21 Jan 2019

DarkHydrus abuses Google Drive to spread RogueRobin Trojan

Researchers with the 360 Threat Intelligence Center (360TIC) have spotted a new attack campaign by the DarkHydrus advanced persistent threat (APT) group, also called Lazy Meerkat, which goes after political targets in the Middle East. DarkHydrus is known for targeting victims with spear-phishing emails and is currently spreading the RogueRobin backdoor Trojan through malicious Microsoft

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10 Jan 2019

The past decade of war has eroded the decision-making confidence of young leaders, Army general says

Are the current conflicts in the Middle East teaching the next generation of US military leaders the wrong lessons? Future warfare requires flat hierarchies and mission-oriented tactics, rather than strict obedience to specific tactics provided “up the ladder.” The former commander of US Army Training and Doctrine Command has told

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27 Dec 2018

U.S. forces will stay in Iraq and could reenter Syria from there, Trump says

“President Trump said he has no plans to withdraw American forces from Iraq, a week after announcing a surprise pullout of troops from Syria and ordering the Pentagon to bring home roughly half of the American forces deployed to Afghanistan. The decision allows the United States to maintain a presence

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18 Dec 2018

China is driving use of armed drones in Mideast, says British think tank

“The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of countries and other parties using them in regional conflicts to lethal effects, a new report said Monday. The report by the Royal

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04 Oct 2018

US still has technological edge, but Chinese drones proliferating across Middle East

“Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones. ‘The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,’ said Song Zhongping, a Chinese

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28 Sep 2018

US Official: We May Cut Support for Iraq If New Government Seats Pro-Iran Politicians

“The Trump administration may decrease U.S. military support or other assistance to Iraq if its new government puts Iranian-aligned politicians in any ‘significant positions of responsibility,’ a senior administration official told reporters late last week. The comment comes as Baghdad pols jockey to form a new government following May’s parliamentary elections.

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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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27 Sep 2018

US to remove several missile defense systems from the Middle East, highlighting shift in focus

The US will remove two Patriot missile of its defense batteries from Kuwait, one from Bahrain, and one from Jordan next month, according to military sources. The batteries will be returned to the U.S. for upgrades and then relocated elsewhere. While it has not been announced where they will be

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25 Sep 2018

Bolton: US troops staying in Syria until Iran leaves

The U.S. has around 2,200 boots on the ground in Syria, most of them allocated towards the fight against ISIS. National Security Advisor John Bolton has announced, however, that U.S. forces will remain in the country “as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies

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21 Aug 2018

Laser Beam Attacks Bedevil U.S. Military Pilots in Mideast

U.S. pilots in the Middle East are increasingly under fire from laser pointers that can impair vision and disrupt flights on both planes and helicopters. Troops across the region have reported over 350 incidents over the past 7 months, marking an increase after a general decline. The dangers laser pointers

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