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Who Are the ISIS Fighters in Custody, and How Can They Be Repatriated? | Homeland Security Today

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What to do with terrorist fighters held in SDF territory is certainly a pressing issue.  The SDF has been struggling with ill-equipped and overcrowded prisons and is facing threats of an invasion from Turkey. If SDF is attacked by Turkey, it leaves room for the prisons to be vulnerable and for terrorists to escape. Leaders in Syria say they are ... Read More »

Turkey unleashes airstrikes against Kurds in north-east Syria | The Guardian

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Turkey just launched an attack into north-eastern Syria aiming for US-backed Kurdish forces, but civilians were caught in the middle of the airstrikes. Video footage shows towns covered in smoke, and reports say that seven civilians have already been killed. The attack was triggered just after president Trump said he would withdraw troops from the region, and the UN security ... Read More »

US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017 | CNN

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In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN. A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his ... Read More »

Russia says radioactive isotopes released by mystery blast | The Guardian

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An explosion August 8th from one of the premier research hubs run by the state nuclear energy corporation killed at least five nuclear specialists and released four radio active substances.  The substances were identified as “technogenic radionuclides” – strontium-91, barium-139, barium-140 and lanthanum-140. These are fast-decaying radioactive substances that would emit inert radioactive gases if exposed to the open air. The findings ... Read More »

Russian Soldiers Are Complaining About Exploding Guns | War is Boring

Russian infantry weapons have a reputation for reliability. The AK and PKM are renowned for enduring through adverse conditions, powered by their powerful long-stroke piston actions. However, a recent report by warhead.su suggests that when these weapons do fail in Russian service, the problem is often not in their design, but rather in the Russian ammunition they fire. This is not a ... Read More »

A veil of secrecy fuels doubts on Afghan war | Boston Globe

It is challenging enough that the war in Afghanistan has gone on for almost 17 years. But now the Trump administration is raising hackles in Congress by cloaking in official secrecy an unusual amount of data about the longest armed conflict in American history, including, until very recently, the dwindling size of the beleaguered Afghan military. Information contained in a ... Read More »

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency | Combating Terrorism Center

In a conflict that has no easy answers and no solutions in sight, Boko Haram is already and will remain one of Africa’s enduring insurgencies. In order to better understand Boko Haram now and in the future, this report, edited by Jacob Zenn, challenges some key misconceptions about the insurgency and provides new analyses and insights based on many exclusive ... Read More »

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency | Combatting Terrorism Center

In a conflict that has no easy answers and no solutions in sight, Boko Haram is already and will remain one of Africa’s enduring insurgencies. In order to better understand Boko Haram now and in the future, this report, edited by Jacob Zenn, challenges some key misconceptions about the insurgency and provides new analyses and insights based on many exclusive ... Read More »

Hey, Marines. Russian grunts get new assault rifles, too. | Military Times

As the U.S. Marine Corps works to procure new Heckler & Koch M27 rifles for their infantry, Russian soldiers are taking on their own assault rifle acquisition process. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in January that it plans to field the AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles for service, which shoot 5.45×39 mm and 7.62×39 mm cartridges, respectively. “A decision has been made ... Read More »

‘National defense believes in you’: French fund makes its first investment in chip maker | Defense News

Definvest has invested in Kalray, a French high-performance chip maker, marking the first investment by the specialist state-backed fund, the Armed Forces Ministry said. That funding for Kalray, deemed to be a “strategic company,” was for €10 million (U.S. $12 million) of convertible bonds, the second tranche of a total €23.6 million in financing launched last June, the ministry said in ... Read More »