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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A Pakistani voter casts her ballot in a by-election in Lahore on September 17, 2017. The wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is contesting a parliamentary by-election September 17 after her husband's seat became vacant when he was ousted from office. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI (Photo …

Pakistan Fails to Keep Thousands of Jihadis, Rapists, Criminals Off Election Ballots

Pakistan’s election commission appears powerless to prevent the “political mainstreaming” of Islamic extremists and candidates charged with crimes ranging from corruption and rape to human smuggling and murder, rendering the country’s upcoming race a springboard for radicals and alleged criminals, according to several news reports.

Taliban fighters ride in their vehicle in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing …

Afghan Government Ready to Extend Ceasefire with Taliban for 1 Year

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s administration and the government in charge of the provincial capital of Kandahar, the Taliban’s birthplace, seem desperate to convince the narco-jihadist group to accept an unconditional ceasefire, offering the terrorist group incentives like the ability to visit relatives this week to embrace a truce proposal of up to one year.

In jubilant scenes, an Afghan Taliban militant armed with a rocket launcher celebrated the ceasefire with residents of Jalalabad

Taliban to Punish Members for Ceasefire Selfies with Afghan Troops

Taliban jihadists posing for selfies with Afghan security forces and government officials in the midst of the historic three-day truce over the weekend triggered anger among senior members of the terrorist group who have vowed to discipline those who took pictures.

Members of displaced Yemeni families who fled battles between government forces and Huthi fighters near the Hodeida airport stand on the balcony of a school used as temporary housing inside the city of Hodeida on June 17, 2018

U.N.: 25,000-Plus Civilians Flee Yemen Port City as Fighting Rages

Ongoing fierce clashes between the Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-allied Houthi rebels over the control of Yemen’s most vital port city, Hodeida, have forced about 26,000 residents to flee so far, the United Nations declared this week as fighting continues to rage.

Captagon, whose trade has flourished in the chaos of the Syrian war, is an amphetamine-type stimulant often referred to as the "jihadist" drug

U.S.-Backed Fighters Seize $1.4 Million in ‘Jihadist Drug’ from Islamic State in Syria

Syrian rebels, backed by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), at the end of last month captured a $1.4 million cache of narcotics owned by the terrorist group, including more than 300,000 highly-addictive amphetamine-based Captagon pills known as the “jihadists’ drug,” the alliance announced this week.

TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A volunteer from the Syrian Civil Defence (known as the White Helmets) carries a wounded boy after digging him out of the rubble following an air strike on Hamouria, in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, on January 9, 2018. Air …

Trump Admin Reverses Decision to Stop Funding for White Helmets in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration abandoned its decision this week to suspend funding for the Syria Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue force widely known as the White Helmets, releasing millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding for the group, according to the State Department.

FILE -- In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest opium, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. For the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the majority of the world’s opium is grown -- and as insurgent attacks intensify around the provincial …

Watchdog: Afghans Turn to Heroin Production for Job Security

The historic production of opium and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan — with a record output value of up to $6.6 billion last year, or nearly a third of the country’s entire gross domestic product — appears to provide better prospects for job security than any other industry in the nation.

Yemenis drop off boxes of humanitarian aid provided by the Emirati Red Crescent in the coastal town of Mujailis, south of the city of Hodeida, on June 6, 2018. (Photo by NABIL HASSAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read NABIL HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Coalition Expects to Seize Yemen Port City Before Humanitarian Crisis

The Saudi-led coalition reportedly said this week it can seize Yemen’s main port city of Hodeida from the Iran-allied Houthi rebels quickly enough to avoid interrupting aid to millions and triggering the famine that the United Nations fears would befall the region if the offensive continues.

The Afghan authorities have accused the Taliban of defying the start of a government ceasefire with them

Afghan Taliban Begins Unprecedented Ramadan Truce

The Afghan government may get to enjoy an unprecedented respite from the nearly 17-year-old war if the Taliban honors its three-day ceasefire that started Friday in honor of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

Turkey backed opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army patrol the northwestern city of Afrin, Syria, during a Turkish government organised media tour into northern Syria, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Turkey and allied Syrian opposition fighters captured the city of Afrin on Sunday, March 18, nearly two months after the …

Report: Turkey Supporting Seizures of Kurdish Property in Syria

A report published Thursday alleges that Turkey-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are seizing, looting, and destroying property in the predominantly Kurdish region of Afrin, further fueling fears that Ankara is quietly forcing a demographic change along its border with Syria.

Afghan Taliban Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Donald Trump

Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.

The Afghan Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed calls this week for direct discussions with the United States to end the nearly 17-year-old war — this time in a statement personally signed by the leader stressing that the withdrawal of “occupying forces” is the “only path” towards peace.

A pro-government forces soldier walks along the beach in the southern coastal city of Aden as Yemeni coast guards search for the remains of a United Arab Emirates helicopter from the Saudi-led coalition backing government forces in Yemen after it crashed on June 13, 2016, killing both crew.

Report: U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen in Support of Gulf Allies

The U.S. military has reportedly intensified its assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, providing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with intelligence to improve the accuracy of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in the port city of Hodeida that began Wednesday.

Collage of Trump, Xi, and Kim

China Pushes for ‘Guarantor’ Role in North Korea Talks

China is looking to assert a more prominent role as “guarantor” of anticipated “symbolic deals” after negotiations between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un began in Singapore on Tuesday, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks, center left, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, second right, poses for a group photo at the Eighth Army Operational Command Center at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Trump is …

U.S. Forces in Korea: ‘No Updated Guidance’ on Joint Exercises

The U.S. Forces in Korea (USFK) said on Tuesday it had yet to receive any orders to cease military drills with South Korea following American President Donald Trump’s post-Singapore summit pledge to halt “war games” in the Korean peninsula.

TOPSHOT - Singer/actress Rihanna attends the World Premiere of OCEANS 8 June 5, 2018 in New York. - OCEANS 8 will be released nationwide on June 8, 2018. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Haram: Turkey Fines Music Channels for Playing Rihanna Hits

The most prominent media watchdog group in Turkey reportedly slapped unprecedented fines this week on Turkish music channels for playing songs by Barbadian pop star Rihanna, branding her music “inappropriate.”

China arrested a U.S. citizen in 2016 on charges of espionage, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Wednesday. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

U.S. Prepares for China to Try Spying on Trump-Kim Singapore Summit

American officials are reportedly taking precautionary measures to prevent Chinese intelligence from spying on Americans during the upcoming potentially historic denuclearization summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, U.S. officials declared.

An Afghan police officer stands outside a voter registration center which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Report: U.S.-NATO Coalition Denies Pay to 30,000 Afghan Cops to Punish Corruption

The U.S.-NATO coalition has for months held back the funding stream for the salaries of up to 30,000 Afghan police officers on the frontline against the Taliban to prevent corrupt leaders from inflating the rosters with so-called “ghost,” or nonexistent, personnel to receive more money, the New York Times (NYT) reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu inspect a military parade during a visit to a Russian air base in Hmeimim

Monitor: Islamic State Killed 55 Assad Fighters After Russia Failed to Help

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) recently launched a “violent attack” in Syria that killed at least 55 pro-regime troops amid friction between dictator Bashar al-Assad’s allies Russia and Iran that apparently contributed to the regime’s losses, a monitor group suggested Wednesday.

Humvees of the combined Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilization units advance through the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul August 26, 2017

Report: U.S. Has Destroyed 40 U.S.-Supplied Humvees Captured by Taliban

U.S. warplanes over the last few years have pulverized an estimated 40 American taxpayer-funded Humvees worth about $70,000 each that fell into the hands of the Taliban after the United States provided them to the Afghan security forces, USA Today reported this week.