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Shadow of a possible cyber attack on Iran nuclear negotiations

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Iran nuclear programWashington DC: After the disclosure by the Swiss Attorney General yesterday that they had searched a house in Geneva and seized computer material linked to a possible cyber attack on the Iran nuclear negotiations, the official stand of United States on this sensitive issue is that they have always been aware of the need to take steps to ensure the confidentiality of these discussions and there is nothing new to announce in that regard.

Jeff Rathke, Director, US department of State Press Office made this point at the daily press briefing here on Thursday.

When asked whether the US had increased the security to ensure the confidentiality of the negotiations after reports of possible Cyber attack and also if the US was assisting the Swiss authorities in their investigations and whether or not they had sought any information from the United States about this? Rathke replied: “we’ve always been aware of the need to take steps to ensure the confidentiality of our discussions. So I don’t have any new steps to announce in that regard.”

On being asked by a journalist – “Does the U.S. trust that the Swiss or the Austrians can provide secure facilities in order for these international talks to be conducted, or is the U.S. now looking at trying to find a venue, perhaps in one of the P5+1 countries, where, ostensibly, there’s a little more of a vested interest in trying to protect the sanctity of these negotiations?” Rathke’s response was: “As we’ve said throughout the negotiations and – we’ve taken steps throughout the negotiations to ensure that confidential details and discussions remain behind closed doors. We have close working relationships with Switzerland, with Austria, and indeed with other European partners. So I don’t have anything beyond that to add.

Pressed for steps being taken by the US to ensure confidentiality of nuclear negotiations, Rathke said: we don’t negotiate in public, we also take steps to make sure that the classified and sensitive negotiating details stay behind closed doors. I’m not going to get further into the details of those steps that we take.

ISIS claims responsibility for Texas shooting

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Joe Harn Garland Police Spokesperson
Joe Harn, Garland Police Spokesperson

Washington DC: ISIS has warned of more attacks claiming responsibility for the attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in a Dallas suburb in Texas, USA

ISIS made the claim through a radio broadcast on Tuesday. ISIS said that their two Al Khilafa soldiers had opened fire outside the cartoon event in the city of Garland near Dallas.

Later, at his press briefing here, Jeff Rathke, Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the US State department said that the law enforcement authorities are looking into all aspects of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it.

Meanwhile, the US federal agencies are looking for terror links of the Garland attackers.

The two assailants in a black sedan drove up to the Curtis Culwell Centre where the cartoon contest was being held, north-east of Dallas, A traffic cop (name not yet disclosed by the Garland Police), who was in a car with Garland ISD security officer Bruce Joiner, blocked the two assailants who jumped out of their car and started firing. The traffic cop returned fire and shot down both the assailants. While he remained without even a bruise, Joiner who was unarmed, was hit on the ankle. At this time the event was coming to an end and there were about 200 people at the venue.

The traffic cop has become a hero as he used a hand gun to stop the two shootes firing with assault rifles and wearing body armour.

Joe Harn, Garland Police spokesperson, said their strategy was to enter the community centre but they were not allowed to get past the point where the shooting incident took place. The shootout lasted about 15 seconds and left both terrorists dead.

The ISIS radio referred to Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, the two assailants, as the terror group’s “brothers.” Initial reports say that both were sharing an apartment at Pheonix in Arizona