Af/Pak & Other News (10/16/2021)

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The Taliban Is Just as Bad as It Always Was

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/10/taliban-hasnt-changed-afghanistan/620371/



Taliban Could Lose Power Amid Governance Struggles, Experts Say

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/10/taliban-could-lose-power-amid-governance-struggles-experts-say/186133/



U.S. will provide condolence payments to families of Kabul drone strike victims

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/16/1046712356/u-s-will-provide-condolence-payments-to-families-of-kabul-drone-strike-victims



Perfect Storm - Pakistan Eyes The Bayraktar TB2

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/perfect-storm-pakistan-eyes-bayraktar.html



Pakistan Army commissions HQ-9/P air-defence system

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/pakistan-army-commissions-hq-9p-air-defence-system



The China Connection: How AQ Khan Helped the World Proliferate

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/china-connection-how-aq-khan-helped-world-proliferate-195073









The 4 Submarines Competing For The Indian Navy’s P-75I Program

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/the-4-submarines-competing-for-the-indian-navys-p-75i-program/









First Kuwaiti Typhoons flying

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/first-kuwaiti-typhoons-fly




Typhoons conduct operations from austere Middle Eastern base

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/typhoons-conduct-operations-from-austere-middle-eastern-base/




Saudi-led coalition intensify air strikes against Yemen Houthi rebels

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20211016-saudi-led-coalition-intensify-air-strikes-against-yemen-houthi-rebels



Battle for Yemen’s Marib sees 160 Houthis killed: Coalition

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/10/16/Battle-for-Yemen-s-Marib-sees-160-Houthis-killed-Coalition



Ten Injured in Drone Attacks at Saudi Airport

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/airport-aviation-security/ten-injured-in-drone-attacks-at-saudi-airport/









How viable is the Kurds’ autonomous territory in northeast Syria?

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1949126/middle-east



Damascus accuses Israel of killing former member of Syrian parliament

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/damascus-accuses-israel-killing-former-member-syrian-parliament-2021-10-16/




Three members of Hezbollah Killed in Beirut Clashes

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/10/three-members-of-hezbollah-killed-in-beirut-clashes.php









Air force to kick off multi-national Blue Flag drill over Israel next week

https://www.timesofisrael.com/air-force-to-kick-off-multi-national-blue-flag-drill-over-israel-next-week/









Egyptian Air Force F-16s, Mirage 2000s fitted with Al Tariq PGMs

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/egyptian-air-force-f-16s-mirage-2000s-fitted-with-al-tariq-pgms/




Local NGO calls for suing Haftar’s militias over Libya crimes

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/local-ngo-calls-for-suing-haftar-s-militias-over-libya-crimes/2394013




Operating From The Shadows: Morocco’s UAV Fleet

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/operating-from-shadows-moroccos-uav.html




German Drones In Ethiopia

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/german-drones-in-ethiopia.html



UAE Air Bridge Supports Ethiopian Military in Tigray War

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/uae-air-bridge-supports-ethiopian.html



Wing Loong Is Over Ethiopia: Chinese UCAVs Join The Battle For Tigray

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/wing-loong-is-over-ethiopia-chinese.html









Russian video shows a close encounter between US and Russian warships in the Pacific

https://news.yahoo.com/russian-video-shows-close-encounter-201225572.html



A Russian spacecraft pushed the space station out of position and sent astronauts into emergency mode - again

https://news.yahoo.com/russian-spacecraft-pushed-space-station-213532749.html



Russian filmmakers land after shoot aboard space station

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4317293





NATO Has a Problem: Belarus Is Slowly Being Reabsorbed Into Russia

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/nato-has-a-problem-belarus-is-slowly-being-reabsorbed-into-russia/




Saab reveals MBDA link as Arexis air-launched decoy breaks cover

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/saab-reveals-mbda-link-as-arexis-air-launched-decoy-breaks-cover




Italian Army says goodbye to A109 helicopter

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/10/italian-army-says-goodbye-to-a109.html




British government orders security review after deadly terror attack on MP

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20211016-british-government-orders-security-review-after-deadly-terror-attack-on-mp









Russian Drones to Help Monitor Venezuelan Oil Pipelines

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30613/Russian_Drones_to_Help_Monitor_Venezuelan_Oil_Pipelines#.YWvH7hxlBPY









China Tested A Fractional Orbital Bombardment System That Uses A Hypersonic Glide Vehicle: Report

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42772/china-tested-a-fractional-orbital-bombardment-system-that-uses-a-hypersonic-glide-vehicle-report



China’s New H-20 Stealth Bomber: Built for a War Against America?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/chinas-new-h-20-stealth-bomber-built-for-a-war-against-america/



China isn't about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/15/asia/taiwan-invasion-us-china-tensions-intl-dst-hnk/index.html





Taiwan seeks early F-16V delivery, interested in long-range missile

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4316806





Japan fighter jets scrambled 390 times in 2021, mainly for Chinese aircraft

https://www.aerotime.aero/29208-japan-jasdf-scrambles-390-fighter-jets





South Korean arms maker reveals new robotic combat vehicle

https://defence-blog.com/south-korean-arms-maker-reveals-new-robotic-combat-vehicle/









Canada upgrades maritime COMINT/SIGINT capability under Project Strongbow

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/canada-upgrades-maritime-comintsigint-capability-under-project-strongbow










A new book by George Knapp says the Pentagon takes UFOs (and more) very seriously

https://knpr.org/knpr/2021-10/new-book-george-knapp-says-pentagon-takes-ufos-and-more-very-seriously



Aliens Almost Started World War III Sixty Years Ago, Claims Ex-US Military Officer

https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/ufo-aliens-world-war-3-robert-salas-551668.html



Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Events Before They Occur

https://spectrum.ieee.org/predictive-ai-pentagon



Can’t Sail Away from Cyber Attacks: ‘Sea-Hacking’ from Land

https://warontherocks.com/2021/10/cant-sail-away-from-cyber-attacks-sea-hacking-from-land/



Air Force research lab signs agreement with ‘gas-stations-in-space’ company

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/10/15/air-force-research-lab-signs-agreement-with-gas-stations-in-space-company/



Air Force Wants Hundreds More Jet Trainers Despite Already Buying T-7 Red Hawks

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42760/air-force-wants-hundreds-more-jet-trainers-despite-already-buying-t-7-red-hawks



White House holds counter-ransomware event with 30 countries as payments spike

https://news.yahoo.com/white-house-holds-counter-ransomware-140209619.html



Sharper Images Persistently

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20211016.aspx



Hurt Attack Sub USS Connecticut Faces New Perils: Investigators And A Dithering Navy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/craighooper/2021/10/15/hurt-attack-sub-uss-connecticut-faces-new-perils-investigators-and-a-dithering-navy/



Why The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Failed

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/why-the-u-s-navys-littoral-combat-ship-failed/



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