Terrorist Attack in Tunisia (Multiple Sources)

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Numerous militants in military uniforms killed at least 19 civilians, with minimum of 17 foreigners, were killed at the Bardo Museum in Tunis. Tunisian security forces killed at least 2 attackers. The attacks may have been affiliated with IS.

For more information see:

BBC’s Tunisia museum shooting: Tourists killed by gunmen

CNN’s “Tunisia museum attack kills at least 19; three suspects sought.”

NYT’s “Tunisia Museum Attack Is Blow to Nation’s Democratic Shift.”

Reuters’s “Islamic State militants say Tunisia attack ‘first drop of the rain'”

WSJ’s  “Tourist Massacre in Tunisia Jolts Cradle of Arab Spring”

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C.I.A. Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda (NYT)

Al-Qaeda Global Map, courtesy of the Economist.

Al-Qaeda Global Map, courtesy of the Economist.

“WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money.

They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund.”

Read the NYT article here.

Iran Gains Influence in Iraq as Shiite Forces Fight ISIS (NYT)

Shia Militias“More openly than ever before, Iran’s powerful influence in Iraq has been on display as the counteroffensive against Islamic State militants around Tikrit has unfolded in recent days. At every point, the Iranian-backed militias have taken the lead in the fight against the Islamic State here. Senior Iranian leaders have been openly helping direct the battle, and American officials say Iran’s Revolutionary Guards forces are taking part.”

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Hillary Clinton E-Mail Scandal

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Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, may have breached OPSEC.

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.”

See the full reports:

AP: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/clinton-ran-own-computer-system-for-her-official-emails/2015/03/04/083c624c-c269-11e4-a188-8e4971d37a8d_story.html

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/us/politics/hillary-clintons-use-of-private-email-at-state-department-raises-flags.html?smid=tw-bna&_r=3

WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/04/the-hillary-clinton-email-story-just-keeps-getting-worse-for-her/

“Egypt Launches Airstrike in Libya Against ISIS Branch” (NYT)

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“CAIRO — Egypt conducted an airstrike against an Islamist stronghold in Libya on Monday in retaliation for the beheading of at least a dozen Egyptian Christians by a local franchise of the Islamic State, in Cairo’s deepest reach yet into the chaos that has engulfed its neighbor.”

Read the article here.

Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Guilty of Espionage

A Federal District Court ruled that ex-CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling was guilty of espionage, as he had revealed sensitive information on American operations against Iran’s nuclear program to the press.

FAShttp://fas.org/sgp/jud/sterling/

NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/26/381668679/jeffrey-sterling-former-cia-officer-convicted-of-espionage

NYThttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/cia-officer-in-leak-case-jeffrey-sterling-is-convicted-of-espionage.html?_r=0

Politicohttp://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/jeffrey-sterling-convicted-cia-leak-trial-114605.html?hp=t3_r

WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/jurors-tell-judge-they-cant-agree-in-cia-leak-trial-of-jeffrey-sterling/2015/01/26/db819f78-a57c-11e4-a7c2-03d37af98440_story.html

N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say (NYT)

James Clapper, DNI, courtesy of the NYT

James Clapper, DNI, courtesy of the NYT

 

This article contends that the National Security Agency gained access to North Korea internet connections through China as early as 2010. Moreover, the information gained from this act led the Federal Bureau of Investigation and President Barack Obama to blame North Korea for the Sony hack.  Moreover Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blamed the commander of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, Kim Yong-chol, whom he had dinner with in Pyongyang, as the leader behind the hacking attack,

See the full report at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/world/asia/nsa-tapped-into-north-korean-networks-before-sony-attack-officials-say.html?_r=0