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8 November 2018


Middle East

Syria war: Army Frees 19 IS Hostages -State Media
“The Syrian army has freed 19 women and children held hostage since July by so-called Islamic State, state media say…”


US Urges Russia to Permit Resumption of Israeli Air Strikes in Syria
David Brummer/Breaking Israel News
“Special United States envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, has called on Russia to allow a resumption of Israel air strikes on Iranian targets in Syria – despite the Russian supply of S-300 air defense systems…”


Iran's Economy to Suffer but Likely Ride out U.S. Sanctions Storm
Parisa Hafezi and Jonathon Saul/Reuters
“Iran is likely to ride out the storm from U.S. oil sanctions, suffering recession but no economic meltdown, thanks to rising crude prices and deepening divisions between the United States and other major powers, officials and analysts say…”

Trump Administration Considers Naming Yemen’s Houthi Rebels a Terrorist Group
Missy Ryan/The Washington Post
“The Trump administration is considering designating Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organization, people familiar with the discussions said, as part of a campaign to end that country’s civil war and put pressure on the Houthis’ ally Iran…”

Syrian Army Claims S-300 Air Defenses Keeping Israel at Bay
Judah Ari Gross/The Times of Israel
“The Syrian military on Thursday said the S-300 air defense systems it received from Russia were largely stopping Israel from successfully conducting strikes against targets in the country…”


Three Suitcases Stuffed with $15M Pass to Hamas in Gaza
Tovah Lazaroff/The Jerusalem Post
“In a scene reminiscent of a mafia movie, a vehicle with three suitcases stuffed with $15 million in cash passed through the Erez crossing on Thursday…”


Louis Farrakhan, in Iran, Warns Trump a Mideast War Possible
The Washington Post
“Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, warned President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle…”


Car Bomb Kills Several People in Iraq's Mosul: Medical, Security Sources
Philip Issa/U.S. News & World Report
“A car bomb blast near a restaurant in Iraq's northern city of Mosul killed at least five people and wounded 14 others on Thursday, medical sources at a nearby hospital said…”


Palestinian Said Killed by Israeli Military Fire Near Gaza Border Fence
Jack Khoury/Haaretz
“A 20-year-old Palestinian male was killed by Israeli military fire on Thursday near the Israeli border in central Gaza, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported…”


Traces of Acid, Chemicals Found at Saudi Consul General's Home
Al Jazeera
“Saudi authorities used acid and other chemicals to dispose of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body, a source at the Turkish attorney general's office has told Al Jazeera…”


Iraq's PM Picks Five Ministers from Online Applications
“The Iraqi prime minister has picked five members of his cabinet from among thousands of online applicants…”


Lawmakers Raise Alarm about ISIS Attacks against Syria’s Druze Population
John Hudson/The Washington Post
“Despite President Trump’s repeated claims that the Islamic State has been defeated, the militant group remains a deadly threat to minority populations in Syria, causing concern among U.S. lawmakers that recent atrocities are being overlooked…”


Israeli Intelligence Minister Calls for Gulf Cooperation on Aviation Security, Other Areas
Alexander Cornwell/Reuters
“Israel and Gulf Arab states should cooperate on aviation security and other civilian areas such as transportation, commercial aviation and tourism, Israel’s intelligence minister told Reuters on Thursday after a visit to Oman…”


Central Asia


At Least 27 Killed in Tajikistan Prison Riot: Report
Al Jazeera
“At least 25 inmates and two security officers have been killed after a riot broke out at a high-security prison in Tajikistan, three security sources said on Thursday…”


South Asia


Afghan Forces Killed as Taliban Continues Deadly Attacks
Al Jazeera
“At least 14 Afghan army soldiers were killed in Takhar province after midnight on Thursday in the latest attack by Taliban armed group, which has killed or wounded dozens of security forces this week…”


India to Participate in Friday's Moscow Talks with Taliban
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury/The Economic Times
“India ending speculations would participate at the non-official level for the Moscow format of talks in the Russian capital on Friday where representatives of the Taliban will be present…”


Southeast Asia


Rohingya Fearful of Forcible Repatriation to Myanmar
Joshua Carroll/Voice of America
“Rohingya Muslims who fled a brutal military campaign in Myanmar last year are living in fear after being told they are on a list of over 2,200 people due to be forcibly returned to the country this month…”


Australian Police Say Stabbing Attack Linked to Terrorism
Trevor Marshallsea/The Seattle Times
“A knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australia’s second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism…”


Indonesian Officer Shoots Armed Militant to Stop his Attack
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A suspected Islamic militant's frenzied attack on a police station in the Indonesian capital was thwarted by an officer who shot the man in the hand, police said Friday…”


East Asia


US-North Korea Nuclear Talks are Cancelled; Move May be Pressure Tactic, Analysts Say
Kim Tong-Hyung/The Military Times
“U.S. officials told Seoul that it was North Korea that canceled nuclear talks this week between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean official, South Korea’s foreign minister said Thursday…”


Australian FM Raises Xinjiang Internment Camps on China Visit
France 24
“Australia's foreign minister raised China's internment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang at a meeting with her Chinese counterpart on Thursday as Beijing comes under increasing international scrutiny over its controversial security policy…”


Taiwan Commissions Warships Amid China Threat Warnings
The Washington Post
“Taiwan’s president on Thursday commissioned a pair of guided missile frigates that are expected to boost the island’s ability to counter Chinese submarines amid rising military threats from Beijing…”




Court Jails 65 for Membership in Upper Egypt ISIS ‘Cell’
The Defense Post
“An Egyptian court on Thursday, November 8 sentenced 65 suspected Islamic State members to between five years and life in prison for setting up a “terrorist cell,” a court official said…”


'Don't Go Back to School' Kidnappers Told Freed Cameroonian Students
Peter Tah, Bukola Adebayo, and Stephanie Busari/CNN
“One of the kidnapped female students freed in Cameroon said her captors warned her and other students not to return to school…”


Mass Grave of 200 People Uncovered in Ethiopia, Say Police
Elias Meseret/The Washington Post
“Ethiopia’s state affiliated broadcaster says police have uncovered a mass grave of 200 people in the troubled area between the country’s Oromia and Somali regions…”


Palestinians Say Egyptian Fire Kills Gaza Fisherman; Cairo Denies
“Egyptian naval forces fired on a Palestinian fishing boat and killed a fisherman on Wednesday, Gaza's interior ministry said, but an Egyptian military source denied the report…”


Car Bombing Kills Lawmaker in Somali Capital
Mohammed Dhaysane/Anadlou Agency
“A car bombing in the Somali capital killed two people, including a lawmaker, and wounded another on Thursday, officials said…”


Boko Haram: Insurgents Burn Two Military Formations in Yobe
Shehu Usman/Daily Post Nigeria
“Two military formations located at Katarko village, including an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) belonging to troops were around 5:15 pm Wednesday razed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents who attacked the community…”


UNSG Guterres Wants Morocco and Algeria to Increase Dialogue
Safaa Kasraoui/Morocco World News
“The Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said that Guterres “has always been very supportive of increased dialogue between Algeria and Morocco…”’




Italian Police Make Major Heroin Haul on Ship from Iran
“Italian police discovered 270 kg (600 lb) of heroin hidden in a container that arrived aboard a ship from Iran, the biggest such haul for at least 20 years in Italy, police said on Thursday…”


'UK Will Be Hit By Category One Cyber-Attack,' Says Government Director
Shooraj Shah/Forbes
“The UK has not yet faced what would be considered a ‘category one’ cyber-attack, but there is little doubt that it will happen in the years ahead, according to Peter Yapp, the deputy director at the National Cyber Security Centre, which is a core part of the UK government intelligence agency, GCHQ…”


New Head of CPS Under Fire for Refusing to Use Phrase 'Islamist Terrorism'
Camilla Tominey/Telegraph
“The new head of the CPS has been accused of adopting "deeply unhelpful” language about terrorists after spending 90 minutes with CAGE, the group that described ISIS executioner Jihadi John as “a beautiful young man…”


Denmark Frees Three Iranians Suspected Of Backing Terrorism
Radio Free Europe
“Danish authorities say three members of an Iranian exile opposition group arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism have been released…”


Under Intense Fire, Macron Insists France Won’t Honor its Most Famous Marshal — and Nazi Collaborator
James McAuley/The Washington Post
“In France, the name Philippe Pétain is a synonym for national shame, a stand-in for the darkest chapter in modern French — and even European — history…”


Hungary and Poland Rebuked by EU Officials in Warning against Populism
Alex Barker/The Financial Times
“Hungary and Poland faced strong rebukes from the two top EU officials on Thursday, who warned against governments in Europe seeking to “attack liberal democracy and its foundations…”


US & Canada


12 People Killed, Including Sheriff’s Deputy, in ‘Horrific’ California Bar Shooting
Katie Zezema, Mark Berman, Lindsey Bever, and Isaac Stanley-Becker/The Washington Post
“A gunman firing seemingly at random killed a dozen people inside a crowded country-music bar here late Wednesday, authorities said, a toll that included a sheriff’s deputy who had raced inside to confront the attacker…”


US War on Terror Kills Nearly 500,000 in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan
Ayaz Gul/Voice of America
“A study released Thursday says the U.S.-led war on terrorism has killed about 507,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan during its 17 years and is showing a 22 percent increase in deaths in the past two years…”


Sudan, U.S. to Hold More Talks on Removing Khartoum From Terrorism Sponsor List
Nadine Awadalla/Reuters
“Sudan said on Thursday it had reached agreement with the United States on a second phase of talks aimed at removing it from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism…”


Trump Moves to Restrict Asylum Access at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Ted Hesson and Gabby Orr
“The Trump administration on Thursday rolled out a fast-track regulation that will restrict the ability of certain migrants to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border — a move that’s almost certain to trigger legal challenges and humanitarian backlash…”


Utah Residents Hold Vigil for Mayor Killed in Afghanistan
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Residents of the hometown of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor gathered Wednesday night to pay their respects to the Utah National Guard major killed while serving in Afghanistan…”


Facebook Says It’s Improving Its Anti-terrorism Effort
Kate Gibson/CBS News
“Facebook says its battle against terrorism is never-ending but also that it's at least getting better at detecting and deleting content related to ISIS, al-Qaeda and their affiliates…”


Indictment: Man Recruited Unqualified Language Interpreters for US Combat Troops in Afghanistan
Elizabeth McLaughlin/ABC News
“A man who recruited language interpreters for the U.S. military was indicted on charges that he knowingly recruited unqualified people to be deployed with American combat forces in Afghanistan, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice…”


'El Chapo' Guzmán: Dozen Jurors Picked for Drug Trial
“An autograph seeker and a Michael Jackson impersonator are among the jurors who were rejected to serve on the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán…”


Trump-Russia Probe 'Under Threat' After Sessions Fired
“The US inquiry into alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 election could be under threat after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, top opposition Democrats say…”


South and Central America and the Caribbean


3 Million Venezuelans Have Fled Their Country, According to New U.N. Estimate
Adam Taylor/The Washington Post
“A new U.N. estimate has found that the number of people who have fled Venezuela in the country’s economic collapse and political chaos since 2015 has reached 3 million — marking an exodus comparable to the ones seen in war-ravaged countries such as Syria and Afghanistan…”







IUCTS Highlights



July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"


March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"


February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations


January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective


December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?


December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership


October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?


September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond


August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies


June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism


June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?


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"


December 16, 2016

"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