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 woman in a burqa casts her ballot on February 18, 2008 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The critical national and provincial elections are expected to further weaken President Musharraf's hold on power. The elections are considered a crucial step in the ongoing process of moving Pakistan from military to civilian …

War on ‘Blasphemy’ a Top Theme in Islamist-Dominated Pakistani Elections

The looming July 25 general elections in Pakistan have seen hundreds of candidates enter the political mainstream with backing from Islamic terrorist organizations and ardent supporters of the country’s blasphemy law, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed this week.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari spent months in the British capital last year for treatment to an unspecified illness, casting doubt on his fitness to govern 

Nigeria: Ruling Party Threatens to Punish Splinter Group Abandoning President Buhari

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party this week disavowed the Reformed APC breakaway faction made up of politicians who no longer supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s government because it is “inept and incompetent,” warning that it will “not hesitate to take lawful actions” against members of the splinter group, various news reports revealed

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Syria: 24-Hour Russian Bombing Blitz Prompts Rebels to Resume Talks

An “unprecedented” nearly 24-hour bombing offensive by Russian forces that began Wednesday in support of Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah and other ground forces fighting on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria has reportedly prompted rebel fighters to resume peace talks and surrender more than 30 towns.

A group of bishops led by Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes (C) came to the Nicaraguan city of Masaya to show support for the locals, who say they are the target of pro-Ortega forces

Catholic Church Joins Anti-Leftist Opposition in Nicaragua

The commitment by the repressive communist administration of Daniel Ortega to dialogue with the Catholic Church-backed opposition is “insincere,” the human rights group Amnesty International determined this week.

A Pakistani woman in a burqa casts her ballot on February 18, 2008 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The critical national and provincial elections are expected to further weaken President Musharraf's hold on power. The elections are considered a crucial step in the ongoing process of moving Pakistan from military to civilian …

Pakistan: Political Leaders Facing Terror Threat as Jihadi Surge Enters Elections

Political leaders in nuclear-armed Pakistan, often considered to be allied with the powerful military establishment, are beginning to feel the ramifications of the jihadi candidate surge that entered the general elections, increasingly facing terrorist threats ahead of the contest, Dawn reports Tuesday.

Coffins are prepared for burial during a funeral service for 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018. - Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month …

Boko Haram, Fulani Terrorists Kill 2,000 in Nigeria in Six Months

The number of predominantly Christian people killed in Nigeria by Muslim Fulani terrorists in the first six months of this year has dwarfed the fatalities carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-affiliated Boko Haram, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the African country revealed this week.

Participants carry an American flag during the 4th of July parade in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Decked out in red, white and blue, Californians waved flags and sang patriotic songs at Independence Day parades across the state. Americans (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Major Cities Across U.S. Boost Security for July 4 Celebrations

Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across that country have enhanced security measures and employed contingency plans to ensure the safety of Fourth of July revelers, even though the FBI has reportedly said there are no specific, credible threats facing the United States at this time.

An Afghan soldier points his gun at an Islamic State group banner as he patrols during ongoing clashes in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on July 26, 2016

Afghan Islamic State Believed Behind Beheadings, Arson at Children’s School

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has “grown stronger” over the last few years despite the record number of ongoing U.S.-NATO-led coalition airstrikes launched against the group, the Washington Examiner reported in the last few days, citing the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

People attend the "Marcha de las Flores" in honor of the children killed during protests

Over 200 Protesters Killed Since April in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan regime’s deadly ongoing crackdown on protesters discontent with the policies of the ruling government of the communist Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega has already left over 200 people dead since demonstrations erupted in April.

FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Two senior Taliban figures said that Pakistan has issued a stark warning to the militant group, apparently surprised over being excluded from the …

Feds Sentence Afghan Man to 10 Years for Smuggling Taliban Heroin into U.S.

A U.S. federal court reportedly sentenced an Afghan national to a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison this week in connection to a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to smuggle heroin used to fund the Taliban’s terrorist activities from Afghanistan into the United States.

SOCHI, RUSSIA MAY 17, 2018: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (not in picture) at Bocharov Ruchei residence. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)

Turkey Lashes Out at Russia and Iran over Assad De-Escalation Zone Violation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu blamed Syrian regime allies Russia and Iran, as well as the United States, on Friday for dictator Bashar al-Assad’s bombardment of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other rebel forces in southern Syria in violation of the de-escalation zone established by Moscow and Washington.

A displaced Yemeni family sit in a classroom of a school in the city of Hodeidah after being evacuated from a village near Hodeidah airport amid battles between government forces and Houthi fighters

U.N.: Over 18 Million to Die of Starvation in Yemen in 2018

The United Nations warned this week that an estimated 18.4 million are expected to perish of war-driven starvation in Yemen by the end of the year, a development that will exacerbate what some say is the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Chinese Navy Propaganda Video Reveals Anger over RIMPAC Snub

Chinese Navy Propaganda Video Reveals Anger over RIMPAC Snub

Communist China’s navy released a propaganda video showing off its naval capabilities in frustration over America’s decision not to invite Beijing to the annual U.S.-led Pacific joint military drill and “naval keg party,” known as the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPCA), Task & Purpose reported this week.

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

U.S. Suspends Anti-Taliban Airstrikes amid Kabul’s Unilateral Truce

The U.S. military has suspended airstrikes targeting the Taliban in Afghanistan while intensifying its air campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) wing in the country, which has already attempted to officially establish a “caliphate” twice this year alone, an American commander told reporters this week.

NEW YORK, USA - SEPTEMBER 21: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets with US President Donald Trump (R) as part of his bilateral meetings, at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, United States on September 21, 2017. World leaders gathered in New York for the 72nd …

Pompeo: Maintaining U.S.-Turkey Ties During Syria War ‘Has Been Difficult’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explicitly told a Senate panel on Wednesday that maintaining America’s relationship with its NATO ally Turkey “has been difficult” in recent years, citing the United States support for Syrian Kurds considered terrorists by Ankara as a hurdle.

Smoke rises from the rebel-held town of Nawa in southern Syria after air strikes on June 27, 2018

Syria: Russian-Backed Assad Bombings Force 50,000 to Flee

Fighters supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad have displaced up to 50,000 and shut down at least three hospitals in a siege to retake a rebel-held region in southwest Syria that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the United Nations and a monitor group report this week.

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Afghan President: ‘I Will Negotiate with the Taliban’s Leader Anywhere’

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in an op-ed published Wednesday, again supplicated the Taliban terrorists to embrace his U.S.-backed offer of a truce and official acceptance of the group as a political organization, stressing that he is willing to “negotiate” with the Taliban’s chief “anywhere he wants.”

Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The killing of Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country's Shiite rebels on Monday, as their alliance crumbled, has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UAE Puts Yemen Peace Deal on Table with Houthis

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member of a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen since 2015, revealed Tuesday that the Sunni alliance is working with the United Nations on a deal to end the war that would make peace contingent upon the Shiite rebels withdrawal from the strategically important port city of Hodeidah.

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 …

Taliban Threatens Clerics Who Commit ‘Great Sin’ of Helping Americans

The Afghan Taliban, who have reportedly stepped up attacks against Islamic clerics who disagree with them, on Tuesday denounced the so-called Islamic Scholars’ conferences in Asia and the Middle East as an American “scheme” intended to delegitimize their “jihadic resistance.”

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Report: India’s Modi Mulling Surrendering Dalai Lama to China

The future of the Dalai Lama, who has received shelter in India since Beijing launched a crackdown on Tibetans nearly 60 years ago, reportedly surfaced as the predominant subject of discussion between China and India at a recent summit as both sides try to mend their tumultuous relationship, according to a report in Indian media this week.