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Iran & Russia have reached an agreement to begin the production of attack drones in Russia, per a new intel assessment. With this Iran appearing to rethink its earlier plans to transfer more drones & missiles to Russia. Our story here, follows WaPo report.…
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“There are compelling reports describing physical and psychological abuse, including summary executions…and the forcible transfer and deportation including thousands of Ukrainian children, who've been abducted and forcibly adopted by families within Russia.”…
The Wales match is a good excuse to watch the ad that launched 'Ted Lasso.' - "Wales? Wait that’s another country?" - "Yes and no" - "How many countries are in this country?" - "Four"…
Immunity for MBS "wasn't an overly difficult conclusion," a senior admin official told @JDiamond1. "Staying silent was certainly an option. We decided to go with precedent and what we felt was appropriate."
Here are the State Dept's letter to DoJ allowing immunity for MBS and the first page of the DoJ filing last night stating he is "is immune from this suit."
“Many details on the original image remain redacted – a clear sign that Trump was sharing some of the U.S. government's most prized intelligence on social media”…
Why did the Biden administration decide MBS is immune in the case against him by Khashoggi's fiancee? Because of "unbroken practice" of immunity for foreign heads of govt, @StateDept told me. But MBS was only just made prime minister, a "ploy" to get him immunity. @CNNThisMorning
Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz tells me: “Biden himself betrayed his word, betrayed Jamal. Hindered the pursuit of justice. History will not forget this wrong decision. Very devastating day..."…
A @StateDept spokesperson argued that “this Suggestion of Immunity does not reflect an assessment on the merits of the case. It speaks to nothing on broader policy or the state of relations...This was purely a legal determination.”
.@DAWNmenaorg's @sarahleah1 called it a “shocking outcome” and a “massive concession." "It's really beyond ironic that President Biden has basically delivered an assurance of impunity for Mohammed bin Salman, which is the exact opposite of what he promised to do"
MBS would not have qualified for sovereign immunity as Crown Prince but was recently made Prime Minister by his father, the king. So he's technically a head of government and "accordingly, is immune from this suit" the Justice Dept says.
NEW: The Biden administration says MBS should be given immunity in the lawsuit brought against him by Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz and @DAWNmenaorg. A court filing was made tonight by the Justice Dept on behalf of the State Dept:…
Ukrainian investigators will be given access to the Polish site, Zelensky says. "I don't know what happened...But I am sure that it was a Russian missile, I am sure that we fired from air defense systems," he said. (Via @TimListerCNN)
Both Austin and Milley trying to walk the line of supporting what Poland is saying - that this was most likely a Ukrainian air defense missile - while not contradicting Zelensky. "Premature for anybody to jump to conclusions," Austin said.
Gen. Milley says his office was unsuccessful in trying to reach his counterpart, Gen. Gerasimov, after the missile landed in Poland.
Profile in courage: An unveiled woman inside Iran holds an LGBT pride flag. The former can earn her a prison sentence, the latter can earn her a death sentence.…
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US, Poland, NATO SecGen + others all saying this was most likely a Ukrainian missile that fell in Poland, but not blaming Ukraine. Zelensky: "I have no doubt that it was not our missile"
CIA's Bill Burns had just visited Kyiv a few weeks ago and went right back to see Zelensky after his meeting with his Russian counterpart in Ankara, @KatieBoLillis reports…
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said there's no indication the missile in Poland was the result of a deliberate attack. Echoing Polish President Duda who said: "We have no proof at the moment that it was a missile fired by the Russian side."
NEW: Satellite images show a large, high screen has been placed around the perimeter of bombed Mariupol theatre in recent weeks. The approximate dimensions of the screen are: 100m x 50m and approx. 15m high. Images: @Maxar
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Biden, Blinken and Sullivan all spoke with their Polish counterparts. And NATO SecGen Jens Stoltenberg will chair an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors Wednesday morning in Brussels to discuss “this tragic incident,” @jmhansler reports.
Article 4 is being discussed, Poland's president says. That would mean consultations with NATO allies.…
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is expected to speak with his Polish counterpart later this afternoon, a European military official and US official tell me and @OrenCNN
Senior White House official tells @Phil_Mattingly they do not have confirmation of any rocket or missile strike in Poland, but that US officials are currently working to try and figure out exactly what has happened.
About 100 Russian missiles have been fired at Ukrainian cities today, mostly at energy facilities, Ukrainian officials say. At least a dozen cities and districts were targeted, it appears to be the largest wave of strikes since Oct 10 (via @TimListerCNN)
The crackdown against demonstrators in Iran is brutal and deadly. There's plenty to highlight and cover without resorting to disinformation:…
Scoop: The US has intelligence that suggests Russia delayed formally announcing its withdrawal from Kherson in part to avoid giving the Biden administration a political “win” ahead of the midterm elections. Biden hinted at this last week.…
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Israel won't cooperate with the FBI's investigation into the death of US citizen and journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israel's defense minister says.…
The US is studying how to modify a powerful armed drone that Ukraine’s military has long sought — possibly increasing the likelihood of Ukraine receiving them
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“There’s still real interest in providing this particular system, provided we can make the necessary modifications"... “There are specific and very technical tweaks and neutering that can be done to these that may make it possible in the nearer term"…
NEW: The US has not ruled out giving Ukraine the multi-use, expensive Gray Eagle drone but is studying how it could be modified to make it less sensitive to send to Ukraine, officials tell me.…
Now Russia and Turkey confirming the Burns meeting in Ankara. "Such negotiations really took place. It happened at the initiative of the American side," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media without elaborating.
A 23 year-old student from Zambia who was supposed to be serving a prison sentence in Russia was killed on the frontlines in Ukraine. Now Zambia's foreign ministry is demanding answers from Moscow on how he could have been recruited to fight in Ukraine…
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SpaceX's Starlink terminals are helping Kherson residents get back online, Ukraine's minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov says. Mobile operators Kyivstar and Vodafone are in Kherson operating on generators and Starlink.
CIA Director Bill Burns is in Ankara today meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Naryshkin, a NSC spokesperson tells @NatashaBertrand.
CNN's @NicRobertsonCNN continues to report from Kherson today on its liberation.…
Breaking: Bomb attack on Istanbul’s istiklal street. Video captures moment of terror
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Celebrations in downtown Kherson. Can hear them chanting "SZU," the acronym for Ukraine's armed forces.…
"Sometimes you need to go back one step to go ten steps further." @BBCSteveR on the streets of Moscow as Russia retreats from Kherson.…
American citizen Carly Morris has been released from Saudi detention but “remains trapped in Saudi Arabia due to a travel ban," acc to @thefreedomi. @StateDeptSpox says they're aware of reports but wouldn't speak to whether Morris is allowed to leave the country.
When @AnaCabrera runs a pace over 26+ miles that you couldn't do for one.…
When I asked @CISAJen whether @elonmusk's mass firings at Twitter have made her job fighting disinformation harder, Easterly said it's up to the platforms to enforce their terms of service.
Tonight @CISAJen described a threat landscape to elections as "probably more complex than we've ever seen." We discussed the foreign interference threats, unprecedented domestic security threats and the problem of rampant disinformation.
Sitting in tonight for @PamelaBrownCNN and we have lots going on: latest on the midterm races and concerns for Tuesday, Obama/Biden/Trump on the trail, Ukraine/Iran, the economy, Aaron Carter's death and more. Hope you'll tune in
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