Af/Pak & Other News (2/7/2021)

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Biden faces familiar dilemma in Afghanistan

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/537612-biden-faces-familiar-dilemma-in-afghanistan



UN Finds Rampant Torture of Afghan Detainees

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/un-finds-rampant-torture-afghan-detainees



Taliban vows to guarantee safety of trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline

https://eurasianet.org/taliban-vows-to-guarantee-safety-of-trans-afghanistan-gas-pipeline









Antony Blinken's warnings about Iran are worrying — but not in the way he means

https://www.businessinsider.com/blinken-raises-doubt-biden-rejoin-iran-nuclear-deal-as-promised-2021-2










Kurds Warn of Growing Islamic State Capabilities in Iraq 

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/kurds-warn-growing-islamic-state-capabilities-iraq



RAND’s new report: The Air War Against the Islamic State

http://alert5.com/2021/02/07/rands-new-report-the-air-war-against-the-islamic-state/









Coalition in Yemen says 4 armed drones destroyed

https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/537736-coalition-in-yemen-says-four-armed-drones?rl=1









Russia’s military police in Syria train to repel attacks

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/russias-military-police-in-syria-train-to-repel-attacks-658118



IS brutality returning to Syrian towns

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55887870



Russia excavates Syrian cemetery, searching for missing IDF soldiers

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/russia-excavates-syrian-cemetery-searching-for-missing-idf-soldiers-658162




Lebanese Air Force Commander Aims To Boost ISR Capabilities With France, US

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/lebanese-air-force-commander-aims-to-boost-isr-capabilities-with-france-us/









Filling Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam in July threatens Sudan's security - minister

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-dam-sudan/filling-ethiopias-renaissance-dam-in-july-threatens-sudans-security-minister-idUSKBN2A60P3









Vladimir Putin’s Russia is destabilising itself from within

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/7870407d-2a65-35e1-9292-8c5a22406fcd/vladimir-putin%e2%80%99s-russia-is.html




Shared tactics fan flames for jihadists and white supremacists

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Shared_tactics_fan_flames_for_jihadists_and_white_supremacists_999.html




Swiss Air Defense Goes 24/7

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20210207.aspx









Attempted coup foiled in Haiti: justice minister

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210207-attempted-coup-foiled-in-haiti-justice-minister




Overkill: Trump Sent Navy Destroyers to Venezuela to Stop the Drug Trade

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/overkill-trump-sent-navy-destroyers-venezuela-stop-drug-trade-177774









How US plans for first Quad summit with leaders of Japan, Australia and India could be first steps towards ‘mini-Nato’ to counter Chinese influence

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3120916/how-us-plans-first-quad-summit-leaders-japan-australia-and





Philippine Navy confirms the purchase of eight Israeli-made Shaldag Mk V fast patrol boats

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2021/february/9656-philippine-navy-confirms-the-purchase-of-eight-israeli-made-shaldag-mk-v-fast-patrol-boats.html





Internet access restored as Myanmar coup protests grow

https://apnews.com/article/world-news-aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-riots-yangon-745e8a7c0f39bd1317706307fb39c3ed



After a decade of change in Myanmar, fear of the past drives anti-coup protests

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-politics-past/after-a-decade-of-change-in-myanmar-fear-of-the-past-drives-anti-coup-protests-idUSKBN2A70HI










E.T. ONLINE UFO sleuth who exposed hundreds of declassified CIA files says US gov knows more about ‘aliens’ than they let on

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/13960606/black-vault-john-greenwalde-cia-declassified-ufo-documents/



A Rotating Group of Intelligence Analysts Will Brief President Biden

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/06/us/politics/morgan-muir-intelligence-briefings-biden.html



Biden Hints at 'Extreme Competition' With China, Says There's No Need for Conflict

https://www.newsweek.com/biden-hints-extreme-competition-china-says-theres-no-need-conflict-1567408



Nearly 90% of Military Hazing Complaints Come from the Marine Corps, Data Shows

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/02/07/nearly-90-of-military-hazing-complaints-come-marine-corps-data-shows.html



AC-130J Ghostrider flyby commemorates 30th anniversary of the shot down of AC-130H Spirit 03, the largest single loss suffered by USAF in Operation Desert Storm

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/ac-130j-ghostrider-flyby-commemorates-30th-anniversary-of-the-shot-down-of-ac-130h-spirit-03-the-largest-single-loss-suffered-by-usaf-in-operation-desert-storm/



Hawkeye 360 deploys next-generation radio frequency sensing satellites

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Hawkeye_360_deploys_next_generation_radio_frequency_sensing_satellites_999.html



US Air Force buying six more E-11A aircraft to boost BACN capability

https://defbrief.com/2021/02/07/us-air-force-buying-six-more-e-11a-aircraft-to-boost-bacn-capability/



Pathfinder: The MQ-9 You Don’t Know

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/10/pathfinder-the-mq-9-you-dont-know/



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