Russia urges US strikes on Fateh al-Sham

PRESS TV Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the US-led coalition’s refusal to conduct air raids in Syria on positions held by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, calling on Washington to reverse its course. On Tuesday, Lavrov called on the coalition forces to consider the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham as a terror outfit, saying, "I have a very demanding task now - not to let this list (of terrorist organizations) be reduced.” "I have no ...
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Syrian Terror Groups Now Fighting Each Other

Heavy battles have erupted between two rebel groups – Jaysh al-Islam (meaning Army of Islam) and Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham in Damascus province, as militants continue to lose ground in Syria, according to reports from the Iranian News Agency FARS. © Photo: Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation This is not the first report of infighting between the rebel groups in the country.Earlier in December, heavy fighting reportedly erupted between the Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS) and o...
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What China’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation Actually Says

On December 27, China’s National People’s Congress passed the country’s much-debated anti-terrorism legislation. Although the text is still being translated into English, numerous analyses have already emerged, some based on apparently outdated versions of the law. As a service to future commentators, below is a brief analysis—based on the original Mandarin—on which portions of the legislation did, and did not, make the final cut. Foreign observers have been most concerned by Beijing’...
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China’s Anti-Terror Law Permits Troop Deployment Abroad

China on Sunday adopted its first counter-terrorism law that grants overarching powers to security agencies, allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations and requires technology firms to give sensitive data like encryption keys to the government. Much on the expected lines, 159 legislators of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously adopted the draft law earlier approved by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). The new law makes it legal...
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Russian Security Czar: Over 1000 Russians Joined ISIS

Russia's Security Council chief says more than 1,000 Russian nationals have joined the Islamic State group and they could pose a major threat when they return. Nikolai Patrushev told the business daily Kommersant in an interview published Monday that they could form "sleeper cells" upon their return and mount terror attacks in the future on orders from their bosses. He said IS recruiters have been active in Russia and ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, particularly focusing on young people and m...
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