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May 2018 Security News

  • Judge Dismisses Kaspersky Bid To Overturn U.S. Ban On Its Software RFE/RL 31 May 2018 -- A U.S. judge has dismissed lawsuits by Russia's Kaspersky Lab that sought to overturn bans on the use of its software in U.S. government computers.
  • Nusra Front Terrorists Try to Rebrand, US Updates Sanctions Against It Sputnik 31 May 2018 -- The United States has updated the designation of the Nusra Front despite the its decision to split from the al-Qaeda and rebrand (both terror groups are outlawed in Russia), the US Department of State said in a press release on Thursday.
  • Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Nusrah Front US Dept. of State 31 May 2018 -- The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Nusrah Front – an al-Qa'ida affiliate in Syria – to include Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other aliases. These aliases have been added to al-Nusrah Front's designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224.
  • Hacker Accused Of Aiding Russian Spies In Massive Breach Gets Prison RFE/RL 30 May 2018 -- A Kazakh-born computer hacker who U.S. prosecutors say unwittingly worked with a Russian spy agency in a massive Yahoo data breach has been sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Authorities: Belgium Attacker Engaged in 'Terrorist Murder' VOA 30 May 2018 -- A man who murdered three people Tuesday in the Belgium city of Liege engaged in an act of terrorism, prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • International Hacker-For-Hire Who Conspired With and Aided Russian FSB Officers Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison US Dept. of Justice 29 May 2018 -- Karim Baratov, aka Kay, aka Karim Taloverov, aka Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov, 23, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a fine, which encompasses all of his remaining assets.
  • United States Citizen Sentenced to 35 Years for Providing Material Support to Al-Shabaab US Dept. of Justice 29 May 2018 -- Maalik Alim Jones, 33, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced today to 35 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization based in Somalia, conspiring to receive military training from al-Shabaab, and carrying and using an AK-47 machinegun, rocket-propelled grenades, and other destructive devices in furtherance of his support for al-Shabaab.
  • Suspected terrorist attack kills 4 in Belgium Press TV 29 May 2018 -- A suspected terrorist attack in the Belgian city of Liege has left a total of four people dead, including the attacker.
  • 'Radicalized' Gunman in Belgium Kills Three In 'Terrorist' Shooting RFE/RL 29 May 2018 -- A gunman shot dead two police officers and a bystander in the Belgian city of Liege during what officials say was a terrorist attack by a radicalized "lone wolf" just out of prison.
  • Ebola Vaccination Campaign Launches in DR Congo VOA 29 May 2018 -- Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo began a vaccination drive to control an Ebola outbreak that has infected more than 50 people and killed as many as 25. But as aid workers and health experts say this vaccination drive is a careful, methodical process in which trust is a key element.
  • DRC Ebola Outbreak Threatens Children VOA 26 May 2018 -- The UN children’s fund warned the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo threatens the health and well-being of children, and special care must be taken to help them survive.
  • Are Central Asia's Militants Already Coming Home From The Middle East? RFE/RL 25 May 2018 -- Kyrgyzstan appears to be waging a major battle on its own soil against alleged members of "international terrorist organizations."
  • Death of Ebola patients who fled DRC hospital highlights dangers: WHO UN News 25 May 2018 -- The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is "not unexpected", the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities.
  • France: New terrorism laws may undercut human rights and freedoms, says UN expert UN News 25 May 2018 -- While commending efforts by the French government to combat terrorism, a United Nations rights expert has raised concerns about the effect recent counter-terrorism laws are having on fundamental human rights there, including freedom of movement, religion and association.
  • On Africa's Terror Landscape, Double Agents Abound VOA 25 May 2018 -- U.S. efforts to combat terrorists based on the African continent are running into a myriad of problems, perhaps none so vexing, or dangerous, as the constantly shifting alliances and aims of the terrorist fighters themselves.
  • Health Experts: Ebola Patients Must Be Isolated VOA 25 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) says people diagnosed with Ebola must be kept isolated to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. The WHO has updated the number of Ebola cases since the outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 8, confirming 31 of 52 probable and suspected cases, including 22 deaths.
  • US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers Press TV 24 May 2018 -- The US says it has seized an internet domain that directed a Russian botnet of half-million hacked users at American infrastructure.
  • U.S. Says Disrupted Major Russian Cyberattack, Possibly On Ukraine RFE/RL 24 May 2018 -- The U.S. Justice Department says that it has seized an Internet domain controlled by a hacking group tied to Russian military intelligence that was planning a major cyberattack, possibly in Ukraine.
  • Justice Department Announces Actions to Disrupt Advanced Persistent Threat 28 Botnet of Infected Routers and Network Storage Devices US Dept. of Justice 23 May 2018 -- The Justice Department today announced an effort to disrupt a global botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected home and office (SOHO) routers and other networked devices under the control of a group of actors known as the "Sofacy Group" (also known as "apt28," "sandworm," "x-agent," "pawn storm," "fancy bear" and "sednit"). The group, which has been operating since at least in or about 2007, targets government, military, security organizations, and other targets of perceived intelligence value.
  • Pompeo: US Won't Tolerate Russian Meddling in 2018 Vote VOA 23 May 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Wednesday the Trump administration would take "appropriate countermeasures" against any Russian interference in the November congressional elections, but acknowledged officials have yet to figure out what "effective deterrence" might work.
  • Army National Guard helping in Hawaii as volcano erupts Army News 23 May 2018 -- Joint Task Force 5-0 in Hawaii is helping authorities handle evacuations, provide security and monitor air quality as Mount Kilauea spews out clouds of toxic gas and lava destroys homes in its path.
  • Ebola on epidemiological knife edge in DR Congo, WHO says Press TV 23 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) says seven more people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been infected with the Ebola virus, warning that the outbreak of the lethal disease in the central African country has a clear "potential to expand".
  • UK: States Attacked in Cyberspace Have Right to Self-Defense – Military Official Sputnik 23 May 2018 -- The United Kingdom believes that countries targeted by cyberattacks can resort to the right of self-defense to retaliate against the state which attacked them, UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright said on Wednesday.
  • WHO Warns Ebola Outbreak in Congo May Spread to Neighboring Countries Sputnik 23 May 2018 -- The ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has the potential to expand beyond the Equator Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to the capital city of Kinshasa and neighboring countries, WHO Deputy Director-General Peter Salama said on Wednesday.
  • Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an 'epidemiological knife-edge' UN News 23 May 2018 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an "epidemiological knife-edge" regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
  • Trump Wants Aid Cut to Nations Not Helping US Stem Illegal Immigration VOA 23 May 2018 -- President Donald Trump called Wednesday for a "radical change" to the structure of U.S. aid to countries deemed not sufficiently assisting the United States in keeping violent illegal immigrants from heading here.
  • Coming Weeks Crucial in Containing Ebola Spread in DRC VOA 23 May 2018 -- Health Experts at the World Health Assembly in Geneva agree the next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo can be contained and prevented from spreading to highly-populated urban areas.
  • Lessons From Last Ebola Outbreak Guide Approach in DRC VOA 23 May 2018 -- When Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2014, no one was prepared. A potential vaccine had been in limbo since a previous outbreak a decade earlier. Governments dragged their feet while failing to recognize the risks the outbreak carried. Local health workers were quickly overwhelmed. And aid agencies were scrambling to catch up.
  • Confirmed Cases of Ebola Reportedly Rise to 28 in DR Congo Outbreak Sputnik 22 May 2018 -- The number of people now confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has risen to 28, media reported on Tuesday, citing the country's Ministry of Public Health.
  • Department of State Announces Additional $7 Million To Combat Ebola in D.R.C. US Dept. of State 22 May 2018 -- The United States announced today at the World Health Assembly in Geneva an additional up to $7 million to respond to the emerging outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including $5 million authorized by Secretary Pompeo.
  • Armed gangs force 'growing number' to flee north and south, in Central America UN News 22 May 2018 -- The number of people fleeing violence and persecution from States in Central America, including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, has risen by nearly 60 per cent in the space of just a year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned.
  • New Vaccine Might Be Game-Changer in DRC's Ebola Fight VOA 22 May 2018 -- The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than two dozen people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo could be as devastating as the one that hit West Africa several years ago, if left unchecked.
  • DRC Prepares for Mass Ebola Vaccinations VOA 22 May 2018 -- Preparations are under way for a mass Ebola vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the Ministry of Health and international aid agencies hold a second day of inoculations in northwestern Equateur Province. The latest World Health Organization estimates report 51 cases of Ebola, including 27 deaths.
  • Record-high opium production in Afghanistan creates multiple challenges for region and beyond, UN warns UN News 21 May 2018 -- Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on Monday.
  • 'Alarming levels' of methamphetamine trafficking in Asia's Mekong, UN warns UN News 21 May 2018 -- Organized crime groups in Asia's Mekong region have intensified the production and trafficking of highly-addictive methamphetamine, extending the illegal trade into countries such as Australia, Japan and New Zealand, senior drug policy leaders warned on Monday at a United Nations-backed regional conference.
  • DRC Gov't to Increase Ebola Outbreak Response, Offer Free Health Care - Ministry Sputnik 20 May 2018 -- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has increased its emergency response to the ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) to over $4 million and has decided to provide free healthcare in the affected health zones, the country's Ministry of Public Health said on Sunday in a press release.
  • DRC Launching Ebola Vaccination Campaign to Stop New Outbreak VOA 20 May 2018 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to launch an Ebola vaccination program Monday to stop another widespread outbreak of the deadly disease.
  • Rage Against The Mom: Psychoanalyzing The Link Between Upbringing And Terrorism RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- When 20-year-old Khamzat Azimov went on a deadly stabbing spree in Paris this month, a May 12 attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, details about his upbringing caught the attention of psychoanalyst and counterterrorism expert Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin.
  • US sanctions against senior Hezbollah officials worthless: Official Press TV 18 May 2018 -- An official from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has described the latest round of sanctions by the United States and a number of its Persian Gulf Arab allies against the leadership of the group as "worthless," stating that the measures will have no effect on the country's political structure, mainly the election of the parliament speaker and future government formation.
  • French police arrest two Egyptian-born brothers suspected of terrorism Press TV 18 May 2018 -- French police have foiled a suspected terror attack and arrested two Egyptian-born brothers who were plotting the attack in France.
  • Brazil charges 11 with attempting to recruit minors for Daesh terror attacks Press TV 18 May 2018 -- Brazilian prosecutors have announced charges against eleven people, who were accused of trying to establish a terror group inside the country and recruiting militants to send to Syria.
  • DR Congo Ebola outbreak not yet a global 'health emergency', but strong response to disease vital - UN health experts UN News 18 May 2018 -- An emergency meeting of United Nations health experts said on Friday that the Ebola outbreak in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in an urban area ­– does not yet meet the criteria to be deemed a "public health emergency of international concern."
  • Treasury Targets Key Hizballah Financing Network and Iranian Conduit US Treasury 17 May 2018-- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Hizballah financier Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and Hizballah's representative to Iran Abdallah Safi-Al-Din as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. Also designated today as SDGTs are five companies located in Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East for being owned or controlled by Mohammad Bazzi and another SDGT.
  • Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city - UN health agency UN News 17 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to "consider the international risks" of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • Congo Ebola Virus Moves From Rural Area to Urban One VOA 17 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization reports one confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of Mbandaka, a city of more than one million 150 kilometers from Bikoro where the outbreak started.
  • Practices in Place to Contain Ebola Outbreak in DRC VOA 17 May 2018 -- The deadly Ebola virus has broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but things are very different this time in the speed of response and tools available for this outbreak versus the one that hit West Africa in 2014-2016. For one, the World Health Organization is already involved.
  • Cyber Mission Force Achieves Full Operational Capability AFPS 17 May 2018 -- All 133 of U.S. Cyber Command's cyber mission force teams achieved full operational capability, Cybercom officials announced today.
  • Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams reach 'full operational capability' AFNS 16 May 2018 -- Air Forces Cyber announced today all Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams achieved full operational capability May 11, 2018.
  • Three Florida Men Sentenced for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 16 May 2018-- Gregory Hubbard, aka, Jibreel, 54, of West Palm Beach, Florida; Dayne Antani Christian, aka, Shakur, 33, of Lake Park, Florida; and Darren Arness Jackson, aka, Daoud, 53, of West Palm Beach, were sentenced to prison today for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.
  • State Department Terrorist Designations of ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS) and Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi US Dept. of State 16 May 2018 -- The Department of State has designated ISIS in the Greater Sahara -- also known as ISIS-GS -- as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department has also designated ISIS-GS and its leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
  • Treasury and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partner Together to Sanction Hizballah's Senior Leadership US Treasury 16 May 2018 -- Today, the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) took significant actions to disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group by designating the senior leadership of Lebanese Hizballah. The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the co-chair of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), and the other TFTC member states – the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – designated members of Hizballah's Shura Council, the primary decision-making body of Hizballah. Specifically, OFAC, together with Gulf partners, designated Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hizballah. OFAC and the TFTC nations further designated Naim Qasim, Muhammad Yazbak, Husayn Al- Khalil, and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyid pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. In addition, TFTC Member States also designated the following key Hizballah-affiliated individuals and entities: Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hasan Ebrahimi, Maher Trading, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, all of whom were previously designated by the U.S.
  • Pakistan Envoy: No Country Can Accuse Us of Not Taking Action Against Terrorists VOA 16 May 2018 -- Pakistan is the one country in the region that has done the most against terrorism, and no country can accuse Pakistan of not doing enough against terrorism and extremism, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan's outgoing ambassador to the U.S., told VOA.
  • Australia gives police new powers as terror fears grow Press TV 15 May 2018 -- The Australian government has passed new security laws that will empower police to freely check the identification of individuals at airports, as Australia remains on edge over fears of terrorism.
  • From Child Refugee To Alleged IS 'Soldier'-- A Closer Look At Khamzat Azimov RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- After the Islamic State (IS) extremist group claimed that a recent knife attack in central Paris was carried out by one of its "soldiers," Chechnya and France have exchanged angry barbs about who bears responsibility for the radicalization of the attacker, Khamzat Azimov.
  • National Guard Conducts Annual Nationwide Cybersecurity Exercise AFPS 14 May 2018 -- The Cyber Shield 2018 cybersecurity exercise is part of the National Guard's ongoing effort to be a versatile capability for governors of all 54 states and territories.
  • UK Intelligence Chief Says 12 Terrorist Attacks Foiled Since March 2017 Sputnik 14 May 2018 -- Twelve terrorist attacks were thwarted in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months, but the victory over Islamist terrorists requires further international attention, the head of the UK Security Service (MI5), Andrew Parker, said at a security conference in Berlin.
  • 'Much work to do and no time to waste' in cybercrime fight, says UN chief UN News 14 May 2018 -- The UN body focussing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime.
  • UN, Congo specialists deployed to tackle new Ebola epidemic Press TV 13 May 2018 -- Emergency teams of specialists from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and United Nations agencies have been deployed to the African country to tackle the spread of a new wave of Ebola epidemic.
  • Bomb attacks on Indonesia churches kill 9, injure 40 Press TV 13 May 2018 -- At least nine people have been killed and 40 others injured in bomb attacks targeting churches in Indonesia's second biggest city, Surabaya.
  • Knife attacker kills one in Paris terrorist attack Press TV 13 May 2018 -- The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly knife attack in Paris in which one person was killed and at least four more were injured.
  • Police Name Slain Paris Terrorist Suspect 'Born In Chechnya' RFE/RL 13 May 2018 -- French authorities have identified the slain suspect in a deadly Paris knife attack as Khamzat Azimov, a naturalized French citizen who was born in Russia's Chechnya region in 1997.
  • Police Probe Background, Motivation of Paris Knife Attacker VOA 13 May 2018 -- France's interior minister met with security officials Sunday as investigators probe the background and motivations of a young (20 or 21-year-old) man who attacked people on the streets of Paris Saturday night, killing one of them. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for this latest attack in the French capital.
  • 13 Killed in Indonesia Church Bombings VOA 13 May 2018 -- Indonesian police say a family of six, including teens and two children, were responsible for the suicide bombings of three churches on Sunday that killed at least 13 people and wounded 41 others in the city of Surabaya.
  • Number of People Infected With Ebola in DR Congo Rises to 32 - WHO Sputnik 11 May 2018 -- The number of people, who were infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), has increased to 32, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
  • DR Congo: UN prepared for 'all scenarios' despite low risk of Ebola spreading UN News 11 May 2018 -- The chances of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) spreading across borders are low, said the United Nations health agency on Friday, although nine neighbouring countries remain on alert.
  • WHO Prepares for 'Worst Case Scenario' for DRC Ebola Outbreak VOA 11 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization said Friday it is preparing for "the worst case scenario" for an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • DRC Confirms Ebola Outbreak Near Border VOA 10 May 2018 -- Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are racing to contain a new Ebola outbreak announced this week. At least two people are confirmed to have died of Ebola this month in a remote village of northwest DRC, very close to the border of the smaller, neighboring Republic of Congo.
  • Longtime Jihadist Leads Group that Claimed Niger Attack VOA 10 May 2018 -- Not much is known about the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, the group that claimed responsibility for killing four U.S. and four Nigerien soldiers in western Niger last October.
  • Pakistan's Militant 'Name Game' Gives Terror Groups a Pass VOA 10 May 2018 -- Changing one's name in Pakistan is a daunting and lengthy legal procedure that requires extensive paperwork.
  • Iraq used Baghdadi aide's cell phone to capture top Daesh commanders Press TV 10 May 2018 -- A high-ranking Iraqi security official says authorities are holding a top aide to the purported leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and have used a messaging application on his mobile phone to nab four commanders of the militant outfit.
  • Britain Apologizes to Libyan Dissident Over Rendition, Torture VOA 10 May 2018 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a rare formal public apology Thursday to one of 15 Libyan Islamists delivered into the hands of Col. Moammar Gadhafi by British and American intelligence services and tortured after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.
  • Russian Hackers Attacked U.S. Voting Systems in 2016, Senate Panel Says RFE/RL 09 May 2018 -- Hackers affiliated with the Russian government conducted an "unprecedented, coordinated" campaign against the U.S. voting system, including successfully penetrating a few voter-registration databases in 2016, a Senate committee has concluded.
  • Senate Intel Committee Releases Unclassified 1st Installment in Russia Report, Updated Recommendations on Election Security US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 08 May 2018 -- "Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and James Lankford (R-OK), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the Committee’s unclassified summary of the first installment of the Committee’s Russia Report, including updated recommendations on election security and findings regarding Russian targeting of election infrastructure."
  • Maryland Soldiers protect vital sites in Vigilant Guard 18 Army News 08 May 2018 -- Soldiers from the Maryland Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, responded to an emergency scenario May 8, 2018, at Springfield Hospital in Sykesville, Maryland as part of Exercise Vigilant Guard 18.
  • New Ebola outbreak confirmed in DR Congo: UN health agency scales up response UN News 08 May 2018 -- Two new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Government scientists there, prompting the UN health agency to immediately scale up its response.
  • Prevent terrorists profiting from cross-border crime, urges UN Security Council UN News 08 May 2018 -- The United Nations Security-Council on Tuesday called on all countries as well as international organizations to do more to stop terrorists enriching themselves through cross-border organized crime.
  • Treasury Sanctions Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Network Led by Former Senior Venezuelan Intelligence Official US Treasury 07 May 2018 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Venezuelan national Pedro Luis Martin Olivares (Martin) as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Additionally, OFAC designated Walter Alexander Del Nogal Marquez (Del Nogal) and Mario Antonio Rodriguez Espinoza (Rodriguez) for materially assisting in, or providing financial or technological support for or to, or providing goods or services in support of, the international narcotics trafficking activities of Martin. OFAC further designated 20 companies in Venezuela and Panama that are owned or controlled by these three individuals.
  • US Announces Sanctions on 3 Venezuelans, 20 Companies VOA 07 May 2018 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury has put new sanctions on three Venezuelans and 20 entities for connections to drug trafficking.
  • Virginia National Guard hosts national disaster response exercise as hurricane season starts Army News 07 May 2018 -- More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia to improve their ability to respond to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners.
  • Russia detains five Daesh members, foils planned attacks Press TV 05 May 2018 -- Russia's main intelligence agency says it has detained five members of a terror cell run by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group while they were planning to carry out attacks in several regions across the country.
  • Russia Arrests Five Alleged Islamic State Militants Said To Be Planning Attacks RFE/RL 05 May 2018 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has detained five members of an alleged Islamic State cell planning attacks in several regions, and seized an array of their weapons, Russian news agencies reported.
  • Cybercom Now a Combatant Command, Nakasone Replaces Rogers AFPS 04 May 2018 -- U.S. Cyber Command became the nation's 10th unified combatant command today and Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone replaced Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers as commander, and as director of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service, at Fort Meade, Maryland.
  • Summit in France Marks End to Basque Separatist Group ETA VOA 04 May 2018 -- International negotiators held a peace conference Friday to mark the dissolution of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), after its 60-year fight for an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern France.
  • Cybercom to Elevate to Combatant Command AFPS 03 May 2018 -- In response to the changing face of warfare, U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated tomorrow to a combatant command, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said today.
  • ETA Militants Remain Responsible for Crimes Despite Dissolution - Spanish PM Sputnik 03 May 2018 -- Members of the Basque guerrilla group ETA still hold responsibility for the crimes the group committed despite that the fact that they recently announced the group's voluntary dissolution, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday.
  • Pakistan: No Deal With US Over Doctor Who Helped Track Bin Laden VOA 03 May 2018 -- Pakistan denied reports Thursday that it is secretly negotiating a deal for the release and handover to the United States of an imprisoned doctor who helped the CIA hunt down and kill al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in 2011.
  • Libya Bombing Could Mark IS Resurgence VOA 03 May 2018 -- Wednesday's deadly suicide bombing of Libya's election commission is the most sophisticated terror attack the country has suffered since 2015. And analysts say it underlines the dangers Libya will need to navigate in the months ahead as divided authorities, encouraged by the United Nations, seek to hold a nationwide poll.
  • US Opens Door to Fill Guantanamo Again VOA 02 May 2018 -- The U.S. Defense Department has announced conditions under which it will resume sending suspected terrorists caught on the battlefield to its detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the first time in more than a decade.
  • Detainee Transfer Announced DoD 02 May 2018-- The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Basque Group ETA Announces It Has 'Completely Dissolved' VOA 02 May 2018 -- The Basque separatist group ETA is formally dissolving after 60 years and giving up its fight for an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern France.
  • Guantanamo Bay Prison to Keep Taking 'Continuing, Significant' Threats to US VOA 02 May 2018 -- The United States will keep sending suspected terrorists caught on the battlefield to its detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as long as they pose a "continuing, significant threat" to the country.



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