Temistocles R. Vargas

2,818 Added | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 40 Followers | @temivargas | Student at the Pennsylvania State University. International Politics major, National Security option.

The US just called out Putin over ISIS as Russian soldiers join the fight in Syria

A Reuters report confirms that Russians are taking part in the fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad.<p>"The Russians are no longer just advisors," a Lebanese source told Reuters.<p>"The Russians have decided to join the war against terrorism."<p>Russia's increased military involvement in …

Middle East

US delivers first F-16 fighters to Iraq

<b>The United States has delivered the first batch of F-16 fighter jets to Iraq to be employed in the fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.</b><p>"After …

18-day negotiation yields historic Iran nuclear accord

After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military …

El Chapo Escapes from Mexican Prison

Mexico
South Asia

Bethnal Green schoolgirl marries Australian Isis video recruiter, reports say

Australian Abdullah Elmir reportedly issues threat against UK and confirms marriage to one of three teenage friends who left for Syria in February<p>A schoolgirl from east London who left the UK to join Islamic State in Syria has married a former butcher from Sydney who has appeared in several jihadi …

Terrorism

South Korean troops fire 'warning shots' at North Korean soldiers near border

South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded on the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, Seoul said …

North Korea

China Tightens Its Control Of The Internet With Draft Cybersecurity Law

China’s government is tightening its grip on the internet in the country after it released a new draft cybersecurity law this week.<p>The draft — an English version is available at Chinalawtranslate.com — was released for comments earlier this week — the feedback loop will close in August — but it …

China

Breaking Political News, Video & Analysis

Trump tweets that he will ban bump stocks<p>Trump signs $1.3T budget but vows to 'never' sign another bill like it again<p>Woman claiming to be Trump's …

Donald Trump

What ISIS Learned From the Cartels

Social media. Beheadings. Dogma. Empty promises. ISIS is copying the Mexican cartel playbook to a T, writes The Cartel author Don Winslow.<p>A bound man …

US Drops Key Demand to Inspect Iran Nuclear Sites

Jun 29, 2015<p>Iran’s nuclear plant at Fordo. (Al-arabiya)<p><b>In a major setback to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear capability, the US has agreed to</b> …

South Asia
Middle East

73 airport workers with possible terrorism ties passed TSA background checks

Background checks by the Transportation Security Administration cleared 73 people for access to secure airport areas even though their names were on a federal database of possible terrorists, a senior official told a Senate committee Tuesday.<p>The latest security lapse came to light as John Roth, the …

The pro-Russia separatist regions just named Crimea as part of Ukraine

<i>"The DNR and LNR of course consider Crimea is a part of Russia," envoys said. "Moreover, our republics would ideally like to become part of the Russian Federation."</i><p>The pro-Russia separatist regions of Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) just named Crimea as a part of …

Russia

There's another conflict brewing in Iraq that 'could get get quite nasty'

Last week The Daily Beast reported last that in Jalawla, a town near the Iranian border, Kurdish fighters have kicked out Shia militias they fought alongside to retake the territory from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh).<p>"Our relationship [with the Kurds] was good, but now our …

Middle East

White House briefing resumes after sudden evacuation

Secret Service officials cleared the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Tuesday afternoon in the middle of the daily briefing. The evacuation came after a bomb threat directed toward the press room was called into Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department shortly before 2 …

Donald Trump

Isis slave markets sell girls for 'as little as a pack of cigarettes', UN envoy says

Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes”, the UN envoy on sexual violence said on Monday.<p>Zainab Bangura visited Iraq and Syria in April, and has since been working on an action plan to address the …

Middle East

WikiLeaks releases 17 secret trade deal documents

Wikileaks has released secret documents from the ongoing Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations, the site announced on Wednesday.<p>TISA, a …

Islam

The Middle East Is Falling Apart

America isn’t to blame. There's no easy fix.<p>As news out of the Middle East goes from bad to worse—the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, Libya’s disintegration, the fall of Ramadi to ISIL, take your pick—the inevitable American tendency, especially in the political season, is to attribute all these …

Middle East

Iraq: ISIS fighters close Ramadi dam gates, cut off water to loyalist towns

<b>Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) —</b> ISIS has closed off a dam to the north of the Iraqi city of Ramadi -- seized by its forces last month -- cutting water supplies to pro-government towns downstream and making it easier for its fighters to attack forces loyal to Baghdad, local officials and residents said.<p>ISIS …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iraq War Veteran Charged with Murder in Deaths of 3 Relatives He Allegedly Blamed for His Marriage Woes

An Iraq war veteran and Bronze Star recipient was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his estranged wife’s mother, …

Tony Blair accused of trying to 'erase' his role in rise of Isil

An article about the rise of Isil on the website of Tony Blair's Faith Foundation makes little mention of Britain's role in the Iraq War<p>Tony Blair has been accused of trying to "erase" his role from history after an article published on his charitable foundation's website about the rise of Isil …

Is It Called 'Terrorism' or 'Violent Extremism'?

The two recent attacks on mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia can't be labeled as anything but evil acts of terrorism. Now, such a classification seems obvious to most of us, as there isn't a term that is more expressive to describe these ideologically-driven, murderous attacks on a group of innocent …