• Senate staffer accidentally publish name of CIA asset suspected to be behind the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland

    The State Department inadvertently released the name of a CIA source who is suspected of being the main plotter behind the 1988 Lockerbie, Scotland airline bombing, and the House Select Committee on Benghazi republished the mistake this week. The CIA told Congress that the name of the alleged secret agency source was not considered by the agency to be a major secret… – Daily Mail

  • Little hope for refugees stranded in Kurdistan

    ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When a mob attacked Abu Jasin on the streets of Erbil in northern Iraq, he feared he would never be safe in the country, not even in Kurdistan where he fled to, hoping to evade danger. Jasin says he was targeted for being a Sunni, amid mounting Kurdish animosity towards Sunni Arabs suspected of being spies and sympathisers of Islamic State. – Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • South Ossetia seeks vote on joining Russia

    The breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia said it plans a Crimean-style referendum on joining Russia, drawing a furious riposte from Tbilisi over a move that risks inflaming the Kremlin’s already frayed relations with the West. Leonid Tibilov, president of the self-declared republic of South Ossetia, said he had laid out the plans during a meeting with Vladislav Surkov, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers, on Monday. – Reuters

  • Instanbul rife with plotting and assassinations

    ISTANBUL — A cold drizzle fell on Istanbul on the morning of Dec. 10, 2014, as Abdullah Bukhari made his way to teach his students at a madrasa nestled amid apartment blocks and hardware stores in the Zeytinburnu neighborhood. A white prayer cap on his head, Bukhari made two crucial departures from his daily routine, according to one of his students: He told his bodyguard to stay at home and he didn’t wear a bulletproof vest beneath his white ankle-length thobe. – Foreign Policy

  • Former Special Forces Warrant Officer Jim West on how to make hand to hand combat work under fire

    Sometimes I am inspired to write about things that happen in my life and how they relate to my past events, training and circumstances getting me to this point of where I am today. A point where I can share effective street and combat survival tips in the ever-evolving violent times we live in and political corrective times as well. There is not one single day when someone hasn’t been shot, stabbed, raped, assaulted. – American Extension Fighting

[Featured image: Moussa Koussa was mentioned in an email Clinton received four years ago, he was widely suspected for many years of having been behind the bombing of Pan Am Flight | REUTERS]