Fdd's overnight brief

August 23, 2023

In The News

Iran

Iran’s Defense Ministry unveiled a drone on Tuesday resembling America’s armed MQ-9 Reaper, claiming that the aircraft is capable of staying airborne for 24 hours and has the range to reach the country’s archenemy Israel. – Associated Press

The United States believes an understanding on Iran eventually releasing five U.S. citizens remains on track, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday but declined to offer any timeline. – Reuters

Three top House Republicans sent a letter to the Biden administration this week expressing “deep concern” about potential threats to national security from an alleged agreement being kept under wraps between the U.S. and Iran. – The Hill

Molavi Abdolhamid, a spiritual leader for Iran’s Sunni Muslim population, has urged the country’s authorities to promptly release Molavi Fathi Mohammad Naqshbandi, the Sunni imam of Rask in the northeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan. – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new armed drone bearing resemblance to America’s MQ-9 Reaper, with state media claiming it has the operational range to reach Israel. – Fox News

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “the largest counter-terrorist organization in the world” a meeting with a group of senior IRGC officers and Basij paramilitary leaders on Thursday, according to a tweet by the Ayatollah’s account and a report by London-based Iran International. – Jerusalem Post

Editorial: Palestinian terrorism will persist without Iranian financial, moral, and material aid. But the terrorists might not exhibit the same level of boldness demonstrated in recent weeks without the inflow of support from Tehran. If Netanyahu and Gallant are indeed aware of Iranian engagement in the current wave of murderous terror, it is time to move beyond mere threatening statements and order decisive action to put an end to that involvement.- Jerusalem Post

Seth J. Frantzman writes: In any case, it’s possible for an Iranian fast boat to pull up to an area near the maritime border and claim to make a radio call and show radio contact, when the US doesn’t change course and simply claim the US changed course or landed helicopters. Helicopters have to land at some point, so all Iran has to do is wait for one to land and claim it complied with Iran’s radio message, even if the two events are unconnected. –  Jerusalem Post

James Phillips writes: Such appeasement will undermine long-term U.S. national security interests, not advance them. If Biden is determined to go down this path, Congress will need to act to defend the United States. – Daily Signal

Russia & Ukraine

Ukrainian forces said they had seized the village of Robotyne, taking another small step in Kyiv’s efforts to cut through Russian defenses in southern Ukraine. Robotyne’s capture by Ukraine’s 47th Mechanized Brigade on Tuesday gives Kyiv something to celebrate, after two months of hard fighting, substantial casualties and minimal gains since the long-awaited counteroffensive began. – Wall Street Journal

A 48-year-old journalist nicknamed Reporter brought up the rear. Suddenly, grenades began flying. After one explosion, Reporter cried out, “I’m a 300!” Soviet-era code for a battlefield casualty. By the end of the day, only three of the five-strong team would be able to fight on. This is what the Ukrainian counteroffensive looks like after two months: a slow and bloody advance on foot. – Wall Street Journal

Fedir Bovkun narrowly escaped death when German soldiers massacred hundreds of people during World War II here along the border with Belarus. […]Now, the Bovkuns fear a military attack again, this time from Russia and Wagner Group mercenaries who relocated to Belarus, whose border is less than two miles from their village. Saturday’s deadly missile strike on a theater in Chernihiv was a reminder that even relatively quiet areas along Ukraine’s northern border, and elsewhere, are vulnerable to Russian attack at any time. – Washington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin took multiple shots at the West on the opening day of an economic summit in South Africa, using a prerecorded speech that was aired on giant screens Tuesday to rail at what he called “illegitimate sanctions” on his country and threaten to cut off Ukraine’s grain exports permanently. – Associated Press

Russia targeted Ukrainian ports in the southern Odesa region and the Danube River area in overnight drone attacks, setting at least one grain storage facility on fire, Ukraine’s military and local authorities said on Wednesday. – Reuters

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left tens of thousands of dead, displaced millions and sown economic turmoil across the world in the 18 months since its launch on Feb. 24, 2022. More than 9,000 civilians had been recorded as killed and more than 16,000 injured by the end of July, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which said it believed the actual figures were considerably higher. – Reuters

The United States does not encourage or enable attacks inside Russia, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said after Russian authorities said they downed drones that tried to attack Moscow early on Wednesday. – Reuters

British military intelligence said on Tuesday that a weekend drone attack on an airfield deep inside Russia which Moscow blamed on Ukraine is highly likely to have destroyed a nuclear-capable TU-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber. – Reuters

Russia has appointed a new acting head of its aerospace forces to replace General Sergei Surovikin, who vanished from sight after a brief Wagner mercenary mutiny against the top brass in June, the state RIA news agency reported on Wednesday. – Reuters

A private jet previously used by the family of Russian President Vladimir Putin that left Moscow on the eve of his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, is now being operated by an Austria-based charter company linked to Russian oligarchs, an investigation has found. – Newsweek

Ukraine should wield its older tank fleet to plough through the territory Russia has meticulously mined to stem the advance of Kyiv’s troops, Newsweek has been told, as Ukraine’s slow but steady counteroffensive yields small, painstakingly won gains for the war-torn country. – Newsweek

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov hasn’t been seen in public since he was quoted nearly three weeks ago as saying that Russia’s presidential election is “not really democracy” and forecasted a 90 percent victory for Vladimir Putin next year. – Newsweek

Sorin Adam Matei writes: When Russia instituted a blockade of Ukrainian ports, NATO should have responded with a counterblockade on all points of entry and exit on the Black Sea. These are local, specific and immediate responses to Russian aggression. Many would argue that such aggression would provoke Russia and cause another world war. But playing tit for tat—when done specifically—against a bully is rooted in cold math and has worked in the past. Bringing in old games might remind Russia of how things unfolded last time it threatened NATO. – Wall Street Journal

Oz Katerji writes: But both Moscow’s and Kyiv’s international allies need to understand that even without the bridge, a Russian-occupied Crimea poses a critical threat to Ukraine’s survival, and as far as the Ukrainian government is concerned, the destruction of the Kerch Strait bridges will only serve as a prelude to the eventual campaign for the total liberation of the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine may pull this off. It won’t stop trying—and there is no point in diplomats or analysts laboring under the absurd assumption that the Ukrainian position on this can be negotiated away in a future deal. – Foreign Policy

Jeffrey Mankoff writes: Ukraine is not the only frontline state in the current conflict. Far from the media spotlight, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova are waging their own struggle against Russian domination. Attention and assistance now can help ensure these states do not become the next victims of Russia’s ongoing war for empire. – Foreign Policy

Israel

Israel’s far-right government pledged on Tuesday to strike at Palestinian assailants, and those sending them to attack, amid what is being described as the bloodiest year in the occupied West Bank since the second Palestinian uprising about two decades ago. – New York Times

New York City Mayor Eric Adams visited Jerusalem holy sites and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, continuing a three-day official trip to Israel at one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s 75-year history. Adams sought to perform a delicate balancing act between appealing to Israel’s supporters at home and angering fellow Democrats for meeting a prime minister embroiled in controversy over a planned overhaul of the country’s judiciary. – Associated Press

The security cabinet issued a veiled warning of pending IDF strikes against Iranian and Hamas targets when it met amid a terror wave on Tuesday. “The security cabinet made a series of decisions to strike at the terrorists and whoever dispatches them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office said after the closed-door meeting, whose details are withheld from the public. It “authorized the prime minister and the defense minister to act accordingly,” the Prime Minister’s Office said after the meeting. – Jerusalem Post

Israeli troops entered the West Bank city of Hebron early Wednesday morning to prepare to demolish the homes of two Palestinians accused of killing an Israeli woman in a terror attack. – Times of Israel

The Canadian Embassy in Israel on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the recent terrorist attacks against Israelis. – Arutz Sheva

Stephen M. Flatow writes: So, Israel is expected to go above and beyond what was agreed upon in the Oslo Accords, while the PA is not expected even to honor the commitments it already made in those agreements, thirty years ago. One might reasonably conclude that this situation is actually worse than even-handedness—it’s evidence of a blatant pro-Palestinian slant. – Arutz Sheva

Dahlia Scheindlin writes: And Israel can still always deny entry for security reasons. Sam worries that this will be Israel’s trump card to circumvent the promise of the program for Palestinians. – Haaretz

Afghanistan

An Afghan media watchdog says press freedom organizations and the families of 11 Afghan journalists detained by the Taliban have called for their release. – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Under the Taliban, Sikhs and Hindus have faced severe restrictions, including on their appearances, and have been banned from marking their religious holidays in public, leaving many with no choice but to escape their homeland. – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Editorial: Washington continues to offer too few visas for Afghans who helped America. Some Afghan partners told the U.N. that they “have gone into hiding” and “live in fear of being arrested or killed by a member of the de facto authorities.” These ugly details add to the disgrace of one of America’s worst betrayals. – Wall Street Journal

Mark Malloch Brown writes: This presents western and other leaders with a simple choice: keep pursuing “Great Game” politics or for once put the people of Afghanistan first. More than 30 years of the former have got us where we are. A new approach is long overdue. – Financial Times

Turkey

Iraq’s oil minister and his Turkish counterpart did not reach an agreement to immediately resume Iraq’s northern oil exports but agreed to hold more talks in the future, said two energy sources with knowledge of the ministers’ meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. – Reuters

Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday denounced a separatist Kurdish group that operates in northern Iraqi territory as an enemy of both Turkey and Iraq, and urged the Iraqi government to ban the group as a terrorist organization as Ankara has done. – Associated Press

Turkey’s foreign minister accused the United Nations on Tuesday of abandoning its position of neutrality in Cyprus after the Security Council criticized construction work by Turkish Cypriots inside the buffer zone of the ethnically divided island nation and condemned their assault on UN peacekeepers. – Times of Israel

Lebanon

Exploratory drilling for oil and gas in Lebanon’s offshore Block 9 is set to begin on Aug. 24 after a landmark U.S.-brokered agreement last year set a maritime border between Lebanese and Israeli waters for the first time. – Reuters

Lebanon’s National Security Ministry confiscated Israeli goods from store shelves around the country, its National Security Ministry announced, according to Lebanese media reports on Tuesday. – Jerusalem Post

The murals at Moshav Shtula are pretty and colorful, a bit odd considering they’re emblazoned on a border that might erupt at any moment in a clash with Hezbollah. – Haaretz

Saudi Arabia

Ethiopia will launch a joint investigation with Saudi Arabia into a Human Rights Watch report accusing the kingdom’s border guards of killing hundreds of Ethiopian migrants, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. – Agence France-Presse

By the time dozens of top security officials from across the globe touched down in Saudi Arabia to attend a conference on Ukraine this month, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s main task was complete. – Financial Times

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is confident the proposed deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will be completed before the end of the year. – BBC

Axios diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid writes on X, formerly Twitter, that White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says that there is no imminent announcement expected regarding a U.S.-Saudi-Israeli agreement. – Arutz Sheva

Seth Cropsey writes: Alliance management is an unending task, requiring all parties to have a consistent self-image.  Saudi Arabia lacks that, making it an unfit balancing partner. Washington has a self-image, but one that is dominated by clichés about rebalancing and dubious uses of historical analogy. A new Middle East may be possible, but this is not the way. Sober considerations of the national interest, not quick fixes, must guide American and Israeli policy. The best choice, for Israel and for the U.S., is to wait until Saudi Arabia possesses a coherent identity and then see if it can be incorporated into an entente. – The Hill

Libya

United Nations Libya envoy Abdoulaye Bathily said on Tuesday that “a unified government, agreed upon by the major players, is an imperative for leading the country to elections”, an apparent shift from an earlier position that elections should come first. – Reuters

Libya’s stability is at greater risk following recent militia clashes and amid turmoil in neighboring Sudan and Niger that could spill over into the oil-rich North African nation, the country’s U.N. special envoy said Tuesday. – Associated Press

President Biden has appointed Ed Siskel, a veteran of the Obama-Biden administration who shielded then-President Obama amid House Republicans’ inquiries into Benghazi and Solyndra, to be his new White House counsel. – Fox News

Middle East & North Africa

One of the two vessels that collided on Egypt’s Suez Canal has been refloated and proceeded to anchorage for inspection on Wednesday, while shipping traffic was flowing normally on the Canal, according to a company statement and shipping sources. – Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Monday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and welcomed the recent release of activist Ahmed Douma and others, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. – Reuters

The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, on Tuesday spoke on the phone with Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. A statement said that Velayati “praised the resistance of the Palestinian people, especially in the West Bank, which is a victory.” – Arutz Sheva

Korean Peninsula

South Korea is set to hold its first nationwide air defence drills in six years on Wednesday amid North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats, with pedestrians required to take shelter and drivers asked to pull over in some areas. – Reuters

A Chinese man who rode a jet ski more than 300 km (186 miles) across the sea to South Korea from China was jailed in his homeland several years ago for making fun of its leader, Xi Jinping, a South Korean activist said on Wednesday. – Reuters

South Korea’s majority opposition party and civic groups around the country stepped up protests on Wednesday against Japan’s plan to release water from the Fukushima nuclear plant a day ahead of the planned start of the discharge. – Reuters

The Biden administration is extending for another year a ban on the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea, the State Department said Tuesday. The ban was imposed in 2017 and has been renewed every year since. – Associated Press

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un severely rebuked his premier and other senior officials over what he called their irresponsible response to recent flooding of farmlands along the country’s western coast, state media reported Tuesday. – Associated Press

China

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said it was taking action to punish Chinese officials in response to what it called the forcible assimilation of young Tibetans, broadening its assault on Beijing’s treatment of ethnic minorities. – Wall Street Journal

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is heading to China this weekend bearing a portfolio of difficult economic issues while pushing forward an effort by both governments to stabilize rocky U.S.-China relations. – Wall Street Journal 

President Xi Jinping failed to attend a business forum in South Africa where he was expected to deliver a speech defending China’s economy and its support for emerging markets, as fears mount that the Asian nation’s struggles could cause global turbulence. – Bloomberg

The leaders of South Africa and China said they had found common ground on expanding the Brics emerging market bloc, as a summit of the grouping that also includes Brazil, Russia, and India began in Johannesburg. – Financial Times

When Xi Jinping, China’s leader, delivered an “important speech” at the UN in September 2021, it appeared to be little more than a list of feelgood clichés. He said that the world needed “harmony between man and nature” and added that economic development should bring “benefits for all”. – Financial Times

Michael Beckley writes: This type of rivalry might not be so bad for the world and certainly would be better than the great-power wars that have characterized most of modern history. The “one world” dream of a single, harmonious international system may be impossible for now, but that does not rule out peaceful, if tense, relations between two rival orders. Containing China in that competition will entail severe risks and costs, but it is the best way to avoid an even more destructive conflict. – Foreign Affairs

South Asia

India will make its second attempt to land on the moon on Wednesday, a mission seen as crucial to lunar exploration and the country’s standing as a space power, just days after a similar Russian lander crashed. – Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden will visit India from Sept. 7-10 for a summit of the Group of 20 nations while Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Jakarta Sept. 4-7 to attend summits of Southeast Asian leaders, the White House said on Tuesday. – Reuters

UK trade talks with India are reaching their “final but trickier” stages, according to government sources. – Reuters

Asia

After nearly a decade of army-backed rule, Thailand’s Parliament picked 61-year-old real-estate tycoon Srettha Thavisin as the country’s next prime minister—the product of a compromise that falls short of removing the military from governance but does mark a democratic advance. – Wall Street Journal 

The deputy chair of the Russian security council Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow may annex Georgia’s breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia. – Reuters

The Philippines on Tuesday said it had successfully delivered supplies to marines aboard the BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated military outpost in the contested South China Sea, despite attempts by Chinese vessels to block the mission. – CNN

Japan is to begin releasing radioactive water from the failed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Thursday, prompting China to warn it would take “all steps necessary” to protect food safety and Hong Kong to ban some Japanese seafood imports. – Financial Times

Europe

Poland said Tuesday that Russia is shifting some short-range nuclear weapons to Belarus, a move Polish President Andrzej Duda said could change the NATO alliance in the region. – Fox News

Two U.S. service members were arrested after the stabbing death of man at a German fair. A 28-year-old German national was fatally stabbed following an “argument” at a fair in the town of Wittlich, Germany Saturday, with two male suspects identified as U.S. military personnel being arrested in connection to the case, according to a report from NBC News. – Fox News

Spain’s conservative opposition has been given the first chance to try to form a government by the king after an inconclusive general election, even though the party did not have enough support at the time of the announcement on Tuesday. – Financial Times

The UK will proscribe the Wagner group as a terrorist organisation “within weeks” as part of a fresh crackdown on the Russian mercenary network, according to British government insiders. – Financial Times

Africa

Hopes for a freer and more democratic Zimbabwe following Mugabe’s ouster were quickly extinguished during the 2018 vote when six civilians were shot by Zimbabwean soldiers as they protested delays in announcing the winner. This time round, prospective voters told The Wall Street Journal that they have been forced to attend ZANU-PF rallies and fear retribution if they vote for the opposition, allegations the party denies. – Wall Street Journal

Nearly one month after mutinous soldiers mounted a coup in Niger, diplomatic talks to resolve the crisis have made little progress. The elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, remains held captive by soldiers who once protected him. The threat of military intervention by a major West African political bloc looms. – Washington Post

British police said on Tuesday they had charged former Nigerian oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke with bribery offences, saying they suspected she had accepted bribes in return for awarding multi-million pound oil and gas contracts. – Reuters

The African Union has suspended Niger following the takeover of the West African country by a military junta on July 26. – CNN

Sylvie Kauffmann writes: Nor can hard questions be avoided on the disastrous record of democratic governance in sub-Saharan nations. Niger, one of the poorest countries in Africa, twice the size of Texas, may be partly covered by desert. It still provides fertile ground for great power competition. – Financial Times

Latin America

Bernardo Arevalo, who won Sunday’s Guatemalan presidential runoff by a landslide, said he wants to work with the U.S. to expand temporary work programs for migrants there, while also increasing investment in his country’s poorest areas to reduce departures. – Reuters

Argentine Economy Minister Sergio Massa said on Tuesday that he expects the International Monetary Fund (IMF) board to approve the latest reviews of its huge loan program on Wednesday, unlocking $7.5 billion the embattled country desperately needs. – Reuters

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Tuesday he wanted Argentina to join the BRICS group of emerging countries, as Brazil’s neighbor struggles with a lack of foreign reserves. – Reuters

The port of Chancay, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of the Peruvian capital of Lima, will be “the gateway from South America to Asia,” said Mario de las Casas, institutional affairs manager of COSCO Shipping, a Chinese state-owned company that is the majority owner of the project. – Associated Press

United States

The federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., that helped investigate former president Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents has ended, special counsel Jack Smith said in a court filing, which laid out new details about how the probe quietly expanded to look at alleged coverup efforts. – Washington Post

For Mr. Trump, outrage is a selective commodity when it comes to presidential families taking millions of dollars from foreign countries. During his four years in the White House and in the more than two and a half years since, Mr. Trump and his relatives have been on the receiving end of money from around the globe in sums far greater than anything Hunter Biden, the president’s son, reportedly collected. – New York Times

Joseph Bosco writes: The new chair, Gov. Spencer Cox of Utah, lauded his predecessor’s bipartisanship and noted the national malaise. Stating then that governors are often seen as “the last adults left in the room in politics,” he invited his colleagues to lead by example in demonstrating “healthy disagreement.” “Whatever your issue is, I’m here to tell you we cannot solve that issue if we remain as divided as we are today. I believe this issue of toxic division, of unhealthy conflict, rises above all the other issues,” he said. “Politicians have been giving Americans permission to hate each other. It’s up to us to give Americans permission to care for each other again.” – The Hill

Cybersecurity

One of the leading House Democrats organizing one of the larger working groups on artificial intelligence is eager to see what the technology becomes but remains uncertain that the tools to rein it in through regulation are out there yet. […]Beyer said he was in favor of establishing an agency to handle the matter. – Washington Examiner

The Public Center for Social Action (CPAS) in Charleroi, Belgium, announced its social branches would be closed on Tuesday “except for absolute emergencies” as a result of a cyberattack. – The Record

One of the largest hospital systems in Mississippi was forced to take several internal services offline after experiencing a cyberattack that began last week. – The Record

Sam Brown and Erika Kelton write: Without a clear regulatory framework, investors are at enormous risk for fraud and money laundering, and sanction evasion becomes too easy while the crypto market operates largely in the dark.  – The Hill

Defense

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers is asking three top Defense Department officials to testify before Congress after the Biden administration revoked a previous decision to place the Space Command headquarters in his home state of Alabama and instead designated Colorado as its home base. – Defense News

A Japan-based guided-missile destroyer made a “soft-grounding,” near the Indonesian island of Bali ahead of a port visit on Aug. 10, USNI News has learned. USS Howard (DDG-83) was heading to the island for a port visit when the destroyer grounded, Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Megan Greene said in a statement. – USNI News

David Ignatius writes: The Space Force, in theory, should provide better coordination for U.S. efforts. Saltzman can now argue space priorities in the “tank” at the Pentagon with other military chiefs of staff. There’s a space-integration cell within the joint staff, and a joint panel to oversee the different services’ space requirements. But none of this will work if the Space Force isn’t big enough to hold its seat at the table and drive war-gaming and strategic planning. – Washington Post

Becca Wasser writes: The report creates campaign plans to defend Taiwan and the Baltics. The two plans detail the various ways the U.S. can improve force posture and activities in the two regions to ensure an effective transition from deterrence to combat if required. Moreover, the report evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of a two-theater deterrence strategy. The report concludes with a series of recommendations for both the Department of Defense and Congress. Read the full report for these recommendations, the detailed campaign plans, and more. – Center for a New American Security

Deborah Lee James writes: With the Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory, Defense Innovation Unit and the Space Force’s 2022 State of the Space Industrial Base report stating that China’s space trajectory is more positive than the U.S., now is not the time to lower standards and take unnecessary risks with America’s premier space launch program. Rather, now is the time to prioritize reliability where it counts the most. – Defense News

Long War

The entire point of 9/11 trutherism — that is, in some way embracing skepticism about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — is to position the believer as unusually savvy, too clever to accept the insistences of the experts or the federal government. – Washington Post

More than 2,000 family members of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks want President Biden to step in and stop any plea deal for the suspected architect of the plot and his fellow defendants. The families sent a letter to the White House saying they received notification from the U.S. government informing them that plea deals are being considered for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others that would prevent a public trial and remove the possibility of the death penalty. – The Hill  

Vivek Ramaswamy is seeking to clean up comments he made that appeared to cast doubt about the origins of the 9/11 attacks as part of an interview released just before the first GOP presidential debate. Ramaswamy, the 38-year-old upstart GOP presidential candidate who had been riding a hot streak, said The Atlantic misquoted him and that he was referring to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and not the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when he spoke of the involvement of federal agents. – The Hill 

Israel’s security cabinet agreed on a set of measures on Tuesday with which to deal with terrorists, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The security cabinet meeting was called for by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir after three Israelis were murdered in two terror attacks in three days on Saturday and Monday. – Jerusalem Post