Af/Pak & Other News (10/2/2021)

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America’s top generals finally cut the bulls–t on Afghanistan; The point of contention was when – not if – Afghanistan would fall.

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/mark-milley-afghanistan-fall-taliban/



Three Reasons the Afghanistan Hearings Were a Disaster

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/three-reasons-the-afghanistan-hearings-were-a-disaster/



After Afghanistan, It’s Time To Admit Counterinsurgency Is a Losing Doctrine

https://coffeeordie.com/afghanistan-counterinsurgency/



A hint the Afghanistan war isn't really over

https://theweek.com/politics/1005583/just-how-much-did-the-war-in-afghanistan-end



Taliban To Deploy Suicide Bombers At Afghanistan Borders: Report

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/taliban-to-deploy-suicide-bombers-at-afghanistan-borders-report-2561594



In Tajikistan, an Afghan Resistance Movement Simmers

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/tajikistan-afghan-resistance-movement-simmers-194757



Pakistan in Talks With Taliban Militants, Even as Attacks Ramp Up

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/world/asia/pakistan-taliban-talks.html



Western Dependence on Pakistan Is Not Going Away

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/western-dependence-pakistan-not-going-away-194746









Head of Military Intelligence: Iran not getting the bomb any time soon

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/head-of-military-intelligence-iran-not-getting-the-bomb-any-time-soon-680853









RAF intelligence base linked to US drone strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/02/raf-intelligence-base-linked-to-us-drone-strike-on-iranian-general-qassem-soleimani



How We Fell into the Terrorist Trap and Have Yet to Find Our Way Out

https://mwi.usma.edu/how-we-fell-into-the-terrorist-trap-and-have-yet-to-find-our-way-out/









Saudi coalition destroys explosive drone fired at Jazan

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/saudi-coalition-destroys-explosive-drone-fired-at-jazan-680829




Erdogan Might Be Too Sick to Keep Leading Turkey

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/10/01/erdogan-sick-lead-turkey/



Turkey’s Drones and Proxies are Turning the Tide of War

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/turkey%E2%80%99s-drones-and-proxies-are-turning-tide-war-194576









Mali’s Proposed Deal With Russia’s Wagner Group Could Light up the Sahel

https://sofrep.com/news/malis-proposed-deal-with-the-wagner-group-could-light-up-the-sahel/



Russia delivers four Mil Mi-17 helicopters to Mali

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/10/russia-delivers-four-mil-mi-17-helicopters-to-mali




West Africa’s Jihadists Are Going to War—Against Each Other

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/west-africa%E2%80%99s-jihadists-are-going-war%E2%80%94against-each-other-194774









SAFE Boats Contracted For Six More Mk VI Patrol Boats for Ukraine

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/safe-boats-contracted-for-six-more-mk-vi-patrol-boats-for-ukraine/



Rostec to Develop Wheeled Variant of ‘Sprut’ Light Tank for Export

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30534/Rostec_to_Develop_Wheeled_Variant_of____Sprut____Light_Tank_for_Export#.YVjBA31lBPY



Russia to Test Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile from a Submarine

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/russia-to-test-tsirkon-hypersonic-missile-from-a-submarine/



Kremlin Moves to Label All Independent Journalists as Foreign Agents

https://sofrep.com/news/kremlin-moves-to-label-all-independent-journalists-as-foreign-agents/





The U.S. Air Force's First Europe-Based F-35A Squadron Has Been Activated

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42603/the-u-s-air-forces-first-europe-based-f-35a-squadron-has-been-activated




Armenia’s Last Deterrent: The Buk-M1-2 SAM System

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/armenias-last-deterrent-buk-m1-2.html




Report: The Netherlands is 'descending into a narco-state'

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20211002-the-netherlands-is-descending-into-a-narco-state









JF-17 Row: Has Argentina Put Thunder Fighter Jets On Backburner As It Negotiates Exclusive Military Deal With Russia?

https://eurasiantimes.com/jf-17-argentina-pak-chinese-fighter-jet-military-contract-russia/









Chinese Troops Deployed In Considerable Numbers Across Ladakh: Army Chief

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-china-standoff-army-chief-manoj-mukund-naravane-on-increase-in-deployment-of-chinese-troops-in-eastern-ladakh-2561261



Bad News: China’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Is Growing Fast

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/bad-news-chinas-nuclear-weapons-arsenal-is-growing-fast/





Taiwan says further 20 Chinese air force planes entered its air defence zone

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-says-further-20-chinese-air-force-planes-entered-its-air-defence-zone-2021-10-02/



Taiwan reports a record 38 Chinese warplanes, including nuclear-capable bombers, entered its air defense zone

https://www.businessinsider.com/taiwan-38-chinese-planes-including-nuclear-capable-bombers-in-airspace-2021-10



Taiwan slams largest-ever incursion by Chinese into air defence zone

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20211002-taiwan-slams-largest-ever-incursion-by-chinese-into-air-defence-zone





North Korea Is Weaponizing the Naval ‘Gray Zone’ Against the South

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/north-korea-weaponizing-naval-%E2%80%98gray-zone%E2%80%99-against-south-194569





Philippines’ Duterte says he’ll retire, citing views that ‘I’m not qualified’

https://www.timesofisrael.com/philippines-duterte-says-hell-retire-citing-views-that-im-not-qualified/



The possible reasons why Rodrigo Duterte is retiring from Filipino politics

https://theweek.com/world/1005598/the-possible-reasons-why-rodrigo-duterte-is-retiring-from-filipino-politics










Gov’t UFO Report: No evidence of aliens, but most objects unexplained

https://nbc-2.com/news/investigators/2021/10/01/govt-ufo-report-no-evidence-of-aliens-but-most-objects-unexplained/



After years as a San Diego tourist draw, rusty Soviet sub is headed to the scrap yard

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-02/soviet-sub-scrap-yard



House Intel Committee OKs Space Force Intel Center

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/house-intel-committee-oks-space-force-intel-center/



Is the Havana Syndrome Real? A Newly Declassified Report Says It May Be Crickets

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/havana-syndrome-real-newly-declassified-report-says-it-may-be-crickets-194849



Soldiers’ Super Suits Will Sense Surroundings Soon

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/soldiers-super-suits-will-sense-surroundings-soon/185803/



C-130 on floats: Can we expect a seaplane renaissance?

https://www.aerotime.aero/29066-C-130-on-floats-Can-we-expect-a-seaplane-renaissance



Last Chance For Minuteman

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/hticbm/articles/20211002.aspx



Marine Corps F-35s Are About To Be The First Fighters To Fly From A Japanese Carrier Since WWII

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42596/marine-corps-f-35s-are-about-to-be-the-first-fighters-to-fly-from-a-japanese-carrier-since-wwii



Pratt Testing XA101 Adaptive Engine, Has Two Offerings for F-35

https://www.airforcemag.com/pratt-testing-xa101-adaptive-engine-has-two-offerings-for-f-35-propulsion/



US Navy awards contract to Boeing for more JDAM munitions

https://defence-blog.com/us-navy-awards-contract-to-boeing-for-more-jdam-munitions/



Littoral Combat Ship: A Light Amphibious Warship?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/littoral-combat-ship-a-light-amphibious-warship/



General Dynamics to deliver anti-submarine mine system Hammerhead Prototype to US Navy

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/october/10776-general-dynamics-to-deliver-anti-submarine-mine-system-hammerhead-prototype-to-us-navy.html



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