Monday, February 8, 2016

M.N.: Kadyrov's admission is the first open and direct indication that the Russian Intelligence is one of the major, if not primary player and contributor into the creation and operations of the so called "ISIS'. This was long suspected and claimed by the observers of the Middle East scene and Russia previously. - Putin ally says Chechen spies infiltrate Islamic State in Syria - Reuters | Hacker Plans to Dump Alleged Details of 20,000 FBI, 9,000 DHS Employees | Motherboard

M.N.: Kadyrov's admission is the first open and direct indication that the Russian Intelligence is one of the major, if not primary player and contributor into the creation and operations of the so called "ISIS'. This was long suspected and claimed by the observers of the Middle East scene and Russia previously. This involvement is also an indication of Russian Intelligence Services' habit and tactics of using military Islamist movements and actors as a "false flag" front and covers for their "special operations". The third aspect is the tactic of "divide and conquer" with regard to the Chechen Independence movements: set them up against each other (the so called "Kadyrovtsy" against the so called "anti-Kadyrovtsy") and let them kill each other themselves, reducing the threat to Russia. The fourth aspect is the degree and the extent of Chechen participation in anti-Western intelligence and terrorist operations in general, first of all in Europe and the USA. 
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Среди боевиков запрещенной террористической группировки "Исламское государство" есть наши люди. Эту сенсационную новость сообщил телеканалу "Россия 1" глава Чеченской республики Рамзан Кадыров 

- В России еще не знали, я тоже не знал, что эта организация будет называться ИГИЛ. Информация о том, что готовят какие-то террористические группировки, была. 

Инструкторы там были из натовских государств. В эти лагеря были внедрены агенты спецслужб из Чечни. Я специально для этого отправлял туда своих людей, чтобы проверить, насколько это правда. И наши ребята прошли там сборы на натовских базах, - сказал глава региона.
Кадыров отметил, что в Сирию были направлены лучшие бойцы спецназа, которые сумели создать там разветвленную агентурную и диверсионную сеть (это также объясняет, почему российские бомбы попадают точно по целям, а мирное население вовремя покидает потенциально опасные районы - ред.).
- Эти ребята туда пошли добровольно, чтобы защитить Россию от ее врагов на ее дальних подступах. Чтобы в последующем было спокойно жить в Чеченской Республике и в России в целом. Благодаря их агентурной работе сегодня ВКС России успешно уничтожает террористические базы в Сирии, - заметил Рамзан Кадыров.
Новость, что появилась в понедельник на сайте правительства республики, не осталась незамеченной.

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2.8.16 M - Main News, Reviews, Posts

Putin ally says Chechen spies infiltrate Islamic State in Syria | Reuters
В рядах ИГ есть диверсанты Кадырова
Hacker Publishes Over 9,000 Stolen DHS Employee Details Ahead of FBI Agent Database Dump
Hacker Plans to Dump Alleged Details of 20,000 FBI, 9,000 DHS Employees | Motherboard
Today's Headlines and Commentary - Lawfare
News Roundup and Notes: February 8, 2016 | Just Security

US

Two shot dead at Mississippi Mardi Gras parade identified - CBS News
Obamas Hope to Fix White House's Spotty WiFi for Next First Family - ABC News
Obama Puts Little Effort Behind its New Gun Control Effort
Pot Fans, Foes Fume as Washington, DC, Tests Limits of High Life 

Russia and FSU

Kadyrov and Chechen Forces In Syria

Putin ally says Chechen spies infiltrate Islamic State in Syria
Putin Ally: Chechen Spies Infiltrate ISIS
Russian TV To Broadcast Documentary On Chechen Forces In Syria
Chechen Strongman Says His Spies Have Infiltrated ISIS, Gathering Intel for Russia - Middle East News - Haaretz
Kadyrov Says Chechen Special Forces Infiltrated Islamic State, Aiding Russia | Arts and Ideas | The Moscow Times
Peskov: One should ask Defense ministry about Russian troops in Syria | Russia Beyond the Headlines
Kadyrov Offers a Chilling Glimpse Behind Putin’s Closed Doors
‘Mountain-dweller To Arab Prince’: The PR Campaign To Sell Russia’s Chechen Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov
Chechen Leader Posts Threatening Messages Online
Vladimir Putin’s Tough Sidekick Angers Liberals As Putin Strategy In Syria Becomes Clear
kadyrov - Google Search
Ъ - «Еще в России не знали, а я уже знал, что будет “Исламское государство”»
Песков прокомментировал слова Кадырова о подготовке спецназа для действий в Сирии - Газета.Ru | Новости
Вести.Ru: Песков ответил на вопрос о чеченском спецназе в Сирии
Яшин: Многие в Чечне недовольны властью Кадырова › MR7.ru
Кадыров Путин: Российский оппозиционер назвал Чечню "пародией на Северную Корею" - Илья Яшин, рамзан Кадыров, Владимир путин, Грозный, Чечня,

King's of Bahrain visit

King of Bahrain in Russia for Talks With Putin - The New York Times
Putin: Bahrain Important Russia’s Partner in Middle East
Путин: Бахрейн является важным партнером России на Ближнем Востоке | РИА Новости
Король Бахрейна подарил Путину меч Победы из дамасской стали :: Политика :: РБК
TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Russia and Bahrain set to develop cooperation in all spheres — Lavrov
МИД Бахрейна: Путин и король страны договорились по многим вопросам | РИА Новости
Владимир Путин обсудит с королем Бахрейна конфликт в Сирии и иранское влияние - Газета.Ru

Snap Military Drill in South East

Russia Announces Surprise Military Drills in South - The New York Times
Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills - The Washington Post
Putin rattles Russia's saber with massive military drills - CBS News
Putin Calls for Snap Military Drill on East Ukraine Borders
По распоряжению Верховного главнокомандующего начата внезапная проверка боеготовности войск ЮВО - Первый канал
Новости NEWSru.com :: Путин распорядился провести внезапную проверку в войсках Южного военного округа
Путин решил провести внезапную проверку в Южном военном округе - Forbes

Economy

Whiff of panic in the Kremlin as Russia’s economy slides again - The Nation
Russian Economy: What's the Endgame for Vladimir Putin? - Bloomberg Business
Russia And Commodities: A Tale Of 2 Bears - | Seeking Alpha
Die Welt: Путин удерживает Россию от стимулируемого Западом развала

Donbass

Conflict Intelligence Team: Russia's top brass linked to war in Ukraine
Russian military involved in looting in Donbas - Ukrainian intelligence - read on - uatoday.tv
ЛНР: В Донбасс переброшены наемники из США — Владислав Рильский — Российская газета

NATO

West 'Taking Great Pains' to Avert NATO Membership Referendum in Montenegro
War games in Middle East could prepare UK for ‘potential’ Russian war with NATO – report — RT News
Эксперт об учениях Shamal Storm: Запад перепугали успехи армии РФ | РИА Новости
TASS: World - UK to practice troops redeployment in case of Russia-NATO conflict — media

BioSecurity Issues

Putin’s Paranoia: Is The U.S. Encircling Russia With A Network Of Sinister Bioweapons Labs?
TASS: World - Flu epidemic kills 220 in Ukraine — health ministry
Flu kills 220 people in Ukraine this epidemic season

A321 Investigation

Ъ - Российская версия о теракте на борту А321 «находит новое подтверждение»
Посол РФ увязал возобновление полетов в Египет с окончанием расследования катастрофы А321
Ъ-Газета - В деле о взрыве самолета появились турецкие волки

Yakunin

The Daily Vertical: Will Yakunin Be Putin's Fall Guy
The Briefing: Yakunin's Fall From Grace
The Daily Vertical: Will Yakunin Be Putin's Fall Guy? (Transcript)
Russian Police Whistle-Blower Released From Prison

Central Asia

Nepotism And Dynasty In Central Asian Politics
Actor With Kyrgyzstan's Russian Drama Theater Found Dead
Uzbek President Calls Homosexuality 'Vulgar' Western Habit

Syria and Middle East

In Syria, The Battering of Aleppo Is a Trophy for Putin
Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border | Reuters
Putin’s Backing of Assad Severely Weakens Merkel
Syria: 5 things Russia wants in war - CNN.com
Putin Uses the Refugee Crisis to Weaken Merkel - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Что будет в Сирии и в Европе, если Асад и Путин уничтожат оппозицию?
ВЗГЛЯД / NYT: Сирия – это позор Обамы и победа Путина
ВЗГЛЯД / Вашингтон ответил на ультиматум Эрдогана
Путин разыгрывает карту христиан

ISIS group arrest

Russia Detains 7 Suspected of Planning Terrorist Attacks - The New York Times
Russia Claims Arrest of IS Group
Russia detains seven suspected Isis terrorists in Ural mountain region | Europe | News | The Independent
Spain and Russia Make Arrests in Terror Plots | Foreign Policy
ТАСС: Происшествия - Суд арестовал на два месяца двух членов ИГ, задержанных в Екатеринбурге

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Helicopter Crash Kills Four In Russia
Fugitive Former ‘Kremlin Banker’ Facing Potential Jail Time In Britain
Russia: 'Putin's banker' Sergei Pugachev found guilty of breaching UK court orders
Nazarbaev, Putin Discuss Ukrainian Crisis, Moscow-Ankara Standoff
Акционеры ЮКОСа добились ареста земли для православного центра в Париже :: Политика :: РБК
В Париже суд арестовал землю для православного центра РФ по «делу ЮКОСа»
Российские ученые усомнились в гибели индуса от метеорита - Наука, Космос - МК
Семеро россиян пострадали в ДТП с автобусом Санкт-Петербург – Рига :: Общество :: РБК
Пострадавшие в ДТП в Эстонии россияне находятся в тяжелом состоянии - Газета.Ru
Александр Пасховер: С ними снова случилось несчастье | Новое Время
Pamela Anderson, Vladimir Putin "Secret Romance"? | Gossip Cop
Если не Путин, то… ?
В Индии леопард забрался в одну из местных школ и ранил несколько человек - Первый канал
В убийстве звезды фильма «Тени исчезают в полдень» подозревают ее сына - Газета.Ru

NATO

Defense Think Tank Pushes for New Talks Between Russia and NATO - Real Time Brussels - WSJ
Why on Earth Would Russia Attack the Baltics? | The National Interest Blog
Russia Declares There’s No Such Thing as ‘NATO Airspace’ | | Observer
NATO - News: NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses partnership with Moldovan Foreign Minister, 08-Feb.-2016

Middle East and Asia

Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Pushes War to Tipping Point
Saudi Offer to Send Troops to Syria Comes With Uncertainty
The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning
Obama backtracks on Israel defense package to counter Iran nuclear deal
Citing Betrayal, Some Syrian Rebels Withdraw From Front
United Nations News Centre - All sides in Syria killing thousands of detainees in crimes against humanity, UN reports
Syria 'exterminating detainees' - UN report - BBC News
UN Report Decries Policy Of ‘Extermination' In Syrian Prisons
Advantage Assad After Five Years of War in Syria - Bloomberg Business
Syria: Angela Merkel 'horrified' by suffering under Russian airstrikes | World news | The Guardian
Turkey Keeps Syrian Refugees Waiting
Turkey, West in Standoff Over Syrian Refugees
Smugglers in Izmir, Turkey, stay busy through winter | Europe | DW.COM | 08.02.2016
Source: ISIS plotted attacks on 5 European cities - CNN Video
Canada to end bombing mission against Islamic State group - The Washington Post
Libya: Never Underestimate The Power Of Fantasy

World

Where are we now? The global outlook for LGBTI rights | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian
Taking LSD leads to 'improved psychological wellbeing' - study - Telegraph
Haiti's mood grim as president leaves with no replacement, Carnival delayed | Reuters

Security

Why drone swarms will buzz to the forefront in the new Pentagon budget - The Washington Post
The Army Has Made a Robot Cockroach - Defense One
NATO Works to Adapt to More Ambiguous Warfare Techniques - WSJ
CIA airplane sent to capture Edward Snowden in 2013, documents show | intelNews.org
U.S. Missile Defense System Could Reshape North Asia Security | New York News
North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia | TODAYonline
Turbulent Flight? Numerous Flaws of US F-35 Could Result in Failure
Jailed extremist freed, becomes FBI informant - U.S. - Stripes
FBI Steps Up Pursuit of Terror Threats on Social Media - WSJ
New FBI chief vows collaborative approaches to law enforcement - The Boston Globe

CyberSecurity

Hacker Posts FBI, DHS Employee Data - US News
Hacker dumps data on 10K DHS employees, threatens FBI next | TheHill
Hack Brief: Hacker Leaks the Info of Thousands of FBI and DHS Employees | WIRED
Unnamed Hacker To Identify Thousands Of Federal Employees In Leak, Report Says
dhs data hacked - Google Search
fbi data hacked - Google Search
fbi operational data hacked - Google Search
Chinese hackers attacked FBI files - Business Insider
NEWS: The World and Security Review: FBI operational database is hacked
police data hacked - Google Search
us security agencies need to switch back to paper files - Google Search
Officials celebrate expansion of cybersecurity center - WTOP
Russia Cracks Down on Financial Hacking Ring, Raiding Moscow Office: Sources
Hacker Plans to Dump Alleged Details of 20,000 FBI, 9,000 DHS Employees | Motherboard
Did A Spy-Turned-Congressman Just Out His Role In Cyber War With Russia?
Hacking by China, Iran and North Korea set to increase dramatically over next 12 months
Report examines the massive future cybersecurity problem of connected cars | Network World

BioSecurity

Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic | Reuters
White House to Request $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus - WSJ
USOC: US Athletes Should Stay Home if Worried About Zika Virus
Obama seeks $250M to help Puerto Rico fight Zika - The Washington Post
Chipotle Temporarily Closes Restaurants for Company-Wide Meeting - ABC News

Accidents

More Than 30 People Injured in Bus Accident in Connecticut - WSJ
The Latest: 30 of 70 on bus that crashed in snow were hurt - Houston Chronicle
LATEST: Connecticut Bus Crash: At Least 14 Transported, I-95...
Dublin weigh-in murder: Continuity IRA claims murder of David Byrne - BBC News
Hunt For Dublin Gunmen Dressed As SWAT Team-2
Man shot dead in Dublin 'reprisal' - BBC News
Dublin shooting - Google Search



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Chechens Back Russians on the Ground in Syria Conflict

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MOSCOW—Special forces from Russia’s mostly Muslim region of Chechnya are on the ground in Syria, helping the Kremlin’s warplanes strike opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to an interview with prominent Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, on Russian state television, which aired Sunday evening.
Mr. Kadyrov, a former militia commander, appeared on Russia’s Channel 1 “News of the Week” program, saying Chechen forces are on the ground and have suffered casualties. The program showed well-equipped and heavily armed Chechen fighters in live shooting drills at a military training range outside of Mr. Kadyrov’s hometown of Tsenteroi.
The Chechen leader didn’t give specifics about the number of Chechens operating in Syria.
“There have been losses,” Mr. Kadyrov said on the program. “They left so that life would be peaceful in the future in Chechnya and Russia as a whole.”
Video footage showed men in camouflage with Russian and Chechen flags on their uniforms shooting in an outdoor training center. Mr. Kadyrov himself picked up a rifle to show off his shooting skills.
“They collect information...locate bombing targets and appraise their results,” said a program announcer of the operation in Syria.
Chechnya has provided manpower before to advance the Kremlin’s foreign policy aims: Some Chechens loyal to the Kremlin have fought on the side of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Mr. Kadyrov is known for over-the-top displays of loyalty to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Fighters loyal to Mr. Kadyrov appeared in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea before its annexation from Ukraine by Russia in 2014, and he has acknowledged that Chechens have fought in eastern Ukraine.
Chechnya itself has suffered through two separatist wars that started in the 1990s, the second of which brought the region back under firm Kremlin control. Since taking over regional leadership, Mr. Kadyrov has built a large and loyal security apparatus.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has been quick to deny claims from human-rights groups that Russia’s bombing campaign has been responsible for civilian deaths in Syria. Mr. Kadyrov echoed that line, saying his special-operations forces in Syria were there to confirm the accuracy of Russian bombs.
The Kremlin has credited Mr. Kadyrov with successfully clamping down on an Islamist insurgency in his home region, although he has been accused of torture and kidnapping in his fight against militants, claims he denies. Mr. Kadyrov has also taken on a larger role in domestic politics, portraying himself as an attack dog against the government’s fractured and shrinking opposition. Last week, he posted a provocative picture on his Instagram account: cross hairs superimposed over a video of an opponent of Mr. Putin, Mikhail Kasyanov.
Top Russian officials have expressed concern that militants fighting in Syria will return with fighting experience to fan the flames of insurgency in the north Caucasus. Mr. Kadyrov said late last year that 500 Chechens had left the north Caucasus region to fight in the ranks of Islamic State.
On Monday, the Federal Security Service said they detained seven Russian and Central Asian citizens in the Ural Mountain city of Yekaterinburg who had joined Islamic State and planned on carrying out terrorist attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the news agency Interfax reported. A statement from Russia’s Federal Security Service intelligence agency said the leader of the group had come to Russia from Turkey.
Write to Thomas Grove at thomas.grove@wsj.com
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Putin Ally: Chechen Spies Infiltrate ISIS

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Chechen spies loyal to the Kremlin have infiltrated Islamic State in Syria and are gathering intelligence the Russian air force uses to select bombing targets, the hardline leader of Chechnya told Russian state TV.
Ramzan Kadyrov, who as a close ally of President Vladimir Putin keeps tight control of a mostly Muslim region with a history of rebellion against Moscow, said Chechens had trained alongside Islamic State fighters at the start of the Syrian war.
"An extensive spy network has been set up inside Islamic State," Kadyrov's office quoted him on Monday as telling Russia's state-controlled Russia 1 channel.
He said Chechnya's "best fighters" had been sent to Syria to gather information about militants' structure and numbers.
"Thanks to their work as agents the Russian air force is successfully destroying terrorist bases in Syria."
When asked about the comments, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, declined to confirm the presence of Chechen forces in Syria. Kadyrov's full interview on the subject is due to be broadcast on state TV on Wednesday.
Islamic State in Syria posted grisly footage in December of the murder of a man it said was from Chechnya and had been spying on them for Russian intelligence. Kadyrov, himself accused by campaign groups of human rights abuses, quickly denied the man was a spy.
Chechens opposed to Russian rule, many hardened by combat in two wars with Moscow, are known also to be fighting as committed jihadis on the side of Islamic State in Syria. Moscow fears they may return and mount attacks in Russia, as they have threatened.
Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 and has set up an air base to complement an existing naval facility. It has infantry and armor there to protect its assets and has military trainers and advisers working with the Syrian army.
Western diplomats have said Russian special forces are also active in Syria; Russian authorities have been coy on that.
But state TV, in a teaser broadcast on Sunday evening ahead of the full program later this week, said the time had now come to talk about the forces who were helping coordinate Russian air strikes in Syria "at the cost of their own lives".
It showed a training camp in Chechnya, which it said was where soldiers now active in Syria had honed their skills.
Hundreds of heavily armed men with four-wheel drive vehicles were shown lined up, with one man shown repeatedly firing a pistol as he navigated what looked like a special urban warfare training course.
Kadyrov, a former Chechen rebel turned Kremlin loyalist, was also shown firing a high-powered weapon at a target himself. He said his men in Syria had suffered losses.
Kadyrov said in October he wanted to send Chechen servicemen to Syria to take part in "special operations" but would only do so if Putin authorized such a deployment.
Russian forces fought two brutal wars against Chechen insurgents; but the region, though it still faces limited low-level islamist insurgency, has now been given a large measure of autonomy within Russia and been rebuilt. Kadyrov says he is one of Putin's staunchest supporters.
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В рядах ИГ есть диверсанты Кадырова

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Среди боевиков запрещенной террористической группировки "Исламское государство" есть наши люди. Эту сенсационную новость сообщил телеканалу "Россия 1" глава Чеченской республики Рамзан Кадыров .
- В России еще не знали, я тоже не знал, что эта организация будет называться ИГИЛ. Информация о том, что готовят какие-то террористические группировки, была. Инструкторы там были из натовских государств. В эти лагеря были внедрены агенты спецслужб из Чечни. Я специально для этого отправлял туда своих людей, чтобы проверить, насколько это правда. И наши ребята прошли там сборы на натовских базах, - сказал глава региона.
Кадыров отметил, что в Сирию были направлены лучшие бойцы спецназа, которые сумели создать там разветвленную агентурную и диверсионную сеть (это также объясняет, почему российские бомбы попадают точно по целям, а мирное население вовремя покидает потенциально опасные районы - ред.).
- Эти ребята туда пошли добровольно, чтобы защитить Россию от ее врагов на ее дальних подступах. Чтобы в последующем было спокойно жить в Чеченской Республике и в России в целом. Благодаря их агентурной работе сегодня ВКС России успешно уничтожает террористические базы в Сирии, - заметил Рамзан Кадыров.
Новость, что появилась в понедельник на сайте правительства республики, не осталась незамеченной.
- По этому вопросу, подтверждению тех или иных направлений военнослужащих, все-таки нужно адресовать соответствующим ведомствам. И надо говорить не о чеченском спецназе, а о соответствующих федеральных подразделениях. Министерство обороны неоднократно объясняло, кто находится в Сирии, с какого момента и чем они там занимаются. Я предлагаю, в первую очередь, ориентироваться на соответствующие заявления Министерства обороны, - прокомментировал новость пресс-секретарь президента Дмитрий Песков.
Понятно, что чеченцам было намного проще внедриться в среду бандитов, так как они имеют железный мотив - на территории республики когда-то проводилась антитеррористическая операция. Но за обсуждением заслуг чеченского спецназа интернет-пользователи не обратили внимание на другую фразу Кадырова, где он объясняет, чьими руками замешивался весь этот ИГ.
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Кадыров снялся со снайперской винтовкой
«Кто не понял, тот поймет», - подписал глава Чечни карточку в Instagram
Рамзан Кадыров опубликовал в соцсетях очередное фото, вызвавшее живое обсуждение в блогосфере. На нем глава Чечни запечатлен в камуфляжной одежде и снайперской винтовкой в руках. «Кто не понял, тот поймет», - подписал Кадыров карточку в Instagram. (подробности)
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Peskov: One should ask Defense ministry about Russian troops in Syria

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Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that any request to confirm participation of Russian servicemen in the ground operation in Syria should be addressed to the Russian defense and law enforcement authorities.
"I proceed from the fact that we have the Russian Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry troops, but they are [Russian] federal [forces]. And therefore, the question about confirmation of any location of particular servicemen should be addressed to the respective state agencies," he told reporters.
"We shouldn't be talking about the Chechen special task force, but respective federal forces," Peskov went on.
This is how Peskov commented on the news piece that was broadcast by Russian television on Feb. 7, in which Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that the Chechen special task force trained in Chechnya has long been located in Syria to counteract the 'Islamic State'.
Also, Peskov recalled that "the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly elaborated on who is in Syria, since when and what their job is there."
"I suggest being guided by the respective statements of the Russian Defense Ministry in the first place. Defense Ministry officials have repeatedly provided comprehensive information about who is in Syria and for what purpose," Peskov said.

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Chechen Strongman Says His Spies Have Infiltrated ISIS, Gathering Intel for Russia - Middle East News

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Chechen spies loyal to the Kremlin have infiltrated Islamic State in Syria and are gathering intelligence the Russian air force uses to select bombing targets, the hardline leader of Chechnya told Russian state TV. 
Ramzan Kadyrov, who as a close ally of President Vladimir Putin keeps tight control of a mostly Muslim region with a history of rebellion against Moscow, said Chechens had trained alongside Islamic State fighters at the start of the Syrian war. 
"An extensive spy network has been set up inside Islamic State," Kadyrov's office quoted him on Monday as telling Russia's state-controlled Russia 1 channel. 
He said Chechnya's "best fighters" had been sent to Syria to gather information about militants' structure and numbers. 
"Thanks to their work as agents the Russian air force is successfully destroying terrorist bases in Syria." 
When asked about the comments, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, declined to confirm the presence of Chechen forces in Syria. Kadyrov's full interview on the subject is due to be broadcast on state TV on Wednesday. 
Islamic State in Syria posted grisly footage in December of the murder of a man it said was from Chechnya and had been spying on them for Russian intelligence. Kadyrov, himself accused by campaign groups of human rights abuses, quickly denied the man was a spy. 
Chechens opposed to Russian rule, many hardened by combat in two wars with Moscow, are known also to be fighting as committed jihadis on the side of Islamic State in Syria. Moscow fears they may return and mount attacks in Russia, as they have threatened. 
Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 and has set up an air base to complement an existing naval facility. It has infantry and armor there to protect its assets and has military trainers and advisers working with the Syrian army. 
Western diplomats have said Russian special forces are also active in Syria; Russian authorities have been coy on that. 
But state TV, in a teaser broadcast on Sunday evening ahead of the full program later this week, said the time had now come to talk about the forces who were helping coordinate Russian air strikes in Syria "at the cost of their own lives". 
It showed a training camp in Chechnya, which it said was where soldiers now active in Syria had honed their skills. 
Hundreds of heavily armed men with four-wheel drive vehicles were shown lined up, with one man shown repeatedly firing a pistol as he navigated what looked like a special urban warfare training course. 
Kadyrov, a former Chechen rebel turned Kremlin loyalist, was also shown firing a high-powered weapon at a target himself. He said his men in Syria had suffered losses. 
Kadyrov said in October he wanted to send Chechen servicemen to Syria to take part in "special operations" but would only do so if Putin authorized such a deployment. 
Russian forces fought two brutal wars against Chechen insurgents; but the region, though it still faces limited low-level Islamism insurgency, has now been given a large measure of autonomy within Russia and been rebuilt. Kadyrov says he is one of Putin's staunchest supporters. 
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Kadyrov Says Chechen Special Forces Infiltrated Islamic State, Aiding Russia | Arts and Ideas

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Members of Chechnya's special forces have been fighting against the Islamic State in Syria since the terrorist organization's formation, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said during an interview aired on the Rossiya 1 television channel Sunday.
Kadyrov claimed that Chechen special agents were sent to Syria, infiltrated the Islamic State and are now acting as informants for the Russian military campaign in the country.
Kremlin officials declined to comment on Kadyrov's claims. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all the information about the activities of the Russian military in Syria has been already made public by the country's Defense Ministry, the RBC news website reported Monday.
Russia has conducted a campaign of air strikes in Syria since Sept. 30, maintaining that the operation is aimed at the Islamic State.
President Vladimir Putin last year said up to 7,000 people from Russia and former Soviet states were fighting in the Middle East for the Islamic State, a terrorist organization banned in Russia.
Many of them come from the North Caucasus, where a low-level Islamist insurgency has simmered since the 1990s.
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NATO Works to Adapt to More Ambiguous Warfare Techniques

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BRUSSELS—The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is developing a new strategy to speed decision-making and improve its response to the kind of unconventional warfare the West says Russia has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
NATO is hoping to complete the strategy in time for a July summit of alliance leaders in Warsaw. In anew effort at cooperation, officials have been working with the European Union, which is putting together its own plans.
Moscow has minimized its role in the 2014 takeover of Crimea and largely denied sending covert forces to work with separatists in eastern Ukraine. But NATO documented the presence of Russian equipment and forces in eastern Ukraine—arguing Moscow was using deception, covert action and threats to achieve its goals of weakening the government.
Alliance officials believe any sort of overt invasion of Poland or the Baltic states by Russia is highly unlikely, but using more subtle means to weaken an allied government is a real threat.
A new hybrid warfare playbook would attempt to lay out the kind of assistance the alliance would provide should a member state come under outside pressure from Russia or another country. Such support could include sending cyber experts to help respond to computer hacking attacks, communication specialists to counter propaganda or even the deployment of NATO’s rapid reaction spearhead force.
NATO was built to address the confrontations of the Cold War and the threat of overt military invasion by the Soviet Union. The more subtle techniques would be meant to try to avoid provoking the alliance to act under its collective defense provision, in which an attack on one member is considered an attack on all, NATO officials said.
As a result, the alliance must draft a new approach and improve its ability to make decisions quickly, officials said.
“Hybrid warfare is a combination of many different kinds of activities,” said Czech Army Gen. Petr Pavel, the head of NATO’s military committee. “The primary purpose is to create an influence that is strong enough, but below the threshold of [collective defense provision] Article 5, so they achieve the goals without provoking the enemy or opponent to initiate a defense response.”
Officials said hybrid threats could take many forms including support for dissident political movements, propaganda broadcasts aimed at ethnic minorities, or moves to curtail energy supplies. In Crimea and Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, the hybrid threat also involved the buildup of a large conventional force conducting military exercises on the border.
As part of the effort to develop the strategy, when alliance defense ministers gather in Belgium on Wednesday, they will review possible hybrid scenarios the alliance could face. The discussion is designed to hone their ability to make decisions quickly.
“This discussion is working on the political decision-making, so our senior-most leaders can understand the kinds of decisions they need to make, and that often those decisions have to be made with imperfect intelligence, ambiguous data,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander.
NATO’s most powerful deterrent is likely to be the use of its new rapid reaction force. The force isn’t intended to engage in combat, but would show the alliance’s support for a threatened member and hopefully persuade Moscow to lower the pressure.
NATO has taken steps to give Gen. Breedlove the authority to prepare the force to be deployed. But those reinforcements cannot move until the alliance’s political leaders give permission for the force to move.
Even after determining a hybrid attack is occurring, deciding to move the spearhead force wouldn’t be easy, officials said. In many situations, allies could worry such a move would risk the alliance being seen as the aggressor. NATO officials said it is critical for the alliance to craft a measured public relations strategy to go alongside any deployment of the force.
Russian officials say that NATO is too quick to see the hand of Moscow in legitimate political uprisings. They also argue NATO risks destabilizing Europe if it lowers the threshold of the alliance’s collective defense to include responding to so-called hybrid threats.
Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko said the alliance was using the threat of hybrid warfare “to find justifications for the alliance’s activities on its ‘eastern flank.’’’
Russian officials have repeatedly criticized NATO’s exercises in Poland and the Baltic states, as well as plans under consideration to boost its troop presence in the east.
While the Eastern European allies most worried about hybrid warfare are focused on the threat from Moscow, NATO officials said the new strategy would be applicable both to aggressive nations and to groups like Islamic State, which have demonstrated the ability to combine propaganda, terror attacks and conventional military force to take territory and intimidate populations.
Adam Thomson, the U.K. ambassador to NATO, said since hybrid threats are designed to avoid provoking a response or slowing that response, showing the ability to make swift decisions is key.
“Part of deterrence could be decisions at the very early stage about putting forces on the notice to move. That sends a signal,” Mr. Thomson said.
On Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with defense ministers from EU members to discuss the continuing work between the two organizations on hybrid threats. Mr. Stoltenberg said he sees “increased interest for cooperation between the European Union and NATO.”
The EU is working on developing a hotline with NATO to exchange information in the wake of a threat, an EU official said.
“We are not talking about joint efforts,” an EU official said in an email. “The objective is to establish close links that enable the two organizations to work together to prevent or respond to hybrid threats swiftly.”
Some degree of communication is critical because the EU has many diplomatic and economic tools, like providing assistance if energy supplies are cut or imposing sanctions, that NATO lacks, officials said.
“Drawing on the instruments available to the two organizations, the community’s ‘deterrence toolbox’ becomes wider, from sanctions to NATO’s hard military power,” the EU official said. “Deterrence is mainly NATO’s business, but deterrence is not solely putting force on display: it is also about denying the benefits of an attack.”
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Russian Bombing Takes Its Toll On Syrians

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A Syrian man tells Sky News "there is no way anyone can stay in Syria" as the Russian bombardment makes it impossible to remain.

Obama's last defense budget refocuses on Europe and great-power conflict 

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  • $582.7bn budget will address ‘new strategic era’ of state-based aggression
  • US to press advantage in hi-tech weapons and check Chinese ambitions
Advanced weaponry, a reinvestment in Europe and persistent great-power conflict will define the final defense budget of the Obama era, reversing in several cases longstanding presidential priorities.
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Ex-New York Officer Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy Case

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Joseph P. Dwyer, who participated in a scheme to pay a police sergeant to gain access to a restricted database, could be sentenced to prison this spring.

New York Officer Ran Prostitution Ring at Motels, Authorities Say 

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Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against ISIS - Washington Post

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Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against ISIS
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The Obama administration is overhauling its faltering efforts to combat the online propaganda of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, U.S. officials said, reflecting rising White House frustration with largely ineffective efforts so far to cut ...
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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey listened as prosecutors did a mock run-through of the government's case, a preview of how they would present their evidence to Petraeus's lawyers in order, they hoped, to force a ...

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Criminalistics 

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Title:                      Criminalistics
Author:                 James E. Girard
Girard, James (2015).Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, And Terrorism, 2nd ed. Burlington, MA : Jones & Bartlett Learning
LCCN:    2013034072

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Date Posted:      January 11, 2016
Joshua Sinai, PhD reviews (below) the 2011 version of the book. It has now been updated and the second edition published in 2015.
Reviewed by Joshua Sinai[1]
An authoritative and comprehensive introduction to the study of forensic science and crime scene analysis, covering subjects such as fingerprint identification, DNA, paint and glass analysis, drug toxicology, and forensic soil characterization. Also covered are counterterrorism and homeland security issues such as detecting explosives, weapons of mass destruction, cybercrime and cyberterrorism.
[1] Sinai, Joshua, PhD. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Winter/Spring, 2013, p. 106). Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washington-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He has provided capsule reviews of important books recently published on terrorism and counter-terrorism-related topics. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@comcast.net.

 

Soviet Military Doctrine 

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Title:                      Soviet Military Doctrine
Author:                  Raymond L. Garthoff
Garthoff, Raymond L. (1953). Soviet Military Doctrine. Santa Monica, Calif., Rand Corp
LCCN:    54018814

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  • At head of title: Project Rand.
  • “This study is largely a revised and extended version of … [the author’s] dissertation … Yale University.”

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Date Posted:      January 11, 2016
Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]
A soundly documented pioneer study with insights into Soviet combat intelligence doctrine. Some information on the organization for intelligence in the wartime High Command and Stavka.
[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 62

 

Indian Point Nuclear Facility - Google Search

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Story image for Indian Point Nuclear Facility from CBS News

Highly radioactive leak found at NY nuclear plant

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BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for an investigation after an apparent overflow at the Indian Point nuclear power plant ...
NY to probe 'radioactive' water leak at Indian Point
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Russia in Review

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February 5, 2016
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for January 30 – February 5, 2016
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Russia having success in hybrid war against Germany - Reuters Blogs (blog)

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Reuters Blogs (blog)



Russia having success in hybrid war against Germany
Reuters Blogs (blog)
Germany's sizable Russian-speaking community –made up largely of refugees — was up in arms about a report that refugees from the Middle East had gang-raped a 13-year-old Russiangirl in Berlin — and that the local police was covering up the crime.











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