National Security

US, Taliban pause negotiations in Doha following 'solid' talks

Report: Taliban Captures 150 Afghan Troops During Peace Talks

The Afghanistan government on Monday contested reports claiming that the Taliban captured a record 150 American-trained and supplied Afghan border police officers and confiscated their U.S.-supplied weapons and military equipment after they surrendered over the weekend when the narco-jihadis chased them into neighboring Turkmenistan following ongoing battles in Badghis province.

US reports 'progress' in peace talks with Taliban

Trump Meets Nat Sec Team After Kabul Complains About Peace Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump held an hourlong classified meeting on Afghanistan with his national security team over the weekend in the wake of complaints by a top Afghan official that the American envoy charged with leading peace negotiations is “elevating” the Taliban at the expense of sidelining Kabul.

The Associated Press

China Claims 13,000 ‘Terrorists’ Arrested in Uighur Province of Xinjiang

The Chinese government published a policy paper on Monday claiming it has arrested 13,000 “terrorists” in Xinjiang province since 2014. The paper is part of China’s effort to defend the massive re-education camps that currently hold up to a million members of the Uighur population, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group.

N. Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

South Korea Sees No Sign of Imminent North Korean Missile Launch

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo told his parliament on Monday there is no sign of an imminent missile launch from North Korea, despite some provocative activity spotted by satellite at the rocket launch facility in Tongchang-ri.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga take part in a graduation ceremony at the Zakho military academy in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Zakho, some 500 kilometres north of Baghdad, on January 30, 2018. Some four-hundred eighteen male and female Peshmerga fighters completed their military training and graduated from the academy. / AFP …

Turkey and Iran Conduct Joint Mission Against Kurdish Militants in Iraq

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against Kurdish separatist militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with full results yet to be announced. The operation was apparently conducted in the Qandil mountains of Iraq’s Irbil province, about 25 miles from the Turkish border.

Christchurch

Turkish Prez Showing Christchurch Footage at Rallies, NZ Fears He Is Endangering Kiwis

Turkey’s Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been inflaming his supporters by showing footage of the suspected far-right terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, at political rallies — a move which potentially “imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad”, according to the Pacific country’s foreign minister.

TEL AVIV -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan screened a video at a campaign rally in which he falsely linked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair, to the deadly shooting massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 50 people were murdered at two mosques.

Turkey’s Erdogan Falsely Links Yair Netanyahu to Christchurch Massacre

TEL AVIV — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan screened a video at a campaign rally that falsely links Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair, to the deadly shooting massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 50 people were murdered at two mosques.

Main Netanyahu rival says nothing incriminating on hacked phone

Poll Shows Netanyahu’s Likud Beating Main Rival Blue and White

TEL AVIV – The Likud party is predicted to win the most seats in Israel’s upcoming elections, a poll published Sunday showed, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling party narrowly beating the newcomer Blue and White party by a margin of 31-30.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 2: A Metropolitan police officer patrols the streets of Westminster March 2, 2004 in London. The government today announced figures showing that police force numbers have reached an all-time high, with an increase af almost 6000 to 138,155 officers in the last 12 months. (Photo by …

London Police Treating Stabbing as Far-right Terror

LONDON (AP) – British police say a stabbing west of London in which a man attacked a teenager with a baseball bat and knife while hurling racist abuse is being treated as a terrorist incident “inspired by the far-right.”

Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin poses for a portrait in an office Sunday Jan. 29, 2012, in the coastal town of Caesarea. Feiglin, a hardline Jewish settler who supports cash incentives to empty the West Bank and Gaza of Palestinians is running against Israel's prime minister in Tuesday's ruling Likud party's …

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Politician Moshe Feiglin Vows to ‘Drain the Swamp’

TEL AVIV — Moshe Feiglin, chairman of the Zehut party, vowed that if he enters the Knesset following next month’s election here, he will work to “drain the swamp” by fighting corruption and big government policies that, Feiglin argues, are negatively impacting Israelis day-to-day.

New Zealand

New Zealand Suspect Toured Christian-Ottoman Battle Sites

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead in New Zealand had travelled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken in eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor shows explosions following shelling by the US-backed forces on the Islamic State group's embattled holdout of Baghouz, on March 11, 2019. - US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces pounded the last scrap of land held by the Islamic State group …

Islamic State on Caliphate Fall: ‘What Is Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia’

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), even as its so-called caliphate continues to crumble, disseminated a new propaganda film this week urging the jihadi remnants in the group’s last sliver of land in Syria not to worry about their possible demise because they will end up in “paradise” while their enemies will go to “hell.”