National Security

Report: U.S. Seeking Expanded Presence in Kenya

U.S. Africa Command is seeking new authorities to carry out armed drone strikes targeting al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab fighters in eastern Kenya, four American government officials told the New York Times anonymously in a report published on Tuesday.

Kenyan police officers check vehicles on a road after a bus, travelling from the coastal region of Lamu to the town of Malindi, was ambushed by gunmen in Lamu county, southeast Kenya, on January 2, 2020. - At least three people were killed near Kenya's southeastern border with Somalia on …

Report: Iran Forms Paramilitary ‘Strike Teams’ to Suppress Protests

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the designated terrorist force controlled by the theocratic side of the Iranian regime, reportedly announced this week that it has formed paramilitary “strike teams” to suppress protests in the national capital of Tehran and the oil-rich province of Khuzestan.

Supporters of the Basij, a militia loyal to the Islamic republic's establishment, chant anti-US slogans during a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine plane crash in University of Tehran on January 14, 2020. - Iran announced its first arrests over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week, …

Report: Chinese Fishermen Illegally Plundering Galápagos Islands

A marine conservation group published an analysis on Wednesday revealing that an armada of Chinese fishing vessels carried out more than 73,000 hours of illegal fishing in the Galápagos between July and August, pulling thousands of tonnes of squid and fish up in the process.

A squid swims underwater off the shore of the coastal city of Qalamun, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on September 24, 2019. (Photo by Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) (Photo credit should read IBRAHIM CHALHOUB/AFP via Getty Images)

Two Iranian Nationals Charged in Global Cyber-Theft Campaign

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that charges have been filed against Hooman Heidarian and Mehdi Farhadi, two Iranian nationals in their 30s who allegedly carried out cyberattacks against private and public systems in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East — “sometimes at the behest of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Participant hold their laptops in front of an illuminated wall at the annual Chaos Computer Club (CCC) computer hackers' congress, called 29C3, on December 28, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The 29th Chaos Communication Congress (29C3) attracts hundreds of participants worldwide annually to engage in workshops and lectures discussing the role …