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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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Pentagon set to send U.S. warships to China’s artificial islands

Before and after satellite images taken in August 2014 and January 2015 show the emergence of a large island at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.  /CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS

Special to Pentagon officials are planning to send U.S. warships near artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea if the White House approves, officials told the Navy Times. A U.S. defense official said that the U.S. […]

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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

South Korean President Geun-Hye Park and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it. Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages […]

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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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Cyber combat ops now seen as half-trillion dollar growth industry

Lugano, Switzerland

Special to The cost of cyber attacks reached one half trillion dollars globally last year with no end in sight, said former CIA analyst Jack Caravelli at a conference in Switzerland. An underground growth industry driven by the expanding […]

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At stake in Syria: Replacing the U.S.-Israel axis with that of Russia and Iran

Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with the Iranian Khabar TV on Oct. 5.

Special to The fate of the Middle East is riding on the success of Russia’s intervention after the failure of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Syrian President Bashar Assad said. “The alliance […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Iran bank’s appeal over 1983 Lebanon attack

Rescuers at the U.S. Marine barracks a day after a suicide truck bomb exploded at the site near the Beirut airport in October 1983. / Zouki / AP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Iran’s central bank against a $1.75 billion judgment over a 1983 bomb attack on a U.S. Marines barracks in Lebanon. […]

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Still forgetting the ‘Forgotten War’ after all these years

David Halberstam of the New York Times, Malcolm Browne of AP, and Neil Sheehan of UPI between helicopter lifts in the Mekong Delta in 1963. / AP / Wide World Photos.

Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON ― You know how forgotten is the Korean War when you see a documentary about the young correspondents who battled U.S. officialdom in the early years of the Vietnam War and hear […]

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Russia launches air strikes in Syria after giving U.S. an hour’s notice

Social media showed what were said to be Russian Su-24 and Su-25 aircraft involved in the air strikes.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty In a bold escalation of its involvement in Syria, Russia has launched air strikes in the war-torn country that it says targeted Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants, while […]

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U.S. launches air strike on Afghan city captured by Taliban


Special to The United States on Sept. 29 launched an air strike on the Afghan city of Kunduz a day after it fell to Taliban forces. The strike was launched “in order to eliminate a threat to the force,” […]

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