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20 April 2018



Middle East


Iraqi Jets Strike IS Positions in Syria for First Time

Author/Source: Rikar Hussein, VOA News

“Iraqi warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in eastern Syria with deadly airstrikes Thursday, the Iraqi government said…”


Officials say 83 Palestinians wounded in protest

Author/Source: ABC News

“Gaza's Health Ministry says 83 Palestinians have been injured in protests on the Gaza-Israel border, including 26 who were wounded by Israeli army fire…”


Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in fourth week of protests

Author/Source: Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

“Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and wounded 12 in renewed unrest on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday as a series of mass protests in the enclave reached its half-way mark…”


Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW denied access to Douma

Author/Source: Al Jazeera

“Russia is denying US accusations that it is trying to delay international inspectors getting to the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria…”


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

Author/Source: Arab News

“Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday…”


Suspected 9/11 recruiter for Al Qaeda captured in Syria, Pentagon says

Author/Source: Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News

“Anti-ISIS forces in Syria have detained a Syrian-born German man suspected of recruiting some of the 9/11 hijackers to Al Qaeda, the Pentagon said Thursday…”


Central Asia


Kyrgyzstan's parliament names new prime minister

Author/Source: Reuters

“Kyrgyzstan’s parliament named Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev prime minister on Friday after his nomination by the Social Democratic party which leads the ruling coalition…”


South Asia


Taliban Block Cellphone Service in S. Afghanistan

Author/Source: Mohammad Habibzada, VOA News

“Taliban insurgents recently forcibly shut down the services of private telecommunications companies in areas under their control in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province…”


India police probe Twitter claim over fire at Rohingya camp

Author/Source: Reuters

“Indian police are investigating a fire that destroyed a Rohingya Muslim settlement in New Delhi last weekend after a Twitter user claimed responsibility for setting the blaze…”


Southeast Asia


Dozens of Rohingya come ashore in Indonesia

Author/Source: Channel NewsAsia

“About 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat arrived in Indonesia Friday (Apr 20), officials said, the latest batch of the vulnerable minority to come ashore in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation…”


Ahead of Malaysian polls, bots flood Twitter with pro-government messages

Author/Source: A. Ananthalakshimi, Reuters

“Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a U.S. digital media research institute…”


East Asia


US reacts warily to North Korea dropping demand for pullout of American troops from South

Author/Source: The Straits Times

The Trump administration has privately dismissed the idea of North Korea dropping its demand that US troops be removed from South Korea as a capitulation, because a US withdrawal was never on the table…”


S. Korea, DPRK open hotline between leaders ahead of summit

Author/Source: Xinhua Net

“South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) opened their first-ever hotline of direct dialogue between the leaders of the two sides ahead of the inter-Korean summit, the Blue House of South Korea said Friday…”




Villages Burn as Cameroon Troops Clash With Separatists

Author/Source: Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News

“In Cameroon, officials say eight villages in the English-speaking northwest have been torched and hundreds of residents have fled amid clashes this week between security forces and separatist rebels…”


Sudan’s president sacks foreign minister

Author/Source: Mohammed Amin, Anadolu Agency

Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir has sacked the foreign minister from his post, Sudan’s state news agency (SUNA) said on Thursday…”


South Sudan regrets death of army chief in Egypt

Author/Source: Xinhua Net

“South Sudan on Friday announced the death of the head of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) James Ajongo Mawut in the Egyptian capital, Cairo…”


Algerian troops capture 4 terrorists

Author/Source: Xinhua Net

“Algerian army troops on Friday captured four armed militants, including a leader of a terrorist group, during two separate operations, Defense Ministry said in a statement…”




Swiss law enforcers get tough on cross-border crime

Author/Source: John Miller, Reuters

“Switzerland’s top law enforcer took on 237 new criminal investigations last year, 25 percent more than in 2016, as one of the world’s most secretive financial centers steps up efforts to tackle international crime…”


New home, but same worries, as NATO moves into glass and steel HQ

Author/Source: Robin Emmott, Reuters

“Almost a year after U.S. President Donald Trump inaugurated NATO’s new billion-dollar headquarters with fanfare at a special summit, alliance officials are now finally moving in, leaving their prefab 1960s base that leaked during rainstorms…”


Basque terror group ETA apologizes ahead of dissolution next month: “We are truly sorry”

Author/Source: Pedro Gorospe, El Pais

“The Spanish government on Friday reacted positively to ETA’s apology to victims of its decades-long terror campaign…”


Berlin police defuse WW2 bomb after mass evacuation

Author/Source: BBC News

“German police have defused a World War Two bomb in central Berlin, after about 10,000 people were evacuated…”


Romania to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, says ruling party

Author/Source: Al Jazeera

“The Romanian government has approved a memorandum to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, the leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats said…”


Russia: US strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad, Russian FM says

Author/Source: Arab News

“US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency…”


Turkey accuses Greece of protecting coup plotters

Author/Source: Xinhua Net

“Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday that Greece is being seen by Gulenists as a ‘safe haven’…”


UK teen jailed for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

Author/Source: AP News

“A British teenager has been jailed for two years for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of ‘cyber-terrorism’…”


Belarus Moves To Tighten Control Over Online News, Social Media

Author/Source: RFE/RL

“The lower house of the Belarusian parliament has approved in its first reading draft amendments to the country’s media law that would tighten control over online news websites and social-media networks…”


US & Canada


Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

Author/Source: Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post

“The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump…”


Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border

Author/Source: Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters
“A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel…”


1 wounded, suspect in custody in Florida high school shooting

Author/Source: Sara Shayanian, United Press International

“One person was injured Friday in a shooting at a high school in central Florida, authorities said…”


Canadian chopper pilots will be using the Afghanistan playbook in Mali, committee told

Author/Source: Murray Brewster, CBC News

“The Canadian helicopters going to Mali will be outfitted as they were in Afghanistan, and will fly their missions the way they did there, senior military commanders said Thursday…”


Raytheon tapped for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program

Author/Source: James LaPorta, United Press International

“Raytheon has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for services in support of the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program…”


U.S. says ex-official at PDVSA unit pleads guilty to money laundering

Author/Source: Reuters

“A former official of a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said…”


South and Central America and the Caribbean


Cuba's Raúl Castro hands over power to Miguel Díaz-Canel

Author/Source: BBC News

Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba's new president, replacing Raúl Castro who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006…”





IUCTS Highlights



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