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FOREIGN POLICY DIARY – GLOBAL CYBER STANDOFF

The US Supreme Court granted the long-standing aspirations of the local Ministry of Justice and the US intelligence agencies to “hack” computers around the world- to combat terrorism of course. However, any clarification is unlikely to appease people who value the integrity of personal space. The US Justice Department insisted on the introduction of relevant amendments to the federal criminal law since 2013. The agency’s position can be divided into two components:
It is necessary to fight against terrorism, and all legal means are good for that
The existing legislation is vulnerable, and it allows villains to insolently use “anonymizing” software and other technical gadgets to conceal their identities.

The proposed expansion of rights to special services in the Ministry of Justice of the United States is considered “minor” by the Establishment. It also seems that they are genuinely puzzled about the ferocity of the cries of human rights defenders and their shouts to go back to the “Con…

CHINA IS ABLE TO DEPLOY UP TO 10000 TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

China calls its allies to intensify counterterrorism efforts. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Summit took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in June 2016. Counterterrorism operations were one of the main topics of the Summit. Chinese experts believe that the situation in Syria needs special attention from the SCO members states, as the ISIS terrorist group poses a serious threat to the security of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Russia, as well as the surrounding regions, including the Middle East and the Caucasus. This explains why China believes that SCO member states should coordinate their efforts over the implementation of countermeasures against Jihadi groups.

Currently, an estimated number of 2500 Chinese troops are deployed as part of UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, South Sudan and Mali. Rumors are circulating that the Chinese leadership is going to deploy up to 10000 troops in the Middle East, as soon as the Chinese military base in Djibouti is ready. Thi…

IMPORTANT MILITARY DEVELOPMENTS IN SYRIA ON JULY 4

Click to see the full-size map The most important developments of the day: The Syrian army gained the ground in the Mallah Farms near and in the Layramoun district in Aleppo cityThe Syrian army seized the strategic town of Saraf in northern LatakiaThe US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces repelled the ISIS attempts to counter attack near the city of Manbij Click to see the full-size map