The Hunt: How will Iran retaliate for Israel’s drone strike in Syria?
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by J.J. Green
1w ago
Earlier this week, Israel killed seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in an unorthodox strike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus, Syria. Iran has vowed to retaliate. So what should we expect? Emergency services work at a building hit by an air strike in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 1, 2024. An Israeli airstrike that demolished Iran’s consulate in Damascus Monday killed two Iranian generals and five officers, Syrian and Iranian officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)(AP/Omar Sanadiki) Emergency services work at a building hit by an air strike in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Apri ..read more
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Persistent rumor of Putin’s death elicits nonchalant international response
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by J.J. Green
2w ago
For months, rumors have swirled about Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the heart of all the gossip is a key question. Is he still alive? (Screenshot courtesy Telegram) A claim by a mysterious Russian Telegram channel called General SVR, run by a prominent Russian political analyst, triggered a cascade of international news stories and social media posts in October of 2023. According to the channel, Putin suffered a cardiac arrest and died Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8:42 p.m. Valery Solovei, widely known for his criticism of the Kremlin, is believed to be “General SVR.” He’s predicted many events ..read more
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The Hunt: Investigating the Crocus City Hall attack
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by J.J. Green
2w ago
Russia is continuing to blame the U.S. and Ukraine for the terror attack on the Crocus City Hall concert venue last Friday that killed 137 people. On this episode of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green,” Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, says because of Moscow’s “blame game,” we may never know the truth. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's JJ Green sits down with Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler to discuss Moscow SIGN UP TODAY for J.J. Green’s new national security newsletter, “Inside the SCIF.” The weekly e ..read more
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The Hunt: Concert venue near Moscow attacked, more than 130 killed
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by J.J. Green
2w ago
toggle audio on and off change volume download audio March 24, 2024 | WTOP's JJ Green and Dimitri Sotis discuss a savage attack on a Moscow music hall Gunmen burst into a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow on Friday night and began firing automatic weapons, killing over a hundred people and injuring hundreds more. Russian Rosguardia (National Guard) servicemen secure an area near the Crocus City Hall on the western edge of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22, 2024. Several gunmen have burst into a big concert hall in Moscow and fired automatic weapons at the crowd, injuring an unspecifie ..read more
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The Hunt: The leader of al-Qaida’s Yemen Branch dies
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, explains the latest developments In this week’s episode of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green”, Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, explains what the death of the leader of al-Qaida’s Yemen branch means for the terror group and the world. Source ..read more
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Ukrainian expats train to fight against Russian influence operations
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
Tucked away in an upscale hotel in the 2,300-year-old Greek city of Thessaloniki, 50 Ukrainian refugees, living in 16 European countries spent four days in late February and early March immersed in an intense project designed to upend Moscow’s high-powered, sprawling disinformation operations — one voice at a time. The hotel buzzed with activity from early morning until, oftentimes, the wee hours of the next day, during the event called “TechCamp Thessaloniki 2024: Empowering Ukrainian Voices.” The participants, bearing the deep scars of war, the uncertainty of displacement, but propelled by t ..read more
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US not anticipating Israeli forces to enter Rafah at the start of Ramadan
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by WTOP Staff
1M ago
FILE - Palestinians search for bodies and survivors in the rubble of a residential building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, March 4, 2024. Israel can either try to annihilate Hamas, which would mean almost certain death for the estimated 100 hostages still held in Gaza, or it can cut a deal that would allow the militants to claim a historic victory. Either outcome would be excruciating for Israelis. And either might be seen as acceptable by Hamas, which valorizes martyrdom. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)(AP/Fatima Shbair) FILE - Palestinians search for bodies and surv ..read more
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The Hunt: Houthis kill two commercial sailors
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Fred Burton on the possible escalation of conflict in the area A missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on a commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden killed two of its crew members and forced survivors to abandon the vessel Wednesday. On this week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green,” Fred Burton, executive director of Protective Intelligence at ONTIC, says this could lead to an escalation of the conflict in the region. Source ..read more
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The Hunt: al-Qaida has been quiet for months. Security officials are concerned
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's J.J. Green speaks with Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler about the current threat al-Qaida poses. On this week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green,” Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, said al-Qaida is now shifting its operations. FILE - In this April 22, 2014 file photo, a group of suspected al-Qaida militants accused in the killing of an army general in a suicide bombing, stand trial at a state security court in Sanaa, Yemen. Over the past decade, even as it ..read more
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Israeli operation to destroy Hamas could be terrorist propaganda bonanza
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by J.J. Green
2M ago
toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler discusses the planning for an Israeli military operation in southern Gaza Israel’s military is planning a military operation in southern Gaza to go after the remaining members of Hamas. On this week’s episode of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green,” Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler, Sr. Director at the Counter Extremism Project, suggests that the operation could be a gold mine for terrorist propaganda. Source ..read more
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