Af/Pak & Other News (10/30/2021)

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The Taliban are begging for Afghanistan's frozen money to be released as the country's economy spirals into crisis

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-taliban-are-begging-for-afghanistan-s-frozen-money-to-be-released-as-the-country-s-economy-spirals-into-crisis/ar-AAQ6aaE



Afghan Crime Wave Adds to Taliban Dystopia

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/10/29/afghanistan-crime-poverty-taliban-economic-collapse-humanitarian-crisis/



Government watchdog blasts State and Defense departments for withholding key information about Afghanistan

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/29/politics/sigar-ig-blasts-depts/index.html



US ‘rarely’ enforced conditions on Afghanistan aid, audit says

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/10/29/u-s-rarely-enforced-conditions-on-afghanistan-aid-audit-says/



Requiem for the Afghan “Fabergé Egg” Army: Why Did It Crack So Quickly?

https://mwi.usma.edu/requiem-for-the-afghan-faberge-egg-army-why-did-it-crack-so-quickly/



Why are most Afghans evacuees still housed at U.S. military camps?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/why-are-most-afghans-evacuees-still-housed-at-u-s-military-camps/ar-AAQ8l6a



For First Time in Public, a Detainee Describes Torture at C.I.A. Black Sites

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/28/us/politics/guantanamo-detainee-torture.html



Pakistan quietly allows Taliban ‘diplomats' to take ch ..

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pakistan-quietly-allows-taliban-diplomats-to-take-charge-of-afghan-embassy-report/articleshow/87393326.cms









Indian Army sets up voluntary civil defense force along LoC in Jammu

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2021/10/indian-army-sets-up-voluntary-civil-defense-force-along-loc-in-jammu/



Indian Navy Inducts ALH MK III Helicopters

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30691/Indian_Navy_Inducts_ALH_MK_III_Helicopters#.YX3qxhxlBPY









Biden, other leaders say no easing sanctions until Iran slows its nuclear development

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/30/1050816076/biden-other-leaders-say-no-easing-sanctions-until-iran-slows-its-nuclear-develop



Iran says Israel, U.S. likely behind cyberattack on gas stations

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/iran-says-israel-us-likely-behind-cyberattack-gas-stations-2021-10-30/









Several dead in Iraq attack blamed on IS group, say security sources

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20211026-several-dead-in-iraq-attack-blamed-on-is-group-say-security-sources



Turkish commandos storm cave, capture 4 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkish-commandos-storm-cave-capture-4-pkk-terrorists-in-northern-iraq/2407196









Yemen: bomb blast near Aden airport kills at least 12 civilians

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/30/yemen-bomb-blast-near-aden-airport-kills-at-least-12-civilians




Turkey’s Push for the F-16V Is About More Than Fighter Jets

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/turkey%e2%80%99s-push-f-16v-about-more-fighter-jets-195650










Israel said to strike near Damascus in rare daytime raid, hitting Hezbollah arms

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-to-hit-targets-near-damascus-in-rare-daytime-syria-strike/



Kurdish Armour: Inventorising YPG Equipment In Northern Syria

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/kurdish-armour-inventorising-ypg.html




Saudi-Iran 'proxy wars' play out in embattled Lebanon

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211031-saudi-iran-proxy-wars-play-out-in-embattled-lebanon









Israel: Droids You Don’t Want To Encounter

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20211030.aspx



Israel's ability to attack Iran is vital for reasons other than you know

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bjjtioliy



IDF fighter jets escort American bomber through region, in tacit threat to Iran

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-fighter-jets-escort-american-bomber-through-region-in-tacit-threat-to-iran/









Libya’s Islamists: A Fragmented Landscape

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/libya-s-islamists-a-fragmented-landscape/ar-AAQ69jQ



The FBI is investigating the activities of Erik Prince and the Libyan Mercenary Plot

https://belgium.kivazen.com/the-fbi-is-investigating-the-activities-of-erik-prince-and-the-libyan-mercenary-plot/




Three people shot dead during huge protests against Sudan coup, doctors say

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/sudanese-set-nationwide-protests-against-military-coup-2021-10-29/




US calls on Tigray rebel group to 'halt its advances' in key northern cities

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20211030-us-calls-on-tigray-rebel-group-to-halt-its-advances-in-key-northern-cities



Tigrayan Forces Say They Have Seized Strategic Town іn Ethiopia's Amhara Region

https://www.voanews.com/a/tigrayan-forces-say-they-have-seized-strategic-town-%D1%96n-ethiopia-s-amhara-region/6292016.html



Tigray War: Chinese-Made Armed Drones Spotted Over Mekelle

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/10/tigray-war-chinese-made-armed-drones.html









Ukraine's Zelenskiy Defends Drone Strike On Russia-Backed Separatists

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-drone-strike-separatists-zelenskiy/31536185.html



Russian troop movements near Ukraine border prompt concern in U.S., Europe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-troop-movements-near-ukraine-border-prompt-concern-in-us-europe/2021/10/30/c122e57c-3983-11ec-9662-399cfa75efee_story.html



Putin is strangling journalism with 'foreign agents' law, says Nobel-winning Russian editor

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/30/world/russia-muratov-foreign-agents-exclusive-intl-cmd/index.html





US destroyer USS Porter enters Black Sea tracked by Russian military

https://defbrief.com/2021/10/30/us-destroyer-uss-porter-enters-black-sea-tracked-by-russian-military/




If China Attacks Taiwan, What Will Europe Do?

https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/if-china-attacks-taiwan-what-will-europe-do/




After Rafale, Greece is now looking to buy Eurofighter Typhoon

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/10/greece-is-looking-buy-eurofighter-typhoon.html



Greece signs LOI with the Netherlands for 2 Frigates and 6 MCM Vessels

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/10/greece-signs-loi-with-the-netherlands-for-2-frigates-and-6-mcm-vessels/




UK Watchkeeper TUAV mid-life extension to come on line in 2026

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/uk-watchkeeper-tuav-mid-life-extension-to-come-on-line-in-2026









Argentine ex-president Macri in court over illicit spying claims

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Argentine_ex-president_Macri_in_court_over_illicit_spying_claims_999.html




After Rejecting Dassault Rafale, Brazil Set To Receive The ‘Most-Advanced’ Variant Of SAAB Gripen Fighter Jet

https://eurasiantimes.com/rafales-brazil-gearing-up-to-receive-latest-saab-gripen-fighter-jets/









Operational alert in place: From Chumbi Valley to Kibithu, China ups tension in the East

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/operational-alert-in-place-from-chumbi-valley-to-kibithu-china-ups-tension-in-the-east/articleshow/87405232.cms



China's conducted 100s of hypersonic weapon tests

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Chinas_conducted_100s_of_hypersonic_weapon_tests_999.html



Tailless Fighter-Like Airframe Spotted At Chinese Jet Manufacturer's Test Airfield

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42937/tailless-fighter-like-airframe-spotted-at-chinese-fighter-jet-manufacturers-test-airfield





With heightened rhetoric, is US moving away from ‘strategic ambiguity’ on Taiwan?

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20211030-with-heightened-rhetoric-is-us-moving-away-from-strategic-ambiguity-on-taiwan





North Korea: Sinpho Secure Boat Basin: Probable Testing Activity

https://www.38north.org/2021/10/sinpho-secure-boat-basin-probable-testing-activity/





South Korea: LIG Nex1 selected for RoKN's CIWS-II programme

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/lig-nex1-selected-for-rokns-ciws-ii-programme





Filipino Special Forces Take Out Key Islamist Militant Leader

https://sofrep.com/news/filipino-special-forces-take-out-key-islamist-militant-leader/





Australia Needs ‘Bigger, Better Submarines Now’ Says Former Prime Minister

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/29/australia-needs-bigger-better-submarines-now-says-former-prime-minister



Revolutionary uncrewed Royal Australian Air Force combat jet mission surges on

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/special-reports/revolutionary-uncrewed-royal-australian-air-force-combat-jet-mission-surges-on/news-story/81a4d1ce7e6deeb46a2bc922430f5dbd










New White House Cyber Director Wants to Fight Like Cobra Kai

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/10/new-white-house-cyber-director-wants-fight-cobra-kai/186501/



South China Sea: experts still in dark over what smashed into US submarine

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3154158/south-china-sea-experts-still-dark-over-what-smashed-us



In DOD Experiments, Target Identification Gets Faster, More Accurate With AI

https://www.airforcemag.com/dod-experiment-artificial-intelligence-target-identification/



Pentagon Will Add a Climate-Policy Czar

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/10/pentagon-will-add-climate-policy-czar/186502/



This California Army Guard unit is leading the charge on urban operations

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2021/10/07/this-california-army-guard-unit-is-leading-the-charge-on-urban-operations/



Red Hawk: Air Force, Boeing Working Through Trainer Setbacks

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/29/air-force-boeing-working-through-trainer-setbacks



GE Secures $1.58 Billion Contract for F-15EX Engines

https://www.airforcemag.com/ge-1-58-billion-contract-f-15ex-engines/



The Navy Just Released Its Vision For Its Future F/A-XX Next Generation Strike Fighter

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42941/the-navy-just-released-its-vision-for-its-future-f-a-xx-next-generation-strike-fighter



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