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Af/Pak & Other News (12/20/2019)
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2019-12-20 19:13:13 UTC
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Due to Christmas/New Year's vacation, my net access will range from spotty to non-existent for the next few days/weeks. Happy holidays everyone!




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Top US general says troops who died in Afghanistan did not give their lives for nothing:

https://taskandpurpose.com/afghanistan-fallen-not-in-vain



Inside the Taliban’s Afghanistan, violence remains the path to power:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/inside-the-talibans-afghanistan-violence-remains-the-path-to-power/2019/12/19/5c792db8-2042-11ea-b034-de7dc2b5199b_story.html



Meth boom adds to Afghanistan's opium and heroin woes:

https://www.france24.com/en/20191219-meth-boom-adds-to-afghanistan-s-opium-and-heroin-woes



Pakistani Government Slams Judge Who Wants Musharraf's Body Hanged In Public Square:

https://www.rferl.org/a/pakistani-government-army-slam-judge-who-wants-musharraf-s-body-hanged/30335477.html



U.S. to resume military training program for Pakistan: State Department:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pakistan/u-s-to-resume-military-training-program-for-pakistan-state-department-idUSKBN1YO03S









India’s DRDO Flight-Tests Pinaka Missile System off Odisha Coast:

https://defpost.com/indias-drdo-flight-tests-pinaka-missile-system-off-odisha-coast/



Fresh clashes over India law, death toll hits 14:

https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/fresh-clashes-over-india-law-death-toll-hits-14-doc-1n77fq5









Iranian Innovation Inspirations:

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htnavai/articles/20191220.aspx



Fake Fighter News: The Failure of Iran's "New" Saeqeh Jet Fighter:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/fake-fighter-news-failure-irans-new-saeqeh-jet-fighter-107106









Targeting of US bases in Iraq a harsh Iranian message to Washington:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/12/iraq-iran-us-bases-balad-anbar-militias.html









Warring Yemen Parties Carry Out Prisoner Swap:

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/warring-yemen-parties-carry-out-prisoner-swap









Is Turkey Resettling Refugees in Syria — Or Engaging in Demographic Engineering?:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/12/19/who-exactly-is-turkey-resettling-in-syria/



Russia Seeks to Build Local Force in Northeast Syria:

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/russia-seeks-build-local-force-northeast-syria



Jihadists still spreading terror in northern Syria:

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20191220-focus-northern-syria-jihadists-terror-islamic-state-group-sdf-qamishli-turkey-prisons



Thousands flee bombardment in northwest Syria, head to Turkish border:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-syria-security-idlib/thousands-flee-bombardment-in-northwest-syria-head-to-turkish-border-idUKKBN1YO1IC



Russia and Syria Hold First Navy Drills Together as They Launch New Assault:

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-syria-drills-new-offensive-1478351



Inside the U.S. mission to counter Russian aggression in waters off Syria:

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/inside-the-u-s-mission-to-counter-russian-aggression-in-waters-off-syria-exclusive-75393093517



Russia, backed by China, casts 14th U.N. veto on Syria to block cross-border aid:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-un/russia-backed-by-china-casts-14th-u-n-veto-on-syria-to-block-cross-border-aid-idUSKBN1YO23V









Shin Bet tried to recruit Hamas members to sabotage rockets:

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Shin-Bet-tried-to-recruit-Hamas-members-to-sabotage-long-range-rockets-611466









Egypt Rejects Turkey-Libya Deal on Sea Rights, Security:

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/19/world/middleeast/ap-un-united-nations-egypt-turkey-libya.html




Libyan force attacking Tripoli gives militias 3-day deadline:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1601426/middle-east



Libyan government activates cooperation accord with Turkey; Move allows for possible Turkish troops to help defend Tripoli from attack by forces supported by UAE and Russia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/libyan-government-activates-cooperation-accord-with-turkey



How the Kremlin's fingerprints escalated Libya’s conflict, threatening a wider war in the Middle East:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/how-the-kremlins-fingerprints-escalated-libyas-conflict-threatening-a-wider-war-in-the-middle-east/2019/12/20/b2f63a5c-2040-11ea-b034-de7dc2b5199b_story.html




Ethiopia Launches First Satellite:

https://www.voanews.com/africa/ethiopia-launches-first-satellite









Ukraine wants to buy AH-64 Apache helicopters:

https://defence-blog.com/news/ukraine-wants-to-buy-ah-64-apache-helicopters.html



Russia’s top General indirectly confirms Arctic deployment of the unstoppable Kinzhal missile:

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/12/russias-top-general-indirectly-confirms-arctic-deployment-unstoppable-missile



Putin bristles at Western criticism of 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact:

https://apnews.com/5fd1ed7dafc9918673a13b2fa8893c2f



'He was shooting in all directions': gunman opens fire on intelligence agency in Moscow – video:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2019/dec/19/he-was-shooting-in-all-directions-gunman-opens-fire-on-intelligence-agency-in-moscow-video



Russia's security service swoops on suspect's home after deadly shooting:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-shooting/russias-security-service-swoops-on-suspects-home-after-deadly-shooting-idUSKBN1YO0V2



Is Russia eyeing Belarus takeover? Integration talks deepen:

https://apnews.com/7db184a648933c0710c79d6fde384ba2



Russia Plans to Cut Off Some Internet Access Next Week:

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2019/12/russia-plans-cut-some-internet-access-next-week/162028/?oref=d-skybox



Let's Talk About Russia's Secret Special Forces Unit:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/lets-talk-about-russias-secret-special-forces-unit-106276




Bulgarian Poison Probe Focuses On Russian Spy Chief Suspected In Novichok Attack On Skripals:

https://www.rferl.org/a/bulgarian-poison-probe-russian-spy-chief-snovichok-attack-skripals/30334479.html




Sweden sentences Iraqi man of spying for Iran:

https://apnews.com/4a012c477c754e64081387e85097983c




Romania: F-16 Immortality:

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20191220.aspx




Why Denmark Might Not Actually Want Its New F-35 Fighters:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-denmark-might-not-actually-want-its-new-f-35-fighters-106691




The War Trade: How Italy Sold Armoured Vehicles To Russia + Their Deployment With Syrian Army Militias:

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2019/12/20/the-war-trade-how-italy-sold-armoured-vehicles-to-russia-their-deployment-with-syrian-army-militias/



Police raids of neo-Nazis sparks fears of fascist revival in Italy:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/19/police-raids-of-neo-nazis-sparks-fears-of-fascist-/




German Air Force Orders Additional MBDA Meteor BVR Air-to-Air Missiles:

https://defpost.com/german-air-force-orders-additional-mbda-meteor-bvr-air-to-air-missiles/




French Air Force weaponises its Reaper UAVs with GBU-12 bombs:

https://www.janes.com/article/93339/french-air-force-weaponises-its-reaper-uavs-with-gbu-12-bombs




Merlin helicopters to form strike group with HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Northumberland:

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2019/december/7826-merlin-helicopters-to-form-strike-group-with-hms-queen-elizabeth-and-hms-northumberland.html



UK policy to allow secret agents to commit crimes is lawful, tribunal rules:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-spies/uk-policy-to-allow-secret-agents-to-commit-crimes-is-lawful-tribunal-rules-idUSKBN1YO1H0



UK government to launch ‘radical assessment’ of Britain’s place in the world:

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2019/12/19/uk-government-to-launch-radical-assessment-of-britains-place-in-the-world/









Argentina eyes Norwegian SSKs and plans to modernise military:

https://www.janes.com/article/93317/argentina-eyes-norwegian-ssks-and-plans-to-modernise-military



USA approves P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft sale to Argentina:

http://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2019-news/december/5740-usa-approves-p-3c-orion-anti-submarine-aircraft-sale-to-argentina.html









China military’s new Shandong aircraft carrier set to have smaller fighter jet force than expected:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3043042/smaller-fighter-jet-force-expected-chinas-new-aircraft-carrier



Mike Pompeo says the Chinese people are rejecting ruling Communist Party:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/19/mike-pompeo-says-chinese-rejecting-communist-party/



Insurgency, not War, Is China’s Most Likely Course of Action:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/12/insurgency-not-war-is-chinas-most-likely-course-of-action/



China is becoming an Atlantic sea power, says US military analyst:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3042868/china-becoming-atlantic-sea-power-says-us-military-analyst



Hong Kong police seize $10m in donations intended for protesters:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/hong-kong-police-seize-10m-in-donations-intended-for-protesters





US watching North Korea for ‘Christmas gift’ missile launch:

https://apnews.com/d846a03014a975c351ba3e640410c2da



'Before it is too late': Diplomats race to defuse tensions ahead of North Korea's deadline:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-diplomacy/before-it-is-too-late-diplomats-race-to-defuse-tensions-ahead-of-north-koreas-deadline-idUSKBN1YO0KV









The Pentagon's 'Real Men in Black' Investigated Tom DeLonge's UFO Videos:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvg8ea/the-pentagons-real-men-in-black-investigated-tom-delonges-ufo-videos



The Pentagon has declared war on...*checks notes*... Tik Tok:

https://taskandpurpose.com/dod-uninstall-tik-tok



The New York Times was able to track Trump's movements with leaked location data, showing how easy it is to spy on people via their phones:

https://www.businessinsider.com/nyt-tracked-trump-leaked-location-data-mobile-phone-spying-easy-2019-12



New War Report Forecasts A Historic High in Military Threats For U.S. in 2020:

https://www.newsweek.com/new-war-report-forecasts-historic-high-military-threats-us-2020-1478087



Federal judge rules US government entitled to proceeds from Edward Snowden’s memoir and speeches:

https://www.jurist.org/news/2019/12/federal-judge-rules-us-government-entitled-to-proceeds-from-edward-snowdens-memoir-and-speeches/



Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/12/not-so-idle-hands-fbi-program-offers-companies-data-protection-via-deception/



A Washington state Congressman took part in armed militia conflicts across the US. Now his fellow lawmakers want him to resign:

https://taskandpurpose.com/washington-state-congressman-militia-resign



IBM Reveals “Staggering” New Battery Tech, Withholds Technical Details:

https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/ibm-new-seawater-battery-technology



AI & Robots Crush Foes In Army Wargame:

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/12/ai-robots-crush-foes-in-army-wargame/



Air Force To Conduct Its First Space Launch From Guam Next Year Using A 747 Jumbo Jet:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/31545/air-force-to-conduct-its-first-space-launch-from-guam-next-year-using-a-747-jumbo-jet



Boeing's Starliner Spacecraft Got Confused And Won't Reach The International Space Station:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/31566/boeings-starliner-spacecraft-got-confused-and-wont-reach-the-international-space-station



U.S. Army awards ATK $100M contract for fifth-generation tank rounds production:

https://defence-blog.com/army/u-s-army-awards-atk-100m-contract-for-fifth-generation-tank-rounds-production.html



Yes, a balloon/kite might improve battlefield networks:

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/it-networks/2019/12/19/its-not-a-cloud-its-a-battlefield-aerostat/



Raytheon readies new multirole Coyote:

https://www.janes.com/article/93310/raytheon-readies-new-multirole-coyote



Air Force Names Its Newest Helicopters "Grey Wolves" Because They Will Fly in "Packs":

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/31549/air-force-names-its-newest-helicopters-grey-wolves-because-they-will-fly-in-packs



Energy Department unveils three radiation sniffing King Air 350ERs:

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/energy-department-unveils-three-radiation-sniffing-king-air-350ers/135885.article



This MiG killer is the first ANG F-16 to get the new single color paint scheme:

http://alert5.com/2019/12/21/this-mig-killer-is-the-first-ang-f-16-to-get-the-new-single-color-paint-scheme/



Bell provides V-280 Valor flight test details:

https://defence-blog.com/army/bell-provides-v-280-valor-flight-test-details.html



KC-46A Pegasus tanker completes first flight around the world:

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/12/19/KC-46A-Pegasus-tanker-completes-first-flight-around-the-world/4201576783006/



The KC-46 is back to carrying cargo and passengers:

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/12/20/the-kc-46-is-back-to-carrying-cargo-and-passengers/



U.S. Air Force awards contract to Raytheon for delivery of 95 infrared Maverick units:

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-awards-contract-to-raytheon-for-delivery-of-95-infrared-maverick-units.html



Congress slashes funding for the Navy’s LCS sensors — again:

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/12/19/congress-slashes-funding-for-the-navys-lcs-sensors-again/



Can the US Navy make lemonade out of LCS lemons?:

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/12/19/can-the-us-navy-make-lemonade-out-of-lcs-lemons/
David E. Powell
2019-12-31 04:46:10 UTC
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Due to Christmas/New Year's vacation, my net access will range from spotty to non-existent for the next few days/weeks. Happy holidays everyone!
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