Today's Intel

Sep. 21, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Friday that his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was "under assault" by radical leftist politicians, appearing to grow impatient with the delay of his appointee's confirmation proceedings.

The Justice Department is considering delaying a meeting with state attorneys general planned for next week to discuss concerns about conservative voices being stifled on social media, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Turkey's defense ministry said on Friday the borders of the demilitarized zone to be set up in Syria's Idlib region were agreed in meetings with a Russian committee.

Israel will cut the tax revenue it transfers to the Palestinian Authority if it pays the family of the killer of an American-Israeli settler, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Friday.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, the Vatican said on Friday, in his latest move to confront a widening worldwide sexual abuse scandal.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards and army carried out a joint aerial military drill in the Gulf on Friday in what official media said indicated the "pounding reply" that awaited the country's enemies.

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The Russian military says that over 3,000 Syrians have returned to their homes over the past week.

Israel has provided Moscow with proof it bore no responsibility for bringing down a Russian plane in Syria, an Israeli military official said on Friday. Fifteen Russian crew were killed when an IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday. Russia has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit a target in the area.

Air Force Special Ops is accelerating a strategic shift from its recent counterinsurgency focus to major power war.

Moments after Afghan journalist Samim Faramarz wrapped up his live report on the latest suicide attack in Kabul, a car bomb exploded just metres away, killing him and his cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi. The deaths of Faramarz and Ahmadi on September 5 took the number of journalists and media workers killed in Afghanistan this year to 14, making the country the deadliest in the world for the media.

Three babies and two adults were slashed during an early-morning assault at a suspected illegal childcare center in New York City on Friday, police said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Hezbollah "not to think twice but at least 20 times before deciding whether to attack Israel," after the Shiite movement said it had acquired "precision missiles".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel's new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational.

Turkey has played a positive role in Syria's Idlib province, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday after Turkey and Russia announced on Monday that their troops would enforce a new demilitarized zone in Idlib.

India cancelled on Friday a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, only a day after announcing it would take place. The Indian foreign ministry blamed the "latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism".

Suspected dissident FARC guerrillas murdered three geologists working for a Canadian gold mining company in northwestern Colombia, the army said on Thursday.

Iran's air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea, the country's official IRNA news agency said Friday.

BBC

At least 126 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials said. Many are missing and it is feared that more than 200 people in total may have drowned. Rescue efforts resumed on Friday after being halted overnight.

Japan's space agency (JAXA) believes it has successfully landed two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid, making history. "We don't have confirmation yet, but we are very, very hopeful."

At least 12 villagers were killed late on Thursday during an attack by suspected jihadists in Mozambique's northern village of Paqueue, in Cabo Delgado region. "Ten people were shot by firearms and two burnt [to death] after 55 houses were charred. A person was beheaded after being shot dead."

WND

Under the communist Soviet Union, political dissent was deemed a psychiatric disorder, and opponents regularly were sent to mental institutions. Critics say it's still going on in Russia. Whether or not that's the case, it's definitely going on in France. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the right-wing National Rally party, has been ordered to be examined by a psychiatrist "to determine if she "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions.'"

The idea of police and prosecutors confiscating the property of criminals began logically: A bank robber shouldn't be able to keep the money he stole or anything he bought with it. But that has evolved into prosecutors in Philadelphia confiscating property before a conviction, or even without one. And using the proceeds for their own salaries.

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