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Russia admits to operating large-scale cyber intelligence

  • 23 February 2017 - 23:27
Russia admits to operating large-scale cyber intelligence

BBC - Russia's military has admitted for the first time the scale of its information warfare effort, saying it was significantly expanded post-Cold War. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russian "information troops" were involved in "intelligent, effective propaganda", but he did not...

Iraqi forces recapture Mosul Airport from IS

  • 23 February 2017 - 18:13
Iraqi forces recapture Mosul Airport from IS

BBC - Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire mortars at the airport from further inside the city after losing...

Geneva talks between Syrian government and opposition are underway

  • 23 February 2017 - 15:18
Geneva talks between Syrian government and opposition are underway

UN-sponsored peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are under way in Geneva for the first time in nearly a year, the BBC reported. The two sides will not meet face-to-face to begin with, the BBC added. Staffan de Mistura, the UN's special Syria envoy, said on Wednesday he...

Iraqi forces toughen battle as the advance on Mosul airport

  • 23 February 2017 - 13:25
Iraqi forces toughen battle as the advance on Mosul airport

BBC - Iraqi security forces have launched an attack on Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the western half of the city. Military police have entered the airport and taken over the runway amid fierce clashes with IS...

Yemeni army commander killed by Houthi missile strike

  • 22 February 2017 - 15:14
Yemeni army commander killed by Houthi missile strike

Yemen's deputy army commander has been killed in a missile strike by Houthi rebels on a Red Sea army camp, military officials say, the BBC wrote. Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafei is said to have died in the attack outside the port city of Mokha, according to the BBC. His death will be seen as a...

Syria: US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces advance on IS locations in Deir Al-Zour

  • 22 February 2017 - 15:02
Syria: US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces advance on IS locations in Deir Al-Zour

BBC - A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab rebels has advanced into territory held by so-called Islamic State (IS) in Deir al-Zour province, eastern Syria. Kurdish military sources said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had captured some 15 villages from IS. Unidentified air strikes...

US issues guidelines aiming at deporting about 11 million undocumented migrants

  • 21 February 2017 - 19:56
US issues guidelines aiming at deporting about 11 million undocumented migrants

The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal, the BBC wrote. Undocumented immigrants with a criminal record will be targeted first, along with those deemed a risk to US security or who have abused...

Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian gets 18 months in prison

  • 21 February 2017 - 16:56
Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian gets 18 months in prison

BBC - An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case that split opinion across the country has been jailed for 18 months. Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead 21-year-old Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank,...

Iraqi forces seize key town in western Mosul

  • 21 February 2017 - 14:45
Iraqi forces seize key town in western Mosul

Iraqi forces have taken a strategically important town close to western Mosul on the third day of their renewed push against so-called Islamic State (IS), the BBC wrote. The taking of Abu Saif means troops now have a direct line of sight to the Mosul's airport and its heavily-populated western...

Airplane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre, five killed

  • 21 February 2017 - 14:37
Airplane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre, five killed

BBC - Four US citizens and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. The charter flight appeared to have had a "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after taking off from the small Essendon Airport, said police. Despite the...