US Intelligence: ISIS Used chemical Weapons In 'numerous' Attacks In Iraq, Syria

Dan Coats

FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats joined other intelligence heads by offering testimony on worldwide threats facing the US and its allies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Trump has steadfastly denied any collusion took place. The fighting took place on February 7 and 8 in eastern Syria between pro-regime forces and fighters from the US -led coalition against the Islamic State. On fringe of Russian Federation, he explained that greatest cyber threats to first power come from China, North Korea, and Iran.

Lawmakers, however, were dissatisfied that a proper road-map to fixing and preventing the issue of cyberattacks on the US has not yet been established. Sen.

But Sen. Angus King, a ME independent who caucuses with Democrats, argued that Trump's refusal to acknowledge Russia's role in 2016 makes collective federal action impossible.

"The provocative nature and the instability Kim has demonstrated is potentially a significant threat to the United States".

The CIA stood ready to identify elements of Russia's information campaign and work with domestic law enforcement to respond, he said, suggesting it could go on the attack if needed.

American officials, however, have tried to threaten Russian Federation before to stop its interference campaign. "And North Korea will continue to use cyber operations to raise funds, launch attacks and gather intelligence against the United States".

Other times, Trump or White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders call the stories about the interference, or its investigation, a hoax perpetuated by sore-loser Democrats.

Coats said state efforts to modernise, develop, or acquire WMD, their delivery systems, or their underlying technologies constitute a major threat to the security of the United States, its deployed troops, and its allies.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said it's been more than a year since the 2016 election, but the US still has no plan to battle foreign interference in elections.

Coats, which coordinates all intelligence services, explained that Moscow considers intrusion into voting processes-through cyber to steal information and/or disseminate propaganda-a "tool of low risk and effective in propitiating divisions ".

Australia beats England by 7 wickets in T20 tri-series match
The allrounder scored 40* in 24 balls against the Kiwis and then hammered a 59-ball 103* against England at Hobart. Australia chased down the target in 14.3 overs, and have qualified for the final of the tri-series.

He added Pakistan was "drawing closer to China", a country that is increasingly described by Americans - especially the Trump administration - as a threat, a rival and a "strategic competitor" to the US.

--This rather vague claim about social media use, which is not any sort of hacking, only emerged later after the initial claims of "Russian hacking" didn't really take.

He said he's been "gratified" by the response he's received from companies when trying to educate them, but noted the bigger challenge is innovation - smaller start up companies with less sophisticated measures to prevent cyberattacks. US' intelligence chief has issued a warning that these weapons include short-range tactical missiles that bring more risks to the whole region.

He said that Russian Federation will "continue using propaganda, social media, false flag personas and sympathetic spokesmen to build on its wide range of operations and exacerbate social and political issues in the U.S".

"Russian intelligence services will continue their efforts to disseminate false information via Russian state-controlled media and covert online personas about U.S. activities to encourage anti-US political views", the report said.

Three of the nation's top intelligence officials told senators Tuesday that they've already seen Russian activity aimed at meddling in the upcoming midterm elections and combating these and future efforts is a top priority of the Trump administration.

When the panel was asked by Sen.

FBI Director Christopher Ray said he had notice more "forward leaning" engagement with the private sector.

"Everyone in our agency of government understands the threat we have here and the impact being made through these cyber threats".

Coats also remarked that the U.S.is running out of time to mitigate the threat posed by North Korea, Reuters.

North Korea's inclusion in the Winter Olympics, now being held in South Korea, has led some to hope that the tensions permeating from the Korean peninsula will begin to subside, but most experts have warned that such a conclusion is unlikely. James Risch (R., Idaho) said the threat of North Korea is "at our doorstep". He also advised that "we should not be misled" by recent events in the Olympics.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:56
A Bangladeshi driver detonated a bomb in a subway passageway, wounding himself and three other people in December. Two days after the bombs went off, police ended a manhunt for Rahimi with a shootout in Linden, New Jersey.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sea of Thieves Will Have Microtransactions 3 Months After Launch
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:52
According to Rare, the game will not feature any loot boxes or any form of microtransactions that will affect player progression. Rare and Microsoft are aiming for Sea of Thieves to be one of the Xbox's top franchises, the developer has revealed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Obamas' official portraits revealed at the Smithsonian
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:49
Wiley is known for painting young African-American men in bright, bold, regal settings that are influenced by art history. A decade later we can see how tough that act was to follow - for a president, for a painter and for a voting public.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Here's the moment Slovenia ripped out Team USA's heart in OT
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:48
Slovenia, playing in its second Olympic hockey tournament ever, boasts just one player with NHL experience: forward Jan Mursak. Jordan Greenway buried a loose puck from in tight at 12:57 of the middle frame as the US took a two-goal lead.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top South Africa's ruling party decides to remove Zuma
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:47
Zuma's fall is welcome-but South African workers need a complete break from the policy of working in alliance with big business. A strong press contingent was also waiting outside Zuma's official residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, close to the Union Buildings .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Senate passes funding bill in bid to end shutdown
Feb 12, 2018 - 02:13
The House voted 240 to 186 in support of a bipartisan package to extend United States government funding till March 23. The legislation that provides these funds must be passed by a certain deadline.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play The Joker in standalone film
Feb 12, 2018 - 02:12
Joaquin Phoenix is now up to play Joker in a standalone origin movie said to be set in the 1980s. Phoenix now stars in the 2018 flick "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oxfam faces fresh probe over Haiti prostitutes scandal
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:55
However, the minister said Oxfam did "absolutely the wrong thing" by not reporting the detail of the incidents to the government.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Streelman, Hossler share lead at Pebble
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:38
Golf doesn't anoint its winners, though it might be tempted to do so with Dustin Johnson , in the lead, at Pebble Beach. Even with three bogeys on the back nine that stalled his momentum, his 70 was the ninth consecutive time he broke par.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Grateful Dead's John Perry Barlow Dies
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:38
A longtime friend of the Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir , Barlow co-authored a number of songs for the band throughout the 70s. John Perry Barlow , famous for co-writing dozens of songs for The Grateful Dead , died on Wednesday at age 70.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Duterte terminates Canada chopper deal
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:35
Duterte said that he can not guarantee that the helicopters will not be used in combat operations in the future. You will never get it for as long as I am president.

Officials Investigating Possible Cyberattack At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:33
So, too, did the problems of integrating the required minimum of three North Koreans on the squad in just a few days time. A senior White House official described Pence's tact as ignoring the North Koreans, but not avoiding them.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OH police officers killed, shot while on call in suburb of Columbus
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:29
Westerville, on the northeast side of Columbus, is a suburb of about 39,000 with a per capita income well above the rest of Ohio. The Fraternal Order of Police of OH asks anyone who wishes to support the families to donate at GoFundMe.com/FOPLodge9HelpFund.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Israeli F-16 jet crashes after Syrian fire
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:26
The eight Israeli jets were met again by anti-aircraft fire, leading to another round of air-raid sirens across the Golan Heights. On a visit to Israel last month, US Vice President Mike Pence called Iran the world's "leading state sponsor of terror".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Fernando Llorente's wasteful display against Newport County
Feb 10, 2018 - 09:48
Who is playing less? "Nobody wants to be embarrassed or trounced, the first 25 minutes I thought we were the better team". Pochettino hopes the former Roma star can hit new heights after coming through the difficulties of a lengthy absence.