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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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Yemen: Iran Suspected Behind Houthi Missile Attacks on U.S. Ships

Iran, considered the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has increased its shipments of military supplies to Shiite Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led and U.S.-assisted coalition in Yemen, Reuters has learned from Western and Iranian officials on condition of anonymity.

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Mosul: U.S.-Backed Forces Clash with Islamic State in Christian Suburb

Iraqi security forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and in collaboration with Kurdish Peshmerga troops and a Christian militia have besieged the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh as part of the offensive to liberate the nearby city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports CNN.

Iraqi forces pushed the Islamic State group out of Qayyarah, considered strategic for a planned offensive against the jihadists' last Iraqi stronghold of Mosul

U.S. Expects Islamic State to Use Chemical Weapons to Defend Mosul

American officials fear that Islamic State jihadists will use crudely-designed chemical weapons, primarily packed with a sulfur mustard gas agent, to defend their de-facto capital of Mosul in Iraq from advancing Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops and Iran-allied Shiite militias, backed by U.S. troops.

A US soldier from 1-501 Para-Infantry Regiment take up positions moments after dismounting of a Blackhawk helicopter at a drop zone south of Baghdad as part of Operation Gecko, 24 August 2007. Operation Gecko was launched as part of a US military strategy to partner with Iraqi Sunni volunteers, former insurgents who have joined forces with US and Iraqi troops to fight Al-Qaeda, to clear through neighborhoods and farmland previously considered highly violent for US forces. AFP PHOTO/DAVID FURST (Photo credit should read DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Troops ‘In Harm’s Way’ Supporting Liberation of Mosul, Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American troops, including some who are embedded with advancing forces, are “in harm’s way” as they collaborate with troops from Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and Iran-linked Shiite militias in the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), according to the Pentagon.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is part of an uneasy coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state

India: Prime Minister Says Pakistan Is the ‘Mothership of Terrorism’

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has labeled its regional rival Pakistan the “mothership of terrorism” and a country that “radiates the darkness of terrorism” as violent and sometimes deadly clashes between the two nuclear-armed nations continue in the disputed region of Kashmir despite a 2003 ceasefire.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, talks to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, right, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Iran’s foreign minister begun a Latin American tour in Cuba, declaring Iran and Cuba united by their histories of resisting what he called U.S. atrocities. Zarif also plans to visit Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Wikileaks: Clinton Tells Goldman Sachs Iran Can Attack from Latin America

Hillary Clinton, while advocating for U.S.-led strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities in transcripts of paid speeches made behind closed doors, acknowledged Iran’s ability to terrorize the United States through Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) operatives and other proxies in Latin and North America.

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to a key southern city in Helmand province where fighting is raging with the Taliban to ensure it does not fall to the insurgents. Helmand is a strategically important province for both the Kabul government and the Taliban, whose insurgency is now in its 15th year. (AP Photo, File)

Helmand: Fleeing Afghan Troops Killed, Surrender Weapons to Taliban

Nearly 100 members of the corrupt U.S.-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were executed by the Taliban as they tried to flee a town near the besieged capital of Helmand, a province that has remained an important Taliban stronghold throughout the 15-year-old war and is currently at risk of falling back into the hands of the jihadists, reports Reuters.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen chats with Bundeswehr troops participating in land operation exercises at the Bundeswehr training ground on October 10, 2014 near Bergen, Germany. Von der Leyen is having to deal with revelations that a large portion of Germany's military hardware, including helicopters, jet fighters, transport planes and tanks, are currently inoperable due to a shortage of spare parts and a lack of investment over recent years. In addition a recent independent audit she commissioned claims that all of the nine biggest investment projects in new hardware by the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, over the last few decades have been beset by massive cost overruns and debilitating delays. Critics have called for a total overhaul of the Bundeswehr's procurement process.

Hezbollah, Islamic State Have Weaponized Drones

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and the Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah have reportedly weaponized low-tech drones that can be bought in stores and on Amazon, including Styrofoam model planes, by attaching improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on them and using them for surveillance and reconnaissance.

Face-covered militants who they say are Talibans pose with an RPG in Zabul province, southern of Kabul, Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. A Taliban commander said in a sit-down interview that insurgent fighters will battle "Christian" troops until they leave Afghanistan and a fundamentalist government is established in Kabul, warning that hundreds of militants are ready to launch suicide attacks to again install strict Islamic law. The regional-level commander, Mullah Nazir Ahmed Hamza, said the Taliban still has thousands of fighters despite heavy losses in recent battles, that support for the hardline movement is increasing every day and that U.S. and NATO forces would have a tough time beating the fighters without air support. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

New Taliban Leader Preached Openly in Pakistan for 15 Years

The new chief of the Afghan Taliban Haibatullah Akhundzada “openly taught and preached” at the at the Al Haaj mosque in Pakistan for 15 years and left two days after he was named the jihadist group’s new leader in May, Reuters exclusively reports, citing the leader’s associates and students.

Lamiya Aji Bashar

NGOs: World Has Neglected Survivors of Islamic State Sex Slavery

The international community has abandoned and forgotten survivors from the Yazidi religious minority group in the Middle East, including women and girls who escaped imprisonment and rape by Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists, according to Amnesty International, a human rights watchdog group.

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Wikileaks: Clinton Coordinated with State Department on First Tweet About Email Scandal

The latest trove of hacked emails recently released by Wikileaks suggests that the Hillary Clinton camp received the blessings of the U.S. State Department to post a Twitter message urging the Obama administration to review 30,490 work-related emails the Democratic presidential nominee had selected to be released to the public, in an apparent effort to get ahead of of the email scandal and appear like she has nothing to hide.