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UK slams Iraq War runup; NATO summit faces tall tasks; What next for Syria?; What’s with Russia buzzing US planes?; and a bit more…

July 07, 2016

British report slams Iraq War runup: What did UK Prime Minister Tony Blair do wrong as U.S. President George W. Bush and his senior national-security team barreled toward invading Iraq in 2003? He failed to insist upon having, you know, a plan for what came next. “Blair did not press President Bush for definitive assurances about US post-conflict plans or set out clearly to him the strategic risk in underestimating the post-conflict challenge and failing adequately to prepare for the task,” reports the Guardian, writing about the so-called Chilcot report, the UK government’s official inquiry into the war.

Buyers Beware: The Latest Wave of Retail Cyber Scams

July 07, 2016

When it comes to cybersecurity, consumers want to trust that retailers are protecting them in some way, shape or form. But with high-profile breaches at Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus, among others, it behooves buyers themselves to know what to watch for, what scams can happen and what retailers can do.

Horrific ISIS Attacks During Ramadan Disguise a Retreating and Fracturing Terror Group

July 06, 2016

An airport in Istanbul. A nightclub in Malaysia. A Shiite mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia. Christian towns in Lebanon. The deadliest bombing in Iraq since 2003.

Attacks claimed by, linked to or with the hallmarks of the so-called Islamic State during the final week of Ramadan set a new standard for terrorism. Each day, ISIS members or affiliated supporters struck targets of nearly every ethnicity and religion. No group — Shia, Sunni, Christian, Western, Arab — was spared from their deadly campaign. They even closed the week by striking at the heart of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad’s burial site in Medina.

NATO After Brexit

July 04, 2016

Commentators have rushed to weigh in on the political and economic implications of the Brexit referendum. But the potential security effects are just as important. At risk are operational matters such as data and intelligence sharing. But also in question is something more fundamental: the relationships that allow security services to live and breathe. The United Kingdom, EU, and other partners will now have to redefine their security and intelligence relationships.

Democratic and Republican Conventions Lure and Repel Visitors to Host Cities

July 04, 2016

With tens of thousands of out-of-towners expected to descend on Philadelphia and Cleveland this month for the political conventions, most other travelers may want to stay away. But whether for business meetings, personal visits or other reasons, many others will not be able to avoid traveling to those cities.

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