Af/Pak & Other News (10/20/2021)

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Taliban Gives Families of Suicide Bombers Who Attacked U.S. Soldiers $112, Promises Land

https://www.newsweek.com/taliban-gives-families-suicide-bombers-who-attacked-us-soldiers-112-promises-land-1640525



The Afghanistan Drawdown That Never Occurred

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/the-afghanistan-drawdown-that-never-occurred/



Pakistan playing 'double game' in Afghanistan, terror activities may aggravate, says think tank

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pakistan-playing-double-game-in-afghanistan-terror-activities-may-aggravate-says-think-tank/articleshow/87151959.cms









Dassault wants to prove the Rafale M can fly from a ski-jump in India but INS Vikrant lift may be too small to accommodate either the French fighter or the F/A-18

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/dassault-wants-to-prove-the-rafale-m-can-fly-from-a-ski-jump-in-india-but-ins-vikrant-lift-may-be-too-small-to-accommodate-either-the-french-fighter-or-the-f-a-18/









Iran commander rejoices at US ‘defeats’

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/10/iran-commander-rejoices-us-defeats



UN watchdog warns of damaged ability to monitor Iran’s nuclear activity

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/20/iaea-director-warns-of-damaged-ability-to-monitor-irans-nuclear-activity-.html



Iran Won’t Stop Until It Has a Nuclear Weapon

https://www.wsj.com/articles/iran-stop-nuclear-weapon-deal-jcpoa-bomb-aggression-11634678972









Turkish producer to supply aerostat systems to Iraq

https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/10/19/turkish-producer-to-supply-aerostat-systems-to-iraq/









B-1 Bombers Deploy To Diego Garcia For The First Time In Over 15 Years

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42813/b-1-bombers-deploy-to-diego-garcia-for-the-first-time-in-over-15-years




Turkish Aerospace Industries delivers first Aksungur UAV to Turkish navy

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/october/7776-turkish-aerospace-industries-delivers-first-aksungur-uav-to-turkish-navy.html









14 people died in a military bus blast, the deadliest attack in Damascus in years

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/20/1047542493/bombing-hits-military-bus-in-syrian-capital-killing-more-than-a-dozen-people



Former CIA analyst David McCloskey on Syria conflict - "Intelligence Matters"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-conflict-former-cia-analyst-david-mccloskey-intelligence-matters/




Better Safe Than Sorry: Irish Peacekeepers Are Bringing Javelin Missiles On Lebanon Deployment

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2021/10/19/better-safe-than-sorry-irish-peacekeepers-are-bringing-javelin-missiles-on-lebanon-deployment/



Beirut clash fires up sectarian anger in echo of civil war

https://apnews.com/article/lebanon-unrest-6a1a21d60f511bdabe6d4f7df45797cf









Israel Defends NATO

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20211020.aspx



Israel, Korea expand loitering munition collaboration

https://defbrief.com/2021/10/20/israel-korea-expand-loitering-munition-collaboration/









Egyptian military consolidates grip on northern Sinai

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/egyptian-military-consolidates-grip-on-northern-sinai-682618



Egyptian Air Force fighter jets fitted with Al Tariq guided bomb

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/10/egyptian-air-force-fighter-jets-fitted-with-al-tariq-guided-bomb




In Libya, a Gaddafi makes a play for power

https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/2021/10/20/in-libya-a-gaddafi-makes-a-play-for-power




Ethiopia conducts two air strikes on Tigray within hours, war escalates

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/capital-ethiopias-tigray-hit-by-air-strike-second-time-this-week-tv-2021-10-20/




Central African Republic: This Is How Russia Is Pulling Off a Free-for-All Murderous Rampage

https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-is-how-russia-is-pulling-off-a-free-for-all-murderous-rampage-in-central-african-republic




Nigeria: Boko Haram Self-Destruct Mode

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20211020.aspx









Putin’s Ukraine war is world’s worst-kept secret but he remains in denial

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/putins-ukraine-war-is-worlds-worst-kept-secret-but-he-remains-in-denial/



Russian Navy conducts drills with over fourty ships in Crimea

http://navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/october/10876-russian-navy-conducts-drills-with-over-fourty-ships-in-crimea.html



T-90 Tanks are Set to Get a Major Upgrade

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/t-90-tanks-are-set-get-major-upgrade-195192



Russia scrambles fighter jets to escort U.S. strategic bombers over Black Sea

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-scrambles-two-fighter-jets-escort-us-strategic-bombers-over-black-sea-ria-2021-10-20/



Russian military still using World War II-era tanks

https://defence-blog.com/russian-military-still-using-world-war-ii-era-tanks/



The Thing: How the KGB used kids to plant a bug in the US embassy

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/the-thing-how-the-kgb-used-kids-to-plant-a-bug-in-the-us-embassy/





U.S. Defense Secretary visits Romania amid Black Sea tour

https://apnews.com/article/europe-russia-romania-lloyd-austin-black-sea-84c31c56c62eb88f8a9159b4b4a4341c




Sweden buying small artillery boats for archipelago defense

https://defbrief.com/2021/10/19/sweden-buying-small-artillery-boats-for-archipelago-defense/




Rheinmetall unveils secret new military combat vehicle

https://defence-blog.com/rheinmetall-unveils-secret-new-military-combat-vehicle/



Ex-German soldiers arrested for trying to create paramilitary unit to fight in Yemen

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/20/europe/german-soldiers-arrested-terrorism-intl/index.html



What the Hell Is ‘Day X’? Far-Right Berserker Clan Was Prepping Uprising Across Several Cities, Police Say

https://www.thedailybeast.com/berserker-clan-prepped-to-kill-on-day-x-with-uprising-across-several-cities-police-say





Hugo Carvajal: Spain to extradite Venezuela's ex-spy chief to US

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58984103




France upgrades La Fayette-class frigates

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/france-upgrades-la-fayette-class-frigates




UK to Test New Anti-Drone Laser on Wolfhound Tactical Vehicles

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/20/uk-anti-drone-laser-wolfhound/



The Royal Navy’s Weirdest Ship Is For Sale. It’s a Loss For The U.K.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/10/20/the-royal-navys-weirdest-ship-is-for-sale-its-a-loss-for-the-uk/









Negotiations drag on over 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

https://apnews.com/article/religion-caribbean-port-au-prince-kidnapping-haiti-b46f05450313bf8bb30f469376d6a449




Trump wanted to send US troops into Mexico to hunt down drug cartels and asked about it repeatedly: report

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-send-troops-mexico-hunt-drug-cartels-2021-10




The Argentine Air Force could buy LCA Tejas from India refurbished without British-made components

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-argentine-air-force-could-buy-lca-tejas-from-india-refurbished-without-british-made-components/









After China’s ‘Hypersonic’ Test, US Alarm And Many Unanswered Questions

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/questions-linger-over-chinas-reported-hypersonic-space-weapon-test/



Chinese hypersonic missile test unlikely to trigger arms race, experts say

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/20/chinese-hypersonic-missile-test-unlikely-to-trigger-arms-race-experts-say/



China’s Hypersonic Test Raises Questions About US Missile Defense, Deterrence

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/chinas-hypersonic-test-shows-us-needs-new-thinking-missile-defense-military-lawmakers-say/186208/



China shows off drones recycled from Soviet-era fighter jets

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/10/20/china-shows-off-drones-recycled-from-soviet-era-fighter-jets/



China's Draconian System of Oppression Against Xinjiang's Uyghurs Revealed in Report

https://www.newsweek.com/chinas-draconian-system-oppression-against-uyghurs-revealed-report-1640791



Cybersecurity firm says Chinese digital spies have hacked telecom data

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/oct/19/cybersecurity-firm-says-chinese-digital-spies-have/



China Tells U.S. to Stay Out of South China Sea After Submarine Accident

https://www.newsweek.com/china-tells-us-stay-out-south-china-sea-after-submarine-accident-1640844



China sends most aircraft to Taiwan ever, one day after US expresses concerns

https://warisboring.com/china-sends-most-aircraft-to-taiwan-ever-one-day-after-us-expresses-concerns/





War With China Not Likely in Next Three Years: Taiwan Intelligence Chief

https://www.newsweek.com/war-china-not-likely-next-three-years-taiwan-intelligence-chief-1640681



Taiwan 3: New weapons & Japan coming to its aid?

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/10/taiwan-3-new-weapons-japan-coming-to.html



Taiwan's Special Operations Forces

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/10/20/taiwans_special_operations_forces_799768.html





New Short-Range Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Tested By North Korea

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42803/north-korea-tests-pint-sized-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile



New Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Report Assesses North Korean Capabilities

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/10/20/new-defense-intelligence-agency-dia-report-assesses-north-korean-capabilities/





South Korea: LIG Nex1 unveils heavy-lift UAV development

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/adex-2021-lig-nex1-unveils-heavy-lift-uav-development



Northrop-S.Korean Team to Work on Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30629/Northrop_S_Korean_Team_to_Work_on_Joint_Surveillance_Target_Attack_Radar#.YXBGBRxlBaQ



Hyundai Unveils Army Robot With Both Legs and Wheels

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/20/hyundai-doss-military-robot/





Philippines is looking at acquiring heavy-lift helicopters

http://alert5.com/2021/10/20/philippines-is-looking-at-acquiring-heavy-lift-helicopters/










Air Force Veterans Who Are UFO True Believers Return to Newly Attentive Washington

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/10/19/air-force-veterans-who-are-ufo-true-believers-return-newly-attentive-washington.html



UFOs Disabled Weapons at Nuclear Facilities, According to These Former USAF Officers

https://thedebrief.org/ufos-disabled-weapons-at-nuclear-facilities-according-to-these-former-usaf-officers/



Ex-Pentagon Staffer Luis Elizondo talks UFOs Over Nuclear Sites and Chinese State-Sponsored UAP Research On “Rebelliously Curious with Chrissy Newton”

https://thedebrief.org/ex-pentagon-staffer-luis-elizondo-talks-ufos-over-nuclear-sites-and-chinese-state-sponsored-uap-research-on-rebelliously-curious-with-chrissy-newton/



Couple in Submarine Spy Case Stewed Over Money and Politics

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/us/politics/jonathan-toebbe-diana-submarine.html



Adam Schiff asks intelligence agencies for information about CIA's targeting of WikiLeaks

https://www.yahoo.com/news/adam-schiff-asks-intelligence-agencies-for-information-about-ci-as-targeting-of-wiki-leaks-210324848.html



Marine Bangs Drum for Investing in Nonlethal Weapons

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/20/marine-makes-case-for-investing-in-nonlethal-weapons



Senators Counter China Expansion In South and East China Seas With New Bill

https://www.newsweek.com/senators-counter-china-expansion-south-east-china-seas-new-bill-1640726



The Navy Practiced Battle Damage Repairs On The Burnt-Out USS Bonhomme Richard

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42804/the-navy-practiced-battle-damage-repairs-on-the-burnt-out-uss-bonhomme-richard



Ukraine delivers Oplot main battle tank to US

https://defence-blog.com/ukraine-delivers-oplot-main-battle-tank-to-us/



Senate Committee Warns Navy Against ‘Unneeded Risk’ In Second Frigate Shipyard

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/senate-committee-worries-second-frigate-shipyard-could-come-prematurely/



Arnold Defense unveils ‘Trident' 2.75-inch rocket air launcher concept

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/arnold-defense-unveils-trident-275-inch-rocket-air-launcher-concept



Industry panel: U.S. space systems need protection against cyber attacks

https://spacenews.com/industry-panel-u-s-space-systems-need-protection-against-cyber-attacks/



Science Fiction and the Strategist 3.0

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/10/20/science_fiction_and_the_strategist_30_799758.html



Army Could Test New Ramjet Weapon From Boeing Next Summer

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/army-could-test-new-ramjet-weapon-from-boeing-next-summer/



'Enemy' Unmanned Ground Vehicles Are Now Facing-Off Against Army Soldiers In Training

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42799/army-soldiers-are-now-training-against-missile-toting-enemy-unmanned-ground-vehicles



L3Harris: First flight of future Compass Call paves way for 2022 delivery

https://www.defensenews.com/newsletters/daily-news-roundup/2021/10/19/l3harris-first-flight-of-future-compass-call-paves-way-for-2022-delivery/



BAE Systems-Sierra Nevada to Develop SIGINT Tech for U.S.’ GHOST Program

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30630/BAE_Systems_Sierra_Nevada_to_Develop_SIGINT_Tech_for_U_S_____GHOST_Program#.YXBF_hxlBaQ



USAF launches E-3 replacement effort, notes E-7 intent

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/usaf-launches-e-3-replacement-effort-notes-e-7-intent



KC-46A Pegasus Cleared to Refuel All Versions of F-15 and F-16 Fighters

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30633/KC_46A_Pegasus_Cleared_to_Refuel_All_Versions_of_F_15_and_F_16_Fighters#.YXBF5BxlBaQ



Navy starts work on next-generation SSN(X) attack submarine for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14212438/attack-submarine-antisubmarine-warfare-asw-ssnx



Why The Pentagon Wants Robot Subs That Swim Like Fish

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpeck/2021/10/20/why-the-pentagon-wants-robot-subs-that-swim-like-fish/



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