Archive for May, 2020

The Abbas declaration: Why this time may be different

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on The Abbas declaration: Why this time may be different

In a dramatic statement delivered yesterday in Ramallah and broadcast on Palestine TV, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and both Israel and the United States.

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Abbas’s Precious Gift to Iran: Hamas

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Abbas’s Precious Gift to Iran: Hamas

By halting the security crackdown on Hamas, Abbas would be paving the way for terrorists to kill him and his associates in the West Bank, as they had already begun to do in 2007 in the Gaza Strip, and possibly again in a coup in 2014.

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US-China Tensions Rise as Beijing Signals Tightening Controls on Hong Kong

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on US-China Tensions Rise as Beijing Signals Tightening Controls on Hong Kong

China’s decision to propose new legislation tightening control over Hong Kong has sparked a wave of condemnation from American lawmakers and officials, in yet another sign of worsening relations between the economic superpowers.

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India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border.

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Commerce Department to Add Two Dozen Chinese Companies with Ties to WMD and Military Activities to the Entity List

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Commerce Department to Add Two Dozen Chinese Companies with Ties to WMD and Military Activities to the Entity List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, May 22, 2020 Office of Public Affairs(202) 482-4883publicaffairs@doc.gov The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced it will add 24 governmental and commercial organizations to the Entity List for engaging in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The entities, based in […]

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China slows defense budget growth to 6.6 % in 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on China slows defense budget growth to 6.6 % in 2020

China to hike defense spending by 6.6% China set its 2020 defense budget growth target at 6.6 percent, resulting in a draft budget of 1.268 trillion yuan ($178.2 billion), lower than the 7.5 percent growth in 2019.

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China’s Cyber War Against America

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Cyber War Against America

Beijing’s cyber offensive against the Free World is only part of what appears China’s effort to achieve global leadership in critical future technologies such as artificial intelligence, renewable energy systems, robotics, rare earth element exploitation, biotechnologies, as well as medical and agricultural advances.

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‘Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity

The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

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Israeli cyber terrorist attack targets Iranian port: Report

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli cyber terrorist attack targets Iranian port: Report

Israel carried out a cyber terrorist attack that caused disruption at an Iranian port this month, the Washington Post reports.

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Redeployment of US Nukes to Poland Would Be Direct Violation of Russia-NATO Agreement, Lavrov Warns

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Redeployment of US Nukes to Poland Would Be Direct Violation of Russia-NATO Agreement, Lavrov Warns

Russian officials have already repeatedly warned in the past that its Eastern European neighbours’ decision to host US-made strategic systems, including components of America’s Aegis Ashore missile defence system, make them targets for Russia’s strategic nuclear response in the event of a war.

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Migrants Trapped in Balkan Camps Find Ramadan a Trial

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Migrants Trapped in Balkan Camps Find Ramadan a Trial

For migrants and refugees isolated in camps in the Balkans during the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating the holy month of Ramadan is an extra ordeal.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Plots Power Grab Over Lawyers’ Organisations

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s Erdogan Plots Power Grab Over Lawyers’ Organisations

Angered by their continued independence and support for democracy and secularism, the Turkish strongman is demanding changes to the way professional organisations like bar associations elect their leaders.

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Hungary’s Orban in Unlikely Play for Influence in Moldova

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Hungary’s Orban in Unlikely Play for Influence in Moldova

Often at odds with neighbouring Romania, Hungary looks to cosy up to Moldova.

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Muslim Brotherhood operative in Facebook’s censorship board

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Muslim Brotherhood operative in Facebook’s censorship board

Most popular social media network Facebook has appointed Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as one of the first 2- oversight board members.

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Senior counter-terror official put in charge of new UK biosecurity centre

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Senior counter-terror official put in charge of new UK biosecurity centre

Tom Hurd, who was at Eton and Oxford with PM, parachuted in to launch new coronavirus unit

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FBI ‘mistakenly reveals Saudi official linked’ to 9/11 attackers

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on FBI ‘mistakenly reveals Saudi official linked’ to 9/11 attackers

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has accidentally disclosed the name of a Saudi diplomat suspected of directing support to two al-Qaeda hijackers in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Yahoo News reported.

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Instability in Iraq During Leadership Transition

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Instability in Iraq During Leadership Transition

Bottom Line Up Front: Iraq’s new government will struggle to extricate the country from its role as an arena for conflict between Iran and the United States, or necessarily set Iraq on a course for long-term stability.

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Over 1,300 terrorists killed in 2020, defense minister says

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Over 1,300 terrorists killed in 2020, defense minister says

Turkish security forces have killed over 1,300 terrorists across five different operational areas since the beginning of 2020, the country’s national defense minister said.

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Militants attack Syrian troops on edge of rebel stronghold

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Militants attack Syrian troops on edge of rebel stronghold

Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country’s last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said.

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Counter terrorism police fear ISIS cells are being reactivated to plot attacks across Europe after second terror arrest in Spain

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Counter terrorism police fear ISIS cells are being reactivated to plot attacks across Europe after second terror arrest in Spain

Counter terrorism police are investigating whether sleepers from Islamic State have been reactivated to carry out attacks around Europe.

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Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

An Israeli district court on Monday convicted a Jewish extremist of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, a case that had sent shock waves through Israel and helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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Cardiff man jailed in Spain for terror offences

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Cardiff man jailed in Spain for terror offences

A web designer from Cardiff has been jailed for seven years in Spain for financing and supporting terrorism.

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Iraqi Army Launches Operation to Track ISIS Militants near Syria Border

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi Army Launches Operation to Track ISIS Militants near Syria Border

The Iraqi army launched operation Desert Lions to pursue ISIS remnants across the Jazirah desert north of the Anbar, south of the Nineveh and west of the Salaheddine provinces all the way to the border with Syria.

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Fears missing ISIS millions are hidden in cryptocurrency ready for use as war chest

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Fears missing ISIS millions are hidden in cryptocurrency ready for use as war chest

ISIS is using cryptocurrency platforms to conceal donations and get around financial security measures, experts have revealed after a surge in advertising for donations.

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Tactical Change Or Withdrawal? Iran’s Syria Strategy Analyzed Amid Reports Of Force Reductions

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Tactical Change Or Withdrawal? Iran’s Syria Strategy Analyzed Amid Reports Of Force Reductions

Some nine years after Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed military advisers and fighters to Syria to prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Israeli and U.S. officials have said Tehran is reducing its presence in Syria.

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Khamenei Threatens The US With Expulsion From Iraq And Syria

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Khamenei Threatens The US With Expulsion From Iraq And Syria

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei says the United States will be “expelled from Iraq and Syria,” adding that “The U.S. government’s long-term performance has led to abhorrence by a major part of the world.”

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IntelBrief: One Foot In, One Foot Out: The Muddled U.S. Approach to the Middle East

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: One Foot In, One Foot Out: The Muddled U.S. Approach to the Middle East

Bottom Line Up Front The United States recently announced plans to remove two Patriot anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia, which could be accompanied by a further drawdown of other U.S. military capabilities in the region.The removal of the Patriot missile batteries is emblematic of the Trump administration’s schizophrenic policy on Iran and suggestive of a […]

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IntelBrief: Instability in Iraq During Leadership Transition

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Instability in Iraq During Leadership Transition

Bottom Line up Front Iraq’s new government will struggle to extricate the country from its role as an arena for conflict between Iran and the United States, or necessarily set Iraq on a course for long-term stability.

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China Marine Corps on Show in the South China Sea

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on China Marine Corps on Show in the South China Sea

Amid the recent muscle-flexing in the disputed South China Sea, one maritime drill went largely unnoticed that could be an important harbinger of China’s strategic thinking, and how its forces could project power across heavily contested waters.

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Department of the Air Force expands potential basing locations for US Space Command Headquarters

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Department of the Air Force expands potential basing locations for US Space Command Headquarters

With the establishment of the United States Space Force, the Department of the Air Force, in coordination with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, is announcing its revised approach for determining the permanent location of U.S. Space Command headquarters.

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Air Force reviews preliminary design for future ICBM

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Air Force reviews preliminary design for future ICBM

The Air Force reviewed Northrop Grumman’s preliminary design for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late April, advancing the program toward its next milestone and acquisition phase.

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New Nuclear Threats to the U.S.: Better to Deter Them or Play Dead?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on New Nuclear Threats to the U.S.: Better to Deter Them or Play Dead?

At present, exactly zero percent of America’s nuclear platforms are modernized. Worse, when, in 2017, General Hyten… warned of the Russian threat, a common counter-narrative in the U.S. arms control community – and shared by some members of Congress — was that simply by proposing to modernize a then-rusting nuclear deterrent, the United States was […]

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40-Plus Suspects Detained in Venezuela in Connection With Botched Raid

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on 40-Plus Suspects Detained in Venezuela in Connection With Botched Raid

More than 40 people have been detained as alleged participants in last week’s unsuccessful attempt to capture Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, as security forces continue to round up suspects.

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China warns France not to harm bilateral ties by selling weapons to Taiwan

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on China warns France not to harm bilateral ties by selling weapons to Taiwan

China has warned France not to sell weapons to the self-ruled island of Taiwan, saying such a move would harm bilateral ties.

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China’s Naval Aviation Force Shows up at Fiery Cross Reef

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Naval Aviation Force Shows up at Fiery Cross Reef

Chinese military aircraft have been sighted once again at its largest base in the disputed Spratly islands, suggesting that People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force may be starting to use it as a base of operations, according to Jane’s.

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