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Boko Haram denies emir Shekau killed, releases video – Threat Matrix

Boko Haram, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that controls large areas in northern Nigeria, released a video showing Abubakar Shekau, the group’s emir. In the video (an excerpt from AFP is above), Shekau mocks recent claims by Nigerian officials of his death. Shekau is shown firing a machinegun from the back of a technical, or armed pickup truck, as well ... Read More »

Telephone Operator Services transition across AFSPC

By [email protected] () — Air Force Space Command telephone operator services will be removed and replaced by automated tools at the beginning of the new fiscal year, with each base developing their own transition plans. The Air Force and the entire Department of Defense have experienced increased budgetary pressure over the last several years.  In response to these budgetary pressures, AFSPC ... Read More »

New Chapter Begins

Two aircraft carrying more than 160 people landed on a runway made of ice on the Ross Ice Shelf on Tuesday, kicking off the 2014-15 field season for the U.S. Antarctic Program. …read more Source:: Antarctic Sun Featured Articles Read More »

Pelosi: Expect a war authorization vote in lame-duck session

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Md.) said Wednesday that Congress should get ready to debate and vote on an authorization for war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the lame-duck session. “When this Congress comes back into session in November, it’s important we are ready to debate and vote on such an authorization. Between then and ... Read More »

U.S. not ready to launch offensive cyber attacks, charges Congressman

Despite calls for action, the private sector is not prepared for the ramifications of an offensive cyber attack by the U.S. government against antagonistic nation states and rogue foreign organizations, according to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In the same vein, the government itself is not prepared to launch such attacks, he ... Read More »

House chairman fears ‘political tantrums’ could sink cyber bill

The head of the House Intelligence Committee is worried about the fate of legislation to protect the country’s cyber networks. Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Wednesday said he was working with his Senate counterpart, Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), to deal with “political tantrums” that could sink the bill, which has met with stiff opposition from civil liberties organizations. ... Read More »

Can Rand Paul Have It All?

As Rand Paul lays groundwork for 2016 as a man in the mainstream of Republicanism, he keeps getting pulled back toward the libertarian roots that first catapulted him to political stardom. His schedule Wednesday casts this central conundrum of his likely candidacy into sharp relief. For months, Paul has carefully calibrated his public and private efforts to appeal to the ... Read More »

Iran’s 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were seen in Iranian media at that time. The ... Read More »

Obama team warns Israel over settlements

The White House issued a sharply worded warning to Israel on Wednesday over proposed settlements in a disputed part of east Jerusalem, hours after President Obama met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “This development will only draw condemnation from the international community, (and) distance Israel from even its closest allies,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The spokesman also said ... Read More »

UPDATE 1-INSIGHT-Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran

The capture of Yemen’s capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi’ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom’s backyard.The Sunni Muslim country is also concerned that the security deterioration in its southern neighbour, where the Shi’ite Houthi fighters seized Sanaa on Sept. ... Read More »

Egypt Seizes Newspapers to Censor an Article

The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday confiscated all the copies of one of the country’s largest private newspapers in order to censor an article, just days after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed in an American television interview that there was “no limitation on freedom of expression in Egypt.” In fact, the censorship is another example of constriction of news media freedom ... Read More »

Salafist danger spawns pan-Shiite solidarity

Shiite Muslims are spread around the world, from the Indian subcontinent to the Arabian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region. They belong to various nationalities, have diverse cultures and sometimes even have different religious doctrines. Historically, they have never been under a single government nor have they enjoyed a single cohesive identity. But the recent upsurge of anti-Shiite Salafist currents has ... Read More »

New Polish PM Unveils Plans To Hike Defense Spending

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has unveiled plans to increase defense spending from 1.95 percent to 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2016. The funds will be used to acquire new weapons and military equipment, Kopacz said in her inaugural speech at the Polish parliament Wednesday. “My government will provide security for Poland and Poles. To ... Read More »

New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible

NATO’s new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there’s a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West. “We see opportunity in the cease-fire, which has now been established in the eastern part of Ukraine, but we also see violations of the cease-fire and that it’s a fragile situation,” Jens Stoltenberg said. On his ... Read More »