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.
‘We need bigger ships’: Polish security agency wants new fleet to counter ‘Russian threat’
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.
Army Cyber Accelerates; Electronic Warfare Lags
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.
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.
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.
Pentagon Not Providing US MANPADS to ‘Any Group in Syria’ After Obama’s Waiver
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.”
Turkey asks 16 countries to extradite 28 Gülenist suspects
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.
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.