Four Afghan Intelligence Officers Shoot Dead 16 Their Friends

Officials in Afghanistan say four officers of the national intelligence agency shot dead 16 of their colleagues, then fled to join the Taliban insurgency in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

The rare "insiders" attack last night a facility of the National Security Directorate or NDS in the Gerishk region, security sources told VOA on Sunday.

Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident by saying the Taliban also attacked the NDS when the insurgent attack was (19659002) Zawak said the two sides suffered heavy casualties but gave no further details.

The Afghan officer killed was a member of the 'Songaryan' unit working for NDS in Helmand . The unit was named after the popular Turkish television soap opera and had played a key role in gathering intelligence information for NDS in Afghanistan.

The rebels controlled or seized most of the 14 regions in Helmand, Afghanistan's largest province and one of the main producing regions opium in the world.

Illegal drug trafficking funds 65 percent of rebel activity, and the US military has recently deployed new air strikes to destroy drug laboratories in an effort to stop Taliban financial resources in Helmand, which borders Pakistan. [gp]

Faction Democratic Faction Intelligence Commission US House Tuding Republic Change Memo

An important figure of the Democrats faction at the House of Representatives Intelligence Commission said on Wednesday that the Republican faction in the commission changed a secret memo before sending it to the White House instead of sending a version that had been passed on to members of the House before finally agreed to be released.

The document, which the White House can decide to release as early as Thursday morning (1/2), allegedly indicates a bias in the Department of Justice against President Donald Trump. The House's decision to release the memo itself is actually the result of a vote that has only the support of the Republican fraction.

House member from the Democratic fraction Adam Schiff said in a letter to the chairman of the commission Devin Nunes of the Republican fraction Democrat on Wednesday afternoon (31/1), found the memo had undergone material changes that would not allow the members of the commission to evaluate and approve it. Schiff said the new developments are very troubling.

A spokesperson for Nunes responded to the letter with a statement saying that the version sent to the White House had little editing. He accused the Democrats of trying to distract the public from the deviations expressed in the memo.

Earlier Wednesday, the FBI said they were deeply concerned about the accuracy of the memo and had only limited opportunities to evaluate the four-page memo before the House intelligence commission approved its release . [ab/uh]

Head of Intelligence and Home Affairs of Afghanistan Visit Pakistan

Two top Afghan security officials made a surprise visit to Pakistan to discuss mutual cooperation with civilian and military leaders following a series of deadly attacks by Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan.

The visit took place on Wednesday (31/1) hours after US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan urged Afghan leaders to hold bilateral discussions with their counterparts in Pakistan.

The escalation of militant violence in Afghanistan sparked tensions between the country and Islamabad amid allegations that militants used places taking refuge in Pakistan to plan a recent suicide bombing, with the help of Pakistan's spy agency ISI.

The Pakistani authorities condemned the terrorist attack and rejected Afghanistan's allegations, calling it unfounded and stressed the need for a "credible inquiry" against the attack. [ka/ds]

US House Intelligence Committee Agrees on Russian Revision of Inquiry Memo

Republican parliamentarians in the House Intelligence Committee, by vote, agree to release secret memos aimed at demonstrating the unlawful control of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice in the investigation of Russian involvement in elections president of 2016.

In the voting, the committee also agreed to release a memo compiled by the Democrats only to all members of parliament, and not to the public.

The first memo, drafted by Committee chairman Devin Nunes, accused the FBI of violating the Intelligence Reconnaissance Act Foreigners and use it to obtain a reconnaissance warrant using a file about Trump and Russia compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

Some Republicans who have read the memo mention that there is information that could harm all Robert Mueller's investigations, which by the president described as a hunt (19659003) Last week, a high-ranking official in the Prosecutor's Office urged the House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes not to release the memo, saying it was very reckless and could harm national security and ongoing investigations.

Representative senior Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, called this Monday a sad day in the history of this committee.

The document will not be released soon. Under a law, the president now has five days to decide whether to allow the release of the memo or forbid it.

The White House has said the president is inclined to release the memo. [ps/jm]

Accelerate Computer Model Process with Artificial Intelligence

Scientists are now building computer models to understand how complicated systems such as traffic, weather or cancer progression. Simulating this real-world situation usually requires dozens of scientists working for months. But a new approach to building such a model, along with new advances in artificial intelligence, might speed up this process significantly.

Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – or better known as DARPA – try to answer the question of impact in people around the world, namely: Which molecular process leads to the development of cancer cells?

Creating a computer model of the process is needed to know and populate the knowledge collected on 300 thousand medical papers. The research team took decades to do this, so scientists are now developing a computer program to do it.

Paul Cohen, a computer science expert at the University of Pittsburg says, "People are able to build machines that can read sentences in literature biology of cancer, transforming it into linguistic, semantic and biological representations, producing simulators and simulating actual biology, diverting it from English into biological simulations without human intervention. "

The experience gained in a number of DARPA projects encourages authorized authorities at the University of Pittsburg to unlock a new department with a radical interdisciplinary approach to teaching computer science.

The School of Computing and Information is now teaching students to become polymaths, scientists who can read similarities in various factors that are related to just one problem.

For example meranc a school bus network that involves thinking about energy costs, how a route will help students get to school, and how it affects restoration and many other factors.

"Whenever you try to build a complex model, a real-world process, he tends to involve people from different disciplines. It seems like it's a good focus for school, so the school's mission is to model and set up complex interaction systems, "Cohen continued.

Paul Cohen said the graduate school should be able to recognize the similarities of different fields. With advances in artificial intelligence, this new approach can significantly accelerate the development of computer models of such complex interaction systems. [em/al]