Archive for February, 2019

Four Allies and one partner will create a regional Special Forces command

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on Four Allies and one partner will create a regional Special Forces command

On Wednesday (13 February 2019), the Defence Ministers from Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to establish a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC) in the margins of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels. Partner nation Austria will sign the LOI immediately following the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting. […]

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Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues

Indictment Unsealed as U.S. Treasury Department Announces Economic Sanctions. Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, a former U.S. service member and counterintelligence agent, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national

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US strikes ISIS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on US strikes ISIS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies

The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control center, as American-allied Syrian forces battled the extremists in their last stronghold in eastern Syria amid reports of more civilian casualties.

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Russia demands US pull troops from Syria as Iran issues new threats – ‘Fulfil your PLEDGE’

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on Russia demands US pull troops from Syria as Iran issues new threats – ‘Fulfil your PLEDGE’

Russia has demanded the US pull troops out of Syria in a dire warning against Washington, as Moscow increases to roll-out withdrawal plans for the region.

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ISIS has stashed away millions to fund new wave of attacks against the West, UN experts warn

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS has stashed away millions to fund new wave of attacks against the West, UN experts warn

ISIS chiefs have stashed away millions to fund a new wave of attacks against Britain and the West – as the terror group faces being stamped out once and for all.

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Taliban Seeking Recognition of Qatar Office Ahead of Fresh Talks With US

Friday, February 15, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Seeking Recognition of Qatar Office Ahead of Fresh Talks With US

The Taliban says it hopes ongoing negotiations with the United States would bring a long-demanded formal recognition for the insurgent group’s “political office” in Qatar, insisting it would help accelerate consultations over the endgame in the Afghan war.

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Senior Indonesian member of Islamic State killed in Syria-police

Friday, February 15, 2019 Comments Off on Senior Indonesian member of Islamic State killed in Syria-police

An Indonesian militant who appeared on an Islamic State propaganda video showing the execution of a hostage and was said to be close to the militant group’s leader was killed in Syria last month, an Indonesian police spokesman and his brother said.

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Russia Mulls Disconnecting From Internet In Test Of Cyberdefenses

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Mulls Disconnecting From Internet In Test Of Cyberdefenses

Russia is planning to temporarily disconnect from the global Internet in the coming weeks as it tests its defenses against cyberattacks.

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Despite falling attacks, ISIL terrorists remain ‘global threat’: UN report

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Despite falling attacks, ISIL terrorists remain ‘global threat’: UN report

Though attacks were down last year, a new United Nations report to the Security Council on Monday shows that ISIL is still a global threat, despite evolving into a “covert” terrorism network, with countries continuing to face challenges from the growing scourge of violent extremism.

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Russia says 27 children of ISIL members arrive from Iraq

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Russia says 27 children of ISIL members arrive from Iraq

A group of 27 Russian children whose mothers are being held in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group have arrived home in Russia. The children landed at Ramenskoye Airport, near Moscow, on Sunday.

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UN takes aim at Hezbollah with warning for Lebanon to stay out of foreign conflicts

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on UN takes aim at Hezbollah with warning for Lebanon to stay out of foreign conflicts

The United Nations Security Council has taken aim at Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and its role in Syria, issuing a warning late on Friday for all Lebanese parties to dissociate themselves from any external conflicts.

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Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State’s last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.-backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it.

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Zarif In Lebanon Meets Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah. Pledges Support

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Zarif In Lebanon Meets Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah. Pledges Support

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who arrived in Lebanon on Sunday met Hassan Nasrallah the leader of the militant group Hezbollah. In recent days, Hezbollah has been pushing the idea of Lebanon officially accepting Iranian military assistance, which Zarif earlier said Iran would be looking forward to.

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Islamic State Militants Fight to Hold Onto Final Foothold in Eastern Syria

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Militants Fight to Hold Onto Final Foothold in Eastern Syria

Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish news agencies and a Syrian war monitor said.

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Caught in Syria, foreign terrorist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on Caught in Syria, foreign terrorist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Their home countries don’t want them and holding trials in Syria isn’t an option: now suspected foreign terrorists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq.

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U.S.-backed Syrian force launches ‘final battle’ against Islamic State

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-backed Syrian force launches ‘final battle’ against Islamic State

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the SDF’s area of operations.

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‘The fighting was intense’: witness tells of two-day attempt to kill Isis leader

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on ‘The fighting was intense’: witness tells of two-day attempt to kill Isis leader

Foreign fighters reportedly executed after launching attack against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadiby Martin Chulov in Baghouz, eastern Syria.

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US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.

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Votel: “Tens of thousands” of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on Votel: “Tens of thousands” of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq

The top US commander in the war against ISIS aligned himself Sunday with the US intelligence community assessment that there are “tens of thousands” of ISIS fighters spread across Syria and Iraq.

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US-Backed Forces in Syria Push to Oust Last of IS Group

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on US-Backed Forces in Syria Push to Oust Last of IS Group

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have recaptured 41 positions held by Islamic State militants as they seek to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Sunday that SDF forces had destroyed fortifications in the Village of Baghuz, but that heavy fighting continued.

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Report: Russia Has Deployed More Medium-Range Cruise Missiles Than Previously Thought

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Russia Has Deployed More Medium-Range Cruise Missiles Than Previously Thought

Russia has deployed its controversial 9M729 cruise missile at more locations than previously thought, a German newspaper reports. Citing an unidentified Western intelligence source, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ) said on February 10 that missile battalions were stationed in Mozdok in North Ossetia and in Shuya, close to Moscow.

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India Successfully Test Fires Air-to-Air Version of Anti-Tank Missile – Reports

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on India Successfully Test Fires Air-to-Air Version of Anti-Tank Missile – Reports

Metaphorically named Nag (meaning cobra), it can be launched from both land and air-based platforms. The strike range of the weapon is 4 km and 7 km respectively.

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Paris, Berlin Take First Step Toward Jet That Will Replace Rafale, Eurofighters

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Paris, Berlin Take First Step Toward Jet That Will Replace Rafale, Eurofighters

Paris and Berlin, which have pushed the idea of creating a joint European army, unveiled their ambitious goal to design the new Future Combat Air System (FCAS), including a fighter and associated weapons in July 2017. It has taken them almost two years to proceed to taking concrete steps.

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Iraqi armed factions hit Daesh targets inside Syria

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi armed factions hit Daesh targets inside Syria

Iraqi armed factions said Thursday they have launched dozens of missiles targeting Daesh militants holed up in a Syrian village across the border. The state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces said they fired 50 missiles at targets in Baghouz village, in the last speck of territory held by the extremists.

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Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga leaders say ISIL still a threat and US should not withdraw from Syria. A pair of armoured vehicles parked in a corner of the Peshmerga headquarters in northern Iraq form a stark reminder of the threat the region is facing by ISIL.

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Collapse of the ‘caliphate’: Daesh territory slashed by 99.5 percent

Monday, February 11, 2019 Comments Off on Collapse of the ‘caliphate’: Daesh territory slashed by 99.5 percent

The Daesh “caliphate” that was once the size of Britain has been reduced to a tiny patch of land near a village in eastern Syria, the anti-Daesh coalition said on Thursday.

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US-backed Syria force says captures foreign militants ‘daily’

Monday, February 11, 2019 Comments Off on US-backed Syria force says captures foreign militants ‘daily’

US-backed forces in Syria said Wednesday they were detaining foreign Daesh group fighters on a “daily basis,” days after confirming the capture of German militants Martin Lemke.

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HRW warns against secret transfer of militants from Syria

Monday, February 11, 2019 Comments Off on HRW warns against secret transfer of militants from Syria

Any transfers of suspected foreign militants and their relatives out of Syria should be transparent, Human Rights Watch told AFP, as camps in the northeast fill with families of different nationalities.

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Zawahiri criticizes jihadists in Syria for clinging to territory under Turkey’s protection

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Zawahiri criticizes jihadists in Syria for clinging to territory under Turkey’s protection

On Feb. 5, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released a 45-minute video featuring the group’s global emir, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The bulk of the video, titled “The Way to Salvation,” is dedicated to explaining why the jihadists have not succeeded in countries that experienced the 2011 Arab uprisings. That is, Zawahiri seeks to explain why […]

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Analysis: The budding insurgency in southern Syria

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Analysis: The budding insurgency in southern Syria

Yesterday, a low-quality video depicting an IED attack on a regime checkpoint in southern Syria was uploaded to the internet. A relatively unknown group, the Popular Resistance, claimed credit within the video itself.

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Taliban continues to host foreign terrorist groups, despite assurances to the contrary

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban continues to host foreign terrorist groups, despite assurances to the contrary

In its latest statement on the summit in Moscow, the Taliban stated “we do not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against other countries including neighboring countries.” Although the Taliban has employed similar language for years, it is a demonstrably false claim. The Taliban has continuously worked alongside jihadist organizations with regional and […]

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Renouncing al-Qaeda and the prospects for engagement

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Renouncing al-Qaeda and the prospects for engagement

The seizure of the northern Syrian province of Idlib by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) from other armed opposition groups in early January once again brings to the fore the debate over its ties to al-Qaeda (AQ). HTS grew out of the Nusra Front (NF) in 2017, when it was required to renounce AQ as part […]

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Islamic State’s Chief Al-Baghdadi Survived a ‘Coup’ by his Fighters

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State’s Chief Al-Baghdadi Survived a ‘Coup’ by his Fighters

Martin Chulov reported [1] for The Guardian yesterday, February 7, the Islamic State’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had survived a coup attempt last month by foreign fighters within the ranks of the terrorist organization in its holdout in Hajin in eastern Syria near the town of Al-Bukamal on the border between Syria and Iraq, and […]

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US General Warns of Russian, Chinese Inroads in Africa

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Comments Off on US General Warns of Russian, Chinese Inroads in Africa

Fears that Washington is increasingly losing influence across the globe are starting to come to fruition in Africa, where a top military official says Russia is playing on perceived U.S. weaknesses to gain leverage and resources.

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Now That NATO Door Is Open, North Macedonia Gets To Show That It Belongs

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Comments Off on Now That NATO Door Is Open, North Macedonia Gets To Show That It Belongs

NATO says it is now ready North Macedonia. But is North Macedonia ready for the Western security alliance? At the center of a tug-of-war for influence between Russia and the West, Skopje signed a protocol on February 6 that could see another successor state of Yugoslavia become the military alliance’s 30th member if the move […]

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