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The Latest: Trump expresses no concern about Flynn plea deal
Kaspersky Lab, Russian antivirus vendor, singled out in warning issued by U.K. cybersecurity chief
FBI Warns of Mounting Collaboration Between Nations, Criminals to Launch Cyberattacks
Trump Calls Reports That He Will Fire Tillerson Fake News
Mattis Begins Five-Day Tour of the Middle East
Remembering Stalins Hunger
Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI as Trump-Russia inquiry takes critical step
UK Warns Government Agencies Not to Use Kaspersky Software – U.S. News & World Report
Tweets and isolationist talk belie Trump’s first year of national security policy, experts say – Washington Examiner
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Russia Conducts Nuclear Exercises Amid Orthodox End-Times Talk
Putins Strategy of Global Tension
Polands Defense Minister Answers the Question: What Does Putin Want?
7 Steps to Stop Putins Special War Against the West
Spies Suspect Kremlin Is Pushing Dozens of Fake Trump Sex Tapes
Former FBI Director James Comey, fired after he refused to let Flynn ‘go,’ is having some fun on social media – Los Angeles Times
Flynn Said to Have Reached Out to Russia at Kushner’s Behest (2) – seattlepi.com
Islamic State attack kills at least 2 in eastern Afghanistan – ABC News
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Cold-War-era Soviet spy George Blake issues rare statement from Moscow
Trump administration allegedly considering plan to privatize CIA operations
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The Latest: Trump expresses no concern about Flynn plea deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s pleading guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump is expressing no concern about the guilty plea by his former national security adviser Michael …

Kaspersky Lab, Russian antivirus vendor, singled out in warning issued by U.K. cybersecurity chief

The head of Britain’s top cybersecurity agency has warned the U.K. government against using Russian antivirus products amid concerns surrounding Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based software vendor recently banned by U.S. officials over its alleged ties to Russian intelligence.

Ciaran Martin, the director of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre, warned …

FBI Warns of Mounting Collaboration Between Nations, Criminals to Launch Cyberattacks

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that adversarial governments are more often collaborating with criminals to carryout cyber attacks against the United States.

Wray said the indictment of a Canadian national who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to helping Russian spies hack into Yahoo email accounts reflect “one of the more dangerous, emerging threats” facing the United States today, known in the intelligence community as a “blended threat.”

“We are seeing an emergence of that kind of collaboration,” Wray testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, noting that until recently governments and criminals worked separately. “Now there’s this collusion, if you will, that’s occurring on a number of instances like mercenaries being used to commit cyber attacks.”

The Justice Department announced charges in March against Karim Baratov, a 22-year-old Canadian citizen, and three other men, including two officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, for their involvement in the 2014 hack into Yahoo that affected 500 million accounts.

U.S. law enforcement officials said Baratov, who they dubbed a “hacker-for-hire,” acknowledged breaking into email accounts and selling the passwords to an agent of the FSB, a Russian intelligence agency.

The individuals targeted included Russian officials, a European diplomat, a former economic minister from a neighboring country, and a prominent banker.

The case confirmed longstanding suspicions that Russia’s government hires non-government hackers and uses its spy services to facilitate criminal activity in addition to conducting espionage.

Wray, who President Donald Trump handpicked to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey in June, said Russia is attempting to assert its dominance in the world by relying on asymmetric warfare to “damage and weaken” the United States

To combat the threat, Wray said he has set up a “foreign influence task force” within the bureau made up of different divisions, including counterintelligence, cyber, and criminal investigation. He said the agency would also coordinate closely with the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with overseeing critical election infrastructure, to prevent against cyberattacks.

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Trump Calls Reports That He Will Fire Tillerson Fake News

President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed press reports that he plans on firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling them “fake news” in a tweet.

Trump’s comments followed multiple reports, citing administration officials, that the White House has developed a plan to oust Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who in turn would be replaced by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.).

“The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soonFake News!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “He’s not leaving.”

Trump added that although he and Tillerson “disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!”

The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!https://instagram.com/p/BcLCXDYgQed/ 

The tweet also linked to a post on Trump’s Instagram account, which includes a picture of Tillerson’s swearing-in ceremony.

Trump has frequently been at odds with Tillerson, airing some of their disagreements publicly. The president once said that Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Save your energy, Rex, we’ll do what has to be done,” he tweeted.

In October, both Trump and Tillerson denied reports that the secretary of state threatened to resign, calling them “fake news.” Some news outlets reported at the time that Tillerson had privately called Trump a “moron” at a meeting over the summer.

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Mattis Begins Five-Day Tour of the Middle East

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is beginning his five-day tour of the Middle East on Friday.

The Department of Defense announced that Mattis will visit Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and Kuwait.

During his time in Egypt on Saturday, Mattis will meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhi.

Mattis will then go to Jordan on Sunday, where King Abdullah II will host a conference on combating extremism in West Africa. Attendees of the meeting in Jordan will include representatives from many countries in Africa and Europe.

Mattis will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Gen. Qamar Bajwa, who serves as Chief of Army Staff, on Monday. His final stop will be in Kuwait Tuesday, where he will meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

Mattis is well known in the region due to his time as commander of U.S. Central Command, which focuses on the Middle East. Mattis had traveled throughout much of the region then and met with regional and local leaders.

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Remembering Stalins Hunger

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the effect of ideas. Scientific knowledge may progress by abandoning its old notions and even forgetting them. But political knowledgethe interplay of regimes and policies and personalitiesadvances only while we recall the political arrangements of the past and what came of them. In the old adage of Dr. Johnson, humankind is far more often in need of being reminded than of being instructed.

The modern historian Anne Applebaum is determined that no one forget what Soviet communism really was, and in many ways her latest book, Red Famine, is simply a cry for remembrance of the Holodomorthe great Soviet starvation of the early 1930s, in which nearly 4 million Ukrainians died because Joseph Stalin had an idea, and the political regime he ruled allowed him to implement it.

“The starvation of a human body,” Applebaum notes, “always follows the same course. In the first phase the body consumes its stores of glucose. . . . In the second phase, . . . the body begins to consume its own fats. . . . In the third phase, the body devours its own proteins.” In the endskin thinned, eyes sclerotic, belly swollen, the mind beaten down by hallucinationsa mortal apathy takes hold as the body slumps toward death.

Just as starvation follows a familiar course in each individual, so food shortages all follow a recognizable pattern. As Amartya Sen showed in his classic 1981 study, Poverty and Famines, government is a primary cause of scarcity. Modern famines aren’t acts of God so much as acts of politics: born of the actions and inactions of distant officials, the incompetence and cupidity of local administrators, and, perhaps most of all, the imposition of bad policy at the highest reaches of power.

Here in 2017, the centennial of the Russian Revolution, Applebaum insists that we look again at how the Ukrainian famine was allowed to begin and how it was allowed to continue. The particulars she relates are fascinating, but, as Sen would have predicted, the overall story traces a murderous arc that ought to be familiar: the death of millions in the exercise of tyrannical power. When we forget what Communist tyranny did, we forget why we must always resist its return.

In the battles that followed the Bolshevik revolution, the system of Soviet  republics slowly emerged in part as Lenin’s way to coopt the peasants and tie them to the Russian government that was determined to keep the breadbasket of Ukrainian territory within the new Communist territory. Stalin began his own rule by expanding the policy, allowing Ukraine to keep some distinctive national elements.

By 1927, however, Stalin felt the political situation had become both more secure and more fragile. International threats loomed large in the Russian mind, even while greater controls over the population allowed large-scale attempts to modernize the Soviet republics. The peasants as a class, especially the richer peasants known as kulaks, resisted Communist efforts and thereby seemed in league with foreign powers. So Stalin began confiscating land to form collective farms.

It was, in conception, a political masterstroke, aimed at solving all his problems at once. Forcing the peasants to join collective farms would disempower the kulaks and thereby weaken Ukrainian identity. Collectivization promised a uniform modernizing of agriculture, which would increase yields across the Soviet empire. Even more, it would allow greater state control of agricultureproviding Moscow with Ukrainian food to distribute to less treasonous Soviet areas, ensuring their loyalty to Moscow. The collective farms would even provide grain that could be sold abroad, bringing in the cash necessary for Stalin’s radical plans to build a modern industrial base for the Soviet Union.

Unfortunately, the farming population resisted, which Stalin took as sedition. Brutal police enforcers from the cities were sent in to punish the peasants, killing anyone they suspected of hiding grain and confiscating even the seed they needed for the next planting. And so the familiar tale of modern famine began to march toward its inevitable conclusion. “Starvation,” Applebaum points out, “was the result of the forcible removal of food from peoples’ home; roadblocks that prevented peasants seeing work or food; blacklists imposed on farms and villages.”

In the Great Famine of 1932 and 1933, cannibalism became an open secret. All pets and farm animals disappeared. The hunger of the farmers reduced their strength to work the farms, worsening the crisis. And around 3.9 million Ukrainians starved to death, with at least a million more elsewhere in the Soviet Union. None of that famine originated in the old causes of bad weather. Stalin killed the peasants because he had ordered a policy that no one could resist.

Robert Conquest’s path-breaking 1986 study, The Harvest of Sorrow, convinced most readers that the famine had in fact taken place, though the Soviets never fully admitted it and, as Applebaum acidly points out, Western journalists (notably the New York Times‘s Walter Duranty) helped keep the millions of deaths hidden from the world.

The only question that remains these days is whether Stalin directly intended the deaths. He certainly caused them with his policies, and he was obviously willing to allow the slaughter to continue, once it had began. But did he want a Ukrainian genocide from the beginning? Given the archival evidence of Soviet pride in destroying the kulaks, the answer seems to be both yes and no. Stalin planned on any number of deaths, and he pursued his agricultural reforms even once it was clear that no goal other than punishing the peasants was being served. “Stalin did not seek to kill all Ukrainians,” Applebaum writes. But he did intend to eliminate “the most active and engaged.”

In Red Famine, Applebaum shows that she understands the purposes that remembering the Holodomorserves today. The Ukrainians have repurposed the particular Soviet oppression as general Russian oppression, with the Great Famine understood as a deliberate genocideand thus a rallying cry for Ukraine to resist encroachment from Putin’s post-Soviet Russia.

With her 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning volume, Gulag: A History, Anne Applebaum endeavored to return to conscious memory the Soviet prison system that figures from Alexander Solzhenitsyn to Robert Conquest had chronicled. It was a fine book, just as Red Famine is a fine book. But Applebaum’s greatest strengthher most admirable gift to her readersis her unwillingness to let us forget just how relentlessly murderous, cruel, and ideological the Soviet regime really was.

She knows, in other words, that here in 2017, a hundred years after the Bolshevik revolution, we are still in need of being reminded what the laboratory of history has taught us about the evil of communism.

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Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI as Trump-Russia inquiry takes critical step

  • Flynn ready to testify about contact between Trump campaign and Russians
  • I recognize that my actions were wrong I am working to set things right

In a startling breakthrough for prosecutors investigating potential collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign, former national security adviser Michael Flynn announced on Friday that he was cooperating with prosecutors and ready to testify about Russian contacts.

After months of silence and invisibility, Flynn walked into a federal courthouse in Washington DC on Friday morning and pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. The plea was part of a larger deal with special counsel Robert Muellers team, and strikes at the heart of the Trump White House.

Related: Frame by frame: how the Michael Flynn-Russia saga unfolded

Michael Flynn is the fourth Donald Trump aide to face criminal charges in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and any alleged collusion.

Related: Jared Kushner questioned by Mueller’s team about Michael Flynn, insider says

Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!

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UK Warns Government Agencies Not to Use Kaspersky Software – U.S. News & World Report


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UK Warns Government Agencies Not to Use Kaspersky Software
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In September, the U.S. government barred federal agencies from using Kaspersky products because of concerns about the company’s ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations. News reports have since linked Kaspersky software to an alleged theft of 
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Tweets and isolationist talk belie Trump’s first year of national security policy, experts say – Washington Examiner


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Tweets and isolationist talk belie Trump’s first year of national security policy, experts say
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Trump has questioned and criticized longtime allies and military alliances, often on Twitter, and has shaken up U.S. policy like few presidents before him. Earlier this year, he suggested the NATO alliance might be obsolete and scolded alliance 

Big Tobacco and the Army

A reader faults Big Tobacco for addicting many in the military.
Russia Conducts Nuclear Exercises Amid Orthodox End-Times Talk

One of the more interesting aspects of Cold War 2.0 is the ideological struggle between the postmodern West and Russiaa struggle that most Westerners deny even exists. President Barack Obama, after Moscow seized Crimea in early 2014, pronounced that there was nothing big afoot: After all, unlike the Soviet Union, Russia leads no bloc of nations, no global ideology.

Obamas statement was wrong then, and its even more wrong now. As Ive explained, there is an undeniable ideological struggle between Vladimir Putins neo-traditionalist Russia and the post-modern Westone that prominent Russians talk about all the time. In the Kremlins imagination, this fight pits the godless, materialistic, doomed 21st century West, too lazy to even reproduce, against a tough, reborn Russia that was forged in the murderous fire of 74 years of Bolshevism.

The yawning gap between Russian and Western values can be partly explained by the fact that Communism shielded the former from the Wests vast cultural shifts since the 1960s. Living under the Old Left provided protection against the New Left. As a result, Russians are living in our past and find current Western ways incomprehensible and even contemptible.

Take the reaction to Americas present panic about sexual harassment, which is felling celebrities and politicians left and right. In Moscow, this looks like madness, punishing powerful men for doing what powerful men have always done. Their late-night TV uses our sex panic as a punchline, proof that Americans are weak and feminized, held hostage to radical ideology. Andrei Konchalovsky, one of Russias top film directors (including some Hollywood hits), expressed his view plainly: Thank God we live in a country where political correctness has not reached the point of absurdity.

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Putins Strategy of Global Tension

Ever since Moscows Little Green Men seized Crimea in early 2014, weve been in a new Cold War with Russia. To the consternation of wishful-thinkers, as Vladimir Putins confrontation with the West has become transparent, the reality of what I termed Cold War 2.0 almost four years ago has grown difficult to deny. Since the Kremlins revanchism is driving this conflict, were in it whether we want to be or not.

Europe is the central front in Cold War 2.0, thanks to geography and history. Putins war on, and in, Ukraine continues on low boil, while the Russian military regularly delivers provocationsa too-close warship here, an aircraft buzz thereall along NATOs eastern frontier, sending an aggressive message. Major military exercises like Septembers Zapad mega-wargame demonstrate Putins seriousness about confronting the Atlantic Alliance.

What Putin wants was the subject of my recent interview with Antoni Macierewicz, Polands plain-spoken defense minister. What the Kremlin boss seeks, he explained, is restoration of the Russian empire, to which Ukraine (or at least most of it) belonged for centuries. Putin understands that there is no empire without Ukraine, he added.

However, Kremlin provocations extend far beyond the former Soviet Union, as Macierewicz elaborated:

The first move, I think, is Ukraine. But I dont exclude a military attack in the Far East. They want to distract American attention, prolong the front of confrontation in order to create a favorable situation for aggression in Europe. If you look at the map, Russia is always helping the enemies of America: deep ties to North Korea, involvement in Afghanistan and Syria, backing Iran, and so on.

This assessment sounds alarmist at first, particularly the mention of possible aggression in the Far East, but Western intelligence agencies that track Russian moves have been thinking along similar linesthough they seldom say so in public. Therefore, its worth taking a brief look at what Putins up to, and where.

Read the rest at The Observer …

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Polands Defense Minister Answers the Question: What Does Putin Want?

Since coming to power in late 2015, Polands right-wing government has been a lightning rod for criticism at home and abroad. Opponents have castigated the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS in Polish) for its conservatism and resistance to the European Union, de facto led by Germanys Angela Merkel, on a host of issues, above all Muslim migration.

No PiS official has attracted more opprobrium than the minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz, a hero of the Solidarity movement and Polish resistance to Communism. Since 1991, Macierewicz has held numerous positions in government, mostly in the national security realm, and he possesses deep insights into issues of defense and intelligencewhich are very topical now given the rising Russian threat on Polands frontiers.

Time has moderated Macierewiczs piquant views only slightly in his 69 years, and the defense minister ranks among the most straight-talking politicians Ive ever met. I recently sat down with him in Warsaw to discuss whats on his mind. Our conversation started with Polands impressive defense modernization efforts and the nature of the Russian threat to NATO, then moved on to issues of counterintelligencewhere Macierewicz rightly considers himself an expert. We concluded with the sensitive matter of Smolensk, the mysterious April 2010 air crash that decapitated Polands government, an issue that rests close to the heart for Macierewicz and for the many Poles who fear Vladimir Putins intentions. 

What would you like the American public to know about Polish defense modernization?

We want to do everything we can to have a military that is able to defend our country and to be a solid partner of the United States and NATObut first and foremost, as our top objective, we want to have a military that is able to defend ourselves and our allies. And we want our friends in the United States to know exactly this: We are of course grateful to the United States for the support that we have received in the dramatic situation in which we find ourselves and share a joint-Polish American awareness of this threat, which is a threat to all off Europe.

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7 Steps to Stop Putins Special War Against the West

President Donald Trumps bizarre weekend highlights just how deeply the Kremlin has burrowed into Western politics, nowhere more than the United States. Trump blew apart his Asian trip by insisting that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, had nothing to do with meddling in our election last yearbecause the Kremlin boss says so.

In Vietnam on Saturday, Trump announced that he spoke to Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, and the Russian president said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He added, Every time he sees me he says I didnt do that and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. Trump then stated that the Kremlin boss is very insulted by reports that Russia interfered in our 2016 election, and this is not a good thing for our country. Adding fuel to the fire he set, Trump dismissed allegations of Russian meddling as this artificial Democratic hit job, then castigated the leadership of the Intelligence Community he inherited on his inauguration in January as dishonest political hacks.

Trump has never accepted the IC assessment that Russian spies interfered in our election last year, but even for this president, Saturdays outburst was extraordinary. Its not every day that the American president publicly sides with a foreign leader against his own intelligence bossesespecially when that leader is the very one whom American spies assess meddled to elect this president. That Trump chose to do this on Veterans Day, on foreign soil, did not go unnoticed by many with displeasure.

Trumps controversial words blew up in his face immediately. Across the political spectrum, his public siding with Putin while undermining the investigation into his Moscow links was met with howls of outrage, while many are now wondering what exactly Trumps relationship with the Kremlin isas well they should.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo quickly entered the fray, issuing a terse statement: The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed. Pompeo is viewed by many at Langley and across the IC as uncomfortably close to the president, but Trumps bizarre siding with Putin on such a major issue was something the CIA director could not countenance.

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Spies Suspect Kremlin Is Pushing Dozens of Fake Trump Sex Tapes


Attempting to get to the bottom of a complex espionage case, untangling multiple strands of secret agentry, is the most challenging exercise in all intelligence work. It taxes the minds of the most gifted counterspies, particularly when the operation extends over years, even decades, and it involves a complex cast of players, some of them Russian.

A half-century ago, when our Intelligence Community was assessing if there were Kremlin moles inside our spy agencies (spoiler: there were), a nasty bureaucratic fight ensued that dragged on for years. The protagonist was James Angleton, the CIAs top counterspy for two decades, who coined the term wilderness of mirrors to describe the impenetrable mystery of certain espionage operations. In typical Angletonian flourish, he borrowed the phrase from a T. S. Eliot poem to capture the enduring mystery of never quite grasping up from down in a case, or knowing whos really running the showand looking at it too closely only leads to more confusion.

Ive previously written about Angletons wilderness of mirrors, since it remains a fascinating saga still, and I noted how tricky the counterspy game can be:

One of the alluring aspects of counterintelligence is that very complex cases can turn on very small, sometimes minute, pieces of information. And years of getting to the bottom of an operation can be swiftly overturned when one tinyand possibly very inconvenientfact comes to light. This is particularly a possibility when what exactly happened in a case proves hard to pin down. As most cases involving the Russians are.

This is relevant today, since between Special Counsel Robert Muellers team and the efforts of our Intelligence Community, the secret side of Washington, D.C., is currently engaged in the biggest counterintelligence investigation since the days of VENONA in the early Cold War, when the FBI and NSA unraveled a vast Kremlin spy apparatus in our country, centered in our nations capital.

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Former FBI Director James Comey, fired after he refused to let Flynn ‘go,’ is having some fun on social media – Los Angeles Times


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Former FBI Director James Comey, fired after he refused to let Flynn ‘go,’ is having some fun on social media
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Flynn Said to Have Reached Out to Russia at Kushner’s Behest (2) – seattlepi.com


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He’s also disclosed payments from RT, described in an unclassified U.S. intelligence report as the Kremlin’s principalinternational propaganda outlet, and Kaspersky Government Security, a cybersecurity business that U.S. authorities say works 
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Islamic State attack kills at least 2 in eastern Afghanistan – ABC News

Islamic State attack kills at least 2 in eastern Afghanistan
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At least two security forces were killed and 10 others, including both soldiers and civilians, were wounded in an attack by Islamic State group militants in eastern Nangarhar province. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said

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ISIS’ Intelligence Service Refuses to Die

“In Iraq, the war of weapons is over, but the war of information is not. First of all, many of the most experienced and dedicated Emni members were able to escape when ISIS fell. Compared to ISIS fighters, they enjoyed relative freedom of movement, so when the Iraqi operation in Mosul started, many agents moved to liberated territories, from which they updated ISIS on the movement of Iraqi forces. Even now, their presence is no secret to local civilians.”

Cold-War-era Soviet spy George Blake issues rare statement from Moscow

One of the Cold Wars most recognizable spy figures, George Blake, who escaped to the Soviet Union after betraying British intelligence, issued a rare statement last week, praising the successor agency to Soviet-era KGB.

Trump administration allegedly considering plan to privatize CIA operations

The United States Central Intelligence Agency and the White House are considering several proposals to hire private companies to carry out covert operations abroad, according to a report. 

EUROPE/UNITED STATES : Intelligence services get into storytelling

Rex Tillerson Brushes Off Reports That He Is Being Shown The Door

Rex Tillerson has become a symbol of dysfunction and tension, and the subject of months of rumors about his declining stock in a chaotic administration.
Border Patrol Seeks Witnesses To Help Figure Out Agent’s Death

Border Agent Killed: The mysterious death happened the weekend before Thanksgiving when many more people than usual were on the road traveling to visit relatives.
To Promote Global Security and Tackle Extremism, Decriminalize Drugs – World Politics Review


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To Promote Global Security and Tackle Extremism, Decriminalize Drugs
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As Paul Kan of the U.S. Army War College put it in a path-breaking book on narcotrafficking and security, the unique nature of the trade has made persistent threats to national and international security more complex, durable, and acute. In short 

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