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Press TV: China to take over strategic US military base in Djibouti


By GPD of Veterans Today Djibouti reportedly ordered US to vacate secondary Obock military base in bid to turn over to Chinese military Editor’s note: Another story totally unreported in the US media, partially confirmed in the UK and elsewhere. This would be a crushing blow to the US, perhaps more symbolic than real. The US has 4 other covert bases in Africa but is also aware that participation in the broad shooting war going on would make what happened in Iraq look like child’s play. With very confirmed reports, especially from Cameroon, showing France as fully complicit in the terrorism in West Africa, one might wonder what role the US could have been playing in the first place. The tiny African state of Djibouti has reportedly ordered the US to vacate its secondary Obock military base in the nation in a bid to turn over the installation to the Chinese...

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AP Exclusive: UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site


By George Jahn VIENNA (AP) — Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the U.S. has denied. The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency is linked to a broader probe of allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear deal. The Parchin deal is a separate, side agreement worked out between the IAEA and Iran....

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Growing Intimacy Between Russia, China May ‘Seriously Aggravate’ US Military Plans In Asia-Pacific: Experts


By Sounak Mukhopadhyay of International Business Times Analysts believe the relation between Russia and China is getting more intimate, which might disturb the United States, Russian media reported. The Russian and the Chinese navies will have their largest-ever joint exercises called “Joint Sea 2015 II” on Aug. 28. The exercises are going to be conducted off the coast of Vladivostok and through the Sea of Japan. The military exercises will be carefully watched by Japan, a major U.S. ally in Asia. The joint exercises will involve more than 20 ships, Washington Times reported adding that the operations had increased in “size and sophistications” in recent years. There have been five joint exercises held by China and Russia together over the last decade. Pravda.ru refers to several experts, who believe that the intimacy between Russia and China was “a marriage of convenience.” Some other experts believe it could indicate “a feature of a new, post-Cold War...

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Police deal with active bomb after deadly explosion near Bangkok shrine

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By Eliott C. McLaughlin and Kocha Olarn, CNN Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)An explosion that appeared to target a Hindu shrine in central Bangkok on Monday killed several people and injured dozens more, according to Thai media reports citing local police. Police were sealing off the scene near the popular Erawan Shrine because a bomb in the area remains active and needs to be defused, police at the scene told CNN. Bomb squad members in blast suits responded to the area, and an officer announced over a loudspeaker, "The situation is still not safe. Please all stay back. There might be another bomb in the area." Officials provided no immediate information on casualties, but there were five ambulances in the area. Some local media reported at least five people killed, while the Bangkok Post reported at least 15 deaths. Steve Herman, a correspondent and bureau chief for Voice of America, said he thought...

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Homeland Security moves to prevent attack on power grid


By Katie Bo Williams The Department of Homeland Security is creating a new committee dedicated to boosting digital defenses for utilities. In a notice published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department announced that the Homeland Security Advisory Council will form a cybersecurity subcommittee as part of efforts to prevent a deadly attack on power plants or the electric grid that some have deemed a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” Experts say such critical infrastructure sites are increasingly at risk as electric grids get “smarter.” National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers told lawmakers last fall that China and “one or two” other countries would be able to shut down portions of critical U.S. infrastructure with a cyberattack. Researchers suspect Iran to be on that list. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is calling for the new panel to identify how well the department’s “lifeline sectors” are prepared to meet threats and recover from a “significant...

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John Kerry reopens embassy in Cuba, but tensions remain

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ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

New York Times Written by Rukmini Callimachi; Photograph by Mauricio Lima QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted. He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her. When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion. “I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,” said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. “He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape...

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‘Soon, Very Soon You Will See’: Pro-Islamic State Hacking Group Issues Chilling Warning to America

‘Soon, Very Soon You Will See’: Pro-Islamic State Hacking Group Issues Chilling Warning to America

by Oliver Darcy - The Blaze A representative for a pro-Islamic State hacking group issued a chilling warning to members of the U.S. military and government Wednesday, promising that “very soon” followers of the organization would retaliate for overseas bombing targeting the terror organization. Speaking to TheBlaze using smartphone messenger application Kik, a representative for the Islamic State Hacking Division said the group is constantly spying on U.S. servicemen. The organization on Tuesday published personal information purporting to belong to U.S. military and government online. “Just like they spy on muslims, we are spying on them, watching their employees, watching their soldiers, recording their movements and taking their location information and passing it on to the soldiers of the islamic state,” the anonymous male member told TheBlaze. “they have no security just like their employees and military personnel have no OpSec,” he continued, “they are people who like to brag and boast and...

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Former US military intelligence chief: We knew something like ISIS was coming — and screwed it up

Former US military intelligence chief: We knew something like ISIS was coming — and screwed it up

by Barbara Tasch - Business Insider The former head of one of the US government's leading intelligence divisions says that the US believed that religious extremists could carve out a sizable safe-haven in Syria as early as 2012 — but that the US did little to stop this from happening. In an interview with Mehdi Hasan for Al Jazeera, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who lead the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014, called out the administration on its alleged inaction during the first year of the Syrian civil war.  Hasan quotes what he describes as a "secret" DIA analysis from August 2012 warning that the chaos in Syria could allow for the creation of a Salafist enclave in the country's desert east. Hasan asked Flynn whether this meant the US actually predicted the rise of the ISIS caliphate and did nothing to stop it. Flynn agrees, arguing that it shows the US should have had a smarter policy of cooperation with Syria's secular rebels. "I think...

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U.S. Intelligence Suspects ISIS Planning Mass-Casualty Attack

U.S. Intelligence Suspects ISIS Planning Mass-Casualty Attack

Via The Clarion Project Analysts in the intelligence community warned the Islamic State may be preparing to carry out a mass-casualty terrorist attack, rather than encouraging its international supporters to carry out ‘lone-wolf’ attacks. Increased competition for recruits and prestige with different jihadist factions are being floated as causes for this possible shift in emphasis. Groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) typically are more focused on larger attacks, such as the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, or plots against airliners. The Islamic State may be attempting to portray itself as capable and powerful in that regard. Lt-Gen. Mark Hertling told CNN “I think they're taking a lot of the new recruits that don't have time to train, who have not been brought up in their systems, and they're using them to create the type of mass casualty which produces the media attention, which is exactly what they want, that...

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US Consulate In Istanbul Fired Upon By 2 Attackers

US Consulate In Istanbul Fired Upon By 2 Attackers

By Aditya Tejas - International Business Times Update as of  7 a.m. EDT: Turkish authorities said that an attack involving shots fired outside the American consulate in Istanbul was carried out by two women, one of whom was captured after being wounded, Reuters reported. The death toll for a separate attack on a police station in the city also rose to three attackers and one police officer. Update as of  6:18 a.m. EDT: Authorities said that nobody was killed or injured in an incident where two assailants opened fire outside the American consulate in Istanbul early on Monday, BBC reported. Update as of 3:06 a.m. EDT: Officials in Istanbul said they had detained a female suspect after an attack on the U.S. consulate in the city early Monday. The unidentified woman is thought to be one of two attackers who opened fire on the consulate earlier in the day before fleeing, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, according to local reports...

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White House 'Nearly Certain' Iran Will Still Fund Terrorism


by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report Senior Obama administration officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that it is “nearly certain” Iran will continue funding terrorism with the tens of billions of dollars it stands to gain if Congress approves a nuclear deal that would lift economic sanctions on the country. Testifying on the economic aspects of the agreement negotiated between the Islamic republic and six world powers, administration officials acknowledged Tehran’s longstanding role supporting terror but said reaching a deal to limit the country’s nuclear ambitions was of paramount importance. "I expect we’ll continue to see that," Adam Szubin, acting undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence told the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. "We’ve decided that we need to address the nuclear threat and then turn to the terrorism.” The remarks echoed what prominent administration officials have been saying in recent weeks, with...

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