Edwin Mora

Edwin Mora

Edwin Mora primarily covers national security and defense issues. He has a Communication degree (Journalism concentration) from George Mason University.
Syria-Iran deal to counter 'economic war' from West: Assad

Assad Makes His Pitch to the Kurds: ‘The Americans Will Not Protect You’

Iranian- and Russian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad over the weekend warned Syrian Kurds who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) that the U.S. would not protect them from a prospective offensive by America’s NATO ally Turkey, who has vowed to push the Kurdish fighters out of northern Syria.

Chemical weapons attacks in Syria's war: a timeline

Study: Assad Used Chemical Weapons over 300 Times Since Obama’s ‘Red Line’ Speech

The Iranian- and Russian-backed regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad has used banned chemical weapons against its own people more than 300 times since former President Barack Obama declared in 2012 that such attacks would cross a “red line” that would trigger a U.S. military response, the Germany-based Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) reported on Sunday.

The Associated Press

Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election, President Threatens to Kill Vote Fraudsters

The main opposition party in Nigeria on Monday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of urging “jungle justice” by ordering the police and armed forces to be “ruthless” with any attempts to tamper with the vote, following the last-minute decision by the country’s top electoral body to postpone the general election by a week to February 23.

Israel bombs targets in south Syria, near Damascus: monitor

Russia: ‘No Offensive’ Planned Against Al-Qaeda in Syria

Russia, Turkey, and Iran have not agreed on new military operations against al-Qaeda-linked jihadis gaining ground in Syria’s Idlib province in recent weeks despite a Moscow-Ankara agreement to rein them in, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin reportedly revealed on Thursday.

Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative state

Report: Armed Conflicts Kill More than 100,000 Babies Annually

An estimated 274 babies are killed each day on average in just ten countries located in the Middle East and Africa where children are believed to be most affected by armed conflict, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children revealed in a report on Friday.

NIGERIA, UNKNOWN : A screen grab made on January 20, 2015 from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau holding up a flag as he delivers a message. Boko Haram has claimed a …

Nigeria: Islamic State Claims Deadly Attack on Governor’s Election Convoy

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram offshoot, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack this week on a state governor’s election motorcade in Nigeria that may have involved some beheadings days before people in the African country head to the polls on Saturday.

Assad staying in power would be 'grotesque error': Macron

Russia: ‘Not All Issues Have Been Resolved’ with Iran in Syria

Dictator Bashar al-Assad’s allies Moscow and Tehran disagree on solutions to the Syrian war, Russian President Vladimir Putin conceded on Thursday, days after deadly infighting between regime forces loyal to Russia and Iran erupted, threatening to break the pro-Damascus alliance.

The Associated Press

Pakistan P.M. Imran Khan to Host Talks Between Taliban, U.S. Envoy

Pakistan confirmed on Thursday that it would host the next round of peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States on February 18 as part of efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to end the more than 17-year-old war with a political settlement.

Pakistani men protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Karachi on February 12, 2017

Top Pakistani Court Confirms Ban on Haram Valentine’s Day

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Muslim-majority Pakistan on Tuesday sustained its decision to outlaw Valentine’s Day celebrations and the promotion of the February 14 Christian holiday across the country, ordering authorities to take action on revelers.

India's navy currently uses the French-designed Chetak model helicopter, but will purchase 111 new multi-utility aircraft

India Launches Program to Replace 111 Soviet-Era Helicopters

India this week asked foreign companies to bid for a nearly $3 billion deal to manufacture 111 military helicopters on Indian soil in collaboration with domestic firms to replace the navy’s aging Soviet-era aircraft, the country’s defense ministry announced.

North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

U.S. Military: North Korea an Immediate Threat Unlikely to Give Up Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON, DC— North Korea does not intend to give up all its nuclear weapons or production facilities and remains the “most immediate” menace in the Indo-Pacific area for the United States, the top U.S. commander in the region told lawmakers on Tuesday, echoing a recent assessment from the American intelligence community.

China says the USS Hopper, center in this 2009 file photo, was involved in a close encounter near a Chinese island in the South China Sea this week. File photo by Michael A. Lantron/U.S. Navy/UPI

Top Commander: China ‘Eroding’ U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

WASHINGTON, DC — China’s “massive effort to grow and modernize” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “eroding” the United States’ “relative competitive military advantage” in the Indo-Pacific region, the top American commander in the area warned on Tuesday, stressing that Beijing’s communist leaders are sensing “weaknesses.”

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said the insurgents did not want a monopoly on power.

Taliban Rejects Afghanistan Offer to Open Political Office Within Country

Taliban narco-jihadis turned down Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer on Sunday to open a political post in Afghanistan, including in the group’s opium-rich birthplace of Kandahar, saying they want international recognition of their existing political office in the Qatari capital of Doha instead.

Iraqi PMF fighters June 20, 2017 on the Iraq-Syria border in Nineveh, Iraq.

Canadian Jihadi Detained in Syria Laments Islamic State Left Him ‘Out to Dry’

A Canadian jihadi captured by U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in recent months after he traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISI) in 2014 is now urging his government to repatriate him, complaining to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency on Sunday that the terrorist group has left him “hung out to dry.”

Nigerians Claim Victory Over Boko Haram

Nigeria Again Declares Victory over Boko Haram, Warns of Islamic State ‘Global Insurgency’

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, on the same day that the African country’s forces clashed with Boko Haram, repeated the false allegation it has made on various occasions of having “successfully defeated” the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked jihadi group, claiming that the nation is now facing a new “global insurgency.”

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission) A group of detainees kneels during an early morning Islamic prayer in their camp at the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on October 28, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although U.S. …

Trump Admin Considers Sending Islamic State Jihadis from Syria to Gitmo

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering transferring some of the hundreds of suspected Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists held in Syria to the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as an option of “last resort,” the Department of State (DOS) confirmed Thursday.