NEWS SUMMARY-INTELLIGENCE REPORT MONDAY 1/13/2020 SAUDI TERRORIST ATTACK CONFIRMED
(LIMITED SERVICE WHEN AVAILABLE THROUGH LATE EVENING TODAY WITH SERVICE SUSPENDED AT 11 PM)
Its been made official that there was a terrorist attack on the United States December 6th at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. The attack that killed three and wounded eight was perpetrated by Saudi Air Force Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrami who was undergoing military training.
The confirmation today came not from the President of the United States nor the Secretary of State nor the Secretary of Defense, but from Attorney General William Barr.
As a result of the terrorist attack, a probe of the hundreds of Saudis undergoing military training in the US was launched. As a result of the probe, 21 of them are being expelled from the United States for either jihadist posts online or for child pornography.
BACK BEFORE 9/11 TERRORISM WAS SEEN AS STRICTLY A LAW ENFORCEMENT MATTER IN THE DAYS OF PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON.
NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THIS ACT OF TERRORISM CLEARLY LINKED TO SAUDI ARABIA LIKE 9/11 WAS IS GETTING THE "LAW ENFORCEMENT" TREATMENT WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR TAKING THE LEAD.
THE MILITARY MIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOW ALIGNED AGAINST THE TERRORISM OF IRAN INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL NATION (SAUDI ARABIA) THAT IS THE ROOT OF TERRORIST MOVEMENTS ACTIVE IN THE WORLD TODAY.
THE UNITED STATES SIDING WITH JIHADIST ARMIES IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW AND PROTESTING THE ACTIONS OF RUSSIA AND SYRIA TO DEFEAT SAUDI BACKED AL QAEDA FORCES IN SYRIA AND LINKING IRAN TO THE SUPPRESSION OF THE JIHADIST FORCES IN SYRIA AS WELL.
TO PUT TERRORISM IN PERSPECTIVE HERE IS A LINK TO FORMER CIA EMPLOYEE LARRY JOHNSON'S ANALYSIS "THE FACTS ABOUT IRAN AND TERRORISM"....LINK
An Islamic State West Africa commander killed in an airstrike by a multinational military force. The attack in the African nation of Chad.
Turkey's Anadolu News Agency reports......LINK
Iran's government publicly discussing the investigation of last Wednesday's crash of a Ukrainian airliner caused by the country's air defenses.
The government spokesman was interviewed by state television and said once the government knew the cause of the crash, it wanted to make the information public.
Iran's top defense officials and President Hassan Rouhani were informed last Friday that the airliner was mistaken for a US cruise missile. The shoot down just hours after Iran launched its missiles into Iraq targeting US bases. Retaliation against 52 targets has been tweeted by President Trump in advance of Iran's action.
US intelligence officials began spreading word of their findings that Iran had likely shot down the plane on Thursday.
This story published by Russia's "Tass" news agency......LINK
Mainstream media in Western nations repeating information sent by social media showing protests at Iranian universities today in opposition to the Iranian government and the presence of riot police in the areas of the protest.
And the CEO of Canada's Maple Leaf Foods, Michael McCain, says President Trump bears his share of responsibility. The family of a colleague of McCain's among the 57 Canadians killed in the plane crash.
He tweeted in part that:
"A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events"
Newsweek has more.....LINK
"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family"
Part of the statement from Her Majesty The Queen following a meeting of Britain's Royal Family today to discuss the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Queen described herself as "entirely supportive" of their decision to break away from the other royals.
Final decisions will be made in the coming days on how their new situation will work with the Queen saying they have "made clear they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives".
The BBC sums up the story in more detail....LINK
Fighting resuming in Libya where its now Tuesday morning after a reported cease-fire signing did not materialize in Moscow today according to Saudi Arabia's "Al Arabiya" TV channel.
The Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar flew out of the Russian capital without signing a deal with the Government of National Accord according to the Saudi source.
The Russian Foreign Minister saying the GNA side signed documents Monday but that Haftar was pausing until Tuesday.
This is the story provided by "Tass".....LINK ...and a more lengthy summing up from "France 24"......LINK
The United States backing down from its branding of China as a "currency manipulator". The US saying that China has agreed not to devalue its currency to make its exports cheaper.
The move comes as both nations are expected to sign a trade deal this week.
Mass evacuations amid fears of a volcanic eruption in the Philippines. Lava already spewing from the Taal volcano, 45 miles from Manila. Hundreds of airline flights at Manila International Airport cancelled.
Authorities warning of a major eruption within hours or days.
The major eruption still not occurring as of Tuesday morning in the Philippines. Latest news is available at this link to "GMA News Online" in Manila......LINK
From schools in Vladivostok to courts in Moscow, bomb threats have been received today across Russia.
Russian authorities say the anonymous threats have been a constant problem since November....LINK......LINK
"Today in 2020, what do we see on the outskirts of our cities? Camps of tents and tarpaulins, real favelas of tents of boxes. Cohorts of people from all over the world who bivouac in our streets..."
France's leading opposition politician driving home her message Sunday in Paris. Marine Le Pen speaking at a National Rally political convention to exhort candidates in municipal elections where the first round of voting is March 15th.
Le Pen urging the municipal candidates to drive home a message about mass migration and globalization that strengthens major cities and urban centers at the expense of smaller towns and cities and the outlying countryside.
She also delved into the current controversy over President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plan expected to cut pensions for millions of French workers. Le Pen advocates a national referendum and says Macron's compromise over a new retirement age is a ploy to distract from the core of the plan he wants to get through.
Le Pen told the candidates for this year's municipal voting that the National Rally is seeking national power in the presidential election year in 2022.
The power of Marine Le Pen in national politics appears to be strong with polling done last fall showing she would win the first round of presidential elections in 2022 and finish with 45 percent of the vote against incumbent President Emmanuel Macron.
The retired Pope Benedict has written a defense of priestly celibacy. The defense in a book co-authored with Cardinal Robert Sarah.
Benedict's writing comes as the current pope, Francis, considers modifications to the tradition of priestly celibacy.
The US imposing sanctions on seven Venezuelan politicians. The National Assembly members helped Nicolas Maduro to undermine the re-election of Juan Guaido at the president of the legislative body.
Among the seven Luis Parra who was elected president of the National Assembly in a rigged session with police blocking Guaido from entering the building.
The United States and more than 50 other nations recognize Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela.
And that's the way it really is Monday January 13th, 2020.