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From lone wolves to high tech: ISIL’s post-Snowden evolution

Screen capture from an ISIL propaganda video.

Special to By Backgrounder, Did the actions of Edward Snowden enable Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to formulate a blueprint that led to the evolution of its “caliphate”? Several experts say that, in the wake of […]

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ISIL jubilant after Paris attack as EU, U.S. confront intel / info war failures

A female victim is evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 13. / Thibault Camus / AP

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct In the aftermath of a brazen, coordinated attack on six popular Parisian locations by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), western powers are being forced to review intelligence policies and […]

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Face of evil resurfaces in Paris: ISIL jubilant as EU, U.S. confront intel and info war failures

The wounded are evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall on Friday, Nov. 13. / Yoan Valat / EPA

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The French capital was under siege again as a brazen, coordinated attack on six popular Parisian locations was carried out on Nov. 13 by what is almost certainly an Islamic terrorist group, […]

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‘Historic handshake?’: Xi sets timetable for ‘liberation’ of Taiwan

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Nov. 7.  Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Special to By Willy Lam, The ostensible motive for the historic handshake last Saturday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou is to anchor cross-Strait relations on the “one China” principle. Yet there are more […]

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Cyberterror emerges as homeland security threat all can relate to


Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct A new survey by California’s Chapman University has identified cyberterrorism as one of the American public’s greatest fears, a national security threat that hits home at all levels. Cyberterrorism occupied a high […]

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ISIL eyes Central Asia as next vulnerable frontier

ISIL, which has successfully exploited weak borders is said to be weighing moves into former Soviet states Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Special to By Backgrounder, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is massing thousands of jihadists on the northern border of Afghanistan for incursions into Central Asia, Russian intelligence officers said. Taliban fighters have also pledged allegiance to […]

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Yes, the outcome of Turkey’s election and the flood of migrants into Europe are connected

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, Oct. 29 / Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, and correspondents in Turkey and the Region The resounding win by the Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party: AKP) in the Nov. 1 parliamentary elections in Turkey relied […]

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Russian military plans ‘unified base’, expanded presence in Syria

Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov.

A senior official in the Russian General Staff has described the military’s plans for constructing a new base in Syria, a strong indication that Russia intends to establish an expanded and permanent military presence there. Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, Chief […]

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What Syria and Ukraine reveal about Putin and Russia’s military


Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The 2014 annexation of Crimea and the ongoing civil war in Syria, while major political crises, also are replete with insights about the current state of the Russian military. First, the Russian […]

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‘Obama doctrine’ shows signs of utter failure across the Middle East


Special to By Backgrounder, The “Obama doctrine” in the Middle East is coming apart at the seams a year after the U.S. president laid out his strategy in a speech at West Point. American-supported and trained forces in […]

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