Israel’s top cyber hacking operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) led to the discovery that a small cell of bombmakers in Syria was planning to down planes using sophisticated laptop bombs. The New York Times reported the discovery of the crucial intelligence, later leaked by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Russians, and one of the few successes achieved in cyber intelligence efforts against ISIS.
As news came that Saudi Arabia and six other countries had cut ties with Qatar, I called an acquaintance who retired from the Qatari foreign service. ‘What do you think of this mess,’ I asked him. He was reticent to talk. ‘I fear an invasion from Saudi Arabia,’ he said.
ISIS took credit for the attacks, which served its goal of stoking sectarian war. Not coincidentally, the attacks also advanced Trump’s goals of escalating U.S. hostility toward Iran.
Doggonit, Donald Trump missed the opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest! Ever in history!
One has to wonder why terrorists like those who struck Saturday night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. It is difficult not to infer that the violence was timed to influence the U.K. election this coming Thursday.
The rift between Qatar and the gulf nations continue to grow deeper as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt announced, Monday that they would be severing all diplomatic ties with the Arab nation.
U.S. President Donald Trump says the world needs to stop being “politically correct” in fighting terrorism and used the deadly London attack to renew his call for courts to authorize his ban on travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries.
Authorities have declared the attacks in London an official, organized “terrorist incident,” and BBC reports at least six people have died from vehicle and stabbing attacks.
“While you were over there, the Secretary [of State Rex Tillerson] criticized the conduct of the Iranian elections. He did so standing next to Saudi officials. How do you characterize Saudi Arabia’s commitment to democracy?
Trump lectured the European leaders about defense spending and refused to go along with their statement supporting the Paris agreement on climate change. He said he’d announce later whether the U.S. would remain part of the voluntary accord.
The latest U.S. military raid in Yemen was yet another disaster, resulting in the deaths of at least five civilians and the wounding of six more, according to a human rights group and sources in Yemen interviewed by Reuters.
The bomb was detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police said the attack was perpetrated by a lone male who died at the scene after detonating an improvised explosive device.
On his way into the meeting, Erdogan watched as his burly bodyguards and pumped-up supporters attacked dozens of protesters in broad daylight. Many of the demonstrators were from ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey like the Kurds and Yazidis.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to open the country to the world and deliver freedom its people have yearned for after securing a decisive re-election for a second term. Rouhani sealed a second term in the office after he won with more than 57 percent of the votes in Friday’s election.
President Donald Trump’s one time campaign adviser and longtime confidante Roger Stone criticized the president’s meeting with the Saudi leaders Saturday and said the royal reception Trump received in Riyadh, including the country’s highest civilian honor as vomit inducing.
Trump also plans a major speech on countering radical Muslim extremism aimed at reassuring allies that the US is not at war with Islam, while encouraging them to do more to counter extremism.
Donald Trump arrived Saturday in a country where women must secure a male guardian’s permission to get a passport, go to college and travel, and are forbidden from driving and can’t eat in certain restaurants.
The poll was billed as a referendum on Rowhani’s Western-friendly reformist agenda – in particular his nuclear deal with world powers, which set up international controls over Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the end of economic sanctions.
The junket offers Trump a brief respite from the suffocating atmosphere in Washington, where he faces a mounting campaign fueled by anonymous leaks from intelligence officials…
The Jan. 29 raid, the first covert counterterrorism operation authorized by President Donald Trump, resulted in a firefight with suspected terrorists that killed 36-year-old Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens. As many as 30 civilians also might have been killed in the raid, according to local media and medics in the region.
Yemen stands as the worst-threatened of four countries where impending famine conditions have been said to comprise the single-worst humanitarian crisis since the founding of the U.N. On May 2nd, 2017, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published a grim infographic detailing conditions in Yemen where 17 million Yemenis — or around 60 percent of the population — are unable to access food. The U.S. and its allies continue to bomb Yemen.
Pope Francis concluded a 27 hour visit to Egypt Saturday, after delivering mass to a crowd of 25,000 Catholics and visiting a seminary. Preaching a message of “peace,” the pontiff tried to reach out to both Christians and Muslims, denouncing those who preach violence in the name of God. Pope Francis said mass in Latin to a vast throng of worshipers gathered at Egypt’s Air Force Stadium Saturday, amid strict security.
On Election Day, Graham let it be known that he didn’t vote for Trump. When Trump took office, he criticized the travel ban, which several federal judges found unconstitutional. When the White House ties to Russia came under investigation, Graham said any Trump underling working inappropriately with Russia, “needs to pay a price.”
The Trump administration, obsessed with imagery, has adapted this approach to national security. The president tweets bellicose warnings to North Korea. The vice president goes to South Korea to don a bomber jacket and stare implacably across the Demilitarized Zone. An aircraft carrier steams toward the Sea of Japan — or rather, Trump claims it’s doing so even as it heads the opposite direction, thousands of miles away.
The Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism has become known as the Muslim world’s response to the NATO military alliance. Its leaders from Sunni-majority nations want to go after jihadist militants fighting in Libya, Yemen, Nigeria and Cameroon, while helping to free ISIS territories in Iraq and Syria. Members include Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Mali, Chad, Somalia and Nigeria.