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CIA ‘bought chemical weapons from a secret seller in Iraq’

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The US Central Intelligence Agency between 2005 and 2006 bought hundreds of nerve-agent rockets from a secret seller in Iraq as part of an effort to keep chemical weapons out of the hands of terrorists, according to a New York

How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

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In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya, a secret message was delivered to the National Security Agency. An intelligence unit within the U.S. military’s Africa Command needed help to hack into Libya’s cellphone networks and monitor

How Obama Endangered Us All With Stuxnet

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A few months after President Obama took office in 2009, he announced that securing the nation’s critical infrastructure — its power generators, its dams, its airports, and its trading floors — was a top priority for his administration. Intruders had

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

CIA director: ISIS engaged in “active external plotting”

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There is no “credible evidence” that militants within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) are plotting strikes against the United States to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, CIA Director

Inside SITE Intelligence Group: Steven Sotloff Beheading Discovered By Nonprofit Research Organization

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ISIS has allegedly beheaded Steven Joel Sotloff, the American journalist who appeared in the terrorist group’s propaganda video of James Foley’s beheading two weeks ago. In the first video, the executioners threatened Sotloff would meet the same fate if the

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago

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On August 2, 1964, the U.S. destroyer Maddox exchanged shots with North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two days later, the Maddox and another destroyer reported once again coming under fire. Although most historians, including those employed

European Court Says Torture Used on CIA ‘Black Sites’

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(Reuters) – The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining

NATO War Game Tests Intelligence- Sharing

ORLAND AIR BASE, Norway—A war game the North Atlantic Treaty Organization played recently in a Norwegian fiord about 650 miles from the Russian border has a familiar ring: Tensions between two countries explode into military conflict after one supports an

The contract airlines that quietly move U.S. troops and spies around the globe

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This week's crash of a civilian cargo jet at Bagram airfield in Afghanistan highlights the fact that the U.S. military relies on a private air force to move enormous amounts of supplies and numbers of people around the globe.  

REVIEW: Killing Pablo The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw

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by Mark Bowden. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001. 296 pages. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The author of the bestseller Black Hawk Down, which depicted the U.S. military's involvement in Somalia, Bowden hits another home run with his chronicle of the manhunt for