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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 »

Ex-CIA Officer Arrested for Retaining Notebooks Full of Classified Info | American Security Today

A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer was arrested last night on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, also known as “Zhen Cheng Li,” 53, was arrested after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. Lee, who is a naturalized United States citizen, currently resides in Hong Kong, China. According ... Read More »

Is this the world’s oldest tattoo parlour? | BBC News

On a back alley of Jerusalem, you can find what’s believed to be the world’s oldest tattoo parlour – with a heritage stretching back some 700 years. Wassim Razzouk is a Coptic Christian continuing a family business that’s been passed down through generations. Source: Is this the world’s oldest tattoo parlour? | BBC News Read More »

Trump appointee, former Navy SEAL, resigns after deriding military veterans with PTSD | Stars & Stripes

An appointee of President Donald Trump has resigned from the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs after remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants surfaced in the news media. Carl Higbie lasted less than six months as the chief of external affairs in the Corporation for National and Community Service. ... Read More »

US Marshal Murdered Serving PA Warrant Hailed a ‘Hero’ (Multi-Video) | American Security Today

A “hero” U.S. marshal was shot and killed and another police officer was wounded Thursday morning in Harrisburg, Penn., when gunfire erupted during the service of a warrant. Another officer was struck by a bullet but not injured. Christopher D. Hill, 45, an Army veteran who was part of the U.S. Marshals Service for 11 years, was killed after being ... Read More »

Israeli special forces hunt down, kill Palestinian suspect in firefight | Stars & Stripes

Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers. The raid was part of a police and army hunt for those involved in a drive-by shooting last week that killed a rabbi from an Israeli settlement outpost, ... Read More »

Abe, Turnbull view Japanese special forces in action | Nikkei Asian Review

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday viewed special operations exercises at an army camp near Tokyo, demonstrating his country’s solidarity with Japan regarding the North Korean crisis.  Turnbull toured Camp Narashino, east of Tokyo, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The military installation is home to the special operations unit of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, the nation’s only such ... Read More »

The ISIS ‘Senior Commander’ Who Grew Up on the Jersey Shore | NBC 10

He graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2010. His Albanian immigrant family owned a pizza shop in Margate, New Jersey. He attended a mosque where “he hated people,” according his mother. Then Zulfi Hoxha went to Syria and became Abu Hamza al-Amriki, an ISIS soldier, according to his mother and court documents in another recent terrorism case involving an ... Read More »

Heroic Army working dog awarded posthumous medal | Army Times

A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain’s highest honor for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the U.S. soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier by ... Read More »

Terrorists Stalk Dark Web for Deadlier Weaponry | The Cipher Brief

Bottom line: Terrorists are turning to the dark web’s crypto-bazaars, social media channels and e-commerce sites to buy more coveted military equipment than the usual rocket launchers and AK-47s in the traditional black market. These digital black markets are also allowing terrorist organizations from Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as self-radicalized individuals in the West, to access a larger assortment ... Read More »

What we’re learning about France’s air special forces as they publicly recruit | Defense News

The French Air Force is for the first time promoting its special forces unit in a bid to recruit civilians as an addition to the existing 750 personnel assigned to the Special Operations Command. The service previously recruited solely from the military but is now looking to diversify the talent pool with a mix of experienced and young unskilled recruits ... Read More »


As part of the plan to strengthen its participation in military foreign missions in 2018, the Czech Republic is considering sending up to 200 members of the 601st Special Forces Group to Iraq. However, their deployment will have to be initiated by the Iraqi government and the Czech Parliament will need to give its approval. Iraqi special forces, the core strike units in fighting ... Read More »

Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’ poses new threat to Afghan security | Asia Times

In December, US forces in Afghanistan released footage of an operation they conducted in the Taliban-dominated district of Musa Qala, in Helmand province. The grainy, black and white video showed them targeting a compound and blowing it to smithereens, with everyone inside. An accompanying press statement declared that the “Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’ commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka ... Read More »