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22 Feb, 12 tweets, 9 min read
NEW: No attribution yet for rockets attack Monday in #Baghdad or last week in #Irbil

"But clearly, look, these are dangerous attacks" per @PentagonPresSec

"We're there to counter #ISIS... our commanders have the right of self defense"
#Pentagon-domestic violent extremism

@SecDef Lloyd Austin "would like to know with ore granularity how big the problem is...a better sense of the numbers" per @PentagonPresSec
Some commands have already conducted the mandatory one-day stand down to examine domestic extremism, per @PentagonPresSec

Also, @SecDef has issued a video to the troops, he says:…
#Baghdad rocket attack, attack in #Irbil - "We're taking these attacks very seriously" per @PentagonPresSec "If it's appropriate to respond, we will do so..."
Expanded @NATO mission in #Iraq not likely to change # of US troops

"There are no plans to put additional forces in Iraq to contribute to that expanded mission" per @PentagonPresSec
NEW: 5,279 @USNationalGuard troops still helping provide security for #WashingtonDC / #US Capitol, per @PentagonPresSec

No requests at this point to extend presence past mid-March
#Afghanistan - "We're certainly mindful of the suffering" per @PentagonPresSec

Review of #Doha agreement w/#Taliban ongoing, he says, pointing to @SecDef comments that violence is "too high"
Extremism in the ranks is a problem for @DeptofDefense, per @PentagonPresSec

"I don't think it's debatable" per spox John Kirby "What we don't know is the extent of it"
"It's difficult to say w/certainty...whether there's a strategic calculation driving this recent uptick in attacks or whether this is just a continuation of the sorts of attacks we've seen in the past" per @PentagonPresSec
"We're there to counter #ISIS at the invitation of the #Iraq|i gvt & our commander, just like the Iraqi commanders have the right of self defense" per @PentagonPresSec
"We're taking the attacks very seriously" per @PentagonPresSec "The president himself has said, if & when it's appropriate to respond we'll do so at a time & a place & a manner of our choosing"
Per @DeptofDefense, the @USNationalGuard troops helping provide security for the #USCapitol come from 31 US states and the District of Columbia

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More from @jseldin

23 Feb
Happening now: Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on #SolarWinds hack

"Preliminary indications suggest that the scope & scale of this incident are beyond any that we’ve confronted as a nation, & its implications are significant" warns committee chairman @MarkWarner Image
"The reality is the hackers responsible have gained access to thousands of companies, and the ability to carry out far more destructive operation if they wanted to" per @MarkWarner

#SolarWinds hack
"While many aspects of this compromise are unique, the #SolarWinds Hack also highlights a number of lingering issues that we have ignored for too long" per @MarkWarner
Read 35 tweets
23 Feb
No update from @DeptofDefense on investigation into rockets attacks vs #Baghdad, #Irbil

"Right now we're not ale to give you certain attribution as to who was behind these attacks, what group" per @PentagonPresSec
"We have seen in these attacks, historically, by Shia-backed militias that they do use #Iran|ian rockets, Iranian weapons" adds @PentagonPresSec
"Nobody's backing away from the significant security challenges that #Iran still posses...We've not been bashful about that at all" per @PentagonPresSec "Nobody also is in a rush to judgment here on these particular attacks"
Read 9 tweets
22 Feb
NEW: @solarwinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna tells @CSIS there is "organizational commitment" to talk about the #SolarWinds hack

"It is our obligation to do so" he says in virtual discussion

Ramakrishna will be testifying before Congress Tuesday
"We can emerge as a stronger company... a stronger software community" per @solarwinds' Ramakrishna
1st priority for @solarwinds after hack was discovered was working w/clients & remediation

Also rapid focus on learning from incident, per CEO Ramakrishna
Read 4 tweets
14 Jan
NEW: @StateDept's top counterterrorism official says the Jan 6 siege of the #USCapitol "wasn't just an assault on the Capitol. It was an assault on democracy, w/a violent mob trying to interfere with the results of the election"
"Nothing is more sacred to our constitutional democracy than the peaceful transfer of power" per Amb. Nathan Sales speaking to @AEI

Adds that those who rioted "desecrated the Capitol & the principals for which its stands"
"There's no room for complacency" @StateDept's Sales warns on the fight vs terrorism, repeating warnings that there needs to be a focus on #ISIS, #alQaida in #Africa
Read 11 tweets
13 Jan
NEW: @SecPompeo says there's an "#Iran-#alQaida axis" w/Iran serving as AQ core's new "home base"

But former US Special Envoy to the Coalition to Defeat #ISIS, Amb James Jeffrey tells @TheWilsonCenter the relationship is "transactional...not a joint campaign"
#Iran - #alQaida "These ties are transactional in nature" per Amb Jeffrey "They are not a joint campaign against the #UnitedStates"

Jeffrey further says there have long been 3 levels of cooperation:
- refuge
- passage
- "very, very limited" operational cooperation
Why the emphasis on #Iran-#alQaida?

"It's an attempt to stack the deck, to make it harder for the next administration to reverse your policies" per Amb Jeffrey
Read 5 tweets
13 Jan
Months ago, the top @StateDept Counterterrorism official said #alQaida was "on the ropes, no doubt"

Now, @SecPompeo says #AQ poses "a grave threat" from its new "home base" in #Iran

A look at the long, complicated AQ-Iran relationship & what it means...…
NEW: US slapping #Iran, foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei w/new sanctions

Sanctions target Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO, Astan Quds Razavi (AQR) which allow regime "to exploit a system of ownership over a wide range of sectors of Iran’s economy"
"While purportedly charitable organizations (bonyads), EIKO and AQR control large swaths of the #Iran|ian economy, including assets expropriated from political dissidents & religious minorities" per @USTreasury
Read 5 tweets

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