TUESDAY PDB – US Troops Back to Somalia, Russia Warns Sweden and Finland Over NATO, China’s New Cruise Missile Sub, Debate over Marines’ Future, Massive Narco Tunnel From Mexico

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WOW – ‘Massive Tunnel’ Found from Mexico Into U.S. With $25M in Drugs, 6 Arrested. Federal law enforcement officials have uncovered an elaborate tunnel they say was used to smuggle just under a ton of cocaine from Mexico to a southern California warehouse. Federal prosecutors say the tunnel is about 1,744 feet long and connects Tijuana, Mexico, to a warehouse in San Diego that’s just east of the Port of Entry. At 61 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter, prosecutors said the tunnel has reinforced walls, a rail system, electricity and even a ventilation system.


MORE TO COME – Satellite photo shows possible new Chinese nuclear submarine able to launch cruise missiles. The submarine has two distinct patches of green coloring on its hull immediately behind its conning tower, while a cruciform rudder arrangement and a possible shrouded propulsion system are seen.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 83. Explosions rocked the western city of Lviv and a Russian attack hit a military base close to Poland’s border, Ukrainian officials said. The country’s air defence shot down three cruise missiles in the Lviv region, the air force said. Ukrainian troops shelled a residential area in the Petrovsky district, according to the Russian-backed administration of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Russian state news agency RIA reported.

Russian sub fired missiles at Lviv Training Center, Ukraine says. The use of such weapons could indicate munitions shortages, expert says.

MARIUPOL – Russia says more than 250 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered in Azovstal steel plant. “Over the past 24 hours, 265 militants have laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 seriously wounded,” the ministry said, following an earlier report from Russian-backed separatists that 256 fighters had surrendered.

TURKEY- ALLY OR TROJAN HORSE? Erdogan says Swedish, Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Turkey. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Swedish and Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Ankara to convince it to approve their NATO bid.

Russia warns Finland and Sweden over NATO. Moscow is scrambling to adjust to a new security picture in Europe brought about by its invasion of Ukraine, where fighting is ravaging the east.


WE ARE GOING BACK – US troops heading back into Somalia, reversing Trump order. Several hundred U.S. servicemembers will be again stationed inside Somalia to help combat growing al-Shabab terrorist forces there, administration officials confirmed Monday.

AIDING OUR ENEMY – Biden revises Cuba policy, eases restrictions on remittances, travel. The United States on Monday announced a series of steps to revise its policy toward totalitarian Cuba, including easing some Trump-era restrictions on family remittances and travel to the island and sharply increasing the processing of U.S. visas for Cubans.

CHANGE OF HEART – India halts Ka-31 helicopter deal with Russia. India has halted negotiations with Russia for the former to acquire 10 Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters for $520 million, following uncertainties in arms supplies amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mali junta says ‘Western-backed’ military officers attempted coup. The purported foiled putsch took place on the night between May 11 and May 12, the junta that took power in an August 2020 coup said in a statement. Read More

Chadians protest as anti-French sentiments hit new highs in Sahel. People chanted “Chad hurra, France barra”, an Arabic phrase meaning “Chad is Free and France is out” during the protests at the weekend, which were organised by the Wikit Tamma movement, a civil society initiative founded last year.


REPRESSION GROWS – Taliban dissolve Afghanistan’s Human Rights Commission, other key bodies. Taliban authorities in Afghanistan dissolved five key departments of the former U.S.-backed government, including the country’s Human Rights Commission, deeming them unnecessary in the face of a financial crunch, an official said on Monday.


DEBATE RAGES ON – Lethal and survivable or irrelevant and vulnerable? Marine redesign debate rages. It’s “not a custody fight. It’s a fight for the life of the child,” said retired. Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper.



Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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