News Alert No.77: Islamic State (ISIL) recaptures major gas field in Syria

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Local sources in Syria say Islamic State (ISIL) forces managed to recapture the rich Sha’ar (or Shaar, or Shaer) gas field not far away from Homs, Reuters reports on October 29. ISIL forces “seized the Sha’ar gas field in July, killing some 350 government troops, allied militiamen, guards and staff, according to the Britain-based Syrian […]

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News Alert No.76: Increased number of Russian and Chinese spies in Czech Republic in 2013: a continuous and rising issue

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According to the annual report released by Czech Security Information Service (BIS) on October 27, Russia and China deployed an “extremely high” number of intelligence officers at its Czech embassy last year. “Clear priority of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China and their intelligence services was consolidating and further expanding their capacity […]

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News Alert No.75: Polls indicate major victory of pro-European parties in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc took some 23 percent of the votes in parliamentary elections, while People’s Front, the party of his ally, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk took 21 percent of the votes, Reuters reports on October 26, late in the evening, quoting the results of an exist poll issued after voting stations closed. Two […]

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News Alert No.74: The total number of Islamist extremists is quickly growing in Germany

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Germany’s domestic intelligence chief publicly estimated, on October 25, that the total number of Islamist extremists of all sorts is quickly growing, saying “it’s a very rapid rise and it’s very alarming”, Deutsche Welle reports. Hans-Georg Maassen also said  “there are more than 6,300 Salafists currently active in Germany, whereas three years ago the number […]

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News Alert No.73: A twin-edged sword flying

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Recently the University of Birmingham Policy Commission published their report, called ‘The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK’[1]. The Commission, consisting of leading academics of the field, some of whom had extensive military and security experience[2] debated the role and importance of the drones or – as they are officially designated […]

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News Alert No.72: A potentially dangerous cyber-alliance: China and Russia

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According to an article published by ITAR TASS on October 21, 2014, Russia and China may soon team up to ensure information security. The agreement may be signed on November 10 during a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing. Nikolai Nikiforov, Russia’s Minister of Communication and Media said that “Russia has a very […]

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News Alert No.71: New terrorist incident at the border between Kenya and Ethiopia. Al-Shabaab vehicle filled with explosives intercepted, and five Islamist terrorists killed

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On October 20, both Reuters[1]and Xinhua[2]quoted Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) spokesman Bongita Ongeri saying five suspected al-Shabaab militants had been killed on Saturday, October, 19, 2014, by “the KDF under AMISOM[3] together with Somali National Army” in the frontier town of Dolo, Ethiopia. According to Ongeri, the security forces “intercepted a Prado with Kenyan registration […]

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