Baghdad, March 7, 2017: Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured government offices in Mosul city from the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
The Federal Police command said in a statement that the forces took over the water and sewage department’s offices along with the police directorate and the courts complex in western Mosul’s district of Dindan, Iraqi News reported.
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Earlier on Monday, Iraqi forces recaptured al-Sumoud district before storming the nearby al-Mansour, all near the city centre.
Mosul fell to IS militants in 2014, and had been proclaimed as the capital of the group’s “Islamic Caliphate” before Iraqi forces recaptured the eastern part in January. (IANS)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.
What is a security clearance?
A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.
What are the different levels of security clearance?
There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.
Who has security clearances?
According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.
Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?
Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.
Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)