23 Oct 2018

UAE Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Political Enemies

The United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenary firm Spear Operations Group, comprised mostly of ex-U.S. special forces, in 2015 to carry out an assassination. This kind of contracting appears to be on the rise, highlighting the privatization of many kinds of conflict, the importance of special forces, and the change

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23 Oct 2018

Koreas finish scrapping land mines from border village, now plan to pull out weapons, guard posts

“The two Koreas have completed removing land mines planted at their shared border village as part of efforts to disarm the area located inside the world’s most heavily fortified border, South Korean officials said Monday. The announcement came following a meeting among military officers from the Koreas and the U.S.-led

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22 Oct 2018

The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

A recent publication from the Institute for Security Studies has examined the role that women have played in West Africa’s violent extremist groups. Ranging from their abduction and use as a tool to entice men to join extremist ranks to willing participators in activities from operations and suicide attacks, their

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22 Oct 2018

Taliban Assassins threaten multibillion-dollar US efforts to keep Afghan airmen flying

The Taliban is training assassins and using them to target Afghanistan’s tiny number of trained airmen, personnel that are of great importance to Afghanistan’s counter-Taliban efforts and that have been trained at great cost to the U.S. The U.S. is currently spending $11.4 billion dollars to modernize the Afghani Air

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19 Oct 2018

ISIS vows Eiffel Tower drone attack

Only months after Paris installed a massive glass bullet proof wall and anti-terrorism defense system around its iconic landmark, ISIS propaganda has threatened a suicide drone attack on the Eiffel Tower. In a striking image released by an ISIS-affiliated group, the Tower sits within a set of crosshairs while a

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19 Oct 2018

Mass Expulsion of Congolese from Angola Could Spark Humanitarian Crisis

“The United Nations refugee agency warns the mass expulsion of an estimated 200,000 Congolese from Angola into Congo’s unstable Kasai Central Province could trigger a humanitarian crisis. Ethnic tensions that triggered a brutal conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 are still running high.

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18 Oct 2018

How Russia moved into Central Africa

“When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to

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17 Oct 2018

Iranian Drone Overflights of U.S. Warships in Persian Gulf Now Common

U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf now expect regular flyovers from Iranian drones, as well as Iranian monitoring from small watercraft. While ships are equipped with expensive high-tech equipment to provide early warning alerts, it can be difficult to find out whether or not an approaching drone is armed. Systems

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15 Oct 2018

Drones swamp US-Mexico border but federal agents powerless to stop them

“The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI identified this week unmanned aerial systems, or drones, as one of the greatest national security threats to America — rating it as severe a concern as cybersecurity hacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and terrorism. While drones are often thought of as techie toys,

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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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