Af/Pak & Other News (4/7/2021)

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Afghan Army Retakes Key Southern District From Taliban

https://coffeeordie.com/afghan-army-retakes-from-taliban/



Waiting for a withdrawal decision

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/04/ep-46-waiting-for-a-withdrawal-decision.php



Australia Investigates War Crime Allegations In Afghanistan

https://www.npr.org/2021/04/07/984952674/australia-investigates-war-crime-allegations-in-afghanistan









India's 6 Future Alpha SSNs - SSBN Protectors

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/04/indias-6-future-alpha-ssns-ssbn.html









Iran ship said to be Red Sea troop base off Yemen attacked

https://apnews.com/article/dubai-iran-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-yemen-9c89b8a5571468f1f12be535e8825212



Iranian vessel, said to be IRGC-linked spy ship, hit by limpet mine in Red Sea

https://www.timesofisrael.com/reports-iranian-spy-ship-struck-by-missile-in-the-red-sea/



Attack On Iranian Forward Base Ship In Red Sea: What You Need To Know About Saviz

http://www.hisutton.com/IRGC-Saviz-Update.html



Iran tankers with 3M barrels of crude oil head to Syria, defying US sanctions

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-tankers-head-to-syria-defying-us-sanctions



Iran has produced 55 kg of 20% enriched uranium since January: official

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-enrichment/iran-has-produced-55-kg-of-20-enriched-uranium-since-january-official-idUSKBN2BU15N



Exploding Evidence In Iran

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htweap/articles/20210407.aspx









In Soleimani’s path, Iran’s IRGC is in Iraq for meetings

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/in-soleimanis-path-irans-irgc-in-iraq-for-meetings-664374



60 IS militants killed in airstrikes in Iraq

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-04/07/c_139864962.htm









Battle for Yemen desert city now a key to Iran, US tension

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-dubai-iran-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-b5c8df8efa6928cc2e14efdc6d064b46




Turkish Stars NF-5 Jet Crashes During Training Flight At Konya Air Base Killing Pilot

https://theaviationist.com/2021/04/07/turkish-stars-nf-5-jet-crashes-during-training-flight-at-konya-air-base-killing-pilot/



Turkey sentences dozens to life terms over 2016 failed coup

https://apnews.com/article/turkey-television-trials-recep-tayyip-erdogan-ankara-7a2b2f3429ba30daf2b7a8a017be6569









Israel notifies US it attacked Iranian ship in Red Sea - report

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/iranian-ship-attacked-in-the-red-sea-unconfirmed-report-664311



Yemen, Syria and Iran’s capabilities: A look at Israel’s strategic view of key proxy conflicts in the MidEast

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/04/yemen-syria-and-irans-capabilities-a-look-at-israels-strategic-view-of-key-proxy-conflicts-in-the-mideast.php









Suez Canal blockage: Investigators analyzing Ever Given's black box that could hold key to costly grounding

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/04/07/suez-canal-blockage-investigation-turns-ever-givens-black-box/7094266002/




IS-Linked Militants ‘Chased’ From Mozambique Town of Palma: President

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/07/is-forced-out-mozambique-palma/









Ukraine says NATO path is only way to end war in eastern region

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-nato-idUSKBN2BT16M



In Russian state TV, experts gladly discuss Russian nuclear strike in case of further escalation in Ukraine. “This will make Americans fear and we will be able to do what we want” - is the main message.

https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1379358343249158146



The Guns of April: Six Questions About the Russia-Ukraine Situation

https://www.rferl.org/a/six-questions-russia-ukraine-military-buildup/31191350.html



Kremlin says Russia to keep troops near Ukraine border for as long as it sees fit

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-kremlin/kremlin-says-russia-to-keep-troops-near-ukraine-border-for-as-long-as-it-sees-fit-idUSKBN2BU1GW



Russia sent sniper squads to eastern Ukraine

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/russia-sent-sniper-squads-to-eastern-ukraine.html



Russian Knights Aerobatic Jet Team Launches Live Missile

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40083/russian-knights-jet-team-celebrates-30th-anniversary-with-live-missile-launch



5 Ways The Russian Navy Could Target Undersea Internet Cables

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/04/5-ways-the-russian-navy-could-target-undersea-internet-cables/



Belgorod nuclear powered special mission submarine to serve in Pacific

https://navalpost.com/belgorod-special-mission-submarine-to-serve-in-pacific/



Is Russia's Secret MiG-41 Stealth Fighter For Real?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/russias-secret-mig-41-stealth-fighter-real-182077



Russia to boost ties with Pakistan, supply military gear

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-pakistan-islamabad-moscow-russia-a5ad1a5285898394cb05bb87e964c26c



Russian Ruselectronics Creates Surveillance, Reconnaissance Device for Special Forces

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29290/Russian_Ruselectronics_Creates_Surveillance__Reconnaissance_Device_for_Special_Forces



Amnesty International says Russia may be slowly killing Navalny

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rights-amnesty/amnesty-international-says-russia-may-be-slowly-killing-navalny-idUSKBN2BT31F



For autocrats like Vladimir Putin, ruthless repression is often a winning way to stay in power

https://theconversation.com/for-autocrats-like-vladimir-putin-ruthless-repression-is-often-a-winning-way-to-stay-in-power-156172



Submarines and trawlers: Nord Stream 2 director spots something fishy in the Baltic

https://www.upstreamonline.com/politics/submarines-and-trawlers-nord-stream-2-director-spots-something-fishy-in-the-baltic/2-1-990876




Greece-hosted ARIADNE-21 multinational MCM exercise conducted in the Gulf of Patras

https://navalpost.com/greece-hosted-ariadne-21-multinational-mcm-exercise/




First UK E-7 Wedgetail ready for conversion work

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/first-uk-e-7-wedgetail-ready-for-conversation-work/



Borderline Illegal: The Story Behind the UK’s Most Secretive SOF Unit

https://sofrep.com/news/borderline-illegal-the-story-behind-the-uks-most-secretive-sof-unit/









China’s ‘new’ border rules in Tibet point to same old dispute with India

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3128652/chinas-new-border-rules-tibet-point-same-old-dispute-india



China is betting that the West is in irreversible decline

https://www.economist.com/china/2021/04/03/china-is-betting-that-the-west-is-in-irreversible-decline



China hands two Uighur ex-government officials death penalty for 'separatism'

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210407-china-gives-uighur-former-government-officials-death-penalty-for-separatism



Chinese Fighter Pilot Sends 'Airspace' Warning in Latest Fracas With Taiwan

https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-fighter-pilot-sends-airspace-warning-latest-fracas-taiwan-1581584



China sends more jets; Taiwan says it will fight to the end if there's war

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-defence/china-sends-more-jets-taiwan-says-it-will-fight-to-the-end-if-theres-war-idUSKBN2BU0HJ



US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

https://apnews.com/article/world-news-beijing-taiwan-china-788c254952dc47de78745b8e2a5c3000





Computer-simulated invasion will kick off Taiwan war games

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3128589/computer-simulated-invasion-will-kick-taiwan-war-games



Chinese spy ships appear as Taiwan prepares missile tests; Missile launches believed to involve Thunderbolt-2000, Sky Bow III weapons systems

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4170581



Taiwan says may shoot down Chinese drones in South China Sea

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-taiwan/taiwan-says-may-shoot-down-chinese-drones-in-south-china-sea-idUSKBN2BU1CV



US Navy Strike Group Enters South China Sea Amid Growing Tension

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/07/us-navy-trcsg-south-china-sea/





N. Korea moves submersible missile test stand barge: US think tank

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210407000090



Kim says North Korea facing its ‘worst-ever situation’

https://apnews.com/article/south-korea-north-korea-pyongyang-weapons-programs-7b50f209089ba3eb8afb0fecad96f7a6





South Korea’s KAI looks to develop home-made transport aircraft

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/04/south-korea-kai-develop-transport-aircraft.html



KAI to roll out first KF-X on Apr. 9; Indonesia’s Defense Minister invited to attend

http://alert5.com/2021/04/07/kai-to-roll-out-first-kf-x-on-apr-9-indonesias-defense-minister-invited-to-attend/





Would Access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base Really Benefit China?

https://thediplomat.com/2021/04/would-access-to-cambodias-ream-naval-base-really-benefit-china/





Indonesia begins construction of submarine base in South China Sea

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/indonesia-begins-construction-of-submarine-base-in-south-china-sea





Myanmar security forces kill 13 protesters; small blasts hit Yangon

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-politics/myanmar-security-forces-kill-13-protesters-small-blasts-hit-yangon-idUSKBN2BU0F3



Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense system enters in service with Myanmar army

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_april_2021_global_security_army_industry/russian_pantsir-s1_air_defense_system_enters_in_service_with_myanmar_army.html





Philippines: Burned More Often Than Benefitted

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/phillip/articles/20210407.aspx





Australia puts Black Hawk helicopter fleet up for sale

https://defbrief.com/2021/04/06/australia-puts-black-hawk-helicopter-fleet-up-for-sale/










Mystery Objects Remain Unidentified; New photographs obtained by Mystery Wire show different shaped objects

https://www.kxnet.com/news/national-news/mystery-objects-remain-unidentified/



Navy Seabees built Kamala Harris a desk with wood, copper, and nails from the US's oldest warship

https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-seabees-built-kamala-harris-a-desk-from-uss-constitution-2021-4



US Special Operations units to take on Chinese disinformation

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/us-special-operations-units-to-take-on-chinese-disinformation/



NORAD test connects all combatant commands with AI-driven information

https://defbrief.com/2021/04/07/norad-test-connects-all-combatant-commands-with-ai-driven-information/



Defense Intelligence Agency continues progress on MARS database

https://www.c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/2021/04/06/defense-intelligence-agency-continues-progress-on-mars-database/



DOD Report Shows Troubling Trend in Military Suicides

https://coffeeordie.com/dod-suicide-report/



USAF airmen are playing a new board game that focuses on a hypothetical situation in the Western Pacific

http://alert5.com/2021/04/07/usaf-airmen-are-playing-a-new-board-game-that-focuses-on-a-hypothetical-situation-in-the-western-pacific/



New Telescopes Will Help Space Force Watch For Hostile Satellite Activity

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40079/new-telescopes-will-help-space-force-watch-for-hostile-satellite-activity



Sierra Nevada Chases Its LIFE Dream

https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/commercial-space/sierra-nevada-chases-its-life-dream



The Army Wants Networked Mines That Leap Up To Attack The Tops Of Tanks

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40080/the-army-wants-networked-mines-that-leap-up-to-attack-the-tops-of-tanks



US Army Developing Self-Reliant Drones

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/07/us-army-self-reliant-drones/



Future Tank: Beyond The M1 Abrams

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/04/future-tank-beyond-the-m1-abrams/



Why The Army May Still Need to Attack Enemies in A "Manned" Tank

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/land/why-the-army-may-still-need-to-attack-enemies-in-a-manned-tank-DhNzhG3tPEiHG2CKj7aNDA



US Army’s Not Stupid for Wanting Long-Range Fires — But More Analysis Needed, Hyten Says

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/04/us-armys-not-stupid-wanting-long-range-fires-more-analysis-needed-hyten-says/173181/



US Navy, CENTCOM seek solutions for stratospheric ISR operations

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-navy-centcom-seek-solutions-for-stratospheric-isr-operations



Marines Launch Investigation into 15th MEU After Fatal AAV Incident

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/06/marines-launch-investigation-into-15th-meu-after-fatal-aav-incident



Raytheon to make upgrades like cryptographic modernization to new GBU-54/B Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/trusted-computing/article/14200829/smart-munitions-upgrades-cryptographic-modernization



The F-15EX Is Now Officially Named The Eagle II

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40085/the-f-15ex-is-now-officially-named-the-eagle-ii



The U.S. Navy Is About To Buy A Whole Lot Of Frigates—It Matters Who Builds Them

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/04/07/the-us-navy-is-about-to-buy-a-whole-lot-of-frigates-it-matters-who-builds-them/



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