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ISIS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters | Military Times

Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq’s Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27 more than two months after Baghdad declared victory over the extremist group, officials said Monday. The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias, said in a statement that the attack took place southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, where the paramilitaries were conducting ... Read More »

The Bundeswehr, famously bureaucratic, wants to charm technology startups | Defense News

Germany’s tech companies could see new business with the military, as Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen seeks to funnel more funding toward cyber technologies under plans to grow the country’s defense budget. At least that’s the plan. Von der Leyen struck an optimistic tone here at the Munich Security Conference when opening the event’s inaugural “Innovation Forum.“ But, she ... Read More »

Pakistan slipping out of US influence, say intelligence agencies | DAWN

Seventeen US intelligence agencies have warned Congress that Pakistan will continue to slip out of America’s influence and into China’s orbit in 2019, and will become a threat to Washington’s interests in the South Asian region. The review is part of an annual report that Director of US National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee on ... Read More »

20 jihadists killed or captured in French raids in northern Mali | Long War Journal

The French military announced that its forces killed or captured at least 20 jihadists in near simultaneous raids in northern Mali yesterday as part of the ongoing Operation Barkhane. The raids occurred near the border of Mali and Algeria, close to the Algerian town of Tinzaouatene. The raids reportedly targeted senior commanders of al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims ... Read More »

Dark Money: How Militants Exploit Hawala to Fund Terror | The Cipher Brief

Bottom Line: For terrorists, moving money covertly through hawala networks to circumvent institutionalized banking systems remains one of their leading methods of avoiding detection. The U.S. has managed to unearth and even sanction certain illicit hawala networks, but terrorists continue to exploit this centuries old, nearly untraceable practice to finance their operations around the world. Background: Hawala, which means “transfer” in Arabic, is ... Read More »

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed In US Drone Strike | Tolo News

Khan Saeed Sajna, the Mehsud splinter group leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, sources from Afghan government said. In Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, he was accused of being the closest to Pakistani military and the biggest supporter of Haqqani network. The Express Tribune meanwhile reported that Khan Saeed Mehsud alias Sajna was killed ... Read More »

‘Dozens’ Of Taliban Militants Killed In Southern Afghanistan | RFERL

An Afghan security official says 83 Taliban fighters were killed during an operation by intelligence forces in the southern province of Kandahar late on January 31. The head of military operations in Maiwand district, Sultan Mohammad, told RFE/RL on February 1 that dozens of the militants’ vehicles and motorcycles were also destroyed in the operation, which he said was supported ... Read More »