12 Oct 2018

Burkina Faso attacks open new front in France’s anti-terror fight

“An alarming increase in deadly jihadist attacks has led to expanded French military action in Burkina Faso, a marked shift after years of reticence by the west African nation to call in help from its former colonial master. Until now France’s 4,500-member Barkhane anti-terror force in West and Central Africa

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09 Oct 2018

Russia is Winning the Information War in Iraq and Syria: UK General

“A senior general in the international fight against ISIS has a pointed warning for Western governments with troops in Iraq and Syria: You’re being played by the Russians. The Russian and Syrian regimes are mounting ‘extremely aggressive’ information operations, spreading disinformation and distorted narratives on social media in a bid to

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05 Oct 2018

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis: Red Dragons and Tigers – the rebels fighting for independence

Cameroon has been in the news regularly over the past 12 months, mostly due to its ongoing problems with separatist violence, new militias, and political issues in the run-up to elections on Sunday. Few, however, are familiar with the context or actors. In short, there has been a surge in

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03 Oct 2018

The Battle of Mogadishu 25 years later: How the fateful fight changed combat operations

US involvement in Somalia in 1993 was a part of its optimistic role for a post-Cold War world in which it could ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid, combat dictators, build democracies, and watch the world flourish. After a two day battle whose aftermath saw images of dead American soldiers

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03 Oct 2018

DRC Ebola outbreak: WHO warns of “perfect storm”

The WHO has increased its risk assessment of the DRC’s ongoing ebola outbreak, and one that is now the seventh largest ebola outbreak in the history of the virus. 150 confirmed cases and 104 deaths have been reported, with health officials calling the situation a “perfect storm” that could spill

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01 Oct 2018

Russian airstrikes in Syria reportedly killed 18,000 people, Russia claims 85,000

In numbers that appear backwards, a UK-based war monitor has claimed that Russian airstrikes have killed over 18,000 people over the past three years, including around 8,000 civilians, 5,000 ISIS fighters, and 5,000 other rebel fighters. Russia, on the other hand, claims that it has killed far more “terrorists,” placing

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28 Sep 2018

Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran’s ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Speaking before the UN general assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted that Israel has identified a “secret atomic warehouse” in Iran that houses nuclear equipment and materials. Tehran has mocked the claims and it is uncertain that Netanyahu’s claims may be made substantive enough to prove a breach of

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26 Sep 2018

Emerging terror front: 12 killed, 14 wounded in Mozambique jihadist attacks

The traditionally Muslim area of northern Mozambique has not suffered from high levels of extremist teachings or practices until only recently. Since 2017, however, grizzly attacks in the region have surprised many tracking terrorist violence around the globe. The region’s Islamic Council has allegedly been warning local authorities about the

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26 Sep 2018

Afghan Governor: The Taliban Are ‘Going To Win’ If Death Toll Continues To Rise

“A provincial governor in Afghanistan says the Taliban is ‘going to win’ if the death toll among Afghan security forces — which the New York Times reports is double the average from two years ago — continues unabated. ‘The Taliban don’t want peace, because they think they can win the war,’ Baghlan Province

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26 Sep 2018

New DoD/Rand report populates searchable, predictive database on sexual assault in the U.S. military

The U.S. Department of Defense recently released a study on sexual assault in the U.S. military. The data it generated from over 170,000 survey responses has formed the basis for all kinds of statistics broken down by gender, location, and service branch, allowing analysts to project the likelihood that any

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