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Russia, Syria team up against Israel

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/25/18, 10:39 am

Russia said it is sending advanced missile defense systems to the Syrian government, a move the United States warns would be a “major mistake.” The Russian Defense Ministry said it would deliver sophisticated S-300 air defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks. Earlier in the Syrian civil war, Russia suspended a supply of S-300s after Israel expressed concern. But Moscow will now go ahead with the shipment, saying, “The situation has changed, and it’s not our fault.” Last week, Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military plane during an Israeli airstrike.

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Threat of Iranian cyberattacks looms

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/20/18, 11:06 am

Hackers aligned with the Iranian government reportedly launched a major campaign of cyberattacks ahead of renewed U.S. sanctions against the country. The cybersecurity firm FireEye warned this week that a group of hackers it calls APT-33 was targeting Middle Eastern energy firms and others. FireEye said the recent attacks only involved hackers stealing information from infected computers. But cybercriminals previously used a similar type of malware to destroy thousands of terminals in Saudi Arabia.

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Senate advances spending bill

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/19/18, 10:37 am

The U.S. Senate took another step Tuesday to avoid a government shutdown ahead of November’s midterm elections. Lawmakers passed a wide-ranging spending bill that would fund the government through Dec. 7. The bill would raise spending in some areas, and it boosts the defense budget by $20 billion and provides nearly $3 billion more to fight the nation’s opioid crisis. But notably the bill puts off a battle over a border wall until after Election Day.

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