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7 November 2017




Middle East


Fight Against IS in Iraq Left Huge Destructions 

Source: Washington Post 

“A senior United Nations official says the fight against the Islamic State group has left behind massive destruction in Iraq and enormous planning and investment are needed for rebuilding…”


New Dispute Erupts over Gaza Border Crossings as PA Pushes for Security Control of Strip 

Author/Source: Jack Khoury, Haaretz 

“A week after the Palestinian Authority assumed control of the border crossings in the Gaza Strip, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday found themselves fighting over control of the Strip…”


Assad Adviser says Turkish, U.S. Forces ‘Illegal Invaders’ in Syria 

Source: Reuters 

“U.S. and Turkish troops are “illegal invader” forces on Syrian territory and Syria will “deal with” them, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday…”


Iraqi VP Calls Iran-Backed Militias his Nation’s Top-Threat 

Author/Source: Stephen Braun, Washington Post 

“Iraq’s highest-ranking Sunni leader said Tuesday the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias looms as the nation’s most pressing future security threat and called for bolstering U.S. military aid to Sunni forces…”


Israel Demolishes 3 Palestinian Houses in West Bank 

Source: Latin America Herald Tribune 

“The Israeli authorities tore down on Tuesday three Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank because they lacked the necessary permits which, according to humanitarian organizations, Israel rarely grants…”


Assad says Syria War does not End in Deir al-Zor 

Source: Reuters 

“Syria’s army and its allies will keep fighting in Syria after the battle ends in Deir al-Zor province, where Islamic State has its last significant stronghold, President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday…”


Saudi Air Strikes Kill Children in Yemen’s Hajjah area 

Source: Al Jazeera 

“At least 30 Yemenis, including women and children, were killed in a series of Saudi-led air strikes in north Yemen, activists and local media said…”


Central Asia 

Armenia Launches Military Drills in Occupied Azerbaijani Lands 

Source: APA 

The Armenian army once again launched military exercises in the occupied Azerbaijani territories on early Tuesday…”


South Asia 

A Leading Afghan TV Station is Attacked in Kabul 

Author/Source: Fahim Abed and Jawad Sukhanyar, New York Times 

“Gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked one of Afghanistan’s leading television stations on Tuesday morning, killing two people, Afghan officials said…”


NATO to Send 3,000 More Troops to Afghanistan 

Author/Source: Daniel Uria, United Press International 

“NATO plans to send an additional 3,000 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the Afghan army in its fight against the Taliban, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday…”


3 Militants, Indian Soldier Killed in Kashmir Fighting 

Source: Washington Post 

Three militants and an Indian army soldier were killed in a gun battle in disputed Kashmir, officials said Tuesday…”


Southeast Asia 

Philippines Hunts for Possible new Daesh Leader in Southeast Asia 

Author/Source: Ellie Aben & Baker Atyani, Arab News 

Malaysian militant Mohammad Amin Baco has replaced Isnilon Hapilon as the new Daesh emir in Southeast Asia, according to the Philippines top police official…”


Myanmar says U.N. Move Could Harm Talks with Bangladesh 

Source: Business Insider 

Myanmar said on Wednesday that the U.N. Security Council's statement on the Rohingya refugee crisis could "seriously harm" its talks with Bangladesh over repatriating more than 600,000 people who have fled there to escape a Myanmar military crackdown…”


East Asia 

Moon, Trump Agree to Build Up Deterrence, Urge North Korea to Give up Nukes 

Author/Source: Byun Duk-kun, United Press International 

“The presidents of South Korea and the United States agreed Tuesday to completely remove the limit on the payload of South Korean ballistic missiles and discuss Seoul's introduction of nuclear-powered submarines and other advanced weapons, Seoul officials said…”


Japan Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea 

Source: Arab News 

Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea in response to the continuing threat posed by the reclusive nation’s missile and nuclear programs, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday…”


South Korea to Purchase U.S. Surveillance Aircraft 

Author/Source: Elizabeth Shim, United Press International 

“South Korea is expected to purchase state-of-the-art U.S. weapons systems following a summit between U.S. President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in…”


Trump Warns ‘Rouge Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

Author/Source: Steve Holland, Reuters 

“U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in China on Wednesday seeking help to rein in North Korea, telling the reclusive state’s leader he was putting his country in grave danger by developing nuclear weapons…”



AMISOM Launches Attack Against Al-Shabaab 

Author/Source: Harun Maruf, All-Africa 

“African Union troops in Somalia have launched an operation to flush out al-Shabab militants from the Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area…”


South Sudan Commander Defects to Rebels Amid Showdown with Ex-army Chief Author/Source: Jason Patinkin, Reuters 

“A South Sudanese military commander said he had defected with more than 200 soldiers to the country’s largest rebel group, amid a showdown between President Salva Kiir and his former military chief…”



French Police Arrest Nine in Anti-Terror Swoop 

Source: Arab News 

French police arrested nine people and another was arrested in Switzerland in coordinated counter-terrorism swoops that follow a spate of deadly attacks in Europe in recent years…”


Lockheed Contracted to Modernize P-3B Aircraft for Greece 

Author/Source: Stephen Feller, United Press International 

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $260 million contract to modernize and upgrade four P-3B Orion aircraft for the government of Greece, the Department of Defense announced on Monday…”


Scottish Parliament Evacuated after White Powder Found 

Source: Arab News 

The Scottish devolved parliament in Edinburgh was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found, police said, while a source working in the building said a Conservative lawmaker had been sent an envelope containing white powder…”


US & Canada 

Democrat Ralph Northam Wins Virginia Governor’s Race 

Source: Reuters 

Democrat Ralph Northam was elected on Tuesday as Virginia’s next governor, U.S. media projected, handing his party a sorely needed victory and beating back a challenge from a Republican opponent who embraced President Donald Trump’s combative campaign style…”


Democrat Phil Murphy Wins New Jersey Governor’s Elections 

Source: Reuters 

Democrat Phil Murphy was elected governor of New Jersey on Tuesday, CNN and MSNBC projected, sweeping to victory in the race to succeed unpopular Republican Governor Chris Christie on a liberal agenda that included a $15 minimum wage and increased school funding…”


Indian Origin Man Sent to Jail for 27 Years for Funding Al-Qaeda 

Source: Times Now 

“An Indian man who came to the United States to study was sentenced Monday to more than 27 years in prison for sending funds to Al-Qaeda and plotting to kill the federal judge in his trial…”


Raytheon Receives $17M Contract for Missile Targeting System 

Author/Source: James LaPorta, United Press International 

“Pentagon officials announced on Monday a contract deal between the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon for High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System contractor logistics support and services…”


US Calls for UN Action Against Iran over Yemen Missiles 

Source: Arab News 

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions…”


South and Central America and the Caribbean 

Brazilian Military Stages Anti-Drug Operation in Rio 

Source: Latin America Herald Tribune 

“Nearly 3,500 military personnel, with support from navy ships, are staging a large-scale anti-drug operation across Sao Gonçalo, a city in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, the Brazilian armed forces said on Tuesday…”


IUCTS Highlights



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June 9, 2017

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May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"


April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 


February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


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"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"


Additional past events 



The Times of Israel on October 25, 2017: "Nuclear Terrorism: Before its too late" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig