28 Nov 2018

Americans and Russians have exchanged gunfire in Syria more than once

While not providing specific details, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement confirmed that the U.S. and Russia have had several engagements in Syria apart from the February incident in which the U.S. conducted airstrikes on a group of Russian mercenaries and pro-Assad fighters trying to seize ground won from

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27 Nov 2018

Militants, Police Killed In Failed Attack On Chinese Consulate In Karachi

While no Chinese nationals were harmed, a suicide attack against the Chinese consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi last Friday likely indicates a growing resentment against their growing presence in the country. Pakistan is seeking a multi-billion dollar loan package from the country and this attack, plus another on the same day

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26 Nov 2018

Congo terror threat: U.S. warns of “credible” terrorist threat in Democratic Republic of Congo

The US Embassy in the DRC announced over the weekend that it had received “credible and specific” information concerning a terrorist threat against U.S. facilities in the capital Kinshasa. The announcement did not provide details on the source of the threat, whether connected to ongoing rebel activities by the Islamist

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19 Nov 2018

China Has Built ‘Great Wall of SAMs’ In Pacific: US Adm. Davidson

“By turning reefs and atolls in the disputed South China Sea into fortified artificial islands, complete with anti-aircraft Surface-to-Air Missiles, China has transformed ‘what was a great wall of sand just three years ago [into] a great wall of SAMs,’ the US commander in the Pacific said here today. The militarization

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19 Nov 2018

Report: Islamic State Financier Paid Money to Eastern Congo Rebel Group

“An Islamist rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo received money from a financier linked to Islamic State, suggesting tentative ties between the Congo insurgents and other jihadists in Africa and beyond, a report said on Thursday. Islamist ‘financial facilitator’ Waleed Ahmed Zein paid the Allied Democratic Forces at

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15 Nov 2018

US Treasury adds Qods Force, Hezbollah officials to list of global terrorists

The U.S. has added four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps currently operating within Iraq to the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list. The U.S. Treasury also stated that Hezbollah in Iraq is serving as a “terrorist proxy for the Iranian regime that seeks to undermine Iraqi sovereignty and destabilize the Middle East…this

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13 Nov 2018

Competing Libyan governments arrive for Italy summit after December election shelved

Nearly 8 eights since NATO-supported rebels overthrew Gadaffi, Libya is roughly split into two political entities. The western portion of the country holds the seat of a government with international recognition but little control over territory, while the east is largely controlled by various armed groups, a rival government, and

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12 Nov 2018

US tells China to remove missile systems in South China Sea

“China has been warned by the United States to dismantle its missile systems shield deployed in the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea. The move, believed to be the first time Washington has directly addressed the issue, came in a statement following high-level talks at last week’s

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12 Nov 2018

Finland to probe reports of Russia disrupting GPS during NATO drill

NATO pilots participating in the massive Trident Juncture NATO exercise near the Russian border lost their GPS navigation signals. According to the Finnish Prime Minister, Russia is likely to blame. While Finland is not a NATO member, it participated in the massive drill that involved around 50,000 personnel. The PM

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09 Nov 2018

Seeking counter-terrorism partnership, Trump dangles removing Sudan from state sponsor of terror list

In exchange for Sudan’s cessation of internal hostilities, expanded humanitarian access, improved human rights, cooperation with North Korea sanctions, and cooperation with counterterrorism efforts, the U.S. is offering to remove its official state sponsor of terrorism designation from Sudan. Normalization of ties with Sudan began under the Obama administration and

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