INTELDROP 06 June 2016 [Hot Spots]

06 June 2016

HRT Correspondent – Adam Craddock

Poland & NATO Plan Defense Force Recruitment Due To Russian Tension

3 June 2016

BBC News (POLAND) – In September, Poland plans to recruit 35,000 civilian volunteers trained in military skills for a Territorial Defense Force due to tensions with Russia. The action counters the “hybrid warfare” utilized by Russia during the invasion of Crimea in 2014. One NATO battalion will be deployed to Poland for support along with three others to neighboring Baltic States; Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, totaling 4,000 troops. Source: (Reliability: High)

Analysis: It is likely Russia will turn its attention to its Eastern European neighbors due to its past invasions of Georgia and Crimea along with Vladimir Putin’s aggressive and belligerent policies towards foreign actors. (Analytic Confidence: Medium)

South Africa Terror Threats By Islamic State During Month Of Ramadan

4 June 2016

USA Today (SOUTH AFRICA) – The US State Department through the US Diplomatic Mission to South Africa issued a warning of possible terrorist attacks occurring during the coming month of Ramadan against Americans by Islamic State militants. The warning states, “Near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.” American operations against Islamic State militants increased in recent months outside Iraq and Syria possibly resulting in these threats. Source: (Reliability: Medium)

Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Peace Imperative by End of 2016

3 June 2016

BBC News (PARIS) – French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned the revival of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is essential, preferably by the end of 2016, in order to preserve the two-state solution. French, UN and Arab League representative agreed, due to regional wars, peace is more imperative than ever at the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks held in Paris, France. Israel and Gaza did not send representatives to the talks. Source: (Reliability: High)

US Vice Admiral Theorizes Russian Probes Against US Naval Defenses

3 June 2016

USNI News (RUSSIA) – Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander of the US 6th fleet, stated Russia is partaking in a “Battle of the Atlantic” through greatly improved submarine technology and actively probing US anti-submarine networks. Since, the invasion of Crimea, Russia holds a stronger presence in military operations and in maneuvering exercises, possibility preparing, according to Adm. Foggo, for an edge in any future conflicts. Source: (Reliability: High)

Mainland China Hackers Break Into Taiwan Ruling Party’s Site

2 June 2016

HK Free Press (TAIWAN) – Mainland China cyber experts hacked the website of the ruling party of Taiwan due to Anti-Mainland policies advocated by Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen of the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The hackers redirected visitors to a fake website while delving for information about the DPP’s possible plans as they move away from pro-mainland policies. Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communication stated in a report, last month, the cyber hacks resemble, “near warfare.” Source: (Reliability: High)

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