Af/Pak & Other News (3/2/2021)

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Targeted assassinations on the rise in Afghanistan

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/focus/20210301-targeted-assassinations-on-the-rise-in-afghanistan



President Biden’s Decision Points

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/03/ep-45-president-bidens-decision-points.php



Former Adviser Points To Major Flaws Of U.S.-Taliban Deal One Year On

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-us-peace-agreement-one-year-on-barnett-rubin/31128071.html



Sen. Duckworth calls on Biden to release intel on alleged Russian bounties in Afghanistan

https://news.yahoo.com/sen-duckworth-calls-biden-release-163243807.html









Iran responds to attack on Israeli ship: We monitor Israel's behavior in region

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/iran-responds-to-attack-on-israeli-ship-we-monitor-israels-behavior-in-region-660671



Former Iranian Hostage Says Obama Payments to Iran Led to His Arrest

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-iranian-hostage-says-obama-payments-to-iran-led-to-his-arrest/









Everything New We Just Learned About The 2020 Iranian Missile Attack On U.S. Forces In Iraq

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39527/everything-new-we-just-learned-about-the-iranian-missile-attack-on-al-asad-air-base



The Real Reason Why Iraq Paused Its Major Oil Deal With China

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Real-Reason-Why-Iraq-Paused-Its-Major-Oil-Deal-With-China.html



Prominent Islamic State leaders killed in Iraq

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/03/iraq-security-isis-tarmiya.html









Lobbying agency claims its former head concealed arms trade and terror funding from Qatar to Hezbollah

https://www.businessinsider.com/arms-germany-hezbollah-qatar-khashoggi-weapons-terrorist-terrorism-hezbollah-2021-2




War turning Yemen into broken state, beyond repair: UN

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210228-war-turning-yemen-into-broken-state-beyond-repair-un



U.S. failure to sanction prince for Khashoggi killing 'dangerous': U.N. expert

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-khashoggi-un-idUSKCN2AT37U



Analysis: Biden retreats from vow to make pariah of Saudis

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-saudi-arabia-diplomacy-middle-east-jamal-khashoggi-d91d31edece5db07112d1c2d4dd3be33



Reporters Without Borders Files Complaint Alleging Saudi Officials Committed Crimes Against Humanity

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/reporters-without-borders-files-complaint-alleging-saudi-officials-committed-crimes




Turkey Widens War Tech Hunt by Tapping Pakistan’s China Ties

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/turkey-widens-war-tech-hunt-by-tapping-pakistans-china-ties/ar-BB1e98h0



Roketsan Sungur air defense system succeeds in live fire test on the move

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_march_2021_global_security_army_industry/roketsan_sungur_air_defense_system_succeeds_in_live_fire_test_on_the_move.html



Turkey’s Baykar begins designing AI-powered combat drone

https://www.c4isrnet.com/artificial-intelligence/2021/03/01/turkeys-baykar-begins-designing-ai-powered-combat-drone/









Groups ask France to probe 2013 Syria chemical attacks

https://apnews.com/article/europe-france-damascus-germany-war-crimes-c8964445b445365e053fe9691fe8d621



SDF militia forcibly conscripting teachers in Syria: Report

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/2/kurdish-fighters-forcibly-conscripting-teachers-in-syria-report









Israel: Unnatural Acts

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/israel/articles/20210302.aspx









Libya's interim PM elected through bribery, UN inquiry says

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/02/libyas-interim-pm-elected-through-bribery-un-inquiry-says



Another Bayraktar TB2 drone shot down in Libya

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/03/another-bayraktar-tb2-drone-shot-down-in-libya




Gunmen release nearly 300 schoolchildren kidnapped in Nigeria

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/03/02/Nigeria-kidnappers-release-Zamfara-schoolgirls/8831614685436/



Nigeria's school abductions: Why children are being targeted

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56212645




ISWAP Jihadists Attack UN Base in Nigeria, Trapping 25 Aid Workers

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/03/02/iswap-attacks-un-base-nigeria/









Pentagon Announces $125 Million Defense Aid Package For Ukraine

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-pentagon-125-million-defense-aid-package-russia-donbas/31128249.html



OSCE identifies Russian 51U6 Kasta 2E1 radar in Ukraine

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/osce-identifies-russian-51u6-kasta-2e1-radar-in-ukraine



What? 64% of Russians Believe Coronavirus a Bioweapon

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/coronavirus/what-64-russians-believe-coronavirus-bioweapon-179096



Armor: What You Can Afford

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20210302.aspx



US concludes Russia poisoned Navalny, imposes sanctions

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210302-us-concludes-russia-poisoned-navalny-imposes-sanctions



How ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin Is Now Targeting Europe

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-prigozhin-is-now-targeting-europe-via-the-baltic-sea-region-strategic-dialogue




After guilty verdict, Sarkozy faces more trials and tribulations

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210302-after-guilty-verdict-sarkozy-faces-further-trials-and-tribulations




English battalions set to bear brunt of cuts because Government won't touch Scottish troops

https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-english-battalions-set-bear-183223529.html









Expert uncovers new Chinese nuclear missle sites

https://www.yahoo.com/news/expert-uncovers-chinese-nuclear-missle-000320383.html



Chinese military micro drone unveiled at Abu Dhabi weapons show

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3123801/chinese-military-micro-drone-unveiled-abu-dhabi-weapons-show



Is China working on a Space Force Equivalent?

https://thedebrief.org/is-china-working-on-a-space-force-equivalent-tom-rogan-micheal-mataluni/



China Harassing, Intimidating Journalists With Surveillance Built to Curb COVID-19

https://www.newsweek.com/china-harassing-intimidating-journalists-surveillance-built-curb-covid-19-1572983





Anti-coup protesters clash with security forces in Myanmar

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210302-anti-coup-protesters-clash-with-security-forces-in-myanmar





New satellite images reveal North Korea took recent steps to conceal nuclear weapons site

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/politics/north-korea-satellite-images-yongdoktong-nuclear-site/index.html





South Korea confirms first KF-X prototype to be rolled out in April

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/south-korea-confirms-first-kf-x-prototype-to-be-rolled-out-in-april





Two US men extradited to Japan for helping Carlos Ghosn escape

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20210302-two-americans-linked-to-carlos-ghosn-s-escape-extradited-to-japan





Australia's Potentially Game-Changing Loyal Wingman Drone Has Flown For The First Time

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39539/australias-loyal-wingman-air-combat-drone-has-flown-for-the-first-time





Singapore’s navy tests a new layer of surveillance: unmanned vessels

https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2021/03/01/singapores-navy-tests-a-new-layer-of-surveillance-unmanned-vessels/










'Scuba Steve' in deep, loses submarine after plea to drug-smuggling across Detroit River

https://www.yahoo.com/news/scuba-steve-deep-loses-submarine-050200316.html



Why super soldiers may soon be a nightmare turned reality

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/why-super-soldiers-may-soon-be-a-nightmare-turned-reality/



AI Commission Recommends Billions in New Spending

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/3/1/national-security-commission-on-ai-releases-final-report



U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-is-not-prepared-to-defend-or-compete-in-the-ai-era-says-expert-group-chaired-by-eric-schmidt/ar-BB1e9y8I



Americans are at risk of being dragged into global cyber warfare, FireEye's CEO warns: 'It's as simple as if you can be hacked, you are hacked'

https://www.yahoo.com/news/americans-risk-being-dragged-global-214230123.html



Pentagon Launches China Task Force, Analyzes South China Sea

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/history/pentagon-launches-china-task-force-analyzes-south-china-sea-LeTU6Win5k6JFN0Xo-3WMQ



NSA Urges Defense Sector to Adopt Zero-Trust Model After SolarWinds Hack

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/03/after-solarwinds-hack-nsa-pushes-zero-trust-model/



NORAD is using artificial intelligence to see the threats it used to miss

https://www.c4isrnet.com/artificial-intelligence/2021/03/01/norad-is-using-artificial-intelligence-to-see-the-threats-it-used-to-miss/



Two U.S. F-35Bs Have Landed Aboard Italian Navy Aircraft Carrier ITS Cavour To Begin Sea Trials

https://theaviationist.com/2021/03/02/two-u-s-f-35bs-have-landed-aboard-italian-navy-aircraft-carrier-its-cavour-to-begin-sea-trials/



F-35Bs with special instruments are testing whether the advanced jet can operate on the Italian navy flagship

https://www.businessinsider.com/f35bs-begin-sea-trials-on-italian-navy-aircraft-carrier-cavour-2021-3



Blue Origin’s massive New Glenn rocket is delayed for years. What went wrong?

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/so-what-really-happened-with-blue-origins-new-glenn-rocket/



SpaceX once left its rocket engineers on an island without food, leading them to mutiny, according to a new book

https://www.yahoo.com/news/spacex-once-left-rocket-engineers-170705974.html



Mysterious New Warp Drive Patent Surfaces Online

https://thedebrief.org/mysterious-new-warp-drive-patent-surfaces-online/



Hypersonic boost-glide ARRW missile scheduled to fly this week

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/hypersonic-boost-glide-arrw-missile-scheduled-to-fly-this-week/142682.article



US Army’s newest tracked vehicle will undergo initial operational test in early 2022

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/03/01/us-armys-newest-tracked-vehicle-will-undergo-initial-operational-test-in-early-2022/



The Air Force Is Having To Reverse Engineer Parts Of Its Own Stealth Bomber

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39537/the-air-force-needs-to-reverse-engineer-parts-of-its-own-stealth-bomber



B-21 Inlet Problem Was Resolved Before Design Freeze, RCO Says

https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/aircraft-propulsion/b-21-inlet-problem-was-resolved-design-freeze-rco-says



Air Force Might Make Separate "Pacific" and "European" 6th Gen Stealth Jets

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/air/air-force-might-make-separate-pacific-and-european-6th-gen-stealth-jets-Oe3X-aIZMECF2dF58mdFXQ



The Navy Plans To Launch Swarms Of Aerial Drones From Unmanned Submarines And Ships

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39535/navy-contract-exposes-plans-to-launch-swarms-of-drones-from-unmanned-boats-and-submarines



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