Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #quds-force, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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How a Longstanding Rivalry Spiraled Into 5 Deaths Between 2 Families

In Afghanistan, a rise in targeted attacks that the governments seems unable to stop has also encouraged the settling of old scores through vendetta killings.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #corruption-institutional, #ghor-province-afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #taliban, #targeted-killings

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They Were Journalists, and Women, and Targeted for Both

As Afghanistan enters a desperate chapter, with U.S. troops potentially on the way out, insurgents are pressing a deadly campaign to silence the media and keep women home.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #women-and-girls

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #presidential-transition-us, #shabab, #somalia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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With Strikes in Syria, Biden Confronts Iran’s Militant Network

Using a carefully calibrated approach, the president hopes to restrain Iran’s regional militia allies without undercutting efforts to reach a new nuclear deal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #kataib-hezbollah, #syria, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian Envoy, Found Guilty in France Bomb Plot

A court in Belgium sentenced Assadollah Assadi, an envoy based in Vienna, to 20 years in prison for his role in a thwarted attack on a group that seeks to overthrow the Iranian leadership.

#assadi-assadollah, #belgium, #bombs-and-explosives, #decisions-and-verdicts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #iran, #mujahedeen-khalq, #rajavi-maryam, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

#baghdad-iraq, #baghuz-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kirkuk-iraq, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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‘I Could Just Vanish’: In Kabul, Pocket Notes to Prevent Anonymous Death

As violence engulfs them, some Afghans carry notes with their names, blood types and relatives’ phone numbers in case they are killed or severely wounded.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Gunmen Storm Wake in Mexico, Killing at Least Nine

It was the latest bloody attack to roil the central state of Guanajuato, which is embroiled in a turf war between rival criminal groups.

#mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #targeted-killings, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Reversal, Pentagon Announces Aircraft Carrier Nimitz to Remain in Middle East

The acting defense secretary abruptly reversed his previous order to redeploy the Nimitz, which he had done over the objections of his top military advisers.

#aircraft-carriers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #quds-force, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home

After weeks of escalation and threatening language, the Defense Department is sending mixed messages as the anniversary of the death of an Iranian general nears.

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Pentagon Weighs Sharp Drawback in Support for C.I.A.

A broad review of the military’s support for the agency is underway, including pulling back personnel and rethinking support for C.I.A. operations around the world.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cohen-watnick-ezra, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dear Joe, It’s Not About Iran’s Nukes Anymore

Biden wants to reinstate the nuclear deal, but first he must confront the new Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #middle-east, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respond

After suffering a string of audacious attacks, Tehran faces an agonizing choice: embracing hard-liner demands for swift retaliation, or trying to make a fresh start with the Biden administration.

#al-qaeda, #azerbaijan, #brookings-institution, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #suleimani-qassim, #targeted-killings

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Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis

Iran expressed fury over the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, blaming it on Israel and the United States. His death may complicate President-elect Biden’s intention to restore the Iranian nuclear deal.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #middle-east, #nuclear-weapons, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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Al Qaeda’s Abu Muhammad al-Masri Secretly Killed in Iran

Israeli agents shot Abu Muhammad al-Masri on the streets of Tehran at the behest of the U.S., officials said, but no one — Iran, Al Qaeda, the U.S. or Israel — has publicly acknowledged the killing.

#abu-muhammad-al-masri, #al-qaeda, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #national-counterterrorism-center, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations

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An Afghan Mayor Expected to Die. Instead, She Lost Her Father.

Zarifa Ghafari, one of the few female mayors in Afghanistan, has been subjected to death threats and assassination attempts, and believes her father was gunned down because of her.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #kabul-university, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-nusra-front, #al-qaeda, #bin-laden-osama, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #hurras-al-din, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khorasan, #national-counterterrorism-center, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #shabab, #somalia, #syria, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #united-nations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #zawahri-ayman-al

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.

#afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #china, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #milley-mark-a, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #shabab, #somalia, #syria, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.

#al-nusra-front, #al-qaeda, #assad-bashar-al, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #hurras-al-din, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khorasan, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #national-counterterrorism-center, #obama-barack, #syria, #syrian-observatory-for-human-rights, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-special-operations-command, #zawahri-ayman-al

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Two Are Accused of Hacking U.S. Websites With Pro-Iran Messages

The cyberattacks were in retaliation for the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in a U.S. military airstrike in January, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

#abusrour-marwan, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #iran, #mohammadzadeh-behzad, #suleimani-qassim, #targeted-killings

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Saudi Court Issues Final Verdicts in Khashoggi Killing

The sentences, of up to 20 years in prison, were issued months after one of Jamal Khashoggi’s sons said he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed him.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #turkey

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

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Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia

Poison has been a preferred tool of the Russian security service for more than a century, and critics of the Kremlin say it remains in the arsenal today.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kara-murza-vladimir-v, #moscow-russia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #targeted-killings

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Pentagon Admits to Civilian Casualties in Somalia for a Third Time

Africa Command’s admission of the death comes in the wake of its slow move toward better accountability after years of criticism from human rights groups and lawmakers.

#al-qaeda, #amnesty-international, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #shabab, #somalia, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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In a Death, Details of More Russian Murder-for-Hire Plots

A Chechen man shot near Vienna last weekend had spoken publicly of giving Austrian and Ukrainian authorities information about contract killings. He also said there was a price on his head.

#austria, #beck-martin-d-2020, #chechnya-russia, #informers, #kadyrov-ramzan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #russia, #targeted-killings, #ukraine

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New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties

Criticized for its inaction, the Trump administration commissioned a new look at a months-old intelligence assessment. It emphasizes gaps.

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White House Dismisses Reports of Bounties, but Is Silent on Russia

Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, told Fox News that President Trump knew nothing about the reports because the briefer “decided not to” share unverified intelligence with him.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #national-security-agency, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #russia, #sanner-beth, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Afghan Deaths Pile Up in Uncertainty Over U.S. Deal With Taliban

Targeted killings and widespread attacks across Afghanistan have sapped brief optimism as peace talks remain stalled.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #american-university, #kabul-afghanistan, #prisoners-of-war, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers

The pardon effectively ends the prospect that any of the men who killed Jamal Khashoggi will be executed.

#istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #washington-post

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F.B.I. Is Said to Find Links Between Pensacola Gunman and Al Qaeda

The gunman in December’s shooting, a Saudi cadet who had trained with the U.S. military, had been in contact with the terrorist group, officials said.

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