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Pakistan, India ex-spies offer insight on bitter rivalry

By: Daud Khattak & Frud Bezhan Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Pakistan and India have fought four bloody wars since their creation in 1947, and continue to engage in daily clashes in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir. So for the former intelligence chiefs of the two nuclear-armed foes to co-author a book that sheds light on their efforts to outmaneuver each other would appear almost unthinkable. Yet that is exactly what retired General Asad Durrani, head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) between 1990 and 1992, and his counterpart A.S. Dulat, who led India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) from 1999 to 2000, did. Their book, Spy Chronicles: RAW,...

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Growing up with one of Australia’s notorious ISIS members

By: Mahmood Fazal Source: Here you can listen to the rap tracks he made before fighting for ISIS. In 2015, Neil Prakash was arrested and detained in Turkey. Neil is the most senior Australian Islamic State terrorist to be captured alive. He was caught after he decided to expanded his terrorist agenda from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa to Turkey where he allegedly led a cell of engineers who were developing drones for terrorist strikes. For the past four years, the Australian government has been trying to extradite Neil from Turkey to face terrorism charges in Australia, however his trial has been postponed due to the investigation of another terror-related investigation in Turkey....

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Strange calm in Syria as western powers discuss her fate

By: Bethan McKernan Source: The Independent Rebel-controlled Deraa in the south of Syria has been part of a de-escalation deal for almost a year. In the last week, however, the Syrian air force has dropped leaflets on the area’s residents that read: “The men of the Syrian army are coming. Take your decision before it is too late.” After finally crushing the last opposition – including Isis – in Damascus’ suburbs last month, after years of fighting, Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is looking to reassert the government’s control over the south of the country. But his tired and overstretched army can’t do it alone. The help of Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias, such as...

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