February 11, 2017

Report: 72 convicted of terrorism from ‘Trump 7’ mostly Muslim countries

Merkel offers cash handouts worth millions of pounds for migrants to return home in an embarrassing U-turn

  • The German chancellor agreed measures to speed up deportation
  • An estimated 450,000 rejected migrants are set to be sent home
  • Scheme includes £76million of cash incentives to leave voluntarily

Angela Merkel will offer cash handouts worth millions of pounds for migrants to leave Germany in an effort to silence criticism of her ‘open-door’ border policy.

In a highly-embarrassing U-turn over the ill-fated plan, which saw 1.2million migrants flock to the country, Mrs Merkel has now vowed to send many of them home.

The German chancellor agreed a package of measures to speed up the deportation process for an estimated 450,000 migrants who have been rejected asylum.

Current measures have left officials struggling to deport those whose asylum requests are rejected, largely because they come from areas deemed to be safe, unlike war-torn countries such as Syria

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4213978/Merkel-offers-cash-handouts-migrants-leave.html#ixzz4YQAgLLkz

Iran allowing Syria-bound Russian planes to use airspace-report

Iran has again allowed Russian planes to use its airspace during recent operations in Syria, a senior Iranian security official was quoted as saying on Saturday.

In August, Russian aircraft for the first time used an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria. The Russian military said its fighters had completed their tasks, but left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-iran-idUSKBN15Q0CR

Tsipras hits back at IMF, Germany over debt impasse

Athens (AFP) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday warned the International Monetary Fund and EU economic powerhouse Germany to stop playing with fire over his country’s debt problems.

Opening a meeting of his far-left Syriza party, Tsipras said he was confident a solution over repayments would be found, despite talks between Greece and its creditors ending in Brussels with no breakthrough on Friday.

Months of feuding with the IMF has rattled markets and raised fears of a new debt crisis, with Athens resisting pressure to cut public services any more than has already been agreed with creditors.

The Greek premier urged a change of course from the IMF.

Putin planning to send 100K troops to Baltic border for drills?.

ALEXEI NIKOLSKY
Baltic nations are increasingly worried that Russian war games set for this autumn will see President Vladimir Putin send as many as 100,000 troops to Belarus’ border with Lithuania and Poland — the very edge of the Kremlin’s sphere of influence with eastern Europe.

The U.S. Navy Needs a New Fighter (And Russia and China Are to Blame)

A new naval future fleet architecture study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) suggests that the United States Navy will need to develop a dedicated air superiority fighter to counter Russian and Chinese advances.

“Counter-air operations will require low observable manned fighters with an unrefueled combat radius of more than 500 nm,” the CSBA report states. “These characteristics will keep refueling aircraft out of range of enemy air defenses while enabling the fighters to reach and engage bombers in a dynamic environment inside the enemy’s air defense envelope.”

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter—which are not dedicated air superiority fighters—would not be suitable to defeat advanced adversary air defenses or enemy aircraft such as the Chengdu J-20 or other Chinese fifth-generation warplanes.  …

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-navy-needs-new-fighter-russia-china-are-blame-19409

‘We need bigger ships’: Polish security agency wants new fleet to counter ‘Russian threat’

Poland’s National Security Bureau, the BBN, has unveiled a new development plan for the country’s fleet. It envisages defending against a “Russian threat” – with ships capable of operating far from native shores.

In a report published Friday, titled “The Strategic Concept Of Maritime Safety of the Republic of Poland,” the BBN states that “Polish seafaring interests are located all over the world’s maritime arena.” The authors recommend building up the Polish navy so that it may have a limited, but global, ability to project power that may be consistently demonstrated far from its territorial waters, working together with allied fleets.

https://www.rt.com/news/377020-poland-fleet-strike-russia-report/

Army Cyber Accelerates; Electronic Warfare Lags

Army is ahead of schedule building cyber teams — but its equally essential electronic warfare branch is lagging badly. Like a fiddler crab, one arm is much more developed than the other. While effective in the current fight against Daesh (aka ISIL), this unbalanced force would be at a severe disadvantage in future Multi-Domain Battles the Army envisions against a sophisticated adversary such as Russia, which excels in both cyber and electronic warfare.

EXCLUSIVE: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised By Rogue IT Staff

 

Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Imran Awan with Bill Clinton / Facebook Imran Awan with Bill Clinton / Facebook

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

House staffers under criminal investigation still employed

Multiple Democratic lawmakers have yet to cut ties with House staffers under criminal investigation for wide-ranging equipment and data theft.

Imran Awan, a longtime House staffer who worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004, is still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though his access to the House IT network has been blocked since last week.

“At this time we are continuing to gather information from House officials and will determine the best approach to move forward once we have reviewed that information,” David Damron, communications director for Wasserman Schultz, said in an email when asked by POLITICO if Awan was still working for the Florida Democrat.

Wasserman Schultz declined to comment, referring POLITICO to the statement when asked follow-up questions Monday night.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/house-staff-criminal-investigation-234714

Pentagon Not Providing US MANPADS to ‘Any Group in Syria’ After Obama’s Waiver

The Department of Defense (DoD) has not supplied Syrian rebels with US man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS, the department’s spokesperson Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In December, then-US President Barack Obama waived legal restrictions outlined in the US Arms Export Control Act to allow arms supply for the moderate Syrian opposition.

“DoD only provides weapons to the Syrian Arab Coalition, the Arab element of the Syrian Democratic Forces,” Rankine-Galloway said.

“DoD has not provided US MANPADS to any group in Syria.”

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201702101050556642-pentagon-manpads-syria/

Turkey asks 16 countries to extradite 28 Gülenist suspects

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA

The Justice Ministry has requested the extradition of 28 Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) suspects residing in 16 countries including FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen and other senior figures, according to Turkish judicial sources.

Turkey asks 16 countries to extradite 28 Gülenist suspects

FETÖ’s U.S.-based ringleader is the mastermind behind the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt as stated by the government.

The defeated putsch left at least 248 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

Since July 19, 2016, Turkey has been officially asking the U.S. to extradite Gülen.

Turkey has also requested the extradition of Emre Uslu from the U.S., a FETÖ former police officer and columnist who is charged with espionage, being a member of an armed terrorist group and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government.

Report: Flynn aide forced out of National Security Council after CIA denies security clearance

A top aide to National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was denied clearance for a high-level security clearance by the Central Intelligence Agency, putting an end to the aide’s tenure on the National Security Council, according to a report.

The report said Robin Townley, senior director for Africa and a top deputy of Flynn’s, found out Friday that the CIA had shot down his request for an elite security clearance that is required to serve on the NSC, escalating tensions between Flynn and the intelligence community.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-flynn-aide-forced-out-of-national-security-council-after-cia-denies-security-clearance/article/2614583

Italy’s defense-industry chief attacks F-35 ‘broken promises’

February 10, 2017 (Photo Credit: Andy Wolfe/U.S. Navy)
ROME — The head of Italy’s association of defense firms has launched a blistering attack on the U.S. and Lockheed Martin, accusing them of breaking promises made to Italy about workshare on the F-35 program.

Guido Crosetto, the head of Italian aerospace and defense industry association AIAD, said the U.S. “had not honored promises” made since Italy joined the program, hurting Italian firms as well as threatening the livelihood of Italy’s fledgling F-35 maintenance center.

US Lawmakers Question Military Preparedness For Korean Conflict

On Wednesday US lawmakers met to discuss Washington’s preparedness to deal with a potential military conflict in the Korean peninsula, and how the US can project strength in one part of the world without losing influence in others.

During a meeting of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, assistant Marine Corps commandant Gen. Glenn Walters said, “I can tell you today we cannot do two things simultaneously. One of the stressing ones for us is Korea, we could not do that at all if we still had commitments elsewhere in the world — Europe, Africa or the Middle East…And I think our enemies know that.”

https://sputniknews.com/military/201702111050566159-lawmakers-discern-us-prepared-korea/

 

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