Iran Power Struggle Looms After President’s Death
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by Ethan Masucol
3h ago
SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE REPORTING — Even before the body of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was found, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s 85-year-old Supreme Leader, tweeted an exhortation for calm. “The nation doesn’t need to be worried or anxious,” he said, “as the administration of the country will not be disrupted at all.” No disruption at all. Put another way, the bland and repressive Raisi would not be missed, not even by his patron.  “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms ..read more
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What the Death of Iran’s President Could Mean for Tehran and the Region
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by Suzanne Kelly
3h ago
EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIBER+EXPERT INTERVIEW – Iran’s state media said Monday that President Ebrahim Raisi had died in a helicopter crash that also took the lives of the country’s foreign minister and several other officials. The announcement came some 16 hours after initial reports that the helicopter had gone down Sunday, in heavy fog in a remote area of East Azerbaijan Province.  The country’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced Monday that Mohammad Mokhber, the country’s first vice president, would serve as the country’s acting president until elections are held. In an emerg ..read more
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Russian Gains, U.S. Aid, Kremlin Shakeup: State of the Ukraine War
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by Ethan Masucol
3h ago
BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT — Russia’s war against Ukraine has – once again – reached a pivotal moment. Russia has launched a new offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region, a push that has forced Ukraine’s military to retreat from some areas and establish new defensive positions. With its latest advances, Russia has seized more territory since April than Ukraine liberated in its lackluster 2023 counteroffensive.  Ukraine maintains it is holding its own. President Volodymyr Zelensky described the fighting in Kharkiv as “very difficult” but “under control.” He and other Ukrainian offi ..read more
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Taiwan’s New President Faces China’s Threats and Military Buildup
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by Ethan Masucol
3d ago
SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE REPORTING — As Taiwan prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Lai Ching-te on May 20, it’s also preparing for fresh provocations from Beijing. Lai was the tough-on-China candidate in Taiwan’s January election, and the Chinese government made no secret of its displeasure with the outcome. China’s Foreign Ministry said Lai’s election “will not change the basic fact that Taiwan is part of China and there is only one China in the world.” “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to ..read more
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Amid Dire Warnings About Russia, Europe Has A Troop Problem
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by Ethan Masucol
6d ago
SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE REPORTING — When France’s President Emmanuel Macron warned that Europe might have to send troops to Ukraine to stop Russia from advancing elsewhere in Europe, it was only the most extreme in a series of warnings that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t stop at Ukraine – and that Poland, the Baltic states and other parts of the continent must prepare for Russian aggression. But in many European nations, where military recruitment lags and armies are a fraction of their Cold War size, experts and defense officials worry that military preparedness hasn’t matched the level ..read more
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After $130 Billion in U.S. Aid, Why Israel Can ‘Stand Alone’
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by Ethan Masucol
1w ago
SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE REPORTING — “If we need to stand alone, we will stand alone,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week, in response to President Joe Biden’s warning that the U.S. would not provide arms for a major military operation in Rafah. “I have said that if necessary, we will fight with our fingernails,” Netanyahu said. “But we have much more than fingernails.”    So much more than fingernails.   “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief ..read more
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Former Top NATO Commander Warns of “Drone Swarm” Threat
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by Ethan Masucol
1w ago
SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW — While the use of lethal drones is escalating in Ukraine, Russia, the Middle East and elsewhere, the global proliferation of the technology and advances in artificial intelligence have raised concerns about the threat posed by so-called autonomous weapons – drones that destroy targets with limited human intervention, relying on algorithms and onboard sensors.    As human control or oversight is reduced, fundamental questions arise: Can these autonomous systems be trusted to make spur-of-the-moment judgments, differentiate between friend and foe ..read more
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South China Sea Flareups Raise Fears of Wider Conflict
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by Tom Nagorski
1w ago
SUBSCRIBER+ EXCLUSIVE REPORTING — The South China Sea is boiling again.   This month, the Philippines  accused  China’s coast guard of deploying water cannons and ramming maneuvers against Philippine vessels near the disputed Scarborough Shoal. The incident followed multiple  near collisions  and  accusations  of military interference and intimidation between the two countries in the South China Sea, all of which have sparked fresh fears of conflict in one the world’s most vital waterways.  “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers ..read more
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Will American ATACMS Help Ukraine Win the War?
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by Tom Nagorski
1w ago
SUBSCRIBER+ EXCLUSIVE REPORTING — In late March, hunkered in his sandbag-lined compound with visiting Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded for Congress to pass the long-promised $60 billion Ukrainian military aid package. While the bill included a broad range of weapons, Zelensky had one particular item on his mind. “ATACM-300s, that is the answer,” Zelensky said. “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articl ..read more
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Cybersecurity Official: Many Water Facilities Still Unaware of Threat – and Unprepared
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by Tom Nagorski
2w ago
SUBSCRIBER+ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW — Last week The Cipher Brief published a look at the threat to the nation’s water supply posed by cyberattacks – an issue brought to the fore by a series of recent hacks against local water facilities in different parts of the U.S. While the attacks have caused limited damage, Cipher Brief experts warned that some of the perpetrators – particularly those tied to nation states including Russia, China and Iran – are probing local water systems for weakness, with the likely aim of gaining a cyber-foothold should they wish to carry out more damaging attacks in ..read more
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