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Edwin Mora

Edwin Mora

Edwin Mora primarily covers national security and defense issues. He has a Communication degree (Journalism concentration) from George Mason University.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Assad to AP: Neither Syria nor Russia Bombed UN Aid Convoy

Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad has said neither Syria nor its ally Russia launched the bombs that destroyed a United Nations aid convoy carrying food supplies to a rural area west of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo that killed at least 20 people, including the local director of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

ISIS

Top General Confirms Islamic State Targeted U.S. Troops with ‘Sulfur-Mustard’

The highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. confirmed that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) used a potentially deadly “sulfur-mustard blister agent” to target a base in northern Iraq that houses American troops. This marks the first recorded chemical attack on the United States since the jihadist group conquered swaths of Iraq in 2014.

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NY Bomber Rahami’s Sister Posted Jihad, Muslim Brotherhood Fan Posts on Facebook

The sister of Ahmad Rahami, the U.S. naturalized citizen of Afghan descent believed to be behind last weekend’s bombings in New York and New Jersey, posted radical Islamic material online, including a quote from an al Qaeda (AQ) co-founder known as Osama bin Laden’s predecessor and the “father of global Jihad” as well as Muslim Brotherhood (MB) propaganda.

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UN Speech: Afghanistan Ignores Corruption as Major Threat to Its Future

The vice president of Afghanistan, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, only once alluded to his country’s widespread and endemic corruption that an independent U.S. watchdog agency recently determined may pose a bigger threat to the future of the country and America’s mission than the insurgency.

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Ex-Guardsman Sentenced to 30 Years for Plotting to Join Islamic State

Two cousins from Illinois, former U.S. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds and Jonas Edmonds, have been sentenced to 30 and 21 years, respectively, the maximum prison term they were each facing for pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

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Obama Admitted More Than 31,000 Afghans as Refugees, Asylees, ‘Special Immigrants’

Since President Barack Obama escalated the conflict soon after taking office in 2009, the United States has resettled 6,205 Afghan refugees and 766 asylees within its borders, in addition to admitting 24,352 Afghans under a special immigrant visas (SIVs) program for those who were employed by the U.S. government at some point during the ongoing war, according to U.S. government data.

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NYT: Rahami’s Father Fought Soviet Army as Afghan Mujahedeen

The father of the suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey is from the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, a known stronghold of the Taliban and its ally al Qaeda, and like Osama bin Laden was part of the Afghan mujahedeen who fought the Soviet Army, reports The New York Times (NYT).

CAIR: Minnesota Jihad Stabbing Puts Muslims at Risk

CAIR: Minnesota Jihad Stabbing Puts Muslims at Risk

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) warned that Muslims are now potential victims at risk of being harmed in the wake of the attack at a press conference addressing a Somali man who allegedly shouted “Allah” as he stabbed nine people at a Minnesota before he was shot dead by an off-duty officer.

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NYT: Islamic State May Be Taxing Drug Traffickers in Libya

Italian anti-drug units, over a 32-month period, intercepted 20 enormous freighters used to traffic a collective 280 tons of hashish valued at about $3.2 billion through territory near Libya believed to be controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports The New York Times (NYT).

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Report: Pentagon, CIA Oppose Obama-Russia Pact in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly made a pact with Russia to establish a ceasefire in Syria, a move that has further aggravated the increasingly deep objections from the Pentagon, CIA, and other government components to cooperating with Russia.