Af/Pak & Other News (5/3/2021)

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Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/world/asia/afghanistan-us-military-withdrawal.html



US launches airstrikes against Taliban attacks

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/us-launches-airstrikes-taliban-attacks-77458697



Taliban, Afghan Forces Clash as US Hands Over Base

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/05/03/taliban-afghan-forces-clash/



20 Quotes, Tweets and Passages That Defined the Hunt for Bin Laden

https://coffeeordie.com/hunt-bin-laden/









US Intelligence Report On South Asia: Dynamics And Probability Of War And Escalation Between India And Pakistan

https://www.eurasiareview.com/03052021-us-intelligence-report-on-south-asia-dynamics-and-probability-of-war-and-escalation-between-india-and-pakistan-oped/









Biden said to tell Mossad chief that US not close to return to Iran nuke deal

https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-said-to-tell-mossad-chief-that-us-not-close-to-return-to-iran-nuke-deal/



US denies Iran claims of prisoner deal; UK plays it down

https://apnews.com/article/world-news-iran-europe-middle-east-business-af8595806655db90a1204ab88f05273c









British aircraft carrier to join fight against Islamic State

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-aircraft-carrier-to-join-fight-against-islamic-state/









Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept ballistic missile, 2 drones targeting Najran

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/05/03/Saudi-Arabia-s-air-defenses-intercept-ballistic-missile-targeting-Najran




Turkey converts Şimşek target drone into kamikaze UAV

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/may/7276-turkey-converts-simsek-target-drone-into-kamikaze-drone.html









Syrian Court Selects Two Candidates to Appear on Ballot Against Assad

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-03/syria-approves-assad-two-others-to-run-in-presidential-election



US soldier faces criminal charges over firefight with Syrian regime

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/us-soldier-faces-criminal-charges-over-firefight-syrian-regime









Libya: Smuggler’s Lament

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20210503.aspx




16 Niger soldiers killed in attack near the border with Mali

https://apnews.com/article/niger-africa-mali-lifestyle-820ae31fd73dfe4fbea6319e33194d21




Chad’s military names new government but opposition still unimpressed

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/chads-military-names-new-government-opposition-still-unimpressed-2021-05-02/









Russia: Ejection Disfunction

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20210503.aspx



Russian military in Armenia reinforce areas near Azeri border- agencies

https://www.reuters.com/world/russian-military-armenia-reinforce-areas-near-azeri-border-agencies-2021-05-03/




Will Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan go to a full-scale war?

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/inside-story/2021/5/2/will-tajikistan-and-kyrgyzstan-go-to-a-full-scale-war




Best And Final Offers For Finland’s HX Program Received

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/05/03/best-and-final-offers-for-finlands-hx-program-received/




French nuclear-powered submarine fired Exocet SM39 cruise missile

https://defence-blog.com/news/french-nuclear-powered-submarine-fired-exocet-sm39-cruise-missile.html









Blinken says China is 'acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/blinken-says-china-is-acting-more-repressively-at-home-and-more-aggressively-abroad/ar-BB1gjbnv



Beijing’s ‘Little Blue Men’ spread across South China Sea as Britain sends strike group

https://www.yahoo.com/news/beijing-little-blue-men-spread-163321726.html





Fears of a Chinese attack on Taiwan are growing, and Taiwan isn't sure who would help if it happened

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/fears-of-a-chinese-attack-on-taiwan-are-growing-and-taiwan-isn-t-sure-who-would-help-if-it-happened/ar-BB1gj9vL



Chinese man crosses Taiwan Strait by rubber dinghy, seeking ‘freedom and equality’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/03/china-taiwan-escape-dinghy-taobao/





South Korea's Navy inaugurates new 2,800-ton frigate

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/03/skorea-South-Korea-navy-daejeon-frigate-launched/4241620046998/





Philippines Tells China to Get Its Ships 'The F*** Out' of Disputed South China Sea Waters

https://www.newsweek.com/philippines-twitter-foreign-minsiter-1588214





Myanmar rebels claim military helicopter downing

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210503-myanmar-rebels-claim-military-helicopter-downing



Mi 35 Attack Helicopter of Myanmar Air Force has shot down by Kachin Independence Army (KIA Rebels)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgCEra6FMZI










Project Convergence: AIs vs. Uncertainty

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/project-convergence-ais-vs-uncertainty/



Bayonets in 2021 – Why Do They Persist?

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/bayonets-in-2021-why-do-they-persist/



Will DARPA Build a Nuclear Space Force?

https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/05/01/will-darpa-build-a-nuclear-space-force/



Marine aviators use online gaming concept to enhance training

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis-photo-report-aviation-defence-industry/aviation-defence-industry-technology/7277-marine-aviators-use-online-gaming-concept-to-enhance-training.html



F-22 #05-4085 is back flying again after landing gear mishap

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/f-22-raptor-05-4085-is-back-flying-again-after-january-2020-landing-gear-mishap/



The U.S. Navy Needs Missile Launchers—A Cheap Robot Could Be Just The Thing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/03/the-us-navy-needs-missile-launchers-a-cheap-robot-could-be-just-the-thing/



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