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U.S. Conducts Surveillance Flights Over Syria

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

After the U.S. made clear that they might strike the Islamic State in Syria, the President has authorized aerial surveillance in Syria for counterterrorist purposes. Washington has assured the Syrian government that they do not intend a regime change. Syria has warned the U.S. that any uncoordinated attacks against the terrorists or breach of airspace will be considered an “act of aggression.” Washington is unwilling to give up the acting counterterrorism policy of global reach and unilateral options across sovereign state borders.

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Russian “Aid” Convoy Breaches Ukraine Border

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

A convoy of about 260 white Russian trucks was originally scheduled to travel from Moscow and be inspected in Kharkiv, Ukraine, before the Ukrainian authorities would permit the supplies to enter into pro-Russian separatist held territories. It was diverted south instead by Moscow and waited five days for inspection in Russia.

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Each Side Claims Victory: Israeli-Hamas Conflict to Continue

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

After the Egyptian mediated truce between Israel and Hamas broke down on Tuesday, Israel struck at Hamas leadership, killing three high ranking commanders (identified by Hamas as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum). Top military commander Mohammed Deif eluded the Israeli airstrike, but his wife and two children were killed.

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