Brussels post-mortem: NATO’s HQ is hotbed of Islamic radicalism

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The successful March 22 terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport and a city subway station add to Europe’s growing list of cities — including Paris, London and Copenhagen — unable to deflect such attacks. Belgian security forces carry out a raid in the Molenbeek section of Brussels. […]

Cyberterror emerges as homeland security threat all can relate to

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct A new survey by California’s Chapman University has identified cyberterrorism as one of the American public’s greatest fears, a national security threat that hits home at all levels. Cyberterrorism occupied a high place on the list of fears, in part, because participants in the survey viewed cyberterrorism […]

ISIL eyes Central Asia as next vulnerable frontier

Special to By Backgrounder, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is massing thousands of jihadists on the northern border of Afghanistan for incursions into Central Asia, Russian intelligence officers said. ISIL, which has successfully exploited weak borders is said to be weighing moves into former Soviet states Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Taliban […]

Russian military plans ‘unified base’, expanded presence in Syria

A senior official in the Russian General Staff has described the military’s plans for constructing a new base in Syria, a strong indication that Russia intends to establish an expanded and permanent military presence there. Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov. Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, Chief of the General Staff’s Operations Directorate which plans military missions, describes […]

What Syria and Ukraine reveal about Putin and Russia’s military

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The 2014 annexation of Crimea and the ongoing civil war in Syria, while major political crises, also are replete with insights about the current state of the Russian military. Vladimir Putin realizes that political goals often are best advanced when backed by military prowess. First, the Russian […]

‘Obama doctrine’ shows signs of utter failure across the Middle East

Special to By Backgrounder, The “Obama doctrine” in the Middle East is coming apart at the seams a year after the U.S. president laid out his strategy in a speech at West Point. American-supported and trained forces in Iraq have managed a stalemate, at best, against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) […]

MI5 chief: Threat to British security is now the highest since 9/11

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The head of Great Britain’s equivalent of the FBI says the threat from radicalized Islamist recruits is posing the highest threat in over a decade to British security. MI5 chief Andrew Parker: ‘The UK is facing an unprecedented level of threat’. / Paul Hackett / Reuters Andrew […]

Report: Iran’s defenses at nuclear site on alert for Israeli attack

Special to By Backgrounder, Fearing an Israeli attack, Iran has bolstered its defenses around its nuclear sites. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari: Israel’s “security will not be preserved.” According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 news, Teheran is particularly worried about an attack before a possible approval of the nuclear deal by the […]

Khamenei aide: Iran to lead ‘resistance axis,’ thwart U.S. influence

Special to By Backgrounder* Iran and its Mideast allies must form a “resistance axis” to turn back American influence in the region, a top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Ali Akbar Velayati walks past a portrait of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ali Akbar Velayati said that the “resistance axis” of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, […]

Russia expands its diplomatic-military-commercial footprint in the Middle East

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Russia is using a broad repertoire of economic, diplomatic and military tools to expand its influence in the Middle East, taking advantage of the Obama administration’s broad disengagement there. Russia’s Vladimir Putin with Egypt’s Abdul Fatah Sisi. Once described derisively by Barack Obama as a “local power,” […]

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