Af/Pak & Other News (6/26/2021)

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Afghan president rejects intelligence reports that Kabul will fall

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/afghan-president-rejects-intelligence-kabul-fall



Afghanistan is ‘Not a Winnable War,’ White House Says as Taliban Storms Country

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/06/afghanistan-not-winnable-war-white-house-says-taliban-storms-country/174985/



Disaster At Hand: Documenting Afghan Military Equipment Losses Since June 2021

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/06/disaster-at-hand-documenting-afghan.html



The Situation in Afghanistan Is Much Worse Than You Realize

https://vitalinterests.thedispatch.com/p/the-situation-in-afghanistan-is-much



Afghan peace talks should continue unless Taliban pull out -Abdullah

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-peace-talks-should-continue-unless-taliban-pull-out-abdullah-2021-06-26/



After US Afghanistan withdrawal, will Pakistan, Iran and Turkey take over?

https://www.jpost.com/international/after-us-afghanistan-withdrawal-will-pakistan-iran-and-turkey-take-over-672090



As US Troops Withdraw, Afghanistan Wants India to Send a 'Clear Message to Taliban'

https://www.news18.com/news/world/clear-message-to-taliban-afghan-ambassador-says-country-has-expectation-from-india-as-us-pulls-out-troops-3894887.html



About 80 Afghan interpreters given visas and flown to safety in Australia

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/26/about-80-afghan-interpreters-given-visas-and-flown-to-safety-in-australia



U.S. is assessing whether Taliban is serious about peace - Blinken

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/talibans-actions-inconsistent-with-pursuit-peace-afghanistan-says-blinken-2021-06-25/



Taliban’s deputy emir issues guidance for governance in newly seized territory

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/talibans-deputy-emir-issues-guidance-for-governance-in-newly-seized-territory.php



Pakistan directly responsible for Taliban's return to power: Former US NSA

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/pakistan-directly-responsible-for-taliban-s-return-to-power-former-us-nsa-121062600812_1.html



Tajikistan Tense As Fighting In Afghanistan Approaches Border

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-afghanistan-border-taliban-fighting/31326591.html









India’s Navy Is Becoming a Real Fighting Force Thanks to Russia

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/indias-navy-is-becoming-a-real-fighting-force-thanks-to-russia/









Iranian Nuke Centrifuge Plant Badly Damaged By Drones

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/iranian-nuke-centrifuge-plant-madly-damaged-by-drones/









US condemns drone attack on Erbil in Kurdistan region, Iraq

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/us-condemns-drone-attack-on-erbil-in-kurdistan-region-iraq-672109



Iraq paramilitaries show off weaponry in big, anniversary parade

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iraq-paramilitaries-show-off-weaponry-big-anniversary-parade-2021-06-26/



Interpreters on the Run: Baghdad Underground Railroad

https://warontherocks.com/2021/06/interpreters-on-the-run-baghdad-underground-railroad/









Arab Coalition intercepts three drones, ballistic missile targeting Saudi Arabia

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/06/27/Arab-Coalition-intercepts-three-drones-ballistic-missile-targeting-Saudi-Arabia



US-made drones downed over Yemen weren't military's, CENTCOM says

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/us-made-drones-downed-over-yemen-werent-militarys-centcom-says









Gaza: Quad-Copter Blues

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20210626.aspx









Tigray rebels shoots down Ethiopian C-130E aircraft

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/06/tigray-rebels-shoots-down-ethiopian-c-130e-aircraft



Tigray Conflict: Videos Provide New Details of Mahbere Dego Massacre

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2021/06/24/tigray-conflict-videos-provide-new-details-of-mahbere-dego-massacre/




Mozambican helicopter down in Afungi fighting

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/military-helicopters/mozambican-helicopter-down-in-afungi-fighting/




Kenyan Air Force lose Mi-171E helicopter, 17 dead

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/06/kenyan-air-force-lose-mi-17e1-helicopter-2-dead









Ukraine Reports Daily Shelling In The Donbas

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-donbas-separatists-shelling-banned-weapons/31327556.html



Can offer technology to let subs stay under water for 2 weeks: Russia

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/06/can-offer-technology-to-let-subs-stay-under-water-for-2-weeks-russia/



Russia Claims It Has a Radar That Can Track 300 Air or Surface Targets

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/russia-claims-it-has-a-radar-that-can-track-300-air-or-surface-targets/



Russia has launched serial production of APR-3ME air-to-submarine missile

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/june/10375-russia-has-launched-serial-production-of-apr-3me-air-to-submarine-missile.html



New Russian Belgorod submarine launches for first time since incident with British ship in Black Sea

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9728231/New-Russian-Belgorod-submarine-launches-time-incident-British-ship-Black-Sea.html





British naval destroyer that angered Russia docks in Georgia

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/british-naval-destroyer-that-angered-russia-docks-georgia-2021-06-26/




Poland's F-16 fighter fleet reaches 100,000 flight hours milestone

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/06/poland-f16-fleet-reaches-100000-flight-hours.html




Romania: US Blackhawks and Apaches train with Russian attack helicopters nearby

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/russian-attack-helicopters-hover-nearby-us-responds-sending-blackhawks-apaches




Germany approves next phase of European fighter jet

https://www.defencetalk.com/germany-approves-next-phase-of-european-fighter-jet-77063/




First grounding of the Spanish submarine S-81 “Isaac Peral”

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/06/first-grounding-of-the-spanish-submarine-s-81-isaac-peral/




‘Super-Rafales’: Dassault Plans To Produce F5 Variant Of Rafale Jets Amid Rising Global Demand & Competition

https://eurasiantimes.com/super-rafales-dassault-plans-to-produce-f5-variant-of-rafale-jets-amid-rising-global-demand-competition/





British Navy uses Puma drone to support landing operations of Royal Marines Commando

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/june/10376-british-navy-uses-puma-drone-to-support-landing-operations-of-royal-marines-commando.html









Colombian presidential UH-60 holed by gunfire near Venezuelan border

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/colombian-presidential-uh-60-holed-by-gunfire-near-venezuelan-border/144339.article



Colombia offers $800,000 reward in attack on leader's copter

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210626-colombia-offers-800-000-reward-in-attack-on-leader-s-copter









China Building Formidable Amphibious Fleet

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/6/25/china-building-formidable-amphibious-fleet



China Tries To Solve Its Rocket Debris Problem

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/space-flight/chinas-rocket-debris-problem



China deploys J-20 stealth fighter jets to units monitoring Taiwan Strait

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3138783/china-deploys-j-20-stealth-fighter-jets-units-monitoring-taiwan



Deleted gene sequences confirm coronavirus circulated before Wuhan seafood market

https://goodwordnews.com/deleted-gene-sequences-confirm-coronavirus-circulated-before-wuhan-seafood-market/





Taiwan security directly linked to Japan, defence minister Kishi says

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3138682/taiwan-security-directly-linked-japan-defence-minister-kishi



Japanese military jet intercepts Russian Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft

https://defence-blog.com/japanese-military-jet-intercepts-russian-su-25-frogfoot-attack-aircraft/





Philippines' human rights record an issue in pending $2.6B military sale

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/25/philippines-arms-humanrights-wild/2991624639198/



Philippine Defense Secretary says F-16s too expensive

http://alert5.com/2021/06/26/philippine-defense-secretary-says-f-16s-too-expensive/










Here Is The Much-Anticipated Government Report On Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41245/here-is-the-much-anticipated-government-report-on-unidentified-aerial-phenomenon



Pentagon Told to “Formalize” Its Investigation of UFOs, Possibly Expand UAP Task Force

https://thedebrief.org/pentagon-told-to-formalize-its-investigation-of-ufos-possibly-expand-uap-task-force/



That Pesky “Catchall ‘Other’ Bin” for UFOs

https://medium.com/on-the-trail-of-the-saucers/pesky-catchall-other-bin-d5bb82c67980



What the Pentagon’s New UFO Report Reveals About Humankind

https://www.wired.com/story/what-the-pentagons-new-ufo-report-tells-us-about-ourselves/



Why the Pentagon UFO report is deeply troubling for US security experts

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/25/ufo-report-pentagon-security-experts-reaction



UAP Task Force Report Offers Limited Answers While Drawing The Public Spotlight

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41298/uap-task-force-report-offers-limited-answers-while-drawing-the-public-spotlight



An exclusive sneak peek of the official trailer to the upcoming Thud Pilots II – Rise of the Hunter Killer documentary

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/an-exclusive-sneak-peek-of-the-official-trailer-to-the-upcoming-thud-pilots-ii-rise-of-the-hunter-killer-documentary/



'R2-D2' Spotted On Scaled Composite's ARES Test Jet

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41287/r2-d2-spotted-on-scaled-composites-ares-test-jet



Estes Industries launches spin-out rocket company

https://www.aerospacemanufacturinganddesign.com/article/estes-industries-launches-spin-out-rocket-company/



SOCOM test set the future for modular weapon rail systems

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/socom-test-set-the-future-for-modular-weapon-rail-systems/



Army soldiers get involved in helicopter design process

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/25/army-design-helicopter-sb1/3411624649422/



Marine Osprey Flies With New Radar-Scrambling Intrepid Tiger System For The First Time

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41282/marine-osprey-flies-with-new-radar-scrambling-intrepid-tiger-system-for-the-first-time



Why a Mach 5 SR-72 ‘Darkstar’ Spy Plane Could Already Be Flying

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/why-a-mach-5-sr-72-darkstar-spy-plane-could-already-be-flying/



The Air Force’s new ABMS strategy: Buy new capability, now

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/c2-comms/2021/06/25/the-air-forces-new-abms-strategy-buy-new-capability-now/



US Navy orders 9 more King Stallions ahead of important operational testing

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/26/us-navy-orders-9-more-king-stallions-ahead-of-important-operational-testing/



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