JUNE 22, 2017
North Korea conducted a new test of a rocket engine Wednesday that could potentially be used to power an intercontinental ballistic missile, Fox News reports.
The report, based off comments from two US officials, says the test was carried out in the city of Yun Song, the site of previous rocket tests.
Wednesday’s test, which follows three others in March, is stoking concern that Pyongyang may be getting closer to obtaining an ICBM capable of reaching the United States.
The rocket test comes as US spy satellites detect increased activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site.
“There are more people and more cars but nobody knows what that means,” one official told Fox News.
The United States is currently weighing its options as attempts by China to reign in North Korea appear to have been unsatisfactory.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” President Trump said in a recent tweet.
Tensions have further increased following the death Monday of American college student Otto Warmbier, who was released into US custody in a coma this month after 17 months in prison for the alleged theft of a North Korean banner.
by BRANDON DARBY & ILDEFONSO ORTIZ22 Jun 2017
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) of South Texas are being warned about risks posed to them on the border by “open warfare” including grenade attacks occurring on the Mexican side. The warning echoes Breitbart Texas’s Cartel Chronicles reports on the bloody war occurring at the border between a faction of the Mexican Gulf Cartel and Mexican authorities.
The warning was issued by the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) to agents in the RGV Sector. It reads:
WARNING ADVISORY TO BORDER PATROL AGENTS IN RGV SECTOR
Recent events in Tamaulipas, Mexico, specifically in and around the city of Reynosa, pose a special risk to U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the region.
The Reynosa faction of the Mexican Gulf Cartel recently lost its leader and the group is engaging in open warfare with Mexican authorities and possibly with rival factions or other transnational criminal groups. Open source reports indicate gunbattles and use of grenades and other explosives in the fighting.
Border Patrol agents working the line in any station’s area of operations immediately across the largely open border from Reynosa, Mexico, are advised to employ extra caution in the performance of their duties. Stray rounds from firearms have previously injured U.S. law enforcement personnel on the border.
The majority, if not nearly all of U.S. media outlets have ignored and refused to report on the violence that has broken out along the U.S.-Mexico border immediately south of the RGV Sector. The Reynosa faction of the Gulf Cartel lost its boss, Comandante Toro or Juan Manuel Loaiza Salinas aka Julian Loiza Salinas. The death sparked violent infighting and clashes with Mexican authorities. Residents in the area were forced to live under complete control of Toro, with even the news outlets having to answer to him.
Border Patrol agents and other U.S. law enforcement working on the border are indeed at risk when clashes occur between the paramilitary transnational criminal organizations in Mexico and Mexican authorities. As recently as November of 2016, one U.S. Border Patrol agent and one Texas State Trooper were shot while patrolling the border in the same sector.
If we are not calling terrorism what it is, extremists like ISIS or radical Islamists will use Western liberal values of political correctness against it, Jennifer Breedon, international criminal lawyer and expert in extremism, told RT.
The FBI is investigating the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in the US state of Michigan as a potential terror attack.
RT discussed this attack with Jennifer Breedon, an international criminal law attorney and expert in extremism studies.
RT: The FBI said the suspect shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he carried out the attack on the police officer. Why did it take so long for the authorities to say the stabbing is being investigated as a terror attack?
Jennifer Breedon: Really, we are seeing this in media outlets throughout the West, not just the US, definitely in the US, but also in Europe, we are seeing this. For example, in the Manchester attack, they called it “a balloon exploding.” And there were about three other headlines that I saw that said he just shouted “something” while he was stabbing the police officer in Michigan. And it is crazy, we have to be calling it what it is – it is a terrorist attack… but we refuse even to say that. And that is exactly what these extremists, like ISIS or their adherents or radical Islamists, are using against the West, specifically in the US and Europe – are these liberal values. We are trying to be politically correct, and we are so concerned about offending people that we don’t even tell the truth about what is happening.
RT: The more these isolated assaults take place, the more police forces seem to be struggling with defining the reasoning behind them. In your opinion, will the latest crime wave affect our common understanding of terrorism?
JB: I think we should understand it now. There are a lot of countries where you don’t see these kinds of things happening. But you are seeing it in the West, in the more liberal and democratic societies where we are trying carefully not to offend. For the last eight years, in the US we had policies that prohibited our law enforcement from looking into religious facets behind extremist attacks. It means any kind of religious extremism wasn’t even allowed to be investigated. That’s why it is particularly in the West because of that and [the terrorists] are using that. Hopefully, we are going to see law enforcement start to notice these patterns. And because we see these stories as they come out and say, we don’t know the motivation yet. If you are connected to Islamic State, or to Islamic extremism, it is always going to be the same motivation and intent, and that is to dismantle the West. And the West has made itself a very easy target, specifically Europe and the US, by not really investigating or allowing itself to look at that for fear of offending people or offending a religion.