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News Analysis: After Trump Strikes Syria, Syrians Wonder 'What's Next?'

NYT > Middle East

The day after the United States and its allies launched missile strikes against the Syrian government, very little had changed for most Syrians who have spent years suffering through their country's civil war. In Damascus, hundreds demonstrated in support of President Bashar al-Assad, whose grip remained unchallenged. In Raqqa, which was recently liberated from the Islamic State, teams defused mines the jihadists had strewn across the destroyed city. Thousands of people from Douma, the site of the reported chemical attack that prompted the American strikes, looked for shelter after joining the millions of other Syrians who have been displaced from their homes. And on the front lines separating hostile parties throughout country, fighting continued as it has for years.


J.K. Rowling teases the Cormoran Strike miniseries

Mashable

It's been years since J.K. Rowling secretly wrote a detective book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, but the detective mysteries of Cormoran Strike are on their way to TV. The Cormoran Strike series, in development at the BBC, still doesn't have an air date, but Rowling couldn't resist sharing her screeners with Twitter. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling teases next'Fantastic Beasts' movie with one perfect tweet The Cuckoo's Calling refers to the first Strike novel, in which we meet our weathered war hero private investigator and his resourceful assistant Robin. Together, they investigate the murders of supermodel Lula Landry, eccentric author Owin Quine (The Silkworm), and several young women in a serial attack by a terrifying culprit (A Career of Evil). Rowling is currently writing a fourth Strike novel, which may or may not be picked up for the series to continue after its release.


The truth about US drone strikes

Al Jazeera

Drone supporters often say that strikes are effective, their targets aren't random and are not a recruiting tool for various armed groups. A look at the evidence, though, demonstrates otherwise. In this week's Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan explains why he believes that drone strikes are ineffective, inaccurate and unsuccessful. Follow UpFront on Twitter @AJUpFront and Facebook.


Teachers in Colorado District Go on Strike Over Pay

U.S. News

Teachers in the historically pro-union community want a 2 percent raise for the current school year, but the school district says it can't afford another hike until the state begins to pay it back next year for underfunding during the recession.


Cybercriminals recreate Cobalt Strike in Linux

ZDNet

A re-implementation of Cobalt Strike has been "written from scratch" to attack Linux systems. Dubbed Vermilion Strike, Intezer said on Tuesday that the new variation leans on Cobalt Strike functionality, including its command-and-control (C2) protocol, its remote access functionality, and its ability to run shell instructions. Cobalt Strike is a legitimate penetration testing tool for Windows systems. Released in 2012, the tool has been constantly abused by threat actors including advanced persistent threat (APT) groups such as Cozy Bear and campaigns designed to spread Trickbot and the Qbot/Qakbot banking Trojan. Cobalt Strike's source code for version 4.0 was allegedly leaked online, however, most threat actors tracked by cybersecurity teams appear to rely on pirate and cracked copies of the software.