Daily Briefing :- 22,23/10/16

Here is CurrentHow’s Daily Briefing™ for the 22nd and 23rd of October, 2016:-

1. Coalition forces just 5 miles away from the key Iraqi city of Mosul :-

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within five miles (eight kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in the operation to free the key Iraqi city from ISIS control.

A coalition of 100,000 troops have been closing in on Mosul since Monday, liberating surrounding communities village by village and making quicker-than-expected gains. Officials and analysts say that entering Mosul is likely to kick off intense street fighting as coalition forces try to retake what has become the cultural capital of ISIS’ envisaged caliphate, or Islamic state.
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In an attempt to divert attention from the Mosul offensive, IS militants attacked a town in the west on Sunday. The Iraqi military says the situation in Rutba is now “under control”. The town, in Iraq’s western Anbar province, had been under IS control since 2014, but was taken back into government hands four months ago.  As the pressure builds on IS in and around Mosul, the group has been counter-attacking with suicide bombers and launching assaults in other areas.

The UN says that 5,000 people have been displaced so far by the recent fighting around Mosul. It expects another 200,000 will be uprooted in the coming weeks.

2. Latest Trump accuser says he hugged, kissed her without permission:-

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Another woman is publicly accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual contact, alleging the GOP nominee touched and kissed her a decade ago during a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Jessica Drake is at least the 11th woman to accuse Trump of unwanted sexual advances since the surfacing of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump brags about being able to grope and kiss women.

“He grabbed each of us tightly, in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission,” said Drake, who is being represented by Gloria Allred, the women’s rights attorney who has represented other women — including two other Trump accusers — in high-profile sexual assault cases. The Trump campaign, which has vehemently denied previous sexual assault allegations against him, pushed back against Drake’s account Saturday. Trump earlier Saturday also vowed to sue his accusers after the election. He did not mention Drake’s allegations during a campaign rally in Cleveland.

The accusations made against Trump in the past two weeks range from inappropriate touching to forced kissing. Simultaneously, his poll numbers nationwide and in several key swing states have plummeted.

3. Huge cyber attack involves millions of IP addresses:-

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 Tens of millions of IP addresses were used to take down popular websites like Twitter and Netflix as part of a massive cyber attack on Friday.

Dyn, an Internet middleman company, was the target of the distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attack that hit in three waves. Dyn directs traffic when people type a URL into a browser. So the attack on the company caused temporary outages at many of the internet’s most widely trafficked sites. On Saturday, Dyn revealed that a “sophisticated” attack involved “10s of millions of IP addresses.” The outages were caused, at least in part, by malware sent by hackers to devices connected to the internet. It is believed to be the worst cyber attack in recent memory, future attacks could last longer and cripple the U.S., like one that impacts trains or the stock market.

There’s a strong possibility of far more sophisticated attacks that could shut down the entire internet for everyone for hours, if not an entire day. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said Friday that it was “investigating all potential causes of the attack,” and the U.K.’s Home Office said it was looking into the matter.

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