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Samuel Siskind studied intelligence research at the American Military University in West Virginia. He served as a squad commander in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Corp of Combat Engineers, in the Corps' ground battalions and later in its Intelligence Wing at regional and divisional stations. For the past five years, Samuel has worked as a consultant and researcher on physical and information security issues for private and governmental institutions, in the US, Africa, India, and Israel. He currently lives in Jerusalem.


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Now’s the Time to Get Clarity on China

Two years ago I published an article here on OpsLens detailing a Chinese government initiative dubbed the Thousand Talents Plan (TTP).   As laid out in an expose by Bloomberg, one of the first mainstream media articles to discuss the program, TTP is a massive state funded program to recruit human capital from Western countries.  […]


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U.S. and Turkey Join Forces, Establish Syrian Buffer Zone

In an effort to avoid a confrontation over northeast Syria, Turkey and the United States have agreed to jointly establish a Syrian buffer zone. On Wednesday, Turkey and the U.S. reached a deal on how to set up a joint operations center to coordinate and manage the setting up of the safe zone. A joint […]


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President Trump Orders Freeze of Billions in Aid Dollars

President Trump’s administration has ordered two federal agencies to freeze billions in aid dollars, despite the fact that these packages had already been approved by Congress. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ordered the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to account for “unobligated resources” of foreign aid and to stop […]


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DoD Report: In U.S. Absence, ISIS has Been Rebuilding in Syria

A recent Pentagon report has confirmed what many in U.S. defense have long feared: ISIS has been rebuilding in Syria. The report was written by Department of Defense (DoD) Counsel Glenn Fine, the lead inspector general for Operation Inherent Resolve, the official name for the US-led operation fighting ISIS, and covers the period from 1 […]


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U.S. Looking to Form Pacific Security Pacts to Counter China

The Trump administration is actively seeking to lock in Pacific security pacts with regional nations, as concerns of Chinese expansion continue to perturb Washington. Earlier this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said negotiations have begun with three Pacific island nations to renew a national security agreement. Under the terms of the deal, dubbed the […]


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Latest Ship Seized by Iran is the Third in Less than a Month

An Iraqi ship seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf is the third vessel commandeered by Tehran in recent weeks. According to reports, naval forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized an Iraqi oil tanker under the pretense that the ship was carrying illicit cargo. An IRGC statement quoted by the state news […]


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President Trump Says Blockading Venezuela a Possibility

The U.S. administration has recently announced that blockading Venezuela is being considered as a strategic response, as  the crisis in the South American country continues. This consideration was revealed almost backhandedly by the president late last week during a meeting with the media while en route to a rally in Cincinnati. Asked by a reporter […]


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British Army Creates Social Media Warfare Unit

The British Army is to engage in social media warfare, according to an announcement by its top commander. “We need to develop our asymmetric edge and bring focus to the orchestration of intelligence, information operations, cyber, electronic warfare and unconventional warfare,” Lieutenant General Ivan Jones, the commander of Britain’s field army, said as he announced […]


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Israel Expands Strikes to Iranian Targets in Iraq

According to breaking reports, Israel has begun striking Iranian targets in Iraq, substantially extending the range of its attacks against Tehran’s assets in the region. The target of the Israeli strikes seems to have been heavy weapons platforms being transported to Iranian-backed factions. Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic-language newspaper published in the United Kingdom, cited Western […]


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Intelligence Chief Dan Coats Submits Resignation to Pres. Trump

On Sunday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent his letter of resignation to the White House. Coats’ departure marks the second resignation of a high-level administration official in a span of two weeks. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned from his post on 12 July. Coats thanked President Trump for the “opportunity to lead the intelligence […]


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Mossad Chief: ‘Cyber Intelligence is Most Important Counter-terror Tool’

Cyberintelligence has taken the central place in today’s fight against global terror. This was the message delivered by Israel’s spy chief Yossi Cohen at a security conference in Tel Aviv earlier this week. The organization Cohen heads, Israel’s national intelligence agency known as the Mossad, was awarded the Cyber Defender Award on Tuesday by Israel’s government. […]


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Treasury Combats Theft from Venezuela’s Food Distribution Program

This week the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctioned operatives behind a well orchestrated network responsible for disrupting Venezuela’s food distribution program. In all, Venezuela receives tens of millions of dollars in emergency aid, consisting largely of food and medicine, from nations around the world. But such a massive effort to deliver free stuff to […]


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Six Iranians Dead After Latest Israeli Strike in Syria

Six Iranians fighting for the Syrian regime were killed in an Israeli strike in Syria this week. According to reports, Israeli missiles targeted “military positions and intelligence facilities belonging to Iran and [pro-Iranian] militias” in the southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra early on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Following the attack, […]


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Al-Qaeda Tries to Assassinate American Envoy James Swan in Somalia

Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, attempted to assassinate Special Envoy James Swan in a recent suicide bombing in Mogadishu. According to reports, a female bomber blew herself up in the office of Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman during a security meeting with several high-ranking officials. Several attendees were wounded. Some seriously, including Osman himself who […]


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British Sanctions on Iran are Looking Like a Real Possibility

British sanctions on Iran are looking more and more plausible following the seizure of a British-flagged ship in the Gulf region. According to reports, the British government is under strong pressure from lawmakers to act decisively in the sharply escalating diplomatic quarrel between the two countries. The seizure of the British ship followed growing domestic […]


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U.S. Spies in Iran? Mullahs Claim Capture of CIA Agents

Officials in Tehran have claimed the capture of seventeen U.S. spies in Iran. Security agencies “successfully dismantled a [CIA] spy network,” the head of counterintelligence at the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence told reporters in Tehran. Apparently, Iranian authorities have wasted no time dealing with the alleged agents. “Those who deliberately betrayed the country were handed […]


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As Sanctions Strangle Iran, Hezbollah is Deployed to the Israeli Border

In the decades since its creation, Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shiite militant group, has been an important player in Middle East geopolitics. The key to understanding the organization is often overlooked, however. Hezbollah conceives of itself and operates under the premise of being the “Lebanese branch” of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It is not just […]


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Lashkar-e-Taiba Leader Arrested a Decade After Mumbai Attacks

Leader of the terror-linked Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed was reportedly arrested by Pakistani authorities in Punjab state. Saeed is the alleged mastermind of a four-day militant attack which killed over 160 people in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008. While Saeed has denied any involvement in terrorism and has claimed his network (which includes 300 […]


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Iran is Open to Talks with the U.S. if Sanctions Lifted

According to the country’s foreign ministry, Iran is open to talks with the U.S. if the Trump administration agrees to lift sanctions. Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told American media sources that Tehran is willing to come to the negotiating table. “Once those sanctions are lifted…the room for negotiation is wide […]


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Italian Police: Weapons Seized from Neo-Nazi Groups in Raids

Italian police reported that a large cache of weapons was seized from neo-Nazi groups in a series of recent operations. According to the Italian General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS), police discovered an arsenal of weaponry. The weapons seized from neo-Nazi groups ranged from bolt-action rifles and automatic weapons, to a “combat-ready” air-to-air missile, all […]


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U.S-Led Coalition to Protect Shipping in the Gulf is Growing

Last week, the Trump administration announced efforts to create an international coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf. The news was first revealed in a joint press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Joseph Dunford. “We’re engaging now with a number of countries to […]