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Two female judges shot dead in Kabul as wave of killings continues

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/17/two-female-judges-shot-dead-in-kabul-as-wave-of-killings-continues



Guns For Hire: Tribal Mercenaries Turn A Profit In The Afghan Borderlands

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/paktia-pashtun-mercenaries-combat-afghanistan/31047814.html









After Tejas, India moves ahead to procure more MiG-29s & Sukhois

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/after-tejas-india-moves-ahead-to-procure-more-mig-29s-sukhois/articleshow/80320199.cms



Indian army orders SWITCH VTOL UAVs manufactured by ideaForge

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_january_2021_global_security_army_industry/indian_army_orders_switch_vtol_uavs_manufacture_by_ideaforge.html









'Grave military implications': Iran making uranium metal alarms Europe

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/17/grave-military-implications-iran-making-uranium-metal-alarms-europe



Iran's Missiles Landing Within 100 Miles Of A U.S. Carrier Group Is Provocative, But Not Much Else

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38773/irans-missiles-landing-within-100-miles-of-a-u-s-carrier-group-is-provocative-but-not-much-else









US B-52 conducts ‘presence patrol’ after Iranian Guard holds missile drill

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2021/01/17/us-b-52-conducts-presence-patrol-after-iranian-guard-holds-anti-warship-ballistic-missile-drill/




What Weapons Systems Won’t The U.S. Sell The UAE?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2021/01/17/what-weapons-systems-wont-the-us-sell-the-uae/









Suspicious Iranian Movements Near Syrian-Iraqi Borders after Israeli Bombing

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2746871/suspicious-iranian-movements-near-syrian-iraqi-borders-after-israeli-bombing



Russian Navy deploys stealth patrol vessel to Syria

https://defence-blog.com/news/russian-navy-deploys-stealth-patrol-vessel-to-syria.html



Russia carries out 40 raids on Deash areas in Syria

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1793991/middle-east




Beirut blast chemicals possibly linked to Syrian businessmen - report, company filings

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-lebanon-crisis-blast/beirut-blast-chemicals-possibly-linked-to-syrian-businessmen-report-company-filings-idUSKBN29M0AJ









Israel: A Hack To Die For

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20210117.aspx









Conflict-Ravaged Libya Inches Closer to New Unity Government

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-17/conflict-ravaged-libya-inches-closer-to-new-unity-government




Tunisian rioters clash with security forces for third night

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210117-tunisian-rioters-clash-with-security-forces-for-third-night




Royal Air Force Chinooks Conduct Heavy Lift Operations in Mali

https://defpost.com/royal-air-force-chinooks-conduct-heavy-lift-operations-in-mali/




US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-troop-withdrawals-national-elections-elections-africa-a5c53d5c7cb0fa3473e7df98ee66ece1




Islamic State Overruns Nigerian Base, Thousands Forced to Flee

https://sofrep.com/news/islamic-state-overruns-nigerian-base-thousands-forced-to-flee/









Ukrainian-Owned Cargo Ship Sinks In Black Sea

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukrainian-owned-cargo-ship-sinks-in-black-sea/31049998.html



Soviets never received any (Iranian) Tomcat. But they published this F-14 “booklet” for their top fighter pilots.

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/soviets-never-received-any-iranian-tomcat-but-they-published-this-f-14-booklet-for-their-top-fighter-pilots/



The Terrifying History of Russia’s Nuclear Submarine Graveyard

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a34976195/russias-nuclear-submarine-graveyard/



Russia Establishes Consortium to Develop New-Gen Nuclear Energy Tech

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28775/Russia_Establishes_Consortium_to_Develop_New_Gen_Nuclear_Energy_Tech



Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow five months after being poisoned

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/17/europe/alexey-navalny-return-russia-germany-grm-intl/index.html









Guatemalan forces clash with migrant caravan, Biden team seeks to halt exodus

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-caravan/guatemalan-forces-clash-with-migrant-caravan-biden-team-seeks-to-halt-exodus-idUSKBN29M0FN









China And Russia Hate Indo-Pacific’s New Collaborative Surveillance Webs

https://www.forbes.com/sites/craighooper/2021/01/17/china-and-russia-hate-indo-pacifics-new-and-collaborative-surveillance-webs/



Everything you always wanted to know about Chinese air power (but were afraid to ask) – Interview with Andreas Rupprecht

https://hushkit.net/2021/01/11/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-chinese-air-power-but-were-afraid-to-ask-interview-with-andreas-rupprecht/



Man vs. Machine: The Military Is Discussing Adding AI to Its Jet Fighters

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/man-vs-machine-military-discussing-adding-ai-its-jet-fighters-176597



China’s WJ-700 HALE UAV Makes Maiden Flight

https://defpost.com/chinas-wj-700-hale-uav-makes-maiden-flight/



First escort mission for Chinese Navy Changsha 173 Type 052D destroyer in the Gulf of Aden

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2021/january/9567-first-escort-mission-for-chinese-navy-changsha-173-type-052d-destroyer-in-the-gulf-of-aden.html



China's space station core module, cargo craft pass factory review

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinas_space_station_core_module_cargo_craft_pass_factory_review_999.html



China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in the Middle East

https://thediplomat.com/2021/01/chinas-vaccine-diplomacy-in-the-middle-east/



Chinese Seismic Survey Ship Off North America - OSINT

http://www.hisutton.com/Chinese-Seismic-Surbey-Ship-HYSY760.html






China Using ‘Cognitive Warfare’ Against Taiwan, Observers Say

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/china-using-cognitive-warfare-against-taiwan-observers-say





Experts split over NK’s nuclear missile threat

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210117000241










New Yorker publishes stunning video of Capitol riot

https://www.yahoo.com/news/new-yorker-video-capitol-riot-191709369.html



The Race Is On to Identify and Stop Inauguration Rioters

https://www.wired.com/story/race-is-on-identify-stop-inauguration-rioters/



Researchers: More Than a Dozen Extremist Groups Took Part in Capitol Riots

https://www.voanews.com/2020-usa-votes/researchers-more-dozen-extremist-groups-took-part-capitol-riots



The U.S. Capitol Riot Was Years in the Making. Here's Why America Is So Divided

https://time.com/5929978/the-u-s-capitol-riot-was-years-in-the-making-heres-why-america-is-so-divided/



Why President-Elect Biden Will Likely Keep The Space Force

https://www.forbes.com/sites/vikrammittal/2021/01/17/why-president-elect-biden-will-likely-keep-the-space-force/



Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space with key mid-air rocket launch

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-exploration-virgin/bransons-virgin-orbit-reaches-space-with-key-mid-air-rocket-launch-idUSKBN29M0DD



Ransomware reveals the hidden weakness of our big tech world

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-reveals-the-hidden-weakness-of-our-big-tech-world/



Former DOD Head: The US Needs a New Plan to Beat China on AI

https://www.wired.com/story/former-dod-head-us-needs-new-plan-to-beat-china-ai/



FLIR to Deliver Improved Air and Ground Surveillance Capabilities to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

https://defpost.com/flir-to-deliver-improved-air-and-ground-surveillance-capabilities-to-u-s-customs-and-border-protection/



Army tests new reserve parachute

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/army-tests-new-reserve-parachute/



The Marine Corps’s new amphibious battlewagon is cramped, fails often, and is difficult to escape

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/marine-corps-amphibious-combat-vehicle-problems/



Rhino charge! Flying & Fighting in the Super Hornet

https://hushkit.net/2021/01/15/rhino-charge-flying-fighting-in-the-super-hornet/



Despite Hard Times, The F-35 Program Demonstrated Stellar Performance In 2020

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/01/16/despite_hard_times_the_f-35_program_demonstrated_stellar_performance_in_2020_656776.html



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