Category Iran

Mercenaries Killed In Syria Were Part Of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force

Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force By Bill Gertz, freebeacon.com View Original February 15th, 2018 President Vladimir Putin / Getty Images Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked […]

Putin’s Pocket Army? The Rise Of Russian Mercenaries In Syria

Excerpts: But even adopting a law that, nominally, regulates a company like Wagner vastly understates the harm that would ensue. Right now, there are numerous countries around the world hosting companies that would love to have combat contracts in ongoing war zones. But to date, public sentiment and cautions on the part of various countries […]

Threat Assessment #Fail: al-Qaeda Quietly Growing, By Design

Conclusion: A critical concern for the coming year is that terrorists could export battlefield tactics to populated urban centers far from war zones. Examples of this include ISIS’s use of drones for attacks and the potential for chemical weapons attacks. So when I look at the threat picture over the next year, I see one […]

Concerns Voiced Over ‘Hybrid Wars’ In Region – Pakistan

Concerns voiced over ‘hybrid wars’ in region By Bureau Report, www.dawn.com View Original February 13th, 2018 PESHAWAR: Speakers at a session here on Monday expressed concerns over the ongoing ‘hybrid wars’ at the behest of superpowers in the region. “No arms, ammunition, tanks and missiles etc are used in hybrid wars by the warring parties but they […]

Russia By Cyber, North Korea By Nuke: A New Batch Of Grim Warnings From U.S. Intel

Russia by Cyber, North Korea by Nuke: A New Batch of Grim Warnings from US Intel thecipherbrief.com · by | The Cipher Brief Staff · February 14, 2018 Questioning on Russian election interference and how the Trump White House handles staff clearances dominated the worldwide threat hearing Tuesday, as the Senate intelligence committee grilled leaders of the FBI, […]

Abbottabad Files Reveal Iran Helped Train al-Qaeda Recruits To Hijack Planes

  Abbottabad files reveal Iran helped train al-Qaeda recruits to hijack planes english.alarabiya.net The Abbottabad documents revealed that late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden insisted to use jets in attacks against the US even after the September 11, 2001 twin attacks. Bin Laden urged his commanders to focus their efforts on aerial attacks against the […]

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy In Syria

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy in Syria thecipherbrief.com · by | Bennett Seftel · February 6, 2018 Bottom Line: While ISIS’s territory has dwindled, al Qaida has managed to build a strong following in Syria, and may use the civil-war-torn country as a base from which to target the West. The group has evolved into the […]

The CIA’s Shadow War Against North Korean Smuggling

  David Maxwell Comment:  “Key to the strategic strangulation (or extreme pressure) campaign.” Excerpts: Pompeo’s comment brings to mind cloak-and-dagger images: Spies and double agents working crooked businessmen, satellite analysts pouring over images of North Korea, and Navy SEALS monitoring ships. Based on what we know, cracking the black market that supports Kim Jong-un’s regime […]

The Long Shadow Of A.Q. Khan: How One Scientist Helped The World Go Nuclear

As one of my blog followers put it: “It is interesting to note that the Council on Foreign Relations article below identifies Benazir Buhtto as the key figure in enabling the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network to work.  Nevertheless, Ms. Buhtto is lionized at Harvard.”  Just saying……   https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-korea/2018-01-31/long-shadow-aq-khan?cid=otr-press_note-long_shadow_of_khan-020118 January 31, 2018 The Long Shadow […]

Russia Builds Four New Air Bases In Syria, Deploys Another 6,000 Troops

https://www.debka.com/russia-builds-four-new-air-bases-syria-deploys-another-6000-troops/ Russia builds four new air bases in Syria, deploys another 6,000 troops Feb 1, 2018 @ 10:00 Contrary to Moscow’s promises, the Russian military is not pulling out of Syria, but adding four more air bases (one shared with Iran) and 6,000 more troops. On Dec. 11, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by […]