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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 »

India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines | Jane’s 360

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the import of the weapons on a “fast-track basis” on 16 January to ... Read More »

German rapper-turned-jihadi Denis Cuspert reportedly killed in Syria | DW

Denis Cuspert, a former rapper known in jihadi circles as “the German,” was reportedly killed earlier this week in Syria. The SITE intelligence group, a US-based company that tracks online extremist media, reported that the pro-IS Wafa Media announced the death of the Berlin-born former rapper. Cuspert used to go by the stage name “Deso Dogg.” Cuspert was previously reported killed by a US airstrike ... Read More »