Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Iran Expanding TerrorNetwork in Latin America - by Adam Kredo - Tuesday August 23rd, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Iran Expanding TerrorNetwork in Latin America 

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Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been on a diplomatic tour through key Latin American countries known for hostility towards the United States, including Cuba, Venezuela, and a host of other countries believed to be providing shelter to Iranian terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah.
As Iranian-ally Russia boosts its spy operation in the region, sources have raised concerns about the rogue nations working together to foster anti-U.S. unrest.
Zarif’s trip through the region has raised red flags among some senior congressional sources familiar with the region. For example, Zarif took aim at the United States and touted the regime’s desire to align with anti-American countries during his stay in Cuba.
One senior congressional source who works on the issue said to the Washington Free Beacon that Iran is seeking to recruit “potential terrorists who want to cause the U.S. harm.”
Increased ties between Iran and these Latin American nations are setting the stage for terrorists to penetrate close to U.S. soil with little detection.
These individuals “can travel easily to Venezuela, and once there, they can get to Nicaragua or Cuba without passports or visas, which poses a national security risk for our nation,” the source explained.
Iran has also reopened its embassy in Chile, a move that has only added fuel to speculation among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic is making moves to position its global terror network on America’s doorstep.
“The threat to U.S. national security interests and our allies should be setting off alarm bells,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chair of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement about Zarif’s Latin American tour.
“The Obama administration has failed to prevent Russia and China from expanding in our Hemisphere, and now Iran is once again stepping up its efforts to gain a greater presence to carry out its nefarious activities,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “I urge the White House to stop downplaying the Iranian threat and take immediate action to prevent the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism from establishing a regional safe haven in the Americas.”
Asked to comment on Zarif’s trip and the potential repercussions on Monday, a State Department official said to the Free Beacon that the administration had no comment.
Ros-Lehtinen said the high-profile trip by Zarif should serve as a warning.
“The timing of Zarif’s trip is significant as Iran could use many of these rogue regimes to circumvent remaining sanctions, undermine U.S. interests, and expand the drug trafficking network that helps finance its illicit activities,” she said. “Tehran’s classic playbook is to use cultural centers, new embassies or consulates, or cooperative agreements on various areas to act as façades aimed at expanding Iran’s radical extremist network.”
The renewed concerns about Iran’s footprint in Latin America comes nearly two years after the State Department said Tehran’s influence in the region was “waning.”
“The timing of Zarif’s trip speaks volumes,” said the senior congressional aide who would discuss the issue only on background. It “is worrisome that as we just celebrated the 22nd year of the horrific terrorist attack against the AMIA Jewish community center in Argentina, Iran can now have personnel nearby in a new embassy in Chile.”
“Just recently, a Hezbollah member was picked up in Brazil, an explosive device was found near the Israeli embassy in Uruguay, and Hezbollah members are reportedly traveling on Venezuelan passports,” the source added. “It was not too long ago that Venezuela offered flights to Iran and Syria, and as of last week, Hezbollah cells were found in the West Bank where Venezuela lifted its visa requirements for Palestinians.”
Zarif slammed the United States on Monday during a speech in Havana.
“Iran and Cuba could prove to the U.S. that it cannot proceed with its policies through exerting pressure on other countries,” Zarif said, according to Iran’s state-controlled media.
“Now the time is ripe for realizing our common goals together and implement the resistance economy in Iran and materialize [Cuban dictator Fidel] Castro’s goals of reconstruction of the Cuban economy,” Zarif added.
Zarif went on to note that Iran “has age-old and strong relations with the American continent and the Latin American countries.”
Zarif is reported to have brought along at least 60 Iranian officials and executives working in the country’s state-controlled economic sector.
Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told theFree Beacon that Iran has boosted efforts to engage Latin America in the wake of last summer’s nuclear agreement.
“Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif is aggressively continuing Iran’s diplomatic outreach, a policy which began early in the Rouhani administration and was kicked into high gear in the aftermath of the JCPOA—last summer’s nuclear deal,” he said. “Zarif’s sojourn into the Western hemisphere follows on the heels of his May visit to the region. Zarif’s trip symbolically commences in Havana, Cuba, where the Iranian foreign minister harped on themes of steadfastness and resistance to American legal and economic pressure.”
The Iranian leader’s goal is to “build on this experience to help promote an anti-American and anti-capitalist world order,” he added. “What’s most clear however, is that in addition to seeking to solidify the anti-American political orientation of these states, Iran aims to capitalize on the increasingly detached stigma of doing business with it in the aftermath of the nuclear accord. Therefore, we can expect to see trade deals or memorandums of understanding inked. In short, Iran will be looking to deepen to its footprint in Latin America.”
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Carville: Clinton Should Not Have Accepted Foreign Donations

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Longtime Clinton ally James Carville said the Clinton Foundation should not have accepted foreign donations Tuesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Former president Bill Clinton announced last Thursday that the Clinton Foundation would stop accepting foreign donations if Hillary Clinton was elected president.
The Clinton Foundation has come under intense scrutiny after the State Department released emails that raised questions about Clinton giving Clinton Foundation donors improper State Department access while she was Secretary of State.
“What the Clinton Foundation does, it takes money from rich people and gives it to poor people,” he said. “Most people think that’s a pretty good idea.”
Panelist Willie Geist asked Carville if the former Secretary of State should have accepted donations from foreign governments.
“If you ask me as a political adviser, of course. If you ask me as a human being, I’m not sure,” Carville said.
Carville then proceeded to tout the Clinton Foundation’s great charity work and praised Bill Clinton for his charm but made it clear there would be repercussions saying, “Somebody is going to hell over this.”
Host Joe Scarborough said if the Clinton Foundation was such a great charity, it could stand on its own and not have direct involvement by the Clintons themselves.
Carville was the lead strategist on Clinton’s successful 1992 bid for the White House.

American Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

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An American service member was killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on Tuesday, the U.S. military confirmed in a statement.
The service member, who the Pentagon has not yet identified, was killed and seven others were wounded when their patrol
triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) near Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan, according to a statementreleased by the the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.
A second U.S. service member was injured in the incident as well as six Afghan troops. An investigation has been commenced to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident, the statement said.
The fallen service member was on a train, advise, and assist mission in Lashkar Gah. The Pentagonsaidon Monday that it had sent roughly 100 American troops to advise and assist Afghan security forces in the provincial capital, which has endured increased Taliban activity and is in danger of falling to insurgents.
“On behalf of all U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, as well as Resolute Support, our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved,” Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by this loss, but remain committed to helping our Afghan partners provide a brighter future for themselves and their children.”
The Pentagon will release more information about the fallen service member after notifying the next-of-kin.
This represents the second death of a U.S. service member in Afghanistan this year. Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock was killedduring a joint U.S.-Afghan operation near Marjah in Helmand Province in January after his unit came under fire from insurgents.

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

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The Department of Defense has identified 2,366 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations.

US Claims Dominion Over A Slice of Syrian Air Space

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Pentagon: US ready to down Syrian, Russian jets

The Pentagon has announced that the USA is ready to down Syrian and Russian planes that they claim threaten American advisers who by international law are illegally operating in northern Syria.
On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis claimed that US jets attempted to intercept Syrian planes to protect the American advisers operating illegally with Kurdish forces in Syria after Syrian government jets bombed areas of Hasakah when Kurdish police began an aggression against the National Defense Force.
On Monday, another Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said, “We would continue to advise the Syrian regime to steer clear of those areas.”
“We are going to defend our people on the ground, and do what we need to defend them,” Cook told reporters.
He said, “it’s not a no-fly zone,” but added that “the Syrian regime would be wise to avoid areas where coalition forces have been operating.”
Cook is making demands for the Syrian government to not operate within its own sovereign airspace.
When pushed further about Russia, Cook made it clear that the US would make the same aggression against Russian jets who are operating legally with the Syrian government’s approval and coordination.
“If they threaten US forces, we always have the right to defend our forces,” Cook said.

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Tensions mount between Ukraine, Russia

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It began as Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kiev of embracing the "tactics of terror," after Russia claimed to have caught Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea.

Army center silent on science director investigation

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The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases won't say whether an Army investigation into its science director will trigger change at the lab.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

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At least 51 people were killed and another 69 wounded after a suicide bomber struck a wedding ceremony in southeastern Turkey on Saturday. At a press briefing the next day, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the assailant was a child suicide bomber affiliated with the Islamic State and aged between 12 and 14. The attack is the deadliest in Turkey so far this year. The Hürriyet Daily News has more.
The Associated Press fills us in on the global response to the bombing. Both the United States and Russia have issued statements pledging continued counterterrorism partnerships with Turkey. Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit Ankara on Wednesday for a long-planned visit originally announcedin response to the failed coup attempt.
Erdogan vowed on Monday to “completely cleanse” the Islamic State’s presence from Turkey’s border region. ISIS has repeatedly targeted Turkish Kurds in what appear to be an efforts to excite sectarian tensions between the Kurds and the Turkish state, and many Kurds in southeastern Turkey have criticized the government for not doing enough to protect them from ISIS attacks. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party said the targeted wedding was for one of its members. Reuters has more.  
The Associated Press reminds us that the Islamic State has a history of using children as weapons, sending them with strapped explosives to the front lines in Iraq and Syria. The terrorist organization retains a cadre of child soldiers, dubbed “cubs of the caliphate,” and seeks to indoctrinate captured children with the group’s radical version of Islam.
Iraqi police apprehended yet another would-be child suicide bomber in the city of Kirkuk on Sunday night. The boy was arrested just an hour after a suicide bomb attack on a local mosque that wounded two people. According to local authorities, the boy said he had been abducted by masked men who strapped the bomb on him. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the mosque bombing but has not mentioned the boy.
The Kurdish YPG militia is closing in on the last government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender. The fighting this week in Hasaka marks the most intense confrontation between the Kurdish YPG militia and the Syrian regime in more than five years of civil war. It forms part of a broader battle for control of the long border area abutting Turkey. Reuters has more.
Just a week after Russia began using an Iranian air base to launch strikes into Syria, Iran announcedon Monday that the Kremlin will no longer be making use of the base. The news came on the heels of criticism by the Iranian defense minister that Moscow had been high-handed in its public handling of the arrangement, and concern on the part of Iranian lawmakers that Russia’s use of Iranian facilities constituted a violation of the country’s constitutional ban on the establishment of any foreign military bases. But the Russian military said the cessation may be reversed if circumstances in Syria warrant a change in strategy.
The Washington Post reports that the Taliban have seized a government-controlled district in Kunduz, a northern province in Afghanistan, cutting off two key highways leading to the provincial capital. The latest Taliban gains in the country’s north, far from its traditional powerbase, is a sign of Kabul’s growing weakness and the internal conflicts that are roiling the counterinsurgency campaign.
Reuters reveals that Pakistani border forces killed six people in a remote village near the country’s northwestern border with Afghanistan. The Pakistani army claimed the six people killed in the attack were all terrorists. The army began a new wave of operations against the Pakistani Taliban last week that have killed at least 31 people so far.
The Associated Press writes that the Israeli military conducted a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, targeting Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit an Israeli border town earlier in the day. Two Palestinians were wounded in the strikes, including a 17 year-old boy. No Israelis were injured as a result of the Palestinian rocket attack. The Guardian adds that Israel’s response is “unusually strong” for an action conducted during the current period of relative calm in the area. But conventional wisdom suggests that Hamas—which remains weak from its 2014 clash with Israel—is not seeking to escalate hostilities. 
Buzzfeed reports on the challenges facing Europe’s counterterrorism community as the Islamic State’s ability to radicalize, recruit, and inspire lone wolf attacks grows. European police must now consider tens of thousands of Europeans as suspects, while coordination efforts across the European Union remain logistically challenging.
The Wall Street Journal tells us that Muslim extremists jailed in the United Kingdom will now be segregated from their fellow inmates. This policy shift arose after a recent report documented the prison system’s inability to combat the problem of “radicalization behind bars.” Britain is concerned that terrorists are using jail time as an opportunity to recruit petty felons into their fold.
The Associated Press writes that Secretary of State John Kerry will be holding talks in Kenya to discuss regional stability and counterterrorism with the country’s leaders. Kenya is surrounded by turmoil, as political violence plagues neighboring South Sudan and nearby Burundi and al Shabaab continues to launch attacks in Somalia. Kerry is slated to travel to Nigeria on Wednesday to discuss the threat posed by Boko Haram.
At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded by a suicide bombing in central Somalia on Sunday, the Times tells us. Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A member of the extremist Islamist group Ansar Dine has plead guilty before the International Criminal Court for his role in directing the destruction of ancient Muslim monuments in Timbuktu in 2012 and 2013, the Journal reports. While the destruction of historical monuments was defined as a war crime by the Rome Statute, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi is the first person to face trial for the crime. Mahdi’s guilty plea is also the first ever at the ICC.
China held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the AP writes. A statement by the Chinese Defense Ministry did not indicate why the Sea of Japan was chosen as the location for the exercises or what type of conflict the exercises were designed in response to. Tensions have been high between China and its neighbors in the region over disputed territory in the South and East China Seas.
Despite rising tensions, foreign ministers from Japan, China, and South Korea will convene for an annual trilateral meeting in Tokyo this week. Reuters tells us that the meeting will represent the first visit to Japan by China’s foreign minister following Japan’s 2012 purchase of three of the disputed Senkaku Islands, ownership of which has long been a source of tension between China and Japan.
South Korea and the United States will proceed with annual joint military drills this week, though North Korea has threatened to use a preemptive nuclear strike against any perceived aggression. Seoul has reiterated that the drills are defensive and are not intended as preparation to invade the North. The AP has more.
Politico reports that Democratic party leaders are now echoing a concern voiced by security specialists in response to the hacking of Democratic party information: future leaks could contain falsified details engineered by the Russian government to damage the party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy. Publicizing these concerns now may be a preemptive strategy to cast doubt on the credibility of any potentially falsified leaks released in the runup to the election.
In Reuters, James Bamford suggests that the NSA may have “another Snowden” on its hands. While the identity of the individual or individuals behind the recent theft and partial release of NSA code has not been established, Bamford writes that, “Rather than the NSA hacking tools being snatched as a result of a sophisticated cyber operation by Russia or some other nation, it seems more likely that an employee stole them”—likely an employee who began their activity after Snowden departed NSA in May 2013.

ICYMI: This Weekend, on Lawfare
Quinta Jurecic posted the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey answer questions submitted by Lawfare’s Twitter followers over the past week.
Sean Yom and Katrina Sammour examined the recruiting landscape in Jordan to understand what factors impelled young Jordanians to join the Islamic State.
Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us onTwitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.
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The Early Edition: August 23, 2016 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
The Pentagon warned Assad regime forces to keep clear of areas in northern Syria where US forces are operating yesterday, following last week’s bombing by the Syrian air force on Hasaka, where US special operations forces are assisting Kurdish YPG fighters against the Islamic State. [The Hill’s Kristina Wong]
The YPG – the Kurdish People’s Protection Units – are now “very clearly” fighting both the Islamic State and the Assad regime, reports Wladimir Van Wilgenberg at The Daily Beast, raising the possibility that the US will be drawn into direct conflict with the Syrian regime.
Turkey swore to “cleanse” the Islamic State from its borders following the suicide bombing at a Kurdish wedding on Saturday. The Islamic State has not claimed responsibility for the attack as yet, but Turkish officials have said it appeared to be the work of the militant group. [AP’s Suzan Fraser]
Turkish artillery appears to have attacked a US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia as well as Islamic State positions north of Manbij, Syria, yesterday, according to Turkish media. [AP]
Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are reportedly in the Turkish town of Gaziantep waiting to launch an offensive against the Islamic State in Syria. Gaziantep is the location of Saturday’s wedding attack. [BBC]
Iraqi forces are moving closer to Islamic State-held Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest metropolitan area, Arwa Damon reports for CNN.
The Islamic State is increasingly turning to children to carry out its suicide attacks, a consequence of the terror group’s campaign of indoctrination and the fact that an estimated 45,000 of its adult fighters have been killed in US and coalition airstrikes, reports Loveday Morris at the Washington Post.
Children are also being used to patrol smaller communities in Iraq as the Islamic State’s more veteran militants redeploy to Mosul or to Syria, reports the AP’s Balint Szlanko. Desertions are also increasing, while recruitment falls off, according to Kurdish officials.
No humanitarian aid deliveries have been made to Aleppo this month, the UN Security Council heard yesterday, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Stephen O’Brien saying that, while he welcomed Russia’s support last week for a 48-hour ceasefire to facilitate deliveries, there had been no assurances from other combatants. [New York Times’ Rick Gladstone]
US-led airstrikes continue. US and coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on August 21. Separately, partner forces conducted eight strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command
Authorities are in no position to verify whether the person responsible for the suicide bombing of a wedding in Gaziantep in Turkey on Saturday was a child, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said yesterday, contrary to the earlier assertions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. [Al Jazeera]
Turkey condemned Israel’s strikes on the Gaza Strip Sunday as “disproportionate” yesterday, despite the fact that the two countries have recently signed a reconciliation pact, reports the AP. Israel responded later that Turkey’s condemnation was “baseless.”
Turkey’s Supreme Military Council will meet for the second time this month on Aug. 23 to consider the status of hundreds of colonels and other ranking military personnel in light of the ongoing post-coup purge of so-called Gulenists from the army, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.
The EU’s migrant deal with Turkey is nearing collapse in the wake of Turkey’s failed coup and subsequent crackdown on alleged perpetrators, report Michael Birnbaum and Erin Cunningham at the Washington Post. Leaders from both sides are threatening to abandon the deal – the Europeans because they are worried about widespread human rights abuses in Turkey, and the Turks because of European reluctance to fulfill a promise to lift visa restrictions for Turkish nationals.
The Turkish Ambassador to Austria has been recalled to Turkey. Austrian authorities’ decision to allow alleged PKK members to hold a demonstration in Vienna over the weekend was the reason for the move, according to Turkey’s foreign minister, who added that “the ground for our bilateral relations and cooperation to continue as normal has disappeared.” [AP]
Vice President Biden will need to give Erdoğan some “tough counsel” when they meet in Ankara this week, says the Washington Post editorial board. Mr. Biden should not hesitate to reiterate that the US and Turkey share vital interests, and that the US does not wish to destabilize Turkey, but he should also make it clear that the US did not instigate the July 15 coup and will not relinquish US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to a “witchhunt.”
A federal judge has ordered the State Department to review a batch of 14,900 emails recently discovered during the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. The review, to determine which emails contain sensitive government information, is to be completed by September 22. [Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Ballhaus and Devlin Barrett]  The emails, discovered in July, were not included in the initial trove of 55,000 pages Clinton’s lawyers handed to the State Department last year, but FBI Director James Comey has said previously he did not believe they had been “intentionally deleted.” [New York Times’ Mark Landler and Steven Lee Myers]
“Her people have been trying to pin it on me.” Speaking at an event over the weekend, former secretary of state Colin Powell rebuffed Clinton’s comments to the FBI last week that he had suggested she use a private server. “The truth is she was using [her email setup] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” he said. [The Hill’s Julian Hattem]
Russia announced its operations from an Iranian airbase had finished anyway, yesterday, after Iran abruptly annulled its permission for Russia to use the base to launch attacks on Syria, Aresu Eqbali and Asa Fitch report for the Wall Street Journal.
Iran’s sudden withdrawal of permission after less than a week yesterday appears to reflect the deep and longstanding Iranian suspicion of Russia despite the two nations’ tactical alliance in Syria, suggest Anne Barnard and Andrew E. Kramer at the New York Times. It also shows that Russia, in trumpeting the deal as a sign of its deepening partnership with Iran, seems to have seriously misread how such an announcement would be met by Iranians.
This was the first time since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that a foreign military has used Iran as a staging ground for military operations, reports the AP’s Nasser Karimi. Iran’s parliament complained today that the military had dismissed civilian oversight in allowing Russia to use the airbase.
Formally neutral Finland is close to concluding a defense cooperation agreement with the US over concerns over increasing Russian military activityreports Julian Borger at the Guardian. The deal includes joint military training and information and research sharing, but would not involve any commitment for either country to come to the defense of the other. Finland signed a similar agreement with the UK in July, and Sweden –another non-NATO country – signed a defense cooperation agreement with the US in June this year.
Peddling the idea that the $400 million payment to Iran this January was a ransom is another attempt to discredit the “remarkable” nuclear deal, argues the New York Times editorial board. Withholding the payment to ensure Iran didn’t renege on its promise to release three American detainees was “pragmatic diplomacy,” while the nuclear deal managed to put a stop to a program that “put Iran within striking distance of producing a nuclear weapon.”
Libya’s parliament has refused to approve the UN-backed Government of National Accord, another setback to efforts to bring stability to the country, reports the Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan. The no-confidence vote took place during a rare session of the parliament, which is based in the eastern city of Tobruk.
The FBI is investigating the possibility that a stabbing attack in Roanoke, Virginia, at the weekend, may have been inspired by the Islamic State, reports Mike Levine at ABC News.
Nigeria’s air force says it has killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly the group’s leader during an attack on Friday. [Reuters]
Secretary of State John Kerry warned South Sudan that the US will withdraw funding if its leaders fail to stop the escalating violence there, during his visit to Nairobi for talks with regional allies, reports Matina Stevis for the Wall Street Journal.
Measures that would limit the use of encrypted communications across the EU will be discussed by Germany and France’s interior ministers today when they meet in Berlin, report Sam Jones et al at the Financial Times. Encryption is “a central issue in the fight against terrorism,” France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters last week.
“Is China’s aggressiveness in its long-term interests?” The New York Times’ “Room for Debate” considers China’s stance in the South China Sea, which has antagonized its neighbors, provided an incentive for a counter-China coalition, and is opposed by the US.
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FBI uncovers more undisclosed documents in Hillary Clinton email probe - Global Times

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FBI uncovers more undisclosed documents in Hillary Clinton email probe
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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has uncovered nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed documents to or from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when she served as secretary of state, a federal judge was told at a hearing on Monday.

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Emails show how donors got access to Clinton and her inner circle - Chicago Tribune

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Emails show how donors got access to Clinton and her inner circle
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A sports executive who was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation and whose firm paid Bill Clinton millions of dollars in consulting fees wanted help getting a visa for a British soccer player with a criminal past. The crown prince of Bahrain, whose ...

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Voter Guide: Clinton gets denied and Trump shifts on immigration - Modesto Bee

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Voter Guide: Clinton gets denied and Trump shifts on immigration
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Brian Fallon, the Clinton campaign's spokesperson said that Clinton had provided all the work emails “in her possession” when the State Department asked in 2014. James BComey, the F.B.I. director said he didn't believe the emails had been ...
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Analysis of the Islamic State’s ‘wedding attack’ in Gaziantep, Turkey 

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Saturday’s suicide bombing, which killed 29 and injured dozens at a wedding in Gaziantep, Turkey, was without doubt the work of the Islamic State. It was yet another attempt by the militant Sunni group to discourage the Kurds from confronting it in battle, by pointing to the deadly consequences. It was also fueled by the desire for vengeance against a population that has consistently resisted the Islamic State’s ideology. Additionally, if confirmed, the use of a child as a suicide bomber by the Islamic State may form a pattern of operational activity that can lead to broader conclusions about the current state of the organization.

The Latest: Officials: 60,000 homes damaged by flooding

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Louisiana officials say an estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged by massive flooding that swept through the southern part of the state.

Illinois terrorism suspect says he’s mentally fit for trial

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While giggling and doing impersonations on the witness stand, an Illinois man facing terrorism charges told a judge Friday he is fit to stand trial.

Washington Post Editorial: FBI misstep on Clinton emails - Salt Lake Tribune

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Washington Post Editorial: FBI misstep on Clinton emails
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The director of the FBI, James Comey, did the right thing in announcing the results of the bureau's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email in early July. Realizing that the case was hyper-sensitive in the middle of a presidential campaign, Comey ...
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FBI: 14900 Hillary Clinton Documents Discovered In Email Probe - Huffington Post

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FBI: 14900 Hillary Clinton Documents Discovered In Email Probe
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FBI Finds 15000 More Clinton Emails - ABC News

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FBI Finds 15000 More Clinton Emails
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Israel won’t let Hamas rearm – Defense Minister Lieberman

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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that the Palestinian Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip would not be allowed to rearm. He accused them of robbing their own citizens and using taxes to build terror tunnels. Speaking during a visit to an Education Corps training facility for conscripts with special needs, Lieberman said that the only solution for the Gaza problem was a reconstruction for demilitarization deal.

Hijacked comments sections don’t enlighten

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What the comments section actually is in this supercharged partisan media environment is a mud pit where the only rule is that there are no rules. And, by definition, when fighting in a mud pit, no one comes out clean.

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