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19th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio

19th June 2017

Iran Launched A Salvo of Ballistic Missiles at ISIS

On Sunday, Iran launched a salvo of ballistic missiles against targets in and around the city of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria. The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against ISIS positions. Iran is a solid backer of the Syrian...

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

America’s widening role in Syria’s civil war

Bill Roggio

The unprecedented US downing of a Syrian regime warplane highlights the rapidly shifting dynamic in the six-year conflict where President Donald Trump has given American commanders a freer rein in the battlefield.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

In Iranian strike on IS, the missile is the message

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), a hard-line paramilitary force, said in a statement following the strike that “many terrorists” were killed in the attack. But the Guard was also unequivocal that its audience extended beyond the Islamic State.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio

Russia’s defense ministry didn’t mince words Monday about its willingness to attack U.S. military jets in Syria.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Trump still doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with Assad

Mark Dubowitz

With tensions escalating between the United States and Russia, the White House still has no larger strategy on how to deal with fresh conflicts sure to arise in parts of Syria once the Islamic State is pushed out.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Madeline Patrick - Normangee Star

American student released by North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

USA officials have not confirmed Warmbier’s medical condition, but he’s set to arrive in Cincinnati on Tuesday night after a stop at a US military facility near Sapporo, Japan. “We have been told that he has been in that condition since March of 2016”.

16th June 2017 - Quoted by Alec Macfarlane - CNN Money

U.S. goes after Chinese firm for laundering North Korea money

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. has moved to seize nearly $2 million from a Chinese company that it says laundered money for North Korea.

16th June 2017 - Quoted by Stuart Leavenworth - McClatchy

Trump ponders travel ban to North Korea after U.S. student returns in a coma

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration is considering restrictions on U.S. travel to North Korea after the harrowing experience of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia college student who was detained in Pyongyang for 15 months and returned in a coma

16th June 2017 - Quoted by Austin Ramzy, Choe Sang-Hun - New York Times

Otto Warmbier Came Home in a Coma. Travel Company Says North Korea Is ‘Extremely Safe!’

Anthony Ruggiero

The website of Young Pioneer Tours anticipates a frequently asked question about North Korea: “How safe is it?”

16th June 2017 - Quoted by Samir Salama - Gulf News

Qatar and the myth of humanitarian work

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar has earned the brand of the single most-favoured broker for terrorist organizations.

16th June 2017 - Quoted by Austin Ramzy and Choe Sang-Hun - The New York Times

Otto Warmbier Came Home in a Coma. Travel Company Says North Korea Is ‘Extremely Safe!’

Anthony Ruggiero

The website of Young Pioneer Tours anticipates a frequently asked question about North Korea: “How safe is it?” “Extremely safe!” the company replies, in an answer that remained on its site without qualification even after the return this week of one of its customers, Otto F....

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Barbara Boland - Gov Con Wire

Experts Warn Lawmakers of Increasing China Cyber Espionage Attacks

Samantha F. Ravich

Experts at a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing warned lawmakers Tuesday that Chinese government hackers appear to be once again targeting private U.S. companies and organizations.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Euronews

Spying prison term prompts huge protests in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Several thousand people in Turkey’s two largest cities, Ankara and Istanbul, have been protesting against the 25-year prison sentence handed down to opposition lawmaker Kadri Enis Berberoğlu on spying charges.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Shabad - CBS News

Senate passes measure to expand sanctions on Iran and Russia

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would impose new U.S. sanctions that would target Iran's ballistic missile program, its support for terrorism and human rights violations, and yet it would still comply with the Iranian nuclear deal.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Griffin Connolly - Roll Call

US Cybersecurity in Need of Rapid Repair, Senators Told

Samantha F. Ravich

Cybersecurity in the United States is in a severe state of disrepair, leaving the country vulnerable to attack from hacking groups backed by its opponents, two witnesses testified in a Senate subcommittee hearing.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Yochanan Visser - Western Journalism

Hezbollah Openly Provokes US Forces In Eastern Syria, US Army Brings In A New Deadly Weapon

Tony Badran

The covert war between Iranian proxies and American forces in Syria is further heating up after the U.S. military was forced to shoot down an Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone which threatened U.S. soldiers and their allies in eastern Syria last Thursday and Iranian proxies took over the area...

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Kingsley - New York Times

Turkish Opposition Leader Begins 250-Mile Protest March

Aykan Erdemir

The leader of Turkey’s largest opposition party began on Thursday a 250-mile march to Istanbul from Ankara, the capital, to protest President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s widening crackdown on dissent.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Jessie Bur - MeriTalk

Feds Lack Cyber Leadership to Deal With Nation-State Threats

Samantha F. Ravich

The Federal government lacks the empowered leadership necessary to address U.S. cyber vulnerabilities, according to former Federal experts testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 13.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - Algemeiner

Obama Administration Rejected Arab Pleas to Bomb Iran, Kerry Reveals

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry revealed at a public forum in Norway this week that the Obama administration resisted Arab entreaties to “bomb” Iran and instead pursued negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program.

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