February 1, 2016                            
Dossier: Nusra Front

Report: U.S. 'dangerously underestimating' Al Qaida affiliate


Dunford: U.S., France planning 'decisive military action' in Libya

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in Paris on Jan. 22 with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of France's defense staff to discuss planning for a joint operation against Islamic jihadists operating in Libya.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers in Paris on Jan. 22.

The two military leaders left no doubt about their shared views regarding extending the fight against ISIL to Libya. "It is fair to say," noted Dunford, "we're looking to take decisive military action in Libya."

Neither military commander offered any specifics as to when or how their militaries would undertake operations in Libya.

Europol warns ISIL planning large-scale, Paris-style attacks globally
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has the capability of carrying out and is planning more Paris-style attacks, the head of the European Union's police agency warned. The terror organization has “developed a new combat style capability to carry out a campaign of large-scale terrorist attacks on a global stage, with a particular focus in Europe," Europol Director Rob Wainwright said on Jan. 25.
Technology Wars
Race on for counter-drone tech with rise in asymmetric combat use

“All over the world, incidents with universally available small drones have revealed a security gap with regards to critical installations such as military barracks, airports or nuclear plants.”

Battelle's DroneDefender.  

Inside Iran
Russia-Iran Lukhoil deal signals expanded trade as sanctions end
East Asia Report
China deflects global pressure, blames U.S. for North Korea's nukes
Inside China
Xi may engineer a crisis with Taiwan to distract his restive Chinese
Inside North Korea
Kim set to purge more elites following nuclear weapons test

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