Af/Pak & Other News (11/19/2020)

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US withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-afghanistan-troop-withdrawals-counterterrorism-islamabad-0a552eb4eaf31754271a890acb622c42



Ex-Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden: It’s ‘time to get out’ of Afghanistan, Iraq

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/its-time-to-get-out-of-afghanistan-iraq-ex-navy-seal-who-killed-bin-laden



US drawdown in Afghanistan is wrong call, says commander who claimed we were on the ‘road to winning’ in 2013

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/john-allen-afghanistan-drawdown



Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians, war crimes report alleges

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/19/australian-special-forces-involved-in-of-39-afghan-civilians-war-crimes-report-alleges



UK will likely follow the U.S. in cutting Afghanistan troops, minister says

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-britain/uk-will-likely-follow-the-u-s-in-cutting-afghanistan-troops-minister-says-idUSKBN27Z0ZX



Pakistan’s PM Khan in ‘historic’ first visit to Afghanistan

https://apnews.com/article/pakistan-qatar-ashraf-ghani-afghanistan-violence-367cc74d80d1fbf2f28cac58dda32ce9



Final class of Afghan A-29 pilots in U.S. graduates

http://alert5.com/2020/11/19/final-class-of-afghan-a-29-pilots-in-u-s-graduates/









New Live Updates: India carrying out ''pinpoint strikes'' on terror launchpads inside PoK: Govt sources

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/newsblogs/latest-daily-news-and-updates-november-19/liveblog/79294022.cms









Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launches aircraft-carrying ship

https://apnews.com/article/persian-gulf-tensions-middle-east-iran-daff75875abc38399dc15c2009a4ff3a



Abu Mohammed al Masri assassination hints at deal with US

https://www.businessinsider.com/abu-mohammed-al-masri-asassination-2020-11









With Iran’s Help These Iraqi Militias Are Acquiring Deadlier Rockets

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2020/11/19/with-irans-help-these-iraqi-militias-are-acquiring-deadlier-missiles/



Iraqi official says combat operations against ISIS by US-led coalition ending after troop drawdown

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/11/18/iraqi-official-says-combat-operations-against-isis-by-us-led-coalition-ending-after-troop-drawdown/









In rare move, IDF releases images of predawn strikes on Iranian, Syrian targets

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-rare-move-idf-releases-video-of-predawn-strikes-on-iranian-syrian-targets/



IDF: Terror cell behind placing of IEDs is Unit 840 of Iran's Quds Force

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/terror-cell-behind-placing-of-ieds-is-unit-840-of-irans-quds-force-idf-649585



Israel: Palestinians Seeking A Final Solution

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/israel/articles/20201119.aspx



Latest tunnel was Hamas’s deepest; it’s not what worries Israel most about Gaza

https://www.timesofisrael.com/latest-tunnel-was-hamass-deepest-its-not-what-worries-israel-most-about-gaza/









Nigerian Army Bombs Highway ‘Bandits’ After Kidnappings

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/19/nigeria-bombs-bandits/




Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, denounces WHO boss Tedros

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict/ethiopia-moves-on-tigray-capital-denounces-who-boss-tedros-idUSKBN27Z0QN









Ukraine develops new Bureviy heavy rocket artillery system

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/ukraine-develops-new-bureviy-heavy-rocket-artillery-system.html



Russia plans to develop T-17 tank destroyer based on Armata tank platform

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/russia_plans_to_develop_t-17_tank_destroyer_based_on_armata_tank_platform.html




Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of using phosphorus bombs

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20201119-nagorno-karabakh-ceasefire-armenia-accuses-azerbaijan-of-using-phosphorus-bombs




Israeli F-35s test Cyprus’ air defense system in joint exercise

http://alert5.com/2020/11/19/israeli-f-35s-test-cyprus-air-defense-system-in-joint-exercise/




Tiger MkIII nears launch as partners close in on common configuration

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/tiger-mkiii-nears-launch-as-partners-close-in-on-common-configuration/141214.article



MBDA to develop MHT/MLP for French MAST-F requirement

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/mbda-to-develop-mhtmlp-for-french-mast-f-requirement




UK announces military spending boost, AI and 'Space Command' initiatives

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/18/uk/uk-military-budget-increase-intl/index.html



SubSea Craft to explore aerial delivery solutions of its futuristic hybrid submarine

https://defence-blog.com/news/subsea-craft-to-explore-aerial-delivery-solutions-of-its-futuristic-hybrid-submarine.html



Maybe The Royal Navy Can Afford Its New Aircraft Carriers, After All

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/11/19/maybe-the-royal-navy-can-afford-its-new-aircraft-carriers-after-all/









China is fortifying defences across Ladakh border, not prepping to disengage

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/china-is-fortifying-defences-across-ladakh-border-not-prepping-to-disengage/story-yNM2E5GOX3RzhqiIOBSPwJ.html



Chinese Troops Deploy Unmanned Helicopters Near Border With India

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28353/Chinese_Troops_Deploy_Unmanned_Helicopters_Near_Border_With_India



China perceives rising India as 'rival'; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: Report

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/china-perceives-rising-india-as-rival-wants-to-constraint-its-partnership-with-us-allies-report/articleshow/79297342.cms



New Images Of China’s Elusive Catapult-Capable J-15T Carrier Fighter Emerge

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37709/new-images-of-chinas-elusive-catapult-capable-j-15t-carrier-fighter-emerge



Chinese army aviation brigade uses drones to guide helicopter missile strike

https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/chinese_army_aviation_brigade_uses_drones_to_guide_helicopter_missile_strike.html



Korean war battle at Chosin Reservoir now part of Chinese rallying cry

https://www.businessinsider.com/korean-war-battle-chosin-reservoir-now-chinese-rallying-cry-2020-11



Internal Woes Thwarting China's Global Ambitions, Reports Say

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/internal-woes-thwarting-chinas-global-ambitions-reports-say









Japan launches new Kumano multi-function frigate

https://defence-blog.com/news/japan-launches-new-kumano-multi-function-frigate.html










New report finds that criminals leverage AI for malicious use – and it’s not just deep fakes

https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/new-report-finds-criminals-leverage-ai-for-malicious-use-%E2%80%93-and-it%E2%80%99s-not-just-deep-fakes



Ex-Green Beret Admits He Betrayed U.S. While Spying for Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/us/politics/peter-debbins-espionage-russia.html



Pentagon counterspy report shows threats growing

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/nov/18/pentagon-counterspy-report-shows-threats-growing/




A Very Common, Very Secret Weapon

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20201119.aspx



Counter-narcotics task force turns to drones for aerial support

https://dronedj.com/2020/11/19/counter-narcotics-task-force-turns-to-drones-for-aerial-support/



Enlisted Airmen Can Now Get A Taste Of Air Force Flight Training

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37715/enlisted-airmen-can-now-get-a-taste-of-air-force-flight-training



Army to seek proposals for remote-controlled Bradley vehicle replacement

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/11/18/Army-to-seek-proposals-for-remote-controlled-Bradley-vehicle-replacement/8961605723765/



Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop New X-Plane Under DARPA Contract

https://defpost.com/aurora-flight-sciences-to-develop-new-x-plane-under-darpa-contract/



F-15EX, KC-46A to lead USAF rollout of ABMS ‘Internet of Things'

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/f-15ex-kc-46a-to-lead-usaf-rollout-of-ambs-internet-of-things



Navy MH-60R Seahawks To Get Magnetic Anomaly Detectors To Help Hunt Enemy Submarines

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37704/navy-mh-60r-seahawks-to-get-magnetic-anomaly-detectors-to-help-hunt-enemy-submarines



Broken littoral combat ship Detroit returns to sea on its own power

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/11/18/broken-littoral-combat-ship-detroit-back-returns-to-sea-on-its-own-power/



Navy Confident It Could Build 3 Virginia SSNs a Year, Though More Study Needed On Shipyard Capacity

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/18/navy-confident-it-could-build-3-virginia-ssns-a-year-though-more-study-needed-on-shipyard-capacity



Admiral: Submarine-Launched UAS Proving ‘Awesome Capability’

https://seapowermagazine.org/admiral-submarine-launched-uas-proving-awesome-capability/



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