Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Fort Carson soldier charged in death of 4-month-old girl

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A 28-year-old man arrested in the death of an infant is a Fort Carson infantry scout who has deployed at least once to Afghanistan.
     

Other voices: FBI walks thin line around privacy rights - Greeley Tribune

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Other voices: FBI walks thin line around privacy rights
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Remember in February a federal judge in Riverside, Calif., sided with the FBI and ordered California-based Apple to aid the San Bernardino investigation by finding a way to unlock the phone of the terrorist who died with his wife and fellow mass ...
FBI paid under $US1 million to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, Government sources sayABC Online 
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FBI charges dozens of alleged members in Gangster Disciples organization, including Georgia police officer - New York Daily News

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FBI charges dozens of alleged members in Gangster Disciples organization, including Georgia police officer
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The FBI arrested dozens of members of the Gangster Disciples gang across the country, including a Georgia police officer. A release from the agency's Memphis office said that 48 members of the Chicago-based organization were being charged with ...
48 gang members charged in FBI sweepUSA TODAY
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Iraq routed Islamic State from Ramadi at a high cost

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This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation.
     

Intel chief: ISIS capable of perpetrating Paris-style assault on American soil

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May 5, 2016, 11:03 AM (IDT)
James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, said Wednesday in a TV interview that Islamic State has the ability to carry out a multi-casualty terrorist attack on US soil like it did in the French and Belgian capitals. "They do have that capacity," he said. "That's something we worry about a lot in the United States, that they could conjure up a raid like they did in Paris or Brussels."
Over 130 people were killed in the November 2015 coordinated assault on the French capital, and more than 30 died in the bombings in the Belgian capital in March.

The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru 

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How Ben Rhodes rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age.
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Russia Issues Fresh Threats Against Unaligned Nordic States

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This latest rhetoric from Moscow has drawn a swift and robust reply from Sweden.
       

FBI To Companies: Don't Pay Cyberattack Ransoms - PYMNTS.com

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FBI To Companies: Don't Pay Cyberattack Ransoms
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According to the FBI, there's been a significant increase in cybercriminals gaining unauthorized access to corporate networks in order to encrypt data and then extort the company to receive the key, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday (May 4).

CybAero Completes Drone Tests for Swedish Navy

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The trials focused on autonomous takeoffs and landings and included reconnaissance capability tests.
       

Donald Trump: I would tell Vladimir Putin 'don't do it' on Russian planes buzzing U.S. ships 

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Asked about the prospect of Russian planes buzzing U.S. ships, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that as president, he would call Russian President Vladimir Putin and tell him to "stop it."
"Well, first of all, it's just no respect for our president or our country, and he is ...

The Early Edition: May 5, 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.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Syria ceasefire. A new partial truce agreement has been arranged between the Syrian government and rebel forces in and around Aleppo, according to US, Russian and Syrian officials. The partial ceasefire comes following days of diplomacy by American and Russian envoys to stop the escalating violence there. [Wall Street Journal’s Felicia Schwartz and Raja Abdulrahim; New York Times’ Anne Barnard]  An “uneasy calm” has descended on Aleppo as the partial ceasefire comes into effect, some residents venturing onto the streets for the first time in days. [BBC] 
Hmeimim air base is still “humming” nearly two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian air power from Syria. Andrew Roth reports. [Washington Post] 
An Army Officer is suing President Obama over the legality of the war against ISIS, testing Obama’s disputed claim that he does not need further legal authority from Congress to order the military to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. [New York Times’ Charlie Savage]
The Navy SEAL killed this week in Iraq died as he attempted to rescue Americans on a routine training mission, who become embroiled in an ISIS attack, according to US officials. [Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Lubold et al]  The death of Petty Officer First Class Charles Keating IV may portend the future of the US role in the war against ISIS, observe Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper. [New York Times]
Turkish forces again fired into ISIS-controlled territory in Syria today, in retaliation for rocket attacks that landed in a residential part of the town of Kilis, according to security sources. [ReutersAP]
Routing ISIS from Ramadi came at a high cost, note Susannah George et al, reporting that destruction extends to “nearly every part” of the Iraqi city. [AP]
The “most dangerous” Australian Islamic State operative has been killed in a US airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, the Australian government has confirmed. Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, previously known as Neil Prakash, had been linked to various attack plans in Australia, and had encouraged individual attacks against the US. [AP]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out 22 strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on May 3. [Central Command]
“Poverty, desperation and the desire for revenge” have been cited as the driving factors pushing young Syrians to the Islamic State, in a new study by International Alert, a peace-building group. [The Guardian’s Ian Black]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Israel has carried out airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for mortar rounds fired at Israel, its military has advised. [AP]
China and Russia have agreed to hold a joint anti-missile drill, to be held later this month at a Russian military research center, a Chinese state newspaper has reported. [Reuters’ Michael Martina]
Russia “cannot ignore any actions that may pose a direct or potential threat to its national interests,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists today. He insisted that a resurgent Russia does not pose a threat to anyone. [Reuters’ Dmitry Solovyov]
The US must take a more active role in Sudan, over 100 lawmakers have urged. Fighting between government forces and rebel groups, ongoing since 2003, has recently experienced a resurgence. [Wall Street Journal’s Felicia Schwartz]
It is not the right time to launch a Western military operation in Libya, Italy’s Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti told the Washington Post yesterday. Italy is a main proponent of the view that Libya’s unity government must strengthen domestic support, then request international assistance, before an allied operation could begin, reports Anthony Faiola.
The fact that Donald Trump will be able to receive classified US intelligence briefings once he is formally chosen as the GOP presidential nominee has “some spies sweating” over the possibility that he will inadvertently leak information during his, unrehearsed, improvisatory speeches, reports Shane Harris. [The Daily Beast]
What exactly is a UN sanction? The UN’s guide sets out “the what, who and how” of threatening, imposing and implementing sanctions, and eventually ending a sanctions regime.
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Petition calls to overthrow 'off-the-rails' FBI boss for 'misguided crusade' against encryption - International Business Times UK

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Petition calls to overthrow 'off-the-rails' FBI boss for 'misguided crusade' against encryption
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Amid heightened tensions following the Apple vs FBI controversy, a privacy advocacy group in the US has launched a petition calling for the resignation of FBI director James Comey. Fight for the Future, which has previously campaigned on everything ...

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UN says bombing of Aleppo among “the worst” of Syrian war

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UN political chief: The Syrian government's bombing campaign in Aleppo over the last two weeks is among "the worst" of the five-year war.

NSA, CIA Double Warrantless Searches In Two Years - Mintpress News (blog)

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NSA, CIA Double Warrantless Searches In Two Years
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FROM 2013 TO 2015, the NSA and CIA doubled the number of warrantless searches they conducted for Americans' data in a massive NSA database ostensibly collected for foreign intelligence purposes, according to a new intelligence community ...

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The World Needs to Know What Really Happened Last November 

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Important questions linger about what went down in Paris.
Almost six months ago, jihadists unleashed a murderous rampage on the French capital, a vicious attack that stunned the world. On the evening of November 13, nine terrorists assaulted several restaurants and bars, then took an entire theater hostage, interrupting a rock concert. By the time the ordeal ended three hours later, 130 innocents were dead, butchered by machine guns and bombs, while 368 more were injured, many critically. Seven of the terrorists blew themselves up while two escaped.
This horrific spectacle transformed France, leading the panicked government to implement a state of war, including sweeping arrests of suspected radicals, to get a handle on the country’s burgeoning jihadist problem. The Paris attacks drastically shifted the French debate on domestic terrorism. It’s no exaggeration to state that the terrible events of November 13 have affected France and much of Western Europe in a similar fashion to how the 9/11 attacks transformed the United States.
From the very outset there was little doubt that fighters from the Islamic State, the notorious ISIS, executed the Paris attacks. That group has pledged to bring their jihad to Europe, and they have done so on multiple occasions already. Seven of the nine attackers were French or Belgian nationals—mostly of North African origin—and most of them were known to the authorities as radicals. Several were on terrorism watch-lists. Two other dead jihadists were probably Iraqis, but their true identity may never be known since ISIS has a large cache of fake or purloined passports it issues to holy warriors headed to Europe.
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Despite billions in US funding, Afghan forces have a problem with boots

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If first impressions really can be gleaned from footwear, Afghan security forces may be about as disjointed and ragged as a state-run military can get.
     

Director Steve McQueen's Art Project Offers a Haunting Look at the FBI Surveillance of Paul Robeson - The Root

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Director Steve McQueen's Art Project Offers a Haunting Look at the FBI Surveillance of Paul Robeson
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He takes reams of reports from FBI surveillance and scrolls them on a screen as male and female actors do voice-overs of the reports. Initially a three-hour installation, the current iteration is 11 hours long and is on view at the Whitney Museum of ...

Travelers stuck in airport lines as TSA, Congress deny blame

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here is broad agreement that U.S. airports will not be a pleasant place this summer as security screening lines swell and officials warn that delays will trigger missed flights and may even harm the economy. Where there is disagreement is how we got here.
     
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Report: Iran to Blind Man With Acid 

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Iran is expected to blind a man with acid next week to punish him for alleged crimes, according to a report by an Iranian opposition group.
“Mojtaba Saheli (Sabeqi), 31, who was previously blinded in his left eye by the regime, has been informed by prison officials that he is to be blinded in the right eye with acid next week in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran,” according to the report, published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, also known as the MEK.
The man stands accused of having blinded another person in 2009.
“The regime’s court in Qom sentenced Mr. Saheli to be blinded in both eyes with acid, pay blood money and serve a 10-year prison term as part of the regime’s inhumane law of retribution (qisas),” according to their report.
The human rights organization Amnesty International has criticized Iran’s behavior in March statement issued after Saheli was blinded in his left eye.
“Punishing someone by deliberately blinding them is an unspeakably cruel and shocking act,” Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher, said in a statement.
“This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran’s justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities’ shocking disregard for basic humanity,” Bahreini said. “Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form of corporal punishment prohibited by international law.”

Ex-CIA agent continues fight against extradition to Italy

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A former CIA agent has lodged another appeal at Portugal's Constitutional Court against her extradition to Italy to serve a four-year sentence for her part in the U.S. extraordinary renditions program, a court official said Thursday.
     

US, Russia Reaffirm Cease-Fire in Aleppo, Syria - Wall Street Journal

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US, Russia Reaffirm Cease-Fire in Aleppo, Syria
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The U.S. said it and Russia had arranged a cease-fire between the Syrian government and rebels in and around the city of Aleppo, where heavy fighting in recent weeks disrupted peace talks and threatened to spark a new wave of refugees. There were ... 
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Portugal police raid 'Russian football gang' - BBC News

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Portugal police raid 'Russian football gang'
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European and Portuguese police say they have dismantled a mainly Russian criminal gang laundering money through football in Portugal. EU law enforcement agency Europol said the gang purchased football clubs and then used them as a front for an ...

Хакер из Румынии рассказал о неоднократном взломе почты Хиллари Клинтон - РБК

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Хакер из Румынии рассказал о неоднократном взломе почты Хиллари Клинтон
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Находящийся в тюрьме в штате Вирджиния хакер из Румынии Марсель Лехел Лазар под псевдонимом «Гуччифер» заявил, что неоднократно взламывал почтовый сервер бывшего госсекретаря США Хиллари Клинтон в 2013 году, передает Fox News. «Это было просто, это было просто ...
Хакер из Румынии рассказал, что неоднократно взламывал электронную почту экс-госсекретаря США Хиллари КлинтонРадиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
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A Russian-guided tour of Syria's second war - CBC.ca

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Russian-guided tour of Syria's second war
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This latest media tour is a showcase for Russia, which has been wielding its air power in the Syrian conflict. President Vladimir Putin may have announced a pullout of most Russian troops and aircraft two months ago, but the Khmeimim airbase remains in ...
Russia, US Find Efficient Ceasefire Mechanism for SyriaSputnik International

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'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' Stones Tell Trump

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The Rolling Stones told Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday to stop using the band's music for his campaign after artists such as Adele and R.E.M. made the same request. "The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately," the band's spokesperson said in a statement. A representative for Trump's campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Before his rally in Carmel, Indiana on Tuesday, Trump's campaign played The Rolling Stones' 1969 song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at least four times. Alongside pop and rock songs, the Trump campaign also plays Broadway show tunes and opera music ahead of rallies. British singer Adele in February said she has not given permission for anyone to use her music for political campaigns, after Trump played her 2011 hit "Rolling in the Deep" at rallies in Iowa. Politico magazine reported that the Trump campaign was undeterred and used Adele's James Bond theme song "Skyfall" at a rally in Little Rock, Arkansas two days after her statement. Rockers R.E.M. lashed out at Trump for using their hit song, "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" at a rally last year.

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Russia's New Mobile Air Defense System Has One Very Unique Feature - The National Interest Online (blog)

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Russia's New Mobile Air Defense System Has One Very Unique Feature
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Russia is developing a new mobile air defense system for its elite airborne troops that will be based on the BMD-4M armored vehicle. The new weapon system—which is designed to be parachuted down to ground forces—will be able to protect paratroopers ...

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Clinton, Sanders Fight for Last Big Prize: California

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Hillary Clinton is looking confidently ahead to the general election, but taking nothing for granted as California's mega-primary approaches, reaching out to Hispanic and black voters in the hope of waging a final knockout against rival Bernie Sanders. Clinton's visit Thursday to the Golden State coincides with Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. She also plans to rally supporters in the gymnasium of a community college that serves heavily Hispanic cities on the edge of Los Angeles. The event will carry symbolic value. The venue, East Los Angeles College, isn't far from another local school where Clinton kicked off her successful 2008 presidential primary run, and later, went on to beat then-Sen. Barack Obama in the state's Democratic primary. In that race, the former first lady notched nearly 55 percent of the vote in heavily Democratic Los Angeles County, home to 10 million people and an important battleground in any statewide campaign. As in past primaries, Clinton is expected to do well in the June 7 primary with older Democrats, Hispanics and black voters, while Sanders could perform better with younger voters and independents, who have the option of voting since California holds an open primary. “The Sanders folks feel that they have to do better with the minority communities, especially Latinos,'' said Mitchell Schwartz, who ran Obama's 2008 campaign in the state and supports the Vermont senator. For Clinton's campaign “they don't want to go into the [national] convention having lost the biggest state in the country,'' Schwartz added. “They are going to pull out all the stops here to win.'' Relying on many of the same advisers who laid the groundwork for her 2008 win, Clinton is looking to build on that strategy, targeting key demographics in the diverse region. Hispanics alone make up about half the population in Los Angeles County. Clinton will begin her day Thursday meeting privately with politically influential black pastors in Los Angeles, then attend a fundraiser hosted by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, a Mexican immigrant, before the college rally. Tight race Until recently, the California primary had looked like the make-or-break contest for candidates on both sides of the aisle. But billionaire businessman Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee, while Sanders looks to California as his last glimmer of hope in stopping Clinton, who has thus far won 92 percent of the delegates needed to claim the nomination. But Clinton can't be too confident going in to the country's final primary, with statewide voter surveys pointing to a tight race between the two Democrats. An independent Field Poll released last month found Clinton with a 6-point lead over Sanders, with 12 percent of voters still undecided. Highlighting the stakes, Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will each be making appearances in the Los Angeles area this week. The former first lady heads to Oakland on Friday. Clinton's appearance at the college also represents a bid to lift her appeal with younger voters, who have strongly rallied behind Sanders insurgent campaign. The Vermont senator's rallies in California have been filled to capacity with 20- and 30-somethings; a Clinton rally last month at another college in Los Angeles was noticeably thin on student-attendees, though it was held on a Saturday. Driving up turnout will be a key issue for both candidates; likely voters in California tend to be older, white, college-educated and homeowners, surveys show. Hispanics, by comparison, tend to vote in proportions well below their share of the population, in part because many are too young to vote, not registered or not citizens. Michael Ceraso, Sander's state director, said campaign volunteers will make 1 million door knocks by Election Day, as part of the campaign's effort to scout up supporters and to register new voters. Early voting The California election is actually about a month long. Vote-by-mail ballots go out next week and could account for more than half of the total number of votes cast. That means that many voters will be making decisions weeks before Election Day. In California, 475 Democratic delegates will be divvied up in the election, some based on the outcome in each congressional district, others in proportion to the statewide tally. That will make it difficult for either candidate to win a commanding victory. California has long been favorable terrain for the Clintons. Along with her 2008 win, Bill Clinton locked in the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination in the state, which he carried in his two presidential contests. The familiarity of the Clinton name could be an asset. Lia Evans, 19, a student from Torrance and registered Democrat, was among the crowd at a Clinton rally at Los Angeles Southwest College last month. While she liked what she heard from both candidates, she was more comfortable with Clinton. As for Sanders, “I still don't know that much about him,'' she said.

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Hmeimim air base still humming after Russian 'victory' in Syrian intervention - Washington Post

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Hmeimim air base still humming after Russian 'victory' in Syrian intervention
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HMEIMIM AIR BASE, Syria – Nearly two months after President Vladimir Putin declared victory in his Syria intervention and ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian air power there, the airbase that he rebuilt on Syria's Mediterranean coast is humming as ... 
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Керри назвал вредным влияние «Северного потока-2» на Восточную Европу - РБК

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Керри назвал вредным влияние «Северного потока-2» на Восточную Европу
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По мнению госсекретаря США Джона Керри, пуск газопровода «Северный поток-2» окажет вредное воздействие на страны Восточной Европы. Об этом он заявил в выступлении перед встречей с верховным представителем ЕС по иностранным делам и политике безопасности ...
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U.S. Wins Allies' Support To Intensify Fight Against Islamic State

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Washington and its allies have agreed to put more resources and effort into their campaign to defeat the Islamic State group.
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Russia threatens to respond to NATO's military buildup along eastern border - Fox News

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Russia threatens to respond to NATO's military buildup along eastern border
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Russian officials said Wednesday that Moscow will create three new divisions of about 10,000 soldiers each to counter NATO's planned troop buildup in Eastern Europe. “The Defense Ministry is taking a series of measures to counter the expansion of NATO ...
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UN Council Hears Allegations Of War Crimes By Syria In Aleppo

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The United Nations political chief has charged the Syrian government with serious crimes in its bombing of Aleppo and demanded that perpetrators be brought to justice.

Intelligence Official: Islamic State Growing in Somalia

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Pro-Islamic State Somali militants have grown in numbers and are receiving financial and military support from Yemen, a top intelligence official told the VOA Somali Service. Abdi Hassan Hussein, the former Director of the U.S.-backed Puntland Intelligence Agency (PIA) said when the pro-IS Somali faction was founded in October last year it had about 20-30 men, but has since set up training camps and recruited more fighters. He said the group’s fighters now number between 100-150 fighters. "They have graduated their first units and they have received their military supplies,” he said. Hussein led PIA until a year ago when he was replaced. His main job was to detect militant threats and plan counter-terrorism operations. He said Islamic State has welcomed its Somalia branch and has started delivering supplies through their affiliate faction in Yemen. “They received military supplies from Yemen – weapons, uniform, ISIS sent trainers who inspected their bases, and they have started sending financial support,” he said. “The weapons’ shipment was delivered by sea from Mukallah city in Hadramouth, it has arrived from the Red Sea coast of Somalia in February and March this year.” Hussein pointed to a recent video posted by the group that he said shows the group received new uniforms. He said there is also evidence that the group has received financial support from Islamic State. “Evidence of financial support can be seen in the area; they are buying supplies, they are buying vehicles, they bought livestock, they invested in the community by delivering water supplies to nearby community affected by the drought,” he said. Hussein said reports he has received indicate administrations in Somalia have underestimated the threat of the pro-IS group led by former al-Shabab cleric Abdulkadir Mumin. He criticized the Somali government and regional administrations for not taking the threat seriously. He said Islamic State will pose tougher challenge than al-Shabab. “Daesh is more dangerous than al-Shabab. They are known for committing large scale destruction. They have more finance. They have more impact. They declared to start attacks within Somalia, and they readied units to carry out attacks.” He said the faction now has a base in Al Bari Mountains in Puntland, where it gives training and has erected a flag used by Islamic State militants.  He said the base also provides logistics, and has cemented connections with Yemen. He said opportunity was missed to neutralize the group at early stage. “It would have been better to destroy them when they were 20 or 30 men, before they adapted to the environment; but now the terrorists got used to the climate, they secured access to water wells, routes, and hiding places, “ he said. “Now to defeat them would require the same resources and effort that was placed against al-Shabab.”  The Somali military this week said they destroyed a training camp by pro-IS Somali and foreign militants in Jannaale town area, about 120 kilometers south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. It followed after Islamic State for the first time claimed credit for an attack against African Union forces just outside Mogadishu last month. Hussein said the government and African Union troops can’t win against al-Shabab or IS factions militarily, and urged them to confront the groups ideologically. “The youth they are sending are assets, but misguided; they need to be saved from harming the people and harming themselves,” he said. “They need to be confronted ideologically, they need to be shown different ideology, given an opportunity to leave the group, given protection against prosecution from the government and retaliatory attacks from Al-Shabab if they decide to leave group. We need to create opportunities for the youth,” Hussein said.

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China and Russia to hold anti-missile drill after US, South Korea talk defense - Reuters

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China and Russia to hold anti-missile drill after US, South Korea talk defense
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BEIJING China and Russia will hold their first joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill, state media said on Thursday, after the United States and South Korea discussed an anti-missile defense system for the South to counter threats from North Korea.
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Prominent Issues Divide Trump, Clinton in Race for White House 

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With the U.S. party primary process nearing its end, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton appear set to battle in the November election to become the next president of the United States. Months of debates, speeches and interviews have provided insight into their differing stances on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues that are sure to be prominent as they try to convince voters in the general election. Diplomacy Clinton, who served as the nation's top diplomat under Obama, wants to strengthen relations with current allies and build new ties.  She supports the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program and wants to deter China and Russia from aggressive actions in their regions.  Trump also supports boosting ties with allies, but has criticized NATO as "obsolete' and vowed to make U.S. partners pay their share for defense.  He called the Iran deal "disastrous" and said he thinks he would get along well with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Terrorism / Islamic State Trump said in March he would consider sending 30,000 ground troops to help defeat Islamic State, but later said he would rather not send U.S. troops.  He has repeatedly pledged to knock out the militant group, but has not provided a specific plan.  Clinton's plan resembles the one put in place by the Obama administration, relying on coalition airstrikes, supporting local ground fighters and working to disrupt terrorist financing and online propaganda. Interrogations Obama banned enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, while Clinton was a part of his Cabinet.  She says she will not condone or practice torture if she is the U.S. leader.  Trump says militants are doing far worse and supports bringing back waterboarding. Migrants / Muslims After last year's terror attacks in Paris, Trump said he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. "until our country's representatives can figure out what's going on."  He later said "Islam hates us," and on Wednesday told MSNBC that migrants are "destroying Europe."  Clinton says demonizing Muslims alienates U.S. partners and that it would be wrong to shut the country's doors to orphans of war or to apply religious tests to those fleeing persecution. Immigration Trump wants to build a wall to seal off the southern U.S. border with Mexico, and have the Mexican government pay for it.  He accuses Mexico of exporting crime and poverty.  He also wants to deport the millions of people who are already living in the U.S. illegally, triple the number of immigration enforcement agents and end birthright citizenship.  Clinton calls Trump's wall plan a "fantasy."  She proposes immigration reforms that include a path to citizenship, and says she will defend executive orders issued by Obama that shield large numbers of immigrants from deportation. Trade Both candidates oppose the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.  Trump has stated further objections to the North American Free Trade Agreement enacted when Clinton's husband, Bill, was president in the 1990s.  Trump has also proposed renegotiating trade deals and imposing stiff tariffs on Chinese and Mexican goods.  He said he does not mind igniting a trade war when the U.S. has a trade deficit of billions of dollars. Domestic Economy Trump and Clinton both want to cut taxes for the middle class.  On the minimum wage, Clinton has said she supports a higher federal rate and the ability of local governments to pass even higher rates.  Trump said early in the campaign that the minimum wage was already too high, but now says he is open to raising it.  He staunchly opposes Obama's Affordable Care Act healthcare program, while Clinton says she will defend and build on it. Global Warming Clinton calls climate change "an urgent threat and the defining challenge of our time."  She wants to cut the nation's carbon pollution and push the development of a green energy economy.  Trump has said he does not believe humans are driving climate change.  He tweeted once that the concept was created by China to make the U.S. manufacturing sector less competitive.

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Экс-губернатор Луганщины заявил о существовании плана по «деоккупации Донбасса» - Росбалт.RU

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Экс-губернатор Луганщины заявил о существовании плана по «деоккупации Донбасса»
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Заместитель министра по вопросам оккупированных территорий Украины, недавний глава администрации Луганской области Георгий Тука не исключает возобновления торговли с неподконтрольными районами Донбасса. Об этом, как сообщает УНИАН, он заявил в интервью ...
Киев допускает возобновление торговли с ДНР и ЛНРРИА Новости
Власти Украины допускают возобновление торговли с ДонбассомТАСС
Медленно, но верно: Киев готовится признать Донбасс независимой республикойФБА «Экономика сегодня»
Федеральное агентство новостей No.1 -Новый День - Главные новости -Русская планета -Пронедра
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Имперская идея. Анонс 

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From: SvobodaRadio
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В какой стране лучше жить: в большой или маленькой? Отчего в России до сих пор бредят величием державы? В каком веке живет Россия? В программе Александра Подрабинека «Дежавю» историк Николай Сванидзе, культуролог Андрей Зорин, искусствовед Анатолий Голубовский.
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Suspect In Murder Of Russian Police Chief Turned Self In 'To Prove Innocence'

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Dushanbe says a Tajik citizen suspected of involvement in the murder of a high-ranking Russian police officer and five of his relatives traveled to Russia from Tajikistan in order "to prove his innocence."

The Daily Vertical: Putin Vs. The Law (Transcript)

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The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests - Reuters

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Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests
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"We have repeatedly said that a resurgent Russia is not a threat to anyone," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists. "But at the same time Russia certainly cannot ignore any actions that may pose a direct or potential ...
Kremlin Responds to NATO Commander: Russia Not a Threat to AnyoneSputnik International

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Военная техника США прибыла в Грузию для участия в учениях - РИА Новости

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Военная техника США прибыла в Грузию для участия в учениях
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ТБИЛИСИ, 5 мая — РИА Новости, Мэги Кикалейшвили. Военная техника США, среди которой танки Abrams и боевые машины пехоты Bradley, прибыла в Грузию для участия в масштабных военных учениях Noble Partner-2016, сообщило в четверг Минобороны Грузии. Самолеты НАТО в ...
Американские танки прибыли в ГрузиюКоммерсантъ
США отправили в Грузию танки Abrams и БМП BradleyLenta.ru
НАТО перебрасывает из Болгарии в Грузию военную техникуПравда.Ру
РБК -ИА REGNUM -Вести.Ru -ТАСС
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Kremlin Operates on Its Most Demoralized Patient – The Media 

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Five years ago, then-President Dmitry Medvedev met with leading representatives of Russia's online media community - digital entrepreneurs, executives, scholars, authors and some opposition-minded bloggers.
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'Resurgent Russia': New hardline NATO Europe commander raises hackles in Moscow - RT

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'Resurgent Russia': New hardline NATO Europe commander raises hackles in Moscow
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NATO is facing a "resurgent Russia striving to project itself as a world power," Scaparrotti said, as cited by the Pentagon. Other concerns for NATO are terrorism, as well as a refugee crisis "being driven by instability in North Africa and the Middle ...
NATO Military Intelligence on Russia 'Not Good Enough': BreedloveNewsweek
'Resurgent Russia' Poses Threat to NATO, New Commander SaysDepartment of Defense
NATO, Russia to escalate troop deployment amid rising tensionsDeutsche Welle

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U.S. Tanks Arrive In Georgia For Training Exercises

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The U.S. Army has deployed Abrams battle tanks in Georgia for the first time, offloading the heavy armor at the Black Sea port of Poti for live-fire training exercises with forces from Georgia and the United Kingdom.

The Morning Vertical, May 5, 2016 

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ON MY MIND
Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin continues to play head games with its hostage. After reportedly indicating that a deal had been reached to release kidnapped Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko and that she could be home within weeks, the Russian authorities are now indicating that the process can take up to a year. Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, meanwhile, said yesterday that Savchenko can only be returned to Ukraine if Kyiv pledges to make her serve her 22-year sentence there. For her part, Savchenko has threatened to resume her dry hunger strike. Virtually everything Russia has said about Savchenko from Day 1 has been a lie. The case against her is a pure fabrication. And everybody knows this. She was kidnapped and is a hostage, pure and simple. It isn’t clear whether Moscow is trying to save face, is stalling in hopes of getting a better deal in exchange for its hostage, or doesn’t plan to release her at all and is simply playing cruel mind games. Whatever the case, its behavior is criminal.
IN THE NEWS
Russia says it will only release Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko if Kyiv promises to imprison her.
Savchenko, meanwhile, says she may resume her dry hunger strike.
European police say the Russian mafia is infiltrating sports clubs.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Bashar al-Assad is not Russia’s ally.
NATO’s new commander, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, says he will press Washington todeploy a third brigade to Eastern Europe to deter Russia.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia will create three new divisionsto counter NATO buildup in Eastern Europe.
Armenia’s government has sent a bill to parliament on formally recognizing the independence of Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh.
WHAT I’M READING
Legal Extremism
Either Russians are becoming more extremist, or the Kremlin is becoming more willing to use Russia’s very flexible laws on extremism. Call me crazy, but I suspect the latter. Whatever the case, according to a piece in Gazeta.ru, the number of Russians sentenced under antiextremism legislation has tripled in the last five years.
Meanwhile, a journalist in Saratov is under investigation for extremism after he posted a picture the Virgin Mary wearing a mask and holding a Molotov cocktail on Facebook.
Policing the Internet
In a piece on The World Post, investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, author of The Red Web, explains how Vladimir Putin is bringing a Chinese-style Internet firewall to Russia.
Khodorkovsky Speaks
Exiled former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky gave a speech at the Oxford Union last week. A videoand transcript are available.
The Times Magazine also has profile of Khodorkovsky.
Hybrid War and Gangsters
Writing in Vox, New York University professor Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russian security services and organized crime, argues that “the West needs to stop panicking about Russia’s ‘hybrid’ warfare.”
The ever-prolific Galeotti also has a piece for the European Council on Foreign Relations that looks at the Spanish investigation into Russian organized crime.
A How-To Guide to Propaganda
Euromaidan Press has just published its Guide To Russian Propaganda.
Transdniester Redirects Its Trade — to Europe
Eurasianet has a piece on how Moldova’s pro-Moscow separatist Transniester region is — to a degree — reorienting its trade from Russia to European Union
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Russia strengthens permanent naval presence in Mediterranean Sea - Pravda

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Russia strengthens permanent naval presence in Mediterranean Sea
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The Smetlivy is the oldest warship and the last "singing frigate" (large anti-submarine ship of Project 61) in the structure of the Russian Navy. The ship is equipped with missiles, mines and torpedoes, anti-submarine, avionics, radar and anti-aircraft ...

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Russia Issues Fresh Threats Against Unaligned Nordic States - DefenseNews.com

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Russia Issues Fresh Threats Against Unaligned Nordic States
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HELSINKI — Russia has issued fresh threats of a possible military response should any of the unaligned Nordic neighboring states opt to join NATO. This latest rhetoric from Moscow has drawn a swift and robust reply from Sweden. "These warnings are ...

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The Daily Vertical: Putin Vs. The Law 

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The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.
A transcript of today’s Daily Vertical can be found here.

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Russia pays tribute to Palmyra hero who called in anti-ISIS artillery strike on his own position - RT

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Russia pays tribute to Palmyra hero who called in anti-ISIS artillery strike on his own position
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His position was compromised, and he found himself surrounded by enemy forces. Rather than be captured, he called in an artillery strike on his own location, dying heroically. His body was recovered from ISIS by Kurdish militia and handed over to ... 
Russia's Gergiev To Conduct Orchestral Concert In ISIS-Liberated Ancient PalmyraInternational Business Times
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev to hold Palmyra concertBBC News
Russia's Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra to Play in Syria's Palmyra on ThursdaySputnik International
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Analysts: Russia Cynical on Syria, Goal is International Prestige 

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As the United States and Russia struggle to cement a cease-fire in Syria that includes the embattled city of Aleppo, the Syrian military under President Bashar al-Assad indicated it would be a temporary extension. Syrian rebels accuse Russia of using artillery to support the two-week assault. But while Assad clearly wants to conquer Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, Russian analysts say international prestige is the Kremlin’s main goal. “Moscow is much more interested in the peace process, which keeps it in a unique position as a diplomatic co-equal with the U.S. than in Assad reconquering the other half of Aleppo,” says director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Dmitri Trenin, in e-mailed comments to VOA. “Russia's public optimism points to its interest to see the negotiating process back on track,” he adds. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this week voiced hope for the cease-fire along with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who met Monday in Geneva with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Lavrov touted the establishment of a joint Russia-U.S. monitoring center for the Syria truce, which he said the two countries militaries would discuss “face-to-face.” Kerry had described it in less grandiose terms as an increase in support staff. “So far, by creating facts on the ground, Moscow has coerced Washington into a diplomatic tandem [Kerry-Lavrov] and even made the proud Pentagon, wary of potential casualties in case of a collision with Russian forces, talk to the MOD [Ministry of Defense],” says Trenin. “Americans [particularly the military], however, accept this ‘partnership’ only reluctantly and grudgingly, minimizing its scope and importance,” he adds. “The Russians, for their part, seek to present their achievements in the field of cooperation with the U.S. in the best possible light: it gives them precisely the status that they seek,” Trenin concludes. Syria campaign makes Russia indispensable Weeks of intense Syrian airstrikes on Aleppo and artillery fire exchanged with rebels shredded a hard-won, cease-fire mediated in February by the U.S. and Russia. Despite the truce covering only parts of Syria, and not including Aleppo, it was the best result of peace negotiations since Russia entered the five-year conflict last fall. On Wednesday U.S. and Russia said they brokered a localized cease-fire Aleppo. Russian airstrikes not only supported Assad’s waning forces, but boosted their offensives to make gains on the ground, spurring the urgency of international efforts for peace talks. Russia’s Syria campaign was also widely viewed as a cynical move by the Kremlin to get back on the world stage after more than a year of pariah status in the West over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and military aggression. "Obviously it changed the attitude of major Western interlocutors, including [the] United States, toward Russia and toward Mr. Putin,” says political analyst Victor Mizin of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “And so we saw a new dialogue, which has started with the role of Russia as indispensable actor or player in all those deliberations.” Russia’s partial pull-out of its forces from Syria in March was seen by some analysts as a signal from Russian President Vladimir Putin letting Assad know who is in charge. Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer tells VOA Russia’s military backing of Assad is aimed at forcing the acceptance of his government remaining in power in some form, and remaining a client state of Russia, as the only political solution. “Both parties... the warring factions are aiming at victory,” says Felgenhauer, “and that means the ultimate solution will be anyway military,” he concludes. Russia's view on Syria 'cynical' Complicating the situation are insurgent terrorist groups operating in and around Aleppo, like al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra-also known as the al-Nusra Front, who were not part of the truce. Fighting al-Nusra is the main reason Syrian forces, and their Russian backers, have given for the assault on Aleppo. Russia’s Ministry of Defense on Wednesday blamed the delay in extending the truce to Aleppo on a hospital attack from a rebel-held area of the city. But while Kerry condemned that attack, Russia denied a Syrian air strike on a major Aleppo hospital last week even took place, despite dozens of reported casualties and condemnation by the United Nations, Western powers, and medical aid groups. Meanwhile, Russia-implausibly and cynically-continues to deny responsibility for any civilian casualties, and state TV drums up support for the Syrian army by focusing on civilian casualties from insurgents. After securing an agreement with Russia for a truce in Aleppo, Kerry urged the Syrian opposition forces the United States supports to halt their fighting and called for Moscow to demand the same from Assad. But while Russia maintains considerable sway over Damascus, it is not clear how much leverage Moscow is willing to use to halt Assad’s ambition to conquer the city and re-take all of Syria. “The Kremlin is more about Russia's global status than about Syria's future,” says Trenin. “Moscow is realistic about Syria and the Middle East, which means, realist and cynical,” he concludes.

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NATO Ratchets Up Missile Defense Despite Russian Criticism

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A decision by the United States and its allies to proceed with the defense system marks an important shift in the alliance’s stance toward Moscow.

Тело погибшего в Сирии спецназовца Александра Прохоренко проводили на малую родину

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В траурном митинге приняли участие Министр обороны России генерал армии Сергей Шойгу, статс-секретарь — заместитель Министра обороны Николай Панков, экс-замминистра обороны Алексей Дюмин.

Russian Man's Death In U.S. Immigration Custody Ruled Natural

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Medical authorities in California say a Russian citizen who died while at a San Diego immigration detention center on May 1 succumbed to heart disease.

UN Diplomat: IS Seeking New Revenue Streams

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The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities “and potentially kidnap for ransom” after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday. New Zealand's U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen told the U.N. Security Council that the Islamic State group is not short of arms or fighters. While recent reports indicate that the flow of recruits is slowing, he said, “estimates suggest that upwards of 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters have traveled to Iraq and Syria to date.”   Van Bohemen said the threat from IS, also known as ISIL, is also expanding geographically, and as pressure increases on its territory in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are seeking to return home.   He said this poses a challenge because while some returning fighters are disillusioned “others return radicalized, battle-hardened and well-networked” and pose a serious risk to the international community because they can link up with local al-Qaida affiliates to conduct terror attacks. “Their capacity to initiate complex attacks at great speed is already becoming a reality,” van Bohemen said. “ISIL affiliates in Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen are steadily gaining a foothold and becoming increasingly important to the survival of ISIL,” he said, and as pressure grows on its territory in Iraq and Syria “it is expected ISIL will look to move funds to these affiliates, including through the use of informal money transfers.”   Van Bohemen said tracking the travel of “foreign terrorist fighters” has become more difficult because instead of traveling directly to the neighboring country of a conflict area, many “are now taking multiple, indirect routes, often using more than one passport.” To combat this, he urged all countries to implement U.N. resolutions calling for the sharing of information to better detect and disrupt their movements. Van Bohemen said the movement of funds and fighters outside IS-controlled territory also provides an opportunity for U.N. members to freeze assets. He urged all countries to send the committee new names for the U.N. sanctions blacklist. All countries are required to freeze the assets and ban travel of individuals on that list.

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