U.S. intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats

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"This aggressiveness was evident in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 USA election and we assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the 2016 USA election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets", Coats wrote in his statement.

Coats' comments are coming in his prepared remarks.

Iran continues to perform key research and development on nuclear missile capabilities despite the landmark nuclear agreement with Western powers, according to the last USA intelligence assessments.

LTG Vincent Stewart, the Defense Intelligence Agency's director, also testified before a Senate panel on Thursday that the situation is grim and that the U.S. must do "something very different" in Afghanistan or else the Taliban will make new advances on the battlefield.

Testifying beside Coats, the head of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency, Vincent Stewart, said the state of the 15-year conflict will deteriorate from a stalemate in favor of the belligerents if left unchecked.

In addition, Coats said that "Russia is likely to be more aggressive in global affairs, more unpredictable in its approach to the United States".

National Herald case: Sonia, Rahul to face IT probe
The plea had sought quashing of two Income Tax notices sent to YI in January and March with regard to the assessment year 2011-12. Firstly, the case was opened for investigation by Delhi's Patiala House Court which had been challenged in the Delhi High court.

"Iran is pursuing capabilities to meet its nuclear energy and technology goals and to give it the capability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so" Coats wrote in his written testimony to the Senate intelligence committee.

The deal lengthens the time it would take Iran to develop enough material for a nuclear weapon "from a few months to about a year", he said. The performance of Afghan national security forces will worsen due to weak military leadership, desertions and combat casualties, he predicted. While the administration has said it will talk with Kim's regime if it shows a willingness to abandon its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs, the report signaled that any such move is unlikely. But much of the attention turned to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, making his first public appearance in that role since President Donald Trump fired James Comey on May 9.

For the Trump Administration, facing a question whether to increase the United States troop levels in Afghanistan, this can't be good news.

"Kabul's political dysfunction and ineffectiveness will nearly certainly be the greatest vulnerability to stability in 2017", he wrote.

Speaking at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Mr Coates said: "North Korea is an increasingly grave national security threat to the United States because of its growing missile and nuclear capabilities combined with the aggressive approach of its leader, Kim Jong-un".

Sunni extremists remain the primary terrorist threat to the US, with home-grown actors posing the biggest concern.

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