Archive for February, 2020

India – Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) and Related Equipment and Support

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on India – Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) and Related Equipment and Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, India, South East Asia

Chinese military planes cross median line of Taiwan Strait

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese military planes cross median line of Taiwan Strait

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Chinese military aircraft crossed over the median line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwan’s airspace on Monday for the first time in nearly a year, as Beijing continued military maneuvers near Taiwan for a second straight day.

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Air Force’s proposed $169 billion budget focuses on ‘great power competition,’ readiness, establishing Space Force

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Air Force’s proposed $169 billion budget focuses on ‘great power competition,’ readiness, establishing Space Force

The Department of the Air Force released a $169 billion budget proposal Feb. 10, which for the first time includes funding for the newly created U.S. Space Force while also focusing funds to help both services modernize, address threats from Russia and China, and sustain readiness.

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Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

The warning takes on greater meaning following a call on January 28 by ISIS’s new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, to direct greater attention to attacking Israel and Jews, including using chemical weapons.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Israel sentences Islamic cleric to 28 months for inciting terror

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Israel sentences Islamic cleric to 28 months for inciting terror

An Israeli court Monday sentenced a firebrand Islamic cleric to 28 months in prison for incitement to terrorism in connection with deadly unrest at a Jerusalem holy site in 2017.

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Eight killed in truck blast in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish defense ministry

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Eight killed in truck blast in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish defense ministry

A bomb detonated on a truck containing diesel-filled barrels and killed eight civilians and wounded seven more, including children, in northwestern Syria’s Idlib region on Monday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Syria and Turkey inched closer to all-out war Monday as their troops exchanged deadly fire for the second time in a matter of days in Idlib, a contested and ravaged northern province that is the last remaining major rebel redoubt in Syria’ s nearly nine-year war.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight

The Donald Trump administration is again set to slash funding for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in a new budget request unveiled today, as Iraq’s leaders have publicly demanded an end to the US-led combat mission.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Shortly after Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the Tehran-backed Lebanese organization Hezbollah urgently met with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to unite them in the face of a huge void left by their powerful mentor’s death, two sources with knowledge of the meetings told Reuters.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Neo-Nazi and ISIS Content Located on Instagram

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Neo-Nazi and ISIS Content Located on Instagram

Several neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division (AWD) and ISIS videos were located on Facebook owned Instagram. One of the AWD videos was uploaded in September by an account that has also posted several additional pieces of neo-Nazi propaganda and prominently features a neo-Nazi flag in the user’s profile photo.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Extremist Content Online: AQAP Claims Florida Naval Base Shooting

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Extremist Content Online: AQAP Claims Florida Naval Base Shooting

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence.

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Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Most of the rockets fired in the past two weeks were fired by PIJ. Khalil Bathani, a leader in PIJ, is considered the main possible target, according to Ynet. He has been targeted in the past.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

The fight of Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta against extremism, Islamophobia

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on The fight of Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta against extremism, Islamophobia

Dar al-Ifta’s observatory of takfiri fatwas offers a comprehensive system to confront extremism and its endeavours to spread sectarian strife.

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Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence

Ankara to protect civilians and prevent Idlib exodus, governing party MP says, as Syrian government attacks intensify.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Turkey

Egyptian Officials Say Militants Blow Up Sinai Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Egyptian Officials Say Militants Blow Up Sinai Gas Pipeline

Security officials in Egypt said suspected Islamic militants on Sunday blew up a natural gas pipeline in the restive norther part of Sinai Peninsula.

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France to boost military troops in Africa’s Sahel to counter terrorism

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on France to boost military troops in Africa’s Sahel to counter terrorism

Paris has said it will deploy 600 additional troops to the border zone between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. French forces are also seeking to train local fighters who Paris says are unprepared to take on jihadi groups.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

Lebanon’s protests have drawn protesters from all religious sects. But Hezbollah, the Islamist militia and political party, and its ally, the Amal Movement, have tried to smother demonstrations by Shiites.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iraq Says Anti-IS Operations With U.S. Coalition Resume

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq Says Anti-IS Operations With U.S. Coalition Resume

Iraq’s military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S. troops came under rocket attacks and a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian commander.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country’s last rebel enclave has caused one of the biggest waves of displacement in the nine-year-old war.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

UN Experts: Islamic State Steps Up Attacks in Syria and Iraq

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on UN Experts: Islamic State Steps Up Attacks in Syria and Iraq

Islamic State extremists are mounting increasingly bold attacks in Syria and Iraq following their loss of territory in both countries and are planning for the breakout of their fighters in detention facilities, U.N. experts said in a new report.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Both sides in Libya conflict agree need for lasting ceasefire: UN negotiator

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Both sides in Libya conflict agree need for lasting ceasefire: UN negotiator

The UN negotiator leading talks in Geneva to secure an end to fighting in Libya said on Tuesday that high-ranking officials from both sides of the conflict have agreed on the need for a “permanent and lasting” ceasefire to replace an uncertain truce.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

Russia starts production of S-400 systems for India

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Russia starts production of S-400 systems for India

Russia says it has started the production of a batch of S-400 missile defense systems for India under a deal the two countries reached two years ago, despite threats of sanctions made by the United States against New Delhi over the purchase of the advanced Russian systems.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, India, South East Asia

Morocco’s military takes delivery of 3 Israeli-made Heron reconnaissance drones: Report

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Morocco’s military takes delivery of 3 Israeli-made Heron reconnaissance drones: Report

The Moroccan military has reportedly received three Israeli-made and long-endurance Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as the Northern African country maintains informal but close intelligence ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Questions Marks over Official Data on Turkish Economic Decline

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Questions Marks over Official Data on Turkish Economic Decline

The official data makes for uncomfortable reading: central bank reserves down 11 billion euros over three years, 150 per cent knocked off the value of the lira, inflation at nearly 12 per cent, unemployment roughly 13 per cent and output contracting.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia

Kosovo Parliament Backs New Govt Under Kurti

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Parliament Backs New Govt Under Kurti

Four months after Kosovo held snap elections, parliament voted to support a new government under Albin Kurti on Monday.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia

Kosovo Finds Asian Ally in Land of Rising Sun

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Finds Asian Ally in Land of Rising Sun

When Kosovo President Hashim Thaci visited Japan last October to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two leaders discussed an important milestone in diplomatic relations.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Why Are Dangerous Jihadists Being Released Early from Prison?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Why Are Dangerous Jihadists Being Released Early from Prison?

“We cannot have the situation…where an offender — a known risk to innocent members of the public — is released early by automatic process of law without any oversight by the Parole Board. — UK Secretary of State for Justice.

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FBI Director: 2019 ‘Deadliest’ Year for Domestic Terrorism

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on FBI Director: 2019 ‘Deadliest’ Year for Domestic Terrorism

FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday that 2019 was the deadliest year for domestic terrorism since the Oklahoma City truck bombing in 1995, adding that he’d raised combating racially motivated violence to a national priority for the bureau.

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US Scrapped Secret Drone Intel Program With Ankara Over Turkey’s Syria Invasion – Reports

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on US Scrapped Secret Drone Intel Program With Ankara Over Turkey’s Syria Invasion – Reports

In October, Turkey launched an abortive invasion of northern Syria, attacking positions held by US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces that Ankara has claimed are linked to Turkish Kurdish militants waging a decades-long insurgency in south-eastern Turkey.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

India, Israel to Build 2000 kilo class Drones for Maritime, Land Based Military Operations

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on India, Israel to Build 2000 kilo class Drones for Maritime, Land Based Military Operations

India’s military is seeking to extend its use of drones for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, India

White House Official: China Should Join Nuclear Arms Talks With Russia

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on White House Official: China Should Join Nuclear Arms Talks With Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Wednesday that China should join the United States in trilateral arms talks with Russia.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

US Prosecutors Eye Uptick In Chinese Economic Espionage Cases

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on US Prosecutors Eye Uptick In Chinese Economic Espionage Cases

The FBI is conducting roughly 1,000 investigations into suspected Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property, with many expected to result in criminal charges against individuals and companies later in the year, U.S. law enforcement officials said Thursday.

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FBI Chief Says Russia’s ‘Information Warfare’ Against U.S. Has Not Eased

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on FBI Chief Says Russia’s ‘Information Warfare’ Against U.S. Has Not Eased

The chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says Russia is conducting an “information warfare” operation against the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential election, although he says he has not seen signs that Russian actors have attempted to breach election infrastructure.

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Virus ‘whistleblower’ doctor in Wuhan dies from coronavirus

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Virus ‘whistleblower’ doctor in Wuhan dies from coronavirus

Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, one of the eight “whistleblowers” who tried to warn other medics of the coronavirus outbreak but were reprimanded by local police, died from coronavirus early on Friday, the hospital where he received treatment announced.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Palestinian militant groups react to Middle East peace plan

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinian militant groups react to Middle East peace plan

On Tuesday, President Trump made public his Middle East peace plan, “Peace to Prosperity,” which is the foundation for his proposed peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. The majority of militant factions in Gaza and the West Bank have publicly stated their full-throated opposition to the deal, some even mocking the plan.

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