Af/Pak & Other News (2/21/2021)

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McManus: How to end a very long war

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mcmanus-how-to-end-a-very-long-war/ar-BB1dSnhw









What India’s Relationship with Iran Means for America

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/what-india%E2%80%99s-relationship-iran-means-america-178407



India, China complete troop pullout from lake area

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-china/india-china-complete-troop-pullout-from-lake-area-idUSKBN2AL0E6



India to upgrade military comms with advanced radios to boost net-centric warfare capability

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/India_to_upgrade_military_comms_with_advanced_radios_to_boost_net_centric_warfare_capability_999.html









Iran Is Growing in Strength at an Alarming Rate

https://sofrep.com/news/this-week-on-sofrep-iran-is-growing-in-strength-at-an-alarming-rate/



IAEA found uranium traces at two sites Iran barred it from, sources say

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-iaea-idUSKBN2AJ269



Iran to stop 'snap' nuclear checks, IAEA confirms

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56030497



U.N. watchdog moves to protect cameras monitoring Iran’s atomic program

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-02-21/un-nuclear-chief-in-iran-as-it-threatens-watchdogs-cameras



IAEA strikes deal with Iran to cushion coming blow of slashed access

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-iaea/iaea-strikes-deal-with-iran-to-cushion-coming-blow-of-slashed-access-idUSKBN2AL0L9









UAE: IDEX 2021: First COVID-Era Defense Show Kicks Off

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/idex-2021-first-covid-defense-show-kicks-off/




As Biden seeks end to Yemen war, rebels press offensive for strategic province

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/yemen-war-marib-houthi-rebel-biden/2021/02/21/7358d090-72c3-11eb-8651-6d3091eac63f_story.html



Saudi Women Can Join Military in Latest Widening of Rights

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-21/saudi-women-can-join-armed-forces-in-latest-widening-of-rights









Pressuring France to Bring Them Home, Women Who Joined ISIS Stage Hunger Strike

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/21/world/europe/isis-frenchwomen-hungr-strike.html



New drone video shows more damage to Syria’s ancient heritage

https://dronedj.com/2021/02/21/drones-show-damage-syrias-heritage/




Six months after massive Beirut explosion, official investigation has been upended

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/beirut-explosion-blast-investigation/2021/02/20/632f75a6-72ba-11eb-8651-6d3091eac63f_story.html









Egypt's military strength ranks 13th globally in 2021

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/98856/Egypt-s-military-strength-ranks-13th-globally-in-2021




Libyan interior minister escapes shooting attack on motorcade in Tripoli

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security/libyan-interior-minister-escapes-shooting-attack-on-motorcade-in-tripoli-idUSKBN2AL0ES



Blackwater founder Erik Prince accused of helping evade U.N. Libya sanctions

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-un/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-accused-of-helping-evade-u-n-libya-sanctions-idUSKBN2AL0GW




Nigerian Air Force King Air B350i Aircraft Crashes Due to Engine Failure, 7 Killed

https://defpost.com/nigerian-air-force-king-air-b350i-aircraft-crashes-due-to-engine-failure-7-killed/









Ukrainian new combat drone makes international debut at IDEX 2021

https://defence-blog.com/news/ukrainian-new-combat-drone-makes-international-debut-at-idex-2021.html



Russian Modernization of its Nuclear and Military Forces in 2021

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/02/20/russian_modernization_of_its_nuclear_and_military_forces_in_2021_661111.html



Russia’s TikTok Generation Is Putin’s Achilles’ Heel

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russias-tiktok-generation-is-putins-achilles-heel




Belarus opposition leader admits it looks like 'we have lost'

https://news.yahoo.com/belarus-opposition-leader-admits-looks-140603092.html




MBDA Launches ‘Sky Warden’ Counter- UAV System at IDEX 2021

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29015/MBDA_Launches____Sky_Warden____Counter__UAV_System_at_IDEX_2021




Britain's new space force 'could deploy RAF Typhoon fighter jets to the "edge of space" to destroy Russian and Chinese military satellites'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9283509/Britains-new-space-force-send-RAF-jets-edge-space-destroy-military-satellites.html









Six killed in Mexican air force plane accident in Veracruz

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/six-killed-in-mexican-air-force-plane-accident-in-veracruz/46388952









Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China Sea

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-security/taiwan-scrambles-air-force-again-after-chinese-exercises-in-south-china-sea-idUSKBN2AK0HX





North Korea: River Of Deniable Doom

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htchem/articles/20210221.aspx





Indonesian Air Force chief of staff hopes to have six F-15EX fighters bought by 2022

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/indonesian-air-force-chief-of-staff-hopes-to-have-six-f-15ex-fighters-bought-by-2022/










Top Biden Adviser Suggests Russia Could See U.S. Response To SolarWinds Hack Within 'Weeks'

https://www.rferl.org/a/jake-sullivan-washington-response-solarwinds-hack-within-weeks/31114301.html



U.S. will use a 'mix of tools seen and unseen' to respond to alleged Russia hack, national security adviser says

https://theweek.com/speedreads/968151/use-mix-tools-seen-unseen-respond-alleged-russia-hack-national-security-adviser-says



Two F-117 Nighthawks stealth aircraft spotted over Los Angeles

https://defence-blog.com/news/two-f-117-nighthawks-stealth-aircraft-spotted-over-los-angeles.html



Speed Racer: The U.S. Military's New Drone Swarm Weapon?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/speed-racer-us-militarys-new-drone-swarm-weapon-178580



Marines Arm JLTV With Tank-Killing Weapons for Fast, Lethal Attack

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/land/marines-arm-jltv-with-tank-killing-weapons-for-fast-lethal-attack-MH8GylK5mUm0DuIA0-67VQ



AFSOC Wants Congress to Approve Armed Overwatch Plane

https://sofrep.com/news/afsoc-wants-congress-to-approve-armed-overwatch-plane/



USAF: Anti-jamming tests of military communications satellites a success

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/USAF_Anti_jamming_tests_of_military_communications_satellites_a_success_999.html



This Could Be Northrop Grumman’s Lethal Drone for DARPA’s LongShot Program

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/this-could-be-northrop-grummans-lethal-drone-for-darpas-longshot-program-156523.html



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