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A suicide bomber struck a parking lot near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina in one of three terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia on July 4. The blast set several cars on fire, killed four security officers and injured five others. (Associated Press)

Islamic State attack in Saudi Arabia targeted U.S.

The recent spate of suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia by the Islamic State terrorist group reveals that the al Qaeda offshoot is having difficulties operating inside the kingdom. One of the attacks appeared to target the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah. The report said the attack could signal "the first incident directly involving U.S. diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia by ISIL."

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/File)

Russia to release Clinton emails?

U.S. intelligence agencies are said to be closely watching Russian online blogs and other postings for any signs that Moscow hackers have covertly obtained the bulk of Hillary Clinton's email messages stolen from her private email server and are preparing to make them public.

Omar Mateen had been under an extensive FBI investigation before he killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. (Associated Press)

FBI under fire over Orlando

The FBI is facing new scrutiny after it failed to prevent the weekend terrorist attack in Orlando despite conducting a fairly extensive investigation into the shooter.

A RC-135 Rivet Joint, assigned to the 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, flies over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, June 19, 2011. The RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.

Chinese jet threatened U.S. intel jet

A Chinese fighter jet conducted an unsafe intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the East China Sea this week in the latest showdown between China and the United States over the American military presence in the region, U.S. officials said.

Iraqi federal police covered in dust arrive to join the forces surrounding Fallujah. (Associated Press)

U.S.-backed Iraqis prepare for battle for Fallujah

Iraqi military forces, backed by U.S. air power and Sunni militias, are massing forces in preparation for a major assault on the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, says Army Col. Steven Warren, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.

The National Security Agency says its Signals Intelligence Directorate used electronic espionage in 2003 to discover that North Korea was developing uranium enrichment capabilities in violation of the 1994 Agreed Framework. (Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times)

NSA on North Korean nukes

The National Security Agency took credit in 2003 for uncovering North Korea's violation of the 1994 Agreed Framework nuclear deal negotiated by the Clinton administration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a live video link with regions suffering from forest fires from the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian electricity.  (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Counterdeception unit to close

Countering foreign strategic deception operations has been one of the official missions of all U.S. intelligence agencies since the Reagan administration.

The aircraft carrier USS John Stennis was refused a port call in Hong Kong, in an apparent sign of mounting tension with China in the South China Sea. As a result, the Pentagon may be moving its visits to Taiwan. (Associated Press/File)

Rep. Randy Forbes: Send carriers to Taiwan

A senior House Republican this week called on the Obama administration to shift its policy toward Taiwan in the aftermath of China's refusal to allow the aircraft carrier USS Stennis to make a port call in Hong Kong.

People in South Korea watch a TV news program showing an image published Sunday in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile that the North claimed to have launched from underwater. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Missile test surge

U.S. intelligence agencies that monitor foreign missile tests have been working overtime in the past several weeks keeping tabs on test firings by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

President Barack Obama, accompanied by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, in this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Obama redefines secrets in Clinton defense

President Obama this week redefined the definition of classified information in comments made Sunday in defending Hillary Clinton's placement of secrets on a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The F-35 program will spend $1.13 trillion to buy and service more than 2,400 aircraft until 2070. Each F-35 costs about $100 million. The jet is needed to replace older, less-capable warplanes. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

F-35 software problems

The U.S. military's frontline F-35 fighter jet continues to face problems with key software and related issues that are delaying operational deployment, according to the Pentagon's senior weapons tester.

Anbang Insurance Group in China made a splash in the United States in 2014 with its $2 billion purchase of New York City's Waldorf Astoria hotel. This month, it went after even bigger game by launching a surprise bid with partners for the Starwood hotel chain. (Associated Press)

Hotel merger triggers Chinese spying concerns

The federal government plans to investigate the national security aspects of a recent Chinese takeover attempt of U.S.-based Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., according to a U.S. intelligence official.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been a target of U.S. military and intelligence officials since he emerged as the so-called "caliph" of the Islamic State in 2014. (Associated Press)

Targeting Islamic State's al-Baghdadi

President Obama wants to kill or capture Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and has made striking the self-proclaimed caliph one of the highest priorities for his final year in office.