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February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019: Malaysian police arrested six accused of planning attack, links to militants

SITUATION   Malaysian police arrested six men, including four foreigners, suspected of planning terror attacks or being the member of militant groups. Two of the suspects are Malaysian nationals while the remaining four are from Singapore, Bangladesh, the Philippines and unnamed South Asian country. According to authorities, the suspects, aged between 21 and 48, were arrested during anti-terror raids between December and January. Police believe most of the arrested suspects were generating funds for the organized attacks or recruiting for the Islamic State (IS), while one suspect was providing shelter to a black-listed terrorist. Malaysia has directed and extended their counter-terrorism strategies...

 

February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019: Mozambique’s Debt Scam: Former Intelligence Director Arrested

SITUATION Mozambique’s Debt Scandal has taken a new turn. Antonio Carlos do Rosario, former director of Mozambique’s intelligence unit, was arrested alongside Teofilo Nhangumele, the chairman of state-run Proindicus, Ematum and Mozambique Asset Management, the police source said. At the heart of the debt scandal in Mozambique are the government officials who contracted secret loans from the London branches of banks Credit Suisse and Russia’s VTB bank. The $2 billion of loans were given in 2013 but mostly did not come to light until 2016. The loans were guaranteed by then Finance Minister Manuel Chang but were not approved by...

 

February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019: Monica Witt: Former US counterintelligence officer charged with spying for Iran

SITUATION A former US Air Force special agent and counterintelligence specialist, Monica Elfriede Witt, has been accused of delivering classified defense information to the Iranian government that helped Tehran target her US counterintelligence officers. Monica Witt, aged 39, was a cryptologist and a counter-intelligence analyst for the United States Air Force for more than 10 years before working as an intelligence analyst for the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for five months in 2008 and doing some other private sector work. John Demers, assistant attorney general for national Security, said, "It is a sad day for America when one of...

 

February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019: Biggest suicide attack in Kashmir kills 42 Indian soldiers

SITUATION 42 personnel of the Indian security forces have been killed in the biggest suicide attack in the Northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the worst such attack in two decades of Kashmir conflict. The suspected attacker, a 20-year-old rebel, Adil Dar, from Pulwama in southern Kashmir, rammed his car which was laden with explosives into a bus which was a part of a convoy transporting paramilitary troopers in Pulwama district on Thursday. 42 paramilitary personnel were confirmed dead in the attack and over a dozen were wounded. Car bomb attacks are rare in Kashmir. The official said buses...

 

February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019: White supremacist gang members accused of meth trafficking in Arkansas, U.S.

SITUATION U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland said that a new set of indictments, in the ongoing case, were unsealed on Tuesday. They name 54 members of the ‘New Aryan Empire’ (NAE), a white supremacist organization that began as a prison gang in the 1990s.  The gang made violent attempts to silence witnesses to the group's meth-trafficking, including permanently disfiguring one person's face with a hot knife. This group engages in drug trafficking, intimidation of a witness, violence including attempted murder, kidnapping, and assault. The indictments were originally returned in October 2017, accusing 44 gang members of drug and gun crimes. In...