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Stephen Tankel - War On The Rocks “We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!” That was Donald Trump tweeting in November 2013. Fast forward and President Trump is considering sending 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Although the precise troop numbers and particulars of their deployment are still being mapped out, all indications are that these additional forces would not directly contribute to the counter-terrorism mission. Rather, they would be sent to shore up the Afghan government forces fighting against the Taliban. As the White House reviews the proposed increase, there are numerous questions it should address. Four are paramount.1. Is shoring up the Afghan government forces necessary to enable an ongoing counter-terrorism mission, and, if not, then what U.S. interests are at stake?For the past three years, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has focused on...
BreakingNews.ie A security expert has warned that we are hugely under-prepared for a terrorist attack.Former Lieutenant Colonel Michael Murphy says we are lacking intelligence structures and our security systems would not be able to adequately cope.He has made a number of suggestions, including removing the responsibility for state security from the Garda Commissioner and establishing a separate civilian intelligence agency.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, the security expert said we do not need to wait until there is an attack to figure out where we are failing."It will not take them very long to come to the conclusion that this State's counter-terrorism preparation was grossly negligent," he said."Our current intelligence structures are not fit for purpose."Not alone does this put the lives of our people at risk, but also those of our close neighbour in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe." Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/security-expert-irelands-counter-terrorism-preparation-grossly-negligent-798297.html...
By Camila DeChalusThe Trump administration issued new economic sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and alleged support of terrorist groups.The new sanctions come a day after the Trump administration warned Iran that it was not following the terms of its nuclear agreement with world powers, according to a statement from U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert."The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malignant activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity," Nauert said. "Iran continues to support terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad that threaten Israel and stability in the Middle East." The sanctions target "18 entities and individuals" that the department claims are "supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program." Read more: https://www.circa.com/story/2017/07/18/world/us-imposes-new-sanctions-on-iran-over-missile-program...
CNET by Zoey Chong Telegram may have escaped Russia's threats to ban it, but in Indonesia that wasn't the case.On Sunday, the founder of the free encrypted messaging app, Pavel Durov, posted on his Telegram channel that the company has removed "all terrorist-related public channels" previously reported by Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and IT.The move comes after Indonesian authorities banned the messaging service on Saturday, citing security concerns over terrorists using it as a communication platform. The ban on Telegram will not affect other social media platforms, according to the statement."The government detects the presence of thousands of communication activities among countries [on Telegram] leading to terrorist activities," President Joko Widodo was quoted as saying in the statement. "There are still thousands [who have] escaped."Durov, however, said he was "unaware" of requests made by the country earlier for it to remove the channels, calling it a "miscommunication.""Telegram is heavily-encrypted and...

Al-Baghdadi reportedly still alive

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Sky News Australia A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official says he is 99 per cent sure Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports he has been killed.'Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 per cent he is alive,' Lahur Talabany told Reuters news agency on Monday.'Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.'The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since climbing the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul in 2014 and declaring a caliphate with himself the leader of all Muslims.After leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq, Baghdadi attempted to create a self-sustaining modern-day caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.He is now a man on...