DOJ: ‘ Naturalised American admits Smuggling $65-Million in key Electronics ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.11: Alexander Brazhnikov, a naturalized US citizen born in Moscow, has admitted obtaining and smuggling sensitive electronic components worth $65 million from the United States to Russia, US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a press release on Thursday.

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Naturalised American admits stealing $65-milion of key electronic component’s ‘

Under questioning by a federal prosecutor, Brazhnikov admitted that between January 2008 and June 2014, he conspired to export 1,900 shipments of high-tech electronics components valued at $65 million to Russian defense contractors who supply Russian military and security forces.

“As he admitted in court, Brazhnikov was responsible for nearly 2,000 illegal shipments of regulated, sensitive electronics components, many of which wound up in the hands of Russian military and security forces,” Fishman said.

Brazhnikov admitted concealing the actual contents of the shipments, which were, in several instances, sent to the addresses of vacant apartments in Moscow.

Brazhnikov is a US citizen who has been in the country since the age of 22. He owned microelectronic exports companies in Carteret, Mountainside, Union and Manalapan.

He lives in Mountainside with his wife and two daughters.

His attorney, Jack Arsenault, said his client was enlisted by his father of the same name. He said his father, who is in Russia and has not been charged, turned his back on his son after his arrest in June 2014.


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‘ Kabul’s Airport Under Rocket and Gunfire Attack by Taliban ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – July 17 – A number of explosions, possibly rocket propelled grenades, and bursts of gunfire were reported near Kabul International Airport at dawn on Thursday, according to eyewitness reports cited by Reuters.

Kabul Airport Building Under Attack

Heavily armed militants who attacked Kabul International Airport with grenades and automatic weapons have been repelled, Afghan officials say (BBC)

The Afghan capital’s airport, which is used both by civilians and the country’s military, serves as a base for NATO-led forces who have clashed with Taliban and Islamic insurgents for well over a decade.

Kabul Police Arrive on the Scene

Rockets are fired into the airport’s vicinity almost on a weekly basis, though the facility has largely escaped damage. It was unclear whether Thursday’s attack represented a more serious, frontal assault attempt.

Officials reported that a number of militants had burst into a building north of the airport, and the transport hub had been closed to all flights.

The four insurgents who took part are dead, the authorities said, with one security official wounded.

The Taliban said they carried out Thursday morning’s attack which lasted for nearly five hours.

Deputy Interior Minister for Security Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the area was “completely cleared”.

“The last insurgent has just blown himself up, because he knew Afghan forces were on the way to capture him,” he said.



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` Afghanistan Violence is on the Increase as Taliban Launches its Spring Offensive ‘

At least 47 Taliban militants were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperating with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added that the militants were killed in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Paktika, Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

Interior ministry said at least 14 Taliban militants were injured and 12 others were detained during the operations.

Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives during the operations, interior ministry said.

Afghan national police forces discovered and seized three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during operations in Kunduz and Balkh provinces.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were planted by Taliban militants to carry out terrorist attacks.

An Afghan official says militants have attacked police checkpoints in the country’s east, leaving three people dead and eight wounded.

The deputy provincial governor of Ghazni province says groups of militants, including some on motorbikes, attacked three police checkpoints. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi says the attacks happened on the outskirts of the city of Ghazni early on Monday.

The attacks left one policeman and two civilian women dead. Ahmadi says two policemen and six civilians were wounded, including three children.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last week, the Taliban said they would launch their spring offensive on May 12.

Elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan, attackers targeted a police vehicle and detonated a roadside bomb in Jalalabad on Monday. Six people were wounded, including two policemen.

On Sunday (KhaamaPress) At least two Afghan national army soldiers and 90 anti-government armed militants were killed in latest wave of violence across the country.

Defense ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said the two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.

Azimi did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident however he said the two Afghan soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

He also added that 90 anti-government armed militants were killed following military operations in Wardak, Ghazni and Zabul provinces.

According to Gen. Azimi, a number of militants were also injured and three others were arrested during the operations in the past 24 hours.

He said Afghan soldiers also confiscated weapons, ammunition and explosives along with six motorcycles during the operations.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding  the report so far.



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` NATO air strike in `Eastern Afghanistan ‘ kills five `Afghan Soldiers ‘ using US Drones’

#AceWorldNews says that a NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, officials said, the latest incident likely to worsen already fraught relations between Kabul and the US-led coalition.

NATO offered its condolences over the deaths and vowed action to avoid further mistakes, but President Hamid Karzai has often seized on botched airstrikes to launch bitter criticism of the international military effort in Afghanistan.

“At 3:30am this morning, due to a NATO air strike in Charkh district, Logar province, five service members of the Afghan national army were martyred and eight others were wounded,” defence ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said on his Twitter account.

Khalilullah Kamal, the Charkh district governor, told AFP he had visited the site of the attack, which he said was from a US drone.

“The post is totally destroyed,” he said. “The Americans used to be in that post but since they left, the ANA (Afghan national army) took over. The post is on a hilltop.

The attack was conducted by drones.”


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` Taliban Militants claim responsibility for attack on an `Afghan Army Base’ killing 19 soldiers’

#AceWorldNews says according to recent reports an attack early on Sunday on an Afghan army base in the Kunar province has left 19 soldiers killed and seven kidnapped, local government said.

The attack happened in Ghaziabad district in a remote mountainous area near the border with Pakistan.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the raid in a statement.

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Up to 17,000 smuggled into US annually to work in sex trade or as forced labor – report

Some 14,000 to 17,000 people are smuggled illegally into the US every year to work in the sex trade or in factories, farms and bars as forced labour, according to the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. The group is calling for greater government controls on the recruiters who lure vulnerable people to the US, AFP reported. The House of Representatives is preparing to consider legislation seeking to require foreign hirers to be registered with the Labor Department. Foreign labor contractors will also have to provide the names of the employers and recruiters and a signed contract.


3 wounded in northern Lebanon by rocket fire from Syria

Three people were wounded in the northern Lebanese border town of Mashta Hammoud by rocket fire from Syria on Friday, according to security sources. At least four rockets launched from across the border struck the outskirts of Mashta Hammoud in the northern province of Akkar at 6am, the Daily Star newspaper reported. The spillover from Syria’s war has raised tensions in Lebanon.

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English: HELMAND PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Soldiers from the Afghan National Army relax after a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2010.The ANA soldiers and Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, have been conducting Operation Moshtarak to eliminate Taliban presence and intimidation from the city of Marjah. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Afghan policeman killed as Taliban attack 3 checkpoints

The Taliban have attacked three police checkpoints overnight in the southern province of Helmand, killing one officer, AP reported. At least 13 insurgent fighters were killed in the gun battles that followed the checkpoint attacks, police chief of Marjah district, Zamaria Zarak, said on Friday.


US cancels funds for Afghan opinion polls as election nears

The US has cancelled funding for opinion polls in the run-up to Afghanistan’s presidential election, Reuters reported. In December, initial poll triggered accusations of US attempts to manipulate the outcome. The US-funded group Democracy International said it and other similar organizations had planned to carry out opinion polls as Afghanistan prepares for the April 5 election. Some electoral authorities and candidates’ camps “suggested that there was… a perception that the polling results were somehow biased,” a US embassy spokesman in Kabul said. In order to avoid any “baseless perception” of US interference, a decision was taken to forgo additional US-funded polling.

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​Over a third of world’s school-age children cannot read – UN report

At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary-school-age children cannot read, write or perform basic mathematics, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. The report found about 130 million in primary school have not reached basic learning levels, and around 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom, including 57 million children who do not attend school at all. The cost of a lack of learning for 250 million children around the world costs governments around US$129 billion per year. The report was conducted by an independent research team for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


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​Israeli woman jailed for espionage released after 26 months

Former Israeli soldier, Anat Kam, went free after serving 26 months of a four-and-a-half year prison sentence. She was convicted of spying and leaking classified military documents to the media in October 2011. In move to expose the army’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territories she leaked information to the Haaretz newspaper that troops were ordered to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian militants in violation of a Supreme Court order.

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​At least 49 killed in clashes during anniversary of Egypt revolution

The death toll from clashes during protests, dedicated to the third anniversary of the Egyptian military coup on Saturday, rose to nearly 50, a health ministry official said on Sunday. Over 245 people were wounded in Cairo and several other provinces, according to the ministry. The fighting erupted between protesters, who opposed the military-backed government, and thousands, who supported army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi in July.


​4 Egypt soldiers killed in attack on bus in Sinai

Four soldiers were killed and 13 wounded as gunmen attacked a military bus in the Egyptian part of the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, an army spokesperson said. The attack comes a day after a military helicopter crash in northern Sinai. The militant group, Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the strike.


Iran says nuclear talks will resume in February

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that talks with the six world powers on reaching a long-term deal on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume the next month. A six-month agreement with the United States, Britain, Russia, France, and Germany – the P5+1 – was struck in November and took effect on Monday. The deal requires that Tehran curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for some sanctions relief while both sides attempt to reach a comprehensive agreement.


Taliban suicide attack on army bus kills 3 in Afghanistan

Two Afghan soldiers and a civilian woman were killed in a suicide bombing on an army bus in Kabul, TOLO News reported. Nine others were wounded in the attack, most of them members of the Afghan National Army. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.


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