Spy Gadgets

https://www.wired.com/video/watch/former-cia-chief-of-disguise-breaks-down-cold-war-spy-gadgets



The US doesn't have a plan to deal with Russia's mercenary armies

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-has-no-plan-for-russian-mercenaries-private-military-contractors-2020-12



This Video Of The Navy's Only Special Operations Helicopter Squadron In Action Is Nuts

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37988/this-video-of-the-navys-only-special-operations-helicopter-squadron-in-action-is-nuts



Defense bill revives Stars and Stripes newspaper after near dissolution

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/budget-appropriations/528707-defense-bill-revives-stars-and-stripes-newspaper-after



Military use of social media accounts widens

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/military-use-of-social-media-accounts-widens



Bezos says Blue Origin will take the first woman to moon's surface

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-exploration-bezos/bezos-says-blue-origin-will-take-the-first-woman-to-moons-surface-idUSKBN28F0Q9



Hermeus Predicts Hypersonic Test Flights In Four Years

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/hermeus-predicts-hypersonic-test-flights-four-years



Pentagon, Industry Investing in Space Force Simulations

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/12/7/pentagon-industry-investing-in-space-force-simulations



U.S. Army looks technologies that create 10-x factor advantage in lethality chain

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/u-s-army-looks-technologies-that-create-10-x-factor-advantage-in-lethality-chain.html



Air Force to Field Interim Enhancements to KC-46 Remote Vision System

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/214658/usaf-to-field-interim-fix-to-kc_46-remote-vision-system.html



U.S. Air Force trained against Russian-made combat vehicles

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-trained-against-russian-made-combat-vehicles.html



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