Outbreak on the Border

Federal health authorities contain pneumonia, swine flu outbreaks among illegal children in California
Immigrant children held at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility / AP

Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials.

Iran Still on Track for 2015 ICBM Flight Test

Pentagon report omits concern for Tehran ICBM development
A missile on display at an Iranian Army parade / AP

Iran is continuing work on a long-range ballistic missile that could be flight-tested by next year despite the latest Pentagon report to Congress on Tehran’s military that omitted earlier references to the looming ICBM threat.

ISIL Leader Appears in Mosul, Calls for Imposition of Islamic Law

Self-declared ‘Caliph’ Baghdadi mosque appearance said to counter claims he was wounded
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking at the Mosul mosque / AP

The self-declared leader of all Muslims worldwide made a surprise appearance July 4 at a mosque in Mosul—the key trophy of last month’s military incursion into Iraq by his group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Chinese Military Creates High-Level Cyber Intelligence Center

Strategic cyber intelligence group within Communist Party’s all-powerful military organ revealed
Chinese students learn computer skills in a computer room at Lanxiang Vocational School

The Chinese military revealed this week that it has set up a high-level cyberspace intelligence center amid growing concerns around the world over Beijing’s aggressive cyber espionage.

Disclosure of the new military cyber spying center followed unprecedented U.S. charges in May against five Chinese military hackers who prosecutors say engaged in widespread theft of American corporate and trade secrets through cyber espionage.

Iraqi ‘Caliph’ on U.S. Kill List

Shadowy Baghdadi issues first statement since January urging global terror attacks
ISIL fighters marching in Syria (AP)

President Barack Obama has authorized targeted killings of the leaders of the al Qaeda offshoot led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi using drone strikes or special operations, as the Iraqi terrorist on Tuesday urged jihadists to conduct worldwide attacks.

CIA Under Fire for Failure in Iraq

Critics say agency did not provide adequate warning of Islamic State attack
People inspect buildings damaged by an Iraqi government airstrike on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant controlled city of Mosul

The CIA failed to provide adequate warning of the recent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant military incursion into Iraq despite having a significant presence of agency officers in the country, according to U.S. officials and security analysts.

Official Al Qaeda Rebel Unit in Syria Joins ISIL

Merger a sign ultra-violent wing of al Qaeda gaining strength
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In other Iraq developments, the Iraqi government announced that its forces had taken full control over the Bayji oil refinery and that ISIL fighters at the plant had been defeated.