Tag: Syria

NSA surveillance needed to prevent Isis attack, claims former intelligence chair

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Mass surveillance should be retained because of the prospect of Islamic State attacks within the United States, a key Republican ally of the National Security Agency has claimed. Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the

Pakistan poses strategic, tactical challenges to policy makers: CIA

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WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identified Pakistan as one of the countries that poses strategic and tactical challenges to policy makers. “Developments in a host of countries across the globe are raising strategic and tactical challenges for policymakers and our

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

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Washington — In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. David Cohen, whose appointment as deputy

Reforming the Intelligence Machine in an Era of Asymmetric Warfare

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There’s no doubt that we are now well into a time when wars are won and lost on intelligence efforts. In an era of budgetary constraints, low appetite for overt foreign intervention, and highly asymmetric insurgency — the likes of

Obama administration considering ramping up CIA’s role in training Syria rebel fighters: report

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The CIA may be spending more time in Syria. The Obama administration is considering plans to ramp up the agency’s role in arming and training moderate rebel fighters in Syria, U.S. officials told the Washington Post. The expansion comes as

Canadian Intelligence Tracks Money Used for Funding Terrorist Activities in Middle East

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A financial intelligence agency in Canada claimed that it had been actively assisting spies and police officers keep a track of the money used for funding overseas terrorist activities. According to the agency, the money is used to finance Islamic

Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin

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An American journalist believes that the slain Press TV correspondent Serena Shim appears to be the victim of a black operation by the US Central Intelligence Agency. Rodney Martin, who is the chairman of the American Nationalist Association, made the

Canada to boost spy agency powers citing terror threat

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) will be able to track homegrown terror suspects abroad and have the identity of informants concealed according to draft amendments to the country’s 30-year-old law on surveillance. The amendments will be introduced next week,

Intelligence and the Islamic State

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When an intelligence commodity perishes, the costs can be severe. Consider what’s happening with the Islamic State. Ignorant of IS’s plans, the Obama administration is unable to restrain its advance. With relative freedom, IS continues to move large convoys of

Iran’s Former Intel Minister: Mossad, MI6, And CIA Created Islamic State

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A former Iranian minister of intelligence, Heydar Moslehi, has added his voice to the growing number of hard-line critics of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (IS) in Syria and Iraq. In an interview with Fars News,

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels

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WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history — from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. The continuing C.I.A. effort to train Syrian rebels is just the latest example of an

Russia commanded spy operation against Israeli forces and Syria rebels, footage shows

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Recent footage apparently taken of an intelligence base in the Syrian Golan Heights, uploaded by fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) after their capture of the base, indicates deep Russian involvement in the espionage operations of President Bashar Assad’s

Alleged French Spy-Turned-Traitor Targeted in Airstrikes on Al Qaeda

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A former spy for France, who defected and joined al Qaeda, was one of the targets of American airstrikes in Syria last month aimed at stopping the terror group from blowing up planes over the skies of Europe or the

US airstrikes against ISIS reportedly suffer from intelligence gaps

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U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are proceeding despite intelligence gaps that inhibit the Pentagon’s ability to determine their effectiveness, according to a published report. The Associated Press, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported Wednesday

Obama skipped most of his daily intelligence briefings

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US President Barack Obama has attended only 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings since assuming office more than five and a half years ago, according to a new study. The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization, calculated the

With bad intelligence on Islamic State, West is flying in the dark

Only the day before the UK parliament’s controversial decision to re-engage British military forces in Iraq, the Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, claimed to have intelligence that Islamic State (IS) is preparing to attack subway systems in Paris and the

Islamic State has MORE THAN 30,000 fighters, CIA claims

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Hundreds of Britons are believed to have gone to fight in the so-called caliphate, which was created when the extremist group- also known as ISIS and ISIL – seized vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. But the true extent of

Who profits from our new war? Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans

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A massive, $7.2 billion Army intelligence contract signed just 10 days ago underscores the central role to be played by the National Security Agency and its army of private contractors in the unfolding air war being carried out by the

U.S. intelligence agencies remain uncertain about danger posed by Islamic State

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Hours before President Obama announced a new U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, one of his top counter­terrorism officials testified to Congress that the al-Qaeda offshoot had an estimated 10,000 fighters. The next day a new assessment arrived from

Islamic State fighter estimate triples – CIA

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The CIA says the Islamic State (IS) militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria – three times as many as previously feared. A spokesman said the new estimate was based on a review of intelligence