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It does say the State Department will examine whether any foreign groups linked to domestic terrorism may merit designations as foreign terrorist organizations. Four pillarsThe Biden strategy is based on what it calls four pillars, designed to understand, prevent, disrupt and address long-term drivers of domestic terrorism. On the intelligence and analysis front, the strategy calls for improving information-sharing among federal agencies about domestic terrorism. "The U.S. Government, in close partnership with civil society, will address the long-term contributors that are responsible for much of today's domestic terrorism," it says, including "reducing and protecting Americans from racial, ethnic, and religious hatred, and stemming the flow of firearms to individuals intending to commit acts of domestic terrorism." He said the administration is "laser-focused on violence and the threat of violence," adding, "This is a strategy that is agnostic with respect to political ideology."
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Pete Williams, White, Win McNamee, Mayorkas, hasn't, Joe Biden's, , Donald Trump —, Stewart Baker, George W, Bush, Baker Organizations: Homeland, NBC News, Justice Department, Islamic State, FBI, Biden, Department, U.S, Capitol, Department of Homeland Security, Government, U.S . Government, Homeland Security, ISIS Locations: Al Qaeda, U.S, United States
US President Joe Biden meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Several guest countries have also been invited to join the summit, including Australia, which will use the occasion to seek support in its escalating trade disputes with China. On Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry hit out at Biden's plan to rally allies on China, accusing it of "fanning confrontation." Nor is the fact that it is the G7 reacting to China, rather than China reacting to the G7, lost on observers in Beijing. Chinese observers cited by the Global Times appear confident that G7 countries' "fundamental divergences" on how to deal with China will "hinder them from making any substantial moves."
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Boris Johnson, Washington, Scott Morrison, Wang Wenbin, China's, Didi, Jill Disis, Pamela Boykoff, Asia Myanmar's, Aung San Suu Kyi, Agnes Callamard, Callamard, Beijing's Organizations: CNN, Washington, South China, Washington Post, British, Initiative, Australian, World Trade Organization, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Times, Global Times, New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Nobel, Afghan ISIS, Halo Trust, United Nations, Amnesty, Communist Party Locations: China, England, Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, South, United States, Russia, Cornwall, China's, Australia, Miaofeng, New York, Brazil, Mexico, Asia, South Korea, Afghan, Afghanistan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
“It’s a problem Facebook has known about for many years.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said that the company prohibits "content that offers to provide or facilitate human smuggling. He added that Facebook permits content related to seeking asylum and that it had consulted with the United Nations on its content policies around human smuggling. The policies draw on the U.N. definition of human smuggling as “the procurement or facilitation of illegal entry into a state across international borders” that doesn’t necessarily involve coercion or force. Since 2015, researchers and journalists have regularly identified pages dedicated to human smuggling on Facebook. Deported and pennilessAt his computer, Pastor Banda pointed to another Facebook group in which migrants appear to be negotiating with coyotes.
Persons: Gustavo Banda, they’ve, , , gesturing, ” Katie Paul, Andy Stone, El Coyote Lopez ”, Nilda Garcia, Garcia, cobro de piso, ” Garcia, , Facebook —, TikTok, Facebook’s Stone, Gabriella Sanchez, Biden, Kamala Harris, Jen Psaki, Paul, Stone, ” Sanchez, Pastor Banda, He’s, ” Banda Organizations: Facebook, Tech, Capitol, NBC News, United Nations, NBC, U.S ., FBI’s National Gang Intelligence, Criminal Networks, Twitter, YouTube, Islamic, ISIS, , The, of State, White, Trump, Border Protection, Customs Locations: United States, Tijuana , Mexico, America, Mexican, , McAllen , Texas, Houston, Nicaragua, Agua, Sonora, Sinaloa, Sonora and Arizona, Mexico, Spanish, Los Angeles, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil, U.S, Central America, Salvador, Texas, Honduran, Belize, Banda, California, Baja California, U.S.A
Special operations and cyberwarfareUS Army cyberspace operations specialists at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California, January 13, 2019. For Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command, that investment is reflected in the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that funds defense and national-security programs. "Why not send special operations out with commercial, off-the-shelf tools that can help us understand what the environment is out there?" Information gathered through cyber operations can also be used to improve US training of foreign partner forces. Conversely, Cyber Command is more interested in knowing where an adversary's communications networks are and how to take them out.
Persons: cyberattacks, Jens Stoltenberg, Elizabeth, Steven Stover, Jessica Hines, Hasken, cryptologist, Command —, Renae Pittman, JIM WATSON Organizations: Colonial Pipeline, NATO, Royal Navy, Tallinn Accords, National Training Center, Fort, US Army, Pentagon, Intelligence, Cyber Command, Command —, American, ISIS, US, MarkPoint Technologies, Command, Operations Command, National Defense, Air Force Special, Kunsan Air Base, US Air Force, Special, Operations, Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psychological, US Air Forces, Europe Regional Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, Infrastructure Security Agency, Government, Getty, Companies, SMU, NSA, FBI, DHS, Signature Management Locations: Colonial Pipeline ., York, Russia, China, Geneva, Tallinn, Fort Irwin, California, South Korea, Asia, Europe, Germany, Annapolis , Maryland
A Moscow court banned Alexei Navalny's political network by labeling it as extremist. A Moscow court on Wednesday outlawed Alexei Navalny's political network by dubbing it extremist, in a remarkable escalation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's war on dissent. The ruling came just a week before a highly anticipated meeting between the Russian leader and President Joe Biden. Navalny's political network, which primarily focused on investigating and exposing corruption, disbanded in late April in anticipation of the ruling. Responding to Wednesday's ruling, Navalny in an Instagram post said, "When corruption is the basis of state power, fighters against corruption are labeled extremists."
Persons: Alexei Navalny's, Biden, Vladimir Putin's, Joe Biden, , Putin, Rosfinmonitoring, Ivan Pavlov, Navalny, Russia's Organizations: Putin, Associated Press, ISIS, Sunday, US, Capitol, Wednesday, RAF Mildenhall Locations: Moscow, Russia, Al Qaeda, Soviet, Siberia, Germany, Geneva, Russian, Kremlin, Ukraine, England, United States
U.S. forces are halfway through their withdrawal from Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Amanda Macias | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Tuesday reached the midpoint in its herculean task of withdrawing troops and equipment out of Afghanistan. Approximately 13,000 pieces of equipment, which will not be left to the Afghan military, have also been handed over to the Defense Logistics Agency for destruction. In April, Biden announced a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, which would end America's longest war. Biden's withdrawal timeline breaks with a proposed deadline brokered last year by the Trump administration with the Taliban. According to that deal, all foreign forces would have had to leave Afghanistan by May 1.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, Trump, Frank McKenzie, al, McKenzie Organizations: Pentagon, . Central Command, Defense Logistics Agency, Central, ISIS Locations: Afghanistan, The U.S, U.S, East, Central Asia, al Qaeda
In recent years, data from resources like fitness apps has been used to track the movements of US military personnel. In the past few years, a series of flaps involving US and Coalition special-operations forces and popular fitness applications, such as Strava or the Apple Watch, have jeopardized operational and personal security. In 2020, journalists and open-source information researchers were able to manipulate Strava to track down British Special Air Service (SAS) operators in Syria and Somalia. The danger at homeUS special operators on a memorial run at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, March 3, 2015. These special operators' cases show that a knowledgeable person could use that data to pinpoint not only you, but your friends and family too.
Persons: , Lemonnier, Oruç Reis, It's, it's, Whitney Amstutz, Christopher Klutts Organizations: Coalition, Apple Watch, Special Air Service, SAS, US Navy, US, Special Operations Command, Army Special Forces, Regiment, Green Beret, Bagram, US Air Force, Staff, Social, LinkedIn, ISIS, US Army Special Forces, US Army, Facebook, Delta Force, Delta, Brits Locations: China, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Djibouti, Niger, Turkish, Greece's, Cyprus, Bagram, Kabul, Iran, Diffa
A movement that claims industrial bleach is a miracle cure is gaining strength in Latin America. The indictment might have marked the end of Grenon's attempts to falsely market the bleach as a miracle cure. Despite Facebook's banning misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic from its platform, COMUSAV has been able to openly promotes the toxic bleach in national, local, and regional groups. We have over 35,000 people dedicated to keep our community safe, a task particularly important during the COVID19 pandemic," a company spokesman said. The success of the MMS movement shows the double-sided effect the pandemic has had on medical misinformation.
Persons: Mark Grenon, Grenon, Patricia Callisperis, Andreas Kalcker, RTÉ, Kalcker, COMUSAV, Genesis, Jim Humble, Kerri Rivera, Rivera, Danilo Balderrama, America It's, COVID, Natalia París, Verónica del Castillo, Coronel Pedro Chavez Zabala, Carmen Scurato, Callisperis, Humble, Jim, Anticlo2 Organizations: Bolivian, Justice Department, Global Health, Life Coalition, Coalición, Salud, Pan American Health Organization, Genesis, CDS, Facebook, MAS, Bolivian TV, Sierra, ISIS, Free Press Locations: America, Florida, Latin America, Bolivian, South America, Bolivia, Irish, Santa Cruz de, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Canadian, Cochabamba, Peru's, COVID, Colombia, Oruro, Kalcker, Argentinian, Rosario
The US has some of the best special operations units in the world, but they can't do everything on their own. The American military relies on allied special operators from places like Britain, Iraq, and Israel to collect intelligence and kill enemy insurgents and soldiers. SAS and SBSA member from the 22nd Special Air Service at Hereford, England. Kommando SpezialkräfteA German Special Forces soldier lines his sites on a target 500 meters away, and awaits direction to engage. Afghan National Army Commando CorpsAn Afghan National Army Special Operations Commando instructor assesses recruits during an exercise in Camp Commando in Kabul, May 6, 2018.
Persons: they're, Sayeret, Israeli Defense Forces Israel's Sayeret, Israel's, Defense James Mattis, Kommando, Carolyn Kaster, Al, it's Organizations: SAS, SBS, 22nd Special Air Service, US Air Force, Air Service, British Army, Service, ISIS, Israeli Defense Forces, Olympic, Command, Commons French, Defense, Special Forces, Army, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service Iraqi, Terrorism Service, REUTERS, Counter Terrorism, Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Afghan National Army Commando, Afghan National Army Special Operations, Camp Commando, US Army Afghanistan's National Army Commando Corps, Taliban Locations: Britain, Iraq, Israel, Hereford, England, Afghanistan, Uganda, France, Syria, Germany, Baghdad, Al Qaeda, Kabul
Internally displace persons setting up shelter just outside a medical clinic in a camp on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, a city occupied by ISIS. The targeting of health care facilities such as this one is a potential war crime. The only health care facilities the civilians have access to are often the very ones targeted. Sadly, health care facilities have increasingly found themselves under fire in recent years. The bombing of roads leading to Gaza’s main hospital, Al-Shifa Hospital, has further cut access to health care for the victims of violence.
Persons: Ahmed, Médecins, Biden, didn’t, , Israel, Egypt’s, Bashar al, Assad, Israel shouldn’t Organizations: Islamic State, U.S, ISIS, United Nations Security, MSF, Israel Defense Forces, International, Hamas, ” MSF, Pentagon, Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Shifa, Criminal Court Locations: Iraq, U.S, Mosul, Tal Afar, Gaza, Israel, Geneva, ” Israel, Palestinian, Egypt, Tikrit, Fallujah, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United States, Kunduz, Afghanistan, Al
KABUL, Afghanistan — A three-day cease-fire marked by violent attacks — most claimed by the Islamic State group — ended Sunday in Afghanistan amid calls for renewed peace talks between the government and the Taliban. They renewed their commitment to finding a peaceful end to the war and called for an early start to talks that have been stalled, he said. The U.S. has been pressing for accelerated talks as it withdraws the last of its 2,500-3,500 soldiers and NATO its remaining 7,000 allied forces. Even as the Taliban and government signed on to the cease-fire, which was declared to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, violence continued unabated in Afghanistan. Wang called the withdrawal hasty and warmed it would “severely” impact the Afghan peace process and negatively affect regional stability, He called on the United Nations to play a greater role.
Persons: , Suhail Shaheen, , Isis, Sanger Niazai, Washington, Wang Yi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Wang Organizations: Islamic, Eastern, NATO, Isis, Sufis, Central, NBC, China’s, Pakistan Foreign, United Nations Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Islamic Emirate, Eastern State, Qatar, U.S, Kabul, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
At least 55 people have been killed in a bomb attack on a school in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. The majority of the victims were female students aged between 11 and 15 years old. At least 55 people have died and 150 more were injured after multiple bombs went off outside a high school in west Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, according to officials. Most of the casualties were female students aged between 11 and 15 years old, Reuters reported. People stand at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 8, 2021.
Persons: Sayed Ul, Read, Stringer, Ashraf Ghani, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mujahid, Joe Biden, Malala Yousafzai Organizations: Reuters, New York Times, Ministry of Education, Associated Press, Islamic, ISIS Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Dasht
Even with its physical "caliphate" destroyed in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has an operational presence in at least 20 countries. But in the 21st century, all conflict is global, and organizations like ISIS are well-positioned to leverage the capabilities of its affiliates worldwide. Another way to think about the Islamic State is as a venture capital firm. Even as they remain primarily driven by parochial concerns and grievances, ISIS affiliates can evolve to become more global in nature. Several African jihadist groups have noticeably changed the way they fight after becoming ISIS affiliates, in some cases involving both tactical improvement and strategic evolution.
Persons: Jacob Zenn, Aldeia da, Marco Longari, , Ansar al, ISCAP, Mozambique's Cabo, ALFREDO ZUNIGA, Tomasz Rolbiecki, Pieter Van Ostaeyen, Charlie Winter, Colin P, Clarke Organizations: ISIS, Reuters, United Nations, Islamic, Democratic, Getty, Central, Praia, Soufan Locations: Iraq, Syria, tatters, Islamic State, State, Mogadishu, Somalia, Saharan Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, East , Southern, Central Africa, Central Africa Province, Africa, Mali, Congo, West Africa, Aldeia, Aldeia da Paz, Macomia, AFP, Shabab, Mocimboa, Tanzania, Palma, Mozambique's, Mozambique's Cabo Delgado, New York City
“The recommendation is 10,000 steps a day, and my guess is that no one is meeting that now,” says Kiberd. Ruth Anselm, founder of RMA Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, New York, says that the most common pain points from prolonged sitting are the neck and shoulders, lower back and head. As muscles tighten from lengthy sedentary periods, they pull a person into a hunched position, Anselm says. “If we’re mostly static during the day then our body’s overall function will become less effective as well,” she says. Kiberd adds that an increase in stress can lead to more slouching and shallow breathing, which can result in headaches and neck and back pain.
Persons: , I’ve, , Isis Medina, , Emily Kiberd, Kiberd, Ruth Anselm, Anselm, Michele McGurk, Jill Blakeway Organizations: American, New, Yinova Locations: New York, New York City, Boulder , Colorado, Rochester , New York, Danu, Brooklyn, Medina
Eddie Gallagher says he and other SEALs practiced medical procedures on a prisoner of war. Gallagher was charged with killing the wounded ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 by stabbing him to death, but he was acquitted in 2019. A defense motion obtained by Navy Times stated that when the 17-year-old ISIS fighter was brought in, "he was at or near death." Parlatore said that while such actions may be ethically questionable, practicing medical procedures on a dying person is not murder. He argued that the cause of death was the airstrike, telling Insider that the medical procedures practiced on him did not hasten his demise.
Persons: Eddie Gallagher, Gallagher, Donald Trump, Dan Taberski, he's, Andrea Gallagher, " Gallagher, Tim Parlatore, Parlatore, Sandy Huffaker, Corey Scott, Scott Organizations: Navy, ISIS, Service, Reuters, Navy Times, American Medical Association, General Internal Medicine, US Navy Locations: Iraq, San Diego
Iraq's President Barham Salih attends a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseIraq has hosted more than one round of talks between regional foes Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Wednesday. Baghdad hosted talks between officials from its two neighbours and mutual adversaries on April 9 in the only round of talks to have been previously reported. Asked how many rounds of Saudi-Iranian talks Iraq had hosted, Salih replied: "More than once." Iran responded with limited missile strikes against a U.S. base in Iraq, the first such direct attack, but took no further action.
Persons: Barham Salih, Denis Balibouse, Salih, Donald Trump, Qassem Organizations: Economic, REUTERS, Beirut Institute, Former U.S, U.S, Islamic, ISIS, Thomson Locations: Davos, Switzerland, Denis Balibouse Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Baghdad, Saudi, Iraq, Washington, Tehran, Vienna, U.S, Arab, Islamic State, Kurdish, State
Shattered by ISIS, Iraq’s Mosul Museum Is Rising from the Ashes
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( Jared Malsin | ) www.wsj.com + 0.87   time to read: +1 min
When Islamic State gunmen stormed the Mosul Cultural Museum and filmed themselves taking sledgehammers to 3,000-year-old Assyrian statues in 2015, museum director Zaid Ghazi watched the images online aghast. Mr. Ghazi was at his home in Mosul, unable to go to work since the militants had seized the city, one of Iraq’s largest, and made it the crown jewel of their self-proclaimed caliphate. He later learned that Islamic State militants had set fire to the museum’s library of 25,000 books. “It showed the deep hatred in their hearts.”The museum is a symbol of a multicultural version of Iraqi society that Islamic State tried to obliterate during the three years it ruled Mosul before being driven from the city in 2017. Founded in 1952, the secular, public institution showcases thousands of years of Iraq’s history, including extensive exhibits on pre-Islamic times.
Persons: Zaid Ghazi, Ghazi, Organizations: Islamic State, Mosul Cultural Museum, Islamic, Smithsonian Institution Locations: Mosul, Iraq
Shattered by ISIS, Iraq’s Mosul Museum Is Rising From the Ashes
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( Jared Malsin | ) www.wsj.com + 0.87   time to read: +1 min
When Islamic State gunmen stormed the Mosul Cultural Museum and filmed themselves taking sledgehammers to 3,000-year-old Assyrian statues in 2015, museum director Zaid Ghazi watched the images online aghast. Mr. Ghazi was at his home in Mosul, unable to go to work since the militants had seized the city, one of Iraq’s largest, and made it the crown jewel of their self-proclaimed caliphate. He later learned that Islamic State militants had set fire to the museum’s library of 25,000 books. “It showed the deep hatred in their hearts.”The museum is a symbol of a multicultural version of Iraqi society that Islamic State tried to obliterate during the three years it ruled Mosul before being driven from the city in 2017. Founded in 1952, the secular, public institution showcases thousands of years of Iraq’s history, including extensive exhibits on pre-Islamic times.
Persons: Zaid Ghazi, Ghazi, Organizations: Islamic State, Mosul Cultural Museum, Islamic, Smithsonian Institution Locations: Mosul, Iraq
Hide Caption 27 of 55 Photos: America's longest war Village elders meet in Marja, Afghanistan, in March 2010. Hide Caption 47 of 55 Photos: America's longest war US President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Army Sgt. Hide Caption 50 of 55 Photos: America's longest war President Donald Trump visits Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base in November 2019. Hide Caption 54 of 55 Photos: America's longest war President Joe Biden speaks from the White House Treaty Room in April 2021. Hide Caption 55 of 55Afghanistan could be free for al Qaeda againToday al Qaeda appears proud of its influence over the TTP.
Persons: Osama Bin Laden, dwarfing, Joe Biden, Paul Cruickshank, Richard Drew, Drew, It's, Staff Andrew Card, George W, Bush, Firefighters, Dick Cheney, San Francisco —, Cheney, David Handschuh, Marcy Borders, al, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Osama bin Laden, Saleem Mehsud, Peter Bergen, Cruickshank, CNN al, bin Laden, Qaeda, Sheikh Osama, Sheikh Atiyahullah, Sheikh Abu Yahya Al, Al Qaeda's, Ayman al, Zawahiri, Bergen, Al, Bin Laden, Tora Bora, Renae Chapman, Amanda, Nathan R, Chapman, Jorge Avino, Mohammaed Mahdi, Emilio Morenatti, Hamid Karzai, Brandon Olson, Nicholas Bender, Zachary Boyd, Brian Keith, Sara, Stephen, Barack Obama, Shokria, Hillary Clinton, Burness Britt, Anja Niedringhaus, Tarana Akbari, John C, Coyer, Ryan Coyer, Islam Bibi, Sayed Wazir, Bowe, Bergdahl, John Campbell, Donald Trump, Michael Goble, Goble, Al Qaeda Organizations: CNN, Seal, al, West Point's CTC, Biden, New, World Trade, American Airlines, World Trade Center, United Airlines Flight, White, Staff, Pentagon, Emergency, Center, United Airlines, Military, Air Force, Offutt Air Force Base, New York Daily News, Capitol Hill, America, AQ, UN, U.S, ISIS, Al, CIA, Taliban, British, Afghan Northern Alliance, Northern Alliance, Associated Press, Mahroo, School, British Marines, Army Spc, NATO, Afghan National Police, US Army, US Marines, Navy SEALs, Stennis, Army Staff, Arlington National Cemetery, Police, Bagram Air Base, Dover Air Force Base, Taliban Red Unit, Republicans Locations: United States, Abbottabad, al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Qaeda, America, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, St, Patrick's, Sarasota , Florida, Dulles , Virginia, Manhattan, Newark , New Jersey, San Francisco, Shanksville , Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New, America's, Taliban, Abottabad, Pakistan, CNN al Qaeda, Soviet, Syria, al, Europe, Al Qaeda, Yemen, Somalia, Africa, Khowst, Afghanistan's Kandahar, Quetta, Muhammad, Kabul, Tora Bora, Fort Lewis, Washington, Kalakan, Afghan, Ghazni, Kajaki, Afghanistan's Ghazni, Korengal, Baqwa, Afghanistan's Korengal, Afghanistan's Paktika, Canadian, Kandahar, Afghanistan's Kunar, Afghanistan's Helmand, American, Marja, Kunduz, Herat, Bazaar, Ruzi, Shokria, Sangin, Shrine, Layadira, Arlington, Lashgar Gar, Afghanistan's Wardak, Washington Township , New Jersey, Afghanistan's Laghman, Drum , New York, Al
Russia's financial watchdog added Navalny's political network to an extremist blacklist alongside groups like ISIS. Russia's financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring on Friday blacklisted imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's political network as an extremist group, the Moscow Times reported, effectively banning the anti-corruption group in the country. The network disbanded on Thursday ahead of an expected court ruling that would also dub it an extremist organization and prohibit the group's operations. Meanwhile, the lawyer defending Navalny's network in the extremism case was arrested in Moscow on Friday, The New York Times reported, and charged with disclosing details of an investigation unrelated to the anti-corruption campaigner. Appearing in a Moscow court via videolink on Thursday, Navalny denounced Putin as a "naked king" whose crown is "sliding from his ears."
Persons: Putin, Rosfinmonitoring, Alexei Navalny's, Aleksei Navalny's, Natalia Zviagina, Ivan Pavlov's, Pavlov, Vladimir Putin, Navalny, Novichok, Joe Biden Organizations: Moscow Times, ISIS, Times, Amnesty, The New York Times, Federal Security Service Locations: Moscow, Al Qaeda, Ivan Pavlov's Moscow, Russian, Russia, videolink, Soviet, Germany
Russian Tu-95MS "Bear H" and the Tu-160 "Blackjack" bombers launched Kh-555 cruise missiles at a range in the Komi Republic. This exercise was one of many during a recent surge of Russian military activity across the entire country, especially around the Black Sea. The Long-range Aviation Command of the Russian Air and Space Force conducted a command-staff exercise as part of the routine winter training, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. Notably, the exercise included the launch of cruise missiles from its Tu-95MS "Bear H" and Tu-160 "Blackjack" bombers. Viktor Korotayev/REUTERSThis is just one of the bombers exercises in what some analysts called a "surge" of Russian military activity.
Persons: Viktor Korotayev, Su Organizations: Aviation Command, Russian Air and Space Force, Russian Ministry of Defence, MoD, Bomber Regiments, ISIS, Aerospace Forces, Baltic Fleet's Naval Aviation, Air Operations, NATO, Italian Eurofighter Typhoons, Baltic Air Policing, Polish Air Force, Poznan Air Base, Royal Danish Air Force, Skrydstrup Air Base, Russian MoD, Armed Forces, Intelligence, Signal Intelligence Locations: Russian, Komi Republic, Saratov, Russia, Urals, Vorkuta, Barents, Syria, Moscow, Baltic, Uedem, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Poznan, Ukraine, Crimea
Following a debate on Thursday, the House of Commons passed unopposed a non-binding resolution condemning "mass human rights abuses and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region." No one can still deny the scale of the abuses taking place in the Xinjiang region," Labour lawmaker Yasmin Qureshi , a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China UK, said. "The UK government has said endlessly -- and I understand this -- that only a competent court can declare genocide, that is absolutely the original plan. At the time, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said "it speaks volumes that, while the UK joins the international community in sanctioning those responsible for human rights abuses, the Chinese government sanctions its critics." The remaining £900,000 will fund programs on open societies and human rights, the minister said in a statement.
Persons: Yasmin Qureshi, Nusrat Ghani, Ghani, Iain Duncan Smith, China Ghani, Dominic Raab, Raab Organizations: Inter, Parliamentary Alliance, China, United Nations, British Nationals, Commons, ISIS, Yazidis, Conservative Party, United, International Court of Justice, International, Court, European Union, UN, Human Rights Locations: China, Xinjiang, Beijing, Xinjiang Uyghur, British, London, Hong Kong, Syria, United Nations, Canada
U.S. Special Operations Command has about 70,000 personnel, and there are tens of thousands more retired members of special operations forces. The secret Facebook groups for special operations forces can be found only by members. US Special Forces Team Room, which has 4,700 members, is described as "for US Special Forces qualified individuals only." Austin's efforts to address extremism have made him the target of vitriolic commentary in the special operations forces Facebook groups. The private special operations forces groups feature multiple references to QAnon.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, lethally, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Jack Murphy, Joe Biden —, Vladimir Putin —, Lloyd Austin, Trump, Robert Wilson, Wilson, Garry Reid, Reid, what's, Austin, SOCOM, Adolf Hitler, doesn't, Lloyd Austin's, bubba, Heidi Beirich, Q, Pence, Olivia Troye, Murphy, It's, Carol E, Lee, Anna Schecter Organizations: U.S ., NBC News, NBC, Rangers, Green Berets, Army, Green Beret, U.S, Capitol, Brotherhood, PAC, US Special Forces Team, Special, Command, Facebook, Trump, US Special Forces, 3rd Special Forces Group, ISIS, National Security Council, Obama, Brotherhood – PAC, Special Forces Team, Defense Department, Pentagon, Department of Defense, Special Operations Command, Capitol Police, FBI, Surgery, Military, Global, 3rd Infantry Locations: United States, U.S, Austin, Washington, New York
It’s a Mistake to Leave Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-04-16 | by ( Lindsey Graham | Jack Keane | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The military and the intelligence community understand this, which is why both recommend keeping a residual counterterrorism force in Afghanistan. The Iranians will begin to dominate western Afghanistan, and the Taliban will start to run the country’s southern region. The rump ISIS and al Qaeda elements sprinkled around Afghanistan will exploit the chaos. To expect the Taliban to police al Qaeda and ISIS is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse. The decision to leave a small contingent of American forces in Afghanistan was bipartisan.
Persons: Biden’s, Osama bin Laden, Cole, al, Biden can’t Organizations: America, Northern Alliance, Haqqani, State Department, Atlantic Treaty Organization, ISIS, NATO Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, Kabul, Eastern Afghanistan, U.S
The End of the United States’ Forever War
  + stars: | 2021-04-16 | by ( Thomas Gibbons-Neff | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.86   time to read: +2 min
What happens after the U.S. completely withdraws from Afghanistan? I think in the Pech and its tributaries, we’re already well into the post-withdrawal phase. So I think for the Pech and its tributaries, the post-2021 future is already happening. How does this bode for the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in the region? This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Persons: they’re, bode, Al Qaeda Organizations: ISIS, U.S, Doha, Rangers, Taliban Air Force Locations: U.S, Afghanistan, we’re, Kandahar, Helmand, Al
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