Former CIA Officer: Terrorists will learn from COVID and so must we

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media warned breathlessly of “chatter” that terrorists—domestic and international—were planning to exploit and spread the virus. So far no such plots have developed, but a former CIA officer warns that the lessons terrorists have learned from the inept and politicized response to the pandemic, if exploited, may be more dangerous to us than terrorist use of the virus itself.

View from Japan: U.S. launches rollback against China

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during recent telephone talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov criticized the United States as breaking the basic rules of international relations and called on Russia to work with China to counter the United States. I doubt if Wang was aware of a cause-and-effect relationship in making this remark.

Is Iraq’s new PM losing the fight against Iranian-backed militias?

On Sunday, July 5, the Iraqi military confirmed that a rocket targeting Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, home to the US Embassy, damaged a nearby home and injured a child. The rocket was launched from the Ali al-Saleh region of Baghdad late Saturday evening. The military said it was able to prevent a second attack and “seized a Katyusha rocket and launcher” that were aimed at the Taji Base north of Baghdad, where US troops are also positioned.