NSA- News Mix

Hackers expose NSA financial spying arsenal, global banking system potentially at risk

Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released a data dump allegedly stolen from the NSA detailing the agency’s ability to hack international banks, including the SWIFT network, via Windows PCs and servers used for global financial transfers. The group’s latest release, dubbed ‘Lost in Translation,’ lists Qatar First Investment Bank, Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange and Tadhamon International Islamic Bank as allegedly compromised.

New NSA leak may expose its bank spying, Windows exploits

A hacking group has released suspected U.S. government files that show the National Security Agency may have spied on banks across the Middle East. Numerous Windows hacking tools are also among the new batch of files the Shadow Brokers dumped Friday.

Major Leak Suggests NSA Was Deep in Middle East Banking System

For eight months, the hacker group known as Shadow Brokers has trickled out an intermittent drip of highly classified NSA data. Now, just when it seemed like that trove of secrets might be exhausted, the group has spilled a new batch.


‘We are sending an armada’: Trump ready to eliminate N. Korean ‘menace’ with or without China

The US is looking forward to working with China to solve the North Korean nuclear threat. But while Washington is mustering its forces in the Korean peninsula, Beijing insists on finding a peaceful solution to Pyongyang’s “denuclearization.”

Risks to US from War on North Korea

Exclusive: The murders of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi – after they surrendered their WMD – taught North Korea’s Kim Jong-un not to give up his, setting the stage for a dangerous crisis, explains Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall When a hostile government, armed with atomic and

The Risks of Pre-emptive Strikes Against North Korea

That officials would even raise a pre-emptive attack shows the growing severity of the crisis, but the problems associated with any such plan demonstrate why that crisis has remained unsolved for two decades. Three Unappealing Choices A pre-emptive attack can generally mean one of three things.

SWEDEN- News Mix

Sweden wants more manpower to find 10K rejected refugees in hiding after one commits terror attack

The force of 200 officers tasked with tracking down the thousands of migrants that have gone into hiding in Sweden needs to be substantially boosted, the country’s border police chief said after a rejected refugee carried out a terrorist attack in Stockholm.

Truck attack angers Swedes, raises questions about policies

One brutal attack by a man who drove a stolen truck into shoppers in Stockholm has brought Sweden’s open-door immigration policies under increased scrutiny – and raised the question if Swedish society, considered democratic and egalitarian, has failed to integrate its newcomers.

What’s Up with Rape in Sweden?

President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you’ve heard, Trump referred to “[what happened] last night in Sweden.” On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and accused the president of inventing a terror attack.

ASSAD- News Mix

Russia Risks Irrelevance in Mideast With Syria Policy, Rex Tillerson Warns

LUCCA, Italy – Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Tuesday that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia must end his alliance with the Syrian government and that the reign of the country’s leader, President Bashar al-Assad, was “coming to an end.”

Idlib incident was false flag, more may come – Putin

Russia has information of a possible incident similar to the one in Idlib province, possibly targeting a Damascus suburb, President Vladimir Putin says. The US accused Damascus of using chemical weapons in Idlib province, which Syria denied.

Rep. Gabbard under fire after refusing to accept ‘Assad did chemical attack’ without proof

Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has provoked a backlash from senior Democrats after refusing to take Syrian President Bashar Assad’s complicity in the Idlib chemical attack at face value and demanding proof.


What We Know and Don’t Know About the Syria Airstrikes

WASHINGTON – President Trump ordered a barrage of missiles to strike an airfield in Syria on Thursday evening in response to the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria. Here are some things we know – and don’t know – about the president’s actions.

US bombs Syria: Transcript of Donald Trump’s statement in full

US President Donald Trump has made a statement after the US military launched a missile strike in Syria. Below is a full transcript of his speech: “My fellow Americans, on Tuesday Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.

US missile strike against Syria

The US fired over 50 cruise missiles at an airfield of the Syrian army, claiming that it was used to conduct a chemical weapons attack at a rebel-held town in the province of Idlib on Tuesday.

SYRIA- News Mix

Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad

BEIRUT, Lebanon – One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area into a toxic kill zone on Tuesday, inciting international outrage over the ever-increasing government impunity shown in the country’s six-year war.

Syria denies using chemical weapons in Idlib

The Syrian government says its military “did not and will not” use chemical weapons, denying accusations it was behind an attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province that sparked widespread international outrage.

Syria denies & condemns use of chemical weapons – foreign minister

Syria denies & condemns use of chemical weapons – foreign minister


Susan Rice requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials, sources say

Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caughtup in surveillance.

What is unmasking, and did Susan Rice do anything wrong?

It doesn’t have the ring of “Benghazi,” or “Whitewater,” but Republicans are seizing upon what they see as a new scandal: “Improper unmasking.” The issue: Did President Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, do something wrong when she requested that the identities of some Trump aides be “unmasked,” or revealed to a small group of cleared government officials, after those names turned up in surveillance reports of foreigners in the waning days of the last administration?

Krauthammer’s Take: On Susan Rice’s Unmasking, Democrats ‘Are Pretending It Is Not an Issue’

Charles Krauthammer argued that the Russian investigation now involves multiple issues, and that it is a partisan maneuver to say that one or another is the only one that matters: A lot of the media are playing along with it, but it’s not going to work, because you have to ask yourself, “Where does Rhodes or Senator King get the divine authority to decide what’s the issue and what’s not the issue?”


MOSUL- News Mix

Media coverage of Iraqi Mosul op ‘censored & suppressed’ – RT reporter in embattled city

The Iraqi Army keeps press coverage of its operation in Mosul “censored and suppressed,” only allowing access to certain locations, RT’s Murad Gazdiev, reporting from the scene, says, as the UN warns of soaring civilian casualties. When Murad Gazdiev arrived in the embattled city to cover the latest events, Iraqi officers warned his crew not to film what is being done to the city.

Mosul from the sky: Evidence of IS using human shields – BBC News

The BBC has seen evidence that so-called Islamic State (IS) has been using children as human shields as they fight to keep control of the Iraqi city of Mosul. BBC Persian correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard and producer Joe Inwood had exclusive access to helicopter missions of the Iraqi military and witnessed the battle from above.

The human shields of Mosul

Nicola Perugini is lecturer at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Neve Gordon is a Leverhulme visiting fellow at SOAS, University of London. In the past few months the Iraqi army, backed by the US military, has intensified its efforts to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant ( ISIL).

Flynn Seeks Immunity- News Mix

Analysis | Why Michael Flynn may be seeking immunity

As far as spin goes, President Trump’s tweet about his former national security Michael Flynn on Friday morning isn’t terrible. Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion! – Donald J.

Flynn seeks immunity in exchange for testimony to Russia probes

Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has asked for immunity in exchange for testifying in Congress’s investigations into Russian interference in the US election. On Thursday Mr Flynn’s lawyer said the former general had offered to testify in the House and Senate Intelligence Committees’ hearings on Russia, only if he had reasonable assurances that he would not be targeted for prosecution.

Michael Flynn Offers to Testify Before Congress in Exchange for Immunity

WASHINGTON – Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, has offered to be interviewed by House and Senate investigators who are examining the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution, according to his lawyer and a congressional official.