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MI5 chief: Threat to British security is now the highest since 9/11

An armed police officer stands outside the Houses of Parliament, central London November 26 , 2014. Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticised the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy".  A bill introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday is designed to crack down on Britons wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight, and to prevent veterans of those conflicts from returning unless they agree to comply with the authorities under Temporary Exclusion Orders. 

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The head of Great Britain’s equivalent of the FBI says the threat from radicalized Islamist recruits is posing the highest threat in over a decade to British security. Andrew Parker, head of […]

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Iraqi official: Baghdad may request Russian air strikes on ISIL

Hakim al-Zamili. / CBS

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iraqi lawmaker says Baghdad may soon request Russian air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group in Iraq. Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the Iraqi parliament’s […]

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Israel is still strongest military in region and can handle Russia’s incursion

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Norman Bailey Russia is exploiting Western weakness to strengthen its position in the Mediterranean, but Israeli interests are not necessarily threatened. Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion, signing huge aircraft sales […]

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Putin humiliates Obama’s America: From post-surge Iraq, ‘it’s come to this’

16 more months: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.  /AP/RIA Novosti

Special to With a year and a half left in the Obama presidency, Vladimir Putin is taking his humiliation of the American leader to the next level, writes columnist Charles Krauthammer. “Wouldn’t you take advantage of these last 16 […]

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Russia launches first strikes in Syria from warships

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches a cruise missile.  /AP

Special to Russia escalated its military operations in Syria in a big way on Oct. 7 as it launched missiles from its warships in the Caspian Sea to support a ground offensive aimed at foes of Syrian President Bashar […]

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Russian incursion could succeed where West failed: Uniting Syrian rebels

Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Assad regime forces in Idlib province.  /AFP

Special to Russia’s air strikes against anti-Assad regime rebels may have united Syrian rebel factions in a way the hesitant Obama administration never could. A group of 41 Syrian rebel factions, in a joint statement, condemned Moscow’s attacks on […]

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ISIL group executes 70 in Sunni tribe with relatives in Iraq security forces


Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A tribal elder says Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants have massacred 70 members of a Sunni Arab tribe in Iraq’s western province of Anbar. Sheikh Naim al-Gaud said […]

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Report: Iraq would welcome Russian air strikes on ISIL targets

Russian SU-25.

Special to Baghdad has not formally requested Russian air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraqi territory but would welcome any such assistance, according to a report. A senior Iraqi diplomat told Air Force […]

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Slavs vs Muslims: Putin’s Syria gambit and his rapidly expanding ‘Syria’ back home

Ramzan Kadyrov.

Special to Sol W. Sanders Hovering over Vladimir Putin’s reckless adventurism in Syria is the Muslim demographic shadow threatening his Russian Federation. The Russians’ mushrooming Muslim population is part and parcel of the Russian leader’s whirling-dervish act to try […]

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Turkey calls out Russia on Syria incursion, violations of air space

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.  /AP

Special to Turkey has warned Russia about violations of its air space after two incidents over the weekend. On Oct. 3, Turkey’s foreign ministry said Ankara scrambled two of its F-16s after a Russian jet crossed into Turkish air […]

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