Archive for March, 2020

Iran to Increase Explosive Power of Its Missile Warheads – Defence Minister

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Iran to Increase Explosive Power of Its Missile Warheads – Defence Minister

Earlier this month, following attacks on a base holding US troops in Iraq, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran will continue to respond to America’s assassination of Commander Qasem Soleimani on 3 January.

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North Macedonia Officially Joins NATO

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on North Macedonia Officially Joins NATO

North Macedonia has officially become NATO’s 30th member, the military alliance says.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia

Houthi leader proposes prisoner exchange of Hamas members detained in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Houthi leader proposes prisoner exchange of Hamas members detained in Saudi Arabia

In a recent address marking the 5-year anniversary of the start of Yemen’s current civil war, the leader of the Houthi movement, Abdel Malik al Houthi, offered to exchange a captured Saudi pilot for Hamas members currently awaiting trial in Saudi Arabia.

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Kazakhstan says foils Islamic State bomb attack

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Kazakhstan says foils Islamic State bomb attack

Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee has detained a man suspected of planning a bomb attack in the capital, Nur-Sultan, on behalf of Islamic State, the security body said on Thursday. The man had an improvised explosive device, it said in a statement without providing any other details. Hundreds of Kazakhs joined the radical Islamist group at […]

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Tunisian handed ten years for ricin bomb plot in Germany

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Tunisian handed ten years for ricin bomb plot in Germany

A German court sentenced a 31-year-old Tunisian to ten years in prison Thursday for planning a foiled biological bomb attack with the deadly poison ricin.

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‘Manifestation of the wrath of God’: Jihadists see coronavirus as call to duty

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Manifestation of the wrath of God’: Jihadists see coronavirus as call to duty

Jihadists and other militant extremists are seeing a world health crisis as a window of opportunity.

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State designates Iran-backed League of the Righteous as Foreign Terrorist Organization

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on State designates Iran-backed League of the Righteous as Foreign Terrorist Organization

The U.S. Department of State has added Asaib Ahl al Haq, an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia terror group also known as “League of the Righteous,” to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Additionally, the group’s leader, Qais al Khazali, and his brother, Laith al Khazali, have been listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

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Hezbollah derides release of former SLA member into U.S. custody

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah derides release of former SLA member into U.S. custody

In a recent speech, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah blamed U.S. pressure for the release of former South Lebanon Army (SLA) member and American citizen Amer Fakhoury.

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Far-right terrorism driven by austerity in UK, former head of MI5 says

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Far-right terrorism driven by austerity in UK, former head of MI5 says

The rise of far-right terrorism in Britain has been driven by years of austerity, the former head of MI5 has said.

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Hezbollah and Its Friends

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah and Its Friends

The most noteworthy aspect of Hezbollah’s general-secretary’s last speech was the shift from denial to affirmation.

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Now is the time to save Lebanon from Hezbollah

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Now is the time to save Lebanon from Hezbollah

Usually we hear about Lebanon when tensions escalate on the border. Lately, we neglect to observe that it is going bankrupt and on the fast track to being declared a failed state.

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Syrian Kurdish officials setting up court to try foreign IS fighters

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian Kurdish officials setting up court to try foreign IS fighters

Amid ongoing operations to find and eliminate remnants of the Islamic State (IS), the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria plans to begin public trials for accused members of the extremist organization.

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Turkey deploys US-made air defense System to Syria’s Idlib: Report

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey deploys US-made air defense System to Syria’s Idlib: Report

Turkey has reportedly deployed a US-made air defense system to Idlib as Ankara beefs up its military presence in the militant-held Syrian region despite a ceasefire reached earlier this month to halt an escalation.

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UN Postpones Five-Year Review Of Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Due To Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on UN Postpones Five-Year Review Of Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Due To Coronavirus

The United Nations has announced that a conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Italy, Spain Hardest Hit by Coronavirus in Europe

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Italy, Spain Hardest Hit by Coronavirus in Europe

Italy, the European country hardest hit by the coronavirus, confirmed 10,023 people dead and 92,472 infected as of Saturday.

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IS Militants Riot in Eastern Syria Prison, Some Escape

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on IS Militants Riot in Eastern Syria Prison, Some Escape

Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility while a number of prisoners managed to escape, a Syrian Kurdish official said Sunday.

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US orders commanders to prepare for campaign to destroy Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on US orders commanders to prepare for campaign to destroy Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq

The US Department of Defense has ordered commanders to prepare for a campaign to destroy the Iraqi militia that Washington holds responsible for deadly rocket attacks against US personnel.

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5 HDP mayors in southeast Turkey detained in terror probe

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on 5 HDP mayors in southeast Turkey detained in terror probe

Five pro-PKK Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) mayors have been detained on suspicion of having terrorist links, reports said Monday.

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ISIS attacks, wounds Iraqi Federal Police in disputed Kirkuk

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS attacks, wounds Iraqi Federal Police in disputed Kirkuk

A group of Islamic State militants launched two attacks against the Iraqi Federal Police forces in Kirkuk governorate, a source in the area told Kurdistan 24 early on Monday.

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Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah Leader on Trial in Indonesia

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah Leader on Trial in Indonesia

The suspected leader of Indonesia’s al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network went on trial Wednesday on charges of terrorism that could result in a death sentence.

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German police raid sites linked to banned far-right group

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on German police raid sites linked to banned far-right group

German police have raided sites across the country linked to a banned far-right group, weeks after a suspected extremist shot dead nine people of migrant backgrounds.

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Manchester Arena bombing: Suburb a ‘hunting ground’ for extremists

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Manchester Arena bombing: Suburb a ‘hunting ground’ for extremists

When Hashem Abedi was found guilty of planning the Manchester Arena bombing with his brother Salman, he became the latest home-grown terrorist to be convicted in a UK court. But he was also the product of a small area dubbed a “breeding ground” for extremists.

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Where is the father of the Manchester Arena bomber?

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Where is the father of the Manchester Arena bomber?

The dissident father of the Manchester Arena bomber, who was arrested in Libya the day after the blast alongside his other terrorist son, was quietly released without charge and has vanished.

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New ‘League of the Revolutionaries’ warns U.S. troops in Iraq

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on New ‘League of the Revolutionaries’ warns U.S. troops in Iraq

In a short video released by the newly formed “League of the Revolutionaries,” which is likely a front for another Iranian-backed group in Iraq, a masked fighter warned of future attacks on U.S. troops inside the country.

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Russia Continues To Conflate Freedom Of Religion Or Belief And Extremism

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Russia Continues To Conflate Freedom Of Religion Or Belief And Extremism

On March 4, 2020, Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, presented her new report on human rights impact of policies and practices aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism. In the report, the Special Rapporteur stressed that any laws […]

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Iraqi anti-IS operations hindered by coalition base attacks

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi anti-IS operations hindered by coalition base attacks

The fighter from a local armed group in the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) climbed in early March to a vantage point that had cartridges strewn about amid rusty barrels, sandbags and old, long-disused blue tarpaulins.

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Russia says militants in Syria’s Idlib region not complying with ceasefire

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Russia says militants in Syria’s Idlib region not complying with ceasefire

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Monday that militants in Syria’s Idlib region are not complying with a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey, the Interfax news agency reported. The foreign ministry said the militants were taking counter-offensive action in the region.

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Extremist charities spread in Indonesia

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Extremist charities spread in Indonesia

The Indonesian government has arrested more than 1100 suspected terrorists since 2015, with still more killed in counter-terrorism operations or during attacks. As of 2018, there were 432 terrorist inmates across 117 prisons. Hundreds are undergoing or awaiting trial. While the Indonesian government is successfully enforcing the anti-terrorism law, the proliferation of extremist charities exposes […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Afghan Government, Taliban To Discuss Prisoner Release ‘Face To Face’

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Afghan Government, Taliban To Discuss Prisoner Release ‘Face To Face’

Afghan government officials are set to meet with a Taliban delegation in the coming days to discuss an initial release of militant prisoners, Afghanistan’s National Security Council says.

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Turkey charges 20 Saudis over 2018 Khashoggi murder

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey charges 20 Saudis over 2018 Khashoggi murder

Turkish prosecutors have charged 20 Saudi nationals, including two former senior aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

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Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

The number of coronavirus infections in the world have been rising even as countries take precautionary measures to slow the spread down.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Boris Johnson Steps Up Plans To Tackle Coronavirus As Criticism Mounts

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Boris Johnson Steps Up Plans To Tackle Coronavirus As Criticism Mounts

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will step up government action this week in a bid to slow the spread across Britain of the potentially deadly coronavirus by accelerating plans to make the elderly stay at home — possibly for months — and for whole families to self-quarantine when any family member displays COVID-19 symptoms.

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Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

A lingering dispute over Afghanistan’s presidential election and an outbreak of coronavirus in the country appear to have complicated further an already troubled effort the United States is making to help find a negotiated end to nearly 19 years of war.

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Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

The blueprint reportedly stipulates the development of the Hypersonic Cruise Missile (HCM) and the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) which are expected to enter service in the early 2030s.

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Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus

Israel plans to deploy electronic counterterrorism measures to track the movements of people who might be infected with the coronavirus, officials said, a confluence of crime fighting and public health that could become more common even as it sparked civil liberty concerns.

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