Edwin Mora

Edwin Mora

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

Report: U.S. Weighing Sanctions Against China for Buying Oil from Iran

Some advisers within U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration are allegedly urging secondary economic restrictions on Beijing for continuing to import Iranian oil despite American sanctions against the purchase, Politico reported this week, citing anonymous U.S. officials.

Tugboats dock the oil tanker “Daniel” carrying crude oil imported from Iran at the Port of Zhoushan in Zhoushan city, east China’s Zhejiang province, 8 March 2018. Imaginechina | AP Images

Child Suicide Bomber Kills 5, Injures at Least 14 at Wedding in Afghanistan

A 13-year-old boy on Friday reportedly detonated a suicide bomb at a wedding party in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan, home to the most prominent Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) stronghold in the region, killing at least five people and injuring 14 others, according to local officials.

A wounded man receives treatment in a hospital after a suicide attack on the outskirts of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 12, 2019. A 13-year old suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding early Friday in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, killing five people and injuring 11 …

South Sudan, Niger Take Steps to Defend Girls from Child Marriage

Recent developments in Niger and South Sudan could signal a turning point for preventing girls from being married off before they become adults in two countries with the highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world, news outlets reported this week.

OPSHOT - Chinyere (Godgiven) and her husband-to-be Jones (R) prepare wedding documents during a service at the Evangelic Calvary Life Mission Church on May 28, 2017 in the Osusu district of Aba. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

Al-Qaeda Urges Jihad to ‘Make India Suffer’ over Kashmir

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urged supporters in the disputed Kashmir region to inflict “unrelenting blows” on Indian soldiers and their government, the Long War Journal learned this week from one of the terrorist group’s media arms.

This handhout picture of a video grab provided by the SITE Intelligence Group on February 12, 2012 shows Al-Qaeda's chief Ayman al-Zawahiri at an undisclosed location making an announcment in a video-relayed audio message posted on jihadist forums. AFP PHOTO/SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP-

Pro-Iran Shiite Terrorists Attack Nigerian National Assembly

Hundreds of terrorists from the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) this week reportedly attacked the national assembly in the Sunni-dominated African country, triggering a violent confrontation with authorities that left at least two militants dead and some police officers injured, Western and local media reported.

A policeman walks past a car burnt by supporters of an imprisoned leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim Zakzaky around the national assembly building in Nigeria's capital Abuja, on July 9, 2019. - Supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric clashed on July 8, 2019 with security forces …

Libya: French-Owned U.S. Missiles Found on Warlord Haftar Base

Paris on Wednesday admitted that U.S.-made missiles found on a base operated by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Haftar belonged to the French military, but it denied breaching a United Nations arms embargo, claiming that the weapons were “unusable” and never intended to end up with the warlord’s troops, who have been accused of war crimes.

In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 photo, U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank missiles are displayed in Tripoli, Libya, after being captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). France's Defense Ministry acknowledged that U.S.-made missiles captured from the LNA belonged to the French military. A statement Wednesday, July 10, 2019, said the …

U.S. Approves Biggest Arms Sale to Taiwan of Trump’s Presidency

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) approved the possible sale to democratically ruled Taiwan of over $2 billion worth of arms and related equipment, the Pentagon announced this week, despite Communist China’s objections to the most significant weapons deal with Taipei so far since Donald Trump became president.

US Army personnel offload military equipment at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta in Romania on February 14, 2017. Soldiers and equipment from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, arrived at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base as part of the ongoing Atlantic Resolve mission. The combined …

Iran Boasts: World Awe in U.S. Military ‘Shattered’ by Drone Downing

The downing of an American drone last month by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a United States-designated terrorist group, “shattered” U.S. military awe, commanders of the elite Iranian armed forces unit boasted on Tuesday, claiming that the Islamic Republic’s ground forces are invincible.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a trilateral meeting on Syria with his Russian and Turkish counterparts in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 14, 2019. (Photo by Sergei CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read SERGEI CHIRIKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Envoy Says Latest Taliban Peace Talks ‘Most Productive’ So Far

Peace talks between representatives from the United States and the Taliban continued in Qatar over the weekend as the narco-jihadi group detonated a car bomb outside a government security compound in central Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, killing 14 people and injuring more than 180, including many children.

Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. - Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, …

Chinese Christians Worship Freely for First Time in Taiwan

Some members of the persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church in China were reportedly able to worship publicly for the first time on Sunday in democratically ruled Taiwan after communist authorities shut down their congregation in China as part of Beijing’s widespread crackdown on ethnoreligious minorities across the Asian country.

Worshippers leave after a service at the Holy Family Church in Taipei on September 23, 2018. - Worshippers at masses in Hong Kong and Taiwan on September 23 were largely upbeat about a new deal between China and the Vatican despite fears Beijing is trying to up control of the …

India: Group Hacks Man, Pregnant Wife to Death over Inter-Caste Marriage 

An unidentified group of people in India’s Tamil Nadu state this week murdered a man and his three-months-pregnant wife in what local authorities believe to be an inter-caste marriage hate crime that could potentially mark the second such incident in the same area in just a week.

Very Pregnant Woman

U.S. Troops Mark Independence Day in Anti-Islamic State War Zones

American troops deployed as part of the U.S.-led international coalition fighting to ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria may be allowed a moment’s respite from war to contact their families and mark Independence Day on July 4.

FORT CARSON, CO - JUNE 15: A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome home ceremony for troops arriving from Afghanistan on June 15, 2011 to Fort Carson, Colorado. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties …

Report: Watchdog Blasts Islamic Bloc at U.N. for Silence on China’s Muslim Camps

The executive director of a United Nations watchdog group this week reportedly took the bloc of Islamic nations at the international body’s human rights council to task over its silence about China forcing hundreds of thousands of Muslim minorities, mainly ethnic Uighurs, into concentration camps in Xinjiang.

This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. - While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with early morning prayers and festivities this week, the recent …

July 4: Feds Warn of Possible Terror Attacks as ISIS Threatens New York, White House

Federal authorities, in the days leading to Independence Day, warned of potential, not specific, attacks against revelers at the hands of “homegrown terrorists,” referring to those inspired by overseas jihadi groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda, according to an intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: The White House prior to a firework display on July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)