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Russian aircraft shot down despite ‘President-S’ system

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Russian aircraft shot down despite ‘President-S’ system
DEBKAfile  Exclusive Report  April 13, 2016, 9:05 AM (IDT)

Russia’s Mi-28H attack helicopter )
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on April 12 “the crash of a Russian Mi-28H attack helicopter near the city of Homs“ the previous night. The two pilots were killed in the crash, and their bodies were recovered by Russian special forces who transferred them to Hmeimim airbase in northern Syria. The ministry asserted that “the helicopter was not shot down” but debkafile’s intelligence and aviation sources doubt that claim.
The helicopter that crashed in Homs was the fourth Russian-made military aircraft to be shot down during the last 30 days by advanced shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles possessed by the Nusra Front, ISIS and other groups of fighters.
The speculation that terrorist organizations in Syria, and apparently in Iraq, possess such missiles capable of overcoming the defenses of Russian aircraft became reality when the Mi-28H helicopter was shot down on April 11. The aircraft is equipped with the most advanced defensive system of its kind, the President-S, which is resistant to active and passive jamming.
The system also known as the L370-5 includes a warning system installed on four external points of every aircraft, radar and command and control system that can identify incoming shoulder-fired missiles and cause them to deviate from their paths.
The defense system protects the helicopter from previous generations of such missiles, such as the Strela-2 and Strela-3. But it remains vulnerable to more advanced missiles and that is the reason why the rebels and terror groups have been able to shoot down four Russian-made aircraft in Syria.
On March 12, a MIG-21 of the Syrian air force was shot down with two shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles that locked onto the heat signature of the plane. Fighters from the Jaysh al-Nasr rebel group operating in the village of Kafr Nabudah, in the area of the city of Hama, downed the plane and then killed the pilots after they ejected and reached the ground.
Another Syrian air force plane, a Sukhoi 22, was shot down on April 5 near Aleppo using a single MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems) missile, apparently an advanced one, fired by fighters from Al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front. One of the pilots was killed on the ground, while the other, Khaled Saeed, was taken prisoner.
In yet another recent downing of a Russian-made military aircraft, ISIS announced on April 11 that it had shot down a Sukhoi 22 that had taken off from al-Dumayr Airport in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. The fighters used an SA-7 Strela missile with an infrared heat-seeking warhead, considered relatively out of date.
Western intelligence services have no idea how many shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles are in the arsenals of Syrian rebel groups and terrorist organizations. There is no doubt that those weapons pose a major and immediate threat to commercial aviation in Israel and throughout the Middle East.
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Title:                      Hoover’s FBI The Men And The Myth
Author:                 William W. Turner
Turner, William W. (1970). Hoover’s FBI: The Men And The Myth. Los Angeles, Sherbourne Press
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Date Posted:      April 13, 2016
Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]
The author was an FBI agent for ten years and writes from that perspective. A third of the book is autobiographical, and the other sections are critical studies of the late director, J. Edgar Hoover, and of the organization itself. An informed, balanced account and a valuable source. See also the annotation for this work in chapter 15, section A.
[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p.

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The Early Edition: April 13, 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.
Peace talks aimed at ending the five-year war in Syria are set to resume today in Geneva, having been adjourned on March 29. This will be the second round of negotiations, the first having collapsed in February. [Wall Street Journal’s Raja Abdulrahim]
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad went ahead with parliamentary elections today, coinciding with the first day of the peace talks in Geneva, a sign he has no intention of stepping down as leader, report Hugh Naylor and Fareed Zakaria. [Washington Post]  Moscow has said that the elections are intended to avoid a legal vacuum until early elections are held under a new constitution. [Reuters]
France joined Iran, the US and Russia in expressing concerns over the increasing violence in Syriayesterday, which it says does not bode well for the peace talks due to start today. [ReutersNew York Times’ Anne Barnard]
The CIA is planning to give more powerful weapons to moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce collapses, US officials have said. Known as “Plan B,” the intention would be to arm the rebels to attack Syrian regime aircraft and artillery positions. [Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous]
“We know that to be fully effective, we must work to prevent the spread of violent extremism in the first place,” Deputy Secretary of State Anthony J Blinken warned a congressional committee yesterday. Even though 25,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to Pentagon officials, and millions of stolen dollars have been destroyed, this has not prevented the militant group from spreading into Europe, North Africa and Afghanistan. [New York Times’ Matthew Rosenberg et al]
The “opportunity afforded by the retaking of territory from ISIS is being lost” in Iraq, according to areport from the Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Center for Civilian Rights, released today, citing a lack of governance and security. [Al Jazeera’s Megan O’Toole]
US-led airstrikes continue. US and coalition forces carried out four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 12. Separately, partner forces conducted a further nine strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
The FBI enlisted the help of “professional hackers” to crack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, reports Ellen Nakashima. A software flaw was discovered by the hackers and brought to the FBI, which then used the information to create an item of hardware that could discover the phone’s four-digit ID number without triggering the security feature that would have wiped the data it contained. [Washington Post]
EU data protection regulators are considering whether to approve the EU-US Privacy Shield that would allow companies to transfer Europeans’ data to the US, bypassing the EU’s data transfer regulations. Current concerns include the amount of data the US government can collect, and the independence of the new role of “ombudsperson” to handle EU complaints about US surveillance practices, reports Julia Fioretti. [Reuters]
“ExDetect.” UK scientists believe they have invented an “explosive residue detector” that can identify explosives in crowded spaces and could play a major role in preventing terrorist attacks, reports Frank Gardner. [BBC]
A bomb scare at Amsterdam airport yesterday led to an evacuation and the arrest of one man, though no explosives were found in his luggage. [Wall Street Journal’s Valentina Pop and Maarten Van Tartwijk]
A rucksack worn by the individual suspected of being a second assailant in the Brussels subway attack last month, feared to contain explosives, is being looked for by Belgian authorities. [Wall Street Journal’s Natalia Drozdiak and Laurence Norman]
Three individuals detained in connection with the November Paris attacks yesterday were released by a judge today. They had been arrested during a house search in the Brussels district of Uccle, yesterday. [Reuters]
The US and India have agreed in principle that they will share military logistics in an attempt to meet increasing assertiveness from China. [Reuters]
US-Philippine military cooperation is also being strengthened, partly in response to China’s actions in the South China Sea. After a “rocky patch” spanning 25 years, a new agreement will “solidify” a military relationship between the two nations that will allow the US to build facilities at Philippine bases and will raise the number of US troops and equipment deployed there. [New York Times’ Floyd Whaley]
China is using its fishermen to guard its territorial claims in the South China Sea, sending fishing vessels, backed up by coast guards, close to other nations’ coastlines, according to experts. [Washington Post’s Simon Denyer]
“Potential cancer risk and non-cancer health effects” associated with Camp Justice have prompted Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, who is overseeing the Guantánamo war court defense teams, to forbid them from sleeping at the Camp, though they will continue to work there during the day. The health risks were identified in a Navy-Marine Corps risk assessment dated February 23. [Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg]
Former US senator Bob Graham received a call from the White House yesterday confirming the “28 pages” are to be released to the public, he has informed reportersThe documents are part of papers relating to 9/11 that have remained classified at the FBI’s request. [The Daily Beast]
If President Obama visits Hiroshima during his visit to Japan next month, he should be ready to offer something “tangible” aimed at promoting his vision of a world free from nuclear weapons, says theNew York Times editorial board, critical of his efforts so far, suggesting he has “failed to take advantage” of opportunities for bold action such as drawing China, India and Pakistan into talks, not to mention the fact he has supported a $1 trillion program to replace the US’ nuclear weapons.
Taiwan’s military has denied involvement with the US naval officer currently being investigated on suspicion of providing secret information to Taiwan or China. [New York Times’ Austin Ramzy]
Jahba East Africa, a new militant group aligning itself with Islamic State, has pitted itself against the reigning Al-Shabaab, releasing a letter claiming it has lost its way and is purging the wrong people. Al-Shabaab has yet to respond. [New York Times’ Jeffrey Gettleman]
The “torturers’ lobby.” Paul Manafort, now a top aide to Donald Trump, was previously a principal at lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly, whose clients included dictators, guerrilla groups and other “despots” worldwide. [The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff and Tim Mak]
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has been accused of being “less than candid” over his plans for UK troop deployments in Libya by the UK parliament’s foreign affairs select committee, which has issued a letter to him calling for a full statement. [The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour]
The Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization are appealing the decision of a court in the US to award millions of dollars to relatives of US citizens killed in terrorist attacks in Israelin the early 2000s. The groups say the US does not have jurisdiction to try the case, brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act, since the attacks were directed at Israel, not the US. [Wall Street Journal’s Nicole Hong]
Candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General faced questions at the first ever public auditions for the job before the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday, delegates interrogating them on issues such as conflict prevention and resolution and internal problems with the UN itself. [The Guardian’s Julian Borger]
The “informal dialogues” will continue today and tomorrow, and are the beginning of what the President of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft has called a “new and transparent process.”
Previously, the lobbying and selection process has taken place behind closed doors and has involved only the five permanent members of the Security Council, though on “at least two” occasions the person selected for the position did not even campaign for it, according to Alvaro de Soto, a former UN under-secretary-general, and was simply informed that they had been chosen by the Council. [New York Times]
“Right now in the United States we have a military that is not accountable to the public.” Cian Westmoreland, a former serviceman who built the communications infrastructure for the US military’s drone program in Afghanistan, speaks out about his experiences and US drone policy. [Al Jazeera’s Norma Costello]
The best way to stop Tehran’s ballistic missile program is to boost the US’ own ballistic missile defense capabilities and those of its allies, say Michael Makovsky and Charles Wald, who consider that the government’s “vague” efforts so far are “inadequate.” [Politico]
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Brussels, Paris terror and Iraq-Syria connection - YouTube

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The former head of the National Counterterrorism Center says to expect more attacks like Brussels and Paris as the pressure builds in Iraq and Syria. Fox News' Catherine Herridge breaks it down for 'On the Record'

AP Top Stories April 13 A - YouTube

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9:09 PM 4/12/2016 - Alleged spy arrested boarding flight to mainland China -

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mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Pope Francis has replaced the Vatican ambassador who arranged a controversial secret meeting between the pontiff and Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to comply wi...

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Handwriting Study Finds Clues on When Biblical Texts Written

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Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists say they have found evidence to suggest that key biblical texts may have been composed earlier than what some scholars think.   Using handwriting analysis technology similar to that employed by intelligence agencies and banks to analyze signatures, a Tel Aviv University team determined that a famous hoard of ancient Hebrew inscriptions, dated to around 600 BC, were written by at least six different authors. Although the inscriptions are not...

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NATO, Russia Schedule First Formal Talks Since 2014

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Officials from NATO and Russia are scheduled to hold their first formal meeting in almost two years, covering Ukraine, the security situation in Afghanistan, and military activities, the Western alliance said Tuesday. The meeting scheduled for April 20 at NATO headquarters in Brussels will take place at the ambassadorial level. NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia back in 2014 in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea. “This meeting is the continuation of our...

Pope Replaces Vatican Ambassador to US

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Pope Francis has replaced the Vatican ambassador who arranged a controversial secret meeting between the pontiff and Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Vatican said Tuesday that Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano submitted his resignation in January after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. Vigano is being replaced by French-born Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who previously served as...

LGBT Issues Spark Broader Rights Debate in US

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A debate in the United States over differences between religious beliefs and individual rights shows no signs of flagging. Laws seen as undermining LGBT rights in several southern states have sparked protests and threats of boycotts from businesses and entertainers, as well as counter-demonstrations by conservatives. Hundreds of people gathered Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, near the governor's offices in a local landmark that formerly was the state Capitol building to support the...

Corruption Probes Close in on Argentina's Fernandez

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Corruption allegations always swirled around former President Cristina Fernandez during her two terms in office, but they never stuck. Now, the walls seem to be closing on the fiery populist leader who typically criticized those who dared to question her management and ethics. In the past week, a federal prosecutor has asked that she be included in a widening investigation into money laundering. Her former transportation secretary and a businessman with close ties to her family were...

Brazil's Rousseff Brands Vice President a Traitor

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Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff branded Vice President Michel Temer a traitor on Tuesday, saying he is a conspirator trying to engineer a "coup" against her with impeachment proceedings. Rousseff said Temer and Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha "now are conspiring openly, in the light of day, to destabilize a legitimately elected president." The Brazilian leader, speaking to teachers and students at the Presidential Palace in Brasilia, said Temer and...

Trump's clash with Las Vegas union highlights his unpredictability - Los Angeles Times

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Trump's clash with Las Vegas union highlights his unpredictability
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Protesters from Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas gather outside Trump Tower in New York. The union workers delivered a petition inviting Donald Trump to the bargaining table to negotiate a contract. Protesters from Trump International Hotel in ...
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