December 2017 Security News
- Putin Signs Law Increasing Penalties For Recruiting, Financing Extremists RFE/RL 30 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill increasing penalties for the recruitment of extremists, the latest measure to address what officials have described as a threat from militant fighters returning home from the Middle East.
- Russia's president signs law toughening terrorist recruitment sentences Press TV 29 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially approved a bill toughening punishment for the recruitment of terrorists amid fears of the return of defeated Takfiri militants from Syria.
- Inherent Resolve Official Describes Defeat-ISIS Campaign Progress AFPS 28 Dec 2017 -- The coalition's efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been successful, but there is still much to do to eradicate the group, British army Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney told Pentagon reporters yesterday.
- U.S.-led coalition forces make decisive gains against ISIS in 2017 Army News 28 Dec 2017 -- 2017 was a momentous year for the U.S.-led coalition's fight against ISIS, as the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve broke the group's three-year stranglehold on Mosul, Iraq, and also liberated the group's self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa, Syria.
- Putin says St. Petersburg blast was 'terrorist' attack Press TV 28 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that a recent bomb blast in a busy supermarket in Saint Petersburg was "a terrorist act."
- After Supermarket Blast, Putin Says Terror Suspects Should Be 'Liquidated' RFE/RL 28 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a blast that injured at least 10 people at a St. Petersburg supermarket was a terrorist act, and urged security forces to "take no prisoners" when dealing with imminent threats from terror-plot suspects.
- North Korea calls on US to prove ransomware claim Press TV 26 Dec 2017 -- North Korea has called on the US to provide evidence on its claim that Pyongyang was behind a massive cyber attack earlier this year.
- Russia Says About 10,000 IS Militants Now in Afghanistan VOA 23 Dec 2017 -- Russia has estimated there are about 10,000 Islamic State militants in Afghanistan and their number is growing because fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq also are heading to the war-ravaged country.
- U.S. Court Sentences Kazakh To 15 Years For Conspiring To Support IS RFE/RL 21 Dec 2017 -- A Kazakh citizen living in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
- Russia spy agencies foiled 60 terror attacks: Putin Press TV 20 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed security and intelligence forces in his country for efforts that foiled more than 60 terrorist attacks.
- US publicly blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyberattack Press TV 19 Dec 2017 -- The Trump administration has blamed North Korea for spreading the so-called "WannaCry" cyberattack that impaired hospitals, banks and other companies worldwide earlier this year.
- North Africa Braces for Impact as Islamic State Fighters Return VOA 19 Dec 2017 -- North African officials say a large number of foreign recruits who joined the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have returned to their countries and remain loyal to the extremist organization. They fear the returnees are planning to unleash terrorist attacks in the coming months, adding to a jihadist menace that includes well-entrenched al-Qaida affiliates.
- Kaspersky Lab Appeals To U.S. Court To Overturn Government Ban RFE/RL 18 Dec 2017 -- The Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab says it has asked a federal court to overturn a ban on the use of its products in U.S. government agencies, claiming that the move has violated the company's right to due process.
- Putin's Spokesman Says 'Exemplary' CIA Tip-Off Helped Save Many Lives RFE/RL 18 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says that a tip-off from the CIA about an alleged terror plot in St. Petersburg "helped save many lives" and should serve as an "exemplary" model of productive U.S.-Russian cooperation.
- Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip used to thwart St. Petersburg terror attack Press TV 17 Dec 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart for CIA tip which helped operations to thwart several bombing attacks in Saint Petersburg.
- Kremlin Says CIA Helped Russia Thwart Terrorist Attacks In St. Petersburg RFE/RL 17 Dec 2017 -- The Kremlin says that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provided information that helped Russia thwart planned terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg.
- Kremlin on Putin-Trump Talks: CIA Gave Russia Intel That Helped Foil Terror Act Sputnik 17 Dec 2017 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Friday that it had prevented the activities of Daesh terrorist group's supporters in St. Petersburg, who planned to carry out a terrorist attack later in December.
- Russia: CIA Information Thwarted St. Petersburg Attack VOA 17 Dec 2017 -- The Kremlin said Sunday that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency provided Russian authorities with information that thwarted a series of Islamic State bombings planned in St. Petersburg.
- Militants attack church in Pakistan, kill 9 Press TV 17 Dec 2017 -- A militant attack on a church in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta has left nine people dead and more than 40 others wounded.
- Several Killed as Gunmen Assault Pakistan Christian Church VOA 17 Dec 2017 -- At least two heavily armed suicide bombers Sunday assaulted a crowded church in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, and killed at least nine worshipers from the minority Christian community.
- Russia busts Daesh cell in Saint Petersburg Press TV 15 Dec 2017 -- Russia has dismantled a cell of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Saint Petersburg that was planning to carry out imminent terror attacks in the northern city.
- German police launch raids on locations of suspected Daesh militants Press TV 14 Dec 2017 -- German police have carried out raids in connection with four young people suspected of having links to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
- Extremist Groups Eye Yemen Conflict With Renewed Opportunities VOA 13 Dec 2017 -- As the killing of the deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh broadens the political fracturing in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis worsens, experts warn the war-torn country could soon become a hotbed for jihadists affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State terrorist groups.
- US Official Accuses Turkey of Pushing Extreme Islamist Ideology VOA 13 Dec 2017 -- An already tense relationship between the United States and Turkey appears to be under more strain after a top Trump administration official accused Turkey of spreading what he called extreme Islamist ideology around the world.
- U.S. Commanders Must Embrace Cyber, Special Ops Chief Says AFPS 13 Dec 2017 -- Cyber capabilities are integral to everything the U.S. Special Operations Command does worldwide, the commander said at the Association of the U.S. Army's hot topic discussion here today.
- Tillerson: Terror Group Ties Could Cost Pakistan Territorial Control VOA 13 Dec 2017 -- The United States has warned Pakistan it could lose control of its territory unless Islamabad abandons ties with terrorist groups operating in the country that are growing in "size and influence."
- Russian FSB Says Terror Plot Foiled, Suspects Arrested RFE/RL 12 Dec 2017 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has uncovered an extremist "cell" that was directed by the militant group Islamic State (IS) and was planning terror attacks in Moscow during the New Year's holidays and the upcoming presidential campaign.
- NYC Bombing Suspect Charged With Terrorism VOA 12 Dec 2017 -- U.S. federal prosecutors announced terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah on Tuesday, a day after the 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant allegedly detonated a pipe bomb in a New York City subway tunnel in what authorities said was an attack inspired by the Islamic State group.
- Military Seeks to Learn Lessons of 2017 Hurricane Season AFPS 11 Dec 2017 -- The most recent hurricane season was not unprecedented in terms of the number of storms, but it was unprecedented in terms of damage, the commander of U.S. Army North said in a recent interview.
- Explosion Rocks Central Manhattan: Four Injured, Suspect in Custody Sputnik 11 Dec 2017 -- The US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident that took place at a bus terminal in Manhattan near Times Square. An investigation is currently underway.
- Would-be Terrorist Sets Off Pipe Bomb in New York VOA 11 Dec 2017 -- A would-be terrorist set off a pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a pedestrian tunnel between two of New York City's busiest transportation hubs Monday.
- US Officials, Lawmakers Warn More Cyberattacks Coming VOA 11 Dec 2017 -- The United States is bracing for another wave of cyberattacks focused on disrupting or undermining the 2018 midterm elections, with some officials warning this is just the beginning of a much deeper and broader threat.
- Al-Qaida Seeks to Capitalize on Muslim Anger Over Jerusalem VOA 10 Dec 2017 -- Al-Qaida is seeking to to exploit Muslim anger over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to present itself as the true defender of Islam and the Palestinians.
- California Army National Guard provides aircraft, personnel to fight wildfires Army News 08 Dec 2017 -- Nearly 1,350 California National Guard personnel have joined in the battle against six large, ferocious wildfires that consumed more than 137,000 acres.
- North Carolina National Guard 42nd CST are evaluated by U.S. Army North Army News 08 Dec 2017 -- Soldiers and Airmen from the 42nd Civil Support Team (CST) conducted training at the North Carolina National Guard's, Camp Butner Training Facility as part of a U.S. Army North validation training exercise here on Dec. 07, 2017.
- State Department: US Travel Ban Fully Implemented VOA 08 Dec 2017 -- The U.S. State Department said Friday that it had begun implementing President Donald Trump's order limiting travel into the country.
- WHO: Rapid Action Brings Quick End to Marburg Outbreak in Uganda VOA 08 Dec 2017 -- Rapid action prevented the spread of the deadly Marburg virus just weeks after it was first detected in Uganda, the World Health Organization reports.
- Congressman Says Africa Next 'Hot Spot' for Islamic State VOA 07 Dec 2017 -- The chair of the House Homeland Security Committee says Africa will be the next "hot spot" for Islamic extremism, amid growing concern about Islamic State migration and recruitment after U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Syria reclaimed the group's so-called caliphate in the Middle East.
- Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa AFPS 07 Dec 2017 -- U.S.-led efforts in Africa are vitally important as African nations confront complex and growing threats from multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida affiliates and other extremist groups such as Boko Haram, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy said today on Capitol Hill.
- Secretary Nielsen Announces the Establishment of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office Department of Homeland Security 07 Dec 2017 -- Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen today announced the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. The CWMD Office will elevate and streamline DHS efforts to prevent terrorists and other national security threat actors from using harmful agents, such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear material and devices to harm Americans and U.S. interests.
- Change needed in Pakistan's religious schools, says army chief Press TV 07 Dec 2017 -- Pakistan's army chief has called for reforms in the country's religious schools, known as madrassas, saying they need to modernize.
- Caribbean Nations Must Evolve Networks to Face New Challenges, Tidd Says AFPS 06 Dec 2017 -- Networks are a fact of life in the world today and they are both the problem and the solution, U.S. Southern Command's chief said today at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference in Georgetown, Guyana.
- Cyber Advisor Stresses Developing Human Capital to Counter Adversaries AFPS 06 Dec 2017 -- The scope, sophistication, pace and spread of today's cyber threats is unmatched in history, the deputy principal cyber advisor to the secretary of defense said here yesterday.
- Myanmar: opium cultivation down 25 per cent, but conflict areas remain 'safe haven' for drug traders UN News 06 Dec 2017 -- The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25 per cent from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, a United Nations survey released Wednesday has found.
- British police foil plot to assassinate May: MI5 Press TV 06 Dec 2017 -- Two men are in police custody in Britain after authorities foiled their plan to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, according to the country's counter-terrorism security service.
- Army researchers join international team to understand, defeat 'disinformation' cyberattacks Army News 05 Dec 2017 -- A team of U.S. Army researchers recently joined an international group of scientists in Chernihiv, Ukraine to initiate a first-of-its-kind global science and technology research program to understand and ultimately combat disinformation attacks in cyberspace.
- US Supreme Court allows Trump's travel ban fully implemented Press TV 05 Dec 2017 -- The US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a travel ban targeting eight countries, six of them Muslim majority nations with no mention of a "bona fide" exception.
- Officials: Jihadist Plot to Kill British Prime Minister Thwarted VOA 05 Dec 2017 -- Two men were charged Tuesday in London with terror offenses over an alleged plot to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to British government officials.
- AF Installation Cyberattack Plans put to the test during national grid exercise AFNS 04 Dec 2017 -- Recently, 32 Air Force installations and representatives from Headquarters Air Force took part in the two-day national Grid Security Exercise IV, or GridEx IV, to simulate a coordinated response to cyber and physical security threats to North America's electricity grid and other critical infrastructure.
- 'Joint Military HQ' Would Help Israel, Saudi Arabia Fight Terrorism - CIA Head Sputnik 04 Dec 2017 -- Strained relations with Iran and the common threat of terrorism are the factors building a bridge between Saudi Arabia and Israel, according to Mike Pompeo.
- U.K. Cybersecurity Agency Warns Against Using Kaspersky Software RFE/RL 03 Dec 2017 -- British cybersecurity experts have warned U.K. government agencies not to use antivirus software produced by the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.
- Al-Qaida Leader's New Message Shows Increased Discord With Jihadists in Syria VOA 01 Dec 2017 -- The al-Qaida terror organization has released a new audio message from its elusive leader in which he slams the Syrian Jihadi group Liberation of the Levant Organization, or more commonly known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), for going after senior jihadists loyal to al-Qaida in Syria.
- US General: $50 Million Worth of Taliban Narcotics Destroyed in Afghanistan VOA 02 Dec 2017 -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Saturday recently launched joint strikes against Taliban sources of revenue have destroyed more than $50 million worth of narcotics in southern Helmand province.
- National Guard wraps up busy hurricane season Army News 01 Dec 2017 -- Three back-to-back hurricanes that brought large-scale destruction to the Gulf Coast region, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands kept the National Guard busy during the 2017 hurricane season.
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