Archive for National Security

NEWSLINK: Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty

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[“Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty” – Fox News 6.17.14] Fox News covers announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense regarding the capture and planned civilian prosecution of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala.  Khattala will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C., in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed

Borderlands: The View Beyond Ukraine

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(Stratfor.com - George Friedman - June 10, 2014)  Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in George Friedman’s recent series written during his journey from the Baltics, through Central and Eastern Europe and then east to Turkey and Azerbaijan. I traveled between Poland and Azerbaijan during a rare period when the forces that shape Europe appear to be in flux, and most of the countries I visited are

NEWSLINK: In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy

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[“In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy” – Reuters 6.1.14] Reuters covers President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe, including a visit to Poland for their celebration of Freedom Day, a G7 meeting in Brussels and a D-Day commemoration in France. Of particular interest is whether Obama can offer a more robust response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and whether his

Treasury Department Announces Counterterrorism Sanctions Over al-Qaeda and ISIL Activities in Syria

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Both al-Qaeda and ISIL, the latter formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, have been trying to capitalize on unrest in Syria to develop a foothold there, with al-Qaeda also looking to use Syria as a base from which to strike external Western targets. The U.S. Treasury Department on May 14, 2014, announced counterterrorism sanctions against two individuals connected with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and

TREASURY DEPARTMENT: Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities

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(Treasury Department press release – 4/28/2014) Sanctions Target Seven Russian Government Officials, Including Members of the Russian Leadership’s Inner Circle, and 17 Entities WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of

U.S. Airborne Lands in Eastern Europe as Ukraine Tensions Rise

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(VOA News - April 23, 2014 4:50 AM) U.S. Army paratroopers landed Wednesday in Poland, at the start of military maneuvers aimed at easing anxieties in allied eastern European countries alarmed at Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The Pentagon said the exercises, slated to last about a month, initially involve about 600 troops, including 150 members of an airborne combat team based in Italy. Additional

U.S. Missile Defense Test Fails Over Pacific

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The Department of Defense on Friday, July 5, 2013, announced the failure of a missile defense test over the Pacific, the third miss in a row for ABM tests. A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor missile launched from Vandenburg AFB in California failed to connect with its target, a long-range ballistic missile launched from an atoll in the Marshall Islands. According to the Pentagon: Program officials

North Korea Threatens ‘Pre-Emptive Nuclear Attack’

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(VOA News – Steve Herman – March 07, 2013) SEOUL — For the first time, North Korea is threatening to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike.  This is the latest in an increasing series of bellicose rhetoric from Pyongyang in recent days. The threat, attributed to a spokesman from North Korea’s foreign ministry, was carried by the country’s central news agency and also broadcast Thursday. The