U.S. offers $15 million for information on IRGC and commander behind Karbala attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program placed a $15 million bounty for information on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Abdul Reza Shahlai, one of its most dangerous commanders who is based out of Yemen. Shahlai has “a long history of targeting Americans and U.S. allies globally,” Rewards for Justice states, including his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of five U.S. soldiers in Karbala, Iraq in 2007.

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Macron says time for Turkey to clarify ambiguous stance on Islamic State

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Tuesday of working with Islamic State proxies and said Ankara’s ambiguity toward the group was detrimental to its NATO allies fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah Joins Search for New Iraq PM as UN Slams Protest Violence

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Lebanon’s Hezbollah party has joined the search for a new Iraqi prime minister following the resignation of Adel Abdul Mahdi last week.

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Fresh intelligence points to Iranian threat against US forces and interests in Middle East, officials say

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

There is fresh intelligence of a potential Iranian threat against US forces and interests in the Middle East, according to several US defense and administration officials.

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Iranian Weapons Warehouse Struck in Eastern Syria, Report Says

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

In recent months, a series of strikes in Iraq have been attributed to Israel, some of them near the Syria-Iraq border and the Al-Bukamal-Qaim crossing.

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ISIS attack kills 3 Peshmerga forces in disputed Iraqi town

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Three Kurdish Peshmerga forces were killed repelling an Islamic State attack late Wednesday night in a disputed town in the Iraqi province of Diyala.

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Graham knocks Macron’s ‘cavalier’ comments about European ISIS fighters

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) knocked French President Emmanuel Macron for “cavalier” comments about ISIS fighters who traveled from Europe to join the terrorist group.

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The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.

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Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that a U.S. Navy warship has intercepted a “significant cache” of what is thought to be missile parts from Iran headed to rebels in Yemen.

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Representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli government signed a contract to acquire MADR radars

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

On Thursday, December 5, an intergovernmental Czech-Israeli agreement on the acquisition of eight 3D mobile radars (MADR) was concluded in Prague. She was signed by Deputy Defense Minister for Armaments and Acquisitions Section Filip Riha and Retired Brigadier Yair Kulas, Director of the Israeli Ministry of Defense Agency, Directorate for International Defense Cooperation (SIBAT).

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Britain, France, Germany claim in letter to UN chief Iran has ‘nuclear-capable missiles’

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Having failed to fulfill their commitments to Iran under a 2015 nuclear deal, the European signatories are now accusing Tehran of possessing “nuclear-capable ballistic missiles,” claiming its latest missile activities are “inconsistent” with a UN resolution that endorsed the accord.

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Treasury Sanctions Evil Corp, the Russia-Based Cybercriminal Group Behind Dridex Malware

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Washington – Today the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against Evil Corp, the Russia-based cybercriminal organization responsible for the development and distribution of the Dridex malware. Evil Corp has used the Dridex malware to infect computers and harvest login credentials from hundreds of banks and financial institutions in over 40 countries, causing more than $100 million in theft. This malicious software has caused millions of dollars of damage to U.S. and international financial institutions and their customers. Concurrent with OFAC’s action, the Department of Justice charged two of Evil Corp’s members with criminal violations, and the Department of State announced a reward for information up to $5 million leading to the capture or conviction of Evil Corp’s leader. These U.S. actions were carried out in close coordination with the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA). Additionally, based on information obtained by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Treasury Department’s Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection (OCCIP) released previously unreported indicators of compromise associated with the Dridex malware and its use against the financial services sector.

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Russia ready to extend New START treaty by year-end: Putin

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is ready to “immediately” extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty “without any preconditions” by the end of the year.

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Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran

A Russian state company suspended a research project with Iran because of its decision to resume enriching uranium, a move a senior official said Thursday was necessary after the U.S. canceled a waiver to allow the joint venture.

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Erdogan Says NATO Allies Must Back Turkey’s Fight Against Terrorism

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that Ankara dropped its objection to a NATO plan to bolster the defense of Poland and the Baltic states, adding that it now expected the allies’ support in its fight against terrorism.

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Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime.

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US pushes to reintegrate militants after Islamic State fight

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Donald Trump administration is working to help Middle Eastern and African countries reintegrate thousands of fighters who joined the Islamic State (IS) and its affiliates, a senior administration official said Dec. 5.

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US offering $15 million for info on Iranian planner of 2007 Karbala attack that killed 5 US troops

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday it was offering $15 million for information related to an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Commander who planned one of the most sophisticated attacks against coalition troops in Iraq, killing five soldiers in 2007.

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Israel Successfully Tests New Rocket Propulsion System – Defence Ministry

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Israel successfully tested on Friday a new rocket propulsion system as part of country’s missile defence modernization, the Israeli Defence Ministry said.

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UN rights chief ‘extremely concerned’ over deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

In the wake of recent protests in Iran, the top United Nations human rights official expressed alarm on Friday over multiple human rights violations which have reportedly taken place across the country.

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Serbia Exploring Possibility of Purchasing Russian MC-21

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on 4 December at Bocharov Ruchey state residence in Sochi.

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Turkey Not Resuming Military Operation in Northeast Syria: Security Source

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Turkey is fully abiding by the agreements it reached with Russia and the United States regarding northeast Syria and is not resuming its military offensive, a security source said on Monday.

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Iran’s Guard threatens US, allies over protests

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened the U.S. and its allies Monday as he addressed a pro-government demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people denouncing last week’s violent protests over a fuel price hike.

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‘They will destroy everything here’: Turkish advance forces Syrians to flee homes as winter looms

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Heavy fighting has continued despite a cease-fire deal in northern Syria after Turkey vowed to clear Syrian Democratic Forces from a 20-mile-deep “safe zone” between the border cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn.

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U.S. Commander Warns of Iranian Attack in Middle East

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

A top general said that America’s addition of 14,000 troops in the Persian Gulf since the spring would probably not deter Iran from carrying out a major strike.

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At Least 13 Killed in Southern Iraq Protests

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters in southern Iraq Sunday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens more.

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Former Islamic Movement Leader Ra’ad Salah Convicted of Incitement to Terrorism

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Leader is expected to receive jail time for praising the actions of three Israeli Arabs who killed two Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City in 2017.

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Turkey seizes Daesh terrorist recruitment list by country

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

Turkish intelligence and security forces seized recruitment lists containing the names of Daesh operatives and their nationalities in a counterterror operation targeting the terrorist group in southern Turkey.

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Lebanese protesters clash with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Clashes broke out between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of the Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, early on Monday, as tensions escalated when demonstrators blocked a main bridge.

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U.S. Resumes Large-Scale Operations Against ISIS in Northern Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

After a lull of several weeks, American troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters are once again conducting large-scale counterterrorism missions.

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The National Security Threat of Peddling Russian Disinformation

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Senior U.S. officials have inexplicably parroted statements echoing the Kremlin’s talking points that Russia was a victim of a Ukrainian smear campaign.

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China Bids to Replace US Influence in the Middle East

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

In what could prove to be a serious challenge to the long-standing hegemony Washington has enjoyed in the region, Beijing is seeking to deepen its commercial ties in the Arab world, thereby encouraging Arab states to look to China to safeguard their future security needs rather than maintaining their traditional reliance on the US.

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Trump and Netanyahu: Both Being Investigated for Made-Up Crimes

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, South East Asia

The most striking similarity is that both are being investigated for actions that their legislatures have not explicitly made criminal.

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US Wants Denmark to Buy More F-35 Fighter Jets, Bolster Surveillance in Arctic

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Several Danish parties opined that the US ambassador had gone too far in instructing Copenhagen how to spend its money.

The United States has encouraged Denmark to buy more F-35 fighter jets. This message has been delivered by US Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands.

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Russia plans to sign new S-400 deal with Turkey in first half of 2020: Official

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

A high-ranking Russian military figure says Moscow plans to sign a new contract with Turkey to supply new batteries of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in the first half of 2020.

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