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4 September 2019

 

Policy in Washington

“ACLU pushes house judiciary to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism”

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: US and Canada, Legal Issues, Homegrown

Source: CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aclu-pushes-house-judiciary-to-oppose-bill-criminalizing-domestic-terrorism/ 

 

“Diplomacy with the Taliban is the only solution in Afghanistan”

4 September 2019

By Rick Martin

Cross Reference: Afghanistan, US & Canada, Central Asia

Source: Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/09/04/diplomacy-with-the-taliban-is-the-only-solution-in-afghanistan/

 

ISIS

“IS militants killed in operation in northern Iraq” 

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East, Iraq 

Source: Famagusta Gazette

http://famagusta-gazette.com/2019/09/04/is-militants-killed-in-operation-in-northern-iraq/ 



Afghanistan

 

“Diplomacy with the Taliban is the only solution in Afghanistan”

4 September 2019

By Rick Martin

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, US & Canada, Central Asia

Source: Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/09/04/diplomacy-with-the-taliban-is-the-only-solution-in-afghanistan/

 

Iraq

“IS militants killed in operation in northern Iraq”

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East, ISIS

Source: Famagusta Gazette

http://famagusta-gazette.com/2019/09/04/is-militants-killed-in-operation-in-northern-iraq/ 

 

Israeli-Arab Conflict

Israel claims to uncover Hezbollah missile plant in Lebanon

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East

Source: Al-Jazeera

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/israel-claims-uncover-hezbollah-missile-plant-lebanon-190904063634550.html

 

Middle East

 

Iran says to stick to nuclear deal for $15 billion oil credit

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East, Finance

 

 Iran said Wednesday it will resume full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal if it can sell its oil or get a $15-billion credit line guaranteed by future crude sales. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expressed doubt, however, that such a plan could be agreed before a looming deadline set by Iran to further scale back its commitments under the nuclear accord.

Source: Yahoo News

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-says-stick-nuclear-deal-15-bn-oil-080229450.html 

 

Iran to release crew of UK-flagged tanker, as Tehran vessel goes off grid near Syria

4 September 2019

By Borzou Daragahi 

Cross reference: Middle East, Europe 

 

Iran will release seven crew members of the British-flagged tanker it captured in July on vague charges of violating maritime law, a fortnight after Gibraltar released an Iranian supertanker it had held at the behest of the US.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said Iran would release five Indians, one Russian and a Latvian who are crew members aboard the Stena Impero, which Iran seized in 19 July along the Strait of Hormuz in apparent response to Gibraltar’s earlier capture of an Iranian oil tanker, the Grace 1, now renamed the Adrian Darya 1.

 

By: The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-british-oil-tanker-crew-stena-impero-adrian-darya-syria-a9091296.html

 

Israel claims to uncover Hezbollah missile plant in Lebanon

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East

 

Israel has accused Hezbollah of building a precision-missile factory in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, just days after a cross-border flare-up between the two foes. In a statement accompanied by satellite images, the Israeli military said on Tuesday that Hezbollah, with Iranian assistance, had brought specialised equipment to a weapons factory near the village of al-Nabi Shaith, in the Bekaa Valley, with the intention to set up a production line for precision-guided missiles.

 

Source: Al-Jazeera

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/israel-claims-uncover-hezbollah-missile-plant-lebanon-190904063634550.html



“IS militants killed in operation in northern Iraq”

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Iraq, ISIS

 

Nine Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Tuesday in an operation in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, the Iraqi military said. An Iraqi force, known as Falcons intelligence unit, backed by U.S.-led international coalition’s aircraft, destroyed a tunnel in al-Sahaji area, in southwest of the provincial capital Mosul, killing nine IS militants inside, Yahya Rasoul, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said in a statement

 

Source: Famagusta Gazette

http://famagusta-gazette.com/2019/09/04/is-militants-killed-in-operation-in-northern-iraq/ 

 

“France Says No Trade Mechanism Until Iran Passes Terrorism Financing Laws”

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Legal Issues, Europe, Finances

Source: Haaretz

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/france-says-no-trade-mechanism-until-iran-passes-terrorism-financing-laws-1.7798876

 

Central Asia

Airstrikes kill at least 40 militants in Badakhshan

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Aviation

 

The security forces carried out airstrikes in North-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan killing at least 40 Taliban militants. The military officials said Wednesday that the security forces conducted the airstrikes in Jurm district of Badakhshan. The officials further added that the airstrikes killed at least 40 militants of the Taliban group. The security situation in Badakhshan has deteriorated during the recent months.

Source: Khaama Press News agency

https://www.khaama.com/airstrikes-kill-at-least-40-taliban-militants-in-badakhshan-03953/

“Diplomacy with the Taliban is the only solution in Afghanistan”

4 September 2019

By Rick Martin

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, US & Canada, Afghanistan

 

After close to 18 years of war, one will struggle to find a single American who believes that continuing the conflict in Afghanistan serves the U.S. national security interest.”

 The reality is that diplomacy is the only solution if the Afghan people wish to build a more peaceful future for their children.”

“It is also true that negotiation is also the most effective way the United States can begin divesting military resources from the war and begin right-sizing its presence. The Trump administration’s decision last year to open a direct line of communication with the Taliban was a belated acknowledgement that Washington had no alternative left but to sit down with the insurgency and attempt to settle on a good-enough arrangement that both extricates U.S. forces and refocuses energy on the top objective — ensuring Afghanistan doesn’t become a sewer for terrorists bent on attacking the United States.”

 

Source: Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/09/04/diplomacy-with-the-taliban-is-the-only-solution-in-afghanistan/

 

“The Taliban has defended a Kabul suicide bombing that killed at least 16 people”

4 September 2019

By Rahim Faiz and Cara Ana

Cross Reference: Central Asia

 

The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all local civilians, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he and the militant group had reached a deal “in principle” to end America’s longest war.

Angry Kabul residents whose homes were shredded in the explosion climbed over the buckled blast wall and set part of the compound, a frequent Taliban target, on fire. Thick smoke rose from the Green Village, home to several foreign organizations and guesthouses, whose location has become a peril to nearby local residents as well.

 

Source: Time

https://time.com/5668157/taliban-afghanistan-kabul-suicide-bombing/

South Asia

“Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Dawood declared terrorists under new UAPA law”

4 September 2019

 

“Dreaded terrorists and India’s most wanted men, Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed and Zakir-ur-Rahman Lakhvi and Masood Azhar, have been declared terrorists by the Union government under the new anti-terror law. Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed were on Wednesday declared individual terrorists by the government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 1967.

 

Source: India Today

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/masood-azhar-hafiz-saeed-dawood-declared-terrorists-under-new-uapa-law-1595463-2019-09-04

Southeast Asia

“Foreign interference more of ‘an existential threat’ to Australia than terrorism, ASIO chief says”

4 September 2019

By Jade Macmillan

 

“Mr Lewis said Australia remained a "rich target" for state-sponsored cyber attacks and suggested the Government should consider giving the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) domestic spying powers.  ASD's powers have been the subject of controversy after a News Corp article suggesting the agency's role could be expanded led to police raids on the home of journalist Annika Smethurst earlier this year.”

Cross Reference: Technology and Cyber

Source: ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-04/asio-chief-foreign-interference-more-of-a-threat-than-terrorism/11479796 

East Asia

“Hong Kong government withdraws extradition bill, a key demand of protesters”

4 September 2019

By Emily Feng

Cross Reference: Propaganda & Incitement, Legal Issues

 

Hong Kong's embattled chief executive, Carrie Lam, is officially withdrawing an extradition bill with China after more than three months of sometimes violent protest. In a videotaped speech, Lam cited growing clashes between protesters and police and online harassment from both sides as an impetus for backing down regarding the bill. "For many people, Hong Kong has become an unfamiliar place," Lam said. "We need a common basis to start such a dialogue."

 

Source: NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757413730/hong-kong-government-withdraws-extradition-bill-a-key-demand-of-protesters



Africa

“Anger in Nigeria as as South Africa xenophobic attacks spark looting”

4 September 2019

By Bukola Adebayo

Cross Reference: Propaganda & Incitement

 

Anti-foreigner attacks in Johannesburg has triggered violence and massive looting of South African-owned brands in Nigeria. Angry protesters set fire to many entrances leading into a busy mall housing South African retail store Shoprite and looted groceries and toiletries from the supermarket in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial center.

 

Source: CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/africa/nigeria-protesters-attack-south-africa-stores-intl/index.html

Europe

“France Says No Trade Mechanism Until Iran Passes Terrorism Financing Laws”

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Legal Issues, Finances, Middle East

 

“A European trade mechanism to barter humanitarian and food goods with Iran will not work until Tehran sets up a mirror company and meets international standards agains money-laundering and terrorism financing, a French diplomatic source said. Britain, France and German, parties to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran along with the United States, China and Russia, are determined to show that they can compensate for last year’s U.S. withdrawal, salvage trade promised to Iran under the accord and still prevent Tehran developing nuclear bomb capacity.”

 

Source: Haaretz

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/france-says-no-trade-mechanism-until-iran-passes-terrorism-financing-laws-1.7798876

 

Iran to release crew of UK-flagged tanker, as Tehran vessel goes off grid near Syria

4 September 2019

By Borzou Daragahi 

Cross reference: Middle East, Europe 

By: The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-british-oil-tanker-crew-stena-impero-adrian-darya-syria-a9091296.html

 

 U.N. report says U.S., Britain, France may be complicit in potential war crimes in Yemen

4 September 2019

By Sudarsan Raghavan

Cross Reference: US & Canada, International Organizations 

Source: The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-report-says-us-britain-france-complicit-in-potential-war-crimes-in-yemen/2019/09/03/ad278cf6-ce48-11e9-9031-519885a08a86_story.html

U.S. and Canada

 U.N. report says U.S., Britain, France may be complicit in potential war crimes in Yemen

4 September 2019

By Sudarsan Raghavan

Cross Reference: International Organizations, Europe

 

By arming and backing a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, the United States, Britain and France may be complicit in potential war crimes, the United Nations said in a scathing report Tuesday that called for more accountability from all sides in the war.

The wide-ranging report from a team of investigators commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council found that all parties to the conflict had perpetrated possible war crimes through airstrikes, shelling, snipers and land mines, as well as arbitrary killings, torture and other abuses.

 

Source: The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-report-says-us-britain-france-complicit-in-potential-war-crimes-in-yemen/2019/09/03/ad278cf6-ce48-11e9-9031-519885a08a86_story.html

 

“ACLU pushes house judiciary to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism”

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, Legal Issues, Homegrown

 

“The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism.  The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress hopes to protect.”

 

Source: CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aclu-pushes-house-judiciary-to-oppose-bill-criminalizing-domestic-terrorism/ 

 

“Diplomacy with the Taliban is the only solution in Afghanistan”

4 September 2019

By Rick Martin

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, Central Asia, Afghanistan

Source: Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/09/04/diplomacy-with-the-taliban-is-the-only-solution-in-afghanistan/

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

“Maduro alerts Venezuela military, citing Colombian Threat” 

4 September 2019

“President Nicolas Maduro ordered Venezuela's military to hold exercises along the border with Colombia, accusing the neighboring nation's president of plotting an attack as tensions mounted Tuesday between the two South American countries. It was the latest salvo between Maduro and Colombian President Ivan Duque, who have accused each other in recent days of harboring militants.”

Source: Buenos Aires Times

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/latin-america/maduro-alerts-venezuela-military-citing-colombian-threat.phtml

 

Technology & Cyber

“Foreign interference more of ‘an existential threat’ to Australia than terrorism, ASIO chief says”

4 September 2019

By Jade Macmillan

Cross Reference: Southeast Asia

Source: ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-04/asio-chief-foreign-interference-more-of-a-threat-than-terrorism/11479796 

Propaganda & Incitement

“Anger in Nigeria as as South Africa xenophobic attacks spark looting”

4 September 2019

By Bukola Adebayo

Cross Reference: Africa

Source: CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/africa/nigeria-protesters-attack-south-africa-stores-intl/index.html

 

“Hong Kong government withdraws extradition bill, a key demand of protesters”

4 September 2019

By Emily Feng

Cross Reference: East Asia, Legal Issues

Source: NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757413730/hong-kong-government-withdraws-extradition-bill-a-key-demand-of-protesters

Finances

“France Says No Trade Mechanism Until Iran Passes Terrorism Financing Laws”

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Legal Issues, Europe, Middle East

Source: Haaretz

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/france-says-no-trade-mechanism-until-iran-passes-terrorism-financing-laws-1.7798876

 

Iran says to stick to nuclear deal for $15 billion oil credit

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East, WMD

Source: Yahoo News

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-says-stick-nuclear-deal-15-bn-oil-080229450.html 

 

International Organizations

 U.N. report says U.S., Britain, France may be complicit in potential war crimes in Yemen

4 September 2019

By Sudarsan Raghavan

Cross Reference: US & Canada, Europe

Source: The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-report-says-us-britain-france-complicit-in-potential-war-crimes-in-yemen/2019/09/03/ad278cf6-ce48-11e9-9031-519885a08a86_story.html

 

Legal Issues

“ACLU pushes house judiciary to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism”

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, US and Canada, Homegrown

Source: CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aclu-pushes-house-judiciary-to-oppose-bill-criminalizing-domestic-terrorism/ 

 

“Hong Kong government withdraws extradition bill, a key demand of protesters”

4 September 2019

By Emily Feng

Cross Reference: Propaganda & Incitement, East Asia

Source: NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757413730/hong-kong-government-withdraws-extradition-bill-a-key-demand-of-protesters

 

Homegrown

“ACLU pushes house judiciary to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism”

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, US and Canada, Legal Issues

Source: CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aclu-pushes-house-judiciary-to-oppose-bill-criminalizing-domestic-terrorism/  

Suicide

“The Taliban has defended a Kabul suicide bombing that killed at least 16 people”

4 September 2019

By Rahim Faiz and Cara Ana

Cross Reference: Central Asia

Source: Time

https://time.com/5668157/taliban-afghanistan-kabul-suicide-bombing/

 

 

WMD

 

Iran says to stick to nuclear deal for $15 billion oil credit

4 september 2019

Cross Reference: Middle East, Finance

Source: Yahoo News

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-says-stick-nuclear-deal-15-bn-oil-080229450.html 

Maritime

Iran to release crew of UK-flagged tanker, as Tehran vessel goes off grid near Syria

4 September 2019

By Borzou Daragahi 

Cross reference: Middle East, Europe 

By: The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-british-oil-tanker-crew-stena-impero-adrian-darya-syria-a9091296.html

Aviation

Airstrikes kill at least 40 militants in Badakhshan

4 September 2019

Cross Reference: Central Asia

Source: Khaama Press News agency

https://www.khaama.com/airstrikes-kill-at-least-40-taliban-militants-in-badakhshan-03953/



 

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