France/Syria - French company Smart Pegasus remains under sanctions for participating in Syrian chemical weapons program.
United Kingdom - Opposition MP's push parliamentary Economic Crime Committee project.
Sweden/Latvia - Swedish anti-fake news agency shines at NATO's StratCom.
Pakistan/Afghanistan - ISI investigates attempted assassination of Pakistani ambassador in Kabul.
North Macedonia - Skopje intelligence chief learns the rope at NATO.
China - People's Liberation Army tests modern urban warfare techniques to hone Taiwan strategy.
United States: CIA experimenting to solve HR crisis
Turkey/Palestine/Afghanistan: Istanbul hosts Hamas-Taliban rapprochement
Georgia: Tbilisi looks into its oligarchs
France: DPR still not entitled to know about operations in progress
Russia: Moscow's foreign affairs ministry reassesses view of China
Afghanistan/Europe: Europe's greater numbers of repatriated Afghans
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CIA and Taliban, UK geospatial intel, Russian control centre in Ukraine, Serbian BIA span >
Appointments, reforms and key issues: every Monday, Intelligence Online serves up snippets of news, big and small, from the global intelligence community. This week we hone in on Doha, Baghdad, London and Moscow. [...]
Opcit Research to serve as UN terrorism look-out in Afghanistan span >
With high-level diplomatic meetings in full swing in Central Asia, and Afghanistan one of the main subjects of discussion, the UN has called in one of its regular contractors to help it gain a better understanding of the area. [...]
Massoud hires consultant to drum up US support for Afghan National Resistance Front span >
More than a year after the Taliban captured Kabul, the Afghan National Resistance Front led by Ahmad Massoud is seeking to better organise its troops. It is currently seeking support in Washington, where it has recruited a lawyer well versed in Afghan affairs, Donald Pierce Moore. [...]
French security company Amarante strengthens its EU support team in Afghanistan span >
Brussels, which is determined to reinforce its diplomatic representation in Kabul, plans to increase the number of staff it employs there, relying on French company Amarante International to provide the necessary protection. [...]
Haqqani Network threatens to break away from main Taliban movement with Pakistani backing span >
Showing unprecedented pragmatism, the Haqqani Network has criticised the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan for their religious radicality and is increasingly looking to take an independent line from the rest of the movement. [...]
Central Asian spymasters want to return Russia's focus to Afghanistan span >
Silovik chief Nikolai Patrushev is still taking part in discussion forums run by Central Asia's intelligence chiefs worried about the Taliban security risk. But with all their efforts focused on the war in Ukraine, Russia's armed forces have been forced to gradually disengage from that part of the world. [...]
Taliban seek funds to finance new army span >
Still persona non grata in international politics, the Taliban are hoping to negotiate their first contracts with the West and shed sanctions paralysing their ambitions in Afghanistan. The Biden administration does not, for the moment, have any plans to shift its position. [...]
Riyadh renews contact with Taliban via Pakistani intelligence span >
Saudi Arabia, which is keen to find a new role for itself in Afghanistan, has contacted Pakistan's omnipresent Inter-Services Intelligence, which is already engaged in helping rebuild the Taliban army. Riyadh sees Afghanistan as offering a new opportunity to counter the activities of its rival, Iran, which is watching the new Saudi-Pakistani partnership uneasily. [...]
ISI concerned about alliance between Islamic State in Khorasan and Pakistan's Taliban span >
Despite the proximity between Islamabad's intelligence community and Kabul's new rulers, the strengthening of the Pakistani component of the Taliban, allied with Islamic State in Khorasan, is not to the liking of Pakistan's ISI spymasters. [...]