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Taliban Invites Anti-U.S. Jihadists to Establish ‘an Islamic System and Reconciliation’

Captured alleged Taliban fighters being presented to the media by police in Jalalabad earlier this month
Taliban terrorists have expressed a willingness to talk peace and reconciliation with fellow jihadi organizations who share their position against the “foreign occupation” by U.S.-NATO troops.

U.S. Military: First Repatriation Under Trump of Gitmo Prisoner ‘Moving Forward’

Gitmo Prisoner Released AP
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing ahead with the first repatriation of an accused Saudi jihadist held at the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. Military: First Repatriation Under Trump of Gitmo Prisoner ‘Moving Forward’

Gitmo Prisoner Released AP
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing ahead with the first repatriation of an accused Saudi jihadist held at the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Expert: Hezbollah, Chinese Triad, Russian Mafia Using Global Crime Hub Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas earlier this month
WASHINGTON, DC — The struggling socialist Venezuelan regime, a global hub for crime-terror convergence, has been harboring criminal and terrorist groups such as Iran’s proxy Hezbollah, Chinese Triads, the Russian Mafia, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an expert on Latin America told lawmakers.

Report: State Department Approved Articles by ‘Obama Holdover’ Challenging Trump on Iran

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) reportedly signed off on several articles penned by an "Obama holdover" that explicitly challenged President Trump’s anti-Iran policy objectives, according to Conservative Review (CR).

Activists: Turkey-Allied Jihadists Slaughtering Christians, Yazidis in Syria’s Besieged Afrin

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels enter the village of Qastal Koshk, north of Afrin, on March 16, 2018 following battles with Kurdish fighters
Turkey-linked jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda are taking advantage of the Ankara offensive in the besieged Afrin region in northwestern Syria to slaughter Christians and Yazidis, caution several activists.

Pakistani Military: Terror ‘Threat from India Is Perpetual’ in Afghanistan

A Pakistani protester of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan religious group throws a tear gas shell back towards police during a clash in Islamabad on November 25
A top Pakistani military spokesman accused India of fueling terrorism “using Afghan soil” in an interview published Sunday, citing alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav currently in Islamabad’s custody as an example.

Pentagon: 7 American Troops Killed in U.S. Military Helicopter Crash Along Iraq-Syria Border

A Blackhawk Helicopter
A U.S. military HH-60 Black Hawk chopper participating in the anti-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) war in the Middle East crashed in western Iraq near the country’s border with Syria this week, killing all seven American service members on board, according to the Pentagon.

Top Iraqi Kurdistan Leader Urges China to Intensify Role in Middle East

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani came under growing opposition from his detractors after he organised the September 25 referendum on Kurdish independence that triggered a deep crisis with Baghdad
The chancellor of northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has reportedly called on U.S. rival China to “play a greater role” in bringing stability to the Middle East.

Report: China ‘Quietly’ Expands Military Presence in Africa

China and Djibouti have agreed to form a 'strategic partnership'
Communist China is covertly intensifying its military footprint across Africa, reports Voice of America (VOA), echoing recent comments from the top U.S. commander on the continent.

U.N. Envoy: Turkey ‘War Crimes’ Against Christians in Syria Foreshadow ‘Genocide’

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Turkish troops fighting to conquer the Kurdish-held region of Afrin in Syria are committing “war crimes” against Yazidis and Christians that mirror the "ethnic cleansing and genocide” in the region at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), declared a top United Nations envoy.

Marco Rubio: China Fueling Repression in Latin America by Pumping Money into Region

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spekas during a foreign relations hearing in Washington, DC on January 9, 2018, on the attacks on US Diplomats in Cuba. The United States is to review how the State Department has responded to alleged attacks on the health of 24 diplomats and family members in Havana, officials said Tuesday. The State Department had come under renewed pressure to form an 'accountability review board' as the mystery surrounding the brain trauma suffered by the envoys has only deepened. Initially officials suggested the Americans had been targeted by some sort of acoustic weapon, although news reports now say the FBI has been unable to confirm this theory. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
China and Russia are “expanding aggressively” throughout the Western Hemisphere while pumping money and weapons into authoritarian regimes across Latin America, a move that poses a potential U.S. national security threat, warned Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Expert: U.S. Military ‘Over a Decade’ Behind China, Russia on Space Defense

The second liftoff from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome ended in failure last November when officials lost contact with a weather satellite hours after its launch
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. military satellites used to warn of a missile strike or to deploy nuclear weapons are vulnerable to attacks by the Chinese and Russian armed forces, which have eclipsed their American counterparts in developing some significant space warfighting capabilities, experts cautioned lawmakers.

Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Climate Change Helping ‘Create More Terrorism’ in Africa


Climate change coupled with wide-spread famine is “creating more terrorism” in Africa, home to jihadist organizations like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda, declared Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Top U.S. Commander: Bashar al-Assad ‘Has Won’ Syrian Civil War

"I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity, and he's there, and I guess he's running things, so I guess something should happen," US President Donald Trump said of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, seen in 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — The Russian- and Iranian-assisted regime of Bashar al-Assad is winning the civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands in Syria since 2011, suggested the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, stressing that toppling the dictator is not part of the American mission in the conflict-ridden country.

Jim Mattis Defines Victory in Afghanistan: ‘Political Reconciliation’ Between Kabul and Taliban

Jim Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. President Donald Trump's secretaries of state and defense told Congress that Trump has all the authority he needs to fight terrorism with U.S. forces from Niger to Syria, after lawmakers from both parties raised concern about the extent of military deployments. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The Trump administration is pushing for Afghan-led reconciliation between Taliban narco-jihadists and Kabul as U.S. military and intelligence officials reportedly expressed concern that Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of providing haven to terrorists seeking to attack America.

Expert: Erdogan Regime Considers Christians, Jews ‘Enemies of the State’


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian government has deemed members of religious minorities, such as Christians and Jews, “enemies of the state,” an analyst tells Breitbart News, echoing the U.S. State Department.

Study: 42 of the 50 Most Violent Peacetime Cities in the World Are in Latin America

In this Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, photo, a Border Patrol officer pats down several of the men that were found with a group of immigrants in a tractor-trailer in Edinburg, Texas. Police in Texas acting on a tip found the immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the border with Mexico, less than a month after 10 people died in the back of a hot truck with little ventilation in San Antonio. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)
Latin America is home to 42 of the 50 cities with the world’s highest per capita homicide rates outside a war zone, according to the 2017 list compiled by Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security, which uses available murder rates.

Top State Official: Taliban Jihadists Have ‘Legitimate Grievances’


WASHINGTON, DC — The United States is willing to address the “legitimate grievances” of the Afghan Taliban terrorists during peace negotiations, a top U.S. State Department of State (DOS) official told reporters.

Kurds Pull Syrian Arabs Out of Islamic State Fight to Combat Turkish Invasion

This photo released on Wednesday March 7, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government soldiers advancing during a battle against Syrian rebels, in eastern Ghouta, Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross said a second convoy that was supposed to carry aid to the besieged rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus was postponed Thursday because of the violence and rapidly evolving situation on the ground. (SANA via AP)
An estimated 1,700 Syrian Arabs have abandoned the frontlines against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to assist the Kurds in their fight against Turkey in northern Syria as Ankara claims to have seized “nearly half” of the Afrin region.

Kurds Pull Syrian Arabs Out of Islamic State Fight to Combat Turkish Invasion

This photo released on Wednesday March 7, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government soldiers advancing during a battle against Syrian rebels, in eastern Ghouta, Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross said a second convoy that was supposed to carry aid to the besieged rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus was postponed Thursday because of the violence and rapidly evolving situation on the ground. (SANA via AP)
An estimated 1,700 Syrian Arabs have abandoned the frontlines against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to assist the Kurds in their fight against Turkey in northern Syria as Ankara claims to have seized “nearly half” of the Afrin region.

‘Lost in Translation’: Pentagon Publishes Inaccurate Data on Afghanistan War Effort


The Pentagon published inaccurate data used to underscore the success of counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and other jihadist groups in Afghanistan, prompting concern about the level of progress against terrorism there, revealed Stars and Stripes. 

Experts: Africa ‘Colonialism’ Reflects Xi Jinping’s Belief China Should Be ‘the Only Sovereign State’

Xi Jinping
WASHINGTON, DC — China is employing “neo-colonialism” tactics in Africa in the form of predatory loans collateralized with natural resources and strategic assets, experts cautioned lawmakers on Wednesday.

Syrian Kurds Stop Fighting Islamic State to Combat Turkish Invasion

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Kurdish and Arab fighters have abandoned the U.S.-backed fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to help their friends and families repel a Turkish offensive reportedly assisted by Syrian rebels seeking to take revenge on the Kurds.

Top General: India Must Prepare to Fight Two-Front War with China, Pakistan

A Chinese soldier holds a Chinese flag during Peace Mission-2016 joint military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Edelweiss training area in Balykchy some 200 km from Bishkek on September 19, 2016. The joint anti-terrorism drill involves more than 1,100 troops of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. / AFP / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
The chief of the Army staff in India reportedly urged his country to prepare for military conflict, indicating that it is within the realm of possibilities for New Delhi to fight a “two front” war with its fellow nuclear-armed neighbors China and its ally Pakistan.

Report: Anti-American Iran-Allied Shiite Militias Take Control of U.S. Tanks in Iraq

U.S. M1A2 Abrams tank moves to firing positions during joint military exercises at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. About 1,300 U.S., British and Georgian troops conducted joint exercises aimed at training the former Soviet republic's military for participation in the NATO Response Force. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
U.S. manufactured tanks have reportedly ended up in the arsenal of fighters from an umbrella organization of mostly Iran-allied Shiite militias in Iraq that have expressed hostility towards troops from the United States, according to an audit by the top inspector general (IG) for overseas operations.

Islamic State Propaganda Video Allegedly Shows Deadly Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger

Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-affiliated terrorists are disseminating a propaganda video online purporting to show a deadly ambush in Niger in which jihadists killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded two others last October.
Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-affiliated terrorists are disseminating a propaganda video online purporting to show a deadly ambush in Niger in which jihadists killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded two others last October.

Reformer Saudi Prince Begins First Trip Abroad to U.S., U.K., Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C-R) welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C-L) upon his arrival in Cairo on March 4, 2018
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) will begin his first trip outside the kingdom in his official capacity as future king this week, aiming to woo support from leaders in Egypt, the U.K., and the U.S. amid the sweeping reforms he is implementing across his country.

‘Global Firepower’ Report: World’s Strongest Military Powers Are U.S., Russia, China

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Xi Jinping
The United States armed forces remain the most powerful military in the world trailed by Russia, China, India, and France, respectively, reveals the latest Global Firepower (GFP) index, which ranks 133 countries annually.

Report: China Claims Ability to Produce Larger Aircraft Carrier amid Tensions with U.S.

This photo taken on December 23, 2016 shows Chinese J-15 fighter jets being launched from the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Yellow Sea, off China's east coast. Taiwan's defence minister warned on December 27 that enemy threats were growing daily after China's aircraft carrier and a flotilla of other warships passed south of the island in an exercise as tensions rise. / AFP / STR / China OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
China has mastered the ability to design and build “larger” aircraft carriers, reports a state-run newspaper, days after the massive nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson, an American carrier, sailed across the South China Sea.

Putin Tells Voters He Would Save USSR if He Had a Time Machine and He Makes ‘Really Tasty’ Salad

NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 8: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a speech during an awarding ceremony for scientists on February 8, 2018 in Novosibirsk, Russia. Vladimir Putin, who is widely expected to be re-elected during the Presidential Elections 2018 planned for March 18, is on a trip to the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, while fielding questions from supporters on Friday, said he is a mean salad maker and would prevent the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union if he could travel back in time.

Putin Tells Voters He Would Save USSR if He Had a Time Machine and He Makes ‘Really Tasty’ Salad

NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 8: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a speech during an awarding ceremony for scientists on February 8, 2018 in Novosibirsk, Russia. Vladimir Putin, who is widely expected to be re-elected during the Presidential Elections 2018 planned for March 18, is on a trip to the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, while fielding questions from supporters on Friday, said he is a mean salad maker and would prevent the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union if he could travel back in time.

Report: Iran Builds Another Permanent Base in Syria

A handout photo provided by the office of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on January 9, 2018, shows him delivering a statement in the capital Tehran
State sponsor of terrorism Iran has reportedly erected another permanent base in Syria capable of bombing Israel, considered Tehran’s public enemy number one, according to Fox News, citing Western intelligence sources and satellite images.

Report: Iran Builds Another Permanent Base in Syria

A handout photo provided by the office of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on January 9, 2018, shows him delivering a statement in the capital Tehran
State sponsor of terrorism Iran has reportedly erected another permanent base in Syria capable of bombing Israel, considered Tehran’s public enemy number one, according to Fox News, citing Western intelligence sources and satellite images.

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Flexes Muscle Deep in South China Sea in Defiance of China

This general view shows the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on February 14, 2018, as the carrier strike group takes part in a routine deployment mission in the South China Sea, one hour away from Manila. With a deafening roar and earthshaking vibrations, fighter jets zoomed off US carrier USS Carl Vinson as it navigated in the waters of the disputed South China Sea in what its admiral said February 14 was a tangible sign of American presence in the region. / AFP PHOTO / AYEE MACARAIG (Photo credit should read AYEE MACARAIG/AFP/Getty Images)
The USS Carl Vinson, a massive nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, reportedly sailed deep in the South China Sea amid U.S.-China tensions over Beijing's territorial disputes with several American allies in the region.

Experts: ‘Sure Bet’ Kurds Are Talking to Assad Following U.S. ‘Uncertainty’ in Support

Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) military police members demonstrate with their flags and others bearing the portrait of Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan in the Kurdish town of Al-Muabbadah in the northeastern part of Hassakah province on February 24, 2018, denouncing the Turkish military operation against YPG forces in the northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin. / AFP PHOTO / Delil souleiman (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC — The American military’s refusal to support the Kurds in their fight against Turkey in northern Syria’s Afrin region is likely to push them to join the Iranian- and Russian-backed Bashar al-Assad coalition, according to an analyst who recently traveled to the Middle East as part of a United States military delegation and a former U.S. ambassador.

U.S. Commander: China Cozying Up to Iran, Enhancing Military Posture in Middle East

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) take part in a welcoming ceremony on January 23, 2016 in the capital Tehran.
China is seeking to enhance its military posture in the Middle East, where Beijing is pursuing deeper cooperation with state sponsor of terror Iran, the chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) cautioned lawmakers Tuesday.

Report: U.S., Allies Prepare High Seas Crackdown on North Korean Sanction Dodgers

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at a national awards ceremony for nuclear scientists
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and vital Asian allies are reportedly working on coordinating an unprecedented crackdown on ships suspected of evading sanctions on the murderous North Korean regime led by dictator Kim Jong-un.

Islamic State Re-emerges in Al-Qaeda Stronghold in Yemen

A fighter from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather on February 25, 2018, at the site of two suicide car bombings that targeted the headquarters of an anti-terror unit the day before, in the southern Yemeni port of Aden. Five people, including security officers and a child, died in the blasts at the headquarters of an anti-terror unit in the Tawahi district, Aden security chief General Shallal al-Shae said. / AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI (Photo credit should read SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for two attacks, killing at least 14 people and wounding an estimated 40 others when suicide bombers and gunmen attempted to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden in Yemen, once considered a stronghold of its rival al-Qaeda.

CPAC: Frank Gaffney Warns of China Waging ‘Unrestricted’ Financial, Cyber War on U.S.

CPAC 2018: Frank Gaffney
The communist People's Republic of China has been waging “unrestricted war” against the United States as its top financial and cyber adversary, cautioned national security expert Frank Gaffney during a 2018 CPAC event Friday.
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