Monthly Archives: December 2019

Hormuz: intelligence-gathering by Japan

Japan will send about 260 Maritime Self-Defence Force personnel with a destroyer and a pair of P-3C reconnaissance aircraft, mainly for intelligence-gathering in the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea and … Continue reading

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“Whether this meant he was not the original issuer we cannot say.”

Saudi verdict: A number of high-ranking advisers to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were not found guilty. A public prosecutor said two top officials who were under investigation, former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al Assiri and former royal adviser Saud … Continue reading

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Saudi Prince Turki warns Iran

IRAN’s “provocative” military stance could spark an extensive conflict in the Middle East resulting in “universal destruction,” Saudi Prince Turki al Faisal warned amid rising tensions with Tehran. Several analysts who study the Saudi royal family have said any order … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: successive administrations turned a blind eye

              A Lessons Learned project by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar), a federal agency whose main task is eliminating corruption and inefficiency in the US war effort shows … Continue reading

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Iran’s leadership approved the attacks on Abqaiq

“At this time, the U.S. Intelligence Community has not identified any information from the recovered weapon systems used in the 14 September attacks on Saudi Arabia that definitively reveals an attack origin,” [report to United Nations Security Council] Reuters reported … Continue reading

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Syria Deir Ezzor: reports of large ISIS attack

The Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) deployed large reinforcements in western Deir Ezzor amid reports of a large ISIS attack on the region. The reinforcements were reportedly deployed near the town of al-Shola on the strategic M20 highway, which links … Continue reading

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Niger: western town attacked

Several hundred militants attacked a base in the western Niger town of Inates over a period of three hours on the evening of December 10 2019. The attack comes at the end of a year of intense violence in Inates, … Continue reading

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Algeria: Salah candidate elected President

Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 74, took 58% of the vote – enough to avoid a second round. Abdelmadjid Tebboune served as housing minister and information minister under Abdelaziz Bouteflika and then briefly as PM. Electoral officials say about nine million people voted … Continue reading

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UAE’s monarchy used Americans against Arab Spring

ARAB SPRING Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Cairo in early 2011. The arrival of the Arab Spring caused the UAE’s monarchy to fear a potential uprising, which fueled a new intelligence mission to spy on dissidents, human rights activists and journalists … Continue reading

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Iran: Iranian situation “could be fixed very quickly.” – President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said December 5 2019 that Iran is “killing protesters” and noted the internet clampdown at a lunch for the United Nations Security Council. “They’re killing a lot of people, arresting a lot of their own citizens … … Continue reading

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