Security, Defence & Intelligence

Whistleblower says Russian troops fed dog food

Thomas Grove Reuters 20.05.2011
Whistleblower says Russian troops fed dog food

Russian Interior Ministry troops were fed dog food earlier this year to save money, a former officer in the ministry said Thursday.

Iranian FM says Bushehr nuclear plant is operational

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the Bushehr power plant is operational, Press TV reported on Wednesday.


Satellite images reveal alarming speed Pakistan is rushing to finish weapons-grade nuclear reactor

New satellite images have shown the alarming speed at which Pakistan is constructing a weapons-grade nuclear reactor. The aerial images, taken on April 20, show the rapid building progress of the fourth reactor to produce plutonium in Pakistan's K...

Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, ex-militant says

An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been chosen "caretaker" leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.


US steps up face-to-face peace talks with Taliban

Toby Harnden Telegraph 18.05.2011
US steps up face-to-face peace talks with Taliban

The United States has stepped up face-to-face peace talks with the Taliban, holding at least three meetings in Qatar and Germany in recent days with figures believed to be close to Mullah Omar, the group's leader.

U.S. Helicopter, Pakistani Military Exchange Fire at Border

A U.S. helicopter exchanged fire with Pakistani troops near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan today, resulting in injuries for two Pakistani soldiers, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.


'Die Welt': Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela

BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, The Jerusalem Post 17.05.2011
'Die Welt': Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela

The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Friday edition.

Mob attacks Christian protest in Egypt

An angry mob attacked a group of mainly Christian protesters demanding drastic measures to heal religious tension amid a spike in violence, leaving 65 people injured, officials said Sunday.


NATO shells Libya Red Crescent centers: report

Sami Aboudi Yahoo! News Canada 14.05.2011
NATO shells Libya Red Crescent centers: report

Libyan state television said NATO warships hit a Red Crescent Society building when they shelled the rebel-controlled city of Misrata Friday.

Syrian Troops Open Fire Despite Promises

At least three protesters were shot dead in Syria on Friday despite an order from President Bashar al-Assad for security forces not to open fire on demonstrators, rights activists said.


Pornography found in bin Laden hideout: officials

A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

Bin Laden revenge bombings kill 80 in Pakistan

Mian Khursheed Yahoo! News Canada 14.05.2011
Bin Laden revenge bombings kill 80 in Pakistan

Suicide bombers killed 80 people at a Pakistani paramilitary academy on Friday in revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid and militants in Pakistan vowed to carry out more attacks.


SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid

David Martin CBS News 13.05.2011
SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid

A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Wanted: International arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi is issued after first public appearance in weeks proved he IS alive

The International Criminal Court is set to issue an arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi, it has been announced. Italy's Foreign Minister said the warrant issued at the end of the month would be a 'key moment' in the Libyan crisis, as the dictator t...


Qatar quits Gulf plan for Yemen, cites delays

Mohammed Ghobari and Khaled al-Mahdy Yahoo! News Canada 13.05.2011
Qatar quits Gulf plan for Yemen, cites delays

Qatar on Thursday pulled out of a Gulf-brokered plan to ease Yemen's president from power, leaving a deal to end months of violent protests against Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule close to collapse.

Three dead in strike on Gaddafi compound

WG Dunlop The Age 13.05.2011
Three dead in strike on Gaddafi compound

NATO-led air strikes hit Muammar Gaddafi's compound, killing three people, the Libyan regime said, as rebels celebrated the capture of Misrata airport and fresh diplomatic coups in the West.


Osama bin Laden to al-Qaeda: 'Don't bother assassinating Joe Biden'

US officials have revealed that Osama bin Laden’s diaries contain the rather startling conclusion that he didn’t think Vice President Joe Biden was worth bumping off (hat tip: a tweet from my New York colleague Jon Swaine).

Barack Obama's Grandmother Threatened By Al Qaeda

Security has been increased around the home of President Barack Obama's step-grandmother in Kenya after an African al Qaeda branch issued a personal threat against her, police said today.


Pentagon Reportedly Considers Allowing Gitmo Family Visits

The Pentagon reportedly is looking at the possibility of letting family members visit detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

‘Gruesome’ photos reveal bin Laden in nothing but his underwear when shot

There has been a lot of speculation as to what the post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden, that the Obama administration has refused to release, show. Member of Congress, however, are being allowed to view them at CIA Headquarters.



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