Daily Archives: October 27, 2014

China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

Gen. Chang Wanquan (R), state councilor and Chinese defense minister, meets with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (L) in Beijing on the morning of October 23, 2014. Chinese Ministry of National Defense Photo

Gen. Chang Wanquan (R), state councilor and Chinese defense minister, meets with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (L) in Beijing on the morning of October 23, 2014. Chinese Ministry of National Defense Photo

Last week’s meeting between the heads of the Iranian Navy and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Beijing are the latest in a bilateral campaign to increase military to military cooperation and a recognition of growing Chinese interests in the Middle East. Read More

U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

The first of a new block of U.S. nuclear Virginia-class (SSN-774) attack submarines commissioned on Saturday, after a five-month delay amidst an investigation into suspected material deficiencies in third party components on the boat. Read More

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

As coalition airstrikes attempt to curb the expansion of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the radical Islamist group is digging in militarily as it is simultaneously digging out priceless and irreplaceable historical antiquities—in some cases with heavy earth-moving machinery—which it sells on the black market to fund its Caliphate ambitions. By doing so, a significant amount of ISIS assets are out of reach from traditional counter terror finance measures. Read More