28 Feb 2014

Al Qaeda splinter group withdraws from Syrian town near Turkey

“Fighters from an al Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), withdrew from a rebel-held Syrian town near the border with Turkey on Friday, a monitoring group said.” Source: Al Qaeda splinter group withdraws from Syrian town near Turkey | Reuters

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28 Feb 2014

Syria says two attempted attacks on chemical weapons convoys: U.N.

“There were two attempted attacks on Syrian convoys transporting chemical weapons late last month, Syrian authorities told the international mission overseeing the removal and destruction of its toxic arsenal, according to a U.N. report on Thursday.” Source: Syria says two attempted attacks on chemical weapons convoys: U.N. | Reuters

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28 Feb 2014

Why Did The North Caucasus Insurgency Fail To Attack Sochi Winter Olympics?

“…The Sochi Olympics have now ended without any such bloodbath, despite the threat of ‘surprises’ for those attending the Games by two men identified as the Volgograd suicide bombers in video footage posted on the Daghestan insurgency website on January 19. “ Source: Why Did The North Caucasus Insurgency Fail

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28 Feb 2014

Russia Says Its Building Naval Bases in Asia, Latin America

“A senior Russian defense official has announced that Moscow is looking to build military bases throughout different countries in Asia and the Western Hemisphere. According to RIA Novosti, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia is looking to build military bases in Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and

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28 Feb 2014

Crimea Airport Occupied By Russian Troops, Ukrainian Minister Says

” The interior minister of Ukraine accused Russian troops Friday of blockading an airport in the Crimean city of Sevastopol in what he has described as an armed invasion. While stressing that no direct violent confrontations had taken place, Arsen Avakov said the matter should be dealt with on a diplomatic level before armed clashes broke out. Avakov said on his

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28 Feb 2014

The Medieval—and Highly Effective—Tactics of the Ukrainian Protests

“But to understand why the protests succeeded in toppling Yanukovych, it’s worth taking a glance at its strategies and military-style tactics. The protesters not only built a broad and inclusive coalition, but innovated where it mattered most: on the streets. Really, it turned medieval.” Source:The Medieval—and Highly Effective—Tactics of the

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27 Feb 2014

Hackers target Brazil’s World Cup for cyber attacks

“Brazilian hackers are threatening to disrupt the World Cup with attacks ranging from jamming websites to data theft, adding cyber warfare to the list of challenges for a competition already marred by protests, delays and overspending.” Source:CORRECTED-Hackers target Brazil’s World Cup for cyber attacks | Reuters

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27 Feb 2014

‘El Chapo’ by the numbers

“Mexican authorities say they intend to keep drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman in the country’s highest-security prison rather than extraditing him to the United States. But his incarceration isn’t likely to derail his Sinaloa cartel’s booming business anytime soon.” Source: ‘El Chapo’ by the numbers

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27 Feb 2014

Pro-Russia gunmen seize government buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea

“Ukraine put its police on high alert after dozens of pro-Russia gunmen stormed and seized local government buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea region early Thursday and raised a Russian flag over a barricade. Ukraine’s acting president said that if Russian forces leave their base in the strategic peninsula that ‘will be

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27 Feb 2014

U.N. Security Council urged to consider Guinea Bissau sanctions

“The U.N. special representative to Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday urged the Security Council to consider imposing sanctions against anyone who attempts to undermine the country’s forthcoming general election.” Source: U.N. Security Council urged to consider Guinea Bissau sanctions | Reuters

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