14 Feb 2019

Iran struggling to contain Sunni extremists: Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

At least 27 Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps members were killed after a suicide attack on a bus carrying the troops home from a border mission, according to Iranian news sources and official statements. The Guards Corps have blamed the U.S. for the attack, mentioning the suspicious timing of the attack

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13 Feb 2019

EU adds Saudi Arabia, Panama to dirty-money blacklist: 23 countries now included

The European Commission maintains a list of countries that do not meet minimum thresholds for oversight against terrorism financing and money laundering. This list and its accompanying policies require European Banks to carry out additional checks on transactions that involve countries from the list. Being a member of the list

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08 Feb 2019

U.S. Reduces Military Aid to Cameroon Over Human Rights Abuses

In response to mounting accusations of human rights abuses by Cameroon, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is decreasing its military aid to the Central African country, a strategically important ally in the battle against terrorism in the region. The US had been providing assistance to help Cameroon fight secessionist and

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04 Feb 2019

ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report

In spite of regular statements from the Trump administration regarding “victory” over ISIS, a draft report from the Pentagon indicates that without continued efforts, the terrorist organization could begin to expand its territory within 6-12 months. Coalition forces have retaken nearly 100% of the land previously occupied by ISIS, with

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31 Jan 2019

Ex-NSA cyberspies reveal how they helped hack foes of UAE

A new exclusive report from Reuters traces the shadowy “Project Raven,” a program run by the United Arab Emirates that hired ex-NSA cyberspies to hack the devices of targets around the world. The only named source of the information reportedly became disillusioned with the work when the program began spying

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31 Jan 2019

Hamas calls for supporters to send bitcoins

Named a terrorist group by the U.S., the EU, several countries and international organizations (excluding China, Russia, and Turkey), Hamas rules the Gaza strip but is financially restricted by heavy sanctions imposed for their support of terrorism and refusal to acknowledge the state of Israel. Although they receive financing from

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30 Jan 2019

FAA Declares the Super Bowl a ‘No Drone Zone’

The FAA has declared a “no drone zone” in and around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home over Super Bowl LIII on February 3. The limit restricts any drone from flying within one nautical mile of the stadium below 1,000 feet, starting January 31st. The night of the game, the

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29 Jan 2019

Thankfully, the technology to combat rogue drones is getting better

News on drones and security have largely highlighted the major risks drones pose to various industries and to populations at large. This is not without good reason; suicide drones have been used in attempted assassinations, cartels use them to smuggle drugs across borders, ISIS has used them to drop grenades,

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28 Jan 2019

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Philippine Church Attack That Killed at Least 20

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a Catholic Church in the Philippines. Two bombs killed at least 20 people, one detonated inside the Church during celebration of the Sunday Mass while another was detonated outside as first responders arrived on the scene. Jolo, the city where the

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25 Jan 2019

Taliban reaches agreement with US on al Qaeda, Islamic State

While the U.S. and the Taliban remain at odds on many key negotiating points, they have reached agreement on one: that al Qaeda and the Islamic State must be kept out of the country. The Taliban refuses to negotiate with the Afghani government they perceive to be usurpers, but they

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