As Previously Forecast on July 19th North Korean Victory Day Celebrations on July 27 Likely to Featu
As Previously Forecast on July 19th North Korean Victory Day Celebrations on July 27 Likely to Feature ICBM and SLBM Missile Launches and Potential Nuclear Test
Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists that it believes were trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.
A 22-year-old man from Oakland, California, Amer Sinan Alhaggagi was indicted Friday on charges related to material support for ISIS. Alhaggagi’s case represents the 130th ISIS-related arrest in the US since March 2014. Alhaggagi was willing to commit a suicide bombing, wanted to "redefine terror" and kill 10,000 people in a domestic terror attack selling poison drugs and attacking a gay club in San Francisco.
It was reported that as the Islamic State faces military defeat in Syria and Iraq, many European jihadists are looking for ways to come home and have been reaching out to the media, hoping media pressure will bring them home safely. To that point, an Iraqi journalist who interviewed a teenage German ISIS bride “Linda W.” said she might face several years in an Iraqi prison. Linda has said she wants to go home.
Furat Media, the Russian-language branch of ISIS propaganda machine has released three high-quality videos since the 1st of July. As well, Furat's Twitter and Telegram accounts feature daily updates and multimedia posts, suggesting the group's Russian branch may not be affected by ISIS decline in the Middle East.
Russian military police have been deployed to the eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus where they are reportedly monitoring the cease-fire in the safe zone. Meanwhile, ISIS fighters in Iraq appear to be in disarray and are only carrying out sporadic counterattacks after losing Mosul.
US Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, has said that he assumes ISIS Supreme Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and guiding the terror group in some capacity.
It was reported that two caches of Cobalt-60, a potential component of a ‘dirty bomb’ were recovered and secured at a Mosul college and never once fell into the hands of ISIS that had control of the area since 2014.
Israeli forces fanned out across East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Saturday after three Israeli settlers were knifed to death in their kitchen during a birthday celebration.
An Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian man who attacked him with a screwdriver in Amman on Sunday night. A second Jordanian man was also killed in the same incident.
The US State Department has warned that al-Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, al-Shabaab, has prospered over the past year “due largely to lapses in offensive counterterrorism operations during 2016.” The report also hinted at the fact that African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is failing.
On Saturday, the Yemeni Houthi insurgent group Ansar Allah claimed it fired a ‘Burkan-2’ ballistic missile at a Saudi Arabian oil refinery in the coastal town of Yanbu.
The threat of Famine could soon strike tens of thousands of people in northeast Nigeria as food stocks dwindle due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
The son of Mullah Haibatullah, the Supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, reportedly killed himself in a suicide attack that targeted Afghan forces in the southern province of Helmand. Taliban insurgents seized control of Kohistan district in Faryab and Taywara district in Ghor after engaging in fierce gunfights with Afghan security forces. On Monday, a Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul killing 35 people and wounding more than 40.
The head of the Iranian Parliament’s influential National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has rejected any renegotiating the nuclear deal agreed to by Iran and the five permanent member countries on the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1). It was reported that Iran will launch a new missile production line for the Sayyad 3 despite US-imposed sanctions over its ballistic missile program. The Sayyad 3 air defense missile will be able to travel up to 74 miles at an altitude of 16 miles and is geared to attack fighter planes, helicopters, and cruise missiles.
Observers have said that China and Russia are signaling to the world that they are willing to cooperate militarily and diplomatically with joint naval exercises in the Baltic Sea.
China has warned India that it will defend its borders ‘at all costs’ in its growing dispute with China in the tri-border area near Bhutan. India says that they are closing the capability gap with China and will not leave Bhutan to its fate. The Indians are reinforcing their positions and are rumored to be digging in.
China has put on museum display a variant of the Dongfeng-31AG inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range capable of hitting the US and Europe, along with a mobile off-road trailer and launcher.
On Friday China sent H-6 strategic bombers, Y-8 electronic intelligence aircraft and Y-8 jammer aircraft to conduct long-range drills in the Taiwanese air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
A US EP-3 surveillance plane was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision with two Chinese J-10 fighter planes over the East China Sea, 80 nautical miles south of Qingdao, China.
The Chinese navy’s newest and most advanced Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence vessel has been seen near waters were a joint military exercise between Australian and US forces is under way.
The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, has said that North Korea is able to launch a "limited" missile attack and the US stands ready to defend itself, South Korea and Japan. US officials have warned that North Korea will be able to launch a nuclear-capable ICBM as early as next year that can target the US homeland.
US officials believe North Korea is preparing for another missile test and transporter vehicles carrying ballistic missile launching equipment were seen arriving in Kusong, North Korea on Friday. The launch could occur within six days, which would coincide with the upcoming July 27 North Korean Holiday celebrating the armistice which ended the Korean War. Last Wednesday, CNN reported that US intelligence indicated that North Korea is preparing for another ICBM or Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) test.
It has been reported that North Korea’s experimental, one off, Sinpo-class conventional-powered ballistic missile submarine has been engaged in what is described as “unusual deployment activity” sailing about 100 kilometers into international waters in the East China Sea. Experts believe the submarine may be preparing for a test-fire of a Pukkuksong-1 Submarine-Launched Ballistic missile (SLBM).
The South Korean government has asked the US to revise the missile guidelines with the US to double the maximum weight of warheads on the South's ballistic missiles from the current 500 kilograms to counter growing threats from the North.