Archive for June, 2019

Al-Shabaab waning as Kenya takes fight to their home bases

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Al-Shabaab waning as Kenya takes fight to their home bases

Police officers display explosives and terrorist literature, among other items, seized in a security operation to flush out Al-Shaabab suspects in Mvakani village, Kwale County, on March 8.

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Why political Islamists target national armies

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Why political Islamists target national armies

Destruction of the army is a prerequisite for Brotherhood, fundamentalists to grab power One of the by-products of the wave of change in the Middle East in the last decade, known in the media as the Arab Spring, was the empirical consolidation of a theoretical argument: Political Islamists seeking power target national armies.

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IDF arrest 9 Palestinians in West Bank, seize terror-related funds

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on IDF arrest 9 Palestinians in West Bank, seize terror-related funds

In a third incident, pipe bombs were also thrown at IDF soldiers in the city of Jenin. There were no casualties or damage reported.

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Saudi forces intercept another Houthi drone headed towards a residential area

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi forces intercept another Houthi drone headed towards a residential area

An attack by the Houthis on Saudi’s Abha airport earlier this week killed one person and wounded 21 others.

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3 U.S. drone airstrikes kill 5 al-Qaida members in central Yemen

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on 3 U.S. drone airstrikes kill 5 al-Qaida members in central Yemen

At least five members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed during airstrikes launched by a U.S. drone in the country’s central province of al-Bayda, a security official told Xinhua on Tuesday.

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Faces of war: Kurdistan’s armed struggle against Islamic State

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Faces of war: Kurdistan’s armed struggle against Islamic State

Since March 2015, the photographer and author Joey Lawrence has had unprecedented access to Kurdish guerrilla organisations fighting Isis, embedding himself into the Iraq and Syrian civil war. His powerful portraits of the fighters give a different perspective to the conflict.

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Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism

Will the Erdogan regime become to that continent what Saudi Arabia became to the Middle East? When the Carter and Reagan administrations began supporting Islamists in Afghanistan, few policymakers recognized the Pandora’s box they were opening. The great global threat, after all, was Communism. And even if radical Islamism was a threat — as early […]

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Hezbollah sees U.S. war on Iran as unlikely: report

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah sees U.S. war on Iran as unlikely: report

The Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah believes a U.S. war on Iran is unlikely and U.S. President Donald Trump would not be able to control the results of a conflict that could engulf the region.

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Pentagon sees Islamic State resurgence in Libya amid Tripoli fighting

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Pentagon sees Islamic State resurgence in Libya amid Tripoli fighting

The Donald Trump administration is seeing a “small” resurgence in the Islamic State’s numbers in Libya since strongman Khalifa Hifter began a bloody march on the capital Tripoli more than two months ago, the Pentagon’s second-ranking military official said.

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Al Qaeda’s Master Terrorists Are Still on Facebook and YouTube

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on Al Qaeda’s Master Terrorists Are Still on Facebook and YouTube

Facebook and YouTube say they have scrubbed tens of thousands of violent extremists posts. But we found 105 from the most dangerous preachers of jihadist terror.

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‘Devastating’ Islamic State Comeback Within Sight, Report Warns

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Comments Off on ‘Devastating’ Islamic State Comeback Within Sight, Report Warns

The Islamic State terror group has set conditions for a comeback that “could be faster and even more devastating” than when it first burst onto the world stage, according to a new report out Wednesday.

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Pompeo Meets Saudi King, Crown Prince on Iran

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo Meets Saudi King, Crown Prince on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman Monday, before going for a “working lunch” with his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, at a restaurant in the Red Sea resort town of Jeddah. The visit took place at a time of strong tensions with Iran and what analysts say […]

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Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions, Targeting its Supreme Leader

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions, Targeting its Supreme Leader

U.S. President Donald Trump imposed what he described as “hard-hitting” new financial sanctions on Iran Monday, specifically targeting the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Egypt, Togo continue Sahel-Saharan joint exercise to combat terrorism

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Egypt, Togo continue Sahel-Saharan joint exercise to combat terrorism

Groups of army personnel from Egypt and Togo continued the second round of the joint military exercise of Sahel-Saharan States to combat terrorism at Mohamed Naguib base, with the participation of special forces from both countries.

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Hezbollah Alleged to Hold Key Role in Global Drug Trade

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah Alleged to Hold Key Role in Global Drug Trade

Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor is calling on European authorities to “open their eyes” and take action against Hezbollah activity in their nations. Prosor now heads the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, which just released the findings of a study documenting the Lebanon-based group’s involvement as a key middleman along […]

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Islamic State’s Sinai province renews allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State’s Sinai province renews allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Islamic State’s Sinai Wilayah (or “province”) has released a short video in which a small cadre of jihadists renew their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Their ringleader is identified as Abu Jafar al-Ansari, a masked man seen at the center of the screen shot above.

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Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 terrorists in Diyala

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 terrorists in Diyala

Iraqi Intelligence Directorate announced, on Thursday, apprehending three terrorists in Diyala. It also indicated that one of them participated in a terrorist attack during the Islamic State offensive on the province.

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Dozens killed in heavy fighting in northwest Syria

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Dozens killed in heavy fighting in northwest Syria

More than 100 combatants have been killed over the past 48 hours in fighting between Syrian forces and rebels in the country’s besieged northwest, a war monitor has said. Ongoing clashes and aerial bombardment centred on the village of Tal Meleh in the north of Hama province, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said […]

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Trump Warns Iran that US ‘Cocked & Loaded’ but ‘In No Hurry’

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Warns Iran that US ‘Cocked & Loaded’ but ‘In No Hurry’

The United States was “cocked & loaded,” ready to strike three sites in Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz but called off the attacks at the last possible moment to spare Iranian lives. The revelation by U.S. President Donald Trump on social media Friday followed a […]

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NATO faces big bill if it fails to pick AWACS successor soon: Officials

Friday, June 21, 2019 Comments Off on NATO faces big bill if it fails to pick AWACS successor soon: Officials

A senior NATO official says the US-led military alliance would be facing the unpleasant prospect of paying a significant bill if it failed to come up with a successor to its ageing fleet of AWACS spy planes by around 2035.

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US Senate Scrutinizes Saudi, UAE Arms Sales

Friday, June 21, 2019 Comments Off on US Senate Scrutinizes Saudi, UAE Arms Sales

Later this week, the U.S. Senate is expected to mount an effort to block an $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as many American lawmakers continue to seethe over Riyadh’s human rights record, the war in Yemen and last year’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Trump administration sought […]

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Somalia: Al-Shabaab Claims Bomb Attack in Lower Shabelle Region

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Somalia: Al-Shabaab Claims Bomb Attack in Lower Shabelle Region

Al-Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for an explosion near Wanlaweyn district in Lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia on Sunday.

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Egypt upholds jail terms for 315 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Egypt upholds jail terms for 315 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists

An Egyptian court upheld on Monday jail terms from five to 25 years against 315 defendants, mostly loyalists of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, over acts of violence and sabotage in 2013, official MENA news agency reported.

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Russian jets carry out deadly bombings in Syria’s Idlib

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Russian jets carry out deadly bombings in Syria’s Idlib

Nearly half of 3 million inhabitants of northwestern Syria, a rebel stronghold, have fled due to regime bombardment. At least 25 people have been killed in aerial bombardment carried out by Russian jet fighters in Idlib region, with schools and medical centres knocked down during a continued Syrian military offensive.

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ISIS sleeper cells burn, blow up and slaughter hundreds in uptick of attacks across Iraq and Syria

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS sleeper cells burn, blow up and slaughter hundreds in uptick of attacks across Iraq and Syria

It has been months since the Islamic State was expelled from its territorial control in Iraq and Syria, but the brutal terrorist outfit continues to wreak havoc in the lands it once deemed its “caliphate.”

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Muslim couple deny terror-related charges in Madrid re-trial

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Muslim couple deny terror-related charges in Madrid re-trial

A Moroccan-born Spaniard and his Mexican wife are denying charges in their retrial that they helped recruit militants for the Islamic State group in Madrid.

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Report: Hezbollah planned huge, game-changing attacks on Israel targets globally

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Hezbollah planned huge, game-changing attacks on Israel targets globally

Israeli intel official says vast ammonium nitrate cache found in 2015 in London, as reported this week, was part of terror group’s planned ‘revenge’ against Israel in case of war.

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Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

The trial of a senior operative reveals the extent of the terrorist organization’s reach in the United States and Canada. In recent years, Hezbollah has stepped up its activities beyond Lebanon’s borders. This uptick has been clearest in the Middle East—in Iraq, Yemen, and especially Syria—but plots have also been thwarted in South America, Asia, […]

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Turkey won’t bow to US ‘ultimatums’ on Russia missile system

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey won’t bow to US ‘ultimatums’ on Russia missile system

Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday his country won’t bow to “ultimatums” after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program over its deal with Russia to purchase its S-400 missile defense system.

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Intl interest in China’s FC-31 stealth fighter jet grows

Sunday, June 16, 2019 Comments Off on Intl interest in China’s FC-31 stealth fighter jet grows

China’s made-for-export FC-31 warplane is making a big impression, as reports say international buyers are thinking of buying the stealth fighter jet, with Chinese military experts recommending on Tuesday that China try to seize these opportunities.

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Russia Plans To Deliver S-400 Missiles To Turkey In July, Says Kremlin Aide

Sunday, June 16, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Plans To Deliver S-400 Missiles To Turkey In July, Says Kremlin Aide

Russia said on June 11 that it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, just days after Washington gave Ankara a deadline of July 31 to reverse the purchase or face the loss of subcontracting work on the U.S.-led F-35 fighter-jet project.

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Documents Suggest Russian Contractor Key Figure for Kremlin in Africa

Sunday, June 16, 2019 Comments Off on Documents Suggest Russian Contractor Key Figure for Kremlin in Africa

A Russian military contractor indicted last year by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller for meddling in domestic American politics is emerging as a key figure in a wide-ranging Kremlin influence operation aimed at boosting Russian clout in Africa at the expense of Western powers, according to documents obtained by an investigative unit funded by an […]

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Congress Pushes Oversight of Saudi Arms Transfers

Sunday, June 16, 2019 Comments Off on Congress Pushes Oversight of Saudi Arms Transfers

A growing number of U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are expressing concern about the Trump administration’s emergency certification of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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Treasury Targets IRGC-Qods Force Financial Conduit in Iraq for Trafficking Weapons Worth Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Sunday, June 16, 2019 Comments Off on Treasury Targets IRGC-Qods Force Financial Conduit in Iraq for Trafficking Weapons Worth Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on an Iraq-based Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) financial conduit, South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC), which has trafficked hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to IRGC-QF-backed Iraqi militias. SWRC and its two Iraqi associates, who […]

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L’Europe doit unir ses forces en Afrique

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on L’Europe doit unir ses forces en Afrique

Face à l’influence croissante de la Chine et d’autres pays émergents en Afrique, l’Europe doit parler d’une seule voix, grâce à une nouvelle Politique africaine commune (PAC), pour faire valoir son système de valeurs et trouver de nouveaux leviers de croissance.

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