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Cyber combat ops now seen as half-trillion dollar growth industry

Lugano, Switzerland

Special to The cost of cyber attacks reached one half trillion dollars globally last year with no end in sight, said former CIA analyst Jack Caravelli at a conference in Switzerland. An underground growth industry driven by the expanding […]

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Russian incursion could succeed where West failed: Uniting Syrian rebels

Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Assad regime forces in Idlib province.  /AFP

Special to Russia’s air strikes against anti-Assad regime rebels may have united Syrian rebel factions in a way the hesitant Obama administration never could. A group of 41 Syrian rebel factions, in a joint statement, condemned Moscow’s attacks on […]

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ISIL group executes 70 in Sunni tribe with relatives in Iraq security forces


Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A tribal elder says Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants have massacred 70 members of a Sunni Arab tribe in Iraq’s western province of Anbar. Sheikh Naim al-Gaud said […]

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Report: Iraq would welcome Russian air strikes on ISIL targets

Russian SU-25.

Special to Baghdad has not formally requested Russian air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraqi territory but would welcome any such assistance, according to a report. A senior Iraqi diplomat told Air Force […]

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Slavs vs Muslims: Putin’s Syria gambit and his rapidly expanding ‘Syria’ back home

Ramzan Kadyrov.

Special to Sol W. Sanders Hovering over Vladimir Putin’s reckless adventurism in Syria is the Muslim demographic shadow threatening his Russian Federation. The Russians’ mushrooming Muslim population is part and parcel of the Russian leader’s whirling-dervish act to try […]

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French, British tell Russia to focus its fire on ISIL

Russian defence ministry website footage of an airstrike in Syria.

Special to France and the UK are calling on Russia to focus its air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) instead of moderate rebels opposed to the Assad regime. Britain’s defense ministry said on Oct. 4 […]

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At stake in Syria: Replacing the U.S.-Israel axis with that of Russia and Iran

Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with the Iranian Khabar TV on Oct. 5.

Special to The fate of the Middle East is riding on the success of Russia’s intervention after the failure of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Syrian President Bashar Assad said. “The alliance […]

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‘Third World War’: Jordan’s king warns radical Islam thrives on ‘apathy of moderates’


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Among the 193 Presidential and Ministerial speeches being made during the UN General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, […]

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Leader of Chechen ‘death battalion’ says his troops would wipe out ISIL

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.  /Said Tsarnaev/RIA Novosti

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has not experienced “real military action” and would be wiped out if Chechen forces joined the battle, according to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov has expressed his wish to fight […]

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Netanyahu slams UN’s ‘deafening silence’ in a speech punctuated by his own 40 seconds of silence

Israel's Netanyahu gave the UN the silence treatment.

Special to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a blunt address to the United Nations General Assembly, slammed the world body for its indifference to Iranian threats to destroy Israel. Netanyahu said that the Iran deal “doesn’t make peace […]

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