Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda wing in Somalia, carried out a wave of attacks over the weekend using heavy weapons to kill at least 17 people in the East African country. On Sunday, Voice of America (VOA) reported:Lower Shabelle region officials told VOA Somali that the militants attacked the town of Qoryoley late Saturday using rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing nine people. The town’s Mayor Sayid Ali Ibrajim told VOA that an RPG fired by the militants caused most of the casualties. Somali government forces with support from African Union [AU] forces, who are based outside the town, repelled the attack, according to officials. Some of the residents in Qoryoley alleged that heavy weapons fired by AU troops caused some of the civilian casualties. Gov. Ibrahim Adan Najah from the region that houses Qoryoley told Voice of America that authorities are probing the claims of troops targeting civilians. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) did not immediately … [Read more...] about Al-Qaeda’s Somali Branch Kills 17 People over Weekend
A leading pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong is heading to the United States, and China’s government is furious at the American show of support. Joshua Wong was initially set to come to Washington for meetings with senior Trump administration officials and even President Trump earlier this week. A Trump administration official said this week that senior White House officials are still deciding how to handle the Wong visit and who will meet with him. Recent Stories in National Security Inside the Ring: Hong Kong Activist Headed For DC Hezbollah, Operating Under Constraints, Hopes to Avoid War Dem Senator Pushes for Iran Strike But the U.S. visit was upstaged by Germany. German human rights activists persuaded Mr. Wong to stop first in Berlin, where he met Monday with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a media-sponsored human rights event at the German parliament. Read the entire article at the Washington Times. … [Read more...] about Inside the Ring: Hong Kong Activist Headed For DC
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Sept. 16, 2019, 7:54 PM UTC By WASHINGTON — Russian spies in the U.S. conducted a massive operation to track and collect encrypted FBI radio traffic, but there is no evidence they ever cracked the codes and obtained the contents of the communications, two former senior FBI officials tell NBC News. Nonetheless, the Russian intelligence success, first reported by Yahoo News, provided Vladimir Putin's government unprecedented insights into the activities of secret FBI surveillance teams tracking Russian operatives in the U.S., the former officials said. The breach occurred sometime around 2010, and was well understood by 2012, the former officials said. Much of the message traffic the Russians collected was processed in two Russian diplomatic facilities that the Obama administration closed in 2016, citing Russia's interference in the … [Read more...] about Did Russian spies in the U.S. crack the FBI’s radio codes?
The international response to an apparent Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields urged caution and a careful investigation before assigning blame for the strike or taking retaliatory action. Many of these responses suggested the world’s oil supply is robust enough to absorb the loss of Saudi production without major economic disruptions. President Donald Trump’s response to the attack on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia indicated “there is reason to believe that we know the culprit” but the United States is “waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of the attack, and under what terms we should proceed.”On Monday, Trump pledged to help America’s allies in the region even though “we don’t need Middle Eastern oil and gas, and in fact have very few tankers there.” Energy Secretary Rick Perry echoed the president’s assessment of the modest impact on America’s oil supply, while flatly … [Read more...] about International Response to Attack on Saudi Oil Urges Caution
University of Hong Kong student union leader Davin Kenneth Wong resigned from his position on Thursday and left the city after he reported being attacked by a man wearing a white T-shirt. Hong Kong protesters favor black clothing, while counter-demonstrators — notoriously including gang-linked thugs hired to assault and intimidate pro-democracy activists — often wear white shirts.Wong’s resignation letter described the attack, which occurred on August 30, as a premeditated act of violence and noted several other activists have been assaulted in a similar manner. His assailant allegedly struck him on the neck and shoulder while he was waiting for a bus, injuring his wrist when he defended himself. Wong said he believes his life and the lives of his family members are in danger and called his departure a “one-way trip” out of Hong Kong, which he said has become a “police state.” “I will never forgive myself for leaving Hong Kong at such a … [Read more...] about Student Leader Flees Hong Kong After Bus Station Attack