Sociologists have registered record growth in the Russian citizens’ interest to politics and researchers tie this fact to Russia’s recent successes on the international arena, especially its anti-ISIS operation in Syria.
According to the latest research conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), 48 percent of Russians say they are interested in politics, which is the highest figure since 2001. Forty-nine percent of responders said that politics was not at the top of their interests’ list, and 3 percent said it was difficult to give a direct and simple answer to this question. For comparison, in 2010 the share of Russians who said that they considered politics to be an important subject was 30 percent and 64 percent said that they had no interest in politics whatsoever.
We need to establish deterrents in cyberspace,” Osborne said during a speech at the Government Communication Headquarters building in Southern England, as quoted by Reuters. “We need to not just defend ourselves against attacks but rather dissuade people and states from targeting us in the first place…We are building our own offensive cyber capability.”
We were able to bring both the A-10s and the Spectre gunship to bear in a devastating manner” to aid in the assault on al-Hawl, Warren said, according to a Military.com report.
The slow and low flying A-10, featuring a 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon, began its life more than 40 years ago, but is still considered by ground troops as the best close air support weapon in the Air Force inventory. Over the last four years, the Air Force has tried hard to retire the A-10s but its supporters in Congress have continued to provide funding and did so again in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Wednesday.