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Good intelligence, bad intelligence and ‘damn lies’

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.  / AP

Special to By Sol W. Sanders Some of those who pursue a lifetime career in the 17 intelligence sectors of our armed forces and the civilian agencies promulgate a good deal of goobledegook. As in all highly touted [and […]

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Germany to send 1,200 troops to support fight against ISIL

German Chief of Defense Volker Wieker.  /EPA

Special to Germany has pledged up to 1,200 troops to support the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). German Chief of Defense Volker Wieker said on Nov. 29 that the country’s troops would provide service support […]

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Syria’s Assad says Turkey, Gulf states boosting support for ‘terrorists’

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Special to Syria’s recent military gains have led its opponents, including Turkey and Gulf states, to increase their funding of anti-regime “terrorists,” Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Nov. 29. In a meeting with a senior Iranian official in […]

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Drug-crazed terrorism: Boko Haram, Turkish intelligence tied to spreading use of stimulant drugs to fuel Islamist attacks

Seifeddine Rezgui was found to have been high on drugs when he carried out the Tunisia massacre this summer.

Special to By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs [Excerpts from a report based on sources in Nigeria and the Middle East] The use of narcotic stimulants by Boko Haram (BH) Islamist fighters in north-eastern Nigeria may have provided a means […]

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Russia retaliates with air strikes near Turkey border

Russia's S-400 air-defense missile systems are loaded at the Hmeimim airbase in Syria on Nov. 26.  /AFP/Russian Defense Ministry

Special to The Kremlin on Nov. 26 confirmed that Russia unleashed “massive strikes” near the Turkish border in retaliation for Turkey shooting down a Russian Su-24. The Russian air strikes zeroed in on anti-Assad regime rebel strongholds along the […]

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Egypt’s Coptic pope makes waves with rare visit to Jerusalem

Coptic Pope Tawadros II.  /AP

Special to Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II on Nov. 26 departed for Israel and the first Coptic papal visit to Jerusalem since 1832. “The decision by Pope Tawadros to travel to Jerusalem at the head of a distinguished delegation […]

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Putin: Americans were given precise flight path of plane downed by Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Special to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 26 said the United States had been given the precise flight path of the Su-24 that was shot down by Turkey. “The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs […]

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Should the West simply surrender to ISIL and the ‘religion of peace’?


Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy “France is at war,” President Francois Hollande said after ISIL attack (as if it had not happened before – 9/11, Madrid in 2004, London in 2005, Boston in 2003, Marathon bombing, countless acts of […]

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Two election judges, four policemen killed in Sinai hotel bombing

A man looks at the damage outside the Swiss Inn hotel in El Arish.  /AFP

Special to Seven people were killed in a coordinated attack on a Sinai hotel by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) affiliate in Egypt. Egypt’s health ministry said on Nov. 25 that two election judges, four policeman and […]

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Bitcoin said to be key financing channel for ISIL


Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), which has used technology to its advantage in recruitment and propaganda, has found a new funding avenue in virtual cash. According to “hacktivists” at Ghost Security Group (GhostSec), ISIL has […]

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