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DID SWEDEN HAVE A READINESS GAP?

Scandinavian Country Retired ASW Choppers in 2008
By SOF

The hunt for the mystery submarines first sighted last Friday off the coast of Sweden may have been crippled by the decision to retire the country’s force of ASW choppers. That decision, which was carried out in 2008, has now come back to bite the Swedes.

TEENAGE JIHADI GIRLS FIND TRIP CUT SHORT

Three Girls Caught Trying to Join ISIS
By SOF Editor

Three American teenagers were arrested in Germany while trying to make their way to Syria to join the Islamic State.  Two of the girls were of Somali descent, the third was of Sudanese descent.

According to a report by CBN News, the three girls, ages 15, 16, and 17, have been returned to their families and the FBI is investigating to see if they had help from Islamists to make their trip. CNN reported that the girls stole $2,000 in cash to make their trip.

A GUN-GRABBER’S DREAM

A Look at Canada’s Gun Laws
By SOF Editor

Canadian soldiers have been targeted by gunmen this week. How did these terror suspects get their guns? Facts are still emerging, but let's take a look at Canada's restrictive gun laws that are almost a dream for gun-grabbers like Michael Bloomberg – with many provisions proving to be tougher than laws passed in California, Massachusetts, and New York.

An AR-15-style rifle - a "restricted firearm" under Canadian law.

TERROR IN CANADIAN PARLIAMENT

One Soldier Killed, Shots Fired
By SOF

A Canadian soldier at the country’s National War Memorial was shot and killed, and shots have been fired inside the Canadian parliament building in the capital city, Ottawa. The shooting is being considered a terrorist attack.

"Whiskey on the Rocks, Again?" RUSSIANS ON SWEDISH ROCKS AGAIN?

Mysterious Sightings Believed to be Crippled Sub
By SOF Editor

In something reminiscent of the infamous “Whiskey on the Rocks” incident in 1981, sightings of what is believed to have been a Russian submarine have triggered a lengthy hunt by Swedish naval forces.

AFGHANS NAB HAQQANI BIGWIGS

Two Senior Leaders of Terrorist Group Captured
By SOF Editor

Afghan forces captured two “senior leaders” of the Haqqani Network, a terrorist group aligned with the Afghan Taliban, during an operation. The captures were made in Khost province, located on the border with Pakistan.

MEXICO MAKES VIGILANTES OFFICIAL

“Self-Defense” Units Merged into Rural Defense Corps
By Harold Hutchison

The Mexican government had effectively legalized a number of vigilante groups by merging them into the Rural Defense Corps. The move comes as Mexico also announced the capture of a leading figure in the Knights Templar drug cartel.

RUSSIAN CYBER-SPYING CAMPAIGN REVEALED

Used Software Hole in Windows
By Harold Hutchison

Microsoft and iSight Partners, a security firm, jointly announced that the Russian government worked with hackers known as the “Sandworm Team” to carry out a campaign of cyber-espionage that used a “hole” in the Windows operating system.

KIM SHOWS UP

North Korean Dictator Appears For First Time Since September
By Harold Hutchison

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator whose weeks-long disappearance triggered rumors of a coup finally showed up in the capital.

Kim Jong Un holding a grenade launcher and looking stupid.
(Photo from VOANews.com)

WAR CLOUDS OVER ASIA?

CHINA WATCH: China War Arsenal Buildup Accelerates
By Harold Hutchison

China's war arsenal grows as it builds up its air and naval forces while American naval forces have been declining in number.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, a congressional commission is noting that by the year 2020, China will have almost 100 more missile-firing ships and submarines deployed than the United States. A possible result could be a so-called “security miscalculation” that could lead to conflict.

MALALA SHARES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Drone Operator Who Killed Pakistani Taliban Leader Snubbed
By Harold Hutchison

Malala meets with the President and First Lady.
(White House photo)

Malala Yousefzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the face by members of the Pakistani Taliban for advocating for the education of girls, will share the Nobel Peace Prize with a child advocate from India. However, the UAV operator who took out the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in a November, 2013 strike, remains unrecognized and unidentified.

FIGHTING RESUMES IN UKRAINE

Pro-Russian Rebels Attack Donetsk Airport
By Harold Hutchison

The cease-fire in the Ukraine may be near collapse as pro-Russian separatists launched an attack on the airport near the city of Donetsk, currently held by Ukrainian forces.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the airport came under attack from artillery fire. Five Ukrainian government troops  were killed, and some reports indicated that there were civilian casualties yesterday.

ISIS FIGHTERS CAPTURED ON BORDER!

At Least Ten Caught Trying to Enter Texas
By Harold Hutchison

At least ten members of the Islamic State have been caught trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico. That is what a United States Congressman is claiming.

STANDOFF OFF THE ROCK…

British, Spanish Vessels Face Off Near Gibraltar
By Harold Hutchison

Tensions between the United Kingdom and Spain over Gibraltar have been rising, as there have been at least 600 violations of British territory by the Spanish over the last year.

CHECHENS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE ISLAMIC STATE

Video Catches Russian Conversation During Firefight
By Harold Hutchison

Chechens may be among the jihadists fighting alongside the Islamic State. The assumption comes as the result of a video released by a media arm with ties to the terrorist group.