Af/Pak & Other News (8/24/2021)

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US Has Evacuated 42,000 from Kabul; 16,000 in last 24 Hours Alone, Pentagon Says

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/08/us-has-evacuated-42000-kabul-16000-last-24-hours-alone-pentagon-says/184754/



UK has so far evacuated 7,000 people from Afghanistan

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-has-so-far-evacuated-7000-people-from-afghanistan/



The UK accidentally evacuated someone on its no-fly list from Afghanistan, but is now letting them go

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-uk-accidentally-evacuated-someone-on-its-no-fly-list-from-afghanistan-but-is-now-letting-them-go/ar-AANFX23



France detains Afghan evacuee, investigates possible Taliban links

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210824-france-detains-afghan-evacuee-investigates-possible-taliban-links



US sends helicopter into Kabul neighborhood to extricate stranded Americans

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-sends-helicopter-into-kabul-neighborhood-to-extricate-stranded-americans/



U.S. Prepared To Destroy Equipment It Can't Airlift Out Of Kabul As Withdrawal Deadline Looms

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42122/u-s-prepared-to-destroy-equipment-it-cant-airlift-out-of-kabul-as-withdrawal-deadline-looms



Airbnb says it will house at least 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/08/24/afghanistan-airbnb-refugees-housing/3171629805387/



U.S. scraps plan to use S.Korea, Japan bases for Afghan refugees -sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-scraps-plan-use-skorea-japan-military-bases-afghan-refugees-sources-2021-08-24/



Pentagon Dismisses The Idea Of Retaking Bagram Air Base To Support Kabul Evacuations

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42105/pentagon-dismisses-the-idea-of-retaking-bagram-air-base-to-support-kabul-evacuations



The US military has been sending troops to rescue Americans stuck outside the Kabul airport, Pentagon says

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-military-rescuing-stranded-americans-outside-kabul-airport-pentagon-2021-8



How Could Afghans Have Hung onto the USAF C-17A Globemaster III Escaping Kabul?

https://theaviationist.com/2021/08/23/c-17-landing-gear/



The US and Taliban are heading to a confrontation over the Kabul airport if thousands of Americans and allies don't get out in the next 7 days

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-taliban-tensions-mount-as-evacuation-date-approaches-2021-8



Official: Biden to Stick to Aug 31 Deadline to Withdraw US Forces from Afghanistan

https://www.voanews.com/usa/official-biden-stick-aug-31-deadline-withdraw-us-forces-afghanistan



Biden wants to trade Afghan heroin trafficker back to Taliban for last US hostage

https://warisboring.com/biden-wants-to-trade-afghan-heroin-trafficker-back-to-taliban-for-last-us-hostage/



Al-Qaeda Is Still in Afghanistan: Denial Hurts US Credibility

https://sofrep.com/news/al-qaeda-is-still-in-afghanistan-denial-hurts-us-credibility/



The top U.S. officer in Afghanistan talks with the Taliban almost every day.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/23/world/asia/taliban-united-states-talks-leaders.html



CIA chief secretly met Taliban leader as Biden faces pressure over Afghan evacuation deadline

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/biden-decide-extending-afghanistan-withdrawal-deadline-g-7-allies-meet-n1277498



G7 leaders to hold emergency summit over crisis in Afghanistan

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/08/24/afghanistan-g7-emergency-meeting-taliban/8801629804244/



Petraeus Questions U.S. Ability to Counter Terrorism After Afghanistan’s Fall

https://news.usni.org/2021/08/23/petraeus-questions-u-s-ability-to-counter-terrorism-after-afghanistans-fall



Afghan refugees living in 'dire conditions' at US air base: report

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/569118-afghan-refugees-living-in-dire-conditions-at-us-air-base-report



Squalid, Unsanitary Conditions Reported at U.S. Afghan Refugee Base: 'A Living Nightmare'

https://www.newsweek.com/squalid-unsanitary-conditions-reported-us-afghan-refugee-base-living-nightmare-1622508



The Deeper Crisis Behind the Afghan Rout; Observers abroad see the culmination of decades of American incompetence.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/afghan-rout-crisis-foreign-policy-forever-war-jihadist-taliban-biden-allies-moscow-beijing-11629750508



Taliban close Kabul airport road to Afghans to block their evacuation

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/24/un-receives-reports-of-serious-human-rights-violations-in-afghanistan



Taliban Block Afghans’ Access to Kabul Airport

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/24/world/afghanistan-taliban-kabul-news



Afghanistan: Credible reports of executions by Taliban says UN

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58315413



Evacuating Jets Execute Combat Manoeuvres Amid ISIS Missile Fears

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30283/Evacuating_Jets_Execute_Combat_Manoeuvres_Amid_ISIS_Missile_Fears#.YSUCMt9lBaQ



5 evacuated Afghans are under surveillance over links to the Taliban

https://warisboring.com/5-evacuated-afghans-are-under-surveillance-over-links-to-the-taliban/



‘Digital Dunkirk’: How Social Media Is Aiding the Kabul Evacuation

https://coffeeordie.com/digital-dunkirk-afghanistan/



Afghans Without Formal Papers Develop Signals to Tell Military They Qualify for Evacuation

https://www.newsweek.com/afghans-without-formal-papers-develop-signals-tell-military-they-qualify-evacuation-1622602



The Taliban Are Ditching AK-47s for Captured U.S. M16 Rifles

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/08/the-taliban-are-ditching-ak-47s-for-captured-u-s-m16-rifles/



Taliban transformed by haul of advanced U.S.-made weapons; lawmakers demand answers

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/aug/24/lawmakers-want-answers-about-talibans-haul-us-made/



The Taliban Now Controls a U.S.-Made Super-Surveillance System

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-taliban-now-controls-a-us-made-super-surveillance-system



‘An enormously valuable trove’: America’s race against Afghan data

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/24/taliban-afghan-data-target-allies-506638



Taliban could sell data about U.S. military operations to China, former State Department official warns

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/taliban-could-sell-data-about-u-s-military-operations-to-china-former-state-department-official-warns/ar-AANGWtd



Afghanistan’s Precarious Networks: Will The Taliban, Once Again, Go Dark?

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/08/afghanistans-precarious-networks-will-the-taliban-once-again-go-dark/



A look inside Afghanistan's crypto underground

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/a-look-inside-afghanistan-s-crypto-underground/vi-AANDtIn



The Taliban's Quest For Legitimacy Faces Mounting Obstacles

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-taliban-legitimacy-obstacles/31424683.html



Taliban's Control of Afghanistan Could Mean Rapid Al-Qaeda Resurgence, Official Says

https://www.newsweek.com/talibans-control-afghanistan-could-mean-rapid-al-qaeda-resurgence-official-says-1622494



Adapting to a new reality in Afghanistan

https://www.iiss.org/blogs/analysis/2021/08/afghanistan-taliban-region-response



China’s Top Priority In Afghanistan Is Stability, Experts Say

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/08/chinas-top-priority-afghanistan-stability-experts-say/184757/



Taliban sends hundreds of fighters to final province beyond its control

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/taliban-sends-hundreds-of-fighters-to-final-province-beyond-its-control/ar-AANEsdm



Local Afghan militias claimed victory last week in 3 northern Afghanistan districts. On Monday, the Taliban took them back.

https://www.businessinsider.com/taliban-retakes-northern-afghanistan-districts-militias-2021-8



Panjshir Resistance Digs in to Defend Key Valley From Taliban

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/08/24/panjshir-resistance-taliban/



Anti-Taliban Resistance Seeks Power-Sharing Deal to Limit Sharia Law in Afghanistan

https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-anti-taliban-resistance-seeks-power-sharing-deal-limit-sharia-law-afghanistan-1622308



Taliban seat on UN Commission on the Status of Women is 'likely,' John Bolton says

https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-taliban-seat-un-commission-171600571.html









Gissar Military Aerodrome -- India’s first overseas base that came to the rescue in Afghan crisis

https://theprint.in/defence/gissar-military-aerodrome-indias-first-overseas-base-that-came-to-the-rescue-in-afghan-crisis/720356/









Iran Revolutionary Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-revolutionary-guard-launches-missiles-syria-over-parade-attack-n915256



Low Cost, No Questions Asked

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20210824.aspx









No end to Yemen civil war on the horizon, senior UN official briefs Security Council

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/08/1098272



Saudis Sign Military Cooperation Agreement With Russia

https://www.rferl.org/a/saudi-russia-arms-weapons-/31425164.html




LAÇIN Guidance Kit is being prepared to enter the inventory

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/august/7551-idef-2021-lacin-guidance-kit-is-being-prepared-to-enter-the-inventory.html



Roketsan adds Tanok laser guided strike power to tanks

https://www.armyrecognition.com/idef_2021_news_official_online_show_daily_media_partner/idef_2021_roketsan_adds_tanok_laser_guided_strike_power_to_tanks.html



ROKETSAN Is Developing A Ground-Based Version of The ATMACA Missile

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/08/23/roketsan-is-developing-a-ground-based-version-of-the-atmaca-missile/



Roketsan displays Smart Micro Munition Family MAM-T

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/august/7552-idef-2021-roketsan-displays-smart-micro-munition-family-mam-t.html



Roketsan showcases Close-in Air Defense System Levent

http://navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/august/10592-idef-2021-roketsan-showcases-close-in-air-defense-system-levent.html









Syrian army and pro-Iranian militias attack rebel enclave in southern city

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/syrian-army-pro-iranian-militias-attack-rebel-enclave-southern-city-2021-08-23/



Russian army patrol rebel enclave in Syria to avert offensive, sources say

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/russian-army-patrol-rebel-enclave-syria-avert-offensive-sources-say-2021-08-24/









Israel bombs Hamas sites in Gaza over fire balloons, Israeli military says

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210824-israel-bombs-hamas-sites-in-gaza-over-fire-balloons-israeli-military-says



Israel: Entebbe in person: A new oral history challenges official account of 1976 rescue

https://www.timesofisrael.com/entebbe-in-person-a-new-oral-history-challenges-official-account-of-1976-rescue/









Nigeria Says 'Safe to Assume' Boko Haram Leader Is Dead

https://www.voanews.com/africa/nigeria-says-safe-assume-boko-haram-leader-dead




French Reaper Block 5 UAV conducts first airstrike

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/french-reaper-block-5-uav-conducts-first-airstrike




Congo: Rare Objects And Practices

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/congo/articles/20210824.aspx









Ukraine, Iran deny report Ukrainian plane hijacked in Afghanistan

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/ukrainian-plane-hijacked-in-afghanistan-flies-to-iran-instead-report-677564



Russia Casts a Pragmatic Eye on Afghanistan’s Taliban

https://www.voanews.com/europe/russia-casts-pragmatic-eye-afghanistans-taliban



Russian MiG-29 Burns Down in Accidental Fire, Follows Fatal Crash 5 Days Ago

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30285/Russian_MiG_29_Burns_Down_in_Accidental_Fire__Follows_Fatal_Crash_5_Days_Ago#.YSUCJN9lBaQ



Russia Lays Keel of Four Submarines and Two Corvettes at Once

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/08/russia-lays-keel-of-four-submarines-and-two-corvettes-at-once/



Russian Helicopters advances Mi-171Sh Storm development

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/russian-helicopters-advances-mi-171sh-storm-development/145190.article



Russia’s ‘Orion’ Drone to Get Electronic Warfare System

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/08/23/russia-orion-drone-electronic-warfare-system/



Russia Uses Defense Show To Try And Boost Arms Sales To Middle East

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dominicdudley/2021/08/24/russia-uses-defense-show-to-try-and-boost-arms-sales-to-middle-east/



Abandoned T-90 tank found at a garbage dump in Volgograd

https://defence-blog.com/abandoned-t-90-tank-found-at-a-garbage-dump-in-volgograd/



Massive Expansion Underway At Russia's Northernmost Arctic Air Base

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42116/massive-expansion-underway-at-russias-highly-strategic-northernmost-arctic-air-base



Russia uses new hardware to target Navalny's anti-Kremlin app - experts

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-uses-new-hardware-target-navalnys-anti-kremlin-app-experts-2021-08-24/









US military presence surges to assist Haiti-relief efforts

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-military-presence-surges-to-assist-haiti-relief-efforts









China Has Improved Accuracy of Its Missile Force, U.S. Army Finds

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-23/china-improves-accuracy-of-its-missile-force-u-s-army-finds



China unveils improved short-range ballistic missile

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/china-unveils-improved-short-range-ballistic-missile



A Post-Afghanistan Chinese Push Could Impact Relationship With Israel

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/08/a-post-afghanistan-chinese-push-could-impact-relationship-with-israel/



China's Mach 30 Wind Tunnel to Help In Hypersonic Weapons, Spacecraft Development

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30290/China_s_Mach_30_Wind_Tunnel_to_Help_In_Hypersonic_Weapons__Spacecraft_Development#.YSUCA99lBaQ



The YJ-18 ASCM Expands China’s A2AD Strategy

https://navalpost.com/yj-18-ascm/



Beijing’s American Hustle

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/asia/2021-08-23/beijings-american-hustle



China Pushes Own 'Lab Leak' Conspiracy As Biden's COVID Report Draws Near

https://www.newsweek.com/china-pushes-own-lab-leak-conspiracy-bidens-covid-report-draws-near-1622385





Taiwan military seeks to add anti-submarine helicopters to 2022 national budget

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4275641










The new reality of UFOs: An interview with journalist Leslie Kean

https://www.space.com/ufos-are-real-leslie-kean-interview



So you want to fly a drone over a nuclear weapons lab ...

https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2021/08/24/so-you-want-to-fly-a-drone-over-a-nuclear-weapons-lab/



Check Out This Los Angeles Class Nuclear Submarine Transformed Into A Floating Schoolhouse

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42113/check-out-this-los-angeles-class-nuclear-submarine-transformed-into-a-floating-schoolhouse



The American Foreign Policy Establishment and the Sino-Russian Split

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/08/24/the_american_foreign_policy_establishment_and_the_sino-russian_split_791267.html



US military must prepare for POW concerns in the deepfake era

https://www.c4isrnet.com/opinion/2021/08/23/us-military-must-prepare-for-pow-concerns-in-the-deepfake-era/



What Satellite Attack Weapon Might The US Reveal Soon?

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/08/what-satellite-attack-weapon-might-the-us-reveal-soon/



U.S. Army Engages 8 Cruise Missile Targets in First Live Fire of ‘Iron Dome’

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30282/U_S__Army_Engages_8_Cruise_Missile_Targets_in_First_Live_Fire_of____Iron_Dome___#.YSUCON9lBaQ



Here’s who the US Army has tapped to build an enduring capability to counter drones and cruise missiles

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/08/24/heres-who-the-us-army-has-tapped-to-build-an-enduring-capability-to-counter-drones-and-cruise-missiles/



The Army's New Laser Weapon Can Burn Holes Right Through Drones

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a37320840/laser-guns-on-stryker-armored-vehicles/



After procurement cuts, US Army jammer in ‘prove it’ phase

https://www.c4isrnet.com/electronic-warfare/2021/08/23/after-procurement-cuts-us-army-jammer-in-prove-it-phase/



Red Dragon airdrops palletised JASSM-ER from EC-130J, C-17A

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/red-dragon-airdrops-palletised-jassm-er-from-ec-130j-c-17a



Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

https://news.usni.org/2021/08/24/report-to-congress-on-navy-aegis-ballistic-missile-defense-3



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