Archive for February, 2020

Trump Dismisses U.S. Intelligence Reports Warning Of Russian Help In His 2020 Relection Bid

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Dismisses U.S. Intelligence Reports Warning Of Russian Help In His 2020 Relection Bid

U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected reported assertions by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential election in a bid to help his reelection campaign.

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Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey

The Kremlin was scrambling Friday to reach a stopgap agreement with Ankara to halt fighting in northwest Syria amid growing fears that Russia and Turkey are on the brink of open warfare.

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Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands

The road to Zabol province is specked with craters. Army outposts line a raw landscape of mountains and open steppe. Winds snap hard; signs warn of minefields. The Taliban has blown up most of the bridges.

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Russia accuses Turkey of shelling Syrian army to help militants

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Russia accuses Turkey of shelling Syrian army to help militants

Russia accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting the Syrian army and said militants briefly broke through Syrian military positions in Idlib, Russian news agencies reported.

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Terror in South America: Iran and Hezbollah threaten the region, insiders say

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Terror in South America: Iran and Hezbollah threaten the region, insiders say

The phrasing and emphasis were deliberate. Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Trujillo stood at a podium at the Pentagon reading a prepared statement in English when he turned to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to pause and enunciate one word at the end of a list of shared threats: “Hezbollah.”

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Trial opens of French jihadist linked to Bataclan killer

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Trial opens of French jihadist linked to Bataclan killer

The trial has opened before a special criminal court of Reda Hame, the French jihadist known to have associated in Syria with one of the masterminds of the Bataclan killings.

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Britain First leader Paul Golding charged by anti-terror police

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Britain First leader Paul Golding charged by anti-terror police

Far-right figure was stopped at Heathrow on way back from meeting at Russian parliament and refused to give Pin of phone and devices, says Met Paul Golding, the leader of the fringe far-right group Britain First, has been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act after refusing to give police access to his phone.

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Far-Right Terrorist Attack Puts Germany on Edge

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Far-Right Terrorist Attack Puts Germany on Edge

Late Wednesday in Hanau, Germany a lone individual went on a terrorist rampage, shooting patrons at two hookah bars and murdering nine people.

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Kosovo Woman Faces Terror Charges for Joining IS Group

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Woman Faces Terror Charges for Joining IS Group

Kosovar prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against an ethnic Albanian woman who allegedly joined a terror group in Syria.

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Government’s terror laws adviser raises fears over reforms

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Government’s terror laws adviser raises fears over reforms

Keeping prisoners behind bars for longer could “expose them to worse influences” than if they were released, the government’s terror laws adviser has said.

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Verdict delayed for Turkish activists held on terror charges

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Verdict delayed for Turkish activists held on terror charges

A Turkish court has delayed its verdict in the case of 11 rights activists arrested in 2017 on terror charges.

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Under attack: Dozens of hospitals targeted during latest phase of Syria’s bloody war

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Under attack: Dozens of hospitals targeted during latest phase of Syria’s bloody war

At least 67 attacks have taken place against hospitals, health facilities and health workers in Syria’s northwest since April last year, Sky News analysis has shown.

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Crisis puts Lebanon’s survival at stake, Hezbollah warns

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Crisis puts Lebanon’s survival at stake, Hezbollah warns

Lebanon may not survive if its new government fails, the powerful Hezbollah warned on Sunday, urging the country’s divided politicians not to obstruct the cabinet as it seeks to address an unprecedented economic and financial crisis.

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Turkey Says Two Killed in Car Bomb Attack Near Syria Border

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Says Two Killed in Car Bomb Attack Near Syria Border

A car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia killed two people and wounded five on Sunday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

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Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups “wherever they are found”.

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Rocket attack strikes near U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Rocket attack strikes near U.S. Embassy in Iraq

A rocket attack struck near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq early Sunday, a U.S. military and Iraqi officials have confirmed.

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U.S. would take military action if China attacks Taiwan: Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. would take military action if China attacks Taiwan: Bernie Sanders

United States Senator Bernie Sanders, who is vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, said Sunday that if elected, he would be prepared to take military action if China attacked Taiwan.

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Trump: If Partial Truce Holds, ‘I Would Put My Name’ on Taliban Peace Deal

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Trump: If Partial Truce Holds, ‘I Would Put My Name’ on Taliban Peace Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday a seven-day partial truce with the Afghan Taliban has “been holding up” and it could eventually lead to his signing of a peace deal with the insurgent group scheduled for this week.

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How Should the West Respond to the Iranian Protesters?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on How Should the West Respond to the Iranian Protesters?

“Right now people are mad, not just because of their own government… People are furious about the Western reaction, with the silence of the world. When they see that people are getting killed, but still the Western governments do not dare to openly support human rights and ask the United Nations to make an open […]

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The Fortunate Arabs in the Middle East

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on The Fortunate Arabs in the Middle East

Meanwhile, there are other Arabs in the region who are more fortunate than the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: the Arab citizens of Israel. These citizens are lucky that they do not live under the rule of the corrupt and incompetent leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. These Arab citizens are […]

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How China Overtook the U.S. as the World’s Major Trading Partner

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on How China Overtook the U.S. as the World’s Major Trading Partner

How China Overtook the U.S. As the World’s Trade Partner In 2018, trade accounted for 59% of global GDP, up nearly 1.5 times since 1980. Over this timeframe, international trade has transformed significantly—not just in terms of volume and composition, but also in terms of the countries that the rest of the world leans on […]

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Russia To Deploy New Air-Defense Equipment To Base In Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Russia To Deploy New Air-Defense Equipment To Base In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan says Russia plans to install new air- and missile-defense equipment and drones at its air base near the former Soviet republic’s northern city of Kant.

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Chinese military never engages in cyber espionage: Defense Spokesperson

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese military never engages in cyber espionage: Defense Spokesperson

“The Chinese military has never engaged in any form of cyber theft. The US accusation is groundless and totally hegemonic,” said Senior Colonel Wuqian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, in a written statement published on Thursday.

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Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

Charges also Reveal Huawei’s Business in North Korea and Assistance to the Government of Iran in Performing Domestic Surveillance

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Turkey to oppose Pakistan blacklisting at anti-terrorism finance meet

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey to oppose Pakistan blacklisting at anti-terrorism finance meet

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he would help Pakistan stay off a terrorism financing blacklist at a meeting of a global finance watchdog, a move he suggested would counter “political pressure” from Islamabad’s critics.

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Syrian to be tried for plotting attack on U.S. embassy in Lebanon: agency

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian to be tried for plotting attack on U.S. embassy in Lebanon: agency

A Syrian man held on suspicion of plotting an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon was referred to trial on Thursday along with 20 other people, the Lebanese state news agency NNA said.

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Idlib and Its Environs – Narrowing Prospects for a Rebel Holdout

Monday, February 17, 2020 Comments Off on Idlib and Its Environs – Narrowing Prospects for a Rebel Holdout

Greater Idlib and its immediate surroundings in northwest Syria—consisting of rural northern Latakia, northwestern Hama, and western Aleppo—stand out as the last segment of the country held by independent groups. These groups are primarily jihadist, Islamist, and Salafi in orientation. Other areas have returned to Syrian government control, are held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic […]

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Damascus area purportedly hit by Israeli warplanes

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Damascus area purportedly hit by Israeli warplanes

Syrian anti-air defense units fired in attempt to intercept incoming projectiles launched against the Damascus area early this morning. The Israeli Defense Forces is thought to have launched the attack.

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White House confirms death of AQAP leader

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on White House confirms death of AQAP leader

The White House announced today that Qasim al-Rimi (or al-Raymi), the emir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has been “successfully eliminated” in a “counterterrorism operation in Yemen.”

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Al-Qassam Brigades releases message about Israeli captives

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Al-Qassam Brigades releases message about Israeli captives

On Wednesday, the spokesperson for the military wing of Hamas stated that Israelis in their captivity were injured during airstrikes conducted by Israel’s Air Force. The message about the injury of its captives may be closer to psychological warfare than truth.

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HTS utilizes suicide bombings against advancing regime forces

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on HTS utilizes suicide bombings against advancing regime forces

As the Assad regime and its allies advance into Idlib from two directions, Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the largest jihadist force in the area, has increasingly utilized suicide bombings in defense of the province.

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Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Virtually every sector of Iran’s civilian economy is now subject to U.S. secondary sanctions, rendering additional sanctions progressively less significant.

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Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

In 2012, Hezbollah committed itself to armed conflict in defense of its Syrian ally, Bashar al Assad, against rebels and Islamic State fighters attempting to overthrow the Assad government. With the backing of Iran and Russia, they successfully supported the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in largely putting down the armed insurgency.

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Analysis: JNIM addresses detractors, sends message of unity

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Analysis: JNIM addresses detractors, sends message of unity

Over the last few weeks, al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) released two pamphlets that sent indirect messages to its detractors and supporters in the Sahel and beyond.

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U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Sign Logistics Interoperability Framework

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Sign Logistics Interoperability Framework

Vice Adm. Rick Williamson, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics (N4), and Rear Adm. Masatomi Dairiki, director general of the Logistics Department of the Maritime Support Office, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, signed a revised framework to improve cooperation and interoperability for maritime logistics Feb 5 at the Pentagon.

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