Weekly Security Review 4/22
Pompeo Faces Tough Battle for Senate Confirmation
Most Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have announced plans to oppose Pompeo next week -- sparking speculation that the panel could take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation. A lack of Senate support for Pompeo could spell trouble for Trump who already sees the former Kansas congressman as “the nation’s chief diplomat.”
The Importance of Striking Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center
With air strikes on Syria's chemical weapons facilities, carried out jointly with Britain and France, America has done the right thing. Leading from in front, President Trump is finally redrawing the red line that President Obama erased in 2013.
Israel Planning for Direct Retaliatory Attack from Iran
Israel believes the attack will come in the form of precision-guided missiles or armed drones launched from a base in Syria by the IRGC itself – not by proxies, as was done before – under the command of Quds Force commander Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good
North Korea’s cyber army is quietly morphing into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking machines. Over the past 18 months, the nation’s fingerprints have appeared in an increasing number of cyber attacks, the skill level of its hackers has rapidly improved and their targets have become more worrisome.
Albuquerque Passes New Measures Making it Harder to Deport Illegal Immigrants
The city's council passed a measure by a 6-3 vote that bars federal immigration officials who do not have a warrant from going into city-operated areas. Measures passed by the majority-Democratic council also make it so city workers are prohibited from taking information on people's immigration status.
European lawmakers ask Congress to save Iran deal
Hundreds of lawmakers in Germany, France and the UK wrote an open letter to the US Congress asking it to back the Iran nuclear deal, despite US President Donald Trump's threat to terminate the agreement next month.
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Pilot Tammy Jo Shults calmly landed the damaged Southwest airline plane saving the lives of many on board. She was one of the first female pilots in the U.S. Navy.
We commend her for her bravery and resolve during this emergency.