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Af/Pak & Other News (7/15/2019)
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Afghanistan’s Forests Are Turning a Profit for the Islamic State; Wood smuggling
is big business for the terrorist group.:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/15/afghanistans-forests-are-turning-a-profit-for-the-islamic-state/



Taliban suicide team strikes hotel:

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2019/07/taliban-suicide-team-strikes-hotel.php



Afghan forces continue to suffer ‘record-high’ casualties, says US DoD:

https://www.janes.com/article/89878/afghan-forces-continue-to-suffer-record-high-casualties-says-us-dod



Gen. Mark Milley warns against prematurely withdrawing from Afghanistan after 18
years:

https://taskandpurpose.com/premature-afghanistan-withdrawal










India: IAF's French Mirages Fly With Russian Missiles, Thanks To Israeli 'Jugaad':

http://www.combataircraft.com/en/News/2019/07/11/IAF's-French-Mirages-Fly-With-Russian-Missiles,-Thanks-To-Israeli-'Jugaad'/



Indian Army wants drones to monitor borders along Pakistan and China:

https://www.armyrecognition.com/july_2019_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/indian_army_wants_drones_to_monitor_borders_along_pakistan_and_china.html



India edges forward with rebooted plan to acquire 110 fighters:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/india-edges-forward-with-rebooted-plan-to-acquire-11-459470/



IAF to adopt ASRAAM missile across its fighter fleet:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/iaf-to-adopt-asraam-missile-across-its-fighter-fleet/article28359593.ece









Iranian Hybrid Warfare:

https://wavellroom.com/2019/07/13/iranian-hybrid-warfare-military-response-deterence-options/



Secret Iranian Nuclear Weapons Facility Still Up and Running:

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/secret-iranian-nuclear-weapons-facility-still-up-and-running/



Iran Threatens to Revert to Pre-2015 Nuclear Development Levels:

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/iran-threatens-revert-pre-2015-nuclear-development-levels



Iran: Seriously Seeking Some Ultra Violence:

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iran/articles/20190712.aspx



Iranian Covert Operations ship Saviz still monitoring Red Sea:

http://www.hisutton.com/Saviz.html



Iran strikes militants in Iraqi Kurdistan:

https://thedefensepost.com/2019/07/12/iran-strikes-iraqi-kurdistan/









'The situation is very vulnerable': Iran-backed militias ethnically cleansing
northern Iraq:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/12/situation-vulnerable-christians-faces-extinction-multicultural/



That Time Soviet Howitzers Were Used as Anti-Aircraft Guns by the Islamic State:

http://spioenkop.blogspot.com/2019/07/that-time-soviet-howitzers-were-used-as.html



Turkey Has Fired Ballistic Missiles Into Iraq:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/war-talk-turkey-has-fired-ballistic-missiles-iraq-66862









Qatar To Get New AMRAAM-ER Surface To Air Missiles, U.S. Capital May Be Next:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28944/qatar-to-get-amraam-er-equipped-surface-to-air-missile-system-u-s-capital-may-be-next



Qatar opens biggest coast guard base amid US-Iran standoff:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/middle-east/150719/qatar-opens-biggest-coast-guard-base-amid-us-iran-standoff.html




Nearly All F-15Es Photographed Arriving In Middle East Carried Dragon's Eye
Radar Pods:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28924/nearly-all-f-15es-photographed-arriving-in-middle-east-carried-dragons-eye-radar-pods




UK says it will release seized Iranian oil tanker if Iran guarantees the vessel
won't breach European sanctions:

https://www.businessinsider.com/uk-may-release-seized-iranian-oil-tanker-for-sanctions-guarantees-2019-7




Houthi "Blow fish" low-profile explosive boat found in Red Sea SLOC:

http://www.hisutton.com/Houthi_explosive_boat_found.html



Yemen: Failure, Frustration and Fear:

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/yemen/articles/20190715.aspx




Pakistani JF-17 Thunders and Turkish ELINT/SIGINT C-160D Transall Among The
Highlights Of Anatolian Eagle Exercise:

https://theaviationist.com/2019/07/15/pakistani-jf-17-thunders-and-turkish-elint-sigint-c-160d-transall-among-the-highlights-of-anatolian-eagle-exercise/



Turkey continues to receive S-400 missile system equipment as more planes arrive
from Russia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/defense/2019/07/14/turkey-continues-to-receive-s-400-missile-system-equipment-as-more-planes-arrive-from-russia



Turkey's Erdogan says Russian S-400s will be fully deployed by April 2020:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security/turkeys-erdogan-says-russian-s-400s-will-be-fully-deployed-by-april-2020-idUSKCN1UA25X



S-400 and More: Why Does Turkey Want Russian Military Technology so Badly?:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/s-400-and-more-why-does-turkey-want-russian-military-technology-so-badly-66732









Cluster Munitions Use in Hish, Syria:

https://medium.com/dfrlab/cluster-munitions-use-in-hish-syria-bcd5b639a0d9



Afrin: Incidents Of Desecration And Destruction Of Cultural Sites:

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2019/07/11/afrin-incidents-of-desecration-and-destruction-of-cultural-sites/



Syria Likely to Turn to Russia for Fuel:

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/syria-likely-turn-russia-fuel



Incendiary Weapons Used in Civilian-Dense Hama Region of Syria:

https://medium.com/dfrlab/incendiary-weapons-used-in-civilian-dense-hama-region-of-syria-825aad3ef055









Israel Air Force receives two additional F-35 “Adir” fighter jets:

https://defence-blog.com/news/israel-air-force-receives-two-additional-f-35-adir-fighter-jets.html



Netanyahu: Israel preparing for potential broad and 'surprising' military
campaign with Gaza:

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/1562852402-israel-preparing-for-potential-broad-and-surprising-military-campaign-with-gaza-netanyahu-says



Israel to get more hardened aircraft shelters:

https://www.janes.com/article/89847/israel-to-get-more-hardened-aircraft-shelters









Libya’s Civil War: Navigating its Dangerous New Phase:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/07/libyas-civil-war-navigating-its-dangerous-new-phase/



US-made missiles found at base used by Libyan rebels to attack Tripoli are ours,
France admits:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/10/france-admits-owner-missiles-found-libyan-rebel-base-used-haftars/









Ukraine: Russia brings over 600 tonnes of ammunition to separatists:

https://www.armyrecognition.com/july_2019_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/ukraine_russia_brings_over_600_tonnes_of_ammunition_to_separatists.html



The Arrest of Vladimir Tsemakh and Its Implications for the MH17 Investigation:

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2019/07/09/the-arrest-of-vladimir-tsemakh-and-its-implications-for-the-mh17-investigation/



When Russia-Backed Forces Boasted They Shot Down A Ukrainian Military Plane…That
Was Actually MH17:

https://www.rferl.org/a/when-russia-backed-forces-boasted-they-shot-down-a-ukrainian-military-plane-that-was-actually-mh17/30056279.html



Russian destroyer sails into the line of fire during shooting drills:

https://www.wearethemighty.com/news/russian-destroyer-sails-shooting-drills



Russia Is Perfecting the Art of Crushing Uprisings Against Authoritarian
Regimes:

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2019/07/russia-perfecting-art-crushing-uprisings-aid-authoritarian-regimes/158396/?oref=d-river



Russian SAM Troops deputy commander dubs S-350 ‘cruise missile killer’:

https://www.janes.com/article/89867/russian-sam-troops-deputy-commander-dubs-s-350-cruise-missile-killer



The Russian Army Is Developing Killer Drone Swarms:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a28325831/russia-drone-swarm/



Russia unveils yet another new aircraft carrier design:

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/russia-unveils-yet-another-new-aircraft-carrier-design/



Russian Scientist, 77, Under House Arrest On Treason Charges:

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-scientist-77-under-house-arrest-on-treason-charges/30056180.html



Russia to Start Replacing RATNIK with SOTNIK in 2020:

https://www.overtdefense.com/2019/07/08/russia-to-start-replacing-ratnik-with-sotnik-in-2020/



GRU Globetrotters 2: The Spies Who Loved Switzerland:

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2019/07/06/gru-globetrotters-2-the-spies-who-loved-switzerland/




A rare look at a Swiss P-26 ‘anti-material’ rifle made for stay-behind cells:

https://thenewsrep.com/117703/a-rare-look-at-a-swiss-p-26-anti-material-rifle-made-for-stay-behind-cells/




EU's GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/european-gps-satellites-have-been-down-for-four-days-in-mysterious-outage/




France Launches The First Of Its New Class Of Super Quiet "Barracuda" Attack
Submarines:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28949/france-launches-the-first-of-its-new-class-of-super-quiet-barracuda-attack-submarines



Dry 'Launch' of France's First Barracuda/Suffren SSN - K15 Reactor?:

http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2019/07/dry-land-launch-of-frances-first.html



France to create space command within air force: Macron:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-nationalday-defence/france-to-create-space-command-within-air-force-macron-idUSKCN1U80LE



French Inventor Totes Rifle While Flying Turbine-Powered Flyboard at Bastille
Day Celebrations:

https://gizmodo.com/french-inventor-touts-rifle-while-flying-turbine-powere-1836363914



France eyes Chinook helicopter acquisition:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/france-eyes-chinook-helicopter-acquisition-459660/




US approves $600 million sale to Greece of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters:

https://thedefensepost.com/2019/07/12/greece-mh-60r-seahawk-helicopters-600-million/




Portugal places order for 5 KC-390s:

http://alert5.com/2019/07/12/portugal-places-order-for-5-kc-390s/




Chinese military deploys armored vehicles to Germany for the first time:

https://www.wearethemighty.com/news/chinese-military-deploys-armored-vehicles



Luftwaffe tests A400M as aerial tanker for foreign deployments:

https://www.janes.com/article/89850/luftwaffe-tests-a400m-as-aerial-tanker-for-foreign-deployments




Italian Cops Raid Neo-Fascists And Find Air-To-Air Missile That France Had Sold
To Qatar:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28976/italian-cops-raid-neo-fascists-and-find-air-to-air-missile-that-france-had-sold-to-qatar




Royal Navy Frigate HMS St Albans Shadows Chinese Destroyer Xi’an Through English
Channel:

https://defpost.com/royal-navy-frigate-hms-st-albans-shadows-chinese-destroyer-xian-through-english-channel/



First British P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft makes maiden flight:

https://defence-blog.com/news/first-british-p-8a-poseidon-maritime-patrol-aircraft-makes-maiden-flight.html



England drops big money into laser and radio weapons:

https://www.wearethemighty.com/news/england-directed-energy-weapons-laser



HMS Queen Elizabeth put three crew members at risk of drowning after 66,000
gallon water leak:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/10/hms-queen-elizabeth-suffers-salt-water-leak-forces-return-port/









Argentina Could Receive two KAI FA-50 Light Attack Aircraft this Year:

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/argentina-could-receive-two-kai-fa-50-light-attack-aircraft-this-year/









Report: North Korea will maintain nuclear arsenal for decades:

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/07/12/Report-North-Korea-will-maintain-nuclear-arsenal-for-decades/1441562928604/



A US Preventive Strike Against North Korea: Disturbing Results Reflect
Disturbing Realities:

https://www.38north.org/2019/07/ckillough071019/



USFK confirms North Korea’s Hwaseong-15 ICBM can target all of US mainland:

https://www.janes.com/article/89826/usfk-confirms-north-korea-s-hwaseong-15-icbm-can-target-all-of-us-mainland





​PICTURES KAI LAH conducts maiden flight:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-kai-lah-conducts-maiden-flight-459472/






China, Russia Hypersonic Programs - Real Progress or Bluster?:

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/7/12/china-russia-hypersonic-programs-real-progress-or-bluster



China: The Totally Unexpected Rise of the Seafood Drone Army:

https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-totally-unexpected-rise-of-the-seafood-drone-army-1836089425





Australia Seeks a Replacement for Tiger Attack Helicopter:

https://www.overtdefense.com/2019/07/11/australia-seeks-a-replacement-for-tiger-attack-helicopter/









First used Australian fighter jets now flying in Canadian colours, plans
underway to extend jet fleet to 2032:

http://www.combataircraft.com/en/News/2019/07/15/First-used-Australian-fighter-jets-now-flying-in-Canadian-colours,-plans-underway-to-extend-jet-fleet-to-2032/










New cyber defense facility to augment weapons resiliency, threat protection:

https://www.edwards.af.mil/News/Article/1904714/new-cyber-defense-facility-to-augment-weapons-resiliency-threat-protection/



Watch the Coast Guard Chase Down a Drug-Running Semi-Submersible:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a28367216/coast-guard-semi-submersible/



China Lake naval base not mission-capable after earthquakes; researchers moved
temporarily to Ventura:

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/home/article/14035957/china-lake-earthquakes-safety



What Would Happen If Thousands of People Really Did “Storm Area 51”?:

https://theaviationist.com/2019/07/12/what-would-happen-if-thousands-of-people-really-did-storm-area-51/



How Area 51 became the center of alien conspiracy theories:

https://www.businessinsider.com/area-51-american-conspiracy-theories-aliens-history-animation-video-2017-7



Our Media Was Not Built For The Irony Of The Area 51 Raid:

https://www.cracked.com/article_26550_our-media-was-not-built-irony-area-51-raid.html



U.S. Fighter Jets Are About To Get Infrared Sensors That Could Be Huge For UFO
Reporting:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28903/u-s-fighter-jets-are-about-to-get-infrared-sensors-that-could-be-huge-for-ufo-reporting



The Air Force Is Retiring Its Last Phantoms:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/air-force-retiring-its-last-phantoms-67177



Defense Department Accelerates Hypersonic Weapons Development:

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/7/11/defense-department-accelerates-hypersonic-weapons-development



Driverless Battlefield Vehicles:

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20190714.aspx



Special Operations Infantry: The military plans for $60K base salary, 26 minimum
age, $250K bonuses:

https://thenewsrep.com/117734/special-operations-infantry-the-military-plans-for-60k-base-salary-26-minimum-age-250k-bonuses/



Army researchers building ‘smart’ landmines for future combat:

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/07/12/army-researchers-building-smart-landmines-for-future-combat/



Navy Chief Anticipates 3D-Printed Nuclear Weapons:

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/7/2/navy-chief-anticipates-3-d-printed-nuclear-weapons



Space Photographer Snaps Pictures of Secretive X-37B in Orbit:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a28338931/x-37b-spaceplane/



Stryker Strikes Out:

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20190715.aspx



”Spooky” gunships complete its last combat missions, here is what’s replacing
them:

https://warisboring.com/spooky-gunships-complete-its-last-combat-missions-here-is-whats-replacing-them/



Boeing to produce or remanufacture up to 600 AH-64E Apaches:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-to-produce-or-remanufacture-up-to-600-ah-64e-459463/



Skyworks to offer U.S. Army new combat gyrodyne aircraft:

https://defence-blog.com/army/skyworks-to-offer-u-s-army-new-combat-gyrodyne-aircraft.html



B-2 Bomber 30-Year Anniversary Special: **Inside a B-2 Stealth Attack**:

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/history/b-2-bomber-30-year-anniversary-special-inside-a-b-2-stealth-attack-OfXtDN3XRUqk1-llRpcmug/



Raytheon selected for B-52 AESA radar upgrade:

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/military/article/14036185/raytheon-selected-for-b52-aesa-radar-upgrade



The Air Force Has Started Building the First B-21 Bomber, Which You Haven't Even
Seen Yet:

https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-air-force-has-started-building-the-first-b-21-bombe-1836295138



Navy MQ-8C unmanned helicopter hits initial operational capability; ready for
operations and training:

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/home/article/14035881/mq8c-unmanned-helicopter



Boeing T-X Begins Engineering and Manufacturing Development Flight Tests:

https://www.overtdefense.com/2019/07/12/boeing-t-x-begins-engineering-and-manufacturing-development-flight-tests/



Bipartisan Support for Buying More Fighter Jets:

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/7/3/bipartisan-support-for-buying-more-fighter-jets



Scandal? the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation Claims His
Colleagues Are Lying About the F-35's Problems:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/scandal-pentagon%E2%80%99s-director-operational-test-and-evaluation-claims-his-colleagues-are



U.S. Navy completes Army’s Hellfire missile tests on Littoral Combat Ship:

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-navy-completes-armys-hellfire-missile-tests-on-littoral-combat-ship.html



LRASM getting boost in range:

http://alert5.com/2019/07/11/lrasm-getting-boost-in-range/



You Can Buy One Of The Army's Most Capable Ships As The Service Guts Its Naval
Fleets:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28933/you-can-buy-one-of-the-armys-most-capable-ships-as-the-service-guts-its-naval-fleets



The Same Technology Used in Power Grids Will Cloak Navy Ships:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-13/the-same-technology-used-in-power-grids-will-cloak-navy-ships



Navy Arms Destroyers With New High-Powered Laser - Changes War Tactics:

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/sea/navy-arms-destroyers-with-new-high-powered-laser-changes-war-tactics-dse57gmuvUK5dJBGtPKJ4w/
SolomonW
2019-07-16 09:17:22 UTC
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Post by d***@hotmail.com
Afghanistan’s Forests Are Turning a Profit for the Islamic State; Wood smuggling
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/15/afghanistans-forests-are-turning-a-profit-for-the-islamic-state/
That a big, relatively low price item is worth paying bribes and then add
the added cost of smuggling does not sound right.

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