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Obama Visits CIA HQ and Talks Next Steps in ISIS Fight – The World Web Times – worldwt.com
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Panama Papers details are correct but do not implicate me, says Putin – The Guardian – The Web World Times – webwt.com
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» Ukraine’s parliament approved presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister…
14/04/16 12:22 from Today’s Headlines – by Mike Nova
Ukraine approves new PM in bid to end reform deadlock CNBC–2 hours ago Ukraine’s parliament approved presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister on Thursday in the biggest political shakeup since a … Ukraine&…

» Panama Papers details are correct but do not implicate me, says Putin – The Guardian
14/04/16 12:16 from U.S. Security News Review – Web World Times
Girl asks Putin: Who’d you save from drowning, Erdogan or … CNN International–3 hours ago Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the United States of trying to destabilize Russia before elections this September wi…

» Obama Visits CIA HQ and Talks Next Steps in ISIS Fight
14/04/16 11:48 from Markets and Business News Review – The World Web Times
Obama Visits CIA HQ and Talks Next Steps in ISIS Fight NBCNews.com–17 hours ago ISIS still has “the ability to inflict horrific violence,” but “we have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum,” Preside…

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4.3.16 – Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian | How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers – YouTube | Putin and Putinism: Putin as a person and as a politician and his political system of “Putinism”

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6:00 PM 4/3/2016 – Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian
 

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Putin and Putinism

Putin and Putinism

Putin as a person and as a politician and his political system of “Putinism”

» Trump and Putin: Two Liars Separated at Birth? – POLITICO Magazine
03/04/16 20:45 from Putin – Google News
POLITICO Magazine Trump and Putin : Two Liars Separated at Birth? POLITICO Magazine In Russia today, thanks to Putin , spectacle, theater and lying pervade the media, confuse the discourse and have turned the viewing public into an elect…

» «Ъ»: Путин рассмотрит варианты реформы электросетевой отрасли – Газета.Ru
03/04/16 20:28 from путин – Новости Google
«Ъ»: Путин рассмотрит варианты реформы электросетевой отрасли Газета.Ru Находящиеся в ведении государства «Россети» и их дочерняя Федеральная сетевая компания направят президенту России Владимиру Путину противоположные концепции реформир…

» Shocking leak exposes corruption, secret accounts linked to Putin, Assad, FIFA – Washington Examiner
03/04/16 20:17 from Putin – Google News
Shocking leak exposes corruption, secret accounts linked to Putin , Assad, FIFA Washington Examiner Millions of sensitive documents were leaked from a large and secretive Panama wealth services firm, according to reports Sunday. The nonp…

» Massive Leak Ties Vladimir Putin’s Associates to $2 Billion Offshore Money Trail – TIME
03/04/16 19:16 from Putin – Google News
TIME Massive Leak Ties Vladimir Putin’s Associates to $2 Billion Offshore Money Trail TIME A massive leak of confidential documents purports to show how allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin may be tied to a $2 billion offshore …

» В сети выяснили, почему Путин прятал свои офшоры у виолончелиста – Апостроф
03/04/16 18:39 from путин – Новости Google
Апостроф В сети выяснили, почему Путин прятал свои офшоры у виолончелиста Апостроф В социальных сетях высмеяли информацию о том, что номинальным владельцем многомиллиардной бизнес-империи президента России Владимира Путина является его д…

» ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle: Extent of offshore world was ‘biggest surprise’ – Deutsche Welle
03/04/16 18:29 from Putin personality cult – Google News
Deutsche Welle ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle: Extent of offshore world was ‘biggest surprise’ Deutsche Welle … havens to hide their wealth. Russian President Vladimir Putin is among several leaders implicated. … In the era of Mao…

» Letters: Putin took advantage of Obama’s naiveté – The Advocate
03/04/16 18:07 from Putin – Google News
Letters: Putin took advantage of Obama’s naiveté The Advocate Ironically, Putin was equally eager to see the Iran nuclear deal quickly completed for Iran’s future. In order to avoid jeopardizing the negotiation, Putin put his lon…

» «Окружение Путина» вывело из России через сеть банков $2 млрд – Киев СМИ
03/04/16 17:38 from WikiLeaks Путин – Google News
Киев СМИ «Окружение Путина» вывело из России через сеть банков $2 млрд Киев СМИ Специальный корреспондент Телеканал новин 24 на тему Путин вывел в оффшоры 2 миллиарда долларов : Российский президент Владимир Путин через близких ему людей…

» СМИ связали с окружением Путина сеть офшоров на $2 млрд – РБК
03/04/16 17:00 from путин – Новости Google
СЕГОДНЯ СМИ связали с окружением Путина сеть офшоров на $2 млрд РБК В докладе Международного консорциума журналистских расследований (ICIJ), который был опубликован 3 апреля, утверждается, что люди «из близкого окружения» президента Росс…

» Мир вздрогнул. От хохота: “Вброс про Путина” оказался пустышкой – PolitonLine.Ru
03/04/16 16:48 from путин – Новости Google
PolitonLine.Ru Мир вздрогнул. От хохота: “Вброс про Путина ” оказался пустышкой PolitonLine.Ru Так что «разоблачением Путина » повторяется та же самая история: нам сообщают массу фактов и подробностей о «секретной финансовой се…

» Massive Leak Involves Putin Associates in Shadowy Money Scheme – The Moscow Times (registration)
03/04/16 15:31 from Putin – Google News
The Moscow Times (registration) Massive Leak Involves Putin Associates in Shadowy Money Scheme The Moscow Times (registration) A giant leak of documents has exposed members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle in an all…

» Путин вывел в оффшоры $2 миллиарда – расследование – Корреспондент.net
03/04/16 15:30 from WikiLeaks Путин – Google News
Корреспондент.net Путин вывел в оффшоры $2 миллиарда – расследование Корреспондент.net Материалы опубликовали Центр по исследованию коррупции и организованной преступности (OCCRP), Международный консорциум журналистских расследований (IC…

» СМИ: Путин держит в офшорах Панамы более $2 млрд – Агентство Бизнес Новостей
03/04/16 15:12 from путин – Новости Google
Агентство Бизнес Новостей СМИ: Путин держит в офшорах Панамы более $2 млрд Агентство Бизнес Новостей Добавим, в начале 2012 года — перед выборами президента России, — российское издание The New Times писало о том, что у Путина есть крупн…

» A massive leak of documents connects Putin and other world leaders to offshore deals – Quartz
03/04/16 15:03 from Putin – Google News
Quartz A massive leak of documents connects Putin and other world leaders to offshore deals Quartz Some 72 current or former heads of state, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin , have been linked with secret offshore deals fo…

» International journalists leak ‘The Panama Papers’ – Times of Malta
03/04/16 14:45 from здоровье путина – Google News
Times of Malta International journalists leak ‘The Panama Papers’ Times of Malta A massive leak of documents that exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders reveals how associates of Russian President Vl…

» Updated – International journalists leak ‘The Panama Papers’ – including Konrad Mizzi documents – Times of Malta
03/04/16 14:45 from здоровье путина – Google News
Times of Malta Updated – International journalists leak ‘The Panama Papers’ – including Konrad Mizzi documents Times of Malta A massive leak of documents that exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders r…

» The Guardian: Putin’s fortune ‘is controlled by a cellist’ – Slipped Disc
03/04/16 14:41 from Putin – Google News
Slipped Disc The Guardian: Putin’s fortune ‘is controlled by a cellist’ Slipped Disc A major paperchase in tomorrow’s Guardian newspaper claims that a man called Sergei Roldugin holds the key to the Russian president’…

» Обещанный «компромат»: Журналисты нашли $2 млрд в предположительно связанных с Путиным офшорах – БИЗНЕС Online
03/04/16 14:40 from путин – Новости Google
Агентство Бизнес Новостей Обещанный «компромат»: Журналисты нашли $2 млрд в предположительно связанных с Путиным офшорах БИЗНЕС Online Журналисты опубликовали глобальное расследование о секретных счетах представителей мировой элиты. В ча…

» Кошмарная сенсация: Путин и Порошенко оказались в одной лодке – ДОНБАСС
03/04/16 14:35 from путин – Новости Google
ДОНБАСС Кошмарная сенсация: Путин и Порошенко оказались в одной лодке ДОНБАСС Сегодня, 3 апреля, как ранее и анонсировалось, были обнародованы сенсационные материалы Международного консорциума журналистов-расследователей (ICIJ) о коррупц…

» Деньги Путина на далеких берегах – Радіо Свобода
03/04/16 14:33 from путин – Новости Google
Радіо Свобода Деньги Путина на далеких берегах Радіо Свобода Между этим заявлением пресс-секретаря Путина и сегодняшним вечером в интернете на телевидении между Кремлем и условной “оппозицией” развернулась целая “война ком…

» Поне 150 българи и фирми в #Panama Papers – 24 часа
03/04/16 14:26 from WikiLeaks Путин – Google News
Поне 150 българи и фирми в #Panama Papers 24 часа Испански журналисти от El Confidencial изчислили, че изтеклата информацията е 46 пъти по-обемна от материалите, които станаха известни като Wikileaks . Журналиститите откриват … „Докуме…

» Panama Papers: Putin associates linked to ‘money laundering’ – BBC News
03/04/16 14:24 from Putin – Google News
BBC News Panama Papers: Putin associates linked to ‘money laundering’ BBC News A suspected money laundering ring involving close associates of Vladimir Putin has been uncovered in a leak of confidential documents. The billion-dol…

» Associates of Russia’s Putin had $2 billion in offshore accounts, report says – Washington Post
03/04/16 14:24 from Putin – Google News
Washington Post Associates of Russia’s Putin had $2 billion in offshore accounts, report says Washington Post An international collection of journalists published a report Sunday on the financial activities of a dozen current and for…

» „Putin ist souveräner als Erdogan“ – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
03/04/16 14:13 from putinism – Google News
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger „ Putin ist souveräner als Erdogan“ Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Der EU-Politiker und ehemalige Redakteur des Satire-Magazins „Titanic“, Martin Sonneborn, spricht im Interview über die Reaktion des türkischen Präsidenten E…

» Massive leak reveals offshore accounts of world leaders – Center for Public Integrity
03/04/16 14:08 from здоровье путина – Google News
Center for Public Integrity Massive leak reveals offshore accounts of world leaders Center for Public Integrity The files, known as the Panama Papers, exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how a…

» Опубликованы документы о масштабных подозрительных сделках друзей Путина – BBC Russian
03/04/16 14:01 from путин – Новости Google
BBC Russian Опубликованы документы о масштабных подозрительных сделках друзей Путина BBC Russian Коммерческий банк “Россия” использовали в потенциальной схеме по отмыванию денег, в которую мог быть вовлечен ряд близких знакомых…

» The Putin Connection: Cronies of Russian President Used Shady Companies to Funnel $2 Billion – Haaretz
03/04/16 13:59 from Putin – Google News
Haaretz The Putin Connection: Cronies of Russian President Used Shady Companies to Funnel $2 Billion Haaretz The $200 million loan was one of a dozen transactions that collectively involved at least $2 billion discovered in the files of …

» Sergei Roldugin, the cellist who holds the key to tracing Putin’s hidden fortune – The Guardian
03/04/16 13:51 from Putin – Google News
The Guardian Sergei Roldugin, the cellist who holds the key to tracing Putin’s hidden fortune The Guardian It’s a touching family photo. In the centre is Vladimir Putin , holding his new baby daughter, Maria. Next to him is Lyudm…

» Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin – The Guardian
03/04/16 13:50 from Putin – Google News
The Guardian Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin The Guardian A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin . An unprecedented leak of d…

» Путин потерял берега – Радіо Свобода
03/04/16 13:40 from путин – Новости Google
Радіо Свобода Путин потерял берега Радіо Свобода Между этим заявлением пресс-секретаря Путина и сегодняшним вечером в интернете на телевидении между Кремлем и условной “оппозицией” развернулась целая “война компромата”…

» Алексей Мельников, Темп благодарных чмоков – Сводка Украинских и Мировых Новостей
03/04/16 13:26 from путинизм – Google News
Алексей Мельников, Темп благодарных чмоков Сводка Украинских и Мировых Новостей Включив турбонаддув, понеслась, поскакала, оскалив морду и высунув счастливый язык машина голосования за разноликий, стоящий, опершись о трибуну, путинизм . …

» Темп благодарных чмоков – Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
03/04/16 13:06 from путинизм – Google News
Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ Темп благодарных чмоков Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ Включив турбонаддув, понеслась, поскакала, оскалив морду и высунув счастливый язык машина голосования за разноликий, стоящий, опершись о трибуну, путинизм . Без оста…

» Vladimir Putin to Debut as a Villain in Valiant’s “Divinity II” – Comic Book Resources
03/04/16 12:33 from Putin – Google News
Comic Book Resources Vladimir Putin to Debut as a Villain in Valiant’s “Divinity II” Comic Book Resources “I don’t think you could have an all-powerful Russian cosmonaut roaming the Earth without Putin having somet…

» но на самом деле это движение – квартиры путинским кискам – Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
03/04/16 11:35 from путинизм – Google News
но на самом деле это движение – квартиры путинским кискам Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ А если серьезно то главное это появления лозуга – Путина в оставку. Наконец то приходит понимание что главная беда России это именно Путин у власти и насаж…

» Филарет: Путин и его боевики должны ответить перед судом, как нацисты в Нюрнберге – GORDONUA.COM
03/04/16 10:56 from путин – Новости Google
GORDONUA.COM Филарет: Путин и его боевики должны ответить перед судом, как нацисты в Нюрнберге GORDONUA.COM Глава Украинской православной церкви Киевского патриархата патриарх Филарет считает, что президент России Владимир Путин и его бо…

» Trump: America is headed for a ‘very massive recession’ – Idaho Statesman
03/04/16 10:43 from здоровье путина – Google News
Trump: America is headed for a ‘very massive recession’ Idaho Statesman Turning to Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin , Trump said he continues to appreciate praise from Putin , even though his human-rights record and incursions…

» Путин: «перекрыть все лазейки» незаконной миграции в Россию – RSUTE
03/04/16 10:34 from путин – Новости Google
RSUTE Путин : «перекрыть все лазейки» незаконной миграции в Россию RSUTE Кроме того, как подчеркнул Путин , необходимо вести постоянный мониторинг обстановки в Ближневосточном и иных областях мира, откуда могут исходить новые миграционны…

» Authoritarian-in-Chief – Patriot Post
03/04/16 10:19 from Putin personality cult – Google News
Authoritarian-in-Chief Patriot Post The fervent zealotry Trump’s backers, the blind cult of personality that surrounds him, is shocking to many of us who always imagined that America was immune to the politics of caudillos and Dear L…

» 16 российских оккупантов ликвидированы на Донбассе, – Минобороны Украины – Цензор.Нет (Сатира)
03/04/16 09:41 from Путин культ личности – Google News
16 российских оккупантов ликвидированы на Донбассе, – Минобороны Украины Цензор.Нет (Сатира) Разумеется, самодержавие Путина автоматически наследовало и этот механизм, и вековые накопления. Оно и не могло быть от них свободным. Тот, кто …

» Путин начал войну в Нагорном Карабахе, — Саакашвили – Русская Весна (пресс-релиз) (Блог)
03/04/16 08:44 from путин – Новости Google
Русская Весна (пресс-релиз) (Блог) Путин начал войну в Нагорном Карабахе, — Саакашвили Русская Весна (пресс-релиз) (Блог) Саакашвили, как большой специалист по войнам с Россией, заявил, что эскалация конфликта в Нагорном Карабахе — это «…

» Trump’s energy advisor has deep financial ties to Russia – American Thinker (blog)
03/04/16 08:17 from здоровье путина – Google News
Trump’s energy advisor has deep financial ties to Russia American Thinker (blog) Trump has already indicated that he favors much closer ties to Russia, including the reduction of the American commitment to NATO, and admires Vladimir …

» Путин уважает силу, как и я, мы поладим – Трамп – Телеканал “Звезда” (Регистрация)
03/04/16 07:56 from путин – Новости Google
Телеканал “Звезда” (Регистрация) Путин уважает силу, как и я, мы поладим – Трамп Телеканал “Звезда” (Регистрация) Кандидат в президенты США Дональд Трамп в интервью Washington Post рассказал, что сможет достичь с президентом России взаим…

» Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border – Politico
03/04/16 07:34 from Putin – Google News
Politico Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border Politico TAMARASHENI, Georgia—The farmers awoke to find their wheat ripening inside another country. South Ossetian troops and their Russian allies had worked through the night, sink…

» Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border – POLITICO Magazine
03/04/16 07:34 from Putin – Google News
POLITICO Magazine Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border POLITICO Magazine TAMARASHENI, Georgia—The farmers awoke to find their wheat ripening inside another country. South Ossetian troops and their Russian allies had worked throu…

» Путин призвал стороны карабахского конфликта немедленно прекратить огонь – Газета.Ru
03/04/16 07:09 from путин – Новости Google
inoСМИ.Ru Путин призвал стороны карабахского конфликта немедленно прекратить огонь Газета.Ru Пресс-секретарь администрации президента России Дмитрий Песков заявил, что Владимир Путин глубоко обеспокоен сообщениями о возобновившихся боевы…

» The non-existent dragon’s lair – Ynetnews
03/04/16 06:43 from putinism – Google News
Ynetnews The non-existent dragon’s lair Ynetnews Putinism invented for the Russian people the Ukrainian enemy, and even before that the Georgian enemy. The current electoral system in the United States invented the Republican candida…

» Checkmate: Putin ‘Surpassed Himself’ by Crushing Daesh in Palmyra – Sputnik International
03/04/16 06:36 from Putin – Google News
Sputnik International Checkmate: Putin ‘Surpassed Himself’ by Crushing Daesh in Palmyra Sputnik International Furthermore, President Putin emerged as a protector of cultural legacy in Syria. As after Palmyra was retaken, Russia p…

» Слава Рабинович о новом витке карабахского конфликта: Путин хочет влезть, покрысятничать, хорошенько нагадить и выступить в роли миротворца – GORDONUA.COM
03/04/16 06:18 from путин – Новости Google
GORDONUA.COM Слава Рабинович о новом витке карабахского конфликта: Путин хочет влезть, покрысятничать, хорошенько нагадить и выступить в роли миротворца GORDONUA.COM ” Путин хочет влезть, покрысятничать, хорошенько нагадить и – о ди…

» Слава Рабинович о новом витке карабахского конфликта: Путин хочет влезть, покрысятничать, хорошенько нагадить и – выступить в роли миротворца – GORDONUA.COM
03/04/16 06:14 from путин – Новости Google
GORDONUA.COM Слава Рабинович о новом витке карабахского конфликта: Путин хочет влезть, покрысятничать, хорошенько нагадить и – выступить в роли миротворца GORDONUA.COM ” Путин хочет влезть, покрысятничать, хорошенько нагадить и – о …

» Слава Рабинович раскрыл план Путина относительно Нагорного Карабаха – Обозреватель
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4.1.16 – Russia Grievances Push North Caucasus Exiles to Join IS

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Russia Grievances Push North Caucasus Exiles to Join IS

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The North Caucasus diaspora in Europe is a predominantly Muslim community of several hundred thousand people scattered across the continent. Hundreds of its members have gone to the Middle East to fight in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS). While most of them have wound up as cannon fodder for the terrorist group, some have risen to top positions in the IS hierarchy. “Analysts assert that many Chechen fighters tend to be relatively experienced and combat-ready, based on fighting Russia in a conflict that has been ongoing since the 1990s,” the U.S. Congressional Research Service stated in a recent report. “Chechen fighters may therefore take on more leadership roles within extremist groups.” As many as 5,000 European Union citizens have left the continent to fight in Syria and Iraq, according to Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency.   With IS’s grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq gradually weakening, the issue of returning ex-fighters is becoming a major security concern. Meanwhile, IS increasingly is conducting terrorist attacks against targets in the West.  As the recent attacks in Brussels demonstrated, in conducting such operations, IS tends to use second or third generation immigrants who are usually already citizens. These characteristics apply to members of the North Caucasus diaspora in the EU, and, as the Boston Marathon bombers showed, the United States is not immune to such attackers. From Chechen to Syrian battlefields   Grievances against Russia facilitate IS recruitment of Chechens and other North Caucasians currently living in Western Europe, says Petter Nesser, a senior researcher with the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and author of the book “Islamist Terrorism in Europe.”   “Many come from families having grievances related to conflicts back home in Chechnya, persecution by Russian authorities that jihadi recruiters in Europe can play on when convincing them to travel. Some eulogize Chechen mujahideen who are active in Syria and Iraq,” Nesser told VOA. Russia’s colonization of the North Caucasus produced two separate waves of exiles. The first wave consisted of those Russia expelled from the region to the Ottoman Empire en masse in the 19th century. That created a diaspora in the Middle East, which today is several million strong. The descendants of this “old” diaspora are significantly represented in the various rebel groups that have been fighting the Assad regime since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. The second, more recent wave of North Caucasus exiles went mainly to Western Europe and the United States – the result of two wars in Chechnya in 1990-2000 and what some observers say are repressive Kremlin policies. The Chechen communities recently formed in Europe total more than 200,000 people, according to Mairbek Vatchagaev, a Paris-based expert for The Jamestown Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. No official estimates are publicly available of the number of North Caucasians from the EU diaspora who have left Europe to join jihadist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq. However, the International Crisis Group reports that the Chechen diaspora in Europe is a key hub for IS recruitment. Vatchagaev has estimated that each Chechen commander currently fighting for IS, the al-Nusra Front or other anti-Assad groups could easily have 250 Chechen militants under his command. The first group of Europe-based Chechens who went to fight in Syria were educated people who made a “conscious choice” to join the jihad there, Vatchagaev told VOA. “These were not uneducated, brainwashed, poor youngsters, but mature people, many of whom you would call intelligentsia,” he said. Nesser believes the winding down of the wars in Chechnya contributed to the flow of Chechen fighters to the Middle East. “The overall presence of Chechen jihadists in Syria was exacerbated by the weak position they are in back home, which made it opportune to fight elsewhere,” he said. The al-Shishani example Experts say that many foreign fighters from Europe joined Chechen jihadist factions in Syria, such as Jaysh al-Muhajirin wa al-Ansar. “Chechens in particular would seek out such factions, according to the common pattern where foreign fighters organize according to ethnic lines and language families,” Nesser said. Jaysh al-Muhajirin wa al-Ansar was once headed by Abu Omar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili), the Georgia-born Chechen who served in the Georgian Army during its brief war against Russia in 2008 before going to fight in Syria. He later became a top IS military commander there. U.S. defense officials say al-Shishani, whose example motivated other North Caucasians to join the war in Syria, died from wounds sustained in a U.S. airstrike conducted there in early March. Vatchagaev does not believe Abu Omar al-Shishani is dead. “Al-Shishani’s own brother, who is always next to him, reports frequently back to their father in (Georgia’s) Pankisi village,” Vatchagaev said. “If the report of Tarkhan’s death reached his father, he would be obliged to announce a mourning period to the villagers, (but) no such events have taken place so far.” Experts say al-Shishani’s death, if confirmed, could spark a power struggle, and that most of the Chechen IS fighters would turn against the group if it picked a non-Chechen to replace him. While thousands of militants from the North Caucasus are fighting alongside IS in Syria, some influential groups there are fighting against both the Assad government and IS. One such group is the Caucasus Emirate in Sham (Syria) – a multi-ethnic group that includes many North Caucasians and was built on the remnants of the Caucasus Emirate, which emerged in Russia in 2007 but was largely crushed by the Russian security services by 2012. The Caucasus Emirate in Sham “hates IS: they are foes and fiercely fight against each other,” said Joanna Paraszczuk, an expert on Islamist terrorism with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. For such groups, she said, Russia remains the ultimate enemy. Disillusioned returnees Most of the Europe-based Chechens who first went to fight in Syria died there, says Vatchagaev, but a few returned “deeply disappointed by the dichotomy between their idealistic perceptions and what they saw was happening in reality.” The returnees have become the most effective anti-IS propaganda activists, with their accounts of what they experienced in Syria spreading quickly through close-knit Chechen communities. “The stories told by the returnees became the significant single factor in reducing the wave of recruitment of European Chechens into IS,” Vatchagaev said. Some European Chechens are still going to Syria, he added, but in much smaller numbers.   Those foreign fighters who move into international terrorism after leaving Syria are particularly dangerous because of their skills, said Nesser. “They also can function as recruiters and network entrepreneurs because of their experience and status,” he said. The EU authorities have responded to the threat posed by such returning foreign fighters with various measures, including increased monitoring and surveillance. Some EU member nations already implemented Passenger Name Record (PNR) legislation proposed to the European Parliament, which requires airlines to provide EU countries with passengers’ data, allowing the authorities to systematically monitor and collect information on air travelers. Other EU member counties say they are still testing the system. Mairbek Vatchagaev says all European Chechens are under constant security monitoring. “People are afraid to go to Turkey to visit friends and relatives, because that is viewed as a traditional route to Syria,” he said. He added that, to his knowledge, none of the Chechen militants who have returned to Europe from Syria or Iraq has evaded the authorities. “All are arrested or detained,” he said.

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The White House says the United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $335 million in security assistance. The new aid was announced Thursday after a meeting between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington. The White House also said that Biden told Poroshenko that efforts to form a stable, reform-oriented government were critical to unlocking international economic assistance, including a third $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee. Last May, the U.S. signed a second $1 billion loan guarantee deal for Ukraine, to help it rebuild its economy after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed a separatist insurgency in the country’s eastern Donbas region. Washington has supported Ukraine’s pro-Western government but also been concerned by pervasive corruption. Ukraine’s parliament sacked the country’s chief prosecutor earlier this week over his alleged attempts not to pursue high-profile corruption cases.

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The Early Edition: March 31, 2016 by Nadia O’Mara

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Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 11:09 AM

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Before the start of business, Just Securityprovides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT

Fayçal Cheffou is still suspected of committing terrorist murder despite having been released by Belgian authorities. Vince Chadwick et al explore the investigation into the suspected Brussels attacker. [Politico]

The chief suspect in a foiled Paris terror plot has been charged with terrorism, the Paris prosecutor said yesterday. The suspected ISIS operative, Reda Kriket, was found to have an assortment of weapons and explosive devices, “some of them primed for use.” [France 24, New York Times’ Aurelien Breeden and Lilia Blaise]

Airports are looking into how technology could improve security systems, in the wake of Brussels. The deadly attacks have also served as a warning that technology is not a silver bullet for security, reports Robert Wall. [Wall Street Journal]

ISIS has called on German Muslims to attack the chancellery and the Cologne-Bonn airport, posting pictures online, reports the SITE intelligence group. [Reuters]

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam will cooperate with French authorities, his lawyer has said today, confirming his client’s wish to be extradited to France from Belgium. Abdeslam has links to several of those involved in the Brussels attacks. [France 24]

France’s government has not missed the opportunity to “trumpet its frustrations” at European institutional failings to adequately tackle the terrorist threat, in the wake of the Brussels attacks.  Pierre Briançon provides the story at Politico.

France faces a difficult struggle to combat homegrown jihadism, reports Nicholas Vinocur, citing “false starts and ideological discomfort” as undermining the country’s attempts to handle the threat posed by foreign fighters. [Politico]

“Do all roads lead through Italy for ISIS?” Barbie Latza Nadeau considers the increasing number of terrorism arrests and connections with the group’s operatives, a situation which has Italian authorities struggling to connect the dots. [The Daily Beast]

IRAQ and SYRIA

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described plans to form a transitional government as “illogical and unconstitutional” when he spoke to Russian media yesterday, Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum suggesting that he was “buoyed” by his recent major victory in Palmyra. Assad also expressed support for peace talks next month, but rejected the opposition’s key demands. [Washington Post]

Assad also suggested that it would not be difficult to form a new Syrian government that included opposition figures, his opponents responding immediately that no administration could be legitimate while he remained in office. [Reuters]

The Kremlin has denied a report by the al-Hayat newspaper which claimed that Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have come to an agreement on the future of Syria’s peace process. [Reuters]

Iraqi forces backed by US-led coalition airstrikes advanced on the western town of Hit, near Baghdad, today. Removing Islamic State from Hit would leave the militants with only one stronghold near the capital, Falluja. [Reuters]

At least one Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter assisted Assad’s forces in retaking Palmyra this week, underscoring Russia’s continued support of the Syrian regime, reports David Axe. [The Daily Beast]

It is time for the Obama administration to give “a forthright assessment of the resources that would be required” to oust Islamic State from the two major cities it still controls, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, says the New York Times editorial board.

There are at least 12 US generals in Iraq despite the fact that there are only 5000 troops stationed there – about enough for one general, reports Nancy A Youssef, who considers the possible reasons for this apparent imbalance. [The Daily Beast]

US-led airstrikes continue. US and coalition forces carried out four strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on March 30. Separately, partner forces conducted 20 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT

President Obama will convene his fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington today, with over 50 countries due to attend. Russia is boycotting the summit, which “could detract from decisions” reached. [Reuters’ Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom]  The White House’s press call preceding the summit was released yesterday.

“Of all the threats to global security and peace, the most dangerous is the proliferation and potential use of nuclear weapons.” Ahead of the summit, Barack Obama sets out what has been achieved so far in terms of ridding nations of uranium and plutonium, and moving toward a world without nuclear weapons. [Washington Post]

The US and the UK are to simulate a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant, a “war-game” designed to test the ability of the nations’ governments and utility companies’ to respond to such an attack. [The Guardian’s Heather Stewart]

The UK is to exchange 700 kilograms of nuclear waste for the “largest ever” movement of highly enriched uranium with the US, UK Prime Minister David Cameron will announce at the summit today. The uranium will be used to produce medical isotopes, used to treat some forms of cancer. A British government source has called the deal a “win-win” situation. [Reuters]

The increase in anti-China sentiment on the US presidential election campaign will “cast a shadow” over Obama’s one-on-one meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at the summit today, reports Mark Landler. Experts have warned that the Chinese are taking the anti-China rhetoric employed by the presidential candidates, particularly Donald Trump, “more seriously” than in previous elections, and view it as “a gauge of American intentions.” [New York Times]

Turkish President Erdogan “may face some tough questions about the direction he’s taking his country” at a Q&A session planned as part of the summit. His visit to the US, which began yesterday, was preceded by the release of a letter signed by numerous, mainly right-leaning and neoconservative, foreign policy thinkers warning that the situation in Turkey is “deeply troubling.” [Politico’s Nahal Toosi]

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY

Apple v. FBI. The American government has employed the same legal tactic – relying on the All Writs Act – that it used in its dispute with Apple in over 60 other phone-unlocking cases, according to a tallyby the American Civil Liberties Union. The number includes iPhones and devices running Google’s Android operating system. [The Guardian’s Danny Yadron]  Apple has faced such requests since at least 2008. [NPR’s Naomi Lachance]

The FBI has agreed to use its new capabilities unlock another iPhone and an iPod in relation to a murder case being investigated by Arkansas police. [BBC]

Apple may never find out how the FBI succeeded in breaking into the iPhone of Syed Farook, despite the US vulnerabilities equities process under which the government is supposed to favor disclosure of security issues so companies can remedy errors. Dustin Volz explains. [Reuters]

US citizens should “absolutely” still have confidence in their personal privacy, despite the government’s success in breaking into the Apple iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday. [Reuters]

“Should hackers help the FBI?” was the question posed on the New York Times’ ‘Room for Debate’ yesterday.

“A conversation on privacy.” The Intercept hosts footage of a discussion on privacy rights between Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald at the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Alex Emmons reporting.

LIBYA

Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and six other members of Libya’s UN-backed unity government defied an air blockade to travel to Tripoli, Libya’s capital, yesterday. Serraj’s Government of National Accord is one of three governments vying for control of the country, but is the only one that has the support of Western powers. [New York Times’ Declan Walsh; The Guardian’s Chris Stephen]

Unwelcome interlopers. The head of the Tripoli authorities, Khalifa Ghweil, told Serraj’s envoy “to surrender and be safe in our custody or to return to where they came from” in a televised address. Soon after the politicians’ arrival, a local television channel supportive of authorities in Tripoli was stormed by gunmen and forced off-air. It has not been established to whom the gunmen are affiliated. [BBC]

The situation in Libya undermines Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “supreme credential,” her “foreign policy mastery” while serving as secretary of state, according to George F Will. [Washington Post]

Libya’s “chaos” is threatening neighboring Tunisia’s “fragile democracy,” reports Leila Fadel. At the same time, many of the Islamic State fighters currently in Libya have come over from Tunisia. Tunisian security forces were able to prevent the Islamist group from seizing the border town of Ben Guerdane on March 7, which would have enabled Islamic State to move freely between the two countries. [NPR]

HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL CONTROVERSY

FBI Director James Comey is likely to interview Hillary Clinton over the next few days or weeks, as part of the investigation into her use of private emails while serving as secretary of state. [The Daily Beast]

“Heads, Clinton’s indicted; tails, they’re corrupt.” Ruth Marcus worries about the consequences if Hillary Clinton is not charged with a crime as a result of the FBI investigation, a decision which a large “school of people” would never accept as the result of “independent, sober-minded prosecutors looking at the facts and the law and reaching a contrary conclusion.” [Washington Post]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Up to a dozen more Guantánamo Bay prisoners are to be transferred, the Defense Department told Congress late last night. The detainees will be transferred to at least two countries, which have not been identified. [New York Times’ Nicholas Fandos; BBC]  One of those due to be transferred is a Yemeni detainee who has been on hunger strike since 2007, Tariq Ba Odah. Repatriations from the detention center to Yemen are banned, meaning that another country will have to be found to take him. [ Washington Post ’s Adam Goldman]

Out of fear that they are financing terror or money laundering, US banks have closed thousands of accounts belonging to individuals and firms they consider “suspicious, high-risk or difficult to monitor.” This “evicts from the financial system the innocent as well as those the US government would most like to watch,” report Rob Barry and Rachel Louise Ensign. [Wall Street Journal]

There are more foreign intelligence operatives in the US now than ever before, former head of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers stated during his speech at the Heritage Foundation yesterday. [The Hill’s Julian Hattem]

Contenders for the post of UN secretary-general are to take part in a public debate next monthbefore representatives from the 193 member nations, followed by unprecedented public debates in New York and London. Previous secretary-generals have been chosen in private by the dominant powers on the Security Council. [The Guardian’s Julian Borger]

The “public and political storm” whipped up by the shooting of an injured Palestinian man by an Israeli soldier in occupied West Bank, caught on video and widely distributed, poses “a rare challenge” to the Israeli military’s high command. The army’s predicament was underlined by Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot in a letter sent to commanders and soldiers yesterday. [New York Times’ Isabel Kershner]  The incident has attracted the outrage of the UN, which has referred to it as an “apparent extrajudicial execution.” [Al Jazeera]

A suicide bombing in a cafe in the town of Galkayo, Somalia, has killed at least nine people today. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. [AP]

Boko Haram fighters have killed six soldiers from Niger in the town of Diffa, on the border with Nigeria. [BBC]

The UN has widened its investigation of reports of sexual abuse in Central African Republic amid further allegations. [Reuters’ Louis Charbonneau]

US troops are “afraid to fight” because of “rules and regulations” like the Geneva Conventions, Donald Trump remarked at an afternoon town hall yesterday. “We can’t waterboard, but they can chop off heads,” he observed, stating that “I think we’ve got to make some changes, some adjustments.” [Politico’s Ben Schreckinger]  Trump received the endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council in a statement released yesterday, referring to the presidential candidate as the only one “who actually threatens the established powers that have betrayed this country.” [NPR]

Serbian ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj is “a free man” following the ICTY’s verdict today that he is not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Balkan wars in the 1990s. [BBC]

Mosque leaders in Scotland have been linked to a “proscribed organization,” Sipah-e-Sahaba, formed in Pakistan in the 1980s with links to the Taliban and al-Qaeda and banned by the UK Home Office in 2001. [BBC]

Is China enforcing sanctions against North Korea? asks Matt Rivers, reporting on the caravans of trucks that pass from China to North Korea everyday filled with goods that “represent North Korea’s economic lifeline.” [CNN]

“Pretty accurate.” Ishaan Tharoor examines an article recently distributed by al-Qaeda in Yemen discussing the US presidential election. [Washington Post]

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Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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The U.S. government has ordered families of diplomats and military members in Turkey to leave the country amid fears of rising security threats in the region. According to the Wall Street Journal, “the Pentagon and State Department said on Tuesday they had directed family members of most military and diplomatic personnel in Turkey to leave the country, which has been hit by four major attacks this year.” With more than 650 Americans expected to leave Turkey as a result of the decision, Reuters adds that “100 military dependents in Ankara and Istanbul were not affected by the departure orders because of security measures in place there.” According to the Washington Post, the decision will primarily affect “family members of officials posted to the U.S. consulate in Adana, near the Mediterranean coast in south-central Turkey and in Izmir and Mugla provinces on the western coast.” Additionally, official travel within the country has been limited to “mission critical.” Commander of European Command Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said that the “decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense.” The Daily Beast has more.

Over in Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that Iran would continue its ballistic missile program, suggesting that “those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors.” In a post on his official website, the Ayatollah said that “it’s the time of both missiles and dialogue.” Iran began its latest round of missile testing at the end of last year despite the historical nuclear agreement and rising international pressure. In a joint letter to Spain’s U.N. Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. and European officials suggested that Iran’s “recent ballistic tests involved missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and were ‘inconsistent with’ and ‘in defiance of’ council resolution 2231,” Reuters writes.  For his part, Ban Ki-moon noted that Iranian missile tests had caused “alarm and concern” but maintained that the Security Council had the final say in deciding what to do about Iran’s missile program.

President Bashar al Assad suggested on Russian state media that “independent forces, opposition forces, and forces loyal to the state” could form a new government but has so far resisted calls for him to step down. Responding to Assad, opposition politicians argued that Syria “needs a transitional ruling body with full executive powers and not a participatory government under President Bashar al-Assad.” This is the latest disagreement in a series of over the political future of Syria, as the BBC notes that “the major powers backing rival sides in the war agree that there must be a political transition process, a new constitution and elections in Syria, but so far the talks in Geneva have not produced any signs of progress.”

Politico reports that “U.S.-backed Syrian opposition leaders want President Barack Obama to push harder for an agreement that bids farewell to Assad” as some members of the opposition “worry that if a deal on a political transition isn’t reached soon, the U.S. presidential election could distract the administration and sap its resolve.”

The Washington Post sheds light on the Russian elite special forces, also known as Spetsnaz, who have helped shape the fight in Syria. Despite Russia’s drawdown of forces in Syria, Reuters tells us that Russia is shipping more to the country than it is removing, suggesting that “Russia is working intensively to maintain its military infrastructure in Syria and to supply the Syrian army so that it can scale up again swiftly if need be.”

Foreign Policy tells us about how the Free Syrian Army is leveraging backlash against al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, after the latter shut down a nationalist protest in Maarat al-Nu’man earlier this month.

Turning to Israel, after footage surfaced of an Israeli soldier shooting and killing a wounded Palestinian attacker over the weekend, Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot issued a memo to Israeli security personnel reinforcing the “purity of arms” code of conduct. According to the New York Times, the memo confirmed that “the military would continue to support any soldier who errs in battle but will also punish those who stray from its moral code.” The Times adds that the soldier involved in the incident was arrested “after an initial inquiry concluded he acted improperly but protesters and right-wing politicians have come to his defense and accused the army of abandoning him.”  

Yemeni forces backed by local fighters have pushed militants back from areas of Aden held by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The militant group has developed a stronghold in the southern port city as the country’s civil conflict continues. Meanwhile, a new report from Unicef says that “children are paying the highest price” in the Yemeni conflict as “at least 934 children have been killed […], 61 percent of them in airstrikes,” in addition to 1,356 who have been wounded. The report also noted that at least 51 schools have been hit by airstrikes since the conflict began and that children are increasingly being recruited by armed groups involved.

Over in Afghanistan, Taliban militants killed 15 Afghan security personnel during a gunfight in the country’s southern Uruzgan province. The Associated Press tells us that “the fighting took place late Tuesday during an operation to reopen an important highway in the province” and that Afghan security forces gained control of the highway after the fighting.  

Brussels’ Zaventem airport remains closed today as officials continue temporary restoration of the departure hall which was torn apart in last week’s blasts. Meanwhile, investigators are still searching for a third suspect in the airport bombing and a second suspect in the metro attack but have not “ruled out that a third man seen in the airport video was also the second assailant at the metro.” The Journal writes that “the Monday release of the only suspect charged with direct involvement in the Brussels attacks has dealt investigators a major setback—forcing them to revisit leads from the immediate aftermath of the explosions.” After accidentally double counting 3 victims, Belgian officials also revised the official count of those killed in the attacks to 32.

In neighboring France, President François Hollande dropped his proposal to amend the French constitution, stating that “parts of the opposition have been hostile to any revision of the constitution.” Under his proposed amendments, French nationals who hold dual-citizenship and are convicted of terrorism would be stripped of their French nationality. Hollande initially proposed the constitutional changes following the November attacks in Paris, but his proposal has been met with fierce resistance with critics suggesting that such measures would create a discriminatory, “two-tiered” system of French nationality.

NATO is ramping up its presence in Eastern Europe in efforts to increase U.S. military deterrence against Russian aggression in the region. “The Pentagon has drawn up plans to position American troops, tanks and other armored vehicles full time along NATO’s eastern borders to deter Russian aggression, in what would be the first such deployment since the end of the Cold War,” the Journal tells us. Russian officials suggested that the United States is “using false pretexts to continue a military buildup on Russia’s border.” Foreign Policy adds that “the move will add hundreds of the Army’s most advanced tanks, cannons, and other ground vehicles to the force,” including “250 tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Paladin self-propelled howitzers as well as more than 1,700 additional wheeled vehicles and trucks.”

Two vehicles exploded in the Dagestan region of Russia, leaving one police officer dead and two injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. According to Reuters, “Dagestan, where Kremlin critics say widespread poverty and corruption help feed religious extremism, last saw similar attacks on police in February,” and some militants in the region have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State.

Elsewhere in the country, some 20 Islamic State supporters attempting to recruit fighters were arrested in Moscow during a joint operation between the FSB and Russian Police. Reuters cites Russia’s RIA news agency as saying that the majority of the arrested suspects are citizens of the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan and were found with numerous fake documents.

Amid the ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Philippines is considering building a submarine. Agence France-Presse writes that the Philippines, “which has never before operated submarines and until now relied largely on US surplus ships, has been ramping up defence spending in response to China’s military expansion in the region.”

Also in the South China Sea, the New York Times takes a look at U.S. naval activity in the region, shedding light on the interactions between U.S. patrol vessels and the Chinese military in the region.

A Minnesota man, Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton, was charged with three felony counts of making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” a Walgreens. Elsewhere in the United States, Jaelyn Young, the Mississippi woman who attempted to join ISIS with her husband last August, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Her husband pled guilty to similar charges earlier this month. The Daily Beast notes that “more than 80 people have been charged with ISIS-related crimes in the U.S. since 2014.”

Parting Shot: ABC News’ Bob Woodruff takes us inside of China’s “ISIS breeding ground” in China’s western Xinjiang province. With increasing outbreaks between the local Muslim Uyghur population and the Han Chinese, “Beijing has increasingly become worried as ISIS has trained a crosshair on China and Xinjiang.”

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Susan wagered that the FBI will tell Apple how it accessed the San Bernardino iPhone, but for reasons not related to the Vulnerabilities Equities Process.

Ben predicted the imminent return of the encryption debate.

Laura Dean took a look at Syrian and Iraqi Kurds who fear being returned to Turkey.

Matthew Wein considered the immigration debate and argued that “a wall is not going to deter those seeking a better life, nor those wishing to do us harm.”

Ben invited readers to a lunch debate on “Using Data to Secure Networks: Optimizing Individual Privacy While Achieving Strong Security.”

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