UN experts: Daesh militants still pose world threat

(AFP)
Updated 06 February 2018
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UN experts: Daesh militants still pose world threat

UNITED NATIONS: UN experts say the Daesh extremist group still poses “a significant and evolving threat around the world” despite recent setbacks in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippines that forced the militants to relinquish strongholds.
The report to the Security Council circulated Tuesday said Daesh “has lost its focus on conquering and holding territory” but is continuing “to give prominence to external attacks.”
The experts said the extremist group is now organized “as a global network” with “less operational control over its affiliates” and some members reportedly willing to work with Al-Qaeda networks “to support one another’s attacks.”
As a result, the fight against Daesh militants is entering a new phase with more focus on “less visible networks of individuals and cells acting with a degree of autonomy.”


Mike Pompeo: US will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

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Mike Pompeo: US will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

  • Secretary of State says the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference
  • Said the US had not yet been able to establish “effective deterrence” to halt them

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections.
Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that the administration will take “appropriate countermeasures” to fight what he called “continued efforts” by Russia to meddle in November’s vote. He did not elaborate on the Russian interference or say what the countermeasures would be but said there was much more work to be done to stop Russia’s efforts.
He said the US had not yet been able to establish “effective deterrence” to halt them.
The top-ranking Democrat on the committee, Eliot Engel, however, contended that the Trump administration “is giving Russia a pass” because Russian President Vladimir Putin “supported President Trump over Hillary Clinton” in the 2016 presidential election.