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Behind Delta Force, the Covert Unit That Saved ISIS Captives in Iraq

In his campaign against ISIS, President Obama has relied on airstrikes and the training of local fighters as a way to avoid keeping U.S. troops outside the line of fire. But he also needs military teams that can hit the ground in an emergency.<p>In that gray area stands Delta Force.<p>Delta Force is the …

National Security

CIA-Armed Rebels March On Assad Homeland

The Russian bombs were supposed to be helping Syria’s dictator. Instead, the rebels are advancing.<p>Three weeks of Russian aerial bombardment in Syria …

Middle East

It's Time to Talk About Saudi Arabia

In the House of Commons this past Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made two announcements pertaining to Saudi Arabia that sounded like they came straight out of the ninth century. The first was that thanks to British diplomacy, Hammond did "not expect" that a young political …

How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

Researchers show how mass decryption is well within the NSA's $11 billion budget.<p>For years, privacy advocates have pushed developers of websites, …

Information Security

Torture by another name: CIA used 'water dousing' on at least 12 detainees

At least a dozen more people were subjected to waterboard-like tactics in CIA custody than the agency has admitted, according to a fresh accounting of the US government’s most discredited form of torture.<p>The CIA maintains it only subjected three detainees to waterboarding. But agency interrogators …

Human Rights

Sign the Petition

(Photo by Andrew Quilty)<p><b>In the early morning hours of October 3, a U.S. gunship repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières</b> …

FBI arrests Fox News analyst for claiming to work for CIA

A frequent Fox News guest who once publicly denounced a former CIA agent for committing fraud was himself arrested for fraud on Thursday after the …

These are the first photos of an underground Iranian missile base

Iranian state television has shared images of an underground missile base in an unprecedented broadcast.<p>The base is located 1,640 feet (500 meters) underground, according to BBC World journalist Mehrzad Kohanrouz. The first media images of a subterranean Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps rocket …

Police chief rebuffs ministers' calls to 'enforce Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem'

During a security cabinet meeting on Tuesday night an argument developed between ministers representatives of the defense establishment over how to …

What Really Matters in Life | Men's Health

Her bedroom was cool and dark. Soft New Age music was playing, like you might hear in a massage therapist’s office. Nobody spoke over a whisper. There was a hospice nurse reading a book in the living room, waiting for the only possible outcome.<p>Did I mention that it was terrible? It was terrible.<p>Her …

Turkey’s 10-Sided War With Itself

The alarming normalcy of a society split into mutually distrustful camps<p>In his famous and much-criticized 1993 <i>Foreign Affairs</i> article, “The Clash of Civilizations,” the late Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a “torn country.” For Huntington there is an irreconcilable difference between the …

Rupert Murdoch Is Deviant Scum

It all comes back to Rupert Murdoch. As multiple recent news stories have proven, the 2016 presidential race is fast becoming a referendum on the …

Journalism

Former ISIS hostage says 'Jihadi John' beat him, forced him to dance Tango

A Danish photographer who endured months of torture at the hands of Islamic State extremists says the terrorist killer known as “Jihadi John” forced him to stand for days and dance the Tango at a prison in Syria.<p>Daniel Rye Ottosen, 26-- the last ISIS hostage to be released alive last June-- …

Hillary Clinton supports workers trying to organize at Trump hotel

Union has been trying to organize at the Trump property for more than a year<p>Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump's doorstep Monday to mock the …

Police withhold videos despite vows of transparency

Published on October 8, 2015<p>Autumn Steele and her husband, Gabriel, were fighting again, so he called 911. A police officer sped to their home, pulled out his gun and then — frightened by the family dog — opened fire, killing Autumn with a bullet to her chest.<p>Since the Jan. 6 shooting, Steele’s …

Justice

No one knows why Facebook blocked the phrase ‘everyone will know’

View post on imgur.com<p>On Sunday, a Redditor named “System_Requirements” made a mysterious discovery: If you try to post “everyone will know” on someone else’s Facebook page, the system would block you indefinitely.<p>Conspiracy theories ran rampant: Maybe “everyone will know” means something …

Internet

Thousands rally at protest against refugees, Islam in German city of Dresden

“They are leading us straight into a European civil war,” Bachmann told the crowd in front of Dresden’s famous Semperoper opera house. Protesters …

Stunning Photos Show the Disappearing Remains of Navajo History

New photo books documents the last days of trading posts, a once-vibrant cultural institution.<p>These days it may not seem so, but trading posts are a unique and vital part of America's cultural heritage. Beginning in the 1870s, following a Navajo treaty with the US government, tribes used to …

Villagers in Guatemala burn their mayor to death after political rivalry escalates

A mob has killed a village mayor in western Guatemala in apparent reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls.<p>A prosecutors’ office spokeswoman, Julia Barrera, confirmed the death of 43-year-old Bacilio Juracan of Concepción, about 180km west of …

City Halls

Europe’s refugee crisis strengthens far-right parties

Austria's Social Democrats won a narrow victory in local elections in Vienna on Sunday, withstanding a challenge from the far-right Freedom Party. The contest for governance in the Austrian capital had been spurred by the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, which has seen thousands of Syrian refugees …

North Africa

Nauru police take phones and laptops from Save the Children staff and others

The Nauruan police force has seized phones and laptops from Save the Children staff and other contractors in an attempt to hunt down journalists’ sources at the Australian run detention centre.<p>On Saturday police officers executed a search warrant at one of the administration blocks in RPC1 and took …

Save the Children

#INFOGRAPHIC MAP Russian air strikes in Syria, (analysis from @ISW) plus US ammo-drops in the north @AFP http://t.co/IUVpDdmsOT

Trial And Error: A Man Convicted of Murder Wins Release, and Questions of Responsibility Linger

Late last month, 53-year-old Ruddy Quezada was released from prison after serving 24 years for murder. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office …

Corruption

Iran’s ludicrous conviction of Jason Rezaian

FROM ITS beginning, the case of Jason Rezaian has been a showcase for the opacity, the brazen disregard for the rule of law and, ultimately, the sheer cruelty of Iran’s Islamic regime. Its latest twist is no different. On Sunday, Iranian state television reported that the 39-year-old Post reporter …

South Asia

Yemen conflict: How al-Qaeda is thriving in the nation’s civil war

Mohammed Derham, a 50-year-old shop keeper in Taiz, a war-torn city in the Yemeni Highlands, had just finished reading his Koran when the rocket …

What you can be flogged for in Saudi Arabia

<b>The family of a British pensioner caught with homemade wine in Saudi Arabia claim he could be flogged.</b><p>Karl Andree, 74, has already spent more than a year in prison since being arrested by Saudi religious police.<p>His family say they were led to believe he'd avoid the punishment because of his age but …

UPDATE: The months of calm seas on the #Mediterranean are over http://t.co/aueQsDV8rN

In Photos: Acapulco, Devoted to Fun and Pursued by Horror | VICE News

Acapulco's hotels, bars, and golden sand beaches stretch out along the entire length of the resort's spectacular crescent-shaped bay, but their promise of unbridled fun struggles to shake off the shadow of the cartel turf war violence that is never far away.<p>Miguel Alemán, the city's coastal road …

Marine food chains at risk of collapse, extensive study of world's oceans finds

The food chains of the world’s oceans are at risk of collapse due to the release of greenhouse gases, overfishing and localised pollution, a stark new analysis shows.<p>A study of 632 published experiments of the world’s oceans, from tropical to arctic waters, spanning coral reefs and the open seas, …

Climate Change