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Threat to the US Counterterrorism Mission in Iraq

In the wake of the airstrike at Baghdad airport on January 3 that killed Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization forces, there is renewed political support in Iraq for the expulsion of US troops from the country. While this has long been a goal of Iran and its proxies in Iraq to force US troops out, the strike on Soleimani has been a rallying cry particularly among Iraq’s Shia politicians and their supporters. This surge in support for this goal has happened because the agreement between Iraq and the US allows US forces to be stationed in the country to carry out strikes against ISIS and provide training for Iraqi

Turkey’s intervention in Libya

Erdogan by Geralt, Licensed under Pixabay Turkey has begun to take a more aggressive and active role in Libya’s Civil War. On January 2, 2020, Turkey’s parliament voted to send troops to Libya in order to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against General Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army in the east. Turkey’s parliament voted in favor of the resolution despite warnings from Western States that such a move would lead to an escalation of the conflict.[1] Shortly after, Turkey sent troops to Tripoli in order to set up an operations center where Turkish troops would be able to coordinate and train GNA forces.[2] Turkey has also been found to have been fundin

Social Engineering and the Psychological Manipulation Tactics Involved

Social engineering is the exploitation of psychological heuristics (that is, mental shortcuts innately used by the human brain to process and analyze information more effectively) in order to obtain access to secure and confidential information. The psychological processes that are abused by social engineering are ones that have been empirically proven time and time again over the past century as they are fundamentally wired into human behavior. Oftentimes such techniques are used to gain access to technical systems, but they can often be employed deceptively in personal relationships to acquire critical knowledge held by the victim. In organizational settings, these techniques are particula

Threat Analysis of Iranian Relation

StartFragment On January 3, a US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport killed Qassim Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, as well as several important commanders of Iranian backed proxy forces. This strike was a serious escalation in the ongoing increase in tensions between Iran and the United States since the Trump Administration withdrew from the Iranian Nuclear Deal in 2018. In the aftermath of the strike, Iran and its proxies made public statements vowing retaliation against US forces and their allies in the region for the killing of Soleimani. The first of these retaliatory strikes by Iran took place on January 8 when Iran launched a missile

Devastating Flooding in East Africa: A Terrorist Recruiting Hotspot

Flooding in East Africa in recent months has drastically impacted lives and livelihoods in a region already heavily impacted by insecurity. As of December 2019, an estimated 2.5 million people have been impacted, with at least 250 people reported to have been killed. Flash floods and landslides have been a result of increased rainfall in the region due to global warming, which is nearly 300 percent above average in the Horn of Africa, hitting Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya the hardest.[1] Terrorist organizations are able to exacerbate existing tensions and environments, allowing terrorism to flourish when natural disasters occur. The risk of terrorism increases immediately after the occurrence

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