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Jul 29 4 tweets 4 min read
NEW: #Saudi-born, #Canada citizen gets life in prison for performing executions for #ISIS

39yo Mohammed Khalifa surrendered to the #SDF in January 2019, was transferred to the US & pled guilty to conspiring to support ISIS in December 2021
Khalifa, aka Abu Ridwan Al-Kanadi & Abu Muthanna Al-Muhajir, joined #ISIS in 2013 & became the lead translator for the terror group's propaganda & the English-speaking narrator on multiple violent videos, per @TheJusticeDept
Per @TheJusticeDept, Khalifa narrated 2 of the most influential & most violent #ISIS videos - Flames of War I & II

The videos also show Khalifa executing kneeling #Syria|n soldiers
Khalifa was captured by the US-backed #SDF in January 2019 after attacking a SDF position & almost running out of ammo while having his AK-47 jam, per @TheJusticeDept

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Jul 29
" least 18 so-called filtration camps where #Ukrainians are subject to inhumane conditions, including abuse & in some cases executions" per the senior US defense official
"We do not have details on the current numbers of #Ukrainians that have been deported" per the sr US defense official, citing #Ukraine claims #Russia was holding 1,700 soldiers & civilians as of mid-April

"I would imagine that that number is significantly higher now"
"We have seen reports of the the individuals who are being detained & put into this detention process via the filtration centers facing torture, threats of gender based violence, harassment & even execution" per senior US defense official
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Jul 29
NEW: Day 156 of #Russian invasion of #Ukraine - "We continue to see #Russia failing...paying a high price for ver little gain" per senior US defense official

But "Russian rhetoric trying to mask these losses" per official, citing comments by Lavrov, others
US has intelligence Russia running at least 18 so-called filtration camps in occupied parts of #Ukraine, with some #Ukrainians being executed, per senior US defense official
"The #Ukrainians are giving it to them pretty good" per senior US military official on #Ukraine progress vs #Russia, per senior US defense official
Read 16 tweets
Jul 29
NEW: @USTreasury sanctions 2 individuals, 4 entities - part of #Russia's malign influence operations & election interference activities
One of the sanctioned #Russia|ns - Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov - is described by @USTreasury as a "FSB co-optee who uses his positions & various companies to promulgate the #Kremlin’s disinformation"

Ionov has also been charged by @TheJusticeDept
"In the summer of 2021, Ionov informed the FSB about a known US person’s political ambitions; the FSB subsequently expressed an interest in this person" per @USTreasury
Read 7 tweets
Jul 29
NEW: #Russia|n national charged w/years-long foreign malign influence campaign

Per @TheJusticeDept's Asst Ag Matthew Olsen, Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov "orchestrated a brazen influence campaign, turning US political groups & US citizens into instruments of the Russian gvt"
Ionov, the founder/president of the #Moscow-based Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR), worked w/#Russia's FSB, to recruit US political groups in #Florida, Georgia & #California "& exercised direction or control over them on behalf of the FSB" per @TheJusticeDept
"Ionov provided financial support to these groups, directed them to publish pro-#Russia|n propaganda, coordinated & funded direct action by these groups within the United States intended to further Russian interests" per @TheJusticeDept
Read 10 tweets
Jul 28
NEW: #China "proceeding to increase their access & influence on the continent" & seeks to establish more military bases in #Africa, outgoing @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend tells @GWUPMNS
"Some of the most lethal terrorists on the planet are now in Africa...#alQaida & #ISIS " per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend
"We've prevented strategic distraction" per Gen Townsend on his time at @USAfricaCommand - says US has been able to address threats in #Africa without taking focus on primary challenges, pacing threat from #China and also #Russia
Read 18 tweets
Jul 22
NEW: #Ukraine unleashing "very precise, very accurate" targeting of #Russia , per senior defense official

"They're paying a high price" official says of #Russia, saying its forces suffering "low morale"
On the new $170 million drawdown/aid package -"The capabilities in this package are going to be useful on the battlefield immediately" per senior US defense official

That include the #Himars, more artillery ammo
580 #PhoenixGhost drones that will be procured - "steady deliveries" will begin in August, per senior US defense official
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