Biden on back foot as Iran proxies hit US troops in Syria, can 'expect more, not less attacks'

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Nikki Haley, presidential candidate and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., weighs in after President Biden authorized an air strike in response to an Iranian drone that killed an American. The U.S. can no longer take a reactive stance toward Iran after a new Pentagon report revised the total number of troops killed by Iran-backed groups continues to rise, experts told Fox News Digital. "Iran's regional strategy of working through proxies and carve outs is continuing unabated," Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow and Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said. "The open question is, when will the Biden administration ditch tit-for-tat strikes and work to rollback Iran's Shiite militia network in the heartland of the Middle East?" President Biden ordered a series of retaliatory precision airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, reportedly killing eight Iranians, after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps crashed a UAV into a building, killing a U.S. contractor and wounding six other Americans. U.S. intelligence assessed the UAV that crashed into a coalition base, which killed the contractor, was of Iranian origin -- so President Biden authorized the military to retaliate, the Pentagon said.

US retaliates with airstrikes in Syria after Iranian drone strike kills US contractor

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U.S. CENTCOM Commander General Michael Kurilla told senators Thursday that the Pentagon has seen an "increase recently in the unprofessional and unsafe behavior of the Russian air force." The U.S. military carried out several airstrikes in Syria on Thursday in response to a drone strike Iranian forces conducted earlier in the day on a coalition base that killed one American. The Defense Department said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps crashed a UAV into a building near Hasakah in northeast Syria at approximately 1:38 p.m. local time, leaving one U.S. contractor dead. The attack also wounded five U.S. service members and another U.S. contractor. U.S. intelligence assessed the UAV and determined it to be of Iranian origin -- so President Biden authorized the military to retaliate, the Pentagon said.

US targets Iranian drone industry in latest round of sanctions

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The United States has announced its latest round of sanctions against Iranian drone and missile production, this time focusing on firms and individuals who allegedly procured equipment for Tehran's drone programme. In a statement on Tuesday, the US Department of the Treasury said the targeted "procurement network" operates on behalf of Iran's Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), which oversees firms involved in developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ballistic missiles. The latest sanctions came as US officials continued to accuse Iran of supplying Russia with drones for its invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022. The European Union has also targeted Iran's drone industry with sanctions. "Iran's well-documented proliferation of UAVs and conventional weapons to its proxies continues to undermine both regional security and global stability," Brian Nelson, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the US Treasury, said in a statement.

Opinion: How to counter China's scary use of artificial intelligence data

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Nowhere is the competition in developing artificial intelligence fiercer than in the accelerating rivalry between the United States and China. At stake in this competition is not just who leads in AI but who sets the rules for how it is used around the world. China is forging a new model of digital authoritarianism at home and is actively exporting it abroad. It has launched a national-level AI development plan with the intent to be the global leader by 2030. And it is spending billions on AI deployment, training more AI scientists and aggressively courting experts from Silicon Valley.

Putin orders tightening of Ukraine border as drones hit Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered officials to tighten control of the border with Ukraine after a spate of drone attacks that Russian authorities blamed on Kyiv delivered a new challenge to Moscow a year after its full-scale invasion of its neighbour. One drone crashed on Tuesday just 100km (60 miles) southeast of Moscow in an alarming development for Russian defences. While Putin didn't refer to any specific attacks in a speech in the Russian capital, he stepped up border controls hours after drone attacks targeted several areas in southern and western Russia and authorities closed the airspace over St Petersburg in response to what some reports said was a drone. Also on Tuesday, several Russian television stations aired a missile attack warning that officials blamed on hacking. The drone attacks caused no casualties but provoked a security stir after the war in Ukraine marked its first anniversary last week.

Generative AI could be an authoritarian breakthrough in brainwashing


Generative AI is poised to be the free world's next great gift to authoritarians. The viral launch of ChatGPT -- a system with eerily human-like capabilities in composing essays, poetry and computer code -- has awakened the world's dictators to the transformative power of generative AI to create unique, compelling content at scale. But the fierce debate that has ensued among Western industry leaders on the risks of releasing advanced generative AI tools has largely missed where their effects are likely to be most pernicious: within autocracies. AI companies and the U.S. government alike must institute stricter norms for the development of tools like ChatGPT in full view of their game-changing potential for the world's authoritarians -- before it is too late. So far, concerns around generative AI and autocrats have mostly focused on how these systems can turbocharge Chinese and Russian propaganda efforts in the United States.

China Is Betting Big on Artificial Intelligence--Even as It Cracks Down on ChatGPT

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Given that China already bans Google, Facebook, Twitter, and a host of foreign news websites (including In fact, ChatGPT parent company OpenAI's decision not to launch in China--Chinese and even Hong Kong phone numbers aren't permitted to sign up--appears to preempt that very fact, with the San Francisco-based firm telling Reuters that "conditions in certain countries make it difficult or impossible" to operate. Read More: Why China, Russia's Biggest Backer, Now Says It Wants to Broker Peace in Ukraine Nevertheless, canny Chinese netizens have found numerous workarounds to access the revolutionary service, such as using virtual private networks and an overseas friend's phone number; purchasing logins via online marketplace Taobao; or simply taking advantage of a variety of proxy bots embedded in ubiquitous messaging service WeChat. Chinese social media was so abuzz with ChatGPT content this month that one AI-generated fake government notice rescinding traffic regulations sparked bedlam and a police investigation in the eastern city of Hangzhou. Unsurprisingly, China's government has now stepped in with explicit bans on WeChat hosting proxy ChatGPT services, while a strident frontpage op-ed on the perils of investing in AI-related firms (and cited ChatGPT), which published earlier this month in the state-owed Securities Times newspaper, was linked to a fall in Chinese tech stocks.

Weapons of the weak: Russia and AI-driven asymmetric warfare


"Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."1 "A people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please."2

Bloody Las Vegas date in Iranian revenge plot ends with college ousting suspect enrolled during house arrest

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Fox News contributor Gen. Keith Kellogg on Iran's president claiming former President Trump must be prosecuted for his involvement in the killing of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani. A woman accused of luring a man to a Las Vegas area hotel and stabbing him in a revenge plot over the U.S. takedown of an Iranian general has been kicked off of a Texas campus where she had enrolled under the radar despite a Nevada judge ordering her house arrest. Officials at the University of Texas at Dallas told Fox News Digital Thursday that Nika Nikoubin was admitted to the school for the spring 2023 semester. "University officials recently became aware that she was charged with a crime and is under the jurisdiction of a Nevada court," the school said. "Because the safety of our campus and our community is of utmost importance, we have removed her from campus. The UT Dallas Police will monitor the student's compliance with the removal order."

ChatGPT faces mounting accusations of being 'woke,' having liberal bias

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Fox News correspondent Mark Meredith has the latest on ChatGPT on'Special Report.' ChatGPT has become a global phenomenon and is widely seen as a milestone in artificial intelligence, but as more and more users explore its capability, many are pointing out that, like humans, it has an ideology and bias of its own. OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence research company, is behind ChatGPT, a free chatbot launched late last year that has gone viral for its capability in writing essays and reports for slacking students, its sophistication in discussing a wide variety of subjects as well as its skills in storytelling. However, several users, many of them conservative, are sounding the alarm that ChatGPT is not as objective and nonpartisan as one would expect from a machine. Twitter user Echo Chamber asked ChatGPT to "create a poem admiring Donald Trump," a request the bot rejected, replying it was not able to since "it is not in my capacity to have opinions or feelings about any specific person."