January 25, 2017

ISRAEL, U.S. HOLD COVERT TRIAL FOR ‘DAVID’S SLING’ MISSILE INTERCEPTOR

BY NOAM AMIR/MAARIV, JPOST.COM STAFF

The “successful” anti-missile system trials were conducted in central Israel under a media blackout.
David's Sling

David’s Sling. (photo credit: Israel DEFENSE MINISTRY)

Israel and the US in recent days have successfully completed a series of tests involving an advanced version of the ‘David’s Sling’ missile interception system.

Also known as the ‘Magic Wand,’ the anti-missile system trials were conducted covertly under a media blackout.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Davids-Sling-success-Israel-US-hold-covert-missile-interceptor-trial-479571

 

Federal agents are reinvestigating Syrian refugees in U.S. who may have slipped through vetting lapse

Federal agents are reinvestigating the backgrounds of dozens of Syrian refugees already in the United States after discovering a lapse in vetting that allowed some who had potentially negative information in their files to enter the country, two U.S. law enforcement officials said.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-syria-refugees-vetting-gap-20170125-story.html

NORAD responds after Russian bombers zoom around Japan

A Russian Tu-95 bomber.

A Russian Tu-95 bomber.  (Reuters, File)

 

A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear nuclear-capable bombers flew around Japan on Tuesday, prompting the Japanese military to scramble fighter jets as the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) increased its threat posture, two U.S. defense officials revealed to Fox News.

The Russian bombers stayed in international airspace, the officials said. News of this latest Russian provocation came shortly after the Pentagon announced that new Defense Secretary James Mattis would make his first visit overseas to Japan and South Korea early next month.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/25/norad-responds-after-russian-bombers-zoom-around-japan.html

 

Donald Trump to order construction of Mexican wall and a temporary ban on refugees from seven Muslim countries

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is expected to order the construction of the Mexican border wall on Wednesday and sign executive orders that include a temporary ban on most refugees.

Mr Trump will visit the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday where it is thought he will order federal funds to be allocated towards the building of a wall, one of his signature campaign promises, along America’s southern border with Mexico.

How a discarded laptop proves terror network behind Brussels and Paris attacks had links with ISIS in Syria, planned another atrocity and had been targeting Jewish plane passengers

  • Laptop was found two hours after suicide bombers targeted Brussels in March
  • Revealed contact with top ISIS operatives in Syria and plans for further attacks
  • Separate investigations revealed terrorists were targeting Jewish passengers 
  • Retrieved files also reveals chilling instructions for November 13 Paris slaughter 

A laptop discarded by the terror network behind the Brussels and Paris attacks revealed how they had links with top ISIS commanders in Syria – and were planning another attack.

The computer was found two hours after a team of ISIS suicide bombers murdered 32 people at Brussels Airport and on the city’s Metro system on March 22 last year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4155252/Laptop-reveals-details-Brussels-Paris-attack-plans.html#ixzz4WmG8JEYM

Army’s Ground Combat Systems Risk Being Surpassed by Russia, China

Report: Russia, China upgrading weapons systems

BY:
January 25, 2017 5:00 am

The U.S. Army’s ground combat systems risk being surpassed by those being developed by foreign countries such as Russia and China, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

The Army is currently using main battle tanks, tracked infantry fighting vehicles, tracked self-propelled artillery, and multiple launch rocket systems developed during the Soviet era. Billion-dollar plans to modernize the force’s ground combat systems have been cancelled over the last decade.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/armys-ground-combat-systems-risk-surpassed-russia-china/

Russia arrests top cyber security expert amid allegations of treason

The headquarters of the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the KGB, in Moscow
The headquarters of the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the KGB, in Moscow CREDIT: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP PHOTO 

The manager responsible for investigating hacking attacks at Russia’s biggest private cyber security firm has been arrested amid allegations of bribery and treason involving senior intelligence officers.

Kaspersky Lab, a world-leading cyber security firm based in Moscow,confirmed the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of its computer incidents investigations team, on Wednesday.

“The case against this employee does not involve Kaspersky lab. This employee… is under investigation for a period predating his employment at Kasperky Lab,” the company said in a statement

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/25/russia-arrests-top-cyber-security-expert-amid-allegations-treason/

Sanctioned Iranian Airlines Ferrying Illicit Weapons to Tehran

Mahan Air

Two airlines sanctioned by the United States for enabling Iran’s global terrorist operations appear to have played a central role in moving illicit missile components from Ukraine to the Islamic Republic, according to information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/sanctioned-iranian-airlines-ferrying-illicit-weapons-tehran/

State Department reviewing Obama admin’s last-minute decision to send Palestinians $221M

The State Department announced Tuesday that it will review the last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.

The department said it would look at the payment and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration’s priorities.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/25/state-department-reviewing-obama-admins-last-minute-decision-to-send-palestinians-221m.html

Trump revives oil pipeline projects, demands U.S. steel used

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, January 24, 2017

 

President Trump resurrected the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines Tuesday, thrilling labor unions and advocates for domestic energy but outraging environmentalists and American Indians whose fierce protests persuaded the Obama administration to kill both projects.

For Mr. Trump, reopening negotiations to build the cross-country pipelines was all about the jobs agenda that has dominated his first days in office.

“It’s going to put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers, back to work,” said the president. “We will build our own pipeline. We will build our own pipes. … Like we used to in the old days.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/24/donald-trump-revives-keystone-xl-and-dakota-access/

70mn cyberattacks, mostly foreign, targeted Russia’s critical infrastructure in 2016 – FSB

70mn cyberattacks, mostly foreign, targeted Russia’s critical infrastructure in 2016 – FSB
Over the past year, Russia had to repel a whopping 70 million cyberattacks endangering its critical information infrastructure, Federal Security Service (FSB) communications and security spokesman Nikolay Murashov revealed on Tuesday.
https://www.rt.com/news/374973-cyber-attacks-russian-infrastracture/

Germany busts alleged far-right plot to attack Jews, refugees

Police raid 12 homes linked to members of extremist ‘Reichsbürger’ movement, arrest 13 people, including several who bought weapons

BERLIN — German authorities on Wednesday carried out dawn raids against far-right suspects accused of plotting attacks on Jews, refugees and police, federal prosecutors said.

Police swooped on 12 homes and other sites in six states “as part of a federal investigation on suspicion of forming a right-wing extremist organization,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/germany-busts-alleged-far-right-plot-to-attack-jews-refugees/

Kuwait hangs royal prince convicted of murder

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait hanged a prince in the ruling Al-Sabah family on Wednesday for premeditated murder, state news agency KUNA reported, in what appeared to be the fist execution of a member of the royal family in the Gulf state.

Sheikh Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was hanged at Kuwait’s central prison alongside six other prisoners, including a woman convicted of killing dozens of people at her husband’s wedding to second wife.

Al-Sabah’s crime was “premeditated murder and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license,” KUNA said.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/kuwait-executes-seven-prisoners-including-member-ruling-family-100939468.html

Italy 5-Star calls for elections after court ruling on voting system

Lawmakers from Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Wednesday called for immediate elections after the Constitutional Court ruled that the current voting system was invalid.

“The court has told us what we have to do to give the country an electoral law that at least respects the constitution, now we must respect the court and hold elections,” prominent 5-Star Senator Nicola Morra wrote on Facebook.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-elections-law-5star-idUSKBN15925K?il=0

Al-Shabab Says It Carried Out Deadly Car Bomb Attack On Somalia Hotel

A crowd gathers near the Dayah Hotel after it was heavily damaged by bomb blasts on Wednesday in Mogadishu, Somalia.

 

Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for deadly explosions that ripped through a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday.

News reports on the death toll varied, with numbers ranging from at least eight to 28. More than a dozen people were wounded.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/25/511584633/al-shabab-says-it-carried-out-deadly-car-bomb-attack-on-somalia-hotel

 

Trump clamps down on federal agencies

The Trump administration is clamping down on public communications by agencies as it seeks to assert control over the federal bureaucracy.

New restrictions on social media use and interaction with press and lawmakers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and the Interior have sparked concerns of a President Trump-backed effort to silence dissenting views.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315989-trump-clamps-down-on-federal-agencies

Six Russian Air Force Tu-22 bombers Fly Long Range Strike Against ISIS From Russia

By Tom Demerly

Tu-22 Bombers Fly From Russia with Syrian-Based Fighter Escort to Hit ISIS Terrorist Targets in Syria (with dumb bombs).

Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name “Backfire C”) heavy bombers flying directly from Mozdok, Russia, pounded ISIS targets near Deir ez-Zor, Syria earlier today, Jan. 24.

The precision strategic long-range strike crossed Iranian and Iraqi airspace and, according to the Russian MoD, the targets (terrorist group’s command centers, weapon stockpiles and armored vehicles) were completely destroyed.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the six bombers were supported by a fighter escort (four Su-30SMs) launched from the Russian base at Khmeimim (Hmeimim Air Base) in western Syria.

https://theaviationist.com/2017/01/24/six-russian-air-force-tu-22-bombers-fly-long-range-strike-against-isis-from-russia/

Nikki Haley sworn in as U.N. ambassador

WASHINGTON — Former S.C. governor Nikki Haley was officially sworn-in as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday morning, launching her new career.

Shortly after receiving the oath from Vice President Mike Pence, she met with her boss, President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office.

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/nikki-haley-sworn-in-as-u-n-ambassador/article_ace9cb0c-e311-11e6-a328-53fc7e2ae936.html

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The dystopian vision of George Soros, billionaire funder of the Lefthttps://www.city-journal.org/html/connoisseur-chaos-14954.html

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